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MontgomeryGentry.jpg (4425 bytes)Duo celebrates success of SOME PEOPLE CHANGE with national appearances on The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet, Hannity & Colmes, and taping of Bloomberg TV's Night Talk

NASHVILLE, TN - Country duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY gears up for national television, Farm Aid 2007, and CMA nominations!!! Surrounding the success of their current album Some People Change, and their two-week #1 hit Lucky Man, Montgomery Gentry will be performing on The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet, which is nationally syndicated, on Thursday, August 16th.

The Morning Show w/ Mike & Juliet features a unique mix of celebrity interviews, audience participation, and engaging segments about topics relating to viewers' lives.

Montgomery Gentry will also make an appearance on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes that evening to continue the promotion of the Hannity Freedom Concerts, which will end on September 11th in New Jersey.

Watch for the dynamic duo to perform at Farm Aid 2007 on September 10th in New York.

For additional appearances and exclusive interviews, please visit www.montgomerygentry.com 


(Nashville, TN)- Country music duo MONTGOMERY GENTRY will join the legendary Willie Nelson in Farm Aid 2007 which will be held for the first time in New York on September 9th at Randall's Island. Montgomery Gentry is the only other country act announced thus far on this star-studded lineup for the day-long festival. The show will promote food from family farmers and raise funds for Farm Aid's work throughout the year to strengthen family farm agriculture.

"Thanks to a warm welcome from Mayor Bloomberg and New Yorkers, Farm Aid is bringing their annual concert to New York for the first time in 22 years," said Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid's executive director. "With inspiring music from generous artists and a menu of family farm food, Randall's Island will be transformed into a music festival to be remembered."

"Farming was the way my family was raised. We were farming in the morning and playing music at night," said Eddie Montgomery. "I'm playing for my granddaddies and grandmamas who gave their blood, sweat and tears farming to put clothes on my back. People don't realize what lots of farmers have to go through to get food to the stores. I can't wait to do it."

"Sharing the stage with these legendary performers to help family farmers is an incredible honor," said Troy Gentry. "We have always respected what Farm Aid accomplishes, but have never had to the chance to attend one. We believe family farmers help form the backbone of our nation."

Among the artists who will perform at Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival are Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Tim Reynolds, who will join Dave Matthews, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers and The Ditty Bops.

Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host the annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised over $30 million to support programs that help thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the current system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival are available at all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com


(Nashville, TN) - CHARLIE DANIELS has recruited hit-makers MONTGOMERY GENTRY and Nashville Star winner CHRIS YOUNG to round-out the talent line-up for the 11th Annual Christmas For Kids Benefit Concert taking place on Monday, November 19th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets to the event are available by visiting www.christmas4kids.org.

As previously announced RODNEY ATKINS and TAYLOR SWIFT will lend their talents to perform for the worthy cause.

"Anytime we get a chance to perform with Charlie Daniels, it is an honor," says Troy Gentry. "He is one of our favorites in this business, and to know we are helping Charlie raise money for kids to have a Christmas is even better."

The Christmas For Kids Organization has been in existence for over twenty years providing special children the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season. Each year, the organization brings the spirit of Christmas to hundreds of children throughout Middle Tennessee allowing them to participate in festive activities organized specifically for them. Events such as the Tour Bus Tour, which will happen on December 17, 2007, raise money and allow folks to visit the home-away-from-homes of more than fifty stars and celebrities at the Hendersonville Wal*Mart from 5:00 – 9:00PM.

The money raised at both events, the concert and Tour Bus Tour, is used to escort children from 25 different schools for a day-long excursion. The day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard a country music star's luxury tour bus to a local Wal*Mart where they are accompanied by a volunteer to participate in their own Christmas shopping spree. On the return trip home, the children will participate in a Christmas carol sing-along.

All proceeds from the Tour Bus Show and the Charlie Daniels & Friends Benefit Concert (sponsored in part by 95.5 The Wolf)—November 19th--will be donated toward the children's Christmas Shopping.

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Charlie Daniels and Friends Charity Concert
For the benefit of Christmas for Kids
Monday, November 19 / 7:00PM / Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN

Tickets information is available by visiting www.christmas4kids.org

Golden circle VIP tickets available by calling (615) 453-2434 or by e-mailing Debbie@christmas4kids.org


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CraigStewart.jpg (7842 bytes)After the success of his debut album 'The Spirit of Australia' (including the release of the title track on ABC Music's debut 'Heartland' CD), Craig is all set to release his second album 'Bellbirds & Blackboys' at both next week's Gympie Muster & next month's Mildura festival.

Carrying on Craig's commitment to tell Australian stories in song, 'Bellbirds & Blackboys' focuses on a trip out to the New England region of New South Wales, where much of his family reside. Featuring 10 original tracks and Craig's first cover - a rocked up version of Raining on the Rock - the album covers a wide range of topics, from stories of the first settlers & bushrangers ('Streets & Headstones' and 'Ten Years In Cockatoo') through to up-tempo tracks about rural life in general ('The Great Divide', 'Bellbirds & Blackboys'), comedy ('We're Real Aussies') and of course a few ballads penned in the poetic style for which Craig has become so well known ('This Bar', 'It's Time To Go', 'This Old Town And Me').

A song Craig feels will hold great appeal to many within the country community is 'There's Only The Two Of Us Here Tonight' - a tribute song to Slim which has been done a bit different. Inspired by his grandfather's love of playing the harmonica to Slim's music late at night, Craig decided to tell the story of an old cocky whose 'old bush mates have gone' through the use of Slim's song titles. Over 30 of Slim's song titles have been interwoven to tell the cocky's story from Slim's perspective, and we have decided to put a full version up on Craig's Myspace site for you all to enjoy.

Craig wanted someone a bit special to sing harmonies for the album, and who better to turn to than his good friend from Bella, Kate Ballantyne. Kate generously contributed her talent for which we are truly thankful. On top of that, the album features a full range of instrumentation, with Craig's regular band lineup (bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, harmonica) being assisted by keyboard, piano, pedal steel, banjo, dobro and even a bit of didgeridoo to create something we feel is quite unique - (and would make an EXCELLENT Fathers Day gift - hint hint!)

Details of Craig's Gympie and Mildura shows are available at www.muster.com.au and www.milduracountrymusic.com.au respectively. In addition, Craig will be making a special appearance at the Kempsey Country Music Festival from 1 to 2pm on Saturday September 8th (Kempsey racecourse).

Thank you for your time, and thank you as always to all the wonderful people we have met through the country music community over the past few years - please come up and say g'day if you are at Gympie, Mildura, Kempsey or any of Craig's other shows and roll on Tamworth 2008!

Yours in Australian Country, Ruth & Craig Stewart

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Brad Paisley took an unannounced detour from his Hershey’s Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour last night, bringing his band and tour mates Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift to Fort Campbell, KY -- home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) -- to entertain an estimated crowd of 35-thousand soldiers and family members stationed at the base. Paisley staged the concert as a show of appreciation for the on-going efforts of these (and other) military personne, and for the sacrifices made by their families and loved ones. “This is the most important concert I will play all year,” said Paisley during his set. “We wanted to bring a little party to you before your next deployment.” In appreciation for his efforts, Paisley was presented with a special plaque which bears an inscription noting that it is from the soldiers and families of Fort Campbell, and features a panoramic photo of the commanding general and all onsite soldiers—the Division Review, which occurs every two years—taken in May on the very site of Monday’s concert. The plaque is signed by the Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser, and includes a couple of his coins—rare, specially minted pieces that the officer can give to someone as a show of appreciation for “acts of exceptional service, achievement or special recognition of a job well done, or for unique contributions towards the accomplishment of the Army’s mission.” Their significance in military culture is substantial—and are usually reserved for presentation to Army or Defense Department personnel as a personal acknowledgment by the general.

