Tori Jackson~ “Q&A”!!!

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1. Hi Tori, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you
became a country musician?
So I grew up in a small town in North Florida called Lake City. I was a
Pastor’s kid all my life and I was involved in church plays and musicals
from the time I could speak. I started writing songs when I was around 8
years old, so I really don’t remember much of my life without music being
a huge part of it! It was just something that came natural to me.
2. When did you become a fan of country music and when did you
know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up with Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Strait and Rascal Flatts
playing in the car on every drive and in my house all the time. One thing
that really drew me in to every one of the country songs I heard was the
story behind it. The lyrics could make me feel like I had experienced what
they were singing about, or take me back to a time when I did experience
that. I always loved music in general, but I think the songwriting and
personal aspect of country music is what drew me in to that genre.
3. What is the story behind your latest single “Fight for Me?”
So I moved to Nashville for the summer of 2017, and Fight For Me was
one of the first songs I wrote while I was there. It was a rainy day in my
apartment, and I sat down at the piano and decided to write something
kinda heavy. I wanted there to be a lot of emotion in this story. When I
thought of those three words, “Fight For Me,” it was like a movie started
playing in my head and the story of the song just unfolded and in literally
30 minutes I had the song basically done. It was that simple. It doesn’t
always happen like that, but for Fight For Me it did.
4. Who are some of your musical icons?
Tori Kelly, Taylor Swift, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett,
Carrie Underwood, ahh I could name so many! Taylor swift was the first
country artist (back when she was country) who made me want to write
my own songs. When her first album came out I would try to write songs
that sounded like hers. But seriously all of those artists have inspired me
in so many ways and that list could go on forever.
5. Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of
2018?                                                                                                                                    YES!! I have LOTS of new music coming very soon! I’m
working really hard in the studio right now to get these songs
perfect but they are coming soon and I am stoked about it!
6. Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?
In the next five years I’d love to have released a full length album and be
touring the US or even the world sharing my music! Also, my dream is to
have the means to open up and orphanage in Africa, so hopefully within
the next 10 years that’ll be happening!
7. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who
would it be and why?
This is a tough one… Probably Dan + Shay because they have magical
vocals and I really love their songwriting and feel like it matches my vibe
really well!
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Don’t be a copy when you were created to be an original…
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Y’all follow my Instagram @torijacksonmusic for updates on
new music and shows!

Tori Jackson~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Country artist Tori Jackson put out her first EP in 2016. The EP was recorded in Nashville, TN and the songs on this EP shares about having self-respect and self-confidence. At 19 years old, Jackson has already achieved many things in her young music career.

She has got the chance to be an opening act for Jake Owen and Restless Heart. Also Jackson has got to played at the legendacy Bluebird Café and many other popular restaurants and bars in the Nashville Metro area. Her first EP was also recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award Winning Artists.

Jackson is from the state of Flordia and she has got the chance to toured all of north-central Flordia performing at some of the states biggest country festivals, including Party in the Pines and the Suwannee River Jam. While making a name for herself all over the state of Flordia, she has also continued writing her own original songs and co-writing with well-known writers in Nashville.

With her success in the country music world, Jackson has got the chance to give back in different ways to her hometown and other parts of the world by singing at charity shows and even going on mission trips to countries like Guatemala and Africa.

If you would like find out more about Tori Jackson then check out her website http://www.torijacksonmusic.com. Also if you get a chance go take a listen and download her latest single “ Fight for Me.”

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Ben Cesare’s Octopus Recipe!!!

  • I don’t know if you like Octopus, but I have a delicious Sautéed Octopus recipe hopefully you’d like! Haha! I love to cook and usually am experimental in the kitchen, but I’ve buttoned down a recipe for preparing Octopus!

Buy an Octopus (about 3-4 pounds) and have the fish monger remove the eyes and beak.

Wash the octopus thoroughly and fill a large pot of water. Add salt, peppercorns and a few cloves of garlic to the water (also drop 2 wine corks into the water and let it float which helps tenderize the octopus). 

Place the whole octopus in the water (enough water to cover the meat) and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 45-90 minutes depending on the size.

After time’s up, remove the octopus and start cutting the tentacles off into bite sized pieces. The rest of the body, chop into rings like you would calamari! 

Heat a pan with Olive Oil and a half stick of butter.

Toss the octopus meat in salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and a lot of Paprika.

Sautee the meat until it has a little bit of char. The boiling has cooked the octopus fully, so only sautee for about 10-15 minutes on medium high heat!

