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May 11, 2005

Hi All,

It's been very busy here with all the great news that's been pouring in. Enjoy!

MKOC Official Artists

Red Johnson

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As you may or may not know I will be Inducted into the "Minnesota Rock-Country Hall Of Fame" on May 6th and 7th, 2005. The event will be held at The Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota.
The flyer is on my web site http://www.mkoc.com/RedJohnson  
Thanks for your interest,
Red Johnson

Watch the "Midwest Country Show" on RFD TV Each Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 2 PM Central Time!! Direct TV chan. 379 and on the Dish Network 9409 (Satellite)
For show dates check my site Red Johnson - Country & Gospel Singer, Songwriter and for my Good Sam Club activities go to Minnesota Good Sam Club and show dates at Midwest Country check Midwest Country - Home

Red Johnson


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News This Week
Joe Nichols To Present At ACM Awards!

BURBANK, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Academy of Country Music is announcing that country music superstar Joe Nichols will present at the 40TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 17th, 2005 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. more

Joe Performs For CMT's 100 Greatest Duets

Joe Nichols and several other Country music artists come together for a night of magic in a live concert taping of CMT 100 Greatest Duets. The musical extravaganza will take place at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 PM, CT, the eve of the CMA Music Festival. Trace fan's can get special discount tickets by using the discount code "CMTFAN" when you order online here. You can also purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 615-255-9600.


TV Dates

Date     Program     Time      Network
05/14/05     100 Greatest Love Songs     5:00 pm ET     CMT
05/15/05     40 Greatest Men of Country Music      3:30 pm ET     CMT
05/15/05     40 Greatest Men of Country Music      5:30 pm ET     CMT
05/18/05     20 Sexiest Men     8:00 pm ET      CMT

Tour Dates
Date     City     Venue
05/15/05     Sahuarita, AZ     Desert Diamond Casino
05/20/05     Napavine, WA     Hot Summer Nights
05/21/05     Airway Heights, WA     Northern Quest Casino
05/22/05     Bow, WA     Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom (4pm)
05/22/05     Bow, WA     Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom (7pm)

Fan Focus
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Billy Gilman Gets All Decked Out!

NASHVILLE, Tennessee--Billy Gilman is in Nashville today and tomorrow participating in various media activities in support of his new album release EVERYTHING AND MORE (released on May 3, 2005 under the Image Entertainment imprint). He took a breather from the hectic schedule to do something he really doesn’t much care for—SHOP!

Preparing for next week’s big night in Country Music (the Academy of Country Music Awards), Billy spent the afternoon at Nashville’s Flavour perusing through the racks. Within 15 short minutes, he found exactly what he wanted. “I’m not really into shopping and I’m very picky, so I wasn’t looking forward to what I consider to be a grueling task. But everything just jumped out at me! Phew! That’s the way to shop,” says Billy. Viewers and fans can expect to see Billy decked out in a Diamonds Flesh For Fantasy Shirt, slacks by Mens Fuente and a chocolate tonal stripe jacket. The jacket was custom painted on site at the exquisite specialty shop (with Billy as male model) by Nashville artist, Rachel Kice. “Now, that was a fun shopping experience! I put the jacket on and Rachel just painted away,” adds Billy.

Billy appears on Fox-17 in the Mornings (Nashville) tomorrow morning and will co-host GAC's "Country Request Live" with Susanne Alexander. The show will air May 12 (check GACTV.com for listings).

To kick off the ACM week activities next week, Billy will lend a hand at the Academy of Country Music, Home Depot, Kaboom Project before he walks the red carpet the evening of Tuesday, May 17.
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For artist information or to schedule an interview please contact:
K. ATwood
Senior Publicist / Webster PR
P. O. Box 23015 / Nashville, TN 37202
615.777.6995 xt. 22 / KATwood@websterpr.com



Contact: Steve Levesque, Guy McCain
Luck Media & Marketing, Inc.
(310) 860-9170 info@luckmedia www.luckmedia.com

The Bellamy Brothers
Had A Favorite In This Weekend's Kentucky Derby -

George Steinbrenner's
“Bellamy Road”

The Bellamy Brothers were rooting for a particular horse in yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, “Bellamy Road,” owned by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Unfortunately, Howard and David Bellamy’s namesake’s victory hopes were trounced by 50-1 long shot “Giacomo.”

