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Vince Gill To Be Honored with CRB Career Achievement Award


Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Vince Gill will be honored with the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform a tribute to Gill as well as presenting him with the prestigious award during the event.

The CRB Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio. Previous winners of this award include Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard and George Strait.

“Vince Gill is unquestionably one of the greatest artists in the country genre,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRS. “His body of amazing work continues to evolve, and his performances inspire us all. He is a remarkable ambassador for Country music with his talents, grace, class, leadership, humility, humanity, style and wicked sense of humor. We are very proud to present Vince with this richly deserved honor.”

With more than 17 studio albums recorded and more than 26 million copies sold, Gill has had an incredible career as a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has won 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. He has already been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar each year. CRS 2014 will be held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 19-21, 2014.

For information about the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony tickets, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487.

Previously announced, the 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees are Larry Wilson and Mike Brophey as the Radio category inductees and Paul Schadt and Jim Denny as the On-Air category inductees.

About Country Radio Hall of Fame:

The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding indiviuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The awards ceremony is held the evening prior to the Country Radio Seminar and has become recognized as the unofficial kick off of the annual radio convention.

About Country Radio Seminar:

Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.

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Sony Music Nashville Signs The Swon Brothers To The Arista Nashville Roster

The Swon Brothers have signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville, becoming the newest act on the label group’s Arista Nashville roster.  Pictured seated (l-r): Zach Swon, Colton Swon.  Pictured standing (l-r): Sony Music Nashville’s A&R VP Jim Catino, A&R Director Taylor Lindsey, and Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Arista Nashville Promotion VP Lesly Tyson; and Hill Entertainment Group’s Greg Hill.  Photo Credit: Alan Poizner

The Swon Brothers have signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville, becoming the newest act on the label group’s Arista Nashville roster. Pictured seated (l-r): Zach Swon, Colton Swon. Pictured standing (l-r): Sony Music Nashville’s A&R VP Jim Catino, A&R Director Taylor Lindsey, and Chairman & CEO Gary Overton; Arista Nashville Promotion VP Lesly Tyson; and Hill Entertainment Group’s Greg Hill.
Photo Credit: Alan Poizner

Sony Music Nashville is pleased to announce the signing of The Voice Season 4 finalists The Swon Brothers to its Arista Nashville roster.  Zach and Colton Swon – the brother duo from Oklahoma whose signature sibling harmony and spirited personalities solidified them as a fan favorite as part of The Voice’s Team Blake – are currently writing and securing songs for their major label debut album, with a first single due in the spring of 2014. Continue Reading →

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VIDEO | SUNNYband Fashion Bash

FOCUS on the 615 recently had the pleasure of attending the SUNNYband Fashion Bash held at PLAY in Nashville.  Check out the video for interviews from Sunny Fitz and Tiffany, along with highlights from the fashion show! Continue Reading →

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Blake Shelton Wins 2 CMA Awards; Country Icon George Strait Reclaims Entertainer Of The Year Award During “The 47th Annual CMA Awards”

CMA AwardsAt “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton made history as the first married couple to win top honors as CMA’s Female and Male Vocalists of the Year four years in a row; with George Strait securing victory in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category, which he last won in 1990. Continue Reading →

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Duck The HallsWe’ve got 3 copies of the DUCK THE HALLS: A ROBERTSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS cd that was just released to give away to some of our lucky readers thanks to Universal Music Group! 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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Mayor Karl Dean and Country Music Stars Casey James, Sarah Darling, Striking Matches Honor Music Teachers at NAfME’s National In-Service

Left to right: Sarah Zimmermann, Justin Davis, Casey James, and Sarah Darling Credit: Randi Radcliff

Left to right: Sarah Zimmermann, Justin Davis, Casey James, and Sarah Darling
Credit: Randi Radcliff

On Sunday, Oct. 27, country music stars Casey James, Sarah Darling, Striking Matches and the city of Nashville honored music teachers nationwide for all they do to support quality music education in schools during a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry House. The concert kicked off the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2013 National In-Service Conference, which is being held now through Oct. 30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean welcomed the packed house of over 3,500 concert attendees saying, “I think it’s pretty clear that a quality arts education and in particular, a quality music education, is a key component to a well-rounded, successful education program. Arts education is not a frill, it is not optional — not if we are going to give our students the tools they need to live rich and rewarding lives.” Continue Reading →

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The Noise Beneath The Apple Event At McKay Books On November 17th

The Noise Beneath The AppleMusic Journalist Heather Jacks has released her limited edition art book, The Noise Beneath The Apple®, an in-depth look at New York City’s street performance culture, and now she is set to hold an event celebrating the release in Nashville. The Noise Beneath The Apple® event will be held at McKay Books on November 17th at 3pm. Performing live during the McKay event will be The Noise Beneath The Apple® featured artist, and current Nashville group, The Jason Adamo Band. Continue Reading →

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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 www.nowplayingnashville.com and www.savethemusicamerica.org). 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: www.savethemusicamerica.org or contact STMA Executive Director, Mark Dreyer / 615.255.1068 / events@savethemusicamerica.org.

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Awesome October for Average Joes Entertainment Company Celebrates Fifth-Year Anniversary With New Releases, Milestone Achievements

October 2013 marks the 5th Anniversary of Average Joes Entertainment. In the five years since the solely independent entertainment company opened its doors, Average Joes has achieved numerous milestones including a #1 Billboard Top Country Album, 1 million Colt Ford Facebook fans and hundreds of millions of roster YouTube views.

This month the company is primed to release the long-awaited new album from Bubba Sparxxx, “ Pain Management,” new videos from Rehab’s Demun Jones (“The Muddy Muddy,”) Charlie Farley featuring Daniel Lee (“Backwoods Boys,”) and Lenny Cooper f/Charlie  Farley ( “Country Folks Anthem.”) In addition, Colt Ford is currently touring nationwide with Florida-Georgia Line in support of his new album, “ Ride Through the Country (Revisited) ,” and LoCash Cowboys just released their newest single, ” Best Seat in the House.

“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, and how we’ve grown,” stated AJE CEO, Shannon Houchins. “We’ve got some exciting new projects on the horizon next year, and a solid team in place.”

Average Joes and affiliated labels’ growing roster of artists and projects includes Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, The LACS, LoCash Cowboys, Bubba Sparxxx, JB and The Moonshine Band, JJ Lawhorn, Charlie Farley, Lenny Cooper, the Mud Digger Series, Moonshine Bandits, Demun Jones, Daniel Lee, Sarah Ross and Redneck Social Club.

About Average Joes Entertainment
Average Joes Entertainment launched in 2008 with flagship artist Colt Ford.  Since its inception, the entertainment company has expanded to housing three labels, a management company, a publishing entity and a film and television production company.  Founded by CEO Shannon Houchins, the Nashville-based entertainment company focuses on a grassroots approach, availability of product and cross-promotional opportunities to expand artist visibility.  For more information, visit  www.averagejoesent.com.

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