Vince Gill
, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. Honorees will be officially inducted in October during a filmed invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Some footage will be broadcast during the 41st Annual CMA Awards show on Nov. 7th.

Dolly Parton
will debut her new label, Dolly Records, with the release of a new country album in February, according to Billboard.biz/. "It's really the first mainstream country record Dolly has done in 17 years," says Parton's manager, Danny Nozell, who also serves as the GM of Dolly Records. Parton will be the sole focus of the label, no other artists will be signed to the roster. After testing the major label waters for possible distribution deals, Nozell says he decided on the indie path. "(I) didn't see anything I was interested in," he says. "We have the finances the major labels have, and I put together a marketing plan that was way more extensive than any major has brought to me," Nozell says. Distribution is still being finalized; an iTunes deal is in progress for digital and physical is still in the works. The new single, "Better Get to Livin'", is scheduled to impact radio on Sept. 24. A performance soon after is locked down on a "national TV show in front of 20 million viewers," according to Nozell. A world tour to support the new album will begin in the first quarter of next year. Dolly is now booked worldwide by Neil Warnock, CEO of the Agency Group.

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. has announced that Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, have joined the all-star line up for The Dream Concert to benefit the building of the Memorial on the National Mall. Previously announced performers include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Robin Thicke, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans and Jessye Norman. The Concert will be held at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 18, Go to www.thedreamconcert.com for more information.

The Capitol Pub Crawl: Dungan Takes Demonbreun, a free music event open to the public and scheduled to take place along the clubs on Demonbreun Street near Music Row, will be held Aug. 23.  Live performances from Capitol Records Nashville rising artists Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Eric Church will take place in popular hotspots The Tin Roof and Dan McGuinness, while Dierks Bentley will literally take to the streets for his show, performing on a stage set up at one end of the closed-off Nashville street. The event, playfully named for the label’s charismatic CEO/President, Mike Dungan, is being held in cooperation with the city of Nashville.  “While the music industry continues to change on an almost daily basis, what doesn’t change at Capitol Records Nashville is the quality of our music and our artists,” said Dungan. “What better way to showcase the terrific music we’re creating - from brand new acts to established superstars - than a free street party? On Aug. 23, we’re putting the “music” in Music City, baby!”

Billy Ray Cyrus' debut album for Walt Disney Records, HOME AT LAST, cracked the Top 3 on Billboard's Top Country Album chart and Top 20 on the Top 200 Album chart. This achievement marks the singer/songwriter's highest chart debut since his 1993 CD release IT WON'T BE THE LAST. Additionally, both father and daughter Miley Cyrus have albums in the Top 20 in the same week. Miley's double-disc set HANNAH MONTANA 2/MEET MILEY CYRUS is #5 on the Top 200 and recently certified platinum.

Red Steagall will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, TX on August 18. The celebration host Ralph Emery will welcome Red and fellow inductees Johnnny Rodriguez and Bob Luman. Red stated, "I am so humbled and honored to be recognized. There are so many talented artists and musicians in Texas.  I am so proud and grateful to be associated with them.  I look forward to many more years of making music and memories."  Steagall's newest album HERE WE GO AGAIN will hit stores on Sept. 15.  On the album, Red is joined by some of Country music's hottest stars on newly recorded duet versions of his classic hits.  Guests include: Toby Keith ("Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music"); Reba McEntire ("Here We Go Again"); Charley Pride ("Party Dolls and Wine"); Ray Benson ("Bob's Got a Swing Band in Heaven"); Neal McCoy ("Early Mornin' Kind of Love"); Larry Gatlin ("No Way, No How"); and Charlie Daniels ("Truck Drivin' Man"). The album also includes Steagall standards like "Freckles Brown" and "Somewhere My Love." 

