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Morgan Wallen Turns The Bluestone “Up Down” With Ray Fulcher and Matt Chase!

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Last night’s show kicked off with country newcomer, Matt Chase playing an acoustic show. His camouflage pants and black graphic t-shirt matched the laid-back feel he brought to The Bluestone. His debut single, “Catch Girl” delivered an attention-grabbing melody, strong lyrics and showed off his smooth vocals.

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The second artist to take the stage was Ray Fulcher. If you’re a fan of Luke Combs, you’ve already had the pleasure of hearing his outstanding lyrical abilities, as he co-wrote eight of the twelve songs on Combs’ debut album. Fulcher’s setlist encompassed a few of those songs including, “Beer Can,” “Be Careful What You Wish For,” and his first number one, “When It Rains It Pours.”

Fulcher’s opening song, “Song of the Summer” brought an upbeat, groovy beach feel to the crowd. During the set he made a priority to get around the stage with an energetic demeanor, keeping the crowd excited and engaged.

For Fulcher, playing The Bluestone was an exciting moment; “The history is incredible, and the energy is very different from any venue out there,” he said.   

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After a short break, the headliner Morgan Wallen took the stage. He is one of country music’s newcomers, but his fun-loving personality makes his show one you do not want to miss. His opening song, “Boots on the Ground” is a party song that has not yet been released. Wallen’s stage presence was infectious as he danced with the crowd and skittered across the stage with a big smile, performing his songs perfectly.

Wallen admitted that he likes to play an Eric Church song during every show and then led into Church’s “Drink A Little Drink.” The crowd became rowdy and joined in, singing along while raising their beer bottles high.

Wallen brought Fulcher back to the stage to perform a cover of Brooks and Dunn’s “Play Something Country,” keeping the crowd enthusiastic. His set took a step away from country music for a mash-up of songs including Linkin Park’s “In The End,” Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name,” and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”

The crowd was also treated to a handful of unreleased songs that are expected to be on Wallen’s upcoming album. The songs matched his spunky personality ranging from the topics of football to trying to get an ex-lover back.  Songs like “Whiskey Glasses,” “Little Rain” and his version of “You Make It Easy” (written by Wallen and recently released by Jason Aldean) were placed perfectly throughout the set to slow the mood down and give the audience a chance to truly focus on the lyrics.

The show ended with Wallen’s current hit single, “Up Down.” The song has a swampy guitar sound that goes with the lyrics about fishing and drinking. This last one was clearly a crowd favorite as the singing along echoed back to Wallen throughout the entirety of the song.

At the end of the night, each artist took time to meet fans, take photos, and sign autographs at the back of the venue. While each of these acts’ music careers is just beginning, the show provided a promising insight into what is ahead. Fans left the evening still excited and prepared to purchase a ticket for the next time these acts are in town.

By: Victoria Gordon

Aaron Lewis sings his original song ‘Lost and Lonely’ acoustically for Country Rebel at The Bluestone, Ohio’s #1 concert and event venue. Let us know if you enjoyed it by giving the video a thumbs up and subscribing for more awesome Country Rebel videos!

Aaron Lewis – Lost and Lonely Lyrics

I’ve been shattered and broken, for most of my life But I’ve done pretty good, with a job and a wife Got a family that loves me, and a good piece of land That I bought with hard work, that I earned with these hands

But these things that I do I did them for you

So just tell me you love me, and tell me you’ll stay And you’ll watch over this house, while I go away And just promise to be here, when I get back home So we can start where we left off, all those years ago

Before my demons they took control Lost and lonely, out here on the road

‘Cause I’ve been careless and selfish, got no self respect I’m an albatross hanging around my own neck I’m a hard one to handle, and I’ve played the fool And I’m so hard to love, ’cause I break all the rules

But these things that I do ‘Cause I couldn’t have you

So just tell me you love me, and tell me you’ll stay And you’ll watch over this house, while I go away And just promise to be here, when I get back home So we can start where we left off, all those years ago

Before my demons they took control Lost and lonely, out here on the road

So just tell me you love me, and tell me you’ll stay And you’ll watch over this house, while I go away And just promise to be here, when I get back home So we can start where we left off, all those years ago

Before my demons they took control Lost and lonely, out here on the road

Lost and lonely, out here on the road

Songwriters: Aaron Lewis Lost And Lonely lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc If you’re new,

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Q&A with LANCO

January 29, 2018

Q&A with LANCO

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By: Kaki Tzagournis – CMA of OSU

It’s a great night to be at the Bluestone to see LANCO’s sold out show. Standing in line to go down to the meet and greet, the excitement is evident. As each group goes up, LANCO embraces them and is extremely personable and energetic. Several people have met the band before and recall on how far LANCO has come. I was fortunate enough to sit down with the Brandon Lancaster (lead singer), Chandler Baldwin (bass guitar), Jared Hampton (keyboards), Tripp Howell (drums), and Eric Steedly (guitar) and ask a couple of fun questions before the show.