The Ben Cesare Band~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.     Hi Ben, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country artist/songwriter?

I’m originally from a small town outside of Boston, MA called Acton-Boxborough. I have a background in Performing Arts and Classical Music/Opera and I got a BA in Music-Theatre from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. But, honestly, living in Nashville and working to where I am today has been my Graduate School of sorts. I lived in Massachusetts for most of my life prior to making the move to Nashville in January 2015. I also LOVE animals & our military and currently working to promote adoptions at animal shelters for dogs/cats as well as veterans interests. I’ve been performing for our military because I appreciate their sacrifices to this country, and animals have always been there to make me happy, so I want to give back to both causes. 

 2.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Some of the artists I admire the most are Chris Stapleton, Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne, Phil Vassar, Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton to name just a few! I first heard of Chris Stapleton back when he was a part of the Bluegrass group called the Steeldrivers and ever since I heard his voice I was an instant fan! Toby Keith’s “HONKYTONK UNVIERSITY” was the first Country album I ever bought. 

 3.     When did you become a fan of country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

I first fell in love with country around the age of 12 years old. I was going to a family reunion in upstate New York and my parents bought me a bunch of CDs for the ride. I was listening to a compilation CD of Country ranging from the 60’s-90’s. Tracy Byrd’s song “Watermelon Crawl” and “Third Rate Romance” by Sammy Kershaw were the first Country songs that got me hooked on the genre! I’ve been singing since I was 11, but I knew I wanted to get into Country Music around High School while I was juggling my education and during my time in Choirs/Musical Theatre/Drama.

 4.     How did you come up with your debut EP name “Cesare’s Palace?”

Well! Haha! My last name is “Cesare” (spelled differently, but pronounced the same as The Salad or Roman Emperor) and I had an idea about how my band and I don’t need a lot of fancy things in life to be happy. Just our music and playing together. We decided to have my Album photoshoot at a popular, but hidden gem of a dive bar in Nashville called “Santa’s Pub.” It’s a double-wide Trailer that the owner, nicknamed “Santa”, turned into a Karaoke and Live Music Dive Bar. All of the artwork on the album was shot in the Men’s bathroom of the bar and as you can see, the walls are completely covered in graffiti which my band and I thought was cool looking!! Caesar’s Palace in Vegas is big, ritzy and caters to the rich and famous. Nashville has been my “Cesare’s Palace” for the last 3.5 years. The city of Nashville caters to people of all backgrounds. I don’t need fancy things to be happy. Just good friends, family, and great music!

 5.     What is your favorite song off your new EP?

Its a tie between DAMN YANKEE and SHE’S ALL WOMAN. I moved here from Boston and that makes me a Yankee Boy! I wanted to write a song to represent people like myself from North of The Mason Dixon Line. When you visit places like Nashville or Charleston SC, you’re just a “yankee” passing through. But when you MOVE to places like Nashville, you’re a DAMN yankee and I aint fixin’ to leave Nash anytime soon! I wanted to write a song that took that term and flip it into a clever song with a  tongue-in-cheek view of the term. SHE’S ALL WOMAN is one of the songs I get into the most because its bluesy and rocky! I wrote that song loosely based off my fiancé! One day she treats me like a King and the next day she wants to rip my head off, haha! But I love her entirely for the woman she is, hence the title, SHE’S ALL WOMAN! Almost all relationships are like that. If ours was too perfect, that’d be concerning, haha!

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

That’s a tough one, but Chris Stapleton, Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne, Vince Gill & Garth Brooks for the guys. For women, I’d love to collaborate with Allison Krauss, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Natalie Stovall, Maren Morris and Shania Twain (I have a crush on Shania, haha).

 7.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

Right now I am just focusing on the EP release, booking more performances in the East Coast and continuing my radio tours to promote both the EP and my current single DAMN YANKEE. I’ll be out in IOWA and WISCONSIN Monday to Thurs of next week and details as to where I’ll be visiting will be on my social media pages “@BENCESAREBAND” on Instagram and Twitter, facebook.com/bencesareband and www.bencesareband.com.

 8.     Where do you see your career in the next 5 to 10 years?

I am an independent artist, so right now hopefully working with a record label will be in the near future! Playing all over the country/world and continuing to hear my music played on the radio. All of this and continued hard work will pay off and hopefully become a member of The Grand Ole Opry and earn a place amongst my idols. I love this genre of music and I hope that my brand and style of country will help continue to show how great Country Music is and resonates with fans. 

