Everything You Need to Know: CRS 2023

The Country Radio Seminar (CRS) will take place Monday, March 13 thru Wedensday, March 15, 2023 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. CRS 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. The three-day event consists of educational sessions, breakfasts, and luncheons, plus music showcases and more.

This year’s agenda will tackle our industry’s greatest challenges and opportunities, including growing as a content creator, coping with anxiety, discovering new revenue streams, celebrating diversity, and maintaining relevance in a changing universe,” said Joey Tack (WIVK/Knoxville) Chairman of the CRS 2023 Agenda Committee.

Monday, March 13 – Day 1

The Digital Music Summit

“This year’s Digital Music Summit is a can’t-miss day rich with actionable intel and information for pros in all areas of the digital music industry,” said Joey Tack (WIVK/Knoxville) Chairman of the CRS 2023 Agenda Committee. The content prepared goes beyond just streaming and will include informative discussions surrounding web3, NFTs, and emerging next-gen platforms.

The five educational sessions and featured panelists include: 

Web3, NFTs, and Virtual Worlds: Beyond The Hype: This session will explore Web3, NFT’s, virtual worlds like “the metaverse,” while using case studies to show how artists use these platforms to create new revenue streams and how they build them into their brand portfolios. Panelists include Zach Bair (VNUE), Chris McMurtry (Pex), and Sean Peace (SongVest). Noah Itman, Digital Music News’ Chief Revenue Officer, will lead this panel. 

Sweet Streams (Are Made of These): Executives from leading Digital Service Providers (DSPs) will show artists and managers what they can control on streaming platforms, how to set new releases up for success, and answer the ultimate question… how do you get on a playlist? Panelists include Johnny Chiang (Pandora) and Rachel Whitney (Spotify). Tim Foisset (Warner Music Nashville) will moderate the panel. 

Reach Out: Meeting Listeners Where They Are: With fans today consuming music on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Streaming Services, and Radio, this panel will look at non-traditional methods for meeting fans on these platforms while highlighting tips for increasing engagement and other platform trends. Speakers will include Jade Driver (Crowd Surf) and Kristen Reed (UMG Nashville).

How They Built It: “Fancy Like” and Its Path To #1:  A case study of how Walker Hayes’ smash-hit, “Fancy Like,” snowballed into a #1 single, and how artists can leverage all aspects of media, to achieve a hit and an engaged audience. Panelists: Katie McCartney (Monument Records), Robert Carlton (SMACKSongs), Marissa Turk (SMACKSongs), and Emily Cohen Belote (Amazon Music).

Flex-Ability – Marketing Without a Map: Panelists will dissect three album releases scheduled for March-April 2020 and observe how they were able to pivot during unforeseen circumstances. Panelists are Lucia Kaminsky (Head of Digital for Sandbox), Clark Mims Tedesco (VP of Artist Development for Warner Music Nashville), and Doug Phillips (Head of Digital for Q-Prime), along with Cameo Carlson (Mtheory) as moderator.

In addition to the educational sessions, the one-day, all-day Digital Music Summit will also include The Warner Music Nashville kick-off luncheon, an interactive conversation with Garth BrooksAmazon Music Presents:Country Heat at CRS 2023, and the third annual ‘Paddle Royale’ ping-pong tournament, where Country artists will face off against high-profile industry leaders for a fun, quasi-competitive and spirited game. 

Warner Music Nashville Luncheon

This year’s lineup includes headliner Cody Johnson as well as Ian Munsick, and Chase Matthew – plus a few special guests. The Warner Music Nashville Luncheon will take place at noon in Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom.

The Pre-Lunch Performance at 11:45AM is sponsored by  REVIV and features Molly Lovette. 

CRS Honors

Kicking things off will be Warner Music Nashville rising star Avery Anna performing her rendition of the national anthem. CRS Board President Kurt Johnson will officially gavel CRS 2023 to order and introduce the Rusty Walker and Lisa McKay Scholars to CRS attendees. Big Machine Record’s Carly Pearce will also take the stage for a memorable performance, and a surprise guest will join Country Radio Hall of Fame Committee co-chairs Joel Rabb and Tim Roberts to reveal the 2023 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees. This year’s honorees will join an illustrious group of past inductees and be recognized for their contributions at an induction ceremony later this year.

