Beer City Music Festival: Lindsay Ell, Chase Bryant & Michael Ray

B93.7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan held their first ever Beer City Music Festival at the Delta Plex Arena on January 13, 2018. The general admission show featured Lindsay Ell and Chase Bryant along with headliner Michael Ray!

Lindsay Ell: I’m pretty sure she’s actually an angel. Lindsay is so incredible live, and I’m not saying anything new when I tell you she’s a guitar goddess. This is the second time I’ve seen Lindsay and my mind was just as blown as the first. Between the guitar battle, a Beatles cover, and celebrating her first top 40 single “Criminal” it’s safe to say the whole crowd was in awe.

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Chase Bryant: This was also the second time I’ve seen Chase live and I’m such a fan! When I seen him for the first time two years ago I didn’t think it could get any better. (Wrong…) I LOVED what we got to see of his set including “Wayfarer Weather”, and his current single (that I’m OBSESSED with) “Hell If I Know,” however, after the first couple songs of his set we had to go to our Michael Ray meet and greet (YAY!) so we didn’t see a ton of his set. While waiting we were able to hear him cover the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” and “Little Bit of You”, and we were able to make it back in time for “Take It On Back”. Chase is great live and I hope to see him again soon.

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Michael Ray: In typical fashion lets start with what I always say: “HE’S THE SWEETEST HUMAN”. Now that we got that out of the way, haha. This was his first show of the year and it was incredible as always. His set included the first three singles among others from the first record, his cover of David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” (please record a studio version of this with Devin Dawson), and seven new songs off his upcoming record, including his current single, “Get to You”. The new music… no clue how he and his team are gunna choose his next single, because every one he played was a smash. Seriously, this stuff is next level. It’s no secret that Michael is one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to see him on the Get To You Tour!

Looking to catch him on tour? Michael just announced the third leg of his “Get to You” tour. Go to michaelraymusic.com for more info, you won’t want to miss it!

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Fall Recap: Where Was I?

So when I moved to West Michigan I was wayyy closed to one of my favorite concert buddies, Cori. We’ve gone a little concert nuts since August. (This is a continuation of my last post of where have you been, but to prevent it from being to long I separated it.. so heres whats happened since August haha).

We’re a couple hours from Chicago. When Thomas Rhett announced his three show album release parties so close to us I HAD to be there. Thirty bucks got you a ticket, a t-shirt, a signed CD and a digital copy. It was INCREDIBLE. I had class, so we were standing at the back of Joe’s on Rosemont and I had chills the entire time. It was so cool.

The very next day we drove to Taylor, MI because Michael Ray was playing, duh. I ended up with meet and greets because he’s the sweetest human, and also became one of the world’s biggest Devin Dawson fan that day.

The next weekend we headed to Allegan to see Thomas Rhett and Morgan Wallen play. (Everyone went nuts during Life Changes in the parts about Lauren, Willa Gray and Ada James).

I then got to go see Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, in his hometown of Kalamazoo. Such a good show. This was the weekend after the Vegas tragedy and the most beautiful moment I’ve ever seen at a concert was Maren’s tribute with Dear Hate.

Next my Momma and I drove six hours to Indianapolis to see Russell Dickerson’s album release party show. Such an incredible show, such an incredible album. So good to get to hug he and Kails. Also, I got to see Hannah Ellis open, which was awesome, and she was such a sweetie!

(Wow, as I type this I’m realizing I’ve been real busy since I moved here).

The weekend after RD, Mom, Cori and I drove to Medina, OH because thats the closest Michael’s headlining tour was. We did VIP. Devin and Michael were incredible (in other news the sky is blue) and there new music is SO GOOD.

The week of Granger Smith’s album release he did all sorts of pop up shops promoting When the Good Guys win. One of these were under an hour away from me, so I was obviously there. This was so cool. They weren’t there to make money, in fact the album was five bucks. They were there to get that album in people’s hands and to say thank you.

