BMI congratulates its winners and honorees of the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, including 2015 NaSHOF inductees Rosanne Cash (“Seven Year Ache,” “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train”), Mark James (“Hooked on a Feeling,” “Always on My Mind”) and Even Stevens (“I Love a Rainy Night,” “Drivin’ My Life Away”), as well as NSAI’s Songwriter of the Year, Rodney Clawson, Song of the Year writers Lori McKenna and Liz Rose (for “Girl Crush”) and Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Taylor Swift. In addition, the Company gives kudos to the BMI writers of “The Songs I Wish I’d Written.”
Clawson, who was also BMI’s 2013 Country Songwriter of the Year, is responsible for hits such as “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney), “Bartender” (Lady Antebellum), “Burnin’ It Down” (Jason Aldean), “Dirt” (Florida Georgia Line), “Lettin’ The Night Roll” (Justin Moore) and “Sippin’ On Fire” (Florida Georgia Line). Taylor Swift, who has also been named BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year in recent years, as well as winning many other BMI awards, was presented NSAI’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year award for a record-breaking seventh time in nine years.
Taylor Swift brought the members of the Band Perry onstage at her concert on Wednesday night (Sept. 16) to sing their breakthrough hit, “If I Die Young.”
The country-turned-pop superstar was performing in Indianapolis,. Ind., as part of her ongoing 1989 World Tour, during which she has routinely invited surprise guest stars to share the stage, making sure that no two shows are the same. She brought the sibling trio out to perform the moving ballad, which helped launch them to stardom when it reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart in 2010. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song.
“Something I’m very proud of is that I came up in country music — really proud of it — and I still am such a huge fan of country music, and, in my opinion, the people I’m about to bring out are some of best musicians, some of the best things we’ve got going in country music,” Swift told the audience (quote via The Boot). “And they have won Grammys and CMAs and ACMs; they are unbelievable. Country music is all about family. They happen to be a family …”
With that, the trio took the stage to perform the song with Swift as the crowd lit up the enormous arena with lights that they waved from side to side. Kimberly Perry and Swift shared lead vocals on the song, with Neil and Reid Perry providing harmonies and Swift taking the second verse before she and Kimberly traded lines on the song’s closing.
Planning on shakin’ things up? Try on this country house for size: Singer Lorrie Morgan is selling her riverside home in Lebanon, TN, less than an hour outside of Nashville, for $1.2 million.
Morgan was the youngest singer to join the Grand Ole Opry, and over the course of her four-decade career, she’s charted more than 25 hit singles, including “Five Minutes” and “What Part of No.” She’s also known for her tangled love life: The singer’s been married six times and once told Larry King that “drama is something that lets you know you’re still alive.”
So it makes sense that Morgan transformed this elegant four-bedroom, 7,372-square-foot home into an entertainer’s dream. According to listing agent Bonnie Coleman, on any given night you might find neighbors, friends, or fellow Grand Ole Opry performers enjoying pizza made in the outdoor stone oven, taking a dip in the pool, or boating next to the private dock.
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Musicians have long been playing fiddle music in the Appalachians for years, but it wasn’t until 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee that the first recording country music recording deal was signed. In this year, Victor Records signed Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Jimmie Rodgers was born in Meridian Mississippi, in 1897. Originally he worked on the railroads until his ill health got the better of him and it was only during this time that he followed his earlier love of entertaining. In 1927 he followed word that Victor Records were setting up a portable recording studio and made his way there.