Dixiedee’s Top 5 Fave Songs of Oct 9, 2017!!!

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  1. Eli Young Band “Skin & Bones”: “Skin & Bones” is a personal story from the band’s lead singer Mike Eli. Eli, Lori McKenna and Phil Barton wrote the song. Eli and his relationship inspired this song with his wife Kacey.
  2. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill “The Rest Of Our Life”: “The Rest of Our Life,” tells the story about being forever in love as a couple and how this couple who has yet to visit the altar. McGraw finally asks his girl for hand in marriage and happily she tells him she tells him yes.
  3. Spencer Crandall “I Thought We Broke Up”: This song comes from being in and of a relationship and matter how hard we try, we still find ourselves drawn to certain people that we know are not good for us.
  4. Walker Hayes “Halloween”: This track is about Hayes’ wife Laney, and the idea of falling in love with someone you can truly be yourself around and mask free. Hayes co-wrote this song with Nicolle Galyon, who is featured in this song.
  5. Midland “Nothin New Under The Neon”: This laid-back single praises the venerable dive bar and as well as the stories housed with in these walls.

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Jenna Paulette’s Q&A

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

I have been doing music most of my life, and loving country music since I was a little whipper snapper waiting on my grandaddy to bring the cows around, singing “Wide Open Spaces” on my four wheeler. But I’ll tell you about high school Jenna. I did a LOT of musicals, sang in four choirs (church, school, all-state and a special smaller ensemble at church), and learned as much as I could about ranching from my grandaddy and my uncle. I played basketball and ran cross country, drove a hand-me-down F-150 and listened to Kanye with the windows down. I had a lot of friends, but no one I considered a real “best friend” until college. I felt like everybody thought they knew me when they didn’t. I hung out with my family a lot (two sisters, one brother) and I was a serial kisser, haha…I’m not that girl anymore, but the good things about my history are all still evident in who I am today:

– I’m a country singer, and my passion for musicals in high school helped with acting in my music video

– I still love ranching and am at the ranch every chance I get (I’m actually on a plane headed home to work cows as I write this!)

– I drive another hand-me-down F-150

– I don’t listen to Kanye much anymore, but I DO listen to Zayn…and a lot of country (of course).

– I have a lot of great friends and a few besties.

– I’m athletic

– My family is #1

– I kiss my husband a lot 😜

– I LOVE what I do.

2. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted to be in it?

I knew I wanted to be a country artist when I was eight, watching a LeAnn Rimes concert on the Disney Channel, but got distracted by people telling me that I should do Broadway in high school. Musical theater and Broadway is what ended up getting me into the college that laid the foundation for how I go about doing country music now. So it certainly came full-circle.

3. Who are some of your musical icons?

George Strait – he knows who he is and he does everyone on purpose. He’s who I look up to the most. Plus, he represents the kind of men I respect. Long live the cowboy and long live King George! 🙌🏻

4. What is the story behind your newest single “Coolest Girl In Town?”

CGITW actually stemmed from another song I was writing called “Soundtrack to my Youth”. There was a line about a guy making a girl feel like the “girls they sing about,” and I was like, “we need to write a song about just that.” So my cowriter and I did! That’s where CGITW came from… and let’s face it, I am a sucker for a good playlist or mixtape with some country love songs on it, which the song talks about. 😍

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

I hope to be successful at radio, playing arenas, and able to influence younger girls in a positive way.

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

Sam Hunt, because I dream about singing the harmonies that Hillary Lindsey sings on “Make You Miss Me” one day on stage with him. I think our styles are complimentary.

If I could duet with a female, I think Kacey Musgraves and I could do something cool because we both have smooth voices, and I’d love to hear her more traditional sound mesh with what I do… I just love her.

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

I have a Christmas song I’m working on right now! It’s an obscure one, but it’s one of my favorites. We are also working on getting on the road ASAP.

