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Music Festival Hits All-Time Attendance High

• June 15, 2009 •
Music Festival Hits All-Time Attendance High

Despite a troubled economy and falling festival ticket sales across the nation, the 2009 CMA Music Festival reeled in its best attendance numbers ever, notching a 7.2% increase over the previous year. Average 2009 daily attendance was 56,000. In 2008 the average daily attendance was 52,000. According to the CMA, a great deal of the […]

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Bobby Karl Works CMA Music Fest (6/14)

• June 15, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works CMA Music Fest (6/14)

Chapter 312-C SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Sunday Fan club activities began in the morning for Jo Dee Messina at The Belcourt Theater and concluded with Pam Tillis at The Wildhorse Saloon that evening. In the Sports Zone downtown, we had the fourth annual Michael Peterson Celebrity Tractor Race, sponsored by New Holland. The man to beat […]

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Bobby Karl Works CMA Music Fest (6/13)

• June 15, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works CMA Music Fest (6/13)

Chapter 312-B SATURDAY, JUNE 13 This was our first really hot day of the fest. Boaters were out in force on the Cumberland behind the Riverfront Stage, and kids were frolicking in the Metro Courthouse fountains. I took Miss Mary with me downtown. “Don’t walk too fast,” she implored. I laughed: “Don’t worry: There are […]

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Bobby Karl Works CMA Music Fest (6/12)

• June 15, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works CMA Music Fest (6/12)

Chapter 312-A FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Friday always seems, to me, to be the busiest day of the CMA Music Festival. On Wednesday and Thursday, the faithful gather. On Saturday and Sunday, they disperse to various Fan Club parties or find other ways to amuse themselves in Nashville “off campus.” But on Friday, they’re still fresh, […]

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Lifenotes: Nelson Andrews

• June 15, 2009 •
Lifenotes: Nelson Andrews

Respected civic and business leader Nelson Andrews passed away on June 13 after a battle with leukemia. He was 82. As the founder of Leadership Nashville, he was also a  great supporter of Leadership Music. On the business front, he was very successful, including being founder and chairman of the board of real estate firm […]

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Artists Step Up To Help Charity

• June 15, 2009 •
Artists Step Up To Help Charity

Several Nashville stars marked the launch of a new charity initiative for injured veterans on June 8 in Washington D.C. Amy Grant and Vince Gill hosted and performed at the musical event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and were joined by Alison Krauss, Michael McDonald, Darius Rucker, Melinda Doolittle and […]

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Darren Kozelsky

• June 15, 2009
Darren Kozelsky

“Seven Vern Gosdins Ago” Major 7th/Nine North “Seven Vern Gosdins Ago” is the latest single from Texas-bred singer Darren Kozelsky. The heartfelt ballad is from his album Arrivals & Departures, which was released digitally May 29. Kozelsky was also named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2008 New Music Weekly Awards. His sound has […]

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CMA Industry InSite Debuts Artist Management Segment

• June 15, 2009 •
CMA Industry InSite Debuts Artist Management Segment

This month’s installment of “CMA Industry InSite,” the online educational series for CMA members, is available starting today (6/15). The second episode on Artist Management can be found at www.My.CMAworld.com. The series was developed by CMA’s Artist Relations Committee, chaired by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, to lay a foundation for how the various […]

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Friday Night Music Fest 09

• June 13, 2009 •
Friday Night Music Fest 09

Music Fest09: Friday Night’s show, unlike the previous evening’s heavy storms, enjoyed cool, dry breezes and provided a perfect LP Field “country concert” climate. Performers included Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band and surprise guest Kid Rock who closed it down. Your Humble Scribe was […]

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Law Firms Recognized, Steve Wariner Honored, 2 Staffers Leave rpm

• June 12, 2009 •
Law Firms Recognized, Steve Wariner Honored, 2 Staffers Leave rpm

