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Randy Houser dishes out first single

Thursday, May 15, 2008 – Randy Houser, Universal South's newest artist, released his first single to country radio this week, "Anything Goes."

"'Anything Goes' is one of the few songs I didn't write on this album," said Houser. "But, the first time I heard it, a lot of things were put into perspective for me and I have to brag on the writers and say "I was affected". It's one of my favorite songs I've ever heard." Brice Long and John Wayne Wiggins wrote the song.

Houser spent the past two months pushing his music at country radio. Houser is taking a short break in Las Vegas to take part in several ACM activities. He also performs at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort today.

Houser has been entertaining crowds since the age of 13, when he started and fronted his first band. He continued performing through high school and into college. After college, he spent 10 years honing his songwriting skills in his hometown of Lake, Miss. and in 2002 decided to make the move to Nashville. He spent his first few years. He was soon signed to a publishing deal with his first cut landing on Trace Adkins' "Songs About Me" album.

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