Country Music’s LOCASH will be performing live at The Bluestone on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. Fresh off their #1 Country Music Hit
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Locash returns to The Bluestone
It’s an exciting time to be LOCASH these days. That might very well be one of the biggest understatements in Nashville these days. Already in their career, the duo of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have enjoyed hit singles, sold-out concert appearances here and abroad, and have tasted the top of the chart as two of Nashville’s quickest-rising songwriters. But, to quote the old saying… You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
Recently signing with Reviver Records, the duo is joining forces with some of the biggest names on the Country Music business landscape. Brust says they could feel the team’s energy from the first meeting. “We haven’t felt an energy like this since the day we began our journey. This feels like it has all come together –the right label head, the right promo team, it finally feels like we’ve got all of our ducks in a row for the first time in our lives. We’ve been out there doing the grass roots thing for so long, and to feel it all come together, is so encouraging.”
That part together happened at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon, where the pair worked together in the club’s DJ booth. They talked about their influences – which range from Gospel (Preston’s great-uncle was Gospel legend Albert Brumley) to Rock and Roll bands such as Motley Crue and Quiet Riot. The two also talked about their dreams of a career in the business, which have come true beyond their wildest imagination – though they are far from done writing the chapters to their story.
An integral part of that LOCASH book is their songwriting. “I think that part of what we do reflects our different personalities, and what has happened in our lives,’ says Lucas. “The passing of my father was ‘The Best Seat In The House.’ Preston and I still write things like that. But, a lot of times, as songwriters, you get to go in someone else’s world, and try to think about what you would do in a situation. Some days, I feel like hearing something upbeat, and when there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, we want to bring something a little fresh and make people want to roll down the window and smile. Then, there are songs that you have for when you’ve loved someone so much in your life, and you don’t want to let them go – like your wife and your kids, we have those songs too. It’s day by day what we write, and I don’t think any of that has changed. I just think the sound of it has evolved. We’re so excited to put it out so people can hear it.”
With the help of Ray Scott’s band, David Adam Byrnes got the party started at The Bluestone Friday night, April 10th. Brynes, a talented entertainer with a big voice and the stage presence of a headlining act, featured many songs from his upcoming EP. He also covered “Unwound” by George Straight (Brynes’ favorite singer), “Pickup Man” by Joe Diffie, and a countrified portion of Sir Mix-a lot’s “Baby Got Back” (something Byrnes saw Joe Nicholas do when he opened for him). Brynes was able to keep the crowd captivated throughout his set by featuring his soaring voice in songs like his ballad, “She Only Wanted Flowers,” and by getting the crowd to sing along on upbeat songs like “Alcoholiday,” his just-released single.
With his deep voice and Johnny Cash inspired lyrics, Ray Scott started out his set with his song “Gotta Quit Drinkin’.” Throughout the evening Scott told the stories behind the songs he has written and the music that inspires him. With his wit and sing-speak style, Scott delivered some of his most popular songs including the pickup-line centered “Those Jeans” and the self-deprecating “The Ugly One.” He also performed a praiseworthy cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. Scott engaged the audience by playing songs out of his diverse catalog. His song selection spanned from his current single, “Ain’t Always Thirsty,” to the song, “Plowboy,” which Scott describes as the song that got him his first record deal.
If one thing can be taken from this Friday night concert, it’s that Brain Davis knows how to throw a party. Davis, who stated to the rowdy crowd that he had been “dying, counting down the seconds to be back in this room [The Bluestone],” started off his set with an array of his upbeat, drinking-style songs. Davis rocked the stage with his songs like “Hurt Like Hell Yeah,” “County Line Crossers,” “Long Line of Wrong,” and “I Earned This Beer.” He slowed things down with his song, “Against the World,” a ballad that he described as “close to his heart.”
One of the highlights of the evening is when Davis performed a set just featuring a box drum, strums on a guitar, and his voice. The softer music allowed for the showcasing of the power and slight rasp of Davis’s voice. In this set he performed noteworthy covers of Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” and Kenny Chesney’s “Back Where I come From” with inserts of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”
After the stripped-down set, Davis returned to his stronghold of upbeat, rocking music. Throughout the evening he proved to be at the level of some of Country Music’s top hit makers. With a style similar to chart-toppers, Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church, Davis showcased his arena-ready songs and charisma to The Bluestone crowd.
This Friday, up and coming country music artist, Brian Davis will be at the Bluestone with doors opening up at 7:00 pm. Davis, a native of North Carolina, writes all of his own songs, and a lot are party anthems heavy on guitar and drums.
Last year, Brian was the opening act for Brantley Gilbert on the Hell on Wheels tour and it could not have gone better. Since the tour, his name has blown up. Not only have his back-home fans been watching him grow as an artist, he now has a large following making their ways to many of his shows all over the nation.
Brian will be rocking out to songs from his new album, “Under the Influence”, which contrary to popular belief, has far less to do with “going out and getting hammered” then loyal Davis fans would think. A lot of his musical influences will play through in this album and that is something Brian has not ever really displayed.
