Sammy Sadler - Years After a Shooting Tragedy on Nashville's Music Row Derailed His...

Tue May 6, 2008 2:00pm EDT

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Sammy Sadler - Years After a Shooting Tragedy on Nashville's Music Row Derailed His Once Promising Career, the Singer Returns With Newfound Hope and an Inspiring Story With a 'Heart Shaped Like Texas' CD Set for Release on June 3rd

   Single "Trying to Get the Girl" Recently Hit #18 on Texas Music
Chart; Sadler Plans to Tour With Doug Stone in Late Summer With More
Tour Dates to Be Announced
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
Singer songwriter Sammy Sadler ( became an
unwitting footnote to the dark side of country music history 19 years
ago when he was wounded and his friend killed in an incident known
around the world as "Murder on Music Row." Fast forward to today,
Sadler is gearing up for the June 3rd release of his latest album
Heart Shaped Like Texas. The release date will coincide with the
annual CMA Festival in Nashville.

   The current single "Trying to Get the Girl" has recently reached
#18 on the Texas Music Chart. The tune was penned by three of
Nashville's top songwriters Kim Tribble ("On a Mission"), Keith
Follese ("The Way You Love Me") and Wade Kirby ("Baby You Belong").

   Sadler is preparing to go on tour with Doug Stone. Additional
concert dates will be announced soon. The singer/songwriter has also
been approached by a publishing company to write a book on his life

   Choosing to pursue a career in Nashville over accepting a college
baseball scholarship, Sammy Sadler was a rising country music star on
top of the world. He was riding high in 1989 with a total of six
charting singles -- including a memorable cover of Aaron Neville's
"Tell It Like It Is" -- and was in the process of recording his first
full-length album.

   Then, in a horrifying shooting tragedy known around the world as
the "Murder on Music Row," Sadler was seriously wounded and his friend
Kevin Hughes killed. The case remained unsolved for 13 years but
eventually, Hughes' associate at the industry publication Cashbox was
convicted of murder.

   While he knows the Music Row shooting's physical, emotional and
spiritual aftermath will always be part of who he is, Sadler is
grateful for his second chance. With Heart Shaped Like Texas, the
country music survivor feels that he's fulfilling his long-delayed
musical destiny.

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