Receiving this year’s Rusty Walker Scholarship are Tori D (Marketing Director, KIZN/Kissin’ 92.3, Boise, ID), Brooke Summers (Afternoon Host, KFGE – Froggy 98/Lincoln, NE), and Caitlin Fisher (Morning Show Co-Host, K95.5/Tulsa, OK) and set to receive the Lisa McKay Women in Radio Scholarship is Liz Delgrosso (Morning Show Co-Host, KCAL/Columbia, MO) and Chelsea Lee (Morning Show Co-Host/Producer/Assistant PD, 100.7 KIK-FM/Alexandria, MN).

The Rusty Walker Scholarship Program honors former CRS board member, Rusty Walker. Walker was a Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee, an influential programmer and consultant, and mentor in the music industry. After his shocking passing in 2012, the scholarship program was developed to continue his legacy of supporting bright, young minds in the business.

2022 marked the debut of the Lisa McKay Women in Radio Scholarship program and honors the late Lisa McKay, who successfully programmed WQDR/Raleigh for 16 years and was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. McKay was integral in helping the CRB launch the well-established annual Rusty Walker Scholarship program, formed to mentor up-and-coming programmers. The scholarship serves to advance younger females pursuing leadership roles in radio programming.

 A Conversation with Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks will appear at CRS 2023 on Monday, March 13, for an exclusive and rare conversation to discuss the new collaboration with CRS on the “Garth Brooks No Fences Award and the last several years. 

The new industry honor is by CRB and inspired by the influential career of Garth Brooks, and his groundbreaking 1990 No Fences album release, the newly established honor will recognize an individual in the Country music industry who has boldly demonstrated innovation, creativity, and tenacity.  

Recipients of the Garth Brooks ‘No Fences’ Award will have defied traditional standards and practices, positively changed the face of the industry, and established higher standards for measuring success. Additionally, their achievements will have expanded the Country music industry’s profile on a national level, not only for their benefit but for the industry as a whole, for a sustained duration and with proven significant impact.

The inaugural recipient of this newly established award will be honored at a future CRS, with a blue-ribbon committee comprised of CRB board members and representatives of Brooks’ team evaluating candidates based on the criteria articulated above.

The award’s namesake, ‘No Fences,’ comes from his historic album release that further catapulted his remarkable career. With over 18 million copies sold worldwide, No Fences exhibited musical foresight, shattered sales and airplay records, and spear-headed Country music’s historic expansion, decade-long dominance, and era-defining catalog of Country music that continues to entertain fans around the world.

CRB/CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis comments, “We all know about Garth’s monumentally successful career, which established this genre as popular, sustainable, and mainstream. What many don’t know, however, is that concurrent with his many personal accomplishments, Garth Brooks has given unwavering support for CRS during the past 30 years by showing up to CRS annually and creating innovative ways to engage, entertain, and educate CRS attendees that perfectly match the ‘Growth through sharing’ mission of CRS.  It’s fitting that we honor Garth’s innovative, tenacious spirit with this newly established award bearing his name.”

CMT’s Next Women of Country Takeover at Happy Hour Opening Reception

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the CMT Next Women of Country program, which is recognized as a leading industry platform for rising female artists to showcase their talent.

CRS Executive Director, RJ Curtis, comments, “CRS is thrilled to partner with CMT, BMI, and Visionary Media Group to celebrate CMT’s decade of support, promotion, and development of female talent in our genre. The commitment of Leslie Fram and her team at CMT to provide a platform for the Next Women of Country and all nine classes is impressive, important and ongoing. CRS is honored to be part of this process in 2023.”

Sponsored by BMI, CMT, and Visionary Media Group, the takeover event will take place on Monday, March 13, from 5:15-6:30 p.m. CT on the Pinnacle Stage in the Broadway Hallway 

Amazon Music Presents:Country Heat at CRS 2023

This year’s lineup includes a headline performance by Chris Young, along with Avery AnnaDalton DoverMegan Moroney, and Dylan Schneider. Each artist will bring their own unique style to the stage, and together they represent some of the best of today’s country music scene.

“We’re thrilled to bring Country Heat back to CRS this year,” said Michelle Tigard Kammerer, head of country music for Amazon Music. “We’ve curated a lineup leading with superstar, Chris Young, and featuring four stars on the rise who were also selected as 2023 Breakthrough Artists to Watch by our programming team, and we can’t wait for attendees to watch.”