The Friday concert is sure to be a lively one, and it is definitely something you do not want to miss out on. Get your tickets now and enjoy the show!
CMA EDU of The Ohio State University Member: Hannah Nowacki
The Bluestone an iconic Columbus event venue has won The Knot Best of Weddings Award for 2015 and has just been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more The Knot Best of Weddings awards are inducted into the prestigious The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.
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At 23 years-old Jamie Lynn Spears is already a seasoned entertainment veteran. After five years focused on raising her daughter, Maddie, the Kentwood, LA native is back in the spotlight with a sound and style that truly captures her Southern roots.
Her official music debut comes in the form of country ballad “How Could I Want More.” The intensely personal lyrics mixed with a simple song production portrays Jamie Lynn as wise beyond her 23 years.
“How Could I Want More” was written by Spears along with Nashville songwriter Rivers Rutherford, who has also collaborated with Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Montgomery Gentry.
Jamie Lynn’s experiences with Rivers and other Nashville writers, including Chris Tompkins, Liz Rose, Lisa Carver and Luke Laird, made for a master class in songwriting. Jamie Lynn learned about how to bring her stories to life through music and became a part of a community that helped her figure out the kind of artist she wanted to be. The experiences paid off – Jamie Lynn now has over 100 songs in her catalog.
Her first single already has critical acclaim and cultural heat. It was named a Taste of Country Critic’s Pick and her journey has been covered by such outlets as E!, Entertainment Tonight, BuzzFeed, MTV, CMT and more!
A full album is imminent and Jamie Lynn credits her producer, Corey Crowder, for helping her define her sound. “He is a huge influence, and mainly responsible for making my music sound like “me”- he really just got me,” says Spears. “It took me years to figure out my sound, and to have confidence in knowing what I wanted.”
Choosing “How Could I Want More” as her first single was not an easy decision, but she feels that it is the right one because of the help and support of her team.
Bringing his Miami heat to Music City, TN in 2011, South Florida native Sammy Arriaga has quickly become a young, rising Country Music sensation. After discovering his natural ability and passion for singing at the age of 14, Arriaga began to teach himself to play guitar. “Picking up the guitar inspired me to learn more about the Country genre,” says Arriaga. “And I quickly fell in love with it.” So much so that Arriaga plugged the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge into his GPS and drove straight to Nashville.
At 21 years old, Arriaga is certainly no stranger to the music industry, as America witnessed his unique voice and style earn him a gold ticket to Hollywood during Season 10 of American Idol. Since making his debut on the American Idol stage, Arriaga has been captivating audiences across the country with his infectious style, performing alongside popular chart-topping acts such as the ACM-nominated duo Love and Theft and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope. “The process of bringing a song to life, from a writer’s room on music row to music venues, is the best thing in the world,” says Arriaga.
Integrating his Latin heritage into his music, Arriaga incorporates various rhythmic elements that put a unique spin on today’s Country sound. With the release of his debut single, “Lighter Up,” Arriaga is blazing new trails and filling a niche that Country music has not yet experienced.
With the release of her new album, Fall Into Me, it’s clear Katie Armiger has come of age. The album, a work of stunning maturity, also reflects the accomplished young star’s deepening confidence in her own abilities.
Armiger co-wrote every song on the 14-cut set not because she deliberately set out to do so, but because she had such a clear vision for the project that none of the many outside songs she considered seemed personal enough. “I know it’s cliché to say, but it really is kind of a diary of my life in the last two years,” she says of the album.
Working once again with Grammy Award-winning producer Chad Carlson allowed Armiger to have quite a bit of control over the album’s direction, so she opted for a central theme: love in all its many forms. “The album is literally about falling in, falling out, and searching for that special something,” she says. “The songs take you on that journey.”
Armiger chose the title Fall Into Me, she says, because “whether or not you’re falling in love, or falling out of love, that sensation of falling is always involved.” Yet other than the defiant track “He’s Gonna Change,” the album’s songs tend to take a hopeful, optimistic tone about romance, and the prospect of finding it. It closes with the sweet ballad “Safe,” which perfectly captures the security of a love that feels just right.
Other standout tracks include “Playin’ With Fire,” about the heat and volatility of a less predictable romance; “Cardboard Boxes,” which cleverly uses moving cartons as a metaphor for both the beginning and end of a relationship; and the poignant, string-laden “Okay Alone,” an empowering song about slowly healing from a broken heart that fans who find themselves in a similar circumstance are likely to listen to on repeat. The album’s first single, the feisty top 40 hit “Better In A Black Dress,” also takes an empowering tone, and were the most successful of the 10 singles and videos she’s released in her career to date.
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Excision Featuring the Executioner Video & Lighting installation. The name itself presents a terrifying image- a mangled, forced extraction, quite literally “removal by cutting”. It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests.
Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision’s skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld.
The true champion of bass music, Excision hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. The founder of the ROTTUN label, a bass music conglomerate that has shaped the sound of modern Bass music, Excision has created a vast roster of allies that has only bolstered his spot as a warrior of bass music. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision’s sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only an Excision set can provide.
