Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Stuart Dill author of Murder in Music City.
Twenty-three-year-old Judd Nix, an intern at the most prestigious personal management firm in country music, gets the opportunity of a lifetime when his boss and mentor, Simon Stills, offers him a temporary position—an opportunity that may just cost Judd his life.
In a landscape where record companies are under siege, stuck in the old order of physical CDs and antiquated business models, Simon’s young, electrifying star, Ripley Graham, has emerged as the best-selling digital artist in music history. Meanwhile, Ripley’s label, Galaxy Records, is preparing a secret merger agreement that would create the largest record conglomerate in the world. Trouble arises when rumors spread that Ripley and Simon are withholding Ripley’s new album in hopes of renegotiating his contract.
When Simon and Judd are shot on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage during the filming of Ripley’s new music video, no one is more upset than Ripley—especially as everyone assumes the shots were meant for him. While Simon’s life hangs in the balance, Judd seeks help from Megan Olsen, Simon’s right hand and Ripley’s day-to-day manager. The two set off on a high-powered chase to discover the real motive behind the shootings and spare Ripley from a second murder attempt.
Murder on Music Row leads readers through a maze of twists and turns that connect Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and London in a behind-the-scenes look at an industry where there are no limits in the pursuit of money, power, and fame.
A 30-year veteran as an artist manager on Nashville’s Music Row, Stuart Dill has helped guide the careers of such esteemed talent as Minnie Pearl, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Jo Dee Messina, Rodney Crowell, The Wreckers, Sister Hazel, Laura Bell Bundy, Point of Grace, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many others. He has also been involved in organizing serveral music festivals including WestFest (Copper Mountain, CO) Texas LIVE (San Antonio, TX) Country Gold (Kumomoto, Japan) and Music & Miracles Superfest (Auburn, AL).
Today, Stuart runs The Office of Engagement for Vanderbilt Health in Nashville, where he oversees marketing and engages high profile personalities in sports and entertainment to give of their time, gifts and talents to support the nationally ranked medical center. He has also been a longtime member of the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and Leadership Music.
Stuart and his wife, Maral Missirian-Dill, live in Franklin, Tennessee and have two grown children.