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ASCAP To Salute JD Souther

J.jdD. Souther, one of the principal architects of the Southern California country-rock sound and the pen behind numerous hits by the Eagles and others, will receive the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award this fall. He will be honored during the 47th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, set for Monday, October 19, at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium.

Known for his extraordinary song crafting abilities, Souther co-wrote some of the Eagles most beloved hits including “Best of My Love,” “Heartache Tonight,” “New Kid In Town,” and “Victim of Love.” His collaboration with the band continues through the Eagles’ 2007 release Long Road Out of Eden. Artists including George Strait, The Dixie Chicks, Glen Campbell, and Michael Buble have recorded his songs. He’s also written several hits for Linda Ronstadt including “Faithless Love” and “White Rhythm and Blues,” produced her Don’t Cry Now album and recorded several duets with her, most notably “Prisoner in Disguise” and “Sometimes You Can’t Win.”

As an artist the Texas-raised singer charted two Top 10 hits with “You’re Only Lonely,” and “Her Town Too,” a duet with James Taylor. After a 25-year break from recording, Souther released If The World Was You in 2008.

“Having written hits for nearly four decades, J.D. Souther is in a class all his own,” says Connie Bradley, ASCAP Senior Vice President. “Many of the hits he’s written have become part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations. We are thrilled to honor J.D. with the ASCAP Golden Note Award.”

The honor is reserved for songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, André Previn and Tom Petty among others.

The ASCAP Country Music Awards is an invitation-only gala that will also salute the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of the past year. Special awards will be given to the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. A party honoring the evening’s winners will follow the awards ceremony.

Songwriters Hall Names New Class

Kye Fleming

Kye Fleming

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) is pleased to announce this year’s inductees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame: from the Songwriter category, prolific writers Kye Fleming and Mark D. Sanders; and from the Songwriter/Artist category, late Country music icon Tammy Wynette.

The three new inductees will be welcomed into the elite songwriting fraternity by their peers at the 39th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, presented by AT&T, on Sunday, October 18, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Mark D. Sanders

Mark D. Sanders

“Kye, Mark and Tammy have made many poignant and enduring contributions to the music world and certainly deserve to take their places among their gifted peers,” said Roger Murrah, Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. “It’s an honor for us to recognize them for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette

Fleming’s songwriter credits include hits such as “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” (Barbara Mandrell) and “Smoky Mountain Rain” (Ronnie Milsap). Sanders’ resume is known for “I Hope You Dance” (Lee Ann Womack) and “It Matters To Me” (Faith Hill).  Wynette popularized many of her own compositions, including the standard “Stand By Your Man” and “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own.”

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony features tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists. NaSHOF’s sister organization, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), also presents its annual awards for the year’s best Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, as well as the Top 10 “Songs I Wish I Had Written,” as determined by its professional songwriters division. Tickets for the event are $200 each. A limited number of seats are available to the public this year and may be purchased by contacting event director Mark Ford at [email protected] or 615-256-3354.

CMA Names Awards Co-Hosts, Plans Tweet N Greet

carrie-underwood-and-brad-pBrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as co-hosts of the CMA Awards when the show airs live from the Sommet Center Wed., Nov. 11 on ABC. They are the respective reigning Male and Female Vocalist of the Year. See the full story at People.com.

Since Paisley won the Horizon Award in 2000, he has garnered 11 CMA Awards. Underwood also won the Horizon Award in 2006, and has gone on to claim a total of five CMA trophies.

The second round of voting for the awards ended yesterday (8/24) and the Final Ballot will be sent Fri., Oct. 16. Voting ends Tues., Nov. 3 at  5:00 PM/CDT.

Tweet ‘N’ Greet
In related news, the CMA will host its first-ever live Twitter feed on ABC.com, Monday, Aug. 31 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/ET), during CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, airing on the ABC Television Network.

