Weekly Register: Jason Aldean’s ‘Georgia’ Blasts Into The Top Five

Jason Aldean makes the biggest country album debut this week with the release of the second part of his tenth studio album, Georgia. The project debuts at No. 2 on the country charts and No. 8 overall with 26K in total consumption (13K album only/15 million streams), according to Luminate data.

Elsewhere on the albums chart, Morgan Wallen continues to dominate at No. 1 with Dangerous: The Double Album gaining 51K in total consumption (1.5K album only/6 million streams). Luke Combs takes up third as What You See Is What You Get adds 19K in total consumption, and fourth with This One’s For You earning 18K. Taylor Swift‘s Red (Taylor’s Version) claims the fifth spot with 17K in total consumption.

On the songs front, Wallen maintains his spot at the top as his newest release, “Don’t Think Jesus,” adds another 9.3 million streams, contributing to a total of 26 million streams RTD since its April 15 release. Wallen also nabs the third spot as “Wasted On You” gains 7.2 million streams. Zach Bryan debuts at No. 2 with “Something In The Orange,” racking up 8.4 million first-week stream, while Walker Hayes‘ “AA” drops down on to fourth with 6.8 million streams. Combs’ rounds out the top five as “Doin’ This” adds 6.7 million streams, according to Luminate data.

Vince Gill Announces Four-Night Residency At Ryman

Vince Gill will hold a four-night residency at the Ryman Auditorium from Aug. 4-7 with special guest Wendy Moten.

The shows are part of the venue’s 130th anniversary celebration, and will mark Gill’s first solo performance at the Mother Church since his two back-to-back sold-out shows in 2007. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. CT at ryman.com.

“Of all the great concert halls in America and throughout the world, the Ryman is by far my favorite,” says Gill. “I knew it was a unique venue the first time I set foot on the stage over 30 years ago. It was just me and an acoustic guitar and to this day that moment was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.”

Gill is already a fixture on the Ryman stage with his wife Amy Grant at their annual “Christmas at the Ryman” shows and his many appearances at the Ryman’s annual Bluegrass Nights series.

“To have Vince be a part of our 130th-anniversary year with a four-night Ryman Residency is so incredibly fitting and such an honor,” says Chrissy Hall, Director of Concerts for Ryman Auditorium. “He has a deep love for the building and the magic that happens here. We are beyond excited to welcome him back to the Ryman stage for such a historic milestone.”

Cumulus Media Elevates Brian Philips to Chief Content Officer

Brian Phillips

Brian Philips has been promoted to Chief Content Officer at Cumulus Media, reporting to Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Philips, who previously served as Executive Vice President, Content and Audience at the company since 2019, will now be responsible for content across all Cumulus platforms.

Prior to joining Cumulus Media, Philips spent more than 30 years in television, film, and radio. His award-winning radio career included more than 15 years leading radio programming at a number of major market stations, including Cumulus stations WNNX-FM and WWWQ-FM (Atlanta), and KPLX-FM (Dallas-Ft. Worth).

“Brian Philips is an exceptional executive and the perfect choice to lead our programming efforts as we continue to execute our audio-first strategy, which is transforming the company from a traditional radio broadcaster into a multi-dimensional audio media company,” shares Berner. “This promotion reflects Brian’s tremendous contributions, and I have full confidence in his creative vision, operational expertise, and savvy leadership to guide us through this critical evolution.”

Napa Valley’s Live In The Vineyard Goes Country Features Good Music, Food & Wine

Morgan Evans. Photo: MusicRow

Live In The Vineyard Goes Country held its exclusive, sought-after festival this past week in Napa Valley, featuring music, food, and wine.

The three-day event, founded by entrepreneur, music promoter and CEO Bobbii Jacobs, ended on Thursday, April 28, amidst the lush scenery of boutique wineries in Napa, California. Attendees were treated to intimate performances in a beautiful countryside setting while enjoying specially made, locally-driven cuisines and award-winning wines from partner wineries.

