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Indie Bible 2007 - Get Your Music Heard!

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June 13, 2007

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Hi All,

I know.. it's been awhile between newsletters.. sorry about that. To make up for it, I've got 2 pages of news for y'all to enjoy!

MKOC Store
Find Books, Music, Movies, Software, Electronics, Hardware, Software, Phones and accessories, Internet Connections, Website Hosts/Servers and more! 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. Pages are constantly updated with new products and sales.

Artist Info
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.
Narvel Felts
Narvel Felts
Until The End of Time
Joe Tinoco
Joe Tinoco
Five Cards on the Mantle
Red Johnson
Red Johnson
Veteran's Day
Tommy Riddle
Tommy Riddle
No Right to Cry
Tony Oliphant
Tony Oliphant
Can't Change Your Mind
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles
You Ain't Been Worth A Dime
Hoyt Hughes
Hoyt Hughes
Tecia McKenna
Tecia McKenna
Goodbye's What You Got
Harold Hill
Harold Hill
San Antonio Sweetheart
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.

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There has been a change to Narvel's show dates. His appearance at the Music Ranch in KY was rescheduled earlier and I had the wrong date on it. It was marked as July 13th and the show is on Saturday, July 14th. Check the schedule so you won't miss the next show nearest you!

Also, latest news from Narvel covering his tour in May as well as his SURGERY!
An update to Narvel's news: Narvel called today and I learned he had to have another procedure to remove gall stones that had escaped to another part of his body. It was performed a week ago and he is on the mend!

If you'd like to send Narvel a GET WELL card or letter you can send it to him at:

Narvel Felts Enterprises
Malden, MO 63863




More Country  News

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ENCINO, CA (June 11, 2007) – The Academy of Country Music has announced that country music superstars and industry leaders Harlan Howard, Waylon Jennings, Jack Lameier, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton and Don Williams will be honored at a special ceremony hosted by Marty Stuart on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

Harlan Howard, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Don Williams will be honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, presented to an outstanding “pioneer” of country music.

Harlan Howard is one of the most influential composers in country music. With more than 4,000 songs to his credit, Howard worked with some of the industry’s biggest names including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Jr., Reba McEntire and more. Howard will be honored posthumously.

Waylon Jennings is known as a renaissance man in country music. Jennings crafted a new sound that combined his forceful electric guitar, rough-edged lyrics and diverse range. From Buddy Holly to Willie Nelson, Jennings has worked with the best in the business. He is also known worldwide for writing and performing the theme song from The Dukes of Hazzard. Jennings will be honored posthumously.

Dolly Parton is by far one of the most popular country icons of all time. From “I Will Always Love You” to her Oscar nominated song “Travelin’ Thru,” Parton has many hits spanning her long career. She is also known for breaking down barriers for women in country music. Parton is known as a philanthropist as well, providing books to schools across the country and scholarships to children from her home state of Tennessee.

Don Williams is a legendary singer and song writer in the country world. After seven years with the folk group Pozo Seco Singers, Williams started a solo career that lead to 17 number one hits. Williams also developed a style that had gently paced love songs with simple arrangements, vocals and sentiments. This style was Williams’ signature when collaborating with other artists. After much success in the United States, Williams frequently tours the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Past honorees of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award have included Alabama, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Tex Ritter, Hank Williams Sr., and Bob Wills, among others.

Buck Owens will be honored with the Jim Reeves International Award, presented to an individual, not necessarily an artist, for outstanding contribution to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Owens is one of the most admired country idols of all time. In his astonishing career, he had 26 consecutive hits and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Owens’ influence on country music can be heard today by Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley and countless others who carry his legacy and introduce a new generation to his style. Owens will be honored posthumously. Past honorees of the the Jim Reeves International Award have included Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Charlie Nagatani, and Louise Scruggs, among others.

