Upcoming & Recent Releases

COREY SMITH SIGNS WITH SUGAR HILL / WELK MUSIC GROUP
Label Debut Slated for Summer 2015 Release

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Pictured (from l-r): Kendall Durkee - The Collective Office Administrator, Craig Dunn - The Collective Manager, Brinson Strickland - President of The Collective, Cliff O’Sullivan - Sugar Hill General Manager and Senior Vice President, Rachel Cunningham - The Collective Manager, Corey Smith, Megan McNair - Sugar Hill Director of Marketing and Media Relations, David Newmark - Sugar Hill Senior Director Promotion and Field Marketing, Ashley Moyer - Sugar Hill Manager of Artist and Media Relations, Shannon Blauer - Sugar Hill Manager of Marketing Administration, Cass Scripps - APA Booking Agent


Nashville, Tenn. (February 20, 2015) – Sugar Hill Records announces it has signed Corey Smith. The artist’s eagerly anticipated tenth album and label debut, While the Gettin’ Is Good, is slated for release Summer 2015. The signing was announced yesterday on Rolling Stone Country.

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Bobby Bones Gets a Peak at Lee Ann Womack
National Morning Show Debuts “Send It On Down” BTS Video Today

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(Nashville, TN) — February 4, 2015 —When Bobby Bones decided to go long on Lee Ann Womack’s “Send It On Down,” a stark Chris Knight ballad from her Grammy-nominated The Way I’m Livin’, it started a tremor. Playing the song twice on his morning show, declaring, “Want me to tell you about a song that I like… it’s this Lee Ann Womack song. It’s not even a radio song, but it’s a download song,” he said before playing the stark ballad. As the song hit its bridge, he interrupted, “Download it! I don’t make any money off it, but it’s the jam… Sound the Alarm: it’s a good song/download song,” the track shot into iTunes’ Top 50.

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Lee Ann Womack Is All Over Nashville Scene’s Critics Poll
The Way I’m Livin’
for Album + Single, Womack for Female + Artist

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(Nashville, TN) — January 22, 2015 — “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time,” wrote The Wall Street Journal previewing the title track of Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’. Almost seven years since her last release, the Grammy-winning vocalist made a record solely from her heart, including songs from noted artists/songwriters Chris Knight, Julie Miller, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith, Mando Saenz, Bruce Robison and Neil Young.

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Lee Ann Womack Doubles at The Los Angeles Times
Grammy Nominee Gets Two Major Hits for The Way I’m Livin’


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(Los Angeles, CA) — January 20, 2015 — Lee Ann Womack and her little record that could, The Way I’m Livin’, have racked up significant critical acclaim – including a Best Records of 2014 in all genres from Esquire, appearances in USA Today, RollingStone.com and three in The Wall Street Journal. The Los Angeles Times has been kind, writing the album “is warm like a campfire on a chilly night.”

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Lee Ann Womack Brings “The Way I’m Livin’” To “The View”
January 19 Show Features Grammy-Nominated Album’s Title Track


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(New York, NY) — January 14, 2015: Lee Ann Womackhas been racking up critical acclaim and Year End ‘Top 10s’ – including Esquire’s prestigious all-genre Ten Best of 2014 – on her way to a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. To celebrate, the Tyler, Texan will perform on “The View” on January 19.

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Award-Winning Songstress, Liz Longley, Set to Release Self-Titled Sugar Hill Records Debut, March 17
Collection of Luminous Melodies Showcases Songwriting Prowess


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Nashville, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2015) - Liz Longley, the self-titled fourth studio album from singer/songwriter and dual-instrumentalist by the same name is set to drop March 17 on Sugar Hill Records. Produced by Gus Berry at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, the album features sequencing and several new mixes from Sugar Hill’s Vice President of A&R and GRAMMY award - winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Sarah Jarosz).

“It felt like a dream come true and worth every second of the wait,” says Longley regarding her offer from Sugar Hill, “I am so excited about working with this group. I can’t wait to see this album reach its full potential.”

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Lee Ann Womack Premieres “Live @ CMT” December 9
With The Way I’m Livin’ Getting a GRAMMY® Nomination, See Womack’s New Music Live + Unadorned at CMT.com


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Nashville, TN (December 8, 2014): Lee Ann Womack knows how to make music that scrapes people’s emotions down to the bone. With The Way I’m Livin’ earning a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Album, fans of stripped back, full-tilt country and roots music can see four of the songs from the 6-time CMA winner’s first Top 10 Americana album on CMT.com’s “Live @CMT,” starting Tuesday, December 9.