David Bellamy summed it up best, “Always in the running but no win! It’s kind of like us at the CMA and the ACM Awards.”

2005 marks the 30th anniversary of The Bellamy Brothers soaring to the top of the pop charts with their mega-hit “Let Your Love Flow.” They hit the top of the country charts with “If I Said You had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)”. A string of gold and platinum records followed as they racked up fourteen number one hits. David and Howard Bellamy have been juggling time between touring and recording their just released duet project Angels and Outlaws Volume 1 (Curb Records) Thirty plus guest artists from many genres of music, such as Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, Hal Ketchum, Lisa Brokop, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Pat Green, Trini Triggs, George Jones, Chris Hillman, Herb Pederson, Rhonda Vincent, Tanya Tucker, David Allan Coe, Charlie Daniels, Bobby Bare and John Anderson, have recorded their vocals on over twenty of the Bellamys greatest hits and three new selections for a two disc series.

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For more information on BELLAMY BROTHERS contact:
Steve Levesque or James Levesque at Luck Media & Marketing, Inc. at (310) 860-9170
info@luckmedia.com, www.luckmedia.com or www.BellamyBrothers.com


Tri-Son News _ May 2005

Tri-Son News
Biggest Little News Sheet In Country Music (Since 1963) • Volume 43 Issue #9 • May 2005
Loudilla, Loretta & Kay Johnson • P.O. Box 40328 • Nashville, TN 37204 • Ph. 615-371-9596 • Fax 615-371-9597

Country music superstar Kenny Chesney and Oscar-winning actress, Rene Zellweger were married May 10th in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The couple reportedly met at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit Jan. 15, where Chesney was singing and Zellweger was answering telephones.

The Academy of Country Music has announced that country superstars Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack will perform at the 40th Annual ACM Awards. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas May 17th on CBS Television. Deana Carter, Cowboy Troy, Marty Roe and Dana Williams of Diamond Rio, Josh Gracin, Alison Krauss, Blaine Larsen, Tracy Lawrence, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams of Lonestar, Barbara Mandrell, Sterling Marlin, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw, Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Jamie O’Neal, Julie Roberts, Michelle Stafford, Sugarland, Trick Pony, Josh Turner, Van Zant and Phil Vassar will present. These artists and presenters join previously announced performers Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Big & Rich, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and Montgomery Gentry, and previously announced presenters Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Emily Procter, Rob Schneider & Neal McCoy and The Warren Brothers.

The International Fan Club Organization's (IFCO) 38th Annual IFCO Fun Fest Show will be held at 7:30 p.m.on June 7th at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Headliner Craig Morgan will be joined by special guest, Trick Pony; Jason Aldean, Con Hunley, Aaron Lines, Connie Smith, Chalee Tennison, Jimmy Wayne, Bryan White, Mark Wills and IFCO Center Stage Star Search Winners. Bill Anderson will receive the prestigious IFCO Tex Ritter Award. Robert K. Oermann will be host the night's festivities which include a Celebrity Silent Auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets ($38/$32) are available by phone (615.371.9596) or online at www.ifco.org

Dierks Bentley co-hosts with Susanne Alexander, GAC's "Country Request Live" which airs May 9 - the day before his new album Modern Day Drifter hits the street; and the "ACM Video Preview Special" which debuts May 14. He will be in Las Vegas May 15 to participate in the ACM's 2nd Annual ACM Celebrity Motorcycle Ride.