The Bluestone: With your recent successes of Hallelujah Nights and selling out the Bluestone, what has been the most rewarding part?

Brandon Lancaster: I think the most rewarding part is nights like tonight where you actually get to show up and fans show up… To have a record out and have fans come out and actually sing along with us, that’s kind of what you dream of is everyone being in the same room at the same time and having these experiences. So the fact that we get to do this and our careers allow us to be here with all of these fans is probably the most rewarding part. 

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TB: What song do you think is your favorite and was the most fun to make?

Eric Steedly: Oh man, there were so many… “Singin’ at the Stars” was fun to make because the process… starts out with such an interesting bed of this jam of music, it’s just real calm and then the beat is very intricate and blows up in the end, so it was just shaping that in the studio was a really fun process…

BL: For me it was “Born To Love You” just the difference between where it started as a demo… and where it ended and I think the process of how it starts subtle and then ends to this really loud rocking song…

TB: What is one-thing fans don’t know about you that would be surprising to them?

BL: Maybe that we’ve been together 5 years and that we’ve actually been touring together for 5 years. A lot of people are just now finding out who we are, but we about 3 years ago loaded up in a RV and have been touring full time ever since…

TB: You guys have a really interesting story; to other musicians what would your advice be for getting into the business?

BL: Move to a place where it’s happening… If you want to be in country music Nashville is probably the spot. Don’t try to follow any formula, just make music that is honest to you because at the end of the night you have to play it… Do what you love… and it will grab attention to people more than I think people realize.

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Editor’s note: This interview was edited for length and clarity.

 

 

WCOL Winter Wonder Jam 2017

November 9, 2017

23331277_1767860003277044_2099599963866893990_oMark your calendars for WCOL Winter Wonder Jam 2017 Friday, December 8th!

Join us at the Bluestone for 92.3 WCOL’s Winter Wonder Jam featuring Michael Ray’s “Get To You” Tour with special guests Love and Theft and Devin Dawson.  Doors open at 8pm.

Michael Ray is known for his break out single, “Kiss You in the Morning”, but has come a long way since then.  This Florida native is bringing his edgy country sound to Columbus for a night to remember.  This will be Ray’s second headlining tour.   It is named after the first single released from his sophomore album, “Get To You”.  He is using skills learned from time spent opening for big name artists and the experiences from his first headlining tour to create the best show he possibly can for all of his fans.

Michael Ray is bringing an incredible line up with him:

Love and Theft is the duo that brought “Angel Eyes” to country music fans in 2012.  Their most recent album, “Whiskey On My Breath” explores new avenues of style and sound.  But it sticks to the basics Love and Theft is known for–high energy and songwriting fueled with emotion.

Devin Dawson is currently breaking into the country music scene.  His hit single “All On Me” is featured on Spotify’s New Boots playlist.  He is getting ready to release his album, “Dark Horse” early next year–come get a sneak peak of some of the material at the show!

This will be a party you won’t want to miss.  Grab a friend, and get ready to spend a night out with 92.3 WCOL and your favorite country music fans at the Bluestone.  Tickets are $30 in advanced and $35 at the door.  So get your tickets now, no reason to wait!

Dave Kennedy – These Days

November 9, 2017

Dave Kennedy – These Days

Dave Kennedy plays his original song “These Days” before sound check in Columbus, Ohio at the famous Bluestone.

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

Aaron Lewis at The Bluestone

2nd show added

Country Music artist, Aaron Lewis sells out The Bluestone July 28th and adds another show, July 27th 2017. Aaron Lewis has been playing the Bluestone located at 583 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio for many years but has never sold it out in 12 hours. The second show was added very quickly after tickets sold in less than 24 hours. The second show for Aaron Lewis will be July 27th 2017 and tickets will go on sale Friday April 14th at 10 AM www.liveatthebluestone.com or on Eventbrite. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wclt-presents-aaron-lewis-at-the-bluestone-tickets-32442930679)

The country singer announced last year that he would be embarking on a huge tour to promote his first album with Dot Records, Sinner, and set out a massive number of dates for fans to come check out the new music. But rather than quit right at the peak of winter, he decided to roll off of the spirit of his previous sold-out shows through the end of April.

