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Eagles’ Joe Walsh Joins Kenny Chesney On-Stage

Kenny Chesney.

You never know who’s going to pop-up at a Kenny Chesney show these days. Grace Potter, his duet partner from current single “You And Tequila,” joined the superstar on-stage for a live rendition of their song. The crowd, who got caught in a heavy downpour but still stayed until the end of the concert, were treated to another surprise that no one saw coming: Joe Walsh of the Eagles.

The two played through four songs for the pretty excited crowd: “Life In The Fast Lane,” “All Night Long,” “Rocky Mountain Way,” and “Life’s Been Good.”

“The three nights at Red Rocks were some of the most magical experiences on tour I can ever remember. I told the crowd, ‘I wish I could stay in this moment all summer long.’”

Chesney was recently just named one of Cosmopolitan’s “Hot Guys in Bands.” He placed fifth on the list of men from all genres.

INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter


She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, I bought Deana’s first album in 1996 (with the hologram cover, thank you very much!) and I couldn’t resist kicking off our interview with a play on the CMA Awards Album of the Year Nominee Did I Shave My Legs For This? So, to answer the burning question you all have, no, Deana did not, in fact, shave her legs for our interview. She also did not imbibe any strawberry wine because “it’s not Friday yet!” After I got these (likely) very much anticipated references to Deana’s breakout project out of the way, I was able to hone in on what this talented, poised, hardworking, and unbelievably sweet musician has been doing as of late.

REVIEW: The Swon Brothers in South Florida

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S wonderful! ‘S marvelous! That’s what rang through my head as I watched The Swon Brothers tear up the South Florida Fair stage during their “Swoncert” (try saying that … it rolls right off the tongue) in front of a rowdy crowd. After seeing The Swon Brothers live, this much is clear – these boys were born to be on stage.

The Voice Season 4 Finalists, Zach and Colton Swon, spent their show covering songs ranging from country to classic rock to classic country rock. The boys barreled through the starting line with a cover of Randy Houser‘s “How Country Feels” and quickly transitioned into the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s “Fishin’ In the Dark” (much to our amazing photographer friend, Sara Kauss‘, excitement). The guys manifested their uncanny abilities to harmonize with one another without ever making evident that one brother’s vocal prowess is any more superior than the other.

Exclusive: Interview with Brent Rupard

Brent Rupard

“I remember telling my sister when I was very young, ‘I either want to be like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Garth Brooks.’”

That is my favorite quote from my interview with Brent Rupard.

Brent is a proud Kentuckian who took the leap of faith and headed to Nashville in 2010 to pursue his dream and passion – music.

Rupard (pronounced Rooperd he jokingly noted) is from the small town of Shepherdsville, Kentucky. He took a liking to music early in his childhood. After his dad taught him his first guitar chord at age 10, an artist was born as they say and he started writing songs a few years later.

After he made the move to Nashville to pursue his dream career, he soon found a home for his songwriting. With the help of Leann Phelan (ASCAP), he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music Publishing which is owned by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers.

After about a year of focusing on his writing, he started and is currently working on his debut album. He is hoping for it to be released sometime this year. When asked about his album, he says: “Working on this record has been the highlight of my life. This is a record I’ve always wanted to make. I’ve been fortunate to work on this album with Bryan Simpson and Justin Niebank producing. This record will have the elements of a “rootsy” back porch style with a big ol’ slice of Rock n’ Roll. According to my producer Bryan Simpson, ‘It’s kind of like Garth Brooks meets Levon Helm.’ I have really poured my soul into this project and I hope people get a clear picture of who Brent Rupard is from this debut album.”

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Steven Clawson

Steven Clawson

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing indie country artist, Steven Clawson.

Steven is a regular on the Nashville music scene, and you may have seen him playing around town if you’re from the area. He has released 3 albums independently: Southern Soul, Restless, and Miles To Go; and is looking forward to the next.

He also just released a charity single “This Time Each Year”, a song near and dear to his heart, with all proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. You can download the song here:

You may remember Steven as the runner-up on CMT’s Next Superstar. I decided that I want him to try out for The Voice and be on Team Blake. I think he liked my idea.

After getting to know Steven a bit, he may be one of my new favorite people. Aside from his talent, he’s genuinely kind, appreciative, and very dedicated to his music career.

He told me that this quote best sums up his songwriting: “I hold the pen, God writes the songs.” If you’re unfamiliar with Steven and his music, he’s someone I really recommend you get to know.

Here is our interview….

