The Academy Of Country Music Announces Performances For 56th Awards

The Academy of Country Music has announced some planned performances for the 56th ACM Awards hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton on Sunday, April 18.

This year’s show will take place at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium, with performances at the Station Inn, Bridge Building, and Broadway.

Performances for this year’s award show include collaborations with Elle King and Miranda Lambert opening up the show with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home);” Dierks Bentley performing U2’s classic “Pride (In The Name of Love)” with husband and wife duo The War and Treaty; Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall (“In His Arms”); Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd (“Chasing After You”); Chris Young and Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”); Carly Pearce and Lee Brice duetting on “I Hope You’re Happy Now”; Carrie Underwood performing a medley from her new album of gospel hymns, My Savior, which will also feature a duet with CeCe Winans; and Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney performing together for “Half Of My Hometown.”

Other performances include Brothers Osborne (“I’m Not For Everyone”); Kenny Chesney (“Knowing You”); Eric Church (“Bunch Of Nothing”); Luke Combs (“Forever After All”); Dan + Shay (“Glad You Exist”); Mickey Guyton (“Hold On”); Alan Jackson with “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and a special mashup for “Drive (For Daddy Gene);” Thomas Rhett premiering “What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again;” Blake Shelton celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first hit single “Austin” as well as “Minimum Wage:” and Chris Stapleton (“Maggie’s Song”).

It was also announced that Lady A will join the lineup in addition to recently revealed New Male Artist of the Year, Jimmie Allen, and New Female Artist of the Year, Gabby Barrett, who will all perform on this year’s show. Previously announced performers include, Little Big TownAshley McBryde, and Keith Urban. Additional details on these performances, this year’s presenters, and more will be announced in the coming days.

The ACM Awards show will broadcast live on Sunday, April 18 at 7 p.m. CST on CBS, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Doyle Lawson Announces Retirement Plans For End Of 2022

Doyle Lawson

Bluegrass great Doyle Lawson has revealed that he will step away from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and will be retiring at the end of 2022.

Born in 1944 in Kingsport, Tennessee, Lawson grew up on the gospel music heard in his church as well as the early country music on his radio. When he heard the emerging sound of Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers and other founders of what would eventually be known as bluegrass, Lawson saw his destiny. He’s gone on to win numerous IBMA Awards, among being inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have been nominated for 7 Grammy Awards.

As the leader of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver for over 40 years, the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member has remained active as a touring artist, regularly playing festivals, concerts, and churches all over the U.S. He and the group have a full schedule booked for the remainder of this year, and will be playing throughout next year as well before hanging up his hat with the group. A mainstay in the business for nearly six decades, he is not retiring from the industry altogether and says he will continue to produce other acts.

Lawson has two more albums planned before he steps back, one of which is a gospel project. The next album will mark his 42nd with the group and is slated for release in June via Billy Blue Records.

Gabby Barrett Scores Second Consecutive No. 1 With ‘The Good Ones’

Gabby Barrett. Photo: Robby Klein

Warner Music Nashville’s Gabby Barrett has scored her second consecutive No. 1 country hit with “The Good Ones.”

The ACM New Female Artist of the Year‘s Platinum-certified single marks the first time in five years a solo female artist has sent her first two radio singles to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. “The Good Ones” also hit No. 1 on MusicRow‘s CountryBreakout Radio Chart on March 19. The hit, written by Barrett with Zach Kale, Emily Landis and Jim McCormick, has tallied more than 245 million global streams rising to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart last week.

Barrett’s debut single “I Hope” has been Platinum-certified five times and earned her a nomination for Single of the Year at the 56th ACM Awards. She is set to perform at Sunday night’s award show which airs on CBS at 7 p.m. CST.

Shooter Jennings, Eric Church Appear In New Doc Exploring Jack Daniels Mystique

A new documentary, Chasing Whiskey – The Untold Story Of Jack Daniel’s is available for streaming now featuring original music composed and performed by Shooter Jennings, who also appears in the full-length feature film alongside Eric Church, John Grisham, Tim Matheson, Tina Sinatra, and many more.