Performances held during Live In The Vineyard Goes Country 2022 included Jessie James Decker, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Joe Nichols at the opening reception at Charles Krug winery, on Tuesday, April 26; Hannah Ellis, Jameson Rodgers, and Lee Brice at the VIP Tailgate at Peju winery, and Kassi Ashton, Tyler Braden, Breland, Charles Esten, Morgan Evans, Caroline Jones, and Chase Rice, at the Mainstage Event at The Uptown Theatre on Wednesday, April 27.

Caitlyn Smith, Restless Road, Erin Kinsey, Jordan Fletcher. Photo: MusicRow

Capping off the multi-day event on April 28 was a brunch at Domaine Chandon winery, which featured Ashley Cooke, Ashland Craft, Griffen Palmer, and Hailey Whitters.

Walker Hayes was beamed into the main stage through Proto – a device that lets people appear as if live, while thousands of miles away. Hayes sang two songs, “Fancy Like” and “AA,” in front of the live audience, where he appeared as a life-size hologram. Proto has been used at major sporting events and on nation-wide television programs, but Hayes’ appearance via Proto at Live In The Vineyard is the first time the technology has been used at a country music event.

Walker Hayes. Photo: MusicRow

During the event, Curb recording artist, Hannah Ellis, took a ride in a hot air balloon ride. A tradition in the region, the hot air balloon soared over Napa Valley providing Ellis a birds-eye view of wine country.

Hannah Ellis. Photo: MusicRow

The event also included private VIP events that took place at wineries throughout Napa Valley featuring performers such as Easton Corbin, Tim Dugger, Ian Flanigan, Jordan Fletcher, Ray Fulcher, Ryan Griffin, Ty Herndon, Rayne Johnson, Erin Kinsey, Brooke Moriber, Nashvillains, O.N.E The Duo, Restless Road, Caitlyn Smith, Matt Stell, Thompson Square, and Cali Tucker.

Tyler Braden: Photo: MusicRow

There’s plenty of reasons it’s known as one of the most exclusive and sought-after events across the country, as it gives attendees intimate access to recording artists, premier Napa Valley wineries, and world-renowned chefs.

Breland. Photo: Live In The Vineyard Goes Country/JetBlack/Alec Savig

The private invitation-only event brings together music supervisors, radio programmers, DSP curators, label executives, VIPs, corporate hospitality groups, and more from around the country to celebrate and hear brand new music by today’s top artists as well as emerging artists among the stunning vineyard-filled hillsides, world-class wine, and culinary features that Napa Valley offers.

Pictured (L-R): Mitchell Tenpenny, Joe Nichols, Jessie James Decker, and Partner in Forefront Networks, President of FF Entertainment, and the Founder of Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, Bobbii Jacobs. Photo: Live In The Vineyard Goes Country/Will Bucquoy


Napa Valley. Photo: MusicRow

Sony Music Nashville Realigns Arista, Columbia, & RCA Nashville Promotion Teams

Pictured (L-R): Lyndsay Church, Lauren Longbine, Mallory Michaels

In an effort to include a broader artist development focus on a local and regional level, Sony Music Nashville has announced a series of promotions and a realignment of the Arista, Columbia, and RCA Nashville promotion teams.

Effective immediately, the promotion teams, led by SMN EVP of Promotion & Artist Development Steve Hodges, will collaborate more closely with the SMN marketing team in such areas as brand partnerships, community engagement, digital activations, content development and more. Hodges informed the SMN staff in an email obtained by MusicRow on Monday (May 2).

Hodges announced that in order to drive this broadened approach, the Senior Director of Promotion & Artist Development position will now directly support imprint heads on tactical strategies and platform initiatives. Lyndsay Church, Lauren Longbine and Mallory Michaels will take on this new position for Arista, Columbia and RCA Nashville, respectively.

According to Hodges’ email, “These changes allow our artists the most optimum opportunity to grow their brands by having the field team working in tandem with our marketing team in Nashville. Special thanks to Jen Way, SMN’s SVP of Marketing, and her team as they have eagerly embraced this expanded partnership across the organization.”

