Texas Music Seminar Full Lineup Announced!

We have officially announced the full lineup for this year’s Texas Music Seminar!


New additions to the lineup include:


With four successful studio albums under his belt: Dangerous Man, Misunderstood, Rose Queen, and Ringling Road and his most recent Live at Gruene Hall record, Green has one of the most impressive and captivating cataloges out there. Holstering a long string of #1 singles, an average of nearly 200K monthly listeners on Spotify, and 6 tracks with well over 1 million streams, he’s has undoubtedly made a huge impact on the scene!
Where some songwriters trade in subtlety and dancing around blunt truths with clever feints and metaphor, Clark aims his words straight to the point and, when needed, right through the heart. His music is unrelentingly direct and hard-hitting, too, charged with a palpable rock ’n’ roll immediacy that’s as evident in his most intimate solo acoustic performances as it is in the full-tilt band shows that have packed rooms across his native Lone Star State.
Between being at the top of the bill at festivals in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Florida, headlining some of the largest and most iconic venues in the region, and touring all of over the country, the dynamic singer/songwriter has not only become a staple of the Texas/Red Dirt scene, but also well beyond!
Green will sit down with the “Queen of Texas Music”, Katie Key, for an in-depth interview, discussing his ongoing journey to the top of the scene, how he overcame some of his early obstacles, and provide insights to up-and-comers about his success and mistakes at the beginning of his career. This is one story you don’t want to miss!


 “The Queen of Texas Music”, Katie Key, will be a part of this year’s Texas Music Seminar!

Key, along with two other well-respected panelists, will be a part of the “Pick Our Brain” session, where artists can get advice and ask questions on…..well pretty much anything! Whether it’s a question about the music side, the business side, or somewhere in between, this session is to ensure seminar attendees don’t go home with any unanswered questions — So we’ve brought in three panelists that really know the scene in and out and have a combination of background and experience that is sure to shed some powerful insights! 
In November, 2000, Katie Key helped create and start the Texas Music Chart, the original radio station airplay chart for Texas and Red Dirt Music! They contacted radio stations across Texas (and eventually Oklahoma) who immediately said YES when asked if they wanted to be a part of our reporting panel. They knew there was a love for this type of music and were already playing independent artists on their stations such as Kevin Fowler, Pat Green and Cory Morrow!
Now why did they start this music chart? Because not only was it obvious that there was a ton of support for this type of music but they were fans of it too! Growing up in Austin, she vaguely remembers going to Armadillo World Headquarters where she danced down front listening to the Charlie Daniels Band. And there was always Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings playing on her families’ radios! As a teenager, she remembers listening to Robert Earl Keen’s “Road Goes On Forever” and Guy Clark’s “LA Freeway” and of course “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” from the one and only Ray Wylie Hubbard. So needless to say, Texas music started for her a LONG time ago.

Currently she writes a music blog titled Key Music News and is also a part of the management team for a great group of artists under the Conveyor Management umbrella: Cory Morrow, Brandon Rhyder, Kyle Hutton and Market Junction.



Have you ever wondered the best way to pitch to large music festivals and major events, or what it takes to organize one, or have questions about advertising, marketing, record labels, print media, etc…?

Well we’re excited to announce that John Dickson, owner of Dickson Productions, will be a part of the “Pick Our Brain” session at this year’s Texas Music Seminar! Dickson productions is the company behind festivals like The MusicFest at Steamboat, Rio Frio Fest, Fest Out West, and many other major events in our scene and this will be your opportunity to ask him, Katie Key (“The Queen of Texas Music”), and one more panelist soon to be announced, well… pretty much anything on the business or music side of the industry!

The “Pick Our Brain” segment will be a 30 minute Q&A session where the audience will get to ask questions and seek advice from some of the top industry experts in our scene!

John Dickson has been a featured speaker at the Americana Music Association Conference, and his company, Dickson Productions, presents or consults on more than 100 performances and special events each year, including Fest Out West, Rio Frio Fest and MusicFest at Steamboat which is now one of the longest running music festivals in the country (33 years) and recently deemed “The Super Bowl of Texas Music”!

In addition to providing expertise consulting in advertising and marketing for artists, events, and major record labels, Dickson Productions publishes its widely distributed biannual MusicFest Magazine, whose pages include letters of recognition from artists, politicians, even Presidents. Also the force behind Right Avenue Records, Dickson Productions now can add ‘record label’ to its roster of qualifications, as the company recorded and released the acclaimed double CD live recording, Undone: A MusicFest Artist’s Tribute to songwriter Robert Earl Keen. Texas A&M University Press and the Center for Texas Music History joined forces to publish the John and Robin Dickson book series on Texas Music, designed to promote scholarship on a variety of topics related to the state’s musical heritage.

