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Sony/ATV Nashville’s Berschback Promoted

• May 20, 2009 •
Sony/ATV Nashville’s Berschback Promoted

Duff Berschback has been promoted to VP of Business Affairs at Sony/ATV Nashville. Berschback joined Sony/ATV Nashville in January 2007 as Senior Director of Business Affairs after six years as an entertainment attorney with his own Nashville-based private practice. Bershback will report directly to Sony/ATV Nashville’s President/CEO, Troy Tomlinson, and is responsible for all contract […]

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Holly Williams Readies Debut

• May 20, 2009 •
Holly Williams Readies Debut

Holly Williams‘ Mercury Nashville debut, Here With Me, is scheduled for release June 16. Williams, the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr. and daughter of Hank, Jr., penned the majority of the album’s 11 tracks and co-produced with Justin Niebank and Tony Brown. Current single, “Mama,” was written for her mom as a Mother’s Day gift. […]

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Adkins Joins Nat’l Memorial Day Concert

• May 20, 2009 •
Adkins Joins Nat’l Memorial Day Concert

Trace Adkins will join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna and an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists for the National Memorial Day Concert, honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The top-rated […]

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Guitar Auction to Benefit Opry Trust Fund

• May 19, 2009 •
Guitar Auction to Benefit Opry Trust Fund

The inaugural edition of the Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction to benefit the Opry Trust Fund will take place Friday, June 12 at 2 PM at the Ryman Auditorium. The event will offer fans in town for CMA Music Festival the opportunity to bid on Epiphone acoustic guitars decorated by country stars and visual […]

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Source Foundation Honorees

• May 19, 2009 •
Source Foundation Honorees

SOURCE, Music Row’s executive women’s group, held a luncheon May 14 for the 2009 honorees who will be feted at the Source Foundation Awards, July 30. Plaques commemorating the outstanding careers of the honorees will permanently hang in the Source Room, located within the Musicians Hall of Fame Museum. This years honorees are Joyce Jackson, […]

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Shea Fisher Signs With Stroudavarious

• May 19, 2009 •
Shea Fisher Signs With Stroudavarious

James Stroud, CEO of Stroudavarious Records, has announced the signing of Australia native Shea Fisher to a recording agreement covering worldwide territories outside her home country. Fisher’s self-titled album, produced by Richard Landis and Steve Forde, debuted in the Top 10 on Australia’s ARIA Country Chart last month. The Trey Fanjoy-directed music video for her […]

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Gospel’s “First Lady” Passes

• May 19, 2009 •
Gospel’s “First Lady” Passes

Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Eva Mae LeFevre, known as “The First Lady of Gospel Music,” died Monday (5/18), at age 91. She played piano, sang alto and was the emcee in the long-running gospel group The LeFevre Trio (later billed as The LeFevre Family and The LeFevres). She was born Eva Mae Whittington […]

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1720 Entertainment to Acquire Rock PR

• May 19, 2009 •
1720 Entertainment to Acquire Rock PR

Nashville- and Atlanta-based artist development company 1720 Entertainment, whose roster of clients includes country artists Jamie O’Neal, Rissi Palmer and Stevie Walker, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement in principle to acquire an equity stake in New York-based entertainment and media branding company Rock PR Media. 1720 will acquire equity in […]

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CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

• May 19, 2009 •
CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

With over 2.5 million votes cast to determine the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, country duo Sugarland holds the lead with five final nominations. Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift are next in line with four nominations each. Newcomers Lady Antebellum score their first nominations with three, along with Rascal Flatts. The announcements […]

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Industry News: Time Jumpers, Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and More

• May 18, 2009 •
Industry News: Time Jumpers, Chesney, Montgomery Gentry and More

Time Jumpers In the Times Sunday’s (5/16), New York Times ran a feature story on Nashville’s Time Jumpers and the band’s legendary Monday night shows at the Station Inn. Times writer Peter Applebome profiled the stellar players and packed houses that distinguish this weekly musical gathering, referring to the Station Inn as a “low-ceilinged dive” […]

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Bobby Karl Works the Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony—Chapter 308

