‘May We All’ Musical Announces Nashville Residency For Summer 2022

May We All, the new musical from Floria Georgia Line member Brian Kelley‘s production company CuzBro Productions and Michael Barra’s Lively McCabe Entertainment, will world premiere in June 2022 in a special Nashville residency as part of Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Broadway at TPAC series. The production is being developed in partnership with BMG and will have a multi-week run at TPAC.

May We All is a story of disappearing small-town America as seen through the hopeful eyes of its youth. Jenna Coates, a fledgling country singer, reluctantly comes home after a rough start in Nashville, ultimately to discover that her roots may take her a lot further than her dreams. A celebration of America’s heartland, the musical features the music of Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, John Denver, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, The Chicks, Old Dominion, Jessica Andrews, and LOCASH, among others. Two original songs co-written by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of FGL are also featured in the score and will debut exclusively in the project.

“TPAC is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the theater again, and we can’t wait to share all the new and uplifting arts experiences we have in store for you next year,” says Jennifer Turner, TPAC President and CEO. “We’re delighted to host the world premiere engagement of May We All in the summer of 2022. It’s the perfect opportunity for fans of musical theater and fans of country music to unite here in Music City for this special presentation before the launch of a national tour.”

The Nashville debut will also jumpstart a 2022/23 national tour of the musical. Following production delays in 2020 due to the pandemic, the previously announced developmental production of May We All at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis is now planning to proceed in Fall 2021.

“We’re so excited for May We All to be in residence in Nashville next summer,” says Lively McCabe Entertainment Executive Producer Michael Barra. “Music City followed by a coast-to-coast tour has been our goal for this show since day one, and the overwhelming response from country music fans has granted us the opportunity to achieve this milestone. We’re so grateful to Jennifer Turner and her first-rate team at TPAC for their support and partnership on this production.”

Sara Haze Signs With Sheltered Music Publishing

Pictured (L-R): Jenny Hall (Sheltered Music Publishing), Sara Haze, Darrell Frankling (SVP Sheltered Music Publishing)

Sara Haze has signed with Sheltered Music Publishing.

Haze began her career at 13 as a performer for film and TV scores. Her writing career took off soon after and she began securing placements in major films and in shows on MTV, Fox, WB, and E!. In 2011, Haze moved to Nashville to pursue a solo career where she toured with artists such as Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes. A collaboration she did with Hillary Scott of Lady A was discovered by Elle King, who recorded it for the 2015 film Hot Pursuit featuring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon, and the song later became the nationwide campaign for Coors Light Beer. Haze’s writing success has continued with cuts by Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Lady A, Carly Pearce, Hunter Hayes, and more.

“I am so proud to have Sara as part of the roster here in Nashville, said Darrell Franklin, SVP, Sheltered Music Publishing. “Having been an artist herself, Sara brings such a depth of vision and perspective to other artists and writers to help them express what they are trying to say lyrically and melodically.  She has a unique skillset that is truly one of a kind.”

“I am extremely grateful to be able to call Sheltered Music my new publishing home,” said Haze. “The excitement of a newly formed company with industry veterans such as Lance Freed, Darrell Franklin, and Dann Huff is an absolute dream come true. Darrell’s proven ability to recognize talented new artists, as well as his relationships with labels and producers throughout Music Row, is an invaluable asset as a songwriter. I am thrilled to work with Jenny Hall and the incredible roster of talented songwriters on this team.”

In its first year, Sheltered Music has completed deals with Burt Bacharach, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Melissa Peirce, and Jenna LaMaster, as well as established a creative development partnership with producer Dann Huff.

Luke Bryan Featured In CRS Artist Interview, Honored With Humanitarian Award

Pictured (L-R): CRB/CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis, UMG Nashville EVP, Promotion Royce Risser, Luke Bryan, CRB/CRS Board President and Townsquare Media’s Kurt Johnson, and UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan. [Note: All personnel on-site for CRS 2021 were required to take COVID-19 tests upon arrival on-site]

During the CRS Artist Interview, Luke Bryan was named Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) 2021 Artist Humanitarian Award recipient. The interview, sponsored by BMI, was conducted by CRS/CRB Board President Kurt Johnson during CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience.

Bryan was recognized for his charitable work with numerous organizations throughout his career, including ACM Lifting Lives, CMA Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Shriners Hospital, St. Jude, TJ Martell, and more. His charitable work also includes his ongoing efforts with the Brett Boyer Foundation and Bayer’s #HeresToTheFarmer campaign through his annual Farm Tour.

Johnson, who surprised Bryan with the honor, commented, “Luke is a big star with a bigger heart. From his earliest days to as recently as Super Bowl LV, he’s leveraged his influence for good and helped songwriters, farmers, children, small businesses—people in so many different walks of life that Luke Bryan’s philanthropic work has touched. We’re so proud to honor him with this much-deserved award.”

