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STATION WEST RECORDING STUDIOS NAMES JESSICA AMERSON STUDIO MANAGER

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Pictured Left to Right: Mitch Furr, Kyle Manner, Baylor Wilson, Jessica Amerson and Luke Wooten
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(Nashville, Tenn. – May 2, 2016) – Station West Recording Studios has named Jessica Amerson Studio Manager. In her new role, Amerson will serve as the executive and creative assistant to GRAMMY award-winning producer and engineer Luke Wooten, oversee Station West and Sea Gayle’s joint venture artists Baylor Wilson and Jordan Brooker, as well as maintain day-to-day function of the studios.

Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Amerson’s passion for music was honed both creatively and educationally throughout her attendance at Belmont University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Entertainment Industry Studies and Music Business. Prior to accepting a position with Station West, she worked for Carnival Music, the company of GRAMMY award-winning producer ­­­­­­­Frank Liddell.

“I am extremely lucky to work under the wings of some of Music City’s most talented and creative people,” said Amerson. “They continue to push me, encourage me, and teach me more than I could ever imagine.”

Established in 1998 by Luke Wooten, Station West is a thriving studio complex nestled in the heart of the Berry Hill community in Nashville. Their facility includes three studios (Studio A, Studio B, and The West Wing) incorporated with surround mix and overdub suites where projects with Brad PaisleyDierks Bentley, ABC’s Nashville and more have come to fruition.

For more on Station West, visit www.stationwest.com; to reach Amerson directly, contact her atJessica@stationwst.com or (615) 463.9118.

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TEN NEW MEMBERS ADDED TO 2016-2017 COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR AGENDA COMMITTEE

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 27, 2016) – The individuals that will serve on the 2016-2017 Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee have been announced. Ten new members will join twelve returning members to plan agenda items and events surrounding Country Radio Seminar 2017.

New members added to the 2016-2017 CRS Agenda Committee are: Kristina Carlyle (iHeart Media),Andrew Curran (DMR Interactive), Steve Hodges (Sony Music), Scott Lindy (Cumulus Media), Billy McKim (Texas A&M), Zack Massey (iHeart Media), Eric Michaels (Emmis), Kris Rochester (United Stations), Terry Phillips (CBS) and Kristen Williams (Warner Music Nashville).

Returning to the committee are: Lee Adams (Broken Bow Records), Sam Alex (Townsquare Media),Jay Cruze (WSCG), Timothy Gerst (ThinkSwell), Carolyn Gilbert (NuVoodoo Media), Ed Green (Red Light Management), Jeff James (Signet Interactive), Bruce Logan (CBS Radio Houston), Stew Sawyers (Sawyers Media Group), Jenny Sheilds (Premiere Radio), JR Schumann (Sirius/XM) andBrook Stephens (KZPK).

The CRS Agenda Committee is comprised of volunteer professionals from all areas of the Country radio and record industries. The committee is responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. Heading up this year’s agenda committee are Tom Hanrahan (WDXB/iHeart) as Chariman and Greg Frey (Cumulus Media) and Judy Lakin (Cox Media Group) as Co-Vice Chairman.

“Tom, Greg, and Judy did an outstanding job with the big challenge of leading the 2016 Agenda Committee and the content of CRS 2016 clearly was one of the BEST in our 47 years of service to the industry,” said Executive Director, Bill Mayne. “The board was unanimous in welcoming the trio to their leadership roles once again!”

Hanrahan adds, “I am beyond excited about this year’s CRS Agenda Committee! We have a group of rock stars returning who have demonstrated their commitment to our industry and we’re adding a stellar group of fresh faces who will add further diversity of thought as we craft the learning tracks for an even more successful CRS in 2017.”

Please direct agenda committee inquiries to Sheree Latham at (615) 327.4487 or Sheree@CRB.org.

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. CRS 2017 will be held Feb. 22 – 24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2017). Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.

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KEB’ MO’ LIVE – THAT HOT PINK BLUES ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW

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Keb’ Mo’ LIVE – That Hot Pink Blues Album Available NOW
New Live Release Receives Rave Reviews

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 15, 2016) – The latest project, Keb’ Mo’ LIVE – That Hot Pink Blues Album, from Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ is now available for download via Kind of Blue Music/RED Distribution on iTunes, Amazon and KebMo.com. Officially released today, April 15, the album has already made it into the hands of music critics and is already receiving rave reviews.

PopMatters music editor describes, “That Hot Pink Blues Album‘s biggest accomplishment is the mere reality that it plays like more of a victory lap than it does a cash grab – Hot pink? Hot damn!”

