Henley~ Q&A

1.     Hello, you two, can you both tell us all a little bit about yourselves before you became a country music duo? Sayre:  We grew up in a musical family.  Momma sings… she cut her first record at Muscle Shoals Sound with the Swampers in the 70s, and dad is an incredible multi-instrumentalist who paid the bills behind a drumset. We had different tastes growing up, but after Shea graduated college I ended up moving in with him in Denton, Tx while I attended the University of North Texas (where he had just graduated).  He played in a red dirt band and I grew up a huge country music fan, so we tried writing some songs together and it seemed to work immediately.

2.     How did you come up with the name Henley for your group name? Shea:  Henley is our last name… we were blessed with A LOT of grandparents haha.  Funny enough, the man who raised our dad and gave us all the last name Henley is the only grandpa we never met!  AND he wasn’t a musician.  But dad’s biological father and our Grandmama were both brilliant musicians.  Most of the musicians in our family all carry the name Henley, so it’s an homage to our roots and family history.

3.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Alone Tonight?”

Shea: There definitely was a situation that inspired this song.  I came in with the idea for the opening two lines of the chorus “I don’t wanna be alone tonight, I don’t wanna spend the night alone”, and it triggered a memory for Sayre of a past relationship.  Sayre had been in a relationship with a country singer who at the time was an up and comer, but now has definitely seen his fair share of success.  Sayre: He started out to be the perfect gentleman, but with time the perfect date nights and sweet memories slowed down and it turned into the late night texts when he was in town asking me to meet him at the bar for drinks, or asking me to come over after he had dipped into too many shots of whiskey.  Even though I knew his intentions weren’t good anymore I still put myself in the position to meet him after he was drunk, or answer the late night text because being with him in any form was better than being alone. 

4.     What is your recording process like when creating new music? Shea: we do everything ourselves with our partner in crime Cody Smith (www.discomyth.com).  For this one, I opened my computer one night and made the synth patch and loop you hear.  I sent it to Sayre to sing along with and she loved it.  She came over and we recorded the vocals ourselves in my detached garage/studio workspace… it’s just a blazing hot 24×24 cinderblock shed with big wooden supports and a tin roof, but it sounds great… Cody played acoustic and steel guitar, the big Moog bass you hear, AND he mixed it.  We decided to leave my original loop in as a change of pace to our normal live drums (which I usually play).

5.     How would you guys describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Sayre: Real Shea:  Gooder than good!

6.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at? Shea: of all the fun shows we’ve done, honestly it always comes back to Winner’s Bar and Whiskey Jam… WJ will always feel like home to Nashville-based artists. 

7.     When not working or creating music what do you two like do in your free time?

Sayre:  I love going to the gym (shoutout to my Redline fam!)… that’s actually where we met our amazing booking agent Jess Mosby.  Such a Nashville story.  Everyone you meet is in the business! 
    Shea:  If I’m not working on music for Henley I’m probably working on one of the many side projects I have with my friends.  It’s a fun way to navigate the distance as our various careers take us all over the US.  Especially with the lockdown… it’s been fun catching up via music. 

8.     What are a few of your guysfavorite quotes? Sayre:  “Don’t suck” – my brother with a big grin on his face just before we hit the stage, or “Center, Breathe, Pray” which is mom’s advice for everything life throws your way.

9.     Is there anything else you would like to share? hank you so much for having us, and shoutout to our cowriter Kenneth Duncan (who also wrote Centerline and I Forgot About You with us).  Be sure to follow us @wearehenley on social media!   We’ve got cover videos, acoustic sessions, and BTS (behind the song) content coming at ya.

Henley~ Artist Spotlight!!!

Shea & Sayre Henley are brother and sister and together they formed their country music group “Henley.” They grew up in Newnan, Georgia and started to write music together, while attending college in Denton, Texas. They both love to laugh and performance with one another. 

The Henley siblings now are living in Nashville. On June 26th their latest single “Alone tonight,” came out and it debuted on Apple Country Hot Tracks. The song is about an ex-lover that you cannot leave in the past. Even though the relationship is over. You are trying to restore an old lover that burned fast and forcefully but has since left for good. Sayre shares the song is about how she would wait for her ex to come “in town and knew what bar he would be drinking at and she would anxiously await the “come meet me for a drink” on a Monday night even though she knew it would end in her getting hurt.”