9.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

THE DIVINE RIGHT TO CONQUER IS YOURS” -Ancient Roman Writer I love it because I am primarily Italian with Roman ancestry and it’s a historical form of self motivation! There are a lot of hurdles and obstacles in the music business and I am doing my best each day to climb and overcome them to where I want to be. 

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The Ben Cesare Band~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Ben Cesare is a country lead singer and acoustic guitar player. He has been a live performer both in New England and Nashville for about 10 years now. Cesare has got the chance to play at different popular music venues such as VFWs and the Hard Rock Café in Boston. Some famous musicians who also played at the Hard Rock Café have been Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Shakira.

The Ben Cesare Band has been lucky to be an opening act for some popular musicians such as The Bacon Brothers (rock band of actor Kevin Bacon), country artist Kellie Pickler, and country singer Phil Vassar. Most recently Cesare got the chance to open up for Darius Rucker (country singer and former lead singer for the band Hootie & The Blowfish). Some of Cesare favorite artists and bands are Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks and The Zac Brown Band.

Cesare’s debut single “Damn Yankee” and the band’s upcoming EP, “Cesare’s Palace,” was recorded at Legend’s Studio in a town called Berry Hill, which is located in Nashville, TN. The EP will be available to listen and download this Friday on August 24, 2018. Cesare and the rest of the band music is a combination of three genres country, rock and blues.

If you would like to find out more about The Ben Cesare Band then check out their website https://www.bencesareband.com.

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Band Members:

  • Ben Cesare: Front Man/Lead Singer/ Acoustic Guitar
  • Amanda McCoy: Bass/Background Vocals
  • Alex Labrie: Electric/Acoustic Guitar
  • Brandon Barnes: Drums
  • Brett Sandler: Piano/Keyboard

 

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Nick Alligood’s Upcoming Single “Drinkin’ You Back” (Q&A)!!!

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Bio: 

Country singer and songwriter Nick Alligood is from Georgia aka: The “Peach State.” Since early on, Alligood has been eager to “fill the boots” of singers that have paved the way for the latest recent country sound, without drifting from his true self.

Alligood won the award for Male Country Artist of the Year at the 2014 Georgia Music Awards. This achievement inspired him to move to Nashville. He has since been an opening act for many popular artists such as Easton Corbin, Big and Rich, Colt Ford and many others. In only two years Alligood’s social media platforms has started out at 1,500 followers to now over a 100,000 followers.

Alligood loves interacting and communicating on a personal level with individuals who support him as singer and songwriter. Alligood is known as a great songwriter and most recently his song “When I Get There,” was sang by fellow Georgia country musician Trea Landon. This song was played on SiriusXM’s The Highway. Also please be on the lookout for Alligood’s newest single “Drinkin’ You Back,” and download it when it comes out.

If you would like to find out more about Nick Alligood then check out his website http://www.nickalligood.com.

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Q&A:

1.    Hello Nick, how have you grown as a country musician/songwriter in the past year? THE PAST YEAR HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY! I AHVE RELEASED TWO SONGS IN THAT TIME PERIOD THAT HAVE FAR EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS, AND THE WAY MY FAN HAVE RESPONDED TO THE DIRECTION IM HEADED WITH MY MUSIC IS UNBELIEVABLE!  NOT TO MENTION HAVING A SONG I WROTE FEATURED ON SIRIUS XM THE HIGHWAY (“WHEN I GET THERE” BY TREA LANDON) EXTREMELY ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT THE NEXT FEW MONTHS-YEAR HAVE IN STORE FOR ME!

2.    How did you come up with the name “Drinkin’ You Back” for your upcoming single? WE (MYSELF AND CHRIS YARBER) WERE TRYING TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING CLEVER AND THE HOOK JUST KINDA LANDED IN OUR LAP.  AND THE SONG WAS FINSIHED IN A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR OR SO!  SOMETIMES ITS JUST AS EASY AS THAT HAHA

3.    What is the background story behind your new song? BASICALLY ITS FOR ANYONE WHOS GONE THROUGH A BREAK UP AND TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET OVER THAT PERSON.  PERSONALLY, IT HITS CLOSE TO HOME.  IM RECENTLY OUT OF A LONG TERM RLATIONSHIP AND NATURALLY YOU SEARCH FOR THINGS TO HELP EASE THE PAIN, ALTHOUGH IT CAN BE HURTFUL, WE ALLL MUST ADMIT ALCOHOL IS THE GO TO.  IN THIS CASE (THE SONG) IT ONLY MAKES YOU THINK OF THEM MORE.

