Exclusive: Sweetwater Rain on overcoming stage fright, love of Don Knotts and opening for The Band Perry & Little Big Town

Sweetwater Rain

Sweetwater Rain have only been together for two short years, but the band — comprised of Danny Rivera, Fred Stallcup and Thomas Hewlett — has already racked up over 100,000 Youtube views on their single "Starshine." Plus, the trio opened for The Band Perry and Little Big Town on select dates throughout the year. It would seem that such quick success would have inflated their sense of self, but that is not the case. They remain down-home boys simply making the music they love.

Nashville Gab recently spoke with the band about their upcoming album, musical influences, love of Don Knotts and the first record they ever listened to. They also opened up about which Country megastar's concert they once snuck into (and much more).

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Southern Living announces the yummiest sounding concert series ever (from the mailbag)

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Southern Living announces the first-ever Biscuits & Jam Concert
Series
, presented by AT&T U-verse®, to be held at the 2013 Southern
Living
Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville. Emerging country artists will
perform on Sunday evenings from July 7 to August 25. Tickets are
on sale now for $15 at fontanelmansion.com.

Set against a
scenic backdrop of classic Southern architecture and gardens, guests will enjoy
acoustic performances and a picnic-themed menu featuring Southern Living
Test Kitchen recipes, including a complimentary signature biscuit. Each concert will
feature 60-75 minutes of live country music starting at 5:30 p.m. in the
courtyard of the Idea House. Following are the artists scheduled to play the
series:

July
7:

                  Nikki Lane

July
14:
               
Jana Kramer

July
21:
               
The Farm

July
28:
               
Elizabeth Cook

August
4:

            Holly Williams

August
11:
          Brett
Eldredge

August
18:
          Sarah
Darling

August
25:
         
DUGAS

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Tim McGraw postpones concert to make way for Toby Keith

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Despite fans' understandable disappointment, Tim McGraw and the Kansas Star Arena decided to postpone Tim's concert there Sunday, July 7th, so that it wouldn't conflict with Toby Keith's tornado relief fundraiser concert that's taking place the day before. 

"While we were looking forward to hosting Tim McGraw this weekend, helping our neighbors in their time of need must take precedence," said Scott Cooper, General Manager of the Kansas Star Casino.

"We encourage everyone to support the artists donating their time and talents at this Saturday's concert in Oklahoma, and we look forward to hosting Tim at the Kansas Star Arena in October."

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Big Machine Records adds Laura Bell Bundy to their growing artist list (from the mailbag)

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The Big Machine Label Group (BMLG)  proudly announces singer, songwriter and
entertainer Laura Bell Bundy to the label’s star-studded roster
of artists.

Bundy is currently featured on Rascal Flatts’ LIVE &
LOUD TOUR
, performing as part of the DANCE YA’LL EXPERIENCE. The summer
trek allows Bundy to give fans a first-look at her forthcoming single,
“Two Step,” which will officially be available on
iTunes July 9 and impact Country radio on August
5
.

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Tim McGraw ‘Southern Girl’ – Single Review

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Tim McGraw’s third single has quite a lot riding on it.
After the success of its predecessors ‘One of Those Nights’ and particularly ‘Highway
Don’t Care’, Tim’s renewed lease of career is now under pressure to continue to
perform. With the release of ‘Southern Girl’, however, I don’t think this’ll be
a problem. It’s a catchy summer party hit designed to appeal to young women,
who will drunkenly sing this song to their hearts’ content.

The key to ‘Southern Girl’ is that it’s a grower, but it’s
also sonically appealing upon first listen. With an infectious beat, and Tim’s
tried-and-tested formula of countrified rock plus a slightly unexpected rockin’
solo, this is probably one of the best summer singles I’ve heard this year. The
song is built on a rhythm-led acoustic guitar part, claps (and some more solid
drums), electric guitar and piano to fill out the mix, and the focus on
acoustic guitar is a nice change from previous tracks, in addition to adding a sweet,
chilled out summery feel. Tim is on vocal form and the melody lines are strong,
simple and memorable, familiar without being too much like every other song out
there at the moment. It builds well and has been produced to a high standard, leaving
lots of space for plenty going on without it sounding too messy.

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