Southern United States

  1. Carla Wallace

    November 28, 2012 6:50 PM EST Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music Hits With Bite It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which top ...

  2. Backbeat: CMA Fest Attracts Over 70,000; Blake Shelton, Gary Overton, WME Execs Hang in Press Room

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Blake Shelton makes a point during the press conference prior to his performance at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. (Photo: Vernell Hackett) Milder weather and expanded seating at LP Field for the night shows brought in more fans to the CMA Music ...

  3. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  4. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  5. Cracker Barrel Releases Special Edition Edens Edge CD

    June 07, 2012 11:32 AM EDT From left to right, Jake Basden, BMLG Publicity Director; Erin Burr, BMLG Publicity Manager, Cherrill Green (Edens Edge), Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, marketing manager, Hannah Blaylock (Edens Edge); Dean Berner (Edens Edge) and ...

  6. Backbeat: CMA Week Kicks Off With Party at AristoMedia's Jeff Walker's House

    June 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT (L-R): CMA Close Up editor Bob Doerschuk, Australian artist Craig Morrison, host/AristoMedia CEO Jeff Walker and publicist Judy Mayes at party at Walker's home in Nashville welcoming international artists and executives. (Photo: Deborah Evans ...

  7. Civil Wars Postpone European Shows Due to Illness

    March 16, 2012 8:49 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars will postpone a piece of its European tour. A news release Friday morning says the delay in shows from March 26 through April 4 is due to a serious illness in the band's immediate fami ...

  8. Backbeat: Louisiana Makes Touring Sales Pitch With Ledisi, Trombone Shorty

    February 13, 2012 2:06 PM EST Ledisi gets funky with guitarist Nate Mercereaux and Trombone Shorty at the Only in Louisiana brunch. Louisiana has long popularized the tax breaks it supplies film and television shows, but at Saturday's annual Only in Louisiana brunch, they ...

  9. Billboard Power 100: Steve Moore

    January 26, 2012 10:06 PM EST No. 61 Steve Moore CEO Country Music Assn. Twitter: @CountryMusic Music City's Main Man... A longtime fixture on Nashville's live music scene, Steve Moore was appointed CEO of the Country Music Assn. in August 2010. No other style-focuse ...

  10. Eric Church, Zac Brown Bringing 'Authentic Country' to Charts -- Will Others Follow?

    August 09, 2011 12:45 PM EDT A thoughtful look at Billboard's country charts might suggest there's a storm brewing. On the Country Songs chart dated Aug. 13, Zac Brown Band earned its sixth straight No. 1 single -- a feat no group has accomplished since Restless Hea ...

  11. Marshall Grant, Longtime Johnny Cash Bandmember, Dead at 83

    August 08, 2011 4:32 PM EDT Marshall Grant, a longtime member of Johnny Cash's original backing band, The Tennessee Two, died in Arkansas after falling ill after rehearsing for a concert to raise funds for the restoration of Cash's boyhood home. He was 83. Memorial ...

  12. National Folk Festival Coming to Nashville

    August 03, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos. But it has music. Lots of it. The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate ...

  13. CMA Music Fest Generates a Record $30 Million for Nashville

    June 23, 2011 5:37 PM EDT The 40th annual CMA Music Festival generated approximately $30 million in direct visitor spending for the city of Nashville, according to a press release from the organization. The figure was up from $24 million last year, and $15.5 million in 200 ...

  14. Radio Panel Attributes Success To 'Difficult Times' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 9:39 AM EDT Radio Panel (from left): Skip Bishop, Senior VP/Promotion, Sony Music Nashville; Jon Anthony, Program Director, WSIX Nashville; Jan Jeffries, Senior Vice President, Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc.; Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Radio Networks; Ste ...

  15. Global Showcases Help Kick-Off Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 02, 2011 2:41 PM EDT Eighteen Country artists representing five different countries were announced for this year's annual Global Events showcases, set for June 6-7 and coinciding with the Billboard/CMA Country Music Summit , which kicks off CMA Music Festival wee ...

  16. Tennessee Passes Web Entertainment Theft Bill

    June 01, 2011 4:54 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login -- even with permission -- to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Net ...

  17. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Country music stars Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and the band Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music ...

