CCMA Wins With Canadian Hospitality And Talent

At the Industry Award brunch husband/wife duo Pear elicited a standing ovation, using dueling fiddles to create an avante garde musical mash-up of The Beatles' “Eleanor Rigby” and Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”

The Canadian Country Music Association presented its 34th annual week of events (9/9-9/12), culminating in its nationally televised Awards show on Mon., Sept. 12. (Click here for awards winners.) This year’s location was Hamilton, Ontario, about a one hour drive south from Toronto. The organization’s passionate membership—artists and industry—gathered to celebrate their musical triumphs, network profusely, discover some new sounds, and oh yeah, do some dedicated partying.

“This is the first of four award ceremonies during this week,” said Don Green, the CCMA’s new Executive Director at Saturday morning’s Industry Award brunch. “We’ve upgraded the staging, sound and lights this year and hope you enjoy the difference.” In fact, the staging rivaled a TV Award show set with detailed lighting and sound. Green announced that CCMA has over 1600 members and about 47% of them participated in the award voting this year.

The brunch was hosted by Canadian stars Tara Oram and Aaron Pritchett and presented about 15 industry awards to labels, managers, retailers, radio and more. Awards were punctuated with musical performances. Standouts included Jason Blaine and husband/wife duo Pear. Pear elicited a standing ovation after using dueling fiddles to create an avante garde musical mash-up of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”

Marlee Scott (center) showcased with Sony Canada.

Later that afternoon many of the country artists performed at FanFest on the Jackson Square rooftop plaza for Hamilton’s country fans. The city used the opportunity to schedule two additional events—a Supercrawl and Locke Street Festival. As a result, over 40,000 people came downtown to enjoy the activities, music and beautiful sunshine-packed afternoon.

The four-day gathering was busting with seminars, guitar pulls and showcases. Nashville songplugger Sherrill Blackman and Ole’s Chad Richardson helmed one titled, “Song Spotting: Tips & Tricks for Placement & Plugging.”

Ole's "Hitsville" team. (L-R) Front: Arthur Buenahora, Gilles Godard, Chad Richardson; Back: Denny Carr, Chris Taylor, Robert Ott, Cadence Grace, Michael McCarty

“Hitsville” was another of the many panel offerings for attendees. Created and staffed by Ole Music, this hardcore, reality-TV-ready game show invited songwriters to submit a song. Based upon repeated listens, the judges would decide if it should reach first, second or third base and finally home plate where a publishing contract awaited. Nashville-based Gilles Godard and Arthur Buenahora anchored the third base judging and ole CEO Robert Ott and President Michael McCarty waited at home plate to make the call—“safe” or “out.”

Saturday evening featured parties and various showcases, but one of the highlights for this writer turned out to be a last minute pairing with Premiere Networks VP Promotions and Integrated Marketing Rick Murray, AristoMedia Chairman Jeff Walker and After Midnight’s Blair Garner. We settled in at a local neighborhood Lebanese eatery. Despite the uneven service, the food was tasty and the conversation downright hot. Discussions covered social networking, industry sales solutions, radio airplay, music discovery and how to solve a variety of industry problems. (Too bad I didn’t have a tape recorder handy for that session…)

Sunday morning featured a warm Canadian style breakfast (bacon, scrambled eggs, toast, sausage) for all the delegates, followed by a 2 1/2 hr. roundtable merry-go-round. Panelist groups rotated among the 10 delegate-packed circles every 15 minutes. Among those helping out were Ralph Murphy, Larry Wayne Clark, your Humble Scribe, Victoria Banks and Jeff Walker.

Futurist Jay Frank gave the Keynote Address.

