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Billy Joe Shaver's Long In The Tooth Album Among Year's Most Acclaimed

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 30, 2014 - 12:49pm EDT
"Outlaw Country's Real Deal" - Wall Street Journal    “A haunting, burning, world-weary tour de force on the ways of the world” —UNCUT   “Arguably his most fully realized album in a 50-plus-year career.” —ESQUIRE     NPR Morning Edition Feature Rolling Stone Feature   Texas Monthly Feature   Wall Street Journal... Read More
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New Venture Seeks Higher Royalties for Songwriters

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 30, 2014 - 12:33pm EDT
By BEN SISARIO OCT. 29, 2014  NY Times  Irving Azoff Launches 'Global Music Rights' to take on ASCAP and BMI Global Music Rights has lured clients with the promise that it can wring royalties that are as much as 30 percent higher from radio stations and online outlets than they can get through ASCAP or BMI, according to three people with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  The management of performing rights — how royalties are paid when songs are played on the radio,... Read More
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RAY PRICE HONORED WITH COUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION TRIBUTE

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 22, 2014 - 11:43am EDT
Rarely in life do we get to honor someone whose singing style ushered in a new way to do it. Ray Price passed away Dec 16, 2013, and Country’s Family Reunion is honoring Ray’s memory by getting together those who knew him best with a CFR Ray Price Tribute. Janie Price, Ray’s widow, joins Bill Anderson and a room full of Ray’s friends, band members and Country artists who all paid tribute to his songs, his style and his life. Here are some of the people who came to the taping: Johnny Bush,... Read More
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Scott Dean Announces Oct. 28 Release of "All Over Again" CD

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 22, 2014 - 10:13am EDT
Scott Dean Announces October 27 Release of Full-length Debut,"All Over Again" "In My Arms" Single At Radio Now Through Dave Smith Promotions   Dallas, Texas (October 21, 2014) - Scott Dean is pleased to announce that  ALL OVER AGAIN, the full-length album featuring his fourth radio single "In My Arms,"* is scheduled to be released on October 28, 2014. A collection of nine original songs, a standout remake of the Buddy Alan Owens classic "A Whole Lot of Something" (which... Read More
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Roots Music Report's Shane Cody named KZMU fm Music Director

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 20, 2014 - 11:57pm EDT
Roots Music Reports, Shane Cody Bartosh has been officially named Music Director at KZMU FM 90.1 & 106.7. Covering the following areas. Moab, Monticello, Castle Valley, La Sal, Thompson Springs, Crescent Junction and Green River, Utah. He will now be selecting which new music releases will be added to the stations playlist.  Att: Radio Promoters and Artists.  Call times are every Monday between 10am till 2pm MST. Phone... Read More
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HBO prepares to offer Web-only service

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 15, 2014 - 3:25pm EDT
HBO will begin marketing a streaming version of its service next year, CEO Richard Plepler told an investor conference, saying that the "stand-alone over-the-top" version will not require a pay-TV subscription. He provided no other details except to say that HBO would link with "current partners" and possibly others for the Web-only service. Time Warner has come under pressure from investors to unlock more value from... Read More
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American Academy Of Arts & Sciences To Honor Dr. Ralph Stanley On October 11

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 9, 2014 - 11:48am EDT
Nashville, TN (October 09, 2014) -- Trailblazing musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow in the humanities and arts category of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard, among others. In May, Stanley was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale University.  It... Read More
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Blind Pig announces Oct. 14 releases from celebrated guitarists!

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 9, 2014 - 11:43am EDT
Blind Pig Records will release the following albums from celebrated guitarists JW-Jones and Jimmy Thackery on October 14th: JW-JONES   "BELMONT BOULEVARD" JW-Jones, a red hot young Canadian guitar slinger/songwriter, is set to break out in the U.S. and worldwide music scenes with his new release on renowned American roots music label Blind Pig Records, entitled Belmont Boulevard. Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, based in Toronto, referred to Jones as "one of this country's top blues... Read More
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Nashville Association of Talent Directors Announces 2014 Honorees

