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Photos: Dave Bartholomew; Nashville Publishers Network

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Bartholomew recently stopped by BMI’s Music Row offices. The legendary songwriter, producer, musician, arranger and A&R man hooked up with Fats Domino and their collaborations sent shock waves from New Orleans, forever changing the soundscape of American music. Bartholomew wrote classics including “Ain’t That a Shame,” “I’m Walkin’” “Blue Monday,” “Walkin’ to New Orleans” “I Hear You Knocking,” “Let the Good Times Roll” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “One Night (With You),” and thousands more.

Pictured at BMI are BMI’s Perry Howard; Dave Bartholomew’s son, Ron; attorney Russ Hicks; Dave Bartholomew, Jr.; Dave Bartholomew, and BMI’s Thomas Cain and Clay Bradley. Photo by Drew Maynard

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New Revolution Entertainment’s Rob Dalton was the guest speaker at a recent Nashville Publishers Network meeting. The organization of independent song publishers meets monthly at BMI to share information about recording artists and labels who are looking for material. If you are interested in joining NPN, contact Frank Michels at 615-354-0670 or [email protected]

Pictured at a recent Nashville Publishers Network meeting (L-R): Erik Thorson, NPN treasurer; guest speaker Rob Dalton of New Revolution Entertainment; Bob Dellaposta, NPN president; Bill Renfrew, NPN guest coordinator; Marc Rossi, NPN tip sheet writer; and Frank Michels, NPN vice president.

Photos: David Nail, Jaron, Dierks and Jason Sturgeon

David Nail makes baseball debut…Jaron joins Toby’s trek…Jason Sturgeon hooks up with Dierks Bentley for July 4th show.

David Nail makes his national baseball debut in the MLB's All-Star Legends & Celebrity game in Anaheim, Calif. He joins other players like Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, Michael Clarke Duncan, MC Hammer, James Denton, Bo Jackson, Mike Piazza, and Ozzie Smith. The game airs tonight at 10:30 PM/ET on ESPN. Pictured: Nail and former MLB player/commentator John Kruk.

Jaron And The Long Road To Love will join Toby Keith's American Ride Tour. Pictured recently in Nashville with twin brother Evan (far right), WDSY/Pittsburgh's Jane Omalia and Big Machine's Erik Powell.

Toolpusher Records' Jason Sturgeon joined Capitol's Dierks Bentley to perform on the Fourth of July holiday weekend at House of Blues in Atlantic City.

More Photos From Music Fest Week

Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam, Josh Turner’s dance contest, Josh Thompson and more…

Marty Stuart’s (L) Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium raised over $30K for MusiCares Nashville flood relief. His guests included Keith Urban (R), Vince Gill, Gene Watson and Stuart's band the Fabulous Superlatives.

Josh Turner hosted a dance contest at The Family Zone stage during CMA Music Fest. Winning first place were sister and brother Julie and Jedi Willis, from Ashland City, Tenn. Pictured (L-R), front to back: Julie and Jedi Willis, MCA Nashville’s V.P. of National Promotion Van Haze, Universal Music Group Nashville’s Sr. V.P. of National Promotion Royce Risser, Turner, and FOX’s Tennessee Mornings host Shane Tallant

Columbia Nashville's Josh Thompson performed a set of songs including his current single "Way Out Here," and his debut Top 20 "Beer On The Table," in front of a lively crowd at the CMA Music Fest River Stage on Thursday. Pictured (l-r) Renee Bell, EVP A&R Sony Music Nashville; Casey James, American Idol Season 9 Finalist; Thompson; Sheri Warnke, CMA VP/Strategic Partnerships.

Country artist Matt Gary took first place in the Andy Griggs Celebrity Poker Tournament at Cadillac Ranch on June 10. Sponsored by Digital Rodeo, winnings benefited charity organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Middle Tennessee flood victims. Participants included Jeff Bates, Bo Bice, Due West, Chelsea Field, Buddy Jewell, O’Shea, The Roys, and more. Pictured (L-R): Matt Gary (1st place), Tuff Hedeman (2nd place) and Lucas Hoge (3rd place). Photo: Bev Moser.

