MusicRow Magazine: Ray Stevens To Relocate Business Office, Open Nashville Music Venue

• March 4, 2016 • 
 
A rendering of Cabaray. Photo: Moments By Moser
A rendering of Cabaray. Photo: Moments By Moser

Ray Stevens announced today plans to relocate his Ray Stevens Music offices–a longstanding feature at the corner of Grand Avenue and 17th Avenue on Music Row–into a new music venue the singer-songwriter is opening in West Nashville, according to The Tennessean.
A groundbreaking was held for new 27,000-square-foot music venue, which will be called CabaRay and located at 5724 River Road, just off Charlotte Pike in Nashville.
The building will include a 700-seat room for live performances, a dining area, bar area, ticket offices and a gift shop. The portion of the building which will house Ray Stevens Music’s business operations, will include a recording studio and video production area.
Stevens moved to Nashville in 1962 and landed pop hits like “Guitarzan,” “The Streak,” and the Grammy-winning “Everything Is Beautiful.” He won another Grammy for his 1975 country hit, “Misty.” He joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. From 1991 to 1993, Stevens operated a performance theatre in Branson, Missouri.

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Breaking ground on CabaRay. Photo: Moments By Moser

Ray Stevens during the groundbreaking ceremony for Cabaray. Photo: Moments By Moser
Ray Stevens during the groundbreaking ceremony for CabaRay. Photo: Moments By Moser

MusicRow Magazine: Bobby Karl Works Dierks Bentley’s Exhibit Preview At Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum


• March 4, 2016 • 
 
BOBBY KARL WORKS THE ROOM
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Pictured are (L-R): UMG Nashville's Mike Dungan, Jake, Dierks Bentley, Cassidy Black, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young, Red Light Management's Mary Hilliard Harrington, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Mick Buck. Photo: Donn Jones
Pictured (L-R): UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan, Jake, Dierks Bentley, Cassidy Black, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young, Red Light Management’s Mary Hilliard Harrington, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Mick Buck. Photo: Donn Jones

“Many of the people in this room have known Dierks for years,” said Kyle Young at the Thursday evening (March 3) party celebrating the opening of Dierks Bentley‘s “Every Mile a Memory” exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Some 20 years ago, Bobby Karl was bellied up to the bar at 3rd & Lindsley when a curly-headed youngster walked up and said, “I want to meet you. My name is Dierks Bentley. I am going to be a recording artist. I hope you’ll remember me.”
“Well, I’ve never met anyone named Dierks before,” I said, “so I promise I’ll always remember you.” And I did.
In 2001, Bentley issued an indie album on Big White Music called Don’t Leave Me in Love, which I duly noted. After signing with Capitol two years later, he moved into my neighborhood and began stopping over to play his new music. So I was one of the many, many attendees who have been so happy to watch him become the star that he is.
Dierks Bentley CMHOF Exhibit. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Dierks Bentley speaks with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Peter Cooper. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

Other veteran Dierks pals in the crowd included Pat Rolfe, Brett Beavers, Mike Ward, Jessi Alexander & Jon Randall Stewart (who are also former neighbors), David Conrad, Luke Wooten and, of course, Jake, the star’s dog and video costar. Not to mention wife Cassidy Black, who has been his sweetie since junior high.
“I’m a country music singer; I’m a country music fan; I’m a country music student,” said Bentley during the cocktail party to celebrate this latest feather in his cap. “I love this music. I never really looked at country music as a path to stardom. I’ve been really lucky. It’s been a great ride. I’m really honored to be here, and I’m going to do my best to keep representing the genre.”
To that end, he’ll be co-hosting this spring’s ACM Awards from Las Vegas. That’s a long way from where he started in Music City.
Dierks Bentley CMHOF Exhibit. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Dierks Bentley CMHOF Exhibit. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

“We are exactly one mile from a place that gave Dierks some of his early musical memories, The Station Inn,” Young recalled. “Dierks walked into The Station Inn 20 years ago and heard some of the finest bluegrass musicians. He found a community. They cheered him forward, backed him up and pushed him on. It’s been a long trip, but not one that he took alone.”
Along for this part of the journey were Tom Lord, Mike Sirls, Nina Miller, Hunter Kelly, Kathryn Richardson, Peter Cooper, Teresa George, Bob Paxman, Mary Hilliard Harrington, Michael McCall and Chris Horsnell.
After the cocktails and speeches, we toured the display. “Every Mile a Memory” features awards, costumes, posters, manuscripts and more. We’re as fond of it as we are of him.
Dierks Bentley at the debut of Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory. Photo: Donn Jones.
Dierks Bentley at the debut of Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory. Photo: Donn Jones.

