Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week~May 15, 2017!!

  1. Bucko & Toad “Country Strong” ~ Bucko & Toad are husband and wife country-pop duo hailing from Vancouver, BC. Their new single “Country Strong tells the story about picking yourself back up and moving on in your life to see what the future has in store for you.
  2. Maggie Rose “Love Me More”~ In this song there is a woman who finds herself getting caught up in the confusion of a crazy night out, she loses her way as she drinks more than she handle and falls for someone that can help her forget escape reality. Finally she realized in the bathroom that she is worth more than a messy hangover or a one-night stand.
  3. Ryan Griffin “Would’ve Left Me Too”~ “Would’ve Left Me Too” is beautiful, but also a painful ballad that will cut right through you with an honest lyrics. This song is also about a guy who is telling his ex she doesn’t have to feel bad about leaving him because he knows how bad he screwed up.
  4. Travis Collins “Call Me Crazy”~ “Call Me Crazy is a ballad that shares the story how we all have lost people suddenly in their life. This song also shares how it is hard to truly believe that someone is gone.
  5. Whiskey Myers “Stone”~ this song was written by Whiskey Myers’ lead singer Cody Cannon. This single is slower pace than many of the band’ s other songs. This song shines light on the less-than-glamorous features of being on the road and especially the struggle of trying to find a good woman too.

 

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Chris Bandi~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Chris Bandi grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Bandi is not your regular country singer either. Like many children, Bandi grew up listening to whatever his parents listened to. When he was with his dad he would listen to a lot of rock like Bruce Springsteen and when he was with his mom it was a lot of Garth Brooks and other well known country artists. In just a few short years, Bandi could not stand listening to the same music as his parents. Being a resident of St. Louis, that meant he had to know all the words to Nelly’s “Country Grammer”, he also started to be a fan of new artists like Usher and Fall Out Boy. His combination of pop, rock and country divided him from other musicians out there. After graduating from Ole Miss and spending a couple summers traveling back and forth from Oxford to Nashville, Bandi decided it was time to make the move to Music City.

In just a few short months after moving to Nashville, Bandi started writing with well-known songwriters like Shane Minor who wrote “Chillin” with Cole Swindell and Monty Criswell who wrote “Like Jesus Does” with Eric Church. After a few writing sessions Monty brought Bandi into the studio to help provide vocals on many of Monty’s demos. This led Bandi to be introduced to Grammy winning producer and engineer Julian King who had worked with Tim McGraw and Tyler Farr. Monty and Julian became supporters in Bandi’s work ethic and new country sound. Not long after that the three of them began working together to further promote Bandi’s music.

From almost empty bar rooms to fraternity parties to sell out shows, Bandi has been charming audiences everywhere he goes. He has also been lucky to open for bands like The Marshall Tucker Band and LoCash. Bandi’s stage presence and voice pull the auidence in and makes them want to sing and dance to his music. Recently he had also teamed up with Parodigm Talent Agency who works with Ed Sheeran, Eli Young Band and Toby Keith. Bandi has also been on the road touring all over the Midwest and southeast regions.

The last few months Bandi has put out two new singles “Man Enough Now” and “Gone Girl” and both of these songs are wonderful and I feel many people can relate to them in their own lives. If you would like to take a listen to his music it is available on Spotify and iTunes. Lastly if you would like to find out more about Chris Bandi then check out his website www.chrisbandi.com.

Social Media Accounts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisBandi

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

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/chris-bandi

Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisBandiMusic

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Chris Bandi~ Q & A!!!

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  1. Hi Chris, can you tell me a little about your background before you became country singer?

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Went to college in Mississippi where I started playing at the bars in town! Upon graduation, I moved to Nashville and have been playing music full time ever since!

  1. Who are some of your musical icons?

There are so many! Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Prince are just a few!

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

I always knew I wanted to play music for a living! I started playing music at bars in Oxford, Mississippi when I was in college. On nights I would play I got a free bar tab and for a college kid that goes A LONG way ha! I started writing and falling more and more in love with playing. I moved to Nashville about a week after graduation and we’re still out doing it and I think that’s pretty awesome!

