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Aly Sutton is a Country Music Artist who can really rock your boots off! Aly was raised in Marietta and attended the University of Georgia where she was a Football Cheerleader for the Dawgs. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and modeled as a Barker Beauty on the famous game show, "The Price Is Right." In 2006, Ms. Sutton returned to the South to focus on her singing career and claimed Nashville as her home. Aly performed at the Mtn. Country Music Festival along side of Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, and Jeff Foxworthy. Ms. Sutton soon became the Brand Ambassador for The Great Tasting Chili From Music City, Vietti Chili! Aly was called back to the television screen and made an appearance in "One Tree Hill" on The CW. Aly then starred in two films, "PromiseLand" and "Feast of the Vampires." You can see Aly every Wednesday night at Music City Roots, live from The Loveless Café, and sponsored by Vietti Chili. Follow what she is up to lately on Twitter. Also, make sure and check out Facebook for Aly's upcoming shows and projects.
Music City Roots
About Music City Roots Moments:
Special Live Cuts From Season One
Released in partnership with anchor sponsor Vietti Chili, Music City Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One vinyl was produced at Nashville’s own United Record Pressing. The 11-song collection is high style – with brown speckled vinyl, laser etched art on side four, bonus photos and expanded liner notes – and is part of a limited 500 unit pressing.
Known as an enthralling sonic document of the inaugural season of Nashville’s admired roots/Americana radio show, the anthology features live cuts from Jim Lauderdale, 18 South, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Nanci Griffith, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, Scott Miller, Caitlin Rose, Charlie Louvin, The Black Lillies and Mike Farris with the McCrary Sisters. Sam Bush, Lauderdale and friends close the album with a rousing Loveless Jam of “Up On Cripple Creek.”
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Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe
Broadcasting authentic artistry in roots and Americana to the world, every Wednesday night.
Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure.
Every Wednesday night at 7:00 Central, four or five guest artists perform to audience of 300-600 people in a beautiful barn at the historic Loveless Cafe, reaching the world via Livestream.com and flagship radio partner Lightning 100, WRLT-FM. Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from our musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale, and interview guy Craig Havighurst.
Over more than 100 shows, MCR has featured a remarkable array of innovative artists who define the canon of Americana and the new independent folk and roots music explosion, including: The Civil Wars, Sam Bush, Abigail Washburn, Pokey LaFarge, Tristen, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, The Defibulators, The Black Lillies, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare Jr., The Infamous Stringdusters, Malcolm Holcombe, Apache Relay, The Milk Carton Kids, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Emmitt-Nershi Band, Frontier Ruckus, Guy Davis, Sarah Jarosz, Foster & Lloyd, The Kopecky Family Band, Johnny Corndawg, Spirit Family Reunion, Ron Sexsmith, The Band of Heathens, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Jerry Douglas, Riders In The Sky, Kim Richey, Dale Watson, Chuck Mead, J.D. Souther, Tim O’Brien, Randall Bramblett and Mountain Heart.
The show’s success is built on a core value: respect for artists and artistry. The show takes every effort to make the artists’ experience an exceptional one, from the quality on-stage sound to a catered dinner to a complimentary DVD of their performance the night of the show. That affection translates into the best possible performances and widens the family circle that the show aims to cultivate. Tune in or come visit us. Celebrate the greats and discover your next favorite band on Music City Roots: Live From the Loveless Cafe.
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. As their releases prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard.
Vocally, the trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith are tighter than ever, cutting loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion. As an instrumental unit, The Grascals have never sounded sharper, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. As a result, their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned Grammy® nominations for three of their releases (THE GRASCALS, 2005; LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES, 2006; LIFE FINDS A WAY, 2013) for Best Bluegrass Album.
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, its Instrumental Group of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013), the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.
For those who know them, the quick emergence of the group came as no surprise, for these are musicians whose roots and crossed paths reach back over more than two decades in bluegrass ensembles like the Osborne Brothers, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, the Sidemen and New Tradition. Their roots can also be traced back to Nashville’s larger musical community, where The Grascals have been able to draw on legends like Bobby Osborne, George Jones, Vince Gill, The Jordanaires, Steve Wariner, Lloyd Green, Paul Craft and others for songs and for performances in the studio, on stage (including multiple guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry), and for national television appearances, including on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS’s Early Show, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Thanks to those experiences and those friendships, The Grascals embody a profound grasp of and familiarity with country and bluegrass tradition that made them a natural choice for Dolly Parton to turn to for recording and tour support not long after the group was created in 2004. The group continues to push the envelope and, in 2010, The Grascals joined The Rowdy Friends Tour, traveling far and wide with Hank Williams, Jr., playing before huge crowds, expanding their fan base and exposing new audiences to the diverse and unique “BluGrascals” sound.
