Thursday, August 11, 2011

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Announce Talent for CRS-40

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. Announce Talent for CRS-40

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
Announce Talent for CRS-40
Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has announced the talent for the daily luncheons at this year's CRS-40, held March 4-6, 2009.

Returning sponsors include Sony Music Nashville and Capitol Nashville.  Sony Music Nashville's luncheon (Thursday) will feature Miranda Lambert and Jake Owen, while the Capitol Nashville luncheon (Friday) will feature Darius Rucker and Little Big Town.

Wednesday's luncheon is sponsored by new label Golden Music and will feature performances by Benton Blount and Williams Riley Band.

"These luncheons have become an annual high point of the Country Radio Seminar," says CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon.  "We are pleased to have Sony Music Nashville and Capitol Nashville back as returning sponsors and would like to welcome Golden Music as a first-time sponsor of our Wednesday luncheon."

Brief artist bios are below.

Miranda Lambert - As a two-time Grammy nominee, platinum artist and winner of the 2008 ACM Album of the Year Award, Miranda Lambert packs a pretty hard punch.  Her first record, Kerosene, debuted at No. 1 on the country charts, as did her follow-up album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  Lambert took home Best New Female honors at the 2007 ACM Awards and won Album of the Year in 2008.  That same year, she was nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as Single of the Year for her first Top 10 single, "Gunpowder & Lead."  Her latest single, "More Like Her," is currently at country radio.  She will tour with Kenny Chesney later this year.

Jake Owen - Since releasing his debut album, Startin' With Me, RCA Nashville recording artist Jake Owen has celebrated three consecutive hit singles, including "Yee Haw," "Something About A Woman" and the Top 10 hit "Startin' With Me." Owen also received his first CMA and GRAMMY Award nominations for "Life in a Northern Town" (with Sugarland and Little Big Town).  His sophomore album, Easy Does It, is slated for release on February 24.  The first single and Top 20 hit, "Don't Think I Can't Love You," is the fastest rising single of his career.

Darius Rucker - Capitol Records Nashville artist Darius Rucker first came to fame as the voice of Hootie & The Blowfish, winning two Grammys in the process.  Recently, the South Carolina native has released his debut country solo album, Learn To Live.  The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart, and "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," the album's debut single, spent multiple weeks at No. 1.  Rucker is currently on tour with Brad Paisley, and his new single, "It Won't Be Like This For Long," is currently a Top 15 hit and climbing.

Little Big Town - Little Big Town, comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, re-released A Place To Land on Capitol Records Nashville last October with four new tracks, including their current single, "Good Lord Willing."  The multiple Grammy nominated foursome and former ACM Top New Vocal Group has toured with Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, George Strait and Sugarland most recently, elevating them to headline their own A Place To Land tour this year.

Benton Blount - Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Benton Blount never even picked up a guitar or a microphone until he was 18 years old.  More than 10 years later, however, Benton has made a career out of performing and writing music.  After making the move to Nashville, Benton began making his mark on the local music scene immediately, signing a record deal with label Golden Music.  The singer plans to release his debut album and begin touring this summer.

Williams Riley Band - Steve Williams got his first break in the music business through acclaimed musician Edwin McCain, who introduced the Larose, Louisiana native to producer Noel Golden.  Together, the two recorded Williams' debut album, which features contributions from a diverse lineup of musicians, including rock guitarist Slash, country artist Bryan White, and singer-songwriter McCain.

CRS-40 will be held March 4-6, 2009 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.  Complete seminar information may be obtained by contacting CRB, Inc. at 615.327.4487 or by visiting  The current rate of $699 expires Feb. 6.  On-site registration is $749.

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