For his fourth album, Keep ‘Em on They Toes, Brent Cobb is giving his songs the space they need to speak for themselves, a reflection of his own decision to write about the way he sees the world.
“My last couple of albums have been about people and places, and I wanted this album to be about thoughts and feelings,” he says. “I think it’s pretty easy to look around and see what’s going on in the world. With my heroes and the people that I listen to, it seems like the natural progression for me.”
Yet at his core, Cobb still writes country songs, so there’s a continuity between Keep ‘Em on They Toes and past projects like 2016’s Shine on Rainy Day (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and 2018’s Providence Canyon, named for a gorge near his hometown of Ellaville, Georgia. After living in Los Angeles and Nashville to develop his music career, Cobb and his family moved back to Georgia a few years ago – a decision that he says absolutely affected his songwriting.
“It’s funny because the last two albums were about me growing up in Georgia, and now we’re back here,” he says. “I’m not writing about missing it anymore, so the songs are coming from within now. It’s not a longing for home, it’s what I think about now that I live down here.”
Cobb and members of his band recorded the project in Durham, North Carolina, with producer Brad Cook. “All of his records sound so sparse, but there’s a lot of space being taken up at the same time,” Cobb says. Inspired by the spaciousness of classic country albums like Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1977 LP, Country Memories, the new project allows the listener to hear everything that’s going on, yet the songs remain the star of the show.
Throughout Keep ‘Em on They Toes, Cobb is diplomatic rather than political – although he’s been told numerous times over the years that artists shouldn’t voice their opinions. He disputes that notion. “I’m a songwriter for a living,” he says. “My job is to write about what I see and think and feel and hear.”
Cobb and his wife Layne co-wrote the title track as if imparting wisdom to their newborn son, yet he believes that anybody can get on board with its message: “The best thing you can do / When the ignorance shows / Is walk on to your own beat / Keep ‘em on they toes.” Cobb says he wrote most of the other songs around that song. But… They Toes? “That’s just how country folks talk,” he says.
Next, in “Shut Up and Sing,” he reflects on the relationship between artists and social media followers with a clash of fiddle and harmonica conveying the static of two differing opinions. That’s followed by a simple country song called “Good Times and Good Love,” which he co-wrote with longtime buddy Luke Bryan (who also plays piano on the track). What ties these two songs together, Cobb believes, is the notion that nothing is going to last forever. Why not enjoy the time we have left?
Still, the obligations of adulthood add a sense of dry humor to “Sometimes I’m a Clown,” while “This Side of the River” serves as a mature reflection on this time in his life. And for those who feel the need to tell him – and everybody else – how to live, he poetically brushes them off with “Dust Under My Rug.”
Yet there isn’t a preachy component to Keep ‘Em on They Toes. Instead it captures the mindset of a man who values a simpler time despite living in a modern world. One of the album’s liveliest songs, “Soap Box,” was written by Cobb and his father, Patrick Cobb, who instilled an early love of music and songwriting into his son. Nikki Lane provides a “perfectly imperfect” harmony part, giving the track a cool, casual vibe.
In contrast, Cobb built the track of “When You Go” around his acoustic guitar, underscoring the song’s message of letting go of unnecessary things. “It’s like, man, we’ve only got one life. A lot of things are important, and of course we’ve got a world to leave behind for our kids to inherit, but we ain’t gonna be able take some of the things with us. We need to maybe not sweat the small stuff,” he explains.
While “The World Is Ending” fits into the overall feel of the album (not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic), it’s actually from 2011, written in response to those who predicted a doomsday when the Mayan calendar ran out in 2012. The cosmic imagery of the song is contrasted with the down-home life he portrays in “Little Stuff,” the final track on the album as well as Cobb’s personal favorite.
“It fits because — I’ll be honest with you — over the last couple of years I’ve eaten a lot of mushrooms. I’ve had a crazy experience on mushrooms about how connected everything is,” he says. “I actually went down to a little creek and tripped. I thought, ‘All we’re here to do is sit and watch the sun rise and set, for as long as we’re here.’ You’ve got your opinion, I’ve got mine, but what I think is really important is taking a trip to the river and getting right with whatever your center is.”
