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Trailer Choir

• February 6, 2009
Trailer Choir

“What Would You Say” Show Dog Nashville Trailer Choir’s second single “What Would You Say,” co-written by the group’s Butter and Big Vinny with David Fortney, was inspired by the Jan. 2006 Sago, West Virginia mining tragedy. Thirteen men were trapped after the accident and, as the nation watched the drama unfold, all but one […]

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Urban And Rimes Get GRAMMY Face Time

• February 5, 2009 •

Keith Urban has been added to the GRAMMY performance schedule as part of a Bo Diddley tribute featuring fellow current nominees Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and John Mayer. At the Feb. 8 Awards show, Urban is up for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals (“Let The Wind Chase You” with Trisha Yearwood). Joining the presenter list […]

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Gospel Hall Holds 2009 Inductions

• February 5, 2009 •
Gospel Hall Holds 2009 Inductions

The GMA Foundation inducted artists Michael W. Smith, Dolly Parton, Dr. Bobby Jones and The Dixie Hummingbirds along with music producer Lari Goss into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame on Feb. 2 at a ceremony at Richland Country Club. Established in 1971, the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame has inducted more than […]

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Baldrica Adds Duties To VP Post

• February 5, 2009 •
Baldrica Adds Duties To VP Post

Sony Music Nashville Vice President, Marketing Tom Baldrica will take on oversight of the label group’s Creative Services department alongside his current responsibilities spearheading Media and Artist Development. A 16-year label veteran, Baldrica first arrived at BNA in 1993 as Southeast regional. Working his way through the ranks, he was named to then-new role of […]

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January 09 Sales Story

• February 5, 2009 •
January 09 Sales Story

Almost escaping notice, January 2009 has trailed off into obscurity, but the short story regarding country sales continues to be, “more of the same.” Top 75 Current Country sales fell short of the 300k mark again this week reaching about 295,000 units. Year-to-date country sales are now down 20.5%. One bright spot is country digital […]

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Performance Rights Act Back in Congress

• February 4, 2009 •

The Performance Rights Act, which would create a sound recording performance right for terrestrial radio, was reintroduced to Congress today (2/4). The bill would require radio stations, which already pay royalties to songwriters for broadcasting their music, to also pay the artists and musicians performing the songs, as well owners of the master recordings. Under […]

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ACM Adds More Fan-Voted Awards

• February 4, 2009 •
ACM Adds More Fan-Voted Awards

The ACM’s three newcomer awards—Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group—will be opened up to fan voting for the first time this year. Exclusively at GACTV.com, voting for the categories will run Fri., Feb. 13 through Thurs., March 5. After those winners are announced on March 9, […]

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Vince Gill Kicks off Hall of Fame Residency

• February 4, 2009 •
Vince Gill Kicks off Hall of Fame Residency

Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill opened his run as the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s 2009 Artist-in-Residence last night (2/3). Treating the intimate Ford Theater audience to an acoustic set, Gill accepted requests and ran through numerous hits such as “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “Liza Jane,” and “When […]

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DISClaimer

• February 4, 2009 •
DISClaimer

All of a sudden, there is a banquet of Nashville-oriented jazz releases on hand. This is a growing, strong and highly gifted segment of our music community, so this week we’re throwing the spotlight on it. There is something to recommend in every disc here. But the clear winner of the Disc of the Day […]

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Randy Houser

• February 4, 2009
Randy Houser

“Boots On” Universal Records South Randy Houser’s “Boots On” is the followup single to his hit debut single “Anything Goes.” Taken from his first Universal Records South album Anything Goes, the song was penned by Houser with Brandon Kinney and inspired by Houser’s dad. “Melodically, the song was based on that slide-blues-guitar riff you hear,” […]

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Hall of Fame Names 2009 Class

• February 4, 2009 •
Hall of Fame Names 2009 Class

The Country Music Association announced today that Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, and Charlie McCoy will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. They will be officially inducted at the Medallion Ceremony, which takes place during an annual springtime reunion of the Hall of Fame membership. Clark, being inducted in the […]

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Tates Move To Cherry Lane

• February 3, 2009 •
Tates Move To Cherry Lane

Cherry Lane Music has signed songwriters Sam and Annie Tate to a long-term, worldwide co-publishing agreement. Michelle Berlin, Director of Creative & Marketing and head of the Cherry Lane Nashville office, made the announcement today (2/3) about the writers of No. 1 singles from Reba McEntire (“Somebody”), Emerson Drive (“Moments”), and Rodney Atkins (“If You’re […]

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Grammys Add Country Performers, Online Coverage

• February 3, 2009 •
Grammys Add Country Performers, Online Coverage

Multiple nominees Sugarland have been added to the performance schedule for this Sunday’s (2/8) 51st Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus have also joined the line-up for a special performance together. At the Awards airing live from the LA Staples Center, Sugarland is up for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group […]

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ACM Noms Coming Next Week

• February 3, 2009 •
ACM Noms Coming Next Week

Nominees for the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced at a press conference on the morning of Wed., Feb. 11. Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, and Jessica Simpson will reveal the nominations at 7:30 AM/CT at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The ACM Awards will air live […]

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GAC, Armiger Partner In Unique Promotion

• February 2, 2009 •
GAC, Armiger Partner In Unique Promotion

Katie Armiger and Great American Country (GAC) are teaming up to fly a contest winner to Nashville for a writing and recording session with the budding artist. “Kapturing A Love Song with Katie Armiger” kicks off today and runs through Friday, Feb. 27 at www.GACTV.com. When complete, the song will be made available on iTunes. […]

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CRS Offers One-Day Rates

• February 2, 2009 •
CRS Offers One-Day Rates

Single day registration will be available for those attending Country Radio Seminar on March 5 “Music Industry Town Meeting Day” or March 6 “Radio Sales Day.” Admission to the Music Industry Town Meeting is $265 and includes the Sony Music Nashville Luncheon with Miranda Lambert and Jake Owen, informational panels about technology and small markets, […]

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Sundresses By Swift Shipping Now

• February 2, 2009 •
Sundresses By Swift Shipping Now

Taylor Swift’s line of sundresses began shipping exclusively to Wal-Mart yesterday (2/1). The dresses are being made through a partnership with clothing manufacturer L.E.I., who also made Swift’s namesake jeans.  All retailing for $14, there will be three sundress styles available at launch and two additional styles are planned for a March 1 delivery. “It […]

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Parton Plans Big Night

• February 2, 2009 •
Parton Plans Big Night

Dolly Parton is in town for two big events tonight (2/2). She will be inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame and perform at an all-star fundraiser at the Wildhorse Saloon. Alongside Michael W. Smith, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dixie Hummingbirds, and Lari Goss, Parton will join the Gospel Music Hall of Fame during […]

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Grady Becomes President Borman Nashville

• February 2, 2009 •
Grady Becomes President Borman Nashville

Borman Entertainment owner/founder Gary Borman has announced that John Grady will join the company as President of its Nashville operations. Grady, started 32 years ago as a college rep for A&M Records and more recently served as president of DMZ Music, Columbia Nashville, Epic Nashville and Monument Nashville. For the past 2 years, Grady was […]

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Urban Barbecue Escape

• January 30, 2009 •
Urban Barbecue Escape

Keith Urban’s 2009 tour, labeled Keith Urban Escape Together Tour has added KC Masterpiece Barbeque Sauce and Kingsford Charcoal as a headline sponsor. The shows will begin in May and play mostly larger size venues. Drew McGowan, Sr. Grp. Manager PR/Sponsorships for Clorox Company, which owns both brands, told Billboard, “There’s a perfect link between […]

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