“One of the greatest things about ‘Live @CMT’ is they keep the focus on the music, the songs and the players,” Womack explains. “It is completely stripped down, and all about what’s inside the songs. As a singer and someone who is in awe of the accomplished musicians I get to work with, I love the fact they work so hard to capture those things. To me, that’s the heart of what makes people care in the first place.”

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SUGAR HILL ARTISTS RECEIVE NODS FOR BEST COUNTRY AND BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUMS AT THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS


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Nashville, Tenn. (December 5, 2014)Sugar Hill Records is thrilled to announce that Lee Ann Womack and Bryan Sutton have each been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award, Womack for Best Country Album and Sutton for Best Bluegrass Album. Awards will be given out at the 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.

Today is a historical day for Sugar Hill Records having earned its first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Album for the renowned roots label. The Way I’m Livin’ – marks the end of a seven year silence from the CMA Female Vocalist. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), The Way I’m Livin’ features the songs of Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Julie Miller, Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young, Bruce Robison and one cagey cover lifted from Roger Miller. The Way I’m Livin’, Womack’s debut album on Sugar Hill has received unanimous praise from the press with The New York Times proclaiming, “Ms. Womack is an exceptional singer with a plangent voice designed for lingering on the notes and words, especially plaintive ones… when Ms. Womack is allowed to luxuriate in her anguish, she is entrancing,” while The Wall Street Journal – who debuted The Way I’m Livin’ – raved, “She digs in like she’s making up for lost time…” Released on September 23rd, the album is currently enjoying a top spot on the Americana radio charts.

Chuck Ainlay, engineer and Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer are also also honored with a GRAMMY® nomination for Engineered Album Non-Classical category for The Way I’m Livin’.

Into My Own, Bryan Sutton’s fourth solo release on Sugar Hill Records, marks the culmination of a remarkable musical growth spurt—rich, varied, and, just as he says, a record that only he could make. For what Into My Own does for the first time is present Sutton, called a ‘bluegrass badass’ by Engine 145, not so much on his own (though there’s a bit of that too), but as an artist who’s worked his way into a musical place that’s all his own, and not just as a phenomenal guitarist, but as a singer and songwriter. “It is also worth noting that Sutton was able to leverage his all-star Rolodex to gather a cadre of top bluegrass talent in order to record this album,” says Country Standard Time, ‘their deft contributions are felt throughout, but they never overshadow the fact that this is Sutton’s unique musical vision.” Featured alongside Sutton are some of the best pickers in the genre, also true friends and collaborators; Bill Frisell joins in for “Frissell’s Rag” while Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Stuart Duncan and more stop in to play a few. Sutton takes center stage on “Run Away” and “Been All Around This World,” demonstrating even further how each track bursts with its own energy. Profiled in Bluegrass Today, Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Unlimited, CMT Edge, Bluegrass Situation and more, Popmatters says of the record, “His music, and the music he plays, has been all around the world – with its roots and branches – and he brings it together on a glorious, joyous album for all of the world to enjoy.”

Cliff O’Sullivan, Sugar Hill’s GM/SVP says, “Incredible musicianship has always been Sugar Hill’s hallmark. Lee Ann Womack isn’t just one of the best singers in country music, she’s one of the best singers in any genre. And anyone who has ever heard Bryan Sutton play can attest to his guitar virtuosity. We’re so proud to be associated with both Lee Ann and Bryan and are thrilled to celebrate their GRAMMY® nominations.”

About Sugar Hill Records:
Founded in 1978 by Barry Poss, Sugar Hill was recognized as “one of twenty-one labels that changed the world … reinventing country music” by Pulse. Now, part of the Welk Music Group and with its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, Sugar Hill has deep roots in bluegrass and Americana genres. The label’s 2014 releases include Lee Ann Womack’s label debut, Don Williams’ Reflections, Black Prairie’s Fortune, Bryan Sutton’s Into My Own and more.

From festivals to record stores and all points in between, music fans will recognize the artists on Sugar Hill for their musicianship, energy and integrity.

