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Tim McGraw-owned label partners with Mercury

Thursday, April 5, 2007 – Tim McGraw's label, StyleSonic Records, and Mercury announced a joint venture for new artist Halfway to Hazard. McGraw's long-time producer Byron Gallimore also is involved in StyleSonic.

"We are really excited to associate with Tim and Byron and their label on the Halfway to Hazard project," said Luke Lewis, Chairman, UMG Nashville Thursday. "Tim brought his amazing musical sensibilities to the studio and along with Byron produced a fresh, groundbreaking album. We look forward to breaking this act wide open."

Halfway to Hazard is comprised of David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. Both are from the coal-country of eastern Kentucky, Hindman and Jackson, respectively, just outside of Hazard. They've been friends since grade school and hooked up three years ago after pursuing solo projects, writing songs together and performing live. "It's like throwing music and firecrackers into a blender and what pours out is Halfway to Hazard," said Tolliver and Warrix.

The band came to the attention of Gallimore shortly after he and McGraw announced the formation of StyleSonic Records. "I saw them live and was blown away," said Gallimore. "I shared their music with Tim, and he felt the same passion. We couldn't be happier to be working with Mercury Records and their team."

"These guys are the real thing," added McGraw. "The songs are amazing, they have great energy live, and we just had a blast making the record they wanted to make."

The lead single "Daisy," co-written by Tolliver, Warrix and Anthony Smith, is receiving early airplay.

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