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James Otto readies for NASCAR race Sunday, sort of

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 – James Otto will be riding in NASCAR's Pepsi 300 in Music City Sunday. Well, sort of. The singer's likeness will be displayed on the hood of Mike Harmon's car, and Muzik Mafia on the television panel of Harmon's number 84 Chevrolet for the 300-mile event.

Muzik Mafia artists include Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, John Anderson and Otto. Muzik Mafia and Elite Sports and Entertainment, a partner of Harmon in Elite 2 Racing, have enjoyed a business relationship for several years.

Otto, whose debut album "Sunset Man" will be released on April 8th on Warner Bros./Raybaw Records, is an avid motorcyclist who owns a vintage Cadillac given to him by the Muzik Mafia. Sunset Man is co-produced by John Rich of Big & Rich and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. Otto's current single, "Just Got Started Lovin' You", is currently number nine on the charts.

Alabama-native Harmon is a veteran competitor with both ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) and NASCAR Nationwide (Busch) Series experience. Harmon has 7 career Nationwide Series starts at Nashville with a best finish of 22nd in April 2003.

"I'm really looking forward to the Pepsi 300 at Nashville," Harmon said. "And, to have the support of James Otto and the Muzik Mafia gives our Elite 2 Racing Team extra motivation. We'll certainly have lots of support in Nashville with all the country music fans as well as a group of friends from Alabama coming to the race. We're looking for our best race of the season next Saturday."

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James Otto is a member of Muzik Mafia, and his second album reflects the eclectic influences of his troupe. The Washington State native combines country, rock, blues and soul on the 11 songs. He does everything from rockin' tunes about partying, "Ain't Gonna Stop," to the first single, the mid-tempo love song, "Just Got Started Lovin' You." Otto is also in full-party mode with the catchy tongue-in-cheek "Drink and Dial" and the R&B influenced "The Man That I Am. »»»
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"Days of Our Lives" is not based on the long-running soap opera, but some of the lyrics herein are almost as trite as the long-lost-evil-twin-sibling plotline. There's the requisite nostalgia for the young and restless days of "Misspent Youth," the wrestling with passions on "Miss Temptation" and "Lowdown on the High Life." "She Knows" is a retread of Garth's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" that is neither bold nor beautiful, and "The Ball" channels another Brooks ballad ("Unanswered Prayers. »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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