Chris Shrader~ “Q&A”!!!

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  1. Hi Chris, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer/songwriter?

A: Sure. I’m a small town kid from Pulaski/Lawrenceburg TN raised by my grandparents. Music was always around me and part of my life, but I was always into sports more growing up. Had a life changing experience when I had a near fatal car accident while working in 2007. Spent 28 days in a coma over a month in ICU and 4 months in a wheelchair. Was told I might not walk with out a limp. Had 22 surgeries. Somewhere in that time during the 20 months of rehab I taught myself to play the guitar a little better. One day the girl I dated at the time brought home a newspaper with an ad for a house band try out in Muscle Shoals. Called the guy hosting it, took a little convincing but he let me come out and I got the gig. Lost it 4 months later and starting recruiting my Nashville friends that are now road players for some of the hottest country acts out there. After playing for me in small town dive bars, they recruited me to come up to Nashville. I came took about 2 years of being called at 6:35pm for a 6:00pm gig before I got my own time slots.

  1. How did you become a country fan and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

A: My family has always been musically inclined. My grandparents played at small dance halls growing up, I was always there.

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

A: Merle Haggard, Garth Books, John Rich, Jeffry Steele, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Eminem

  1. What is one of your favorite songs that you ever recorded?

A: KISSING

  1. Is there anything coming up with your music for 2018?

A: Making as many people as I can smile, releasing new music. Playing more shows out west and playing as many stages as I possibly can spreading my own music.

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

A: Hopefully on a stage making people happy and smiling.

  1. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group whom would it be and why?

A: Dolly Parton. Because it’s Dolly. And she’s a fellow Tennessean.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

A: Sleep when you’re dead. Live while you’re here.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: 2018 was a big year!! Climbed a mountain, cohosted John Rich’s 4-day CMA event with John. Released my first single. Was a Nash Next Finalist. Was an opening act was for Charlie Daniels at Talladega 500. Also opened for Dylan Scott, Chase Bryant, and many more.

Website: https://www.chrisshrader.com

Chris Shrader~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Chris Shrader grew up in a tiny town of Pulaski, TN. As a child, Shrader would receive his allowance by assisting his dad with jobs around the county. Also some of his money would go to his family so they could have a little extra cash. While riding to different jobs, Shrader and his dad would sing along to the radio. His dad saw that Shrader had talent and always inspired him to sing. But growing up, Shrader was like a normal kid and only cared about girls, sports and making money. However, if his family was having a family gathering, his dad offered him money if he sang.

When Shrader was 14, his parents bought him a mandolin for Christmas. Country music has always been apart of Shrader’s life, ever since he was a baby. Also Shrader was a great football player and had the opportunity to play in college, but things did not work out. He then went to find a job that could take his mind off of football. He finally found his dream career and that was music. But while starting his job as a musician he got in a bad car accident that almost cost his life. He was in a coma for 28 days and over a month in the ICU. Then Shrader was in a wheelchair for four months and had 22 surgeries. During this time he started to play the guitar.

He taught himself from the Internet, and then interviewed for a frontman slot in a house band for four nights a week at Sundance in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. After playing at the Sundance Saloon for six months, he then started to recruit Nashville-based singers to play with him at different nightspots and dance halls in Tennessee. By the end of 2010, the friends he had recruited started recruiting him to move to Nashville. So in summer of 2011 he made Music City his new home. Shrader is an endorsed artist with GHS Springs, Taylor Guitars and Clayton Picks.

If you would like to hear Chris Shrader music then check out his tunes on Spotify and iTunes.

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Neon Moon~ The Perfect Paloma: Recipe!!

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– 1.5 oz silver tequila (we like Casamigos $$$ or Olmeca Altos $$)
– 2 slices ruby red grapefruit
– .25 oz fresh lime juice
– 3.5 oz Jarritos grapefruit soda
– ice
 
In a tall glass, muddle 1 slice of grapefruit. Add tequila, lime juice, and Jarritos soda in that order (you can modify the tequila/Jarritos ratio to your personal taste). Garnish with the other slice of grapefruit and enjoy!

Neon Moon~ Q&A!!!

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DD: 1. How did you guys formed your country music group.                                                       NM– We’ve been playing music together for several years, but we formed Neon Moon in 2016 after embarking on a 52 week songwriting project that took place between 2014-2015. After we finished the project, we had several songs that we just really loved and wanted to keep for ourselves. 

