Jerry Jacobs Shares How His Love of Music Inspires Him
Jul23

Jerry Jacobs Shares How His Love of Music Inspires Him

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, independent artist, Jerry Jacobs, shares musical roots with Darius Rucker, and it is no surprise that Jerry’s love for music was first inspired by the superstar.  Jerry admits he has known he wanted to be an entertainer since 1996, when he was five years old, atop his dad’s shoulders at a Hootie and The Blowfish concert. “I remember sitting on my dad’s shoulders at that...

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The Whole Truth With Andy Velo
Jul18

The Whole Truth With Andy Velo

It wasn’t the first time in Chicago for the independent artist on the rise, Andy Velo, but this was his first time playing at the prominent Windy City Smokeout festival. “It’s a world-class festival and it really is an honor to be here,” Velo said of the opportunity to play the Blackhawks Lounge at the fest. His favorite thing about Chicago? “The fact that there’s this much love for country music in...

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Dishing the Gritty with Cody Parks and The Dirty South
Jul09

Dishing the Gritty with Cody Parks and The Dirty South

There has been quite a buzz around town about a gritty country band called Cody Parks and The Dirty South. It’s been reported that they are like Def Leppard on cornbread, and when I had the opportunity to interview them before their show at the Back Corner in Nashville, I found out what the hype is all about. The guys gave me some insight into who they are and why their story gives them a unique platform to bring raw country...

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“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” turns 40!
May22

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” turns 40!

Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels is celebrating big this month (May 21st) as his genre-crossing hit song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” reaches its 40th year of being the most impactful fiddle-centric song to ever be released. “People ask me if I imagined ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ would be the success it has been,” says Daniels. “My answer is I had no idea that forty years...

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Breaking The Ice Kelly Lang
Dec11

Breaking The Ice Kelly Lang

Kelly Lang is one of the best songwriters to grace country music. She’s written songs for artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, The Oak Ridge Boys and Ricky Skaggs. She’s also the daughter of Conway Twitty’s road manager. She’s no stranger to the music business that’s for sure. In October, 2017 she released a album titled Obsession. It’s one of her best projects to date. Lang has a warm voice that draws...

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How Disappointment Turned into a Blessing For Jacob Powell’s Music Career
Sep01

How Disappointment Turned into a Blessing For Jacob Powell’s Music Career

Rising country artist, Jacob Powell, played on the Whiskey Jam stage at the 2018 Windy City Smokeout in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his performance, I caught up with Powell to chat all things music. He divulged on his early days as a musician, and how a tremendous disappointment in his career turned into a blessing that led him to where he is today. We’re at The Windy City Smokeout; this weekend’s home for the best beer,...

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