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Country Radio Broadcasters Announce 2018-2019 Board of Directors

(Nashville, Tenn. – July 2, 2018) The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for Board of Directors.  Returning as CRB Board President is Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media) along with R.J. Curtis (All Access Music Group) as Vice President and Beverlee Brannigan (Scripps Media, Inc.) as Secretary.

Serving on this year’s Board of Directors are: Chuck Aly (Country Aircheck), Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting), Johnny Chiang (KKBQ-FM), George Couri (Triple 8 Management), Andy Denemark (United Stations), Ryan Dokke (Curb), Mike Dungan (UMG), John Esposito (Warner), Randy Goodman (Sony Nashville), Dan Halyburton (Falls Media), Debra Herman (Shazam), Clay Hunnicutt (Big Loud Records), Dave Kelly (Big Machine Label Group), Jon Loba (BBR/BMG), Mike McVay (Cumulus Media and Westwood One), Charlie Morgan (Emmis Communications), Tyne Parrish (The GreenRoom PR) Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry), Tim Roberts (Entercom/Detroit), Royce Risser (UMG), Bob Richards (Emmis Radio/WLHK), Brittany Schaffer (Spotify), John Shomby (NASH), Matt Sunshine (CFSS), Joel Raab (Joel Raab Country Radio/Media), Ryan Redington (Amazon Music), and Kristen Williams (Warner). Charlie Monk continues as a Lifetime Director Emeritus.

CRB/CRS President, Kurt Johnson, comments “I am very excited to work with this great group of leaders in creating the best yet: Our 50th anniversary, CRS 2019!”

The CRS Board of Directors is made up of volunteer professionals from all areas of the Country radio and record industries. Together, they govern the organization and see that its mission is being fulfilled. Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. was created to provide a platform and structure for education and growth for the country music format, serving as the conduit connecting the interests of country radio with the country music industry.

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 the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or through the CRB/CRS office at (615) 327-4487.

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 2019 is set for Feb. 13-15, 2019 at the Omni Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2019) and Instagram.

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Country Radio Seminar Hires Jean Williams and Promotes Brooke Sanders and Darcie Van Etten

      

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 29, 2018) Country Radio Seminar has announced the hiring of music industry veteran Jean Williams. Starting July 2, Williams will fill the position of Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships and can be reached at jean@crb.org or 615-327-4487.

Prior to joining the CRS team, Williams served as the Regional Promotions and Marketing Director for Show Dog Records. Williams got her start in Country radio at WKIS Miami as the On-Air/Music Director before working with Warner Bros/Reprise in Record Promotion, BNA Records as Regional Promotions Manager, CMT as Director of their Radio Division and Westwood One as Affiliate Sales Director.

Along with the addition of Jean Williams, Country Radio Seminar has promoted Brooke Sanders to Senior Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships (previously Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships) and Darcie Van Etten to Director of Marketing (previously Marketing Manager). Sanders can be reached at brooke@crb.org and Van Etten can be reached at darcie@crb.org.

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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 2019 is set for Feb. 13-15, 2019 at the Omni Nashville. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Follow CRS on FacebookTwitter (Hashtag #CRS2019) and Instagram.

About CRB: 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 the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at www.CRB.org or at the CRB office at 615-327-4487.

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2018 CCMA Male Artist of the Year, Brett Kissel, Makes History with Part Two of We Were That Song Tour

Releases New Single and Music Video, “Guitars and Gasoline”

(Nashville, Tennessee – June 27, 2018) The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) reigning “Male Artist of the Year,” Brett Kissel just announced part two of his extensive We Were That Song tour, which will kick-off in September 2018. The first leg of the tour, which took Kissel across Canada earlier this year was marked as one of Canada’s most extensive tours. For the first time in recent history, Kissel’s tour will reach nationwide status, with every province and territory hosting a Brett Kissel show.

“My goal for this tour was to play for as many fans as possible. I was so thankful for the response my team received across Canada. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to fit all the dates into my schedule,” said Kissel. “I told my agent ‘we just have to organize part two of this tour for the fall’ so we can hit all the spots we missed in the first quarter of 2018. It seems like we’ve now made this one of, if not the most extensive tour in Canadian music history!” 

Tickets for the We Were That Song tour are now on sale. Country newcomer, Dan Davidson, who joined Brett on many of his tour dates earlier this year will join Kissel once again as a special guest on select dates for the second part of the tour.