If you would like to find out about Henley then check out their website at (https://www.wearehenley.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearehenley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearehenley/

Gracie Carol~ Q&A!!!

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

Before I truly dug deep into my artistry and music I was just a young high school girl that lived on the west side of Cincinnati, OH who had big dreams. I wrote silly little songs just for fun and always sang at the top of my lungs. Country music was always a huge aspect in my life, but I was actually also very involved in musical theater for years! My country voice never really fit that genre and as much as I loved acting, I really loved performing as myself more. It’s so cool to look back now and see that I’ve done and am doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do and be. They aren’t dreams anymore, now it’s my life and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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

There were so many my parents had chosen and picked that I loved and really enjoyed listening to like Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Teri Clark, and so many more. But the first album I begged my parents to go out with me to get was “Fearless” by Taylor Swift. I was the little girl that looked up to her as most young girls. She was doing exactly what I always wanted to do, write songs, record them, and put out an album. I still remember that day when that album came out too. It made me love country music so much more and this time it was because I found that artist and started loving her myself, not just because my parents liked somebody!

3.    What is the background story behind your newest single “3 Minutes?” 

It’s all about women empowerment and women in country music. There was a time for a while, mostly through my teenage years that country music was really only “bro country”. It made me sad that women weren’t being recognized more and being played on the radio because “bro country” was a thing. So I’ve always wanted to find a way to help that change. In college I studied country music and focused on the beauty of women in country. Whether that be artist, songwriters, or music business women I wanted to help out make a change to equalize the playing ground. Women in country music weren’t getting the recognition, so that’s the background of where this song came from.

4.    What made you decide to have a career in country music?

Growing up listening to country and visiting Nashville as a vacation every year with my family was like heaven to me. I loved everything about the music, the business, the culture, the city, the people. It was really easy to make that decision. And after getting the opportunity to feel what it was like to be a touring artist for a day and perform with Keith Urban on his “Raise Em Up” tour, which you can find on youtube if you’d like to watch, that was the moment I knew I wasn’t changing my path and moved to Nashville right after I graduated high school!

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

It’s Powerful, Smooth, and Compassionate.

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

I love playing at a restaurant called the Opry Backstage Grill. The atmosphere there is so kind, loving, and generous. And if you know me, those are my kind of people! I definitely recommend anyone to go there and eat, or perform, or just to hear good music!

My favorite event I’ve performed at was getting top 5 in Cincinnati’s Nash Next Competition!

7.    What is your process like when recording new music?

Whenever I have a song I love I show it to one of my friends who produces my songs, his name is Austin Shawn, and he just understands and gets who I am as an artist so our ideas and vibes click so well. He creates all the instrumentals behind my voicings and literally makes the song come to life. He’s such a generous friend and has such an extremely talented ear! We always have really great times when I record new music, and “3 Minutes” was one of the most exciting songs we created yet.

8.    What is one of your favorite quotes?

Have courage and be kind always

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

Lookout for new material for “3 Minutes” as weeks go by 😉 

Gracie Carol~ “Artist Spotlight”

Gracie Carol is a girl who grew up in Cincinnati and moved to Nashville for her love of singing and devotion to performing. With early origins in country music, Carol was meant to make her mark on this genre of music and her true self appeared before she was even done with high school. In the summer of 2014, Carol performed alongside with country superstar Keith Urban on his “Raise ‘Em Up Tour” at Riverbend Music in Cincinnati, OH. At 17 she was a part of Miranda Lambert’s “We Were Us” to an audience of 20,000 people. Her family made signs, her friends taking a lot of pictures and videos, and strangers screaming her name, all took apart of an evening that would change Carol’s dreams into very real experiences. 

