Parker Barrow Project~ Q&A!!

1.     Hello Dylan and Megan, can you both tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country duo?

– Hello! First off we wanna thank you guys so much for asking us to be apart of your blog. You guys are awesome. Now to the question, before becoming a country duo, Dylan was touring full-time in various projects, traveling a lot back and forth from Maryland (His home state) & also performing on Nashville’s Broadway. I had just moved to Nashville 6 months before meeting Dylan at Whiskey Jam. I was playing shows in my home state, Alabama and also playing shows on Music Row as a solo artist. After we met, we toured for a few weekends together and it didn’t take long to realize that we both had the same visions for the path that we wanted to take in music. 

2.     How did you guys form your group and come up with the name “Parker Barrow Project?”

– We had spent nearly a year on the road together playing shows under the name “The 81 Run” which was primarily a cover band. After spending a few months writing songs, we felt as if our sound had taken a new direction and ultimately decided to rebrand before releasing our original music. We wanted to find something that fit us and our story, Parker & Barrow being the last names of Bonnie & Clyde, we felt it made sense. After a long year of touring and many times feeling as if we are on the run, whether it was to a show or from our RV couch catching on fire (Lol True Story). There were many times where it felt as though it was us against the world as we all know Bonnie & Clyde felt most of their life. The main reason we chose the name was that no matter what they were doing Bonnie & Clyde always did it together, and that is how we spend the majority of our life. 

3.     What was one of the first album you ever bought?

-Megan: When I was 5 years old I attended my first ever concert to see Kelly Clarkson, she held a competition before her concert to sing and win front row seats..I fell in love with music watching her on idol and ending up competing and won front row seats. After that concert I saved up my allowance and was able to buy my first Album ever “Thankful” by Kelly Clarkson 

-Dylan: I don’t really know what the first album I bought was but I do remember when I switched over to an IPhone the first album I downloaded was “1989” by Taylor Swift lol. 

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

– It’s hard to really put a label on our music, but if we had to describe it in four words it would be Country, Grunge, Rock & Soul. So, a little bit of everything. 

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

– When recording this EP we really had no intentions of leaving the studio with a full 5 song record. We travelled down to our friend Trevor Barnes studio in Jacksonville, FL and was looking to get a few rough mixes of the songs we were thinking about recording. After 5 days of spending the entire time in the studio we ended up walking out with what is now our “Don’t Tell Mama Debut EP”. So I would say our recording process is a lot like the way we approach life. Very spontaneous and open minded. We try not to get caught up in any formula and allow most of the creating process to happen in the moment.

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

– That’s a tough, one last year we played close to 200 shows in 13 states. Every venue has something unique to offer, but if we had to pick we both love playing in our homes towns Megan’s being Birmingham, AL & Dylan’s being La Plata, MD where we can each spend time with our friends and family back home. 

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

– Dylan: “If you pray for patience, does God give you patience or the opportunity to be patient?” I feel like this quote is something every musician out on the road thinks about. 

-Megan: I think my favorite quote or in my case scripture comes from Pslams 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God” Every day in life on the road we are faced with so many obstacles and unknowns your constantly battling doubts and the highs and the lows. But every time I think of that passage I instantly feel peace. 

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

We would like to thank you so much Dixiedeeblog for asking us to be apart of your page! What you guys do for the up and coming country music community is awesome and we are happy to be apart of it! Also, for anyone who we haven’t had the chance to meet yet, we would love for y’all to follow us on Instagram and Spotify and we hope we can meet you in person at show sometime soon. We are about to re-launch the start of our “Don’t Tell Mama Tour” So you can check out our website www.parkerbarrowproject.comfor future tour dates. And Lastly, Our Debut EP “Don’t Tell Mama” is available NOW on all streaming platforms. Thank you again so much for having us!  

Michael Lee~ Q&A

1.     Hello Michael, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
There’s isn’t much to say really, just a normal high school guy. I actually started playing night clubs while in high school at the age of 17. I Played football, baseball and worked as a bag boy at our local grocery store.

