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Equity Music Group folds

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 – Equity Music Group, the label started by Clint Black, is suspending its operations, it was announced Tuesday.

The decision was made after "many hours of discussions with investors who have been hit hard by the economic crisis," according to a press release from the label.

"Our investors tried to find a way to keep the doors open at Equity, but with a struggling industry, an overall decline in discretionary spending by consumers and a total freeze on credit markets, the Board of Directors has been forced to make this difficult decision," said label President Tim Wipperman. "We want to wish our wonderful staff and artists all the best in all their future endeavors."

Wipperman will remain with the company. The company's artist roster includes Black, Laura Bryna, Carolina Rain, Kevin Fowler and new artist Blake Wise.

The label had included Little Big Town, which split to go with Capitol Nashville, and Mark Wills.

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On Purpose CD review - On Purpose
Clint Black must sometimes feel like an alien fallen to earth when comparing his music -- such as the many fine new songs found on his latest "On Purpose" album - with what's in vogue on the mainstream country charts. Rather than partying till he pukes, as so many of his younger brethren are doing these days, Black oftentimes waxes philosophical. "Not everything's gonna go my way," he admits during the sometimes funny reflections found in "Better and Worse. »»»
The Long Cool EP CD review - The Long Cool EP
This is a four-song teaser from Clint Black, including a few covers of chestnuts. He countrifies The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman" and maintains a bouncy feel with the vocal chops to pull the classic off. He rocks a bit with a steady drum beat, but with sturdy fiddle playing, the country vibe is apparent. "You Still Get To Me" is another well sung Black duet with wife Lisa Hartman Black. Written by Black with Victoria Shaw, the soulful-oriented song is catchy, but too glossy sounding. »»»
The Love Songs CD review - The Love Songs
Originally, Clint Black may have been truer to his honky tonk roots than anyone in the Class of 1989, but his lengthy career has been highlighted by love songs. That's why it's fitting that Black released a themed, 12-song disc that features some of his best material in that category. Black, recording on his own label, comes through with a different feel to the songs, one with a bluesy touch. There's more focus on the vocals throughout than there was on the original cuts. »»»
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: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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