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Academy Of Country Music® Reveals Studio Recording Award Nominees Winners To Be Celebrated At 11th Annual ACM Honors™ On August 23

The Academy of Country Music® has revealed the Studio Recording Award nominees for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™.  Winners will be honored during the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd ACM Awards. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.


The Studio Recording Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy to honor the behind-the-scenes musicians, producers, engineers and industry professionals who contribute so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music.




  • Mike Brignardello
  • Mark Hill
  • Tony Lucido
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas
  • Glenn Worf



  • Chad Cromwell
  • Fred Eltringham
  • Miles McPherson
  • Greg Morrow
  • Nir “Z” Zidkyahu



  • Tom Bukovac
  • Kenny Greenberg
  • Rob McNelly
  • Danny Rader
  • Ilya Toshinskiy



  • Dave Cohen
  • Tony Harrell
  • Charlie Judge
  • Gordon Mote
  • Michael Rojas



  • Dan Dugmore
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Carl Miner
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Ilya Toshinskiy



  • Dan Dugmore
  • Steve Hinson
  • Mike Johnson
  • Russ Pahl
  • Justin Schipper



  • Chuck Ainlay
  • Jeff Balding
  • Joe Baldridge
  • Steve Marcantonio
  • Reid Shippen



  • Ross Copperman
  • Byron Gallimore
  • Scott Hendricks
  • Dann Huff
  • Jay Joyce


About ACM Honors:

ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast at a later date (date to be announced) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.

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Pepsi Hosts 1st Annual Pepsi Firehouse In Nashville

A few lucky music lovers were treated to a very special night of new music discovery by Pepsi, who was in town to partner with the CMT Music Awards.

Held at the Urban Cowboy, which is a beautiful mansion built in the 1800’s that is now a bed & breakfast, the event showcased several up and coming artists in Nashville like Maggie Rose and Lindsay Ell.  Guests mingled, ate some delicious food, drank some specialty drinks made with Pepsi’s new summer cola, Pepsi Fire, and explored the mansion’s many rooms to discover new music all night from the talented artists.

Each room was decorated in a different theme, and featured one up & coming artist whose music was played on that room’s sound system. Also, the artist featured was there to meet and mingle with the guests.

At the end of the night, guests were treated to an intimate performance in one of the main rooms of the Pepsi Firehouse by Warner Nashville’s Devin Dawson.

Devin Dawson has a bluesy & soulful sound infused with country.  Great vocals combined with an engaging stage prescence. Be sure to check out his music! He’s one to watch.

Enjoying the speciality drink mixed with Pepsi Fire served at Pepsi Firehouse.

As a summer treat, be sure to find Pepsi Fire in a store near you. It’s only available this summer, so don’t wait too long to try it. It’s the taste of Pepsi that has been loved by generations with just a hint of cinnamon for a refreshing blend for those who like something a little different with a little heat to it. Try it! You know you want to.

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Big Machine Re-Launches Flagship Store During CMA Fest, Tasting Event, And Signings

Big Machine Label Group proudly announces the re-launch of its newly designed brand store located in downtown Nashville just in time for CMA Music Festival. The flagship space, which originally opened in June 2015 at 122 Third Avenue South, has become a destination for fans seeking exclusive BMLG artist merchandise, one-of-a-kind acoustic performances and opportunities to support music education through the Music Has Value program.

The Big Machine Store officially welcomed fans on 6/7. Open from 10:00A to 11:00P throughout CMA Music Festival, fans can visit the store for a chance to meet BMLG star artists like Florida Georgia Line, Brett Young, Drake White and catch a few special performances. A full schedule can be found at SoundtrackToSummer.com.

As announced last week, Big Machine Label Group is debuting a premium, platinum-filtered spirit. While the aptly named Big Machine Vodka will soon become available in the Middle Tennessee region. Fans ages 21 and older who visit the Big Machine store during CMA Fest will be among the first to have a taste during the POUR IT ON World Premiere tasting event, featuring Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka, Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey and All Mighty 140 Shine bottled and distilled by Tenn South Distillery in Lynnville, TN.

