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Andy Griggs signs with new label

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 – Andy Griggs, who had a hit with "You Won't Be Lonely," has resurfaced on a brand new label. The signing of former RCA artist Griggs to Montague was announced Wednesday.

"We are honored to be associated with one of country music's most outstanding male vocalists. Andy is an artist whose time has come. We at Montage look forward to getting him there," says Allen Butler, President and CEO of Montage Music Group. Butler previously headed Sony Music in Nashville.

A Louisiana native, Griggs, 33, hit the Nashville music scene in the mid 90's. His debut album, "You Won't Ever Be Lonely," spawned 3 Top 10 singles, the title track, "I'll Go Crazy" and "She's More." His sophomore release, "Freedom," yielded the chart topping hit "Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man." He also had two top five hits in 2004 with "She Thinks She Needs Me" and "If Heaven."

Grammy award winning songwriter Frank Myers ("I Swear") will be producing the new project on Montage for Griggs. "Andy is the kind of vocalist I dream about working with, he is so versatile and has a way of bringing a song to life," said Myers.

Established in May, Montage Music Group is a fully staffed multifaceted entertainment organization operating as a multi-genre record label, an artist management company and a music publishing company. Montage Music Group's mission is to make music and develop the careers of recording artists and songwriters alike.

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The Good Life CD review - The Good Life
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This I Gotta See
After two uneven albums that generated some modest hits, but no breakthroughs, Andy Griggs turned to veteran producer/guitarist Randy Scruggs for his third CD. The result is his strongest album yet-but alas, it's still not a knockout. The Louisiana native's voice is front and center on the new release, and that's as it should be; he's got one of the most distinctive voices in country music today. Scruggs' production also comes through big-time on such numbers as the opening title track and the »»»
Freedom
Andy Griggs' new album presents us with a man you might not hesitate to have a beer with, but it doesn't make him out to be someone you'd likely consider for elected office. He sings with a thick and warm vocal tone, but his songs - many of which he co-wrote - throw out clich+ after clich+, much like a friendly stranger with a loose tongue down at the end of the bar. Keys to a happy life are so basic, even a simpleton backwoods farmer can comprehend them. "Practice Life," his big, blustery balled »»»
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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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