Amy Rose: The Canadian Redneck [Interview]

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Part down-home country girl,
part sophisticated musical veteran, Amy Rose has already earned a reputation
for being one of Ontario, Canada’s best-known secrets. From her early years on
small-town fair and festival stages, to her brand-new, Nashville-recorded
single, this Rose with the soaring vocal range and pop country sensibilities is
on a journey to the world stage and beyond. In addition, she is an Independent Country Music Association award
winner, as well as an Ontario Country Music Association award nominee.  Her
single, "I Just Want You To Know" hit #9 on the New Music Weekly
country chart, and #85 on the Music Row chart. Her new single, "Party Like
a Redneck" is currently climbing both charts. She recently performed at
CMA Fest and will open for Big and Rich in the fall.

I decided to interview Amy to get more of an insight into her
life and music.

Your current single
is ‘(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck’. Tell me a little bit about this
song, the inspiration, the recording process, the reaction, etc.

I had the honor of co-writing this song with my extremely
talented producers Glenn Coulson & Marty Beecroft… The inspiration comes
from what some people would call “MY REDNECK FAMILY”… The recording process was
so much fun with a dash of thrilling and the reaction has been out of this
world amazing… I’m just so blown away by all the support I have been receiving
from radio with this single…  THANK YOU


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Exclusive: Parmalee on surviving a tragic gunfight, remembering “Carolina” and touring in the air


Parmalee is a testament to survival.

After suffering a crippling incident involving a gunfight in 2010, the band — comprised of Matt Thomas, Scott Thomas, Barry Knox and Josh McSwain — bounced back, stronger and more resilient than ever. Last year, their "Musta Had a Good Time" set their budding career in motion. Their 2013 followup "Carolina" takes their superstar potential to dizzying heights and signals a breakthrough for the practically-family band.

Nashville Gab recently spoke with Parmalee about the aforementioned tragedy that sent Scott into the hospital (with three gunshot wounds), their current single "Carolina" and their Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this year (and much more).


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Daniel Pearson: Critically Acclaimed Country Rock That Draws From Springsteen [Interview]

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Over the course of two albums, UK-based Daniel Pearson has
established himself as a singular talent in the indie landscape, equally
capable of crafting beautiful acoustic laments and hook-laden rock n’ roll
anthems. The albums ‘Satellites’ and ‘Mercury State’ have received national and
international praise for his songwriting ability and vocal talent, and he has
drawn many comparisons to a young Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. However, he
has many country influences, ranging from Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash, to Steve
Earl, John Denver and Ryan Adams. I interviewed him to delve into his wide
variety of influences, new music and visiting Music City.

Your current project
is your album ‘Mercury State’ and your single ‘Long Way Round’. Tell me a
little about them both.

‘Mercury State’ is my second album, and it’s a record centered
around working life and relationships, growing up and growing apart. I’d like
to think it could sit alongside some Springsteen albums as a document of those
kinds of themes and it’s a more mature record than my first album ‘Satellites’,
which was influenced more by classic rock n’ roll. ‘Long Way Round’ is a song
we recorded for the new record, but it didn’t really fit thematically – it was
just too upbeat and summer-sounding! So it became a stand-alone single. I was
going to leave it on the shelf, but people kept saying how catchy it was and
how I shouldn’t waste it, so now it’s out there.  


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Exclusive: Frank Ortega dishes on a new revealing documentary, his forthcoming album and love of Lee Ann Womack

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Singer-songwriter Frank Ortega hails from Phoenix, Ariz., a city that supplied him with a promising (and wholesome) all-American lifestyle. Early on, in fifth grade, he and his buddies decided to become the "three trumpeteers" and pick up the brass instrument. While his friends quit two weeks later, he continued to nurture his love of music and that soon lead him to teach himself guitar and piano, fueling his talents as a true musician.

Nashville Gab recently spoke with Ortega about his "awesome" upbringing, as well as his forthcoming album (set for this fall) and a documentary featuring some of the most prominent studio musicians in Music City (and much more).


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Dakota Bradley On Being Country Music’s Biggest Upcoming Star [INTERVIEW]


18-year-old Dakota Bradley has fought hard to get to where he is; going through some difficult times during his teens, he teamed up with another aspiring artist and wrote 'The Girl Is Mine', which became a hit on YouTube. It was so much of a hit, in fact, that they were invited to perform on The Ellen Show, and it wasn't long before Dakota was writing with big producers, not least Tim McGraw, who ended up producing every song on the album after being really impressed with his talent. Dakota brings the powerful, raw energy of rock to his songs, but is
definitely very much a country artist at heart. I interviewed him to find out what makes him tick, his newfound success, and the scoop on his new album.

have you been taking all this success?

All of this success has been such a life changing experience. It's
unbelievable to sit back and think about what I'm doing and how far I've come.
Music is truly something I've fallen in love with and being able to play it and
be around it every day is a dream come true. 


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Exclusive: Canadian singer Amy Rose dishes on CMA Fest, strange fan requests, upcoming album and her fear of flying

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Amy Rose is a force to be reckoned with.

