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If there's a lot of fussin' and hollerin' these days about the future of Country Music, it was hard to tell amidst all the 24/7 music and excitement at this years Country Radio Seminar 2001 in Nashville, TN. Since radio play has long dominated the country format, labels pull out all the stops to showcase the best of their established artists, and to introduce the fresh-faced newcomers who may well become the superstars of the future, to the radio jocks and programmers from all over the country who can MAKE IT HAPPEN.

With musical events happening from breakfast until the sun comes up at the other end of the day, believe me, no one can see it all. But we tried our best, and here are some of the highlights:

Although not an official CRS event, Sherrie Austin kicked off the week with an up close and personal debut of her latest CD on her new label WE Records, called "Followin' a Feelin" at the very trendy new 6 Degrees Restaurant. With her Australian family in attendance, a packed house filled with enthusiastic friends, and some great young country singin' and pickin', Sherrie started the week off right.

In no particular order we enjoyed Neal Coty's high energy, great sounding set at the Mercury/Dreamworks showcase and party at the swank Hermitage Hotel, Kristin Garner's tremulous but triumphant debut for select jocks one sunny afternoon, Atlantic's South 65 for their great sounding harmonies, Hal Ketchum who looked like a 19th Century tough guy in a long black leather coat but sounded like a 20th century troubador, and a very together sounding Chalee Tennison at the Warner Records showcase at the historic Ryman. Lucky Dog introduced a very happening Charlie Robison (husband of a certain Dixie Chick you may have heard of), and Dishmag favorite Tracy Lawrence wowed the crowd at the Marriott's Grand Ballroom, while Keith Urban, Phil Vassar and a very cool Trick Pony rocked our world at the CRS wrap up party and disco event the final night. And talk about SPIN with a capital R-Gladiator's Russell Crowe blew everyone's mind by turning up unannounced to sing a few tunes with Australian pal Jamie O'Neal at the Country's Class of 2000 Show at the Wildhorse Saloon. / Issue 13 - September 2018
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