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GRAND OLE OPRY TO DEBUT ON XM IN OCTOBER
XM to Be Exclusive Satellite
Radio Home of the Grand Ole Opry
With Live Weekly Broadcasts, Performance Archives,
WSM-AM'S Eddie Stubbs, and More
Washington, D.C., September 26, 2007 - XM
will be the new satellite radio home of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in
October, it was announced today. Beginning with the Opry's 82nd
Birthday Bash broadcast featuring Carrie Underwood, Travis Tritt, Ronnie
Milsap, and more on Saturday, October 20, XM will feature the live
Friday and Saturday night performances as well as the Tuesday Night
Opry. Additionally, XM will offer classic broadcasts of the renowned
country music show, archival performances, and "The Eddie Stubbs Show,"
which is hosted by regular Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs.
Recognized as the preeminent showcase for
country music, the Grand Ole Opry debuted on the radio airwaves in 1925
on Nashville's 650 AM WSM and can still be heard on its flagship
station. Today, the Opry counts among its members such current
chart-toppers as Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, and Brad Paisley as
well as country legends including Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Loretta
Lynn, and Dolly Parton.
"We are pleased that XM listeners will
now be able to experience the Opry's brand of entertainment every week,"
said Steve Buchanan, Gaylord Entertainment senior vice president.
"Airing on XM provides Opry fans throughout the country a new way to
tune in to the show and presents the Opry to an audience that may have
not yet discovered this uniquely American experience."
"This is great news," said Martina
McBride, an Opry member since 1995. "It's a better day for all of us
when the Grand Ole Opry and all it embodies can be heard across the
country on satellite radio."
The country hits channel "Nashville" (XM
11) will feature live Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night performances
(Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET; Fridays at 9 p.m. ET; Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ET
and 10:30 p.m. ET;). Encore broadcasts of new Opry episodes will air on
XM's classic country music channel America (XM 10) at 10 a.m. ET every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, along with archival Opry broadcasts. Many
individual performances recorded live on the Opry stage will also be
featured on XM's other country music channels, including Willie's Place
(XM 13), Bluegrass Junction (XM 14), Highway 16 (XM 16), and U.S.
Country (XM 17).
In addition to the Grand Ole Opry, XM
will also add "The Eddie Stubbs Show" to the XM programming lineup. The
popular WSM program is hosted by Eddie Stubbs, a regular announcer for
the Grand Ole Opry, award-winning country music DJ, and respected
country music historian. "The Eddie Stubbs Show" will premiere later
this fall on XM 10.
The arrival of the Grand Ole Opry to XM
coincides with XM's Country Music Month celebration, featuring XM's
month-long showcase of country music programming throughout October.
Highlights include original music specials featuring Carrie Underwood,
Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Jack Ingram, Kris Kristofferson and Bill
Anderson, among others, and exclusive programming, including broadcast
of the Big State Festival from the Texas World Speedway. Complete
details on XM's Country Music Month programming are available online at
Complete programming information for XM's
Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and "The Eddie Stubbs Show" will soon be
available online at
Opry performances are held every weekend
of the year and on Tuesdays March through December. To plan an Opry
visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville,
Tenn. A uniquely American experience for over 80 years, the Opry can be
heard on 650 WSM-AM and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program,
America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend, airs on more than 200 country radio
stations across the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and
Grand Ole Opry Live airs each week on Great American Country (GAC). The
Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a
Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and
operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or
XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio company with
more than 8.2 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios
in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago, the Country Music Hall of
Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2007 lineup includes more
than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free
music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children's and
entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered
entertainment and data services for the automobile market through
partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche,
Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, is available in 140 different vehicle models
for 2007. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer
electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM
hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit
Factors that could cause actual results
to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in
this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the
Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its
potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks
described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-1-07. Copies of the filing are
available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.
All programming subject to change.
# # #
Contact: Anne-Taylor Adams, XM,
JOHN BERRY PLANS A 'CLASSIC
his current U.S. tour, John Berry will begin his holiday ritual
of spreading Christmas cheer. Berry hits the road each year for
an impressive tour of cities on his annual Christmas tour. This
is the 12th consecutive year for Berry's holiday
tour, which showcases the reason he's been tagged "Mr.
Christmas." Many fans have said, "It's not Christmas until I've
heard John Berry sing 'O Holy Night.'"
The country star will launch his holiday
outing on November 16 with a performance in Lake City, Fla., at
the Alfonso Levy Performing Arts Center. From there, he'll move
on to several cities in the Southeast and travel through the
Midwest through December 22. Tickets for many shows are
currently on sale. The full itinerary is listed below.
