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Indie Bible 2007 - Get Your Music Heard!

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Special Report
Oct. 6, 2006

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Hi All,

I know it's been a long time and I once again ask for your forgiveness. While I'm still unable to compose an entire newsletter with all the latest info, I wanted to send out this special news update.

Narvel Felts

Narvel Felts
Narvel's September news report is now posted on his site. Be sure to find out the latest straight from the man himself!

News From Narvel


Tony Oliphant

TonyOliphant.jpg (1929 bytes)Tony's website has a new domain name (URL) as the last web host server wouldn't release his domain name into Tony's ownership. For the record, that company was WebLinkHosting.com so mark it down, commit it to memory, whatever it takes, but never trust this company to handle any of your business. The new domain name is www.tonyopliphant.net (the old one was .com) So please update your bookmarks and if you're new to Tony's site, be sure to add his bookmark. The site will be redesigned in the (hopefully) near future and I'll be sure to let y'all know when that happens. Tony is also in the process of recording a new CD and I for one can't wait to hear it. I'm not just his webmaster and friend, I'm a huge fan.

Tony Oliphant

Project Linus, Nashvill Chapter is the other website to lose it's domain name to the unscrupulous WebLinkHosting. The new URL no longer has a dash in it, it's all one word put together. http://www.projectlinusnashville.org/

Project Linus makes quilts for children who have been traumatized by illness, loss of a loved one, etc. They have been serving children in the Nashville, TN area for years and their work is not only beautiful, it's admiral! Take a look at this non-profit organization and see how they help the children and how you can help them continue in their quest.



(Nashville, TN) -- The Cracker Barrel "Songs Of The Year" album release party was held Monday, October 2nd at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. As proud supporters of the history of country music, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Vector Management donated $125,000 to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "The roster of talent on this CD is incredible! Cracker Barrel is honored to feature new recordings of these classic country songs," said Simon Turner, Cracker Barrel's chief marketing officer. "The CD, the concert and the GAC broadcasts will generate new interest in these songs and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This project is special because we believe these songs will always have a place in the history of country music."

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Dang Me - Willie Nelson & Jack Ingram
Strawberry Wine - The Wreckers
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Trace Adkins
Back Home Again - Trisha Yearwood
Murder On Music Row - Dierks Bentley & George Jones
When I Call Your Name - Jo Dee Messina
City Of New Orleans - Lonestar
Chiseled In Stone - Randy Travis
Stranger In My House - Jypsi
I Still Believe In You - Jamie O'Neal & Michael McDonald
The Gambler - Blake Shelton
Go Rest High On That Mountain - Deana Carter & Heart

Cracker Barrel ContestIn celebration of our newest CD release, we’re offering folks the chance to win a Trip to Nashville, TN to enjoy a special Songs of the Year concert.

The album is available in Cracker Barrel stores and online by visiting www.crackerbarrel.com.

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Photo Identification (L to R): Simon Turner (Cracker Barrel SVP of Marketing and Innovation); Jo Dee Messina; Peter Keiser (Cracker Barrel Director of Marketing); John Jankowich (Cracker Barrel Merchandise Buyer); Trace Adkins; Kyle Young (Executive Director of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum); Ken Levitan (President, Vector Management); and Ed Hardy (President; Great American Country)

Photo Credit: Louis Flexer

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About Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly held CBRL Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL). Cracker Barrel was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unit is modeled after a 1900-era country store, featuring old photographs, authentic antiques, memorabilia and a real wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth to add a warm cozy touch to the dining room. The restaurant serves up classic comfort foods such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n' dumplins as well as made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The retail store has more than 2,700 gift items including accessories for the home, old-fashioned candies, books on audio, nostalgic items, and children's games and puzzles, including classic favorites such as Raggedy Ann & Andy and Slinkyģ.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 544 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com

Media Contacts:
Jim Taylor, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
(615) 235-4082, jtaylor@crackerbarrel.com
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Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates
(615) 777-6995, kirt@websterpr.com

Note from Marli:

I just wanted to let you know, I have this CD and I highly recommend it to ALL MUSIC LOVERS! Go to www.crackerbarrel.com.and get your copy today!

ISC Deadline Approaching -- Final Reminder

2006 International Songwriting Competition Deadline Quickly Approaching - Have Your Songs Heard By Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Robert Smith (The Cure), Craig Morgan, Cassandra Wilson, and Many More!

