Jimmie Allen, nationally syndicated personality Bobby Bones, Kane Brown, ABC’s "Dancing With The Stars’” Sharna Burgess, model and actress Olivia Culpo, Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’” Mackenzie Foy, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride and Carly Pearce, singer/actor Dennis Quaid, ABC’s “American Idol” judge (and much more) Lionel Richie, actor Noah Schnapp, singer/songwriter, actress and producer Rita Wilson and Country artist Trisha Yearwood are set to present at “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards.” Hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the show airs live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8:00 PM/ET (7:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network.
SESAC Celebrates Songwriters and Publishers at 2018 Nashville Music Awards: Jim Lauderdale, Lee Ann Womack, John Carter Cash & Jamey Johnson Among Award Recipients at Country Music Hall of Fame-Held Event
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/-- SESAC Inc. celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year's most-performed country and Americana songs at the company's annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 11th at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.
In addition to celebrating songwriters and publishers, the Veteran's Day event recognized America's bravest men and women of the armed forces during the awards show. SESAC honored the Folds of Honor Foundation and its mission for providing educational scholarships to families of the fallen and disabled service members, and recognized Lee Brice, a SESAC affiliate, with an award for his involvement in the establishment of the Folds of Honor Nashville Chapter.
ALL AMERICAN MADE
Margo Price, Jeremy Ivey
BMG, Peach Pit, Fisheye
FROM A ROOM VOL. 2
Kevin Welch, Brice Long, Jaron Boyer
Send ME the Checks Music, Spur 66 Music, Universal Tunes, EMI Foray Music, BMG
JOHNNY CASH: FOREVER WORDS
Jamey Johnson, Rosanne Cash, Robert Glasper
Polishit, Chelcait Music, Notable Music, Words of Cash Music, BMG, Big Deal Music
Anthony Snape Music Publishing
THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE
Concord Music, Chunk of Coal Publishing
Lee Ann Womack
BMG Cicada, Jim Lauderdale Music
FREE YOURSELF UP
Rachael Price, Michael Olson
W.B.M. Music, 17 Lake Street Music
Lake Street Music
Legendary Guitarist and Songwriter Steve Cropper Named BMI Icon at 2018 BMI Country Awards
BMI will proudly celebrate the extraordinary career of Steve Cropper by naming him a BMI Icon at the 66th annual BMI Country Awards to be held Tuesday, November 13. Cropper will receive this honor in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. The event, which will take place at BMI’s Nashville office, will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Creative, Nashville.
The BMI Icon Award is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the music industry. In receiving the award, Cropper will join an impressive list of country music’s greatest songwriters, including previous recipients Bob DiPiero, Vince Gill, Mac Davis, Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and more.
“The iconic music coming out of Memphis in the 60’s is some of the best known American music ever made and is still heard all over the world. One consummate music man was in the middle of that wave…Steve Cropper,” said Williams. “Not only is Steve a masterful songwriter, he is one of the most influential guitarists in the world. His body of work as an artist and producer, along with the massive hits he wrote, truly make Steve a BMI Icon.”
Cropper made his musical debut on American Bandstand in 1961 and within one year, along with Booker T and the MG’s, he had written the number one hit “Green Onions.” In the years to follow, he established himself as songwriting royalty, co-writing some of music’s biggest classics such as “Knock On Wood,” “Midnight Hour,” and the legendary “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with friend Otis Redding. In addition to his obvious songwriting prowess, producing became second nature as he turned out timeless tracks by renowned artists like Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, John Mellencamp, Otis Redding, and more. Cropper’s exemplary guitar work can be heard on albums by Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Booker T and the MG’s, Ringo Starr, and Wynonna, and he has toured with legends like Neil Young and Jimmy Buffet. In the late 1970s, Cropper began his now famous work as an original member of the Blues Brothers Band, appearing in both major motion pictures and numerous TV shows. Cropper has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was the solo inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, he has received Tennessee’s Arts and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award and a lifetime achievement GRAMMY in 2007.
Throughout the evening, the private event will also salute the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed country songs in the United States from BMI’s repertoire of 14 million musical works. The BMI country Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the ceremony.
Grammy nominated country, gospel and soul singer T. Graham Brown recently recorded “I Am The One,” a duet with Joanne Cash penned by Tim LeClaire, Trent LeClaire and producer Chad Randall Crow for Joanne's latest album, Unbroken, released September 14th. Cash's 32nd gospel album is filled with duets and also features Crystal Gayle, the Bellamy Brothers, Ashley Cleveland, Phil Keaggy, Rosanne Cash, Lulu Roman, Donna Fargo, For King & Country, John Carter Cash & Tommy Cash and The Oak Ridge Boys. This is T. Graham Brown's second duet with Cash, the first titled "God's Gonna Cut You Down" from her 2015 gospel album Breaking Down The Barriers. That project also included duets with Rosanne Cash, Razzy Bailey, Larry Gatlin and others.
Cash and T. Graham also filmed a video for "I Am The One" at the beautiful Storyteller's Hideaway Farm & Museum, Johnny Cash’s rural home just west of Nashville in Bon Aqua, Tennessee.
WIN THE NEW PISTOL ANNIES ALBUM!
NASHVILLE, TN - Country supertrio PISTOL ANNIES have released their anxiously-awaited third album INTERSTATE GOSPEL on RCA Records Nashville.
"We’ve grown a lot as artists and humans in the past five years," the Annies stated. "This album is more mature than our last ones, but still fun. The best way to describe Interstate Gospel is that it sounds like three women came unleashed and told a bunch of truth. We didn’t hold back and we’re proud of it. Our hope is that when people listen, they feel some of the same magic that we felt when we were writing these songs."
Watch the trio talk more about Interstate Gospel, along with behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album,here.
The group celebrated the release with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch their performance of "Best Years of My Life" here.
Penned by the Pistols, the 14-track album showcases the group’s stunning harmonies, such as the "classic country tearjerker" (Stereogum) "Masterpiece"; "sly take on gender roles" (Variety) "Sugar Daddy"; "saucy, high-spirited" (Rolling Stone) "Stop Drop and Roll One“; "more irreverent than earnest” (NPR) “Interstate Gospel”; and “confession of dead-end desperation" (New York Times) “Best Years of My Life.” Moving from celebratory anthems, classic country storytelling and vibey swagger, the Grammy-nominated trio are back and sounding Annie-er than ever.
The Pistol Annies' very first single to go to Country Radio is "Got My Name Changed Back." Fans should listen for it on their local radio stations. The fun-spirited music video for the single is out now. Watch it here.
About the PISTOL ANNIES:
Combining the talents of acclaimed country forces of Miranda Lambert (Lone Star Annie), Ashley Monroe (Hippie Annie) and Angaleena Presley (Holler Annie), Pistol Annies deliver a high-spirited take on life the way real people live it. Songwriters/vocalists, the Annie collective allows the women the freedom to explore the genre (roots music) beyond their individual careers celebrating friendship, the rough patches and girl power. Having recorded with both the Chieftains and Jewel, their music has also been featured on The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond. They have released two albums, 2011’s Gold-certified Hell on Heels, which produced the Platinum single “Hell On Heels” and 2013’s Annie Up.
After announcing “Friends and Heroes 2019” earlier this week, Blake Shelton continues to show old-school country some modern-day love with his entertaining cover of “Tequila Sheila” (listen HERE). Originally released in 1980 by Bobby Bare on his album Down and Dirty, the re-imagined tune features an introductory vocal by Bare. Fans should keep an eye out for more country classics from Shelton leading up to his headlining tour.
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