In addition to touring, Berry recently
released a new single, his first new music in almost three
years. "A Woman Like You," written by Tim Nichols and Craig
Wiseman, is currently climbing the charts. "A Woman Like You" is
the first single from his 20th studio album, "Those Were The
Days." The album will be released on Berry's own Clear Sky
Records, in conjunction with radio promotion veteran Larry
Pareigis' Nine North records.
The Georgia tenor has been
recognized by the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music and the
Country Music Association as a nominee in the Best Male Vocalist
category. Berry's first No. 1 was the hit single "Your Love
Amazes Me." During this career with Capitol Records, Berry hit
the top of the charts and the top ten a number of times with
such hits as "She's Taken A Shine,"
"Standing On The Edge of Goodbye," "I Think
About It All The Time" and "Kiss Me In The Car," just to name a
Classic Christmas Schedule
Fri. NOV. 16 - Live Oak, FL; Alfonso Levy P.A.C
Sun. NOV. 18 - Dothan, AL; Dothan Opera House
Sat. NOV. 24 - Morganton, NC; COMMA
Sun. NOV. 25 - Durham NC; Carolina Theatre
Tues. NOV. 27 - Cedar Falls IA; Park Place Event Centre
Wed. NOV. 28 - Lafayette, IN; The Lafayette Theater
Thur. NOV. 29 - De Pere, WI; SC Grand Banquett Ctr.
Fri. NOV. 30 - De Kalb, IL; Egyptian Theatre
Sat. DEC. 1 - Kalamazoo, MI; State Theatre
Sun. DEC. 2 - Valpariso IN; Porter County Expo Ctr.
Tues. DEC. 4 - Gravenhurst, ON; Gravenhurst Opera House
Fri. DEC. 7 - Lindsay, ON
Sat. DEC. 8 - Ottawa, ON; Centerpointe Theatre
Sun. DEC. 9 - Rochester, NY; Greece Athena PAC
Mon. DEC. 10 - Stroudsburg, PA; Sherman theater
Wed. DEC. 12 - Galax, VA; Rex Theater
Thur. DEC. 13 - Chillicothe, OH; The Majestic Theatre
Fri. DEC. 14 - Benton Harbor, MI
Sun. DEC. 16 - Macon, GA; The Grand Opera House
Wed. DEC. 19 - Jackson, TN; The NED
Thur. DEC. 20 - Florence, AL; Norton Auditorium
Fri. DEC. 21 - Augusta, GA; Imperial Theatre
Sat. DEC. 22 - Watkinsville, GA; North Oconee High
Holiday Notes From Home Brings Early Christmas to
AARON NEVILLE and LONESTAR bring HOLIDAY NOTES FROM HOME to GRAND
OLE OPRY HOUSE
FREE TICKETS FOR SPECIAL HOLIDAY TAPING AT THE OPRY
A very special Christmas concert is
being taped October 25, 2007, at 8 p.m. at the Grand Ole
Opry House. This annual event will be hosted by Lt. Gen.
John Bradley, Commander, Air Force Reserve Command and
Nashville's own dynamic duo, Charlie Chase and Lorianne
Crook. The concert is appropriately called
From Home and the FREE tickets are an early present to
anyone who wishes to attend. The show will be taped live and
features performances from Take 6, Aaron Neville,
Lonestar and the Band of the Air Force Reserve
with special guests the Air Force Strings.
Members of the United States Air Force, Arnold AFB, TN;
Tennessee Air Force Reserve, Service Members from Fort
Campbell, KY and the Tennessee Army & Air National Guard
will be invited as special guests and will join with the
participating artists to send heartfelt holiday greetings to
our soldiers and their family members who are serving around
the world. Holiday Notes From Home
will air multiple times on the Armed Forces Radio and
Television Network during the Christmas holidays.
The entertainment line-up for this concert embraces all
genres of music and is certain to have something to suit
everyone's musical tastes. Take 6, the most awarded vocal
group of our time, boasts 10 Grammy and 10 Dove awards.
Their holiday harmonies are certain to sparkle as brightly
as any star at the top of your holiday tree. Four Time
Grammy Award winning singer, Aaron Neville, has been
delighting audiences with his unique voice over a career
that spans four decades. As New Orleans' first son, Aaron
is always a crowd pleaser.Whether he is singing with the San
Diego Symphony - as he did this past August - or at the
Opry, it is clear he is right at home on any stage. Rounding
out the show will be one of the most award-winning vocal
groups in country music history, Lonestar. Their song, "I'm
Already There," was a huge hit in 2002 and has remained a
popular anthem for military families, especially those whose
loved ones are deployed. This holiday season, Lonestar will
be releasing a new Christmas CD available exclusively at
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations across the
country, a perfect stocking stuffer.
