August 28, 2016

Top Favorite Songs of the Week: 

  1. Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”: Urban newest song showcases some of the best lyrics of his career. It is poetry set to a moving country tune. The song is a reflection of where Urban is in his life and celebrates his successful 10-year marriage with wife, Nicole Kidman. This song is a reminder that Urban should be praised for his great guitar skills and lyrical artistry.
  2. Brett Eldredge “Wanna Be That Song”: Eldredge is using poetry in his country music as well. This is third single he has released from his album “Illinois.” He had the idea for this song before he appeared onstage at the Kansas Motor Speedway. This song is about life’s big moments. Eldredge also showcases how he has grown as a country artist and what he has given back to country music.
  3. Chris Young “Sober Saturday Night”: This song showcases the heartache, sadness and regret of breaking up with someone. Chris Young and Vince Gill form many great harmonies and they create a beautiful sound together. This song has a lot of emotions in it as well. The duet between Young and Gill may not have been expected but it does not sound bad at all.
  4. Jake Owen “Good Company”: “Good Company” is all about a day of relaxing and enjoying the good company of friends and family. This is a perfect summer tune for anyone who enjoys Owen’s music. This song has a great beat that fits right with his fun lyrics. This song would make a great soundtrack for any summer get-together.
  5. Stephanie Quayle “Drinking With Dolly”: “Drinking With Dolly” is a tribute to female country musicians. Many country fans that feel they were born in the wrong decade may relate to this song. This song offers fun lyrics while combining a smooth southern sound. This song will make you feel like you are living in a time period when you did not have to worry a lot.

Mary Sarah Q & A

Mary Sarah: 

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  1. What is your earliest memory of singing as a child?

It would probably have to be when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I started piano lessons and I remember singing along to the songs we would play. But, as far as my first show, it would have to be the when I sang the Yellow Rose of Texas during a piano recital.

  1. At what age did you write your first song and what was it about?

Well, I think I was probably 10-11 years old. My friend came over (Who liked to sing too) and we were having a sleep over. It was pretty late into the evening and we were supposed to be in bed but we sat in my closet and wrote a little tune. I can’t remember exactly what it was about but I’m sure it was something along the lines of a first crush.

  1. Who has been your favorite group or singer that you’ve done a show with?

Jeez. That’s tough. But, I’d have to give that to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Those will be nights I will never forget. Well, and I can never forget getting to sing with The Oak Ridge Boys.

  1. If you could give advise to an up and coming country musician, what would you tell them?

Well, it isn’t my advice but it’s something I will live by…Dolly once said, take every opportunity you are given. For me that meant no matter how big or small it is, it’s a chance to show people who you are. I’d also say, if you love what you do and work hard at it you will succeed. So, when you have others tell you that you can’t do it or tell you no, remember there will always be someone who will say yes. But, don’t forget that things will only happen if you work hard for them.

  1. What was it like to perform with Country Legends like Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Ray Price..?

Those experiences made me into the person I am today. I learned so much about what I could do and was given so much advice from all of the Legends. They have done it all and I hope one day I get to be called a Legend too. I am so thankful for all the moments I had with each of them.

  1. What were your favorite memories from The Voice and if you would you do it all over again if you had the chance?

It’s really hard to narrow down my favorite parts because I loved it all. I loved the family that us contestants became. I loved working with Blake SO much. I loved the outfits, makeup, interviews, and hair, just about everything! I wouldn’t ever want to do it over again because it happened the way it was suppose to happen. I have zero regrets and I’m thankful for everything it taught me and the friendships I’ve gained.

  1. Other than your own music, what other musicians have you been listening to and what are your favorite songs of the summer?

Man, there are so many! I listen to so many different genres. Brett Young, Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley, Cam, Raelynn, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay…just to name some country artists. I also love Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony…you name it! But, as far as songs go, I love Different For Girls, From The Ground Up, Humble and Kind, the entire Jon Pardi album, Can’t Stop The Feeling; Send My Love (To Your New Lover)…There’s so many!

  1. If you could do a duet with anyone, who would it be and why?

Right now I’d have to say Dierks. I just recently saw his show and I was blown away at his singing and also how he can entertain. It was amazing! I think our voices would mix nicely too.

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

Ooo that is a big question. Hopefully headlining my own tour. Maybe winning awards…even maybe a Grammy. (Fingers Crossed) I just want to do what I love and that is to sing and perform. So I hope I get to do it for the rest of my life.

  1. When you are not busy with your music career, what do you do in your free time?

Well, my sister and I live together so we hangout all the time! I also love to hangout with my friends when I’m in town. We go to shows, we bowl, we roller skate. We just like to have fun and spend time all together! I do enjoy working out too. My mom and I are like workout buddies. It’s great. 

Mary Sarah: Bio

Instagram:@marysarahmusic

 

Upcoming September Country Concerts!!!

