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ASCAP Stages Party for Writer of Music Row Murder Mystery
Stuart Dill
Stuart Dill
ASCAP, the performance rights organization, hosted a book release party Thursday (Sept. 29) for talent manager Stuart Dill, author of the new mystery thriller, Murder on Music Row. Dill manages Billy Ray Cyrus, Jo Dee Messina and Laura Bell Bundy, among others. Bundy was in the crowd of well-wishers, which also included singer Ashley Gearing, ASCAP chief Tim DuBois and former Country Music Association director Ed Benson. Dill said he began working on the book, his first, in the late 1990s, shortly before the song of the same title (written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell) became a CMA award-winning hit for George Strait and Alan Jackson. The quality that sets this book apart from other Nashville-based mysteries -- including last year's Nashville Noir from the Murder, She Wrote series -- is that Dill brings 26 years of Music Row experience to his story, which begins with an assassination attempt during a video shoot on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Dill freely mixes real and fictional people in his plot, and Music Row insiders will notice similarities between certain of his characters and actual industry figures.
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