MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE: Bobby Karl Works The CMHoF Expansion Celebration

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Mayor Karl Dean has another feather in his “convention center” cap.
“The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a key element in our convention-center campus,” said his honor at the grand opening of its 210,000 square foot expansion of the museum. “I guarantee you, we have the most compelling convention experience of any city in the country,” he added, citing the Hall of Fame, the attached Omni Hotel, the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Lower Broadway, the Frist Fine Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as components of this district.
CMHoF's Kyle Young. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
CMHoF’s Kyle Young. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

A liquor store and a convenience shop on Korean Veterans Boulevard would help. I know what conventioneers need.
“This is a day of celebration and thanksgiving,” said CMHoF exec Kyle Young. “Today, we begin a promising new era. We’re gratified to be in the ‘It’ city.”
“This is yet another milestone in our growing SoBro,” added the Mayor. “For the past year, you’ve heard me say that The New York Times called us the ‘It’ city. Last month, Time magazine called us the ‘red-hot city of the South.’ This is a moment to celebrate Country music as a genre that made us Music City.”
Vince Gill. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Vince Gill. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

“Thank you for your generosity and for your belief in our city,” said CMHoF board chairman Steve Turner. He, Young and Dean were all speaking in the facility’s new Event Hall, which Turner praised as having “the best skyline views in our city.”
The opening was celebrated with both afternoon and evening events at the museum on Tuesday (April 15). The official gig in the afternoon was characterized by music, music, music. Which is how we always do things best in Tune Town.
Following the presentation of the Colors by members of the Tennessee National Guard, “The Star Spangled Banner” was sung by The Valentines. The fabulous McCrary Sisters did “Amazing Grace” a cappella. Then Ricky Skaggs performed the museum capital campaign’s “fight song,” The Carter Family’s “Working on a Building.”
“There’s a lot of great cities in the world, and I’ve been to a bunch of them,” said Skaggs. “But there’s only one that can call itself Music City.”
Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill performed “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Its author, Fred Rose, was one of the first three people inducted into the Hall.
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Lee Ann Womack. Photo: Bev Moser, Moments By Moser

Lee Ann Womack sang “You Don’t Know Me,” which was written by Hall of Fame member Cindy Walker and introduced by Hall of Fame member Eddy Arnold.
Buddy Miller and The McCrary Sisters romped through “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” by Hall of Famer Buck Owens. Buddy was the bandleader and musical director of the event. And what a band: Tammy Rogers (fiddle, mandolin), Viktor Krauss (bass), Tim Lauer (piano, accordion), Russ Pahl (steel) and Jerry Rowe (drums).
“This speaks to who we are as a state,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “The thing we’re most famous for is making music. Music represents us all over the world.”
Confetti canons blasted colorful paper bits onto the heads of attendees at the finale. Everybody got pieces of cake and commemorative posters from Hatch Show Print.
Well, almost everybody. The afternoon event was originally scheduled to take place out of doors. Weather forced things to take place inside. The Tennessean failed to mention that this meant that the event was no longer open to everyone. Once the Event Hall was filled past capacity, folks from the pubic were turned away. Also: The Hall ran out of posters as well as printed programs.
Ricky Skaggs. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Ricky Skaggs. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

Lucky fabulons who did get to move and groove included Bobby Braddock, Bobby Bare, Jo Walker Meador, Jody Williams, Jody Maphis, Rose Lee Maphis, Don Light, Donna Nicely, Lon Helton, Harold Bradley, Rod Essig, Jimmy Fortune, Chris Horsnell, Bud Wendell, Irene Kelly, Brian Mansfield, Earle Simmons, Ed Salamon, Diane Pearson, Al Bunetta, Mark Ford, Tom Roland, Lori Badgett, Kathi Whitley, Andrew Kintz, Mary Ann McCready, Allison Auerbach, Jennifer Bohler and John Ingrassia.
Needless to say, the galleries were packed after the ceremony. So we returned to a Members-Only Preview event that evening at 5-7 p.m. Apart from Steve West, Jimmy CarterDan Ekback and a few others, we had the expansion galleries to ourselves.
There is 10,000 square feet of new gallery space. We’ve already seen the new Event Hall, its lobby, its balcony, the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Jerry & Ernie Williams Lobby off Fifth Avenue and the new Hatch Show Print headquarters. What we didn’t see is the expanded storage space for artifacts and the library.
What we did see is the Taylor Swift Education Center, with its three classrooms and a learning lab. That’s on the third floor. So is the spectacular Glen Campbell exhibit. Beyond Glen’s many costumes, guitars and artifacts you can peer into the museum’s exhibit-prep area.
On the second floor are the adjoining Dinah & Fred Gretsch Family Gallery and the ACM Gallery. These showcase contemporary Country stars, featuring costumes, hats, plaques, video props and paper collectibles from Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Thompson Square, Tate Stevens, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, The Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Craig Morgan and Jason Aldean, as well as such legends as Charlie Daniels, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
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Pictured (L-R): Bud Wendell, Steve Turner, Vince Gill, Bill Haslam, and Karl Dean. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