Earlier this year, Kissel received the CIMA Road Gold Award for part one of the Canadian tour, recognizing a high level of achievement during a touring period. The award is proudly displayed on Kissel’s mantle beside his most recent gold single, “Cool With That,” which was certified Gold while on tour.

Among his other accolades, he was the first Country artist in 17 years to win a JUNO Award (Canadian Grammy) for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” (since Shania Twain) and he was named the “International Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood, CA (an honor bestowed upon Ed Sheeran and Adele in the last two years respectively). He is the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards’ “Male Vocalist of the Year;” 4x Winner at the 2016 CCMA Awards, 6x Billboard Canadian Top 10 Singles chart, and more (see here).

This summer, Kissel has kept busy with the recent release of his new single “Guitars and Gasoline,” as well as promoting the release of the corresponding music video, which was captured during the first part of the We Were That Song tour. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/mWeYcbK0wtw.

He made many appearances during CMA Fest 2018, which included performances on The Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, B.B. Kings, and Margaritaville; and signings at Fan Fair X, Craig Campbell’s Celebrity Cornhole Challenge and The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game.

Growing up on a cattle ranch in northeastern Alberta played a big role in Kissel’s music. His family operates a successful cattle ranch with Angus and Speckle Park-cross cattle. Kissel’s ranching background garnered him attention in the agricultural and rodeo communities across Canada.

Visit tour.brettkissel.com or www.brettkissel.com for more ticket information. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

We Were That Song Part Two Tour Dates:

September 19 – Yukon Arts Centre – Whitehorse, YT
September 22 – Midnight Sun Complex – Inuvik, NT
September 28 – Iqaluit Legion – Iqaluit, NU
September 30 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
October 1 – Centre Multifonctionnel – Saint-Ephrem de Beauce, QC
October 3 – Confederation Arts Centre – Charlottetown, PEI
October 4 – Capitol Theatre – Moncton, NB
October 5 – Fredericton Playhouse – Fredericton, NB
October 6 – Imperial Theatre – Saint John, NB
October 8 – Civic Centre – Port Hawkesbury, NS
October 9 – Savoy Theatre – Glace Bay, NS
October 12 – Arts & Cultural Centre – Corner Brook, NL
October 13 – Arts & Cultural Centre – Gander, NL
October 16 – Aultsville Theatre – Cornwall, ON
October 18 – Dottori Hall – Temiscaming, QC
October 19 – Brockville Arts Centre – Brockville, ON
October 20 – Charles W Stockey Centre – Parry Sound, ON
October 21 – Legacy Theatre – Huntsville, ON
October 29 & 30 – Seven Generations – Kenora, ON
November 13 – Coast Kamloops Theatre – Kamloops, BC
November 14 & 15 – Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre – Williams Lake, BC
November 16 & 17 – Prince George Playhouse – Prince George, BC
November 18 – Della Herman Theatre – Smithers, BC
November 19 – Mount Elizabeth Theatre – Kitimat, BC
November 21 – R.E.M. Lee Theatre – Terrace, BC
November 26 – Frank Venables Theatre – Oliver, BC
November 27 – Kelowna Community Theatre – Kelowna, BC

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Award-Winning Artist Steve Wariner Honored With Country Radio Broadcasters’ 2018 Artist Career Achievement Award

Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards and induction ceremony held at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee on June 20, 2018Pictured here: Country Radio Broadcasters’ Board President Kurt Johnson, Steve Wariner, and CRB/CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne


(Nashville, Tennessee – June 21, 2018) Award-winning artist, highly regarded guitarist, and hit songwriter, Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards and induction ceremony held at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee on June 20, 2018.

CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne presented Wariner with the award, which is given to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio.  Country superstars and friends of Wariner’s, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to honor Wariner on his special night.

Wariner commented, saying “What an honor it was to receive the Career Achievement Award last night.  I’m incredibly grateful to all of Country Radio for supporting me throughout my career, Bill Mayne, R.J. Curtis, and Kurt Johnson for thinking of me for such an honor, and to Garth and Trisha for surprising me with their attendance.  Them being there was truly the cherry on top of a very special evening.”

