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Country Music has a new Star Tony Jackson

“Not so very long ago the traditionalists were proclaiming a breakthrough with Chris Stapleton leading the way, brushing aside all of that ‘nasty’ bro-country nonsense. William Michael Morgan was top of the country charts and Midland were signed by Big Machine Records. ‘Real’ country was back.

It didn’t quite work out however. Not yet anyway. Sam Hunt is fast becoming Nashville’s equivalent of Adele, dominating every chart that has the name ‘Country’ and Morgan’s follow-up single ‘Missing’ seems to have lived up to its title.

A debut album from a new artist who is as traditional as it gets seems again to be pushing against the tide.

Tony Jackson is a throwback to those days when country music was more easily defined. Days when the country charts were dominated by George Jones, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty and Kenny Rogers. Days when you put your needle onto your vinyl and you anticipated that the sounds that you heard defended the integrity of country music.

Jackson’s musical route should not have led him along the highway to Nashville. The son of a naval vet who was reared on his Dad’s 80s R&B tunes by Earth Wind and Fire, Ashford and Simpson, Motown or his Mom’s gospel classics, a chance meeting with Randy Travis in Spain tuned his country music sat nav. Now that’s what you call destiny.

He followed his Dad into military service with the US Marines and excelled in finance as a bank executive. These were mere stepping stones to where he is today. He sang lead vocals for a non-country band ‘Half Brother Sid’ but this was a precursor to forming his own band ‘Jackson Ward’. His transformation to a bona fide country singer occurred when he recorded a tribute to George Jones after the legendary singer died in April 2013.

The tribute song ‘The Grand Tour’ was uploaded to Facebook and amassed 10 million views and 200,000 shares in three weeks. It led to a meeting with Donna Meade, widow of the late country star Jimmy Dean, her invitation to appear at the Old Dominion Barn Dance and a connection in Nashville with music veteran Jim Della Croce. This opened doors and a chance to record his own song ‘Drink By Drink’ that featured on the Country Breakout Chart.

A recording deal with DDS Entertainment followed and we now have the release of his 12 track debut album. It is an album that makes no compromises to the traditions of country music but features songs from both Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Country Music Hall Of Fame Members.

Comparisons will obviously be made with Darius Rucker and Charley Pride but it’s probably best to rely on the wisdom of Willie Nelson who recently told Jackson that ‘we need more brothers in country music’. The album was recorded in the hallowed RCA Record Studio’s in Nashville and has contributions from Steve Cropper of Booker T fame and Vince Gill.

The songs range from the well known (Conway Twitty’s ‘It’s Only Make Believe’) to the lesser known (Lovin’ Spoonfulls’ ‘Nashville Cats’) but Jackson also excels as a songwriter in his own right.

‘Drink By Drink’ has a ‘Wagon Wheel’ feel and ‘Old Porch Swing’ shows maturity and awareness of the genre that traditionalists will lap up. The highlight for me, however, has to be ‘Do I Ever Cross Your Mind’. It’s a song that was written by Billy Burdette and Michael Smotherman rather than the Dolly Parton B-side. It’s a stunning country ballad that would have been top of our charts in the seventies when Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell were dominant.

Listening to this album feels like the start of a journey. I’m not sure that Tony Jackson will attract too much interest from country radio but this probably won’t matter too much. Cream tends to rise to the top and the grapevine has many branches.

Frankly you won’t hear many better traditional country albums all year.”

Graham Wharton

https://yourlifeinasong.com/review-tony-jackson

Chase Bryant

ACM Lifting Lives

ACM LIFTING LIVES ANNOUNCES 2017 CLUB SHOWS
KANE BROWN AND CHASE BRYANT TO PARTICIPATE IN 2017 CLUB SHOWS

TO RAISE MONEY FOR ACM LIFTING LIVES

Encino, CA (March 22, 2017) – ACM Lifting Lives® announced today that Kane Brown and Chase Bryant have been added to the string of nationwide ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows. Participating clubs have agreed to donate a portion of each ticket sold to ACM Lifting Lives, and the money raised will go to help fund organizations that are improving lives through the power of music.

Previous ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows have already taken place this year at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL featuring Maren Morris. Morris headlined an ACM Lifting Lives benefit show raising $3,600 for the Academy’s charitable arm.

Schedule of upcoming 2017 ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows:

March 23, 2017             The Bluestone (Columbus, OH) Chase Bryant         

April 21, 2017            Billy Bob’s Texas (Fort Worth, TX) Kane Brown

About ACM Lifting Lives®

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

Music defines Chase Bryant. At every level and in often unexpected ways, his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds … but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryant’s heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same – which is good – because there’s no other way to explain how a 23-year-old Texan could already be a top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his debut album.

 

Jamie Lynn Spears

February 10, 2015

Jamie Lynn Spears will be performing live at The Bluestone on Friday, March 27th, 2015

 WCOL Miller Lite Concert Series.

Opening Artists: SAMMY ARRIAGA and KATIE ARMIGER

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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.

SAMMY ARRIAGA and KATIE ARMIGER

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SAMMY ARRIAGA

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.

KATIE ARMIGER

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.

VIP TABLE PURCHASE DOES NOT INCLUDE ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE SHOW.  

Admission tickets must be purchased separately.

  • Loft Lower Tier: $250 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Prime view of stage!
  • Includes six bottles of Miller or Coors Light
  • VIP waitress
  • Exclusive Private Bar access
  • Buckets (six bottles) available for purchase all night for $24
  • Loft Upper Tier: $200 (seats four people-no exceptions)
  • Includes six bottles of Miller or Coors Light
  • VIP waitress
  • Private Bar Access
  • Buckets (six bottles) available for purchase all night for $24
  • May be Obstruction in View

*All VIP tables located in the loft area

 

Excision

EXCISION returns to The Bluestone on Thursday, March 26th 2015

Opening artists include: Protohype and MINNEASOTA

This is an 18+ show.  BUY TICKETS 

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.

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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.
To see more, go to Excision.ca

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Protohype

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.

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MINNEASOTA

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.

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