Mark 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!
If you are looking for some great Country Music in Columbus, Ohio look no further than the Bluestone this fall. Country Music is what The Bluestone does best and we have some great Country Music artist lined up for the rest of 2017. Nominate by The Academy of Country Music in 2016 for “Night Club of the Year” we strive to bring the best Country Music Artists on our stage at the best price in town. Located at 583 East Broad Street we are not far from any place in town. We have plenty of parking and the most unique rooms for Country Music.
Often compared to the amazing Ryman Auditorium, our building was built just 6 years after the amazing country music venue located in Nashville, Tennessee. Please join us for one of our many Country Music shows and see your favorite artist up close.
Visit our web page at www.liveatthebluestone.com for info motion and details. If you are looking for a great place to hold your special event, Corporate event or wedding, we have you covered as well.
“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.”
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/
Bluestone Promotions, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bluestone, located in downtown Columbus, Ohio, has decided to no longer be involved with the promotion of 92.3 WCOL Country Jam. Bluestone Promotions has been the promoter for the event, held at Legend Valley Music Center in Thornville, Ohio, since 2013. The event brought central Ohio some of country music’s biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Young, and many more. The event has grown into a three day festival over Labor Day weekend bringing in excess of 21,000 country music fans to the Buckeye Lake area during each event.
“The team at The Bluestone has decided to concentrate on their core business this summer”, said Hank Straty, President and General Manager of the Bluestone. “We are concentrating the resources, normally spent promoting Country Jam, on continuing to build central Ohio’s love of country music in the downtown area of Columbus. While we have enjoyed promoting 92.3 WCOL Country Jam and building it into what it has become to date, we feel that our energy is better spent this year in the downtown Columbus area” said Straty.
The Bluestone, located at 583 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio (www.liveatthebluestone.com), brings many national country music acts to the historic, converted church throughout the year. The Bluestone was nominated in 2016 by the Academy of Country Music for “Nightclub of the Year” and is considered one of the areas most unique venues for corporate and private events. The Bluestone has also received The Knot’s “Best of weddings Award” for the past 6 years.
While we are not sure what the plans are at WCOL for Country Jam it has been our sincere pleasure working with such professionals to help build this event into the “Legend” that it has become. Bluestone Promotions has truly enjoyed our relationship with WCOL and all of our partners at Country Jam for the past 4 years and we are excited to see what the future holds for this event.
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.
The Knot Best of Weddings is an annual guide to the country’s top local wedding professionals and represents the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed a sample of almost one million real reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—that a bride or groom would want in order to inspire, plan and pull off their own unique wedding at The Bluestone.
This year, The Knot Best of Weddings winners represent the top 2% of local wedding vendors listed on TheKnot.com. There were only 748 new inductees in the United States for The Knot Best of Weddings Hal
of Fame for 2015.
The Knot has helped inspire and plan more than 25 million weddings. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with just the right wedding vendor to create a wedding that is unique to them. More than eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot, and they can be connected to any of 250,000 local wedding vendors across the country. The Knot is marrying great technology with trusted content — and a little love — to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable at The Bluestone.
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.
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
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
Private Bar Access
Buckets (six bottles) available for purchase all night for $24
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.
Bluestone Promotions and 92.3 WCOL are thrilled to announce that HANK WILLIAMS JRhas been added to the lineup for COUNTRY JAM 2014. Hank Jr will join Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Thompson, Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, and more on the Central Ohio Chevy Dealers stage at Legend Valley Music Center on Buckeye Lake.
Hank Williams Jr is one of the most prominent living country music legends today. Hank Williams Jr.’s catalog of hits span four decades, including “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Honky Tonkin’,” “The American Dream,” “Leave Them Boys Alone,” “Man of Steel,” “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and many more. Hank Jr. has earned dozens of music awards, including multiple ACMs, CMTs, Grammys, the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, and a BMI Icon award. Hank Williams Jr. has carved out an indelible spot in Country music history, and continues to spread his influence to new generations of musicians.
ABOUT COUNTRY JAM 2014: COUNTRY JAM, located at Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground on Buckeye Lake, is an outdoor country concert accommodating thousands of patrons. This festival has brought top-notch country stars to Central Ohio, such as Gary Allen, Randy Houser, Maggie Rose, Parmalee, and more, and this year’s event will be even larger. Country Jam 2014 will feature TWO NIGHTS of live country music on June 13th-14th, and four nights of free camping beginning Wednesday, June 11th at 5pm. with the following artists performing on the Central Ohio Chevy Dealers stage: HANK WILLIAMS JR, Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Thompson, Jon Pardi, Frankie Ballard, Brothers Osborne, and more to be announced! Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31st at www.WCOL.com.
EARLY BIRD PRICING (PURCHASE YOUR TICKET BEFORE MARCH 1st):
$90 general admission for two-day pass to the festival ($100 RV Upgrade)
$135 premium admission for two-day pass to the festival ($100 RV Upgrade)
VIP Tent Package: Two-day pass, four tickets included for $1240
FREE CAMPING with purchase of two-day ticket
Ticket purchases, VIP, and upgrade information available at www.WCOL.com
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