Tickets are free and the event is open to everyone who wants
to hear great music while showing their support for our
military. If you have a loved one serving in the military,
bring a sign to show pride for your friend or family member.
Tickets are available at the door beginning at 4 p.m. on the
day of the show. The audience will need to be seated by
Who: Take 6, Aaron Neville, Lonestar and the Band of
the Air Force Reserve with special guests the Air Force
What: HOLIDAY NOTES FROM HOME Hosted by Lt. Gen.
John Bradley, Commander, Air Force Reserve Command --
Christmas concert taping for Armed Forces Radio & Television
- to be aired on Christmas day.
Where: Nashville, Tennessee @ the Grand Ole Opry
When: October 25, 2007 @ 8 p.m.
For tickets and additional information contact:
Holiday Notes From Home 2007
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· P.O. Box 23015 · Nashville · TN · 37202
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the exclusive "official" country music radio station trip
provider, approved by both Pearl Records and Big Machine
Records, for Garth Brooks' sold-out concert series in Kansas
The-two night trip packages include two tickets for "One Artist,
One City, One Time" at the Sprint Arena, hotel accommodations
(double occupancy) within walking distance of the concert site,
ground transport between airport and hotel, breakfast for two on
concert date, and on-site staff to assist trip winners.
Limited numbers of trip packages are available for all nine
concerts, but only to country radio stations. WAT must provide
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INSPIRATION LIVES WITHIN LEE GREENWOOD'S
RE-RELEASE OF "INSPIRATIONAL SONGS"
(Nashville, TN) – If inspiration is what you are trying to find,
then Lee Greenwood's re-release of Inspirational Songs is where
you will find it. This album contains eleven re-recorded songs
that will lift even the heaviest of sprits. They range from
Lee's heart-felt rendition of "Amazing Grace" to the soulful
up-beat tune "Bound for the Promise Land." However, if this is
not enough, what Lee album is complete without the timeless
classic "God Bless the USA," which is the feature of this
think my choice of material has been an asset to my career.
People recognize that I choose songs that have quality and are
not cheap shots," says Greenwood. "I always record songs that
have more depth in the lyric. I am a songwriter and I go for
depth. Maybe that's what has made me have a lasting career."
Years of performing has taught Lee how to connect
with his fans. His selective taste of songs, combined with his
distinctive voice, makes this re-release a must have for any
For more information on Lee Greenwood, please visit
Webster and Associates Public Relations
P.O. Box 23015 · Nashville · TN · 37202
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BRANDIE FRAMPTON NATIONAL NOMINEE, AGAIN!
08, 2007 - Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. - Brandie Frampton has been
nominated again this year for THEE New Music Weekly categories! Hoping
to repeat her success of last year, where she was nominated in multiple
categories and took home the "Crossover Artist of the Year" award, she
will be attending the event at the Avalon Theater, Hollywood this
November 10th. "It's all just fun! I don't try to compete, it's just
cool to be nominated, and go to the party! I made some great friends
last year.", says 15 year-old Frampton from her Utah home, who's songs
have been played over 85,000 times on U.S. radio.
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You can view more information about Frampton and her upcoming dates at
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RUSTIE BLUE Invites YOU
to Cruise With the Blue!
** Photo Credit: Glenn
Sweitzer/Fresh Design + Film
October 5, 20007
Lancaster, OH (October 5, 2007) – Rustie Blue is cruising to the
Bahamas, and she’d love for YOU to join her!! "I'm so looking forward to
the cruise!" exclaims the honorary hostess. "I’m so excited about
performing on my very first cruise and having the opportunity to spend
four days with my fans, as they mean so much to me!"
The Rustie Blue Cruise is scheduled to set sail May 4 – 8, 2008, with
cabins starting as low as $390 per person (double occupancy)!!
Passengers will board the Carnival’s Sensation at Port Canaveral in
Florida, travel to the Bahamas, arriving in Freeport and Nassau, with a
"fun day at sea" planned before returning to dock at Port Canaveral.
Cruise packages include lodging accommodations aboard Sensation, all
meals, VIP events with Rustie (including, but not limited to private
meet and greets, photo opportunities and autograph sessions), and more!
