This song is awesome!
All of the music that I blog about I listen to all of the time! I hate when people give their opinions and later you find out that they don’t actually listen to the music! I mean to be totally honest if I’m not listening to country music I’m probably not listening to music!!😂
Check out these 5 Raising Stars~
Okay y’all I’m back. You know that feeling of should I or shouldn’t I!! Well that’s been me since May. About four years ago I had a this vision or dream whatever lol, that I should start a country music blog where I would promote new and upcoming artists, new music reviews and do some artist interviews! Well when it’s not paying the bills and maybe the traffic on it isn’t as good as you wanted, doubts start poping up. But after much thought it came to me. Why not do it? You love doing it and your good at it! Plus last night I was listening to the Chasing Glory podcast and Noah Galloway was on there. He gave me some MAJOR inspiration! So here is the first of many posts!!!
“Free Drinks” by Faren Rachels is an awesome upbeat breakup kinda song. I think everyone has had that one ex that they keep going back to over and over and over! Faren talks about how this guy is just as bad as “Free Drinks”. What I love most is her voice, it’s super unique and talk about sassy! I came across Faren’s page a few months ago when I looking up Luke Combs and Riley Green. She was opening for one of them and ever since I’ve been hooked! I’m a definite fan and I can’t wait to see what else she’ll be coming out with!!
📷: @RileyDuckman IG
I was on Twitter not really doing anything. Actually I was complaining about the new FGL song with The Backstreet Boys (that’s a whole other story!)
When someone tweeted about Riley Green. Apparently he’s Alabama’s best kept secret. Not really he won Season 5 of Redneck Island. I guess I was the only one that hasn’t heard him! That’s what I get for taking a break from social media!!
Well if you haven’t heard Riley you really need to!!
Check out his original song “Georgia Time” it’s one of my favorites of his!!
P.S I’m working on setting up an Artist Spotlight with him!!
P.P.S he’s also extremely handsome!! Check out what out friends over at Whiskey Riff had to say about Mr. Green!! Ladies he’s 6’4, has blue eyes and a southern drawl, plus if I was in Vegas I’d bet he treats his mama right!!
📷: @RileyDuckman IG
📷: Sugar Ponies
Do you ever come across a new artist or band and something about them just turns you into an instant fan??
For me that doesn’t happen often (I’m just a tad picky on my music!), But when it does it’s awesome!! I was on Twitter and this new duo had just followed me first their name got me hooked; I mean if a Twitter account follows you and it’s name is @SugarPonies you check it out and boy am I glad I did!!
The Sugar Ponies are an awesome up and coming Country/Pop/Rock band from the most unlikely place to find a Country/Pop/Rock band; San Francisco!! Yes, San Fran has other things besides sourdough bread bowls and awesome hippie’s!! And no one I know that lives in California actually calls it San Fran, odd but that’s a whole other story!
So once I fell in love with their name I just had to feature them in this week’s ∆Artist Spotlight∆!
Be sure to check them out you’ll regret it if you don’t!!
Q1. Okay so I’m in love with your name, how’d y’all come up with it?
Well, we were going to be the Pony Tail Girls, because Suzanne and another member of the band had pony tails, but then she left, so then we were going to be the Pony Girls, but that turned out to be a group of ladies very much unlike us (plus they owned all the good URLs), my friend suggested the Sugar Ponies and it sounded perfect!”
Q2. Being from Cali I know how country music has a strong but small fan base, how did you decide on country?
“The moment that Suzanne heard Randy Travis’s “1982”, she became a country music singer. That’s all it took. She’s probably covered 200 country songs, live. She absolutely LOVES country music!!! Also the first music that Michael started playing on guitar was Bluegrass!”
Q3. Who are some of your biggest influences?
“Patty Loveless, Alison Kraus, Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon, and then some you might not expect like XTC, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Who.”
Q4. How would you best describe your music?
“altPOPcountryFolkROCK That’s our tag line. But in English 🙂 … I’d say we write about love and relationships… emotions and challenges. Our songs are catchy and melodic… good driving and singing along songs!”
Q5. How do you get into the writing mood?
“We often pour a glass of pinot, put on some Barry White… oh wait, that’s not right. Honestly the muse tends to visit when we’re not trying too hard to write. But once we start, we approach it as a task that needs serious focus and completion.”
Q6. What’s been your favorite show you’ve done so far?
“That was probably our first show at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC in February 2016. The room was packed with friends, family and fans. It’s so great to play to a room filled with love! Suzanne’s mom and dad were at that show, which made it the best ever!”
