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Randy Houser Sets Sophomore Release Date

Show Dog – Universal is planning the Sept. 14 release of Randy Houser’s sophomore album, They Call Me Cadillac. “I’m All About It,” the self-penned lead single, is already building steam at radio, while another new track, “Whistlin’ Dixie,” has generated over 100,000 in digital single sales.

For the album produced by Cliff Audretch and Mark Wright, Houser culled songs from hitmakers such as Mark D. Sanders and Brice Long (“Anything Goes”), and backing vocals from Lee Ann Womack.

They Call Me Cadillac will be the follow-up to his 2008 debut Anything Goes, which produced hit singles including the title track and “Boots On.”

Houser will make a series of appearances in support of the new album before joining Gary Allan on the “Get Off on the Pain” Tour commencing later this fall with good friend Jerrod Niemann.

They Call Me Cadillac Track List:
1  “Lowdown and Lonesome”
2  “They Call Me Cadillac”
3  “Addicted”
4  “Man Like Me”
5  “Will I Always Be This Way”
6  “Out Here In The Country”
7  “I’m All About It”
8  “Here With Me”
9  “Whistlin’ Dixie”
10 “Somewhere South Of Memphis”
11 “If I Could Buy Me Some Time”
12 “Lead Me Home”

Whitney Duncan Debut Out Today; Jaron Album Coming In June

Reprise recording artist Whitney Duncan’s debut album Right Road Now is being released today (4/20) on www.Whitneyduncan.com and iTunes. The project features eleven tracks, including her singles, “When I Said I Would” and “Skinny Dippin’.” It was produced by Mark Bright and John Shanks.

AOL’s The Boot exclusively premiered the video for the title track and it is now available to all digital partners including iTunes.

Duncan’s fans had a hand in selecting a song to complete the album via her web site, and they picked “Comin’ Home To You.”

She has penned songs for Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Shawanda and Lee Ann Womack to name a few.

Track Listing for Right Road Now:
1. When I Said I Would
2. Right Road Now
3. Little By Little
4. Skinny Dippin’
5. Bed That You Made
6. Burn It Down
7. Open Road
8. So Sorry Mama
9. Kinda Crazy
10. Comin’ Home To You
11. Away

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Jaron And The Long Road To Love’s debut single “Pray For You” is doing so well at radio, Jaronwood/Universal Republic/Big Machine has moved up the release date for his debut album, Getting Dressed In The Dark, to June 22. The singer-songwriter has been busy completing the project and explains, “I think when people hear the album they will understand the “band name” better. People are a bit confused by ‘The Long Road to Love.’ At first, they think it is my band name, but when I walk out on stage by myself, people quickly realize that it’s not my band. I tell them it’s my journey.” A handful of Jaron’s songs are available now on his MySpace page, iTunes and Amazon.

DVD Set Coming From ZBB And Friends

Zac Brown Band is prepping the May 4 release of a DVD/2-CD package called Pass the Jar. The concert DVD is from the band’s Oct. 30, 2009 superstar show at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre which benefited the rebuilding of Athens, GA landmark, the Georgia Theatre.

The Pass the Jar DVD will feature eighteen performances, with ZBB alongside guests Kid Rock, Little Big Town, Joey + Rory, Shawn Mullins, Angie Aparo and Aslyn. The show includes songs from the ZBB’s platinum album The Foundation, their favorite covers, and new unreleased material. It was shot in HD and directed by Darren Doane (who also shot the band’s videos for “Toes” and “Highway 20 Ride”).

The Pass the Jar 2-CD companion will include audio from the DVD as well as six other tracks.

Fans who pre-order Pass the Jar will get access to pre-sale tickets for ZBB’s homecoming show at Atlanta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 8.

