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Aimee Mayo Celebrates Million-Air Hits

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Pictured (back row) are BMI’s Mark Mason, David Preston, Beth Mason and Jody Williams; (front row) Aimee Mayo’s mother Becky Thornhill; Mayo’s husband and co-writer Chris Lindsey; and Aimee Mayo. (Photo by Drew Maynard)

Aimee Mayo recently celebrated several Million-Air Awards at Brown’s Diner, a Nashville eatery where she worked before making it big as a songwriter. The 2002 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, Mayo received Million-Air awards for her impressive string of hits including Lonestar’s “Amazed,” which has generated more than 6 million performances; Martina McBride’s “This One’s for the Girls,” which has earned more than 2 million performances; and Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend” and “Let’s Make Love,” featuring Faith Hill, and Kenny Chesney’s “Who You’d Be Today,” which have each generated more than 1 million performances.

Gary Nicholson Celebrates 60 With NSAI Benefit

Tgnop notch tunesmith Gary Nicholson will celebrate his 60th birthday this Saturday, Nov. 7 with a benefit for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

The Grammy winner has recruited tons of songwriter/artist friends to join him for the show at 3rd & Lindsley. Set to perform are Fortunate Sons (Kenny Greenberg, Michael Rhodes, Chad Cromwell, Reese Winans, Gary Nicholson); Steve Cropper, Ashley Cleveland, Pam Tillis, Jessi Alexander, Leslie Satcher, Luke and the Latenites, Jonell Mosser, A.J. Croce, Pat McLaughlin, Tony Arata, Danny Flowers, Chuck Cannon, Lari White, Tom Hambridge, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Reid, Colin Linden and surprise guests.The evening, hosted by TV personality Harry Chapman, will also commemorate Nicholson’s 30 years in Nashville.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Show starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and available at www.3rdandlindsley.com and at the door. Proceeds will benefit NSAI’s advocacy work on behalf of songwriters.

Cumulus Radiothon; Josh Ragsdale Reminder

wolfCumulus Broadcasting in Nashville is hosting an all-day radiothon tomorrow (11/3) to benefit Feed The Children, which helps hungry families in Middle Tennessee.

Stations in the local cluster (92Q WQQK, i106 WNFN, 97.1 WRQQ, 95.5 WSM, 99.7 WWTN) will go commercial-free from 6 AM-7 PM and ask for donations via toll-free call 888-582-4453 (888-58-CHILD) or online at their Web sites.

In Middle Tennessee, more than 130,000 residents are living in poverty and more than one-third of them are children.
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A blood drive and bone marrow donor search for musician Joshua Ragsdale is going on today (11/2) at Christ The King Church (Belmont Blvd.) from 9 AM-2 PM. Ragsdale, a songwriter and former Lyric Street artist, is suffering from CML Leukemia and is in dire need of a bone marrow donor, which most often does not require surgery on the donor. He has been unable to find a match in the national bone marrow registry. Seeing if someone is a match is done by swabbing the inside of the mouth. If there is a match, the donation process is usually as simple as giving plasma.

Donations are being accepted at Joshua Ragsdale Benefit Fund, c/o Smith, Wiles, attn: Suzanne, 900 Division St, Nashville, 37203.

You can follow Josh’s story on his brother John Ragsdale’s blog.

CMA Songwriter Series Hits Nashville

Bob DiPiero

Bob DiPiero

The CMA Songwriter Series continues Tuesday Nov. 10 with a special Nashville performance at Limelight. Scheduled to appear are Bob DiPiero, Randy Houser, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Victoria Shaw. Among the performers who have benefited by recording songs from this elite group of songwriters are artists such as George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney and many more.

DiPiero will host the event. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at http://www.limelightnashville.com or call 615-780-3098.

CMA Songwriters Series In Nashville

Randy-Houser

Randy Houser

The CMA Songwriters Series, which usually shares the Nashville songwriting tradition with other cities, is set to play the home turf on Nov. 10, the night before the CMA Awards. Universal Records South artist Randy Houser will be the featured artist/songwriter when the 9:30 PM show takes place at Limelight. Hit tunesmiths Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Victoria Shaw will join Houser in performing and also sharing the stories behind the hits.

The series, which has played to sell-out shows in New York City for the past five years and recently held performances in Los Angeles and Chicago, is known for its intimate setting and allowing fans to hear songs by the people who wrote them.

