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Music News (3/2/22)

[ 0 ] March 2, 2022 | |

Grady Block Signs With Big Loud Publishing

Grady Block. Photo: Chris Hornbuckle

Grady Block has signed with Big Loud Publishing. He joins his brother and co-writer Rocky Block on the Big Loud Publishing roster.

The Nashville native is the son of local radio personality Billy Block and was raised around music, playing drums from the time he could walk. His progression from behind the kit to behind the song was an easy one, and he was influenced by a wide variety of music ranging from Future and Fountains of Wayne to The Eagles and Jon Cleary.

Block has already earned his first cut as a songwriter on Lil Durk‘s “Broadway Girls” featuring Morgan Wallen, as well as his first co-production credit on Nelly’s Heartland project (“Five Drinks Ago”).

“We are thrilled to welcome Grady Block to the Big Loud Publishing family,” says Big Loud Publishing’s Senior Director of A&R, Michael Giangreco. “We have had the pleasure to get to know Grady over the past few years drumming for Ernest and being a close collaborator of Rocky’s. Watching him develop as a songwriter and producer is inspiring and we couldn’t be more excited for what is to come.”

“I’m so excited to join the Big Loud family,” Block shares. “It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to bolster and uphold the legacy that is Big Loud. From the top to the bottom, it is an absolute all-star team, which made my decision a no brainer. Thank you, Craig [Wiseman], Seth [England], and Joey [Moi] for taking a chance on a kid from South Nashville.”

Tin Pan South Lineup Revealed

The full lineup and festival schedule has been revealed for the 30th annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, presented by Regions Bank.

The lineup for the festival includes an array of artists set to take the stage March 29-April 2 at nine venues in the heart of Nashville. Attendees will be treated to sets from Lori McKenna, Ashley Gorley, Bill Anderson, Carly Pearce, Hillary Lindsey, Jimmie Allen, Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby, Steve Bogard, and many more. View the full lineup at

Additionally, Fast Access Passes for the festival are on sale now at Festival attendees with a Fast Access Pass will have the opportunity to choose from several shows each night throughout the week at the following venues: 3rd & Lindsley, Analog at Hutton Hotel, The Bluebird Cafe, Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, The Listening Room Cafe, The Lounge at City Winery, and Station Inn. At-the-door admission will also be available for most shows.

Another stellar addition to the festival schedule will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., where Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Tom Douglas (“Little Rock,” “I Run To You,” “The House That Built Me”) performs his one-man show, Love, Tom at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Seating is limited, and attendance is free to Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Fast Access pass-holders, museum members, and is included with museum admission.

Concord Music Publishing Acquires Catalog Of Songwriter Josh Miller

Pictured (L-R): Ashley Nite, Garrett Stephenson, Matt Turner, Brad Kennard, Josh Miller, Scott Safford, Courtney Allen, Jen Hubbard, Melissa Spillman, Jim Selby. Photo: Audrey Spillman

Concord Music Publishing has announced the signing and catalog acquisition of multi-Platinum songwriter Josh Miller. The worldwide publishing deal covers Miller’s full catalog as well as his future works.

A Jackson, Tennessee native, Miller signed his first publishing deal in 2016 with Cornman Music via Warner Chappell. His first country radio hit came in 2017 with Kip Moore‘s “More Girls Like You.” Later that year Miller collaborated with Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line on the RIAA Diamond certified single “Meant To Be.”

Miller has continued to climb the country charts in recent years with additional hit songs, including Florida Georgia Line’s “Long Live,” Carrie Underwood’s “Southbound,” Thomas Rhett’s “Be A Light,” and Chris Lane’s “Take Back Home Girl” ft. Tori Kelly. He has also been nominated for MusicRow’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Award and Spotify’s Secret Genius: Country Songwriter of the Year Award in 2018.

“I’m really excited and thankful to be a new member of the Concord family,” Miller states.” Brad and his team’s energy, passion, and love of songs is infectious and has me fired up to keep doing what I love to do!”

The dual agreement was negotiated on behalf of Concord by Duff Berschback, EVP of Legal and Business Affairs, with Miller represented by Scott Safford of Safford Motley PLC in Nashville.

Trey Lewis Joins Sony Music Publishing Nashville’s Writer Roster

Pictured (L-R, front row): Rusty Gaston, Trey Lewis, Tom Luteran; (L-R, back row): Mya Hansen, Anna Weisband, Josh Van Valkenburg, Dale Bobo, Dane Schmidt

Sony Music Publishing Nashville has added rising country singer-songwriter Trey Lewis to its publishing roster.

Lewis first caught attention in 2020 with his viral, Platinum-certified hit, “Dicked Down in Dallas.” The track saw TikTok success and chart-topping positions, breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

An Alabama native, Lewis most recently released his first EP, the five-track Shut the Door. His single, “Single Again,” released on Jan. 14 and has already climbed to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Song Sales charts. Lewis is currently touring with his band and will join Kid Rock’s U.S. tour starting in April.

“I appreciate Rusty Gaston, Tom Luteran and the whole Sony Music Publishing team for supporting me and being champions for my career and believing in me as both an artist and a writer. I’m looking forward to working with them and for them,” shares Lewis.

Gaston, CEO, Sony Music Publishing Nashville comments: “Trey Lewis is cut from the same cloth as the legends who have paved the way before him. His songs are real, genuine, and full of country swagger. We are proud to welcome him to the SMP Nashville family.”

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