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Pictured (l-r): Fitzgerald Hartley’s Bill Simmons; Clear Channel Los Angeles’ John Ivey; Arista Nashville’s Lesly Tyson; Paisley; Sony Music Nashville’s Skip Bishop; and KKGO’s Tonya Campos and Charlie Cook.

Brad Paisley played the Los Angeles area recently as the headliner at KKGO’s Go Fest 2009, and some of his Nashville team members were on hand for support (see above). Paisley’s “Welcome to the Future,” is at No. 3 on MusicRow’s Country Breakout chart and is the second smash from his acclaimed American Saturday Night album.


Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser kicked-off their co-headlining CMT On Tour 2009 outing last week in New York City. It includes dates in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and 27 other cities across the nation this fall. Houser’s new single, “Whistlin’ Dixie,” has premiered on and will impact radio Nov. 2. It will appear on his upcoming album scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2010. Houser also visited the Victory Junction camp in Randleman, NC recently to perform for the chronically ill children there.


Blake Shelton teamed up with longtime friend Trace Adkins for his new single, “Hillbilly Bone,” and fans can stream it exclusively for two weeks at The single, written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman, is from Shelton’s forthcoming CD release and will impact radio Nov. 2


nicholsJoe Nichols pranked host Sirius/XM radio host Storme Warren during his show, Music Row Happy Hour, by wearing a fake hairy chest. Nichols’ new CD, Old Things New, is set for release Oct. 27. The lead single is “Gimmie That Girl.”

Nichols has also partnered with TheHopeLine to create a website to help people struggling with addiction. is named for his new song about substance abuse, which appears on his upcoming CD release.


Eric Church will perform his new single “Hell On The Heart” during his debut appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow night (10/16) airing at 12:50ET/11:05 CT. “Hell On The Heart” is the follow-up single to Church’s Top 10 hit “Love Your Love The Most,” from his sophomore release Carolina. Despite a broken foot, Church is on his nearly sold-out Young & Wild(er) Tour through the end of this year.


Love and Theft are giving away seven free downloads via iTunes and AOL’s The Boot. There’s one music video, two songs, three interviews, plus a video documentary. Included is “Don’t Wake Me,” a live version of their single, “Runaway,” three video interviews and one video that tells the story behind the band.

The Oak Ridge Boys are set to perform new Jamey Johnson-penned single “Mama’s Table” on CBS’ The Early Show and Fox News Channel’s Huckabee this Sat., Oct. 17.


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