The film documents a cultural exploration into why people all over the world identify so deeply with one of the most distinctly American brands: Jack Daniels Whiskey. Through it all, Jack Daniel’s serves as the compass on a journey that offers a unique glimpse into humanity, shared values, differing views, dreams, and delusions. A 57,000 mile journey across five countries and 16 time zones, Chasing Whiskey – The Untold Story Of Jack Daniel’s is available now on iTunes, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube for $9.99 (HD/SD purchase) and $4.99 (HD/SD Video-On-Demand). Additional platforms will follow in the coming weeks, including VUDU, Comcast Xfinity, Dish Network, and DirecTV.

“Why is whiskey so intertwined with popular culture, and how did Jack Daniel’s become the most iconic whiskey brand in the world?,” asks filmmaker and director Greg Olliver. “These are some of the questions we were asking as we began our journey on Chasing Whiskey. Fortunately, no matter where we went, from Tennessee to Japan to Cuba to the outback of Australia – and even Scotland – we always found someone who had a compelling, personal story to tell about Jack. With unprecedented access that was given to us by Jack Daniel’s, we uncovered surprising stories that began even before Jack started making his own whiskey. We’re proud to present this insightful, whiskey-infused adventure that tells the story of Jack that’s been more than a hundred-and-fifty years in the making.”

The original music featured on the soundtrack was recorded in 2017 with Jennings providing piano and synthesizer alongside an all-star lineup of musicians that includes Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum; Michael Devin (Whitesnake, From The Earth) on bass, harmonica, and vocals; Jesse Dayton on guitar and vocals; and longtime collaborator/fiddle player Aubrey Richmond (Duff McKagen, Mustangs of the West).

Endurance Names Carrie Wilkins Vice President, Amplified Administration

Carrie Wilkins. Photo: Ed Rode

Endurance Music Group announced that Carrie Wilkins has been named as Vice President of Administration for their administration division, Amplified Administration.

Wilkins will oversee all aspects of royalty collection, processing and distribution for the company’s clients and will report directly to EMG’s Senior Vice President Mark Ahlberg.

“Carrie’s dedication to the craft of royalty administration is second to none,” says Ahlberg. “Her expertise in the field speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to utilize her talents to benefit the EMG roster of songwriters, our present and future catalog, and our growing list of independent publisher, artist, and distributor clients. We’re excited to welcome Carrie to the Endurance family and confident she’ll be an incredible asset to our team.”

Wilkins, a graduate of Belmont University’s music business program, has spent more than 25 years in royalty tracking, collecting, and auditing. Most recently, she held the role of Head of Royalty Administration at HoriPro Entertainment Group/Mojo Music & Media, where she and her team utilized state of the art royalty software to provide fast and accurate payments to the company’s clients.

Reach Wilkins at [email protected].

Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley Among ASCAP Pop Award Winners

Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley

ASCAP has revealed the winners of the 2021 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, which will be celebrated on ASCAP’s social media platforms through April 15.

The 2021 ASCAP Pop Music Awards recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs of the past year in pop music. Providing a look at the music creators behind 2020’s biggest hits, ASCAP will premiere exclusive winner video acceptance speeches, virtual studio tours, stories behind the songs and more on ASCAP social media platforms. Starting at 10 AM ET on April 13-15, friends, fans and peers can tune in to the festivities via ASCAP on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #ASCAPAwards.

The ASCAP Pop Music Awards Song of the Year goes to Post Malone’s “Circles,” honoring ASCAP songwriters Louis Bell, Kaan Güneşberk and Billy Walsh alongside publishers Nyan King Music, Sony Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group. The Weeknd won the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year honor and two most-performed song awards for smash hits “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” making him a 13-time ASCAP Awards winner. Warner Chappell Music received Publisher of the Year.

Josh Osborne and Ashley Gorley lead the Nashville-based, ASCAP affiliates who took home awards. See the full list of Nashville ASCAP songwriters and publishers who took home awards below:

10,000 Hours
Writers: Dan Smyers, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jordan Reynolds, Justin Bieber
Publishers: Beats And Banjos, BIEBER TIME PUBLISHING, BMG, Buckeye26, JREYNMUSIC, Poo BZ Publishing Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music

After A Few
ASCAP Writers: Justin Weaver
ASCAP Publishers: Music Of The Corn, Sound Wagon Songs, Warner Chappell Music

Chasin’ You
ASCAP Writers: Craig Wiseman, Jamie Moore
ASCAP Publishers: Big Loud Proud Songs, BMG, JMZL Music, Red Toe Rocker, Round Hill Music, Team Destiny

