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Big Loud Party

• June 3, 2009 •
Big Loud Party

On May 28 the staff of Big Loud Shirt Industries hosted their annual carnival-themed “parking lot” party. Complete with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and ring pops, most people flocked to the balloon-hat makers for their own unique party favor. More than 300 Music Row friends showed up to party with celebrated songwriter and Big […]

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R&R to Cease Publication

• June 3, 2009 •
R&R to Cease Publication

According to Inside Radio, “Nearly three years after being purchased by Nielsen Business Media, the 36-year old Radio & Records becomes the latest victim of the media downturn.  The magazine will print its final edition Friday. Its website will also cease to exist, in a move that will lead to the layoff of roughly 40 […]

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Performing Songwriter Ceases Publication

• June 3, 2009 •
Performing Songwriter Ceases Publication

“It’s kind of a celebration of sorts,” says Performing Songwriter Publisher/founder Lydia Hutchinson. “I always wondered what the finish line would look like, but now it’s clear to me we have reached it.” The 16-year-old publication will cease publication after its June issue. “As sad as change and letting go are, it feels like a […]

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Dierks and CMT Partner For Charity Events

• June 3, 2009 •
Dierks and CMT Partner For Charity Events

Dierks Bentley’s annual “Miles & Music For Kids” fundraiser is expanding beyond Nashville with the help of CMT One Country. The motorcycle ride and concert featuring Bentley and friends will grow to include six markets in 2009 and 2010, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. As part of CMT’s involvement, “Miles & Music For […]

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Chesney Hits Louisville; Houser & Johnson Benefit Opry; Caitlin & Will Opry Debut

• June 2, 2009 •
Chesney Hits Louisville; Houser & Johnson Benefit Opry; Caitlin & Will Opry Debut

With Kenny Chesney’s Sun City Carnival Tour taking over Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, some of Nashville’s music industry folks headed north for the festivities. (L-R): CMT Pres. and CMA Board Member Brian Philips, Chesney, Sony Nashville Chairman Joe Galante and CMA CEO Tammy Genovese. • • • Co-headliners Randy Houser and Jamey Johnson filled […]

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Paisley Starts American Saturday Night Tour

• June 2, 2009 •
Paisley Starts American Saturday Night Tour

Brad Paisley will kick off his American Saturday Night Tour this Friday in Charlotte, NC. Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne are special guests on the outing which has more than 40 dates scheduled through the end of October. The run consists mainly of amphitheaters and arenas as well as a stop at New York’s Madison […]

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Free Events Mark Music Festival Opening

• June 2, 2009 •
Free Events Mark Music Festival Opening

The CMA Music Festival will open with a free Kick-Off Parade and Block Party beginning at 2 PM on Wed., June 10. Hosted by Grand Marshal Rodney Atkins, “The Fifth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade” will feature artists riding in Chevy vehicles, including Deborah Allen, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Mandy Barnett, Bo Bice, Bomshel, […]

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Jackson To Give Free 20th Anniversary Concert

• June 2, 2009 •
Jackson To Give Free 20th Anniversary Concert

Alan Jackson will thrill fans next week with a free concert marking his 20 years in country music. The performance and party is set for Wed., June 10 at Nashville’s Cadillac Ranch, following that afternoon’s parade kicking off the CMA Music Festival. Industry guests are welcome as well. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Show […]

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Flatts Make Most of Sponsorships

• June 2, 2009 •
Flatts Make Most of Sponsorships

The Rascal Flatts American Living Unstoppable Tour opens this weekend with shows in St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana. The band garnered sponsorship from JCPenney which is promoting its affordable, clothing brand called American Living. An associate sponsorship from Hersheys was also negotiated. Also on the tour are Darius Rucker and Cledus T Judd. In […]

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Happy Birthday Bluebird Cafe

• June 2, 2009 •

The Bluebird Café is celebrating its 27th year in business tonight with a Birthday Bash featuring The Jay Patten Band and special guests Jonell Mosser, Cowboy Jack Clement, Deborah Allen, Shawn Camp, and more. The 9:00 PM event benefits Happy Endings Animal Rescue (H.E.A.R.). The cost is $15.00.

