MUSIC HAS STRONG YEAR IN 2004 WITH DOUBLE DIGIT SALES INCREASE OVER 2003
By CMA Communications
- Early predictions of increased album sales of Country Music in 2004
proved true with 77,912,000 units sold from Jan. 5, 2004, through Jan.
2, 2005 - a 12 percent increase over 2003, which had sales of 69,311,000
units, according to figures released today by Nielsen SoundScan.
news was promising with a 1.6 percent rebound of the total music
industry following a four-year period of steady decline, which was
stemmed slightly in 2003 once Internet and digital track sales were
factored into the equation by Nielsen SoundScan research. Overall music
purchases in 2004 exceeded 800 million for the fist time since 2000. And
while the bulk of the industry slumped since that time, Country Music
pushed to develop the next round of Country hitmakers. By mid 2004, the
outlook was promising when for the first time in five years, Recording
Industry Association of America shipments for the first half of the year
increased (RIAA tabulates store shipments which are expected to be
future sales to consumers and Nielsen SoundScan tracks point-of-purchase
sales of recorded music product).
Music held its own and even enjoyed growth during a very tumultuous
period for the music industry over the past five years," said CMA
Executive Director Ed Benson. "The vision of our industry leaders,
the loyalty of our fan base, the caliber of our artists community and
the breakthrough success of some of our bright new talent all
contributed to this achievement."
Country Music's gain in 2004 was the phenomenal success of Kenny Chesney,
Gretchen Wilson and Tim McGraw, who all had albums in the Top 10 Selling
Albums of the Year - Chesney's When The Sun Goes Down (No. 4 -
3,072,224); Wilson's debut Here For the Party (No. 5 -
2,931,097); and McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying (No. 6 -
2,786,840). Shania Twain's Come on Over continues to reign
supreme atop the Top Ten Selling Albums of the SoundScan era with
15,267,050 units sold.
out the list of the Top 10 Country Albums of the Year according to
Nielsen SoundScan were No. 4 Shania Twain Greatest Hits
(2,336,048); No. 5 Toby Keith Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1,916,897);
No. 6 George Strait 50 Number Ones (1,878,295); No. 7 Big &
Rich Horse of a Different Color (1,778,247); No. 8 Toby Keith Shock
'N Y'All (1,649,358); No. 9 Jimmy Buffett License To Chill
(1,260,380); No. 10 Brad Paisley Mud on the Tires (1,163,292).
Together, the Top 10 Country albums of the year accounted for 20.8
million units or 27 percent of all Country album sales, according to
What follows are Country Music highlights from 2004. This is not a
comprehensive list, but just a sampling of some of the accomplishments
and activities of Country Music artists.
making simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and
Country Albums chart included Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes
Down, Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying, Alan
Jackson's What I Do, Rascal Flatts' Feels Like Today
and George Strait's 50 Number Ones. Jimmy Buffett's
Country-oriented License to Chill topped the Billboard
200 in its first week of release to become his first No. 1 on any
Album Sales Certifications
RIAA certified 30 Gold, 19 Platinum and 28 multi-Platinum (including
1 Diamond) Country albums. Gold indicates sales of 500,000 units;
Platinum indicates sales of 1 million units; multi-Platinum is for
each successive million units sold; and Diamond indicates sales of
10 million albums. The RIAA continues to award these rankings
throughout the life of the album; an album does not have to be
released in the same year it achieves one or more of these rankings.
Twain's 2003 album UP!
received the Diamond Award for reaching 10 million units sold in
2004. The album continued to appeal to music buyers, as later in the
year it was certified for sales of 11 million units. Of special note
is that Twain's 1997 album Come
On Over was certified for sales of 20 million units this year,
remaining the best selling Country album of all time.
Strait's recently released album 50
Number Ones was certified five times Platinum, making it the
second highest certified recording of any genre (behind Usher's Confessions)
and the highest certified Country title of 2004.
launched the Digital Sales Awards in 2004, reflecting singles sales
downloaded from legal online music sites. Single tracks are awarded
Gold (100,000 downloads), Platinum (200,000) and multi-Platinum
(400,000+) certifications. The first Country artist to earn an RIAA
Digital Gold sales award was Big & Rich for their single
"Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy."
