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Thanks to KATHERINE FARRELL, organizer of the Music Notes track, for the offer of Collision 2018 media credentials.  The annual conference is set for April 30- May 3rd at the ERNEST N. MORIAL Convention Center in New Orleans.

Further information on the event click here.

Thanks also to CHRISTINA CANSECO for offering media credentials to cover the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from the
MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on March 15, 2018.


CURTIS BRALEY and Friends (including CAMILLE RAE) will be on hand for 
StarPro Public Relations' media showcase at Rudy's Jazz Room on March 10, 2018.

Those receiving the "exclusive invitation" will have the opportunity to watch Curtis perform his new single, Hate Me from Braley's You Matter album.
Mark your calendars!


Invited media and fans who turned out at the Nashville Palace on March 8, 2018 to join MAX T. BARNES in performance at the kickoff of Barnes' international tour (beginning March 13, 2018 at Tullamore, Ireland's Tullamore Court Hotel, before moving on to England, back to the Emerald Isle, then on to Branson, Missouri (where Max will be joined by BILLY YATES) before the tour's fitting conclusion back at the Palace on June 7, 2018) were given an additional treat: Launch party guests not only enjoyed Max's performance with Barnes' All-American band, but they were treated to surprise guest performances by COLLIN RAYE and BOBBY BARE.   Bobby joined Max for a couple of songs, while Raye followed Bare's appearance with a performance of Love Me (which Max wrote).


JACOB BRYANT will be entertaining invited media, industry execs and fans when MARTHA MOORE's new client hits the stage for a late evening performance at the Exit/In on February 28, 2018.


SOUTHERN HALO (known individually as sisters NATALIA, CHRISTINA and HANNAH MORRIS
performed a "Live after 5" set, featuring their new single, Anything is Possible, for industry execs, media and fans at 12th & Porter February 27, 2018.

Introduced by JEFF COOK (who, having watched the trio since an introduction to them from a mutual business acquaintance  a few years back, told me that he is impressed, not only by their music, but by the "authority" the ladies exude as they command the stage with their captivating performances.

The womens previewed new songs from their upcoming album, including their new single, for luminaries including
PRESCHIAS HARRIS, TONY CONWAY, JERRY SALLEY, to name but a few, ending the well-received set of new material with a credible cover of the PHIL COLLINS classic, In The Air Tonight.

Thanks to MARTHA MOORE, who made sure guests did not leave without swag bags with swag ranging from the Anything is Possible CD to an official Southern Halo coozie.


PRESCHIAS HARRIS (my fellow author and "sister from another mother") and Preschias' music business assistant, my fellow Minnesotan CATRINA ENGELBY, were among the invited guests assembled for Live @ CMA afternoon performance of THE FRONTMEN February 22, 2018.  The afternoon marked the opportunity for those gathered to hear an acoustic version of the familiar faces' new single, If It Wasn't For the Radio.

RESTLESS HEART's lead singer LARRY STEWART joined TIM RUSHLOW (formerly of LITTLE TEXAS ) and LONESTAR's lead vocalist RICHIE McDONALD in a set that also featured each singing lead, to the vocal accompaniment of the others, on a few of the 30 hits selling 30 million copies on which their respective reputations as hit singers were cemented. Thus, Stewart sang lead on The Bluest Eyes in Texas (segueing into Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right) while Richie followed with I'm Already There and Amazed and Tim concluded the set with What Might Have Been and God Blessed Texas.    

As each member of the makeshift trio sang lead or backup, they were joined by fiddler/violist (depending upon the tempo) DONNIE REIS.  Donnie, a USA army combat veteran, met the afternoon's headliners in Bahrain; one of the performance destinations that have also included
other overseas performances for American troops, fundraisers, and other shows over the last seven or eight years.

Up to now the guys having been playing for fun, but, if the single takes off, schedules may need to be revised.

In an exclusive interview, Larry revealed to me that Tim (who has most recently, as a solo artist,  has reinvented himself as a Big Band-era singer) is the newest member of the trio, having, a few years back, replaced another frontman: ALABAMA's RANDY OWEN


Invited media, other industry guests and fans were on hand at 3rd & Lindsley the evening of February 22, 2018 in celebration of the release of CHERISH LEE's Tequila Cowgirl album.  The CD includes eight tracks, including the title song, its debut single, released with an accompanying music video, in October, 2017. 


Nashville music media celebrated St. Patrick's Day nearly a month early when they accepted an invitation, also extended to other industry VIPs and fans, to join MAGS at 12th & Porter on February 21, 2018.  The occasion was opening night of a three-month residency at the venue for the Cork County, Ireland-reared "pop-rock/country crossover vocalist, dancer and multi-talented instrumentalist."