9/4/16: Sunday

Marshall Tucker Band

The Canyon

6:00 PM

9/7/16: Wednesday

Boot on Stage Presents: Chaley Rose, Caleche Ryder, Jill & Julia, Katie Dix and Sophia Scott

7:00 PM

Hotel Cafe

9/9/16: Friday

Alabama

The Greek Theater

7:30 PM

9/10/16: Saturday

Dierks Bentley

7:00 PM

Irvine Meadows Theater

9/14/16: Wednesday

Carrie Underwood

7:00 PM

Staples Center

9/17/16: Saturday

Lee Brice

TBA

LA County Fair

&

Garth Brooks

7:00 PM

Honda Center

9/18/16: Sunday

Joe Nicholos & Tyler Rich

7:00 PM

CA Beer Festival in  Ventura

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Eli Young Band

4:00 PM

Morongo Casino

9/23/16: Friday

Luke Bryan

7:00

The Forum

9/24/16: Saturday

Jason Aldean”Six String Circus Tour” (feat: A Thousand Horses and Thomas Rhett)

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On August 20, 2016, I went to see Jason Aldean at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for his Six String Circus tour. The Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year performed 21 songs for a sold out crowd. He played hits from “Night Train” to “My Kinda Party” as well as songs from his upcoming album “They Don’t Know”, out September 9th.

Aldean is not a big talker during his live concerts and he even stated that the night was really “all about the music.” We did not hear him speak until after he performed the first three songs. One thing that I really liked about his performance was a quote he shared with the audience. He said, “all of these people say there’s not a lot of country in L.A., but there’s not an empty seat in the house left…so what does that say?” I feel that L.A. does not get enough credit for how much we support country music. So many Southern California residents are always ready and willing to go watch a country musician performing in a city close to them. I really enjoyed Aldean’s new song, “Lights Come On”, because he is blends two music genres I am really into right now. His mix of rock and country will appear heavily on his latest album.

Aldean ended his show with two of his hit songs “Burnin’ It Down” and “Crazy Town”. He also showed his kindness by thanking all of his fans for coming out to watch his show.

Aldean also had two opening acts. The first act was A Thousand Horses, which includes Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar and vocals) and Graham Deloach (bass and vocals). There were some people in the crowd singing and dancing to their top hits like “Smoke” and “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”; both of which have been played on the country radio for quite some time.

The next opening act was Thomas Rhett. When Rhett took the stage, the amphitheater was pretty much filled up. Known for his hit songs like “T-Shirt”, “Vacation” and “Die A Happy Man”, he could have been considered a co-headliner. He performed a full hour of drum solos, ballads and pop cover songs which had everyone in the crowd on their feet and singing along.

Temecula Road: Q & A

Temecula Road:

1.How did you guys form your band and where did you get the name Temecula Road?

Emma: My sister and I have been singing together forever. Our vocal coach introduced us to Dawson and it just clicked. Our voices blended really well together and we started performing as a trio. Our dad came up with the name Temecula Road. We’re from Temecula, California and wanted our name to reflect our roots.

2.Which music artists or bands influenced each of you to become a musician?

Maddie: As soon as I saw Carrie Underwood on American Idol when I was four years old, I knew I wanted to be a singer. My parents played CMT in the house when we were growing up and I have always loved females with big voices like Carrie and Martina.

Emma: I remember listening to Taylor Swift’s first album and just picking up on different harmonies in her songs. Being able to hear those different parts and sing different harmonies made me want to do this.

Dawson: My mom went to a Brad Paisley concert when I was really young and he told a story about getting your kid a guitar. She went and bought me one right after and the rest is history.

3.I got to catch one of your Los Angeles show and you guys did wonderful as a opening act for Jessie James Decker, while on tour with Jessie did any of you learned anything from her, while on tour with her?

Maddie: She really helped us with our confidence. She told us to be fearless onstage. We learned a lot from just watching her.

4.What would you like people to know about Temecula Road?

Dawson: We would like people to know that we are like every other teenager. We’re pursuing what we love and we have a great time doing it.

5.What are your guys favorite songs to perform on stage when you are playing a show?

Emma: We love covering “My Church”, by Maren Morris right now. We love her album and we get a really good response from the crowd when we sing that one.

6.If you guys could do a duet with a musician or band whom would it be and why?

Maddie: Definitely Carrie. I would die.

Emma: Dan + Shay. I love their song and harmonies.

Dawson: Lady Antebellum. I’ve always looked up to them.

7.What do you guys do in your free time, when you are not busy with your music?

Maddie: I ‘m obsessed with makeup and love watching tutorials on YouTube. Also, Netflix. One Tree Hill and Friends are my favorites.

Emma: I love spending time and going on adventures with my boyfriend, Evan. And taking pictures.

Dawson: When I have free time, I like to hang out with friends. I am always up for a good time.

8.Where do you guys see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years in your music careers?

Maddie: We’ll hopefully have a lot of great music and be touring the world.

9.If you could give advice to future musicians what would it be?

Dawson: To follow your dreams and work hard. Don’t give up because you never know what is right around the corner.

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Temecula Road: Bio

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Temecula Road is a new country trio from Temecula, California. The members of this group are sisters, Emma and Maddie Salute, and their close friend, Dawson Anderson. The trio writes their own songs and background instrumentals with Dawson on the guitar and Emma on the mandolin. In this last year, the group gained a huge fan following while playing shows in many different parts of California. They were just recently named the West Coast Country Association’s Vocal Group of the Year.  For only being in their teens, each of them has skillful techniques that are way beyond their years.  

I was lucky enough to see this talented group as an opening act for country singer Jessie James Decker this past spring at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. It was entertaining to watch a new country group that sounded different from any other group I’ve heard before. I feel that this young talented group has a lot of potential and we will see much more from them in the near future. 

If you want to see more of this group then go check out their music on Spotify. Their hit single Paper or Plastic can be found on ITunes. If you ever want to see them in concert, check their website to see when they are in a city near you. Their next show is at Wilson Creek Winery with the popular and well known Eli Young Band.  It seems this year is the year for Temecula Road to find huge success in their blossoming career.

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