Die From A Broken Heart
ASCAP Writers: Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton, Maddie Marlow
ASCAP Publishers: Big Machine Music, Seven Red Birds Publishing, Sony Music Publishing, Spirit Music Nashville, Warner Chappell Music

Hard To Forget
ASCAP Writers: Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne, Sam Hunt
ASCAP Publishers: Between The Pines LLC, Caleb’s College Fund, Round Hill Music, Smackborne Music, Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

Homemade
ASCAP Writers: Ben Goldsmith
ASCAP Publishers: BMG, Go For The Goldsmith , Hipgnosis Songs Group

I Hope
ASCAP Writers:
ASCAP Publishers: Nite Writer Music, Sony Music Publishing

Kinfolks
ASCAP Writers: Jerry Flowers, Josh Osborne, Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell
ASCAP Publishers: Between The Pines LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, JFLO Records And Tapes, Miller Crow Music, Smackborne Music, Sony Music Publishing, Spirit Music Nashville, Tape Room Music, Twelve6 Dogwood, Universal Music Publishing Group

Nobody But You
ASCAP Writers: Josh Osborne
ASCAP Publishers: Smackborne Music, Sony Music Publishing

One Man Band
ASCAP Writers: Brad Tursi, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen
ASCAP Publishers: Anthem Music Publishing, Downtown Music Publishing, More Me Gusta Music, ReeHits World, Smackborne Music, SMACKSONGS, Sony Music Publishing, Twelve6 Dogwood, Unfair Entertainment, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music

One Of Them Girls
ASCAP Writers: Ashley Gorley
ASCAP Publishers: 8minute Publishing, Artist Publishing Group West, Caleb’s College Fund, Kobalt, Round Hill Music, Tape Room Music

Prayed For You
ASCAP Writers: Matt Stell
ASCAP Publishers: Endurance Music Group, Sony Music Publishing

Ridin’ Roads
ASCAP Writers: Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell
ASCAP Publishers: Caleb’s College Fund, Miller Crow Music, Round Hill Music, Spirit Music Nashville, Tape Room Music

The Bones
ASCAP Writers: Jimmy Robbins
ASCAP Publishers: EXTRAORDINARY ALIEN PUBLISHING, Round Hill Music

Whiskey Glasses
ASCAP Writers: Kevin Kadish
ASCAP Publishers: Amplified Administration, Endurance Music Group, Shooting Moving Targets In The Dark

Circle Network Counts Down To 56th ACM Awards With 16-Hour ‘ACM Awards Circle’

Circle announced today (April 13) that they will be ringing in the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards with a special collection of programming leading up to the live award show.

ACM Awards Circle will kick off their 16 hours of programming at 10 a.m. CST on Saturday, April 17, during which past and present ACM Award winners and nominees will be highlighted with special guests, including Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Toby Keith, Parker McCollum, Blake Shelton, Tenille Townes, and more.

ACM Awards Circle will celebrate with an ACM themed Opry Live performance on Saturday, April 17 at 9 p.m. CST at the Ryman Auditorium featuring Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, and this year’s ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen as well as a special appearance by New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett. Immediately before Opry Live, a special livestream of Circle Sessions: ACM Awards with Luke Bryan, John Rich, Josh Turner and more will stream on Circle’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at 7:30 p.m. CST.

“We are thrilled to work with Circle TV once again for the ACM Awards Circle special to kick off on April 17. Showcasing some of the biggest names in the genre, both past and present, as well as rising country stars, the 16-hour special is the perfect lead-in to the Award show,” says CEO of the Academy of Country Music Damon Whiteside. “This special offers something for every country fan to enjoy and serves as the perfect way to build anticipation leading up to this year’s show. A huge thanks to Circle TV for making this happen, and we look forward to seeing fans’ excitement as a result leading into the live telecast April 18!”

“Circle is honored to partner with the ACM Awards for the second year in a row to help with the lead up to the big night. Viewers can look forward to a curated mix of fan-favorite episodes featuring some of the biggest names in country music who have been a part of the awards throughout the years,” shares Circle Network’s General Manager Drew Reifenberger. “Our multi-platform network has been able to bring Nashville to the homes of millions around the world throughout the pandemic and we look forward to continuing this with ACM Awards Circle.

