Kameron Marlowe’s “Giving You Up” Goes Platinum
Breakout talent Kameron Marlowe was surprised with the news that his autobiographical debut release “Giving You Up” is RIAA-certified Platinum, signifying over 1 million units sold in the U.S.
The self-penned track was originally released independently and tells the story of a life-changing breakup. The experience sparked Marlowe’s commitment to songwriting and making music his way of life, giving way to one of country music’s most recognizable new voices and entertainers.
“Giving You Up” was produced by Brad Hill and appears on Marlowe’s debut album We Were Cowboys.
CMHOF Recognizes Lorianne Crook In Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum recognized acclaimed radio and television host Lorianne Cook at its 15th annual Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum in the museum’s Ford Theater. During an in-depth interview with museum writer-editor Angela Stefano Zimmer, Crook discussed her more than 40 years in media.
Crook is one half of the hosting duo Crook & Chase, as well as a television and radio producer and writer. She began her television career at Wichita Falls, Texas’ KAUZ-TV and Nashville’s WKRN-TV where she wrote, produced and hosted two national award-winning health and medical documentaries as well as the nightly entertainment news program PM Magazine.
In 1983, country music television producer Jim Owens (whom Crook married in 1985) enlisted Crook and fellow television personality Charlie Chase to co-host a weekly country music entertainment television show, This Week In Country Music, first syndicated and then on The Nashville Network. Crook and Chase currently co-host and produce a weekly radio show for iHeart Media/Premiere Networks and a podcast. Crook is the president of Jim Owens Entertainment, Inc. which owns and manages the Crook & Chase programming and archives, as well as the TNN brand and more than 10,000 hours of its historic country music television and radio programming.
The program at CMHOF and museum was filmed and will be available to stream on the museum’s website later this year.
The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum is supported by Gibson Gives. The philanthropic arm of Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, Gibson Gives has a strong focus on supporting the global music community.
UTA Takes Over Whiskey Jam For Summer Concert Series
With a lineup featuring Tyler Hubbard, Megan Moroney, Matt Stell and more, UTA’s takeover of Whiskey Jam brought out one of summer’s biggest crowds to the free show Tuesday night (Aug. 14).
Kidd G, Alana Springsteen, Chrase Wright and Graham Barham rounded out the night’s performers for a fan-packed parking lot concert hosted by John Crist to help close out the summer.
McBride & The Ride Celebrate Their Record Release at Ole Red
McBride & The Ride celebrated the release of their new record Marlboros & Avon at Ole Red in Nashville. The band returned to the scene with three part harmonies on their five song project, and thrilled fans with an hour set of their hits.
The reunited trio—Terry McBride, Ray Herndon and Billy Thomas—beamed about how much fun they are having writing, recording and touring together, and were joined onstage by Bruce Boutin on steel.
The night became a reunion party for some of the MCA Records ’90s team with producer Tony Brown introducing the band and Renee Bell, Rhonda Adkins and Rosey Fitchpatrick reminiscing. Other industry members at the party included Patrick Clifford, Wade Hayes, Dylan Altman, Mark Harris, Marla CAnnon Goodman, Bill Vaughn, Brian Mansfield, Sloan Shore, Dolly Chandler, Brice Long and Jennifer Oldham.
CMHOF Hosts A Conversation With Rhiannon Giddens
This weekend, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a conversation with Rhiannon Giddens. The museum historian-editor Patrick Huber led the conversation which was interspersed with musical performances.
Giddens is a Grammy-winning singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” and won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Music in Omar, the opera she co-wrote about a Senagalese Muslim enslaved in antebellum Charleston. Her latest album, You’re The One, will be released this month.
She first gained fame as member of the acclaimed stringband Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2014, she has pursued a variety of musical projects, including as a member of Our Native Daughters and as a collaborator with Italian musician Francesco Turrisi on They’re Calling Me Home, winner of the 2021 Grammy for Best Folk Album.
Giddens composed the score for Lucy Negro Redux, a ballet about the “Dark Lady” in Shakespeare’s sonnets which toured nationwide and was featured on PBS’s Great Performances.
The program was offered in support of the museum’s exhibition American Currents: State of the Music. It was filmed and will premiere at a later date as part of the museum’s Live at the Hall digital program series, available to stream on the museum’s’ website.
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