Lindsay Ell Crushes Day 3, at Stagecoach

As the sun began to set on Stagecoach 2022, a familiar voice rang out from the Mane Stage. Lindsay Ell took the stage, on day three, and put on a high energy performance, filled with guest appearances and her latest chart topping hits, which got the 75,000 fans on their feet and singing along, prior to headliner Luke Combs, taking the stage.

Dressed in neon green, Lindsay began her set with an infectious amount of energy that spilled over to the crowd, who quickly began singing along to “Criminal” and didn’t stop until her final song, “What Happens In A Small Town“.

During her performance, the crowd of 75,000, was treated to Lindsay’s latest release, “Right on Time“. a song that Lindsay told me, was “near and dear to her heart, because of the constant pressure that is placed on women, by society, to fall in love, get married and have kids; all by a certain age.” She stated, “women are beautiful and should be empowered to live their life on their own timeline; write their own stories.” Before performing “Right on Time” at Stagecoach, Lindsay dedicated the song to women everywhere, as a reminder that they “can’t be late to their own party.” The statement was greeted cheers as the women, and some men in the crowd, recognized the realness of her statement.

Shortly after that song, Lindsay and her band, had a little fun with the crowd, by squirting them with water guns, then quickly returned to the stage to introduce special guests, Cheat Codes, for their next song, “How Do You Love“. The trio and Lindsay, proceeded to perform their smash hit, while the crowd danced, sang and throughly enjoyed the moment. The end of Lindsay’s set was capped, with her most popular song to date, “What Happens in a Small Town“, a song featuring Brantley Gilbert.

Although Lindsay’s performances are entertaining, because of her incredible guitar skills, crowd interaction, and high energy throughout the set, this one felt very different. Good different. This was, easily, one of my favorite performances of Stagecoach weekend. Lindsay’s energy provided an atmosphere that we hadn’t experienced since the beginning of the pandemic. Lindsay was captivating throughout and reminded us, of just how much fun live music can be, and how much we’ve missed it!

Thank you, Lindsay!

If you’d like to experience Lindsay Ell’s phenomenal performance for yourself, be sure to follow her on all social media platforms, and catch her opening for Shania Twain this summer.

For more info about Lindsay Ell, check out LindsayEll.com

Photo: @JesusRosasPhotos

Stagecoach Preview

Stagecoach Country Music Festival is 10 days away, and it promises to be an amazing weekend filled with phenomenal artists and activities throughout Stagecoach venue. This year’s festival continues Goldenvoice’s excellent run of Stagecoach headliners with Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs. In addition to this year’s incredible lineup, fan favorites Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, the SiriusXM Spotlight Stage and the Honkytonk Dance Hall are also returning to the festival.

As always, the headliners are a “Must Watch”, but we’ve compiled a list of several artists, that we look forward to watching during Stagecoach weekend.

Here’s a list of artists that we believe you “Must Watch”:

Walker County– Sisters Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn create a unique blend of country music that was inspired by the sounds of middle America, which they group up on. Now having spent years honing their skills, Walker County is ready to carry on the heritage of country music with their modern-traditional blend. Walker County performs on the SiriusXM stage at 2:20pm on Friday

Jordan DavisJordan Davis has been named “Artist to Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT and several other outlets. His hits, “Cool Anymore”, Slow Dance in the Parking Lot” and “Buy Dirt”, have helped Davis accumulate over 2 billion streams worldwide.

Reyna Roberts– With hits like, “Stomping Grounds”, 67 (Winchester), and “Raised Right”; Reyna Roberts is well on her way to super stardom. She is one of our most anticipated artists to watch during Stagecoach weekend.

Travis Denning– Hits like “After a Few”, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs” and “Red, White and Blue”, have made Travis Denning a fan favorite and one of the most anticipated artists to watch during Stagecoach weekend. His set promises to get the crowd on their feet and singing along, from beginning to end.

Hardy– His latest album “A Rock” is phenomenal!!! Just push play, sit back and enjoy it. We’re looking forward to seeing him live, for the first time.

Lindsay Ell– One of our favorite Bad Ass Women of Country, returns to Stagecoach! If you’ve never seen Lindsay shred on her guitar, LIVE… you’re missing out! She is one of the most talented guitarist we’ve ever seen. Be sure to watch her set… you will not be disappointed

Cody Johnson– Known for his explosive live shows and electrifying stage presence Cody Johnson’s set will be a party from beginning to end. CoJo Nation will be rockin’, singing and dancing on the last night of Stagecoach!

For set times, tickets and other info, check out StagecoachFestival.com

Mickey Guyton Slays National Anthem

On February 13, the Los Angeles Rams took on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56, but the one of the highlights of the evening took place, even before the game started. Mickey Guyton, the Texas-born singer-songwriter, was set to perform the National Anthem, prior to the game and in my opinion, it was a phenomenal performance!

