Dolly Parton Curates Special Rose Bouquets For International Women’s Day, Book Release

Dolly Parton. Photo: Stacie Huckeba

Dolly Parton is curating three floral arrangements for to celebrate both the release of her new album and novel, Run, Rose, Run, penned with James Patterson, and International Women’s Day on March 8.

The three new International Women’s Day rose bouquets are available now through March 11 at During the two-week campaign, along with the bouquets, customers will be able to purchase a digital copy of the album and audiobook.

The purchase will come with a digital note from Parton and bouquet recipients will receive a special note from the country icon.

“I remember as a little girl, running into the meadows behind our house so I could pick fresh flowers for my mama. I loved the smell and that they felt like a little ray of sunshine that I could share,” recalls Parton. “To this day, I feel the same way. I’m partial to yellow roses, but I love all different kinds of flowers. So, join me and send a little bit of sunshine to the special woman in your life with Plant a seed with love.”

Nicolle Galyon’s Songs & Daughters Adds Bethany Mako As First Full-Time Staffer

Bethany Mako. Photo: Darling Juliet Photography

After the launch of Songs & Daughters in 2019, the all-female record label and publishing house has announced the addition of its first full-time staffer, adding Bethany Mako as Creative Manager.

Mako joins the company after five years with Warner Chappell Music Publishing where she worked in A&R. Prior to her time there, the Belmont graduate worked internships at Warner Chappell and BMG. The Ohio native will support the Songs & Daughters roster, which includes flagship singer-songwriter Madison Kozak, as well as Hailey Whitters, Tiera Kennedy and Lauren Watkins.

“I was lucky enough to meet Bethany through my publisher, Warner Chappell, and it feels so natural for her to grow with me into my own publishing and label venture,” says founder Nicolle Galyon. “Excited to have her as a teammate at Songs & Daughters!”

“Joining the Songs & Daughters team is truly a dream come true,” Mako shares. “I have looked up to Nicolle since I first moved to Nashville almost 8 years ago, and I have always admired her work ethic and passion for what she does. What she has built and continues to build at Songs & Daughters is pure magic, and I am honored to be a part of it.”

Reach Mako at [email protected].

Industry Ink: Miranda Lambert & Elle King, Cody Johnson, Trace Adkins, Visionary Media Group

Elle King, Miranda Lambert Earn Platinum Stripes On “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”

Pictured (L-R): Miranda Lambert; Randy Goodman, Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO; Elle King. Photo: Alan Poizner

Elle King recently brought her “Drunk And I Don’t Wanna Go Home Tour” to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The genre-bending entertainer was joined by an array of special guests during her set, including Dierks Bentley, who joined to perform an unreleased new collaboration for the first time, and Ashley McBryde, who King called down to the stage from her balcony seat to help her sing “Long Haired Country Boy.”

Superstar and collaborator Miranda Lambert was also on hand to celebrate the evening. During the show, the pair were surprised with RIAA Platinum certification plaques for their top 10 smash hit “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” The duet has amassed over 210 million on-demand streams to date since its release in February of 2021 and is nominated for Video of the Year at the 57th Annual ACM Awards.



Cody Johnson Becomes Third Performer To Sell Out Opening Night At RodeoHouston

Cody Johnson

Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson became the third performer ever to sell out opening night of RodeoHouston on Monday (Feb. 28). Following records set by Garth Brooks (2018) and George Strait (2017), the Texas native attracted a crowd of 70,554 fans to help launch the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 90th anniversary season.

Johnson worked the rodeo circuit as a bull rider before turning to music full time. Proving the circuit is in his DNA, his daughter, Clara Mae, competed in the mutton bustin’ event shortly before his set. This week’s appearance marked his fourth since 2017 when he first stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Old Dominion.

“Monday night was a historical night for myself as well as RodeoHouston; sold-out opening day!!” shares Johnson. “I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and showing support to me and my band. Can’t wait to do it again next year!”



Trace Adkins Performs At CMHOF Annual Members-Only Concert

Pictured (L-R): Ben Hall, Sr. Director of Development; Trace Adkins; Lisa Purcell, SVP of External Affairs. Photo: Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Multi-Platinum artist Trace Adkins took the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Feb. 27 for its members-only concert, The Big Gig.

Adkins performed some of his hits, including “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “Every Light In The House” for museum members. He also performed “Heartbreak Song,” “I Should Let You Go” and “Got It Down” from his 25th anniversary album The Way I Wanna Go. Ahead of the release, Adkins spoke to MusicRow about the project and reminisced on his 25-year career. For the full conversation, click here.

The annual event celebrates the music and members that help sustain the museum and its educational mission. Annual museum membership benefits include unlimited free admission to museum galleries, unique public programs and family activities; special events; and discounts on tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B, as well as shopping in the museum’s retail and online stores.



