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Byrd To Team Up with Mark Chesnutt

Byrd To Team Up with Mark Chesnutt for Select Dates Billed as The Beaumont Boys

BEAUMONT, Texas – With an amazing 34 singles and ten studio albums - four of which are certified gold, one platinum, and double platinum by the RIAA – Tracy Byrd is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist! The tall Texan first hit #1 in 1993 with “Holdin’ Heaven” and has continued releasing hits “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From The Country,” “Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone,” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which went on to win the CMA Song of the Year honor.
 
Now circa 2019, Tracy Byrd is back at it. After taking a few years off from touring outside of Texas, Tracy is hitting to road to bring his hits to country fans across North America. In addition, Byrd will team up with fellow Beaumont native Mark Chesnutt for select dates billed as The Beaumont Boys. The Beaumont Boys package is being co-booked by Deric Brown of artist LIVE and Risha Rodgers of William Morris Endeavor (WME).
 
“I am really enjoying getting back out on the road,” says Tracy Byrd. “I loved spending time off watching the kids grow, but I have missed seeing the legion of fans that we had gained over the years. I look forward to reconnecting with them on the road!”

 

About Tracy Byrd:

Tracy Byrd has always been something of a maverick. In an industry where careers are often decided in committee, Byrd has always held fast to his own creative vision and has never been afraid to take the road less traveled. That unbridled spirit again prevails on his newest release, “Different Things.” Not only does Tracy continue to deliver no-holds-barred country music, he does so while embarking on a new business model that is setting the standard for artists in today’s competitive music industry.
 

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.@TracyByrdMusic celebrates 25 years making music & announces 2019 Tour Plans + shows with @MarkChesnutt. More info at: tracybyrdmusic.com.

 

 

 

Janie Frickie Release

Legacy Recordings Releases The Essential JANIE FRICKE to all Digital Service Providers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke has released The Essential JANIE FRICKE, through Sony Legacy to all digital service providers for streaming and downloading. The collection includes many of her 18 number one hits including "What're You Doing Tonight," "It Ain't Easy Being Easy," "He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)," "Tell Me A Lie" and more. All forty songs released on The Essential JANIE FRICKE are available to fans on Spotify, Amazon Music, among others.

"After so many wonderful years of recording, it's a reward to see this compilation of both my favorite singles and duets presented in one project," Fricke said. "I am thrilled beyond words, and thanks to all the great folks at Sony/Columbia Records."

Raised on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke began singing in church, and later turned that talent into a career which began as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers. Long before her success as a country artist, millions of people became familiar with Fricke’s voice through ads for United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, McDonald's and Red Lobster. She soon became a session singer where she was singing background in the studio with some of the biggest country stars of the late 70’s and early 80’s, including Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and Mel Tillis.

After a string of duets with such greats as Merle Haggard and Moe Bandy, Fricke landed a solo recording contract in the early 80’s and scored several hit singles, including “Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby,” “He's a Heartache” and “You're Heart's Not In It.” She won CMA’s coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1983 and ’84 and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has been credited with over 1,600 album projects and scored 36 hit singles.

Janie spent the better part of 2018 on the road, touring the country and singing to her fans. Janie is looking forward to a very busy year to come. "I'm so thankful to continue touring on the road. We had a great year and are working in 2019!" says Janie. As I look back, it's amazing to remember all the venues where we have performed, and the fans we met. What an incredible opportunity, especially with my GREAT band. Thanks to all of you!"

In recent years, Sony Music Entertainment made four of Fricke’s classic albums available to fans on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms via the Legacy Digital Vault campaign, including The First Word In MemoryThe Very Best of Janie FrickeBlack & White and Saddle in the Wind! The collection of albums features the 18-time chart-topper’s biggest hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “Tell Me a Lie,” “She’s Single Again” and more.

In addition, Fricke put a spin of bluegrass with some fresh interpretations of many of her beloved tunes with the release of Country Side of Bluegrass. The 13-track collection was produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry.

 

 

Happy New Year!

GETTING READY FOR A NEW YEAR!

We look forward to the New Year by serving up those Great Classic Country Hits. Keep it locked in on your phone with our app, on your desktop by streaming from our website and of course you can carry Kudzu 104.9 with you wherever there's a RADIO! Just dial up 104.9 and you've got KUDZU CLASSIC COUNTRY!

 

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We wish for you the best in 2019.

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