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Country Radio Broadcasters
Opens Doors to CRS-35
With Town Meeting Invitation

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- In an effort to improve time management, minimize conflict and boost event attendance, the CRS-35 Agenda Committee has announced the official CRS-35 agenda will introduce a new initiative; The CRB Spring Town Meeting at CRS, co-sponsored by BMI. CRB is opening the doors to music industry professionals who would not normally attend the Country Radio Seminar to afford them the opportunity to participate in a portion of the convention at a nominal cost.

The Spring Town Meeting will be held Thursday, March 4 and encompass the following panels:

Label Heads On The Hotseat
2:00 - 3:20 PM
Record chiefs discuss the state and future of the industry.
(Confirmed participants include Chairman RLG Label Group RLG/Nashville Joe Galante, Chairman UMG Nashville Luke Lewis and Sony Music Nashville President & CEO John Grady)

3:30 - 5:00 PM
This annual event combines the discussion of how songs are born with live performances by the songwriters. Sherrie' Austin, Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley and Jim Collins will perform.

Exhibit Area Networking Hour
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Spring Town Meeting registrants will have the opportunity to visit the CRS-35 exhibit center and mix and mingle with fellow music professionals and radio registrants from all over the country.

In making the decision to include the Town Meeting in the official seminar agenda, CRB Executive Director, Ed Salamon shares, "After a tough year for the Country music business, Country Radio is creating this new opportunity to impact the professional growth of related industries. We hope that anyone who does not customarily attend the Country Radio Seminar and is serious about their career as a songwriter, publisher, booking agent or artist will invest an afternoon of their time to learn about the future of the music business. It's an opportunity to interact with the nearly 1,000 Country radio professionals who have come from all over the US."

A limited number of afternoon passes will be offered to attend the Spring Town Meeting. Passes are $75 in advance / $100 at the door and will entitle registrants admission to CRS-35 from 1:30PM to close Thursday, March 4. Register on line at <> or by calling The Country Radio Broadcasters at (615) 327-4487.

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Have YOU registered?

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

Registration is $500 - February 15, 2004 deadline

On-site Registration - $575.00

Complete seminar registration and hotel information may be obtained by contacting the CRB, Inc. offices

at 615.327.4487 or by visiting the organization's web site at

For more information contact:
Jeff Walker * 615.269.7071 x123 *

CRB * Ed Salamon * 615.327.4487 *

Chris Cagle
Cancels All Appearances Through June

Severe Vocal Chord Issues Force The Hard-Hitting Cagle Off The Road

Nashville, TN - On the brink of hitting the road with the Rascal Flatts "I Melt Tour," which kicks off in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Capitol Records recording artist Chris Cagle has been put on extreme vocal rest by his doctor, Dr. Robert Ossoff. This extended vocal rest is schedule to last through June 1.

"I cherish tremendously the opportunities I've been afforded in the music business," Cagle began, clearly upset by the prognosis. "But more than that, I value what the fans and country radio have given me. If I do not take the time to fix what's going wrong with my vocal chords right now, all of their support for me would have been for nothing -- and that's the last thing I want to happen because of how much they believed in me and my music."

In hopes of remedying the condition, Cagle has already undergone two weeks of vocal rest to no avail. His vocal chords are afflicted with a polyp, an unspecified lesion, a cyst and a granuloma says Dr. Ossoff. With complete vocal rest for a minimum of 60 days, the prognosis for the hard-singing Texan's vocal chords is good. He will need to abstain from concert performances and personal appearances that require talking.

"I love to play. I love the road. You never want to think that could be jeopardized," says Cagle. "Connecting with the fans is so important to me. That's what I live to do. Today I realized how quickly I could destroy everything the fans have given me: their love and their passion."

In addition to the two-month-long Rascal Flatts tour, Cagle will also be forgoing his Super bowl appearance later this month.

Since coming on the scene three years, Cagle has earned two Gold records Play It Loud and Chris Cagle (which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart last year). His singles include the #1 hit "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out", three Top 5 hits "Laredo," "What A Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It". He spent Fall 2003 on CMT's Most Wanted Live Tour with Rascal Flatts. A roughneck cowboy, USA Today opined, "country music is ripe for a larger than life figure with the potential to pack arenas. Cagle's over-the-top enthusiasm is bound to generate excitement", and Texas Music proclaimed him, "Loud, proud and driven."

For more information:

Capitol Records:
Regina Stephens Stuve or Dixie Weathersby * 615-269-2000
Kathi ATwood * 615.269.7071 ext. 125


Randy Thompson Leaves The Past Behind
With His First International Single
"Sound Of The Rain"

"If you’re in the mood for pulsating, cut-to-the-chase tales of love, regret and moving on, delivered with grit, swagger and a touch of RandyThompson.jpg (163192 bytes)class…check out THAT’S NOT ME…" - Country Music Today

Nashville, TN (January 20, 2004) - - Pulsing with primal energy, Randy Thompson’s first international single, "Sound Of The Rain," is a pounding uptempo with fierce power. From the lanky Virginian’s upcoming third album, THAT’S NOT ME, the release will be issued via the Country HotDisc compilation February 1.

Randy says, "This song is about the feeling that you get driving down the road to somewhere new. It’s about leaving the past behind - leaving the pain behind and moving on with your eyes wide open. I wrote most of the song in my car, pulled over on the side of the road…after five years of trying to make my marriage work. I finally realized that life would be okay if I were alone."

Thompson’s towering vocal rides a gritty track and a hard-core lyric. There is an outlaw feel to the record – and Randy exudes an early Waylonesque strength and virility in his vocals. Lonestarwebstation (the popular Texas music website) describes Thompson’s style as "Perfect for the blue highway…it’s hard to pick just one favorite track." No Depression observes, "Thompson is a strong songwriter and evocative singer…he shows a real knack for a good line."

There is no hesitation when he sings:

"In the bluegrass is where I’m gonna ride

When I need to set my stallions free

And I’m gonna listen to the sound of the rain

To calm this storm inside of me."

And, there is no weakness when he sings:

"…I feel a greater distance when you’re near than I do these many miles away…"

Music Row Magazine heralds Thompson as "A strong, true singer." One listen to "Sound Of The Rain" and you’re sure to agree.

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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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