Luke Byran, CRB/CRS Board President and Townsquare Media’s Kurt Johnson

Bryan, who finished the 2011-2020 decade as the most played artist on country radio, walked through his career with Johnson, starting with his debut single “Do I,” and his Spring Break EPs.

“I think there’s a lot of naiveness behind building stuff like Spring Break and Farm Tours,” Bryan said. “It was methodical, controlled, naiveness.”

In addition to his full length albums targeted for radio airplay, Bryan released a series of seven Spring Break EPs, targeted at college-aged fans, with an accompanying Spring Break concert series. “I kept it going until it just seemed like I was too old and it got weird,” Bryan joked, “and Panama City said there’s 200,000 people on the beach and we can have you here anymore.”

Taking the party further down south, Bryan’s annual Crash My Playa concert series in drew fellow country artists and fans to resorts in Mexico. The 2020 Crash My Playa festival, that took place in January of 2020 before the pandemic halted touring, was the sixth annual event.

“What I’m proud about with Crash My Playa is that the artists come down and they have fun,” Bryan says. “I remember being the artist to go play festivals and I remember going, ‘They’re really not doing this properly. I mean, Hillshire Farm deli meat for your main entree probably isn’t the way this ought to go.’ The fact that we can go to Playa and I can ask, ‘Where do we knock it out the park?'”

Bryan’s annual Farm Tours, launched in 2009, highlight and celebrate the contributions of America’s farmers. Every year a portion of the concert proceeds are donated as college scholarships for students of farming families where the tour is played. In 2015, Luke partnered with Farm Tour sponsor Bayer who launched the #HeresToTheFarmer campaign to support their hard work and help fight hunger throughout the country. Since its inception, the campaign has donated four million meals across the U.S. in addition to thousands of dollars to area food banks and local farmers in each of the Farm Tour cities.

“To grow up with a farming background and to go do the Farm Tours is great,” Bryan says, commenting about his great partnership with Bayer and the thrill of giving back.

Now that Bryan, a four-time entertainer of the year, is looking back on his career, he can point out two moments in his career where the gravity of his success hit him.

“When add-day came for ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me),’ which was a crazy song, we had about 35 adds. Me and my wife sat in my room, and everyone at the label and Kerri [Edwards, Bryan’s manager] said we had 35 adds, and I was just crying. Caroline was crying. That was the moment that I knew radio was starting to trust. They had to trust me with a song ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me).’ When they started trusting me and what me and my team were doing, I was like, ‘We’re turning a corner, radio is coming around.'”

The next moment came after the label had decided to release the single “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” Bryan’s dad, who was not a fan of the decision, had driven to Louisville, Kentucky for a concert and watched the audience’s reaction to the song.

“When I hit the stage it was crazy energy. And when I kicked into ‘I Don’t Want This Night To End,’ they lit up [the crowd] and I looked at my dad. He’s over there drinking a beer, checking it all out. We get off stage and my dad was like, ‘Well son, you picked the right next damn single.'”

Now, many singles and more than 25 No. 1 songs later, Bryan has expanded his brand into more avenues of entertainment. For the past several years, Bryan has served as a judge on American Idol.

“Every phase of your entertainment career is about pushing yourself into new little avenues and challenges,” Bryan said about his journey into American Idol. “At the core of what I am, I will always be a guy that likes to sit down and write a song, play it for people, record it, hear it on the radio and watch the people respond to that.

“My biggest thing with Idol was will it affect my music career? Will country radio go ‘He thinks he’s went on to other things,” Bryan said. Turns out the soon to be Idol judge called some fellow country artist friends, including Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, to run the idea by them. “They were like, ‘Man, you’re just going to enjoy learning something different.'”

Now on his fourth season of Idol, Bryan has found his footing as a judge. Earlier in February, Bryan announced that he will release a deluxe version of his No. 1, Gold-certified album BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE (Deluxe Edition) on April 9, 2021 adding six new songs to add to the album’s original 10 tracks.

Chart Action: Goodvin Debuts; Ballerini Sees Spin Bump

Aaron Goodvin debuts at No. 52 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart this week with his latest single “Lonely Drum.” He is also the most added record with 26 new stations and has the greatest spin increase with 290 spins. The single was certified Platinum in Canada and peaked in the top 10 of Billboard’s Canada Country chart.

Kelsea Ballerini sees an increase in plays this week on the Mediabase and Billboard charts propelling her to No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. “Hole In The Bottle” rose to No. 1 in October on MusicRow‘s CountryBreakout Radio Chart.

Dan + Shay’s “Glad You Exist” continues to be most added for the second consecutive week on the Mediabase and Billboard charts with 29 stations adds per chart.

