Feb 3

BREAKING NEWS: LADY ANTEBELLUM SINGER CHARLES KELLY “MISSING”!!!

News reports are confirming that Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelly is missing! Details are coming in and a detective working the case has already questioned persons of interest Darrius Rucker, Hunter Hayes, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook. To learn the full story behind Kelly’s disappearance, watch the video below.

Seriously this has to one of the greatest album promos of all time!!!!

Feb 1

ACM Award Nominees and my picks! Who You Got??

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Here is the list of nominees for the 2016 ACM Awards! I’ll make my picks (if the awards happened today!) Who are you taking?

2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Eric Church

I’d love to see Eric Church finally win this award, but I’m going with the guy who keeps selling out multiple shows wherever he goes! Garth Brooks

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley

I’m picking Chris Stapleton again, but I feel that for the first time in a while, any of these guys could walk away with the award! Toss Up / Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

The cut off for music to be considered is weird, Carrie’s new album isnt included or I would say its a slam dunk for her. Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie + Tae
Joey + Rory

It’s hard to pick against FGL after a very successful album and tour last year, but I’d love to see D+S or the Bros take it. Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

If you take into account all the songs they wrote that went #1 (Which they dont) I’d say Old Dominion would be the front runner. But Girl Crush is probably crush the completion. Little Big Town

Album of the Year

Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up
Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

All great albums as a whole, Im tossing Thomas out because like he said, its not a country album, dont think Chris Young has enough to beat out the comercial success of the others which leaves Eric, Chris Stapleton and Sam. I’ve said that Traveller was my favorite since it came out last year and I still think it is the best, but Eric is a close second! Chris Stapleton

New Male Vocalist of the Year

Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

I really dont know how they figure out who is still a “New” Artist! I’m going with Brett because I believe that he is the next country mega star and had a HUGE 2015! Brett Eldredge

New Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Cam
Mickey Guyton
RaeLynn

Got to meet all these ladies over the past 2 years and they are all great! Cam had the biggest song, but I think that Kelsea broke through and made it to #1 as an independent female artist! Kelsea Ballerini

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year

A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion
Parmalee

Im a huge Brothers Osborn fan and would love to see them win, but I think Old Dominion could be the next big group, they sure can write enough number 1 hits! Old Dominion

Single Record of the Year

“Burning House,” Cam
“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Its really between Thomas Rhett and LBT. My brain says Girl Crush, but my heart/gut say… Die A Happy Man

Video of the Year

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Burning House,” Cam
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church
“Riser,” Dierks Bentley

This is tough because I dont think any of these video’s were amazing, but only one had the artist actually catch on fire during filming! Burning House

 

Vocal Event of the Year

“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan (Feat. Chris Stapleton)
“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan (Feat. Karen Fairchild)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)

I’m going with the one that I git the most requests for during the year here! Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild

 

Those are my picks! Who are you taking?

Jan 20

Granger Smith – Backroad Song

Happy to see Granger getting national love! But don’t think he came out of nowhere! He’s been doing this music thing for years in Texas! Be sure to check out some of his other tracks too!

Jan 19

Put It In Your Ear – Zane Williams

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The Texas Country Music scene has so many amazing artists that have YET to gain national radio play. When ever I stumble across some of these great artists and song writers I am blown away. I’m not going to get into the politics of country radio here, just know that there are some pretty amazing artists out there if you keep your ears open.

A few months back I got to interview Aaron Watson and asked him what artists we should check out that we don’t hear on the West Coast. The name he brought up was Zane Williams. After a few more interviews with Texas artists, Zane’s name kept coming up. Everyone kept telling me about how great a song writer he was. I finally had a chance to sit down and pop in some of Zane’s tracks to hear for myself.

The sounds that came through my speakers were true, real life, hardworking lyrics. Zane’s music comes across as honest blue collar songs. Song’s like his current single, She Is show his gentlemen side while Jayton and Jill tells the gritty tale of two young folks falling in love.

This Friday Zane releases an album of his favorite song over the course of his career called Snapsots. If your looking for an alternative to the more mainstream pop / hip-hop influenced sound that is all the rage in country music these days, this album should scratch that itch for you!

Be sure to give a listen to a few of his songs here and then check him out on his social media!

Web: zanewilliamsmusic.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zanewilliams

Twitter: @ZaneTheSinger

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ZaneWilliamsMusic

Jan 12

Jon Pardi Unplugs!

Check out the local boy Jon Pardi doing an accoustic version of his latest single Head Over Boots! I think I like this version better than the original!

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Jan 11

Put It In Your Ear – Maren Morris

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The Texas music scene is nothing new. Loyal fans, super talented artists, and great music power the sound. What is new is the attention some of these artists are starting to get from the “major” record labels. With artists like Kacey Musgraves and Granger Smith having national success, the Nashville labels are definitly looking to Texas for “new” talent.
Enter Maren Morris. The 25 year old Texas native cut her teeth in Texas before heading to Nashville to pursue her passion for writing music. After taking a break from performing her inner voice urged her to get back on the stage.
With a traditional sound similar to Kacey Musgraves or Nikki Lane, Morris is a welcome addition to the more traditional sounding country movement that is taking hold in the industry. She is already gaining some pretty big fans, getting tapped to open for Keith Urban on his upcoming 2016 Ripcord tour.
Maren’s debut single for Sony Nashville, My Church will be impacting radio soon! Check it out here and then reach out to Maren and let her know we need her to come to Northern California for a show before she heads out with Keith this June!!

Web: www.marenmorris.com/
Twitter: @MarenMorris
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marenmorris
Instagram: @marenmorris

Nov 24

PUT IT IN YOUR EAR – KANE BROWN

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!

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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:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/L3GACYYY?fref=ts
Twitter: @KaneBrown
Web: www.kanebrownmusic.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com

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

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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:

www.themoonpies.com

www.facebook.com/mikeandthemoonpies

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 livenation.com

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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!!

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