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Lifenotes: Guitarist Fred Carter Jr.

Noted musician Fred Carter Jr. passed away on July 17th from stroke-related causes at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Louisiana native was born in 1933 and began his career as a professional musician in the 1950s, playing guitar for rock ‘n’ rollers like Roy Orbison. By the early ‘60s Carter had settled into the Nashville […]

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Cold River Records Expands Promo Team; Dandy In Dual Roles

Cold River Records has hired independent promoter Jim Dandy to share national promotion duties with Jeff Davis. Dandy, who formerly served as Regional Promotion Director for Quarterback Records and as PD of KOUL, will handle the Midwest, West and Southwest, while Davis will focus on Central, East and Southeast. “We have worked with Jim for the past two […]

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Live Nation Ticket Sales Slide, Stock Tumbles

Ticket sales for Live Nation’s top 100 tours slid 9 percent to $822 million in the first half of 2010, and the year’s second half isn’t looking much better, expected to fall as much as 15 percent. The entire touring industry has taken a 17 percent hit so far this year. Live Nation gave the […]

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Weekly Chart Report (7/16/10)

SPIN ZONE In an exciting chart day showdown, Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight” manages the rare trick of ousting a newer single from the No. 1 position. Of course, it didn’t hurt Blake’s odds that his single picked up almost 200 spins in one chart cycle. The previous No. 1, “I’m In” by Keith Urban, […]

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Shelton Stages Online/Dance Club Contest

Blake Shelton fans now have a unique online/dance club contest which will offer them a chance to win free downloads and autographed Shelton memorabilia. Dubbed The “All About Tonight” Come-On Contest, to highlight Shelton’s debut single from his forthcoming Six Pak release, All About Tonight, due out Aug. 10, the challenge is about Shelton fans […]

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Syncs Help Sony/ATV Fight Slump

In the changing environment, publishers like Sony/ATV are turning efforts to alternative income streams.

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Diverse Pathways To Artist Success

The country music landscape continues to rotate like the sleeve on a kaleidoscope with each twist yielding unexpected consequences. Through it all artists, big and small, continue to find ways to establish and nourish their careers. And those journeys can take various shape and form based upon the goals of everyone involved. Indie and small […]

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Documentary Delves Into Haggard Life

A new PBS documentary sheds light on the dark side of country music’s true outlaw, Merle Haggard.

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Kennedy Exits Cherry Heart

It remains unofficial but MusicRow has learned that longtime industry executive Shelby Kennedy has exited his post as Senior VP/COO of Cherry Heart Music. Kennedy headed the company’s publishing and administration division, which features a catalog of more than 1,600 songs and No. 1 hits for artists including Garth Brooks, George Strait and Charley Pride, […]

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Performers Named For Americana Awards

Organizers of the 9th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony have announced a stellar performance line-up for the Sept. 9 show at the Ryman Auditorium, including Emmylou Harris, the Avett Brothers, Rodney Crowell, Wanda Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin, Sam Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ryan Bingham, Corb Lund, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joe Pug, and Will Kimbrough. […]

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Idol Hopefuls Gather In Nashville

Thousands of star-hopefuls braved the heat outside the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville this morning (7/15), as registration to audition for season 10 of American Idol got underway. Many of those waiting to register for a time to sing arrived the night before, sleeping on the sidewalk outside the arena to be the first in […]

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