News Briefs: Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish are serving as race ambassadors for the third annual Run4Kids fun race May 14; to benefit the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes, Inc. (TBCH). More information visit www.tnrun4kids.org • It was a beautiful afternoon in Nashville last week when the IMMI team visited the Country Music Association's headquarters. IMMI hosted a reception outdoors on the CMA's patio and Con put on a private concert for the CMA's staff and board members. Ed Benson, CMA Executive Director, presented Con with some mementos and showed him the brass plate with his name to be added to the roster of their guest artists in the lobby of the CMA. • Tony Conway, President, Buddy Lee Attractions Inc., has announced the signing of the veteran musical group, The Grascals, to the B.L.A. artist roster for booking representation. • Craig Morgan and Keni Thomas performed at the Pentagon on May 5 at the first America Supports You Salute to Our Military Men and Women concert.

Some of country music’s best-loved artists come together on June 8, for a night of magic in a live concert taping of CMT 100 Greatest Duets. The musical extravaganza will take place at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. As part of a six-hour tribute special, the Top 12 songs will be performed live by Kenny Rogers, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black, Lee Ann Womack, Joe Nichols, Shooter Jennings, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Crystal Gayle, Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart and Rebecca Lynn Howard and others to be announced. Raul Malo will serve as music director for the concert special, scheduled to premiere in September.

The ACM's 40th Anniversary Celebration, a live concert event that will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on May 18, will feature Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and more surprise guests. The special will air in December on CBS.

The IFCO Shindig, which promises "Great artists + Great food + Great fans" will be held Friday, June 10th at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville. Artists scheduled to perform include John Arthur Martinez, Kelly Lang, Billy Yates, David Ball, Center Stage Star Search contestants Austin Cody, Leah Durelle, Tresa Street, and Taylor Ware, and more to be announced. Performers and additional guest artists will be there to sign autographs and meet their fans. (Souvenir merchandise will be available.) Order tickets ($20) by phone (615.371.9596) or online at www.ifco.org

Bakersfield's own country music legend Buck Owens will honor nine of his peers May 25 with the unveiling of 10 heroic size bronze statues at the Crystal Palace. Statues of Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, George Strait, Hank Williams Sr., Bob Wills and Owens himself will be presented to the Crystal Palace, created by Montana sculptor Bill Rains. Owens along with Dierks Bentley, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Joe Nichols and Brad Paisley will perform. Honorees Brooks, Haggard, Jones and Nelson are scheduled to attend.

News Briefs: The Oak Ridge Boys: Thirty Years in the Mainstream, 1975-2005, a new exhibit spotlighting one of country music’s most dynamic and enduring acts, opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on May 13. The exhibit will run through November 29th. • The IFCO Center Stage Star Search showcase is set for Friday, May 20th at 7 p.m. at the Ernest Tubb Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville. (No Admission, No Cover Charge, Plenty of Free Parking.) In addition to contestants, entertainment for will include special guest performances by Kim McLean and Damon Smith. Devon O'Day will host the show. • The American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) Country Music Awards show, honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs of the year, will be held Oct. 17th at the Ryman Auditorium.

Daily Concerts on the Greased Lightning® Daytime Stages during CMA Music Festival will feature over 100 artists Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12. Artists scheduled to perform include Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Aaron Tippin, George Canyon, Cowboy Crush, Cowboy Troy, Glenn Cummings, Billy Currington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amy Dalley, Joey Daniels, Linda Davis, Joe Diffie, Amber Dotson, Emerson Drive, “Nashville Star” 2005 winner Erika Jo, Shelly Fairchild, Billy Gilman, The Grascals, Hanna McEuen, Eric Heatherly, Ty Herndon, Hilljack, Steve Holy, Hometown News, Hot Apple Pie, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Con Hunley, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jill King, Blaine Larsen, Aaron Lines, Little Big Town, Little Texas; Bill Lloyd and Friends, Lauren Lucas, Malibu Storm, Lila McCann, Brian McComas, Neal McCoy, Mel McDaniel, David Lee Murphy, Oak Ridge Boys, Jamie O’Neal, Eddy Raven, Kevin Sharp, T.G. Sheppard, Connie Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Doug Stone and more.
Tri-Son News • Annual Subscription $20 (U.S. Funds) distributed electronically to subscribers worldwide
and updated on www.ifco.org. (Online subscription form in Contact Us Section.)