8. What are few of your favorite places in Nashville?

– Urban Cowboy for drinks

– Mas Taco, for obvious reasons (TACOS!)

– Little Octopus for a nice meal

– Portland Brew, for the best ice coffee (it tastes like liquid chocolate!)

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” 

-Zig Ziglar

 

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Jenna Paulette “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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According to Jenna Paulette’s website she “has always been somewhat of a walking juxtaposition- a mix of laid-back country causal adopted from her time on the family ranch along the Texas/Oklahoma border, and the big city glam she’s picked up in the her travels along the way.”

Paulette spent a lot of her life drawing from both worlds and also continues to create herself as an artist and her own sound. The result is an ironically harmonious blend that Paulette calls the New West. Paulette ‘s sound is a combination of old and new, that sticks with a tradition sound but it is also apart of the modern world and it’s also a representation of the two worlds she grew up in. My mom’s side is ranching; my dad’s side is the big city sales-type. In everything she does, the way she dresses, write, perform, even cooks – her entire self is in the New West.

Paulette moved away from home to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design on a singing scholarship. While going to college she realized she wanted to be a country singer. She got a degree in visual communications (advertising and graphic design.)

After college, Paulette moved to Nashville and last year she recruited the help of producers Brad Hill (Maren, Brothers Osborne) and Lee Holland. The result of this collaboration is the sound of Paulette’s New West. She shares how it has a “traditional feel with a clean modern twist and she went into the project wanting pop rhythms, mandolin for texture, but instead used the pedal steel to be the leading lady.”

Paulette’s debut single, “Coolest Girl in the World,” was written by Paulette, Jordan Reynolds (Keith Urban’s Getting in the Way” and Lauren Alaina “Three”.) Her vocals in this song are up-tempo and it delivers a message that many people can relate to.

If you would like to find out more about Jenna Paulette then check out her website http://www.jennapaulette.com.

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Rachel Lipsky “Caramel Glaze Dip Recipe”!!!

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 It’s called Caramel Glaze Dip and is a fairly simple recipe and very popular at parties.

8oz Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup of White Sugar

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

In a bowl with a beater, mix everything together for 10min or until creamy and mixed thoroughly (enough to make sure the sugar is dissolved). I usually make dip the night before and stick it in the fridge. Then cut up apples into slices (I usually do a fun mix of green and red apples for variety). I typically cut the apples the day of the party and toss them with lemon juice or 7up to keep the apples from getting brown.

Rachel Lipsky: Q & A!!!

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

    Hi Danaille, I was born in Denver, Colorado and always knew I wanted to sing, I was always involved in choirs at church and school. Growing up in a household where my parents would play everything from Blondie, Pat Benetar and ZZ Top to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dwight Yoakum and John Denver. I feel like a lot of that early influence really helped build my love for all genres of music and deepen my internal catalogue.

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

    Having the influence of my parent’s taste in the formative years of my life, I did stray from country in my late grade school years–I went through phases of craving other types of music. I would listen to only classical for a while, then only rap, oldies after that and then started listening to country right before getting into high school. I then realized that’s where my heart belonged, but I have such an appreciation for all types of music and it really comes out in my album, we created a diverse sound and we are so proud of this project! Maybe you can hear a little bit of my “flow” from rap fan days in vocal delivery on some of my songs, such as “Bad Girl Barbie” and “Hell of A Job”.

3. Who are some of your musical icons?

    Mary Chapin Carpenter is one of my biggest icons, but I also absolutely adore Garth Brooks, and Tina Turner. All of these artists were game changers, they took risks and did their own thing. I admire that about anyone who dares to be different.

4. What is your favorite song off your latest album “Dancin’ in the Neon?”

    Hmmm, this is a really hard question because we built this album with songs that I absolutely believed in and loved. I might disappoint you and not be able to pick a favorite, they all are unique in their own way and I love all of the songs.

