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Thompson Square Step Away From BBR Music Group

Photo Credit: Garrett Merchant

GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning country music duo Thompson Square have decided to step away from BBR Music Group’s imprint, Stoney Creek Records, their label home since 2009.

Since breaking into the country music scene, the multi-platinum selling duo have achieved international success scoring three #1 hits and five Top 20 hits, with streaming numbers surpassing 600 million and a social media following of nearly 2 million. “It’s bittersweet leaving our Stoney Creek Records family,” says Shawna Thompson, “So many memories have been made and so many goals have been achieved.  We will be forever grateful to Benny and Carolyn Brown for their faith in our artistry.  It has changed our lives forever.”

Thompson Square have appeared on multiple major media franchises including NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Queen Latifah Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, CBS This Morning, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Glamour, Elle, USA Today and much more.

“All good things must come to an end but we look forward to the future and to new beginnings,” Keifer Thompson shares, “We are extremely excited about this new chapter of our life and what it means for our music and our fans.”

The three-time “Vocal Duo of the Year” (ACM/CMA) have received top honors in music including two GRAMMY nominations for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Country Song,” seven mainstream industry awards and over 25 additional award nominations.

Thompson Square continue to be represented by Shawn Pennington at Pennington Entertainment and William Morris Endeavor’s Greg Oswald and Abby Wells Bass. The duo is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming album with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum).

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Luke Combs And Co-Writers Celebrate “Hurricane”

L-R: Chris Kappy, MAKE/WAKE Management, Bradley Collins – BMI, Scott Borcheta – Big Machine Music Publishing, Jonathan Singleton – 50 Egg Music Publishing, Chris Ogelsby – BMG Music Publishing, Mike Molinar – Big Machine Music Publishing, Jeff Catton – InTune Entertainment, Will Overton –Warner Chappell, Lynn Oliver-Cline – River House Artists, Randy Goodman – SonyMusic Nashville. (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

Luke Combs joined his BMI co-writers Thomas Archer and Taylor Phillips at downtown Nashville’s ACME Feed and Seed to celebrate their two-week No. 1 PLATINUM-certified hit. Yesterday’s celebration was an especially momentous occasion as the single marks the first No.1 for Combs, Archer and Thomas. Friends, family and Nashville industry gathered to commemorate the success of “Hurricane” as the first debut artist single to top the chart for multiple weeks since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and the first debut solo male to accomplish the task since Darius Rucker in 2008.

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LANco Unveils Mural At Flipside On 12South

LANco pictured with creator, Neon Lumberjack.

LANco recently unveiled a beautiful mural at Flipside on 12South in Nashville created by Neon Lumberjack.  It is based on their current single, “Greatest Love Story”.

Grab a delicious chicken sandwich at Flipside, and check it out soon.  Only on display for a limited time.

Inside Flipside on 12South

Watch the video for “Greatest Love Story” by clicking here.

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Our Favorite Moments From CMA Music Festival 2017

Garth Brooks performs on night one of CMA Music Festival as a surprise guest. Photo credit: Courtney Davidson

CMA Music Festival is always one of our favorite times of the year when downtown Nashville is filled with country music and fans from around the world converge on our great city.

We thought we would relive some of our favorite moments from the festival in anticipation of it airing on ABC on August 16th beginning at 7pm/central, and because we just want to go back.

1) It put a smile on our faces to walk across the pedistrian bridge first thing on Thursday and spot all those people decked out in pink walking with all those cute dogs in Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation to help get numerous dogs needing a forever home adopted.  Loved the start and could not have asked for a more perfect day to start the festival.

2) Who didn’t love it when Garth Brooks surprised us on night one of the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium? Always the consummate entertainer, and we loved every minute of it.

3) We loved Warner Music night at Ascend Amphitheatre and hearing new artist Cale Dodds.  Such personality and great songs.  One to watch.

4) Interviewing Luke Pell and getting to see him perform live for the first time on the Chevy Park stage.  Nice, talented guy who most will remember from Jojo’s season of “The Bachelorette”.