DD: 2. How did you come up with your group Neon Moon and was there any other names you were maybe going to choose instead?
NM- It was a nod to the Brooks & Dunn song of the same name. We both grew up on 90’s country and wanted to incorporate something from that time period into our own project. We toyed with a few other names, but none of them really stuck the way Neon Moon did.
DD: 3. What is the background behind your song “Smoke.”
NM- During that 52 week songwriting project, we had to write a lot and we were continually trying to find ideas and inspiration in anything we could. We turned to television and movies for a lot of ideas actually! Smoke came from a line in Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban) were a kid says “It’s like trying to catch smoke. Trying to catch smoke with your bare hands”. We were inspired by the line so we brought it to the table for a co-write with a girl here in Nashville named Lacy Green. 
DD: 4. Who are some of your guys musical icons.
NM- Of course Brooks & Dunn! Also Dwight Yoakam & Dolly Parton from the country genre. Aretha Franklin, Coldplay, John Mayer, and The 1975. We LOVE indie pop. There’s a group that is newer to the country scene but they are super amazing and could be the ones that usher in a 90’s country revival called Midland. They’re so great!  
DD: 5. Where do you guys see your music in the next 5 to 10 years?
NM- Hopefully still relevant and being listened to. We push ourselves to write the best songs that we can, and a truly good song can stand the test of time and be relevant forever. I just hope that in 5-10 years we’ll be fortunate enough to have people who want to listen.
DD: 6. If you guys sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
NM- Dwight Yoakam. He’s the coolest dude on the planet!
DD: 7. Is there anything coming up with your music for 2018?
NM- We’re touring some, as well as playing some hometown shows here in Nashville. We’re also writing songs and gearing up for a full length release sometime in the near future. We’d like to find a good home/label to put it out, but it’s still a long way off.
DD: 8.  What is one of guys favorite quotes?
– “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” – Dolly Parton
DD: 9. Is there anything else you guys would like to share?
NM- Thanks for listening to our music! Check out our website, facebook, instagram, etc. We have some really cool videos available! Spread the word and share with your country music loving friends! 
  
   “Smoke” Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX_WLlPeLHg

Neon Moon~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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            Neon Moon was started in 2015. This country duo started a love of songwriting early on as group. Josh and Noelle devoted one year of their time to writing a new track every week and then posting it on YouTube. They named this project Our52Songs.

            In 2017, they chose 5 of their favorite songs from Our52Songs, and traveled to Forty-One-Fifteen in historic East Nashville’s Inglewood neighborhood and created a 6 songs album there. They name their first album 6:53 after the 52 song project plus one more they wrote and recorded on a later date to make 6 songs out of 53. While listening to album you can hear some inspiration from country musicians like Loretta Lynn, Fleetwood Mac and Dolly Parton.

            After recording their first album, CMChat exclusively showcase their music video for the song “If I Knew” and it was shared 390 times. They also played WestHaven’s Porchfest on the Lighting 100’S sponsored stage. They also played at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge for their 6:53 release concert.

            If you would like to find out more about Neon Moon then check out website https://neonmoonmusic.com.

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Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Feb 19, 2018!!!

  1. Josh Abbot Band “Deep in the Heart of Texas”: The Josh Abbot Band and Bud Light have announced a brand new campaign about going huge in Texas in 2018 with a multi-faceted programming throughout the state. In festivity of the comeback to its Texan roots, the brand joined the help of Josh Abbott Band to cover the famous Texan song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”
  2. Mary Sarah “Just Go With It”: Mary Sarah new single “Just Go With It,” it is a catchy mid-tempo country song, about creating the most of a great moment with somebody special in your life.
  3. Josh Gallagher “How Bout You”: Country singer Josh Gallagher new single “How Bout You,” tells the story about a breakup that many people has gone through in their lives with someone. This song explains how you on a fake face during a breakup where you act like you are fine, but on the inside you are a total mess.
  4. Jon Langston “When It Come to Loving You”: Jon Langston is turning up romance and love with his newest hit song “When It Comes to Loving You.” If his ladies fans did not already love him, this sexy love ballad will make them love him even more.
  5. Brown & Gray “Top Down”: “Top Down,” is collaboration from Kaci Brown and Sam Gray (Brown & Gray). This song is an ageless anthem, describing driving down a highway with maybe a convertible with the top down and just living in the moment and worried about anything else.

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