Space is limited so reserve your spot early! Call (800) 214.9224 to
place your reservations today! Monthly payments are accepted with no
interest or additional fees. Make sure to mention that you’d like to
participate in Rustie’s VIP events! Special thanks to Don Chesley, at
CruiseOne, who is handling Rustie’s guest reservations. "I really
appreciate Don for his hard work and help in putting this cruise
Look for Rustie to release Born Again Country soon! This is the
highly-anticipated follow-up album to Chip Chip, released in 2004. Fresh
Design + Film’s Glenn Sweitzer has taken the reigns for photography and
album design for Born Again Country. [NOTE: Glenn’s work includes
photography, album layouts, tour program books, logos, and videos, among
other projects. He has worked with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Faith
Hill and Tim McGraw, former Lonestar frontman, Richie McDonald, Reba
McEntire, Rascal Flatts, and many more!
For more information on the Rustie Blue Cruise, please visit
Center Stage Productions
512 West Sixth Ave.
Lancaster, OH 43130
Estella Pan, Public Relations Director
STAR Country Media
SongU.com: New Workshops and Pitching Opportunities
This week's quotes:
"When I first
joined, I thought, well I'll give it a try for a month or so. But it's
such an amazing tool to learn, it became a door opener to a totally new
world for me. Thanks so much for inventing this!" - quote
submitted on 10/3 by SongU.com member, Peter H, Germany
Wow - it's hard to believe we're rolling
into October. Hope you are enjoying the Fall season (if it's
Fall in your part of the world ;-) The
weather is cooling off here and we're already discussing what our
five-year old, Mia, would like to be for Halloween this year. This is
our first year living in a neighborhood with sidewalks - so Mia will
actually get to go around door-to-door like I did when I was a kid (in
the past, we've taken her to the Mall for trick-or-treating). So it
should be pretty exciting.
Speaking of exciting, our special pitch guest this month was world-wide
publishing and artist management company, ETNC founder
Joe Quaranto. He recently gave a guest
talk about the types of material he's looking for at his company. And
our members have an opportunity to pitch songs via Spin N' Pitch to his
company for the next couple of months.
Upcoming SongU.com Instructor-Led Workshops
Here are some of the cool instructor-led courses registering this month.
Yes, as a Platinum Member at SongU.com you can take ALL our courses for
no additional cost. Plus, you'll get regular co-writing and pitching
opportunities, your own member website, access to our award-winning
coaching staff and more:
210, Writing From The Heart. Join Tony-nominated hit songwriter,
learn how to make your lyric universally appealing while maintaining
your lyrical integrity. This
special four-week e-Workshop meets beginning Monday, October 29th at
7:30pm ET in our voice e-classroom.
The Recording Process - Recording.
Join producer, recording guru and Tech editor of Performing
Songwriter Magazine, Fett as he
passes along valuable tips for recording. This two-week course
focuses recording and overdubbing. You'll learn pro recording
techniques such as correct microphone placement and setting proper
levels to get the best sound.
Melody Writing: Tapping Into Your
Creative Chi: Join Grammy and Academy Award nominated songwriter
and producer, John Rosasco as you learn
new and exciting ways to make your music stand out from the crowd.
What's Cole Pitching? Hear
current demos of songs from today's top songwriters as you gain
insights into the pitching process from super songplugger,
Classes. Our members are enjoying getting personal small-group
feedback on their latest songs from our faculty of hit writers.
There are feedback courses running just about every week through the
rest of the year.
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There's still time to make some
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at the regular rate of $75/quarter). As an extra signup bonus, you'll
also receive a licensed version of Virtual Studio Systems Lyricist
Software (a $50 value itself).
Psst...sign up by Tuesday, October 16th and we'll throw in a
complimentary song evaluation from our award-winning coaching staff.
Just use redemption code SPOOKY when
you sign up at www.SongU.com. Hope to
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PLANNING FOR THE ROOTS MUSIC
EVENT TO BE HELD IN
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Jun 26-29, 2008
“Help a child and support
(October 2nd, 2008 –
Planning for the Roots Music Association’s inaugural Convention, Radio
Seminar and Music Festival is now underway which will take place June
26-29, 2008 in San Antonio
in the middle of the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.
RMA is the fastest growing international
music association that actively promotes, supports and celebrates roots
music. The RMA is
committed to providing an international voice and forum for all roots
based music formats in an alliance that will strive for the advancement
of independent artists and will continue to encourage radio stations to
play music outside of mainstream Top 40 charts. We strive to work in
collaboration with any association or entity that shares our goals and
vision towards the advancement of roots music.