5) Attending High Valley’s fan club party at Warner Music on Music Row.  Sometimes it was just nice to get away from all the hustle & bustle downtown.  High Valley especially impressed.  Loved their harmonies and hearing them live for the first time.   They have this great blend of traditional country blended with today’s radio-friendly sound as they incorporate lots of the bluegrass instruments missing from most country artists’ music today.

6) Attending anything over at Warner Music for the Warner Sound during the festival with the cool Bic Lounge offering men free shaves and everyone 21 & up free drinks.  It was very relaxing just being over there.

7) Attending Sofar Nashville, a surprise pop-up show that happened at Warner Music on Music Row.  We especially loved Australian artist Morgan Evans signed to Warner Music and engaged to Kelsea Ballerini.  Great personality, voice, and good music.  It was a relaxing time.

8) City of Hope celebrity softball game is always a fun time, but it sure was hot out there that day.  Still fun and they broke their record for attendance this year.

9) Pandora’s “Sounds Like Country” concert was a fun time.  Boy, that line seemed neverending to get in, but worth it to see RaeLynn, Old Dominion, and Jake Owen at Marathon Music Works.

10) The Pepsi Firehouse was a cool experience with great food, specialty drinks, a chance to hear some new music from a few up and coming artists, and getting to see Devin Dawson perform an intimate set in a very cool setting.

Bonus: Kicking off the festival with Sony’s LANco at Flipside in 12South area enjoying drinks and checking out their new mural inspired by their new single, “American Love Story”, painted by artist Neon Lumberjack.

LANco with mural artist Neon Lumberjack

Don’t miss CMA Music Festival airing on ABC on August 16th at 7pm/central to see many of the nightly performances hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini.

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Nashville Concert To Benefit The Alzheimer’s Foundation Of America At City Winery

WHO?

•The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) presents the “AFA Evening Together For Care For the Love of Jewel Austin” with performances by Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark and more surprise guests.

•Produced by Warner Music Nashville’s VP Creative Director, Shane Tarleton, the event celebrates the life of Jewel Austin, Tarleton’s grandmother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.

•Suzanne Alexander, TV host of Great American Country Nights and On the Streets will emcee the event.

 

 

WHAT?

Proceeds from “AFA Evening Together for Care For the Love of Jewel Austin” will benefit The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national non-profit organization with more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide, dedicated to assuring quality of care and excellence in service to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and their families and caregivers.

 

“AFA is grateful for the support received from Shane Tarleton and the Nashville community,”  said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, “Special thanks to Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark and other Country Music artists for their participation.”

 

 

WHY?

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans living with the illness, and their families and caregivers.  It is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States, and the only one in the top 10 without a cure.

 

 

WHEN / WHERE:

Wednesday, July 12

7:00 – 10:00 p.m

 

City Winery

609 Lafayette Street

Nashville, TN 37203

 

Tickets for the star-studded event can be purchased on line at:  www.alzfdn.org (go to Event Calendar and click on Nashville) or call the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 866-232-8484 for further information.

 

CONTACT INFO:

Sandy Silverstein

866-232-8484, ext. 104 / ssilverstein@alzfdn.org

 

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national, toll-free helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, educational conferences and materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, the National Memory Screening Program, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Sara Evans Offers Advice To Young Female Artists At Change The Conversation Event  

Country music star Sara Evans joined members of Change The Conversation last night, where she spoke candidly about her personal and professional journey and performed several songs from her new album, Words, on Tuesday from The Steps at WME.

In addition to performing the title track from the album set for a July 21 release, Evans also debuted new songs “All the Love You Left Me” and “Marquee Sign,” as well as an acoustic version of platinum chart-topper “A Little Bit Stronger.”

This is a landmark project for Evans as the first release on her new label, Born To Fly Records. Fourteen female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and of course Evans herself, contribute their words to the stunning, upcoming record.

“I want to talk about why we need to change the conversation,” Evans said during the event. “When I first got my record deal, women were dominating country radio. We had Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless and on and on. I was fortunate enough to join that group of amazing women.

“So we need to change the conversation and figure out why it is not that way anymore. Why are there not enough women on country radio? Women artists are amazing and they have so much great music that we want to hear and we need to hear, so let’s change the conversation.”

