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Clare Bowen Joins ASCAP

Pictured (l-r): ASCAP's Kele Currier and Michael Martin, Brandon Robert Young, Clare Bowen, ASCAP's Mike Sistad and Beth Brinker, and ROAR's Caitlin Stone

Pictured (l-r): ASCAP’s Kele Currier and Michael Martin, Brandon Robert Young, Clare Bowen, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad and Beth Brinker, and ROAR’s Caitlin Stone

Clare Bowen, songwriter-artist and star of the hit television series Nashville, stopped by the ASCAP offices on Music Row with her fiancé, songwriter Brandon Robert Young, to join the performance rights organization as a songwriter member. Bowen is currently in the studio, writing and recording with an A-list Nashville producer for her debut solo album.

On joining ASCAP, she said,

“I’m so happy to be a part of the ASCAP family. I’ve been singing as Scarlett O’Connor for the past four years, so to be embarking on the journey of creating my debut album, and recording songs I’ve penned for the first time ever, I’m very grateful to have the good people of ASCAP looking out for me as an artist and a writer. Their effort toward ensuring songwriters are protected is both admirable and comforting. And they’re a pretty good hang too.”

CMT Announces Second Season of Still the King

Still the King

CMT has announced a 13-episode second season pickup of its hit series “Still The King,” starring Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Lauren Adams and Madison Iseman. The one-hour season finale airs Sunday, August 14 at 9pm ET/PT. Season two will begin production this fall and is slated to premiere next year. Fans can catch up on this season now at, on the CMT app and VOD.

The premiere of “Still The King” on June 8 marked CMT’s highest rated original series premiere to date grossing more than 4.7 million total viewers (L+3) for a stellar 1.03 rating A18-49 rating across a 3 network simulcast (CMT, TV Land, Nick@Nite). The series is currently reaching nearly 4.5 million viewers each week.

“Working on the series has been a career highlight,” said executive producer and star Billy Ray Cyrus. “Thanks to the fans for embracing these crazy characters and all of their beautiful flaws. We’re going to take this mess to a whole new level next season.”

“The success of ‘Still The King’ is a wonderful start for our move into scripted programming,” said Jayson Dinsmore, EVP of development for CMT. “Both charming and irreverent, this series is like nothing else on television and we can’t wait to continue the journey.”

“Still The King” features Billy Ray Cyrusas Vernon Brown, AKA “Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator. After crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. Instead, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and re-connects with a former one-night-stand (Joey Lauren Adams), only to discover he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met (Madison Iseman).

The series is part of CMT’s most diverse programming line-up to date, featuring a mix of scripted programs (including the forthcoming premieres of “Nashville” and “Million Dollar Quartet”), unscripted series (including “I Love Kellie Pickler,” “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making The Team,” and “Broken Skull Challenge”), original documentaries (including the forthcoming premiere of “The Bandit”) and music events (including “CMT Music Awards,” “CMT Artists of the Year,” and the forthcoming “CMT Concert of the Summer”).

Mary Chapin Carpenter performs on “CBS This Morning”

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter recently stopped by “CBS This Morning” to perform three songs as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series.

The performances celebrate her widely praised new album, The Things That We Are Made Of, which is out now on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers (webstore, iTunes, Amazon). The album is also available on vinyl—Carpenter’s first since 1992’s Come On Come On.

Carpenter is currently in the midst of an extensive tour in support of the album, including newly confirmed dates this fall in Florida, Oklahoma and Texas. See below for details.

Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music praises, “If The Things That We Are Made Of sees the country veteran searching for memories to inscribe and old roads to rut, it finds her most often looking toward the unknown with grace and breaking fecund ground with top producer Dave Cobb,” and goes on to assert, “Her album plays out both sides of that classic country gesture at the unknown—darkness and latent enlightenment —and by emphasizing both, she accomplishes what sounds like a transformation.” Additionally, the Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness.”

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter.

Of the album’s lead track, “Something Tamed Something Wild,” Rolling Stone asserts, “…beautifully sums up where she’s been and sets the stage for what’s yet to come… ’Something Tamed Something Wild’ and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation,” while, of “Map Of My Heart” Music Row’s Robert Oermann states, “I love the brisk, crisp texture of this lightly rocking performance. Carpenter sounds like ‘the Everly Sisters’ as the rhythm section throbs relentlessly and the electric guitar gooses the track with some deep twang. And it goes without saying that her lyrics are totally evocative.”

The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).

Of the album, Carpenter comments,

“Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that ‘yes’ is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family.”

Cobb adds, “I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. She’s an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together.”

Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like ”Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of ten previously recorded compositions including “Between Here and Gone” and “Come On Come On.” Since it’s release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.


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The Bobby Bones Show Raises $20,000 for Wounded Marine

Bobby Bones

Last week, iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show enlisted its loyal audience to help honor a wounded marine. Former U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis appeared on the popular Country morning radio show to share how she lost her leg serving as a helicopter door gunner in the military. After hearing her story, Bones and his on-air crew revealed they wanted to do something special to honor her service – proceeds from the sale of “America Strong” T-shirts on would be donated to purchase Ennis an all-terrain tracked wheel chair.  In less than a week, listeners of The Bobby Bones Show purchased enough T-shirts to raise $20,000, far surpassing the funds needed for the chair. 


Ennis joined the program again this morning, July 18, to hear the great news and celebrate with the show. 


This is just the latest charitable fundraising effort by The Bobby Bones Show.  Last month, proceeds from the sale of #PimpinJoy apparel were donated to the families of the Orlando shooting victims.  Listeners of the show helped raise $35,000 to benefit Equality Florida, the primary statewide organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  In addition to the fundraiser, Country music stars including Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Lindsay Ell, Dan + Shay and Brandy Clark stopped by the radio program to show their support with special, live musical performances.  The audio can be found here.


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