Jack Lameier will be honored with the Mae Boren Axton Award, given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music. Lameier served on the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors for 28 years and was President for two of those years. His career in music includes more than 40 years at Sony, and he is a veteran in radio promoting and DJing. In 2006, he received the President’s Award from the Country Radio Broadcasters. Past honorees of the Mae Boren Axton Award have included Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed, Ray Pilzak and Marge Meoli.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, an artist and industry-driven organization, exists to produce a world-class network television awards show, and its associated events, to provide the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of its Charitable Fund. Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund promotes and supports music education and humanitarian programs that transform the human spirit. Through its charitable donations, the ACMCF works towards two main goals: encouraging Learning Through Music and Healing Through Music. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,500 professional members and more than 40,000 associate members, was established in 1964 and is headquartered in Encino, Calif.

The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is produced for television by dick clark productions. The show is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and R.A. Clark, produced by Barry Adelman and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. The executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo, and the executive in charge is Francis LaMaina.

For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, please visit www.acmcountry.com. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit www.acmcf.org.

Kirt Webster
Webster & Associates Public Relations
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All ACM Press related items beyond this event, please contact Brooke Primero at BNC.


Exclusive CD features new songs and previously unreleased recordings of Haggard classics

MerleHaggardLookingDown.jpg (2923 bytes)(May 29, 2007) – After 40 years of touring and traveling America’s highways, Merle Haggard believed his music would be a natural fit with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel”). So when Cracker Barrel came calling for an exclusive CD, Haggard sifted through more than 600 songs in his archives and selected twelve previously unreleased recordings that seemed just right. With the Cracker Barrel release of Working Man’s Journey, Merle Haggard has blended new songs with new recordings of some of his classics. The result is an impressive recording that strengthens a growing collection of exclusive music that can be found only at Cracker Barrel.

“I had the working man in mind when I went through the archives,” said Merle Haggard. “All of these songs seem to work together. We’re talking about a guy who spent his lifetime writing songs for the common man. These are all working man songs.”

On sale now at 559 Cracker Barrel locations and online at crackerbarrel.com, Working MerleHaggard-WorkingMansJourney.jpg (8863 bytes)Man’s Journey captures Haggard’s songwriting talents that have earned 38 number one hits and more than 30 top honors from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Grammy Awards. In addition to previously unreleased versions of six classic songs, Working Man’s Journey features six new songs that contribute to Haggard’s legendary status as the “voice of the common man.” Haggard fans will quickly identify with “C’mon Sixty-Five,” a tribute to the working man who dreams of retirement.

“Merle Haggard’s songwriting speaks volumes about the spirit of America’s heartland,” said Simon Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. “Working Man’s Journey showcases an artist whose talent and blue-collar style define country music. The new music on this CD shows how Merle’s songwriting continues to connect with working men and women.”

Haggard also appreciates the CD’s nostalgic touch. Haggard first recorded “Shade Tree Fix-It Man” for an album in 1965. A previously unreleased version, recorded some 30 years later, is featured on Working Man’s Journey. Haggard says the song reminds him of fishing trips with his favorite uncle, a man who often fixed his own truck.

“I think back to when I was nine years old. We would throw a two-man boat in the back of that silver truck,” says Haggard. “Every time I see an old 1931 Model A pickup, it takes me back. These songs are all gathered from my garden of creativity. They take me back to a thought I had at one time and I was able to make use of it. It’s nostalgic to me for different reasons than what it might be for the fans.”

With a retail price of $11.99, Working Man’s Journey also features previously unreleased versions of classic Haggard songs including “If We Make It Through December,” “Are The Good Times Really Over,” “Working Man Blues,” “Kern River” and “Rainbow Stew.”

With the release of Working Man’s Journey, Cracker Barrel continues to build its impressive collection of exclusive CDs. The most recent release, Songs Of The Year, features new recordings by today’s top country performers including Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley & George Jones. Cracker Barrel has also released exclusive CDs by Alison Krauss & Union Station, Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant and Sara Evans. Following the Merle Haggard CD, Cracker Barrel will release an exclusive Josh Turner CD. Josh Turner: Live At The Ryman will be available beginning Tuesday, July 3.

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 Slinky®.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. operates 559 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



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Webster & Associates Public Relations
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Montgomery-Gentry.jpg (8288 bytes)(NASHVILLE, TN) – Unique Lives & Experiences hosted ‘An Evening With Dr. Angelou’ on Monday, May 21st in Nashville, Tennessee at TPAC’s Jackson Hall featuring her friends-- the Fisk Jubilee Singers and country music duo Montgomery Gentry.

