| Mar 10, 2009 |
Digital Rodeo Closes Out CRS-40 Week with Late Night Jam Session
Artists Cut Loose With Favorite Cover Songs, Give 'Musical Thanks' to 40 Years of Radio Support
DigitalRodeo.com and Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. celebrated the official conclusion of this year's 40th anniversary of Country Radio Seminar with a late night, cover-songs-only jam session at Cadillac Ranch on Friday night, March 6.
The show, billed as "The 40th Anniversary Jam: A Musical Thanks to Radio," featured nearly two-dozen artists performing their favorite cover songs from the last 40 years. The two-and-a-half hour set included performances from: Kate and Kacey, Danielle Peck, Jimmy Wayne, Sunny Sweeney, Darryl Worley, Emily West, Jamie O'Neal, Brady Seals, Chuck Wicks, Andy Griggs, Crystal Shawanda, KingBilly, Julianne Hough, Mark Wills, Amanda Wilkinson, David Nail, Emerson Drive, Adam Gregory, Chris Young, Jessica Harp, James Otto, Mandy Barnett and Blake Shelton. Shelton was joined by girlfriend Miranda Lambert at the end of the night for the Bellamy Brothers' classic "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body."
"The 40th Anniversary Jam was a huge success for everybody involved," says DigitalRodeo.com Director of Marketing and Promotions John Pyne. "The artists had a great time, the club was packed, and we couldn't have been happier with the way the event turned out. The fact is, country radio is largely responsible for the success of many of these artists' careers, and we thought this was a unique but appropriate way to recognize the hard work of the CRB and everyone at radio through the years."
Adds Sharon Allen, CRB Director of Sponsorship Sales, "When I first discussed this event with Digital Rodeo, I was immediately intrigued about the idea of having such an exciting concept to wrap up the 40th anniversary of CRS. If Friday night's turnout was any indication, this looks to be one of our 'can't-miss' events in the future."
Digital Rodeo was a prominent sponsor at this year's CRS-40. The online country music lifestyle site set up a booth in the Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, informing attendees about DigitalRodeo.com and interviewing artists for DRTV, available exclusively at the website. CRS volunteers were easily spotted everywhere throughout the week in bright red CRS-40/DigitalRodeo.com t-shirts.
"Digital Rodeo encompasses much of what Country Radio Seminar is all about," said Digital Rodeo Director of Industry Relations Robert Reynolds, "and that is networking and communicating with others in the field we all love: country music. There was a lot said at this year's CRS about embracing new media formats and the benefits of artists, labels and management all working together in today's shifting industry and economy. DigitalRodeo.com wants to help facilitate that as much as possible."
DigitalRodeo.com is the premier country news, music and lifestyle site for country music fans everywhere. Community membership is free and offers fans and artists alike the opportunity to connect with each other, upload and download audio and video, watch exclusive DigitalRodeo.com content and stay updated on what's happening in the world of country music. For more information, visit www.DigitalRodeo.com
The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format. More information may be obtained at: www.crb.org or at the CRB office at 615-327-4487.