KID ROCK, THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, THE McCLYMONTS AND THE ROYS BRING MUSICAL DIVERSITY TO DOWNTOWN BROADWAYNashville, TN – Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Music City’s legendary honky-tonk, celebrated their 51st Birthday in downtown Nashville last week with the help from Kid Rock, The Kentucky Headhunters, The McClymonts, and The Roys. The party started at noon on November 23rd, with performances running into 1:30 am on Thanksgiving Day!
“It's cool to be celebrating their birthday party with them; I like parties and seem to excel in that type of atmosphere,” commented Kid Rock on the event.
Tootsie’s is known to have been used as a “green room” to some of
the greatest Opry stars includingPatsy Cline, Hank Williams
and Ernest Tubb. “Tootsies is where the stars would come
to wet their whistles and pick their guitars,” says Tootsie’s owner
“Two years ago, we celebrated with Kris Kristofferson, Terri Clark, Randy Houser and Mel Tillis. This year, we celebrated with Kid Rock. The Tootsie’s Birthday Bash is becoming an annual event and who knows what we will plan for 2012!," adds Smith.
About Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge:
Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there.
For additional information, visit www.tootsies.net.
Country Starlet Margaret Durante To Perform At "Tunes for Tots"
On Tuesday, December 6, country's newest sensation, Margaret Durante will be one of the many talented singer/songwriters performing at the annual "Tunes for Tots" Fundraiser, presented by the Women's Music Business Association. The writer's round event will be held from 6-8p atThe Listening Room Cafe (209 10th Avenue S. - Suite 200) in Nashville. Admission is free with an unwrapped toy or cash donation for Toys for Tots. All proceeds and toys will be delivered directly to the Toys for Tots foundation by members of the United States Marines, who will be present.
For the past seven years, this charitable event has packed out popular venues throughout Nashville, including Tin Roof, 3rd and Lindsley, 12th and Porter and many others. Previous performers have included other notable hit songwriters and singers such as Tim Nichols, Chris Wallin, Eric Heatherly, Ty Herndon, Wynn Varble and Erin Anderlin, to mention a few. For more information about the fundraiser visit www.wmbanashville.org.
Margaret's debut album is scheduled for release in early 2012 on R&J Records via its Emrose Records imprint. The first single is expected to impact country radio in February. For more of the latest news and information visit www.margaretdurante.com.
The Gold Rush, Legendary & Still Smokin'
The Gold Rush Restaurant and Bar, located on Elliston Place, has successfully been in business since 1974. This legendary spot in midtown Nashville provides great food, service and a friendly atmosphere.
Whether it is a luncheon for the office or late night after a night on Broadway they have a full menu with tasty sandwhiches, soups, salads, and their famous bean rolls (it is basically a burrito). They even have a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2:30pm.
They have excellent food and excellent service, we are frequent lunch customers of The Gold Rush. Sometimes during deadline week our favorite to-go items are The 'Triple Dip' with chips and their quesadillas. If you have not been to The Gold Rush yet, you are missing out.
For more information and to check out their mouth watering menu visit: www.goldrushnashville.com or call615-312-1160
Morgans Media Group Appoints Hall of Fame Songwriter and Publisher Roger Murrah As Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Morgans Media Group has appointed Hall of Fame songwriter and independent publisher Roger Murrah as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, it was announced today by MMG President & Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Owens, from the company’s home office in Phoenix. With four decades in the music industry, Murrah’s responsibilities will be directing overall objectives of MMG, initially concentrating his efforts on developing the company’s newly acquired Honky Tonk TV |Your Country. “We’re delighted to find someone with Roger’s experience and reputation to lead our Nashville operation,” said Owens.
Murrah will be representing Morgans Media Group from its new Nashville office-complex in MetroCenter and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Roger has both the creative and business skill set that we feel will complement our company very well,” said Morgans’ Chief Operating Officer, Chris James. “Establishing our presence in Nashville has been important to us and with Roger’s help, we can keep moving forward with our plans to pursue some really creative opportunities.” Murrah added, “I’m thrilled to be a part of Morgans Media’s innovative vision for promoting Country music in new and exciting ways and I look forward to working closely with Chris and the whole professional and creative team.”
