Monday, July 26, 2010

Music Road Records Presents Summer Releases and Unveils New Website

Music Road Records, Austin, TX - Music Road Records (MRR) launches a new website at www.musicroadrecords.com with an exciting roster of artists and upcoming releases. With their involvement in the Cherokee Creek Festival and their commitment to representing artists with integrity, MRR has established itself as a trusted resource for great music and hard-working artists.

Musician Jimmy LaFave, recording engineer Fred Remmert and Dallas businessman Kelcy Warren founded Music Road Records in 2007. Realizing that the traditional idea of a record label had changed, the three saw an opportunity to create a more collaborative and healthy partnership between artists and labels. They developed their business model to provide a multi-faceted support system for their artists. They also focus on high-quality projects about which they are passionate, only working with what Warren calls "true artists." The result is a brand with heart, smarts and faith in the superb music they represent.

MRR owns and operates two Texas-based recording facilities: Cedar Creek Recording in Austin and Cherokee Creek Recording in the Texas Hill Country. These studios are utilized by artists on the MRR roster, along with such notable artists as The Dixie Chicks, Shawn Colvin, Reckless Kelly, Ben Kweller and Cross Canadian Ragweed.

As a way to help the community, partner Kelcy Warren founded Cherokee Crossroads, Inc. in 2007 as a nonprofit organization to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations by hosting an annual music festival in Cherokee, Texas. The 2010 Cherokee Creek Festival was held on May 14-15 and saw nearly double the attendance from last year, raising over $100,000 to benefit children in Texas and across the country. Featured performers included all of the MRR artists, as well as Paul Thorn and Bob Schneider, Delbert McClinton and Robert Earl Keen.

This summer, MRR is presenting The Cedar Creek Sessions, the debut record from country rock band Stonehoney. Comprised of veteran songwriter/musicians David Phenicie, Nick Randolph, Shawn Davis and Phil Hurley, the group started out as a "songwriters in the round" and quickly became a special blend of country, rock and folk tied together with unbelievable harmonies. Also released this summer is Patch of Blue Sky, the first solo offering in eight years from respected singer-songwriter Kevin Welch as well as Jimmy LaFave’s Favorites 1992-2001, choice songs from Jimmy’s days on Bohemia Beat Records.

These releases and more will be available on MRR's new website, with a one-stop digital store offering all the great music for which MRR is known and other items to cement their brand identity. Completing MRR's current roster are Slaid Cleaves and Sam Baker. “This is not a vanity label,” says LaFave. “We’re talking about real artists. Our guys are on the road, playing house concerts, arenas and clubs. And we want to help them get their music out there.”

Music Road Records has the desire and drive to support their artists on their terms, and the result is a future of fantastic releases. For more information and to purchase merchandise, visit www.musicroadrecords.com.

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