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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


We just wanted to take a minute to thank those secondary and small/medium market stations who report to Music Row and secondary charts. Listeners don't realize that it takes money, a good bit of it, to be able to report to the major charts like Mediabase and Billboard. These secondary charts matter too. They show progress for an artist and for an artist to be charted means someone is listening somewhere and that's a good thing, no matter what level of an artist you are. These charts mean everything to a new artist, it means that they're being recognized, that they're not just playing to deaf ears. Thank you so much to these stations that we know report to Music Row. We appreciate you and we know the artists/listeners do too.

WHMA Anniston, AL
WXFL Florence, AL
KCJC Russellville, AR
KCNY Conway, AR
KDXY Jonesboro, AR
KQUS Hot Springs, AR
KWCK Searcy, AR
KSED Flagstaff, AZ
KVAY Lamar, CO
WTRS Ocala, FL
WZZS Zolfo Springs, FL
WBYZ Baxley, GA
WOKA Douglas, GA
WTHO Thomson, GA
KBOE Oskaloosa, IA
KIAI Mason City, IA
KLMJ Hampton, IA
KMGO Centerville, IA
KLMJ Hampton, IA
KSMA Mason City, IA
KXIA Marshalltown, IA
KICR Sandpoint, ID
KTHK Idaho Falls, ID
WAAG Galesburg, IL
WIBL Normal, IL
WOOZ Carterville, IL
WIFE Connersville, IN
WLJE Valparaiso, IN
KAIR Atchison, KS
KKOW Pittsburgh, KS
KVWF Wichita, KS
KYEZ Salina, KS
WBKR Owensboro, KY
WDHR Pikeville, KY
KDOL Livingston, TX
WGGC Bowling Green,
WKDZ Cadiz, KY
KIAI Mason City, IA
KRRV Alexandria, LA
KXKZ Ruston, LA
WKTT Salisbury, MD
WATZ Alpena, MI
WJNR Iron Mountain, MI
WUPY Ontonagon, MI
KBXB Sikeston, MO
KDKD Clinton, MO
KFAV Warrenton, MO
KWWR Mexico, MO
KZZY Devils Lake, ND
KRVN Lexington, NE
WXXK Lebanon, NH
WCJW Warsaw, NY
WDNB Liberty, NY
WKLI Latham, NY
KKAJ Ardmore, OK
KREK Bristow, OK
KWEY Weatherford, OK
KWOX Woodwards, OK
WFGE State College, PA
WWBE Selinsgrove, PA
KYTN Union City, TN
WDKN Dickson, TN
WEIO Huntingdon, TN
WLLX Lawrenceburg, TN
WOWF Crossville, TN
WUCZ Carthage, TN
Renegade Radio Nashville
Nashville, TN
KFTX Corpus Christi, TX
KGKL San Angelo, TX
KMKS Bay City, TX
KXOX Sweetwater, TX
KYYK Palestine, TX
WTCM Traverse City, MI
WAKG Danville, VA
WMEV Marion, VA
WAXX Altoona, WI
WCOW Sparta, WI
WGLR Platteville, WI
WJMQ Shawano, WI
WJVL Janesville, WI
WQPC, Prairie du Chien WI
WDGG Huntington, WV
WKKW Morgantown, WV
WKWS Charleston, WV
WTCR Huntington, WV
KWHW Altus, OK
KZPK St. Cloud, MN
KRGI Grand Island, NE
WMKC Cheboygan, MI
WDZQ Decatur, IL
KHBZ Harrison, AR
WMCI Mattoon, IL
WBWI West Bend, WI
WKPQ Hornell, NY
WFRY Watertown, NY
WKFC London, KY
KBKB Burlington, IA


Pictured left to right: NSATD's Miguel Cancino, Joel Dormer, James Bavendam, Natalie Stovall, Zach Morse, and seated below: host Don Imus


Natalie Stovall And The Drive made their national television debut today on "Imus In The Morning" performing four songs from their debut album due out later this year. Check out this morning's performance of their single currently climbing the country charts, "Baby Come On With It," HERE!


Photo Courtesy: Scott Whitley


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2014) -- Country music star Rodney Atkins and his wife, fellow singer-songwriter Rose Falcon, celebrated Atkins’ recent birthday by hosting a live-streamed StageIt show and online auction to raise money for the Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greenville, Tenn.

Atkins and Falcon each donated several items for the auction, which ended Sunday evening, including handwritten and autographed lyrics and personal mementos such as Atkins’ first mounted buck and artwork painted and signed by Falcon. Other donated items included a guitar autographed by Atkins and Joe Nichols, a cowboy hat autographed by Justin Moore, and various items signed by artists such as Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch and Jana Kramer.

“Holston United Methodist Home took care of me as an infant and helped me find a place with my adoptive parents,” said Atkins. “It means so much to Rose and me to be able to give back to them through music and with the help of our fans and friends.”

Atkins is currently working on his fifth studio album for Curb Records and performing headlining dates across the country. For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter at @RodneyAtkins and Facebook.


Photo credit: Glynis Carpenter


By Bob Doerschuk

© 2014 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Country Music headliner Martina McBride’s catalog overflows with powerfully communicative performances. The playful “I Love You,” the heartbroken ballad “Wrong Again,” and the empowering anthems “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls” and “Wrong Baby Wrong” unfold along clear lines of melody, which the five-time CMA Award winner animated with her own distinctive phrasing and interpretive sense.

In contrast, much of her new album, Everlasting, pays homage to R&B and showcases vocal improvisation. A perfect example would be “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” which in essence was a sketch over which Otis Redding unleashed his volcanic and highly extemporized performance. Speaking generally, the emphasis in soul music is often on the performance, while to paraphrase a familiar line in Music City, Country recordings start with and often stay grounded on the song.

“There are some differences in phrasing,” McBride noted. “When I was first thinking about making this record and finding songs that would fit my voice, I was a little bit overwhelmed. Tackling some of these songs was a bit intimidating. But then Don (Was, producer) helped me a lot. He said, ‘Just be you. Sing it how you would sing it.’ That was a liberating moment for me. I was like, ‘Oh! That makes sense!’”

Martina McBride and producer Don Was at Blackbird Studio.
Photo credit: Brian Totoro

Their collaboration began with a meeting in Los Angeles. “We just had a musical conversation,” McBride recalled. “We listened to music for hours in his office to figure out what I was drawn to. I was thinking about making a mellow, singer/ songwriter record in a soul vein, something with horns, like a Ray Charles record. At some point it just clicked and we decided to lean in that direction.”

Everlasting was a milestone for Was as well. For all he had accomplished in the industry, this was the first album he had ever produced in Nashville. The musicians exemplified the best of the city’s approach to tracking, working quickly and efficiently, with no problems crossing the Country Music divide.

“We were all in the same room, Don and us, except for Martina in the vocal room,” said her longtime music director and keyboard player Jim Medlin. “He sat there with us and listened, his eyes shut the whole time, smiling like a kid in a candy shop. We all had little talk-back mics; when we’d do a pass, he didn’t give a lot of direction but just let everything unfold with a couple of words here and there. It was a real laid-back endeavor.”

“I think it was really thrilling for the musicians because they were playing for an audience of Don Was,” McBride added. “With so few instruments, everybody played so tastefully. Nobody got in anyone’s way. It was like they’d been playing together for 20 years.”

One concern that didn’t come up in the studio was whether Country fans would have any trouble connecting with Everlasting. McBride still doesn’t worry about it; she’s played some of these tracks on shows with George Strait this year, trusting that the music would speak for itself.

“To some Country fans, it might sound like I’ve taken some kind of a left turn,” she admitted. “But this is so similar to Country Music! And anything I do is probably going to have a Country sensibility because that’s what I’ve sung for so long. The common thread is that it’s me. I hope people listen and go, ‘Oh, that’s just Martina, doing what she always does.’”

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On Twitter: @MartinaMcBride