The Daily Vault published, “Keb’ Mo’ is one of the most authentic and appealing performers of his generation, and that’s why a double-live album from him is such an unqualified joy.”

BlackGrooves wrote, That Hot Pink Blues Album shows how Keb’ Mo’s blues foundation has merged with R&B, jazz, Americana, and pop to create an accessible, polished, and perhaps even androgynous blues style.

Recorded throughout the past year while on tour, and produced by Mo’s band mate and Grammy nominated producer, Casey Wasner, the double-disc album features 16 live-recorded songs from Mo’s extensive catalog. Captured in nine different cities, Mo’ is backed by keyboardist Michael B. Hicks, bassist Stan Sargeant (Leonard Cohen, Barry Manilow, Al Jarreau) and drummer Casey Wasner.

Working closely in the studio to choose just the right tracks, Mo’, Wasner and sound engineer/mixer, Aaron Hedden, forged a very special bond. Together, they lovingly chose a collection of songs that pays homage to an illustrious 21-year career in the music business, and it gleans stellar live cuts from many albums in Mo’s catalog. Several of the tracks are off his most recent album, BLUESAmericana,which garnered Mo’ a 2015 Blues Music Award from the Blues Foundation for Best Contemporary Blues Album, three 2015 Grammy award nominations including Best Americana Album, and multiple other achievements.

A portion of the proceeds from the album will be donated to Playing For Change, an organization that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music by building music schools worldwide. Playing For Change has already supported the development of twelve schools, including in Mali, Thailand, Nepal, Brazil, South Africa and more.Mo’ has been involved with the organization since its inception. He has been featured in many related videos and events to help attend to the children’s human and artistic necessities and unite them through inspiration rather than devastation. Mo’ was featured on the Playing For Change album: Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, which was released in 2014 and features over 180 musicians from 31 countries, including Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Taj Mahal and many others.

Mo’ and his three-pieced band are currently touring across North America. For a full list of tour dates, visit www.kebmo.com.
For more information on Keb’ Mo’, visit his official website at kebmo.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Keb’ Mo’ LIVE – That Hot Pink Blues Track Listing:
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DISC ONE:

  1. Tell Everybody I Know – (Charleston, SC)
  2. Somebody Hurt You – (Calabogie, Ontario)
  3. Henry – (Kent, OH)
  4. Life Is Beautiful – (Nashville, TN)
  5. She Just Wants To Dance – (West Hampton, NY)
  6. The Worst Is Yet To Come – (Denver, CO)
  7. Government Cheese – (Wheeling, WV)
  8. The Door (Saratoga, CA)

DISC TWO:

  1. Come On Back – (Nashville, TN)
  2. France – (Charleston, SC)
  3. More Than One Way Home (Nashville, TN)
  4. A Better Man (Charleston, SC)
  5. The Old Me Better (Saratoga, CA)
  6. Rita (Charleston, SC)
  7. Dangerous Mood (Sturgis, SD)
  8. City Boy (Saratoga, CA)
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CANARY WHARF LONDON ANNOUNCES FREE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, NASHVILLE MEETS LONDON IN CANADA SQUARE PARK ON AUG. 13-14

(NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 13, 2016) London-based company, Canary Wharf Group has officially announced the inaugural Nashville Meets London music festival. Scheduled for August 13-14, the 2-day event will bring together performers that represent Nashville and the UK with audiences from London and beyond to experience performances by established artists and exciting new talent. The event is free and open to the public.  Several acts have been confirmed and will be released in the coming weeks.

Nashville Meets London is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency The AristoMedia Group. Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant.

Performances will begin at 2 p.m. each day in Canada Square Park, located in the heart of Canary Wharf and surrounded by over 300 shops, bars and restaurants.  Canary Wharf is located in the former London Docklands. For the past ten years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is largest free jazz festival in the UK, and has a long history of promoting arts and culture throughout its estate.

For more information, please contact: Matt Watkins (US) at mwatkins@aristomedia.com or 615-269-7071. 

About Canary Wharf:

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising five shopping malls, including the new leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.  It also has world-class, year-round arts and events program offering over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.

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THE NEW CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TOURING SHOW INSPIRED BY JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR, TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT; WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE BRIDGESTONE ARENA IN NASHVILLE, AUGUST 24-28, 2016

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Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Tickets on pre-sale to Cirque Club members now!
Public on-sale starting April 15

(Montreal, April. 12, 2016) – The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at the Bridgestone Arena, August 24-28, 2016, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world which started in November 2015. The show is presented by Visa Signature®.

