Members of the Nashville music industry’s creative community offered their best golf games (and costume ideas) during the 29th annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament (MRLGT), which was held Aug. 17 at Franklin, Tenn.’s Old Natchez Country Club.
The event raised approximately $65,000 to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, and counted ASCAP, City National Bank, Tim McGraw, Chris Young and McGhee Entertainment as sponsors. McGhee Entertainment was also named the 2015 MRLGT Director’s Award honoree. Meanwhile, McGraw was honored with a special award from the MRLGT in recognition of his years of support (the honor was accepted by McGraw’s manager Scott Siman).
The MRLGT’s 2015 Contributing Sponsors also included Big Machine Label Group, Country Music Association, Maverick, Tim Perryman, Reba, Allen Reynolds, Joe Don and Tiffany Rooney, Blake Shelton, Slo & Low BBQ, SunTrust Bank and UMG Nashville.
Since its inception in 1987, the tournament has raised almost $1.9 million to date for United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.
Tournament Founder/Director Herky Williams said, “Even after 29 years, we still continue to pick up momentum. This will be our biggest year since we switched to having only one tee time, and next year’s 30th anniversary will be our best tournament yet. Once again our planning committee stepped up and did an outstanding job.”
Lorie Hollabaugh • August 6, 2015 •The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Nashville recently held an Inside Scoop from Music Sups panel at Nashville’s The Listening Room. Seven music supervisors from various media included, Danny Exum (Workshop Creative – Trailers), Thomas Golubic (Super Music Vision – Television), Andrew Kahn (Good Ear Music Supervision – Advertising), Daniel Kuypers (Energy BBDO – Advertising), Frankie Pine (Whirly Girl – Television), Chris Restivo (Toy Box Entertainment – Trailers), and Russell Ziecker (Lionsgate – Television). Panelists have worked on projects such as ABC’s Nashville, Orange Is the New Black, and Halt and Catch Fire in addition to advertising clients Wrigley, Ziplock and Southern Comfort.
• • •
• • •
“Shelby brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our team. He is determined to do what it takes to succeed and he is full of optimism about accomplishing goals. I think a company like Banner Music is known for the quality of artists and songwriters they sign and I believe Shelby’s personality and commitment is a good fit because he supports and strengthens our company’s reputation by having the same qualities that we have,” said Daniel Kleindienst, co-owner/songwriter/producer of Banner Music.
Moments By Moser Photography Reveals Industry Insights
Twitter: @MomentsByMoser | www.momentsbymoser.zenfolio.com
Moments By Moser Photography captures the moments to create memories for a variety of Corporate and Private Events, Weddings, Industry Awards, Conferences and Live Performances; as well as portraits for CD Covers and Artist Portfolios.
What are the biggest changes you see happening in your industry? And how do they impact you?
The digital photography is by far the biggest challenge we face. It is a catch 22. Great as it makes our work streamlined and efficient; but in the same breath so many people now “think” they are a photographer and it has hampered our professionalism. Poor work ethics, lack of business skill and price slashing impacts us as a whole.
What do you want people to know about your work?
We take pride in treating each client as if they were our only one. Our turn around time on delivery is fast and professional. Pricing is competitive but fair. We have been in business over 15 years!
What are your biggest goals?
Our biggest goals would be to build a larger than life photography studio with permanent and sliding backgrounds, lighting etc. Realistic "at the moment goals" are to grow with changes in our industry concerning the digital explosion and continue to strive to meet expectations of our clients.
Finally, who should contact you and why?
Event planners, publicicsts or management, brides, families, producers, event venues … anyone who wants images made! That is a lot of people!!
What sets you apart from competition?
The biggest thing we know of that sets us apart is what you get for your hard earned money in comparison to many other “package deal” photographers; is not even comparable. Most give you a small set number of images out of the 1000’s taken .. we give you the 1000’s!
Sarah Skates • July 16, 2015 •
Cash popularized many of her own compositions, including “Seven Year Ache,” “Blue Moon With Heartache” and “Hold On.” James’ songwriter credits include “Hooked On A Feeling” (B.J. Thomas, Blue Swede), “Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Presley) and “Always On My Mind” (Willie Nelson). Stevens is the tunesmith behind “Suspicions” and “Drivin’ My Life Away” (Eddie Rabbitt) and “Crazy In Love” (Conway Twitty). Wiseman’s resume is known for “Live Like You Were Dying” (Tim McGraw), “Believe” (Brooks & Dunn) and “The Good Stuff” (Kenny Chesney).