The deadline for ISC is quickly approaching, so enter your songs now! Entries must be postmarked on or before October 16, 2006.

One of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, ISC gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes to 56 winners. The Overall Grand Prize includes $25,000 (US) in cash - the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world - and $20,000 in prizes. If that's not enough, ISC also gives away a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music's Five-Week Summer Performance Program to the First Place winner of the Teen category. ISC is open to both amateur and professional songwriters of every level, and all musicians, artists, and songwriters are invited to submit their original songs.

ISC provides the perfect opportunity for artists, bands, and songwriters looking to gain recognition and have their songs heard by some of the most influential members of the music industry, including the top executives of 14 record labels and legendary artists such as Tom Waits, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Robert Smith (the Cure), Jerry Lee Lewis, and Rosanne Cash, just to name a few.

"We've always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists." - Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records).

Pitchfork, one of the music industry's leading tastemakers, adds, "If ambushing your favorite bands with UPS'd cassettes and CD-Rs tossed on stage hasn't gotten your band noticed yet, the 2006 International Songwriting Competition should be right up your alley...Hell, the ISC is parked in your alley giving away free ice cream...Sheesh, talk about the chance of a lifetime."

In addition to the cash and prizes, ISC winners also benefit greatly from the industry exposure and media attention of winning a competition as prestigious as ISC. Over 450 publishing companies, record labels, and film and TV companies requested a copy of the recently released ISC 2005 Compilation CD (which included songs by the Grand Prize and First Place winners).

Many ISC entrants' careers have flourished since winning ISC: Patrice Pike (from CBS TV's Rock Star: Supernova); Tara Slone (from CBS TV's Rock Star: INXS); Carbon Leaf (signed to Vanguard Records); Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls (signed to Roadrunner Records); Tomi Swick (signed to Warner Music Canada); Andrew Bird (signed to Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records); Deb Talen and Steve Tannan of The Weepies (signed to Netwerk Records); Chris Sernel of Escape From Earth (Winner of the MTV/COKE "Make It Real" Contest); Michael Flynn (signed to J Records); Troy Verges, Blair Daily and Gordie Sampson (their song "Paris" is featured on Faith Hill's latest album); Dave Berg (he co-wrote recent hit singles by Reba McEntire and Rodney Atkins); and more.

The complete list of ISC 2006 iudges includes:

Recording Artists:
Brian Wilson; Tom Waits; Rosanne Cash; Sean Paul; Mark Chesnutt; Jerry Lee Lewis; Frank Black (Pixies); Robert Smith (The Cure); Cassandra Wilson; Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse); Medeski Martin & Wood; Craig Morgan; John Mayall; John Scofield; Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); MercyMe; Macy Gray; Charlie Musselwhite; Peter Hook (New Order); Blue Man Group; TiŽsto; and Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan)

Music Industry Executives:
Charlie Walk (President, Epic Records); Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Mona Scott-Young (President, Violator Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Steve Lillywhite (Sr. VP A&R, Columbia Records and Producer - credits include U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Peter Gabriel, and more); Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision - credits include The OC, Grey's Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Betty Pino (DJ, WAMR Miami, pioneer of Latin radio); Angel Carrasco (President, 605 Discos and Sr. VP A&R, Sony BMG Latin America); Thomas Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Emily Wittmann (VP, Nick Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People); Larry Willoughby (VP A&R, Capitol Records Nashville) and Manolo Gonzalez (Sr VP Regional Mexican A&R and National Promotion, Univision Records)

Entrants may submit their songs into any of the 18 categories: Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Rock, Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen (18 and younger), and Performance.

ISC 2006 sponsors include: ASCAP, Epiphone, Berklee College Of Music, Fishman, Sam Ash, Cakewalk, Shure, D'Addario, Hear Technologies, Disc Makers, Sonicbids, Musician's Atlas, Sibelius, Karian Studios, Planetary Group, OnlineGigs, The Music Business Registry, Mediaguide, ArtistMonitor, Platinum Blue Music Intelligence, Alphabet Arm Design, George Stein, Esq., SongU, Sleepless Media, and Taxi

For an entry form or to enter online, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com or call 615.251.4441 for more information.

International Songwriting Competition
1307 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: 615.251.4441
Fax: 615.251.4442

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