Inside Track on Music Row September 2019

September Music News


The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Nashville Songwriter Awards, presented by City National Bank, will return to the Ryman Auditorium on September 17, 2019. Loretta Lynn, the reigning queen of country music, will receive the organization’s highest honor, the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award. There to honor her grandmother by singing one of Lynn’s biggest hits, “Coalminer’s Daughter,” will be her granddaughter, Tayla Lynn. Tayla has her own successful career as an independent singer/songwriter and continues the family legacy with a touring show in tribute to their grandparents Conway and Loretta with Conway’s grandson, Tre Twitty. More about Tayla at


The 20th Annual NSAI Song Contest, presented by Martin Guitars and Strings and CMT, kicks off September 1. This year’s competition is bigger than ever boasting two cash prizes, $5,000 to the Grand Prize Winner and $2,000 to the Lyric-Only Winner, four mentors – multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Elle King, hit songwriters Ross Golan and Joe London of AND THE WRITER IS…, and Tom Douglas, several Martin guitar and strings prizes totaling over $21,000 in value, as well as a one year single-song contract with Anthem Entertainment, and much more. Pull out your best songs and you could be on your way to winning big beginning September 1. Entry info at


For those of you who may not be getting “Row News” here are a few celebrations.

Kane Brown celebrated his fourth No. 1, “Good As You,” with co-writers Will Weatherly, Taylor Phillips, Brock Berryhill and Shy Carter. The party was held at BMI’s Nashville office on August 20. The song was Brown’s fourth No. 1 as an artist and his third as a writer. “Good As You” was produced by Dan Huff. More at

Earlier in the month, Blake Shelton was at Ole Red celebrating his No. 1 hit, “God’s Country” with songwriters Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy and Jordan Schmidt. “God’s Country” had a remarkably fast journey from being written, recorded and topping the Country Singles chart.

Read a full report of the celebration at my blog


CJ Solar continues to be on cloud nine after receiving news he will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, September 7. He was 12 years old, when he and his family attended the Opry while on a vacation in Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton performed on the show, and CJ decided that very night he wanted to move to Nashville to be a country artist. Plans are to perform his new single, “Coming My Way,” which was released to Country radio on August 27, 2019. The single will be the title track to his upcoming third EP. CJ and his band had a scare when their van and trailer were involved in a crash as they headed to Morgantown, West Virginia to open for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Wild & Wonderful Country Fest. In heavy rain, a passing car hydroplaned and struck CJ’s vehicle. Both vehicles sustained damage but thankfully nobody was injured and CJ was able to continue on safely to the gig. The single will be the title track to his upcoming third EP. Tour updates and news at

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