Southbound~ Q&A!!!


DD: 1.Hi Jack, Katie and Jacob can you guys tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country music group.

Jacob: Jack & I were next door neighbors for 9 years, and we have known each other since we were 5.

Jack: Yeah, Jacob & I go way back. Katie we’ve known for about 5 years now. Before we started the band we were all big music fans. I learned to play guitar in middle school and Jacob had a banjo that got passed down from his Papa.

Katie: When I was a kid I was always singing. I used to sing in the choir and I went to an arts school for middle and high school. So it makes sense that I ended up in a band.

DD: 2.   How did you guys form your music group and how did you come up with your group name “Southbound 17?”

Jack: It actually took us a really long time to settle on a name for the band. For a while we kind of made it a game where we would just come up with potential band names. Most of them were awful rhymes or stupid puns. Then we finally settled on “Southbound 17” because when we all live off of Highway 17, and when we drive out to Jacob’s house to practice, we drive southbound. It ended up being a really good fit because it gives us that connection with Charleston.

DD: 3.   What are your guys’ favorite songs off your latest EP “Southbound 17?”

Jack: My favorite is “Earthquake”. It was the last song I wrote and the last song we recorded for the EP. We only had like 2 days to get it all worked out and finalize all of our parts before we went into the studio, but we were able to get it all done in time.

Jacob: My favorite song is “Earthquake”, but I think “Crazy Mamas” is the most fun to play live.

Katie: I like “Wanted Sign” because it showcases our instruments in a really fun, upbeat way. It’s my favorite to perform live because it’s so high energy and tells such a fun story. Who wouldn’t want to quit their job and live life on the run?

4.   Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

Katie: Right now we are spending a lot of time working on writing new music for a full length album.

DD: 5.   Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?

Jack: Growing up my mom always played Gary Allan and Tim McGraw so they have a big influence on my taste in music. I also really love the lyrics and energy that The Band Perry has on their records and especially their live shows.

Jacob: My favorite band right now is The Avett Brothers. Then I also like Johnny cash & Marty Robbins because they are such good storytellers.

Katie: My musical influences stem from what I heard listening to the radio when I was little. My Dad was always into country so I can remember belting the Dixie Chicks at the top of my lungs in the car, but my Mom was very into classic rock and oldies, so bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles have a strong influence on my music too.

DD: 6.   Have you guys learned anything from the artists you opened up for in the past?

Jack: One funny thing that I remember is that Brandy Clark’s assistant told us that if you wear black clothes on stage, people won’t remember your outfit as much and you can wear the same thing more than once. But as far as musically, we learned so much from just watching Brandy perform live. She just has such a great voice and she is one of my favorite songwriters.

Katie: Meeting Mickey Guyton and watching her interact with the crowd at our show was a really cool experience. She does a great job of engaging the audience and is such a genuine person.

DD: 7.   Where do you guys see yourselves in the next 5 to 10 years with your music careers?

Jack: As long as we get to keep writing and playing music, I am excited to see where this goes.

Jacob: Hopefully we will get to travel some more and play around in some different cities that we’ve never been to.

Katie: The dream would be being able to sustain ourselves by just playing music.

DD: 8.   What are a few of your favorite quotes?

Jack: The other day my mom said “Shoot for the stars, and take what you get” and I really liked that sentiment. It’s like a reminder to dream big, but be thankful for what you get in life.

Katie: One of my favorite quotes is by Jim Carrey when he said “You can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.”

Jacob: “The day will come, the sun will rise, & we’ll be fine” by Scott Avett

DD: 9.   Is there anything else you guys would like to share? 

Jack: Our EP “Southbound 17” is available on iTunes, Spotify, and pretty much anywhere you consume your music. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us!  

Southbound 17~ Artist Spotlight!!!


Southbound 17 is a country trio from Charleston, South Carolina. The trio started in August 2014, after they played an open mic night at a local bar. The members of Southbound 17 are Jack Austen, Katie Bailey and Jack Simmons. In each song this trio performs they showcase their songwriting skills and the acoustic instruments (banjo, guitar and the mandolin) that they can play. They have also got the chance to opened up for Nashville recording artists such as Brandy Clark, Mickey Guyton & Walker McGuire.

