Brandon Ray~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Brandon Ray is from West Texas and he knows a few things about the American Way. When Ray was a child his parents inspired the idea to follow his dreams while highlighting the importance of hard work. Growing up Ray used to secure himself in his bedroom for many hours and arise with a bad excuse for a song and get on his parents nerves with it. His parents did nothing but inspire him to keep going on.

Music was always present in his childhood home. Ray’s father had a love for legendary rockers like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Steely Dan. His brothers introduced him to Metallica, Mellencamp and Nirvana. Ray’s mother was a fan of country music and she would play all the country greats like Johnny Cash and George Strait. Despite always having a house filled with music, Ray’s first love was baseball and he dreamed to be a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, but he was benched after two foot surgeries that eventually shifted his focus to playing the guitar and writing songs.

By the time he was 13, Ray had saved some money to buy his first guitar. Everything from that point on has been a means to an end in effort to accomplish his own American Dream. He’s held every job imaginable, lawn care, waiter, guitar teacher and lifeguard. When he was being a lifeguard he once resuscitated a boy who nearly drowned at the local city pool. Ray still gets Christmas cards from the boy’s family. At the age of 18 he was on the road with his first band and they played 750 shows, in 3 years. Also at this time he opened up for Fall Out Boy, Switchfoot and was part of Vans Warped Tour.

When Ray arrived in Nashville, Ray landed a publishing deal and played guitar for country musician Brett Eldredge and lent his vocals to many demos for different publishers and songwriters and all while trying to develop his own sound.

In just a few short years, Ray was able to put his out his own music and be apart of this crazy exciting country music world. If you would like hear to his music then go check out his latest single “Ends of the Earth.’ If you would like to find out more about Brandon Ray also check out his website http://www.brandonrayofficial.com.

 

 

Social Media Accounts:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrandonRayMusic

Twitter: @BrandonRayMusic

Instagram: BrandonRayMusic

SnapChat: BrandonRaySnaps

 

*Link to purchase his new song “Ends of the Earth”: http://hyperurl.co/qartls

 

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Dixiedeetop 5 Favorite Songs of August 14, 2017!!!

  1. Riley Green “Runnin With An Angel”: In Green’s new song, he hints on errors and a girl who did not stand for it. Green also explains how there are a lot of guys who do not know a good thing where they have it and he seen a lot of his own friends in this type of situation or problem.
  2. Mickey Guyton “Nice Things”: “Nice Things” tell the story of a guy who unkindly breaking his lover heart. He is abandoning the best part of his life.
  3. Alec Macgillivray “Day Jam”: This song brings you to a fun college summer party. This song can be listen to in the car, at your house, at the beach or pretty much in any setting.
  4. Honey Jack “17 Memphis”: New duo 17 Memphis released a new song called “Honey Jack.” It is a different sound if you compare it to other songs in the “country music” songs. The instrumental sound is unique and something different.
  5. Ryan Kinder “Close”: In Kinder new song “Close,” it tells a story about a guy trying to pick up a girl. He tells her that they may not fall in love but, they could get close. It is also about diving in and taking a little chance at maybe love and even if they don’t fall in love maybe they get close to that feeling.

 

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Dixiedeetop5 Favorite Songs of August 7, 2017!!!

  1. Mitchell Tenpenny “Mixed Drinks”: Mitchell Tenpenny explains when he met up with his co-writers for his new song “Mixed Drinks”, they met at a bar and was watching a girl doing something familiar: drinking away a heartbreak. The song shows a person that is okay in the easiest and memorable way possible.
  2. Jon Langston “Right Girl Wrong Time”: Jon Langston new song “Right Girl Wrong Time” starts off about talking about a relationship. Langston explains the breaking foundation that comes with the cost of a long distance-relationship. Even those everything seem fine between the couple and they were love, the miles separating the two made an offset in the timing of both their lives.
  3. Smithfield “When You’re Gone”: Smithfield is bringing a laid back vibe, with trumpets and horns, on their new single “When You’re Gone.” This song tells the story about a couple who buzzes off one another and cannot help but wish for one glass more of the good stuff to keep this moment going on for a little more time.
  4. Levon “Ms. Marianne”: Levon’s new song “Ms. Marianne,” is a country version to the punk rock song “Stacy’s Mom.” The phrases are flirty and this song is a full story that many country music fans will love to listen too.
  5. Chase Rice “Three Chords and the Truth”: Chase Rice’s new single “Three Cords and The Truth” is country praise to country music. The singer weaves his story of his song into eventually becomes a love song.

 

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Macho Mayo~ Sauce!!

