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Steve Wariner Records Chet Atkins Tribute

• April 14, 2009 •
Steve Wariner Records Chet Atkins Tribute

Award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Steve Wariner has recorded a tribute to his old friend and mentor, Chet Atkins. Scheduled for release on Wariner’s own SelecTone Records, the June 23 release date for Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins falls between Atkins’ birthdate of June 20 and the anniversary of his death on June 30. […]

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Jessica Harp Has Free iTunes Video of the Week

• April 14, 2009 •
Jessica Harp Has Free iTunes Video of the Week

New Warner Bros. artist Jessica Harp, formerly known as the blond half of chart-topping duo The Wreckers, has gone brunette and set out on a solo career with new single, “Boy Like Me.” This week, the Scott Spear-directed video for “Boy Like Me” is featured on iTunes as “Music Video Of The Week,” and is […]

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Gibson Sponsors Film Fest and Oprah School

• April 14, 2009 •
Gibson Sponsors Film Fest and Oprah School

Gibson Guitar has announced its sponsorship  of the 2009 Nashville Film Festival. The instrument manufacturer will present a Gibson acoustic guitar — customized with artwork by acclaimed Nashville-based mixed media painter Mandy Lawson — to legendary actor William Shatner as part of Festival’s “President’s Impact Award” for Shatner’s film, Gonzo Ballet. Gibson will also host […]

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CMA Offers Strong Lineup, Individual Tickets

• April 14, 2009 •
CMA Offers Strong Lineup, Individual Tickets

CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concerts at LP Field are the place to see country’s biggest stars all gathered on one big revolving stage, and tickets are now available on a nightly basis. Beginning Saturday, April 18, at 9:00 AM/CT, tickets to the individual Nightly Concerts will go on sale for $40 for reserved seats on […]

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Anderson and Stroud Reunite for Bigger Hands

• April 14, 2009 •
Anderson and Stroud Reunite for Bigger Hands

Perennial country star John Anderson has reunited with James Stroud, the producer behind his early ‘90s career resurgence and a long string of hits including “Seminole Wind,” “Straight Tequila Night” and “Money in the Bank.” The pair has teamed to coproduce Bigger Hands, the singer’s first release for Country Crossing records, a division of Stroud’s […]

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BMI Signs Chris Farren

• April 13, 2009 •
BMI Signs Chris Farren

Grammy-winning songwriter/producer/publisher Chris Farren has signed with BMI for performing rights representation. Cofounder (with Ken Levitan) of Combustion Music,  Farren took home a Grammy for Country Song of the Year for Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” He’s also earned two previous Grammy nominations, 11 ASCAP Awards, and has credits on over 20 million record […]

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Executive Promotions at RCA, SESAC

• April 13, 2009 •
Executive Promotions at RCA, SESAC

SESAC has announced the promotion of Hunter Williams to Senior Vice President, Strategic Development/Distribution & Research Operations. Williams began his career with SESAC over 16 years ago and most recently served as Vice President, Royalty Distribution & Research Services. In his new role, Williams will be responsible for developing new business opportunities utilizing SESAC’s licensing, […]

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Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Join “Divas Nashvegas”

• April 13, 2009 •
Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Join “Divas Nashvegas”

Divas Nashvegas 2009, the annual Nashville fundraising event benefiting the Oasis Center, has announced country stars Kenny Rogers and Wynonna as this year’s headline performers. Presented by HCA and hosted by acclaimed musical comedy duo, Doyle and Debbie, this year’s event is set for Saturday, May 16  at 7:00 PM in the Loveless Barn at […]

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Gary Churgin To Continue At Harry Fox

• April 13, 2009 •
 Gary Churgin To Continue At Harry Fox

Music rights licensing organization The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) announced today that its President & CEO, Gary Churgin, has accepted a contract extension to continue to lead the organization through 2011. HFA’s governing Board of Directors unanimously voted to extend Churgin’s contract, confirming the work of he and his team in transforming HFA into a […]

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CMT Music Awards Finalists Announced

• April 13, 2009
CMT Music Awards Finalists Announced

CMT has announced the start of voting today (4/13), announcing finalists for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show. Dynamic duo Sugarland leads the pack with six first-round nominations followed by Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift who have four each. Beginning today (4/13), at 10:00 AM/CT, fans can vote on […]

