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Top Five Songs To Download Right Now..

For my first post I figured I would go simple and post about some of my favorites at the current moment that are a must download. I would love to hear your feedback as well.

Luke Combs – When It Rains It Pours

This song mark my words will be a number 1. A typical breakup song with a twist of comedy and I told you so. Can’t help but belt this one out in the car with the windows down.

 

Chris Janson – Everybody

It never fails that when this guy releases an ep it is guaranteed to be something amazing. This song truly hits home to me about the world now a days and how people act. A lot of people want something for nothing and this is sure to make them think.

 

Kelsea Ballarini – Legends

A sophomore release can always be tricky, especially when you have had the success Kelsea had on the first album. Well, in my opinion she nailed it with this song. She truly found her voice and style. I can not wait for more from this album. It does help my daughter is obsessed and had this and Yeah Boy on repeat.

 

Runaway June – Wild West

This song for me has all the feels. Singing about some of my favorite childhood memories and putting it into a relationship song. Pure genius! These girls can harmonize so so well.

 

Lindsay Ell – Criminal

I love this song. I remember listening to my The Opry app when she was playing it on stage and fell in love with it. It has everything from a catchy hook to guitar magic. Is it time for more music? Just can’t get enough.

So there we go. My first post. Do me a favor, no wait, do yourself a favor and download these songs. Let me know what you think and more importantly tell them what you think!! Below you can find their twitter handles.

@LukeCombsMusic

@janson_chris

@KelseaBallerini

@runawayjune

@lindsayell

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“Don’t Stop” Lauren Davidson! Your Passion Is Contagious..

I had the privilege of talking with Lauren Davidson on her EP, life, songwriting and being a country singer from New York. Some people don’t realize that country music is everywhere and you need to get out and see Lauren. She is an amazing talent and when she sings you can’t help but be pulled in to the song. We wish her all the best and please download her EP! Thank you so much for the interview Lauren, keep up the great work.

B Chord: Lauren, give us a little background about your musical upbringing and how you got started in the business.

Lauren Davidson: I’m an urban country singer/songwriter from New York City who got started with my career at a very young age. My Dad was a singer/songwriter and I’ve been singing ever since I was very little and loved it and then began doing theatre. As I got older, I kind of grew out of the theatre and more into the songwriting and singing and decided to pursue a career as an artist.

B Chord: What is it like to be a country artist in the New York/New Jersey area? A lot of people don’t realize that it is one of the largest markets.

Lauren Davidson: Country radio in this area (New York City) has brought out all of these people that love country music and bring us all together from the northeast corridor. Nash FM has been huge for this area. All of these people and fans are here and have been so welcoming of my music. New York City is such an eclectic city where not everyone is doing music. There is a very strong fan base and following in this area. They just opened a bar fashioned like the Grand Ole Opry, Opry City Stage and I have played there a couple times. The first time that I walked in, I realized that there is a little piece of Nashville now in New York City. I think it is going to change the game for country music in this area.

B Chord: So I saw where you were on the Corvette Nations Video, tell us a little about how that happened?

Lauren Davidson: One of the guys that work on the show contacted me to do a cover of Route 66 to be featured on their episode. The episode basically takes the corvette through various stops along Route 66 all the way from the beginning to the end. We filmed this video and they featured it at the beginning of the episode.

B Chord: The new EP “Hear Me” is terrific. Can you tell us a little of how long you have been working on this project and how it came about?

Lauren Davidson: The EP was released a little over a year ago on October 7th and prior to that we were working on it in the studio for about 6 months. Because it was my first EP and I had only released two singles, I had all of my songs to choose from and was able to carefully select the ones that really showcased who I really am as an artist. A lot of the songs I had already been performing live. Now that the EP is done, picking songs for singles gives me a lot less to choose from.

B Chord: “Don’t Stop” is your new single. Tell us a little about the song and meaning.

Lauren Davidson: Basically the idea of never giving up on your dreams no matter what they are. Sometimes we have to do things that we really don’t want to do, but no matter what never give up.

B Chord: “Right Here With Me” is my favorite song on the album! I love your vocals and it is a fun love song. How did you come up with that one?

Lauren Davidson: Thank you and that is so funny because it is one of my favorites too and it almost didn’t make the EP. When we were in the studio recording, we had four different songs that we were going to use and we couldn’t decide if we needed a fifth. I write a lot with my Dad and I was up late one night by myself and I had this idea in my head and just start jammin’ some chords down and wrote pretty much the first verse of that song. The next day my Dad came into New York City for us to write and we just popped the song out. We both loved it so much that we decided to include an acoustic version of this song on the EP. I just fell in love with the arrangement of the track and that’s how we have performed it live. It was almost unexpected the way it all happened

B Chord: Where did you film the video for that song?

Lauren Davidson: We filmed the video in Little Stoney Point which is just north of the Jersey/New York border. We basically walked up the mountain and found this place that had a gorgeous overlook and had our video done in about two hours. Austin Hein, was the one who picked the spot and he filmed the video so I can’t take the credit for the location. He did great.

B Chord: Do you have a plan to turn the EP into an album?

Lauren Davidson: We are definitely working on new music in the early portion of the New Year. I think we are going to release a couple of singles. I think it is just a better way to get my music out to my fans more quickly. There may possibly be another EP later.

B Chord: Some of your biggest musical inspirations?

Lauren Davidson: Steve Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, Grace Potter, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris. I am really digging her music right now!

B Chord: Where can people see you play if they want to get out and see you live?

Lauren Davidson: We mainly perform in the tri-state area, but we will be touring a little more and branching out. My next show, I will be hosting a Christmas show at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken on December 21st. It is going to be a big country music Christmas party. After that in the New Year, I will be playing The Palace Theatre in the Stamford, Connecticut area.

B Chord: What is your biggest guilty pleasure song that you will put on and look around to be sure no one is listening?

Lauren Davidson: I don’t have a specific song, but I love the 90’s pop songs, like Brittany Spears and all of the boy bands. I am not even ashamed of it and I can’t stop smiling while they play.

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Lauren Davidson: Probably my guitar. It is a Breedlove and was a birthday present last year. It was a special birthday. When my father turned the same age, he received an acoustic guitar as well. The Breedlove is amazing and really cute. Yes, it would have to be my guitar.

I highly recommend seeing Lauren the next time she is in your area. We have attached some of her music and website below. Thank you again Lauren.

Website – https://www.laurendavidsonmusic.com

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/512lLY93LZabHrt3OZGYe7

 

Shooter Jennings Talks Songwriting And The Current Tour..

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I had the chance to catch up with Shooter Jennings at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. for his tour with Jason Boland. When I walked into the venue I knew I was in for a treat when I saw two acoustic guitars with awesome lighting setting the stage. There is nothing better than two singer songwriters who just go at it on the acoustic guitar and spill their lyrical magic. I truly recommend catching this tour at one of their next stops! Thank you Shooter for being awesome and taking the time to talk to us.

B Chord: I love the theme for this tour. How did you and Jason Boland set this tour up?

Shooter Jennings: Well man, I’ve known Jason for a long time and I’ve co-produced his record “Dark and Dirty Mile” a while back and recently in the last couple of years I went and got myself a new booking agent which has been his booking agent for a long time. That’s how this kind of came about. Once we were in there together we started talking about doing this and that and it just got cooked up. We had so much fun doing it that we decided to do it again this year.

B Chord: Give us a little background about the album “Countach” that you released. Being a kid who grew up on 90’s country music and video games, I am in my glory with this one!

Shooter Jennings: I was doing a record that was a tribute to George Jones and at the same time I was flipping out over Georgio so it was like a George and Georgio thing. That’s how it started, but once I delved into Georgio I realized that I went all the way down the rabbit hole with it. It was really weird because I realized how much Georgio’s music had impacted me through movies over the years and it was kind of like a tribute to my childhood.

B Chord: So I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you are the son of the amazing Waylon Jennings. Can you give us one of your best memories growing up with your father?

