Rosanne Cash takes on Congress to defend the rights of artists

Rosanne cash

Rosanne Cash headed to Washington, D.C. yesterday, Wednesday, June 25, where she testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee about musicians and their rights and concerns in this digital music age. 

“I am honored to have been asked by the Americana Music Association to represent musicians, songwriters and recording artists in these hearings. As a singer/songwriter who has been in the music business for 35 years, I look forward to sharing with Washington leaders some of the deep concerns all musicians share in the new digital economy. Creative people deserve fair compensation when their work is used by others,” Cash said in an earlier release.

Her full testimony (via American Songwriter / PDF) is after the jump …

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Dwight Yoakam wins prestigious artist of the year award at 2013 Americana Music Awards

Dwight Yoakam
GRAMMY Award-winner Dwight Yoakam took home the 2013 Americana Music Honors
& Awards most prestigious award for Artist of the Year last night in
celebration of his critically-acclaimed album 3 Pears. This is the first time
Yoakam has won this award. Spending a record breaking eight weeks at the top of
the Americana Charts, the most of any album, Yoakam dominated Best Of 2012 Lists
with 3 Pears, including NPR, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and
American Songwriter, among others. As well, 3 Pears marks Yoakam’s 26th
studio album and his highest-charting “Billboard 200” debut. 

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