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: 


  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



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


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


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


Eli Young Band

4:00 PM

Morongo Casino

9/23/16: Friday

Luke Bryan


The Forum

9/24/16: Saturday

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


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.



Temecula Road: Bio


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.



Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week

August 15, 2016   

  1. Maren Morris “80s Mercedes” (Hero): This song has been a fan favorite for quite some time, but for a new listener of her music, this song is very different by the way it balances more of a pop tune than a country song. The melody stays on “whoa’s”, in the intro and each chorus keeps you singing along with it. Morris shows us a being balanced while behind the wheel of a beloved Benz. Lyrically she cleverly compares herself to the classic car when she sings about it and shows how it is being made for practically and being built to last. There is a ton of ease in the hook as she sings “I’m a 90s baby, in my 80s Mercedes,” and she makes this line so repetitive throughout the song, it also provides a verse that you know you will hear again. I feel this song will help Morris’ music career continue to skyrocket to many more ventures in her near future.
  2. Eric Church “Record Year” (Mr. Understood): This song is well written song, that showcases someone who is sad and getting healed by the power of music. This song tells a story about a man getting lost in old records as a way to ease the pain of losing his woman. My favorite line of this song is “Your leaving left me goin crazy, I’m counting on a needle to save me, I drop it in the groove and we go round and round in a spiral”. I think this is great writing, the different tone of this song combines with the power of Church’s vocals make this a well-written tune. Musically, this song is pretty great as well. The verses come in at a low level and the chorus comes out hard. This song isn’t a traditional country song, but it is a wonderful combination of country and rock that fits well within country radio.
  3. Cole Swindell “Middle of a Memory” (You Should Be Here): This song finds Swindell caught in a love at first sight moment that is clearly shown more than one time. However, there is some drama that pulls his leading lady away toward the end of the first verse. He spends the rest of the song describing the life and love the two of them would have shared. A sing along type of chorus is the main moment throughout the song. It focuses on a limited moment in time that every guy has lived through. A mix of emotions the main character has while going back in time and only has a broken heart at the end.
  4. Tucker Beathard “Rock On” (Tucker Beathard-The Demos-Vol 1): In this song the melody is solid and appealing. The lyrics are strong, mostly the main hook, as it hits the melancholic spot between regret and moving on. It is well written which is sometimes uncommon for an up and coming country musician Beathard actually does a great job in selling the story.
  5. Jana Kramer “Circles” (31): Kramer praises her husband as being the most solid person in her life and how he makes her a better person each day. She also shows a new side of emotions when she shares how he changed her life and made her feel like she was his one and only. Kramer and her band could not have picked a better song for her next single. This softer beat perfectly fits in with the chorus and allows her to showcase her musical range and skills. I this powerful love song is perfect for Kramer and also it seems many fans of her will also be happy this is her new single.



Miranda Lambert:Keeper of the Flame Tour (Feat: Brothers Osborne and Kip Moore)


On August 4th, 2016 I went to see country female singer Miranda Lambert at the Greek Theater for her Keeper of the Flame tour. Her show started with a video montage featuring several female pop culture figures from Betty Boop to Dolly Parton. After the montage, Lambert and her eight-piece band, they played a ninety-minute set with a lively verison of her hit song “Fastest Girl in Town.” The fast pacing harmonica and banjo playing for her song “Kerosene” was equally bad ass. A wild verison of her song “Bathroom Sink” got the whole crowd on their feet. Then Lambert went into a hard rock phase for her cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” and totally lost herself in the moment. Her heartfelt song “Over You”, co-written by Blake Shelton, had many of her fans singing along with her. She was glowing during her performance for her song “All Kinds of Kinds”, where old time country sounds of the mandolin and lap steel was in the lead. Halfway into her show, she finally introduced her new single to the crowd “Vice”. Other highlights of this show was her singing of “Mama’s Broken Heart”, “Little Red Wagon” and the main set closer “Gunpowder and Lead”. Lambert’s fondness for the 1970’s continued with a carefree performance of “Ophelia” by the band and well known sax player Johnny Reno. They also did a cover of Danny O’Keefe’s “Covered Wagon” and encored with a take on Lowell George’s “Willin”, that Linda Ronstadt recorded for “Heart Like a Wheel”. Tour mates Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne traded verses with Lambert.

Kip Moore whose “Up All Night” album was the most successful male country debut of 2012, and followed it up last year with his album “Wild Ones”. Dressed in a backward ball cap and torn jeans. This croaky vocalist did a 65 minute Greek set with all his popular songs and even some new ones. The rock n’ roll guitar playing, loud drums and a great chorus really made this arena sparkle. His Top 10 single “Beer Money” received a great audience response. Moore also surprised the audience by taking a Jimmy Eat World’s song; “The Middle” and putting his own country twist on it. The good-looking musician was open onstage, while preforming his song “I’m to Blame”. While performing “Come and Get it”, there were three electric guitars there to provide a wonderful sound. He made many ladies in the audience blush and scream while pulling on his shirt while performing his sultry song “Back Seat”. He also took a girl’s cell phone so she would focus on his song “Hey Pretty Girl”. Moore sang to her and followed up with a few verses of Bill Withers song “Lean On Me”. He also stayed in the audience, for his number 1 single “Somethin’ Bout a Truck”. He raised the show’s energy level to a 110% and he finished his set with his song “Magic”.

Earlier, the famous duo Brothers Osborne, played a half hour set of songs from their latest album “Pawn Shop”. John Osborne impressed the crowd with his great electric guitar work, especially while playing “Rum” and “Down Home”. Also John rock out to his own guitar solo on “Stay a Little Longer”. Meanwhile, lead singer TJ Osborne called playing the Greek, “a bucket list moment”, and sang through a megaphone to start “Green Pastures”, a upbeat and twangy country song. Also TJ proved his range in vocals for their single “21 Summer”.