Lee Greenwood Honored At All-Star Salute In Huntsville

Lee Greenwood. Photo: Josh D. Adams

Lee Greenwood was honored on Oct. 12 in a special tribute concert at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama celebrating his 40-year career.

Artists on hand for the celebration, which was the third-highest grossing event in Von Braun Center history, included Gavin DeGraw, Debby Boone, Sam Moore, Michael W. Smith, Scott Stapp (of Creed), Lee Brice, Michael Ray, Jamey Johnson, Dustin Lynch, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, The Gatlin Brothers, Janie Fricke, and more.

During the tribute, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore and T. Graham Brown performed a star-studded collaboration of “Soul Man,” while DeGraw gave his version of the Greenwood hit “I.O.U.” and Brice sang “I Don’t Mind The Thorns When You’re the Rose.” Additionally, The Oak Ridge Boys performed their signature hit “Elvira” and Boone sang “You Light Up My Life.” The night ended with the entire ensemble of guests singing the beloved hit “God Bless the USA.”

Lee Greenwood. Photo: Josh D. Adams

“When Lee Greenwood announced that he wanted to host his All-Star Salute tribute concert in the Von Braun Center Propst Arena, we were ecstatic,” says Von Braun Center Director of Marketing and Public Relations Samantha Nielsen. “We knew the event would be hugely successful–not just for the VBC, but for the entire city of Huntsville and North Alabama… We will continue seeing benefits from hosting this event in Huntsville because there are still three 1-hour television specials from the Lee Greenwood tribute concert that will be aired nationally in 2022.”

In addition to great music on stage, Louis and Patti Breland of Breland Homes bestowed keys to two veterans and their families–SFC Scott Barkelow, USA (Ret) and SSG Michael Brown, USA–through a special partnership with Lee Greenwood and the Helping a Hero organization.

Andy Wickstrom, President of Henry Repeating Arms, presented three veterans, GySgt Brad Wallace, Sgt Michael Price, and MSG Ken Knight, with the Henry Military Service Tribute firearms in recognition of all who answer the call of duty. Greenwood was also presented with The New Original Henry Silver Deluxe Engraved Edition firearm.

Henry Repeating Arms rifle presentation to US Military veterans. Photo: Curtis Hilbun

Blanco Brown, Diane Warren Team Up For ‘The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses’ Collab

Multi-Platinum artist Blanco Brown has released “Never Gonna Tame You (Original Song from The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses)” via BBR Music Group. Written by 12x Oscar nominee and Grammy, Emmy and two-time Golden Globe award winner Diane Warren, the track is featured in the feature-length documentary The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, which is in theaters now.

Warren, a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, also co-produced the film and wrote the song inspired by the beauty and freedom of the mustang. In search of someone who could tap into the nuances and emotions of the song, Warren reached out to Brown after watching his rendition of the National Anthem at a Dodgers game.

“America’s mustangs represent us. They are living symbols of freedom and independence. This powerful film inspired me to write ‘Never Gonna Tame You’ for these beautiful and majestic creatures and for us who are lucky enough to share the planet with them. Their freedom is our freedom. Blanco Brown took this song to a whole other level. He sings with the voice of all those who long to be free and to stay free,” says Warren.

Since 2014, Brown has honed his sound of countrified influences and street-smart lingo. His viral hit “The Git Up” spawned nearly four billion views across social platforms, claiming the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 12 weeks and the top-selling digital country song in the U.S. for 13 weeks. The Georgia native is a background singer, artist and Grammy-nominated engineer who has worked with big name talent including Fergie, Childish Gambino, Kane Brown and Chris Brown. His Platinum-certified collaboration “Just the Way” with Parmalee is currently in the Top 20 on Hot AC and has garnered more than 200 million on-demand streams, also marking Brown’s first No. 1 on country radio.

“Working with someone as accomplished, talented and lovely as Diane has been a blessing. I am incredibly honored not only that she chose me to sing one of her songs, but this one especially because it has such a beautiful spirit and was really cathartic to work on,” adds Brown. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this project.”

Executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and USA Olympic Equestrian Silver Medalist Jessica Springsteen, the film tells the story of America’s wild horses from their turbulent history to their uncertain future and impact on our country. The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses soundtrack features an impressive lineup of artists in addition to Brown, including Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.

