Thursday, July 27, 2017

LOGAN MIZE: EXCLUSIVE "BEHIND THE SONG" AND PERFORMANCE VIDEO - "AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY"

Logan Mize, a singer/songwriter from Kansas, first made a name for himself in Nashville writing with names like Randy Montana and Blake Chaffin. His 2012 CD, "Nobody in Nashville" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and his 2015 debut single, "Can't Get Away From A Good Time", co-written with Chaffin, peaked at #58 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.  He's been featured as a #HighwayFind on Sirius XM's The Highway and has shared the stage with names such as Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and Blake Shelton just to name a few. This working man's blue collar writer has more than proven himself to be a stand out. Mize is also the writer behind the “Fabric of Life” Cotton commercial featuring Hayden Panettiere from "Nashville" and he and his band were featured in the CW series, “Hart of Dixie. Logan has done a lot in a short time and now he's put himself back out there in a big way thanks to on air support from Bobby Bones.

His brand new independent CD, "Come Back Road" releases Friday, July 28 and judging by the numbers on the first single, I think it's safe to say fans are pretty stoked about his return. His first single, "Ain't Always Pretty" has surpassed 20 million and has reached #2 on the iTunes charts and is sure to reach the top once the CD is released. That's incredible for an independent artist and proves that just because you don't have major label support behind you doesn't mean you can't make one hell of an impression.

 Check out these exclusive videos as Logan tells the story behind this hit song and listen to him perform the single. We're so glad to see Logan back in the spotlight where he belongs and know this is just the start of a successful journey down his own comeback road. I wouldn't be surprised to see a label jump on this and pick him up pretty quickly.

LOGAN MIZE - "STORY BEHIND THE SONG: AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY" 



LOGAN MIZE: EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO - "AIN'T ALWAYS PRETTY"



Connect with Logan via his website and social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

"Come Back Road" is available now for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

EXCLUSIVE JAMBOREE IN THE HILLS INTERVIEW: AARON TIPPIN

EVENT: Jamboree in the Hills
DATE: Sunday July 16, 2017
ARTIST: Aaron Tippin
INTERVIEWER: Charlie Woods

Follow Charlie on Twitter at @ConvictCharlie


Jamboree in the Hills has come to an end for another year but man what an event it was. Our team member and super cool human being, Charlie Woods, was on site for us again this year covering the fun and had a chance to sit down and talk for a few minutes to country superstar, Aaron Tippin. Huge thank you to Aaron for his time, we greatly appreciate it and know how little of it you have so we're so glad you chose to spend some of it with us! A huge thanks to Craig Wilkins for supplying the photos used in this article. Craig is a longtime photographer of this event. Check out his website at craigwilkins.com for great photos and content!

Charlie: What have you learned from having your own record label?

Aaron: Music is fun again! It has really been a pleasure to be able to do what you want to do. When we decided on our last album "25" the only people whom we had to consult with were myself and my wife.

Charlie: At this point in your career, what are your particular artist goals?

Aaron: I'm just trying to live another day...

Charlie: Do you still get a buzz hearing your songs on the radio?

Aaron: The biggest kick I get out of hearing my songs is when someone does karaoke to something I wrote.

Charlie: Learning how to fly airplanes is something you've always liked to dabble in... How often do you currently fly?

Aaron: I fly quite regularly, about 2-3 hours a week. At the farm we have a small airstrip, but most of the planes I own are housed at the local airport.  I currently have a J-3 Cub, Steerman as well as another for parts, T-6, and a Malibu. I'm still a certified Mechanic as well as a Flight Instructor and have taught both my sons how to fly.

Charlie:What makes a perfect day for you, whether it be at home or on the road?

Aaron: Twisting wrenches in the morning and flying in the evening.

Charlie: Does your family ever come with you when you go out on the road?

Aaron: If the show is close and doesn't interfere with the boys school schedule. My son actually plays a little bit and at age 15 got his first check from the Grand Ole Opry!