“Country Heat” is the ultimate Amazon Music global playlist for country music fans, featuring a mix of chart-topping hits and breaking singles from both established acts and up-and-coming artists. Updated weekly, it is the go-to destination for anyone who loves country music.

The event will take place on Monday, March 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Broadway Performance Hall at the Omni Nashville Hotel and will close out the first day of CRS 2023.

Studio2Bee’s Annual “Last Free Drink of The Night” Showcase

The hour showcase will be at Bajo Sexto and feature Ian Flanigan and Allie Colleen.

Studio2Bee Entertainment is a modern, cutting-edge Artist Development, MMO (DSPs, SIRUS XM and video outlets) Promotion/Marketing, A&R, Project Management and Promotion company. Studio2Bee was founded by Industry Veterans Butch Waugh and Skip Bishop and has grown into one of the largest and most vibrant Artist Development firms in the music industry. 


8:30PM – Paddle Royale Ping Pong Extravaganza

This one-of-a-kind event will feature top Country artists and most prominent names in music programming competing for bragging rights and an opulent, borderline obnoxious championship trophy. Losers will also be able to remember the evening with a pristine participation trophy. This year’s tournament is sponsored by PickleJar. 

Paddle Royale is expected to be one of the many fun highlights of CRS 2023, with players including Ashley Cooke, Morgan Evans, Gator Harrison, Laura Hostelley, Riley Green, Erin Kinsey, Chris Lane, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Tim Roberts, Jelly Roll, Lily Rose, Nate Smith, Kristen Williams, and Brett Young

11:00PM – Studio2Bee’s Annual “Last Free Drink of the Night” Showcase

Located inside Bajo Sexto and will feature Ian Flanigan and Allie Colleen. Studio2Bee is an Artist Development firm. 

11:45PM – Late Late Show with Red Street Records

Tuesday, March 14 – Day 2

6:30AM CRS Believers 

This uplifting event sponsored by Curb Records brings together the intersection of faith and music, with a focus on fellowship, and supporting the challenges of balancing a spiritual life in a fast-paced industry. The session will feature Anne Wilson. 


8AM Records Nashville Breakfast

Records Nashville is hosting a farm fresh breakfast at Kitchen Notes to come hang with the team and will be featuring their new signing, James Barker Band. 

8AM Programming Mentoring Breakfast

This one-on-one session provides the opportunity for attendees to sit down with experienced PDs who can help them build their skill set and learn fresh new ideas. 

The educational sessions and featured panelists include: 

8AM – Let’s Chat: GPT and A.I. DJs:  Does it feel like the terms “GPT” and “A.I.” have come out of nowhere? Could artificial intelligence be the future of radio? Grab a free coffee and join the conversation with Zena Burns (Futuri Media) and Nick Steele (Audacy). 

9AM – KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Fireside Chat with NAB’s Curtis LeGeyt: 

Curtis LeGeyt, is the CRS 2023 keynote speaker. This session will be a fireside chat, with CRB Board President Kurt Johnson leading the conversation.

In his role, Curtis LeGeyt serves as the chief advocate for America’s free, local radio and television broadcasters. During his time at NAB, Curtis has led several highly successful efforts to advocate for laws that strengthen broadcasters’ ability to innovate and serve their communities. This includes the successful passage of the Music Modernization Act, permanent reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), and the inclusion of $1 billion in RAY BAUM’s Act to reimburse stations impacted by the spectrum auction repack.

Curtis previously served as the association’s chief operating officer before assuming his current role in January 2021. Before that, he served as the executive vice president of Government Relations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the NAB Leadership Foundation and the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Other boards he serves on include Tracy’s Kids, a non-profit helping children with cancer; and Musicians On Call, an organization bringing the healing power of music to children’s hospitals and beyond. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Music, a Nashville-based program that fosters community and collaboration among music industry leaders.

9:55AM – Leading Through High Functioning Anxiety: Exploring the traits, characteristics, challenges, and coping mechanisms for those with High Functioning Anxiety, specifically in the workplace. Panelists include Laura Melrose Ramey (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/On site Workshops) and Isabelle Burton Richards (Master of Arts/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor/Center for Contextual Change). Debbie Carroll (On site Workshops, VP Entertainment and Specialized Services) will moderate the panel.