Whether being light-hearted and jovial or soul-searching and reflective, The Grascals are at the very top of their game. Though it is still – at least in bluegrass terms – a new group, the web of friendships, band memberships, recordings and personal appearances that binds The Grascals together has produced an ensemble of unsurpassed cohesion and focused artistic direction. Whether in the studio or on stage, The Grascals honor the past and forge into the future, bringing fresh yet familiar sounds to the bluegrass world and beyond.
Volunteer String Band
The Volunteer String Band is fronted by one of the most singular vocalists in music today, Travis Stinson. The VSB has been a staple of the Music City scene for over 15 years and can be heard everywhere from Nashville's famous Lower Broadway, to the cavernous depths of Bluegrass Underground, to the barn stage of Music City Roots, and even the tent stages of Bonnaroo. The VSB style is to play anything regardless of genre, whether it is timeless bluegrass songs, original tunes, or raucous covers of artists such as the Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, or Gnarles Barkley. The Volunteer String Band brings an energy and joy to their live shows that transcends labels. Speaking of labels, when not out on the road playing authentic music for fans everywhere, Travis Stinson and his Volunteer String Band enjoy nothing more than a bowl of All Natural Vietti Chili.
In April 2011, Allison and Krystal Steel combined their love for singing to become the mother-daughter country music duo, 2Steel Girls. They performed their first show ever at the legendary Bluebird Cafe’ in Nashville, TN. with Aaron, (son/brother) on guitar & Todd (Dad) on drums! And that decision has turned out to be more influential in their career and lives than either of them could have imagined.
Less than 12 months after their first show, talent scouts found the duo online via YouTube and scheduled them for a private audition for NBC’s, The Voice. 2Steel Girls go down in history as the first mother-daughter duo to ever compete on The Voice.
In March 2013 something completely unexpected happened. Allison casually mentioned on Facebook that 2Steel Girls would love to perform on the Today Show. A Facebook fan they did not know saw the post and started a fan page called, “Get 2Steel Girls on the Today Show”. In just 8 days over 1,000 2Steel Girls fans had joined the page and began petitioning the Today Show requesting the show invite the girls to perform. Within 3 weeks Today Show producers contacted the girls and asked them to perform on their Mother’s Day special. On May 10, 2013 the independent artists released their debut single, ‘Train Wreck’ on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
They released their CD, 'Train Wreck on August 10th, 2013. There has been an overwhelming positive response and excitement about this project. Not only is it a great album, but the girls wrote and co-wrote every song with their family and some very talented Nashville songwriters as well!
The Girls have been featured on GAC.com (Great American Country), named a country favorite on NBC’s, Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine and MTV, as well as newspapers and magazines locally, nationally and internationally.
2Steel Girls love to interact with their fans. Go to www.2steelgirls.com, sign up for their email and keep up with this amazing Country Duo as they rise to stardom.
After 10 years of singing together in church, 2Steel Girls, mother-daughter country music duo performed their very first show at the legendary Bluebird Cafe' in Nashville with their family band. They had no idea that day how quickly doors would open for them to pursue their dreams. They auditioned for NBC's, The Voice and joined Blake Shelton's team being the only mother-daughter duo to ever compete on the show. After the show they wrote for their debut CD and fans joined them in an initiative to release their first single on NBC's, Today Show. Due to the overwhelming dedication of their fans in only three weeks Producers of the show called asking them to perform. The Girls have been featured on GAC, Rolling Stone Magazine, MTV, as well as newspapers and magazines internationally. Connect at www.2SteelGirls.com and get to know this dynamic duo on their rise to stardom.
Following in the footsteps of many legendary country music artists, Norwegian-American singer/songwriter, J.C. Andersen, now calls Nashville, Tennessee his home.
Since his start, he's shared the bill with artists such as Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Joe Nichols, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Brad Paisley, and Trace Adkins.
You may know him as one of the lucky six national finalists on the hit T.V. show, “The Next GAC Star”, where he was crowned second runner-up on the live finale.
Along with his high-octane band, J.C. Andersen continues to tour internationally, bringing his cool flavor of alternative country to the masses. For more on J.C., check out www.jcandersen.com.