Gretchen Wilson also earned a Digital Gold certification for
debut album Here For The
Party was certified triple Platinum, tying her with pop artist
Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography
as the highest certified debut album by a female artist in 2004.
Paisley (Mud on the Tires),
Rascal Flatts (Melt),
Keith Urban (Golden Road)
and Gretchen Wilson (Here for
the Party) received their first multi-Platinum album
certifications in 2004. Big & Rich (Horse
of a Different Color), Josh Turner (Long
Black Train) and Wilson (Here
for the Party) received their first Platinum album
certifications in 2004. Dierks Bentley (Dierks
Bentley), Big & Rich (Horse
of a Different Color), Pat Green (Wave
on Wave), Buddy Jewell (Buddy
Jewell), Julie Roberts (Julie
Roberts), Turner (Long
Black Train) and Wilson (Here
for the Party) received their first Gold album certifications in
addition, the RIAA certified 13 Gold, 9 Platinum and 2
multi-Platinum Country Longform Videos.
more information on album, single and video certifications, visit
the searchable database on www.RIAA.com.
GENRE TOP 10 (attendance)
1. Prince - 1,431,454
2. Kenny Chesney - 1,143,909
3. Metallica - 1,054,238
4. Dave Matthews Band - 951,488
5. Toby Keith - 913,520
6. Tim McGraw - 764,100
7. Sting - 749,988
8. Kid Rock - 723,163
9. Van Halen - 710,504
10. John Mayer - 690,462
TOP 10 (attendance)
1. Kenny Chesney - 1,143,909
2. Toby Keith - 913,520
3. Tim McGraw - 764,100
4. Alan Jackson/Martina McBride - 660,040
5. Jimmy Buffett - 580,829
6. Shania Twain - 525,930
7. George Strait - 391,167
8. Brooks & Dunn - 366,121
9. Rascal Flatts - 344,827
GENRE TOP 10 (gross sales)
1. Prince - 87.4 million
2. Celine Dion - 80.4 million
3. Madonna - 79.5 million
4. Metallica - 60.5 million
5. Bette Midler - 59.4 million
6. Van Halen - 54.3 million
7. Kenny Chesney - 50.8 million
8. Sting - 50.1 million
9. Toby Keith - 43.7 million
10. Elton John - 43.3 million
TOP 10 (gross sales)
1. Kenny Chesney - 50.8 million
2. Toby Keith - 43.7 million
3. Tim McGraw - 40.1 million
4. Jimmy Buffett - 34.6 million
5. Shania Twain - 34.5 million
6. Alan Jackson/Martina McBride - 34.0 million
7. George Strait - 24.8 million
8. Brooks & Dunn - 15.0 million
9. Alabama - 14.4 million
10. Rascal Flatts - 11.1 million
addition to the tours listed above, notable touring events in 2004
legendary Alabama ended 25
years of relentless touring with "The American Farewell
Tour." MuzikMafia leaders
Big & Rich and Gretchen
Wilson launched their "American Revolution Tour." Reba
McEntire returned to touring after a three year hiatus. And, Country
Music Hall of Fame member Willie Nelson joined Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame member Bob
Dylan on his "Still on the Road" summer tour for 21
a Country Music tradition alive, several Country artists performed
separate Christmas tours in December 2004 including: Clint Black,
Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Martina McBride and Kenny
Music Festival/Fan Fair®
Attendance at the 2004 CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair® took a jump
from 124,000 in 2003 to a record-setting 132,000 fans throughout the
four-day event in June. In its 33rd year, "Country
Music's Biggest PartyT" featured more than 40 artists performing
during the Nightly Concerts at The Coliseum; more than 80 artists
performing on the Daytime Concerts at The Greased Lightning® Riverfront
Park Stages; and a total of 346 artists appearing in the Wrangler® Fan
Fair (Exhibit Hall) at the Nashville Convention Center, which featured
the new Acoustic Corner. Also new, CMA's Sports Zone included the first
annual Fisher's ATV World Celebrity ATV Rodeo, "The Third Annual
Andy Griggs Celebrity Archery Tournament," The BASSMASTER TOUR EXPO
and more. The Bush's® Baked Beans Family Zone was buzzing with
activities for family members of all ages. Returning in 2004 were CMA
Celebrity Close Up, CMA Music Festival After HoursT, and the stars of
NBC Daytime dramas "Days of our Lives" and
For the first time, the 2004 CMA Music Festival was filmed for a
two-hour television special that aired July 14 on the CBS Television
Network. The special was second in households (6.1/11), viewers (9.19m),
adults 25-54 (3.4/09) and adults 18-49 (2.6/08). CBS won the night in
households (8.0/14), viewers (11.68m), adults 25-54 (4.7/13), adults
18-49 (3.9/13) and adults 18-34 (3.0/11). CBS won every half-hour in
households and viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.
"CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party" was ranked
the No. 16 show of the week ending July 18, 2004.
CMA Music Festival is also an opportunity to help raise money for
charities supported by the participating artists with its "Cause
for Celebration!" charitable benefit program. The artists appear
pro bono but are able to designate charities to receive funds from the
Festival's net proceeds on their behalf. In 2004, 241 participating
artists selected 94 separate charities as beneficiaries of the
"Cause for Celebration!" program. In the four years of the
"Cause for Celebration!" program, a total of $400,000 has been
donated to causes important to the artists.
CMA Music Festival returns to Downtown Nashville, Thursday
through Sunday, June 9-12, 2005. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.CMAfest.com
for more information. CMA Music Festival's popular Gold Circle ticket
option is already sold out.
during the crucial November sweeps period, "The 38th
Annual CMA Awards" gave the CBS Television Network its most
watched and highest rated Tuesday in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54
since November 2001, according to final national Nielsen ratings for
Nov. 9. The CMA Awards was first in households (11.5/18), viewers
(18.46m), adults 18-34 (4.3/12), adults 18-49 (5.9/15) and adults
25-54 (7.3/17). CBS won every half-hour in households, viewers,
adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. Those numbers placed "The 38th
Annual CMA Awards" at No. 7 in the Top 10 Nielsen shows for the
week. CBS Research estimates more than 37 million viewers watched
all or part of "Country Music's Biggest Night.ä"
gala event lived up to its reputation, as the viewers liked what
they saw enough to go out and invest in the music. In the week
immediately following the CMA Awards broadcast, the Billboard
Top 75 Country albums chart reflected a 166 percent increase
according to Nielsen SoundScan, factoring in new releases from
Shania Twain (529,567) and Toby Keith (435,489) who performed on the
CMA Awards. According to Nielsen SoundScan, more than 30 other
artists who either performed or presented trophies on the CMA Awards
also enjoyed sales spikes.
the first time, Brooks & Dunn hosted the CMA Awards with special
guest Shania Twain. Kenny Chesney won his first two CMA Awards,
including Album and Entertainer of the Year. Keith Urban fulfilled
the promise of his Horizon Award win in 2001 when he was named Male
Vocalist of the Year in 2004. Martina McBride was named Female
Vocalist of the Year for the fourth time, tying the record set by
Reba McEntire. And the year's biggest new success story, Gretchen
Wilson, took home the Horizon Award. During the Awards broadcast,
former music industry executive Jim Foglesong and legendary
singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson were formally inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame.
the first time, the nominees for the CMA Awards were jointly
announced on both CBS's "The Early Show" and "CMT
Insider" in August.
Oct. 5, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and CMA President
Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn announced that the 2005 CMA Awards
will be held at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15,
2005. This one-year move is designed to increase the awareness for
Country Music in the media capital of the world. That same day,
Brooks and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell announced in Nashville that
the CMA Awards will return to Music City, USA in 2006 for the CMA
Awards 40th Anniversary celebration from the Gaylord
Entertainment Center in Nashville.
the spring ratings period, Country stations captured their largest
share of national listeners 12 and older since spring of 2000.