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

    In the next 5 to 10 years, I want to be just like Kenny Chesney when I grow up. Selling out stadiums, creating my own little world and empire to make sure my fans get the best experience ever.

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

    If I could sing a duet it would be with Mary Chapin Carpenter or Garth Brooks. Either one of these artists would be a dream to work with, let alone be able to share the stage with these icons.

7. How did you decide you wanted to go play overseas for the Troops?

    I have such a special place in my heart for our military and 1st Responders, I knew at a young age that I wanted to travel overseas and entertain our troops when they needed it most. I just didn’t know how to go about getting over there, without being a name sake and having hit songs. I did endless research and found the Armed Forces Entertainment. I applied many, many times before I got my first tour from Daniel Cook in 2013. The first time I saw the email, it made me so emotional. Being able to live a dream I had dreamed for so long was anything I could have ever imagined. Then being able to go over 3 times (so far) has been one of the best gifts I have ever been given. We’ve been to Djibouti, Africa; Kuwait; Bahrain; Qatar and Abu Dhabi and have shared many amazing memories with our men and women in uniform and immerse ourselves in other cultures.

8. What is one of your favorite quotes?

    One of my favorite quotes is “Imagination is more important than knowledge” by Albert Einstein. Our minds are powerful and can exceed many of our expectations. Having knowledge is important but can a lot of times put people in a box. Being a creative whether in music, engineering, science, etc; it is super important to believe anything is possible and “think out of the box” as corny as that sounds, it is more true than some like to admit.

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

    The super talented Jamie Marshall has choreographed a line dance to my current single “Dancin’ In the Neon”, here’s a link to the instructional video: https://youtu.be/be1HNsp7YF8 and a link to the step sheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/dancin-in-the-neon-ID118455.aspx  if you want to learn it with us and dance along. Also, this past May, my band and I were humbled and honored to have won the Nashville Hard Rock Rising Competition.

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Rachel Lipsky: Artist Spotlight!!!

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Rachel Lipsky burst onto the country scene after winning the Pepsi Southern Original Competition. Lipsky has a sound lied in between “brass-knuckles country and high-heeled sass.” Lipsky has opened for country musicians such as Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Hank Williams Jr. She has also been invited by the Armed Forces to sing for the American troops overseas many times. Also Lipsky has sung the National Anthem at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bridgestone Arena for the Professional Bull Rider’s Association and at Lipscomb University. Lastly, Lipsky won the Nashville Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands, IMEA’s Country Female Vocalist Award and was a finalist in the Unsigned Only’s International Songwriter Competition for “Ready Set Whiskey.”

If you would like to find out more about Rachel Lipsky then check out her website http://www.rachellipsky.com. Also go take a listen to her latest single “Dancin’ in the Neon.”

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Dixiedee Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: Oct 2, 2017!!!

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  1. Stephanie Quayle “Selfish”: The song “Selfish,” showcases Quayle’s singing abilities to a whole new level, and it also has a beautiful tone to it. Also “Selfish” is one of those singles that gets to a person in a good way and makes them really listen to each word. The song is a country ballad with little bit of jazz and blues.
  2. Cale Dodds “Lying”: In Dodd’s new song “Lying,” it tells the story of love and promises of staying together forever. The couple believed they were telling the truth to one another and but in these end they were both lying to one another.
  3. Chris Janson “Drunk Girl”: Janson’s new song “Drunk Girl,” tells story of giving reassurance to young men to help drunk women get home safely instead of trying to sleep with them.
  4. Kellie Pickler “It Wasn’t for a Woman”: Pickler’s new song “It Wasn’t for a Woman,” pays tribute to her Grandmother Faye. Pickler calls her grandma a blessing and explains how her grandma set guidance for Pickler when she was growing up.
  5. Big & Rich “California”: In Big & Rich new song “California,” it talks about a guy’s girlfriend and her upcoming trip to California. He is sad she is leaving him and their relationship to chase her dreams in the West Coast.

 

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