Country music

  1. Keith Takes 4 ACM Awards

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith was the big winner last night (May 26) at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, taking home four honors, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. Toby Keith was the big winner last night (May 26) at the 39th annua ...

  2. Words & Music

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Oh Boy Records releases three Kris Kristofferson titles, including the two-disc hits compilation "The Essential Kris Kristofferson." Read Jim Bessman's column. Oh Boy Records releases three Kris Kristofferson titles, including the t ...

  3. Hot Talent: Country Music

    May 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Montgomery Gentry and Rascal Flatts are a handful of young country artists on the verge of making the leap to superstardom. Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Montgomery Gentry and Rascal Flatts are a handful of young country ar ...

  4. Dualtone, Charlie Robison Look To 'Good Times'

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Charlie Robison has signed with Dualtone Records in Nashville. His first album for the label, titled "Good Times," is due Sept. 21. Charlie Robison has signed with Dualtone Records in Nashville. His first album for the label, titled &quo ...

  5. ACM To Honor Willie Nelson With Award

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Academy of Country Music will present Willie Nelson with its Gene Weed Special Achievement Award during the 39th annual ACM Awards May 26 in Las Vegas. The Academy of Country Music will present Willie Nelson with its Gene Weed Special Achievem ...

  6. Opry Welcomes Clark As First Canadian Female

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mercury artist Terri Clark was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry during her appearance at the venerable Nashville institution Saturday (May 15). Mercury artist Terri Clark was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry during ...

  7. Jo Dee Messina Sets Summer Tour

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following a stint in rehab, Jo Dee Messina will return to the road May 30 at the Mari Center in Marksville, La., to kick off a full summer slate of dates. Following a stint in rehab, Jo Dee Messina will return to the road May 30 at the Mari Center ...

  8. Willie Nelson Cancels Concerts

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson has canceled concerts for the next two months to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, a promoter said. Willie Nelson has canceled concerts for the next two months to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, a promoter said. The 7 ...

  9. Trick Pony Signs With Curb

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country act Trick Pony has signed a new deal with Curb/Asylum after recording its first two albums for Warner Bros. Nashville. The group's label debut is due in the fall, with an as-yet-untitled singl Country act Trick Pony has signed a new d ...

  10. Rosanne Cash Sets Tour

    May 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash will tour in support of her current Capitol release, "Rules of Travel." Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash will tour in support of her current Capitol release, "Ru ...

  11. Del McCoury Sues Copper Creek Label

    May 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning bluegrass star Del McCoury has filed suit against Copper Creek Records. The civil suit accuses Roanoke, Va.-based Copper Creek of copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfa Grammy-winning bluegrass star Del McCoury has ...

  12. Del McCoury Sues Copper Creek Label

    May 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning bluegrass star Del McCoury has filed suit against Copper Creek Records. The civil suit accuses Roanoke, Va.-based Copper Creek of copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfa Grammy-winning bluegrass star Del McCoury has ...

  13. Broken Bow Breaks Off Consortium Deal

    May 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two companies were partners in C4 Records. Nashville-based independent Broken Bow Records has ended its 18-month relationship with management and marketing firm the Consortium. The agreement involved Nashville-based independent Broken Bow Records ...

  14. 'Nashville Star' Outlines Tour

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Winner Brad Cotter will headline. Winner Brad Cotter will headline. News ...

  15. Hank Williams Jr.

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Today, you can't turn on country radio without hearing Hank Williams Jr.'s influence, as artists ranging from Brooks & Dunn and Tim McGraw to Toby Keith and Dierks Bentley have poured through door Today, you can't turn on co ...

  16. Yep Roc Inks Dave Alvin

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Graham, N.C.-based indie Yep Roc Records has inked a multi-album deal with roots-rocker Dave Alvin. The first release under the deal, "Ashgrove," is due June 15. It and Alvin's next album will be dist Graham, N.C.-based indie Yep Ro ...

  17. Keith, Chesney Deemed Flame Worthy

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney each scored two wins at the CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, held last night (April 21) at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Keith's clip for "American Soldier Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney ea ...

  18. CMT To Launch Book Imprint

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT First release due May 18. Country Music Television (CMT) is launching a book imprint, CMT Books, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books. The first release is "Cash: An American Man," due May 18. The book about Johnn ...