Even so, Cobb forges a personal connection throughout Keep ‘Em on They Toes, just as his musical heroes have done before him.
“To me, listening to this album feels like I’m sitting there with somebody, having a conversation,” Cobb says. “I would hope that it feels like sitting with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. There’s nothing like being alone and listening to an album that is quiet and conversational – like those old records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, or Willie Nelson. I hope my music is that way to somebody now.”
Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than a decade, Adam Hood has left his mark onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes soul, country, and American roots music into the same package.
It’s a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started playing hometown shows as a 16 year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He’d perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his set list with songs by John Hiatt, Steve Warner, Hank Williams Jr, and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in Alabama, but across the entire country, where Hood still plays around 100 shows annually.
These days, though, he’s no longer putting his own stamp on the songs of chart-topping country stars. Instead, many of those acts are playing his music.
Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Frankie Ballard, Josh Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack, and Brent Cobb are among the dozens of artists who’ve recorded Hood’s songs. An in- demand songwriter, he signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville and producer Dave Cobb’s Low Country Sound in 2016, while still maintaining a busy schedule of tour dates in support of his third solo release, Welcome to the Big World. Two years later, he continues the balancing act with his newest album, Somewhere in Between.
A showcase for both his frontman abilities and songwriting chops, Somewhere in Between also shines a light on Hood’s strength as a live act. He recorded most of the album live at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios over two quick days. Teaming up with producer Oran Thornton (Angaleena Presley’s Wrangled, Miranda Lambert’s Revolution) along the way, their goal was to create something that reflected the raw, real sound of his concerts, where overdubs and unlimited takes are never an option. Also joining Hood in the studio were bassist Lex Price, guitarist and co-writing partner Pat McLaughlin, and drummer Jerry Roe, all of whom captured their parts in a handful of live performances. Hood tracked his vocals at the same time. Stripped free of studio trickery and lushly layered arrangements, Somewhere in Between is an honest, story-driven record — the sort of album that relies on craft, not gloss, to pack its punch.
It’s also an album that finds Hood telling his own story. A dedicated family man, he wrote “Locomotive" after watching his young daughter develop her motor skills while playing with a set of blocks. A road warrior, he penned songs like “Downturn" about a life filled with wanderlust and long drives from gig to gig. A native Alabaman who still lives in the Yellowhammer State, he celebrates America’s rural pockets with “Keeping Me Here" and “Real Small Town," two songs that fill their verses with images of main streets, open landscapes, hard times, and good people.
Somewhere in Between may be autobiographical but there’s a universal appeal to this music. A true blue-collar songwriter, Hood shines a light on the everyday experiences — from family to friends to the thrill of Friday nights — that we all appreciate. It’s extraordinary music about ordinary lives, performed with conviction by a man who continues to balance a critically acclaimed solo career with his commercial successes as a songwriter.
“It’s southern music," he says, grouping Somewhere in Between’s wide range of music under an appropriate banner. “That’s what it represents: the soulful side of southern music, the country side of southern music, the genuineness of southern culture, and the way I grew up. One of the t-shirts I sell at every show simply says ‘Southern songs’ and that’s a good summary of what I do. It’s what I’ve always done."
If it’s true that an artist’s job is to captivate us for however long they have asked for our attention no one has looked away from Eric Erdman since he first took the stage to front a band. Maybe that is because there is nothing between Eric and his audience, between Eric and the world. He lets it all in and what comes back is a poet’s soul in a troubadour’s voice. Face to face with the crowds, singing of the challenges facing the youth, the country, and the heartbroken have fueled four albums, constant gigging that included three international USO tours, and only seared in Eric’s need to write about what he sees, what he feels. He’s penned a theme song for a nationally televised show, produced every genre from big band to country because you can’t pigeonhole a true artist. You can’t slow them down. He hears what a song should sound like before it’s really a song. Actor Bruce Greenwood speaks of Eric’s inspiration that makes the musicians on his projects “as emotionally involved” as he is, his guitar work, “stunning and specific” pulling the listener “inside the song”.
