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ROCK ROYALTY 1/1 Launches One of a Kind Guitar Collection

Based out of Music City, Rock Royalty is a luxury design house that manufactures one-of-a-kind, custom guitars designed for the most discriminating musicians, guitar collectors, and jewelry aficionados that can be played on-stage or displayed as fine art.

Combining optimal musical performance with fine aesthetic beauty, Rock Royalty introduces nine prototype custom guitars for their launch collection. The custom electric solid body guitars focus on jewel-encrusted hardware and accessories that use only the finest gemstones, precious metals, and exotic materials. All hardware and accessories are manufactured in 18kt gold and/or sterling silver, and then set with natural fancy color diamonds, colorless gem diamonds, and vibrant color gemstones. The most coveted creation is the custom Gibson Les Paul that features almost 50 carats of black and white diamonds in 22kt yellow gold and sterling silver with a retail of $125,000 USD.

Rock Royalty also introduces the patent-pending KAGED Guitar Collection which features guitars custom wrapped in exotic animal skins (i.e. alligator, sting ray) and then framed in a high-polish stainless steel cage. All KAGED Guitars contain Rock Royalty’s jewel-encrusted hardware and accessories that compliment the guitar’s exotic wrap motif. KAGED Guitars make great performance instruments with bold and unique looks as well as luxurious gifts for the musician who has everything. (more…)



The Second Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Association, will take place Monday – Tuesday, June 6-7 in Nashville. Like last year, the Summit will kick off activities leading up to the annual CMA Music Festival, which will be held June 9-12 in Nashville and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The two-day event will feature panel discussions, case studies and keynote interviews, as well as artist showcases and networking opportunities. Programming will focus on the most important issues affecting artists, songwriters, managers, agents, promoters, label executives, music publishers, radio programmers and all those closely associated with the Country Music business. Panels and round tables will include “Content Creation in the New Digital Marketplace,” Why Country Radio Thrives While Other Formats Fight for Their Lives,” “Touring Saturation: Are We There Yet?” and “New Business Models Under a Microscope.” Other sessions will examine digital marketing and sponsorship/branding initiatives. (more…)


NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association (CMA) is best known to consumers for producing the CMA Awards, annually honoring the artists, songwriters, producers, and video directors on “Country Music’s Biggest Night®.” CMA announces today that it has created a new honor, “Member of the Month,” to shine a spotlight on individual constituents and their achievements by featuring them in an article and interview on Since the trade association for the Country Music industry consists of more than 6,000 members located in 43 nations, CMA has a wide pool of candidates from which to choose. (more…)


NASHVILLE – The spirit of CMA Music Festival – the connection between fans and Country artists – is captured in the latest addition to the Spirit of Nashville poster collection created by Anderson Design Group. The CMA Music Festival poster was unveiled last night at an event honoring the most promising music arts programs in Metro Nashville Public Schools – the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert hosted by Luke Bryan.

The new design created by staff illustrator Andy Gregg and Anderson Design Group founder Joel Anderson features a silhouette of a Country star bathed in a bright spotlight, kneeling on the edge of the stage, reaching out to touch a cheering fan’s outstretched hand. A crowd of fans and flash bulbs surrounds the stage, but the focal point is the personal connection being made between the artist and the fan – a hallmark of the event that started as Fan Fair® 40 years ago.

“We have created several print designs that showcase music, but this our first Music City print that focuses on the connection between musicians and fans,” Anderson said. “This design celebrates an important aspect of Nashville’s worldwide fame. It will make a great addition to the Spirit of Nashville Collection, and we can’t wait to start selling the prints on our site ( and in stores around town.” (more…)

IBMA: Dailey & Vincent Honored With Five International Bluegrass Music Awards

Dailey & Vincent, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Adam Steffey, The Gibson Brothers and Russell Moore Receive Multiple Awards

NASHVILLE, TN — The 21st Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Sharon and Cheryl White and Jerry Douglas, was broadcast live on Sirius XM from Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Ryman Auditorium on September 30, 2010. Dailey & Vincent took home top honors with their third consecutive award for Entertainer of the Year.

Dailey & Vincent were also recipients of their third straight Vocal Group of the Year award, their second award for Album of the Year for
“Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers,” Recorded Event of the Year with Larry Stephenson for “Give This Message to Your Heart” and Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project (“Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers”), awarded to Cracker Barrel’s Julie Craig in an earlier ceremony.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper received three awards, including Instrumental Group of the Year, Cleveland’s eighth Fiddle Player of
the Year award and Marshall Wilborn’s second consecutive award for Bass Player of the Year.

Adam Steffey accepted two awards, including his seventh Mandolin Player of the Year award and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the
Year for “Durang’s Hornpipe.” The Gibson Brothers were recognized with two honors, their first since 1998, with “Ring the Bell” for
Song of the Year and Gospel Performance of the Year. Receiving two awards tonight, The Josh Williams Band won Emerging Artist of the
Year and Guitar Player of the Year (Josh Williams).