Dierks Bentley CMHOF Exhibit. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Dierks Bentley CMHOF Exhibit. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

Dierks Bentley (with dog Jake) speaks to Peter Cooper at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography
Dierks Bentley (with dog Jake) speaks to Peter Cooper at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo: Moments By Moser Photography

MusicRow Magazine: Banner Music Signs Jerry Salley


• February 26, 2016 • 
 
From Left to Right: James Robert Webb, Camilla Kleindienst, Jerry Salley and Daniel Kleindienst. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
From Left to Right: James Robert Webb, Camilla Kleindienst, Jerry Salley and Daniel Kleindienst. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

Banner Music has signed singer/songwriter Jerry Salley to its creative family.
“We are thrilled to have veteran songwriter Jerry Salley on staff at Banner Music. His career accomplishments speak to his hard work and dedication to this industry and we look forward to his continued success as part of our company,” said co-owner Camilla Kleindienst.
Salley, who co-wrote “Outlaw State of Mind” on Chris Stapleton’s Grammy-winning country album, Traveller, has penned over 400 cuts in country, bluegrass and gospel genres. His extensive talent has garnered him recordings by multiple artists such as Sir Elton John (“Where We Both Say Goodbye”—a duet with Australian artist Catherine Britt), Reba McEntire (“I’m Gonna Take That Mountain” and “Close To Crazy”), and includes the Dove Awards’ 1990 Inspirational Song of the Year, “His Strength is Perfect”, co-written with and recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman and now found in church hymnals.
“I am happy to join the creative minds here [at Banner Music] whose heart and family atmosphere mirror the passion of their work,” said Salley.
Salley, SESAC’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 2003, was also nominated in 2014 by the International Bluegrass Music Association for Songwriter of the Year.  His winning streak continued this year with his three tracks on the SteelDriver’s Grammy Award-winning bluegrass album,The Muscle Shoals Recordings.
In October of 2015, Salley released the bluegrass/gospel project Gospel From My Grassroots that includes guest vocals from Steven Curtis Chapman to Salley’s daughter, Maggie, with contributing harmonies.

MUSICROW Magazine: In Photos: ‘MusicRow’ CountryBreakout Awards


• February 9, 2016 • 
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MusicRow held its 14th Annual Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards on Feb. 8 at Margaritaville in downtown Nashville. See a candid selection of moments from the show below.
Read Bobby Karl’s full recap of the 2016 event, or see a full list of winners here.
Photos: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

