Industry Profile: Paul Lohr

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

After 20 years of representing artists for other companies, veteran Nashville agent Paul Lohr has come full circle and opened his own agency, New Frontier Touring. "A lot of different circumstances kept pointing me in this direction," Lohr explains. "And one good friend after another kept asking me, 'Why aren't you doing this yourself?'" The decision to close The Agency Group's Nashville office was the ultimate impetus.

Born in Baltimore, "the crown jewel of the East Coast," he notes, Paul was raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, where music was a peripheral part of his life. It was while attending the University of Missouri in Columbia that it became a cornerstone. Paul got his Bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising sales, minored in the fine arts and started playing guitar in a handful of college bands.

"I spent as much time, maybe more, immersing myself in music and traveling to concerts as I did pursuing my degree," Paul admits. He applied for and was accepted on the UMC college concert committee, earned his 3rd class FCC license so he could DJ on the college radio station KCOU and worked part-time at the local Record Bar. In the summer, he would travel back to Pennsylvania to carve tombstones at an area "rock shop."

After graduation, "a little burned out on J-School and suffering a bad case of writer's block," Paul says, he moved back east to Quarryville, Pa. and continued to carve tombstones because "the money was far better than writing for the paper." It also allowed him to play guitar at night in the tri-state area clubs. After a year of breathing granite dust, Paul felt compelled to "put my degree to use," and went to work at WLAN Radio in Lancaster, Pa. as an account executive selling radio time.

It was here that consultants taught him the finer points of sales that he would ultimately implement as a booking agent. The radio station stint would be short-lived as the national accounts were locked up by the sales manager, leaving the local business to a sales staff of six. "The Amish don't really buy a lot of air time," Paul muses, "so I was looking for my next opportunity while still playing guitar at night. The fact of the matter was that I was a really average guitar player but excelled at booking our bands."

That next opportunity came by way of a strange chain of events that involved a Billy "Crash" Craddock concert, an early morning car wreck that landed Paul and his ex-wife in the hospital, and an offer from the concert promoter to help Paul start his own regional booking agency. That launched Paul on a path that sent him to Nashville in 1984 to become an agent at Buddy Lee Attractions.

During his 18 years at BLA, Paul represented a Who's Who of country artists that included Garth Brooks, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Kris Kristofferson. Paul particularly favored cutting-edge country and Americana artists, and for years was the agent for Asleep At The Wheel, New Grass Revival, Emmylou Harris and Riders In The Sky.

But it was a referral from publisher friend Glenn Middleworth that introduced Paul to a little known group from Dallas called the Dixie Chicks, which proved to be the long shot that paid off in spades. Ten years later in 2000, Paul was honored with Pollstar's Third Coast Booking Agent of the Year award. Although the industry might contend it was primarily due to his efforts in developing the Chicks into a major tour de force, Paul says he believes it was the cumulative results of being a passionate advocate for talented underdogs, while tirelessly encouraging promoters and talent buyers to develop these artists at deals equitable to both parties.

The end of 2002 saw Paul and BLA part ways. Shortly thereafter The Agency Group announced the opening of its Nashville office with Paul at the helm, and an ad in the trades that stated, "This Country's Changing!" Paul sums up the 18-month experience as such: "It was a great idea from a world-class organization, with stellar leaders in Neil Warnock and Steve Martin, and an exceptional team around us. Unfortunately, the timing wasn't ideal, and we felt it prudent to put the expansion on hold and re-visit the situation when the climate was more robust."

While the climate may not have been immediately suited for The Agency Group's purposes, Lohr finds it rather accommodating for his new endeavor. "The primary problem with the artist-agent-buyer relationship out there is that there aren't enough agents with enough hours in the day to adequately represent all the artists that are clamoring for work. You either need to add agents or represent fewer artists. I learned in advertising that you can't add hours to a broadcast day. Once the schedule is sold out, it's sold out. You can, however, add pages to a newspaper!"

New Frontier Touring will be a "boutique" agency for the time being, focusing on country, bluegrass and Americana artists. NFT represents The Avett Brothers, Mandy Barnett, The Gibson Brothers, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Jennifer Hicks, John McEuen, Riders In The Sky, The Vinyl Kings, and Wildfire. Paul's New Frontier Management also represents Riders In The Sky. Paul says he doesn't envision adding many more artists in the immediate future without adding an agent or two first. "I'm blessed to have a roster comprised of personal favorites who fill my day with enjoyable hours. Part of the big picture was to try and make a little more spare time to spend with my wife, enjoy my countless hobbies and play a little poker. It will come as no surprise to many that I find my days even busier than before! Perhaps I need to teach my wife how to play Texas Hold 'Em..." Paul even signed Chris Moneymaker, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion, to TAG.

