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REVIEW: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Emily Brooke in South Florida


Occasionally you go to an intimate show and are fortunate to experience an incredible performer up close and personal. Very rarely are you able to have that experience multiplied by three. On February 26th in Jupiter, Florida, Nashville recording artist, Sarah Darling; UK chart topper, Jenn Bostic; and local teenage prodigy, Emily Brooke, shared the stage at Tiki 52 for one night only … And it was a night that attendees won’t soon forget.

Emily Brooke opened the night with a bang, almost literally, as she took on Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene.” As always, Emily charmed the crowd immediately with her soulful voice, stunning guitar playing, and adorable personality, made especially apparent by the huge smile that crossed her face when the audience joined her in a loud “HA!” during this hot opener. In true Emily Brooke fashion, she introduced almost every song, told cute little stories, made herself giggle, and, like a seasoned professional, swiftly returned to her set list seamlessly. A crowd favorite was Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” which Emily introduced and then, elatedly, said that she heard someone in the audience say how much she loved this song. Onlookers sang and clapped along as Emily strummed the guitar and crooned this popular tune that oftentimes receives a warm reception and rave reviews. Other highlights of Emily’s set list included Hunter Hayes’ “All You Ever,” The Civil Wars’ “Devil’s Backbone,” and original song (on Emily’s Here Right Now album with a corresponding video on YouTube) “Dance Hall.”

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: Introducing John David Kent


Texas country star John David Kent has accomplished a lot so far in his musical career, with his accomplishments ranging from age 14 to now, and we want to introduce him to you! He has been playing music professionally since he was 14, has appeared on Letterman and Conan, and he signed his first major record deal at age 16. Not too shabby! He has received critical praise in the NY Times, Dallas Morning News, Lone Star Music Magazine, Billboard, American Songwriter, and many more. We were introduced to his music and we just had to share!

His sophomore album, Before the Sun Comes Up, spawned the Top 10 single “Until We Turn Around,” and Kent wrote or co-wrote 8 out of the 10 tracks, including UWTA. We are looking forward to John David’s future success and wanted to share our interview with him below:

For those who are hearing about you for the first time, tell us a little bit about yourself!  I grew up in a very musical family.  Both of my parents play instruments, and played music from all genres on the turn table around the house as I was growing up.  The music from that time and those experiences heavily influence me to this day.  I started playing drums when I was 4, and began teaching myself piano around 8, and picked up lots of other instruments along the way.  I signed my first record deal at the age of 16 as a member of the alt-rock band Radish, and I’ve been touring the world since then, and never looked back!

What was your first encounter with music and what made you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in music?  My dad had a country band (Second Wind) when I was 4 or so, and I remember him taking me over to the drummer’s house and seeing his drums in the living room.  It was the first “real” drum set I had ever seen, and it looked like a space ship, or something with magical powers.  I used to sit right beside the drummer during their rehearsals while the other kids played, and I just soaked it in.  I can’t remember audibly saying I wanted to play music “for a living”, but the bug definitely bit me early.

What has been the biggest challenge so far for you in your career?  Patience!

What are some of your biggest influences when it comes to writing and singing? Tell us a little bit about a typical writing session for you.  Some of my favs are Roger Miller, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, Carole King, Kris Kristofferson.  Most of the time I sit down with the guitar or at the piano and start strumming/playing some chords.  If something starts to vibe, I’ll start just kind of singing gibberish over them, and if I land on a melody, a lot of times lyrics will come simultaneously and that’s what the song ends up being about.  I think there is a spiritual aspect going on when you’re being creative and it consciously or subconsciously influences your work.

Is there one song you’ve written that you’re more proud of than others?  I’m really proud of ‘Loves Just Another Word”, a song on my first album.  I wrote it based on an actual event/experience and didn’t have to bend or shape the lyrics to make them rhyme.  And I’m really proud of the message that’s in there.

You recently released a new album called “Before The Sun Comes Up,” tell us a little bit about the story behind it.  I wanted to make an up-beat/summertime/feel-good album, and I think we captured that vibe pretty well with this new album.  A lot of the songs are written from a “young man coming of age” perspective.  I got to relive my past while writing a lot of the songs.

If you could go on tour with anyone, who would it be?  There are lots of people I would like to go on tour with….. I love being on the road and the bonds you build with the people you tour with; the camaraderie, the brotherhood/sisterhood.

I saw that you’ve built your own studio and started your own record label. Tell us a little bit about that!  I built “The Vault” recording studio about 13 years ago.  It’s built in an old downtown bank building from the early 1900′s and still has the original vault.  I use it as a live echo chamber like a lot of the studios back in the day had before effects units existed.  Our label office runs out of the same building.  I love being involved in all aspects of the business.

What is your highest ultimate dream/goal as an artist? I want to continue to release albums and tour world-wide.

You’ve had a lot of success in Texas, any plans to migrate to Nashville? I spend quite a bit of time in Nashville and will be spending much more time there in the new year.  I have lots of friends there, and I love the energy in that town.

Lastly, where do you see yourself in 2014?  Touring more nationally, doing lots of writing, and hopefully another tour in Europe

Lighting Fire Round:

Guilty pleasure: I don’t really believe in “guilty pleasures”.  I think you like something or your don’t, and you should own it either way.

Biggest pet peeve:  gossip

One song you wish you’d written?  “God Only Knows”

Most played song in your iTunes?  “The Warrior”

Dream duet partner? Carole King


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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Logan Mize

Logan Mize

We are thrilled to welcome back our friend, Logan Mize!