Sunday’s big event was the Gala Awards Dinner (see winners here). Canadian superstar Johnny Reid was honored with the Humanitarian Award. A moving video montage showed some of the artist’s charitable activities. Reid, who was present with new manager Jim Morey, said, “It’s been an enriching experience to work with so many organizations over the years. The word ‘humanitarian’ is a complex word. We hear it all the time. But it’s not just the big concept, it’s also the small things we all do to help others one day at a time. I’m so grateful to be able to do music every day, but I realize that without the love and support of those around me and my fans I’d never find myself here tonight. So I’d like to dedicate this to everyone that offers a ‘wee bit of love to those that need it the most…”

The awards list also included Hall of Fame inductions for Michelle Wright and Bill Langstroth. Longtime Wright manager Brian Ferriman inducted Michelle. “I first heard Michelle 26 years ago at Gladstone Tavern here in Hamilton,” said Ferriman, also a Hall of Fame member.

Performances of note included The Band Perry, a Michelle Wright tribute with Terri Clark, Victoria Banks and Katie Love Hess, and a spellbinding new song from Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Backstage CDJ and I reminisced about getting stranded in Calagary ten years ago at CCMA in the aftermath of 9/11. Together with Scott Siman and Mike Kraski we drove in a van over the border to Cut Bank, Montana where we got picked up by Tim McGraw’s jet and thankfully flown home. I remember Kraski kissing the ground in Nashville after getting off the plane. We were all so happy to get home and be with loved ones during that terrible time.

(L-R) Katie Love Hess, Hall of Fame inductee Michelle Wright, manager Brian Ferriman, Victoria Banks and Terri Clark.

Monday morning’s big draw was the hard hitting Keynote address featuring Nashville futurist Jay Frank and his recent book, Futurehit.DNA. “You must grab the listener within 7 seconds or your chances for success drop exponentially,” Frank warned. “Don’t construct your songs as you would have 10 years ago. Every single play online starts at zero seconds.” Frank noted that country music fans now listen to multiple formats so they are all competition. “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus,” he joked. Frank also argued that all outlets need to be aggressively pursued. “Revenue streams will be greatly fragmented. Record companies are looking more like the publishing business every day. Administrators must be ready to collect small amounts from many sources to be in the new record biz.” Frank also advised new artists, “Radio has abdicated the responsibility of breaking songs to the Internet. Therefore, artists should build a story elsewhere before going to radio.”

Other Nashvillians seen and heard in Hamilton were songwriters Bob Regan and Marty Dodson who performed at the CCMA Great Guitar Pull, Byron Hill who produces hit Canadian artist Gord Bamford, SESAC’s Tim Fink, TBP manager Bob Doyle, Award show performers Luke Bryan plus Ronnie Dunn with manager Clarence Spalding, and Capitol label head Mike Dungan.

If you’ve already attended CCMA, then you know how the hospitality, passion and talent translates into a great experience. If not, next year’s CCMA event will take place in Saskatoon, Sept. 6-9, 2012. Participate! For more information visit All photos by Grant Martin except where noted.

CCMA artists performed on the Jackson Square rooftop plaza for Hamilton’s country fans on Saturday afternoon at FanFest. Photo: David Ross

Strait To The Top

George Strait’s Here For A Good Time shot straight to No. 1 on the Country Albums chart, debuting with 91K first-week sales. The King’s 30-plus year career is showing no signs of slowing down, with the album landing at No. 3 overall. It garnered about 18 percent digital album sales. The title track and lead single was written by Strait, his son Bubba Strait and songwriter Dean Dillon. It is at No. 2 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart.

Strait once again co-produced this album with longtime friend and legendary producer Tony Brown at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, FL. It’s the same studio where Strait recorded his last three award-winning albums.

Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum’s hot new single “Wanted You More” debuted with 74K digital downloads, landing at No. 1 Country. All signs point to strong first-week sales for the band’s third album Own The Night which was released Tuesday (9/13). Lead single “Just A Kiss” is already past the one million downloads mark. Nearing the Platinum point are “Remind Me” from Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

Strait by the Numbers
69 million—albums sold
2006—year of induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame
89—singles released
89—Top 20 singles
84—Top 10s
57—No. 1 singles
33—Platinum or multi-platinum albums
30—years active
24—No. 1 albums

Music Biz Buzzes Over “Honey Bee”

Music Row came together to toast the team behind Blake Shelton’s four-week No. 1 hit “Honey Bee” at a shindig co-hosted by BMI, ASCAP and Warner Music Nashville at the latter’s offices on Sept. 8. Written by longtime friends Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, it is the fourth consecutive chart-topper for Shelton, and his ninth overall.

