Smoke’n with Billy Currington in the Windy City
Jul29

Smoke’n with Billy Currington in the Windy City

If you could bottle up the warmth, radiance, and spontaneity that is the essence of summer and turn it into a person, you would have Billy Currington. During the Windy City Smokeout (July 15-17, 2016) in Chicago, I caught up with Currington backstage. We talked about the changes in musical direction over the years, surfing with sharks, his current favorite songwriter, and more. As the debate surrounding the direction of country music...

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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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#CMchat’s Top 12 Country Music Festivals
May09

#CMchat’s Top 12 Country Music Festivals

Country music festivals not only bring you nearly face to face with the artists you love, paired with fresh talent that you’re sure to fall for, but they are also an endless platform for fun, relaxation, new friendships, and more! There are hundreds of country music fests throughout the year, but if you’re looking for top-notch, you’ll want to check out our Top 12 suggestions. 1. CMA Fest It’s quite possibly...

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7 Ways The 2015 Windy City Smokeout Blew My Mind
Aug12

7 Ways The 2015 Windy City Smokeout Blew My Mind

The Windy City Smokeout was held July 10-12 in the heart of Chicago. The Chicago River and the Chicago Skyline made spectacular backdrops while country music, BBQ and beer provided a three-day escape from the monotonous grind of every day life. Below are the 7 Ways The 2015 Windy City Smokeout blew my mind! 1. Encore Proposal During Lee Brice As the anticipation built up for Lee Brice’s encore, something unexpected took place. A...

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