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(Nashville, TN) -- Zona Jones’ current single “Two Hearts” was airing on 95.5 ‘The Wolf’ in Nashville, when the wedding couple featured in this season’s The Simple Life heard the song and requested it to be played as their first dance. Since Paris and Nicole were aiding in the preparations for the wedding, they turned directly to the source for an intimate performance.

Zona Jones was in Nashville taking a brief time-off to visit radio stations during the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville when the phone rang. “I was thrilled to get that phone call,” says Zona Jones. “To know that a song that you have recorded touched someone’s life, is what country music is all about. So I gladly changed my schedule to appear and perform at this couple's wedding. And to top it off, Paris and Nicole had a hand in it.”

“That’s Hot!” says Paris Hilton about Zona being able to perform at the couple's wedding.

You don’t want to miss The Simple Life SEASON FINALE Thursday, May 12th! Tune in at 9 EST / 8 CST to Fox.

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Ebie McFarland, Publicist
Webster and Associates Public Relations

Webster & Associates PR
P.O. Box 23015
Nashville, TN 37202
615.777.6995 x. 25
E-mail: ebie@websterpr.com

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

From our scrapbook...

Whatever happened to Misty's old top hat?
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When I was trying to figure how this voice of mine,
and the way I write songs would fit into the music business,
Roger Miller was a great help to me.

His voice and style of writing were in the same category as mine:..
No category.

My first few country songs had a strong Miller influence.
Most people didn't hear it, but I did.
I was and am a Roger Miller fan.
I don't know why, but "Engine #9" is my favorite.
It doesn't have the depth of "Husbands and Wives",
but it is a minimalist gem.
Simple is good.

Every word, every phrase in his songs adds something to the whole.
No fill ins. That's what I've always tried for in my work.
Any word that doesn't add something, erase it.
I learned a lot from him.

Misty and I were doing a session at Columbia Studio B.
Roger's session in studio A was already going on.
We took a few minutes and watched through the window in the door.
I remember hearing him say over the microphone,
"Let's go, folks. We're losin' light".

Right in the middle of our session Roger walked in,
carrying a brief case, and stood by the door, listening.
I stopped everything and told Misty I had to go meet Roger Miller
and tell him what a fan I was.

Just as I approached him with my hand out, he said,
"Hi, Jack. I'm a fan of yours."
One of the best moments of my life.

The last time I saw him was at a party he hosted
at the King of the Road Motel.
He wove through the crowd to greet us, and we got talking.
He must have heard one of our interviews,
because he asked me what I meant when I said
that he was responsible for me getting into country music.
Here's where the stupid human trick comes in.
I will never know why, but I said this:
"I was just trying to get your attention."
He looked at me funny and drifted off into the crowd.

I could have told him all that I've told you here, but I didn't.
And now I never can.

Jack Blanchard


Faron was sitting across the kitchen table from us in our motorhome.
We were parked behind the stage of a show we were doing together.

Faron said to Misty,
" You know, I think you're the best female singer in Nashville".
She smiled and graciously accepted the compliment.

That was followed by a long uncomfortable silence.
We all knew I was waiting for my compliment.

It just hung there.

Finally, when he couldn't stand it anymore,
Faron looked at me and said:
"I can say one thing for you.
Three seconds into the record you know who it is".

That was good enough for me. I'm still bragging about it.

Jack Blanchard


Millville, Pennsylvania, has never been the same
since my wife ran through the firehouse
in that surprising condition.

We had just come from one of our better bookings
at a large Midwestern fair,
and were looking for the next town shown on our contract:

We bought three different maps,
looking for Millville.
Two of them had completely overlooked our destination,
and the third showed TWO Millvilles,
several hundred miles apart.

When we finally saw a sign pointing to our Millville
we were skidding around in a sea of mud.
At the end of the mud was the tiny town of Millville.
We learned that we were to play at the Annual Firemen's Picnic.

