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Song Of The Week~ ‘The Way I Talk’

When my mom says she likes a new country song well you’d think that hell was frozen! My mom is super picky on her music and only a few make the cut! So when she told me that she loves Morgan​ Wallen’s song “The Way I Talk”, I had to take a second listen!!! And I’m also loving this one!!

So Morgan congratulations you did it! We’re fans!!! Keep them coming!!

Xoxo, Holland

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Tin Man~

Watch Miranda Get as raw and real with this version of “Tin Man”~

Song Review- “My Kentucky Queen” Greg Finger Band

I don’t know if it’s my California upbringing or what, but I love the new pop/club country​.  It’s fun and you can dance to it! But sometimes I need a little slow down. Some good classic country music that laid the groundwork for all of the club country.
Classic country music is hard to find today. So I started looking and that’s when I came across the Greg Finger Band’s song “My Kentucky Queen”. This has all of the elements of that classic country sound. It tells a super cute story about falling for a country girl and then his whole world changes!
The vocals are great and the lyrics are even better!
I think my favorite thing about the entire song is the slight Blue Grass feel you can hear. I also listened to all of their music on Spotify which was great!! I can’t wait to see what they have next!!
Be sure to give them a follow, buy the new album​ and check out more of their music on Spotify!

Xoxo, Holland

Video ALERT- “You Look Good” Lady Antebellum

Check out Lady Antebellum’s video for “You Look Good”~

New Music Alert

📷: @BrettEldredge IG

New music will be coming our way from the very talented Brett Eldredge.

Brett’s self-tiled third studio album will be coming out on August 4th. You can preorder here.

In a resent interview with Taste Of County, Brett talked about the new Album:

“It’s kind of crazy to see an album cover with just your name on it,” he says. “I think that shows what I want to say with this album. Maybe it takes a little bit of guts to put out a self-titled album — but if it’s 100% honestly you, then that should come across through the music. That’s my name and I hope my fans love me for me. Hopefully they feel the connection of these songs and they help them through their everyday lives. Because that’s why I make this music.

Read More: Brett Eldredge Shares Cover Art for Self-Titled New Album | http://tasteofcountry.com/brett-eldredge-album-2017/?trackback=tsmclip


Track Listing:

Xoxo, Holland

~Artist Of The Week~ (1/23/2017)

📷: @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!!

Follow Riley on TwitterIGSnapchatiHeartRadio and RileyGreenMusic.com!

📷: @RileyDuckman IG

Xoxo, Holland


2017 Country Music Outlook!

​Thanks to the cool people over at Rolling Stone we now have a huge list of what’s to come in 2017!!

From Aldean to Twain they’ve got it all so be sure to check it out here!!
Xoxo, Holland

∆Artist Spotlight∆ With Sugar Ponies❣❣

📷: 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!!

INTERVIEW

Q1. Okay so I’m in love with your name, how’d y’all come up with it?

“Thank you!

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.”

Be sure to check out their website and social media:

FacebookTwitter,  InstagramYouTube and SugarPonies.com!

All the places you can buy or stream our music:


Pandora

http://www.pandora.com/sugar-ponies/its-sign


SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/sugarponies/sets/its-a-sign


Spotify

https://play.spotify.com/album/1QmGyw7mEVqhrVAgpxOZYm


Bandcamp

http://sugarponies2.bandcamp.com/album/its-a-sign


CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sugarponies2


iTunes

https://itun.es/us/rtNl-


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Its-Sign-Sugar-Ponies/dp/B015TRP38M


You can also check out other interviews that they’ve done:

Grammy Award Winning Producer Ed Stasium Conjures This Duo’s Alchemy | No Depression


Chico News & Review – It’s a Sign – In the Mix – Music – Music – March 17, 2016


Elmore Magazine | Sugar Ponies Serve Up Heartbreak On A Platter With The Gorgeous “Give This Girl A Break”


INTERVIEW: Sugar Ponies –

∆Artist Spotlight∆With Eric Ondrus

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Every once in a blue moon you come across an artist that you just know is going to be huge in the near future!! Well I’m pretty sure that Eric Ondrus is that artist! 

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∆! 

Make sure you subscribe to Eric’s YouTube page and check out his latest single “Girl Like That” and “Summer Love“!!

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!”

Keep Up Eric on Twitter  InstagramFacebook and get his music on iTunes!!

Thanks again Eric I wish you all the best!!!

Breaking News

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Okay y’all I really only get excited about a few thing’s, and the one thing I tend to freak about is when I find out new music is coming form my favorite Country artists!!!
So low and behold my freak out started last night and has continued through to today!!!

I was making dinner jamming to some Cole Swindle when I get a notification that Tyler Rich was releasing a new song on YouTube, I stopped what I was doing and had to listen to it!!! Let me say it is money!! It’s called ‘Rebound‘ y’all need to stop and listen to it!! He was in his kitchen and sounded amazing!! Oh and I almost brunt dinner lol!!!

Next up Chris Young announced via Snapchat that he is releasing a Christmas album!!! Yes, I said Christmas album!!  I can’t wait for this one!! Even the studio was decorated for Christmas!! It’s going to be awesome!!

Apparently Brett Eldredge is back home in Paris, Illinois on a writing retreat with Tom Douglas (he wrote Brett’s song ‘One Mississippi‘), for his THIRD ALBUM!!!!

Chris Lane’s first full length album ‘Girl Problems‘ is dropping August 5th!!! If it’s anything like ‘Fix‘ this is going going to be one heck of a album!!!

Jake Owen is releasing his album ‘American Country Love’ on July 29th you can pre-order it here!! He’s also hitting the road pretty soon here’s all the tour Info!!!

Tomorrow night CMT Crossroads is going to be fabulous because Charles Kelly is going to be killing it with Rob Thomas (Lead singer from Matchbox Twenty)!!