Q7. Besides country what other music do you like to sing?
“I love to sing jazz standards and pop music from the ‘70s!”
Q8. When did you know you wanted to make music?
“Suzanne: Since I can remember! I’ve been singing my whole life.
Michael started when he was a freshman in college.”
Q9. Life gets crazy especially in the music industry, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?
“Relaxing! We love having free time when we can put the phone down, stop thinking about ToDo’s, spend time with family and friends. Michael likes BBQing and jamming with friends. Suz likes watching british detective dramas.”
Q10. We all have bad first jobs. What were your first jobs and were they awful?
“Suzanne: When I was 16 or so I worked at a one-off fast food restaurant called Aprils. It was awful. I always left work smelling like a french fry. I think I lasted one month there!
Michael: My first job after college was working as a video editor at a cable station. My first project was taking 50 hours of home made video taken by the owners of a large feedlot and editing it into training videos for butchers over a Thanksgiving day weekend. I didn’t eat meat for many months after that.”
Q11. What was the best advice you’ve ever gotten about your music?
“Start with your story, write it down, get it right, then turn it into lyrics. The story is the most important part. That’s what touches people. Keep it personal!”
Q12. How many instruments do you play and what are they?
“Suzanne: My voice, guitar, flute, and some percussion.
Michael: guitars, bass, mandolin, and a little bit of keyboards. And I love to play drums. I’m terrible, but I love playing them.”
Q13. Favorite place to eat in San Francisco?
“So many to choose from! Oh I know… there’s this awesome italian place up on Nob Hill called Venticello. It’s very cozy, european, and has awesome pasta!”
Q14. Besides music what else could you see yourselves doing for a living?
“I’m really into decorative cabinet knobs and was thinking of starting a blog called “Hobnobbing with the Knob Snob Blog” Michael used to do visual effect and would probably go back to doing that.”
Q15. Favorite venue to play?
“Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, or if given the opportunity, Madison Square Garden in NYC.”
Q16. Favorite movie?
“Tootsie, Some Like It Hot, Murder on the Orient Express, My Fair Lady, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Annie Hall, Touch of Evil.”
Q17. If you could duet with anyone (living or passed) who would it be?
“Suzanne: Abraham Lincoln.”
Q18. What else does 2016 have in store for y’all?
“We just started working with New Artist Development at Gramophone Media. The have a lot of exciting opportunities in store for us, including a super cool event happening in November in NYC. We’re going to be part of the WFUV series On Your Radar at the Rockwood Music Hall stage 3 on November 15th!
We’ll be announcing more stuff via social media as it unfolds.”
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Eric has a unique sound that if I had to compare him to another artist (which I hate doing because every artist is so unique), I’d put him somewhere between Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes! This guy is awesome and definitely one to watch and listen for!!
I was lucky enough to get to know Eric a little better last week (before he blows up!), when he did the ∆Artist Spotlight∆!
Artist Spotlight with Eric Ondrus:
Q1. Everyone gets into music for different reasons, what made you want to?
” I got into music because of the way it, not only makes me feel, but it makes people feel as well. Making music that people can relate to, or just downright have a great time to, is an awesome feeling.”
Q2. What’s your favorite part about performing?
“My favorite part about performing is being able to bring a ton of energy and entertainment to a crowd of people who are present at whatever event we’re playing at to have a great time.”
Q3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
“I honestly don’t have many musical influences. I was brought up and loved the energy in pop punk music (which I still do) and then became a big country fan due to Jason Aldean and Billy Currington’s very first releases. Today, my writing is influenced by the likes of Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, and Chase Rice.”
Q4. When you’re touring what do you miss most from home?
“We honestly haven’t done a ton of touring outside of weekend touring (Thursday-Sunday). I miss three things: My beautiful fiance, my dog, and healthy food.”
Q5. What is a song out on the radio right now that you wish you could’ve wrote or sang?
“3 wishes by Clark Manson, written by Joshua Melton. Both friends of mine from Ohio, the song was just released and poised to do big things. I’m also obsessed with it.”
Q6. Growing up what were some of your favorite artists/bands?
“Pop punk: A Day to Remember, Hawthorne Heights, Hit the Lights. Country: Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean.”
Q7. What is the worst advice you ever got about music?
“Playing for exposure will work out in your favor.”
Q8. Where do you see your in music going in 5 years?
“I see things blowing up in the next 5 years. I see us doing some major touring, signing with management and a booking agency, and opening on tour with a large band/artist.”