Pass The Jar – Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta DVD/2 CD Tracklist:

DVD
1.    Intro
2.    Whatever It Is
3.    It’s Not OK
4.    Jolene
5.    Who Knows
6.    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
7.    Sic ‘Em On A Chicken
8.    Junkyard (feat. Angie Aparo)
9.    The Devil Went Down To Georgia
10.  Trying to Drive (feat. Aslyn)
11.  Alabama Jubilee (feat. Barry Waldrep)
12.  Can’t You See (feat. Kid Rock)
13.  Highway 20 Ride
14.  Colder Weather (feat. Little Big Town)
15.  Free / Into the Mystic (feat. Joey + Rory)
16.  Toes
17.  America The Beautiful
18.  Chicken Fried
19.  We’re Gonna Make This Day

CD 1
1.   Whatever It Is
2.   Let It Go
3.   It’s Not OK
4.   Jolene
5.   Who Knows
6.   The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
7.   Sic ‘Em On A Chicken
8.   Where The Boat Leaves From
9.   Trying to Drive (feat. Aslyn)
10. Alabama Jubilee (feat. Barry Waldrep)
11. Blackbird (feat. Matt Mangano)
12. The Devil Went Down to Georgia

CD 2
1.   Can’t You See (feat. Kid Rock)
2.   Highway 20 Ride
3.   Whiskey’s Gone
4.   Colder Weather (feat. Little Big Town)
5.   Free / Into the Mystic (feat. Joey + Rory)
6.   America The Beautiful
7.   Chicken Fried
8.   I Shall Be Released
9.   Bar  (feat. Sonia Leigh and guests)
10. Toes (feat. Shawn Mullins)
11. We’re Gonna Make This Day

Fans Vote On New Music From Whitney Duncan

Reprise/Warner Bros. Records is planning the April 20 digital release of Whitney Duncan’s debut album, Right Road Now, exclusively on www.whitneyduncan.com and iTunes.

A poll opened last night (2/22) on her site that gives fans the opportunity to select one of three songs they want to be featured on the new album. The winning song will be included in the release.

Duncan co-wrote every song on Right Road Now. She has penned songs for LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Shawanda, Lee Ann Womack, as well as her own duet with Kenny Rogers.

Duncan will perform this afternoon at MusicRow’s party exclusively for Country Radio Seminar attendees. Also taking the stage will be Show Dog -Universal group Trailer Choir. Look for loads of coverage tomorrow morning in the subscriber-only @MusicRow.

Alan Jackson Maps Tour, Debuts Video

Alan Jackson is prepping for the March 30 release of his new album with a supporting summer tour and new music video. He just revealed dates for the Freight Train Tour, kicking off April 8 in Estero, FL, and continuing for 15 cities before wrapping in Lexington, KY on May 23. Joining him will be Josh Turner and Chris Young. Tickets are already on sale in select markets.

Jackson’s eighteenth album Freight Train was produced by longtime collaborator Keith Stegall. The Arista release has eight songs from Jackson’s pen, as well as four other tracks including lead single “It’s Just That Way,” and a duet with Lee Ann Womack on the Vern Gosdin classic, “Till the End.”

“It’s Just That Way” was written by Stegall, Vicky McGehee and Kylie Sackley. The accompanying video makes its world premiere today (2/22).  It was taped at an old antebellum farmhouse in Spring Hill, TN and various locations in Tampa, FL, with award-winning director Roman White. The video’s concept was created by Jackson’s oldest daughter Mattie, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee.

Jackson will launch the album with appearances on Today (3/30) the Late Show with David Letterman (3/30), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (4/14), and his first visit to Ellen (4/15).

The superstar’s career has spanned 20 years and netted 50 million in album sales.

Release Dates: Valentine’s Day, Buxton, Shelton and Lonestar

vdayValentine’s Day will come a little before February 14 this year—February 9, to be precise. That’s when the soundtrack to the film, featuring new music from Taylor Swift and Jewel, will be released by Valory Music. The new Swift song, “Today Was A Fairytale,” jumped to No. 1 on iTunes, giving the singer her highest first-day sales to date. American television audiences will get to hear the song January 31, when Swift performs it during the CBS telecast of the Grammys. Jewel’s “Stay Here Forever” is the film’s lead single and just made its official debut on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Chart at No. 67. Valentine’s Day the movie opens nationwide February 12.

