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January / February, 2004 Issue

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Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
Recognizes Alabama with Year 2004 Career Achievement Award

NASHVILLE, Tennessee-Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB), presenters of the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS), will honor RCA alabama.jpg (12212 bytes) super group Alabama with the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award as part of their annual Country Music DJ Hall of Fame ceremonies scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel.

The Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio.

Country music fans worldwide acknowledge Alabama as the genre's most distinguished group. Named Country Group of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America, Alabama has more number one records than any band in music history-first in line in front of pop phenomenon, The Beatles. It's impossible to quantify Alabama's impact-even the numbers, however great, fail to depict the role the group has played in the growth of the Country music format. Alabama was the first group in Country Music history to win the Country Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year" award and the only artist to be honored with this award for three consecutive years. They were "Entertainer of the Year" for five straight years for the Academy of Country Music. With 65-Million albums sold worldwide, they are one of the 20 best-selling acts of all time. In the U.S. alone, Alabama has sold more albums than Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan. They've outsold veteran rock bands like Chicago, Journey, Foreigner, Boston and The Doors.

Alabama has sold more concert tickets than any other Country artist. They have been recognized with more than 150 industry awards including their most recent nod at November's American Music Awards, where Alabama was named Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group (the group's 23rd AMA and the most ever won by any artist in any genre). Alabama has accumulated seventeen platinum and multi-platinum certifications representing upward sales of 70 Million units. Alabama is known for their commitment to their fans as much as for their musical accomplishments.

Throughout Alabama's remarkable career, the group has used its artistry to help promote a set of values which emphasizes a positive outlook on life, a strong work ethic, commitment to family and home, and a spirit of honesty, humility, and gratitude. The group has also used its celebrity to benefit humanity in countless ways including its annual June Jam in Ft. Payne, Al--raising millions of dollars over the years for charity. Lead singer Randy Owen continues his tireless campaign for St. Jude Cancer Center through his leadership role in "Country Cares."

In December, the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University recognized Alabama with the International Quality of Life Award. The University established this prestigious honor in 1994 in conjunction with the United Nations' International Year of the Family to honor people who have made significant contributions to the well being of individuals, family, and community locally and around the world. Honorees demonstrate a commitment to empowering people through both public policy and educational programs, and at the heart of their success lies a true concern for the human condition. Alabama joins past recipients such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of Capetown, South Africa, Millard Fuller, Founder and President of Habitat for Humanity, and Catherine Bertini, Executive Director United Nations World Food Program in receiving this honor.

Alabama is the seventh Country music artist to be recognized with the Artist Career Achievement Award. Joining them in this honor are Reba McEntire (2003), Sonny James (2002), Buck Owens (2000), Loretta Lynn (2000), Eddy Arnold (1999), and Chet Atkins (1998).

As a customary tradition, various Country artists will perform in tribute to the honoree as part of the ceremony. (Participating artists to be announced.)

In addition to the presentation of the Artist Career Achievement Award the Class of 2004 Country Music DJ Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced. They are Jaybird Drennan, Bob Duchesne, Jerry King, Dr. Bruce Nelson and Uncle Don Rhea.
The 2004 Inductees and Artist Humanitarian Award Winners will be acknowledged at the official CRB Hall of Fame Dinner and award ceremonies to be held in Nashville on Tuesday, March 2, 2004--the day before CRS-35 kick-off.

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For ticket information to the CRB Country DJ Hall of Fame Banquet call 615.327.4487


visit the CRB web site at

CRS-35 will be held March 3-5, 2004 at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville TN.

Register early!

"Advance" Registration is $450.00 - January 15, 2004 deadline.

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Texas Records' Artist SAMMY SADLER
ReleasesDebut CD, HARD ON A HEART, March 9, 2004

The 15th Anniversary Of "The Murder On Music Row"

"Sammy Sadler is an incredible singer with a pure voice and a vocal range that flows naturally and effortlessly throughout the mix. It was a pleasure to work with a talent like Sammy."
Chet Hinesley/Producer (Doug Stone, Tony Joe White)

Nashville, TN (January 5, 2003) - - Sammy Sadler will release his SammySadler.jpg (12374 bytes) long-awaited debut CD, HARD ON A HEART, March 9, 2004 on Texas Records. Marketed and distributed worldwide by TRi-Records Inc, the ten-song collection showcases the talent Sadler first exhibited on his early singles before the infamous 1989 "Murder On Music Row" sidelined his career.

"One thing’s certain," says Country Weekly, "HARD ON A HEART delivers on all the promise Sammy displayed all those years ago – and then some. His vocals are strong and pure, and the obvious joy he takes in singing this great collection of songs, confirms that, in spite of the long detour he was forced to take, Sammy’s back on the road he was born to travel. He may say this album was nearly two years in the making, but in reality, it was closer to 15 – and HARD ON A HEART is worth the wait."

March 9, 2004 also marks the 16th anniversary of the shooting that claimed the life of Kevin Hughes and permanently altered the life of Sammy Sadler. For Sadler though, the date marks the rebirth of the career he was forced to put on hold. "The release of this CD opens up a new chapter in my career. I’m excited to be moving forward with my life and with my music," says Sadler. "I have survived and I’m pursuing my dream."

The project was a labor of love for Sammy, who says, "This CD brings me full circle." The record is filled with top-drawer songs and Sadler’s emotive vocals. The first single, "I Know A Place," is already showing nice momentum. Currently the track is holding the #21 and #69 spots on the Texas Music Chart and the Music Row Country Breakout Chart, respectively. Nashville big-leaguers Harry Stinson and Tommy Lee James wrote the song, which is a wide-open, uptempo number and the perfect showcase for Sammy’s distinctive tenor voice.

HARD ON A HEART was produced by Chet Hinesley (Doug Stone, Tony Joe White) and Nashville’s finest were there to lend a hand. Stellar musicians Mike Johnson (steel), Steven Forrest (bass), Dan Justice (guitars), Jason Garner (keys), Mark Beckett (drums), David Russell (fiddle) and Roger Williams (sax) supply the perfect foundation for Sadler’s powerful vocals.

Standout tracks include the title cut, "Hard On A Heart," written by Tom Paden and Ed Hill. Beautifully written, the song looks at the losses suffered by each side in a breakup, and the hypnotic melody gives Sadler room to flex his vocal "muscles." The Roger Murrah/Billy Lawson ode-to-home, "That Ole Gravel Road" is a barn burnin’ uptempo. You can’t help but tap your feet and imagine your old pick-up truck kickin’ up the dust on Easy Street. "Freedom Feels Like Loneliness Today" (Charles Browder/John Wesley Ryles) is a power-ballad that details the loneliness and the emotional fallout of divorce.

This is a strong debut from a now-seasoned artist. Texas Records has assembled a talented team of music industry veterans to support this project. Sammy Sadler is finally back where he belongs.

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For more information contact:

Martha Moore
so much MOORE media - Celebrating 16 Years!
PO Box 120426
Nashville, TN 37212-0426
ph 615.298.1689
fax 615.298.1446

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