His new record gives us something to think about and something to feel. While that’s not unusual from an Eric Erdman project it does seem to have brought together everything he does and knows well, offering us even deeper insight into ourselves and others and Eric.
It’s not like we don’t know him.
American Songwriter Magazine said that, “Abe Partridge has established himself as one of the most respected songwriters and visual folk artists in the southeast.” He released his second full-length release, Cotton Fields and Blood For Days, in January 2018 to rave reviews and substantial airplay on Americana radio. It landed Partridge a lengthy feature in The Bitter Southerner and the album was chosen to be one of their top 30 albums of 2018. Ranging from the earthy to the surreal, from the spiritual light to the depths of depression, Partridge draws listeners in with a combination of southern gothic storytelling, dark humor and gripping intensity. Savannah Morning News said, “The singer/songwriter has emerged in the last two years as a tour-de-force of a live act, with the DNA of folk heroes named Townes, Bob and John, combined with his own unique perspective of rock ‘n’ roll and his Southern homeland.” Partridge made his debut at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, July 2018 and brought the house down with his passionate performance. He toured the UK and Ireland October 2019 in support of David Ford. He also toured the Netherlands and Belgium November of 2018 and 2019. He performed at the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa, Florida, in January of 2019 and 2020 along with performers such as John Prine, Tanya Tucker, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, Shawn Mullins, and many more.
Over the past 20 years, Harrison McInnis has performed in the very recognizable music scene of Mobile, Alabama. As lead singer of the Harrison McInnis Trio, he has had the opportunity to focus on songwriting, which offers listeners a raw and unapologetic depiction of love and life as he’s experienced it. Harrison’s original music pairs his soulful rasp with his signature guitar and harmonica riffs that create a sound listeners immediately recognize as his own. He has played solo and with his Trio in locations all along the Gulf Coast. Local fans know this bluesy balladeer from his outdoor performances at The Blues and Grooves Festival, Bayfest, 1065, and The National Shrimp Festival, amongst others. He has also played landmark venues around the Gulf Coast such as The Saenger Theater in Mobile, and Tipitinas in New Orleans. McInnis is currently touring the Southeast to promote his new album “Love Remedy” which was released in December 2017 by Baldwin County Public Records. “Love Remedy” is officially available on Spotify and iTunes for his dedicated listeners near and far.
Spend 5 minutes with Brian White and you’ll quickly figure out, he’s a passionate man. Whether it’s about his home town Cincinnati Reds baseball team, his wife, his music, or his relationship with God, there’s no denying he’s all in. A veteran of the music industry, Brian has had the success that’s rewarded by such passion. As a touring artist signed with a major record deal, he fronted the Christian rock band “Brian White & Justice” for 15 years, recording 5 projects. As a writer his songs have earned him Sixteen #1 songs, 2 Dove Awards for Song of The Year, Michael English ”Holding Out Hope To You”, The Martins “The Promise”, SESAC Country Song of The Year, Billboard’s Most Played Song of The Year, Rodney Atkins “Watching You” as well as ACM and CMA nominations. Recently “Watching You” was listed at #37 in Billboard Magazines “100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time"and also topped the chart as “The Most Played Country Song of The Decade".
With over 300 cuts to his credit, his songs have been recorded by such Christian artists Danny Gokey, Kutless, 7eventh Time Down, Avalon, Point of Grace , Mandisa, 4 Him, Larnelle Harris,, Karyn Williams, Selah, All Star United, 33 Miles, Pure NRG, Jaci Velasquez, Cliff Richard, and many more. Brian has also experienced success in the Country and Pop market with his songs being recorded by such artist as, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, The Swon Brothers, Steve Holy, Earl Scruggs, Terri Clark, Kix Brooks, Blackhawk, Canadian Country stars, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, The Lovelocks, Livy Jeanne as well as, Russian Pop Star, Avraam Russo and many others.
Brian is a frequent speaker / worship leader for conferences around the country as well as a featured clinician at songwriting seminars. When he’s off the road, he can be found playing a songwriter Round, or in the studio behind the console producing records. Brian makes his home in Nashville, TN with award winning Christian Recording Artist Karyn Williams, and writes for SB21 Music Publishing.
