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May 18, 2005

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Boots 'n' Saddles

Top 20 Norway 15th May. Taken from Lonnie's Nashville Express

1.Aage Nordheim
2…..Arly Karlsen
3…..Leifen & Friends
4…..George Strait
5…..Kitty Wells
6…..Buck Owens
7…..Bocar Willie
8…..Ove Stoylen
10…..Marty Robbins
11…..Jimmy Eaves
12…..Roxanne LeGere
13…..Alan Jackson
14…..Tom Grant
15…..Joy Adams
16…..Amazing Routes
17…..Cerrito & Jett Williams
18…..Ernie Ashworth
19…..George Jones
20…..Beau Renfo

Alex Cullum's Boots 'n' Saddles


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More Country  News

Rhonda Vincent - In Demand and Full Speed Ahead

For Immediate Release
May 17, 2005

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN - CNN's host of Show Biz Tonight, Mark Dagostino, recently called Rhonda Vincent's new Rounder Records CD/DVD, Ragin' Live "phenomenal" and recommended the project "for those looking to expand their tastes in music." Evidently, people are listening to what's said on CNN. Vincent hasn't had a moment to herself since the airing of the host's on air endorsement, and doesn't mind a bit. "We've just about worn out our tour bus," laughed Vincent. "But it looks like we'll be getting a new one some time in July, so that sure isn't going to slow us down."

Vincent's new CD/DVD for Rounder Records, Ragin' Live is currently the #2 Bluegrass project in the nation; and the demand for Vincent for live performances is at an all time high. She makes an appearance on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry stage on May 17th. She'll also stop by the GAC TV studios to appear on the network's top rated video request show, CLR, hosted by Suzanne Alexander which will air on May 23rd. Over the next two weeks, Vincent has performances in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina.

Vincent recently performed on The Belle of Louisville, a steamboat participating in the annual Steamboat Derby during the Kentucky Derby festivities. Look in the June 20th issue of Country Weekly (on sale June 6th) to see "who" was in the audience during Vincent's performance.

High Resolution Rhonda Vincent Photo

For More Information Contact:
EMC Diana Henderson


Bobby Pinson: debut album, 5/17
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Bobby Pinson
"A Man Like Me"

Check out Bobby's debut album, featuring the hit, "Don't Ask Me How I Know"


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T H E C O U N T R Y S T A R - A FREE Country Music Newsletter From GAC
The Home Of Great American Country!

SPECIAL EDITION...Monday, May 16, 2005


In Stores May 17th!

Toby Ketth CD - Honky Tonk UniversityToby Keith Is GAC's Artist Of The Month!
The brand new studio album from Toby Keith hits stores on May 17th, but you can pre-order now for a chance to get yours AUTOGRAPHED.*

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Features 12 new songs, including Toby's current hits, "Honktonk U" and "As Good As I Once Was"!

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*Autographed offer available through Midnight, May 17th.
Window cling offer available while supplies last!


Toby Keith has a lot to celebrate - his new release HONKYTONK UNIVERSITY (in stores May 17th); three ACM nominations; and the grand opening of his new I LOVE THIS BAR Restaurant.

Toby wants to share the excitement by sending one lucky fan (and guest) to the head of the class - to Las Vegas - plus he's passing out diplomas and pennants right & left!

* Trip for 2 to Las Vegas
* Roundtrip airfare
* 2 nights hotel stay
* $100 gift certificate to Toby's I LOVE THIS BAR Restaurant
* Toby Keith gift pack, including CDs and premiums


Sponsored By DreamWorks Nashville.


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Rayburn Anthony Joins The Tennessee Three

May 17, 2005
For Immediate Release

Lisa Berg - Berg & Associates
615.293.1969 - lberg@bergandassociates.net
Rayburn Anthony Joins The Tennessee Three

The Tennessee ThreeNashville, TENNESSEE---Rayburn Anthony has become the newest member of Johnny Cash's Legendary Tennessee Three (BSW Records/Country Country Records). Rayburn will be accompanying W.S. Holland and Bob Wootton on the road and will play bass.

Rayburn was a recording artist for Sun Records, along with label mates Conway Twitty, Elvis and Johnny Cash. Rayburn said he is looking forward to being on the road again, especially since it will be with friends he has worked with over the last forty years.

