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NEAR TRUTHS: OFF AND RUNNING
The lay of the land at the top of 2022 (1/20a)
O-ROD MANAGEMENT
IN PLAY?
America's most wanted (1/20a)
TAYLOR'S LATEST "VERSION": RECORD STORE DAY
A nod to the Vinyl Queen. (1/20a)
WEEKLY CURRENT LABEL SHARE
Monte's up where he belongs. (1/20a)
SONG REVENUE: SOME ENCHANTED DAWN
Winning hands in the early action (1/20a)
OOH, LAS VEGAS
You're gonna make a poor boy outta me.
HOW I WISH THAT THERE WERE MORE
...than 24 hours in a day.
PALMS SWEAT, BLACKJACK
on a Saturday night
SIN CITY
Lamborginis and caviar Dry martinis, Shangri-La
Music City
MONUMENT UPS CASEY THOMAS
1/20/22

Monument Records has upped Casey Thomas from publicist to Director of Publicity and Creative.

In her new role, she’ll oversee publicity and media marketing, international media strategy and creative services for the labels’ roster, including artists like Alex Hall, Brandon Ratcliff, Caitlyn Smith, Teddy Robb, Tigirlily and Walker Hayes, as well as music from FOX’s Monarch

“We are so proud of Casey’s leadership within our organization and her ability to think long-term while also maximizing momentum. Her integrity, passion, and work ethic are invaluable,” said Monument GM Katie McCartney.  

“It’s a privilege to represent and work alongside such a compelling roster of artists and creators, and I am looking forward to this next exciting chapter,” added Thomas. 

Since joining the label in 2018 from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Boston native Thomas has overseen project launches across the roster and has been instrumental in the soundtrack set-up for FOX’s Monarch, featuring music distributed by Arista and Monument.

AMAZON MUSIC BRINGS THE COUNTRY HEAT
1/20/22

Amazon Music's Country Heat Weekly welcomed CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce on this week's podcast. The Big Machine star joined hosts Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson to dish about her breakthrough year filled with multiple awards and her post-divorce album, 29: Written in Stone

Check out Country Heat Weekly here

Amazon Music is also partnering with Country Heat favorite Walker Hayes for an album release concert on Thursday evening, as his full-length Country Stuff (Monument) arrives. Watch the livestream here at 8pm CT, or within the Amazon Music app. 

 

BMM HITS THE WEST COAST, TAPS HAEHL
1/19/22

Big Machine Music has opened a new office in L.A. and tapped Timmy Haehl as Senior Director of Publishing. 

The expansion from their Nashville-based headquarters arrives on the heels of GAYLE’s “abcdefu,”co-written by BMM’s Sara Davis, as well as Maren Morris’ 2021 BMI Pop Song of the Year “The Bones” (Laura Veltz), Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber’s “10,000 Hours” (Jessie Jo Dillon), Diplo’s “Heartless” (Ryan Hurd) and Alicia Keys & Brandi Carlile’s Grammy-nominated “Beautiful Noise” (Brandy Clark). 

“Between Big Machine Music’s crossover hits, the growth of our roster to include LA-based songwriters and our inter-company collaborations with SB Projects, it is a natural move for us to formally open a West Coast office, and Timmy is the perfect creative publishing executive with which to start,” said BMM’s GM Mike Molinar.

Beginning his career at Geffen Records in A&R, Seattle native Haehl will assist with Pop songwriter signings and rep the roster for multi-genre opportunities. Based in the new Santa Monica office, he reports to BMM’s VP of Publishing Alex Heddle and Molinar. 

Most recently, the Harvard alum served as Director of A&R and Management at Hallwood Media with clients like David Stewart, rock producer Brendan O’Brien and Grammy-nominated producer/writer King Henry, the latter of whom Haehl will continue to rep.

“Timmy exhibits every bit of Big Machine Music’s values and vision for the future,” adds Heddle. “His passion for developing and promoting creatives is palpable. We are very excited to have him join our team.”  

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Big Machine Music and help bring Nashville’s top independent publisher into a new era of success within the LA creative community,” said Haehl.

THE RYMAN CELEBRATES 130 YEARS
1/19/22

The Ryman Auditorium is kicking off its 130th anniversary with a year-long celebration of its storied history.

To mark the milestone, the Ryman is holding anniversary events and performances like a Ryman Community Day in May, an increase in pre-show and daytime events on PNC Plaza as well as new tour enhancements and residencies.