4.    Is there something you wish your fans would take away from this song? DONT FALL IN LOVE.  JK HAHAHA ITS JUST A FUN SONG POKING FUN AT INSECURITIES AND BAD (MAYBE EVEN GOOD) DECISIONS

5.    Was there any other artists/producers that helped to create this new tune? I WROTE THE SONG WITH CHRIS YARBER (THIS MUSIC/WARNER CHAPPEL) AND SID MENON (PREVIOUSLY CHRIS LANES BASS PLAYER)

6.    Is there anything coming up with your music for the rest of 2018? WE PLAN TO FOLLOW THIS SINGLE UP WITH ONE MORE SINGLE AND AN EP ALBUM AS WELL AS GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD TO SEE EVERYONE!

7.    Is there anything else you would like to share? ID LOVE IT IF EVERYONE COULD CHECK OUT MY NEW SINGLE (THEY CAN CLICK ON THIS LINK AND IT WILL TAKE THEM DIRECTLY TO WHICHEVER PLATFORM THATD LIKE TO PURCHASE https://onerpm.lnk.to/DrinkinYouBack AND FOLLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Adam Rutledge~ “Q&A”!!!

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1.    Hi Adam, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country musician? 

I’ve been into music my whole life. I started playing drums when I was 5 or so, I grew up singing in church choir, played clarinet and saxophone in middle school and picked up guitar when I was 13 after hearing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.” Keith Urban’s Golden Road record is what turned me onto todays Country Music though.  I really like his guitar driven sound. Same with Jason Aldean….guitar heavy music is my favorite.

2.    How did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

My mom gave me Keith Urban’s Golden Road record and that’s when I knew that Country Music would be my home.  I was in a Southern Rock band prior to that and it had fizzled out and I was looking for a new direction.  Keith’s record gave me that direction.

3.    How did you come up with your latest album name “Runaway,” and what is your favorite song off the album?

It kinda tied into the first single “Love Kickin In.”The Chorus says “It feels like a jet plane on a runway about to fly.”  I also felt like this record was the “taking off” point of my career.  It’s tough to pick a favorite because it changes from time to time but right now I’d have to say its “Wherever The Nigh Takes Us.”  I really love how that one turned out. It’s really big sonically!

4.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Slash form Guns N Roses, Keith Urban, Gov’t Mule.  Lynyrd Skynyrd is why I picked up guitar.  They’re the reason I’m here.  My dad took me to see KISS when I was 15 and my mind was completely blown after seeing that show.  KISS and Skynyrd are the 2 major influences for sure.  Skynyrd lit the fire in me and KISS poured on the gasoline.

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2018?

I’ll be out touring promoting the new record.  There may be a new music video coming up this year, and of course I’ll be writing for the next record!

6.    Where do you see your music career in the next 5 to 10 years?

I want to be a household name. I want to be able to go out and sell tickets in every city we play.   That’s the main thing for me is connecting with a live audience.  Radio airplay is great but if I can continue to sell tickets everywhere I go then I’ll be happy.

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

I’d love to duet with Phil Vassar (He co-manages me) We’ve been taking about it so I feel like that’ll happen at some point.  I’d also love to work with Old Dominion.  I love those guys.  Matt Ramsey from Old Dominion grew up near where I did so I kinda feel like he’s a hometown guy and he can write one heck of a song!

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I just wanna thank everyone who’s ever believed in me, who’s ever paid a cover or bought a ticket to come see me play, who’s bought a t-shirt or cd with my name on it.  Proving to them they they were right for believing in me is what drives me.

 

 

 

Adam Rutledge~ “Artist Spotlight”!!

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Country musician Adam Rutledge is from Roanoke, VA. Rutledge is known for his great songwriting skills. His writing caught attention of country artist Phil Vassar through a connection with longtime Vassar collaborator, Jeff Smith. This results Vassar in mentioning Rutledge, as a management client and an opening act.

Rutledge is also known for his lively and entertaining shows. He has also got the chance to share the stage with artists and groups such as Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Russell Dickerson, Lauren Alaina and Chase Rice.

Rutledge’s latest music video for his song “Love Kickin’ In,” recently was shown on the CMT website and was #1 spot for most watched video. Phil Vassar and Amy Millslagle of i81 Entertainment manage Rutledge. He also has a huge social media following on all popular plat-forms. On Instagram he has over 13.2K followers, over 16K likes on Facebook and 4,400 followers on Twitter.

If you would like to find out more about Adam Rutledge then check out his website https://adamrutledgemusic.com.

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