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to KATHERINE FARRELL, organizer of
the Music Notes track, for the offer
2018 media credentials. The annual conference is set for
April 30- May 3rd at the ERNEST N. MORIAL Convention Center
in New Orleans.
Further information on the event click here.
Thanks also to CHRISTINA CANSECO
for offering media credentials to cover the 53rd
Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from the
MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on
March 15, 2018.
CURTIS BRALEY and Friends
RAE) will be on hand for StarPro
media showcase at Rudy's Jazz Room on March
Those receiving the "exclusive invitation" will have the opportunity
to watch Curtis perform his new single, Hate Me from Braley's You Matter
Mark your calendars!
Invited media and fans who turned out at the Nashville
Palace on March 8, 2018 to join MAX T. BARNES in performance at
the kickoff of Barnes' international tour (beginning March 13, 2018 at
Tullamore, Ireland's Tullamore Court Hotel, before
moving on to England, back to the Emerald Isle, then on to Branson,
Missouri (where Max will be joined by BILLY YATES) before the tour's
fitting conclusion back at the Palace on June 7, 2018) were given an
additional treat: Launch party guests not only enjoyed Max's
performance with Barnes' All-American band, but they were treated to
surprise guest performances by COLLIN RAYE and BOBBY BARE. Bobby
joined Max for a couple of songs, while Raye followed Bare's appearance
with a performance of Love Me (which Max wrote).
JACOB BRYANT will be entertaining
invited media, industry execs and fans when MARTHA MOORE's
new client hits the stage for a late evening performance at
on February 28, 2018.
SOUTHERN HALO (known individually
as sisters NATALIA, CHRISTINA and HANNAH MORRIS) performed a "Live after 5" set, featuring their
new single, Anything
is Possible, for industry execs, media
and fans at 12th
& Porter February 27, 2018.
Introduced by JEFF COOK (who, having watched the
trio since an introduction to them from a mutual business acquaintance
a few years back, told me that he is impressed, not only by
their music, but by the "authority" the ladies exude as they
command the stage with their captivating performances.
The womens previewed new songs from their upcoming
album, including their new single, for luminaries
CONWAY, JERRY SALLEY, to name but a few, ending the well-received set of new
material with a credible cover of the PHIL COLLINS classic, In The Air Tonight.
Thanks to MARTHA
MOORE, who made sure guests did not leave without swag bags
with swag ranging from the Anything is Possible CD to an
official Southern Halo coozie.
HARRIS (my fellow author and "sister from another mother")
and Preschias' music business assistant, my fellow Minnesotan CATRINA
ENGELBY, were among the invited guests assembled for Live
@ CMA afternoon performance of THE FRONTMEN February 22, 2018.
The afternoon marked the opportunity for those gathered to
hear an acoustic version of the familiar faces' new single, If It Wasn't For the Radio.
RESTLESS HEART's lead singer LARRY STEWART joined TIM
RUSHLOW (formerly of LITTLE TEXAS ) and LONESTAR's lead vocalist RICHIE McDONALD in a set that also
featured each singing lead, to the vocal accompaniment of the others,
on a few of the 30 hits selling 30 million copies on which their
respective reputations as hit singers were cemented. Thus, Stewart sang
lead on The Bluest Eyes in Texas (segueing
into Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right)
while Richie followed with I'm Already There and Amazed and Tim concluded the set
with What Might Have Been and God Blessed Texas.
As each member of the makeshift trio sang lead or backup, they were
joined by fiddler/violist (depending upon the tempo) DONNIE REIS. Donnie, a
USA army combat veteran, met the afternoon's headliners in Bahrain; one
of the performance destinations that have also included
other overseas performances for American troops, fundraisers, and other
shows over the last seven or eight years.
Up to now the guys having been playing for fun, but, if the single
takes off, schedules may need to be revised.
In an exclusive interview, Larry revealed to me that Tim (who has
most recently, as a solo artist, has reinvented
himself as a Big Band-era singer) is the newest member of the trio,
having, a few years back, replaced another frontman: ALABAMA's RANDY OWEN.
Invited media, other industry guests and fans were on
hand at 3rd & Lindsley the evening
of February 22, 2018 in celebration of the
release of CHERISH LEE's Tequila Cowgirl album.
The CD includes
eight tracks, including the title song, its debut single,
an accompanying music video, in October, 2017.