At the picnic grounds,
a Don Knottsish gentleman showed us to our stage:
a pile of logs with plywood laid on top.
The spotlight was a bulb hung on a pole.
There was no tent or cover of any kind
and the sky threatened rain.

We agreed to do the show
only on the condition that someone stand by with tarps
to throw over our instruments in case of a storm.

Everyone seemed surprised
when we asked where our dressing rooms were.
They opened up the firehouse for us,
about a mile down the road,
and said we could use the back room.

It was hot and humid
and we had to leave the doors and windows open to survive.
This meant dressing in the dark
because the sun was already dimming.
That didn't keep the mosquitoes from finding us.

There were hot dog stands, games, a merry-go-round,
and a few other amusements on the lawn,
and a goodly crowd was there.
Hundreds of people gathered around the makeshift stage
as a metallic loudspeaker barked about "show time".

An elderly dwarf, who called himself "Shorty "
jumped up and down in front of the bandstand,
ordering the audience to "Shut up" and "Stand back, there"!
He had no official capacity,
but nobody knew that
He kept it up throughout our show.
You could look into Shorty’s eyes
and see that nobody was driving.

The audience made up for the rest of the day
and after the first show,
they gathered around for autographs.
We sold completely out of records and pictures.
They really ruined our sulking.

We were eating a chilidog when I felt a drop of rain.
I looked up and got a bucketful!
We ran to the stage
and tried to get all of the equipment under the canvas.
The rain never let up
and eventually we had to load everything back into our trailer,
in the rain.
The second show was canceled.

All the firemen tried to help
and everyone was running into everyone else.
We were all soaking wet and the mud,
now ankle deep,
was spattering everywhere.
It looked like mud wrestling...
or mud slapstick comedy.

Misty was wearing a brand new dress
which she was trying to protect with a small plastic umbrella.
To her embarrassment,
the dress began to shrink fast
right before our very eyes.

The long ruffled sleeves were creeping up past her elbows.
The skirt, formerly a mini, was now getting X rated!
She held the umbrella with one hand
and tugged at her hemline with the other.
She wanted me to stand in front of her,
because the crowd was gathering for a new kind of show.
We made a mad dash for our car,
not looking back.

Meanwhile, back at the firehouse,
the troops had gathered and were already drinking beer,
playing cards, and counting the day's take.
I went in and explained the situation
and all present agreed to turn their backs
as our heroine ran the length of the main meeting hall
to the back room where she had her other clothes.
Firemen are real gentlemen.

Later, when they offered us a beer,
you'd better believe we accepted.

We stood in the doorway by the big fire engine,
looked out into the dark,
and waited for the rain to stop.

Jack Blanchard.
© 2005.

Please visit our Home Page at: jackandmisty.com


Mike Miller is one of our closest friends. He was our bandleader back in the day, and we've been through good times and bad together. We seemed to laugh our way through the highs and the lows. We affect each other that way.

We went to Nashville together in 1999, for Misty and me to receive a "Legendary Entertainers" award. Mike drove the bus all the way up and back singing hits of the 50's and 60's in a high Jerry Lewis Nutty Professor voice. We took the wrong road and got lost several times. We didn't care.

In the late 1970's we needed a band, so we called Mike and he brought his group from Jacksonville to Orlando, to start rehearsals with us. The day he got there his motor home burned up in our front yard.
We still laugh about it, and are seeking professional help.

Many years later, Mike conceived the idea, and helped us put together our first "Greatest hits" CD
which is still our best seller.

Now he has released his first CD. It showed up in our mailbox yesterday, and we're wearing it out. It's called "CROSS COUNTRY" by The MIKE MILLER BAND.

Mike didn't use studio musicians. This is club club band. He plays left-handed lead guitar, sings, and has a style that's fresh and different.

All the songs are worthy of being singles, but I'm sending you a link to "Don't It Look Like Georgia".
Why? Because that's the one I wrote.

