Shepherd hits number one on the Top 50 U.S. Roots Music Internet Radio Airplay Chart

March 26, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Some things are worth the wait. That is certainly true for Stephen Shepherd, a singer-songwriter and English lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, whose recent album, “Escape Is Not A Place,” has peaked at number one on the Top 50 U.S. Roots Music Internet Radio Airplay Chart in the True Country category. The latest chart was released on Friday, March 22 and Shepherd’s fifth album holds down the number one spot. When it was released last year the album debuted at number 32, before ascending to number one.

According to Shepherd, the Roots Music Report uses airplay lists from 7,800 U.S. radio stations.

This is the first time one of Shepherd’s albums has reached number one on the charts. As for why this album stood out, Shepherd explained, “I think there’s a maturity about it. It’s more deliberate and focused.”

Shepherd is proud of the lyrics on this album as well as the talented musicians who are featured. All of Shepherd’s albums have been produced at M Studios in Galena, Ill., utilizing the same musicians on each album. “It has a nice fiddle in it, great guitar and vocals,” said Shepherd. “It’s a very fine effort.”

Other notable musicians on the Top 50 chart include Johnny Paycheck at number 22 and Alan Jackson at number 30.

Shepherd has had hit records in 17 countries, including eight Top 10 hits. One single, “Uzis in the Barn,” topped out at number two in France.

Contact: Stephen Shepherd, English lecturer, (608) 342-6135,

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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