The Tennessee Three continue to take the same style of show on the road that they were a big part of since the start of Johnny Cash's career, who's show has only been matched by a few artists. The Tennessee Three will release their new album, We Still Miss Someone, later this month.

For booking, contact Al Embry of Al Embry International at 615-327-4074. For management information, contact W. Bush and Earl E. Owens at 615-824-1578.

For a high-resolution, downloadable photo visit http://www.bergandassociates.net/hires/tn_three.jpg
(left to right: Bob Wootton, W.S. Holland and Rayburn Anthony).

To request information or for an interview contact:
Berg & Associates
3304 Misty Winds LN
Nashville, TN 37138


You're Invited! IFCO Center Stage Star Search Show THIS Friday

Friday, May 20th • 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Texas Troubadour Theater (Music Valley Dr.; across from Opryland) • Nashville, TN
Come Join Us! No Admission • No Cover Charge • Plenty of Free Parking
Fun For The Whole Family!

Contestants ~
• Austin Cody - Waldorf, MD.
• Leah Durelle - St. Albert, Alberta
• Tresa Street - Gallatin, TN
• Taylor Ware - Franklin, TN

Special Guest Performance ~
• Damon Smith
• Kim McLean

Host ~
• Devon O'Day

Don't Forget ~
- Center Stage winners will perform on the IFCO Show on June 7th at the Ryman Auditorium!
- Center Stage contestants will perform on the IFCO Shindig on June 10th at Texas Troubadour Theater!

* See Artist Profiles & Photos http://www.ifco.org/events-centerstage.htm
* Regular Updates on News, Events, Fan Clubs and More http://www.ifco.org

Loudilla, Loretta & Kay Johnson, Presidents
Mail: P.O. Box 40328, Nashville, TN 37204-0328
Ph: 615-371-9596 * Fax: 615-371-9597
eMail: 4info@ifco.org  * Website: http://www.ifco.org

International Fan Club Organization (IFCO)
Loudilla, Loretta & Kay Johnson, Presidents
Mail: P.O. Box 40328, Nashville, TN 37204-0328
Ph: 615-371-9596 * Fax: 615-371-9597
eMail: 4info@ifco.org  * Website: http://www.ifco.org



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Former President Ronald Reagan's funeral
was one of the grandest ever.
He's an icon,
representing more than a mere human
to many people.

* * *
The sad news came in
that Ray Charles died.
He brought some joy into the world.

* * *
A neighbor of ours died yesterday.
He endured pain
because he couldn't afford the medicine
on his small Social Security check.

You wouldn't know him.
He was a retired trucker.

Jack Blanchard
© 2004, 2005.



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Mike Miller Band

Here's a down home country song from our old friend Mike Miller.

Here's the Mike Miller Band recording:
This is a true country song from their new CD "Cross Country".

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We have no monetary interest in this.
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News Release Contact: Marsha Newell

NARI Records
Director of Marketing & Promotions
Telephone: 818.366.3736
Email: narirecords@aol.com


NARI RECORDS is proud to announce the release of the new CD, BECCA. This new CD follows the success in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of BECCA’s first single DOZEN ROSES, a duet with STAN PERKINS, son of rock-a-billy legend Carl Perkins. On this CD she not only belts out, caresses and sweet talks 12 solo tunes, but makes magic on duets with two of music’s legends –– Dozen Roses, with Stan Perkins, son of rock-a-billy legend Carl Perkins, and Blue Note, with music legend Delaney Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie - Never Ending Song Of Love).

Her first CD is titled simply BECCA because it introduces not only a singer but a sound that’s all Becca. She’s an LA girl who loves Country, so naturally the Becca sound starts with solid Country. Then she blends in everything that’s crazy-good about Blues, Soul, Folk, Gospel and Rock and comes out with a unique sound Becca calls, LA Country.

Forget the mechanical bull. Get on the Becca wild ride through 14 new songs and experience everything from a screamin’ Texas Hurricane to a gentle breeze blowing through the Family Tree. Her versatile voice will break your heart in Time to Pretend and touch your soul with Broken Wings. She and Delaney sound like they were both born to sing Blue Note and Stan Perkins and Becca will make you swear you can smell a Dozen Roses.

