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"Home Records" recording artist, Ken Mellons, the "Jukebox Junkie" is back and as great as ever with two new releases to grace the radio airwaves and thrill his fans!

"Mr. DJ" (Written by Ken Mellons &  John Northrup) is Ken's first release since "The Best of Ken Mellons" was released in 2001. "Mr. DJ has had great acclaim and raves from every DJ that's played it and every person that's heard it.

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Ken now has another new release, "Paint Me a Birmingham" and I consider it equal to his major hit, "I Can Bring Her Back", which Ken recorded on his debut album in 1994. That song also had a hit video... a video so chilling and perfect for the song that I can still see it in my mind's eye... so memorable that I, too, can bring it back when I want to. I can already visualize a concept of a video for "Paint Me a Birmingham" as the song itself literally paints a picture of the story. To put the icing on the cake, Vince Gill is singing the background vocals on "Paint Me A Birmingham". The song was released to radio on 8-7-03 and has already received critical acclaim from DJs and radio execs!

Ken retains his pure and solid traditional country sound. A sound that is FINALLY coming back after the "pop quiz" failed. You see, Ken wasn't really "gone" these past few years... he did tours and shows and wrote his songs and waited for the industry to realize that his brand of music IS INDEED what the country music public wants. I doubt that Ken would make such a statement so I'm saying it for him! I love "real" country music and I thank God that Ken's music is once again going to grace the airwaves. As a matter of fact, Ken was recently invited to do an interview with Country Legends Association President, Frank Dell, which will be released to radio stations affiliated with CLA.

Ken has been writing with some of the greatest songwriters to ever hit country music such as Hank Cochran (I Fall to Pieces), Dean Dillon (A Lot of Things Different), Troy Seals (Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes), and Whitley Shaefer (All My Exes Live in Texas).

If the balance of the songs on this new, yet to be released CD are as good as "Mr. DJ" and "Paint Me A Birmingham", I see a solid gold album on the horizon which can only continue to rise to platinum! For all of you "Mellon-Heads" from the past, you're going to love Ken's new material! For those of you just learning about Ken, get ready for a great ride! This country boy is the real deal!

Marlene Slater (Marli)
My Kind of Country
8-19-03

Hear the songs!
Paint Me A Birmingham
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Review from Bob Oermann......

KEN MELLONS
Paint Me a Birmingham
Writer: Buck Moore/ Gary Duffey; Producer: Ken Mellons/ John Northrup; Publisher: Mama's House/ Brew Bear/ Songs of Nashville-DreamWorks/ Princetta, BMI; Home
-Simply terrific. The song tugs at your hillbilly heart. Ken sings with extraordinary emotion and depth. The production is beautifully understated. And Vince Gill provides the tenor harmony. This minor masterpiece made my day. I got my copy from PLA Media. Get one for yourself.

Plus, Bob Oermann adds in his DISClaimer:
It's a week for surprises from veterans we thought we knew. Both Jimmy Fortune and Ken Mellons have turned in new singles that are nothing like their previous musical images. Mellons, in particular, stands out as a powerfully compelling ballad singer. "Paint Me A Birmingham" is so strong it could be another of these indie breakout chart successes we've been seeing lately (Craig Morgan, David Ball, Mark McGuinn). At least I hope so.

To Order Past Ken Mellons' Albums Click the CD Covers Below

Ken Mellons - Debut CD Where Forever Begins CD Best of Ken Mellons CD

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See the MKOC STAR NEWS!
Ken's CD, "Sweet" was released 8-24-04!

For Immediate Release                 Contact:
September 23, 2003                      Heather Smith-heather.smith@plamedia.com                                                     John Clore-john.clore@plamedia.com 


"The Battle of the Birmingham's" Turns to Reality Radio

(Nashville, TN)- Dreamworks Records is releasing Ken Mellons' new single, "Paint Me A Birmingham" on Tracy Lawrence next week. Dreamworks has dug out of Warner Brothers' vault and dusted off Tracy's two-year-old cut on the song, but only after Ken Mellons' released it garnering a compelling reaction to the same song.

In the face of this formidable adversary, Ken Mellons and Home Records have decided to make this battle fun. They have prompted radio to take a cue from television and make this "Battle of the Birmingham's" a reality radio game. Radio is encouraged to play both cuts of the song back-to-back and let the listeners decide which version does the poignant songwriting of Buck Moore and Gary Duffey justice. To put it simply, the offer is to pit the versions against each other and let the best rendition win. The prediction is, it will be a win-win situation for radio and Ken Mellons as the reality radio will garner instant phones, build an undeniable excitement, and answer the question that has been plaguing the sagging music industry, is it about the music anymore? Dreamworks Records senior executive of promotion and artist development, Scott Borchetta, would encourage the spirit of the competition as he expressed in an interview during CRS (Country Radio Seminar) '98: "Great music should have the opportunity to rise to the top like it always has."

Taking on the powerhouse that is Dreamworks is a classic David vs. Goliath struggle, but Home Records and Ken Mellons are poised for the "Battle of the Birmingham's". They are ready to stand on the strength of Mellons' dynamic delivery of this hit song. "Paint Me A Birmingham" is Ken's song; a song that Ken is living. His vocal performance on this record is reminiscent of Vern Gosdin's performance on "Chiseled In Stone." The sparse production, his emotive delivery and Gill's tasteful harmonies mark this as a career record for Ken Mellons.

Industry tastemaker, Robert K. Oermann, calls Ken's song, "simply terrific . . .a minor masterpiece." Country superstar Vince Gill, who sings background vocals on the song said, "I'll sing on the song because Ken sings right." More critical accolades are coming from every direction as radio, print media, fans, and a recent performance of the single at the Grand Ole Opry are building a momentum that signals that Ken won't be silenced by Dreamworks. All he can do is hope it really does come down to the music.

For more information or singles on Ken, visit www.kenmellons.com. Ken is available for interviews in person or by phone by contacting P.L.A. Media at 615.327.0100.

John Clore
Publicist
P.L.A. Media - Nashville/Los Angeles
615-327-0100
615-320-1061 - fax
615-438-3193 - cell
www.plamedia.com

1303 16th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN
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