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Sony Partners With Omni Hotel For Special Performances And Signings During CMA Fest

As a gesture of gratitude for the thousands of country music fans arriving in Music City for the 2017 CMA Music Fest, Sony Music Nashville is partnering with the Omni Nashville Hotel to create exceptional artist experiences.  From Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11, over 10 personal artist appearances at various Omni Nashville venues, including Bongo Java and Barlines, will be available to Music Fest attendees as capacity limits allow. Starting Monday, June 5, an updated list of Sony Music Nashville artist activities, can’t-miss performances and surprise happenings at the Omni Nashville Hotel will be posted HERE.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Sony Music Nashville for this year’s festival to create an unforgettable experience for our guests,” says Tod Roadarmel, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Omni Nashville Hotel.
“There’s no more centralized hub during CMA Music Fest than the Omni Nashville Hotel, connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and across the street from Fan Fair Hall in Music City Center—so it became the perfect headquarters for Sony Music Nashville’s activations,” remarks EVP/Marketing & New Business John Zarling. “Our team worked hard with our friends at Omni to create unique fan experiences with our artists as a thank you for all of the support they show us throughout the year. The engagement from our artists and our partners will ensure unforgettable moments during this year’s Music Fest.”
At Bongo Java, the FYE Pop-Up Store will be fully stocked with Sony Music Nashville CDs, 12” vinyl and exclusive merchandise. RCA Nashville/Zone 4’s Kane Brown and River House Artists/Columbia Nashville’s Luke Combs are confirmed for FYI store signings, with others to be added.
Also at Bongo Java, Sony Music Nashville is hosting a Coffee With…Series, and singer-songwriters currently confirmed are Arista Nashville’s Cam, LANCO and Seth Ennis and Columbia Nashville/Epic Records’ Levon.
Barlines, Omni Nashville’s own honky-tonk and live music destination, will provide the stage for a multi-artist performance series titled Barlines LIVE! with Sony Music Nashville presented by BoneOn Sportwear Acts confirmed are Monument’s Walker Hayes, Sony Music Nashville newcomers Ben Gallaher, Levon and Fairground Saints.
Fan perks at the Omni – Sony Music Nashville CMA Music Fest experience include a chance to enter to win a trip back to Nashville to attend a Brad Paisley & Friends Band Against Cancer Opry concert event.  Band Against Cancer is a Brad Paisley and Sarah Cannon partnership that unites music and healthcare to help connect those touched by cancer with community-based treatment options and resources.
Throughout CMA Music Fest, the Sony Music Nashville radio channel will air in the Omni’s lobby, retail areas and Bongo Java. In guest rooms, the Sony Music Nashville video channel will air.
Collector’s edition Omni room key cards will be available to hotel guests, featuring Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and others. Guests receiving one of 10 Dolly Parton limited-run cards will be recipients of an autographed Dolly Pure & Simple CD.
The Sony Music Nashville booth will be open 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday, and will be positioned outside of Bongo Java, adjacent to the Omni Nashville lobby.
Adding an exciting virtual and real-life dimension to the Omni Hotel partnership as well as the entire 2017 CMA Music Fest experience, Sony Music Nashville is partnering with Metaverse to produce a four-day Augmented Reality for fans. Festival attendees who download the Metaverse app will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt across downtown Nashville involving Sony Music Nashville artists and potential prizes. Fan can download the app now from the iTunes store or Android markeplace and get ready to play June 8 through 11.
About Sony Music Nashville
Sony Music Nashville includes its three country label operations – Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville – and Provident Music Group, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies.  Sony Music Nashville is a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
About Omni Hotel
Located in the heart of exciting downtown Nashville, Omni Nashville Hotel is adjacent to the Music City Center, fully integrated with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on three levels, and within walking distance of the city’s most popular restaurants, cultural attractions, live music and sports venues. The Omni Nashville offers a wide range of dining options, including Barlines, Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Kitchen Notes, and includes a full-service Mokara Spa and a coffee shop, Bongo Java.  With stylish guest rooms and over 80,000 square feet of meeting space, the Omni Nashville Hotel offers a genuine, authentic guest experience, making it a true landmark destination in Music City.  To obtain additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com/Nashville or call 615-782-5300.
About CMA Music Fest
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now 45 years later, the legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event hosting more than 88,500 fans from every state and two dozen foreign countries. The 2016 CMA Music Festival featured 11 stages with more than 600 artists and 100 hours of music. And it all benefits music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to sustainable music education initiatives across the U.S. thanks to the fans who attend CMA Music Festival and the artists who perform for free. CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 14th consecutive year the event will be filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Fest 2017” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
About Metaverse
About Metaverse: Metverse is a Gamification Platform (mobile app) that annotates the physical world with interactive experiences. Some people describe it as “Pokemon Go as a Platform.” Just like with Pokémon Go, you walk up to experiences inside the Metaverse app and tap them to interact with them. Metaverse can be used for all kinds of experiences including scavenger hunts, loyalty programs, interactive storytelling, gaming, brand activations, retail gamification, fan coalescing etc. The company is backed by 23 angel investors (including Michael Eisner) and is founded by former Googlers.
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Blake Shelton Will Headline “Stars For Second Harvest” On June 6, John Rich Added

