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Joe Nichols Issues “‘Believers’ Challenge”

• May 11, 2009 •
Joe Nichols Issues “‘Believers' Challenge”

Universal Records South artist Joe Nichols‘ new single, “Believers,” is garnering some strong reactions from the fans. Released to radio on April 20, the song’s message is already inspiring listeners to share their own stories of getting through tough times. To help them share their stories, Nichols has set up a special site for people […]

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CMA Launches “CMA Industry Insite”

• May 11, 2009 •

As part of its ongoing strategic mission of being a resource for the country music industry, the Country Music Association is launching “CMA Industry InSite,” a monthly online educational series for CMA members. The first episode — on publishing — will be available Monday, May 18 on CMA’s member Web site (MyCMAworld.com). Future topics include […]

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Global Events Kick Off CMA Fest

• May 11, 2009 •
Global Events Kick Off CMA Fest

Sixteen prominent international country artists will convene in Music City next month to participate in a series of global country music events, beginning June 8 in downtown Nashville. The CMA Global Artist Party (presented by CMA and sponsored by NiteTrain Coaches) will once again serve as the unofficial start to the 2009 CMA Music Festival […]

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Austin Guitarist Stephen Bruton Dies

• May 11, 2009 •
Austin Guitarist Stephen Bruton Dies

Guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer Stephen Bruton, a highly respected and much-loved member of the Austin, Texas music community, died Saturday (5/9) in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60. Bruton served as guitarist for Kris Kristofferson for nearly 40 years and spent several years on the road as guitarist for Bonnie Raitt. Turner Stephen Bruton was […]

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Prime Time Press Conferences Irk Broadcasters

• May 8, 2009 •
Prime Time Press Conferences Irk Broadcasters

Executives at the largest broadcast networks claim that the new president has already cost them $30 million in ad revenue  as a result of his three prime-time news conferences. The Hollywood Reporter story notes that none of the broadcasters mentioned in the article were willing to go on the record, but says that the Fox […]

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“The Session Players” Announces Online Chat

• May 8, 2009 •
"The Session Players" Announces Online Chat

On Tuesday, May 19 beginning at 8:00 PM CT, The Session Players (www.thesessionplayers.com) will host a special live online chat. The website offers an up-close, inside look at the recording process through the eyes of the musicians who make it happen. The online chat will allow anyone anywhere in the world to talk directly to […]

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Rebel Hearts

• May 8, 2009
Rebel Hearts

“Jesse Dunn” RHR/Nine North “Jesse Dunn” is the newest single by vocal group Rebel Hearts. Comprised of Darren Castle, Don McDowell and Kody Anderson, their music is a blend of country and rock that draws on influences like Elvis, Garth, and the Eagles. Singer/songwriter Don McDowell created Rebel Hearts in 1997 and recruited Canadian producer/pianist/songwriter […]

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SOLID Readies Music Row Yard Sale

• May 8, 2009 •
SOLID Readies Music Row Yard Sale

Nashville Music Industry Organization SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) has announced the 2009 edition of its Music Row Yard Sale. This year’s yard sale will take place during the CMA Music Festival on June 13 at 8 AM at Nashville’s Sommet Center. SOLID has provided collection bins to Music Row businesses for donations to […]

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CMA Int’l Awards To Bentley and Brooks & Dunn

• May 8, 2009 •
CMA Int’l Awards To Bentley and Brooks & Dunn

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn (aka Brooks & Dunn), and Dierks Bentley are this year’s recipients of the CMA International Artist Achievement Award for their contributions to country music overseas. They were presented the awards backstage at Sydney’s Acer Arena on May 6 during the final stop of their current Australian tour. The International Artist […]

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Music Row Past Award Winners

• May 8, 2009 •
Music Row Past Award Winners

A complete listing of the Song, Producer, Breakthrough Songwriter and Breakthrough Artist winners…