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In the fall of 2009, Max Pote and Sean Farrell joined forces to create Protohype, an unstoppable musical force of massive proportions and unlimited potential. Their irrepressible style is defined by a cunning combination of the technical finesse and swagger of a seasoned Hip-Hop veteran fused with the and raw energy and passion of an electronic music icon. Protohype specializes in a signature sound composed of extremely catchy melodic lines culminating in a dark and edgy electronic bombardment boldly accented with robust and meticulously crafted drums. With a combined twelve years of production experience between them, Max and Sean understand the crucial importance of diversity and progress while still maintaining the necessary amount of nostalgic familiarity to keep the crowd dancing; first and foremost Protohype know how to throw a raging party.
After the release of their first album, “The Protohype”, Max and Sean switched up their production style and moved directly into a new type of music self-titled “Dub Hop”, a filthy and ingenious brand of trunk-rattling bass music insidiously incorporating scathing vocals and head nodding drums. Despite their incredibly powerful and distinct creative voices, the masterminds of Protohype have formed an indelible bond on the basis of their uncontrollable infatuation with noise. Music is not only their passion; it is their inalterable and enduring way of life.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Christian Bauhofer moved to Santa Cruz, CA at the young age of 18. Having just moved from the state, Christian’s newfound friends nicknamed him Minnesota, and unknowingly created his party crushing alter ego. A guitarist from the age of 12, Minnesota made attempts at forming bands until he attended Symbiosis Gathering for the first time in 2009. There he was drawn to the emerging Electronic Dance Music culture and all of a sudden knew what career path he wanted to pursue. Shortly after Symbiosis, Minnesota bought Ableton Live and his first midi controller, and within a few months was making hip-hop remixes that his friends couldn’t stop playing. Around the same time, Minnesota teamed up with a couple friends and started a production company called Vital SC (now Vital Events), but despite a string of successful shows with big name artists, Minnesota decided to split off from the promoting side of the industry in pursuit of his musical career. Now as Minnesota reflects back on his decision, he couldn’t be happier.
COLUMBUS, OH- Nashville based duo Brothers Osborne, will perform live at The Bluestone on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. Tickets are available online at www.liveatthebluestone.com for just $15 in advance and $17 day of show. Doors for the show will open at 7pm. This is an all ages event.
Brothers Osborne, were born and raised in Deale, Maryland. Growing up the sons of a working class mother and father, T.J. and John Osborne learned at an early age to make do with what they had, creating music with little to nothing. “A lot of the coolest music comes when you don’t have anything else to do and you have random objects lying around,” says John. The family would spend many days and nights with friends at impromptu yard parties listening to their father play out of a shed in the backyard. As the brothers aged, they formed a band with their ever eclectic father named “Deuce & Quarter”. This created a twang-and-church duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. Driven by T.J.’s sultry, low-down baritone and John’s slow-hand guitar work, Brothers Osborne fills a void for singer/guitarist duos with a presence.
Eventually, the brothers relocated to the Music City, first John and a year later, T.J. Reunited, the versatile musicians accepted a job backing up a bluegrass artist and cut their teeth onto the touring circuit, even playing the Grand Ole Opry. In April 2011, Warner Chappel of King Pen Music offered them a publishing deal. A year later, Capitol Records offered them a record deal. Influenced heavily by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Tom Petty, and especially, Bob Seger helped to shape the sound of the Brothers Osborne. Soon, the duo was laying the groundwork for what would become their EMI Records Nashville debut album, a collection of songs each written by the Brothers that, while indisputably ready for radio, carried an integrity akin to those of their influences. The Brothers first single “Let’s Go There,” was the gateway to the rest of the album, T.J. says. “It has echoes of the rock, blues, folk and country, all of the elements on our album wrapped up into one song.” Their next single, a boozy escape “Rum” is the perfect back-porch sing-along. It is a perfect embodiment of the duo’s ability to make something out of nothing.
The Bluestone is pleased to host the the Brothers Osborne on The Bluestone’s stage February, 28th 2015. This will be the bands first time performing on the stage of the 117-year old Baptist church renovated into a unique, private event space and concert venue. The Bluestone has hosted many country artists including Lee Brice and Dustin Lynch as well as country legends Dwight Yoakam, Chris Cagle, and Tracy Lawrence and is very excited to add Brothers Osborne to this talented list of performers.
ACM “New Artist of the Year” nominated country artist Brett Eldredge will perform live at The Bluestone on 4/17. Eldredge gained mainstream popularity in 2013 with the huge success of his debut album, Bring You Back, including the number one single, “Don’t Ya.” His first two singles, “Raymond,” and “It Aint Gotta Be Love,” also reached the top 50 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Brett has opened for some of the biggest names in country music, such as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and Willie Nelson, and Taylor Swift, and finished his national headlining “Bring You Back Tour” in late 2013. The music video for his newest single, “Beat of the Music,” premiered on CMT at the end of January, and he has since performed it live on late night shows as well as the ACM Awards. Keep up with Brett here.
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