21 Things You Didn't Know about Deep South

In celebration of another expansive year, here are

21 Highlights From Our 21st Year

1. On January 14, 2016 Deep South President Dave Rose and his wife Melanie welcomed their son Elvis Arnold Rose to the world! It's probably no surprise that he is already a huge fan of vinyl records.

Elvis Rose

Elvis Rose

2. Deep South has hit The Row! This summer, we opened an office on Music Row in Nashville, TN. Although the company has had a strong presence in the Music City since 2003, we're excited to finally have an office on the Row. 

President Dave Rose and Account Manager Mandelyn Monchick in front of the Deep South office sign at the Nashville office on Music Row. 

President Dave Rose and Account Manager Mandelyn Monchick in front of the Deep South office sign at the Nashville office on Music Row. 

3. Parmalee released their fifth studio single "Roots" this summer! The song earned the band their fifth Top 40 Country single! The band recently teamed up with Jake Owen to release a new Christmas song, "Christmas Spirits"

Pictured (L-R): Jake Owen, Matt Thomas, Josh McSwain, Scott Thomas, and Barry Knox in the "Christmas Spirits" video. 

Pictured (L-R): Jake Owen, Matt Thomas, Josh McSwain, Scott Thomas, and Barry Knox in the "Christmas Spirits" video. 

4. Rising country artist Kasey Tyndall signed a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV Nashville, home to the likes of Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert, to name a few. In true Kasey fashion she brought a giant pencil along to the signing!

Kasey Tyndall signing a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV Nashville. Pictured (L-R): Josh Van Valkenburg, Senior Vice President of Nashville A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; manager Dave Rose, President, Deep South Entertainment; Kasey Tyndall; Tom Luteran, Vice President of Nashville A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; attorney Noah McPike. 

Kasey Tyndall signing a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV Nashville. Pictured (L-R): Josh Van Valkenburg, Senior Vice President of Nashville A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; manager Dave Rose, President, Deep South Entertainment; Kasey Tyndall; Tom Luteran, Vice President of Nashville A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; attorney Noah McPike. 

5. The Deep South staff has grown! The team welcomed newcomers Mandelyn Monchick (Account Manager), Laura Ayers (Office Manager), Beau George (Account Manager) and Mikayla Allen (Artist Management Assistant) into the office.

6. Arista Nashville recording artist LANco had a successful first release with the song "Long Live Tonight", which landed on the Top 40 Country charts! They spent much of 2016 touring the country and are looking forward to the release of their first full-length EP in 2017.

Pictured (L-R): Eric Steedly, Tripp Howell, Brandon Lancaster, Jared Hampton, and Chandler Baldwin of LANco. 

Pictured (L-R): Eric Steedly, Tripp Howell, Brandon Lancaster, Jared Hampton, and Chandler Baldwin of LANco. 

7. For the second year, Deep South was awarded the contract to book the North Carolina State Fair and its Homegrown Concert Series. Over the course of 11 days, we rocked 117 concerts on three different stages and discovered that humans can in fact survive on an 11-day deep-fried diet. All 117 concerts were North Carolina acts which included Corrosion of Conformity, Chris Lane, Superchunk, Maceo Parker, Delta Rae and more!

Delta Rae performing in Dorton Arena at the 2016 North Carolina State Fair.

Delta Rae performing in Dorton Arena at the 2016 North Carolina State Fair.

8. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their iconic album o Hell With the Devil, Stryper set out on an impressive 38 date national tour

Stryper 2016

Stryper 2016

9. Actor and singer/songwriter Katie Garfield starred in the critically acclaimed movie Birth of a Nation and also signed a music publishing deal with Young Guns Publishing. 

Pictured (L-R): Dave Rose, President, Deep South Entertainment; Micah Wilshire, VP of TV/Film, Young Guns Publishing; Katie Garfield; Cliff Downs, President, Young Guns Publishing; Aubrey Rupe, Creative Director, Young Guns Publishing; Will Hamrick, VP/GM, Young Guns Publishing. 

Pictured (L-R): Dave Rose, President, Deep South Entertainment; Micah Wilshire, VP of TV/Film, Young Guns Publishing; Katie Garfield; Cliff Downs, President, Young Guns Publishing; Aubrey Rupe, Creative Director, Young Guns Publishing; Will Hamrick, VP/GM, Young Guns Publishing. 