Becca is backed up by a stellar band that gives flawless resonance to each unique arrangement, from the Country pop of Second Chance, to the folk rock of Autumn Eyes. If you like your music real, sweet, soulful and slammin’, Becca’s a slam-dunk.

Nari Records
Director Of Marketing & Promotion
Telephone: (818) 366-3736
Fax: (818) 832-6608
Email: narirecords@aol.com


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Rustie BlueRustie Blue is nominated for the 2005 Music Box Country Rising Artist and Outgoing Artist Awards! Winners will be announced in November or December in a theatre in Paris, France. Winners will be chosen by votes from fans (80%) and the industry (20%). Fans can vote at www.musicboxtv.com under Le Top Twenty, choosing Rustie on two the drop down boxes near the top of then page above the charts, then clicking Voter.

Rustie Blue recently released "The Devil May Care," the second single off of her Chip Chip album. This upbeat, traditional country song is a sassy tune about a relationship gone bad. “The Devil May Care” was written by written by Becky Hobbs (“Angels Among Us”), Don Goodman, and Craig Karp. It can be found on CDX #365 track 15, Mark Trail Music compilation #10, and on the April CHi Hotdisc.

Rustie has been featured in many publications including Country Weekly, Music Row magazine, Roots Music Report, Country Music Round-Up, and Country Gazette. Rustie was also featured on the cover of both "H.E.E.T." magazine January 2002 and Blazing Boots in February 2005! She has made numerous TV appearances, such as Fox 28 WTTE, Nashville Video Showcase, and a well known "Bingo Show" broadcast on TV Denmark 2, across the entire country and Greenland.

MP3s of the Devil May Care, Chip Chip albums, interviews, & photos available on request. Radio is also encouraged to contact Kacey Jones, of Airplay Specialists, who is promoting "The Devil May Care."

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RustyBluePromo.jpg (17117 bytes)Hi all,

I wanted to pass this along to you all. Rustie and I would really appreciate your vote!

Rustie Blue is nominated for the 2005 Music Box Country Rising Artist and Outgoing Artist Awards! Winners will be announced in November or December in a theatre in Paris, France. Winners will be chosen by votes from fans (80%) and the industry (20%). Fans can vote at www.musicboxtv.com under Le Top Twenty, choosing Rustie on two the drop down boxes near the top of then page above the charts, then clicking Voter.

Rustie Blue recently released "The Devil May Care," the second single off of her Chip Chip album. This upbeat, traditional country song is a sassy tune about a relationship gone bad. “The Devil May Care” was written by written by Becky Hobbs (“Angels Among Us”), Don Goodman, and Craig Karp. It can be found on CDX #365 track 15, Mark Trail Music compilation #10, and on the April CHi Hotdisc.

Rustie has been featured in many publications including Country Weekly, Music Row magazine, Roots Music Report, Country Music Round-Up, and Country Gazette. Rustie was also featured on the cover of both "H.E.E.T." magazine January 2002 and Blazing Boots in February 2005! She has made numerous TV appearances, such as Fox 28 WTTE, Nashville Video Showcase, and a well known "Bingo Show" broadcast on TV Denmark 2, across the entire country and Greenland.

MP3s of the Devil May Care, Chip Chip albums, interviews, & photos available on request. Radio is also encouraged to contact Kacey Jones, of Airplay Specialists, who is promoting "The Devil May Care."

Please feel free to contact me as well to set up interviews with Rustie; Laura and I are working together for interviews.


ShaneWarner.jpg (21685 bytes)Shane Warner has released his second single off of his current CD, Absolutely. “3 Beers to Mexico” has a TexMex flavor, and is about a guy thinking back to the good times that he had in Mexico. Radio can also find it on MTM #11, shipping to radio this month.

Absolutely was released in New Zealand in November of 2004 and is scheduled for release in the United States on June 9, 2005. This 16-track CD demonstrates Shane’s incredible versatility and showcases the wide range of musical styles that is today’s country music.