Twenty albums into his five-decade career, Steve Wariner has become a modern-day multi-genre icon earning fourteen #1 hits, over 30 Top 10 hits, three Gold albums, four GRAMMY Awards, three CMA Awards, one ACM Award, a Christian Country Music Association Award, a TNN/Music City News Award, a CMA Triple Play award, and 15 BMI Million-Air Awards. He is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame, and one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the “Certified Guitar Player” (CGP) award by Chet Atkins. The now Grand Ole Opry member was discovered by the legendary Dottie West at just 17 years old as he played a set in an Indiana club. West hired him on the spot to be her bass player. Upon accepting the offer, Wariner played bass for three years with her before his next gig playing in Grand Ole Opry member, Bob Luman’s band, where he was a featured musician on Luman’s Alive and Well record that was produced by Johnny Cash.  Working with Luman’s band led to Wariner being commissioned by his idol Chet Atkins to play bass in his band. It was Atkins that eventually signed Wariner to his first recording contract at RCA in 1977 and produced Wariner’s first recording session at the historic RCA Studio B.

The honor follows Wariner’s recent appearance at the 49th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner held Thursday, June 14th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.  During the event, Wariner performed his rendition of “The Tips Of My Fingers” before Bill Anderson’s induction. The Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases, scholarships and more.

For more information and a list of upcoming shows, please visit www.stevewariner.com.


Pictured here L to R: Bill Anderson and Steve Wariner at the 49th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner held Thursday, June 14th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Country Radio Broadcasters Induct the Class of 2018 into the Country Radio Hall of Fame

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 21, 2018) – The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. held the 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony June 20, 2018 at Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee. Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters were recognized for making a significant impact on the radio industry over the course of a 20-year period, with 15 of those years being contributed to Country-specific radio.

The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, and more. Many of the honorees gave praise to their mentors and reflected on their journeys by sharing some of their most cherished moments throughout their career.

The 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class included Radio category honorees Michael O’Malley of the Albright, O’Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The Air Personality category included Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer (“Andy & Alison”) formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon and Scott Evans(“Harmon And Evans”) formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry(“Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR.

Additionally, Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Charlie Morgan (Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis New York) was recognized as the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award. CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne alongside surprise guests Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwoodpresented Wariner with the Artist Career Achievement Award, and current CRB Board President Kurt Johnson presented Morgan with the President’s Award.

Many past inductees were in attendance, including Jaye AlbrightBeverlee Brannigan, J.D. Cannon, Charlie Chase, Tim Closson, Lorianne Crook, Jonathan Fricke, Dan Halyburton, Lon Helton, Mike Kennedy, Jim Mantel, Charlie Ochs, Joel Raab, and Tim Roberts.

For information about the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, contact the Country Radio Seminar offices at 615-327-4487.

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Photo Caption: The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. held the 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony on June 20, 2018 at Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee, where seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters were recognized for making a significant impact on the radio industry over the course of a 20-year period, with 15 of those years being contributed to Country-specific radio. The 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award and President’s Award recipients were also honored.

Pictured here (L to R) – The 2018 Class of Country Radio Hall of Fameinductees: Steve Harmon and Scott Evans (“Harmon And Evans”) formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; Andy Ritchie andAlison Mencer (“Andy & Alison”) formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Tim Fox, Tracy Berry, and Bill Barrett (“Barrett, Fox, And Berry”) at KKNU/Eugene, OR; Michael O’Malley of the Albright, O’Malley & Brenner consulting firm. Photo credit: Kayla Schoen

The late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR was honored posthumously during the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony. Pictured L to R: Trip Savery, President & COO of Curtis Media Group, and McKay’s partner Bill Campbell. Photo credit: Kayla Schoen

Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award at 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony on June 20, 2018, at Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee. Pictured L to R: Country Radio Broadcasters Board President Kurt Johnson, Steve Wariner, and CRB/CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne. Photo credit: Kayla Schoen

Pictured here: Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis New York, Charlie Morgan, was recognized as the recipient of the 2018 President’s AwardPhoto credit: Kayla Schoen

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California Country Rocker, Pearl Drops Her Album, Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry

“All I Got (Gina’s Song)” Live In-Studio Video Premieres on Inked Magazine’s Facebook Page in Tandem with Album Release at 9 a.m. PST

Release Party and Show set at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 15, 2018) – Fans of California Country Rocker, Pearl Aday can now listen to her much-anticipated full-length album, Heartbreak And Canyon Revelry, on all major streaming platforms – including SpotifyApple Music and TIDAL as well as purchase the new release here.

