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Blake Shelton—Twitter’s Humorous Hunk

• July 30, 2009 •
Blake Shelton—Twitter's Humorous Hunk

It had to happen sooner or later. The emergence of an outspoken, no-holds-barred, 140 character dialog from a country music artist—Tweets unleashed. That is exactly what seems to be happening over at @Blakeshelton, a verified account. In fact, Shelton’s feed is turning into an amusing and unique entertainment channel that might appropriately be rated NSFW […]

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Americana Festival Announces Showcase Artists

• July 30, 2009 •
Americana Festival Announces Showcase Artists

The Americana Music Association has confirmed a diverse line-up of artists to perform at the upcoming 2009 Americana Music Festival, such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Will Hoge, J.D. Souther, Marty Stuart, Those Darlins and W.P.A. Showcases will be held Sept. 16-19 at five downtown Nashville venues including: The Mercy Lounge, The Cannery Ballroom, 3rd & […]

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Artist News: Due West, Lady A, Jake Owen, More

• July 30, 2009 •
Artist News: Due West, Lady A, Jake Owen, More

Matt Lopez of Due West was presented a Gold Record by Lady Antebellum. Matt Lopez of the new country trio Due West was recently presented with a Gold record by Lady Antebellum while on tour. Due West opened for Lady Antebellum in St. George, Utah and Lopez got a change to perform the song he […]

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Road Photos: Toby & Trace, Chris Young, Darius

• July 29, 2009 •
Road Photos: Toby & Trace, Chris Young, Darius

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“Billboard Country Update” Returns

• July 29, 2009 •
"Billboard Country Update" Returns

What starts with three, drops to two after one disappears and then returns to three on August 10? Answer: Country Music’s weekly pdf chart digests from MusicRow, Aircheck and the about-to-arrive Billboard Country Update. Industry observers were saddened and perhaps shocked when R&R’s HotFax shuttered its doors a few months ago. Unlike MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart, […]

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Misc: Bob Willis Lifenotes, Propeller Goes Green, Beer At The Ballet

• July 29, 2009 •
Misc: Bob Willis Lifenotes, Propeller Goes Green, Beer At The Ballet

Lifenotes: Songwriter Bob Willis, best known for penning the ’70s hit “Guilty Of Love (In The First Degree),” passed away July 10, 2009 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Louisville, KY. He was 75 years old. Willis recorded 15 albums throughout his career, and wrote over 1000 Country-Gospel songs, 15 of which were cut by […]

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Gloriana Debuts New Album Online

• July 29, 2009 •
Gloriana Debuts New Album Online

Before Gloriana releases its self-titled debut album Aug. 4 on Emblem Music Group/Warner Bros. Records, fans will get to hear it in its entirety exclusively on Rhapsody.com’s “The Leak”, and CMT.com starting today (7/29). The 13-track album includes hit single “Wild At Heart,” which is the best selling single by a new country act in […]

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Larry Taping Christmas Special This Week

• July 29, 2009 •
Larry Taping Christmas Special This Week

It’s Christmas in July when Larry The Cable Guy’s Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau tapes this week in Nashville; the holiday special will premiere Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 PM/CT on CMT. Jack Records/Warner Bros. Records will release the DVD of the show on Tues., Nov. 24. Returning this year to CMT, Larry’s 90-minute special includes such […]

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Nominees Announced For CCMA Awards

• July 29, 2009 •
Nominees Announced For CCMA Awards

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the nominees and host for the 2009 CCMA Awards, to be held Sept. 13 in Vancouver, BC. Johnny Reid leads the nominations with a total of six, including Single of the Year, Album, Songwriter, CMT Video, Male Artist and the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award. Reid will perform […]

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Sugarland Concert DVD Coming To Theatres

• July 28, 2009 •
Sugarland Concert DVD Coming To Theatres

Sugarland will debut the upcoming DVD from their CD/DVD release Live On The Inside in 35 theatres across the country on Thursday, Aug. 6. The one-time screening will happen just after the combo package is released exclusively at Walmart on Aug. 4. Shot in high definition at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY, director Shaun Silva […]

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Gretchen Wilson and Sony Parting Ways