Fans can log on to see Tweets from artists including Trace Adkins (@traceadkins), Dierks Bentley (@dierksbentley), Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum), Martina McBride (@martinamcbride), Reba McEntire (@Reba), Kellie Pickler (@therealpickler), and the Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband). Each artist will be posting their observations about the show as well as behind-the-scenes tidbits, anecdotes about other artists performing on the show, as well as memories from past Music Festivals.

“Twitter is one of the best ways right now to directly connect with fans – especially ones on the cutting edge of technology,” said Dan Bowen, CMA VP of Strategic Marketing and Communications. “We’re excited to work with ABC.com to be able to bring a great group of Country Music artists together with their current fans and hopefully some new ones.”

The “Tweet ‘N’ Greet” will create an interactive feed between the fans and artists. Fans will have a direct connection to some of their favorite performers, not only allowing them the opportunity to ask questions, but also providing them with behind-the-scenes access. In addition, CMA (@CountryMusic) will be updating fans with information on the participating artists’ upcoming album releases, tour dates, and appearances.

“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” expanding to three hours for the first time, features high-voltage stage performances by chart-topping superstars, along with revealing special segments about fan favorites. Scheduled to perform are Adkins, Jason Aldean, Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, McBride, McEntire, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Pickler, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown Band. In addition, Kid Rock performs his smash hit “Picture” with McBride, while Wynonna and Naomi Judd reunite as The Judds to perform together for the first time at the CMA Music Festival in six years.

“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton and directed by Gary Halvorson.

Tyminski Leads Bluegrass Award Nominees

The Dan Tyminski Band (L-R) Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski, Justin Moses, Ron Stewart

The Dan Tyminski Band (L-R) Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski, Justin Moses, Ron Stewart

Today the IBMA announced the nominees for the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be hosted by Kathy Mattea and legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize, on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

ibma-awards-logoThe Dan Tyminski Band, including Union Station alumni Adam Steffey and Barry Bales, lead with nine nominations on the strength of the chart-topping album Wheels. In addition to Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group, Album, Song, and Male Vocalist nods, band members received individual nominations.

Dailey & Vincent, whose popularity has only continued to grow since they received seven awards in 2008, including Entertainer of the Year, have seven IBMA nominations.

Actor/musician Steve Martin burst onto the bluegrass scene this year, trusty banjo in hand, to receive nominations in six IBMA award categories. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have also been recognized with six nominations.

The Grascals, who were named Entertainers of the Year in 2006 and 2007, have nominations in five categories.

This year’s inductees for the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame are The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, the legendary string band formed in 1937 by Ezra, Ray and Ned Cline in West Virginia; and The Dillards, the influential band from Salem, Missouri, known for their popular appearances on The Andy Griffith Show.

IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award will go to early bluegrass pioneer Hylo Brown; long-time event producer from Maine, Pati Crooker; veteran performer and radio announcer Jody Rainwater; author, musicology and radio broadcaster Dick Spottswood; and the National Council for the Traditional Art’s Joe Wilson.

The member-voted IBMA Award Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass week, including the industry’s Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, slated for September 28 – October 4 in Nashville. Ticket and conference details at www.ibma.org. The award show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks.

•    Dailey & Vincent
•    The Grascals
•    Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
•    The Del McCoury Band
•    Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
•    Dan Tyminski Band

•    Blue Highway
•    Dailey & Vincent
•    The Isaacs
•    Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
•    Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

•    Blue Highway
•    Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
•    The Infamous Stringdusters
•    Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
•    Dan Tyminski Band

•    Jamie Dailey
•    Russell Moore
•    Danny Paisley
•    Junior Sisk
•    Dan Tyminski

•    Dale Ann Bradley
•    Sonya Isaacs
•    Claire Lynch
•    Alecia Nugent
•    Rhonda Vincent

