Best known as one of the founding members of the ACM nominated duo, Halfway to Hazard,Chad found radio success with the duo’s top 40 single “Daisy” on Mercury Records. He hastoured with country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul 2007 Tour aswell as with the 2008 Live Your Voice Tour with Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.
In early 2011, Chad started writing and working in the studio on his forthcoming debut soloalbum to be released on Picnic Hill Records. His current single, “Rain on the Roof,” written byDallas Davidson, Rhett Akins & Ben Hayslip, has been released to country radio in 2012 and isavailable on iTunes. Chad is sponsored by Dunlop, Kesley Electronics and Sayiwont.
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Colt Ford is back with his best album ever and all it took was a return to his roots.
“I went backwards,” Colt says. “I went back to Ride Through The Country.” Which is not to say Colt simply re-hashed his breakthrough album. Quite the contrary, in fact.
Declaration of Independence, released on Colt’s own Average Joes Entertainment, will no doubt go down as one of the most noteworthy releases this year, which is saying a lot for a man who has already sold nearly a million albums and three million downloads. From planting his patriotic flag on the album’s first track, "Answer to No One, "and closing the album with a prayer on the poetic, honest, and heartfelt "Angels and Demons," which features a conversation with God, the Athens, Georgia native has covered every human emotion on this record and then some.
Longtime collaborator Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins handles production duties on the album; all-star producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) also adds his skills to Colt’s groundbreaking effort.
In all, Colt wrote or co-wrote 14 of the album’s 15 tracks. “This album is very real and honest and by far the best record I’ve ever made,” Colt says with pride. “The last two records—I stand up and cheer for them—but I tried to make a lot of people happy on the last two records and I took the edge off of it. On this record I put the edge back on there.”
The former professional golfer and collaborator with Jermaine Dupri is used to adversity, taking country music by storm at a time when Nashville labels deemed him “not pretty enough” and country radio sees him as too distinct to add to their playlists.
The fact is Colt Ford is hard to categorize is exactly why he’s been successful. His fans appreciate his diverse musical talents by the boatloads, as a visit to one of his shows will prove.
Colt’s list of guest superstars on Declaration of Independence is an impressive one. Jason Aldean, for whom Colt co-wrote the smash “Dirt Road Anthem,” lends his vocal talents to “Drivin’ Around,” while Jake Owen adds his unique spin on “Back,” the album’s first single.
“Jason and I tried to do songs on the last two records and we just hadn’t found the right song,” Colt says of the duet with Jason. “As soon as I heard this one I knew it was the right song. It’s fun. It’s Jason being Jason and me being me.”
And while it’s the lone song on the album Colt didn’t write—it was penned by hit tunesmiths Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins—he calls “Drivin’ Around” a “gigantic” tune.
Similarly, Colt says he and Jake were just looking for the right song, which they found in “Back”— a very personal song that Colt co-wrote. With a strong hook and powerful verses, the song will make everyone that hears it want to call their mom and dad to talk about growing up.
His collaboration with Darius Rucker on “Way Too Early” is another of the album’s highlights. “I’ve known D for a while and he’s got such a distinctive voice. I thought this song suited him very well,” says Colt. “The song says it all: Sometimes late comes way too early. Everyone can relate to that. Sometimes things are over way to soon.”
Meanwhile, Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn fame guests on “All In” and label mates Montgomery Gentry add their distinctive gusto to “Ain’t Out Of The Woods.” “That’s as country honky tonk as you can possibly get,” Colt says of the former tune.
Those familiar with Colt’s lotta-fun-legacy shouldn’t be surprised that Declaration of Independence is chock-full of good time anthems and left turns. “I hear artists say, ‘I’ve got 10 songs and they’re all singles.’ Well, I don’t know if I want to even hear that record, because that shouldn’t be the case,” Colt contends. “If you did 10 songs and they’re all singles you did a whole album of vanilla. I would prefer to have a few different flavors. Just because something isn’t designed as a single, doesn’t mean it’s not a great song.”
While some may see Colt’s duet with Wayne Morris of Boyz II Men on “Happy In Hell” as a strange combination, Colt disagrees. “Great songs are great songs,” he says. “I don’t care who sings them. I just like making the coolest songs I can make. At the end of the day I’m a country artist 100% through and through, but that don’t mean you can’t like other music.”
