Dylan Guthro Inks Publishing Deal With RED Creative Group, Anthem Entertainment

Dylan Guthro. Photo: Emma-Lee

Dylan Guthro has signed a worldwide publishing deal with RED Creative Group and Anthem Entertainment.

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Guthro has established himself as a force in the Nashville songwriter community. A member of the Warner Music trio Port Cities, the songwriter, producer, and vocalist co-wrote and produced Noah Schnacky’s most recent single “Don’t You Wanna Know” featuring Jimmie Allen. He has also secured cuts and production credits with BANNERS, Donovan Woods, and many others.

“Dylan’s writing and production immediately captured my attention. He brings a fresh and unique perspective to the writing room and has an incredible work ethic. We are excited to have him on board and can’t wait to hear what he’s going to cook up next,” shares President/Owner, RED Creative Group Jeremy Stover.

“I feel so lucky to have met so many amazing people over this past year. It’s hard to believe it all happened over zoom… it’s truly been a blessing and a hell of a lot of fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone at RED, Anthem, and everyone else that’s been willing to roll the dice on me. I can’t wait to get down there and see what the future holds,” Guthro says.

Garth Brooks Adds Nashville Date To His Record Breaking Stadium Tour

The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour is coming to Nashville on Saturday, July 31 at Nissan Stadium.

In March of 2019, Brooks launched The Stadium Tour, which has since broken stadium attendance records at every stop so far. Pollstar announced at the end of last year that The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour was the best selling country music tour of 2019.

The Nashville stop, which marks Brooks first performance at Nissan Stadium, is the latest addition to his Stadium Tour. The show will feature in-the-round seating and is promising to be one of the most special stops on the tour.

“This is where you come to party,” Brooks says. “I can’t imagine what you’d have to do to have a beer in Nashville on the Stadium Tour. Well, you’d have to put the Stadium Tour and Nashville together, wouldn’t ya? That would be crazy!” he said.

Tickets for The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour in Nashville go on sale Friday, June 26 at 10:00 am CST on Ticketmaster. Tickets will cost $94.95 and are all inclusive.

Muzology Wins Second U.S. Department Of Education Grant

Muzology, a Nashville-based music video education company, has won its second grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) totaling $900,000. Created in 2015 by learning expert Dr. Lana Israel and music industry veteran Bob Doyle, Muzology develops music-based learning solutions for students all across the U.S.

This recently earned DOE grant is the fourth major R&D grant the company has received after also receiving two grants from The National Science Foundation. The funding has enabled Muzology to develop technical innovations that optimize music-based methods of learning.

Additionally, Muzology recently won “SETDA Tank,” a Shark Tank style competition between five education technology companies selected to be members of The State Educational Technology Directors Association’s ninth annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. The other four members of the 2021/2022 SETDA Emerging Partners startup cohort were Future Genius, Killer Snails, Paper and Mote.

Muzology has also been named a CODiE Finalist for Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution for 2021, and named to GSV’s Global Elite 200.

In This Issue: MusicRow’s Artist Roster Features Clint Higham & Ebie McFarland, Rachel Whitney, More

Nashville music industry publication MusicRow Magazine has released its 2021 Artist Roster print issue, featuring ASCAP songwriters and Arista Nashville band Old Dominion on the cover.

This year’s edition features exclusive editorials including a chat with industry stalwarts Clint Higham and Ebie McFarland who continue to serve as cutting edge leaders in our industry. Higham and McFarland discuss lessons learned from the pandemic, “cancel culture,” TikTok and NFTs, and more.

This issue also highlights the National Museum of African American Music which is now part of our Nashville landscape serving as the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. “Education is a big part of who we are and what we do,” says NMAAM’s President & CEO H. Beecher Hicks III of the institution. “We think that educating young people, educating the community to understand how significant African American music and African American culture is in middle Tennessee not only will draw more tourists, but also better train our community and our population to take the jobs that are coming our way as our community grows.”

Spotify’s Head of Editorial for Nashville, Rachel Whitney, discusses the art and administration behind curating some of country music’s biggest playlists. Spotify maintains over 100 different country playlists and aims to have something for everyone. “We cover a ton of ground in terms of trying to meet people where they are and creating the soundtrack to whatever they might be doing or whatever they might be looking for,” Whitney says.

Elsewhere in Artist Roster, Sound Healthcare & Financial CEO/Founder R.J. Stillwell talks about the last 15 years of his healthcare advocacy and insurance organization that helps artists, songwriters, musicians, and other creative types navigate the healthcare and insurance systems. Finally, with music always traveling in tandem with technology, this issue covers the basics of non-fungible tokens, commonly referred to as NFTs.