•    Blue Side Of The Blue Ridge, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (artist), Ronnie Bowman (producer), Rebel Records
•    Brothers From Different Mothers, Dailey & Vincent (artist), Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent (producers), Rounder Records
•    Keep On Walkin’, The Grascals (artist/producers), Rounder Records
•    The Room Over Mine, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (artist), Ken Irwin & Danny Paisley (producers), Rounder Records
•    Wheels, Dan Tyminski, (artist/producer), Rounder Records

•    “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away,” Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (artist), Chris Stuart & Ivan Rosenberg (writers)
•    “Iron & Diamonds,” The Gibson Brothers (artist), Leigh & Eric Gibson (writers)
•    “Leaving Baker County,” Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (artist), Tom T. & Dixie Hall (writers)
•    “Moneyland,” Del McCoury Band (artist), John Herald (writer)
•    “Wheels,” Dan Tyminski (artist), Patrick McDougal (writer)

•    “After The Fire Is Gone;” Bobby Osborne, Rhonda Vincent & Darrin Vincent (artists); Glen Duncan & Bobby Osborne (producers); Rounder Records
•    “The Crow,” Steve Martin with Tony Trischka (artists), John McEuen (producer), 40 Share Productions
•    “Daddy Played The Banjo;” Steve Martin with Tim O’Brien & Earl Scruggs (artists), John McEuen (producer), 40 Share Productions
•    “Proud To Be A Daughter of Bluegrass;” Daughters of Bluegrass featuring Dale Ann Bradley, Heather Berry, Lisa Martin, Gloria Belle, Sierra Hull, Rhonda Vincent, Lisa Ray, Linda Lay, Sally Jones, Jeanie Stanley, Carol Lee Cooper, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Michelle Nixon, Jeanette Williams, Sophie Haislip, Louise Tomberlain, Mindy Rakestraw, Lizzy Long, Frances Mooney, Lorraine Jordan, Annette Kelley, Lily Lieux, Dixie Hall, Judi Marshall, Melissa Lawrence, Beth Lawrence, Rebecca Frazier, Donica Christensen, Lisa Manning & Jenni Lyn Gardner (artists); Dixie Hall, Paula Wolak & Frances Mooney (producers); Blue Circle Records
•    “Sad Wind Sighs,” The Grascals with Vince Gill (artists), The Grascals (producers), Rounder Records

•    “Darkness Wept,” Lonesome River Band (artist/producers), Dee Gaskin & Rebecca Bowman (writers), Rural Rhythm Records
•    “On The Other Side;” Dailey & Vincent (artist); Jimmy Fortune, Kevin Denney & Tom Botkin (writers); Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent (producers); Rounder Records
•    “What A Journey,” Paul Williams & The Victory Trio (artist), Bret Bronson & Louise Gorman (writers), Paul Williams (producer), Rebel Records
•    “When The Last Of Our Days Shall Come,” Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artist), Chris Stuart (writer), Doyle Lawson (producer), Rounder Records
•    “Who’ll Sing for Me?” Audie Blaylock & Redline (artist), Thomas J. Farris (writer), Audie Blaylock (producer), Rural Rhythm Records

•    “Angeline The Baker,” Rob Ickes & Andy Leftwich (artists), public domain, Rob Haines (producer), Mel Bay Music
•    “The Crow,” Steve Martin (artist/writer), John McEuen (producer), 40 Share Productions
•    “Don’t Tread On Me,” Kristin Scott Benson (artist/writer/producer), Pinecastle Records
•    “Jerusalem Ridge,” Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (artist), Bill Monroe (writer), Jeff White & Michael Cleveland (producers), Rounder Records
•    “Struttin’ To Ferrum,” Lonesome River Band (artist/producer), arrangement by Gene Parker, Rural Rhythm Records

•    Sierra Hull & Highway 111
•    Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
•    Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice
•    The SteelDrivers
•    Josh Williams Band

•    Kristin Scott Benson
•    J.D. Crowe
•    Steve Martin
•    Sammy Shelor
•    Ron Stewart

•    Barry Bales
•    Mike Bub
•    Missy Raines
•    Darrin Vincent
•    Marshall Wilborn

