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Show Review: LANco & Ryan Kinder At 3rd & Lindsley


Recently got to attend a show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville with Warner Music’s Ryan Kinder and Sony’s LANco.

With a standing room only crowd, Ryan Kinder opened the show.  Enjoyed his performance and songs very much.  Great stage presence and very comfortable in front of a crowd.  Definitely hope to hear more of his music in the near future.

Be sure to check out his new single, “Close”, available now on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Ryan Kinder


From the very instant that headlining act LANco came onstage, they brought such an energy to the room, and the crowd seemed to feel it that singing along with them &  dancing.  Absolutely loved their stage presence and whole performance.   There was such energy and enthusiasm.   Great songs with a few covers thrown in was the perfect blend for the evening.

You can find LANco’s debut EP at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now featuring the single, “Greatest Love Story”.

Hope to catch both of these acts very soon again. Cool vibes and great music.  Highly-recommend.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.



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Album Review: Delta Rae | “A Long And Happy Life”

Delta Rae just released their debut 4-track EP with Big Machine entitled “A Long And Happy Life”.   Continue Reading →

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Jerrod Niemann | “Buzz Back Girl”


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I can’t tell if it’s that last shot of Fireball or Jerrod Niemann’s latest release that has me buzzin’ right now! The country-rocker stuck to his favorite theme – drinking – with “Buzz Back Girl.” But this time he shifted gears from tipping them back to tipping his hat.

Lookin’ like that, lookin’ like that/You don’t even know what you’re doin’ to me/You got my buzz back, girl, my buzz back, girl,” Niemann sings in the cheerful chorus.

The special someone in this song cured Niemann’s hangover and turned him into a happy-go-lucky guy. Who needs bloody marys when you have this girl around?! The secret’s out, guys. Niemann confirmed there’s no more reason for that hair-of-the-dog to turn into a 12-pack-deep Saturday afternoon. All you need is a morning with your lady, and you’ll be fine

Niemann nixed the Auto-Tune found in his last two singles – “Donkey” and “Drink to That All Night” – and stuck with a classic-country-meets-pop vibe for “Buzz Back Girl.” However, he did include simulated scratching sounds, which are primarily associated with rap. Is Niemann taking a step in the emerging country rap direction? It’s hard to say, but I doubt it since he’s pretty established in his own style.

“Buzz Back Girl” was written by fellow country star Lee Brice; Kellie Pickler’s songwriting husband, Kyle Jacobs; and founder of Nashville Songwriters in the Round, Phillip Lammonds. This track from his High Noon album, which also features his past two singles, peaked at 35 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart. Niemann is wrapping up his Get Your Buzz Back Tour on Saturday in Orlando, Fla. But that’s not the only thing he’s wrapping. I’d imagine a few gifts are in store for his new bride, Morgan Petek, with their first Christmas as a married couple quickly approaching.

There’s a chance “Buzz Back Girl” could get lost in the mix of cookie-cutter, mainstream music compared to his past, distinct hits like “Lover, Lover” and “What Do You Want.” But for now, I’m jammin’ to this fun song and loving the idea of being someone’s hangover remedy!

Twitter: @jrodfromoz

Rated 4 out of 5 stars




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Album Review: Brian Collins | ‘Healing Highway’

Brian CollinsThe new 13-track album by Brian Collins entitled ‘Healing Highway’ releases on iTunes October 7th.   Not only did Collins co-write every song on the album, but he produced it along with Mills Logan and Kenny Greenberg. Continue Reading →

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Song Review: Nate Green | “Wild And Free”

Nate GreenCountry newcomer Nate Green is grabbing attention across the globe with his debut single “Wild and Free.” And his good looks certainly aren’t hindering him.
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Song Review: Billy Gilman | “Say You Will”

Billy GilmanFormer child country star Billy Gilman makes a comeback with his new single “Say You Will.” At 12 years old, he became a multi-platinum selling and Grammy nominated artist. Now, he’s 26 and ready to take on the industry with a new perspective. Continue Reading →

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Get Away From It All With A Stay At The Inn At Fontanel

Inn at Fontanel

Main building (entrance, lobby, and dining area)

Just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, you’ll find the Inn at Fontanel nestled within the country setting of Whites Creek within walking distance of the Fontanel Mansion, Cafe Fontanella, and The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel.  This luxury boutique hotel is inspired by the middle Tennessee farmhouse style and is a “five-structure hotel, connected by 2,700 square feet of deck with plush patio furniture overlooks a stunning courtyard of gardens and a view of Porter’s Pond with its bubbling fountain and waterfall.” Continue Reading →

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Album Review: Miranda Lambert | ‘Platinum’

