Once again, this years Grand Finale show capping of this years week of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville was a huge success. The show, organized by DigitalRodeo.com and The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB), featured 20 artists at all levels of their career. Music industry pro's were entertained by veteran acts like Bryan White and Sammy Kershaw, current favorites like Emily West and Julie Roberts, and "up and commers" like the Lo Cash Cowboys and Mallary Hope.
The theme this year was "Guilty Pleasures", you know those songs you love but don't want anyone to know about it. ;-) There were a few songs that didn't really fit the category, but in my oppinion, the winner in terms of song selection was Burns & Poe who performed "Down Under" by Men At Work.
I had the pleasure, once again, of being the music director for the show. The band I put together was stellar! (and they're a great bunch of guys, too!) We had Grammy Award winning drummer Paul Deakin (The Mavericks), the impecable Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yokam) on bass, Rob McNelley on guitar (whom you've heard all over Lady Antebellum's recordings including all the sweet slide guitar stuff on their "Need You Now" single), top call keyboard player Steve King (Keith Urban), and the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke on sax, flute, steel guitar, harmonica, and jaw harp (you've heard Jim's harmonica on Jamie O'Neal's "There Is No Arizona"). And once again, Matt and Brad from the great trio, Due West, provided our harmony vocals.
Last year, the CRB voted our show The Favorite Show of CRS. We feel this year will have an even better review. For more information and highlights from the show, log in at www.digitalrodeo.com. The highlights should be posted soon! :-)