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Dierks Bentley Rising Up with New Album


Bentley Taps Rising Country Artists For Seventh Studio Disc

Nashville, TN - The symbolism of Dierks Bentley’s upcoming seventh studio album RISER, emerging in stores Feb. 25, speaks volumes about the complex ball of emotions locked within. It’s a symbol of strength, resilience and renewal and one that appropriately reflects Bentley’s first album since the death of his father and the birth of his first son. Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr, it's a project full of sonic power that has a strong sense of family and community.

The community of songwriters, musicians and artists that Bentley moved to Nashville with dreams of joining is ingrained in the texture of RISER. The now 11 time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter co-wrote six of the album's 12 tracks with some of the city’s most acclaimed writers and his friends. He also called on rising artists Kacey Musgraves (now a winner of two Grammys!), Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston and Charlie Worsham to sing and play on the project.

“It’s important to really know the writers and musicians you work with, to hang out with them and live in the same world," Bentley explains. “I have such a romance with Nashville and this community. I drove across the country when I was 19 years old with a dream of just being invited to the party. It’s still wild to me that I get to work with and call so many incredibly talented people my friends.”

If the songs narrate the personal story of Bentley's previous two years, then it's the heightened depth and increased vulnerability in the lead vocals that make you truly feel its intense highs and lows. It comes in part from recording those performances in the Red Room, Copperman’s cozy home studio. Copperman was literally an arm’s length away, and Bentley got immediate feedback from a supportive-but-critical audience even as he breathed the words. It’s the closest Bentley has ever gotten to an elusive sonic attitude he’s sought from the outset.

“It’s the sound in my head that I hear when I’m playing a live show,” said Bentley. “You have one ear monitor in, one ear out, and the crowd’s there and your voice feels really great. There’s a certain amount of gravel to it because you’re tired, but you’re all jacked up on whatever you're drinking and adrenaline, and the crowds and the fans are there and there’s this feeling, fists in the air—it’s that thing that’s hard to transfer into a studio environment. There’s a rawness.”

To see a track list (including writer credits), please click "read more."
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Guy Clark likely grinning after Grammy win for his 'Picture'


“ . . . setting the bar for raw-boned, open-hearted, slow-rolling narratives.” - Associated Press

Nashville, TN – Legendary singer/songwriter Guy Clark has been awarded his first GRAMMY for BEST FOLK ALBUM - for his critically lauded "My Favorite Picture Of You" (Dualtone). The album, his first studio effort in four years, broke Clark’s first week sales record and is considered by many to be one of his very best.

"Dualtone is deeply honored to have Guy Clark as part of our family,” said Scott Robinson, CEO/Co-Founder. "Troubadours like Guy come around rarely...a storyteller, a songwriter, a poet, a guitar builder and a painter. After seven nominations, Guy finally gets the Grammy recognition that he long deserves. Congrats Guy Clark!" CBS Saturday Morning recently spotlighted Clark’s distinctive style and the impact he’s had on the landscape of American songwriting in a feature segment.

"My Favorite Picture Of You" was unanimously embraced by the press including USA Today, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Texas Monthly and Garden & Gun who wrote “His new album, 'My Favorite Picture of You', is a bare-bones gem that has the feel of Cash’s much-lauded American series of albums”. American Songwriter picked the album as #4 of their Top Albums of 2013 and the title track as the #1 Song of The Year. Clark was featured in an extensive segment on NPR’s All Things Considered (go here to listen: http://tinyurl.com/lkw4zhw) as well as cover stories in American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Scene, Austin Chronicle, The Tennessean and Austin American Statesman (Life & Arts).

Often referred to as “the songwriter’s songwriter”, Clark is one of the most respected and revered songwriters in American music. In 2004 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and in 2013, he received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Award, along with Hank Williams. The Texas native has penned compositions for artists including John Denver, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson and has been a mentor to the likes of Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell. After 40 years, Clark continues to be a prolific writer who is admired by peers and critics alike. The performances on "My Favorite Picture Of You" are inspired, intimate, heartfelt, and exude the truth, wisdom and warmth that have made Guy Clark a songwriting icon.

