Industry Ink: Dailey & Vincent, Kobalt, Don McLean

Dailey & Vincent Lonestar Landfest Set For May

Dailey & Vincent are bringing their Landfest music series to Texas for the first annual Lonestar Landfest, set for May 30-31 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie.

Along with Dailey & Vincent, the inaugural lineup includes Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jerry Jeff Walker, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bradley Walker, and Jake Hoot. Dallas Wayne from SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country and Willie’s Roadhouse will be the MC for both nights of the festival. Tickets went on sale Friday, Feb. 21 and are now available at


Kobalt Founder Willard Ahdritz To Receive Music Biz Innovator Award 

Kobalt Music Group Founder and Chairman Willard Ahdritz will receive Music Biz’s 2020 Innovator Award during the annual Music Biz Awards Dinner on May 13 at the JW Marriott Nashville, as part of the Music Biz 2020 Conference. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Kobalt serves more than 600 publishers and 40,000 artists and songwriters, including Childish Gambino, Glassnote Music, Dave Grohl, Lorde, Marshmello, Max Martin, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, and The Weeknd.

“It’s safe to say that the music industry as we know it today was uniquely shaped by the pioneering mind of Willard Ahdritz,” said Music Biz President Portia Sabin. “His foresight regarding the coming changes in the marketplace combined with his ability to reimagine standard practices has been a dynamite recipe for commercial success. For these reasons and more, we’re honored to present Willard with Music Biz’s Innovator Award.”


Don McLean Signs Recording Deal With Time Life

Pictured (L-R): Mike Jason, Sr. VP Strategic Partnerships, Marketing & Live Entertainment, Don McLean, Tom Hemesath, VP Retail Sales. Photo: Jeremy Westby for 2911 Media

Don McLean has inked a recording and distribution agreement with Time Life. In addition to releasing catalog albums such as Prime Time, Chain Lightning, Believers, Don McLean Sings Marty Robbins, The Western Album, and others, McLean will be releasing a new project of his favorite cover songs soon.

“I am really excited as my first six or seven albums have been the only music of mine available for people to listen to on Spotify and through all the streaming services,” says McLean. “I was astounded to learn how many streams I received just in 2019 alone from those projects so I figured I might as well make all of my music available through this great new opportunity with Time Life. I have worked with them in the past on the American Troubadour project with success, so why not join them again for this next chapter?”


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