Dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of Aug 28, 2017!!!

  1. Julia Capogrossi “Busch Light Budget”: Capogrossi latest single “Busch Light Budget” is a perfect time summer song with a catchy melody that showcases Capogrossi’s moving vocals and charm.
  2. Nick Hickman/Amber Hayes “Lives For Tonight”: Hickman and his friend/fellow Bar Frog Music artist Amber Hayes for a night that they will never forget. This laid back summer song “Live For Tonight” showcases the carefree spirit of living life in the present, even if is just for one night.
  3. Lucas Hoge “Dirty South”: Hoge’s song “Dirty South” it is about a guy and the girl he seeing and how they are just hanging out and having a good time and enjoying each others company.
  4. Tyler Barham “History”: Barham’s title track “History” features YouTube singer Megan Davies. This song has an upbeat sound, but the lyrics are soft and slow. It showcases that the guy is still hung up on times, like his first kiss with his ex girlfriend and not fully knowing of how they to this point and what all is left is history.
  5. Joe Nichols “We All Carry Something”: “We All Carry Something” tells the story of a victim of domestic abuse, a policeman in Chicago who is crying when seeing inner-city trouble. It is a well very good written country song with a message that is as religious as you would want it to be.

 

Music Videos:

Busch Light Budget – Julia Capogrossi (Official Music Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq9-s0wmMPM

Live For Tonight Nick Hickman/Featuring Amber Hayes (Audio Only): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vumufCuw2g

Lucas Hoge – Dirty South (Official Music Video)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsIbePwJrqs

History · Tyler Barham · Megan Davies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7eZ4qGEqwA

Joe Nichols – “We All Carry Something” (Official Audio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAUQHOD2NA0

Meet and Greet Photos!!!

Here are some of my favorite meet and greet photos of all time. I am so thankful to be able to attend so many country concerts/showcases and festivals, but I feel even more thankful when I get to meet some of my favorite country artists and groups!!!

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Kelli Green’s from K-Frog (9.51): French Toast Casserole!!!

I make French Toast Casserole every morning for Christmas. It’s so easy, because you make it the day before and then let it set in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning you pop it in the oven and you’re good to go. Plus it’s delicious!

Ingredients:

8 Hawaiian rolls (you can use any kind of rolls, I just think these are yummy. Plus it makes it a little sweeter)

1 block of Cream Cheese

8 Eggs

½ cup of Sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

2 ½ cup of whole milk

4 tablespoons of melted butter

¼ cup of Maple Syrup

 Directions:

Spray a 9X13 baking dish.

Cut the rolls into cubes and put half of the cubes into the bottom of the baking dish

Cube the block of Cream Cheese and sprinkle it over the bread cubes and then cover with remaining bread cubes

Mix eggs, sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Then add maple syrup, vanilla, milk, and melted butter.

Pour mixture over bread cubes

Cover with foil and put in the fridge overnight

Remove foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

Kelli Green~ K-Frog 9.51 “Morning Show” *Q&A & Bio!!!

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About:

Co-Host and Producer of Scott, Heather and Kelli on K-Frog (9.51)

Biography: Kelli Green was born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga. She enjoys going to the beach, the river and loves the southern California sunshine. She is married and has a 2 years old son name Carter Cruz. She loves working at K-Frog, because she is a fan of country music and loves the people she works with. Green does not mind waking up before the sun shines and is happy to get paid for a job filled with excitement.

Q & A:

 

  1. Hi Kelli, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a radio DJ?

Before I got started in radio I was a college kid going to school at University of La Verne. I worked part time as a server and spent the majority of my time hanging out with my friends. I’m born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California so I went to school local to be close to my family and friends.

  1. What led you to a career in radio?

My career in radio was pretty much a fluke. I was going to school for a degree in TV Broadcasting, but in order to finish all the criteria I also had to take some radio classes. One of my radio professors told me that he thought I would be perfect for a radio promotions job. He told me K-Frog was hiring and that I should apply. I applied and got the job. He was right, I loved it. So after I graduated college I got promoted and I became the Promotions Coordinator for K-Frog. My office happened to be next to K-Frog’s Program Director. One day he pulled me into his office and asked if I’d like to do some voice work. I started off doing liners, and then voice tracking our evening show, and then even filled in as a traffic reporter when needed. When our morning show producer took another job I was officer the position to join our morning show and without hesitation I jumped on it. That was almost 7 years ago.

