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Country music sales slump by nearly 10 percent in 2003

...the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for the music industry. Country Music Association Executive Director Ed Benson blames the slump on a dearth of new releases by blockbuster artists. "We face the same challenges as all musical formats...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/01/15/mus_401111.shtml
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CMA chief hopes awards show raises profile of country music

...part of Nashville's identity as movies are to Los Angeles or cars to Detroit. Yet, to hear CMA Executive Director Ed Benson tell it, moving this year's show to the Big Apple will help Nashville. Benson recently spoke with The Associated Press...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/11/15/mus_22985.shtml
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Athens Holiday Inn marks milestone

...Benson's Inc., which in turn is owned by the Ed Benson family. In 2007, Will Benson, Ed Benson's son, began overseeing Motel Enterprises...university that fall.At the time, businessman Ed Benson, whose family owned Benson's Bakery in downtown...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2010-09-27/athens-holiday-inn-marks-m
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Country Fan Fair draws marketers

...extraordinary loyalty and enthusiasm that's very compelling to marketers of a lot of different kinds of products," said Ed Benson of the Country Music Association, which promotes country music. Fan Fair is an annual June event that draws 24,000...

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Country Fan Fair draws marketers

...extraordinary loyalty and enthusiasm that's very compelling to marketers of a lot of different kinds of products," said Ed Benson of the Country Music Association, which promotes country music. Fan Fair is an annual June event that draws 24,000...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/06/15/ent_209878.shtml
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Anglers out in force as cobia begin spring run

...Palmer of Augusta caught six crappies, one weighing 2 pounds, and a 2-pound hybrid in our fish house on shiners. Ed Benson of Lincolnton caught a 9-pound largemouth bass. Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed full-time professional...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/04/23/fis_413133.shtml
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Country music retirement home gaining ground

...collected seed money. And some high-profile executives and entertainers have gotten behind it, including CMA President Ed Benson and singer Martina McBride. Still, Benson said that until ground is broken and sketches drawn, raising the millions...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/11/10/mus_390332.shtml
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People in the News

...Kristofferson has an incredible body of work as a songwriter and performer," Country Music Association Executive Director Ed Benson said in a statement. "He is very deserving of this honor and recognition during the CMA Awards," Benson said. "The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/11/05/ent_433469.shtml
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Alan Jackson garners seven CMA nominations

...music is making waves in 2004 and this list of outstanding nominees is one of the reasons why," CMA Executive Director Ed Benson said in a statement. "These talented performers, musicians, songwriters and producers demonstrate the artistic depth...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/08/31/mus_427032.shtml
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Men stealing country spotlight from women

...artists this year with seven nominations. "We see that pendulum we're always talking about swinging again," said Ed Benson, the CMA's executive director. "In the last year or so, there's been a return to traditional country in sound...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/10/31/mus_399076.shtml
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