CountryBreakout Breakout Artist and Female Artist of the Year also accepts a Challenge Coin for writing and performing her latest chart-topping hit, "Dibs." Pictured (L-R): Kelsea Ballerini, MusicRow's Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.
CountryBreakout Breakout Artist and Female Artist of the Year also accepts a Challenge Coin for writing and performing her latest chart-topping hit, “Dibs.” Pictured (L-R): Kelsea Ballerini, MusicRow‘s Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.
Florida Georgia Line accepts MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coins for chart toppers on the CountryBreakout chart. Pictured (L-R): MusicRow's GM Craig Shelburne; Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley; MusicRow's Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.
Florida Georgia Line accepts MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coins for five chart-toppers on the CountryBreakout chart. Pictured (L-R): MusicRow‘s GM Craig Shelburne; Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley; MusicRow‘s Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.
CountryBreakout Artist of the Year Erica Nicole performs with band, including producer Kent Wells on guitar
CountryBreakout Artist of the Year Erica Nicole performs with band, including producer Kent Wells on guitar
MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson welcoming a record crowd and unveiling the magazine's 2016 CountryBreakout Awards print issue, available now.
MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson welcoming a record crowd and unveiling the magazine’s 2016 CountryBreakout Awards print issue, available now.
Songwriter of the Year [tie] recipients enjoy acceptance speeches. Pictured (L-R): Combustion-Warner/Chappell songwriter Ashley Gorley with SMACK Songs partners/writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
Songwriter of the Year [tie] recipients enjoy each other’s acceptance speeches. Pictured (L-R): Combustion-Warner/Chappell songwriter Ashley Gorley with SMACK Songs partners/writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
LOCASH accepts No. 1 Challenge Coins for writing and performing the final No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart of 2015, “I Love This Life” (Dec. 17, 2015)
LOCASH accepts No. 1 Challenge Coins for writing and performing the final No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart of 2015, “I Love This Life” (Dec. 17, 2015). Pictured (L-R) MusicRow GM Craig Shelburne; LOCASH’s Chris Lucas, Preston Brust; MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.
Label of the Year, Capitol Records Nashville accepts honors. Pictured (L-R): Capitol Nashville VP Promotion Shane Allen: UMG Nashville VP, Promotion David Friedman; Capitol Nashville Midwest Regional Promotion Director Brent Jones; Capitol Nashville Southwest Regional Promotion Director Jeremy Guenther; Capitol Nashville West Regional Promotion Director Paige Elliott; Capitol Nashville Promotion Coordinator Ashley Laws
Label of the Year, Capitol Records Nashville accepts honors. Pictured (L-R): MusicRow GM Craig Shelburne; Capitol Nashville VP Promotion Shane Allen; UMG Nashville VP, Promotion David Friedman; Capitol Nashville Midwest Regional Promotion Director Brent Jones; Capitol Nashville Southwest Regional Promotion Director Jeremy Guenther; Capitol Nashville West Regional Promotion Director Paige Elliott; Capitol Nashville Promotion Coordinator Ashley Laws; MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.
Tyler Hubbard (L) Brian Kelley (R) accept a slew of Challenge Coins and their second plaque for Group/Duo of the Year
Tyler Hubbard (L) and Brian Kelley of Republic Nashville’s Florida Georgia Line thank the audience as they accept a slew of No. 1 Challenge Coins and their second plaque for Group/Duo of the Year.
LOCASH wraps up the afternoon before celebrating their new wine brand, Shipwrecked, chart success of "I Love This Life," and becoming The Palm's latest caricatures at The Palm later in the evening
LOCASH wrap up the afternoon with a performance of “I Love This Life” and more songs at the MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards.

KIM COPELAND PRODUCTIONS BLOG: Preparing For Your CD Photo Shoot By Moments By Moser Photography


Preparing For Your CD Photo Shoot
as published in KIM COPELAND PRODUCTIONS BLOG
(http://kimcopelandproductions.com/home/blog/)

 

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Bev Moser
The more people I photograph, the more I’ve come to realize something: a great portrait is a collaboration between photographer and subject. When both are working together the result is far more than what comes from direction alone. Our subjects often aren’t experienced in having their photo taken, and don’t know a lot about the process.
The number one thing I always start out with when I meet a new client is to explain my style and what to expect from me and what I expect from them; as well as any others they may have with them, as many have spouses, management team, wardrobe stylists, hair and makeup team etc. I encourage them to be themselves… talk, move, and most importantly, relax and have fun! The shoot is often quite nerve wracking for folks, so the more information I can give them the more comfortable and confident they’ll feel.
Below are the top five things to keep in mind as you make your plans:
  1. What are photos to be used for?

    1. Headshots for business and promotion?
    2. Family photography for framing and enlargement?
    3. Live performance photography?
    4. Websites for social media and / or business?
There are countless uses, but know what your end results “could be” this makes a world of difference on the “look” we will encourage out of you to achieve the goals.
  1. Do you have a location in mind or examples of others you like?

    1. Do not ever hesitate to share ideas of looks you like – just like a haircut you see in a magazine, yours will never be “exactly” like the one you saw, but we strive to give you the feel and style with personalization to make it uniquely you!
    2. We will gladly help “scout” a location for you and chances are we have some in mind but knowing item one will give us a lot of ideas on what might works best to achieve what you want the photographs for.
  1. Are you planning on using props?

