Nashville is buzzing with the annual Country Radio Seminar, (CRS for short) where the radio industry, the artists, the performers, the labels, the managers, the publicists and the media come together to see, learn, experience exchange ideas and perhaps most of all, get introduced to newest talent . CRS 2012 is held Feb. 22-24, 2012, at the Nashville Convention Centre, downtown Nashville. During the 4-day Country mayhem Nashville will include many leading artists and special concert extravaganza….and Nashville Music Minute is right there, meeting with new & current artists and bringing the latest buzz from the Music City!
Photo courtesy of BIG MACHINE RECORDS
Big Machine Records’ Rascal Flatts received the CRS 2012 Artist Humanitarian Award in the Nashville Convention Center . Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney received this honor based on their charitable contributions and humanitarian endeavors throughout the multi-platinum selling trio’s career. In 2010, the group donated $3 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s Pediatric Surgery Center. They currently serve as celebrity spokespersons for the national suicide prevention organization, The Jason Foundation, and have been members of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet for the past seven years. Congrats goes to Rascal Flatts and Big Machine !
In other notable events so far included The Ryman Auditorium which filled up for Wednesday’s Lunch & concert by UMG Nashville and featuring line-up of their artists including Laura Bell Bundy, Easton Corbin, Scotty McCreery, David Nail, Josh Turner and LeeAnn Womack.
Yesterday, Lunch was on Capitol and featured Alan Jackson and today’s Warner Music Luncheon was headlined by Faith Hill.
The Country Radio Seminar comes to an end tonight and the highlight show “New Faces Of Country Music” will take place at the Nashville Convention Centre. The show will be a showcase and introduction to the brightest new artists in Country Music. THus, tonight the stage is owned by Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, David Nail and Sunny Sweeney.
Thompson Square will not be performing tonight due to unfortunate news on Shawna Thompson’s father passing due to illness yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shawna, Keifer and their family during this difficult time.
NMM team also extends congratulations to the CRS 2012 radio humanitarian winners:KMOK/Lewiston Idaho ( small market ) :WIVK/Knoxville, Tenn. (medium market); and WLHK ( Hank FM) Indianapolis ( large market). The CRB presents the honor to these stations for “notable public service initiatives that improve the quality of life for the communities they serve.”