Emmy Award Winning Producer, Kenny Royster, Takes Us Behind The Scenes At Direct Image Studio….

We ventured a few steps off Music Row to meet up with Kenny Royster at Direct Image Studios. He took us behind the scenes and showed us the working process of recording an album. Kenny is so skilled and knowledgeable in the music industry that he not only knows how to work the equipment but how to turn your song into a hit record. It was such a privilege to sit and talk to him and hear his wealth of knowledge. Please enjoy the interview and if you are a singer or songwriter looking to  record definitely reach out to Kenny!

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Website – http://www.directimagestudio.com

 

Walker Hayes ….. BOOM!

We spoke to Walker Hayes just before his show at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. We spoke about life and his new album “Boom”. Walker is well on his way to a number one song with “You Broke Up With Me” and also getting ready to head out on tour with Kelsea Ballerini. We wish Walker all the success in the world and thank him so much for taking the time to interview with us. We hope you enjoy!

If you haven’t already give Walker Hayes a follow on all social media at @walkerhayes. We have attached his website and links below.

Website – http://walkerhayes.com

Give us a follow at @BChord615!

Taylor Lightcap Discusses The Life of A Songwriter

Sometimes it is funny how you make connections in the music business. I was sitting at home before our trip to Nashville and received a message from Taylor Lightcap discussing the B Chord hats. It segued into, how about we meet up and discuss them to let’s do an interview! Let me tell you I am so glad that I did. Not only did I meet an amazing songwriter I feel like I made a true friend. Taylor is one of the kindest people and he is always looking to help someone get a step ahead in the business. Please enjoy our interview as we talk about the life of a songwriter, his career and his new venture of K + Q Entertainment.

 

 

Thank you so much for spending time with us and please go and follow Taylor Lightcap on social media @taylorlightcap or @kqentertainment

Also give us a follow @BChord615 we have more coming up including an interview with Taylor’s wife Cali, who is one of the best makeup artists in Nashville.

Country Artist Katie Dix, Found By Country Royalty, Carving Her Path To Stardom…

One of the best parts of my job is looking for new up and coming talent. I can truly say that looking for artists and finding Katie Dix is one of the best finds yet. Her sound is unrivaled and she is well on the way to an excellent career. We appreciate the time she spent with us and enjoy the interview ! Make sure to give her a like and a follow so you can follow along her journey.

B Chord: So Katie, tell us a little about your background in music. I know you have a great story and a big name in the mix.

Katie Dix: The big name that you mention, most of the younger generation doesn’t quite know who he is. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. The town has always been a big music community. There was always a place to go to listen and dance to live music, so Bakersfield was really wonderful for that. Buck Owens had opened up what he called the Crystal Palace which was half museum, half restaurant and live music venue as well. It was a two story restaurant museum and theatre; it was amazing how he came up with it. I remember being 16 years old and telling my parents that I was going to sing with Buck Owens. They said go for it! I applied to work there and no one would let me get close to him because I was just a little hostess at the time. Then as the years went by, I slowly went back and every single Monday night I would go to karaoke night in the hopes that he would be there by chance. He never was but I thought I would give it a shot. Then one day, I was on the treadmill in this deep 3 mile stint and I get this phone call from Buck Owens and he said he wanted me to come down and sing for him. He said “You have 30 minutes to get here!” He was in the middle of a sound check with the Buckaroos. I’m looking around my car trying to find anything presentable to wear down there. I was pinching my cheeks and trying to find lip gloss….anything to look presentable. I get there and the whole band is there and he asked me “what would you like to sing for me?” I knew so many country songs from hearing them sing and I was so nervous and the only one that I could remember the words for was Crazy by Patsy Cline. I sang that for him and he said “Great, you are going to sing with me tonight!” I got really nervous, because it was a two story concert hall, but it was broadcasted on his radio station KEZZ in Bakersfield and some of the surrounding counties. So all of the people tuning in were going to hear me too. I went and got my hair and makeup done so I would look really good. I should mention at this time I was a waitress at his place and I was in the middle of serving a table some mashed potatoes and gravy and he said “Where is my friend Katie?” I remember shoving the plates to the people and saying “I’ll be right back!” It was so much fun. When I returned to the table, the people said “Did you just go sing?” Every Friday and Saturday from that point on, I got to go to sound check with Buck and the Buckaroos. He served me lunch and he would tell me stories about Hee Haw. I got to meet all of his friends as well….Toby Keith and Brad Paisley as they were regulars. That was always a really fun thing to look forward to. I learned so much music. I was only 19 at the time and I was just so in awe. The stories and how music works, it was so much information.

B Chord: What is it like to be a country artist in the California? It seems like more and more talent is being discovered there!

Katie Dix: Again California is really great for music. No matter where you go, you can find just about everything. Just walk down Hollywood and Sunset and you can find everything. Just in the past couple of years, country music has really grown. In Southern California in Huntingdon Beach and San Diego their country music is really growing. My band and I just performed at the Viper Room. It was amazing to get to say that I got to play there. They just started doing what they call Nashville Nights. That was a nice way to get people that don’t normally see a country act to experience it. The Hotel Café has country shows there several times a month.

B Chord: So let’s talk a little music! I love Wanted It To Be With You. I love the range in your voice and your unique sound. It is all you. Can you tell us about the song writing process?

Katie Dix: I normally write about my best friend and one of these days she is going to realize it is about her. She kind of sparks the inspiration for me. It is really funny to follow the situations she has been in and some of the dates she has been on and how terrible they were. I kind of find it fun to write as if I were her from that standpoint. That last one was about her and she really likes this guy and kind of thought he liked her too. It turned out he was seeing someone else. She wanted him to be the one that settled down with her but it didn’t turn out that way. We were at lunch one day and she was just heartbroken about it.

B Chord: You have a song like that and then you have Second Best. Country with a rock twist to it that I absolutely love! Tell us a little about that.

Katie Dix: That’s one of my favorite songs to play with my band. It’s kind of rock in your face and really fun to play. I wrote that one in about 30 minutes. I was driving home from an event in Palm Springs around 3 a.m. and I thought up the melody and started singing into my phone. I was probably pissed off about something, ha. By the time I got home, there were all these crazy voice memos. I put them together the next day and went into production with it.

B Chord: Where do you usually record?

Katie Dix: I am in love with a producer named Scott Frankford in Woodland Hills, CA. He has got such an ear and a way of bringing out what it should sound like. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. That’s how I like to record, I sing line by line. We will be in the studio for about 8 hours sometimes. I will think it sounds amazing and Scott will say “Well let’s do it again. Was that really your best?” He truly pulls the best out of me. I highly recommend Scott Frankford to everyone.

B Chord: What are your goals for 2018?

Katie Dix: Well after just getting Thanksgiving and Christmas out of the way, just going back into the studio. I have two new songs that I would like to put into production. One is a very fun female kind of rock anthem and the other one is about a one night stand.

B Chord: Where do you usually play if your fans want to see you perform Live?

Katie Dix: I think my favorite spot is The Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, CA. It is also featured in Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar video. It is just one of those last honky tonks. It’s really small and bare. They have line dancing. There is another place called Borderline. It’s newer and they have all kinds of bells and whistles and they even have a mechanical bull.

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

Katie Dix: It would have to be a guitar. I really love how versatile a guitar can be.

Please check out the links below to all of Katie’s social media. Thank you so much Katie and keep up the great work!!

Website – http://www.katiedix.com/

http://www.facebook.com/KatieNDix

http://www.instagram.com/KatieDixMusic

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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

 

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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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/