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ALABAMA MAKES FINAL STOP AT CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE®
"The Last Stand" features previously unreleased live recordings from band's final tour
LEBANON, TENN. (November 12, 2007) - Alabama, the most successful group in the history of country music with 42 number one singles, has selected Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel") as the exclusive home of its final concert tour recordings. On November 13, Cracker Barrel will release Alabama: The Last Stand, a collection of previously unreleased recordings made during Alabama's 2003 farewell tour.
Available at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com, this twelve-song, exclusive CD features several of Alabama's biggest hits, including The Closer You Get, Old Flame, Forty Hour Week, Feels So Right and The Fans.
"There are magical moments on this CD because these songs come straight from my heart," said lead singer Randy Owen. "I remember seeing the lights on the crowd when we did Feels So Right. We started the song with a piano and the crowd went wild when we got to the melody. I feel like we owe it to our fans to share this music with them."
Through three decades of recording and touring, Alabama sold more than 73 million records. Shortly after signing their first record deal, Alabama charted its first number one single, beginning a string of 21 consecutive number one hits. The band received more than 150 country music industry honors including an unprecedented five consecutive "Entertainer Of The Year" awards from the Academy of Country Music. In 2005, Alabama was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
"Having this CD at Cracker Barrel is a natural for us," said bassist Teddy Gentry. "I remember eating breakfast at Cracker Barrel when Randy told us we were being inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. I am in Cracker Barrel just about every day, and we're proud to have our CD at Cracker Barrel."
The Last Stand is the fourth exclusive CD released by Cracker Barrel in 2007, following Josh Turner's Live At The Ryman, Merle Haggard's Working Man's Journey, and Lonestar's My Christmas List. Previous Cracker Barrel releases include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant and Songs Of The Year. The Alabama release further builds Cracker Barrel's growing reputation as the home of authentic country music. Since creating its own music label in 2003, Cracker Barrel has sold more than three million CDs.
"Cracker Barrel has great food and I've noticed how people are always checking out the music in the store," said guitar & fiddle player Jeff Cook. "This is the first new record from Alabama in three years and I think it will do very well."
"This Alabama CD continues our tradition of offering unique country music to our guests," said Simon Turner, Cracker Barrel's Chief Marketing Officer. "Millions of people attended Alabama concerts during the band's three decades of touring. These songs will bring back the memories of a night filled with great music and entertainment."
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - September 23rd, 2007 - 38th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
* 1 - Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can
* 2 - Brad Paisely - Online
* 3 - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - Take Me There
* 5 - Luke Bryan - All My Friends Say
* 6 - Dierks Bentley - Free & Easy
* 7 - Kenny Chesney - Don't Blink
* 8 - LeAnn Rimes - Nothin Better To Do
* 9 - Sara Evans - As If
* 10 - Garth Brooks - More Than A Memory

Hot Rising Single
Faith Hill - Red Umbrella

Keep An Eye On Single
Dolly Parton - Better Get To Livin

Mike Curb Family Foundation, Belmont University and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Partner to Celebrate the Songwriter
Partnership Plans for 34 Music Square East to Honor Past, Present and Future of Songwriting in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 20, 2007)-- The Mike Curb Family Foundation, Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation announced a major new partnership designed to create visibility and understanding for the foundation of the music industry – songwriting. Through the generosity of the Curb Family Foundation and its commitment to preserve the history of the music industry in Nashville, a new songwriting major in the Curb College and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame both have a permanent home on Music Row.

Located in the historic building at 34 Music Square East, former home of the Quonset Hut, Columbia Studio A, Columbia and Epic Records and Sony Music Nashville, songwriting students at Belmont will have front row seats to the thriving music industry of today, as well as its history. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will become the first organization honoring songwriters to emerge from a virtual entity to one with a physical location, also making its home at 34 Music Square East.

“We are excited that this site offers a further extension of the Curb College throughout Music Row, starting with Ocean Way, which provides students access to the finest recording studio in the country, extending to RCA Studio B, the historic home of great hit records by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings,” Mike Curb said. “Belmont students can now further enrich their education of this industry’s history in Nashville in the historic Columbia Records Building and the historic Quonset Hut Recording Studio, the first recording studio on Music Row where great artists such as Marty Robbins, Sonny James, Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee recorded numerous hit records. This new Music Row extension of the Curb College will provide students with an incredible opportunity to learn about the history of music through the new history professorship, songwriting through the new songwriting major and many other aspects of the music business.”

Dolly Parton, who counts membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame among her highest accolades, was present for the announcement. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ “I’m just a poor wayfaring songwriter proud to finally have a home,” Parton said. “I’m very excited about the new Hall of Fame.”

Belmont University is one of the first accredited universities in the nation to offer a major in songwriting. Made possible in part by collaboration between Belmont and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, the major’s first semester introductory courses in August 2007 were filled to capacity with 50 student songwriters registering. Award-winning Nashville songwriting veterans Tom Schuyler and Bob Regan teach the classes, joining an impressive roster of faculty members in the Curb College, including Mark Volman, founding member of the Turtles, and Dove Award-winning songwriter James I. Elliott, coordinator of the songwriting major at Belmont.

The mission of the songwriting major in the Curb College is to help students develop artistic crafts while gaining a practical understanding of the business aspects of a songwriting career. Students in the songwriting program take courses in songwriting, music theory and ear training, music publishing and studio production. Student songwriters will also be required to complete mentorships with professional songwriters.

“Belmont has a distinguished reputation for educating students working in Nashville’s music industry,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said. “We are honored to be a member of this partnership with the Curb Family Foundation and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation to advance the cause of songwriting and contribute to the continued success of the art by educating the next generation of songwriters in our esteemed Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.”

Students majoring in songwriting at Belmont will not need to look far for mentors
and inspiration. With the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame also housed in the 34 Music Square East building, students will have close proximity to the hall and its resources, as well as invaluable opportunities to learn from its members. Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, established in 1970, is considered the highest honor that can be bestowed on a songwriter with connections to the Nashville music community.

“The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is honored and excited about this partnership and the synergies it presents,” said Roger Murrah, the foundation’s chairman and a 2005 inductee of the Hall of Fame. “We helped design the curriculum for the songwriting major, and our members are willing and available to share our experiences with aspiring writers. We hope we’re also a source of inspiration for them. This partnership gives us a chance to give back.”

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame currently boasts 162 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Bill Anderson, Gary Burr, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Sonny Curtis, Bob Dylan, Don & Phil Everly, Vince Gill, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb and Hank Williams, Sr. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that owns and operates the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The NaSHOF’s principal purposes are to educate, archive, celebrate and honor the legacy of songwriting that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community.

The Mike Curb Family Foundation is dedicated to music education and preservation of historic music sites such as RCA Studio B, The Quonset Hut, Elvis Presley’s first home, The Johnny Cash Museum and the Talley House at Fisk University.

For Belmont University:
Pamela Johnson
Director, University Marketing & Special Initiatives
Belmont University
(615) 460-6178
johnsonp@mail.belmont.edu

For Mike Curb Family Foundation:
Liz Cavanaugh
VP Publicity/Media Relations
Curb Records
615.321-5080 ext.316
lcavanaugh@curb.com

For Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation:
Karen Byrd
Karen Byrd Public Relations
(615) 595-1500
karen.byrd@gmail.com

Jokers Wild Band
www.Jokers-Wild-Band.com

The Jokers Wild Band has broken in to the top 100 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart! "Please Catch Me" is at Number 98.
"Please Catch Me," Jokers Wild's second single from their upcoming From Texas With Love cd, is an up-tempo country tune and was written by co-producer and keyboardist Buck Aaron Thomas and lead guitarist Gary Wayne Zaiontz. "If you are so totally in love with that special somebody that they take your breath away every time they enter the room, then this is your song!" says Buck.

The Jokers Wild Band, a 6-piece country / rock band, based in San Antonio, Texas, was formed in the first quarter of 2002 and has since entertained crowds from South Texas to Northern Montana. In 2006, Jokers Wild was honored to perform for former President George Bush, Sr.

The Jokers Wild Band is scheduled to headline the Admiral Zachary Fisher Birthday Celebration Show at Brook Army Medical Center, Fisher House in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, this Friday, Sept. 21, from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

For Additional Information:
To request a copy of "Please Catch Me" as an MP3 or cd single, photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net . "Please Catch Me" is also available on the Media page by going to the Wildire Publicity website. Radio is encouraged to also contact Jerry Duncan Promotions.

The Story Behind Laura Bryna’s “Make A Wish”
Recording Artist Inspired By Making Wishes Come True

Nashville, TN September 20, 2007 – Equity Music Group’s Laura Bryna is living a wish of her own right now. She just embarked on a 34 city nationwide tour as the show opener for label mate and country music superstar Clint Black and her new single, “Make A Wish,” was released to country radio this week. As the title implies, the story behind this track is truly a magical one.

Written by Bryna, Jeff Batson, Steve Williams and Roger Sarchet, the song was inspired by one special wish child that Bryna met while volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. This young girl made such a profound impression on Bryna because her wish was for all of her friends’ wishes to come true. Bryna always remembered this selfless act of love and hope. So much so, that she wanted to put this sentiment in a song to share the message with everyone and hopefully educate people about the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

However, life was not always so rosy for the young woman with the petite frame and powerhouse voice. When Bryna was a young child her father passed away suddenly. The trauma of his unexpected death is thought to have caused her older brother to suffer a brain aneurism and he was hospitalized and in a coma for months. Although Bryna was quite young, she remembers driving to the hospital and hearing country music on the radio. She also remembers seeing famous people visiting the sick children where her brother lay sleeping in a coma. She saw celebrities visiting those patients. When she was older she finally understood why they were there.

“I would see all these kids in the hospital with life threatening illnesses and celebrities like Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers would come by and visit them. Seeing the celebrities made the kids so happy and helped them forget about their illness for a while,” says Bryna. From then on, she wanted to become a part of the Make-A-Wish magic and started volunteering for the foundation at 15 years old. No task was too small, she did it all from stuffing envelopes right up to going to the homes of wish children to find out what they wished for and then helped in making those wishes come true.

As the opener for Clint Black’s “Up Close and Personal Tour,” Bryna is getting up close and personal with some of her fans after her live performance of “Make A Wish.” One woman, who stood in line after the show in Aurora, IL for an hour to speak with Bryna, thanked her for writing and recording the song, citing that the message wasn’t only for children, but for adults too. The woman had tears in her eyes expressed her appreciation to Bryna and told her that the song really spoke to her, as she was battling cancer herself.

Bryna’s single, “Make A Wish,” is from her debut album, Trying To Be Me, due out in January 2008. For more information on Laura Bryna, visit her web site at < http://www.laurabryna.com/  > www.laurabryna.com .

CONTACTS:
Vanessa Parker-Davis/Splash! PR - news@splashpublicity.com 
or
Jensen Sussman/Equity Music Group - jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com

MURRAH MUSIC DEBUTS ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 10 PUBLISHER AIRPLAY CHART
Shares Distinction of Being First Nashville-Based Publisher on Chart

NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 19, 2007)—Murrah Music Corporation is proud to make its debut at #8 on Billboard’s second-quarter Top 10 Publisher Airplay chart. The chart, topped by conglomerates Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music, lists each music publisher’s market share based on radio airplay of songs in its catalog. Independent Murrah Music shares the distinction of being the first Nashville-based publisher on the chart with its neighbor, Big Loud Songs.

Murrah Music’s owner, chairman and CEO, Roger Murrah, said, “I couldn’t be prouder of my writers and my staff. It’s because of their efforts that Murrah Music earned this distinction.”

Murrah, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree, BMI Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Decade (‘90s), formed Murrah Music Corporation in 1990. Within two years, the company was named Billboard Magazine’s Independent Publisher of the Year. With a staff of 18 songwriters, as well as the prolific songwriting contributions of Murrah himself (“We’re in This Love Together,” “Goodbye Time,” “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” “High Cotton,” “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “Stranger Things Have Happened,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”), the company has continued to flourish. Murrah Music’s catalog includes Academy of Country Music Songs of the Year “I’m Movin’ On,” recorded by Rascal Flatts, and “Keeper of the Stars,” recorded by Tracy Byrd, as well as Billy Currington’s recent #1 hit, “Good Directions,” and Luke Bryan’s current top-5 hit, “All My Friends Say.”
Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com

LeAnn Rimes
www.Radio4Humans.de 
On August 28th, 2007, LeAnn Rimes just turned 25, which is quite young for a singer who has already been working in the rock, pop and country music fields. But if you take a look at her success and the awards she has received, it is obvious that she has already set quite a few standards in the music industry.

Radio4Humans.de is proud to present an exclusive Interview with LeAnn Rimes on September the 29th, 2007 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Central Time (North America). The interview will be conducted in English and in German, so the German listeners as well as the international audience can listen to the interview in the language they prefer.

At the same time the interview will be broadcast on our partner-stations iWebRadio.com and Radio Music Train. For people who missed the Interview on Saturday, September 29th, there will be a second chance on Sunday, September 30th, from 3:00 am to 7:00 am Central Time (North America) on Radio4humans.de. At that time, the broadcasting-stations of Megaradio2, Countrymusic24, Radio Downtown and iWebRadio.com will be tuned in.

MONTGOMERY GENTRY HITS THE STRIP IN THE LAS VEGAS PREMIERE!
(Nashville, TN)- Country music super duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY will appear on NBC's smash hit television series "Las Vegas." The two hour season premiere will air September 28th at 9PM EST on NBC starring Josh Duhamel, Molly Sims, James Lesure, Vanessa Marcil and Tom Selleck.
Now entering its fifth season, this fast-paced, sexy drama follows the elite Las Vegas surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of Sin City's largest resorts and casinos.
You can check out Eddie and Troy performing their Top 5 mega hit, "Hell Yeah" for the episode.
For more information about the show, visit www.nbc.com/las_vegas .
Fresh off their latest CMA nomination for Duo of the Year, Montgomery Gentry is currently touring throughout the country and promoting their latest album, Some People Change. Their new single, "What Do Ya Think About That" is currently climbing the country music charts. For more information on Montgomery Gentry, please visit www.montgomerygentry.com.

Lisa Hartman Black Makes Another Guest Appearance On Clint Black’s Tour
Actress/Singer To Perform With Her Husband
Nashville, TN September 17, 2007 – Lisa Hartman Black will take the stage with her husband Clint Black in a special performance at his upcoming Milwaukee, WI, concert (October 4th). Black kicked off his Up Close and Personal Tour August 23rd, and will continue on the road through mid-November. Hartman Black will join her country music superstar husband on two songs: the award winning “When I Said I Do,” and a brand new duet titled “You Still Get To Me.” This song, as well as Black’s current single, “The Strong One,” will be featured on Black’s next CD release, due in February 2008 from his label, Equity Music Group.

“I'm so happy Lisa's coming to the show in Milwaukee,” Black said. “When she walks on stage, the show quality goes way up. I'm trying to get her out to more shows but it really depends on our daughter's activities. Maybe if I had a school bus on the tour... then they could both come out the whole time!”

Fans at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI, are in for an extraordinary treat. For additional tour and ticket information, please visit www.clintblack.co

CONTACTS:
Jennifer Bohler/Alliance jballiance@comcast.net
Jensen Sussman/Equity Music Group jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com 

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
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InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
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Top 10 Super Country Hits - September 23rd, 2007 - 38th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can
* 2 - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
* 3 - Brad Paisely - Online
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - Take Me There
* 5 - Dierks Bentley - Free & Easy
* 6 - Brooks and Dunn - Proud of the House We Built
* 7 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
* 8 - Luke Bryan - All My Friends Say
* 9 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 10 - Rodney Atkins - These Are My People

Hot Rising Single
Craig Morgan - International Harvester

Keep An Eye On Single
Sugarland - Stay
Watch Peter & The Rowers perform "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at one of the biggest country festivals in Europe VISAGINO COUNTRY in Lithuania.
video: Peter & The Rowers - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
or click the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF8KN4m91Ss

LONESTAR RETURNS TO COUNTRY MUSIC SCENE WITH STOP AT CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE
Exclusive holiday CD features new lead singer & eleven new songs; Cracker Barrel to sponsor tour

LEBANON, TENN. (September 12, 2007) – After years of touring and releasing platinum selling records, Lonestar has built a strong and loyal following of music fans across the country. The band is about to hit the road again, this time with a new lead singer and a new Christmas CD that's only available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com .

"It's an honor to be involved with Cracker Barrel on this project. I can't think of a better combination than Lonestar, Christmas and Cracker Barrel," said Lonestar's Keech Rainwater. "These recordings are a perfect reflection of what Lonestar has evolved into as a group of musicians."

Available in early November, this Lonestar CD, titled My Christmas List, will feature a new sound as Cody Collins joins the band as its new lead singer. From the first moment they heard Collins sing, Dean Sams, Michael Britt and Keech Rainwater believed Collins would be an outstanding addition to the band.

"Cody is such a strong singer and he brings a lot to the table with his vocal ability," said Michael Britt. "His voice has a believable quality to it that draws you in. We wanted to make sure his talent was highlighted in the best way possible and what ended up coming out still sounded like Lonestar music. It's a perfect fit."

In addition to being the exclusive home of the My Christmas List CD, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel") will be the presenting sponsor of Lonestar's holiday concert tour. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Lonestar's My Christmas List tour begins in November.

"Lonestar's new CD is definitely on Cracker Barrel's Christmas list," said Simon Turner, Cracker Barrel's Chief Marketing Officer. "Lonestar has created a unique product that connects Christmas, country music and our heritage. With eleven new recordings on this CD, our guests will enjoy the holidays even more as they discover and experience Lonestar's new sound with lead singer Cody Collins."

"Putting this Christmas album together was truly one of the best experiences I have had doing a record in our eleven years recording together," said Dean Sams. "We locked ourselves in my studio for a week and came up with eleven unique, moving arrangements that are guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!"

Since forming in 1992, Lonestar has scored 17 hit singles on the Billboard chart, including ten #1 hits and has sold more than ten million records. Three of their CDs went platinum, including 1999's Lonely Grill which went triple-platinum. More success followed in 2003 when "My Front Porch Looking In" was named Billboard's "Most Played Country Song of the Year."

With the upcoming release of My Christmas List, Cracker Barrel continues to establish itself as a unique shopping destination for exclusive music. The Lonestar CD joins Cracker Barrel's list of exclusive CDs featuring Josh Turner, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sara Evans, Amy Grant, Charlie Daniels, Songs Of The Year and the Grand Ole Opry® Live Classics series

Jordan Leigh to play Grand Ole Opry and YOU are invited.
Jordan Leigh Young, who uses the stage name of Jordan Leigh, 15 year old singer and banjo picker from Salvisa, Kentucky, will play the Grand Ole Opry, on September 18, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. You can obtain special tickets by calling the Grand Ole Opry at: 615-871-6937 and saying you are in the Jordan Leigh party. These tickets will also get you into the 7pm Grand Ole Opry show.

Jordan was selected by CBS’ the Early Show to live out a “Magic Moment” after her mother submitted a letter telling of Jordan’s love and admiration of Dolly Parton and life long desire of performing the Opry.

Jordan has been singing/performing country music since the age of 6, loves bluegrass and country music and picks the 5-string banjo. Setting goals in the beginning, Jordan learned to set new and bigger ones as old ones were accomplished. While obtaining goals and striving for more, her dreams have been to meet Dolly Parton and play the Grand Ole Opry. You can find out more about Jordan by visiting her web-site at www.jordanleighmusic.com

Jordan’s performance credits include: Renfro Valley, the Lincoln Jamboree, the Kentucky Horse Park - Kentucky State Fair, Calvin Ray’s Live, the J.D. Crowe Festival and many others plus was awarded the Kentucky Country Music Association’s 2005 & 2006 Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year for traditional country music plus the 2006 Duo of the Year and the 2005 & 2006 Bob Owen’s award for community service. Jordan’s love of country music landed her a performance spot at the 2006 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Inductions ceremony where she shared the stage with many well-known performers such as The Judds, John Connelly, Lilly Tomlin, Dottie Rambo, Bobby Osborne, Dean Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Sam Bush, and others.

Enjoy this dynamite young female country singer on Sept. 18th at the Opry as she continues her goal to become part of Nashville’s professional country music scene.

Grand Ole Opry - September 18, 2007 at 5:30pm
Tickets: Jordan Leigh party – 615-871-6937 (tickets also good for the 7pm Opry Show)

To set up an appointment to personally meet Jordan while she is in Nashville please call: 859-366-4362 (2 to 11pm) or mobile: 859-613-6500 or email her at: cyoung@kycom.net 

25th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC CONFERENCE
www.internationalcountrymusic.org 
22-24 May 2008
THE GORDON E. INMAN CENTER. BELMONT UNIVERSITY
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The 25th annual International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be held Thursday afternoon through Saturday, 22-24 May 2008 in The Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Belmont University is located at the south end of Music Row.

ICMC solicits proposals in all disciplines related to all aspects of the history and contemporary status of Country Music. ICMC broadly defines Country Music to include variants from Old Time Country, Cajun, Cowboy, Western Swing, and the Nashville Sound to Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Country Rock, New Traditionalist, Hot New Country, Alternative Country, and the country music tradition in countries outside the United States. Proposals on the educational applications of Country Music from Kindergarten through the collegiate curriculum are also welcome. ICMC is truly international with papers having been presented by scholars from Australia, Canada the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

All presenters will be expected to pay the $100.00 (U.S.) registration fee which includes excellent luncheons and breakfasts. No form of financial support is available for presenters. Proposals should include: 1. Title of paper. 2. A 75-100 word abstract. 3 Name of presenter(s). 4. Institutional affiliation(s). 5. Complete address(es). 6. Phone and fax numbers. 7. E-Mail address(es). Proposals may be submitted by E-Mail to JAkenson@tntech.edu   or sent by conventional mail to James E. Akenson. Box 5042. Tennessee Technological University. Cookeville, TN 38505. U.S.A. Deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, 26 October 2007. Please note that ICMC coincides with MEMORIAL DAY weekend!

Thursday evening, 22 May 2008 will provide an opportunity for attendees to socialize informally, jam together if they are pickers, and to hear a keynote address by a nationally by Ryan Brasseaux and Kevin Fontenot dealing with the 80th anniversary of the first Cajun recording. Friday and Saturday, 22-24 May 2008 will provide a wide variety of presentations dealing with the history and contemporary status of country music. ICMC will also feature the Charles K. Wolfe Memorial panel discussion moderated by Ronnie Pugh. The 2008 Wolfe panel will focus on a 40th anniversary retrospective of the publication of Bill Malone’s “Country Music. U.S.A.” Bill Malone will be a panelist. The Friday, 23 May 2008 luncheon will feature the Belmont University Curb Music Industry Program Country Music Book Of-The-Year Award and the Life Time Achievement Award plus the Charlie Lamb Excellence in Country Music Journalism Awards. Saturday 24 May will feature a special panel on the 75th Anniversary of the death of Jimmie Rodgers featuring Nolan Porterfield and others.

Nashville is served by major airlines. Interstates 24, 40, and 65 pass through Nashville. The Holiday Inn Vanderbilt (1-800-HOLIDAY) on West End Avenue and two Hampton Inns (1-800-HAMPTON) on West End Avenue are conveniently located to Belmont University. A complete range of motels serves Nashville. Each may be contacted through their respective 1-800 reservation numbers and web sites.

THE GRASCALS TOP BILLBOARD BLUEGRASS ALBUMS CHART WITH LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES
IBMA Entertainers of the Year Prepare to Shoot “Mayberry’s Finest” Commercial, Perform on IBMA Awards Show, Fan Fest and More

NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 14, 2007)—Rounder recording group The Grascals have taken over the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart with Long List of Heartaches (issue date September 22).

The album, released in August 2006, debuted at #2 on the chart a year ago, and it earned the group a Grammy® nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. The critically acclaimed release also includes “Did You Forget God Today,” written by Aubrey Holt and featuring harmony vocals by the Jordanaires. The song earned a GMA Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year, and it is nominated for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year at the 18th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards show, to be held on October 4 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The Grascals will perform on the show, where they are also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, an award they first took home last year.

In addition to their awards show performance, The Grascals will perform at the annual IBMA Fan Fest and the Grand Master Fiddler Championship on Friday, October 5. They will also perform at the Opry’s Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration, to be held at the Ryman Auditorium on October 2, and at the Bluegrass Spectacular at the Nashville Palace on October 3.

The Grascals recently partnered with Mayberry’s Finest, a new line of food products featuring 36 Southern-seasoned food items inspired by The Andy Griffith Show. The group wrote and recorded the Mayberry’s Finest jingle, and in the coming weeks will film a television commercial for the product line. They will also perform a free show at the Blackmon Amphitheatre in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, on September 27 as part of the Mayberry Days celebration.

For additional information on The Grascals, visit http://www.grascals.com/ . For more information on Mayberry’s Finest, visit www.mayberrysfinest.com  .
Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Public Relations
615-595-1500
Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Jennifer Sacca/Rounder Records
617-218-4503
jsacca@rounder.com

To Make Impact - Launches Label With Country Artist Ansel Brown
Former NFL Pro Bowler Sean Gilbert Heads Up Label

Charlotte, NC (September 12, 2007) --"IPAK plans to make an impact in the music business in all genres," says IPAK Records' President, Sean Gilbert. "We are launching the label with the signing of an artist who I believe is an 'All American' country star - Ansel Brown."

Gilbert, a former NFL Pro Bowler and legendary defensive lineman (Panthers, Redskins, Rams, Raiders), has become a successful entrepreneur since leaving the NFL. He and Ansel crossed paths on an advertising project and a friendship began as soon as they realized they both shared a deep passion for music. "Over the past three years, I have watched how devoted Ansel is to his musical career," says Gilbert. "It reminded me of my commitment and work ethic when I played in the NFL."

Ansel's first single will be released on September 17, and he's been preparing for this debut for several months. Since creating his MYSPACE page just over a year ago, Brown has made amazing inroads, including the creation of "street teams" in nearly 30 states, and surpassing a milestone of over 730,000 plays.

Gilbert will begin signing additional artists (gospel, pop & R&B) to the imprint before the end of year. The label, currently operating out of Charlotte, plans to open offices in Nashville in the next 90 days.

For more information on IPAK, email Ipakrecords@mac.com  or call (704)968-1279.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Ansel Brown and Sean Gilbert finalize the deal. (Credit: Ron Deshaies)
Additional poses available upon request.

To set up interviews, contact:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
615.746.3994
somuchmoore@charter.net 
www.somuchmoore.com

From Australia -
NICKI GILLIS IN GOLDEN SPOTLIGHT
www.nickigillis.com 
www.myspace.com/nickigillis
The incredible talents of NICKI GILLIS have been honoured over the weekend, with the announcement of her being named the 2007 COOPERS GOLDEN SADDLE AWARD winner.
Nicki was up against two strong contenders – Aussie troubadour Lee Forster and new talent Markus Meier (Shock Records).

The Coopers Golden Saddle Award has put the spotlight on Nicki and her latest single REMEMBER ME, as it rockets up the Top 30 Country Tracks airplay chart, currently sitting in the Top 20.

Nicki’s career has gone from strength to strength – having entertained the troops in Iraq, named 2006 Blue Mountains Music Awards Outstanding Contribution to Blues/Jazz Music Award, releasing her acclaimed album LUCY’S DAUGHTER late 2006 under the guidance of producer Roger Corbett, and this year named Open Album and Independent Female Vocalist of the Year at the Horsham Country Music Awards.

Her current album has been acknowledged with two hits taken from the album – LEAVIN’ YOU FOR MYSELF (co-written with Kevin Bennett) and the current single REMEMBER ME (co-written with Roger Corbett).

Nicki’s golden voice goes hand in hand with her new title, having recently supported James Blundell at Eastside Café, Nicki will be performing at upcoming music festivals in Mildura and Broken Hill.
Her new clip for REMEMBER ME will be hitting CMC in coming weeks.

From Canada
Colleen Rae
colleen@colleen-rae.com
www.colleen-rae.com 
Wow is 2007 ever my year for nominations .... Announced on Sept 12, I am nominated for OUTSTANDING COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR for my debut CD "What You Need Is Me" by the WCMA's (Western Canadian Music Awards).

The conference is October 18 - 21, hosted in the heart of downtown Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The 5th WCMA's will be held on Sunday October 21, 2007.

HISTORY ABOUT THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE
The Western Canadian Music Alliance Inc. (January 2003) was formed in late 2002 when the Prairie Music Alliance expanded, inviting the Music Industry Associations of BC and the Yukon to join forces in creating a new entity. While the Western Canada Music Awards, Conference and Festival is a new event, there is a strong sense of history, a legacy of the successes of both Prairie Music Week and the West Coast Music Awards. The vision of developing the infrastructure of a regional music industry is intact and now shared across western Canada. The five participating members of the Western Canadian Music Alliance are the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association (SaskMusic), Alberta Recording Industry Association (ARIA), Music BC – The Pacific Music Industry Association, and Music Yukon.

For more information visit online at www.westerncanadianmusicawards.ca 
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com 
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - September 9th, 2007 - 36th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
 
Artist/Song
* 1 - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
* 2 - Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can
* 3 - Brad Paisely - Online
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - Take Me There
* 5 - Rodney Atkins - These Are My People
* 6 - Brooks and Dunn - Proud of the House We Built
* 7 - Dierks Bentley - Free & Easy
* 8 - Sugarland - Everyday America
* 9 - Garth Brooks - More Than A Memory
* 10 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
Hot Rising Single
Eric Church - Sinners Like Me
 
Keep An Eye On Single
Bucky Covington - It's Good To Be Us
 
Watch Peter & The Rowers perform "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at one of the biggest country festivals in Europe VISAGINO COUNTRY in Lithuania.

video: Peter & The Rowers - The Devil Went Down To Georgia

or click the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF8KN4m91Ss

CLAY WALKER'S BAND AGAINST MS CHARITY PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL MS SOCIETY IN NATION'S CAPITAL
Star-studded Guitar Slated for Diplomatic Ambassadors Ball Auction
(NASHVILLE, TN) – Platinum recording artist, Clay Walker recently enlisted some of country music's biggest stars to help battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Walker's non-profit charity, Band Against MS has partnered with the Washington D.C. metropolitan area Chapter of the National MS Society by offering an autographed guitar for auction at the Society's Annual Ambassadors Ball on September 19 in the nation's capital. The Taylor model 210-E guitar bedecked with the authentic signatures of Walker, Alan Jackson, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and George Strait is one of several items included in the auction. Proceeds from the sale of the instrument will be divided between the National Capital Chapter of the National MS Society and Band Against MS. For more information about Band Against MS visit www.bandagainstms.org

"Band Against MS is thrilled to continue our partnership with the National MS Society" says the charity's Director, Kyle Frederick. "We are sincerely grateful for the good work they do and for the individuals, groups and businesses that support our ongoing effort to fund research and education. We recognize that they are at the core of our endeavor to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis."

Traditionally under the Honorary Patronage of the President and First Lady, the Ambassadors Ball is one of the first events on Washington's full social calendar. While raising vital funds for Multiple Sclerosis, the black tie gala hosts members of the Washington Diplomatic Corps, Congressional leaders, and a variety of local and national celebrities. Now in its 29th year, the Ambassadors Ball has raised over $11 million toward a world free of MS. More information is available at www.MSandYOU.org .

Since his recording debut in 1993, Walker has scored 11 number one country hits and sold more than 10 million albums. "Fall" the new single and title track from Walker's eighth studio album is currently climbing the country charts. For additional information on Clay, visit www.claywalker.com 
Media Contacts:

Webster & Associates Public Relations
615.777.6995
Kirt Webster x30
kirt@websterpr.com
Chelsey Shults
chelsey@websterpr.com

Lisa Hartman Black Will Be Clint Black’s Special Guest Actress/Singer To Perform With Her Husband
Nashville, TN September 4, 2007 – Lisa Hartman Black will take the stage with her husband Clint Black in a special performance at his upcoming Aurora, IL, concert (September 8th). Black kicked off his Up Close and Personal Tour August 23rd, and will continue on the road through mid-November. Hartman Black will join her country music superstar husband on two songs: the award winning “When I Said I Do,” and a brand new duet titled “You Still Get To Me.” This song, as well as Black’s current single, “The Strong One,” will be featured on Black’s next CD release, due in early 2008 from his label, Equity Music Group.

“Convincing Lisa to perform live was a very special challenge,” Black said. “She has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, but her preference is for as few people as possible to hear it. So, it’s always baby steps for me to get her to sing… first I lure her into the studio to cut the track with promises of it just being a scratch vocal to help me shape the duet. Then I convince her no one else can sing it like she does, so I get it on the CD. You don’t want to know what I have to promise to get her to walk out on a stage with me in front of thousands of people!”

Whatever the promise, fans at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL, will be in for an extraordinary treat.
CONTACTS: Jennifer Bohler/Alliance jballiance@comcast.net
Jensen Sussman/Equity Music Group jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com 

CRS-39 Agenda Highlights Released by CRB, INC ®
(Early Bird Registration Accessible at www.crb.org )

(Nashville, Tennessee) September 5, 2007 - The Board and Agenda Committee of the Country Radio Broadcasters released the following details of the Agenda for the Country Radio Seminar (CRS-39), which will be held March 5-7, 2008 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Bob Richards, Program Director of WFMS Indianapolis and CRS-39 Agenda Chairman states, “This Agenda is a great example of how CRS-39 is working to meet its stated goals of providing ideas which will help the business of Country radio and Country music thrive and sustaining the country radio format as a dominant entertainment medium."

The most significant Agenda change this year is the re-structuring of the Wednesday, March 5, activities and the moving of the Keynote address and opening ceremonies from its traditional Thursday morning slot to Wednesday at 10:30 AM. This change necessitated a change in the times of the Artist Radio Tape Sessions (ARTS sponsored by SESAC) which will now be held from 9:00-10:20 AM and 2:00-3:50 PM.

Two panels are scheduled on Wednesday afternoon: The Country Format through the PPM Lens (sponsored by Arbitron) and The Great Debate: To Test or Not To Test.

Other events on Wednesday include music label showcases (4:00-4:50 PM and 9:30-10:30 PM), KCRS-Live (sponsored by ASCAP), The Welcome Reception and the 39th Radio Olympiad (6:30-7:20 PM) and the Music City Jam™ featuring Brad Paisley and guests (co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and United Stations Radio Networks).

Thursday’s activities are highlighted by the return on the Small Market track and the introduction of a New Technology track.

The four Technology Tracks will comprise of: Bytes and Bagles (Tech 101), Growing Online, TXT-Texting as a Revenue Generator, Boom or Bust: A Look at the Hot Tech Trends.

The Small Market Tracks include: Small Market Superstars and Flex Your Promo Pec’s.

Other panels rounding out Thursday’s lineup include several that follow up on issues raised during this past year’s CRS (CRS-38). The issues include: The Power of Business En Espanol with author Jose Cancela, This Is Not A Test – Severe Weather Coverage Part II, 60 Seconds: An Awesome Idea Every Minute and Morning Show Marvels.

Professional Development Panels are: How Do I Get To Be “That Guy,” Woman To Woman, Sonic Architecture: It Ain’t Imaging No More and Gen X/Gen Y where Tristian Coopersmith of CAA: The Intelligence Group will present an hour long trendcast on consumer culture and branding.

Thursday also features three music industry centered panels: The Charts and Beyond, I’m Just A Song: The Life of “Good Directions” and Research 101: Callout, Focus, and Music Tests.


Also returning on Thursday are the ever popular WCRS-LIVE from 4:00-5:20 PM (which is co-sponsored by BMI and Country Aircheck), The Exhibit Area Networking Hour from 5:30-6:30 PM (sponsored by BMI), and the Wildhorse Saloon Showcase from 7:00-11:00 PM.

Friday, March 7th kicks off a strong lineup with a Research Presentation and Talent coach Valerie Geller showcasing her “Creating Powerful Radio – Never Lost A Listener” demonstration.

Returning favorites on Friday include: Raising the Bar…No Holds Barred, The Sequel; The Life of a Legend Panel, Two Part Harmony: Making the Most of the Biggest Show in Town, and Extreme Networking (sponsored by Bullseye Marketing)

Other panel highlights: Radio’s New PPM World, Voicetracking: Make It Sound Live, What Women Want and Investing In Your Future: How Radio and Records Can Break An Act.

Events on Friday, March 7th include a special Managers Breakfast (8:00-8:30 AM), The New Faces of Country Music ® Cocktail Reception (5:30-6:15 PM) and at an earlier time of 6:30 PM, the New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show (co-sponsored by Country Music Association and R&R). Luncheons over the three days will be sponsored by Curb (Wednesday), SonyBMG (Thursday), and Capitol Nashville (Friday). Exhibitor/ Trade Show areas will be open on Wednesday and Thursday.

Complete listings of these panels and confirmed panelists can be found at the Country Radio Broadcasters website http://www.crb.org . As always, the Agenda as listed is subject to modification or change as speakers and panelists are confirmed to participate.

Early bird registration is available online at http://www.crb.org  or by contacting the Country Radio Broadcasters offices at 615-327-4487.

CRS-39
March 5-7, 2008
Nashville Convention Center
601 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of the County Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

Andrew Dean to participate in annual CROP WALK
Andrew Dean to participate in annual CROP WALK in his hometown community. On OCTOBER 14th, 2007 we will again do our part to STAMP OUT HUNGER around the world. ¼ of the total donations will be given to the Gibsonburg Ohio local food pantry. This helps our local community as well as the world. If you would like to walk, please contact Andrew for the details.

If you are unable to walk, but would still like to help out, here's the deal:


For your $25 donation we will give you your choice of CD by Andrew Dean and the Farm Machine, recorded in Nashville Tennessee, Wide Open Dreams or The Harvest. Contact andrewdean@andrewdean.us

Thee American Dream Tour Summertime went great, we met lots of friendly happy people, and even spent a little time with Confederate Railroad backstage in Caldwell Ohio, as well as some good time with Gospel duo Jeff and Sheri Easter in Sidney Ohio. Check out the FALL SCHEDULE online at www.andrewdean.us 

We hope to see you at some of the shows.

THANK YOU goes out to all the worldwide radio DJ's who are playing my music. I appreciate each and every one who makes it possible for me to remain on the European Country Music Chart and Roots Gospel Chart.
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Promoted by 2005 ECMA Promotional company of the year RhonBob Promotions
http://www.rhonbob.com
and Black Hat Productions
info@nitesky.us
http://www.andrewdean.us
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NITE*SKY RECORDS
"Where the Stars Shine"
http://www.nitesky.us

*All new... Starting in September, the mtm radio sampler cds each individual tracks will now be id'd (artist, title, etc), in overall mastering to help with royalty collections etc.. a service very few if anyone else does...

** M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's are archived Country Music Hall of Fame....
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To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com 

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!
I am currently putting together Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #25) to mail out In mid Sept (cut off deadline 7 Sept) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $275.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $275.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #25 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - September 2nd, 2007 - 35th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
* 1 - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
* 2 - Rodney Atkins - These Are My People
* 3 - Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - Take Me There
* 5 - Brooks and Dunn - Proud of the House We Built
* 6 - Sugarland - Everyday America
* 7 - Dierks Bentley - Free & Easy
* 8 - Brad Paisely - Online
* 9 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
* 10 - Luke Bryan - All My Friends Say
Hot Rising Single
Garth Brooks - More Than A Memory
Keep An Eye On Single
Kellie Pickler - Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind
Watch Peter & The Rowers perform "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at one of the biggest country festivals in Europe VISAGINO COUNTRY in Lithuania.

video: Peter & The Rowers - The Devil Went Down To Georgia

or click the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF8KN4m91Ss

Emerson Drive Gets CMA Nods and Appears on Hit TV Show “LA Ink”
Nashville, TN – Emerson Drive found out about their two CMA nominations this morning while rolling down the highway. “We got the wake up call of the year this morning!! We were on our bus headed to our gig in Ohio when we got a call telling us about our CMA nominations for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year. What a great way to wake up!” says Brad Mates of Emerson Drive.

Emerson Drive has been busy lately. They just taped an episode of the new hit TV series on TLC called “LA Ink.” The band will be featured for the entire hour while they get “inked” to celebrate their very first #1 record “Moments.” The band treats Kat Von D and her team of talented tattoo artists to an acoustic version of the hit song. The episode will air on Tuesday Sept. 4th. The series debut of “LA Ink” was the highest debut rated in the history for TLC, which connects with more than 94 million homes in North America alone.

Emerson Drive will be the show opener for the CCMA Awards which will be broadcasted on Great American Country on Monday Sept. 10th. The band is nominated for four CCMA awards in the categories of Single of the Year, Album of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Group or Duo of the Year. The band also has 5 nominations for the CCMA All Star Band.

The band’s new single “You Still Own Me” was recently released to country radio and their hot summer tour is resulting in sold out and record-breaking crowds.

For more information on Emerson Drive log onto www.emersondrive.com  or www.myspace.com/emersondrive

TRACY LAWRENCE CONTINUES AN AMAZING YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENT WITH CMA AWARD NOMINATION FOR MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Find Out Who Your Friends Are” Still Hot On The Airwaves One Year After Its Release

NASHVILLE, TN-August 30, 2007-Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence continues to carve out an amazing year of achievement with the announcement today of his nomination in the CMA's Musical Event Of The Year category for the song “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. Lawrence has spent the past year blazing a new path and the announcement that he is one of the CMA's finalists for Musical Event Of The Year is icing on the cake to an otherwise stellar and history-making year.

“I can honestly say, I found out who my friends are this year,” says Lawrence beaming with excitement about his nomination. “I am humbled by the overwhelming support of country radio and so many of my friends and colleagues in the music industry, a business that I dearly love. I've been given the privilege of a career doing what I love to do…entertaining. There is a tremendous amount of hard work and competition, but this business is my passion. It's sort of like running for office, but the campaigning never ceases. I assembled a very strong team around me and I feel very proud of our accomplishment.”

Lawrence has experienced an incredible year making a remarkable return to the top of the national music trade charts with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and proving that an independent record label owned by a country music recording artist can, in fact, compete successfully. Lawrence launched his own label in July last year, released the first single in August, released his first full CD in January, 2007, and celebrated his 17th No. 1 career record, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” in June of this year (the first No. 1 he'd had in more than 10 years). The song is one of the most played in the "recurrents" on country radio right now.

The accompanying video, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” released in July, adds to the song's momentum as it climbs the current playlists at CMT, GAC, CMT Pure, and local and regional video outlets around the globe. Currently, the video is No. 11 on CMT's playlist and No. 14 on GAC's fan-voted “Top 20" respectively. The video has been added both online and for the cable on-demand service at Music Choice, a cable network reaching 23 million households nationwide. The video features cameo appearances by fellow celebrities and "friends" George Jones, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros, Cornelius Griffin of the Washington Redskins, and fellow country singer Daryl Worley.

Early this summer, Lawrence made history when “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” topped both the Billboard/R&R and Country Aircheck/Mediabase national charts in the coveted No. 1 spot. Lawrence became the first country artist who owns his own record label, RCR (Rocky Comfort Records), to reach the No. 1 position with the debut single release on that label. It held at No. 1 on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart for two consecutive weeks. “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” was Lawrence's first No. 1 since 1997 when he topped the R&R chart with “Is That A Tear.” His last Billboard No. 1 was with “Time Marches On” in 1996. “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” was released to radio August 21, 2006 on the RCR/CO5 Nashville imprint. According to Mediabase national radio callout research, the song has ranked consistently among the Top 5 since the third week of December 2006.

The full CD, titled FOR THE LOVE, was available in stores January 30, 2007. It marked Lawrence's first studio collection in nearly three years. The CD was met with an impressive response by record buyers across the United States and he entered Billboard magazine's “Top Independent Albums” chart at No. 3, the “Top Country Albums” chart at No. 6, and “The Billboard Hot 100” albums chart at No. 53. RCR/CO5 Nashville has a distribution partnership with A2M (Artist To Market Distribution). Sales of FOR THE LOVE continue to move at a consistent clip with product available in all traditional retail outlets that carry CDs.

FOR THE LOVE features several points of interest. Among them, “Til I Was A Daddy Too,” the second single from FOR THE LOVE and a heartfelt look at parenting and the depth of a father's love. The title cut is a duet with Brad Arnold, lead singer of the multi-platinum group Three Doors Down. “Speed Of Flight,” represents the first time that Lawrence has cut a song he penned alone. Finally, like bookends, the CD starts and finishes with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” One is a bonus track that features two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.

Lawrence's music is available for downloading on iTunes, WalMart.com, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic among other digital service providers. Cell phone users have actively downloaded ringtones. Text Tracy1 to 66555 to get “Find Out Who Your Friends Are;” text Tracy2 to 66555 to get “You Can't Hide Redneck,” text Tracy3 to 66555 to get “For The Love,” or text Tracy4 to 66555 to get “Speed Of Flight.” Tracy Lawrence website: www.tracylawrence.com 

The CMA's Musical Event Of The Year is defined as a collaboration of two or more people either or all of whom are known primarily as individual artists. They must have performed together, as a unit, on a musical recording released domestically within the eligibility period with each artist prominently featured and duly authorized to receive billing on the event. The award goes to each artist on the collaboration. The 41st Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on the ABC television network Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 8pm/7pm central time.

From Canada
Recently the performers for the Canadian Country Music Associations GOSPEL SHOWCASE were announced for this years Country Music Week to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan. One of the lucky ones to perform at this well-attended event will be COVENANT and SHAI AWARD WINNING COUNTRY GOSPEL artist CHERYL DUNN. This years event will take place at the KNOX METROPOLITAN CHURCH on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th. On learning of this great opportunity this is what Cheryl had to say; "I am so excited about being chosen to sing at the Canadian Country Music Association's Gospel Showcase. I am looking forward to spending the weekend in Regina meeting Canada's greatest country artists. I intend to make the most of my time in Regina asking many questions and learning as much as possible! I have heard that Carolyn Dawn Johnson and George Canyon have performed at the Gospel Showcase previously - so this is very exciting for me to be invited to this event. WOW - what a great opportunity! I hope and pray that this will open many doors for my ministry and continued growth in the music industry." For the last couple of years Cheryl has been busy touring throughout Texas and Canada. Cheryl is currently working on a Christmas album to be released later this year. Cheryl receives airplay on Christian radio throughout the United States (with a very strong following in Texas). And her music can be heard on Canadian country radio along with being heard on Christian radio stations coast to coast. Cheryl currently has two albums available - ANYBODY ELSE and her latest LET GO. MORE CHERYL DUNN APPEARANCES: SEPTMEBER 2: AVENUE HURST PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY - 10:30 AM SEPTEMBER 2: FOUR WINDS GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP - 7:00 PM SEPTEMBER 5: FIRST NATIONS ALLIANCE CHURCH OF REGINA - 7:00 PM For further information / Cd's / interviews please contact DEBORAH WOOD PUBLICITY - 905-373-4186 codeywt@yahoo.com  or deborahwoodpublicity@gmail.com   For further information on CHERYL DUNN please go to www.cheryldunn.com

The Charlie Daniels Band To Release Duets CD
(NASHVILLE, TENN -- August 27th, 2007) On October 9th, Charlie Daniels will release his 17th Blue Hat Records release, Deuces. Charlie has teamed up with some of Nashville's most recognizable artists, performing duets of Country, Pop, and R&B classics, as well as some of The Charlie Daniels Band's biggest hits. The album will be distributed by KOCH Records.

Guest stars include: Brad Paisley (Jammin' For Stevie); The Del McCoury Band (Evangeline); Gretchen Wilson (Jackson); Earl, Gary and Randy Scruggs (Maggie's Farm); Bonnie Bramlett (Signed, Sealed, Delivered), Travis Tritt (What'd I Say); Dolly Parton (Daddy's Old Fiddle); Brooks & Dunn (Long Haired Country Boy); Marty Stuart (God Save Us All From Religion); Darius Rucker (Like A Rolling Stone); Brenda Lee (Let It Be Me); Vince Gill (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down); and Montgomery Gentry (Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye).

The duets album follows The Charlie Daniels Band's recent CD/DVD release of "Live From Iraq" which was recorded when The Charlie Daniels Band performed for US/Multinational Troops as part of the Stars for Stripes Tour. He also edited "Growing Up Country," a book of essays by Southern politicians, musicians, and celebrities. The book is in stores now.

While promoting the release, Charlie will be making a series of appearances in New York and touring the country.

For more information on The Charlie Daniels Band, go to www.charliedaniels.com . For interview, album, or photo requests, please contact AristoMedia at publicity@aristomedia.com .

** Hi-Res album art available upon request / Press Release in .doc format available upon request

About Blue Hat Records:
Blue Hat Records, founded by Charlie Daniels and longtime manager David Corlew, began as one of the first artist owned independent record labels in Country music. Blue Hat Records is in its tenth year and sold nearly 700,000 records to date. Charlie Daniels' 17th album release, entitled Deuces, marks Blue Hat Records 21st album release.

About KOCH Entertainment:
KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 is the fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations include record and video labels as well as distribution in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in North America. KOCH Records had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for six years (2001 – 2006). KOCH Entertainment is owned by Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market (ticker symbol “ETO”).

FROM AUSTRALIA
2007 Australian Independent Country Music Awards
It has been an exciting time for the following four artists over the last month or so, with all having success with their latest singles, album releases, and finalist nominations in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

Golden Guitar winner Felicity Urquhart has not only recently signed a publishing deal with one of Australia’s leading publishing companies Mushroom Music Publishing, she has also been named a finalist in three upcoming awards: CMAA Achiever Awards Independent Entertainer of the Year / Mo Awards Slim Dusty Country Performer of the Year / Australian Independent Country Music Awards for Single of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. With her new single NO MISTAKES climbing the CMC video chart and airplay charts – taken from her album MY LIFE (distributed by Shock Records), it is available at radio on the August Shock Records country sampler.

Graham Rodger’s start to 2007 was wonderful, with him being named a finalist at the CMAA Golden Guitars, taking out a number of awards at the TSA’s and continued his winning streak at the 2007 QLD Gold Medallion Awards. Having just returned from a successful Gympie Muster, Graham is on the Top 30 Country Tracks chart at #19, with his single WOMAN ON THE LAND, taken from his album THUNDERBOLT (distributed by OneStop Country). The strength of this song has helped secure Graham a nomination in the Heritage Track of the Year at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, to be held early October. WOMAN ON THE LAND is available at radio on the NFS #114 sampler.

Alternative country artist Gemma Doyle has proven again her songs hit the mark with audiences and peers alike. After her Golden Guitar nomination this year and recent video clip showings on Channel Nine’s The Music Jungle and ABC’s Rage, Gemma is back at radio and on CMC with her latest single ALL I WANT IS TONIGHT. Having received steady requests on CMC for her new single, taken from the album NOTHING (distributed by OneStop Country), Gemma is sitting in the Top 40 and climbing. The single is at radio and available on NFS #113 sampler. Her talent has been identified by the country music fraternity with her being named a finalist in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards for Rising Star Female.

Jayne Denham may be a new name to some, but she’s been working on her craft for many years. Having just released her debut album last month, titled SUDDEN CHANGE IN THE WEATHER (distributed by Shock Records), Jayne has already had a Top 20 hit with her first single CHICK UTE. This country rock chick is definitely one to keep on the radar, and it seems others share the same opinion, with her being nominated for Rising Star Female at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards. Keep an eye out for her new single COUSIN JUDE on the August Shock Records country sampler.
www.felicityurquhart.com
www.myspace.com/felicityurquhart
www.grahamrodger.com.au
www.gemmadoyle.com
www.myspace.com/gemmadoyle
www.jaynedenham.com
www.myspace.com/jaynedenham

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TIM MURPHY (submitted by Lynn Thomas)
WWW.TIMMURPHY.NET
Let me introduce to you the talented and exciting - ‘2006 Top Male Country Artist Of The Year’ - Tim Murphy.
Tim is best known for his self-penned hit single, ‘Bottom of The Fifth’ which was voted into the 2002, 45th Annual Grammy Awards for nominations in two categories: Best Country Song and Best Country Male Vocal Performance. Add to this; three Top-40 hits, a Top-Ten single, a video which claimed the number one spot on ICE-TV (Independent Country Express) and one that just came in at # 46 on the Top-100 videos on www.YouTube.com, and finally, in June of 2007 Tim was named; Number One Country Indie Artist in the world by The Independent Music Network. Tim graced the cover of New Music Weekly Magazine in August of 2006 and at the New Music Weekly Award Show in Hollywood, California on November 18th 2006 he took home the top honor of ‘Top Male Country Artist Of The Year’ along side the other talented newcomer, Carrie Underwood, who won for ‘Top Female Country Artist of The Year’ by The New Music Weekly Awards Association.
His current single, ‘Burn Me Down’ has captured the number one spot on New Music Weekly Chart system, has reached a # 3 position on Music Row Charts and continues to climb on all other major music charts across the country. You could say that Tim Murphy is a ‘man on a mission’ and he is at the ‘TOP’ of his game!

Tim hails from sunny California where he grew up on his daddy’s record collection consisting of all the greats like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and George Jones. He took these influences and mixed them with some of his older brothers’ collection of Bob Segar and The Eagles. He incorporated some of his own favorites such as Hank Jr., Waylon & Willie and George Strait, added his own little touch of spirituality and has come up with a magical musical flavor that radio personalities and people everywhere are dubbing as ‘Murph Music’! They say that when you receive your Tim Murphy CD, do not let your children or your friends borrow it, (cause, you will never get it back!!!). Yes, it’s that good!

Tim has had the pleasure and honor of sharing the stage with such greats as Tracy Byrd, Jo Dee Messina, Trick Pony, Montgomery Gentry, Lila McCann, Freddy Fender, Restless Heart and Shannon Brown. He has shared top billing with legends such as Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd. His style, his candor and his classic cowboy charm seems to leave audiences feeling more like family than fans. His heart-felt, soulful voice resonates with the honesty and purity of the classic country stars of yester-year while he delivers the goods with the vibrant and youthful energy of today’s superstars! Recently Tim has performed on such stages as the New Music Weekly Award Show at the legendary Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, Good Morning America for the 100th Anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in front of 30,000 people and every television network in the world. He was specially requested to perform by Lacy Peterson’s family at The Annual Lacy & Conner Peterson Memorial in Modesto, California and made National news when he organized a benefit concert for the family of Ricky Dickerson, a park employee who was beaten into a coma after attempting to rescue a female park patron being attacked by gang members. Tim helped raise an estimated $54,000 to pay hospital bills and help the family of five survive while Ricky recovers. He has volunteered his talents and music to aid in such worldly topics as The Katrina Relief Fund, The Tsunami Relief Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gilda’s Club and the American Cancer Association. Lately, he has appeared on the Morning Show with Kay Bain, Midday Mississippi, Nixa Country (Internet Radio), Good Day Sacramento and National Radio stations across the country.
 
“My story isn’t all that different from a lot of artists,” exclaims Tim. “It’s a long hard journey no matter which path you choose to follow in life. I don’t know if I chose music or if music chose me. But, I know one thing, this really is my story, my life is in these songs. The greatest gift of all is that I get to share them with the world. I feel truly blessed.” He adds, “We did a show in Sacramento one time. I sang, ‘Good Hands’ which I wrote about the loss of my baby sister who was killed during a violent crime. A lady came up and told me about the recent loss of her brother and how she couldn’t seem to cry. She couldn’t accept the fact that he was really gone until she heard this song. She said, ‘Thank you for helping me to let go!’ We held each other and just cried right there in front of everyone. She emails me now every other week and we help each other get thru things. Sometimes, making music goes way beyond just making music. I have realized the healing affect that some of these songs have and have opened up to the possibility that being a big star just might not be what it’s all about. I am listening to that Big Voice in the sky a whole lot more these days! He has blessed me with new direction and some of the best stuff I (We) have ever written. I can’t wait for the world to hear songs like, ‘Jesus and You’, ‘Livin’, Lovin’ & Learnin’, ‘Angel’ and ‘I’ve Got A Friend Named Jesus’.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
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(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
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Top 10 Super Country Hits - August 27th, 2007 - 34th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
* 1 - Rodney Atkins - These Are My People
* 2 - Kenny Chesney - Never Wanted Nothing More
* 3 - Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson - Because of You
* 4 - Brooks and Dunn - Proud of the House We Built
* 5 - Tim McGraw with Faith Hill - I Need You
* 6 - Rascal Flatts - Take Me There
* 7 - Dierks Bentley - Free & Easy
* 8 - Sugarland - Everyday America
* 9 - Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can
* 10 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
Hot Rising Single
Tammy Cochran - Where I Am
Keep An Eye On Single
Little Big Town - I'm With The Band
Watch Peter & The Rowers perform "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at one of the biggest country festivals in Europe VISAGINO COUNTRY in Lithuania.

video: Peter & The Rowers - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
or click the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF8KN4m91Ss

BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCED AS HOST OF 4TH ANNUAL MUSIC CITY JAM
NASHVILLE, TENN (August 20th, 2007) – The Academy of Country Music and Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) have announced that Brad Paisley will host and headline this year’s Music City Jam. The concert which will take place on Wednesday, March 5th at the Nashville Convention Center, is sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and United Stations Radio Networks.

Brad was set to perform last year, but was forced to cancel his appearance due to the birth of his first child.
“The Academy of Country Music is so excited that Brad is hosting the Music City Jam,” said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. “As the Academy’s reining Top Male Vocalist, he is sure to make it a great show and a good time for all CRB registrants.”

“Brad Paisley is a longtime friend of The Country Radio Broadcasters. He was one of the CRS New Faces of 2000 and has participated in many of our events over the years,” said Ed Salamon, Executive Director of The Country Radio Broadcasters. “I have great memories of Brad playing in tribute to Eddy Arnold when CRB honored Eddy with a Career Achievement Award in 1999, and I am really looking forward to this one-of-a-kind event where Brad will interact with other stars.”

Brad Paisley's fifth Arista Nashville album, 5th Gear, was released on June 19th, 2007 and has already sold nearly a half a million units. Paisley’s previous four Arista Nashville albums have all been certified Platinum or Double Platinum, with total sales well in excess of seven million copies. Paisley's BONFIRES AND AMPLIFIERS will continue through the fall. Brad’s current single “Online” is rocketing up the country charts.

CRB registration information is available at www.crb.org .

About The Country Radio Broadcasters:
The Country Radio Broadcasters is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization founded in 1969 and the principal entity that brings Country radio together with the Country music industry for learning opportunities that promote growth. The CRB is headquartered in Nashville Tennessee. For more information on The Country Radio Seminar, The Country Music Radio and DJ Hall of Fame, or any of the other Country Radio Broadcasters’ initiatives, please visit www.crb.org.

About the Academy of Country Music:
The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, an artist and industry-driven organization, exists to produce a world-class network television awards show, and its associated events, to provide the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of its Charitable Fund. The Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund promotes and supports music education and humanitarian programs that transform the human spirit. Through its charitable donations, the ACMCF works towards two main goals: encouraging Learning Through Music and Healing Through Music. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,500 professional members and more than 40,000 associate members, was established in 1964 and is headquartered in Encino, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, please visit www.acmcountry.com . For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit www.acmcf.org .

AARON TIPPIN HELPS BRING LEGENDARY WORLD WAR II PLANE TO NEW ORLEANS
(Nashville, TN) – Last week, country music star Aaron Tippin brought along a special guest for his performance at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) benefit in New Orleans, Louisiana. A restored World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber, also known as "Panchito," traveled in the air and water to reach her destination…and it was Aaron Tippin who helped get her there.

The B-25 bombers are famed for being a major force in bringing hope back to the country during WWII. It was the B-25 that Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle chose to use in a raid against the Japanese after their attack on Pearl Harbor. "Doolittle's Raid" was deemed a success thanks to the sixteen B-25 bombers used in the attack.

Aaron Tippin, also a licensed pilot, helped fly one of the restored B-25s from Oshkosh, Wisconsin to New Orleans. Once there Aaron, equipped with his very own "Working Man's PhD," helped load the plane onto a barge on Lake Pontchartrain. After being loaded, the legendary aircraft was taken to Spanish Plaza and put on display for the DAV benefit show.

"It was a great pleasure to be part of the team that brought 'Panchito' as a gift from the DAV to the city of New Orleans" says Aaron. "Man…it was hot!"

After the aircraft's trip was over, Aaron performed several of his hit songs for the DAV benefit. "Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Flies" was included in the performance, an appropriate song for "Panchito" and her history.

The DAV organization was honored to have Aaron on hand for the voyage. "Aaron is a long time advocate of our service members and veterans and his participation in getting 'Panchito' here is greatly appreciated" said Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant/CEO of DAV. "His music has long evoked patriotism and promoted the American way."

The entire trek was filmed by Sleeping Dog Productions for the DAV. A televised documentary is being planned for later in the year.

Aaron Tippin entered the music scene sixteen years ago with "You've Got To Stand For Something," a solid workingman's anthem that quickly established him as a true spokesman for the American people. Between 1990 and 1997, he had seven hit records and created such memorable singles as "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio," "That's As Close As I'll Get To Loving You," and "I Got It Honest." With his success and ability to relate to the people, he traveled to Saudi Arabia with Bob Hope in the early 90s to become the first singer to entertain the troops during the Gulf War.

Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations (615) 777-6995
Don Grubbs
Extension 22
don@websterpr.com 

Laura Bryna Joins Equity Music Group Label Mate
Clint Black on Nationwide Tour
Nashville, TN – Equity Music Group newcomer Laura Bryna will be the special guest of Clint Black on his “Up Close and Personal Tour.” Bryna joins the tour in Peoria, IL on September 6th. As part of her first major national tour, Bryna will perform in Milwaukee, Galveston, Cincinnati, Des Moines, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Schenectady, Niagara Falls, Monterey, as part of her 34 city tour across America, as she debuts music from her forthcoming Equity album titled, TRYING TO BE ME. “Opening for a superstar like Clint Black on my first tour and what I will be able to learn from him is indescribable. I am so excited!” exclaimed Bryna.

Bryna’s single, “Make A Wish,” will be a highlight of her shows each night. The song was co-written by Bryna, whose longtime work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation inspired the song. She first became aware of the Make-A-Wish Foundation while visiting her brother, who was critically ill at the time and in the hospital. "I would see all these kids in the hospital with life threatening illnesses and celebrities like Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers would come by and visit them. Seeing the celebrities made the kids so happy and helped them forget about their illness for a while. When I was old enough I started doing volunteer work for the organization and have been involved ever since,” says Bryna.

Bryna’s single on Equity Music Group, “Make A Wish,” will be released to radio on September 17th and a video has been completed.

For more information on Laura Bryna visit her web site at www.laurabryna.com

TOUR DATES
9/7 Gallagher Bluedorn PAC – Cedar Falls, IA
9/8 Paramount Arts Center – Aurora, IL
9/16 Firelake Grand Casino – Shawnee, OK
9/20 CrossRoads Community Center – Cincinnati, OH
9/21 Honeywell Center – Wabash, IN
9/22 Civic Center – Des Moines, IA
9/23 Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science – Sioux Falls, SD
9/25 Orpheum Theater – Wichita, KS
9/27 Lutcher Theater – Orange, TX
9/28-29 The Grand 1894 Opera House – Galveston, TX
9/30-10/1 Temple Theater (Angelina College) – Lufkin, TX
10/4 Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
10/5 Kirkland Fine Arts Center – Decatur, IL
10/6 Jackson Community College – Jackson, MI
10/7 Little River Casino Resort – Manistee, MI
10/11 Peace Center for the Performing Arts – Greenville, SC
10/12 Bill Heard Theatre – Columbus, GA
10/13 Florida Theater – Jacksonville, FL
10/14 King Center – Melbourne, FL
10/17 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – West Palm Beach, FL
10/24 Merrill Auditorium – Portland, ME
10/25 Proctor’s Theatre – Schnectady, NY
10/26 State Theater – Easton, PA
10/28 Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center – York, PA
11/1 Niagara Fallsview Casino Ballroom – Niagara Falls, ON
11/8 Louisburg College Auditorium – Louisburg, NC
11/9 Ferguson Center for the Arts – Newport News, VA
11/10 The Paramount Theater – Charlottesville, VA
11/15 Hanford Fox Theater – Hanford, CA
11/16 Turlock Community Theater – Turlock, CA
11/17 California Center for the Arts – Escondido, CA
11/18 Lancaster Performing Arts Center – Lancaster, CA
11/20 Golden State Theater – Monterey, CA

KEVIN FOWLER ON THE ROAD BEHIND UPCOMING RELEASE, 'BRING IT ON,' & 1ST CHART-CLIMBING SINGLE
Tour to Take Country Artist around Lone Star State and into Oklahoma
Austin, TX -- Rousing country artist Kevin Fowler, whose upcoming release, BRING IT ON (September 25; Equity Music Group), is already generating a big cyber-buzz, has begun a CD release tour to bring his pure, working-class country sound to venue-packing fans across Texas and in Oklahoma.

Starting this week, Fowler and his band play big venues around Texas and in Oklahoma -- from county fairgrounds and festivals to parks and raceways -- with songs from the upcoming album. Cuts like the funny family-of-origin lament "Long Line of Losers," which hit #19 in its first week on The Texas Music Chart and has been played more than 55,000 times at Fowler's MySpace page. Other songs, including the title track, "Best Mistake I Ever Made" and "Me and the Boys," his duet with superstar George Jones, are revving up Fowler fans into a frenzy.

BRING IT ON, produced by Blake Chancey, doesn't follow Fowler's typical album MO. This time, he's added screaming guitar and a heavy drum beat to his traditional country fare, a new sensibility to keep himself and his fans on their toes. It's not surprising to learn that Fowler has sold more than 250,000 records independently and that Jones, Mark Chesnutt and Sammy Kershaw have recorded his songs.

Kevin Fowler Upcoming Shows include:
August 23, Graham's Central Station, Longview,
August 24, Tumbleweed Dance Hall, Stillwater, Okla.
August 25, 12th Margarita & Salsa Festival, Waco
August 31, Concrete Street Amphitheatre, Corpus Christi
September 1, 2nd Annual Labor Fest, Taylor County Expo Pavilion, Abilene
September 2, Whitewater Amphitheatre, New Braunfels
September 6, Graham Central Station, San Angelo
September 7, Midnight Rodeo, Amarillo
September 8, Wild West, Lubbock
September 13, City Limits, Stephenville
September 15, Medina County Fairgrounds, Hondo
September 21, Wormy Dog Saloon, Oklahoma City, Okla.
September 22, Wolfdance 2007, Sundance Square, Fort Worth
September 27, Shooters Sports Bar, Texarkana, Ark.
September 28, Lucy Park, Wichita Falls
October 3, Texas Rice Festival, Winnie/Stowell Park, Winnie
October 6, Heart O' Texas Complex, Waco
October 13, Brazoria County Fair, Angleton,
October 14, Big State Festival, Texas World Speedway, Bryan-College Station
October 20, Bee County Fair & Expo, Beeville
November 24, Sam Houston Race Park, Houston
December 31, Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth
For more information, visit www.mcguckinpr.com , www.kevinfowler.com , www.myspace.com/kevinfowler .

Media Contacts:
Jill McGuckin, McGuckin Entertainment PR, 512.217.9404; jill@mcguckinpr.com
Heidi Labensart, McGuckin Entertainment PR, 512.478.0578; heidi@mcguckinpr.com
Jensen Sussman, Equity Music Group, 615.695.2350 x228; jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com

New Light Entertainment/Universal Issues New Lisa O'Kane CD, IT DON'T HURT, To North America On October 23

Featuring Albert Lee, Kenny Edwards, Skip Edwards, Taras Prodaniuk & Ernest Troost

PLANO, TX (August 22, 2007) - Americana/Roots artist Lisa O'Kane explores the "dark end of the street" on her most intimate album to date, IT DON'T HURT, for New Light Entertainment/Universal. Recorded in Los Angeles over the past two years, the 11-song collection highlights the contrasts in the personal life of the California native. Her upbeat personality allows her to tackle the hard stuff, and still come out on top. The disc hits store shelves across North America on October 23.


While the title track explores the sobering subject of physical abuse - O'Kane manages to navigate the listener down that rocky road, and back into the light, with perfect emotional tuning. The path to independence is explored in the stunning practicality of "Got The Car Running," the story of a woman who is waiting only on the inevitable.

A Telecaster-wielding Albert Lee joins Kenny Edwards (Stone Poneys/Bryndle); legendary keyboardist Skip Edwards (Dwight Yoakam/Lucinda Williams/Jim Lauderdale), bassist extraordinaire, Taras Prodaniuk (Yoakam/Lucinda Williams) and Emmy Award-winning composer Ernest Troost to bring the music to life - and lay bare the heart and soul of O'Kane. "There's something very challenging about surrounding yourself with players of this quality," says Lisa. "They really made me dig deep."

Lisa's growth as a writer is evident in the three, very different songs she contributes to the project. The salt and sass of the album's rollickin' opener, "Ain't Done Nothin'" is a far cry from the drivimg, "I'm Done," while the hypnotic "Pay For My Sins" has already become an international favorite. With a voice that has drawn comparisons to Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris, O'Kane proves she can work her magic on other writers' tunes as well, creating an acoustic wonder with her chilling vocal on the John Prine classic, "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness," and delivering a stunning performance on the heartbreaking Debra Davis composition, "Uninvited Guests." She moves deftly from the album's Roots rockers to the full-on, soaring balladry of songs like "Give Me This Night" and "Remember This" - and makes each one intimately and immediately believable.

IT DON'T HURT is Lisa's first direct foray into the North American marketplace. Already a high-powered player in the international scene, O'Kane hopes that this album will help her find her place "at home."

New Light Entertainment
Based in Plano, Texas, New Light Entertainment has secured a multi-year, multi-record distribution agreement with Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) for distribution by Fontana.

For more information log on to Lisa's MySpace Page or www.newlightent.com .

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Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
615.746.3994
somuchmoore@charter.net
www.somuchmoore.com

Bomshel Releases "Power of One" To Country Radio

(Nashville, TENN -- August 20th, 2007) Curb duo Bomshel is set to release “The Power Of One,” an inspirational song about the power that one person can have in making a positive difference in the world. The single has been serviced to all monitored and reporting radio stations, and is available digitally on Play MPE.

Bomshel fiddler Kristy O. found the song, written by Liz Hengber, in a bag of demos. "I could not believe what I was hearing when I listened to it for the first time," she said. "If there was ever a song that said exactly what I wanted to say, this was it. Then when I heard Buffy sing it, that just nailed it for me."

Bomshel is produced by Chuck Howard who is well known for his work with LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, and Hank Williams Jr. "When I first heard the girls perform 'The Power of One' I got that same feeling I got when I first heard LeAnn Rimes belt out 'Blue,'" Chuck said. "This single is just so powerful and real. Kristy and Buffy can't wait for everybody to hear it."

"The Power of One" was included on the recently released Evan Almighty soundtrack and is available for digital download on I-Tunes.

Bomshel recently completed a brief tour of Sweden and Denmark. Riding on the major European success of their last single "Bomshel Stomp", their high energy show filled venues with enthusiastic young fans. Bomshel is back in the states traveling the country on the Wicked Women of Tequila Rose tour sponsored by McCormick Distilling’s Tequila Rose Brand.

For more information about Bomshel, please visit www.bomshel.com . For photo or interview requests, please contact AristoMedia at aristomedia@mac.com  or 615-269-7071.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - August 6th, 2007 - 31st Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
1 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
2 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
3 - Kenny Chesney - Never Wanted Nothing More
4 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
5 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
6 - Rodney Atkins - These Are My People
7 - Miranda Lambert - Famous In A Small Town
8 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
9 - Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can
10 - Tim McGraw with Faith Hill - I Need You
 
Hot Rising Single
BILLY RAY CYRUS - READY, SET, DON'T GO

Keep An Eye On Single
John Berry - A Woman Like You

CRACKER BARREL'S JOSH TURNER RELEASE GARNERING RAVE REVIEWS
Nashville, TN – Since releasing "Live at the Ryman" exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on July 3, 2007, Josh Turner has received rave reviews for the live album.

About.com says of the album and Josh, "the way he wraps that deep voice around the notes sends shivers right down your spine." And Music News Nashville says, "…hear real honest country music brought forth to you in creative ways that makes anyone who loves country music beg for more."

The Albany Herald says, "You pop in the CD and as soon as you hear the first baritone note ooze from the speakers to your ears, you have to do a double take."

The Ryman, with all of its history and glory, might make some artists tremble when thinking about where they're performing, but Josh's voice shows no sign of edge. The Tennessean writes, "While it's been said that spirits of past Opry performers haunt country music's mother church, Josh didn't sense any of them while singing."

Paul Davis with New Christian Music writes, "Great musicianship combined with Josh's quality voice makes for an album where the personality is forefront resplendent with rough edges."

The album, which contains thirteen songs including legendary hits such as George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Hank Williams' "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," will soon be featured in the July 30 edition of Country Weekly.

On the album, Josh performs one of Merle Haggard's most recognizable songs, "Silver Wings." "Every time we start that song off, everybody knows what we're about to play," says Josh. "It's very recognizable and it's one of those classic Merle Haggard songs."

