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Carrie Underwood talks about how she's changed since stardom--and how she hasn't--in this exclusive cover story. Carrie says that plenty of changes occur in everyone's life between the ages of 21 & 25. "I've definitely changed over the last few years as far as growing up," she tells Country Weekly. At the same time she adds, "I hope that anybody that knew me before and knows me now dan still say I'm the same person inside." Read more in the March 23rd issue.


Artist Watch!!

Stephen Cochran!

Between his recent tour of the Middle East, scores of benefit appearances on behalf of his fellow veterans, and constant roadwork in support of his acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Stephen Cochran has a lot on his plate these days. And while he has built his loyal fan base one gig at a time, some innovative and very cool marketing strategies have helped with the steady growth of the singer/songwriter's career.

One such strategy, created by Nashville's GrassRoots Marketing, recently took home a Silver Addy award from the American Advertising Federation. The award, presented to GrassRoots Marketing at ceremonies held recently in Nashville, recognized the popular online game the company created in conjunction with Cochran's single, "Thinkin' I'm Drinkin'." The game gives fans the chance to upload their photo, which is inserted into a virtual barroom standing next to Cochran. Skilled players watch their faces change the more they "consume," as the rowdy "Thinkin' I'm Drinkin'" plays in the background. With over 60,000 entries annually, the Addy Awards are one of the world's largest and toughest advertising competitions.

Even as he celebrates this latest award, Cochran has found the time to head into the studio and begin work on his highly anticipated sophomore release. In fact, the album's debut single, "Wal-Mart Flowers," is already completed and is scheduled to ship to radio stations on April 13.

"'Wal-Mart Flowers' is one of those special songs that only comes along once in a while," Cochran says. "The first time I heard it, I knew I had to record it and I knew I had to do it my way. That's why I ended up co-producing the record with my longtime producer, Jim Allison. I've never been as excited about a song as I am about 'Wal-Mart Flowers.'"

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Stephen Cochran's Official Website


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'Three Kings' Rhythm Section


The 'Three Kings is a very popular, top call; Nashville based rhythm section consisting of Kurt Allison (guitars), Tully Kennedy (Bass) and Rich Redmond (drums and percussion). The key to their success is their 'strength in numbers', & 'Us against the world' mentality. Together since 2000, they have toured and/or recorded with some of the biggest names in popular music. Currently, they are the recording and touring band with Broken Bow recording sensation, Jason Aldean. Their playing can be heard on every track of Jason's platinum selling debut which produced multiple top ten hits, including the #1 hit 'Why'.

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Photos of the Month

Exclusive concert photos from Toby Keith's Biggest and Baddest tour in Peoria, IL on January 29, 2009. Opening the show was Jason Aldean. Photos from Left: Kurt Allison (Guitar slinger) / Jason Aldean... Rich Eckhardt / Toby Keith..... Rich Redmond, drummer extrordinairre for Jason Aldean


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