The evening opened with a special performance from the Jubilee Singers, followed by a collaborated effort with the performance of “Some People Change,” where duo Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were joined by the Singers for a memorable and moving performance.

Dr. Angelou originally heard “Some People Change” and its powerful message in 2006 when she caught a glimpse of their video for the single. The imagery in the video features a man standing up to racial prejudices. After featuring Montgomery Gentry on her “Oprah and Friends” XM Satellite Radio program earlier this year, the opportunity for the duo to perform the song presented itself.

Prior to taking the stage for the performance the duo joined Dr. Angelou backstage. “Dr. Maya Angelou is an inspiration I am honored to have shared a moment in time with,” says Gentry. “Her presentation is a life experience that no one should live without!”

“When I listen to Montgomery Gentry they are young men I can claim as my sons--they don’t know that, but it’s alright,” said Dr. Angelou.

The evening concluded with a second standing ovation for the Renaissance woman, a true testament that she truly is one of the great voices of contemporary literature.

"What an incredible night," Eddie commented after the show. "You can just feel the energy around Dr. Angelou, and there is no doubt in my mind, before I meet the man upstairs, Dr. Angelou will be the first one to greet me with open arms. I will never forget that moment!"

“Some People Change” is the title track from Montgomery Gentry’s latest album featuring the current Top 10 single, “Lucky Man.”

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Gary Allan


Gary Allan's Official Fan Club party, held June 6th,2007; was a great kick off to CMA Music Fest Week! Gary gave his fans an intimate performance and a behind the scenes glimpse of the stories and songwriters behind some of his biggest and best loved songs. Gary invited songwrites Harley Allen, Jim Lauderdale, and Odie Blackman to perform and share a few stories about how they write the songs we love to hear. Gary fans came from as far away as England to be a part of this special event! Keep checking the site and fan club for more pitures soon!

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New Berlin IL @ Sangamon County Fairgrounds
Washington, PA @ Home of The Wild Things
Grand Junction CO @ Country Jam USA
Green River WY @ Flaming Gorge Days
Don't miss Gary on the road! Click here to for the most current tour information.

Buy Gary Allan CDs Here

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Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols celebrated this year's fan club party with a huge crowd at The Palace in Nashville Tn. Fans were treated to great food, questions and answers, and performance. Fans also gave Joe a special gift, Joe Nichols Fan Club and The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF)announced the establishment of the Mike Nichols Fund of Hope in an effort to raise awareness and research funding for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), the deadly lung disease that claimed the life of Mike Nichols, father of Country music star Joe Nichols. Check out photos from this very special day! more


Joe Nichols recently released his latest album, "Another Side of You" and now you can see another side of Joe with the specially decorated and autographed lunchbox, titled, "Tequila." Bid now and help Second Harvest!

Make sure you call and email your request for "Another Side Of You" at your local country radio station! We want to get this single straight to the top!FANS HONOR JOE AND HIS FATHER AT THE 2007 FAN CLUB PARTY
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First a little historical background:

Before there were nerds, geeks, and dweebs, there were squares. The only difference was the squares had short haircuts, which is now hip.

The hippies had long hair and were hip, hence the name.

Cowboys without horses were a source of humor: All hat and no cattle, etc.. (I once rode with a cowboy who had hemorrhoids. Hank had to stop every couple of miles and fluff up his horse.)

Kids never played Cowboys and Native Americans. We thought they were Indians and liked their names, like: Sitting Duck, Standing Water, and Trailing Throttle, and Laughing Squirrel. My wife is part Indian and says "Indian".

Indians have no part in this story. I'm sorry I brought it up. In fact this is just a hypothetical experiment I made up to test Einstein's Theory of Relativity.


Bus A and Bus B are parked side by side. Bus A begins to move. According to Einstein, it's impossible for the passengers on either bus to tell which one is moving, until they spot a stationary object like a lamppost or a wino. I've found that this principle applies in daily life.

