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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7 Ways The Windy City Smokeout Blew My Mind
Jul16

7 Ways The Windy City Smokeout Blew My Mind

It was an aptly smokin’ hot weekend in Chicago, Illinois for the Windy City Smokeout this year! The festival took place from July 12-14, 2019 at the United Center parking lot for the first time in its seven-year existence. This change of location gave the prominent festival more room to expand while maintaining its original charm which showcases the best country music, beer, and BBQ in the country set to the enchanting Chicago...

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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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5 Favorite Things From Country Lakeshake’s 5th Anniversary
Jun26

5 Favorite Things From Country Lakeshake’s 5th Anniversary

The fifth-annual Country Lakeshake Festival took place on Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois from June 21-23 2019. The festival was hosted by Adam Burish of the Blackhawks and Brian O’Connell who conducted interviews from atop the mainstage in between sets. Though the weather challenged Luke Bryan’s “rain is a good thing” perspective, it was a record-breaking attendance weekend that was certainly due in...

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Top 3 Reasons To See Luke Combs #BeerNeverBrokeMyHeart Tour
Jun05

Top 3 Reasons To See Luke Combs #BeerNeverBrokeMyHeart Tour

North Carolina native and country music rebel Luke Combs has extended his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour adding new dates for summer, fall and even the first part of winter. The Sony Music superstar has made major waves lately and his hardcore fans (the bootleggers) have grown tremendously in numbers. I had the pleasure of covering this tour at Merriweather Post Pavillon in Columbia, Maryland. Check out my top three reasons why...

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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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