    (guitars, hats, special items to compliment the location or the reason for the photograph)
    1. We strongly encourage you to have items in your photographs to make them more “you” and more “personal”… and if you are using the photographs for a promotional reason, regardless if it is just you or for your business, is there a tie in or theme you need to keep in mind or something you can bring along that might really bring a special meaning to the photo?
    2. Discuss and show us the props you have and what they mean to you. Are you wanting the prop to be something you are singing about on the title cut of your CD? Did the item belong to someone special to you? The more we know, the more creative we will be able to be.
  1. Clothing for photos

    1. Think ahead on what you want to wear. It is usually one of the biggest challenges. But laying out your clothes and including all accessories, shoes, socks, hats, whatever you need and packing it accordingly will ensure you are photo ready.
    2. How many different looks are you hoping to photograph – we love it when we have more to work with than one outfit… different colors and textures create a new you, and a new feel.
  1. Keeping all the above in mind, give yourself time to achieve all you hope to capture.

    1. Rushing and squeezing too much into a short session will only frustrate you. You know how much you enjoy getting photos taken – so keep in mind your tolerance level as well – if you are not wanting to be there, it will show. We want happy customers. Some individuals will stay all day, all week! They love posing, changing looks… and that is not easy either… so set a goal on a time frame as this helps everyone achieve the best session possible. 

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MusicRow Magazine: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Receive ‘MusicRow’ No. 1 Challenge Coins


• January 15, 2016 • 
Pictured (L-R): Troy Stephenson, Shane McAnally. Photo: Moments by Moser
Pictured (L-R): Troy Stephenson, Shane McAnally. Photo: Moments by Moser

Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne each accepted their latest MusicRow No. 1 Challenge Coins this week at the office of SMACK Songs.
MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart Director Troy Stephenson presented the coins, which are earned by artists and songwriters when their single reaches No. 1 on the chart.
McAnally’s latest coin is for his writing credit on Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer.”

Pictured (L-R): Troy Stephenson, Josh Osborne. Photo: Moments by Moser
Pictured (L-R): Troy Stephenson, Josh Osborne. Photo: Moments by Moser

Meanwhile, Osborne earned his latest coin for Tim McGraw’s “Top Of The World.”
McAnally and Osborne each earned five No. 1 singles on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart in 2015.
They are also frequent collaborators, with shared credits on songs like Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child,” Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” and Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”
See the list of No. 1 Challenge Coins.

MusicRow Magazine: Big & Rich Celebrate Back-To-Back Top 10 Hits With Nashville Party

• January 13, 2016 • 
 
Big & Rich Records Celebrates two Back-To-Back Top 10s and more!Mt Richmore Nashville, TN1.12.16 Photo By Bev Moser *Moments by Moser
Pictured (Front Row, L-R): John Rich, Big Kenny. (Back Row, L-R): Ron Cerrito, Mike Nobrega, Whitney Daane, Jeff Solima, Rob Dalton.

New Revolution Records’ Big & Rich threw a party at Mt. Richmore (John Rich’s house) last night (Jan. 12) to celebrate back-to-back Top 10 hits with “Look At You” and “Run Away With You.” And as a bonus, they recently saw the most first week adds in their career for the current single, “Lovin’ Lately,” featuring Tim McGraw.
The event was held on level three of Rich’s home. It featured a full bar, stage, and big screen TV that was showing music videos from Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Jason Aldean. All of the songs were co-written by John Rich or Big Kenny.
Marc Oswald, who handles the manger role for Big & Rich, welcomed the crowd before introducing members of BMI, ASCAP, New Revolution, and Kobalt Music Publishing.
Big Kenny took the mic to preach about how “this team has been grinding for years and is on a constant voyage.”
Rich shared the story of meeting Big Kenny at a showcase for the first time and getting hit in the face by a piece of candy that Kenny had thrown the stage. “We decided to write together and had a song on our first meeting. And since then, we have written over 500 songs together,” said Rich.
Many familiar faces were present including Tim McGraw, Michael Ray, and legendary news journalist Dan Rather.

All photos courtesy of Bev Moser/Moments By Moser.
Pictured (L-R): John Rich, x, Jody Williams, Big Kenny.
Pictured (L-R): John Rich, Michael Martin (ASCAP), Jody Williams (BMI), Big Kenny.
View of Nashville from Mt. Richmore.
View of Nashville from Mt. Richmore.
Big & Rich Records Celebrates two Back-To-Back Top 10s and more!Mt Richmore Nashville, TN1.12.16 Photo By Bev Moser *Moments by Moser