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DISClaimer (6/26/09)

• July 13, 2009 •
DISClaimer (6/26/09)

The stars are blindingly bright this week. If you’re looking for a gorgeous ballad, George Strait is your man. In the mood for a joyous rocker? Give a listen to Sara Evans. For a jolt of vocal passion, check out Jamie O’Neal. Do you wish to bask in heavenly harmonies? I hereby direct your attention […]

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DISClaimer (6/19/09)

• July 13, 2009 •
DISClaimer (6/19/09)

It’s good to know that country music hasn’t lost its sense of humor. Both Rodney Carrington and Phil Vassar are tickling the funny bone with new singles this week. Rodney’s hilarious outing is produced by none other than Toby Keith, who also co-wrote two of the tunes on the comic’s El Nino Loco CD. The […]

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Alexander, Mabe Score Big With First No. 1

• July 13, 2009 •
Alexander, Mabe Score Big With First No. 1

Songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe are celebrating their first No. 1, with the smash pop/country hit “The Climb,” performed by Miley Cyrus for her Hannah Montana movie. The track has already sold more than 2 million downloads, and reached the top of both the Billboard and Mediabase AC charts last week. It continues to […]

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“WSJ” Highlights Compass Records; NaFF Entries; Etc.

• July 13, 2009 •
"WSJ" Highlights Compass Records; NaFF Entries; Etc.

Grammy award winning banjoist Alison Brown, two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year  Dale Ann Bradley, and seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines are featured in The Wall Street Journal in an article written by Barry Mazor entitled “The Sisterhood of Bluegrass.” The article focuses on the tradition of women in bluegrass […]

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Les Paul Bio

• July 13, 2009 •
Les Paul Bio

From Gibson Guitar: Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Les Paul was already performing publicly as a honky-tonk guitarist by the age of 13. So clear was his calling that Paul dropped out of high school at 17 to play in Sunny Joe Wolverton’s Radio Band in St. Louis. As […]

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Photos: Music City Songwriters Make The Rounds

• July 13, 2009 •
Photos: Music City Songwriters Make The Rounds

Songwriters Lisa McCallum, Steve Diamond, Kelley Lovelace and J. D. Souther traveled to Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada to perform in-the-round at an invitation-only event for the Casino’s top customers. Pictured are ASCAP’s Herky Williams, writers Lisa McCullum, Steve Diamond, ASCAP’s Pat Rolfe; Kelley Lovelace, J. D. Souther, and Fallsview VP of Marketing […]

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Country’s Shrinking Middle Class

• July 13, 2009 •
Country's Shrinking Middle Class

The quote of the week belongs to Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who when asked about the success of Twitter and other social networking sites replied, “A lot of people are doing very well at making very little money. It’s not a club I’m looking to join.” The joke may be on the Sony CEO because, […]

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On the Music Row Cover: Williams Riley

• July 13, 2009 •
On the Music Row Cover: Williams Riley

Label: Golden Music Current Album: Williams Riley Current Single & Video: “I’m Still Me” Current Producers: Noel Golden, Derek George Hometowns: Larose, LA; Nashville, TN Interesting Fact: The band is named after the guitar player’s great-grandfather. Outside Interests: Hunting, fishing, horses, cattle and thumb wrestling Awards: American Country Countdown Superstars 2009, Voted Best New Country […]

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Paisley, Chesney on “GMA,” And More

• July 13, 2009 •
Paisley, Chesney on "GMA," And More

Brad Paisley—busy celebrating last week’s No. 1 country debut of his album American Saturday Night—will be the first country artist featured on the MySpace Music Feed. The exclusive interview, in which Paisley talks about his new project and the creative thread flowing through his family, is online now and viewable here. The album’s chart-topping first single, […]

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Asleep at the Wheel Honored

• July 10, 2009 •
Asleep at the Wheel Honored

Asleep at the Wheel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, presented by the Gibson Foundation, scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium. Since 1969, the Austin-based band has released over twenty-five albums, charted over twenty Billboard singles and won nine Grammy Awards. The […]