Blake Shelton at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Photo: Alan Mayor

Darius Rucker at the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Photo: Alan Mayor

Jason Meadows jams on a mini guitar before he signs it for a fan in the Waggin Train Booth at the Fan Fair® Hall at 2010 CMA Music Fest.

Sherrie Austin at the annual CMA Music Fest Parade, the official start to the CMA Music Festival.

Fun Photos From Music Fest Week

SunTrust hosts Hot Dog Day, Kellie Pickler plays LP Field, Miranda Lambert wins at the CMT Awards, and tons more.

SunTrust hosted its 12th annual Hot Dog Day last week at its Music Row branch. The bank served over 1,500 hot dogs to lunch guests. Pictured (L-R): Ed Theis, Andrew Kintz, Diane Pearson, Mandy Gallagher, Daniel Hill, Lori Badgett, Ryan Carrothers, Kyle Young, Marion Williams, Billy Lynn. In front: Mustard (Shellien), Hot Dog (Gray Williams), and Ketchup (Stephanie).

Kellie Pickler helped close out CMA Music Festival 2010 with a Sunday night performance at LP Field. Pictured backstage before the show with Sony Music executives. (L-R): Skip Bishop, VP Arista Nashville Promotion; Gary Overton, Sony Music Nashville CEO; Tom Baldrica, Sony Music VP Marketing; Pickler; Paul Barnabee, Sr. VP Finance and Operations; and Bryan Frasher, VP Promotion, BNA Records.

Republic Nashville’s The Band Perry attended their very first CMA Music Festival last week, performing on the Riverfront Stages Friday morning then delivering the national anthem at LP Field later that evening. Pictured post-performance at the riverfront (L-R): Republic Nashville’s Stacy Blythe, Kathleen Drosey and label president Jimmy Harnen, Reid Perry, Kimberly Perry, CEO of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta, Neil Perry and Republic Nashville’s Megan Whalen.

Among the winners at the June 9 CMT Awards was Miranda Lambert, who took home her first trophy for Female Video of the Year for "White Liar." Pictured (L-R): Manager Marion Kraft; Miranda Lambert; Brian Philips, President, CMT; Joe Galante, former Sony Music Nashville CEO. Photo: Krista Lee

Pictured at the Billboard Country Music Summit (L-R): Time Life Indie Radio Regional Adelle Borchetta, Time Life/Saguaro Road Records artist Bo Bice, and Time Life Indie Radio Manager Mike Borchetta.

Jett Williams made the radio rounds at Music Row Live! during CMA Music Fest in support of her dad’s box set on Time Life, Hank Williams Complete Mother Best Recordings….Plus!. During interviews, Williams got a chance to catch up with friend Aaron Tippin.

Photos: Dolly Donates To Flood Relief, More

Great artist photos…Dolly Parton makes a special donation, John Rich four-wheels at Fontanel, Fast Ryde gets a NASCAR ride, and Josh Thompson surprises concertgoers.

On June 2, Mayor Karl Dean joined country music legend Dolly Parton when she presented a $250,000 donation from her foundation to the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s “Restore the Dream” fund to benefit Nashville citizens impacted by the recent flood.

When Gretchen Wilson’s debut single, “Redneck Woman,” spent six weeks at the top of the charts, John Rich gave her a camouflaged four-wheel ATV to celebrate. She recently donated the ATV to the Fontanel Mansion and Farm for display. Rich and Wilson will sign autographs at the property this week. Rich will be greeting fans on Friday, June 11, 2010 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and Gretchen will be signing autographs on Saturday, June 12 from noon - 1:00 p.m. Photo: Cole Johnstone

During the Brad Paisley H20 World Tour kick off date, Columbia Nashville's Josh Thompson went on the lawn of the Virginia Beach Ampitheater to surprise these two lucky people with ticket upgrades...taking them from "Way Out Here " to way up front. Josh's current single, "Way Out Here," is Top 30 and climbing the country charts.

