Liam Mogan~ “Q&A”!!!

1.  Hello Liam, can you tell me a little about yourself before you became a country musician?  Before making music (even before picking up an instrument), I was really invested in football, team roping and surfing. Football was pretty much my life until senior year of high school. I thought I’d play in college, but I attended Pepperdine University, which doesn’t have a collegiate team.

2.  How did you get the nickname “The Surfing Cowboy?”There’s apparently a shop in Venice [California] called “Surfing Cowboy”. I can’t remember if one of my buds heard of it first and gave me the label or if it was independent from that. It has stuck ever since and either way—I’m part hippie and part cowboy—it fits me pretty well! 🤠🤙🏼

3.  What is the background story behind your single “Miss Behave,” from your debut release “Headlights?”Hmm. That’s a good question. That “bar scene” story, in “Miss Behave” and in other songs of mine with similar vibes, go back to my post high school era of going to our local dancehall Borderline with all of my buddies. It was our first taste of the bar scene. It was great; line dancing, smoking cigarettes, flirting with girls much older than us… cracks me up when I think back! But the story definitely comes from that time in my life. 

4.  Who are some of your musical icons?I like to split them up: old school icons include Hank Williams Sr, Elvis, and Little Richard, to name a few. Without going through my entire musical library, my modern icons are Kip Moore and Springsteen because of their stellar songwriting abilities. 

5.  Where are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills is my favorite venue. It’s my hometown venue, and I’m so blessed to get to play there. The Canyon is where we went growing up to see Merle Haggard and Ted Nugent. There’s a lot of history there! 

6.  Does your grandmother still have her letter from the legend Loretta Lynn wrote to her? Bringing up the sore subject… haha, just kidding! Apparently it has been lost along the many moves my family made between the East Coast and LA. I’ve heard that it may be in our family storage unit, but I’m not too sure. If I ever find it, I will make sure to post it! 

7.  What got you involve in rescuing and helping a beautiful mare name Tulsa, who was abandoned in the California desert.My family friends lived there for many years. My dad, sister and I went out there every weekend growing up to ride and rope the steers they had out there. Anyhow, our friends saw Tulsa and her mother being chased by a pack of wild Pit Bulls (very common in the Mojave desert). They went out and rescued them. Our friends have trained dozens of horses with plenty of experience with rank handfuls, but at their age, Tulsa was too much for them. That is when I took Tulsa home and immediately started her training. She’s come a long way, but there’s plenty of training to be had! 

8.  What is one of your favorite quotes?“That’s life.”  

9.  Is there anything else you would like to share? Musically, I’d like to say that there is a lot of upcoming shows/music releases planned within the next few months. My current EP Headlights is available digitally wherever you download/stream music. Also, if you are on social media, give me a follow on Instagram @liammoganmusic to check out what I’ve been up to. Finally, thanks for taking the time to feature me! 🙂

Jess Taylor~ “Q&A”!!!

1.    Hi Jess, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?Honestly, I’ve always been a singer. My mom jokes that I came out of the womb singing! I’ve always been creative and loved writing, drawing, and music. I was also a cheerleader for a good part of my childhood, but singing was always my passion!
2.    How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it? I grew up on good old country music. Of course I listened to Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Reba, but I fell in love with 90s and early 2000s country. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, and Lonestar were some of my favorites! 
3.    Who are some of your musical icons?Currently my favorites are Larkin Poe, The Civil Wars, Mumford and Sons, Chris Stapleton, and Kacey Musgraves!
4.    What is the story behind your single “Bump in the Night?”I wrote this song with my friend Madison McKenzie! She had this idea coming into our co-write of Bump in the Night being this different way to tell a cheating story and from there it just came to life. It tells a haunting story of a woman who caught her man cheating. There’s a lot of ghost references that we slid in there to make it interesting!
5.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?I’m constantly working on new music and writing new songs! I hope to have more new music by the end of 2019, early 2020!
6.    What are a few of your favorite events or venues to play at?My favorite venue in Nashville to play at is the Listening Room! It has this magic in the air. This is a place where people actually go to listen (not talk through) live music. 
7.    What is one of your favorite quotes?I have my favorite Bible verses everywhere from my living room to my phone background! My favorite is “2 Chronicles 15:7”- But as for you, be strong and don’t give up, for your hard work will be rewarded. 
8.    Is there anything else you would like share? I’m so excited to be releasing new music with a new sound and I really hope everyone loves it as much as I do! Thanks for having me on! 

