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]

Industry Ink Tuesday (9/13/11)

Nashville’s Exit/In marked its 40th anniversary with a series of concerts featuring performers from throughout the venue’s history. Among those taking the stage were Guy Clark, Griffin House, Clayton Bellamy, Marshall Chapman, Mac Gayden, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, and Buzz Cason. Proceeds went to MusiCares. Pictured singing (L-R): Tracy Nelson and Dianne Davidson, the venue's first ever performer. Photo: Alan Mayor

• City National Bank and The Recording Academy® will present NSAI’s World’s Largest No. 1 Party on Mon., Sept. 19. The event runs 4 – 5:30 p.m. and honors the past year’s top songwriters in Nashville. Join them under the big tent in the NSAI parking lot (1710 Roy Acuff Place, the former Music Mill).

• Warner Music Nashville has added Raffaella Braun to the W.A.R. promotion team as West Coast Promotions Manager beginning Fri., Sept. 16. Braun most recently worked at Creative Artists Agency. She will report directly to Chris Palmer, W.A.R. VP of Promotion. Contact Braun beginning Friday at (973) 930-9118 or [email protected]

John Esposito, wife Chantel, and baby Isabella

• Also joining the Warner team is Isabella Heather Esposito, born Sept. 10 to President & CEO of Warner Music Nashville John Esposito and wife, Chantel. She is the couple’s first child and weighed in at 7lbs, 9oz, and 21.4 inches long. She joins siblings Jessica and Johnny. Espo happily reports that Isabella has already smiled at the sight of a Steelers Terrible Towel. Her other immediate plans include listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road.”

• Sony Music Nashville was named all-genre Label of the Year at the recent Trans World convention, and Sony Music Entertainment won Vendor of the Year. Trans World Entertainment Corporation operates over 400 stores, the majority of which are united under the brand name F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment).

Kent Earls, Senior VP of Creative at Universal Music Publishing Group, and hit songwriter Joe Doyle will lead a Songwriters Law Seminar on Oct. 1 at the Listening Room. Running 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., the event will cover copyright and collaboration, publishing contracts, and singer-songwriter recording agreements. Registration here or contact Brian Mencher for more information at [email protected], or (718) 390-3503.

Pictured are Jerry Foster (L) and Museum Editor Michael Gray (R). Photo: John Russell

• The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum honored Jerry Foster in its quarterly Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters series on Sept. 10. Throughout the program, which included archival recordings and videos, Foster discussed his forty-plus years writing songs, including his 19-year stint with Bill Rice as the songwriting duo Foster and Rice. The pair is one of the most decorated songwriting teams in ASCAP history with a catalog that includes “The Day the World Stood Still,” “Here Comes the Hurt Again” and “Thirty Nine and Holding.”

SuperStar Records is launching with a new release by Grammy® winning producer, songwriter and solo artist Tom Hambridge. The new company was formed by Hambridge; entertainment attorney, television producer and creative architect Michael Holstein; and business executive, marketer, and entrepreneur John Heithaus. The SuperStar Records office is located at 9 Music Sq. S., Suite #276, Nashville, TN 37203. Call them at 866-803-5825 x101. BOOM! is Hambridge’s sixth solo album.

Arrangements For Hit Songwriter Don Wayne

Don Wayne

[Updated 9/14]

Visitation will be 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. today (9/13) at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN (615) 646-9292.

A life celebration will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday (9/14) at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home with burial to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Sign the online guestbook.


Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don Wayne has died at age 78.

Mark Ford of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) states that the famed composer of such hits as “Country Bumpkin” and “Saginaw, Michigan” passed away last night, Sept. 12.

The songwriter was born Donald William Choate on May 30, 1933. He was a Nashville native. As a boy, he enjoyed listening to Grand Ole Opry stars such as Ernest Tubb and Eddy Arnold on the family’s radio. His early career was as a tool and die maker.

In 1953, Wayne had his first major-label cut as a songwriter when George Morgan recorded his “Lonesome Waltz” for Columbia. The songwriter was also a recording artist, himself. He recorded for Look Records and released several albums on his own in later years.

Don Wayne signed with Tree Publishing in 1963. The following year, Lefty Frizzell took his “Saginaw, Michigan” to the top of the country charts. Wayne went through a somewhat fallow spell as a songwriter, then bounced back with “Country Bumpkin” in 1974. As recorded by Cal Smith, the tune earned Song and/or Single of the Year honors from the CMA, ACM and NSAI.