Shooter Jennings: I have a lot of good memories with him. I remember we used to do these projects together. We built an arcade cabinet together to put my Nintendo in and he got real frustrated while he was building it. He was just a cool Dad. We were both into the same things. He would play me Dire Straits records and I would play him Nine Inch Nails. It was a great relationship and I saw him different than most.

B Chord: One other related question…In the Highwaymen song, “Backstage At A Willie Nelson Show“, Johnny Cash sings a line about Waylon taking a call from Shooter. Was that true and do you remember the call? Ha!

Shooter Jennings: I remember hearing it later, but I have no idea what it was. I wish I knew.

B Chord: So with the holidays coming up on us, what is one thing you are looking forward to the most?

Shooter Jennings: I love Christmas. I have two kids and I wish it would never stop. I could listen to the music all year long.

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Shooter Jennings: I would bring a piano. No particular one I just really love the piano.

Here is how to see more of Shooter Jennings!!

Website: http://www.shooterjennings.com/

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Photo Credit Top Picture: Billboard / Others: B Chord

 

“My Side Of The Story” By Ryan Sims Is Songwriting At It’s Best…

It was a pleasure to speak to Ryan Sims on his sophomore album “My Side Of The Story”. A true country, rock and Americana sound that has you feeling every emotion in the song. We would like to thank Ryan for his time and wish him all the best and hope to see him on the road soon.

B Chord: Hey man, give us a little insight into your background and how you got into music?

Ryan Sims: At the age of 3, I had this overwhelming urge to play guitar. I’m not really sure where it came from. I did not have anyone in my family that was really a role model for it. It just seemed like that’s what I had to do. I didn’t want to be a firefighter or a cop or a superhero, rather I just wanted to play guitar and sing. It’s a calling man like anything else that God chooses for you. If I didn’t do it, I probably wouldn’t be alive. It’s my reason to be on this earth.

B Chord: You have your new album out “My Side of the Story.” Can you tell us a little bit about the project and the writing process? I know this is a very personal album and very dear to your heart.

Ryan Sims: It all happened out of a tragedy that turned into an opportunity. I was slated to go into the recording studio in April and had all of the songs picked. Some of the songs were ones that I had recorded in the past and didn’t feel like I had done them justice. Then I went through a breakup that was very traumatic with a person that I thought that I would be with forever. She had an affair with a so-called buddy of mine. This was two weeks before I went into the studio and my whole world got turned upside down. I wasn’t really sure how this was going to affect the recording process. What ended up happening was that I threw away all of the plans that I had of recording those songs that I had already written and just began writing my ass off by myself and my producers Justin Gray and Doug Green. We put together six brand new songs that did not exist in the world. So, that tragedy brought about my very best work thus far. Hopefully these songs can help someone else heal like it did for me.

B Chord: Where have you been playing if someone is looking to come out and see you?

Ryan Sims: Right now, I have been in Phoenix where I currently live and we have been agent shopping. So if you want to see me currently you can come to Phoenix. Starting in January, it looks like we will be starting a nationwide tour. Once I hit the road in 2018, I plan to be on the road for an undetermined amount of time. I used to live in Parkville, Maryland and played with my band EastonAshe. It was my first rock band that I toured with for many years and toured the east coast. We played at Ram’s Head, The Record Theatre in Towson and many other venues in the Maryland area.

B Chord: Who are some of your musical influences?

Ryan Sims: My four major influences were: John Cougar Mellencamp, Matchbox 20, James Taylor, Dave Matthews.

B Chord: In that album, I heard a lot of John Cougar Mellencamp in your music.

Ryan Sims: Jimmy Arnoff , who was John Mellencamp’s drummer was on the project as well. I think that is what you were hearing.

B Chord: “AmericanThings” is one of my favorite songs on the album. Tell us a little more about the writing process for this song.

Ryan Sims: That song is the only tune on the record that is written by the producers and myself. When we decided to do this project, we had a problem trying to define what the music was going to be. I think my biggest asset is that I write many different styles of music and it is also my biggest downfall because agents, producers, and music buyers want to be able to tell someone what they are getting. So given that rock and roll and country was primarily what I was writing but not necessarily either, we decided to go with Americana. That being said, I wanted to put a song on the record that really enveloped the whole American theme. So we started talking about what the song should be about. I absolutely love my country and we started talking about the best parts of the United States, so “American Things” came about. The song is just what I love about this country when I wake up every day and then the bridge is about how we are not quite ourselves right now, but it’s not over and we will bounce back because we are Americans and that’s what we do.

B Chord: I love that you are so open and honest about your story. What would you like to share with someone who may be going through the same?

Ryan Sims: I don’t think a writer has any choice but to be honest with their music because the only thing that will suffer if they are not is the music. I really didn’t have a choice than being open and honest with my story or my listeners would pick up on it in my music.

B Chord: “Tragedy” is another very touching song. Can you tell us what inspired the writing of that song?

Ryan Sims: That song is the only song on the record that was written prior to what I call “the situation.” That came about from a previous relationship that ended amicably and it was one of those things where we were absolutely in love with each other but it was just not the right situation. It was probably one of the only adult break ups that I ever had. The chorus just lends to the fact that we all have this idea about what love should be and what relationships should be and a lot of that comes from growing up watching Disney cartoons and life is not a Disney cartoon.

B Chord: You have an all star cast on this album. What was it like working with some of the best musicians on this project?

Ryan Sims: OMG, I got the opportunity to record with what would be considered a supergroup if any of these musicians got together outside of my project. Given that Mellencamp was one of my heroes, having his drummer who it can be safely said that Kenny Aronoff was integral to John Mellencamp’s sound, having him on my record gave me goose bumps. The original drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta who is most sought after drummer in the world, I was on cloud nine being able to get him and at the last minute he had to back out and my producer, Justin Gray said “Well, we got Kenny Aronoff instead, is that okay?” I think my head hit the ceiling when I jumped out of my shoes. Having Darrell Jones from the Rolling Stones….that came about because we were at the Gibson boutique in Beverly Hills and we were talking to the gentleman who ran that store and telling him that we needed a bass player and he said “you should get Darryl Jones” and I said yes we sure should just joking around. He said I’ll call him. I took a deep breath and tried not to show how excited I was. Darrell answered the phone and said he would do it at the “bro price” which is unbelievable. We got Jason “Slim” Gambill from Lady Antebellum via a mutual friend in Los Angeles and Kim Bullard who is Elton John’s keyboard player. I have been finished recording this EP for five months and I still don’t think I have grasped just how great this opportunity was that I just got to experience. Also, these guys were so into the project, they didn’t just lay down their tracks, they put in the time. I think that best idea that we had with these guys was not to give them direction, rather give them the tracks and let them do what they do. As we were getting these tracks back from each player, and listening to this body of work and what is was going to be, my skin hurt from all of the goose bumps that I had all the time.

B Chord: You are a true Inspiration and I am in your corner 100 percent.

Ryan Sims: Thank you so much!

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Ryan Sims: That’s a no-brainer! It would have to be my guitar. I just got a new guitar a Collings D1 acoustic and this is my first big boy guitar. Collings is made in Austin, Texas and it is the most perfect instrument that’s ever been created on God’s great earth. Probably will be the last acoustic guitar that I will have to buy. I will probably buy others but because I want them.

Please do yourself a favor and download this album and catch Ryan when he is on tour. All links for Ryan Sims are below. Photo Credit: Mark Morgan

Website – http://www.ryansimsmusic.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RyanSimsBand

 

 

Erick Florence Joins The Country Music World With A Little “Front Porch Dancin”

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It was a pleasure to speak with Erick Florence today. He has an incredible story of perseverance and joy. I hope you give him a like and follow and listen to his music. If you are in the South Carolina area look him up and catch his next gig. Erick, thank you so much for speaking with us and wish you all the success in the world man!

B Chord: Hey man, so tell us a little about your musical upbringing and some background on yourself?