Shane’s debut album, Seven, had seven tracks; the two released as singles helped him earn the 75 other awards under his belt. His first hit single, “Learned to Love Again,” received major airplay throughout Europe, covering 850 radio stations, as well as significant airplay in both New Zealand and Australia. Shane’s second hit single, “Baby Let’s Drive”, was also used in a truck driving commercial in the United States.

Shane Warner has signed with a new label called Australiana Records, whose philosophy is to sign Australian and New Zealand artists that have the potential to do well in the United States country music market. And he has: Shane made a clean sweep of his nominations at the 2005 North American Country Music Association International Awards, where he won International Male Vocalist of the Year, International Entertainer of the Year (Male), International Songwriter of the Year, Co-Songwriter of the Year, International Duet of the Year, and Most Promising International Album of the Year for Absolutely. Shane has since made the move to Nashville, TN.

For more information, an MP3 of “3 Beers to Mexico”, a copy of Absolutely, photos, or to schedule a phone or an interview at Fan Fair, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity at wildfirepublicity@comcast.net   or 615-825-0019.


Wildfire Publicity
PO Box 558, Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 615-825-0019; Fax: 760-437-4633

For past press releases and news, please visit http://www.yourmailinglistprovider.com/pubarchive.php?Wildfire

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Your 2005 Nominees are!(Updated daily until 3/31/05)

Best Of Country 2005 Entertainer Of The Year:
Jose Daniel, Martha Welch

Country Music Legend
Hal Willis,Jimmy Eaves, W.C. Taylor

Male Vocalist
KC Williams,Rudy Grant,Mark Fields,Jose Daniel,Tommy "the UK Cowboy", Richard Draime,Eddie Harris, Bill Barnes

Female Vocalist:
Kellene,Kim Carson,Margie Cumbie,Pat Goodson,Michelle Knight, Anne Brehm

Best New Artist(Rising Star Award)
Dwight Twitty, Kari Kirk,Christa Mcvoy, Anne Brehm, Tricia Hinds

Best Duo
Paul And Helen Mateki, Pat and Connie Goodson,Romeo and Lockwood

Best Vocal Group
The Tailgaters,American Thunder, Kimmie and Klause

Young Artist:
Jessica Mae, Marisa Bondy

Favorite Country Album
Hot Country Meltdown-Various

Label Of the Year:
KMA, Stardust, Miranda Records, Ciruit Rider

Producer of The Year:
Keith Bradford, Buster Doss

Promoter of the Year:
Rhonbob Promotions, Miranda Promotions

Magazine Of the Year:
Powersource, New Music Magizine, Country Crossroads

Songwriter of The Year:
Martha Welch.Kim Carson,Phonnie Scheurman

Lifetime Achievement Nominees:
Rhonnie Scheurmann, Buster Doss, Keith Bradford

Disc Jockey Of The Year:
Larry Simpson,Tommy Dean, Wayne Graham

Award Of Special Recognition:
For reaching Out in a time of need, by giving of herself and her time unselfishly: Martha Welch

Booking Agent Of The Year
Linda Odom/Country Music Showtime

Video Of The Year
Jose Daniel /She Took My Cash
Jose Daniel/Alex and Me

Pioneer Awards
Martha Welch,Ernie Ashworth,Jimmy Eaves, W.C Taylor

Gospel Male
Jose Daniel,Pat Goodson

Gospel Female
Martha Welch,Pat Goodson, Anne Brehm

Gospel Group or Duo
Pat and Connie Goodson, Ed and Kay Hunt

Song OF The Year
Stand On Faith/Matha Welch She Took My Cahs/ Jose Daniel God Knows An Angel/ Kim Carson

Promoter (Large Events)
Col.Robert Morris, Buster Doss

Best Television Show:
Music City Explosion

International Entertainer of The Year:
Rudy Grant, Jose Daniel, Martha Welch

International Male Vocalist Of The Year:
Mark Fields, Jose Daniel

International Female Vocalist Of the Year:
Foxx, Martha Welch, Kellene

International Gospel Performer of the Year:
Martha Welch, Anne Brehm

Hope to see your name among this years nominees..Get your fanclubs ready!
Yours In Country,






Yes, this is the last month to enter the 10th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Win a top prize of $50,000 prize package. Also winning songs will get radio airplay. Win cool gear from Sony and Steinberg, such as the top-of-the-line Nuendo and Cubase digital audio/MIDI software and more.

