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Indie Bible 2007 - Get Your Music Heard!

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Sergeant First Class, Sean Bennett - Currently Serving In Iraq
Sean recorded one song just one day before being shipped out to Iraq. I just love the song and his style and I want to be able to help him get his song heard. Hopefully some of you DJs out there will give it airplay. Visit Sean's page on MKOC to hear the song and find out more about this soldier and his music Just click the pic!.

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Find Books, Music, Videos, Software, Electronics, Website Hosts/Servers .... Don't pay the high prices you find in the stores. I've researched the links posted to give everyone an opportunity to buy great things at the best prices.

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Artists, be sure to check out the "Info" section as it's been updated with even more info.. web links, sheet music, instruments and more.


MKOC Official Artists
Song Clips Added.. Just Click a Song Title to hear music in Real Audio - Songs are rotated with each newsletter.
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles
You Ain't Been Worth A Dime
Harold Hill
Harold Hill
San Antonio Sweetheart
Hoyt Hughes
Hoyt Hughes
Joe Tinoco
Joe Tinoco
Five Cards on the Mantle
Narvel Felts
Narvel Felts
Until The End of Time
Red Johnson
Red Johnson
Veteran's Day
Tecia McKenna
Tecia McKenna
Goodbye's What You Got
Tony Oliphant
Tony Oliphant
Can't Change Your Mind
The song collection above are some of my favorites of the MKOC Official Artists. Please take time to visit their web sites to hear all the music and choose your favorites. Write me, and maybe your favorite will be the next song showcased.

Narvel Felts

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George Jones

George Jones U. to teach the music trade

GeorgeJones.JPG (2469 bytes)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 Nashville’s latest "hall of higher learning”: GEORGE JONES UNIVERSITY.

“Trump’s 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 entertainment careers."

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 school’s Mike Curb School of Music Business and former Country Music Association president.

For updated information as it develops, contact Tandy Rice - 615-329-4345 or tandyrice@aol.com or Matthew Wilkes - 615-329-4347 or TailLight@comcast.net


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Travis Tritt & Randy Jackson

January 19, 2007
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(L to R): Randy Jackson and Travis Tritt


RandyJacksonTravisTritt.jpg (5888 bytes)(Nashville, 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 break.

As fate would have it, Tritt finds himself drawn back to LA to begin recording his new album on Nashville’s 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. It’s 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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Release date:
February 15, 2007

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The Very Best of Travis Tritt

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7. Hide
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10. If I Could Only Have Her Love Back
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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. It’s a toss up and regardless it’s 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 Woman’s Love" (Arista/RLG) is yet another gem and that’s 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 won’t be able to pick up her CD album over at Tower in Hollywood anymore. In fact you won’t be able to pick up anybody’s CD over there as they have "gone under".

Aaron Tippin would like to think he’s 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 I’m not safe even moving to Country stations. That’s 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 Jack’s 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 please…"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.


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 staff@newmusicweekly.com to schedule interviews.

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Vikki Simpson, Australian singer-songwriter from a folk group called "The Waifs" Overall Grand Prize as well as the first prize in the Folk category with her song "Bridal Train" in the 11th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. This is also the first time that the top prize went to a songwriter outside United States. Other catgeory prize winners include: Victoria Banks (Nashville, TN, USA) for the first prize in the Country category. Jordan Zevon & Jordan Summers (Los Angeles, CA, USA) won the first prize in the Pop category. Jordan Zevon is the son of the legendary songwriter Warren Zevon.

Entries for the 12th Annual USA Songwriting Competition are currently being accepted. Winning songs of the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition will receive airplay on a nationally syndicated radio program “Acoustic Café” as well as XM Satellite Radio. Entrants vie for a top prize of $50,000 worth cash and cool music gear from Sony, Ibanez Guitars, Audio-Technica, IK Multimedia and more. This is the first Songwriting Competition that gives airplay to the winning songs, giving deserving bands, songwriters the recognition and exposure they deserve.

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KeithUrban.jpg (4736 bytes)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 right now.

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.

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Judy McDonough
Capitol Records Nashville
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Nashville, TN 37203
"Don't cry for me when I'm gone/Just put a quarter in the jukebox and sing me back home . . ."

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1. Once In A Lifetime
2. Shine
3. I Told You So
4. I Can't Stop Loving You
5. Won't Let You Down
6. Faster Car
7. Stupid Boy

8. Used To The Pain
9. Raise The Barn (featuring Ronnie Dunn)
10. God Made Woman
11. Tu Compania
12. Everybody
13. Got It Right This Time


Lorrie Morgan Spins the Wheel!!!

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Photo ID: (l-r) Wheel of Fortune Exec. Producer Harry Friedman, Lorrie Morgan, and CMA’s Rick Murray gather at the taping of “Country Stars Week” of Wheel of Fortune. The shows taped will air the week of Feb 12th … tune in to see who spins and wins!!!

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Roy Orbison Stamp Update

Greetings friends and associates,

RoyOrbison.jpg (4315 bytes)We 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 yesterday.

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.

Jed Hilly
Vice President
Orbison Records
1625 Broadway
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203
Sunday, 01/21/07

Not licked yet, but Roy Orbison stamp looks like sure thing

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 www.royorbison.com.)

"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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