The show
Inspired by James Cameron’s 
AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

Creative team
TORUK – The First Flight comprises 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide) for Cirque du Soleil, and James Cameron, Jon Landau, Kathy Franklin and Richie Baneham for Lightstorm Entertainment:

Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon

Show writers and Directors, Multimedia Directors

Neilson Vignola     

Director of Creation

Carl Fillion    

Set and Props Designer

Kym Barrett     

Costume and Makeup Designer

Tuan Le and Tan Loc  

Choreographers

Bob & Bill   

Composers and Musical Directors

Jacques Boucher

Sound Designer

Alain Lortie

Lighting Designer

Patrick Martel  

Puppet Designer

Germain Guillemot 

Acrobatic Performance Designer

 Pierre Masse 

Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer

CREATORS’ BIOS AND STILL IMAGES:

Creators biographies and still images are available online in our pressroom :
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/kits/shows/toruk-the-first-flight/creators.aspx

TICKET INFORMATION

TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at the Bridgestone Arena August 24-28, 2016. Tickets for those performances are on pre-sale for Cirque Club members now. Public on-sale will start April 15 at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk andwww.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will also be available at the Bridgestone arena Box Office beginning Friday April 15 at 10:00am.

Sponsors and partners

TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature®. DHL, and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

Follow us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/torukthefirstflight
Find us on Twitter with #TORUK

Cirque du Soleil

TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit https://www.onedrop.org.

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PATSY CLINE MUSEUM TO OPEN IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

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(Nashville, Tenn. – April 8, 2016) Founder of The Johnny Cash Museum, Bill Miller, with his wifeShannon, have revealed preliminary details to open a museum honoring the late, great Patsy Cline. The venture will be entirely funded and operated by the Miller family organization and construction is scheduled to begin in June.

“Of all the artists in the history of country music, few are as recognized and as recognizable as Patsy Cline. Despite the fact that she passed decades ago, her impact and presence are every bit as big today as ever. She has transcended generations and genres and is indisputably the greatest and most influential female country music artist of all time. She’s a true icon deserving of her own museum. Her fans from around the globe will have a place to come and celebrate her life and legacy. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be working with Patsy’s children on this world-class museum project,” Bill Miller said on behalf of the future attraction.

Julie Fudge, Patsy Cline’s daughter adds, “I am very happy to speak on behalf of my brothers, Randy and Chip and in honor of the legacy of my mother Patsy Cline.  Since the passing of our father last fall, this is our first step together in continuing to share Mom’s music, life and story, as we feel Dad would have. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with and experience what Bill will present to old and new fans alike.”

To span several thousand square feet located directly above the Johnny Cash Museum in the heart of downtown Nashville (119 Third Ave.), the exhibits will feature interactive cutting-edge audio and touch screen video technology. The family of Patsy Cline are currently furnishing many never-before-seen pieces from their personal archive allowing the museum to host the largest collection of rare Patsy Cline artifacts in the world; including many of Patsy Cline’s personal possessions, costumes, awards, letters, furniture and photographs.

“I’m grateful for Bill Miller’s leadership in helping to preserve and showcase Nashville’s history, and I’m looking forward to visiting the new museum and learning more about the remarkable life and career of Patsy Cline,” said Mayor Megan Barry.

The “Walking After Midnight” singer was a crucial part of the 1960s sound and broke barriers in Nashville as the first female to successfully record and chart “cross-over” pop hits while mirroring the iconic level of stardom of her male peers Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley before the infamous plane crash that took her life too soon.

To receive additional information, hi-res images, or to schedule an interview with founder Bill Miller, please contact AristoPR at publicity@aristomedia.com or 615-269-7071.

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MEET ME MONDAY: Dakota Lindstrom

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Dakota Lindstrom
Publicity Coordinator
dakota@aristomedia.com

Q: Where is your hometown? Sarasota, Florida

Q: What is one interesting fact about you? I have been a competitive swimmer my whole life and was team captain of my high school swim team. Go Rams!

Q: What actor/actress would you want to play you in the movie of your life? Why? Jennifer Aniston because I’m obsessed with her and I am a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. fanatic! I even had the classic “Rachel” haircut in high school.

Q: What is your favorite Nashville eatery? Tacomamacita

Q: What TV or movie series are you obsessed with right now? Shameless

Q: If time or money weren’t an issue, what would you be doing right now? Traveling! It’s on my bucket list to visit all 50 states.

Q: What is one type of food that you could not live without? Dairy—gotta have my yogurt and ice cream! Oh, and of course, coffee!

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be? Talk to Animals

Q: A television show you can’t miss, but hate to admit you watch: I’m really looking forward to the reunion mini-series of Gilmore Girls.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville on the weekend? Hiking with friends and my pooch, Xena, by day… karaoke or songwriter’s rounds by night.