Visionary Media Group Hosted First Visionary Sessions Mixer Of 2022

Pictured (L-R): Johnathon Schaech, Cody Belew, Leigh Nash, Nick Sciorra (Founding Managing Partner), Anastasia Brown (Chief Content Strategist), Ron Zamber (Founding Managing Partner), Prana Supreme Diggs and Tekitha Washington (O.N.E The Duo), and Clayton Anderson. Photo: Jackie Marushka

Visionary Media Group hosted its first Visionary Sessions mixer of 2022 at Starstruck Studios earlier this week.

The event celebrated recent achievements by partner artists, including Leigh Nash, who released her The Tide, Vol. 1 album in September and made her Opry debut in February of 2022; Cody Belew, who sold out his second of four monthly shows at Nashville’s iconic Lipstick Lounge; O.N.E The Duo; and Clayton Anderson, who landed a national Ford sync with “Get After It.”

Ron Zamber, Founding Managing Partner; Nick Sciorra, Founding Managing Partner; and Anastasia Brown, Chief Content Strategist welcomed guests who included Ruby Amanfu, Kathy Anderson, Oscar-nominated producer and songwriter Sam Ashworth, Renee Bell, Mary and John Bettis, Sam Lingo (Entrepreneurial Center founder), David Malloy, and Johnathon Schaech.

Steven Curtis Chapman, Ricky Skaggs & Friends Raise Money For Kentucky Tornado Victims

Pictured (L-R): Ricky Skaggs, Jason Crabb, Steven Curtis Chapman, Herb Chapman, Herb Chapman Jr. Photo: Aaron Crisler

Kentucky natives Steven Curtis Chapman and Ricky Skaggs raised over $200,000 for victims of the devastating Mayfield, Kentucky tornado at their sold-out benefit concert on Feb. 20.

Held at Heartland Church in Chapman’s hometown of Paducah, and in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, the uplifting evening also included performances from Jason Crabb, Larry Stewart and more.

Pictured (L-R): Ricky Skaggs &  Steven Curtis Chapman. Photo: Alex Whitten

“Sometimes amazing beauty shows up in the most broken places, and that’s what it felt like happened in Paducah on the evening of Feb. 20. Out of a broken heart for a community broken by a devastating tornado, we all showed up to show love, bring encouragement and raise some money to help those most impacted… and it was truly a beautiful night!” shares Chapman. “I’m so thankful for all who came to be a part of the night, on stage and in the audience, and all the generous sponsors who helped make it possible. And I’m especially grateful for Samaritan’s Purse for partnering with us and continuing to care for the people of Mayfield.”

“I want to thank all the folks who came out and supported the benefit for Mayfield, Ky. last Sunday night. We thank our sponsors. We couldn’t have done this show without you. I believe God blessed all of our efforts,” adds Skaggs.

Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse responds to the needs of individuals in crisis situations, particularly in locations where few others are working. Led by President/CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.

Kevin Costner & Modern West To Headline The Debut Homestead Festival

The Homestead Festival will make its debut on June 3-4 at Rory Feek‘s 100-acre historic farm in Columbia, Tennessee.

The two-day affair will feature musical performances from headliner Kevin Costner & Modern West, as well as lectures by prominent homesteading community leaders, such as Dr. Temple Grandin, Joel Salatin, Justin Rhodes, and others.

In addition to Costner’s stop on his “Tales From Yellowstone 2” tour, the lineup on the main stage will also feature The Isaacs, Jimmy Fortune, and the Brotherly Love project (Bradley Walker, Mike Rogers, Fortune, and Ben Isaacs), as well as other bands on a smaller stage. Passes for The Homestead Festival are on sale now.

Lectures and classes offered will vary from growing and preserving your own food, to keeping bees or baby chicks, to home birth and home-schooling. Attendees will also be able to shop at the Homestead Marketplace, featuring over 100 vendors, skilled artisans, local food trucks, and a demonstration area showcasing a variety of homesteading arts and crafts.

“We are all, of course, over-the-moon excited to have Mr. Costner and his band coming to join us for the event. But the truth is, we are just as excited to have all the incredible performers and speakers that are taking the time from their busy lives to come to Tennessee and share their knowledge and skills with individuals and families who too will be coming from all over to take part in this special weekend,” says Grammy-winning artist and New York Times best-selling author Rory Feek.

“The format for that Friday and Saturday will be homesteading classes and lectures throughout the day and music on the main stage in the evenings as the sun sets,” he continues. “Multiple tents here on the grounds will host simultaneous speakers sharing their vast experience of learning to be more self-sustaining and living closer to the land, which I think are very important things that aren’t being passed down to future generations the way they used to be, especially with the struggles we are all facing in the world today.”

