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BMI And SESAC Celebrate No. 1 Hit “Flatliner”

(L-R): Sony ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg; KP Entertainment’s Kerri Edwards; producer Michael Carter; songwriter Matt Bronleewe (SESAC); Cole Swindell (BMI); songwriter Jaron Boyer (SESAC); BMI’s David Preston; SESAC’s Shannon Hatch; peer music’s Kim Wiggins; Warner Music Nashville’s Cris Lacy. (Photo by Steve Lowry)

Hit songwriters Cole Swindell (BMI), Jaron Boyer (SESAC) and Matt Bronleewe (SESAC) gathered with fans, friends and industry notables last night to celebrate the No. 1 hit “Flatliner,” from Swindell’s certified RIAA Gold album You Should Be Here. The party took place at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge prior to Swindell headlining the Stay Downtown at Tootsie’s 57th Birthday Bash, named after Swindell’s current single, “Stay Downtown.” “Flatliner,” which features Cole’s friend/mentor Dierks Bentley, became Swindell’s record-breaking seventh consecutive No. 1 single and his tenth overall as a songwriter.

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BMI And Dualtone Celebrate “The Lumineers Day” In Nashville

Photo credit: Steve Lowry

BMI and Dualtone celebrated one of Americana’s hottest acts yesterday afternoon with a special awards ceremony in the BMI lobby. The Lumineers were presented plaques honoring the successes of their 3x certified Platinum debut album and certified Gold follow-up album Cleopatra. In addition, three platinum singles – “Ho Hey,” “Stubborn Love,” and “Ophelia” – and two gold singles – “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Cleopatra” – were recognized. BMI’s Vice President of Writer Publisher Relations, Jody Williams, presented the group with MillionAir awards in recognition of 3 million radio performances. The ceremony concluded with a special surprise from Williams: a proclamation declaring September 14, 2017 “The Lumineers Day” in Nashville signed by Mayor Megan Barry.

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Jon Langston and Walker McGuire Perform at BMI’s Rooftop on the Row

Country up and comers Jon Langston and Walker McGuire entertained guests of BMI at their 4th Annual ‘Rooftop on the Row’ concert series on Tuesday night (August 15). The country duo of Walker McGuire, composed of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, kicked off the night with songs such as their Top 40 single, “‘Til Tomorrow”, and “What’s Her Name” – a self proclaimed true story about their time in Mexico.

Jon Langston followed the up and coming duo to close out the show and entertain guests during the sunset. Langston performed his hit “Forever Girl” as well as a medley of hits from artists such as Jon Pardi (“Dirt on My Boots”) and Tim McGraw (“Real Good Man”) before closing out the night with his current single, “Wrong Girl Right Time”.

Both performers are artists to watch out for in 2018. The night was sponsored by George Dickel, Cumulus Radio, Samuel Adams, and Texas Roadhouse and all sponsors were on hand to make sure guests had a great summer night on the BMI rooftop. Head on over to Focus on the 615’s Instagram for more from BMI’s Rooftop on the Row and events throughout Music City!

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William Michael Morgan Rocks BMI’s Third Rooftop on the Row Concert Series

BMI Nashville had a successful launch of their ‘Rooftop on the Row’ summer concert series this past May and the momentum has kept on going. On Tuesday night, William Michael Morgan took the stage after performances from up and coming artists Fairground Saints and Payton Taylor, and he didn’t disappoint. Before performing his hit “I Met A Girl”, Morgan nailed a cover of a song from one of his idols, George Strait, when he performed “Check Yes or No” on BMI’s rooftop overlooking Music City. The Rooftop on the Row series is presented by George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey with sponsors including Nash FM, Samuel Adams, Texas Roadhouse, and YETI Coolers – all of which were on hand to make sure attendees were well fed and had a drink in their hand.

This was the third of five ‘Rooftop on the Row’ series and the next one will feature Walker McGuire.

For more information on William Michael Morgan and find out where you can see him out on the road, head here!

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Frankie Ballard Rocks The 2nd “Porch Sessions” Presented By George Dickel And BMI

On Saturday (June 24), Warner Music recording artist Frankie Ballard performed in Tullahoma, TN at the George Dickel Distillery as part of their “Porch Sessions” concert series. Guests were not only treated to great music throughout the night; barbeque food trucks, George Dickel cocktails, and summer activities such as corn hole were on hand to entertain the sold out crowd prior to Ballard’s 90 minute performance. Ballard performed to an intimate crowd of music loving fans seated in lawn chairs, on wooden benches, and even in rocking chairs to make the cool summer night truly feel like a front porch jam session. He performed his hits such as “Helluva Life”, “Young & Crazy”, and included Elvis and Johnny Cash covers prior to closing out the show with his appropriately titled song “Sunshine & Whiskey”.

The picturesque distillery is located on Cascade Hollow, about 90 minutes outside of Nashville, and features daily tours of the grounds. For more information on August’s Porch Session, head to dickelporchsessions.com/.