Q: What are some of your hobbies? All things that involve coffee, sunshine, yoga, dogs, and music!

Q: If you could spend the day with any person (living or deceased), who would it be? Bruce Springsteen

Q: Music That Has Shaped Your Life (Top 5):
Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen
Wide Open Spaces – The Dixie Chicks
Rumors – Fleetwood Mac
The Globe Sessions – Sheryl Crow
New Miserable Experience – Gin Blossoms

 

 

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INDUSTRY VETERAN ROB BECKHAM TO RECEIVE 2016 SWAN AWARD

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INDUSTRY VETERAN ROB BECKHAM TO RECEIVE 2016 SWAN AWARD
Reba McEntire To Headline 54th Annual Swan Ball, set for June 4, 2016

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 30, 2016) The 2016 Swan Ball in Nashville has announced music industry executive and philanthropist Rob Beckham as the recipient of its prestigious 2016 Swan Award.  Beckham, a partner at WME and the co-head of the agency’s Nashville office, will be presented with the award at the 54th Annual Swan Ball, set for June 4, 2016.

Presented annually since 1969 at Nashville’s famed Swan Ball, The Swan Award is bestowed upon individuals distinguished in the arts or by their dedicated service to humanity. Beckham joins a stellar list of previous recipients, including: Martha Rivers Ingram, Bill Ivey, Mrs. Ann Hendricks Bass, The Frist Family, Ann and Monroe Carell, Mrs. Teresa Heinz, Gerald and Florence Van de Kemp, Mr. Kip Forbes, The Honorable Walter H. Annenberg, Dr. Armand Hammer, The Duncan Phillips Family, Mrs. Carroll Petrie, and Veronica Hearst, among others.

Beckham has dedicated nearly three decades to the arts through his work in the music industry, and he is responsible for guiding the careers of many successful artists and providing mentorship to numerous colleagues.  He was promoted to his current role, co-head of WME’s Nashville office, in 2011. Under Beckham’s innovative leadership, WME’s Country Music department has flourished at an unprecedented rate.  In 2015 alone, WME clients captured 10 of 11 ACM Awards Academy of Country Music’s ACM Awards, 7 of 11 Country Music Association CMA Awards and had more #1 singles on theBillboard Country Radio Chart than any other agency.  Billboard dubbed Beckham a “Nashville Power Player” and Variety Magazine named him one of the industry’s top touring agents. He is a three-time nominee for the prestigious CMA SRO Award for Talent Agent of the Year and won the award in 2014.

In addition to his work at WME, Beckham is also active in the community.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association, the TJ Martell Foundation and Make-A-Wish for Middle Tennessee.  In 2014, he was named TJ Martell Ambassador of the Year and was honored by the Nashville Association of Talent Directors at its annual gala. In 2015, he edged out other Music Row executives to raise the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pie in Your Face Challenge.  He regularly donates his time speaking at events and participating in fundraisers for various local and national charities.  A native of Montana, Rob now lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Melissa, and his daughter, Ella.

About The 2016 Entertainment: Reba McEntire was recently announced as the headline entertainer for Swan Ball 2016.   Multi-media entertainment mogul and mom, Reba McEntire has become a household name with a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. As one of the most successful female recording artists in history, she has sold more than 56 million albums worldwide and scored 35 #1 singles. Her most recent release on Nash Icon Records, LOVE SOMEBODY, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums and the lead single “Going Out Like That” scored the biggest single sales debut of her career. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has won 15 American Music Awards; 13 ACM Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 7 CMA Awards; 2 GRAMMY Awards; an ACM Career Achievement Honor and the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. She recently joined forces with superstar friends Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn to kick off a one-of-a-kind Country music residency REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The acclaimed actress is also an entrepreneur with a flourishing lifestyle brand and beauty line.      

About The Swan Ball: Founded by Mrs. Jane Anderson Dudley and celebrating its 54th year, The Swan Ball is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful events. The fundraising efforts of the Swan Ball annually benefit Cheekwood, a nationally recognized destination renowned for its distinctive beauty, historical significance and excellence in art and horticulture.

About Cheekwood: Cheekwood, beneficiary of the Ball, is a 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States.  The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity. With 11 specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscapes, every season offers something new.   The Museum of Art has Collections of American and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture along with English and American Decorative Arts.  Visitors can enjoy year-round family-friendly activities for all ages.  For more information, please visit  http://www.cheekwood.org/.