He's Back!!! Chris Cagle's New Single Climbing Charts; New Album Set for 2012 Release
Bigger Picture Group hit-maker Chris Cagle is celebrating his Music Row homecoming with “Got My Country On,” the first single from his highly anticipated fifth in-studio album, due out in early 2012. Rocketing to No. 36 on the BillboardCountry Charts only 11 weeks after its debut, this high-energy take on a classic country theme has gained more than 3,152,900 impressions to date, reached an audience of 4.2 million and maintains a consistent bullet on the charts. Using Chris’s way of life – a balance of working hard and playing hard – as a launching pad, “Got My Country On” explores two sides of Cagle – the rocker and the rancher. Written by Kelly Archer, Justin Weaver and Danny Myrick (songsmiths for country greats like Jason Aldean, Craig Morgan and Jo Dee Messina), and produced, in conjunction with Cagle, by ACM and CMA awar d winner Keith Stegall, the song is a perfect combination of the talents of these music industry heavy-hitters, and showcases Cagle’s musical range.
The song, now available to country stations nationwide, is a taste of what’s to come. “The first moment I heard it, I thought – this resonates,” Chris says. “And the more I got into it, the more I realized I could not come back to country music and to radio and to my fans with a better representation of who I am as an individual.” Cagle is hard at work in Nashville recording his forthcoming full-length album.
This single resoundingly reminds old fans of what they have missed during Cagle’s absence from the music scene and is also fast attracting new fans with the classic Cagle rock-infused country sound. The "Got My Country On" music video, currently airing on CMT, GAC, CMT PURE and CMT.comreceived over 10,400 online views in its first week. Directed by Marcel and filmed on location at the Cagle family “Big Horse Ranch” in Marietta, Okla., and at a raucous tour stop at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, the video illustrates to viewers how Cagle gets his country on: by performing his loud, self proclaimed “redneck rock ‘n roll” and by getting some serious work done maintaining his impressive Oklahoma homestead.
Cagle’s professional credits include two gold albums, two No. 1 albums and 12 charted songs. From 2000-2008, Cagle released an impressive string of hits that resulted in a scorching hot career. After taking a break to focus on the thrills that family and hard work bring him, Chris is back in action.
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Iconic Group Helping Those in Need
with Extensive Holiday Tour & Network TV Special
Nashville, TN (November 28, 2011) -- The legendary Oak Ridge Boys are kicking off the season with a 31-city holiday tour, and teaming with Save the Children to lend a hand to those in need. For those who miss them on stage, the group will bring its incomparable sounds into homes across the nation, with a broadcast television show, The Oak Boys Christmas Special. It’s set to begin airing on Friday, December 2, 2011, and will be featured on TLN (Total Living Network), WHT (World Harvest Network) and Inspiration Network as well as in various markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, Memphis, San Francisco, Honolulu, and many more. Be sure to check local listings throughout the holiday season for the half-hour special. The program will also be featured on Save the Children’s YouTube Channel and include CMT Insider host Katie Cook, a long-time child sponsor through the organization.
Recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, members of the iconic group—Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban— will captivate audiences across the U.S. with a unique blend of yuletide favorites, sprinkled with their greatest hits, winter wonderland scenes, and special effects through December 21, 2011. Songs will include the chart-topping hit, “Elvira” and their newly-released single, “What’cha Gonna Do” from the group’s latest CD, It’s Only Natural, exclusively available through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
Oak Ridge Boys member Duane Allen says teaming with the organization is an honorable and purposeful mission. “We take pleasure in announcing that our group is partnering with Save the Children during this year’s Christmas tour. This organization has been around for nearly 100 years, and specializes in aiding children,” he states. “For less than a dollar a day, one can help a child. There’s no need for any child to suffer from poverty, but in reality, there are millions who need our help. The hope of The Oak Ridge Boys is that with Save the Children, we can continue to provide assistance because children are our greatest resource,” Allen explains.
