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T.J. Martell Honors Gala Adds More Stars To Annual Fundraising Event

The annual affair is one of Nashville’s most anticipated fundraisers

The T. J. Martell Foundation announces the addition of superstars Sheryl Crow, Blue Sky Riders and Jake Owen to the already stellar line-up for the 6th annual 2014 Honors Gala on March 10th.  The stars will join host Charles (Chip) Esten, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker in tribute to this year’s honorees. Continue Reading →

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Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids Rocks Riverfront Park, Sets New Record


Dierks Bentley has done it again. Sunday marked the eighth annual Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville, where Dierks led over 1,000 riders on a 40-mile ride from Columbia, TN to Riverfront Park.

The show itself featured performances by Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan, Dierks and more. When you have a lineup like that, you’re going to make some money for the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. And make money they did: Over $307,000; a new record for the event.

The festival stayed true to its down-home roots, despite an estimated 10,000 people in attendance. The setup was fairly minimal (at least in comparison to the shows these guys typically put on) and the performances stayed very fun and casual.

Owen played four songs acoustically, including his smash Barefoot Blue Jean Night as well as a Hank Jr. cover. Bentley’s band was set up on stage to join Brett Eldredge and Easton Corbin, as they had the crowd singing along to their hits Don’t Ya and A Little More Country Than That respectively.

Then, all host Storme Warren had to say was, “Luke Bryan,” and the place went berserk. Bryan also played acoustically, and in true Luke Bryan fashion, was cracking jokes, sometimes in the middle of the song. He also took the time to tell the story of how he almost cut off his thumb cooking ribs on Halloween:

“It’s fun doing this with stitches,” he joked. “You always want to cut your thumb off on CMA week.”

Bryan and his guitar sounded just fine, but he ain’t got nothing on Jake Owen’s performance at BMI several weeks ago

Finally, Dierks took the stage, although the crowd had been catching glimpses of him periodically through the night running around back stage with his daughter. The ever-grateful Bentley wasted very little time talking, only thanking everyone involved and the audience for coming. He gave everyone what they came to see, performing hits such as Am I the Only One5-1-5-0Every Mile a Memory and Home.

Dierks also played a new song about partying “on the back porch” that was still a work in progress. Before he went into the bridge, he asked the audience to give him feedback on what they thought. Not surprisingly, it was met with massive applause, and even a beer tossed at Dierks from the VIP section.

In the middle of the set, Warren re-entered to present the check of $307,296 made out to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and signed by Dierks himself.

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Highlights And Interviews From The Colt Ford Celebrity Golf Classic

DSC_0290FOCUS had the pleasure of being invited to cover the 2nd annual Colt Ford Celebrity Golf Classic just outside of Atlanta at the beautiful Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. All money raised during the event went to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The weekend featured a fun pairing party the night before the golfing event and a day of golfing with many celebrities present including Colt Ford, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Sister Hazel, Jamey Johnson, Laura Bell Bundy, Tyler Farr, LoCash Cowboys, The LACS, Josh Kelley, and many others! Following the full day of golfing was a celebration party featuring a 3-hour long jam by all of the artists participating.

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Perspective 2013: Changing The Perception Of Entitlement To Free Music

Save The Music America

Nashville Music Community Joins Charitable Foundation To Host Benefit Dinner, Auction and Concert Event To “Save The Music” And Educate The Public

Save The Music America (STMA), a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) charity organization founded as a national initiative to protect copyrighted music work product and to educate the masses about responsible and legal music downloading, is pleased to announce its inaugural Perspective 2013 benefit dinner, auction and concert event. Scheduled to be held amidst one of the mega songwriting communities in the country, the Save The Music America Perspective 2013 will take place Thursday evening, December 5, 2013 at 6:00PM in Nashville, TN at the Titans Stadium West Club, LP Field (located on One Titans Way). The charity’s mission is to change the perception and commonplace of downloading and sharing music illegally and to reveal and realize both the short and long-term effects and damages of FREE music to the financial foundation, livelihood and future of the music entertainment industry and our songcrafters.

Highlights of the evening will include performances by top-notch entertainers, a fine-dining experience, a premier auction and an educational symposium. With the objective to foster an environment for innovative ideas and well-intended plans to change the unlawful downloading climate, the symposium will be supported by industry professionals, artists, songwriters, music manufacturers and session players as representatives of those personally and directly impacted by the digital environment and illegal music downloading.

“There won’t be a music business unless we change the way our society is behaving,” states Dave Pomeroy, President of The Nashville Musicians Association“Save The Music America is a vital organization that is standing up to demand the public to take notice of the problem while teaching music fans to do the right thing when downloading songs or full albums.”

Research has demonstrated that music piracy is directly accountable for over 12 billion dollars in lost revenue and the loss of 70,000 industry-related jobs (many on Music Row). NSAI reports over 90% of American songwriters are unable to rely on their craft as a sole source of income. STMA’s primary objective is to enlighten “Generation X, Y & Z” to preserve the art of music and create awareness via its compelling PSA awareness campaigns and eventually traveling from school to school with a definitive Music 101 education curriculum.

“With the emergence of Napster, the record industry has been struggling to ‘compete with free’ since the late nineties and until we attack the core of the problem (the social perception that people feel they are entitled to free music), we will never get a foothold on piracy,” introduced Mark Dreyer, Executive Director for STMA“We have identified the problem and now we need the backing to implement the essential educational programs. Results take time, money and industry support; there is power in numbers and with voices standing together, we can change the way ‘acquiring’ music is perceived. To all artists and industry professionals: please, lend your voice and talent in support of this initiative. By joining our team, you will empower a movement crucial to forever change the future of music.”