LASTLY, I went to Nashville. We went to the Country Rising Benefit show, which had a bunch of great acts such as Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Sam Hunt and Reba. The highlight of the trip for me was probably the night before though. We went to see a writers round at The Listening Room Cafe. This is a monthly round with Josh Kerr, Jordan Minton, Jordan Reynolds and Nick Wayne. (Josh is one of the writers behind Dylan Scott’s “My Girl”, and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs” and “Love Me Like You Mean It.” He is also currently producing Nick’s record. Being a big KB fan, I’ve became a huge fan of his writing, so when I found out we were in town for this round we HAD to go. Jordan Reynolds wrote multiple tracks on the new Russell Dickerson record, – including on of my favorites “Would You Love Me”, Dan + Shay’s new single “Tequila”, and Lauren Alaina’s “Three”, and Keith Urban’s “Gettin’ In The Way”). About halfway through the round they say oh yeah, Keith Urban is here… then I lost my mind, because I was like five feet away from him, so that didn’t suck. Overall, this show was so cool to see. Such a talented group of writers. There was one other special guest, Hannah Ellis. It was so cool to get to see Hannah again after seeing her in Indy and to see her get up and sing a verse/chorus of her single “Temporary Feeling” and to see the whole group perform “How Do I Get Close” (wrote by Ellis, Wayne and Kerr).

It’s been an awesome and busy time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Where have you been? (Recap from Summer)

Hi. Life has been crazy since the end of June when I last posted (yeah, sorry about that).

I was putting a lot of time into this blog, and I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I also wanted to live more in the moment in June and July and soak up my time at shows and with friends and family because…

I moved across the state for college. You may or may not know that I want to go into radio, and I’m working on a communications degree. Since I started school, I started an internship at a rock station. Even closer to my heart, I now have my own country radio show called Country with Jess on the college station.  A lot of life has happened since I last posted, but hopefully, I can do better with this again.

It wouldn’t be fair for me to not take you through the rest of the summer now that life has “calmed” (not at all I’ve just adapted haha) down since I’ve moved.

I left off at Sam Hunt 15 in a 30 Tour and me freaking out about Michael Ray at Birthday Bash.

At the end of June we went to WYCD’s Hoedown at DTE Energy Theatre. We seen Russell Dickerson (who you may or may not remember I adore), Brett Young, Kelsea Ballerini and Lady Antebellum. We had VIP so I got to see Kels and hear some of the songs early off the INCREDIBLE record that has since been released . During Kelsea’s set I got to hang out with Russ and Kailey in the pit, and as you can imagine watching one of my favorites with another was a dream. Also, Brett Young took a selfie on my phone so RIP Jessica.

 

Then after trying all day, I won tickets to a private Michael Ray listening party, with about twenty other people and it was one of the absolute highlights of the summer. He’s the sweetest human, I adore him, and he was basically the theme of the summer because hugging him happened a whole lot. He played a couple new songs for us, (Cold as You, Get to You, Her World or Mine and the Jerrod Nieman cut he wrote – God Made a Woman). Then he took time to take pictures and talk with everyone, and I will never not tell you how he’s the SWEETEST human I’ve ever met.

Then it was Faster Horses time! The highlights: the radio girl gave me meet and greets for Michael (yay, more hugs haha), Bailey Bryant KILLED it, and LANco was even better this time than the last two times I’d seen them.

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Then we went and seen and met Granger Smith at the Clair County Fair, and he was INCREDIBLE, as usual.

Then I moved across the state for college and it only gets better from here… I will have a post to follow with an update from September to now up soon!

Sam Hunt 15 in a 30 Tour 6/16/17

Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese

DTE Energy Theatre || 6/16/17


Pre Show: We drove to DTE and I had VIP for Maren, so we went and picked up my pass, and stopped by the radio stations, where we signed up to try and win signed Sam Hunt guitar (because thats obviously likely, haha)… then went and pulled up some ground on the hill for a while. Then I went to go line up for my meet and greet with Maren Morris. Next thing I know I’m backstage, down a flight of stairs talking to a girl I went to college with and my Mom appears. I’m sitting here thinking, oh my goodness, did my mother just sneak into MM’s meet and greet? Is something wrong? What the heck is happening?… My Mom won the signed Sam Hunt guitar, a Maren meet and greet and two passes for us to meet Ryan Follese, who I had been tweeting all week hoping to meet. So we got to meet Maren, I got my laminate signed, and Momma got my CD signed, and we took pictures.