The Tennessee State Legislature honored Steve Wariner on May 28 with Senate Joint Resolution 469. The resolution recognizes Wariner as “a Renaissance man by any standard…a recording artist, touring performer, songwriter, publisher, producer, record executive, an avid painter and a true humanitarian” and commends him “for the significant contributions he has made to the growth […]

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More From CMA Fest

• June 12, 2009 •
More From CMA Fest

Gretchen Wilson kicked-off CMA Music Festival 2009 Thursday at the Riverfront Park Daytime Stage. The show was delayed an hour due to weather but the sun was out by the end of the concert. ———————- Gary Allan performed to a sold out crowd of over 800 fans at his Fan Club Party, held Tuesday (6/9) […]

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Friday Photo Spread

• June 12, 2009 •
Friday Photo Spread

Rascal Flatts, Charlie Allen, John Rich, Robin Meade and KingBilly

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Nashville On The Web: Marci Cardwell, Lefsetz on Barry Beckett

• June 12, 2009 •

Read music biz blogger Bob Lefsetz’s memorial tribute to the late Barry Beckett here. You can also read reactions to the article, including a note from Kenny Chesney here. ––––––––––––– Elsewhere online, MAC Presents owner Marci Cardwell is the subject of an extensive article and interview here.

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Lifenotes: James D. Walbert

• June 12, 2009 •
Lifenotes: James D. Walbert

Pianist James D. Walbert has died at the age of 91 near Birmingham, Alabama. He began his career as the teenage accompanist for the famed Vaughan Quartet of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The quartet was among the acts recorded at Nashville’s very first recording sessions, in 1928. He was the grandson of the group’s founder, James D. […]

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Bobby Karl Works Music Fest (6/11)

• June 12, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works Music Fest (6/11)

Chapter 311 Both the start and the finish of Thursday’s CMA Music Festival concerts were marred by weather, but in between it was a blast. Thunder rumbled, and an ominous black cloud descended on Music City as things were about to get underway at Riverfront Park. About 10 minutes before the 10:00 AM show time, […]

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Ticketmaster Strands echo Clients

• June 12, 2009 •

String Theory Media reporter Craig Havighurst reports that Ticketmaster Entertainment’s echomusic will shut down sites of “between 100 and 200 clients” on June 15-18. Most of those artists involved are independent and/or developing artists. echo has said there will be no refunds and most upsetting to many of the clients, there is no pathway to […]

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Country Benefits For Musicians On Call, Juvenile Diabetes

• June 12, 2009 •

Musicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, has benefit auctions going on now, including memorabilia and concert experiences from Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood and more on www.ebay.com/moc. From June 10-21 fans can also visit http://www.cmtauctions.com/ to bid on items from […]

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In Color: Jeffrey Steele, Nashville In Napa, and Dierks Bentley

• June 11, 2009 •
In Color: Jeffrey Steele, Nashville In Napa, and Dierks Bentley

Perennial hitmaker Jeffrey Steele carved time out of his busy schedule to celebrate the success of his No. 1 single “Here” at a private dinner hosted by BMI at Fleming’s on Monday, June 8. Recorded by Rascal Flatts, “Here” marks Steele’s eighth No. 1 hit, four of which have been recorded by the band. Steele […]

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Evergreen: Barker Leaves, Drops ICG Moniker

• June 11, 2009 •
Evergreen: Barker Leaves, Drops ICG Moniker

John Barker resigned his position as President of Integrated Copyright Group (ICG) and Vice President of Evergreen Copyright Administration on Monday. Following that, today Evergreen co-CEOs David Schulhof and Richard Perna announced that ICG has formally changed its company name to EverGreen Copyrights. All ICG remaining staff will continue as employees of EverGreen. ICG, the […]

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Bobby Karl Works Music Fest (6/10)

• June 11, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works Music Fest (6/10)

Chapter 310 The CMA Music Festival always starts before it’s supposed to. There has already been plenty of activity, including a superstar sighting. Alan Jackson isn’t “officially” playing the fest this year, but Wednesday night (6/10) he took over Cadillac Ranch on Lower Broadway to celebrate his 20th anniversary. It was this month in 1989 […]

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