The album also contains some of Josh's own songs including, "Backwoods Boy," a song Josh wrote in his apartment after graduating from college. "I basically just sat down and was trying to write a song about my growing up, spending a lot of time outdoors, hunting and fishing and just being outdoors," says Josh. "I wrote quite a few songs there and that was one of them."

Josh's 2003 debut, "Long Black Train," is certified platinum. His success continued when his sophomore release, "Your Man," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Top Country Albums chart and has since been certified double platinum.

Josh Turner: Live At the Ryman is Turner's third CD and is available only in Cracker Barrel stores or online at
www.crackerbarrel.com 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Jim Taylor
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
(615) 235-4082
jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com

Kirt Webster or Don Grubbs
Webster & Associates Public Relations
(615) 777-6995
kirt@websterpr.com
don@websterpr.com 

For Josh Turner
Renee Behrman-Greiman
Modern Management
(615) 742-0099
rbehrman@modmgmt.com

Amber Williams
Universal Music Group
(615) 524-7516
Amber.williams@umusic.com    

George Canyon Nominated for Five Canadian Country Music Awards
www.georgecanyon.com 
Today in Toronto the Canadian Country Music Association announced the nominations for the Canadian Country Music Awards, which will be held in Regina, SK on September 10th. George Canyon was nominated in five major categories, including Cheez Whiz Fan’s Choice, Album of the Year (for Somebody Wrote Love [Universal Music Canada]), Single of the Year (for “I Want You to Live”), Male Artist of the Year and Video of the Year (for “I Want You to Live”).

Canyon’s team also received nods for Website of the Year (Wendy Gilmour for www.georgecanyon.com ), Video Director of the Year (Warren Sonoda for “I Want You to Live”), Record Producer of the Year (George Canyon and Scot Sherrod, for Somebody Wrote Love), All Star Band Keyboards (Mike Little) and All Star Band Fiddle (Shane Guse).

“It is always such an honour to be nominated at the CCMAs,” said Canyon, who is currently in the studio recording his new album. “I can’t believe this is happening again and I can’t thank the fans and our industry enough for all of their support. I am so proud of my amazing team whose work has been recognized.”

On September 19th Canyon kicks off his 43-date cross-Canada ‘In A Quiet Room’ Tour in Courtenay, BC. The tour travels across Canada before ending on November 20th in Canyon’s hometown of Pictou, NS.

Currently receiving airplay across Canada with his hit single, “I Want You to Live,” Canyon is a well-known voice in country music. His video for the song hit number one on the CMT Canada Chevy Top 20 in May and remained on top for two weeks in a row. He is a two-time Juno Award winner for Country Recording of the Year and a multiple Canadian Country Music Award winner, he is recording an album slated for release in the fall.
The 2007 CCMA Awards broadcast will air across Canada on September 10th at 8pm (9pm AST & 9:30pm NF) on CBC TV, with encore airings on CMT Canada, in the U.S. on television network Great American Country (GAC), and in Australia on Country Music Channel (CMC).

For more information or to book an interview:
Krista Lamb
Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
416-977-7704
radiovp@netsurf.net 
 
"Heart Shaped Like Texas" Brings Sammy Sadler Back To The Country Airwaves
Single Scheduled for August 6 Release

Nashville, TN (August 1, 2007) Sammy Sadler makes his return to the country airwaves with a hooky, honky-tonkin' dance tune, "Heart Shaped Like Texas,"released August 6 on the Texas-based "S" RECORDS label. Twin fiddles and a thumping bass line kick off the number, which tells the story of a cowgirl who stays true to her Texas roots.

"SHE'S GOT A RODEO STICKER ON HER BACK BUMPER
SHE'S A COWGIRL AT HEART
SHE DRIVES A SHINY BLUE DUALLY PULLS A GOOSENECK TRAILER
SHE'S NEVER OWNED A CAR
A LONESTAR FLAG'S AWAVIN' IN THE WIND ON HER FRONT PORCH
"AMARILLO BY MORNIN'S" HER FAVORITE SONG
YEAH SHE'S PROUD OF WHERE SHE WAS BORN"- Hewitt/Kilgore

Sidelined for the last year with a painful back condition, Sammy is on the road to recovery - and the charts. "Heart Shaped Like Texas" is just the beginning of the great things to come from Sadler, whose fans can expect more strong songs from his upcoming CD, his upcoming CD, due for release in early 2008. His past hits ("That Ole Gravel Road," "I Know A Place," "Hard On A Heart") have given him an established fan base, and with new management in place (Joe Bob Barnhill and Doug Deforest), it's a sure bet Sadler is headed down the right road.

Media contact:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
615.746.3994
somuchmoore@charter.net 
www.somuchmoore.com

Jace Everett Embarks On United Kingdom Tour
(Nashville, Tennessee) Singer/Songwriter Jace Everett is set to embark on a three week tour of the United Kingdom. The 31 day, 15 city tour takes him the length and breadth of the country and includes dates in London, Wales, and Scotland. On seven of the dates, he will open for the legendary Guy Clark.

Paul Fenn of London based Asgaard Promotions Ltd. is scheduling the appearances. He notes that, "We've seen Jace in front of UK audiences twice now with the Country Music Association's (CMA) New From Nashville initiative and it is obvious that this is someone who can appeal to the international market. He has the desire to work hard and start from the bottom up so we are going to do everything possible to establish him as a successful country artist here."

Everett is looking forward to the opportunity to perform in several new U.K. venues. He stated, "After two CMA sponsored tours (New From Nashville) spanning the UK in 2006 and 2007 to perform in London, Glasgow, and Dublin, I really wanted to get back over there on my own and get to know the audiences in other areas.  The UK and Europe are phenomenal markets for Nashville to explore. With the growth of new media opportunities, music is becoming more international than ever."

Jace just released a new album "Old New Borrowed Blues." It is a set of live acoustic recordings and is available to purchase at www.jaceeverett.com .
Fans can catch Everett on the UK tour in the following cities across the country.

9/08/07 Llandudno - North Wales Country Music Festival
9/09/07 Rotherham - Festival
9/11/07 Scheffield - Memorial Hall (w/Guy Clark)
9/13/07 Manchester - Academy 2 (w/Guy Clark)
9/14/07 Bedford - The ENT Shed
9/15/07 London - The Green Note
9/16/07 Glasgow - The State Bar
9/17/07 Glenfarg - Bein Inn
9/18/07 Edinburgh - Queens Hall (w/Guy Clark)
9/20/07 London - Bloomsbury Theatre (w/Guy Clark)
9/21/07 Buckingham - Old Town Hall (w/Guy Clark)
9/23/07 Nottingham - The Maze (w/Kevin Montgomery)
9/24/07 Maidstone - Soul Cafe
9/25/07 Gateshead - The Sage (w/Guy Clark)
9/27/07 Wolverhampton - The Civic (w/Guy Clark)
plus one European date-
9/29/07 PARIS Festival (w/Rachael Warwick)

For official Jace Everett news, tour dates, and ticket information, please visit www.jaceeverett.com

Red Steagall To Be Inducted Into The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
(Nashville, TENN. -- August 1st, 2007) Red Steagall will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, TX on August 18. In a celebration at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Theater, host Ralph Emery will welcome Red and fellow inductees Johnny Rodriguez and Bob Luman.

Red stated, "I am so humbled and honored to be recognized. There are so many talented artists and musicians in Texas.  I am so proud and grateful to be associated with them.  I look forward to many more years of making music and memories,"

On September 15th, Red Steagall's newest album Here We Go Again will hit stores. On the album, Red is joined by some of Country music's hottest stars on newly recorded duet versions of his classic hits. Guest stars include: Toby Keith ("Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music"); Reba McEntire ("Here We Go Again"); Charley Pride ("Party Dolls and Wine"); Ray Benson ("Bob's Got a Swing Band in Heaven"); Neal McCoy ("Early Mornin' Kind of Love"); Larry Gatlin ("No Way, No How"); and Charlie Daniels ("Truck Drivin' Man"). The album also includes Steagall standards like "Freckles Brown" and "Somewhere My Love."

Red will perform one of his classic hits during the Country Music Hall of Fame Awards event.  To purchase tickets, please contact the Panola County Chamber of Commerce at (903) 693-6634 or email chamber@carthagetexas.com . Seats are limited. 

For more information on Red Steagall, please visit www.redsteagall.com  or www.aristomedia.com . For interview, album, or photo requests, please contact Christy Walker at cwalker@aristomedia.com

Core Country Builders and Founders Named to Canadian Country Music Hall
“Virtual” Hall of Fame Launches at www.ccma.org

Nashville, Tenn – (July 30, 2007) The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the 2007 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees to be honored this September during Canadian Country Music Week. The Association also unveiled a virtual Hall of Fame at www.ccma.org/hof. For the first time, industry, media and country fans, will have access to a single source detailing the background of all country music inductees since the process began.

The 2007 inductees to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame are: Artist John Allan Cameron, past CCMA Executive Director Sheila Hamilton in the Builder category, and Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

All of the inductions, and additional presentations of Awards of Achievement, will take place during Canadian Country Music Week September 7 - 10 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The launching of the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Hall of Fame website, fulfills a long time development plan by the Association. The site provides historical backgrounders, biographies and visuals for each CCMA inducted Hall of Fame member. For the first time, the history of these inductees will not only be instantly accessible to Canadian industry and fans, but to the world.

Country Music Week’s four day conference in September will close with the 2007 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Monday, September 10 at Brandt Centre. The Awards will air across Canada at 8pm (9pm AST & 9:30pm NF) on CBC Television, with encore airings on CMT Canada. The Awards will also be broadcast in the U.S. on television network Great American Country (GAC) and in Australia on Country Music Channel (CMC).

2007 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Background
Induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame recognizes long-term contribution to the growth and development of Canadian country music. The recipient may be living or deceased but is recognized based on his/her achievements as a Canadian in the country music industry in one of three categories, Artist, Builder, or Broadcaster.

Inductee: John Allan Cameron, Artist
John Allan Cameron introduced a brand of what would become known as Cape Breton music in the 1960s when he started picking traditional Scottish pipe tunes on twelve-string guitar. In 2003, John was inducted into the Order of Canada in recognition of his efforts for over 30 years in establishing and growing the wonderful Celtic music scene in Canada. Born in Cape Breton to a very musical family, John Allan Cameron was known as the Godfather of Celtic music in Canada, a mantle he wore with easy grace. He brought Celtic music to the masses, and blazed a trail of success for other East Coast artists to follow. Canadians enjoyed the nationally televised John Allan Cameron Show between 1975 and 1981. His lifetime of music and commitment to the arts render him a national treasure, and before his death in 2006, John Allan Cameron had toured the world and released more than ten albums in a career that spanned over thirty years.

Inductee: Sheila Hamilton, Builder
The past Executive Director of the CCMA, Sheila Hamilton spent most of her career with the Association. She began her relationship with country music in 1975 as Traffic Manager of CFGM, then a powerful radio station serving the country music market in southern Ontario, and was soon made Assistant Producer of Opry North, a popular syndicated radio show organized by CFGM. In 1977 Sheila began to work with the CCMA, handling public relations, maintaining membership lists, and working in other administrative areas. Between 1980 and 1988 Sheila maintained her part time position, in addition to working with three major advertising agencies in print and broadcast production. In 1988, she took on the role of assistant to Jack Feeney, Executive Director of the CCMA, and a year later stepped into the role when Jack retired. During her time with the Canadian Country Music Association, Sheila participated in lobbying efforts with various levels of government, developed significant relationships with country music organizations in Nashville and Europe, and was key to much of the planning, execution and growth of the Association’s annual convention Country Music Week. Sheila retired from the CCMA in 2005 but remains connected through her participation on national committees.

Inductee: Cliff Dumas, Broadcaster
Cliff Dumas has spent most of his working life in the country music industry. Cliff has amassed an incredible list of accolades including being named in 1990 by the CMA in Nashville, Radio Personality of the Year in all markets. He has been named Country Radio Personality of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), RPM Big Country Awards, and The Record for 18 years consecutively, and along with his wife Lisa, they were named Radio Personalities of the Year when they co-hosted the nationally syndicated program Canadian Country Countdown. In addition to his work with radio, Dumas has been “the voice” of CMT Canada for close to 15 years, wrote for the CCMA Awards show for 14 years, producing 4 of those years, and was “the voice” for 17 years. Cliff was part of the team that launched Toronto’s first Country FM station and has written over 20 network country TV programs including specials for Terri Clark, Paul Brandt and Anne Murray along with various projects for CMT and PBS.

For details about Canadian Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, visit www.ccma.org

The 2007 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Nominees will be announced August 1st at press conferences in Regina and Toronto. Tickets to the award show can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.ca  or by calling 1-800-979-7328.
 
Sonny Burgess Signs With Texas Based Booking Agency KB Talent
(NASHVILLE, TENN) CPI Recording artist, Sonny Burgess has signed an exclusive representation agreement with the Texas based agency KB Talent.

In making the announcement, KB Talent Co-Owner Bruce Kalmick stated, "Sonny Burgess exemplifies what KB Talent is trying to do...Not only is he a world class musician, singer, and songwriter; but he is also the kind of guy that just naturally becomes your best friend. KB Talent is proud to be working with Sonny and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship!"

Sonny added, "Bruce Kalmick and his energetic team will provide me many more opportunities to direct my career efforts on my stomping grounds."

The pursuit of signing with a Texas based booking agency came when Sonny and his management decided to aggressively focus on the Texas and Oklahoma markets. Sonny and his band have consistently been performing for a mix of honky tonks and family events in these regions. The shows have always been successful and his style of country music is always appreciated in these types of venues.

Sonny's upcoming single, "Cowboy Cool" will hit radio via CD Tex August Volume 57 and distributed to the Oklahoma and Texas markets specifically.

For more information on Sonny Burgess, please visit www.sonnyburgess.com . For interview, album, or photo requests, please contact AristoMedia at publicity@aristomedia.com

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Top 10 Super Country Hits - July 29th, 2007 - 30th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 3 - Kenny Chesney - Never Wanted Nothing More
* 4 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 5 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 6 - Rodney Atkins - These Are My People
* 7 - Miranda Lambert - Famous In A Small Town
* 8 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
* 9 - Little Big Town - A Little More You
* 10 - Bucky Covington - A Different World

Hot Rising Single
Keith Bryant - She Danced

Keep An Eye On Single
Jennifer Hanson - Joyride

Arkadia Pictures Brings Canada’s #1 Music Video In A “Pickup Truck”
July 24th, 2007 (Vancouver BC Canada) -- Arkadia Pictures Incorporated has produced the number one video in Canada this week. Reaching the top of CMT’s official Chevy Top 20 is Shane Yellowbird’s video for “Pickup Truck”. This marks Yellowbird’s first number one video hit, and director Stephano Barberis’ sixth video to hit the top spot nationally, including 25 other top twenty hit videos in Canada and the U.S., plus 11 directorial awards and 27 directorial nominations across Canada.

"Pickup Truck" depicts a man in different stages of his life with his one and only four-wheeled companion. As he ages, the pickup trucks get more extravagant but his chances of success with ladies do not.

Arkadia Pictures has also just serviced three other videos to CMT and MuchMusic. The first video, Aaron Pritchett's "Done You Wrong", features a physically and emotionally abused woman captured in obscure artistic scenes. Controversy aside, this Amnesty International-supported video is a gripping visual statement. “I am very excited about the new video, easily my favourite so far. It deals with a touchy subject and I hope we can raise some awareness on the violence against women,” proclaims Pritchett, currently on tour promoting his Big Wheel album.

Another video is for MuchMusic alt rock darlings The Yoko Casionos with “The New Old Times”, displaying a cinematic bent once again as a child eerily walks through different decades in a mansion as the band is shown performing their hooky tune.

And lastly, the return of relative newcomer Gord Bamford with “Blame It On That Red Dress” – a country radio masterstroke with a skin-laden video shot in Tofino BC. The video features picturesque seashore tableaus, ripped skimboarders, and a bikini strip show on the beach. In what may as well be a cross between an Abercrombie & Fitch and a Coca Cola TV ad, “Blame It On That Red Dress” is poised to be CMT viewers’ quintessential summer feel-good blockbuster for 2007.

Arkadia Pictures Incorporated is an award winning, Vancouver-based boutique film production company specialising in music videos, commercials, feature films, and promotional photography.

Music videos can be viewed online at http://www.arkadiapictures.com  in the “ArkadiaVision” section of the website.

Publicity House & Alliance Announces
John Berry To Release New Single in August and Album in January 2008
John Berry will release a new single, "A Woman Like You," on August 20th. "A Woman Like You," written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, is his first new music in almost three years and the first single from his upcoming album, Those Were the Days, scheduled to street in January 2008. Produced by Kerry Kurt Phillips, the CD will be released on Berry's own Clear Sky Records, which has teamed with radio promotion veteran Larry Pareigis' Nine North Records, as well as independent marketing executive, Ed Gertler, and independent sales executive, Neal Spielberg.

"These strategic alignments with experienced promotion, sales and marketing people are the final elements in properly setting up Clear Sky Records," said label CEO Terry Oliver. "With John, we have one of the finest vocalists in country music, and now we feel we have the label team we need to set up his releases and market to a broader audience."

According to Oliver, that audience is definitely there for Berry. "Here is an artist who has multiple gold and platinum albums, a number of hit singles and is a consistent touring act. With John, we have the proven track record."

The Georgia tenor has been recognized by the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music, and the Country Music Association as a nominee in the Best Male Vocalist category. Berry's first big hit was the #1 single "Your Love Amazes Me." During his career with Capitol Records, Berry experienced a number of chart toppers and Top 10's, including "She's Taken a Shine," "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye," "I Think About It All The Time" and "Kiss Me in the Car," to name a few.

In 2002, Berry decided to go the indie label route, started Clear Sky Records, and released a new album, titled Songs and Stories, followed in 2003 by his Christmas CD release, O Holy Night. Inspired by the success of "Will You Marry Me," a song he co-wrote with David Lee Murphy, Berry also released an album of classic love songs for Clear Sky, titled I Give My Heart.
For additional information on the artist, please visit www.johnberry.com .

Berry is currently out on a radio tour promoting "A Woman Like You." To schedule a stop, contact Jennifer with Alliance.

Publicity House
Laura Claffey or Sharon Eaves
PublicityHouse@comcast.net 
Alliance
Jennifer Bohler
615-292-5804

BRYAN WHITE GETS IN TUNE WITH ENDORESMENTS
White signs with McPherson and Westone Music Products in midst of new project
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bryan White is barreling back to the forefront of the music scene beginning with recent endorsement deals with McPherson Guitars and Westone Music Products in addition to a new album in the works.

“McPherson Guitars’ unique craftsmanship and sound instantly drew me in,” White says of McPherson Guitars. He continues, “They are incredibly well crafted and sonically unique. Live and in the studio they inspire me and make me play with great confidence. They really have their own identity.” Other McPherson Guitar endorsees include Brad Paisley and Amy Grant and many more.

White found a second endorsement deal with Westone Music Products, an in-ear monitor company. Used regularly in performances of various magnitudes, Westone gives White the sound quality to perform with perfection to an intimate group or an immense crowd. "In all my years of using musicians' monitors, this is the first time I've ever had the clarity I've needed. The frequency response keeps me from giving so much effort, and it brings something out of me that I've never gotten out of my old musicians' monitors. I'm excited about working with Westone," says White.

An award winning recording artist, White boasts six number one singles and two platinum albums to date and is currently in the studio wrapping his upcoming new project. White’s current Covenant Productions EP Out of the Storm marks his first studio album in four years. The finished full-length project will showcase a collection of self-penned songs featuring his distinctive voice. A release date is yet to be announced.

White recently wrapped a full week of CMA Music Festival activities. White was spotted bowling in the Lonestar & Friends Strike Out for the Kids Bowling Party benefiting St. Jude’s and sponsored by GAC; lending a helping hand in building a home for Habitat for Humanity; performing at Riverstages to a crowd of 4,000 screaming fans at the utterance of “I’M BACK!”; waving to a raving crowd at the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade from the back of a Chevrolet truck; spending hours upon hours signing autographs and meeting with fans around downtown Nashville, and performing live on Fox & Friends to round out the busy week.

Currently touring the United States and Canada, White could be coming to a venue near you. Visit www.bryanwhite.com  for tour dates and news and to purchase the latest EP.
For more information on McPherson Guitars and Westone Music Products visit www.mcphersonguitars.com  and www.westone.com/music  respectively.
www.bryanwhite.com

THE GRASCALS TO PERFORM ON OPRY LIVE ON JULY 28 PERFORMANCES FILMED AT TUESDAY NIGHT OPRY
NASHVILLE, TENN. (July 25, 2007)—Award-winning bluegrass group The Grascals return to Opry Live on GAC this Saturday, July 28 (8:00 p.m. ET). Performances by the reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year were filmed at last night’s Tuesday Night Opry and include “Home” and “Hard Times” from their Grammy-nominated Rounder release, Long List of Heartaches.

The Grascals will wrap up this year’s Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series on Thursday, July 26, along with Mountain Heart and the Steep Canyon Rangers. From there they head to Columbus, Ohio, for the MACC (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer) Bluegrass Festival on July 27 and to Stevenson, Washington, for Adventure Bluegrass on July 28. For additional information and tour dates visit http://www.grascals.com .

Contact: Karen Byrd
Karen Byrd Public Relations
615-595-1500
Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Jennifer Sacca
Rounder Records
617-218-4503
jsacca@rounder.com 

Clint Black To Appear On Live With Regis and Kelly
Artist Will Perform New Single “The Strong One” on the show Aug. 2nd
Nashville, TN July 25, 2007 – Equity Music Group’s Clint Black will perform the television premiere of his new single, “The Strong One,” on Live with Regis and Kelly Thursday, August 2nd, 2007. The song is the first single from his highly anticipated new studio release, set to street October 9th. Check local listings for show times.

“The only thing wrong with doing the Regis and Kelly show is that it goes by too fast. I'm so excited, I'm even going to plan on being up that early,” Black laughed. “On a more serious note, the lyrics of this song shoot straight to the heart of their audience and I’m thrilled to get their reaction after we play it.”

August continues to wake up Black with the kickoff of his Up Close & Personal Tour on Aug. 23rd at the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, CA. Black will perform over 40 dates across the country until the end of November. For additional tour information, please visit www.clintblack.com

CONTACTS:
Jennifer Bohler/Alliance - jballiance@comcast.net
Jensen Sussman/Equity Music Group- jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com
“Skinny Dipping With Paris Hilton”
Artist: Perley Curtis
Songwriter: Lonnie Ratliff
Publisher: Okie Acres Music (BMI)
Westwood Int’l. Records - Nashville, TN
 
Country music artist from Nashville, Tennessee
releases a novelty song about Paris Hilton
It seems like everywhere we turn today there is another story of the adventures and misadventures of the Hilton Hotel heiress Paris Hilton coming at us from every media outlet possible. In these serious times when we are being bombarded with news that the terrorists are gonna blow us up or global warming, according to Al Gore, is gonna burn is up, maybe we just need a little comic relief with our evening news and so far the lovely Ms. Hilton has been there for all of us and delivered numerous tidbits of the most unimportant news a person could possibly ask for.

Unlike the Hollywood movie stars Paris don’t preach to us about what we should or shouldn’t do or think. As far as I can tell she doesn’t take herself too serious and if she thinks about it at all, which I doubt, I don’t believe she expects us to take her very serious either. Paris Hilton just does what she does. Therein lies the complexity of America’s latest media darling. No one is quite sure what it is that Paris Hilton does.

The mystery of Paris Hilton was just too good a target for Nashville to leave alone and sure enough Nashville songwriter Lonnie Ratliff www.NashvilleCDStore.com  could not let the opportunity pass to delve into the Hilton story from the redneck perspective of WWBD. That is “What would Bubba do” for those of you who may have failed the Jeff Foxworthy “You might be a Redneck if” test. With the completion of the “Skinny Dipping With Paris Hilton” song Lonnie Ratliff knew that as a songwriter he had created a fine work of art indeed and all that now stood between him and fame and fortune was the fact that he would have to find someone willing to sing a song about “Skinny Dipping With Paris Hilton” . There are rumors on Music Row that large amounts of cash exchanged hands while others say some photos of a certain party in a very compromising situation were returned along with the negatives. Whatever the case may be the song was recorded by Perley Curtis and is now available to the world and we can all listen and solve the mystery for ourselves behind the song “Skinny Dipping With Paris Hilton“.
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http://www.soundclick.com/perleycurtis
 
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Perley Curtis grew up in Exeter, Maine and developed a love of country music and its legends like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. After first picking up a guitar at age eight, he played his first paying gig when he was just nine years old - at his uncle’s wedding reception.

In the eight years following, Curtis performed in bluegrass bands throughout New England before moving to Nashville in 1988. Since his move to Music City, the skilled singer/songwriter/musician has formed a country band of his own and has also earned a reputation as a skilled dobro and steel guitarist, performing with artists such as: Holly Dunn, Becky Hobbs, Johnny Paycheck, Connie Smith, The Reno Brothers, Del Reeves, Loretta Lynn and most recently, Charlie Louvin.

Although Perley Curtis‘s “Skinny Dipping With Paris Hilton” is less than a week old and does not even yet exist on a CD, thanks to the internet the song is already being played by radio stations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Norway, Sweden Belgium and Poland and that is just the ones we know about so far. Apparently fantasies about “Skinny Dipping With Paris Hilton” do not stop at America’s shores and borders because Westwood Int’l. Records is already doing a brisk little business of selling .99 cent downloads at their website http://www.musicforte.com/member/lonnieratliffproductions  as well as at the

Perley Curtis SoundClick website http://www.soundclick.com/perleycurtis

If you need more information or would like to schedule an interview with Perley Curtis please contact.
Contact: Westwood Int’l. Records
(615) 742 0666
E Mail = NashvilleShowcase@comcast.net
www.NashvilleCDStore.com

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(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
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Top 10 Super Country Hits - July 22nd, 2007 - 29th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 3 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 4 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 5 - Kenny Chesney - Never Wanted Nothing More
* 6 - Little Big Town - A Little More You
* 7 - Miranda Lambert - Famous In A Small Town
* 8 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 9 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
* 10 - Jake Owen - Startin' With Me

Hot Rising Single
Montgomery Gentry - What Do Ya Think About That

Keep An Eye On Single
Trisha Yearwood - Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love

CRYSTAL GAYLE'S GREATEST HITS TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 28 BY CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI
www.crystalgayle.com
A worldwide music star, Crystal Gayle has won audiences with her recordings, concerts and television performances for the last thirty years. 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Gayle's chart-crossing smash, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most often performed country songs of the 20th Century. On August 28, Capitol Nashville/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release Crystal Gayle: Greatest Hits, a new 25-track collection of Gayle's top hits, including 21 Top 10s and 16 #1s. Three new Crystal Gayle ringtunes will also debut on August 28.

Singing came as naturally as breathing to Crystal Gayle, born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. Raised in the small town of Wabash, Indiana, Gayle recalls with a laugh, "My mother said I could sing before I could walk. Music was a form of entertainment. People would sit on their porches and play their guitars, mandolins, banjos, and that's what we did to pass the time."

Gayle's sister, Loretta Lynn, 19 years her senior, helped with her career development. Lynn not only helped to negotiate Gayle's first record deal, she also wrote her first single and created her new name. "When I started recording, Brenda Lee was on the same label and they didn't want two Brendas, so Loretta thought of Crystal," says Gayle. "She saw it on that Southern hamburger chain, Krystal's, although she also said it was because I was bright and shiny. I didn't care what they called me if I was going to get to record. They could have called me John."

The Lynn-penned "I have Cried (The Blue Right Out Of My Eyes)" was produced by Owen Bradley in a production that is reminiscent of his Patsy Cline masterpieces. Decca put her on the road with her sister but Gayle lasted only a week. "That was about enough," she laughs. "I think she and her husband Moony wanted me to be a part of it, but Moony wanted me to stand in a certain place on stage, she wanted me to be another place and it was, 'Okay, I need to do my own thing.'."

Gayle's career built slowly with a smattering of Top 10's and a few songs that charted in the thirties. In 1976, she had her first #1 with "I'll Get Over You," by Richard Leigh, who also wrote her signature hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." The song, with jazz undertones, won Gayle countless accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Performance. The song also brought her widespread crossover attention when it rose to #1 on Pop charts all over the world. The album, We Must Believe In Magic, was the first album by a female country artist to reach platinum sales status. Gayle, the beautiful artist with the long hair, was suddenly an international star.

"A lot of people think I had 'Brown Eyes' right out of the box, and I don't know how I would have handled things if that had happened," says Gayle. "Having the songs build and then having a song like that was a great way for it to happen."

"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" also marked a major shift in Gayle's career. Most of her subsequent singles through the mid-'80s reached #1 or came close on the Country charts, with many making a showing in the Pop or Adult Contemporary charts, as well.

"Ready For The Times To Get Better," the follow-up to "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," is one of Gayle's personal favorites. "I love that you can sing it about love or you can sing it about life. I like songs that you can take in different ways," she explains.

The purity of Gayle's vocals on "Talking In Your Sleep" took the song to the top of the Country chart and to #18 on the Pop chart. Her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, "You And I," reinforced the country/pop appeal of Gayle and her duet partner, another crossover artist. "Eddie had already recorded the song with his vocals and asked me to do harmony on it. But when I heard it, I told him I could do a little more than harmony if he liked," she laughs. "And it turned into a duet. It is a really special song. I love singing it and I miss being able to sing it with Eddie," she says of the artist, who passed away in 1998.

Looking back on the body of her work, it's clear that Gayle's values and motives for making music haven't strayed from the young girl who entered the business just after high school. "I don't really think about the success I have had," she says. "I enjoy singing, and having the success I have had has been the icing on the cake. It's opened so many doors. I have gotten to travel the world, I have met so many wonderful people and made so many friends, and I have been able to touch so many people with the songs."

Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations 615-777-6995
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Webster & Associates PR
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MONTGOMERY GENTRY TO APPEAR ON ABC.COM AND CMA CELEBRITY CLOSEUP WHAT DO YA THINK ABOUT THAT?!
www.montgomerygentry.com

(Nashville, TN)- Country music duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY are hitting the national scene once again with upcoming appearances on ABC.com and Great American Country’s CMA Celebrity CloseUp.

Eddie and Troy are currently featured on ABC.com’s fourth annual webisode dedicated to the CMA Music Festival, which is accessible by going to abc.go.com/primetime/cma.index   .

The duo will also be featured on upcoming episodes of CMA Celebrity CloseUp.
The show will air on July 30th at 8 PM EST, July 31st at 12 AM EST, and July 31st at 4PM EST on GAC.

Fresh off their two-week #1 single, “Lucky Man”, Montgomery Gentry is currently touring throughout the country and promoting their latest album, Some People Change. Their new single, “What Do Ya Think About That” will be going for adds at radio in the coming week.

Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations (615) 777-6995
Kirt Webster -
kirt@websterpr.com
Chelsey Shults -
chelsey@websterpr.com

Columbia Records / SonyBMG (615) 858-1314
Craig Campbell - craig.campbell@sonybmg.com
Press images available by visiting
www.websterpr.com

Skyla Spencer to Walk the Runway
Nashville, TN - On October 14th, at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, Skyla Spencer will be strutting down the runway at the 4th Annual Fashion For Everybody benefit. Skyla was invited to be a guest star / VIP role model for the benefit and will be outfitted by some of Nashville's finest and trendiest clothiers.

The Fashion For Everybody Benefit will be hosted by Deana Carter, and all the proceeds for the event benefit the programs and services of Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. The fashion show begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by a concert with Deana Carter.

Skyla says "I am honored to be part of this event and contribute to such a great cause. So many young girls, and women of all ages, suffer from eating disorders, and to be a part of a benefit that raises awareness is an amazing feeling."

For more information on Skyla Spencer, MP3s, the You Said You'd Call Me album, print quality photos, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net  or 615-825-0019. MP3s are also available to radio through Airplay Direct.


Rustie Blue Makes Top 5 on Famecast!
Find out more about Rustie by logging onto
www.rustieblue.com   and www.myspace.com/rustieblue 

July 18, 2007-Rustie is on her way to Austin! Placing first in the final round of voting for the Top 5 at Famecast.com, Rustie has been named as a finalist on the Country Stage for the Phenomenon competition at Famecast! The Top 5 winners will perform live on July 26th in Austin for a chance at the Grandprize of $10,000 and national exposure! You will be able to view Rustie's LIVE Webcast on July 26th 9:00 PM EST (8:00 PM CST). At that time, you will be able to cast your VOTE for Rustie and for a week thereafter via the Famecast website.

Rustie will be performing "Born Again Country" (the title track of her upcoming cd), "Shape Up Heart", and "Cowgirls Do It Better". Rustie Blue's live performances of "Sweet Dreams" and her cover of Elvis' "Burning Love" earned her first place in the Top 10 contest on FameCast! The video was recorded during the South Central Festival in Ohio. FameCast is the first online competition designed to find America's best new talent.

For tickets to the live show, send an email to
VIPtickets@famecast.com

For additional information on show schedules and ticket information go to: http://www.famecast.com/contest/finals.php

Rustie on Famecast
http://www.famecast.com/contest/livestage.php?stage_id=4&round_id=50&artist_id=2481

CHARLIE DANIELS ANNOUNCES DATE AND FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS
www.christmas4kids.org
(Nashville, TN)--Charlie Daniels and friends Rodney Atkins and Taylor Swift will offer their time and talents to perform at the 11th Annual Christmas For Kids Benefit Concert Monday, November 19th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN beginning at 7:00 PM. The charity event raises money for the Christmas For Kids organization. Tickets to the event are available by visiting www.christmas4kids.org, and more incredible names will be added to the special evening’s lineup in coming weeks.

The Christmas For Kids Organization has been in existence for over twenty years providing special children the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season. Each year, the organization brings the spirit of Christmas to hundreds of children throughout Middle Tennessee allowing them to participate in festive activities organized specifically for them. Events such as the Tour Bus Tour, which will happen on December 17, 2007, raise money and allow folks to visit the home-away-from-homes of more than fifty stars and celebrities at the Hendersonville Wal*Mart from 5:00 – 9:00PM.

The money raised at both events, the concert and Tour Bus Tour, is used to escort children from 25 different schools for a day-long excursion. The day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard a country music star’s luxury tour bus to a local Wal*Mart where they are accompanied by a volunteer to participate in their own Christmas shopping spree. On the return trip home, the children will participate in a Christmas carol sing-along.

All proceeds from the Tour Bus Show and the Charlie Daniels & Friends Benefit Concert (sponsored in part by 95.5 The Wolf)—November 19th--will be donated toward the children’s Christmas Shopping.

Listing Details:
Charlie Daniels and Friends Charity Concert
For the benefit of Christmas for Kids
Monday, November 19 / 7:00PM / Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN

Tickets information is available by visiting www.christmas4kids.org
Golden circle VIP tickets available by calling (615) 453-2434 or by e-mailing 
Media Contact for Christmas 4 Kids:
Kirt Webster, 615-777-6995 Ext. 30
kirt@websterpr.com
Webster & Associates PR
P O Box 23015
Nashville, TN 37202
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Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - July 15th, 2007 - 28th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 3 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 4 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 5 - Little Big Town - A Little More You
* 6 - Miranda Lambert - Famous In A Small Town
* 7 - Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
* 8 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 9 - Kenny Chesney - Never Wanted Nothing More
* 10 - Jake Owen - Startin' With Me

Hot Rising Single
Josh Turner - Firecracker

Keep An Eye On Single
Chris Cagle - What Kinda Gone

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com


DARRYL WORLEY’S 6th ANNUAL TENNESSEE RIVER RUN
Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, July 14, 2007
www.darrylworley.com/trr
SAVANNAH, TN - - (July 11, 2007) -- Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run presented by West Tennessee Healthcare sets talent line up for the 6th annual event. Joining Worley at the centerpiece concert event are superstar legend, “Charlie Daniels”, multi-award winning and platinum selling, Curb Records recording artist “Trick Pony” featuring their new lead singer, the beautiful and awesome, Aubrey Collins, and just coming off two consecutive hit records in “Alyssa’s Lies” and “Livin’ Our Love Song,” Arista Records recording artist, “Jason Michael Carroll”. The annual event will be held September 14 – 15, 2007 at Pickwick Landing State Park Resort in Hardin County, TN.

Tickets for the annual charity event are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the gate and go on sale Saturday, July 14, 2007. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.darrylworley.com, at all participating Kroger Stores and O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores. The Worleybird Café, and the Jackson Centre Box Office in Jackson, TN. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Darryl Worley Foundation office at (866) 484-3877.

In addition to the concert, the Tennessee River Run consists of a Celebrity Golf Tournament, a Celebrity Bass Fishing Tournament, a Celebrity Catfish Fishing Tournament, a Boat Poker Run, a Motorcycle Poker Run, a 5k Run, a Celebrity Live Auction and an Arts and Crafts Fair.

The event benefits the Darryl Worley Foundation, Inc., organized as a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, to help serve the needs of Hardin and McNairy Counties in West Tennessee, the surrounding areas of West Tennessee, Northeastern Mississippi and Northwestern Alabama, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Ayers Children’s Medical Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

This year’s Tennessee River Run promised to be the biggest and best ever,” shares Worley. “We have raised more money than ever thanks to our sponsors. We are so grateful to each of them for their support and commitment. To celebrate our 6th Anniversary, we have some very special surprises in store for the fans this year.”

TRR 2006 raised in excess of $125,000, which in part provided the funds for the establishment of the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center at Hardin Medical Center as well as helping countless individuals and organizations in need throughout the region.

For Additional Information on the Tennessee River Run, please contact:
The Darryl Worley Foundation
Executive Director: Larry Harrell
(866) 484-3877
harrelll1@bellsouth.net

PR Consultants
Contact: Lee Ann Robertson
(662) 279-0538
publicrelations@tsixroads.com

International Artist Management
Contact: Anita Hogin
(615) 202-4100
ahogin@mindspring.com

For additional information regarding Darryl Worley, please contact:

Media Contact:
Webster & Associates PR
(615) 777–6995
Kirt@websterpr.com

BILLY RAY CYRUS SIGNS WITH BUDDY LEE ATTRACTIONS FOR EXCLUSIVE TOUR REPRESENTATION
Nashville, TN – Billy Ray Cyrus, critically acclaimed television, film and music star, has landed a new home for personal appearance and tour representation – Buddy Lee Attractions in Nashville, Tennessee. Contact Buddy Lee Attractions at: 615-244-4336 / online at www.buddyleeattractions.com

Since his monster-international hit Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus has maintained his worldwide success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, platinum in Denmark, New Zealand and Norway and gold in the UK and South Africa as well as a Diamond Award in Canada. His successes include selling over 12 million albums, three number-one, and many top-ten singles including Busy Man and Trail of Tears.

“We are extremely excited that Billy Ray Cyrus has joined our roster,” said Buddy Lee Attractions President/COO Tony Conway. “We are currently putting together his Fall 2007 tour that will start in mid-October and coincide with his Walt Disney Records new single and video Ready, Set, Don’t Go to be released on July 24th and his forthcoming album Home At Last.”

Bill Ray Cyrus has been no stranger to movie and television screens during the course of his career. He starred in the PAX-TV series Doc, playing a Montana doctor who moves to New York City and also made guest appearances on such popular tv shows as Degrassi: The Next Generation and Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. He starred in the independent film Radical Jack and also enjoyed roles in the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive and the New Line Cinema feature film Wish You Were Dead. Mr. Cyrus has even been the subject of many television specials that detail his rise to fame and his extraordinary career including two ABC documentaries, Dreams Come True and A Year On The Road, a VH-1 exclusive and the TNN specials I Give My Heart To You and The Life and Times of Billy Ray Cyrus. Most recently he spent 8 weeks on the ABC hit show Dancing with The Stars and is currently featured weekly on the Disney Channel’s hit series Hannah Montana with his daughter and teen superstar Miley Cyrus.

B.L.A (Buddy Lee Attractions Inc) is a full service, independent talent agency with offices in Nashville, Kansas City, and Beverly Hills (in partnership with Endeavor Agency). For a complete artist roster, visit www.buddyleeattractions.com.

JASON MEADOWS DEBUT CD “100% COWBOY”
AVAILABLE IN STORES TODAY

NASHVILLE, TN-July 10, 2007-Country music star Jason Meadows' debut Baccerstick Records CD, titled 100% COWBOY, is available in stores today. Meadows is scheduled for a series of in-store CD signing events and acoustic performances spread over the next 30-90 days to support the release of his album. The first event takes place tonight at Wal-Mart in Durant, Oklahoma near Meadows hometown of Calera. He'll follow that event with similar appearances in McAlester, OK July 11; Tulsa, OK July 12; Ardmore, OK July 13; Oklahoma City, OK July 19; Plano, TX July 23, and Rockmart, GA August 1, all sponsored by Dr. Pepper. There are also planned signing stops in Lebanon, TN July 16 and Oklahoma City, OK July 17 and 18, among other cities to be announced including Knoxville, TN; Greenville, SC; Milledgeville, GA; Macon, GA; and Pulaski, TN.

Meadows new single, “18 Video Tapes,” from this CD is currently climbing national music industry trade charts. It's been the No. 1 listener favorite for 10 nights in a row on WKDF in Nashville, TN during the station's “Nashville's Top Nine At Nine” segment. Other stations across the United States are reporting the phone action caused by this single among their top five most requested or commented on. KUZZ in Bakersfield, CA is advising that it's the No. 1 song lighting up phones at that station. Robert Arthur and Aaron Barker, who wrote several of George Strait's hits, wrote the song. It's packed with emotion and features Vince Gill on harmony vocals.

The CD is receiving the thumbs-up from review critics across the country. Among them, Mario Tarradell of the Dallas Morning News who says Meadows music is “genuine country” and “harks back to a bygone era, when no-frills songs were delivered with honesty and simplicity.” His final thought: “The hat's real, folks. So are the creased Wranglers. Mr. Meadows isn't going for hillbilly hipness in naming his debut CD 100% COWBOY. After one listen that title is just a fact.”

The new CD features numerous points of interest. The title cut is a powerhouse of a song with an unblinking look at what it is to be a modern-day cowboy. “18 Video Tapes” is a poignant tale of a father's love, recorded for a son he knows he will never see grow up. “Big Shot” is as brightly polished as a brass buckle, with a story that conveys confidence born of talent rather than empty bravado. “Just Pray” brings faith and need together in the face of some of life's biggest challenges. “San Antone Alone” features vocals by the Jordanaires. The autobiographical “Here I Come” uses Jason's own struggles to sketch out the parameters of his life, his approach and his goals, painting an indelible portrait of a one-of-a-kind performer who has an electric presence that lights up a room or a stage and who wears his cowboy credentials naturally and genuinely. Meadows penned eight of the 10 songs on the 100% COWBOY CD.

Reba McEntire is credited with helping Meadows make it to Nashville by encouraging him to make the move to Music City and offering him a place to live once he arrived. He later captivated the judges and audience of the hit USA Network “Nashville Star” TV series with his singing and stage talent, his skilled songwriting gift, and his silver screen good looks. Meadows quickly earned a fan base so large that when he played a hometown concert at the Choctaw Coliseum, he drew a venue-record crowd of nearly 7,000.
His qualities and characteristics have helped his team build endorsement relationships with Atwood Hats, Wrangler, Panhandle Slim, Epiphone Guitars, Copley Guitars, and Twisted X Boots. “Jason showcases our brand very well,” says Edyie Brooks-Bryant, Wrangler's marketing manager, country music, licensing, and public relations. “We're looking forward to this being a long and productive relationship.”

The video that accompanied Meadows' debut single, “100% Cowboy,” paired him with award-winning photographer and director Jim Shea. It was played in heavy rotation on CMT Pure, teased on CMT's “Top 20,” and added to playlists on both CMT and GAC. The video entered CMT Pure's “12 Pack” at No. 4 after only one week of airplay. The song was selected as the theme song for CMT's series “America's Top Cowboy,” which featured eight cowboys selected to travel to a ranch where they compete over the course of five days for a prize of $50,000. Meadows has been featured recently in Country Weekly magazine, CMA CloseUp, Playgirl, and on “GAC Nights.” He'll tour throughout 2007. His schedule is updated frequently and is available for viewing on his website. Please watch for updates and confirmed CD signing events and acoustic performances as well as his concert dates.

For Jason Meadows press inquiries, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley at Holley•Guidry, 615-460-9550.

COUNTRY MUSIC TEAMS DECORATE CAKES FOR T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION
Nashville, Tennessee—Country Music teams Troy and Angie Gentry (Montgomery Gentry), Dean Sams and Michael Britt (Lonestar), Julie and Sandra Roberts, Aaron and Thea Tippin and Eddie and Tracy Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) teamed with top cake designers to create the ultimate country music song cakes at the inaugural Celebrity Cake Decorating Competition on Sunday, July 1 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Julie and Sandra Roberts with cake designer Martin Howard took the Best of Show Award with their “Men and Mascara” themed cake. The cake was a take off of Julie’s song from her sophomore album on Mercury Records. "I am normally the one in the kitchen watching Mama and tasting everything as she bakes, so it was a blast working with Martin and learning about decorating cakes and homemade chocolate!" said Roberts. "It was all for a good cause... You can't beat that!"

Aaron and Thea Tippin’s cake “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio” was the winner for the People’s Choice Award. Cake designer Norman Davis created the themed cake that included a miniature car with passengers made of a sugar mixture that actually resembled the Tippin couple. "For as long as Thea and I worked on that thing...it's a good thing we won something," said Aaron. "Old beat-up dilapidated Daisy came through again!" (Daisy was the car he modeled the song and cake after).

The Best of Show and People’s Choice team winners were awarded colorful stand mixers presented by KitchenAid.

The event featured top U.S. cake designers Martin Howard, Bronwen Weber, Michelle Bommarito, Lisa Rafael and Norman Davis.

About the T.J. Martell Foundation
The T.J. Martell Foundation is a national non-profit organization that supports innovative research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research through eight top research hospitals in the United States. In Nashville, the Foundation annually supports cancer research through the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories were established in 1993 in honor of Frances Williams Preston, national President of the T.J. Martell Foundation and former President and CEO of BMI.
For more information about the T.J. Martell Foundation log onto www.tjmartellfoundation.org

Media Contact
Laura Heatherly
(615) 256-2002
lheatherly@tjmartellfoundation.org

From Australia -
MUSHROOM MUSIC PUBLISHING SIGNS FELICITY URQUHART
There’s no trace of a big black cloud hovering over singer-songwriter Felicity Urquhart after signing her first ever publishing deal with one of Australia’s most respected publishing companies MUSHROOM MUSIC PUBLISHING.

After taking home the 2007 CMAA Australian CM Awards Video Clip of the Year with her single BIG BLACK CLOUD (co-written with Grammy award winning producer Randy Scruggs), the clouds have rolled on for the beginning of this new journey for Felicity.

It seems that the time is right for Felicity to join the Mushroom family, after building her songwriting credentials, with recent accolades including Country Songwriter of the Year at the 2006 Australian Songwriters’ Association; Best Country Artist 2006 Musicoz Awards; Independent Entertainer of the Year at the CMAA Achiever Awards; Female Vocalist, Album, and Single of the Year at the Australian Indie CM Awards.

“I believe this to be the best decision I have made in a long time and feel this is the start of a great partnership. To be involved with an icon of Australian music like Mushroom is really exciting,” Felicity enthuses.

Felicity sees this as an opportunity to expand her writing & musical horizons, beginning with a songwriting sojourn to the US this month.

Creative Manager for Mushroom Music Publishing, Bill Page admits “I've wanted to work with Felicity for some time, she's a great writer/performer and an exciting addition to the Mushroom Music roster.”

Her current album MY LIFE, distributed by Shock Records, has consolidated her name as one of the finest and hard-working artists in the industry, with her wide-ranging appeal, helping score her the coveted gig as TV presenter on Channel Seven’s travel program, Sydney Weekender.

Sydneysiders will be able to experience the songwriting talents of Felicity Urquhart, alongside fellow artists Karl Broadie (ABC Music) and Sam Hawksley (OneStop) at The Vanguard, Newtown August 7th www.thevanguard.com.au  – and see why Mushroom Music Publishing are proud to be associated with such an emerging songwriter.
www.felicityurquhart.com
www.myspace.com/felicityurquhart
www.mushroommusic.com.au

Mushroom Music: Sarah Stewart sarahs@mushroommusic.com.au

Publicity: RUM Entertainment rum@rumentertainment.com
Management: The Pub Management joandouglas@thepub.com.au
Booking Agent: Alex Sinclair alex@artistnetwork.com.au

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - July 8th, 2007 - 26th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 3 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 4 - Jason Aldean-Johnny Cash
* 5 - George Strait-Wrapped
* 6 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 7 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 8 - Little Big Town - A Little More You
* 9 - Miranda Lambert - Famous In A Small Town
* 10 - Montgomery Gentry - Lucky Man

Hot Rising Single
Emerson Drive - You Still Own Me

Keep An Eye On Single
Terri Clark - Dirty Girl

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com


JOSH TURNER: LIVE AT THE RYMAN CD TAKES CENTER STAGE AT CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE
Turner honors country music legends on exclusive CD available at Cracker Barrel

LEBANON, TENN – Double-platinum MCA recording artist Josh Turner feels his music career has come full circle. Six years after making his Grand Ole Opry® debut at the Ryman Auditorium, Turner returned to the historic stage for his first full-length concert at the Ryman. Performing on the same stage where his heroes received countless standing ovations, Turner selected the perfect place to record his first live CD, a place where he could honor country music legends including Hank Williams and George Jones.

The result is Josh Turner: Live At The Ryman and the CD is available exclusively, on July 2nd, at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. Josh Turner: Live At The Ryman captures the natural power of country music’s most distinct baritone voice. Thinking back to that sold-out concert performance just a few months ago, Turner says he was overwhelmed by the moment.

“I will never forget the excitement of the crowd,” said Turner. “Just knowing the tradition, the heritage and the history that have taken place on that stage, it’s inspiring. So for me to go out there and record a live album from the Ryman stage… It was an incredible feeling.”

On this exclusive CD, Turner delivers his signature song, Long Black Train, plus a collection of his favorite country classics. In addition to performing Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings and Don Williams’ Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy, Turner had the crowd cheering following his respectful renditions of George Jones’ He Stopped Loving Her Today and Hank Williams’ I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. Turner first sang He Stopped Loving Her Today at the Cracker Barrel Songs Of The Year concert last November. As for the Hank Williams song, the Ryman show marked the first time Turner had performed the song in concert.

“George Jones is the real deal and I thought this was a perfect song for the Ryman show,” said Turner. “Hank Williams is also a big hero of mine. This song is such a twist on reality. Here’s a guy down on his luck, can’t win for losing. It’s interesting to me that this song became a number one hit after Hank died. It just felt like a natural fit to do this song at the Ryman, where Hank himself got six standing ovations when he performed Lovesick Blues on the Opry.”

With a retail price of $11.99, the 12-song Josh Turner: Live At The Ryman CD is the latest project in an impressive collection of exclusive music available only at Cracker Barrel. Josh Turner: Live At The Ryman follows the May release of Merle Haggard’s Working Man’s Journey. Over the last three years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs featuring Alison Krauss & Union Station, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels and Songs Of The Year.

“From the moment we heard his voice, we believed Josh Turner would be a natural fit with Cracker Barrel,” said Simon Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at Cracker Barrel. “He’s been a Cracker Barrel fan for years and often stops at our stores during his cross-country tours. In addition to this CD, Cracker Barrel is sponsoring Josh’s current concert tour because we’re confident our guests will enjoy his music.”

Josh Turner: Live At The Ryman is Turner’s third CD. His 2003 debut, “Long Black Train,” is certified platinum. His success continued when his sophomore release, “Your Man,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums chart and has since been certified double platinum.

As the presenting sponsor of Turner’s concert tour, Cracker Barrel is providing fans with the chance to meet Josh Turner. Fans can log onto www.crackerbarrel.com  to register to win an all-expense paid trip for two to meet Josh and be his special guest at an upcoming show. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit www.joshturner.com .

Jokers Wild Band
The Jokers Wild Band will be headlining the Benefit Fundraiser for Maurice Lamkin, Jr., the 5-year-old boy who suffered a major allergic reaction when he received his flu shot. The fundraisder will be held on July 14 at the The Bucket Brigade in San Antonio, TX, from 8pm until midnight. In addition to music, Brooks Air Force Base will be doing an F-16 fly over.

Lamkin, who is now severely brain damaged, needs mental therapy not covered by the family's insurance. When he received his flu shot, Lamkin's mother took him to the hospital after he began running a high fever. He later suffered multiple seizures, meningitis, and encephalitis, and passed away about three times while at the hospital.

The Jokers Wild Band, a 6-piece country / rock band, based in San Antonio, Texas, was formed in the first quarter of 2002 and has since entertained crowds from South Texas to Northern Montana. In 2006, Jokers Wild was honored to perform for former President George Bush, Sr.

Jokers Wild's release of the single "Please Catch Me" follows their first release, "And The Rain," from January. "Please Catch Me," an up-tempo country tune, was written by co-producer and keyboardist Buck Aaron Thomas and lead guitarist Gary Wayne Zaiontz. "If you are so totally in love with that special somebody that they take your breath away every time they enter the room, then this is your song!" says Buck.

For Additional Information:
To request a copy of "Please Catch Me" as an MP3, photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net . "Please Catch Me" is also available on the Media page by going to the Wildire Publicity website. Radio is encouraged to also contact Jerry Duncan Promotions.

Bomshel and McCormick Distilling's Tequila Rose Host "Be A Bomshel Roadie" Sweepstakes
Also Launch Tequila Rose Wicked Women's Club

(NASHVILLE, TN) Curb recording duo Bomshel and McCormick Distilling's Tequila Rose is offering fans the chance to live life on the road in the "Be A Bomshel Roadie" sweepstakes. The winner of the contest and their travel companion will be invited to join the duo on tour for close to a week with their own chauffeured mini bus. The winner will also receive a year's supply of Cruel Girl Jeans and the official Tequila Rose travel suitcase. The Promotion period will end July 31st, 2007.

Vic Morrison, vice president of marketing for McCormick Distilling Company, Inc. makers of Tequila Rose announced the promotion shortly after unveiling the new Tequila Rose Wicked Women Tour Bus that Bomshel is now calling home throughout the summer.

Aside from the sweepstakes, Tequila Rose and Bomshel have also launched the Tequila Rose Wicked Women's Club. The mission of the club is to recruit young, self assured, positive thinking men and women that are fans of Bomshel and Tequila Rose.

All contestants must be at least 21 years of age to join the sweepstakes and become a Wicked Women's Club member. To enter the contest, please visit www.tequilarose.com  or www.tequilarosetour.com .

Bomshel is currently traveling the country on the Wicked Women of Tequila Rose tour sponsored by McCormick Distilling’s Tequila Rose Brand. The powerhouse duo, Buffy Lawson and Kristy O., are gearing up to release their latest single, “The Power Of One,” an uplifting song about the power that one person can have in making a positive difference in the world. The song is included on the recently released Evan Almighty soundtrack.

For more information about Bomshel and upcoming "Wicked Women of Tequila Rose" tour dates, visit www.bomshel.com . For complete contest details or more information about Tequila Rose and McCormick Distilling, please visit www.tequilarosetour.com .

Ryan Daniel
www.RyanDaniel.org 
Anyone who has seen Ryan Daniel perform can tell you that he connects with the crowd. He makes every member of the audience feel like they are the most important person there. It has always been like that, whether he was performing before his fellow classmates in high school or for the thousands of fans during his tour with "Tops in Blue."

Ryan served as a proud member of the United States Air Force for 9½ years. Ryan was deployed to the Middle East several times to serve in our fight for freedom overseas. While in the service, he was selected to join the elite musical touring group "Tops in Blue." As a featured vocalist, Ryan performed many solos throughout the show as well as intricate a cappella pieces with the male quartet. Additionally, Ryan performed the demanding choreography required. As a member of this prestigious musical production, presented by the Air Force, Ryan toured all over the world entertaining an estimated 250,000 troops and civilians alike. This opportunity led to him meeting his producer, Barry Best.

In August of 2005, Ryan left the military to pursue his dream of music. Now, in conjunction with Barry Best Productions, Ryan is producing his upcoming debut country album Love, Life -N- Memories. The single, "A Silent Movie," is available for purchase on RyanDaniel.org .

Voice of Country Making History
( www.voiceofcountry.com  reaching worldwide  )
(NASHVILLE, TN -- June 28th, 2007) The recently launched Voice of Country (VOC) is making history as the first Nashville based radio service to service 24 hours of country music daily directed to a targeted audience in the United Kingdom.

Created by the team behind the UK's multi-award winning 3C radio station, Voice of Country offers listeners a chance to be a part of today's hottest country music, interviews, and information through online streaming, podcasts and listener e-newsletters.

Pat Geary serves as Director of Programming and Barry O'Neill is Director of Business and Creative Services. Their goal is to engage listeners by allowing them to become an integral part of the programming decisions through the online social networking community that they have created at www.voiceofcountry.com .

In its short time on the air, the service has received responses from listeners worldwide. According to Geary, "UK Country fans want to get close to the artists and the music. That's why we've set up in Nashville. Our goal is to make Voice of Country's listeners feel as connected to the Country music community as if they lived here themselves."

O'Neill adds, "As well as bringing Country music to UK fans, we want to give Country artists access to the evergrowing worldwide market by bringing our listeners to their doorstep. We feel that Voice of Country will facilitate this."

For further information about Voice of Country, please contact Pat Geary at pat.geary@voiceofcountry.com  or Barry O'Neill at barry.oneill@voiceofcountry.com .
 
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
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Top 10 Super Country Hits - July 1st, 2007 - 25th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
 
Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 3 - Jason Aldean-Johnny Cash
* 4 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 5 - George Strait-Wrapped
* 6 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 7 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 8 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 9 - Brad Paisely - Ticks
* 10 - Alan Jackson - A Woman's Love

Hot Rising Single
Tracy Lawrence - Til I Was A Daddy Too

Keep An Eye On Single
Clint Black - The Strong One

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The Story Behind Clint Black’s New Single Songwriters Share Inspiration Behind “The Strong One”
Nashville, TN June 27 2007 – Equity Music Group released Clint Black’s brand new single, impacting at radio this week. Entitled “The Strong One,” the story behind this track is a truly a strong one; a strong woman in fact.

Written by Don Poythress, Bill Luther and Chuck Jones, this song was penned the first time these three incredible writers came together. Luther walked into the session with the first two lines of the song already written, along with the accompanying melody, “When God made woman I wonder sometimes / If it was a flower he had in mind, when he made her.”

Luther’s original inspiration was a friend who was an unmarried woman, pregnant, and choosing to have the baby on her own. “After Bill shared this woman’s story of bravery and independence, we started talking about how the stereotype of women being the weaker sex was becoming less and less valid in the modern world – if, indeed, it was ever valid in the first place,” recalls Jones. “In general, men tend to be stronger physically, but we reasoned that women often do more than their fair share of heavy lifting on both the emotional and the home fronts.”

By sharing the increasingly common tale of single motherhood through a song, the writers sought to address this obvious inequity and honor women, according to Jones. “The Strong One” is a tribute to the women in their lives (wives, girlfriends, mothers and friends) and to women in general.

“The Strong One,” is the only song released by Black that he did not have a hand in writing in his 18-year career. Black wanted to share this one because it is a great song with a true message crediting the importance of mothers. “Women who are doing it alone can relate to the song’s message. But I think guys will like it, too,” comments Black.

Black’s third CD for the Equity Music Group is scheduled for release later this year. For additional information, please visit www.clintblack.com .

CONTACTS:
Jennifer Bohler/Alliance - jenny@jb-alliance.com
Jensen Sussman/Equity Music Group - jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com

“LUCKY MAN” LATEST #1 FOR MONTGOMERY GENTRY
Single Is The Duo’s 10th To Crack The Top 5
www.montgomerygentry.com
(Nashville, Tennessee) – June 25, 2007 – Less than a week after rockin’ country duo Montgomery Gentry racked up the greatest-gaining studio album on the Nielsen SoundScan Country and Top 200 Charts with an impressive 73% increase in sales, “Lucky Man” has become their latest smash to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard/R&R and Country Aircheck country airplay charts.

“Man, this is just too much,” said Eddie Montgomery. “We just have an awesome team of people around us, and we definitely have to thank the Columbia promotion staff for sticking with this song and taking it all the way to the top.”

“Yeah, and we also have to thank the fans for requesting this song and especially country radio for being so good to us over the years,” added Troy Gentry.

Reflecting the track’s message of appreciating what you have in life, Eddie Montgomery noted, “I’ve been very blessed, and I might be singing this song for me more than anybody. I love what it says, I love the way it flows. To me, it doesn’t get any more country than this.”

The accomplishment marks Montgomery Gentry’s 10th Top 5 single and their third to go #1. “Lucky Man,” which was written by Dave Turnbull and David Lee, is the second hit single from the duo’s latest Columbia Nashville disc, Some People Change.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Craig Campbell
Sony BMG Nashville
craig.campbell@sonybmg.com
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Kirt Webster
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KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2008 INDUCTEES
CRYSTAL GAYLE, DWIGHT YOAKAM & FLORENCE HENDERSON LEAD OFF RECIPIENT LIST
www.crystalgayle.com
Renfro Valley, KY: “This year’s class includes some of the most recognizable music artists in the world,” according to the Hall of Fame. “The ceremony in February 2008 will feature performances by this year’s class as well as some of this state’s greatest music achievers.”

The 2008 Inductee class represents several different genres of music. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize such diversity in the heritage of Kentucky Music. The musicians who are named as 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Crystal Gayle: One of the most popular and widely recognized female country singers of her era, she supported her trademark hair with a supple voice, a flair for ballads, and a crossover-friendly country-pop style that netted the occasional mainstream hit. Gayle is from Paintsville, Kentucky.

Dwight Yoakam: With his “stripped down” approach to traditional honky tonk and Bakersfield country, he has remained one of the most respected and adventurous recording country artists in the industry and has been credited with returning country to its roots. Yoakam is from Pikeville, Kentucky

Florence Henderson: A multi-talented actress, talk show host, performer, producer recording artist, author, Broadway veteran, and philanthropist, has had an outstanding career on film, in television and on stage. Henderson is from Owensboro, Kentucky.

Norro Wilson: Famed record producer, singer, & songwriter. Wilson has penned songs such as “The Most Beautiful Girl” recorded by Charlie Rich, “The Grand Tour” for George Jones, and “Another Lonely Song” for Tammy Wynette and many others. Among the country greats for whom Wilson has produced records are Charley Pride, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, & Kenny Chesney. Wilson is from Scottsville, Kentucky.

Les McCann: A self-taught Jazz musician, McCann is best known for his work in the late 60’s and early 70’s with partner sax man Eddie Harris, who played Jazz festivals all over the world, including the Montréux Jazz Festival. McCann is from Lexington, Kentucky.

The 2008 Class is the fourth Class of Inductees for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame which was created in 2002 and holds an induction ceremony every two years. The 2008 Induction Ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on February 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame. For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum call 1-877-356-3263 or visit www.KYMusicHallofFame.com

2002 Class: Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Osborne Brothers, Everly Brothers, Merle Travis, Bradley Kincaid, Red Foley, Tom T. Hall, John Lair, Jean Ritchie, Grandpa Jones, & Rosemary Clooney.

2004 Class: Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, Billy Vaughn, Howard & Vestal Goodman, Coon Creek Girls, Jerry Chesnut, & Boots Randolph.

2006 Class: Sam Bush, John Conlee, Todd Duncan, Lionel Hampton, Naomi & Wynonna Judd, John Jacob Niles, Dottie Rambo, & Mary Travers.

BRITISH COUNTRY ARTIST LUCIE DIAMOND DUETS WITH US GRAMMY WINNER DELBERT McCLINTON ON HER BRAND NEW CD "I WANNA BE RICH"

Lucie Diamond joins a star-studded list of female singers including Bonnie Raitt, Tanya Tucker and Martina McBride who have all sung duets with multi Grammy winner Delbert McClinton.

The Texas-born roots star added his worldclass vocal skills to Lucie's debut album "I Wanna Be Rich" at the end of May in a top Nashville recording studio, on track number 7 - the rocking "Closed Curtain."

Having previously only dueted with one European artist before - a Norwegian in 1992 - Lucie is the first non American to sing with Delbert in more than 15 years, and the only British artist to ever duet with him.

Winning a Grammy for his last CD "Cost Of Living," and a prolific songwriter with his songs covered by a host of big names in country and blues, Delbert is at the top of his game and delivered a blistering soul-soaked vocal to add to Lucie's raunchy delivery on the song. Some of Nashville's finest A-list session players provided the music on the track.

"Closed Curtain" is written by one of Nashville's best known session singers, Bekka Bramlett, daughter of Delaney and Bonnie. She co-wrote the song with Danny Wilde, former lead singer of The Rembrandts, who wrote and sang the theme tune to US sit-com, Friends.

Lucie had previously cut the song as a duet more than 2 years ago, with a San Diego based soul singer who her manager/producer managed at the time, but it was never released.

"My producer wanted me to sing a duet on this album and I wasn't that keen, to be honest. But I began to go through some songs and see if I had written anything, or started to write anything suitable. A duet is a difficult thing to write, to avoid it being too sugary and it relies on the chemistry of the two singers. Then the producer said, 'hey, remember this one, this could work well' and I instantly knew that 'Closed Curtain' was the song I had to do. He then spoke to Danny Wilde at his LA home, and he gave his blessing for us to record the song as a duet."

"It is funny, but there was only ever one man who we knew was the right choice to sing this song with me. We both agreed Delbert could make this song sound fantastic, it would be a unique pairing and we both absolutely love his voice. The producer has a stack of Delbert's CDs, and names him as one of his all-time favourite singers in any genre of music.

"We agreed that if Delbert was to say no, we would not have a duet on the CD at all. I have been asked by quite a few singers to duet with them over the last couple of years, but we have always declined. I had a number one in Europe in 2005 with my only previous duet, and we were anxious not to just churn out any old duet after that or anything that was not representative of me now. When Delbert said he liked my voice and the song, and was delighted to be involved, we were totally ecstatic.

"When he turned up at the studio in Nashville on 31st May and sang the song, it was just a wonderful day and Delbert was a really lovely guy and so easy to work with. On a duet there must be chemistry, and we all think there is with us on this song. Hopefully you can hear the humour of the day in the way we sing the song. I just had a big grin on my face all day as it was so, so cool to work with Delbert. I am so proud of what we did and I love the track so much. Bekka is a great writer who I'd just love to write with, the band played it just right and Delbert was Delbert. His voice is as good now as it has ever been. I hope people who buy the CD will love it too and I so hope I get the opportunity to work with him again. He just oozes soul."

Coincidentally, Bekka Bramlett has provided backing vocals on Delbert's last 4 records and she is a close family friend, Godmother to his daughter Delaney, who accompanied him to the recording session with Lucie. He told Bekka he was recording her song with Lucie and she was thrilled, keen to hear the end result. Bekka is also one of Lucie's favourite female singers.

Delbert McClinton is not the only Grammy winner to guest star on Lucie's debut CD. Guitar legend Albert Lee plays on the track "I Wanna Love You Wild Sometimes." Among the big gun session players is Robby Turner on pedal steel and dobro, two world tours with the Dixie Chicks under his belt, and he has worked with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and currently in the studio with Loretta Lynn. Drummer Brian Barnette is on most Big & Rich albums, and has played with Don Williams, Elton John and Sheryl Crowe among others. Larry Franklin is the number one fiddle player in Nashville. Backing vocalist Dana McVicker sings on every Travis Tritt album. Danny Parks on guitar is on hundreds of major albums and a very sought after studio player.

Of the 12 tracks on "I Wanna Be Rich," Lucie co-wrote 4 of them. The haunting ballad "I Wish I Could Re-Write The Ending," based on a true story from Lucie's life in the UK countryside, and co-written with Rachael Thibodeau who penned a current hit for Martina McBride. Lucie also wrote "Read My Lips" with UK writer Catherine Rushton. "My Ex True Love" with Bat McGrath, who writes for Kenny Rogers and Wynonna among other big country stars. "Don't Mess Me Up," with Nashville writer Brent Anderson who is signed to Garth Brooks' management, Major Bob Publishing.

The album is described by music journalist James Soars in the July issue of Maverick magazine as "....a dozen killer tracks, no fillers." Lucie Diamond is interviewed over 4 pages in issue 60, July 2007, the 5th anniversary issue of Maverick and the writer says Lucie is: "a world class artist, songwriter and performer.....She really is something special: a real Diamond."

"I Wanna Be Rich" is to be released on Big Feat Records on 14th July, the same date Lucie headlines the biggest country music festival in Europe to at least 40,000 people, at Mirande, France. The only British artist to ever headline that festival in its 15 year history.

Pre-release signed copies of her new CD can be ordered from Lucie's official website www.luciediamond.com  from 21st June, at her forthcoming shows and at: www.myspace.com/luciediamond 

Montage Music Group Moves Into New Music Row Home
Nashville, TN – The staff of Montage Music Group has relocated to their brand new home on music row. The building, which was purchased by parent company Hedgewood International, LLC earlier this year and totally renovated, was designed to accommodate the record label and the publishing company staff. It is located at 914 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212

The sleek new design offers a recording studio and songwriter’s rooms, spacious offices and conference rooms, an executive suite, a full service kitchen, an art department, and a special event space to service all of the needs of the company.

“Our new home gives us and our acts a creative, comfortable and inviting place to do business on Music Row. Our number one goal is to promote the incredible music of our talented roster of multi-genre artists and songwriters,” says Allen Butler, President and CEO of Montage Music Group.

Most recently Montage Music Group has released their first studio album,
 
MISSING YEARS, by Little Texas.
 They are also currently working the new hit single “Tattoo Rose” from Andy Griggs at country radio.

Established in May of 2006, Montage Music Group is a fully staffed multifaceted entertainment organization operating as a multi-genre record label, an artist management company and a music publishing company. Montage Music Group’s mission is to not only make music but to develop the careers of recording artists and songwriters alike. Operating as an independent company with a sole owner, Montage Music Group affords itself the ability and freedom to make quick decisions about music marketing and put those objectives into play more quickly than its historically slower major music company competitors. The Montage Music Group roster includes Andy Griggs, Minnie Murphy, Little Texas and The Road Hammers.

www.montagemusicgroup.com  and www.myspace.com/montagemusicgroup

THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND RELEASES LIVE FROM IRAQ - CD ON BLUE HAT/KOCH RECORDS JUNE 26TH
Daniels heads to Washington, DC to talk about new release
(NASHVILLE, TN -- June 22nd, 2007) On June 26th, The Charlie Daniels Band will release their newest album, Live From Iraq (Blue Hat/Koch Records). The two disc set includes thirteen songs picked from four performances recorded in Iraq when the Charlie Daniels Band performed for US/Multinational Troops as part of the Stars for Stripes Tour.

The war-torn country of Iraq is the backdrop for Live From Iraq, which is The Charlie Daniels Band's 19th release on Blue Hat Records.

The release features a bonus DVD containing never before seen documentary footage including an Easter service in Ur at the House of Abraham. During the band's time in Iraq, they entertained and visited with troops fighting the war on terror. "They made stops in Arifjan, Baghdad, Tallil, Fallujah and other operating bases."

"I'll never forget my trips to Iraq, having the honor of visiting with the heroes so far away from home who stand in harms way daily to keep the torch of freedom burning brightly. It is with great love, admiration, respect and gratitude that I dedicate this project to the men and women who wear the military uniform of The United States of America, past, present and future," says Daniels.

While promoting the release, Charlie Daniels will be making a series of appearances in Washington, DC. He is scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes on Monday (6-25) and The Bill Bennett Show on Tuesday (6-26). Interviews with Daniels on Voice of America's Live Music Show, Border Crossings with host Larry London and The Pentagon Channel will air over the July 4th weekend. Also that weekend is a one-hour radio special, produced by Huntsman Entertainment, on radio stations across the country. In the special, Daniels shares his thoughts and feelings from the tour.

For more information on the Charlie Daniels Band, go to www.charliedaniels.com

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORED DOLLY PARTON, DON WILLIAMS, WAYLON JENNINGS, BUCK OWENS, HARLAN HOWARD, AND JACK LAMEIER WITH SPECIAL AWARDS
www.acmcountry.com
ENCINO, CA (June 21, 2007) – During a private industry ceremony last night, hosted by Marty Stuart, the Academy of Country Music honored country music superstars and industry leaders Harlan Howard, Waylon Jennings, Jack Lameier, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and Don Williams for their contribution to the country music industry.

The event took place at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, where Marty Stuart’s Sparkle & Twang exhibit of personal memorabilia is on display.

Harlan Howard, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Don Williams were honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, presented to an outstanding “pioneer” of country music.

Harlan Howard was one of the most influential composers in country music. With more than 4,000 songs to his credit, Howard worked with some of the industry’s biggest names including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire and more. Howard was honored posthumously.