PickleJar To Host Revolutionary Women of Music Showcase During ACMs

PickleJar is presenting the “Revolutionary Women of Music” acoustic showcase at Las Vegas’ Robert Irvine’s Public House in the Tropicana on March 5.

Hosted by PickleJar’s Kelly Ford and produced by Sharla McCoy, the showcase leading up to the ACM Awards will feature Lindsay Ell, Ruthie Collins, Erin Kinsey, and Kristy O of American Young.

“I am always looking for ways to share and celebrate the stories of people who find their voice and lead the way for others to do the same,” says Ford. “PickleJar’s dedication to all artists, especially women, is unmatched so when we discussed plans for ACM Awards week, I knew just the women to call who are shining examples of grit and grace for this inaugural event.”

The event is free, and PickleJar will donate $1000 to each of the participating artists’ preferred charities. Ford will also lead PickleJar’s content capture at “Sharla McCoy‘s Nashvegas Live!! National Broadcast Event” leading up to the ACMs, speaking with country music’s biggest stars for PickleJar +.

Founded on the idea that artists should have full control over the profitability of their talents, PickleJar is a suite of Artist-First technologies developed to help others achieve the greatest value for their creative talents and visionary pursuits. PickleJar give fans instant access to performers through private direct messages and picture sharing–earning them loyalty rewards, achievement badges and exclusive giveaways.

MusicRow recently spoke to the minds behind PickleJar for the Country Radio & Streaming print issue. To read more about the conversation or to get a copy, click here.

Ty Herndon Inks Multi-Project Deal With Pivotal Moments Media [Exclusive]

Pictired (L-R, front row): Ty Herndon; )L-R, back row): Steve Dady of Sunset Blvd Studios, Herndon’s long-time lead guitarist and producer, Erik Halbig, Fusion Entertainment Company’s Amy Aylward, and Pivotal Moments Media Director of Nashville, Tamara Alan. Photo: Courtesy of AristoPR

Multi-Platinum recording artist Ty Herndon has partnered with Pivotal Moments Media (PMM) for his next three projects, including his upcoming album, Jacob, set to be released this spring.

In addition to the new album, Herndon will host a new, ten-episode podcast called Soundboard on the PMM platform channel Resilience, featuring conversations with high-profile artists discussing their wins and struggles in their mental fitness journeys. The series is designed to mirror the themes of Herndon’s new album and will be released alongside the album in late spring.

“My new album has been more than a year in the making, and it’s my most personal and revealing to date. It will take listeners on the journey of my life—the ups, the downs, the struggles, the triumphs—and I hope, help others talk about the hard stuff, the stuff that can make or break us,” shares Herndon. “We all have an opportunity to change our ending, and that’s what this album is about.”

Pivotal Moments Media is a newly formed global entertainment and education brand. Aiming to strengthen mental fitness by creating, distributing, and promoting entertainment and education programs, PPM serves to inspire and motivate people to become mentally fit, overcome adversity, and lead fulfilling lives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ty’s voice to the power of Pivotal Moments Media and the work we are doing to bring conversations about mental health and well-being to the mainstream,” says Bob Morgan, founder, and CEO of PMM. “Ty’s journey is a unique one that deserves to be heard and shared, and I know it will resonate with people from all walks of life who struggle with mental health, addiction, and the common trials and tribulations that stand in the way of happiness and healthiness. He has a lot to share, and we are proud to partner with him to do it.”

Herndon burst onto the country scene and made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first No. 1 song and garnered MusicRow Magazine’s Song of the Year award. His first album, of the same name, debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records Nashville. Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three No. 1s and numerous top 10 hits.

In 2014, Herndon became one of the first major country artists to publicly come out as gay. Shortly after, he made history when he hosted a first-of-its-kind country music event, The Concert for Love and Acceptance, now an annual event that provides a stage for LGBTQ and allied artists. In 2020, he created the Foundation For Love & Acceptance to further his work on behalf of LGBTQ acceptance.

Amazon & Prime Video Announce Special Activations For Upcoming ACM Awards

Prime Video and Amazon have unveiled one-of-a-kind activations for the upcoming 57th Academy of Country Music Awards from Amazon Live, Amazon Music, Amazon Fashion, IMDb TV, and more. The award show will livestream exclusively on Prime Video on March 7 from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Elaina Smith, Kristin Cavallari, Priscilla Block, and Zuri Hall will host the ACM Awards Red Carpet Show on Prime Video from 6 to 7 p.m. CT. Giving fans VIP access to all the excitement from the red carpet, the red carpet event will showcase the biggest fashion trends, a look behind-the-scenes, and a special performance from Kat & Alex.