Akins and Hayslip have now both written six songs recorded by Shelton, including another No. 1, “All About Tonight,” which they penned with frequent collaborator Dallas Davidson. Together, the trio of Georgia-bred tunesmiths are known as the Peach Pickers.

Shelton’s remake of the classic song “Footloose” is now available on AOL and AOL’s The Boot. The track is from the Footloose soundtrack, set to be released Sept. 27. Shelton also debuted his music video for “God Gave Me You” recently at, which includes a never-before-seen testimonial from Miranda Lambert shot before their May wedding.

Pictured (back, L-R): BMI’s Jody Williams, EMI Music Publishing’s Jon Platt, ASCAP’s Michael Martin, Warner Music Nashville’s Chris Stacey, producer Scott Hendricks, This Music’s Rusty Gaston, EMI Music Publishing’s Ben Vaughn and Starstruck Entertainment’s Brandon Blackstock; (front, L-R) Warner Chappell’s Steve Markland, co-writer Ben Hayslip, Blake Shelton, co-writer Rhett Akins and Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito. Photo: Rick Diamond

Shelton also celebrated with his WB radio promo team. Pictured (back, L-R): Blake Shelton, WMN VP of Promotion Bob Reeves, (front L-R): National Dir. Of Promotion Kristen Williams, Coordinator Tyler Wall, SVP of Promotion Chris Stacey, Southeast Regional Lou Ramirez, and Northeast Regional George Meeker

Photo Spread: Connie Smith, Alan Jackson, Pink Trash Ball

Connie Smith Releases Long Line of Heartaches
Connie Smith celebrated the release of her album Long Line of Heartaches with friends and members of the industry at an intimate reception hosted by BMI on Thurs., Sept. 8. Smith and her band performed a short set of songs from the Sugar Hill Records release which is already being praised by critics. Her performance included “A Heart Like You,” the first song written by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Dallas Frazier in 30 years, and his 69th composition recorded by the singer.

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Clay Bradley, Dallas Frazier, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Sugar Hill Records’ Cliff O’Sullivan, and Gaylord Entertainment’s Steve Buchanan. Photo: Rick Diamond

Women Rock’s Pink Trash Ball
Women Rock For The Cure™ (WRFTC) brought the PINK heat to Music City with a pink-themed soiree on Aug. 20 at Aerial. The evening featured a DJ, dancing, the crowning of the King & Queen and the delicious WRFTC pink cocktails. Over $1500 was raised to benefit the ongoing efforts of Women Rock For The Cure™ to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs, including its upcoming Young Survivors Retreat (Sept. 23-25). See more Pink Trash Ball pics here.

Photo by Sara Lee

Jackson Commemorates 9/11
Alan Jackson performed “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” immediately preceding President Obama’s public address on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 during A Concert for Hope. The event was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as the capstone event of a three-day commemoration. See performance video at bottom.

Photo: Donovan Marks/courtesy of Washington National Cathedral



CMA EDU Expands To MTSU, Lipscomb

MTSU held it's first CMA EDU meeting last night. (L-R): MTSU student and CMA EDU officer, Angela Walton; MTSU student and CMA EDU officer, Liz Hause; MTSU student and CMA EDU officer, Angela Johnson; CMA Coordinator of Partner Programs, Wes Perry; CMA Senior Coordinator of Partner Programs, Sarah McGrady; MTSU student and CMA EDU officer, Becca Roberson; MTSU Faculty and CMA EDU Advisor, Professor Matthew O'Brien. Photographer: Amanda Eckard / CMA

The Country Music Association has expanded CMA EDU, the Association’s education-based, national college initiative, to Lipscomb University in Nashville, and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The program is designed to reach and engage undergraduate college students with a hands-on opportunity to enhance their skills in marketing and promotion. The program launched in February at Belmont University in Nashville with 115 members and has grown to more than 250 this semester.