“Nashville remains the primary destination for anyone with an appreciation of songwriters and the art of songwriting,” said Pat Alger, a past inductee and chair of the organization’s board of directors. “Since 1970, the legacy of those great songwriters has been celebrated and preserved by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Each year only a few are elected to this high honor, and this year we are proud to welcome the class of 2015: Mark James and Craig Wiseman in the songwriter category; Even Stevens in the veteran songwriter category and Rosanne Cash as our songwriter/artist.”
The four new inductees will join the 196 existing members of the elite organization when they are officially inducted during the 45th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Music City Center. The evening will feature tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists. In recent years artists such as Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift have participated in the event. Fellow songwriters’ organization the Nashville Songwriters Association International also presents its annual awards for Best Song, Songwriter and Songwriter/Artist, as well as the Top 10 “Songs I Wish I Had Written” as determined by their professional songwriters division.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Gala are $250 each. Select seating is available to the public and may be purchased as available by contacting Executive Director Mark Ford at email@example.com or 615-460-6556.
Prior inductees include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Garth Brooks, Felice & Boudleaux Bryant, Johnny Cash, Don & Phil Everly, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Bob McDill, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker and Hank Williams.
Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and nominations for 11 more, as well as 21 Top-40 hits, including 11 #1 singles. Born in Memphis to legendary Country artist Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto, Rosanne’s second album was the landmark Seven Year Ache in 1981. The self-penned song, “Seven Year Ache,” became a #1 record (her first), as did her “Blue Moon With Heartache.” Co-writer Vince Gill also hit with two of their songs during the ’80s: “If It Weren’t For Him” and “Never Alone.” From that point, Rosanne’s albums would prove worthy vehicles for her considerable songwriting talent, as evidenced by “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” “Second To No One,” “Hold On” (the 1987 BMI Country Song of the Year), “If You Change Your Mind,” “What We Really Want” and “The Wheel.” Her latest release, 2014’s The River and the Thread, received three Grammy Awards earlier this year. Additionally Rosanne has been selected as the 2015 artist in residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where she will perform three concerts in September.
Even Stevens is a noted record maker, producer and graphic artist. The Ohio native served in the U.S. Coast Guard, then settled in San Francisco to perform in the city’s nightspots as a folkie. Back in Ohio, he was working as a graphic artist when an uncle persuaded him to come to Nashville to pitch the songs he’d been writing. Hooking up with the then-unknown Eddie Rabbitt, Even began collaborating on songs that would soon make his friend a superstar: “Drivin’ My Life Away,” “I Love A Rainy Night,” “Step By Step” and “Suspicions” (BMI’s 1980 Country Song of the Year). Even’s collaborations with others resulted in hits for artists like Dr. Hook (“When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”), Conway Twitty (“Crazy In Love”), Ricky Skaggs (“Lovin’ Only Me”), Lacy J. Dalton (“Black Coffee”) and the Oak Ridge Boys (“No Matter How High”). “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers was named ASCAP Country Song of the Year in 1982.
Mark James grew up in Houston, Texas, along with B.J. Thomas, who was the first to make his songs hits. By the late 1960s, Mark was signed as a staff songwriter to Memphis producer Chips Moman’s publishing company. Moman produced Thomas’ versions of “The Eyes Of A New York Woman” and “Hooked On A Feeling” in 1968-69, and these became Mark’s debut songwriting successes. He issued his own version of “Suspicious Minds” (also produced by Moman) on Scepter Records in 1968 before Elvis Presley made it a smash the following year using the same arrangement. These songs, as well as hits such as “Sunday Sunrise” (Brenda Lee) and “Moody Blue” (Elvis Presley) were all created by Mark as a solo writer. Mark also co-wrote the hits “It’s Only Love” (B.J. Thomas) and “One Hell Of A Woman” (Mac Davis). One of Mark’s biggest hits came via Willie Nelson’s 1982 recording of “Always On My Mind.” A collaboration with fellow Memphians Johnny Christopher and Wayne Carson, that song – named 1982 Song of the Year for NSAI, the ACM and the CMA – earned the writers a pair of Grammys for Best Country Song and for Best Song.