Artists like Dwight Yoakam (1/19-21), Tedeschi Trucks Band (2/22-23,2/25-26) and Billy Strings (5/6-8) will join previously announced residencies from Trace Adkins, The Beach Boys, Black Pumas, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt, Yola and more.

Additionally, the Ryman is giving away 130 concert tickets throughout the year, which begins this week with Yoakam’s 1/21 show. Monthly giveaways will take place on the Ryman’s social channels while tickets can be purchased here.

Since the first concert on 5/4/1892, the Ryman stage has seen appearances from Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, former president Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and music icons like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Lizzo, Harry Styles and more.

Hosting 200+ shows per year and grossing over $10m just in 2021 with 185,821 tickets sold, the Ryman was ranked as the #1 theater for concert ticket sales worldwide in Pollstar’s End of Year Sales Report.

For more info on the Ryman’s 130th anniversary, click here.

RIVER HOUSE ADDS THREE
1/12/22

River House Artists is staffing up for the new year with three new hires. Kristin Watson Byrne is named Director of Digital Strategy, Taylor Rasnick is appointed Manager of Creative Services and Trey Wilson joins as an Artist Manager, effective immediately. 

“River House is growing tremendously and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the future. Our roster of talent is second to none, so having hard working, creative and innovative employees like these three join our family is only going to help elevate everyone,” said Zebb Luster, VP/GM, RHA. “We are thankful they are as excited about what River House is doing as we are.”

Responsible for building digital plans for all artists and releases on the roster, Watson Byrne joins RHA after spending a decade at Sony Music Entertainment. The Overland Park, Kan. native also previously held stints at Songfluencer, Crowd Surf, Collective Artist Management and ThinkSwell.

Nashville native Rasnick joins the team from the Pratt’s Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. In her new role, she’ll oversee the creation and execution of all creative elements for the roster and in-house creatives.

Belmont grad Wilson, originally from Uvalde, Tex., will spearhead day-to-day management for Jordan Rowe and arrives on the team with six years of experience as tour manager for Jon Pardi.

Pictured below are (l-r) Watson Byrne, Wilson and Rasnick.

Photo credit: Morgan Shirley, Audrey Spillman, Acacia Evans

SPOTIFY'S 10 TO WATCH
1/11/22

Arista Nashville’s Morgan Wade, Big Loud’s Ashland Craft and Big Machine’s Conner Smith have made Spotify’s second-annual Hot Country Artists to Watch list.

The list was unveiled today via Spotify’s flagship country music playlist, Hot Country.

Also making the list are the Bruce Kalmick-managed BRELAND, Rakiyah Marshall-managed Ashley Cooke, BBR’s Kolby Cooper, former The Voice contestant Dalton Dover, and  indie artists Carter Faith, Chase Wright and Madeline Edwards.

MIRANDA, LBT RETURN
1/7/22

It worked well in 2018 so why not an encore. Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town are returning to the road on a 15-date Bandwagon Tour that starts 5/6 in Houston.

Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour gon on sales 1/14 except for the tour opener, which starts sales on 1/21. Presales begin Tuesday.

The Cadillac Three will open the shows as well as open three shows for Lambert in April in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Franklin, Tenn., and Johnson City, Tenn.

Bandwagon Tour Dates

5/6 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston

5/7 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas

5/8 Walmart AMP, Rogers, Ark.

5/12 Credit One Stadium, Charleston, S.C.

5/13 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.

5/14 iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.

5/20 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis

5/21 Ruoff Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.

5/22 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati

6/2 Budweiser Stage, Toronto

6/3 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit

6/4 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

6/9 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y.

6/10 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.

6/11 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J.

REYNA'S REIGN
12/17/21

Buzz abounds in Nashville about Reyna Roberts, who's repped by Griff Morris-led Crush South. The powerhouse vocalist/songwriter, who's due to go out on tour with Reba McEntire and make her Stagecoach bow in '22, has earned plaudits from fellow stars Carrie Underwod, Mickey Guyton and Reba, among others, not to mention inclusion in CMT's Next Women in Country and mad press love. Alaska-born and Alabama-raised, she first stood up to belt out "Lady Marmalade" in an Alaska bar at age three. More recently, she tore the roof off performing "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" with Luke Combs and Robert Randolph at 2021 CMT Giants: Charley Pride. Repped for live by Jeff Hasson at UTA, Reyna has toured with Jamey Johnson and appeared at Watershed Festival and Summerfest. She's a phenomenon; check her out.