Scott Stevens Shares “Come Home To Me” From Upcoming New Album

Scott Stevens. Photo: Eden Lauren

Scott Stevens has offered fans a preview of his upcoming new album with the release of the project’s lead single, “Come Home To Me,” out now through Verge Records.

The track is, in his own words, “unabashedly a tribute to my better half,” and was written with close friend and co-producer Alex Marshall. The single also pays tribute to Stevens’ love for late ’50s/early ’60s rhythm and blues.

“With everything that’s going on in the world lately, honestly it’s felt a little trivial to me to be making music,” shares Stevens. “But I recently came to peace with the fact that there’s one thing the world needs, regardless of the chaos: that one thing that breaks through everything is love. That’s why this one means the world to me, because [my wife’s] been with me through all of it. Three kids and seven years later, I still just want her to #comehometome.”

Making the project even more of a family affair, Stevens’ oldest son Henry, who is four, designed the artwork for the new single.

“Scott is the real deal,” says Mickey Jack Cones, President and COO of Verge Records, the in-house label arm of global music solutions company ONErpm. “‘Come Home to Me’ will make you a believer in Scott’s integrity as a writer, as well as his ability to deliver a song.”

Ronnie Tutt, Drummer For Elvis Presley, Dies At 83

Ronnie Tutt, Elvis‘ drummer and an original member of his TCB Band, passed away on Oct. 16, 2021. He was 83.

Tutt was born in Dallas, Texas on March 12, 1938. He was involved with music and performing arts for most of his childhood.

Tutt joined Elvis’ TCB “Taking Care of Business” band at the beginning of his Las Vegas residency in 1969, and remained through Presley’s death in 1977 at 42. He also toured with Neil Diamond, and was an in-demand session drummer and touring musician who worked with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Jerry Garcia, Roy Orbison, The Carpenters and many others.

Elvis Presley Enterprises paid tribute to Tutt on the Graceland website with this message: “All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland. We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis’ Birthday and many other special occasions. Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis’ legacy – sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans – as well as bringing Elvis’ music to arenas around the globe through later Elvis in Concert shows and performances.”

Jay Demarcus, Donato’s Pizza Partner To Help Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Jay DeMarcus delivers pizzas to staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bassist, vocalist, pianist, producer and songwriter Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is joining forces with Donato’s Pizza to help raise funds for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Starting now through Nov. 28, for every signature “DeMarcus Pizza” sold at Donato’s Restaurants, $1 will be donated to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. DeMarcus kicked off the launch by delivering the “DeMarcus Pizza” to staff at the Children’s Hospital.

He has worked in partnership with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital to give back throughout his career and in 2010, the hospital renamed its Pediatric Surgery Center after Rascal Flatts to show their appreciation for their generosity in donating more than $6 million to the Children’s Hospital.

“Our work with the Children’s Hospital over the last almost 18 years has been the most humbling and one of the greatest joys of our career,” shares DeMarcus. “The goal with this promotion is to continue to bring awareness to the incredible work being done and raise money for a much-needed, and very dear, cause to me. I hope anyone that can will join in in ordering and enjoying some great pizza at the same time!”

For more information on how to get involved, click here.

Chart Action: Bryan, Shelton Continue To Gain Traction

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton continue to gain support at country radio this week. Bryan claims most added on the Mediabase chart earning 51 new station adds. He gains additional 31 adds from the Billboard and MusicRow charts.

“Up” is the sixth single from Luke’s No. 1 debuting Born Here Live Here Die Here album that already contains five consecutive No. 1 singles. The song was written by Jeremy Bussey, Taylor Phillips and Bobby Pinson.

Blake Shelton falls second on the most-added list on the Billboard and Mediabase charts with 42 new stations. “Come Back As A Country Boy” is the No. 1 most added single on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio chart with 15 new adds and the highest spin gainer with +238 spins.

For more chart data, view the latest edition of The MusicRow Weekly.

CMA Reveals Winners For 2021 CMA Broadcast Awards

The Country Music Association has announced the recipients of the 2021 CMA Broadcast Awards. Country recording artist and two-time 2021 CMA Awards nominee Carly Pearce individually called radio stations and broadcast personalities to reveal the news.

