Kate Grom~ “Heroine”~ Album Review!!!

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I am so happy to have up and coming country artist Kate Grom is a part of my blog. Grom, debut album, Heroine is a meaningful and is great to listen to all year long. Also this album is both rustic and improved with a pedal steel guitar and also is has moony type of atmosphere and feels like you are sitting on your back porch while listening to some great country music.

In Grom’s debut single “Whiskey Cry,” Grom’s voice is raw and she is making the song her own and does not sound like any other country artists that I have ever heard. The melody of this song is embracing and the instrument of a guitar sounds great in the background of this song. In her song “Tricks” it is more upbeat, which works perfect with the lyrics. The track “Under the Gun” is one of the album’s most “graphic” songs that is affected and also powerful, when Grom gets to show how high her vocal range can go. “The Storm” is a touching and moving song and the lyrics fit the mood and melody perfectly to the title of Grom’s album name.

This album is enjoyable to listen to and many people can relate to the lyrics of each song. I feel I could listen to this album multiple times in one day and would never get sick of listening to it. So if you love discovering new country musicians like I do then go take a listen to it. If you would also like to find out more Kate Grom then check out her website www.kategrom.com.

 

Music Video “Whiskey Cry”: httthttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnxRcqwCu54KtADsQTDq2qA

Sound Cloud “Heroine”: https://soundcloud.com/kategrom/sets/heroine/s-IpOhq

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Blane Howard~ Steak & Potatoes Recipe!!


Steak and Potatoes

Ingredients: 

12-ounce Strip or Ribeye (Choose your number)

Large Baking Potatoes

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

Worcestershire Sauce (WC Sauce)

Prep:

Set oven to 425 degrees

Stab potatoes a few times on each side with a fork. Lightly cover in Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Drizzle WC Sauce on steak and lightly rub it in. Sprinkle on Lawrys, lightly covering, and rub it in. Flip steak and repeat.

 

Cooking: 

Place potatoes on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 1 hour and 10 mins (70 mins) until skin is crispy.

About halfway through cooking the potatoes, get ready to grill. Heat grill on high. Place steaks on one side for 2-3 minutes, then give 1/4 turn to gain cross-stitch marks in grill marks. Flip to tother side and repeat. After, searing the grill marks, drop grill to medium heat and finish steaks to desired doneness. Medium rare to medium should take no more than 10 minutes extra.

 

Once cooked, wrap in aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

Remove potatoes from oven, prep as desired.

Unwrap steaks from foil and plate.

Enjoy it all! The potato skin is good and crispy!

 

 

Blane Howard~ Q & A!!

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  1. Hi Blane, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country musician?

Well, I grew up in Hot Springs, AR and in High School I played Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track and also sang in the choir. I earned All-State honors in Track and All-County honors in Football and also earned multiple All-Region and All-State honors in Choir. My family spent a lot of time on the golf course as well because my Dad is a PGA Professional and also manages out local country club. I decided not to play football or run track in college and instead attended Belmont University to pursue a degree in Music & Vocal Performance, and thats what brought me to Nashville.

 

  1. How did you get into country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

I attended Belmont to learn as much as a could about singing, music and the industry in Nashville but I think when I Was about 16 or 17, I decided I wanted to audition for Belmont and pursue it as a career choice. I always grew up singing, but the move to Belmont is what got me officially started.

 

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

I grew up listening to all different genres of music. While it was mostly country, I also listened to Pop, Rock and Roll, Jazz, R&B, Motown, Gospel, you name it! In country, my biggest influences were Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, and Ronnie Dunn. I also learned a lot from vocalists Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Freddie Mercury, Elton John, and bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and AC/DC.

 

  1. What is the story behind your newest single “Promise to Love Her?”

The story is, I wanted to write a song for my wife as a gift for our wedding. I came up with the idea of “Promise To Love Her” being the hook, and each verse having the line told to a different person. 1) Her father 2) The preacher 3) The doctor bringing in the baby girl (future).

No one had ever heard it but me and my co-writer Jordan Reynolds. I surprised her with it on the morning of our wedding, then she made me use it as our first dance, so everyone got to hear it for the first time that day, and the rest is history I guess!

  1. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

I have a pretty full schedule coming up, but the highlights are The Peach Festival in Gaffney, SC on July 14, opening for Josh Turner on August 5, a week long residence at the State Fair of Texas in October with a lot of others shows mixed in. My full schedule can be found on my website, wwwblanehoward.com

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

Alan Jackson, because he’s my musical icon, or some amazing vocalist like Kelly Clarkson or Vince Gill.

 

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

I hope to be on a major nationwide tour with multiple #1 hits under my belt.

 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ”
~Walt Disney “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)

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Blane Howard~ Artist Spotlight!!

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Blane Howard is a Nashville recording country artist who grew up in south central Arkansas. After attending high school, he decided to follow his dream of singing professionally and moved to Nashville. He attended Belmont University that is where he met most of his band members, and graduated in 2010. Howard has been touring the mid south region for many years and also been making a name for himself in the music industry. When he is not touring, he stays busy writing new songs with other musicians and songwriters in Nashville.

