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Review: Aldean Anchors Adventurous Collection

California-based Broken Bow Records arguably hasn’t yet done much for the Nashville community, but Wide Open, from its flagship artist Jason Aldean, scored impressive first week sales (109k) and is clearly boosting confidence in country’s fan connection. Radio is on board, too. Music Row named the Macon, Georgia native its Artist of the Year (Mid-Size […]

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Mrs. Paisley Had a Baby!

Reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, welcomed their second child, a healthy baby boy  today (4/17), at a Nashville area hospital. The Paisley’s firstborn son, William Huckleberry, aka “Huck” was born in February, 2007.

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ACM Ratings Jump 21 Percent

The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards significantly increased its ratings for the second consecutive year. The show’s ratings were up 21% overall from 2008, drawing nearly 15 million viewers and earning the top spot for the night for the CBS Television Network during every hour of the April 5 telecast. The Awards brought […]

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Martina’s Wine, B&D’s M&Ms, Bluebird Gets “Amplified” and More

Following the lead of country star Kix Brooks, Martina McBride has launched her own line of wines. McBride has teamed with Blackbird Vineyards Napa Valley to announce the debut of the 2006 Martina McBride “Signature Series” Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine. “I’ve been able to taste incredible wines while traveling the world on tour,” McBride […]

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MCN Presents Concert Series & Sweepstakes

MusicCityNetworks (MCN) will present the 2009 MCN Fan Club Concert Series June 10-13 at Nashville’s Rocketown. The annual concert series features performances from some of country music’s biggest performers, connecting fans with their favorite artists and with their fellow fans. This year’s line-up includes Bucky Covington, Emerson Drive, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Turner, Lady Antebellum, Sara […]

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CMA To Unveil Research

The Country Music Association will unveil key findings from its 2008 Country Music Consumer Segmentation Study during a free Town Hall meeting Tuesday, April 28 from 2:00-4:00 PM/CT in the Boone Crockett Room at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville. The meeting is free and open to CMA members and their invited guests. The research […]

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Songwriter Paul Williams Elected ASCAP President

Songwriter Paul Williams, whose long list of hits includes classic songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Rainy Days and Mondays,” was elected President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) today (4/16) by the ASCAP Board of Directors at its […]

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Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Names New Generation Award Winner

The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation has announced that Zakk Knight of Indianapolis, Indiana has been named winner of the 2009 New Generation Award Contest. Knight will receive a Gibson “Robert Johnson” edition guitar, a Robert Johnson harmonica, a certificate signed by Claud Johnson (son and heir of Robert Johnson) and an invitation to perform at […]

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Leadership Music Names Dale Franklin Award Winners

The Board of Directors of Leadership Music has announced that Garth Brooks, Jim Foglesong and Allen Reynolds have been selected as the 2009 recipients of the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. The three prominent country music figures, whose careers intertwined when Brooks signed to Capitol Records with Foglesong at the helm, and Reynolds produced his […]

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CMT Nom for Newfield’s “Johnny and June”

It’s not often that a country singer manages to step up to solo stardom after becoming closely identified with a successful group. Wynonna’s post-Judds career comes to mind. And now there’s Heidi Newfield. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the former Trick Pony singer turned to producer Tony Brown, who oversaw Wynonna’s debut, when it came […]

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IFCO’s Loretta Johnson Passes; Visitation Set

Loretta Johnson died Monday, April 13, following a long battle with multiple myloma. She was 67 years old. With sisters Loudilla and Kay, Johnson was the co-founder of the International Fan Club Organization (IFCO). Begun in 1967, IFCO’s annual concert and get-together was the precursor of Fan Fair (now known as the CMA Music Festival). […]

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