Trisha Yearwood performed, Ralph Murphy spoke about Harlan, and Melanie Howard accepted on behalf her late father.

Waylon Jennings is known as a renaissance man in country music. Jennings crafted a new sound that combined his forceful electric guitar, rough-edged lyrics and diverse range. From Buddy Holly to Willie Nelson, Jennings has worked with the best in the business. He is also known worldwide for writing and performing the theme song from The Dukes of Hazzard. Jennings will be honored posthumously.

Ray Scott performed, Nikki Mitchell spoke on behalf of Jessi Colter, and Buddy Jennings accepted on behalf of his late brother.

Dolly Parton is by far one of the most popular country icons of all time. From “I Will Always Love You” to her Oscar nominated song “Travelin’ Thru,” Parton has many hits spanning her long career. She is also known for breaking down barriers for women in country music. Parton is known as a philanthropist as well, providing books to schools across the country and scholarships to children from her home state of Tennessee.

Ashley Monroe and Rhonda Vincent performed, Porter Wagoner spoke about Dolly, and Dolly Parton accepted.

“This is a great honor. Course when they told me I was winning the Pioneer Award, I thought well how appropriate cause I remember when me and Porter came to Nashville in our covered wagon,” joked Parton during her acceptance speech.

Don Williams is a legendary singer and song writer in the country world. After seven years with the folk group Pozo Seco Singers, Williams started a solo career that lead to 17 number one hits. Williams also developed a style that had gently paced love songs with simple arrangements, vocals and sentiments. This style was Williams’ signature when collaborating with other artists. After much success in the United States, Williams frequently tours the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Roger Cook performed, Robert Pratt spoke about Don, and Robert Pratt accepted on behalf of his longtime management client.

Past honorees of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award have included Alabama, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Tex Ritter, Hank Williams Sr., and Bob Wills, among others.

Buck Owens was honored with the Jim Reeves International Award, presented to an individual, not necessarily an artist, for outstanding contribution to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Owens is one of the most admired country idols of all time. In his astonishing career, he had 26 consecutive hits and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Owens’ influence on country music can be heard today by Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley and countless others who carry his legacy and introduce a new generation to his style. Owens will be honored posthumously. Past honorees of the the Jim Reeves International Award have included Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Charlie Nagatani, and Louise Scruggs, among others.

Connie Smith performed, Storme Warren spoke about Buck, Jerry Hufford accepted on behalf of Buck.

Jack Lameier was honored with the Mae Boren Axton Award, given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music. Lameier served on the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors for 28 years and was President for two of those years. His career in music includes more than 40 years at Sony, and he is a veteran in radio promoting and DJing. In 2006, he received the President’s Award from the Country Radio Broadcasters. Past honorees of the Mae Boren Axton Award have included Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed, Ray Pilzak and Marge Meoli.

Ty Herndon performed, John Dorris spoke about Jack, Jack Lameier accepted.


The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, an artist and industry-driven organization, exists to produce a world-class network television awards show, and its associated events, to provide the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of its Charitable Fund. Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund promotes and supports music education and humanitarian programs that transform the human spirit. Through its charitable donations, the ACMCF works towards two main goals: encouraging Learning Through Music and Healing Through Music. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,500 professional members and more than 40,000 associate members, was established in 1964 and is headquartered in Encino, Calif.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is produced for television by dick clark productions. The show is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and R.A. Clark, produced by Barry Adelman and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. The executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo, and the executive in charge is Francis LaMaina.

For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, please visit www.acmcountry.com . For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit www.acmcf.org .

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - June 24th, 2007 - 24th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 3 - Jason Aldean-Johnny Cash
* 4 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 5 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 6 - George Strait-Wrapped
* 7 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 8 - Tracy Lawrence - Find Out Who Your Friends Are
* 9 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 10 - Rascal Flatts - Stand

Hot Rising Single
Toby Keith - Love Me If You Can

Keep An Eye On Single
Pat Waters - That Ole' Blacktop

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

LONESTAR & FRIENDS RAISE $39,000 FOR ST. JUDE
GAC helps artists and fans show that country cares for St. Jude Kids
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lonestar and friends rolled into CMA Music Festival week with their 3rd Annual Lonestar & Friends Strike Out for the Kids Bowling Bash, raising $39,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

With the help of dedicated country artists, fans, volunteers and GAC, the sold out event surpassed previous benchmarks to reach a phenomenal $39,000 for St. Jude. This exceeds last year’s event which raised a still impressive $21,000, and it more than doubled the inaugural year’s net proceeds of $16,300.

Fans crowded into the quaint building of Hermitage Lanes in Nashville for a chance to bowl with their favorite artist, grab an autograph, take pictures, and head into CMA Music Fest week with a piece of unique memorabilia. In addition to the games, a silent auction was held for fans to bid on items from different celebrities, including one-of-a-kind autographed bowling shirts from all artists in attendance. Celebrities present included: Lonestar, GAC host Suzanne Alexander, Carolina Rain, Jeff Bates, Brad Cotter, Amy Dalley, Dusty Drake, Crystal Hunt, Emerson Drive, Buddy Jewell, Little Texas, Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, Jimmy Olander, Jake Owen, Danielle Peck, Michael Peterson, Bobby Pinson, Julie Roberts, Keni Thomas, Trent Tomlinson, Tanya Tucker, Jimmy Wayne, Bryan White and Darryl Worley and Chris Young in addition to GAC hosts Storme Warren and Nan Kelley.

Teri Watson, Sr. Director of Radio and Entertainment Marketing for St. Jude spoke on behalf of the patients and families at St. Jude: “We are grateful to Lonestar and all the artists who participated as well as the loyal fans, volunteers and our host location Hermitage Lanes for their continued support. We are equally thrilled with the success of this year's event which we feel is due in part through the generosity of our new presenting sponsor GAC.”

Lonestar was moved by the success of this year’s event. The group commented on the great support from all avenues for this year’s event: “We are so excited about the amount of money we were able to raise for St. Jude Children's Hospital with this year's Bowling Party,” said Michael Britt on the event’s success. Richie McDonald commented on the overwhelming support received, “We couldn't have done it without all the wonderful fans and artists that came to support the event.” Dean Sams continued, “We also can't thank GAC enough for their sponsorship and coverage of the event.” “From Lonestar and especially the kids at St. Jude, we send out a big ‘thank you!!’” stated Keech Rainwater.

Bryan White commented on his continued participation in the event: “I had a blast! I bowled much better this year. Maybe because the fans got me my own ball! The guys in Lonestar are as good as they come. They have big hearts. They know what they’ve been given and want to use it to draw awareness to the needs that these children have. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

GAC was on hand all evening to film its weekly Top 20 Countdown and catch all the excitement from fans and artists as pins hit the ground.

For more information on Lonestar please visit www.lonestar.mu . For details on St. Jude and how you can make a difference visit www.stjude.org 
www.lonestar.mu
Media Contact:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster – kirt@websterpr.com
Becky Loyacano – becky@websterpr.com 
Management Contact:
Vector Management –
Brandy Hamilton-Necessary – brandy@vectormgmt.com

St. Jude Contact:
St. Jude Entertainment Marketing –
Jackie Proffit – Jackie.Proffit@stjude.org
Teri Watson – Teri.Watson@stjude.org

Skyla Spencer tells caller "You Said You'd Call Me"!
Nashville, TN - Skyla Spencer performed "You Said You'd Call Me", the title cut from her current album, at the Full Moon Saloon during the CMA Festival in Nashville. "You Said You'd Call Me" is a funny, up-beat song written by Skyla and produced by Ted Hewitt.

"It is always fun to perform this song on stage," says Skyla. "I like to incorporate some acting into the song. The guy calls me up at the end of the song and is giving me all these excuses about why he hasn't called. It's fun to play with different scenerios. I like being creative with it and get the crowd going."
For more information on Skyla Spencer, MP3s, the You Said You'd Call Me album, print quality photos, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net  or 615-825-0019. MP3s are also available to radio through Airplay Direct.

Wildfire Publicity
Laura Claffey
www.WildfirePublicity.net 

Skyla Spencer
www.SkylaSpencer.com

CMA Music Festival 2007 Is Week of "Firsts" For LANTANA
***Texas Trio Enjoys Getting Close To The Fans
Nashville, TN (June 17, 2007) - "Our first CMA Music Festival week was a blast ... a truly eye-opening experience," admits LANTANA's Karol Ann DeLong. It began Tuesday with a visit to Marty Stuart's "Sparkle & Twang" exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum. At the VIP reception, they met and posed for pictures with the "Best Hair in Country Music," artist/author/photographer, Stuart. "It was so much fun to see his collection of memorabilia," says group member Dalene Richelle. "It was literally a visual lesson in the history of country music. My personal favorite was the display of the Nudie jackets suspended from the ceiling."

The head-turning, bluesy/country trio from Texas loved riding in their first-ever parade, which "officially" kicked off CMA Music Festival 2007, and drew 10,000 country music fans to downtown Nashville. Biz Haddock, Dalene and Karol Ann tossed over 500 Mardi Gras-style "Boot" beads to lucky fans from their ride - the stylish GM E85 Green and Yellow FlexFuel Truck.

Every day fans flocked to the trio's bustling "home-style" booth designed by their savvy Fan Club president, Shannon Pfeiffer. Nearly 300 LANTANA-ites registered to win one of three House Concerts that the group is giving away - with registrants representing 20 states and several foreign countries, including Australia, France and England. "I was overwhelmed by the number of fans who stood in line to meet with us personally, and get autographs and photos," says Karol Ann. "We heard so many encouraging comments about the music that we're making - and some really personal stories from fans about how our music has affected them. Biz agrees that the fans were amazing. "We signed in three other booths as well," she says. "The Mary Kay (their lip gloss is fabulous); Y'all Magazine (they gave us some cool t-shirts), and Indie Islands (they were our neighbors all week) booths."

On Friday night, LANTANA wrapped up the week as they made their festival performance debut when they rocked the Hard Rock Café stage during the Afterhours Kick Off Concert Series. The group fired up the crowd with songs from their BGM Records' debut, UNBRIDLED. "We even had fireworks (from LP Field) go off during our closing number," laughs Dalene. "It was an incredible night ... an incredible week for that matter. We can't wait 'til next year!"

Fans can get in touch with Lantana via Lantana's Website , Lantana's MySpace or the newly-launched fan club site Fan Club Site

MEDIA reps can obtain hi-res photos by emailing somuchmoore@charter.net .
All photos courtesy of Martha E. Moore.

Media contact:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
somuchmoore@charter.net 
www.somuchMOORE.com 

Country Weekly Spends A Day On The Ranch With Todd Fritsch
***Exclusive Interview In July 2 Issue, On Stands NOW

Nashville, TN (June 18, 2007) - Country Weekly recently spent a day with Todd Fritsch at his home in Willow Springs, Texas. The rising star proudly showed off The Fritsch Cattle Company ranch, where he grew up and learned to rope, ride - and work hard.

Todd credits those early days on the ranch with the strict, waste-no-time approach he takes in his musical career. Fans can learn about Todd - and his family's close relationship and shared drive - in this three-page spread, photographed by Marc Morrison. The layout includes seven photos of Todd, his family, favorite horse and his working dogs, Rip, Rudy and Ranger.

Fritsch won't be riding to town to pick up his copy of Country Weekly; he's currently on the road supporting his new CD, SAWDUST
(Diamond Music Group/Spinville). This article gives the young Texan more national exposure and follows recent appearances at CMA Music Festival 2007 and on GAC Nights last week.

Check out the latest TF news, tourdates, photos and more: www.toddfritsch.com  or MySpace.com/toddfritsch .

MEDIA CONTACT:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
martha@somuchmoore.com 
www.somuchmoore.com

PRIMORIS RECORDS LEAPS ONTO THE ROW
Nashville, TN – Primoris Records, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, has launched a country music division as it was announced today by President/CEO George Burton. Primoris Records will be opening an office on or around Music Row in the coming weeks, with full support staffs being named in the coming weeks.

“The launch of the label in Nashville is going to be fun,” says Burton. “The growth of independent labels in country music has been phenomenal and we are excited about the opportunity to add to it.”

Joining the Primoris Records team in the radio promotion department will be Darcy Lashinsky and Tony Benken, the team of Webster & Associates Public Relations will handle media and publicity services, Bill Back is named VP Operations, James T. Harris is named CFO, James Chiado is named Business Development, and Mark Levinson is named Chief Counsel.

Primoris Records will be distributed through Universal Music Group along with Fontana.

M-T-M #24

Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com 

I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #24) to mail out In mid July (cut off deadline 7 July) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $275.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $275.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #24 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - June 17th, 2007 - 23rd Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - I Told You So
* 2 - Brad Paisely - Ticks
* 3 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 4 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 5 - Big & Rich - Lost In This Moment
* 6 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 7 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 8 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 9 - George Strait-Wrapped
* 10 - Jason Aldean-Johnny Cash

Hot Rising Single
Brooks & Dunn - Proud Of The House We Built

Keep An Eye On Single
Sara Evans - As If
InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Clint Black Keeps His Eyes On The Ball
Equity Music Group’s Clint Black coached Blair Garner’s After-Midnight team at the annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game on June 7th. Black has participated in this event several times over the years, but this marks his first game as a coach. Though his team lost to the Opry team and coach Pete Fisher, Black remains unfazed. "We had the talent; we had the desire to win. What we needed was for all the guys on our team to keep their eyes on the ball, and not Carrie Underwood," Black laughed.

Clint Black has been in the studio working on a brand new full length album that is expected to be released this fall. For additional info., please visit
www.clintblack.com .

CONTACT: Jennifer Bohler - 615 292 5804 -
jenny@jb-alliance.com

Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings will be honored posthumously by the Nashville SongWriters Festival On Music Row in it's fifth annual presentation of the Life Time Achievement Award.

Waylon was the first country singer to sell a million records. Grammy winner, songwriter, actor, author and businessman, he was an American original whose career spanned 6 decades.

Waylon personified the outlaw country movement. Jennings rejected the conventions of the recording industry back in the '70s with other songwriter/artists such as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Branded an "outlaw" because of the ragged, maverick image and their independence, Waylon became one of the significant forces of country music in the '70s.

The award will be accepted by Waylon's brother, longtime band member and manager, Tommy Jennings. The presentation will take place this Monday, June 11th, 7PM at the Hotel Preston Stage located at 733 Briley Parkway, (The intersection of Briley Parkway and I-40), Nashville, TN. 37217. 877.361.5500.

You are invited to come listen to Tommy Jennings tell many wonderful and blunt stories of when he and Waylon ran the back alleys of Music Row.

You can find more information about Waylon here at
http://www.songwritersfestival.com/lifetime_achievement_awards.htm .

Media Contact info:
Cornelius "Popcorn" Robertson
Popcorn@SongWritersFestival.com
www.SongWritersFestival.com
 
TRACY LAWRENCE MAKES HISTORY WITH HIT SINGLE “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” Is No. 1!
NASHVILLE, TN-June 11, 2007-Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence is perched atop national music trade charts, Billboard/R&R and Mediabase, with his 17th No. 1 record, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” History was made when the song topped the charts making Lawrence the first country artist who owns his own record label, RCR (Rocky Comfort Records), to reach the coveted No. 1 position with the debut single release on that label. “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” is Lawrence's first No. 1 since 1997 when he topped the R&R chart with “Is That A Tear.” His last Billboard No. 1 was with “Time Marches On” in 1996.

“I am so grateful to country radio for supporting us as an independent and helping us reach the public with my music,” says Lawrence. “It's been a dream of mine for a long, long time to own my own record label, but to have a No. 1 hit with my first single release is an even bigger dream come true for me. This is an accomplishment that I don't take lightly. My brother and business partner, Laney, and I cherry-picked a team that had the vision, the enthusiasm, the guts and the persistence to make this happen. From promotion to public relations, from sales and marketing to distribution, I truly have an all-star team. ”

The single was released to radio August 21, 2006 on the RCR/CO5 Nashville imprint. According to Mediabase national radio callout research, the song has ranked consistently among the Top 5 since the third week of December 2006.

The full CD, titled FOR THE LOVE, was available in stores January 30, 2007. It marked Lawrence's first studio collection in nearly three years. The CD was met with an impressive response by record buyers across the United States and Lawrence entered Billboard magazine's “Top Independent Albums” chart at No. 3, the “Top Country Albums” chart at No. 6, and “The Billboard Hot 100” albums chart at No. 53. RCR/CO5 Nashville has a distribution partnership with A2M (Artist To Market Distribution).

FOR THE LOVE features several points of interest. Among them, the title cut is a duet with Brad Arnold, lead singer of the multi-platinum group Three Doors Down. It's a song that is edgy, yet it fits very comfortably amid the other country songs included in this collection. “Speed Of Flight,” a true-to-Tracy Lawrence waltz, represents the first time that Lawrence has cut a song he wrote without a co-writer. “Til I Was A Daddy Too,” scheduled as the second single from FOR THE LOVE, takes a very heartfelt look at parenting and the depth of a father's love. Finally, like bookends, the CD starts and finishes with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” One is a bonus track that features two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.

The new music is available for downloading on iTunes, WalMart.com, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic among other digital service providers. Internet users can watch exclusive Tracy Lawrence interview and performance clips on the AT&T blue room site. ATTblueroom.com/music . Cell phone users have actively downloaded ringtones. The ringtones are still available. Text Tracy1 to 66555 to get “Find Out Who Your Friends Are;” text Tracy2 to 66555 to get “You Can't Hide Redneck,” text Tracy3 to 66555 to get “For The Love,” or text Tracy4 to 66555 to get “Speed Of Flight.” Tracy Lawrence website:
www.tracylawrence.com

For additional information, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley at Holley•Guidry, 615-460-9550.

MARIO MAGRO KISS FOR A CAUSE FOUNDATION TO HOLD ONLINE CELEBRITY AUCTION June 15 - 25, 2007
http://www.ebay.com/kissforacause
(Beverly Hills, June 6, 2007) -- Mario Magro Kiss For A Cause Foundation will hold an online auction of exclusive handbags kissed and signed by celebrities at the recent 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The auction will run from June 15 - 25, 2007. Country music artists including Martina McBride, George Strait, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, The Wreckers, ZZ Top musical legend Billy Gibbons, Heartland, Emerson Drive, Josh Turner, Tracy Lawrence, Sara Evans, and many more, all puckered up to have their lip prints and signature pressed on the inside of Mario Magro Crystal Le Coop purses, to be auctioned off in support of orphaned and abandon children. All proceeds will benefit Mario Magro Kiss For A Cause Foundation. For a complete list of celebrity participation and photos please visit:
http://kissforacause.org/celebrity_photos.html

Forty-seven years ago, Joanne Woodward and seven of the era's brightest stars were the first to place their hand prints in cement at Mann's Chinese Theatre Walk of Fame. Today, Mario Magro Kiss For A Cause Foundation gives the time honored tradition a new twist by collecting the kisses and signatures of today's hottest stars of film, television and music. "The concept has been a great success," Mario Magro notes. "We are helping children all around the world and creating collectible items that will be more valuable and famous than any memorabilia collection ever conceived.

"The kissed and signed crystal inserts are very appealing to collectors because they offer an intimate connection to the celebrity. There is nothing quite as sexy and compelling as owning a celebrity's kiss and autograph preserved behind glass. When you look at the kissed and signed insert, you can see the celebrity's actual lip prints. I can only imagine what a Marilyn Monroe or JFK kiss and signature would be worth today -- it would be priceless to the collector. I'm very proud of the celebrities who have lent their support. The collection is magnificent, but their contribution towards the cause of helping orphaned and abandoned children is immeasurable!" Magro says emphatically.

Each collectible item has been numbered and authenticated by designer Mario Magro, whose signature is sealed inside along with the celebrity's kiss and autograph. The kissed and signed crystal insert comes in a branded leather display case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and certificate of photograph authenticity. Each collectable item includes an original Mario Magro Crystal Le Coop handbag.

The Mario Magro Kiss For A Cause celebrity auction will be hosted by eBay Giving Works, the dedicated program for charity listing on eBay. The event is managed on eBay by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high profile design, strategy, and cause marketing for corporations and nonprofits worldwide. For more information, please visit
http://ww.auctioncause.com

Mario Magro Kiss For A Cause Foundation (MMKFACF) is dedicated to the protection of orphaned, homeless and abandoned children. Internationally, there are 140,000,000 children suffering from extreme poverty. MMKFACF's mission is to house, feed and educate orphaned and abandoned children and provide work and training skills for a better
future. For more information on the foundation please visit
http://www.kissforacause.org

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - May 27th, 2007 - 20th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 2 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 3 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 4 - Brad Paisely - Ticks
* 5 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 6 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 7 - Billy Currington-Good Directions
* 8 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 9 - Kellie Pickler - I Wonder
* 10 - Martina McBride-Anyway

Hot Rising Single
Sugarland - Everyday America

Keep An Eye On Single
Reba McEntire (w/ Kelly Clarkson) - Because Of You

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Mark Trail Music Presents:2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase
http://www.marktrailmusic.com/2007showcase/mtm07showcase.htm
June 7th 5:30
Douglas Corner Cafe
2106-A 8th Avenue, South
Nashville, Tennessee 37204

(NO COVER CHARGE)
Emceed By: GAC Hotpick Artist Pete Schlegeland Hit Songwriter Gilles Godard..
Special guest Appearance: Daryle Singletary

Featured Artists include:
John Foster, Chase Tyler, JC Andersen, Sherida Eastman, Chris Gilburg, Traci Kennedy, Rustie Blue, Shane Warner, Codie Prevost, Adam Wayde, Jeff Taylor, Rachel Lilliot

The 2007 M-T-M Showcase will be held on June 7th 2007 at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe during this years CMA Festival. This showcase will feature select artists Showcasing for music row industry professionals and fans alike... *This is a live band/acoustic showcase for music row industry professionals and fans alike... DJs / Press your invited to stop in check out some of tomorrows country music stars!

CMA Music Festival 2007 Performances, Photo & Interview Opportunities for LANTANA & Todd Fritsch

Lantana Makes Debut at CMA Music Fest

Live Performance: Friday, June 8 @ 11-11:30pm - CMA After Hours Kick-
Off Concerts -
Hard Rock Cafe Stage
CMA Parade- June 6 @ 2:30pm
Lantana Booth #638, Other booth signings: Mary Kay, Indie Islands & Y'ALL

Since the release of their debut album, UNBRIDLED, LANTANA has broken barriers - both musically and demographically. This Dallas-based female trio has spent the last year performing their musical fusion of country, rock & blues to enthusiastic crowds across Texas, and they've quickly proven that a woman's life isn't over at 30. You've heard their radio hits: "Country as a City Girl Can Be" and "Let Somebody Love You," and read about them in Country Weekly, CMA Close Up and dozens of newspapers including the Dallas Morning News. Recent performances include COUNTRY THUNDER, CRS, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, The Wildhorse and Holloman AFB in New Mexico. Lantana's Website , Lantana's MySpace

Remaining INTERVIEW SLOTS: Tues (6/5) 2-3:30pm, Wed (6/6) 11am-12:30pm, Thurs (6/7) 12:15- 2pm, Fri ( 6/8) 10:15-10:45am, 12:15-12:45pm

Todd Fritsch Returns to CMA Music Fest
Live Performances: Mon, June 4 @ IFCO's 40th Fun Fest/Ryman Auditorium & Sun., June 10 @1:45pm - RIVERFRONT STAGE
CMAParade - June 6 @ 2:30pm

The Michael Peterson/New Holland Celebrity Tractor Race - Sunday, June 4 - Todd arrives 2:15pm
Booth Signings- Wrangler, Country Weekly, Sportsman Channel, Y'ALL & Indie Islands

Todd Fritsch returns to Music Fest for the second year with his brand new CD, Sawdust, in hand. The Willow Springs,TX working cowboy has logged over 325 tourdates and 3 million hits on his website in the past 18 months.Todd's hits include: "Small Town Radio," "I Don't Live Here Anymore," "I Got Mexico," "Every Honky Tonkin' Hero (Has His Day)" and "What's Wrong With Me." (video on CMT LOADED). He's played honky tonks, arenas and even a show with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. He's opened for the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Milsap, Joe Nichols, Jack Ingram and Trick Pony, and headlined at the Houston Livestock Show& Rodeo, MusicFest (Steamboat Springs) and COUNTRY THUNDER. Now through August, CMT.com is hosting a HEAR MUSIC NOW listening party for Sawdust. You've read about him many times in Country Weekly, Best in Texas, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, etc. Todd's Website , Todd's MySpace

Remaining INTERVIEW SLOTS: Mon (6/4) 2-4pm, Tues (6/5) 12-2pm, Wed (6/6) 10a -12pm , Thurs 12:45- 1:45pm, 3:15-3:45pm,

Fri (6/8) 10:15- 10:45am , Sun (6/10) after Tractor Race

Schedule your interviews today -
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
615.746.3994
somuchmoore@charter.net 

Now Starting to Book M-T-M #24 Radio Sampler CD for July Mailout..

*Due to an increase in US postal rates we have had to raise our price a slight bit.. However, We are now offering a returning artist discount rate in which the new fee would $250.00US instead of $275.00US...

* M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's are archived Country Music Hall of Fame....

****************
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com 

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!

I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #24) to mail out In mid July (cut off deadline 7 July) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $275.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $275.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #24 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

Curtis Wright, lead singer of super group Shenandoah and band member of Pure Prairie League wants to tell it like it is. He will be one of the many sincere instructors who want to share what they know about the music biz and realities of being a songwriter. See him Wednesday, June 13th.

Grammy Award winner and Platinum and Gold recording engineer & producer Richard Adler will share a potpourri of personal knowledge and experiences. Wednesday, June 13

Gibson Miller Band lead singer Dave Gibson, rose to the top with "Texas Tattoo", "Big Heart", "Red White and Blue Collar","Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys. Songs Dave wrote for other artists did as well. #1 songs like "Queen Of Memphis" & "Daddy Never was the Cadillac Kind", "Ships That Don't Come In", "Jukebox In My Mind", "Lonely & Gone" to name a few. Last year Dave did a mini concert last year playing 6 songs while sharing his first hand experiences with the class. A real treat! Wednesday, June 13

SESAC "Legacy Award" winner Stan Webb, (Only three SESAC "Legacy Awards" have been given in 75 years.) Stan shares his life's personal ups and downs of being a songwriter. "I'm From the Country", (Tracy Byrd) and a whole lot more... Wednesday, June 13

Song Plugger, Steven Sharp will speak on "The Politics of Getting a Song Heard and Cut & Innovative Ways to Present Your Songs to Music Row. Steve has promoted over 60 #1 Singles. Hear his words of wisdom Friday, June 15.

14 year Music Row veteran Jo Crowe will talk about "How to get your songs ready to plug from publisher to label" and Jo will also do Song Critiques. (Bring 1 song on CD & lyric sheet.) Thursday, June 14
"The business and skills of the performing songwriter." by Radio Host Karen Reynolds and....."How to Get Somewhere in the Music Business from Nowhere with Nothing" by Radio host and author Mary Dawson. (Karen and Mary will be accepting unsolicited material at the retreat for consideration in use of their programs.) Thursday, June 14

"How to start and maintain a Publishing company from A-Z" by Bob Dellaposta. Bob has over 40 years in the biz. Friday, June 15

How to navigate your way through the maze of the music business and be "Ready for the Row" by Barbara Cloyd Wednesday, June 13

"How to Host a Successful Writers Night" How to put on, host and pull off a successful writer's nite and writer's nite do's and don'ts by Debi Champion Wednesday, June 13

"Collaboration: THE Way to Get Your Songs Cut" Write your way to success by Co Writing! by Pete & Pat Luboff Thursday, June 14

"Networking in the Music Business" and "One Thing a Day for My Songwriting Journey" by Doak Turner, Editor of the Nashville Muse. Friday, June 15

After the Writers Retreat in the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14 we will be having a pre fest warm up open Mic.

**SongWriters can attend all days of the retreat, a certain day or particular classes.

**Songwriters, YOU set the Tuition with a contribution to the fest. Songwriters determined each individuals ability to help and be a part of the retreat with your contribution. All we can do is the best we can do. Decide on your contribution level and register by email and telephone below.

Email us here to be put on the list and hold your spot. Then..... Phone in your reservation to 615-424-1491 to place your spot on hold. You can bring and make your contribution at the Writers Retreat.

The pre fest Writers Retreat will be held at the Scarritt-Bennett Center which was once a college, but now functions as a conference and retreat center. They have overnight guest rooms available for about $50 a night. Turn of the century architecture of stone, arches, oak, tile, copper and slate. Awe inspiring. Go to the Laskey Building. (Same building. as guest check in Room "B" upstairs.) 1008 19th Ave South, Nashville TN 37212 Tele: 615.340.7500 www.scarrittbennett.org . One block over and up from the fest stages. Free parking.

The pre fest Writers Retreat leads up to the kick off of the Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row June 15-17. Friday afternoon till Sunday midnight. To sign up for the Big 3 Day Weekend Fest or check out our other activities, go to www.SongWritersFestival.com

Popcorn
Nashville SongWriters Festival On Music Row June 13-17
www.SongWritersFestival.com
Popcorn@SongWritersFestival.com
615-424-1491
931-296-4067
http://www.myspace.com/songwritersfestivalnashville

Australia's KEL-ANNE BRANDT TO SING FOR THE TROOPS
The tradition of Forces Entertainment tours goes back to before the Vietnam War. The performers are all volunteers. Many previous performers, like Angry Anderson, have called their tours the experience of a lifetime so I'm hoping to have that kind of experience for myself.

I volunteered last year but didn't hear anything, then a couple of months ago I got a call asking me if I would be interested in going and singing for the Troops. I gladly said yes and so this will be my first trip. I'll be part of the next tour to the Solomon Islands and my brother-in-law Izzy will also be going - he's in the Screaming Jets who are in the same tour. Small world!

We'll be on Guadalcanal, the main island of the Solomons. We won't get put up in fancy accommodation. We'll share the same food and drink, and sleep in the same type of accommodation as the Diggers who are on duty out there. We'll be singing at their main base near Honiara, the capital, and also putting on mini-shows at other places where they are on duty.

The Diggers are all part of Operation Anode. It’s the name for the Australian Defence Forces’ part in RAMSI, which stands for the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. RAMSI began in 2003 at the request of the Solomon Islands Government.

Our soldiers - along with soldiers from three other Pacific nations - are supporting police from a total of 16 Pacific nations (including Australian Federal Police) as they back up the Solomon Islands Police Force in its task of restoring law and order. So I'll definitely have a multi-national audience.

There'll be plenty of images on the website when I get back!
Have A Look At My Web Site : http://www.shownet.com.au/brandt.html 
OR
Visit My MySpace Site: http://www.myspace.com/kelannebrandt
OR
View My Electronic Press Kit: http://www.sonicbids.com/KelAnneBrandt

FOR BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION CONTACT:
KEL-ANNE BRANDT
EMAIL: Kel-AnneBrandt@bigpond.com

Lisa Dotolo
TUESDAY May 29, 2007
@ Caffeine's Cafe ( next to the tin roof)
6: 30 pm - 9:30 pm
FREE

Feature: Alan O'Day (Los Angeles Writer)
Denny Martin (Nashville)

"Angie Baby, Helen Reddy, Rock n Roll Heaven, Righteous Brothers, Undercover
Angel"

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - May 21st, 2007 - 19th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 3 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 4 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 5 - Bucky Covington - A Different World
* 6 - Billy Currington-Good Directions
* 7 - Brad Paisely - Ticks
* 8 - Taylor Swift -Teardrops On My Guitar
* 9 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 10 - Alan Jackson-A Woman's Love

Hot Rising Single
Gretchen Wilson - One Of The Boys

Keep An Eye On Single
Travis Tritt - You Never Take Me Dancing

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Todd Fritsch Added To COUNTRY THUNDER USA Line Up For Sunday, May 27
******Joins George Strait, Ronnie Milsap and More

Nashville, TN (May 11, 2007) - Texas recording artist Todd Fritsch joins George Strait, Ronnie Milsap and a host of other stars for COUNTRY THUNDER USA, Sunday, May 27, for one performance on KPLX 's "The Wolf Stage" at 3pm. The event, held in the Waxahachie*Ennis Texas area, runs through the Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27). "Hey, what could be better," asks the fun-loving Fritsch. "It's definitely one big outdoor party. The line up is fantastic, and we like to do things big in Texas. This festival should fit right in."

Fritsch's latest Diamond Music Group CD, SAWDUST, has already spawned one hit: his current single and video, "What's Wrong With Me," a track that's ridden the Radio & Records' Indicator Chart for four weeks. He's broken attendance records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, The Hideout (HLSR) and at world-class honky-tonks and other events during recent months. "What's Wrong With Me" follows a string of hits that includes "Small Town Radio," "I Don't Live Here Anymore," and his duet with Texas legend, Gary P. Nunn, "Every Honky Tonkin' Hero (Has His Day)."

Ticketing and other info can be found at http://countrythunder.com .
Check out the latest news, reviews, photos and more Log on to www.toddfritsch.com  or www.MySpace.com/toddfritsch     to read the latest news, see the latest pics and learn more about America's newest singing cowboy.

For press kit/CD or interview, contact:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
martha@somuchmoore.com 
www.somuchmoore.com

Richard Weize to Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award
Presentation To Be Made During International Country Music Conference


(Nashville, Tennessee) - Founder and owner of Bear Family Records in Germany, Richard Weize, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Belmont University for his work in producing unique boxed sets. The collector's items are a comprehensive retrospective of an artists career containing rare pictures, memorabilia, and a detailed discography. The presentation will occur on Friday, May 25th at a special awards luncheon held during the International Country Music Conference.

Bear Family has issued boxed sets of complete recordings by country music legends including Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Bear Family Records was launched in 1975 and is the world leader in record reissues.

Don Cusic, Awards Chair, stated, "Richard Weize has consistently produced top quality books of liner notes to accompany his boxed sets. These complement the boxed sets and add an important addition to the story of artists and their recordings. He certainly deserves this award for 'linking books with country music.'"

This year's International Country Music Conference will also honor the winners of the Belmont Award for Best Book on Country Music, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America," edited by Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash and published by DK Publishing.

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The 24th Annual International Country Music Conference will take place place May 24th - May 26th at Belmont University. The registration for conference is $90. Price includes breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Registration deadline is May 15th. Please send registration information to James E. Akenson, Box 5042, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505 or email him at jakenson@tntech.edu.

From Australia - Run Away, the song released in conjunction with Carter & Carter's new album 'Leap Before You Look'

At Tamworth this year, has just reached the national #1 position on the Country Tracks Top 30 giving Carter & Carter their 7th #1 hit. The response to Run Away from radio presenters and listeners alike has been incredible and catapulted the song through the final Top 10.

' We have been blown away from the amount of support Run Away has gained along with our new album 'Leap Before You Look'. We have some great shows coming up including appearances at Gympie and Mildura, plus a three week tour through Victoria in July/August with Dianna Corcoran and Brendon Walmsley. We are looking forward to performing the new songs for all our supporters including the radio presnters
and their listeners who keep on giving us #1's. Thanks so much.' David & Merelyn

Carter & Carter are just about to head out on the touring trail joining James Blundell and Felicity Urquhart in the Unplugged version of Tamworth on Tour in WA. Throughout May and into June Carter & Carter will perform in the show and their WA visit will culminate in an intimate house concert in Perth. See gig guide on www.carter-carter.com for details

For more information, interviews or enquiries please visit www.carter-carter.com

Australians Travel To Nashville For June Festivities

(Nashville, Tenn.) This June, a contingent of Australia's hottest Country artists will take part in the 2007 CMA Music Festival. These talented Aussies include: Morgan Evans, Adam Harvey, Briana Lee, Travis Collins, Troy Kemp, Mark O'Shea, and Beccy Cole.

The success these artists have achieved in Australia has earned them the opportunity to take part in this year's CMA Global Events. While in Nashville, several will collaborate with writers and producers to record songs for release in their home territories. CMA Music Festival will give these international artists an opportunity to reach American fans and to network with the Nashville music industry.

Rob Potts, of Australia's Entertainment Edge booking agency and events company ,and a CMA Board Member states, “It’s fantastic to see these Aussie artists performing at the CMA Music Festival. CMA’s support of Global Country Music is excellent.” Potts will lead an Australian Delegation at the CMA Music Festival, which includes Telstra's Greg Swain; Peter "Skip" Beaumont-Edmonds of Cranium Management; Tim Daly of Country Music Channel Australia; Gayle Madill Editor of Country Update Magazine; Mary Olivieri of Venture Travel; Tim Holland the Label Manager of ABC Country; and Jen Carmody from Sony BMG.

The Australian artists will appear throughout the week at several different venues:

Morgan Evans and Travis Collins will perform at the CMA Global Artist Party on Monday, June 4th at The Stage on Lower Broadway at 6:15 PM, while Briana Lee, Troy Kemp, and Mark O'Shea will appear at the AristoMedia Global Acoustic Afternoon on Tuesday, June 5th at 2:30PM at Legends Corner.

Morgan Evans, as winner of the Telstra-Road To Tamworth talent competition, will appear with this years CMA Global Artist award winner Adam Harvey at the Greased Lightning® Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 9th as part of the Wide World of Country show.

Beccy Cole is not scheduled to perform, but will be leading a group of 70 Australians who will be attending the CMA Music Festival for the first time. Beccy is the hottest female Country Music artist in Australia. In January, Beccy’s hit single, “Poster Girl (Wrong Side of the World)", earned her three Golden Guitars at Australia's most prestigious Country Music award show. All four of Beccy’s albums have been critically acclaimed and generated a string of hit singles. She has earned Gold Albums for Little Victories and Wild at Heart.

Several US-based Australians will perform on the festival stages. Catherine Britt will be performing on the Greased Lighting® Daytime Stages at Riverfront Park on Friday. On Thursday, Jedd Hughes will be appearing on the Chevy Plaza Stage and Kate Russell will be on the Crisco Family Zone Stage.

Jeff Walker, President of AristoMedia and Chairman of the CMA Global Markets Committee comments, "It is wonderful to have such representation from Australia. The diversity of talent that these artists represent reflect very positive growth for country music in that territory. I am sure the Nashville community will roll out the red carpet for our visitors from down under."

"It is a pleasure to spotlight the success of the Australian Country Music industry by including several of their artists in CMA Music Festival activities," said Bobbi Boyce, CMA Director of International. "We look forward to welcoming them to Nashville in June."

Expatriate Australian and Nashville resident Mark Moffatt will serve as Music Coordinator for both the Global Artist Party and the AristoMedia Global Acoustic Afternoon.

Gibson Guitar and Diamond will Co-sponsor the CMA Global Artist Party while CMA and Diamond Coach sponsor the AristoMedia Global Acoustic Afternoon.

Artist Information:
Morgan Evans: Newcastle-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Morgan Evans has experienced nine years of relentless gigging, writing, and recording. This energetic and talented performer, at only 21, has made major waves in Australian Music with his 3-piece rock band SOLVER and as a solo performer. In January 2007, Morgan won the Telstra Road To Tamworth Competition ahead of 600 other contestants. This earned him a trip to Nashville to perform showcases and record his debut single for release in August. He will also make a music video to be aired on the Country Music Channel.

Travis Collins: Travis Collins was selected by the Commercial Radio Association of Australia to represent Country Music at their annual convention. At 22, Travis has already had two #1 hits on the Country Music Channel charts in Australia, with his single “I Was Wrong” and the title track of his debut album, Start the Car. His latest single, “Full Tank” was a Top 5 hit on The Country Tracks Charts. He recently became a winner at the Victorian and National Country Music Awards capturing the 2007 Trailblazers Heritage Award. He was also a 2007 Golden Guitar finalist for Male Artist of the Year and Instrumental of the Year.

Briana Lee: At age 19, Briana Lee has already achieved what many performers work a lifetime to accomplish. Recent winner of the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year (May 2006), Briana took the prize from a field of Australian and New Zealand Country artists who themselves had won rigorous state and regional competitions. Briana, a singer/songwriter from Shepparton Victoria, composed her own winning tunes and is a songwriter whose lyrics and melodies are startlingly mature. Most recently Briana took the Songwriters award in the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Troy Kemp: Accomplished singer/songwriter Troy Kemp is based out of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Showcasing an acoustically driven catalog of Country rock songs, Troy Kemp has become popular among the Sydney Music Scene. Troy has been featured on various television programs and magazines in Australia. In 2006, Kemp qualified as one of the finalists in The Toyota Star Maker contest at The Tamworth Country Music Festival, an event that has been a launching pad for some of Australia's most successful artists.

Mark O'Shea: At age 18, Mark O'Shea released his debut album, None Of The Above. The album yielded a #1 hit in Australia with "World Weary Heart" along with a string of top five singles. The album led Mark to win 2 Golden Guitars (Australian Country Music's highest accolade) for Best New Talent and Video of the Year. Aside from his music, Mark has had several high profile acting roles. At age 22, he formed a band, ZINC, which relocated to LA where they wrote and recorded with hit producers Mark Hudson (Aerosmith and Ringo Star), Wally Gagel (Rolling Stones), and Eric Foster White (N'sync and Britney Spears). Mark co-wrote every track on the band's debut album, "MAKINGSENSEOFMADNESS." The album landed three singles in the ARIA charts, including the pop hit, "The Morning After." Mark is currently working on his new solo project.

Adam Harvey: Adam Harvey has won six Golden Guitars (in Tamworth), earned four Gold Records through ABC Music, toured the UK and Canada and is a regular visitor to Nashville. In January 2006, Adam was appointed Ambassador to The Telstra Road To Tamworth. He has spent a lot of time in support of this initiative, including traveling to Nashville for the 2006 CMA Music Festival along with former Telstra winners, Nick Kingswell (Grand Final Winner) and Kirsty Lee Akers (winner of the inaugural TRTT Songwriters Encouragement Award). Adam will once again accompany the winners as ambassador for the Telstra Road To Tamworth. 2007 will see Adam’s debut release for Sony BMG.

For more information, photos, or interview requests, please contact AristoMedia at (615) 269-7071.
For more information on CMA Music Festival, contact Scott Stem at CMA at (615) 244-2840

Nashville Music Community Honors Tony Martell
The Nashville Division of the T.J. Martell Foundation honored Foundation Founder and Music Mogul Tony Martell at a music industry luncheon on Tuesday, May 8 at the Palm Restaurant. On hand to honor Martell was Charlie Daniels, Blue County, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Gary Morris, Megan Mullins, Jamie Johnson of the Grascals, Frances Williams Preston and Tony Conway. For additional information, visit www.tjmartellfoundation.org  .

CONTACT: Laura Heatherly - Lheatherly@tjmartellfoundation.org
or Jensen Sussman - jsussman@equitymusicgroup.com 

ROGER MURRAH APPOINTS DOUG COLTON PRESIDENT OF MURRAH MUSIC
NASHVILLE, TENN. (May 10, 2007)—Murrah Music Corporation owner, Chairman and CEO Roger Murrah announced today that Doug Colton has been appointed President of the company.

In this position, Colton will direct the overall business of Murrah Music, with an emphasis on vision, growth and copyright protection. His responsibilities will include developing commerce strategies and overseeing all legal and business affairs. Colton’s duties will also include analyzing and acquiring catalogs, maintaining and developing international relations, and overseeing A&R and development opportunities in the pop, rock, Latin and urban music markets.

Prior to becoming President, Colton was Murrah Music’s General Counsel and Director of International Relations. Colton is an attorney specialized in music publishing, copyright and intellectual property law. Before joining Murrah Music, he was in private practice working with the highly respected international entertainment firm of Sukin Law Group, P.C., in New York. He has represented a diverse array of clients including Warner Chappell Music, the estates of Elvis Presley and George Gershwin, along with songwriters, artists and an extensive list of international music publishers. “Doug is one of the finest music attorneys I’ve met,” said Murrah, “and with his creative and entrepreneurial spirit, he will complete the team that we need to further grow the company. I’m excited every morning on my way to the office when I think about all the opportunities on the horizon.”

Colton is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and holds a B. A. in Communications from the University of Washington. Prior to attending law school, he was a songwriter and performer himself. This experience has given Colton a unique perspective, combining the legal and business aspects of the company with the creative fields of songwriting, recording, music publishing and entertainment. A major advocate for songwriter and publisher rights, Colton’s accolades include authoring the Amicus Brief of the Nashville Songwriters Association International to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the 1998 U. S. Copyright Term Extension Act.

Murrah, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree, BMI Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Decade (‘90s), formed Murrah Music Corporation in 1990. Within two years, the company had achieved the position of Billboard Magazine’s Independent Publisher of the Year. With a staff of 16 songwriters, as well as the prolific songwriting contributions of Murrah himself (“We’re In This Love Together,” “Goodbye Time,” “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” “High Cotton,” “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “Stranger Things Have Happened” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” are among his credits), the company has continued to flourish with activity including Academy of Country Music Songs of the Year “I’m Movin’ On,” recorded by Rascal Flatts, and “Keeper Of The Stars,” recorded by Tracy Byrd. Additional songs in the company’s catalog include Billy Currington’s current hit, “Good Directions,” Alabama’s “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why),” Tanya Tucker’s “Two Sparrows In A Hurricane,” “It’s A Little Too Late” and “A Memory Like I’m Gonna Be,” Wynonna’s “Only Love,” and Clay Walker’s “If I Could Make A Living Out Of Loving You.” Sammy Kershaw’s “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” Kenny Chesney’s “When I Close My Eyes,” Reba McEntire’s “I’m A Survivor” and “He Gets That From Me,” Mark Chesnutt’s “She Was,” and Martina McBride’s “Where Would You Be” are also part of the Murrah Music catalog, as well as “Can’t Keep Going On And On,” recorded by Take 6 on their Grammy®-winning album Join The Band.
Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com  

LONESTAR AND FRIENDS TO HELP STRIKE OUT CHILDHOOD CANCER
www.lonestar.mu
May 10, 2007 – Multi-platinum selling group Lonestar is working to help kick off the CMA Music Festival with the third annual “Lonestar & Friends Strike Out For The Kids, Sponsored by GAC, Great American Country” a bowling party to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Celebrities including Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Tracy Lawrence, Trent Tomlinson, Jimmy Wayne, Buddy Jewell, Julie Roberts, Danielle Peck, Emerson Drive, Jeff Bates, Bryan White, Carolina Rain, Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio, Dusty Drake, Keni Thomas and GAC Hosts are already scheduled to attend the event at the Hermitage Lanes in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, June 4 from 5-9 p.m. CT. More artist names are expected to be added in the upcoming weeks.

Celebrities have been invited to host bowling lanes for the party, and fans attending the event have a chance to bowl with an artist. Four lucky fans’ names will be drawn to bowl a game with each artist. Also, in the lobby of the bowling center, a silent auction will be held featuring unique items from some of country music’s biggest stars. Each attending celebrity will receive a custom-made bowling shirt, which will be autographed by the celebrity and then auctioned off to the highest bidder.

To purchase tickets to the bowling party, please visit www.countrycares.org  or call 1-800-886-3656.

All net proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.

For more information, please contact:
Event Information:
Jackie Proffit
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Jackie.Proffit@st.jude.org
Ph: 615-320-0466
Brandy Hamilton
Vector Management
brandy@vectormgmt.com
Ph: 615-269-6600

Media Information:
Kirt Webster - kirt@websterpr.com
Becky Loyacano - becky@websterpr.com
www.websterpr.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/country.htm
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

Top 10 Super Country Hits - May 14th, 2007 - 18th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 2 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 3 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 4 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 5 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 6 - Billy Currington-Good Directions
* 7 - Brad Paisely - Ticks
* 8 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 9 - Kenny Chesney - Summertime
* 10 - Alan Jackson-A Woman's Love

Hot Rising Single
Joe Nichols - Another Side of You

Keep An Eye On Single
LeAnn Rimes - Nothin' Better To Do

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

DARRYL & DICKEL TOUR GOES COAST TO COAST
George Dickel Tennessee Whisky to Sponsor Darryl Worley
www.darrylworley.com

Tullahoma, TN - George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, a Diageo brand, announced that it will be the title sponsor of platinum selling country artist Darryl Worley’s Tour for the second year in a row. Officially named the "Darryl & Dickel Tour," the brand will sponsor concert dates from coast to coast and promote a social responsibility message by Darryl.

"This sponsorship is the culmination of a relationship we started with Darryl three years ago when he performed at the distillery reopening,” commented Chris Musumeci, George Dickel Brand Manager. “Like George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Darryl Worley is Tennessee born and Tennessee bred. He embodies the talent, character and southern charm that fit perfectly with our handcrafted Tennessee Whisky."

Darryl is the first national recording artist George Dickel Tennessee Whisky has sponsored since the 1980’s. Throughout 2007, Worley will record radio public service announcements, be featured on national point-of-sale materials, and in-market promotions will be conducted at select on-premise concerts.

“When it comes to whisky, there’s none better to me than George Dickel Tennessee Whisky!” says Darryl Worley. “We’re excited about our relationship with the folks at Dickel and the opportunity to take the ‘Darryl and Dickel Tour’ on the road. We have a new show around some great new music. It will be a rockin’ good time!”

Worley debuted on the country charts with a trio of top-15 hits in 2000-01, “When You Need My Love,” “A Good Day to Run” and “Second Wind.” His breakthrough year was 2002 when Worley’s touching ballad “I Miss My Friend,” the title tune to his second CD, became his first No. 1 hit. After he spent Christmas 2002 entertaining America’s troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan, he came home and wrote the patriotic anthem “Have You Forgotten?,” which became his second No. 1 song and remained at the top of the charts for six weeks. In the summer of 2004, “Awful Beautiful Life” was released and soon rocketed up the country music charts to become a multi-week No. 1 record in January 2005. Darryl has most recently released is 5th album titled “Here And Now”.

The 2007 Darryl and Dickel Tour kicked off in Ft. Worth, TX and consists of dates throughout the year.

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky was established by George A. Dickel in 1870. The distillery is located near Tullahoma, TN in picturesque Cascade Hollow.

Today the brand is produced by using the same hand-crafted techniques set forth by Mr. Dickel more than 135 years ago. The distillery is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00AM-4:00PM. For more information, call 931-857-3124 ext. 230. The tour is free of charge.

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12 has received numerous awards for its taste through the years and most recently has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute and rated “exceptional” for four consecutive years from 2002-2005.

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drink business. With its global vision, and local marketing focus, Diageo brings to consumers an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across the spirits, wine and beer categories including Smirnoff, Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, J&B, Cuervo, Captain Morgan and Tanqueray, and Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. Diageo trades in some 180 countries around the world and is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com .

Media Contacts:
For Darryl Worley:
Webster & Associates Public Relations 615-777-6995
Kirt Webster – kirt@websterpr.com
Becky Loyacano – becky@websterpr.com

For George Dickel Tennessee Whisky:
Andy Barton, Trifecta Entertainment 615-254-3333
Greg Leonard, Diageo 646-223-2111

Concert Booking Contact:
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
www.websterpr.com

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® Now Accepting Nominations For 2008 Country Music DJ / Radio Hall of Fame Awards
Nominations accepted NOW at www.crb.org

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (May 7, 2007) ­ Nominations for the Country Radio Broadcasters' 2008 Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame Awards are now available online at www.crb.org .

The Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of country radio.

Inductee nomination applications for eligible persons either living or deceased, will be accepted from any member of country radio and/or country music industries.

The applicant MUST provide a way of contacting the nominee or the nominee's next of kin. CRB, Inc. will then contact all parties and send them the appropriate information to complete the nomination process. Each nominee representative must fill out an application, and may submit materials (air-checks, press clippings, awards listings, etc.) in support of the nomination. These materials MUST be received in the CRB offices (819 18th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203) no later than October 1st, 2007.

The criteria for the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame is:
* On air career must have begun at least 25 years ago
* A recognizable contribution to the growth and development of the country radio industry
* An ongoing contribution to the preservation and enhancement of country music as an art form

Prior inductees include Coyote Calhoun, Charlie Douglas, Ralph Emery, Lon Helton, Rhubarb Jones, Bob Kingsley, Joe Ladd, Bob Mitchell, Billy Parker, and Charlie Walker.

The criteria for the Country Radio Hall of Fame is:
* Radio career must have begun at least 25 years ago
* In addition, the applicant must have contributed both to the growth and development of the country radio industry and to the preservation and enhancement of country music as an art form

Prior inductees include Les Acree, Larry Daniels, Jonathan Fricke, Dan McKinnon, Bob Moody, Ed Salamon, and Mack Sanders.

There is no limitation on either award except that the recipient cannot be a current member of the Board or Agenda Committee of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. After a comprehensive review of the applications, a voting committee of country radio and country music industry veterans will make all final decisions regarding inductees.

If there is an individual who you feel should be nominated, all you have to do is log on to www.crb.org  and submit their name by clicking Hall of Fame under the awards tab at the top of the website.

Plaques commemorating recipients of these awards are on display in the walkway between the Renaissance Hotel and the Nashville Convention Center.

According to CRB Hall of Fame committee Chairman RJ Curtis, "Every year our committee and panel of electors work tirelessly to select the most eligible applicants into this very special group... We rely heavily on the applicants submitted and hope that the industry will support our effort by submitting candidates they feel are eligible in a timely manner."

CONTACT:
Jeff Walker - AristoMedia - 615-269-7071 - jwalker@aristomedia.com
Ed Salamon - CRB, Inc. - 615-327-4487 - Ed_Salamon@crb.org

CMA Hosts - The Fourth Annual Global Artist Party
Monday June 4th:
(The Unofficial Kick-off To CMA Music Festival)
Where: Stage on Broadway
Time 6:15

Artists Participating:
Gord Bamford - Canada
Travis Collins - Australia
Lucie Diamond - United Kingdom
Morgan Evans - Australia
John McNicholl - Ireland
Aaron Pritchett - Canada
Shane Yellowbird - Canada
***Hosted by Jace Everett***

AristoMedia Hosts
The Third Annual Global Acoustic Afternoon

Tuesday June 5th
Where: Legends Corner
Time: 2:30

Artists Participating:
Ruud Hermans - The Netherlands
Troy Kemp - Australia
Briana Lee - Australia
Shannon Lee Briggs - Canada
Mark O'Shea - Australia
Deric Ruttan - Canada
Andreas Silver - Sweden
***Hosted by Canada's Adam Gregory***

There is no charge for admission to either event, but due to limited space, reservations are encouraged by calling
the AristoMedia RSVP Line at 615-269-7122 or rsvp@aristomedia.com

For More Information Please Contact:
Matt Watkins -- 615-269-7071 ext. 128-- mwatkins@aristomedia.com

Todd Fritsch Headlines "The Wrangler's Gala" June 2 - Lends A Hand To Raise Funds For His Hometown Library

Houston, TX (May 4, 2007) - Texas recording artist Todd Fritsch will support his local library by entertaining attendees of The Round Top Family Library Annual Wrangler's Gala on June 2 at the Emma Lee Turney Art Center (Round Top, Texas). "Round Top's population is tiny, just 77 folks live there," says Texas singer/songwriter and cowboy, Todd Fritsch. "But the Family Library has a huge impact on area residents as it serves all of the

surrounding communities, not only with books, movies, on-line access and in-house programs, but also with outreach reading and music programs at local schools."

Todd counts "Where The Red Fern Grows," which he read in fifth grade, as among his all-time favorite tomes, and while his busy life doesn't allow for much "down time" these days, Todd believes that reading is the key to learning. "It's the best way to educate yourself," says Fritsch. "If you want to know something, go read about it. Read as much as you can, wherever you can - books, newspapers, online. This is one cause that I'm really proud to support."


Todd's "read to achieve" attitude makes him a good fit for the Gala crowd, and the Willow Springs native has been a crowd-pleaser of late, breaking attendance records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (over 93,000) and with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. CMT Loaded, AOL, YouTube and other TV and video outlets have logged in over 12,000 plays of the "tongue-in- cheek" video of his current single, "What's Wrong With Me," which features baseball's superstar pitcher Roger Clemens and country legend Eddy Raven. His new CD, SAWDUST, hit store shelves on April 17, and can be purchased at Borders, Wal*Mart, F.Y.E., Hastings and choice online e-tailers.

News, reviews, video & audio downloads and more are available at www.toddfritsch.com  or Todd's My Space Page.
For Event information, call Round Top Library Association at 979-249-2700.
For press kit/CD or interview, contact:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
somuchmoore@charter.net 
www.somuchmoore.com

CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair)
John Berry, Skyla Spencer, Rustie Blue, & Leon Seiter will be participating in
the CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) June 7-10 in Nashville this year! They are
available for interviews or signing in vendor booths. Please email me to

Download full hi-fi MP3s and print quality photos on our MEDIA ONLY page. MP3s
also available through Airplay Direct and Radio Submit.

Wildfire Publicity / Publicity House
WildfirePublicity@comcast.net
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
http://www.wildfirepublicity.net

Now Booking M-T-M #23 Radio Sampler CD (limited slots left)

*M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's are archived Country Music Hall of Fame....

** Select past featured artists from M-T-M Radio Sampler CD's will be showcasing at the 2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase http://www.marktrailmusic.com/2007showcase/mtm07showcase.htm
***
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com 

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!
I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #23) to mail out In mid-late May (cut off deadline 7 May) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #23 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - May 7th, 2007 - 17th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 3 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 4 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 5 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 6 - Billy Currington-Good Directions
* 7 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 8 - Bucky Covington-A Different World
* 9 - Kenny Chesney - Summertime
* 10 - Alan Jackson-A Woman's Love

Hot Rising Single
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - I Need You

Keep An Eye On Single
Martina McBride - How I Feel


InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

A&R Takes On A New Shape
(Nashville, Tenn.) - Music Row veterans Jeff Teague and Tom Long have formed a new company, Artist & Repertoire, LLC. Artist & Repertoire will provide outsourced A&R for the entertainment industry at large including: Artists, Labels, Management and Publishing Companies. This work will encompass artist & career development, production and music publishing. Daryl Burgess is the flagship writer signed to the A&R publishing division, Rich N Rare Music (ASCAP). Kristy Bigham has joined the team as the Executive Assistant. Artist & Repertoire is located at 1102 17th Ave. South, Suite 306. Office number is 615-613-0420. Jeff can be emailed at
jeffteague@artistandrepertoire.net , Tom at tomlon g@artistandrepertoire.net  and Kristy at kristy@artistandrepertoire.net .

WRANGLER CONTINUES TO MAKE COUNTRY MUSIC LOOK GOOD”
Wrangler Pushes Forward With New Endorsees, Campaigns
NASHVILLE, TN – WRANGLER Western Wear adds big things under its belt buckle with the signings of GAC host STORME WARREN and country music newcomer TODD FRITSCH in addition to extending its relationship with DARRYL WORLEY.

As retailers fill up on Wrangler gear, Wrangler fills its roster and continues to strengthen the bonds of their endorsees. GAC host of Country Music Across America, Storme Warren, is one of the newest additions to the Wrangler family. The twenty-five year broadcasting veteran, is one of the first television personalities to become endorsed by the revered Wrangler brand.

Joining Warren, Texas cowboy and country singer Todd Fritsch, a personal patron of Wrangler, boasts an interesting detail regarding his Wranglers—he was wearing his “lucky” Wrangler jeans when he broke attendance records at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (93,642) and at The Hideout (5,011) last month. Fritsch’s relationship with the Wrangler brand could not come at a better time—the rising star’s second CD, SAWDUST recently hit stores and his current single and video “What’s Wrong With Me” follows a string of hits including “Small Town Radio,” “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” I Got Mexico” and “Every Honky Tonkin’ Hero (Has His Day)” –a duet with Texas legend Gary P. Nunn.

Wrangler is also proud to announce the continuation of their relationship with Darryl Worley for another year and another promotion for his 2007 Darryl and Dickel Tour. Wrangler maintains representation for Worley as he launches into his tour with a new album on 903 Music, Here and Now and his newest single, “Living in the Here and Now.” The promotion allows customers to receive a free poster of Worley, donned in his best pair of Wrangler jeans, when they purchase $30 worth of Wrangler apparel. The campaign also includes a chance to win tickets and/or meet and greet passes for a show in that region during his 2007 tour.

Edyie Brooks-Bryant, marketing manager for Wrangler, comments on the acquisition of Warren and Fritsch and the extension of its affiliation with Worley “Wrangler proudly welcomes Storme and Todd into our family and is excited to continue to work with Darryl. We are happy to have a hand in making country music look good!”

Established in 1947, Wrangler is one of the oldest and most recognized jean companies, providing apparel for men, women and children.

Wrangler Western Wear, a VF Company, is available at over 2,500 western specialty, mid-tier and workwear stores nationwide that provide quality men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. For more information regarding the Wrangler family of products or to locate the Wrangler retailer nearest you, visit
www.wrangler.com  or call 1.888.784.8571.
www.wrangler.com
-----------------
Wrangler & Darryl Worley Media Contact:
Webster & Associates Public Relations (615) 777-6995
Kirt Webster –
kirt@websterpr.com

Todd Fritsch Media Contact:
So Much Moore Media (615) 746-3994
Martha Moore – martha@somuchmoore.com

Storme Warren Media Contact:
Travis Television (615) 327-2500
Melissa Carr – travistv@aol.com

Country Music Newcomer Natalie Stovall Performs at 93rd Annual White House Correspondence Dinner
Washington, DC --- A native of Columbia, TN and as a child performer in the Opryland Kid's Club, country music newcomer Natalie Stovall had the opportunity to perform on such television programs as the Oprah Winfrey Show, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase and the Grand Ole Opry. Since then, Stovall has come a long way and developed in to the wonderful singer/songwriter that she is today.

Stovall has now achieved yet another milestone in her young career. She was invited to perform at the 93rd Annual White House Press Correspondent’s Dinner where she had the honor of performing for President and Mrs. Bush along with other distinguished guests. This was the first time in the history of the event that a soloist was invited to perform. Stovall sang “God Bless America,” a cappella, to which President Bush commented to her, “You nailed it!”

Stovall commented, “I was deeply honored that I was chosen to perform at this event and have a chance to meet The President of our country. When I was informed the song was to honor those at Virginia Tech, my purpose in being there took on a whole new meaning. I was honored to sing such a poignant and beautiful song. I have never felt more proud to be an American than when I was standing at The President's podium with the military orchestra and sitting behind me and the color guard poised in front of the stage.”

Steve Scully, White House Correspondents Association President remarked after Stovall’s moving delivery of “God Bless America,” “Thank you to Natalie Stovall…soon to be Grammy Award winning Natalie Stovall!”

Stovall is currently working on a new recording project with hopes of an impending record deal and publishing deal to follow.

To view the performance log on to
www.youtube.com/nataliestovall 

For more information about Natalie Stovall please log onto to her web site or MySpace page at
www.nataliestovall.com  or www.myspace.com/nataliestovall

Sonny Burgess Closes Season for 'Kids Who Care' International Theatre
(Nashville, Tennessee) - CPI recording artist, Sonny Burgess has been chosen to headline the closing of the Kids Who Care, Resident Company's 2006-2007 season. Kids Who Care is a non-profit international theatre company based in Fort Worth, Texas. It's mission revolves around producing confident and creative children through musical theatre education and performance. The event will close with the one-night performance of Deep in the Heart on May 4th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will be held at The Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Cultural District.


This is the first time that Sonny has performed for the Kids Who Care event. Although, he has participated in their summer program Cookin' For Kids. He explains, "This is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be part of the closing event this year."


Founder and Executive Director of Kids Who Care, Deborah Jung stated, "Sonny is the real thing -- the kind of Texan we can all be proud of. He has incredible talent with a big generous heart. I am thrilled that the kids get to work with him!"


Sonny's second album, Stronger, has yielded three solid chart singles, “Jesus and Bartenders,” “The More I’m Around Some People, The More I Like My Dog,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”
###

The one-night performance, including Kids Who Care's Deep in the art and a Sonny Burgess concert, will run Friday, May 4th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at The Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St. in Fort Worth. For ticket information please visit
www.kidswhocare.org .

Jeff Walker - AristoMedia - 615.269.7071 / ext. 123 -
jwalker@aristomedia.com
Kati Winniczuk - AristoMedia - 615.269.7071 / ext. 144 -
kati@aristomedia.com

Larry "Sundance" Piatt - Europe Trip
www.SundanceandtheRoughriders.com

Larry "Sundance" Piatt ("She's Sleeping Like a Baby") will begin a promotional tour of Europe beginning 2 May, 2007. If you would like to meet with Sundance please contact Shona Promotions and Entertainment at
SHOSHONEONE@aol.com  or 44#7870881062.
Fran MacLeran
Sundance and the Roughriders
P.O. Box 128717
Nashville, TN 37212

LIZ CARLISLE: FROM BIG SKY COUNTRY TO ‘BIG DREAMS’, MONTANA BRED, HARVARD EDUCATED SINGER/SONGWRITER STIRS UP AN ECLECTIC BLEND OF CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSIC COUNTRY, POP, FOLK, AND AMERICANA ON HER FIRST NASHVILLE RECORDING
* * *
As “Let Me Be The One,” The First Single From ‘Big Dreams’
Hits Country Radio, Carlisle Will Be Touring Extensively This Summer,
Playing Festivals And Opening For Josh Turner, Billy Currington,
Jack Ingram, The Wreckers and Heartland
* * *
The Phi Beta Kappa And Summa cum Laude Graduate In Ethnomusicology
Has Opened Shows For LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland, Travis Tritt, Lonestar,
Diamond Rio, Steve Holy, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Joe Nichols

Liz Carlisle is a poster child for a new generation of country music, a true renaissance woman who quotes George Jones as effortlessly as George Washington and George Orwell. Born and raised in Missoula, Montana, the 23-year-old singer/songwriter recently graduated from Harvard University, where she became an award-winning undergraduate scholar in ethnomusicology. Far from leaving her roots behind, however, Liz chose to study American music. And she brought her boots, hat, and guitar with her. She’s a young woman with Big Dreams, an apt title for her first release on Wildground Records.

Set for release on May 18, less than a year after Liz gave the undergraduate address at her commencement, the compelling, multi-faceted recording was co-written and produced by Carlisle’s longtime collaborator, Russell Wolff.

The album’s first single “Let Me Be The One” is set to ship to commercial country radio on April 30, while the collection as a whole will also be marketed to public radio, college radio, Triple AAA and Americana outlets nationwide.

Liz has already scheduled nearly 20 tour dates this summer, including several large music festivals (including the Moondance Country Jam in Walker, Minnesota and the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania) and opening spots for well-known country acts like Josh Turner, Billy Currington, Jack Ingram, The Wreckers, Heartland and Lonestar. The line-up of dates will be announced shortly.

Both Liz’s music and the way in which her career developed say much about the modern audience for country music. The young singer/songwriter began as a darling of the acoustic music scene in Cambridge, a storied hotbed of sixties folk music that has since launched the careers of artists like Tracy Chapman and Jewel. As her career developed, however, she was equally comfortable opening large stage shows for major country artists in both rural and urban communities across the United States.

“I think most people have come to the long overdue realization that country music is not hick music,” Liz says. “It’s an incredibly rich tradition with a lot of wisdom about humanity, and I think people of all backgrounds are attracted to that.”

Her unique contribution to this tradition demonstrates its widening scope. Among the songwriter’s influences are her father’s James Taylor records, as well as the pop and rock music of her own formative years. But there is no question as to where Big Dreams is rooted. “I like country music that sounds like country music,” Liz says. “Dolly, Reba, a big loud pedal steel guitar. There’s so much emotion packed into that sound.”

Considering the depth of the lyrics of the songs on Big Dreams, it’s hard to believe that these songs came from a songwriter fresh out of college. (Liz co-wrote much of the material with Wolff, but penned most of the words herself). By the second track, “Maybe in the Next Life,” Liz is already delving into the challenges faced by her parents, who were both divorced with children when they began dating. “Hey California,” while tongue-in-cheek in its country-rock poke at city slickers, takes on serious issues faced by growing rural communities. “Let Me Be The One” is a straightforward love song, but the catchy track is still chock-full of mature observations.

Nashville’s top studio talent was tapped for the recording of this album, and it shows. Mixer Bart Pursley (Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson) put together a stellar band with a collective resume spanning Johnny Cash to Vince Gill to Alison Krauss to Dierks Bentley. Sessions were held at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studios (where The White Stripes and Martina herself were also recording at the time) and The Tracking Room. With all the Music City muscle behind Big Dreams, however, much of the credit for the album’s strength goes to its producer Wolff, an alt-pop singer-songwriter based in New England.

Although Big Dreams is destined for even more national attention, Liz’s first full album, also produced by Wolff, garnered much praise – particularly for an independent debut (and considering that the artist still had to finish her senior thesis while promoting it). Five Star Day, released in 2005, garnered favorable reviews from such media outlets as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and The BBC. The single “Montana” continues to play on commercial country radio, and the full album has received heavy airplay at public radio stations around the world. On the strength of this album, Liz received several songwriting awards, toured England and Scotland for three consecutive summers, and sang the national anthem at a New England Patriots game.

Last summer, just two months after graduation, she landed her first opening gig for a major country artist. Her show at Hampton Beach Casino in New Hampshire with Sugarland was a resounding success, leading to shows in larger venues with a virtual who’s who of country music: LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt, Little Big Town, Lonestar, Diamond Rio, Steve Holy, Miranda Lambert and Hal Ketchum.

Four years of nonstop touring – the last two at nearly 100 dates per year – clearly separate Liz from many debut country artists whose stage experience is limited to Nashville showcases or their own regional circuit. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” admits booking agent Jake Kennedy. “I thought Liz was a great talent from the beginning, but even I was surprised to see the response from the venues, agents, and management companies I work with – not to mention the audiences. She walks in there as an unknown, no make up, no radio single yet, and just her and Russell on stage – and she walks out with 5,000 new fans all asking for her autograph. That’s when you know it’s more than just great songs.”

The genuineness and positive energy that Liz projects on stage are a big part of what Big Dreams is all about. “This is a celebration of the human spirit,” Liz says of
her budding life’s work. “That is the starting point of all our goals and aspirations, whether we’re trying to be President or just be a good mother, daughter, or spouse. I want to connect on a human level with everyone there. I want to help create that environment in which those dreams can flourish.”
# # #
For more information on LIZ CARLISLE or to arrange an interview contact:
Steve Levesque or Guy McCain at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
info@luckmedia.com , www.luckmedia.com , or www.lizcarlisle.com 

Now Booking M-T-M #23 Radio Sampler CD (limited slots left)

*M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's are archived Country Music Hall of Fame....

** Select past featured artists from M-T-M Radio Sampler CD's will be showcasing at the 2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase
http://www.marktrailmusic.com/2007showcase/mtm07showcase.htm
************
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email:
mtrail@marktrailmusic.com 
web:
www.marktrailmusic.com 

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!
I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #23) to mail out In mid-late May (cut off deadline 7 May) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #23 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - April 29th, 2007 - 16th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 3 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 4 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 5 - Emerson Drive - Moments
* 6 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 7 - Billy Currington-GoodDirections
* 8 - Hank Williams Jr - A Country Boy Can Survive
* 9 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 10 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys

Hot Rising Single
Keith Urban - I Told You So

Keep An Eye On Single
Jack Ingram - Measure Of A Man

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

UPDATING
Updating info of dj's accepting cd's for play, if you are not on the list send us your info -
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/supertop10/dj.htm

Do you have a site that posts playlists or a forum?
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/supertop10/dj.htm

Now Booking M-T-M #23 Radio Sampler CD (limited slots left)

*M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's are archived Country Music Hall of Fame....

** Select past featured artists from M-T-M Radio Sampler CD's will be showcasing at the 2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase http://www.marktrailmusic.com/2007showcase/mtm07showcase.htm
*****************************************************
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!

I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #23) to mail out In mid-late May (cut off deadline 7 May) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #23 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

CRYSTAL GAYLE WINS AWARD, MAINTAINS POPULARITY IN 2007

Gayle named Best Female Entertainer by American Entertainment Magazine

NASHVILLE, TN — The 2nd Annual American Entertainment Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards named Crystal Gayle “Best Female Entertainer” as Gayle continues to tour the globe.

Gayle commented on the award: “I really appreciated being voted “Best Female Entertainer,” and I’m pleased that my show is appreciated by talent buyers and promoters. I love performing, and we always have a great time with our audience and everyone we work with. I’m happy that my band, crew and staff are all professional, talented and nice; they help make touring easy and fun.”

Three dozen hit records and 19 number ones to date mark Gayle’s continued success as she enters 2007 and prepares to embark on yet another worldwide tour. Popular hits decorating her show include “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Talking In Your Sleep” and “Half the Way.” With a track record as long as her trademark floor-length hair, the recognition from the American Entertainment Magazine is well-deserved.

American Entertainment Magazine is a publication exclusively devoted to corporate and private entertainment bookings, showcasing top industry talent to the most influential promoters and buyers worldwide. Visit www.americanentertainmentmagazine.com for more information on the organization.

For more information or to catch a show on Gayle’s tour, check out her tour schedule at www.crystalgayle.com.