Nashville music media
celebrated St. Patrick's Day
nearly a month early when they accepted an invitation, also extended to
other industry VIPs and fans, to join MAGS
& Porter on
February 21, 2018. The occasion was opening night of a
three-month residency at the venue for the Cork County, Ireland-reared
"pop-rock/country crossover vocalist, dancer and multi-talented
Following a re organizational meeting of the Music Row Administrators Group, SHIRLEY HUTCHINS announces
that MRAG will be joining forces with the Publishers Administration Network (PAN).
A couple of years back, BILL MAYNE, then, as now, the Country
Radio Broadcasters, executive director, was the featured
speaker at an industry group meeting. I was among the group
I listened patiently as Bill spoke, inviting everyone in the room to be
part of the Country
Radio Seminars, painting a far more professional
picture than that which I had observed. Mayne also
expressed his desire that there be more coverage of the CRS.
Not wishing *0125to embarrass Bill in front of the group during the Q-A
session following his remarks, I took Mayne aside and told Bill only of
(the late) JEFF WALKER's overreach of
authority, as it related to me. This was apparent not only
by Walker refusing me press credentials after a falling out with him
that occurred after Walker knowingly gave me dishonest answers
(in response to questions about one his publicity clients)
that I went on to report in my column, retracting those
statements once it became apparent Jeff lied to me.
Walker refused to take responsibility for his actions and so I wasn't
surprised when, following a call for those interested in joining the
CRB executive board of directors, a board historically lacking in
gender parity, I was repeatedly (albeit, admittedly, courteously)
Mayne assured me he would make the necessary changes and that I would
be welcome at forthcoming CRS conventions.
There's not only been no indication of that LORIE LIEBIG has
done some excellent reporting indicating that my experience is not
unique. Liebig calls CRS 2018 "an opportunity
missed," referencing Rolling Stone's devastating
country radio exposé and the fact
that WTVF-TV reporter
JESSE KNUTSON, scheduled
to interview Mayne about "sexual harassment and misconduct" on day one
of the seminar, learned that the interview was off and his media
credentials were revoked, once Knutson disclosed the subject of the
agreed to interview.
CRS' actions were explained by "safety concerns about local media
covering the private event."
Jesse's interview was back on once he reported what had happened.
Mayne's defense that CRS won't "tolerate... any sexual
misconduct, any improper behavior" and that he is unaware any police
reports, complaints filed with the hotel or with the CRS office" rings
He doesn't need to be reminded of my conversation with him. I repeated it to Rolling Stone
Country and it is available to anyone who reads
either this Report or
the RS comments section.
Bill Mayne knows better. Women can't report first hand about
what goes on at events from which they are effectively banned.
Bill Mayne owes Jesse an apology and he owes me one as well.
I'd settle for a long overdue board appointment. I won't hold
my breath but I do hope to eat crow.
NELSON will be surprised to
find his name in JEFF FAGER's new book, 50 Years of 60 Minutes.
Fager relates an anecdote about a pitch meeting between show contributor MIKE WALLACE and
producer JOSH HOWARD. Though the
investigative reporter occasionally did soft, celebrity pieces, Howard
expressed curiosity as to why Wallace wanted to do a feature on the
Perhaps Josh should have listened more carefully: According
to Jeff, Mike reacted in disgust: "Willie Nelson?
"WINNIE and NELSON as
.. Heard of them?"
"Excuse me, I didn't realize I had wandered into the toy department.
Good luck with your next career move."
Due, no doubt, to outrage from Report readers
(see below) MIKE HUCKABEE made
amends to T.G. SHEPPARD on
the February 3, 2018 edition of HUCKABEE by reminding
the audience of T.G.'s accomplishments as a
hit recording artist and noting that Sheppard was that evening's guest
announcer for the program.
As the program's guest announcer,
T.G. couldn't very well introduce himself and perhaps that was the
thinking behind Sheppard's not performing during the show, leaving the
singing to others. This was the latest in a program full of
surprises, not the least of which is the host's failure to honor his
promise during the show's premiere to feature those who disagree with
him. Considering the program's network affiliation, the fact
that the majority of featured entertainers choose to at least
appear to be apolitical (however outspoken they are when they parrot
the religious "party line"), the show's difficulty in attracting major
sponsors and the unchallenging questions asked of the host during the
audience Q-A segment, perhaps the expressed welcoming of divergent
viewpoints is easier said than done.
