Bailey James~ “Q&A”!!!

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

I was just a small-town girl in Pennsylvania, really. I was going to school, hanging out with friends. Being a normal teen. 

2.     Who are some of your musical icons?

My biggest musical icons have to be Patsy Cline, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash. All rebels. The way I like musicians. 

3.     What is the background story behind your brand new single “Beck and Call?”

I was in this on and off again relationship a year or so back. Extremely fun when it was good, and tiring when it was bad. I felt like ‘I love you when you’re here at my beck and call, but the moment you’re gone I just don’t.’ I feel like a lot of ladies especially my age love the attention, but hate the actual relationship. 

4.     What was your recording process like when creating new music?

Usually we lay down a rough track – just a simple recording on a phone. We choose usually from over 3-4 songs, but sometimes we just know one is amazing. Then, we go in the studio and track with the band and choose a sound. And finally record vocals. Once it’s mixed and mastered, then all my fans get to enjoy it.

5.     Is there any other goals you have set for yourself as a musician for this year?

Yes! This year was a big changing point for me. I wanted to make music not for radio, not to become “famous” but just pure artistry. Every legend I know did music because it was healing for them, or it was their best friend. That’s my relationships with music too. So, I just want to make lyrics that matter, and melodies that are tight. Just music that will last longer than my lifetime. 

6.     How would you describe your music in three to five words?

Soulful, gritty, feminine, edgy. 

7.     What kind of advice would you give to a up and coming country musician?

Be yourself! There are so many people trying to be the same thing. Find what you love to sing truly and do it. Own your own music, and write. It helps. 🙂

8.     Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

Bluebird Café because of the energy in there. I played when I was 11 years old. It was amazing. I love mudding events too. I have a special place in my heart for rednecks. 

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

I have new music coming very soon during quarantine. I’m releasing a Spotify single for all the country fans. Stay safe! 

10.  What is one of your favorite quotes?

It’s a Janis Joplin quote. “On stage I make love to twenty thousand people; and then I go home alone.” 

Bailey James~ Artist Spotlight

            It is hard to believe that country musician Bailey James is only 17 years old. She has not only appeared and performed at the well-known Bluebird Café, the famous The Wildhorse Saloon, the home of country music (aka: The Grand Ole Opry) radio station WSM-AM and as well being a part of the big and popular CMA Music Festival in Nashville, she has also been a part of many press interviews and showcased her musical gift during the annual Country Radio Seminar in Music City.

    James is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter with a fanbase of over 145,000 people across her different social media platforms, James is a standout musician in a new country old school genre who combines features classical country with a mix of contemporary sounds and energy.

    This teenage country singer put out her first release to country radio, “Run Girl,” which spiked in the Top 40 (#36) on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. The music video to this song has been viewed on her YouTube page over 132,000 times and made a premiere on The Country Network. Also, it was a part of many national TV affiliates such as The Heartland TV Network. James also was a co-writer for her song “Run Girl.” Her first release opened up doors for her to play at many industry places including the Music Row office and was also a part of a radio tour, she visited stations in Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York.

    Both the single and video for Run Girl” were produced by Nashville entertainment expert Jeffrey Teague of Artist & Repertoire and is available on iTunes and all known retailers. Right now, she has been growing her collection by writing and recording new songs for her next single and EP.

    Also, this growing country singer and social media sensation have been selected as the first teen ambassador with The Jason Foundation for many years now. She is also a part of suicide prevention through education and empowerment on behalf of this notable non-profit organization in her shows and also with her social media. This honor showcases James alongside longtime Jason Foundation musical ambassadors, Charlie Daniels and Rascal Flatts.

    On April 3, 2020, James’ brand new single “Beck and Call,” came out. You can listen to wonderful on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Bailey James then check out her website at (https://www.baileyjamesgang.com). 

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Mike Thomas~ Q&A!!!

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

I grew up just outside of Knoxville, TN and developed a love for music early on. My parents enrolled my sister and I in piano lessons and always encouraged us to be involved in music. My grandfather played guitar, sang and wrote songs. He was the one who bought me my first guitar long before I ever had the desire to learn to play. Whether I was pursuing it fulltime or hardly pursuing it at all, music has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.

In addition to being a musician, and more importantly, I am a husband, a father of three, and a small business owner. Over the last couple of years, those closest to me have encouraged me to spend more time on my music. I am fortunate to have those folks in my life and I’m grateful to be at a point where I’m able to spend a little more time writing, recording and performing. 

2.     What was the first country concert you ever attended?

 I’d say the first country concert I ever attended was probably Robert Earl Keen or Steve Earle. I know those guys are on the edge of what many might consider “country,” but to me they have always been primarily country artists.

3. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? 

I have heard my music called “Eclectic Country.” I don’t think I have a better description than that.

4.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Sure Feels Right?” 

Like many folks in this town, I moved to Nashville in 2004 with hopes of making a career out of writing songs. It didn’t take me long to realize that my writing style and process were not a natural fit on Music Row. I did not listen to the modern country music of the day and therefore had no frame of reference for the types of songs that publishers and artists were looking for. I was naïve and I learned some tough lessons. I quickly decided to get a job and put my music on the shelf. Over the next several years, I hardly wrote at all until I wrote “Sure Feels Right.” This was the song that ultimately reignited my passion for writing. As I look back now, this song was a turning point for me in many ways. Our best laid plans often don’t work out like we plan and sometimes that’s exactly what we need. 

5.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music career?

I will be releasing my first studio album, “Three Reasons” in June 2020. We will celebrate the release with two shows in the Nashville area. The first will be June 19 at the Mockingbird Theater at the Factory in Franklin and the second will be at Douglas Corner Café on June 20. We had several other regional shows scheduled to help support the release, but those have all been postponed as a result of COVID-19.

6.     What is your recording process like when creating new music?

My recording process is probably quite different than most… In addition to writing songs and playing in a band, I own and operate a small business and it’s challenging for me to take extended periods of time off. So rather than blocking off a week or two to write and record, I simply just try to squeeze it in when I can. We actually recorded the upcoming record over the span of about a year. We’d often joke at the end of a day in the studio that we’d see each other in a month!

7.     What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?

 I have had the privilege to play so many great places over the years, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I tend to be drawn to venues that just have a cool vibe. I like smaller rooms that feel more intimate and I absolutely love a good dive bar.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

 John Prine was perhaps my all-time favorite songwriter and we just lost him… Kris Kristofferson once said, “If God’s got a favorite songwriter, I think it’s John Prine.” 

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

I’d just like to encourage folks to support their favorite artists right now more than ever. With the current pandemic situation, there are many musicians who have lost a huge portion of their livelihood. If you value their music, show them some love by attending their Livestreams, buying some merch or just sending a simple word of encouragement.

Mike Thomas~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

Growing up in the plush musical crossways of East Tennessee, country musician Mike Thomas started performing at a young age in some of the section’s most popular clubs. During the late ’90s and early 2000’s, he was a regular feature on Knoxville, TN’s booming music scene. Thomas moved to Nashville in 2004 to focus on his songwriting career. Rapidly, finding out that his songwriting type and process were not suitable on Music Row, Thomas took a decade off- for a long break from writing and performing to start a family and pursued a career in another trade. Never really losing the passion to write and perform, Thomas started his new band in 2017 at the urging of his close friend and current bandmate, Donald T. Bright. The band started building a following making regular appearances at popular venues such as Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor, Douglas Corner Café, B.B. Kings and at the Mercy Lounge. Next, Thomas met musician and producer, Tres Sasser, who was active in convincing Thomas to go back into the studio to start working on an album. Thomas’ music has been described as an “electric country with a vintage vibe.” His voice can be sometimes raw, growling and also sometimes tender, but is always truly honest and genuine. This June Thomas is set to release his new LP “Three Reasons.” On April 10, 2020, he released his latest single “Sure Feels Rights,” and this wonderful tune is both on Spotify and iTunes. This single was written by Thomas and it is to remind listeners of the things that matter most to them. Also, Thomas hopes his listeners find joy and are thankful for the simple things in life such as friends, family, a day of work and joining together as one community. If you would like to find out more about Mike Thomas then check out his website at (https://mikethomasmusic.com).

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

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