Chris Stapleton Earns Second No. 1 Song As An Artist

Chris Stapleton. Photo: Becky Fluke

Chris Stapleton has secured the No. 1 spot at country radio’s Mediabase Chart this week with his recent album’s title track, “Starting Over.” Written by Stapleton and Mike Henderson, “Starting Over” becomes the Kentucky natives’ second chart-topping single as an artist following his 2018 hit “Broken Halos.”

This achievement comes just a week ahead of the 56th ACM Awards where Stapleton leads nominees with a whopping six nominations in four categories: Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Starting Over as both artist and producer) and Song of the Year (“Starting Over” as both artist and songwriter). Stapleton is also slated to perform at the awards ceremony which will air on CBS this Sunday, April 18 at 7 p.m. CST.

These nominations celebrate a monumental year for Stapleton following the release of Starting Over which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in November of 2020. The fourteen-track record Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb.

Former 12th & Porter Location Transformed Into New Event Space


A new event and entertainment space, Nightscape, is slated to open up this fall in the old 12th & Porter location in downtown Nashville.

The transformative event and entertainment space will use built-in 360-degree 3D projection mapping and other sensory elements including surround sound, customizable lighting, unique scents and more to envelop guests in real or imaginary worlds and environments. The idea is the brainchild of entrepreneur Mike Weinberg, who has spent nearly his entire life in the entertainment industry from his early days as a child actor, to his teen years creating and running his own lighting and DJ company in L.A., and his career at CAA following graduation from the University of Michigan.


“Projection mapping is a visual catalyst to create amazing events and experiences,” says Weinberg. “It’s not just a one trick pony, but rather a platform that will redefine how people can see, create, and recreate inside physical spaces. We’re excited to bring this to the market and grow in an industry that has so much potential. When the building became available, I knew it would be a perfect fit for the first location of Nightscape. 12th & Porter has such a rich history as a concert venue in Nashville and putting in a creative concept like Nightscape seemed like such a great way to pay homage to that history while creating a really modern, state-of-the-art venue to carry the space forward,”

Nightscape will offer ticketed public events that will be announced via an online calendar. All private events in the space will be facilitated by a partnership between Nightscape and local events company, Infinity Hospitality. The creative content arm, Nightscape Studios, will be responsible for developing and producing opportunities with brands, bands, artists, chefs, and other creatives looking to take advantage of Nightscape’s unique capabilities.


Country Music Hall Of Fame Unveils Two Online Exhibits

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is offering fans access to two new, free-to-access online exhibits: “Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Brighter” and “Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City.” These multimedia exhibits are the first designed exclusively for the museum’s website.

Curated specifically for an online audience, “Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Brighter” draws from the museum’s exhibit galleries and permanent collection to explore the artistry of Western-wear designers, often known as “rodeo tailors,” whose couture designs helped create the indelible “rhinestone cowboy” image for country music. The exhibit examines the emergence of this unique look in the 1940s and 1950s, largely from the tailor shops of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, who carved a successful niche for themselves by embracing America’s fascination with cowboy culture and Western imagery. Viewers will learn how the creative vision of the early designers, including ”Rodeo Ben” Lichtenstein, Nathan Turk and Nudie Cohn endures today, especially through Cohn’s former apprentices  Manuel Cuevas and Jaime Castaneda, each of whom moved from Mexico to Los Angeles.

Today’s designers’ modern spins on classic Nudie suits and vintage stage costumes have been spotted on a wide range of recording artists including Charley Crockett, Jenny Lewis, Post Malone, Midland, Margo Price and Lil Nas X. The exhibit includes detailed color photos of stage wear, tools of the trade and historical photographs and video. Artifacts include a three-piece cowgirl costume designed by Nathan Turk for Rose Maddox, lead singer in her family band, the Maddox Brothers & Rose; Hank Thompson’s boots, featuring a fantastical scene commemorating his career-launching 1948 hit “Humpty Dumpty Heart,” created by Nudie Cohn’s master embroiderer Viola Grae; a Manuel jacket, with fleur-de-lys embroidery and rhinestones, designed for Roseanne Cash, and much more.

Originally presented in the museum’s galleries from 2015-2018, “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City” has been adapted for an online audience. The exhibit explores  Bob Dylan’s Nashville recordings in the 1960s and his impact on the local music industry; the role of Johnny Cash’s groundbreaking TV show in expanding the perception of Nashville as a music center welcoming to all; and the importance of the community of ace session musicians, known as the “Nashville Cats,” whose members included Kenny Buttrey, Lloyd Green, Charlie Daniels, Charlie McCoy, Jerry Reed and Hargus “Pig” Robbins and others. The Cats are featured on many significant recordings of the late 1960’s and 1970’s, including Neil Young’s Harvest, Leonard Cohen’s Songs from a Room, the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and multiple Dylan albums.

The exhibit features vintage clips from The Johnny Cash Show, and rare archival footage and images of artifacts including a mahogany 1949 Martin 00-17 that Dylan used in the early 1960s; Norbert Putnam’s Fender Precision bass, used on recordings by Linda Ronstadt (“Long Long Time”), Tony Joe White (“Polk Salad Annie”), Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, and Elvis Presley; and Cash’s Eaves Costume Company suit, which he wore on his network TV series The Johnny Cash Show.

“As a national history museum and global cultural institution, we are charged to consistently expand access to the museum’s collection and the interpretive work of our curators and historians, while advancing the documentation and preservation of American musical history,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “These online exhibitions, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, enabled the museum to create this novel exhibit platform. With it, we are not only able to reshare the story of the artists and musicians who helped to broaden Nashville’s reputation as a true Music City, but also to tell a new story, that of the clothiers who created unmistakable designs that are now synonymous with country music.”

Ryman’s Bluegrass Nights Return In July

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky ThunderRhonda Vincent and Dailey & Vincent are set to perform during the Ryman Auditorium’s annual Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman this summer.

Presented by Springer Mountain Farms for three Thursday nights in July, the Nashville tradition will kick off Thursday, July 1, with both limited in-venue and livestream tickets available. Weather depending, all performances will follow a pre-show “Pickin’ on the Plaza” event on the Ryman’s PNC Plaza featuring live music from local bluegrass artists and bands presented by 650 AM WSM, as well as giveaways and raffles including the fan-favorite “Chicken Rich” contest presented by Springer Mountain Farms, a “Bluegrass Nights” title sponsor since 2006.

Series passes for livestream as well as individual show tickets for both livestream and in person are on sale now at Livestream series passes are $30, individual livestreams are $15 and in person tickets start at $45.

All events at the Ryman follow strict COVID-19 operating plans that include physical distancing, limited in-venue capacity, mandatory masks for all guests and staff, as well as enhanced cleaning practices.

Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2021 Lineup:
July 1 – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
July 8 – Rhonda Vincent
July 22 – Dailey & Vincent

BMI Elevates Leslie Roberts, Josh Tomlinson

Leslie Roberts, Josh Tomlinson

BMI announced today (April 12) the promotion of Leslie Roberts to Assistant Vice President, Creative, Nashville.

Roberts, who has been at BMI for 11 years, provides guidance for BMI songwriters both creatively and administratively, and helps coordinate showcases, seminars, and other events in BMI’s stacked calendar. This year, she has been integral in re-signing BMI affiliates such as Parker Welling and Thomas Rhett. She is responsible for planning and hosting the BMI Christian Awards and co-hosting the BMI Country Awards and is involved with college programs and outreach such as Catalog Cast, which has expanded to three additional universities this year. Roberts also oversees record company rosters and represents BMI within the AIMP and the Gospel Music Association.

Roberts will continue to work closely with Vice President, Creative, Nashville, Clay Bradley, and will be responsible for ongoing outreach, support, and career guidance for BMI affiliates and the songwriting community in Nashville. Additionally, she will provide further direction for the office’s team of Creative representatives.

BMI also announced the promotion of Josh Tomlinson to Director, Creative, Nashville.

Tomlinson joined BMI in 2016 after graduating from Belmont University, and since joining the company, has expanded his role from working in the country genre to include the full scope of Nashville’s multi-genre music community. He has also taken over the management of BMI’s ongoing participation in local showcase, 8 Off 8th, and is instrumental in the execution of BMI’s Rooftop on the Row series. Tomlinson also serves as the Nashville liaison for BMI’s Partnership and Events team.

