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Content Remains King. All Rise For The King!

Advertising Age’s recent Media Issue (Oct. 3, 2011) looks hard at the “Content Is King” motto, questions its relevance in the current digital mix, and offers some insightful observations in the process. Overwhelmingly though, … in today’s media tug of war, content and content owners (…)

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Awards Overboard

An industry tries to level the playing field after awards nominees go overboard […]

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (10/5/11)

I can’t remember a recent listening session with so many well-done platters. Jake Owen has the audio production to beat. Mark Willis has the week’s most striking song. Gloriana is glorious. Kenny Chesney’s bringing the star power. […]

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Bobby Karl Works the IBMA Awards

For the past five years, no one has helped to raise the profile of bluegrass music more than Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. The International Bluegrass Music Association voters at last recognized that fact by naming the act its Entertainer of the Year. […]

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The Civil Wars Case Study

The industry took note when the first album from indie act The Civil Wars debuted with sales of 25K units. In the almost eight months since, Barton Hollow has passed the 180K mark. How’d they do it?

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (9/28/11)

This week at the Convention Center, it’s round-the-clock picking and singing at the IBMA World of Bluegrass confab. Among the week’s highlights are the presentation of the IBMA Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday evening. The discs in this week’s column all belong to nominees. […]

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Bobby Karl Works IBMA Week

Chapter 375—Boy, I sure hope what I witnessed on Tuesday afternoon (9/27) is the beginning of a new IBMA tradition.

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Party Pics: Leadership Music Reunion

Party pictures from Leadership Music’s Alumni Reunion at the Noah Liff Opera Center last week (9/13).

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DISClaimer Single Reviews (9/21/11)

Let’s take a break from the Music Row mainstream and listen to some platters that have, shall we say, a little more class?

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Bobby Karl Works The ACM Honors

One of the cool things about the ACM Honors is that it features unexpected and unpredictably wonderful performances. Or, as host Joe Nichols put it, “musical moments that you won’t see anyplace else.”

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The Raconteurs’ Earth Shaking Show at Third Man

As The Raconteurs tore through their show at Jack White’s Third Man Records, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the crowd not fully enthralled by the earth-shaking beats and crashing, dance-party rhythms.

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