August 2011: Inside Track on Music Row

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH: If God Brings You To It, He Will Bring You Through It.

ARTIST NEWS: George Strait, son, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon penned George’s 89th career single. “Here For A Good Time.” WOW, Does this break a previous record? … BMI threw a very special celebration honoring Ronnie Dunn’s latest harvest of MillionAir awards, recognizing the ongoing popularity of his deep catalog of songs… Mark Wills has the Military sing his praises and so thankful, from the bottom of their hearts. Find out more at Mark Wills’ LOOKING FOR AMERICA and the “Crazy Being Home” campaign, visit: -or-

BUSINESS BUZZ: Cold River Co-National Dir./Promotion Jeff Davis will join recently formed Tenacity Records(National Dir./Promotion. Davis joins previously announced Sr. VP/Promotion David Haley and Gary Greenberg…McGhee Entertainment, has hired Digital media vet Justin Hinote. He joined the firm, in a newly created role developing online strategy and managing artist-to-fan relationships for McGhee clients, which include Rodney Atkins and Darius Rucker.

BENEFIT NEWS: COLT FORD AND FRIENDS” BENEFIT CONCERT – Rhett Akins, Jason Aldean, Dallas Davidson, Mike Dekel, Edwin McCain, James Otto, and more to join Ford for intimate benefit concert at Georgia Theater on Tuesday, August 16 at Georgia Theater, located at 215 North Lumpkin Street in Athens, GA, for an intimate performance, silent auction, and celebration of the careers of both Offices Christian and Howard beginning at 7:30 p.m.All proceeds to benefit families of Athens, Georgia Senior Police Officer’s Tony Howard and Elmer “Buddy” Christian.

CD RELEASES: Ronnie Milsap’s COUNTRY AGAIN – Check out the cut “Old Linda.” Totally the bomb! – Trace Adkins PROUD TO BE HERE and Luke Bryan TAILGATES & TANLINES… Jesse Keith Whitley now has miles of highway under his tires.The son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley, and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, has launched a radio tour that is taking him to several states to meet fans and make new friends at radio. Jesse is introducing KENTUCKY THUNDER,” the title track from his debut project. The rockin’ country song with attitude is part of a 6-song EP produced by the legendary James Stroud. He also planned acoustic performances on sponsor stages, meeting with fans in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. Earlier this year, Jesse appeared at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony, accepting the induction honor on behalf of his late father. Info:

CLUB MUSIC NEWS: “The Toast Of Music” votes have be tallied. The Best Live Music Venues in Nashville as follows: # 1 The Ryman. # 2 The Listening Room Café. # 3 Bridgstone Arena. Hey Chris, Not a bad sandwich you in! (:

MUSIC NEWS: Suzy Bogguss’ new project, AMERICAN FOLK SONGBOOK, was released last month, at all Cracker Barrel Country Stores and followed by a wide release to other fine retail and digital outlets this month. It is a compilation of 17 of the best loved American folk songs. Suzy breathes new life into these songs and includes a 96-page book that she has written to accompany the CD. The book contains history of the songs and Suzy’s thoughts on each one. Recently, Suzy joined forces with Keith Case and Associates, the artist representation agency that focuses on bluegrass and roots music.

LABEL NEWS: Capitol Records Luke Bryan’s current single, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The up-tempo Top 10 hit is the lead single off Luke’s TAILGATES AND TANLINES, cd released on August 9. Co-written with songwriting vet Dallas Davidson, “Country Girl” is Luke’s third Gold-certified single. The song debuted at #1 in U.S. country digital singles sales with 105,498 downloads and is the fastest rising single of his career. It follows Luke’s recent three back-to-back #1 singles “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” all from his Gold-certified album DOIN’ MY THING.
NEWS NOTE: Check out Shannon McCombs’ new webisodes at Then you will know why they call her the radio princess!

NUMBER ONE NEWS: Congrats the entire Broken Bow promotion staff on scoring Aldean’s new number one, “Dirt Road Anthem.” His last chart topper was the spring release with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Kudos toJason Aldean, Carson James and Lee Adams. The third consecutive PLATINUM release off Country’s best-selling album of 2011, MY KINDA PARTY, the track also tops the Country Digital Singles Chart again this week with over 1.3 million singles sold to date.

RIAA NEWS: RIAA issued platinum DAZE certifications to Zac Brown Band’s YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE. Brad Paisley’s – THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC, on the “Old Alabama” single, features the super group on the single “Old Alabama.” GOLD DAZE (over 500,000 sales) goes to Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.” Eric Church for his CAROLINA, CD going GOLD also.

SONGWRITER NEWS: The NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT kicked off Aug. 1, and runs through October 31, 2011. The Grand Prize includes a mentoring session with legend,musician,
Songwriter, industry icon Charlie Daniels! This nationwide platform is for aspiring songwriters in ALL GENRES to submit their best tunes with one Grand Prize Winner and one CMT Listeners’ Choice Winner. Additional prizes include a single-song professional demo, tickets to the 2012 CMT Music Awards, a private tour of CMT studios, a performance at The Bluebird Café, meetings with major music publishers and a one-year membership to NSAI, just to name a few. For more, visit The entry fees are $35.00 (Current NSAI members) and $45.00 (Non Members) per song submitted. Enter today! Check out, and for updates.


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