Country singer/songwriter Sean Stemaly is from Madisonville, Kentucky and he was raised in Southern Indiana. His liking for country music started in his late teens, when he used to work with his grandfather. Some of his musical icons are Ronnie Dunn, Jon Pardi, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson.
Stemaly started his music career in church. He would sing in front of thousands of people every Sunday. His strong voice help show him that God gifted him with a talent to sing. Stemaly is an up and coming performer in the country music world and he brings new life to a traditional genre.
Since living in Nashville, TN Stemaly has been making a name for himself by playing across the Midwest and writing true and honest songs with some of the best Nashville’s songwriters.
If you would like to find out more about Sean Stemaly then check out his website https://www.seanstemaly.com.
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Country singer and songwriter Karen (Car-in) McCormick is going to be putting out her sophomore single “We Were on Fire,” on August 31, 2018. This single produced and mixed by Lucas Hathaway and was recorded at the famous Treasure Isle Studio in Nashville, TN. Mostly McCormick wrote the song and the song has a similar sound to country artists like Kelsea Ballerini and Danielle Bradbery.
McCormick shares, “She wanted to write a song that embodied a relationship that is so happy and so good and everyone wises they could have it. It is one of the happiest songs that she have written and that makes her so happy as a songwriter.”
The new single is a follow-up to McCormick’s first single, “Just a Song”, which has over 15,000 Spotify downloads. McCormick is excited to be sharing a new story with her fans. Lastly make sure to download and listen to McCormick new song this Friday on all digital platforms.
1. Hello Karen, how have you grown as country singer/songwriter in the past year?
That’s a great question. It’s always been hard for me to wake up and say, “okay, today I’m going to write a song, and I want it to be about this.” Ironically, that’s exactly what I did with this new single. I feel I’ve become more intentional with my songwriting, which is something I want to expand on and continue to do as a writer.
2. How did you come up with the name “We Were On Fire” for your upcoming single?
I wanted the title to reflect the overall theme of the song, which is having something so great that everyone around you wishes they could have it — We Were on Fire” was the line that stood out the most to me and best represented that theme.
3. What is the background story behind your new song?
My first single, “Just a Song”, was reflective and nostalgic — but in more a sad way. I want the second single to be happier, to touch on happier memories — because I’m so happy in my life right now! It tells the story of having something so good it’s almost too good to be true.
4. Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this song?
I hope it’s one of those songs that people turn up in their car and single along to. I hope people feel a sense of happiness when they hear it — because I was so happy writing and recording it.
5. Was there any other artists or producers that helped to create this new tune?
I wrote the song myself earlier this year back in March. Caleb Lovely — who is so talented — played the instruments, while Lucas Hathaway produced and mixed it. I’m so happy with the way they brought it all to life.
6. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?
I have one more single on my radar for 2018! Then I’m focusing on releasing an EP in 2019.
7. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I want to say thank you to you, Dixiedee! Because of people like you, songwriters like myself have their songs heard. I’m thankful for your dedication to helping new artists and your love of music.
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The 2018 CMA Awards will be shown live from Nashville on November 14, 2014 (Wednesday). The award show will air on channel ABC AT 8PM ET. Country singers Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning to host once again. This will their 11th year hosting the show together. Down below are the categories and nominees for each award that will be given out that night.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
- Luke Bryan
- Jason Aldean
- Kenny Chesney
- Chris Stapleton
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Miranda Lambert
- Maren Morris
- Carrie Underwood
- Kelsea Ballerini
- Kacey Musgraves
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
- Dierks Bentley
- Thomas Rhett
- Luke Combs
- Chris Stapleton
- Keith Urban
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
- Lady Antebellum
- Little Big Town
- Old Dominion
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
- Florida Georgia Line
- Brothers Osborne
- Dan + Shay
- Maddie & Tae
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
- Luke Combs
- Lauren Alaina
- Chris Janson
- Brett Young
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
- “Broke Halos”-Chris Stapleton
- “Drowns The Whiskey”- Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
- “Drinkin’ Problem”- Midland
- “Tequila”- Dan + Shay
- “Meant to Be”- Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
SONG OF THE YEAR
- “Body Like A Back Road”- Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
- “Drowns The Whiskey”- Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
- “Broken Halos”- Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
- “Tequila”- Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
- “Drunk Girl”- Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
- “Burning Man”- Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
- “Drowns The Whiskey”- Jason Aldean Feat. Miranda Lambert
- “Dear Hate”- Maren Morris Feat. Vince Gill
- “Meant to Be”- Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
- “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”- David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- Sugarland Feat. Taylor Swift- “Babe”
- Chris Janson- “Drunk Girl”
- Carrie Underwood- “Cry Pretty”
- Dan + Shay- “Tequila”
- Thomas Rhett- “Marry Me”
Country singer and songwriter Leigh Madison is from Oklahoma. As a child Madison remembers her house being filled with a lot of different kinds of music. Some music that was always playing was classic rock; jam bands that her brothers like and her parents’ great record collection, which included some wonderful folk and country singers and songwriters.
