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Jackson, Church lead Capitol party

Thursday, August 11, 2011 – "Capitol Street Party 4," a free music event open to the public is scheduled to take place near Music Row, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 with low sets by Alan Jackson, Eric Church and newcomer Eric Paslay. EMI Records Nashville's newest singer/songwriter Jon Pardi will extend the street with a special post-party performance at a nearby club.

Capitol Records Nashville President & CEO, Mike Dungan said, "Where else can you experience a true American icon, the artist with the number one album in America and the best new artist to come out this year? All for the low, low price of ... Nothing. It's free. You'd be crazy not to be there."

Texas native Paslay (Pass-Lay) started playing guitar at 15 years old and had aspirations of being a songwriter. He moved to Nashville to attend a music program at Middle Tennessee State University. Seven years after his move to Nashville, Paslay signed with EMI Record Nashville. During those seven years he worked on his songwriting and gigged around town. Paslay has penned or co-penned every song on his debut album, due out next year. He also has a songwriting cut, Friday Night, on the upcoming Lady Antebellum album, as well as, the Jake Owen single Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which he co-wrote with Dylan Altman and Terry Sawchuk.

Pardi comes from a small town in Northern California. He performed karaoke for at his grandmother's home at three. By 8, he was playing the guitar and at 12, he was writing his own songs. Pardi had his first band at age 14, performing a mixture of classic rock and country. Pardi moved to Nashville at 22 years old, where his unique musical style gained the attention of Song Factory which led to a publishing contract.

Last year, more than 10,000 fans packed Demonbreun Street.

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