Photo Round-up: Rascal Flatts, Frankie Ballard, The Roys

Rascal Flatts Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry

Rascal Flatts was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens during the Opry’s 86th Birthday Bash celebration which aired live on GAC: Great American Country. (L-R): Opry GM Pete Fisher; Little Jimmy Dickens; and Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.

Photo: Chris Hollo

Frankie Ballard Surprises Nashville School Teacher for OfficeMax’s “A Day Made Better”

Last Wednesday (10/5), Frankie Ballard made a surprise visit to a Title 1 elementary school in Nashville to deliver an award and $1,000 worth of school supplies to an unsuspecting teacher in support of OfficeMax’s national “A Day Made Better” event. Ballard surprised Mr. Josh Wright at McGavock Elementary with new supplies from OfficeMax including a printer, digital camera, desk chair and other essentials. (L-R): OfficeMax associate Steve Gray, Wright and Ballard.

Photo: Getty Images

The Roys Singing National Anthem

Rural Rhythm Records bluegrass duo The Roys performed the national anthem at the Tennessee Titans/Denver Broncos game to a 97,000-plus crowd at LP Field in Nashville.

Photo: Donn Jones

2011 October/November—On The Cover: Jake Owen


Label: RCA Records Nashville
Current Album: Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Current Single: “Alone With You”
Current Video: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
Management/Booking: Morris Artist Management
Current Producers: Tony Brown, Rodney Clawson and Joey Moi
Recent Hits: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
Awards: ACM Top New Male Artist
RIAA Certs to date: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”-Platinum single, “Eight Second Ride”-Gold single
Hometown: Vero Beach, FL
Birthdate: August 28
Interesting Facts: After a serious wakeboarding accident, Jake had reconstructive shoulder surgery. During that time with his left arm in a sling, he learned to play guitar and started writing songs.
Outside Interests: Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing
Musical Influences: Alabama, Vern Gosdin, Waylon Jennings, Tom Petty
Favorite Record: Too many to choose from

Guided by musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, Jake Owen has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year. The CD’s title tune is already exploding as the biggest hit of Owen’s career to date.

“I never wanted to be the guy that did everything the way you’re supposed to do it,” says the candid and outgoing music maker. “And that led me to make this record, which I think really represents who I am more than anything I’ve ever recorded. If nothing else happens after this, I can honestly say that I did the absolute best that I can do. I’ve never felt this good about music, or anything in my career, as I do right now.”

In 2005, Jake went from performing in Florida bars to moving to Nashville and within months he had a Music Row song-publishing contract. Less than a year later, he was signed by RCA Records and was on the charts with his first two singles, “Yee Haw” and “Startin’ with Me.” He went from being a speck in a stadium crowd at a Kenny Chesney concert to opening shows for the superstar. Then Brad Paisley took him on the road as Owen scored his third hit, 2007’s “Something About a Woman.” In 2008, Owen opened shows for Sugarland and this year, Keith Urban asked Jake to be his touring partner on the Get Closer 2011 World Tour.

Jake has previously enjoyed major-league success with such performances as 2006’s “Startin’ with Me,” 2008’s “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,” and 2009’s “Eight Second Ride.” His revival of “Life in a Northern Town” with Sugarland and Little Big Town in 2008 earned him Grammy and CMA Award nominations. Owen was named 2009’s Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. But nothing, he says, compares to the impact his new music is making.
“If you want to get better at your craft, you have to push yourself, take risks and try something
different,” he reflects. “In order to grow and not be complacent, you have to open your mind, expand your horizons and be grateful. That’s what this record represents for me.”

Corey Wagar – I Hate My Boyfriend

Corey Wagar’s second single “I Hate My Boyfriend,” from her debut album On The Edge (GTR Records Nashville), has an infectious and fun lyric that grabs listeners and says, “This young artist is about to make her name.”

“I Hate My Boyfriend” goes for adds Sept 26th, with promotion efforts being spearheaded by Lisa Smoot, Jerry Duncan, Regina Raleigh and Christina Bear. Corey has performed the song live on her radio tour and has had the male DJs sing the chorus along with her.

“When you have great radio talent like Steve Ferguson, Dusty Edwards, Thom Watts, Captain Jack, Bill Booth, Dave Spencer, Dennis Banka, and Marty Mitchell singing along with you, it’s the funniest thing ever and feels like you have something really special to share with your audience,” laughs Corey.

She wrote “I Hate My Boyfriend” with her co-writing partner and guitarist Gordon Brown, and LoCash Cowboys’ Preston Brust. As he joined the writing session, Brust walked in and asked “So Corey, what’s up with the boyfriend?” She answered immediately, and the single was born. Produced at The Sound Kitchen by Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), this is a song for everyone, including men who have experience with assertive women.

Since the release of her first single “Hurricane,” Corey has opened up for top-notch talents such as Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Ashton Shepherd, Eden’s Edge, LoCash Cowboys, and many others.

Corey Wagar – I Hate My Boyfriend

The Lost Trailers – Underdog

The Lost Trailers, Stokes Nielson & Jason Wyatt

The Lost Trailers are back! The country music duo founded by songwriter/producer Stokes Nielson, launch “Underdog”  to country radio this week for a September 19th impact date.