2.     What was one of the first country album you ever bought?
George Strait, Greatest Hits Volume 2

3.     What is the background story behind your latest song “Keep On Livin’?”
It was one of the first songs one of my producers Rick Schweinsberg pitched me. The first time I heard it i loved it, plus I’m a huge fan of both of the writers. The song said something i agreed with and wanted to say myself. It was written by number one hit songwriters Gerald Douglas Crabb and T.W. Hale (Why Haven’t I Heard From You – Reba McEntire, A Night To Remember – Joe Diffie, etc.). I love the positivity that just pours out of every single line in this song,” explains Lee. “If you’re having a bad day, you can’t stay down long after you listen to it!
4.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? 
It’s definitely…”gonna be Country!”😁

5.     What is your recording process like when making new music?
First I meet up and start going over ideas for songs with my other producer Micah Schweinsberg. We will then start working on arrangements and different chord progressions. We honestly like to record songs I have written, but we are open to other songs if they are written in the vein of what we are wanting to say at the time.

6.     What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?
I love playing fairs and festivals. I have developed a following in Norway. We’ve went over there a couple times and love that! Also, there’s a place in Texas called Church In The Country that we love going to and playing at. They have become like another family to me and my family, they show us true love!

7.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020?
I actually do have some new things coming up in 2020. I just got out of the studio! As of right now we’ve recorded 7 new songs and Dana Williams from Diamond Rio came on board and co-produced this with Micah Schweinsberg. It’s awesome stuff and I’m extremely excited about it. Stay tuned for more music coming to you this year. 

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?
I have a couple…
* There’s a line in an old Hank Williams Jr. song that says “You can’t fake it, if you’re gonna make it, you gotta live it”… 
* Something I tell people all the time about performing “If you can’t feel it, they won’t feel it.”
* “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you…”

Brian Callihan~ “Q&A”!!!

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

I grew up in South Georgia playing sports, going hunting and doing a lot of stuff outdoors. 

2. What are three things about yourself that people would be surprised to learn about you?

I chased wild hogs for extra money growing up.
I love good Rock N’ Roll Music.
I bleed Red and Black – Go Dawgs! 

3. What was one of the first country albums you ever bought?

Keith Whitley’s Greatest Hits

4. What is the background story behind your latest single “Broke it Down?”

We were in a co-write and started playing some riffs on the guitar, and I had a little melody and the idea just kind of came out. It’s a song that is very relatable, everyone has been broken down one way or another.  

5. What has been one of your favorite venues or events to play at?

Suwannee River Jam

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

I like to keep it simple while in the studio. I don’t like to overcomplicate things – I like it to be as real as possible.

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

Country 
Outdoorsmen
Simple
Faith
Family 

8. Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2020?

Finishing up my brand new EP right now! 

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“When you’re happy you enjoy the music. When you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.” – George Jones 

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

We have some new music coming out real soon and I hope to be able to see you guys on the road!

Johnny Day~ “Q&A”

1.     Hello Johnny, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
So my musical journey began when I was 12. My mother bought me a guitar for Christmas. I was obsessed. A few years later I found myself in a cover band learning from some seasoned vets how to play Classic Rock and Blues. I did this until high school and then joined some bands that were quite diverse in style. (Jazz, Reggae, Classical, Alternative Rock, and Heavy Metal)

2.     What was one of the first country album or CD you ever purchased? 
The first country record that I remember myself going out and acquiring was Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear. Then I quickly acquired all his other records. Saying I was obsessed would be an understatement. 

3.     What is the background story behind your brand new single “Nothin’ Better To Do?”
“Nothin’ Better To Do” is about a man reminiscing about his teenage years when he made some not so great decisions due to the boredom he experienced growing up in a small town and his inexperienced heart. 

4.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Uplifting, Real, Unapologetic 

5.     What are a few of your favorite events or venues to play at?
I loved playing at BMI’s Key West Songwriter’s Festival last year. I love the Comfort Dental Amphitheater in Denver, CO. I honestly love playing everywhere in Nashville. The Sutler has been great to me. Gotta give a shout out to the John Brown Songwriter’s Festival at the Florabama as well. I love them!  