The Sony Music Nashville Promotion and Artist Development department now consists of the following three imprint field staff and national support team members:

Arista Nashville – reporting to Chris Schuler, VP, Promotion & Artist Development:
Lyndsay Church, Sr. Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Ali O’Connell, Director Promotion & Artist Development
Lisa Owen, Director Promotion & Artist Development
Amy Menz, Specialist, Promotion & Artist Development

Columbia Nashville – reporting to Shane Allen through May, but effective June 1, Lauren Thomas, VP, Promotion & Artist Development:
Lauren Longbine, Sr. Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Mark Gray, Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Paige Elliott, Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Christy Garbinski, Specialist, Promotion & Artist Development

RCA Nashville – reporting to Dennis Reese, SVP, Promotion & Artist Development:
Mallory Michaels, Sr. Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Dan Nelson, Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Larry Santiago, Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Nicole Walden, Specialist, Promotion & Artist Development

SMN National Support – reporting to Steve Hodges, EVP, Promotion & Artist Development:
Bo Martinovich, Director, Promotion & Artist Development
Paul Grosser, Manager, Promotion & Artist Development
Houston Gaither, Manager, Content, Promotion & Artist Development

Mark Your Calendar—May 2022

Single/Track Releases

May 2
Jessie James Decker/Should Have Known Better/Warner/WMN
CJ Solar/All I Can Think About Lately
Kaleb Austin/Turn the Night On/Salty Mountain Music
Ashley Barron/The Wind/SSM Nashville
Rebel Hearts/Country Rockin’ Tonight/Rebel Hearts Records

May 6
Nate Smith/Whiskey On You/Sony Music Entertainment

May 9
South 62/Love is Forgiveness/Graphite Sound

May 11
Derek Austin/Backroad Less Traveled/Mailbox Money Records

May 16
Casey Donahew/Telling On My Heart/Almost Country Entertainment

May 20
Sarah Darling/Get to Me/Be Darling Records

May 23
Kyndon Oakes/Better/KO Records

May 24
Danny Kensy/My Happy Place


Album/EP Releases

May 6
Midland/The Last Resort: Greetings From/Big Machine Records
Flatland Cavalry/Far Out West Sessions
Ryan Griffin/Slow Down Sunrise/Red Street Records
Tim Montana/Reno/Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group

May 15
Lyle Lovett/12th Of June/Verve Records

May 20
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Dirt Goes Dylan
Zach Bryan/American Heartbreak/Warner Records
High Valley/Way Back



Industry Events

May 4 – 8
Key West Songwriters Festival

May 9 – 12
Music Biz Conference

May 17
Nashville Chapter of The Recording Academy Block Party

The Cadillac Three To Play Mercy Lounge Farewell Show

The Cadillac Three. Photo: Nick Rau

The Cadillac Three will play a special hometown show this month at Mercy Lounge. The Nashville born-and-raised trio will return on May 18 to Mercy Lounge before the venue’s last call. Tickets are on sale now.

“Mercy Lounge is one of the most important venues in Nashville and in the history of TC3,” shares the band. “Before our friends John Bruton and Todd Ohlhauser close the doors for their last time in May we wanted to make sure we got to have one last party together!”

Following the Nashville Mercy Lounge sendoff, the band will amplify Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town’s 2022 “The Bandwagon Tour” in addition to their own “Hillbilly Hypnotized Tour,” with dates across the country through the end of the year.

Industry Ink: Thomas Rhett, Caitlyn Gordon, Sister Sadie, CWBY

Thomas Rhett, Chaco Footwear Unveil New Collaboration Sandal

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett has announced his newest collaboration with Chaco Footwear, which expands upon last year’s collection.

The limited-edition sandals are inspired by Rhett’s love for the outdoors and memories on the river with his family. With two different patterns available in both adult and children’s sizes, the collection features the vibrant colors of the rainbow trout and the brook trout.