Save the Children is the leading independent children’s organization making lasting change in the lives of children in the U.S. and 120 countries around the world. Through programs in health, education and economic opportunities, Save the Children works to ensure that children are able to reach their full potential.
“Oak Ridge Boys fans may be interested to know that Save the Children began its work right here in the U.S., to help the children of Appalachia during the Great Depression,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. “Child sponsorship is a key way to help children in need, not only during the holidays but all year round and we are grateful that the Oak Ridge Boys are helping us to spread the message this season.”
For more information, please visit:
The Oak Ridge Boys
Save the Children
ERNEST TUBB MIDNITE JAMBOREE
HOLIDAY SEASON LINE-UP
Mel Tillis, Leona Williams,
George Hamilton IV, Dianne Sherrill
& Jett Williams to Host December Shows
“I am very excited about the artists that will be hosting the Midnite Jamboree in December,” says Ernest Tubb Record Shop owner David McCormick. “The record shop has so many artist friends that I am just humbled and honored that they continue to come host our weekly program.”
Hosting the Ernest Tubb Midnite
December are: **
Mel Tillis – December 3rd
Leona Williams – December 10th
George Hamilton IV – December 17th
Dianne Sherril – December 24th
Jett Williams – December 31st
** Line-up is subject to change without notice
Founded by the legendary Ernest Tubb, The Ernest Tubb Record
been fulfilling country music fans’ needs for over 64 years.
As part of that tradition, the second longest-running radio show in
Tubb Midnite Jamboree, continues to broadcast weekly
WSM on Saturday nights at 12
A.M. (Midnight) livefrom the Texas Troubadour
Theatre on Music Valley Drive in
Nashville, TN (November 28, 2011) -- Parallel Music Publishing is proud to introduce Blake Chaffin as the first songwriter signed to its Nashville roster. Chaffin joined Parallel earlier this month and is already cranking out potential hit songs for the company.
“To have someone believe in you is incredible,” Chaffin says of his new opportunity. “This is a dream come true and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Chaffin, a graduate of Kansas State University, moved to Music City in 2002 and began learning the craft of songwriting. He has written or co-written dozens of songs and has had artists consider recording some of them. “Yes, it took 9 years to land this writing deal,” Chaffin admits, “but I wouldn’t change a thing about the journey that brought me to this point.”
“Blake has great ideas, strong melodies and a passion for writing,” says Tim Hunze, who heads up Parallel Music Publishing. “History has proven that those are the makings of a great songwriter. Parallel is thrilled that we signed him before someone else did.”
Parallel Music Publishing is part of Los Angeles-based, Parallel Entertainment which opened its Nashville operation earlier this year. The publishing company is a partnership between Hunze, Parallel Entertainment Founder & CEO, J.P. Williams, and C.T. Wyatt, who runs the Nashville office of Parallel Entertainment.
Parallel Entertainment is a full service talent management
and production company. It has produced everything from motion
pictures to music albums to programming for a variety of cable
television networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. Its talent
roster boasts some of comedy’s most notable acts like Jeff
Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Lisa Lampanelli
as well as music acts like Zella Day and Warner Music Nashville
recording artist, Dean Alexander. It also manages actors
including former CMT Insider host, Lance Smith.
Since signing with Parallel, Chaffin has invited a steady stream of co-writers to the company’s new Music Row office. “ I know how many songwriters there are in this town,” he says. And I know how few slots there are for them at publishing companies. Believe me, I know how lucky I am.”
About Parallel Entertainment
Founded in 1991 by CEO J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based talent management and production company. Parallel develops, finances and produces a wide range of entertainment projects, including feature films; DVD premiere features; comedy and music albums; and television series and specials for network and cable. The filmed entertainment productions include several one hour specials for Comedy Central and HBO; and several motion pictures, including 'Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie,'; 'Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again,' and 'Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,' "Delta Farce", "Witless Protection" for theatrical release.