ACM Awards Winners’ Circle will lead viewers into the highly anticipated 56th ACM Awards on Sunday, April 18 live at 7 p.m. CST on CBS and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The show will make history as it airs live from Nashville, TN broadcasting from three of Music City’s most legendary venues – the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and Bluebird Cafe.

The ACM Awards Circle full programming schedule can be found here: https://www.circleplus.com/schedule/.

‘Skyville Live: Jerry Lee Lewis’ To Make Television Debut Tonight

Skyville Live: Jerry Lee Lewis will debut on CMT tonight (April 13). The show includes a stellar lineup of artists honoring the music icon including George Strait, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Waylon Payne and a special performance from The Killer himself.

Originally filmed in 2017, the Skyville Live show marked the 60th Anniversary of mega-hits “Whole Lotta Shakin’” and “Great Balls of Fire,” both of which were recorded at Sam Phillips’ Memphis-based Sun Records and are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Originally aired online, fans can catch the TV debut of the show on CMT at 9 p.m. CT and on CMT.com.

“Not only did I get to enjoy my music through the renditions of some of the finest musicians in the world, they also all happen to be my friends. What an honor,” says Lewis in reflecting on the event.

Jerry Lee Lewis is one of only two living members of the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where he was inducted alongside Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and more in 1986. He is also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, The MAX Hall of Fame and has received countless awards and honors from organizations worldwide. Lewis has had 17 top 10 country albums and 30 top 10 country hits.

First Annual Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival Slated For August

The First Annual Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival is set to take place in downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge on August 19-22. The nights will be filled with performances from top songwriters including Tony Arata, Lee Roy Parnell, Will Nance, Steve Dean, and many more.

Songwriters attending the conference will have the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by industry professionals, perfect their craft, perform live shows, collaborate in writing sessions, and advance their careers. Industry executives attending this year include Mark Brown, SVP & GM Round Hill Music, Blake Chancey, music producer and owner of RPM Music Group. Devon O’Day, songwriter, career radio host, and streaming host of Mainstream Today will be hosting the event.

Nestled in the heart of The Great Smoky Mountains, the three-day conference and live music event will feature nightly shows by hit songwriters in venues including The Listening Room—Pigeon Forge, Ole Red, SkyLift Park, Park Vista Hotel and The Historic Gatlinburg Inn.

“The Listening Room is thrilled to support the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival,” says Chris Blair, owner and operator of The Listening Room. “As we open our new music venue in Pigeon Forge this summer, we are excited to host these talented songwriters, and infuse even more live music into the Smokies.”

On August 19, there will be a special kick-off celebration commemorating the legacy of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, the writers behind many hits, including “Rocky Top,” which has become the unofficial anthem of East Tennessee. The Bryants, who are highlighted in Ken Burns acclaimed documentary, Country Music, will be remembered with the installation of a new TN Music Pathways Marker at The Historic Gatlinburg Inn. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to book writing sessions in historic room #388 where many of the Bryant’s tunes were penned.

There are a variety of options to attend, with most performances free and open to the public. Special events can be attended with a $30 membership, one-night show tickets, or special event tickets, all of which are available at gatlinburgsongwriters.com/attend.

Nashville Music Equality To Present ‘A Night With A Legend: Sam Moore’

Nashville Music Equality is hosting a special virtual Night With A Legend, a conversation with the legendary “Soul Man” Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, hosted by NME’s President, Shannon Sanders on April 20. The evening will feature a discussion exploring Moore’s career and his story navigating the music industry.

Moore is best known for his work with the historic soul duo Sam & Dave, a group that sold more than 10 million records worldwide with hits “Hold On I’m Coming,” “I Thank You,” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” “Soul Sister,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wrap It Up” and the monster hit “Soul Man,” which catapulted up both the pop and R&B charts. The music and sound of Sam & Dave became so popular that the duo served as the inspiration for The Blues Brothers parody by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Moore has maintained his appeal and his stardom as a solo artist and continues to tour, scoring critical acclaim for his work.

He is also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and enjoyed success in the country realm with his duet of “Rainy Night In Georgia” with Conway Twitty (Conway’s last recording), which earned them a Platinum record as well as two CMA award nominations.

To attend the event, register here.