9:55AM – Maximizing Time With Artists:  Phoners. In-studio radio tours. Backstage quick-hits. Red carpets. Round robins. Radio rows. long-form podcasts. In Country radio, we are gifted with enviable access to artist of every level, but the amount of tie we get with them varies by situation. How can you accurately prepare to make the most of the time you have? During “Art Hows: Maximizing Your Time With Artists,” programmers and on-air talent will gain invaluable information to execute efficient content creation in any setting working within any time perimeters. Hear from those in multiple formats using their time to generate content on-air, online and via social media to extend their brand and station’s. Learn the newest “life hacks” to multi-task efficiently and feel better prepared for any style of interview. You’ll also walk out with a checklist to ensure you’re making the most of every moment you have in any artist interaction situation. 

10:30AM – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss: How These Women Have Navigated Their Male-Dominated Industries: Though the days of women being relegated to lower-level roles in media and entertainment might be over, there are still challenges for women, especially younger women, when it comes to growing in industries that have historically been led by male executives (even well-meaning ones). The panel discussion will feature high-performing female executives discussing the successes – and pitfalls – they experienced while moving up the corporate ladder and offer specific, actionable advice for women to make their voices heard – and for their male allies to help amplify them. 

10:30AM – Merch Madness: Four key takeaways on how radio stations can generate non-traditional revenue through quality, creative merchandise and merchandise collaborations. Merch Madness 2023 will feature panelists Jamie Mottram (BreakingT), Scot Calonge (Richards & Southern Inc.), Masa Patterson (Benztown), and Moderator Allison Warren (Cumulus Radio Group Nashville).

2:30PM – Hire Education: Appealing To A New Generation of Employees: The purposes of this session is to address and expose the lack of knowledge the majority of younger generations have (pre-career aged/college/end of high school age) about what “radio” means as a career. This session is targeted to those currently working in radio including hiring managers, those who influence hiring, and those who can bring back the ideas to their markets on how to successfully share what “radio” is and what its variety of opportunities entail. 

2:30PM – Just Effing Do It: The Rewards of Taking Risks: Just because that’s the way we’ve always done it doesn’t mean it’s what’s going to work in 2022. With the decline we have seen in Country radio listenership, maybe it is time to shake things up. According to Nielsen, Country radio was at an all-time low in share in 2021. How can we change this? We need to think differently. We are talking to some of the biggest risk takers in the music industry who have had some serious pay offs and have continued to keep their brands top of mind because of it. How did they get to where they are? What did they do to stop over thinking their decisions? How are they making their brands so successful? We’ll find all of this out here. 

3:05PM – Radio & Records: Redefining The Relationship: A lot of realities have changed in our industry, both with Radio & Records. How do we change with it? Is it time to get down to the nitty-gritty and have a conversation about resetting some historical expectations between us? Let’s put everything on the table, and figure out how to be better partners. We will talk about music discovery, the charts, research, free shows, weekend fire drills, overnight spins, and more. Let’s engage in a topical & timely dialogue to redefine our roles and expectations. 

11:30AM – Team UMG at the Ryman

“Team UMG at the Ryman” will take place on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. This year’s event promises to be another unforgettable experience for attendees, featuring a star-studded roster of country music’s finest talent.

Scheduled to perform are Kassi Ashton, Boy Named Banjo, Dalton Dover, Caylee Hammack, Tyler Hubbard, Sam Hunt, Vince Gill, Parker McCollum, Kylie Morgan, Catie Offerman, Brothers Osborne, Brad Paisley, Josh Ross, and Darius Rucker.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with the show kicking off at Noon. Attendees can walk or take shuttles provided by UMG Nashville between the Omni Nashville Hotel and the Ryman Auditorium from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be served in boxed form upon entry at the Ryman before the commencement of performances.

4PM – Artist Interview: Kenny Chesney

CRS is setting the stage for one of Country Music’s most iconic artists Kenny Chesney. The only Country Artist to appear on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years for the last 13 years will appear as the featured artist during “The Artist Interview” at CRS 2023. Through a rare and exclusive Q&A session presented by BMI, Chesney will speak about his astonishing career and details about what’s on the horizon.

Kenny Chesney last appeared at Country Radio Seminar in 2020, when he received the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) Artist Humanitarian Award. Chesney was honored for his exceptional humanitarian efforts exhibited during his career.

7PM – Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley

The Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley will be hosted by Fitz of Country Top 40 with Fitz, the evening will feature a lengthy list of songwriters, and there will be no shortage of County music’s biggest hits on the stage during the night that has become one of Country Radio Seminar’s most anticipated events.  Skyview Networks, and First Horizon Bank are sponsors with bar sponsored by ASCAP. 

