Sam Hunt “15 in a 30 Tour”~ Review!!!

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If you do not consider yourself a country music fan, you should think again. Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30 Tour” is what I call “alternative country.” Unlike other country artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, Hunt’s music is a combo of his two favorite genres of music: Country & R&B. The Georgia native as a child grew up listening to country music, but when he got older his cousins introduced him to hip hop & R&B. Hunt shared with the auidence how many Nashville producers did not like his music early on in his career and how they thought he would not make it in the country music world.

However, four years later, Hunt is headlining his first big tour with opening acts Ryan Follese, Chris Janson and Maren Morris. On Tuesday August 15, 2017 at the Greek Theater I was there to see one wonderful show.

Opener Ryan Follese, previously the lead singer of rock/punk band Hot Chelle Rae. Started the night with his song “Float Your Boat” from his self-titled EP, which was released last year. The 30 years old, whose parents are both country songwriters, left rock and started a country music career in 2016. Follese continued his set with “Put a Label on It,” and “Lose a Little Sleep,” which also on his EP. Follese closed his set with, “Tonight, Tonight,” which is Hot Chelle Rae’s best-known song.

Chris Janson was next up and he got the party going again. He started his set with “Redneck Life” from his “Fix a Drink EP” that was released in June. During this song he was playing both the acoustic guitar and harmonica. He then went into “Everybody” also from his new EP. He is an artistic and well-rounded singer/songwriter, and it shows a lot while he is performing live. Janson interacted with the auidence and was getting people up on their feet and dancing and singing along with him. He sang covers of “I Love This Life” which he wrote for country band LoCash and “Truck Yeah” by Tim McGraw. He even did a small drum solo during “Truck Yeah.” After singing his most popular song, “By Me a Boat,” he ended his set of the show with a cover of Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire.”

The last opening act of the night was Maren Morris. Morris played songs from her “Hero” album, which came out in June 2016. “Sugar”, “Just Another Thing” and “How It’s Done,” all show off her stunningly powerful voice. Next she did an acoustic verison of “I Could Use a Love Song,” which she called the “first vulnerable thing I’ve put on the radio waves.” Then she played a few of the audience favorites, “such as “80s Mercedes” and “My Church,” before ending with a mash up of “Second Wind” and Beyoncé’s song “Halo.” She and Hunt are making country/pop/R&B mashups a new music trend.

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Lastly, Sam Hunt played and it was worth the wait. Of all the concerts I been to recently, Hunt had by far the best lighting and special effects to go along with his music. There are four moving panels with lights that are loomed above the stage. Then there are other times that song lyrics would appear so that fans can sing along. For his opening song he sang “Leave the Night On,” the words of this song appeared on each panel moving around just as fast as Hunt was jumping around from one side of the stage to the other. He then started to sing, “House Party” and “Raised on It.” Next, Hunt shared some personal stories from his life with the crowd, such as the story behind his next song “Cop Car.” This song is a slow pace kind of song, along with the rest of his set, which showcased his style of combining both country/R&B. Most of the songs going forward were a combo of singing the chorus, then singing verses or bridges. But this type of format, works for Hunt and show the importance to certain phrases as needed like in his songs like in “I Met A Girl’ and “Speakers.” He also created a build up, for the encore of his song “Break Up in a Small Town.” He remains close to his country roots by telling his own personal stories, but also opens this genre to a crossover with his R&B influence.

Hunt then performed his recent hit “Body Like a Back Road,” it was really cool to see him play it live. He then played “Take Your Time” and “Ex to See.” The stage then went dark for about a minute, before a while piano came on stage. Hunt came back out again, and played a piano solo and while the opening lines of “Make You Miss Me.” The rest of the band came back an out after the first verse. Lastly Hunt did a quick combo of “Break Up in a Small Town”/”Drinkin Too Much,” and then the lights went down on another wonderful country concert at the beautiful Greek Theater.

 

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Brandon Ray~ Q & A!!!

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1. Hi Brandon, what is the story behind your new song “Ends of the Earth?”
I started working with producer Ross Copperman and this was a song he sent me to listen to in a Dropbox –  It immediately stopped me in my tracks and I had to record it. I interpreted it as doing anything for the one you love even if it means going to the ends of the earth. I soon figured out that they wrote about a couple who they were friends with that was adopting a baby from Uganda. That just told me the power of music and how it can be interpreted.
 
2. What has been your favorite venue to play at so far in your music career? 
There have been some incredible venue, but one that sticks out is “the grizzly Rose” in Denver, Co.
 