Toby Keith was featured Aug. 5 on Private Sessions, the new A&E Network performance and interview series hosted by Lynn Hoffman.  Filmed in a small studio in New York City, the series showcases exclusive performances and conversations with top names in entertainment with a focus on contemporary music ranging from rock 'n' roll to pop to country. The show, which premiered July 22, explores the body of work of a single artist or group and features current releases as well as career-building, influential or defining projects.

XM Satellite Radio has launched XMX-Channel 2, dedicated to repeat broadcasts of XM's own original programming, thereby allowing listeners to catch up on episodes previously aired on the show's home channel. XMX's August / September line-up includes Bill Anderson Visits With The Legends, scheduled to run exclusively every Tuesday, beginning Aug. 7 with his guests Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner and Willie Nelson. Remaining Tuesdays in August will present the country music Hall of Famer visiting with Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers and Charley Pride, and special tributes to Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Patsy Cline. At the same time,  brand-new episodes of Bill Anderson Visits With The Legends will continue airing Tues-Thurs - Fri-Sat-Sun in its regular timeslots on the show's home channel XM-10, America.

NEWS BRIEFS: Hank Williams Jr. will be honored in the new CMT Giants special, premiering in November. Reba McEntire received the honor last year    +++ Clint Black will kick off his Up Close & Personal Tour with two nights at the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, CA, beginning Aug. 23 and running through November. Opening act on select dates will be Laura Bryna, a new artist on Black's Equity Music Group label.  +++ Cledus T. Judd signed an exclusive booking agreement with the Bobby Roberts Company. +++ Kimberly Roads of Little Big Town and husband Stephen Schlapman are the proud parents of Daisy Pearl, born July 27 in Phoenix, AZ.  +++ All for the Hall New York will be held on Oct. 10 at the Nokia Theater Times Square. Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood are among artists announced to perform at the guitar pull style event, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and is chaired by Nancy Jarecki and Timothy Leiweke, with Rod Essig and Ken Levitan acting as Entertainment Producers.

Villard Books
, an imprint of Ballantine Books at Random House Publishing Group, has acquired the first book by #1 selling country music superstar Trace Adkins, to be published Oct. 23.  A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions of a Freethinking Roughneck will offer entertaining and thought-provoking personal views on everything from the environment to immigration to the war on terror from one of music's most thoughtful and articulate thinkers. Adkins said, "This book has been knocking around in my head for a while now. It's not exactly a memoir, but more of a look at the state of the country as I've seen it through the lens of my admittedly colorful life."

Vince Gill will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Vinny Pro-Celebrity Invitational (a private, invitation-only golf event) on Aug. 12-13 in Brentwood, Tenn. Gill will be joined by British Open senior champion Tom Watson, who will give a clinic. In addition, the family of the late golf pro Payne Stewart will present a bronze trophy for an award named in his honor. Other celebrity participants include Amy Grant, John Michael Montgomery, Charley Pride, Mac Davis, Gary Mule Deer and members of the Gatlin Brothers and Diamond Rio. Celebrity athletes include 1975 U.S. Open winner Lou Graham, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, Baseball Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew, former Oakland Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica, LPGA Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez and former NBA player Will Perdue. Proceeds from The Vinny support a variety of junior golf programs throughout the state of Tennessee, including 6 First Tees, Special Olympics Golf, Blind Golf, and numerous programs that request Grants from the Tennessee Golf Foundation, administrators of The Vinny funds.  To date the event has raised in excess of 3.8 million dollars.

Sammy Sadler makes his return to the country airwaves with his new hooky, honky-tonkin' dance tune, "Heart Shaped Like Texas," on the Texas-based "S" Records label. Sidelined for the last year with a painful back condition, Sadler is on the road to recovery, has signed new management - Joe Bob Barnhill and Doug Deforest - and will release a new album early next year.