Amazon Live will also stream an interactive version of the pre-show starting at 6 p.m. CT to prominent Amazon placements, including the Amazon Homepage, the ACM Awards Storefront, Amazon Fashion homepage, and the Amazon Live homepage. Customers watching the show will be able to ask the hosts, artists, and celebrities questions via Amazon Live’s chat feature. They will also be able to shop the product carousel, featuring top artist merchandise and Amazon Fashion curations.

Amazon Fashion will host their own red carpet livestream on TikTok beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT, with entertainment correspondent Makho Ndlovu and special appearances by Claudia Oshry, Gabi Daiagi, and Lauren Wolfe. Viewers will be able to shop for fan gear to celebrate country music legends, as well as Amazon Fashion curations, including Best of the West, Boots Made for Walking, and Inspired by the Red Carpet.

Hosts of Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly Podcast, Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson, will be reporting from Allegiant Stadium and are set to host the first Amazon Music pre-show event on Sunday, March 6 beginning at 8 p.m. CT via the Amazon Music channel on Twitch.

Additionally, on March 8 beginning at 7 p.m. CT, fans will be able to rewatch the entire 57th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service, as well as a special rebroadcast of performances.

“On behalf of Prime Video and Amazon, we are thrilled to share this entertaining and immersive country music experience with our customers around the world,” offers Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “It highlights some of the most fan-centric offerings to honor the very best in country music—from a nonstop, commercial-free awards show streamed live globally for the first time ever, to an interactive red carpet pre-show, exclusive Academy of Country Music merchandise, curated Amazon Music playlists, and more. With world-class musical performances and collaborations lined up for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, we’re excited to showcase the ability of Amazon to create 360-degree fan engagement that not only strengthens the connection between these artists and their fans, but redefines the live entertainment experience for viewers.”

Hosted by icon Dolly Parton the two-hour 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will be co-hosted by reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett and reigning ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen. Among those slated to perform are Brittney Spencer, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Parton and Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Barrett, Jason Aldean, Allen, Jordan Davis, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Mitchell Tenpenny, Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden, Thomas Rhett, Walker Hayes, and Breland.

O’Neil Hagaman Promotes Craig Owens & Sam Powers

Craig Owens, Sam Powers

Nashville-based business management and consulting firm O’Neil Hagaman has announced the promotion of Craig Owens and Sam Powers to Co-Heads of the company’s Intellectual Property Group, comprising a six person team previously known as its Special Projects division.

Formerly Principals of the firm, Owens and Powers will now oversee all aspects of the intellectual property issues of O’Neil Hagaman’s clients, including purchase and sale of publishing, overseeing the administration of active artist owned labels, related contract review, and consulting with music entrepreneurs.

Owens, a graduate of University of Arkansas and holding a Master’s Degree from University of Tulsa, has worked for O’Neil Hagaman since 1994. Powers, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, has worked in the Special Projects division since 2007.

“Everyone who knows Craig and Sam knows that they are the backbone of this growing area of our business. Truthfully, I have been working in support of their front-line efforts for many years. We are pleased to formalize their leadership positions in this area,” says Co-Founder and Partner at O’Neil Hagaman, Kerry O’Neil, of the promotions.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Celebrates American Currents Exhibit

Pictured (L-R, back row): Dan Rodgers, Carly Pearce, Jimmie Allen and Lainey Wilson; (L-R, middle row): Brittney Spencer, Thomm Jutz, Jenee Fleenor, Breland and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CEO Kyle Young; (L-R, front row): Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi of Old Dominion. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated the opening of its newest exhibition, American Currents: State of the Music, on Tuesday night (March 1).

Pictured (L-R): Brad Tursi, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Geoff Sprung of Old Dominion. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Presented annually, American Currents highlights a selection of artists, musicians, songwriters and institutions that are figured prominently in country music. This year’s exhibit features Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Jerry Douglas and John Hiatt, Jenee Fleenor, the Grand Ole Opry, Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes, Wanda Jackson, Alison Krauss, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Allison Russell, Chris Stapleton, Billy Strings and Taylor Swift.

The “Unbroken Circle” section of the exhibit highlights artists and their musical connections, including those who have influenced them or share musical perspectives. Featured pairings include Breland and Keith Urban, Thomm Jutz and Tom T. Hall, Brittney Spencer and Reba McEntire, and Lainey Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.

American Currents also includes a video compilation of important country music moments from 2021 and recaps the year’s chart-topping country albums, singles and highest-grossing tours as reported by Billboard and Pollstar. The exhibit runs through Feb. 4, 2023.

Carly Pearce attends the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening of American Currents: State of the Music. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Pictured (L-R): Jimmie Allen, Brittney Spencer and Breland . Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Lainey Wilson attends the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening of American Currents: State of the Music. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Jenee Fleenor attends the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening of American Currents: State of the Music. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Dan Rodgers attends the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening of American Currents: State of the Music. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Jimmie Allen attends the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening of American Currents: State of the Music. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum