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TV Alert: Keb’ Mo’ Appears On PBS Special At The White House

Set To Air This Friday, Jan. 8

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 6, 2016) – Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Keb’ Mo’, recently performed at a special concert, hosted by President and Mrs. Obama, called “A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House.” The concert is set to air this Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 on PBS. Specific air times are available through local listings.

Shot and filmed in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., the concert featured appearances by Keb’ Mo’, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Buddy Guy, Queen Latifah, Usher, Trombone Shorty, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Esperanza Spalding, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Carol Burnett. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act.

For more information on Keb’ Mo’ or to view a list of upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For press inquires, contact Christy Watkins at 615-269-7071 or

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  Matt Watkins   Feb 24, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Ryan Broshear Circles Back To Country Radio With New Single, “Spin Me”

(Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 5, 2016) Country artist and songwriter, Ryan Broshear, releases his newest single, Spin Me, to Country radio this week. Written by Broshear and Daniel Agee, “Spin Me” is the first single off Broshear’s EP, Paint It Red, available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.

With a catchy beat and an edgy Country sound, “Spin Me” tells the classic tale of a guy who is head-over-heels in love. Recalling the songwriting process behind the single, Broshear says, “It was a fun and easy co-write. Dan [Agee] shared what he had started and I jumped right in. It was so natural– within a couple of hours, we had this great song.”

“’Spin Me’ strikes a balance between today’s mainstream Country sound and the traditional Country I’ve grown up on,” says Broshear of the single. “I can’t wait to see where it goes.”

With a natural affinity for the stage, Broshear is known for bringing his high-energy performances and modern edge to the traditional Country sound. Prior to his most recent EP release, Broshear was recognized for his talent when Billboard magazine named him a “Top Ten Artist to Watch” in 2014.

For more information on Ryan Broshear and his latest single, “Spin Me,” visit his website at and follow him on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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  Matt Watkins   Feb 24, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

The Cains Release New Single, “Knock Knock” to Country Radio

(Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 5, 2016) The Cains are pulling out all the stops in their haunting, hard-edged new single, “Knock Knock.” Featuring angst-filled vocals with a country-rock twist, while also showcasing The Cains’ signature sibling harmonies, “Knock Knock” is destined to catch the ears of music fans all over.

The single was released to Country radio today, Jan. 5, and a music video will be released in the upcoming weeks. To hear the track, click here.

Written by Jaida Dreyer, Stephony Smith and Dave Thompson, “Knock Knock” is the latest single off the group’s self-titled EP, The Cains, which was released this past summer on July 21, 2015. The EP was produced and mixed by Daniel Agee. The five-track EP is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.

Madison Cain commented about the single saying, “’Knock Knock’ is the only song on the EP that we didn’t write, but as soon as we heard it, we knew we needed to record it. We heard it once and couldn’t stop singing it. We hope the song will have the same effect on our listeners.”

In addition to the new single, The Cains have recently added some impressive international performances to their list of accomplishments. Opening for Sasha McVeigh’s successful I Stand Alone U.K. Tour, The Cains have come back with scores of dedicated new fans anxious to hear more music. They won’t be disappointed when they get their hands on “Knock Knock.”

The two sisters and brother from Hartselle, Ala. have shared a lot over the years, but their passion for music is what has brought them together as The Cains, a Country band with unique harmonies and a variety of influences. Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain are not only singers and songwriters, but also multifaceted entertainers and musicians who play guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, mandolin, drums and more. Their original music features compelling, edgy lyrics that evoke emotion and is inspired by a vast combination of genres from Country, soul and pop to Americana, folk and contemporary Christian.

For more information on The Cains and their latest single, “Knock Knock,” view their website at and follow them on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

For interview or mp3 requests, contact Simone Diamond at or 615-269-7071.

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  Matt Watkins   Feb 24, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Announced

Luke Bryan To Recognize Inductees LIVE At CRS 2016 Opening Ceremonies

(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 5, 2016) – This year’s class of Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees have been announced and are Blair Garner, Mike & Dana Schuff, and Lisa Dent in the On-Air category, and Mick Anselmo, Kerby Confer, Jack Reno, Tim Roberts and Jim Slone in the Radio category. Reigning ACM and CMA “Entertainer of the Year,” Luke Bryan, will be on-hand to recognize the inductees LIVE during the Country Radio Seminar 2016 opening ceremonies on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. CT; providing an opportunity for the class of 2016 to be acknowledged during Country radio’s biggest week.

The class will be inducted at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards ceremony, which will be scheduled for later this year. Information regarding the date, ticket prices and the event location will be available in the coming months.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

Country Radio Hall of Fame Chairman, RJ Curtis commented about this year’s class, saying “Once again, the Country Radio Hall of Fame selection committee has done a thorough job of recognizing amazing and deserving honorees. The combined contributions of the 2016 Class could practically serve as a textbook for how radio – and Country radio specifically – should be executed, with every inductee truly living up to the criteria of having made a ‘significant contribution’ to the Country music industry. On behalf of our committee, I am proud to congratulate the Class of 2016.”

For more information about the Country Radio Hall of Fame, please visit

About the 2016 ON-AIR INDUCTEES:


About Blair Garner: Currently host of the Nashville-based “America’s Morning Show, syndicated nationally on Cumulus Media Networks, Garner is a three-time National Radio Personality of the Year honoree from the Academy of Country Music. He got his first radio break in Canyon, Texas, a small town south of Amarillo at 17. Major market opportunities soon after in cities such as Dallas, Washington DC and – by the early ’90s – New York, where he was part of the lineup at perennial powerhouse WPLJ, followed. Following a stint at Top 40 giant KIIS in Los Angeles, Garner created – and for 20 years hosted – the nationally syndicated “After Midnite,” program. No stranger to the tag “Hall of Famer,” Garner was a 2013 inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame.


About Mike & Dana Schuff: First teamed at KNFM in Odessa. Texas in 1989, Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole were already seasoned radio vets, having entered the business in 1973 and 1980, respectively. After a successful run at KNFM as a morning team, and Mike handling PD responsibilities, the pair was hired by crosstown KGEE in 1990, helping that station win the CMA Station of the year Award in 1993 and 1995. In 1996, Mike and Dana were honored as CMA Small market Personality of the Year winners. In 2001, they left KGEE to launch KHKX, where they enjoyed more success, garnering CMA Station of the Year nominations and in 2007, a win for ACM Small Market personality of the Year. In 2014, Mike and Dana retired, ending a 25-year on-air partnership, but continuing their 23-year marriage.


About Lisa Dent: Co-host of the morning show at WUSN in Chicago since 2002, Dent began her radio career at WFAW Fort Atkinson, WI in 1981. She was quickly on to major market gigs, landing at KSON in San Diego in 1987 before additional successful stops at WBOB in Minneapolis, KYCW in Seattle and KIKK Houston before the jump to WUSN in 2002. Dent has also hosted nationally syndicated shows “Country Giants” for United Stations and “CMT Insider.” As half of the “Lisa Dent And Ramblin’ Ray (Stevens)” morning show on WUSN, she has been honored with the CMA Personality of the Year Award in 2005 and 2010. The show was also the 2015 ACM Personality of the Year honoree.

About the 2016 RADIO INDUCTEES:


Mick Anselmo: Most recently VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio Minneapolis, Anselmo retired in December, completing a career that included the launch of both Country radio powerhouses in Minneapolis: KMNB in 2011 and KEEY in 1982. Before joining CBS Radio in 2008, Anselmo spent more than two decades at Clear Channel’s (Now iHeartMedia) crosstown cluster, home to KEEY. During his time there, KEEY was honored with a “CMA Station Of The Year” award and was a consistent market leader, which it remains today. Anselmo is a 2013 inductee in the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.


Kerby Confer: Confer spent 58 years in the business, starting as an air personality at age 16. He became a station owner in 1975, eventually growing his portfolio to 250 stations; today he remains a partner in 70 stations. A 2003 inductee to the Pennsylvania radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Confer was a pioneer in branding radio stations with monikers such as “Kissn’” (KSSN Little Rock) and “The Beaver (WBVR Bowling Green). The concept grew, with his first Frog-branded station, WFRG in Utica, NY, an idea which spread to KFRG San Bernardino, CA and WFGY Altoona, PA, eventually spawning numerous Froggy stations, along with Bears, Bulls and others.


Jack Reno: Reno began his 37-year radio career in the 50’s as an air personality at KCOG Centerville, IA, eventually becoming involved in music, programming and ultimately, the GM chair. Reno was awarded the CMA Personality of the year trophy in 1978. Included in his many radio stops were KCKN Kansas City; KLLL Lubbock, TX; WXCL Peoria, IL; WUBE Cincinnati and WSAI Cincinnati. Reno was also a songwriter, whose music was recorded by Eddie Arnold and Lee Roy Van Dyke. He retired from radio in 1990, and passed away from cancer in 2008.


Tim Roberts: Roberts has been OM for CBS Radio Detroit since 2005, leading WYCD to Station of the Year honors from the ACM, CMA and Marconi Awards. His career started in 1979 and has taken him to cities all over the US, including Cedar Rapids, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Spokane, and San Francisco. Prior to joining WYCD, Roberts was Cumulus Media Midwest reginal OM, and lead WQXK to CMA Station of the Year honors as well. Roberts has the distinction of having lead two legendary Country brands in Detroit as his resume includes WWWW in the Motor City from 1995-1998.


Jim Slone: Slone’s career began at KRZE Farmington, NM in 1960, but by 1963, he was in Tucson, AZ where he would remain for the duration of his career. He purchased KCUB-AM there in 1972, then KIIM in 1983, launching it Country immediately. KIIM soon became the market leader both in ratings and billing, while garnering national recognition as well. Slone grew his station portfolio to El Paso and Lubbock and owned nine stations at one time. He was inducted to the Arizona Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001. He sold Slone Broadcasting the same year, only to return to ownership in 2006, before retiring in 2009.

About Country Radio Broadcasters:
The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at: or through the CRB/CRS office at (615) 327-4487.

  Matt Watkins   Feb 24, 2016   News   0 Comment   Read More

Keith Urban Announced As 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award Recipient

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 14, 2015) – The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Keith Urban as the recipient of the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 8, 2016. Last year’s Artist Humanitarian Award recipient, Lady Antebellum, will be on hand to present Urban with this year’s award.

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.

CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “Keith Urban is a true humanitarian who gives out of love, passion, spirit, and generosity. It’s been an honor to witness quietly from the sidelines, the amount of time, talent, and passion that Keith has selflessly given over his life and career. The impact and reach of his generosity has effected so many and is so broad in scope and depth – his is a bar of humanitarian effort, that we all can be inspired by!”

Over the years, Urban has been a strong supporter of numerous benefit concerts, including the annual “All For The Hall” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concerts, which has raised nearly $3 million in proceeds. In addition, he’s been and remains a supporter of The Grammy in the Schools program, Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and was recently named the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation.

He is a continued supporter of the “Make A Wish” Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As an advisory board member at St. Jude, Urban has visited the hospital and produces a calendar each year with all net proceeds going to St. Jude. Since their inception in 2003, these calendars have raised more than $850,000 for the life-saving mission of the hospital.

Following the 2010 Nashville flood, he was very active in the relief efforts and participated in the re-opening of the Grand Ole Opry House, Marty Stuart’s “Late Night Jam,” GAC and Vince Gill telethons; all to raise funds for flood relief.

Additionally, he has supported our nation’s troops and the Navy SEALS Foundation. Urban donated to the foundation his share of artist and publishing royalties from his song “For You,” which reached a total of $300,000.

He was also the first Ambassador for the CMA Foundation’s Education Program and has donated from his line, URBAN guitars, to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country, including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco. He’s also donated URBAN guitars to the Grammy Foundation and its MusiCares program, as well as donating proceeds from the guitars to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to keep musical instruments in schools.

Past recipients of the Artist Humanitarian Award have included Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

For more information on Keith Urban, visit For more information on Country Radio Seminar, visit

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 22, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

TUNE-IN ALERT: Keb’ Mo’ Returns To A Prairie Home Companion On Dec. 12

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 10, 2015) On Dec. 12, Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Keb’ Mo’ is set is to return to A Prairie Home Companion for the final live broadcast of their holiday run at The Town Hall in New York City. The show, hosted by Garrison Keiller, will air on local public radio stations across the country between 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern and will also be available for streaming live on the Prairie Home Companion website, Following its initial airtime, the show will be posted on on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 ET. Today, 4 million listeners hear A Prairie Home Companion each week on nearly 700 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam.

For more information on Keb’ Mo’ or to view a list of upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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  Matt Watkins   Dec 22, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Keb’ Mo’ Performs At Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays Benefit Concert

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 9, 2015) Keb’ Mo’ recently joined a star-studded lineup to perform at the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert. The Dec. 5 concert, which featured performances from headliner Cyndi Lauper and friends Keb’ Mo’, Natasha Bedingfield, Boy George, Richie Sambora and Orianthi, Kurt Vile, Cam, Judy Gold, Ledisi, Angela McCluskey, Sharon Osbourne, Jordan Pundik, Valerie Simpson, Anne Steele, Joey Taranto, Justin Tranter and was hosted by Carson Kressley, raised funds for the True Colors Fund. True Colors Fund is Lauper’s charity dedicated to raising awareness, working with the government, conducting research, collaborating with youth and developing communities and solutions to prevent and end LGBT youth homelessness. Research shows that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBT, and the most common reason for their homelessness is family rejection. This year’s benefit concert was held at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.