•    Hunter Berry
•    Jason Carter
•    Michael Cleveland
•    Stuart Duncan
•    Ron Stewart

•    Mike Auldridge
•    Jerry Douglas
•    Andy Hall
•    Rob Ickes
•    Randy Kohrs
•    Phil Leadbetter

•    Jim Hurst
•    Tony Rice
•    Kenny Smith
•    Bryan Sutton
•    Josh Williams

•    Jesse Brock
•    Sam Bush
•    Sierra Hull
•    Ronnie McCoury
•    Adam Steffey

•    Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Oak Hill, New York; July 2008
•    33rd Annual Tri-State Bluegrass Festival; Kendallville, Indiana; May 2008
•    2008 World Cultural Fusion Festival; Kawaguchi City, Japan; July 2008

•    Kyle Cantrell; Sirius XM Satellite Radio; Nashville, Tennessee
•    Katy Daly; HD Radio WAMU 88.5 Channel 2, 105.5 FM & www.bluegrasscountry.org; Washington, D.C.
•    Ned Luberecki; Sirius XM Satellite Radio; Nashville, Tennessee

•    Tom Adams, Banjo Newsletter
•    Dan Miller, Flatpicking Guitar
•    Roger Siminoff; Siminoff’s Luthiers Glossary, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Breakdown

•    Charlie Cushman, Marty Stuart, Eddie Stubbs & Johnny Warren (writers); A Tribute to Fiddlin’ Paul Warren; Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman (artists); no label
•    Eddie Dean (writer); Old-Time Pickin’: A Clawhammer Banjo Collection, Ralph Stanley (artist), Rebel Records
•    Steve Martin (writer), The Crow, Steve Martin (artist), 40 Share Productions

•    G. Carr & Salli Ratts (designers), The Crow, Steve Martin (artist), 40 Share Productions
•    Stumptown Printers (designer), Uncle Charlie Osborne: The June Appal Recordings, Uncle Charlie Osborne (artist), June Appal Recordings
•    Loren Witcher (designer), Inside Out, Missy Raines & the New Hip (artist), Compass Records

ACM Honors Revealed, Womack To Host

leeannwomackLee Ann Womack will host the 2nd Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Those being honored include Special Award recipients, as well as winners of the MBI (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry categories. Merle Haggard, Harlan Howard, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr., David Young and the film Beer For My Horses are among the honorees.

Special Awards (voted on by the ACM Board of Directors)
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award – Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr.
Jim Reeves International Award – Dolly Parton
Mae Boren Axton Award – David Young
Poet’s Award – Merle Haggard, Harlan Howard
Tex Ritter Award – Beer For My Horses

MBI Awards (member voted)
Audio Engineer of the Year – Chuck Ainlay
Producer of the Year – Tony Brown
Top Bass Player of the Year – Glenn Worf
Top Fiddle Player of the Year – Aubrey Haynie
Top Guitarist of the Year – Tom Bukovac
Top Percussionist/Drummer of the Year – Greg Morrow
Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year – Gordon Mote
Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year – Eric Darken, Jelly Roll Johnson (Tied)
Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year – Dan Dugmore

Industry Awards (member voted)
Casino of the Year – Turning Stone Casino (Verona, NY)
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year – Fran Romeo, Romeo Entertainment
Nightclub of the Year – Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL)
Promoter of the Year – Louis Messina, The Messina Group
Venue of the Year – The Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN)

Swift, Other Nashvillians Among VMA Nominees

Taylor in the video for "You Belong With Me."

Taylor in the video for "You Belong With Me."

MTV today (8/4) announced the nominees for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, with several Nashvillians making the list. Up for Best Female Video is Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” directed by Roman White and produced by Revolution Pictures, with Producer Randy Brewer. Kings of Leon (“Use Somebody”) and Paramore (“Decode”) are both nominated for Best Rock Video. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things” is up for Best Editing.