Guyton’s rendition of the National Anthem has quickly drawn comparisons to Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl 25 performance, a rendition that may fans say is the best National Anthem, ever. Mickey Guyton is joined during the performance by a 10 person choir, which accentuates Guyton’s vocals and caused many of the people I was sitting next to to simply exclaim, “WOW”.

Mickey Guyton may have previously been best known for her ACM solo performance of “What Are You Going To Tell Her”, but the acclaim she is receiving from performing the National Anthem, may soon surpass that.

One of the biggest compliments I, personally, heard on Super Bowl sunday, came from a military veteran, stated, “That is one of the best National Anthems, I’ve ever heard.” I would have to wholeheartedly agree.

For more information on Mickey Guyton and to view other performances, visit MickeyGuyton.com

Photo Credit: Outsider

Tailgate Fest Is Bigger & Better in Year 3!

In barely its third year, TailgateFest has already established itself as a premier festival for country music fans, throughout Southern California.  The festival which has, rightfully, been dubbed the #BestWeekendEver has successfully combined; great music lineups, mouth watering food, and the best part of a country festival… Tailgating.

During TailgateFest, attendees have options while watching the concert.  They can stand near the stage, just like any other festival, or they can keep partying from the bed of their trucks and enjoy the concert without ever having to leave the comfort of their vehicle.

Most of the TailgateFest attendees, that we have spoken with, mentioned that they enjoy being able to watch the concert from their vehicles, but almost to a person, each one has said that the best part of tailgating at TailgateFest, is the new friends they’ve made.  “This festival has a different feel to it” said Michelle, from Corona. “I became friends with the people we were parked next to during the first TailgateFest.  Now, we go out line dancing, to birthday parties and are really good friends.”

Since its inception in 2018, Alyson Richards and Melissa Carbone, the owners of TailgateFest, have had a vision of combining all of the great things that fans enjoy from music festivals.  These phenomenal women are recreating what music fans have come to expect from a festival.   The friends came up with the concept for TailgateFest, when they attended a music festival and had to stop enjoying themselves in the tailgating area, to go watch the concert.    “This is the Burning Man for the other 98%” said Alyson Richards. “Aside from a great lineup and amazing food.  We want country fans to enjoy interacting with each other and continue having a good time from their tailgating spot, when the artists take the stage.”

Alyson and Melissa’s approach has made TailgateFest, one the most fan-friendly festivals we’ve ever attended.  Last year, country artists were seen walking around the tailgating campgrounds interacting with fans and giving away Wyld Gear coolers.  Fans can also enjoy TailgateFest poolside with the Boots & Bikinis option.  This option allows fans to watch the concert from a pool, located steps away from the stage.  There are also RV Campsite options where up to 10 people can enjoy the comforts of an RV in between sets.

But wait there’s more…

This year TailgateFest will have another star studded lineup, which will include Dierks Bentley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Justin Moore and TLC.  The festival will also have a new home, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana.  The new location will allow TailgateFest to offer a few more ticket options, which will give fans plenty of opotrunities to enjoy themselves, without breaking the bank.  Our personal favorite addition to TailgateFest tickets, is the pre-packed tailgating option.  This add-on allows you to select food, drinks, equipment and almost anything you’ll need for the weekend, without having to pack it into your vehicle.  You just show up to TailgateFest, pick up your order and set up your camping spot.  This is especially a great option for anyone with a smaller vehicle or a larger group.  It also takes the worry out of packing for the festival, because everything has already been done for you.

As of this article, TailgateFest will take place as scheduled, with health and security precautions, in place, to ensure the safety of all attendees.  But with all of the uncertainty that 2020 has brought us, so far, one thing we’re certain of, is that TailgateFest 2020 will DEFINITLY be an amazing experience.  Alyson, Melissa and all of the women & men at TailgateFest, are working hard to ensure the best experience is had by everyone in attendance and they hope you’ll join them to experience the #BestWeekendEver, for yourself. 

 

To get your TailgateFest tickets or for more info, visit www.LATailgateFest.com

 

   

 

 

 

 

American Express & PGA Tour are Bringing Music Icons to the Desert

From January 15-19, American Express and the Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour will be hosting a golf tournament at PGA West in La Quinta, CA.  During the day spectators, fans and golf enthusiests will be able to watch some of the best golfers in the world, compete for millions of dollars in prize money.  On Friday and Saturday Night, their ticket will also allow them to attend a festival-style concert, featuring Rock & Roll legendary singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks, (Friday night) and on Saturday night country music superstar Luke Bryan.

