Mark Burke – “When It Comes To You” Exclusive Review

Mark Burke is a singer-songwriter who thrives on writing the perfect song from the heart. Growing up in Florida, Mark is now a Nashville native who has a grueling schedule playing shows and songwriting. His hard work and “never give up” attitude reveal themselves strongly in this new single. A few months ago Mark released “Love Does” and now the highly anticipated “When It Comes To You” is scheduled for release on Oct. 8th, 2018.

This song makes up the essence of a great country song. It speaks of love straight from the heart. We spoke with Mark about the inspiration for the song. “This song stemmed from finally meeting somebody special and settling down because you know that you want to do all things with them. You realize that you would do anything for that person because the thought of life before them just didn’t make sense.

Boy is he spot on! I was sitting in my truck listening to the song and it made me re-live the first moments I met my wife and brought back all those feelings and memories . I love a good love song and this has all the makings of a great one! Mark truly found his sound in this song. Lyrics like “If you wanted me to, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do, When It Comes To You” will make you think of that special someone who made you feel each word in the lyrics.

Mark Burke has a very unique sound that is all his own and makes him stand out from the crowd. The track is solid gold and the melody flows perfectly. I am so excited for Mark and can not wait for you to be able to purchase and stream this hit song on October 8th. Also, please go and follow Mark Burke at @markburkelive and follow him on this musical journey.

 

Andrew Robear “King” Of The Acoustic Stage…

We had an amazing time talking to Andrew Robear at Tin Roof Baltimore. The venue is absolutely amazing from the setting to the food and location. I definitely recommend going to see some Live Music. Andrew and I discuss his early days in music to his new album getting ready to come out. Andrew has such an amazing sound that pulls from soul, country, hip hop and R&B. We are so excited to have him playing our B Chord Bash on June 23rd in Annapolis, Md. Enjoy and check out the links below:

Andrew Robear’s Links

Instagram – @andrewrobear

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/andrew.robear

SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/andrew-robear

B Chord Bash Ticket Link – https://www.ticketweb.com/event/1st-annual-b-chord-bash-union-jacks-annapolis-md-tickets/8134275

C J Garton, Singer-Songwriter, Talks Life, Writing And “The Gun”

We had so much fun talking to the talented CJ Garton in Nashville. He told us some amazing song writing stories as well as his new music coming out soon. Please enjoy!!

 

 

CJ Garton Website – https://www.cjgarton.com

 

Smithfield Is Country Music’s Hottest Rising Duo

I traveled up to Baltimore to sit down and talk with Jennifer and Trey who make up the duo Smithfield. We had an amazing chat about how they met to their inspirations in music.  I met a gentleman who told me a story about how he had just met Jennifer and Trey on a plane from Nashville. He had a conversation with them as they were getting on the plane and when he got to his seat he looked them up. Mid flight he went and showed them that he had download all their music. Here is the best part, they caught up with him as the plane landed and arrange for him to come to the show. How cool is that!

I was very excited to see Smithfield live, I can tell you they did not disappoint. They opened the show with “We Make Our Own” and as soon as they started singing the crowd was pulled in. Their harmonies are some of the best I have ever heard. It is a true art to be able to sing almost as one person and they are truly amazing at it. Jennifer then went into a cover of “Slow Hands” and then crowd was singing every word. They even did a medley of 90’s music from Shania Twain to The Goo Goo Dolls. The way that Trey and Jennifer worked the crowd looked like they have been on a stage their entire lives. As they came to the end of the set they played “Hey Whiskey”. It was at this moment that I swear every cell phone was in the air and had the flashlight on. It made for an amazing backdrop. I truly recommend going and seeing Smithfield if they come to a venue near you. I am sure they will be household name in the country music world in 2018. They have so much potential, Jennifer and Trey are two of the nicest people in the world.

Please enjoy the interview and below you will find all the links so you can download and follow Smithfield on their musical journey!

Smithfield Links

https://www.smithfieldmusic.com

Marty MacMillan Pours His Heart And Soul Into Each Guitar…

I hopped in a Uber and headed from Nashville to Mt. Juliet, TN. I was so excited the entire ride to get to MacMillan Guitars and see their amazing shop. As I pulled up and walked in I felt like a kid at Christmas. Marty has his shop set up in sections where each step in the process is completed. Marty is an amazing person with such a passion for what he does. The end product is just amazing. I truly recommend if you are an artist, guitar lover or just a collector you have to see and hear the MacMillan Guitar. They are simply amazing and one of the best sounding guitars I have heard! Enjoy this interview as we take a look into Marty’s background and his career.

I was so impressed with the work that Marty does the moment I got back to my hotel room I messaged him that I needed to get a guitar. I am going to bring you step by step photos of the guitar on social media along the way. This is going to be a B Chord Original! Please follow @macmillanguitars and @BChord615 to make sure you can follow along…

Website – http://macmillanguitars.com

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.

