TODAY'S NEWS
Little Big Town has canceled an additional three weeks of shows in August.  Jimi Westbrook needs more time to recuperate from his June vocal cord surgery, which forced the abrupt cancellation of the Pain Killer Tour dates through July.

“We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110 percent and this additional time will make sure that happens!” the band said in a statement on social media. “Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you."

The foursome is scheduled to resume the tour in Canada August 22.
 

Chaz Mixon is leaving Westwood One's Classic Rock Local and Total formats.  He was doing mornings and is leaving and looking for new opportunties.

During his career he has spent time at ABC Radio and most recently doing afternoons at Today's Best Country.  Reach Chaz at /todaysnews.html or 214-405-0690.

SVP/Sales Keith Hotchkiss has been promoted to Market President of iHeartMedia/Charlotte.  The cluster includes Country WKKT, Alternative WEND, Classic Rock WRFX, Top 40 WHQC, Adult Hits WLKO and Fox Sports 98.7FM.

Hotchkiss will be resopnsible for all aspects of Charlotte's operation across many platforms.  He will work closely with advertising and marketing partners to create and deliver unique, effective opportunities to reach their consumers.
  
"iHeartMedia/Charlotte boasts some of the most talented on-air hosts, programmers and sales professionals in the country. It's my goal to lead and expand, providing innovative solutions for our client partners across all our platforms, while also creating the best radio for our listeners," said Hotchkiss. "This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry and I couldn't be more proud to represent one of the world's most enterprising media companies in one of the nation's greatest cities."

 

Miranda Lambert has established a scholarship for outstanding women at Belmont University in Nashville.

The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide over $40,000 in scholarship money to female students majoringin music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies enrolled for the 2016/2017 year.

Lambert performed a sold out, one-off acoustic club show in support of the fund at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley.  Writers Natalie Hemby and Jessi Alexander will join Lambert. Hemby is a Belmont graduate.  They will be joined with RaeLynn and other Belmont grads Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole.

“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund,” said Lambert. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am supporting outstanding women who want to pursue their dreams in the music industry.”

“Throughout her career Miranda Lambert has been a faithful and loyal supporter of women songwriters and artists, and her music has served to inspire and to empower,” said Doug Howard, dean of Belmont’s Curb College. “And now, with the creation of her scholarship fund, Miranda will directly impact the education and opportunities of young women creators as they prepare for a career in the music industry. We are truly grateful for this generous gift and for the vision of its wonderful purpose.”

 

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry kicked off their "Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour" last night (7/28).  They started at Valor Hall near the Ft. Campbell US Army Base in Oak Grove, KY and was hosted by CMT After Midnite personality Cody Alan.

Members of the military and their family members were treated to a live performance by Montgomery Gentry."We get to dream as big as we want to, be anything we want to be, and enjoy the freedoms we all enjoy because of our military, and we never, ever forget that," said Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery.  " and I support these men and women every chance we get, and it was an honor to be with so many of them last night in Ft. Campbell."

Hunter Hayes performed at the Family's Picnic in the Park at Grand Park LA last ngiht.  The event was in support of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.  The program honors fmaily members of the competing athletes and recognizes their support encouragement, dedication and sacrifice in helping athletes reach the pinnacle of competition.

“It was an honor to support such a fantastic cause and get to perform for all of these athletes and their families,” said Hayes. “I had the opportunity to meet the ACM Lifting Lives music campers earlier this summer, and it reminded me how pure and powerful music can be. Being part of this event tonight and getting to perform with them again was an experience I won’t forget.”
 

Craig Morgan will host the 2nd Annual Bill's Place 5K on Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m. (CT.  It will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, TN.  The 5K race will benefit the Dickson Country Craig Morgan Foundation.  The Foundation support children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

Registration is $30 in advance and $35 for walk up registrations.  Tickets for children seven and under and free.  Kids are welcome to participate in the 60-yeard dash.  Sprint tickets will be available for supporters who prefer to participate from the sidelines.  Everyone registered by Saturday, August 1 will receive a race t-shirt.  

For more information and to sign up go here .

Maranda McGeary will join Universal Music Group (UMG) Nashville as Director/Brand Partnerships.  She will help facilitate artist and brand partnerships for the entire UMG Nashville roster.

