Industry Ink: Aaron Watson, Gene Watson, Lindsay Bowman, Chuck Wagon Gang, Innovo

Aaron Watson Inducted Into Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame

Pictured: Aaron Watson. Photo: Lavender Pathways-Photography by Lola

Aaron Watson was inducted last Friday (Jan. 17) into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of fellow Hall of Famers George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson and Nolan Ryan. Watson was honored with TCHOF’s 2020 Spirit of Texas Award at the induction ceremony at Billy Bob’s Texas.

“Getting inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is a huge honor. Many legends and a lot of my heroes are on that list,” says Watson. “I am humbled by their recognition and it was a wonderful evening getting to celebrate it with my wife, kids and parents attending. Texas and Cowboys have had a huge impact on making me the man, artist, and businessman that I am today.”

Gene Watson Gets Vince Gill Welcome Into Opry Family

Vince Gill, Gene Watson Photo: Chris Hollo

Gene Watson was surprised on stage at the Ryman Auditorium during the Grand Ole Opry Friday night (Jan. 17) by Opry member Vince Gill with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Watson, whose hits include “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party,” made his Opry debut 55 years ago at age 21 on the Ryman stage.

“The Opry strives to showcase an array of musical styles in every show,” said Dan Rogers, Vice President and Executive Producer, Grand Ole Opry. “When Gene Watson steps onto the Opry stage, fans know they are going to hear one of the most respected traditional country singers of all time. For years, we’ve watched him wow audiences in the crowd and fellow artists backstage. He’s been committed to the Opry for decades, and we look forward to him becoming an official member of the family. Plus, when all is said and done, you just can’t beat that last note of ‘Farewell Party.’”

Lindsay Bowman Joins PLA Media Roster

Lindsay Bowman

Lindsay Bowman has signed with PLA Media for public relations representation. Bowman joins a client list that includes world-renowned attractions the Johnny Cash Museum, the Patsy Cline Museum, and the Tina Turner Museum, as well as singer-songwriter Jesse Rice, and artist and actor Gary Morris. Bowman plans to release new music in 2020.

“I am thrilled to be working with an artist like Lindsay,” PLA Media President and CEO Pam Lewis said. “Her stellar voice and talents have brought her so far and we are excited to be a part of her journey.”


Chuck Wagon Gang’s “I’ll Fly Away” To Go Into Grammy Hall Of Fame

Pictured (L-R): Chuck Wagon Gang Members Shaye Smith, Stan Hill, Karl Smakula and Melissa Kemper

The Chuck Wagon Gang’s recording of “I’ll Fly Away,” written by Albert Brumley in 1932 and recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang with its original members in 1948, will be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

“How honored we are to know that this classic Chuck Wagon Gang recording will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2020!” says Shaye Smith, the current alto singer and granddaughter of original alto, Anna Carter Gordon Davis. “It is so exciting for us to see The Gang receiving such prominent recognition! I think those original four would be very proud!”


Innovo Management Adds To Staff

Innovo Staff

Innovo Management in Nashville has announced some new hires, internal promotions, and a new office space. Gemma Matchett has been promoted to Senior Project Manager, Lea Walker has been promoted to Senior Marketing Coordinator, Dallas Derr has been hired as Marketing Coordinator under Lea Walker, and Savannah Alday joins as Social Media Coordinator. The company’s new office address is 117 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN, 37203.

“In 2020 we’re breaking the mold of what music marketing agencies and management companies do for artists. We’ve built out a team of incredible people who will continue challenging and pushing boundaries of what we and this industry can be,” said Sam Saideman, Co-Founder/CEO Innovo Management. 


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