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Terri Clark goes indie, leaves BNA

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 – Terri Clark is leaving the major labels to go the indie route. She told fan club members that she was ending her relationship with BNA Records, which never released a full disc of Clark's music. Clark indicated she would like to concentrate more on her career in her homeland, Canada, along with overseas possibilities. She also talked about forming her own label.

"Well, it is with a little sadness, a little anxiety and a lot of excitement that I want to share some news with all of you before you hear it anywhere else," Clark told her fan club. "As you all know, I have been struggling over the past couple of years at trying to find and write songs to finish an album for BNA records. Over the course of the past few years, the record business, and radio has changed dramatically."

"I recently came to the conclusion that I no longer feel as though I can creatively "fit" into a certain "box" or model, and have come to a very difficult crossroads in making the decision to part ways with my record label, and forge ahead independently. I will always be eternally grateful to BNA records, and (label head) Joe Galante for believing in me and affording me the opportunity to work with them after leaving Mercury records. I came to Nashville when I was 18 to land a major label record deal, and I have had TWO, which is more than I could have dreamed of."

"I am making this decision for a few reasons...obviously creative reasons being number one...additionally, I would like to focus more of my energy on Canada. I feel as though being on U.S. major labels over the past 14 years has afforded me a wonderful career with the kind of longevity one dreams of, however I never felt like I had the time to focus on Canada enough. I would also like to work in other parts of the world again, like possibly Australia, and broaden my audience in other countries as well. In addition to my own creative freedom, my future can include helping other up and coming artists and possibly produce other acts under my own label."

"I know you have all been patiently waiting for a new album for awhile...well those of you who haven't found other means of obtaining advance copies (wink). We have been tracking our live shows for a few years out on the road, and the first thing on my long list of things to do, is to release a "live record." Jeff Jones (Velvet) and I have begun work on it as we speak, and hope to have it out to you in the first quarter of the new year. The CD will also contain a couple of new tracks that will be singles serviced to radio, satellite radio, and hopefully U.S. radio stations as well. My manager Clarence, and I are in talks and have several options for international distribution, and will do whatever is best to be sure my recorded music is available everywhere possible."

"I can promise you will be getting more new music from me from now on with less time in between....and I will be out on the road here in the U.S. and Canada throughout all of 2009."

"Thanks again to all of you for the undying support...I am very excited about being able to steer the ship and grab the bull by the horns, and do everything I've wanted to do now, creatively, and otherwise. Hope you are all as excited as I am."

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Classic CD review - Classic
If done correctly, a covers album is a great opportunity for a singer to reinvent some classic songs while making a statement about the type of music that he or she loves. Done poorly, it can be terribly boring. What's better, hearing some singer do a karaoke version of a Loretta Lynn hit or listening to the original? Fortunately, Terri Clark's "Timeless" more than does justice to some of her favorite songs. Clark wisely avoids the trap of staying too close to the »»»
Roots and Wings CD review - Roots and Wings
Terri Clark is the perfect example of country music perseverance. Despite being nearly six years removed from her last major label release and having not produced a single reaching higher than 30 on the U.S. country chart since 2007, Clark just put out what is arguably her finest and most complete artistic statement with "Roots and Wings." The album, her second release on her own imprint, has everything from soaring rockers to raw and emotional ballads, along with a dash or two of »»»
Life Goes On CD review - Life Goes On
Terri Clark is at her best when her tempo matches the mood of the song - fast and happy or slow and sad. "Life Goes On" manages a few quiet, tearful moments, and plenty of enjoyable, upbeat fare. The highlights of the album come from opposite ends of the spectrum. The slow burning "I Wish He'd Been Drinkin' Whiskey" is a stone cold sober heartbreak song, served straight up. The title track, on the other hand, bubbles with optimism and is delivered with all the growling sass that Clark can muster. »»»
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: Earle does it well all over again – Justin Townes Earle is back. Not that he had gone anywhere too far away. Less than four months ago, he performed a similarly styled solo acoustic show across the river in Boston at the City Winery. So, once again, this was the chance for Earle to showcase his bevy of very good material, leaning heavily towards a bluesy side, with his interest in... »»»
Concert Review: Stuart turns up the honky tonk – Late in the afternoon before heading up to Penn's Peak, news broke that the venue was nominated by The Academy of Country Music as one of the top five small venues for 2018. This foreshadowed a special vibe for Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on this night, playing for about 1,000 fans. The band, together now for 16 years, bedecked in... »»»
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