Sponsors of the 2005 Competition are: Rolling Stone magazine, New Music Weekly, Sony, Steinberg, Audio-Technica, Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Sam Ash Music Stores, IK Multimedia, Terratec, East West Sounds, MixDownMedia.com, Indie Bible, Garritan Music Software, Acoustic Café, Livewire Contacts, Loggins Promotion, Singer magazine, Electronic Musician magazine, Superdups.com, XM Radio and SonicBids.com 

Also, there a 10th anniversary BONUS - receive a Rolling Stone magazine subscription (1 full year! $12.97 value). That's great value just by entering! All entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2005 or earlier (while stocks last). Please obtain the entry form at:  http://www.songwriting.net/entryform.html

Here is a short list of top winners of the USA Songwriting Competition since 1996:
1996 - Jan Anderson
1997 - Lisa McCormick
1998 - Steffani Bennett
1999 - Adrianne Gonzelez
2000 - Jonathan Kingham
2001 - Steve Tannen
2002 - Jag Star (Band) featuting Sarah Lewis
2003 - Gabriel Mann
2004 - Patrice Pike, Wayne Sutton, Sean Phillips & Darrell Phiilips
2005 - (to be announced, it may be you!)


On Sunday, May 29, 2005, 4pm (eastern time USA), XM Radio [Channel: Unsigned : XM 52] will be airing the 2004 USA songwriting Competition Winning songs, featuring 2004 winners such as Patrice Pike, David Francey and many more. Please tune in!

*** IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Featured Artists Spotlight

Featured Artists of the Month are:

~Cari Cole
~Aimee Pettersen (CANADA)
~The Bloody Lovelies

For more details of the artists, please visit: http://www.inacoustic.com/artists2.html

"NEW MUSIC NOW Vol 2" - THE USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION COMPILATION CD sponsored by SUPERDUPS.COM. USA Songwriting Competition's CD Compilation is out. It includes the top winners such as Patrice Pike and more. http://www.cafepress.com/usasong

You can now purchase our cool USA Songwriting Competition T-shirts, Hats & other stuff online:


Audio clips as well as information on featured up and coming acts heard on Acoustic Café, a popular radio show is featured on USA Songwriting Competition's site. It is syndicated in over 60 radio stations nationwide.

April's featured Artist is the bluehouse. May's Artist - TBA. For more information, visit:

XM Radio Unsigned

4414 Lafayette Blvd. Ste #100, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
PH: 540-891-9696 FX: 540-891-1656
Stephanie Taylor staylor@thunder1045.com
A mainstream Country station that mixes in Americana and Southern Rock. We air a two hour Americana/Bluegrass/Texas Country show on Sunday nights that incorporates independent artists.

Psych Rock 101 KMBH
RT8 Box 613, Brownsville, TX 78520
Texas Joe Valles Jr. vallescream@aol.com
Showcasing old and new bands in the Psych Rock format only! No other types of music are accepted! CDs - new shrinkwrapped, retail ready only! No CDr's or homemade tapes etc. Free to email me before sending submissions.

Punk Up the Volume KIWR
2700 College Rd. Council Bluffs, IA 51503
PH: 712-325-3337
KC Jones riverpunk897@yahoo.com
Punk music Sunday nights at 9 with your host KC Jones.

Roots Rock Radio
PO Box 1307, Sykesville, MD 21784
PH: 410-978-9807
Richard Roots@RRRadio.com
The home of indie Roots Rock-Radio shows, podcasts, articles, reviews, and more of Indie Roots Rock, garage Rock, alt Country, & rockin' Rhythm & Blues artists.

What's the Buzz WCNI
247 Haley Rd. Ledyard, CT 06339
PH: 860-572-2705
John Fogg Jr. buzzradiowcni@aol.com
A weekly 3 hour show. Christian Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop. I am happy to play the music of independent artists.

PO Box 15739
Boston, MA 02215
FemFrequency radio show #001 has been recorded and will be airing on our website in the next few days. It features some great new releases, as well as some classics ... by artists such as Juliana Hatfield, Patti Smith, Tootsie, and many others.

