‘Murder on Music Row’ Powers New Record Label

Even before “Murder on Music Row” earned George Strait and Alan Jackson their Vocal Event of the Year award last week from the Country Music Association, the song was already providing Shell Point Records the muscle it needed to expand its catalog. Murder on Music Row — the album by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time — was Shell Point’s first release. It came out in October, 1999, and soon went to the top of the Bluegrass Unlimited charts, where it stayed for five months. In July, Shell Point released Porter Wagoner’s The Best I’ve Ever Been and followed in September with The Gram Parsons Notebook, a tribute to the country-rock pioneer by various artists. Randy Harrell, Shell Point’s owner and president, says two more albums are in the works for 2001, one by the Kim Fox Band in the spring and another by singer/songwriter Davis Raines in late summer. According to Harrell, Cordle’s Murder on Music Row has sold more than 20,000 copies, a remarkably high total for a bluegrass album. “It’s helped in getting the record label’s name out,” he says. “It has helped tremendously.”