Please click this link, or paste it into your browser to listen:

Jack Blanchard © 2005.

PS: Their home page is http://www.mikemillerband.com .

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Glenn Cummings To Perform At CMA Music Festival

Nashville, TENNESSEE---Glenn Cummings (Gulf Coast Records) will be a very busy man during this year’s CMA Music Festival, June 9-12 in Nashville, TN. Not only will he have his own booth in the Wrangler® Fan Fair (exhibit hall), where he will meet fans and sign autographs for them, but he is also slated for two performances.

Glenn will take center stage on the Greased Lightning® Daytime Stages on Thursday, June 9 at 3:15pm. His energetic show can also be seen at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway on Thursday, June 9 at 6pm.

"I am thrilled to be on the program for the CMA Music Festival. It truly is a time for the fans. I remember, not long ago, sitting in front of the Riverfront Stages cheering on my favorite artists and getting autographs and now I have the same opportunity as those artists. I can’t wait," says Glenn.

Glenn’s booth (#326) appearance schedule will be posted each day of the CMA Music Festival. His single, "Good Old Days," is currently No. 35 on the Music Row Chart and No. 48 on the R&R Indicator.

"Good Old Days" can also be heard on Music Choice’s Today’s Country and soon Glenn can be seen on Music Choice. He is traveling to New York City to film an acoustic performance of not only his single, but also other tracks on the album on Thursday, May 19. Music Choice is a popular network of music featured on digital cable and satellite television, broadband and cell phones and is available to 38 million households. Each channel features a different genre of music.

"I added "Good Old Days" immediately to our play list and we're already seeing a very positive response from our audience. The numbers don't lie---Country's core audience loves this guy," says John Hendricks, Director-Country Programming, Music Choice/New York.

For more information on Glenn Cummings go to www.gccountry.com. For interviews during CMA Music Festival with Glenn call Berg & Associates at 615-293-1969 or for high resolution-downloadable photos, go to www.bergandassociates.net click on "Clients" and then on Glenn's name.

To request information or an interview please contact:
Berg & Associates
115 Enclave Cr.
Nashville, TN 37211


TresaStreet.jpg (7519 bytes)The Tresa Street Fan Club is proud to announce that Tresa will be performing at the IFCO Shindig Party & Show on June 10th. Other performers include John Arthur Martinez, Kelly Lang, and Billy Yates. SHINDIG info is now posted on the IFCO website www.ifco.org (In the Events Section).

Even though Tresa Street was born in the south and grew up in the small country town of Portland Tennessee, she loves all kinds of musical styles, A radio DJ once read that she said her musical heroes were Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, along with Tina Turner and Cher. When he asked her how can this be, Tresa explained that she admires all these women, because, through good times and bad, they stuck to their dreams. And, their music, like hers, comes straight from the heart. When she sings a love song, like her single “Naturally”, you know she's singing about a real true love. Her music, like Tresa herself, is the real deal. Her producer has created a musical style that is fresh and new and compliments her own personal style. You won't find a lot of meaningless politically correct fluff, just true blue emotion set to music.

For more information on Tresa Street, please contact Laura at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net or 615-825-0019. Photos, Ain't Nothin' Changed CD, I Fly or Naturally MP3, and interviews available to the media by request.

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IFCO Shindig Party & Show:

What: Great artists + Great food + Great fans = IFCO Shindig
When: Friday, June 10th • Time: doors open at 6:00pm
Where: Texas Troubadour Theater • (Music Valley Dr.) Nashville, TN
Who: Everybody Welcome! • Seating (capacity) is limited! • Free Parking

SPECIAL OFFER: 20% ($4.00) Limited-Time Discounts through Monday, May 9th.
* Get the Discount: Whether ordering by Phone or Online (via IFCO's secure server).
* By Phone: Don't forget to tell us "I'm a member of ___ ___ Fan Club" and mention this offer!
* Online: write in Special Order Instructions window, "I'm a member of ___ ___ Fan Club" and mention offer!
Remember, IFCO can honor ONLY if properly identified when order is placed.