“Getting out and being in the river with my wife, family or friends is one of the most peaceful ways that we get to spend time together. Those moments, when I’m 60 or 70 years old and looking back, are going to stand out as some of my favorite memories,” Rhett shares. “One of the main reasons I wanted to make sure we added a kid’s line is that I want our kids to feel a part of this. I cannot wait to see entire families in these shoes all over the country this year and have that encourage them to get out and do something adventurous together.”

“Thomas Rhett embodies the Chaco Nation spirit, and we are so excited to be working with him again on another collaboration,” says Lauren Poole, Sr. Director of Marketing, Chaco. “This year, we took fans’ feedback and focused on fishing-inspired design and styles the whole family can wear on adventures together.”

Proceeds from each children’s sandal sale will be donated to Love One International—providing access to life-saving medical care to children in Uganda; and a donation made to Trout Unlimited, a non-profit dedicated to conserving freshwater streams, rivers, and associated upland habitats for trout, salmon, and other aquatic species.


BBR Music Group Elevates Caitlyn Gordon To Director, Marketing

Caitlyn Gordon

BBR Music Group has promoted Caitlyn Gordon to Director of Marketing. She will report to JoJamie Hahr, SVP of BBR Music Group.

Gordon previously served as the Director of Midwest/Southeast Promotion for BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records. In her new role of Director of Marketing, she will manage projects for the label group’s roster of artists, including Jason Aldean, Lainey Wilson, Elvie Shane, Jelly Roll and more; create marketing plans; streamline advertising initiatives; and coordinate with all departments on artist release plans and strategies.

In her ten years at BBR Music Group, Gordon has risen through the ranks within the company from Promotion Coordinator. Scoring numerous No. 1s throughout her tenure, her most recent was Shane’s debut country radio single “My Boy.”

“Caitlyn has been a superstar within our promotion team at BBR Music Group/BMG for nearly 10 years and has always been a shining example of class, leadership, creativity, and passion,” says Hahr. “We are so lucky to have her join the team!”

Gordon can be reached at [email protected].


Mountain Home Music Company Signs Sister Sadie

Pictured (L-R): Sister Sadie’s Hasee Ciacco, Gena Britt and Deanie Richardson, Mountain Home’s Jon Weisberger, and Sister Sadie’s Mary Meyer and Jaelee Roberts

Mountain Home Music Company has signed award-winning quintet Sister Sadie to an exclusive recording contract. The group consists of founding member and fiddle player Deanie Richardson, banjo player/vocalist Gena Britt, Jaelee Roberts on guitar, bassist Hasee Ciacco, and mandolin player and singer Mary Meyer.

Sister Sadie, which launched in the wake of a one-off show at Nashville’s Station Inn in 2012, is an all-female group that was named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 2020, as well as Vocal Group of the Year in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The band’s previous release, Sister Sadie II, earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2019.

“Sister Sadie is incredibly excited to be a part of the Mountain Home Family,” the band shares. “We are looking forward to making a new record soon with this amazing team. On behalf of Gena, Deanie, Hasee, Jaelee and Mary, thank you for believing in us and giving us a place to make more Sister Sadie music.”

“Sister Sadie has already had quite an impact on bluegrass,” notes Mountain Home’s Jon Weisberger. “Their awards are testimony to that, but I believe a look at the esteem that musicians like Gena and Deanie have among their colleagues, and at the breadth of the group’s audience, tells the story at least as well as the trophies. We think the best is yet to come for Sister Sadie’s music, and we’re looking forward to bringing it to the world.”


CWBY Inks With CDX Records For Distribution


Country/pop artist CWBY has inked an exclusive deal with CDX Records. The signing comes just ahead of his forthcoming single release, “Insecure” on Friday, May 13. The track will serve as the lead single from his debut EP Lovin’ Me Ain’t Easy due this summer.

First discovering his love for music when he began using songwriting as an outlet to express himself, CWBY has spent the last 2 years refining his craft. His debut release “Trapstar” has racked up over 1 million streams on Spotify alone, while the music video has nearly 2 million views. With fan-favorite tracks such as “Sorry Mama” and “Toxic,” CWBY has infused country, pop, rock, R&B and rap influences.