Jason Lee McKinney
Jason Lee McKinney, a two-time nationally signed recording artist, is a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter. Blending an underdone musical style full of equal parts trained prowess and an almost out-of-control, aggressive energy attitude, McKinney creates soaring sing-along hook melodies. With lyrics that are raw and raucous yet reflective and radiant, McKinney simultaneously weaves a narrative that is uniquely his and every man’s story. Drawing in the crowd during his live shows, McKinney's engaging personality shines through his music and allows him to make fans for life, not just a moment.
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is an example of musical sincerity. Weaving together collective and individual influences without compromise, they are as much themselves as they are a unit—a crucial trait of landmark instrumental ensembles. Equally captivating is steel pannist and founder Jonathan Scales’ compositional skill as is his tasteful, avant-garde improvisational approach.
Driftwood Magazine says "Scales is to steel pans...what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator." Drummer and percussionist Phill Bronson drives the Fourchestra’s time-shifting, modern grooves with graceful polyrhythmic chops and the listening ability of a true master. (His talent has been praised by Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Ellie Mannette, and others.) Bassist Cody Wright, the group’s newest addition, rounds out the ensemble with a groundbreaking hybrid picking style stemming from his background as a highly practiced fusion guitarist. With gut-wrenching grooves and blistering, soulful melodic lines, Wright’s mix of flash and feel adds a unique depth to the Fourchestra.
Together, the group explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much felt as it is heard, and is said to have "a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works." (Pan on the Net) The group’s self-titled debut collaborative album features unparalleled sonic density and envelope-pushing compositions. Guest collaborators include Grammy winning masters Victor Wooten and Howard Levy (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones) and is fully orchestrated with horns and strings.
Nashville-based country singer, M Callahan, has toured venues ranging from the smallest honkytonks to the esteemed Country Music Hall Of Fame. His music has been compared to such artist as Tim McGraw, Merle Haggard and the legendary George Jones. Callahan’s debut album “Trailer Park Paradise” was recently selected as a top ten best country record by The Digital Journal. His songs can be heard on radio stations across America as well as in Europe where the single “Baptized By Your Love” climbed to the number five spot on the country charts. When Callahan’s not busy singing you’ll find him relaxing with a hot bowl of Vietti Chili! Go to www.mcallahanmusic.com to check out his latest music, news and tour dates.
Nashville (by way of Chicago) troubadour Ryan Joseph Anderson paid his rock n’ roll dues as the bandleader for roots outfit Go Long Mule, guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man, and touring musician for a variety of artists. His influences as a songwriter range from country blues to psychedelic folk. Check out Ryan’s debut LP, The Weaver’s Broom, along with exclusive videos and tour dates at www.ryanjosephanderson.com.
Sam Lewis is connecting the dots. Whether crossing genres or state lines, he has pieced together a story people need to hear. Following an appearance on Nashville’s Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst noted, “Beyond the honeyed voice and sparking band (guitar hero Kenny Vaughan included), Sam stood out for his songs, which had that been-here-forever quality. It’s no wonder this guy’s generating buzz… He sings a little like Van Morrison, making it Americana with a groovy twist. Welcome to Nashville. More of this please.”
Since her debut in 2007, Shannon Wurst has firmly established herself at the intersection of everyman folk and Americana rooted in the traditions of Kasey Chambers, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton.
A 2011 review by Jivewired described Wurst’s sound as that of “backpack‐wearing broken‐heart balladry” with “a bittersweet honesty that reads like a musical diary” cut by a sense of “wide‐eyed optimism infused with a charming levity.” By turns plaintive and playful, her songs w ade into the deep waters of lost love, winding rivers and small‐town gossip. She is currently touring in support of her fourth solo release, Lionheart Love.
The charming and adventurous Vespers were born when the Jones brothers met the Cryar sisters through the music community in their home town of Nashville. The result is a fresh and exciting chemistry that blends glowing harmonies, acoustic virtuosity and fiery power. They’re veterans of Music City Roots, Bluegrass Underground and thousands of miles of touring. But mostly they’re great songwriters who deliver deep emotion on record and on stage.
The Kate Hasting Band
Kate Hasting, Josh Beale, Jonathan Womacks
Like any great journey, the road leading to the Kate Hasting Band was filled with twists and turns...
When Kate, a farm-raised female singer-songwriter from Ohio; Josh a rhythmic acoustic guitarist from Wisconsin; and Jonathan, an experienced electric guitarist also from Ohio found themselves at the same intersection, so to speak, the result was pure harmony! Writing and performing separately for years, it was the unlikely crossing of three paths and three very different backgrounds that led to creating the band’s trademark melodies and lyrics.
