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Austin Webb – Close Up – May 29 – Grand Marlin

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by brent

It’s another Cat Country Close up with Austin Webb.  

When: May 29th

Where: Grand Marlin

What Time: 430p – Doors open all Day.

Tickets: Free / All Ages (Just be there)

Come and meet a rising star in Country Music. Get up close and personal and then tell your friends you saw him when…

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Austin grew up in Greenville, S.C. listening to healthy doses of Motown, R&B, rock, and retro country from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He also loved authors like Oscar Wilde, 0 . Henry, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas, and started writing poetry at nine years old. He knew he was going to be a writer of some sort, and at 16 when he picked up a guitar, he began pouring out his emotions into songs.

Austin’s Martin guitar has been with him through thick and thin since he was 16 and is his most prized possession. He keeps signed photos of two of his heroes, Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, on the back of it.

“I really love that guitar,” he says. “It never talks back, it never pisses me off, it never gets mad.”

For a time after high school, he went to Atlanta and played gigs up and down the East Coast. He worked twenty-five different odd jobs during his quest to make it as a singer/songwriter, including working on an assembly line building cars at a BMW plant.

“I’ve always had to work hard for everything; nothing was ever handed to me,” says Austin. “My family is not very rich. They’re just regular people, so I had to do a lot of things for myself, and so I’ve always had a pretty good work ethic.”

Austin’s first trip to Nashville was completely spontaneous after a bad breakup. He turned his car towards Tennessee and drove all night to Music City, stopping at Johnny Cash’s grave about four in the morning to pay his respects to the country legend with a few songs on his guitar. On his way back home from the trip, he stopped at a Waffle House, put Patsy Cline on the jukebox, and met a charming older couple. The husband turned out to be none other than Charlie louvin- (another influence of Austin’s)- and the two soon became friends. Charlie invited him to play onstage with him that night at the Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee, and when he introduced him, he told the crowd that Austin reminded him of none other than Kris Kristofferson himself!

After winning a local South Carolina songwriting competition, ironically called the Nashville Connection, Webb moved to Nashville. The demo he made through the contest made its way into the hands of Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore, who immediately offered him a publishing deal. His debut album on Streamsound Records is due out later this year, and it features his recent Top 40 single, “Slip On By.” The song is a sentimental ballad that stresses the value of time and not living in regret. Country Weekly named Austin as “One To Watch in 2013.”

Austin describes his music as “country soul” and strives for honesty and relevance in his lyrics. His top three musical influences are Joe Cocker, Otis Redding and Bill Withers, but he also has tons of songwriting heroes such as Townes VanZandt, Bob Dylan, and Guy Clark as well. From the upbeat “It’s All Good” to the gut-wrenchingly honest “Getting Even,” his songs convey the real emotion of everyday life in fresh and rousing new ways.

For some examples of the things Austin loves, check out his arm. His sleeve of tattoos includes pictures of his beloved basset hound, Archie, who passed away, a vintage radio, an ex-girlfriend, a ship’s wheel, and many more.

 

Randy Houser Remembers David Letterman Taking A Chance On Him

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Chris

Tonight is David Letterman’s last ‘Late Show’ and Randy Houser is looking back on the big break Dave gave him back in 2008.

Before he became a regular hit maker, Randy was struggling to break through with, “Anything Goes.” Dave heard the song while working on his ranch, loved it, and booked Randy to perform a special version of the song on ‘The Late Show’.

Randy tells Rolling Stone, “He loved the second verse of the song so much he wanted to hear it twice. The arrangement was literally in Dave’s request. ‘Anything Goes’ was the first single I ever put out, maybe in the fifties on the chart at the time.”

Through the years, Dave has had a history of taking a chance on new artists, as he did recently booking Chris Stapleton to perform on The Late Show. Randy says of his booking music acts, “It doesn’t have to be a big hit — if Dave digs it, he pushes it.”

Clay Walker Hails Then Criticizes Current Country Music

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Chris

It appears Clay Walker has mixed feelings about the current state of country music. Late last year he said he was encouraged by the future of the format, but this week has come out against classic rockers turning to country to keep their careers alive.

“There’s never been a better time to release an album,” he told the Modesto Bee. “It’ll never be the same; we will never go back to the way it was in the ’80s or the ’90s or anything like that. Which is good. This change in the music has definitely helped country music grow.” Apparently that doesn’t go for everyone.