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With this brand new 16-track album entitled ‘Platinum’, Miranda Lambert’s 5th album seems both contemplative and playful rather than singing the revenge anthems like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Kerosene” that she’s been known for.  This is a Miranda who is having fun with a little self-effacing humor about aging (“Gravity’s a Bitch”), talks about life from the female perspective (“Girls”), the demands of beauty (“Bathroom Sink”), some really traditional and throwback country that I could imagine being played in the honky tonks on Broadway in the 60s (“All That’s Left” featuring the Time Jumpers), rip-roaring, rocking songs (“Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood), and tender ballads (“Holding On To You”). Overall, Miranda seems to be in a very contemplative place in her life for this album and wanting to share a less serious side of herself taking chances throughout the entire album. Continue Reading →

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Album Review: FEELS LIKE CAROLINA | Parmalee

Feels-Like-CarolinaNew country group Parmalee signed to Stoney Creek Records just released their debut album entitled FEELS LIKE CAROLINA.  This 12 track cd was produced by NV, which is comprised of Kurt Allison, David Fanning, Tully Kennedy and Rich Redmond.  Continue Reading →

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Album Review: A Thousand Miles Left Behind By Gloriana

With their first release in 3 years, Gloriana is proving this is no sophomore slump and they are back better than ever with their debut single in the top 5 on the Billboard country chart (and still climbing).

Gloriana, also, was just awarded gold status for their debut single “(Kissed You) Good Night” from this newest release.  They have had to overcome some obstacles since their last album such as the departure of Cheyenne Kimball from the band and leaving them to refocus/reorganize as a group.  Thankfully they are back even better than before and being embraced by the country music fans once again.

Their new album entitled A Thousand Miles Left Behind is a solid effort.  Their harmonies blend perfectly as a trio with strong melodies and lyrical depth.  This is an album filled with radio-friendly hits ranging from uptempo, catchy tunes to heartfelt, emotional ballads.  Tom Gossin, Rachel Reinert, and Mike Gossin who make up the trio, Gloriana, all had a hand in co-writing all of the songs on this release and each take lead on this album.

It’s hard to pick a favorite on this album.  Very strong album through and through.  Their first album was a great effort and this newest one shows even more growth as a group in songwriting as they worked with top songwriters all around Nashville.  Hoping this newest effort solidifies them as artists and means they will be around for a long time to come.  This can possibly garnish some awards for them.  Those awards would be well-deserved and couldn’t happen to 3 nicer people.

Standout songs to me are as follow:  “Wanna Take You Home” an uptempo, catchy song about love filled with plenty of fiddle.  “Carolina Rose” is a beautiful ballad showing depth and a softer side filled with perfectly-blended harmonies that just seem to flow so naturally.  “Turn My World Around” is a mid-tempo ballad filled with mandolin that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I, also, love the more traditional country feel of “Gold Rush”.

Honestly, I could go straight down the list of songs and tell you something I like about each of the songs.  Bottom line is it’s a very strong release, polished mastering and production, and I highly-recommend it to any contemporary country fan.

For more information about Gloriana, check out their site at: www.gloriana.com

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.


NASHVILLE, TN – (July 31, 2012) – Country music trio Gloriana release their much anticipated second studio album A Thousand Miles Left Behind today. The album, that  includes their current single “(Kissed You) Good Night” which this week lands at #2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, has been receiving rave reviews for the growth the band clearly displays on the 11 tracks. Gloriana, who performed on Good Morning America yesterday, will be back in New York City Friday, August 3rd to perform on Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series.

Those in New York City August 3rd can attend Gloriana’s performance at Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series outside the Fox News studios on Avenue of the Americas and 48th Street or can tune in at 7:30am EST (check local listings) to catch their performance. On Saturday, August 4th at 10:30pm EST fans can tune into Gloriana’s album release concert at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL streamed live by UV2Live. To get more information on how you can check out this concert go to http://www.gloriana.com/news/stream-glorianas-album-release-concert-32626.

You can check out Gloriana’s performance on Good Morning America at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/gloriana-performs-kissed-good-night-16886423 as well as a special performance of “Turn My World Around” at http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/gloriana-performs-turn-world-live-gma-16887603.

Tom, Mike, and Rachel have funneled everything they’ve learned into A Thousand Miles Left Behind intent on revealing more of themselves as artists. Gloriana worked with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters and had a hand in writing every track on the album. The result is an alluring mix of up-tempo songs, “Wanna Take You Home,” “Sunset Lovin’,” “Go On…Miss Me,” “Doin’ It Our Way,” and graceful, heartfelt tunes: current single “(Kissed You) Good Night,” “Can’t Shake You,” “Turn My World Around,” “Carolina Rose,” and “Soldier Song.”

Fans can get up to date information on Gloriana’s tour and more information on the rising country group by going to www.Gloriana.com.

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