She comes with an impressive resume including various marketing roles including Head of Music and Brand Relations at Revolution Pictures, Field Marketing Manager at Millercoors as well as spearheading her own experiential marketing and design agency where she worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Adoble, Verizon Wireless and Toyota.

“As we continue to build compelling artist/brand integrations, I couldn’t be more excited to add Maranda to our team” said UMG Nasvhille VP/Marketing Brad Turcotte.  "Maranda possesses not only the passion but the valuable skill-set that makes us stronger to further extend our brand relationships.” 

Congratulate her here. .

Platinum-selling Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records Country music sensation Scotty McCreery will rock the
         Scotty McCreedy
stage outside the FOX News Channel in New York City this Friday, July 31, when the ACM Award winner takes over the “ FOX & Friends ” All-American Summer Concert Series from 8:00-9:00 AM/ET (7:00-8:00 AM/CT). 
  
During the broadcast, McCreery will debut his highly anticipated new single, “Southern Belle,” airing live at approximately 8:50 AM/ET (7:50 AM/CT). “Southern Belle” will ship to Country radio at the end of August and is the first single from his upcoming new album, due out early next year. 
  
The full concert series will also stream live on FoxAndFriends.com/Concert , and will feature additional interview content not included on the television broadcast. 
  
McCreery scored two consecutive Top 10 hits “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” from his sophomore album See You Tonight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
The “American Idolchampion’s first album Clear as Day was Platinum-certified, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

McCreedy, the ACM, CMT Music, ACA, and ICM Award winner is the Special Guest on the Rascal Flatts RIOT 2015 Tour this summer, and will be performing with them at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 31; Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on August 1; and the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Aug. 2.

For more information and additional tour dates, visit www.scottymccreery.com .  Follow McCreery on Facebook Twitter , and   Instagram

Entercom Country WBEE/Rochester, NY is moving around their on-air lineup, as veteran morning co-host Terry Clifford moves to middays. Clifford succeeds  Justine Page, who moves to nights. Previously that daypart has been joxless. 

OM Bob Barnett
is currently searching for a new morning team person to join existing hosts Steve Hausman and Jeremy Newman on the “Bee Morning Coffee Club.” Submit your materials here .

           Lee Brice
Alpha Media Country KUPL/98-7 The Bull/Portland, OR morning show "Chunky, McKinzie, & Jake" granted the wish of a listener whose brother was recently hit and killed by a drunk driver. Listener Josie e-mailed the morning show explaining how her brother loved his truck, Roscoe, and would never let her drive it. 

After he passed, she took it for one final drive only to hear Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" come on the radio. From that day on, all she wanted to do was tell Brice how grateful she was that he cut that song. Brice got together with the morning show to grant that wish.

        Casey James
There’s noise in Music City, that Sony Music Nashville and  Casey James  have parted ways. The FOX-TV "American Idol" alumnus departs Columbia Nashville, after being signed to the BNA imprint, after five Years and four radio singles. 

The split supposedly happened in June following James' recent single, "Fall Apart," did not make the Top 40. James website  reports an active touring schedule running through August, but James has not yet officially comment on this story or when, how, and if fans will have a chance to hear more music from his most recent sessions.

SuperRadio/Alpha Media's live, interactive Country party show "Buckwild Saturday Night With B-Dub" adds Digity WQSL/WQZL/The Wolf 92.3 and 101.1/Greenville-New Bern, NC; Community Broadcasters WPGI/100.9 The Wolf)/Elmira, NY; Cherry Creek KBBL 99.5 The Bull/Helena, MT; Radio Palouse KHTR/New Country 104.3/Pullman, WA; and Brooke Communications KRSB/Best Country 103/Roseburg, OR to its list of affiliates.

If you're ready for your Saturday nights to get Buckwild. Contact SuperRadio SVP/Programming Rich O'brien at 508.630.0344.

Warner Music Nashville recording artist  Ashley Monroe  appeared on NBC-TV's  "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"  Monday Night (7/27) to support of her recently-released sophomore album, "The Blade." 

Monroe performed "Winning Streak" for Fallon and the live studio audience. 