“I can’t stand to see outdated rock-and-rollers coming in to play country music,” he said. “That really pi**ed me off.” those are words aimed at The Doobie Brothers, Motley Crue and most recently Aerosmith’s front-man Steven Tyler who have all released country albums the last couple of years.

“We have great singers, great country musicians. There’s no reason we have to dilute it by letting people in the format that don’t have any business being in the format.”

His new album ‘Long Live the Cowboy’ is expected to be out this summer.

‘Moby’ Gets Zeroed Out

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Chris

‘Moby’ has turned 1 million miles. Kenny Chesney’s beloved tour bus, which he affectionately named ‘Moby,’ turned the milestone on a recent trip from St. Louis, MO to Des Moines, IA. “We were on Interstate 64 headed west, just passing exit 24 — and all those zeros just rolled over,” says Kenny. One million miles is a long way for anyone to go across several vehicles, let alone in the same bus.

Unlike other acts, Kenny owns ‘Moby’, which has been with him since he started so, if it could talk it would have some stories to tell, something that doesn’t escape Kenny as he wrote the song “If This Bus Could Talk” in its honor.

“It was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it, and the bank had no business lending me the money, ’cause all I owned was a little pickup and my guitar. But I knew if I owned my bus, we could keep doing this, keep bringing the music to the people!” He says.

“I always thought it was important, no matter what happened, to keep Moby on the road.” he explains. “He’s seen it all, and it reminds me and the guys who’ve been here from the beginning where we came from. Right now some of the No Shoes Radio folks and the tech people are riding it, but we park it right up front…and everybody who walks by just smiles.”

Source: Taste Of Country

Little Big Town Team With Faith Hill On Billboard Music Awards

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Chris

Little Big Town performed “Girl Crush” with Faith Hill on the Billboard Music Awards last night.

Carrie Underwood’s Men

Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by Chris

Now that the Nashville Predators are no longer in the NHL playoffs Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher is spending more time at home and that means more time with their son, Isaiah.

Yesterday he posted this picture of his little man:

Me and my little man #lifeisgood

A photo posted by Mike Fisher (@mfisher1212) on

As for Carrie, she’s been MIA for the most part since giving birth but, she’s been working on new music and is getting ready to start playing live again. “Played some of the new music this morning for little Isaiah and he smiled from ear to ear the whole time,” she recently tweeted. And, she’s got a June festival date on her tour calendar.

Sugarland Stays On Hold

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Chris

Jennifer Nettles will return to the studio on Monday (May 18) and start work on a new album after a short run on Broadway in ‘Chicago The Musical’. It will be her second solo album.

A new solo album for her means she and Sugarland partner Kristian Bush will wait longer before refocusing on the band, which they’ve both said will happen at some point.

She released her debut solo album ‘That Girl’ in January 2014. Kristian released his, ‘Southern Gravity’, last month.

Source: Taste Of Country

Darius Rucker Surprises Veteran With New Home

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Chris

Darius Rucker is known for giving his time and money to various charities, most notably his Darius and Friends annual benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But he took his generosity to a new level on the Today show this week when he surprised a veteran with a brand new home.

The gift is one of 11 homes he will be giving to veterans on his ‘Southern Style’ tour this summer through the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Source: Taste Of Country

$10,000 or Quick Cat Cash?

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by brent

You have a decision to make at 9, 11, 1, 3, and 5 every weekday… “Will I take $98 in Quick Cat Cash or go into the draw down for $10,000?”  On Sunday May 31 at Milton Chevrolet someone will take home $10K.  Chloe Channell will be performing a set at 130p and the Draw Down will be at 2p.

What makes this time so special is you are eligible to win the $98 or go into the drawdown every seven days!!

Plus, everyone who chooses to go in for the drawdown is also eligible to win a JD Haas Dream Trip to the CMA Music Fest in Nashville from MCA Nashville (You must be present to win).

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Blake And Miranda Celebrate Fourth Anniversary

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by Chris

Happy anniversary to country music’s leading couple, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton! Today is their fourth wedding anniversary. They were married May 14, 2011 at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas.

Do you remember the night Blake says he fell for her? It was 2005 and they were singing “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” during the CMT 100 Greatest Duets concert.

“I was a married guy, you know, standing up there going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening,’” he said during her Behind the Music special on VH1. “Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her right there onstage.”

Source: Taste Of Country