• May 18, 2009 •
Bobby Karl Works the Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony—Chapter 308

Birds of a feather, flock together. It wasn’t until we had them all in the same room for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony (5/17) that I realized how much this year’s inductees have in common. Receiving their industry’s highest honor were Charlie McCoy, Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell. All three began their […]

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Steve Pleshe Joins RCA Promotion Team

• May 18, 2009 •
Steve Pleshe Joins RCA Promotion Team

Steve Pleshe has become the newest member of the RCA Records Nashville promotion team today as Keith Gale, Vice President, National Promotion, welcomes Pleshe as Manager, Regional Promotion. Based in Fresno, CA, he begins his new role immediately, working with stations in the Pacific Time zone. Pleshe comes to RCA from Country Thunder Records, where […]

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Block Party and Autographs Return to CMA Fest

• May 18, 2009 •
 Block Party and Autographs Return to CMA Fest

On Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, CMA Music Festival will present the ABC Block Party at the Hall of Fame Park (adjacent to Fifth Avenue between Broadway and Demonbreun). Hosted by Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery on All My Children), the ABC Block Party will provide entertainment for all ages. The fun-filled landscape tones down the […]

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CMT To Air “The Singing Bee”

• May 18, 2009 •
CMT To Air “The Singing Bee”

Karaoke-style reality competition The Singing Bee has found a new home on CMT, which plans to relaunch the former NBC series this summer. CMT will premiere the show after its presentation of the annual CMT Awards on June 16, then will pair the one-hour series with its other singing competition show, Can You Duet, starting […]

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Lauderdale and Miller To Helm Americana Awards

• May 15, 2009 •
Lauderdale and Miller To Helm Americana Awards

The Americana Music Association has announced that Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller will return to helm the 2009 Americana Honors & Awards Show, scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at the Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Singer/songwriter Lauderdale will host and guitarist Miller will lead the house band for the 8th annual Honors & Awards ceremony, which celebrates […]

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Rogers and Gorley Triple No. 1 Party

• May 15, 2009 •
Rogers and Gorley Triple No. 1 Party

Chris Farren, President of Combustion Music, hosted a party recently at his home to celebrate three No. 1 songs produced by Frank Rogers and co-written by Combustion Music’s Ashley Gorley, including Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Brad Paisley’s “Start A Band” and Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This For Long.” (L-R): ASCAP’s Mike […]

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Carrie Underwood Returns to Africa

• May 15, 2009 •
Carrie Underwood Returns to Africa

Arista’s Carrie Underwood made her second trip to Africa earlier this month visiting orphanages and health centers near Luanda, Angola where she participated in the area’s cause to help fight malaria. Her visit was part of American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” charitable endeavors, and a special video package will air on American Idol Tuesday, May […]

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“Buzzworthy” Gloriana Ready Sneak Peek EP

• May 15, 2009 •
“Buzzworthy” Gloriana Ready Sneak Peek EP

With an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s Fearless 2009 tour winning them legions of new fans, and their debut single, “Wild at Heart,” hitting the Top 20, Gloriana will release a “sneak peek” EP on May 19th in anticipation of the August release of their self-titled, debut album for Emblem Music Group. The EP features […]

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“Dateline NBC” Spotlights Swift

• May 14, 2009 •
“Dateline NBC” Spotlights Swift

NBC TV’s Dateline NBC will air Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift on Sunday, May 31 at 6 PM/CT. The one-hour special will feature behind-the-scenes access to Swift’s first-ever headlining tour, the Fearless 2009 Tour. Shot on three continents over a period of three months, the hour looks at the creation and launch of the […]

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Mix Nashville Announces Producer Panelists

• May 14, 2009 •
Mix Nashville Announces Producer Panelists

Mix magazine has announced the addition of Nashville producers Dann Huff, John McBride, Vance Powell, Jacquire King and Greg Droman to the lineup for Mix Nashville, the two-day professional audio event to be held May 19-20 at Soundcheck Nashville. Huff, McBride, Powell and King will headline the event’s Anatomy of a Hit Panel Series. Huff […]

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