Change the Conversation is a coalition designed to help create an even playing field for women in country music and was formed by Tracy Gershon, Beverly Keel and Leslie Fram in 2014.

It was formed initially to create an informal salon-like atmosphere where women could get together and develop productive ways of solving the problem but has quickly grown into an organization of gaining influence. The organization funds research and hosts events where industry experts address their segments of the industry.

The event, which was sponsored by WME and One Hope Wine, began with a conversation between Evans and Tracy Gershon, a co-founder of Change the Conversation who also helped with A&R duties for this album. “Sara Evans has been one of the most influential and admired country artists of the last two decades, so when she spoke about the importance of changing the conversation, the female artists in the room were inspired and invigorated,” Gershon says.

Adds Change the Conversation co-founder Leslie Fram, “Sara’s impact is undeniable and she proved it again during her performance for Change The Conversation at WME.  After the performance, so many artists said they were moved by the power of her new songs and vocals.”

About Sara Evans: Multi-platinum entertainer SARA EVANS is at the top of her game. With five No. 1 Country singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A., Sara thrills audiences across the U.S. playing close to 100 shows each year. Her “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit chart-topping single, “Born to Fly” from her double-platinum album of the same name. In 2014 Evans released her critically acclaimed seventh studio album Slow Me Down, which debuted at #2 on the Country Album Chart and landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, winning over fans and media alike and dubbed her best album to date. Named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” Evans’ career also includes the platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place and Restless and the gold-certified No Place That Far. Sara continues to forge a bold, creative path with the launch of Born To Fly Records, distributed by Sony RED, and will release her highly anticipated eighth studio album, Words, on July 21, 2017.

In addition to a prolific country music career, Sara is an accomplished author, lifestyle blogger and Red Cross ambassador who in 2008 was presented with the national Crystal Cross award for her work with the disaster-relief organization.

For more information on Sara Evans, visit SaraEvans.com and ARealFinePlace.com and engage with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Dierks Bentley Celebrated His 16th #1, “Black”, In Nashville

Pictured (l-r): Ross Copperman, Dierks Bentley, Ashley Gorley

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley celebrated his 16th career #1 as an artist and 13th #1 as a songwriter behind “Black” with industry friends and media alike, as they were treated to a chic party by performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI hosted yesterday (6/22) at Nashville’s new restaurant Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway. Serving as the third consecutive chart topper off Bentley’s critically acclaimed album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville), the Gold-certified single and most personal song to date for Bentley was co-written alongside ASCAP songwriter Ashley Gorley, who celebrated his 33rd #1 song, and BMI songwriter Ross Copperman, who celebrated his 16th, and was produced by Copperman along with Arturo Buenahora. Both Copperman and Gorley were named Country Music Songwriter of the Year by their respective PROs in 2016. 

 
​”Black” hit the top of the charts exactly one year after the release of Bentley’s “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME), and further illustrates Bentley’s depth and diversity as an artist as the smash hit follows the chart-topping Platinum-certified and award winning hits “Somewhere On A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” ​BLACK serves as one of only two Country albums released since last May that has been certified Gold while simultaneously spawning three certified songs by the RIAA. All three chart toppers released from the multi-nominated Album of the Year record have have seen more than 389 million digital streams.
 
Also on hand to celebrate the ​song were label UMG Nashville’s Cindy Mabe and publishers Combustion Music’s Kenley Flynn, Kobalt’s Jesse Willoughby, Rezolant’s Tim Wipperman, Sony/ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg and Warner/Chappell’s BJ Hill
About Dierks Bentley
The “king of the breakup song” (Noisey), continues to balance “robust record sales and heavy radio play with acclaim from even those critics who had seemed allergic to Nashville’s output in the past” (Esquire) as all three singles released from his eighth studio album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville) have now received certifications from the RIAA. “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has amassed 16 No. One songs, 13 GRAMMY nominations and countless nominations from CMA, ACM, People Choice and Billboard Music Awards. More than half a million fans have already flooded sold-out arenas and amphitheaters in 2017 across North America to witness the “wildly entertaining affair” (Tampa Bay Times) that is Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR. Special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi round out the full-throttle summer party as Bentley continues “forging ahead into new terrain,” (Hartford Courant). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.
About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 600,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.​
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Michael Ray And Writers Celebrate “Think A Little Less”

Pictured: (L-R): BMIsongwriter Thomas Rhett, BMI artist Michael Ray, ASCAP writer Jimmy Robbins,BMI writer Barry Dean. (not pictured: ASCAP writer Jon Nite.) (Photo by Steve Lowry.)