The Johnny Cash Museum continues to celebrate the history and future of great American music regardless of genre with the creation of the bi-monthly Johnny Cash Museum Cafe Songwriters Night. Twice every month, talented writers and musicians will be invited to play in a special presentation at the museum.
The first in this series will occur on Thursday, August 6 from 7-9 PM at the Johnny Cash Museum Café located at 119 Third Avenue South in Nashville. While the event is free to the general public, attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

“I’ve always found my most memorable concert experiences were when I got to see the artist or writer in an intimate setting,” says Bill Miller, founder of the Johnny Cash Museum. “That setting is what we will be presenting in the Johnny Cash Museum Café and we couldn’t be more excited to launch it with Melanie Safka.”

The full line up is below:

Melanie Safka found instant fame after she performed onstage at Woodstock in 1969. She made her debut on the Johnny Cash Show August 16, 1969, and eventually became one of only a few artists to make multiple appearances on the show. Melanie’s songs “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key” topped the charts in the 1970s and led to numerous awards, including Billboard’s “Top Female Vocalist.” More information on Melanie’s career and music can be found at  www.melaniesafka.com  .  

Leilah Hayman, Melanie Safka’s daughter, has performed at festivals such as Woodstock anniversaries and Isle of Wight in the U.K.  Leilah lives in Nashville, where she spends her time writing with renowned artists and performing music from her albumMake Believe. Leilah’s music and more can be found at  www.leilahmusic.com  .  

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Alissa Moreno’s music has been featured on hit television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “Days of Our Lives” (NBC) and “The Hills” (MTV). Her song Every Day, performed by Rascal Flatts, won CMT “Video of the Year” and was nominated for a Grammy.  For more information on Alissa,
visit  www.alissamorenomusic.com  .

Born and raised in Australia, Richie Scholl relocated to Nashville in 2007. His sophomore album, The Blacktop Junkie’s Guide to Richie Scholl, resulted in #1 and #5 singles on Country radio, and a #35 video on CMC Australia. Richie’s newest EP is expected to be released soon. Richie’s information and music can be found at  http://richiescholl.com/  .
Jess Leary’s songs have been recorded by the best of the best, including Blake Shelton, Pam Tillis, Tim McGraw and Melanie Safka. Her songwriting credits include two #1 hits: Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (Pam Tillis) and Where the Green Grass Grows (Tim McGraw). Jess’s songs are also featured on Grammy award winning albums including Tim McGraw’s Everywhere. More information on Jess’s music can be found at  www.facebook.com/jesslearymusic/  . 

For more information on the August 6th performance or future songwriter showcases at the Johnny Cash Museum, visit  www.johnnycashmuseum.com  .
 

PD Brian Thomas will leave his present post as PD at Cumulus country WNSH, Nash FM/New York to take over as PD of Classic Hits WLS-FM/Chicago effective August 1.

Thomas will fill Jan Jeffries position.  As was reported here, Jeffries tranferred to Top 40 WRQX/Washington.  Thomas will continue to serve as Corporate PD for the Country format, and now add oversight of Classic Hits for the company.

In a memo to staff, VP/Market Manager Peter Bowen said, "I've had the honor of working with Brian on several projects while he served as Program Director of WCBS-FM in New York. His experience and relationships with this format make him an incredible addition to our team."

SVP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said: "Brian's performance with Cumulus, and his prior experience, makes us confident that this is the right move for this station. He knows this format and how to maximize its potential."

SVP/Content and Programming Mike McVay said,m" Brian's performance with Cumulus , and his prior experience, makes us confident that this is the right move for this station. He knows this format and how to maximize its potential."

Thomas said, “Every kid from Chicago who grew up listening to WLS-F, as I did, dreams of working there. I’m proud that NASH-FM weekly audience hit an all-time high of almost 1.2 million and sales pacing +20% in a down market -- and I’m excited to continue to work with a handful of our Country stations, too.”

Back in New York, Cumulus AC WPLJ John Fox will become acting PD at WNSH.  He held the position for a short time after the station launched.  A search will be conducted for a permanent PD at NASH FM.



 

ACM A-Listers, your ticket pre-sale for the 9th Annual ACM Honors will begin Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) for one day only. Jake Owen is back as your host, so you know it's bound to be a fun night! 

ACM Honors
, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, is set for Tuesday, September 1st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 
ACM Special Award recipients to be honored that night include legends Loretta Lynn and Alabama, superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church, award-winning songwriters Bob McDill and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant(posthumously), ACM Awards executive producer and writer Barry Adelman and industry heavyweight and longtime ACM Board of Directors member Tim DuBois. Performers include Jason Aldean, Roy Clark, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Restless Heart. Presenters include Kelsea Ballerini, RAC Clark and The Swon Brothers

The evening also recognizes winners of the Studio Recording (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry Award categories, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Luke Laird.  The evening is sponsored by City National Bank. 