Craig Wiseman moved to Nashville in 1985 to pursue a songwriting career and by age 24 received his first cut by the legendary Roy Orbison. Since then, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native has become one of Nashville’s most celebrated songwriters. He was ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 2003, 2005 & 2007 and in 2014 earned the organization’s Heritage Award as its most-performed Country music songwriter of the past century. In 2005, he received a Best Country Song Grammy for “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. That song also earned both ACM and CMA Song of the Year honors, as did his “Believe” by Brooks & Dunn the following year. Other hits from Craig’s catalog include “Summertime” and “The Good Stuff” by Kenny Chesney (2003 ASCAP Country Song of the Year), “Where The Green Grass Grows” by Tim McGraw, “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, the AC hit “A Baby Changes Everything” by Faith Hill, “Hillbilly Bone” by Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins, “Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton & The Pistol Annies and the rock hit “Chalk Outline” by Three Days Grace. To date, Craig has had well over 300 cuts, 100 singles and 21 #1s.
DRX July ShowcaseThe DRX Artist Showcase was held July 7 at 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill. Dove award-winning and Grammy-nominated artist Ty Herndon hosted the July showcase, which featured performances by Brian Collins, Carissa Leigh, Sarah Ross, Nick Sturms and Amy Wilcox. The next monthly DRX showcase is scheduled for Aug. 4.
Bobby Karl • July 1, 2015 •
You might have met her when she was a Belmont student.
Or you might have met her when she was a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
You might have met her when she was the receptionist at MTM Records. Or you might have met her when she was singing demos for the songwriters and publishers on Music Row.
You might have met her when she was singing with Pat Alger & The Algerians at Douglas Corner Café. Or you might have met her when she was a hopeful newcomer at MCA Records.
She tells me that I met her on at least three of those occasions. I don’t remember. “Was I nice?” I asked. “Oh, yes, always,” she assures me. Thank goodness for that.
What I do remember is that the first time I heard her on MCA, I called her “Goddess.” To her face. And that is what I have called her ever since.
And Goddess she was, at the opening of her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
“You were invited because you are my friends and my family,” Trisha Yearwood told the attendees at the opening party on Tuesday evening (6/30). “You supported me from the beginning.
“Those of you who’ve known me for a long time know that I am not a cryer. But I am so emotional, so bear with me. I am so honored. From having been a tour guide here, I have such respect for the people who work here.
“I’m kind of in a daze….The power of music is why we’re here,” she added, referring to the exhibit’s title, The Song Remembers When. She thanked that song’s composer, Hugh Prestwood. Also thanked was Jon Ims, who wrote her breakthrough hit, “She’s In Love With the Boy.”
She singled out “the first Garth,” producer Garth Fundis, as well as “the second Garth,” husband Garth Brooks, with whom she is now on a record-shattering national concert tour. Both were in the party crowd.
“Our Queen for a Day is Miss Trisha Yearwood,” said museum vice president Carolyn Tate. “She owns one of music’s most expressive and powerful voices.”
Tate added that Yearwood is now a multi-media phenom with her own cookbooks, TV cooking show, kitchenware line, acting credits and, now, her own namesake “Shero” Barbie Doll. OMG: I must have one.
“Enjoy the exhibit,” said Goddess.
We did. It includes mementos from her “Georgia Peach” childhood, including tragic early promo photos and a 45 r.p.m. record funded by her dad. She collected Elvis records as a kid and got an autograph, both of which are illustrated.
She came to Nashville in 1995 to attend Belmont. This is documented, as well. Awards, sheet music and costumes are displayed, including outfits from her roles on JAG and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Gorgeous gowns, including her fabulous wedding dress, are on display.
The exhibit concludes with stuff relating to her new status as a Southern-cuisine diva. Her Emmy-winning cooking TV show is a spin off from her displayed cookbooks and has spawned the also displayed kitchenware, cookware and the like.
Jen Falco, Eric Parker, Allie Brooks and members of Yearwood’s inner circle comprised the younger element of the attending multitude. Regular column fabulons working the room included Chuck Dauphin, Charlie Monk, Chris Horsnell, Bruce Hinton, Scott Borchetta, Bob Paxman, Maurice Miner, Mark Miller, Dave Pomeroy, Donna Hughes and Deborah Evans-Price.
Grammy-wining graphics queen Virginia Team hasn’t been seen at a Music Row party in ages. “I had to come,” she explained. “She is one of the greatest singers, ever.” Or as I put it, “Goddess.”
Yearwood’s own Grammys were admired by Steve Buchanan, Earle Simmons, Jeff Walker, Jane Braddock, Ken Levitan, the Frist Foundation’s Peter Bird, Harold Bradley, Tom Roland, real-estate maven Phil Ryan, Lisa Harless, Rusty Jones, Peter Cooper and Dave Pomeroy, among a throng of others.
All hail the Goddess.