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Ryan Follese: We then got back to the hill for Ryan’s set after MM’s meet and greet. His set was great including “Wilder” from his EP, along with “Float Your Boat”, “Put a Label On It”, and his next single “Lose a Little Sleep”. The Hot Chelle Rae front man, turned solo country artist, closed his set with a mashup of the band’s hit “Tonight Tonight” and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song. Ryan’s set was great, then we were headed backstage to meet him, which was awesom. Such a sweetheart!

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Chris Janson: Chris always puts on such a great show! His set consisted of “I Love This Life” (recorded by LoCash, wrote by him), “Truck Yeah” (recorded by Tim McGraw, wrote by him), along with “Holding Her”, “Fix a Drink”, “Buy Me a Boat” and others. Lots of energy, dancing and harmonica playing, and an incredible show.

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Maren Morris: OH. MY. GOODNESS. The girl sounds so beautiful live! She sang a bunch of hits from her Hero record, including “Sugar”, “Rich”, “Second Wind”, “80’s Mercedes”, and “My Church” and her latest single “I Could Use a Love Song” amongst others. Maren started “I Could Use a Love Song” just her and her guitar. So incredible. So beautiful.

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Sam Hunt: I’d seen Sam twice before this, and this time it was next level. He opened with “Leave the Night On” followed by “House Party”, along with bunch of hits including “Make You Miss Me”, “Break Up In a Small Town”, “Body Like A Backroad”, “Speakers” and “Saturday Night” amongst others. He also sang a cover of Alan Jackson’s “Don’t Rock the Juke Box”, and Travis Tritt’s “Great Day to Be Alive”. Maren, Ryan and Chris also joined Sam onstage for a cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”. The show was incredible, and Sam had gotten so much better since I seen him back in 2015 and 2016.

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The 15 in a 30 Tour was incredible. Be sure to check it out if it hits a city near you!

B-93 Birthday Bash: Day 1 6/17/17

Paradise Outlaw, Joe Diffie, Brooke Eden, Michael Ray, Granger Smith and Big & Rich


We’re just going to start this article out by saying that 1.) B-93 can throw a party and 2.) I just love Michael Ray.

Paradise Outlaw and Joe Diffie: We got to the track towards the end of Paradise Outlaw’s set (local band). We heard a few songs from them while we were walking in and they sounded great. As for Joe Diffie, we were working on getting checked in and getting details for our Granger Smith meet and greet, and didn’t see much.

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Brooke Eden: I ADORE Brooke Eden. Her set consisted of songs from her “Welcome to the Weekend” EP –  “Silence Speaks”, “Sunday Mornin'”, and her current single, “Act Like You Don’t”, along with “American Dreamin'” amongst others. We got to see Brooke afterwards because she is the SWEETEST human, and stood and signed for anyone who wanted to come meet her. (Seriously, I think she was there for a couple hours). I got to have her sign our picture from last summer and she even posted it the picture from Friday on her Instagram so that made my freakin’ day!

Michael Ray: Also on the list of people I adore is this sweet fella. Not only is he like, REALLY good looking, he is incredible live. His set consisted of a couple covers including a mashup of “House Party”, “Wagon Wheel”, and a few other tunes. He also covered David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle”. Its one of my favorite songs on the planet as it is, and so many people cover it, but no one does it like Michael. SO. DAMN. GOOD. He sang his new single “Get To You” (ALSO SO GOOD), along with his hits “Think a Little Less”, “Real Men Love Jesus”, and “Kiss You In The Morning”. His set also consisted of other songs from his debut record including “This Love”, “Another Girl”, and my favorite, “Drivin’ All Night” amongst others. We got up to get lunch after Michael’s set and next thing I know he’s standing at the fence signing and taking pictures with people. I got to see Michael last month at The Ryman, and was so excited to see him again. (Also, I’m not sure if it was Birthday Bash, or Michael Ray Bash, because I don’t think I’ve shut up about him since Saturday, or stopped jammin’ his new single since it came out Thursday).