The special evening will include musical performances, award presentations and video tributes.  Tickets are priced at $42 and go on sale Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) at  www.ticketmaster.com  (search RYMAN for more detailed information).


Please use the pre-sale code 15HONORS to purchase tickets.


For more about ACM Honors and to see a complete list of honorees,  CLICK HERE

Chris Evans, afternoon host for WXKS/Shreveport has left to go across the street.  He is now with Cumulus/Shreveport, LA as a part timer.  Evans had worked for the Townsquare cluster for 14 years on and off.

At KXKS Gary Watson, promo director will take over afternoons for now.

The latest phone carrier to include FM chip activation is AT&T, agreeing to a deal with NextRadio for their 2016 Android smartphone device.

In response to the announcement,
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said, "Today marks a new beginning in mobile technology with the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners. America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!"

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan
, who has lead the usage of the NextRadio app said, "I am on cloud nine right now.  This was all part of a plan developed years ago and it's all coming to fruition.  The plan was to make a deal with a smaller carrier and Sprint helped us proved the concept.

"We are thrilled about AT&T coming aboard and now we are approaching other carriers and manufacturers. Our next step is to continue to build out the ecosystem.  The most important thing that broadcasters can do is to run the radio spots and promote the NextRadio app and have people to ask their manufacturers for the FM chip to be turned on."

Smulyan indicated that additional talks were on-going.


 

            Angela Codella   &   Roman Gwin
In its ongoing effort to build the best network sales team in the business,  Westwood One  announced that it has added two veteran sales executive to its burgeoning roster.  Angela Codella has joined the New York office as Director, National Partnerships, and reports to Ron Russo, EVP, Northeast Sales. Roman Gwin has joined the LA office, also as Director, National Partnerships, and reports to Kim Bryant, EVP, West Coast Sales.




“We are making very deliberate and strategic hires to enhance our sales force,” said Steve Shaw, Westwood One’s President.  “Angela and Roman join us with impeccable skill sets in developing opportunities and solutions for advertisers.  They will add more creative depth and expertise to our team.”
 
Codella comes with a wealth of local and satellite radio sales experience.  Before joining Westwood One she was an Account Director for SiriusXM, where she created integrated marketing and promotional campaigns for high-level clients on the talk, sports, and entertainment channels. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO/New York’s WWFS Fresh 102.7, WXRK 92.3 K-Rock, and KRock2.com. Before heading to CBS, Codella spent several years as a senior account executive at Greater Media’s WRAT 95.9 in Belmar, NJ. While at “The Rat,” she was the #1 Account Manager at the station for total billing, total number of clients, and total revenue generated for the company.
 
Gwin, a seasoned radio sales veteran with 17 years under his belt, joined Westwood One from the Los Angeles office of iHeart Media’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks, where he was the National Account Director.  He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeart’s LA stations KOST-FM 103.5, KBIG-FM 104.3, and KIIS-FM 102.7Gwin also worked as an account executive with CBS RADIO’s K-EARTH 101 in Los Angeles

Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection. 

For those fans wanting to see and purchase unique Church memorabilia before September arrives, the acclaimed singer/songwriter will reopen his pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, on July 30-Aug. 1 in East Nashville. The Outsider’s Joint will also offer These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders. In addition, there will be a limited number of special edition posters commemorating the first Ascend Amphitheater show and Church’s regular line of tour merchandise, most available with concierge service to ship items to your home for free. Proceeds, excluding the Lucchese boots, will benefit the  Chief Cares Fund , a 501c3 non-profit organized by Church and his wife Katherine that serves more than 2.5 million people around the world. The Outsider’s Joint’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a smash success that raised more than $20,000 for Church’s Chief Cares Fund. 

The Outsider’s Joint will be located at 218 South 11th Street in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin Grocery Store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835, or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. The pop-up store hours are 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday. 

Church will christen Nashville’s new outdoor Ascend Amphitheater on July 30-31, making a rare second stop in Music City this year to perform two sold-out acoustic solo sets. He set a venue record in January when 18,411 fans crammed into Bridgestone Arena to catch The Outsiders World Tour, which is nearing one million tickets sold, has set five venue attendance records, and was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Tours recap in April. 

Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Mac McAnally will release his self-produced performed and sung album A.K.A. Nobody on September 18.  It will be released on Mailboat Records.

The Nashville songwriter has writing credits on all but one song.  Contributors include Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson.  

“This selection of music made me stay up late and get up early for the last several years in between also working on musical projects with other artists, which I also love to do,” McAnally says. “I had the chance to give some long attention to the songs that demanded it. I’m very proud of both the work and that my fans continue to follow my little career. Small though it may be it’s one of the biggest blessings ever. I’m grateful… and to borrow one of the song titles ‘Proud To Be Alive.’”

McAnally has won numerous awards including Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards.  He has written for Chesney, Alabama, Sawyer Brown and Shenandoah.

He has been touring with Jimmy Buffet's Coral Reefer Band and will continue through December.  

Paragon Media Strategies says,  Nielsen’s webinar on July 21st addressing the Voltair issue was very well done. The lab experiments Nielsen presented establish the ground rules for validly measuring a radio station’s encoded signals in the Portable People Meter (PPM) system. Yet, in the end, Nielsen is playing “Let’s Make a Deal” with radio receiving booby prizes behind all three doors.

Behind Door #1: Nielsen
said, in essence, “Voltaire doesn’t help ratings,” yet “we’re going to provide our own version soon.” It took Voltair to push Nielsen to change its encoding system of the PPM to accurately attribute what can be heard in environments with quite a bit of noise. Indeed, Nielsen’s excellent lab tests define what is audible and what is unintelligible.

Behind Door #2:
Nielsen is allowing radio operators’ continued or new use of Voltair. Nielsen’s “non-posiiton position” looks the other way as some operator may unfairly benefit from Voltaire even as Nielsen rolls out its own PPM encoding enhancements in the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2016. To an outsider, it appears Nielsen is walking a fine legal line with its own clients and is choosing a safe legal harbor vs. taking a position on what is right for the ratings.

Behind Door #3:
Nielsen is openly accepting that ratings distortion is taking place on its watch. Nielsen is sanctioning operators using Voltair to gain listening credit for signals that are truly unintelligible (according to Nielsen). These are signals that Nielsen says should not be credited; i.e., this is how Voltair distorts the process. Nielsen’s own ‘Golden Ears’ experiment sent trained and untrained listeners to noisy environment to verify whether humans could or could not truly hear a radio station’s signal in those noisy environments. Voltair takes those signals that are out of bounds and sucks them directly into the PPM meters for attribution.

As a publicly traded company, I suppose that Nielsen is doing everything possible to protect its legal positions and its stock price.
They certainly chose to leave this sticky issue unresolved and open-ended, and it’s very possible they may take a different position on Voltair once they roll out their own encoder enhancements to PPM itself. The good news for Nielsen is nobody is talking about their anemic sampling anymore. Those issues still exist, by the way, behind Door #4.













 
The Cains “Journey Ends” Music Video
Sibling harmony band, The Cains, have released a new music video for their single,  “Journey's End.”  Produced and directed by Fresh Films' Glenn Sweitzer, the music video is now available for viewing on The Cains'  Youtube  channel,  here .

Written by Taylor CainMadison Cain and Becki Devries, “Journey's End” is a sentimental ballad about love, family and hope. The track is currently playing On The Horizon on Sirius XM's The Highway, and is now available on  iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers. 

Of the new video, The Cains’ Taylor Cain commented"What we want to achieve in the music video for "Journey's End" is a sense of nostalgia for the viewer. No relationship is ever too far gone. No memory is ever too far out of reach. There is always hope. Just when you think you've reached your journey's end, you've only just begun!"

On July 21, the group dropped their new, self-titled EP, The Cains, which features songs co-written by the group’s own Logan, Madison and Taylor Cain, with additional writer credits, including Jaida DreyerStephony SmithBilly LawsonEd HillBecki Devries and Dave Thompson. The EP was produced and mixed by Daniel Agee, and was recorded at Nashville's Studio of Solitude.

The group recently partnered with  Bravo TV  to write and perform exclusive re-cap tracks for the network’s hit reality television show,  “Southern Charm.” The group wrote and recorded original tunes, all titled “Southern Charm,” that musically recount episodes within the series.  The “Southern Charm” music videos can be viewed on Bravo TV's website,  www.BravoTV.com here.