We spoke to Logan last year and also were lucky enough to have him be a part of our “Keepin’ It Country Presents….” StageIt Series.

Now, the singer-songwriter is releasing his brand new single, “Used Up.” The song has radio hit written all over it, and it also has a pretty interesting back story (which you can read all about below). “Used Up” is debuting worldwide today and is available on iTunes now: Make sure you check it out!

I had the great pleasure of catching up with Logan this past weekend and hearing all about his new ventures. We all know that Logan is a very talented artist, but he also is a great guy, nice as can be, and really funny!

I just want to thank Logan again for the wonderful interview! Check it out below:

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Ryan Beaver


For those not yet familiar with Ryan Beaver, we want to change that for you. The Texan musician/singer-songwriter has released two albums independently and built quite the loyal following in and around his home state. In our exclusive interview, we discuss his inspirations, his recent move to Nashville, George Strait and more.

KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?

RB: I’ve always had a love affair for music, songs, instruments, & musicians. It began very young as my Mother played piano and my Father played his records. It was always a special thing for me that developed over time. Eventually I couldn’t stop thinking about it day in and out and began to write songs. It’s like an infectious disease. Once you catch it, there is no cure. 

KIC: You’ve released two albums independently, with the most recent coming out in 2011. What’s next for you?

RB: A third album is in the works. I should be recording it this fall and will be looking forward to its release. I’ll give it everything I have and it still won’t feel done. That’s just how I am. I can’t wait to share my new songs and stories with the fans of what I do. I also can’t believe how lucky I am to be calling this a job. 

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Logan Mize

Logan Mize.

Logan Mize is a name that country music fans will soon be hearing a lot of. The talented singer-songwriter left behind a football career for Nashville and hasn’t regretted it since. He’s not someone who’s worried about getting his name in big lights, or becoming the next Jason Aldean… he just wants to make music that can be heard and appreciated. Spend a few seconds on his YouTube page and you’ll quickly see why his “Nobody In Nashville” record hit number forty-nine on the Billboard Country Albums Charts, and number fifteen on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart.

He’ll be joining us on the Blake Shelton Cruise in October; the largest country music live event to ever set sail. He’s one of multiple great performers announced for the cruise, and definitely one that fans need to check out. In our interview, Logan shares a few things he’ll be packing, how excited he is for the cruise, and we really get to know the singer – down to who he sees himself as an artist.

Check out our exclusive interview with Logan Mize below and get to know one of Nashville’s brightest independent stars:

Pistol Annies Welcome Fans To Henhouse

Pistol Annies. photo credit: Sony Music Nashville.

Rising country trio Pistol Annies are calling on all fellow Annies and Andys to join them in their Henhouse! The Henhouse is a brand new online community connecting fans to share creativity of the Pistol Annies lifestyle. Fans are able to upload and check out others’ discoveries, pictures, and stories as well as behind the scenes content of how the Annies operate.

Miranda Lambert, also known as Lone Star Annie, is giving fans a reason to join:

 “Tune in to ‘Live from the Henhouse’ with Hippie Annie (Ashley Monroe), Holler Annie (Angaleena Presley) and me, Lone Star Annie, for advice that your momma won’t give you.”

Ashley Monroe, also known as Hippie Annie, added:

“Be as creative as you want; show us your inner Annie or Andy!”

On what it takes to be an Annie? Angaleena Presley, or Holler Annie, keeps it simple:

“Being an Annie is an attitude.”

The site also features Henhouse radio, which features the sound track to the Annie lifestyle: some Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, and even a little bit of Pistol Andy – Blake Shelton. Fans can register by using their own Facebook accounts to create their own Annie or Andy profile. Check out the Henhouse at

In other Annies news, we asked Miranda backstage at CMA Fest if we could see an Annies tour this year… and she said yes! Now we have the dates fans can catch the Annies at this year, so check them out below:

Kip Moore Starts New Webisode Series With CMT

Kip Moore.

Kip Moore is teaming up with CMT to present a brand new webisode series to fans. This special series will document Kip’s road into the country spotlight as his debut album “Up All Night” is released May 24th. In the first installment of the series, which you can view below, Kip shares his love of music which started at a young age for the singer.

“My dad would always take us fishing, and he would listen to Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty,” says Kip. “Listening to the way that some of those great writers could tell a story in three minutes was always just fascinating to me.”

Kip will be heading out on tour with Billy Currington all over North America this year. For a full list of concert dates, and to see when Kip and Billy are heading to a town near you, visit Kip’s official website.


Dia Frampton.

With the second season of The Voice in full swing, we caught up with the first season’s runner-up, Dia Frampton.  Since January, she’s been opening for Blake Shelton and his “Well Lit & Amplified” tour.  She’s not country, which might lead some to say she would be out of place at Blake’s show.  Those people would be wrong.  Very wrong.

Fact is, Frampton seems very comfortable in her shoes — or as she was Friday night at KeyArena in Seattle — out of her shoes.  She performed (as she often does) barefoot.  If being sans shoes isn’t a sign of comfort, then I don’t know what is!

She describes her music as “indie folk with a lemony twist.”  Again, not country, but it’s catchy, clever and crowd-pleasing.  It helps that it’s being delivered by Dia, who, as we all found out last year, has a certain charm and sweetness about her.  She’s a little pixie with a big presence that just naturally makes people like her.  When we team that with her undeniable talent, it’s easy to see why Blake tabbed her for his tour.