• July 28, 2009 •
Gretchen Wilson and Sony Parting Ways

Statement from Sony Music Nashville: Gretchen Wilson and her longtime record label group, Sony Music Nashville, have mutually decided to part ways. The Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and Best Selling author, who exploded on to the country music scene and the national spotlight in 2004 with her smash hit “Redneck Woman,” released three No. 1 albums with Here For The […]

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Skip Bishop Named VP Promotion

• July 28, 2009 •
Skip Bishop Named VP Promotion

NASHVILLE, TN – Sony Music Nashville Executive Vice President Butch Waugh has named Skip Bishop to the newly created position of Vice President, Promotion, Sony Music Nashville. Most recently Vice President, National Promotion, for the label group’s Arista Nashville imprint, Bishop will retain those duties while adding promotion oversight of Sony Music Nashville’s three other country […]

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Branch Solo Album Coming From Reprise/WB Nashville

• July 28, 2009 •
Branch Solo Album Coming From Reprise/WB Nashville

The new album from Michelle Branch, Everything Comes and Goes, will be released by Reprise/Warner Bros. Nashville in late Fall. It is her first solo effort in six years, and the lead single, “Sooner or Later,” will impact country radio on August 11. The track from the John Leventhal and John Shanks produced project, will […]

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GRAMMY Salute To Country Music To Honor Vince Gill

• July 28, 2009 •
GRAMMY Salute To Country Music To Honor Vince Gill

The Recording Academy will host its first-ever GRAMMY Salute To Country Music, honoring Vince Gill, presented by MasterCard on Wed., Sept. 9, 2009 at The Loveless Barn in Nashville. The star-studded tribute will feature Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Michael McDonald, and Brad Paisley, and will include a special presentation of The Recording Academy […]

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FBMM Promotes Braaksma

• July 28, 2009 •
FBMM Promotes Braaksma

Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy has promoted Kristin Butler Braaksma to Director of Account Management & Staff Development. With her new position, Braaksma will assume account management responsibilities for Kelly Clarkson, reporting directly to President Mary Ann McCready. Since joining the firm in 1992 as an Account Assistant, she has received numerous promotions and her […]

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Chesney Starts No Shoes Radio

• July 27, 2009 •
Chesney Starts No Shoes Radio

Kenny Chesney is starting an online radio station called No Shoes Radio, launching at high noon on Thurs., Aug. 6. www.noshoesradio.com (not online yet) will reflect his eclectic taste, ranging from country to reggae to rock, and beyond. Drawn in large part from Chesney’s iPod, No Shoes Radio will be the ground zero for all […]

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Lady A Get Digital Gold, Paisley at the White House, Etc.

• July 27, 2009 •
Lady A Get Digital Gold, Paisley at the White House, Etc.

Capitol Nashville trio Lady Antebellum’s first No. 1 hit “I Run To You” also becomes the group’s first Gold digital single this week as the RIAA certifies it for over 500,000 downloads. The band’s eponymous debut is also Gold. Lady Antebellum is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney playing arenas and stadiums across the […]

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Benefit News: Compilation Album, NASH-CAR, More

• July 27, 2009 •
Benefit News: Compilation Album, NASH-CAR, More

Numerous Nashville artists have contributed songs to the We Are Enterprise project to help rebuild the high school in Enterprise, Alabama which was destroyed by a tornado in 2007. Darryl Worley, George Jones, Tracy Lawrence, Richie McDonald, Lorrie Morgan, Aaron Tippin, Deborah Allen, John Anderson, Clint Black, Joe Diffie, and Shelly Fairchild appear on the […]

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Photos: Aquapalooza, Rascal Flatts, Jimmy Wayne on Crook & Chase

• July 27, 2009 •
Photos: Aquapalooza, Rascal Flatts, Jimmy Wayne on Crook & Chase

Alan Jackson headlined AquaPalooza 2009 on Lake Martin, Alabama on Sat., July 25. Numerous Nashville music biz execs made the trip to the boating and music festival which also featured performances by Columbia Nashville duo Caitlin & Will and Arista Nashville group Jypsi. More than 4,000 boats and 35,000 people attended, setting a new record for […]

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Industry Items: McDonough Leaves Capitol, IBMA Nominees

• July 27, 2009 •

Judy McDonough has left her post as Dir., Media at Capitol Records Nashville. She worked for the label that is home to artists Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and more. She can be contacted at mcdonoughmedia1@yahoo.com. The changes keep coming at the national and international levels […]

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