*The list of radio stations are brought to you by INDIE BIBLE. You can find the Indie Bible in these stores: Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, Sam Ash, Virgin Records, Tower Records and Mars Music. All USA Songwriting Competition subscribers can get the $5 discounted Indie Bible. Go to:

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Aruna (2004 USA Songwriting Competition 1st prize winner - Pop) recently signed a music publishing deal with Pen Music Group, in Los Angeles, Pen Music specializes in placing songs in films, TV shows and commercials.

SBZ (2003 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize winner - Dance) hit No. 54 with their song Turn My Head Around' in a UK Club promotion charts, No.5 Club Breakers chart and No.15 in the UK Pop Charts.

Frickin’ A (Honorable mention winner in the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition) has scored a major track placement on the charts on an album "NOW That’s What I Call Music! 18". Frickin’ A recorded song "Jessie's Girl" peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in its first week in late April 2005. Other artists on the Album include huge stars such as U2, Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dog. Their single "Jessie's Girl" debuted on the Billboard Single Sales chart at # 9 and rose up to # 2 where it stayed for an entire month, just out of reach of Destiny's Child. Next up was the release of the single to radio, where it was the # 2 Most Added song at Top 40 Radio in its first week.

~Were you a finalist or past winner of the USA Songwriting Competition and have some interesting news on yourself? If so, please e-mail us at: info@songwriting.net

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*Connexion International Music Festival gives Singers, Groups, Club DJ's and Bands an opportunity of a lifetime: to showcase there talents in front of both Major and Independent Record Labels, Producers, Agents, Managers. Participants are given the opportunity to meet people that can help advance their careers in the music industry. http://www.connexionfestival.com 

*ICON Magazine - an online publication as well as a community and search engine/directory that helps to network, educate, and inform talent and industry professionals in the film, television, and music industries. ICON Magazine provides news, advice, classifieds, features, and interviews. http://www.icon-magazine.com  

*ExtraPlay.com - Unsigned band music, profiles and reviews. ExtraPlay.com Radio broadcasts unsigned band music world wide, 24 hours a day, everyday, non stop. Unsigned band and unsigned artist songs from both the UK and the US. We'd like to hear your music. If you'd like to make your sound available and broadcast on our radio, register today. http://www.extraplay.com

*Mixposure.com - Offering free music promotion, band pages, mp3 hosting, reviews, interviews, a music forum, featured artists, charts, awards, battles and more! http://www.mixposure.com

*ARTISTBLAST.COM - Music Artist Community
showcasing Independent music artists and unsigned bands. Our main focus is promotion of independent music artists to record labels, producers, and music industry professionals. Free music artist hosting, MP3 Hosting, Charts, Internet Radio Broadcasts. We handle ALL Genres! If your an independent music artist looking to get your music heard by the right crowd then you owe it to yourself to visit us today and add your free listing at: http://www.artistblast.com

*XM Radio - Sign up for XM Radio to get XM Unsigned, the radio program hosted by DJ Billy Zero

*The Local Mix http://www.thelocalmix.com

*Top 40 Charts - music magazine devoted to the music industry: It maintains over 40 internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs or albums in various categories on a weekly basis.  http://top40-charts.com/go?fsrm

*LATIN MUSIC ARTISTS.com (LMA) is the leading subscription based service pairing up Latin bands, artists and songwriters with the music industry, film/TV music opportunities and promotional opportunities

*MediaFeast - devoted to helping independent artists reach new fans. Featuring current services such as selling prepackaged CDs or on-demand CDs (avoid paying hundreds of dollars up front!), and upcoming services will include tour-planning resources, distribution to all the major digital stores, and online radio.