Erick Florence: I grew up singing in church as a small child up until the age of 10 or 11 years old. At that point, I became totally engulfed in sports. Sports became my life. I was a baseball kid and played until I was about 17 years old. At that point I moved into playing slow pitch softball at a competitive level until a few years ago. I played in the World Series. I loved music but I didn’t play any instrument and only sang in my car. About three years ago, I injured myself playing softball and they couldn’t do surgery to repair it. I pulled the quad off my hip. So at that point, softball wasn’t as much fun as I couldn’t play like I did in the past. So I was looking for something to do with my time. I started getting away from playing sports and I started feeling bad all the time. It turned out that I had thyroid cancer. It had moved into my vocal chords. It was already stage 2 when they discovered it and they had to remove my thyroid. It is one the easiest cancer to cure if caught early. They had to scrape my vocal chords and the reason I tell you this is that the doctors told me that my voice would not sound the same as before the surgery. God blessed me and within two weeks my voice was back fully. It was weird because I was told it would take months before my voice sounded anything close to what it sounded like prior to the surgery. So I was hanging out with some of my buddies at a Karaoke bar. I was sitting in the back singing along with those performing and was pressured by my friends to go up front and sing. So when I began singing I just loved it! I sang Karaoke two or three times per week for the next year. Finally, at one of the local bars in West Columbia, the owner said we have a date open and we need someone to fill it. She said you find a guitar player and this will be your first show. I didn’t know if I was ready for that. This happened in July of this year and it was my first gig. From then until now I have done twenty shows. I got my first guitar this past Christmas. I had never played before and just picked at it a little bit until March when I lost my job and became bored. I started playing guitar and played six to seven hours per day. I fell in love with it  as I learned and played the chords, I began hearing words to fit the chords. So at that point, I started writing music. I found a producer that I felt comfortable with, Prevo Rogers at 308 Productions in Sluto, SC and sent my music off to him. He asked me to come down and meet with him. I sent him some of the very first songs that I had written. Prevo said he liked them and wanted to sign me. I thought that was really cool as this was all brand new to me. In the meantime, at the studio I started playing Front Porch Dancin. He wanted to know where that came from and I explained that I had just written this song the day before. He told me to put the other stuff on hold as this is where we need to go. I signed with him in September and we released the song in November.

B Chord: I know you are from South Carolina, so where do you mainly play if someone wants to come out and see you?

Erick Florence: Right now we are playing in Lexington, Greater Columbia, West Columbia, and my home bar is Boses in West Columbia. I play at Boses at least once per month. We play any bar or restaurant that will let us in the door.

B Chord: Who are some of your biggest inspirations in music?

Erick Florence: My biggest growing up was Garth. All of his songs are mega hits. I am a 90’s country boy. I love the stories of the 90’s style country music. Garth Brooks, George Strait, Clint Black, and Tracy Lawrence. If we are talking about today’s music, it would be Chris Stapleton. He brings a bluesy sound to country music. I also listen to Lee Brice. I went to high school with Lee. I listen to Lewis’ music as it is a different genre and has a rocky edge.

B Chord: I love the song “Front Porch Dancin.” Can you tell me a little about the writing process of the song?

Erick Florence: I heard a song that was referring to dancing out in the fields or in a road somewhere. It was a good song but it wasn’t realistic. I grew up in the country and I have never stopped in the middle of the road and danced in the headlights. It’s just not something that happens. It was nothing unusual to see my grandparents sitting outside on the porch swing with the radio playing and they would get up and start dancing together. I am really close with my neighbors and we all sit around on our porches and when a song hits them, they will get up and start dancing. When that music hits you, you just start dancing. There just wasn’t a song out there that captures this feeling. One of my neighbors that moved in, Ryan Brazzell has a little girl, Emma and she is on the cover of the song. The focus is on the couple dancing on the porch and that is my neighbors, Ryan and Danielle, but their daughter Emma Grace is looking through the window at them. The day that I met her, I began calling her Emma Jean Grace. She knows that when Mr. Erick comes around he calls her Emma Jean Grace. I incorporated Emma into the song. It tells a real story of a couple in everyday life. My song is actually debuting on Country Radio right now.

B Chord: Can we expect some new music coming out from you soon?

Erick Florence: I’m working on a song right now and hoping to have it by the end of the month. It is called “Gone But Not Forgotten.”  Here in Columbia, we had a good guy and musician, Brandon Burr who was the lead man for the Brandon Burr band and he recently took his life. It really hit hard with the other country musicians in the Columbia area. When I heard the news, my only way to express my feelings was to write words to release my grief. It came together and I shared it with a friend of Brandon’s dad who thought it was really good. On my own and to be respectful to the family, I went to Brandon’s mom and told her that I wrote this song about Brandon. She loved the lyrics and so I am going to push 50 percent of the proceeds from online purchases of that song for the first two months to her family. This will cover the family’s expenses. After those two months, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to National Suicide Prevention. I hope that these monies will help others so they don’t make the same decision as Brandon. I have about 25 songs written and so we have 6 or 7 narrowed down to put on the upcoming EP coming out in the summer.

B Chord: If you could open for one artist who would it be?

Erick Florence: Man, I would love to open for Garth and be in that situation. I’d open for anybody who would have me… Garth and Stapleton.

B Chord: How long have you had the beard?

Erick Florence: After I had surgery 3 years ago, it became really irritating to shave with the incision. I wasn’t going to shave my face and not my neck. So I started to let it grow. It’s been about 3 years now. I have cut it down short only to just start growing it out again.

B Chord: Favorite hobby other than music?

Erick Florence: Playing video games. My favorite is Call of Duty. Before I got into music, one of the things I did was streaming on Twitch. You stream video games and people can see and hear you play the games.

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Erick  Florence: If I only have one instrument with me, I would take my guitar. I could amuse myself jamming and writing songs. It would be my Alvarez guitar and I play lefty.

Reverb Nation – https://www.reverbnation.com/erickflorence

Facebook – www.facebook.com/efloscountryshow

Twitter – https://twitter.com/florence8814

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Erik Stucky, “For Old Times’ Sake” Has A True Grasp On Americana And Bluegrass Music…

We spoke with the amazing musician, singer songwriter and mandolin extraordinaire about his latest solo album release “Stray Clouds“. We introduce you to his musical career as well as his inspiration. We thank Erik for the interview, and I can’t wait to hang out with him on our next trip to Nashville, TN.

B Chord: Hey man, tell us a little bit about how you got into music and your career so far?

Erik Stucky: I started playing mandolin around the age of 10. I grew up in Colorado and my Dad was a big music enthusiast especially in folk and bluegrass. We used to attend bluegrass festivals .I grew up listening to Bluegrass Revival, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. I began playing mandolin after hearing Mark O’Connor play it at a bluegrass festival. I took lessons and got to playing the mandolin for a while and then got into singing and song writing around the age of 18. I live in Nashville now and just released my first solo album. I play mandolin for a couple Americana artists as well.

B Chord: You had the privilege of opening for John Oates. Can you tell us a little about that?

Erik Stucky: John Oates produced a friend of mine, David Starr’s latest album. When John was playing at the Station Inn, he asked David to open for him. David asked me to play some mandolin for that show. Playing at the Station Inn was a really cool setting.

B Chord: I see you play a lot of instruments? Which ones? What is your favorite?

Erik Stucky: Mandolin and guitar are the instruments that I play at my shows. So that’s pretty much what I do. I do play bass and fiddle when I am recording my albums, but as far as my performances, I play mandolin and guitar.

B Chord: Tell us a little about “Stray Clouds” and the songs on the album?

Erik Stucky: “Stray Clouds” is the first solo album that I have done. There are songs on there that range from new to about 5 years old. I also included  the ones that I had a real desire to put out. One song on the album I wrote two weeks before entitled “Old Habits Never Die.” This was because I wanted an upbeat bluegrass tune to pay tribute to my upbringing. There is a span of 5 years of songwriting on that one album.

B Chord: I love “For Old Times’ Sake” can you tell us a little about the writing process?

Erik Stucky: That was actually one of the older songs that I wrote when I was out living in Santa Barbara, California and that was a reflection from being from a small town in Colorado and reminiscing about that. There is a line in there “a drive-in movie screen” which we still have in Montrose, Colorado which is a rare thing. I was thinking a lot about home when writing that song.