1720 Entertainment has partnered with KOCH Entertainment Distribution on an exclusive physical and digital distribution deal. Under this agreement, KOCH will be the exclusive distributor for the innovative and eclectic company in the US. With headquarters in Atlanta, 1720 recently launched their country division and opened an office in Nashville. Among future album releases to be distributed by KOCH will be the debut album from rising country artist, Rissi Palmer whose self-titled CD is scheduled for release on Oct. 23rd.  

EVENTS Calendar -2007-2008:

• Aug. 9-11 - International Rock-A-Billy Festival, Jackson, TN
• Aug. 12-13 - Vinny Pro-Celebrity Invitational (private), Brentwood, TN
• Aug. 23 - Capitol Pub Crawl, Nashville, TN
• Sept. 9 - Farm Aid Concert, Randall's Island, New York City
• Sept. 18 - Dream Concert, Radio City Music Hall, New York City
• Sept. 21-22 - 19th Annual Gstaad Festival, Switzerland
• Oct. 1-7 - IBMA World of Bluegrass, Nashville, TN
• Oct. 6-7 - Dottie West Music Fest, McMinnville, TN
• Nov. 7 - 41st Annual CMA Awards Show, Nashville, TN
• Mar. 7-16 - SXSW 2008, Austin, TX
• Mar. 13-16- 18th Annual Festival Of The West, Phoenix, AZ


Randy McAllister

RandyMcAllister.jpg (3794 bytes)"Dope Slap Soup" Available Online

It's the 8th album released by Randy McAllister. "Dope Slap Soup" broadens the recorded library to include "Clear My Head", and the soulful "When I get Back Home" among others. The CD is currently available on Randy's web site http://www.RandyMcallister.com where you can sample some of the tracks. CD's are available on Randy's web site, Amazon.com and Ebay.com.

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"Dope Slap Soup" CD Comments - Brett Fleming, WEVL, Memphis

"When I first saw the title of Randy McAllister's latest effort, "Dope Slap Soup", I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But upon listening through the entire CD a second time, I realized I had been handed a big, thick slice of great Texas blues and roots music. McAllister has surrounded himself with a host of fine musicians on this recording and their playing is uniformly excellent throughout the disc. Even though McAllister is a fine harp player, his playing doesn't dominate this record. Instead he lets his very soulful vocals, top notch song-writing from his own pen and that of fellow Texan Mike Morgan, and the aforementioned fine studio band carry the music along on a rousing trip through Texas. Do yourself a favor and give this disc a thorough listen, and you'll be very pleasantly surprised. I will be spinning this one for a long time to come." - Brett Fleming, WEVL, Memphis Randy at HOB Every Tuesday - In September - Dallas
Make sure you catch Randy at HOB every Tuesday in September at the House of Blues - Dallas in the restaurant area. Randy will have plenty of the new CD's available at the shows. This is a great opportunity for Dallas area fans to take in a series of appearances and hear more of Randy's library live. With over 100 recorded originals and lots of new material that's never been recorded, you never know what the band will play. Make plans to catch all Randy's concerts in September. Reserve the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.

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"Fans - Thanks!"

Once again we can't thank you enough for your support. Fans make everything possible. You keep the music playing. The new CD is doing exceptionally well at all the concerts. Some of the new tracks are opening doors and expanding interest in the Band. Your radio requests, play a huge part in getting Randy heard. Every time a song gets requested a radio programmer discovers him and if we can get him played more fans discover Randy's music. Just taking a few minutes to call a station means the world to the Band. We have a list of stations and call in lines if you are looking for one at http://www.RandyMcAllister.com/radio.html Only you can make Randy's music important to them. We need your support and greatly appreciate every friend you bring to a concerts. See you there.

"Randy A Great Choice for Corporate Events"

The season is coming... If your company is planning an event you can make the band a part of it. We are booking corporate dates for September through January NOW. Randy takes a few dates every month playing for corporate events, parties and conventions. If your company has an event that includes live music, you already know about the kind of performance you can expect from Randy and the band. Give us a call at 214-453-2503 ex 101 Randy's staff is always looking to add dates to his schedule. Randy enjoys the variety.

