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George Jones U. to teach the music trade
NASHVILLE, TN - Music City, USA - Donald Trump, Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon
Gee and radio personality Gerry House are being given credit for sparking the creative
juices that today launched Nashvilles latest "hall of higher learning:
GEORGE JONES UNIVERSITY.
Trumps new Trump University served as a business model. Chancellor Gee's
unbridled enthusiasm for the spirit of new ideas enthused GJU's planners and House's
perceived quagmire with free-flowing information was an added incentive to create and
provide a new information outlet," said school executive Tandy Rice.
Billed as a no-nonsense, straight - ahead institution dedicated to teaching students the
basics of how the music industry works and how aspiring applicants can deal with the
challenge of breaking into the business, George Jones University will assemble its first
3-day instruction session in late March. The school will convene each quarter of the year
thereafter and will have a 5th comprehensive reunion of students to celebrate and receive
diplomas plus share music with each other.
Music Executive Tandy Rice will be the titular head of the educational initiative, acting
as Dean, and will be assisted by Nancy (Mrs. George) Jones and GandyInk Exec Matthew
Wilkes as partners in the new business. Scores of Country Music leaders will participate
as guest lecturers. Areas that will receive prime attention will be such subjects as music
publishing, recording contracts, artist management and bookings, life on the road and the
politics of Music Row. A strong emphasis will go toward educating attendees about the
history and traditions of country music and its legendary icons.
Our leadership will insist on and insure that all classes will focus on integrity
and professionalism," said Rice. "We want our students to have fun and depart
with new knowledge they can literally take to the bank. Because of George Jones, they'll
gain insight from our classes that they can't get anywhere else."
"Our main goal," said Rice, is to provide a quality, valuable learning
experience for each session's students. We anticipate applications from all over the
United States and even abroad. George Jones literally has millions of fans worldwide, many
of whom want to share his knowledge and advice as they try to put together their own
Details of the quarterly learning experiences are still in the formative stages, added
Rice, but will be highlighted by lectures and Q&A with industry leaders. Jam Sessions
and showcases of songs and singers will characterize each session. Each day's sessions and
proceedings will be moderated by Rice, a former Belmont University adjunct professor in
the schools Mike Curb School of Music Business and former Country Music Association
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Travis Tritt & Randy Jackson
January 19, 2007
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(L to R): Randy Jackson and Travis Tritt
TRAVIS TRITT: A NEW ENERGY, NEW PRODUCER AND NEW LABEL, THE STORM IS COMING!
TN) -- Most recording artists that have sold over 25 million records, won Grammy Awards,
earned the respect and admiration of the likes of Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Waylon
Jennings would remain in the comfort zone that has brought such success. Not Travis Tritt!
This is an artist that has defied the odds from his very first record deal in Nashville.
Tritt has always taken the road less traveled, when arriving in Nashville as a non-hat act
in 1989 he met rejection. It was only after the labels affiliate in LA told Nashville
if you don't sign him we will, that Nashville signed him and he received his
As fate would have it, Tritt finds himself drawn back to LA to begin recording his new
album on Nashvilles hard-charging Indy, Category 5 Records, which will be released
in the summer of 2007.
Tritt has joined forces with Randy Jackson from American Idol to co-produce what is
destine to be an album that will not only give Tritt fans a long awaited new album, but
attract new listeners from every genre.
Tritt has always been known as a genre-bending superstar and has covered the likes of the
Eagles, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, and more. Sources close to Tritt state that he will not
be playing it safe and will push the creative envelope to its limit.
Raymond Termini, CEO of Category 5 Records stated, The definition of insanity is
doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Travis Tritt has made
a career out of straight talk and smart deals. When I signed Travis I vowed to promote an
environment that would support the creative freedom that an artist of his caliber
deserves--no constraints. I believe deep in my heart that music fans everywhere will be
pleased with the storm that is brewing in Los Angeles. The Category 5 Team is poised and
thrilled to debut our flagship artist."
Bob LaRosa, Travis Tritt's Business Manager stated, I have worked with Travis since
1989. Its easy to throw around clichés about getting to the next level. I look
forward to Travis going to the top level and gaining the position he deserves among the
worlds top talents."
Travis and Randy Jackson have begun the recording process and a debut single will be
released Spring 2007 on Category 5 Records.