Organizers are excited about the support the
event is receiving from all corners of the music industry and business
community and promises to be a memorable one with great music, special
guests and a multitude of memory making moments.
“The interest in our very first event is
extremely high and we’re working to pull out all the stops. It’ll be a
memorable time for everyone who attends. We’ve got some great talent
lined up and some very exciting tricks up our sleeves as well!” says
Robert Bartosh, one of the organization’s founding directors.
The 3 day event will also include a series
of interactive and educational panels, a trade fair, once in a lifetime
events and networking opportunities geared toward all facets of the
The radio seminar portion of the event will
draw an international panel of music programmers and personalities to
discuss issues and concerns pertinent to the broadcasting industry.
The convention stream will provide
opportunities for artists, musicians and industry professionals to
network and educate each other through a series of interactive panels
The music festival will provide multiple
stages which showcase performers to both the conference and seminar
attendees as well as the general public. Expect to hear music from
artists that range from established headliners to exciting up and coming
newcomers across a multitude of roots based genres including, but not
limited to, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana/Country, Western Swing, Western,
Roots Rock, Reggae, Folk, Cajun/Zydeco and Tejano. The initial lineup of
performers will be announced soon.
The theme for the 2008 is “Music United” and
speaks to the holistic, inclusive and universal approach the RMA uses to
support its membership base and their collective vision. The event will
be attended by radio broadcasters, promoters, publicist, artists,
musicians, songwriters, label executives and more.
The Convention and Music Festival will be
held at the Alzafar
in San Antonio.
The center is located on
approximately 20 wooded acres, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country.
The RMA is honored at the opportunity
presented to work with the Shrine organization towards their end goals
of supporting children and their families. There are approximately
410,000 Shriners now across the United
There are 22 Shriners Hosptials for Children – 18 orthopaedic hospitals,
three burn hospitals and one hospital that provides orthopaedic, burn
and spinal injury care. These hospitals have cured or substantially
helped more than 600,000 children – at no cost to parent or child –
since the first Shriners
Hospital opened in 1922.
Bartosh extends a hospitable
Texas welcome to those considering attending.
“We encourage our music industry colleagues to stand united and join us
under the hot sun in picturesque Texas Hill Country next June for three
fabulous days they won’t forget.”
For information on registration, sponsorship
opportunities or submitting for performance consideration please contact
the RMA at 888-391-0983 or
More information about the Roots Music
Association can be found at
took his Big Dog Daddy tour to Corpus Christi & Hidalgo,
TX last weekend where they did two concerts and raised over 1.2 million
dollars for the STARS
(South Texas Academic Rising Scholars)
provides scholarships for South Texas college students. Now that he has
wrapped up his hugely successful summer tour, Toby will be concentrating
on music for his Show Dog acts and coaching his son's football
team. He will participate in the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration
on Nov. 16 in Oklahoma City along with Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire,
Vince Gill and other Oklahoma celebrities. He has also been added to
the lineup for CMT Giants: Hank Williams, Jr. The two hour
special will be taped before a live audience Oct. 25 in Los Angeles and
will premiere Nov. 17 on CMT.
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Brad Paisley's blazing hot Hershey’s Presents Bonfires and
Amplifiers Tour, which kicked-off Apr. 26 and extends to
Dec. 1, has announced the next leg to run through January and February
of 2008 with Special guests Rodney Atkins and Chuck Wicks.
With the Hershey’s sponsorship he has been able to keep ticket prices
affordable for families and give them more show for their money. “The
sponsorship has allowed us to invest more into the technology of our
show. It’s really fun and impressive to see what we have going on
behind us, from an almost holographic Alison Krauss appearing, virtual
fire, 56 amplifiers that turn into TVs and lots of high res visual
effects,” says Paisley.
The Grascals won their second consecutive Entertainer of
the Year title at the International Bluegrass Music Awards
(IBMA) Oct. 4 in Nashville.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
accepted Vocal Group honors. Bradley Walker won
Male Vocalist and Dale Ann Bradley took Female
Vocalist honors. A complete list of recipients is available at
Marty Stuart received the Joe Talbot Award from the CMA
on Oct. 3 to honor his work collecting and preserving country music
memorabilia. Stuart accepted the honor at the Tennessee State Museum
in Nashville, where a portion of his private collection is on display
through Nov. 11. "You all know how much I love country music,"
Stuart said. "I stepped off the bus (in Nashville) when I was
13 years old for a weekend and never went home. I dedicated my
life to it. I love this music. We are a family." Talbot, a lifetime
member of the CMA board of directors, died in 2000.