To purchase the album from Amazon please click the following link: http://tinyurl.com/lwp8a93

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Ray Price Has Passed Away

Press ReleasesRay Price Has Passed Away

( Nashville, Tn-12.16.13) It is with the greatest of sadness that I send them press release of the passing of country music legend Ray Price. Bill Mack issued this info that Ray passed away at 4:43PM-CST at his home in Mt. Pleasant, TX, and left in perfect peace. Ray was 87 years old. I find it very difficult to issue the information because of my close friendship with Ray. His body will be at the RESTLAND FUNERAL HOME IN DALLAS and as I receive funeral arrangements, I will pass them on.

I offer my prayers and condolences to his wife and son at this most difficult time of their lives. Ray had fought cancer of the pancreas for over two years, and I know the Good Lord felt it was time for him to come home and have no more suffering of this dreaded disease. I feel in my heart that he has been welcomed to his heavenly home and is spending time with the Master of his life, and I sure that “For The Good Times,” is being discussed.

Please keep Ray’s family in your thoughts and prayers as I know you are and will. What a tremendous loss to the world of music, not just country music, but all music.
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Entertainer Offers Free Downloads of Two Full Albums During Holiday Season

Country music superstar Tracy Lawrence is giving music lovers a special gift this holiday season with the Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway - featuring FREE downloads of two full albums for a total of 20 songs. These include his holiday collection All Wrapped Up In Christmas and the Grammy-nominated inspirational collection The Rock. The giveaway is Lawrence’s way of showing thanks and appreciation to fans who have supported the singer over the years.

The Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway gift set, featuring the two-album collection will be available for a limited time starting December 3, 2013 at 8:00pm (CST) by visiting Lawrence’s website at http://www.tracylawrence.com/freedownload. Fans will have access to the Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway by entering a valid email address to which they can receive the free downloads.

Tracy Lawrence Holiday Music Giveaway
December 3-25, 2013
Website: http://www.tracylawrence.com/freedownload
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Full Performer List for Approaching 'Final No Show'

George Jones represented everything about country music and was loved by fellow artists, musicians, producers, publishers, songwriters, video directors and industry executives. On November 22nd, Nashville and beyond will honor the music legend with an all-star concert tribute on the date that George was to perform the final show of his illustrious career.

“I am so excited how this show has evolved and I will be forever grateful to the artists that are coming to honor George,” says wife Nancy Jones. “The evening might be long, but I don’t think people will be upset - as they will witness the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen with so many artists performing George Jones songs.”

"Playin' Possum! The Final NO SHOW" talent list: (in alphabetical order based on first name, not order of performance)

Alabama, Alan Jackson, Baillie & the Boys, Big & Rich, Bill Anderson, Blake Shelton, Bobby Bare, Brad Paisley, Brenda Lee, Chad Warrix (of Halfway to Hazard), Charlie Daniels, Collin Raye, Craig Morgan, Dailey & Vincent, Daryle Singletary, Dierks Bentley, Eddy Raven, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Gary Morris, George Strait, Greg Bates, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Janie Fricke, Jeanne Pruett, Jeannie Seely, Jessi Colter, Jett Williams, Jim Ed Brown, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy C. Newman, Jimmy Wayne, John Conlee, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Kathy Mattea, The Kentucky Headhunters, Kid Rock, Larry Gatlin, Lee Ann Womack, Lee Greenwood, Leona Williams, Lisa Matassa, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Lynn Anderson, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Martina McBride, Megadeth, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Ray Stevens, Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie McDowell, The Roys, Sam Moore, Shooter Jennings, Stonewall Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, T. Graham Brown, Tanya Tucker, Teea Goans, TG Sheppard, Thompson Square, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, and Vince Gill … plus some surprise guests!!!

Playin’ Possum! The Final NO SHOW is being produced by Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts, with Suzzane Skinner serving as Talent Producer, Kirt Webster serving as Show Producer, Bobby Birkhead serving as Music Director, Sherry Hohimer handling VIP ticketing, fan club, and serving as assistant to Nancy Jones. Getty Images will serve as exclusive photojournalists for the evening.