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Patti Hall's World Tour Stop at Columbia County Fair

Recording Artist Patti Hall to Open for “Trailercana” World Tour Stop atColumbia County Fair

PattiHall.jpg (4987 bytes)Los Angeles, CA, USA - Sing like you mean it. Ride like you dream it. That winning mantra is working well for recording artist Patti Hall (www.pattihall.com). Her passion for horses and music started in childhood. However, it wasn’t until recently she finally grabbed the reins when her inner cowgirl whispered it was time to go ride her dreams. She’s back in the saddle and back behind the microphone, enjoying the ride on both counts.

This spring she released her first national single “Waitin’ on a Train” and the song continues to fly up the New Music Weekly charts. Co-written by country heartthrob Joe Nichols, it’s from her first CD “Never Ask Why.” The single currently sits at #10 on the AC/HotAC Chart and is in the top 20 of the Hot 100 Top 40 & Adult Contemporary Charts. Gaining radio play across the country, a few weeks ago it crossed over and even started climbing the main country charts. That’s rare for an independent artist. Local audiences will have two opportunities to hear this newcomer’s velvety, haunting style live at the Columbia Country Fair.

Hall opens for Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours (www.unhitched.com). The band’s world tour includes a special stop in Dayton. This is due in part to local sponsorship support including Airstream of Spokane, Banner Bank of Dayton, and Les Schwab of Walla Walla. McClain was raised in a trailer park in Kentucky and the band’s latest CD “Trailercana” draws from humorous homegrown characters as well as touching personal adventures. Traveling with the band is Bobby Cochran of Steppenwolf. Other guests appearing on the new CD include Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Smothers and Bonnie Bramlett.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evening, September 7th and 8th at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Dayton. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the performers following each show. Admission to the concert is included with purchase of a $10 fair ticket. For a complete fair schedule go to www.historicdayton.com/commcalendar.htm  

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Fisher-Price Recalls Toys

Week of August 13, 2007
A voluntary recall has been announced of 967,000 Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children's toys manufactured by Fisher-Price Inc. Surface paints on the toys could contain excessive levels of lead. The toys were sold in retail stores nationwide May 2007 - August 2007. Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price. Consumers will need to return the product and will receive a voucher for a replacement toy of the consumer's choice up to the value of the returned product. For additional information contact Fisher-Price at (800) 916-4498 anytime or visit the Mattel website.

Mattel Recalls 19 Million Toys Sent From China
Published: August 15, 2007

Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, yesterday announced the biggest recall in its history.

In a double-barreled announcement, the company said it was recalling 436,000 Chinese-made die-cast toy cars depicting the character Sarge from the animated film “Cars” because they are covered with lead paint.

At the same time, the toy maker said it was recalling 18.2 million other toys because their small, powerful magnets could harm children if swallowed. The magnetized toys were also made in China, but they followed a Mattel design specification.

About half of the toys in each recall were distributed in the United States.

Amid a wave of increasing safety concerns about products made in China, the recall threatened to set the toy industry on its heels — just as companies are beginning to ship toys to stores for the holiday shopping season, when half of all toy purchases are made.

Separately, laboratory tests have found that some Chinese-made vinyl baby bibs sold at Toys “R” Us stores appear to be contaminated with lead.

Industry analysts said Mattel’s woes are part of a much larger problem.

“If I went down the shelves of Wal-Mart and tested everything, I’m going to find serious problems,” said Sean McGowan, managing director and the toy analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities. “The idea that Mattel — with its high standards — has a bigger problem than everybody else is laughable. If we don’t see an increase of recalls in this industry, then it’s a case of denial.”

Even Mattel executives said repeatedly yesterday that the company may have more recalls.

