BOOTS ON STAGE PRESENTS: Chaley Rose, Caleche Ryder, Jill & Julia, Katie Dix and Sophia Scott – Wed, Sept. 7

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On September 7th, Boots on Stage had a showcase at The Hotel Café featuring up and coming female country artists. The lineup for this show included Caleche Ryder, Chaley Rose, Jill & Julia, Katie Dix and Sophia Scott. As I was heading to Los Angeles, I was excited to be checking out a new concert venue in Southern California. Since opening in 2000, The Hotel Cafe has featured famous musicians such as John Mayer, Adele, Sara Barellies and Katy Perry.

            The night started around 8 p.m. with sister duo Jill & Julia. Jill & Julia are from Las Vegas but currently reside in Los Angeles. During the show, they shared how they are enjoying their time in Los Angles and think it is really neat to play a live show on a weeknight. My favorite part of their performance was when they did covers of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” I like how country musicians can cover other genres of music and make it their own. I also had the privilege of meeting Jill and took the time to thank her for being part of my blog a couple weeks ago as an “Artist Spotlight” and “Q & A.” Jill was very happy that I introduced myself and came to see her and her sister play live. If you get a chance, check out their songs on Apple Music and Spotify. Make sure to like their social media pages, which feature some great live videos of the girls singing their own original songs.

Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/JillandJulia/)

Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/jillandjuliaofficial/?hl=en)

YouTube channel: (https://www.youtube.com/user/jillandjuliamusic)

         The next performer of the night was Chaley Rose. Chaley Rose was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. After high school, she graduated from Indiana University and then spent some time studying acting in New York. She is now living full time in Los Angeles. She is best known for her role as Zoey in the drama series Nashville. Chaley is truly making a name for herself in the television and music world. She has been playing many local concerts in California this past year. In 2016, I have already seen her perform twice. She has a small set at Boots on Stage’s pre-Stagecoach concert and she joined up and coming country artist, Tyler Rich, for a duet at the famous Troubadour. Each time I have seen her play she truly shows her talent and how grateful she is for all the accomplishments she has achieved so far in her career. I do not think this will be the last time LA or any other popular city will be graced with Chaley and her wonderful music. If you want find out any news about Chaley Rose then checkout her Instagram:(https://www.instagram.com/chaleyrose/).

            Following Chaley Rose was country female artist Katie Dix. Katie is from Bakersfield, California. She was introduced to country music by country legend Buck Owens. When Owens found out about her talent, he showcased her regularly at his venue, The Crystal Palace. Since Owens passing, Katie has made a name for herself as a country singer in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also takes many trips to Nashville to help her create songs that have a Cali-Nash vibe. A song that I enjoyed of hers was “Don’t Count the Stars.” I feel many young women can relate to this song. It is about how girls are hoping the boy they are dating is into them and they can see a happy ending in the future. If you want to find out more about Katie Dix, then checkout her Instagram: (https://www.instagram/katiedixmusic/). Her music is also available on (https://soundcloud.com/katiedix).

            Sophia Scott was the next artist to play at the showcase. She is from Boulder, Colorado and currently living in Los Angles, California. She is a country and R&B singer-songwriter. My favorite performance of Sophia’s was when she did a cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” This song is a hard one to cover, but I felt that Sophia made it her own and was proud many people in the auidence enjoyed it as well. If you want to find out more about Sophia Scott’s music and upcoming shows then checkout her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophiascottmusic/) or her Instagram: (https://www.instagram.com/sophunky/?h1=en).

            The last performer of the night was my new favorite country musician, Caleche Ryder. Caleche grew up riding horses in San Diego County, California. She then moved to Reno, Nevada where she became Miss Nevada in 2007. She is now living in Los Angeles with her husband and recording music. My favorite part of her performance was when she brought up all the other acts to cover Maren Morris’ “My Church.” I was also happy when she sang “West Coast Cowgirl.” “West Coast Cowgirl” is an anthem Caleche wrote for all SoCal girls who love and are proud of everything country. It was also nice to catch up with Caleche before and after her set. You could tell she was happy that her loyal fans came out to see her. I was also lucky enough to meet some of her family members who were very happy to hear how much I like Caleche’s music. If you are going to Route 91 in Las Vegas, be sure to check out Caleche’s set. If you want to find out more news about Caleche Ryder, visit her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calecherydermusic/) or Twitter: (https://twitter.com/calecheryder?lang=en). Her music is available on Spotify and Apple Music. Lastly be sure to watch her music video for “West Coast Cowgirl” on Youtube: (https://youtube.com/user/leche510).

            This showcase was so much fun to watch. It was a real treat to see five up and coming female artists sing some great original and cover songs. I hope Boots on Stage and Ricky Abramson do many more showcases and concerts in the near future.

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Sister: Nikki and Country Singer: Caleche Ryder!!

