February 17, 2017Who Cares About Award Shows?
A friend on Facebook commenting on the ACM nominations, "Who cares ... no one cares ... too many award shows!"
Well ... I might agree too many award shows, but no one cares? I disagreed. Thousands care!
These awards influence radio airplay. They affect jobs in the touring business. The awards pay a huge roll in how an artist is perceived. It helps set an agenda. They may be a curiosity to non-music business people, but they are very important to those in and around the huge music world.
The winners on ACM nomination day ... Keith Urban -- seven nominations. He had a great year in every way. Album, hits at radio, tour, everything. Don't be shocked if he wins a few of those seven, too!
Another winner ...any of the new male nominees. The ladies aren't that new, but the guys are. At least one I've never heard of. For sure it is big for artist AWARENESS!
February 10, 2017The Great Country Love-In
Thirty of Music City's best on stage February 8th saluting Country Music Hall of Famer member Randy Travis. It was one of those only-in-Nashville kind of nights. The Bridgestone Arena looked quite full from the floor to the rafters hungry to be a part of something so ...
February 3, 2017Living Life On The Edge
The jetwaysbetween andNashville and Houston are very busy as artists, technicians and fans embark on a journey to the Super Bowl. Most playing pregame shows. Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers played Thursday night at The River Oaks Country Club for the NFL team ...
January 27, 2017One Month Down ... Everyone's in Gear!
January and December are usually very different from the rest of the year in Music City. The weather is normally not-so-hot and many get out of town for a good deal of that time. Still work is done ... Tours are planned and announced for later in the year, new music is ...
January 20, 2017How Long Will This Go On?
Music Row's under-the-radar boycott of the Trump Inauguration went off without a hitch ... Actually the only ones showing up were Music Row folks. Still, the missing "A-Listers" did not go without notice. Garth Brooks took most of the social media flack. If it hasn't ...
January 13, 2017Taste This 2017
Just order Girl Scout cookies so you have taste on the brain ... Trying to anticipate the music consumer is the job of so many of you. If you have children, were a child or know one, it's a difficult business. The top three songs right now are not Bro Country. But ...
January 6, 2017Snow-Stuck In Georgia!
First week of 2017 and Winter slid into Music Row for the weekend. The Deep South plunged into the deep freeze as the thoughts of Country cruises and parties in Mexico on tap for some later in the month. For now ... reality and that means a dose of Winter! The big ...
December 9, 2016Already Miss Merle, Sonny And Leon
As 2016 comes to an end, it is natural to look back at the last 12 months and see what has been left behind. Looking backward is often filled with regrets. You miss the ones you have lost, but always seem hopeful about the year ahead. Merle Haggard was a cornerstone of ...
December 2, 2016God Bless Dolly!
Tennessee saw what Hell looks like this week when the hometown area of Dolly Parton went up in flames. A blowtorch-like fire came out of the Smoky Mountain National Park taking out some 700 buildings and killed at least seven. Dolly Parton's famed Dollywood was spared, ...
November 18, 2016Old Black Friday Ain't The Same
If Santa is out shopping this week for Country Christmas gifts on Black Friday, the one artist with the loudest sales buzz is Garth-A-Claus! He kicked off two weeks ahead of Black Friday with the Garth/Trisha Christmas album. Going into a very crowded group of Country ...