Hunter Brothers- “Q&A”!!!


1.     Hello, Luke, JJ, Ty, Brock and Dusty (Hunter Brothers), can you guys tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country music band?

We grew up in the small rural S.W. Saskatchewan community of Shaunavon (Home of female hockey great – Hayley Wickenheiser and current NHLer Braydon Coburn, and Olympian Jungle Jim Hunter). Our lives were extremely busy as kids growing up as we were involved in school, music (piano, guitar etc), hockey, our local church, and LOTS of farm work (Dad was a big believer of wise “time-usage”)

We were invited to perform at a local Gospel festival 26 years ago (before Ty was even born) and thats when our on-stage performing began. As a Gospel singing, vocal-based family group, the local invitations expanded into more wide-spread festival and concert opportunities until we were spending large portions of the summer weekends playing throughout Western Canada and the United States. For years we would spend the winter playing junior and pro hockey throughout North America only to return to the farm in the spring to help Dad plant the crop and then dive back in to summer training for hockey and weekend trips performing a various events. 

As the years passed, one by one, each brother (because of injury and other life decisions) retired from hockey and made their way back to the farm. While farming became a way of life, the music took on a few different stylistic changes until finally we landed on Country music. 

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

In some regards, the transition to country music for us should’ve happened much quicker than it did. We grew up as farmers and still are farmers. Our one local radio station was a country station, which we listened to day in and day our while out on the land in our farming implements. We’ve always loved country music-what it says, how it’s played, where it is rooted and grounded, we’re from the country, and understand country life. It makes sense to us and has always been part of our lives. When we finally landed playing country music… we felt like we finally arrived home.

We also have some great friends who were highly influential in us getting our start in the Country Music industry. Brad and Curtis Rempel (High Valley) have been great friends for years. It was Brad who introduced us to Ron Kitchener with Open Road Recordings and RGK Entertainment. He also co-produced our debut album and co-wrote many of the songs on that album. Without them, there is a good chance we may not be doing what we are today.

3.     Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?

We may be 5 blood-brothers with the same parents, same upbringing, same background etc etc, but we are definitely 5 different people with different tastes, tendencies and preferences. Our musical influences and icons span many genres and eras… everything from Gospel, Country, EDM, R&B, Rock, Pop and A capella. We have found inspiration in music from The Jackson 5, Rascal Flatts, Maroon 5, Diamond Rio, The Gaither Vocal Band, Earth Wind & Fire, Paul Brandt, Little Big Town, Stevie Wonder and beyond.

4.     What is the story behind your newest single “Born & Raised?”

Born & Raised has been a very pivotal song for us in our music career. It’s a song that hits home for us as it speaks of where we’re from, how we were raised, what our values are and ultimately points to the framework of how we approach life. 

More than that, the term “Born And Raised” really is a universal phrase as everyone was Born and Raised somewhere and every person has a story of the people, surroundings and influences that shaped us into the people we are today. There is a line in the song that says “I’m proud of where I’m from…” and it’s very rare that you run into a person that doesn’t carry a certain pride of where and how they were “Born And Raised”.

The events surrounding the release of the single were very special to us as well. The song went to radio just before the CCMA’s which are Canadian Country Music’s largest stage which were hosted in our home province of Saskatchewan. We also had the privilege of recording the music video for the song literally in our back yard… behind our parents house in our hometown of Shaunavon. We combined the video shoot with a benefit concert which saw between 1000-1200 people from S.W. Saskatchewan come out and not only support us, but raise over $60,000 which went to local Saskatchewan charities. The five charities were chosen in line with the theme of 5 of our main “Born And Raised” influences Faith, Farm, Family, Hockey and Community – tied together with the common thread of music. 

5.     Is there anything new coming up with your guys’ music for the rest of 2017?

We just wrapped up a 2 week media tour through Manitoba and Ontario. We are currently down in Nashville writing in preparation for new singles and eventually a new album. The music industry never rests and we’re thankful to have the opportunity of continuing to press ahead with new ideas and plans!

 6.     If you guys could sing a duet with a famous singer or group whom would it be and why?

The first group that comes to mind is Rascal Flatts. They’ve been huge musical influences for us in the country world and have done so much for the industry. 

We had the opportunity to cross one of these “bucket list” items off our list at this years’ CCMA’s Legends show when we had the blessing and privilege of performing with Paul Brandt. Along with the amazing music he’s put out over the years, he has upheld so many of the things we admire in an artist- integrity, excellence, conviction, family, while still treating everyone he crossed paths with love and respect. It was a huge honour for us. 

7.     What are a few of your favorite quotes?

We were told some great advice when we first signed our Record/Management contract. 

– Never take anything for granted

– Don’t forget where you came from

No matter where this music career takes us, we want to keep those thoughts very close to us.

Another one from our father which rings true being brothers 

– The world will beat up on you enough, you don’t have to beat up on yourselves.

8.     Is there anything else you guys would like to share?

We have been blown away by the quality of individuals that are in the country music industry… everyone from the artists, radio personal, booking agents, labels, managers and beyond. We feel extremely blessed to do this in and among so many amazing people – following in the footsteps of the great people that paved the way before us.
 Playing this music, as brothers, in this atmosphere…. could it get any better?

Hunter Brothers~ Artist Spotlight


Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty aka the Hunter Brothers are a Canadian country music band from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. The real-life brothers grew up singing gospel with their family across Canada and the U.S. Since pre-kindergarten each brother had learned to play an instrument. Their music talent brought them together and also helped them to form their country music band.