Country's national market share of 13.7 far outdistanced the second
place urban genre, which had an 8.9 share.
Top Five Hot Country Singles & Tracks included: No. 1-Tim
McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying;" No. 2-Alan Jackson,
"Remember When;" No. 3-Keith Urban, "You'll Think Of
Me;" No. 4-Kenny Chesney featuring/Uncle Kracker, "When
The Sun Goes Down;" and No. 5-John Michael Montgomery,
"Letters From Home."
Records' Top Five Country Songs included: No. 1-Alan Jackson,
"Remember When;" No. 2-Kenny Chesney featuring/Uncle
Kracker, "When the Sun Goes Down;" No. 3-John Michael
Montgomery, "Letters from Home;" No. 4-Rascal Flatts,
"Mayberry;" and No. 5-Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were
Julie Roberts performed
atop "Tom Turkey," the first float in the Macy's Thanksgiving
Day Parade, watched by an estimated 55 million television viewers on the
NBC Television Network. The float, sponsored by Big 3 Entertainment,
featured signs promoting "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" in New
York City in 2005.
Tim McGraw raked in the ratings for his second NBC television
special "Here and Now," which featured appearances by R&B
artist Nelly, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and McGraw's
wife Faith Hill. The McGraw special won its time period in 18-49, total
viewers and other key categories. Toby Keith and Willie Nelson kicked
off the Super Bowl pre-show; Rascal Flatts performed on "Dick
Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve;" Kenny Rogers appeared on the ABC
special "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour;" Alison Krauss
performed two songs from the movie soundtrack "Cold Mountain"
on the Academy Awards; Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis and
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards paid tribute to Willie Nelson on
the USA Network special "Outlaws and Angels;" and Kenny
Chesney performed on NBC's "Christmas at Rockefeller Center."
Sitcoms were a good place to find Country artists in 2004. Trace
Adkins, John Hiatt and Travis Tritt appeared on CBS's "Yes
Dear;" Adkins' voice also made a repeat appearance on the animated
FOX series "King of the Hill;" Comics Jeff Foxworthy, Bill
Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy brought the success of their stand-up
tour to the WB with the variety program "Blue Collar TV;"
Country comedian Rodney Carrington landed his own show
"Rodney," on ABC; and Reba McEntire celebrated the fourth
season of her WB show "Reba."
Country artists hit the talk show circuit with Shania Twain
taking over Nashville's Lower Broadway for ABC's "Good Morning
America" live concert series. While in Music City, USA, the morning
show toured the homes of Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes
and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts. "60 Minutes" taped a
segment in Nashville spotlighting the meteoric rise of MusikMafia
members Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson; and "The Oprah Winfrey
Show" featured Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride performing at
Oprah's huge baby shower for the wives of U.S. soldiers. Clint Black,
his wife Lisa Hartman Black and Wynonna also appeared on
Reality television had its share of Country cameos in 2004. LeAnn
Rimes, Randy Travis and Lee Ann Womack performed for families on
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition;" Travis Tritt played poker
for charity on Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown;"
Brad Paisley and Wynonna's nuptials were covered on "In
Style: Celebrity Weddings;" and Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Terri
Clark, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Jewell, Willie Nelson, Joe Nichols and
LeAnn Rimes all appeared on the second season of "Nashville
Star," with Rimes being announced as the new host for the 2005
season. CMT gave the Warren Brothers their own reality series with
Brooks & Dunn rolled the dice on NBC's new drama "Las
Vegas;" Blue County and Lonestar made guest appearances on the NBC
daytime drama "Days of our Lives."
Country stars heard but not seen include Trace Adkins, whose
single "Rough & Ready" was featured on the ABC drama
"Desperate Housewives," and Travis Tritt whose "Girls
Gone Wild" single played in the background of promos for the FOX
reality show "Simple Life 2."
