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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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Whisperin’ Bill, Jamey Johnson, and More

• July 27, 2009 •
Whisperin' Bill, Jamey Johnson, and More

Bill Anderson is always busy. He has two songs on Joe Nichols’ forthcoming album, Old Things New, including “Cheaper Than A Shrink,” and the title track. In addition, Anderson has been tapped as the first musical guest on a brand-new show on RFD-TV called Larry’s Country Diner, which will be hosted by Larry Black and […]

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Reba Plots Album Promotion

• July 27, 2009 •
Reba Plots Album Promotion

As Reba prepares for the Aug. 18 release of Keep On Loving You, her first solo studio album in six years, she is lining up the promotional opportunities. On her TV schedule are Reba: Invitation Only (premiering 8/1 on DISH Network and 8/21 on CMT) and Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on 8/21. She […]

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Jeff Griffith

• July 24, 2009
Jeff Griffith

“Dip Me In Beer” Arrowhead Records Texas traditionalist Jeff Griffith jumps the bar straight into a “redneck mosh pit” with his latest single, swaggering barroom sing-along “Dip Me In Beer.” Written by Griffith and Hobson Smith, “Dip Me In Beer” is Griffith’s songwriting debut. “When we heard this guy actually sayin’ that phrase in a […]

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Aldean DVD Coming Aug. 25

• July 24, 2009 •
Aldean DVD Coming Aug. 25

Country music fans swarmed the Knoxville Coliseum in March for a sold-out live concert DVD taping with platinum-selling country rocker Jason Aldean. The Eagle Vision set titled Wide Open Live & More will be in stores on Aug. 25. The 15-song hi-definition special captures Aldean’s high-octane stage show and includes his biggest radio hits, as […]

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NSAI Celebrates Successful Josh Turner Benefit

• July 24, 2009 •
NSAI Celebrates Successful Josh Turner Benefit

On Wednesday night (7/22), multi-platinum MCA recording artist and award-winning songwriter Josh Turner headlined the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s inaugural “It All Begins With A Song” Performance Series at the Wildhorse Saloon. During the sold-out show, he invited special guests/hit songwriters John Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin to the stage for acoustic sets. The […]

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Artist Items: Azar, Martina, More

• July 24, 2009 •
Artist Items: Azar, Martina, More

During a recent concert performance at Cotton Eyed Joe’s in Knoxville, more than 100 fans participated in a “Moo La Moo” dance contest, based on the hilarious dance featured in Steve Azar’s new music video. He presented the lucky winner with an autographed “Delta Soul Logo” guitar. “Moo La Moo” is the lead single from his forthcoming CD, […]

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Americana Awards Tickets Now On Sale

• July 24, 2009 •
Americana Awards Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium, went on sale today (7/24). Presented by the Gibson Foundation, the Awards will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale along with Buddy Miller and his all-star band. This year’s show will bring appearances by Asleep at the Wheel, Sam […]

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BRMG & Cherry Heart Ink Joint Venture For Ty Williams

• July 24, 2009 •
BRMG & Cherry Heart Ink Joint Venture For Ty Williams

Black River Music Group and Cherry Heart Music have partnered in a joint venture to release the debut album from Ty Williams. Under terms of the agreement, Cherry Heart Music will oversee development and recording of the project, while Black River Music group will handle the marketing and promotion. James Hudson and Cherry Heart’s Shelby […]

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Michelle Branch Showcases For Radio/Industry

• July 24, 2009 •
Michelle Branch Showcases For Radio/Industry

Local music executives and radio programmers visiting from out of town turned out for last night’s Michelle Branch showcase, hosted by Warner Bros. Records at Cellar One on 1st Ave. in Nashville. During the intimate dinner and show she performed past hits and songs from her upcoming album. The programmers are in Nashville for agenda […]

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DISClaimer (7/24/09)

• July 24, 2009 •
DISClaimer (7/24/09)

