Kentucky Rails~ Q&A!!!

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1.   Hi guys, how did you start your country music band?

Well, we’ve all been hired musicians in the music world for quite a long time and I always wanted to start a band again. (knowing how hard it has become to start from scratch it was a little deterring for a very long time). But I was introduced to our singer Zach through a friend and somehow knew right away I had to start a band again and with this man! haha SO he came down to Toronto from London and wrote some songs with Matt and Ryan who are also in the band we all just really clicked. Dave came quickly after and before you know it, we are in our own band again. Zach came with a radio win *ching ching* from a station in London which gave us a hefty amount of free hours in a really awesome studio haha so that definitely kick started everything for sure. I can’t forget about that. We released our first single from that “Wallet”.

2.   How did you guys come up with your band name “Kentucky Rails” and was there any other names you guys was thinking of instead?

So the band name is a personal one for us. Kentucky Rails is a metaphor for an underdog/Cinderella story. Everyone is familiar with the Kentucky Derby, but what most people don’t know is that the horses up against the “rails” in the 1st and 20th lanes are at a strategic disadvantage in the race. Not only is it very dangerous if there is a fall at high speeds, but the outer horse in the 20th lane has a further distance to travel than all the others. The members of KR have been grinding their whole lives for the opportunity to showcase their own music over a broad spectrum and think that the meaning of the name is symbolic of the struggle that all artists go through in order to achieve that dream. — We sort of heard the name right away and just knew. Thats always the hardest process. For some reason that one just clicked. However knew we’d have to expain it 846773625 times in each one of our lives haha

3.   What is the background behind your newest song “Mexican Restaurant?”

Haha we knew we just wanted a fun, upbeat, drinking and party song without actually being that typical fun, upbeat, drinking and party song. If that makes sense? I don’t no. It was written with our good friend Jesse Labelle, along with Larry McCoy and I think it turned out to be a lot of fun. Such a fun one to play live too! Theres really nothing to it though besides getting drunk in a mexican restaurant. Which I’m sure everyone has done at least once in their lifetime.

4.   Is there anything else coming up with your guys music for the rest of 2018?

Hell yeah! 2018 should be an exciting one for us! We have a lot of really cool songs and we’ve been writing with some amazing people and friends down in Nashville and we can’t wait to get it all out to everybody. Seriously, if you tried hard enough, you could convince me to put it all up right now and share it to everybody I know. I’d be beaten up by from friends and it wouldn’t take much. haha

5.   Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?

Oh man there are so many. The cool thing about this band is we’ve all played for literally every single genre of music as hired players so we know waaaaayyyyyy too much music. What’s cool about that though is I think it shows in our songs and in our writing.. It has a teeny bit of country in there.. But it has rock, it has pop, it has super heavy parts.. We just like what makes us feel good. From GnR, to Queen, to Michael Jackson, to Johnny Cash.. from Garth to Merle to all the new influencers who keep on changing the game like Zac Brown Band… We like a lot of music haha. 

6.   Where do you guys’ see your band in the next 5 to 10 years?

Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to give this band a real go. Hoping somebody believes in what we’re doing and wants to help us get there and form a strong friendship/partnership. Within ten, its been a dream to headline a tour for once… haha getting to do that, and just be recognized for something you put your all into would be my life made.

7.   What are a few of your guys’ favorite quotes?

Life’s a garden, dig it.

8.   Is there anything else you guys like to share?

     Thanks so much for allowing us to do this! You can check out our music on Spotify and Apple Music or any of those other streaming platforms. Facebook, instagram, yada yada yada you know the drill 🙂 But most importantly, thanks for reading if anybody has actually read my ramble up until this point. Appreciate it! Thank you.

Tim Pickett:

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

Hey Danielle! I was a bricklayer/laborer by trade before I took on country music! Basically a construction worker! I excelled at that and still juggle my music and the bricklaying as well! Sooner than later I will be completely transitioned from laying stone and brick to full time country music!