Additionally, Artist Roster contains five company directories complete with client rosters: Label, Management, Talent Agents, Publicity, and Artist Services (Business Management/Financial/Insurance, Digital Music, Legal, Marketing, Radio Promotion, and Organizations). This edition also offers a summarizing Artist Grid, which has become an indispensable tool connecting artists to their team members in each category.

Single copies of MusicRow’s 2021 Artist Roster print issue are available for purchase for $45, and are included with yearly MusicRow subscribed memberships.

The AMG Adds Amanda Good, Kailyn Finnegan In Marketing And Touring

Amanda Good and Kailyn Finnegan. Photo: Rachel Deeb

The AMG has announced industry veterans Amanda Good and Kailyn Finnegan as Head of Marketing and Senior Manager of Touring and Live Events, respectively.

“When we started the AMG two years ago, we knew we wanted to create a multi-faceted company where our artists would be surrounded with the best team in the industry. Amanda and Kailyn are undoubtedly the best and brightest in their fields, and we couldn’t be more proud to add them to our team,” shares President and CEO of The AMG Rob Beckham.

In this new role, Good will oversee the strategy and execution of marketing campaigns for all artists on The AMG’s roster. She will also supervise the company’s Digital Marketing and Creative teams. Good has over 15 years of industry experience, and most recently served as Senior Director of Marketing and Artist Development at Universal Music Group Nashville. While there she where she successfully managed over 35 album releases from artists including George Strait, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack and Hootie & the Blowfish.

In her new position, Finnegan will be working closely with artists’ teams to create comprehensive action plans that best allocate budgets, resources, and timeframes for live events. Additionally, she will manage touring strategy and execution or all clients on The AMG’s roster. Finnegan has nearly two decades of touring experience including most recently with Live Nation, where she worked on some of the industry’s biggest tours, including Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and others.

“We have no doubt that our new team members’ unique experience and insight will help elevate all of the artists on our roster, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds,” says COO Kristy Reeves.

Good and Finnegan can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected], respectively.

Tyler Rich To Kick Off Two Thousand Miles Tour In September

Tyler Rich. Photo: Zack Napier

Tyler Rich is planning a West Coast run this fall with the Two Thousand Miles Tour, featuring special guest Shy Carter. The tour kicks off at Club Rodeo in San Jose, California on Sept. 28, with stops in San Diego, L.A., Portland, Spokane, and more through Oct. 17.

“Postponed. Rebooked. Cancelled. Rebooked. Fourth times a charm?” jokesRich. “Being able to finally do my first headline tour, almost two years later, is an overwhelming feeling for so many reasons. Not only just performing again for a live crowd, but I’ll get to play songs for the first time from my debut album and my new single ‘Better Than You’re Used To.'”

The tour supports Rich’s debut album of the same name, Two Thousand Miles, out now via The Valory Music Co. Over the last year off the road, he has created and connected virtually, recording the aptly-titled  “Feels Like Home” from a makeshift home studio and hosting a weekly themed Instagram Live series. After teasing the demo on TikTok, Rich began working on plans to release “Better Than You’re Used To” and has since amassed over 19 million streams, with a career 282.9 million global streams to date.

Tickets and VIP packages in select markets go on sale Monday, June 21 at TylerRich.com.

Vince Gill Signs Publishing/Writer Management Agreement With Jody Williams Songs

Vince Gill. Photo: John Shearer

22-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill has signed a publishing/writer management agreement with independent music publisher Jody Williams Songs. This agreement marks the first time the songwriter has engaged creatively with any publishing entity, as Gill has been self-published since the beginning of his career.

JWS founder Jody Williams says, “I’ve known and appreciated Vince since the mid ’80s when he first started having solo success as an artist. His self-recorded body of work has always been anchored by his exceptional skill as a songwriter. Those songs, along with that unmistakable voice and skill as a musician, have earned him a place of honor among the entire songwriting community… not to mention the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Now, we look forward to helping forge new writing relationships and facilitating the next chapter of his song catalog.”

“I look forward to my partnership with Jody and Nina Jenkins and their passion for songs,” adds Gill. “Having never done this before, I am grateful for their willingness to champion what’s next for me creatively, and for an even closer friendship that’s already pushing forty years.”

JWS Creative Director Nina Jenkins and Founder Jody Williams. Photo: Jon-Paul Bruno

In addition to Gill, JWS represents talents such as four-time Grammy nominee Ashley McBryde, Driver Williams, Nathan Chapman, Jeremy Spillman, Greg Bates, Jason Nix and Peytan Porter. Through JWS’s partnership with Warner Chappell Music Nashville, Williams develops writers and writer-artists, secures covers, sources legacy catalogs and represents select WCM writer catalogs.

