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Tracy Lawrence forms own label

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 – Tracy Lawrence is going the way of other musicians - forming his own record label.

His first single, "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," will be released to radio Aug. 21 with his first studio album slated for release in early 2007.

Lawrence launched Rocky Comfort Records (RCR), a partnership with his manager Laney Lawrence, to be based in Nashville. The label will operate as a joint venture with CO5 Nashville (a division of CO5 Music) and has secured an exclusive retail distribution agreement with A2M Distribution. As president of RCR, Laney Lawrence will oversee the operation of the label, while Tracy Lawrence will direct A&R.

"I have always dreamed of running my own label," said Lawrence "allowing me to be more hands-on, unbridled and free to exercise creative musical liberty. The time is right for independent labels to be a force in the [country music] industry. In a perfect world it's 'about' the music. With the launch of labels like Toby Keith's Show Dog, Neil McCoy's 903, Clint Black's Equity Records, Tracy Byrd's Blind Mule, and now my own Rocky Comfort Records, I hope we look back in five years and see that this new movement was the change that brought us closer to the perfect musical world." Larwence most recently was on DreamsWorks Nashville and also had been on Atlantic. Lawrence has 16 number 1 hits with songs including "Alibis," "If The World Had A Front Porch," "Time Marches On," "Sticks And Stones" and "Paint Me A Birmingham."

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Headlights, Taillights and Radios CD review - Headlights, Taillights and Radios
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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 »»»
All Wrapped Up In Christmas CD review - All Wrapped Up In Christmas
Although there's no lack of country Christmas CDs, it's hard to find many strictly country Christmas songs. That makes "Cold Beer" on Tracy Lawrence's first ever Christmas CD something a little special. It says, in part: "I'll sit at this bar with my good friends/And we'll all toast Christmas cheer...with cold beer." It is doubtful many country folk roast chestnuts December 25, let alone do so on an open fire, but they no doubt pop tops like a Budweiser »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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