Music Promotion and Internet Marketing for musicians http://www.musicSUBMIT.com

*Music Industry Showcase - Australian based Music industry showcase aims to unite the music entertainment industry where music goods and music services will be educated and promoted to musicians, music teachers, music students and people with interest in music. http://www.musicindustryshowcase.com.au

*Music2deal.com facilitates a direct link between professionals in music business worldwide. Music2deal.com is offering the first 3 places of the contest a 6-month membership at music2deal.com, so the Songwriter can offer their material to the professionals of the music business at: http://www.songs2deal.com  

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*Rolling Stone Magazine http://www.rollingstone.com

*New Music Weekly http://www.newmusicweekly.com

*Loggins Radio Promotion http://www.logginspromotion.com

*Ibanez http://www.ibanez.com

*SONY PRO AUDIO http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com

*Livewire Contacts http://www.livewiremusician.com

*IK Multimedia http://www.ikmultimedia.com

*Songwriters Showcases of America
Producing original music shows and festival since 1999. We also provide many other music related services geared towards performance opportunities. The new SSA National Gig Network is designed to connect original music artists with venues throughout the US. Venues and artist can now sign up for this program for FREE. For information on SSA events and programs go to: http://www.ssa.cc

*Onlinegigs - Automated Booking & Promotional Tools http://www.onlinegigs.com

*Songsalive! - a non-profit organization supporting and promoting songwriters and composers worldwide.

*Hot Indie News http://www.hotindienews.com

~~ Have a great week!
....Jessica Brandon, Artist Relations ~~

Jessica Brandon
Artists Relations
USA Songwriting Competition
*World's Leading International Songwriting Competition*

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The new Country Music Forum is doing great. I have listed below some of the things we have discussed along with questions artist have asked . Everyone seems to be enjoying this message board a lot. You are welcome to drop by and join the discussions or just read what others are saying.

Keep in mind that this message board is not for Playlists or Artist Promotions. It is for questions and discussions about the country music business.

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Below is some of what is being discussed right now:

* Have you ever bought another Indie Artist's CD ? Has - POLL 05/15/05 (0)
* A gazillion places to promote your music. There is - Lonnie
* Has anyone had any luck with Public Radio ? - Mike Runnels
* Indies working together - Gary Bradshaw
* There is more than one way to skin a cat - Larry Beaver
* In 1965 a set of Black Diamond guitar strings was 55 Cents at Barry's Drug - Lonnie Ratliff
* question :which is more important fake numbers on a chart or real airplay - David W.Kelley
* If the Airwaves belong to the people, why has Clear Channel adopted a "NO INDY" airplay policy.- Gary Bradshaw 05/10/05 (5)
* How do you feel about Indie Awards Shows where they charge the Artists to sing and participate---- Gary Bradshaw 05/10/05 (9)
* Reading between the lines on DJ Playlists - Lonnie
* Does it seem like there are fewer places to get your CD's reviewed now than a couple of years ago ? - Question 05/01/05 (4)
* How can an independent artist be higher than someone like Alan Jackson on these charts ? - Question
Question for the DJ's - Gary Bradshaw

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Country and Irish Music Dancing Festival

Billy Morrissey has every reason to feel happy with his first Country and Irish Music Festival, which took place last week at the Regina Gran Hotel, Salou, Spain. I went along to the festival but I have to admit that I wasn’t able to keep up with the entire event.

There was such a huge variety of events laid on for the week that only the fit and healthy could survive it all. Each day kicked off with poolside entertainment until 5 in the evening. This was followed by three and sometimes four acts in the ballroom. This usually ended at 1.30a.m. and for those who still had some energy to spare, there was a session in the cellar bar until 3.30 a.m. And if you still felt like more, you could join a session in the foyer after that.

It really was a case of ‘Bop ‘til you drop’. One person was heard to remark during the week, “ we really are spoiled for choice here this week with all the artists we have performing for us “.

The list of artists read like a who’s who of the Irish Music business and consisted of Louise Morrissey, Paddy O’Brien, James Kilbane, John Hogan, Trudi Lalor, Tommy’s Country Roadshow, Denis Allen, Tom Healy, Denis Carey and Nicky Healy.

On Thursday afternoon we had a Talent Competition by the pool. Denis Carey and Denis Allen provided some excellent backing for all the contestants, as well as performing some numbers on their own. All the contestants entered into the spirit of the contest and the huge crowd present gave them great encouragement. Dermot Moriarty of Radio Kerry, Mary Ryan of Tipp Midwest Radio and yours truly acted as judges for the contest.

Like all good events and occasions, the end ultimately arrived and on Thursday night in the main ballroom the entire cast assembled on stage to perform some closing numbers. On Friday we left for home to go our separate ways but we made many friends during that wonderful week and the memories will linger with us for many a long day.

