Nashville Notes: NFL Unveils Carrie Underwood's New 'Sunday Night' Theme; Thomas Rhett & Friends Team Up

Carrie Underwood onstage during the 2016 CMT Music awards
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Carrie Underwood onstage during the 2016 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

Thomas Rhett will launch his first-ever charity event, Thomas Rhett & Friends, on Oct. 4 at Nashville-area restaurant The Old School. The night includes a concert, dinner and post-show s'mores, with Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes and songwriter Shane McAnally ("Noise," "T-Shirt") the first announced guests. More are expected to be named. Meanwhile, Jason Aldean has become an old pro at fundraising. He will hold the 11th Concert for the Cure as part of the annual Opry Goes Pink initiative, flipping a switch at the Grand Ole Opry to turn its traditional red barn backdrop to pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Aldean will also turn over a check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation after raising money for the cause throughout his 2016 tour.

Carrie Underwood's two-minute musical track for NBC's new Sunday Night Football theme was officially unveiled Aug. 29, less than two weeks before the season officially kicks off. The song, "Sunday Night," is adapted from Underwood's duet with Miranda Lambert, "Somethin' Bad," and the new version uses the same "clappin'/happen" rhyme scheme from the chorus of the original. The package incorporates 12 NFL players, including three members of the Seattle Seahawks and two each from the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.

Kenny Chesney claimed a total audience of more than 121,000 during a two-night stand at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., that represented the close of his Spread the Love Tour. Joined by Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Sam Hunt, Chesney packed a total of 14 stadium shows into his summer schedule. Gillette has now been the final stadium gig on at least five straight Chesney summer tours.

SoundExchange enlisted two songwriting families as it hosts the fifth installment in its Influencers Series at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. The event, featuring music and dialogue about current industry issues, features songwriter Marcus Hummon ("Bless the Broken Road," "Born to Fly") and his son, Valory singer-songwriter Levi Hummon; plus songwriter Paul Overstreet ("Forever and Ever, Amen," "Some Beach") and his daughter, singer-songwriter Summer Overstreet



First Tennessee Bank established a music industry banking division, installing Andrew Kintz to head the department. Kintz was most recently SunTrust Sports and Entertainment Group managing director.

Music business software company Kalatech hired Jason Morris as vp music business affairs. The veteran music publisher adds the role to his work at Eleven Eleven Music Group, which he co-founded.

John Berry signed a concert booking deal with Buddy Lee Attractions.

Global Eyes artist Jessa joined the booking roster at Kinkead Entertainment.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Watkins reached an agreement with Warner/Chappell on a publishing deal. 

Adam Wakefield, runner-up in the spring 2016 season of NBC's The Voice, secured Nashville Music Media for PR.

Paulette Carlson joined the roster at Webster Public Relations.

Bluegrass agency Moonstruck Management signed the Sweetwater String Band for management and concert booking … 

A scholarship in Savannah Rae Schmidt's name is being established at the Middle Tennessee State University College of Media and Entertainment. The MTSU student, who died May 19, had been pursuing public relations, inspired by her mother, Schmidt Relations founder Jessie Schmidt (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan).

The Grammy Foundation is accepting submissions for its grant program through Oct. 1.



WDRQ Detroit midday personality Jessica Poxson was promoted to assistant PD.

WIL St. Louis assistant PD/music director Danny Montana added middays to his role. 

KWNR Las Vegas placed Wayne "Big D" Danielson in the afternoon slot, beginning Aug. 22. He has been employed at iHeartMedia/Las Vegas for 15 months as assistant PD/music director/afternoon host for rhythmic top 40 KPLV.

The Cliff & Sharon Show, hosted by Cliff Dumas and Sharon Burns, went into syndication through Talent Farm. The program was already on four stations, including country outlets KBYB Texarkana, and KTKU Juneau and KGTW Ketchikan in Alaska.

Ryan Petrosso was promoted to iHeartMedia/Charlotte, N.C., senior vp sales from general sales manager, reported. The five-station cluster includes country WKKT.

Dave Hovel joined iHeartMedia/Salisbury-Ocean City, Md., as senior vp programming, according to The six-station domain includes country WWFG. WICL Williamsport, Md., filled Hovel's post by promoting Jason Tyler to PD/morning host. Midday talent Rona Mensah takes over afternoon drive from Tyler.

Tom Sheridan joined iHeartMedia/Milwaukee as a senior account executive, reported. The six-station portfolio includes country WMIL. Sheridan had been E.W. Scripps/Milwaukee general sales manager. Eric Lauer becomes the new Scripps/Milwaukee national sales manager and general sales manager for country WKTI. He was Cox Media/Jacksonville, Fla., general sales manager.

Nik Krastins joined Townsquare/Yakima-Tri-Cities, Wash., as regional market president, according to, after a stint as classic hits KJR Seattle general sales manager. His 11-station Townsquare territory includes two country outlets: KDBL Yakima and KORD Tri-Cities.

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