The SoundExchange Influencers Series Brings Music Legends and Rising Stars Together

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay, Vince Gill and Striking Matches help launch new series with Nashville show

Apr 23, 2014, 17:22 ET from SoundExchange

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last night SoundExchange launched The SoundExchange Influencers Series to a packed house at the Bluebird Café, in Nashville, TN.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and founder of bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco, Richie Furay; 20-time GRAMMY-Award winner and country music superstar Vince Gill; and up-and-coming country/folk music duo, Striking Matches put on a wonderful show filled with excitement, nostalgia and high-energy from the crowd. The artists showcased the value of music from the past, present and future.

Check out the SoundExchange blog for photos from the event recap!

The artists shared stories about what influenced their music and Richie Furay managed to capture the feelings of each performer when he said, "[It's] really great to live your dream… because not everyone has the chance to do it."

The show was a representation of how artists today are influenced by the legends they grew up listening to. The classic Bluebird Café "in the round" structure blended the sounds of the three different musical generations performing at last night's debut of the Influencers Series. A total of six "rounds" were completed last night. A "round" is typically when each artist performs one of their songs with another artist participating to some extent (i.e. playing along on guitar, singing back-up vocals, etc.).

SoundExchange appreciates the support of those who attended the event and look forward to sharing the experience with more people throughout the series. The SoundExchange Influencers Series will take place three more times during 2014 so stay tuned for more details.

The SoundExchange Influencers Series seeks to bring music legends and rising stars together to demonstrate the impact that one artist or band's music has on future generations, revealing the connections and continuity among music creators. Read the full press release for more details.

About SoundExchange
SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content from satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,000 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit or

About Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world's preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter's performance space where the "heroes behind the hits" perform their own songs; song that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music.  Located in a small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, the 90-seat venue is unassuming in appearance but some of the most significant songwriters and artists have performed on this stage.  The Bluebird's reputation as a listening room is based on the acoustic music that is their signature style.  For more information, visit  

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