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

I love that my job is fun. I get to come in and talk about things going on in the world. My job is never boring. There’s always something trending or happening to talk about. Plus I get to go to concerts and talk to celebrities about their lives. There is definitely worst ways to make a living. I’m very fortunate.

  1. Who would be a “dream guest” to have on your show?

I’d love to talk to Jennifer Lawrence or P!nk. I think those are some women I could get along with. Since we’re making up dream scenarios, I’d also love to interview them at a bar with a drink. That would be awesome!

  1. What was your favorite radio station to listen to when you were growing up?

I actually listened to K-Frog growing up, which is a total trip. It’s really cool to work for a station that’s such a staple in the Inland Empire. I remember listening to my co-host, Scott, when he was starting with the station.

  1. Do you have a favorite hobby outside of radio?

Most of my free time is spent with my family. I have a 2-year-old son and I can’t get enough of him. Our family goes to river, sporting events (Dodgers and Kings), and also I love to hangout at home with our puppy.

  1. What kind of advice would you give people who would want to be a radio DJ?

Contact your local station. Set up a tour and meet as many people as you can. Just like any industry, it definitely helps to know people. Also, do what you can to get your foot in the door. Take promotion positions or work as a board op. Let that be your stage to shine and prove that you deserve to be a bigger part of the station.

  1. What did you want to be when growing up?

When I was in high school I wanted to be a professional party planner. I always enjoyed going to parties and decorating, so I thought that we be so much fun. That’s probably part of the reason I loved working in promotions. However, I’m glad I am where I’m at. Parties are fun, but radio is a blast.

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

I don’t think I have a favorite quote. However I do like the saying, “Everything happens for a reason.” I truly believe, that even if it doesn’t make sense at the time it’s being done for a reason you’ll learn about later.

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Scott, Heather & Kelli~ Morning Show Crew!!

 

 

Dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of August 21, 2017!!!

  1. Tareya “Summer Wheels”: This song has a dashboard drumming cruise tune that is celebrating of a summer romance and introduction to southern beaches and a girl love for a man who loves classic cars. You can expect Tareya solo debut this fall.
  2. Caroline Jones “Country Girl”: On “Country Girl”, Jones openness comes out and she explains how she misses home and things that were familiar to her.
  3. Jana Kramer “I’ve Done Love”: “I’ve Done Love” is compares love to drugs/alcohol in terms of its skill to turn lives upside down.
  4. Chris Janson “Fix A Drink”: Janson is keeping those summertime feel-good vibes again on his new single “Fix A Drink.”
  5. Chase Rice “Three Cords & the Truth”: Chase Rice’s new single “Three Cords & the Truth” is a tribute to country music. The single weaves his story into what eventually ends up becoming a love song.

 

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Sam Hunt “15 in a 30 Tour”~ Review!!!

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If you do not consider yourself a country music fan, you should think again. Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30 Tour” is what I call “alternative country.” Unlike other country artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, Hunt’s music is a combo of his two favorite genres of music: Country & R&B. The Georgia native as a child grew up listening to country music, but when he got older his cousins introduced him to hip hop & R&B. Hunt shared with the auidence how many Nashville producers did not like his music early on in his career and how they thought he would not make it in the country music world.

However, four years later, Hunt is headlining his first big tour with opening acts Ryan Follese, Chris Janson and Maren Morris. On Tuesday August 15, 2017 at the Greek Theater I was there to see one wonderful show.

Opener Ryan Follese, previously the lead singer of rock/punk band Hot Chelle Rae. Started the night with his song “Float Your Boat” from his self-titled EP, which was released last year. The 30 years old, whose parents are both country songwriters, left rock and started a country music career in 2016. Follese continued his set with “Put a Label on It,” and “Lose a Little Sleep,” which also on his EP. Follese closed his set with, “Tonight, Tonight,” which is Hot Chelle Rae’s best-known song.