The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year category was split into two new categories this year—Weekly National and Daily National.

The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Nielsen. Additionally, entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement and biographical information. Candidates for Radio Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement and format leadership.

CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the U.S. and Canada were eligible to submit entries, which are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

2021 CMA Broadcast Awards Winners:

CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year:
Weekly National – “Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One
Daily National – “CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks
Major Market – “Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
Large Market – “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
Medium Market – “Mo & StyckMan” (“Mo” Melissa Wagner and “StyckMan” Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Small Market – “Steve, Ben and Nikki” (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker, and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

CMA Radio Station of the Year:
Major Market – KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo.
Large Market – WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio
Medium Market – KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
Small Market – KCLR – Columbia, Mo.

Music Health Alliance To Hold Second Annual Handwritten Lyrics Auction

Pictured (L-R): Handwritten lyrics of “Time After Time” art piece created by Cyndi Lauper, George Thorogood’s “Bad To The Bone,” and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”

Julien’s Auctions announced the launch of Music Health Alliance Second Annual Handwritten Lyrics Auction–the exclusive, online charity auction–at juliensauctions.com for advance bidding beginning today (Oct. 15). The auction will start closing at 1 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 1.

Proceeds will benefit Music Health Alliance to provide access to healthcare for music professionals.

For the second consecutive year, the auction house has partnered with some of the most decorated and influential singers and songwriters across the genres of pop, rock, country, folk, Americana, and gospel music, who personally donated handwritten lyrics of some of their classic and ground-breaking hits.

Highlighted handwritten song lyrics include Rosanne Cash, “Crossing Jerusalem;” Dan & Shay and Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours;” David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear “Most People are Good;” Jason Isbell, “Cover Me Up;” Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man;” Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time;” Lady Gaga, Aaron Raitiere, Natalie Hemby and Hillary Lindsey, “I’ll Never Love Again,” from the soundtrack of A Star is Born; Tim McGraw, “Live Like You Were Dying;” John Michael Montgomery, “I Love the Way You Love Me;” Dennis Morgan and Kye Fleming, “Smoky Mountain Rain;” Maren Morris, “The Bones;” Amanda Shires, “Wasted and Rollin’;” Tia Sillers and Mark Sanders, “I Hope You Dance;” Chris Tompkins and Kear, “Before He Cheats;” and Matt Warren and Lindsey, “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain,” among others.

Ryan Hurd Plots “Tour De Pelago” For 2022 On Heels Of Album Release

Ryan Hurd. Photo: Nicki Fletcher

Ryan Hurd is set to launch his headlining “Tour de Pelago” in January, with dates including Chicago’s The Vic, New York’s Irving Plaza, Nashville’s Marathon Music Works and more.

The tour is in support of his new debut album, Pelago, which features the Platinum certified duet “Chasing After You” with wife Maren Morris, plus previously released tracks “June, July, August,” “Coast,” and “Tab with My Name on It.”

Pelago was inspired by Hurd’s upbringing on the shores of Lake Michigan and was produced with childhood friend and longtime creative partner Aaron Eshuis, along with Jesse Frasure and Teddy Reimer.

Tickets for the new tour, which runs through May 8 of 2022, go on sale Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. CT.

“Tour de Pelago” Dates:
21-Oct – Carol’s Pub – Chicago, IL
30-Oct – DeltaPlex Arena – Grand Rapids, MI*
4-Nov – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, AL†
13-Jan – The Bluestone – Columbus, OH
15-Jan – The Vic – Chicago, IL
16-Jan – The Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN
21-Jan – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
22-Jan – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
23-Jan – Delmar Hall – Saint Louis, MO
2-Feb – House of Blues – Boston, MA
3-Feb – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4-Feb – Roxian Theatre – McKees Rocks, PA
5-Feb – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
10-Feb – TLA – Philadelphia, PA
11-Feb – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
12-Feb – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
24-Feb – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
26-Feb – The Signal – Chattanooga, TN
7-Apr – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
8-Apr – Buckhead Theater – Atlanta, GA
9-Apr – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
29-Apr – Stagecoach – Indio, CA
1-May – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
4-May – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
5-May – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
6-May – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
7-May – Showbox – Seattle, WA
8-May – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
*with Brett Young
†with Jon Pardi

Industry Ink: Big D & Bubba, Recording Academy, Jackson+Sellers, Joe Denim

Big D & Bubba Join 103.3 Country/WKDF’s Morning Lineup

Pictured (L-R): Big D, Patrick Thomas, Carsen, and Bubba.

