The Smokin’ Best Moments of Windy City Smokeout 2017
Jul21

The Smokin’ Best Moments of Windy City Smokeout 2017

Brandon Lancaster, of LANco, described the Windy City Smokeout best when he looked out into the crowd in awe during his Friday night performance, “This is so great. A bunch of strangers gathered together to share one love – music.” The three-day festival was held in the heart of Chicago, backed up to the Chicago River, and was enhanced by the Chicago skyline. It delivered the very best in craft beer, top-notch BBQ joints from all over...

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#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Ryan Hurd
Jul01

#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Ryan Hurd

“A lot of record labels in town didn’t really think I was committed to being an artist because I said for so long I was a songwriter.” Like many artists that emerge from Nashville, Ryan Hurd prides himself in the songwriting craft, first. After all, that was who he was to many industry folks in town: “Ryan Hurd, the songwriter.” Besides writing the Grammy and CMA-nominated song that Blake Shelton recorded with Ashley Monroe (“Lonely...

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Thomas Rhett Home Team Tour Review
Mar17

Thomas Rhett Home Team Tour Review

March 10th 2016, The Home Team Tour rolled into town. A sold out show, were the majority of the fan base was women 30 and under, it was something I knew I wanted to cover. Due to a mix up with tickets  (shout out to Royal Farms Arena PR staff! Y’all rock!)  I was unable to see the first two acts, However, I could hear them clearly. Russell Dickerson is such a good singer. His set sounded lively and fun. Also, the bad ass himself...

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Ryan Hurd Reveals 5 Post-Love Realizations in ‘Hold You Back’
Feb08

Ryan Hurd Reveals 5 Post-Love Realizations in ‘Hold You Back’

Things have been looking promising for Ryan Hurd, who just released his latest single, “Hold You Back,” after inking a record deal with RCA Nashville. The ballad describes a situation where two lovers split, but they find themselves once again tangled up between the sheets after a few too many drinks the night prior. The lyrics to “Hold You Back” highlight five specific post-love realizations which are chillingly comparative to anyone...

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7 Things I Learned at Windy City Smokeout 2016
Jul27

7 Things I Learned at Windy City Smokeout 2016

The weather was beautiful, the air smelled of “BBQ and cookies” (as stated by country artist and Sunday’s performer, Maren Morris) and the Windy City Smokeout was a sizzling success. It’s quite a task to narrow down and highlight three days’ worth of unforgettable moments at a festival of craft beer, top notch BBQ joints, and an astounding country music lineup, but here are 7 things I learned at the Windy City Smokeout 2016. –...

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