Tickets for the Nov. 10 CMA Songwriters Series, $10, are on sale at www.limelightnashville.com or by calling (615) 780-3098.

The CMA Awards are set for Nov. 11 at the Sommet Center.

Ashley Gorley, Alan Jackson Big Winners At ASCAP Awards

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Ashley Gorley, credit Tucker Photography

More than 1500 songwriters, industry VIPs and big name artists such as Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride gathered last night (10/19) at the ASCAP Country Awards to celebrate its most performed songs of the year.

Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for his hits “Start A Band,” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” The latter of which was also named ASCAP Country Song of the Year, an award going to publishers Songs of Combustion Music and Bug Music/Windswept.

The Songwriter/Artist of the Year honors went to Alan Jackson who had major hits with the self-penned “Good Time” and “Country Boy.” Gibson presented Jackson and Gorley limited edition Les Paul guitars as part of the ceremony.

EMI Music, was named Publisher of the Year, thanks to its share in the Jackson hits, as well as other smashes including “All Summer Long,” “I’m Still a Guy,” “Country Man,” “Relentless,” “I Still Miss You” and “Start a Band.”

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Alan Jackson

Sharing hosting duties on the Ryman stage were ASCAP Sr. VP Connie Bradley and ASCAP president and chairman of the board Paul Williams, who opened the show with a medley of his songs “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song.” Artist David Nail offered the lead-in prior to the awards presentation.

The writers behind ASCAP’s five most played songs of the year performed their hits including “Good Time” by Alan Jackson; “You’re Gonna Miss This” (Trace Adkins) performed by Ashley Gorley; “Waitin’ on a Woman” (Brad Paisley) performed by Don Sampson; “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” (Darius Rucker) performed by Clay Mills; and “Roll With Me” (Montgomery Gentry) performed by Tommy Karlas.

A highlight was revered songwriter JD Souther receiving the prestigious Golden Note Award. Known for numerous Eagles classics, and many others, Souther was saluted by Lee Ann Womack performing his song “Faithless Love,” Rodney Crowell singing “New Kid in Town,” and Love and Theft’s take on “You’re Only Lonely.” Longtime friend Jackson Browne offered a moving speech about Souther before the honoree gave his own interpretation of the Eagles’ “Best of My Love.”

Artists in attendance included Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Keith Anderson, Darryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll, Eric Church, Bucky Covington, Heidi Newfield, Jimmy Webb, Chuck Wicks, Danny Gokey and Billy Currington.

McBride presented Gerry House and the House Foundation (Richard Falklen, Al Voecks, Mike Bohan, Duncan Stewart) the ASCAP Partners in Music Award for their contributions toward the promotion and support of songwriters, musicians and artists.

Following the show, guests strolled the red carpet to the AT&T building for the official Post Awards Party. ASCAP at the Ryman was co-produced by Terry Bumgarner and Josh Jackson, with Keith Beck of BSA as associate producer. Additional planning for the evening was provided by ASCAP staffers John Briggs, Marc Driskill, Chad Green, Dan Keen, Suzanne Lee, Anna Maki, Ralph Murphy, Meghan Muse, Pat Rolfe, Mary Self, Earle Simmons, Mike Sistad, Charline Wilhite, Herky Williams, and Jesse Willoughby.

Look for more in depth coverage later in Bobby Karl Works The Room.

NSAI Song Contest Deadline Nears

jewelWith only two weeks until the Halloween deadline, October 31, 2009, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is encouraging songwriters to submit their best tunes to the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT. The contest is designed to help unsigned songwriters navigate the road to becoming professional hitmakers.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a mentoring session with The Valory Music Co. recording artist Jewel. Additional prizes include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2011 CMT Music Awards, a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at the legendary Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers and a one-year membership to NSAI, just to name a few.

Nashville pro writers, publishers and industry professionals will narrow down the finalists over three rounds of judging and select the Grand Prize Winner, 10 Runners-Up and 10 Honorable Mentions. Then the Top 10 will be posted on www.nsai.cmt.com for fan voting for the CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner, running January 20 through February 26, 2010.

All genres of music are encouraged. The entry fees are $35.00 (NSAI members) and $45.00 (non-members) per song. Proceeds benefit the NSAI Legislative Fund to protect the rights of songwriters. For a full list of prizes and how to enter, visit www.nsai.cmt.com.