Bradley says, “Leslie’s contributions to our Creative department and her commitment to songwriters is invaluable. She is a highly respected member of our community and has built incredible relationships within the industry. For years, songwriters from all genres coming out of Nashville have benefitted from her experience and expertise, so this promotion is truly well deserved. I’m also excited to recognize Josh’s dedication and passion for our writers. He’s always looking for new ways to support the local creative community and I know he’ll continue that with even more drive and enthusiasm in his new role. I appreciate everything that Leslie and Josh do every day for our affiliates.”

Weekly Register: ‘Cuttin’ Grass 2’ Lands Sturgill Simpson In Top Five Country Albums

Sturgill Simpson. Photo: Semi Song

Sturgill Simpson is the top debut this week on the country albums chart, with his bluegrass album Cuttin’ Grass 2 taking the No. 5 spot on the chart, and earning 18K in total consumption (7.5K album only/665K song streams) according to Nielsen.

Morgan Wallen‘s Dangerous: The Double Album takes the top position again, after being dethroned by Carrie Underwood‘s My Savior last week. Underwood shifts to the No. 2 position with 35K in total consumption. Luke Combs take the No. 3 and No. 4 spots with What You See Is What You Get and This One’s For You, respectively.

Chris Stapleton tops the country streaming songs chart, with “Starting Over” earning 7.2 million streams.

The top 5 country streaming songs this week include:
Chris Stapleton – “Starting Over” – 7.2M/171M
Luke Combs – “Forever After All” – 6.8M/187M
Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones” – 6.8M/165M
Morgan Wallen – “Wasted On You” – 6.4M/121M
Thomas Rhett – “What’s Your Country Song” – 5.7M/73M

Industry Ink: Anthem Records, NMPA, Change Agent-cy

Lindsay Hyslop Promoted To Director Of Marketing At Anthem Records

Lindsay Hyslop

Lindsay Hyslop has been promoted to Director of Marketing for Anthem Records. Reporting to Allison Hamamura (General Manager, West Coast & Head of Anthem Records), Nashville-based Hyslop will continue to oversee all label marketing in addition to working closely with Anthem’s artists and songwriters to build and design opportunities that showcase their creative works around the world. She worked in label and management positions for over 11 years and before joining Anthem managed the marketing, brand partnerships and streaming for RGK Entertainment Group. Prior to that she worked at Universal Music Canada in the digital marketing department.

“Lindsay has proven herself to be a determined, persuasive executive with an abundance of creativity,” says General Manager, West Coast & Head of Anthem Records Allison Hamamura. “She oversees the strategic marketing of Anthem Records’ artists with exceptional aplomb. Her international experience with brand partnerships, digital marketing and ability to pivot has served our roster well to date and will continue to do so as we move forward.”


Ashley Jones And Chris Bates Join NMPA Staff

Ashley Jones, Chris Bates

The NMPA has hired two new staffers, Chris Bates and Ashley Jones. Bates joins the company as SVP, Legal & Business Affairs and Jones has joined as Manager, External Affairs. In his role at NMPA, Bates reports to the EVP & GC Danielle Aguirre. He previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in both the Civil Division and Antitrust Division as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Prior to that, Bates was Chief Counsel to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he advised on judicial nominations and led the introduction and passage of several landmark pieces of legislation in the fields of data privacy, criminal law and intellectual property, including the Music Modernization Act. Bates earned his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a BA summa cum laude in Political Science from Brigham Young University.

Jones reports to the SVP of External Affairs, Charlotte Sellmyer. Prior to joining NMPA, she worked as a Sales Development Representative at a tech startup serving the insurance and financial services industries. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. At the University of California she received a degree in Media Studies, played NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse, and was an active member of Pi Beta Phi.


The Change Agent-cy Hosts Social Impact Session With ACM, CMT

Pictured (L-R, top row): Lucia Folk, Lisa Chader, TCA; Harper Grae, NWOC; Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives; (L-R, second row): Taylor Wolf, ACM Lifting Lives; Chapel Hart, NWOC; Tenille Arts, NWOC; Brooke Antonakos, Rockbrook Entertainment; (L-R, third row): Fletcher Foster, F2 Entertainment; Colleen Wright, TCA; Leslie Fram, CMT; Hannah Dasher, NWOC; (L-R, fourth row): Ali Marszalkowski, CMT; Rachel Fontenot, UMG; Jeremy Westby, Scott Sexton, 2911 Media

The Change Agent·cy hosted its first social impact session with CMT’s Next Women of Country on April 9, featuring ACM Lifting Lives. Lifting Lives Executive Director Lyndsay Cruz described the organization’s mission of improving lives through the power of music, and offered ways the NWOC artists can support during the session. Throughout the year, TCA and CMT will present industry-oriented meetings designed to educate the 2021 Class of NWOC and help develop their passions for charitable and social change.