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Wilson To Open CMA Music Festival

• June 2, 2009 •
Wilson To Open CMA Music Festival

Gretchen Wilson will kick off 2009 CMA Music Festival on the Daytime Stage at Riverfront Park on Thursday, June 11 (10:00 AM/CT). The performance by the Sony Nashville recording artist will open the four-day event which runs through Sunday, June 14. Love and Theft, John Michael Montgomery, and Craig Morgan have also been added to […]

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Lambert Hosts Hit Event For Humane Society

• June 2, 2009 •
Lambert Hosts Hit Event For Humane Society

Miranda Lambert’s second annual “Cause for the Paws” event raised $120,000 for the Humane Society of East Texas. Joining her in concert at the Tyler, Texas fundraiser were Blake Shelton, Kasey Musgraves and Adam Hood. The event also included a silent and live auction, food and wine tasting, and a cocktail reception for sponsors. Lambert […]

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Martina Poster, Matchless Debuts, Mullins Video, Lyric Advances

• June 1, 2009 •
Martina Poster, Matchless Debuts, Mullins Video, Lyric Advances

As CMA Music Festival draws near, workers install the final components of the GAC wrap on the Sommet Center’s glass tower. A 50 foot tall Martina McBride will welcome fans to next week’s event. Shawn Pennington, formerly of Dale Morris & Associates, has launched his own artist management and consulting company called Matchless Management. Details, […]

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Steve Martin Plays The Opry

• June 1, 2009 •
Steve Martin Plays The Opry

Actor/comedian/writer Steve Martin made his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd. He was greeted with a standing ovation before performing songs from his first music album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Friend John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), who produced the album and assembled an all-star […]

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Swift Gets Positive Press On Dateline

• June 1, 2009 •
Swift Gets Positive Press On Dateline

Last night’s Dateline NBC piece on Taylor Swift was undeniably flattering. The hour-long segment followed her through preparations for a headlining tour, portraying her as one of the most hands-on young entertainers in the business. She was shown participating in every aspect of her career—designing the stage, auditioning back-up dancers, decorating her backstage vibe room […]

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Rucker Reaches Out via iPhone

• May 31, 2009 •
Rucker Reaches Out via iPhone

Darius Rucker’s new iPhone/iPod touch app is the first from a country music artist to reach this writers desk. Downloadable for FREE, the nifty 35 MB code works much like a personal web browser dedicated to one site. Navigation is divided into seven categories: Welcome, Latest News, Tour Dates, Music Videos, Song samples/purchase links, Darius […]

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Worley Parties for Cystic Fibrosis

• May 29, 2009 •
Worley Parties for Cystic Fibrosis

Fans heading to Nashville for the CMA Music Festival can join Stroudavarious Records artist Darryl Worley and a few of his famous friends as they kick off the summer in style at the 103 WKDF Country Beach Party benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Set for Tuesday, June 9 at The Stage on Lower Broadway, the […]

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615 Music Nabs Emmy Nominations

• May 29, 2009 •
615 Music Nabs Emmy Nominations

Randy Wachtler, President/Founder of Nashville-based 615 Music has announced that the company has landed three 2009 Daytime Emmy Award nominations in the category of “Outstanding Original Song, Main Title and Promo,” for shows including NASCAR On Speed TV and NBC’s Today. 615’s client roster is comprised of virtually every major broadcast and cable television network, […]

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Charlie Allen

• May 29, 2009
Charlie Allen

“Proof” River Run/Big 7 “I have made no secret of my respect for this artist. He’s proudly country, and this groove-saturated drinking song is one more feather in his cap.” —Robert K. Oermann, Music Row. So far, 2009 has been a banner year for Charlie Allen. Allen has seen his music gain acceptance around the […]

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Big Tractor Re-Signs Wade Kirby

• May 29, 2009 •
Big Tractor Re-Signs Wade Kirby

Big Tractor Music has announced the re-signing of hit songwriter Wade Kirby. First signed to the company in 2004, Kirby worked with Big Tractor for three years before shifting to another  publisher, only to return after 8 months. His latest chart-topper is George Strait‘s No. 1 single, “I Saw God Today,” which garnered Grammy, ACM […]

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