In March of 2015, hot off the heels of a successful radio debut and packed performances at Country Radio Seminar 2015, The Cains broke onto the U.K. Country music scene with their first international appearance at London'sCountry to Country (C2C) festival, Europe's largest and most well-attended Country music event of the year. Upon their return to the U.S., the group inked an exclusive booking agreement with Nashville’s  The Kinkead Entertainment Agency

Most recently, The Cains have announced their addition to Sasha McVeigh’s I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. The group will open for McVeigh on select dates in various clubs all over the U.K. Tickets can be purchased through www.SeeTickets.com .  
The Cains – I Stand Alone U.K. Tour Dates:
Sept. 11 – Culpepper Club – Basildon
Sept. 13 – Oran Mor – Glasgow
Sept. 15 – The Musician – Leicester
Sept. 17 – The Bullingdon – Oxford
Sept. 18 – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester
Sept. 22 – Water Rats – London

For more information on The Cains, view their website at www.TheCainsOfficial.com  and follow them on  Instagram Twitter  and Facebook .

Doug Morris
        Doug Morris

Doug Morris , the global CEO of  Sony Music  last week threw his support behind two of the label’s up-and-coming Nashville artists, whom he played a direct role in signing to record deals.
In an exclusive interview with The Tennessean , Doug Morris predicted newcomer  Cam  would become “Nashville’s next big star,” and also touted country-rock band  Old Dominion . Morris, the 76-year-old music industry legend who oversees Sony’s record label operation, said he viewed Cam and Old Dominion as joining current superstar artists  Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood Brad Paisley  and  Garth Brooks  to provide a new foundation for the company’s country music division.

“What’s funny about the company is there’s five superstar acts and some very good artists underneath,” Morris said. “And these two new ones just make it look great. All of a sudden, there’s a shimmer to it.”
Such high praise for new artists is unusual from the head of a global record company. It's also noteworthy with the change in leadership at Sony Nashville.

Morris’s comments come on the heels of the hiring of new Sony Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman, who said in an interview after taking the job that breaking new artists would be the company’s top priority.
Regarding the hiring of Goodman, Morris said he just wants “him to do a great job and bring the company back to the place where it used to be” when Joe Galante ran the label in Nashville.

Morris made his high regard for Cam clear last year when he selected her as the artist to perform when he was honored by the  New York Songwriters Hall of Fame with the  Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award . Typically honorees at the prestigious annual event pick superstar artists, but Morris had been so impressed from an initial meeting inside his New York office that he picked Cam, who wasn’t even signed to Sony yet when he asked her to play.
“She’s going to be a big star,” Morris said. “She’s got a really lovely personality. She sparkles on stage, she’s funny. I think she’s absolutely the real deal. There’s a difference between just having a record and having the real deal.”
Cam said her initial connection with Morris played a key part in her choice to sign with Sony over other labels that made overtures. She described a meeting inside the Sony offices in New York with other executives, before it was suggested that she should meet Morris, which she had not planned to do. Cam played an acoustic version of her current single “Burning House.”
CAM
    Cam debut at Grand Ole Opry     
 










 

“They said we have to call up (to his office) and see if we can go see Doug," Cam said. “And we go over to this secret elevator and go up to Doug’s office, which was just gorgeous, he has a baby grand piano in there, and a couch. He kissed me on the cheek as I went in.

It was just me and my co-writer Anders Mouridsen on guitar and (my manager Lindsay Marias) - to save money when we play on the road we make her sing the harmony parts. The three of us are like a rag-tag team sitting in this fancy office and we sing ‘Burning House,’ just leaning over the arm of sofa kind of singing into Doug’s face. He’s closing his eyes and he starts
singing along by the second chorus, which I don’t know if that normally happens, but by the end of it he goes, ‘This is the reason why I got into the music business.’

Morris predicted that day that “Burning House” would be a hit for Cam and the song’s recent surge in popularity, thanks in part to early support from  syndicated radio show host Bobby Bones , seems to have proven Morris correct. The song has 5 million streams on  Spotify  and is surging up the radio charts.

Morris said he was really touched by Cam’s performance at the New York songwriters’ event, and proud of the progress she’s made.
 