Other notable Don Wayne copyrights include “The Belles of Southern Bell” (Del Reeves, 1965), “It’s Time to Pay the Fiddler” (Cal Smith, 1975), “What In Her World Did I Do” (Eddy Arnold, 1979), “If Teardrops Were Silver” (Jean Shepard, 1966), “She Talked a Lot About Texas” (Cal Smith, 1975), “Nashville” (David Houston, 1971), “The Marriage Bit” (Lefty Frizzell, 1968) and “Hank” (Hank Williams Jr., 1973).

Wayne’s “Walk Tall,” a 1965 top-10 hit for Faron Young, later became an underground rock favorite via recordings by Stiff Little Fingers and The Popes. Val Doonican made it a huge hit in Great Britain.

Don Wayne’s songs were also recorded by Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Connie Smith, The Osborne Brothers, Jerry Garcia, Tanya Tucker, Tex Ritter, Jack Barlow, Jim & Jesse, Sheb Wooley, Hank Thompson, Ernest Tubb, Doug Kershaw, Tommy Cash, The Wilburn Brothers, Hank Snow, Burl Ives, George Jones, Bobby Bare, The Browns and Dick Curless, among many others.

Don Wayne was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978.

He had been hospitalized for some time and was moved to home hospice about a week ago. At press time, no funeral arrangements had been announced.

Wayne was one of the songwriters who performed at last year’s inaugural event at the Woods at Fontanel. Proceeds from Songwriters Sing for Nashville went to flood relief. Seated (L-R): Fontanel co-owners Marc Oswald and Dale Morris; Standing (L-R): Hugh Prestwood, Roger Murrah, Mike Reid, Dickey Lee, Mark D. Sanders, Don Wayne, Jim Weatherly, Dallas Frazier, Dennis Morgan, Kye Fleming.


Wayne was part of the 1978 class of the Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. Pictured (L-R): Joe Allison, Danny Dill, Don Wayne, Zeke Clements, Curly Putman, Cindy Walker (center), Don Robertson, Marijohn Wilkin, John Loudermilk, Hank Snow, Harlan Howard, Boudleaux Bryant, Jack Clement, standing in for Tom T. Hall - Mrs. Hall.

GAC Takes Stars Back to Their Day Jobs

Joe Nichols gives warehouse dock work another go on GAC Day Jobs.

By Caitlin Rantala

On Oct. 2 GAC premieres Day Jobs, an original series that follows country artists as they revisit the day jobs they had before they had airtime on the radio. Each one-hour episode will show three artists as they work an eight-hour shift at their prior place of employment.

Artists featured in Day Jobs include Trace Adkins (roughneck/offshore oil rig), Chris Young (AC unit installation), Craig Morgan (Army soldier), Kimberly Schlapman (waitress), Neal McCoy (women’s shoe salesman), Rodney Atkins (landscaper), Chuck Wicks (potato farmer), Josh Kelley (golf instructor), Eddie Montgomery (butcher), Joe Nichols (warehouse dock worker), Aaron Tippin (corporate jet pilot), David Nail (Dairy Queen employee), Darryl Worley (commercial fisherman), Easton Corbin (Ace Hardware employee), Gary Allan (construction worker), Phil Vassar (restaurant owner), Troy Gentry (bartender), Danny Gokey (truck driver), and Clay Walker (cattle rancher).

“Country music has long epitomized the working man and it was great to see so many stars wanting to tell their stories and revisit their early jobs alongside the hard working people doing those jobs today,” said GAC President Ed Hardy. “Viewers will get rare insight—straight from the stars themselves—about an important part of these artists’ lives.”

Many of the stars, including Adkins, had to put in additional training hours to re-qualify for the old gigs.

Day Jobs is produced by Taillight TV, producer Sarah Brock, and executive producers Tom Forrest and Thom Oliphant.

Other new programming coming to GAC includes Tom’s Wild Life, featuring famed outfitter Tom McMillan and celebrity friends such as Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who retreat to his Kansas ranch. Set to premiere Sun., Sept. 18 at 8:00 p.m./CT.

And George Strait sat down for a rare two-part interview with Storme Warren on Headline Country, with the second installment airing Thurs., Sept. 22, 8:30 p.m./CT.

George Strait talks about his new album with Storme Warren.


Johnny Reid Leads Canadian Country Music Awards

Johnny Reid

Leading nominee Johnny Reid was the opening performer at last night’s Canadian Country Music Awards and went on to win three trophies. At the event in Hamilton, Ontario he received CMT Video of the Year for “Today I’m Gonna Try And Change The World,” Male Artist of the Year, and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. His album A Place Called Love also won Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year at the previous night’s Gala Awards.

Dean Brody took home two 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards, Single of the Year for “Trial of Life,” and Album of the Year for Trial of Life. Terri Clark went home with Female Artist of the Year and trio Hey Romeo took Group or Duo of the Year. Last year’s New Artist Showcase winner Chad Brownlee won his first Canadian Country Music Award for Rising Star.

