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 Tyler, a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Thayer, Missouri, has signed a recording deal with Reviver Records.
Tyler has co-written Dierks Bentley‘s new single, “Somewhere on a Beach,” as well as Jason Aldean‘s “Laid Back” from the album Old Boots, New Dirt, and the LOCASH tunes “Shipwrecked” and “Ain’t Startin’ Tonight.”
“In signing Michael, we feel that we have landed an artist who has his ear very much in tune with where the country music format is headed,” said Reviver President David Ross. “The industry is quickly finding out about Michael as a songwriter, and we believe that soon people are going to become huge fans of his as an artist.”
At age 13, Tyler had an online meeting with Aldean’s producer, Michael Knox, who is now his manager. Tyler signed to peermusic as a songwriter in 2012, and is still repped by the publishing company. Knox is a Vice President at peermusic and CEO/President of Music Knox.
Reviver Records is distributed by BDG, RED – A Division of SONY Music, LLC.Read more →
January 2016 marks Michael Knox‘s 25th year working in the country music industry.
Knox is most noted for his production work with country superstar Jason Aldean. He celebrates 17 No. 1s, over 27 million singles and 12 million albums sold during his career. Knox’s production credits have also extended to Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, the hit TV series Nashville as well as the late, great Buddy Knox, who is also his father.
In 2011, Michael Knox was awarded the CMA Award for producer of Album of the Year, My Kinda Party (Aldean).
He has also earned three ACM Awards during his career, including two in 2012 for ACM Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (Aldean/Kelly Clarkson) and one in 2013 for ACM Musical Event of the Year “The Only Way I Know” (Aldean/Bryan/Church).
Knox now serves as Vice President for peermusic Nashville while managing singer, songwriterMichael Tyler through his production/management company, Music Knox. He also serves on the ACM Board of Directors, CMA Board of Directors and GRAMMY® Special Committees.
Knox’s resume includes opening Nashville’s first song plugging company, Hit Pluggers, and leaving his stamp on more than 150 million records as Warner/Chappell’s VP responsible for writer and artist development (1992-2002).
MusicRow congratulates Knox on his impressive 25 years in the music industry and looks forward to reporting his continued successes.Read more →