Clay Barker (Q&A)!!!

1.    Hello Clay, can you tell me a little about yourself before becoming a country musician? Clay Barker is a passionate and experienced musician who was self-taught at the early age of 15. His music career took off in his hometown of Alexander City, Alabama in 2012 with the launch of his Contemporary Christian band, Raised in Glory. Clay was the lead vocalist and guitarist in Raised in Glory for 6 years until he decided to begin actively pursuing his own music as an authentically unique country music  singer/songwriter.   Clay obtained his exercise science degree from Auburn University and is now focused on growing his fan base across the southeast through his work with 65 South. Alongside Riley Green, Muscadine Bloodline and Tyler Reeve, Clay Barker is proud to be involved with 65 South – playing in local venues such as Birmingham’s Zydeco, Bourbon Street Bar in Auburn, Gallettes Bar in Tuscaloosa, as well as many others in Atlanta, Huntsville, Cullman and Alexander City. Clay has played alongside Country’s Top 20 artist Mitchell Tenpenny, BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records’ Walker McGuire, Thirty Tiger label’s The Steel Woods and Make Wake Artists’ Jobe Fortner.

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?I started to listen to country music the moment I came into the world. My parents grew me up listening to all of the classics (Hank, David Allen Coe, Willie, Waylon), as well as a huge range of other music anywhere from classic Motown to singer/songwriter folks to the best of classic rock music. I went through a plethora of genres as a drummer before finally picking up the guitar and pursuing country music at the age of 22 and haven’t looked back since. 

3.    What is the background story behind your newest single “Hold My Beer?”Clay’s debut single “Hold My Beer” represents the trademark sound of Clay’s authentically rowdy take on country music. “Hold My Beer” is a song written as the poster-child story of how a little “liquid courage” can go a long way. Written over a couple of drinks on the back porch of Losers Bar in Nashville, TN; Clay Barker, Tyler Reeve, and Cole Taylor unravel the events of a country boy’s night out on the town with his boys that needed some true down home southern help to get things headed in the right direction… a little rowdy.  “Hold My Beer” is the anthem to anyone who has ever had just enough to drink to become the life of the party that they were never invited to. It’s the song that you’re singing when you walk into your favorite bar and the tune that’s running through your head the next day when you wake up getting ready to tell your buddies once again “hold my beer and watch this”.

4.    Who are some of your musical icons? Some guys that I look up to as a country music artist are Chris Stapleton, Mike Ryan, Cody Johnson, just to name a few. There are many other modern day upcoming country musicians that I really look up to. 

5.    What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?My favorite venues to play are always the college town bars. They’re always my kind of rowdy and have never disappointed. 

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?I have another single that I will be releasing hopefully in the summer of 2019. As for the rest of my plans, you’ll just have to stick around and see 😉

7.    When you are not working on your music, what are some of your favorite things to do in your free time? I am a huge lake bum. Every time I’m not playing music or working on my music I like to be on the lake wakeboarding, fishing, and riding around on my ‘83 Mastercraft Stars and Stripes.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?Hold my beer and watch this.”

9.    Is there anything else you would like to share? I’m overwhelmingly thankful to be able to have the opportunity to play music and pay the bills doing it simply because of my fans that stream the songs, come to the shows, and support me in so many different ways. It’s something that is so humbling for a small town boy like me to see.

Sammy Listoe~ “Q&A”!!!

