Longstanding music venue 12th & Porter will host its last show on the last day of February, owner Keith Hayman said Friday afternoon, adding that he's selling the building that has welcomed artists ranging from Keith Urban to Ke$ha to Black Label Society. MusicRow.com has some more details, including that the building housing the club's acquirer has "intentions to enhance the North Gulch area."
Marathon Village-based TackleBox Films has added have added former William Morris Agency agent Carey Nelson Burch as an executive producer, musicrow.com reports. TackleBox has created music videos for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton. Read more here.
Angela Borchetta White has launched full service record label Willing Nashville.
The label is a collaborative effort between Canadian-based Willing Entertainment and White’s White House Promotion & Marketing. The new entity is stylized as WILLING NASHVILLE.
White (pictured), the sister of White is the sister of Big Machine Label Group CEO and President Scott Borchetta, will serve as president and CEO, according to a release (read here). She will handle promotion and overall label operations.
Dayna Laverick will oversee marketing and artist development, with Jeffrey R.W. Rath to handle artist management and music publishing with the title of chairman and general counsel for the label.
CMT has promoted Margaret Comeaux, Lucia Folk and Anne Oakley to vice president roles from senior director positions.
The three women will continue to work from the Viacom Media Network-owned cable channel’s Nashville headquarters, according to Brian Philips, CMT president.
Comeaux will serve as vice president of music and events production and will oversee the creation, development and production of music and live event specials for the network.
Folk will serve as VP of public affairs and will lead corporate social responsibility and government affairs for the network.
Oakley will serve as VP of radio and ancillary business and will oversee CMT Radio and additional revenue-generating projects for the network.
Read more here.
Officials with the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) have announced that Elizabeth Matthews has been named chief executive officer. Matthews, who replaces John LoFrumento, previously served ASCAP as executive vice president and general counsel. ASCAP is based in New York and has a major Nashville presence. Read more here.
Officials with the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today Nashville’s Music Row has been given "National Treasure" designation, musicrow.com reports. National Treasures are historic places that are potentially threatened. Trust officials said Music Row was designated because of its role in the city's identity and its need for preservation as a key element in America’s cultural and music heritage. Read more here.
George Jones Museum officials announced today in a release the cultural attraction will open in downtown Nashville the weekend of April 24.
The museum will be located at 128 Second Ave. N. in the city’s tourism- and entertainment-oriented The District.
Nancy Jones, widow of the legendary late performer, has announced the museum’s opening will coincide with the second anniversary of his death (April 26, 2013).
The facility, a price tag for which has not been disclosed, will feature a live performance space/theatre, a gift shop and a radio station. Nashville-based Manuel Zeitlin Architects is handling design work.
From the release:
The world-class museum will offer Jones fans a chance to get up close and personal with the singers’ story as never before.
The George Jones Museum will tell the story of the singer – born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. Exhibits will show his development from his childhood to singing as a teenager on the streets of Galveston. There will also be documentation of his time spent serving his country in the United States Marines, as well as his time behind the microphone as a radio announcer for KTXJ in Jasper, Texas – one of the jobs Jones held before stardom.
There will also be screens devoted to each era of his career. He earned his first hit in 1955 with “Why Baby Why,” and continued to be a chart presence well into the 2000s. Footage of historic Jones performances and interviews throughout his career will also be featured. Among his career highlights include the 1962 classic “She Thinks I Still Care,” his marriage and recording partnership with Tammy Wynette from 1969-1975, the recording of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in 1980, as well as his 1992 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visitors will also get a chance to sing along with Jones in an interactive booth, and view many of his awards, Gold and Platinum records, and career memorabilia. There will also be a theater that will show videos of landmark Jones performances, a restaurant, event space, and a gift shop, as well as a 75-foot rooftop bar overlooking the Cumberland River.
The opening weekend will also feature the launch of White Lightning’ Moonshine. A partnership with Silver Trail Distillery (winners of the 2012 SIP Award for best Whiskey Moonshine – as well as developers of the LBL Moonshine that was just picked up by a national distributor), the brand pays homage to the J.P. Richardson-written song of the same title – which became Jones’ first Billboard chart-topper in 1959.
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Our friends at the Scene have chosen as their 2014 Nashvillians of the Year the seven-member group that led the drive to stop the wrecking ball from taking down RCA Studio A. There were plenty of chances for things to go very wrong for the preservationists led by Aubrey Preston — including at a meeting just two hours before the deadline Bravo Development's Tim Reynolds had set.
"I suppose he knew he was in a strong position to negotiate," Preston recalls, "because I cared enough to show up that day, against the deadline he'd made. It was not a place you ever want to be in as a buyer, where you care more than the seller cares whether the deal works. So he was in a strong position to negotiate."
Every instinct in Preston's body told him to get up and walk away. Every experience told him he was crazy to pay a million and a half dollars more than someone had just paid months earlier. As Preston puts it, "Pretty much every instinct in you says this is unreasonable, I need to get up and leave, which is what I think the same feeling that a lot of other buyers that approached him got."
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