  18. Billboard, CMA Reteam For Country Music Summit

    February 19, 2011 9:00 AM EST The second annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association (CMA), will take place June 6-7 in Nashville. The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as art ...

  19. W. Va. Country Music Singer Doc Williams Dies

    February 02, 2011 5:55 AM EST Country music singer Doc Williams became a big star in small places through the power of radio. In the years before World War II, his Wheeling, W.Va.-based radio show built him a following in Maine, Vermont and the Canadian provinces -- places whe ...

  20. Cracker Barrel Serves Up Cornbread, Eggs and CDs

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The thought of eggs over easy and country ham often means long lines at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. That's nothing compared to the wait The Grascals had, though. The bluegrass band waited three years to get what they wanted from the pop ...

  21. Faith Hill Plays Free Show For Katrina's Victims

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a fr ...

  22. Justin Bieber Contributes To Tenn. Flood Relief

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber is proving he's not the only one in his world. He brought his "My World" tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and donated a portion of every ticket sale to Middle Tennessee flood relief. Promoter AEG Live matched ...

  23. Gary Allan Joins Billboard Summit

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gary Allan has signed on as a panelist at the inaugural Billboard Country Summit June 7-8 at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Allan joins a group of live-talent executives for “Country Road,” sponsored by Bridgestone Arena and moderated by Billbo ...

  24. CMA Music Fest To Donate Proceeds Flood Relief

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association is planning to donate half of its net proceeds from the CMA Music Festival to flood relief. The money will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The other half of the proceeds is annually donated to Metr ...

  25. ACM Awards Show Eyeing A Move To Texas

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Academy of Country Music is eyeing the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for its 2012 awards show, which would make it the first trophy ceremony presented in a venue of that magnitude. The stadium, which is able to accommodate as many a ...

  26. Flood Update: A Check On Nashville's Venues

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sally Williams, GM of the Ryman, says that famed venue is unscathed, and a sold out Goo Goo Dolls show was moved from Sunday to last night. “We didn't have a full house, but the enthusiasm of the folks that were there was inspiring,” Williams ...

  27. Good Works: Toby Keith Lines Up Charity Event For Ill Children

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic is set for May 21-22 in Norman, Okla., with proceeds slated to aid severely ill children and their families at the Oklahoma University Medical Center. Keith has collected nearly $3 million for chari ...

  28. Business Matters: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness, EMI, Gretchen Wilson

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In an article at the Times about falling recorded music revenue and its impact on new label signings, the potential of streaming music is briefly discussed. U2 manager Paul McGuinness said "falling CD sales can - hopefully - be made up for ...

  29. Jack Daniel's Seeks New Latin Talent

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jack Daniel's Studio No. 7 Latin Music Series has launched a "Battle of the Bands" competition where the winner gets to open a Los Angeles concert by Mexican artist Julieta Venegas. Although Jack Daniel's has hosted a U.S.-base ...

  30. Jack Cooke, Bandmate of Ralph Stanley, Dead At 72

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A longtime bluegrass bass player and singer with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys has died. Jack Cooke was 72. According to a press release Wednesday from Morris Public Relations, Cooke died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown of Norton, Va. ...

  31. CMA Chief Tammy Genovese Resigns

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST County Music Association CEO Tammy Genovese, a 24-year veteran of the organization, has resigned from her position, effective immediately. Genovese is widely regarded in the industry as a resourceful and tenacious advocate for country music and it ...

  32. Briefs: Michael Jackson Sales, Jazz Times, Red Mountain

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did the estimate for Michael Jackson 's lifetime sales figure go from 200 million albums to 750 million in recent years? "A likely explanation is that a rough tally of individual songs was misinterpreted or misrepresented to refle ...

  33. McEntire, McBride Announced For CMA Fest

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, reigning Country Music Association new artist of the year award winner Lady Antebellum, country star Trace Adkins, rising star and "Dancing with the Stars" sensation Julianne Hough and rising star Miranda ...

  34. Hough, Owen, Zac Brown Top ACM New Artists

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Julianne Hough, Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band have been named top new female vocalist, top new male vocalist and top new vocal duo or group, respectively, by the Academy of Country Music. The three winners are now nominees for the top new artist aw ...