Music superstar Blake Shelton will headline, for the second straight year, the 13th annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 6 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Shelton will headline after acoustic performances by one of music city’s fastest rising country stars, Chris Lane, and songwriting duo, The Warren Brothers.

John Rich just added, too.  Rich is one half of the multi platinum duo Big and Rich. He has scored hit singles in the solo, duo and band categories as a combined singer, songwriter and producer. He is also known for his TV career hosting 3 seasons of CMT’s highly rated “Gone Country,” as well as NBC’s “Nashville Star” and CW’s “The Next.” John has written and published more than 40 hit songs for other acts, and has produced records on artists like Gretchen Wilson, Jewel, James Otto, Randy Owen of Alabama, Cowboy Troy, John Anderson and many more. John is also the only artist to score the ASCAP songwriter of the year award three years in a row.


Tickets are on-sale now for $35 and $55 plus applicable service charges and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, Ryman box office, Ryman.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.


“Blake is one the biggest stars in the world right now and he is joining us for the second straight year for this incredible cause. I am excited that he has agreed to collaborate on making a difference by helping Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee feed those struggling with hunger in our community,” says Wiseman.


“Once again we are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for such an incredible event that benefits the people of Middle Tennessee and Second Harvest. We can’t think of a better way to spend our night than with Blake Shelton taking the stage to help raise money for a worthwhile cause.” Eddie Hall, O’Charley’s President


The 2017 event is presented by O’Charley’s and Nissan North America. This concert, hosted by acclaimed songwriter and founder of Big Loud Records and Big Loud Shirt Craig Wiseman, will feature unplugged acoustic style performances by Shelton and Lane. Joining Wiseman for the songwriter’s round will be The Warren Brothers.


Thanks to the generosity and help from everyone in country music and its fans, the show to date has raised ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000) and provided FOUR MILLION MEALS (4,000,000) for Middle Tennesseans at risk of hunger.


All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

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Warner Music Nashville Announces The Warner Sound Presented By BIC® Flex5 Hybrid™

Warner Music Nashville (WMN) is proud to announce the sixth year of The Warner Sound, an exciting week of events in support of CMA Music Fest, June 8-11. Held at WMN’s headquarters in the heart of Nashville’s historic Music Row (20 Music Square East), The Warner Sound presented by BIC® Flex5 Hybrid™ will feature fan parties and performances from WMN artists including Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Brandy Clark, Hunter Hayes, Devin Dawson, Cale Dodds, Bailey Bryan, Ryan Kinder, William Michael Morgan, Morgan Evans, RaeLynn, Charlie Worsham, High Valley and Michael Ray. Additionally, guests will enjoy a custom barber shop experience courtesy of BIC® Flex5 Hybrid™ at the “Sip & Shave” lounge, including shaves and hot towel service by Rudy’s Barbershop, a full bar, product samples and a place to kick back and relax. The BIC® Flex5 Hybrid™ “Sip & Shave” lounge is open daily from 10AM to 6PM.


