Country Music People December 2018 - Page 7

Labelled Rascal Flatt’s bassist Jay DeMarcus just launched a brand new Christian music label, Red Street Records, Oct. 24. No, he’s not abandoning the group, but merely wants to pursue his love of gospel sounds. Don Koch will be Red Street’s general manager. Two acts already signed are Lauren James and Avalon, a quartet. You may remember Jay oversaw production on Reba’s gospel-oriented Sing It Now. The former East Nashville label Dualtone Records has struck a new partnership with actor Ethan Hawke and Louis Black to develop a Texas-based independent record imprint Sex-Hawke- Black Records, featuring newcomer Ben Dickey as its first artist. Dualtone Music Group already boasts the acts Mt. Joy and The Lumineers. Dickey, who recently starred in Ethan’s film “Blaze,” is both singer-songwriter. Awarded It’s been a year of honours for veteran singer-songwriter Bill Anderson, who was inducted into the national Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, and received the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashville’s Songwriters Association International, Sept. 19. On Nov. 7, he was recognized by the Nashville Association of Talent Directors for his varied contributions to the music scene during the organization’s 8th annual Honors Gala, held at the Hermitage Hotel here. On hand to cheer Whisperin’ Bill were contemporary buddies Mark Wills and Jamey Johnson. Earlier in the year, the iconic artist released his 72nd album, Anderson, which he co-produced with Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper. Of course, Anderson’s already been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and recently celebrated his 57th year of membership in WSM’s Grand Ole Opry cast. Honours Steve Cropper, songwriter-guitarist, was officially named a BMI Icon by the Broadcast Music Inc. members. Cropper compositions include (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of the Bay, In The Midnight Hour and Green Onions, recorded by greats Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Booker T. & The M.G.’s. According to BMI vice president Jody Williams: “The iconic music coming out of Memphis in the 1960s is some of the best known American music ever made and is still heard all over the world. One consummate music man was in the middle of that wave - Steve Cropper!... Not only is Steve a masterful songwriter, he is one of the most influential guitarists in the world. His body of work as an artist and producer, along with the massive hits he wrote, truly make Steve a BMI Icon.” Songwriter Allen Shamblin was honored Nov. 17 in the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s prestigious Poets & Prophets series. That program pays homage to those who have made significant contributions to the country music genre. Already a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member, Shamblin is responsible for such stellar songs as Randy Travis’ He Walked On Water, Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me and Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me. Michael Gray conducted an interview with the honoree, who also performed some of his creations and autographed commemorative Hatch Showprint posters available from the museum store. Totally Country Universal Music seem to be behind a new country music TV channel, Total Country, in the UK. It can be found on Sky 373. Expect to see a proliferation of Universal artists including The Shires along with shows featuring 90s and 00s country. Country singer turns himself in Country singer Daniel Lee Martin, 53, turned himself in Oct. 10, after the Spring Hill Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest, allegedly including charges of indecent exposure and sexual exploitation of minors. (Spring Hill is situated some 30 miles south of Nashville, where he resides.) During June 1997, Martin moved to the Nashville area to pursue a career in country music, after having been a ballplayer, golfer and successful Florida advertising specialist. He signed briefly with Atlantic Records, but later released his acclaimed debut album All That I Am (2003), via the indie ChinMusic label. Among his self-penned singles are I Can’t Let Go and Moonshine Momma. He is divorced from entertainer Julie McQueen, and in 2007 released his second CD On My Way To You. A hunting and fishing enthusiast, he soon began hosting the TV Sportsman Channel shows Backstage & Backroads, Brotherhood Outdoors, and later Til Death Do Us Part. According to Lt. Justin Whitwell, the police department has been investigating Hill since January 2018. Currently he is free on bond, while awaiting a court date. Martina’s Kitchen Mix Singer Martina McBride stopped by Parnassus Bookstore in Green Hills to sign copies of her new cookbook, Nov. 18, “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life.” It’s actually her second cookbook, as she published “Around the Table: Recipes & Inspiration For Gatherings Throughout the Year” in 2014. Fans were also able to pick up her latest CD at Parnassus, It’s the Holiday Season, which boasts standards such as It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and Winter Wonderland. This is one busy lady. DECEMBER 2018 - cmp 7