Tickets are only $35 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and $50 for Friday and Saturday.  For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.TheAmexGolf.com

 

The following is from TheAmexGolf website:

La Quinta, CA – The American Express™ PGA TOUR golf event taking place January 15-19 in La Quinta, CA, announced today that rock and roll icon Stevie Nicks and country music star Luke Bryan will perform on Friday and Saturday evenings at PGA WEST following the golf tournament.

The event, which recently announced a new title sponsor in American Express®, will again provide fans with festival-style entertainment, bringing together amazing music, great local food and the world’s best golfers – all on one stage.

Kicking off the concert series on Friday night will be legendary rock and roll performer and songwriter, Stevie Nicks. Nicks’ work with Fleetwood Mac and her successful solo career resulted in her becoming the only female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – first in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac and in 2019 as a solo artist. She has produced over forty top-50 hits and was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by Rolling Stone in 2012.

Taking the stage on Saturday night is country music superstar Luke Bryan who has won more than 40 major awards including two Academy of Country Music and two Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Awards. He has served as host of the ACM Awards five times, became an NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six times. He has more certified digital singles than any other country artist, with 54 million tracks and 12.5 million albums with seven Billion music streams and has had 23 #1 singles, 12 of which he co-wrote.

“We are very excited to bring in two amazing rock and roll and country music artists to perform for our fans this year,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of The American Express and President of the Golf Event Division of Lagardère Sports, the global company that promotes and operates the event. “American Express and the PGA TOUR are two of the most respected global brands coming together in the desert to provide our fans, sponsors and American Express Card Members one of the best fan experiences in sports while supporting many local charities.”

The American Express will be played at the iconic PGA WEST Stadium, PGA WEST Nicklaus and La Quinta Country Club courses, January 16-19. Phil Mickelson, the 44-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Famer, will serve as tournament host, competing against 155 of the best golfers in the world including defending champion Adam Long.

Daily event tickets are on sale now for just $35 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and $50 for Friday and Saturday. All tickets include admission to the PGA TOUR golf tournament and three on-course hospitality venues: the Albertsons Vons Pavilions Club 18, Casamigos Tequila Club 17 and Michelob Ultra Beers fore Birdies. Friday and Saturday tickets will also include admission to the concert after golf. There are no cover charges or upgraded tickets needed for admission to the on-course hospitality venues or to attend the concerts.

For more event information and to buy tickets please visit www.TheAmexGolf.com.

Ashley McBryde Announces 2020 Tour

CMA’S NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR ASHLEY McBRYDE ANNOUNCES ONE NIGHT STANDARDS TOUR 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 2017 The Washington Post noted Ashley McBryde’s “blue-collar storytelling and straightforward singing set her apart” and NPR’s World Cafe opined, “after a decade of being the best unknown performer in those dive bars, it’s all paying off.” Fast-forward to March 2018, The New York Times dubbed Girl Going Nowhere a “vivid and accomplished major-label debut,” later including it on the year’s ‘best of,’ and in April the Los Angeles Times raved McBryde “is making country music without a safety net.” Her album sparked appearances on CBS’ coveted Saturday morning stage (later garnering an Emmy nomination for the performance),The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers and more. It was a whirlwind two years for the Arkansas native.

“After nearly a decade playing, driving to any gig I could, I don’t know how to describe it exactly, it just feltdifferent – like things were about to change,” reflects McBryde. “On the road, in writes around town … I didn’t know it could get any better than that. Well, I was wrong!”

In 2019 McBryde earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album and was named ACM New Female Artist of the Year, CMT’s Breakthrough Video of the Year winner and CMT Artists of the Year’s Breakout Artist of the Year, culminating with last week’s major win as the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year.

“I once had the pleasure of playing a tribute show for Mr. John Prine and the next day he shook my hand and he said, ‘you’re real good, you’re no Reba, but you’re real good.’” recalled McBryde as she accepted honor of CMA New Artist of the Year. “I cherish those little moments that are like that, that are truth and guidance from voices that we respect and admire. And I’m thankful for that and for this. And for the opportunity to step up. Thank you.”

Fans can see more of McBryde on her newly announced 2020 One Night Standards Tour.

McBryde’s 2020 One Night Standards Tour kicks off Thursday, January 30 at the Saturn in Birmingham, Alabama – and continues rocking until Thursday, April 23 at Floore’s Country Kitchen in Helotes, Texas. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Ashley McBryde’s 2020 One Night Standards Tour announced dates are as follows:
January 30                   Saturn                                      Birmingham, AL
January 31                   The Lyric Oxford                    Oxford, MS
February 1                   Druid City Music Hall            Tuscaloosa, AL
February 28                 Georgia Theatre                      Athens, GA
February 29                 Variety Playhouse                   Atlanta, GA
March 7                       8 Seconds Saloon                    Indianapolis, IN
March 19                     Bourbon Theatre                     Lincoln, NE
March 21                     Majestic Theatre                     Madison, WI
March 28                     Soul Kitchen                           Mobile, AL
April 23                       Floore’s Country Kitchen       Helotes, TX