Ashley Monroe Readies Fifth Album For April

Ashley Monroe is set to release her fifth studio album Rosegold on April 30 via Mountainrose Sparrow/Thirty Tigers. On Friday (Feb. 19) she released the video for the album’s first single “Drive,” which was co-written with Niko Moon and Mikey Reaves, who co-produced the track with Monroe.

“I had this chorus and idea when I went in to write with Mikey Reaves and Niko Moon on September 10 (my birthday),” says Monroe. “I told them my dad/other angels always send special songs on my birthday. It didn’t take long into the session until we knew we were on to a special one. I always imagine me singing this while driving on a desert highway.”

Written and recorded over the past two years, the record finds Monroe pushing her sound in new directions. Monroe tracked and co-produced the album one song at a time, inviting collaborators including Nathan Chapman, Jake Mitchell, Jordan Reynolds, Ben West, and longtime producer/co-writer Tyler Cain, to help build and produce full tracks in the studio.

“I’ve always been good at writing sad songs because I’ve experienced a lot of sadness in my life,” Monroe reflects. “When my son was born, though, it was like some sort of innocence got plugged back into my heart. I’d never really felt that kind of joy before, and I wanted to find a way to make it last. I told everyone I was working with that I didn’t want even a hint of sadness this time around. I wanted to embrace all the light and love in my life and find ways to share it with people.”

Rosegold Track List
1. Siren
2. Silk
3. Gold
4. See
5. Drive
6. Flying
7. Groove
8. ‘Til It Breaks
9. I Mean It
10. The New Me

CMA Recognizes Charlie Monk With Joe Talbot Award

Country Radio Hall of Fame member Charlie Monk (center) receives the Joe Talbot Award from CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern and Townsquare Media SVP of Programming and CRS/CRB Board President Kurt Johnson. Monk was honored Thursday, Feb. 18 during CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience in Nashville.  Photo Credit: Courtesy of CRB/CRS

Country Radio Hall of Fame member Charlie Monk received the CMA Joe Talbot Award, recognizing outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of country music’s values and traditions. He was honored on Thursday, Feb. 18 during CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience.

With a career that spans broadcast and publishing, Monk has rallied behind country’s brightest stars. In 1969, he  joined industry friends as one of the founders of Country Radio Seminar. He continues to promote the genre as a longtime host of “Prime Country” and “Willie’s Roadhouse” on SiriusXM.

“If you know Charlie, you know why he’s called the Mayor of Music Row,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “His tireless passion for Country Music and everything our industry represents is contagious. He has always been a champion of moving this genre forward.”

“Joe is one of my favorite people in the entire world,” said Monk. “I can’t believe I might be lost for words, but I am truly honored because of this man. Probably anything that I might have accomplished, he touched it at some point. His whole family are friends and I am truly honored.”

Monk is the ninth recipient of this award since it was first presented in 2001. Prior recipients include Janette Carter, Kitty Moon Emery, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Louise Scruggs, Marty Stuart and Joe Talbot.

Artist Action: BRELAND, Scotty McCreery, Chris Janson

BRELAND’s ‘My Truck’ Gets Chevy TikTok Reboot

Photo: Alaina Mullin

As part of a new partnership with Chevrolet, BRELAND reworked the lyrics to his hit song “My Truck” and created an accompanying music video. Marking the vehicle brand’s TikTok debut, the new version of “My Truck” highlights the Chevy Trucks lineup and has dynamic visuals that feature the Silverado in a starring role.

The “My Truck” video is viewable now on Chevrolet’s new TikTok profile, which launched this February. Chevrolet is one of only a few automotive brands with a channel on TikTok.

 

Scotty McCreery, Branford Marsalis Join ‘Big Night In’ Benefit Lineup

Scotty McCreery, Branford Marsalis, and more are set to perform on “Big Night In For the Arts” on Raleigh’s WRAL-TV on March 11. Money raised will go toward arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and artist/arts organizations’ relief.

“I cannot imagine my life without the arts,” said McCreery. “Just like so many others, I started playing the guitar at an early age and began writing my own songs. I was in choral groups in school and performed in a musical in high school. We all benefit from the arts. They inspire us, enrich our lives, help us to connect, help us to feel, help us to dream, and help us to learn more about each other and the world. I am happy to lend my support to the arts community in my hometown and surrounding area.”

 

Chris Janson To Count Down The Hits

Chris Janson will help reveal America’s 30 favorite songs of the week on Country Countdown USA alongside superstar Luke Bryan, who is filling in on hosting duties, this weekend Feb. 20-21.

Meanwhile, on March 3, Janson will join artists such as Amy Grant and Radney Foster to participate in the American Red Cross (Tennessee Region) Nissan Lifesaver Special, airing on WKRN News 2 at 7 p.m. CT.