Said John Rich after Jones's passing: "Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some George Jones DNA in their blood and music. My God. We've lost our Elvis."

About George Jones
George Jones was the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

Jones was on his farewell tour titled "The Grand Tour” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair", "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes", "White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" are sure standards for honky-tonk cover bands and for years to come will surely stay that way.

Please visit http://www.georgejones.com for more information on George Jones.
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Dean Dillon Presented with BMI Icon Honor

Prolific songwriter Dean Dillon joined an elite group of writers when he was named this year's BMI Icon at last night's 61st Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) bestows the honor on those who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."

An all-star tribute from some of country's biggest stars included Luke Bryan performing Dillon's BMI award-winning hit "Unwound." Lee Ann Womack gave an emotional rendition of "An Empty Glass," and Kenny Chesney performed the country classic "Holed Up In Some Honky Tonk." Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year ("King") George Strait, who alone has recorded FIFTY-FOUR of Dillon's songs, paid homage with a medley of three of his most notable Dillon-penned hits, including "The Chair," "Marina Del Rey" and "Here for a Good Time."

Dillon, who has over 90 charted singles to his credit, joins past BMI Icon honorees Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others. He was inducted in to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

A native of Lake City, Tennessee, Dean Dillon hitchhiked his way to Nashville in 1973 to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer and artist. Two short years later, he caught the attention of hit producer Tom Collins - who had Barbara Mandrell cut three of his songs on her Friends, Lovers and Strangers album. In 1979, the same year Dean has his first #1 song, "Lying in Love With You" by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, he met a new artist named George Strait. Over the years, he has had songs cut by Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Vern Gosdin, Toby Keith, Keith Whitley, Lee Ann Womack and beyond.
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Nashville Country Music Artist Todd Tyler releases independent EP RUN

Press ReleasesNashville Country Music Artist Todd Tyler releases independent EP RUN

Todd Tyler releases his long awaited indie country EP RUN to all major digital retailers this week. Penned solely by Tyler, the four song project marks his re-emergence as a recording artist and performer.

The effort marks the end of a three year hiatus for Tyler as he enters the country music world with an abrupt yet strong list of hard-fought songs. Blending the sonic qualities of rock, pop, and Americana, RUN features an infectious mixture of music that showcases Tyler's versatility as a hook craftsman, storyteller, and vocalist.

Upon exiting an exclusive songwriting agreement in the creative hotbed of Muscle Shoals, Tyler felt it was the perfect time to take a chance on an independent project. While he sporadically performed pre-production over the course of 2012, RUN was ultimately rebuilt from the ground up at Zodlounge Studios (Nashville, TN). Co-Producer Brett Vargason praises the song collection as "Cool country" married with a writing style that is "a breath of fresh air" in the current country music climate. Tyler adds that "this project was a chance for me to write from a place that was pure, and develop the exact sounds that I hear in my head from beginning to end". The EP is slated for international release on iTunes and all other major digital retailers on October 21, 2013.
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Country’s Family Reunion "Lookin' Back AGAIN" Series Premieres Friday, October 18

Press ReleasesCountry’s Family Reunion "Lookin' Back AGAIN" Series Premieres Friday, October 18

Country's Family Reunion (CFR), which celebrates the greatest performances, stories and songs of Country music, will premiere its newest series, "Lookin' Back AGAIN," this Friday, October 18 on the RFD-TV network. Like its forerunner, Country’s Family Reunion’s "Lookin' Back," "Lookin’ Back AGAIN” will highlight the best segments gathered from over 15 years of the Country’s Family Reunion Collection, including “Nashville,” “Old Time Gospel,” “Second Generations,” “Salute to the Kornfield,” “Gettin’ Together,” “2010,” “Bill Anderson’s 50th Celebration,” “Precious Memories,” “Songwriters,” and MORE! Each episode features a collection of Country Music’s legendary artists singing their most famous hit singles, sharing their personal stories and reminiscing. For more information on Country's Family Reunion, "Lookin' Back" or to purchase the entire series, please visit www.cfrvideos.com or call 1-800-820-5405.