Order Tickets NOW: (Visa and MasterCard) $20
• Phone: 615-371-9596 • Online: www.ifco.org



TresaStreet-2.jpg (10039 bytes)Back in 2002, when the music industry and the radio industry were going through some of its toughest times, we all had friends and associates that lost their jobs due to layoffs, consolidations and downsizing. But another downside was some great music was released during that time and got lost in the shuffle. You may recall, it was next to impossible to get any new artists started at radio!

One such artist was an excellent writer and singer by the name of Tresa Street. She was and is “different”, with a country blues style all her own. She had some very impressive airplay on her single “Naturally”. Shortly after the single, her CD entitled, "Ain’t Nothin’ Changed" was released and received some great reviews, both from radio and music critics, but at the time, it “got lost in the shuffle” at the major radio stations due to the industry climate.

If you or your station missed a copy of Tresa’s CD or MP3s, we would like to offer them to you now. To receive a promo copy for your station, simply email your request and address to wildfirepublicity@comcast.net   (subject: Tresa Street CD request), and we will get one out to you right away. It also contains the upcoming single, “Rockin’ A Baby”, an up tempo, rowdy, “dead on” for your female demo’s; a perfect song for today’s radio listeners and country music fans. You can learn more about Tresa Street at her web site www.tresastreet.com

For more information on Tresa Street, please contact Laura at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net or 615-825-0019. Photos, Ain't Nothin' Changed CD, Rockin' a Baby or Naturally MP3, and interviews available to radio the media by request.

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Mark Holt

May is WorldWide Bluegrass Music Month! The perfect picture for your publication Mark Holt as he hams it up with his banjo at the Dogwood Festival in Lewiston, ID!

MarkHolt.jpg (28271 bytes)PHOTO: Mark Holt, Lewiston, Idaho, performs, much to the delight of onlookers at Lewis & Clark State College's "Dogwood Festival" Outdoor Amphitheater. Mark Holt & Kimberlee Holt Tully performed as the opening act for Louisiana's Legendary Cajun's Michael Doucet & BeauSoleil. Mark Holt has been performing acoustic music in the western United States & Canada for almost 30 years and is a founding board member and past president of the Washington Bluegrass Association. The singer says: "I think me and this old banjo are soul mates. I bought this Gibson RB250 in 1977, and its the last remaining instrument from my childhood. I've gone through a half dozen guitars and a couple of mandolins, but me and this ole 5-string have been through everything together."

Photo Credit: Corey Wicks, Lewis & Clark State College "Pathfinder Weekly"

For more information on Mark Holt & Kimberlee Holt Tully, please contact Laura at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net  or 615-825-0019. Print quality photos, Acoustically Native CD, Midnight Rider MP3, and interviews available to the media by request.

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May issue of thebridgeworks

There's nothing unusual about me running slow, so we'll just say that the May issue of thebridgeworks is up on my website as per below. There is a news item about a new message board Lonnie Ratliff and Gary Bradshaw have; we invite sending an email to me to get the link, but the link stays live in email, so you can just click on it right here: http://www.eboards4all.com/910805/index.html

Another update is that Mail Train bass player John Bailey is in Summit Medical Center with a cardiac problem -- an arteriogram on Monday should clear up the mystery, but prayers don't worry about mysteries. Jimmy Martin is also at Summit, also in need of your prayers.

Hope you enjoy the new issue; if you don't know how you got on this list, I probably don't either, but will gladly remove you on request. Keep them cards and letters (aka email these days) coming in!!!

