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Wow, can you believe it's already Friday again? Well it is so welcome to another edition of our weekly introduction to an artist you should be listening to. Welcome to #FeaturedFriday.
This week we have the sassy and talented Rankin Twins. Now I have to disclose that this week I'm poaching directly from CMchatlive.com who has been featuring the pair on a pretty regular basis for a while now. The pair's Rankin Road Rules are a hoot and I've been happily following their antics for weeks.
But who are The Rankin Twins? Well they are Amy and April Rankin, or “Number 1” and “Number 2” as they sometimes jokingly call themselves. The pair grew up in Texas and then went away to college. After graduating and trying their hand at regular jobs, they decided to pursue their first passion … music. Unfortunately, they soon came to their first huge hurdle when Amy ended up having brain surgery to remove a tumor.
“I think the obstacles we've overcome help us to be able to channel our experiences, love, doubts and fears into our music. We make an attitude choice daily to make sure we stay positive,” Amy says.
It's definitely that positive attitude that shines through in their music. The gals are goofy, funny, and a pair I could definitely see myself hanging out with. When I was putting together the bits and pieces for this article, the ladies were each working on the questions I had sent them without realizing it. We had a good laugh when they told me they were sitting in the same airport but didn't realize they were both working on the same set of questions for me.
Aside from the fun of watching and listening to a pair of bubbly blondes, their music is pretty damn good too, as you can see in the video below for Jezebel. The pair have spent quite a bit of time on the Texas music charts, and hopefully we'll get the chance to see them on the other charts such as Billboard in the near future.
Check out the questions they answered for NashvilleGab below.
Welcome to this week's #FeaturedFriday.
Meet David Britt. He and I have been chatting on Twitter for a while now and I'm happy to welcome him as this week's #FeaturedFriday artist.
David is one of those people who you meet who is so talented, both as a songwriter and as a singer, and it makes you wonder why you haven't heard him on the radio.
I often hear country fans gripe about the state of country music radio and I just shake my head because there are so many people out there who are actually putting out music you want to listen to, you just have to spend a little extra time finding them. David's one of those people: a musician who you could skip the radio waves and buy his music instead.
I don't think you can categorize David's music as one specific type of country music. If you want sort of silly bro-country songs about sexy women and trucks with a little country rap thrown in, listen to Country Flow. You want music that gives thanks to God? Listen to God Was Looking Out For Me. You want a song that walks the line between pop and country? Listen to Sweet Becca Jayde. You want a song to help you get over a break up? Then listen to To Hell With Your Love in the video below. It sounds like a Brantley-Gilbert-penned tune and it's pretty damn good.
Seriously, folks, if you're done with the radio and all of it's frustrating musical politics, just find some great artists online and support them by purchasing their music. David Britt's music is a great place to start.
Check out some questions he answered for me after the jump …
Welcome to this week's #FeaturedFriday.
Meet Ross Cooper. He's an Americana artist so he's quite a bit different than the Bubblegum Country I am usually drawn to and typically end up covering. I had actually been approached by one of Ross' people about covering him quite a while ago, but with so many requests it's hard for me to get to everyone. It wasn't until a friend told me I HAD to listen to some of his stuff that I finally sat down and listened.
Let me tell you, his music is so smooth, so different from what I normally listen to that I was definitely glad I had finally gave in and listened. So I wanted to introduce him for this week's #FeaturedFriday, which is actually a good thing since he has a new album, Give It Time, coming out on March 18.
Many of you may remember back in 2012 when I featured an awesome cover of the Pistol Annies Hell on Heels by a trio of talented young ladies. Skip ahead nearly two years and now one of those gals is this week's NashvilleGab #FeaturedFriday artist.
Hey guys. I had something come up today so I won't be doing a #FeaturedFriday this week but it will return next week. Sorry about that.
Last week I announced that NashvilleGab would be featuring a new and/or little known country artist in our new weekly #FeaturedFriday series.
I had quite a few entries for consideration so it was a tough call on who to feature first, but I finally narrowed it down to one person, or at least one band.
So without further ado, meet Tyler and the Little Mountain Band.
Or re-meet I should say.
Hey guys. The music business is a tough nut to crack and everyone seems to know of at least one singer or band that's either new to the music scene or been around forever that really, really needs and deserves the chance for people to hear their stuff.
Well NashvilleGab wants to help.