“No system is perfect,” Robert A. Eckert, Mattel’s chairman and chief executive, said in a conference call. “There’s no guarantee that we will not be here again.”

Shares in Mattel dropped 57 cents, to $23, during regular trading, but rose the same amount after hours.

The mounting wave of safety concerns is forcing Mattel and other toy companies to reconsider long-held assumptions about the safety of their products. Mattel executives said yesterday that in the long run they are trying to shift more of their toy production into factories they own and operate — and away from Chinese contractors and sub-contractors.

“We do realize the need for increased vigilance, increased surveillance,” said Jim Walter, senior vice president of worldwide quality assurance at Mattel, in an interview.

Still, the latest recall led to intensified calls from consumer advocates and politicians for stricter safety standards, as well as tougher penalties for companies.

“This summer alone has seen well over 13 million toy recalls, popular toys removed from our homes and our stores because they have been found to be extremely dangerous, in some cases lethal, to our children,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, a member of the Senate commerce committee.

Senator Klobuchar said it was “increasingly clear” that the Consumer Product Safety Commission needed more financing and greater authority. The commerce committee held a hearing last month on the safety of goods made in China.

The lead-paint recall was Mattel’s second in less than a month of lead-tainted toys made in China. Together, the recalls have thrust the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars into the heart of rising concern over products made in low-cost factories in China.

Last month’s recall of toys with lead paint included some based on characters from “Sesame Street” and “Dora the Explorer.”

The magnetic toys involved in the new recall included 63 products that, though produced in China, were recalled because of a design flaw on Mattel’s part, not a problem with its Chinese contractors.

The magnetic toys had been produced since 2002 and sold before January 2007. They include 44 different Polly Pocket toys, 11 Doggie Day Care toys, 4 Batman toys, a One Piece toy, and 2 Barbie toys.

Many toy makers have recalled magnetic toys since early 2006 as the consumer safety commission, concerned that children could ingest the magnets, focused on magnets on toys as a rising safety hazard.

Mattel said it was working with the safety commission and other regulatory agencies worldwide, as well as with retailers to remove the affected products from stores.

Before the recall was announced, Mattel began an advertising campaign yesterday aimed at reassuring consumers of its commitment to product safety.

Mattel said the lead-tainted products, made from May to July, were discovered in routine safety checks. But Mattel has also been running an investigation of all its toy manufacturing since early July. The latest recall involves toys from a different Chinese contractor from the one that produced toys recalled earlier this month, Mattel said.

The recall is the latest in a series of such actions this year involving Chinese-made goods, including contaminated pet food ingredients, children’s jewelry, defective tires and tainted toothpaste. In July, one of Mattel’s European retail partners noticed lead paint on some of its toys, and Mattel began an extensive investigation of the toys in its distribution chain and of the contract manufacturers that make half of its toys. Mattel has not stepped up checks on the nearly 3,000 companies that license its brands to put on products other than toys, Mr. Walter said.

Yesterday’s lead paint recall was caused by a subcontractor, Hong Li Da, hired by Mattel’s contractor in China, Early Light Industrial. Mattel executives said Early Light, which has worked with Mattel for 20 years, was not at fault in the paint substitution. A number of Mattel’s 30 to 50 contractors in China subcontract parts of their production to other companies, Mr. Walter said.

At least two other major toy manufacturers have begun investigations of their toys from China this summer in reaction to the recalls, said Carter Keithley, the president of the Toy Industry Association. Mr. Keithley declined to name those companies.

Hasbro has increased the level of its safety checks this summer in light of the recalls, said Wayne Charness, a senior vice president. Hasbro does not own any factories in China and instead entirely uses contractors for its production there.

There are already many lawsuits against companies involved in the pet food recall as well as the Thomas & Friends toy train recall.

Manufacturing experts say that companies have cut costs so much in China that more toy testing is not affordable for many manufacturers.