The women lead the pack as Beyonce and Lady Gaga earn nine nominations each: Beyonce for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It),” and Lady Gaga for “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi.” Britney Spears follows with an impressive seven combined nominations for “Womanizer” and “Circus.”

As previously announced, Russell Brand will host the awards and set to perform are Green Day, P!nk, Taylor Swift and Muse. The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT)

Viewers can vote for general VMAs categories, including Best New Artist, by visiting vma.mtv.com beginning today (8/4). Best New Artist voting continues through the show, live on Sept. 13.  In addition, Verizon Wireless subscribers can vote by texting VMA to 97979.

Big Green Ringtones, IBMA, and More

aldeaNJason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” is in its fourth consecutive week at the top of iTunes’ all-genre ringtone chart. Additionally, among Verizon’s 84 million subscribers, it is this week’s No. 1 most downloaded ringtone, in front of such megastars as The Black Eyes Peas, Mariah Carey and the late Michael Jackson. Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” is consistently more than doubling any other country song on the Ringscan chart.


Del McCoury and Alan O’Bryant will announce the final nominees for the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at a press conference on Thurs., Aug. 13 at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater. IBMA Hall of Fame inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award honorees will also be announced.  The awards show will take place on Thurs., Oct. 1, at the Ryman Auditorium. An all-star collaboration of reigning and former IBMA Award recipients, including Dailey & Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Adam Steffey, Stuart Duncan, Scott Vestal, Phil Leadbetter, Josh Williams and Mike Bub, will perform at the press conference.


Clear Channel will start selling ads for Pandora, with its ad sales rep firm Katz Media Group handling the placements. This is significant because online radio station Pandora is expanding its inventory beyond simple display advertising into in-stream audio advertising, a growing market. The free radio service credits the addition of in-stream audio inventory for its ongoing sales growth.


JB Rocket and Steel Magnolia are the last duos remaining on CMT’s Can You Duet. After weeks of  auditions and performances in front of a live audience, the winning duo will be announced on Sat., Aug. 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Hosted by CMT’s Lance Smith, Can You Duet’s panel of celebrity and expert judge/mentors includes Naomi Judd, Big Kenny, and Big Machine Records’ President Scott Borchetta. JB Rocket were paired by the judges. The winning duo will record an album to be released by Big Machine Records.

Sugarland: Live on the Inside airs tonight, (8/3) from 7-8 PM/CT on ABC. Tomorrow, the Grammy winning duo will release their CD/DVD set, entitled Live On The Inside, exclusively at Walmart.

Nominees Announced For CCMA Awards

ccma1The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the nominees and host for the 2009 CCMA Awards, to be held Sept. 13 in Vancouver, BC.

Johnny Reid leads the nominations with a total of six, including Single of the Year, Album, Songwriter, CMT Video, Male Artist and the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award. Reid will perform at this year’s CCMA Awards.

George Canyon is also nominated in the Single of the Year, Album of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Fans’ Choice categories for a total of five major CCMA Awards nominations.

Songwriter and artist, Victoria Banks, earned five nominations. Her debut album, When You Can Fly, earned her nominations for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and the Rising Star Award.

Other Final Ballot nominees include the 2008 Top New Male Talent of the Year Gord Bamford (four nominations), and newcomer Dean Brody, who earned nominations for Rising Star, Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Jason Priestley will host the 2009 CCCMA Awards.  Now in his third decade as a professional performer, Priestley has spent much of the last year directing episodes of the hit ABC family show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and a new online series for the CW called The Lake.

reba1Also today, the CCMA announced the addition of Reba McEntire to the superstar line-up of performers at the 2009 CCMA Awards. This year’s celebration, to be broadcast nationally on CBC TV with encore airings on CMT in Canada, will take place in Vancouver, BC on Sept. 13 at GM Place.

The two-hour review of a year in country music will also feature performances by George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Martina McBride, Aaron Pritchett, and Johnny Reid.