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INSIDE COUNTRY RADIO
by: Chuck Dauphin
New Music Weekly
Los Angeles, CA - Great to be back with you on the greatest chart for Country radio
around. New Music Weekly continues to blaze the trail between the small, medium and major
markets. It was here that bands like Heartlantd got their first shot at #1 before the rest
of the charts followed. Speaking of this red-hot band, I heard their new single
"Built To Last" (Lofton Creek) on several Country stations over the holiday and
I almost like this one better than their first single. Its a toss up and regardless
its easy to say that this band is well on their way to having another banner year.
Good for you Mike Borchetta, and keep up the good work. You have a winner here!
Alan Jackson is off and running to a good start with his latest entry. "A
Womans Love" (Arista/RLG) is yet another gem and thats why he gets all of
the best songs from the pack first. Tim McGraw is also getting his share of the best from
Nashville including his latest in "Last Dollar" (Curb). Young Miranda Lambert
may finally get the attention she well deserves. This time out the label is going with
"Crazy Ex Girlfriend" (Epic/Sony) and that has some major potential. You
wont be able to pick up her CD album over at Tower in Hollywood anymore. In fact you
wont be able to pick up anybodys CD over there as they have "gone
Aaron Tippin would like to think hes set for a red-hot year and why not. His
"He Believed" (Rust) is picking up stations like they are going out of style.
Just when I thought it was safe to chance the radio dial because I was sick of hearing
Hinders hit single playing over and over again on Top40 and Hot AC radio, I come to find
Im not safe even moving to Country stations. Thats because they are now
playing the new Jack Ingram version of "Lips Of An Angel" (Big Machine). The sad
thing about this is I actually like Jacks version better but what do I know. A hit
is a hit folks matter how many languages you sing it in.
Martina McBride is off to a rocking country start with "Anyway" (RCA/RLG). Mr.
Josh Turner is also getting his share of love from Country programmers thanks in part to
his "Me And God" (MCA) single. Dierks Bentley is back in the saddle with the
very strong "Long Trip Alone" (Capitol/EMI). We also really like the new Blaine
Larsen single. "Spoken Like A Man" (BNA/RLG) is the cut that we are talking
about and this one is the "real deal". Also making some waves at radio this week
is the latest single from our good friends Alison Krauss & Union Station. This time
out they have teamed up with non other than John Waite as they help to recreate his great
song "Missing You" (Rounder). That is kind of a nice touch and we hope you give
that one a spin.
Kenny Chesney is drinking a lot of "Beer In Mexico" (BNA/RLG). He should just
take Carrie Underwood along as her single entry is entitled "Wasted"
(Arista/RLG). The labels must have been in sync with those releases so
"Jesus take the wheel".
We expect that most of you are getting set and ready for the CRS in Nashville. New Music
Weekly will be there in full force running a line of top artists in and around the Media
room. Get in touch with us here soon to secure a safe spot as it will be filling up fast
and furious. Artists that are getting ready for a new release should also contact us about
our Future Hits compilation that is already in pre-production. As of this writing we may
have a few slots left.
NMW MAGAZINE TO IMPACT CRS38
Los Angeles, CA - NMW magazine to make yet another big impact at this years Country Radio
Seminar (CRS) in support of both major labels and independent music scene. Effective
immediately, NMW is accepting interview requests for February 28th - March 2nd, 2007.
NMW magazine which features the top Country charts for both major and independent artists
and their labels will be on sight to interview artists, radio station programmers, and
record label executives in attendance.
PR firms, record labels, artists and radio stations should contact us 310-325-9997 or
email email@example.com to schedule
New Music Weekly
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URBANS VIDEO MESSAGE TO HIS FANS
(AIRED ON KEITHURBAN.NET)
Hi Everyone. Today is January the 18th, 2007. I just wanted to take a moment
today to talk a bit about the last three months. On October 19, I checked into the Betty
Ford Center in Palm Springs, California. With the support of my wife and family and
friends, for what I thought was going to be a thirty-day stay at Betty Ford.
Now, there was no big, cataclysmic event that happened right before I went in. But, what
it was, was a lot of small things that were happening in my life, and a lot of small
moments that were starting to accumulate that were telling me very loud and clear that I
was a long way from my program of recovery, and they were making my life unmanageable.