3. When you are not working or playing music, what do you like to do in your free time? 
If I have free time, I love working on old cars – I have a 78 f100 pickup that I’m constantly doing something to.
I love sports. And I love hanging with my wife and best friends.
 
4. Have you learned anything from any musicians or groups that you have opened up for?
Absolutely. I always watch and learn as much I can from them.
Kip Moore taught me to soak in every moment and enjoy the journey.
 
5. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
Bryan Adams. The dude is my hero and sings like a madman!
 
6. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
I had always listened to country, rock, pop, and every genre growing up. I had a rock band after high school that made waves across the country, but in that genre it was difficult to have a loyal fan base.
In country, they would literally follow you to the “ends of the earth” haha! The support is unbelievable. 
I also feel the storytelling and putting myself in all my songs is what I wanna do.
 
7. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
Yes – we are in the studio recording new music and should have another new release before the end of the year.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
I always loved Gandi’s “you cannot shake hands with a clenched fist”
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Brandon Ray~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Brandon Ray is from West Texas and he knows a few things about the American Way. When Ray was a child his parents inspired the idea to follow his dreams while highlighting the importance of hard work. Growing up Ray used to secure himself in his bedroom for many hours and arise with a bad excuse for a song and get on his parents nerves with it. His parents did nothing but inspire him to keep going on.

Music was always present in his childhood home. Ray’s father had a love for legendary rockers like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Steely Dan. His brothers introduced him to Metallica, Mellencamp and Nirvana. Ray’s mother was a fan of country music and she would play all the country greats like Johnny Cash and George Strait. Despite always having a house filled with music, Ray’s first love was baseball and he dreamed to be a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, but he was benched after two foot surgeries that eventually shifted his focus to playing the guitar and writing songs.

By the time he was 13, Ray had saved some money to buy his first guitar. Everything from that point on has been a means to an end in effort to accomplish his own American Dream. He’s held every job imaginable, lawn care, waiter, guitar teacher and lifeguard. When he was being a lifeguard he once resuscitated a boy who nearly drowned at the local city pool. Ray still gets Christmas cards from the boy’s family. At the age of 18 he was on the road with his first band and they played 750 shows, in 3 years. Also at this time he opened up for Fall Out Boy, Switchfoot and was part of Vans Warped Tour.

When Ray arrived in Nashville, Ray landed a publishing deal and played guitar for country musician Brett Eldredge and lent his vocals to many demos for different publishers and songwriters and all while trying to develop his own sound.

In just a few short years, Ray was able to put his out his own music and be apart of this crazy exciting country music world. If you would like hear to his music then go check out his latest single “Ends of the Earth.’ If you would like to find out more about Brandon Ray also check out his website http://www.brandonrayofficial.com.

 

 

Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrandonRayMusic

Twitter: @BrandonRayMusic

Instagram: BrandonRayMusic

SnapChat: BrandonRaySnaps

 

*Link to purchase his new song “Ends of the Earth”: http://hyperurl.co/qartls

 

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Dixiedeetop 5 Favorite Songs of August 14, 2017!!!

  1. Riley Green “Runnin With An Angel”: In Green’s new song, he hints on errors and a girl who did not stand for it. Green also explains how there are a lot of guys who do not know a good thing where they have it and he seen a lot of his own friends in this type of situation or problem.
  2. Mickey Guyton “Nice Things”: “Nice Things” tell the story of a guy who unkindly breaking his lover heart. He is abandoning the best part of his life.
  3. Alec Macgillivray “Day Jam”: This song brings you to a fun college summer party. This song can be listen to in the car, at your house, at the beach or pretty much in any setting.
  4. Honey Jack “17 Memphis”: New duo 17 Memphis released a new song called “Honey Jack.” It is a different sound if you compare it to other songs in the “country music” songs. The instrumental sound is unique and something different.
  5. Ryan Kinder “Close”: In Kinder new song “Close,” it tells a story about a guy trying to pick up a girl. He tells her that they may not fall in love but, they could get close. It is also about diving in and taking a little chance at maybe love and even if they don’t fall in love maybe they get close to that feeling.

 

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Dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of August 7, 2017!!!