Also as a child Madison would help her mom write and record songs for her many Christian Children’s albums. Melody House Publishing Company produced the albums. She was recording songs for her mom’s albums in an actual studio from 3 to 8 years old. As an adult Madison starred in the Broadway musical, RENT. She also got the chance to work with actor Neil Patrick Harris and sing on an international commercial. Madison also sang at many different clubs and venues in L.A.
Madison has been motivated and passionate by country music for many years now. Country music stands for everything that Madison believes in and loves in her life. When Madison’s listened to country music, she feels like she is home. When she gets to sing a country tune she is happy to be able to share her stories through it.
After she performed at a showcase of her own original songs in Oklahoma, she was honored to meet Jeff Scott Wood. Wood is a songwriter of John Michael Montgomery’s #1 song, “Cowboy Love” and he has also had his own country-charted songs. After her showcase Wood sat down with Madison and gave her feedback about her singing. A few days later Madison, received a text from Wood, it was a new verison of her song that she wrote about Oklahoma called “Red.” Wood told her also in the text that he was inspired by the imagery Madison wrote about and wanted to share how the direction of the song should go.
Next Wood and Madison started a songwriting partnership. Together they wrote 6 songs for Madison’s newest EP “Wedding Crasher.” Wood also produced this EP with Madison and with a studio engineer and mulit-instrumentalist, JT Murrell in Oklahoma City. Working with Wood and Murrell felt like a dream come true for Madison and she was so excited and happy to have two talented Oklahoma musicians playing on her tracks.
If you would like to find out more about Leigh Madison then check out her website http://leighmadison.com.
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3 cups plain flour
1 cup milk
3 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 stick butter
1 tsp lemon
1 tsp vanilla (Momma uses Mexican vanilla)
Mix all above ingredients. Grease and flour pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 mins
Pour a glass of milk
“Dammit Boy” Products started when this saying was directed to owner of the company Nick Buckwell. It all began when Buckwell was fishing with his friend, Kent. It was July 4, 2015 and they were fishing on a boat in Lake Tillery. Buckwell is no professional fisher, but Kent has fished in a few professional events. As the morning was fading out, Kent was puling in a Largemouth, like it was not big deal, Buckwell caught a few dinkers.
Eventually they reached Kent’s favorite spot to fish at. Buckwell’s first cast landed in some huge brush on the bank and Buckwell’s spool bird-nested. Kent yelled out “Dammit Boy!” Buckwell after that fishing trip started using the phrase in his every day language. The more he used it, the more his family and friends used it.
Kent’s daughter, Karley is good friend of Buckwell. She is artistic and has a great imagination. So Buckwell came to her in summer of 2017 with the idea of making Dammit Boy a real thing. They both had set early goals and ideas that they would only play around with. When Buckwell decided to move from North Carolina to Denver, he made a couple shirts for friends who came to a bonfire as a test run. The shirts were a winner, and this inspired Buckwell and Karley to go further with doing an apparel line.
If you would like to find out more “Dammit Boy” then check out the website at https://dammitboyproducts.com.