A hippie walks up to a bus stop, sits down on the empty bench, and begins smoking his transfer.

A guy in a cowboy suit approaches from the other direction. He moseys up, thumbs in belt, and sits on the far end of the bench.
They regard each other darkly.

Here's where Einstein's theory comes in: It is impossible at this point for either party to know which one is nuts. They need a stationary point of perspective.

From out of nowhere appears a guy wearing a crewcut, horn rim glasses, and a leisure suit with a bow tie. He sits in the middle,
and shines his oxfords on the back of his pants. This is the inert object needed for our experiment. A square.

Each one is absolutely sure the other two are nuts.

The square takes out his nail clippers and snips the hippie's bead string. While the cowboy is laughing heartily at this, the square turns, and with both hands on the brim of the cowboy's ten gallon hat, forces it down to his shoulders.

With a muffled oath, the cowboy grabs and holds the square, while the hippie beats him on the head with his Peace sign.

As the hippie swings his sign, he slips on the broken beads and grasps the other two for balance. The three begin turning as one, on a sea of ball bearings. Our subjects roll helplessly into the roadway and are promptly run over by Bus A.

This, students, proves that Bus B is the one that was not moving, thereby restoring your faith in science.
Jack Blanchard
© 2007.

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Buck McCoy

BuckMcCoy-TopDog.jpg (4477 bytes)Los Angeles, CA, USA - On May 30, ABC will debut a new show called "The Next Best Thing". It will be a two hour premiere, in the time slot where the show "Lost" was. A huge audience is expected to tune in. This show is about celebrity look-a-likes and impersonators. They are critiqued by a panel of judges. New Music Weekly's radio host Buck McCoy will be appearing on the show. McCoy's new single "A Few Steps Away" has also been gathering momentum at radio over the past week as the #1 most add single in Country radio. 

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Ken OverCast

Hi ,

I hope all is well in your camp. It's going great here.

We've got our monthly drawing results, a little news from around here and a fun story from the Real West
all ready for you.

Here's the link..... http://www.realsingingcowboy.com/newsletter6807.html

Keep Smilin'....
but don't forget to check yer cinch.


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The RMA is working with SaveNetRadio coalition to help keep internet radio stations from being shut down by having to pay large royalties as proposed by the "Copyright Royalty Board".

This is a very important issue for artist/bands and internet broadcasters around the globe.


If you would like to help with this cause, simply reply to this email and enter your name and address. We will then add your name to a growing list of musicians that want to keep internet radio streaming on the internet as an outlet for their music.
We will then present a list of all to the "Copyright Royalty Board".

Please respond promptly as the final date for petitions is this coming Tuesday, May 29.

Thank You,
Robert Bartosh
Director RMA

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Elizabeth Cook


"Elizabeth Cook's new album, Balls, proves that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive in country music. Why, hail no! And, her lyrical wit is so devoid of cliché that you can't escape being seduced by it. I remain haunted by the purity of her voice, all the while becoming "curious-er and curious-er" about who this girl "sanger" is." -Dwight Yoakam

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Don't miss exclusive Elizabeth performances and interviews at the AT&T blue room. Just head on over to: attblueroom.com. You'll find acoustic performaces of "Sometimes It Takes Balls...," "Rest Your Weary Mind," "Mama's Prayer," and "He Got No Heart." Happy Viewing!


"For this moonshiner's daughter, having balls doesn't equal singing on steroids like Trace Adkins or LeAnn Rimes. Instead, Cook rides her Deep South twang so hard you'd never figure she knew what "vernacular" meant. Only she does, been to college, too, and she's not ashamed of it. Rodney Crowell produced her fourth album, and though she didn't write the best thing here, the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning," it's got competition. Title track is recommended to Gretchen Wilson, and the lead "Times Are Tough in Rock 'n Roll" is forgiven for disparaging this magazine because catchy cris de coeur needn't be PC by us. From "Down Girl" to "Gonna Be," Cook clearly knows a woman's downs and ups. And you won't catch her putting her man on a pedestal anymore, either." -- ROBERT CHRISTGAU

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