6.     Is there anything else new coming up with your music later in the year?
I have a bunch of New Music coming out this year so don’t blink! If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you’ll be able to stay up to date with each single release! There will be atleast 3 more releases this year.  

7.     If you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why?
That’s hard. If I could sing a duet with anyone it’d probably be FGL, Keith Urban, or Brad Paisley. Lol sorry, it’s too hard to choose just one. 

8.     Where do you hope to see your music career in 5 to 10 years?
I’m shooting for the stars honestly but as long my music serves my fans and brings joy to their lives, that’s what means the most to me. 

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes?
Three most important things in life are attitude, attitude, and attitude. 

10.  Is there anything else you would like to share?
I love to chat and meet new people so please reach out to me on whatever social media platform you use! You can find me at @johnnydayofficial on Instagram and Facebook. @johnnydaymusic on Twitter. Thank you so much for having me on the blog! Love you all! 

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.” 

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.

Chloe Collins~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hello Chloe, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hello, thank you for having me! I have been singing since before I could talk. I would always be humming a tune on the swings in my backyard or in the school cafeteria. My parents used to play The Beatles and The Beach Boys around the house so I grew up listening to good music. When I was eight years old I started teaching myself chords on the guitar and writing songs. I performed “The Sound of Music” at my school talent show that year and once I heard the applause from the audience I realized music was what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. Now I am a singer-songwriter based in Nashville. One of my songs was featured on the 100th episode of the TV show Nashville, and many of my other songs have been featured on TV shows such as HeartlandThe Vineyard, Bellevue, and Hudson & Rex. My music has also been on Spotify editor-curated playlists such as Wild Country and New Music Nashville

2.     What was one of the first country album you ever bought? One of the first country albums I ever bought was “Fearless” by Taylor Swift. I was a big Taylor Swift fan when I was young, and I went to almost all of her concerts. 

3.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Didn’t Want You?” When I was writing this song with Smith Curry and Tiffany Goss, we all had this moment when we came up with the title and we looked at each other and realized all of us—and, probably, everyone else who would listen to this song—had been in a position where you want to love someone but that person’s mind is somewhere else. Every time I play “Didn’t Want You” at a live show people come up to me and share their stories and express how much they can relate to the song. Though it is a difficult situation to be in, so many people have felt that way and by putting it into a song we are basically saying, “you are not alone.”

4.     Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2020? I am currently working in the studio to create new music! I am so excited to share these new songs with the world because I feel like they share truths that people can connect with, just like what has already happened with “Didn’t Want You.” Stay tuned on social media and other platforms to learn about release dates!

5.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? In 3 to 5 words, I would describe my music as edgy modern country. It has a Billie Eilish pop flair with classic country themes. Besides Billie Eilish, one of the artists who has influenced both me and my music the most is Maren Morris. She took the country music scene by storm with her unique sound and honest lyrics. I wish to create songs that are as raw and real as those she has released.

6.     What are some of your favorite events or venues to play at? I have performed at such legendary venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Opry City Stage and The Bitter End in New York, and the House of Blues in New Orleans. Whiskey Jam is one of my favorite events to play in Nashville because the crowd is so lively and responsive to the music!

7.     What is your recording process like when making new music? Each song I’ve written has had a different writing and recording process. I want to always write lyrics that are relatable for others, because hearing songs that seemed to be about the exact situations I was going through is the reason I fell in love with country music. I always want to make sure that the sound of the record reflects the mood of the song so it can emphasize the emotional impact of the lyrics.

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes? One of my favorite quotes is “Music is the strongest form of magic” (Marilyn Manson). There is nothing more supernatural to me than starting with a blank page and ending with lyrics and a melody. 

9.     Is there anything else you would like share? If you want to stay up to date with my music, my Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter are all under Chloe Collins Music! My songs are also available on Spotify and Apple Music!