Old Dominion
            Old Dominion












Nashville band Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey says fans like what the band is doing.   
While Morris’s early support for Cam has helped ignite her young career, he also played a key role in signing Old Dominion.

The band self-released an initial EP and toured heavily to build a following, while operating under the watchful eye of power player artist managers Clint Higham and Dale Morris, who is of no relation to the Sony Music CEO. The day after Doug Morris heard Old Dominion’s EP, Higham said Doug Morris called him to say he wanted to sign the band.

“And he wasn’t just excited, he was saying back lyrics to their songs,” Higham said.
Dale Morris, whose nearly 50 years in the music business include managing  Alabama and Chesney, said he appreciated the passion that the label has put into Old Dominion.

“Most of the heads of labels like that don’t have a lot to do with the acts, but every once in a while you get that special thing and it’s pretty great, and Doug is pretty good about stuff like that,” Dale Morris said.

Early into its career, Old Dominion has opened for Chesney on a stadium tour and garnered over 7.2 million streams for “Break Up With Him” on Spotify.

Morris said he likes the direction Country music is headed, calling it “the only genre that seems to be growing these days.” That’s why, he said it’s so crucial that Sony Nashville succeed.

He echoed Goodman’s belief that breaking new artists should be the Nashville label’s top goal.
“I expect (Goodman) to do a good job – simple as that,” Morris said. “Take care of the artists, be very proactive, just make sure everyone is comfortable and the artists feel like they’re getting 110 percent.”

  (Photo: of CAM Rachel Black/Grand Ole Opry) 
    (Photo: Old Dominion Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

Emmis Communications Corp. owners of Country 97.1 Hank FM,/Indianapolis and WTHI 99 The Country Station/Terre Haute and 22 other stations, promotes EVP/CFO/COO Patrick Walsh to President/COO and also has done the same to SVP/Finance and Treasurer Ryan Hornaday to EVP/CFO. Jeff Smulyan remains Chairman of the Board and CEO. In addition, the company has also upped Christopher Rickenbach to VP of Finance/Assistant Treasurer. The new appointments are effective August 1st.

Smulyan stated, “We have an outstanding team of senior leaders at Emmis. These moves are a natural evolution in our leadership process, allowing Ryan to take on additional responsibility for leading our finance team thereby enabling PAT to build on his impressive track record operating our business. We’re blessed to have a great team that makes such a difference in our performance and ability to innovate on behalf of Emmis and our industries.”

Walsh said, “Ryan is one of the most talented finance executives I’ve encountered in my career and I’m thrilled to see him take on the CFO role. In my new role, I look forward to working with my colleagues at Emmis and throughout the radio industry to find innovative ways to deliver growth in the coming years.”

Hornaday stated, “Throughout my 16 years at Emmis, I have been impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates all levels of this organization. I am excited about the opportunity to join the executive ranks at Emmis and help deliver long-term value for our shareholders and employees.”

Cumulus Media President/CEO Lew Dickey in an interview with the  New York Post , talked about how the company's forays into non-radio ventures will help it overcome sluggish over-the-air revenue. Chief among them launching NASH Next, an “American Idol” style online and on-air music competition, which would enable the company to sign the winners
to its newest record label, also called NASH Next.


Adding to its
38 Country-format NASH stations and 28 Classic Country-styled NASH ICON stations, Cumulus owns COUNTRY WEEKLY magazine and has TV partnerships with Music Choice and concert streamer Qello. Dickey also noted that Cumulus is close to consummating a merchandise deal for a new Americana-themed lifestyle brand.

Everybody is getting into everybody’s else’s business,” he told the Post, citing newspapers and TV stations that are morphing into multimedia. “You have to create multiple touch points.”

A war may break out between record labels and YouTube. According to an article in The New York Post ,  "YouTube’s exploding mobile traffic is creating a new source of friction between the world’s #1 content distributor and the music industry, numerous sources told the paper. Universal, Sony and Warner execs believe YouTube’s grip on free ad-supported music videos needs to be loosened, by supporting rival sites like Vessel and Snapchat."
The Posts report also says the labels could go as far as pulling YouTube's rights to their music videos. “They are not serious about monetizing music on behalf of creators and, as a result, music companies are realizing they have to reset the current relationship,” one senior industry source told the paper. “They are fed up with the lack of monetization,” another label source told THE POST. “When you look at how music is monetized from lowest to highest, YouTube is at the bottom.”

