Inside Track on Music Row- November 2010

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VERSE OF THE MONTH: “If we ever forget that were one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under…” – Ronald Reagan

BENEFIT NEWS: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, called on his musical friends to aid the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s Wanna

Play Fund with a CD project titled I WANNA PLAY!: An Album To Put Musical Instruments Into The Hands Of Every Child In America. Joining Huckabee are Aaron Tippin, and

producer James Stroud. The compilation features performances by George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka and more. I WANNA PLAY is available via major retail and digital

outlets including iTunes and Amazon. Info about I WANNA PLAY! CD or NAMM Foundation’s Wanna Play Fund, visit

BOOK NEWS: If you’re a songwriter (or wish you were) check out a new book by Rand Bishop titled “The Absolute Essentials of Songwriting Success.” Bishop has drawn from 40 years

of on-the-job experience and visited with some of the most honored song crafters of the last five decades to unveil a long-term strategy for building a career in composing songs.

Described as “a realistic roadmap to the top of Hit Mountain,” the book is available from Info at

BUSINESS BUZZ: Veteran artist manager Nancy Russell has re-launched her company as THE CO-OP with initial clients Alan Jackson and country Legend Loretta Lynn. Joining

Russell’s team are industry vets Judy McDonough, Renée Aly and Jaime Ellis.

CD NEWS: On the new CD ORIGINAL SONGWRITER, Warner Music Nashville let fans hear how many singers heard the original songs for the first time. There’s the version

of “The House That Built Me” that made Miranda Lambert cry, the version of “I Hope You Dance” that inspired Lee Ann Womack to give the performance of her career and the demo

that Garth Brooks loved so much in “The Dance.  Some of the recordings have been 're-touched' but are still played out as they were originally placed on the 'pitch CD.'  Some tracks

include: The Dance – Garth Brooks (Tony Arata), Independence Day – Martina McBride (Gretchen Peters), It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson (Jim Brown, Donald Rollins),

Check Yes Or No – George Strait (Dana Hunt, Danny Wells) and many more.

CD RELEASES: Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker celebrates the release of his highly anticipated 13-track sophomore country record, CHARLESTON, SC 1966. The record

contains the hit single, “Come Back Song.” Fans that purchase the CD on iTunes receive two bonus tracks from Rucker’s CMT Invitation Only performance—“Let Her Cry”

and “Family Tradition.” “It made sense to name the album CHARLESTON, SC 1966 not only because it’s home but as a tribute to Radney Foster, who helped me realize I could

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CMA AWARDS NEWS: The who’s who of Country Music will grace the stage for the 44th Annual CMA Awards Show. Country’s princess Taylor Swift has been added to the

performance lineup for the Star-Studded night. The show airs live from Nashville on November 10th at 7:00pm on ABC-TV.

CRACKER BARREL MUSIC NEWS: On Nov 1st Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will release its latest CD featuring R&B legend and American icon Smokey Robinson, NOW AND THEN features 12 songs including six live versions of his well-known classics recorded in 2010 during various performances. Available only at Cracker Barrel.

ICM NEWS: Inspirational Country Music Awards was the highlight of the 16th ANNUAL convention. The Roy’s ICM’s reigning Duo of the Year took the honor for the

second consecutive year. They joined performers Katrina Elam, Steve Richard, Andy Griggs, Tommy Brandt, Emma Jacob, Mary James and Russ Murphy along with

Love And Theft, Joey + Rory and others. Entertainer of the Year: Point of Grace, Male Vocalist: Tommy Brandt, Female Vocalist: Mary James,

Vocal Group: CrossCountry The Band, Mainstream Inspirational Song: “This Ain’t Nothin’” Craig Morgan, Inspirational Video of the Year: “Temporary

Home” Carrie Underwood, Director, Deaton-Flanigen. For the 4th year in a row, “Radio Personality Of The Year” went to Rich Miller. Storme Warren (GAC)

and Megan Alexander (Extra) co-hosted the show.

LABEL NEWS: Capitol Records/Nashville threw a party to celebrate their 4th consecutive # 1 single “Our Kind of Love,” the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum was surprised with the news that their sophomore CD – NEED YOU NOW is now certified TRIPLE PLATINUM®, signifying sales of over three million.

The GRAMMY award winning trio is currently on their first headlining Need You Now 2010 Tour. For a full list of Lady A’s headlining tour dates, visit

CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Luke Bryan was celebrating his second consecutive #1 single for “Rain Is A Good Thing” with family, friends and the Nashville Music Row industry,

when he was surprised by Capitol Records Nashville label head Mike Dungan with the proclamation that his current CD – DOIN’ MY THING has hit the 500,000 mark. It is now been

certified Gold® by the RIAA.

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOC. NEWS: The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation inducted Pat Alger, Steve Cropper, Paul Davis and Stephen Foster into the Nashville

Songwriters Hall of Fame. The night was full of celebrities, glitz & glamour. The cream of the Nashville music royalty. With surprise appearances, by artists Jimmy Wayne, Tanya

Tucker & Garth Brooks to help pay tribute to the inductees that forever changed their lives.



Lady A, Adrianna Freeman, Samantha Landrum, Carrie Underwood and Amber Shalene.