Simultaneous to the album’s launch, a live, in-studio video performance of “All I Got (Gina’s Song),” will premiere on https://www.facebook.com/inkedmag at 9 a.m. PST/11 a.m. CST/12 p.m. EST and a release party is set to take place at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles (575 S Fairfax Ave).

The release of Heartbreak And Canyon Revelry follows up Pearl’s critically acclaimed 2010 debut LP, Little Immaculate White Fox, and the recent release of 2 IG tracks, “Mama” and “All I Got (Gina’s Song)” which were available through pre-order.  The album is released through the newly formed, Station House Recordings and distributed worldwide via The Orchard.

Pearl joined forces with Jim Wilson, longtime bassist for Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and leader of Motor Sister and Mother Superior, for this project, and once again proves how she is every inch a rock chanteuse who seamlessly moves from vulnerable to guttural in one measure.  The dynamic duo co-wrote the first ten tracks of Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry; with the final track, “Let It Go,” being an original version of a Mother Superior tune.

Pearl commented on the 11-track album which takes its title from two central events in her life: her move to Topanga Canyon with her husband Scott and the birth of their son, Revel Young, now almost 7 years old, “This album is seven years of love, tears, and emotion turned into music that makes me feel like I’m coming home. I’m so grateful and excited to have it done and ready to share with everyone. It’s an honor to have partnered up with Station House and The Orchard to bring this album to life. We’re ready to bring it. We’re ready to rock.”

Among Pearl’s performance credits, she has toured as a backing singer in Meat Loaf’s touring band, Neverland Express, for nine years, appeared on numerous albums and in various tours and television performances, both as backing singer and in a duet. She has also been a backing singer for Mötley Crüe. Most recently and leading up to the album’s release, Pearl has been touring, including West Coast dates opening for Cody Jinks.

Pearl’s release party is set to take place at 8 p.m. PST at Molly Malone’s and is open to the public. Special guests will be Lasers Lasers Birmingham. Admission is $10 and for 21+. Molly Malone’s is located at 575 S Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles and tickets can be purchased here

For more information on Pearl, please visit http://www.ThePearlBand.com and follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

For interview and media inquiries, please contact publicity@aristomedia.com or (615) 269-7071.

Upcoming Tour Schedule:
Jun-15 Los Angeles, CA @ Molly Malone’s (Record Release Party)
Jul-20 Woodstock, NY @ The Colony
Jul-21 New York, NY @ Coney Island Baby
Jul-22 Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music
Jul-23 Somerville, MA @ Once Somerville
Jul-29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey (Supporting Jefferson Starship)
*with Rock Academy Woodstock, NY opening the show  

Track Listing:
1. Be Your Own Horses
2. All I Got (Gina’s Song)
3. Living A Lie
4. Who Am I
5. Sleepless Night
6. Levon Song
7. Days Gone By
8. Revel Young
9. Nothing Like Romance
10. Mama
11. Let It Go

About Station House Recordings: Station House Recordings is the newly formed record label of longtime Strong Management co-founders Vaughn Lewis and Kenny Gabor.  Based out of Queens, New York, Station House provides an artist-friendly platform to promote, market and release independent-minded music to all those who will listen. (www.stationhouserecordings.com)

About The Orchard: The Orchard is an American music and entertainment company founded in 1997 by Scott Cohen and Richard Gottehrer. Wholly owned by Sony Music Entertainment and based in New York City, it specializes in media distribution, marketing, and sales and collaborates with independent artists, labels, and others to provide content worldwide. (www.theorchard.com)

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Kelsey Lamb Premieres Official Music Video for Her Debut Single, “Little By Little”

Premiering Exclusively On Teen Music Insider

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 15th, 2018) – Following the recent release of her debut single, “Little by Little,” Country artist, Kelsey Lamb has premiered the official music video for the track. Watch the exclusive here on Teen Music Insider.

Starring Lamb and love interest, played by David Joniak, the video portrays early stages of a relationship between a young couple. Filmed by Logen Christopher (Stormlight Pictures), “Little by Little” was filmed in East Nashville.

Lamb stated, “When we were making plans for this video shoot, I sent Logen the song and told him that I wanted it to be flirty, light-hearted and most importantly, tell the story ‘Little by Little.’ He came back with the amazing storyline that we ended up using in the final video!” 