The Warner Sound Presented By BIC® Flex5 Hybrid™  June 8-11



10:00 AM        Cole Swindell                          Down Home Crew Party

11:00 AM        Brett Eldredge                          Fan Party * 21 Music Square East

1:00 PM           Warner Chappell Writers         Lyrical Lunch Hour

4:00 PM           Brandy Clark                           Fan Party



10:00 AM        Hunter Hayes                           Songs in the Round Party

1:00 PM           Blake Shelton                                      Blake Bingo *Blake not in attendance

4:00 PM           WMN Artists                            Family BBQ feat. Ryan Kinder, Bailey Bryan,

Devin Dawson and Cale Dodds


10:00 AM        William Michael Morgan         Fan Party

1:00 PM           Morgan Evans                          Sofar Sounds Event

4:00 PM           RaeLynn                                  RaVe Party



10:00 AM        Charlie Worsham                     Donuts & Jam Fan Party

1:00 PM           High Valley                             Fan Party

4:00 PM           Michael Ray                            Sunday Funday Fan Party


WMN also has other events being held around town, including:

  • SiriusXM The Highway presents Saturday, June 10 at Ascend Amphitheatre’s Cracker Barrel Country Roads stage with Dan + ShayHunter Hayes,High Valley and RaeLynn. Additional performances by newcomers Cale Dodds, Ryan Kinder and Bailey Bryan
  • Waffle House Presents “Scattered, Smothered, Covered and Country” late night at Aerial (411 Broadway) featuring Ryan Kinder and friends (June 8-10 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM)
  • Chris Janson at the Wildhorse Saloon on June 8 at 10:00 AM
  • Fans can enjoy a free ride to WMN courtesy of JoyRide golf carts – just look for the one decked out in WMN’s artists and hop on
  • Fan party ticket purchasers will enjoy a transportation discount or free rides courtesy of Lyft



For more info about The Warner Sound and other WMN events please visit WarnerMusicNashville.com/MusicFest  / Follow @wmnashville



Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 with the goal of expanding the presence of WMG and its family of labels has had in the Nashville music community for more than 60 years. Under the leadership of Chairman & CEO, John Esposito, the division is home to Warner Bros. Nashville, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and the LoudMouth comedy label. www.warnermusicnashville.com



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Sofar Nashville Secret Show On June 10th

Photo credit: Lauren Pierce / rootsoftherose.com

Well, this sounds like a fun event from Sofar Sounds during CMA Music Festival.  Who doesn’t love a fun surprise? Grab your tickets today, so you don’t miss out!

On Saturday, June 10, Sofar Nashville will be hosting a showcase with 3 surprise local and international performers at a secret location in Music Row. 

Sofar Sounds is a global movement that brings the magic back to live music by hosting secret gigs in intimate and unique spaces for emerging and developing artists in front of passionate music fans, capturing shows in video and distributing across their channels. As an international, mostly volunteer-led community, Sofar is about providing authentic cultural experiences and creating a sense of community around people’s love for music in cities all around the world. Sofar’s community now spans over 310 cities in 60 countries and runs about 500 shows per month. 

Saturday, June 10 
Doors open at 12:30pm 
Show starts promptly at 1pm 
Tickets can be purchased and applied for here*Applicants and ticket holders will be emailed the exact location of the event on June 9.
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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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2017 CMT Music Awards To Feature Superstar Pairings

Building upon an unmatched reputation for superstar cross-genre pairings, CMT today announced that breakout artists, The Chainsmokers, will perform with superstar duo Florida Georgia Linefor the first time on television during the “2017 CMT Music Awards.” In a performance sure to span multiple decades, Lady Antebellum will jam out with Earth, Wind & Fire, while country royalty, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will perform live together for the first time on any CMT stage. They join previously announced superstars Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET/PT. Additional performers will soon be announced.

Hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten, country music’s highly-anticipated night will see breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett going head-to-head against country music veteran Keith Urban for most nominations at the “2017 CMT Music Awards”. Fans can vote for their favorites now via CMT.com until Monday, June 5th for categories including “Video of the Year”, “Male Video of the Year”, “Female Video of the Year”, “Duo Video of the Year”, “Group Video of the Year”, “Breakthrough Video of the Year”, “Collaborative Video of the Year”, “CMT Performance of the Year”, and “Social Superstar of the Year”.

The top seven finalists for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted “Video of the Year,”will be revealed the morning of June 7.

Last year’s “CMT Music Awards” once again earned its title as the hottest night in country music attracting nearly 4 million fans, its biggest to date, across a three network simulcast (CMT, TV Land and Nick@Nite) up +20% from the prior year. The awards also lit up social media with #CMTawards trending worldwide for 5 hours to rank as the #1 Series/Special on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day.

Follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S.  CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio 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 Mobile and CMT VOD.

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