Good Reasons To Get Out: Free Music, Fundraisers, and More

mwMichael W. Smith and Jeremy Camp have added their voices to the “Hope For Samoa” free benefit concert being organized by The Katinas to aid their homeland battered by the recent 8.2 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The concert is tonight, Wednesday, October 7, 7 PM at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. Natalie Grant and Melinda Doolittle were already set to appear. Admission is free with a love offering to benefit the “Samoa Relief Fund.” Tax deductible donations may also be made at www.katinamissions.org

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The Nashville Humane Association’s 20th Anniversary Dog Day Festival will be Saturday, October 10 at Centennial Park. Festivities begin at 10AM with contests, paws parade, and live music featuring Jessica Miller at 1PM, followed by Tailgate South, The Lewis Sisters, Jaron Boyer & Friends, and Stephanie Hargrove. For details on event and contests please www.nashvillehumane.org. Proceeds denefit the Nashville Humane Association. $5 suggested donation and children under 5 get in free.

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Katie Armiger, Emily West, Kathy Mattea, Lani Nash, and Mindy Smith will perform at the For The Love of George event Friday, October 9 at the Country Music Hall of Fame to support the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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Nashville Symphony and Regions Bank will host the Regions free Day of Music at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday, October 10, from 10AM until 10PM. This free event, now in its fourth year, will showcase more than 25 performances by a diverse selection of Nashville-based artists and ensembles. Guests will also be able to explore the Symphony Center, and the box office will also offer an exclusive Buy-One, Get-One-Free ticket special available only on-site.

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The Loveless Cafe is gearing up for the fifth annual Biscuits & Bluegrass fall festival, to be held on Saturday, October 10 from 11AM until 5PM. This free event, will feature biscuit samples for everyone, the ever-popular biscuit eating contest, a live all-star bluegrass pickin’ circle and a cash bar so be sure to bring your instrument for the impromptu pickin’ parties. There will also be many children’s activities including face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo as well as arts and crafts demonstrations for adults and kids including: weaving, pottery, wood turning, fabric dyeing, painting and jewelry making.

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The sixth and final concert of the 2009 Bluebird on the Mountain series will feature singer-songwriters Don Henry, Kim Richey and Craig Carothers on Oct. 10 at 7PM. Held on the scenic grounds of Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory, the series showcases artists from the Bluebird Café. A limited number of tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster, which will add a handling fee. Tickets are $95 for a carload.

Writer’s Den Emerges From Montage Ashes

writersdenHedgewood International founder John Simmons, CEO Thad Leach, COO Erik Haag and Head of Publishing Bobby Rymer have re-launched Montage Music Publishing as Writer’s Den Music Group. A full staff is on board and the company has signed songwriters Bonnie Bishop, Ben Cooper, Tami Hinesh and Trent Jeffcoat. An open house will celebrate the transition later this month.

Writer’s Den has already secured cuts overseas as well as TV and movie placements, including “Rains Here Too” (Tami Hinesh with Kate York) recently featured on the CW’s One Tree Hill; “Courageous” (Ben Cooper and Melinda Schneider) recorded by both Olivia Newton John and Australian artist Melinda Schneider; “I’m Gonna Make You Want To” (Tami Hinesh with Betsy Ulmer and Kelly Archer) recorded by Nathalia on Universal Records in Brazil, and “Bluer Than Blue” (Minnie Murphy) included in the upcoming film Bailey about bluesman Jefferson Bailey.

Rymer explains, “Our philosophy is to encourage creativity in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We are so looking forward to a lot of great songs, long lasting relationships, and loads of laughter to come.” www.writersdenmusicgroup.com

Wreck Blocks 17th Avenue

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17th Ave. S. was blocked off at the Edgehill intersection earlier today (9/16) following an accident in front of Ocean Way Studios.

The busy street has reopened and Ocean Way Director of Operations Pat McMakin gave MusicRow the scoop on the witness accounts. First and foremost, he knows of no serious injuries as a result. According to reports, the accident occurred when hit songwriter/musician Jim (Moose) Brown (Grammy winner for “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere”) was driving down 17th Ave. this morning and a car on Edgehill ran the red light and they collided. Witness reports say that the car headed east on Edgehill ended up in the Ocean Way drive, hitting three parked cars, and pushing Brown’s red truck into the light pole and fire hydrant, over the rose bushes.