B Chord: Do songs come to you easily or do you have to get away to write?

Erik Stucky: It works all sorts of different ways. I think songwriters are always discovering their process because it seems to be changing for me. I’ve written songs where I have had to sit down night after night to write them. I have also written songs….Well I wrote “Holding Back the Rain” without a guitar driving a tractor in Kansas and I saw a cloud and just started singing it. I went in at lunchtime and worked it out on the guitar, but everything was written while driving. I moved to Nashville full time a year ago and before that I made trips down here. I now do a lot of co-writing here.

B Chord: What do you have lined up for 2018 so far?

Erik Stucky: Well I am actually playing a gig tonight and then I have a string of gigs coming up in California next month…….some are solo and some I am playing with Nathan McEuen. We also are doing a trio thing with Nathan, Paul Allen and myself. They are both incredible musicians and songwriters in the LA area. In March, I have a big month-long Texas tour where I am playing live radio shows to listening rooms.
B Chord: You have a very nice distinct folkie American sound that is all your own.  I do hear a little James Taylor in there. Who are some of your inspirations?

Erik Stucky: Well thank you very much. James Taylor. Lyle Lovett is just an artist that I really dig. His creativity is just very expressive. Darrell Scott.  Paul Simon is someone else that I grew up listening to a lot. On my album, I did a couple covers and Don Williams was one of them to pay tribute to that older country era. John Hartford is also someone I grew up listening to. He wrote “Gentle on My Mind” that Glen Campbell performed. He was a fiddle and banjo player and a very creative guy. There are so many, but those are the ones that were prevalent when I was growing up. I also like the band Nickel Creek. John Moore, the guy who produced my album, who plays a lot of guitar and the banjo player are in a band called Bluegrass, Etc. They had a huge influence on my music through my teen years and I still hang out with them and am still learning from them.

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Erik Stucky: I’d take my Collings mandolin which is the model that I play. The mandolin was just my first intro to music and set fire to me wanting to play. The guitar came much later. Collings MT2 A Style mandolin and I might take an F style as well. I really like the Collings mandolin.

Thank you again Erik for a fantastic insight on your musical career and your current projects. Please check out the links below and download “Stray Clouds” today, come on what are you waiting for it is just below!

Lewis Brice Has The “Best Ex Ever”

We spoke with Lewis Brice on his new EP that is out and the writing process. If you don’t know Lewis or haven’t listened to his music you are truly missing out. He has so much talent and a style and sound that is all his own. I feel he will be a household name in the country music world in 2018. We hope you enjoy this read and keep an eye out for touring information for the coming year. Thanks again Lewis, you are truly an awesome person and thanks for having fun with us in this interview.

B Chord: Lewis how are you. I have read a lot of articles putting your music in a southern rock, bluesy, country, swampy sound. But you know what?  To me your music is Lewis Brice. It is very unique and amazing man. I can tell you will have some awesome things happening very soon.

Lewis Brice: I love that. Thank you very much!

B Chord: So tell us a little about your EP that is out right now. How long did it take you to write?

Lewis Brice: The EP was quite a process. It took about 2 years to get those 6 songs. I’ve been writing those songs for a while. Really got the ball rolling. We spent a lot of time on it and I really feel like the sound we got out of it gives a good representation of who I am. I’m a pretty scattered brained person when it comes to music. I like all kinds of music like Pop, Country, and Rock and Roll – 90’s era of music. We worked very diligently on it and we put in a lot of hours. Our song we are pushing for radio right now is “Best Ex Ever”. There aren’t many songs that shed a good lite on the ex but this song came from a time I needed help and made that call and she answered.

B Chord: “Best Ex Ever” is a great song. Where did you film the video? It is such a fun video to watch.

Lewis Brice: It was filmed in Nashville. We filmed it with my buddy Chase Lower. We wanted to match the song which is a quirky, funny song. We filmed it inside at Blue Bar where you probably got a glimpse of my brother at the very end and then up and down Division Street. We actually filmed the phone scene, because they don’t have pay phones anymore. We actually found a booth at Virginia’s Market at Division Street in Nashville. There was no phone in it so we had to go out and buy a phone to put in it.

B Chord: So I hear you frequent Key West. Is there any particular spot you usually play? How often do you visit and how did that start?

Lewis Brice: Key West has been a big part of my life making music. My good buddy Nick Norman lives down there. It’s really easy place to get to and try out my music. I play at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon a lot down there and at the Nashville Gulf’s headliners festival. I’ll be down there the first week of January I am schedule to go back down and I am really looking forward to it.

B Chord: “Messin’ With my Mind” is just an amazing song. It has some great play on Sirius XM and other airplay as well. What was the story behind the song?

Lewis Brice: My buddy Matt Clinton lives down in Key West and he help me write the bridge portion of it. That one is a story about when I was in an on and off relationship with a girl and I was back and forth in Nashville and I got to the point where I wanted to have a serious relationship. I took her out to a real nice dinner at the Outback Steakhouse. I thought the bloomin onion would seal the deal so I asked if she would like to make this more of a serious relationship and low and behold she said “Well……….I really don’t want a serious relationship, I really like being single. So I just said: “That’s cool.” Two days later I was in Delaware playing a gig and I get a call from my buddy who said “So, what happened to that girl in Nashville?” I said “Well we’re still hanging out.” He said: “That’s crazy, she got engaged man.” So then I wrote the song right then and there and for the lack of a better word I had to use “Messin”

B Chord: “Alabama” has to be my favorite song on there. The bass beat is awesome, the vocals are great, and the old Hank references are amazing. Was that a new one that you wrote for the album or has that one been around for a bit?

Lewis Brice: That one was a new one. I actually wrote that with my brother, Lee Brice. We were out in the garage and wanted to write a party song about where we were from, South Carolina. Our friends had farmland and we would have field parties so we wrote a song about it. Lee was looking to write a song called Alabama so we tried to use that. When we started writing, to have a good country song, you have to put a girl in it. The girl was the life of the party but no one ever got her name or where she was from so we called her, Alabama.

B Chord: When can we expect the full album out?

Lewis Brice: I’m actually working on a whole different record and at the beginning of the year I want to finish up that half record. I am currently working with two different producers right now. I can promise you it won’t be another 3 years. I hope to have the record out by spring and then another new record in the fall.

B Chord: Just from the EP, I can tell when you play live with the band “The Escorts” right? I bet you guys have everyone on their feet. Can you tell us what someone can expect at a Lewis Brice concert who has never attended one of your concerts before?

Lewis Brice: You come to my show you better be ready for a rock show with high energy where we sing hard and play hard and get everyone moving around and have a cold one while you’re at it. I don’t play halfway I only go all out.

B Chord: Do you have some tour details lined up? I can tell you we really want you here in Maryland!

Lewis Brice: We are working on next year’s schedule. This has been the busiest year ever. We are working hard to keep it going strong next year. We are working on a Southeast run, Baltimore all the way up to Delaware. We also have some Midwest shows scheduled. I have played a lot on the west coast this year.

B Chord: Ok so I made it this far into the interview without mentioning your brother’s name, ha! I have to ask how cool was it to play the lead role in Lee’s video “I Drive Your Truck?”

Lee Brice: It was a great opportunity. It was my first intro to the film industry. I told him that I would audition for the part. I didn’t want him to just give it to me. It was my first time behind the camera and let me see what goes on putting a video together. It was fun. They actually hired a stunt driver but I convinced them to let me drive the truck. I told them I grew up in South Carolina and I know how to cut it up so I ended up doing all the driving of the truck in the video.

B Chord: What was it like to be on the iconic Family Feud?

Lewis Brice: Steve Harvey is quite a character. It was my brother and some cousins. Jerrod Niemann was also on there with us. We had a bunch of laughs. My favorite question that Steve asked one of my cousins was “What do you do for a living?” My cousin answered “Oh, I lay pipe Steve!” Ha. He had that Harvey look and made a comment about his wife liking that one.