A few things that caught my eye were Kellie Pickler’s costume from her championship on Dancing With the Stars, Trisha Yearwood’s blender and kitchen utensils from her cooking TV show, Don Schlitz’s typewriter (on which he wrote “The Gambler”), memorabilia from the farewell tours of George Strait and Ralph Stanley, farewell/funeral artifacts from George Jones, stuff representing Darius Rucker’s Opry induction and bluegrass instruments plus an IBMA Award from the gifted Gibson Brothers.
There are song lyrics, award statuettes and LOTS of interactive video screens. There’s a wall-size display of bobble-head dolls representing jobs in the music industry. I didn’t get the turntable where I think you were supposed to put post-it notes containing song ideas. I did get the big “anatomy” guitar with a kiddie play-slide inside. Do not be deceived by the room in the shape of Taylor’s tour bus. It does not house tour-bus bunks or kitchenettes. Just more touch screens.
Afterward, we headed to Josephine’s on 12th Avenue South. Don’t miss the heirloom-beet salad or the scallops main course. Sitting at the next table was Connie Britton. I resisted the urge to tell her that we’re addicted to her Nashville TV series.

MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE: Writers Roundup (4/3/14)

• April 3, 2014 •

There’s a new songwriters round in Nashville, this one combining the richness of songs and coffee.
“Songwriters Singing For Coffee—Where Lyrics and Lattes Collide” launched its first show at Starbucks in Green Hills on April 2. Songwriters Billy Yates, Greg Friia, Scott Reeves and Pete Sallis performed several of their well-known songs.
For a list of upcoming shows, visit
Photos by Bev Moser.

MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE: Artist Pics (4/2/14)

• April 2, 2014 • 

Dierks Bentley performed at Nashville’s Station Inn Tuesday night (April 1) with a host of industry friends.
Dierks Bentley performs at Nashville's Station Inn
Dierks Bentley performs at Nashville’s Station Inn. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
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Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

In Photos: Tin Pan South 2014 Weekend Shows

Stephanie Bentley, Josh Leo, Jamie O'Neal, O'Shea (Jay O'Shea, Mark O'Shea) at Station Inn.
Stephanie Bentley, Josh Leo, Jamie O’Neal, O’Shea (Jay O’Shea, Mark O’Shea) at Station Inn. Photo: Bev Moser

Tin Pan South wrapped up its 2014 events with numerous performances this past weekend.
Performers including Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and writers including Dave Berg, Stephanie Bentley, Pat Alger, Linda Williams, Brian Wright, Ruston Kelly, Jeff Stevens, Wynn Varble, Phil O’Donnell, Hugh Prestwood, Linda Davis, Nathan Chapman, Amy Grant and many others filled venues across the city to celebrate some of the best tunes Music City has to offer.
All photos by Moments by Moser


Bill AndersonJim Beavers, and Bobby Pinson were the guest songwriters Thursday, March 27, at a special CMA showcase as part of Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.
Held at the Listening Room Café in Nashville, the CMA show featured the songwriters taking turns, telling the stories behind their hits, then playing stripped-down, acoustic versions together in-the-round.
All photos, below, from the March 27 showcase were taken by Bev Moser / Moments by Moser, courtesy of Nashville Songwriters Series International.
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
CMA Presents a Songwriters Showcase at Tin Pan South 2014
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Campbell Entertainment Group: Tin Pan South Thursday Highlights & Photos

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(Nashville, Tennessee...) - Night three of the 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank continued a streak of packed clubs, incredible talent and delighted audiences.

At the sold out, smokin' Rutledge Live Music Venue early show, Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Natalie Hemby rocked with a three-piece band backing them. According to roving reporter and Regions Bank Senior VP Lisa Harless, Natalie was wearing the best shoes of the festival.