You don’t have to be around Karyn Williams long before you see that there is one simple word that describes her: REAL. Her faith, her smile, her heart for people, and her music. She has spent the last 8 years touring with artists like Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Mandisa, Mark Schultz, and Christian comedian Chonda Pierce, and you can catch her this Fall on the Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mac Powell Drive In Tour. She is a #1 songwriter, and best selling author of the book “The Takeaway” (HCI 2009). Follow Karyn on Instagram: @karynwilliams
Pete writes for Shakes Spear Music. He is a Grammy nominated songwriter who’s had songs in film and TV and cuts across the genres…the Pop of American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, Betty Who, and David Archuleta – the 3x Grammy winner Blues/Americana artist, Keb Mo, and in Country by Ronnie Dunn, Bucky Covington, and the hit single “Shut Up & Fish" by Maddie & Tae.
Growing up, she listened to Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, while admiring the likes of Eva Cassidy and Carole King because of their songwriting. “I was influenced by any woman that had a big voice because I wanted to be just like them. You name it – any diva – I was trying to imitate,” she says with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
A natural songwriter herself, Myles’ songs display themes of strength, perseverance and empowerment. Shaped greatly from her years as a nanny-turned-guardian to the children of a woman named Amy, who passed away from ALS, Myles writes from a deeper life perspective. More recently, Myles lost her 33 year old close cousin to brain cancer last December, which she notes had a lot of influence over her upcoming album. “Last year I had a lot of hardships and it took a lot for me to emotionally and mentally overcome, but my mission in life musically and personally has never been more clear.”
After working tirelessly to release her first album “Therapy” in January, she is ready to spread her message for the good that music can do. Showcasing power vocals and strong lyrical meaning on this new material, 2020 is sure to bring Myles’ talent to the world as a singer and a songwriter. Ready for the challenge that brings, it’s what Myles has worked for her entire life, saying “Music is my Therapy…my place of healing and happiness. I want to connect with my listeners on a deeper level so they know they are not alone. Music is our one intimate universal language.”
Ken Johnson’s songs have been recorded by many artists including; Harry Connick Jr, Uncle Kracker, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP with Tim Montana, Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, Joey and Rory, Clare Bowen and Buddy Miller, Tyler Farr, Josh Thompson, Wayne Newton, Kree Harrison, Joey and Rory, The Farm, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider and others…
Past hits include Josh Thompson’s “Beer On The Table” and Craig Morgan’s “Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone” and more recently, “You Dream I’ll Drive”, ”Summer and 16" and “White Van” all of three of which reached the #1 spot with popular Texas artist Josh Grider. Ken has written for television shows like ABC’s ”Nashville”, CMT’s “I Love Kellie Pickler” and CW’s hit show “Hart of Dixie”. New music includes the theme song to major motion picture “American Dresser” with Tim Montana and Billy Gibbons as well as Cliff Cody’s new single “On A Boat Somewhere” featured on No Shirt No Shoes radio. Ken and his wife, Andi Zack-Johnson are known as the popular children’s music duo Huck and Lilly and have released 2 albums which have produced 7 hit singles on Sirius XM “Kid’s Place Live”. Ken and Andi are also cast members of the hit television show and Ryan Seacrest production, “I Love Kellie Pickler” which has now aired for 3 seasons on CMT.
From British Columbia, Canada, Singer/Songwriter Andi Zack-Johnson has written songs recorded by artists such as Brothers Osborne, Josh Thompson, Danielle Peck, Etta Britt, Drew Gregory and others… Vince Gill recorded two of Andi’s songs with his daughter Jenny Gill for her debut album released in late 2016. She also co-wrote Josh Thompson’s smash hit, “Beer On The Table” and long time Delbert McClinton band vocalist Etta Britt’s “Make It Fast”, which was featured on Good Morning America. Look for Andi’s song “Heart Shaped Locket”on Capital recording artist, Brothers Osborne’s grammy winning debut album,Pawn Shop. Andi has also released her own CD called “Love Party”. The unique new CD features 11 songs all written on the ukelele. The project was produced by 2 time Grammy winning producer Skidd Mills along with Aerosmith keyboardist, Buck Johnson. Andi and her husband Ken Johnson are also known as the popular children’s music duo Huck and Lilly and have released 2 albums which have produced 7 hit singles on Sirius XM “Kid’s Place Live”. Ken and Andi are also cast members of the hit television show and Ryan Seacrest production, “I Love Kellie Pickler” which has now aired for 3 seasons on CMT!