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 9, 2014 - 11:36am EDT
NATD Honors to Be Held November 11, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 8, 2014) – The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) today announced six industry leaders who will be recognized at the 4th annual NATD Honors Gala, scheduled for November 11, 2014 at the Hermitage Hotel. Honorees include Governor Bill Haslam, Rob Beckham, Partner and Co-Head of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Vanderbilt University’s Head Baseball Coach Tim Corbin; Founder and CEO of Parallel Entertainment J. P. Williams;... Read More
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Balsam Range Takes Top Honors at IBMA Awards

Posted by Robert Bartosh
October 3, 2014 - 11:43am EDT
Balsam Range Takes Top Honors at IBMA Awards Mountain Home Music Company artists honored for excellence in several categories   Nashville, TN –  It was a big night for Balsam Range at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, which were announced during a red carpet event at the annual World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC.  Singer/Fiddler Buddy Melton was named Male Vocalist of the Year and shared his heartfelt gratitude from the stage. Balsam Range was honored as... Read More
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Big & Rich Set To Launch New Album With Appearances On The Today Show, The C

Posted by Robert Bartosh
September 26, 2014 - 11:53am EDT
Big & Rich Set To Launch New Album With Appearances On The Today Show, The Chew, Imus In The Morning, Huckabee & More   Country Duo Defying 'Gravity' with Historic Release   NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2014) – There is no slowing down for country duo Big & Rich as John Rich and Big Kenny take New York City by storm!!  Gravity, the inaugural album for Big & Rich Records, contains 11-tracks including the current Top 20 single “Look At You,” hits stores today,... Read More
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Americana Music Honors & Awards 2014 Winners:

Posted by Robert Bartosh
September 18, 2014 - 11:39am EDT
Americana Music Honors & Awards 2014 Winners: Album of the Year: Southeastern, Jason Isbell, Producer Dave Cobb Artist of the Year: Jason Isbell Duo Group of the Year: The Milk Carton Kids Song of the Year: “Cover Me Up,” Jason Isbell Emerging Artist of the Year: Sturgill Simpson Instrumentalist of the year: Buddy Miller Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Jackson Browne Lifetime Achievement... Read More
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Clear Channel is changing its name to iHeartMedia

Posted by Robert Bartosh
September 16, 2014 - 11:29pm EDT
Clear Channel is looking to cement its status as a multiplatform media group and align more closely with its iHeartRadio brand by changing its name to iHeartMedia. "To capture all these concepts and still call it the legacy name really is a disservice to what we are and what people here have built," said CEO Robert Pittman. "So we've taken our biggest national brand, our newest brand, our most digital brand, and made that the name of the... Read More
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California Roots Festival Makes Strong Economic Impact

Posted by Robert Bartosh
September 2, 2014 - 10:22am EDT
"We work on this event year-round and were curious to see how this event affected the surrounding economy," says festival co-producer Dan Sheehan. "The entire Cali-Roots team is thrilled that we have built such an amazing event in Monterey County and it's awesome to see the results of this report." The California Roots Music and Art Festival has seen large growth in the 5 short years. Starting out as a one day afternoon festival it has... Read More
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Radio Disney Selling 23 of it's 24 Radio Stations

Posted by Robert Bartosh
August 13, 2014 - 2:05pm EDT
Radio Disney Selling 23 of  it's 24 Radio Stations Radio Disney just announced it will be divesting 23 of its 24 radio stations in markets across the U.S., effective September 26. Twenty-two of the stations are AM and one is FM. The company tells Radio Ink it will be discussing the sale of the stations with all prospective buyers. As a result, Radio Disney will reduce its workforce, affecting the employees at the local stations and some in Ad Sales and Operations. Radio... Read More
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Dolly Parton Strikes Gold With Blue Smoke – The Best Of

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 24, 2014 - 1:10pm EDT
Parton Earns Precious Metal with 'Better Day'   London, UK – Dolly Parton earns, yet, another sales award as her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke – The Best Of, has been certified Gold by the BPI and remains #3 on the official UK chart in its sixth week of release.    “Dolly could not be any happier,” says Dolly’s manager Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management.  “She has worked very hard over the past several years to create the momentum that we have... Read More
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The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup is...

