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>>Lyric Financial has moved to Music Row. The financial services company which specializes in providing funding solutions for music professionals and companies has a new home at 2 Music Circle South, across the street from the CMA. Lyric founder Eli Ball invites interested parties to stop by for a visit and some sweet tea.

>>Insiders are reporting that Mr. Honey Bee, aka Blake Shelton will likely land in the top position on both the Top 200 album chart and the Country album chart at the close of this week with debut scans of about 110,000 units of his new album Red River Blue. The Voice coach has also added “video host” to his career resume. Shelton (via video) joins groups backstage as they tour the Grand Ole Opry sharing personal stories and film clips. As part of the newly-offered tour, guests see artist dressing rooms each decorated with unique themes such as “Cousin Minnie,” “Wagonmaster,” “Little Jimmy,” and “Mr. Roy,” (honoring Opry greats Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Jimmy Dickens, and Roy Acuff, respectively.)

>>Musical legend Ricky Skaggs’ newest CD,Country Hits Bluegrass Style (Skaggs Family Records), will be in stores July 19. The 14-song release is a mix between Skaggs’ country and bluegrass roots, something he has been sharing with fans around the country during his current Treasure Chest Tour. Skaggs’ first two country #1 singles and standouts on the new album, “Crying My Heart Out Over You” and “I Don’t Care,” are accompanied by eight more #1 country hits, such as “Cajun Moon” and “Highway 40 Blues.” A 14-time Grammy Award winner, Skaggs is well known for both his country music classics as well as his bluegrass hits. Skaggs Family Records was formed in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy nominated classics. The artist has won a total of eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1985.

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