SOLE SURVIVOR OF THE INFAMOUS "MURDER ON MUSIC ROW" 4 Top-15 Singles on Texas Music Charts 3 Billboard Country Chart Singles 7 Weeks at #1 in Europe Last Single (2016), Top-5 HotDisc 200+ Tour Shows: "Takin' the Country Back" Package shows with Doug Stone, Buddy Jewell, Jeff Carson, & Ken Mellons
"A HIT... WITH A BULLET" BOOK RELEASE First-hand account of the famed "Murder On Music Row"-Released May 21, 2019
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In 1989, country newcomer, Sammy Sadler, had already charted several critically-acclaimed singles and was ready to release his first album on Evergreen Records when he was shot during the assassination of then Cash Box chart-manager, Kevin Hughes—an incident known around the world as the “Murder on Music Row.”
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The police had no suspects, and even though Sammy suffered a nearly fatal bullet wound, the officers kept him under suspicion during the 13-year investigation. Evidence would eventually reveal a “payola” scandal that would bring down the magazine and rock the music industry. Vindicated, in 2004, Sadler rebooted his career, releasing Hard On A Heart (Tri label), yielding a top-10 single on the Texas charts and topping the charts in Europe for multiple weeks. In 2009, Heart Shaped Like Texas (Audium) produced rave reviews for the two lead singles, “I’ll Always Have Denver,” featuring Steve Wariner and “No Place to Land,” but the label was in transition, selling to Koch and then to E1, which ultimately shuttered leaving Sadler’s promising album shelved. Still determined to pursue his dream, in 2012, Sammy launched the hugely successful “Taking the Country Back Tour” package with Doug Stone, and later Jeff Carson & Ken Mellons (2015-2016), yielding over 200 dates and giving rise to a book deal with Indigo River Publishing. “A Hit With a Bullet,” Sammy’s personal account of the “Murder on Music Row,” was released on May 21,2019. A follow-up retrospective EP, 1989, will be released shortly thereafter.
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THE TRUE STORY OF THE "MURDER ON MUSIC ROW" March 9, 1989: A shot rings out along Music Row’s famed 16th Avenue, piercing the crisp night air in the heart of Nashville’s country music community. Criticallyacclaimed, rising artist, Sammy Sadler is hit and slumps over in his seat. The masked assassin then turns his attention to one man, Chart Director for Cash Box magazine, Kevin Hughes. The gunman gives chase, shooting Kevin in the back as he flees. Then, he walks up and delivers two more rounds, execution-style, to the back of his head. Those seven seconds would forever end the dreams of two promising music industry hopefuls and launch a 13-year homicide investigation, lead by detectives Bill Pridemore and Pat Postiglione (now the star of Investigation Discovery’s “Total Recall”) . Their findings would reveal corruption, chartrigging, and payola that would rock the music industry for many years to come.” This is the true story, through the eyes of sole survivor, Sammy Sadler.
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