            With the love of her city and the support from Urban’s fans, everyone in her town came to know the name of “Grace Aufderbeck.” Her accomplishments and achievements made a youthful Carol realize that she had a spot in the music world, but it is the tiny moments that keep her going. The memories of places she has been, the individuals she has met, and the cheers of their voices to the sound of her music, stay very close to her as she continues to make a name for herself. Carol now is living in Nashville; TN and she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and studied Commercial Music Voice with Music Business. At only 22 years old, Carol has created a sturdy foundation in a rough world of writing songs about her own life and truth about her relationships. 

            You can listen to Carol’s debut EP “Day Dreams,” on all music platforms. On June 26, 2020 Carol brand new “3 Minutes” came out. She continues to develop as an artist with the desires that her face will be known with those of “The Next Women of Country. If you would like to find out more about this talented girl then check out Gracie Carol’s website at (https://graciecarol.com).

Social Media Accounts: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graciecarol

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/graciecarolaufderbeck/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/graciecarol_

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaHHgys_Nj5gq9U9KO4S6Vw

Jake Loban~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hi Jake, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I’m originally from San Diego, CA. I lived there my whole life before moving to Nashville 4 years ago. I spent my younger days traveling the country playing in punk rock and rock n’ roll bands, and didn’t really start playing country music until my mid 20s. I don’t come from a musical family and when I was a kid I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. When I was 13, I had 7 operations on my right eye and that’s when I started playing guitar. I’m still blind in that eye to this day. 
2.     What made you want a career in country music? I never thought about having a career in music because I didn’t think it was possible for me. It’s something that happened organically and I’m so grateful that it did. When I moved to Nashville I still had a “real job” and didn’t intend on pursuing music. I did a couple open mic nights though, and sat in with some friends at their gigs downtown. One gig led to another and it quickly became my full time job. I love Nashville because it’s one of the only cities in the world where you can make a living playing music.

3.     How did you come up with the name “Saloon Sessions,” for your brand-new album and what is your favorite song off the album? The Red Rose Saloon is an old shed in my backyard that I converted into a bar. It’s a great space to hang out with friends, jam, or listen to music. I do a lot of writing in there late at night by myself, which is where the title came from. My favorite track off the album is probably “Confession,” which was recently spotlighted in American Songwriter.

4.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?Honest/Raw/Authentic

5.     If you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why? I would love to sing a duet with Connie Smith or Emmylou Harris. They’re both amazing.
6.     What is your recording process like when working on a new song or album? The recording process is always changing for me. For Saloon Sessions I recorded the entire album by myself in my own home. It was definitely a challenge but felt good to complete it. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do ever since hearing Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska, he had a similar approach to that record. 
7.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at? The Nashville Palace and Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon. I play at both of those venues every week, they’re like home to me.

8.     Do you have any rituals before you play a live show? A shot of Jack Daniel’s and a Coors Light.

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes? Right now it’s a lyric off the latest John Moreland record: “Shame is a cancer, go easy on your heart.”

10.  Is there anything else you would like to share? My new record Saloon Sessions is out now and I want to thank everyone for the love and support so far. The response has been overwhelming and I’m so grateful. Also, I play at The Nashville Palace and Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon every week, come say hi if you’re in Nashville! 

Jake Loban~ “Artist Spotlight”

            Jake Loban has been moving across the country playing music since before he could drive. He has been living in Nashville (aka: Music City) since 2016, he drove his 1963 Ford Falcon around the city to play at world-famous honky-tonks each day. The San Diego local documents a love illustrated by the love of DYI roots and the greatness of Americana aesthetics. Loban songs express his admiration for craft and hard work while sharing the highs and lows of living a journey worth sharing and creating music about. Loban’s debut single, “Dancing With Ghosts,” came out in January 2020. His first full-length album, “Saloon Sessions, was released 6 months after. 

            Loban was once a Southern California skateboarder oddball, who found his true calling when he first discovers the music Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. At only 13, Loban stopped riding his skateboard and got his hands on a guitar (the result of undergoing 7 eye surgeries that left him blind in one eye) and life as he knew it would be changed forever. His life is that of “Old Nashville Modern,” as he travels through town and to performances in his 1963 Ford Falcon and continues to have the musical spirit of a Country outlaw background. 

            Loban’s debut song, “Dancing With Ghosts” and his first album “Saloon Sessions,” are both available on all streaming music platforms. If you would like to find out more about Jake Loban then check out his website at (www.jakeloban.com). 

