Carly Tefft~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hello Carly, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer/songwriter? I started writing songs in my head when I was 7, but didn’t pick up the guitar until I was 13. I started singing in a high school rock cover band and finally started to perform my original songs in front of an audience when I was 15. 

2.    When did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? When I was 17 I went to a Keith Urban show, which lead me into diving into listening to any sort of county available to me at the time on Cape Cod, MA.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons? Keith Urban, Gavin DeGraw, McFly, Sting & The Police, Sheryl Crow, Carol King

4.    What is the story behind your new single “Better Off At A Bar?” My friend Brett Gillan and I started this song of September 2017 after he overheard someone saying this at a bar.  “Better Off At A Bar“ describes an inner conflict between vulnerability and dignity; knowing that the right decision is to move on from a relationship, but still holding onto hope.

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

I’ll be releasing new music every 6-8 weeks for the rest of this year…the next single drops in July!

6.    Where do you see your career in the next 5 to 10 years?

I’ll be releasing new music every 6-8 weeks for the rest of this year…the next single drops in July!
In the next 5-10 years I’d love to be consistently writing music for my artist project as well as for other artists in Nashville and beyond. I’d love to be on a tour and/or headlining my own shows as well.

7.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? Keith Urban because he inspired me to dive into country music and move to Nashville 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” – Marty McFly

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? Better Off At A Bar MERCH (Shirts & Tank Tops) are coming very soon! The music video is also dropping next week! Stay tuned   

Carly Tefft~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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At only 24 years old, Carly Tefft has made a name for herself in Nashville, TN. Tefft newest single “Better Off At A Bar,” came out on May 11, 2018 and is available on Spotify and iTunes. This singer/songwriter is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Tefft has got the chance to perform the National Anthem for the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. She is also known for her original song “Keep On Running,” this song is an inspirational compliment to persevering through hard times and disaster, especially to all those who had be impacted by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Tefft been invited to perform this song at the starting line of the Boston Marathon three years in a row and continues to give iTunes purchases of the song to the Mass Eye and Ear’s One Fund. “Keep on Running,” was also featured on Boston’s ABC news association, WCVB and CBS association, WBZ and as well as top radio stations like Kiss108, Country102.5 and Mix104’s.

In addition to writing her own songs and performing both in Nashville and also in the Northeast, Tefft is currently working as a songwriter, producer and mulit-instrumentalist in “Music City.” Her song “Good Bad Friends” was picked in the Top 40 out of 2,000 songs for 2016 NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT. The 2015 Berklee College of Music graduate was a nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the Year from the Limelight Magazine Awards. She has also got the chance to work alongside many well-known musicians such as Paula Cole and John Oates.

If you would like to find out more about Carly Tefft then check out her website http://www.carlytefft.com.

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Dakota Danielle Mother’s~ “Potato Casserole Recipe!!”

2lbs. frozen hash browns

1 stick melted butter

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 half pt. sour cream

2 cups crushed cornflakes

Defrost potatoes. Mix in large bowl with 1/2 cup of melted butter, salt, pepper, cream of chicken soup, cheese and sour cream. Mix thoroughly. Pour into 3 quart greased casserole dish. Mix 1/2 cup melted butter with 2 cups crushed cornflakes. Cover potato mixture with crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.

Serves 16 🙂

Dakota Danielle~ “Q&A”!!

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

Hi! Growing up I played a lot of tennis. In High School I reached a point where I needed a change in my life and I decided to learn the guitar. That is when my journey began as a singer/songwriter!

 

2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in country music?

I was always a fan of music in general, but I love how country music tells such great stories. Plus, my friends listen to a lot of country so it was around a lot 🙂 I knew I wanted a career in music when my guitar and singing became my number one passion. In college, I couldn’t seem to find anything that I enjoyed learning besides music. When I found out there are actually music degrees, I was hooked.

 

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Oh wow, I have a lot of artists that I look up to so this question is difficult! I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Toby Keith, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Alan Jackson, and Dolly Parton; but when I picked up my guitar Miranda Lambert was a big influence on me.

 

4.    What is the story behind your latest single “One Church?”

This song is about my hometown! I am from a small town where there is one church and three main bars. The verses are about all the characteristics any small town has, but the chorus is trying to state that there is something still unique about this “one church three bar town.”

 

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

Yes! I am in the process of putting together a music video for “One Church.” Also, I have another song recorded that is ready to go 🙂

 

6.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?

In the next 5 to 10 years I see my music career really developed and established. I hope to have accomplished some of my dreams which include playing at the Grand Ole Opry, Bridgestone Arena, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and more.

7.    If you sing a duet with a famous singer/songwriter who would it be and why?

Vince Gill because his music is great and I know I could learn a lot from him.

 

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Where words fail, music speaks”

 

9.    Is their anything else you would like to share? 

I have really enjoyed my journey so far with the release of my debut single. All the support from fans of my music has meant so much to me. Thank you for this wonderful interview 🙂 

 

Dakota Danielle~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Singer/songwriter Dakota Danielle is making herself known in the country music world with her debut single “One Church.” The highly relevant and sentimental song is self written and produced by Mookie & Evan with Michael Clouse (Jeff Buckley, The Rolling Stone’s Nicky Hopkins, Thin Lizzy’s Marco Mendoza). Some artists that have influenced Danielle are Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton and Aretha Franklin.

Danielle is original from Illinois but now lives in Nashville. She has a college degree in Commercial Songwriting from Middle Tennessee State University. Danielle has also had the chance to play at many popular Music City’s venues. If you would like to find out more about Dakota Danielle then check out her own website <https://www.dakotadanielle.com. >

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Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: May 14, 2018!!!

  1. Cole Swindell “The Ones Who Got Me Here”: Cole Swindell’s sentimental new song is devoted to the individuals who helped get the country musician to where he now. “The Ones Who Me Here,” contains of influential lyrics, which is a thank you to his country music family and elsewhere.
  2. Drake White “Grandpa’s Farm”: “Grandpa’s Farm” was a song that musician David Nail recorded first. Drake White guitar playing and his outstanding vocal skills make it is own. This is not White’s outstanding vocal skill. I think it is great to see how White can a cover song and truly make it is own.
  3. Madeline Merlo “Neon Love”: Madeline Merlo new song “Neon Love” is about a night out either at a bar or club. If you are not into going out at night, this song can be also enjoyed outside in a background or around a fire.
  4. Lori McKenna “People Get Old”. Lori McKenna’s new song “People Get Old,” was enthused by McKenna’s hardworking father, who took care of six kids all by himself after McKenna’s mother passed.
  5. Jo Dee Messina “Bigger Than Us”: has shared a brand new single, “Bigger Than This,” and it was inspired by her battle with cancer.

Wildee’s (Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip~ Recipe)!!!

This robust creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip tastes like Buffalo Chicken Wings but without the mess! Serve hot with celery sticks or veggies.

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 Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 (8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup FRANK’S RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or FRANK’S RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Treasure Cave ® Blue Cheese Crumbles

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

COMBINE all ingredients and spoon into shallow 1-quart baking dish.

BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired and serve with crackers and/or vegetables.