The Hunter Brothers’ first song, “El Dorado,” was shaped with the amazing production abilities of Brad Rempel (High Valley), Grammy award-winning producer Seth Mosley and Michael “X” O’Connor. Their second single “Long Way to Love You,” is an upbeat song about a long distance love and it was a Top-40 radio hit.

The brothers have been performing live acoustic sets on different radio stations and television spots. The boys also become popular for their ability to create their own song parody videos, with their most new attempt, “The Tractor Got Stuck.” This video gained more than 1.5 million views on Facebook.

Their recent single and video “Born & Raised” is available now from their debut album “Getaway.” If you would like to find out more about the Hunter Brothers then check out their website


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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thanks to Jake Rose for sharing this yummy Fall Cookie Recipe, I love anything with CC’S (chocolate chips) in it!!!


  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups + 1 Tablespoon (258g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (120g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup (170g) pumpkin puree (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (270g) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and oats together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg yolk, blotted pumpkin, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix everything together until completely combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop cookie dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more chocolate chips into the tops– this is only for looks!

Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

Recipe Notes:

*Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice + 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves + (an extra) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

*Squeeze as much of the moisture out of the pumpkin puree as you can before adding it to the cookie dough. I simply squeeze the puree with paper towels. See photo in the post for a visual. This will help produce a less cakey cookie. Less moisture is a good thing in these cookies!

Jake Rose “Q&A”!!!



Jake Rose~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!


Jake Scherer “Rose” grew up on a farm just west of the Twin Cities in Hamel, Minnesota. Rose ‘s dad Steve and his uncle Bob, farmed together with Rose’s grandfather, Hunk Scherer. Bob and Steve had a southern rock band called “Stampede.” Rose’s loved for music started at a young age, while watching his dad and uncle play old country classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, the Allman Brothers, Bob Seger and many more. “Rose,” comes from his little sister Jocelyn Rose who sadly passed away. Rose decided to his use her middle name for his stage name to honor her and her legacy.

Previously, Rose started the rock band New Medicine who charted a top 15 Billboard Hit with the song “Race You To The Bottom.” While being apart of a band Rose played over 400 shows in the United States and Canada. He has also been living in Nashville since 2012 and writing songs for other artists such as Meatloaf, Colt Ford and Keith Urban. In 2016 Rose started to work on his own solo project. He teamed up with collaborator and producer Kevin Kadish and singer Taylor Swift producer Nathan Chapman at their new company: Starts With Music.

Rose’s latest single “Sleeves” came out on October 26, 2017 and is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Jake Rose then go check out his website

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Jo Smith~ “Q&A”!!!



  1. Hi Jo, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became country musician?
  2. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
  3. Who are some of your musical icons?
  4. What is one of your favorite songs you ever recorded?
  5. Is there anything new coming  up with your music for the rest of 2017?
  6. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
  7. If you could sing a duet with  a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
  8. What is one accomplishment that you are most proud about that happened in your music career so far?
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes?


1) I grew up on a farm in southwest Georgia.  I listened to my Daddy’s vinyl record collection!  (Will attach bio for more:)

2) Funny thing, I don’t remember making this decision because it’s just always been that way.  I was singing solos at church when I was three years old!
3) KT Oslin and Bruce Springsteen
4) Dance Dirty- it’s so motown!
5) Just found out I’m a CMT Next Women of Country for 2018!!  Also recording an acoustic record in December!!
6) I hope to have achieved the career pace of my dreams: live a little, write a little, record a little, tour a little, back to live a little.  Maybe some kids and a home on the Jersey shore.  I love it there.  Also using my International Politics degree from Vandy in some way!
7) Bruno Mars- I just love his music and his dancing and his live show.  We’d have a blast.
8) Having my grandparents who no longer travel be able to come see me perform at the Ryman Auditorium.
9) “Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Teddy Roosevelt / “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”- JFK / “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”- FDR / “I am the way, the truth and the life.” – Jesus


Jo Smith~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!


Joanna “Jo” Smith is an American country musician. Smith joined a band called the Mustang Sally at the age of 18. After a few years she left the band and began writing her own songs and recording demos.

Smith signed a publishing contract with Big Bourassa Music and she wrote songs for other musicians. In 2007 she wrote a song for Billy Ray Cyrus called “Flying By” which was on his “Home at Last” album. Also in 2007, Smith’s version of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was included on the “Song of America” album.

In 2010, Smith signed a contract with Colombia Records in Nashville, TN. She released her debut single, “Gettin’ Married” also in 2010. The song was charted on Hot Country Songs and was made into a music video and was directed by Trey Fanjoy.

In August 2011, Sony Music Nashville shared that Smith and label mate Bradley Gaskin will move to BNA Records as part of a corporate restricting. After BNA closed, Smith moved again to RCA. At RCA, they released Smith third single, “We Can’t Be Friends.” “We Can’t Be Friends” was rated 4.5 stars from Taste of Country. Her fourth single “Girls Are Crazy,” was released to country radio on April 29, 2013.

In 2014, Smith signed a publishing deal with Shane McNally’s company Smack Songs. In 2016, she released a new EP called “Introducing Jo Smith.” Smith’s EP was produced by McAnally and Jesse Frasure. The first single off the EP “Old School Groove” was released as a Sirius XM Highway Find in early 2017. Smith has also been included in the Nashville Lifestyles’ 2017 Ones to Watch.

If you would like to find out more about Jo Smith then check out her website


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