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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


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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BMI Signs TV Personality Todd Chrisley


Pictured: (L-R): BMI’s Jody Williams, BMI songwriter and TV personality Todd Chrisley and BMI’s Leslie Roberts.

Legendary Perfomance Rights Organization, BMI, is excited to announce the signing of television personality, Todd Chrisley. The USA Network Star and business mogul has deep country roots and plans to bring more eyes to Music City with his business acumen. On Chrisley Know Best, Chrisley has showcased untapped talent and plans on introducing his large fanbase to even more of his personal picks. 

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BMI Announces Promotions and Addition to Writer Publisher Relations Department, Nashville

BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc, announced today that five members of the Writer-Publisher team in Nashville have been promoted, with elevated responsibilities assigned to Bradley Collins, Leslie Roberts, David Preston, Penny Gattis and Erica Glidewell. Additionally,  recent Belmont graduate Josh Tomlinson has been hired as the new addition to the team as Associate Director, Writer-Publisher Relations.  Continue Reading →

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BMI Wraps Inaugural Maui Songwriters Festival 


The songwriters pose for a picture during the kickoff party. Pictured: (L-R): BMI songwriters Maggie Rose, Misa Arriaga, Kacey Musgraves, Bob DiPiero, Jeffrey Steele, Kimberly June and Greylan James, host Storme Warren, songwriter Rodney Clawson, Loving Mary’s Marti Frederiksen, Elisha Hoffman, Sarah Tomek and Rebecca Lynn Howard, songwriter Brandon Kinney, Loving Mary’s Suzie McNeil and kickoff party hosts Claudia Goodfellow and Danny Goodfellow. (Sitting): BMI songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Willie Nelson, Rhett Akins and Loving Mary’s Andrew Mactaggart. Photo credit: Mark Mason)

The inaugural BMI Maui Songwriters Festival came to a close December 13. Hosted by Storme Warren, shows filled choice island venues including Charley’s Saloon, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. From Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic song-swaps that take listeners deep into the stories behind beloved hits, to rowdy full-band sets, the festival revolved around unforgettable live music experiences. The festival, held December 8 to 13, was attended by top country writers, BMI Songwriters of the Year and the up-and-coming next wave of country stars. Check out the photos below for an in-depth look at the festival!

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After having to miss the BMI Country Music Awards in November due to a prior commitment performing at the CMA Marketing Summit, Scotty McCreery excitedly accepted his first BMI Award in person last Friday afternoon, Dec. 11, for writing one of BMI’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2015: his Platinum-selling Top Ten hit “See You Tonight.” BMI announced its list of Top 50 songs in November at its annual event, but with McCreery unavailable, he didn’t want to just “mail it in.” McCreery wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and it served as the title cut of his second studio album and earned him a Top 10 hit on both Billboard and MediaBase. The multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter received his award in person in Nashville from Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer and Publisher Relations and Bradley Collins, BMI Executive Director, Writer-Relations.

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