CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE AND VECTOR MANAGEMENT DONATE $125,000 TO COUNTRY MUSIC
HALL OF FAME IN HONOR OF "SONGS OF THE YEAR" ALBUM
(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
Of The Year"
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
In celebration of our
newest CD release, were 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.
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
Jim Taylor, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
(615) 235-4082, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirt Webster, Webster & Associates
(615) 777-6995, email@example.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!
Deadline Approaching -- Final Reminder
International Songwriting Competition Deadline Quickly Approaching - Have Your Songs Heard
By Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Robert Smith (The Cure), Craig Morgan, Cassandra Wilson, and
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,
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:
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,
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
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