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For more information:

Megan McNair, Sugar Hill Records
Mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6763

Ashley Moyer, Sugar Hill Records
Amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com / 615-465-6782

www.sugarhillrecords.com

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LIZ LONGLEY SIGNS WITH SUGAR HILL / WELK MUSIC GROUP
Kickstarter Created Album Slated for March 2015


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Pictured (from l-r): Megan McNair - Sugar Hill Director of Marketing and Media Relations, Liz Longley, Cliff O’Sullivan - Sugar Hill General Manager and Senior Vice President, Gary Paczosa - Sugar Hill Vice President of A&R, Ashley Moyer - Sugar Hill Manager of Artist and Media Relations


Nashville, Tenn. (December 2, 2014) – Sugar Hill Records announces it has signed singer-songwriter Liz Longley. The artist’s eagerly anticipated release is slated for digital distribution in March 2015.

“It felt like a dream come true and worth every second of the wait,” says Longley regarding her offer from Sugar Hill, “I am so excited about working with this group. It has become very important to me over the past few years to build a team that is trustworthy and hardworking, and they are just that. I can’t wait to see this album reach its full potential.”

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Lee Ann Womack Gears Up For A BIG Week
Wall Street Journal To 1st Listen The Way I’m Livin’ 9/17
Tapes CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend 9/17 for 9/26 Debut
USA Weekend 9/14; NPR “World Café” 9/17 + AMA Showcases 9/19 + 21

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(Nashville, TN) —September 15, 2014 — It may have been seven years since Lee Ann Womack put out a record, but she’s – as The Wall Street Journal noted when they debuted “The Way I’m Livin’” earlier this summer – “making up for lost time.” Having world premiered a provocative video that’s attracted much conversation on CMT – with a sneak peek at RollingStone.com – the new week is picking up momentum at a staggering pace.

Wednesday, September 17, The Wall Street Journal will again take the lead in bringing the Grammy-winner’s decidedly hardcore music to the public, streaming The Way I’m Livin’ in its entirety. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Chris Knight, Pistol Annies), the roots writer collection takes life at its most unvarnished and splintered – attracting those who lament the passage of the ‘tough stuff’ from the genre.

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For Immediate Release
4 September 2014

Lee Ann Womack Gears Up for a Big Fall
Releases THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Sept. 23
CMT “Crossroads” Airing 9/26; Co-Hosts IBMA Awards Oct. 2;
Texas Monthly, Garden & Gun, PEOPLE, Esquire + NPR

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Nashville, TN: As the Sept. 23 release for The Way I’m Livin’ draws close, Lee Ann Womack is cutting a wide path through American music. With CMT: Country Music Television’s “Crossroads,” featuring a collaboration with John Legend, airing on Sept. 26 and her upcoming International Bluegrass Music Awards co-hosting duties October 2 in Raleigh, it’s looking like a busy fall.

“When I said I was ready to get back to work,” laughs the Grammy-winning progressive traditionalist, “I knew they were going to throw it at me, but this has been a whole lot more than I could’ve dreamed. It’s kind of exciting to see how far I can take this music – or rather the songs of the writer/artists I cut.”

Early response to The Way I’m Livin’ has been strong. The Wall Street Journal debuted the title track, writing, “she digs in like she’s making up for lost time” and USA Today wrote the CD is “irresistibly teasing.” Look for spreads in Garden + Gun, Texas Monthly, People, Cowboys & Indians, Lone Star Music, Esquire’s Playlist, various daily papers, NoDepression.com and NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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Nickel Creek Presented With Platinum
Acoustic Trio Surprised With Plaques At Austin Show

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(Pictured: Cliff O’Sullivan, John Kunz, Terry Lickona, Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, Sean Watkins and Gary Paczosa)

(Austin, TX) — August 27, 2014 —On Saturday, Nickel Creek was presented with the band’s first platinum record for its Sugar Hill Records debut, Nickel Creek. Following their sound check at Austin City Limits Live At The Moody Theater, the trio was surprised with special plaques to commemorate the accomplishment.

On hand to present Nickel Creek with their platinum were Sugar Hill General Manager Cliff O’Sullivan and Sugar Hill Vice President of A&R Gary Paczosa (who also engineered Nickel Creek.) Members of Austin’s musical elite, Terry Lickona, producer of Austin City Limits, and John Kunz, owner of Waterloo Records, also joined in on the impromptu ceremony.

“We wanted to be able to share in this moment with Chris, Sean and Sara and where better than this beautiful theater!” Cliff O’Sullivan shares. “Selling a million albums is a tremendous achievement and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate it with Nickel Creek and applaud the enduring success of the album, which is a cornerstone of Sugar Hill’s musical legacy.”

