Colt Ford is just an unassuming good old country boy from Georgia, a one-time pro golfer turned songwriter and musician who has struck a chord with his growing fan base. On Thanks for Listening, his fifth album on his own perfectly named Average Joes Entertainment label, he returns the favor, offering his audience a humble token of his appreciation.
With his groundbreaking blend of country music and hip-hop rhythms, Ford is a cultural force who is ready to go from cult status to a household name, from the mud trucker events where he started to arena stages, where he’ll next be seen sharing the bill with Toby Keith on his “Shut Up and Hold On” summer tour, where thousands of red solo cups will be raised in celebration. - See more at: http://www.coltford.com/about#sthash.kQWG3k3w.dpuf
Rodney Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled once in a while. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash single, "Take A Back Road," a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul. Rodney always remains true to himself and constantly strives to evolve and find unique ways of expressing himself through the music he puts out into the world. It's a philosophy he tries to employ throughout his life, and it has led him to some amazing places.
"What does it mean to follow your own path? I try to think about that a lot when I'm making an album," explains Rodney, describing the journey he took in making his fourth album, TAKE A BACK ROAD. "To me, it's going somewhere you've never been, because when you do that, you wind up seeing things that no one has seen before, which means you can paint the picture differently."
THERE ARE ONLY THREE BANDS THAT CAN TAME A MOUNTAIN LION JUST BY PLAYING. GANGSTAGRASS IS ONE OF THEM. GANGSTAGRASS IS ALSO THE OTHER TWO.
Having no desire to simply coast on the success of previous releases, Gangstagrass will release it's fifth official album American Music in April 2015. Featuring a collection of standout original cuts and traditional folk anthems—with a twist!—American Music once again will find the artist breaking new ground, while also paying tribute to their cast of American songwriting heroes.
For John and TJ Osborne, getting into music was unavoidable. Growing up in the water town of Deale, Maryland, their close-nit-family of seven spent most nights not in front of the television, but writing and playing songs. The Brothers’ father had a shed behind their home that he used for small performances for friends and family. John and TJ could be caught listening in on their father’s playing or fetching beers for pocket change. Later their father would convert that shed into a home studio where their parents would write and record songs.
As the brothers aged, they formed a band with their ever eclectic father named “Deuce & a Quarter.” The band played cover songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Dwight Yoakem to Merle Haggard to Bob Seger. They performed at local venues in the town, but it was here that the Brothers got the taste for performing live.
John (guitar) moved to Nashville first to play in other bands. Two years later, TJ (vocals/guitar) moved to Nashville. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne and began playing as many writer rounds as they could. In April 2011, Warner Chappell/King Pen Music offered them a publishing deal. A year later, Capitol Records offered them a record deal. The Brothers Osborne are currently in the studio finishing their debut album, an album they describe as “aggressive, bold and fragile at times.” More to come from Brothers Osborne in 2013.
JUDAH & THE LION
Nappy Roots entered the music scene in 1998 and they have remained real, humble, talented guys with inherent, undeniable southern swagger. After the international success of their album Watermelon, Chicken, & Grits, selling over 3 million albums, the members of Nappy Roots were flying high while still acutely aware of how far it could be to the bottom should they fall. It is that practical and genuine presence of mind that helped them sustain touring as a group these last ten years. Building a vastly loyal fan-base nationwide, fans and friends can be used interchangeably when referring to their army of followers. In an economically recessed climate, Nappy Roots has joined the rest of the nation in trying to understand and work through financial and emotional struggles. No stranger to challenges, this four-man collective from Kentucky tackled their obstacles and, in the process, their self-honest work emerged in form of 5 studio albums and 10 mix-tapes. As usual, Nappy Roots examine our alienable rights, reason, and truth through lyrical originality and voyage.
To say that Moonshine Bandits qualify as your average West Coast band would be nothing short of an understatement. Tex and Bird are having the time of their lives, making their music their way. Their unique sound, a blend of West Coast beat and country twang, is a strong representation of the California of which they grew up.
How do they describe their sound? “A lot of our music is hell-raising music,” Tex says. “Our guitars are very loud and our bass is pretty heavy. It’s very much in-your-face kind of music that you can party down to. We’ve got a few songs on there that are a little more personal and a little bit slower. But, for the most part it’s very aggressive.”
Crown Prince of the Mud Diggers, Lenny Cooper sets out to entertain audiences with high-energy music well-suited to accompany any mud-bogging adventure. He's also one of the young purveyors of an increasingly popular subgenre of country music which incorporates rap lyrics and heavy beats, and has been championed by independent label Average Joes Entertainment. Cooper was recently highlighted in a major cover story in the “Arena” section of the Wall Street Journal explaining the new subgenre and Average Joes’ success.
SOUTHERN CITY BAND
The Southern City Band is a group of musicians from various locations around the United States: California to Virginia and everywhere in between. Though every member comes from a different background, they have found common ground in their love for country music. They formed the band in early September of 2013, and set out to make beautiful music together while having a blast doing it.
SCB began their musical ventures by building a fan base through YouTube, Facebook, and other forms of social media. They have used these sites to promote several cover videos of their favorite country tunes. This success has encouraged the band to begin the process of writing and recording some of their own original music. They are scheduled to record a few of their originals in New York City this coming April. Following this, they intend to release their debut EP in the Spring/Summer of 2014.
The Southern City band is in a unique position being one of the only country bands in Boston, and they are using this as leverage to gain a corner on this untapped market. The sky is the limit for this group of young, talented, musicians here in Boston, and we hope to see them soaring through the country music charts in the following months.
Kaley Stroop – Vocals Laura Galanti – Vocals Zoe Brush - Vocals and Keyboards Matt Thompson – Guitar, Bass Jesse Devine – Guitar Andrew Clay – Guitar and Keyboards Jake Brueckner – Drums and Percussion Daniel Futcher – Mandolin Dillon Cahill – Banjo Carolyn Kendrick – Fiddle
THE BACKWOODS EXPERIMENT
The name says it all. We are a bluegrass band born and raised in the backwoods of central Pennsylvania, and our sound is a reflection of our love for all things natural and real. We come from different walks of life but form a quartet of friendship and musical experimentation. Our philosophy is that there are two types of people in the world, those who love bluegrass and those who don't know it yet.