Over the years, Dickson Productions has worked with hundreds of esteemed national touring acts and up and comers alike and has successfully produced events across the nation.



 Clay Neuman, owner of Vision Entertainment, will be conducting our Radio Promotion session at this year’s Texas Music Seminar!

Neuman will be offering insights and answering questions on the decisions artists should make when deciding to go to radio, the process he and his teams goes through when adding people to their roster, how radio promotion has changed over the last few years, and much more!

In an ever-changing industry that is synonymous with The Wild West, Clay Neuman, founder of Vision Entertainment, has spent his 20 year career as a pioneer in artist development.  In 1997, after a short internship with Arista Austin Records, Clay started working full time in BMG’s Dallas branch as a coordinator in the radio promotion department for Arista Nashville. Witnessing the decline of the traditional model, Clay saw a crucial need for true artist development. With Arista’s blessing he started work to bridge the gap between major label commerce and grassroots marketing by utilizing the M Street radio station directory along with soundscan sales monitoring.  This entrepreneurial effort resulted in growing Arista Nashville’s 20 plus secondary country radio station database to 80 plus based purely on their ability to influence record and concert ticket sales.  In 1999, Clay served as Head of Radio Promotion at Arista Austin. The imprint focused heavily on Adult Alternative Album (AAA) and the new Americana Music format. In addition to the core formats, he oversaw hiring and working with radio promotion independents for Adult Contemporary and Alternative radio. In his first year of traveling the country to work these multiple formats he helped Arista Austin earn the coveted title of “Major Label of The Year” while he received a nomination for “AAA Promotion Person of The Year,” and won “Americana Promotion Person of The Year” at the 2000 Gavin Awards in San Francisco. 

In 2001, Clay founded the independent radio promotion company, APEX Music. His first clients included the bluegrass trio Nickle Creek on Sugarhill Records and the then independent powerhouse, Pat Green. During the growth of the Americana format and during the birth of the Texas Music Chart, Neuman continued the focus on promotional efforts that planted the flag of independent artists on both the Billboard airplay and sales charts. Over the next decade and a half, Clay and his team have served as a trusted radio promotion team for many of the most successful core artists in the Texas Music format [Randy Rogers, The Turnpike Troubadours, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Parker McCollum].

In 2011, with the irrefutable rise of the “independent artist,” Clay reinvented his company’s stronghold as a driving force towards the future of promotion and marketing with the launch of Vision Entertainment.  The company’s multifaceted infrastructure not only embraces all the key pieces required to raise an artist through the ranks of the industry, but also provides the building blocks needed to win their game.  Today, Vision Entertainment’s in-house team maintains a strong focus on radio and streaming promotion along with artist management in order to reach the highest goal of career longevity. 



Dave Lytle, owner of 415 Entertainment and 415 Productions, will also be a panelist in the “Pick Our Brain” session at our Texas Music Seminar!

Lytle will be joined by John Dickson, owner of Dickson Productions, and the “Queen of Texas Music”, Katie Key, for a session that’ll allow our seminar attendees to “pick the brain” and gather insights of some highly-respected industry experts! It’ll be a 30 minute Q&A session, where the audience can ask questions and seek advice on….well pretty much anything on the music or business side of the industry!

Dave Lytle has over 15 years experience in the music business that includes Artist Management, Festival Owner And Producer, Concert Promoter, Tour Manager, Talent Buyer and more. After acting as Tour Manager for Cory Morrow for seven years Dave was part of the start up team at 415 Entertainment in 2007. As owner he now manages Texas artists William Clark Green and Flatland Cavalry.

In 2008 Lytle co-founded 415 Productions and Lone Star Jam which just celebrated it’s tenth anniversary this past May. Over the past ten years 415 Productions has been producing and promoting hundreds of events such as The KVET Free Texas Music Series, The KOKE Free Music Series, The Texas Cowboys Harvest Moon Festival, Party In The Park and more.


These 5 speakers will join the other 6 we’ve announced for a full day of information, insights, and answered questions about the music and business side of the Texas/Red Dirt Scene!


For the rest of the lineup and more info:  http://www.texasmusicpickers.com/texas-music-seminar-2017/


Tickets:  http://www.texasmusicpickers.com/shop/texas-music-seminar-registration/


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Author: Chris Fox

Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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