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Fast Ryde Visits MusicRow

• July 10, 2009 •
Fast Ryde Visits MusicRow

Republic Nashville’s newest act, Fast Ryde visited the Music Row conference room to share some of their new music. Here’s what happened when we turned on our iPhone video camera to capture some of the action. A Cecil B. deRoss Production

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Halfway To Hazard

• July 10, 2009
Halfway To Hazard

“I Know Where Heaven Is” Stylesonic/Picnic Hill/Bigger Picture “I Know Where Heaven Is” is the new single for Kentucky-raised duo Halfway To Hazard (Chad Warrix and David Tolliver), and was penned by top-shelf Nashville writers Dave Berg and Sam and Annie Tate. The duo’s distinctive name refers to Hazard, the county seat of Perry Co., […]

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The Farm Aid Concert Location Mystery

• July 10, 2009 •
The Farm Aid Concert Location Mystery

Organizers of Willie Nelson‘s annual Farm Aid concert are keeping fans guessing about where the 2009 Farm Aid event will take place by giving one hint per day for seven days.  The organizers started posting hints for fans yesterday (7/9) on Twitter and followed with a second hint today (7/10). Concert hint #1: Your state […]

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Artists On TV

• July 10, 2009 •
Artists On TV

The 80th Major League baseball game will be held at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium on Tues. July 14. Sara Evans has been invited to perform “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch of this year’s diamond shaped contest. Evans plans to make the event a family outing. “I’m a huge baseball fan, as are […]

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Your Social Network Tells About You

• July 10, 2009 •
Your Social Network Tells About You

Your favorite social network may tell a lot about you. For example, Twitterers are more interested in sex than users on other social sites. LinkedIn users are more likely to watch soap operas and MySpacers are generally not into exercise. According to an Anderson Analytics study, a user’s social network preference can identify “likely interests, buying habits, […]

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Luminaries Set For Leadership Music Awards

• July 9, 2009 •
Luminaries Set For Leadership Music Awards

Leadership Music will present the organization’s prestigious Dale Franklin Awards to legendary label executive Jim Foglesong, superstar artist Garth Brooks, and Brooks’ longtime producer Allen Reynolds during a gala fundraising dinner on Sunday, August 23 at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel. Roy Clark, Cowboy Jack Clement, Crystal Gayle, Bruce Lundvall, Steve Wariner and Trisha Yearwood are Honorary […]

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Twitter Bridges Fan/Artist Connection

• July 9, 2009 •
Twitter Bridges Fan/Artist Connection

Twitter is becoming an increasingly common way for artists to communicate with fans. Stoney Creek Records’ Megan Mullins has been using it and other popular social networking sites for her “Total Request Video” extravaganza. Keeping within the weekly theme (ex. classic country), fans log onto Mullins’ Facebook, MySpace or Twitter account and request a song. Each week, […]

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Nashville Music Awards Noms End 7/15

• July 9, 2009 •
Nashville Music Awards Noms End 7/15

Next Big Nashville and Leadership Music are working together to revive the Nashville Music Awards (NMA), which were originally produced by Leadership Music from 1995-2000. The NMAs recognize all genres of music, and celebrate the diversity and quality of artists and music professionals who call Nashville home. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced […]

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Media Moguls At “Summer Camp”

• July 9, 2009 •

Allen & Co., a New York-based investment bank, is hosting its annual conference of the top national entertainment and technology leaders in Sun Valley, Idaho this week. The brainstorming and socializing event, often described as “summer camp” for the media world, is closed to the press though some are attending as guests and others remain […]

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MJ Memorial, MCN Fan Club Concerts, Much More

• July 9, 2009 •
MJ Memorial, MCN Fan Club Concerts, Much More

Almost 31 Million viewers tuned into Michael Jackson’s memorial service on Tuesday (7/7). It aired on 19 networks from approximately 1-4 p.m. By comparison, the most recent season finale of American Idol drew just under 29 million pairs of eyes. ————— Copyright Office fees for various services concerning the registration of claims are increasing starting […]

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