~This recipe is from co-founder of “Caliville” Clothing Company~ Chase Lauer!!

I actually created a sauce called “Macho Mayo” https://machomayo.com/ and have a bunch of recipes on there, haha. This is my favorite.

Warning: Do not eat this sandwich wearing a white shirt or in front of anyone you’re trying to impress…this sh*t is MESSY!

Ingredients:

  • A Bun (unless you’re on one of those wimpy no carb diets, in which case you can just go munch on a head of lettuce…wimp).
  • BBQ Pulled Pork (I used a Hormel Sandwich Maker Kit…it says it serves two, but they aren’t foolin’ anyone).
  • Thick Slice of Swiss Cheese
  • Kosher Dill Pickle Slices
  • Potato Chips (I used Lay’s Limited Edition Siracha Chips)
  • Macho Mayo

Directions:

  1. Assemble the sandwich… do you really need directions, bro?
  2. Dive in face first and go to town.

The flavors of the BBQ pork, cheese, and Macho Mayo go together really well, and the pickles and chips add some much needed crunch and texture. This sandwich is super messy and leaves you walking away full and feeling like a man should after a meal. Now wipe your hands and face on the nearest towel (or shirt) you can find, and if that won’t do the trick, run outside and hose yourself down, ya filthy animal!

Caliville~ Q & A!!

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1.     Hello, can you give me a little bit of background of your apparel line?

When you’re chasing down a dream, wherever that road may lead you, it’s your mentality that can make or break you. Caliville is a lifestyle about being care-free, knowing that you’re doing everything in your power to succeed. You create the world you live in, so stay positive, be present, and enjoy the ride.

2.     How did you decide on the name “CALIVILLE,” and was there any other names that you were thinking about?

Brett Young approached me about wanting to start a lifestyle brand. We had been working together on a few projects for him as an artist at the time, but he wanted something that could live outside his music. After hearing about a couple of the more monumental decisions he made in his life, moving to LA and later to Nashville in the pursuit of songwriting, the name just kind of came to us.

3.     Where do you see “CALIVILLE” in the next 5 to 10 years?

We’re planning on extending the line to shirts and other garments. We’re really excited to start creating a lot of limited edition designs.

4.     What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud about so far for “CALIVILLE?”

We’re only 7 months old as a company, so we’re still relatively new, but I love seeing our hats on people at shows or walking around Nashville. I’ve had so many people ask to buy a CALIVILLE hat off my head when I’m out and I normally just end up giving it to them. I bet there are at least 20 hats out there that came straight off of my head, haha.

5.     Has any famous country artists worn your hats?

We’ve had a lot of support from our community in Nashville. Brett (Young) wears them out on the road quite a bit. I make sure I get some gear in the hands of my artist friends, so hopefully, they wear them!!

6.     What is one of your favorite event (s) to be part of?

Summer Country Music festivals!!

7.     Is there anything new coming up with your company for the rest of 2017?

We have a ton of new gear we will be rolling out in the next month and we’re going to be doing some really cool giveaways when we launch the new line!

8.     What is the first item you ever made for this company?

We did a very small run of hats and hoodies and gave them to all of our friends. This was way before we actually formed the company.

9.     What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company?

Find other creatives to collaborate with. It’s a tough industry, but it can be much easier if your surround yourself with like minded people all working towards a common goal. 

10. What is one of your quotes?

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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Caliville~ Their Story!!!

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While playing baseball for his former college for Ole Miss, Brett Yong found out he needed Tom John surgery. At this time, the Californian did not know he was a popular country musician in the making, he just knew his journey of playing Major League Baseball was over.

To close his baseball career Young move to Los Angeles to pursue music. Six years later, he took a dive again, leaving his home state to chase the dream in Nashville.

That’s Caliville. Young shares “Life can straight up suck sometimes, but it’s deciding to push through anyway that makes you strong.” Caliville showcases more than Young personal story, it is also about going after what you want and not letting people discourage you. Your journey may not start in California and it might not be about music. But if you give it all you got to make it happen, you are in a Caliville state of mind.

Co-founder Chase Lauer shares that “Caliville represents a journey, but not a physical destination.” Lauer and Young met through music, but it was Young’s work ethic and boldness that inspired the formation of Caliville, combined with a talent that made the song “Sleep Without You” a #1 even before it topped the music charts. Caliville is care free and easygoing and is happy when people do everything to make their own dreams come true. Lastly Caliville, want people to make the world they live in to be positive, stay current and enjoy this crazy ride in this world.

 

Websites

Home Webpage: https://www.caliville.com

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

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

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