“If Mattel, with all of its emphasis on quality and testing, found such a widespread problem, what do you think is happening in the rest of the toy industry, in the apparel industry and even in the low-end electronics industry?” said S. Prakash Sethi, a professor at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, who has acted as an independent monitor of working conditions in Mattel’s factories for the last 10 years. “Everyone is going to be found with lots of dirty laundry.”

But, he said, “there is something to be said about the pressure that American and European and multinational companies put on Chinese companies to supply cheap products. The operating margins are razor thin, so you really should not be surprised that there is pressure to cut corners.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is negotiating with the toy industry to conduct broader testing of toys that are being imported, said Nancy A. Nord, the commission’s acting chairwoman. Ms. Nord also urged consumers not to overreact to the news.

“In today’s environment, it is easy to take recalls out of proportion,” she said. “By no means is it the largest recall this agency has done, and it represents only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions of toys that are sold in the United States every year.”

About 65 percent of Mattel’s toys are made in China, some in five factories the company owns and operates there. Mr. Walter visited China and Hong Kong last week to meet with all of Mattel’s contract manufacturers to reiterate Mattel’s quality rules.

“The message was very clear,” he said. “If you cannot do these things, please let us know. No problem, but you won’t be doing business with us.”

Mattel announced a $30 million charge soon after that recall, and executives yesterday said that amount would cover the cost of this week’s recall.

Lee Der Industrial, a contract manufacturer based in southern China, was responsible for producing the toys that contained excessive levels of lead paint in the first recall. Mattel stopped accepting goods from the contractor, and last week the Chinese government revoked Lee Der’s export license. The owner of Lee Der, Zhang Shuhong, committed suicide by hanging himself in a factory warehouse last Saturday, Chinese officials have confirmed.

Mr. Eckert said in an interview that Mattel had been able to recover the costs of its recall of the products made by Lee Der Industrial. “My understanding is that Lee Der is out of business,” he added.

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TrinityLane.jpg (5271 bytes)Trinity will be included in the upcoming ‘Future Hits’ Compilation CD #31, to be released by New Music Weekly on August 27, 2007, and will also be featured in two issues of New Music Weekly Magazine. New Single Release now available and will be included on The Future Hits Comp. #31:
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Miranda Stars Opry Hour
August 15, 2007

Miranda Stars Opry Intro: 0:40

* Opening Tune:
Vince Gill – Next Big Thing 3:26

* Comedy Skit:

Jerry Clower – Where Will You Be? 2:49
Dean Holmen – I Should Get Thirty Years (EMM/MPI) 3:20
Dee Dee Downs – Amazing Grace (Leakelane/MPI) 3:09
Miranda Leake – Crazy (Com Records) 2:00
Jerry Lane – I Saw The Light (Leakelane/MPI) 2:52

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Dee Dee Promo 0:09
Dergside Promo 0:28
TCBGR Dergside MSOH Promo 0:12

* New Artists Segment:

Tresa Jordan – Ain’t No Grave 3:30
Van Preston – What Goes Around Comes Around 2:25
Young Harmony – Can The World See Jesus In You? 3:42
Megan Laurie – You Can’t Call Me Baby Anymore (Fillee) 4:03
Miranda Promotions Advert 0:30

* Legends Segment:

Ernie Ashworth – God’s Grand Ol’ Opry Show 2:22
Grandpa Jones & Brown’s Ferry – I’ll Meet You In The Morning 2:01
Elvis Presley – Little Sister 2:32
Things Could Be Better (Trinity) Promo 0:41
New Music Weekly Future Hits Advert 0:34

* Closing Segment:

Trinity Lane – Things Could Be Better (KMA/Leakelane/MPI) 3:28
Martha Welch – If Teardrops We’re Diamonds (Leakelane/MPI 3:41
Gennie Basham – Sing My Child (Lo Records) 3:26
Miranda Stars Opry Closing: 0:36

Total Running Time (Without Voices) 54:00

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