Channeling such singers as Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis and Dolly Parton, Amy is setting the Canadian music scene on fire. The singer's Music Row debut single "I Just Want You to Know" peaked at No. 85 last month on the tally, and her new US single "Party Like a Redneck" was shipped to radio last week, already gaining its first radio add with WKBQ in Covington, Tenn.

To say she has her work cut out for her as a female on radio would be an understatement. However, she says she's not discouraged by the ratio of males verses females currently on the airwaves. "It used to be a man's game," she told Examiner a few months back. "I think the females are taking it by storm, honestly. Every person you hear on the radio is a new up and coming artist. There's a lot of great males, but, you know, there's a lot more females."

In fact, it simply fuels her drive even more. Nashville Gab recently caught up with the mother of three about her growing success, her upcoming performance at CMA Fest, stange fan interactions and her fear of flying, and more.


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Are Blackjack Billy Set To Be The Rolling Stones of Country Music? [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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They’re a band who bill themselves as something brand new
and revolutionary and say they’re “on
the verge of taking over the world”.
Big claims, especially when they also
call their music a melting pot of country, blues, soul, rock and hip hop, and
that they sound like Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynryd, Eric Chuch and
Brantley Gilbert.

So just who are these guys, so sure of their place within
the country rock canon? Meet Rob
Blackledge (vocals & guitar) and Noll Billings (vocals)
– they are the
key and founding members of Blackjack Billy. From Madison, MS and Kennett, MO
respectively, Rob started off touring as a solo artist and attending Belmont
School of Music Business, while Noll signed a publishing deal as a songwriter
with EMI Music Group, also attempting a solo career. Neither were very
successful until they met in Nashville in January 2011, and began writing
together. They teamed up with producer Jeff Coplan and signed to Vandermont
Music, and added a few members to the band, including their producer Jeff
Coplan (guitar), Patrick Cornell (bass, they met him when he moved to Nashville
from LA) and Brad Cummings (drums). Since then they have shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch,
The Doobie Brothers, Trent Tomlinson, The Usual Suspects, Lady Antebellum, One
Republic, Tonic, Josh Hoge, Will Hoge, Chris Young, Easton Corbin and Lo Cash
Cowboys. The last few months they’ve been touring around the south, and are on the rise with some great press.

So in the wake of all this hype and success, I decided to
interview the band, to find out what’s to come, where it’s all come from and what makes them tick. Read the full exclusive interview after the jump.


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The Cadillac Black Storm Nashville And Put The Rock Back Into Country [ARTIST FEATURE]


If you haven’t yet heard of The Cadillac Black, you have a
lot of catching up to do. They’re already making huge waves in Nashville with
their unique brand of Southern rock, and fans in the likes of Eric Church and
Dierks Bentley, both of whom they’ve toured with. In addition, their first ever
show was opening up for ZZ Top, and they’ve also toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd
(“it certainly has helped us open some doors”), and they have Billy Gibbon’s
cell phone number, to name but a few. If that isn’t enough, no less than three
of the songs from their self-titled debut album were featured on a recent
episode of ABC’s ‘Nashville’ (including the cover of Ring of Fire that
character Scarlett sang on). Their tracks have also been featured on The
Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie and CSI Miami, not to mention a host of others.

Yet The Cadillac Black isn’t a five-piece supergroup, but
three ordinary guys from Nashville who accidentally became a three-piece and
found a way to make it work, even with such a wide host of instruments utilised
in their music. These clearly talented musicians have only been together for
just over a year, but Kelby Ray, Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason (described by
Jaren as a ‘long-haired hippie drummer’) have already built up a great
reputation on the live circuit and their support from such big artists and
mainstream TV shows mean they have a big year ahead that is bound to see them
every success. But it’s not just about their
music. Jaren, the lead singer and guitarist, produced Dierks Bentley’s ‘Country
& Cold Cans’ EP, and he has penned tracks for Dierks, Kenny Chesney, Sara
Evans, Keith Urban (the #1 hit ‘You Gonna Fly’) and Tim McGraw. He’s also been
nominated for Music Row Magazine’s 2012 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.
All this means you’re in safe hands when choosing to listen to such an already
accomplished band, so early in their career.

I interviewed Jaren and I loved how genuine and real he came
across as. The three band members grew up together in Nashville and they’ve
been friends as long as they can remember, playing together in a very organic
process. In an industry where so much is manufactured, it doesn’t get much
better than this. In fact, their album was thrown together totally organically
in a couple of days at Sound Emporium in Nashville, recorded live with their
engineer Ryan Gore. Jaren grew up watching his dad play drums at the Grand Ole
Opry, and even saw Garth Brooks play the legendary stage for the first time –
so it was only natural that his musical influences ranged from those popular
during the 1990s, to more traditional artists such as Keith Whitley (inspired
by his parents) to the classics such as Willie. But the music Jaren actually
owned strayed a little. “My first cassette tapes were Lynyrd Skynyrd's greatest
hits and Metallica's "And Justice For All"… I think I was like
thirteen or something. I never thought about that before this band but that
honestly explains our sound almost to the T!” Jaren also cites bands such as
Rage Against The Machine, Tom Petty, Nirvana and the Rolling Stones as huge
influences on The Cadillac Black’s music, among others.


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