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August 17, 2017

Diverse Lineup of Performers Scheduled for Radio Show BMI Artist Spotlight Series

-- Texas-based artists and bands represent Americana, country and alternative genres, among others --

WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK— The 2017 Radio Show will feature BMI artists/groups The Peterson Brothers, Datura, Dan Dyer, Robert Earle Keen, Love & Chaos, Jack Ingram, Rob Baird, Emily Wolfe, The Wild Now and Swimming With Bears as part of the BMI Artist Spotlight Series. The performances are free for registered attendees and will take place during select sessions and networking events. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), the Radio Show will be held September 5-8 at the JW Marriott Austin.

“Radio continues to be king for millions of music lovers to listen to their favorite acts as well as a place to discover new music,” said Dan Spears, BMI’s vice president of Industry Relations, Licensing. “By once again providing the talent for the Artist Spotlight Series, BMI shines a spotlight on the songwriters behind the music we all enjoy every day.”

The current roster of performers is as follows:

September 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m.- Opening Party

The Peterson Brothers are an Austin-based funk-rock-blues band. The young duo’s self-titled debut album won the Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album of 2015.

September 6, 10:00-10:30 a.m.- Coffee Break in The Marketplace

Singer/songwriter Jessica Pyrdsa heads the Austin-based band known for piano-driven melodies with sounds inspired from both the jazz and blues genres.

September 6, 3:15-3:45 p.m.- Snack Break in The Marketplace

Dan Dyer began playing the guitar at age 18, and his music has been heavily influenced by his life in Texas. His signature sound is a blend of soul, folk and country.

September 6, 4:00-4:15 p.m.- Wednesday Headliner Session

Debuting with “No Kinda Dancer” in 1984, the Houston native has recorded 19 albums, with many of his songs having cover versions recorded by other country and folk musicians. Keen is regarded as a living legend in the Americana genre of music.

September 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.- The Marketplace Mixer

AJ Vallejo and Kendall Beard recently released their self-titled debut EP, which features a mix of Americana, country and rock. Previously, Vallejo was voted Producer of the Year at the Austin Music Awards and toured with Matchbox 20, Blues Traveler and the Stone Temple Pilots. Beard earned national success as a finalist on season eight of “American Idol.”

September 7, 7:30-9:00 a.m.- Advertiser Breakfast

Jack Ingram reached the U.S. top 40 with the release of his single “Wherever You Are” in 2005. With eight albums and numerous hits on the Billboard country charts, Ingram released his most recent album “Midnight Motel” in 2016.

September 7, 11:30 a.m.–12:10 p.m.- Lunch in The Marketplace

Memphis-born Rob Baird emerged onto the country music scene with the critically-acclaimed “I Swear It’s the Truth” in 2012. His most recent album, “Wrong Side of the River,” was released in 2016 and has proven to be his most eclectic collection of songs yet.

September 7, 12:20-1:00 p.m.- Lunch in The Marketplace

Self-taught guitar player Emily Wolfe released her first EP in 2014, followed by her self-released single “Atta Blues” in 2016. Her music is a mix of rock and folk, and she’s shared the stage with Heart, The Pretenders and Gary Clark Jr.

September 7, 2:30-3:00 p.m.- Snack Break in The Marketplace

This Austin-based duo consisting of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker won the American Songwriter’s Sole Performer award in 2014. Their second EP, “Afterglow,” was released this past May and features diverse indie pop sounds.

September 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m.- The Marketplace Happy Hour

Joe Perry, Alec Conte, Jon Kerr and Ryan Hannasch recently released the band’s second EP and have been on their first national tour this summer. The band has opened for Weezer and Panic! At The Disco.

Additional information about the Radio Show is available here.

News media registration is available here.

About the Radio Show
The 2017 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 5-8 in Austin. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies for the digital age. To learn more about the 2017 Radio Show, visit

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About BMI
Celebrating over 76 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

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