The Sutler Saloon saw a crowd of friends, family, and industry executives converge on June 13 in celebration of “Think A Little Less,” which recently soared to number one on the country charts. Written by BMI writers Thomas Rhett and Barry Dean with ASCAP writers Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite, the song is the second number one for Warner Music Nashville artist Michael Ray. Fresh off the heels of his moving performance at CMA Fest with Randy Travis, Ray has a new music coming soon and a summer full of tour dates across the country. Congratulations to the country music stars!

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City Of Hope Sets Record Breaking Attendance At 27th Annual Celebrity Softball Game

NASHVILLE, TN-June 10th-A group photo of both teams at the 27th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game at First Tennessee Park on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for City Of Hope)

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game presented by Staples® reached its highest ever attendance at the 27th Annual event during CMA Music Festival at First Tennessee Park. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe surprised fans by throwing the first pitch. In a friendly competition for a great cause, Team iHeart won the game, 9-6.

Reba McEntire kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem, followed by a performance of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Sara Evans. Team Captain for iHeart Media, Bobby Bones and Team Captain for Sirius XM/Grand Ole Opry, Bill Cody led with the traditional coin toss.

Artists in attendance were Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Jessie James Decker and her husband and NFL player, Eric Decker, Lauren Alaina, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley of USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best,” Lunchbox, Eddie, and Ray of the Bobby Bones Show, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s “The Property Brothers,” The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery, Aaron Watson, Jackie Lee, Trent Harmon, Maggie Rose, Miss Tennessee, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat, and Kaitlyn Bristowe andShawn Booth of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

Legendary artists Lee Greenwood, Jeannie Seely and Tim Rushlow joined by iHeart Media radio personality, Gator Harrison called the play by play. A new tradition and fan favorite!

City of Hope patient and leukemia survivor, Nicole Schulz met, for the first time, her life-saving donor, Rian Lawrence at the mound.

For more information, visit cityofhope.org/softball or follow City of Hope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT CITY OF HOPE:
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit cityofhope.org.

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Star-Studded “CMT Crossroads With GRAMMY® Award-Winning Group Earth, Wind & Fire And Friends Premieres Friday, June 23 At 10pm ET/PT

GRAMMY® Award winning band Earth, Wind & Fire teams up with some of country’s biggest stars when “CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire And Friends” premieres Friday, June 23 at 10 PM ET/PT. Joined by friends including Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts,Martina McBride, Dan + Shay, Sara Evans andDrake White, the unforgettable night of electric collaborations took place on the first-ever outdoor “CMT Crossroads” stage from downtown Nashville.

Showcasing Earth, Wind & Fire’s successful catalogue of timeless hits, the musical event drew a packed crowd to downtown Nashville where the iconic funk band proved the ability of their music to transcend any era or genre. Earth, Wind & Fire performed eight of their top singles including classics “Shining Star,” “After The Love Has Gone” and “September.”

To watch Earth, Wind & Fire’s performance of “September” with Lady Antebellum, visit CMT.com. For downloadable photos from the entire show, visit CMTpress.com.

“CMT Crossroads” is produced by Tom Forrest with John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux executive producing for CMT.

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary music forces of the 20th century. With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet the band has impacted the history of music and pop culture for over four decades. EWF has sold over 90 million recordings earning them a solid spot as one of the all-time bestselling music artists. Rolling Stone and VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire on their lists of the Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. Originating from Chicago in 1969, EWF’s career achievements include a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), a total of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. EWF classic songs have remained staples for last few generations including the hits, “September,” “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of The World” and “Boogie Wonderland.” Earth, Wind & Fire’s music continues to influence music with artists ranging from Drake, Kayne West, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and more. Founded by music genius Maurice White; EWF’s co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to tour and perform to sold-out audiences around the world.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment. CMT, CMT.com and CMTRadio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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