Artist Items: Azar, Martina, More

Pictured left to right: Chris Borchetta (Ride Records), Steve Azar and Mike Hammond (WIVK-FM).

Pictured left to right: Chris Borchetta (Ride Records), Steve Azar and Mike Hammond (WIVK-FM).

During a recent concert performance at Cotton Eyed Joe’s in Knoxville, more than 100 fans participated in a “Moo La Moo” dance contest, based on the hilarious dance featured in Steve Azar’s new music video. He presented the lucky winner with an autographed “Delta Soul Logo” guitar. “Moo La Moo” is the lead single from his forthcoming CD, Slide On Over Here (8/4). Fans can learn the “Moo La Moo” dance by signing up for email updates at www.steveazarlive.com, and downloading the instructional video. The dance was created by the video’s star, comedian/actor Gary Valentine (King of Queens).

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Earlier this year, Martina McBride sang her current single, “I Just Call You Mine,” as part of a dream-date evening on ABC’s The Bachelorette. Now, the love song will once again be featured in the show, as “I Just Call You Mine” sets the musical mood for a look back at special moments from throughout the season when the season finale airs this Monday, July 27, at 8 PM ET.

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Orleans, the American music masters with hits Still the One, Dance with Me and Love Takes Time, shared their music and entertainment expertise with the captivated crowd at Legacy Days during NAMM.  "Larry Hoppen. at the Radisson Hotel in Nashville on Saturday, July 18th.  The two remaining original members Larry and Lance Hoppen were joined alongside their drummer and former Elton John band member Charlie Morgan.  Orleans performed their classic hits and offered a first hand perspective on developing and surviving a career in the entertainment industry

Orleans ("Still the One," "Dance with Me") performed at NAMM, held recently in Nashville. Original members, Larry and Lance Hoppen, were joined by drummer and former Elton John band member Charlie Morgan, to perform their hits and offer a first hand perspective on developing and surviving a career in the entertainment industry.

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Downloads of Trailer Choir’s “Beer Gut” have been on the increase for 12 consecutive weeks, with digital sales jumping 139% in the past two weeks alone. Over the past month, Trailer Choir’s digital sales have seen an impressive increase of 232%. Their ringback sales went up 61% and ringtone sales rose 54% becoming the #1 downloaded ringtone for the label, Show Dog Nashville.

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With their first set of new studio material since 2003, Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with God & Guns, due out Sept. 29 on Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records. It was recorded in Nashville in 2008-2009 with noted rock producer Bob Marlette.

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Tracy Lawrence will be acknowledged as an Honorary Citizen of San Antonio by the City of San Antonio, TX. The ceremony is in recognition and appreciation of his numerous visits there and his philanthropic endeavors. The presentation will take place on Friday, Aug. 14, prior to his performance at Cowboys Far West.
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Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will put out their first record in 12 years. Great American Bubble Factory will be released Sept. 29 on Vintage Earth Music with marketing and distribution provided by Nashville’s Thirty Tigers/RED.

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