Nov 24


I changed the name from Give It a Listen to Put It In Your Ear, but its still good country you should be listening to!

If you don’t know the name Kane Brown, your about to hear it A LOT! I just found out about him a few weeks ago. I saw his pic and immediately assumed he was going to have a sound like Sam Hunt or Florida Georgia Line. I WAS DEAD WRONG. But I think he is about to have one similarity to them, he’s about to explode on country radio, and he hasn’t even signed a major record deal yet!
Selling 100 thousand songs on iTunes as an independent artists has definitely caught the attention of the of the big labels. However, you really know that you are doing BIG things when you in the crowd at the CMA Awards and Luke Bryan walks down the red carpet and starts staring at you in the crowd,

“You know you make eye contact with somebody, but you don’t want to keep staring?” Brown says, thinking back on his red carpet experience. “I broke [my] stare off and then [Bryan] made his way through the crowd to me and came and shook my hand. The nicest guy I ever met … He’s like, ‘Man you gotta stop passing me on the iTunes charts.’”

With his looks, amazing voice, and massive buzz already surround him, Kane Brown is set to leave his mark on country radio!
Check Kane out here:
Twitter: @KaneBrown

Check out his new song “Used To Love You Sober” and his cover of Johhny Cash “Ring of Fire”

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Nov 18

Give It A Listen – Mike and the Moonpies

A few weeks back I got to make a trip to SF to see the Turnpike Troubadours show. Didn’t know what I was in store for. My interview with Turnpike fell through which gave me time to check out the opener. Unfortunately more times than not, when the opening band hits the stage most people are still getting to the venue and getting drink ect. Not this night, The screen went up and Mike and the Moonpies started jamming. Instantly the crowd was fully engaged and rockin! The guys didn’t disappoint at all! They put on a show that I wont soon forget and made a fan of me! I grabbed a copy of their new CD, “Mockingbird” and played it twice on the drive home.

If your looking for some “real outlaw country” definitly give these guys a listen! I have a feeling you will be hooked like I am!

You can check them out here:

Twitter : @themoonpies


Nov 17

What Exactly did the Dixie Chicks say?

Its been over a decade since the Dixie Chicks took to the stage in London and made a career changing statement. It was 2003 and The US was about to go to war with Iraq. The ladies were touring to promote their smash album Home. The trio’s lead singer uttered the statement that would bring their stardom to a screeching halt. “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” I’ve heard singers, actors, politicians and regular Joes say WAY worse about our past president as well as our current, and honestly about any of the candidates to be our next president since she made that statement, yet I still hear folks HATE the Dixie Chicks.

Here we are almost 13 years later and that statement, albeit, along with other sound bites since, still hangs large over their heads. It seems that we either forgive or look past so many of our favorite stars bad decisions but not them.

Now I’m only trying to ask a question here, not placing my view on what the trio or Natalie said independently. I am just trying to figure out why so many cant move past what they originally said, since that is the quote that most point to. As far as I know, and correct me if I’m wrong, they never said anything about not supporting our troops, which I have heard many times when I talk to people about it. With ALL the bad things I have heard people say about our current president and well as President Bush since then, maybe it is time to forgive?

In a 2013 interview with US Magazine Natalie said, “To me, I was right from the beginning, because it’s my right as an American to speak up and question our President, have my point of view, have my opinion, question what I want to question, and say what I want to say about our government,” Maines said. “It’s very scary to me that people actually think we should just follow our leaders. If we can’t learn from our history, we’re nowhere.” I have heard very similar points of view from people all over to what she said here.

So as the ladies announce their upcoming US tour, is it time to look at what they said over a decade ago and put it in context with what we know know? Is it time to just enjoy the music and accept that we all have different views and say things that we don’t all agree with sometimes? Is it time to remember that we do live in the USA when we all have the right to have our own political views and the right to voice those opinions?

In no way am I trying to tell you how you should feel or that you should forgive and forget. We all have to make that decision ourselves. As for me, well if I was judged on something I said or did 13 years ago, I’m pretty sure I would have a lot less friends in this world.

Let me also add, my young man is an active duty Marine about to be deployed. So I do hold our Armed Service Men and Women in VERY high regard and admiration.

Catch the Dixie Chicks on their DCX MMXVI tour coming to the Toyota Amphitheater July 13th. Tickets go on sale Friday Nov. 20th at



Nov 16

Still My All Time Favorite! Clay Walker!

