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Songwriters hit the road

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced the launch of "Nashville Guitars and Bars," the company's new artist development initiative. Beginning in January 2013, these new music events will send two Sony/ATV songwriter artists per month to perform at The Tin Roof locations in Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Lexington, Ky.

Singer/songwriters Joey Hyde and Cheryl LuQuire will kick-off the tour with these four performances:

Jan. 22, 2013 - Cincinnati, OH - The Tin Roof, Cincinnati

Jan. 23, 2013 - Louisville, KY - The Tin Roof, Louisville

Jan. 29, 2013 - Indianapolis, IN - The Tin Roof, Indianapolis

Jan. 30, 2013 - Lexington, KY - The Tin Roof,, Lexington, Ky.

Subsequent events in this music series will follow the same pattern each month: two artists traveling between the four cities (two cities per week), followed the next month by a new pair of artists. Upcoming dates and artists will be announced soon.

"Sony/ATV is committed to developing artists, which benefits both them and our roster of talented songwriters," said Troy Tomlinson, Sony/ATV Music Publishing's President/CEO, Nashville. "These events will allow our new artists to build their road chops, develop their fan base, and do what they do best - entertain music lovers. Fans will get to discover and connect in an intimate setting with artists who will one day take home our industry's biggest awards."

"It feels incredible to be chosen as one of the first artists to launch the 'Nashville Guitars and Bars' tour," said Hyde. "Performing live and sharing is what I love to do, and I cannot wait to perform for the audiences at The Tin Roofs in these cities."

"I am looking forward to performing in these cities and meeting the music fans," said LuQuire. "It's a thrill to be asked to perform on this tour, and I appreciate Sony/ATV Music Publishing having confidence in me."

Michigan-native Hyde grew up listening to his father's record collection, including AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy. As he grew older, he discovered the songs of Merle Haggard and Tom Petty and developed a love for songwriting. Hyde moved to Nashville in 2006 to attend Belmont University, but was frequently found performing in the honky tonks on Lower Broadway and across the Southeast. After spending a few years on the road playing guitar for artists including James Wesley, Hyde began to focus on his goal of becoming an artist. Signed to Sony/ATV, he has performed in clubs across the country this year, both on his own and as the opening act for several artists including The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and Josh Thompson.

Mississippi-native LuQuire developed her vocal style by listening to the records of soul music icons such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and country music divas including Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. She moved to Nashville for college and, after graduating from Belmont University, she signed to Sony/ATV. She plans to continue to write songs and tour throughout 2013.

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