10. Deep South once again produced the music for the Fayetteville After 5 summer concert series and provided production in the city's Spring and Fall Dogwood Festivals. Artists included Brett Young, Chase Bryant, Firehouse and Band of Oz

11. Deep South produced over 50 country and bluegrass shows at The Farm, City Limits Saloon, and across North Carolina! A few notable artists include, Kane Brown, Jana Kramer, Scotty McCreery, Rhonda Vincent, Joe Nichols, A Thousand Horses, Charles Kelly, and more!

Deep South's lovely green production truck and wonderful production staff!

Deep South's lovely green production truck and wonderful production staff!

12. Deep South co-founder and President, Dave Rose, was awarded the John B. Ross, Jr. Award for the leadership, dedication, and inspiration he has exemplified for the City of Raleigh and its music community. 

Pictured (L-R): Our State Magazine Publisher Bernie Mann, Deep South President Dave Rose, and Greater Raleigh CVB President Denny Edwards.

Pictured (L-R): Our State Magazine Publisher Bernie Mann, Deep South President Dave Rose, and Greater Raleigh CVB President Denny Edwards.

13. Oak City 7, Raleigh's premiere free summer concert series, celebrated its 5th year running! The series brought over 60,000 people to Raleigh's City Plaza for food, music, and family fun! Performers included BIG Something, The Soul Psychedelique, Hank, Pattie & The Current, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Christiane & The Strays and many more. 

Oak City 7 is a free summer concert series that takes place in Raleigh's City Plaza!

Oak City 7 is a free summer concert series that takes place in Raleigh's City Plaza!

14. The iconic Deep South the Bar has continued to bring great music to Downtown Raleigh throughout its ninth year in business (that's 90 years in "Bar Years"). For the seventh year running, the bar's Tuesday Open Mic Night received Best in the Triangle recognition from Indy Week.  

Throughout 2016, Deep South the Bar hosted over 4,200 musicians! 

Throughout 2016, Deep South the Bar hosted over 4,200 musicians! 

15. Deep South is proud to be working with two new producers Aslan Freeman and Tommy Cecil! Cecil was the cowriter on Luke Bryan's No. 1 hit "Home Alone Tonight"

16. Deep South and the LGBT Center of Raleigh worked together to make the 6th annual Out! Raleigh a big success! Deep South was awarded the prestigious Organization of the Year Award presented at the Center's Annual Gala in October. 

Pictured (L-R): Dave Rose, President, Deep South Entertainment; Melanie Rose; James Miller, Executive Director, LGBT Center of Raleigh; Amy Cox, Partner/Manager, Deep South Entertainment.

Pictured (L-R): Dave Rose, President, Deep South Entertainment; Melanie Rose; James Miller, Executive Director, LGBT Center of Raleigh; Amy Cox, Partner/Manager, Deep South Entertainment.

17. Deep South along with the City of Raleigh developed and produces Oak City Sessions, a monthly live music program celebrating and showcasing Raleigh talent. Some of this year's acts have included Hank, Pattie & The Current, Jack The Radio, Shirlette Ammons, and Kasey Tyndall. The program can be found both online and on RTN, with plans to expand networks in 2017.

Hotline recording their episode of Oak City Sessions in front of a live studio audience. 

Hotline recording their episode of Oak City Sessions in front of a live studio audience. 

18. Deep South is excited to have produced the Chapel Hill music and arts series Live & Local for its third year running

19. We have some insanely talented people working for Deep South! John Booker's and Curtis Amstead's 90s tribute band 120 Minutes played some impressive gigs this year - both private and public - including playing at the televised Hillary Clinton rally in Raleigh. The band will wrap things up on 12/31 with their biggest show yet - headlining The Ritz for their Back To The 90s New Year's Eve celebration. Meanwhile, Steve Baker's band Bull City Syndicate had its best year since 2008. They have been selected by the Junior League of Raleigh to headline the North Carolina Governor's Inaugural Ball for the second time in a row, and was also awarded the 2016 Couples Choice Award from WeddingWire.com. 

Top Picture: Bull City Syndicate Bottom Picture: 120 Minutes

Top Picture: Bull City Syndicate
Bottom Picture: 120 Minutes

20. Singer-songwriter Vienna Teng did a handful of tour dates in 2016 including playing to a sold out audience in Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall this summer. 

21. Deep South produced the music for Destination Dix, a free, family-friendly event marking the one year anniversary of the sale of the 308-acre Dorothea Dix campus to the City of Raleigh. Acts included Chatham County Line, Bombadil, The Backsliders, and Kasey Tyndall. 

Dorothea Dix 2016

Dorothea Dix 2016

2016 in 21 Words:

2016 was a wonderful year and we couldn't have done it without you!
Here's to wishing you a happy, music-filled 2017!