The single, co-written with Erik Dinardo and Jesse Labelle, and produced by Bill McDermott, is a universal truth-tale about a relationship meeting in the middle. With its hypnotic melody and sweet sensibility, it has started to garner attention through Country radio stations across the U.S.

The single is now available through all digital retailers and streaming services and can also be heard on radio stations in select markets. Listen to “Little by Little” here. 

“I am so excited to see the amazing reaction ‘Little by Little’ has received not only from my fans but also at Country radio. I can’t express how incredible it is to hear my song on the radio and I am so thankful for the support!” said Lamb.

In addition to gearing up for the release of the new music video, over the last month Lamb has kept busy on radio tour, making stops throughout the Southeast and Midwest and most recently, making her CMA Fest debut on the Spotlight Stage.

Lamb is currently writing and recording in the studio. Fans can expect to hear more music from the artist in the coming months.  

About Kelsey Lamb:
With poignant lyrics, enchanting melodies and a sunny southern charm, newcomer Kelsey Lamb is undoubtedly a star-in-the-making. The young Little Rock, Arkansas-native has already made a name for herself in the Music Row community as a powerhouse vocalist. With a voice as rich as it is tender, Lamb has earned comparisons to the likes of Alison Krauss and Miranda Lambert while her songwriting abilities speak to fans of Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini. In fact, the rising young star’s song-crafting prowess landed her song “Warning Sign” in the Lifetime Original Movie, “Bad Stepmother,” earlier this year, a film in which she also starred. The multi-talented Lamb has, in fact, appeared in multiple movies including Hallmark’s “Christmas in Homestead” and “Traces.” Lamb has performed at venues large and small, both as a headliner and opener, including as part of Kenny Rogers’ The Toy Shoppe Tour (2015). Lamb’s debut single “Little by Little” is now available through all digital retailers.

For more information on Kelsey Lamb visit her website,www.kelseylamb.com and follow her @kelseylambmusic on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

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Limited Number of Tables and Individual Tickets Available For Country Radio Broadcasters Annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Set for Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at the Nashville Marriott by Vanderbilt

Purchase individual tickets here!

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 23, 2018) – The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) has announced that individual tickets and tables are available for the 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards ceremony, to be held Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Nashville Marriott by Vanderbilt. A cocktail reception will take place at 6 p.m. CDT with the induction ceremony to follow at 7 p.m. CDT.

Individual tickets are $130 each and tables are $2500. Individual tickets can be purchased here or by contacting Darcie Van Etten at darcie@crb.org. For tables and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Holly Freeman at holly@crb.org or Brooke Sanders at brooke@crb.org.

Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be honored and include Radio category honorees Michael O’Malley of the Albright, O’Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The On-Air Personality category includes Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer (“Andy & Alison”) formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon and Scott Evans (“Harmon And Evans”) formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill BarrettTim Fox, and Tracy Berry (“Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR.

Additionally, special presentations honoring this year’s 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award and 2018 President’s Award will be held. Recipients of these achievements will be released in the coming weeks.

Country Radio Hall of Fame Chairman, RJ Curtis comments, “We gather each year to celebrate the accomplishments of our incoming Hall of Fame Class, President’s Award recipient, and Artist Career Achievement honoree; in the process, the evening inevitably rises to another level, and takes on a greater meaning. This event also serves as an inspirational, invigorating experience for all who attend, reaffirming their passion for radio, and appreciation for the talented, dedicated professionals who make it a necessary, rewarding medium. If you’ve never been to this dinner, you’re really missing out on a special, unforgettable night.”

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.  The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format.

The event coincides with the Country Radio Broadcasters annual summer Board and Agenda committee meetings.

About CRB: 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 the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.  More information may be obtained at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or at the CRB office at (615) 327-4487.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Instagram and Twitter.

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Somethin’ Bout a Song Sends Ashlyn Grayce To #4 on Itunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and Bestseller List

Grayce Rings in 22nd Birthday Last Night with Performance at ASCAP’s In the Row at the Bluebird Cafe

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 19, 2018) – Country music singer/songwriter Ashlyn Grayce recently released her first EP, Somethin’ ‘Bout a Song, which debuted at #4 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and also appeared on the iTunes Bestseller list. The EP is available on Apple Music, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and many other digital streaming outlets as well as through her website where physical copies can also be purchased.