Why do you specialize in country, Americana and bluegrass artists?
A two-fold answer: First and foremost, I specialize in those areas because I'm passionate about that music. It's what I focused on for the past 20 years, and accordingly, there's a universe of buyers that I work with that gravitate towards those areas. So by virtue of direction, it's what my area of expertise became. I'm also an amateur ethnomusicologist--which is a fancy way to say I can hold my own in "Name That Tune" and Trivial Pursuit--and I find that the more you educate yourself in an area, the more creative you become. Don't get me wrong. I love rock, blues and funky stuff as well, and in the early years I briefly worked with artists like the Neville Brothers, Dicky Betts, Johnny Rivers and Nicolette Larson.

Now here's where the second part of the answer fits in. Although many of the same buyers do work with a variety of musical styles, if you spread out too much, you reach a point where you have to make a whole different set of phone calls to reach that other universe of buyers, and there simply isn't enough time in the day to call them all. If you try to be everything to everybody, you'll soon become nothing to no one. So I choose to specialize in those areas to maximize my effectiveness and service to my clients. But still, I tend to extend myself, and max it out in allot of areas in both my "home time" and "business time".

And that's where the wonderful world of Americana music comes in! What an exciting growing genre that houses an incredibly diverse body of artists! Here's a music chart that has bluegrass, country, rockin' blues, jazz and folk all over it! If memory serves me correctly, a recent month had The Gibson Brothers, Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Elvis Costello and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, just for starters, all on the same (Americana) chart! And it goes on to include Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt...It looked liked the "current airplay" pile of CDs in front of my personal stereo. So Americana is my "wiggle room" to stretch my parameters.

Why did you sign Chris Moneymaker?
Chris lives in the Nashville area, and we had a common group of acquaintances, although we had never "passed the pasteboards" together. I'm rather passionate about poker, not only about the game, but the principles involved, that time and again I find are analogies for life lessons. When Chris won the WSOP, and with a natural name like he has, I immediately felt there was a book deal, and perhaps more, out there for him. Steve Martin was instrumental in getting him on Letterman, and with Alan Kannof coming aboard at The Agency Group and his connections, a book deal followed shortly. Although still friends, I'm not working with him now as New Frontier Touring will focus on personal appearances, and its other areas such as licensing and literary where Chris will derive supplemental income.

Are your artists PAC oriented?
Absolutely. The performing arts centers also try to present a diverse palette of entertainment in their series, and my roster fits hand-in-glove with their mission statements. For example, Riders In The Sky have a schedule that in any given year is 40-60% comprised of PACs. Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks and John McEuen are perfect for PACs. Even bluegrass artists are finding the PACs are warming up to the dulcet tones of the banjo!

Did you foresee The Agency Group pulling out of Nashville
Even though I worked with Kreskin in the past, foreseeing the future was not a skill that rubbed off. And "pulling out" is not the most accurate way to describe the scenario. Windows of opportunity open and close all the time, and you have to move your resources around like chessmen. Even though you temporarily delay your attack mode by castling, you shore up your defense of the king by doing so early in the game. And we all know the power your pawn has when it makes it to the end of the board safely!

If The Agency Group does revisit Nashville as Steve Martin has said is possible, will you be aboard?
I guess that depends on how far I have pushed my pawns down that board! When the time presents itself, if the same team is still on the board together, with the same vision they have today, I would be honored to work with my friends again. In the meantime, I still keep in touch with them on a regular basis. We're sort of an "extended family."

First concert attended
We grew up in the sticks in southeastern Pennsylvania, so it wasn't until we moved closer to a major city that concerts were even on my radar. It was Uriah Heep / Manfred Mann / Climax Blues Band at the Spectrum in Philly in about 1973. I became a huge Climax Blues Band fan and wanted to play guitar like Peter Haycock.

Do you still play guitar?
You've heard of "C & E goers" for church? That's to say, Christmas and Easter? I'm a "C & E" player--every now and then at a pickin' party or when old friends come over. Although I was in The Secret Agent Band that played a few years back for an industry function in Nashville at the Wildhorse.

First concert worked
A Charlie Daniels Band concert at the Ice Chalet in Columbia, Mo. while I was attending college, so it must have been in 1977. I was one of the Contemporary Productions' gophers.

First industry job
At the agency that I started in Wilmington, Del., that no one ever heard of... LP Attractions. Johnny Neel's band was our main artist, and he ultimately moved to Nashville, joined the Allman Brothers, and a host of other funk / jam bands.

Career highlights
Certainly the Dixie Chicks experience would rank at the top. The music was incredible, but having them throw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium for the second-to-the-last game of the McGuire/Sosa "home run race season" was magic. My wife Mary, the Chicks and I all met Mark McGuire and Tony LaRussa in his office before the game, and they swapped autographs.