Nashville country music station 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM has added the Big D & Bubba radio show to its weekday morning lineup. The show will debut on 103.3 on Monday, Oct. 18, and can be heard live Monday through Friday from 4 a.m.-10 a.m.

Charlie Cook, Programming Operations Manager, Cumulus Nashville, says: “We are lucky that talent this good is right here in our backyard. We’ve heard Big D and Bubba for years and understand how hard they’ll work for WKDF. They are funny, relevant and artists love them.”

“Airing live in mornings on 103.3 Country is the culmination of a ton of hard work,” shares Bubba. “Preparation and luck have met, and it’s time to cook this chicken!”

“This is our home,” adds Big D. “We live here. We have each raised our families in this town. Bubba’s a volunteer firefighter. We are the listener, and we’re living the lifestyle. Country is what we are.”



Recording Academy Appoints David Gregory As Chief Information Officer

The Recording Academy has appointed David Gregory as Chief Information Officer, reporting to Co-President Panos A. Panay.

Gregory leads the Information Technology team responsible for the technology infrastructure at the Academy and its awards shows, including network and systems technology, distribution and support of mobile devices, and training. He is responsible for driving operational technology and processes for IT, ERP, CRM, data security, governance, risk, and compliance. Gregory also oversees the applications that manage membership and the voting process for the Grammy Awards.

“Implementing new technological solutions is critical as we sharpen and modernize our service to staff and members,” says Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “David’s track record will further accelerate the Academy’s growth as we continue to refine our practices on every level and transform the future of the organization.”

“I am delighted to welcome David to the Academy as our new Chief Information Officer,” adds Panay. “I’ve had the pleasure of working together with David for many years and look forward to bringing his talent and experience to the Academy as we architect and redevelop our data and technological infrastructure to meet the demands and needs of a new Academy and a new music business.”



Aubrie Sellers & Jade Jackson Form Duo Jackson+Sellers

Jackson+Sellers will celebrate the release of their forthcoming album, Breaking Point, with a live stream event in partnership with Mandolin. Following the album’s release on Oct. 22, the duo will perform the full album live with a full band. The event will be streamed on Sunday, Oct. 24.

Jackson+Sellers, comprised of singer-songwriters Aubrie Sellers and Jade Jackson, connected on social media during the pandemic. Their L.A.-written, Nashville-recorded album is soundtracked by raw guitars, driving drums and a pop-rock sound that combines ’70s rock, ’90s raucous roots, and modern indie pop.

“Sometimes it seems like when you are on the right track the universe aligns so easily that it’s astonishing,” Sellers explains. “That’s how we felt from our first meeting and we are glad to be playing this record from start to finish and sharing our cosmic collision.”

Jackson adds, “It’s crazy to think that Aubrie and I have only known each other for a year! We connected so quickly on so many different levels and I couldn’t be more excited for our creative child to be in the world!”



Copperline Signs Deal With Joe Denim

Pictured (L-R): Amanda Hale (Management), Joe Denim, Mandi Davis-Gratzmiller (Copperline,Director of A&R-West), Will Edwards (Copperline, CEO). Photo: Mike Gratzmiller

Copperline has signed a global distribution deal with Songs Forever, LLC, owned by country artist Joe Denim.

Copperline will distribute future music from Denim via The Orchard beginning with the soon to be released “Real Tree Christmas,” available everywhere Nov. 5. Denim’s catalogue will also transfer to Copperline Music Group for distribution.

“Having Joe as a partner with Copperline is like having three acts in one: a hilarious comedian, a talented musician and brilliant songwriter,” shares Copperline CEO Will Edwards. “We look forward to having a good laugh while listening to his releases.”

“When my manager, Amanda Hale, introduced me to A&R Director Mandi Davis-Gratzmiller, who then made the deal with Will possible, I knew instantly that we all had to work together,” adds Denim. “Hannah Klotz and the rest of their team are fantastic, and I know with their guidance, we can reach not only my existing fans, but a whole new audience.”