2.     How did you get in country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

I guess about a year ago I woke up and just decided that I could do this. I could be a country singer. I had a notebook full of good lyrics and I could already sing and play the guitar. It’s the only thing I do that actually feels like I belong and love more than anything! It’s my passion to song to people and see that reaction on their faces! So I bought a piece of equipment every week until I was setup to start recording my music for the fans!

3.     Who are some of your musical icons?

Musical icons? Well let’s see.. I cut my teeth I country music with Hank, Merle, Conway and many other oldies! I love George Strait! The guy is a country music icon! The king of country! As far as now time though, I love what Sam Hunt has been doing! He’s a magnificent songwriter and a great performer. The charts don’t lie! I just love his music. Everything about every song just amazes me! He’s like a mentor I’ve yet to meet!

4.     What are some of your favorite songs to perform live?

I like to perform lots of songs live. Obviously I love to play my own music which y’all haven’t heard a lot of yet but you will I promise! If I had to pick one song to cover live though it would have to be In Color by Jamey Johnson. That song just hits everyone from young to old right in the feels!

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

Good Question! In the next 5 years I can see me selling a song or five lol. I can also see y’all loving some of this music I put out and even have a couple on the radio! In 10 years we’ll be on a big tour! Way sooner hopefully but definitely no later! I have a great partner who plays for me and helps write a song or two every now and then! Nick Bryan! Don’t forget about him! I can honestly sit here and say that I believe we’re gonna do some great things with the music in the next 5 to 10! Maybe even 2. You just never know!

6.     Is there anything coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

Yes, there is! I’m glad you asked. We’re getting ready to cut a single that I think y’all will love. You can expect it by December sometime. I don’t want it to be anything short of perfect so thank you for being patient with me y’all!

7.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

I just saw this last night actually! It hit me just right. I don’t know who said it but the quote is. “You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great!” Isn’t that the truth!

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

Yes ma’am! I just want to thank you Dee for letting me be a part of your blog! I appreciate it so much. It’s humbling. Oh, and to all the fans… thank you for being  so patient with this music! I hope y’all love it!

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TEAM LTD~ Clothing Brand Company!!! Q&A!!!

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*Team LTD is a lifestyle brand, which connects  people who are the Living The Dream.

1.     Hello, can you give me a little bit of background back your apparel line?
  • Our brand was launched in Summer 2012 in Ontario, Canada. Our vision is to connect a global community inspired by adventure, culture, the arts, and the outdoors.
2.     How did you decide on the name “TEAMLTD” and was there any other names that you were thinking about?
  • TEAMLTD stands for Team Living The Dream and that is our moto. We consider ourselves the official brand for the pursuit of your dreams.
3.     Where do you see “TEAMLTD” in the next 5 to 10 years?
  • In 2018 we are focusing on growth to USA so we expect to have a large presence in 5 to 10 years.
4.     What are a few accomplishments that you are most proud of your company?
  • We were self-funded with minimal investment and have been experiencing rapid growth for 5 years.
5.     Has any celebrities worn any of your items?
6.      Is there anything new coming up with the company for the rest of 2017?
  • Some new products in December!
7.     What is the first item that you made for “TEAMLTD?”
  • Trucker Hats & Tees
8.     What advice would you give to an up and coming apparel company?
  • Prepare for adventures and a lot of work ahead of you. 40 hours don’t cut it!
9.     What is one of your favorite quotes?
  • Work Hard, Play Hard

 

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Social Media Accounts:

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEAMLTD/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEAMLTD_
  • Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/teamltdshop/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teamltd/
  • Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/teamltdsnap
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhBkzsRmHKt07_-mVqJVwg
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Hunter Brothers- “Q&A”!!!

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1.     Hello, Luke, JJ, Ty, Brock and Dusty (Hunter Brothers), can you guys tell me a little bit about yourselves before you became a country music band?

