March 31, 2014

BMI Presents Paul Overstreet with more than 30 BMI Country Awards Previously Lost to Flood

Press Release

NASHVILLE – March 27, 2014 – Jody Williams and the BMI Nashville Writer/Publisher Relations team recently made the trip to Kingston Springs, TN, just outside of Nashville, to re–present songwriter, artist, and country music mainstay Paul Overstreet with more than 30 BMI Country Awards to replace the ones lost in the massive, historic flood that nearly devastated Nashville and the surrounding cities in 2010. A number of his awards were damaged and a few were even found floating down the Harpeth River, which runs behind Overstreet’s property.

The replacement awards were for such classic songs as Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen,” Alison Krauss’  “When You Say Nothing at All,” and Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” BMI Country Awards are given out annually to the writers and publishers of the year’s most performed songs. Overstreet also published most of his songs, doubling the award count.

In addition, Overstreet received several Million-Air certificates, with his repertoire amassing a whopping 52 million performances. The BM Million-Air Award is given to songwriters, composers and publishers whose songs accumulate more than one million U.S. broadcast performances. Overstreet’s 52 million performances, played back-to-back, would total nearly three centuries of continuous play.

Following the presentation, the group treated Overstreet and his family to a catered lunch, celebrating the troubadour’s undeniable mark on the genre. For a complete list of Overstreet’s award-winning songs, see below.

Pictured are BMI’s Bradley Collins, Perry Howard, Clay Bradley, and Mark Mason; Overstreet’s wife Julie Miller; Overstreet; BMI’s Leslie Roberts; Overstreet’s children Nash, Summer, and Charity; and BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo by Drew Maynard.

Left: BMI’s Clay Bradley and Jody Williams pose with Overstreet and his freshly printed BMI awards.
Right: Overstreet’s flood-damaged BMI Awards. Photos by Drew Maynard


“All the Fun” | 1990 | 1 million performances
“Ball and Chain” | 1992| 1 million performances
“Daddy’s Come Around” | 1991 | 2 million performances
“Deeper than the Holler” | 1989| 4 million performances
“Diggin’ Up Bones” | 1987 | 2 million performances
“Forever and Ever Amen” | 1988 | 6 million performances
“Heros” | 1992 | 1 million performances
“Houston Solution” | 1990 | 1 million performances
“I Fell in Love Again Last Night” | 1986 | 2 million performances
“I Won’t Take Less than Your Love” | 1989 | 2 million performances
“Long Line of Love” | 1988 | 1 million performances
“Love Can Build a Bridge” | 1991 | 1 million performances
“Love Helps Those” | 1990 | 1 million performances
“My Arms Stay Open All Night” | 1990 | 1 million performances
“My Father in Me” | 1991 | 1 million performances
“No Place Like Home” | 1987 | 1 million performances
“On the Other Hand” | 1987 | 3 million performances
“One Love at a Time” | 1987 | 1 million performances
“One of Those Things” | 1992 | 1 million performances
“Richest Man on Earth” | 1992
“Same Ole Me” | 1983 | 1 million performances
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” | 2000 | 3 million performances
“Some Beach” | 2005 | 3 million performances
“Sowin’ Love” | 1990 | 1 million performances
“Truth About Men” | 2004 | 1 million performances
“When You Say Nothing at All” | 1989 & 1996 | 6 million performances
“You Again” | 1988 | 1 million performances
“You Can’t Stop Love” | 1987 | 1 million performances
“You’re Still New to Me” | 1987 | 1 million performances
“Somebody’s Doin’ Me Right” | 1 million performances

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royaltiesto its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart-toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

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Drew Maynard, BMI
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