As expected the Peach Pickers - Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip - with a full backing band drew a capacity crowd ready to party at the 3rd & Lindsley late show. The trio, which is responsible for numerous #1 singles, came back for an encore and played a few of their personal favorite songs. Justin Martin, aka "Martin" from Duck Dynasty, took in the entire show.

NSAI Song Contest winners Matt Casey and Keith Dozier opened the early round at 3rd & Lindsley with a performance of their song "Plain White Tee." The "Beauty and the Beasts" then hit the stage, and songwriter and former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi stole show with her rendition of "Undo It." With the sass she brought to the performance and her playful, woman-scorned type interactions with JT Harding throughout the song, he must have felt like it was written about him.

There was no shortage of female power at other clubs throughout the night. The "Ladies of the Night" show, led by hitmaker Liz Hengber at the Commodore Grille, included incredibly talented ladies Erin Enderlin, Kellys Collins and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Alex Kline, who also celebrated a birthday last night. Across town at the Hard Rock, Jennifer Denmark held court at the "A Little 'Chick on Pick' Action" show with a diverse group of ladies including Kelsea Ballerini, Sara Haze, Meghan Linsey and Danielle Peck.

ABC TV "Nashville" stars Lennon and Maisy Stella made a guest performance at the early Hard Rock show, where their parents, The Stellas, performed with Sarah Siskind and Fred Wilhelm. "Late" was the key word at the Bluebird Café, as Wendell Mobley, Jim Collins, D. Vincent Williams, and special guest Marv Green kept going until 11:30pm.

Tonight's early show at the Hard Rock will see Marcus Hummon, who wrote "Bless The Broken Road" for Rascal Flatts and "Born to Fly" for Sara Evans, introduce his wildly talented son Levi. Stephony Smith, who has had songs recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Barbra Streisand, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and more, will also be on the bill.

Jim McCormick co-wrote Jason Aldean's "Take a Little Ride" and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" - both of which were #1 singles - and he will join Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and others at the Listening Room Cafe late show. New Tin Pan venue BB King's Blues Club continues to be a fan favorite.

Tin Pan South shows for tonight and Saturday begin 30 minutes later - 6:30pm and 9:30pm. 
For up-to-date lineups, ticket information, venues, schedules and other festival updates, visit tinpansouth.comUpdates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Produced by NSAI, Tin Pan South reigns as the world's largest all-songwriter festival. This year close to 400 talented songwriters will perform over 90 shows at 10 of Nashville's top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. Regions Bank returns for the seventh year as the presenting sponsor of the event.
Credit below Photos: Moments by Moser.
Regions Bank's Lisa Harless (r.) and Laura Williams (l.) join the Peach Pickers Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip at the 3rd & Lindsley late show.
(l. to r.) Robby Armstrong, Greg Barnhill, Lee Roy Parnell and James Otto at the Rutledge Live Music Venue late show.
JT Harding and Kara DioGuardi at the early 3rd & Lindsley show.
Lennon and Maisy Stella at the Hard Rock Cafe early show.
Rodney Crowell (l.) joined Jim Lauderdale (r.) at the Station Inn early show.
Credit below photo: Jennifer Denmark
"A Little 'Chick-On-Pick' Action" songwriters (l. to r.) Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Denmark, Danielle Peck, Sara Haze and Meghan Linsey at the Hard Rock late show.

Organizers of the 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival would like to thank the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:  Regions Bank

Americana Music Association
Beaird Music Group
Eagle Parking
Folk Alliance
Graffiti Indoor Advertising
Grand Avenue
Jack Daniel's
Lightning 100
Loews Vanderbilt Plaza
Midtown Printing
Mix 92.9 FM
Music City Unsigned
Music Row Magazine
Music Row Show
Musicians Corner
Nashville Muse
Nashville Recording Academy
Nashville Scene
News Channel 5
Warner Chappell Music
Your Move Real Estate

 About NSAI: The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 spans the United States and seven foreign countries. For more than 40 years, NSAI has been dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit

About Regions Financial Corporation: Regions  Financial Corporation, with $117 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of  consumer  and  commercial  banking,  wealth  management,  mortgage, and insurance  products  and  services.  Regions  serves customers in 16 states across the South,  Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700  banking offices and 2,000 ATMs.
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