I am happy to report that our two big winners today are also the most “country” sounding discs. Oh, there are some super-fine vocalists in this stack of platters, including Daniel Smith, Bekka Bramlett and Craig Reynolds. And songwriters don’t come any better than Vince Melamed. But at the end of the day, the best […]

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UMPG Signs Hunter Hayes

• July 24, 2009 •
UMPG Signs Hunter Hayes

UMPG announces the signing of 17- year-old singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes to its roster of hit makers. With accomplishments claimed only by a seasoned entertainer, Hunter currently plays over 10 instruments and is continually adding to his musical repertoire. As a young child he appeared on several network television shows and played for many dignitaries including […]

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DISClaimer (7/10/09)

• July 24, 2009 •
DISClaimer (7/10/09)

Good luck picking your playlist out of this stack of excellence. All 10 of these records deserve to be heard. On top of that, four of them are from bona fide format superstars—Keith Urban, Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw—while two more are by consistent airplay favorites—Jason Michael Carroll and the Zac Brown Band. Toss […]

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Jennifer Nettles Still on Vocal Rest

• July 23, 2009 •
Jennifer Nettles Still on Vocal Rest

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles has received doctor’s orders to rest her voice for the next week due to complications of vocal strain and overuse. The problem is related to the viral tonsil condition the singer has been battling since January. This will affect Sugarland’s tour dates from now through July 25th, including stops in Utah, Nevada […]

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Pickler, GAC in DC, and Puckett’s Rising Star

• July 23, 2009 •
Pickler, GAC in DC, and Puckett's Rising Star

Kellie Pickler is on the cover of Nashville Lifestyles’ August issue, a.k.a. “The Hot List 2009.” Billed under the title, “Smokin’ Hot,” Pickler is the focus of a multi-page spread and interview. Her current single, “Best Days Of Your Life,” just cracked the Top 10 on the monitored charts and is certified Gold with more than […]

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“The Climb” Wins MTV Music Award

• July 23, 2009 •
"The Climb" Wins MTV Music Award

Disney Music Publishing along with Stage Three Music and songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe toasted their recent win at the 2009 MTV Music Awards for Best Song From A Movie for the hit single “The Climb” performed by Miley Cyrus. After soaring to the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase AC […]

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Halfway To Hazard Hosts MusicRow Picnic

• July 23, 2009 •
Halfway To Hazard Hosts MusicRow Picnic

Halfway to Hazard stopped by MusicRow yesterday for a performance and indoor picnic. Chad Warrix and David Tolliver kept the staff in stitches for most of the visit but managed to squeeze in two songs, including new single “I Know Where Heaven Is.” MusicRow employees, H2H, and manager Christopher Washko enjoyed noshing on food at […]

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Music Row Ladies Gear Up For Golf Tourney

• July 22, 2009 •
Music Row Ladies Gear Up For Golf Tourney

The 22nd Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament is in full swing again on Monday, July 27 at Old Natchez Country Club to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (UCP). Celebrity players and caddies participating are Jason Aldean, Joey Feek (Joey & Rory), Rachel Proctor, Emily West; songwriters Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus, Take the  Wheel,” […]

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Roy Clark, Billy Currington, More

• July 22, 2009 •
Roy Clark, Billy Currington, More

Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Clark donated several items to the Country Music Hall on Fame® and Museum on Saturday (7/18). The artifacts, which will be on display beginning August 1 in the Museum’s permanent exhibit, include a magenta three-piece Manuel suit with an embroidered silver lame´Manuel shirt, patent leather Tony Lama boots, […]

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Radney Foster Turns 50 With “Revival”

• July 22, 2009 •
Radney Foster Turns 50 With "Revival"

Singer-songwriter, artist and producer Radney Foster celebrated his 50th birthday Monday night (July 20) with a performance at Nashville’s Exit/In. He was joined onstage by an incredible list of fellow writer-artist friends including Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Georgia Middleman, Lee Roy Parnell, Vince Gill, Sam Bush and others. Friends from his […]

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