1. Hello can you me a little bit of background about your apparel line?
It all began… with a poor cast. I was fishing with a good friend of mine – Kent – an older gentleman well seasoned in art of bass fishing. Kent also happened to be the father of the girl I was dating at the time, so, naturally, I was out to impress. I’d fished from banks and ocean vessels but never on a professional bass boat with someone who actually seemed to know what he was doing. Kent lent me one of his best lures for my first cast. I was stoked to use some professional gear and wanted desperately to prove to both of us that I was a capable fisherman. I targeted a clear spot near the bank in the hopes of landing an impressive first cast. I unlocked the reel, drew back, and threw. My lure didn’t come close to hitting the water. Instead, that shiny new lure lodged itself in a pine tree rooted on the bank about 15 feet up. My heart sank. I kept my back turned and prayed Kent hadn’t seen me tangle his best lure in the branches. I quietly gave the line a few yanks, but that only made it worse; the line wrapped a few more times around the limb on which it dangled. Facing defeat, I slowly turned toward the front of the boat where Kent was fishing. To my incredible embarrassment, he had witnessed the whole ordeal. He stood quietly, reeled in his lure, and shook his head. Before turning the boat toward the shore to fetch my lure, Kent turned to me, a cheeky grin on his face, and said, “Dammit boy.”
2. How did you decide on the name “Dammit Boy,” and was there any other names that you were thinking about instead?
The above story became one Kent would tell anyone who would listen or needed a laugh. “Dammit boy” became part of our everyday lingo. It spread to our families, our friends, and our co-workers. When Karley (Kent’s daughter) and I finally decided to pursue it as a company, we went through a few different variations. Being a high school English teacher, my original plan was for it to be grammatically correct. I wanted it spelled correctly and with a comma. Friends, family, and Karley helped me see the light and let go of my grammatical stronghold. After all, Dammit Boy isn’t about perfection, it’s for the ordinary mishaps, extraordinary screw-ups, and unexpected thrills.
3. Where do you see Dammit Boy in the next 5 to 10 years?
In 5-10 years, we would like to have expanded into a multitude of Dammit Boy product options. For the majority of the things we do each day, Dammit Boy can be applied. We want it to become more common in our lingo and lexicon. We want to be able to walk through tailgates and see people hoisting our flags, wearing our shirts, drinking our beer with our koozies holding it.
4. Have any famous people worn your items before?
The most famous person to wear our gear is Miss North Carolina United States Marcie Trivette. Nashville singers/songwriters Sarah Jones, Priscilla Block, and Dustin Herring have all worn our gear for shows. Darrell Harwood, a country artist in North Carolina, will be getting his gear this week and sporting it in his shows, as one of his favorite quotes just happens to be our brand name. One of our best friends who is a Cpt in the military and flying Black Hawk missions in Afghanistan has been sporting his Dammit Boy gear.He may not be famous, but he’s a damn good guy and we appreciate him.
5. What was the first item you made for Dammit Boy?
Karley always laughs at this because I designed it with minimal artistic ability. I moved out to Colorado in July of 2017 to get a change of pace in life. Before I left, we had a little bonfire with some friends I wouldn’t be seeing for a while. My dad helped me make a few grey t-shirts that read DAMMIT BOY in that Comic Sans font and Royal Blue font color. I’d like to bring the font back one day, but most likely not soon.
6. Is there anything new coming up with your company for the rest of 2018?
We’re pushing for a fall line. Baseball tees, sweatshirts, and hats. Our goal is to get some graphics on the shirts as well to depict certain common Dammit Boy moments.
7. What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company?
Don’t be quietly desperate. If you truly want to be successful, be loud about it. Attack it with enthusiasm and don’t let your wishful thinking satisfy you.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Live the life you love and you’ll love the life you love. It’s simple and accurate.
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- Okay so I am OBSESSED with meatloaf. I know a lot of people think it’s gross, but I am not one of those people. It’s my fav. So here’s a super great recipe from a family member!
2 lbs ground beef
1 packet lipton onion soup mix
¾ cup plain dry bread crumbs
¾ cup water
1/3 cup Ketchup
Mix all ingredients together by hand in large bowl
Shape into loaf for 13×9 in pan
Bake uncovered for 1 hour @ 350 degrees
I like to add some Ketchup on top as well, but depends on your preference!