The group’s self-titled debut EP is out now and is available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. When they are playing shows around Charleston or Nashville, Southbound 17 showcases modern country music with an Americana edge to it. If you would like to find out more about this wonderful trio then check out their website:


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Top 5 Favorite Country Songs of the Week: December 11, 2017!!!

  1. Taylor Ray Holbrook (Colt Ford & Charlie Farley) “Times We Had”: In Holbrook’s new single “Time We Had,” was made to help, motivate and inspire listeners who have lost someone important to them. Holbrook main message in this song is for people to be thankful for times that they got to spend with their love ones before they left them.
  2. Luke Bryan “Hooked On it”: Bryan’s new song “Hooked On It,” is a celebration of the summer season in the South. Some of the popular things to do in the South is fishing, finding a special lover, long necks and just driving around.
  3. Thomas Rhett “Castle on the Hill”: Thomas Rhett did his own cover of Ed Sheeran’s popular song “Castle on the Hill,” that is available on Spotify now. This song is off Ed Sheeran’s latest album “Divide.”
  4. Walker Hayes “Craig”: The song “Craig” is off Hayes’ new album “Boom.” In this song it tells the story about a man that Hayes knows from church. At this time in Hayes life his family was going through some tough times. Hayes shares how lost his record deal and his car. Craig was like a guardian angel to his family and he even gave Hayes and his family a new car.
  5. Chris Young “She’s Got A Way”: In Young’s new song “She’s Got a Way”, he tells the story of how his all night bar-hopping days are over now and that he met someone new.

Kentucky Rails~ Artist Spotlight!!!


Kentucky Rails is a symbol for a second best kind of story. Many people is familiar with the Kentucky Derby, but what individuals don’t know is that the horses are up against the “rails” in the 1st and 20th lanes and they are at difficulty stance in the race. The band members of Kentucky Rails have been working hard all their lives for a chance to showcase their own music in this crazy world and they think that the meaning of their band name is representative of the hard times that all artists/groups go through in order to make their dreams come true.


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Kentucky Rails~ Q&A!!!


1.   Hi guys, how did you start your country music band?

Well, we’ve all been hired musicians in the music world for quite a long time and I always wanted to start a band again. (knowing how hard it has become to start from scratch it was a little deterring for a very long time). But I was introduced to our singer Zach through a friend and somehow knew right away I had to start a band again and with this man! haha SO he came down to Toronto from London and wrote some songs with Matt and Ryan who are also in the band we all just really clicked. Dave came quickly after and before you know it, we are in our own band again. Zach came with a radio win *ching ching* from a station in London which gave us a hefty amount of free hours in a really awesome studio haha so that definitely kick started everything for sure. I can’t forget about that. We released our first single from that “Wallet”.

2.   How did you guys come up with your band name “Kentucky Rails” and was there any other names you guys was thinking of instead?

So the band name is a personal one for us. Kentucky Rails is a metaphor for an underdog/Cinderella story. Everyone is familiar with the Kentucky Derby, but what most people don’t know is that the horses up against the “rails” in the 1st and 20th lanes are at a strategic disadvantage in the race. Not only is it very dangerous if there is a fall at high speeds, but the outer horse in the 20th lane has a further distance to travel than all the others. The members of KR have been grinding their whole lives for the opportunity to showcase their own music over a broad spectrum and think that the meaning of the name is symbolic of the struggle that all artists go through in order to achieve that dream. — We sort of heard the name right away and just knew. Thats always the hardest process. For some reason that one just clicked. However knew we’d have to expain it 846773625 times in each one of our lives haha

3.   What is the background behind your newest song “Mexican Restaurant?”

Haha we knew we just wanted a fun, upbeat, drinking and party song without actually being that typical fun, upbeat, drinking and party song. If that makes sense? I don’t no. It was written with our good friend Jesse Labelle, along with Larry McCoy and I think it turned out to be a lot of fun. Such a fun one to play live too! Theres really nothing to it though besides getting drunk in a mexican restaurant. Which I’m sure everyone has done at least once in their lifetime.

4.   Is there anything else coming up with your guys music for the rest of 2018?

Hell yeah! 2018 should be an exciting one for us! We have a lot of really cool songs and we’ve been writing with some amazing people and friends down in Nashville and we can’t wait to get it all out to everybody. Seriously, if you tried hard enough, you could convince me to put it all up right now and share it to everybody I know. I’d be beaten up by from friends and it wouldn’t take much. haha

5.   Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?

