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Country Music Planet
Jerry Mac's News
November / December, 2003 Issue

Winners Of 37th Annual CMA Awards

Music Video of the Year - "Hurt" - Johnny Cash
Vocal Event of the Year - Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
Single of the Year - "Hurt" - Johnny Cash
Song of the Year - "Three Wooden Crosses" - Writers: Doug Johnson & Kim Williams - Singer: Randy Travis - Listen
Album of the Year - American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
Vocal Duo of the Year - Brooks & Dunn
Male Vocalist of the Year - Alan Jackson
Vocal Group of the Year - Rascal Flatts
Female Vocalist of the Year - Martina McBride
Horizon Award - Joe Nichols
Entertainer of the Year - Alan Jackson

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Written by: Jerry Mac

   There use to be a business at the corner of 16th and Demonbreaun in Nashville on World Famous Music Row called HOUNDOGS. It was owned by a very interesting individual that everyone called "Flash". In this writers opinion an entire book should be written about this little spot on Planet Earth that Country Music Fans favorite Music Row spot, HOUNDOGSplayed a big part in developing the talents of some of the biggest names in country music. This place was really popular during the late eighties and early nineties of the 20th century. At that time tourist were coming from all over the world to visit Nashville's Music Row, and I'd bet that not too many of them left without having a hot dog and listening to good music presented by HOUNDOGS. During the period of time that Flash owned HOUNDOGS, the biggest draw to Nashville was the street singers you could find in front of the businesses on Music Row, and no place can come close to matching HOUNDOGS' success in picking entertainers that would eventually become household names.
   There was a real small, crudely built stage that stood only a foot or so off the ground at the east end of the hot dog stand. The stage was about 5' x 5' in size. Even though I performed on this stage myself for a couple of years every Friday, I can't absolutely guarantee the height or size of the stage. I never measured it. I just performed on it.
   Flash was a very smart businessman, and he knew the way to sell hot dogs was to have good entertainers to attract the country music fans. Well! it worked. Flash sold a lot of hot dogs, and a lot of, then unknown, country music singer/songwriters won over many fans from around the world. Flash had a knack for picking the best of the new singer/songwriters in Nashville to showcase on his little stage.
   Tim McGraw's first real successful album could not have developed like it did had it not been for the things that were happening at HOUNDOGS. At least, that's this writer's opinion. Tim had released one album already, but it wasn't until the album, "Not A Moment Too Soon" was released that Tim could sense the aroma of the sweet smell of success. None of the singer/songwriters performing on this stage were paid for performing. Each of them depended strictly upon tips from the tourist, or the sales of their music that was usually in the form of cassette tapes at that time. Not all of them had tapes to sell, so they depended strictly on tips. Some of them even sold T-shirts. I can't remember which ones sold tapes and T-shirts. I only know some did & some didn't.
   Yes! Believe it. It's true. The now world famous, Tim McGraw was singing for tips at HOUNDOGS on Music Row, so don't anyone ever say he didn't pay his dues. The first release from the album, "Not A Moment Too Soon" was Indian Outlaw. One of the writers of this song was Tommy Barnes, who, also, sang for tips at HOUNDOGS. Since that time, Tommy has gone on to have many country music hits as a songwriter. "Don't Take The Girl" that was written by Craig Martin & Larry Johnson, was another hit off this album. Yea! they both sang for tips at HOUNDOGS. As a matter of fact, this was each of these writers' first cut. Jerry Lassiter, now a very well respected producer and songwriter in Nashville, was singing on that little stage. Jerry penned the hit song, "Down On The Farm" that came from the same album. The title cut from the album, "Not A Moment Too Soon" was written by Wayne Perry. I don't know if Wayne ever sang there for tips or not, but I use to see him hanging around there. At this time, Wayne had already had success with a song he'd written, "What Part Of No Don't You Understand", that was a big hit for Lori Morgan.
   This is only one small part of the contributions HOUNDOGS and Flash made to country music. If I went into everything I know that went on at that corner, I'd have to write a book. I believe I'll leave that up to Flash. The last time I saw him, he said he was working on it.
   It is a crying shame that things have to change. I will never forget the good times all the country music fans had coming to Music Row to see street singers in front of almost every business. I, personally, miss it as a performer and as a fan.
Jerry Mac