Country Music Television (CMT) continued to show strong ratings
with original programming hits including "CMT Crossroads" and
"CMT Outlaws." CMT celebrated the biggest viewing month in its
history during November. Meanwhile, Scripps Networks added Great
American Country (GAC) to its cable network family, which includes The
Food Network and Home & Garden Television (HGTV). GAC continued to
expand its programming with "Country Music Across America" and
"Lorianne Crook's Celebrity Kitchen."
along with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, helped announce
the landmark formation of the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional
Caucus. The caucus will work to advance and protect the rights of
musicians, songwriters, singers, producers and other recording
Keith continued to appear and perform in Ford Truck commercials
while also opening I Love This Bar and Grill in Las Vegas. Reba
McEntire and LeAnn
Rimes appeared together in a Dr. Pepper commercial; McEntire
also appeared in a Habitat for Humanity commercial. Tim
McGraw appeared with L.A. Laker Rick Fox in a 30- second ad
for Budweiser, which premiered during the television broadcast of
Super Bowl XXXVIII. McGraw's second commercial for the corporation
marked the debut of the new, alcohol awareness tagline
"Responsibility Matters," promoting the use of designated
drivers. In addition, McGraw purchased a minority interest in the
Nashville Kats arena football franchise.
the second consecutive year, Willie
Nelson was featured in a new TV commercial for financial
advisors H&R Block that also made its debut during the broadcast
of Super Bowl XXXVIII. Brad
Paisley endorsed TracFone Wireless' prepaid wireless cell
phones, promoting them during the weekly "American Country
Countdown with Bob
Kingsley" national radio show. Paisley also completed a
series of public service announcements on behalf of Mothers Against
Drunk Driving (MADD). Julie
Roberts was featured in a promotional television spot for the
Tennessee Titans NFL Team.
Twain signed on to promote
Febreze's Scentstories, a CD-player-like device that allows you to
enjoy a variety of refreshing scents. Gretchen
Wilson was one of the first artists featured in the Sony
Music/Bank One campaign to offer consumers the Sony Card.
stars continued to appear on the big screen in 2004. Mark Collie
appeared in the action thriller "The Punisher" and Billy
Ray Cyrus had a short role in "Elvis Has Left the
Building." Faith Hill played a dysfunctional robot in the
remake of "The Stepford Wives." Country Music Hall of Fame
member Kris Kristofferson reprised his role as Abraham Whistler in
"Blade: Trinity" and also appeared in the political satire
"Silver City." In
the football drama "Friday Night Lights," Tim McGraw
portrayed an alcoholic father living his life through his son.
Shania Twain made a cameo in the romantic comedy "I Heart
Huckabees," and Trisha Yearwood voiced a character in Disney's
animated "Home on the Range." In addition, Natalie Maines
of the Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison and George
Strait all appeared in the western-themed family film "Grand
Chesney's tour documentary, "Roadcase: The Movie," debuted
in Regal Cinema theaters across the nation. "The Portrait of
Billy Joe," director Luciana Pedraza's documentary on
singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver hit the independent film festival
Atkins' instrumental version of "Jingle Bell Rock"
appeared on the "Surviving Christmas" soundtrack. Johnny
Cash's "A Satisfied Mind" was featured on the "Kill
Bill Vol. 2" soundtrack. "If I'm Not In Love" by
Faith Hill (from her Breathe
album) was featured in the Mandy Moore film "Chasing
McGraw contributed to the soundtrack for the animated Disney feature
"Home On the Range."
Kristyn Osborn of SHeDAISY recorded "Whose Life Am I
In?" for the soundtrack of the Kate Hudson film "Raising
Helen." Asleep at the Wheel, the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson
and George Strait contributed
songs to the soundtrack for "Grand Champion."
In conjunction with the DVD release of Francis Ford Coppola's
1982 film "One From the Heart," a newly remastered edition
of the soundtrack album was released featuring music from Crystal
Gayle and Tom Waits.
McGraw's No. 1 hit "Live Like You Were Dying" inspired two
books. CMA Song of the Year winners Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman
wrote the first book based on their song and Michael Morris wrote
the second, a fictional story.
McGraw contributed forewards for both books.
stars turned authors in 2004 included Naomi Judd, who penned the
inspirational Naomi's Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform
Your Life; Oak Ridge Boys member Joe Bonsall wrote G.I. Joe
& Lillie, a biographical tale about his parents'
relationship, and a 30-year chronicle of the band in An American
Journey: The Oak Ridge Boys; and LeAnn Rimes and husband Dean
Sheremet penned Jag's New Friend, a sequel to the popular
and Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books created a new imprint, CMT
Books, and released Cash: An American Man by Bill Miller and Music
Row Dogs and Nashville Cats: Country Stars and Their Pets by
Karen Will Rogers and Laura Lacy. The Johnny Cash biography The
Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend
by Steve Turner was released in September on the first anniversary
of the Country Music Hall of Fame member's death. Kristine M.
McCusker and Diane Pecknold examined sociological aspects of Country
in A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music and Aaron A. Fox
spotlighted the socio-economic side in Real Country: Music and
Language In Working-Class Culture. Country Music Changed My
Life by Ken Burke included interviews with Country legends on
how the music shaped their lives growing up. Country Music history
books released in 2004 included Smile When You Call Me Hillbilly:
Country Music's Struggle for Respectability, 1939-1954 by
Jeffrey J. Lange; Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang
of Country Music by Charles K. Wolfe and Ted Olson; Country
Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942 by Tony Russell and Bob
Pinson; and Country Music's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of
Cheatin' Hearts, Honk-Tonk Tragedies, and Music City Oddities by
Bentley was named one of People magazine's Most Eligible Men.
a year of continued military activity, Country stars did their parts
to entertain soldiers at military bases at home and around the globe
including Iraq and Afghanistan. A partial list of stars included
Sherrié Austin, Jeff Bates, Brooks & Dunn, Tracy Byrd, Kenny
Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Toby Keith,
Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Craig Morgan,
Collin Raye, Sawyer Brown, SHeDAISY, George Strait, Travis Tritt,
Mark Wills, Darryl Worley, Chely Wright and Wynonna.
Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs and more helped
celebrate Country Music Hall of Fame member Earl Scruggs' 80th
birthday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
of Ray Charles paid tribute to the late singer with a joyful funeral
in Los Angeles including Willie Nelson's tearful rendition of the
Charles' signature hit, "Georgia on My Mind." Kenny
Chesney performed on the CBS television special "Genius: A
Night to Remember" that aired in October saluting Charles' life
broadcasted "George Jones: 50 Years of Hits," a
star-studded special salute featuring Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney,
Wynonna, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Trick Pony, Joe Diffie, Harry and
Merle Haggard, among others. The event was taped in Nashville at the
BellSouth Acuff Theatre and aired on Thanksgiving.
Clark and Del McCoury were inducted as the newest members of the
Grand Ole Opry. Clark
was the first Canadian female to receive such an honor.
legend Ray Charles, 73, died June 10 at his Beverly Hills, Calif.
home. Charles went blind at age 8 and was performing in dance halls
by the age of 15. His
music was a gumbo of classical, Country, jazz, big band, gospel and
blues. Charles released two volumes of Modern
Sounds in Country and Western Music in the early 60s.
Those albums produced some of Charles' biggest hits,
including "Born to Lose," "Take These Chains From My
Heart (And Set Me Free)" and "I Can't Stop Loving
shared a 1985 CMA Award nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year with
Music lost these contributors in 2004: Julian Aberbach; Charles
Bailey; Max D. Barnes; Ernie Ball; Kenny Buttrey; Ray Condo; Albert
F. Crockett; Skeeter Davis; Roy Drusky; Dave Dudley; Al Dvorin; Jack
Emerson; Melvyn Endsley; Joe P. "Pat" Ethridge; Hank
Garland; Albert "Big Al" Gore; Walt Grealis; Sam Hogin;
Bobby Lee House; David Earl Hughes; Gene Hughes; Jim Hurt; Dave
Kirby; Katz Kobayashi; Grelun Landon; Bill Lowery; Rusty Mac; Jeff
Newman; Bob Paisley; Rick Rentz; Tom Rivers; Rick Smith;
"Pappy" Dave Stone; Joyce Triplett; Kyle Tullis; Charlie
Waller; Tommy Vaden; Randy VanWarmer; L.E. White; and William "Lum"