Rivers Rutherford Inks Publishing Deal With Kane Brown’s Verse 2 Music

Pictured (L-R): CEO, Sony Music Publishing, Rusty Gaston; President of Verse 2, Kent Earls; Rivers Rutherford; Kane Brown

Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Rivers Rutherford has signed with Verse 2 Music, a Sony Music Publishing joint-venture helmed by multi-Platinum entertainer Kane Brown and publishing veteran Kent Earls.

“Rivers is a true songwriting craftsman in every sense of the word,” says Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO, Rusty Gaston. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the Sony Music Publishing family, and we look forward to supporting him as he continues to push the boundaries of Nashville songwriting.”

One of music’s most talented and accomplished singer-songwriters, Rutherford’s cuts include hits for iconic legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, and Kris Kristofferson.

Over the course of his prolific career, Rutherford has had numerous No. 1 hits, multiple Grammys, CMA and ACM nominations, and over 20 ASCAP awards—including both of the coveted awards for Country Song Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year. In addition to recent hits with Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, and Reba McEntire, the award-winning writer has penned No. 1 songs by Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Brooks & Dunn. His hit “Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You” won Billboard’s and ASCAP’S Song Of The Year and spent 6 weeks at No. 1, marking Brooks & Dunn’s most successful single to date.

“I am very happy to sign to Verse 2 and be working again with my good friend Kent Earls. I am also grateful to be working with an artist as talented and exciting as Kane Brown, whose creativity and work ethic I greatly admire. Rusty Gaston and the rest of the Sony Music Publishing family are superstars and I’m honored to contribute to such a deep and storied catalog of classic country music,” shares Rutherford.

“Rivers Rutherford is a Nashville songwriting icon. He is a timeless creator of ultra cool, soulful country music. Rivers is an incredibly successful Hall of Fame songwriter but is an even better person at heart. To be able to sign him to Verse 2 is an honor and we’re excited to add him to our roster,” says Earls.

BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records Sign Kolby Cooper

Pictured (L-R): Chase Cooper (Floating Leaf Entertainment), Davis Danziger (Floating Leaf Entertainment), Chris Van Belkom (Falcon – Combustion Music), Chris Farren (Combustion Music), Jeb Hurt (Floating Leaf Entertainment), Kolby Cooper, Jared McManus (Floating Leaf Entertainment), Jon Loba (President, BMG Nashville), Chris Poole (Director A&R, BBR Music Group), JoJamie Hahr (SVP, BBR Music Group). Photo: Wales Toney

BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records has signed recording artist Kolby Cooper in partnership with Combustion Music.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, who has already racked up over 110 million streams, has been playing sold-out shows around the country and built an audience of thousands of fans. With a fresh sound, Cooper’s music is influenced by his Texas roots layered over a wailing electric guitar.

“The observational perspective of Kolby’s songwriting immediately piqued my interest but seeing the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response at live shows has been really exciting to witness,” says Chris Poole, Director A&R, BBR Music Group. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent and help expand his wildly passionate fanbase he’s been cultivating and take everything to the next level.”

“It’s badass, I’m really excited to be a part of a team that wants to make what I do as huge as possible and is down for it all,” says Cooper. “We’re about to light this thing up!”

Cooper will release his first song as a signed artist, “Excuses,” on June 25. Inspired by his guitar player’s sudden breakup, the new song delivers overwhelming relatability paired with his rough-hewn vocals. The song is available for pre-save and pre-add now.

Kolby is managed by Floating Leaf Entertainment, booked by Red 11 Music, and is a staff songwriter at Combustion.

Weekly Register: Chris Stapleton Re-Enters Top 5 On Country Songs & Albums Chart

Chris Stapleton. Photo: Becky Fluke

UMG Nashville’s Chris Stapleton has entered the top five this week on both the top country songs and albums chart. His 2015 hit single “Tennessee Whiskey” has taken the No. 5 slot with 5.3 million streams this week and 880 million RTD, while his critically acclaimed 2020 album Starting Over also earned the 5th spot on the country albums chart with 13K streams and 12 million RTD, according to Nielsen.

Luke Combs keeps up his streak at the top of the country song chart for the fourth week in a row with “Forever After All” racking up 9.9 million streams. Nelly & Florida Georgia Line gain 2 spots, rising to second with “Lil Bit” at 6.7 million. Recent CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year winner Dylan Scott jumps up to No. 3 with “Nobody” at 5.7 million, bumping Gabby Barrett‘s “The Good Ones” down to the fourth spot with 5.6 million streams.

Morgan Wallen‘s Dangerous: The Double Album remains in its place as the top country album with 50K streams this week and 60 million RTD, according to Nielsen. If I Know Me, Wallen’s 2018 debut album, also holds steady at the fourth spot with 15K streams. Filling out the top 5, Combs maintains his momentum at No. 2 with What You See Is What You Get and No. 3 with This One’s For You at 28K and 18K, respectively.