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Charlie ROBISON Voicing His Opinion
on USA Network’s Nashville Star!!

That’s Reality Television!!!

USA NETWORK UNVEILS JUDGES AND HOST FOR NASHVILLE STAR, THE NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT COUNTRY MUSIC SENSATION
Los Angeles, CA, January 7, 2003
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USA Network has announced three of the Nashville Star judges who will ultimately choose the winner of the nationwide search for the next country music superstar, premiering Saturday, March 8th on USA Network. The judges include Columbia/Lucky Dog recording artist Charlie Robison, respected country music journalist Robert Oermann, and Sony Music A&R executive Tracy Gershon. Additional celebrity judges, who will serve on a rotating basis for Nashville Star will be announced shortly. The host of Nashville Star will be television actress and host, Kathleen McClellan.

USA Network’s Nashville Star is an upcoming television series conducting a nation-wide grass roots search for the next great country music artist. After holding 48 local competitions in conjunction with radio stations across the country, Nashville Star has narrowed the field from 8,000 to 125 applicants. Nashville Star semi-finals have already taken place in Los Angeles and Kansas City, MO. The competitions will continue in Houston, Texas on January 8th, Baltimore, Maryland on January 10th and finish in Nashville, Tennessee on January 12th. *Additional competition venue information is listed below.

The top ten finalists selected from the regional competitions will live together in a fully-wired Nashville house where cameras will record the friendships, squabbles, heartbreaks and intrigues that develop during the course of the live, eight-week competition. The grand prize winner of Nashville Star will receive a recording contract from Sony Music Nashville. For more information on Nashville Star, log on to www.usanetwork.com/nashvillestar

Clint Black will serve as mentor to the contestants throughout Nashville Star, additionally serving as producer of the winner's solo album with Sony Music Nashville.

Sony Music Nashville recording artist Charlie Robison keeps it all real with a heartland/populist approach that blends his natural gifts as a storyteller with a genuine affection for high-steppin’ honky-tonk. He will take a break from the road as he and "Step Right Up" co-producer Blake Chancey begin working on his third Columbia/Lucky Dog disc, due for a Spring 2003 release. Also, Robison’s version of “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” was included on Sony Music’s critically acclaimed all-star Johnny Cash tribute album released last September. As a recording artist on the judging panel for Nashville Star, Robison will help oversee the entire talent selection process.

Dubbed “the dean of Nashville’s music writers,” Robert K. Oermann is a multi-media figure in Music City. As a TV personality he is seen regularly on the Country Music Television series Inside Fame and often on A&E’s Biography. For Nashville Star, Oermann will utilize his vast knowledge of country music to spot the best voices and songs in the competition.

Tracy Gershon has extensive experience in the music industry and currently serves as an A&R Consultant at Columbia Records for Sony Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. With her extensive experience in the record label and publishing industries, Gershon in a unique position to encourage the contestants of Nashville Star as they search for their own artistic style.

Kathleen McClellan first garnered national attention as Jerry's naked girlfriend, on one of Seinfeld's most memorable episodes. McClellan has also guest-starred on the television series Fastlane, Two Guys and a Girl, Arilss, Suddenly Susan and News Radio. She hosted episodes of E! Entertainment's Wild On, FYE, Celebrity Homes and Search Party. In addition, McClellan served as a guest host for Extra.
USA Network is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows and blockbuster theatrical films. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com.

If you are interested in attending the local Competition semi-finals here is where you need go. Please call the venues for additional information.

Wednesday, January 8th
City Streets
5078 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX
#713.840.8555
Doors: 4:30 PM

Friday, January 10th
Cancun Cantina
7501 Old Telegraph Road
Hanover, MD
#410.761.6188
Doors: 4:30 PM

Sunday, January 12th
Wildhorse
120 2nd Avenue North
Nashville, TN
#615.902.8200
Doors: 4:30 PM


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