“We are pleased with the growth and success of this new initiative,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Interest in starting similar groups at schools outside of central Tennessee has been high and we are looking forward to building a program that will benefit college students interested in Country Music and gaining valuable business experience.”

Students will gain networking opportunities, unique educational experiences, and leadership training all while promoting the Country Music genre.

“MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry could not be more proud to forge these ties with the Country Music Association,” said Matthew O’Brien, MTSU faculty sponsor of CMA EDU. “The CMA has developed a great program to genuinely enrich our students in a manner that is perfectly integrated into their academic experience and moves them closer to their career goals and all the while having fun doing it! Similarly, we believe the CMA will benefit from the input and unique insight our students will give it with respect to today’s young Country Music audience.”

McBride Partners With Amtrak For Album Promotion

Martina McBride and Amtrak are partnering for “Eleven Across America Powered by Amtrak,” a four-day train ride to promote her Republic Nashville album Eleven due out October 11.

The tour will begin in Los Angeles in October and culminate in New York City, hitting eleven cities in all. On the itinerary in addition to LA and NYC are Flagstaff, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Newton, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia. Fans in Albuquerque, Chicago and NYC will be treated to intimate performances.

“This partnership is perfect for many reasons,” said David Lim, chief marketing officer, Amtrak. “We both value connections. Martina wants to connect even more closely with her fans—her music touches so many people, and is relatable to so many American’s lives—and Amtrak’s trains connect people across the country every day.”

Both Amtrak and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominee McBride are currently celebrating career milestones. Eleven is, of course, McBride’s 11th studio album and she was recently declared the most played female artist on country radio for the past 11 years by BDS and Mediabase. Concurrently, Amtrak is celebrating its 40th anniversary, which it will mark with numerous special promotions and events.

“This album is very special to me, and I wanted to be able to share it with my fans far and wide,” says Martina. “I also wanted to do something that has never been done before, and I thought what better way to do that than with a cross-country train ride with Amtrak where we make several stops along the way? Eleven stops, to be exact. I’m so excited for this journey across America.”

Soundland Prepares To Make A Big Noise

Soundland, presented by Next Big Nashville, hits town next week on Wednesday, September 21, offering four days of diverse musical performances, educational field trips, and VIP events.

Over 100 artists are scheduled to perform through Saturday, September 24, including Foster The People, Ghostland Observatory, M. Ward, Justin Townes Earle, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., Dawes, Cults, The Low Anthem, JEFF The Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Bonobo, The Ettes, Jonny Corndog, and many more.

Educational Field Trips include a Civil Wars Case Study September 22 at the Belcourt, American Songwriter Sessions with The Low Anthem and Justin Townes Earle (also Sept. 22), the State of A&R (Sept. 23), and more. Check here for full Field Trip details.

Foster The People

VIP badge holders have swanky parties every day of the event, including the Opening Night Reception at TPAC on Sept. 21; the SunTrust Industry Party presented by Loeb & Loeb and The Orchard at Virago Sept. 22; the ASCAP-sponsored BBQ & Beer Day Party at Jackalope Brewery and Nashville Scene & Gibson VIP Party at Gibson Showroom on Sept. 23; and the BMI-sponsored Brunch at Imogene & Willie September 24.

Single day tickets for $25 are still available to some of the shows, including M. Ward (9/21); Foster The People (9/22); Ghostland Observatory (9/22); Justin Townes Earle with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (9/23); Yelawolf & Big K.R.I.T. (9/24), and the just-announced Neuhoff Factory Party (9/24) with local faves JEFF The Brotherhood, Those Darlins, The Black Belles, Tristen, Jessica Lea Mayfield and more.

M. Ward

Four-day, all music wristbands are also available for $65 that grant access to all shows and venues, with unlimited venue-hopping. For $150, fans can get the full VIP experience that includes all music, VIP parties, field trips, a goodie bag, and plenty of free food and drink.

Artists Give Back

During the recent "Xtreme Muzik The Tour" stop at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, co-headliners Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich surprised Air Force veteran Shaun Meadows with a new house. It will be built with proceeds from the show in conjunction with Operation Finally Home. Meadows lost both legs during combat and has since become the first active-duty double amputee in Air Force history to successfully perform a personnel drop (skydive).

