From left: Starstruck Management Group's Brandon Blackstock, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, John Oates, Warner Music Nashville President & CEO, John Esposito, Red Light Management's Will Botwin, Starstruck Management Group's Narvel Blackstock (Photo: Brooke Kelly)
As the clock approached 2 a.m. at Warner Music Nashville's post CMA Awards party Wednesday night, bodies were still on the dance floor and a sheepish throng was still angling to get a photo or a few words with actor Eric Stonestreet -- a.k.a. Cameron Tucker on ABC's "Modern Family."
Held at the company's Music Row offices, the Warner party attracted a crowd of revelers that included CMA Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton, Faith Hill and hubby Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, the Jane Dear Girls, Hunter Hayes, Hall & Oates' John Oates, Gloriana, The Farm, The Dirt Drifters, HER & Kings County, Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, and Jason Jones, among others. In addition to a cadre of artists, Warner Music Nashville President/CEO John Esposito also welcomed Music Row's elite from the management and publishing communities. Among those in attendance were Narvel Blackstock and son Brandon from Starstruck Management Group, Red Light Management's Will Botwin, and Zac Taylor from Stephen White Management.
Publisher Rusty Gaston, partner/GM of This Music, was still glowing over the success of the Peach Pickers. The hit songwriting triumvirate Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson had a big week: Hayslip earned Songwriter of the Year at Sunday night's ASCAP Awards, while Akins and Davidson shared the honor at Monday night's BMI Awards. The Peach Pickers, so named in honor of their Georgia roots, are responsible for Shelton's hit "All About Tonight" as well as cuts by Josh Turner, Joe Nichols and others.
Gaston weighed in with an early prediction that newcomer Dean Alexander would be enjoying his share of success in the future. Alexander, who had been playing in Laura Bell Bundy's band, is currently working on his debut for Warner.
Attendees enjoyed live music from The Pat Patrick Band. Mollie McClymont of the Australian sister trio The McClymonts coaxed Billboard's Silvio Pietroluongo onto the dance floor.
Earlier in the week, the McClymonts received the 2011 CMA Global Country Artist Award. CMA CEO Steve Moore presented siblings Brooke, Samantha and Mollie with the award during a Nov. 7 reception. "It was incredible. We were so blown away to get Global Artist of the Year," Mollie told Billboard while taking a break form the dance floor. "It was a real honor to be recognized for doing something good for country music."
Though most of Music Row is winding down following last night's CMA Awards, Warner's Faith Hill is among the acts returning to Bridgestone Arena this evening to tape CMA Country Christmas set to air Dec. 1 on ABC.