His latest project, Sinner, released back in September, and Lewis contributed to nine of the 11 tracks on the album. Going for a more old-fashioned, rebellious vibe, he felt the need to channel his musical heroes to find the right influence throughout the record.

“I’d like to think that ‘Sinner’ is a newer take on classic, traditional Outlaw Country, Waylon and Merle and Willie, and Hank Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff,” he said. “That was the music I heard a kid, and that’s the Country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life.” -http://www.soundslikenashville.com/news/aaron-lewis-extends-sinner-tour/

 

Aaron Lewis returns to Columbus

Aaron Lewis in Columbus, Ohio July 28th

Aaron Lewis will return to The Bluestone in Columbus, Ohio July 28th. Get your tickets fast, Aaron Lewis has sold out the Legendary Music Venue, The Bluestone several times and is expected to do it again. www.liveatthebluestone.com or at www.Eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wclt-presents-aaron-lewis-at-the-bluestone-tickets-32595308445) for tickets starting Friday April 7th at 10AM.

Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist, Aaron Lewis,  released his sophomore solo album last year on Big Machine Label Group’s DOT Records and went straight to # 1.

The former Staind front man first made his country debut in 2011 with certified gold single “Country Boy” followed by the release of his first full length solo album, The Road. “Country Boy” featured Charlie Daniels on fiddle and a booming verse from George Jones as well as Chris Young striking a balance between classic and modern country.

Lewis’ introspective, personal and relatable lyrics are proof that country music is about lifestyle and values, not necessarily where you were raised. And as Country Weekly exclaims “…make no mistake, he is a truck-drivin’, gun-totin’ country boy.” Lewis attributes country as something that has always inspired him. Growing up in rural Vermont the singer/songwriter spent summers with his WWII veteran grandfather hunting and fishing. During that time, he developed a love for the land, the woods, and the simple life, which still permeates everything he does.

And there was one specific soundtrack to those times. “I was raised on Country music,” Lewis says. “My grandfather listened to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Hank Jr., and all of the greats.”
And those influences are evident on stage in his new songs and in Staind hits he often performs such as “Outside,” “It’s Been Awhile,” and “So Far Away.”

New Years Eve 2016 was so much fun we decided to do it again for New Years Eve 2017. The Country Music Duo Love and Theft has become a favorites of The Bluestone Stage. New Years Eve 2017 they will welcome fellow artists from Nashville and Columbus, OHIO to ROCK in New Years Eve 2017! Tickets for New Years Eve 2017on sale now at www.liveatthebluestone.com

Several ticket options will be available Friday November 18th. A New Years Eve 2017 VIP table can be purchased which will include dinner and seating for 4 and will include the After Party with the artists. Party favors and a great time is to be had by all! If you simply want to enjoy the show without dinner and a table those options are also available. Tickets for New Years Eve 2017 with Love and Theft can be purchased at www.liveatthebluestone.com starting at 10 AM November 18th 2016 Don’t miss the best party in town New Years Eve 2017.

Love and Theft will be joined by Nashville’s own, Stevie Monce, David Adam Byrnes and we can’t forget about the always awesome local favorite artists Cliff Cody! Get Your New Years Eve 2017 Bluestone tickets at www.liveatthebluestone.com

Love and Theft

NYE 2017 Love and Theft

Love and TheftOriginally a trio that also included fellow singer-songwriter Brian Bandas, Love and Theft first galvanized fans in 2009 with the Top 10 hit “Runaway.” That breakthrough success set the stage for their debut album World Wide Open, which also produced the hit single “Dancing In Circles.” After a move from the Disney-affiliated Carolwood label to RCA, Stephen and Eric scored their first #1 single with “Angel Eyes,” which was featured on Love and Theft’s self-titled second album, along with the hits “Runnin’ Out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.”

The longtime partners agree that their potent musical chemistry is a reflection of their personal rapport. “The thing about us,” Eric asserts,” is that we really are best friends, and that’s helped to get us through the tougher times. At the same time, though, we’re different enough personality-wise that the combination works. Stephen’s naturally a more social person than I am, and I’m a little more introverted. He tends to see the best in every person and every situation, and I’m kind of the opposite. My songwriting’s different from his, and when we’re in the studio, his approach is different from mine. The way we play guitar is different. The way we arrange songs is different. But our differences come together to make something that each of us couldn’t do on his own.”