I got to a point where I wanted to go in to treatment, so I went in on that date. It was
far from an ideal time to go into treatment. I want to say that much too. While I was in
there, of course, I had my birthday on October 26th, my record was released, I missed
Thanksgiving, and all the holidays. So, it was a time that had a lot of consequences, that
particular three months.
The reason why it was so long, too, was just what I was learning as I stayed in there.
That first thirty days I learned what they say in NARE, abstinence is the ticket into the
movie; it's not the movie. So, learning about abstinence was one thing, but then there was
all this other area of my life to start learning about. So, thirty days became sixty,
sixty days became ninety, and with each week that passed, I found myself really learning
to surrender especially with my career, with playing music, because it's what I've always
done. I love playing guitar, I love touring, and I was going to be doing a lot of that
right when I went in.
But, I had amazing support from everybody while I was in there that helped. I can't even
tell you guys how much that helped me. I felt very, very, loved, and I felt very
supported, and made the time go by. I never felt alone. And, as I say, during that time, I
started to learn a lot about myself, and how I got to be in this position that I'm in
And, it's hard to quantify what I learned in ninety days, but suffice to say, it's been
one of the most impactful times of my whole life. And, I wanted to take this opportunity
to thank everybody out there that's watching this right now for your support. I got cards,
I got letters, I got emails, when I finally got to my laptop, and I could retrieve them
all. There was hundreds of emails, and I just didn't expect that kind of support, I truly
didn't, and it helped so much. Especially through a lot of the lonely days which there was
plenty of those in there. But, my wife stayed extraordinarily strong, and loving, and my
friends and family were there, and man, it's just been really overwhelming. I feel so much
gratitude, and it feels really good to have gone through it and be where I am right now.
Because where I am right now is starting on that road to getting back to doing what I love
which is playing music. And, I'm looking forward to coming to your town to see all you
guys, and thank you personally for the support I've gotten, and I know I keep harping on
that, but it's meant so much to me, and I wanted you guys to hear that from me personally.
I look forward to seeing you guys very soon, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you,
and God bless every one of you.
Capitol Records Nashville
3322 West End Ave, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37203
"Don't cry for me when I'm gone/Just put a quarter in the jukebox and sing me back
home . . ."
Morgan Spins the Wheel!!!
Photo ID: (l-r) Wheel of Fortune Exec. Producer Harry
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Stars Week of Wheel of Fortune. The shows taped will air the week of Feb 12th
tune in to see who spins and wins!!!
Kirt Webster, President
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Orbison Stamp Update
Greetings friends and associates,
are making great strides with out campaign to urge the Postal Service to honor Roy with a
postage stamp. Please take a read of the Tennessean piece written by Beverly Keel
Thank you all for your support and please do continue to help by telling your friends and
neighbors about the petition drive. I look forward to your help to push the petition over
20,000 names, we are around 800 short today. Here is the direct link to the petition; http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?royvote
Best wishes to you all.
Nashville, TN 37203
Not licked yet, but Roy Orbison stamp looks like sure thing
By BEVERLY KEEL
The drive to get a U.S. stamp issued in honor of Roy Orbison is still gaining momentum
after two years, and his widow, Barbara, says she's received word that Roy, who died in
1988, is under consideration for 2008. "If Roy is selected, the postal service will
make the announcement later this year, probably in October," she says.
"No guarantees; the process continues and the Postal Service might wait for an
anniversary to issue (like Roy's 75th birthday in 2011), but we're really excited and
encouraged to know Roy is under serious consideration," she says. "Over 40,000
stamp subject requests are made each year, and they select only a few annually."
Roy's estate has gathered 19,075 names on a petition, including Bono, Olivia Harrison
(widow of George Harrison), Pete Fountain, George Clinton and Dan Aykroyd. The estate will
submit the petition to the post office when it hits 20,000. (To add your name, visit
"It's important to understand that it's not a popularity contest," says Jed
Hilly, Orbison Records' vice president. "The criteria is a historical or cultural
contribution to the United States of America."
Jed is now enlisting the support of library and museum experts to speak on behalf of Roy's
contributions. Next week, the estate is submitting a Tennessee House joint resolution that
supports the stamp initiative. Sen. Lamar Alexander and former Sen. Bill Frist wrote
letters in support, and 48 congressmen also signed a petition.
"It feels really good to me," Jed says. "To me, this is a no-brainer. Roy
should have a stamp, and what a cool thing it would be."
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