  35. Latin News Briefs: Marroquin, Jack Daniel's

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Rick Marroquin, most recently chief marketing officer for Batanga, has left the company to join Mediabrands , an advertising buying and media planning group. Marroquin will head up a new unit focusing on Hispanic and multicultural media. -Mexican ...

  36. Primary Wave Buys Tennessee Ernie Ford Catalog

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Primary Wave has purchased the publishing interest in the Tennessee Ernie Ford catalog that has reverted to the late singer's estate, Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In total, the Primary Wave deal take ...

  37. Nashville Business Manager Gary Smith Dead

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Noted Nashville business manager Gary Smith died in a hunting accident Aug. 12 in a rural area of middle Tennessee. Smith, the founder of Smith Wiles & Co. and Copyright Exchange, was 52. His wife, Sherri, and sons, Tyler and Tanner, survive h ...

  38. Eddy Arnold May Chart Again

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The late Eddy Arnold may chart again. To commemorate what would have been his 90th birthday on May 15, RCA Nashville shipped "To Life," a cut from his 100th album, 2005's "After All This Time," to country radio and asked t ...

  39. Little Big Town, Morgan Join Montgomery Gentry For ACM Ride

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Little Big Town, Craig Morgan, James Otto and Lady Antebellum are among the 25 country artists that will join hosts Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry for the Academy of Country Music's 5th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride on May 17 in Las Vegas. ...

  40. CMT Awards Set For April

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The CMT Music Awards will return to Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University on April 14. The show will air on CMT and CMT.com. It marks the third time that the show and its live red carpet pre-show will be broadcast from Belmont. The f ...

  41. Jack Daniel's Toasts New Aussie Concert Series

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey has teamed with Sydney-based tour promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment (MCE) to launch a series of metropolitan and regional concerts, entitled The JD Sets. Logistics are still being worked out. But Jack Daniel ...

  42. L.A.'s Cherokee Studios To Close

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles area Cherokee Studios has been slated for demolition to make way for eco-friendly artist lofts. The Cherokee Studios will close its doors on August 31 after 32 years and over 300 gold or platinum selling efforts. The Robb brothers - De ...

  43. Brooks & Dunn, Underwood Honored At ICM Awards

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Event held Nov. 9. In addition to winning big at the Country Music Assn. Awards, Brooks & Dunn and Carrie Underwood were also among the winners at the 12th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards, held Nov. 9 at the Acuff Theatre in Nashvill ...

  44. Agajanian Wins ICM Entertainer Of The Year

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dennis Agajanian took home the entertainer of the year award at the 11th annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show last night (Nov. 10) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Dennis Agajanian took home the entertainer of the year award at the 1 ...

  45. Nashville Scene

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT What happens when you are primarily known as a country artist, but you have soul music in your heart? If you are Lari White, you start your own label, Skinny WhiteGirl Records, and make the album you What happens when you are primarily known as a ...

  46. Red Mountain Ent. Adds Partner

    July 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Ruffino joins team, most recently with New Era. John Ruffino has joined Red Mountain Entertainment, Inc., as one of four partners at the concert and event promotion company based in Birmingham, Ala. Formed last month, Red Mountain promotes concert ...

  47. McCoury Settles With Copper Creek

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bluegrass superstar Del McCoury has agreed to a settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit he filed against independent label Copper Creek Records last year. NASHVILLE -- Bluegrass superstar Del McCoury has agreed to a settlement in a copyrigh ...

  48. McCoury Settles With Copper Creek

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT No money changed hands. Bluegrass superstar Del McCoury has agreed to a settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit he filed against independent label Copper Creek Records last year. The Grammy Award-winning artist and his label, McCoury Music, ...

  49. Court Rejects RIAA Subpoenas

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Identities of students don't have to be revealed. A federal magistrate has ruled that two North Carolina universities do not have to reveal the identities of two students accused to sharing copyrighted music on the Internet. The music industr ...

  50. Cracker Barrel Nabs Exclusive Krauss Compilation

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Album available May 10. Alison Krauss + Union Station will have a new compilation CD available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations across the U.S. beginning May 10. Titled "Home on the Highways," the CD is a collect ...

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