Chris Janson was next up and he got the party going again. He started his set with “Redneck Life” from his “Fix a Drink EP” that was released in June. During this song he was playing both the acoustic guitar and harmonica. He then went into “Everybody” also from his new EP. He is an artistic and well-rounded singer/songwriter, and it shows a lot while he is performing live. Janson interacted with the auidence and was getting people up on their feet and dancing and singing along with him. He sang covers of “I Love This Life” which he wrote for country band LoCash and “Truck Yeah” by Tim McGraw. He even did a small drum solo during “Truck Yeah.” After singing his most popular song, “By Me a Boat,” he ended his set of the show with a cover of Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire.”

The last opening act of the night was Maren Morris. Morris played songs from her “Hero” album, which came out in June 2016. “Sugar”, “Just Another Thing” and “How It’s Done,” all show off her stunningly powerful voice. Next she did an acoustic verison of “I Could Use a Love Song,” which she called the “first vulnerable thing I’ve put on the radio waves.” Then she played a few of the audience favorites, “such as “80s Mercedes” and “My Church,” before ending with a mash up of “Second Wind” and Beyoncé’s song “Halo.” She and Hunt are making country/pop/R&B mashups a new music trend.

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Lastly, Sam Hunt played and it was worth the wait. Of all the concerts I been to recently, Hunt had by far the best lighting and special effects to go along with his music. There are four moving panels with lights that are loomed above the stage. Then there are other times that song lyrics would appear so that fans can sing along. For his opening song he sang “Leave the Night On,” the words of this song appeared on each panel moving around just as fast as Hunt was jumping around from one side of the stage to the other. He then started to sing, “House Party” and “Raised on It.” Next, Hunt shared some personal stories from his life with the crowd, such as the story behind his next song “Cop Car.” This song is a slow pace kind of song, along with the rest of his set, which showcased his style of combining both country/R&B. Most of the songs going forward were a combo of singing the chorus, then singing verses or bridges. But this type of format, works for Hunt and show the importance to certain phrases as needed like in his songs like in “I Met A Girl’ and “Speakers.” He also created a build up, for the encore of his song “Break Up in a Small Town.” He remains close to his country roots by telling his own personal stories, but also opens this genre to a crossover with his R&B influence.

Hunt then performed his recent hit “Body Like a Back Road,” it was really cool to see him play it live. He then played “Take Your Time” and “Ex to See.” The stage then went dark for about a minute, before a while piano came on stage. Hunt came back out again, and played a piano solo and while the opening lines of “Make You Miss Me.” The rest of the band came back an out after the first verse. Lastly Hunt did a quick combo of “Break Up in a Small Town”/”Drinkin Too Much,” and then the lights went down on another wonderful country concert at the beautiful Greek Theater.

 

Websites:

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Brandon Ray~ Q & A!!!

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1. Hi Brandon, what is the story behind your new song “Ends of the Earth?”
I started working with producer Ross Copperman and this was a song he sent me to listen to in a Dropbox –  It immediately stopped me in my tracks and I had to record it. I interpreted it as doing anything for the one you love even if it means going to the ends of the earth. I soon figured out that they wrote about a couple who they were friends with that was adopting a baby from Uganda. That just told me the power of music and how it can be interpreted.
 
2. What has been your favorite venue to play at so far in your music career? 
There have been some incredible venue, but one that sticks out is “the grizzly Rose” in Denver, Co.
 
3. When you are not working or playing music, what do you like to do in your free time? 
If I have free time, I love working on old cars – I have a 78 f100 pickup that I’m constantly doing something to.
I love sports. And I love hanging with my wife and best friends.
 
4. Have you learned anything from any musicians or groups that you have opened up for?
Absolutely. I always watch and learn as much I can from them.
Kip Moore taught me to soak in every moment and enjoy the journey.
 
5. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
Bryan Adams. The dude is my hero and sings like a madman!
 
6. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
I had always listened to country, rock, pop, and every genre growing up. I had a rock band after high school that made waves across the country, but in that genre it was difficult to have a loyal fan base.
In country, they would literally follow you to the “ends of the earth” haha! The support is unbelievable. 
I also feel the storytelling and putting myself in all my songs is what I wanna do.
 
7. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
Yes – we are in the studio recording new music and should have another new release before the end of the year.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
I always loved Gandi’s “you cannot shake hands with a clenched fist”
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