Pictured above (l to r): Arista Nashville recording artist, Cam, Keb’ Mo’ and author and advocate, Mary Fisher, gathered together at the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo provided by: Aristo P.R. // Hi-Res


Pictured above: Keb’ Mo’ performed at the Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home For the Holidays benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy of True Colors Fund // Hi-Res

  Matt Watkins   Dec 22, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Tis’ The Season For Saving On CRS 2016 Registration

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 7, 2015) In spirit of the holiday season, Country Radio Seminar is offering a $100 discount on CRS 2016 registrations, available now through Jan. 7. Following the deadline, the $529 per person rate will increase to $629. To register for the three-day event, held Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Omni hotel, visit today.

In addition, a limited number of Omni Hotel rooms are still available. To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or reserve online by visiting here. The CRS Rate booking code is 020616CRB2016.

Country Radio Seminar is the premiere educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists. Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country radio industry, including: social media and digital innovations, PPM, brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much more.  An advance agenda was released earlier this week and is available at

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  Matt Watkins   Dec 22, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Dianna Corcoran Embarks to the Big Apple in Support of Forthcoming Album, In America

(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 7, 2015) – Australian-born songstress and guitar player, Dianna Corcoran, recently visited with the staff at Glamour Magazine, SELF Magazine and Spotify in New York, N.Y in support of her forthcoming album, In America. Dianna was in town for her performance at Rockwood Music Hall on Dec. 2. The album will be Dianna’s stateside debut, which is set to release on Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information on Dianna Corcoran, visit her official website at and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (right) with Glamour Magazine’s Associate Digital Editor, Anna Moeslein.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (left) with SELF Magazine’s Entertainment Assistant, Elyse Roth.

Pictured above: Dianna Corcoran (right) with Spotify’s Artist in Residence, Royston Langdon.

  Matt Watkins   Dec 22, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More

Steve Schnur Featured Among Nashville Elite In Variety’s ‘Music City Impact Report’

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Worldwide Executive and President of EA Music Group
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(Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 4, 2015) Worldwide Executive of Electronic Arts, Steve Schnur, is featured in Varietys ‘Music City Impact Report’ and is among an elite group of Nashville executives and artists labeled as being some of Music City’s most influential.

Schnur, who is on the forefront of making Nashville a world-class destination for creating and recording orchestral scores, commented in the article, saying “Nashville is increasingly becoming the new destination to record film, TV and game scores with world-class orchestral musicians and world-class recording facilities. So much of the work has been going to Eastern Europe and now so much is coming to Nashville, due to the success and quality of scores for game projects like ‘Dragon Age Inquisition,’ ‘Star Wars Old Republic,’ ‘FIFA’ and ‘Madden NFL.’”

Schnur, also a songwriter signed with Sea Gayle, believes these moves not only help the industry, but also the city of Nashville. “This is a major force behind helping to restore Nashville’s music middle class, which has large economic benefits and keeps musicians working,” he continued.

In 2001, Schnur made a leap to work in video game music supervision with EA, the largest video game producer in the world, to bring original musical scores to the gaming industry. Heading the creation and development of music in EA’s top game franchises, Schnur has been responsible for bringing both established stars and composers and promising new artists together to create a series of groundbreaking and award-winning scores and soundtracks that have brought both the musicians’ careers and the video game music industry to new heights, including Thirty Seconds To Mars, Katy Perry, Florence + the Machine, and Chromeo.

Before Schnur came to the industry, video game music was viewed as an afterthought. Seeing the potential to use music in video games to create a more complete emotional connection and journey, Schnur used his position to completely reshape the video game music industry. He has since produced numerous EA soundtrack albums and earned multiple nominations.

From record label promotion, record producer, songwriter, A&R and marketing to music supervision for films and video games, Schnur’s talents and contributions in the business have delivered numerous successes in a diverse range of segments in the industry. He has been profiled by the New York Times, London Financial Times and CNN, and he was named “One of the Most Creative People In Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly, “One of the Most Powerful People in the Music Business” and “One of the Top 20 Power Players in the Digital Entertainment” by Billboard, and “One of the Top 25 Power Players in the New Hollywood” by The Wall Street Journal. He has also received a number of awards, including MusExpo’s 2014 International Music Supervisor of the Year Award, MusExpo’s 2009 International Music Person of the Year award, ACLU’s Bill of Rights award, the Guild of Music Supervisors’ 2012 Music Supervisor of the Year award.

For more information about Steve Schnur, please contact Christy Watkins at


  Matt Watkins   Dec 22, 2015   News   0 Comment   Read More