Republic Nashville’s Fast Ryde – James Harrison and Jody Stevens – got to experience a whole other type of “fast ride” when they participated in activities at NASCAR’s Nationwide-Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway recently. The duo signed autographs, sang the national anthem and performed a post-race concert.(L-R): Jody Stevens, driver Kenny Wallace, James Harrison and driver Scott Lagasse Jr

Photos: LBT Wedding, Lonestar On Price Is Right

Little Big Town hosted two weddings last weekend in their “Little White Church” tent on the Country Throwdown tour. Inspired by the group’s current single, the tent offers couples the chance to get married or renew their vows through their local country radio stations. The band not only attended the ceremonies but also signed the marriage licenses as official witnesses.

The first wedding was held Friday in Cincinnati, OH for Anne Zimmerman & Josh York. (L-R): Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Anne & Josh York, WUBE's Statt, and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild & Jimi Westbrook.

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CBS’s The Price Is Right and host Drew Carey welcomed Lonestar recently for a show set to air Thursday, June 16. Lonestar will play throughout the show as the house band and contestants will compete for Lonestar experiences and merchandise.

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Artists/songwriters Elvis Costello and Hank Cochran caught up during the filming of the Cochran biography, Livin’ For A Song. Costello recorded Cochran’s “He’s Got You” for his Almost Blue album in 1981. Livin’ For A Song was helmed by Wesley Pryor, and previews are available here.

(L-R): Costello and Cochran, Photo: Kaye Pryor

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19/RCA Nashville’s Danny Gokey recently stepped into the kitchen with the always wonderful Hazel Smith for a visit and some good country cookin’ on her CMT series, Southern Fried Flicks with Hazel Smith.

Pictured (L-R): Smith, Gokey


Photos: CBS Nashville Reunites For One Night

Roy Wunsch and Mary Ann McCready hosted a CBS Nashville Reunion over the weekend at Cellar One on 2nd Ave. The event attracted artists, former label staff, and industry friends from the 1975-95 time period. Album cover art adorned the walls as decoration. Guests including Billy Sherrill, Janie Fricke, Joe Stampley, Bobby Bare, Ricky Skaggs, Lynn Anderson, Barbara Fairchild, Charlie McCoy, Luke Lewis, Rick Blackburn, Joe Mansfield, Bill Ivey and Nancy Shapiro enjoyed food and drink as they mingled and reminisced.

Pictured L-R: Roy Wunsch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Walter Yetnikoff, Mary Ann McCready. Photo: Nick Baumgardner

(L-R): Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Mary Chapin Carpenter. Photo: Nick Baumgardner

L-R: Billy Sherrill, Frances Preston, Walter Yetnikoff and his wife Lynda Yetnikoff.

Photos: Little Big Town, Matt Giraud, Toby Keith

Matt Giraud, American Idol Top Five Finalist, Season 8, has signed with ASCAP. He is currently working on an EP with Grammy-winning producer Drew Ramsey to be released this summer. Victoria Shaw, Marcus Hummon and JT Harding are collaborators on the new project. The soulful pianist is also busy on tour.

Pictured (l-r): ASCAP's Marc Driskill and Tim DuBois, Giraud and ASCAP's LeAnn Phelan.

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Capitol Nashville’s Little Big Town headed to Louisville, KY on April 30-May 1 for the running of the 136th annual Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby horse races. The Platinum selling quartet was tapped to sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Oaks race which was held on Friday, April 30 at Churchill Downs. The group wrapped their latest video shoot for current single “Little White Church” late Thursday night (4/29) and arrived in the Bluegrass state early Friday morning to kick-off the Derby festivities.

Photo by Josh Fulmer

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Toby Keith is on his eighth USO tour, traveling to four countries and boosting the morale of thousands of military families in Korea and Germany as well as troops serving on the front lines in the Persian Gulf. Joining Keith on the 14-day, 13-show adventure is singer/songwriter Scotty Emerick. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries and participated in seven previous USO tours.