Lindsey Thompson is a singer/songwriter from the gulf coast of Florida. Growing up in a home that was constantly filled with music, she learned to appreciate many different types of artists and songwriters at an early age. Lindsey began playing the piano at age 7, and by age 12, was starting to write and sing songs of her own. Recently, she had the opportunity to record her first album entitled “Inside Out” at The Sound Emporium in Nashville. Her ethereal vocals, haunting melodies, and honest lyrics create a captivating ambiance for the listener, and are the common thread throughout her writing and performance style
Chris Alvarado is a Florida native who is currently located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was invited to perform at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival, an event that draws some of the nations most accomplished Singer/Songwriters. In 2012, the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, Florida where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state of Florida. Chris was also invited by BMI to headline at the BMI Acoustic Brunch during the 2012 Florida Music Festival in front of leading music industry professionals.
He regularly shares the stage with Grammy nominated artist and songwriter, Suzi Ragsdale. He also recently toured with former Vanguard Records artist Daphne Willis. In the summer of 2012 his song “Find My Way" won 3rd place in the Dallas Songwriters Association’s “DSA Songwriting competition." In 2011, he won the prestigious award of “Best Singer/Songwriter" on the Emerald Coast, in the 3rd annual Beachcomber Music Awards, and was nominated for the same again in 2012 along with “Best Male Vocalist". This year he has been nominated for " Best Solo Artist", " Best Singer/Songwriter", and “Musician of the Year”.
His self titled album was released in 2012 to much acclaim and is available on iTunes and other major online retailers. Songs from " Chris Alvarado" are featured on Pandora Radio and have seen airplay on national web radio programs such as Indie Castle Radio and The Songwriters Network. His newest release, “Home" will be out in early April 2013 on iTunes and will be available in a limited edition Vinyl pressing. This album includes a collaboration with Angel Snow, who was named one of “Nashville’s top 12 Music Makers" and wrote several of the songs on Alison Krauss’ Grammy winning album “Paper Airplane”
Winner, 2012 Florida GRAMMY showcase
Winner, 2011 Beachcomber Music Awards
“Best Singer/Songwriter” 3rd Place in the Dallas Songwriters Association’s
2012 DSA songwriting competition
Performed 2012 BMI Acoustic Brunch at the 2012 Florida Music Festival Performed
2012 Florida Music Festival Performed, 2011, 2012, 2013 30A Songwriters Festival.
Laurie Anne Armour
Laurie Anne Armour, nicknamed LA by her friends, was raised on the shores of Mobile (Alabama) Bay in the Hollinger’s Island community. She grew up learning piano, fiddle, and woodwinds and realized her love for the guitar as a young teen. She performed in the praise band at her church, in concert and marching band at school, and as a solo artist on occasions.
LA began writing songs, performing at open mic nights, and playing gigs at coffee houses and restaurants around Mobile before she was 20. She does a wide variety of cover songs as she continues to write and perform her own originals.
Musical influences range from The Beatles to Lauren Daigle, Bonnie Raitt to Sara Jaroz, and Otis Redding to Lisa Mills.
Her solo style might be described as Contemporary Folk, with her songs drawn from and influenced by her life experiences. She sings about hope, love, passion, loss, sadness, and the strength and will to overcome, with all of it, shaded by faith.
She regularly performs with the praise band at her church and has been a Nappie Awards finalist for “Best Solo Artist" in 2016-2020. Her first EP is entitled Ebb and Flow. Her first full length album, Led by the Light, was released in March 2020.