His latest single “Waitin’ On Five” is currently climbing the charts.

 

RVSHVD Signs With The Penthouse

RVSHVD

The Penthouse has signed viral sensation RVSHVD (pronounced Ra-Shaad) for management representation and production. The 23-year-old Georgia native gained national attention for his country version of Roddy Rich’s “Ballin,” which has amassed more than 20 million streams across platforms.

His new single, “Raised Up” was released Friday, Feb. 19 and hit No. 1 on the Country iTunes Singles Chart, following the success of other recent releases “Dirt Road” and “My Side of Town,” which have appeared on multiple Spotify and Apple playlists. RVSHVD has more new music in the pipeline including a collaboration with country singer Trey Lewis.

“When you hear that voice cut through, you know it’s RVSHVD,” says Jonnie Forster, CEO of The Penthouse. “He’s equal parts talent and hustle so when you find a self contained artist like him, you do whatever you can to be on that rocket ship.”

RVSHVD’s influences range from Lil Bow Wow, Eminem and Tupac, to Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban.

He is represented by attorney Christian Barker, Partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, with distribution by EMPIRE Nashville.

2021 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards Winners Revealed

The final winners for the CRS/Country Aircheck Awards have been announced. Winners have been revealed each day of CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience.

Big Loud was named Platinum Label of the Year, and Big Machine Label Group was named Gold Label. Big Loud’s VP of Promotion, Stacy Blythe, was recognized, as was the independent label’s National Dir. of Promotion Ali Matkosky.

The late Warner Music Nashville Regional Tom Starr was posthumously honored.

Read the full list of 2021 CRS/Country Aircheck Awards Winners below:

Station:
KNIX/Phoenix (Major Market)
WSIX/Nashville (Large)
WUSY/Chattanooga (Medium)
WYCT/Pensacola, FL (Small)

Platinum Label: Big Loud

Gold Label: Big Machine Label Group

Operations Manager/Programing Director:
Cindy Spicer, WFUS/Tampa (Major)
Carletta Blake, WGAR/Cleveland (Large)
Ashley Wilson, WAMZ/Louisville (Medium)
Scott Gaines, KGNC/Amarillo, TX (Small)

Music Director:
Caitlin “CJ” Johnson, KKBQ/Houston (Major)
Tyler Reese, WKDF/Nashville (Large)
Melissa “Mo” Wagner, WUSY/Chattanooga (Medium)
Chris O’Kelley, WKXC/Augusta, GA (Small)

SVP-VP/National Promotion: Stacy Blythe, Big Loud

Director/National Promotion: Ali Matkosky, Big Loud

Market Manager/GM:
Sarah Frazier, KILT/Houston (Major)
Allison Warren, WKDF & WSM-FM/Nashville (Large)
Mel Owens, KUZZ/Bakersfield (Medium)
Melissa Kibler, KGNC/Amarillo, TX (Small)

Personality/Show:
Bobby Bones Show (National)
Angie Ward, WUBL/Atlanta (Major)
Marty McFly, WSM-FM/Nashville (Large)
Mo & StyckMan, WUSY/Chattanooga (Medium)
Eddie Foxx, WKSF/Asheville (Small)

Regional Promotion: Tom Starr, Warner/WAR

Independent Promotion: GrassRoots

New Face of Country Music: Nicole Michalik, WXTU/Philadelphia

Tennessee Songwriters Week Starts Sunday

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and The Bluebird Cafe will kick off Tennessee Songwriters Week with virtual performances by songwriters from across the state on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m./CT, streaming on YouTube and the cafe’s Facebook page.

Set to perform are Tennessee song contest winners Allen J. Morrell (Murfreesboro), Jay Da Skreet (Memphis), Courtney Holder (Chattanooga), Jacob Vaughn (Reidsville, NC), Beth Snapp (Kingsport), and Adeem Bingham (Knoxville). The winners received a specialty Tennessee Songwriters Week-branded Epiphone guitar, and a free one-year membership and individual mentoring session with NSAI.

More than 1,000 songwriters competed in 39 qualifying rounds, six showcase events and special events on stages from Memphis to Mountain City. The winners won showcases at Puckett’s in Franklin, Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, The Bijou in Knoxville, Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga, Ole Red in Gatlinburg, and The Downhome in Johnson City.

Other events for 2021 Tennessee Songwriters Week include Tia Sillers performing on the Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

In 2019, a state statute passed designating the last full week of February each year as Tennessee Songwriters Week.

Song contest winners (clockwise from top left): Allen J. Morrell, Jay Da Skreet, Courtney Holder, Jacob Vaughn, Beth Snapp and Adeem Bingham.