Granger Smith: Before the show we had meet and greets and seeing Granger is always great. He and his crew are super sweet. His show was wonderful as always. His set included “Backroad Song”, “If The Boot Fits”, “19 Forever”,  “Silverado Bench Steat”, “Remington”, and his new single “Happens Like That”, along with tons of others. Granger is always a huge crowd pleaser, especially when he walks in the crowd during “We Do It In A Field” (he high-fived my little brother and he was GEEKED). He also did some phenomenal covers of Alabama’s “I’m in a Hurry” and Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine”. Of course Earl Dibbles Jr. came out and sang “The Country Boy Song”. Such a great set, as always.

Big & Rich: This is the second time I’ve seen Big & Rich and they were so much better this time than last! There set included “Lost in this Moment”, “Comin’ to Your City”, and “I Play Chicken with the Train” featuring Cowboy Troy, and lots of other songs. A highlight of the show: Michael Ray wrote “Run Away With You” with John Rich, and came out to sing it, which was freaking incredible. One of the coolest things was when Big & Rich sang “8th of November” and brought a veteran onstage for the song to show appreciation for our men and women who have served, or are serving our country.  During the last few songs the veteran, along with Michael, Granger and a few others sat in the back at the bar and watched the rest of the show including “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”.

Day one of Bash was INCREDIBLE. Stay tuned to hear about day two!

 

RDparD – Knoxville Edition!

The day after my college graduation I was taking a nap, because I deserved it dang it, haha. I woke up and seen Russell’s “Just Announced: Knoxville, TN” tweet, and realized it was while we were on vacation in Gatlinburg. I started frantically pulling up the Maps app immediately to see how far it was from where we were staying. When it said an hour it was a no brainer, (and a “MOMMMM! WE HAVE TO GO, RUSS IS GUNNA BE AN HOUR AWAY! PLEASEEEEEEE?!”). VIP for the show was $30, and all the money went to the Boys and Girls Club on top of it all, so we got out tickets and were ready, and I was counting down the days all week…

We got to the venue, which was a little stage set up in the middle of an outdoor shopping mall. We walked around for a little bit, because we were there really early, then decided we’d just go start the line. Russell came out and sound checked since he had just got off a flight, so we got to see soundcheck, which was cool. We weren’t going to bug him before the show because our VIP had a meet and greet after the show, but after he left the stage I look over and he was frantically waving to come say hi.

We talked about graduation, the Hometeam Tour, how Momma was the best for agreeing to drive to Knoxville because neither of us knew where the heck we were, and of course the first time I heard “Yours” on our local radio station. (If you didn’t read about me almost crashing my car when that happened you can check it out here). I love Russ’ music, and his live show is phenomenal, but the thing I love most: I’ve met him three times now, and he has consistently been the most genuine, kind, not only artist, but human I’ve ever met. I also got to see his sweet wife, Kailey, and she’s such a freaking rockstar. Also, the kindest human.

We noticed in pictures from previous shows everyone sat down at these shows, but thats just not how you have an RDparD, haha. We didn’t have any clue what we were doing, so we just stood in front of the stage, because thats where we (and a bunch of others) wanted to be anyway. (Also, shout out to the two nice guys who we talked to in line and held our spot up front because we were talking to RD. Everyone is so much nicer in Tennessee. That’s a FACT.) We also got to be upfront with my Twitter friends Shannon and Maddie who were from NOWHERE near Knoxville, and drove a long ways. Its funny what music and the internet does, when you know two girls from totally different states, because we’re all Russell fans…

Russ sang all the songs off the Yours EP (Every Little Thing, MGNO, Blue Tacoma and Yours). He asked what everyone wanted to hear because he was just kinda jammin’ and didn’t have a plan. I don’t think he was expecting 0 to 60 to be a response (my response). He said it was the first song he ever wrote (you learn something new every day), and he didn’t even know if he remembered the words (fun fact, he did, because he said he’d sing the chorus for me, then sang the whole song, and I was the happiest human). He also sang That’s My Girl, Billions (new song, YouTube it and thank me for the suggestion later), and Whiskey on my Breath (recorded by Love and Theft, he was a writer on it!). The show was incredible, but its Russell, so it always is.

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Post show, we had a meet and greet from purchasing VIP, so we got to say hey again, and he thanked us again for driving, congratulated me on graduating again, and we talked about the fact that I want to go into radio for a second. We took a few more pictures, talked about seeing he and Kailey (the best meet and greet photographer everrrr) in June at Hoedown in Clarkston, MI,  then said goodbye and headed to standstill traffic on the expressway and a woman who drove for ten miles in the pitch black without headlights on behind us.

