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Bobby Karl Works SESAC Awards and CMA Week Events

Chapter 353 Graciousness, warmth, elegance and relaxed conviviality—these are the things we associate with SESAC’s annual awards banquet. This year, the smallest of the performing rights organizations has shown more muscle than ever, with pieces of hits by such top stars as Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, George Strait and Keith Urban. But its banquet (11/8) […]

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Bobby Karl At The Opry and CMHoF Inductions

Chapter 352 It was quite a weekend. On Saturday (10/24), Blake Shelton was inducted into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. “It’s shocking,” he said backstage. “Because you walk up and down these halls and look at [photos of] who’s been here before.” I guess so, since both the Ryman and the Opry House’s […]

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Bobby Karl: Songwriters Hall Inductions

BOBBY KARL WORKS THE ROOM: Chapter 351 One night each year, the absolute best person to be in the world is a hit Nashville songwriter. An entire ballroom fills with them. They gather for fellowship and to honor one another. A lucky few are saluted by their peers as the creators of the “Songs I […]

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Bobby Karl Works Wild Week Of Parties And Shows

Chapter 350 Loretta Lynn Tribute, Carrie Underwood Concert, Capitol Street Fest Fear not, gentle readers, your party boy has been on the job all week long. Longer than a week, actually. The fun began last weekend. Miss Mary’s South Carolinian cousins Chuck & Mary Connors always go to the Opry when they come to town. Always. […]

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Bobby Karl Works The ACM Honors

Chapter 346 Inviting fans to the ACM Honors turned out to be an excellent idea – the event was punctuated by star-struck cheers of delight and spontaneous standing ovations. There was a whole new level of energy at this fourth annual gig. The appearances of Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride and […]

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Warner Bros. Readies Song Demo Collection

Warner Bros. Records is getting ready to offer music lovers a peek into the songs that artists hear before they become a No. 1 hit. The Original Songwriter Demos is a collection of original demo performances of some of country music’s most influential hits performed by the songwriter’s themselves. Volumes one and two of the […]

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Bobby Karl Works the 2010 ASCAP Awards

Chapter 345 ASCAP did a reboot of its country awards on Tuesday (9/14). Rather than placing its date next to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame banquet—or anybody else—the organization elected to stage a stand-alone ceremony. Which is fine with those of us who face multiple deadlines. For the first time, the event was held […]

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Bobby Karl Works the 9th Annual AMA Honors & Awards

Americana music may be a fringe genre, financially struggling, lacking major media exposure and a complete mystery to most mainstream music consumers, but its awards show was a total celebration of its star power. Presented at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday (9/9), the event featured appearances by Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, John Oates, Robert Plant, […]

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Bobby Karl Works The Dale Franklin Award Dinner

The speeches were kept to a minimum, and that left more time for music, music, music. The good folks at Leadership Music are going to be hard-pressed to top the talent parade that performed at this year’s Dale Franklin Award ceremony. Staged Sunday evening (8/29) at the Renaissance Hotel ballroom, the event saluted Fred Foster, […]

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MusicRow Readers Name “House” Song of the Year

Bobby Karl Works The Room, Chapter 341 Photos: Alan Mayor Host Clay Bradley has the magic touch: He actually got the capacity crowd of schmoozers to shut up during the presentation of the MusicRow Awards in the notoriously loud BMI lobby on Thursday (6/24). Anthony Smith, Frank Myers, Trisha Walker-Cunningham, Alan Kates, Chuck Thompson, Preston […]

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Bobby Karl Works The Room: Fan Fair Finale

Chapter 340 Inspirational, is what it was. Yes, the 2010 CMA Music Festival was a bounty of sounds. And, yes, it was intolerably hot. But the experience of being with those people, those fans, did my heart good. What spirit. What stamina. What love. I saw these things everywhere, from autograph lines, to concerts, from […]

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