Following a re organizational meeting of the Music Row Administrators Group, SHIRLEY HUTCHINS announces that MRAG will be joining forces with the Publishers Administration Network (PAN).  

A couple of years back, BILL MAYNE, then, as now, the Country Radio Broadcasters, executive director, was the featured speaker at an industry group meeting.  I was among the group members attending.

I listened patiently as Bill spoke, inviting everyone in the room to be part of the Country Radio Seminars, painting a far more professional  picture than that which I had observed.  Mayne also expressed his desire that there be more coverage of the CRS.

Not wishing *0125to embarrass Bill in front of the group during the Q-A session following his remarks, I took Mayne aside and told Bill only of  (the late) JEFF WALKER's overreach of authority, as it related to me.   This was apparent not only by Walker refusing me press credentials after a falling out with him that occurred after Walker knowingly gave me dishonest answers (in response to questions about one his publicity clients) that I went on to report in my column, retracting those statements once it became apparent Jeff lied to me.

Walker refused to take responsibility for his actions and so I wasn't surprised when, following a call for those interested in joining the CRB executive board of directors, a board historically lacking in gender parity, I was repeatedly (albeit, admittedly, courteously) turned down. 

Mayne assured me he would make the necessary changes and that I would be welcome at forthcoming CRS conventions.

There's not only been no indication of that LORIE LIEBIG has done some excellent reporting indicating that my experience is not unique.  Liebig calls CRS 2018 "an opportunity missed,"  referencing Rolling Stone's devastating country radio expos
é and the fact that WTVF-TV reporter JESSE KNUTSON, scheduled to interview Mayne about "sexual harassment and misconduct" on day one of the seminar, learned that the interview was off and his media credentials were revoked, once Knutson disclosed the subject of the agreed to interview.

CRS' actions were explained by "safety concerns about local media covering the private event."

Jesse's interview was back on once he reported what had happened.  Mayne's defense that CRS won't "tolerate... any sexual misconduct, any improper behavior" and that he is unaware any police reports, complaints filed with the hotel or with the CRS office" rings hollow.

He doesn't need to be reminded of my conversation with him.  I repeated it to Rolling Stone Country and it is available to anyone who reads either this Report or the RS comments section.             

Bill Mayne knows better.  Women can't report first hand about what goes on at events from which they are effectively banned.  

Bill Mayne owes Jesse an apology and he owes me one as well.

I'd settle for a long overdue board appointment.  I won't hold my breath but I do hope to eat crow.



WILLIE NELSON will be surprised to find his name in JEFF FAGER's new book, 50 Years of 60 Minutes.    

Fager relates an anecdote about a pitch meeting between show contributor MIKE WALLACE and producer JOSH HOWARD. Though the investigative reporter occasionally did soft, celebrity pieces, Howard expressed curiosity as to why Wallace wanted to do a feature on the Red-Headed Stranger.  

Perhaps Josh should have listened more carefully:  According to Jeff, Mike reacted in disgust:  "Willie Nelson?

.. Heard of them?"

"Excuse me, I didn't realize I had wandered into the toy department.  Good luck with your next career move."


Due, no doubt, to outrage from Report readers (see below) MIKE HUCKABEE made amends to T.G. SHEPPARD on the February 3, 2018 edition of HUCKABEE by reminding the audience of T.G.'s accomplishments as a hit recording artist and noting that Sheppard was that evening's guest announcer for the program.

As the program's guest announcer, T.G. couldn't very well introduce himself and perhaps that was the thinking behind Sheppard's not performing during the show, leaving the singing to others.  This was the latest in a program full of surprises, not the least of which is the host's failure to honor his promise during the show's premiere to feature those who disagree with him.  Considering the program's network affiliation, the fact that the majority of featured entertainers choose to at least appear to be apolitical (however outspoken they are when they parrot the religious "party line"), the show's difficulty in attracting major sponsors and the unchallenging questions asked of the host during the audience Q-A segment, perhaps the expressed welcoming of divergent viewpoints is easier said than done.


BÉLA FLECK  has invited TONY TRISCHKA, KRISTIN SCOTT BENSON, MIKE MUNFORD and STEVE COOLEY to join him as Fleck presents the inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp at Brevard Music Center August 15- 19, 2018.  

Fleck will become a first-time instructor, teaching intermediate and advanced students during the three days and four nights of instructional focus on the three distinct styles of banjo-playing: SCRUGGS, melodic and single string.   In order to tailor classes to the students, applicants will be asked to submit an audition video, which they may do without charge.    Due to outrage from Report readers

Interested?  Learn more about the banjo immersion experience here.  Download an application here.


Attention Preservationists:  Make your vote count!

