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  • BLACKBIRD MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP AND DANN HUFF ENTER INTO A&R PARTNERSHIP AND CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT DEAL

    Nov 18, 2019

    Blackbird Music Publishing Group is excited to announce a partnership with renowned producer Dann Huff. The partnership will re-establish a creative A&R and publishing relationship between Blackbird’s SVP Darrell Franklin and Huff that goes back 20 years and included the publishing powerhouse Crosstown Songs, one of the first U.S. acquisitions by BMG in 2009. While at Crosstown Songs, Franklin and Huff worked with songwriters and producers Busbee, Neil Thrasher, Jonathan Singleton, John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Melissa Pierce.

  • WSM HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL "MUSIC FOR KIDS" EVENT

    Nov 15, 2019

    650 AM WSM hosted its second annual "Music for Kids" event on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Studio A in the Grand Ole Opry House. WSM’s Music for Kids event provided a day-long family event packed with activities designed to make music accessible and fun for youth from all over Middle Tennessee. The event centered around providing children ages 5-16 with free, age-appropriate music lessons from local professionals and opportunities to engage, learn, and get inspired in fun new ways. Over the course of the day, the historic station donated over 1000 lessons to young musicians with an overall value of $25,000.

  • SCOTTY McCREERY GUEST-HOSTS “BOB KINGSLEY’S COUNTRY TOP 40” THIS WEEKEND (NOV. 16-17)

    Nov 15, 2019

    Last month, the country music community lost a champion for the format and a legend of radio broadcast with the passing of National Radio Hall of Famer, Bob Kingsley. With plans for Kingsley’s popular and long-running show, “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40,” still to be determined it was decided for now the show will continue in his honor with guest hosts stepping up to the mic each week. This weekend (Nov. 16-17) Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery has the privilege of honoring Kingsley and carrying on the legacy of a man who loved country music and those who make it. 

  • ROSS COPPERMAN WINS PRESTIGIOUS BMI SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR THIRD TIME

    Nov 15, 2019

    GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Ross Copperman is adding to his cachet as one of the most influential figures in country music after taking home his third BMI Songwriter of the Year award last night, following wins in 2016 and 2017.

  • BRANTLEY GILBERT AND LINDSAY ELL’S “WHAT HAPPENS IN A SMALL TOWN” TOPS CHARTS

    Nov 11, 2019

    When Brantley Gilbert wrote “What Happens In A Small Town,” the lead single from his new, chart-topping fifth studio album Fire & Brimstone, via The Valory Music Co., the southern rocking songwriter quickly knew he needed an equally as hard-rocking female to portray both perspectives of a break up in a small town. After playing the song for Lindsay Ell, there was an immediate connection with the notion. Adding not just vocals but guitar, the result was one of the most-added songs at Country radio upon its debut.

  • SCOTTY McCREERY ROCKS FIRST NIGHT OF OLD DOMINION’S MAKE IT SWEET TOUR

    Nov 06, 2019

    Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery joined Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour last Friday (Nov. 1) in Tampa, Florida at the Yuengling Center on the campus of the University of South Florida. Judging by the cheers and applause, the North Carolina native was an immediate hit with the sold-out crowd. McCreery hit the stage soon after opening act Ryan Hurd finished his set to deliver an energetic 45-minute hit-packed show which included his current single “In Between” as well as his two No. 1 hits “Five More Minutes” and “This is It,” among others. Later that weekend, the tour moved across the state to perform two shows at the Saint Augustine Amphitheater on Nov. 2-3. All three shows this weekend were sold out. 

  • LYNYRD SKYNYRD MAKE NEW YORK MEDIA BLITZ IN ADVANCE OF FAREWELL CONCERT FILM IN THEATERS TOMORROW, NOV. 7, ONLY

    Nov 06, 2019

    Members of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke, took New York City by storm Monday to promote the band’s new concert film, “Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” in theaters tomorrow only. The packed day of activity included stops at Q104’s “Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show;” “Fox & Friends;” SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks, Volume, NASCAR Radio, Insight, ‘70s on 7 and Patriot; Barstool Sport’s “My Mom’s Basement” and “One Bite Pizza Review;” as well as Cheddar.

  • “THE HITMAKER SERIES” RETURNS TO OLE RED GATLINBURNG NOV. 12 & 13

    Nov 05, 2019

    Last month, Ole Red Gatlinburg launched “The Hitmaker Series,” a free, monthly concert series featuring two nights of songwriters performing “in the round” on the Ole Red stage. The intimate acoustic performances offer guests an authentic Nashville-style entertainment experience in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains as the songwriters perform the hits they have written and share the stories behind the songs.

  • HALEY & MICHAELS SET TO RELEASE FULL-LENGTH HAIL MARY WITH A PERFORMANCE ON NBC’s TODAY 11/15

    Nov 04, 2019

    Country-music duo Haley & Michaels (Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels) will celebrate the release of their full-length album Hail Mary with a performance of the rising title track on NBC’s TODAY on Nov. 15. The upcoming performance will mark Haley & Michaels' third time on TODAY, as their debut appearance occurred via special invitation from co-host Hoda Kotb, who discovered the song based on their wedding vows, “Giving It All (To You).”

  • ERIN ENDERLIN RELEASES NEW ALBUM FAULKNER COUNTY; OUT NOW

    Nov 04, 2019

    With her remarkable aptitude for crafting music with character-driven storylines, singer/songwriter Erin Enderlin returns with Faulkner County, her first full-length album since 2017.

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