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

   Hey there! My first passion growing up was motocross. I started racing at 8 years old in Montana and was fairly successful, so my family moved to California and I eventually spent a summer racing in the semi-pro ranks. I also loved acting which ultimately took me out to Los Angeles when I was 21. I performed in several productions and a few commercials, but music slowly took over and it has been at the forefront ever since. 

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

   Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of country music growing up. It wasn’t until after I moved to California around the age of 14 when I really started to get into the music. I think I wrote my first song in the 7th grade, but I started taking it seriously around 19 when I began teaching myself to play the guitar. Since then, my pursuit of a career in music has taken me on some wild journeys.

3.    Who are some of your musical icons?

   My favorite band is Kings of Leon. Their music has been my life’s soundtrack. Bruce Springsteen is up there with the best of them. Dierks Bentley was my introduction to country music and I’ve studied his work a lot. Kip Moore has been an influence of mine as well. His lyrics and arrangements have really inspired me over the years. 

4.    What made you decide to put out a live album from Molly Malone’s?

   Back in 2017 I released my debut album, “Beyond Nowhere”. I performed an album release show at Molly Malone’s with a full band.  We acquired the live recording which came out really well so I released it on the major digital platforms. It was also a very special performance for me because I had family in the band. My mother played keys, my stepfather played bass and a family friend was on the drums. It was one of those nights and performances that I will cherish forever.

5.    Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2019?

   I’m very excited about 2019. I’m working on a couple projects with producers who aren’t of the country genre which excites me because I really like to explore different music. Also, I generally play solo acoustic gigs, but I’m putting together a couple full band shows for the summer. 

6.    Where has been some of your favorite venues or events to play?

   I played a pop-up show in a park in Lima, Peru back in 2017 which was such an unexpected and pure experience. The Waterhole in Amsterdam is a great venue with an incredible house band. The Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood is where I played my very first show and there is so much history there, so that spot is special. I have always loved performing at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. Intimate space with a great musical community.

7.    If you have to describe your music in 3 to 5 words, what words would you choose?

   If I had to narrow it down I’d say honest, raw, nostalgic, emotional and eclectic.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

   “Don’t be so nervous.” – My pops, Wayne

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

   Well first, thank you! I really enjoyed chatting with you. Definitely want to give a shoutout to my friends, family and fans who have come out to the shows and supported my musical journey thus far. I’m so grateful for you all. We’re just getting started!

Kaylee Rose~ “Q&A”!!!

1. Hi Kaylee, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country artist?Before I pursued music, I was a dancer and cheerleader. That was my first love and passion. When I was in middle school, my family moved to a different town and that’s when I started teaching myself how to play guitar and switching my focus to music.
2. What is the background story behind your brand new single “Stuff?” One of my close friends went through a break up a couple years ago and she had recently mentioned to me that she still had his belongings at her place and that she couldn’t let them go. That conversation inspired the idea and I brought the concept and the title “Stuff” to one of my cowrites shortly after. 
3. Who are some of your musical icons? I’m not exactly sure if I can pinpoint even a few artists because I honestly grew up listening to all types of music. I love everything from Johnny Cash to Beyonce. 
4.  How have you grown as a country musician since 2018? I have written hundreds of songs and released a handful of songs. Every release has helped shaped my direction as an artist and where to go next. Everything I went through in 2018 really helped me find my clear path as an artist for 2019. I feel like I know exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it (sing it). 
5.    If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why? That is an insanely hard question! If I HAD to pick one right now, I’d say Ed Sheeran. I love that he has so many different sides and layers to his music, and I feel like we could write/sing a really weird and cool song. 
6.    What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at? I have always loved the Listening Room because its a venue that gives artist a place to try out and showcase originals and the audience is always very receptive there. I’ve met a lot of friends, cowriters and fans playing there. 
7.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019? I have another new single that I am recording. I will have a few different videos and singles coming out this year.
8.    What is one of your favorite quotes? “Comparison is the thief of joy”

Liv Charette~ “Q&A”!!!