Of all of the people that I have gotten the opertunity to meet while working at the Wolf, I would definitely say that meeting Clay Walker was when I was really “star-struck”! Clay has been my favorite artist since the 90s.

Back in 1998 my best friend and I spent a whole paycheck buying 2nd row seats to his show. To this day it was one of the greatest concert experiences I have ever had.

Now many moons later, I am so excited that he is putting out new music! Check out his latest song, “Right Here” when he performed it at the Grand Ole Opry  last month! Can’t wait to hear more new music, and please believe that I’m going to do EVERYTHING I can to get him to Sacramento!!

Nov 2

Who Are Your CMA Award Picks?

Just days away from the CMA awards on Wednesday, who are your pics to win the awards? Make you pics and leave them below! Then compair your pics to mine and tell me why I’m wrong or right!

New Artist of the Year
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Kelsea Ballerini

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney
Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack
Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year
“American Kids” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
“Talladega,” Eric Church

Music Video of the Year
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood

Song of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser
“Like A Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Musical Event of the Year
Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban & Eric Church
“Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band


Here are my pics. I’ll break mine down to who I want to win and who I think will win if they differ!

New Artist of the Year – Sam Hunt has this award locked up with his HUGE debut year, however, I have a different pic I think should win. Chris Stapleton might not be a name you imediatly recognise but the songs he has helped write sure will be, Your Man Josh Turner, Comeback Song Darius Rucker, Loves Gonna Make It George Strait, Drink A Beer Luke Bryan, and Crash and Burn Thomas Rhett just to name a few! Chris’s Debut album Traveler, is one of my top three albums in the last year. I’d be floored if Sam doesn’t run away with the award, and he deserves it,  but Chris is a HELL-OF-AN artist!

Album of the Year - Jason Aldean Old Boots New Dirt - This was one of Jason’s best selling albums and had huge radio success. That said… from the nominees again I’d vote Chris Stapleton Traveler. This album was lyrically superior to all the albums with maybe Kacey Musgraves also being up there, Traveler has been on steady play for me ever since it came out.

Female Vocalist of the Year – Miranda Lambert - Its hard to argue that any of the deserving ladies nominated here had a bigger and definitely crazier year than Miranda! Kelsea is definitely setting herself up for a promising future, Kacey is on of my favorites, and I’m pretty sure we just go ahead and put Carrie’s name on the award for next year, but once again I think the year belonged to Miranda.

Male Vocalist of the Year – Bluke Churchley? – This is a dead heat! All these guys are pretty deserving of the title. Obviously I really like Chris but I don’t think he’s quite there yet. As for the other four guys… none would surprise me and I’m surprised Kenny isnt in the mix too! I really hope this is the year that Dierks Bentley finally gets it! After Kick The Dust Up, I’ll just be happy if Luke doesn’t win!

Entertainer of the Year – Garth Brooks - I really dont feel this needs much explaining or debating! In a year that saw attendance fall for live shows, Garth constantly sells out shows coast to coast!

Single of the Year (Given to the songs writer) – Girl Crush - To me the initial controversy that this song caused is praise to the play on words in the lyrics. Obviously the song was a huge smash that crossed over to other formats in addition to country. I’d have to give second to I Don’t Dance.

Music Video of the Year – Something In the Water Carrie Underwood – Its hard to ever think that Carrie isn’t going to win this category when she is nominated! My pick is different though, I really like how they did Maddie and Tae Girl in a Country Song. I thought the video was fun and made the industry take a look at how the ladies felt they were being portrayed in all the guys songs and videos!

Song of the Year – Girl Crush Little Big Town – Its hard to say any other song was bigger this year despite not getting to #1 on the Media Base chart. It seemed like for a month this song was everywhere! Personally as a guy who’s fiance has to go on the road for weeks at a time I pick Like a Wreaking Ball Eric Church though. I think Eric was able to make a supper sexy song while keeping it classy that really spoke to folks that have to be away from their significant others for extended periods of time…

Musical Event of the Year – Wild Child Kenny Chesney and Grace Porter – I think this will take it purely on your requests for the song! This is another award this year where I don’t think there is a clear cut winner though.  I think Blake and Ashley did a great job with Lonely Tonight and could see them getting the nod. However, my vote is going elsewhere! I really liked the Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Django and Jimmie. It was fun to listen to this album that you could just hear the fun these friends had making this album. Really hope their tour comes this way!