Lyssa Coulter Will Be Playing “After Midnight” On Her Path To Becoming A Country Star …

We had the chance to sit down with Lyssa Coulter, up and coming country artist out of New England. Lyssa told us about her new EP to her song writing process as well as inspiration to young dreamers. We hope you enjoy and Lyssa thank you so much. Your passion is overflowing and we see big things in your future!

B Chord: “After Midnight” is out, congratulations!! This is your new Ep that can be purchased on your website. You also just released your single “Whiskey in the Twilight” so let’s talk about it! I know you have to be excited!

Lyssa Coulter: I wrote “Whiskey in the Twilight” with my friend Roger Hagopian who is an amazing songwriter out here in New England. He came up with the idea just talking and said let’s do something fun and summer related and that’s how the song came about. It’s probably one of my favorite songs off the EP and I recorded it in Nashville with Chris Parker at Digital Timbre Studios. I am just so excited because it really shows everyone what my music really is. This is so exciting because I have only been doing this for a year and it’s so incredible that I’m letting people know what my music is and where I am coming from and my emotions throughout this entire thing.

B Chord: Tell us a little of your background and how you got into country music.

Lyssa Coulter: I actually lived in Medway, Massachusetts for a while and we ended up moving out here to Westborough, Mass where I ended up changing schools in my senior year of high school. I found this local voice coach in my town that exposed me to not only improving my voice but becoming an artist. This was so important to me. I never thought I could ever be a Carrie Underwood or Kelsea Ballerini, which was just a fairytale to me at the time. Once I started taking voice lessons and learned how to book gigs it just grew from there and by the fourth month in, I was recording my first single in Nashville. When I found out that I could do it, I was on a roll. I tell young people to do what you love, my message to them is “ Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”

B Chord: What are Lyssa’s goals for 2018?

Lyssa Coulter: I think I am getting ready to move out of New England and start playing in the southern states like Florida where I have lots of family and friends and Nashville. I’m just trying to branch out of New England right now. I think that it is really important to break out of your hometown. It is incredibly different when you book a show in a place other than New England. Looking forward to 2019, I am hoping that I can work something out with the CMA Festival and getting a new album out.

B Chord: I love the song “By My Side!” I know you got some airplay and accolades on that song, can you tell us a little about writing that one?

Lyssa Coulter: So “By My Side” was the first song that I ever wrote. It’s a little crazy because you don’t see many artists putting out their first song that they ever wrote. I was doing a song writing seminar and I came home and said okay let’s just try to write a song. So I took everything that I was feeling at that moment put it together. My family and I are very close and people say it is a great relationship song. It’s very family oriented and that’s where I got the idea from…. just being with people that you love, your friends and family. As long as I am with my friends and family I am happy. That’s where I pulled my inspiration from.

B Chord: What are some of your favorite spots to play up in the Boston area?

Lyssa Coulter: A few of my favorite spots… I think that my number one favorite spot is the Smokehouse BBQ where I will be playing on January 26th. The staff is so friendly and they have speakers outside and the food is incredible. Another one would be Indian Ranch they do a lot of big concerts but I had the chance to play in their first ever local country fest. It’s a very fun place. One more….I really like playing Patriot Place which of course is the home of our New England Patriots. They usually have a lot of outdoor things going on and I just love the venue. I had my name on their big marque sign that they have in front of the shopping center. It was really cool.

B Chord: What is the typical writing process like for you?

Lyssa Coulter: My writing process is really different each time that I go to write. A lot of it is if I’m in a really bad mood, I will write a song. I don’t know why but you tend to write the best stuff when you are not in the best moods. I guess that’s when the emotions get flowing. I start playing around with chords on my guitar and then I just go for it. Co-writing is a little different, we come up with an idea and then we go off of that idea and see where it brings us. You have two brains working which is really great.

B Chord: Let’s do a get to know Lyssa:
B Chord: Favorite food?

Lyssa Coulter: Ice Cream

B Chord: Favorite artist?

Lyssa Coulter: Kelsea Ballerini

B Chord: Favorite vacation spot?

Lyssa Coulter: Disney World

B Chord: Favorite store to shop?

Lyssa Coulter: Walmart is like my store. It is so great people watching.

B Chord: Favorite spot in Nashville?

Lyssa Coulter: I actually have two. One is Love Circle because it is so beautiful and then the other is Broadway. I love all of the neon lights. Sparkles and lights are my thing.

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

Lyssa Coulter: Probably my guitar. I have an Ibanez. It’s really pretty and my dad gave it to me. Whenever I have an idea when I’m in the car, I am always like “why don’t I have my guitar.”

I want to thank all my family friends and fans for being so supportive. I know that is why I have been able to continue with this goal. Becoming a musician is a very difficult thing in general and without them we wouldn’t be able to do it.

Please check out all of Lyssa’s social media links below and make sure to download “Whiskey In The Twilight” today. Photo and Video Credit: @justinmayotte

Lyssa Coulter’s Links:

Website – https://www.lyssacoulter.com/

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

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lyssacoulter/?hl=en

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/61GKGzqZTi5oiCMA3OGuDE

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lyssa-coulter/id1247595874

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

I had the privilege of talking with Lauren Davidson about 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 into 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 worked 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