Nielson’s first record using the Lost Trailers name was The Story of the New Age Cowboy, which Willie Nelson discovered in 2000 and offered the chance to perform at his 4th of July picnic.

Following that performance, The Lost Trailers ascended from a hard-touring regional act to Top 20 hits on radio, snagging three ACM nominations, and opening shows for Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jamey Johnson and many others. Most recently The Lost Trailers were featured on Tim McGraw’s tour with Lady Antebellum and then as part of the inaugural Country Throwdown Tour with Montgomery Gentry and Jamey Johnson. Nielson has also notched songwriting credits on Zac Brown Band’s double platinum album The Foundation.

In 2011, singer/songwriter  Jason Wyatt joined Nielson as the second half of The Lost Trailers. A new release is forthcoming, part of which was recorded at Abbey Road with legendary producer, Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin). “Underdog” is the first single off that release.

The Lost Trailers – Underdog

ACM Announces $661,000 Endowment

Honorees from “Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country” (Getty Images/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music & dick clark productions)

The Academy of Country Music has announced a $661,000 endowment to ACM Lifting Lives, on behalf of the artists who participated in Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country. Ticket proceeds from the taping of the Las Vegas concert special in April benefited ACM Lifting Lives.
Honorees The Judds, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba and Carrie Underwood along with special performers Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, the JaneDear girls, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton all participated in the taping, with more than 8 million viewers tuning in to the special on CBS.
“ACM Lifting Lives thanks these artists for generously donating their time and talent for the taping,” says ACM Lifting Lives Chair Gayle Holcomb. “We are grateful to them and for the opportunity to continue serving our many wonderful beneficiaries.”
ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through music by providing and serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship.

(L-R): ACM Vice President Butch Waugh, ACM President Sarah Trahern, ACM Chairman Bill Mayne, ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Gayle Holcomb, ACM Lifting Lives President Mark Hartley, ACM Lifting Lives Vice-President Gary Gilbert and ACM Parliamentarian Paul Moore.

Montgomery Gentry – Where I Come From

Average Joe’s Entertainment is pleased to announce “Where I Come From,” the new country radio single from multi-platinum hitmaking duo Montgomery Gentry. The pair signed with Average Joe’s in March 2011 and are at work on their first album project with the label.
“We couldn’t be happier to be signing with the guys at Average Joe’s,” says Eddie Montgomery.  “Those guys are cut from the same cloth we are and man, they are so creative. We can’t wait to get this new project out there to our fans!” Troy Gentry adds, “Eddie and I are really excited about this new partnership with Average Joe’s. We love the team they have in place and the passion and excitement that they bring. We look forward to going in and making a project we’re all proud of.”
Montgomery Gentry first hit big on Columbia Records in 1999 with “Hillbilly Shoes.” They followed with numerous hits, including “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “My Town,” “Hell Yeah,” and “Roll With Me.” In 2000, they nabbed the CMA Duo of the Year Award and the ACM Top New Group/Duo honor.!/mgunderground
Montgomery Gentry – Where I Come From

Darren Warren – Cowboy Up and Party Down

NuCorp Entertainment recently shipped the debut single from flagship artist Darren Warren to country radio. The rollicking, uptempo “Cowboy Up and Party Down” was written by Eddie Kilgallon and produced by Doug Grau. Darren’s self-titled EP is due in stores soon.
“It’s a dream come true for any artist to release a single but for me, it’s a dream come true to be able to release something that is so much a part of who I am,” says Darren. “‘Cowboy Up and Party Down’ is just me! It’s the way I talk and the life I love, and I feel so blessed to have the chance to share a little part of myself with the world.”
NuCorp was started by industry veteran Jeff Carver and businessman Joe McDaniel. Chuck Rhodes has been tapped to oversee the company’s promotion, marketing, and distribution efforts. Nine North/Turnpike will handle national promotion efforts and Regina Raleigh will conduct promotion to MusicRow and small market radio stations.
A native of the Paducah, Kentucky area, Darren’s Warren has one of the most unique stories in country music. At age 16, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and spent the better part of the next three years receiving treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He has now been in remission for over nine years. In keeping with his vow to raise awareness for the hospital and the care he received, Darren has called or visited over 80 radio stations hosting Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothons this year alone.
Darren Warren – Cowboy Up and Party Down

Bobby Dean – Rebound

Modern traditionalist Bobby Dean’s new country single is “Rebound,” which was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Dave Moody for Lamon Records Nashville.
Dean, who owns Edgmon Trucking in Kent, Washington has juggled running a trucking business with singing in local bars for many years. He never really pursued his longtime dream to become a country singing star as he focused on work and raising two children. But he kept on singing.
“A lot of people ask me why I didn’t quit or give up and I always say that dreams come true… when I signed that record contract I thought I was still dreaming,” says Dean from his home near Seattle.
Label owner and producer Moody recently described Dean’s style. “Bobby has a unique voice, very traditional sounding, yet he makes it his own… None of that vocal-tuning trickery was used to make his album,” he continues. “What you hear is what he sounds like, which is refreshing today in a musical world where you can’t tell what’s real from fantasy.”
See the “Rebound” video at
Dave Moody, Lamon Records Nashville
Phone: 615.379.2121, x101
Email: [email protected]
Bobby Dean – Rebound