Crystal Gayle Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster- kirt@websterpr.com
Becky Loyacano- becky@websterpr.com

Joshua Tree Entertainment Signs Stephanie Bentley

Nashville, TN - (April 20, 2007)… Former recording artist and current multi-award winning songwriter Stephanie Bentley, has signed with Joshua Tree Entertainment Group for representation. Joshua Tree Entertainment Group, owned and operated by Stephanie Maynard, is a Management/Marketing company that focuses on the overall development, day to day management, and marketing opportunities for today’s artists and songwriters.

Stephanie Bentley and Stephanie Maynard first worked together as an artist/manager team in the mid- 90’s during Bentley’s recording days with Epic Records.

Since then the artist-turned writer Stephanie Bentley, has continued to shape and create a lasting impression upon America’s favorite genre of music. Bentley’s signature breathy yet powerful vocals, coupled with her prolific sexy style of lyrics, has made her one of Music Row’s most sought after singers and successful songwriters. Best known for her Faith Hill multi-platinum smash “Breathe” and Martina McBride’s “Concrete Angel”, Stephanie Bentley has had songs recorded by other Country artists, Disney soundtracks and she has even crossed musical boundaries with a song recorded by the sensational, Celine Dion.

Maynard will be responsible for pitching Bentley’s open catalogue, creating new opportunities for co-writing, helping coordinate her demo sessions and developing new ways to market Stephanie Bentley songs.

To inquire about Stephanie Bentley songs or set up an appointment, Stephanie Maynard can be reached by emailing her at joshuatreeent@comcast.net or by calling 615-202-5588.

Contact-
Vanessa Parker-Davis / Splash! PR -news@splashpublicity.com


Details Announced For The 24th Annual International Country Music Conference

(Nashville, Tennessee) - Details have been announced for the 24th Annual International Country Music Conference (ICMC) by co-Chairs Don Cusic and James Akenson. The seminar will provide an informative and entertaining mix of educational panels and discussions of great historical interest to fans of Country Music. The conference will be held in the Massey Board Room at Belmont University, May 24th-26th, 2007.

ICMC will kick-off on Thursday, May 24th at 2:00 pm. Over the course of the day, there will be eight panels including: "Mountain Religion in the Music of Ralph Stanley," "The Songs, The Stories, The Changes: Songwriting in Nashville: 1958-2001," and "Teaching the Vietnam War: Aussie Country Music and the Battle of Long Van." The day will conclude with a keynote presentation entitled "A 50th Anniversary Special: RCA Studio B" and will feature legendary guitarist Harold Bradley.

Friday's panels will begin around 8:30 a.m.. Highlights of the morning are "He Left His Religion In The Country: Urbanism vs. That Old Religion" and "The Bill Monroe I Knew: As Told By Mac Wiseman." The afternoon will also include the "50th Anniversary Analysis of Music Row, RCA Studio B, and the Evolution of Music City" with panelists Eddy Arnold, Don Cusic, Charlie Lamb, Robert Oermann, and John Rumble. During Friday's luncheon, award recipients will be recognized for The Best Book on Country Music, Lifetime Achievement in linking books with Country Music, and The Charlie Lamb Execellence in Country Music Journalism Awards. After the luncheon, there will be five panels which will conclude at 4:30 p.m..

On Saturday May 27th, there will be a special panel on "The Hayloft Gang," a PBS documentary with a companion volume about the WLS Barn Dance. The WLS Barn Dance debuted in 1924 and was one of the most popular and longest running programs on radio. The National Barn Dance produced many country music stars including Gene Autry and Red Foley. The Barn Dance's influence on country music was second only to the Grand Ole Opry. A keynote speech entitled, "WSM: From Air to Page" given by noted music journalist Craig Havighurst will take place during Saturday's luncheon. The day will finish out with more notable panels and discussions.

The registration for conference is $90. Price includes breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Registration deadline is May 15th. Please send registration information to James E. Akenson, Box 5042, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505 or email him at jakenson@tntech.edu

Contacts-
Jeff Walker - AristoMedia - 615.269.7071 - jwalker@aristomedia.com
Don Cusic - Belmont University - 615.460.5438 - cusicd@mail.belmont.edu


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I wont to just Thank You for the informations you e-mail me. I am writing you from Romania. I am the owner of Country Do music Club Romania and my company produces syndicated radio shows with country music for 12 radio stations across Romania including National R3 Romania station "www.Radio3net.ro".

If you have any promotional materials with the logo of your company and signed cd-s and...some old stuff, clerance for you, new for us, with Country Music (cd-s,DVD-s until 2007) please send them to me on the below address to include it in my productions.

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I am the host and the producer of one hour Country Music TV-Show, at Tele Europa Nova from Cluj area, plus a "Top5 CountryDo" at NCN Cable tv, and if you have any DVD-s with country music performances, please send them too, for my tv-shows. I am ACM member and Sterling Member of CMA, the only one in Eastern Europe

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Top 10 Super Country Hits - April 22nd, 2007 - 15th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 3 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 4 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico
* 5 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 6 - Joe Nichols - I'll Wait For You
* 7 - Billy Currington-GoodDirections
* 8 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 9 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 10 - Martina McBride-Anyway

Hot Rising Single
Vince Gill - WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY

Keep An Eye On Single
Amy Dalley - GOOD KIND OF CRAZY

Mark Trail Music Showcase
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COUNTRY RADIO FALLS IN LOVE WITH NEW SINGLE, “FALL,” FROM CLAY WALKER
‘Fall’ is the Number Two Most Added Single at R&R and Mediabase

(Nashville, TN) – When Clay Walker’s title track from his forthcoming album FALL went for adds at radio stations across America this Monday, Clay was delighted when he received word that his single was the second most added song at R&R and Mediabase stations.

“When we recorded ‘Fall’ in the studio Keith [Stegall], he stood up and high-fived the engineer when we got done with the vocal and I thought, that’s the first that I’ve ever seen that, maybe he was just glad that I got all the lyrics right,” Walker says with a laugh. ”The biggest thing that I wanted to do was to just get songs on the radio and make music that people love. I wanted to continue the style they’ve known me for and not change things too much because the music we’ve made in the past is good music.”

Clay’s new label feels strongly about the response from radio, too. “Stations are honestly falling for Clay’s new single which is great with his album coming out next week. Clay says it’s his favorite song on the album and I have to agree, so far audience response to this song has been phenomenal,” says Carson James, Sr. VP Promotion, Curb Records.

Clay’s eighth studio album, and first on Curb/Asylum Records, FALL, is slated to hit stores on Tuesday, April 17th nationwide. It has been over four years since his last release, and for Clay, who has 11 number one country hits to date, including recent success with the Top 20 single “‘Fore She Was Mama,” that’s too long!

“I trust my gut more than ever now,” Clay says. “I definitely don’t feel like a rookie, but at the same time, I think the best years of my recording career are ahead of me.”

Clay has placed 32 titles on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart total, with 15 of them climbing to the top ten. For liner notes, additional information, and upcoming television appearances visit www.claywalker.com . For images, including the album cover, please visit www.websterpr.com/clay_walker.htm .

WRANGLER LASSOES GEORGE STRAIT FOR NATIONAL PROMOTION
Wrangler, Strait execute campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The legendary western wear specialist WRANGLER joins together with one of country music’s most renowned stars, George Strait, for another national promotional campaign in 2007.

Wrangler embarks on its endorsement for Strait with promotional placement in more than 90 retailers, exceeding 229 doors and surfacing in 22 cities nationwide. The campaign includes a poster giveaway in select outlets, in addition to possible ticket giveaways to a stop on the Strait tour to those patrons purchasing $30 of Wrangler gear. Posters and tickets are extremely limited and available in select retailers nationwide.

Available in countless stores nationwide is Wrangler’s George Strait Collection, a distinguished line of Cowboy Cut jeans and long and short sleeved button-up shirts that mark the country crooner’s cowboy style. Launched by Wrangler in 2003, The George Strait Collection developed into a popular choice of attire for those seeking to mirror the singer’s style. Wrangler has been a prominent choice for Strait throughout his extensive career and has maintained a strong relationship with the company since the late 1980s.

In addition to album and poster incentives, Wrangler recently sponsored the 25th Annual George Strait Team Roping Classic event which took place last weekend at the Rose Palace in San Antonio, Texas.

Wrangler marketing manager Edyie Brooks-Bryant states, “Wrangler is thrilled to maintain promotion for [Strait] and the various aspects of his career; we are honored by his continued loyalty and representation of the Wrangler brand and take a great deal of pride in his long-standing relationship with the Wrangler family.”

Established in 1947, Wrangler continues to lead the competition in western attire and maintains its reputation in the rodeo arena.

Wrangler Western Wear, a VF Company, is available at over 2,500 western specialty, mid-tier and workwear stores nationwide that provide quality men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. For more information regarding the Wrangler family of products or to locate the Wrangler retailer nearest you, visit www.wrangler.com  or call 1.888.784.8571.

for Wrangler contact:
Webster & Associates Public Relations 615-777-6995
Kirt Webster – kirt@websterpr.com 

for George Strait contact:
FrontPage Publicity 615-383-0412
Kathy Best - kathy@frontpagepublicity.com 

LANTANA Lands Two Performances At COUNTRY THUNDER USA / Texas Show May 25
JOINS ALL-STAR LINE UP THAT INCLUDES GEORGE STRAIT, REBA MCENTIRE AND MORE

Nashville, TN (April 16, 2007) - LANTANA has been added to the all-star lineup that includes George Strait, Reba McEntire and others for COUNTRY THUNDER USA / Ennis, Texas on Friday, May 25. The Dallas-based trio will appear at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage and at 5:30 p.m. at The Saloon.

LANTANA'S wide range of musical influences, immediately identifiable lead and harmony vocals make for high-energy, eclectic live performances that have earned them a spot on the Dallas Morning News' Top 10 Country Show list for 2006. Their diversity is undeniable - allowing them to transcend the borders of the traditional to create a fusion-rich sound that is based in country - and highlighted by rock and blues overtones.

Country radio programmers in Texas and across the country have welcomed Biz Haddock, Karol Ann DeLong and Dalene Richelle with open arms, and "Let Somebody Love You," the current single from their debut CD, UNBRIDLED (BGM Records), is moving up the Music Row Charts after several months on the Texas Music chart. Their previous single, the raucous country-rocker, "Country As A City Girl Can Be," was a Top 10 hit. National and international media coverage has kept the group in the spotlight and in front of the fans, and recent features include the April/May issue of CMA Close Up magazine, Country Weekly, Best In Texas, Dallas Morning News, XM Satellite Radio, Maverick and UC magazines.

LANTANA has played before sell-out crowds at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, impressed audiences during Country Radio Seminar-38, and recently entertained the troops at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM.

Event-specific information can be found at www.countrythunder.com  .

UNBRIDLED can be purchased at Wal*Mart, Borders, Hastings and online at your favorite e-tailers. For the latest news, hi-res jpegs and much more, log on to www.lantanamusic.com  or www.myspace.com/lantanacountrymusic  .

For press kit/CD, hi-res jpegs or an interview contact:
Martha E.Moore
so much MOORE media
martha@somuchmoore.com 
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TODD FRITSCH'S 17-Song Tour de Force, SAWDUST, IN STORES TODAY

Nashville, TN (April 17, 2007) - Todd Fritsch's 17-song, traditional country tour de force, SAWDUST (Diamond Music Group/Spinville), hits store shelves today. The disc, Todd's second, has already offered up its first hit with the debut single and video, "What's Wrong With Me," and early reviews show tastemakers are already "sold." (Photo Credit: Melissa Webb)

"Todd's CD is country as cornbread and twice as tasty. Listening to Todd's music reminded me of a George Jones lyric: 'Who's gonna fill their shoes/Who's gonna stand that tall/Who's gonna play the Opry/And the Wabash Cannonball?'" Todd Fritsch is the answer to that question." - Music News Nashville

"Todd hits just about all the best Country musical bases - dancehall shuffles, Western swing, outlaw music, drinking songs, radio-ready tunes, cowboy songs, and ballads that hit straight to the heart-with the same sincerity, charm, supple yet authoritative singing and reverence for the pure Country tradition that has made Strait a musical icon. And after a debut that signaled a new talent on the rise, his second album is a 17-song tour de force on which he truly arrives at that artistic sweet spot. 25 years from now Fritsch will likely be still riding high as an exemplar of genuine Country music." - Cowboys & Indians

"SAWDUST is a stone, cold winner." - JSI Top 21

"Todd Fritsch may not be someone that everyone has heard of, but he's definitely someone you will want to hear from. He's a Texan, so you can expect a lot of great traditional sounding music. There's a lot to like." - About.com

"I'd lay good money (if I had it) that 30 years from now the name Todd Fritsch will be honored in country circles and he'll likely still be ranching, recording and performing. And all who love pure country, pardon the pun, will be thankful." - Country Music People

"Todd is country through and through. Although his sound is modern, his roots are planted firmly in the sounds and traditions of country music. The CD is filled with traditional county ballads, Texas swing, some foot stompin' tunes, and even a modern country rock number. If you like steel guitar, fiddles, and "real" country music, this is the CD for you." - International Country Music Database

SAWDUST, and Todd's Diamond Music Group debut CD, TODD FRITSCH, are available at Wal*Mart, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Hastings and the most-popular e-tailers.

News, reviews, video & audio downloads and more are available at www.toddfritsch.com  or Todd's My Space Page.

For press kit/CD or interview, contact:
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
somuchmoore@charter.net 
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RAY MARTIN
DEBORAH WOOD PUBLICITY would like to congratulate RAY MARTIN and his band for making it to the next round in the Country 105 Rising Star Competition.

Ray and his band will now go on to compete in the next round Tuesday, May 1st at The Ranchman's in Calgary, Alberta. The winner of the competition will receive
$3,000.00 plus an opportunity to perform at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta.

DEBORAH WOOD PUBLICITY would like to wish Ray and his band good luck in the next round!

Ray's debut single - "SMALL WORLD" is currently available on DMDS and is picking up airplay across Canada.

For further information - please contact: DEBORAH WOOD
PUBLICITY at codeywt@yahoo.com  or by calling - 905-373-4186

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Top 10 Super Country Hits - April 15th, 2007 - 14th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 3 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 4 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 5 - Joe Nichols - I'll Wait For You
* 6 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 7 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 8 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 9 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 10 - Alison Krauss & John Waite - Missing You
Hot Rising Single
Trace Adkins - I Wanna Feel Something
Keep An Eye On Single
Carolyn Dawn Johnson - Got A Good Day

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LITTLE TEXAS RETURNS HOME TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR BIG NASCAR WEEKEND
Nashville, TN – Montage Music Group recording artists Little Texas return home to perform the National Anthem and their love song to the Lone Star state, “God Blessed Texas,” at a special NASCAR weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway April 14th-15th. The band will also perform at the Chevy Thunder at Sundance Square show on April 14 in Fort Worth, TX along with the Charlie Daniels Band and then perform the National Anthem and “God Blessed Texas” before 250,000 fans the following day during the nationally televised Samsung 500 race at the Speedway. In honor of their coming home, Little Texas’ bassist Duane Propes has had a special bass with a design depicting the Texas Flag, commissioned by the First Act Luthier Shop in Boston which will be unveiled during their race performance.

Little Texas has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their new studio album, due out on June 12th and will release their first-ever live album, ”The Very Best of Little Texas: Live and Loud” May 15th.

For more information on Little Texas check out www.littletexasonline.com
Jason Michael Carroll on iWebRadio.com April 21th, 2007
In 2006 international country music editor and journalist Christian Lamitschka joined the team of iWebRadio.com. Country Fans around the world get the chance each second Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Time (North America) on iWebRadio.com to listen to what their favorite Stars from Nashville like to share with the fans. For 2007 there are still some of Country Music's biggest names waiting to be a part of the show. Check the website at www.iWebRadio.com for details and dates.

For 2007 Christian Lamitschka, who's the co-moderator on the Saturday morning country music show "LA's Country Corner" present on April 21th 2007 one of the hot new acts in Country Music, Jason Michael Carroll, who came into the music scene like a hurricane. He will talk about his current album and more on the show.

So check out Jason Michael Carroll on www.iWebRadio.com  , April 21th, 2007 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Time (North America). Let them know why you love Jason Michael Carroll and his music at iWebRadio.com

CMA Close Up Profiles Country-Rockin' Trio LANTANA In April/May Issue
Nashville, TN (April 9, 2007) -- LANTANA, the bluesy country-rockin' trio from Texas, is profiled in the April/May issue of CMA Close Up magazine. Native Texans Biz Haddock, Karol Ann DeLong and Canadian-turned-Texan Dalene Richelle performed for CMA staffers a few months ago, and that intimate acoustic performance, along with the success of their debut CD, UNBRIDLED (BGM Records), have earned them a place in the "Debut Spotlight."

The profile brings to light the nature of the trio's distinctive style of "Tri-Polar" Country that has brought them so much interest - from fans and the media alike. Dalene, Karol Ann. and Biz each bring different interests, musical backgrounds and tastes to the group, and their individuality is evident in the answers they give in the "Spotlight." For example, when asked to name one song that they would secretly like to cover, each had a dramatically different response: Biz called dibs on "Don't Mess Around With Jim" (Jim Croce); Dalene picked "Sweet Child of Mine" (Guns and Roses), and Karol Ann's choice was "At This Moment," by Billy Vera & The Beaters. You get the idea.

The group's two singles, "Country As A City Girl Can Be" and "Let Somebody Love You," have kept them on the Texas Music and Music Row charts for months; they've played before sell-out crowds at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, impressed audiences during Country Radio Seminar-38, and recently entertained the troops at Holloman Air Force Base(Alamogordo, NM). The future looks bright for LANTANA; expect to see more high-profile coverage in the U.S., as well as international publications, along with appearances at COUNTRY THUNDER FESTIVAL (Texas), the Gaylord Texan and CMA Music Festival (Nashville).

UNBRIDLED can be purchased at Wal*Mart, Borders, Hastings and online at your favorite e-tailers. For the latest new, hi-res jpegs and much more, log on to www.lantanamusic.com  or www.myspace.com/lantanacountrymusic  .

For press kit/CD, hi-res jpegs or an interview contact:
Martha E.Moore
so much MOORE media
615.746.3994
martha@somuchmoore.com 
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CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC. CREATES MUSIC PARTNERSHIP WITH GRAMMY & ACM NOMINEE JOSH TURNER
Partnership includes tour sponsorship & exclusive CD to be recorded live at historic Ryman Auditorium

LEBANON, TENN. – (April 5, 2007) Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel") is honored to announce an official partnership with one of country music's fastest rising stars, Grammy and Academy of Country Music nominee Josh Turner. This partnership includes a tour sponsorship and exclusive CD to be recorded live during Josh Turner’s April 19th concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, known worldwide as "The Mother Church of Country Music." The April 19th concert, Turner’s first full-length show at the Ryman, will kick off Cracker Barrel’s sponsorship of his summer concert tour.

"I'm excited to be taking Cracker Barrel on the road with me this year,"said Josh Turner. “The band and I never get tired of seeing a Cracker Barrel sign off the side of the interstate. When you’re on the road, it’s nice to know that you can pull into any Cracker Barrel and feel like you’re in your mama’s kitchen, waiting on your favorite meal. I am pretty sure my band and I have all the Cracker Barrel exits memorized between here and South Carolina.”

Embraced by fans and critics alike, Turner’s signature baritone voice has earned him comparisons to legends George Jones and Johnny Cash. Cracker Barrel secured a partnership with Turner because of the artist’s great fit with Cracker Barrel and country music. Prior to the tour sponsorship and CD deal, Turner was the “voice” of Cracker Barrel’s Christmas holiday advertising campaign. The commercials aired on radio stations throughout the United States.

“Josh Turner seems right at home at Cracker Barrel,” said Simon Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. “Our guests enjoy country music and Josh has a voice and style that connect generations of country music fans. We believe this live CD will be an excellent addition to our exclusive line of music.”

Josh Turner’s performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium will be the first concert in his Cracker Barrel-sponsored tour. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Josh Turner will continue April 20th in Wabash, Indiana. Other concert stops include Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Richland Center, Wisconsin; Montgomery, Alabama & Columbia, South Carolina.

During the Ryman show, Josh will sing his hits as well as personal favorites that have not appeared on any of his previous releases. The resulting CD will be a collection of songs performed at the Ryman. Scheduled for release later this summer, the CD will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.

“I am looking forward to working with Cracker Barrel on my first live album that will be recorded at the historic Ryman Auditorium,” said Turner. “This is definitely going to be one of the most memorable nights of my career. It’s gonna be fun.”

Turner’s sophomore release on MCA Nashville, YOUR MAN, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was recently certified double platinum. Songs from this latest release have earned three ACM Award nominations. His #1 smash “Would You Go With Me” is nominated for both “Song Of The Year” as well as “Single Record Of The Year.” While his current single, a collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley and members of Diamond Rio, “Me And God,” is nominated for ACM “Vocal Event Of The Year.” The two-time Grammy nominee was also the #2 best-selling country male artist of 2006.

With this partnership, Cracker Barrel continues to build its impressive collection of exclusive CDs. The most recent release, Songs Of The Year, features new recordings by today’s top country performers including Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley & George Jones. Cracker Barrel has also released exclusive CDs by Alison Krauss & Union Station, Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant and Sara Evans.

Tickets for Josh Turner’s Ryman concert are currently on sale at www.ryman.com  and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are available for $29.50 and $24.50.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Jim Taylor
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
(615) 235-4082
jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com

Kirt Webster
Webster & Associates
(615) 777-6995
kirt@websterpr.com

For Josh Turner
Renee Behrman-Greiman
Modern Management
(615) 742-0099
rbehrman@modmgmt.com

Amber Williams
Universal Music Group
(615) 524-7516
Amber.williams@umusic.com 

BAND AGAINST MS FOUNDATION HIRES NEW DIRECTOR
Country music star CLAY WALKER pleased to name Kyle Frederick, Director of BAMS
NASHVILLE, TN – When country music singer CLAY WALKER decided to make his private battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) public by forming Band Against MS Foundation (BAMS) in 2003, he had no idea that his association with the disease and determination to raise awareness as well as funds toward MS research would produce such significant results. The growth of the organization has led down an exciting path with the addition of Kyle Frederick to the BAMS team as Director of Operations.

“By continuing to fund research, Band against MS Foundation gives those living with Multiple Sclerosis hope for the future. We are sincerely grateful for the individuals, groups and businesses that contribute to the Foundation’s success and recognize that they are at the core of our endeavor,” says Frederick. “Additionally, I am personally grateful that Clay has charged me with steering his Foundation. He has proven to be the consummate example of how one overcomes adversity through sheer determination and fortitude in his battle with MS.”

Frederick moved to Nashville in 1980 to pursue career as a guitarist and has since toured US, Canada, and Europe with various nationally acclaimed recording artists. He released a Pop/Rock solo LP in 1991, and left his solo career when he was originally hired by Clay Walker in 1993 as acoustic guitar player/band leader. His ventures then led him to the role of Walker’s tour manager, publicist and co-manager. Thus, it’s only fitting that following a stint with SHeDAISY 2005 and 2006 as manger, Frederick is back with Walker and excited to be named Director, Band Against MS Foundation.

Upon being named Director, Frederick has held a benefit concert and live auction in Monterey, CA and led the organization toward a generous $100,000 contribution to University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston at UT Medical Center. Frederick plans to lead on-going awareness campaign and fundraising activities with a forthcoming planned donation and ceremony with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Lone Star Chapter in coming months. In addition, he will be overseeing the launch of a new BAMS website this spring.

To contact Kyle Frederick, Director of Band Against MS Foundation, you may write to 2409 21st Avenue S. Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37212 or phone 615-297-8875. For additional information and updates, be sure to visit www.bandagainstms.org  .

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Top 10 Super Country Hits - April 8th, 2007 - 12th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 3 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 5 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 6 - Sugarland - Settlin
* 7 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 8 - Joe Nichols - I'll Wait For You
* 9 - Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman
* 10 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico

Hot Rising Single
Mark Chesnutt - That Good That Bad/

Keep An Eye On Single
Jason Michael Carroll - Livin' Our Love Song

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com 

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* Mark Wills Steps Up for America’s Heroes Lends Support for TASER Foundation

Mark Trail Music Presents:2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase
June 7th 5:30
Douglas Corner Café
2106-A 8th Avenue, South
Nashville, Tennessee 37204

(NO COVER CHARGE)
Emceed By: GAC Hotpick Artist Pete Schlegeland Hit Songwriter Gilles Godard..
Special guest Appearance: Daryle Singletary

Featured Artists include: John Foster, Chase Tyler, JC Andersen, Sherida Eastman, Chris Gilburg, Traci Kennedy, Rustie Blue, Shane Warner, Codie Prevost, Adam Wayde, Jeff Taylor, Rachel Lilliot

The 2007 M-T-M Showcase will be held on June 7th 2007 at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe during this years CMA Festival. This showcase will feature select artists Showcasing for music row industry professionals and fans alike... *This is a live band/acoustic showcase for music row industry professionals and fans alike... DJs / Press your invited to stop in check out some of tomorrows country music stars!

WHEN YOU ARE BLESSED ....GIVE BACK!
Worldwide recording artist Andrew Dean /President of Nite*Sky records and worldwide promotional company President of Rhon/Bob Promotions Rhonnie Scheuerman have written the official theme song for DJ Tommy Dean for 'CHRISTMAS FOR FAMILIES". Andrew Dean goes into the studio in a few days to record it. They enjoy helping fundraisers, especially for DJ Tommy Dean and other DJ's that have asked them. Andrew and Rhonnie wrote the other theme song for DJ Tommy for the fundraiser past years " Christmas Is For Kids"

Rhonnie has written the official song for her community for battered women and children " HEAR THEIR CRIES", for Safe Space . Rhonnie to date has written 14 theme songs to help her community and these songs have spread into most of the USA states. One of her biggest burdens is for "WALK FOR LIFE" TO HELP CANCER SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS AND BRING IN MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH. She will be walking for her community in this year's WALK FOR LIFE", and excited as she will be a "30 year Cancer Survivor". "Walk For Life" has taken 2 of her songs and uses them for official walks and fundraisers, these songs have been used in 46 states to date. Another major fundraiser song Rhonnie wrote was for America's Promise the association created by GENERAL COLIN POWELL that uses Rhonnie's song "AMERICA'S PROMISE-(GIVING NOTHING LESS THAN OUR BEST)".

BRITT who is an artist that Rhonnie promotes through RhonBob Promotions had asked her to write the fundraiser song for SIDS (SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME) and the association has accepted this song beautifully sung by Britt and written by Rhon as their official theme song and using it at their fundraisers. The song "CARESSED BY ANGELS" has also been very well received by DJ's, and Rhon's dear friend Gary Bradshaw has played it on his 365 internet radio stations and has given his full support from day one. Thanks Gary. DJ/Author/Artist Jack Hodge and Rhonnie Scheuerman wrote the official song for "OPERATION MILITARY PARENTS" to help our service men and women. There is a feeling that is hard to describe when you can give back to others it makes every day sweeter and more special....!!!!

Rhonnie's greatest desire is to use the gift God gave her of songwriting to help those in need. She thanks the Artists and groups that believe in her company RhonBob Promotions, and they not only put their songs and promotions in her hands, but also pray for her. She believes RhonBob Promotions family has grown and done so well as it is God's company and she surrounds herself with Godly people. She is more excited than ever as Gary Bradshaw and her do a lot of joint promotions and seeing the Indie artists walking through new doors , such as ROOTS, and major charts worldwide.

Rhonnie has had the honor of some quality top artists taking her songs, and some of them have gone to #1 (to date 39 songs). She is excited what the future holds for RhonBob Promotions and her songs. In the last 2 weeks 38 of her songs have been taken and the artists will go into the studios soon. Rhon is "passionate about RhonBob Promotions" , and wakes up each day eager to see what the DJ's are playing. She is always thrilled and excited seeing the groups and artists on playlists and charts worldwide. The DJ's for years have been extremely good and embraced her company and those she promotes and jointly promotes. She feels these DJ's are truly concerned and interested to see Indie Artists and groups make it. She and her company THANK THEM for their unbelievable support and hard work.

Please visit RhonBob Promotions website soon (
http://www.rhonbob.com/  )

CLAY WALKER PREPARING TO HIT HOME RUN WITH NEW ALBUM, FALL
(Nashville, TN) – Multi-platinum country music singer CLAY WALKER is stepping up to the plate hoping to hit a home run with his debut album on Curb/Asylum Records, Fall. But before his album is released on April 17th, he will literally ‘step up to the plate’ in a memorable home opener for the Houston Astros performing a special acoustic set during the Monday, April 2nd game. In addition, fans can caught Walker singing the National Anthem and a special performance of “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning Stretch.

“I love Houston,” says Walker. “It’s home and I’m proud to be an Astros fan. This is my ‘first’ opening day and I am ecstatic to perform in front of my favorite fans!”

The Texas native’s consistent string of hits includes 11 number one singles over his 14 year career. He recently debuted the title track to his new album, “Fall,” the follow-up to “‘Fore She Was Mama.” In addition, Walker has placed 31 titles on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart, with 15 of them climbing to the top ten.

Walker recently appeared on iVilliage Live! in support of National MS Awareness week. In addition, Walker was a special guest during an intimate acoustic performance that raised nearly $20,000 for a family spotlighted on the hit television show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Stay tuned to
www.claywalker.com  for additional scheduled performances surrounding the release of Fall in April 2007.

Tony Brown Receives 'Honorary Visiting Professor' Award at Middle Tennessee State University
Lecture Series Renamed To Honor The Late Brian Williams

(Nashville, Tennessee) Music industry executive and acclaimed producer Tony Brown was awarded the title of Honorary Visiting Professor at the completion of a lecture to students in MTSU's Department of Recording Industry on Tuesday April 3rd, 2007. The award was presented by Dr. Kaylene Gebert, the University Provost. The lecture was part of the newly renamed Brian Williams Entertainment Studies Lecture Series, presented by SunTrust Bank, and hosted by Beverly Keel.

MTSU Professor Bob Wood stated, "Tony Brown has generously given his time over the years supporting the education of our recording industry students. We are grateful for his continuing commitment to our program and we are proud to honor him with this award."

Earlier in the evening, the announcement was made that the SunTrust Lecture Series at MTSU has been renamed Brian Williams Entertainment Studies Lectures Series. Brian Williams was a highly respected Music Row banker, who brought together a traditional way of doing business with the unconventional ways of the music industry to create a niche for Nashville's banking industry. Brian was credited for pioneering the practice of lending money against future royalty income, treating songs as collateral.

Director of the college Development office, Steven Barnes added, "SunTrust has become one of our most valued strategic partners, and we're honored to be able to join them in naming this important lecture series after the late banker to the stars, Brian Williams."
***
About - Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Recording Industry
MTSU is host to the largest recording industry degree program in the US, with 25 full-time faculty dedicated exclusively to teaching 1,500 degree-seeking students. Located just minutes south of Nashville, MTSU is also the largest university in Tennessee offering four-year undergraduate degrees.

About - Tony Brown
Tony Brown, a native of North Carolina, was the son of an evangelist and played piano in his family's gospel group as a teenager. That experience helped him land a touring job with the Oak Ridge Boys and ultimately put him on the piano bench for Elvis Presley's final U.S. tour. He then joined Emmylou Harris's famous "Hot Band" and played piano for bandmate Rodney Crowell's Cherry Bombs when Crowell went solo. Brown soon wound up in Nashville working in A&R for RCA Records and was asked to produce gospel singer Shirley Caesar in 1983. That work got him noticed by then MCA chief Jimmy Bowen, whose mentorship guided Brown to the president's office at MCA Nashville in 1993. During his tenure at MCA Nashville, Brown worked with platinum artists Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna as well as championing critical favorites like Steve Earle, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith and The Mavericks.

In 2002, Brown joined former Arista Nashville President Tim DuBois to found Universal South Records, aiming to create what they said would be "a home for truly inventive, highly creative artists." The pair stepped down from the label last December, with Brown saying he wanted to devote himself once again to fill-time music production.

Brown's 2007 ACM nominations, announced earlier this month, include Album of the Year for Brooks & Dunn's "HIllbilly Deluxe" and for George Strait's "It Just Comes Natural," Single of the Year for Strait's "Give It Away" and Vocal Event of the Year for "Building Brides" with Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, and Sheryl Crow. Brown also is the reigning Country Music Association producer for "Believe," the 2006 Single of the Year by Brooks & Dunn.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - April 1st, 2007 - 11th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
 
Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 2 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 3 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 4 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico
* 5 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 6 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 7 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 8 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 9 - Jack Ingram - Lips Of An Angel
* 10 - Sugarland - Settlin

Hot Rising Single
Trent Tomlinson - Just Might Have Her Radio On

Keep An Eye On Single
Pete Schlegel - Give Me Summertime

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

UPDATING
Updating info of dj's accepting cd's for play, if you are not on the list send us your info -
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*LUCIE DIAMOND TO HEADLINE BIGGEST COUNTRY FESTIVAL IN EUROPE

*Emerson Drive Rocks The Hill
Mark Trail Music Presents:2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase
June 7th 5:30
Douglas Corner Café
2106-A 8th Avenue, South
Nashville, Tennessee 37204

(NO COVER CHARGE)
Emceed By: GAC Hotpick Artist Pete Schlegeland Hit Songwriter Gilles Godard..
Special guest Appearance: Daryle Singletary

Featured Artists include: John Foster, Chase Tyler, JC Andersen, Sherida Eastman, Chris Gilburg, Traci Kennedy, Rustie Blue, Shane Warner, Codie Prevost, Adam Wayde, Jeff Taylor, Rachel Lilliot

The 2007 M-T-M Showcase will be held on June 7th 2007 at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe during this years CMA Festival. This showcase will feature select artists Showcasing for music row industry professionals and fans alike... *This is a live band/acoustic showcase for music row industry professionals and fans alike... DJs / Press your invited to stop in check out some of tomorrows country music stars!

Midas Music Publishing Writers Night To Include Special Guests
Midas Music Publishing will present their writers night on Wednesday, March 28th during Tin Pan South Week at Lyrix Music Bar and Café at 94 Peabody Street. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. until 10:00.

Keith Follese, Chris Cavanaugh, Billy Crain and R.K. Follese are among the writers showcasing their songs. Keith has written songs for Faith Hill,Tim McGraw and Lonestar among others. Billy Crain has won numerous BMI Pop and Country Awards and has had cuts by the Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans, Martina McBride as well as Poco.

Newly signed to Midas Records, traditionalist Jon Wolfe as well as Midas’Michelle Rene and Adam Gregory will also showcase several songs.

Media Contact: Susan Niles -susanniles@bellsouth.net

Artists Support Nashville Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Randy Owen, Dobie Gray, and Blaine Larsen Added to Performance Roster of the Lane Brody Charity Concert

(Nashville, Tennessee -- March 20th, 2007) In support of Walden's Puddle, several artists will be dedicating their time to take part in The 5th Annual Lane Brody Charity Concert.

Randy Owen of Alabama, Dobie Gray, and Blaine Larsen have just been added to the list of performers. Previously announced artists appearing are The Pirates of the Mississippi, Michael Peterson, grammy nominated LynnMarie, and Lane Brody. GAC personality Nan Kelley will emcee the evening.

The event is set for Thursday, March 29th at The Gibson Showcase in Opry Mills at 7:00PM. All proceeds raised will go to Walden’s Puddle, a wildlife rehabilitation center located in Joelton, Tennessee helping abandoned or injured animals.

Lane Brody stated, "I am appreciative of all the performers who continue to support the charity event. Walden's Puddle will take in any where from 400 - 600 abandoned baby animals this Spring. The Walden's Puddle Benefit concert has always been a successful event in helping provide for these animals."

Tickets may be purchased in advance through Walden's Puddle at 615-299-9938 ext. 26. Tickets and packages include; general seating ($40), VIP seating ($100), table of four ($350), table of six ($500), table of eight ($650). All purchases are tax-deductible. A limited number of tickets will be available to night of the event.

Interviews, photos, and more information is available upon request. Please contact AristoMedia at 615-269-7071 or publicity@aristomedia.com .

WRANGLER TEAMS UP WITH HANK WILLIAMS, JR. FOR A NATIONWIDE PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN
Wrangler and Bocephus promote jeans, tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Western wear leader WRANGLER joins forces with country music icon HANK WILLIAMS, JR. for a nationwide in-store promotion to support the 2007 Rowdy Frynds Tour.

The promotion hits select stores across the nation beginning in April, and offers rewarding incentives to customers purchasing $30 worth of Wrangler apparel. Included in the promotion are a free Hank Williams, Jr. Wrangler poster and a chance to win tickets to a show in that market during The Rowdy Frynds Tour.

Edyie Brooks-Bryant, marketing manager for Wrangler, comments “The Wrangler team is excited to be working with Hank Williams, Jr. on this nationwide promotion for the Wrangler brand and Rowdy Frynds Tour.”

Since 1947, the Wrangler brand is one of the most recognized jean companies, providing apparel for men, women and children—from cowboys to country stars.

Williams, Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will embark on the 2007 Rowdy Frynds Tour hitting 20 cities across America. The tour begins in Huntsville, Alabama on April 11th.

Wrangler Western Wear, a VF Company, is available at over 2,500 western specialty, mid-tier and work-wear stores nationwide that provide quality men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. For more information regarding the Wrangler family of products or to locate the Wrangler retailer nearest you, visit www.wrangler.com or call 1.888.784.8571.

About the Company
VF Corporation is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel including jeanswear, outdoor products, image apparel and sportswear. Its principal brands include Wrangler, Lee, Riders, Rustler, The North Face, Vans, Reef, Napapijri, Kipling, Nautica, John Varvatos, JanSport, Eastpak, Eagle Creek, Lee Sport and Red Kap.

LONESTAR CONTINUES TO PEAK WITH ‘MOUNTAINS’
Group Continues to Record Music and Tour in 2007
Nashville, TN – It was announced today that after 14 years together and over 11 million albums sold, the multi-award winning band LONESTAR will be making some changes at the end of this year. With their commitment to RCA Label Group fulfilled, the band has the opportunity to pursue other endeavors. Lead singer Richie McDonald has decided to leave the group to embark on a solo career while Dean Sams, Michael Britt, and Keech Rainwater are eager to announce their new lead singer and record label as they will continue to tour and produce music as LONESTAR.

“Life is about change. LONESTAR has evolved over the 14 years we have been together. Michael, Keech and myself are excited about the challenges that lie ahead. As the founding member of LONESTAR one thing that has never changed is the fans that love great LONESTAR music, the fans remain. It seems like just yesterday John Rich left LONESTAR to pursue an alternate career path and in that time of change LONESTAR remained and went on to sell over 10 million records, the fans remain. I then am reminded about the time Richie was out due to a back injury and Josh Gracin filled in and I realized again it is the music of LONESTAR the fans love, they remain. Now, another change is coming for LONESTAR and we know the fans will love the music LONESTAR will soon be bringing them. LONESTAR music is for the fans we love and to them we remain, LONESTAR,” says Dean Sams.

United they stand as 2007 kicks-off with a full national tour in support of their latest release, Mountains, including a stop next month in New York City as they make special appearances on Fox’s nationally syndicated show “The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet,” “Emeril Live!,” and CBS’s “The Early Show.” All members of the band are committed to fulfilling their obligations throughout the end of the year and are thrilled to do so.

Lead guitar player Michael Britt states, “We are very proud of our work and success over the last 10+ years and are thankful to our wonderful and supportive fans for always being there for us. Dean, Keech and I feel like we still have a lot of great LONESTAR music to make and we are excited about this new opportunity to continue playing for our fans. Richie will be missed and we wish him luck in his future endeavors.”

LONESTAR has enjoyed over a decade of success with hits such as “Amazed,” “My Front Porch Looking In” (the most-played country song of 2003), and “I’m Already There.” With seven ACM and CMA Awards to their credit, including their 2007 ACM Nomination in the “Vocal Group of the Year” category, the band’s accomplishments will not be forgotten as they are look forward to their futures with enthusiasm.

For more information regarding LONESTAR, you can go to www.lonestar.mu 

CODY McCARVER #1 ON CMT’S ‘PURE 12-PACK COUNTDOWN’ and FEATURED ON AT&T blue room
Billy Bob Thorton Produced Video Takes #1 Spot
(Nashville, TN) – CODY McCARVER continues to celebrate the success of “Red Flag” from his debut release Peace, Love and Coondawgs with recent appearances on AT&T blue room and the #1 video on CMT Pure.

CMT unveiled the top requested videos today on CMT Pure, airing in 17 million households and on CMT.com, and Cody’s video “Red Flag” has triumphed to garner the #1 spot on the Pure 12-Pack Countdown. In addition, AT&T blue room is currently featuring exclusive interviews with Cody and performances of “Red Flag,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Look What You’ve Done”—tracks from his debut album on Aspirion Records.

“The fans have really made this happen,” says Cody. “The video and song ‘Red Flag’ took on a life of its own. I’ve become Dr. Phil online through the submission of stories on my website. It is incredible how many people can relate to the story. I hope they enjoy seeing the acoustic version of the song on blue room, too!”

The #1 video on CMT’s Pure 12 Pack Countdown, “Red Flag,” can be viewed by visiting www.cmt.com/on_tv/cmt_pure_country/ . Exclusive live performance of “Red Flag” is available by visiting www.attblueroom.com/music .

Peace, Love and Coondawgs was produced by Csaba Petocz (Metallica, John Michael Montgomery) and mixed by Grammy Award Winner Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, Dave Matthews). The video for “Red Flag” was produced by Billy Bob Thorton and directed by Myriam Santos-Kayda and features cameo appearances from Spider (Powerman 5000), W. Earl Brown (HBO’s Deadwood, There’s Something About Mary), and Dennis Haskins (Saved By The Bell).
For additional information on Cody McCarver, please visit www.codymccarver.com .

“Gene Autry's Singing Cowboy Image and Its Effect on the Popularity of Country & Western Music”
Holly Warren will be presenting “Gene Autry's Singing Cowboy Image and Its Effect on the Popularity of Country & Western Music” Saturday afternoon 26 May 2007 at the International Country Music Conference. In addition, Warren will be making book signing appearances in Nashville. For the first time, ICMC 2007 will feature Thursday afternoon, pre keynote sessions beginning at 2:00pm. Additional information about ICMC 2007 will be sent during the coming weeks. Registration for ICMC 2007 is $90US and includes excellent luncheon and breakfast fare. Please send your registration fee as a check made payable to ICMC to: James E. Akenson. Box 5042. Tennessee Technological University. Cookeville, TN 38505 U.S.A. Registrations should be received no later than Friday, 18 May 2007. With the exception of the Thursday evening Keynote at RCA Studio B, ICMC takes place in the Board Room of the Massey Business Center at Belmont University at the south end of Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - March 25th, 2007 - 10th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 2 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 3 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 4 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico
* 5 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 6 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 7 - Rascal Flatts - Stand
* 8 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 9 - Jack Ingram - Lips Of An Angel
* 10 - Kellie Pickler-Red High Heels

Hot Rising Single
George Strait - Wrapped

Keep An Eye On Single
Terri Clark - Dirty Girl

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

UPDATING
Updating info of dj's accepting cd's for play, if you are not on the list send us your info -
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/supertop10/dj.htm

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*LOVE MATCH: 34th ANNUAL MUSIC CITY TENNIS INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY MERCEDES BENZ OF NASHVILLE SERVES AN ACE PROGRAM

*The Road Hammers Nail Deal with Montage Music Group

Mark Trail Music Presents:2007 M-T-M Artist Industry Showcase
June 7th 5:30
Douglas Corner Café
2106-A 8th Avenue, South
Nashville, Tennessee 37204

(NO COVER CHARGE)
Emceed By: GAC Hotpick Artist Pete Schlegeland Hit Songwriter Gilles Godard..
Special guest Appearance: Daryle Singletary

Featured Artists include: John Foster, Chase Tyler, JC Andersen, Sherida Eastman, Chris Gilburg, Traci Kennedy, Rustie Blue, Shane Warner, Codie Prevost, Adam Wayde, Jeff Taylor, Rachel Lilliot

The 2007 M-T-M Showcase will be held on June 7th 2007 at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe during this years CMA Festival. This showcase will feature select artists Showcasing for music row industry professionals and fans alike... *This is a live band/acoustic showcase for music row industry professionals and fans alike... DJs / Press your invited to stop in check out some of tomorrows country music stars!


ROCKABILLY LEGENDS COME TO LIFE IN THE ROCKABILLY LEGENDS: THEY CALLED IT ROCKABILLY LONG BEFORE THEY CALLED IT ROCK AND ROLL

PBS DOCUMENTARY, BOOK AND CD COLLECTION TELL THE COMPELLING STORY OF ROCKABILLY AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL

NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 21, 2007)—The fascinating story of rockabilly music and its powerful influence on popular music and American culture comes to life in THE ROCKABILLY LEGENDS: THEY CALLED IT ROCKABILLY LONG BEFORE THEY CALLED IT ROCK AND ROLL, a one-hour documentary airing as part of PBS pledge drive programming beginning this month and continuing for the next three years (check local listings). The story is also vividly told through photographs and narrative in a beautifully designed, 256-page companion coffee table book by the same title, written by Jerry Naylor and Steve Halliday and published by Hal Leonard (ISBN: 13 978-1-4234-2042-2; Hardcover; $35). The book, which includes a DVD with a one-hour producer’s cut of the documentary, is currently being offered as a PBS pledge premium and is also available in stores and online through various retail outlets.


THE ROCKABILLY LEGENDS documentary, a project seven years in the making, was produced and written by Jerry Naylor, a personal friend to many of the rockabilly legends and former lead singer of The Crickets after the untimely death of Buddy Holly. Introduced by actor, singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson, and co-hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Red Robinson and Naylor, THE ROCKABILLY LEGENDS is narrated by game show pioneer and television icon Wink Martindale. It is a treasury of never-before-seen performance footage and photographs, as well as exclusive interviews with and about the pioneers of rockabilly music. These musical icons—Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox, Gene Vincent, the Johnny Burnette Trio and others-- forever altered the musical world by combining elements of country, blues, hillbilly, gospel, African American spirituals and bluegrass music. The program recounts their remarkable journeys from the cotton fields and country churches of the rural South to the honky-tonks and recording studios of the big city … and then on to the world’s stage, where their music gave birth to rock and roll.

Woven throughout the documentary is commentary from producers, family members, band members and other musicians-- including Cowboy Jack Clement, John Carter Cash (son of Johnny and June Carter Cash), Stan Perkins (son of Carl Perkins), Sir Paul McCartney, Charlie Daniels, Billy Burnette (formerly of Fleetwood Mac and son of Dorsey Burnette) and music historian Bill Griggs--telling the story of how rockabilly was created and how its effects were felt not only in the U.S., but around the world. The documentary explains the incomparable influence of Sam Phillips and Sun Studios, Tillman Franks and the Louisiana Hayride, the Grand Ole Opry, and Norman Petty Studios and the growth of rockabilly in West Texas.

The program features vintage live performances from the 1950s, including:
“Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley
“Matchbox,” “Honey Don’t” and “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins
“Big River” and “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
“Ooby Dooby” by Roy Orbison
“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” and “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis
“Party Doll” by Buddy Knox
“Peggy Sue” and “Oh Boy” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets
“Lonesome Train” by the Johnny Burnette Trio
A live studio performance of the program theme, “They Called It Rockabilly Long Before They Called It Rock and Roll”—performed by Stan Perkins and Jerry Naylor—was recorded specially for this production.

Also available as PBS pledge gifts are a 12-track CD of master recordings by the rockabilly legends, digitally refurbished and restored for this project, including Elvis Presley’s performance of “That’s All Right, Mama” on the Louisiana Hayride in October 1954; a 4-CD set containing 80 master recordings, each CD containing a special live performance bonus track; and a 2-DVD set containing the original 3-hour documentary, plus 45 minutes of bonus footage.


More information on the Rockabilly Legends project is available at http://www.rockabillylegends.com/ . An expanded product line including the following items will soon be available through the Web site and additional retail venues:

2-DVD set featuring the original 3-hour version of the documentary, plus 45 minutes of bonus footage
Four newly recorded documentary soundtrack CD’s--three featuring Jerry Naylor paying tribute to the Rockabilly Legends, and one honoring the music of the legendary Carl Perkins. Naylor recorded the latter with special duet partner Stan Perkins, son of the late rockabilly icon.
Eight compilation CD’s filled with original master recordings of the best-known Rockabilly Legends’ hits, each digitally refurbished and restored by The Naylor Company and Patrick McGuire Recording for this package. Each disc also contains a rare live performance bonus track. The bonus tracks were culled from performances by The Everly Brothers, Bill Haley & The Comets and Gene Vincent.
A Live at the Louisiana Hayride CD featuring Elvis’ first recorded live performance on the Louisiana Hayride in October 1954, plus live Hayride performances from Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and Bob Luman, and a very rare 1952 live recording of Hank Williams’ last performance at the Hayride.
A CD containing interviews with the Rockabilly Legends, conducted by legendary radio and television personality Red Robinson.
About Jerry Naylor:

Inducted into the West Texas Music Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000, Jerry Naylor is a Grammy®-nominated, fifty-one year veteran of the entertainment business, as a performer, songwriter, and record producer. He was a regular on the ABC-TV music variety series Shindig in the mid-’60s, and hosted the nationally syndicated television series Music City USA from ’67 to ’68 and the syndicated country music radio show Continental Country from ’74 to ’76.

About Steve Halliday:
Steve Halliday, author of several best-selling books, worked for many years in newspaper publishing and reporting, and is now president of Crown Media, Ltd., a literary company that specializes in book editing and collaboration.

Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Public Relations
615-595-1500
Karen.byrd@gmail.com

McGuffey Lane Upcoming events:
Mar 24, 2007 - Portsmouth Ohio - Columbia Music Hall
Columbia Music Hall
832 Gallia St, Portsmouth Ohio, OH,45662
Come see McGuffey Lane at this wonderful downtown theater. The doors open at 7:00 and the event is from 8:00 until 12:00.
Featuring special guest Jonalee White and to open the evening at 8:00 a great talent from Portsmouth .. Hilda Fenton Dolye...........

Call 740 351 0981 for information and tickets

Mar 29, 2007 - Columbus - House Of Crave (next to the LC)
This show will begin immediately after the Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey game.
House of Crave
391 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43215
614-224-2430

Country Entertainer Todd Fritsch Pulls Dallas/Fort Worth Triple-Play With Three Appearances April 13-15

-Live Performances @The Horseman Club, Toyota Texas Bass Classic and on XM Satellite Radio

Nashville, TN (March 19, 2007) - Country entertainer Todd Fritsch pulls a Dallas/Fort Worth triple-play with three area appearances April 13 - 15. On Friday, April 13, Todd will join XM Satellite radio's OPEN ROAD show host Bill Mack for a live, acoustic performance originating from Mack's home studio in Fort Worth. From there, it's off to the world-famous Horseman Club (4750 Bryant Irvin Road #686, Ft. Worth) for a 10 p.m. show. Call (817) 361-6161 for tickets.

On Sunday, April 15, Todd and his band will join country stars Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence and Danielle Peck(along with a host of professional anglers) for a day of music and tournament fishing at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork.

Fritsch comes to DFW fresh from record-breaking appearances at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (over 93,000), The Hideout and the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. He performed before an enthusiastic crowd at the recent CRS-38 (Nashville) and will appear at this year's CMA Music Festival in June. His new CD, SAWDUST, will be available in stores nationwide April 17, and the album's first single, "What's Wrong With Me," is moving up the charts (Texas Music #17, Music Row #36). The video, featuring Roger Clemens and Eddy Raven has been serviced to a variety of TV, video and online outlets, and in the first several weeks has already garnered over 9,300 plays.

Log on to www.toddfritsch.com  or MySpace.com/toddfritsch    to read the latest news, see the latest pics and learn more about America's newest singing cowboy.

For press kit/CD or interview, contact:

Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media

615.746.3994
martha@somuchmoore.com 
www.somuchmoore.com

"Don't Come Cryin"
Rustie Blue's single, "Don't Come Cryin," from the "Chip Chip" album, was picked on After Midnight With Blair Garner's Pick It or Flick It! "Don't Come Cryin" aired on March 18th. After Midnight With Blair Garner is a syndicated radio show with over 250 affiliated Clear Channel radio stations. Don't Come Cryin' is also going for ADDS at New Music Weekly and can be downloaded by radio at http://www.airplayonly.com 

“Don’t Come Cryin,’” written by Bobby Atkins, is sassy country/rock song with lots of attitude. “When I first heard the demo, I immediately loved it!” says Rustie. “I did change the song quite a bit from the demo to make it more my own. I've always loved this song and am glad that I'm having a chance to release it as a single!”

Rustie is currently recording her new album, Born Again Country, which is scheduled to be released just in time for the CMA Fest, Fans will also be able to catch Rustie performing on the Carnival Cruise on May 4th 2008. More details to come! Log on to www.rustieblue.com  or www.myspace.com/rustieblue  to read the latest news, see live performance photo's and to keep up with Rustie on the road!

MP3s of the "Don't Come Cryin", a copy of the Chip Chip album, interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request. Radio can also download Rustie's music at RadioSubmit.com and AirplayDirect.com

Line Dance for "Don't Come Cryin"
Choreographed by Setsuko Motoki (Japan) Linedancer Magazine (UK)

Choreographer, Setsuko Motoki (Japan)

Center Stage Productions
Robert D.Keister
512 West Sixth Ave.
Lancaster, OH 43130
740.653.1916

For bookings in U.S. contact Robert D. Keister rbbooking@sbcglobal.net 
Europe, contact Robert Keister or Mission Country at missioncountry@cegetel.net  Tel: 33 (0)6 16 16 30 51 47
dding For Bomshel’s “Wicked Women” Chopper Ends This Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn (March 19, 2007) Less than a week remains to bid on Bomshel’s Wicked Women Of Tequila Rose Chopper on www.CMTAuctions.com . The custom built motorcycle is a rider’s dream, blending unique design with a chrome and polished S&S 96 cubic inch engine, Rivera/Primo brute force primary drive, custom paint, Tequila Rose graphics, and much more. This one-of-a-kind bike, which retails for nearly $40 thousand, also bears the signatures of over 50 of today’s hottest country music stars. Autographs include Big & Rich, Carrie Underwood, Clint Black, Gretchen Wilson, Jeff Cook of Alabama, John Anderson, Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Little Richard. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The winner will be announced on March 24 during Bomshel’s concert in Grand Rapids, MI.


On March 23, Bomshel will embark on their “Wicked Women Of Tequila Rose” 2007 tour in Akron, OH. The Curb records duo will be traveling in style courtesy of their tour sponsor, McCormick Distilling’s Tequila Rose Brand. The Wicked Women Of Tequila Rose bus will feature custom graphics and will be stocked with a full line of McCormick Distilling products. The tour runs through November with stops at clubs, casinos, fairs and festivals throughout the country.


Bomshel’s latest single “Bomshel Stomp,” from their forthcoming debut album is climbing the radio charts and earned a top 10 spot in Club Connection’s country dance club chart.


For more information on the “Wicked Women Of Tequila Rose” chopper auction and tour information, visit www.bomshel.com . For more information about the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, visit www.karmanos.org  .


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Based in midtown Detroit, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is committed to a future free of cancer. The Institute is one of 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for nearly 6,700 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is among the nation’s best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,200 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, the Institute strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D. is the Institute’s president and CEO.

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McCormick Distilling Co., Weston, MO celebrated its 150th year of operation in 2006. McCormick produces and markets a full line of quality sprits led by the flagship brand, Tequila Rose around the world. For more information about Tequila Rose and McCormick Distilling, please visit www.tequilarose.com .

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - March 18th, 2007 - 10th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 2 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 3 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 4 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 5 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 6 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico
* 7 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 8 - Rodney Atkins - Watching You
* 9 - Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe
* 10 - Jack Ingram - Lips Of An Angel

Hot Rising Single
The Wreckers - Tennessee

Keep An Eye On Single
Pirates of the Mississippi - Fishbait

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Australia's Carter & Carter's latest single Run Away from their brand new album enters the Country Tracks Top 30
http://www.nfspublicity.com.au/charts/ct30.html
Seems like Carter & Carter are not the only ones who dream about getting away from it all as the current single 'Run Away' leaps into the Country Tracks Top 30. Released at the Tamworth festival this year in conjunction with Carter & Carter's new album Leap Before You Look, Run Away has made it's way into the Country Tracks Top 30 in a hurry thanks to radio presenters and stations around Australia putting it into high rotation on their playlists. The album 'Leap Before You Look' is also receiving great reviews with many fans and industry saying that this is Carter & Carter's "best album yet".

"This song seems to have really struck a chord with everyone we talk to about it and over the last few week while we have been doing interviews to promote the new single and album we have heard more than a couple of getaway stories. We'd like to say a heartfelt thankyou to everyone who has been giving Run Away a spin or ringing in and requesting it. 'Leap Before You Look' took over a year to put together and it's great to finally have it out there and see and hear people enjoying it." Merelyn & David
Contact Crestway Music
info@carter-carter.com
www.carter-carter.com

NEW SINGLE RELEASE FOR KAREN LYNNE - "Roses In The Snow"
With the commencement of a bright new year comes the latest single from Karen Lynne. The song "Roses in the Snow" is the third track to be released from Karen's highly acclaimed & 4 times nominated "Changes" album and is once again destined for solid airplay and chart success. Produced by Rod McCormack & Herm Kovac, this album is a contemporary Bluegrass & Acoustic Album from which the first two singles have both made Top 5 placings in the National Australian Country Music Chart.

Karen has now personally received over 30 high profile Award Nominations (including 5 in the Australian Country Music "Golden Guitar" Awards). In addition to this she has also won 11 major Awards including 'Australian Independent Female Vocalist Of The Year' in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, 'Bluegrass & Traditional Country' Award at the VIC Country Music Awards, 'Contemporary Country Song of the Year' - TSA Songwriter Salute Awards and most recently, the 'Michael Cowdroy Songwriting TIARA Award', all of which demonstrate her dedication, consistency & proven ability in a very busy professional career.

Written by Ruth Franks, this song is a traditional uptempo Bluegrass track that demonstrates that she loves the traditional side of bluegrass just as much as the more contemporary and is very comfortable singing either.
Currently she is returning to the task of promoting this her fifth album, following the birth of her first child and is shortly to return to the recording studio and begin work on the newest project, a traditional country album hopefully to repeat the success of her Award winning "Second Wind" Country album release a couple of years ago.
For further information on Karen Lynne & Interviews : Karen Lynne Music
Email: KarenLynne@bigpond.com  www.karenlynne.com 
"CHANGES" is distributed through:-
KAREN LYNNE MUSIC
P. O. Box 250,
Wentworth Falls
NSW, 2872
(02) 4757 3292
www.karenlynne.com

SHOESTRING RECORDS
www.shoestringrecords.tv 
& ONE STOP ENTERTAINMENT
KATANIA YOUNG
katania_young@onestopent.com.au

A Hometown Welcome for Brad Mates of Emerson Drive
Nashville, TN - Emerson Drive front man Brad Mates returned to his hometown of Grand Prairie, AB on March 6th with buddies in tow for a performance at Crystal Centre for a crowd of over 1200 screaming fans. This was one of many stops on the band’s current Countrified Coast to Coast Tour across Canada which began on January 31st in New Brunswick and wraps up March 11th in Calgary, AB.

Big things aren’t just happening north of the border for this band. On Monday, they received an Academy of Country Music award nomination in the category of Top Vocal Group. The band has been the recipient of the award for Top New Vocal Group or Duo from the Academy of Country Music and they are honored to once again be recognized by the organization.

The recent surge in Emerson Drive’s career comes from their latest album, Countrified (produced in part by legendary Alabama band member Teddy Gentry) and the power behind their current single, “Moments.” The single, written by Sam & Annie Tate and Dave Berg, is the fastest moving of the band’s career and also sparked a relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank, who the band recently aligned with nationally to help promote hunger awareness in the United States.

Emerson Drive’s record sales spiked this week coming off a week long promotion of TV appearances and country radio seminar. “Moments” is clearly delivering on its promise to be a career song for the talented six member band that play on all of their recordings and offer a phenomenal live show performance.

For more information on Emerson Drive visit www.emersondrive.com .

Contact:
Vanessa Parker-Davis / Splash! PR - Vanessa@splashpublicity.com
Misty Hurt / Splash! PR - misty@splashpublicity.com

From Australia
CHART SUCCESS FOR ARTISTS
Alex Watt, Dean Perrett and Nicki Gillis currently all have Top 20 hits on country airplay charts.

All three artists are enjoying first time Top 20 success, with Dean & Alex featured on the Top 30 Country Tracks chart, and Nicki sitting at #14 on The Music Network Country Hot 30 National Country Airplay chart.

Both Alex and Nicki are gaining recognition for their singles taken from debut albums, while 2007 Golden Guitar finalist Dean Perrett, delivers album number seven.

With continued support, the singles ‘Jewel Of The Newell’ – Dean Perrett, ‘Watch The Sun Go Down’ – Alex Watt and ‘Leaving You For Myself’ – Nicki Gillis, will maintain a strong presence on radio.

www.deanperrett.com
www.alexwatt.com.au
www.nickigillis.com
For further information:
RUM Entertainment
rum@rumentertainment.com

Ann-Marita
www.AnnMarita.com
Ann-Marita Intuition is the sophomore album from Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Ann-Marita. Intuition continues to push the boundaries of modern country music where Ann-Marita's 2004 self-titled debut left off. Backed up by some of Australia's top musicians, and produced by guitar virtuoso Brett Garsed, Ann-Marita delivers an album rich in diversity and creativity. From growing up in a Norwegian mining community north of the Arctic Circle, to coming of age as a foreign exchange student in the American Midwest, to singing party tunes on Swedish cruise ships, to being broke but hopeful pounding the Los Angeles pavement, to building a new life and career in Melbourne, Australia, this girl has lived to tell all, and every little bit of experience has added its share to the heartfelt stories and soaring melodies on Intuition.

"As I was writing these songs, I realized there was a theme starting to form," Ann-Marita says. "There was a thread running through everything, tying the songs together: listening to your instincts and following your heart and your gut. The title "Intuition" seemed to fall naturally into place, especially after I wrote what was to become the opening track and first single: "A Woman's Intuition"."

"A Woman's Intuition" kicks off the album with a very non-country distorted guitar riff, moving into a knock-down rock'n'roll anthem reminiscent of The Eagles or early Linda Ronstadt, with Ann-Marita's powerhouse voice tearing through the chorus: "I ain't puttin' it down to superstition/ You can't mess with a woman's intuition".

"Intuition, to me, isn't about being psychic," Ann-Marita explains. "Women often tend to spend more time listening to other people than to what their own gut is trying to tell them. I've been accused of writing a lot of girl-power songs, and as you can see, I'm not about to stop anytime soon!"

Intuition is not your mainstream modern country album. It is, however, proof that an indie artist on a shoestring budget can absolutely make a record that can compete with the majors on every level. All it takes is outstanding musicianship, a producer who can cut to the core of what the artist is truly about, a lot of guts, drive and a healthy sense of humor, and last but definitely not least, some damn great songs and a big, big voice.

For more information on Ann-Marita, to schedule an interview or book a show while she is in the States or Canada, please contact Laura at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net  or 615-825-0019. Photos, cds, & MP3s are available to radio and the media by request.

LONESTAR HEADS TO BIG APPLE IN APRIL!!!!
Nashville, TN – Multi-platinum, award-winning music group LONESTAR will take the “Big Apple” by storm in mid-April. The foursome that recently raised over $100,000+ on the hit-game show Wheel of Fortune for charity were nominated last week by the Academy of Country Music for “Top Vocal Group,” an award they have taken home before.

Richie, Dean, Keech, and Michael recently released their latest project “Mountains” and are hot on the promotion trail! Lonestar will appear and/or perform on The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet on April 12th, the CBS Early Show on April 14th, will tape an episode of Emeril Live! for the Food Network, Naomi’s New Morning for the Hallmark Channel, and Sound Off w/ Matt Pinfield for HDNet – all taped show air dates will be forthcoming.

Lonestar’s strength and unity has lead them to enjoyed over a decade of success. The group might be best known for their soaring vocals in hits such as “Amazed,” “My Front Porch Looking In” (the most-played country song of 2003) and “I’m Already There.” With seven ACM and CMA awards to their credit, the band’s success and growth has been consistent throughout the years and they continue to look to the future with perseverance and dedication.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR. NAMED TENNESSEAN OF THE YEAR
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Hank Williams, Jr. was honored at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame annual banquet at the Nashville Convention Center in mid-February. Unfortunately, Hank Jr. was unable to attend the event and sent a letter of acceptance and regret for his absence.

For 16 years, Hank Jr. has been recognized as “Mr. Monday Night” and the voice of Monday Night Football with his award winning anthem, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and the distinctive, “Are you ready for some football?” His contribution to sports television’s longest-running, most successful and comprehensive series has provided him with four Emmys and the TSHF distinction as Tennessean of the Year.

Eleven Tennessee athletic icons were honored at the ceremony, including: legendary former Tennessee State University football coach Joe Gilliam, Sr.; former NFL football player and Vanderbilt University alum Will Wolford; Knoxville’s own University of Tennessee SEC football champion Kyle “Buddy” Cruz; Former NFL defenseman and Tennessee Tech University alum Jim Youngblood; NBA all-star and former UT basketball star Bernard King; Jackson, Tenn. native and professional tennis athlete Fran Chandler; All-star coach and current Athletic Director of Union University David Blackstock; Memphis native, former professional baseball player and current TSHF Board of Directors member Al Brown; 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and veteran University of Memphis and Vanderbilt football coach Fred Pancoast.

Posthumously honored were Dr. Frank Trundle, team dentist of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and TSHF Board of Directors member and Cornelius Ridley, legendary five-time high school “Coach of the Year” for Metro Nashville schools. Several additional individual and team honorees were also recognized at Friday’s banquet.

Past Tennessean of the Year recipients include Conway Twitty, former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., Peyton Manning and Vince Gill.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a statewide, non-profit organization founded to honor and preserve outstanding sports achievements in Tennessee. For more information on the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, visit http://www.tshf.net/ .

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Catch Hank Williams, Jr. on tour with co-headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd on The Rowdy Frynds Tour hitting cities across America starting in April 2007. Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will also be performing on the CBS Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson on Monday, March 12th – tune in for a good laugh and an awesome performance of “Born To Boogie.”

The Rowdy Frynds Tour Dates already ON SALE:
April 11 - Huntsville, AL @ VBCC Arena
April 13 - Tampa, FL @ St Petersburg Times Forum
April 20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
April 21 - Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
April 27 - Baltimore, MD @ First Mariner Arena
April 28 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
May 4 - Nashville, TN @ GEC
May 5 - Charleston, WV @ Charleston Civic Center – SOLD OUT!!!
May 11 - Dayton, OH @ Nutter Center
May 12 - Auburn Hill, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
June 1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center

TRACY LAWRENCE DIRECT TV CONCERT TO AIR LIVE THURSDAY, MARCH 15
Lawrence's Hour-Long Concert Part of “Direct TV Presents: SXSW Live”

NASHVILLE, TN-March 12, 2007-Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence is confirmed to perform live on the “Direct TV Presents: SXSW Live” television special Thursday, March 15 from the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas. Lawrence was one of 24 artists selected from the nearly 1400 acts attending or participating in the SXSW festival. His one-hour portion of the special, a 20-minute interview and a 40-minute musical set, is scheduled to air at 11:00pm central time Thursday evening from the Lone Star Lounge stage at the Austin Convention Center.

This special, produced by BlazeTV, marks the first ever television event in conjunction with the South By South West festival. A 2.5 million dollar production featuring 24 different acts, this television event will offer 24 hours of live concert performance and interviews spread over three days, March 15, 16, and 17. The special airs from 4:00pm to midnight each of those days.

Tracy Lawrence launched his own record label in the summer of 2006. Rocky Comfort Records (RCR), a Nashville-based partnership with his manager and brother Laney Lawrence opened for business in July. His first single, "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," was released on the RCR/CO5 Nashville imprint in the fall of 2006 and is currently climbing the Top 30 on national music trade charts

Lawence released his new CD, FOR THE LOVE, on his (RCR)/CO5 label with distribution through A2M on January 30th this year. It marks the first studio collection from Lawrence in nearly three years and it's been met with impressive response from music critics and the record buying public. With sales just shy of 17,000 units the first week the CD was available in stores, Lawrence entered Billboard magazine's “Top Independent Albums” chart at No. 3, the “Top Country Albums” chart at No. 6, and “The Billboard Hot 100” albums chart at No. 53. The CD has maintained steady and notable sales every week since its release.

FOR THE LOVE features several points of interest. The title cut is a duet with Brad Arnold, lead singer of the multi-platinum group Three Doors Down. It's a song that is edgy, but still fits very comfortably alongside the other country songs included in this collection. “Speed Of Flight,” a true-to-Tracy Lawrence waltz, represents the first time that Lawrence has cut a song he wrote without a co-writer. Finally, like bookends, the CD starts and finishes with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” One is a bonus track that features two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.

In additional to traditional country music retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, and Best Buy, the new music is available for downloading on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic among other digital service providers. Internet users can watch exclusive Tracy Lawrence interview and performance clips on the AT&T blue room site. ATTblueroom.com/music. Cell users can access Tracy Lawrence ringtones by taking these steps: Text Tracy1 to 66555 to get “Find Out Who Your Friends Are;” text Tracy2 to 66555 to get “You Can't Hide Redneck,” text Tracy3 to 66555 to get “For The Love,” or text Tracy4 to 66555 to get “Speed Of Flight.”

Read Lawrence's three-star CD review in the March 5, 2007 issue of People magazine. A special “At Home” feature on Lawrence can be seen in the March 12, 2007 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Watch for Tracy's “GAC Nights” interview with Suzanne Alexander on March 14, 2007.

Tracy Lawrence has long been one of country music's most dedicated and respected performers. His career spans more than 16 years, during which time he has proved to be a formidable stylist with an instantly recognizable voice. Tracy's 16 No. 1 Singles serve as a potent reminder that he is one of the premiere voices of his generation. His song collections are a rich tapestry of life in the hands of a sensitive and intelligent singer. There have been plenty of gold and platinum sales, 16 No. 1 singles and a host of Top 10s. The hits, including “Alibis,” “If The World Had A Front Porch,” “Time Marches On,” and “Paint Me A Birmingham,” propelled him to superstardom and made him a staple with country music lovers. He has created an impressive legacy, earning both critical accolades and secure status, playing substantive country music that acknowledges real life and small-town values. Billboard magazine's Top New Male Vocalist in 1992, Tracy Lawrence remains a vital force in his genre on the strength of delivering outstanding country music.

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Contact Information:
Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley
Email Randy: randy@holleyguidry.com  or bayoubob418@aol.com
Email Debbie: debbie@holleyguidry.com  or beehive022@aol.com

ELVIS PRESLEY JR. TAKES A FALL BUT STAYS ON TOP
March 7, 2007

St. Marys, OH—
If a broken leg brings luck, what will an injured arm reel in? In the case of Elvis Presley’s only confirmed son—respect worthy of rock and roll royalty, for going on when most entertainers would at the very least, sit out the show.

The evening of Saturday, March 3rd was a bitter one, as area residents were still coping with the remains of record-breaking snow. Elvis Jr. was himself shivering across the parking lot of “Dreamland Presley Museum & Showplace” after preparing for his 7:30 show at approximately 5:00 p.m. when he slipped on a patch of ice—and attempted to catch himself with one hand. He realized he was severely injured and called his manager Jim Highley, who rushed him to the Emergency Room of the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, where X-rays revealed more than four wrist and forearm fractures. Once stabilized and informed he would need surgery to repair the breaks, Elvis Jr. was discharged to return home to await scheduling of surgery.

On his way back, he and manager passed the museum parking lot where people were now already assembling for the night’s planned performance. Unwilling to disappoint his waiting fans, Elvis Jr. determined to keep his date with them, quoting the old adage “The Show Must Go On!” So, with his left arm in a sling hidden beneath a black shirt and his black suit coat he put on a smile and soared through the nearly one hour performance.

But what his audience didn’t know was that he was in considerable pain—pain that after leaving the stage sent him quickly back to his dressing room, where he collapsed on the couch. He was then taken back to the Emergency Room for further evaluation. While not admitted, he spent the next 36 hours in the secluded care of his manager and a close friend.

Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. underwent surgery at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Mercer Health Community Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio by Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. James E. Kemmler of Celina, Ohio. During the hour long procedure, he had 6 steel pins placed to connect the many shards of splintered bone. Exhausted after two days of non-stop agony he was finally able to sleep. He now begins his recovery in privacy. It is unclear at this writing whether this coming weekend’s performance will be cancelled. Forever the trooper, Elvis, Jr. plans to give it every effort to be there for the precious people who give so much of their own love and dedication to him.
 