It didn’t take long for the Kate Hasting Band to establish a hometown following in Southwest Ohio and beyond. Today, their popularity has crossed state lines, and even continents—winning the hearts of fans as far away as Japan and Lebanon. The Kate Hasting Band has toured the Midwest—playing the Ohio State Fair, Mayfly Music Fest, Country Blast Fest, Yuengling Brews, Bands, & BBQ Fest, Columbus Commons Downtown Live, and countless fairs, festivals, and music venues. They have performed the National Anthem for Vanderbilt University, opened for Kellie Pickler, Sunny Ledfurd, Love & Theft, Randy Houser, Craig Morgan, Colt Ford, and more.
Nashville is now “home” for the Kate Hasting Band, and it’s where they create much of their new music. When they’re not writing our on tour, you’ll find them performing at Writer’s Rounds, or playing hot spots around Music City.
To see and hear Kate, Josh, and Jonathan, you are reminded of how unconventional they really are. They have approached the music industry much like they play their shows—with originality and a unique energy. They consider themselves blessed to have written and performed with legendary Country music singers and songwriters that have helped to shape their style. The band has been described as delivering fans a “visual smorgasbord with a five-star music experience”. Helping round out their appeal are Bassist Justin Ferwerda and Drummer, Cameron Smith who joined the ranks in early 2013.
The past year has been remarkable to say the least. The Kate Hasting Band received industry recognition as a SESAC Artist of the Month, and performed on The Billy Block Show in Nashville. Perhaps most importantly, 2013 marked the release of “Country Music”, the band’s newest EP recorded with Grammy-winning Producer Chad Carlson and Rob McNelley in Nashville. The EP embodies the rich, industrial sound Kate, Josh, and Jonathan traveled so many roads to find and finally create together! To learn more about the Kate Hasting Band, visit: www.katehasting.com
Kassie Jordan is one of the hardest working girls in music around Nashville and a force to be reckoned with. She and her band will instantly grab your interest and refuse to let it go with an eclectic mix of country, rock, and even the occasional rap thrown in for good measure.
Growing up in Lancaster, South Carolina, Kassie began singing at a very young age. At first she sang in the choir at church and festivals. By the age of 11 she sang at the Myrtle Beach Opry and continued to do so until she was 16. She has also sung the National Anthem at a few NBA games and multiple college and high school sporting events. She has always been a huge Patsy Cline fan, singing her stuff since she was little.
“She had such a pure voice,” says Kassie. “Singers now over-sing so much; they just scream high notes at you and stress you out, haha. Singers like Patsy Cline, who just...sang, they are hard to find these days.” She also cites Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller as big influences in her writing.
As a student at USC in Lancaster, Kassie further pursued her music career by coming to Nashville for various conventions, festivals, record meetings and competitions. She had the support of her family throughout it all. Her father asked locals for advice on which college would be best if she wanted to intern on Music Row. They kept hearing about Belmont, and so she decided to make the move to Nashville. After graduating from Belmont, Kassie took a short break from music to save money. Three years ago she got back into the game all on her own, which is no easy feat. These days she is doing the music thing full time. While difficult, it is what she loves, and so it is worth all the trouble and hard times.
According to Kassie, “I’ve made some great friends here in Nashville, so I wouldn’t change a thing lookin’ back. And I’m finally starting to get somewhere with my own music, which is nice. Singing cover music is fun, but it’s nothing like singing songs you wrote and watching people actually enjoy it. Best feeling in the world.” Besides singing she recently began recording commercial voice-overs for Hasbro Toys, Inc. doing jingles. “The most interesting commercial I did was a Kazoo track for a toy from Toy Story 3. It was awesome. I could finally call myself a professional Kazoo player!”
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A lot has been said and written about the youthful zest and powerhouse vocals of Shelly Bush. She’s already been called one of the hottest female country vocalists and entertainers to ever come out of Missouri. Shelly’s high energy, show stopping live performances and non-stop touring has garnered her a mass amount of media attention and an ever growing fan base. Shelly has been described as the “real deal” performing over 250 shows a year across the globe while selling thousands of cd’s off the stage over the last several years and that was before music enthusiasts, country radio DJ’s and industry insiders even had an opportunity to listen to her music.
