Frankie Ballard – 10 Random Questions

 
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Michigan native Frankie Ballard has made his mark on country radio this year. However, most people know him from his previous singles back in 2011, which were top 40 hits. "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "A Buncha Girls" both did fairly well that year. Frankie has toured with names such as Taylor Swift and his idol Bob Seger.

Now 2013 has brought us a new Frankie and a new single – "Helluva Life" was released back in August. The song is up-lifting and unique. "Pennies make dimes and dimes make dollars, dollars buy gas and long neck bottles" is an expression I find to be completely true. His voice is unlike anyone I've heard. Something about him screams "real country music" yet he also has a modern day vibe. As strange as it may seem, I refer to him as half David Lee Murphy and half Bob Seger. He has a country/soul/pop thing going on. Whatever it is, I like it.

1. At what age did you realize you wanted to make music a career?

Oh I guess I was about 20 when it really kicked in.

 

2. What artists did you listen to growing up?

Lots of outlaw country. Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton. I also loved Elvis and Skynyrd.

 

3. What artists do you listen to currently?

I'm lovin' what Eric Church is doin'.

 

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Jaida Dreyer – 10 Random Questions

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Jaida Dreyer is a very special individual. It's not often you find someone as talented as she is that also has a personality of a rainbow. She is sweet, funny and amazingly beautiful. The best part? She can sing & write songs like no one else. Jaida was born in Ontario and raised up in Iowa. At the young age of 19, Jaida was offered a publishing deal with Byron Gallimore. I figured it was time for the world to know a little bit more about Jaida Dreyer.

 1. At what age did you know you wanted to pursue music?

It's something I have always wanted to pursue. I grew up singing in church, choir and along with the radio. I was always a writer of sorts, but coming from my background it wasn't something that ever seemed tangible or realistic. I was 17 when I moved to Nashville and I kind of just threw myself into it. I think it was the best thing I ever done. 

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Exclusive: Rachel Farley opens up about new single ‘High Heels,’ her Brantley Gilbert friendship and hitting parked cars

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Rachel Farley is a powerhouse in the making. With her rockin' "Ain't Easy" having landed the budding talent her first Top 40 hit, she's gearing up for the release of her debut album, expected sometime this fall. Her influences range from Britney Spears and P!nk to Martina McBride and the Dixie Chicks, and on her forthcoming project, fans can expect a diverse sampling of such legends.

Nashville Gab had the chance to chat with Rachel about the project, her new single "High Heels" and how it feels to hit her first parked car. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter also opened up about her friendship with Brantley Gilbert, the passing of her father in 2011 and a song she wrote in his honor (that will be on her new album).

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The Statesboro Revue: Texas Pride And Rootsy Rock ‘n’ Roll

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The Statesboro Revue are a recent discovery of mine, and I for one am
really enjoying their blend of genres yet still country sensibilities. They
have the ability to craft really great songs with depth and emotion, and are a
more-than-satisfactory soundtrack for any day, season or situation. Texas-based
and led by impressive vocalist Stewart Mann, I sat down to interview Stewart to
find out a little bit more about the band, their new record ‘Ramble On
Privilege Creek’, and his story.

Hi
Stewart! First of all, can you sum up the Statesboro Revue and the music in a
couple of lines?
Soulful, heartfelt, and genuine rockin’ roots
music that's tinged with the storytelling aspect of country music as well as
the raw, bluesy approach of American rock ‘n’ roll.

What
makes you different?

My singing and songwriting approach and overall production style is my
attempt at establishing a unique sound/style without straying too far from the
very music that inspired me to get into music in the first place.

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Catching Up With Songwriter Westin Davis

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It wasn't that long ago I did a feature on one of Nashville's up and coming songwriters Westin Davis. It turns out we are cut from the same cloth and we had a instant friend connection. I can't even count the times I've gotten messages from females wanting to know who this Westin guy was tweeting me. Since I'm a generous person I decided to give all those ladies out there what they want…prepare yourself for part two of my Westin Davis interview.

So last time I talked to you, there was a lot of touring going down. Are you still out there on the road writing with artists?

Yeah. My buddy Kip Moore is working on a new album so I've been out with him writing for it.

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