Q9. Who are your biggest supporters?
“My biggest supporters are my band! and my fiance as well as my parents and my fiance’s parents and family.”
Q10. Besides your girls, what would you grab if your house was in fire?
“My dog and my guitars.”
Q11. What are is your ideal day off?
“Get up early, hit the gym, and head on out with some beers to the water on the boat!”
Q12. Favorite food?
“Meatlovers pizza from Gino’s!”
Q13. Favorite movie you can watch over and over?
“Sandlot or Law Abiding Citizen”
Q14. Single or Taken?
“Engaged! To be married August 25, 2017.”
Q15. What else do you have in store for 2016?
“The rest of 2016 has some large shows and hopefully opening for another nationally touring country artist (or 2)! Also included are a couple writing trips to Nashville to finish writing for the next EP as well as some fun vacation time with my fiance in Florida!”
Thanks again Eric I wish you all the best!!!
Back in August I discovered a newcomer to the Nashville Music scene, you might have heard of him, he’s the extremely talented (and handsome) Tyler Rich!!! He’s a country boy from Northern Cali and he knows a thing or two about writing music that makes you love him and country music!!
The first time I heard his music was on YouTube when I typed in the wrong thing and his song “California Grown” came on; I was looking for the song that’s played in the car commercial (I still don’t know what the song is lol)!
So I jumped on the Tyler Rich fan train, I’ve posted his music all over the place!! I feel like I have a duty as a fellow country music junkie to anyone from Cali repping country music!! I mean honestly if you’re from Cali than “California Grown” is the anthem!!
Continue reading “Momerview With Tyler Rich’s Mom Monique”
It’s Monday and that means it’s time for #MusicMonday!!!!
2. What event are you looking forward to attending?
I’d love to go to the Mid-State fair in California, all kinds of of country artists come!!!
3. Who is an artist that everyone needs to check out?
Well this morning week it’s the duo “Terra Bella”!! Their a new duo that just hit the Nashville scene!! They also just released their EP “Road To Forever” get it here!!
4. Which artist has the best catalogue of love songs?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Chris Young lately!! Every single one of his album’s has at least three or four love songs on it!!! My favorite so far is from his latest album “I’m Comin’ Over”, ” “Heartbeat” is so romantic and way sexy!!!!
Check out these other #MusicMonday post you’ll find them interesting!!!!
It’s always awesome to find new artists and bands, but when their from your home town it makes it so much better!! Plus I know their drummer he’s awesome lol, I had to give Zach a shoutout!!
Terra Bella is the next duo that’s going to take Nashville by surprise!! Their sound is a new age twist of classic country!! Plus they dress to impress!!! Every time Martina posts a pic of her outfits, I get some major wardrobe envy!!!
2016 is going to be huge for Terra Bella because their new EP ‘Road To Forever‘ is dropping February 9th!!!
I had a chance to interview Joseph and Martina (I love her name BTW!) better known as Terra Bella!!
Thanks guys y’all were awesome!!!
Q1. How did y’all get started in music?
Joseph started playing in bands in junior high. Martina on the other hand began her singing career singing karaoke at local bars.
Q2. Who are your biggest influences in music?
We are both influenced greatly by Merle Haggard, The Judds, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bruce Springsteen, Brandi Carlile, The Eagles…this list could take a little while. Haha!!
Q3. What is your favorite part of preforming?
When you’re on stage, you have the chance to move people. Move people through words, sound and emotion. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps as a performer, you’re doing it wrong.
Q4. California isn’t always known for country music, how do you hope to change that?
Unfortunately, you are correct. CA isn’t know for country music these days, BUT, it has roots deeply planted in the central valley. There is a huge list of country stars that came out of Bakersfield, CA in the 60’s, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard being the most well known. So with respect to that I guess we hope to put California, specifically Central CA, back on the country music map by making honest, real music that stands the test of time.
Q5. I know y’all are from the 559 (which is where I live) and since we’re a little different from the rest of Cali, do you think it helped you in understanding Country Music being around all of the Agriculture?
Absolutely! Agriculture, just like country music, is not a trend but more of a way of life. You take pride in the story of your heritage, just like a songwriter does with their lyrics. You respect where you come from. With a good foundation and a passion for what you believe in, you make the world grow. Agriculture gave us both that.
Q6. What gets you in the writing mood?
A writing appointment in our calendar hahaha! We get 75% of our ideas while stuck in traffic with the radio off.
Q7. What is a song that you wish you had wrote?