BÉLA FLECK has
invited TONY TRISCHKA, KRISTIN SCOTT BENSON, MIKE MUNFORD and STEVE
COOLEY to join him as Fleck
presents the inaugural Blue
Ridge Banjo Camp at Brevard
Music Center August 15- 19,
Fleck will become a first-time
instructor, teaching intermediate and advanced students during
the three days and four nights of instructional focus on the three
distinct styles of banjo-playing: SCRUGGS, melodic and single
string. In order to tailor classes to the students,
applicants will be asked to submit an audition video, which they may do
without charge. Due to outrage from Report readers
Interested? Learn more
about the banjo immersion experience here.
Download an application here.
Make your vote count!
Join the effort to restore an acetate
transcription disc of a live STANLEY BROTHERS show-
unheard for over 60 years and currently in the care of the Birthplace
of Country Music.
Museum Association will
award the project a restoration grant if it receives enough votes.
-Cast yours here.
From the fame is fleeting department: Fans of HUCKABEE were
aghast when genial host MIKE HUCKABEE did
not so much as mention the presence of KELLY LANG and T.G. SHEPPARD in
the TV show's studio audience. As cameras panned the crowd
throughout, the duo were easy to spot, having braved single-digit
temperature, black ice and otherwise hazardous winter
weather conditions to show their support.
MARY ANN KAYLOR GRIFFITHS is
first with the news that platinum-selling SISTER HAZEL makes
its Grand Ole Opry debut
on January 26, 2018 following the January 12, 2018 release of its single Roll On
The band hosts its 18th year of the (sold out) Rock
Boat on January
Copies of the guys' EP Water (to
be released February 9, 2018) are available for pre-order here. Look for a review
of Water here soon.
Are you a "songwriter" (page 38, upper
right-hand corner) looking for an ear?
If so, join the Bellevue Library's songwriters
group on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m.
"Bring your song, lyric sheets and a device to
play your MP3(s) for the group.
"Works in progress or final demos are
More information available via email.
Will ukuleles soon be gaining traction on Music Row?
Find out on during an hour of fun on Sunday
afternoon, January 14, 2018 when "It's ukulele jam time!" at
the Bellevue Library, courtesy of a
partnership between the Ukulele
Collective of Tennessee and
the Nashville Ukulele Society.
Library patrons and guests are
encouraged "bring your uke" or check one out from the library.
"No experience required. Jam leaders
will show you what you need to know to get started.
"We'll strum easy tunes for newbies and trickier
ones for experienced players."
The latest on the KIRT
WEBSTER PR debacle is that
on January 6, 2018 AUSTIN RICK advised
those interested to "watch the national headlines this coming week for
more insight into my recent endeavors- that's all I can say for the
"I'm also gearing up to take part in a cable
television production regarding the evil Kirt Webster has visited on so
many. This wouldn't be a little 'blip' per se, but rather a
"I may also have legal news to share with you
soon, so please stay tuned."
Column's thanks to MEGAN
CREEN and KASEY
HARTMAN for extending press
credential to cover the red carpet and Derby Prelude Party reception
kicking off the Sixth-Annual
Star-Studded Unbridled Eve Gala January
4, 2018 at the Bardot
at Avalon Hollywood in Los
"Derby Does Hollywood" cocktail party, the
"thoroughbred of parties," is the kickoff to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. The
exclusive event "introduces guests to the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala held
in Louisville, Kentucky on Derby Eve. A limited number of
tickets are available for purchase with with a $100 donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc."
Details available by calling (502) 894-9768 or by email.
Country Music Foundation begins
2018 with a shuffled deck, having re-elected STEVE TURNER to
a 10th term as Hall
of Fame & Museum's chairman while
simultaneously re-electing VINCE GILL to
a 16th consecutive term
These positions are mainly ceremonial.
The full CMF Board only meets quarterly.
However, in an industry finally forced
to face its abuses in a climate where there remains blame aplenty
inflicted on those who are suddenly coming forward, the CMF's
male-dominated board continues to function with too much power
concentrated in too few hands.
The historical lack of oversight has
produced abuses I have written about ( http://stacyharris.com/adultery.html http://stacyharris.com/iveykyle.html , http://stacyharris.com/ronnie.html ,
and http://stacyharris.com/horsnell.html ), as well as
those I have yet to write about in such detail. These will
eventually have the traction that toppled KIRT WEBSTER PR.
Meanwhile, the CMF Board will continue to walk in
lockstep, and to reap the consequences of exclusion, until
there is a groundswell of support for the voices of dissent.
A Los Angeles-based writer (whose name
I do not know) is reportedly scouting Nashville sources for a book -------------------------------------------------- SHERLEY. If my
fellow author wants to contact
me, I have a photo and a reminiscence that might be of