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BMI Hosts First Summer Rooftop Concert

BMI’s Mason Hunter, BMI songwriters and members of LOCASH Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, George Dickel’s Brian Downing and BMI’s Jody Williams pose together at the BMI Rooftop Series show.

BMI, in partnership with George Dicket Tennessee Whisky, hosted the first of BMI’s Summer Rooftop Concert Series May 23 featuring performances by BMI songwriters Maggie Rose and LOCASH. LOCASH was also awarded a Million-Air award, marking one million radio spins of “You’re Gonna Fly,” a song they wrote recorded by Keith Urban. With more shows and artists to be announced, the series of the summer will be on BMI’s rooftop!

Special thanks to sponsors Texas Roadhouse, Samuel Adams Beer and Yeti Coolers!
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Lauren Alaina And Writers Celebrate “Road Less Traveled”

Pictured: (L-R): ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina and BMI writer Jesse Frasure. (Photo by Steve Lowry.) Pictured: (L-R): Warner Chappell’s Alicia Pruitt, producer busbee, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace, ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, BMI’s Leslie Roberts and BMI writer Jesse Frasure. (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

Friends, family and fans of Lauren Alaina packed the Sutler May 24 in a “number onesie” celebration for BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina and the co-writers of her #1 hit “Road Less Traveled.” Written with BMI writer Jesse Frasure and ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, the song hit #1 last month. “Road Less Traveled” is also the title track of an upcoming movie starring Lauren and featuring six original songs written and performed by the rising star.

Pictured: (L-R): Warner Chappell’s Alicia Pruitt, producer busbee, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Big Yellow Dog’s Carla Wallace, ASCAP writer Meghan Trainor, BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, BMI’s Leslie Roberts and BMI writer Jesse Frasure. (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

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Sweet Tunes, Summertime Memories Made & Tennessee Whisky At George Dickel And BMI’s 1st Porch Sessions With Maddie & Tae

It couldn’t have been a better start for George Dickel & BMI’s Porch Sessions concert series with clear skies and 70 degree weather in the picturesque setting of George Dickel’s Distillery in Cascade Hollow near Tullahoma, TN.

The appreciative crowd enthusiastically clapped and danced along to the music by the harmonious duo, Maddie & Tae.

If you missed the concert this time, don’t worry, there are more to come.  Stay tuned for announcements of future shows at Cascade Hollow for a refreshing, fun-filled afternoon with George Dickel & BMI for other epic Porch Sessions’ concerts all summer long.

About George Dickel

Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was an established Nashville merchant when he entered the whisky business. Dickel grew his reputation for selling the smoothest, most mellow spirits in the region. Thus, Geo. A. Dickel & Co. was born and when the Cascade Hollow Distillery opened in 1878 in neighboring Coffee County, George Dickel bought a large share. George Dickel followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e.”

George Dickel preferred whisky made in the winter months more than summer months because he felt it made the whisky taste smoother, so the company began advertising their Geo. A. Dickel’s Cascade Tennessee Whisky as “Mellow as Moonlight.” This is why our whisky is chilled before undergoing the charcoal-mellow filtration known as the Lincoln County Process. This extra step smooths out the flavor and we’re still the only Tennessee distillery to do it.

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BMI’s “Young Guns” Monthly Showcase

On the last Wednesday of every month, music fans can enjoy listening to young, up and coming songwriters at the Sulter presented by BMI called “Young Guns”.

The series, created by BMI’s own David Preston 9 months ago, is meant to shine a spotlight on new songwriters mostly in the country genre. It’s a mix of both full band and acoustic performances depending on the artist’s preference.

I had the opportunity to attend the January showcase and throughly enjoyed the show featuring Olivia Bey, Sela Bruce, Charlie’s River, and Paulina Jayne.

As an added plus, love the venue of the newly-reopened and historic the Sutler, which offers great sound in a very cool setting since 1977 when original owner Johnny Potts first opened its doors.

Be sure to check out this fun series featuring BMI’s newest songwriters who I am sure you’ll be hearing about in the years to come every last Wednesday at 8pm at the Sutler in Nashville. Sponsored by Pickers Vodka.

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Celebration Of Dierks Bentley’s 14th Number

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Pictured (l-r): Songwriters Michael Tyler and Alexander Palmer, Dierks Bentley, and songwriters Josh Mirenda, Dave Kuncio and Jaron Boyer. Photo by Ed Rode for ASCAP.

Performance rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC hosted a #1 party on Wed., July 20th at South in Nashville to celebrate Dierks Bentley’s 14th #1 song, “Somewhere on a Beach,” which dominated the top spot on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts for two consecutive weeks. A packed-to-capacity crowd turned out to congratulate four first-time #1 songwriters, ASCAP’s Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda, BMI’s Alexander Palmer, and SESAC’s Michael Tyler, as well as SESAC writer Jaron Boyer, who was honored for his second chart-topper. Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora produced the Gold-certified track, which serves as the lead single from Bentley’s best-selling album, Black (Capitol Records Nashville). Publishers BMG, Cornman Music, peermusic and Warner Chappell were also on hand to celebrate the song.  Continue Reading →

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