A benefit for Mark Wehner is tonight (9/14) at Douglas Corner at 6 pm. Set to perform are Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Pat McLaughlin, Sally Mudd, The 1861 Project and more. Wehner, a longtime Americana music supporter, has stage four cancer.

Performing at the fundraiser Tolliver (L) and Warrix (R). Credit: Debbie Wallace

• Chad Warrix and David Tolliver, formerly of Halfway to Hazard, teamed with Concerts 4 A Cause to host the Crockettsville, Ky.  Charity Concert and Trail Ride to benefit children of adoption and foster care. Helping raise over $80,000 were artists Randy Houser, Keith Anderson, Christian Kane, Danielle Peck, Gabe Garcia, Craig Wayne Boyd, Larry Cordle and Lisa Torres.

• Collin Raye has been named national spokesperson of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, a foundation created by her parents and siblings following her death by starvation in 2005.

• Peter Cetera will perform a concert Sept. 22 at The Factory at Franklin to benefit Christ Presbyterian Academy. Details at

New compilation album My Country: Smash Hits 2 features tracks from Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Jamie O’Neal and many more to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. In addition, F3 Technologies and Stadium Entertainment are offering a contest for fans to enter a video of their soldier’s homecoming and become a part of the music video for O’Neal’s single “Soldier Comin’ Home,” which is on the album. The contest runs until Sept. 30 here.

The 10th annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert runs Sept. 23-24 at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. featuring a songwriting seminar, and performers including Steve Dorff, Manuel Seal, Jan Smith, ZBB’s Jon Driskell Hopkins, Greg Barnhill, Will Robinson, Mark Beeson. Katie Deal, Stella Parton, Rachel Farley, and Blackberry Smoke. Late songwriter Jarrard is a Gainesville native with several country hits who was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The concert benefits local charities. Details here.

Global humanitarian organization World Vision has added several Country music artists to its growing list of supporters in the United States and around the world. Joining the World Vision efforts are Attwater, Carter’s Chord, Jason Crabb, Sarah Darling, Lainey Edwards, LoCash Cowboys and Gary Morris.

Ty Herndon and former NFL player Kevin Turner were celebrity spokespersons for the 10th annual CVS/pharmacy “Researching A Cure” ALS fundraising campaign. On Sept. 1 at Boston’s Fenway Park they presented a check to the ALS Therapy Alliance for $4.3 million. Pictured (L-R): Kevin Turner, Ty Herndon, and campaign co-chairs Barry Winovich and Treg Charlton. Photo: Sue Bruce Photography.

DISClaimer Single Reviews (9/14/11)

Country music has returned.

With Sunny Sweeney, Merle Haggard and newcomer Glenn Kearney leading the charge, this listening session was packed with hard-core sounds. There’s not a pop platter in the stack.

A lot of this week’s tunes are ballads, but some of these sounds can really rock your world.  Definitely turn it up when you put on Sunny, Kyle Park or our Disc of the Day winner, MCA’s Kip Moore. I was a huge fan of Kip’s “Mary Was the Marrying Kind,” and “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” delivers on that initial promise in spades.

Honky-tonk balladeer Kearney competes with Canada’s Ashley Robertson, New Orleans newcomer Josh Charles and Sea Gayle/Arista’s Brent Anderson for this week’s DisCovery Award. Inventive songsmith Brent gets the nod.

KYLE PARK/Make Or Break Me
Writer: Kyle Park/Ryan Beaver; Producer: Kyle Park; Publisher: Walk in the Park/St. Beaver, BMI; Winning Road (track) (
—Produced with plenty of oomph—crashing guitars, thudding percussion, slippery steel and admirable energy. The driving, melodic country rocker has a splendid undertow beneath his boyish tenor delivery. Listenable in the extreme.

