The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum reopened today in the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium, following a multi-year effort marked by various challenges.
“We had our VIP party yesterday,” said Joe Chambers, the museum’s founder. “We had close to 500 people attend. It’s kind of like bragging on your own baby but it appears they were very happy with it.”
The museum, which originally operated in SoBro but was forced to move to make way for the Music City Center, is located at 417 Fourth Ave. N. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $15.95 for senior citizens, $10.95 for ages 7-17 and free for ages 6 and under.
The Country Music Association has promoted Sarah McGrady to senior manager of strategic partnerships. McGrady joined CMA in 2009 as senior coordinator of strategic partnerships before being named manager of strategic partnerships in 2011. Lorie Hollabaugh and musicrow.com have more here.
More than two months of talks have yielded a tentative agreement between the Nashville Symphony Association and its musicians. No details are being disclosed just yet but a source tells the Scene's John Pitcher the deal "resolves a lot of issues."
SEE ALSO: The Symphony's short note on the agreement
Mercury Records Nashville has named Summer Harlow its director, West Coast promotion. She will report to Damon Moberly, Mercury vice president of promotion.
Country music industry veterans Stafond Seago and Steve Pope have opened independent label Silvercreek Records on Music Row.
Relatedly, Eric Durrance and his Tobacco Rd Band have signed with the label, which has functioned as a Columbia, Miss., music publishing company and recording studio for several years and will continue to operate there.
Earlier this year, Silvercreek president and CEO Seago — who is also a musician, songwriter and NSAI chapter coordinator for the state of Mississippi — met Pope, a songwriter, producer and song plugger, and decided to launch a label that gave artists more ownership with their projects.
“We’re excited to be working with Eric Durrance,” said Seago. “He’s an incredibly versatile songwriter, and just as great a singer. A lot of folks in Nashville want to collaborate with him, so we’re honored to have him on our team.”
The singing includes publishing rights to several of Durrance’s songs, including his single “That’s Country,” featuring Colt Ford (Average Joe’s Entertainment) and Jake Owen’s “8 Second Ride” (RCA Nashville), which Durrance co-wrote. As a solo artist, Durrance has opened for Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean. Tobacco Rd Band formed in 2011.
“We don’t have a cookie-cutter Nashville sound,” Durrance said. “I think we’re basically a garage band that does country music. I write the songs and everybody gets together and figures out how to make them better. It’s an old-school approach to songwriting. Silvercreek Records was willing to accept us the way we are, and they aren’t out to change us, so I’m excited to be part of this company.”