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Get Ready To Cast Your Vote

• May 8, 2009 •

21st Annual Music Row Awards Underway Music Row’s 21st Annual Awards will be announced in the publication’s June/July issue and plaques presented at ASCAP on June 30. Featured will be the Top Ten Album All-Star Musician accolades which are based upon the actual number of Top Ten CDs that each musician appeared on during the […]

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Past Musician Award Winners

• May 8, 2009 •
Past Musician Award Winners

A listing of all winners since the beginning of the awards…

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Big Kenny Joins Guild To Donate Guitars

• May 7, 2009 •
Big Kenny Joins Guild To Donate Guitars

Kenny Alphin, the top-hatted half of hit country duo Big & Rich, has joined forces with Guild Guitars and Little Kids Rock to donate 140 Guild acoustic guitars to five Nashville schools. Little Kids Rock is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in the nation’s public schools. […]

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DISClaimer (5/6/09)

• May 7, 2009 •
DISClaimer (5/6/09)

Forget the forget-me-nots, it’s bluegrass that’s bloomin’ this spring. In the coming weeks, we’re due for a bouquet of top-notch releases in this genre. Among them are Doyle Lawson (this week), Alecia Nugent (5/12), The Red Stick Ramblers (5/19), Dailey & Vincent (3/31), Bobby Osborne (3/31) and Rhonda Vincent (6/16). In the meantime, here’s a […]

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DISClaimer (5/1/09)

• May 7, 2009 •
DISClaimer (5/1/09)

Move over, boys. Despite terrific new singles by guys like James Otto and Zona Jones, this week belongs to the fairer sex. Tanya Tucker is back with hillbilly oomph. Megan Mullins sparkles in her upbeat I’m-outta-here toe tapper. Wynonna heats up the joint with one of her most soul-drenched performances yet. Martina McBride’s ultra powerful […]

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Sugarland’s Nettles Put On Vocal Rest

• May 7, 2009 •
Sugarland’s Nettles Put On Vocal Rest

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles has been sidelined due to vocal problems. A press release from Keith Urban’s publicist today announced new opening acts for the Aussie superstar’s inaugural shows on his Escape Together World Tour in Uncasville, Connecticut. The news section of Sugarland’s website is reporting that Nettles “has received doctor’s orders to rest her voice […]

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Artist News: Aldean, Eric Church, Lady A, Johnny Reid and More

• May 6, 2009 •
Artist News: Aldean, Eric Church, Lady A, Johnny Reid and More

Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean’s current chart-topper, “She’s Country,” has been certified gold by the RIAA for having sold more than 500,000 digital downloads. “She’s Country” is also spending its second week at the top of the country chart, and is the fastest rising single of his career to date. Over the last few months it […]

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Belmont to Host Int’l Country Music Conference

• May 6, 2009 •
Belmont to Host Int'l Country Music Conference

The 26th annual International Country Music Conference, to be held May 21-23 in Nashville, Tenn. in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University, will host a broad cross-section of panels and topics in the field of country music. This year’s ICMC will feature more than three-dozen panels on a […]

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Songwriters Invade Key West

• May 6, 2009 •
Songwriters Invade Key West

The 14th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival boasted a record number of songwriters, as anchor-sponsor BMI arrived in the Florida hotspot with more than 150 troubadours in tow. Presented by Better Angels Music and benefiting the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, the festival started in style on Wednesday 4/29), with BMI’s kick-off party at La […]

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Rascal Flatts and Hershey Offer “Summertime S’mores”

• May 6, 2009 •
Rascal Flatts and Hershey Offer “Summertime S’mores”

In a promotion that just might make you break into the chorus of “Melt,” the Hershey Company has joined forces with country superstars Rascal Flatts to celebrate the magic of s’mores. Hershey’s will be a sponsor of Rascal Flatts’ American Living Unstoppable 2009 concert tour and bring the partnership to life with a national television […]

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