Amy Grant graces the cover of Nashville Lifestyles
magazine’s "25 Most Beautiful People" issue on stands now.
Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Lisa Hartman Black and Andy
Griggs are also featured among the "most beautiful."
NEWS BRIEFS: Phil Vassar's new album, Prayer of
a Common Man is scheduled for release in March 2008 on Universal
South. ••• Billboard
released their "Second Annual Women in Music List" this week
(Oct. 5) honoring top female executives in the music industry. For the
second consecutive year, Tammy Genovese, CEO of the Country
Music Association, was named on the list. Reba McEntire will
receive Billboard’s first Woman of the Year award.
customers nationwide can receive a free download Song of the Day
card for Keith Urban's "I Told You So" for its new iTunes
WiFi Music Store through Nov. 7. Titles available for download are
selected by Starbucks Entertainment from a lineup of 37 artists,
including Paul McCartney, John Legend, Rissi Palmer, Bob Dylan, Joss
Stone and Annie Lennox. The Seattle-based company will
distribute 50 million free download cards (about 1.5 million each day)
at more than 10,000 U.S. stores.
Five-time Grammy winner Brent Maher and Moraine
Music writers Billy Montana, Mark Selby, Jenai and Johnny
Reid will perform at Nashville’s Bluebird Café Oct. 11. The
benefit performance will benefit the music therapy program at
Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Part of a three-day series at the
Bluebird, 100% of proceeds go directly to the music therapy program
which supports children by helping them with self-expression,
verbalization of feelings through song lyrics, aiding in relaxation and
pain management, and supporting rehabilitation efforts to help them
reach their fine motor, gross motor and speech goals.
Rodney Atkins has enjoyed three back-to-back number one singles
from his platinum selling album, If You’re Going Through Hell
-- the title track, “Watching You” and “These are My
People.” The Academy of Country Music awarded him their
New Male Vocalist of the Year Award and he is nominated for the
CMA Horizon Award. The singer/songwriter was also recently
named the National Celebrity Spokesperson of the Year by
National Council For Adoption (NCFA), a leading adoption
has announced the lineup of featured artists from a variety of styles
and genres to celebrate the music of Doc and Merle Watson
the 21st year. Doc Watson will again host the four-day festival
to be held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in
Wilkesboro, NC on Apr. 24-27. Doc and Merle’s son Richard Watson
will be joined by The Avett Brothers, Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow
Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, Casey Driessen & Ben Sollee; Sam
Bush, Jerry Douglas, Levon Helm & The Midnight Ramble on the Road
with Special Guests; Tim O’Brien; The Waifs; The Waybacks; Old Crow
Medicine Show; Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby; Ralph Stanley; Marty
Stuart, Dan Tyminski Band, Rhonda Vincent and more. Tickets
will go on sale Nov. 13.
Plans are underway for the Roots Music
Association’s inaugural Convention, Radio Seminar and Music
Festival, scheduled June 26-29, 2008 in San Antonio, TX. RMA Organizers
are working with the Shrine organization, supporting children and
their families. There are approximately 410,000 Shriners now across the
United States, Mexico and Canada including 2 Shriners Hosptials for
Children, 18 orthopaedic hospitals, 3 burn hospitals and one that
provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal injury care. Collectively, the
hospitals have treated more than 600,000 children - at no cost to
parent/child - since the first facility opened in 1922.
EVENTS Calendar -2007-2008:
• Oct. 14-16 - IEBA LIVE! Nashville, TN
• Nov. 4 - Inspirational Coutry Music Awards Show,
• Nov. 7 - 41st Annual CMA Awards Show, Nashville, TN
• Dec. 17 - Tour Bus Tour, Hendersonville, TN
• Dec. 19 - Christmas For Kids, Ryman Auditorium,
• Jan. 23-27 - Country In The Rockies, Steamboat Springs,
• Jan. 5-7 - Country Radio Seminar, Nashville, TN
• Mar. 5-7 - Country Radio Seminar
(CRS-38), Nashville, TN
• Mar. 7-16 - SXSW 2008, Austin, TX
• Mar. 13-16- 18th Annual Festival Of The West, Phoenix,
• Apr 24-27- MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC
• Jun, 5-8 - CMA Music Festival, Nashville, TN
• Jul 25-27 - Country Rendez Rous Festival, Craponne,
• Sept 12-14 - Country
Night Gstaad, Switzerland
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