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Music News (10/4/17)

[ 0 ] October 4, 2017 | |

Nashville Industry Rallies Amid Las Vegas Tragedy

Jason Aldean. Photo: Jim Wright

Amid the aftermath of a gunman opening fire on partygoers attending Jason Aldean’s set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night (Oct. 1) in Las Vegas, the Nashville industry has pulled together.

Namely, MusiCares, Onsite, The Music Health Alliance and Porters Call will host an intimate evening of support, education and resources for those working in the music industry that have been affected by the Las Vegas shootings.

The free “town hall” meeting will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4 at BMI’s Nashville office (10 Music Sq. E.) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

To register for this free event, visit

Big Machine Records Signs Josh Phillips

Pictured Back (L-R): Dickinson Wright’s Noah McPike, Big Machine Label Group’s Tali Canterbury, Make Wake Artist Management’s Chris Kappy, BMLG’s Andrew Kautz and Malcolm Mimms. Front: Big Machine Records’ Jim Weatherson, Josh Phillips, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta

Big Machine Records has added Josh Phillips to its artist roster. He joins artists including Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, Cheap Trick, Midland, Carly Pearce, The Cadillac Three, Tucker Beathard, Lauren Jenkins and Alex Williams.

Phillips’ debut five-song EP Lee County is available now. The singer-songwriter is managed by Nashville’s Make Wake Artist Management (which also manages Luke Combs). Phillips will join Combs on his Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time Tour, which launches Oct. 3 in Los Angeles.

Compass Records Signs Molly Tuttle

Pictured (L-R): Garry West, Compass co-founder, Molly Tuttle, Alison Brown, Compass co-founder.

Molly Tuttle has signed with Nashville-based Compass Records.

Tuttle is currently nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year honors, as well as a history-making nod as the first woman in the 27-year history of the IBMA Awards to be nominated for Guitar Player of the Year.

Tuttle released her debut solo EP Rise earlier this year. The seven-track project was produced by Kai Welch and features plenty of Tuttle’s signature guitar work. She is currently working on a full-length follow up to be released in 2018.

Dillon Carmichael Signs Publishing And Artist Deal With Riser House, Preps Debut With Dave Cobb

Pictured seated: Dillon Carmichael. Back (L-R): Kristen Ashley, Riser House; Lauren Spahn, Shackelford Law; Matt Swanson, Riser House; John Dorris, Hallmark Direction Company; Jennifer Johnson, Riser House.

Riser House Entertainment has announced the label and publishing signing of country performer Dillon Carmichael. Carmichael is currently in the studio cutting his debut record with highly sought after producer, Dave Cobb.

Carmichael—from Burgin, Kentucky—is the nephew of Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery. At the age of seventeen, Carmichael was signed by Jennifer Johnson, then with Song Factory Music.

Over the past seven years, Carmichael has toured the Southeast, opening for the likes of his musician uncles, Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis and Chris Young. Carmichael is managed by Hallmark Direction Company’s John Dorris.

Riser House Entertainment is also home to recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny in addition to a publishing roster including Michael Whitworth, Dallas Wilson, and Rob Crosby.

Aaron Eshuis Signs With SMACKSongs

Pictured (L-R): SMACKSongs’ Lee Krabel, Robin Palmer, Aaron Eshuis, Shane McAnally, Attorney Chip Petree and Kobalt’s Laura Alexander

SMACKSongs has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Aaron Eshuis, exclusively administered by Kobalt.

Eshuis is an accomplished writer and producer from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who has racked up cuts by A Thousand Horses, Rascal Flatts, Joe Nichols, Kid Rock, Cole Swindell and more. Most recently, Eshuis produced Sony Records recording artist Ryan Hurd’s debut EP.

Mitch Oglesby Signs With Warner/Chappell, KJM Music Publishing

Pictured (front row, L-R): Ben Vaughn, Mitch Oglesby, Kelly Janson (KJM Music). (Back row, L-R): Jessi Vaughn, Katie Jelen, Will Overton, BJ Hill, Alison Junker, Matt Michiels, Travis Carter

Mitch Oglesby has signed a joint publishing deal with KJM Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music.

The Georgia native penned two songs, “Who’s Your Farmer” and “Redneck Life,” on Chris Janson’s sophomore album Everybody.

Category: Music News

About Eric T. Parker: Eric Parker serves as Marketing Manager for MusicRow, RowFax, and the CountryBreakout Chart. He holds a B.B.A. in Entertainment and Music Business with a background working with label, publishing, management and PR firms. View author profile.

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