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Australia's 2009 Telstra Road to Tamworth winner, Peter McWhirter, has finished recording his debut album in Nashville with veteran producer and fellow Aussie Mark Moffatt. The first single is slated for release in Australia in August. Pictured: Moffat (L) with McWhirter (R)  Photo: Kenny Mims

Australia's 2009 Telstra Road to Tamworth winner, Peter McWhirter, has finished recording his debut album in Nashville with veteran producer and fellow Aussie Mark Moffatt. The first single is slated for release in Australia in August. Pictured: Moffat (L) with McWhirter (R) Photo: Kenny Mims

Larry Gatlin—the man Johnny Cash called “Pilgrim”—and the Gatlin Brothers are working on the upcoming release of The Pilgrimage, their new album on Curb Records. On it the Gatlins celebrate their love and respect for Mr. Cash and collaborate with his son John Carter Cash as producer. The lead single “Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down” is garnering attention, and the group performed it live on FOX TV’s Huckabee show this past weekend.

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 This past weekend, Texas’ own Aaron Watson recorded his next project entitled Deep In The Heart Of Texas:  Aaron Watson LIVE from the Hog Creek Icehouse’s backyard amphitheater in Waco, Texas.  This live recording is set to be released as a combo CD/DVD package on September 15.  “Incredible,” was about the only word that Aaron could think of when recapping the electric evening.   With the help of a few thousand fans, Aaron kicked off the exhilarating two-hour show with his first nationwide single “Love Makin’ Song” from his most recent album Angels and Outlaws.

This past weekend, Texas’ own Aaron Watson recorded "Deep In The Heart Of Texas: Aaron Watson LIVE" at the Hog Creek Icehouse’s backyard amphitheater in Waco. It will be released as a combo CD/DVD package on Sept. 15. With the help of a few thousand fans, he kicked off the two-hour show with his first nationwide single “Love Makin’ Song” from his most recent album Angels and Outlaws.

Big Kenny’s solo single “Long After I’m Gone” is at radio now, and a music video has also been released. The song is being promoted by Bigger Picture Entertainment/Love Everybody. It was written by Big Kenny, Marc Beeson, and Richie Supa.
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Well-known songwriter Vince Melamed (“Walkaway Joe,” “What Mattered Most,” “I’ll Take That As a Yes,” “She’d Give Anything”) is releasing a solo album on Adroit Records. It includes the aforementioned hits as well as six other songs. Jim Tract, president of Adroit records, produced the new album, What Matters Most. In his illustrious career, Melamed has toured or recorded with Bob Dylan, The Eagles,  Dan Fogelberg, Glen Frey, J.D. Souther, Rodney Crowell, and Jimmy Buffett. He has written songs for Tina Turner, Trisha Yearwood, John Anderson, and most recently Phil Vasser.
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Emerging country artist Brittini Black (Slugfest Records / Star Tour Records, Nashville) has released  “America,” written by Dustin James, to country radio as her newest single. A video will follow soon on GAC and CMT and is available now at www.brittiniblack.com.
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Rising country crooner Cooper Boone proves his cooking prowess on his weekly online cooking show “Cowboy Kitchen.” The multi-talented Boone is also a farmer, store owner, doctor of psychology and all-around entrepreneur. On “Cowboy Kitchen,” he treats viewers to a song while waiting for the pots to simmer. Boone’s self-titled debut album comes out August 4 on Green Rooster Records. See what “Coop’s Cookin'” here.

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George King, President of Size 10 Records in Nashville, has formed a cross-promotional partnership with Mansion Entertainment to launch the sophomore single from its flagship artist Dennis Wilson. Wilson is set to introduce his second single, “Gotta Get Away,” from his debut CD, Castles In The Sand, in early July. More than 100 radio stations are anticipated to participate in the “Gotta Get Away” radio promotion headed up by veteran radio-man Jerry Duncan of Jerry Duncan Promotions. Headed by founding President Gene Bicknell, The Mansion Entertainment and Media Center is the umbrella company of various entertainment venues and productions in Branson.

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