SUNNY SWEENEY/Drink Myself Single
Writer: Monty Holmes/Sunny Sweeney; Producer: none listed; Publisher: Funky Merle/EMI April/Ash Street/Richardson Zuleger/Bluewater/Big Music Machine/Three Minute Movie/Super 98, ASCAP/BMI; Republic Nashville (track)
—It’s a gutsy, gal honky-tonker loaded with drawling attitude. The steel-soaked track stirs up a ruckus while she serves notice that she’s going on a tear. It’s enough to make you believe in real country music all over again. Grade: A-plus.

Writer: Tommy Barnes; Producer: Steve Tveit; Publisher: Glenn Kearney, BMI; GK (
—His aching baritone is as warm as a campfire on this weeper ballad. Classic sounding.

Writer: none listed; Producer: Frank Rogers; Publisher: none listed; Sea Gayle/Arista (track)
—I like his soft, lightly rasping vocal delivery on this yearning salute to the Pure Prairie League 1975 hit “Amie.” The group’s alumni Craig Fuller and Vince Gill provide the vocal harmonies.

JOSH CHARLES/Life Ain’t Fair
Writer: Josh Charles/Milton L. Brown; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed; Downhome (
—This downbeat, hard-luck-in-hard-times lament is performed at a languid, resigned pace that underscores its message of defeat. Definitely a song for today.

Writer: Josh Thompson/Phil O’Donnell/Chris Wallin; Producer: Phil O’Donnell; Publisher: none listed, BMI/ASCAP; Columbia (CDX)
—The lyric’s message is the more things change, the more they stay the same. Josh’s plain-spoken delivery is set to a deliberate, shuffling tempo underscored by sighing, keening electric guitar work. At first listen, it seems a mite dull, but I have a feeling it could grow on me.

KIP MOORE/Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck
Writer: Kip Moore/Dan Couch; Producer: Brett James; Publisher: Music of Stage Three/Songs of Comman/Roll Through/BMG Chrysalis/Songs From the Couch, BMI; MCA Nashville (CDX)
—This former DisCovery Award winner has a cool, blue-collar-rocker vibe that gets more and more intense as this thumper progresses. I dig everything about this—the way it’s written, the way he wails it, the insistent percussion, the instrumental fade, everything.

FREDDY POWERS & MERLE HAGGARD/Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
Writer: Freddy Powers; Producer: Merle Haggard, Freddy Powers & Lou Bradley; Publisher: Air Fred, BMI; Hag (CDX) (
—Powers is a veteran country-jazz fusion man who has always been cooler than the breeze. He and Hag swap lines with warmth, camaraderie and gentle swingability here, while his guitar filligrees embellish the the track beautifully. The sound of two masters at work.

Writer: Ashley Robertson; Producer: Ashley Robertson; Publisher: none listed, SOCAN; AR (Canada) (
—Minor key, melodically repetitive and faintly Celtic sounding. Utterly unprogramable.

Writer: Sean Patrick McGraw/Ann Chappell/Jason Jones; Producer: Sean Patrick McGraw; Publisher: none listed, ASCAP; Little Engine (track) (
—This longtime Music Row fave is back with a shuddering ballad of heartbreak and regret. The song is so tuneful and ultra hooky that if his version doesn’t strike paydirt, somebody else should cover it pronto. A super effort.

Loeb & Loeb Promotes Tiffany Dunn

Tiffany Dunn

Tiffany A. Dunn, an associate in Loeb & Loeb’s Nashville office, has been promoted to Senior Counsel. She is a transactional lawyer working primarily in the music, television and motion picture industries and focusing on entertainment, corporate and intellectual property transactions, copyright and trademark protection as well as a talent practice. Her clients include recording artists, songwriters, producers, publishing companies, record labels, production companies, management companies and other parties in the music industry.

“Tiffany is an important part of the tight-knit and specialized team that makes up our Nashville office,” says John T. Frankenheimer, chair of the firm’s Music Industry Practice Group. “The practice there has continually evolved to serve our diverse array of clients and top flight talent in a range of transactional, corporate and intellectual property matters unique to the industry.”

Dunn is a regular speaker on music law related topics at industry conferences and events. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and her B.B.A. cum laude from Belmont University. She can be reached at [email protected]