  1. If you were a musician, what do you think you would be doing?

Trying to figure out a way to be in the music industry!

  1. What are a few of your favorite spots in Nashville?

Bar Taco, Tin Roof, Martin’s BBQ, Edgehill Cafe

  1. What is the story behind your latest single “Man Enough Now?”

Growing up I was pretty stupid when it came to relationships. Man Enough Now is about learning from your mistakes!

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

Bruno Mars, Garth Brooks, John Mayer! The list could go on and on 🙂

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

We always have news and new tour dates! Be sure to keep up with us at @chrisbandimusic on Facebook and www.chrisbandi.com

  1. What are you most proud so far about your career in the music?

All the accomplishments that we’ve achieved with the release of “Man Enough Now” and “Gone Girl”! We didn’t expect to get any of the things that we have and it’s been truly a blessing!

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Kate Grom~ Q & A!!!

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1.     Hello Kate, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became musician? I’m from a small artist town on the Delaware River called Frenchtown, in New Jersey. Frenchtown is in the countryside, and I grew up on a horse farm. The horses were and continue to be an important part of my life. I pursued goals as a competitive equestrian for most of my life and saddle time is something I still enjoy. Being on the farm, surrounded by nature, allowed for much time spent in my imagination as a child. So I was outside, exploring the farm (forest, creeks, fields, etc.) as often as possible. In school, I pursued mainly arts in courses, and was accepted into advanced courses in drawing and sculpture. I almost went to art school but opted to pursue music. As a child, I was known to memorize songs my parents played, or whatever I could hear on the radio. Consequently they signed me up for piano lessons around the age of 7, which became my initial foundation, instrumentally. In middle school I began taking voice lessons as well as sang in as many choirs as possible.  I later went on to study music formally, in college. In college (in Nashville) I started working in the music business, through internships and part time employment.  Meanwhile, I started singing backup vocals for bands/friends in town, played in a duo band, and started playing guitar/songwriting, more seriously.

2.     How did you know you wanted a career in music? Music has always been a part of me. I’ve related to songs, and have gotten lost in the storytelling, for as long as I can remember. At some point in high school, I had this feeling that it was necessary to pursue songwriting, because of the impact music had/was having on me. I wanted to create a connection with people and their experiences, through music.

3.     Who are some of your musical icons? Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks

4.     What is story behind your latest single “Whistle Cry,” on your new album “Heroine?” The ‘Whistle Cry’ story began while I was living in London a few years back. I had been traveling all of the U.K. by train, solo, and was inspired by the solace and freedom the train offered. A series of imaginative poems and stories began on this journey. When I returned to Nashville I was nostalgic for the life I had lived, loved and left abroad. I found steady comfort in the soothing sounds of the train outside my Nashville apartment. It’s whistle cry brought memories back to life while encouraging the prospect of new ones. I often imagined following that freeing feeling…just climbing on board to somewhere new.

5.     How did you come up with the name of your album and was there any other names that you were maybe going to pick instead?  Heroine was inspired by a quote by author, Nora Ephron:  “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” This song was written after a transformative time in my life as an artist, where I left New York city and headed to France with my guitar. While there, Heroine was completed. Heroine reflects my journey toward independence, which I think is very relatable. Heroine is meant to be an inspiration and anthem to all who have experienced, or who are now experiencing changes in life.

6.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music? I can’t help but continue to create more music as the years go on. Even though the record was recently released, I still find myself writing music. I hope to share another collection of songs in the next 5-10 years, if not before!

7.     What is one accomplishment that you are most proud so far that happened in your music career?  I feel the most accomplished as an artist when an individual approaches me after a show, and tells me they resonated with a particular song(s). This is always the goal, to provide a safe place for listeners to feel something, through your song(s). This has happened a few times over the past year of performing more frequently, and it keeps me inspired.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes? “Milkshakes” from the film “Before Sunrise”. 

9.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017? In the near future, ’m looking forward to opening up for Heather Nova in May, for several shows. Also am thrilled to be releasing my first music video, this coming Friday, for the song “Whistle Cry”. 

