Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene after winning the inaugural season of the USA Network’s hit television series “Nashville Star.” After Buddy’s win, Columbia Records released his self-titled debut album “Buddy Jewell” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts as well as #13 on the Top 100 Pop Album Charts. The album was certified Gold later that same year, selling over ½ million copies. Buddy’s first two singles, “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” both landed in the top 5 on the singles chart. Jewell has since followed up with 5 more albums, “Times Like These,” “Country Enough” , “I Surrender All”, “Wanted : LIVE “and his newest release, “My Father’s Country.”
After 30 years of ‘killin’ time,’ Clint Black is ready to celebrate. The multi-million selling country icon is set to embark on a tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Killin’ Time, which all but altered the landscape of country music. Three decades later, Clint remains humble as ever about the massive influence he has had on the genre.
“I don’t really feel like I was leading a change in country music,” Clint remarks. “It just felt like big success to me. I would hear things like, ‘So-and-so is going to record, and they’re using their own band because you did.’ Or, ‘So-and-so wants to write more of their own songs, because you did.’ But I don’t feel like I changed anything, other than contributing my work to the big picture. It’s hard to look at myself and see the impact I’ve had. I do know that my songs have touched a lot of people.”
REAL! That would be the best word to describe Cody McCarver. In 2014 Cody McCarver released his first Christian CD titled The Lord's Will. In 2015 came his second Christian CD titled I'm Forgiven.
Cody had signed his own record deals in the country music genre with Warner Brothers (Giant Records) E1 Entertainment and had success as a Country artist, His radio airplay garnered him Music Row's Indy artist of the year 3 consecutive years. 3 #1 Videos on CMT Pure. Cody also spent 12 years in the multi-platinum band Confederate Railroad. We can write many more success stories about Cody McCarver in the Country music business. In 2013 Cody McCarver returned to the music he began playing at age 9 in a small church in Tennessee. Cody McCarver is now traveling the country singing songs from his Christian CD's and giving testimony about how much better it is to live a life for Jesus, He has co founded a ministry called Outlaw Gospel Ministry. Cody want's to reach out to people who may not attend church. People who have family or themselves have been incarcerated like Cody's father who passed away in a Tennessee state prison. Also people who deal with addictions. In short people who need God on their lives.
Overnight sensation. One of the most over-used and misapplied coronations ever. It’s been used to describe CONFEDERATE RAILROAD in that very manner.
In the case of Railroad, it most often refers to the frenzy that surrounded the mega-hit, “Trashy Women.” From lead singer, DANNY SHIRLEY’s perspective, “We weren’t an overnight sensation; ‘Trashy Women’ was.”
The facts are simple. The debut self-titled album had three singles before “Trashy Women” and was selling well. On the strength of “She Took It Like A Man,” “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” the album sold more than 500,000 copies in its first 72 weeks. However, it sold more than 500,000 copies in the first seven weeks “Trashy Women” was the designated single. It was a song that had every chance of never being recorded which is the stuff of ironic legends. There is a Cliff’s Notes version of its ascendency.
To all appearances, Gretchen Wilson went overnight from talented obscurity to phenomenon. Her meteoric rise, the kind experienced by only a handful of artists in the past few decades, was that rare instance where talent and moment meet to form a cultural tidal wave.
Gretchen’s ability to tailor songs as gorgeously rough-edged as she is, have given her the kind of “I am what I sing” originality few women in music history– Loretta, Janis, Dolly and Cher chief among them–have ever been able to achieve.
Her first single, “Redneck Woman,” spent six weeks at #1. Her debut album, Here For The Party, sold more than five million copies… and spawned three more top 5 hits including, “Homewrecker,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” and the title track, “Here For The Party.”
Her second CD, All Jacked Up, saw four more hit songs like “California Girls,” “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today,” “Politically Uncorrect” (featuring Merle Haggard) and the title cut, and rode enthusiastic reviews to platinum status, and her third record, One of the Boys, solidified her position as one of contemporary music’s most original and multi-faceted female artists.
Since her debut, she has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, 20/20 Primetime, CNN’s People In The News, and she has appeared on virtually every morning, noon and late-night television show on the air.
Jamie O'Neal is an Australian Platinum-selling country singer and hit songwriter that became a household name in 2000 with her back-to-back # 1 singles, "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels." With multiple hits that followed, including "Shiver," "Trying To Find Atlantis" and "Somebody's Hero," Jamie was on fire.
She earned numerous career accolades (including multiple Grammy nominations), won ACM and Billboard Awards and appeared on the national television shows Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman among many others.
While she has penned most of the songs for her own albums, Jamie has also written hits for such notable artists as Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Leann Rimes, Cece Winans, Idina Menzel, among others. Jamie has toured with Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, and Kylie Minogue.
The beauty of country music is its ability to reflect the lives of its listeners, and few artists have celebrated life’s challenges and triumphs with more heartfelt eloquence than Joe Diffie. Whether singing about untarnished love in the enduring hit “John Deere Green,” the perennial appeal of “Pickup Man” or the heartbreak of dreams unrealized in “Ships That Don’t Come In,” Diffie’s songs have continually painted a portrait of real life with all its joy and angst.