Social Media Accounts: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakelobanmusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jakeloban/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jakelobanmusic

Sloan Woolly~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hello Jack, Henry & Ben, can you guys tell me a little bit about yourselves before you formed your band Sloan Woolly?

            We met in college out in California. We started gigging under the name “Mammoth”–mostly in frats and campus houses. We’d always have to scrape together equipment and lighting to get a show together, and the sound would be pretty crappy in these sweaty little rooms. But we learned quickly the way to get people excited was to bring big energy to the stage. And we learned to love playing together live. So we decided, once we graduated, that we’d get serious about it and make this project happen in Nashville.

2.     How did you come up with the name Sloan Woolly for your band name and were there any other names you were going to pick instead?

We put out our first single under the name Mammoth, but ran into trouble because there were about a thousand other bands going by that name. So we always knew we’d have to change it, and spent months trying to come up with one we could all get behind. We agreed on “[Something] Woolly,” a nod to Mammoth. Our drummer at the time had a great aunt named Sloan Sloan, which we’d joke about ‘cause it was so absurd. So one day, Henry had the idea that we call ourselves Sloan Woolly, and it stuck.

3.     What is the background story behind your latest music piece “Futures” (June 19th)?

Jack was drifting off at work and started thinking about his path to Nashville. A tiny wrinkle in the past could’ve put him just about anywhere else. His mom had been obsessed with the idea of string theory when he was a kid and was always talking about this idea of infinite realities all happening at once. So that became the main lyrical theme. All the futures each of us dream of, in spite of the path we’re stuck on–or blessed with. As we worked out the parts as a band, we found opportunities to shake up the rhythms a bit, and ended up with what we hoped was a new spin on a blues rock tune. It might be our favorite song to play live–it gets people up and dancing and gives us the opportunity to really lock in together as a band.

4.     What are a few of your first albums you guys have ever listened to you?

Ben: AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. One of those CDs that was in my dad’s car that I begged to hear every time I got in.

Jack: Al Green’s Greatest Hits. Like with Ben, the album just sat in my dad’s car for years. So I knew it back and forth by the time I was in high school.

Henry: Sugar Ray’s 14:59. My mom loved that record.

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

Old jukebox up in flames.

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

Meeting our producer, Mike Fahey, was a huge break for us. He gets the kinky classic rock sound we’re going for and understands how to capture the feel of a live show. Performing live is, individually and collectively, our favorite part of being in this band, and we wanted all the new tracks to reflect that.

            In the month leading up to our studio time, we rehearsed our booties off to lock down every arrangement and get them as tight as we possibly could. We considered the studio a chance to record our live show and ended up with basic tracks for eight songs on the first day. This was a crucial foundation. Then we got to experiment. We tacked on layers of synths, percussion–all sorts of little touches here and there–with the goal of sustaining the live feel of the tracks, but adding some flair with the tools available to us in the studio.

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

“Love Anyway.”

            -Mother Teresa

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

            We’re just excited to get these tracks out into the world. Moving to Nashville has been a dream and we couldn’t have imagined this place would feel like home so quickly. It’s a remarkable community and we count ourselves lucky to be a part of it. We can’t wait to get back to performing live and see our friends again. In the meantime, be sure to connect with us on social media and stream our music anywhere you can find music digitally! 

Sloan Woolly~ Artist Spotlight!!!

