Thursday, August 24, 2006

Waylon Jennings Tribute To Hank Williams

August 24, 2006

YMC, a division of World Digital Music Group, which is a company partly owned by Sirius Satellite Radio, is invloved in a new album to be released August 29, 2006.

Waylon Sings Hank Williams, a tribute CD from one country titan to another, makes its major label debut Aug. 29 on YMC Records. Waylon Jennings originally recorded the 12 Hank Williams classics in 1985, when Jennings was at the peak of his vocal power, and then laid them aside to complete other projects.

When YMC Records CEO Chris Christian learned of this historic musical treasure, he immediately began negotiations to make the music available on CD to the millions of Jennings and Williams fans. Waylon Sings Hank Williams will be released to retailers by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

"Once we knew this incredible music was in Waylon's estate, we contacted the Jennings family to get the rights to produce a CD that is so straight from Waylon's heart that even his truest fans will be amazed by these songs," said Christian. "We are honored that the Jennings estate picked YMC Records to release this rare recording. Waylon looked up to Hank Williams, and this is a timeless treasure of music from two of country music's greatest legends. The Waylon Sings Hank Williams album links these two country legends forever."

Songs on the album are "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Honky Tonkin'," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Half As Much," "Blues Come Around," "Why Should We Try Anymore," "Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw" (a song and recitation originally issued under Williams' pseudonym, Luke the Drifter), "I Won't Be Home No More," "Mansion On The Hill," "Cold Cold Heart" and "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me."

Rounding out the package is a lyrical, five-minute-plus chat by Jennings in which he recalls his dusty Texas hometown, his first guitar and his abiding passion for Williams' music. Jennings passed away in 2002 at the age of 64; Williams died at 29 on New Year's Day 1953. Both men are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

To alert fans to the pleasures of Waylon Sings Hank Williams, Universal has created an "Outlaw Campaign" for retail record stores, complete with signs and bin cards. The label will also run commercials on major cable channels; release and distribute nationally a companion music video; service the album to country, Americana and satellite radio outlets; and promote it on the Internet via e-blasts and e-cards, as well as by placement on www.WaylonMusic.com, www.YMCrecords.com, and www.MySpace.com/YMCrecords.

YMC Records is a division of World Digital Media Group.

Editor's note: CD cover image can be found at www.YMCrecords.com/waylonpr

About YMC Records
YMC Records is a division of WDMG, focused on bringing new and unknown artists to the forefront of the music scene through both traditional and new-media outlets. YMC Records has released projects by such artists as Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Vanessa Williams and Waylon Jennings, Patti Austin, The Pointer Sisters, Take Six, Al Jarreau. Chris Christian, a Grammy and Dove Award-winning producer, performer, and songwriter, serves as the label's chief executive officer.

About World Digital Media Group (WDMG)
World Digital Media Group (WDMG) is a multi-platform music and digital content company focused on the marketing, distribution, and sales of independent, known, and world music artists through retail, television, radio, the Internet, and wireless devices. Formed by RadioShack Corporation, EchoStar Communications Corporation, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and CC Entertainment, WDMG is one of the first companies to be conceptualized, developed and launched fully leveraging and integrating all possible media by maximizing the existing reach of its assets, bringing music directly to the public in a variety of forms. The CEO of WDMG is Chris Christian, a multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning record producer, performer, songwriter, and record label executive. WDMG's Web site is www.wdmg.com.

8/24/2006 02:47:00 PM

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