The Battle of BLEVE
Independent record label BLEVE Records has decided to release the single, “My First Ride,” sung by Ronnie Milsap with Trace Adkins, despite the objection of Capitol Records.
The song is part of the BLEVE project to raise money for firefighters, police officers and their families. Ronnie performs the song, which features a guest vocal by Trace Adkins. On Sept. 15, Capitol Records, Trace’s label, charged BLEVE with the “unauthorized use and exploitation of Trace Adkins’ performance and name and dilution of the value of Capitol’s valuable property.” Capitol issued a “cease and desist” order to BLEVE, claiming that they had no knowledge of the song, and ordered an immediate stop to the further promotion or sale of “My First Ride.” Mickey Milam, a retired Nashville police officer and president and CEO of BLEVE, states that the song was approved through Trace’s management company and that Capitol was aware of the project. “There didn’t seem to be a problem until this song started climbing the charts and garnering radio attention,” says Milam. Milam started BLEVE Records to benefit the relief disaster funds of Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters. The proceeds from the sale of “My First Ride” were slated to help raise money for those funds, which were severely depleted by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and recent hurricanes. Milam says that there has been an outcry of support for the song from firefighters, police officers and their families, as well as members of the music community and fans of Ronnie and Trace. “I think when the general public hears about this, the roars will be even louder,” he notes.