For more information, please contact Elvis Jr.’s Manager Jim Highley at (419) 586-6151. If there is no answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

To learn more about injuries similar to those Junior suffered: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/fact/thr_report.cfm?Thread_ID=150&topcategory=Arm 

CRB, INC. Introduces Debut Radio Outreach Event Educational Event Offered Free Of Charge To Radio Participants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2007) - The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) introduces a brand new event entitled the "CRB Radio Outreach," which will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Friday April 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Topics' scheduled to be covered during the one day event include: On Air Talent, Program Management, Revenue & Sales, How To Make Your Station Sound Bigger, Labels and Networking.

Participating panelists already confirmed are: Blair Garner (Host of After MidNite and The Blair Garner Show), John Shomby (Director of Programming & Operations/Max Media of Hampton Roads), Vonneva Carter (General Sales Manager of WGH Radio), Robynn Jaymes (Music Director of WSLC-FM Radio), Mark McKay (Music Director/ Air Personality of WGH Radio), Royce Risser (VP of Promotion MCA Nashville Records), David Haley (VP of Promotion Equity Records), and John Zarling (National Promotion/New Media at Big Machine Records).

Big Machine Recording Artist Dusty Drake will perform during the label sponsored luncheon.
 
"CRB Radio Outreach " is being offered free of charge to Country radio programming, sales and management personnel. The event is designed to reach out to smaller markets and stations to share the expertise of the Country Radio community in a "growth through sharing" experience.

"We developed the "CRB Radio Outreach" event to offer the expertise of many talented professionals to country radio in smaller markets. CRB's mission has always been to share ideas and educate through the Country Radio Seminar and this type of local outreach. We offer this one day event to radio participants without charge as we want to continue to provide ideas which help the business of Country Radio thrive!" noted Denise Roberts the CRB Board member who is chairing this initiative.

Host of After MidNite and The Blair Garner Show Blair Garner further noted "When I first heard that the CRB was doing a Radio Outreach Event, I immediately volunteered to do whatever I could. A lot of people helped me to develop my style and that enabled me to launch After MidNite and The Blair Garner Show. How do you thank those folks for helping to give you a career? You do your part, and pass along a few tips you learned along the way. There are many ways to do "good radio" and I want to show what works for me. I'm thrilled to be included in this event."

Radio station personnel can register free of charge on-line at www.crb.org and click on the "CRB Radio Outreach" icon. Enrollment is limited so register soon! Hotel recommendations upon request.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
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Toby Keith Recognized by the CRB, Inc. as Artist Humanitarian of the Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2007) - Each year, Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. recognizes one of the many deserving country artists with it's Artist Humanitarian Award. This year during the opening ceremonies of the 38th Annual Country Radio Seminar, CRB recognized Toby Keith.

Last year’s honoree was Neal McCoy, who announced Toby Keith as the recipient of 2007 CRB Humanitarian Award. CRB President R. J Curtis presented the actual award to Keith, following Keith’s performance at the Country Radio Seminar’s Music City Jam.

The Toby Keith Foundation was formed in January 2006 to facilitate his efforts on behalf of a number of organizations in Oklahoma. Those include Ally’s House, where children with cancer can get help with medical bills, short term housing, travel clothing, groceries and other needs. It is estimated that Toby Keith donates more than a half a million dollars a year to this cause alone. Keith also helped Red Oak Elementary School in Moore Oklahoma to build a new gymnasium after a 1999 tornado ravaged that town, and also made donations to the Moore community and the Beth Haven Independent Church in Moore. His participation in Country In The Rockies benefited the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories for Cancer Research, a division of the T. J. Martell Foundation. He has also been a major contributor to the Make A Wish Foundation, St. Jude and THE Salvation Army among many others charities. In June of 2006, Toby Keith completed his fourth USO Tour. The rest of the year, he meets military families at shows and visits soldiers in hospitals.
 
The Country Radio Broadcasters leads the industry in recognizing the humanitarian achievements of Country artists. In 1990, CRB instituted an Artist Humanitarian Award, which was first presented during the 21st Country Radio Seminar. Past honoree’s have included Diamond Rio, Brad Paisley, Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn, Collin Raye, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Joe Diffie, Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash and Alabama.

CRS - 38 will be held February 28 through March 2, 2007 at the Nashville Convention Center. Complete Seminar Information may be obtained by contacting CRS, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting www.crb.org . Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/country.htm
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

Top 10 Super Country Hits - March 11th, 2007 - 9th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 2 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 3 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
* 4 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico
* 5 - Carrie Underwood - Wasted
* 6 - Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels
* 7 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
* 8 - Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe
* 9 - Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone
* 10 - Martina McBride-Anyway

Hot Rising Single
Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar

Keep An Eye On Single
Brad Paisley - Ticks

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

CHERYL DUNN
Deborah Wood Publicity would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Country / Gospel recording artist CHERYL DUNN on her latest win! On January 15th Cheryl was awarded the COUNTRY GOSPEL CONNECTION CHOICE AWARD for her accomplishments demonstrated during 2006 for making a positive impact on Christian Country music and the Kingdom of God!

Most recently, Cheryl was once again acknowledged for her work when it was announced at the beginning of February that Cheryl was nominated for a 2007 AGAPE FEST KING COUNTRY KNGR RADIO ANNUAL FAN APPRECIATION AWARD!

This is the third annual awards program based out Daingerfield, Texas. Over the last couple of years Cheryl has spent a considerable amount of time touring throughout Texas.

These awards are voted on by the fans of Country / Gospel music. Fans from around the world are encouraged to vote by going to:  http://www.ballotbin.com   and following instructions from there.

The first round of voting will take place from February 2nd to March 30th. And then will resume on April 2nd to May 15th. All fans are asked to come back in the second round and re-register to vote for their favorites.

For further information on the awards please go to: http://www.kingcountry.org   . For further information or for interviews with Cheryl please contact: Deborah
Wood Publicity.

CRB Releases Attendance Figures for CRS 38
New Agenda Committee Chair Named

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 5, 2007) - Attendance figures have been released for the 38th annual Country Radio Seminar ( CRS - 38) which ended Friday, March 2, 2007.

This years total attendance figure was 2865, including 2080 full registrants (including exhibitors, panelists and sponsors ) and 785 participant registrants. Participant registrants attend part of the event but do not register for the full seminar. Those related events include the Thursday afternoon Town Meeting and the Friday Radio Sales Day.

This represents a 7% increase over last year when the combined total was 2679.

Radio Consultant and CRB Board Member Rusty Walker commented about this years Country Radio Seminar "What impressed me this year was the large number of first time attendees and the solid representation by small and medium market stations. It seems that many of these stations view the Seminar as a great opportunity for continuing education and networking".

Country Radio Broadcasters incoming President Becky Brenner further noted "There was a real positive feeling about the event this year with many registrants feeling that their was a great balance between education and entertainment. We are very upbeat going into the early planning stages of CRS-39".

Joining Brenner as officers this year are Bill Mayne (903 Music) Vice President, Carole Bowen (WKIS) Secretary and Jeff Walker (AristoMedia/Marco Promotions) Treasurer.

Newly elected Board Members were Joel Burke (KYGO), Renee Fonner (KFKF), Mike Peterson (WUSN) and John Zarling (Big Machine Records).

Bob Richards (WFMS Indianapolis) was named Agenda Chair for the upcoming year and Keith Kaufman (WSIX Nashville) was named Agenda Vice-Chair.

CRS-39 will be March 5-7, 2008 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Further information on CRS-38 can be obtained by visiting www.crb.org .

Education and Music Key Highlights of CRS-38

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 5, 2007) - Combine two major research presentations, one keynote address featuring Jon Bon Jovi, over twenty educational panels, three performance driven luncheons, one Jam featuring superstar Toby Keith (with surprise guests Bobby Bare and Crystal Gayle, among others), five New Faces and many varied sponsored and late night events and you have CRS-38.

Over 2800 radio and music executives attended the Country industry's premier convention February 28 - March 2 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Opportunities for Country music growth were highlighted in the two research projects presented at CRS-38 by Edison Music Research. The Hispanic study identified opportunities for Country radio and labels in that rapidly growing demographic. An in-depth study of Country radio's core listeners (P1 Research) yielded a positive outlook for the Country radio format and confirmed the Internet as an increasingly popular source of new music discovery. The latter project was co-sponsored by the CRB (Country Radio Broadcasters) and CMA (Country Music Association).

The educational content of CRS-38 was lauded by many for its relevance and diversity. Popular panels included: No Holds Barred (sponsored by BMI), Ronnie Milsap Life of A Legend, Embracing New Technologies, Anatomy of a Record Label, Artist Interviews 101 (sponsored by Dakota Sky Records), Theories of Music Scheduling and Don't Get Tangled in the Web. The Bullseye Marketing sponsored Extreme Networking round table concept proved to also be very popular.

The keynote, sponsored by Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a conversation between Jon Bon Jovi and Gerry House was well received and covered a broad range of topics from songwriting to his decision to avoid political statements as an entertainer.

Talent was abundant with luncheon performances by Lee Brice and Steve Holy (sponsored by Curb), Chris Young and Terri Clark (sponsored by SonyBMG) and Luke Bryan and Trace Adkins (sponsored by Capitol Nashville).

The ASCAP sponsored KCRS Live showcased John Anderson, John Rich, Rivers Rutherford and Gretchen Wilson. It was Gretchen's first time to perform in the "writers in the round" setting.

The BMI and Country Aircheck co-sponsored WCRS Live featured Sarah Buxton, Pat Green, Jeffrey Steele and legend Mac Davis.

This acoustic setting allows the radio participants to see the music from the songwriter's point of view - a perspective they generally never get.

Superstar Toby Keith packed the performance hall at the ACM/United Stations sponsored Music City Jam. Guests for the show included Montgomery Gentry, Flynville Train, Carter's Chord, Lindsey Haun, a very humorous Bobby Bare and Crystal Gayle, who dueted with Toby on her classic 'Just You and I ' among other songs.

The New Faces show, sponsored by R&R and the CMA, was its usual mixture of fun, frivolity and great performances by Eric Church, Trent Tomlinson, Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Rodney Atkins. ABC Radio Networks' American Country Countdown host Kix Brooks emceed the program after Charlie Monk’s “Let us Pray” monologue.

In summing up the success of CRS-38, CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon stated "From all accounts, this was one of our most successful events. To actually grow attendance to this event by 7% and increase sponsorships, is a measurable indication of the growing support of both country radio and the music community for the Country Radio Seminar. We already have some great plans in development for CRS-39."

Summary of Awards presented during CRS-38:
Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award - Larry Wilson (presented by Jack Hannah)

Artists Humanitarian Award - Toby Keith

Radio Humanitarian Awards:
Small Market - KTTS Springfield, MO
Medium Market - WIVK Knoxville, TN
Large Market - WQYK Tampa, FL

CRB Career Achievement Award - Kenny Rogers

CRB, Inc. President's Award - Charlie Monk

Radio Hall of Fame Inductees - Larry Daniels, Bob Moody and Les Acree

DJ Hall of Fame Inductees - Joe Ladd and Big John Trimble

Country Radio Broadcasters’ Hispanic Study presented by Edison Media Research Well Received at Country Radio Seminar (CRS-38)

Report Includes Recommendations for Radio and Music Row
(Nashville, Tennessee – March 5, 2007) Hispanic radio listeners are favorable towards and open to listening to Country music, according to a new survey conducted by Edison Media Research on behalf of the Country Radio Broadcasters.

Full results of the Edison/CRB study “The Hispanic-American Relationship to Country Radio and Music,” were unveiled at the 38th annual Country Radio Seminar. The study of 600 Hispanics nationwide, age 12-49, and their relationship with Country music was commissioned by CRB to examine the growth potential of the format among America’s most rapidly expanding demographic group.

At the conclusion of his presentation on Hispanics and Country Music, Edison’s president Larry Rosin stated, “There is no reason to ignore this audience – Country music and country radio simply must attract the Hispanic community in order to be viable in the long term.” His conclusions also noted that Country music and Country radio have not yet tried to appeal to this audience.

The report included several recommendations for Country radio and Music Row.
For Country radio: The key word is Outreach – Build Bridges. Advertise within Hispanic communities, hire outside consultants who specialize in reaching these consumers. Attend Hispanic community events, obtain endorsements from Hispanic taste-makers, consider creating Spanish language simulcasts streamed from websites and adopt a long-range plan to create loyal listeners in the Hispanic community.

For Music Row: Consider re-recording songs in Spanish, create collaborations between country stars and Spanish stars, release Salsa or Bachata remixes of Country hits, and try to increase credibility and interest among hispanic listeners as part of a long-term strategy to be integral to Hispanic consumers.

Some key points of study include:
Twenty-four percent of Hispanics age 12-49 say that they enjoy listening to Country music , and another 42% say they “do not listen to Country music but they would be open to listening more.” Only one-third of Hispanics say they dislike Country music and would never listen—a number consistent with what is reported by non-hispanic whites.

In addition, only 38% of Hispanics are aware of a Country radio station in their area. Potential listening is hampered by this lack of awareness and outreach.

One of the most significant finding points to tremendous untapped potential for growth of Country radio's Hispanic listener base: Out of all surveyed participants 41% agree that “Country radio stations are not interested in appealing to Hispanic listeners.” The results indicate that Country radio would benefit greatly from increased outreach to Hispanics: 56% of those who say they like or are open to Country music say that seeing an ad on Spanish television would lead them to listen more.

Rosin concludes, “You reap what you sow. Country music only needs to make itself available to Hispanics, and then court them. Listening will almost assuredly go up.”

CRB’s President Becky Brenner of KMPS in Seattle adds, “ The Country Radio Broadcasters are very proud to have been the catalyst for this research. The results are certainly very exciting for both country radio in particular and the country music format in general.”
The full presentation can be viewed at www.crb.org  in the research section.

CONTACTS:
Jeff Walker – AristoMedia – jwalker@aristomedia.com
Larry Rosin – Edison Media Research – Irosin@edisonresearch.com
Alicia Bushe – Edison Media Research – abusche@edisonresearch.com
Ed Salamon – CRB, Inc. – ed_salamon@crb.org

Emerson Drive Gets Nod from the Academy of Country Music Nominated for “Top Vocal Group”
Nashville, TN – Fresh out of a very successful Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville, the guys of Emerson Drive have recently been recognized once again by the Academy of Country Music. At a press conference this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, TN Emerson Drive was nominated in the ACM category of Top Vocal Group.

“We are all back out on the road in Canada finishing up our tour here and we received a phone call this morning while we were all still sleeping on the bus. Our tour manager woke us up to tell about the nomination. What a great wake up call!! It feels wonderful to have this recognition from our peers,” says Brad Mates, lead vocalist of Emerson Drive. “We are so happy and we are so excited about this nomination. We have worked very hard the past few years and didn’t give up when our deal with DreamWorks went away. This is a great reward,” says David Pichette, fiddle player for Emerson Drive.

Emerson Drive took home the award for ACM Top New Vocal Group or Duo in 2002. Since then, the band has made it through a dissolved record label, hundreds of dates per year on the road and now find their home on Midas Records Nashville with their fastest moving single at radio to date, the current hit single, “Moments.”

The Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast on Tuesday, May 15th on CBS from the MGM in Las Vegas.

THE GRASCALS TOP BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED CHARTS, EARN FIRST GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINATION
NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 1, 2007)—The Grammy®-nominated Grascals, IBMA’s reigning Entertainers of the Year, top the Album and Song charts in the March issue of Bluegrass Unlimited. This is the third consecutive month that Long List of Heartaches has been in the #1 position on the Album chart, while the title track rose to the #1 spot from #4 last month.

The Grascals are also honored to receive their first GMA Dove Award nomination for “Did You Forget God Today” in the Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year category. Written by Aubrey Holt and included on Long List of Heartaches, the recording features the trademark vocals of the legendary Jordanaires.

“We’re extremely honored to have this song, which means so much to us, recognized by the Gospel Music Association with a nomination. We’re thrilled to share the honor with the incredible Jordanaires and one of our favorite songwriters, Aubrey Holt,” said Grascals vocalist Jamie Johnson.

The 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be presented on April 25 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

In other news, The Nashville Tennessean ran a feature on the Grascals in the Sunday Life section on February 18, detailing their experience performing with Dierks Bentley on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Titled “The Grascals deliver bluegrass to new audiences on ‘Late Late Show,’” the story can be viewed online at http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200770213084 .

Grascals bass player Terry Smith is featured in the March/April issue of Bluegrass Music Profiles, where “Long List of Heartaches” debuted at #1 in February on the new Top 20 Hot Picks chart, reflecting the 20 bluegrass songs receiving the most airplay nationwide.

The Grascals have been added to the list of performers for 2007 CMA Music Festival, to be held June 7-10 in Nashville. They have also been in the studio with their friend and mentor, Dolly Parton, contributing to her forthcoming album, and Grascals fiddler Jimmy Mattingly will perform with Parton’s band on her month-long tour of Scandinavia and Europe that begins on March 6.


Nashville Recording artist ANDREW DEAN and the Farm Machine have a new music video to promote their song
WISHIN I WAS FISHIN.

ONLINE PRESS KIT www.AndrewDean.us 

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
NASHVILLE GEARS UP FOR 38th Annual COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR=AE

Walk Up Registration Still Available/Limited Number of Tickets Still
Available for Three Events

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 26, 2007)  Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
=AE is  again preparing for the official start of the Country Radio
Seminar, this year scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2007. The
seminar will take place during the third official "Country Radio Week",
as declared by the Council of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville
and Davidson County.

This is known as "Market Week" for the Country industry as labels and
vendors roll out their new products to radio. Country radio promotes
Nashville tourism daily by broadcasting information about our city and
attractions. It is the primary medium for the exposure of Country music,
an endeavor that employs many Nashvillains as artists, writers and
producers.

Ed Salamon, Executive Director of CRB, said, "There's nothing else like
The Country Radio Seminar in any other radio format. This week over one
thousand radio folks from all over the USA will come to town and join
forces with their record industry counterparts to learn what's new in
Country radio, hear the music that they may soon be playing and return
home to talk about Nashville and Country music every day for the next
year."

CRS-38 provides continuing education for industry professionals which is
vital in this rapidly evolving industry. The panel discussions and
speakers, along with the session topics, are decided by the CRS Agenda
Committee. The committee is made up of representatives from all facets
of the Country radio and music communities.

In addition to the  programming and promotion panels, research
presentations, round tables, discussions, and other popular features.
The CRS-38 agenda will focus on critical and controversial industry
issues. This years highlights will include two research presentations by
Edison Research: a review of Hispanic attitudes towards Country radio
and Country music, and a large scale study of loyal country radio
listeners.

Overall CRS-38 will include over 30 presentations and panels where
individuals get the chance to go one on one with industry experts, as
well as luncheon and dinner concerts. It will provide attendees multiple
networking opportunities at various day and after-hours gatherings and
showcase some of Country music's best talent.

For the first time events will begin on Wednesday morning with a 10 a.m.
showcase presented by Montage Music. This will be followed by a panel at
11 a.m. featuring the newest inductees into the Country Music DJ and
Hall of Fame. Later that afternoon will be the introduction of a new
event, the ASCAP sponsored KCRS Live! songwriter showcase.

Both industry trade organizations are again involved with the Country
Radio Seminar this year with the CMA (Country Music Association)
sponsoring the performance hall and the ACM (Academy of Country Music)
co-sponsoring the Toby Keith & Friends Music City Jam with United
Stations.

Luncheon showcases have been set with Curb Records hosting Steve Holy
and Lee Brice on Wednesday, SONY/BMG  presenting Terri Clark and Chris
Young on Thursday, and Capitol Nashville artists Trace Adkins and Luke
Bryan performing on Friday.

Another anticipated highlight is the Keynote address featuring Jon Bon
Jovi hosted by WSIX FM radio personality Gerry House and sponsored by
Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40.

Walk Up Registration Still Available At The Rate of $655 Onsite

There are still a limited number of tickets available for the following
three events:

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the DJ Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony
will be in the Nashville Convention Center. The dinner starts at 6:15
p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7:15 p.m. There will be a Cocktail
Reception at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $85 per person at the
registration desk at the Nashville Convention Center beginning at 10:00
a.m., Tuesday, February 27th until they are sold out.

On Thursday, March 1, the Spring Town Meeting Package is still available
which includes admission for half day during the seminar. This includes
a panel discussion, performances by some of Nashville greatest
songwriters at WCRS Live! and great networking opportunities.
Registration for the package is $135 onsite. The Spring Town Meeting is
sponsored by BMI/CRB and WCRS Live! is co-sponsored by Country Aircheck.

On Friday, March 2, Radio Sales Day is the second time CRB has offered a
separate full day's registration for Friday only. Registration for this
special offer is $335 onsite. Registrants will be able to attend a full
day of CRS activities as well as Friday night's annual New Faces of
Country Music Show which features Eric Church, Trent Tomlinson, Jack
Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Rodney Atkins and is hosted by ABC Radio
Networks Kix Brooks,  host of America's Country Countdown.
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CRS-38 - February 28- March 2- Nashville Convention Center

Register on-site at the Nashville Convention Center starting Tuesday,
February 28 at 10 a.m.

Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio
Broadcasters, Inc.

CONTACT:
Jeff Walker - AristoMedia - 615.269.7071/ext. 123 -
jwalker@aristomedia.com
Ed Salamon  CRB, Inc. - 615.327.4487 -
Ed_Salamon@CRB.org

Top 10 Super Country Hits - March 4th, 2007 - 8th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
    * 1 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
    * 2 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
    * 3 - Blake Shelton-Don't Make Me
    * 4 - Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels
    * 5 - Jason Michael Carroll - Alyssa Lies
    * 6 - Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe
    * 7 - Tim McGraw - Last Dollar (Fly Away)
    * 8 - Rodney Atkins - Watching You
    * 8 - Ashley Monroe - I Don't Want To
    * 9 - Kenny Chesney - Beer In Mexico
    * 10 - Craig Morgan - Little Bit Of Life

Hot Rising Single
Kellie Pickler - I Wonder

Keep An Eye On Single
Craig Morgan - Tough

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this
podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

John Berry's Greatest Hits CD
www.JohnBerry.com
www.myspace.com/JohnBerryFans

 Track List
1. Kiss Me in the Car
2. You and Only You
3. Your Love Amazes Me
4. A Mind of Her Own
5. She's Taken a Shine
6. Change My Mind
7. Standing On the Edge Of Goodbye
8. I Will, If You Will
9. What's In It For Me
10. I Think About It All the Time
11. If I Had Any Pride Left At All
12. When a Man Loves a Woman

Clear Sky recording artist, John Berry has just re-released his Greatest
Hits cd. The collection includes all the John Berry classics you know
and love, plus an amazing version of Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a
Woman" as only John can deliver. Keeping with the re-release theme,
John's website has been completely re-designed with an all-new look.

In the past, the Grammy Association, Country Music Association (CMA),
and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) have all recognized Berry's
extraordinary voice with several awards and nominations. John had his
first #1 single in 1994 with -Your Love Amazes Me,-  and followed up
with several more Top 10 releases, such as -Kiss Me in the Car,- You and
Only You,- Change My Mind,- and -Standing on the Edge of Goodbye.-

The Greatest Hits cd, on Clear Sky Records, is available on
www.JohnBerry.com

Berry's upcoming studio album, Those Were the Days, is scheduled for May
2007 release.

For more information, to request a review copy, or to schedule an
interview, please contact Publicity House. Print and online media should
contact Laura Claffey at
publicityhouse@comcast.net or 615-825-0019.
Radio should contact Sharon Eaves at 615-297-7002. To book a show,
please contact Circle T Management at 229-395-9673.


LUCIE DIAMOND BOOKED BY CMA TO REPRESENT UK IN NASHVILLE
Award-winning British country artist Lucie Diamond has been invited by
the CMA to represent the UK at their annual Global Artist Party in
Nashville on 4th June - the only female among six International artists
on the bill.

Recognising her immense talent and incredible achievements since she
blasted onto the country scene in January 2005 with her debut hit single
featuring guitar legend Albert Lee, the CMA provide a full A-list band
to back Lucie and the other International artists.

Guaranteed to be a sell-out, the show at The Stage in downtown =
Nashville, kicks off CMA Festival week and attracts music industry VIPs
and early arrivals for the festival.

In its 4th year, the CMA Global Artist Party sees artists representing
Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and has sold-out every year so
far. The CMA say this is the strongest line-up ever.

Featuring the best in Country Music entertainment from around the world,
the event which serves as the unofficial kick off to CMA Music Festival,
will be held at The Stage on Broadway, June 4, at 6:30 PM. Admission is
free, but special preference is given to those with a CMA Music Festival
laminate and/or a special Global Artist Party laminate. In each of the
event's first three years, the club has been packed with fans, with a
line extending a city block outside the door waiting to enter.
"Many CMA Music Festival attendees arrive early just so they can attend
the Global Artist Party," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy
Genovese. "It has become a coveted performance opportunity for
international artists wanting to perform their music in America.

"We continue to book top talent from territories around the world for
the CMA Global Artist Party," said CMA Gobal Markets Committee chairman
Jeff Walker. "In addition to fulfilling a dream for the performers, the
event helps create and strengthen relationships that are creating
opportunities for the Country Music format around the world."

Described as "an electrifying show guaranteed to please the format's
most ardent fans" the strong line-up was announced this week by the CMA:

Gord Bamford (Canada) Bamford was nominated for three Canadian Country
Music Association Awards in 2005 and again in 2006.

Travis Collins (Australia) - Collins launched his career by winning the
2004 Toyota Star Maker Quest. Collins received the Frank Ifield
International Spur Award in 2005 for his potential global appeal and his
individual style and professionalism both on and off the stage.

Lucie Diamond (United Kingdom) - Diamond emerged on the European Country
Music scene in 2005 with her debut single, a remake of Trisha Yearwood's
hit "That's What I Like About You." The song spent ten consecutive weeks =
at No. 1 on the UK Independent Hotdisc chart. Her follow up singles
"Kilimanjaro," "Always On My Mind" (a duet with Norway's Arly Karlsen on
the Willie Nelson classic hit), "Did He Mention My Name" and "Don't Even
Think About It" continued her hit streak in the UK and several countries
worldwide, with 2 consecutive number ones in the European country chart.

Morgan Evans (Australia) - In January 2007, a solo Evans won the Telstra
Road to Tamworth Competition, earning a trip to Nashville to perform at
the CMA Global Artist Party and the opportunity to record his debut solo
single for Australian release later this year.

John McNicholl (Ireland) - After releasing his debut album Someone
Else's Star in 2001, McNicholl was named Best Newcomer by Country Music
UK and Best Presented Male by Country Music Ireland. He joined
Dublin-based acoustic boy band Kaos for two years, supporting Elton
John. After quitting the band, he played support for Daniel O'Donnell
and Cliff Richard while working on his second album, Something Old
Something New, released in 2004.  

Shane Yellowbird (Canada) - Yellowbird's parents were active in the
rodeo circuit, and they taught their son how to ride and rope from an
early age, but winning several talent contests led Yellowbird to pursue
a singing career. He won three Aboriginal People's Choice Awards: Single
of the Year; Best Music Video (both for "Beautiful Concept"); and Best
New Artist. Yellowbird is currently on tour across Canada with Emerson
Drive.

"These six talented performers may give us the best CMA Global Artist
Party yet," said Bobbi Boyce, CMA International Director. "We are
excited to put the spotlight on them as we lead into 2007 CMA Music
Festival."

Lucie Diamond, who won the ECMA European Artist of the Year and Female
Vocalist of the Year awards last summer (beating stars inc. Faith Hill,
Dolly Parton and Gretchen Wilson), said this week she was "absolutely
thrilled" to be asked to perform and is "ticking off the days" to the
4th June.

"I fly to Nashville on 26th May to record for my album, do some media
stuff and some shows. I love being in that town, and I am so happy to be
asked to do this Global Artist Party and I thank Jeff Walker, Tammy
Genovese and the panel who chose me, from all of the International
artists they could have asked. It is a huge honour and I will give 110%
for that show. I cannot wait," said Lucie.

It's a busy year for Lucie. She has her long-overdue debut album
released this year. She tours the UK, Middle East, South Africa and
Europe. In USA she revisits the world famous Bluebird cafe for her 3rd
show there - on 1st June as guest of legendary songwriter Kent Blazy (If
Tomorrow Never Comes etc with Garth Brooks.) Plus other high profile
gigs, including a headlining full band show at Ellis Park racetrack in
Henderson, Kentucky on 10th June for a major breast cancer care benefit
concert.

She wowed Nashville twice last year, in May and October and has a very
solid profile there now. Last October Lucie packed the 12th & Porter
club with industry VIPs when she was backed by Jason Aldean's full band
at a sparkling showcase. It was here she was spotted by Jeff Walker's
CMA committee and earmarked for the CMA Global Artists Party. Video
clips courtesy of cybercountry.com  can be seen of that 12th & Porter
showcase on her websites:
www.luciediamond.com
www.myspace.com/luciediamond

America's New Breed Of "Singing Cowboy" Todd Fritsch Set To Release
SAWDUST April 17

Nashville, TN (February 22, 2007) - SAWDUST, the much-anticipated second
CD from real-life, cattle-ranching cowboy Todd Fritsch, is set for an
April 17 release. Distributed nationally by Select-O-Hits, the 17-song
Diamond Music Group/Spinville Records' collection gives the listener an
up-close look at America's new breed of "singing cowboy." Traversing the
well-traveled trails of love, loss and redemption, SAWDUST is
nonetheless rich with depth, diversity, and style. The disc includes
seven Fritsch co-writes, and shows throughout that he has grown not only
as a songwriter but as an artist as well.

There is more power in his rich tenor; the songs are a little "riskier"
than on his debut, while staying "true-to-form" and immediately
identifiable. "We call it 'All Fritsched Up', says Todd's friend (and
well-known songwriter) Joe Bob Barnhill. "It's amazing how much of his
personality shows through in his music. Todd throws himself into it just
like he does everything in life - 110% - and the effort shows.  Todd
just laughs, and tells me 'that's the cowboy way.'"

Every cowboy knows the two-step, and Fritsch dances out of his
traditional country box with the disc's first single, Andre Boudreau's
"What's Wrong With Me."  An infectious groove-oriented track, it's
already jumping up the country charts, buoyed by its offbeat lyric,
steel guitar riffs and the undeniable energy of Fritsch's performance.
On "The Rock" (Scherz/Batson/Shepherd),Todd shows the vocal maturity
that was glimpsed on his previous releases; there is mastery in every
note, magic in every breath and poetry in every line.  It is a perfect
match of singer and song.

Fritsch follows the powerful drama of "The Rock" with the traditional
country and lighthearted "No Part Of," written by Billy Yates and Will
Nance.  A distinctly Cajun feel prevails, and Todd makes the most of
this comical look at love. Another standout track is "If You Don't Like
Country (Time To Leave), a song written by Fritsch and producer Doug
Deforest, that kicks a** live - and translates well on vinyl, too.  "I
threw the line out one night on stage," says Todd.  "I wanted everyone
to know that if they didn't like their music country, that they might as
well leave right then.  I think most of 'em stayed," he adds with a
grin.

From the old swing style of "All That's Left Is You" to the contemporary
country sound of "So This Is Love," Fritsch's pen has yielded some
top-drawer songs.  The heartfelt "Life's A Circle" began with the death
of a family member and was finished with the help of the talented Doug
Deforest, while the poignant "A Walk To Remember" was written with
Deforest, Rick Stancil and the late Randy Sarver. The
previously-released duet with Texas icon Gary P. Nunn, "Every Honky
Tonkin' Hero (Has His Day)" is included as promised, as is a re-cut of
the popular "First Date For The Last Time" (Fritsch/Sarver/Deforest). 

Fritsch knows his way around a song - and a campfire, and he closes
SAWDUST with the cowboy classic, "Little Joe The Wrangler."  It's the
perfect ending for a near-perfect album. And that's just how it should
be:  cowboy through and through - just like Todd Fritsch.

For all TF news and information, including hi-res downloadable photos,
log on to
www.toddfritsch.com  or visit Todd's MySpace page at
www.myspace.com/toddfritsch

For press kit/CD or interview, contact:=20
Martha E. Moore
so much MOORE media
martha@somuchmoore.com  =20
 
www.somuchmoore.com

From Australia
Two for the road - Sara and Felicity on tour together
One of the most delightful vocal pairings of recent years is currently
touring NSW, offering patrons an unforgettable "twice the concert"
experience. Golden Guitar winners Sara Storer and Felicity Urquhart,
have combined their considerable talents to present a double-headliner
show at selected venues in NSW and if this week's performance on
Mornings With Kerri-Anne was any yardstick to go by - the full show will
be nothing short of sensational. On the nationally enjoyed variety TV
show, Sara and Felicity performed Katherine River, which was simply
stunning. The shows they've already completed at The Richmond Club and
Revesby Workers Club have been hugely successful - with plenty of "pin
drop" moments. Both artists are extremely busy, with a heavy workload
including television and recording commitments, but have set aside
several dates in March to take this "twice the enjoyment" tour on the
road. You can catch - Sara and Felicity - together in concert at the
following venues and special events:

"Who's New" Feature Captures LANTANA  March 12 Issue In Stores Now
Nashville, TN (February 26, 2007) - Country Weekly has captured the
vibrant and captivating LANTANA in the Who's New feature in the March 12
issue now available in stores. The one-page introduction to native
Texans Biz Haddock and Karol Ann DeLong, and Canadian-turned Longhorn
Dalene Richelle is a great first look at a trio of talented women who
lightheartedly compare themselves to storybook characters, but who dream
BIG.   
Their music is an eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, rock and blues; =
their personalities are just as diverse - but as harmonious as the music =
they make.  It all comes together on UNBRIDLED, the group's BGM Records' =
debut CD.

Learn even more about  LANTANA online - all the news, hi-res jpegs, =
audio clips- 
www.lantanamusic.com and  http://www.myspace/lantanacountrymusic  .

For press kit/CD or interview, contact:
Martha E.Moore
so much MOORE media
martha@somuchmoore.com 
www.somuchmoore.com

Top 10 Super Country Hits - February 25th, 2007 - 7th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 2 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 3 - Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels
* 4 - Jason Michael Carroll - Alyssa Lies
* 5 - Brooks & Dunn-Hillbilly Deluxe
* 6 - Martina McBride - Anyway
* 7 - Rodney Atkins - Watching You
* 8 - Ashley Monroe - I Don't Want To
* 9 - George Strait - It Just Comes Natural
* 10 - Carrie Underwood/Before He Cheats

Hot Rising Single
Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar

Keep An Eye On Single
Maggie Austin - Georgia Clay

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Week of February 26, 2007 Officially Declared Nashville's "Country Radio Week"
ASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 15th, 2007) - For the third consecutive year, Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® has received a resolution declaring the week of February 26, 2007 as "Country Radio Week" in Nashville. The resolution was filed by Nashville Councilman Charlie Tygard and was approved by the Council of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

This honor was established to help recognize the Country Radio Seminar ® (CRS) and its reputation as a unique radio educational forum. CRS has been a staple in the Country music industry for 38 years and is a vital informative factor for the Country radio format.

The resolution states, "Country radio promotes Nashville tourism daily by broadcasting information about our city and its attractions. Country radio is also the primary medium for the exposure of Country music, an endeavor that employs many Nashvillians as artists, writers and producers. Country Radio Seminar will bring together Country radio professionals from all across America together with attendees from the Country music industry."

CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon notes, "It is significant that Nashville continues to recognize, through this proclamation, the importance of Country radio to the general economy of the city, through its impact on the music business."

CRS-38 provides continuing education for industry professionals, artists, programmers, promotions and sales executives and media. In addition to programming and promotion panels, research presentations, artist showcases and discussion forums, the CRS-38 agenda will focus on industry issues which impact Country radio sales and programming departments and all facets of the Nashville record industry.

CRS-38 will be held February 28 through March 2, 2007 at the Nashville Convention Center. Complete seminar information may be obtained by contacting CRB, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting www.crb.org. Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.


Laura Bryna Wows Station with Make A Wish Composition New Single, “I Don’t Have A Thing To Wear” Impacting Radio Now

Nashville, TN – New Equity Music Group recording artist Laura Bryna made quite an impression on staffers at KKWF/The Wolf in Seattle during a recent station visit where she debuted her new single, “I Don’t Have A Thing To Wear.” During a discussion about the station’s upcoming radiothon supporting the Make-A-Wish® Foundation on February 23, Laura mentioned her longtime involvement with the charity, which began when her brother was seriously ill and in a coma at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. years ago. She and her mother would visit her brother at the hospital every day, and during those visits Laura noticed many big celebrities coming to visit sick children and inquired about the organization. She and her mother both became devoted to the foundation from that point on, and Laura later co-wrote a song called “Make A Wish” about the cause. The Program Director and Music Director at KKWF were so impressed with Laura’s heartfelt passion for the foundation and the song she wrote, they invited her to tell her story and perform the song on tape to air during their upcoming radiothon.

“. . . her passion for Make-A-Wish® and her song “Make A Wish” are perfect for our radiothon,” said KKWF Music Director, Valerie Hart.

Laura’s new single, the sultry “I Don’t Have A Thing To Wear,” is currently causing quite a stir at radio. The song scored a very high 71% on Blair Garner’s After Midnite, and had the largest spin increase last week, according to Country Aircheck. The song was penned by Monty Holmes and Monty Criswell, and she’ll film her very first video for the tune later this month. Currently visiting radio stations all across the country, Laura has been busy gearing up for the release of her new album on Equity later this year.

Contact-
Misty N. Hurt
SPLASH! Public Relations
misty@splashpublicity.com

For artist downloads, please visit - www.splashpublicity.com
Alberta Born Leah Durelle is ‘Not Sorry’ to be Climbing Nashville Charts


With three previous albums under her belt, Canadian teen, Leah Durelle released ‘9 Days in Nashville’ in late 2006.
The first single from the CD, "I’m Not Sorry" recently leapt into the top 30% of the Music Row Chart, jumping to #64 this week, placing Leah’s song ahead of several country artists such as Vince Gill, Kelly Pickler, Jimmy Wayne, Daryl Singletary and Taylor Swift. The song charted aggressively on New Music Weekly's Up & Coming Chart with 1,049 spins in the first week.

"Very nicely produced pop-country. She sings with verve, and the melody is just yummy."
Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Critic

The album was given the honor of "CD Spotlight" on award-winning internet radio station, IradioLA and according to station manager, Mark Maverick, it is a "tremendous effort in traditional and pop country. It’s a hit all around."

"What a brilliant voice … The whole album is just superb!" - Peggy MacNeil, Isles Radio

Leah is set to perform at the 2007 North American Country Music Association (NACMAI), Int’l Annual Awards in Pigeon Forge, TN on March 10th. Being a previous award winner, she is returning this year as a featured entertainer. In 2003, she was named Best Female Vocalist, Best Female Entertainer and given the award for Best CD … all at the tender age of 11.

Leah was a past Northlands Park Country Vocal Spotlight winner and is a Global Country Heritage Foundation alumni along side artists such as Samantha King, Brett Kissel, Tiffany Dowhan, Michael Carey and Aaron Goodwin.

This Canadian Teen is making a mark in Nashville and the USA and I’m sure she is definitely ‘Not Sorry’ if climbing the Nashville charts is an indication.

Canada should be proud of the accomplishments Leah has achieved and the charting position that’s she’s been able to attain as a Canadian and an Independent artist. To make it as an artist in the American market is quite a feat and Leah is doing it.

Leah is one of Canada’s best kept secrets…….
For more information please Contact:
Management - JR Music
780.995.2807
jerich@shaw.ca

Claire Ratliff, Laughing Penquin Publicity
Nashville, TN
615.476.3200
laughingpenguin@comcast.net 

Website: www.leahdurelle.com  and www.myspace.com/leahdurellemusic 
EPKs: www.sonicbids.com/leahdurelle 

MTM Artist Showcase
This years Artist showcase for music industry will be held on Thursday June 7th at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe'.This showcase features only artists that are affiliated with or have appeared on a past M-T-M radio Sampler CD's... Invitations Will be sent to Record labels, management companies, producers, Publishers and other music row industry folk... It will be Emceed once again by GAC hot pick artist Pete Schlegel and co-hosted by TBA (ie: country legend or current industry pro).. ,

We are just starting the Artist selection phase for the showcase, As you know, in the past years the industry turn out was really great..(Folks from Curb, Creative Artist Agency and numerous management and labels, and publishing affiliates were on hand) The feedback I got was it was the best multi-artist showcase that several industry people had ever been to.. This year I am hoping for the same thing..

The artist selection for the showcase will be made from a list of qualified artists.. The selection for performers will be based on recommendations from a couple friends of mine from the industry.. I will sit down with them and I will present them with bios, websites and of course I will play them a couple tracks..( basically we will be looking for artists that will be of major industry interest ) This selection will be held within the next month.. 8-10 artists will be selected to be in the showcase.. Upon selection for the showcase I will notify you either way.. If you are selected the cost for the showcase is $150.00 US... This is to help cover advertising costs (Booklets, artist compilation sample CD, color postcard invitations, color posters, emails, etc) and rental of the night club etc.. The fee is to be paid upon selection to be in the showcase, or your slot will be given to another artist.

*The showcase will consist of each artist performing 2 songs.
**Absolutely no tracks or karaoke songs, this is a live showcase...

***a few past performances have included Townsend & O'Donnell(just signed a major deal with loften creek records), Pete Schlegel(signed with Bobby Roberts) Clear Blue 22 (Signed with Bobby Roberts and currently produced by Ted Hewitt(rodney atkins producer) Willie Mack (staff writer Ole Music and top performing artist) to name a few...

Anyway, if you are interested in possibly being in the showcase I need to know ASAP so I can get your stuff ready for review..

Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville TN 37203
E-mail: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
Website: www.marktrailmusic.com
My Space Web: www.myspace.com/marktrailmusic 

CRB, Inc. Announces Artist Participants for Country Radio
Seminar-38 Artist Radio Taping Sessions

Nashville, Tenn. (February 19, 2007) - Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. is dedicated to providing radio industry professionals with an educational seminar that looks at the current issues facing country radio through it's annual Country Radio Seminar. CRS-38, set for Wednesday, February 28 through Friday March 2 at the Nashville Convention Center, will be no different, with numerous sessions, panel discussions, research presentations, and classes scheduled. In addition the seminar will also offer ample networking opportunities, like Artist Radio Taping Sessions as well as an array of talent and entertainment for its attendees, with both intimate settings and large music productions.


"The Country Radio Seminar offers numerous opportunities for the Country radio industry," R.J. Curtis, President of CRB, Inc. said "Although its main goal is to educate professionals and executives every year on the changing climates of Country radio, the seminar is also designed to include great networking opportunities and entertainment."

The Artist Radio Taping Sessions (ARTS) sponsored by SESAC, is one of the many event highlights for all radio registrants each year at the seminar. The two sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. in the Renaissance Ballroom of the Nashville Convention Center. Top country artists will be available to record program liners and station id's during the two time slots, helping to close the gap between Country radio and its hit-making artists.

In recent years, there have been a surge of bright young stars emerge onto the Country music scene. Several of these will attend this year's taping sessions including Keith Anderson, Jason Michael Carroll, Blaine Larson, Jimmy Wayne, Taylor Swift, Dusty Drake, Danielle Peck, Jack Ingram, Cole Deggs & The Lonesome, Ashley Monroe, Bomshel, Miranda Lambert, Jeff Carson, Blue County, Carolina Rain, Sarah Buxton, The Wreckers, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Bryant, Kellie Pickler, Rodney Atkins, The Lost Trailers, Little Big Town, Eric Church, John Berry, Chris Young, Todd Fritsch, Trent Tomlinson and Bucky Covington.

In addition there will be many artists appearing who are familiar faces at the sessions as they have participated over multiple years. These artists include Darryl Worley, Neal McCoy, Lonestar, Craig Morgan, Jamie O'Neal, Van Zant, Bryan White, Sonny Burgess, Steve Holy, Sugarland, Jo Dee Messina, Hank Williams Jr., Clay Walker, LeAnn Rimes, Mark Wills, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Marty Raybon, Josh Gracin, Josh Turner, Billy Currington, Andy Griggs, Little Texas, Aaron Tippin, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence, Blake Shelton, John Anderson, Big & Rich, Carrie Underwood, Pat Green, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Rick Trevino, Clint Black, Jeff Cook, Emerson Drive and Joe Nichols.

The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music industry for the purpose of ensuring the continued vitality of the Country Radio format. They do this by idea sharing and education through an annual convention called the Country Radio Seminar. Complete seminar registration and hotel information may be obtained by contacting CRB, Inc. at 615-327-4487 or by visiting www.crb.org. On site registration is now available. Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

Jokers Wild Band
The Jokers Wild Band has released their debut original single "And the Rain." “And the Rain” can be found on CDX #416 track 11, CDTEX, Mark Trail’s comp disc, and March’s Hot Disk (Europe).

"And The Rain," a hard driving country power ballad, was written by keyboardist Buck Aaron Thomas and lead guitarist Gary Zaiontz. “If you have ever had a major fight with the one you love, then had to stay awake late into the morning hoping that they would come home, all of which during a monstrous thunder storm, then this is your song!” says Buck.

Jokers Wild's release of the single "And the Rain" is the result of one complete year of recording, fine tuning, mixing and mastering. "We like to refer to this recording as the place where high quality Texas Music meets Nashville Recording Standards”, says Gary Zaiontz. “Some have said that the song is actually a rock power ballad cleverly disguised as a country tune. However it comes across to the listener, few can argue with the hard-hitting emotional power of its lyrics. If you have ever waited up late at night during a rainstorm for the one you love to call or come through the door, this is your song! We took great care to construct it with amazing sounding instrumentation and screaming seamless vocal harmonies. It just had to be as perfect as we could get it!"

The Jokers Wild Band, a 6-piece country / rock band, was formed in the first quarter of 2002, and has since entertained thousands of audience members throughout the larger Texas dance hall circuit. In 2006, Jokers Wild performed at the Toyota National Sales Convention held at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum, in San Antonio, Texas. Jokers Wild was honored to be asked to perform among a distinguished prior head of state, as well as such legendary nationally recognized talent and comedic celebrities.

"Gaining a strong presence in the international radio market, and attracting a well funded indie or major label are both very daunting tasks, even for a well established regional performance band like Jokers Wild”, says Buck Thomas. “With over two full length albums of our own great original material ready to follow this release, and the continued love and support of our families and loyal fans, I figured we stood as good, if not a better chance of making the cut as anyone else!"

For a copy of “And the Rain” as an MP3, photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net or 615-825-0019. “And the Rain” is also available on the Wildfire download page. Radio is encouraged to also contact Airplay Specialists.

www.Jokers-Wild-Band.com

Wildfire Publicity
WildfirePublicity@comcast.net
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
http://www.wildfirepublicity.net

CRS Interviews
Bryan White, John Berry, Maggie Austin, Big Rain, Skyla Spencer, & Leon Seiter will all be available for interviews at CRS in Nashville. Contact Laura Claffey at WildfirePublicity@comcast.net  to schedule a time slot!

Bryan White
• released Out of the Storm & Christmas cds late 2006
• single on All Gone Fishin’ compilation cd
• started production company
www.BryanWhite.com

John Berry
• booking Love Songs Tour
www.JohnBerry.com

Maggie Austin
• current single “Georgia Clay Road” on New Music Weekly & Music Row charts
www.MaggieAustin.com

Skyla Spencer
• Armed Forces Entertainment Tour in December
• current single “One More Chance”
www.SkylaSpencer.com

Big Rain
• completely redesigned website
• awarded 2006 Best Vocal Group of the Year by IndieWorld; nominated for 2006 Crossover Artist of the Year by New Music Weekly
• upcoming single “Can’t Take That”
www.BigRain.net

Leon Seiter
• released “I've Seen the Devil Have His Way” in January
www.LeonSeiter.com

contact -
Wildfire Publicity
WildfirePublicity@comcast.net
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
http://www.wildfirepublicity.net

InTune Entertainment Launches
Diverse Trio Creates New Artist Management Company


Nashville, Tenn.—Three music industry veterans—Lee Pharris, Lee Willard and Jeff Catton—have joined forces to launch InTune Entertainment, a full-service artist management company. The trio has a diverse background with a wide range of experience including work in booking, tour management, radio, publishing, sponsorships, festivals and record labels.

“I’ve known Lee Willard for years and he’s known Jeff for years,” says Pharris of the decision to form InTune Entertainment. “All three of us think outside the box and we like that maverick spirit. Individually some opportunities were beginning to come our way and we were bouncing ideas around, trying to help one another. We realized there’s a lot of truth in that old ‘strength in numbers’ saying. So we joined forces and are excited about the future of InTune Entertainment.”

Willard says, “Working in radio and with Bill Anderson, I learned the importance of talent and quality. Not only do I believe in the talents of my partners, but also the projects we’ll be bringing to the country format are world-class. We don’t have to say much more because the music will speak for itself.”

“We’re a fiscally sound and operationally strong company,” says Catton. “We’re in this for the long-haul. All of us understand the intense work and long-term commitment it takes to launch an artist. The artists we’re working with understand that as well and they are incredibly driven and motivated.”

Offices for the new company are located at 19 Music Square West, Suite E, Nashville TN 37203. The company’s phone number is 615-301-1822. E-mails are leepharris@intuneentertainment.com  and leewillard@intuneentertainment.com . Artist signings will be announced shortly.

Lee Willard is a radio veteran with five years on air experience for The Cromwell Group. He moved to Nashville to become Bill Anderson’s tour manager and later become a part of Anderson’s highly successful publishing company. In 2005 he began managing Anderson’s song catalog and pitching songs. Over the years he’s worked with some of the top artists in the music business including Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn, Brad Paisley and Mark Wills.

Lee Pharris is a 24-year music industry pro with a strong background in booking and tour management. As a booking agent he booked Barbara Mandrell, Earl Thomas Conley, Dan Seals and more. He’s been a tour manager for Terri Clark, Shenandoah, Exile, Clay Davidson and Anthony Smith. He previously served as artist manager for Grammy-nominated producer and recording artist Charlie Kelley (formerly of The Buffalo Club).

Jeff Catton is a highly successful entrepreneur who runs real estate and healthcare management firms. He serves as President/CEO of Southern Healthcare Resources, Inc. and is a partner in Lakepointe Commercial Development Company. He’s a former music club owner (Uptown Music Café, Georgia) and festival promoter (Mission Music Festival, Jasper Jam). He’s currently President of American Roots Records, an independent record label based out of Georgia.

LONESTAR ‘SPIN & WIN’ FOR CHARITY!!!
Country Group wins over $140,000 for charity
Nashville, TN – Pat Sajak and Vanna White welcomed many of country music’s hottest and brightest stars to ‘spin’ the Wheel of Fortune last week. Everyone from Wynonna to Montgomery Gentry to Lonestar appeared to raise money for their charity of choice.

Lonestar’s Richie McDonald was the big winner on Wednesday night when he spun and won $61,000 for St. Judes Children’s Hospital. Thursday night Lonestar’s Michael Britt went to the bonus round and raised $59,350 for Adopt A Platoon (adoptaplatoon.org). Lonestar’s Dean Sams and Keech Rainwater both took their shot at the wheel, and although they did not get to the bonus round…they did bring home $10,000 each for their charity of choice.

Wheel of Fortune worked in conjunction with the Country Music Association (CMA) to feature top name country artists for the exciting week of shows. Additionally, the CMA provided exciting prizes for the week of shows including a trip to the 41st Annual CMA Awards in Nashville and a trip to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Wheel of Fortune, which has ranked as television’s #1 syndicated series for 89 consecutive sweeps ratings periods, marked the beginning of its 24th season on September 11, 2006. With over 46 million viewers a week, syndication’s longest-running, most successful series continues to attract a larger audience than most primetime TV shows.

Brandon Fox joins the team of Webster & Associates Public Relations!!!
Brandon Fox most recently served as the day-to-day contact for Trick Pony while employed at Graham Artist Management. During her stint at Graham Artist Management, Brandon was responsible for scheduling, press activities, and radio relations. Brandon will work in a publicist capacity handling a variety of Webster clients.

Contact information is:
Brandon Fox – brandon@websterpr.com 
Webster & Associates Public Relations
PO Box 23015
Nashville, TN 37202

TANYA TUCKER signs with Webster & Associates Public Relations!!!
Kirt Webster, President of Webster & Associates Public Relations is pleased to announce that multi-platinum, award-winning songstress Tanya Tucker has signed with the agency for media representation.

Leon Seiter
Leon Seiter has released Christian country single, "I've Seen the Devil Have His Way," off of his In the Shadows of a Honky Tonk cd. Leon, who wrote the song, says "I heard Kris Kristofferson sing a song about drinking the Devil's beer for nothing, and I thought I'd write a song about the Devil!"

Leon has been singing in honky-tonks since the early 60’s. This traditional country artist began receiving national attention in country music circles when his record, Sentenced to Live, received national airplay in the United States, Canada, Germany, and France. Leon has since had five nationally charting singles, including “You Can Always Count on Me”, “Love Is Just a Game”, and “Under You Spell Again” from his current album, In the Shadows of a Honky Tonk.

Leon Seiter has had the pleasure of opening major concert tours across the nation with several top entertainers in the world of country music, such as George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., Porter Wagoner, Tanya Tucker, Tom T. Hall, Tammy Wynette, Mel Tillis, Loretta Lynn, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Tex Ritter. Citing Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins, and Johnny Cash as his inspirations, Leon’s songs of pain, sorrow, love, and country life are a refreshing addition to the country pop artists on today’s country radio.

Leon’s wit and charm has landed him on countless television and radio talk shows, including The Ralph Emery Show. It also aided in his induction in to the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame in June of 2000 and the America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

For a copy of “I've Seen the Devil Have His Way” as an MP3, photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net  or 615-825-0019. “I've Seen the Devil Have His Way” is also available on the download page and on the latest HMG compilation.

www.LeonSeiter.com 

Wildfire Publicity
WildfirePublicity@comcast.net
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
http://www.wildfirepublicity.net
 
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - February 18th, 2007 - 6th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 2 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 3 - Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels
* 4 - Rodney Atkins - Watching You
* 5 - Jason Michael Carroll - Alyssa Lies
* 6 - Blake Shelton - Don't Make Me
* 7 - Brooks & Dunn-Hillbilly Deluxe
* 8 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 9 - George Strait - It Just Comes Natural
* 10 - Martina McBride - Anyway

Hot Rising Single
Toby Keith - High Maintenance Woman

Keep An Eye On Single
Jason Aldean - Johnny Cash

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR CRS-38 SPECIAL EVENTS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 7, 2007) - CRB, Inc. ® has a limited number of tickets available for three special events associated with Country Radio Seminar (CRS )this year.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the DJ & Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be in the Nashville Convention Center. There will be a Cocktail Reception at 5:15 p.m. The dinner and induction ceremony start at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available at $85 per person at the On-site registration desk at the Nashville Convention Center beginning at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 27th until they are sold out.

The recipients and inductees for the following awards President's Award, Country Music DJ & Radio Hall of Fame, have already been announced. Charlie Monk will receive the President's Award. Joe Ladd and Big John Trimble will be inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame. Larry Daniels, Bob Moody and Les Acree will be inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. Clint Black will highlight the night with performances in tribute to country music legend and CRB Career Achievement Award recipient Kenny Rogers.

On Thursday, March 1st, CRB, Inc. ® will once again offer attendees the option of purchasing the Spring Town Meeting package. Registration for the package is only $ 110 onsite, and includes admission into CRS-38 afternoon sessions on Thursday, March 1st.

The Agenda for The Spring Town Meeting, sponsored by BMI, includes:

Hispanic Study Research Presentation (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM) - Edison Media Research presents the results of the first-ever study of Hispanic Americans and their relationship with Country Radio and Country Music. The study analyzes Census statistics and Arbitron data, combined with an nationally sampled survey of Hispanic Americans and one-on-one in-depth interviews with Hispanics aged 12-49.
No Holds Barred (Rap Session) (3:15 PM - 4:10 PM) - Sit back and relax for an open, honest discussion with the leaders in YOUR business. Bob Kingsley of Bob Kingsley's Top 40 asks the questions as Scott Lindy/Sirius Satellite, Mike Dungan/Capitol Nashville, Luke Lewis/UMG, Charlie Cook/Cumulus Media and Clay Walker/Curb/Asylum sit at the bar and share their thoughts and concerns on Country's past, present and future.

WCRS LIVE! (4:15 PM - 5:45 PM) - Co-sponsored by BMI and Country Aircheck, this showcase will feature acoustic performances by top singer/song-writers Sarah Buxton, Pat Green, Mac Davis and the show's host, Jeffrey Steele.

BMI Exhibit Area Networking Hour (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM) - Thursday Happy Hour is directly after WCRS Live! in the Exhibit Area.

CRB, Inc. ® has designated Friday, March 2, Radio Sales Day at CRS-38. Registration for this special offer is only $ 335 onsite. Registrants will be able to attend a full day of CRS activities as well as Friday night's annual New Faces of Country Music Show. Friday's schedule will focus on radio sales topics. The four panels include: Prospecting:How to Hit the Motherload, WWW.CLICKYOURMONEYMAKER.COM , Your Baby is Ugly:Why I Don't Buy Radio, but You Will on Monday, and I'll Buy That, Good Commercials sell with Thomas Hripko. This offer is available to radio sales staff and their accompanying clients.

Onsite registration for CRS-38 $ 655. Onsite registration will be open the following days and times:
Tuesday, February 27: 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28: 8 a.m. 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 1: 7:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
Friday, March 2: 8 a.m. 7 p.m.

CRS-38 - February 28-March 2, 2007 - Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St.
Complete seminar registration and hotel information may be obtained by contacting CRB, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting www.crb.org .

Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
Jeff Walker - AristoMedia - jwalker@aristomedia.com
Ed Salamon - CRB, Inc. - Ed_Salamon@crb.org 
MTM Artist Showcase

This years Artist showcase for music industry will be held on Thursday June 7th at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe'.This showcase features only artists that are affiliated with or have appeared on a past M-T-M radio Sampler CD's... Invitations Will be sent to Record labels, management companies, producers, Publishers and other music row industry folk... It will be Emceed once again by GAC hot pick artist Pete Schlegel and co-hosted by TBA (ie: country legend or current industry pro).. ,

We are just starting the Artist selection phase for the showcase, As you know, in the past years the industry turn out was really great..(Folks from Curb, Creative Artist Agency and numerous management and labels, and publishing affiliates were on hand) The feedback I got was it was the best multi-artist showcase that several industry people had ever been to.. This year I am hoping for the same thing..

The artist selection for the showcase will be made from a list of qualified artists.. The selection for performers will be based on recommendations from a couple friends of mine from the industry.. I will sit down with them and I will present them with bios, websites and of course I will play them a couple tracks..( basically we will be looking for artists that will be of major industry interest ) This selection will be held within the next month.. 8-10 artists will be selected to be in the showcase.. Upon selection for the showcase I will notify you either way.. If you are selected the cost for the showcase is $150.00 US... This is to help cover advertising costs (Booklets, artist compilation sample CD, color postcard invitations, color posters, emails, etc) and rental of the night club etc.. The fee is to be paid upon selection to be in the showcase, or your slot will be given to another artist.

*The showcase will consist of each artist performing 2 songs.
**Absolutely no tracks or karaoke songs, this is a live showcase...

***a few past performances have included Townsend & O'Donnell(just signed a major deal with loften creek records), Pete Schlegel(signed with Bobby Roberts) Clear Blue 22 (Signed with Bobby Roberts and currently produced by Ted Hewitt(rodney atkins producer) Willie Mack (staff writer Ole Music and top performing artist) to name a few...

Anyway, if you are interested in possibly being in the showcase I need to know ASAP so I can get your stuff ready for review..

Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville TN 37203
E-mail: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
Website: www.marktrailmusic.com
My Space Web: www.myspace.com/marktrailmusic 

Emerson Drive Nominated for Juno Award!
Nashville, TN – Midas Records Nashville recording artists Emerson Drive have been nominated for a Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Juno Award in the category of “Country Recording of the Year.”

“We are ecstatic! This is the second time we’ve been nominated for a Juno and it still feels like a first. We love playing music and we are so honored to be recognized by our peers,” says Brad Mates, lead vocalist for the group. “COUNTRIFIED is a very special recording for us because we feel it best reflects who we really are as a band. We are so appreciative to Teddy Gentry from the group Alabama, Josh Leo, Keith Follese and Brad Allen who produced this record and helped us make it so successful.”

Emerson Drive is currently touring their native Canada on a cost to coast tour, aptly called COUNTRIFIED COAST TO COAST. The tour takes them to 25 different markets in Canada. At the band’s show in Halifax, NS fans could no longer purchase tickets because the show sold out so quickly. Emerson Drive, ever loyal to their fans, decided they would show up a day early and do a special autograph session for those folks who couldn’t get tickets to their show on Friday. The band signed autographs for over 2 hours for more than 200 people, who came out despite the frigid weather conditions.

COUNTRIFIED COAST TO COAST will continue to heat up the frigid tundra until mid March when the band heads state side for shows in the U.S. Meanwhile, the band’s new single “Moments” is heating up the radio charts both in Canada and the United States where they are sitting at #9 and the Top 30.

For more information on Emerson Drive log on to www.emersondrive.com
CONTACT: Vanessa Parker-Davis / Splash! PR for Emerson Drive News@splashpublicity.com

Susan Niles / Susan Niles PR for Midas Records Nashville susanniles@bellsouth.net

TRACY LAWRENCE'S FOR THE LOVE CD: A Very Impressive First Week At Retail
NASHVILLE, TN-February 8, 2007-Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence was met with an impressive response by record buyers across the United States the first week his new CD, FOR THE LOVE, was available in stores. With sales just shy of 17,000 units, Lawrence entered Billboard magazine's “Top Independent Albums” chart at No. 3, the “Top Country Albums” chart at No. 6, and “The Billboard Hot 100” albums chart at No. 53. The CD marks the first release on Lawrence's own record label, Rocky Comfort Records (RCR)/CO5 Nashville [Distributed by A2M], and is the first studio collection from Lawrence in nearly three years.

At a series of successful CD signing events in Texas, including sellouts in San Antonio and Dallas, sales of FOR THE LOVE moved at a rapid clip along with other Tracy Lawrence product, while fans lined up early in hopes of meeting Lawrence and having him autograph a copy of the new CD. The CD release celebration will continue at upcoming in-store appearances in St. Joseph, MO, Saturday, Feb. 10 and Denver, CO Saturday, March 17. He'll participate Monday, Feb. 12 in a special St. Jude Partner In Hope concert and signing event in Kansas City, MO.

“One of the most impressive things about the album's debut week is that we achieved sales of nearly 17,000 units against a very conservative national ship number of 55,000,” notes Artist To Market (A2M) general manager Paul Ignasinski. “It's unheard of to see a 31% sell-through first week, and it's evidence of Tracy's die-hard fan base and the strong marketing and radio campaign behind this album.”

In a climate where digital sales continue on a post-holiday decline, Lawrence's single has bucked that trend by consistently increasing in sales. This week, his digital downloads are up 124% against a business condition backdrop for single tracks that's down 2%.

“You can tell a lot about an artist by the fans they attract,” says Digital Delivery Services president Ed Gertler. “I saw firsthand at our signing events that Tracy's fans are enthusiastic, friendly and respectful. They were very aware of the new album and single and were eager to purchase the new music.”

The first single, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” from FOR THE LOVE is currently climbing the Top 40 and is poised to enter the Top 30 on national music industry trade charts in the coming weeks. According to Mediabase national radio callout research, the song has ranked among the Top 10 favorites overall (men and women - all ages) and among the Top 10 favorites with females (all ages) since the second week of December 2006. This week it is positioned at No. 4 overall and No. 5 with females.

FOR THE LOVE features several points of interest. Among them, the title cut is a duet with Brad Arnold, lead singer of the multi-platinum group Three Doors Down. It's a song that is edgy, yet it fits very comfortably amid the other country songs included in this collection. “Speed Of Flight,” a true-to-Tracy Lawrence waltz, represents the first time that Lawrence has cut a song he wrote without a co-writer. Finally, like bookends, the CD starts and finishes with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” One is a bonus track that features two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.
The new music is available for downloading on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic among other digital service providers. Internet users can watch exclusive Tracy Lawrence interview and performance clips on the AT&T blue room site. ATTblueroom.com/music. An aggressive Tracy Lawrence ringtones campaign has met with enthusiastic response from cell phone users. Text Tracy1 to 66555 to get “Find Out Who Your Friends Are;” text Tracy2 to 66555 to get “You Can't Hide Redneck,” text Tracy3 to 66555 to get “For The Love,” or text Tracy4 to 66555 to get “Speed Of Flight.” Watch for a special “At Home” feature on Lawrence in the March 12 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Tracy Lawrence website: www.tracylawrence.com

For additional information, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley at Holley•Guidry, 615-460-9550.
Contact Information:
Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley
Email Randy: randy@holleyguidry.com  or bayoubob418@aol.com
Email Debbie: debbie@holleyguidry.com  or beehive022@aol.com

Montage Music Group’s Little Texas Kick Off CRS 2007 with a Live Performance!
LIVE AND LOUD!


Nashville, TN – Montage Music Group recording artists Little Texas will kick off CRS 2007 LIVE AND LOUD with a performance on Wednesday, February 28th at 10:00am at the Nashville Convention Center’s Mezzanine Ballroom (Rooms 204-205).

The fabulous foursome will perform hit songs from their forthcoming album, THE VERY BEST OF LITTLE TEXAS – LIVE AND LOUD, as well as brand new music from their new studio album MISSING YEARS during the CRS show.

Little Texas has been busy out on the road visiting old friends at country radio and making new ones. The band has also performed several concerts for charity during this major radio promotion tour.

Since January 8th, Little Texas has visited 50 stations in 40 markets across the country. Their extensive radio tour will continue through the end of February and conclude with the release of their new single, “Missing Years.” At the tour’s end the band will have visited 85 key radio markets.

Two new Little Texas albums are slated for release later this Spring. For more information on the band, check out their website at www.littletexasonline.com  .

Rustie Blue Giveaway
Two winners will each receive a 1 year Membership to the IFCO, a Chip Chip CD, a Rustie Blue quartz clock and poster, and, an advanced copy of Born Again Country, once completed and before it's release date! (all items signed). To enter, go to Rustie's website at http://www.rustieblue.com  and sign the guestbook, mentioning "IFCO" (the International Fan Club Organization http://www.ifco.org  )in your commnents. You will automatically be entered in the Give-a-way drawing; WINNERS to be announced on March 15th via Rustie's website.

Rustie Blue has released “Don’t Come Cryin’,” from the Chip Chip album. “Don’t Come Cryin’” can also be found on Mark Trail’s comp disc #21. The new single is also going for ADDS at New Music Weekly and radio can download it at http://www.airplayonly.com  “Don’t Come Cryin,’” written by Bobby Atkins, is sassy country/rock song with lots of attitude. “When I first heard the demo, I immediately loved it!” says Rustie. “I did change the song quite a bit from the demo to make it more my own.”

You won’t see Rustie come cryin’, even though she is accident prone! At a recent show, Rustie was on stage helping sweep off some music speakers and got her hair caught in a hand held Dirt Devil sweeper. It completely rolled up on top her head! Rustie doesn't need to add any comedy to her show because it comes natural!

Born Again Country is scheduled to be released this spring.
MP3s of "Don’t Come Cryin’", a copy of the Chip Chip album, interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request. Rustie Blue's music is also available on our media only download page.

Center Stage Productions
Robert D. Keister
512 West Sixth Ave.
Lancaster, OH 43130
740.653.1916
http://www.rustieblue.com
http://www.myspace.com/rustieblue

From Australia - Now that’s entertainment – Paul Costa style!
Paul Costa dominated the 16th annual Victorian & National Country Music Awards, taking home five trophies including the prestigious Victorian Entertainer of the Year. Paul’s second solo album, Restoration, was the catalyst for the dynamic entertainer walking away with the lion’s share of awards, presented at the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre in South Morang on Friday night.

Paul was named Victorian Male Vocalist (Love Is Not A Game), and Restoration became the 2007 Victorian Album of the Year as well as the Smoky Dawson Best Independent Release nationally. Paul shared one award with his gorgeous duet partner, Aleyce Simmonds, for their version of The Way You Make Me Feel, which secured Duet of the Year.

“I’m just so stoked to take home five awards,” Paul said, “particularly Best Independent Release, named in honour of the one and only Smoky Dawson. “I really do have to pay tribute to my producer, Rod McCormack, who is an absolute pleasure to work with. The Album of the Year was a great thrill and I know Rod will be rapt.” Paul also thanked his duet partner, Aleyce Simmonds, for her input into the only duet on the disc, The Way You Make Me Feel. It reached #1 on the 3HOT-FM Mildura Top 100 Country Hits chart for February 7, reinforcing its radio-friendliness and realising its hit potential, and peaked at #4 on the Country Tracks Top 30, remaining there for two weeks. It is still in the top 10, holding down the #8 position this week. The video clip is one of CMC’ s most requested, and has been enjoying high rotation in that medium. Paul accepted the awards before a capacity audience of 500, with special guests Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Anne Kirkpatrick and Hardrive Bluegrass Band. The awards signalled the start of the Whittlesea Country Music Festival, which featured a family street party, and open air concerts at the Whittlesea Showgrounds.

Other winners on the night included Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, Rebecca Lee Nye, Anne Kirkpatrick, Travis Collins, The Wolverines and Sovereign.

For further information contact RUM Entertainment 02 4285 1461 rum@rumentertainment.com  to arrange an interview

MURRAH MUSIC PROMOTES CASEY SMITH TO PROFESSIONAL MANAGER
NASHVILLE, TENN. (February 6, 2007)—Murrah Music President Roger Murrah is pleased to announce that former executive assistant Casey Smith has been promoted to professional manager. Smith will join Sr. Vice President Paul Compton and Vice President Creative Dan Hodges in their efforts to exploit Murrah’s ever-growing copyright interests.

Smith joined Murrah Music five years ago after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. He volunteers extensively with NSAI and is an active member of SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development).

“During his time with us, Casey has worked diligently in many areas, such as digitizing our entire catalog, helping re-design and maintain our Web site, and discovering new talent,” said Murrah. “His drive and creative energy make him the perfect choice for this position.”
Contact - Karen Byrd
Karen Byrd Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com 
 
Little Texas “Has Left the Building!!”
Nashville, TN -- Montage Music Goup recording artists Little Texas are heating up the road on their 85 stop radio tour. The group was visiting radio station KTOM in Monterey, CA this week where they did an on air interview during the lunch hour and talked about the listener appreciation show that they would be playing for KTOM later that evening at a local spot called Planet Gemini. Well… when the guys took the stage that evening the place was packed and folks were still trying to get in. After the show the fans wouldn’t let them, cheering and coaxing them into TWO encores. Montage Radio Marketing Head man Mike Wilson and Jon Conlon, West Coast Team Member had a quick study in “body guard 101” as they tried to find a way to get the band out of the building. They were finally successful and Little Texas managed to leave the club unscathed and ecstatic over the incredible amount of support shown to them by their fans!

The band will continue the radio jaunt across the country promoting their newest single, “Missing Years.” The video for “Missing Years” will debut on GAC on Monday February 12th.

Little Texas also kicks off CRS 38 at the Nashville Convention Center with a live performance at 10:00am.
For more information on Little Texas log onto www.littletexasonline.com  or www.montagemusicgroup.com
CONTACT: Vanessa Parker- Davis / Splash! PR Vanessa@splashpublicity.com

Media Contact: Webster & Associates Public Relations 615.777.6995
Kirt Webster – kirt@websterpr.com 

HANK WILLIAMS, JR. LOGO GUITARS AVAILABLE AT HANKJR.COM
Limited edition Copley guitar up for sale exclusively for fans
NASHVILLE, TN — Copley Musical Instrument Company has created an acoustic guitar exclusively for the Hank Williams, Jr. fan.

The limited edition acoustic guitar, engraved with the Hank Jr. logo and created with superior craftsmanship, contains a 20 fret rosewood fingerboard, an adjustable neck and sealed tuners. The full-sized six-string guitar has a top consisting of laminated spruce; the back and sides of the guitar sport exotic rosewood with inlaid bindings.

The guitar is priced at $299.95 and includes a hard shell carrying case.
For more information and to purchase this unique item to enhance your collection, visit www.hankjr.com/merchandise .htm

Fans can catch Hank Williams Jr on the road starting in April with Lynyrd Skynyrd as the two acts will co-headline “The Rowdy Frynds Tour” with special guests 38 Special. Tour dates and information available at www.hankjr.com 

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
 
Top 10 Super Country Hits - February 11th, 2007 - 4th Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1 - Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 2 - Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 3 - Rodney Atkins - Watching You
* 4 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 5 - The Wreckers - My, Oh My
* 6 - Jason Michael Carroll - Alyssa Lies
* 7 - Joe Nichols-I'll Wait For You
* 8 - Brad Paisley - She's Everything
* 9 - Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
* 10 - Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels

Hot Rising Single
Montgomery Gentry - Lucky Man

Keep An Eye On Single
Lonestar - Nothing To Prove

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Emerson Drive Sell Out Shows Across Canada COUNTRIFIED Coast To Coast Tour

Presented by CMT Canada Hits More than 25 Cities

Nashville, TN – Midas Records Nashville recording artists Emerson Drive, are nominated for a 2007 “CMT Music Video Award” in the Group Video of the Year category for their poignant video “Moments.” The band’s newest single release “Moments” is racing up the country radio charts and touching hearts in the U.S and Canada and promises to be their biggest career song yet. It is already at #15 on Mediabase in Canada and in the Top 40 in the United States.