“CWBY is an innovator as much as he is a fantastic artist. He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening. We believe he will change the business like Sam Phillips and Sun Records did,” shares Joe Kelly, President of CDX Records. “CWBY and his music are right in the wheelhouse of where our music is going and we are proud to be his team.”

“I’m hyped to have CDX as my distribution partner. They believe in me and this journey and I’m looking forward to taking my career to the next level with them,” CWBY says.

Tim Montana Slates Latest Project ‘Reno’ For May 6

Tim Montana‘s new album Reno will be released on May 6 via Music Knox Records/BBR Music Group.

The six-song project is a follow up to his 2021 Long Shots and leans even further into Montana’s distinct sound, blending country and rock to embrace the American experience and the blue collar way of life. Across the six songs, the Montana native presents an album full of rock and grit that is influenced by the West and speaks to his values, beliefs and lifestyle.

Having been raised in a single-wide without electricity in the wilds near Butte, Montana and spending years taking odd jobs just to pay the bills, Montana has racked up unbelievable stories and an appreciation for those on the grind.

“When I die, this will be the music I’ll be most proud of making. We lit the rulebook on fire and just went for it, focusing on creating music that was true to me—and that’s exactly what you’re getting—pure Tim Montana,” he explains.

He’ll be taking Reno out on the road as he headlines his own shows in addition to stops alongside Koe Wetzel, Lee Brice and Michael Ray later this year.

 Reno Track List:
1. “American Dream” – (Tim Montana, Adam Sanders, Micah Wilshire)
2. “Guy Like Me” – (Tim Montana, Erik Dylan, Rob Snyder, Micah Wilshire)
3. “Reno” – (Tim Montana, Jessica Cayne, Micah Wilshire)
4. “Stoned On You” – (Tim Montana, Jeremy Bussey, Mike Florentino)
5. “Real Good People (feat. Colbie Caillat)” – (Tim Montana, Jessica Cayne, Tina Parol, Micah Wilshire)
6. “California Love (feat. Billy F Gibbons and Matt Sorum)” – (Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman, Ronnie Hudson, Mikel Hooks, Chris Stainton, Joe Cocker)

Nashville’s New GEODIS Park Is Embracing The ‘Music’ In ‘Music City’ [Interview]

GEODIS Park. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville SC

As Major League Soccer (MLS) and the city of Nashville turn its eyes on Nashville Soccer Club for its home opener on Sunday (May 1), the community will get its first look at GEODIS Park.

The 30,000-seat soccer-specific stadium is the biggest of its kind in the U.S. and Canada. But this isn’t just a place for soccer fans to congregate and cheer on their club, it will be the city’s newest and shiniest outdoor venue for music.

“This stadium was designed with concerts particularly in mind,” said Nashville SC CEO, Ian Ayre, in an interview with The Sports Credential—MusicRow’s sister publication. “It has all of the phase power lighting, plugins and all that type of stuff [needed to put on a concert]. It’s got the steelwork in the south end built, so they can hold a stage and lighting rigs. There are artist dressing rooms and locker rooms that convert into green rooms. We own our own pitch cover, so the whole thing has been designed, particularly, with with concerts in mind.”

This arena will offer the city a mid-sized, outdoor arena for artists who aren’t looking to play Nissan Stadium (69,143), but want a bigger venue than Bridgestone Arena (approximately 20,000) or the Ryman Auditorium (2,362).

Featured (L-R): Nashville SC TV play-play-play voice Tony Husband, club CEO Ian Ayre, TV analyst Jamie Watson. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville SC

GEODIS Park sits in the heart of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood at the Nashville Fairgrounds and will be the permanent home to Nashville SC. A lot of work went into conceptualizing and constructing the privately funded stadium to not only be a fantastic soccer stadium, but an event space that can be extremely versatile.