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[NashvilleMusic] Live Music This Week 5/9
(Note from Marli: Since I wasn't sending out News on Monday, I have excluded the previous 2 days of this report. )

Wednesday May 11th

3rd and Lindsley ~ 10PM -1AM ~ Wooten Brothers Allstars

Bluebird Café: 6:30 In The Round with Jeff Middleton, Mark Elliott, Billy Falcon and Rose Falcon, no cover; 9:00 In The Round with Keith Sykes, Teenie Hodges and Roger Cook, $8

Cocktails ~ New Writer's Night hosted by CJ Watson:

Dad's Place ~ 9PM ~ Joy-Ride - www.joy-ride-band.com

DOuglas Corner ~ 8:30PM ~ Mark Sherill, Woody Mullis, Jolene Kay, Rick Lonow (he has cuts with Poco and Tommy Tu-Tone, and Ericson Holt, BAND: Dave Duncan, Jason Teska, Dave Tough, Brian Clooney, Rachel Rodriguez, Roxy Horrie

Exit / In ~ Shooter Jennings (Waylon's son) call for time

French Quarter ~ Writer's Night with Lee Rascone

Jim and Layla's Bluegrass Inn ~ 8-12PM ~ Cameros

Robert's Western World ~ 10PM-2AM ~ Harry Fontana

Silverados ~ Dance Lessons with Dave Wallace - $5

Thursday May 12th

3rd and Lindsley ~ 9PM ~ Come help Mellow Down Easy celebrate the release of their new full-length album
"Brothers Of The Left Hand Path".

Motivational Speakers will be starting things off around 9 PM with Mellow Down Easy immediately after. Cover will be $5. This is an 18+ show.

Bluebird Cafe: 6:30 In The Round with Joe Bidewell, Scott Carter, Laurie McClain and Cindy Kalmenson, no cover; 9:00 In The Round with Buddy Greene’s Pickin’ Party with Pat Flynn, Kenny Malone and Jeff Taylor, $10

Conrad's Lounge (Holiday Inn Murfreesboro) ~ 7PM -until- Dancing in the "Boro"

French Quarter Café ~ hosted by Jack Scott:

Reflections ~ call for time ~ Patton James $5

Exit/Inn ~ VNV Nation FORMATION TOUR 2005 w/ special guests Imperative Reaction and Soman.- 8pm $16.50 tix available at all Ticketmaster locations.

Friday May 13th

Bluebird Café ~ 6:30 In The Round Three Chord Heros with Jimmy Payne, Don Wayne, Danny Dill and Paul Craft, no cover; 9:30 In The Round with Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch, Don Schlitz and Jelly Roll Johnson, $10

Dan McGuiness Irish Pub ~ 10PM-2AM ~ Soiree featuring Rachel Rodriguez

Dad's Lounge ~ 9PM ~ Joy Ride - www.joy-ride-band.com

French Quarter Cafe ~ Writer's Night hosted by Jack Scott

Jim and Layla's Bluegrass Inn ~ 9-11PM ~ Brandon Giles and the Wild Child Band- www.brandongiles.com  -11PM-2AM~ Harry Fontana

Roberts Western World ~ 6-10PM ~ Don Kelley ~ 10-2AM Brazil Billy

The Commodore ~ 6Pm ~ Van Preston


Saturday May 14th

Bluebird Café ~ 6:30 In The Round IMI Presents Steve Ivey, Jerry Salley, Bill Whyte and Will Nance, no cover; 9:30 In The Round with Tony Mullins, Al Anderson, Bob DiPiero and Christy Sutherland, $10

Caffeine ~ 8-10PM Serenatta Cover $5 www.pablogarzon.com

Dad's Lounge ~ 9PM ~ Joy Ride - www.joy-ride-band.com

Roberts Western World ~ 6-10PM ~ Don Kelley ~ 10-2AM Brazil Billy


Sunday May 15th

Airborne Jumpin's Sunday Night Edition.Free dance lessons at 5, Then from 6 to 9 Free appetizers,Wood dance floor

Bluebird Cafe ~ 6:30 Sunday Spotlight: The Fritts, no cover; 8:00 Writers Night hosted by Jeff Pearson with
special guest Alan Rhody, no cover

Delta Lounge ~ 8PM ~ Peter Moon Band

Second Fiddle ~ 2-6PM ~ Karree j Philips and Totally Hot


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