In 1973, a Jukebox blasted at your mom and dad’s favorite store and Sloan Woolly is the final record recovered from the wreckage. With a smile and a yell, the band combines with clever arrangements and lyricism with timeless rock n’ roll drive.
With a big range of sounds and inspirations, Sloan Woolly shows have a huge file of original material to bring to each one of their shows. In their song “Rest of Their Lives,” you can hear the horn-backed party stomper and to the darkroom acid trip you take in the “The Phone,” and to the Nashville fired blues-rocker in the song “Futures,” it is hard to pinpoint one direction for this bunch of strollers.
At the beginning of 2020, Sloan Woolly traveled to Nashville’s Sputnik Sound (Vance Powell & Mitch Dane) to record some favorites from their collection with engineer Mike Fahey, who had worked with famous rock groups like the Raconteurs & Phish (along with few bad mf amps) helped him to bring the passion and energy of a Sloan Woolly performance to life on the record. The band will be putting out six songs from these sessions over the next year, with the plans to put out their debut album with Fahey before 2020 is over.
The band first single “Rest of Their Lives,” was praised by alt-rock blog Parapop as “a time machine where you can’t help but dance. Full of nostalgia, you briefly forget the weight in your shoulder.” It earned some airplay on Nashville’s Roots Radio and they were also a part of the CMT’S “Feed the Frontline Virtual Livestream alongside artists like Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney and it came out on May 20th.
Sloan Woolly was founded by Jack Seigenthaler (Guitar and Vocal), Henry Ingram (Keys) and while attending Standard University. Under the name of Mammoth, they were later joined by Ben Josie (Bass) and played many shows around the San Francisco Bay Area for two and a half years. After graduating, the band moved to Nashville Tennessee to play and learn from everyone in Music City. Their music is mixed between classic rock, modern country twang and punk style vocals. Their current song “Futures” showcases songwriting skills and awesome vocal emphasis that Sloan Woolly is becoming known for.
If you would like to find out more about Sloan Woolly then check out their website at http://www.sloanwoolly.com.

Social Media Accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sloanwoolly/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sloanwoolly/

Molly Lovette~ Q&A

1.     Hello Molly, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I grew up in a sports family – I played basketball competitively most of my life. Growing up, I assumed I would play basketball in college and maybe be a coach one day. It wasn’t until I was 14 years old when the doctors found an eight-inch tumor in my femur bone, that I had the opportunity to step away from basketball for a little while, and dive into music. 

2.     What is the background story behind your latest single “Lovin’ You?”

My latest single “Lovin’ You” is a song that holds a lot of emotion for me. I’ve dated a few guys over the years, but this relationship was different. The high school boyfriends, although at the time seemed incredibly serious, just weren’t. Dating someone in college, someone who you see every single day and spend pretty much all of your time with, is just different. Spending so much time with one person and giving so much of yourself makes the end burn just a little more. After the breakup, I was in that bitter stage for a while, feeling like the whole relationship was a waste of time; especially since it was my first year I was attending college. I wished the whole thing had never happened. As the song says, “If I could hit rewind, I’d undo lovin’ you.” 

3.     What made you decide to create a lyric video for “Lovin’ You?”

Initially, a music video sounded ideal for this song, but considering the pandemic, it just wasn’t going to work out right now to have a production crew. The lyric video was a nice alternative. I write with a lot of unfiltered emotion; I want my fans to connect to my songs and to hear how I’m feeling and think “Ah someone else feels that way too.” When writing “Lovin’ You,” it was no different – these lyrics are raw and real and now everyone can see them in the lyric video!

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

YES! I have been talking with my team and we have some exciting news to share soon about a NEW single! It has been so much fun to share “Lovin’ You” and have such amazing feedback, but I am ready and excited to get some new music out there for my fans. 

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

I grew up in the Carrie Underwood/Taylor Swift era – I remember getting Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” album in 2005 and Taylor Swift’s first album in 2006. Carrie and Taylor are still two of my favorites to this day!

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

I am honestly still amazed at how talented studio musicians are. I write these songs alone in my bedroom, and I usually have somewhat of an idea how I want the instrumentals to sound, but each and every time that I’ve stepped into the studio to record, I am blown away by what the musicians and my producer create. It is a surreal feeling to watch your song come to life. I don’t think I will ever get tired of that feeling. 

7.     How would you describe your music?

One word I would use to describe my music is “real.” And I’m not saying that other music is fake – lol! But when someone is listening to my music, they know that it’s raw and personal, yet relatable.  Pairing a catchy tune with sincere lyrics makes for good music, which is exactly what I strive for. My songs have a country vibe with some rock n’ roll flair.   

8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

I have been obsessed with Rocky since I was little – they are such inspiring movies!

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

I am so grateful for my team, family, friends, and the fans for supporting me and my music the way they do. Going for your dream can be scary, but the people in my life make it so worth it!