We grew up in the small rural S.W. Saskatchewan community of Shaunavon (Home of female hockey great – Hayley Wickenheiser and current NHLer Braydon Coburn, and Olympian Jungle Jim Hunter). Our lives were extremely busy as kids growing up as we were involved in school, music (piano, guitar etc), hockey, our local church, and LOTS of farm work (Dad was a big believer of wise “time-usage”)

We were invited to perform at a local Gospel festival 26 years ago (before Ty was even born) and thats when our on-stage performing began. As a Gospel singing, vocal-based family group, the local invitations expanded into more wide-spread festival and concert opportunities until we were spending large portions of the summer weekends playing throughout Western Canada and the United States. For years we would spend the winter playing junior and pro hockey throughout North America only to return to the farm in the spring to help Dad plant the crop and then dive back in to summer training for hockey and weekend trips performing a various events. 

As the years passed, one by one, each brother (because of injury and other life decisions) retired from hockey and made their way back to the farm. While farming became a way of life, the music took on a few different stylistic changes until finally we landed on Country music. 

2.     How did you guys get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?

In some regards, the transition to country music for us should’ve happened much quicker than it did. We grew up as farmers and still are farmers. Our one local radio station was a country station, which we listened to day in and day our while out on the land in our farming implements. We’ve always loved country music-what it says, how it’s played, where it is rooted and grounded, we’re from the country, and understand country life. It makes sense to us and has always been part of our lives. When we finally landed playing country music… we felt like we finally arrived home.

We also have some great friends who were highly influential in us getting our start in the Country Music industry. Brad and Curtis Rempel (High Valley) have been great friends for years. It was Brad who introduced us to Ron Kitchener with Open Road Recordings and RGK Entertainment. He also co-produced our debut album and co-wrote many of the songs on that album. Without them, there is a good chance we may not be doing what we are today.

3.     Who are some of your guys’ musical icons?

We may be 5 blood-brothers with the same parents, same upbringing, same background etc etc, but we are definitely 5 different people with different tastes, tendencies and preferences. Our musical influences and icons span many genres and eras… everything from Gospel, Country, EDM, R&B, Rock, Pop and A capella. We have found inspiration in music from The Jackson 5, Rascal Flatts, Maroon 5, Diamond Rio, The Gaither Vocal Band, Earth Wind & Fire, Paul Brandt, Little Big Town, Stevie Wonder and beyond.

4.     What is the story behind your newest single “Born & Raised?”

Born & Raised has been a very pivotal song for us in our music career. It’s a song that hits home for us as it speaks of where we’re from, how we were raised, what our values are and ultimately points to the framework of how we approach life. 

More than that, the term “Born And Raised” really is a universal phrase as everyone was Born and Raised somewhere and every person has a story of the people, surroundings and influences that shaped us into the people we are today. There is a line in the song that says “I’m proud of where I’m from…” and it’s very rare that you run into a person that doesn’t carry a certain pride of where and how they were “Born And Raised”.

The events surrounding the release of the single were very special to us as well. The song went to radio just before the CCMA’s which are Canadian Country Music’s largest stage which were hosted in our home province of Saskatchewan. We also had the privilege of recording the music video for the song literally in our back yard… behind our parents house in our hometown of Shaunavon. We combined the video shoot with a benefit concert which saw between 1000-1200 people from S.W. Saskatchewan come out and not only support us, but raise over $60,000 which went to local Saskatchewan charities. The five charities were chosen in line with the theme of 5 of our main “Born And Raised” influences Faith, Farm, Family, Hockey and Community – tied together with the common thread of music. 

5.     Is there anything new coming up with your guys’ music for the rest of 2017?

We just wrapped up a 2 week media tour through Manitoba and Ontario. We are currently down in Nashville writing in preparation for new singles and eventually a new album. The music industry never rests and we’re thankful to have the opportunity of continuing to press ahead with new ideas and plans!

 6.     If you guys could sing a duet with a famous singer or group whom would it be and why?

The first group that comes to mind is Rascal Flatts. They’ve been huge musical influences for us in the country world and have done so much for the industry. 

We had the opportunity to cross one of these “bucket list” items off our list at this years’ CCMA’s Legends show when we had the blessing and privilege of performing with Paul Brandt. Along with the amazing music he’s put out over the years, he has upheld so many of the things we admire in an artist- integrity, excellence, conviction, family, while still treating everyone he crossed paths with love and respect. It was a huge honour for us. 