The stadium was even designed for outdoor events, as the bathrooms will be accessible from outside even when GEODIS Park’s doors are closed. These kinds of amenities will allow for many events and watch parties that fans and the community can partake in.

Ayre says that the match-day experience was designed to be like a music festival. The main act is soccer but there will be so many other things going on for fans of all degrees. The concessions are packed with local eateries, the concourse is spacious to give fans room to take a break without having to miss the action on field, and the premium clubs will offer fans an exclusive and unique experience.

“We like to think of it like a festival of soccer,” Ayre shares. “If you go to a music festival, you go because you usually really like the headliner. In this case, soccer is that headliner. We wanted to surround that experience with all sorts of other things that people will come for, and then talk about.”

GEODIS Park will have multiple mini-stages in and around the stadium where fans will be welcomed by local artists and songwriters. Nashville SC has a unique opportunity being in Music City, and has shown its dedication to music and will continue to make local artists part of its identity.

Pictured (L-R): Mary Cavarra, Brian Tibbs, CM Joy Styles, John Ingram, Michael Carter, Darrell Freeman, Ian Ayre, Eleanor McDonald at the groundbreaking of GEODIS Park.

“We have a 60,000 square foot event square in the north end, which has power, so we can put stage out there on opening day,” says Ayre. “We’ve got a large screen video board on the external [of the building] so we can do watch parties. It has full sound so the whole thing has been designed with the ability to bring it to life in many different ways beyond soccer.”

In 2020, discussions of where the stadium would be and how it would look started early on with principal owner John Ingram and former Nashville mayor Megan Berry, before Ayre joined the club. Once the Nashville Fairgrounds were decided as the location and the team got the green light from the city, Ayre and the rest of the organization began planning what the stadium would look like in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

“We worked as a group—myself and the ownership group—to look at the design with Populous, who were the main architect, and Hastings, who were the local architects. Some of the key messaging that came out of those discussions was really about the neighborhood in which it would sit in,” Ayre shares. “It was really important to make it look like it belongs in that neighborhood. Wedgewood-Houston is a very up-and-coming urban area. There are some amazing stadiums both in the MLS and around the world, and some of them look like giant spaceships that have landed from somewhere, which might be the right thing in some places. We felt that our design, look, and feel needed to fit in.

“We’re building the biggest house in the neighborhood, you don’t want to build the most gaudy one. A lot of brick, steel, and wood were built into the design, and some of the steel work is designed with a very industrial look. I think it works perfectly for the location and what we’re after.”

A Liverpool, England native, Ayre has been leading the building of the club and the energy around it. He has been tasked with taking the USL Nashville soccer team’s passionate fans and building up a world-class organization with an unbelievable stadium. He stepped down as CEO of Liverpool FC in 2017 and was ready for the next adventure. However, at no point did he think that building a soccer club in Nashville would be the next adventure.

“I am a big believer that things happen for a reason,” Ayre explains. “It certainly wasn’t anything I’ve ever thought of doing, but the more time I spent on it, the more I realized what an exciting opportunity it would be not just to run a team, but to actually build the entire thing from scratch. [That is] kind of a unique thing to do in this sport. It doesn’t get more exciting and fulfilling than to create the whole thing.”

Joe Bonamassa performing the pre-match Guitar Riff. Photo: Courtesy of Nashville SC

Since joining the MLS, the Nashville SC under Ayre’s leadership has incorporated many aspects of music to its match-day festivities, most notably their pre-match Guitar Riff. Many talented musicians in Music City have taken the stage for the pre-match tradition, including Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. Styx’s Tommy Shaw will be the first to perform the Guitar Riff at GEODIS Park this Sunday (May 1).

Nashville band Judah & the Lion wrote and performed the club’s official anthem “Never Give Up On You.” The band will perform the song during a 20 minute post-match concert on Sunday.

Right now, GEODIS Park and NSC are focused on welcoming soccer fans and making it an amazing, world-class match-day experience. But concerts are on the horizon as Ayre and his team are looking to book acts.

For information about GEODIS Park and Nashville Soccer Club, head to The Sports Credential to read more.