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buxtonThe wait is almost over for Sarah Buxton’s self-titled debut album, which releases February 23 on Lyric Street. Buxton co-wrote ten of the album’s tracks, including the hit single “Outside My Window” and “Stupid Boy.” She also produced or co-produced four of the tracks, with help from Dann Huff, Craig Wiseman, Bob DiPiero and Blair Daly. Buxton was just recently added to the Shine All Night tour with Martina McBride and Trace Adkins, and she’ll be out on the road with them through May.

Sarah Buxton tracklist:
1. American Daughters; 2. Outside My Window; 3. Radio Love; 4. For Real; 5. Wings; 6. Love Like Heaven; 7. Space; 8. Innocence; 9. That Kind of Day; 10. Stupid Boy; 11. Big Blue Sky

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bsheltonBlake Shelton’s new album Hillbilly Bone is slated for a March 2 release. Produced by Scott Hendricks, the album—Blake’s sixth studio effort—will be packaged as a Six Pak that includes the hit title track with Trace Adkins and five other new tracks. The video for “Hillbilly Bone” is currently available at all digital outlets.

Hillbilly Bone tracklist:
1. Hillbilly Bone; 2. Kiss My Country Ass; 3. You’ll Always Be Beautiful
4. Can’t Afford To Love You; 5. Delilah; 6. Almost Alright

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lonestarLonestar will release Party Heard Around The World, the group’s first studio album in four years, April 27 on Saguaro Road Records. Tour dates and media appearances in support of the new album release will be announced soon. Lonestar consists of original members Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater, and Michael Britt, as well as lead vocalist Cody Collins who joined the group in 2007.

Gretchen Wilson Sets Date For New Album

Wilson made a stop at WTQR in Greensboro recently to promote her “Work Hard, Play Harder” single from her upcoming I Got Your Country Right Here album. Pictured: Wilson (L) WTQR PD John Roberts (R). Photo: Kathy Miller, One Shot Photography

Wilson made a stop at WTQR in Greensboro, NC recently to promote “Work Hard, Play Harder." Pictured: Wilson (L) WTQR PD John Roberts (R). Photo: Kathy Miller, One Shot Photography

Gretchen Wilson will release her fourth studio album entitled I Got Your Country Right Here, on March 30. Produced by Wilson, John Rich and Blake Chancey, the 11-cut disc will be the first release on her recently launched Redneck Records. The first single from the album is “Work Hard, Play Harder.”

“This is the album of my career,” said Wilson. Her previous three releases, Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, and One Of The Boys, each debuted at No. 1 on the country album chart.

Wilson sang the national anthem and performed a set during the halftime festivities at the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens Jan. 16. The game and performance was carried on CBS and on Country 97.1 HANK FM in Indianapolis.

Willie Nelson Joins Rounder Roster

willieWillie Nelson has signed with Rounder Records for the release of his next studio album, Country Music, coming April 13.

Produced by T Bone Burnett, Country Music features old-time banjo master Riley Baugus, double bassist Dennis Crouch, Buddy Miller on guitar, Mickey Raphael on harmonica, Burnett himself and others.

“Some folks have mistakenly called it bluegrass,” says Burnett. “It’s actually pre-bluegrass. It’s some of the songs Willie’s been singing his whole life.” The material ranges from 1920s to 1960s.

Recorded live in Nashville in four days, it includes “The Man With the Blues,” which Burnett says is the first song Willie ever wrote. Other tracks include covers of “Dark As a Dungeon” by Merle Travis and “You Done Me Wrong” by Ray Price.

