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Michelle Branch, ZBB, Love & Theft, Katie Armiger

Michelle Branch wrote on her official message board that she recently finished mixing the last track for her upcoming solo CD, “I can’t believe I’m finally officially finished. It’s been well worth the wait. (At least I think so.)” The album’s first single, “Sooner or Later,” will premiere on her website July 20. Zac Brown […]

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Chesney Tour In “Pollstar” Top 10

Kenny Chesney is the only country act in the Top 10 of Pollstar’s annual Midyear Report of tour rankings. His Corona Extra Sun City Carnival tour lands at No. 7 behind Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Elton John/Billy Joel, the Eagles, and Bruce Springsteen. Rascal Flatts are at No. 17 on the list, followed […]

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Photo Fabulous: Kate Kacey & Hazel, Urban/Aldean, Piven, Etc.

Actors Jeremy Piven (“The Kingdom,” “Entourage”) and Ed Helms (“The Hangover,” “The Office”) were in town last night for the premiere of their new film “The Goods. Live Hard. Sell Hard.” Stoney Creek Records’ Megan Mullins and Black River’s Sarah Darling were among the artists attending the VIP screening put on by CMT. The Paramount […]

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UMPG Signs Lori McKenna

UMPG recently welcomed renowned songwriter Lori McKenna to its roster of hit makers.  Well known in the New England club scene, the Stoughton, MA native gained national prominence with her couch jumping appearance on Oprah, where she performed “Fireflies” with Faith Hill. After landing three songs on Hill’s album, the music community clamored to record […]

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APA Welcomes Darren Kozelsky

Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) has signed country singer Darren Kozelsky for representation, with Clint Wiley and Scott Galloway acting as the responsible agents. Kozelsky joins artists Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, David Lee Murphy, Kingbilly, Little Texas, Lee Roy Parnell, Cross Canadian Ragweed and more at APA. He is a Texas native who first […]

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Alexander, Mabe Score Big With First No. 1

Songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe are celebrating their first No. 1, with the smash pop/country hit “The Climb,” performed by Miley Cyrus for her Hannah Montana movie. The track has already sold more than 2 million downloads, and reached the top of both the Billboard and Mediabase AC charts last week. It continues to […]

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“WSJ” Highlights Compass Records; NaFF Entries; Etc.

Grammy award winning banjoist Alison Brown, two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year  Dale Ann Bradley, and seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines are featured in The Wall Street Journal in an article written by Barry Mazor entitled “The Sisterhood of Bluegrass.” The article focuses on the tradition of women in bluegrass […]

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Country’s Shrinking Middle Class

The quote of the week belongs to Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who when asked about the success of Twitter and other social networking sites replied, “A lot of people are doing very well at making very little money. It’s not a club I’m looking to join.” The joke may be on the Sony CEO because, […]

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On the Music Row Cover: Williams Riley

Label: Golden Music Current Album: Williams Riley Current Single & Video: “I’m Still Me” Current Producers: Noel Golden, Derek George Hometowns: Larose, LA; Nashville, TN Interesting Fact: The band is named after the guitar player’s great-grandfather. Outside Interests: Hunting, fishing, horses, cattle and thumb wrestling Awards: American Country Countdown Superstars 2009, Voted Best New Country […]

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Paisley, Chesney on “GMA,” And More

Brad Paisley—busy celebrating last week’s No. 1 country debut of his album American Saturday Night—will be the first country artist featured on the MySpace Music Feed. The exclusive interview, in which Paisley talks about his new project and the creative thread flowing through his family, is online now and viewable here. The album’s chart-topping first single, […]

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Asleep at the Wheel Honored

Asleep at the Wheel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, presented by the Gibson Foundation, scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium. Since 1969, the Austin-based band has released over twenty-five albums, charted over twenty Billboard singles and won nine Grammy Awards. The […]

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