Los Banos, California duo, Moonshine Bandits, land inside the Top 15 on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week at #13 with Blacked Out. The Bandits kick off their “Blacked Out” multi-city Tour August 5-August 28, 2015. 

The new Backroad Records' album, released July 17, has been garnering positive reviews by fans and critics alike. Fans continue to embrace
Moonshine Bandits' unique country sound as evidenced by attendance numbers at their live shows, and a corresponding increase in social media numbers (305,000 Facebook “Likes”).  In addition, this release marks a 50% increase in sales from the duo's previous album.

In celebration of the release of  Blacked OutMoonshine Bandits' Tex and Bird stopped by the local Walmart in Ceres, California for an in-store appearance. The duo met with and signed autographs for hundreds of their Shiner-Nation fans who showed up in support on Blacked Out.

The Moonshine Bandits Bird said
, "We are fired up that our CD made the Top #15  Billboard Country Albums Chart! The market for all CD sales has trended downward by 30% so for our album to trend upward is absolutely badass. This is proof that we are going to be around for a long time and how powerful our Shiner Family is, especially since we are charting next to artists that are on radio and TV daily," commented Tex. "It also proves that we don't have to change our style or conform to mainstream trends.  We did this without a million-dollar marketing budget, so this is a proud day for us and the Shiner Nation."

"Blacked Out breaks all boundaries and crosses many genres.  The other side is the Blacked Out theme portrays our go hard party lifestyle.  We make all-American drinking anthems".
 
Tour Dates:

Aug. 5 - DB's Steak Brew - Idaho Falls, ID 

Aug. 6 -  Pub Station - Billings, MT 
Aug. 7 - Pinnacle - Spokane, WA 
Aug. 8 - Canby, OR -   Wrangler's Western Bar
Aug. 9 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Aug. 12 - Cozmic - Eugene, OR
Aug. 13 - Revolution Concert & Event Center - Garden City, ID
Aug. 14 - Westerner - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug.  15 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
Aug. 16 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
Aug. 19 - Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 20 - The Museum Club - Flagstaff, AZ
Aug. 21 - LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 23 - Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
Aug. 26 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Aug. 27 - B-Ryders, Bakersfield, CA
Aug. 28 - Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
 
For more information, visit  www.moonshinebandits.com . Follow the Moonshine Bandits on Twitter @moonshinebandit or Facebook at  facebook.com/moonshinebandits

Amy Wilcox’s “Summer In Slow Motion” Behind The Scenes Video: 
 
Singer-songwriter Amy Wilcox has released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her music video for new single,  “Summer In Slow Motion.”  The behind-the-scenes video features exclusive interviews with Wilcox and fun-filled footage from the “Summer In Slow Motion” music video shoot, and is now available for viewing on Wilcox’s  YouTube  channel,  here .

Produced by Dusty Barker and directed by Justin Clough, the official music video is also available for viewing on  YouTube  and the song is available for download on  iTunes Amazon  and other major digital retailers.

Written by Wilcox, Lisa Goe and Jordan Schmidt, and produced by Schmidt, “Summer In Slow Motionis an upbeat party anthem about enjoying the long days of summer with friends.  

Of the new single, Wilcox commented, “Lisa, Jordan and I were all talking about how excited we were that summer was finally coming and how every year, we always say, ‘I’m really gonna make this one count,’ and then it just flies by. The idea behind ‘Summer In Slow Motion’ is that you have to do everything you can to make every second count. Do the things you truly want to do and have fun. Just remember to slow down, appreciate what you have and make every moment worth it.”  

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arlington, Va., Wilcox first moved to Music City to play Division 1 soccer at Vanderbilt University. While majoring in history and economics with a minor in communications, she topped the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a leader in shots-on-goal percentage for the Vanderbilt Commodores. 

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Wilcox took to the road to pursue music full time and began playing at bars and honky-tonks all over the U.S.  

Wilcox was also a featured cast member on A&E’s “Crazy Hearts: Nashville.” The show documented the lives of up-and-coming Nashville artists and Wilcox is featured on two tracks from the  Original Soundtrack , now releasing her highly anticipated single since coming off the show.   

For more information on Amy Wilcox, visit her official website at www.AmyWilcox.com  and follow her on  Instagram Twitter  and  Facebook .

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