With Dierks Bentley and all five songwriters in attendance at the No. 1 party for “Somewhere on a Beach,” the venue South got a little crowded on Wednesday afternoon (July 20).
However, that didn’t stop the stage from hosting a rotating cast of characters — all familiar faces on the Row.
ASCAP’s Beth Brinker spoke on behalf of songwriters Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda. BMI’sBradley Collins introduced Alexander Palmer, primarily a pop songwriter who has roots in Germany but lives in Los Angeles. SESAC’s Shannan Hatch praised Jaron Boyer and Michael Tyler.
Moving onto the publishers, Michael Knox and Kim Wiggins raved about peermusic’s Boyer and Tyler. Cornman Music’s Brett James and Warner/Chappell’s Ryan Beuschel testified for Mirenda. and BMG Nashville’s Kos Weaver spoke on Palmer’s behalf.
Ron Cox of Avenue Bank, Mike Harris of UMG Nashville, Bill Mayne of Country Radio Broadcasters and Sherod Robertson of MusicRow all made remarks from the stage celebrating Bentley and the songwriters.
About 30 minutes into the party, producers Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr.addressed the audience with good-natured comments. Copperman explained how excited he was for the songwriters to have the experience and Buenahora name-checked Shea Fowler of Cornman Music for submitting the song, and talked about how grateful he is for Bentley’s support of the Nashville songwriting community.
Boyer and Tyler have been roommates over the last few years, sharing rent and insults along the way. Boyer spoke about sharing the moment with his closest friends, while Tyler remembered two years ago when they were putting their money together just to eat at Firehouse Subs.
Palmer said he was proud to share his first country cut with these particular songwriters, while Kuncio gave a shoutout to Bentley and Copperman for knocking the performance out of the park. Kuncio is based in Los Angeles and thanked Nashville for making him feel appreciated.
Mirenda joked that the preceding No. 1 speeches were the shortest ones he’s ever heard. “I used to crash No. 1 parties,” he admitted, “and I’d be in the back going, ‘Come on….’” After the laughter, he thanked God, his wife, his parents and family and many others. He pointed out Dan Keen, a music business staple who discovered Mirenda as a fledgling songwriter at Belmont University. During his comments, he dryly stated that songwriting was a far better option than going to medical school, which was his backup plan.
At long last, Bentley stepped to the front of the stage for a few comments.
He listed friends and colleagues like Buenahora for actively finding the right songs to record. “I’m not just looking for hits. I’m trying to find songs that are hits for me,” Bentley said. “So, there’s a lot of songs that I’m a fan of, but I pass on them because they’re not right for me, but I really loved that song.” He said he knew the song was a good fit when his manager Mary Hilliard Harrington, his publicists at The GreenRoom PR and his wife Cassidy Black all liked it.
Bentley acknowledged UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan and the support from Capitol Records Nashville. “They let me put out any song I want to as a single. I have such a great relationship with them and I have from the very beginning. That’s probably why my career has taken 15 years on the slow road because I have put out some songs that probably weren’t the right choices for singles at times. But, you know, it’s a real community, and a real process of talking things back and forth, and they’re willing to let me try it.”
Bentley thanked the label’s radio promotion staff, ASCAP, Copperman (who is also a frequent co-writer), the guys in his band, and particularly the songwriters.
“Since I’ve started working with Arturo and Ross again, I’ve had less songs as a songwriter than I did before,” Bentley said with a laugh. “Going backwards! No, it’s only because we’re looking for the best songs that exist and I don’t care who’s name is on it. But what I will say is that what’s so unique about this song is these five guys. It’s tapping into the new generation of songwriters and the up-and-comers and the great stories and a lot of first singles in country. Just to be part of this and hear the stories, it’s so inspiring for me.”Read more →
The Academy of Country Music has announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award nominees for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards.
Although these trophies will not be presented during the ACM Awards in Las Vegas on April 3, the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award honorees will be formally recognized at the 10th Annual ACM Honors event at the Ryman Auditorium this fall.
INDUSTRY AWARD NOMINEES:
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR • Boondocks – Springfield, Illinois • Bub City – Chicago, Illinois • The Bluestone – Columbus, Ohio • The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri • 8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, Indiana
CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino – Biloxi, Mississippi • Inn of The Mountain Gods –Mescalero, New Mexico • Riverwind Casino – Norman, Oklahoma • Turning Stone Showroom – Verona, New York • Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Connecticut
CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY • Casino Rama – Rama, Ontario, Canada • Choctaw Casino Event Center – Durant, Oklahoma • Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, Connecticut • The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada • The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY • Georgia Theatre – Athens, Georgia • House of Blues – Anaheim, California • House of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts • Terminal 5 – New York, New York • The Rave/Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY • Ascend Amphitheatre – Nashville, Tennessee • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, New Hampshire • Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, South Dakota • Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio • Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, Texas
VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY • Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio • Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Maine • Gorge Amphitheatre – Quincy, Washington • Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Indiana • Xfinity Center – Mansfield, Massachusetts
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR • Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Toronto, Canada • Faster Horses – Brooklyn, Michigan • Stagecoach – Indio, California • Watershed – Quincy, Washington • Windy City Smokeout – Chicago, Illinois
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR • Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions • Gil Cunningham – Neste Event Marketing • Fran Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group • John Valentino – AEG Live • Stacey Vee – Goldenvoice
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR • Brent Fedrizzi –AEG Live • Darin Lashinsky – National Shows 2 • Brian O’Connell – Live Nation • Jason Wright – Live Nation • Michael Yerke – House of Blues
STUDIO RECORDING AWARD NOMINEES:
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR • Mark Hill • Tully Kennedy • Tony Lucido • Michael Rhodes • Jimmie Lee Sloas
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR • Chad Cromwell • Fred Eltringham • Shannon Forrest • Chris McHugh • Nir Zidkyahu
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR • JT Corenflos • Kenny Greenberg • Jerry McPherson • Danny Rader • Derek Wells
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR • Jim ‘Moose’ Brown • Charlie Judge • Gordon Mote • Steve Nathan • Matt Rollings
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR • Dan Dugmore • Glen Duncan • Larry Franklin • Aubrey Haney • Danny Rader
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR • Steve Fishell • Paul Franklin • Steve Hinson • Mike Johnson • Russ Pahl
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR • Derek Bason • Steve Marcantonio • Justin Niebank • Vance Powell • Reid Shippen
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR • Nathan Chapman • Dave Cobb • Ross Copperman • Dann Huff • Michael KnoxRead more →
Michael Knox nominated for Album of the Year at the 49th CMA Awards…
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Coming off a record-breaking sold-out weekend on the 2015 BURN IT DOWN TOUR with more than 110,000 fans in attendance, RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time Jason Aldean celebrates his 16th No. one single as “Tonight Looks Good On You” summits both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts this week. This is the 3rd consecutive chart-topper from his PLATINUM certified album OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT.
“Being able to look out into a stadium full of people and have them singing and swaying to this song has been a pretty cool thing the last two months,” said Aldean. “We’ve never really needed much of an excuse to throw down backstage or get a little bit rowdy, but I have a feeling the party might be bigger than usual this weekend in Pasadena.”
Over the weekend, Aldean sold out Chicago’s Amphitheater before two nights at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN (7/18, 7/19), setting an impressive attendance record on Saturday with more than 44,000 fans. His show-stopping set showcased “live vocals that are better than ever” (Star Tribune) and his “confident swagger” (The Times), and will continue this weekend in Paso Robles, CA (7/24) and Pasadena, CA (7/25) where he will headline a historic first-ever country concert at the Rose Bowl.Read more →