Nelson, known for a relentless touring schedule of over 200 days a year, will return to the road again in 2010. The full tour itinerary is yet-to-be announced.

The legendary artist, songwriter, actor, and social activist has a career spanning six decades and more than 200 releases.

In August 2009 Blue Note released his Grammy nominated studio album American Classic. Prior to that he was signed to Lost Highway Records.

Country Music track listing:

1. Man With The Blues
2. Seaman’s Blues
3. Dark As A Dungeon
4. Gotta Walk Alone
5. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
6. My Baby’s Gone
7. Freight Train Boogie
8. Satisfied Mind
9. You Done Me Wrong
10. Pistol Packin’ Mama
11. Ocean Of Diamonds
12. Drinking Champagne
13. I Am A Pilgrim
14. House of Gold
15. Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Sony Sets Schedule For Jackson, Gokey, Thompson

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

Sony is starting 2010 with a full slate of releases scheduled through the spring. Superstar Alan Jackson has a new Arista Nashville album, Freight Train, coming March 30. That month also brings the March 2 release of American Idol finalist Danny Gokey’s debut project. And first on the docket for 2010 is newcomer Josh Thompson Feb. 23 release.

For Jackson’s 18th album he reunited with longtime producer/collaborator Keith Stegall; the combination that has helped boost the singer to over 50 million album sales. Stegall, Kylie Sackley, and Vickie McGehee co-wrote the lead single, “It’s Just That Way,” which is climbing MusicRow’s Country Breakout chart at No. 43 after just three weeks, and earned a flattering review from critic Robert Oermann. “It’s Just That Way” is one of three songs on the album that feature acclaimed bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent on background vocals. Jackson also enlisted Lee Ann Womack for a remake of the Vern Gosdin/Janie Fricke duet “Till the End.” Jackson wrote or co-wrote eight of  the album’s dozen tracks, including one he penned with Roger Murrah, with whom he wrote the now-classic, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.” Freight Train is the follow-up to his Good Time collection which produced three No. 1 singles.

Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey

The 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville camp is preparing for the March 2 release of Gokey’s Mark Bright-produced debut album, My Best Days. The first single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” is earning airplay and is available as a digital single. Fans who pre-order the album at dannygokey.com will receive the CD, an instant download of “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” and an autographed CD booklet (while supplies last). Gokey has been on a radio tour and was in Nashville last weekend to participate in Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust, where he made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

josh thompson

Josh Thompson

Sony is also offering incentives to fans who pre-order Josh Thompson’s Feb. 23 release Way Out Here. Fans who pre-order the album on joshthompsonofficial.com will also receive an autographed booklet. At the site they can stream and purchase the four tracks from his self-titled digital EP, and play the “Whack-A-Beer” game, named for his single “Beer on the Table.” Next month he heads out on the 32-date Jagermeister Country Tour with headliner Eric Church.

Shelton Six-Pak Coming Soon

blake shelton 2Blake Shelton is prepping for the March 2 release of Hillbilly Bone, a value-priced album of six new songs. He hasn’t put out a studio album since 2008’s Startin’ Fires and says this as a way to “give fans new music more often and at a lower price.” The first single is the title track, a comedic, sing-along duet with longtime friend Trace Adkins. The single and video for “Hillbilly Bone” is currently available from all digital service providers.

Also available exclusively on iTunes until Jan. 12 is Blake Shelton: The Essentials, a digital compilation of Shelton’s best-known tracks such as “Austin,” “Some Beach,” “Home,” “The Baby,” and “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.” After the 12th it will be available at other outlets too.

Shelton and his Warner Music Nashville labelmates Whitney Duncan, Gloriana, Jessica Harp, Jason Jones, and James Otto, are working with BAM Racing to offer NASCAR lovers a VIP Fan Experience, where they meet the recording artists and BAM’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Team. As part of the partnership, artists will have their own paint schemes on the cars, perform pre-race concerts and watch the race with fans from the pit box.