Murder On Music Row
Survivor Sammy Sadler Tells His Story
Nov. 7 At Metro Center

   Nashville, TN (November 4, 2003) - - An anonymous gunman shot Sammy Sadler and Kevin Hughes on Music Row, March 9, 1989. Sadler survived; Hughes did not. Thirteen long years passed before a Sammy Sadler, country music singersuspect was named in the case. On September 25, 2003, jurors convicted Richard DíAntonio of the murder of Kevin Hughes and of assault with intent to commit second-degree murder for the attack on Sadler. The conviction was the closure Sammy had hoped for these last 14 years.
   On Friday, November 7 at 9 a.m., DíAntonio will be sentenced for his crimes and at last, Sadler is ready to publicly tell the story of that fateful night. Sammy will hold a press conference to discuss his feelings regarding the conviction of his attacker immediately after the sentencing. Sadler will meet the press outside of Criminal Court, Division 2, Courtroom #13, 601 Mainstream Drive (Metro Center) Nashville, Tennessee.
   "I was just a kid," Sammy says. "I was 21 years old, I had a record deal and a song on the charts. I was married and on top of the world. One minute, Iím getting into the car with a friend, and the next, a guy in a ski mask, wearing dark clothing approaches and opens fire." Sadler was shot in the shoulder and managed to run to a nearby building for cover. Hughes wasnít as fortunate. He tried to flee by running south on 16th Avenue, but the gunman gave chase and fired at him several times. Hughes, hit three times, died from a gunshot wound to the head.
   That night, "Changed my life forever," says Sadler. "It was really hard to believe that something like that could happen in real life. Itís something you see in the movies; not something that happens to you. My friend was dead. I was near death. My career was over at that point and I was in incredible pain for months after the attack. I still have dreams, nightmares I guess, where I relive that night."
   Sadlerís life did change. His marriage did not survive, his career took another path and he changed in many ways. "In some ways Iím a better person," he says. "But in other ways, Iím very different now than I was before the shooting. Iím more reserved and Iím less trusting of people. Itís been hard."
   It took several years for Sadler to heal physically and several more years before he felt enough confidence to pick up his music career where heíd left off in 1989. Now, Sammy is back promoting his new single, "I Know A Place," and he feels a certain synergy between the progress of the case and the momentum of his career. "Itís strange," he says. "Right around the time of the trial, I finished recording my new album, HARD ON A HEART, which is due out early next year on Texas Records. For the past month, Iíve been on a Southwestern radio tour and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Iíve got a solid team behind me now at the label and out in the field promoting this record. I feel free now. The trial has brought me a sense of closure and ignited a fire I havenít had in years. Everything in my life is moving forward once again."

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Inside Nashville Jukebox
Invites Independents To Have their Music Heard On The Jukebox

Written by: Sherry Harper
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   Inside Nashville Jukebox, located on the Internet at was the first country music jukebox of this type ever on the Internet. It started out years ago, and was first Click here to listen to the best in country music posted at "". "" was the first web site built by Jerry Mac, the founder of The Country Music Planet. It's now difficult to believe that this little web site emerged into one of the most visited web sites on Planet Earth dedicated to independent country music entertainers, but it did. Yes! "The Country Music Planet" is now getting so busy that Jerry Mac hardly has time to do his shows any longer. I guess you could say that Jerry Mac has become what George Jones referred to in a song, "A High-Tech Redneck".
   Inside Nashville Jukebox is one of the many divisions of The Country Music Planet where complete songs of independents and major label acts are streamed in real audio. The songs are streamed in real audio in a manner that can be listened to but can not be downloaded. The Jukebox is constantly being updated, and new songs are being added on a continuous basis.
   Any "Independent Country Music Singers" interested in having their songs posted at Inside Nashville Jukebox should visit to find out how to get their music heard at one of the most visited sites in the world where country music fans are going to listen to country music.


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