Growing up an only child in a small rural town in central Missouri, Shelly knew when she was only five years old that she wanted to sing. She would stand in the middle of her bed with a hairbrush as a microphone and sing songs by Reba and Alabama as she put on concerts for her family. Raised on country, gospel and rock music, Shelly taught herself how to play piano by the time she was six. While growing up singing in Church and school music competitions, her love of performing grew. Shelly credits her love of music to her parents who spent many years driving her around the country to sing. "My parents put over 400,000 miles on their car so I could sing at any place we could find. In fact, one time we drove 500 miles to Nashville so I could sing at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree and then we turned around and drove right back home". By the time Shelly was a teenager, she was cutting her teeth on Missouri's fertile music scene playing the club and Opry show circuit.
While in high school Shelly won a guitar in a drawing from a local music store and started writing her own songs. After graduating from college with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology Shelly immediately moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Fortunate enough to have a day job working for the U.S. Postal Service when she arrived in Nashville, Shelly started honing her musical craft by performing on the local club scene almost every night. Shortly after that her talent and perseverance paid off as she spent the next couple of years touring with major label artist Michael Peterson as his opening act.
Shelly has been warming up audiences for many National acts ever since including Zac Brown, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift to name a few and has had the coveted spot of singing the National Anthem at a handful of Nascar Races and she has even garnered the high profile slot of a couple of live television appearances in front of millions of viewers at home during her performance of the national anthem before the Nascar races at the Michigan Motor Speedway.
Shelly has recorded 8 independent albums and 3 of the albums were released on L & M records in Ireland and received lots of airplay throughout Europe. She even had a chart topping song called “The Note” that was number 1 for five weeks on the Texas chart, The Roots Music Report. While writing most of the songs on all of her albums, Shelly has had the opportunity to co-write with some the industries most seasoned and well known writers including Larry Alderman and Buck Moore. Shelly has had the pleasure of working with legendary producer Barry Beckett and well known country music icon Dick Frank. Shelly has garnered airplay on almost every radio station in Missouri as well as the Buck Owens radio station KUZZ in Bakersfield CA, and Nashville’s legendary WSM 650 am and even received a rave review by Bob Oermann in Music Row Magazine.
Several years ago Shelly formed an all girl band called broadBAND. The chemistry was instant and they have already made a name for themselves playing over 250 shows a year from standing room only crowds on the local club scene in Nashville to an abundant amount of growing fans on the club, casino, and fair circuits across America including the National Finals Rodeo week in Las Vegas to high profile festival dates like Country USA. They have landed the opportunity to share the stage with many major acts including Sara Evans, Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Eddie Money to name a few.
Recently Shelly and broadBAND have been in the recording studio working with well known producer Russ Zavitson. They also just shot their first video with Russ to one of the songs they recorded called “Why can’t you forgive me.” Shelly has been test driving some of the new songs she wrote to vast audiences out on the road. The response has been overwhelming. “Music is a gift that I am thankful for everyday. It’s a fun and exciting road. I am grateful for all the friendships and personal collaborations I have had along the way.” With Shelly’s own dreams taking root, she credits her strength and inspiration to her parents. Shelly’s greatest love is when she takes the stage and performs.
Grand Master Fiddler Championship
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the premier fiddle contest of its kind in the United States since 1972. Held annually in Nashville, TN, many Champions enjoy successful careers with major country music stars, and some go on to form their own bands. Fiddlers such as Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, and Alison Krauss are past participants.
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship Inc. is organized as a Tennessee nonprofit and U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. The corporation's main focus is on promoting and holding the annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship competition. As a 501(c)(3) entity, all donations and monies we take in are fully tax deductible and we welcome your support to promote and educate about fiddling. Fund-raising efforts are being planned so that the company can expand the competition and support activities to add more education, events and activities to further the awareness about fiddling.
The Founder and driving force behind the Grand Master Fiddle Championship was of course Dr. Perry F. Harris, affectionately known to musicians far and wide as "Doc Harris". Doc spent untold hours making the contest the Premier Fiddle Contest in the World.
"This is not the sound of an emerging artist, but really the sound of an accomplished artist, from whom other singer-songwriters should pay serious attention to."
-Scott Kahn with MusicPlayers.com
Jessica Rae’s sound is as unique and infectious as her laugh. When you leave one of her gigs you know you've heard something entirely her own, something much better than "sounds like". Her music brings your heart and attention to the stage, knowing that here is an artist who can quiet bar chatter with a song, and a smile that can mesmerize, and charm, an unready audience.
World renowned photographer, Marc Hauser, known for his documentary photographic style of capturing legends before they are legends, features Jessica Rae regularly and invited her to write the introduction for his newly released book, "3 Decades of Portraits".
