Steve Azar forms label, plans to release "Indianola"
Sunday, April 13, 2008
– A new disc from Steve Azar should be coming soon because Azar decided to form his own label. The decision to start Ride Records came after more than a year of waiting by Azar to release his new CD. "Indianola" will be the newly formed label's first project, co-released on Azar's Dang label, and nationally distributed by Redeye. The first single release to country radio will be, "I Won't Let You Lead Me Down."
Azar partnered with industry veteran Harry Nelson as National Director of Radio and Media Promotion for Ride. Ride Entertainment Group will sign and develop emerging artists in all music formats.
Azar previously was on Mercury Nashville where he had a hit with "I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)." He toured in early 2007 as the opening act for Bob Seger.
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