Inside Track on Music Row – April 2011

 PRAYER OF THE MONTH:  May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.  -Saint Theresa  

 ACM NEWS: Miranda Lambert leads with seven nominations for the 46th Annual ACM Awards, which aired live from Las Vegas April 3 on CBS-TV. Other singers with multiple nominations include Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band, with five nods, and Taylor Swift and The Band Perry, who are each up for four awards. Hosts were Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. Hope you caught the “special surprise” with Brad Paisley and supergroup Alabama!!

  ARTIST NEWS:  Congrats to Billy Currington on his fifth number one single with “Let Me Down Easy.” The song joins the other top #1’s, “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “People Are Crazy” and “Don’t.”

 BUSINESS BUZZ: Brittany Spyksma has returned to Dan Hodges Music, LLC, as Creative Manager. Spyksma left the company in November 2009 to complete personal goals but maintained a close relationship with DHM, a music publishing and consulting firm operating on Music Row in Nashville. More info at

 CD CELEBRATION: 22-year-old PCG Nashville Records debut recording artist Jeremy Parsons solidifies his reputation as a torchbearer for the golden age of the Grand Ole Opry with the prestigious Top 200 CDs of 2010 by Country Music People Magazine, for his record, Doggondest Feelin’. The album’s eleven tracks showcase Parsons’ affection for country trailblazers, his infectious sense of humor, and extraordinary talents as a song craftsman. Described as an upbeat Hank Sr., Parsons infuses his songs with wit and levity; truly, he’s a young man with an old soul. The Grascals, champions of bluegrass, cut the Parsons-penned “Out Comes The Sun” on their 2010 The Famous Lefty Flynn’s CD. 

 CD RELEASES:  April 5, 2011 is an important date in American music history. It marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the legendary Marshall Tucker Band. To mark the occasion, Shout Factory is releasing The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits. The 14-track album features original recordings of the songs that made the MTB a household name. The collection gathers together Marshall Tucker’s best-known singles, along with several key album tracks. In addition to releasing Greatest Hits on April 5, Doug Gray unveils his lost R&B solo album, Soul Of The South (Shout Factory), on the same date.  The unreleased 30-year-old recordings, featuring the MTB, showcased Gray’s vocal affinity for Soul and Blues.  For more info, visit

 DEEPEST SYMPATHY: Deepest Sympathy to family & friends of Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky, who passed away last month.  He was 85 and had been in failing health for a number of weeks. Also to friends and family of hit songwriter Todd Cherney. He had been battling cancer for several months. Memorial contributions may be made to the FRIENDS OF TODD CERNEY account (designated to cover his medical bills and house expenses) and/or ALIVE HOSPICE. You may call or stop by any Regions Bank branch to contribute directly to the FRIENDS OF TODD CERNEY account.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

INTERNET / RADIO NEWS: The Legendary 650AM WSM/Nashville has launched a series of weekly artist-hosted programs airing weekdays at 2 p.m. Monday is the Dana Williams Show, (Diamond Rio); Tuesday and Thursday rotate with guest artists such as Jewel, Joe Stampley, Peter Noon of Herman Hermits, Sara Evans and Justin Moore; Wednesday is The Jim Lauderdale Show; and Friday is Jimmy Wayne’s World. Shows are also available at and via iTunes. Produced by Shannon McCombs, national air personality and former writer/producer for Kix Brooks’ American Country Countdown. ( NOTE: Jimmy Wayne’s first novel, Paper Angels, will be available in the fall.

 HALL FAME NEWS (KENTUCKY): Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and Larnelle Harris are the newest inductees into the prestigious Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. For more info about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum call 1-877-356-3263 or visit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LABEL NEWS:  BNA Records: Celebrated another number one for Kenny Chesney. It marks his 21st, with “Somewhere With You.” Produced by Buddy Cannon. The songwriters are Shane McAnally & JT Harding (awesome acceptance speeches from both).  Capitol/EMI Records Nashville: Country music superstar Alan Jackson and Capitol Records Nashville President and CEO Mike Dungan are joining forces for the next chapter in Jackson’s prolific music career. Jackson’s new music will be released as a joint venture between ACR (Alan’s Country Records) and Capitol/EMI Records Nashville. Jackson will soon hit the recording studio.  MUSIC CITY Records: Country music legend Charley Pride releases his first album in five years.  Choices, the 13 song project, included his long time friend, songwriter and self-proclaimed Mayor of Music Row Charlie Monk. Monk co-wrote “Cajun Party Time” and “This Bed’s Not Big Enough.” “Crystal Chandeliers” writer Ted Harris, “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” writer Ben Peters, and son Dion Pride are among the writers. Charley also produced the CD. 

 MEDIA NEWS: The RIAA has issued gold certification for the Band Perry’s self-titled debut album for sales exceeding over 500,000.

 NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION NEWS (NSAI): TIN PAN SOUTH DATES! March 28th-April 2nd. Full schedule, festival updates, to purchase tickets, venue info and more on Tin Pan South, visit or to learn more about NSAI.   


 WHO’S LOOKING  *  WHO’S CUTTING:  Amber Shalene, Deepstep, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, and Samantha Landrum.

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