 

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COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FREE REGISTRATION FOR CRS 2017

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 21, 2016) – Country Radio Seminar officials have announced four winners to receive free registration to CRS 2017. Winners were chosen at random based on CRS 2016 participants who left feedback on the CRS mobile app during the 2016 seminar. This year’s winners are: Nate Chester (KTNN/Window Rock, AZ), Jim Graham (South GA Broadcasters – WBYZ/Baxley, GA), Shelly Marx (7 Mountains Media/Selinsgrove, PA) and Josh Michaels (KICKS 96 – WQLK/Richmond, IN)

CRS 2017 will be held February 22-24, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville for the second year in a row. For more information, please visit http://www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  You can also like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter.

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VINTAGE “NUDIE SUITS” AND COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIFACTS ARE THE BACKDROP OF NEW BROADWAY VENUE, NUDIE’S HONKY TONK

$10-million-dollar establishment to start renovations this month and is expected to open this summer

(March 14, 2016 – Nashville, Tenn.) Johnny Cash Museum Founder, Bill Miller, is continuing the revitalization of downtown Nashville and is set to open a unique concept venue on Broadway, themed after world famous Country music tailor, Nudie Cohn. The three-floor, 12,000-square-foot venue,Nudie’s Honky Tonk will be decorated with priceless vintage “Nudie Suits,” including articles once belonging to stars ranging from Johnny Cash to Hank Williams, Sr. Venue walls will be lined with a collection of rare instruments and country music artifacts and memorabilia.

Throughout the venue, there will be three stages showcasing live music and several bars, one of which will be the longest bar in Nashville; well over 100 feet long. The honky-tonk will also have a full menu featuring Southern style comfort food.

Bill Miller commented about the concept, saying “Nudie Cohn is to country music what Edith Head and Bob Mackie are to Hollywood: legendary and definitive. His artistry went beyond the country genre. Everyone from Hank Williams, Sr. to Elton John and Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash wore Nudie. We will showcase his absolute mastery as the true king of rhinestone cowboy couture. Nudie’s Honky Tonk will be a shrine to country music history and will feature live music, food and drink in a fun, and energetic museum-quality setting.”

Cohn’s granddaughter Jamie Nudie added, “I’m thrilled to be working with Bill. My Grandparents would be so excited knowing their artistry will now be on display in Music City for so many people to enjoy! It’s been my mission and pleasure keeping the Nudie legacy alive. I have always said for years I want our younger generation to be educated on the Nudie story. Like Nudie they can come from nothing, work hard, be creative, and live their own version of the American Dream.”

Nudie Cohn was a Ukrainian-born American tailor. He designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as “Nudie Suits,” and other elaborate outfits for some of the most famous celebrities of his era, including Gene Autry, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Robert Redford, Porter Wagnor, John Wayne and so many more. His suits were iconic.

Cohn was equally famous for his garishly decorated automobiles. Between 1950 and 1975 he customized 18 vehicles, mostly white Pontiac Bonneville convertibles, with silver-dollar-studded dashboards, pistol door handles and gearshifts, extended rear bumpers, and enormous longhorn steer horn hood ornaments. They were nicknamed “Nudie Mobiles”, and the nine surviving cars have become valued collector’s items. One of the “Nudie Mobiles,” Cohn’s personal Cadillac El Dorado, which is valued at $400,000, will be suspended on the honky-tonk’s interior entrance wall.

In addition to Nudie’s Honky Tonk, Miller owns and operates the Johnny Cash Museum, which is located at 119 Third Ave. Since opening on April 26, 2013, the museum has received widespread international attention. In March 2016, the museum revealed an expansion featuring new, interactive exhibit space. The Cash museum is roughly two blocks from the new venue.

“I’m big on Nashville,” Miller continues. “We’ve purchased two significant buildings on lower Broadway in 18 months. We’re not done with acquisitions. Nashville and the tourists who come here deserve more world-class establishments. There’s a bit of a void downtown, and we’re committed to helping fill that void.”

The $10-million-dollar establishment will start renovations this month and is expected to open this summer. Formerly known as the Lawrence Records Building, Nudie’s Honky Tonk is located at 409 Broadway, Nashville, Tenn. Bill Miller acquired the building in February 2016.

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Many of Cohn’s designs became signature looks for their owners. Among his most famous creations was Elvis Presley’s $10,000 gold lamé suit, worn by the singer on the cover of his 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong album. Pictured here: Nudie Cohn with Elvis
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Cohn was equally famous for his garishly decorated automobiles. Between 1950 and 1975 he customized 18 vehicles, mostly white Pontiac Bonneville convertibles, with silver-dollar-studded dashboards, pistol door handles and gearshifts, extended rear bumpers, and enormous longhorn steer horn hood ornaments. Pictured here: Nudie with one his classic decorated ‘Nudie Mobiles”
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