Thursday, August 11, 2011

CRB, Inc. Announces Performers for the ASCAP KCRS Live! Showcase at CRS 38



CRB, Inc. Announces Performers for the ASCAP KCRS Live! Showcase at CRS 38


Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) has announced the performers for the ASCAP KCRS Live! Showcase at this year's Country Radio Seminar (CRS-38). The program will feature acoustic performances by John Rich, John Anderson, Rivers Rutherford and Craig Wiseman. ASCAP KCRS Live! is set for 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 and is an addition to the schedule this year.

Connie Bradley, ASCAP Senior Vice President states, "We are thrilled once again to be offered the opportunity to participate in CRS. During our previous ASCAP luncheons, we were excited to give country radio an early glimpse of today's top performers including Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins. The new KCRS show allows ASCAP the opportunity to feature not only our successful artist/writers but also our songwriters behind country radios biggest hits. This showcase will feature the writers of "Believe," "When I Get Where I'm Going," and "Like We Never Loved At All"."

CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon adds, "We are happy that ASCAP has rejoined as a sponsor of CRS this year, and that the radio and music industry attendees will have an opportunity to get to know some of ASCAP's finest writers."

A brief recap of the participating artists/writers follows:

John Rich
Songwriter, Artist & Producer: 2005 & 2006 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year

One half of the multi-platinum duo, Big & Rich, John Rich is Nashville's newest "renaissance man." The Texas native has made an indelible mark on the face of country music. He spent the majority of 2006 producing and co-producing some of the most promising artists to emerge in recent years. In addition to the latest efforts from Gretchen Wilson, Shannon Brown, Big & Rich and country legend Billy Joe Shaver, John claims producer credits on some of the most anticipated releases of 2007: John Anderson's Easy Money, sophomore albums from Cowboy Troy and Jon "King" Nicholson, and James Otto's WB Records debut. When he's not on stage or in the studio, John Rich spends his time writing some of the biggest hits in country music. His most recent hits include Faith Hill's "Like We Never Loved At All," Keith Anderson's "Pickin' Wildflowers," and Jason Aldean's "Hicktown," "Amarillo Sky," and "Why".


John Anderson
Artist, Songwriter & Producer
John signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, but it was "Swingin'" that became his first smash hit in 1983. That year the single, which he co-wrote, won the CMA Single of the Year Award and Anderson won the CMA Horizon Award. His list of hits include the #1 "Straight Tequila Night," Mark Knopfler's "When It Comes to You," "Seminole Wind" and the #1 "Money in the Bank." Easy Money, the new album to be released this year on Raybaw/Warner Bros., was produced by John Rich.


Craig Wiseman
Songwriter & Producer: 2003 & 2005 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

Craig has had over 300 released songs, 90 charted songs, 14 #1 hit singles and songs featured on over 40 million albums. Most recent successes include 2003 ASCAP Song of the Year, "The Good Stuff" and 2005 ASCAP Song of the Year, "Live Like You Were Dying," Additional awards include the 2004 ACM, CMA & Grammy Song of the Year for "Live Like You Were Dying" and 2006 ACM & CMA Song of the Year for "Believe."


Rivers Rutherford
Songwriter & Producer: 2006 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

Rivers has written songs for artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allen, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Keith Urban. In 2001, Rutherford earned his first #1 hit with Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothin' 'Bout You," which earned him a 2002 ASCAP Song of the Year Award. Rivers success has continued with #1 songs, such as Tim McGraw's "Real Good Man" and Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me." Most recently, Rivers scored three number one hits in less than a year with Gretchen Wilson's "Homewrecker" (May 2005), Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going" (March 2006) and Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward" (March 2006). Together, these three songs have earned Rivers ASCAP's 2006 Songwriter of the Year Award.

CRS-38 will be held February 28 through March 2, 2007 at the Nashville Convention Center. For complete seminar information, contact CRB, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting www.crb.org. Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

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