The impressive lineup includes:

Rhett Akins (“Boys ‘Round Here”/Blake Shelton, “Get Me Some of That”/Thomas Rhett, “When She Says Baby”/Jason Aldean)

Randy Montana (“I Hope You’re Happy Now”/Carly Pearce, “Beer Never Broke Heart”/Luke Combs, “Better Together”/Luke Combs)

Hunter Phelps (“New Truck”/Dylan Scott, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen”/Chase Rice & Florida Georgia Line, “Cold Beer Calling My Name”/Jameson Rodgers & Luke Combs)

Bryan Simpson (Black River Entertainment artist/songwriter; “A Guy with a Girl”/Blake Shelton, “Better Than I Used to Be”/Tim McGraw, “Yeah”/Joe Nichols)

Jeffrey Steele (“The Cowboy in Me”/Tim McGraw, “These Days,” “What Hurts the Most,” “Here,” and “My Wish”/Rascal Flatts.)

Anthony Smith (“Run” and “Cowboys Like Us”/George Strait, “I’m Tryin’” and “Chrome”/Trace Adkins, “My Worst Fear”/Rascal Flatts, “Kristofferson”/Tim McGraw)

MaRynn Taylor (Black River Entertainment artist/songwriter)

In addition to the talented musicians, Radio Ink will present its “Top Country PDs” awards during the event, adding to the night’s excitement.


9:30PM – BBR Music Group/BMG Presents: Lainey Wilson’s Bell Bottom Music Celebration

BBR Music Group’s Lainey Wilson will lead a late-night takeover, “Lainey Wilson’s Bell Bottom Music Celebration” on Tuesday night during CRS 2023. Attendees are invited to dress the part while throwing it back to the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. Wilson, BBR Music Group/BMG, and CRS are celebrating the reigning CMA 2022 Female Vocalist of the Year, CMA 2022 New Artist of the Year, and ACM 2022 New Female Artist of the Year with the CRS-official blowout event set for Tuesday, March 14, held in the Broadway performance hall at Omni Nashville.

This electrifying show filled with nostalgic, sing-a-long classics will include the trailblazing country star and her famous friends – Alexander Ludwig, Byron Kennedy, Blanco Brown, Brooke Eden, Chase Rice, Chayce Beckham, Craig Morgan, Drake Milligan, Dylan Schneider, Elvie Shane, Everette, John Morgan, Jordan Harvey, King Calaway, Kolby Cooper, LOCASH, Madeline Merlo, Parmalee, Tim Montana, Track45, Tyler Farr and more – performing the songs they grew up on. Hosted by Blair Garner, this evening is a nod to the Disco Party of seminar’s past and will be a don’t-miss night of music that defined a generation.

Wednesday, March 15 – Day 3

7:30AM CRS Aircheck Clinic

Attention On-Air Talent! Get your air checks heard by the best and brightest program directors in the country. In this workshop you will sit down with one of our highly respected program directors and get a 15 minute live aircheck session. No matter if you are seeking advice, guidance or mentorship this is a rare opportunity to get your aircheck heard and receive feedback. Advance sign-up required. 


7:30AM – Women’s Mentoring Breakfast  

Whether you’re new to the industry or a long tenured veteran, there’s no doubt women in the industry could all benefit from additional points of contact, business partnerships, associations and networking. This is just the place to make those connections as you visit with other attendees and mentors from across multiple sectors of the industry. Come to the Women’s Mentoring Breakfast for your chance to do all that and more with a group of mentors and attendees that all truly embody the #BossBabe mentality. This is your chance to sit at a table with current Power Players and future leaders to talk shop, swap stories, and build lasting relationships. 

The educational sessions and featured panelists include: 

8:45AM – Socially Acceptable: Understanding the Platforms of Today: The Social Experience – An Interactive workshop on how to effectively utilize each social media platform. Posting on the Instagram Feed is different than creating an Instagram Reel which different than Instagram Stories. How you use Twitter is different than Facebook and TikTok. We are going to educate in real time on how each platform is used differently and how to use effectively. 