Writer Chuck Dauphin Takes an Up Close Look
at the Sister-Trio’s U.S. Experience
Nashville, TN (November 23, 2011) – As Aussie sister-trio, The McClymonts, continue their U.S. album promotion, writer Chuck Dauphin takes a deeper look into their efforts in a feature forBillboard.com going live today. In the article, Dauphin covers the girls’ journey from being on top in Australia to their current U.S. climb and the differences in marketing themselves in both locations.
With the August U.S. release of Wrapped Up Good, The McClymonts have been going non-stop with touring and a national media campaign. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as on November 7, CMA Chairman of the Board, Steve Moore, presented them with the 2011 CMA Global Artist of the Year Award. They also had the great honor of making their Grand Ole Opry debut September 9 and were immediately invited back to play September 30. Esteemed country writer Chuck Dauphin, or as Phil Sweetland put it in The New York Times “the Cameron Crowe of Country music,” also took notice and selected The McClymonts for a Billboard.comfeature. Dauphin recently caught up with the girls and explored their aggressive marketing and viral marketing campaign, the differences between the U.S. and overseas, and their recent CMA award. The article is scheduled to go live today and can be viewed at www.billboard.com.
The McClymonts are also slated to hit the outdoor stage on Broadway in Nashville today for Tootsie’s Birthday Bash Street Party. They will be celebrating the legendary honky tonk’s 51st Birthday with artists The Kentucky Headhunters and The Roys. The girls’ current single, “Wrapped Up Good,” is climbing the charts and they are continuing promotion of it throughout the year and into 2012.
For further information on The McClymonts, please visit: www.themcclymonts.net
NATD BRINGS MUSIC’S HEAVY-HITTERS TO MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY FOR “COLLEGE OF KNOWLEDGE” -- AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT LIFE IN THE INDUBy My Country Space
NATD BRINGS MUSIC’S HEAVY-HITTERS TO
MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY FOR “COLLEGE OF KNOWLEDGE” --
AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT LIFE IN THE INDUSTRY
Panel Part of Ongoing Community Support Initiative
College of Knowledge “It All Begins with a Song”
Panel (L-R): Songwriters Chris Carpenter and Lyndsey
Highlander. Photo courtesy of Jesse
NATD Board Presents “College of Knowledge” Scholarship (L-R):Randi Perkins, Bonnie Sugarman, Tony Conway, Student Sydney Guilliams, Steve Tolman, Carrie Moore-Reed, Ed Bazel. Photo courtesy of Jesse Carruther/Murray State University
Nashville, TN (November 22, 2011) – On Thursday, November 17,
a luxury tour bus arrived in the small town of Murray, KY. It
wasn’t carrying a superstar artist, but rather the people who work
behind the scenes to build, support, and sustain the career of that
recording artist. Nashville
Association of Talent Directors (NATD), once again,
brought a panel of experts to Murray State
University for the 2nd installment
of an ongoing initiative known as “College of
The evening, emceed by NATD President Steve Tolman and moderated by NATD Directors Tony Conway andEd Bazel, was divided into several panels. The panel “It All Begins with a Song” explored careers relating directly to songwriting and included songwriters, publishers, song pluggers, royalty and rights administrators. Panelists were Sherrill Blackman (SDB Music Group), Paul Compton (The Song Writer Agency), Chris Carpenter and Lyndsey Highlander (artist songwriters), Pat Finch (Southern Crossroads Publishing) andRyan Beuschel (ASCAP). “The A Team” panel explored the inner workings of an artist’s team including management, booking, business affairs, publicity, concert promotion, and the record label. Experts includedJeff Howard (APA), Kate Dore (Outback Concerts), Brandon Mauldin (Ontourage Management), Julie Roberts(recording artist), Shelly Mullins (Webster & Associates Public Relations), Clyde Bright (Collinsworth Bright & Co.) and Karen Kane (Sony Records).