The pair’s second-nature chemistry led them both to agree that the occasion of their third album called for the bold musical statement that Whiskey On My Breath would ultimately become.

“In some ways, we’ve played it safe in the past, and I think we’re over that now,” Stephen observes. “It’s easy to fall into that when you’re working in the Nashville system and trying to please everybody. But eventually you come around and realize that you need to be true to yourself. I don’t mind that songs like ‘Whiskey On My Breath’ and ‘Everybody Drives Drunk’ may be a little controversial, because they’re honest, and I think that they’ll make people think about how they feel about life.”

“Those songs are both really personal for us,” Eric notes. “They show a side of us that’s legitimately us, and how we’ve grown up and matured in the time that we’ve been in this business. But there are plenty of songs on this album that are just good, fun songs, and that’s still a side of us too.”

Indeed, Whiskey On My Breath makes it apparent how far the duo—who’ve both become husbands and fathers in the six years since they began their recording career—have traveled, and demonstrates that they’re in for the long haul.

“We feel more strongly about this record than anything we’ve ever done,” Eric concludes. “Whatever happens, we’ve made a record that we both love and that we can both stand behind, and that’s a great feeling.”

 

Its going to be a GREAT New Years Eve 2017!

Tucker Beathard Live November 10th 2016

Tucker Beathard Live November 10th 2016

At just 20 years old, singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard already exudes the confidence and swagger of an established artist. It’s probably because music is in his blood. He started playing drums and guitar in a band with his brothers at 10 years old and had an early immersion into songwriting via his dad, two-time BMI “Songwriter of the Year” Casey Beathard. It was Tucker’s rebellious attitude as a teenager that inspired the lyrics for the chart-topping hit “Homeboy” recorded by Eric Church. Not long after making the decision to forgo a baseball scholarship to focus on music, Beathard signed a publishing deal with Big Machine Music and a recording contract with DOT Records. Now he is beginning to carve a path for his own unique and unapologetic sound with lyrics like “Hell no I don’t mind turning heads; Hell yeah I’ll get by living on the edge; Our point of views may never meet; I don’t wanna be you, yeah I know me.” Beathard is working on his debut album and is already booked for shows this summer with superstars Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. http://tuckerbeathard.com/home

Growing up in a family that excelled at both music and sports — his father is a hit songwriter; his brothers, star quarterbacks — Big Machine Label Group recording artist Tucker Beathard has an unrelenting competitive spirit: He wakes up every day trying to write the perfect song. For Tucker, a self-taught guitarist and drummer, there’s no such thing as “good enough.”   “I love anything with great melodies and I’m drawn to the little things,” Tucker says, rattling off his influences with an artist’s attention to detail. “When I listen to Led Zeppelin, I focus on John Bonham’s drums. Or Joe Walsh’s guitar licks in the Eagles. And Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘Family Tradition’ is as country songwriting as it gets.”  Tucker certainly knows something about family tradition, taking cues from dad Casey Beathard, who wrote Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” and Eric Church’s “Homeboy.” The latter, in fact, was inspired by Tucker, who admits to going through his own rebellious phase.  Giving up a college baseball scholarship to dive headlong into songwriting, Tucker came out better for his diverse experiences and documented those wild times in the wise-beyond-its-years “Momma and Jesus.” The track is one of many in contention for his debut album, being overseen by producer Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon).   With a rhythmic way of playing guitar, influenced by his innate drumming ability, Tucker has created some of contemporary country music’s most progressive songs. “Rock On,” a song about regretting the girl that got away, is taut in its delivery, with clever turns of phrase. Likewise, “20-10 Tennessee,” a standout, uses a football game as metaphor for a relationship and “Better Than Me” puts a unique spin on an arena-ready breakup anthem, ultimately wishing the best for someone after parting ways.   “I’ve always been a huge fan of deep songs, and I’ve always liked poems,” he says. “I’m an introvert, but writing songs that go beneath the surface allows me the chance to open up a piece of myself.”   As does his engaging live show.  Having played with artists like Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, Tucker regularly bares his soul in front of a crowd. Despite his reserved demeanor, the stage is where he is most free — it’s his canvas to paint an honest picture of who he is, as both a songwriter and an artist.   “Expressing yourself onstage and putting your emotion into each song is a feeling that is tough to match. It’s your way of letting the world know who you are,” says Tucker, who has one main goal when performing. “Whether it’s ‘My heart is broken’ or ‘Let’s party tonight,’ I want people to feel this is a real dude who knows who he is — and who says it like it is.”