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Tracy Lawrence terms first CMA award "amazing experience"

Thursday, November 8, 2007 – After 16 years and 17 number 1 records, Tracy Lawrence termed his first CMA Award last night in the Musical Event Of The Year category for "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" an "amazing experience." "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" is still testing high on the airwaves nearly 15 months after its release.

Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney contributed to the song, which made history because Lawrence became the first country artist who owns his own record label, RCR (Rocky Comfort Records), to take home a CMA Award for a song, a bonus track, from the label's debut CD release.

"Last night was an amazing experience to top off a phenomenal year," said Lawrence. "Once again, I have to thank radio for such overwhelming support and I have to thank all of the fans who let radio know that they wanted to hear it by continuing to call and request it. Both have kept this song active for nearly 15 months. Winning this award on this song means so much to me."

"My brother and I started out a little over a year ago with a dream and a vision. We put together a first class team of independent professionals, from promotion and marketing to public relations and distribution. We all shared the vision and the motivation, commitment, persistence and tenacity. We all got behind the ball and pushed with everything we had to give it. We had something to prove to ourselves and to the industry. It's a very cool thing to bring this award home. I am thrilled to accept this honor for me, my brother and business partner Laney, Rocky Comfort Records, my team, country radio and my fans. We did it. It's a win for all of us. But, there's no time to rest on our laurels. This is just the beginning. The kickoff, so to speak."

The "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" video featured appearances by George Jones, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros, Cornelius Griffin of the Washington Redskins and fellow country singer Daryl Worley.

The CD started and finished with "Find Out Who Your Friends Are." One is Lawrence's single, and the other was the bonus track that featured two of Lawrence's longtime friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.

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The Rock CD review - The Rock
On the heels of his successful Tim McGraw-Kenny Chesney collaboration, Find Out Who Your Friends Are, Tracy Lawrence's latest is an uplifting set filled with Christian songs in the vein of Randy Travis' "Rise and Shine." The songs here don't quite have the same lyrical punch as some of Travis' work, but it is a solid album nonetheless. Lawrence's warm baritone and effortless, emotional delivery make each track sound genuine and heartfelt. I'm Done is a »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
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