George Canyon, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, Johnny Reid

“A Woman Like You,” Johnny Reid
Brothers,” Dean Brody
“Just Like You,” George Canyon
“Little Guy,” Gord Bamford
“The Wheel,” Victoria Banks

Dance With Me, Johnny Reid
Dawn Of A New Day
, Crystal Shawanda
Thankful, Aaron Pritchett
What I Do, George Canyon
When You Can Fly, Victoria Banks

“A Woman Like You” (written by Johnny Reid / Brent Maher; recorded by Johnny Reid)
“Brothers” (written by Dean Brody; recorded by Dean Brody
“Little Guy” (written by Gord Bamford; recorded by Gord Bamford)
“One Last Sundown” (written by Jon Mabe /Chris Thorsteinson / Dave Wasyliw; recorded by Doc Walker)
“The Wheel” (written by Victoria Banks / Tia Sillers; recorded by Victoria Banks)

“A Woman Like You,” Johnny Reid
“Brothers,” Dean Brody
“Go To Bed Angry,” Tara Oram
“Just Like You,: George Canyon
“Little Guy,” Gord Bamford

Victoria Banks, Terri Clark, Jessie Farrell, Tara Oram, Crystal Shawanda

Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Paul Brandt, George Canyon, Johnny Reid

Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Hey Romeo, The Higgins, Jo Hikk

Ridley Bent, Shane Chisholm, The Higgins, Corb Lund, Mike Plume Band

Victoria Banks, Dean Brody, Jo Hikk, Damian Marshall, Tara Oram

For information or a complete list of nominees, visit www.ccma.org.

Industry Items: McDonough Leaves Capitol, IBMA Nominees

Judy McDonough has left her post as Dir., Media at Capitol Records Nashville. She worked for the label that is home to artists Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and more. She can be contacted at [email protected].

The changes keep coming at the national and international levels as well for Capitol’s parent company EMI. Last week new EMI EVP of Digital Marketing Cory Ondrejka hired a new team of digital marketing executives. Full list here.


Nominees for the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be announced Thurs. Aug. 13, 10:00 a.m. at press conference in the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Ford Theater.


A New York Times article focuses on the latest options for indie artists trying to make it without a major label. Included is Polyphonic, a startup company founded by Radiohead manager Brian Message, Adam Driscoll, and Nettwerk’s Terry McBride. Other ventures: WME’s Marc Geiger is working on a division called Self Serve, and EMI is offering services to musicians not signed to the label. More on Polyphonic here.

“The Climb” Wins MTV Music Award

Photo 1 - Pictured L-R: Kos Weaver (VP Disney Music Publishing); Doug Howard (SR VP Lyric Street/Carolwood and Disney Music Publishing); Missy Roberts (Creative Director Stage Three Music Publishing); Jon Mabe (Stage Three Music Publishing); Jessi Alexander (Disney Music Publishing), and Tim Hunze (General Manager Stage Three Music Publishing)

Pictured L-R: Kos Weaver (VP Disney Music Publishing); Doug Howard (Sr. VP Lyric Street/Carolwood and Disney Music); Missy Roberts (Creative Director Stage Three Music Publishing); Jon Mabe (Stage Three songwriter); Jessi Alexander (Disney songwriter), and Tim Hunze (GM Stage Three Music)

Disney Music Publishing along with Stage Three Music and songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe toasted their recent win at the 2009 MTV Music Awards for Best Song From A Movie for the hit single “The Climb” performed by Miley Cyrus. After soaring to the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase AC charts, this smash continues to top the charts for the third consecutive week. It is currently climbing the country airplay charts and is one of the best-selling songs with more than 2 million downloads to date.

“Wow! I never dreamed I would have a golden popcorn to put on the piano,” said Jessi when hearing of the win. “Seriously, I’m incredibly honored to know this song has reached so many people and continues to be a fan favorite.”

Produced by John Shanks, “The Climb,” is from Hannah Montana: The Movie and the accompanying Platinum selling soundtrack.