REVIEW: Eric Church – Blood, Sweat & Beers – Ottawa, ON

Eric Church. Photo: John Peets

Say what you will about the divide in country music: whether you’re a pop-country crossover supporter, or a traditionalist country fan, you can’t deny the power that is Eric Church. He brought his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour to Ottawa on February 16th, 2013, giving fans in the Valley their first country show of 2013. It was the first headlining date in the capital region for the rock-country superstar, who previously played in Ottawa when he opened for Dierks Bentley.

Most of Eric’s dates on the Canadian leg of his current tour were sell outs: even selling more tickets than the legendary Bon Jovi in some markets. Not bad for a pretty simple set, which didn’t even include a main video screen. He did bring plenty of pyro, smoke effects, and showed up his piano skills in his encore of the GRAMMY nominated “Springsteen.” (Read our interview with “Springsteen” co-writer Ryan Tyndell here).

Eric came to Ottawa ready to rock, and rock he did. “Y’all can kick the rest of Canada’s asses,” he announced early into his set. Whoever in the crowd wasn’t already on their feet finally got up after that.

EXCLUSIVE: Kix Brooks Album Special

Kix Brooks New To This Town cover.

We’ve been pretty excited over Kix Brooks‘ brand new solo album “New To This Town.” The former half of the country icon duo Brooks & Dunn just released his album last week. In the special below, Kix plays songs from his new record and talks about the stories behind choosing them and what they mean to him. It’s an indepth, special interview with Kix, who also shares how he convinced Joe Walsh of the Eagles to join him for the title track.

Have you gotten your copy of his new album yet?

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Love and Theft

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Yesterday, we had the chance to speak with Stephen Barker Liles of country music duo Love and Theft. The duo released their brand new self-titled album earlier this month to rave reviews, and just scored their first-ever number one single with the lead-off “Angel Eyes.” Stephen, and his band mate, Eric Gunderson, will be hitting the road this fall with Jake Owen and Florida-Georgia Line on the 11th annual CMT on Tour. In our exclusive interview with Stephen, we discuss how excited they are for that tour, what special message he has for Florida-Georgia Line, on if Eric survived a number one single, tattoos, why he needs to check Eric’s pockets, and he shares information on the duo’s brand new single.

Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes” is also a gold certified single with the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 digital copies since its release. The duo are hotter than ever and just finished touring with Brad Paisley. Get to know Love and Theft and see why they have hard time getting into Canada with our exclusive interview below:

Josh Leo Celebrates 23 #1 Songs!

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Renowned music producer Josh Leo is celebrating twenty-three number one singles this week. He’s personally written six number one singles, and has contributed to multiple gold and platinum selling albums and singles throughout his career – including for The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit. He was  even the one responsible for the discovery of country superstar Martina McBride.

His latest number one is with RCA Nashville duo Love and Theft. He produced their new album and their number one single “Angel Eyes.” He’s pretty excited about the duo, and shares:

“Love and Theft is a TRUE duo!! Two great singers, songwriters and performers that equally carry the weight! I’m very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with such talented REAL people!”

Eric Gunderson and Eric Barker Liles were just as excited to be working with Josh:

“Josh Leo is the man!  He is a legend and it has been such a pleasure to work with him.  We are so honored to be a part of his 23rd #1 song.  We look forward to making music with Josh for years to come!” says Eric Gunderson.
“Josh Leo!!!!  Our other dad!!!  I couldn’t be more happy for him to land his 23rd #1 record.  We are honored to work with him and blessed to call him our friend.  Congrats Josh!” comments Stephen Barker Liles.
Love & Theft’s single isn’t the only thing Josh is celebrating this week. He also produced Broken Bow Records’ artist Dustin Lynch‘s single “Cowboys & Angels.” Dustin’s single is currently number twelve before his self-titled debut album hits stores next week. Josh co-wrote Dustin’s single with Tim Nichols and Dustin himself.
Along with working as a producer on 23 number one singles, Josh has been the session guitarist for over 150 songs in his career. He also has a pretty impressive songwriting credits over his career: including six number one singles, including Alabama‘s “Down Home” and “Hometown Honeymoon,” Restless Heart’s huge A/C smash “Tell Me What You Dream,” and has had his songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, The Wreckers, Reba McEntire, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers, and many, many more.

PHOTOS: Joe Walsh Peforms Songs Off New Solo Album


Eagles band member Joe Walsh has a new solo album coming out and on June 4 he performed songs off the album.  The intimate iHeartRadio performance took place at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City.





June 4, 2012 – Joe Walsh performs songs from his new solo album, Analog Man, including his new single “Lucky That Way,” at an intimate iHeartRadio Live show at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York City. Photo Credit: Jennifer Pottheiser for iHeartRadio.

Photos taken 6/4/2012

Photographer Jennifer Pottheiser for iHeartRadio.