Jessica Rae has performed at NYC's The Bitter End, Joe's on Weed St. in Chicago, at Hard Rock Cafés nationwide and has toured extensively throughout the Midwest and Florida. Jessica Rae has been asked to sing the National Anthem at many major sporting events including one of the Chicago Bulls Playoff Games in April 2012. Jessica Rae has shared the stage with Pat Benatar, Brantley Gilbert, Josh Kelley, Guy Clark, Roger McGuinn, Radney Foster, Keith Anderson, Glen Phillips, David Ball and nationally recognized songwriter, Jeffrey Steele. She has performed at the 2010 Milwaukee Summerfest, the world's largest music festival. Jessica Rae’s, “The Trumpet Song”, nominated by popular vote, was featured as the first track on the Emerging Artist Compilation CD. Jessica Rae independently released two music videos, featuring her songs "I Could Get Used To This" and “24 Hour Church (in Memphis)”, both being featured on The Country Network, reaching 30M homes in 42 markets. This past September, Jessica Rae hosted the “Breaking Out” series for TCN that aired for 3 weeks. In 2009, she was selected to be a “Rising Star” on the PBS Television show, Legends & Lyrics. You can hear Jessica Rae on many regional and national commercials, including those for McDonalds, Buick, Allstate, Seaworld, Hallmark, Kellogg’s, and Guardian.
Jessica Rae continues to strive to help those in need. She contributes her time and talent to Musicians On Call, SmileTrain, Hemophiliac Association, and most recently the National Eating Disorders Association.
This mother-daughter team, along with their ‘Mama Tried Band,’ will astound you. With deep-rooted traditional influences, The Taylors keep the sound of traditional country music alive blended with just enough of a modern twist to satisfy present-day crooners. Daughter Amanda has one of the most beautiful and distinctive voices you’ll ever hear, while her mother Paula Jo not only adds those close family harmonies but also plays incredible lead guitar. So much that she not only easily puts her male counterparts to shame but she was recently featured in Guitar World Magazine in the article “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know.”
Not only will The Taylors mesmerize you with their music, but their comedy will keep you in stitches. Mom, Paula Jo is not only an incredible lead guitar player but she is also a songwriter especially blessed with the gift of writing comedy songs and has had several of her songs cut by major label artists such as Clinton Gregory and comedy artist Cledus T. Judd. She has had her songs played by comedy DJ’s Bob and Tom among others. Paula Jo continues to play lead guitar for Roni Stoneman of the famed television show, Hee Haw. She also plays for comedy artist Cledus T. Judd and she has performed with them respectfully on various venues to include CMA Music Fest in Nashville, The Warner Brothers showcase stage, Song of the Mountains TV show and a TV pilot show for Comedy Central. Paula Jo has played lead guitar for several other artists as well including Jeannie C. Riley, Billy Jo Spears and Georgette Jones, the daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette among others.
Born into a musical family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, both Taylors began performing at a very early age. From the age of seven Paula Jo began performing on her dad, Joe Taylor’s live radio show as well as large concert parks opening for everybody including Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr. and many others. During junior high school Paula Jo branched off playing lead guitar and fronting her own band working with such artists as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and Alabama. Later she co-hosted a television variety show with her dad Joe Taylor that was broadcast weekly on PBS.
Daughter Amanda plays the more serious side of this duo. A graduate of the prestigious Belmont University in Nashville, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business Administration. After watching her family on stage for many years, when Amanda was a mere 13 years old, she decided it was time to join in and continue the family legacy. She began to make guest appearances with her mom’s band and by high school was their lead singer. “I was always playing in bars on the weekends throughout high school and had to be escorted to the bathroom,” says Amanda with a laugh, “it wasn’t exactly the typical high school experience, I skipped my prom to do a gig, but I wouldn’t do it any other way because it has all prepared me and lead me to living out my dream.” Throughout her college career she worked hard to play gigs, write songs and “pay her dues,” in the Nashville bars and famous Broadway honkytonks. She has performed in Las Vegas Nevada and has opened for artists including Gretchen Wilson, Bryan White, David Ball and others.
The Taylor's can be seen in the television show Changing Seasons to be aired Christmas of 2012 on the Hallmark Channel. They have both individually and collectively opened for and worked behind many artists to include Taylor Swift, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Lone Star, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and many more. The Taylors are known to leave their audiences wanting more and they are sure to be a hit with you. You can catch these two ladies at: facebook.com/thetaylorsduo