7.     What are a few of your favorite quotes?

We were told some great advice when we first signed our Record/Management contract. 

– Never take anything for granted

– Don’t forget where you came from

No matter where this music career takes us, we want to keep those thoughts very close to us.

Another one from our father which rings true being brothers 

– The world will beat up on you enough, you don’t have to beat up on yourselves.

8.     Is there anything else you guys would like to share?

We have been blown away by the quality of individuals that are in the country music industry… everyone from the artists, radio personal, booking agents, labels, managers and beyond. We feel extremely blessed to do this in and among so many amazing people – following in the footsteps of the great people that paved the way before us.
 Playing this music, as brothers, in this atmosphere…. could it get any better?
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Jake Rose “Q&A”!!!

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Jo Smith~ “Q&A”!!!

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Questions: 

  1. Hi Jo, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became country musician?
  2. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
  3. Who are some of your musical icons?
  4. What is one of your favorite songs you ever recorded?
  5. Is there anything new coming  up with your music for the rest of 2017?
  6. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
  7. If you could sing a duet with  a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
  8. What is one accomplishment that you are most proud about that happened in your music career so far?
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

Answers:

1) I grew up on a farm in southwest Georgia.  I listened to my Daddy’s vinyl record collection!  (Will attach bio for more:)

2) Funny thing, I don’t remember making this decision because it’s just always been that way.  I was singing solos at church when I was three years old!
3) KT Oslin and Bruce Springsteen
4) Dance Dirty- it’s so motown!
5) Just found out I’m a CMT Next Women of Country for 2018!!  Also recording an acoustic record in December!!
6) I hope to have achieved the career pace of my dreams: live a little, write a little, record a little, tour a little, back to live a little.  Maybe some kids and a home on the Jersey shore.  I love it there.  Also using my International Politics degree from Vandy in some way!
7) Bruno Mars- I just love his music and his dancing and his live show.  We’d have a blast.
8) Having my grandparents who no longer travel be able to come see me perform at the Ryman Auditorium.
9) “Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Teddy Roosevelt / “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”- JFK / “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”- FDR / “I am the way, the truth and the life.” – Jesus
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Vanessa Marie Carter~ “Q&A”!!!

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

Growing up I had a really awesome normal childhood.  I started dancing at age 3, and did that competitively until I was 18.  That kind of got me into musical theatre, and then vocal lessons when I turned 8.  Dance did so many great things for me, but it really got me comfortable on a stage and in front of crows from a young age.  I also really appreciate so many different genres of music, and I owe a lot of that to my dance background!  I then went to Wilfred Laurier University and studied Communcations, and graduated a year early to pursue music full time.

 

  1. How did you become a country music fan and how did you know you wanted a career in country music?

I grew up in a really large family with a lot of country/folk musicians! When I was little I used to listen to my moms cassette tape of Neil Youngs Harvest Moon, thats still one of my favourite records.  So I kind of fell into country from there.  I completely idolized Shania Twain when I was growing up….still do.

 

  1. What is the story behind your newest single “Bless My Heart?”

Bless My Heart was pitched to me by my producer and it immediately had my attention.  All I can say about that process is that after listening to it for 30 seconds I was hooked! That usually happens to me with music, If I love it, I love it immediately.  Its the perfect blend of sassy/badass and cool, and I love that about it!

 

  1. What are some of your favorite songs right now on the radio?

I love Cams new single Diane, Kelsea Ballerinis Miss Me More, & Look At You by Seth Ennis

 

  1. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

I’ll be kicking off my radio tour in the next couple of weeks and that should wrap up 2017 for me! It’s been an amazing year for me.

 

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

This is such a tough question! I’d say Brett Eldredge because I have a massive crush on him.  But also Shania Twain…because…Shania Twain.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

In 5-10 years I’d love to still be making music with some of the best people in the business.

 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“This too shall pass”

 

  1. Is there anything else you would like share?

3 Random facts about me:

1) I have 33 first cousins

2) I sleep talk (a lot)

3) When I was little I thought I was in love with Nick Carter

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