For the legion of fans that have seen Colt’s live shows—over 750,000 did in 2011 alone—“the edge” is what they’ve come to expect. In the same way that a superstar athlete leaves everything he has on the field, Colt knows no other way to perform than to be all in. “I give it everything I’ve got when I go out on stage,” he says. “It’s about the fans. That’s my goal, to reach and touch as many people as I can. I don’t really have any goals beyond that. I’m so blessed and lucky to play music for a living.”
That Colt has seen little love from mainstream media and radio only heightens his resolve to get his music in the hands of his fans. “I’m definitely an underdog,” Colt admits. “There ain’t no question about that. Everything about me says I shouldn’t be able to do what I do.”
Perhaps it’s that sense of not belonging that allows Colt to connect to his blue-collar fans. “There’s nothing about me that ain’t country,” Colt says with a laugh.
As millions of fans and Colt’s artist friends know, truer words have never been spoken.
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Coy Taylor grew up in the hills of northern Kentucky, immersed at a young age in sounds of Merle
Haggard, Johnny Paycheck and Brooks & Dunn while working in his father’s tobacco fields. Coy picked
up a guitar at a young age and would eventually carve a niche in the Cincinnati, Ohio music scene.
After several years of playing nightly gigs at local honky tonks in the tri-state area of Indiana, Ohio and
Kentucky, Coy made the move to Nashville to immediately establish himself as a seasoned artist with
sincerity to pursue music as a lifelong career.
With recognition for those that influenced his artistic desires and his own contemporary music
creativity, Coy has forged an image and an artistic presence that music row has taken notice of in just
months. Coy Taylor, the artist and songwriter has become the new generation of hard driving country
music, following in the footsteps of Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson and Rodney Atkins…
AND like most artists with integrity, grit and honesty Coy LIVES the music he writes and performs.
Over the years, Demun has worked closely with many artist and producers that span the music world. After 10 years experimenting and broadening his own artistic aptitude, Demun once again crossed paths with Danny Boone when the redevelopment of the band called Rehab was taking place. Demun was invited to be involved as the Rehab project embarked on new levels of energy and driection. Demun is currently an MC for the group and heads up their merchendise operations. Demun is co-owner, with partner Hano Leathers, of Attica Style LLC, a merchendising company that has grown Rehab's merchendise quality and quantity to one of the most impressive in the business. In addition to this, Demun and a close friend recently started a company called JC Fitted. The company was established to fund high school athletics, primarly to cover the cost that land on parents of high school athletes, shoes for instance.
Currently Demun is hard at work on several projects: the new Rehab album (release date 4/10), the new Demun Jones album "Light" (release date 2/10), and an inspirational album with Lamar Williams Jr., working closely with producers like Billy Hume to expose a realm of his own creative ability, and insight to music, using that to inspire and remind people that they can do anything they DECIDE to do. JONES COUNTY STAND UP!
John Michael Montgomery
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
It is readily apparent in love songs that have helped set the standard for a generation. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape--pop icon and country newcomer Jessica Simpson cited “I Love The Way You Love Me” as an influence in a recent interview. It is apparent in the 2004 hit “Letters From Home,” one of the most moving tributes to the connection between soldiers and their families ever recorded, and in “The Little Girl,” a tale of redemption that plumbs both the harrowing and the uplifting. It is apparent even in the pure fun that has always found its way into John Michael's repertoire--songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” where John Michael's vocal earnestness takes musical whimsy to another level.
John Michael's origins lie in deceptively modest beginnings. He was born in Danville, Kentucky, to parents who imparted a lifelong love of music.
"Where most people have chairs and sofas in their living rooms," laughs John Michael, "we had amplifiers and drum kits."
The family band played on weekends throughout the area, and John Michael and his brother Eddie eagerly soaked up everything about it.
"To a certain extent," he says, "my dad always had a natural ability to draw fans and entertain people; I don't care if it was on the front porch, the living room, or on a stage. I think that transitioned to me and my brother being able to do that on stage."
John Michael took over lead singing chores after his parents divorced, and he performed for a while in a band called Early Tymz with Eddie and their friend Troy Gentry. Nashville talent scouts began hearing about and then seeing John Michael perform and by the early '90s he had a record deal.
The hits followed steadily, with songs like "Rope The Moon," "If You've Got Love," "No Man's Land," "Cowboy Love," "As Long As I Live," "Friends" and "How Was I To Know" establishing him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon award and was named the ACM's Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards that included the CMA's Single and Song of the Year, Billboard's Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination. Heavy touring meant he kept the close touch with fans he had begun in the clubs back home.
"You get to know your fans and what they like more and more through the years," he says, "and you kind of gravitate towards one another."