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 23, 2014 - 11:14pm EDT
The biggest artists from every genre, sharing one stage for a legendary weekend in Vegas. Here's the lineup for the  2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motely Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde , Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki, and more to be announced. September 19th and 20th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  22 artists, 2 nights, 1 stage...The Legend Returns.... Read More
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RANDY TRAVIS TO RELEASE INFLUENCE VOL. 2: THE MAN I AM ON AUGUST 19TH

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 23, 2014 - 11:07pm EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 23, 2014) – Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis’ new album Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am due August 19th is available for pre-order on iTunes now. Fans who pre-order the album will get “Don't Worry 'Bout Me” as a special instant download. Two more songs will be available each week following the pre-order, including “Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line” on July 29th and “That’s The Way Love Goes,” on... Read More
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BRIAN POUNDS ROLLS A STRIKE WITH NEW RELEASE

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 23, 2014 - 11:05pm EDT
AUSTIN, Texas — Texan singer-songwriter Brian Pounds is set to make his national debut with his new EP, Strikes and Gutters, which hits the streets on Sept. 2, 2014. The five-song album is a roots-rock, Americana gem, featuring lyrics that are mature beyond Pounds’ 25 years and warm vocals that are reminiscent of James Taylor’s early 1970s output. “Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die (On My Feet),” which was written in a rundown motel room during a two-week gig in Nevada, is a stark, realistic look at the music... Read More
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Clear Channel to Start Inserting Ads on iHeartRadio

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 23, 2014 - 11:01pm EDT
Up until now, Clear Channel stations have been simulcasting commercials from the traditional radio signal being broadcast across the iHeartRadio app. That signal includes the local market commercials. Clear Channel has just announced it will be working with AdsWizz to insert targeted ads on its 840 plus stations as a way to create another revenue stream for the company. It certainly has the scale to score some very big advertisers. iHeartradio reaches over 245 million monthly users.    President of... Read More
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Martina McBride and Doyle Lawson to Headline Paramount Center Concert

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 23, 2014 - 10:59pm EDT
BRISTOL, TN (July 22, 2014) -- DOYLE LAWSON and Martina McBride are set to headline a special concert at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol as part of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opening Weekend Celebration! The concert is on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now, and will sell fast! We're told this show WILL SELL OUT ...  so get your seats reserved TODAY!! :) Sunday, August 3 - Paramount Center for the Arts - 518 State Street, Bristol, TN  37620 - 7:00 pm.  BIRTHPLACE OF... Read More
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NPR and APM Encourage Activation of FM Chips in Cell Phones

Posted by Robert Bartosh
July 9, 2014 - 10:42pm EDT
Jul 8, 2014 11:13 AM, Shane Toven, CBRE CBNT July 9, 2014 - American Public Media (APM) and National Public Radio (NPR) issued a note to stations today urging them to have listeners contact cellular carriers regarding activation of FM chips. Sprint is currently the only major carrier in the US that sells phones with the FM chip enabled. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile thus far do not provide FM radio service on their phones, although T-Mobile did recently begin offering free audio streaming. The note issued this morning from APM... Read More
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Cowboy Jack Clement’s Swan Song to be Released July 15

Posted by Robert Bartosh
June 16, 2014 - 9:50am EDT
Cowboy Jack Clement’s last musical work—titled For Once and For All and produced by longtime cohort Dave “Fergie” Ferguson and Matt Sweeney with T Bone Burnett as executive producer—will be the debut release on John Grady's new I.R.S. Records Nashville label. The street date is July 15.  Special guests John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Dan Auerbach, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dierks Bentley and... Read More
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Tom Hiddleston to Star in I Saw The Light

Posted by Robert Bartosh
June 13, 2014 - 8:54am EDT
The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston has been tapped to play country music singer Hank Williams in I Saw The Light. The British actor will star as the country music icon in the film, with Marc Abraham at the helm, Deadline first reported. In addition to directing, Abraham adapted the script from Colin Escott's biography. The film will follow Williams as he rose to fame and the struggles that came along with it before he tragically died at the age of 29 from heart failure. RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth... Read More
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American Roots Field Gains "Best American Roots Performance" Category

Posted by Robert Bartosh
June 12, 2014 - 5:10pm EDT
The Grammy's add a new category - Best American Roots Music Performance, an artist’s award - to the American Roots Music Field for the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards.  The new category will give roots music artists, a home for the recognition of their work.  The new category compliments previously created categories including Best American Roots Music Song, Best Americana Album, Best Bluegrass Album, Best Blues Album, Best Folk Album and Best Regional Roots Album.  According to a press release from the Recording Academy... Read More
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