Charlie: Do you have any advice for new artists starting their career?

Aaron: Make sure you love it!  It is a whole different world than when I started out. Don't take anything for granted, and appreciate it everything that comes to you... just because you had one hit doesn't mean your next single will be a smash.

Charlie: What part of the music business excites you the most currently?

Aaron: Song writing will always be number one to me, and I just want to make the best record possible. Editing and producing is something I have really been enjoying lately.

Jamboree in the Hills Set List

1.) "You've Got to Stand for Something"
2.) "I've Got it Honest"
3.) "My Blue Angel"
4.) "Big Boy Toys"
5.) "Workin' Man's PHD"
6.) "Honky Tonk Superman"
7.) "He Believed in Me"
8.) "Wouldn't Have it any Other Way"
9.) "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You'
10.)"Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio"
11.) "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly"
12.) "Kiss This"

Connect with Aaron online at his website and on social media:

Website: www.aarontippin.com
Twitter: @tippin_aaron
Facebook: http://bit.ly/2uBRIU5
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AaronTippin
Youtube: http://bit.ly/2tKgXpZ


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: JAMEY JOHNSON WITH RAY SCOTT - ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC - JULY 21, 2017

Event: Jamey Johnson with Ray Scott
Date: Friday, July 21, 2017
Venue: Roanoke Rapids Theater - Roanoke Rapids, NC
Reviewer: Jennifer Smith

Follow Jenn on Twitter at @lovinlyrics


I'll go ahead and preface this review with this simple fact: I "listened" to this performance instead of just "hearing" it. Jamey Johnson and Ray Scott taught me that difference and made me truly realize it tonight. I'll also add that I hate my photos aren't the normal quality they normally are. I had to use a different camera this time.

First off, I have to say how wonderful the Roanoke Rapids Theater is - the venue itself and it's staff. The acoustics in this beautiful theatre were amazing. The theater was built in 2005 and was owned by Dolly Parton and her brother Ray. Myself and I'm sure many other patrons in the area would love to see the city of Roanoke Rapids, NC really put themselves behind making this venue the success it should be. This place has the potential to be someplace really great for artists and fans alike if the right people will get involved and make it happen. Barn Burner Promotions does a wonderful job promoting the shows, handling the crowd and making sure each show is a success. You really get a great show here. The security is great, they aren't all up in your face but you know they're watching. The artists that have played here rave about the acoustics. It's really hard to beat for sound, location and atmosphere. To Julie. Allison and the whole Barn Burner/Roanoke Rapids Theatre crew, thank you for a great night.

If you haven't taken the time to get to know Ray Scott or listened to his music, he's an artist you should connect with and when it comes to connection, he's one of the best there is. Ray has always been a true country gentleman, even if some of his tweets and social media posts may give you another impression. His respect for this genre and it's fans, his simple and uncomplicated love of the music, his reflection of tradition and the way he treats others have always made him a stand out in my eyes and he only reinforced that Friday night. He treats everyone around him with kindness whether it be a tag along like me, venue staff, fans, or his band, it doesn't matter. He makes a point to engage and get to know people, to make eye contact and really listen to what they have to say. He makes a genuine connection without having to try. I love watching his interaction with those that come to see him, he makes sure they know their time and support is not overlooked. It's just who he is and in today's country music world, it's a hard thing to find and coming from someone who's known him for a few years now, I can tell you it's more than appreciated and something you can't help but support.

Ray and his band, the Guilty Bystanders, took the stage about 7:30pm and the crowd was already ready for this and having not seen these guys in awhile, I was too. He kicked it off with "Ain't Gonna Be You" and it was already loud with screams and "hell yeahs". You knew it was just gonna get better from here. If you go to a Ray Scott show, take the time to say hi to the guys in the band and let them know you appreciate what they do. They stand behind him every show providing some great music and they're all just great, down to earth people. Ray's fantastic on his own but with any artist, a great band like this one always makes them better and can take an average show to the next level and before you know it, you're at a party with a room full of strangers who become friends until the music stops and the show is over. But then too, Ray's shows are anything but average and Ray is true top shelf talent. I also can't leave out the guy that makes these shows happen, their tour manager, Brian. He's a hard working son of a gun and believes in Ray and his band and it's more the obvious that he loves what he does because he does it well.

