Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation Provides 2 Million Pet Meals
Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation, in partnership with Greater Good Charities’ Goods Program, is providing 2 million pet meals to help families facing economic hardships. The Goods Program delivers product to pre-vetted and trained Ambassador groups who distribute the product to local end recipient groups in need. This donation will be delivered to more than 30 Goods Ambassadors with pet food pantries in over 30 cities.
“During times of crisis, it’s important to keep families and their pets together,” Lambert explains. “We are proud to partner with Greater Good Charities and hope our GOODS Program donation will help families and their pets stay united in their homes during these challenging times.”
In August, MuttNation provided financial support to more than a dozen animal shelters that took in nearly 4,000 beagles removed from a research facility in Virginia, and assisted with medical bills to help shelters ready the beagles for adoption.
BMI Kicks Off AmericanaFest With Special Rooftop Show
BMI threw their annual AmericanaFest KickOff Party on the rooftop of their Nashville offices last week (Sept. 13). The evening featured performances from the retro-inspired rock band The Heavy Heavy and contemporary blues and soul musician Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.
The Heavy Heavy opened up the night and performed some tunes from their EP Life and Life Only. The five-member band is currently on tour across the U.S. and Germany, and is expected to release their first album in 2023. Grammy-nominated Kingfish followed, giving a bluesy, soulful performance to the AmericanaFest audience. The 23-year-old artist has headlined two national tours and performed with Jason Isbell, Vampire Weekend, and Buddy Guy.
BMI’s next rooftop event will be held Sept. 27 as part of the Rooftop on the Row series.
Studio2Bee & John Shomby’s Country Radio’s Coach Join Forces
Nashville-based artist development firm Studio2Bee Entertainment has aligned with John Shomby’s Country Radio’s Coach, Inc. Both firms will maintain their separate imprints, yet share services, strategies and staff.
“It’s a growth maneuver for both organizations that puts symbiotic missions under one roof,” notes Skip Bishop, CEO and Co-Founder of Studio2Bee along with Butch Waugh. “We were using John’s expertise and services with our clients and decided to join forces. For decades we’ve been great friends with John. Besides being brilliant he’s darn fun to be around,” Bishop continues. “He is a tsunami of creative, positive energy and a welcomed addition to our leadership team.”
“It was a no-brainer to get involved with Skip, Butch and the crew at Studio2Bee,” adds Shomby. “They are super creative, forward-thinking and I really need to make up for all those years I was late on their music.”
Before starting Country Radio’s Coach, Inc., Shomby programmed multiple-format major market radio positions and most recently held an executive programming position with Cumulus Media in Nashville. Meanwhile, Studio2Bee was created in 2014 by former Sony executives Bishop and Waugh.
Adam Hood Rings In The Release Of Bad Days Better At Bobby’s Idle Hour
Adam Hood recently celebrated his fifth studio album release with a full band show at Bobby’s Idle Hour in Nashville following a packed AmericanaFest.
Bad Days Better is currently ranked No. 14 on the Americana Albums Chart. The album’s “Harder Stuff” featuring Miranda Lambert and “Flesh and Blood” are No. 26 and No. 58, respectively. The Lambert-graced track is also No. 11 on the Texas Radio chart.