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Frontline Acquires Dale Morris & Associates

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Irving Azoff's Front Line Management has acquired country music shop Dale Morris & Associates, Billboard reports. Dale Morris reps a number of major country performers, including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney.

"All of us at Morris Management Group are thrilled to be in business with Irving Azoff and the very smart people at Front Line," Clint Higham told Billboard. "Irving is the face of the music business and with our new strategic partnership it gives us a further reach for our clients. We have had the great fortune of being able to go to the moon and back with our clients and this will ensure us that we continue to do so."

The deal would make for some potentially complex relationships. Azoff's Frontline recently merged with Ticketmaster and the new firm, Ticketmaster Entertainment is currently trying to merge with Live Nation. – Clint Higham has managed Chesney since 1993 and currently the performer is signed to a multi-year touring deal with Live Nation competitor AEG. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers