“Dammit Boy” Clothing Company!!! (Background/ Q&A)

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“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.

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Q&A:

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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Nick Buckwell:

  • Owner & CEO
  • Social Media Advisor

Karley Reed

  • Co-Owner
  • Creative Cat/Design Guru

 

Tori Jackson~ Meat Loaf Recipe!!!

  • 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!

Directions:

2 lbs ground beef

1 packet lipton onion soup mix

¾ cup plain dry bread crumbs

2 eggs

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!

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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