Author Archive: David M Ross

David M. Ross has been covering Nashville's music industry for over 25 years. [email protected]

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Briefs: Netflix, Snow Leopard, Pandora & Twitter

Report: Netflix To Stream iPhone Multichannel News reports that Netflix DVD service will soon begin offering its Watch Instantly streaming service on iPhones, iPod Touch and Nintendo Wii. The streaming service currently offers fewer titles than the DVD-by-mail version, with the most popular titles conspicuously missing. However, Watch Instantly titles are included at no extra […]

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NYT Profiles Country Youth Movement

New York Times writer Jon Caramanica puts the crosshairs to Nashville’s country music youth movement in an article titled, Country’s New Face: It’s Young and Blond. Ms. Swift, 19, who has sold more than seven million records in the last four years, has proved to be seismic in Nashville. And thanks to the pop crossover […]

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Fairway Fun—Ladies Golf Tournament

1st Place Team: “Miss Trumped” (L-R) Nicole Pope Gaia, Renee White, Scott Siman, Carrie Simons, Teresa Siman. Photo: Kevin Lamb • • • The 22nd Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament roared down the fairways Monday, July 27 at Old Natchez Country Club (1323 Sneed Road) driving and putting to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of […]

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McDaniel Benefit Aug. 13

The country music community is coming together to raise funds for Grand Ole Opry star Mel McDaniel.  The 66 year-old is slowly recovering from a June 16 heart attack.  Family, friends and fans are gathering Thursday, August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Nashville Palace to pay tribute and raise money for this cherished member […]

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Buxton, Pinson & Belmont Visits London

Sarah Buxton hangs with the KNIX Phoenix crew on Sat. July 25 when she opened for Keith Urban. (L-R) Kris Lamb (Lyric Street), Ben Campbell (KNIX Morning Show co-host), Sarah Buxton, Mark Medina (PD/KNIX), Matt McAllister (KNIX Morning Show co-host) Bobby Pinson friends and family celebrated the success of his latest chart triumphs, “Already Gone,” […]

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Blake Shelton—Twitter’s Humorous Hunk

It had to happen sooner or later. The emergence of an outspoken, no-holds-barred, 140 character dialog from a country music artist—Tweets unleashed. That is exactly what seems to be happening over at @Blakeshelton, a verified account. In fact, Shelton’s feed is turning into an amusing and unique entertainment channel that might appropriately be rated NSFW […]

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“Billboard Country Update” Returns

What starts with three, drops to two after one disappears and then returns to three on August 10? Answer: Country Music’s weekly pdf chart digests from MusicRow, Aircheck and the about-to-arrive Billboard Country Update. Industry observers were saddened and perhaps shocked when R&R’s HotFax shuttered its doors a few months ago. Unlike MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart, […]

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Is Country Crushing Nashville’s Creativity?

An article in the Sunday Tennessean (by Naomi Synder) asks “Could Nashville’s country and Christian music industry be crushing innovation? It sounds like a ridiculous question, were it not for the musicians who think it might be true.” The feature length article confuses quality, diversity and professionalism in a swirling discussion which fails to distinguish […]

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Steele Songwriter Boot Camp

Jeffrey Steele’s 4th annual Songwriter Boot camp is set to kick off Sept. 10-13 in Nashville at the BMI offices. Steele, twice named BMI Songwriter of the Year and three time NSAI Songwriter of the Year, will shepherd 12 rising star songwriters through a three-day, two-night curriculum loaded with co-writing sessions, one-on-one coaching from Steele […]

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Country’s Shrinking Middle Class

The quote of the week belongs to Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who when asked about the success of Twitter and other social networking sites replied, “A lot of people are doing very well at making very little money. It’s not a club I’m looking to join.” The joke may be on the Sony CEO because, […]

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Fast Ryde Visits MusicRow

Republic Nashville’s newest act, Fast Ryde visited the Music Row conference room to share some of their new music. Here’s what happened when we turned on our iPhone video camera to capture some of the action. A Cecil B. deRoss Production

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