Oh great question! We’re both going to agree on “The River” by Garth Brooks.
Q8. What was a song that best described your 2015?
Our song “Hey Mama” is the story of our last couple years.
Q9. If you could go back in time, what historical event would you go to?
Being proud Americans, it would be really awesome to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Q10. Since your married, what super hero duo best describes y’all?
Definitely Batman and Robin (if Robin was a good lookin girl haha). We are both normal people, we have no super powers, but we work our butts off to make the world a better place.
Q11. Who is your current music obsession that you can’t seem to get off repeat?
We both can’t enough of Brothers Osborne’s new album “Pawn Shop” and Maren Morris’s self titled EP.
Q12. What is your ideal day off?
We love hiking and exploring new towns.
Q13. What are your plans for 2016?
We just finished a new EP with Producer Johnny Garcia who plays lead guitar for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, so the next few months we’ll be shopping that around Nashville. We also plan to hit the road pretty hard this year promoting this new music. Hope to ya’ll at a show soon!!! Cheers,
Joseph and Martina
Order Terra Bella’s EP ‘Road To Forever’ on TerraBellaMusic.com
I absolutely love discovering new talent in music, its one of the main reasons that I started to write!!
So when I found the Joey James Band I was super excited to interview him! He’s definitely one to watch for!! I don’t know who you could find that fits into Country Music than Joey, from his sound to his pride!! He’s the real deal!!
This week I got to interview Joey and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
PS I love his answer to question 10!!!
Q1. What made you want to get into music?
At a young age I started writing poetry and right away felt like I had a knack to bringing emotions onto a piece of paper. In my teen years I started to write my first lyrics and I watched as people reacted to my words. It amazed me that my words could move human emotions. During my time in the military I grew into my own and met others from different parts of the country. This made me grow as a writer. My love and passion to sing and perform grew with every lyric I wrote. So what got me into music is really the fact that I have so much to say and contribute to the world.
Q2. Who are your biggest musical influences?
I am a huge fan of Garth Brooks, I have always liked the way he interacted with his fans and he has performed his shows the right way, he brought in great songwriters and gave country music the spark it needed that I truly believe makes me the artist I want to be. I have a great understanding that my fans are who make me and I am blessed.
Q3. What is one song out today that you wish you had wrote?
The Dance is one of those songs that will outlive every generation and so really that is the one song I wish I could have been a part of. Other then, that I am very passionate about the words that I put down on paper and cannot wait for a bigger opportunity to share my words.
Q4. How do you get inspiration for new music?
It sounds so collage but honestly I get a lot of inspiration by everyday living. My lyrics are true and I love speaking to folks and getting several ideas from them. I mean some of my songs start off with a quote someone says!
Q5. What is the worst advice someone gave you about music?
The worst advice anyone has given me is how easy it could be to make it in the industry because of my songwriting. It’s a tough business to crack. Making it also has derived a different meaning for me then when I first started this journey. I now look at using my music to help others and if the Lord blesses me enough to make the national stage then I will feel I have made it.
Q6. How long have you been making music?
Professionally I have been on stage for a little over 7 years and I Iove every minute of it. The stage brings me so much joy!
Q7. What is one thing that you can’t live without?
My daughter, my girlfriend of 4 years, my two dogs, good friends, and God, not always in that order lol!
Q8. What is your ideal vacation?
I grew up in the sticks , in a tiny little town in Oregon. My vacation is a cabin in the woods, fishing, exploring and enjoying my loved ones company!
Q9. If you could have any super power what would it be?
I love this question! I would really like to read a persons mind, to feel a persons thoughts would definitely give me an understanding of what that person has gone through.
Q10. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
Hmmm, who can grow a bad ass beard in Hollywood? I guess Russel Crow could do me the honors, I don’t think I have ever seen a bad movie of his. No Australian accent though, could he pull off my little drawl?
Q11. When you’re out with friends what are you normally drinking?
Well it has been a curse on me since my metabolism decided to slow down a couple years back. I love beer, almost any kind of beer. I am also a fan of Whiskey, my Grandpa’s favorite drink was Black Velvet and Sprite, so these days that’s kind of my go to drink!
Q12. What are your plans for 2016?
We are looking to record this killer EP, I am hopeful that I can have it released in the summer time! We are also looking to make some moves into the national spotlight after an investor comes through for us. Maybe even trying to get Saving Soldiers Tour off the ground, my brain child to help our veterans in need. Growing my fan support is also a continuous goal.
Thank you for your support and for helping artists like me get exposure.