NATD board members also presented Murray State University student Sydney Guilliams as the recipient of a $2,500.00 scholarship. The evening was concluded with an acoustic performance from some of country music’s top artists and songwriters, including Chris Carpenter, Jesse Keith Whitley, Lyndsey Highlander, Julie Roberts, Michael Ray and Matt Gary.
“College of Knowledge” is just part of an ongoing initiative of community support by NATD. On September 14, NATD saluted industry leaders at an Honors Gala at Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel. 2011 honorees include Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Alabama, Nashville Predators Head CoachBarry Trotz, Agency for the Performing Arts President/CEO Jim Gosnell, and Conway Entertainment Group President Tony Conway.
Honors -- (L-R): Rod Harris, Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and
Teddy Gentry of Alabama, Greg Fowler and NATD President,
Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images.
ABOUT Nashville Associate of Talent Directors
NATD, founded in 1958, professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members. Today, NATD members generate millions of dollars annually for Nashville-based artists! NATD not only serves as a forum for its members as an idea exchange, it also serves as a vehicle for other facets of the industry to share information vital to the overall growth of the Nashville music and entertainment industry. NATD members foster camaraderie among "friendly competitors" which seems to be something unique to the closely-knit Nashville music and entertainment community. For more information, please visit www.n-a-t-d.com.
Co-hosted by The Roys – 2011 ICM Bluegrass Artist of the
& Tennessee Titans placekicker, #2 - Rob Bironas
Celebrities set to take a “swing in the name of charity”
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (November 22, 2011) – In 1982, the late Conway Twitty, with a little help from friends Loretta Lynn and The Oak Ridge Boys, had a vision to help make children who otherwise would be without a Christmas, enjoy the spirit and joyful times of the Holiday. Since that time, then known as Christmas Caravan and now incorporated as Christmas For Kids, the organization has helped brighten thousands of children’s lives during the Holidays.
Since its debut to the Nashville area, Christmas 4 Kids has had the whole community buzzing with anticipation for its annual events. Now 29 years later, in the spirit of Twitty and Lynn, Debbie Lamberson, President of Christmas For Kids, Inc., has announced the organization has created an annual golf outing to continue raising awareness and funds.
“My father toured and played for Loretta, so I have known about this organization since I was a kid,” says Lamberson. “I became the organization’s President in 1994, with one goal in mind, to find a way to help more children enjoy Christmas.”
The 1st annual Christmas 4 Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Prevost will take place on April 10th at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The annual event will be hosted by the newly-awarded ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year recipients, brother and sister duo The Roys. “We are thrilled to lend our name to such a great organization. We love giving back, and helping kids just warms our hearts. It'll be a fun day and the best part is we are helping kids have Christmas! That's magic!” says Elaine Roy.
“Being involved with Christmas For Kids for the last four years has been incredible for us. Getting to put our names on such a great event really means the world to us. Having two kids of my own I cannot imagine them not having a Christmas. We look forward to playing some golf with our friends and raising a lot of money for the kids. As Elaine said it's going to be magic!!” adds Lee Roy.
“Prevost is very proud of our long-term association with Christmas 4 Kids,” says Steve Zeigler, Director of Business Development. “Nashville is a very special community to Prevost. We are excited to expand our relationship with the organization by becoming the Presenting Sponsor of the annual fundraising golf tournament.”
This one day, April 10th, golf extravaganza will feature many stars of the music and sports world competing for a great cause.
About Christmas For Kids:
Christmas For Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been
in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year,
with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the golf
tournament, annual concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet
and Greet event are used to give children from 30
different schools, a total of more than 400 children, a
day-long shopping excursion.
April 10th / Pine Creek Golf Course / Mt. Juliet, TN
10:00 AM Registration
11:00 AM Lunch
**3 man scramble with a Celebrity added as your 4th man. This golf extravaganza will feature many stars of the music and sports world competing for a great cause.
Entry Fee: 3 man team $350.00
Team with a Hole Sponsorship $500.00
Individual Entry Fee $125.00
For more information visit: www.Christmas4Kids.org