Net proceeds from Save The Music America: Perspective 2013 will directly fund the STMA education programs. Perspective 2013 benefit tickets are on sale now; quantities are limited (available at and Tickets pricing includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, symposium and concert. This event is sponsored in part by: Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance SolutionsBatson Guitar CompanyMuZook., NSAI and Top Promoter-a division of Hit LabAdditional partners are welcome.

As part of a preliminary public and industry awareness campaign to support the overall endeavor, SMTA has plans to host a series of Music City music events (featuring renowned songwriters). Details to follow.

About Save The Music America
Established in 2011, SMTA is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to educate the public and create awareness of intellectual property protection and copyright laws. STMA provides effective ways to counteract illegal downloading of music and media through PSA awareness campaigns designed to capture the hearts and minds of America’s music fans. The goal is to produce future generations with a conscience, preserving the arts and the constitutional rights of people within the creative industries, as well as the history of American music.

STMA has the support of over 80 artists and industry professionals and with a number of PSA campaigns to assist in the movement to restore social Internet responsibility, the organization continues to create empowering messages designed to reach the nation’s younger demographic to “Take The Pledge To Download and Share Music Responsibly.”

For more information on Save The Music America, visit: or contact STMA Executive Director, Mark Dreyer / 615.255.1068 /

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Industry Insiders Announce Official Launch of “Nashville Underground Radio”

Nashville Underground Radio

Internet-Based Radio Show Will Highlight Up-And-Coming Artists, Events and Authentic Music City Insight

Industry veteran Shawn Carnes and media personality Matt Williams announce the official launch of a new Internet radio show Nashville Underground Radio. The weekly show, combining talk and independent music, features insider news from Music City, and spotlights independent and up-and-coming artists.

“The goal is not to promote any ‘underground’ scene,” says Williams. “The goal is to bring the outside world into our community, and promote the best talent in the city.”

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City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge 2013

Interviews and fun highlights from the 2013 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge. Featuring Kree Harrison, LoCash Cowboys, Maggie Rose, Aaron Lewis and more!

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ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp 2013

ACM held their 4th annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in Nashville from June 24th-June 28th. Campers from across the nation who suffer from Williams Syndrome were selected to join this special music camp where they write an original song together, record it, perform the song on the Grand Ole Opry, and enjoy other fun, interactive experiences with several well-known country music stars. The country music stars who volunteered their time to help make this another special experience for the campers were: Jerrod Niemann, Lance Miller, Lauren Alaina (who volunteered to come back for a 2nd year in a row), Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.

Please see the video for highlights and interviews during the week! And, a special thank you to, Leslie Armstrong from Nashville Country Club, who shared some of her footage with us to complete our coverage. Please check out her site for more amazing coverage of the country music industry at: Continue Reading →

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The Band Perry Visits The Food Bank Of The Southern Tier To Fight Hunger


TBP_KyleFamilyThe Food Bank of the Southern Tier received a visit from Superstar Country trio The Band Perry, which is composed of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry.  This visit was in partnership with Outnumber Hunger – a national initiative with General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America to help fight hunger in local communities – to recognize Kyle Halm, resident of Pine City, NY and local volunteer firefighter. Continue Reading →

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Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament Kick-Off Party & Writers Round

Pictured (l-r): Front row: songwriter Stephony Smith, Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly, songwriter Cheryl LuQuire and MRLGT volunteer Eve Abdo. Back row: UCPMidTN's John Pickett, BMI's Penny Everhard, City National Bank's Diane Pearson, Frank Rogers Productions' Courtney Crist, 377 Management's Malia Axsom, me gusta music's Trina Smith, ASCAP's Suzanne Lee and Music Health Alliance's Herky Williams. Not pictured: songwriter Lisa Carver and NSAI's Susan Myers. Photo by ASCAP's Alison Toczylowski

Pictured (l-r): Front row: songwriter Stephony Smith, Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly, songwriter Cheryl LuQuire and MRLGT volunteer Eve Abdo. Back row: UCPMidTN’s John Pickett, BMI’s Penny Everhard, City National Bank’s Diane Pearson, Frank Rogers Productions’ Courtney Crist, 377 Management’s Malia Axsom, me gusta music’s Trina Smith, ASCAP’s Suzanne Lee and Music Health Alliance’s Herky Williams. Not pictured: songwriter Lisa Carver and NSAI’s Susan Myers. Photo by ASCAP’s Alison Toczylowski

The Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament, sponsored by ASCAP, City National Bank, Tim McGraw and McGhee Entertainment to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, launched registration for its August 19th tourney with a party and female songwriters round at Nashville’s Rebar on Wednesday, June 19th. Performances featured songwriters Lisa Carver, Cheryl LuQuire and Stephony Smith, and MRLGT supporter and Arista Nashville recording artist Kristen Kelly stopped by to help the tournament’s planning committee get the party started, before heading off to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Continue Reading →

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Stars For Second Harvest Hits New Milestone

Acclaimed songwriter Craig Wiseman’s ninth annual Stars For Second Harvest event, presented by O’Charley’s, raised a record- making $100,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed the hungry in Middle Tennessee. The June 4 concert at the Ryman Auditorium was headlined by Ronnie Dunn, Florida Georgia Line with a special appearance by Nelly, comedian Ralphie May and more. The event, combined with the live auction and several generous donations, helped to make this the most successful fundraising year.
Wiseman exclaims: “When I got the numbers I couldn’t believe we finally did it! Since we started this show in 2005, it has been a goal of mine to get to $100,000 for Second Harvest. With help from all of the artists, and the continued help of O’Charleys, we finally reached that goal this year. Now I am raising that goal to $250,000!!” Continue Reading →

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