USO Photo by Dave Gatley

Aretha Franklin At Ryman; Brentwood-Benson Signs Nathan Barlowe

Aretha Franklin brought her big show to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last night (4/25). The Queen of Soul was backed by an orchestra for her performance of four decades worth of classics. The event was promoted by Outback Concerts.

Pictured backstage L-R: Sally Williams, GM, Ryman Auditorium; Aretha Franklin; Darin Lashinsky, Sr. VP, Outback Concerts. Photo: Aaron Crisler/The Judy Nelson Group

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SESAC affiliate Nathan Barlowe has signed with Brentwood-Benson Publishing for exclusive representation. Barlowe, co-founder and lead singer for rock band Luna Halo, is currently on tour with the band as well as working in the studio with a new group, The Honeymoon Thrillers. Barlowe joined Brentwood-Benson publishing executives on a recent visit to SESAC’s Nashville headquarters to mark the occasion.

Pictured (L-R): SESAC’s Tim Fink, Brentwood-Benson Publishing’s Eric Hurt, Nathan Barlowe, Brentwood-Benson Publishing’s Stacey Willbur & SESAC’s John Mullins. Photo: Ed Rode

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

Jimi Westbrook & Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, Jennette McCurdy, Emily West, Walker Hayes, Capitol Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban & Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman & Phillip Sweet. Photo: Rick Diamond

BEFORE: Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan decide it’s time for Capitol Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan to take a dip in the pool. Photo: Rick Diamond

AFTER! Photo: Rick Diamond

Jason Aldean in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards. Pictured (L-R) – Carson James, Dawn Ferris, Jason, WCOL’s John Crenshaw, and Lee Adams

Backstage at the ACM Awards show are (l-r): John Esposito, President & CEO, Warner Music Nashville; Diarmuid Quinn, COO & Pres. Reprise; WMN artist Blake Shelton; SDU artist Trace Adkins; Lyor Cohen, Vice Chairman of Warner Music Group, Chairman & CEO of Recorded Music-Americas & UK; Narvel Blackstock, Starstruck Management Group, Brandon Blackstock, Starstruck Management Group

SESAC hosted an intimate gathering of songwriters and publishers plus various music industry friends at a post-ACM Awards party at MGM Grand’s Rouge nightclub. It was a celebratory evening as SESAC affiliate Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum was one of the night's big winners. Pictured (l-r): SESAC’s John Mullins & Pat Collins; Cary Barlowe, co-writer of Lady A's No. 1 “American Honey;" and SESAC’s Shannan Tipton-Neese. Photo: Randi Radcliff

Sony Music Nashville artists and executives in Las Vegas celebrated wins by Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and Montgomery Gentry at a post-awards gathering. Pictured (back row, l-r): Sr VP Sales & Operations Paul Barnabee; Chris Young; Marketing VP Tom Baldrica; and Jerrod Niemann. (center row, l-r): Jake Owen; Exec VP A&R Renee Bell; Jordyn Shellhart; Danny Gokey; VP Promotion Skip Bishop; and Troy Gentry. (front row, l-r): Eddie Montgomery; Kenny Chesney; Miranda Lambert; Carrie Underwood; Chairman Joe Galante; Brad Paisley; and recently retired Exec VP Butch Waugh. Photo credit: Christie’s Photographic Studios

Pictured at last night’s Warner Music Nashville ACM Awards post-reception. (l-r): Lyor Cohen, Vice Chairman of Warner Music Group, Chairman & CEO of Recorded Music-Americas & UK; Randy Travis; John Esposito, President & CEO, Warner Music Nashville

Country music fans jammed into Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill at Harrah's over the weekend as Randy Houser & Friends hosted the "I Love This 'Open' Bar Blowout," a special night of music that streamed live on CMT.com. Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, and Trailer Choir were among the country stars in attendance. (l-r): Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, and Trace Adkins. Photo: Tom Donoghue