International touring is a viable part of an artist’s career, be they new or someone who is well established. The key to that tour and selling product is how hard an artist is willing to work to establish themselves in new areas around the world, whether it be via social media, television or radio.
Willie Nelson, the charismatic, outspoken and eminently entertaining country music icon, was one of this year's Billboard Country Music Summit's keynote speakers. Here, Nelson explains why he left Nashville for Texas in 1972, how he became part of the Outlaw movement, the possibility of a Highwaymen reunion with Jamey Johnson and, of course, his take on weed.
The LaBella Mansion in Nashville was a hotspot of activity Monday night as music and film industry from the West Coast and the Third Coast (Los Angeles and Nashville) mixed, mingled and hoped to stimulate business and collaboration In attendance: party host Donna Caldwell of Songs by Accident publishing, former rodeo cowboy Hollywood Yates, singer Carlos Deford Bailey, the Annie Moses Band and many others.
Luke Bryan discussed his career path from being a college kid working for his father, moving to Nashville at age 25, landing a publishing deal and finally cutting his touring teeth out on the road with Toby Keith at the "Artist Development Case Study Panel" at the Billboard Country Music Summit.
The Academy of Country Music takes on some heavy duty lifting when it comes to putting together their awards show weekend: From the awards show itself to the special tribute taping of the “Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert,” as well as philanthropic events like Big Machine's Outnumbering Hunger drive with Racal Flatts as well as the NRA's ACM Celebrity Shoot hosted by Blake Shelto - the Academy has a full plate of industry and fan events.
The 2012 Country Radio Seminar's final day featured insightful panels and analysis with execs like iHeartRadio's Owen Grover, MTV Networks Dermot McCormack and RCA's Josh Easler. Also, Faith Hill rocked the Warner Music Nashville luncheon while the New Faces Show included such up-and-comers as Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, David Nail and Sunny Sweeney.