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Sugar Hill Records Celebrates IBMA Nominations
Preeminent Bluegrass Label Garners Nods For Musicianship And Liners

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(Nashville, TN) — August 14, 2014 — Sugar Hill Records is excited to share the label’s 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) nominees. A wide breadth of talent was highlighted in the acoustic music genre and Sugar Hill’s roster and catalog earned nods for instrumentalists and liners, as well as a special upcoming International Bluegrass Hall of Fame induction.

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TORY BURCH BLOGS LEE ANN WOMACK & THE WAY I’M LIVIN’

Joins Jenny Lewis, Audra McDonald, Karen Elson, Q-Tip in Music Issue

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(New York, NY) - July 29, 2014 - With The Wall Street Journal debuting the title track to The Way I’m Livin’ and USA Today building a ‘Listen Up’ playlist of the scorching Adam Wright song about consumption and surrender, Lee Ann Womack’s first album in almost seven years is attracting attention from some very intriguing places. Today, Tory Burch features Womack and her upcoming album as part of her online “Music Issue.”

“When we got the inquiry, I was puzzled,” Womack admits, “because while I like clothes, I don’t necessarily think of someone like Tory Burch and my kind of music. Then I heard some of the other artists she was doing, and I was pretty fired up.”

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IN COLLABORATION: THE MILK CARTON KIDS & SARAH JAROSZ

FEATURING ACCLAIMED MUSICIANS ALEX HARGREAVES, PAUL KOWERT AND NATHANIEL SMITH UNITE FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF ENGAGEMENTS THIS FALL

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Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, along with Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert and Nathaniel Smith will offer a very special evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone at some of the country’s finest acoustic music venues.

Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their initial performances (on Austin City Limits and at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series) have been widely heralded for the seamless harmony of the three singers, the unassailable virtuosity of the players, and the obvious if uncommon chemistry the young artists have found with one another. This Fall, they are presenting it, fully realized for the first time, in a limited tour of some of the country’s finest performing arts centers and symphony halls.

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MOE.’S OFFICIAL “BLOND HAIR AND BLUE EYES” VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE AT TEAMCOCO.COM

moe. Celebrates No Guts, No Glory With Highest Career Chart Debut

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(Nashville, TN) — June 9, 2014 — moe.’s official video for its single “Blond Hair and Blue Eyes” premieres today at Conan O’Brien’s online site, TeamCoco.com. The video finds the band standing up for the song’s namesake, a little girl with blond hair and blue eyes on a tear through the town. Using more than a little bit of muscle, the Jay Blakesberg directed video highlights performance and strong arming from the band in a very tongue in cheek take on the track. The video stars moe., bassist Rob Derhak’s daughter Emma, whom the song is about, and Derhak’s sons Eddie and Zach, and their friends.

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BLACK PRAIRIE ANNOUNCES US FALL TOUR

New Album Fortune Out Now


“Black Prairie is rewriting ’50s bluegrass and country, itinerant Southern blues and ’70s New Wave into a whole new language of American pop music.” - Relix

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Black Prairie has confirmed US tour dates throughout September in support of their acclaimed third album Fortune, produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Red Fang).

The Portland band features Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee and John Moen of The Decemberists with front-woman Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld. Fortune proves that Black Prairie has outgrown its roots as a casual side-project, solidifying into a primary, creative focus for its members - a band with its own internal momentum, genuine character and style. “Making this record was the most collaborative and magical thing,” says Chris Funk.

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Lee Ann Womack Releases THE WAY I’M LIVIN’ Sept. 23
Produced by Award-Winning Frank Liddell, First New Music in Over 6 Years

Title Track Bows at WSJ.com 5/22, Arrives at Radio Next Week


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Nashville, Tenn. (May 19, 2014) – Lee Ann Womack never intended to go almost seven years between records, but she knew when she released new music, she wanted it to be very special. For the Grammy-winner who’s one of the rare women to win the prestigious Country Music Association’s Album of the Year, she wanted an album made purely for the sake of the songs and the spark of the musical performances.

That album – the eagerly anticipated The Way I’m Livin’ – arrives Sept. 23 on noted roots label Sugar Hill. Produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), it features the songs of Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Buddy Miller, Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young, Bruce Robison and one cagey cover lifted from Roger Miller.

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