Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

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Brad Paisley raised more than half his stated goal of $1 million within the first six days of launching a GoFundMe page to help citizens in his native West Virginia recover from a ghastly flood that hit the state on June 23. He seeded the fund with a $100,000 personal donation and had earned roughly $600,000 in pledges from 5,640-plus people as of July 8. Paisley is unfortunately more familiar with floods than he cares to be — the 2010 Nashville flood destroyed guitars and equipment that he owned and forced his crew to remake parts of the set for that year's tour at the last minute. Floods also impacted the Midwest: classic country KFTI Wichita, Kan., shut down during the weekend when water in the station's facility put the station's transmitter at risk. Waters were receding July 5, though the station remained offline that afternoon. Five Scripps/Wichita sister stations remained in operation.

An Oct. 18 street date has been assigned for Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark. Written by his former publicist Tamara Saviano, who also produced the album This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, the 406-page effort was started in 2008 and finished this spring just days prior to his May 17 death. More than 200 people were interviewed for the work, and Saviano was also granted access to the journals of Clark's wife, songwriter Susanna Clark ("Come From the Heart," "Easy From Now On"). Texas A&M University Press is publishing the book as part of a series on Texas music.

Curb duo American Young will release its self-titled debut on Aug. 5 after finishing the 12-song project with co-producer Lee Brice. The pair comprises songwriter Jon Stone, who co-wrote Brice's "A Woman Like You," and Kristy Osmunson, formerly one-half of the female duo Bomshel. The twosome collectively wrote 11 of the album's tracks.

 

'ROUND THE ROW

CMT made four adjustments to its executive team with two hires and two promotions. New vp consumer marketing Rory Levine spent seven years with BBC America, most recently serving as American Institute of Graphic Arts director of marketing and communications. New vp program planning Tessa Jordan was recently Nickelodeon director of brand and content management. Heather DeVaney Graffagnino was promoted to vp production management from senior director, and Quinn Brown was raised to vp production from executive producer … 

Hedley Entertainment hired Anthony Corder as director of publishing and added Dean Dillon ("Marina Del Rey," "Tennessee Whiskey") to the writing roster at the firm. Corder was previously Dark Horse Institute music business instructor … 

Warner/Chappell Nashville promoted B.J. Hill to vp A&R from senior director. Hill will split his time between Warner/Chappell and Rhythm House, a new company formed by songwriter-producer Jesse Frasure ("Fix," "Crash and Burn") in tandem with Warner/Chappell and Roc Nation. Frasure was previously Major Bob vp A&R … 

Dave Cobb's Low Country Sound and Warner/Chappell Nashville signed co-publishing deals with songwriters Adam Hood, Charlie Pate and Aaron Raitiere

Big Machine Music added Emily Landis to its writing corps … 

Average Joes duo The Lacs formed a new label, Barn Burner, with plans to release music by Racket County, a band the duo formed with tour mates Hard Target. Average Joes will handle distribution … 

Music Health Alliance will honor Hazel Smith as a Music Row Storyteller on Aug. 15 at Well Placed Smile in Nashville, with receipts earmarked for MHA… Pioneering guitarist Scotty Moore died June 28 in Nashville. His work with Elvis Presley on "That's All Right," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Don't Be Cruel," to name just a few, set a standard for future musicians. Moore's ventures also included a studio, Music City Recorders, that hosted hit sessions in the 1970s for John Conlee, Moe Bandy and Ronnie McDowell … 

Thirty Tigers partner/vp sales Bob Goldstone died July 3 of injuries from a biking accident near his home in Pegram, Tenn. Thirty Tigers president/founder David Macias referred to Goldstone as "the beating, loving heart" of the company. Goldstone's résumé included stints with Tower Records, Capricorn and Mercury Nashville. Services are pending.

 

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Emmis/Indianapolis senior vp/market manager Charlie Morgan was re-elected Country Radio Broadcasters president for 2016-2017. New additions to the board include Curb vp country promotion Ryan Dokke, Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Randy Goodman, Big Machine Label Group director of strategic research Dave Kelly and iHeartCountry senior vp programming Rod Phillips. Registration for the 2017 Country Radio Seminar (Feb. 22-24, 2017) opens July 12 with a discounted rate of $429 for a limited time … 

WTRS Gainesville-Ocala, Fla., revamped its format as a country/rock hybrid on June 29, adopting new call letters: WXUS. Bo Hamilton continues as PD … 

KOSO Modesto, Calif., traded an adult contemporary format for country on July 1. The on-air lineup includes The Bobby Bones Show, morning; Greg Lane, midday; and Christina Martinez, afternoon drive … 

WOMG Columbia, S.C., dropped its country format July 1 in favor of classic hits … 

Adams Radio/Las Cruces, N.M. welcomed Scott Brocato for on-air shifts at country KGRT and classic hits KSNM. He was most recently a personality for CBS Radio/St. Louis … 

Melinda Coyer and Derek James started July 5 as the morning team at KRMD Shreveport, La., which dropped its "Nash" branding. It's a return to on-air work for Coyer, who went into radio sales and marketing and worked for Business First Bank. James previously did mornings for KRMD and remained in the market with Bayou Outdoor Supercenter … 

KXDD Yakima, Wash., morning personality Dewey Boynton retired July 1 after 44 years in radio … 

Two changes are afoot at WYCD Detroit, RadioInfo.com reports: Tim Roberts was promoted to CBS Radio/Detroit vp programming from WYCD operations manager, while Roxanne Steele took over WYCD middays, shifting from top 40 sister WDZH … 

Scott LeTourneau is hosting mornings at KLEN Cheyenne, Wyo., and afternoons at KWYY Casper, Wyo., according to RadioInfo.com. He was previously a personality at Westwood One … 

iHeartMedia appointed Tony Banks as Central division director of talent development, InsideRadio.com reported. He'll work with 300 stations in 52 markets, based in St. Louis. He was previously Midwest senior vp programming.

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