Nashville Notes: Eli Young Band Switches Labels; Brad Paisley to Perform at Hall of Fame Benefit

Eli Young Band
Corey Wernecke

Eli Young Band

A round up of some of the many moves and shakes in country music.

-- Five years after the group signed with Republic Nashville, the Eli Young Band has moved to a sister Big Machine label, the Valory Music Co. The act’s first single on the new imprint will be released later this month.

-- Rosanne Cash will be the featured act in the Country Music Hall of Fame's annual Artist-in-Residence program, performing three shows during September. She will play the Grammy-winning album The River and the Thread in its entirety on Sept. 2 in the 800-seat CMA Theater, then will return Sept. 3 for a set with guests Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. Cash concludes with a Sept. 24 concert in the intimate Ford Theater with husband/producer John Leventhal. Surprise guests are often a part of the residency experience, which has included Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Kenny Rogers in its previous 12 years.

-- July 13 is the starting date for the new Sony Music Nashville executive team, tipped July 6 by Billboard. Steve Hodges steps in as vp promotion and artist development after a 20-year run with Capitol Nashville. As previously reported, Randy Goodman is the new chairman/CEO, with Ken Robold serving as executive vp/COO.

-- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will play Oct. 6 during the annual All for the Hall fundraiser at the Best Buy Theater in New York. With tickets starting at $1,000, the event -- which annually features Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris -- is a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s installment might also serve as a warm-up for the Country Music Association Awards, which have been slated for Nov. 4. Underwood and Paisley have co-hosted the CMAs for seven straight years.

This article first appeared in Billboard's Country Update -- sign up here.


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