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Robbins Closes Nashville Offices; Stark Departs

• April 13, 2009 •
Robbins Closes Nashville Offices; Stark Departs

[updated 4/13/2009] Robbins Entertainment president Cory Robbins has issued the following statement clarifying information released last Thursday: “Robbins Nashville is not closing. It is correct that we are closing our Nashville office, but we are continuing in the country format with the same commitment.”We will be partnering with an outside promotion firm to work our records. “Details about […]

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Darryl Worley To Headline Benefit Concert

• April 10, 2009 •
Darryl Worley To Headline Benefit Concert

Headliner Darryl Worley will be joined by fellow country artists Marty Raybon, Billy Yates, Ken Mellons, Randy Kohrs and Billy Ryan at 6 PM on Friday, April 24 for the Erica Carmen Droze Memorial Benefit Concert at the Boaz VFW Fairgrounds in Boaz, Alabama. For up-and-coming country artist Ryan, the benefit concert has a very […]

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Jack Ingram Conquers Cuba

• April 10, 2009 •
Jack Ingram Conquers Cuba

Big Machine artist Jack Ingram has returned from a four-day, three-show USO tour of Cuba. The tall Texan chose to visit the isolated island nation to spend time with soldiers stationed at Guantanamo Bay, because, he said, he wanted to sing for the soldiers serving our country that maybe nobody notices. The singer/songwriter spent hours […]

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Opry To Open “Shop On Broadway”

• April 10, 2009 •
Opry To Open “Shop On Broadway”

Opry Originals: The Shop On Broadway, a Grand Ole Opry-themed retail store, is set to open on Nashville’s Lower Broadway area at 300 Broadway on Thursday, April 16. A rhinestone-studded ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 20 followed by a week of grand opening events. With a design sensibility dubbed “Country Archeology,” the free-standing, […]

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Kate and Kacey

• April 10, 2009
Kate and Kacey

“Dreaming Love” Big Machine “Dreaming Love” is the debut single for Big Machine’s twin sisters Kate and Kacey, who combine country music’s best traditions with its future. Family harmony has always been an integral part of country music and it is clear the sisters have that special vocal magic that runs in the blood. Prior […]

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Music City Walk Of Fame Names Inductees

• April 10, 2009 •
Music City Walk Of Fame Names Inductees

A new class of inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame has been announced. The new inductees include National Baptist Publishing Board founder Dr. Richard Henry (R.H.) Boyd, pioneering producer/songwriter/performer “Cowboy” Jack Clement, record executive and songwriter Mike Curb, and performers Marty Stuart, Josh Turner and CeCe Winans. The inductees, the sixth class to […]

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CISAC Announces World Copyright Summit

• April 9, 2009 •
CISAC Announces World Copyright Summit

CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) has announced the second World Copyright Summit for June 9 and 10 in Washington, DC. The Summit will provide a forum for influential creators, rights organizations and guilds, content service providers, broadcasters, telecommunications operators, hardware manufacturers, legal experts and policy-makers to exchange ideas and discuss […]

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Universal and Google To Launch Video Service

• April 9, 2009 •
Universal and Google To Launch Video Service

The Washington Post is reporting that Universal Music Group and Google have finalized a deal to create a new music video service called Vevo, a site billed as a “premium online music hub built for consumers, advertisers, and content owners,” which is expected to launch before the end of the year. The two companies will […]

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Miranda Lambert Joins Cotton Ad Campaign

• April 9, 2009 •
Miranda Lambert Joins Cotton Ad Campaign

We always knew that, underneath that tough exterior, Miranda Lambert was a softie. And now the hit Columbia artist is a softie on the outside as well. Lambert is one of three artists (R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan and indie rocker/actress Zooey Deschanel are the others) who will offer their interpretations of the familiar “the touch, […]

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Amazon & WalMart Adopt Multi-Tier Pricing

• April 9, 2009 •

The jury is still out on how pricing changes at iTunes will affect digital track sales. However, one development has been the adoption of the new multi-tier pricing by Amazon.com which includes an 89¢ price point in addition to the three prices available on iTunes; $1.29, 99¢ and 69¢. Wal-Mart also seems to have raised […]

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