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

I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and was a competitive figure skater for 11 years. I had dreams of going to the Olympics before I found music.  I started singing in high school and playing local shows. I learned to play guitar at the age of 16 and songwriting quickly followed.  I started making trips to Nashville to write and record about 6 years ago and moved to Nashville full time in 2015.

2.    When did you start listening to country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it? 

I’ve been a country fan my entire life and some of my earliest memories involve country music.  I remember dancing in the kitchen to Shania Twain songs with my mom.  I started to take performing and writing more seriously towards the end of high school and, from there, the decision to pursue a career as an artist was an easy one.

3.    What is the story behind your brand new single “Boy Crazy?”

I sat down to write with two of my really good friends, Madison Kozak and Raquel Cole. I laid  a beat and they started jamming out on their guitars and the melody for “Boy Crazy” was born.  The lyrics flowed pretty quickly as we talked about what it’s like to essentially fall for someone you’ve never actually met.  We wanted the song to be fun and cheeky to convey the crazy ideas that bounce around in a person’s head when they become infatuated with someone.  We took the silliest ideas we could (like the “Bend-and-snap” from Legally Blonde) and found fun ways to say them and once we were done, we knew we had created something really exciting that would make people dance!

4.    Who are some of your musical icons?

First and foremost, Shania Twain.  I’ve been a Shania fan for as long as I can remember and so many of her songs are timeless.  Even now, her live shows are amazing!  On the more current side, I admire the artistry of Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert, as writers and as singers. Their fearlessness in the writing room to say what they want is something I definitely aspire to.

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

I love playing music festivals and writers’ rounds!  Festivals are always so much fun because festival crowds are always there to have a great time and get a little rowdy and writers’ rounds allow me to play songs I’ve written and sometimes haven’t recorded yet in a more intimate environment and see how listeners react to them.  Two very different sides of the same performing coin and I love both equally.

6.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?

I’m writing nonstop and looking to put out more music later this year.  I’m excited to keep playing writers’ rounds, festivals and shows and continuing to connect with fans in person and via social media!

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

I would love to sing with Lady Gaga.  She’s the epitome of a well-rounded artist.  She’s bold, brave and exceptionally talented and she always leaves it all on the stage.  

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Dream big, Work bigger.”  It’s simple but it’s true.  You can have the biggest dreams in the world but if you aren’t willing to be the hardest working person in the room, they’ll never come true.

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

I’m excited about some upcoming shows that will be announced via!  You can keep up to date with all of my adventures via social media as well!

Christie Lamb~ “Q&A”!!!

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

I have been a country musician since I was about 14 years old. 

I was born in England and emigrated to Australia at 6 years old where I started dance lessons and later picked up instruments and singing.

2.    When did you become a fan of country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?

I started singing at 11 years old and entered eisteddfods with lots of different genres. I didn’t know many country songs. I learnt one song so I could enter the country section and each time that would be the section I would consistently get great feedback for. 

I’d come home and tell my Dad how I went. All of a sudden, my Dad came out with so many country artists and albums I should be listening to, so I got my main influences and love of country from my Dad. 

3.    What is the background story behind your latest single “Hot Hot Kiss?”

I wrote thing song with 3 other Aussies on a very hot summers day in Nashville . It’s a song about that initial attraction and longing for someone.

4.    What was your first thought in your head when you won CMC Female Artist of the Year 2018 by your fans in Australia?

I was just blown away and really didn’t expect it as I was in a section with some big female names. I had to try and come up with a speech on the spot. The presenters were Adam Eckersley and Brett Young. I was also a bit over whelmed to be given the award by Brett Young as I had just told interviewers on the red carpet he was my celebrity crush! lol

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

I love festivals best of all. The vibe and crowd just lift the performance every time.

6.    Who are some of your musical icons?

Keith Urban (who I did a duet with at Deni Ute Muster) Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton would be my biggest 3.

7.    Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?

I will be doing a second single mid year and a brand new album later this year.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

Its a quote from Michael Phelps

Stay in your own lane. Keep swimming forward and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.