  19. Nashville Scene

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT George Strait's song "Desperately" is the first big hit for publisher Moonkiss Music. Read Phyllis Stark's column. George Strait's song "Desperately" is the first big hit for publisher Moonkiss Music. Read Phylli ...

  20. Equity Label Names Chief Creative Exec

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Wipperman joins from Warner/Chappell Music. Tim Wipperman joins Equity Music Group in Nashville as chief creative officer. He previously spent nearly 30 years at Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville, most recently as executive VP/GM. He was laid off ...

  21. Congress To Honor Parton As 'Living Legend'

    April 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT McEntire to receive CMT award. McEntire to receive CMT award. News ...

  22. Congress To Honor Parton As 'Living Legend'

    April 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dolly Parton will be given a living legend award by the Library of Congress tomorrow (April 14) in Washington, D.C. Parton will also perform at the ceremony, which will be taped for a May special on t Dolly Parton will be given a living legend awa ...

  23. Hitmakers Form Nashville Pub Firm

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hit songwriters Larry Boone and Rick Bowles have formed Patrick Stuart Music in Nashville and have entered into a co-publishing agreement with Blacktop Music Group. Hit songwriters Larry Boone and Rick Bowles have formed Patrick Stuart Music in Na ...

  24. Biz Vets Form 'Upper-Demo' Label Sovereign

    April 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST New album by Heart due in June. Five music-industry veterans have established Sovereign Artists, an "artist-friendly" independent label aimed at upper-demographic listeners. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Sovereign bows in late June with &qu ...

  25. Curb Signs Billy Dean

    March 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Billy Dean has signed with Curb Records, which will pick up his current View 2/H2E project. Billy Dean has signed with Curb Records, which will pick up his current View 2/H2E project. Dean previously recorded for Liberty and Capitol, scoring 11 to ...

  26. Toby Keith Tops CMT's Flame Worthy Noms

    March 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Toby Keith tops the nominations for the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, with four. He shares two of the nods with Willie Nelson; their "Beer for My Horses" video, in which the artists portra Toby Keith tops the nominations for ...

  27. CBS Plans Country Fest Special

    March 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Highlights from one of the largest music events in the United States will air as a two-hour summer television special. Nashville's 2004 Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival, formerly known a Highlights from one of the largest music ...

  28. Grand Ole Opry To Take Show On The Road

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Nashville's Grand Ole Opry will take its brand into a live format with the Grand Ole Opry American Road Show 2004. The outing will feature Opry members Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and the Del McCoury B Nashville's Grand Ole Opry will take ...

  29. Alan Jackson Collects Eight ACM Nods

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Arista Nashville artist Alan Jackson, who received a leading eight nominations today (March 10) for the Academy of Country Music Awards, can justify celebrating as early as he wants because -- as the Arista Nashville artist Alan Jackson, who recei ...

  30. Lucinda Williams Cancels Tour After Mom's Death

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lost Highway artist Lucinda Williams has canceled her current tour dates due to the recent death of her mother. There is no word on whether the dates will be rescheduled. Lost Highway artist Lucinda Williams has canceled her current tour dates due ...

  31. Country Supergroup Cherry Bombs Reunites

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Cherry Bombs have reunited for a new album, to be released in late summer or early fall from Universal South. The original group included Universal South senior partner Tony Brown, along with Rodn The Cherry Bombs have reunited for a new album ...

  32. Vivaton Inks RED Distribution Deal

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Newly launched Nashville label Vivaton Records has signed a distribution deal with Sony's RED Distribution. Vivaton's roster includes Chely Wright, as well as newcomers Kimolin "Cissy" Crutcher, Angel Newly launched Nashville l ...

  33. The Indies

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Koch Records signs a slew of new acts, including Melissa Manchester, Abra Moore and Jimmie's Chicken Shack. Koch Records signs a slew of new acts, including Melissa Manchester, Abra Moore and Jimmie's Chicken Shack. News Melissa Manchest ...

  34. Dwight Yoakam Heads To New West

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Santa Monica, Calif.-based Americana label New West Records has signed Dwight Yoakam. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Americana label New West Records has signed Dwight Yoakam. The label debut by the country singer, whose most recent album "Popula ...