At the age of 3, Howard in front of his TV set at home, would sing along with country singer Alan Jackson “Chasin That Neon Rainbow.” Howard had also got the honor of opening shows for country artists like Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols and Travis Gritt. He has played in all different types of venues, fairs and festivals and other events like the Arkansas Sate Fair, the 2015 State Fair of Texas, and the 2015 and 2016 CMA Fest Showcases. Howard was also named IMP- Independent Musicians Promotions 2015 Country Artist of the Year, and his music video for “Crazy” was awarded Judges Pick at Indi this summer.

“Bout Time” is the title track off Howard’s first EP, which came out in January 2013 and has been a fan favorite along with his song “She’s a Mess.” In 2014 Howard wrote a song for Arkansas Tourism titled “Arkansas, Y’all,” then he re wrote the lyrics and made a Razorback verison and licensed it with the University of Arkansas. You can hear this song on many different radio stations across the state as well as sporting events on the campus. Howard’s most recent release was his first full-length studio album in June 2015 titled “Away We Go.” There are many wonderful songs on this album.

2016 has also been a great year for Howard with lots of new venues and shows added to his schedule. Howard has also extended into the Austin market with a performance at the Red Gorilla Music Festival in March and added shows in Kyle and Pflugerville, Texas. Howard opened the 2016 StarDaze Festival in Star City, Arkansas for headliner Granger Smith. He also opened for Hunter Hayes at the Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs Arkansas. Howard’s biggest gig of 2016 was his wedding day in late October. Howard surprised his bride-to-be, Megan and everyone else, on the morning of their wedding with a new song he had written for her. He collaborated with long time friend and songwriter, Jordan Kyle Reynolds, on what turned out to be a special and very touching song, “Promise to Love Her.” Megan rapidly asked for the new song to be their “first dance” song.

A few days after the wedding, with a small short phone video clip from the reception, Team Blane shared the clip of the song on Howard’s Facebook music page and nothing’s been the same since. The short clip received 100,000 views in just a few short weeks and rose to over half a million views on Facebook. The official music video for “Promise to Love Her” was released on March 6, 2017 and shot to 1 million views on Facebook in just 2 weeks. The single released on March 10th and has been picked up by many small and mid-size radio markets.

If you would like to find out more about Blane Howard and his music then make sure to check out his website www.blanehoward.com for all the latest updates.

 

Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blanehoward

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blanehoward

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blanehoward/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bhowardcountry

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Top 5 Favorite Songs of April 24, 2017!!!

  1. Natalie Hemby “This Town Still Talks About You”: “This Town Still Talks About You,” which mixes a pop- style with a delicate country instrumentations, that reminds us that moving on in life doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye. What also make this song unique it how Hemby decided to tell this story from the viewpoint not of the leaver, but of the left behind, with the help of graphic scenes and photographs.
  2. Johnnyswim “Summertime Romance”: “Summertime Romance,” is a stunning, pulsing reflection on childhood and courtship that completely captures the innocence and the early stages of a new relationship between two new people, who are starting to fall in love with one another.
  3. Tami Nelison “Don’t Be Afraid”: “Don’t Be Afraid,” is where Neilson lays out all her emotions and share her special bond she shared with her dad from the beginning of her life to the end of his life.
  4. Ruston Kelly “Poison: In Kelly’s song “Poison,” it starts off low key and it is consider a powerful love ballad, that tells a story about the sufferings of a heartbreak.
  5. Andrew Hyatt “Best Part”: The song “Best Part,” by Hyatt tell the story about how Hyatt is trying to comfort and be there for his girlfriend after the death of her father.

 

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Morgan Leigh Garner Mom’s Pasta Salad!!!

  • This recipe is shared from country duo Hadley Park  and it is a pasta salad that Morgan Leigh Garner’s Mom makes.

Ingredients:

1 lb. spaghetti noodles

Helman’s mayo

1 bunch green onions

1 tomato

Course ground pepper

12 oz. Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.) Cook noodles al dente and then soak them with cold water and drain.

2.) While you are waiting for noodles to cool dice green onions into small rings…dice tomato.

3.) Take bowl of noodles and add 2-3 dollops of mayo. Use clean hands to toss mayo on each noodle. Once mayo is coating each noodle in a thin layer….

4.) Add Parmesan cheese in layers and toss with your hands…until each noodle is coated.

5.) Add course ground pepper to taste.

6.) Layer in green onions and tomatoes.

7.) Toss and serve chilled.

Hadley Park~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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By themselves they had recorded songs for some of the biggest country acts, including Jo Dee Messina, Joey & Rory and Mindy McCready. They had also written songs with Dave Haywood from the group Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Jana Kramer.

Together, thanks to a wonderful fan base, singer/songwriters Morgan Leigh Garner and Courtney Dashe are a match made in music heaven. Their group is named after their four day apart daughter Hadley and Parker. They were formed in 2014 and their first single “Things I Learned,” was co-written with 10 year-old, two-time cancer fighter Kaleb Leigh. Many country artists like Martina McBride and Rodney Atkins have shared Leigh’s story on their social media pages.

Garner and Dashe are also official partners with Cure Search for Children’s Cancer since June 2016. A portion of proceeds from their shows on their “That’s Another Bottle Wine” tour has been going directly to this organization to help with different research studies.

Both girls want to show their daughters what it means to never give up and be always try to be giving. Hadley Park debut EP, “Retrospect” is out now and is available on iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Hadley Park then check out their website http://www.wearehadleypark.com/index.html.

 

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