Songwriter/artist of the year Brad Paisley and songwriter of the year Ben Hayslip were repeat winners Oct. 29 as ASCAP recognized masters of the three-minute script at its 50th annual Country Music Awards at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel. Sony/ATV/EMI won music publisher of the year and the Jake Owen hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” tied Hayslip's “Honey Bee” as performed by Blake Shelton for ASCAP’s song of the year honor.
SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its Songwriter of the Year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least one title on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs every week during the eligibility period. And the Song of the Year honor went to Jon Stone, who co-wrote Lee Brice's hit “A Woman Like You,”
Since its formal inception as “old-time music” in the early 20th century, country has witnessed a stylistic tug of war between pop and traditional forces. Now, country’s big tent is propped up not by just those two poles but three: traditional country, pop-influenced music and a rock-edged sound. As the genre draws younger music fans, whom historically spend more than older consumers on entertainment, it's challenging fans who are reaching the upper end of country radio’s preferred 25-54 demographic.
George Strait is leaving the concert trail. The iconic country star announced plans for his last formal tour, the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, during a press conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showed up at Brett James' Music Row compound for an ASCAP songwriting retreat Aug. 27-29. Songwriters grounded in several different genres-country, pop, dance and Christian-spent the first two days writing son
After popular country acts such as Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry were able to use the state and county fair circuits to boost their visibility, new up and coming artists are trying to follow in their footsteps on the way to notoriety and success.