“We are having fun traveling throughout Canada and seeing all of our fans here. They are amazing and they have shown incredible support to us and our music. We appreciate them very much,” says Brad Mates, lead vocalist for the group.

Emerson Drive’s exciting live show is now carrying full production with sound and lights and fans can experience the incredible musicianship of this hot group. Emerson Drive has joined forces with CMT Canada to present this tour throughout their Canadian homeland coast to coast, from now through March on their “COUNTRIFIED Coast to Coast Tour.”

Feb. 7 Whitby, ON – Johnny B’s
Feb. 8 Brantford, ON - JackHammers
Feb. 9 Port Elgin, ON – Queens Bar and Grill
Feb. 10 London, ON – Norma Jeans
Feb. 12 Mount Forest, ON – The Old Roxy Theatre
Feb. 13 Peterborough, ON – Sin City
Feb. 14 Barrie, ON – Random Ranch Night Club
Feb. 15 Guelph, ON – Cowboy Bar
Feb. 16 Sudbury, ON – Fraser Auditorium
Feb. 17 Thunder Bay, ON – The Community Auditorium
Feb. 22 Brandon, MB – North Forty Saloon
Feb. 23 Winnipeg, MB – McPhillips St. Station Casino
Feb. 24 Regina, SK – Casino Regina
Mar. 4 Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
Mar. 5 Kamloops, BC – Interior Savings Centre
Mar. 6 Grand Prarie, AB – Crystal Centre
Mar. 7 Edmonton, AB – Cowboys
Mar. 8 Ft. McMurray, AB – Cowboys
Mar. 9 Calgary, AB – Dear Foot Inn & Casino / Chrome ShowroomM
Mar. 10 Calgary, AB – Dear Foot Inn & Casino / Chrome Showroom

Tour dates are subject to change please consult www.emersondrive.com  for the latest information.
CONTACT:
Vanessa Parker-Davis / Splash! Public Relations - Vanessa@splashpublicity.com
Misty Hurt - misty@splashpublicity.com
Susan Niles / Susan Niles PR for Midas Records Nashville - susanniles@bellsouth.net

CATEGORY 5 RECORDS HIRES NATHAN CRUISE AS CO-NATIONAL/DIRECTOR OF SOUTHEAST PROMOTION
Cruise joins the Category 5 promotion team to work alongside David Shaw

(NASHVILLE, TN) -- Category 5 Records announced today the addition of Nathan Cruise as its co-national/director of Southeast promotion.

The well seasoned Cruise joins the Category 5 team after two and a half years at Universal South Records where he served as the national director of Southeast and Midwest promotion. Prior to Universal South, Cruise spent eight years as a regional promoter at Arista Nashville. Cruise also spent time in pop music promotion with Giant Records, in addition to the nearly eight years he dabbled in Top 40 radio in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Category 5 also announced the promotion of Senior Director David Shaw to co-national/senior director Northeast promotion in tandem with Cruise.

Executive Vice President of National Promotion Bill Macky commented on the addition of Cruise, “I have wanted to work with Nathan for many years and the stars finally aligned to make it possible. Bringing Nathan on board takes our promotion team to a higher level.” Macky continued, “His experience and passion for the music make him one of the best in the business. I am excited to have some one of Nathan’s caliber join the Category 5 Records team.”

Cruise and Shaw’s new positions take effect immediately.

Nathan Cruise may be reached in the office at 615-301-2285 or via email, ncruise@category5records.com . David Shaw may be reached by calling 401-233-1544 or via email, dshaw@category5records.com  .

Category 5 roster includes Grammy Award Winning Superstar Travis Tritt, Sammy Kershaw, and newcomers Jerrod Niemann, Donovan Chapman, and Odiss Kohn. The label is preparing diligently for Tritt’s Category 5 Records debut release this spring.

Australia's Felicity Urquhart Takes Homes Gold
www.shock.com.au
www.felicityurquhart.com
www.myspace.com/felicityurquhart
Felicity Urquhart was a popular winner at the recent 35th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, presented by Jayco. Held in the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre to a sell-out crowd, Felicity took out Video Clip of the Year for the beautiful Big Black Cloud, which was directed by Glenn Wilson, and co-written with Grammy winner Randy Scruggs.

It was Felicity’s second Golden Guitar, and a well-deserved one, as her album My Life was nominated for Album of the Year and the single Big Black Cloud for Female Artist of the Year.

Felicity’s thanks included producer Glen Hannah, The Pub Management, RUM Entertainment, all family, friends and fans who have been following her career, plus to director, friend and her drummer Glenn Wilson for creating the winning clip.

During the lead-up week to the awards at the Tamworth CM Festival, Felicity was honoured at the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards being awarded Best Female Vocal, ahead of a strong field of finalists including Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Sara Storer and Cat Southern. These awards are voted by the fans, and so is a wonderful accolade to receive from the public. www.peopleschoiceawards.com.au 

It has been an exciting few weeks since December for Felicity, as she performed for Australian troops and the Australian Federal Police in the Solomon Islands over New Year, and filled in as host on ABC Radio’s Saturday Night Country while regular host John Nutting took holidays.

Felicity Urquhart’s award-winning album MY LIFE, is distributed through Shock Records.

For further information contact:
Publicity – RUM Entertainment Rebecca McCarthy rum@rumentertainment.com
Management – The Pub Management Joan Douglas joandouglas@thepub.com.au
Bookings – Artist Network Alex Sinclair alex@artistnetwork.com.au
Samantha King

We are very excited to announce that Samantha King and co-writer Ted Hewitt, have earned a position in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) stationed out of Nashville. She receives this on the wake of her latest win in the Session I John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2006 in the Country Category for 'The All Overs'.

She is the Only Canadian out of 14 in her category. She is vying for First Place winner and and Overall Winner as well as People's Voice (an online voting contest that allows the public to listen to all the finalists' songs and vote for their favorite song) so we need a lot of prayers, a whole whack of luck to beat out some of the songwriters in that finals list. Some of them have written and have had songs cut with the elite of the elite in Nashville. One guy is a strong contender as he's on the steps to stardom as an upcoming Country Artist. How is a 21 year old from Canada going to do that? With a whole lot of prayers I'd say and a sky full of luck and Your Vote!

Please go to www.songwriting.com/winners.htm  and cast your vote for Samantha King and the All Overs.

BAND WILL ATTEND GRAMMY® AWARDS, THEN PERFORM ON THE LATE, LATE, SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON WITH DIERKS BENTLEY
NASHVILLE, TENN. (February 5, 2007)—The Grascals won two awards-- Instrumental Group of the Year and Bluegrass Band of the Year--at the 33rd Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards show held in Nashville last night. This is the second consecutive year that the band took home the trophy for Instrumental Group.

“Thank you for supporting bluegrass music, for coming to our shows and buying our music—and for liking it enough to vote for us,” Grascals’ vocalist Jamie Johnson told the crowd. “These awards mean so much to us because you, the fans, do the voting.”

The band also turned in a blistering six-song set and presented two awards during the ceremony.

This Sunday will find The Grascals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, where their sophomore release on Rounder Records, Long List of Heartaches, is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.

On Monday, February 12, the band will perform with their good friend, singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley, on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS Television/12:35 a.m. ET/PT). They will perform “Prodigal Son’s Prayer”--a bluegrass song written by Bentley, recorded at Charles Bass Correctional Complex in Nashville, and featuring The Grascals—which is included on Bentley’s critically acclaimed album, Long Trip Alone.

For more information on The Grascals visit www.grascals.com .
Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Artist Management & Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Jennifer Sacca/Rounder Records
jsacca@rounder.com 

MTM 22 - Mark Trail Music
* M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's are archived Country Music Hall of Fame....
** Select artists from M-T-M Radio Samplers Compilation CD's are eligible to participate in the M-T-M industry artist showcases.. the 2007 showcase will be on June 7th @ the Legendary Douglas corner cafe...We currently are just begining the artist selection phase...

*******************
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com 

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!
I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #22) to mail out In mid-late March (cut off deadline 7 March) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as Tracy Lawrence,The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #22 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

MONTGOMERY GENTRY SPREADS THE SPORTS LOVE WITH “LUCKY MAN”
80+ Versions of the Song Created for Local Markets
(Nashville, Tennessee) – January 30, 2007 – Rockin’ Country duo Montgomery Gentry have recorded close to 60 songs on their five Columbia Records studio albums, but they have never done over 80 versions of one song…until now. Their new single “Lucky Man” has been edited with 81 different college and professional sports teams in over 60 markets, and each version has been serviced to the country radio station in those cities.

The second line of the song reads “Last Sunday when my Bengals lost, Lord it put me in a bad mood.” In the edited versions, Montgomery Gentry replaced “Bengals” with every team in the NFL and Major League Baseball, several from the National Hockey League and numerous colleges.

In a move to spur a little extra competition between the two Super Bowl cities, the Colts version was sent to the country radio station US99 in Chicago, and the Bears version was sent to WFMS in Indianapolis.

“This is probably my favorite song on the whole album,” said Eddie Montgomery. “T-Roy and I both grew up in Lexington, so we saw plenty of bad Bengals years – definitely a few good ones, but a lot of bad ones.”

“Yeah, and this song really lent itself to plugging other teams in there,” added Troy Gentry. “Every team has bad seasons just like we have good and bad seasons in our life. You just have to appreciate whatever you’re going through – good or bad.”

In addition to the major league teams, college versions of “Lucky Man” include:
Alabama Crimson Tide
Arizona Wildcats
Arkansas Razorbacks
Boston College Eagles
Clemson Tigers
Duke University Blue Devils
Florida Gators
Florida State Seminoles
Georgia Bulldogs
Kansas Jayhawks
Kentucky Wildcats
Louisville Cardinals
LSU Tigers
Miami Hurricanes
Michigan Wolverines
New Mexico Lobos
Nevada- Las Vegas Running Rebels
North Carolina Tar Heels
Ohio State Buckeyes
Oklahoma Sooners
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
South Carolina Gamecocks
Tennessee Volunteers
Texas Longhorns
USC Trojans
Utah Utes
Wake Forest Deacons
Wisconsin Badgers

The new single follows on the heels of their Top 10 smash “Some People Change” from the album of the same name. Written by Dave Turnbull and David Lee, it embraces family, friends and appreciating what you have.

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC. RELEASES SIXTY CLASSIC PERFORMANCES RECORDED LIVE AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY
“Live Classics” series showcases previously unreleased live recordings by the Opry’s biggest stars

LEBANON, TN (January 31, 2007) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel”) is once again honoring the magic of the Grand Ole Opry through the release of five new CDs in the “Live Classics” series. Country legends like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings are just a few of the many artists whose Opry performances are captured on this special collection available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

For more than 80 years, Americans have tuned into the weekly broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, America’s longest-running radio program. In the 1960s, the Opry spotlight shined in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, known worldwide as the Mother Church of Country Music. All 60 performances featured on the “Live Classics” five-CD series were recorded live during weekly Opry broadcasts in that era and include many heartfelt moments during the artist introductions.

“Wonderful Opry moments are captured on these CDs,” said Simon Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. “You’ll hear Patsy Cline’s sweet giggle right before she sings Imagine That and Faron Young graciously thank Willie Nelson for writing Hello Walls. Listening to these special moments and the performances bring back so many Opry memories, whether those memories occurred at the Ryman or in your living room as the family listened to the show.”

All digitally re-mastered and previously unreleased, these legendary performances sound just as they did when they were first broadcast by radio station WSM’s powerhouse 50,000 watt transmitter. Each CD is sold separately for $11.99 and features a unique theme.

• Great Love Ballads includes Patsy Cline’s Leavin’ On Your Mind, recorded shortly before her death in 1963.
• Great Ladies of the Opry features Cline, Dottie West, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Connie Smith.
• Opry Gospel shines with Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Sonny James, Mother Maybelle Carter and Flatt and Scruggs.
• Legends of the Opry includes Porter Wagoner, Bill Anderson, George Jones and Waylon Jennings singing his first top 20 hit, Stop The World And Let Me Off.
• Great Number 1 Hits features Johnny Cash, Bill Anderson, Marty Robbins and Ernest Tubb’s lighthearted rendition of Walking The Floor Over You.

The Grand Ole Opry Live Classics CDs are available at 553 Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. Cracker Barrel also features exclusive music releases from Alison Krauss & Union Station, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Cracker Barrel’s latest release, Songs Of The Year, includes today’s top country artists performing classic country songs.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia, and a real woodburning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up hearty meals of such comfort foods as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins, and made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children’s games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy and Slinky.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 553 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. A uniquely American experience for nearly 80 years, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, Stream 137 on Sirius Satellite Radio and www.opry.com. The syndicated weekly program America’s Grand Ole Opry Weekend airs on more than 200 country radio stations across the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and Grand Ole Opry Live airs each weekend on GAC: Great American Country and CMT Canada. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and ResortQuest International. For more information, visit www.opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com .

Rustie Blue
Rustie Blue was asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a recent event in her home town of Lancaster, OH. She also performed gospel favorite "Satisfied," which can be found on her current cd, Chip Chip. She then had the chance to spend a few minutes with the governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland.

Rustie Blue is currently recording her new album, Born Again Country, which is scheduled to be released this spring. However, she has just released “Don’t Come Cryin’,” the final single from the Chip Chip album. “Don’t Come Cryin’” can also be found on Mark Trail’s comp disc #21.

MP3s of "Don’t Come Cryin’", a copy of the Chip Chip album, interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request.
www.rustieblue.com 
Contact - Wildfire Publicity
WildfirePublicity@comcast.net 

Gutsy, Gorgeous, Gritty LANTANA Brings Live Show To Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

- Catch Them At The Hideout March 7
"Kickin' butt in country music is a wonderful old tradition, but Lantana bring a zestfulness and artistic finesse to that tradition that you cannot begin to imagine till you've heard the music."- Bill Littleton, The Bridgeworks

Dallas,TX (February 1, 2007) Gutsy, gorgeous and genre-bending Texas trio LANTANA brings their exciting live show to The Hideout on March 7, during the HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO. LANTANA's musical fusion of country, rock and blues has won them not only Texas Music, national and international chart success, but the attention of Dallas Morning News writer Mario Tarradell as well. With their debut hit single, "Country As A City Girl Can Be," and a knock-out show at the State Fair of Texas, LANTANA joined George Strait, The Dixie Chicks and Willie Nelson on the writer's Top 10 country shows and CD-pick lists for 2006. (LANTANA - Karol Ann Delong, Dalene Richelle & Biz Haddock photographed by Melissa Webb)

The "buzz" surrounding LANTANA has generated numerous high-profile performances, including: Bill Mack's XM Satellite Radio show; American Music Channel; Fox TV/Dallas; Country Radio Seminar/Nashville, Crossroads Live! TV, and several Gaylord Texan events. Just last month, Biz, Dalene and Karol Ann were invited to perform intimate, acoustic shows for staffers at the Country Music Association, and Music Row and Country Weekly magazines. Print features include Modern Luxury Dallas and Best in Texas. Sponsored by the western fashion destination, BARBWIRE (Texas and Arizona), you can catch the enormously talented (and fetchingly-clad) threesome in their third Country Weekly feature this March. LANTANA's current single, "Let Somebody Love You," is garnering rave reviews and heavy early spins. The track, consistently the most-requested song at their live shows, is from their BGM Records' CD, UNBRIDLED.

Don't miss LANTANA at The Hideout on March 7; their next performances include COUNTRY THUNDER (Waxahachie), the Paris Country Festival (France), and select dates in Switzerland.

Touring details, a gallery of photos and ALL the news on LANTANA is online. Log on to www.lantanamusic.com  or to www.myspace.com/lantanacountrymusic  .
For interviews & additional press materials,contact:

Martha E. Moore - so much MOORE media - www.somuchmoore.com
CONTACT:
Christy Walker - AristoMedia - 615-269-7071 ext. 123 - cwalker@aristomedia.com
Shawn Pennington - 615-491-8285 - scpenn@mac.com


PovertyNeck Hillbillies Announce Departure From Rust Records
(Nashville, Tennessee) Due to the current restructuring of Rust Records, The PovertyNeck Hillbillies have announced their departure from the label's artist roster.

The band, which includes Abby Abbondanza, Chris Higbee, Dave Cramer, Ryan Lucotch, Jeff Volek and David Guthrie, has established great success as a young act.

Prior to their relationship with Rust Records, the band released two albums entitled Don't Look Back and Hillbillies State of Mind. These albums sold over 50,000 copies, largely due to the Hillbillies' devoted fan base in the northeast.

In 2006, the group released their Rust Records debut album, a CD/DVD package that included footage from a syndicated WQED/PBS concert special. During this past year's CMA Music Festival, the album was the 3rd top seller, only being outsold by Carrie Underwood and Phil Vassar. They also took the title of top independent seller for the week.

Their "Mr. Right Now" video, featuring Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, was in the GAC Top 20 Countdown for a total of thirteen weeks, eight of which were #2.

The band continues to hold an exclusive representation agreement with the Nashville based agency, Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc. (BLA). They are now being managed by Shawn Pennington who may be reached at 615-491-8285 or scpenn@mac.com.

The band continues to have a heavy tour schedule and an upcoming album is already in the works. While no obligation to Rust Records exists, management is currently seeking new opportunities.

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Colgate Country Showdown National Final
WHAT: 25th Anniversary Colgate Country Showdown National Final event. The Showdown is the Nation's biggest and longest-running country music talent search.


WHEN: Thursday, January 25, 2007.
WHERE: Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
HOST: Curb Records recording artist LeAnn Rimes has been slated to host the event.
JUDGES: Judges confirmed are Fletcher Foster (Sr. VP and GM of Universal South), Brian Mansfield (USA Today Nashville Correspondent), Tracy Gershon (VP of A&R Warner Bros. Nashville) , Rod Essig (Creative Artist Agency) and Beverly Keel (The Tennessean).

CONTESTANTS: Regional winners who advanced to compete for $100,000 in this year's National Final. They are Lindsey Earl, Jill James, J Juliano with Adrienne Grove, Megan Peeler and Hailey Stout.

Lindsey Earl (Southwest winner) has won the local level Colgate Country Showdown three times. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Teen Arizona for the Kids USA Program. Earl has opened for The Wilkinsons and was asked by Arizona Governor Jane Hall to sing at a veterans' memorial ceremony. Earl's influences are Patsy Cline, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride. At the Colgate Country Showdown National Final, Lindsey will be representing KZUA Show Low, Arizona.

Singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Jill James (Northeast winner) has competed in the Colgate Country Showdown three times and won local titles in West Virginia and New York State. Co-writing with her husband Dave, has enabled her to share her life stories and add emotional portrayal. She has already opened shows for country acts Hot Apple Pie and Emerson Drive. James owns Curtain Call Productions, which offers singing and acting classes to children. This year she will be representing WDNY Dansville, New York.

J Juliano (Midwest winner) is a singer-songwriter from Hoover, Alabama. He has shared the stage with some of country's biggest acts including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Toby Keith. After hearing his wife was expecting, Juliano began the "Little Nashville" kids program that showcases lessons and values blended with country music. Once "Little Nashville" went on the road, he brought along singer/actress Adrienne Grove to join forces. J Juliano with Adrienne Grove are representing WUSN Chicago, Illinois at the Colgate Country Showdown Finals.

Megan Peeler (Southeast winner) graduated Magna Cum Laude from Appalachian State University where she earned her degree in Musical Therapy. Trained in classical piano, guitar, and voice, she began working as a Musical Therapist in hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Continuing to fulfill her love of performing, Peeler is representing WKSK West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Hailey Stout (West winner) is a music major at Southwest Community College in Oregon. Her style captures a variety of genres including country, pop and jazz. She has performed for various sports and community events including the Clark County Fair and the official State of Oregon Memorial Service for 911 emergency workers. Hailey Stout is representing KSHR Coos Bay, Oregon in the Colgate Country Showdown National Final.


ABOUT THE SHOWDOWN: Each year, more than 50,000 artists compete in the Colgate-sponsored local competitions throughout the U.S. and over $300,000 in cash prizes are awarded throughout the competition. All participants are consistently judged on five core criteria: marketability in Country Music, vocal/instrumental ability, originality of performance, stage presence/charisma and talent. The competition boasts a "who's who" in the Country Music industry with past local and regional winners including Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans and Montgomery Gentry.


ABOUT COLGATE: Colgate-Palmolive is the national sponsor and leading global consumer-products company tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Household Surface Care, Fabric Care and Pet Nutrition. In the U.S., Colgate sells its quality products under such nationally recognized brands as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Ajax, Irish Spring, Softsoap, Murphy Oil Soap, Ultra Brite and Fab.

For more information about the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown, visit www.countryshowdown.com . For media information, please contact Christy Walker at 615-269-7071 ext. 124 or cwalker@aristomedia.com .

Contact:
Jeff Walker - AristoMedia - 615-269-7071 ext. 123 - jwalker@aristomedia.com
Christy Walker - Aristomedia - 615-269-7071 ext. 124 - cwalker@aristomedia.com
Erin Burr - Colgate Country Showdown - 615-321-5130 - erin@countryshowdown.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
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songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Top 10 Super Country Hits - January 28th, 2007 - 2nd Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1-Rodney Atkins - Watching You
2-Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
3-Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
4-Brad Paisley - She's Everything
5-The Wreckers - My, Oh My
6-George Strait - It Just Comes Natural
7-Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
8- Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
9- Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
10-Sugarland - Want To

Hot Rising Single
Sugarland - Settlin/

Keep An Eye On Single
Rascal Flatts - Stand

FROM AUSTRALIA -
Oh what a winner! Kirsty Lee Akers declared Toyota Star Maker 2007
New South Wales singer songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers has taken the crown as winner of the Toyota Star Maker 2007 competition, Australia’s oldest and most successful music talent search.

Twenty finalists were whittled down to a “final five” plus an additional “wildcard entry” with many competitors already established performers in their own right. This year, interest reached an all-time high, largely due to the increased prize pool and sky-rocketing interest in country music with many artists gaining mainstream appeal.

Toyota Star Maker 2007 winner Kirsty Lee, from Kurri Kurri, said she was excited by the prospects that lie ahead.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be awarded a prize that has started the careers of some of the biggest names in country music. It’s a huge opportunity and I intend to make the most of it,” she said.

Since stepping into the spotlight at age three, Kirsty has not looked back. Her musical talents have been recognised nationally and internationally. Winning the 2006 Telstra Road to Tamworth Songwriter’s Encouragement Award, making it to the top 70 of Australian Idol and being named a grand finalist in an International Songwriting Competition are just a few of Kirsty’s achievements to date.

Toyota Star Maker has been a major stepping stone in the careers of country music legends including Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Beccy Cole, Keith Urban and Gina Jeffreys.

Previous Toyota Star Maker winners James Blundell, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Brendon Walmsley appeared as guest artists during the Grand Final last night (Sunday, January 21) together with last year’s winner Cat Southern who is a finalist in next weekend’s Golden Guitar Awards for New Talent of the Year.

Toyota’s Manager of Promotions and Event Management Wayne Gabriel said the finalists were of an extremely high standard and were all to be congratulated.

“With the announcement of this year’s prize package, competition grew incredibly fierce, but each and every artist rose to the challenge. The quality of the performances was excellent and all finalists have spent an incredible amount of time fine-tuning what they presented,” Wayne said.

“As we enter 2007, Toyota celebrates another year as Australia’s number one car company. Now Toyota has helped find a new star who might eventually become Australia’s number one country performer,” he said.

General Manager of Rural Press Events Barry Harley said that the new format which reduces the final 20 performers to five instead of 10 was appealing to both finalists and audience and increased the level of competition.

“This is undoubtedly one of the highest quality fields we’ve seen for many, many years – a big call for a talent search that has the reputation of being the ultimate in its category,” Barry said.

“The judges found the task of reducing the final 20 to the final five extremely difficult hence the wild card entry which brought it to six. The winner is bound to have the ride of their life because of the excellent quality we have seen tonight.”

This year’s Toyota Star Maker 2007 prize package is bigger and better than ever and includes:

Use of the title Toyota Star Maker 2007;
A big-budget full album recording session with one of Australia’s top producers;
A record contract with Compass Bros;
Distribution and promotion of at least two tracks from the album to radio and other media;
50 copies of the album for personal distribution;
Production of a video clip for one track by an award-winning director;
Media promotion including monthly exposure in Country Music Capital News;
Guaranteed bookings at a designated list of events including country music festivals in Tamworth, Gympie and Mildura;
A new BOSE Personalised Amplification System (PAS);
A Maton acoustic guitar;
Professional stage skills tuition from Stagecoach;
Invitations to a designated list of industry events;
A showcase performance at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final in 2008;
A Toyota Star Maker winner’s jacket; and
Use of a fully-serviced Toyota motor vehicle and fuel card for the 12 months following the award.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and other events please visit: http://www.toyotacountryclub.com.au .

For further media information or to interview the Toyota Star Maker winner please contact:
Chriss Mannix
Haystac
Tel: 03 9909 7815
Mob: 0418 408 035
E: c.mannix@haystac.com.au 

CRB, INC. ANNOUNCES PERFORMERS FOR THE ASCAP KCRS LIVE! SHOWCASE AT CRS-38
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 22, 2007) - Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) has announced the performers for the ASCAP KCRS Live! Showcase at this year's Country Radio Seminar (CRS-38). The program will feature acoustic performances by John Rich, John Anderson, Rivers Rutherford and Craig Wiseman. ASCAP KCRS Live! is set for 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28 and is an addition to the schedule this year.

Connie Bradley, ASCAP Senior Vice President states, "We are thrilled once again to be offered the opportunity to participate in CRS. During our previous ASCAP luncheons, we were excited to give country radio an early glimpse of today's top performers including Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins. The new KCRS show allows ASCAP the opportunity to feature not only our successful artist/writers but also our songwriters behind country radios biggest hits. This showcase will feature the writers of "Believe," "When I Get Where I'm Going," and "Like We Never Loved At All"."

CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon adds, "We are happy that ASCAP has rejoined as a sponsor of CRS this year, and that the radio and music industry attendees will have an opportunity to get to know some of ASCAP's finest writers."

A brief recap of the participating artists/writers follows:
John Rich - Songwriter, Artist & Producer:
2005 & 2006 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year
One half of the multi-platinum duo, Big & Rich, John Rich is Nashville's newest "renaissance man." The Texas native has made an indelible mark on the face of country music. He spent the majority of 2006 producing and co-producing some of the most promising artists to emerge in recent years. In addition to the latest efforts from Gretchen Wilson, Shannon Brown, Big & Rich and country legend Billy Joe Shaver, John claims producer credits on some of the most anticipated releases of 2007: John Anderson's Easy Money, sophomore albums from Cowboy Troy and Jon "King" Nicholson, and James Otto's WB Records debut. When he's not on stage or in the studio, John Rich spends his time writing some of the biggest hits in country music. His most recent hits include Faith Hill's "Like We Never Loved At All," Keith Anderson's "Pickin' Wildflowers," and Jason Aldean's "Hicktown," "Amarillo Sky," and "Why".

John Anderson - Artist, Songwriter & Producer:
John signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, but it was "Swingin'" that became his first smash hit in 1983. That year the single, which he co-wrote, won the CMA Single of the Year Award and Anderson won the CMA Horizon Award. His list of hits include the #1 "Straight Tequila Night," Mark Knopfler's "When It Comes to You," "Seminole Wind" and the #1 "Money in the Bank." Easy Money, the new album to be released this year on Raybaw/Warner Bros., was produced by John Rich.

Craig Wiseman - Songwriter & Producer:
2003 & 2005 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year
Craig has had over 300 released songs, 90 charted songs, 14 #1 hit singles and songs featured on over 40 million albums. Most recent successes include 2003 ASCAP Song of the Year, "The Good Stuff" and 2005 ASCAP Song of the Year, "Live Like You Were Dying," Additional awards include the 2004 ACM, CMA & Grammy Song of the Year for "Live Like You Were Dying" and 2006 ACM & CMA Song of the Year for "Believe."

Rivers Rutherford - Songwriter & Producer:
2006 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year
Rivers has written songs for artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allen, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and Keith Urban. In 2001, Rutherford earned his first #1 hit with Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothin' 'Bout You," which earned him a 2002 ASCAP Song of the Year Award. Rivers success has continued with #1 songs, such as Tim McGraw's "Real Good Man" and Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me." Most recently, Rivers scored three number one hits in less than a year with Gretchen Wilson's "Homewrecker" (May 2005), Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Going" (March 2006) and Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward" (March 2006). Together, these three songs have earned River's ASCAP's 2006 Songwriter of the Year Award. In addition to being a songwriter, Rivers is also a studio guitar player, entertainer, and producer.

CRS-38 will be held February 28 through March 2, 2007 at the Nashville Convention Center. For complete seminar information, contact CRB, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting www.crb.org. Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

Skyla Spencer
www.SkylaSpencer.com
www.myspace.com/skylaspencer
www.numberonemusic.com/skylaspencer.com

Country music artist, Skyla Spencer, has plenty to be smiling about these days. She recently performed as the headliner for an Armed Forces Entertainment Tour and is now featured in Jan/Feb issue of “Skope” magazine, on shelves now at Barnes and Noble.

Skyla has been promoting her single, "One More Chance," to radio stations nationwide. Skyla says “[One More Chance] talks about losing someone dear to you and wanting a second chance. I think we all, at one time or another in our lives, wish we had another chance to make things right with someone. Sometimes it is too late, but we cling to the hope that it's not, and that we will will be given 'one more chance'.” "One More Chance" can be found on her debut album, You Said You’d Call Me.

For more information, MP3s, the You Said You’d Call Me album, print quality photos, her EPK, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net or 615-825-0019. MP3s are also available to radio through Airplay Direct.

WEBSTER & ASSOCIATES SIGNS 2 NEW BIG LEAGUERS: LONESTAR & MONTGOMERY GENTRY
Nashville, TN – Kirt Webster, President Webster & Associates Public Relations is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of multi-platinum recording artists Lonestar & Montgomery Gentry to its roster of clients for publicity representation.

“2006 was the most successful year-to-date for Webster & Associates Public Relations. And now the New Year rings in with two of country's most-reliable hit-making acts coming aboard the roster. I could not be happier,” says Webster.

Lonestar’s current album “Mountains” is currently available nationwide on BNA Records. The new single “Nothing To Prove” is going for radio adds on Feb 5th.

Montgomery Gentry’s latest album “Some People Change” is currently available on Columbia Records. The new single “Lucky Man” is currently being shipped to radio.

“The great thing about working with Webster is that we always get a quick response on artist requests. They're incredibly aggressive in getting their stars seen everywhere,” says Brian Jennings PD, KZKX Clear Channel Lincoln.
www.websterpr.com 


AARON TIPPIN FLIES WITH NEW SINGLE, LABEL
Tippin makes “He Believed” a family affair

NASHVILLE, TN— Aaron Tippin recently released a family inspired single “He Believed” on his new, power-staffed record label, NIPPIT Records, and it is garnering a great response.

The video for “He Believed,” directed by Wes Edwards of award-winning production company Ruckus Film, features Tippin’s son Teddy as a “young Aaron.” Filmed at the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Sparta, Tenn. on January 16th and 17th, the location was most appropriate for Tippin, a certified pilot.

Tippin wrote “He Believed” shortly after the passing of his father, Willis “Tip” Tippin. Tip died in April 2005 in a car accident in North Carolina. “My dad was the oak tree of the Tippin family,” Tippin commented of his father. “He taught me to ‘stand for something;’ to stand for what I believe in,” Tippin said.

Ruckus also produced recent videos for Jason Aldean, Craig Morgan and Nashville Star Chris Young.

NIPPIT Records welcomes three new additions to the record label staff. Dave Kirth will handle Western promotion, Joe Carroll, the Southeast and Ryan Barnstead, the Midwest. The promotion staff can be reached at the following email addresses: Ryan Barnstead at barnstead@hotmail.com , Joe Carroll at joe.carroll@adelphia.net and Dave Kirth at manonamic@aol.com

Elizabeth Howe Joins Cupit Records As Manager of New Media
www.cupitmusic.com

Nashville, TN – Jerry Cupit, founder and CEO of Cupit Records, is pleased to announce Elizabeth Howe has joined the Cupit Records staff as Manager/New Media.

"New Media is the next great frontier in the music business. Elizabeth's drive and commitment is a wonderful attribute to the success of Cupit Records. Not only does she have the knowledge and passion necessary for this position, she is also within the target demo. It's a win-win for us!" comments Cupit.

Howe, a 2001 Recording Industry Management graduate of MTSU interned in publicity and administration at Vector Management before she joined Big Street Entertainment, where she worked with top selling artists BlackHawk. She subsequently went on to become the group’s personal assistant upon leaving Big Street Entertainment. Howe then operated her own management company when she was tapped by Cupit Records to join their staff as Manager of New Media.

Howe will report to Cupit Executive Vice President, Billy Holland and Cupit National Director/Promotion, Joe Redmond. She can be reached at Cupit Records at Elizabeth@cupitmusic.com . Cupit is home to a roster of artists that includes Kevin Sharp, Memarie, Brad & Shelly, Jerry Burkhart and more.

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Megan Peeler Wins the 25th Anniversary Colgate Country Showdown
Listen to Megan -
http://www.countryshowdown.com/finalists.asp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 26, 2007) - Megan Peeler has won the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown. The televised event, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium was hosted by LeAnn Rimes. The winner was presented with a $100,000 Grand Prize check and the title, "Best New Act in Country Music".

Megan Peeler began studying music at the age of 7 and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Appalachian State University, earning her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. The singer/songwriter is trained in classical piano, guitar and voice. Peeler rediscovered her love of performing while working as a Board-Certified Music Therapist in various hospitals, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes in North Carolina and Ohio. She has entertained audiences at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Ashville, North Carolina and Howl At the Moon Piano Improvisation Bar in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, Peeler is performing with the band Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe's in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The five contestants were judged on the following criteria: vocal/instrumental ability, originality of performance, stage presence/charisma and talent. The finalists performed in front of a panel of industry veterans - Fletcher Foster (Sr. VP and GM of Universal South), Brian Mansfield (USA Today Nashville Correspondent), Tracy Gershon (VP of A&R Warner Bros. Nashville). Rod Essig (Creative Artist Agency) and Beverly Keel (Tennessean).

Many of today's top country artists have competed in the past local, state, regional and National competitions, including Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry

Each year the competition begins in the spring with more than 450 country radio stations producing live shows to find the best new talent in their market. These winners advance to state and then regional competitions throughout the summer and fall.

The 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final, one-hour special- will air nationwide, over syndicated television in April, with a second airing to follow on Great American Country(GAC) in May. For local broadcast information visit the Colgate Country Showdown website at www.countryshowdown.com .

About Colgate:
Colgate-Palmolive is the national sponsor and leading global consumer-products company tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Household Surface care, Fabric Care and Pet Nutrition. In the U.S., Colgate sells its quality products under such nationally recognixed brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Ajax, Irish Spring, Softsoap, Murphy Oil Soap, Ultra Brite and Fab.


Top 10 Super Country Hits - February 4th, 2007 - 3rd Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1-Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys
* 2-Rodney Atkins - Watching You
* 3- Keith Urban - Stupid Boy
* 4-The Wreckers - My, Oh My
* 5-Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
* 6-Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 7-George Strait - It Just Comes Natural
* 8-Brad Paisley - She's Everything
* 9 - Kellie Pickler- Red High Heels
* 10- Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats

Hot Rising Single
Eric Church - Guys Like Me

Keep An Eye On Single
Rick Trevino - Separate Ways


CRS Interviews
Bryan White, John Berry, Maggie Austin, Big Rain, Skyla Spencer, & Leon Seiter will all be available for interviews at CRS in Nashville. Contact Laura Claffey at WildfirePublicity@comcast.net  to schedule a time slot!

Bryan White
• released Out of the Storm & Christmas cds late 2006
• single on All Gone Fishin’ compilation cd
• started production company
www.BryanWhite.com
(can also call Sharon Eaves with Publicity House at 615-297-7002)

John Berry
• booking Love Songs Tour
www.JohnBerry.com
(can also call Sharon Eaves with Publicity House at 615-297-7002)

Maggie Austin
• current single “Georgia Clay Road” on New Music Weekly & Music Row charts
www.MaggieAustin.com

Skyla Spencer
• Armed Forces Entertainment Tour in December
• current single “One More Chance”
www.SkylaSpencer.com

Big Rain
• completely redesigned website
• awarded 2006 Best Vocal Group of the Year by IndieWorld; nominated for 2006 Crossover Artist of the Year by New Music Weekly
• finishing recording upcoming single “Can’t Take That”
www.BigRain.net

Leon Seiter
• released “I've Seen the Devil Have His Way” in January
www.LeonSeiter.com

2007 MTM Artist Industry Showcase during Fanfair...
This years Artist showcase for music industry will be held on Thursday June 7th at the legendary Douglas Corner Cafe'.This showcase features only artists that are affiliated with or have appeared on a past M-T-M radio Sampler CD's... Invitations will be sent to Record labels, management companies, producers, Publishers and other music row industry folk... It will be Emceed once again by GAC hot pick artist Pete Schlegel and co-hosted by TBA (ie: country legend or current industry pro).. I am just starting the Artist selection phase for the showcase, As you know, in the past years the industry turn was really great..(Folks from Curb, Creative Artist Agency and numerous management and labels, and publishing affiliates were on hand) The feedback I got was it was the best multi-artist showcase that several industry people had ever been to.. This year I am hoping for the same thing..

The artist selection for the showcase will be made from a list of qualified artists.. The selection for performers will be based on recommendations from a couple friends of mine from the industry.. I will sit down with them and I will present them with bios, websites and of course I will play them a couple tracks..( basically we will be looking for artists that will be of major industry interest ) This selection will be held within the next month.. 8-10 artists will be selected to be in the showcase.. Upon selection for the showcase I will notify you either way.. If you are selected the cost for the showcase is $150.00 US... This is to help cover advertising costs (color postcard invitations, color posters, emails, etc) and rental of the night club etc.. The fee is to be paid upon selection to be in the showcase, or your slot will be given to another artist.

*The showcase will consist of each artist performing 2 songs.
**Absolutely no tracks or karaoke songs, this is a live showcase...

Options for the showcase..
*you may choose to perform an acoustic on your own (for those of you that can play and sing I Highly recommend) or have additional accompaniment if you an an artist and need a great guitarist and harmony accompaniment I highly recommend John Foster (www.tinridgeband.com) is available and is willing for a small fee to sit down with you before the showcase and go over a couple things with you.. John has a phenomenal background within the industry..

Rehearsal at Douglas corner will be limited if any at all.. last year we had no rehearsals, but everyone did awesome..

Anyway, if you are interested in possibly being in the showcase I need to know ASAP so I can get your stuff ready for review.. Thanks, smile and have a great day!

Mark Trail
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville TN 37203
PH:(615)874-5635
E-mail: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
Website: www.marktrailmusic.com
My Space Web: www.myspace.com/marktrailmusic 

Oh what a winner! Kirsty Lee Akers declared Toyota Star Maker 2007
New South Wales singer songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers has taken the crown as winner of the Toyota Star Maker 2007 competition, Australia’s oldest and most successful music talent search.

Twenty finalists were whittled down to a “final five” plus an additional “wildcard entry” with many competitors already established performers in their own right. This year, interest reached an all-time high, largely due to the increased prize pool and sky-rocketing interest in country music with many artists gaining mainstream appeal.

Toyota Star Maker 2007 winner Kirsty Lee, from Kurri Kurri, said she was excited by the prospects that lie ahead.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be awarded a prize that has started the careers of some of the biggest names in country music. It’s a huge opportunity and I intend to make the most of it,” she said.

Since stepping into the spotlight at age three, Kirsty has not looked back. Her musical talents have been recognised nationally and internationally. Winning the 2006 Telstra Road to Tamworth Songwriter’s Encouragement Award, making it to the top 70 of Australian Idol and being named a grand finalist in an International Songwriting Competition are just a few of Kirsty’s achievements to date.

Toyota Star Maker has been a major stepping stone in the careers of country music legends including Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Beccy Cole, Keith Urban and Gina Jeffreys.

Previous Toyota Star Maker winners James Blundell, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Brendon Walmsley appeared as guest artists during the Grand Final last night (Sunday, January 21) together with last year’s winner Cat Southern who is a finalist in next weekend’s Golden Guitar Awards for New Talent of the Year.

Toyota’s Manager of Promotions and Event Management Wayne Gabriel said the finalists were of an extremely high standard and were all to be congratulated.

“With the announcement of this year’s prize package, competition grew incredibly fierce, but each and every artist rose to the challenge. The quality of the performances was excellent and all finalists have spent an incredible amount of time fine-tuning what they presented,” Wayne said.

“As we enter 2007, Toyota celebrates another year as Australia’s number one car company. Now Toyota has helped find a new star who might eventually become Australia’s number one country performer,” he said.

General Manager of Rural Press Events Barry Harley said that the new format which reduces the final 20 performers to five instead of 10 was appealing to both finalists and audience and increased the level of competition.

“This is undoubtedly one of the highest quality fields we’ve seen for many, many years – a big call for a talent search that has the reputation of being the ultimate in its category,” Barry said.

“The judges found the task of reducing the final 20 to the final five extremely difficult hence the wild card entry which brought it to six. The winner is bound to have the ride of their life because of the excellent quality we have seen tonight.”

This year’s Toyota Star Maker 2007 prize package is bigger and better than ever and includes:
Use of the title Toyota Star Maker 2007;
A big-budget full album recording session with one of Australia’s top producers;
A record contract with Compass Bros;
Distribution and promotion of at least two tracks from the album to radio and other media;
50 copies of the album for personal distribution;
Production of a video clip for one track by an award-winning director;
Media promotion including monthly exposure in Country Music Capital News;
Guaranteed bookings at a designated list of events including country music festivals in Tamworth, Gympie and Mildura;
A new BOSE Personalised Amplification System (PAS);
A Maton acoustic guitar;
Professional stage skills tuition from Stagecoach;
Invitations to a designated list of industry events;
A showcase performance at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final in 2008;
A Toyota Star Maker winner’s jacket; and
Use of a fully-serviced Toyota motor vehicle and fuel card for the 12 months following the award.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and other events please visit: http://www.toyotacountryclub.com.au .

Announcing the Various Artist Compilation CD Volume 701
DJ's: IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING THE LATEST MUSIC FROM NITE*SKY RECORDS - AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLAY OUR COMPILATION CD'S ON YOUR RADIO PROGRAM, SEND US AN EMAIL info@nitesky.us 
701
COUNTRY
01 Goodbye Lover, Hello Friend, Graham Gould
02 Hurtin' , Kentucky Sisters
03 Makin' Good Time , Andrew Dean and the farm machine
04 I'm Gonna Love You , Gary & Carol Bibb
05 She's Sleeping Like A Baby , Larry Piatt
06 Let Me Tell You , Tim Neal Keziah
07 Daddy's Little Soldier , Jasmun Basilone
08 Broke Down Blues , Tim Neal Keziah

BLUEGRASS
09 Don't Drink And Drive , Gary & Carol Bibb
10 Dreams Don't Come Easy , Ron Thompson

GOSPEL
11 Alive And Well , Kris Miller
12 Ashes To Gold , Tommy the UK Cowboy
13 Hallelujah Express , Lauren Rainey
14 Lord Help Me Hold On To You , Dee Dee
15 Buckets , Kris Miller
16 Sow That Seed For Jesus , Andrew Dean

info@nitesky.us 
Executive Producer Andrew Dean
P.O. Box 42, Gibsonburg, OH
USA 43431
Promoted by RhonBob Promotions, Kodak TN www.RhonBob.com

MICHAEL C. KENT - "LIFE AT THE PERFECT TIME"
TO GET A MP3 OF THIS SONG..send a request to rhonnies@aol.com 

Rustie Blue Releases “Don’t Come Cryin’ ”
Rustie Blue has released “Don’t Come Cryin’,” the final single from the Chip Chip album. “Don’t Come Cryin’” can also be found on Mark Trail’s comp disc #21.

“Don’t Come Cryin,’” written by Bobby Atkins, is sassy country/rock song with lots of attitude. “When I first heard the demo, I immediately loved it!” says Rustie. “I did change the song quite a bit from the demo to make it more my own. I've always loved this song and am glad that I'm having a chance to release it as a single!”

You won’t see Rustie come cryin’, even though she is accident prone! At a recent show, Rustie was on stage helping sweep off some music speakers and got her hair caught in a hand held Dirt Devil sweeper. It completely rolled up on top her head! Rustie doesn't need to add any comedy to her show because it comes natural!

Rustie is currently recording her new album, Born Again Country which is scheduled to be released this spring. The album has been running behind schedule, as Rustie has been doing a lot of work with different charities. Fans will be able to catch Rustie performing on the Carnival Cruise Line in the spring of 2008.

MP3s of "Don’t Come Cryin’", a copy of the Chip Chip album, interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request. Rustie Blue's music is also available on our media only download page.

Wildfire Publicity
WildfirePublicity@comcast.net
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
www.wildfirepublicity.net 

Please drop by www.rustieblue.com  and sign Blue's NEW guestbook to let us know what you think of "Don't Come Cryin" We welcome your feedback!

LONESTAR CONTINUES SUPPORT OF MILITARY TROOPS
MICHAEL BRITT GUESTS ON WHEEL OF FORTUNE’S COUNTRY STARS WEEK (FEB 12 – 16) TO PLAY FOR ADOPTAPLATOON.ORG 

Nashville, TN – Multi-platinum, award winning group LONESTAR continue their support for America’s troops serving the Nation. In particular, Lonestar is helping raise awareness to The AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort. Lonestar, who has more #1 singles under their belt than any other country group this decade, will release their new single “Nothing To Prove,” Feb 5th.

The AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort, founded in 1998 is a nonprofit 501C-3 organization managed nationwide by volunteer mothers to ensure that deployed United States Service members in all branches of the military are not forgotten by providing needed mail support and to promote patriotism in our schools and communities. The AAP created projects that meet the need of military requests, established special projects for holidays, and assigns individual morale lifting mail support to service members of all branches of the U.S. military serving their Nation around the world.

Lonestar’s Michael Britt will appear during Country Stars Week (Feb 12 - 16) on Wheel of Fortune hosted by Pat Sajak to compete and raise charitable money for AdoptaPlatoon. Stay tuned to see Wheel of Fortune to see how Michael does!!!!

Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations 615-777-6995
Kirt Webster – kirt@websterpr.com or Ebie McFarland – ebie@websterpr.com
BNA Records ~ SonyBMG 615-301-4373
Wes Vause – wes.vause@sonybmg.com 


THE GRASCALS TO PERFORM WITH DIERKS BENTLEY ON THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12
NASHVILLE, TENN. (January 29, 2007)—Award-winning bluegrass group The Grascals, nominated for a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy®, will perform with their good friend, singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley, on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday, February 12 (CBS Television/12:35 a.m. ET/PT), the day after the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. They will perform “Prodigal Son’s Prayer,” a bluegrass song written by Bentley, which the group recorded with him for his critically acclaimed album, Long Trip Alone. Recorded at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex in Nashville, the song’s poignant message is punctuated by the inmates’ humming and foot stomping.

Bentley, who is nominated for two Grammy Awards—Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for “Every Mile a Memory”-- also made a guest appearance on Long List of Heartaches, The Grascals’ Grammy-nominated sophomore release on Rounder Records, trading verses with lead singer Terry Eldredge on the Harley Allen tune, “Being Me.”

“I’ve known Dierks for a long time, and I’m thrilled with all his success,” said Eldredge. “He’s always been a fan of traditional and bluegrass music, and we had a great time in the studio together.”

The Grascals are the 2006 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year, earning the top honor just one year after being awarded Emerging Artist of the Year. Their self-titled debut earned a Grammy nomination last year. They have received six nominations for the upcoming SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) Awards—Entertaining Group of the Year, Bluegrass Band of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year (an award they won last year), Male Vocalist of the Year/Contemporary (Terry Eldredge), Fiddle Performer of the Year (Jimmy Mattingly) and Mandolin Performer of the Year (Danny Roberts--an award he won last year).

Long List of Heartaches is #1 for the second consecutive month on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey album chart.

The Grascals return for a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman on Friday, February 9. For a list of tour dates and additional information on the band, visit www.grascals.com .
Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Artist Management & Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com

Jennifer Sacca/Rounder Records
jsacca@rounder.com

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
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Songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Top 10 Hits - January 14, 2007 - 1st Survey - Fifth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1-Rodney Atkins - Watching You
2-Brad Paisley/She's Everything
3-Carrie Underwood/Before He Cheats
4-Trace Adkins-Ladies Love Country Boys
5-George Strait-It Just Comes Natural
6-Sugarland_Want To
7-Taylor Swift-Tim McGraw
8-Jason Aldean-Amarillo Sky
9-The Wreckers - My, Oh My
10-Craig Morgan - Little Bit Of Life

Hot Rising Single
Heartland - Built To Last

Keep An Eye On Single
Bucky Covington - A Different World

http://www.buckycovingtonmusic.com/

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Lisa Dotolo presents Avenues Music Showcase
Lisa Dotolo presents Avenues Music Showcase January 23, 2007 at Caffeine's Café, 1516 Demonbreun Street. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Local Talent includes: Todd
Abke, Ed Branding, Charles Crow, Lisa Dotolo, Mary Hartman, Jeff Jacob, Christina Jezioro, Randi Perkins.

Feature Artist: DIANA JONES;
http://www.dianajonesmusic.com/

SAMMY KERSHAW AND JOHN STONE TALK ABOUT CHICK’S
Sammy Kershaw and John Stone scheduled to appear on “Three Men And A Chick Flick” January 20th on Women’s Entertainment (WE) Network

Nashville, TN – Women’s Entertainment Network’s “3 Men And A Chick Flick” will feature country music singer’s SAMMY KERSHAW and JOHN STONE offering commentary on the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on January 20th at 8 PM ET and again at 12 PM ET.

Both Kershaw and Stone had a few things to say during the breaks about the movie, women, and being in the music business.

“Watching Coal Miner’s Daughter is a reminder to me of what female artists must go through in order to make it in the business,” Kershaw commented during the show. “Especially before artists like Loretta Lynn paved the way.”

“It was a pleasure for me to be part of “3 Men And A Chick Flick,” says Stone. “If I have to watch a “chick flick,” what better one than Coal Miner’s Daughter? I do and always have loved Loretta Lynn, and so does my Mamma!”

Kershaw is familiar with offering commentary on chicks. His new video “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” is a perfect example of that!

Stay tuned to www.sammykershaw.com  and www.johnstone.com  for additional details.

Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster, kirt@websterpr.com  / Ebie McFarland, ebie@websterpr.com 

BACCERSTICK RECORDS ASSEMBLES A STELLAR TEAM
NASHVILLE, TN-January 15, 2007-Baccerstick Records, one of the city's newest independently-operated record labels, has tapped industry veterans, CO5 Nashville and Holley•Guidry Public Relations & Marketing, for national radio promotion and public relations/strategic sponsorship marketing respectively. Baccerstick will release Meadows' first single, “100% Cowboy,” January 22. The single is the title cut on Meadow's forthcoming CD scheduled to be in stores May 15.

“We've assembled a very strong team,” says Kerry Bay, Baccerstick's chief financial officer and director of operations. “The companies and individuals we're marrying up with have reputations of longevity and success in this business. They're a group of professionals that have the knowledge and skill to effectively sell an artist and help us secure a spot for Jason among the competition.”

CO5 Nashville, a division of CO5 Music, will oversee all national radio initiatives for the Jason Meadows project. The CO5 team members and their territories are David Newmark - National/Northeast (factor@CO5Music.com); Trudie Richardson - Southeast (trudie@CO5Music.com); Darlene Starr - South/Midwest (Darlene@CO5Music.com); and “Bubba” Wayne McManners - West (bubbawayne@CO5Music.com). “Jason Meadows has the potential to be a big star,” says Newmark. “He has all of the elements…a great voice, magazine good looks, charm beyond belief, and yet he's a man's man. Jason really connects with his audience. We're thrilled to be working his record. He's a natural.” www.CO5Nashville.com

Holley•Guidry Public Relations & Marketing will manage all public relations and strategic sponsorship marketing for Baccerstick Records and the label's roster of artists. The firm has represented numerous clients in entertainment and related fields including Tracy Lawrence, the Nashville Star Tour, the Wildhorse Saloon, Bryan White, Capitol Records (Keith Urban), The Great Tennessee Air Show, and Aerial Entertainment, Inc. Holley•Guidry team members include Randy Guidry - Partner (bayoubob418@aol.com or randy@holleyguidry.com) and Debbie Holley - Partner (beehive022@aol.com or debbie@holleyguidry.com). www.holleyguidry.com

Meadows, the first runner-up from the USA Network's season three “Nashville Star” talent search television series, scored high with the judges and became a favored son among viewers of the show's 2005 television season. Baccerstick is a subsidiary of Baccerstick LLC, a full-service entertainment property. The label is located at 1311 16th Ave. So. Nashville, TN 37212. Ph: 615-463-8339 / Fx: 615-463-8338 / Email: info@baccerstick.com 

For press inquiries, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley at Holley•Guidry

Email Randy: randy@holleyguidry.com  or bayoubob418@aol.com
Email Debbie: debbie@holleyguidry.com  or beehive022@aol.com

"I'm Not Sorry" -SINGLE- Released to US Radio
www.leahdurelle.com
iRadioLA Loves Leah Durelle!

January 8, 2006-Nashville, TN - iRadioLA can't get enough of country singing sensation Leah Durelle! Mark Maverick, iRadioLA's station manager, believes so strongly in Leah's new CD, "9 Days in Nashville" that he has chosen the release as iRadioLA's "CD Spotlight" this month.

iRadioLA is the only multi-format internet radio station in operation today. Founded in 1998 by Mark Maverick in his home studio, it has grown to a booming station with over 4.5 million streaming listeners annually. iRadioLA was recently declared the "Internet Radio Station of the Year" at the 2006 New Music Weekly Awards held in Hollywood, CA.

"9 Days in Nashville" is the fourth CD from Leah Durelle, who hails from Canada. Leah is a touring veteran at just 15 and has opened for superstar country acts including Tanya Tucker and Leann Rimes. Leah's first single, "I'm Not Sorry," has already been heating up iRadioLA's playlist and will be on traditional radio stations soon.

To purchase Leah's CD "9 Days in Nashville" and to learn more information about her, please visit www.leahdurelle.com .
To find out more about iRadioLA or to listen online, please visit www.iRadioLA.com .

Claire Ratliff
Laughing Penguin Publicity
3007 Jenry Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
laughingpenguin@comcast.net
www.penguinpublicity.com
 
The COUNTRY GOSPEL CONNECTION & CGC RADIO
Where we play Country Music with a JESUS KICK!

Dear DJs, Programmers, Charting Agents (& Artists - FYI):
We now have our DJ Playlist Board available for you to post your playlist each month (or week) over the internet. You will have the option of whether or not you want your playlist made available for public viewing. This is where you can also request artists' music and compilation discs to be sent to your station/mailing address, and artists can email you from that board.

We're excited about the full & fair disclosure this will provide to artists and industry alike when it comes who is receiving their music and what is actually being reported to the charts.

You can view the board after posting by visiting www.cgcradio.com  or www.countrygospelconnection.com  and clicking on the link to VIEW DJ PLAYLIST BOARD.

You are the heartbeat of our industry. We appreciate you and your faithfulness to play the music of the great artists who are singing Christian Country-Gospel music. Whether you're playing several hours-a-day of Christian Country Gospel music or one song an hour -- we still need your playlist. For your posting access information code, please reply to this email with your Name, Call Letters/Program title and telephone #. Thank you.

ATTN ARTISTS: You can help us with this endeavor by contacting your friendly radio stations and asking them to contact us at gene@countrygospelconnection.com  for their access code.

Wishing you an abundantly blessed 2007!
LISA LAMPANELLI TO RELEASE NEW CD/DVD WITH WARNER BROS./JACK RECORDS ON JANUARY 30

One-Hour Stand Up Special To Air On Comedy Central January 28
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 15, 2007) - Lisa Lampanelli, "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean," is back with her tough-talking, no-holds-barred comedy. Filmed live at the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA, her new one-hour standup special will air on Comedy Central on January 28, 2007. Her Dirty Girl CD and Dirty Girl DVD will be released by Warner Bros./Jack Records on January 30. Hailed as a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen, Lisa Lampanelli masterfully delivers her outrageous, uproarious and completely politically incorrect comedy yet again.

To promote the new special and CD/DVD release, Lisa will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on January 18, and on January 22, fans can tune into Sirius 100 to hear the "Queen of Mean" in-studio with Howard Stern. Lisa can also be heard on radio stations across the country every week, as she continues to sell out theaters on her national tour.

Lisa Lampanelli's ability to make people laugh at their own stereotypes and differences has made her one of the hottest comedians in America. A regular on Comedy Central's Roasts, her show-stopping performance on the "Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson" in 2005 received national attention. She has also appeared on the Roasts of Jeff Foxworthy and most recently, William Shatner. In 2005, Lisa's one-hour special, Take It Like a Man, was a hit with Comedy Central, and her CD and DVD of the same name rose to #6 on the comedy charts.

Currently, Lisa can be see in the hugely popular films, "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" and "The Aristocrats." She will also appear in the feature films "Drillbit Taylor," starring Owen Wilson, and "Delta Farce" starring Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Qualls, which are set for release this year.

For tour dates and more information about Lisa Lampanelli, visit www.insultcomic.com .
Contact: - Liz McComb - AristoMedia - 615.269.7071 ext. 132 - lizmc@aristomedia.com
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
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we will start again next week with our Super Top 10
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JIM BRICKMAN AND COLLIN RAYE ANNOUNCE VALENTINE’S TOUR PERFORMANCES

Unique Valentine’s Concert Experience Offers Exclusive Opportunity For Fans
(Nashville, TN) – Jim Brickman announced today that country music legend Collin Raye will appear with Jim in the first of a series of shows as the featured guest vocalist beginning with Valentine’s Weekend performances in Minneapolis and Cleveland.

“Collin sings two of my biggest songs, ‘The Gift’ and ‘Peace,’” says Jim. “I truly believe he has the best voice in country music and hearing his vocals sing my songs will be breathtaking.”

The February 10th Minneapolis, MN performance will be held at The Orpheum Theater with tickets available at the Box Office, by calling 612-673-0404, or online at www.ticketmaster.com .

The February 14th Cleveland, OH performance will be held at the State Theater at Playhouse Square with tickets available by calling 216-241-6000 or 800-766-6048, or online at www.playhousesquare.com .

This will be a unique, inaugural performance that you don’t want to miss! For additional information, please visit www.jimbrickman.com  or www.collinraye.com .
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Collin Raye has had five Platinum albums, 25 Top Ten hits, 15 No. 1 smashes and 12 chart-topping videos. Many of his ballad hits include “Love Me,” “One Boy, One Girl,” “In This Life,” “Little Rock,” “I Can Still Feel You,” and Jim Brickman’s “The Gift.”

Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so touched that they used its lyrics at funerals and memorial services. That set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful songs. “Little Rock” was an anthem for the recovery community. “Not That Different” pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite. He won awards for the child-advocacy video “I Think About You.”

Five times nominated as country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year, his single “Love Me” garnered an ACM Award for “Song Of The Year” in 1992. Collin is back, with a new album under his belt and more to come in 2007!
Media Contact:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster or Ebie McFarland
615.777.6995 / requests@websterpr.com 

TOUR PAGE FOR TIM MURPHY UPDATES
To let everyone know what our tour schedule is looking like. I appreciate all of your help out there. It is getting easier to book New Music Weekly's: Top Male Country Artist of The Year! The video should help a lot and we thank Dennis Sanfilippo for stepping up to the plate with us on all of this. Happy New Year to you all and thanks again for your faith in Tim Murphy and his muisic! God bless, Tim

Saturday Jan 20th 2007 - "Burn Me Down" video shoot in Copperopolis, CA.
Join Tim and Big 7 Records as they shoot the HOT, HOT, HOT vidoe for Tim's new single release, "Burn Me Down". Extras needed, cool cars, bikes, 4 X 4's, trucks, whatever! Pool Station road off HWY 4 in Copperopolis, CA across from the Pool Station Fire House. Look for the rigs, the 'fire' and the folks!

Friday Feb 2nd 2007 - The Roadhouse www.sacroadhouse.com 
1556 Bell Ave. Sacramento, CA 95838 - (916) 929-3957

Saturday Feb 17th 2007 - Amador County Wine Tasting Festival (more info pending)

Wednesday Feb 28th 2007 - The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, www.DixiePac.net
191 Court Square, Huntington, TN 38344 (731) 966-2100

Feb 28th thru March 2nd 2007 - Join Tim Murphy and Country Radio in Nashville for CRS 2007 www.crb.com

Saturday March 17th 2007 - St. Patricks Day Shamrock Festival in Las Cruces, NM
Dickerson's Event Center - 3900 Picacho Ave. Las Cruces, NM- www.jllcshamrockfest2007.com

Saturday May 5th 2007 - Boulder City, NV Spring Jamboree (more info pending)

Friday May 18th 2007 - Monroe Civic Center, Monroe Louisiana with Jo Dee Messina and Chris Cagle (more info pending)

Saturday June 2nd 2007 - Mobile, Alabama with David Allen Coe and Shooter Jennings (more info pending)

Friday & Saturday July 20, 21st - Norwood, Colorado, The Hitchin Post Cowboy Bar - Rodeo Week Celebration www.hitchingpost.com 

MONTGOMERY GENTRY 2007 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Montgomery Gentry set to rock the road in ‘07
NASHVILLE, TN — Columbia recording artist MONTGOMERY GENTRY powers up for their 2007 tour, announcing appearances and dates in cities nationwide.

January 16 – New York, NY – MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning
January 18 – Los Angeles, CA – CBS’s Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson
January 19 - Salt Lake City, UT- Energy Solutions Arena
January 28 - Pembroke Pines, FL- WKIS-FM Chili Cookoff
February 9-10 - Harris, MI- Island Resort & Casino
February 16 - Norman, OK- Riverwind Casino
February 17 - San Antonio, TX- SBC Center
March 2 – Mt. Pleasant, MI-Soaring Eagle Casino
March 10 - Valdosta, GA- Wild Adventures
March 11 - Plant City, FL- Festival Grounds
April 15 - Florence, AZ- Country Thunder USA
April 20 - Ladson, SC- Exchange Park Fairgrounds
April 28 - Choctaw, MS- Silver Star Hotel & Casino
May 19 - Omaha, NE- Qwest Center
May 25 – Little Rock, AR- RiverFest
June 23 - Oshkosh, WI- Country USA
July 6 - Varysburg, NY- Buffalo Hills Village
July 15 - Rhinelander, WI- Hodag Country Festival
July 20 - Eau Claire, WI- Country Jam USA
July 21 - Twin Lakes, WI- Country Thunder USA
August 11 - Lewisburg, WV- State Fair of West Virginia
August 18 - Lima, OH- Allen County Fair
August 24 - Knoxville, TN- Chilhowee Park

The rowdy duo debuted in 1999, becoming a multi-platinum selling artist. Boasting awards for Duo of the Year, Top New Vocal Duo or Group and Favorite Artist in 2000, Montgomery Gentry continues their success with chart-topping hits, including their newest release, “Some People Change.”

For booking information, contact Monterey Peninsula Artists at (615) 251-4400.

Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster or Ebie McFarland
615.777.6995 / requests@websterpr.com 

Columbia Records ~ SonyBMG
Craig Campbell
615-858-1314 / craig.campbell@sonybmg.com 

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION GETS FIRST LOOK AT CRACKER BARREL SONGS OF THE YEAR CONCERT SPECIAL
Concert host Trace Adkins to discuss concert with writers & critics gathered in Los Angeles
LEBANON, TENN (January 8, 2007) – The “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store presents Songs Of The Year” concert turned out to be such a special evening that Great American Country (GAC) will debut the two-hour special at the annual Television Critics Association meeting being held this week in Los Angeles. Concert host Trace Adkins, who performed twice during the concert, will share about the experience with television writers and critics.

“A lot of times, you do a show and there’s a clunker in the bunch, one song that’s just not any good,” said Adkins. “Not in this show. These are all songs of the year. They are all jewels. Josh Turner is doing He Stopped Loving Her Today, which in my opinion, may be the greatest country music song of all time.”

Premiering nationally on January 27 on GAC, the concert blends today’s country music superstars performing songs that earned “Song of the Year” recognition from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music or Grammy awards. In addition to Trace Adkins and Josh Turner, the impressive concert lineup features Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter & Heart, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Jr., The Wreckers, Billy Currington, Lonestar,
Jo Dee Messina & Blake Shelton.

Prior to singing the Kenny Rogers’ classic, The Gambler, Blake Shelton noted the importance of honoring the original songs and artists. “This concert is about holding these songs up in a light and celebrating them,” said Shelton. “I can’t wait to see Hank Williams Jr. sing Merle Haggard’s Are The Good Times Really Over For Good. I don’t know which one to be more excited about… the song or the guy singing it.”

One of the show’s most poignant moments occurred when Merle Haggard shared how Wynn Stewart, one of the pioneers of the famed Bakersfield sound, influenced his music. In the early 1960s, Stewart hired Haggard as a bass player in his nightclub and later gave Haggard a song that turned out to be Merle’s first big hit. During the concert, Haggard honored Stewart by performing his #1 single, It’s Such A Pretty World Today.

“This is a real special event for me,” said Haggard. “I have never had the chance to sing this song, although Wynn was my tutor. He did a lot for me and my stage wisdom. I’m really proud to sing this in honor of the great Wynn Stewart.”

The Songs Of The Year CD retails for $11.99 and is being sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The Cracker Barrel website also features photographs from the concert, sample tracks from the CD and more news about the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program.
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About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia and a real wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up classic comfort foods such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children’s games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann & Andy and Slinky®.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 552 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com

About Great American Country
Great American Country is America's main street for the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. In addition to country music videos, GAC features original programming, special musical performances and live concerts, and is the exclusive television home of the Grand Ole Opry. GAC is available in more than 44 million households and online at GACTV.com.

Media Contacts:
Jim Taylor, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
(615) 235-4082 / jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com 

Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates Public Relations
(615) 777-6995 / kirt@websterpr.com

DJ‘S PETER & THE ROWERS
Top European country band Peter & The Rowers are in the studio right now recording full album with powerhouse songs !!!

The album is scheduled to be out in the spring of 2007. The CD will feature songs written by Peter Dula and Ronald Mattox.

Roger Springer, songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee also contributed to the CD.

Roger Springer, wrote songs for the greats as George Strait, Mark Chesnutt, Clay Walker, Kenny Rogers and many more.

After they finish recording Peter & The Rowers will tour Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands, Czech republic, Poland ...) in the summer and will go on tour to Nashville, Tennessee and to Texas, USA in the fall of 2007.

THEY HAVE A NEW SONG " I'm Leavin' '' on M-T-M- #20 & future WHP # 73 compilation
DJ's, if you don't receive any of these compilations please contact Peter Dula at dula@netkosice.sk and he will be very happy to send you a CD with the song.
You can hear the song on the official Peter & The Rowers myspace site at www.myspace.com/rowers

STORY BEHIND THE SONG " I'M LEAVIN' "
" I'm Leavin' " is a song written and recorded in a memory of Juraj Straka, founder of the band "The Rowers". In 1971 it was the first country band to be established in Slovakia. Juraj died in 2005 at the age of 53, suffering from a rare disease that slowly reduced the size of his lungs over the final 15 years of his life, until the day that he could not breathe any more. His love for his band and music gave him the strength and passion to sing on day after day, even though his lungs were gradually, yet dramatically deteriorating.

Juraj is succeeded by Peter Dula, the lead singer, and he himself a cancer survivor, and 4 other band members who work hard every day to continue on Juraj's dream. They sang this song in original Slovak version (Ja Pojdem Sam) at his funeral last year.

Peter Dula co-wrote the English version with very talented lyric writer Ronald Mattox from Ohio, USA. It is a from the heart translation and if anything was lost during the translation then it was tears...

Peter & The Rowers received this from Mark Trail- MTM Nashville re: " I'M LEAVIN' "
HEY PETER I’M LEAVIN‘ SOUNDS GREAT !!! THAT HAS TO BE HONESTLY ONE OF THE BEST "EUROPEAN" PRODUCTIONS I HAVE HEARD...CONGRATS !!! I AM IMPRESSED

PETER & THE ROWERS very happy to be for the straight 5 weeks at #3 on European CMA TOP 100 CHART with the song „Blind Horses“

PETER & THE ROWERS VERY happy to be on WORLDWIDE MOST PLAYED ARTIST CHART OCTOBER 16-31 at #4- AM/FM CHART (NO INTERNET).

PETER & THE ROWERS also have another 2 songs beautifully received by DJ's around the world
"BLIND HORSES" on WHP compilation # 71
"GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY"

PETER & THE ROWERS hope you will visit their official website: www.therowers.eu and myspace: www.myspace.com/rowers
email: dula@netkosice.sk

PETER & THE ROWERS are performing all over. They are a great bunch of talented men, and jewels to work with.
Visit RhonBob Promotions website ...the world does!! http://www.rhonbob.com

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST RONNIE MASTERS RELEASES TWO NEW ALBUMS ON RGO RECORDS TO BE DISTRIBUTED BY HONKY TONKIN MUSIC (TELEPHONE, TEXAS)

NEW YORK CITY (JANUARY 8, 2007) – RGO Records of San Diego, Calif. announces the release of two new albums by Canadian country music artist Ronnie Masters. The albums, “A Country Afternoon” and “More Precious Than Life,” are being distributed (wholesale and retail) worldwide by Honky Tonkin Music of Telephone, Texas.

Ronnie Masters is a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based singer/songwriter, “who sticks to traditional country sounds, and delivers some really interesting material with his plaintive, pure country vocals.” In 1998, Ronnie released his debut album, “Honky Tonks and Steel Guitars.” This album was followed up in 2002 with “Sparks Among The Coals.” Songs from both albums were released to country music radio worldwide, receiving substantial airplay and chart activity. Ronnie has teamed up again with prolific songwriter Roy G. Ownbey (who had a number of hit tunes on Ronnie’s second album and for other artists) along with some other great writers for two new albums for 2007. The albums, “A Country Afternoon” (RGO-2007) and “More Precious Than Life” (RGO-2008), reflect Ronnie’s “continuing interest in telling stories about the pain and joy of life experiences by folks - wherever they live. ” Both albums were recorded and produced in Nashville and Nova Scotia.

Ronnie Masters's MySpace page is located at www.myspace.com/ronniemasters .

RGO Records is a San Diego, Calif. based multi-artist country music record label owned by Roy G. Ownbey. RGO’s catalog includes original albums by Cathy Dale, Erica Dawson, George Hamilton IV, Steve Hill, Ronnie Masters, Darnell Miller, Didi Perry and Ray St. Germain.

Honky Tonkin Music is located at 2334 CR 2265, Telephone, Texas, 75488; phone/fax: 800-664-3740 (US), 903-664-3741 (elsewhere); website: www.honkytonkin.com ; email: info@honkytonkin.com .

Contact:
DaSBro Enterprise
2760 Grand Concouse - 3K
Bronx, NY 10458

phone: (718) 933-0633
email: dasbro@optonline.ne t

 
No Top 10 this week, will return next week...
EMERSON’S DRIVE’S “A GOOD MAN”
IS PART OF GRAND RAPIDS RADIO STATION’S TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT FORD


Emerson Drive were happy to learn yesterday that Grand Rapids radio station WBCT included portions of their Top 20 country hit song “A Good Man” in their tribute that aired yesterday & today to President Gerald R. Ford.

MIDAS RECORDS NASHVILLE AND ACCLAIMED GROUP EMERSON DRIVE
HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST
TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR FEEDING THE HUNGRY
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GROUP’S CURRENT SINGLE & VIDEO “MOMENTS” HIGHLIGHTS HOMELESS PROBLEM
Midas Records Nashville and the band Emerson Drive will partner with America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States, to raise awareness for feeding those in need. Inspired by the lyrics of “Moments”, the second single from their album Countrified, and the storyline of its music video, the group sought an organization that can help people that have fallen on hard times.

Food banks with the Second Harvest Network will staff information tables and collection receptacles that will be present at Emerson Drive concert venues next year. The group will also appear in public service announcements for the organization.

According to Emerson Drive’s lead singer Brad Mates, “Thanks to our fans, we’ve had a blessed career. Getting involved with a great organization like America’s Second Harvest is our way help out those less fortunate.”

America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network is comprised of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The America’s Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.

