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Vince Gill Talks About the Importance of Being “Fair and Kind” in Music Business

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and the Grand Ole Opry were honored by the National Music Council over the weekend during the American Eagle Awards. Held in conjunction with NAMM, an annual music industry convention held in Nashville, the awards included guest performers John Conlee and Roy Clark, as well as former Nashville mayor Karl Dean, radio host Bill Cody, and Capitol Records CEO Mike Dungan.

Before the awards ceremony, Vince and Emmylou sat down for a candid conversation about one of the goals of the National Music Council: intellectual property rights. Even though technology has advanced at warp speed, the copyright legislation hasn’t kept up.

“We can solve the majority of problems that we have if we would just treat each other fairly and kind,” said Vince.  “The royalties are based on so long ago that they’re archaic… Are we the only industry that is expected to survive on the same amount of money we got for it 60 years ago?”

So what happens when the money doesn’t come in? The middle class of the music industry suffers. The number of staff songwriters at publishing companies has dwindled significantly over the past 20 years, leaving many creative people out of work.

Songwriters Guild of America President Rick Carnes said,

“I worry about the day when those kids get lost because there’s no creative industry.”

What can be done? The National Music Council also focuses its efforts on music education in schools, including teaching a new generation the value of music recordings and that copying music is actually stealing from the people who created it.

The organization’s American Eagle Awards have honored music industry pioneers like Quincy Jones and Clive Davis in the past and this year’s honorees were no exception.

Mike Dungan presented Vince Gill with his award, citing Vince’s long list of accolades, from GRAMMY to Academy of Country Music awards. Emmylou ribbed Vince with a joking “I hate you!” at their table as Dungan continued to list Gill’s involvement in charitable organizations.

Emmylou Harris was recognized for her profound body of work as a singer and songwriter, and for her collaborations with everyone from Beck to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Dolly Parton. She’s also involved in numerous charitable organizations from animal rescue to international children’s welfare.

Grand Ole Opry general manager Pete Fisher accepted the award on the Opry’s behalf and Roy Clark (remember him from the television series “Hee Haw”?) closed the ceremony with beautiful rendition of the classic hit “What a Wonderful World.”

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris & Grand Ole Opry to Be Honored at 33rd American Eagle Awards

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The National Music Council will bring its annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for a second year in a row on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill will be honored, along with the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Kris Kristofferson, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Jim Halsey, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Sherman Halsey, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe, Music Makes Us, and VH-1 Save the Music Foundation. This year’s event in Nashville will mark the 33rd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

The awards will be presented at a 1:00 pm ceremony in the Davidson Ballroom of the Nashville Music City Center as part of the Summer NAMM Show. A VIP luncheon and interview/reception with the honorees will accompany the awards presentation. For tickets, schedule, and sponsorship information, visit musiccouncil.org.

Tin Pan South Donates Proceeds from Show to Bonaparte’s Retreat

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The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank donates proceeds from the door of one show each year to a designated charity, and organizers are pleased to name Bonaparte’s Retreat as the beneficiary of this year’s event. Founded in 2004 by Grammy-winning singer songwriter Emmylou Harris, the special show is scheduled to feature several songwriters with ties to the ABC hit series “Nashville.” Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Colin Linden, Brandon Young and special guests are set to perform, and Emmylou will host the show at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 9 at 3rd & Lindsley.

Bonaparte’s Retreat is named for one of Emmylou’s own beloved dogs. “Bonaparte had this really friendly demeanor,” she says. He “loved people, [was] very sociable, loved other animals.” And “once you have the experience of having a dog on the road with you, you don’t realize how lonely you’ve been without one. So he went everywhere with me. He was my constant companion for 10 years.”

When Bonaparte died suddenly in 2002, Emmylou was heartbroken. Her personal loss became the genesis of something remarkable. To honor the memory of her dear companion, Emmylou established Bonaparte’s Retreat in order to rescue shelter dogs and adopt them into forever homes. Today, Bonaparte’s Retreat focuses on rescuing dogs whose time has run out at Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control.

To learn more about the mission of Bonaparte’s Retreat, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, or to make a donation, visit bonapartesretreat.org. Admission to the show is by Tin Pan South Fast Access Pass or $20.00 at the door.

The 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival runs April 5-9, 2016. Individual tickets will be available at the door of most shows, and prices range from $10-25. The full roster of performers is now available at www.TinPanSouth.com, and patrons are encouraged to visit the site for the most up-to-date schedule.

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to Release The Complete Trio Collection

The Complete Trio

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris have three careers unparalleled in music history. Together they have sold over 200 million albums worldwide and performed for decades in front of countless fans around the globe. It’s no surprise that when their three voices united to release their debut collaboration, the results were remarkable. The threesome released two albums together, Trio (1987) and Trio II (1999), which have combined to sell more than five million copies worldwide and win three Grammy® Awards.

Both of these classic albums have been newly remastered for a three-CD collection packed with rare and unreleased music. Produced by Harris, The Complete Trio Collection will be available on September 9 for a list price of $29.98.

On the same date, a single-disc set will also be available entitled MY DEAR COMPANION: SELECTIONS FROM THE TRIO COLLECTION, featuring a mix of songs taken from the three-disc set, as will FARTHER ALONG, a double-LP set of all the bonus material from THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION. Trio II will also be released on vinyl for the first time.

Even though Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris began recording together in the 1970s, a full album proved elusive. When the stars aligned and the friends were finally able to record a full album, a powerhouse sound of country and Americana was born. The results were remarkable. Trio arrived in 1987; sold more than four million copies; won two Grammy Awards; and topped the country album chart for five consecutive weeks. Among the standout tracks are “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” “Wildflowers,” and “Farther Along.”

It would be more than a decade before the group released a follow-up, but when Trio II arrived in 1999 it did not disappoint. The album won a Grammy Award and peaked in the Top Five of the country album chart. It sold more than one million copies worldwide on the strength of tracks like “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” the Carter family’s “Lover’s Return” and a cover of Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush.”

The bonus disc is loaded with 20 songs, including alternate takes of album tracks like “I’ve Had Enough,” “Making Plans” and “My Dear Companion.” Also featured are 11 completely unreleased recordings from the trio spanning both album sessions including “Waltz Across Texas Tonight,” “Pleasant As May,” “Are You Tired of Me,” and the gospel standard “Softly And Tenderly.” Among the unreleased material is also an alternate version of “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” featuring Parton on lead vocals and a stunning acapella version of “Calling All My Children Home.”

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