“I’ve always loved well-written songs,” says the Grammy winner, who is just as skilled at writing hits as he is singing them. “There’s really no magic formula. I’ve just always drawn on my own experience whether it’s falling in love or hanging out in a bar. I feel like if I relate to it, other people will too.”
With a musical career that spans twelve albums and a greatest hits package, John Michael Montgomery’s overwhelming contribution to the country music format includes hits such as “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “Life’s A Dance,” among many others. He’s earned 15 number one singles, sold over 16 million albums and received numerous industry and fan-voted awards, including a Grammy Award, CMA Awards, ACM Awards and American Music Awards.
Born Jan. 20, 1965, in Danville, Ky., John Michael Montgomery arrived on the country music scene in 1993 with a debut album, Life's a Dance, which became the only million-seller on the country charts by a new artist that year. Its title track was a No. 4 hit single and was followed by his first country #1 single, "I Love the Way You Love Me." The follow-up, Kickin' It Up, hit the top spot on both the country and adult contemporary charts and produced four more successful singles, the chart-topping "I Swear," "Be My Baby Tonight," "If You Got Love" and the No. 4 single "Rope the Moon."
“The Kentucky Headhunters,” says founding member, guitarist/vocalist Richard Young, “are and always will be in love with playing live. It’s our lifeblood.” The Grammy-winning band—declared “the great American rock ‘n’ roll band” by Billboard—is never more spontaneous and unpredictable as when they are performing live on stage. “We threw away the set list 20 years ago,” says Young, whose brother Fred plays drums, cousin Greg Martin plays guitar and longtime friend Doug Phelps sings and plays bass. Although the Southern rock, blues and country band has been recording and touring together for over 30 years (and making music together for over 50 years), they had never, until 2016, performed overseas. That year, Richard—a notoriously uneasy flier—let his son John Fred (drummer for rising star rock group Black Stone Cherry) talk him into bringing The Kentucky Headhunters to Europe. A tour of Sweden and the United Kingdom was booked, and the band was on its way to earning a whole new audience for their raucous and rowdy music.
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of the Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring three decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 22.5 million albums, 28 million digital downloads and delivered 16 #1 singles to the top of the charts. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they’ve sold over 7 million concert tickets, and counting.
Ricochet is an American country music band from Oklahoma. The band was founded in 1993 by brothers Jeff Bryant (drums, vocals) and Junior Bryant (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), along with Heath Wright (lead vocals, lead guitar, fiddle), Greg Cook (bass guitar, vocals), Teddy Carr (steel guitar, Dobro), and Eddie Kilgallon (keyboards, rhythm guitar, saxophone, vocals), After several years of playing throughout the Southern United States, Ricochet was signed to a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1995. Their self-titled debut album produced three straight Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, including the Number One single "Daddy's Money"; the album was also certified gold in the United States.
The band followed its debut album with 1997's Blink of an Eye, which also produced several hits on the country music charts. A third album, titled What a Ride, was slated for release in 1997, but was not released; however, their 2000 album What You Leave Behind contained tracks from this cancelled album. After being dropped from Columbia in 2001, Ricochet released a live album on an independent label. Ricochet's latest album 15 years and Counting has produced the crowd favorite "Sweet Tea" the album is available online or at shows.
There were five of us thinking that we can
This is the life and times of a travelin’ band…”
Those words end the first verse of the title track to Sawyer Brown’s new CD Travelin’ Band. The life and times of a traveling band—if ever there were a band who is well qualified to paint a picture of what it means to be a travelin’ band, it’s Sawyer Brown. Founded in 1981, the band celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, having played more than 4000 shows over the course of those years, logging mileage well into the seven figures. And as the band clearly shows in its new CD, the wheels are still turning and an ever-open road stretches out ahead.
“We are just who we are—period,” says lead singer Mark Miller when asked for some of the secrets to the band’s longevity. “From the beginning, we didn’t want to sell ourselves as something we weren’t. We’re blue collar, working class guys from the neighborhood who just happen to get up on stage at night and make music.” He then adds with a laugh, “OK, guys from the neighborhood who made some questionable clothing choices in the 80s—but it was the 80s, after all.”
Toby Keith: "When I saw them live, they were more than I could have expected and I signed them on the spot." Such was his description of Flynnville Train, who signed to his management team as well as his Show Dog label. The deal resulted in two charted singles on the Billboard chart and a number 22 spot on the Heatseeker Billboard Charts.
Having amicably parted ways with Show Dog, the band continues to electrify audiences with their live stage show and is taking their music to the world. "We love performing for international audiences - they really get what we are about and the love and appreciation that comes back to us from them is amazing."
Formed by brothers Brian and Brent Flynn, the band comprises Brian Flynn on lead vocals, Brent Flynn on lead guitar and harmony vocals (a natural blend unique to brothers.) Tommy Bales is on drums, now with the band for over thirteen years and voted Number One most up-and-coming drummer in Modern Drummer magazine in 2009 and Joseph Shreve on bass, who met the brothers through a mutual friend and whose influences are drawn from Rush and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Together, they form a band of brothers in music, with each bringing something unique to the sound that comprises Flynnville Train.
Flynnville Train is an irresistible, powerful, hard driving combination of Rock, Southern rock and country, with heart-stopping guitar riffs and nostalgic vocals as gritty as a long dirt road. From start to finish, their unique sound captivates the listener, whether live or on CD and their sound and style has no boundaries.