Steve Bogard Inks With Amped Entertainment

Pictured (L-R): Byron Gallimore, Steve Bogard, Eric Gallimore

Steve Bogard has signed an exclusive co-publishing agreement with Amped Entertainment.

Bogard has written 10 No. 1 songs and 22 ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC award winning songs for artists including George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Dustin Lynch and many more. He also serves as President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Bogard joins Amped Entertainment’s growing roster including KK Johnson of Track45.

“I’ve been a fan of Steve’s for years,” says Amped Entertainment’s Eric Gallimore. “He’s had some great cuts with Tim McGraw and I’m looking forward to working with him on another successful chapter in his career.” 

Bogard says, “I’ve known and admired, Byron, Missi, Eric, and the crew at Amped for a long time and I am so excited to get to work with them moving forward.”

Lathan Warlick Sets New Country Collab Collection, ‘My Way,’ For April 23

Lathan Warlick. Photo: Dustin Haney

Lathan Warlick is releasing his new EP of country collaborations, My Way, on April 23. The news of the EP comes on the heels of the release of Warlick’s current single “My Way,” with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.

In December, Warlick quit his job of eight years working at the railroad after spending nearly every weekend in Nashville, writing and recording with some of Music City’s biggest names. My Way includes previously released female-power anthem “Roots,” featuring RaeLynn, and “Over Yonder,” his powerful call for unity with Matt Stell. Also joining Warlick on the EP are Lauren Alaina, Russell Dickerson, High Valley, and Dustin Lynch. 

Warlick’s mission of faith, positivity and defying labels is at the heart of My Way, in keeping with his signature mantra: “do different, be different.” The Jackson, Tennessee native first gained attention through social media by creating videos of himself in his car, adding his own rap verses to popular songs like “Holy” by Justin Bieber, “The Box” by Roddy Ricch, “Memories” by Maroon 5, “Hello” by Adele, and “You Say” by Lauren Daigle. His videos caught the attention of country singer Granger Smith, who asked Warlick to add a rap verse to his song, creating a powerful remix of “That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads.”

“Over Yonder” with Matt Stell, released last fall, blends patriotism with a call for unity and has racked up 2.5 million streams so far, which contributes to the 7.6 million streams across Lathan’s catalog to date.

“Merging hip hop, country and gospel all on one project is definitely something given from The Most High,” says Warlick. “Time to give the world something different since I get to have it ‘My Way.’”

My Way Track Listing:
“My Way” feat. Tyler Hubbard
“Roots” feat. RaeLynn
“In His Hands” feat. Lauren Alaina
“Gotta Be God” feat. Russell Dickerson
“My Dawgs”
“Over Yonder” feat. Matt Stell
“Way Out Here” feat. Dustin Lynch
“Runaway Train” feat. High Valley

Clint Black To Host And Co-Produce New Circle Network Series

Clint Black. Photo: Abby Collida

Grand Ole Opry member Clint Black is set to host and co-produce a new TV series, Talking in Circles with Clint Black, which will premiere on Circle Network on Saturday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET following Opry Live.

The weekly series will feature a variety of musicians, songwriters and artists including Darius Rucker, Keb’ Mo, John Rich, Sara Evans, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner and Trace Adkins. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.

Talking in Circles will be a candid artist-to-artist conversation with some of the top entertainers in the business about songwriting, recording, and performing on the road.” says Black. “I’m excited to let people ‘overhear’ some of the things we artists have to say when we talk shop.”

“The Circle Network is honored to partner with legendary country artist Clint Black for the upcoming Talking in Circles series. Clint will take us inside the minds of musicians and songwriters who make country music what it is today and give fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at conversations between artists,” says Evan Haiman, Circle Network’s SVP of Content.

Talking in Circles is produced by Sound Off Productions alongside award-winning music and broadcast veteran Domenic J. Cotter. The show films at Analog, inside of Nashville’s Hutton Hotel.