George Strait & Alan Jackson performs “Murder on The Music Row” Live from AT&T Stadium 2014.

The song was released on March 27, 2000. It was not released in single, but managed to enter the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs, reaching number # 38, and number # 47, in the charts of Canada Country Tracks. The song was included in George's fourth compilation album, The Latest Greatest Straitest Hits (MCA 2000)

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Murder on The Music Row

Album cover Larry Cordle ( Shell Point Records 2000 )
Album cover Larry Cordle(Shell Point Records 2000)

 

“Murder on Music Row”, a song written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell, was first recorded by the Bluegrass group Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, for the Shell Point Records label, was recorded in 1999, at Station West Studio, 616 West Iris, Nashville, TN. The song was part of the album of the same name, Murder On Music Row (Shell Point Records 2000). Larry Cordle received the Song of the Year award at the Bluegrass 2000 International Music Awards.

 

Geroge Strait recorded the duo song with Alan Jackson, on October 27, 1999, for the MCA label, the song was released on March 27, 2000. It was not released in single, but managed to enter the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs, reaching number # 38, and number # 47, in the charts of Canada Country Tracks.

The song was included in George’s fourth compilation album, The Latest Greatest Straitest Hits (MCA 2000), the album was released on March 7, 2000, quickly reaching # 1 on March 25, 2000, on the US Top charts Country albums, for two weeks in a row, and remained a total of 104 weeks in the charts. In March 2003 the album was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.

What is music row:

Album cover George Strait ( MCA 2000 )
Album cover George Strait ( MCA 2000 )

Music Row is an area in downtown Nashville that has hundreds of country music recording studios and related businesses. Music Row is considered the heart of Nashville in the entertainment industry. Roy Acuff, the first “king of the country” was one of the founders of Music Row. He co-founded the first major country music publisher based in Nashville, Acuff-Rose Music. (Erlewine, “Roy Acuff Bio | Roy Acuff Career”) Acuff brought large amounts of success to the area. This achievement showed that country music could survive on its own and was popular enough to exist separately from the music industry, located in New York and Los Angeles. The lyrics of “Murder was cometed on Music Row” symbolize the death of traditional country music in the place that has historically produced the majority of country artists and songs throughout the industry. Music Row was founded as a point of pride for country music, so singing about the death of this genre at its birthplace is especially powerful. However, everything evolves, things change and also Music Row.



About the song:

30 years ago, an infamous murder took place on the most popular street in Nashville. As a story of fame and lies is revealed, many residents have never heard what really happened on that fateful day. It was not until ten years after the story was put into a song with a completely different meaning.
A mysterious murder
Recall the spring of 1989 when two young men were trapped in the wrong place at the wrong time: Music Row. A young Kevin Hughes and his friend Sammy Sadler were leaving a recording studio on March 6 when an armed man armed with a ski mask and dark clothes opened fire on them.

When Hughes, 23, was shot three times, he tried to flee the scene that ended with a deadly shot in the back of the head. Sadler, 21, was shot in the shoulder and, although seriously injured, managed to get safe. The attacker quickly escaped the crime scene on 16th Avenue without anyone obtaining a description or evidence good enough to find his whereabouts.

Versions:

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time 2000 (Shell Point Records)
Dierks Bentley & George Jones 2006 (Cracker Barrel)

George Strait & Alan Jackson – Murder on The Music Row





George Strait & Alan Jackson – Murder on The Music Row Lyrics

[Verse 1: George Strait]
Nobody saw him runnin’
From sixteenth avenue
They never found the fingerprint
Or the weapon that was used
But someone killed country music
Cut out its heart and soul
They got away with murder
Down on music row

[Verse 2: Alan Jackson]
The almighty dollar
And the lust for worldwide fame
Slowly killed tradition
And for that someone should hang (oh, you tell them Alan)
They all say “Not Guilty!”
But the evidence will show
That murder was committed
Down on music row

[Chorus: Both]
For the steel guitars no longer cry
And the fiddles barely play
But drums and rock ‘n’ roll guitars
Are mixed up in your face
Ol’ Hank wouldn’t have a chance
On today’s radio
Since they committed murder
Down on music row

[Verse 3: George Strait]
They thought no one would miss it
Once it was dead and gone
They said no one would buy them ol’
Drinking and cheating songs (I’ll still buy’em)
Well there ain’t no justice in it
And the hard facts are cold
Murder’s been committed
Down on music row

[Chorus: Both]
Oh, the steel guitars no longer cry
And you can’t hear fiddles play
With drums and rock ‘n roll guitars
Mixed right up in your face
Why, the Hag, he wouldn’t have a chance
On today’s radio
Since they committed murder
Down on music row

[Outro: Both]
Why, they even tell the Possum
To pack up and go back home
There’s been an awful murder
Down on music row

Single George & Alan ( MCA 2000 )
Single George & Alan ( MCA 2000 )

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