About Ashley McBryde
“One Night Standards,” produced by Jay Joyce, is the first taste of what’s to come from Ashley McBryde’s highly anticipated sophomore album for Warner Music Nashville. Since its release this fall the lead single has garnered over two million streams. Lauded by The New York Times as “an alluringly flexible singer, fluent in classic country, blues and Southern rock, with a voice that moves easily from tender to tough,” McBryde caught the attention of some of Nashville’s most raucous entertainers, landing her dates opening for Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, Little Big Town and George Strait. Currently, she is on the road with Miranda Lambert’s all-female Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour for select dates alongside Elle King and Maren Morris. Earlier this year, the Arkansas native earned an ACM award for New Female Artist of the Year in addition to CMT’s Breakout Artist of the Year, as well as GRAMMY and Emmy nominations for performances around Girl Going Nowhere, and most recently received her first-ever CMA award for New Artist of the Year. For tour dates and more information, visit AshleyMcBryde.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AshleyMcBryde, Instagram @ashleymcbryde and Twitter at @AshleyMcBryde.

Photo Credit:Katie Kauss

City Girls/Country Music Tour is Another Step Forward for Woman Artists

City Girls/Country Music (CGCM) is a community of women who create country, americana, and folk music in cities around the world and on August 17, they will kick off their North American tour with a stop at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.  The tour will include stops in Boston and New York.

CGCM was founded by the talented singer, songwriter and pianest Cindy Jollotta.  Cindy experienced first hand the struggles of being a woman in the music industry and courageously decided to do something abou it.  After noticing festival after festival, where female artists were sparse or not present at all, she started CGCM to create a more opportunities specifically for women to play, but also more opportunities for country fans living in big cities to discover new stars and to see their favorite genre of music performed live – close to home.

The show on August 17 will feature artists Leigh Madison, Courtney Cowart, Drew & Ket and the Queen herself, Cindy Jollotta.  This show will give audiences the opportunity to enjoy great music in an intimate setting and a will support female artists in a cause that has been a longtime coming.  We anticipate that this event will be the first of many and the first of many steps towards empowering woman artists.

Tickets to the event can be found on the City Girls/Country Music site and more information about City Girls/Country Music can be found on all forms of social media under the name @CityGirlsCountryMusic

 

Below are bios of the artists that will perform at the Los Angeles Show:

Leigh Madison grew up in Oklahoma and has been in LA for her whole adult life. She has lived in her car, lived like a queen, and lived every way in between. Leigh has played in bands up and down Sunset Blvd. and starred opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the Broadway show RENT, as well as singing on national and international commercials.
Leigh is a single mother in LA “which isn’t easy, folks” and has a passion for Country Music which stands for everything she valued and cherishes in her life: family, love, faith, tradition, friendships, community, speaking truth, being genuine, having fun and staying grounded by & connected to her roots.
Courtney Cowart is a singer-songwriter and Tennessee native. She was the lead singer of two NYC-based bands before her recent move to LA. She can be seen highlighting in an all-girls bluegrass band, ‘The Snowy Mountain Sisters’, and the Country Western band, ‘The Island City Outlaws’. She is a regular at LIC Bar, and has performed at The Duplex and Red Room. Courtney’s most recent theatrical role was in the Off-Broadway musical ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ (NYMF), and has featured in several Cabarets, including Bucket List Theatre at LA’s Three Doors and Theatre 40. She also makes appearances with 2Scoops, Sherry Duvall-Covington and Guilty Pleasures by Too Legit to Quit Productions in NYC. Her music incorporates elements of pop, folk, country and blues, and she is currently working on her first studio album. Courtney is thrilled to be performing with the amazing women of City Girls/ Country Music!
Drew and Ket are a pop country duo based out of Los Angeles, CA.  Fresh melodies, raw harmonies, and honest storytelling draw and captivate their audience.  The two connected over a passion for writing songs meant to inspire listeners to push the boundaries of the impossible and set off pursuing their own individual dreams.  A love story all their own, the lyrics and melodies they create bleed the adventure and struggles they have shared together.  Drew and Ket are thrilled to support women in country and so thankful to City Girls Country Music for the opportunity to be a part of this movement.
Cindy Jollotta is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. She has performed all around the United States (Stagecoach Festival, House of Blues, Las Vegas Country Saloon, etc.) with her former band.  Now stepping our on her own, Cindy has performed around Europe and the US and is about to embark on a tour from California to Alaska.

Her sound combines her love of honky-tonk with her roots in the alternative rock world. It’s Dark Country meets Folk Pop. Dixie Chicks meets Amy Lee. She aims to deliver raw emotion with a touch of whimsy in a style that combines dramatic arrangements and playful touches.