Indeed, he has always had an extraordinarily close relationship with his fans, and they have stayed with him through good and bad times.
Asked what he thinks gave him the edge in a career that calls millions but gives stardom to just a few, he pauses, then thinks back to the legacy of his parents.
"I reckon it was good genes and good blood," he says with a smile. Few who know the depth and breadth of his own growing legacy would disagree.
It all started when Lenny created a home recording about his favorite pastime and uploaded it to YouTube. The video of the song "Mud Digger" took on a life of its own and within six months had received over 2 million views.
That caught the attention of BackRoad Records who signed him to a recording deal. The single was released shorty after and has since sold over 100,000 single downloads as well as driven sales of the Mud Digger compilation album to over 30,000. There are currently over 60 fan made videos on You Tube with a combined total over over 6.7 million views.
Lenny's debut album is due out Summer 2011.
Old Southern Moonshine Revival
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In late 2005, the first song was written. By late 2006, the skeleton for the first record was laid
out and scratch recordings were underway. In February of 2007, the first show was played to a small
room of around 150 people and Old Southern Moonshine Revival was born. In October of 2007, Old
Southern Moonshine Revival released their self-titled debut album to a sold out Ziggy's crowd in Winston-Salem, NC…
Flash forward five years to 2012. With their second full-length album debuting it's first few weeks inside iTunes Top 100 Country Albums, Old Southern Moonshine Revival is touring in support and is turning heads everywhere they go. "It has been a ton of hard work, but we love what we do. We have to do this. It's not something we can turn off." says lead vocalist Marcus Kiser. "These songs hit close to home for us, and we are finding that they hit close to home for a lot of people. That's a pretty special connection between the artist and the listener. We don't take that sort of thing lightly." Neither do the fans. Old Southern Moonshine Revival has shipped music or merchandise to 40 different countries around the world, have 45,000+ online friends/fans/followers, and "The Revival", as they call it, is still growing. "We love our job. We take it very seriously, but it is hard to not have fun playing music for a living" explains lead guitarist Brent Lain. "We enjoy the hard work side of this business. It is gratifying to see our hard work come together into something way bigger than
Old Southern Moonshine Revival has a unique sound and a unique approach of making that sound
heard. "Passion. Above all else. Passion." adds bassist Jamie Shaver. "People know when you're faking
it. They know when you don't believe in what you're doing. Passion breeds followers. I am a perfect
example of that."
No one knows what the future holds, but if Old Southern Moonshine Revival has anything to do
with it, The Revival is going to keep right on spreading. Around your town. In every state. Everywhere
there is an ear to hear, The Revival is coming..
others formed the group Rehab. Anchored by their influence of all things hip-hop,
from Run DMC and NWA, to a Tribe Called Quest and more, they set out on their own
musical journey that would garner them millions of hardcore fans, selling over 550,000
albums and over 2 million singles and averaging over 200 shows a year.
Rehab currently consists of Danny Boone and Demun Jones (vocals) with DJ Chris
Crisis. Their single, "Waho by the Hoti,” produced by Dallas Austin (Michael Jackson,
TLC, Boyz II Men, Pink, Madonna,) can be found on the new album, Gullible’s Travels,
with their video for "King of Tweekers," (also found on Gullible's Travels,) recently
debuted on the band’s website.
With the full participation and push of Average Joes Entertainment, the guys of Rehab
are currently on a nationwide tour spanning the map and delivering high energy shows to their fans.
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“Whiskey-Fueled, Home-Fried Rock and Roll”… that’s The Cheaters. Proudly hailing
from the Mid-Atlantic, The Cheaters are set to take on the world by delivering their
unique brand of in-your-face rock n’ roll with an attitude all their own.
In only a few short years, The Cheaters have released two critically acclaimed CD’s,
sold thousands of records, and played hundreds of shows throughout the U.S.A., Europe,
and Asia. The Cheaters have also shared the stage with such diverse national acts as ZZ
Top, The Pretenders, Shooter Jennings, Eric Church, The Stray Cats, Ace Frehley, REO
Speedwagon, Bret Michaels, Molly Hatchett, John Anderson, LoCash Cowboys, and
The Cheaters’ live performance is a rock n’ roll storm; their energy, talent and
showmanship draws the crowd in, not letting go ’til the last note is struck. The Cheaters’
live performance confirms what their fans already know, and what the converted have
just discovered; this is what rock n’ roll is supposed to be, and this is a band that’s here to