Other instrumentalist awards included Rob Ickes with his twelfth award for Dobro Player of the Year and The Grascals’ Kristin Scott Benson for her third consecutive honor for Banjo Player of the Year.

R ussell Moore of IIIrd Tyme Out accepted his third award for MaleVocalist of the Year. Claire Lynch received her second award for
Female Vocalist of the Year.

Louise Scruggs and John Hartford were posthumously inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement
Award honorees were Benjamin F. “Tex” Logan, Sherry Boyd, Lynn Morris, Richard Weize and Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick.

It was an evening of heartfelt and humorous moments, surprise guests and honors for a diverse mix of new artists and longtime favorites.


ASCAP Taps Ryan Beuschel as Creative Manager

Nashville, TN, May 20, 2010: ASCAP has announced the appointment of Ryan Beuschel, who most recently held the post of A&R Manager at Universal Music Group, as Creative Manager for its Nashville branch.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Ryan come on board and bring to
ASCAP his unique talents, experience and passion for songwriters and their craft,” said Tim DuBois, VP and Managing Executive of operations at ASCAP Nashville. “His addition will help drive forward and bolster the expanded role of this office and our firm commitment to serving and championing our writers and publishers, on an individual, community and regional level.”

ASCAP has been restructuring its Nashville division to execute a broadened and elevated role as a Regional Office serving all genres of music. Prior to his time as A&R Manager at Universal Music Group, Beuschel held the position of A&R Coordinator. During his tenure, Beuschel worked with artists including Jamey Johnson, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, David Nail and Randy Montana. He began his career in 2005 as an intern for Universal Music Publishing, where he was later named Catalog Coordinator before moving to the UMG label group in 2007. A Michigan native, Beuschel holds a degree in management and finance from Hope College.

“I’m elated to join the Nashville office in this creative capacity as
ASCAP is such a strong advocate of the songwriters and great songs I love so much,” Beuschel said. “I’m grateful for the chance to work with and alongside this entire community and look forward to helping develop and further opportunities for our members.”


Photo credit: Anna Maki

Legacy Recordings Announces the Release of Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks – Available Everywhere Tuesday, June 1

Career-Spanning Dixie Chicks Playlist Personally Selected By Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks, the career-spanning collection of chart-topping hits, classic tracks and personal favorites selected by America’s top-selling female group, available everywhere Tuesday, June 1.

The latest installment in Legacy’s acclaimed Playlist Series of artist-assembled “Very Best Of” career-overviews, Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks includes key tracks and essential selections from all four of the Dixie Chicks chart-topping studio albums, remastered for this CD release for a state-of-the-art listening experience.

Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks provides access to an exclusive Dixie Chicks pdf including an essay, photos and other bonus features once the CD is inserted in a computer drive.

Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks – tracklisting

Wide Open Spaces (#1 Country Single from Wide Open Spaces)

You Were Mine (#1 Country Single from Wide Open Spaces)

Sin Wagon (from Fly)

Cowboy Take Me Away (#1 Country Single from Fly)

Let Him Fly (from Fly)

Long Time Gone (#2 Country Single, #7 Pop Single from Home)

Landslide (#2 Country Single, #7 Pop Single from Home)

Truth No. 2 (from Home)

The Long Way Around (from Taking The Long Way)

Easy Silence (from Taking The Long Way)

Not Ready To Make Nice (#4 Pop Single from Taking The Long Way)

Lubbock Or Leave It (from Taking The Long Way)

Each of the Dixie Chicks’ studio albums — Wide Open Spaces (1998), Fly (1999), Home (2002) and Taking The Long Way (2006) — reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and each of them took home the Best Country Album Grammy® in their respective eligibility years. Among their numerous awards and accolades, the Dixie Chicks have earned 13 Grammy®s including 2007’s Album of the Year for Taking The Long Way.

Following Wide Open Spaces’ peak at #4 on the Billboard 200 in 1998, the next three consecutive Dixie Chicks album releases debuted at #1 on that chart. Wide Open Spaces went on to be certified 12x Platinum by the RIAA, who awarded the album its coveted Diamond status, in recognition of sales of more than 10 million pieces. Each of the Chicks’ subsequent studio albums has also achieved multi-platinum status: Fly (7x Platinum), Home (6x Platinum), Taking The Long Way (2x Platinum).

When Taking The Long Way debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart the week of its release, Dixie Chicks became the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1, breaking the record they’d established themselves in 2002 when Home made them the first female group ever to have two albums debut in the top slot.

With more than 32 million albums sold, and $100 million in concert tickets sold, the Dixie Chicks are one of the most popular live attractions in the world. The group will perform songs from Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks during their stadium tour with the Eagles running from April 16 through June 24.

On May 4, Columbia Records will release the self-titled debut album from Court Yard Hounds, a country duo featuring Martie Maguire and Emily Robison. Court Yard Hounds will appear on this year’s Lilith Fair dates.