Billy Morrissey is already planning a further trip for the autumn and we will bring you news of this in a future issue of “Steppin’ Out”.

Roger Ryan

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Jimmy Buckley

Born in Doon, Co. Limerick, but now living in Co. Galway, Jimmy Buckley is without doubt one of the biggest attractions on the Irish Country Music Scene. I have witnessed at first hand the type of crowds he is now drawing to all venues throughout Ireland and his popularity is not confined to these shores. He is equally as popular in England where he tours regularly and later this year he will be returning to Cadez, Spain, for a series of shows from September 13th to 20th.

When I rang Jimmy last week he was on his way to the Shelbourne Park Greyhound Track in Dublin. When I asked him if he was playing a gig there he laughed heartily and said “no indeed Roger, I’m racing a greyhound there.” The dog is called Jumeriah Nikita and Jimmy told me he is very keen on greyhounds, although he did admit that he stops short of walking the dogs in the morning.

How did you get started in this business, I asked him?

“I entered a talent show on the ‘Gerry Ryan’s Secrets’ T.V. show, and won it singing a Randy Travis song called ‘Forever and Ever Amen’. That was about 11 years ago I think and following that I put a band together and took to the road. The first couple of years weren’t all that rosey, but then Henry Mc Mahon came along with a song called ‘Your Wedding Day’, and this was the one that really jump-started my career. Henry has been a big influence on my career, and not only acts as my manager but he has also written other songs for me as well as other Irish artists.”

How many nights a week are you out?

“On average we do five nights a week, and thankfully so far we are doing tremendous business all over Ireland. Northern Ireland is particularly good to us and the dancing scene up there is in a very healthy state at the minute. As a matter of fact the scene generally is very good throughout the country and long may it continue.”

What’s happening on the recording front?

“Well I have a new single on the market right now called ‘Monivea Angle’, which is an original song written by my guitar player Eugene Cunningham. This will be included in my new album, which should be on the market sometime in June. Other tracks already recorded are ‘The Swallow’, ‘Kellyanne’ (an original by Henry Mc Mahon), ‘Blue Ridge Mountain Girl’ and the Gene Watson hit, ‘Down To Nothing’. I have been featuring all of the songs on my stage shows and they have gone down well. If the dancers like the songs then you can be pretty sure that the album will go down well.”

Do you vary your show in England?

“Well the English market is a little different from here in that we tend to play a lot of concerts in theatres there. For that type of audience I do a type of cabaret act and include quite a lot of impressions of some of my favourite artists and that goes down well, especially when I do Daniel O’Donnell, who is a great favourite in England.”

Who are your favourite artists?

“Well Merle Haggard would be my all time favourite as well as Lefty Frizzell and Gene Watson. I have lots of favourites really and try to listen to as many of them as I can, particularly when I’m driving to and from our gigs.”

Can you list some career highlights?

“The first one that springs to mind is the recent show at the Helix in Dublin. This was a breakthrough for Irish Country Music and hopefully will be repeated at a future date. Others I can recall are playing support to the great Glen Campbell, and playing at a Man Utd. Dinner on a St. Patrick’s Night in Manchester, and meeting all the players and the legendary Matt Busby.”

Apart from the dogs, what other sports do you follow?

“Well I still consider myself a Limerick man and I like to follow the Limerick hurlers. We haven’t had a great deal of success in recent years but I feel our day will come.”

Any ambitions?

“One thing I would like to do is record a comedy routine with Ireland’s funny man Conal Gallan. That would really be something, and I just know it would be lots of fun just doing it. Apart from that I am very happy with the way my career has turned out, and I just hope the business keeps going as it is. There are quite a lot of people involved in the business here in Ireland now, and it’s great that they can all make a decent living out of it. Long may it continue.”

As we approach the summer months Jimmy has a packed diary of dates all over Ireland. He has just returned from England where he performed to packed theatres and dancehalls, and his fans across the water can’t wait for his return in July. In September Jimmy will be going to Spain with Paul Claffey of Mid-Western Radio to perform for 7 nights, joining Jimmy will be Paddy Cole, Frank McCaffery and Ireland’s funny man Conal Gallan, a great line up for some fun in the sun.

Roger Ryan


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