“Hunger exists in nearly every community in this country, and it’s within our ability to bring an end to hunger in America with greater awareness of this issue,” said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of America’s Second Harvest. “We are thankful to Emerson Drive for stepping up and helping hunger relief gain greater visibility in this country.”

“Moments” was recently the #1 most added at Country radio across the country and its music video has been programmed at CMT and GAC

Contact:
Midas Records Nashville: Steve Levesque, Guy McCain, Luck Media & Marketing, Inc.
(310) 860-9170 info@luckmedia,
www.luckmedia.com 
Emerson Drive: Vanessa Davis, Splash Public Relations
(615) 321-1383,
vanessa@splashpublicity.com 

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

Hank Williams, Jr. Headlines NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards Presented by Samsung in Hard Rock Live on February 2
Tickets on Sale January 6 at noon
HOLLYWOOD, FLA - (January 4, 2007) Are you ready for some football? If so, then, surely you must be ready for a glimpse of the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards presented by Samsung featuring country music superstar and Monday Night Football staple Hank Williams, Jr. The show takes place on February 2 in Hard Rock Live at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert event go on sale Saturday, January 6 at noon.

For the first time in 25 years, the public will be allowed to see portions of the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards presented by Samsung. In addition to the presentation, concert-goers will be treated to special appearances by sports greats Troy Aikman, Eric Dickerson, LaDanian Tomlinson and Don Shula. Emmy-nominated TV personality Samantha Harris, co-host of the ABC hit series, Dancing With The Stars will also be on hand.

Monday Night Football is the signature television property in all of sports – an American institution – and legendary singer Hank Williams, Jr. has played a defining role in that tradition since 1989, earning four Emmy awards (1991-1994) and national acclaim among fans for the anthem he has made famous. That legacy has continued on Monday Night Football as the familiar face and voice of Williams, Jr. has performed the opening theme with a new twist, bridging the series’ past with its bright future on ESPN.

With more than 70 albums to his credit, Williams Jr. has a fascinating career to reflect upon for a legend still in his prime. His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right. For more than a decade, America has come to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looks into the camera and unleashes the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football — ‘Are you ready for some football?’ Those simple words have won Williams, Jr. an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.

The NFL Alumni Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charity composed of former NFL players and associate members who work voluntarily to raise funds for youth-oriented causes. The NFL Alumni advances its motto of Caring for Kids from its national headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an additional 30 chapters across the country. As part of Super Bowl XLI festivities, legendary musician Prince will bring his live show to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday, January 31 at 8 p.m. Prince is also the featured star performer for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show, airing live on CBS February 4 from Miami's Dolphin Stadium,.

Tickets are $100, $150 and $200 and all seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office*, open daily from noon until 7 p.m. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at
www.ticketmaster.com  or charge by phone: Miami-Dade (305) 358-5885, Broward (954) 523-3309 and Palm Beach (561) 966-3309. Doors open one hour prior to show time. *Additional charges may apply.
Contacts:
Julianne Carelli, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, (954) 327-7504
Fran Folic, Bitner Goodman, (954) 730-7730, ext. 117
Kirt Webster, for Hank Williams Jr. – Webster & Assoc PR (615) 777-6995

Bobby Rymer To Head Montage Music Group’s Publishing Company
Nashville, TN – Montage Music Group President and CEO Allen Butler is excited to announce that longtime publishing vet Bobby Rymer has joined the company to head the newly-formed Montage Music Group Publishing, LLC.

“Bobby came very highly recommended to me by Anthony Martin, our Head of A&R. After spending some time with Bobby I understand why Anthony is so excited about working with him. I’m very happy to have him on board and I’m looking forward to building our publishing catalogue with hit songs!” says Butler.

Before joining Montage, Rymer most recently helmed his own publishing company, Rymer Music Group. Prior to that, he was VP/GM of the Nashville office of Almo/Irving/Rondor, where he was responsible for a staff of eight employees and 22 writers, including Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Annie Roboff, Craig Wiseman, and others. Before joining the publishing world, Rymer worked in A&R at Capitol Records/Nashville.

Rymer can be reached at Montage Music Group at their temporary location in the Fall School Business Center. Phone number 615-312-7248 and email
Brymer@montagemusicgroup.com .

First Hope Street compilation disc for 2007
As our "premier" label, the Hope Street disc
is by invitation only, and YOU'RE INVITED!

With almost six years behind us building a reputation for
excellence, Hope Street is well respected by radio DJs, industry
and artists alike. We have set and maintained a standard
for quality and integrity in Christian Country Gospel
music that is recognized around the globe.

Join us on our first compilation of this New Year 2007.

Call us today at 870-741-1407

Abundant blessings extended your way,
Gene & Micki Farington -
cgc_hopestreet@alltel.net

Jason Aldean on iWebRadio.com Jan 13th, 2007
In 2006 international country music editor and journalist Christian Lamitschka joined the team of iWebRadio.com . Country Fans around the world get the chance each second Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Time (North America) on iWebRadio.com   to listen to what their favorite Stars from Nashville like to share with the fans. For 2007 there are still some of Country Music's biggest names waiting to be a part of the show. Check the website at
www.iWebRadio.com  for details and dates.

For 2007 Christian Lamitschka, who's the co-moderator on the Saturday morning country music show "LA's Country Corner" present on Jan 13th 2007 one of the hot new acts in Country Music. Jason Aldean,
http://www.jasonaldean.com  , who came into the music scene in 2006 like a hurricane. He will talk about his current album "Hicktown" and more on the show.

So check out Jason Aldean on
www.iWebRadio.com  , Jan 13th, 2007 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Time (North America). Let them know why you love Jason Aldean and his music at iWebRadio.com Forum or talk with Christian Lamitschka and L.A. on the show at iWebRadio.com Chat Room.

Your Time For
www.IwebRadio.com 
Germany
Each Saturday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm
UK
Each Saturday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
North America
Each Saturday from 7:00 - 10:00 am Yukon Time (YT)
Each Saturday from 8:00 - 11:00 am Pacific Time (PT)
Each Saturday from 9:00 - 12:00 am Mountain Time (MT)
Each Saturday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Central Time (CT)
Each Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)
 
TRAVIS TRITT TO PERFORM AT GEORGIA LT. GOVERNOR INAUGURATION
Atlanta, GA – A versatile performer from suburban Atlanta, Travis Tritt has secured major industry awards and sold millions of records, thus solidifying his stature within the Peach State's pantheon of noteworthy contributors to country music. Now he will lend his talents to the Great State of Georgia for the inauguration of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle on January 7th. The show will be held at The Georgia World Congress Center in the Thomas B. Murphy ballroom located at 265 Andrew Young Int'l Atlanta GA 30313.

In 1999, Travis Tritt was inducted into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame located in Macon, Georgia. The 43,000 square foot museum features an extravaganza of music memorabilia of fellow inductees Brenda Lee, Otis Redding, James Brown, Little Richard, Peebo Bryson, Gladys Knight, Alan Jackson and more than 450 Georgia artists, videos, interactive exhibits and hospitality with a Georgia accent.

Tritt is currently in the studio working on his debut album for Category 5 Records. The album co-produced by Tritt and American Idol’s Randy Jackson will be released in late Summer 2007.
Travis Tritt Media Contact:
Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates PR 615-777-6995 x30
kirt@websterpr.com 

THE GRASCALS’ GRAMMY®-NOMINATED LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES TOPS BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED ALBUM CHART

ALBUM ALSO AMONG YEAR-END TOP-10 LISTS FROM CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE AND RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER


NASHVILLE, TENN. (January 2, 2007)—The Grascals’ sophomore release for Rounder Records, Long List of Heartaches, nominated for a Grammy® for Best Bluegrass Album, is currently #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey album chart in the January 2007 issue.

The critically acclaimed Long List of Heartaches was also included in several year-end top-10 lists, including the Chicago Sun-Times’ list of the 10 Things That Made Country Music Interesting in 2006, written by Bobby Reed:

"Top Pickers: The Grascals’ excellent CD Long List of Heartaches helped them win the entertainer of the year honor at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards show. The disc includes a sparkling rendition of Merle Haggard’s 'You Don’t Have Very Far to Go.'"

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ranked Long List of Heartaches at #9 on its Best of 2006 country top-10 list, in the company of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban and others, with writer John Hayes remarking:

"A short list of the best country albums of 2006 wouldn’t be complete without Long List of Heartaches. The secret to making what’s old new again isn’t holding onto the past, it’s understanding the heart and soul of those who came before and approaching new material with the same ethic. These guys get that."

Long List of Heartaches is also on the Raleigh News & Observer’s list of the top 10 country albums of 2006, a list that included Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, and Linda Ronstadt with Ann Savoy. Jack Bernhardt wrote:

"High lonesome singing, world-class musicianship and an imaginative bluegrass-country repertoire result in a Grammy®-nominated sophomore release as adventuresome as it is rooted in tradition."

The Tennessean included Long List of Heartaches on its year-end list of the Top 20 Off Music Row releases of 2006, alongside titles by Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Raul Malo, Mindy Smith, and Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris.

The Grascals performed to a sold-out crowd at the Station Inn in Nashville on New Year’s Eve. Upcoming dates include: Jan. 5 – Fairview, OH – Pennyroyal Opera House; Jan. 6 – Milton, WV – Mountaineer Opry; Jan. 7 – Tazewell, TN – Claiborne County High School Auditorium; Jan. 12 – Jefferson City, MO – SPBGMA Midwest; Jan. 13 – Lexington, MA – National Heritage Museum; Jan. 19 – Ashland, KY – Paramount Theater; Jan. 20 – Lewis Center, OH – Olentangy High School Theater; Jan. 26 – Bartlett, TN – Lucy Opry. For additional tour dates and information, please visit
http://www.grascals.com/ .
Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Artist Management & Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Jennifer Sacca/Rounder Records
jsacca@rounder.com


MONTGOMERY GENTRY EXCITEMENT CONTINUES IN 2007
Duo celebrates success of SOME PEOPLE CHANGE with national appearances on Oprah & Friends radio show, Wheel of Fortune, IMUS In The Morning and MORE!

NASHVILLE, TN – Country duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY gears up for national television and radio appearances in 2007 surrounding the success of their album Some People Change, and the Top 10 title track.

New Year’s Eve on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 kicked off Montgomery Gentry’s exciting new year and it keeps getting better. The duo will test their luck on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune for Country Music Week. Joined by other country music artists, Troy will play for the CMA Music and Schools Program and Eddie will play for Camp Horsin’ Around, a Lexington, Kentucky camp dedicated to enriching the lives of children with serious chronic illnesses and physical disabilities through interactions with horses. The show will be taped January 13th, airing mid-February. Check your local listing for dates and times.

Montgomery Gentry will perform their single “Some People Change” along with several other hits on January 16th on MSNBC’s all-star radio and TV show IMUS in the Morning. Following, they will discuss their tour success and new album on Sound Off With Matt Pinfield; air date to be announced at a later date.

And as a very special invitation, Montgomery Gentry will join XM Radio’s Oprah & Friends. The duo will speak one-on-one during in an interview with renowned poet, playwright, author, activist, educator, and three-time Grammy Award Winner, Dr. Maya Angelou to discuss their new video for “Some People Change” as well as their views on country music. The special interview will air on XM Channel 156.
For additional appearances and exclusive interviews, please visit
www.montgomerygentry.com  .
Media Contacts:
Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster or Ebie McFarland
615.777.6995 /
requests@websterpr.com 

Columbia Records ~ SonyBMG
Craig Campbell
615-858-1314 /
craig.campbell@sonybmg.com 

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

Listen to our "World of Country Music" podcast
 
2006 TOP 10 Hits
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
    * 1 - Carrie Underwood-Jesus, Takes The Wheel
    * 2 - Trace Adkins-Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
    * 3 - Phil Vasser-Last Day Of My Life
    * 4 - Carrie Underwood Don't Forget To Remember Me
    * 5 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
    * 6 - The Wreckers - Leave The Pieces
    * 7 - Keith Urban-Tonight I Wanna Cry
    * 8 - Rascal Flatts-What Hurts The Most
    * 9 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
    * 10 - Jason Aldean - Why=20

Top New Female Artist
Carrie Underwood

Top New Male Artsit
Jason Aldean

Top Duo of the Year
Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles - Who Says You Can't Go Home

Best New International Group
Peter and the Rowers

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this =
podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

***please note above the new link above for InProcess

Merry Christmas from McGuffey Lane.
Over the past few years we have had many requests to re-release the
McGuffey Lane Christmas album so here it is......FREE!!!! Click here
McGuffey Lane and then click on the online store. Originally distributed
by RAX Roast Beef Restaurants in 1988 it sold over 40,000 copies with
all proceeds ($160,000) going to benefit The Central Ohio Lung
Association. Now it's yours free.

Upcoming events:
Dec 30, 2006 - Monroe OH - Coyote Ridge
(MAP) Coyote Ridge 1248 Hamilton-Lebanon Rd. Monroe,Ohio 45060     8:00PM
Directions to club are I-75 South to exit 29, Club is located on East
side of Interstate across overpass at the Stony Ridge Truck Stop. About=
30 minutes south of Dayton.
for information contact
Name: LEROY JONES
email:
rakmuplj@yahoo.com
phonenumber: 937-725-6873=20
show will also feature the Rick House Band
http://www.rickhouseband.com/

New Years Eve
McGuffey Lane members John Schwab and Molly Pauken are both playing Dec
31st at The Renaissance Hotel. Molly plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the
restaurant with Kay Harris. John plays from 9:30 till ?? in the bar.
http://www.latitude41restaurant.com/
Latitude 41 Bar and Restaurant
50, N 3rd St, Columbus, Ohio
  For New Year's Eve Reservation, call 614-233-7541

Jan 20, 2007 - Columbus - Zachariah's Red Eye Reunion At The LC
(formerly PromoWest)
(MAP)
Tickets are now on sale for reserved seating and general admission. Call
614.457.6157 to SAVE TICKETMASTER CHARGES and to order. Appearing will
be McGuffey Lane plus special guests Hannie Hooker featuring John David
Caul of Pure Prairie League fame. Special appearances by Tom Ingham,
Dick Smith, Dave Rangeler. Casey McKeown, Dave Robins, DeLyn Christian
and more. Also a special appearance by NBC Star of Tomorrow finalst
Jonalee White.
also become one of our friends at
www.myspace.com/mcguffeylane

M-T-M#21
A few featured artists for M-T-M#21 all ready include: Tracy Lawrence.
Billy Yates, Codie Prevost(CA), Ray William Roldan, John Foster, Rustie
Blue, Desert Heat(CA), The Tin Ridge band, Cindy Lu,  Danney Ball and
more..

****************
* M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's  are archived Country Music Hall of
Fame....

** Select artists from M-T-M Radio Samplers Compilation CD's are
eligible to participate in the M-T-M industry artist showcases.. the
2007 showcase will be on June 7th @ the Legendary Douglas corner
cafe...We currently are just begining the artist selection phase...

**********************
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
           Mark Trail Music
           707 18th Ave South Suite 4
           Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email:
mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web:
www.marktrailmusic.com

**see below for some industry feedback on M-T-M Comps!

  I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler  
Compilation CD (M-T-M #21) to mail out In mid-late January (cut off
deadline 7 Jan) first come first serve bases on paid approved  tracks. I
also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be
booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US)  to have a
song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and
I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to... 

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as
The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John
Berry, Randy Archer, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John
Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie
Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John
Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of
what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a
very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of
styles of great country songs and artists..  M-T-M compilation CD is a
quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the
tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.0
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #21 which will be sent
out to over 600 radio DJ's, stations, industry professionals & music
media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and
the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart  and
Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with
their full contact info)

     I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will
play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio
and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany -
editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt-  newsletter
"Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in
England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are
included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get
your music placed onto a quality Radio Sampler Compilation CD, but all
prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and
money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at
a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very
professional and efficient service..

 - WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of
your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number,
address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if
applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for
$250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

TRAVIS TRITT and R&B legend SAM MOORE appearance on LATE LATE SHOW
re-airs on January 1st

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Long known as a multi-platinum selling artist in
country music, Travis Tritt is now finding success in R&B alongside a
music legend. Tritt, a two-time Grammy winner for Best Country
Collaboration with Vocals, has let his rhythm and blues influences show
a little more in recent years. In 2002, Tritt and Ray Charles
collaborated for a one-hour music special CMT Crossroads. He is now
working with American Idol's Randy Jackson, to co-produce his new album
set to hit the shelves next summer on Category 5 Records.

Tritt's newest R&B flavored style can be heard on Sam Moore's new album,
Overnight Sensational, which has been met with rave reviews. Tritt and
the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer recorded "Riding Thumb" and will perform
it on CBS' Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson on January 1st.=20

"I was thrilled to get a chance to work with Sam on his album," Tritt
said. "I've always loved R&B, and I've always admired Sam's work."

For more information on Travis Tritt and his music, visit
www.travistritt.com.

HANK WILLIAMS JR., JODEE MESSINA, VAN ZANT, CRYSTAL GAYLE, HEARTLAND,
SAMMY KERSHAW, KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, JOHN CONLEE, AARON TIPPIN & MORE TO
HELP RING IN 2007 ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S "A NASHVILLE NEW YEAR WITH SEAN
HANNITY"
(Nashville, Tenn.) - The Nashville Palace plays host to country music's
finest entertainers as they help ring in 2007 on Fox News Channel. "A
Nashville New Year with Sean Hannity," will be one-hour of exciting
performances for all ages.

Whether you are a fan of classic country hits or today's hot new country
sound, Sean Hannity brings you an array of entertainment that will leave
nobody left out. Performances range from the classic Crystal Gayle and
Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee to hot newcomers Van Zant, Heartland,
John Stone, and Josh Gracin to hit-makers Hank Williams Jr., JoDee
Messina, Collin Raye, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Kentucky Headhunters,
and more.

"Having Fox News Channel come to Nashville, is not only good for our
music industry and community, but it brings new awareness to Music City
and all we have to offer. We, here at the Nashville Palace, are honored
and privileged to host the Fox News network and all these great artists
that everyone across the nation will get to enjoy," says Steve Smith,
owner of Nashville Palace.

A Nashville New Year with Sean Hannity will air on Fox News Channel
nationwide on New Years Eve (12/31) at 10:00 pm (EST) and will re-air on
Jan 1st at 1:00 am (EST).

Immediately following "A Nashville New Year with Sean Hannity," Fox News
Channel will be airing 'live' the "All American New Year's Eve" from
Times Square with a performance by Hootie & The Blowfish in Las Vegas,
among others.

MONTGOMERY GENTRY CELEBRATES NEW YEAR'S EVE ON CNN's ANDERSON COOPER 360
The duo bids farewell to 2006
NASHVILLE, TN - Country power-house MONTGOMERY GENTRY will spend the
final days of 2006 reflecting on the past 12 months and celebrating New
Year's Eve with a rockin' performance in their hometown of Lexington,
Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

CNN's Emmy-winning program, Anderson Cooper 360=B0, will be on-hand at
the New Year's show with Montgomery Gentry for a special that focuses on
"keeping them honest," intended to highlight those trying to improve
their communities by correcting the wrongs.

The duo will also be included in the Wall Street Journal's New Year's
Eve special edition.

Montgomery Gentry currently graces the cover of the December 18
subscriber issue of Country Weekly. The issue features an exclusive
interview with the duo focusing on changes and spirituality, as well as
reflecting on their current Top 10 single, "Some People Change."

Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, and Styx will accompany Montgomery Gentry at
Rupp Arena. Tickets can be purchased online at
www.ticketmaster.com. For
more information on the show and Montgomery Gentry, please visit
www.montgomerygentry.com.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

Listen to our "World of Country Music" podcast
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
December 24th, 2006, 50th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
* 2 - Rodney Atkins - Watching You
* 3 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 4 - George Strait-It Just Comes Natural
* 5 - Trace Adkins-Ladies Love Country Boys
* 6 - Brad Paisley - She's Everything
* 7 - Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
* 8 - Sugarland - Want To
* 9 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
* 10 - Trent Tomlinson One Wing In The Fire

Hot Rising Single
Heartland - Built To Last

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Carrie Underwood - Wasted

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

***please note above the new link above for InProcess

Cupit Records adds industry veteran Joe Redmond
Nashville, TN –Jerry Cupit, owner and President of Cupit Records is proud to announce the addition of industry veteran, Joe Redmond to the label. Redmond joins the six year-old label as National Director of Promotions.

“Joe’s extensive background and reputation for excellence makes him a perfect fit with our team. We’re proud to welcome him into the Cupit family and we look forward to new and exciting things to come in 2007,” says Billy Holland, Executive Vice President of Cupit Records.

Redmond comes to Cupit from Warner Brothers, where he spent over 3 years as Director of Specialty Programming. Prior to his stint at Warner Brothers, Redmond worked for 3 years at Mediabase.

“Jerry’s reputation in this industry is legendary,” says Redmond. “He has an eye and an ear for talent. The opportunities with Cupit Music are extensive – the record label, music publishing, entertainment, the recording studio – I look forward to the chance to work with Jerry and Billy Holland and the entire staff at Cupit Records.”

Redmond begins immediately and can be contacted at 615-731-0100 and email at joe@cupitmusic.com .

Misty N. Hurt
SPLASH! Public Relations
misty@splashpublicity.com
For artist downloads, please visità www.splashpublicity.com

JOHN CONLEE LIGHTS THE PATH TO 2007
Conlee fills the holiday season with an array of appearances
NASHVILLE, TN – Legendary country artist John Conlee keeps busy during the holidays with an assortment of appearances and performances across the nation.

A prestigious invitation, Conlee participated in the “83rd Annual Christmas Pageant of Peace” at the White House on December 7th. The Pageant included the ceremonial Christmas tree lighting where Conlee set the spirit with his rendition of “O Holy Night,” performing alongside a variety of entertainers.

Conlee also appeared during the Orlando Christmas Parade “Santa Salutes The Stars,” the largest nationally televised holiday parade in the southeast. The parade will air on December 24th on the WGN network.

Ringing in the new year, Conlee, a Grand Ole Opry member, bids a honky-tonk farewell to 2006 with the Fox News Channel’s “A Nashville New Year with Sean Hannity,” airing December 31st nationwide 10 pm (EST).

Conlee’s shining conclusion to 2006 lights the way for new projects in 2007. Conlee will appear on “The Boomer Show,” shown in HD on WealthTV. Check your local listing for dates and times.

Additionally, the “John Conlee Country Caravan” will return in 2007, boasting songs from Conlee’s track record of eight #1 Hits and 19 Top Ten hits. Previously dubbed the “Music Across America Tour,” the tour will continue to feature award-winning vocalist Janie Fricke and country artist T.G. Sheppard. For booking information, contact the Bobby Roberts Company at (615) 859-8899 or info@bobbyroberts.com .

Visit www.johnconlee.com  for additional appearances and performances.

JASON MEADOWS SET TO PERFORM AT INDEPENDENCE BOWL RALLY
Meadows' “100% Cowboy” To Pump Up The Crowd
NASHVILLE, TN-December 19, 2006-Baccerstick Records artist Jason Meadows is scheduled to perform two songs, “100% Cowboy” and “Cowboy Up,” at a pre-game rally before the PetroSun Independence bowl where the Oklahoma State Cowboys will take on Alabama's Crimson Tide December 28 in Shreveport, LA. Meadows, who grew up in Calera, Oklahoma and is a longtime fan and supporter of the Cowboys, will perform at the Cajun Cowboy Pep Rally at Hirsch Coliseum (adjacent to Independence Stadium) at approx. 1pm local time.

“I've been rooting for the Oklahoma State Cowboys for as long as I can remember,” says Meadows. “I'm really looking forward to giving the crowd a jolt with my music. I want to help pump everyone up for the game. This is a huge day for us Okies.”

Meadows, the first runner-up from the USA Network's season three “Nashville Star” talent search television series, scored high with the judges and became a favored son among viewers of the show's 2005 television season. He has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Baccerstick Records in Nashville, a recently-launched independent record label. Baccerstick will release Meadows' first single, “100% Cowboy,” January 22, 2007. The single is the title cut on Meadows' forthcoming CD scheduled to be in stores by mid-summer.

For Jason Meadows press inquiries, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley at Holley•Guidry,
Contact Information:
Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley
Email Randy: randy@holleyguidry.com  or bayoubob418@aol.com
Email Debbie: debbie@holleyguidry.com  or beehive022@aol.com

ROYAL WADE KIMES BOOK SIGNING AT HASTINGS IN FT. SMITH, ARK
(NASHVILLE, Dec. 18, 2006) -- Country and Western icon Royal Wade Kimes will be signing copies of his novel "Eminent Domain and Old Man Smith" on Sat. Dec. 23, 2006 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Hastings Books Music & Video in Ft. Smith, Ark. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event. "Eminent Domain and Old Man Smith" is the tale of an elderly World War II veteran who is fighting to save his beloved farm from
seizure by Eminent Domain.

"Ever since the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its latest decision on Eminent Domain, it's easy for the government to take away private property. Many honest and hard working people have
been devastated by the ruling and that was the inspiration for my book," Kimes states. "As a songwriter, I tell stories through my lyrics, so expanding my ideas into a book was the next step for me as
an artist. 'Eminent Domain and Old Man Smith' chronicles one man's struggle and ultimate triumph to protect what is his and ultimately, that which belongs to every American -- freedom."

A Platinum songwriter and two time winner of the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award, Kimes recently released his blazing new CD "Strikin' Matches" and is finalizing production on two new music
videos scheduled for release by the end of the year. Kimes is a spokesman for National Day of the Cowboy, a day set aside by Congress to pay homage to our Western history. Kimes' critically acclaimed
"Cowboy Cool" album was voted Best Alternative Western CD in the True West magazine "Best of the West" readers' poll and was voted one of the top five CDs of 2004. His 2005 Christmas record "Snow" received
top reviews including USA Today, Country Weekly, True West Magazine, and Country Stars Online.

THE GRASCALS END YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE
IBMA ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR RING OUT 2006 WITH GRAMMY® NOMINATION, SPBGMA NOMINATIONS, COUNTRY WEEKLY FEATURE, OPRY AND STATION INN PERFORMANCES

NASHVILLE, TENN. (December 19, 2006)—The Grascals have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. In August the group released their second album for Rounder Records, Long List of Heartaches, which earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. The Tennessean included the CD on its year-end list of the Top 20 Off Music Row releases of 2006.

The Grascals were also named Entertainer of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in September. And they have received six nominations for the upcoming SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) Awards—Entertaining Group of the Year, Bluegrass Band of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year (an award they won last year), Male Vocalist of the Year/Contemporary (Terry Eldredge), Fiddle Performer of the Year (Jimmy Mattingly) and Mandolin Performer of the Year (Danny Roberts--an award he won last year).

The group is featured in the current issue of Country Weekly (issue date Jan. 1), talking about recording Long List of Heartaches--which includes guest performances by George Jones, Dierks Bentley, Steve Wariner and the Jordanaires--and about the whirlwind that took them from IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year to Entertainer of the Year in only twelve months.

Tonight (Dec. 19) The Grascals return for a guest appearance on the Tuesday Night Opry at the Ryman. They’ll spend New Year’s Eve performing for fans at Nashville’s renowned Station Inn (9 p.m., $15 admission).
Contact:
Karen Byrd Artist Management & Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Jennifer Sacca
Rounder Records
jsacca@rounder.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
Listen to our "World of Country Music" podcast
 
TRICK PONY TO RECORD LAST ALBUM

LIVE Album to be Recorded at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday, December 13th

(Nashville, TN) – Former lead singer of country group Trick Pony, HEIDI NEWFIELD, is pleased to announce she, Keith Burns, and Ira Dean will record their last album LIVE as Trick Pony on Wednesday, December 13, 2006. The show will be recorded at The Wildhorse Saloon, located at 120 2nd Ave. North in Nashville, Tennessee. There will be three shows beginning at 5:00pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00PM. Admission is $10 and available at the door.

“Wednesday night will be a very special and sentimental night for several reasons,” says Heidi. “One, the Wildhorse stage is where we got our start 10 years ago--when Ira had bangs and I was WAY too blonde with interesting fashion sense! Secondly, it’s where we got our record deal, and now it’s where we’ll play our last show together. What an amazing ride it’s been! With this final show, we are paying tribute to the fans, the music, and the memories by recording a live album throughout the evening. Come join us!”

Trick Pony is known for there outrageous performances and stage dives from their lead vocalist Heidi Newfield. With their gold selling album, “Trick Pony,” the group earned themselves an ACM for “Top New Vocal Group” and an AMA for “Favorite New Country Act.”

The decision to record a final Trick Pony project follows Heidi Newfield’s announcement earlier this year that she will soon begin recording a solo album in 2007.

Please call the Wildhorse Saloon at (615) 902-8200 for additional details, and stay tuned to www.heidinewfield.com for additional information on both the LIVE album and her forthcoming solo project, both on Curb Records.

Media contact: Webster and Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster (615) 777-6995 x30 / kirt@websterpr.com
Ebie McFarland (615) 777-6995 x25 / ebie@websterpr.com

December 17th, 2006, 49th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
* 2 - Sugarland - Want To
* 3 - Brad Paisley - She's Everything
* 4 - Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
* 5 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
* 6 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 7 - George Strait-It Just Comes Natural
* 8 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
* 9 - Trace Adkins-Ladies Love Country Boys
* 10 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
Hot Rising Single
Josh Turner - Me And God
Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Emerson Drive - Moments
InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
www.theborderlands.podomatic.com

***please note above the new link above for InProcess

George Canyon Nominated for Five ECMAs!
www.georgecanyon.com 

December 12th, 2006 – It was announced today that George Canyon has been nominated for five East Coast Music Awards. The Nova Scotia born and raised country star received nods for Entertainer of the Year, Video of the Year (for “Drinkin’ Thinkin’”), FACTOR Recording of the Year, Male Solo Recording of the Year, and Country Recording of the Year (for his album Somebody Wrote Love). The 2007 ECMAs will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from February 15 to 18 and will culminate in the ECMA Gala Awards Show, broadcast on CBC Television, Sunday, February 18, starting at 8 p.m. in all time zones (8:30 NT).

Canyon, who recently wrapped up his cross-Canada fall tour in Nova Scotia, was thrilled to hear about the nominations. “The people in Eastern Canada have been so good to me. I’m surprised and humbled by these nominations. I’m so proud to be a Maritimer and to be included amongst such incredible musicians,” he said.

Currently being heard on radio with his latest single, “Drinkin’ Thinkin’” and his Christmas release, “What Child is This,” Canyon has had a constant presence at Country radio in 2006, with the release of his latest album, Somebody Wrote Love (Universal Music Canada), on July 4th of this year. The hilarious video for the album’s second single, “Drinkin’ Thinkin’” is a CMT Canada favourite, featuring a starring role from Trailer Park Boys’ character Bubbles. Canyon will return the favour in the upcoming TPB season with his own cameo appearance on the show.

"I think it's definitely the funniest video George has done and one that really resonates with the audience, especially with the bonus performance of Mike Smith (Bubbles)," says CMT’s Director of Music Programming, Casey Clarke of the video.

In the spring of 2006, Canyon had the opportunity to accompany Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter MacKay, on a trip to Kandahar in Afghanistan where he was able to meet with and perform for Canadian troops. This was one of the high points in Canyon’s career, as he has always had a great deal of respect and admiration for the men and women of the Canadian Forces, as evidenced in his song, “Letting Go” and his dedication of the song, “I Want You to Live,” to Canada’s fallen soldiers. The experience touched him deeply and he hopes to have the opportunity to entertain the troops again in the near future. In November he appeared in his hometown of Pictou County with MacKay, the area’s MP, to see several local soldiers off to duty with a performance at the county’s Red Friday rally.

For more information:
Krista Lamb
Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
radiovp@netsurf.net

Three Golden opportunities come Felicity’s way
www.felicityurquhart.com 
www.myspace.com/felicityurquhart
There’s no trace of a Big Black Cloud hovering over superb singer-songwriter Felicity Urquhart with the announcement today of her three Golden Guitar finalist berths.

Felicity is in contention for Album of the Year for My Life; together with Video Clip of the Year and Female Artist of the Year for her hit single, Big Black Cloud. Felicity co-wrote the song with American hitmaker and Grammy award winning producer, Randy Scruggs.

This latest announcement adds to the excitement and anticipation of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, when Felicity has the opportunity to return to her hometown and catch up with all her friends.

Felicity is also a finalist in the People’s Choice Awards (for Female Vocal and Album of the Year) and in the TIARAs, in Female Vocal.

In the Victorian Country Music Awards, announced in February 2007, Felicity is a finalist in four categories of the national section – Female Vocalist, Songwriters’ Composition, Best Independent Release and Bluegrass/Traditional Country.

This year has certainly been a landmark in Felicity’s career, consolidating her name as one of the finest and most hard-working artists in the industry.

To date she has picked up accolades and awards for Best Country Artist at the 2006 Musicoz Awards; Independent Entertainer of the Year at the CMAA Achiever Awards; Female Vocalist, Album, and Single of the Year at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards and the Australian Songwriters’ Association named her Country Songwriter of the Year.

While 2006 was a stellar year in Felicity’s career, it could be that 2007 may even better that achievement for this fabulous entertainer.

Big Black Cloud is currently #2 on the CMC video chart.
My Life – distributed by Shock Records

For further information or interviews contact:
RUM Entertainment - Ph/fax 02 4285 1461 (m) 0439 730 460 rum@rumentertainment.com

Country Superstar Charlie Daniels Headlines Outback Bowl DeBartolo Pregame Show

Tampa, FL -- Game officials announced today that legendary country superstar Charlie Daniels will perform the National Anthem at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida on New Year’s Day. The college football bowl game will match the University of Tennessee against Penn State University in front of a sellout crowd in Raymond James Stadium.

“The Outback Bowl has a reputation for its dazzling DeBartolo Pregame Show that includes college bands, dancers, military fly-bys and sky divers. Charlie Daniels addition as our anthem singer makes our presentation even more spectacular for the fans,” Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay.

Daniels, known for his fiddle playing, has been a music icon for over 40 years and has become an integral part of the American popular culture. CDB music, as Daniels likes to call it, is an exhilarating mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel. Although geared to the mindset of the southern lifestyle, Daniels strikes a chord with all Americans since his music at times can be rebel rousing with the spirit that embraces the American ideal.

Charlie Daniels energy and strong support for our nation is evidenced by his many accolades. His volunteer spirit and down to earth philosophy exemplifies this true American patriot. He will be performing at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, FL on December 31.

The Outback Bowl will be televised internationally on ESPN TV in HD and can be heard nationally on ESPN Radio and in the Tampa Bay market on 620 WDAE AThe Sports Animal.”

For information on the Outback Bowl, events, attractions and hotels in the Tampa Bay area go to the bowls web site at www.outbackbowl.com  .

Montage Music Group Welcomes Stevie Zea
Nashville, TN – Deb Haus, Head of Marketing and Artist Development for Montage Music Group is happy to announce the addition of Stevie Zea (pronounced “Z”) to the Montage family. “We are excited to have Stevie join the Montage team. Her work skills, love of music, and personality will compliment our staff and roster perfectly,” comments Haus.

Zea is a team member of the Marketing and Artist Development department and will also serve as Haus’ assistant. Zea was born and raised in Arizona and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated this past August with a degree in Music Business. During her term at MTSU she served as an Intern at Lyric Street Records where she worked in Marketing and Publicity. She was previously employed at Broken Bow Records before joining Montage Music Group.

Zea reports to Deb Haus and can be reached at Montage Music Group’s temporary location in the Fall School Business center at phone number 615-312-7248. Her email address is szea@montagemusicgroup.com .
Vanessa Parker -Davis
Splash! Public Relations
813 18th Ave. South, STE B-1
Nashville, TN 37203
vanessa@splashpublicity.com

*TOP 5 FINALIST IN THE GOLDEN GUITAR AWARDS-
*GRAND FINALIST IN THE SUNSCREEN INDEPENDENT MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS.
www.gemmadoylemusic.com 
www.myspace.com/gemmadoyle

"Permission to Breathe" the video clip produced and filmed by Millhouse Productions out of Brisbane has made it into the grand finals of the Sunscreen Independant Music Video Awards, and has also gained Gemma a Top 5 Finalist berth in the 2007 Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth.  Very exciting news for an independent country based artist.
Gemma's new album "NOTHING" (distributed by MGM/Green Distribution) is now out and should be available at all good record stores. Gemma has recently released another film clip "AGAIN' , which was also produced and filmed by Millhouse Productions. "Again" is currently sitting in the Top 50 on the CMC Charts. To request Gemma's new clip, simply log onto www.countrymusicchannel.com.au  and register.
We now have an MP3 of Gemma's latest single "Again" and also a voice over- if you would like a copy please reply to this release and we will send it through.

Gemma is only performing at the one show in Tamworth along with some very talented artists from Queensland. Join Gemma, Nik Phillips, Shelley Evans and The Rachel Mak Trio at the Regent Country Live on Friday 26th January at 2pm for the Queensland Singer/Songwriter Showcase.

Merry Christmas to everyone, a big thankyou from Gemma for all the support she has received this year, and our wish for everyone is that 2007 is a Very Happy and Prosperous Year.
Enjoy your families, take some time out and have some much needed R & R.

For more information contact Amy @
Ethereal Music Management- 0423454705 or email: amelouise@gmail.com 

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Australia's Toyota Star Maker 2007 Top 20 Finalists
The top 20 finalists in Australia’s most prestigious country music talent search have been announced.
The 20 hopefuls invited to travel to Tamworth this January are...
Kirsty Lee Akers, Kurri Kurri NSW
Victoria Baillie, Fairy Meadow NSW
Rob Black, Beachmere Qld
Kelly Brooks, Broadbeach Qld
Katrina Burgoyne, Gunnedah NSW
Rose Carleo, Beenleigh Qld
Diana Cormie, Tamworth NSW
Nellie Donovan, Maleny Qld
Tim Farren, Wallan Vic
Sharnee Fenwick, Glendale NSW
Chloe Graham, Eschol Park NSW
Christy Kilpatrick, Kedron Qld
Gemma Luxton, Seven Hills NSW
Sarah McMonagle, Stafford Qld
Markus Meier, Casuarina NT
Claye Middleton, Bracken Ridge Qld
Rae Moody, Cremorne NSW
Jason Ryan, Toowoomba Qld
Mistin Renee Summers, Garran ACT
Daniel Webb, Rockdale NSW

Toyota Star Maker 2007 will be staged in the Toyota Country Theatre at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre on Sunday, January 21, and organisers Rural Press Events (RPE) are making a number of changes to the event to ensure it keeps pace with modern demands of the music industry and fans.

“The top 20 will run through the day as usual,” said RPE General Manager Barry Harley, “but instead of 10 grand finalists, this January we will be reducing this number to five to give the top competitors more opportunity to make an impression.

“The other most exciting change, of course, which we have already announced is the introduction of a full album package to the winner for the first time.”

The Toyota Star Maker 2007 prize package includes use of the title Toyota Star Maker 2007, and this coming year for the first time, a big budget full album recording session with one of Australia’s top producers and album record contract with 2006 Australian Country Music Achiever Awards Record Company of the Year Compass Bros, distribution and promotion of at least two tracks to radio and other media, 50 copies of the album for personal distribution, production of a professional video clip of one of the tracks by award winning director, media promotion including monthly exposure in 2006 Achiever Awards Media of the Year Country Music Capital News and Country Music Radio, a new BOSE Personalised Amplification System (PAS), a Maton acoustic guitar, professional tuition with stage skills from Stagecoach, guaranteed performance bookings at a designated list of events including country music festivals at Tamworth, Gympie and Mildura, Port Lincoln, Bungendore, Mud Bulls & Music, Katherine and Penrith’s Museum of Fire, a special showcase performance at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final in 2008 and 12 months use of a brand new, fully serviced Toyota motor vehicle plus fuel card for the 12 months after winning Toyota Star Maker.

A live broadcast of the Grand Final will be made by Country Music Radio (CMR) across 29 commercial radio stations in metropolitan and regional areas of New South Wales and Queensland.

Tickets for the Toyota Star Maker Final and Grand Final are on sale now through Tamworth Visitor Information Centre on 02 6767 5300 or on-line at www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au  (click on ticket sales).

Kate Nugent
Rural Press Events
PO Box 3520
West Tamworth NSW 2340
T. 02 6762 2399
F. 02 6762 2350
E. kate.nugent@ruralpress.com 

December 10th, 2006, 48th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
* 2 - Sugarland - Want To
* 3 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
* 4 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 5 - Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
* 6 - Brad Paisley - She's Everything
* 7 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
* 8 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
* 9 - Trent Tomlinson One Wing In The Fire
* 10 - Montgomery Gentry - Some People Change

Hot Rising Single
Jack Ingram - Lips Of An Angel

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Updated Contact Information From Mark Trail
Dear Djs and friends here is an updated contact information for Canadian Country Artist Johnny Dietrich.. Johnny is a featured artist on M-T-M#20 with his new single "Just an Old Memory" which is from his new CD "Dreams Come and Dreams Go"

CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact & Booking:
John Dietrich
PO Box 793
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3C3

Phone: (204) 428-3934
Email: johndietrichmusic@hotmail.com
Web: www.johnnydietrich.ca

M-T-M #21
I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #21) to mail out In mid-late January (cut off deadline 7 Jan) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting a variety of styles of great country songs and artists.. M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #21 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

JASON MEADOWS SIGNS WITH BACCERSTICK RECORDS
NASHVILLE, TN—December 1, 2006—Recording artist Jason Meadows, the first runner-up from the USA Network’s season three “Nashville Star” talent search television series, has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Baccerstick Records, one of the city’s newest independently operated record labels to open offices on Music Row.

Baccerstick Records will release Meadows’ first single, “100% Cowboy,” January 22 next year. The single is the title cut on Meadows’ forthcoming CD scheduled to be in stores by midsummer. “We’re thrilled to come out of the gate with an artist as talented as Jason,” says Pellegrino. “We feel strongly that Jason embodies all of the elements that make for a superstar. He’s really a marketing dream.”

Meadows scored high with the judges and became a favored son with viewers of “Nashville Star’s” 2005 television season. He has spent the last 12 months, after the 2005 Nashville Star Tour, honing his songwriting talent, recording tracks for his new CD, and searching for “the right recording contract,” says Meadows. “My career’s in great hands with the folks at Baccerstick. We hit the ground running.”

Baccerstick is a subsidiary of Baccerstick LLC, a full-service entertainment property. The label is located is located at 1311 16th Ave. So. Nashville, TN 37212. Ph: 615-463-8339 / Fx: 615-463-8338 / Email: info@baccerstick.com

Pictured in the attached photo, from left, are Baccerstick Records chief financial officer and director of operations Kerry Bay; recording artist Jason Meadows; and Baccerstick Records president Nick Pellegrino.

For press inquiries, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley at Holley•Guidry, 615-460-9550.
Holley•Guidry
Public Relations•Marketing•Management
2714 Westwood Dr. / Suite 102 / Nashville, TN 37204

Contact Information:
Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley
Email Randy: randy@holleyguidry.com  or bayoubob418@aol.com
Email Debbie: debbie@holleyguidry.com  or beehive022@aol.com

Emerson Drive Seen on Entertainment Tonight Canada, Prepare for Their Next Single “Moments” and Pull Double Duty at the Nashville Predators Game

Nashville, TN, The holidays are a time for hustling and bustling and the guys in Emerson Drive are doing just that between touring, television, a brand new single and video.

They were featured on Entertainment Tonight Canada when the show caught up with lead singer Brad Mates at his home in Nashville to discuss the band’s current album, COUNTRIFIED. The “at-home” piece aired on Thursday, November 30th.

The new single “Moments” goes for adds at country radio starting on December 11th. The video is being added to CMT and GAC’s playlists NOW!

Fans can catch the CMT debut by tuning in to the Top 20 Countdown on Thursday, December 7th. The 2nd single from COUNTRIFIED is a touching ballad about a homeless man who reflects on his own life to save that of another. The video was filmed in Nashville and was directed by award winning director Steven Goldmann.

Emerson Drive take to the ice or should we say mic…on Tuesday, December 12th at Gaylord Entertainment Center, where they will perform BOTH the US and Canadian National Nnthems to kick off the Nashville Predators v. Edmonton Oilers game. Avid hockey fans, the band that hails from Canada has an extra interest in this game, as Edmonton, AB is lead singer’s Mate’s hometown.

For more news and a complete list of tour dates, check out
www.myspace.com/emersondrive  or their website, www.emersondrive.com .

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December 3rd, 2006, 47th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
* 2 - Sugarland - Want To
* 3 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
* 5 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
* 6 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 7 - Brad Paisley - She's Everything
* 8 -Trent Tomlinson One Wing In The Fire
* 9 - Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw
* 10 - Montgomery Gentry - Some People Change

Hot Rising Single
John Mellencamp - Our Country

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Aaron Tippin - He Believed

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JETT WILLIAMS SHOW SELLS OUT AT WINNAVEGAS CASINO
(NASHVILLE, TN) -- Daughter of legendary Hank Williams, JETT WILLIAMS, visited WinnaVegas Casino on Saturday, November 25th in Sloan, Iowa and performed for a sold-out crowd!

Billed as the “Jett Williams Show, with Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown, and country greats Leona Williams and Ferlin Husky,” the show sold out in record time. Setting another precedent that evening, every prepaid ticket was picked up!

Deana Whistler, marketing analyst for the casino, which is owned and operated by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, had this to say about the show, “It was wonderful—the best show we’ve had here. They were truly great to work with.”

To book this outstanding show, contact Tommy Vee with Rockhouse Productions by calling 320-363-1000.

Jett Williams Media Contact: Webster & Associates Public Relations
Kirt Webster / Ebie McFarland / requests@websterpr.com 


Todd Fritsch Rings In The Season With Christmas Favorite, "Mary Had A Little Boy"
http://www.toddfritsch.com/

Nashville, TN (November 29, 2006) – Diamond Music Group recording artist Todd Fritsch will ring in the Christmas season with a rare reissue of “Mary Had A Little Boy.” The poignant ballad was released last year, and quickly became a holiday favorite at radio and with Fritsch’s fans.

“People really loved the song,” says Fritsch. “It’s the second most downloaded tune on my website, and several programmers asked us to send it out to them again. So this song will be my gift of thanks to radio and to my fans this year. ”

Todd will be busy this December; he shoots his first music video Dec. 12 & 13, wraps up vocals on his upcoming 2007 CD, and will perform every weekend through New Year’s. In his “spare” time, Fritsch continues to help his father and his brothers on the family ranch.

Up-to-the-minute news, photos, downloads and clips are available at www.toddfritsch.com  and http://www.myspace.com/toddfritsch .

Message To Jesus: We Could Use Some Peace On Earth
***
Slingshot Entertainment Group, LLC., Releases Powerful Video For “Peace On Earth”,
Lila McCann’s Emotionally-Gripping Single This Holiday Season

to get a cd - info@luckmedia.com 

"It's been a really hard year/Many more heartaches than we bargained for/So much loss all around us/Between hurricanes and desert wars.... Jesus if you're listenin' on Christmas Eve/We could use some peace on earth"

Slingshot Entertainment Group, LLC recently released a powerful video in support of platinum-selling Country singer Lila McCann’s new, emotionally-gripping single “Peace On Earth”.

A montage of live video clips and stills provided by FEMA and DVIDS, along with performance of McCann throughout Atlanta, the video conveys all of the heartbreak and loss endured during 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the war in the Middle East. The video also features Sgt. Ethan Cross, USMC who recently returned from serving our country in Afghanistan. A video clip is available for viewing at www.peaceonearthhome.com .

“Peace On Earth” is available for purchase as a download at www.peaceonearthhome.com . Slingshot Entertainment Group, LLC. is donating 10% of all proceeds to charities that support victims of 9/11 and hurricanes, as well as families of soldiers serving in the Middle East.

Lila is currently working on her fourth album, her debut for Broken Bow Records.

For more information on LILA MCCANN contact:
Steve Levesque or James Levesque at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
info@luckmedia.com , www.luckmedia.com , www.lilamccann.com  or
 www.peaceonearthhome.com

MistleToe Roaster (The Three Wise Men) A Musical Written by Bryan Kennedy
Chuck, Hamlet and Big Daddy Spread Some Holiday Cheer To Benefit Brentwood Academy

Nashville, TN – You have been called to the MistleToe Roaster! Something BIG has happened, a miracle!! Three of Nashville’s finest invite you to pull a log up by the fire and settle in for a good old fashioned Toe Roaster – well, MistleToe Roaster this time. MistleToe Roaster stars Bryan Kennedy, Langdon Reid and Wil Reid, sons of Harold Reid and Don Reid of the legendary Statler Brothers. This hilarious new play is a fresh holiday entertainment experience unlike any other and is fun for the entire family. In the words of “Chuck,” “Hamlet” and “Big Daddy,” the “toe” must go on and you can see it at Brentwood Academy’s Black Box Theatre on Saturday Dec. 2nd, two shows, 6pm and 8:15pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students 18 years and younger. Tickets can be purchased at www.brentwoodacademy.com  or by calling 615-373-4764 ext. 250.

Delivered through the thoughts and musings of its three main characters, “Chuck” (Bryan Kennedy), “Hamlet” (Langdon Reid) and “Big Daddy” (Wil Reid) the charming faith based musical play answers some important life questions; why Santa shops at Wal-marts, why Rudolph is not the most famous reindeer and finally, why the three wise men really are wise. It’s the telling of the real Christmas story through three so not-so-wise men and it’s both poignant and hilarious. You will laugh, you will cry and you will certainly cry from laughing!

This is the second play written by Kennedy, who last year premiered his first musical comedy,

Toe Roaster, a musing about three modern-day “cowboys” who sit around a campfire reminiscing, trading philosophies, and spinning more than a few tall tales as they try to solve the mysteries of life surrounding women, cell phones, new boots and ultimately world peace! Kennedy spent some time around a “faux” campfire when he opened for Garth Brooks in 1996-‘97. A successful song writer, Kennedy has had six Garth Brooks cuts, including two Number One hits, “Beaches Of Cheyenne” and “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.” He brings life to the character of “Chuck,” a guy who rides a motorcycle, is always in trouble with women and is the notorious clown of the bunch.

Legendary music and film star Jerry Reed will be the evening’s master of ceremonies and will introduce the lucky audience to “Chuck,” “Hamlet”and “Big Daddy.”

Kennedy is a graduate of Brentwood Academy and will be donating the net profits from the shows at Brentwood Academy to the school’s new Athletic and Fine Arts centers.

Vanessa Parker -Davis
Splash! Public Relations
813 18th Ave. South, STE B-1
Nashville, TN 37203
NOTICE NEW ADDRESS!!
615-321-1383 - vanessa@splashpublicity.com

Music Group Names SONY BMG’s RED as Distribution Partner
Nashville, TN – Montage Music Group has just signed a distribution deal with RED Distribution, a division of SONY BMG Music Entertainment. “I am very happy to be associated with Bob Morelli and everyone at RED again. I am confident that our product is in very capable hands and I look forward to having them on our team,” Says Allen Butler, President and CEO, Montage Music Group.
Butler, formerly the President of SONY Records Nashville, has had a working relationship with RED for quite some time. Aligning Montage Music Group with RED for distribution was a natural fit.

“We are very proud to begin our relationship with Montage. I have worked with Allen during his days of running Arista Nashville promotion. As a fan, I watched Allen run and developed SONY Nashville into the powerhouse country label it became. I couldn’t be happier that he chose RED to be the home for his new label, and we hope to add our expertise and partnership in making this one of the premiere labels in Nashville,” says Bob Morelli, EVP/GM RED Distribution.

Since 1979 RED Distribution has been the leading Independent Distributor of Music in the United States. RED has won numerous awards for its consistently innovative work and recently won the NARM 2006 Distributor of the Year / Medium Division award for the second year in a row, the industry's most prestigious honor RED Distribution is a division of SONY BMG Music Entertainment.

Established in May of 2006, Montage Music Group is a fully staffed multifaceted entertainment organization operating as a multi-genre record label, an artist management company and a music publishing company. Montage Music Group’s mission is to not only make music but to develop the careers of recording artists and songwriters alike. Operating as an independent company with a sole owner, Montage Music Group affords itself the ability and freedom to make quick decisions about music marketing and put those objectives into play more quickly than its historically slower major music company competitors.

Vanessa Parker-Davis / Splash! PR Vanessa@splashpublicity.com

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Felicity Shines At Musicoz Awards
www.felicityurquhart.com
www.myspace.com/felicityurquhart
Just like her self-penned song On and On the award winning continues for Felicity Urquhart!

This week Felicity was named The Country Music Channel Best Country Artist Award at the 2006 Musicoz Awards – Australia’s Premier Music Awards for Unsigned Artists, with her single The Flood, her personal tribute to her parents & family.

Felicity wishes to thank the supporters of the award – Country Music Channel, OneStop Entertainment, Love Hz Studios, Turramurra Music & The Vault.

My Life, her current album continues to open a path of success for Felicity. This vivacious artist thrives on her gruelling schedule of television and touring, and goes from strength to strength.

2006 has been a vortex of awards and accolades:
Musicoz Awards - Best Country Artist
CMAA Achiever Awards - Best Independent Artist
Australian Independent CM Music Awards - Female Vocalist / Album of the Year / Single of the Year
Australian Songwriters Association’s - Country Songwriter of the Year

Sydneysiders and those happy to travel to the Blue Mountains, will be able to enjoy the delectable sounds of Felicity, Friday 24 November at The Clarendon, 68 Lurline Street, Katoomba - bookings phone 02 4782 1322.

Felicity’s current single Big Black Cloud is #5 on the CMC video chart and #27 on the Top 30 Country Tracks chart.

My Life – distributed by Shock Records
For further information or interviews contact:
RUM Entertainment - rum@rumentertainment.com
Bookings:
Artist Network - Alex Sinclair alex@artistnetwork.com.au
Management:
The Pub Management – Joan Douglas joandouglas@thepub.com.au

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

November 26th, 2006, 46th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
* 2 - Sugarland - Want To
* 3 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
* 4 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
* 5 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
* 6 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
* 7 - Sara Evans - You'll Always Be My Baby
* 8 -Trent Tomlinson One Wing In The Fire
* 9 - Kellie Pickler-Red High Heels
* 10 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky

Hot Rising Single
Martina McBride - Anyway

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Keith Urban - Stupid Boy

Rustie Blue and the CMFSA Auction
The CMFSA Auction is almost underway! Rustie Blue has donated signed CDs and photos for the CMFSA Fans Care Auction! One of Rustie's fans, who owns Music Exchange in Athens, Georgia, is donating a guitar in Rustie's honor to help, which will be signed by Rustie! The auction begins November 25th, and runs through December 2nd. To bid, go to http://www.countrymusicfsa.com/CMFSAFansCareAuction.html  In addition, make sure and check out the CMFSA Fans Care Campaign at http://www.countrymusicfsa.com/CMFSAFansCareCampaign.html 

Read interview with CMFSA at http://www.countrymusicfsa.com/RUSTIEBLUE.html 

Rustie Blue’s current single is “Trouble”. "Elvis has always been one of my biggest influences!" explains Rustie. "When I recorded my second album, Enter At Your Own Risk, my manager thought it would be a different type of song for me. I remember being in the studio, and he and my other producer laughing at me when I did the talkin' part. They said 'you don't sound like you could whip a flea. Give it more attitude!' 'Trouble' was recorded back in 2002...not a bad song for something that has been around for 50 years."

Rustie is currently recording her new album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2007.
MP3s of "Trouble", a copy of the current album Chip Chip, interviews, and print quality photos available to media by request. Rustie Blue's current CD "Chip Chip" can be purchased online at www.rustieblue.com , ordered from over 1,300 retailers across the nation, (Wal-mart, Best Buy, etc), online (cdbaby, Amazon, etc.) digital downloads, itunes, and many others! Rusite's music is also available at RadioSubmit.com , AirplayDirect.com .

www.RustieBlue.com
Electronic Press Kit- http://www.sonicbid.com/rustieblue   

SAMMY KERSHAW PUTS ON HONKY TONK BOOTS TO PLAY U.S. MARSHALL MORGAN DUCKETT IN ‘GHOST TOWN’
(Nashville, TN) – Sammy Kershaw received a call from a friend in his home state of Louisiana on Friday, November 10th requesting his presence over the weekend to appear in Ghost Town, an independent film taping in Maggy Valley, North Carolina, slated for release in May 2007. Kershaw starred beside Rance Howard, Fred Griffith, Stella Parton, Tony Becker, and Herbert “Cowboy” Coward as the much talked about U.S. Marshall Morgan Duckett, the notable officer of the law sent to clean up the town.

“It’s a 1850s western, and from what I understand a true story, about a guy that came out of the mountains twice –once to avenge his father’s death and returning a second time only to avenge the abuse of his daughter,” Sammy describes his take on Ghost Town. “My character is this notorious Marshall that you hear about throughout the film, and only see in the closing scene. It was great experience!”

Sammy Kershaw debuted in the early 90s with a consistent string of hits including “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Cadillac Style,” and “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore” among many others. His new album HONKY TONK BOOTS on Category 5 Records is home to his new single “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On,” a follow-up to “Tennessee Girl.”

“When we shot the video [for “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jean’s On”] in the middle of the day, I was standing by myself for a minute just kind-of looking at everything going on, and this excited feeling came over me,” says Sammy. “It was just like the feeling I had when I shot my very first video, “Cadillac Style.” I’ve always loved doing videos, and it has probably been about eight years since I’ve done one. So maybe this feeling is a good sign of things to come!”

Sammy recently appeared as a celebrity guest on Fox News Channel’s Live Desk, and has upcoming appearances on The Boomer Show on Wealth TV and AT&T blueroom.

For additional information, please visit www.sammykershaw.com  .

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CMT'S "MUSIC CITY MADNESS" LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE TALENT SEARCH ON LOADED AT CMT.COM
CMT has recently launched our biggest online talent search for unsigned and indy artists. Here's a chance for unsigned and Indy artists to create and submit a music video and win a chance to be flown to Nashville to tape a Studio 330 Sessions show. Simply send folks to http://www.madness.cmt.com  where all the details can be found.

Viewers Choose the Winner with Single Elimination Voting in Spring 2007 - Winner to Record Episode of CMT’s “Studio 330 Sessions”

NASHVILLE – November 1, 2006 – Are you the next big thing to hit country music? Beginning today, aspiring country music stars can compete for stardom as CMT launches its first user-generated talent search with MUSIC CITY MADNESS, only on CMT’s broadband site, Loaded, at CMT.com . Contestant entries will be posted on Loaded, where viewers will then narrow down the talent pool in an online, single elimination tournament over seven weeks in spring 2007.

The nationwide search for hidden talent offers unsigned artists the chance to reveal their original, unpublished music to CMT execs and fans across the country. The winning entrant will receive an all-expenses paid trip to CMT’s Nashville studio to record an episode of STUDIO 330 SESSIONS, CMT Loaded’s original online performance series.

“’Music City Madness’ is to country music what the Sweet 16 is to basketball,” said Lewis Bogach, vice president, programming and development. “The top contestants will compete in a tournament-style bracket over a period of seven weeks, with fans narrowing the field each week with a single elimination voting process. Our goal is to create an exciting, competitive atmosphere and give that one artist or act a chance to break into the music industry.”

Beginning Wednesday, November 1, entrants can submit an original video performance via online submission or mail to compete against the nation’s best undiscovered talent. All styles of country music are welcome, including bluegrass, folk, southern rock and Americana, among others. Submissions are due no later than Wednesday, January 31.

The top 64 entrants will be chosen by CMT and revealed on February 13, where they will then be placed in a tournament-style bracket over a period of seven weeks. Viewers will narrow the field week by week by voting for their favorite act. CMT will uncover the grand prize winner in April.
For complete rules and information on how to enter the MUSIC CITY MADNESS Video Contest, visit www.madness.CMT.com .

Martin Clayton, vice president of digital media for CMT and Lewis Bogach, vice president, programming and development for CMT, oversee the development of original music and entertainment programming for CMT LOADED.

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com 

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November 19th, 2006, 45th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
* 1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
* 2 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
* 3 - Sugarland - Want To
* 4 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
* 5 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
* 6 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
* 7 - Toby Keith - Crash Here Tonight
* 8 - Kellie Pickler-Red High Heels
* 9 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
* 10 - Sara Evans - You'll Always Be My Baby

Hot Rising Single
Dierks Bentley - Long Trip Alone

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Blue County - I Get To

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Lisa Dotolo presents Avenue's Music Showcase featuring Hit Songwriter GORDON KENNEDY
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 28, 2006 from 7- 10pm. Caffeine Café, 1516 Demonbreun Street, Nashville, TN.

Local Artists include: Carol Buttenham, Lisa Dotolo, Julie Grower, Carol Hashe, Steve Jones, Michelle Molner, Joe Silva, Ryan Nicolson
NO COVER

FIRST ANNUAL TRACY LAWRENCE MISSION POSSIBLE: FOR THE LOVE
Lawrence To Fry Thanksgiving Turkeys For The Homeless

NASHVILLE, TN-November 13, 2006-Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence will be frying turkeys for the homeless men, women and children served by the Nashville Rescue Mission, Monday, November 20 in the Mission's parking lot at 639 Lafayette St. in Nashville. This special Thanksgiving event, the brainchild of Lawrence, is being held to create awareness of the services provided by the Mission as well as the ongoing need for contributions and community support for this organization.

“This will mark the First Annual Tracy Lawrence Mission Possible: For the Love event,” says Lawrence. “We'll fire up the turkey pots bright and early at seven-a.m. in the Mission parking lot and start frying the birds…100 to be exact. We want local residents to come by, throw us a wave or toss out a 'hello,' and drop off canned food items, clothing, personal items, or cash donations. I'm hoping we have a huge turnout.”

A host of generous local and national sponsors have stepped up to support this event. The list includes Bass Pro Shops, Crisco, and Wal-Mart among others. A complete list of sponsors and the detail of their participation will be announced in a separate release. Big D and Bubba from The Big 98-WSIX will be on site from 11am - 1pm with regular broadcast reports live throughout the mid-day show with air personality Newman.

The Nashville Rescue Mission feeds an average of 1,300 people a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The need is ongoing. “If we work together,” says Lawrence “the Mission Is Possible.” You can find more detail online at nashvillerescuemission.org 

For additional information, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley
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MURRAH MUSIC CORPORATION ANNOUNCES TWO STAFF ADDITIONS
Janice Bane Joins Company as Director of Administration

Shanna Tapley Becomes Executive Assistant, Legal & Business Affairs

NASHVILLE, TENN. (November 13, 2006)—Roger Murrah and Murrah Music Corporation are proud to announce the addition of two staff members. Janice Bane joins the company as Director of Administration, while Shanna Tapley assumes responsibilities as Executive Assistant, Legal & Business Affairs.

“I’m delighted that Janice and Shanna have joined our team and will make it even better with their talent and experience,” said Murrah.

Janice Bane worked as Manager of Copyright at Warner/Chappell Music before assuming Office Manager duties at Hamstein Music Group and Copyright.net. When Copyright.net was purchased by MCS Music America, Bane became Manager of Copyright & Client Services, and eventually Manager of Licensing Services, where she was responsible for licensing-related duties for 480 publishers. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University, and she is a member of the Copyright Society of the South.

Shanna Tapley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Before arriving in Nashville she was a reporter at WCTV-TV in Thomasville, Georgia, and a video journalist at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters.

Murrah formed Murrah Music Corporation in 1990, and in 1992 the company was named Billboard’s Independent Publisher of the Year. A native of Athens, Alabama, Murrah was inducted last year into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a BMI Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Decade (‘90s) and has been honored with a Bronze Star induction into the Walk of Fame at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Among his lengthy list of hit songs are Al Jarreau’s “We’re in This Love Together,” a BMI Multi-Million-Air Award winner; “Goodbye Time,” recorded by Conway Twitty and Blake Shelton; the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “It Takes A Little Rain To Make Love Grow” and “Crazy Love;” Steve Wariner’s “Life’s Highway;” Alan Jackson’s “Don’t Rock the Jukebox;” Alabama’s “High Cotton,” “I’m In a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”and “Southern Star;” as well as “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” recorded by Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings and The Grascals.

Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Public Relations: Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Emerson Drive A Bunch of Sellouts?

Nashville, TN- Emerson Drive fans looking to catch the band in their town better hurry! The band recently played to sold out crowds at Montana Chads in Billings, MT, Butte Depot in Butte, MT, Club Big House in Great Falls, MT and nearly maxed out the crowd again in Missoula, MT at Wilma Theater. The band’s upcoming show in Spokane, WA at Trick Shot Dixie for KDRK FM’s “Low Dough Show” is also completely sold out.

Emerson Drive’s latest album, COUNTRIFIED, was released on September 19th on Midas Records Nashville. Their current single, “A Good Man” is at #17 on the country charts. The band recently shot the video for the next single, “Moments,” in Nashville with award winning video director, Steven Goldmann. The song, about a homeless man who finds his own purpose by helping unveil another’s, has been revered by music critics and fans alike.

For more information on Emerson Drive log onto www.emersondrive.com  and add them as a friend at www.myspace.com/emersondrive .

Misty N. Hurt
SPLASH! Public Relations
813 18th Ave S, Ste. B-1
Nashville, TN 37203
misty@splashpublicity.com

BACCERSTICK RECORDS DEBUTS IN NASHVILLE
Great Music. Great Team.
Focus On Success
NASHVILLE, TN-November 13, 2006-Baccerstick Records, a new Nashville-based independent record label, has opened its doors on Music Row. The label, a partnership between entertainment industry veteran Nick Pellegrino, Kerry Bay, Heather Bay and Jeanine Pellegrino, is a subsidiary of Baccerstick LLC, a full-service entertainment property. The label will focus on country music, but plans to expand into other genres when the timing is appropriate.

The executive staff at Baccerstick represents broad experience and well-respected roots in the Nashville music and business communities. As president of Baccerstick Records, Nick Pellegrino will spearhead the company's departmental operation overseeing all A&R activity, sales and marketing, public relations and promotion. Pellegrino hails from the creative community with a career that spans from his early years in New York City as a musician, singer/songwriter and producer to 1999 when he co-founded GrooveTone.com, an Americana online music label. He later served as vice president of sales and marketing at Oh Boy Records. Numerous recordings written and produced by Pellegrino have been featured on HGTV, Food Network, USA Network, Fine Living and ABC Family channels.

“It's an exciting time in country music and the moment is ripe for launching a new label,” notes Pellegrino. “At Baccerstick Records, we intend to define what it means to be a successful independent record label. It starts with great talent, a solid business model, and an enthusiastic team of professionals. The beauty of an indie label is being able to focus our efforts on what's working and quickly redirect if something isn't. This can usually be done without the red tape and structural handcuffs of the major label system. Ultimately, the key for any success is to put out great records on great artists. We plan on taking full advantage of what it means to be an independent and the atmosphere is perfect for doing just that.”

Kerry Bay, Baccerstick's chief financial officer and director of operations, will oversee all of the label's day-to-day business and development strategy. He is a successful entrepreneur and distinguished member of the business community. His business finesse positioned Bay Southern Breads, a family business, as a leader while his flourishing farming ventures led to him being seated as chairman of the quality control committee for the Phillip Morris Tobacco Company. His passion for creating music led him to build a full-service recording studio called The Farm, launch a fleet of luxury tour buses, and open a merchandise company. He formed Baccerstick LLC with Pellegrino in 2002.

“We've hit the ground running to assemble a team of professionals that have the knowledge and skill to effectively sell an artist,” says Bay. “Our partnerships will take place with companies experienced in branding entertainment properties and selling product. We want to maximize every element of our artists' career.”

Heather Bay and Jeanine Pellegrino will team on creative services and artist development at Baccerstick. Pellegrino has experience on both the creative side and the business side of entertainment. She was employed early in her career with the literary talent agency Artists Agency, NYC/LA and has worked as an actress, cast in more than 100 movies, television shows, commercials, music videos, and print campaigns. Bay's experience falls on both sides. She has worked as an independent production coordinator and location scout on numerous television and video projects while overseeing day-to-day business detail for many of the Baccerstick LLC entertainment properties. Both Bay and Pellegrino will be responsible for image design for the roster. Together they will collaborate with stylists, photographers, graphic designers, website designers, and video production companies.

Announcements of first artist signings and strategic business alliances will be announced in the coming weeks. Baccerstick Records is located at 1311 16th Ave. So. Nashville, TN 37212. Ph: 615-463-8339 / Fx: 615-463-8338 / Email: info@baccerstick.com

For additional information, please contact Randy Guidry or Debbie Holley

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Carmen Rasmusen - Another American Idol Success
Before Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler, there was Carmen Rasmusen, a graduate of Season Two of Fox's highly acclaimed "American Idol." Fresh from the studio where she was recording her debut country album with producer Jason Deere, Carmen will head to Nashville to attend the CMA Awards on November 6. She will kick off her week in Nashville by walking the CMA red carpet at 4:00 p.m.

In 2003, Carmen beat out thousands of contestants for a spot in the final 12 on "American Idol." She competed alongside Clay Aiken and 2003 winner Ruben Studdard, making it to number six before being eliminated. But the momentum had begun and Carmen quickly found herself in constant demand. Since then, she has been performing and making appearances across the country as well as working on her new album which will be released in early 2007.

Her long list of appearances include, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Today Show," "The CBS Early Show," "CNN Headline News," "Access Hollywood," "Entertainment Tonight" and MTV's "TRL." She has also been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly, In Touch. Additionally, Carmen will make a guest appearance on "The Tyra Banks Show" which airs today and will be featured in US Weekly and American Idol Magazine this month.

For a short clip go to: www.lonepeakproductions.com/LonePeakViewing/Carmen-Preview.htm

For interview requests, contact Greg Ericksen at GERICLAW@aol.com  . For more information visit www.CarmenRasmusen.com .

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November 12th, 2006, 44th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
2 - Sugarland - Want To
3 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
4 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
5 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
6 - Toby Keith - Crash Here Tonight
7 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
8 - Tim McGraw - My Little Girl
9 - Poverty Neck Hillbillies - Mr. Right Now
10 - Alan Jackson - Like Red On A Rose

Hot Rising Single
Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Gary Allan - A Feelin' Like That

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ROYAL WADE KIMES TO PRESENT NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY FLAG AT LONGHORN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO FINALS

(NASHVILLE, Nov. 8, 2006) -- Country and Western artist Royal Wade Kimes will present the National Day of the Cowboy flag to Bethany Braley and other dignitaries at the opening night of the Longhorn World Championship Rodeo Finals. Kimes is a spokesperson for National Day of the Cowboy, a day set aside by Congress to pay homage to our Western history. Braley is co-founder of National Day of the Cowboy. The ceremony is slated for Fri. Nov. 10 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Kimes, a native of Arkansas who grew up on a cattle ranch, states,
"I have always believed the American Cowboy should be honored and finally it has happened." Kimes recently presented the prestigious National Day of the Cowboy "Cowboy Keepers Award" at the 2006 Golden Boot Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

About Longhorn World Championship Rodeo - http://www.longhornrodeo.com

The Longhorn World Championship Rodeo got its start in 1964 when country legend Loretta Lynn and her husband O. V. "Mooney" Lynn erected a small arena on the family farm so that their son Jack could try his hand at bucking horses. Crowds began gathering to watch the action and soon the event became known as Loretta Lynn's Longhorn Rodeo, with Loretta Lynn performing at every show. In 1966 the Lynns met Bruce Lehrke, a rodeo producer from the Midwest who also sat on the Board of Governors of the International Pro Rodeo Association. The Lynns quickly enlisted Lehrke to bring their rodeo up to professional level. Four years later, Lehrke's concepts formed the nucleus of what became the Longhorn World Championship Rodeo and today the Longhorn World Championship Rodeo is among the pacesetters in a rapidly expanding and popular entertainment and sports business.

About Royal Wade Kimes http://www.royalwadekimes.com
A Platinum songwriter and two time winner of the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award, Kimes recently released his blazing new CD "Strikin' Matches" and is finalizing production on two new music videos scheduled for release by the end of the year. Kimes also published his first book, "Eminent Domain and Old Man Smith," the tale of an elderly man who is fighting to save his farm from seizure by Eminent Domain. Kimes' critically acclaimed "Cowboy Cool" album was voted Best Alternative Western CD in the True West magazine "Best of the West" readers' poll and was voted one of the top five CDs of 2004. His recent Christmas record "Snow" received top reviews from numerous publications including USA Today, Country Weekly, True West Magazine, CountryReview.com, and Country Stars Online.

About National Day of the Cowboy http://www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com
On Feb. 14, 2006 Senator Craig Thomas (WY) introduced Senate Resolution 371 in the United States Senate designating July 22, 2006, as National Day of the American Cowboy. The resolution passed the Senate in April with 19 co-sponsoring Senators and passed unanimously, thus establishing the Second National Day of the Cowboy. July 23, 2005 was the first National Day of the Cowboy. If this date, the fourth Saturday in July, is proclaimed as the National Day of the Cowboy several years in a row, the Judiciary Committee will consider naming a National Day of the Cowboy in perpetuity.