Ray's set consisted of mostly original music including "Drinkin' Beer", "Ain't Always Thirsty", "Dirty Shirt" and music from his new album, "Guitar for Sale". I think this is his best album to date. It's somewhat of a departure from his usual comedic tunes, it seems to be more personal and coming from a deeper place. Who knew Ray had a deep place? LOL! Wherever it came from, the audience loved it and the CD's were selling like crazy at the merch table. He performed his latest single, "Livin' This Way", which y'all need to tell your local stations to think outside the corporate box and add it to rotation and put the "try" back in their country. He also sang my favorite, "The Fire", which is also on the new album. Hint, hint, I think this should be the next single. He wrapped up his set with 2 of his biggest hits, the GAC video hit, "Those Jeans" and the one that got him off and runnin', "My Kinda Music", well walkin' because I don't think I've ever seen Ray Scott run unless someones jealous boyfriend or husband was chasing him. The place got LOUD, I mean backwoods yee-haw LOUD.

Up next was Jamey Johnson and this was a religious experience for me complete with singing angels and voices of God. Tommy, Ray's bass player and a good friend, was kind enough to come out and get me and take me side stage to watch Jamey's show. I witnessed one of the most heartfelt and impactful performances I've ever seen from an artist. I left with a whole new outlook on music and a different view of Jamey. Jamey's had his share of problems and situations, but the Jamey I saw tonight seemed to be a different guy, a more focused and happy guy. What I saw was a man who loves what he does, has a deep love for the music and doesn't just sing these songs, he feels every word he writes and sings.

Jamey has one of the biggest and most complete band set ups I've ever seen for a country artist. His band consisted of a horn section, drums and percussion which included Tony "TC" Coleman who was the longtime drummer for BB King, keyboards, slide guitar, bass and guitar. He also has one of country's best and most angelic voices backing him up, Melonie Cannon, daughter of legendary producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon. It truly is an impressive set up.

He stood there in the spotlight, with his usual deep expression but this time there wasn't that blank stare, there was something different about him, something lighter and more "untroubled". It was almost like a weight had been recently lifted off his shoulders and whatever burdens he once dealt with were gone. It was something not only I saw but I'm sure anyone paying attention noticed. It truly caught me off guard. Having seen him many times before, this was like seeing and really hearing the real Jamey for the first time and man it hit me right in feels that I had no idea were even there. Watching him sing his songs like "The High Cost of Living", "Lonely at the Top", "Can't Cash My Checks" and doing a JJ rendition of Kenny Roger's "The Music Man" only made me wonder what was going through his mind and how those words have somehow connected personally in his own life. I caught myself getting choked up on my own emotion as I got caught up in his. That's what a great artist and great performance should do and that's exactly what Jamey Johnson did. I'm pretty emotional and passionate about good music and this was just good music. Tonight, I didn't just hear, I listened and most importantly, I felt.

There were a few moments in the night that really stood out for me:

1.) His performance of "In Color" that he sang along with his 13 year old daughter and her friend. This performance was very strong while being very simple. To hear the audience sing the chorus back at him must have really done his soul good based on the smile on his face.I know it sure did mine good.

2.) His performance of "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land" - simple, patriotic and meaningful.

3.) His cover of the classic Bob Seger hit "Turn the Page" complete with the horn section. This song went over 6 minutes.

4.) He brought Ray Scott back on stage to sing a cover of the Waylon Jennings hit "Drinkin' and Dreamin'". This was country y'all.

I could keep going but I think I'll stop here, you get the picture. To sum it up quickly, this night was the best night I've enjoyed in a long time, really enjoyed from start to end. Thank you again to all of the great people who made this one for the memory books.

- Jenn