Wednesday, August 8, 2018


So this guy followed me on Twitter last night and I found him to be an interesting guy - not an established artist, not even a "new artist" by industry terms, just an ordinary, hardworking guy making a living as a corrections officer in Harrisburg. IL and playing music whenever he can, for whoever he can. He hasn't opened for anyone and until now, his only audience has been his guitar other than an occasional performance at a small bar or two. He decided to throw his hat in the ring and started posting his covers of hits by artists like Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, and this one of "Anywhere with You" by Jake Owen. Check out Jaron Roberts, I think you'll like him. He's just a humble guy doing what he loves and hoping you'll like it too.

His website is still being completed but until then, you can catch him on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Feel free to reach out and let him know what you think and just say hi.

Monday, August 6, 2018


BBR Music Group/BMG announced today the signing of Country duo, LOCASH as the latest addition to its roster of artists. LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, joined BBR executives at their Music Row offices for the signing (see photo). LOCASH has been assigned to the Wheelhouse Records imprint, where they will join labelmates, Trace Adkins, Granger Smith, Runaway June and Walker McGuire.

LOCASH, who is known for their high-energy live performances as much as their smash hits, cemented their place in Country music with GOLD-certified tracks like “I Love This Life” and their #1 chart-topper, “I Know Somebody,” which earned them nominations for ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year, and CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year.

“LOCASH has accomplished so much on their own, people in the industry have really embraced them,” said Jon Loba EVP, BBR Music Group. “Their entrepreneurial spirit mimics our own and we are so excited to work with them and look forward to watching them soar.”

Lauded as “one of Nashville’s hardest-working acts” by Rolling Stone, the pair has two albums and eight charting singles to their credit and has taken their talents on the road, performing for thousands of fans as part of their own headlining tour as well as in support of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s SOUL 2 SOUL Tour.

“We’ve known Loba for years and had our sights on BBR since before we signed our first deal but knew we had to get the timing right, now it just feels like all of the stars have finally aligned and this is where we’re supposed to be,” said Preston Brust of LOCASH. “It is a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment, we’re such big fans of everybody on the roster and are honored to be named alongside such incredible artists.”

“They have put together an incredible team at BBR and with the full support of BMG behind them, there’s no better team to help take our career to the next level,” said Chris Lucas of LOCASH. “Talking with Zach Katz, who has made such an incredible impact on the music business and everybody on the BBR team, we could just immediately tell our music was going to be in the right hands and as a songwriter and artist, there is no better feeling.”

In addition to their own radio success, Brust and Lucas have penned hits for Country megastars like Keith Urban (#1 song “You Gonna Fly”) and Tim McGraw (PLATINUM-certified “Truck Yeah”).

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American Young recently performed at the Chengdu Auto Music Festival in China for a sold-out crowd of 20K fans. The duo, made up of Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson, was the only foreign act invited to perform at this year’s festival. This is a major feat for an American act to have an opportunity to perform at an event of this caliber.

Following their sold-out performance at Chengdu, American Young performed in Beijing at a banquet that was hosted in their honor. In attendance were Chinese artists, television executives, music producers and film directors, who took interest in collaborating with the duo. American Young’s positive impression earned them an invitation to return to China this fall.

“We couldn’t be more humbled and grateful for the opportunity to share communities, art, music, language, and friends with such an amazing country. Cheng Du is the big sister city to Nashville, while Beijing is our big brother! We are so blessed to be able to experience such a rich and vibrant Chinese culture through its music,” Said Osmunson.

The duo’s performance and appearance in China is an encouraging example of the growing cultural and arts exchange between the United States and China. There are 1.4 billion people in China eager to learn and appreciate American music, arts, and culture.

Formal relationships in the states have already begun with the Chinese entertainment industry. Todd Thomas of Curb Records/Brave World Agency has plans to bring other Curb Recording acts to China to begin establishing relationships of their own. During American Young’s visit, China’s Kelly Yu and Kevin Kong hosted the duo and assisted in expanding the cultural exchange between the United States and China. Additionally, a relationship has been formed in the U.S. with Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum Davis of TriNick Entertainment, Marvin Baker of Cafe Nashville and BGTV Direct who will continue to bring American music of all genres like Blue Grass, R&B, Pop, and Hip Hop to China.

American Young continues to have widespread international success in selling out venues throughout various countries around the world. In the last two years, the duo has toured all over the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Belgium, and Denmark. The Curb Recording artists are looking forward to releasing new music both nationally and internationally in the near future.

For more information on American Young, please visit