We asked for three catchers, and there was a little bit of a competition in the locker room amongst the players as to who would have the honor! The catchers lined up at the plate, and the girls hammed it up by stretching out and loosening up in front of the pitchers mound. It was classic: the announcer introduced them, the girls simultaneously wound up and fired, the catchers dove every-which way, and all three balls hit the backstop! I can still hear the announcer's words echoing throughout the stands... "Well, that's the last time we'll try THAT at Busch Stadium!!!" Of course, McGuire then went out and hit home runs #'s 67 and 68, and Mary, and I stayed for the last game and "experienced" home runs #'s 69 & 70.

Working many of the Farm Aid concerts was also a gas. And seeing the Riders In The Sky win two Grammy awards, and the whole experience of working with John Lasseter and the Pixar Animation team for the Toy Story 2 project was incredible. The Pixar team is an incredible group of talented people, and how often do you get an inside look at a world-class animation company. The Asleep at the Wheel "66th Anniversary of Route 66" tour in 1992 was wild and crazy, too. Bobby Troup, the songwriter, attended the opening night in Chicago and the closing night in L.A., Brooks & Dunn were rookies and opened the show in Amarillo, and there was a crazy group of car enthusiasts tied into vintage car shows or parades at each city stop...

Career disappointment
Seeing those artists that not just myself, but others recognize as stellar talents, not able to hit one out of the park.

Greatest challenge
Breaking one of those incredible talents without the muscle of the "industry machinery" through grassroots cornerstone touring. It's actually more a matter of patience, but in this day and age, that's a rare commodity.

Best business decision
Moving to Nashville from Delaware -- have you ever heard of a Delaware music scene?

Best advice you received
That's tough to say... there is so much good advice out there. "Sell no wine before it's time" is a good one... "Measure once, cut twice. Measure twice, cut once"... "Always drink upstream from the herd"... It's endless. My father used to say, "There are no sadder words than 'It's too late'". And my old sales manager always reminded us, "You never get a second chance at a first impression." Buddy Lee once told me, "It's OK to be screwed, as long as you know you are being screwed!"

Best advice to offer
I guess I could pass on a favorite quote that my grandfather was fond of, although I'm not sure who originally penned it: "On the sands on hesitation, bleach the bones of countless millions, who at the point of victory sat down to rest, and resting, they died."

Most memorable industry experience
These are best left told late at night over a glass of Talisker in the shadows of a wood-paneled rathskeller. Actually, did I tell you about the time in a 20-40 game at the Bellagio where I caught the "case nine" on the river to fill up???

Favorite sports team / player
The Baltimore Orioles, and over the years my favorite players have been Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, and Mark McGuire. I was born in Baltimore, and have stuck with them through thick and thin!

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
After all these years, my friends know by now that nothing should surprise them. But my "centerfold fact sheet" would read something like this: His best friend and love of his life is his wife of 16 years, Mary M. Matthews. He loves baseball, college basketball and poker, follows the stock market daily, collects baseball cards, autographed baseballs, stamps, 19th century pottery, Indian artifacts, minerals, fish decoys, Maxfield Parrish prints, rock concert posters, 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair memorabilia, ivory and Bakelite poker chips and sets. And at one time, many moons ago, he held his high school half-mile and mile records (4:40 and 2:05) but was sadly out-run at the college level, which is probably why I hung up the spikes and picked up the guitar! He's an old Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member, who still tries to help with scouting when time allows (with apologies to Pat Higdon). Most importantly, he derives a tremendous amount of serenity, understanding and spirituality from the "Music Row Renegades" Wednesday morning bible study.

Industry pet peeve
Not returning phone calls in a timely fashion.

Office paraphernalia
It sometimes resembles an exhibit at an eclectic art gallery. Maxfield Parrish landscapes, Bill Graham concert posters, and vintage Gil Elvgren & Alberto Vargas cowgirl "cheesecake" pinups rotate on and off the walls. There's the Dixie Chicks platinum album, the Hank Aaron and Saduhara Oh autographed baseballs, Riders In The Sky posters and photographs, a quartz crystal from South Africa, a personalized Louisville slugger baseball bat.

My favorite new addition is a large 1917 J.C. Leyendecker war bonds poster featuring Lady Liberty and a Boy Scout. It keeps me grounded at times and reminds me of the many things I have to be thankful for.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...playing professional poker in between archeological digs.

Industry mentors
The person who has had the most profound influence on my life in recent years is Bill Howard, who leads our weekly spiritual / bible meeting. You know, I never thought about it until now, but I've never really had a Nashville mentor, someone who took me under their wing for a period of time. When I first came to town, they said, "There's the desk, there's the phone, there's the roster... see me at the end of the week." I do have many that I'm honored to call friends, who imparted bits of advice and gems of wisdom. And there are still those who I try to learn something new from every day. But most of the core skills I learned are from my parents, my sales manager Bill Cifuni at the radio station, and the consultants they brought in, Steven Sontag & Associates. From there it was a matter of utilizing those principals in different applications.

Paul can be reached at 615-321-6152; e-mail: PaulLohr@newfrontiertouring.com

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Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
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Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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