Ray Scott On The Rise Of Independent Artists Finding Success Through Social Media & Satellite Radio

Ray Scott On The Rise Of Independent Artists Finding Success Through Social Media & Satellite Radio

Having scored four #1s in the United Kingdom and being an artist who has received major airplay on SiriusXM, Ray Scott knows a thing or two about how to be successful in the music business, all without having the backing of a major record label, I might add. He recently released his 5th studio album, “Guitar For Sale” and is currently working on an EP entitled, “Honky Tonk Heart,” scheduled to be released in October. You can see him locally at Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall in Winston-Salem Saturday night. We recently chatted with Scott about the rise of independent artists and how they are finding success in non-traditional ways, as well as where you can find the best chicken in Nashville. Naturally. [Read more…]

Exile Interview: Marlon Hargis On “Kiss You All Over” 40th Anniversary

Exile Interview: Marlon Hargis On "Kiss You All Over" 40th Anniversary

When I worked in radio, Exile was a staple of my playlist. I just knew that I could play them and, not only do I love their music, but I knew my audience would, too. They just have that sound, you know? Everyone knows “Kiss You All Over” and I absolutely love that song, but other personal favorites of mine are “Nobody’s Talking” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough.” Can you believe I haven’t seen them in concert though? That’s all about to change on Labor Day and I am super excited about it. I got a chance to talk with Exile’s Marlon Hargis about the band’s anniversary, their current tour schedule and more. Read on for all the details. [Read more…]

Tully Interview With Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Jason Reitman

Tully Interview With Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & The Cast

Charlize Theron [Photo Courtesy: Stacy Molter, FancyShanty.com]

A couple of weeks ago, I got to fly to LA and see an advanced screening of the movie Tully, in theaters today. I also got to go to a press junket with the cast and director of Tully: Charlize Theron,Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass and Jason Reitman. Check out the Tully interview below and be sure to go see Tully, in theaters today. [Read more…]

Town Mountain Interview: Robert Greer Talks Merlefest, Tacos & Their Upcoming Album

Town Mountain Interview: Robert Greer Talks Merlefest, Tacos & Their Upcoming Album

As you know, Merlefest is currently going strong with an epic lineup. A couple weeks ago, I got to chat with Town Mountain’s Robert Greer about the huge role they are playing at the Merlefest music festival this year. Read on to find out more about how they got their cool nickname, “Taco Stand Troubadours,” what’s so different about their new album and the 2 things that the band members can always agree on. [Read more…]

John Oates Interview: New Album “Arkansas” & The Connection To His Memoir “Change Of Seasons”

John Oates Interview: "Arkansas" & His Memoir "Change Of Seasons"

We all know the super duo Hall and Oates. John Oates is also forging his own, singular path in the musical landscape with his folk, blues and Americana inspired, “Arkansas.” He is currently playing shows with The Good Road Band in support of this album and will once again join forces with Daryl Hall to hit the road with Train, later this year. Get the lowdown on what he has in the works in our John Oates interview. [Read more…]

Jacob Vaughan On A Full Concert Schedule At 18, Early College And Working Through Writer’s Block

Jacob Vaughan On A Full Concert Schedule At 18, Early College And Working Through Writer's Block

A few weeks ago, I was invited to see Jacob Vaughan play at World of Beer in Greensboro. I was not aware of him before his dad, Jamie, hit me up on Facebook messenger and invited me to see him perform live. But, as you guys know, I love seeing both local acts and music that I was not aware of previously. This tactic has introduced me to some great new to me acts in the past few months, specifically Tim Elliott and Cory Luetjen. It turns out that Jacob and Tim also know each other, so it’s a small, musical world after all. [Read more…]

SteelDrivers Interview: Mike Fleming On Chris Stapleton, The GRAMMYs & His 40+ Year Marriage

SteelDrivers Interview: Mike Fleming On Chris Stapleton, The GRAMMYs & His 40+ Year Marriage

As most of you know, GRAMMY award winning group, the SteelDrivers, was the jump off spot for Chris Stapleton. I recently got to talk to SteelDrivers’ bass player, Mike Fleming, about their new lead singer, Kelvin Damrell, a Kentucky native, just like Stapleton, their recent GRAMMY win and Fleming’s successful 40+ year marriage. Check out my SteelDrivers interview below to learn all about this tremendously talented bluegrass band. [Read more…]

Blackberry Smoke Interview: Charlie Starr On Running Their Own Record Label & The Origin Of The Band’s Name

Blackberry Smoke Interview: Charlie Starr On Running Their Own Record Label & The Origin Of The Band's Name

This looks like it’s shaping up to be a busy year for Blackberry Smoke. Not only are they headlining their own tour in support of their forthcoming album, “Find A Light,” but they are also playing on shows for Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Zac Brown Band. In our Blackberry Smoke interview, Charlie Starr talks to us about what it’s like doing almost everything as far as their music is concerned, including running their own record label. And he shares with us the Black Crowes’ connection to Blackberry Smoke’s name. [Read more…]

Walker Hayes Interview: Colt Ford & The Real Inspiration Behind “You Broke Up With Me”

Walker Hayes Interview: Colt Ford & The Real Inspiration Behind "You Broke Up With Me"

A few years ago, Nashville broke up with Walker Hayes. However, just like many an ex, Nashville realized the error of their ways and came crawling back. I got to chat with the “You Broke Up With Me” singer recently and, I gotta say, this super talented musician and father of 6 [soon to be 7] has a fabulous story to share about perseverance and never giving up on your dreams. Oh, and he has the baddest song about letting your ex know what’s up. ;)
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Marshall Tucker’s Doug Gray Talks Myrtle Beach, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Farewell Tour & Doug Hugs

Marshall Tucker's Doug Gray Talks Myrtle Beach, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Farewell Tour & Doug Hugs

Every time I talk to Marshall Tucker’s frontman, Doug Gray, he is just so nice. I mean, seriously, he is always in a great mood. So, he is one of my all-time favorite people to interview. He doesn’t just seem like a great person, though, The Marshall Tucker band puts on one heck of a show. Check out some of my other interviews with Doug Gray and be sure to catch The Marshall Tucker Band in concert locally this weekend in Raleigh [The Ritz] and Charlotte [Fillmore]. Today, Doug Gray talks with us about Myrtle Beach living, whether or not he thinks Lynyrd Skynyrd will actually retire and much more.
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