Oh man there are so many. The cool thing about this band is we’ve all played for literally every single genre of music as hired players so we know waaaaayyyyyy too much music. What’s cool about that though is I think it shows in our songs and in our writing.. It has a teeny bit of country in there.. But it has rock, it has pop, it has super heavy parts.. We just like what makes us feel good. From GnR, to Queen, to Michael Jackson, to Johnny Cash.. from Garth to Merle to all the new influencers who keep on changing the game like Zac Brown Band… We like a lot of music haha. 

6.   Where do you guys’ see your band in the next 5 to 10 years?

Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to give this band a real go. Hoping somebody believes in what we’re doing and wants to help us get there and form a strong friendship/partnership. Within ten, its been a dream to headline a tour for once… haha getting to do that, and just be recognized for something you put your all into would be my life made.

7.   What are a few of your guys’ favorite quotes?

Life’s a garden, dig it.

8.   Is there anything else you guys like to share?

     Thanks so much for allowing us to do this! You can check out our music on Spotify and Apple Music or any of those other streaming platforms. Facebook, instagram, yada yada yada you know the drill 🙂 But most importantly, thanks for reading if anybody has actually read my ramble up until this point. Appreciate it! Thank you.

#dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of the Week (December 4, 2017)!!!

  1. Landon Wall “Dream With Me”: A few days after Wall left Nashville, the Las Vegas tragedy happened and he felt the world needed something to show people that there is still hope for the world to be better again. This song is called “Dream With Me,” this song is co-written with Wall’s dad.
  2. Beth Beighey “Just Another Heartache”: “Just Another Heartache” is a ballad and the girl is searching for strength after her ex-boyfriend ended their relationship.
  3. Terra Bella “Before You”: Country duo group Terra Bella’s new song “Before You” is a touching song that shares how loving someone can change you as a person.
  4. Danielle Bradbery “Laying Low”: “Laying Low” is one of the most moving songs off Bradbery’s newest album “I Don’t Believe We Met.” This song showcases the emotions and feelings that most of us girls have felt at one time or another in our lives. Sometimes we just need that little push and take some time for ourselves.
  5. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill “Telluride”: McGraw & Hill’s new single is a fun and upbeat song that shares about a couple who leaves town together to make a new adventure of their own.


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2018 Grammy Awards Country Nominations!!!

The 2018 Grammy nominations are here, and country artist/songwriter Chris Stapleton leads the race for country music with 3 nominations. The extraordinary “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert, which indefensibly delayed on the country music charts, was awarded with 2 nominations. Sam Hunt’s smash hit “Body Like A Back Road” was also nominated 2 Grammys.

The Grammy’s will air live on CBS from the Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28. See down below for the full list of country nominees.


Best Country Solo Performance

Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt

Losing You – Alison Krauss

Tin Man – Miranda Lambert

I Could Use A Love Song – Maren Morris

Either Way – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne

My Old Man – Zac Brown Band

You Look Good – Lady Antebellum

Better Man – Little Big Town

Drinkin’ Problem – Midland

Best Country Song

Better Man – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)

Body Like A Back Road – Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)

Broken Halos – Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Drinkin’ Problem – Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)

Tin Man – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album

Cosmic Hallelujah – Kenny Chesney

Heart Break Lady Antebellum

The Breaker Little Big Town

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett

From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Best Americana Album

Gregg Allman, Southern Blood
Brent Cobb, Shine on Rainy Day
Iron & Wine, Beast Epic
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound
The Mavericks, Brand New Day

Best American Roots Song (Awarded to Songwriters)

David Rawlings – “Cumberland Gap”
The Mavericks – “I Wish You Well”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “If We Were Vampires”
Rodney Crowell Feat. Rosanne Cash and John Paul White – “It Ain’t Over Yet”
Gregg Allman – “My Only True Friend”

Best American Roots Performance

Alabama Shakes – “Killer Diller Blues”
Blind Boys Of Alabama – “Let My Mother Live”
Glen Campbell – “Arkansas Farmboy”
Leonard Cohen – “Steer Your Way”
Alison Krauss – “I Never Cared For You”

Best Roots Gospel Album

The Best of the Collingsworth Family — Volume 1, The Collingsworth Family
Give Me Jesus, Larry Cordle
Resurrection, Joseph Habedank
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, Reba McEntire
Hope for All Nations, Karen Peck & New River