Vocal Duo of the Year – Florida Georgia Line – I think BK and Tyler are going to have this spot wrapped up for a few years! They’ve got the radio success, album success, and headlining tour success. I’ve actually been able to meet all the nominees and they are all great folks! Personally I’m really excited to see what Brothers Osborn bring to the category next year with the release of their debut album Pawn Shop in January.

Vocal Group of the Year – Little Big Town / Rascal Flatts – I make two pick here because I’m not sure how much of a hit LBT take with having to put their touring on hold at the height of the Girl Crush explosion. Rascal Flatt had a solid year with a successful tour and some big radio hits. I’m going to put my vote with Little Big Town. Their Pain Killer album is solid and despite the hick-up, made most of the tour dates up for the fans.

So where do you think I’m right and where do you think I couldnt be more wrong? LET ME KNOW BELLOW!

Oct 26

Want Pre-Sale Access To Carrie Underwood’s Next Tour?

Carrie Underwood just released her 5th studio album, “Storyteller” this week. So it should come as NO surprise that she is making plans for a huge tour in 2016! Now you have a chance to get a pre-sale code to buy tickets before they go on sale!

Just head over to Carrie’s website and pick up her new album! When you buy it there, you get the pre-sale code for the concert tickets!

I was lucky enough to see Carrie 3 years ago, and I can say it was a GREAT show and definitely a show that you need to see if you love live music like I do!

Here is the link to Carrie’s website and all the info!


Oct 21

Went Back Under The Needle!

Seven years ago, after looking everywhere for a tattoo artist who could do portraits really well, I got my all time favorite picture of my daughter on my forearm. At the time I was going through a pretty bad divorce at the time and to  say that I wasnt getting to see her enough was a gross understatement. I had decided that I wanted to be able to see my heart whenever I wanted and she would always be with me.

When I met my artist Steve Maycock, now at Wild Bills Tattoo in Roseville, he saw the pic I wanted and said it was perfect! a little over 5 hours later I had my lil’ girl with me forever! However, over the year I have not taken the best care of my tattoos, (no sun screen or lotion…) so the tattoo faded and the detail that I loved in it was gone. So a few days before she turns 16 I decided it was time to  meet up with Steve and go under the needle again! I was scared how it would look this time since I’ve never had a tattoo redone before. Not only do I think that it is every bit as good as it first was, ITS BETTER! Check out all the pics here!

This is the original picture, its from 2005 when she was 5!


In March of 2009 this was the tattoo right after Steve, Look how bare my arm still was!



After the years of the California sun this is what happens…


So I let Steve go to work…

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And this is the result!



When my arm stops hating me and the redness and swelling go down I’ll post another pic! Thanks again to Steve Maycock! Amazing job sir!



Oct 7


Yup! Only a few weeks after the new glass bridge opened in China, one of the glass tiles cracked while a tourist was walking on it! Yeah I’d need more than a diaper at that point!!

Oct 7

Hailey beats cancer and I get chocolate? Love this girl!!

So a few weeks back we got some great news as you may remember, a friend of the station called Mike Allen to tell him the she was CANCER FREE!!! Hailey was so excited and just wanted to celebrate with Mike playing her favorite artist, Hunter Hayes, for her,well thanks to your help, we did one better! You took to the internet and shared a pic of Hailey and Hunter saw! After he heard Hailey’s story, he had to call her and say congrats!!
Flash forward to today, and Hailey stopped by the station, and brought us thank you chocolate ribbons!
Yup! Hailey is pretty much AMAZING!!

This is such an amazing story! Meet Hailey. She loves listening to The Wolf and for a long time she was battling cancer!…

Posted by 101.9 The Wolf on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Well you may remember Hailey from last week! We were trying to get her story shared so we could get Hunter Hayes…

Posted by 101.9 The Wolf on Monday, September 14, 2015

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Oct 1

I think I would need a diaper to walk this bridge…

I’ve been known to want to do some high adrenaline things, sky dive, swim with great white sharks, get married… but I’m not sure I could do this! What do you think!

Scary Glass Bridge Over a Canyon in China

China built a big, scary glass bridge.

Posted by AJ+ on Thursday, October 1, 2015

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