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Audium Records returns

Monday, February 17, 2020 – Audium Records is back.

Bob Frank, CEO and founder of BFE (Bob Frank Entertainment), is relaunching Audium in Nashville. The revived imprint will now operate under the name Audium Nashville, a music distribution brand of BFD (Bob Frank Distribution).

Audium Nashville's flagship artists include Collin Raye, Jamie O'Neal and country duo Smith & Wesley.

"We are looking forward to our continued growth in Nashville with the relaunch of the Audium trademark and a continued partnership with The Orchard" said Frank.

Chuck Rhodes will continue to act as the General Manager for BFE, including Audium Nashville.

"Twenty years ago, Bob and I created the Audium imprint along with our mentor and friend Nick Hunter," said Rhodes. "In memory of Nick, we have had the opportunity to relaunch the imprint as Audium Nashville, and we hope every time someone sees the name or logo, they will attribute it to one of the greatest pioneers in the music business."

The news will be celebrated with an artist showcase during CRS (Country Radio Seminar) in Nashville with Raye, O'Neal and Smith & Wesley, on Feb. 19

Raye, O'Neal and Smith & Wesley all have new projects coming later this year through Audium Nashville, via The Orchard.

Additional Audium Nashville label deals will be announced in the coming months.

Audium, defunct since 2006, was originally launched in 2000 through a distribution deal with Koch Entertainment and later eOne. Artists on the label included Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and The Tractors.

Throughout the years, BFD has partnered with many artists for distribution services. Recent projects include Darryl Worley, Ty Herndon, Mark Collie, Lee Roy Parnell, Crystal Gayle, Bobby Bare and BlackHawk. BFD is also a longtime partner with Charlie Daniels' and David Corlew's Blue Hat Records.

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Brave CD review - Brave
It's been four years since Jamie O'Neal's debut album, "Shiver," brought the native Australian three Grammy nominations and Best New Artist of awards from Billboard and the Academy of Country Music. Newly signed to Capitol, O'Neal kicks off her second album, in overdrive with the single "Tying to Find Atlantis." The fiddle and drum-powered country rocker is a showcase for her breathy, in-your-face vocals. She follows with "Na+ve," a mid-tempo, '80s-style pop tune, "Somebody's Hero," a heartfelt »»»
Shiver
Australian-born and a veteran of the road with her family's band The Murphys, Jamie O'Neal has also done time singing backup for Kylie Minogue and writting songs for Chely Wright, Clay Davidson and Tammy Cochran. Her own voice has taken a while to be heard, but with this debut CD, her sultry, soulful vocals are now front and center. Dolly Parton's '70's era pop-country is a natural reference to O'Neal's music, and she even reveals a bit of a Dolly-esque warble on songs like "Frantic. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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