CMT Music Awards Announces Performers

Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for the 2010 CMT Music Awards, set for Wednesday, June 9 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The first round of voting for the fan-voted show has already begun and runs through Monday, May 3, only at CMT.com, where fans will […]

Local Songwriters Headed To Key West Festival

Tons of Nashville tunesmiths will be headed south for The Key West Songwriters Festival, running Wed., April 28 through May 2. The 15th annual festival will offer acoustic songwriter sets at venues all over the island, featuring over 150 top songwriters. In fact, half of the songs on the current Top 10 country singles chart […]

Rascal Flatts Plan Tour; Underwood Extends Run

Rascal Flatts will launch a new tour this summer, the “JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour.” The first leg will open June 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will continue with 26 shows through September 19 at Boston’s Comcast Center. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open. Rascal Flatts recently wrapped its […]

[Updated 4/20] ACM Photos: Backstage, After-Parties

CRB Session, CMA InSite Focus On Radio Programming

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® is planning the “CRS: One on One” mentoring session, to be held May 7 in Nashville, Tenn. KYGO Program Director, Joel Burke, and president of Rusty Walker Programming, Rusty Walker, will be the featured speakers at the one-day session. Only twelve applicants will be accepted, in order to encourage candid, one-on-one […]

ZBB Secures Ram Trucks Partnership

A new partnership between Zac Brown Band and Ram Truck Brand will offer free music to fans and boost the morale of U.S. soldiers. Starting in May, the nationwide “Letters for Lyrics” campaign will give participants who write a letter to a U.S. soldier a compilation CD titled, “Breaking Southern Ground,” featuring three new ZBB […]

ACM Leverages Fan Engagement

“That’s how you start an award show, son,” bellowed a breathless Charlie Daniels after the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music’s opening number, a high-energy “Traveling Band” mashup which included the fiddler, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and CCR hero/songwriter John Fogerty.

Veteran Nashville Broadcaster Norm Ray Passes

Noted Nashville instrumentalist and veteran radio and television broadcaster Norm Ray died Saturday, April 17, at age 73. He is perhaps best remembered for the wit and humor he displayed for 20 years on the Ralph Emery Morning Show, WSM’s The Waking Crew and for the 10 years he spent in the house band on […]

Middleworth Moves To Little Champion Music

Longtime music publishing executive Glenn Middleworth has joined Little Champion Music as Sr. Creative Director. The two-year-old publishing house owned by Martina and John McBride/Blackbird Studios is home to songwriters Rachel Thibodeau and Jason Sever. More signings are expected in coming months. Middleworth spent a total of ten years at EMI Music Publishing, ending as […]

BMG, Huff, Franklin Open Publishing Company

BMG Rights Management has partnered with renowned producer Dann Huff and publisher Darrell Franklin to form BMG Rights Management Nashville. The full-service publishing company launches with a stable of writers including busbee, Jonathan Singleton, and Neil Thrasher. BMG Rights Management, the international group of music publishing companies which recently purchased Huff’s Crosstown Songs is also […]

Top ACM Winners-Lady A, Lambert, Underwood

Last night’s (4/18) Academy of Country Music Awards reaffirmed the talent and star power of big winners Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Lady Antebellum took home trophies in three categories, and received two additional awards in the same fields as songwriters and producers. The trio comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave […]

Whew! What A Week or Change Creates Opportunity

Nashville’s music industry has apparently survived what surely registers as a most unprecedented week. Viewed within a slightly wider time frame, the upheaval suggests that we are witnessing a critical moment where pent-up change is exploding through most every industry sector—record labels, publishing, touring, performance rights and industry organizations…

Large corporations move predictably, not quickly. Once a threat to profitability is identified, over time, they begin to act. Sometimes the home office repairs the damage with a scalpel, other times restructuring seems the best way to re-energize performance. Sometimes fiscal redemption can best be accomplished by acquiring competitors or content and growing market share. Over the past few months Nashville’s music community, our friends, family and colleagues have suffered all these strategies.

ACM Awards This Sunday

With artist-driven viral “campaign” videos, multi-platform fan voting, TV tie-ins, exclusive online promotions, and special concerts and events leading up to the big night, country’s biggest stars and the ACM have truly gone all out in promoting the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las […]