Monday, May 14, 2018

BRANCH AND DEAN TO PERFORM AT NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL MAY 15


Branch and Dean will perform their heart-wrenching hit, "The Dash" at the 37th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern.

This annual event is held to honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Families of fallen officers receive a medal of honor and a flower to place in a wreath at the wreath laying ceremony. This wreath then hangs for 24 hours at the memorial in Judiciary Square.

Greta Philvek of the National Memorial Committee saw Branch and Dean perform at the National Annual Conference last August. She was in awe when Branch and Dean accepted the offer to perform.

"We are overwhelmed that they are willing to perform for us," she said.

Chairman of the Memorial Committee Lou Cannon, said Branch and Dean's song, "The Dash" has a terrific impact and meaning for families.

"Officers know every day that they wake up to perform their duty, and we want their families to remember the officers' sacrifices to keep everyone safe," he said. "The Dash" is so special in our hearts and it is going to be a special moment shared by two very special people."

Dean Scallan, of Branch and Dean, said despite how busy their touring schedule is, this memorial is so important for both of them.

"It's an absolute honor to be asked to sing at this event," Scallan said. "There was no way we would miss this."

The memorial will be televised on local television stations. For more information about Branch and Dean visit, www.branchanddean.com.


CRAIG CAMPBELL REVEALS ALL-STAR LINEUP FOR 6TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY CORNHOLE CHALLENGE

BIG NAMES LOOKING TO SCORE IN SUPPORT OF 
FIGHT COLORECTAL CANCER ON JUNE 5 

 “SEE YOU TRY” HIT MAKER HAS HELPED RAISE MORE THAN $300K TO DATE


 Craig Campbell is proud to announce the official lineup of his 6th Annual Celebrity Cornhold Challenge, with some of the biggest names in country and beyond set for good times and a good cause.

Taking place at Nashville’s City Winery on June 5, this year’s event will feature Craig and his wife Mindy, as well as Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Walker Hayes, Brett Kissel, Nascar driver Scott Lagasse Jr, LoCash's Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, Jerrod Niemann, Taylor Phillips, Dee Jay Silver, Tegan Marie, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston and Kelby Ray and Brett Young.

The One Million Strong Benefit – a gala dinner, ceremony and singer-songwriter round with Campbell – at City Winery will follow on June 6, where the final tally of funds raised for Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) will be revealed. Last year’s combined events raised more than $180,000, as fans bid for the chance to compete in the tournament against the stars themselves, and dinner attendees bid on auction items like a backyard BBQ with Campbell and a Nascar experience with Scott Lagasse, Jr., another Fight CRC spokesman.

Campbell is a national spokesperson for Fight CRC – a nonprofit organization working to increase awareness, education, advocacy and research for colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among adults in the U.S. The hit maker lost his father to the disease when he was just 11 years old. As Fight CRC’s first national spokesman, Campbell has raised more than $300,000 by co-hosting the organization’s One Million Strong benefit and his celebrity cornhole challenge.

The Georgia native will be in headlines once again on June 8, this time for releasing his highly-anticipated See You Try EP – seven diverse tracks featuring his flirtatious chart-riser “See You Try” and two versions of the critically acclaimed “Outskirts of Heaven.” It’s Campbell’s first new collection of tunes in five years, and arrives after a standout 2017 which included Luke Bryan’s Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day Tour.

Campbell will headline select dates across North America throughout the summer of 2018.

Friday, May 11, 2018

SO HERE'S WHY I SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ARTISTS ... AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO


There is an endless sea of music out there to choose from and my primary choice of music is the independent artist. Don’t misunderstand, I love signed artists and listen to Top 40 too, but there is something special about an independent artist who hasn’t allowed themselves to get lost in the soul sucking vortex of today’s music industry.

I’m not talking the weekend garage band warrior or the guy who occasionally gets up on open mic night to impress the new girl of the week. I’m talking about the serious and determined artist who is out to make their music more than a hobby and don’t mind doing what it takes within reason to get it out there. They don’t have the backing of big bucks, they’re not the ones who pucker up to kiss the ass of an arrogant corporate suit who’s telling them what to sing, what to wear, how to look, to drop some weight, or that it would be best if you didn’t talk too much about the family because it’s not good for the image. They don’t have high paying radio promoters, they do it themselves and realize that their fans are their biggest and most honest promoters and they don’t have to feel the need to compete with the bigger name on their label.

I love the artists who stand by their creativity and aren’t willing to sell it to the highest bidder who’s going to take control of it and turn them into something that doesn’t even start to resemble who they are. They refuse to stand in line on the musical conveyor belt as another corporately packaged, look alike, sound alike, cookie cutter molded artist who won’t be around in 5-10 years. I love the guys who will play the hole in the wall venues barely taking home tips just to be heard. They realize the size of the venue doesn’t matter and neither does the size of the crowd because all it takes is one person to hear what they have to offer and change their lives. They don’t do it for the fame, the money or the attention, they do it because they love it and because it’s who they are. It isn’t always the voices that turn my head, it’s the drive and the willpower to get in the van and hit the road, not knowing what’s ahead, only knowing they have to move forward. They stand on that stage night after night and sing to a crowd of drunks who aren’t even listening to the music. It’s frustrating, but they do it with a smile on their face. They load up their merch tables with stacks of signed self-released CD’s they paid for themselves, cleverly designed t-shirts that they paid for themselves and signed headshots that they paid to have taken, and then stand at that table exhausted after their show shaking every hand, thanking every person for coming and posing for a million pictures. They don’t just bolt off the stage and become a bus hermit. Why? It’s part of the deal and most of them really don’t mind doing it. They seem to connect on a more personal level with their fans than high profile names. They tend to remember your face and your name and talk to you for more than the standard 5 minute shake and go.

The struggle to be heard is one of the most difficult roads to travel but these artists just pile their stuff in the van and head to the next gig, the next city, the next month, the next year and hope that someone will listen and tell someone about them and that the right ears will eventually hear. They don’t give up easily and if they do, then this wasn’t the right road for them anyway. To them it’s not a hobby, it’s their livelihood and puts food on their tables and pays the bills. They aren’t any less talented than someone in the Top 40 and being played on country radio, some are more talented, sound better and their music is better quality. They just haven’t had that break yet to give them the platform to make that life changing impression but they don’t give up. This is why I don’t give up on them.

Give an unheard name a chance, listen to new music, don’t compare it to what the industry tells you is good music. Every big name started in a small venue, every big name was once a local unknown. There’s room on your playlist for both.

#SupporttheUnderdog

- Jenn

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