Kate Grom~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Two years ago, singer/songwriter Kate Grom was undecided between realism and staying true to herself. Grom had graduated college after transformative time finding her true voice in music; it was then time to pursue her music dreams in New York. But in her heart there was impatience she could not let go and she had to break out of her own comfort zone to power her vision.

Grom ended up in France, where she knew no one. Alone with a rented acoustic guitar, she tackled her fears and accepted her musical gifts to the world. Grom had now put out her new album titled, “Heroine.” “Heroine,” was produced by two-time Grammy Award winning producer Stewart Lerman.

When Grom sings it is a mixed of folk, bluegrass and country. Her musical icons include Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Pasty Cline and America. Growing up in Frenchtown, New Jersey a small music town boarding the Delaware River, that is where she was part of her church choir, chamber choir and women’s choir. Also she studied music at Belmont University in Nashville.

Grom’s album “Heroine” has nine songs on it and it was inspired by Nora Ephron’s quote “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” It showcases the permission and how Grom takes her own path to become her own independent woman. This album shows how Grom’s vocals show how powerful she is while singing.

Coming up next for is playing live shows to support her latest LP and just making a bigger name for herself in this crazy but wonderful music world. If you would like to find out more about Grom then check out her website www.kategrom.com/.

 

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Boots on Stage~ May Showcase!!!

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Nikki, Caleche and Me

 

On May 3rd, Boots on Stage had a showcase at The Hotel Café featuring up and coming country artists. The lineup for this show included Chaley Rose, Chris Bandi and Caleche Ryder. The Hotel Café has featured famous musicians such as John Mayer, Adele, Sara Barellies and Katy Perry.

The night started around 9 p.m. with Chaley Rose. Rose was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. After high school she graduated from Indiana University and then spent some time studying acting in New York. She is best known for her role as Zoey in the drama series Nashville. Rose is truly making a name for herself in the television and music world. She has been playing many local LA and Las Vegas showcases for Boots on Stage in 2016 and 2017. I have enjoyed seeing Rose at the different concerts. Each time I have seen her play she truly shows her talent and how she grateful she is for all the accomplishments she has achieved so far in her career. I do not think this will be the last time LA or any other popular city will be graced with Rose and her wonderful music. If you want to find out more about Chaley Rose then check out her Instagram (chaleyrose).

Following Chaley Rose was country male artist Chris Bandi. Bandi grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Ole Miss and spending a couple of summers traveling back and forth from Oxford to Nashville, Bandi decided it was time to move to Nashville. After a few months living in Nashville, Bandi began writing with different songwriters like Shane Minor (Cole Swindell “Chilin It” and Monty Criswell (Eric Church “Like Jesus Does”). Working with these songwriters led Bandi to be introduced to Grammy winning producer and engineer Julian King who had work with Tim McGraw and Tyler Farr. Monty and Julian became supporters in Bandi’s work ethic and new country sound. Not long after meeting and working with both of them the three of them started to promote and help Bandi make a name for himself in the country music world. Bandi has got the chance to be an opener for The Marshall Tucker Band, Cannan Smith and LoCash. When I went to Nashville for my first time in November 2015, I was able to see Chris Bandi opened up for Smith at the well-known country venue Exit/In. I loved his vocal skills and I also like how when he sings he doesn’t try to be anyone else but himself. I was super excited to see Bandi on the line up for this event, because I feel like I have been a fan of his music for the last two years and was excited to see him perform in my hometown finally. My favorite part of his set is when he sang Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” and also when he sang his latest single “Man Enough Now.”

After the showcase I went up to introduce myself to Bandi and told him how he was my first concert in Nashville and how I been a fan of his since I saw him in 2015. He was happy to hear that I enjoy his music and was sharing how he was enjoying his first time in LA. I am hoping that he will be back in Southern California again really soon. If you would like to find out more about Chris Bandi then check out his Instagram (chrisbandi).