B Chord: Quick round questions you ready?

B Chord: Favorite Sports Team?

Lewis Brice: Clemson tigers

B Chord: If you could do a duet with one person who would it be?

Lewis Brice: Jerry Lee Lewis

B Chord: In 2018 Lewis Brice will …..

Lewis Brice: conquer the world

B Chord: Favorite pair of boots?

Lewis Brice: Lucchese

B Chord: Favorite drink?

Lewis Brice: Jack and water

B Chord: This interview with B Chord is?

Lewis Brice: Fantastically Awesome!

B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Lewis Brice: A spoon. I can eat with it, carve out trees with it and play it.

B Chord: I need to get you a B Chord hat or shirt so you can wear it in your next video like the Whiskey Jam tank ha! ha! Thanks man.

Please check out Lewis Brice and download his new EP. His links are below.

Website – http://lewisbrice.com/

 

Jessie Chris Will “Burn” A Spot In Your Heart And Playlist….

Jessie Chris is an American country musician who splits her time between Nashville and Massachusetts. I had the chance to chat with her just before she hopped a flight to Nashville for the CMA Awards in Nashville. I have to say you could tell by just talking to her how much passion she has in everything she is involved in. I am telling y’all right now, make sure you keep Jessie Chris on your radar because I see big things coming her way! Here is a little bit of background on her we got off her website for you.

At 18 years old Jessie was the youngest performer at the 2015 CMA Festival and has opened for iconic artists to include Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich, Trace Adkins and Billy Ray Cyrus and has performed at The Country Music Hall of Fame.  She recently released her new single “BURN” to radio.  She returned to the CMA Festival in 2017 with a performance on the Radio Disney Country Stage.

She has been a proud supporter and one of the faces of Disney’s #ChooseKindness Anti-Bullying Campaign. She recently joined Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the Disney healing anthem “The Human Race” which reached #6 on iTunes Hot Tracks.

            We hope you enjoy and again, thank you Jessie Chris for chatting with us and all that you are doing from music to helping out good people!
B Chord: Tell us a little about your past month and what has been going on in the world of Jessie Chris?

Jessie Chris: For the past month or so, I have actually been working on my next album which is coming out in 2018. I have also been doing a lot of school and anti-bullying shows and I’m also working on getting a children’s book published.

B Chord: I absolutely love your song “Burn.”  Is it off your debut album Wildfires or was it an older song you then released?

Jessie Chris: Aww thank you so much!  Well, “Burn” is completely separate and will actually be on my next album and it is transitioning into my next sound. I am really looking forward to it.

B Chord: Tell us a little about the writing process.  Did you write this on your own or did you have a co-writer?

Jessie Chris: Me and the producer David Spencer wrote that song.

B Chord: Where did you film the video for “Burn?”

Jessie Chris: The video was filmed in Rhode Island. The director is really good at scouting out locations. The location that he chose looked like it was a movie set but it was a real neighborhood that looked perfect. It was really a lot of fun! I even had my own fake house for it.

B Chord: We have to ask and I think that I already know the answer, but you have a new album in the works. When can we expect it to be released?

Jessie Chris: Definitely in 2018. I am hoping in January.

B Chord: How did it feel when you found out you were the first country artist to win the Elvis Duran Artist of the Month and got the chance to play on NBC’s Today Show?

Jessie Chris: Oh that was insane! I still don’t feel like that actually happened. I’m definitely very grateful and it still blows my mind.

B Chord: You have opened for some incredible artists such as: Luke Bryan, Chris Young, John Rich and Billy Ray Cyrus to name a few. You have opened for all of them are there any awesome stories that come to mind from any of these performances?

Jessie Chris: One of my favorite experiences was getting to sing with Billy Ray Cyrus because I grew up watching him on Hannah Montana with his daughter. We got to sing “Achy Breaky Heart” and it made my childhood complete. Multiple generations know of him.

B Chord: How is Willow the hedgehog doing? Does Willow tour with you?

Jessie Chris: Willow is my best friend’s hedgehog. She brought it over the other night for girls’ night to watch a movie. Willow is a girl so she was allowed to hang out with us for movie night.

B Chord: So one of the coolest things we have heard about you, is that you are an advocate for the #choosekindness anti-bullying campaign. Can you give us some background about how and why you decided to join this awesome group?

Jessie Chris: I have been traveling around doing an anti-bullying campaigns since the age of sixteen. Disney asked me to be the face for their Choose Kindness campaign. I am now the face for Sylvania Light’s Be The Light campaign. It was really neat to have these large companies jump on board of something that I believe strongly in and having their support. They are all just really cool people and I am glad to be on board with them.

B Chord: What is the one thing you miss most when you aren’t in the Boston area?

Jessie Chris: Oh, the one thing I miss the clam chowder because it is not the same anywhere else. People say it is good but it not the same and it just tastes so bad.

B Chord: Do you say Pop?

Jessie Chris: No, but I have cousins that live in the mid-west that do. We just say soda.

B Chord: You are on your way to Nashville for the CMA awards. Do you have anything lined up when you get there?

Jessie Chris: Just a bunch of interviews, meeting up with friends and industry people and attending the show. I also will be attending some after parties. It will be a lot of fun.

B Chord: Do you have a favorite female artist that you would like to see win tonight?

Jessie Chris: That is a really hard question since there are so many talented women. I really feel it is hard to just pick one.  I was really excited to see Pink will be there.

B Chord: We ask every artist the same question and here it goes, you are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?

Jessie Chris: It would have to be the ukulele, because it would keep me in the island mood. I barely know how to play it, but it would give me something to learn while being stranded.

I really want to thank Jessie Chris so much for doing this and taking the time out of her schedule to talk to us. Please look below and listen to her music and follow her on all her links.

Jessie Chris Website – http://www.jessiechris.com/#home-section

Disney’s Choose Kindness Anti-Bullying Campaign – http://www.jessiechris.com/disneys-choosekindness-campaign/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6YxWDABWMd8Jpv6pzGofDn

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wildfire/id1018516438

 Photo Credit From Jessie Chris Website

Morgan Wallen on His New Single “Up Down” and The Take Back Home Tour

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I recently traveled to Baltimore to sit down with Morgan Wallen before the kick off show of the “Take Back Home” Tour. We talked about his new song and video “Up Down” as well as The Voice and his start in Nashville. If you have the chance to see Morgan in concert, I highly recommend it! He took the stage and had everyone on their feet while playing all of his classics to a mashup that had everyone singing along. Enjoy!!

B Chord – First off, Congratulations on the new video release for “Up Down.” It is awesome! How did it come about that FGL were going a part of the video? Where was it filmed? It looks like it was one huge party!

Morgan Wallen – Thank you man. I had already started recording the song and one of their managers is a partner on my record label and became friends through natural processes. FGL was on a plane r and he showed them the recording of the song and they asked to be a part of it. Florida Georgia Line has been very good to me and I was glad to agree very quickly. It was filmed in Orange Beach, Alabama. I played 30 shows with them during the “Dig Your Roots” and “Smooth” tours this past year. We were already going to be playing in Orange Beach so the vibe of the video fits that water scene. BK just got a new boat and we just put it all together and by the end of the day you could tell it was a party!

B Chord – When you say “BFE” in the song, does it mean what I think it does?

Morgan Wallen – It does! I think it is in the Redneck Dictionary so you can look it up and find out.

B Chord – Was it always planned to plug your song on the radio in FGL’s “Smooth”?

Morgan Wallen – No, I actually had no clue that was going to happen. The day “Smooth” came out I turned it on and said “Oh wow that’s cool!” BK co-directed that video, so I am sure he had a little hand in that one but no one told me prior to it happening.

B Chord – Did the beginning of the video point out the true way the song was written? Who is the guy playing guitar?

Morgan Wallen – No, not really. Michael Hardy is the guy at the beginning of the video and he is a fresh song writer in Nashville who is really awesome. He will have a couple of songs on my record and a bunch on Florida Georgia Lines record too. We have become really good friends and when we called to ask about the video he said “I am there!” He drove down the next day.

B Chord – So you went to Nashville in 2015. Did you play on Broadway and how did signing with Big Loud come about?

Morgan Wallen – I went in a different direction when I got to Nashville. I already had a management team and I met a guy named Kevin Neal, who is a booking agent, who also booked FGL and Jason Aldean and some others. He said you need to move to Nashville to make it happen and then he began getting me gigs everywhere. I ended up getting a record deal at the end of 2015 so that happened way sooner than I expected. We then had to fast forward the process of writing more than I had ever before and preparing to get my first single ready. Everything has been on the road since then.

B Chord – How was your experience on the Voice?

Morgan Wallen – Man, I really did. That was the first thing I ever did as a live show and I never had my name on a marque sign or anything before. This experience helped me to grow up and figure out who I was as a person and an artist. You get out there in front of millions of people and you really get to grow right there in front of them. It is really hard but great! I was really appreciative of my time on the show and I have no bitterness towards it at all. It has gotten me to where I am now.

B Chord – “The Way I Talk” is just a fantastic song! Can you give us some background on the song as well as the writing process?

Morgan Wallen – I am from East Tennessee and grew up in a little town called Sneedville. Most people have never even heard of it before. I grew a preacher’s kid and my mom is a teacher. So the family is pretty much there except for my parents who are living in Knoxville now. It is really hard to publish a song that you feel is about you, but also one that people can relate to. Sometimes you get too personal and people will think it is just about the writer and don’t really get it. I wanted to put out a song that was about me that other people could relate to as well. It doesn’t matter if you are from Wisconsin, Baltimore, Knoxville or Germany, you’ve got a certain way that you talk. We wanted everyone to be proud of that and accept that. When I was in California for The Voice, I realized how much I love where I grew up and I wanted to get that point across in “The Way I Talk”.

B Chord – You are now on the Take Back Home tour with Chris Lane and Bailey Bryan and tonight is the kickoff show! How are you feeling about it? Nervous, anxious, excited?

Morgan Wallen – Man, I am so ready! I just got done this past weekend playing with Chris, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly. Chris and I are on the same label, so we are boys that feed off each other. I can’t wait to see what he has in store and I have about 45 minutes worth of ruckus.

B Chord – The big question is album or an EP? Do we have a date or time for that?

Morgan Wallen – I am going to do something a little bit different I think. This is not official at all and still may change, but right now I want to release two songs in about a month or so and then two more a month after that. That would equal out to another EP and then next year take my favorite 3 or 4 and add 7 or 8 more for an album. That is the thought.

B Chord – So you did a collaboration with FGL. Is there anyone else in country music you are just itching to record with?

Morgan Wallen – I always said Chris Cornell, but we all know what happened there. I would have to think about it, but you know what, I would have to say Eric Church. Man, I love him. He is just great.

B Chord – So we have a signature question that we ask of all of our artists. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?

Morgan Wallen – I think I would take a piano. I took piano lessons when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I am pretty good at guitar, but I love the piano! If I am going to write a song, my creative juices begin to flow when I am sitting at the piano.

Cover Photo Credit : Nick Swift

Check out Morgan Wallen and give him a follow:

Website: http://morganwallen.com/

Twitter: @MorganCWallen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morgancwallen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morgancwallen/

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“Get Drunk and Cry” Over The Sweet Vintage Sound of Ruthie Collins…

I had the privilege of talking to the one and only Ruthie Collins who is a tremendous singer songwriter. She was born in Fredonia, NY, currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and sings like an authentic Bluegrasser. She was raised on a beautiful 13 acre grape farm that has been in her family for over 200 years. Ruthie was the baby of four girls; started singing, playing piano and violin under her mom’s guidance at age 3. When Ruthie was 18, she left her tiny town and headed to Boston where she attended Berklee College of Music for 3 1/2 years, just one semester shy of graduating. She moved to Nashville in 2006 to be a songwriter.

I have always heard you should not meet or talk to the ones you are a big fan of or look up to. Well, all I can tell you is that Ruthie did not disappoint. She is one of the most sincere and humble individuals I have ever spoke with. Years ago I was flipping around through underground country music and I came across Ruthie. As soon as I heard the old-school country bluegrass sound about love and heartbreak, I was hooked right away. In my mind Ruthie Collins is one of the best singer songwriters in Nashville today. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did because I feel it is 100 percent real and to use one word to best describe Ruthie, Vintage.

B Chord – So Ruthie, you are one of my favorite artists because you are true to yourself and the true vintage country and bluegrass sound!!

Ruthie Collins – Oh, thank you so much!

B Chord – Tell us a little about the writing process of “Get Drunk and Cry.” Will that be the new album title? Is this newly written or a song you have had for a while?

Ruthie Collins – Yes, so “Get Drunk and Cry” will be my single going out to country radio and it will also be the title track of the album as well. I guess when we were thinking of the title of the album that just was not an obvious one that stood out for me. Then the label said “So we think the album should be titled “Get Drunk and Cry”. I said “Well, ok, I think I could be that girl then.” I am really happy we went with that title because it really does stand out. I am not sure that every song on the album requires you to get drunk and cry, but there is a theme there. It’s all good. I actually wrote that song about 5 years ago with my friend Luke Sheets as we were talking about a relationship I was in at the time. I described the night I had with this guy and told him that as I went into the night, I just knew I was going to get drunk and cry. Luke then said, wait! Is that a thing? I said no I knew I was already upset and I know you are supposed to go out and get drunk after with friends. I knew if I went out with them for more drinks it would happen. Right then, he said we have to write a song about this. It really became a verb so to speak.

B Chord – I saw a little of the short video for it. Where was it filmed?

Ruthie Collins – We filmed in Nashville. Actually, what we have done is filmed a mini visual album to go with the record. It will be released on October 17th 2017. It consists of five of the songs on the album. It begins with a song entitled “Getting Out There” and then goes into “Get Drunk and Cry”, “Boys and Beaches”, “You Don’t” and ends with “Pink Bic Lighter”. The videos have the same characters, the same common thread and story line. There are monologues in between this girl’s journey of “Get Drunk and Cry” fiasco. We filmed all over, but much of it was done in East Nashville. “Getting Out There” was filmed at a really cool bar called Crying Wolf and we also filmed at the American Legion in Inglewood Post 82. It was so fun! “Boys and Beaches” was filmed out at the lake. It is really more like boys and lakes lol. “You Don’t” was filmed in East Nashville, a little bit in my house and “Pink Bic Lighter” was filmed in this amazing party house we found online. So, yes all of the video was filmed right here in Nashville!

B Chord – I have to say I feel the true vintage country sound is working its way back in today’s country music. . How do you see that taking form?

Ruthie Collins – It is so exciting! I am a big music fan and I truly enjoy all genres. I think country music has brought in almost all the genres. In the 90’s, you could be in an alternative band or a folk band or a hot ac band. That is still out there, but I feel that country music has absorbed a lot of those sub-genres and now everything is country! I think that while that can be fun and cool and gives us such diversity in the genre, I am excited to hear some super country stuff on the radio again. That is truly what I love!

B Chord – Has it been a struggle having more of that country bluegrass sound while trying to make it on today’s radio?

Ruthie Collins – I think so. There have definitely been times when publishers in town will say “we only want pop songs.” There are also a lot of artists in town that will not cut a song by a Nashville writer anymore because everything has gone so pop. It is a struggle for all of us who got into this genre for the vintage sound and song writing. However, everything is cyclical and it all comes back around and sticks out. So yes it is very exciting!

B Chord – What has been the favorite song you have ever written?

Ruthie Collins – Oh gosh. I have no idea. Well let me think for a second. The typical response is the one that I wrote yesterday because an artist whether they are painters or writer or poets, the last is always the favorite. There are songs that I really enjoyed the process of writing and you put them out in the world and they are all your babies. The ones that are received well by people become your favorites. There is a song on the album called “Mockingbird” and it is my Mom’s favorite so I love playing that song live. I can dedicate it to my Mom and all the Mom’s that are at the show in the crowd. I wrote that song with one of my best friends, Jessica Roadcap, so that has a lot of meaning to me. I have literally written thousands of songs, so to pick one is really hard for me.

B Chord – I know Tom Petty was one of your idols in music. How did he inspire you and which of his songs is your favorite?

Ruthie Collins – That would definitely have to be “Wildflowers”. I found Tom Petty in college through some friends that just loved him so much. I was just talking to another friend the other day about this and really Tom Petty taught us what was cool. He taught us what type of gear we should play, how to just stick to your guns and your career and if something doesn’t feel right don’t do it. There is the story about how he said “No you aren’t going to use my success to make cd’s $22.00. That is not something he was going to let his fans deal with even though the label said we can charge that much and get it. He taught us so much of just how to be in this business. I feel that I will always remember my Mom telling me where she was when Princes Diana died. I feel the same way about Tom Petty. I was getting on the on ramp at Trinity Lane in Nashville and it came on the radio and I was like what?? It was all around just a horrible day.

B Chord – The first time I ever heard Ruthie Collins it was a cover of “Ramblin’ Man”. Gosh, I love that song! How did you come up with that version and where were you when you recorded?

Ruthie Collins – Well, to be totally honest with you, I was just trying to do something that would make my record label want to release a single. This is basically what I try to do every day. I was sitting in a recording studio with my producer, Curt Gibbs and we were working on another song and we were talking about Avichi. Do you remember that Avichi song that was out “Hey Brother”? I remember asking him “hey what is this.” Curt was really into Pop music which is why some of these elements have wound up on my CD. So, I asked him “what is this? “ I really like this until the dance beat comes in lol. He said this guy is just a DJ and he sampled this song and I said wait a minute, has anyone ever done this in country? Curt said I really don’t know. So I said we have to do this! I mean right now! So I told him I truly mean right now, let’s do this. So we thought about a classic country song that reminded us of me. Something that was kind of haunted and sad, I just love sad songs and old country. So Hank Williams immediately came to mind. I started going through songs and when I sang that “I love you baby” part it made me feel like some girl who had this guy saying “yeah I like you so much but I gotta go”. It is the story of every girl in Nashville that is trying to date a musician. So I really related to that and it sounded so forlorn and cool sounding and I said we need to put that in there. Kurt said “Um ok” I then said now make it up tempo more up tempo for me because I knew the record label would it that way. We started playing the up tempo and I googled the lyrics and we recorded the vocal and we never changed the melody. I opened by starting to sing the lyrics and we never stopped knowing we had it! I played it for the label the next day and brought them in on the idea which they loved at first. But, come to find out it was a little too different. The whole process was a different way at going about it and I absolutely loved it.

B Chord – What is Ruthie’s guilty pleasure that we as fans would never guess?

Ruthie Collins – Never guess huh? Oh gosh. I feel pizza is the obvious one. You know I love me some Nick Jonas. That is a guilty pleasure and a record I would put on for a long drive and if I am getting a little sleepy. Also, I really like gin. But that is also one not so surprising to my friends. They know that if I have a gin martini, it is about to get turned up! I can drink beer with the best of them, but if you give me three gin martini’s I am like Wheeewwww! It will definitely be a short night.

B Chord – Tell us a little about Home.Made that you are now in on A&E?

Ruthie Collins – This was a really neat opportunity. I had bought my first house about a year and a half ago. I was doing all of these projects to try and fix it up. In Nashville, it is growing so fast that is really hard to find someone to come over to your house to do a $100 job because they can go four doors down and work on a million dollar renovation. So I had to buy some power tools and learn how to do a lot of things on my own which was a lot of fun. I started posting photos online of all the projects I was currently working on or had finished. We did some web series stuff with a label I was with and we did an Airstream renovation. That web series just came out a week ago, because things have been so crazy with promoting and working on the album. We will be putting that on social media in about a week, I promise. I had a little TV experience and I really liked it so my agent said to me “Hey there is an opportunity for A&E are you interested? They are looking for a duo so do you have anyone in your life that you think you could work with? They are looking for a big personality.” I said, my buddy Danny is a carpenter and he has been helping me out with projects and he is just so goofy. We sent in an audition video and that got my agency so excited. They said do you want your own show? I said yeah of course I would love my own show. We were in the process of shooting a pilot and Amy called and said we want you for this. So we put all of that on hold and I filmed two series’ with A&E and I just love it! It is so much fun.

B Chord – If you had one person in all of Music you could collaborate with whom would it be and why?

Ruthie Collins – Do they have to be living? I mean obviously, Tom Petty comes to mind because of the conversations we were just having. I do have to say it would be a tie between Tom Petty and Emmylou Harris. I really admire her and Dolly the same way. I think these women that have made longevity in the music business their main focus. I want to be singing and performing songs that I wrote on stage when I am 80 years old. That is what I do and love to do and never want to stop doing. When I see all these women out there still writing, producing, touring and involved in all different facets of the music business, I know that is what I want to do. I say to myself, I want to do that and know how to keep that going in my career for that long. Definitely I have to say Emmylou and then be able to hang out with Tom.

B Chord – The song “Dear Dolly” really hits deep to the female artist in country music today. Has Dolly ever reached out to you about the song? The song is truly amazing! How do you feel the genre is doing with female artist on the radio now?

Ruthie Collins – I think that she has heard the song, but we have never talked about it. I know we were supposed to get coffee after her last tour was over. That reminds me, I need to follow up with my manager about that. Lol. It is so sad because I wrote that song about six years ago and at the time I wrote about my record label. I just turned in a full record I spent a year of my life on and they said we hear hits all over like this but women are too hard right now. I wrote that song about that subject because it was just so frustrating and I wished we as female artists had someone to talk to about it so I said well, Dolly would know what to do. I wrote that song with my bud, Natalie Stovall and Jessica Roadcap. It sat around for a few years until the label heard it and said “We need to release this”. I remember saying really you want to release a 6/8 ballad that is over four minutes long about how country radio will not play it? Please don’t do that to me guys, I am so excited about releasing music but that was just so interesting. It also felt a little untimely because the Tomato Gate thing had happened. I have to be honest with you; I feel people are tired of hearing all about it. Statistically it is worse now than it was then and that is really sad. I do feel that we have had some wins as women in country music and they have been big wins. Kelsea Ballarini, Maren Morris, Cam and Lauren Alaina who has a number one now. I just hope that women will continue getting chances because it only gets better and better the more we have wins. A win for one of us is a win for All of Us! People are tired of hearing about it and honestly we are tired of talking about it but it is one of those things about our lifestyle you don’t get to keep quiet. We have to keep talking about it and I truly feel it will get better and better, but Nashville needs to take some ownership of this issue as well. If you don’t sign new talent, you are going to have a record label with only a couple artists that when they need to retire you don’t have anyone to step up. If Nashville doesn’t take some ownership and start signing young talented women, cultivating relationships for them in the publishing world and the record label world it will never get better. I really want to see Nashville get behind this cause. I hear people say you know I started seeing success as a songwriter when I stopped writing songs for girls. These are women saying that and this is so true because if there is no one to produce these songs why write them. It is the whole chicken before the egg problem.

B Chord – So, we have a signature question we ask every artist that we interview. Here it goes. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?

Ruthie Collins – Oh man I would have to take…. Can it be a supernatural desert island where the sun will not hurt the item?

B Chord – Sure it can!

Ruthie Collins – I would have to take my Mom’s piano. I was really thinking a really nice 1960’s Gibson, but I have to be a little sentimental and say her piano. It is a1920’s gorgeous baby grand piano. The soundtrack to my childhood was my Mom playing this piano. She taught piano lessons so there were always kids playing on it. That would be a really special thing to have, so that would be my choice.

Ruthie has done one of the coolest things with her new album release that will be out on October 20th, 2017. She released a mini short film for songs off the album. We have attached the link below and it absolutely amazing. You will probably notice some cameos from Natalie Stovall, Nikita Karmen and Mitchell Lee. Hats off to you Ruthie for such an amazing project and we will be behind you every step of the way! Check out all the links below….

 

 

“Get Drunk and Cry” Pre-Order Here – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/get-drunk-and-cry/id1273895234

Website – http://www.ruthiecollinsmusic.com/

Photos from Ruthie Collins Website

High Valley Brings High Energy Country Bluegrass to Today’s Music..

Curtis Rempel, one half of High Valley spoke to us about the group’s career, life in Canada as well as new music. High Valley will be the headlining act when they perform at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on October 18, 2017. This will be a concert you will not want to miss! Please visit their website and purchase your tickets for this event. The group wanted you know that there are VIP upgrades that will allow you in for their sound check prior to the show with swag and much more! We had the best time talking with them and cannot wait for this blockbuster night. Here is a little backstory on High Valley.

                Growing up in a remote town without TV or FM radio, Brad and Curtis Rempel listened to country radio on the only AM radio station available. High Valley is comprised of brothers Curtis and Brad who are quickly becoming known for the melodic blending of their voices paired with their expert string musicianship. Brad leads vocals and plays guitar while Curtis supports with the harmonies. The pair’s current single is “She’s With Me” and was co-written by Brad alongside Ben Stennis and High Valley’s producer Seth Mosley. High Valley’s musical influences include Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio, Shenandoah and the Everly Brothers. They are currently headlining the SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds Tour and I promise this is a must see!

B Chord – The first thing I want to say is I love your sound! Country music needs some of the true folk and bluegrass sound back. Did you always know Country music was for you?

Curtis High Valley – Yeah definitely! We grew up in a very rural community. We grew up on 1400 acres of farm land and horses, cows, old trucks and granaries. We are as Country as it gets. Mom and Dad would listen to country music well before we were born so it was kind of ingrained by the time in the home when we came along.

B Chord – Did either of you try solo acts before you decided on the group?

Curtis of High Valley – We have never attempted anything on our own. Brad and I are two of six siblings and we often had all six on stage with Mom and Dad. We have been eight people and as the family grew and things progressed, High Valley turned into just the two of us. Brad and I decided to pursue this full time professionally and the rest of the family is growing and having babies. It’s not like we are not we are doing that too.

B Chord – Dear Life is your fifth studio album but the first major label release. What was that process like? You both have been performing music for a while I’m sure and then you get a big label release.

Curtis of High Valley– Yeah it was huge getting the big label release. Just like anything in life, if you have something that you love you want to introduce it to other people and have them experience your new discoveries with you. That is why we all search for companions and somebody to do life with. Music is another example of that. We have discovered songs and Brad writes songs all the time and we listen to them and analyze them, pick our favorite songs that we are most proud of and count down until release day. That is the best day, because it is like a musician’s Christmas being able to share the gift with the rest of the world. The process is spaced out – we are in the studio a little bit here and there, analyze what we did and pick the best stuff and then share it with the world. We are just getting started now listening to some songs and Brad is writing like crazy. The moment we release new music the two of us are on twitter reading responses and getting energized through social media.

B Chord – So you are playing at The Hamilton in Washington DC on Oct 18th. Have you ever played in DC before? What can we expect if we have never seen your show?

Curtis of High Valley – I believe we did a couple small acoustic venues, but this will be our first headline show in Washington, D.C. We are really excited about that. High Valley’s goal is to get everyone on their feet as much as we can dancing and clapping and having a great time. Brad and I love to have a lot of fun, joke around a lot with high energy acoustic vibes with the mandolin, banjo and dobro. It is a high energy bluegrass/ country experience!  

B Chord – One of my favorite songs is Dear Life and happens to be the title track. Can you tell us a little about the song and the writing process? It makes me feel that the questions I ask every day are normal.

Curtis of High Valley – Dear Life is a very special song for the two of us. As you mention, these are the crazy times. We had our first major label release last year and we just can’t believe what is happening right now on the road touring our faces off right now. It is a diary entry expressing our emotions about celebrating how crazy our life is right now. We have so many good things happening and time is going by so fast that we are trying to savor these moments right here, right now. Our kids, our families, and our career all at the same time is a struggle all at the same time, but because it is so good you want it to last. So the song is an emotional song about all of those feelings and experiences.

B Chord – How did the transition go from coming from Canada and having good success to then coming into the US and going straight up the charts in country music?

Curtis of High Valley – Well, I will tell you exactly what it was like. We were a brand new act in Canada a handful of years ago and now High Valley once again is a brand new act in the United States. So we feel that we are veteran rookies if you know what I am saying. We have had a lot of practice in the brand new act department. We love running the process again and building a brand in a new territory. The US population is about ten times the size of Canada so there are a lot of impressions out there to make.

B Chord – Biggest thing you miss from Canada?

Curtis of High Valley – Oh let’s see. You know what I miss, in the summer the sun only goes down for a couple hours especially in the north where we grew up. I truly miss those long summer nights where you could hang out outside around the campfire and you can see everyone’s face until 2 in the morning. You never have to go to bed, because you are getting the energy from the sunlight.

B Chord – I want to ask a question and you can pass on it if you want. I know you recently played Rt 91 Harvest in Vegas. I know all of our hearts are breaking over what happened. Country music is one of the closest knit groups I have ever seen. They love country music and they support the genre. You guys played on the 29th right? Is there anything you want to say about the tragedy?

Curtis of High Valley – Obviously just a really sad and tragic event that everybody wishes would not have had to happen. Brad and I just feel that it is definitely our responsibility to continue doing what we are doing. Keep creating what we create which is our art and use it to bring light into a world that seems very, very dark at times. We know that we have the gift of music and it is our responsibility to share it with the world whether we are scared or not. This is not going to get in the way of entertaining people and allowing families to have a great time and getting together listening to music. Unfortunately, now it is on our minds now when we think about what stages we are going to be performing on and it really sucks that somebody had to do something that evil. We have to think about those sorts of things now. I think we would be losing if we decided to stop bringing families together and having a good time, so we will not do that anytime soon and we are excited to get back on the road and on the stage. It was so great to see the community of country fans embrace each other, having strangers helping strangers. It is truly amazing to see the beauty that comes out of such a tragedy. We are so lucky and blessed to be a part of this community for sure.

B Chord – Being brothers, I am sure you have some great experiences but do you all have any fun little disagreements on the road?

Curtis of High Valley – Fun disagreements is that what you just said. Ha. I think the biggest is debating between health foods and cheeseburgers! Brad is a pretty fit guy looking for the low carb/high protein healthy situations and whenever I see a neon sign that says cheeseburger I get all excited like Christmas! That is the constant struggle that we have.

B Chord – What instruments can both of you play?

Curtis of High Valley – Well, I play Mandolin and guitar and little bit of banjo. I play a little and hesitate to call myself a banjo player because I do not compare to the people that I idolize. I do hold a banjo on stage sometimes though. Brad sticks with guitar.

B Chord – So we ask all of the groups that we interview the same question and here it goes. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?

Curtis of High Valley – I think I would bring a guitar. It would have to be my 1971 Yamaki Japanese made rosewood back and sides, spruce top dreadnought that I found on EBay for $300.00. It was cheap but it is not replaceable and I really love the vintage sound that it’s got. I would choose a guitar because it is the most versatile instrument. I love the mandolin and I love the banjo, but they don’t resonate quite as long. A guitar is just so versatile and I just love the guitar.

B Chord – Thank you so much for spending the time with us and we truly appreciate your time. Keep up the great work!

Curtis – Thanks a lot and we appreciate it as well.

Below you will find all of High Valley’s links to social media and websites. Please make sure you upgrade and purchase the VIP Ticket for the show at The Hamilton for a once in a life time experience.

VIP Status for The Hamilton Upgrade – http://highvalley.storenvy.com/products/21311420-10-18-washington-dc

High Valley’s Website – http://www.highvalleymusic.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/highvalleyofficial/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/highvalley

Twitter – https://twitter.com/highvalley

Spotify – ttps://open.spotify.com/user/highvalleymusic/playlist/4jCqSlhMevu51ljSBqBHmy

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dear-life/id1163770854

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