For more information, visit her website at www.laurieannemusic.com
Few Miles South
Few Miles South is a female fronted country and roots group created by South GA raised, Blake English, and Los Angeles native, Tori Lund. The two met in 2014 while playing in an L.A. church. Tori, a classically trained singer and piano teacher, and Blake, a multi-instrumentalist and producer, connected over a shared love of country music. They began to write and record songs with intentions to shop them to other artists, but a couple years bonding with their catalog compelled them to wrangle up some local musicians and form a band. Eager to pursue music and ditch the city, Tori and Blake quit their jobs and headed south to the Georgia pines.
FMS offers a refreshing take on the traditional genre while “stick[ing] with tried and true country backroads” (Skope Magazine). They strive to share honest stories with influences ranging from Hank Williams to Emmylou Harris to The Band. Their first single and music video, “On Down the Road,” charted overseas and was awarded “Best International Music Video” in 2017 by HOTDISC Country Music Awards. In 2018, they released a 5 track EP, Might Could, which features renowned pedal steel guitarist Bob “Boo” Bernstein (Tanya Tucker, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakum). Just a year later they followed up with a full length album, Californ I Aint. This past year they earned a coveted slot at Stagecoach on Nikki Lane’s curated stage and opened for artists such as Junior Brown and The Kentucky Headhunters. FMS does all their writing, producing and recording together in house mostly deep in the Georgia pines. They released a country/bluegrass EP, Wiregrass, in early 2020 which features Grammy Award winning fiddler player, Michael Cleveland. FMS is currently writing and recording their next album.
A native of the northwest Florida panhandle, Anthony Peebles has the gift of an expansive range and tone which goes from pure and soothing to soaring and edgy.
In 2015, Anthony signed with First Note Entertainment, and spent the next year recording with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard.
Having recently opened for multiple national artists, Anthony is an artist fast gaining followers across the south. This year he has had placements on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy as well as NBC’s Council of Dads.
Chuck Foster is a local singer songwriter who’s repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of Country, Rock, and Americana covers and original music. Chuck started playing guitar at the age of 14 and played in in bands throughout high school. He started playing music professionally as his sole source of income at the age of 25 in1978. He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and played clubs in that area for a couple years and then worked with recording artist Bobby Borchers out of Nashville for a year. In 1980 he formed the country rock band Cheyenne out of Cincinnati and recorded two albums independently and worked regionally for sixteen years. In that time he opened for many country artists including Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merle Haggard and others. In 1996 he retired from performing and bought a farm in Indiana. During that time he developed an interest in acoustic music and songwriting. Chuck is now retired and spends his time writing and recording in his home studio and performs regularly around the Florida panhandle. His new CD will be released this fall.
Originally from Long Island, NY Dean currently resides in the Tampa Bay area of FL. He is a full time musician performing regionally as well as teaching a music class for preschool aged children at multiple centers between Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. Johanesen is inspired by artists such as Django Reinhardt, Louis Jordan and Bob Wills, the Texas Playboys. This blend of Gypsy Jazz, American Roots, Texas Swing provides the soundtrack for Dean’s original songs. The lyrics to those songs pass down stories of Circus and Sideshow performers intertwined with the true and often overlooked history of the1920’s and 30’s. Johanesen has opened shows for Donovan Frankenreiter – Mason Jennings – Craig Kinney (Drivin’ N Cryin’) – Howard Jones – John Waite – Steve Forbert – Robbie Krieger (The Doors) and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket.)
Will Thompson is a gifted singer/songwriter whose high-energy performances are taking the stage by storm as he captivates the audience with his original music and personality. Being a fifth generation musician, Will picked up multiple instruments that he enjoys playing at his shows. Will has performed all over the south and shared the stage with artist like Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Lauren Alaina, Johnny Swim, Brandi Carlile, Brian McKnight, and Charles Kelly just to name a few. Will is currently working on new material for his fifth album.
Christon Birge is an independent American country singer-songwriter, winner of the 2014
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Birthday Bash, and a 2018 Pepsi Southern Original Finalist. With
influences from southern rock to traditional and modern country music, the Florida native’s
passion for songwriting paired with his stage presence has him poised as one to watch in
Birge’s latest track, “Sunscreen on You," shows the singer’s versatility as he dabbles in beachy
rock and roll vibes coupled with his authentic southern sound.
“For me, ‘Sunscreen on You’ celebrates a lifetime of growing up near Panama City Beach,”
explained Birge. “The smell of sunscreen on a girl, not worrying about the world, fresh salty air.
We all want to tap into that mindset no matter where we are, so why not create a song that
instantly takes you there and makes you want to sing along.”
Since the release of his early singles, “Delirious” and “Tacos,” Birge’s tunes have received
national airplay on country radio. At 15 years old Birge saved up enough money working on a watermelon farm to buy his first guitar. The very first song he learned was “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley. Over the past 10 years, Birge has performed throughout the southeast region. He has played solo, with his full band and with his duo in locations across the Gulf Coast. “I feel like I was born to do this, and I’m following my heart and doing what I love most,” said
Birge. “I love everything that music does to people and knowing that a song can bring us all together for even a few minutes is something that continues to inspire me and the music I write."
Born in Findlay, Ohio, Sean Williams wasn’t your typical born to be artist. Where some kids are born into the music industry, Sean was born to a small town in northwest ohio. Sean wasn’t a sports star or any kind of aspiring athlete, no he found more pleasure in his creativity such as drawing and his ever growing passion for music. That passion for music was planted by his father “Brit Williams" who was a bassist and sean’s inspiration to chase this dream. Starting off on the drums and moving his way slowly throw the ranks of instruments. Sean over time began to mold his craft into what it is today. after Moving to Nashville, TN in 2015, Sean’s career advanced more and more further launching his desires to rock the stage and sharing his dream with anyone who would listen. Fast forward to 2019, Sean has released a handful of tracks along with his home state anthem “Buckeye”, We can’t wait to see what happens next for Sean’s career.
19-year-old, Baton Rouge singer/songwriter Chaislyn King has “an angelic voice combined with great songwriting…[that] draws her audience into her journey, and we don’t want to leave.” (Mark Myers, The Lobby Lounge Concert Series). Appearing on ABC’s American Idol (Season 1) when she was 16, she received the golden ticket from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. In 2018, she began writing her own music, and to date has written more than 40 songs. Her song “Dreams I Forgot About", released in April of 2020, has over fourteen-thousand streams on Spotify. In December 2018, she released her first EP. The video for her song “Carole" won Best Video at Calcasieu Parish Film Festival in 2018. Currently streaming on Twitch (twitch.tv/chaislyn) four days a week and attending The University of Southern Mississippi pursuing a BA in music, King studies voice with Dr. Ann McPhail. Previously she has studied with Ninfa Caruso (10 years) and Leslie Castay (2 years). She hopes to land a publishing deal and be a professional songwriter, while still performing on the side.
While words and rhymes have always been her first love, Cheyloe has reigned the use of lyrics AND melody to create the picture she wants you to see. “It’s like a balancing act," she says, “you must have both to walk the tight rope of the listener’s imagination." Ever a fan and aficionado of the songwriting craft, Cheyloe writes the songs she–and in turn, the world–wants to hear. She has written almost 60 original songs and while many of them are true stories and snapshots from her own life, she hopes you’ll see yourself there as well. Cheyloe is a member of the Sunday Writer’s Nights family at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe. She has won several singer/songwriter contests and awards. Music has taken her many places where she has met some of the most wonderful people and she looks forward to meeting you too, whoever you are.
His shows are a roiling mix of funny stuff and not-funny stuff. He doesn’t do a lot of lo-ooove songs. When appropriate…he’s been known to play a few ‘off-color’ tunes.
He has made ten studio records, three live recordings and three poetry books, the latest of which is “My Advice to Pilgrims," published by Mezcalita Press.
He tours coast-to-coast, primarily as a solo artist, but often with a side man. He usually plays festivals with his band The Peeples Republik.
He lived on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua for eleven years. And much of what he writes about today is informed by that experience. He saw….a lotta stuff.
Gurf Morlix, who has produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, and Slaid Cleaves—has produced five of Grant’s records, including his most recent, “Bad Wife” (2020).
Joshua Lindsey was swaddled in the sounds of soulful gospel and southern preaching. His love of music was shaped early by the booming and passionate singing of his mother, the music pastor in the small church where he grew up. Like many musicians in the south, Joshua’s first experience with music came from the church, which formed in him an appreciation for the transcendency of music and it’s ability to connect us with something divine. Couple that with the blue collar work ethic of his father and the rhythm of the carpenter’s hammer and you’ll understand the seedbed of Joshua’s songwriting. Accessible yet transcendent, gritty and emotional, he approaches every song with reverence. Joshua focuses on the experiences that bind us all together as humans, love and pain, faith and doubt, self discovery and happiness, oftentimes leaving us to wrestle within the tension. Joshua has been writing since he was fourteen years old recording several full length studio albums with various bands as well two solo releases. Joshua has performed all over the country and has even had the opportunity of sharing his talents with audiences worldwide. He is especially passionate about bringing the power of music and the arts to underrepresented young people living on the margins of society. Together with his wife Lauri, Joshua launched Mission Bell music in 2015. A non profit dedicated to providing arts education and enrichment to children living in extreme poverty.
Scott Rockwood and Shawn Hartung
Scott Rockwood and Shawn Hartung began writing and performing music together in 1996 with the St. Louis, MO. based group Madahoochi. Although Madahoochi still performs several times a year they had stopped performing full time in 2010. After 14 years, three albums, two EPs, and a consistently busy show schedule they decided to make room for other endeavors. Scott and Shawn moved to Santa Rosa Beach, FL. to pursue new musical interests and opportunities. They’ve spent the proceeding 10 years maintaining a busy performance schedule at venues along the panhandle and are presently working on music for a forthcoming album. While Scott is primarily a guitarist and vocalist, Shawn is a vocalist and also plays piano, ukulele, and bass guitar.
Ashley is a third generation Florida native who’s original songs are frequently inspired by life along the gulf coast in the Florida panhandle. Her lyrics imaginably illustrate quirky situations with a unique cast of southern characters. Feller is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist specializing in various types of flute. She has enjoyed performing at the 67th Annual Florida Folk Festival, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and also Eddie Owen presents in Atlanta Georgia. Ashley has also played in numerous small venues and breweries all over the south and midwest. In addition to performing most of the year Feller is also the host of The St. Andrews Jezebel podcast and provides professional development services to aspiring professional musicians. Ashley’s EP and full length album are available on all major streaming platforms.
Ashe Watson’s journey through the music business began in a very different place than
most people. On the floor of his uncle’s home music studio. When Ashe was just 8 years old he
remembers the sounds, chords and melodies coming from the synthesizers and keyboards that
his uncle, two time Grammy nominated producer and songwriter Brandon Barnes, would play.
This was the spark that started the love for music that still burns strong within Ashe till this day.
Ashe Watson was born into a family of musicians. His grandfather was a high-school band and choir director for over 60 years. Ashe grew up in a small town in northeast Alabama. It was there he started to learn his diverse style of music. Ashe’s R&B style came from the many hours he would sit in the studio while his uncle and Grammy nominated artist Brian Mcknight sat and wrote songs for Mcknight’s Debut album. Being from small town Alabama, Ashe also found a love for country music. Later in Ashe’s music career he would use these influences to meld them together in what he feels is his current style of music today.
At the age of 18 Ashe followed in his uncle’s footsteps and moved to New York to pursue
music full time. He traveled all over the country for several years until he landed a major publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing. It was with Universal that Ashe really honed his
skills as a songwriter. He worked with artists such as Usher, Brian Mcknight, Chris Brown, Justin
Beiber and Bruno Mars just to name a few. He wrote for countless producers who were at the
top of their game with Grammy’s and number hits to show for it. In 2012 Ashe Watson started
his own country/pop band named August Ashe. They played all over the southeast for over 3
years. They played alongside up and coming artists such as Sam Hunt, Riley Green and Jordan
Davis just to name a few.
After writing music and being on the road for almost 20 years and having a ton of
success, Ashe decided it was time to take a different path in life. He went back to his dream
college and received his degree in Aerospace Engineering and began another successful
career. Ashe Watson still writes and records music almost daily. The fire that was started so
long ago burns just as bright today. His love for music will never be put out.