Countless seminars and panels, lunch with Alan Jackson, plus a cruise boat filled with some of Nashville's biggest artists and most promising upstarts -- all part of day two of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar (CRS).
The panels, which covered such topics as sales and digital marketing, took the main part of the morning hours, but music would be the drawing power at lunch. Alan Jackson performed during the luncheon sponsored by Capitol / EMI. The singer also shared stories from his career, and also played blurbs from some of his biggest records, such as "Pop a Top," "Here In The Real World," and "Designated Drinker," a cut with George Strait from his 2002 "Drive" album that he told the crowd he wished could have been a single.
After lunch, it was back to more panels for some of the attendees at the seminar but by afternoon's end, it was time for many to board the buses waiting outside Nashville's Convention Center that would transport guests to the General Jackson cruise ship for the 26th annual Sony Music Nashville show.
Hosting the show were GAC's Storme Warren as well as the label's Sara Evans and Kellie Pickler. Jake Owen performed his current hit single "Alone With You," as well as his mega-hit "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" to a great response from the crowd. Other highlights included Pickler's soaring version of "Stop Cheatin' On Me," from her latest set "100 Proof," Evans's rousing "Suds In The Bucket," as well as the premiere of newcomer Kristen Kelly. The Texan had the audience mesmerized with her powerful voice. If the label chooses to go with "Ex-Old Man," it could be a major hit for the newcomer.
Also appearing on the boat show were Kix Brooks, who debuted his new single "New to This Town," to a strong response. Carrie Underwood closed the show with a mini-set that included the debut of her single "Good Girl." With the single being officially released to radio at 10 p.m. -- exactly when passengers were leaving the boat, it might be an understatement to say the song will be the most added at country radio next week.
The night closed with a much-talked about showcase at the Renaissance Hotel. Black River Entertainment rolled out newcomer Glen Templeton, who wowed the crowd with his energetic presence, as well as rising stars Sarah Darling and Due West. Both acts have been slowly rising to the forefront for the past couple of years, and now they seem to have the type of material they need to take that next step.
Stay tuned for the third and final day of CRS…