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Personal letter from Heidi Newfield to Music Industry, Media, and Music Fans!!!

Dear Friends,
I have some exciting news to share with you! I will be leaving the band at the end of our December tour. I’ve decided to branch out and try it on my own. It’s time for me to follow my heart and take my own path, I hope you’ll support me in this decision and stick by me as I start this wonderful new chapter in my career.

I want to extend a humble and heartfelt thank you to all of you that have been there for us through the years. I have many wonderful memories to carry with me on the this next leg of my journey.

As for Ira and Keith, I wish them all the happiness and success in the world and will always consider them among my dearest friends. I’m excited to see what they’ll do next, they are both incredibly talented.

The combination of excitement and anxiety I feel right now reminds me of when I first left the comforts of home in Northern California to chase my dreams in Nashville, Tennessee. With a few hundred dollars in my pocket, a beat up Mercury and a passion for music… the good Lord helped me find my way...I know he'll continue to guide my new path.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of the people in the industry who have supported Trick Pony through the years and I look forward to sharing my solo projects with you in the near future.

God Bless and Much Love,
Heidi Newfield

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November 5th, 2006, 43rd Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play
Artist/Song
1 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
2 - Dierks Bentley - Every Mile A Memory
3 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
4 - Sugarland - Want To
5 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
6 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
7 - Jack Ingram - Love You
8 - Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky
9 - Poverty Neck Hillbillies - Mr. Right Now
10 - Heartland - I Loved Her First

Hot Rising Single
Jason Michael Carroll - Alyssa Lies

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Jimmy Wayne - That's All I'll Ever Need

Bryan White Releases New Holiday Project, My Christmas Project, Nov. 21, 2006
www.BryanWhite.com
www.myspace.com/bryanwhite

From superstar and country music innovator to songwriter, producer, husband and father, over the past five years, Bryan White has grown into the next chapter of his career. With six number one hits and two platinum albums under his belt, White continues to expand his career with new projects. His new Christmas release seems to fit perfectly as the next chapter of his story. My Christmas Project EP will be available on Nov. 21 on his Web site, www.BryanWhite.com, and at his concerts this holiday season.

My Christmas Project EP includes five Christmas songs that are close to White’s heart. On this intimate collection, you’ll hear White’s versions of “White Christmas” and “The First Noel,” which features his brother, Daniel White. The fun, upbeat “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” was recorded live and will instantly get you in the spirit of the holidays. White shows his arranging and drumming skills on his own "smooth jazz" instrumental version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Bryan closes out the EP with the self-penned instrumental – and soon-to-be holiday favorite – “Heart of Christmas,” which features a narrative of the Christmas Story by Allie McCraw.

Bryan proudly announces he will be reuniting with old friends Tonic Sol-fa this holiday season for a Christmas mini-tour. The Midwest favorites have sold over one million albums on an independent label and continue to be one of the biggest touring artists on the circuit. Bryan says he is honored to share the stage with Tonic Sol-fa for their annual Christmas tour. The tour begins on Nov. 30 in Sioux City, Iowa, at the famed Orpheum Theatre.

White’s past hits include “Someone Else's Star,” “Rebecca Lynn,” “So Much For Pretending” and “I'm Not Supposed To Love You Anymore.” He is a past winner of the CMA Horizon Award and the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award and was named CMT’s Rising Star and Male Video Artist of the Year, TNN/Music City News Star of Tomorrow, and SRO Touring Artist of the Year.

Tonic Sol-Fa & Bryan White Christmas Tour
November 30 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
December 1 Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion
December 2 Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion
December 4 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
December 11 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
December 15 Rochester, MN Rochester Civic Center

Cracker Barrel CD Giveaway
Your chance to win a Cracker Barrel CD starts on the 16th...check out our web site and also Hot'n'Gold's site for the "word of the week" starting on September 16th....
CD's from Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant...all thanks to Cracker Barrel ( www.crackerbarrel.com  ) ...

STEVE WARINER UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL GALL BLADDER SURGERY

NASHVILLE, TENN. (November 1, 2006)—Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and Grand Ole Opry member Steve Wariner underwent successful gall bladder surgery this morning at a Nashville hospital.

“Steve is resting comfortably. He’ll be released from the hospital in a couple of days, and then he’s expected to have a recovery period of two to three weeks,” said his wife, Caryn. “His main regret when he found out he had to have this surgery immediately was missing the BMI Awards on Saturday and the CMA Awards Reunion of past winners on Sunday. And he’s really going to miss hosting the 50th Annual Lions Club Telethon of the Stars in Paducah next weekend, because he always has a great time meeting the kids that the telethon benefits.”

In addition to two Grammy® Awards, Wariner won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards in 1998 for his #1 hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven.” The song was also the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year in 1999. Wariner has had over 30 top-10 singles in his career, with 14 #1’s. He has three gold albums to his credit, and he has written many hit songs recorded by others, including Garth Brooks’ “Longneck Bottle,” Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” and Clint Black’s “Nothin’ But The Taillights.” In 2002 Wariner started his own label, SelecTone Records, for which he has released three albums—Steal Another Day, Guitar Christmas and This Real Life. Most recently, Wariner produced the self-titled debut album for Alvarado Road Show for Universal Records South.

Known for his humanitarian efforts, Wariner has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, earning the 2006 JDRF Angel Award from the Los Angeles Chapter, and the 2004 JDRF Mike Coleman Award from the Knoxville Chapter. He was also the recipient of the 2002 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.

For more information, visit www.stevewariner.com .
Contact:
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SUGARLAND TO PERFORM ON ABC'S GOOD MORNING AMERICA
LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE NOVEMBER 6
IN ASSOCIATION WITH “THE 40TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”


SPECIAL GUESTS JON BON JOVI AND RICHIE SAMBORA TO APPEAR

NASHVILLE, TN (October 24, 2006) – In celebration of the November 7 release of their sophomore album “Enjoy The Ride,” Mercury double platinum-selling group Sugarland will wake up downtown Nashville Monday, November 6 with a live performance on ABC's Good Morning America. The special concert event will take place on The Chevy Stage at Gaylord Entertainment Center’s outside plaza at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenues.

Good Morning America will also celebrate “The 40th Annual CMA Awards,” airing later that night (8:00-11:00 PM) live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center, for the first time on the ABC Television Network.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the CMA Awards and the launch of our new album,” exclaimed lead singer Jennifer Nettles. “Get ready Nashville, we are taking to your streets!”

Special guests Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will join Sugarland that morning to perform on GMA, and later that night they’ll attend the Country Music Awards, where Nettles’ collaboration with Bon Jovi on the band’s hit single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” is nominated in CMA’s “Musical Event of the Year” category. Additionally, Sugarland is nominated for the “Horizon Award” and “Vocal Group of the Year.”

“CMA is happy to partner with ABC and Chevy in bringing Good Morning America and this special concert performance to Nashville for the CMA Awards,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled that Sugarland, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will be performing on The Chevy Stage, as we celebrate ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night’.”

The public is invited to come out for this free event on GEC Plaza at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Please be advised that Fifth Avenue will be closed between Broadway and Demonbreun; and Demonbreun will be closed between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Tune in to GMA 7:00-9:00 AM CST.

“The 40th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer; Robert Deaton is the Consulting Producer. Chevy, an American Revolution, is the official ride of the 2006 CMA Awards.

For more information on Sugarland, contact -Maria Brunner / Insight Mgt. / 480-951-1882 - Insightmg3@aol.com

Log on to www.sugarlandmusic.com  or www.umgnashville.com  to hear their current Top 10 single “Want To”

(due to a PC crash, there was no Super Top 10)
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April 30th, 2006, 16th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

October 29th, 2006, 42nd Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1 - Dierks Bentley - Every Mile A Memory
2 - Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
3 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
4 - Brooks & Dunn Building Bridges
5 - Heartland - I Loved Her First
6 - Bob Seger - Wait For Me
7 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
8 - Rascal Flatts - My Wish
9 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
10 - George Strait - Give It Away

Hot Rising Single
Gretchen Wilson - Come To Bed
Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Josh Gracin - I Keep Coming Back

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InProcess - Borderlands Podcast
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(can also download on iTunes)

A relevant, humorous look at life - this podcast is developed by the creative team at borderlands, a fresh expression of church in Rockford, Illinois - Pastor Jason Stonehouse, Josh Reese, Erin Vesta and Brandon Early host this program with sporadic special guests - includes life comments, movie/ tv reviews, humor, music, and much more.

DEANA CARTER & HEART TO PREVIEW SONGS OF THE YEAR CONCERT WITH PERFORMANCE ON CBS’ LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON

Hank Williams, Jr, Josh Turner & Jason Aldean added to Songs Of The Year concert lineup

LEBANON, TENN (October 23, 2006) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel”) is proud to announce its Songs Of The Year CD will receive national attention October 26 when Deana Carter & Heart perform on CBS’ Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. On the show, Carter & Heart will sing “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Originally recorded by Vince Gill, this song earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and a Country Music Association Song of the Year award.

“This song is just so special because I love Vince Gill’s version,” said Deana Carter during an interview with Kevin Richards, host of “Boot Scootin’ Saturday Night” on Sirius Satellite Radio. “This song is so personal for him and it’s message is so spiritual and hopeful. Plus, I got to record the song with Heart. I’ve been a big fan of Heart for many years and it’s a blessing to do this song with them.”

In addition to The Late, Late Show performance, Carter & Heart will sing the award-winning song at the November 5th Songs Of The Year concert in Nashville. Cracker Barrel and Vector Management are proud to announce Hank Williams, Jr., Josh Turner and Jason Aldean have also joined the impressive concert lineup.

Scheduled to perform at the Songs Of The Year concert are:
Trace Adkins
Deana Carter & Heart
Trisha Yearwood
The Wreckers
Hank Williams, Jr.
Jamie O’ Neal & Michael McDonald
Ronnie Milsap & Jypsi
Lonestar
Josh Turner
Jo Dee Messina
Billy Currington
Jason Aldean

The Songs Of The Year performances will be captured by Great American Country (GAC) and later produced as a two-hour concert special and behind-the scenes documentary. GAC will premiere its Songs Of The Year documentary on November 21 at 8pm. The two-hour Songs Of The Year concert special will premiere January 27th at 9pm.

On sale now at 547 Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com, the exclusive Songs Of The Year CD features today’s top country artists performing songs that earned “Song of the Year” recognition from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music or Grammy awards.

The “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Songs Of The Year” concert is part of “Nashville Celebrates Country,” a week of events and activities leading up to “The 40th Annual CMA Awards,” which will be held November 6th and broadcast live on the ABC Television Network (8pm-11pm). The concert is an invitation-only performance; tickets will not be sold to this event.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia and a real wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up classic comfort foods such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children’s games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann  & Andy  and Slinky®.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 547 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com

About Great American Country
Great American Country is America's main street for the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. In addition to country music videos, GAC features original programming, special musical performances and live concerts, and is the exclusive television home of the Grand Ole Opry. GAC is available in more than 44 million households and online at GACTV.com.
Media Contacts:
Jim Taylor, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (615) 235-4082
jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com
Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates, (615) 777-6995
kirt@websterpr.com
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

 
Krysta Scoggins is looking for songs
Krysta is aggressively looking for Traditional New Country songs in all tempos to add to her second CD. She loves songs with a little edgy touch to them similar to Miranda Lambert but yet has a Traditional flavor to them. She enjoys strong meaningful lyrics.

She plans to record in the earlier part of 2007 with pre-production in December so we have a deadline of November 30th for any song submissions.

If you would like to submit any songs have them:
e-mail using mp3's:
krysta@krystascoggins.com 

If you use song links that would be great just let us know the link.

Snail Mail:
Krysta Scoggins
Infinity Music Canada Inc.
10437-32A Avenue
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6J 4A7

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/country.htm
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

October 15th, 2006, 40th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
2 - Dierks Bentley - Every Mile A Memory
3 - Heartland - I Loved Her First
4 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
5 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
6 - Trace Adkins - Swing
7 - Brooks & Dunn Building Bridges
8 - Carrie Underwood - Don't Forget To Remember Me
9 - Bob Seger - Wait For Me
10 - Rascal Flatts - Me and My Gang

Hot Rising Single
Kenny Rogers - The Last Ten Years

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Jimmy Buffett - Bama Breeze

John Arthur martinez Update
Bette and I now have BurnLounge Stores where you can download the studio roughs of the forthcoming collaborative effort of my band Tejas. BurnLounge is the only download company that allows the artist and his fans to profit from inevitable shift in the market from tangible CDs to downloaded digital content. You can help Yvonna, Bette and myself by becoming a partner with us in BurnLounge. When you go to one of the sites, scroll down to the bottom and watch the demo. If you're interested in getting more info, e-mail Bette at jamfans@austin.rr.com. Please be patient with the company in responding to downloading questions of device or computer compatibility issues, as they are currently overwhelmed with the growth. But let me tell you growth is a good thing. Thirdly, Mary Maggart, who handles much of Chris Young's internet sites, is creating a music Myspace page for Tejas and it's lead singer, me. My personal page rests at http://www.myspace.com/johnarthurmartinez. Please visit & read the blogs and join the community.
Finally, I'm off to Europe again as we're going to Switzerland and Germany for 5 dates in 8 days. A big fan of Mike Blakely and myself flew to Texas to hear us both play then made the decision to fly both of our bands to play his birthday bash in the small mountains of Switzerland. I'm also doing a festival, a couple of "country" clubs, and a resort hotel in Germany. Keep our travels in your prayers

Vayan con Dios,
john Arthur martinez,

Cracker Barrel CD Giveaway
Your chance to win a Cracker Barrel CD starts on the 16th...check out our web site and also Hot'n'Gold's site for the "word of the week" starting on September 16th....
CD's from Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant...all thanks to Cracker Barrel (www.crackerbarrel.com) ...

COLLIN RAYE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TOUR ANNOUNCED

(Nashville, TN) – One of the most recognized voices in country music --COLLIN RAYE-- is pleased to announce the Collin Raye Family Christmas Tour in support of his new single, “Hurricane Jane,” from his album Twenty Years And Change on Aspirion Records (2005). The tour, kicking-off November 26 through December 23, is unique in that each show will feature a symphony orchestra.

“I think it is very exciting to be back out there with this music again after a few years—especially in cities where I have a lot of friends,” says Collin. “In addition to having wonderful music performed by top of the line orchestra, it makes it especially special to have my family included. In a time where it seems like we are constantly inundated with bad news, I can’t think of a better year to take this music and this message to the road again.”

A portion of the proceeds from the concert Children’s Hunger Fund.

Collin, who released Christmas: The Gift in 1996, has always received rave reviews for his versions of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Silent Night” in addition to his gamut of widely recognized hits, including “Love, Me,” “Little Rock,” and “One Boy, One Girl,” to name a few.

Additional dates may be added. For a complete tour schedule please visit www.collinraye.com .

COLLIN RAYE CHRISTMAS TOUR 2006 DATES:
Sunday, December 3rd - Yuma Civic Center (Yuma, AZ)
Monday, December 4th - Orpheum Theatre (Phoenix, AZ)
Tuesday, December 5th - Centrum (Cedar City, UT)
Wednesday, December 6th - Dee Event Center (Ogden, UT)
Thursday, December 7th - Idaho Falls Civic Center (Idaho Falls, ID)
Friday, December 8th - Morrison Center (Boise, ID)
Monday, December 11th - Capitol Theatre (Yakima, WA)
Tuesday, December 12th - Spokane Opera House (Spokane, WA)
Wednesday, December 13th - Moore Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Friday, December 15th - Crest Theatre (Sacramento, CA)
Saturday, December 16th - Warnor’s Theatre (Fresno, CA)
Sunday, December 17th - Fox Theatre (Bakersfield, CA)
Monday, December 18th - Wells Fargo Center For The Arts (Santa Rosa, CA)
Tuesday, December 19th - Turlock Community Theatre (Turlock, CA)
Wednesday, December 20th - Thousand Oaks Civic Center (Ventura, CA)

The Collin Raye Family Christmas Tour is produced by The Music Associates.

Tour Management
The Music Associates
Pat Melfi
801-495-7000
pat@themusicassociates.com 

The Music Associates
Brenda Johns
425-238-5050
brenda@themusicassociates.com 


NewArtistShowcase.com  interviews Cowboy Soul
Hear the Cowboy Soul Story! Hear our New CD

http://www.newartistshowcase.com/interviewsCowboySoul.htm 

Compilation CD (M-T-M #20)
I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler Compilation CD (M-T-M #20) to mail out In mid-late November (cut off deadline 7 Nov) first come first serve bases on paid approved tracks. I also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US) to have a song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to...

My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John Berry, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue 22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation with DJ's that I know, for presenting great songs and artists..
M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #20 which will be sent out to over 600 radio DJ’s, stations, industry professionals & music media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart and Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with their full contact info)

I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany - editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt- newsletter "Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get your music placed onto a quality Compilation CD, but all prep and postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and efficient service..

- WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number, address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for $250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD
Mark Trail Music
707 18th Ave South Suite 4
Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com 

Deb Haus Joins Montage Music Group as Head of Marketing and Artist Development

Nashville, TN -- Allen Butler, President and CEO of Montage Music Group, welcomes industry vet Deb Haus to the staff to oversee Marketing and Artist Development. Haus garnered the majority of her twenty year professional career at CBS Records/Sony Music where she worked in retail merchandising, marketing, artist development and creative services. She ultimately oversaw five departments at Sony Music Nashville including; Marketing, Artist Development, Music Video, Creative Services and International.

“I am so happy to be working with Deb again! Her vast experience in marketing, artist development and creative services will be a tremendous asset to our company and our artists” says Butler.

Haus’ official title will be Head of Marketing and Artist Development and she has already begun working on projects for the company. She can be reached at Montage Music Group’s temporary office space in The Fall School Business Center.

email address is dhaus@montagemusicgroup.com

For more information on Montage Music Group log onto www.montagemusicgroup.com

Vanessa Parker -Davis
Owner/President
Splash! Public Relations
813 18th Ave. South, STE B-1
Nashville, TN 37203
NOTICE NEW ADDRESS!!
vanessa@splashpublicity.com

Maggie Austin and Big Rain Nominated
www.MaggieAustin.com
www.BigRain.net

Maggie Austin and Big Rain, two clients of Wildfire Publicity, have been nominated for a New Music Weekly award! Maggie Austin is up for Country Best New Artist; Big Rain is up for Crossover Artist of the Year. Vote for them at www.newmusicweekly.com/nmwawards.php#  and click on Vote Now.

Big Rain features a core trio of Bruce Guynn, Peter Alamo, and James Chatterton. Bruce Guynn handles lead vocals, bass guitar, and keyboards. Peter Alamo plays lead and rhythm guitars and sings vocal harmony. James Chatterton adds guitars and piano. Big Rain has been performing nonstop for eleven years. The band’s dynamic sound is built on superb songwriting and vocals. Their current single is "December Night", and can be found on their self-titled cd.

Maggie Austin's current single is "This Is Forever" from her Georgia Clay Road cd. She describes “This Is Forever” as a "very fun song with a clever twist about relationships, just in time for summer!”. This mid tempo song, complete with a hook that sticks in your head, is provocative and so well written that people of all ages can relate to it.

For MP3s, the albums, photos, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net  or 615-825-0019.

Hall of Fame to salute The McKean Sisters
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame has announced that the 2007 Hall of Fame Tribute Dinner will salute the pioneering McKean Sisters.

The McKean Sisters – Joy and Heather – are more well known these days for their individual careers in the music industry, in Joy’s case, as one of Australia’s leading and award-winning songwriters, and, in Heather’s case, a singer and award-winning recording artist.

Joy and Heather McKean grew up in a musical family which nurtured their talent in such a way that the girls were performing on stage and radio by the ages of 10 and eight respectively.

In 1949, they began presenting their own country music radio show from 2KY in Sydney and, by 1951, were recording for the now legendary Rodeo Records.

The McKean Sisters gave us country classics like The Gymkhana Yodel, Yodel Down The Valley and The Morning Mail.

In 1953, Joy and Heather started pursuing solo careers, and also became two of Australia's most successful managers, working closely with their respective spouses Slim Dusty and Reg Lindsay.

In 1983, The McKean Sisters became the eighth pioneering Australian country music act to be elevated to the Country Music Roll of Renown.

The tribute dinner to Joy and Heather will be held at Gregory’s Function Centre in Tamworth, Country Music Capital, on Friday night, January 26.

Industry invitations are in the process of being prepared and distributed. Anyone requiring further information in the meantime can contact the Hall of Fame on 02 6766 9696.

All proceeds from the dinner – including a silent auction which will run through the evening – will go towards establishment of Australia’s new Country Music Hall of Fame building.

Further information also available from www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au .

Australian Country Music Hall of Fame
93 Brisbane Street Tamworth 2340
Tel 02 6766 9696 Fax 02 6766 9918
Email: info@acmf.org.au
Web: http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au 

DAVE’S ON A MOUNTAIN WITH HAGGARD
“The Haggophiles come out to play.” – Deborah Minter, CapNews
www.daveprior.com

Dave Prior has finally done something he’s wanted to do for years – he’s recorded an album of MERLE HAGGARD songs.

Titled SILVER WINGS AND HAGGARD THINGS, it is the follow-up to his first three albums of original material.

A passionate conversation between producer Stuie French and Dave resulted in this new Merle Haggard concept album – both being massive Haggard fans, or a ‘Haggophile’ as Dave calls them.

“We wanted to catch the essence and feel of the songs without trying to do a Hag impersonation. We tried to capture the depth and feel of his (Haggard’s) music without the assistance of illegal substances”, Dave laughs.

The stunning first single I’M ALWAYS ON A MOUNTAIN WHEN I FALL (NFS #108 Track 1) shows off Dave’s beautiful resonating vocals, and the amazing talents of musicians Stuie French, Michel Rose, Claire O’Meara, Geoff Simpson, Brad Bergen, Mick Albeck and Camille Te Nahu.

Dave is currently featured in the current issue of Country Music Capital News, with I’M ALWAYS ON A MOUNTAIN WHEN I FALL already added to 3HOTFM, 88.6FM Whittlesea and 100.3BayFM.

“The result is a highly listenable album … The lesser known I’m Always On a Mountain When I Fall, is a wonderful Hag ballad that exudes the class. Definitely one for the nostalgia collection.” – Deborah Minter, CapNews

Have a listen – Track 1 on NFS sampler #108
Further details contact:
RUM Entertainment
rum@rumentertainment.com
www.rumentertainment.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)

Listen to our "World of Country Music" podcast

InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
http://pastorjts.podomatic.com/
 
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE ANNOUNCES SONGS OF THE YEAR CONCERT LINEUP

Trisha Yearwood, The Wreckers, Deana Carter with Heart and Lonestar scheduled to appear; More artists to be announced soon
Win concert tickets by registering online at crackerbarrel.com

LEBANON, TENN (September 21, 2006) – With the release of its exclusive Songs Of The Year CD less than two weeks away, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel”) has announced several of the artists on the CD will perform at the Songs Of The Year concert. This special performance will feature today’s top country artists performing songs that earned “Song of the Year” recognition from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music or Grammy awards.

The “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Songs Of The Year” concert will take place November 5th at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The following artists have new material on the Songs Of The Year CD and have agreed to perform at the show.

• Trisha Yearwood
• The Wreckers
• Lonestar
• Jo Dee Messina
• Deana Carter & Heart

“Cracker Barrel is honored to be associated with this incredible roster of talent and we anticipate other artists on the CD to join us that evening,” said Simon Turner, Cracker Barrel’s chief marketing officer. “The Songs Of The Year CD and concert will showcase these classic country songs and the mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to a new generation of fans.”

The “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Presents Songs Of The Year” concert is part of “Nashville Celebrates Country,” a week of events and activities leading up to “The 40th Annual CMA Awards,” which will be held November 6th. The concert is an invitation-only performance; tickets will not be sold to this event. Fans can register to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Nashville to see the concert by registering for the contest at www.crackerbarrel.com  .

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About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia and a real wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up classic comfort foods such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children’s games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann & Andy and Slinky®.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 544 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com

Media Contacts:
Jim Taylor, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
(615) 235-4082, jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com

Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates
(615) 777-6995, kirt@websterpr.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/country.htm
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

October 1st, 2006, 38th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
2 - Brooks & Dunn Building Bridges
3 - Dierks Bentley - Every Mile A Memory
4 - Heartland - I Loved Her First
5 - George Strait - Give It Away
6 - Big and Rich - 8th Of November
7 - Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
8 - Carrie Underwood - Don't Forget To Remember Me
9 - Keith Urban - Once In A Lifetime
10 - Poverty Neck Hillbillies - Mr. Right Now

Hot Rising Single
THE REASON WHY - VINCE GILL

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Darryl Worley - I Just Came Back

Cracker Barrel Giveaway
Your chance to win a Cracker Barrel CD ...check out our web site and also Hot'n'Gold's site for the "word of the week" starting on September 16th....

CD's from Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant...all thanks to Cracker Barrel ( www.crackerbarrel.com  ) ...

Pete Schlegel Saved His Drummer's Life
www.SALF.org
www.PeteSchlegel.com

While preparing for a show in Hagerstown, Maryland, Pete Schlegel saved his drummer's, Rich Lininger’s, life using the Heimlich Maneuver. After completing sound check, Schlegel, his band, and crew had dinner at a local restaurant. As Lininger laughed at a comment from the table, Schlegel recalls, “He sucked [a piece of steak] down his throat. The piece of meat became lodged in the airway...I was on the opposite end of the table. I looked down and saw my drummer stand up and [he] started bending over.” Schlegel recognized Lininger’s life was in danger.” Keyboard player, Jeff King, attempted the Heimlich maneuver but failed. Within seconds Schlegel was at his drummer’s side saying, “Let me try.” Schlegel delivered the famed life saving upward thrust just above the diaphragm causing the lodged piece of meat to catapult out of the victim’s airway. Schlegel recalls, “It just shot out and ironically he [Lininger] extended his hand and caught it.” Schlegel’s extensive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) experience as an EMS helicopter pilot and Ohio state trooper training saved the day for drummer, Rich Lininger. Further details of the story can be found at www.SALF.org

Pete Schlegel is on the road supporting his current single, titled "You Can't Bring Her Back," and his sophomore CD, I'm Not Listening. Schlegel is putting the finishing touches on the video for his upcoming single, "Alcohol Abuse". He is best known for his "Liquor to Like Her" single, the video for which aired on GAC and VH1 Country for several months.

Fans can see Pete on the road in the Double S Tour with Daryle Singletary and Jeff Carson.

For MP3s, the I'm Not Listening album, photos, or to schedule a phoner, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net  or 615-825-0019. Radio is encouraged to also contact Jerry Duncan Promotions.

September 30, Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival, Middlesboro, KY, 7:30pm
October 6, Wild Willy's, Waukon, IA
October 27, Alachua County Fair, Gainesville, FL
October 28, Chumukla Farmer Opry, Pace, FL
December 1, Boot Scooters, Hot Springs, AR
August 3, 2007, Blast From The Past, Paulding, OH


THE GRASCALS PREPARE FOR IBMA’S WORLD OF BLUEGRASS
SCHEDULE INCLUDES AWARDS SHOW PERFORMANCE WITH STEVE WARINER, THE GRAND OLE OPRY, FAN FEST AND MORE GROUP RECEIVES NOMINATION FROM FRENCH ASSOCIATION OF COUNTRY MUSIC FOR BEST BLUEGRASS BAND OF THE YEAR


NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 22, 2006)—Rounder recording group The Grascals, nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year at the 17th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards show to be held on September 28, are gearing up for a full week’s worth of performances and appearances as part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass business conference and Fan Fest at the Nashville Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel.

The band will perform “Hoedown in Motown” with their good friend Steve Wariner during the IBMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday, September 28. The song, written by Wariner and Harley Allen, is on The Grascals’ new CD, Long List of Heartaches. In addition to Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year nominations, the group earned a nod in the Album of the Year category for their participation in Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, which includes their live performance of “White Lightning.”

The Grascals also make two appearances on the Grand Ole Opry next week. On Tuesday, September 26, they will perform during the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration Signature Show at 7:00 p.m. They return for a performance on Grand Ole Opry Live on Saturday, September 30. Grand Ole Opry Live airs on GAC at 8:00 p.m. (eastern).

Also on the band’s schedule is a show at the Station Inn on Tuesday, September 26, at 9 p.m. They will perform at Fan Fest on Saturday, September 30, at 8:45 p.m., and at the Grand Masters Fiddlers Championship on Friday, September 29, at 6:15 p.m. They’ll kick off the week with a performance at label mate Bradley Walker’s album release party at the Ryman on Sunday, September 24, at 7 p.m.

The Grascals will perform at two after-hours showcases—for the California Bluegrass Association on Monday at midnight, and for the Boston Bluegrass Union on Wednesday at 11 p.m. On Monday afternoon fiddle player Jimmy Mattingly will take part in the “Developing Band Image Onstage” seminar at the Nashville Convention Center. And on Wednesday the group will do radio interviews during the DJ taping session.

In other news, The Grascals just received a nomination from the French Association of Country Music for Best Bluegrass Band of the Year. The 4th Annual French Country Music Awards show will be held on November 10 at St. Foy L’Argentière (near Lyon).

Long List of Heartaches is currently at #23 on the R&R Americana Albums chart, after debuting at #27.

For additional news updates and tour information, please visit www.grascals.com .
Contacts:
Karen Byrd
Karen Byrd Artist Management & Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com

Jennifer Sacca
Rounder Records
jsacca@rounder.com

RONNIE MILSAP TO RECEIVE THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND NARVEL BLACKSTOCK, STARSTRUCK ENTERTAINMENT, TO RECEIVE THE INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at iebaLIVE!
iebaLIVE! 2006 ~ October 15- 17 2006; Hilton Suites Downtown, Nashville, TN

(Nashville, TN) - The International Entertainment Buyer’s Association (ieba) has announced Ronnie Milsap will receive the Lifetime Achievement award, Narvel Blackstock will receive the Industry Achievement award, and David Kusek will keynote speak at iebaLIVE! The Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2006, in the Hilton Ballroom at the Hilton Suites Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ronnie Milsap, known as the soul singer of country music, has a track record that speaks loud and clear - 40 #1 hits, over 25 million records sold, Seven Grammy Awards, Four Academy of Country Music Awards, and Eight County Music Association Awards. Together, they underscore Milsap’s position as one of the best-loved and most enduring artists in country music history.

ieba will also present Narvel Blackstock with the Industry Achievement Award. Narvel started off playing steel guitar at an early age and by 14 he was working the road. He joined the band of a then new artist, Reba McEntire. Within 2 years after being in the band he became the band leader and then a short 2 years later became the tour manager. In 1988, he was named personal manager to Reba McEntire and in ’89 became her husband. Narvel built their Starstruck Entertainment into a music powerhouse encompassing booking, management, publishing, publicity, advertising, promotions and jet services. At one time, Narvel was the personal manager for 13 country acts, oversaw a writing staff of 30 working in publishing, and directed a 22 truck, multi-million dollar tour production for Reba. Narvel has reopened the management division of Starstruck Entertainment and has partnered with his son Brandon to represent Blake Shelton.

David Kusek will serve as the 2006 keynote speaker for the annual iebaLIVE! conference on Monday, October 16, 2006. David is the co-author of “Future of Music,” and brings an amazing grasp of where the music business is going and where it has been through his unique perception on the future of music and technology.

“iebaLIVE! is excited to have such a renown speaker approach the topic of why the music business as we know it is dying,” says ieba Executive Director Patti Burgart. “The music industry is healthier and more vibrant than ever with limitless possibilities for change and growth due to the internet and the digitization of music. With David’s insight, views, and vision this is going to be a highlight of this year’s convention--one that you will not want to miss.”

REGISTRATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED BY VISITING www.ieba.org
For more information surrounding the iebaLIVE! Conference or the organization, please call (615) 463.0161 / email: info@ieba.org  / or visit the web page: www.ieba.org

ROYAL WADE KIMES TO PERFORM AT SILVER DOLLAR CITY IN BRANSON, MO
http://www.royalwadekimes.com
http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com

Country and Western artist Royal Wade Kimes will perform at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. A Platinum songwriter and two time winner of the Academy of Western Artists¹ Will Rogers Award, Kimes has just released his blazing new CD ³Strikin¹ Matches² and is finalizing production on two new music videos scheduled for release by the end of the year. Kimes also published his first book "Eminent Domain and Old Man Smith," the heartfelt tale of an elderly man who is fighting to save his farm from seizure by Eminent Domain.

Silver Dollar City is an 1880s theme park that takes visitors on a fun filled journey back in time. Guests experience authentic old-fashioned Americana and Ozark splendor as well as entertainment, rides, and a myriad of dining options. Silver Dollar City is highlighted by the Festival of American Music and Crafts, an annual star-studded Salute To The Great American Cowboy. The theme park is also the year round Home of American Craftsmanship, featuring hundreds of resident artisans including glassblowers, basket weavers, potters, blacksmiths, knife smiths, and quilters.

Kimes is a spokesman for National Day of the Cowboy, a day set aside by Congress to pay homage to our Western history. He recently presented the prestigious National Day of the Cowboy ³Cowboy Keepers Award² at the 2006 Golden Boot Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Kimes¹ critically acclaimed ³Cowboy Cool² album was voted Best Alternative Western CD in the True West magazine ³Best of the West² readers¹ poll and was voted one of the top five CDs of 2004. His 2005 Christmas record "Snow² received top reviews from numerous publications including USA Today, Country Weekly, True West Magazine, CountryReview.com , and Country Stars Online.
Royal Wade Kimes Performs Oct. 17 - 21, 2006. at Silver Dollar City Branson, Mo. 65616

Steve Goetzman Signs Exclusive Artist Management Deal
Music Row Icon Bekka Bramlett
MUSIC CENTRAL MANAGEMENT, LLC Senior Partner, Steve Goetzman, is proud to announce the signing of Music Row icon, Bekka Bramlett, for exclusive artist management. "I first saw Bekka perform ten years ago and it was astonishing," Goetzman said. "I have a passion for depth of artistry and Bekka Bramlett is a giant among giants."

The daughter of rock icons, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Bekka is known and respected by superstars in all genres of music. Her discography as a 1st-call session vocalist reads like music royalty including countless background vocal performances with Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn and Travis Tritt to name just a few. Bramlett spent four years as the star vocalist of Fleetwood Mac, replacing Stevie Nicks, and has recorded duets with Billy Joel, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Johnny Lang, Bad Company, Kenny Rogers and others. A recent duet with Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), "Don't Play That Song," was released in August 2006 on Rhino Records. Bramlett has performed the duet with Moore recently on CBS' Fox & Friends and Conan O'Brien.

As a songwriter Bramlett has contributed five songs to Faith Hill's albums including the Pop crossover hit "One," as well as, "Unsavable" (both appearing on Faith's chart topping 2002 CD, "Cry"). Bramlett's extensive body of work also includes a 2004 stint on Broadway starring in the four times Tony nominated musical, "Ain't Nothing But The Blues."

Co-owners and Senior Partners, Mike Kinnamon and Steve Goetzman, created Music Central Management four years ago and, in addition to Bekka Bramlett, currently represent Mallary Hope, author Susan D. Mustafa, and the master recording rights to an arena-scale Irish musical, "On Eagle's Wing." Kinnamon is best known for having managed the recently disbanned Russian supergroup, Bering Strait. Goetzman managed Steve Wariner and Eric Heatherly before joining with Kinnamon to co-manage Bering Strait and open Music Central Management.

THE GREENCARDS NAMED NEW EMERGING ARTIST AT AMERICANA AWARDS IN NASHVILLE
Click here Artist Report page
Nashville – Dualtone recording artists The Greencards received a nod of recognition from the industry and fans late last week as they were named the New Emerging Artists at the Fifth Annual Americana Music Awards in Nashville. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the awards recognize musical achievement in the Americana genre, and featured performances this year by artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, and others.

The award caps off a great year for the talented band, who Rolling Stone.com described as "an imported trio creating some of the finest Americana around." They have been busy touring the U.S. non-stop the past few months and are gearing up for the release of their upcoming project on Dualtone, “Viridian,” due out in February 2007.

"We can still remember what it felt like the first time we entered the Americana Radio Chart, and what a buzz it was to be in the same company as some of our favorite artists,” said The Greencards’ Carol Young. “So now, in 2006, to receive the ‘New/Emerging Artist of The Year’ is an incredible thrill and a great achievement for the band."

"Congrats to The Greencards, we're so proud of Carol, Kym, and Eamon. They are one of the hardest working bands out there,” comments Scott Robinson, Co- President, Dualtone Music Group.

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George Canyon Wins Top Male and Top Single at Canadian Country Music Awards!
www.georgecanyon.com 

September 14th, 2006 – On Monday night, George Canyon walked away with two major awards at the Canadian Country Music Awards. The Nova Scotia born country star was awarded Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for his song, “Somebody Wrote Love.” The awards were a surprise for Canyon, who gratefully acknowledged the love and support of his family, the hard work of his team and the support of country radio in his acceptance speeches. Before receiving the awards Canyon and his band performed his current single, “Drinkin’ Thinkin’” on the live CBC broadcast, which aired nation-wide and in the U.S. on GAC and on CMC in Australia. The show was also later broadcast on CMT Canada and will replay again on Sunday September 17th at 9pm and midnight ET.

In addition to his two wins, Canyon’s team also picked up two trophies in ceremonies held prior to the awards show. Wendy Gilmour of Gilmour Promotions picked up the award for Web Site of the Year for her work on www.georgecanyon.com and Canyon’s CMT Canada Christmas Special, George Canyon’s Christmas (produced by Higher Ground Productions Corp.) won the award for Country Music Program or Special of the Year.

Following the award show, Canyon kicks off his Somebody Wrote Love tour on September 16th in Regina, SK in support of his album of the same name, which was released July 4th on Universal Music Canada. The 30+ date tour winds its way across Canada well into October with special guest Dave Gunning and opening act Gord Bamford. Tour dates and details are available at: http://www.georgecanyon.com/tourdates.html

For more information:
Krista Lamb - Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
radiovp@netsurf.net

September 17, 2006, 37th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play


Artist/Song
1 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
2 - George Strait - Give It Away
3 - Brooks & Dunn Building Bridges
4 - Rodney Atkins - If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)
5 - Dierks Bentley - Every Mile A Memory
6 - Steve Holy - Brand New Girlfriend
7 - Heartland - I Loved Her First
8 - Carrie Underwood - Don't Forget To Remember Me
9 - Big and Rich - 8th Of November
10 - Poverty Neck Hillbillies - Mr. Right Now

Hot Rising Single
Trace Adkins - Ladies Love Country Boys/

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Lindsey Haun - Broken

Cracker Barrel Giveaway Starts On September 16
Your chance to win a Cracker Barrel CD starts on the 16th...check out our web site and also Hot'n'Gold's site for the "word of the week" starting on September 16th....

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Australia's FELICITY’S LIFE IS GOOD
www.felicityurquhart.com
www.myspace.com/felicityurquhart
www.shock.com.au

Life has been smiling down on FELICITY URQUHART throughout a hectic few months promoting her latest single and shooting episodes for Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender.

Her single MY LIFE reached #3 on the Top 30 Country Tracks chart and is currently #12 on the CMC Top 30 video chart. The track is taken from the album of the same name, MY LIFE, distributed by Shock Records.

“The support has been appreciated from not only the media but from the fans, as it’s them who come to the shows and request my songs to radio and CMC,” explains Felicity.

Recently returning from a NSW tour with Adam Brand, she is looking forward to hitting the road again in October on an acoustic tour with James Blundell, and a QLD tour mid October with Adam Brand & Carter & Carter.

“I remember watching James when he won Starmaker, when I was a kid, so I’m honoured to be performing alongside him in a stripped-back performance – just the two of us and guitars.”

“And when on Brandy’s tour we just all have a good time.”

In August Felicity was named Australian Songwriters Association’s Country Songwriter Of The Year, for her song THE FLOOD co-written with Glen Hannah. Felicity felt honoured with the award, as it was her first award in the songwriting arena.

Felicity is currently a finalist in three categories at the upcoming Australian Independent CM Awards for Album Of The Year, Single Of The Year and Female Vocalist Of The Year, to be announced at the culmination of one of the biggest independent music festivals in Australia, the Mildura Country Music Festival, Saturday 30th September. www.milduracountrymusic.com.au

She has also been named a finalist in the ACRA’s (Australian Country Recording Artists) Awards for Female Vocalist Of The Year, to be announced September 30, during the Manilla CM Festival.

Her latest acknowledgement from the industry is her nomination as a finalist in the 9th ACE Awards (Australian Club Entertainment Award) for Country Female Performer of the Year, to be presented at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club October 25. www.aceawards.com.au

Felicity is the reigning CMAA’s Independent Entertainer Of The Year, and is again a finalist for this prestigious award, voted by peers and announced at the annual Achiever Awards, Sydney Harbour Marriott, Monday 16th October.

Her third single BIG BLACK CLOUD from the album MY LIFE, will be released to radio shortly – co-written with Randy Scruggs, it is an intense track that helped Felicity discover her darker side.

In the meantime, you can request Felicity’s current single MY LIFE on CMC by logging onto www.countrymusicchannel.com.au 
TOUR DATES:
SEPTEMBER
16 – Blacktown Workers Club, Blacktown, NSW (3 Queens & A Joker show – featuring Jim Haynes, Dianna Corcoran & Aleyce Simmonds)
17 – Honeysuckle Markets, 9 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW 12pm-3pm
26 – ABC Radio Fresh Air Show, Scone Public School, Scone, NSW 7pm-9pm (with The Flood & Karl Broadie)

30 – Australian Independent CM Awards, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, VIC
For further information contact:
RUM Entertainment
rum@rumentertainment.com
www.rumentertainment.com

Avenue's Music Showcase
Lisa Dotolo presents Avenue's Music Showcase featuring Hit Songwriter Karen Rochelle "Georgia Rain" w/her band. Tuesday, September 26, 2006 from 7- 10pm. Caffeine Café, 1516 Demonbreun Street, Nashville, TN. Don't Miss this great night of Music, Food and Fun! Local Artists include: Jay & Diana Allen, Shelly Apple, Ed Branding, Chuck Davis, Bradly Dean, Lisa Dotolo, Mary Hartman, Michelle Molner and Lori Shire. NO COVER. COME CELEBRATE
LISA's BIRTHDAY!!!!!! FREE CAKE!

HIT SONGWRITER/PUBLISHER ROGER MURRAH TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL “ROGER MURRAH & FRIENDS” HOMETOWN FUND-RAISING CONCERT IN ATHENS, ALABAMA,
ON OCTOBER 14

“Songwriters in the Round” Event to Take Place at Athens Bible School, Featuring Murrah with Special Guests Neal Coty and Jimmy Melton

NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 13, 2006)—Hit songwriter, successful music publisher and entrepreneur, and Athens, Alabama, native Roger Murrah will host the First Annual Roger Murrah & Friends concert on Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Athens Bible School, 507 Huffman Street, Athens, Alabama. Tickets cost $10 and are available through the school by calling Barbara Jo Webb at 256-232-3525 or e-mailing her at BarbaraJoWebb@Charter.net. Tickets are also available at the Athens branch of Bank Independent, located at 101 South Clinton Street.

Joining Murrah for the “Songwriters in the Round” event are hit songwriters Neal Coty and Jimmy Melton.

“I’ve had this idea for a long time, to host a concert in my hometown that would raise money for individuals in need or charitable organizations,” said Murrah. “This will be an annual event, though the type of show might vary from year to year. For this first year, I decided to do a ‘writers in the round’ show, where Neal, Jimmy and I will take turns performing some of the songs we’ve written.”

Net proceeds from the concert will be applied toward the medical expenses of Dawson Ford, the five-year-old son of one of Murrah’s music industry colleagues, who in recent months was diagnosed with cancer and had to have his left eye removed.

Sponsors of the concert are Bank Independent, Daniel IT Services and Jimmy Smith Pontiac Buick GMC. Railroad Bazaar is providing sound equipment.

About Roger Murrah
Award-winning songwriter, publisher and entrepreneur Roger Murrah recently celebrated his 34th year in Nashville and the 16th anniversary of his publishing company, Murrah Music Corporation. Inducted last year into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Murrah has a lengthy list of hit songs to his credit, including Al Jarreau’s “We’re in This Love Together,” the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “It Takes A Little Rain To Make Love Grow” and “Crazy Love;” Steve Wariner’s “Life’s Highway,” Alan Jackson’s Grammy® and CMA-nominated “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” Alabama’s “High Cotton,” “I’m In a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”and “Southern Star;” as well as “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” recorded by Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings and The Grascals; and “Goodbye Time,” recorded by Conway Twitty and Blake Shelton. A native of Athens, Alabama, Murrah is also a BMI Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Decade (‘90s) and has been honored with a Bronze Star induction into the Walk of Fame at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Murrah’s career began with a stint as staff writer at Rick Hall’s Fame Music Publishing in 1968. He moved to Nashville in 1972 to sign with Bobby Bare’s Return Music and had his first nationally charted song, “It’s Raining in Seattle,” recorded by Wynn Stewart in 1973. By 1978 he was signed to Bill Rice’s Magic Castle Music, writing hits for Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Steve Wariner and the Oak Ridge Boys. In 1981 Al Jarreau released Murrah’s “We’re In This Love Together,” which became an international hit and a BMI Multi-Million-Air Award winner.

At Tom Collins Music beginning in 1984, Murrah wrote several hits for artists such as Wynonna, Alabama, Conway Twitty, Lee Greenwood and the Oak Ridge Boys. He also broke new ground by co-writing with Waylon Jennings the “audio-biography,” A Man

Called Hoss, containing “If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now” and “Rough and Rowdy Days.”

Murrah formed Murrah Music Corporation in 1990, and in 1992 the company was named Billboard’s Independent Publisher of the Year. The company’s catalog includes two ACM Song of the Year titles—Rascal Flatts’ “I’m Moving On” and Tracy Byrd’s “Keeper of the Stars”--as well as hits by Alabama, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna, Clay Walker, Sammy Kershaw, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. The company recently had another three hits on the country charts at once—Blake Shelton’s version of “Goodbye Time,” Reba McEntire’s “He Gets That From Me” and Blaine Larsen’s debut,
“How Do You Get That Lonely.”

About Neal Coty
An amazing storyteller with fevered imagination and the rushed urgency of talent that won’t sit still, hit songwriter Neal Coty found a home in the Nashville community after growing up in western Maryland, then seeking fame and fortune in Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans and New York. Among his songwriting credits are “Playboys Of The Southwestern World,” recorded by Blake Shelton, “Every Friday Afternoon,” by Craig Morgan, and “She Was,” by Mark Chesnutt.

When Neal tells his stories, he talks in a blur of goofy, neurotic energy. Ask him about his starring role in a Mexican beer commercial. Get him to tell you about the time he found out he was adopted. Or about going to his Mercury Records audition dressed like a bum. There’s a story about going to beauty school and becoming a licensed cosmetologist at Montgomery Ward. He can babble on and on about the Baltimore Orioles. There are also a bunch of stories about his days as a theater major in college.

And about the hard times he encountered earlier in his career, Coty recalls, “Tommy Mottola listened to my tape at Sony. He said, ‘Did you write these songs in a garage? Of course you did. And you should stay there.’ At Atco, they came down to the studio and went, ‘I don’t know about these words. It would be great if you could be like Bryan Adams.’ At MCA, I was told my songs had too many words, not enough chorus, and there would be no place for me in the market. I went, ‘Man, I am going to have to get a job!’ So I came to Nashville."
And the rest, as they say, is history.

About Jimmy Melton
Hit songwriter and musician Jimmy Melton began his career at the age of eight, when he learned guitar from his father. He then moved on to the banjo, and at the age of twelve, became one of the youngest performers ever to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Soon thereafter, he was invited to appear with guitar legend Chet Atkins on the popular country music television series, Pop Goes The Country.

Jimmy moved to Nashville in 1995 to pursue a career in song-writing. He has also worked as a session musician. His songs have been recorded by Hank Williams, Jr., Mark Chesnutt (he co-wrote “She Was,” a true story about his mother, with Neal Coty), Blake Shelton, Amber Dotson, Gene Watson, Kevin Denney, Craig Morgan (he co-wrote “Every Friday Afternoon” with Neal Coty), Trent Willmon and Dierks Bentley.

Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Public Relations
Karen.byrd@gmail.com

“RHINESTONES & ROSES” FASHION EVENT ADDED TO “NASHVILLE CELEBRATES COUNTRY,” A WEEK OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO “THE 40th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

NASHVILLE – “Rhinestones & Roses” a historic fashion event for radio, sponsor and television trip winners has been added to “Nashville Celebrates Country,” a week of activities leading up to “The 40th Annual CMA Awards,” according to event producer, Grace Reinbold of What A Trip! Entertainment.

“This is Country Music’s most celebrated and glamorous week and ‘Rhinestones & Roses’ is a tribute to the image of Country Music celebrities past and present,” Reinbold said.

The invitation-only extravaganza takes place at noon, Sunday, Nov. 5 at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

Reinbold explains the concept: “Fashion models and today’s stars will walk the runway wearing wardrobes once owned and worn by legends such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Sr., and others. Many of these outfits were crafted by legendary designer Manuel Cuevas (known lovingly to the music industry as Manuel), and are currently in Marty Stuart’s vast collection of celebrity couture. The wardrobe being featured is extraordinary and a testament to the creative genius of Manuel.”

Stuart is recognized as a Nashville ambassador, renowned music star and close friend to Manuel. The outfits are on loan to the fashion show. In June, the Tennessee State Museum will display an exhibit featuring Stuart’s collection.

Julie Roberts, Josh Gracin, Trent Tomlinson and Grand Ole Opry stars are among the artists who will be participating in “Rhinestones & Roses.” More artists will be announced soon. Many of Manuel’s celebrity friends are expected to attend this event to show support, respect, love and admiration for the man who helped create their images. Manuel’s daughter and assistant Morelia Cuevas, and hair stylist to the stars Debbie Metzger, are co-producers and curators for “Rhinestones & Roses.”

Manuel’s priceless couture is owned and coveted by international icons, ranging from presidents to music and film legends. Manuel has made custom clothing for Brooks & Dunn, Johnny Cash (making him “The Man in Black”), Kenny Chesney, Bob Dylan, Ethan Hawke, Mick Jagger, Kid Rock, Little Richard, Madonna, Marty Stuart, Billy Bob Thornton, John Travolta, Keith Urban, and countless others.

Tres Outlaws Boots will also be featured during” Rhinestones & Roses.” These are no ordinary boots; they retail in Beverly Hills for as much as $50,000 a pair and are worn by royalty, presidents, senators, governors, Supreme Court justices, movie stars and music celebrities.

“The 40th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association (CMA). The three-hour gala will be held live Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville and broadcast on the ABC Television Network.

Press wishing to attend this event, please contact:
Kirt Webster, Webster & Assoc. PR 615-777-6995
requests@websterpr.com

Photography risers will be provided at the end of the runway...

Mother/Daughter Duo Myrol Signs Canadian and European Deals!!
www.myrolmusic.com 

(Edmonton, Alberta)… Myrol is excited to announce that they have recently signed with Icon Records DG/Fontana North/Universal Music in Canada and in Europe on Columbus Records & Media Europe distributed and marketed by Rounder Europe for the release of their self titled debut album.

MYROL  ( www.myrolmusic.com  )
Saturday, September 23 (noon-1:30 pm)
TOOTSIE’S
422 Broadway
with Gord Matthews, Lucas Kane & Fletcher Watson
Tuesday, September 26 (7:30 pm)
BILLY BLOCK’S WESTERN BEAT
12th & Porter
with Gord Matthews, Lucas Kane & Fletcher Watson

JOANNE & HALEY MYROL ( www.myrolmusic.com  )
Sunday, October 1 (8:00 pm))
BLUEBIRD CAFÉ (Songwriters Night)
4104 Hillsboro Road

A couple of years ago, Joanne and Haley Myrol decided to take their mother/daughter relationship to a whole new level, carrying on their family tradition of making music. Though this is the first album for Myrol, it is Joanne’s second album. Her first album Dance the Rodeo Round” received critical acclaim in Canada, Europe and Australia.

Joanne started out in a family band with her dad and Myrol has dedicated their first album to Joanne’s dad who passed away last year.

Coming from generations of Canadian prairie farmers and ranchers, Myrol’s have a warm honesty to them, and touch on the joys and hardships that life can throw one’s way. Simply called Myrol, Joanne & Haley draw much of their music from their rural roots, so their songs thoughtfully crafted, are, laced with an earthy truth and nitty-gritty humanness.

The album is a combination of many styles including country, bluegrass and folk, melded together to create a sound all their own. The best description of the music that Myrol creates was made at the Canadian Juno’s where their music was described as “Fusion Country” and most recently “Alt-Country”.

Joanne Myrol stated, "It’s all about the music for us and we wanted our first album to reflect this. Being signed just seemed a natural first step for what we want to accomplish with our music - get it out to as many people as possible. I am very excited by the confidence that both labels have placed in us”. This first recording was also the first recording experience for Haley and she reveled in it, “I loved recording at Homestead Recorders. Barry Allen and all the wonderful musicians on this first Myrol recording helped make this a wonderful experience for me. I can’t wait to record the next album already!”

The debut CD was engineered and produced by Barry Allen of Homestead Recorders in Edmonton. The album cover was designed by Mark Dutton (Halkier + Dutton Design) with the logo being designed by Graham Vivier. The entire album features original tunes mainly written by Joanne Myrol and incorporating the family harmonies of Myrol. Special guests on the album include Gord Matthews, Ted Herebenuik, Chad Melchert, Barry Allen, Tony Michael, John Towill, Thom Moon, and Harpdog Brown,

It was decided to release the album first in Europe where Myrol has developed a strong following over the years. The European release in August included successful performances at the Silkeborg Country Music Festival (Denmark); the Visagino Country Music Festival in Lithuania (35,000 people) along with a successful whirlwind of CD release parties in The Netherlands; which resulted in invites back by the festival organizers as well as the Canadian Ambassador to Lithuania for a private show.

Combining distinctive songwriting, spirited performances and world-class production, this CD is the first of many albums for “Alt-Country” Sweethearts Myrol. They will be touring heavily in support of their debut album in the upcoming year. Watch for them in a city near you!
For further information, contact:
Marlene D'Aoust | Free Expression
Tel: (780) 465-3175
Email: mdaoust@shaw.ca 
 
HOPE STREET MUSIC GROUP'S
NEW

Buffalo River Compilation Disc
with these GREAT artists

Gary R. Smith Gunn Point
Ricky Russ Glen Goldkey (NEW!)
Dale Johnston Billy Grandi
Norman Eddy Tommy Brandt
DeWayne Climer (NEW!) Lynn Till
Grace Jacobsen (NEW!) Randy Davenport
Becky Braun (NEW!) Leon Joplin
Jerry Jones Micki Farington &
Danny Ray Harris (NEW!) See The Light


ATTN DJs: If you do not receive the Hope Street Music Group compilation discs, please contact us at 870-741-1407 or by email at cgc_hopestreet@alltel.net .

This entire compilation will also be available for download on the CGC Radio web site at http://www.cgcradio.com . Contact us for your user name and password.

ATTN ARTISTS: Contact us today if you have a single you want to release to radio with a professional, quality compilation disc. Join other GREAT ARTISTS who have found that "Radio" considers Hope Street "One of the BEST!" We're now reviewing and accepting music for our January Hope Street compilation disc. "We want it to be one of the first compilation discs that radio plays after the Christmas season," says Gene Farington, President and Founder, Hope Street Music Group.

Release your music with THE BEST! Contact us TODAY at 870-741-1407
PS. We're putting out a Christmas compilation. If you want to release a Christmas song contact us NOW!

Skyla Spencer
www.SkylaSpencer.com
www.myspace.com/skylaspencer
www.numberonemusic.com/skylaspencer

Country music artist Skyla Spencer has been keeping busy visiting and interviewing with DJs in her home state of West Virginia, as well as Virginia and Georgia, and plans to visit more stations around the United States within the next few months. Skyla says, “Meeting the DJs in person is exciting and refreshing. To see how the world of radio works is truly amazing, and to actually have the opportunity to thank each DJ for playing my music is great and means so much to me. I admire the work they do and they are great supporters of country music.”

Skyla has been promoting two singles released to country radio nationwide: “You Said You’d Call Me” on CDX – Vol. 382, and her most recent release, “One More Chance” released on CDX Vol. 401. Skyla says “[One More Chance] talks about losing someone dear to you and wanting a second chance. I think we all, at one time or another in our lives, wish we had another chance to make things right with someone. Sometimes it is too late, but we cling to the hope that it's not, and that we will will be given “one more chance.” Both songs can also be found on her debut album, You Said You’d Call Me, released summer 2005.

When asked how she describes her music, Skyla replies “...my music is up-lifting and energetic, with a unique sound. I love a sense of humor, and that shows through on some of my songs. Some of the songs on You Said You'd Call Me are from real life experiences, but it’s through these experiences, either good or bad, that have made me stronger. Music is the medicine for all who desire to express their hearts.”

For more information, MP3s, the You Said You’d Call Me album, print quality photos, her EPK, or to schedule a time during her radio tour through Tennessee and Kentucky, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net  or 615-825-0019. MP3s are also available to radio through Airplay Direct and Radio Submit
Contact-
Wildfire Publicity
Laura@wildfirepublicity.net
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633
http://www.wildfirepublicity.net

ART PRUCE NOMINATED FOR BCCMA AWARD!
DEBUT SINGLE - "LET'S SHINE" NOW AT RADIO - FULL CD - "WISH I COULD GO" OCTOBER 2006 RELEASE

www.artpruce.com

Recently the list of nominees were announced for this years BCCMA awards - Art Pruce has received two nominations - RAY MCAULEY HORIZON AWARD and his website designer - Fred Bosman was nominated for WEBSITE OF THE YEAR! The awards will be handed out on Sunday, October 15th at the Bell Centre in Surrey, British Columbia. Art will be performing at the Directors Award Show Celebration on Saturday, October 14th at The Vineyard in Langley and at the awards show.

The RAY MCAULEY HORIZON award is presented to an act, which is relatively new to performing and is based on their achievements, which may include recorded and / or live performance and contribution to country music in British Columbia.

The WEBSITE OF THE YEAR award is to recognize excellence in the area of website design of a B.C. country artist's "official" website.

Currently Art is touring through the Maritimes and the east coast in support of the release of his new single and upcoming release of his debut full cd. Art wll be performing at a variety of venues and visiting with radio at this time.

For further information / interviews / cd giveaways
please contact: DEBORAH WOOD PUBLICITY 905-3723-4186 /
codeywt@yahoo.com

For further information on ART PRUCE please go to his
website: www.artpruce.com
Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
http://supertop10.podomatic.com/
(do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
Listen to our "World of Country Music" podcast
InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this podcast)
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Cracker Barrel Giveaway Starts On September 16
Your chance to win a Cracker Barrel CD starts on the 16th...check out
our web site and also Hot'n'Gold's site for the "word of the week"
starting on September 16th....

CD's from Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant...all
thanks to Cracker Barrel (www.crackerbarrel.com) ...

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
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http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

Hot 'N' Gold - http://www.hotngold.co.uk/

Your station can also be a part of this promotion, email us today for
details, it is a simple way for your listerner's to participate

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/country.htm
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

September 17, 2006, 36th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1 - Rodney Atkins - If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)
2 - George Strait - Give It Away
3 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
4 - Brooks & Dunn Building Bridges
5 - The Wreckers - Leave The Pieces
6 - Steve Holy - Brand New Girlfriend
7 - Faith Hill - Sunshine And Summertime
8 - Little Big Town - Bring It On Home
9 - Heartland - I Loved Her First
10 - Carrie Underwood - Don't Forget To Remember Me

Hot Rising Single
The Wreckers - My, Oh My

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Poverty Neck Hillbillies - Mr. Right Now

* M-T-M Radio Sampler Comp CD's  are archived Country Music Hall of
Fame....Compilation CD (M-T-M #20) to mail out In mid-late November (cut
off deadline 7 Nov)

*****************
To: artists, publicity, producers & record labels
From: Mark Trail
           Mark Trail Music
           707 18th Ave South Suite 4
           Nashville, Tn 37203
Phone: (615)874-5635
email: mtrail@marktrailmusic.com
web: www.marktrailmusic.com=20

  I am currently putting together another Artist Promo Radio Sampler  
Compilation CD (M-T-M #20) to mail out In mid-late November (cut off
deadline 7 Nov) first come first serve bases on paid approved  tracks. I
also limit the # of tracks on my comps so slots will most likely be
booked before the deadline... I am only charging $250.00 (US)  to have a
song on this compilation, which is a great deal as many of you know and
I also guarantee I will mail to the stations that I claim to mail to... 


My Cd's have included quality tracks that have included artists such as
The Wilkinson's, Deborah Allen, Pete Schlegel, Chris Young, Sylvia, John
Berry, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Foster, Clear Blue
22, Eddie Eastman, Billy Yates, Jerry Reed, Willie Mack, EC&R with
George Jones, Jeff Carson, Daryle Singletary, John Arthur Martinez... to
name a few.. I am very picky about the quality of what I will accept to
send out (all tracks must be approved).. I have a very good reputation
with DJ's that I know, for presenting great songs and artists..
M-T-M compilation CD is a quality professional promotional CD presented
with full details of the tracks on it..

- This is what I am doing for $250.00
a) One of your tracks on the M-T-M compilation #20 which will be sent
out to over 600 radio DJ's, stations, industry professionals & music
media etc, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, parts of Europe, Canada and
the US
Approx 120+- Europe, Central and South America
Approx 120- Canada (includes all CCMA source book stations)
Approx 90- Australia, New Zealand & Japan
Approx 290+- US (including all Texas Chart & all Music Row Chart  and
Americana Chart reporting stations, which I will give you a list with
their full contact info)

     I am adding new stations all the time to my mailing list that will
play indie country artists...
b) your promo picture and website link will be posted on my website
c) I will mail you a 2 copy's of the CD
d) Your music listened to by the right people, possibly aired on radio
and reviewed in the music press... a few of my reviewers: Larry Delany
editor of "Country Music News Magazine", Dave Schmidt-  newsletter
"Dave's super-top 10 hits" & Alan Cacket of Maverick magazine in
England..
e) Details of your song, your contact details and other information are
included on the sleeve so that media people can contact you direct.

For this low price it represents exceptional value. Not only do you get
your music placed onto a quality Compilation CD, but all prep and
postage is done for you. I do it all - saving you time and money. It is
a brilliant cost-effective promotion for your act - and at a fraction of
the cost of doing it yourself! I operate a very professional and
efficient service..

 - WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU?
a) A copy of your track on CD ( mastered copy)..
b) A Short paragraph biography (please email text format) and photo of
your act (please email .jpeg),
c) Your contact info for the CD sleeve (e-mail, website, phone number,
address),
d) The track info: writer, publisher, & record label details if
applicable for the sleeve.
e) and lets not forget a check or international money order for
$250.00US made out to "Mark Trail Music"

*** This is NOT a record contract - it is a promotional CD

Montage Music Group Signs Andy Griggs

            Nashville, TN - Montage Music Group is proud to announce
that they have added Andy Griggs to their roster.  "We are honored to be
associated with one of country music's most outstanding male vocalists.
Andy is an artist whose time has come. We at Montage look forward to
getting him there," says Allen Butler, President and CEO of Montage
Music Group.

A Louisiana native, Griggs hit the Nashville music scene in the mid
90's.  His debut album YOU WON'T EVER BE LONELY spawned three Top 10
singles, "You Won't Ever Be Lonely," "I'll Go Crazy" and "She's More." 
His sophomore release titled FREEDOM yielded the chart topping hit
"Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man." 

Mike Wilson, Head of Radio Marketing for Montage Music Group worked with
Griggs during his tenure at RCA.  "I am thrilled to be working with Andy
again!  He is one of the finest singers in the format.  Andy has so much
knowledge and appreciation of the history of country music and he is
just a pleasure to work with!" says Wilson.

Grammy award winning songwriter Frank Myers ("I Swear") will be
producing the new project on Montage for Griggs.  "Andy is the kind of
vocalist I dream about working with, he is so versatile and has a way of
bringing a song to life," says Myers.

Established in May of 2006, Montage Music Group is a fully staffed
multifaceted entertainment organization operating as a multi-genre
record label, an artist management company and a music publishing
company.  Montage Music Group's mission is to not only make music but to
develop the careers of recording artists and songwriters alike.

CONTACT:  Vanessa Parker- Davis   - Vanessa@splashpublicity.com

THE GRASCALS DEBUT AT #2 ON BILLBOARD'S TOP BLUEGRASS ALBUMS CHART WITH
LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM AMONG MOST DOWNLOADED ON URGE

NASHVILLE, TENN.  (September 11, 2006)-The Grascals make an impressive
debut with their new Rounder release, Long List of Heartaches, entering
the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart at #2 this week (issue date
Sept. 16).  The album was also among the most downloaded from the CMT
hub on URGE.

The band has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group
of the Year at the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be
held at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 28.  They also picked up a
nod for Album of the Year for their participation in Celebration of
Life:  Musicians Against Childhood Cancer.

Long List of Heartaches, the follow-up to The Grascals'
Grammy=AE-nominated debut album, continues to earn critical praise.  It
was the CD Pick in the September 1 edition of the The Boston Globe, with
reviewer Steve Morse writing, "They are astonishing instrumentalists
(several members used to back the Osborne Brothers). They feature two
outrageously skilled lead singers (Terry Eldredge and Jamie Johnson),
and they already command enough respect to entice such guests as George
Jones, Dierks Bentley, the Jordanaires, and Steve Wariner into the
studio this time . . . The guests are special, but the Grascals, even
without the help, are a must-listen for fans who like their bluegrass
delivered with some country grit."

Kyle Cantrell of XM Satellite Radio states, "If it were possible to top
their debut album, the Grascals have done it.  With an all-star cast,
stellar musicianship, top-flight songs, and incredible vocals, Long List
of Heartaches is a can't-miss."

This week The Grascals will kick off the new season of the weekly
syndicated Red Barn Radio show, taping an interview and performance in
front of a live audience at Arts Place in downtown Lexington on
September 13.

On September 21 The Grascals will be featured on GAC's Country Music
Across America, airing at 9 p.m. (eastern).

Contact:
Karen Byrd/Karen Byrd Artist Management & Public Relations -
Karen.byrd@gmail.com
Jennifer Sacca/Rounder Records - Jsacca@rounder.com

Emerson Drive Takes Home CCMA Awards And Appears on CMT Studio 330
Sessions, Up Close with Emerson Drive on September 12
www.emersondrive.com

Nashville, TN-  CMT's Studio 330 Sessions welcomes Midas Records
Nashville recording artists Emerson Drive to the studio to catch up with
the band and feature new songs from their brand new album COUNTRIFIED,
which hits streets on September 19th. Produced by legendary Alabama band
member, Teddy Gentry as well as Josh Leo, Keith Follese and Brad Allen,
the album features the band's current hit single, "A Good Man."  Fans
can take a sneak peak at the band and hear performances from the new
album on CMT's Studio 330 Sessions at Loaded on CMT.com on Tuesday
September 12th.

Emerson Drive has been busy touring and setting up their latest release
COUNTRIFIED, which they hope will prove to be their best album yet. The
group attended the CCMA Awards last night because they are nominated for
Group or Duo of the Year as well as CMT Video of The Year for "A Good
Man."   Band members David Pichette and Dale Wallace took home accolades
last night in the coveted Canadian Country Music Association's All Star
Band awards.  This is Pichette's second consecutive time to win the
award and Wallace's third.  Emerson Drive is known for its energetic
stage show and incredible musicianship.

Don't forget to catch this memorable episode of CMT Studio 330 Sessions
today September 12th on www.CMT.com.

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits Podcast
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InProcess - Borderlands Podcast - (do not need an iPod to listen to this
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CASH COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE AT CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE
LEBANON, TENN – (September 5, 2006) Following the success of its exclusive Johnny Cash: American Music Legends CD, Cracker Barrel Old County Store (“Cracker Barrel”) has released a second collection of Cash recordings which include many of his chart-topping singles and his most popular story-telling songs.

“Johnny Cash’s influence on American music echoes in our minds every time we hear his signature baritone voice,” said Simon Turner, Cracker Barrel’s chief marketing officer. “Both of our exclusive Johnny Cash recordings sound as fresh today as they did more than 30 years ago. This release showcases Cash’s incredible talents as a singer, songwriter and performer. Without a doubt, his influence will be heard for many years to come.”

Johnny Cash: American Music Legends Volume Two is available exclusively at 543 Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The Cash recordings are part of a growing collection of exclusive Cracker Barrel CDs that include titles by Alison Krauss & Union Station, Amy Grant, Charlie Daniels and Sara Evans. The Songs Of The Year CD, a collection of today’s top country musicians performing classic songs, will be released October 3, 2006.

Johnny Cash: American Music Legends Volume Two songlist
Folsom Prison Blues (Live) – This live version was recorded in 1968, 13 years after its original recording at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jackson – Originally released in 1967, this duet with June Carter earned a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duet.
Understand Your Man – Topped the Billboard country chart in April, 1964.
Daddy Sang Bass – With June Carter and the Statler Brothers singing back-up, this #1 song was written by Carl Perkins.
A Boy Named Sue (Live) – Recorded live at California’s San Quentin State Prison, this song jumped to the top of the Billboard country chart and #2 on its pop chart.
Ring of Fire – Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, Cash added the song’s trademark mariachi-style horn section. Reached #1 on the Billboard country charts in 1963.
One Piece at a Time – Another #1 single, this humorous tale describes an assembly line worker’s lifetime of smuggling auto parts and his desire to have his own Cadillac.
Don’t Take Your Guns to Town – This original version hit #1 in 1959. Nearly 40 later, Cash and Willie Nelson recorded the song for the VH-1 Storytellers CD.
Five Feet High and Risin’ – Another one of Cash’s early recordings, this song was inspired by a flood that forced the family off their rural Arkansas farmland.
Man in Black – This 1971 classic explains Cash’s preference for black clothing and the people it represented. The following year he performed this song during his first visit to the White House.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia and a real wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up classic comfort foods such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children’s games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy and Slinky.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 543 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com 

Media Contacts:
Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates Public Relations (615) 777-6995
kirt@websterpr.com 

Jim Taylor, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.(615) 235-4082
jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com

Dave Schmidt's Top 10 Super Country Hits
http://www.bright.net/~wkki/country.htm
http://www.bright.net/~daveschmidt/country.htm

September 10, 2006, 34th Survey - Fourth Year
songs rated based on points system from radio and tv play

Artist/Song
1 - Brooks & Dunn Building Bridges
2 - Josh Turner- Would You Go With Me
3 - Rodney Atkins - If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)
4 - The Wreckers - Leave The Pieces
5 - George Strait - Give It Away
6 - Steve Holy - Brand New Girlfriend
7 - Faith Hill - Sunshine And Summertime
8 - Little Big Town - Bring It On Home
9 - Toby Keith - A Little Too Late
10 - Carrie Underwood - Don't Forget To Remember Me

Hot Rising Single
Oak Ridge Boys - Hard To Be Cool

Keep-An-Eye-On Single
Pat Waters - Texas Tears And Mexican Beer

CLINT BLACK THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH
CONCERT/SILENT AUCTION RAISES MONEY FOR THE AUSTIN MIRACLE LEAGUE


ROUND ROCK – The Round Rock Express’s post-game fireworks were scheduled for months, but the sold-out crowd of 13,000 got a pre-game boost before Thursday’s regular season finale at The Dell Diamond.

Country music star Clint Black took the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, in honor of his concert appearance at the venue Friday night; the first show of its type at the Dell Diamond. Mayor Nyle Maxwell also took the mound to present Black with an Express team jersey, and officially proclaim Friday as “Clint Black, Tracy Lawrence, and Kyle Park Day in Round Rock”.

Black, along with Tracy Lawrence and Kyle Park, performed at The Dell Diamond on Friday, Sept. 1 in a concert benefiting the Austin chapter of the Miracle League, which invites children with special needs to take part in America’s Pastime by building special fields and offering various avenues of support. In addition to a portion of the proceeds from the Texas Triple Play concert going to the Miracle League at Town and Country, the venue hosted a silent auction Friday evening, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. Among items up for auction were a jean jacket from Clint Black’s personal closet, packages including artist merchandise, a Tony LaRussa book, a guitar signed by the evening’s performers, and a pair of backstage passes to meet Clint Black before the concert. The Round Rock Express and Nolan Ryan Foundation have so far donated $250,000 toward the Miracle League's construction of a $700,000 baseball field (conducive to wheelchairs, crutches and braces) for kids with special needs in Central Texas.

“We’re excited to have one of country music’s most well-known artists out for our final regular season game,” said Express president Jay Miller. “Clint’s made a tremendous effort to be here for our fans and to put on a concert that benefits the Miracle League and the surrounding community.”

Midas Matters
EMERSON DRIVE
The U.S. release of Countrified, Emerson Drive’s highly anticipated new album on Midas Records Nashville, is