The last performer of the night was one of my favorite country musicians, Caleche Ryder. Caleche grew up riding horses in San Diego County, California. She then moved to Reno, Nevada where she became Miss Nevada in 2007. She is now living in Los Angeles with her husband Eric and recording music. My favorite part of her performance was when she did a cover of Miranda Lambert song “Gun Powder and Lead” with local country act Curt Chambers and country duo Golden West. Caleche also shared a new song that she was working on called “Bar Fight.” I was also happy when she sang “West Coast Cowgirl.” “West Coast Cowgirl” is an anthem Caleche wrote for all SoCal girls who love and are proud of everything country. It was also nice to catch up with Caleche after her set. You could tell she was happy that her loyal fans came out to see her. If you would like to find out more about Caleche Ryder then check out her Instagram (calecherydermusic).

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Golden West, Caley Rose, Caleche Ryder, my sister (Nikki) and me

This night was a really enjoyable night by seeing new and old faces that have been part of my blog in past posts. I love how these Boots on Stage events are low key and small and how you can listen to good music and also connect to the artists on a personal level as well. I am so lucky to be part of the Country Cali Crew.

Lastly, this showcase was so much fun to watch. It was a real treat to see three up and coming country artists sing some great original and cover songs. I hope Boots on Stage and Ricky Abramson do many more showcases and concerts in the near future.

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Chris Bandi and me

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Ana Cristina Cash~ Artist Spotlight!!

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Ana Cristina Cash is an American singer/songwriter, who grew up in Miami, Flordia. Cash’s parents moved to the United States in the early 1960’s from Cuba during the start of the revolution. She grew listening to music from many different genres and when she writes her own music she writes from the heart. Cash now is lives in Nashville.

Cash put out her latest album “The West Coast Sessions”, that was produced by Chris Price, in May 2015. This album is available on all music applications. Cash is bi-lingual and started her professional music career at age 6, and quickly became an accomplished champion of singing contests on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante.” At the age of 16 she signed with to Sony Music’s Latin division and released her first album “Ana Cristina” in Spanish. Her cover Shubert’s “Ave Maria” was released within a Sony Christmas compilation album “Nuestra Navidad.”

In 2005, at the age of 19, she became the first Hispanic in history to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at a Presidential Ingurgitation. In 2006 she was invited to perform at the White House for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain and many notable world ambassadors. Also in 2006, she released a duet with MichaelAngelo of the song “You Can Change the World.” Its bilingual counterpart “El Mundo Puedes Cambiar” and this went on to become the theme song for the World Cup Germany in 2006. Cash has also performed the national anthem for many live national broadcasts including the NBA, MLB and NFL. She also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Flordia International University in 2010.

On October 29, 2016 Cash married music producer John Carter Cash. Shortly after, she began to record and write music for her current release, “The Tough Love” EP. Her most latest project is a sampling of what’s to come from this amazingly talented artist. These recordings, with a dark and mysterious feel, show off Cash connection to rockabilly and gritty blues also by combing it with country and soul. Cash spends most of time performing live shows, recording and writing. Cash and her husband also own and operate Cash Cabin Enterprises LLC. She will always be creative and is looking forward to every new chapter in her musical journey.

 

Social Media Accounts:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/anacristinacash?lang=en

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anacristinacash/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

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

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Ana Cristina Cash~ Q & A!!

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1.     Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country musician?  

Before I was a country musician I was always a musician. I grew up in Miami, Florida with two older sisters. My parents moved from Cuba to the United States in the 1960’s. I grew up speaking and singing in both English and Spanish. I started being asked to sing solos in church in my Catholic school and also competed on several television competitions as a child in the Spanish language, because those were the opportunities that were most available to me growing up in South Florida. When I was 15 years old, I was signed to the Latin division of Sony Music and recorded records with them. I graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and continued to pursue music and performing in live shows splitting my time between Miami and Los Angeles. The last album before my current EP, “The West Coast Sessions” was written by myself and recorded with producer Chris Price. The material featured more of a pop/soul feel that I am very proud of.

2.     How did you get involved in country music and how did you know you it was a career you wanted?

I got involved heavily in country music when I moved to Nashville and started working with my now husband, John Carter Cash. I have always sung country music songs in my spare time and around friends and family, as I feel that it is the genre of my music that fits my voice the best. I didn’t really get the chance to dive in fully into country music until I moved to Nashville. I think the country genre has some of the greatest vocalists and songs in the world. 

