Inside Track on Music Row: Summer Edition

June/July 2021



The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, a three-day international festival of speed and sound August 6-8 offers something for everyone. It will be staged on a temporary 2.17-mile grand prix circuit in Nashville and around the Nissan Stadium campus. The course will cross the Cumberland River via the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, making the Music City Grand Prix the only current event in motorsports to cross over a major body of water. 

In addition to a weekend of racing, attendees can look forward to the best Nashville has to offer, including live music performances by top artists, best-in-class food experiences and entertainment that centers on speed in a way only Music City can serve up.

Artists performing for the weekend include Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Tyler Farr, Vince Neil, Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Callista Clark, Riley Green, Tim Dugger and Jamey Johnson. More exciting announcements about additions to the lineup will be rolled out over the coming weeks. 


Songwriters are heading to the Smoky Mountains this summer to be part of the first annual Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival, set for August 19 – 22.  The Festival with include a 3-day conference with various events as well as live performances at different venues in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Among the hit songwriters already booked: Tony Arata, Lee Roy Parnell, Will Nance, Steve Dean, and many more. Live performance will take place at The Listening Room—Pigeon Forge, Ole Red, SkyLift Park, Park Vista Hotel and The Historic Gatlinburg Inn with other locations being added. Songwriters who attend the conference will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions with hit writers and collaboration in songwriting sessions. There will be a kick-off event to celebrate the legacy of the hit songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant who wrote many of their hits at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn. Many performances will be free and open to the public. Special events can be attended with a $30.00 membership fee. For ticket details and more information visit


Garth Brooks has sold over 70,000 tickets in 47 minutes for Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE, and the event is now sold out. This will be the first music event at Memorial Stadium in 34 years. This will be the only Nebraska appearance on the tour.

Garth ALSO has broken the entertainment record for Nissan Stadium in Nashville in 75 minutes. Tickets went on sale Friday, JUNE 25 for this first-ever tour stop at the Nashville stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. Brooks is set to take the stage at Nissan Stadium on July 31 for an “explosive” musical event – rain or shine.

Garth Brooks is the 7-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, a first for any artist. He is also the first and only artist in history to receive nine Diamond Awards for the now nine albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each. He remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, certified by the RIAA with 157 million album sales. In November, just after receiving the Billboard Music Icon Award, Garth released two new albums, his 12th studio album, FUN and live album Triple Live Deluxe. Garth also has Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7:00 PM EST. You can follow him at: |  and


The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) will do double duty this year, inducting both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 as last year’s ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic. The ceremony will now take place Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Music City Center.  Nominated in the Artist/Songwriter category are Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Shania Twain and Phil Vassar. Only one of those nominees will be inducted during the ceremony. In the Songwriter category, two will be inducted from this list of nominees: Rhett Akins, Buddy Cannon, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Mary Ann Kennedy, David Malloy, Frank J. Myers, and Tia Sillers. They will be elected in these categories by their professional songwriter peers and members of the Hall of Fame. The Gals will also honor Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Kent Blazy, Brett James and Spooner Oldham, the previously announced Class of 2020. “It is such an honor to be a nominee for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. I am so humbled to be nominated as not only a songwriter, but also an artist alongside such great company,” shared Phil Vassar. “We were forced to postpone our 50th Anniversary celebration last year, so this will be our ‘50/51’ party—celebrating two years and two classes in a special double-sized event,” says NaSHOF Executive Director Mark Ford. More about the NaSHOF at



Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s highly anticipated new album, A Few Stars Apart, released June 11 on Fantasy Records.

The album was one of Rolling Stone’s “54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021,” A Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb, the album was inspired by the stillness Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded with the full band live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. The eleven songs reveal what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself. Details at


Nashville country-pop singer/songwriter and Netflix Sing On Champion, Emily Daniels, has released her debut EP, Welcome To A Heartache. The independent project, featuring five original tunes, is available via all digital retail and streaming outlets. Co-produced by Zachary Manno and Mark Siegel, featuring Emily Daniels co-writes, Welcome To A Heartache encompasses love and life chapters canvassing the varied stages of relationships – from disillusionment to awakening, the hurting and healing, settling for temporary or into a true love. “This project is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. Musically and lyrically, I have an absolute and personal connection to each track,” shared Daniels. “The theme explores every aspect of relationships; the first butterfly feeling, to the moment you walk away saying ‘wish you the best’.”  The musical compilation embraces classic 90s country invigorated with contemporary flair. Emily delivers witty, honest lyrics through heartfelt, powerful melodies. With a knack to write infectious, catchy tunes, the songstress infuses musical flavors derived from a touch of Shania Twain sass blended with a dash of Maddie & Tae honey.  Info, music and more at and on Emily’s socials.

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