Canada’s biggest country artists graced the stage at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. Presenters included Deric Ruttan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ronnie Dunn, Ron James, Howie Dorough and Michelle Wright as well as a rare duet by Doc Walker and Luke Bryan, collaborating on a performance of their songs that share the same name, “Country Girl.”

Fans’ Choice Award: Johnny Reid
Single Of The Year: “Trail In Life” Dean Brody
Album Of The Year: Trail In Life, Dean Brody
CMT Video Of The Year: “Today I’m Gonna Try And Change The World” Johnny Reid
Female Artist Of The Year: Terri Clark
Male Artist Of The Year: Johnny Reid
Group Or Duo Of The Year: Hey Romeo
Rising Star: Chad Brownlee

Music Council Refocuses, Rebrands

The Nashville Music Council has re-branded with a new name, re-focused with fewer members, and added a full-time staffer.

Now known as the Music City Music Council (MC2), the new moniker emphasizes one of Nashville’s most important offerings, its music. “We’re not just any city. We are Music City, and that designation is an appropriate and descriptive name for the Council as it works to further cement our Music City identity,” explains Mayor Karl Dean. “Under this new structure, the Music Council will be better equipped to recruit entertainment companies and visitors to our city and all that Nashville offers.”

MC2 is co-chaired by Dean and Music Row veteran Randy Goodman, who was most recently president of Lyric Street Records. Goodman says, “As we evaluated different approaches and strategic initiatives toward our overarching goals, it became obvious it was necessary to downsize the Council to be nimble and focused enough to give appropriate and timely counsel to the Mayor, his staff, the Chamber and the CVB.” Previously, sixty artists and music executives served on the Council. The new 21-member body places a greater focus on economic development.

Additionally, Honey Hopkins has been hired to the newly created, full-time position of director of the Music City Music Council. Hopkins, who had served as the liaison between the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Music Council, will manage the group’s initiatives and day-to-day operations.

The Council includes: Co-Chairs, Dean and Goodman; Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau; Ralph Schulz, president and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mary Ann McCready, immediate past co-chair.

Committee chairs: Ryman Auditorium General Manager Sally Williams, chair of the Live Music Committee; Vector Management Partner Ken Levitan, chair of the Business Development Committee; Nancy Shapiro of The Recording Academy, chair of the Education Committee; Bohan & Associates Partner David Bohan, chair of the Marketing Committee; and Country Music Association CEO Steve Moore, chair of the Association and Trade Organizations Committee. Goodman will chair the Hospitality Committee.

At-large members: Joe Galante; Clarence Spalding, president, Spalding Entertainment; Troy Tomlinson, CEO, Nashville Sony/ATV Publishing; David Ingram, chairman and president, Ingram Entertainment Inc.; Scott Clayton of Creative Artists Agency; Mike Wells, president and CEO, Jackson National Life Insurance Co., and Steve Turner, principal, MarketStreet Enterprises.

The organization launched in 2009 as a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Honey Hopkins can be reached at (615) 880-1506 or [email protected]

Hunter Hayes Preps Album Release, Plans Tour

Warner Music Nashville artist Hunter Hayes will release his self-titled debut album Oct. 11, and will support it by launching his first-ever club tour on Oct. 8.

Hayes’ “Most Wanted” Fall Tour 2011 gets underway at Ford Park Exhibit Hall in Beaumont, TX and currently has 15 U.S. dates scheduled, including a stop Nov. 2 at Nashville’s 12th & Porter.

Two special VIP Experience packages will be available for purchase at each show. The “VIP Coffee House Experience” includes a pre-order of Hunter Hayes, a Hunter t-shirt, a tour laminate, and pre-show coffee with Hunter at the venue. The second option is the “Hunter Hayes Early Entry Experience” and gets buyers early entry the night of the show, a t-shirt, and the album pre-order. Full tour dates are below.

The young multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, keys, and more) played every instrument on Hunter Hayes, wrote or co-wrote every song, and co-produced it with Dann Huff. CMT.com’s “Listen Up” is offering exclusive live performances of some of the tracks from Hayes’ recent performance at 12th & Porter, as well as a video bio and other exclusive footage. Check out the performances here.