Catch the following episodes between October 18 and December 13 on the RFD network (and of course FamilyNet).

October 18: Grandpa Jones, Charley Pride, Don Wayne, The Browns, John Conlee, Bobby Bare, Linda Davis, Larry Gatlin, Osborne Brothers

October 25: Little Jimmy Dickens, T. Graham Brown, Jean Shepard, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin, John Conlee, Curly Putnam, Vince Gill, Gary Morris

November 1: Ferlin Husky, Jerry Chesnut, T.G. Sheppard, Jessi Colter, Johnny Rodriguez, Mel McDaniel, Moe Bandy

November 8: Dailey and Vincent, Charlie Louvin, Blake Shelton, Jack Greene, Dean Miller, Patti Page, B.J. Thomas

November 15: The Whites, Little Jimmy Dickens, Gene Watson, Vince Gill, Billy Grammer, Lacy J. Dalton, Jimmy C. Newman, Bill Anderson, Mary Lou Turner, Rhonda Vincent

November 22: The Gatlin Brothers, Dallas Frazier, Johnny Lee, Billy Dean, Crystal Gayle, Jimmy Fortune, Doug Stone, Vince Gill

November 29: Oscar Sullivan, Billy Crash Craddock, Wayne Carson, Dan Tyminski, Goldie Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Daryle Singletary, Ed Bruce, Bobby Bare

December 6: Jim Ed Brown, Goldie Hill, Jimmy Dean, Georgette Jones, Jeannie Seely, Norma Jean, Joey + Rory, Teea Goans, Jan Howard, Jimmy Fortune

December 13: Grandpa Jones, B.J. Thomas, Jon Randall, Jesse Alexander, Johnny Rodriguez, T. Graham Brown, John Conlee, Vince Gill, Jimmy Fortune
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Kenny Rogers Lands His 22nd Top 10 Country Album

Press ReleasesKenny Rogers Lands His 22nd Top 10 Country Album

Legendary music icon Kenny Rogers has just landed his 22nd Top 10 Country album with the Billboard debut of You Can’t Make Old Friends at #9 via Warner Bros. Records.

The album reunites the multiple Grammy Award-winner with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” and accompanying music video. The bold 11-track recording, highlighted by Rogers’ fresh takes on a diverse array of musical styles including country, soul, folk, rock and even zydeco, is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel observes “his voice is still an instrument to be reckoned with” and the Associated Press calls You Can’t Make Old Friends “an album that blends the familiar with the challenging, seeking new hits and pursuing new ideas even as he enters the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.” In a glowing review, Country Weekly notes “you have to give Kenny a ton of credit for being willing to spread his wings in new directions—and even more for pulling it off.”

In celebration of the album release, Rogers did a blitz of media appearances that kicked off with an interview and performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 2nd. Rogers was also featured on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Extra!, GAC’s Backstory, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, Bloomberg TV, Kathie Lee & Hoda on The Today Show, and The Rachael Ray Show.
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Travis's 'Influence' In Stores

Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis is set to release his 21st studio album a day earlier than previously announced, on September 30th, 2013 on Warner Bros. Records. The album, titled "Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am", is available today on RandyTravis.com.

Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far. In his new album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, among others. “When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear, or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow. They are the reason I chose to make this album,” said Travis.

The collection also includes the song "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum," which the iconic singer duets on with Joe Nichols and debuted in memory of his friend George Jones earlier in 2013.

“It was an honor when I received a request to record this tribute to George Jones, and after I heard how well Keith Gattis had written 'Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,' I was excited to record it. Thanks to Joe Nichols for coming in and helping on this project,” said Travis.

"Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am" Track List:

Someday We’ll Look Back
Big Butter And Egg Man
What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
Ever Changing Woman
Pennies From Heaven
Thanks A Lot
Trouble In Mind
My Mary
Saginaw, Michigan
I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall
You Asked Me To
Why Baby Why
Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum (Duet with Joe Nichols)

For more information, please visit http://www.randytravis.com / Follow: @randytravis

(To see a list of who originally recorded these songs as well as to see their songwriters, please click "read more" below.)

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