Produced by Brent Rader, the collection is an extremely personal project and features six tracks, all written or co-written by Grayce with the intention of taking listeners on a musical journey through her real-life experiences; the songs touch on everything from love to heartache and breakups. The most personal is “601,” a heartwarming reflection about her childhood home, penned by Grayce after learning that the house was to be torn down.

Many have noted that Grayce’s music has a depth well beyond her years and acknowledge the encouraging and positive message she delivers to young listeners; this is extremely important to the young talent, as she takes her potential as a role model seriously, loves children, and wants to make a difference in their lives through the power of her music.

“I have been working on this EP for a while now and am so excited to share it!  I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it. It is truly a labor of love and reflects who I am and the journey I have been on during the past year.  The greatest gift I could hope for is that the lyrics will speak to people of all ages and that they are moved and blessed in some way by each of my songs,”commented Grayce.

The six-song release features collaborations from some of Nashville’s finest songwriters including Kalie Shorr, Daniel Kleindienst, Alex Dooley, Brent Mandell, Troy Castellano, Dave & Julia Carlson (Wild Life Crush) and Evan Thompson. It also showcases her uniquely transparent voice influenced by the likes of Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Scott and Colbie Caillat.

ABOUT ASHLYN GRAYCE: Grayce was born and raised in a musical family. Early on, her charismatic charm landed her print ads for companies like Cracker Barrel, Arista Records and Readers Digest. By the time she was a teenager, she had already made a name for herself as a writer and performer and has since enjoyed sharing the stage top-named artists, performed on festival stages including the Florida Seafood Festival, Bell Buckle Arts & Crafts Festival, Nashville Dog Day Festival and frequents numerous local Nashville venues including The Bluebird Café, The Hard Rock Café, Tin Roof, Puckett’s and The Listening Room.  As a writer, she has already begun to assemble her own writing credits adding to her growing catalog, list of cuts by other artists and regularly collaborates many of Nashville’s top songwriters. Most recently, Grayce showcased her camera talents serving as co-host for episodes of TBN’s Juce TV internationally syndicated “JUCE Live”, “JUCE Live After Party” and filming social media updates for their TV show “Hot off the Press”, and is weeks away from graduation at a Lipscomb University where she will receive a B.A. Degree in Strategic Communication.

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For more information about Ashlyn Grayce, visit www.ashlyngrayce.com, find her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and email info@ashlyngrayce.com.

Upcoming Dates:
April 29: National Cornbread Festival, South Pittsburg, TN Noon CST
May 29:   The Bridge, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Nashville, TN  7:45 PM CST
August 13-22: Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival, Gatlinburg, TN  (Exact dates TBA)

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Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar Executive Director, Bill Mayne, To Step Down

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 18, 2018) After nine consecutive years of successful leadership, Executive Director of The Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar, Bill Mayne, has announced that he will leave his position with the non-profit in May of 2019, following the organization’s milestone 50th Anniversary Country Radio Seminar in February 2019.  Mayne has led the organization’s operations since 2011, and before that, he served on the organization’s board of directors.

Mayne commented, “I’ve been so blessed to spend almost half of my adult life involved in CRB, followed by a near decade as the Executive Director. It just feels right to pass the torch after the 50th anniversary of the central event of Country Music.  I’m proud, humbled, and extremely grateful to know, work with, and learn from so many radio programmers, DJs, label executives, promotion teams, artists, managers—plus my sheer luck to experience the amazing artists we are blessed with in Country Music—it could take one’s breath away! Excited to work with the CRB Board to bring on our next leader. But right now, I am pumped that we are in the thick of planning CRS 50!”

CRB Board President Kurt Johnson stated, “It will be the end of an era, really. That’s how much impact Bill has had on Country Music while at CRB. It’s impossible to adequately express our thanks for his extraordinary leadership. And the good news is, Bill is working with the brilliant CRB staff to create a once-in-a-lifetime CRS this coming February.”

The CRB Board of Directors has established a search committee, who will oversee a highly confidential search process for the hiring of a new executive director for the organization.  Interested parties can apply confidentially at director@crb.org.

The 50th Anniversary Country Radio Seminar will be held February 13-15, 2019 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.  The 2018 Country Radio Hall of Fame event is set for Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Nashville Marriott by Vanderbilt.  For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

About CRB: 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 the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.  More information may be obtained at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or at the CRB office at (615) 327-4487.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Instagram and Twitter.

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