Nashville Notes

Columbia Records artist Rosanne Cash will be a panelist at the eighth annual Music Industry Professional Seminar, sponsored by the Country Music Assn. Cash will participate in a panel on labeling and censorship. Scheduled for March 7 at the Opryland Hotel and held in conjunction with the 22nd annual Country Radio Seminar, she will be joined by Rick Blackburn, Atlantic Records; Hilary Rosen, RIAA; and Michael Tannen, Tower Records, among others.

Sparrow Records completed its move to Nashville, shifting 40 staffers to Music City. The company has hired 50 locals to market the records of BeBe and CeCe Winans, Steve Curtis Chapman and Margaret Becker.

Gospel giant Word Records, which maintains a Music Row office, has inked a deal with Sony’s Epic Records pop division for manufacturing and distribution in the secular market.

Columbia recording artist/Grammy Award-winning songwriter/ex-Cincinnati Bengal Mike Reid has co-written a musical based on the Civil War, “A House Divided.” Reid wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics with Tennessee Repertory Theater director Mac Pirkle. The show’s first performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center were sold out.

Emerald Entertainment Group announces the creation of Country Only Research, the first research company devoted exclusively to country-formatted radio stations. Country Only Research will be headed by Jane Dinse, director of research, who formerly was with Malrite Communications.

Trisha Walker, prez of Trish Walker Intl., has announced the historic signing of Nashville’s Jimmy Tittle, a former Johnny Cash bass player, to CBS Paris for a worldwide recording contract. Tittle will be marketed as a rock act.

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