Every time we see Russ it just gets better. I cannot wait to see him in June and am always so blown away by how kind he and Kailey are.


#RDparD

#YoursOnYourRadio


YOURS EP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yours-ep/id1168669327

But also, his Die to Live Again album is incredible and if you don’t have it… fix that: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/die-to-live-again/id415673784

Follow Russell:  Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @russelled

Tour Dates, Merch and everything thats good on his website:

http://www.russelldickerson.net

Throwback to the RD Artist Spotlight HERE

 

 

Song Suffragettes Show!

Song Suffragettes || The Listening Room Cafe

Monday, May 15, 2018

Kalie Shorr | Mae Estes | Tristan McIntosh | Cheyenne Goss |Krysta Nick

#LetTheGirlsPlay


Its no secret there is a lack of women on country radio. This show started to attempt to combat that. Every Monday night at the Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, 6:00, no cover charge (just a $10 food/drink minimum per person), the Song Suffragettes hold an all female writers round.

I’ve been watching Nashville Friends’ Snaps and Instagrams from the Suffragette shows, and all sorts of other shows at the Listening Room for a few years now. I finally got to go to the Listening Room when we were in town on vacation, and I was so excited to be able to catch the Song Suffragettes Show!

I’ve been following song writer Kalie Shorr for a few years now. I was not familiar with and of the other four girls’ writing, although I remembered Tristian from her time on American Idol. Let me tell you this round was incredible.

I remember a few names of songs that the girls sang, but if we’re being honest, I was pretty in the moment, so I didn’t think of taking note of song titles. (Bad blogger I guess, haha). Each girl sang three songs.

May Estes started the night out with a song called Secrets, and another one of her songs was a sassy song, now don’t direct quote me, but it was along the lines of “My Backside is My Best Side Anyways”. So sassy, SO GOOD.

Krysta Nick performed her single, “Strange Love” and it was wonderful! I downloaded it as soon as I possibly could… and you should too! (Of course, all of the info will be at the bottom of this post).

Kalie Shorr was next, and because I’ve followed Kalie for a while, so she’s the one I can tell you exactly what she sand! (I did one thing right, haha). Kalie sang a new (hilarious) song called Astronaut, a new song off her “Slingshot” EP, Nothin’ New, and of course her XM hit from last summer, “Fight Like A Girl”.

Tristan McIntosh has an absolutely stunning voice. Here is a video posted on the Song Suffragette YouTube from the show of her performing “Normal People”:

Lastley, Cheyenne Goss sang a trio of songs about an ex. Below is a clip posted of Cheyenne by the Suffragettes. She also announced at the show her new single will drop June 9!

The girls closed the show by doing a beautiful cover of “Speak to a Girl” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

If you are in Nashville on a Monday night I highly recommend getting a free ticket to the Song Suffragette show. The show was incredible and we got to chat with some incredibly sweet songwriters. One of the highlights of our trip for sure! I got to see Kalie, who I have been a fan of for a long time, and learn of some awesome new female songwriters.

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Catch a Song Suffragette Show, every Monday, 6:00, The Listening Room Cafe!

Can’t make it? Follow them on Twitter/Periscope to live stream the show.


Music and Social Media Pages:

Song Suffragettes:

  Website: songsuffragettes.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnazDW1L5q8M2WzB0yI8iJg

Twitter/Instagram: @songsuffragette

Facebook: @songsuffragettes


Mae Estes:

Facebook: @MaeEstesMusic

Twitter: @maykestes

Instagram: @maeestes


Krysta Nick: 

New Single: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/strange-love-single/id1211103733

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @krystanick


Kalie Shorr:

New EP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/slingshot-ep/id1208735374

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @kalieshorr

Website: kalieshorr.com


Tristan McIntosh:

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @tristianmcintosh


Cheyenne Goss:

Twitter/Facebook: @cheygoss

Instagram: @chey_goss


*Also, my Trisha Reba Shania Shirt was a big hit at the show… Get it at the Whiskey Riff

Shop Here:

Trisha. Shania. Reba. T-Shirt


#LetTheGirlsPlay