MusicRow Awards Issue—On The Cover

Led by industry veteran Tim DuBois, the ASCAP Nashville regional office serves a broad array of members across all musical genres and a multi-state geographic footprint while bolstering its services to new and existing members. This focus is testament to ASCAP’s emphasized investment in the evolution of Nashville as a vibrant musical mecca.
The vision of ASCAP Nashville reflects the city’s growing importance as a global music capital that is a magnet for songwriters and publishers in a spectrum of genres. ASCAP has responded to this growth and change in the marketplace through a regional approach to its core mission in Nashville. The geographic region the office serves includes other parts of Tennessee, as well as Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, the Carolinas, Florida and Virginia, among other areas.
The ASCAP Nashville creative team, which includes DuBois, Marc Driskill, Michael Martin, LeAnn Phelan, Mike Sistad, Ryan Beuschel, Jessica Draper, Robert Filhart, Jesse Willoughby and Anna Maki, is dedicated to deeply investing in the development of songwriters, as well as serving the needs of its publisher members. This is a team whose diverse and dynamic backgrounds and experiences cover every area of the industry, merging in the most complementary way by combining a natural enthusiasm for music and the songwriters who create it with practical knowledge from years in the music business. There is also a focused emphasis in three areas of visionary service, education and opportunities for its members: Performance, Creative and Business.
In the area of Performance, ASCAP Nashville has a focused array of strategic opportunities for members in varying genres and stages of their careers to showcase their craft in series including ASCAP Presents at the Bluebird Café, ASCAP Rocks at the Mercy Lounge, the New Crew Show (highlighting unsigned writers) and a special quarterly series, ASCAP Presents.
Within the Creative emphasis, opportunities beyond the performance series are offered through unique events and festivals including the ASCAP Music Lounge at the Nashville Film Festival, Nashville in Napa, the 30A Songwriters Festival, ASCAP’s incredibly successful “We Create Music” EXPO, ASCAP’s GPS (Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters) Program, ASCAP/Belmont Writers Night Series, the Key West Songwriters Festival, and the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Songwriter Workshop (as part of its cumulative educational outreach in high schools and colleges in Texas and the rest of ASCAP Nashville’s geographic region of service). Other special events that ASCAP Nashville participates in include the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and CMJ, among others. Songwriting workshops are also an essential element of the Creative focus, with ASCAP Nashville offering four different workshops with genre emphasis in pop, country, Christian and film/TV.
ASCAP is proud to partner with organizations including Nimbit, AirPlay Direct, MyWerx, Limelight and many others that address the growing needs of both the songwriters and business professionals who represent all genres of music here in Nashville. These partnerships further the goal of the Business emphasis in equipping ASCAP members with information, skills and knowledge they need to be and remain competitive in this industry. Programs including ASCAP’s DIYU educational workshops are offered for guidance and to facilitate an informational forum between these organizations and their core market: writers and artists.
The ASCAP Nashville office, while continuing to serve the needs of country and Christian music’s greatest writers and publishers, has expanded its vision and strategy to also meet the needs of the pop, international, urban and folk writers, as well as film, television and symphonic composers, who work, live and thrive in this region. ASCAP’s recognition of the influx and development of other successful genres of music in Nashville demonstrates not only the Membership group’s dedication to a substantial investment in the development of songwriters and support of publishers, but also the organization’s commitment to the community as a whole.

(L-R): Tim DuBois, VP/Managing Executive; Mike Sistad, Dir. Membership Relations; Jessica Draper, Mgr. Creative Services; Michael Martin, Sr. Creative Director; Robert Filhart, Creative Manager; Marc Driskill, VP/GM; Jesse Willoughby, Membership Representative; LeAnn Phelan, Sr. Creative Director; Ryan Beuschel, Creative Manager; and Anna Maki, Creative Assistant. Photo: Jeff Venable

Keith Bryant – Can't Tell Somebody (Who To Love)

This guy is a stand-up country singer, and I’ve always liked him. This time around, he has a dandy tale of a strict daddy who tries to stand in the way of True Love. So the kids sneak around behind papa’s back to that stretch of road, “Where the moon is willing, and the river don’t mind.” The song soars like an eagle, and so does its vocalist. Absolutely and definitely a winner.
—Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow
Keith Bryant is proud to present his second single for Jordash Records, “Can’t Tell Somebody (Who To Love),” to country radio. The song, from Bryant’s self-titled album release, was written by Wendell Mobley, Mike Mobley and Shane Minor.
Most will be familiar with Bryant from the success of his 2004 song “Ridin’ With The Legend.” A tribute to NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt, the song experienced sustained airplay after its release and rotation on GAC. The song has since become a sort of rallying anthem for NASCAR and country fans alike.
Keith Bryant – Can’t Tell Somebody (Who To Love)