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

My range of inspiration has been pretty eclectic throughout my life. When I was growing up in Miami, I really looked up to Gloria Estefan. I also have always loved the voices of Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald. I admire Shania Twain and Faith Hill also as far as country musicians that I grew up listening to and appreciating. The first album that impacted me the most as a kid was Alanis Morisette’s “Jagged Little Pill”. I loved it for its raw honesty and transparency. It was what really inspired me to bare it all as a songwriter and not be afraid . I love Tori Amos’ “Little Earthquakes” album for that same reason. I listen to David Bowie, Elton John and Queen constantly. 

4.     What is the story behind your latest EP “The Tough Love” and when will it be available to purchase?

The Tough Love EP is already available for purchase on iTunes , Amazon Music , it’s on Spotify and all digital platforms. It is a 6 song body of work that is about empowerment in life and in relationships. It’s about not accepting less than what you deserve. It had Country , Soul ,Blues , Americana and some Rockabilly influenced . I recorded it in the Cash Cabin studio in Hendersonville,TN and it was produced by my husband John Carter Cash. I co-wrote all of the songs on except for “Seminole Wind”, which is a John Anderson classic that I did my own rendition of .The most intense song that’s on the The Tough Love EP is the song “Southern Roots” which I co-wrote with my husband John Carter Cash.

5.     Which have been your favorite venues to play at?   

I love playing 3rd and Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe, and The City Winery in Nashville among many others. In Los Angeles, I always felt right at home performing at The Hotel Cafe. Performing the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden in New York City was a big, fun adrenaline rush for me.

6.     If you had to give advice to a up and coming musician, what would you share with them?

I would tell people to practice their craft of songwriting, playing and performing as much as possible. It is a competitive field and you want to be at the top of your game. You want people to leave your show with a great impression of who you are as an artist. So much so that they’d tell their friends and family and spread the word. Something else I would offer as advice is to never give up. A lot of people along the way will try to discourage you from achieving your full potential. I would take the constructive criticism seriously, but I would completely ignore the negative people that are trying to bring you down and just keep moving forward.

7.     What is one of your favorite quotes? 

One of my favorite quotes it’s from Benjamin Franklin and says, “Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

8.     I started a new tab on my blog called “Dixiedee’s bites” where I share my favorite recipes that I love to cook in my kitchen. I am also starting to share recipes from my family, friends and musicians that take part in my blog.  Is there a recipe you would like to share? 

Yes! I grew up eating a dessert that originates from Spain called, “Natilla”. It was very popular in Cuba,  and being that I was born in the United States but of Cuban descent, it is a very popular dessert in Miami where I grew up. I use just the regular Natilla recipe, except I substitute the whole milk for half and half and use sweetened condensed milk in it instead of granulated sugar. It is a delicious pudding that is a cousin to Spain’s “Crema Catalana” and you finish it off by dusting cinnamon powder on top of it . 

9.     Anything else you would like to share with our blog followers?

The Tough Love EP is available now and it’s part of a full album that I am working on. The full album project will be out soon. To keep track of what is going on in my world, you can visit my official website www.anacristinacash.com . It has links to all of my social media. 🙂

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Top 5 Favorite Songs~ May 1, 2017!!!

  1. Kasey Tyndall~ “Everything is Texas”: “Everything is Texas” is a song about a break up and how everything reminds you of that guy or girl that you were once in a relationship with.
  2. Jenny Gill~ “Look Where Loving You Landed Me”: “Look Where Loving You Landed Me”, was inspired by something Gill’s husband Josh told her on their honeymoon. Jenny took the saying and made it into a song.
  3. Jessica Rose~ “One of the Boys”: “One of the Boys” was inspired by the large amount of male country artists vs. the lower amount of female artists in the country music industry.
  4. Jo Smith~ “Old School Groove”~ “Old School Groove,” desires for the 1960s when love ruled and a lover’s heart could spin like a “vinyl record.”
  5. Skylar Shupe~ “This is War”: “This is War,” is for all the girls who in the world for when things don’t go their way, to not give up and keep moving forward and to never get up.

 

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