Hunter Hayes “Most Wanted” Fall Tour 2011:
10/8                 Beaumont, TX – Ford Park Exhibit Hall
10/9                 Gretna, LA – Heritage Festival
10/12               Foxboro, MA – Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill
10/20               Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
10/21               Indianapolis, IN – The Earth House
10/22               Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
10/26               Detroit, MI – Clutch Cargo
10/27               Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
10/28               Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/29               Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar
11/2                 Nashville, TN – 12th and Porter
11/5                 Sanford, FL – The Barn
11/6                 Davie, FL – The Round Up
11/11               Milwaukee, WI – Red Rock
11/12               Chicago, IL – To Be Announced

Steve Holy Releases New Album

Curb Records artist Steve Holy releases his third studio album, Love Don’t Run, today, Sept. 13. Working again with producer and hit songwriter Lee Miller, Holy’s lead single is the title track written by Joe Leathers, Rachael Thibodeau and Ben Glover.

“I’m so proud of this album and grateful it’s finally out,” states Holy. “After the birth of my two daughters this is the third most exciting day of my life!”

Along with a steady climb up the country charts, “Love Don’t Run” has just reached the No. 3 spot on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown. Holy is touring nationally in support of the project.

Track listing:
1. If It Gets You Where You Wanna Go (Rodney Atkins, Rodney Clawson, Jim Collins)
2. Love Don’t Run (Joe Leathers, Rachael Thibodeau, Ben Glover)
3. Hauled Off And Kissed Me (Steve Holy, Jim Collins, Lee Thomas Miller)
4. Until The Rain Stops (Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Matt Jenkins)
5. Heart Of A Hero (Kelly Roland, Nicole Witt, Pat Bunch)
6. Every Day Should End Like This (Steve Holy, Ross Copperman, Lee Thomas Miller)
7. Wonders (Steve Holy, Steve Rutledge, Joel Brentlinger)
8. Let The Sun Shine In (Steve Holy, Tony Martin, Lee Thomas Miller)
9. Like I’m Famous (Steven Dale Jones, Jeremy Spillman, Chris Cavanaugh)
10. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kris Kristofferson)
11. Bonus Track: Good Morning Beautiful (Todd Cerney, Zack Lyle)

Star Line-Up for ACM Honors

Joe Nichols will host the ACM Honors.

Presenters and performers for the 5th Annual ACM Honors have been revealed. A slew of country’s finest will join host and performer Joe Nichols Mon., Sept. 19 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Presenters include Ronnie Dunn, Laura Bell Bundy, John Michael Montgomery and Ralph Emery. Set to perform are Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Jamey Johnson, Montomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins, Dean Dillon, Randy Houser, Jack Ingram, The Isaacs, Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square, The Whites and Lee Ann Womack. Buddy Cannon serves as the event’s musical director.

The ACM Honors is an evening of musical tribute performances and special presentations celebrating the non-televised winners from the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year.

Those being honored at the event include Special Award recipients Garth Brooks, John Dorris, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Reba, Taylor Swift and the film Country Strong. Hank Cochran will also be honored posthumously. The evening also recognizes winners of the MBI (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry categories. See the complete list of winners.

For the second year in a row, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by the general public via Ticketmaster.

Early Winners From The Canadian Country Music Awards

Festivities surrounding the Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton, Ontario are in full swing, with honors handed out over the weekend at the Gala Dinner Awards, and the All-Star Band Awards & Jam Session. The Gala Dinner boasted performances by Victoria Banks, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and The Band Perry. The main awards show is tonight’s 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards.

Some of the weekend’s winners:
Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year—Kelly Berehulka (Casinos Of Winnipeg)
Music Publishing Company of the Year—ole
Record Company of the Year—Open Road Recordings
Record Company Person of the Year—Ron Kitchener (Open Road Recordings)
Artist Hall of Fame Inductee—Michelle Wright
Builder Hall of Fame Inductee—Bill Langstroth
Slaight Music Humanitarian Award—Johnny Reid
Songwriter(s) of the Year—”Trail In Life” (written and recorded by Dean Brody)
Top Selling Canadian Album 0f the Year (Canadian sales only)—Johnny Reid
Top Selling International Album of the Year (Canadian sales only)—Taylor Swift
Album Design of the Year—Kristin Barlowe/Cut+Paste Design/Jill Snell/Jeff Sylvester for Trail In Life (Dean Brody)
Record Producer(s) of the Year—George Canyon/Richard Marx (Better Be Home Soon – George Canyon)
Management Company of the Year—RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Retailer of the Year—iTunes Canada
Website of the Year—deanbrody.com (Dean Brody) – Mike Kent/Mitch Nevins, Webmasters
Booking Agency of the Year—The Agency Group
Video Director of the Year—Stephano Barberis (“Here To Heaven” Marlee Scott; “Passenger Window” Melissa Rae Barrie; “Put Some Alcohol On It” Gord Bamford)
Country Festival, Fair, or Exhibition of the Year—Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB

The full list of awards can be found at www.ccma.org.