  1. Mitchell Tenpenny “Mixed Drinks”: Mitchell Tenpenny explains when he met up with his co-writers for his new song “Mixed Drinks”, they met at a bar and was watching a girl doing something familiar: drinking away a heartbreak. The song shows a person that is okay in the easiest and memorable way possible.
  2. Jon Langston “Right Girl Wrong Time”: Jon Langston new song “Right Girl Wrong Time” starts off about talking about a relationship. Langston explains the breaking foundation that comes with the cost of a long distance-relationship. Even those everything seem fine between the couple and they were love, the miles separating the two made an offset in the timing of both their lives.
  3. Smithfield “When You’re Gone”: Smithfield is bringing a laid back vibe, with trumpets and horns, on their new single “When You’re Gone.” This song tells the story about a couple who buzzes off one another and cannot help but wish for one glass more of the good stuff to keep this moment going on for a little more time.
  4. Levon “Ms. Marianne”: Levon’s new song “Ms. Marianne,” is a country version to the punk rock song “Stacy’s Mom.” The phrases are flirty and this song is a full story that many country music fans will love to listen too.
  5. Chase Rice “Three Chords and the Truth”: Chase Rice’s new single “Three Cords and The Truth” is country praise to country music. The singer weaves his story of his song into eventually becomes a love song.

 

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Macho Mayo~ Sauce!!

~This recipe is from co-founder of “Caliville” Clothing Company~ Chase Lauer!!

I actually created a sauce called “Macho Mayo” https://machomayo.com/ and have a bunch of recipes on there, haha. This is my favorite.

Warning: Do not eat this sandwich wearing a white shirt or in front of anyone you’re trying to impress…this sh*t is MESSY!

Ingredients:

  • A Bun (unless you’re on one of those wimpy no carb diets, in which case you can just go munch on a head of lettuce…wimp).
  • BBQ Pulled Pork (I used a Hormel Sandwich Maker Kit…it says it serves two, but they aren’t foolin’ anyone).
  • Thick Slice of Swiss Cheese
  • Kosher Dill Pickle Slices
  • Potato Chips (I used Lay’s Limited Edition Siracha Chips)
  • Macho Mayo

Directions:

  1. Assemble the sandwich… do you really need directions, bro?
  2. Dive in face first and go to town.

The flavors of the BBQ pork, cheese, and Macho Mayo go together really well, and the pickles and chips add some much needed crunch and texture. This sandwich is super messy and leaves you walking away full and feeling like a man should after a meal. Now wipe your hands and face on the nearest towel (or shirt) you can find, and if that won’t do the trick, run outside and hose yourself down, ya filthy animal!

Caliville~ Q & A!!

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1.     Hello, can you give me a little bit of background of your apparel line?

When you’re chasing down a dream, wherever that road may lead you, it’s your mentality that can make or break you. Caliville is a lifestyle about being care-free, knowing that you’re doing everything in your power to succeed. You create the world you live in, so stay positive, be present, and enjoy the ride.

2.     How did you decide on the name “CALIVILLE,” and was there any other names that you were thinking about?

Brett Young approached me about wanting to start a lifestyle brand. We had been working together on a few projects for him as an artist at the time, but he wanted something that could live outside his music. After hearing about a couple of the more monumental decisions he made in his life, moving to LA and later to Nashville in the pursuit of songwriting, the name just kind of came to us.

3.     Where do you see “CALIVILLE” in the next 5 to 10 years?

We’re planning on extending the line to shirts and other garments. We’re really excited to start creating a lot of limited edition designs.

4.     What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud about so far for “CALIVILLE?”

We’re only 7 months old as a company, so we’re still relatively new, but I love seeing our hats on people at shows or walking around Nashville. I’ve had so many people ask to buy a CALIVILLE hat off my head when I’m out and I normally just end up giving it to them. I bet there are at least 20 hats out there that came straight off of my head, haha.

5.     Has any famous country artists worn your hats?

We’ve had a lot of support from our community in Nashville. Brett (Young) wears them out on the road quite a bit. I make sure I get some gear in the hands of my artist friends, so hopefully, they wear them!!

6.     What is one of your favorite event (s) to be part of?

Summer Country Music festivals!!

7.     Is there anything new coming up with your company for the rest of 2017?

We have a ton of new gear we will be rolling out in the next month and we’re going to be doing some really cool giveaways when we launch the new line!

8.     What is the first item you ever made for this company?

We did a very small run of hats and hoodies and gave them to all of our friends. This was way before we actually formed the company.

9.     What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company?

Find other creatives to collaborate with. It’s a tough industry, but it can be much easier if your surround yourself with like minded people all working towards a common goal. 

10. What is one of your quotes?

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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