9:20AM – The Dimes They Are A-Changin: Today’s Seller:“Old” thinking and behaviors will not bring in “New” revenue today or in the future. Sadly the days of large successful radio remotes and massive spot buys are slowly coming to an end. So what do we do? Cower in the corner and hope for the best? NO! We must control our own future revenue growth by injecting fresh ideas, new thinking, and re-imagine how to interact with our audience and customers alike. The rock-star, forward-thinking panel will give concrete takeaways of how they are working with their teams on new revenue growth today to secure the future of their businesses. 

These new sessions are designed to challenge the traditional ways of thinking by presenting topics in a unique and dynamic manner, utilizing speakers to cover different subjects in short-form presentations. The “Power Hour” sessions will feature several lecturers, each presenting their own perspective on a given subject in a fast-paced 15-20 minute “talk” style format.

11:10AM – Prep Rally: The three main styles of show prep will be discussed — searching and finding your content, using show-prep services, and utilizing personal stories/moments that can be turned into relatable content for your listeners. Panelists set to appear are Tim Leary (Hubbard/WIRK), Steve Reynolds (The Top Ten Talent Coach/The Reynolds Group), and Charlie Maxx (Beasley Broadcast Group/WXTU & Futuri Media).  Kelly Sutton (Host of Y’all Access with Kelly Sutton) will moderate this session.

2PM – Okay Boomer! A Conversation with Gen Z: How to connect with and appeal to the next generation of audio consumers, employees, and co-workers is a pivotal part of success in this industry in 2023 and beyond. This panel will feature conversations with everyday Gen-Z’ers, Gen-Z Personalities, experienced industry veterans, and successful programmers who employ all Gen-Z members. Panelists are Bru (Audacy), Dan Hunt (Program Director/National Brand Team, iHeartMedia), and Brittani Koster (Sr. Manager/Streaming, Big Loud). Maynard (National Programming/EVP Programming, iHeartMedia) will moderate this session.

3PM – Miles Adcox Presents: Human School:Chairman and owner of the internationally-known emotional wellness lifestyle brand, On site, Miles Adcox, has been announced as a featured speaker for CRS 2023. With a CRS-exclusive presentation titled “Human School,” Adcox is set to appear on Wednesday, March 15, sharing a focused session on becoming more resilient, managing anxiety and stress, and optimizing our lives by harnessing an awareness of ourselves and others and reconnecting to what makes us all human.

As part of a greater Health and Wellness initiative at CRS 2023, On site has teamed with CRS to offer an “Emotional Wellness Check-in” for attendees during this year’s seminar. Tuesday at 2:30p and Wednesday at 4p. The On site Team will provide a 30-minute experiential emotional health check-in. This session will be an opportunity to enhance the understanding of one’s self and how they connect with others. Details on how to sign up for the free screening will be revealed at CRS 2023.

12PM – Big Machine Label Group Luncheon

A powerhouse lineup featuring eight of BMLG’s artists will ignite the stage and include Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery, Conner Smith, Shane Profitt, and Mackenzie Carpenter.

The Big Machine Label Group luncheon is one of the most popular events at CRS. The event will take place in the Broadway Ballroom (CRS Performance Hall) at Omni Nashville, beginning at Noon. The Pre-Lunch Performance featuring Tyra Madison will take place at 11:45am in the Broadway Hallway.

5:15PM – New Faces Cocktail Reception

6:30PM – New Faces of Country Music Dinner & Performance

This year’s sold-out show will feature performances by Priscilla Block, Jackson Dean, Frank Ray, Jelly Roll, and Nate Smith. During the show the CRS Humanitarian Awards will be presented to Tracy Lawrence for the 2023 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award and Brent Michaels for the 2023 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.

Tracy Lawrence has displayed a strong level of personal commitment in his efforts toward addressing multiple aspects of homelessness. Through the Tracy Lawrence “Mission: Possible” platform, he has raised over $2 million to help fight homelessness. In the past year, he awarded substantial funding to 14 separate organizations. His Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert consistently features “A list” artists and has served up an impressive 73,000 meals. Tracy’s Mission: Possible Celebrity Golf Classic raised $800,000 in its first two years, with country stars and golf pros stepping up to play and support.  

Brent Michaels’ contributions to his community extend far beyond his position at KUZZ, such as his work with his Shoe Guy campaign for League of Dreams, his Man of the Year campaign for Leukemia Lymphoma Society, his launch of the “6615” apparel line, raising over $15,000 since its inception, and the Active Bakersfield Alliance.  

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