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THREE COUNTRY STARS’ TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH PETS

THREE COUNTRY STARS’ TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH PETS

For any traveling family, it can be a challenge to find accommodations that work for humans as well as their pets. That’s true as well for Country Music artists – so much so that one...Read full article... »

DON PEDIGO BIDS HIS GRETSCH GOODBYE IN SONG

DON PEDIGO BIDS HIS GRETSCH GOODBYE IN SONG

When his beloved Gretsch guitar was stolen from a local luthier shop, and when all efforts to track it down dead-ended, Don Pedigo did what any young Nashville singer, songwriter and finger-picker would do: He...Read full article... »

CUSTOM GUITAR STRAPS: ON THE SHOULDERS OF COUNTRY’S GIANTS

CUSTOM GUITAR STRAPS: ON THE SHOULDERS OF COUNTRY’S GIANTS

In the Feb/March 2014 issue of CMA Close Up, three top designers of guitar straps shared the secrets of their work for Country Music artists. Here’s a little background on how they got into the...Read full article... »

RADIO TOUR SECRETS FROM A TOURING PRO

RADIO TOUR SECRETS FROM A TOURING PRO

Special radio tour tips from veteran touring and recording guitarist Scott Whitehead. DON’T OVERPLAY “It is easy to overdo it, to attempt to include every fill and riff and break found in the recording. I...Read full article... »

The Vinyl Church: Why Eric Church Released ‘Caught in the Act Live’ on LP

The Vinyl Church: Why Eric Church Released ‘Caught in the Act Live’ on LP

By Randy Rudder The CMA Close Up June/July 2013 issue’s feature on the revival of vinyl releases mentioned a number of current and vintage Country LPs being released, particularly on April 20, Record Store Day....Read full article... »

Tips For Better Promo Photos

Tips For Better Promo Photos

The April/May 2013 issue of CMA Close Up offers plenty of advice from top photographers on how to shoot the strongest possible publicity photos. Of course, it’s much easier to make mistakes. Based on observations...Read full article... »

Paisley to release interactive “Wheelhouse” book, album

Paisley to release interactive “Wheelhouse” book, album

When fans buy Country superstar Brad Paisley’s new album, Wheelhouse, on Tuesday, April 9, they could be getting a little something extra from the Country superstar and five-time CMA Awards host. For the first time,...Read full article... »

Getting Interactive with Gretchen Wilson’s PR Photo

Getting Interactive with Gretchen Wilson’s PR Photo

For as long as people have used printed media to herald upcoming events, the message has been essentially static. You see a celebrity’s name, a blurb about where he or she is about to make...Read full article... »