 

 

Jason Aldean”Six String Circus Tour” (feat: A Thousand Horses and Thomas Rhett)

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On August 20, 2016, I went to see Jason Aldean at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for his Six String Circus tour. The Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year performed 21 songs for a sold out crowd. He played hits from “Night Train” to “My Kinda Party” as well as songs from his upcoming album “They Don’t Know”, out September 9th.

Aldean is not a big talker during his live concerts and he even stated that the night was really “all about the music.” We did not hear him speak until after he performed the first three songs. One thing that I really liked about his performance was a quote he shared with the audience. He said, “all of these people say there’s not a lot of country in L.A., but there’s not an empty seat in the house left…so what does that say?” I feel that L.A. does not get enough credit for how much we support country music. So many Southern California residents are always ready and willing to go watch a country musician performing in a city close to them. I really enjoyed Aldean’s new song, “Lights Come On”, because he is blends two music genres I am really into right now. His mix of rock and country will appear heavily on his latest album.

Aldean ended his show with two of his hit songs “Burnin’ It Down” and “Crazy Town”. He also showed his kindness by thanking all of his fans for coming out to watch his show.

Aldean also had two opening acts. The first act was A Thousand Horses, which includes Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar and vocals) and Graham Deloach (bass and vocals). There were some people in the crowd singing and dancing to their top hits like “Smoke” and “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”; both of which have been played on the country radio for quite some time.

The next opening act was Thomas Rhett. When Rhett took the stage, the amphitheater was pretty much filled up. Known for his hit songs like “T-Shirt”, “Vacation” and “Die A Happy Man”, he could have been considered a co-headliner. He performed a full hour of drum solos, ballads and pop cover songs which had everyone in the crowd on their feet and singing along.

Miranda Lambert:Keeper of the Flame Tour (Feat: Brothers Osborne and Kip Moore)

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On August 4th, 2016 I went to see country female singer Miranda Lambert at the Greek Theater for her Keeper of the Flame tour. Her show started with a video montage featuring several female pop culture figures from Betty Boop to Dolly Parton. After the montage, Lambert and her eight-piece band, they played a ninety-minute set with a lively verison of her hit song “Fastest Girl in Town.” The fast pacing harmonica and banjo playing for her song “Kerosene” was equally bad ass. A wild verison of her song “Bathroom Sink” got the whole crowd on their feet. Then Lambert went into a hard rock phase for her cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” and totally lost herself in the moment. Her heartfelt song “Over You”, co-written by Blake Shelton, had many of her fans singing along with her. She was glowing during her performance for her song “All Kinds of Kinds”, where old time country sounds of the mandolin and lap steel was in the lead. Halfway into her show, she finally introduced her new single to the crowd “Vice”. Other highlights of this show was her singing of “Mama’s Broken Heart”, “Little Red Wagon” and the main set closer “Gunpowder and Lead”. Lambert’s fondness for the 1970’s continued with a carefree performance of “Ophelia” by the band and well known sax player Johnny Reno. They also did a cover of Danny O’Keefe’s “Covered Wagon” and encored with a take on Lowell George’s “Willin”, that Linda Ronstadt recorded for “Heart Like a Wheel”. Tour mates Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne traded verses with Lambert.

Kip Moore whose “Up All Night” album was the most successful male country debut of 2012, and followed it up last year with his album “Wild Ones”. Dressed in a backward ball cap and torn jeans. This croaky vocalist did a 65 minute Greek set with all his popular songs and even some new ones. The rock n’ roll guitar playing, loud drums and a great chorus really made this arena sparkle. His Top 10 single “Beer Money” received a great audience response. Moore also surprised the audience by taking a Jimmy Eat World’s song; “The Middle” and putting his own country twist on it. The good-looking musician was open onstage, while preforming his song “I’m to Blame”. While performing “Come and Get it”, there were three electric guitars there to provide a wonderful sound. He made many ladies in the audience blush and scream while pulling on his shirt while performing his sultry song “Back Seat”. He also took a girl’s cell phone so she would focus on his song “Hey Pretty Girl”. Moore sang to her and followed up with a few verses of Bill Withers song “Lean On Me”. He also stayed in the audience, for his number 1 single “Somethin’ Bout a Truck”. He raised the show’s energy level to a 110% and he finished his set with his song “Magic”.

Earlier, the famous duo Brothers Osborne, played a half hour set of songs from their latest album “Pawn Shop”. John Osborne impressed the crowd with his great electric guitar work, especially while playing “Rum” and “Down Home”. Also John rock out to his own guitar solo on “Stay a Little Longer”. Meanwhile, lead singer TJ Osborne called playing the Greek, “a bucket list moment”, and sang through a megaphone to start “Green Pastures”, a upbeat and twangy country song. Also TJ proved his range in vocals for their single “21 Summer”.