  35. Mercury Cuts Wills, Smith

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mark Wills recorded six albums for the label. Mercury Records in Nashville has cut Mark Wills and Anthony Smith from its artist roster. Wills has recorded six albums for the label since 1997, including a greatest hits package in 2002. He has one p ...

  36. Compadre Beefs Up Roster

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Houston-based Compadre Records has signed Lari White, Kate Campbell and Julie Lee to its artist roster. The label has also made a handful of exec changes, naming a new VP/director of A&R, promotio Houston-based Compadre Records has signed ...

  37. CMA Awards Swap Night

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Country Music Association (CMA) has moved its annual awards show from a Wednesday to a Tuesday night slot. The 38th annual CMA Awards will air live Nov. 9 on the CBS Television Network from Nashv The Country Music Association (CMA) has moved i ...

  38. Koch Inks Handful Of New Acts

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Koch Records has signed a number of new acts, including several former major-label artists. The label has inked pop vocalist Melissa Manchester, singer/songwriter Abra Moore, funk-rock act Jimmie's Ch Koch Records has signed a number of new a ...

  39. Alger Signs Publishing Deal With Matt Lindsey

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Songwriter has worked with Garth Brooks, James Taylor. Pat Alger has signed with Nashville-based Matt Lindsey Music for publishing representation. Alger, who was ASCAP's country songwriter of the year in 1992, has written such hits as Garth B ...

  40. Nashville's Audium Changes Name

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based Audium Records has changed its name to Koch Records. Label president Nick Hunter says the Audium name is too closely identified with country music, and his artists have landed cuts on Nashville-based Audium Records has changed its ...

  41. Music Veterans Launch Vivaton Records

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Chely Wright is Nashville label's first artist. Chely Wright is Nashville label's first artist. News Chely Wright ...

  42. Music Veterans Launch Vivaton Records

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Records will launch next month. President/CEO Jeff Huskins, formerly a member of the band Little Texas, is looking to launch with an initial roster of five ac Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Reco ...

  43. Lyric Street Inks 'Idol' Finalist Gracin

    January 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based Lyric Street Records has signed Josh Gracin, the fourth-place finisher on the second season of "American Idol." Nashville-based Lyric Street Records has signed Josh Gracin, the fourth-place finisher on the second season o ...

  44. CMA Music Fest Sets First Acts

    January 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Glen Campbell, Brooks & Dunn and LeAnn Rimes are among the first acts announced for the CMA Music Festival, set for June 10-13 in downtown Nashville. Glen Campbell, Brooks & Dunn and LeAnn Rimes are among the first acts announced for t ...

  45. 'No Depression' For Dualtone

    January 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST RED-distributed Dualtone Records will release "No Depression: What It Sounds Like (Vol. 1)," an anthology of tracks selected by the editors of the influential Americana magazine No Depression, on Marc RED-distributed Dualtone Records wil ...

  46. 'No Depression' For Dualtone

    January 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST RED-distributed Dualtone Records will release "No Depression: What It Sounds Like (Vol. 1)," an anthology of tracks selected by the editors of the influential Americana magazine No Depression, on Marc RED-distributed Dualtone Records wil ...

  47. Simon & Garfunkel Prep To Go Back Out In June

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Plans are under way for another leg of the hugely successful Simon & Garfunkel tour, Billboard.biz has learned. Plans are under way for another leg of the hugely successful Simon & Garfunkel tour, Billboard.biz has learned. The 2003 ou ...

  48. New Management For Paisley, Shedaisy

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley has signed with Fitzgerald-Hartley for personal management. Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley has signed with Fitzgerald-Hartley for personal management. News Brad Paisley , Arista Nashville ...

  49. New Management For Paisley, Shedaisy

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley has signed with Fitzgerald-Hartley for personal management. He was repped by Jimmy Gilmer of JAG Management in Nashville. Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley has signed with Fitzgerald-Hartley for personal man ...

  50. Country Songwriter Barnes Dies

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Wrote for Jones, Twitty, Gill Songwriter Max D. Barnes died Sunday at Nashville's Baptist Hospital of pneumonia. He was 67. Merle Haggard referred to Barnes as "one of the greats." Barnes wrote such hits as George Jones' " ...

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