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Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Music City has made its choice! Since the surprise resignation of Steve Moore, former president of the Country Music Association on June 30, the powers the be in Nashville have been in search of a new president.

Sarah Trahern

Sarah Trahern

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

After an extensive research, a vote was finally taken to elect new president. Her name is Sarah Trahern and she takes the reins of the CMA in January 2014! A native of Illinois, Sarah Trahern is far from being a novice in the world of country music. beginning in 2005 she held the position of Senior Vice President of the television channel GAC, Great American Country, and from 2010, she was CEO!

The search was by no means random. As stated in the American press, Troy Tomlinson, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CMA:

Troy Tomlinson

Troy Tomlinson

“We have elected a leader for her talent, but also her knowledge of the world of country music and of course television.” Due to her position at the highest level in the general direction of GAC, Sarah Trahern is well known to record labels, publicists, publishers as well as country artists, which not be will be a surprise to anyone!

Sarah with Alan Jackson

Sarah with Alan Jackson

Sarah woth Jason Aldean

Sarah with Jason Aldean

Sarah with Kenney Chesney

Sarah with Kenney Chesney

Following in the footsteps of her predecessor Steve Moore, Sarah will be responsible for continuing to export U.S. country music to Europe and the rest of the world. We welcome Sarah Trahern to the post of President of the CMA and we wish her success.


Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! Beginning this week, we’re proud to announce that Alison’s weekly news will be posted on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert (“News from Nashville”) broadcasted weekly more than 250 times. The BCC networtk is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

1 March, CMA held the first summit dedicated to the study of the Country music market in Europe. An event for professionals, media, radio, journalists and team “News Nashville” was on site.

   Gilbert Rouit

Steve Moore (left);  Rouit (right)

Alison and Bobbi Boyce
Bobbi Boyce with Alison

This seminar was made possible thanks to the work and collaboration between Gilbert Rouit division show Disneyland Paris and Steve Moore President of the CMA supported by Bobbi Boyce, CMA Director of International.

Hotel Newport Bay

Hotel Newport Bay

Disneyland Paris and its beautiful hotel facilities, hotel New Port Bay Club with its convention halls, restaurants and the Disney Village with its famous Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon & was the perfect place to organize the first seminar dedicated to Country European market. Very interested in a seminar which allowed us to measure differences between country markets 7 countries Europeans. A survey was even conducted in February 2013 among 1000 persons aged 18-65 years in each country concerned. The percentage of adults who listen to country music regularly through YouTube and Spotify is 43% in Norway, 41% in Ireland, 32% in the UK, 24% in Sweden, 29% in Germany, 25% in France and 18% in Finland!

CMA Marketing

CMA Marketing

You noticed the countries with the strongest results in terms of public interest in country music in Europe are the United Kingdom and Norway. Our Scandinavian neighbors and British luckier than us in France, because Country music going on television. Multiple shows in Nashville as CMA Awards CMA Music Fest or are regularly retransmit. Not to mention the series Nashville who is also a hit. Well then in his country there, spend a lot more country music on the radio and in particular the public service radios.

This is absolutely not the case here. In France, apart from a country radio FM in Paris, they are mostly radio stations, commercial or very late hours and some independent facilitators who are passionate about the work that should provide the public service Radio France who always wanted to banish it genre of its network or other Blue France. Fortunately there are some programs that country spend on local radio or regional here and there, everywhere in France, as we do every week through our network of 120 partner stations BCC.

Otherwise it is sure there would be little to Country Radio France. The CMA seminar allowed us to measure the level difference, the gulf that exists between the media Country of Americans, Canadians, Australians and English and the rest of old Europe. Debates and discussions were held in order to find solutions to improve our weaknesses. The purpose of the CMA is implementing a new network to promote Country music today outside the U.S. and especially in Europe. We have done many meetings with journalists, DJ’s, festival organizers, Media, Radio, Television, Artists, developers from around the world. Short day business really successful!

Bob DiPiero, Dallas Davidson, Kristian Bush, Brett James

Bob DiPiero, Dallas Davidson, Kristian Bush, Brett James

And of course from 20H we enjoyed the first French edition of the CMA Songwriter’s series on the site of Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon – and entry was free for all! First, there was a 100% acoustic show with the best singers and songwriters in Nashville, I met Bob Dipiero, Dallas Davidson, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and not to forget Brett James who have obviously interpreted Live hits they have written for stars such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, of course the duo Sugarland or Trace Adkins and many more!

Alison and Kristian Bush  Alison and Bob DiPiero  Alison and Dallas Davidson

Alison with Kristian Bush (left); Bob Dipiero (center); and Dallas Davidson (right)

Brett James and Alison

Brett James and Alison

This show was followed by another great concert featuring the very talented group, the Carlton Moody Franco-American Detour Band. Unforgettable. We hope that this very successful first seminar of the CMA will be the first of a long series to build a real bridge between Nashville and Europe enabling us to applaud even more Country artists!


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