Join the effort to restore an acetate transcription disc of a live STANLEY BROTHERS show- unheard for over 60 years and currently in the care of the Birthplace of Country Music.  

The Virginia Museum Association will award the project a restoration grant if it receives enough votes.

-Cast yours here.  


From the fame is fleeting department: Fans of HUCKABEE were aghast when genial host MIKE HUCKABEE did not so much as mention the presence of  KELLY LANG and T.G. SHEPPARD in the TV show's studio audience.  As cameras panned the crowd throughout, the duo were easy to spot, having braved single-digit temperature, black ice and otherwise hazardous winter weather conditions to show their support.


MARY ANN KAYLOR GRIFFITHS is first with the news that platinum-selling SISTER HAZEL makes its Grand Ole Opry debut on January 26, 2018 following the January 12, 2018 release of its single Roll On Bye.  

The band hosts its 18th year of the (sold out) Rock Boat on January 30, 2018. 

Copies of the guys' EP Water (to be released February 9, 2018) are available for pre-order here.  Look for a review of Water here soon.


Thanks to ASHLEY JOB for inviting me to KALIE SHORR's January 25, 2018 Awake EP Launch Party at The Back Corner, to DREW BLAKELEY for placing yours truly on the "media/industry VIP list" for KAYLA ADAMS' January 24, 2018 invitation-only showcase at 12th & Porter and to SAMANTHA JOHNSON for her "exclusive invite" to join LORE Entertainment newcomer KELBY COSTNER in performance at The Back Corner on January 23, 2018.    


Are you a "songwriter" (page 38, upper right-hand corner) looking for an ear? 

If so, join the Bellevue Library's songwriters group on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m.

"Bring your song, lyric sheets and a device to play your MP3(s) for the group.

"Works in progress or final demos are welcome."

More information available via email.


Thanks to JED HILLEY for inviting me to "Riffs on the Rails with MARY GAUTIER" January 18, 2018 at Union Station Hotel.  The listening party will feature songs from Mary's upcoming album, Rifles & Rosary Beads.


Will ukuleles soon be gaining traction on Music Row?

Find out on during an hour of fun on Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2018 when "It's ukulele jam time!" at the Bellevue Library, courtesy of a partnership between the Ukulele Collective of Tennessee and the Nashville Ukulele Society

 Library patrons and guests are encouraged "bring your uke" or check one out from the library.

"No experience required.  Jam leaders will show you what you need to know to get started. 

"We'll strum easy tunes for newbies and trickier ones for experienced players."


The latest on the KIRT WEBSTER PR debacle is that on January 6, 2018 AUSTIN RICK advised those interested to "watch the national headlines this coming week for more insight into my recent endeavors- that's all I can say for the time being.

"I'm also gearing up to take part in a cable television production regarding the evil Kirt Webster has visited on so many.  This wouldn't be a little 'blip' per se, but rather a feature.  -

"I may also have legal news to share with you soon, so please stay tuned."


Column's thanks to MEGAN CREEN and  KASEY HARTMAN for extending press credential to cover the red carpet and Derby Prelude Party reception kicking off the Sixth-Annual Star-Studded Unbridled Eve Gala January 4, 2018 at the Bardot at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

"Derby Does Hollywood" cocktail party, the "thoroughbred of parties," is the kickoff to the world-famous Kentucky Derby.  The exclusive event "introduces guests to the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala held in Louisville, Kentucky on Derby Eve.  A limited number of tickets are available for purchase with with a $100 donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc."

Details available by calling (502) 894-9768 or by email.  



The Country Music Foundation begins 2018 with a shuffled deck, having re-elected STEVE TURNER to a 10th term as Hall of Fame & Museum's chairman while  simultaneously re-electing VINCE GILL to a 16th consecutive term as president.

These positions are mainly ceremonial.  The full CMF Board only meets quarterly.

However, in an industry finally forced to face its abuses in a climate where there remains blame aplenty inflicted on those who are suddenly coming forward, the CMF's male-dominated board continues to function with too much power concentrated in too few hands.

The historical lack of oversight has produced abuses I have written about ( http://stacyharris.com/adultery.html http://stacyharris.com/iveykyle.html , http://stacyharris.com/ronnie.html , and http://stacyharris.com/horsnell.html ), as well as those I have yet to write about in such detail.  These will eventually have the traction that toppled KIRT WEBSTER PR

Meanwhile, the CMF Board will continue to walk in lockstep, and to reap the consequences of exclusion, until there is a groundswell of support for the voices of dissent.



A Los Angeles-based writer (whose name I do not know) is reportedly scouting Nashville sources for a book -------------------------------------------------- SHERLEY.  If my fellow author wants to contact me, I have a photo and a reminiscence that might be of interest. 



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