Cory Luetjen On The International Blues Challenge, Delbert McClinton & Grassroots Marketing

Cory Luetjen On The International Blues Challenge, Delbert McClinton & Grassroots Marketing

You guys know that I write mostly about country music and classic rock. After all, these are my areas of “expertise.” However, I like all kinds of music. So, when I woke up Sunday to find a Facebook invitation to go catch a blues band that I was unfamiliar with live in Greensboro, I was all about it. Blues? Yes! Go experience all the music, I say. So, my friend Ronda and I rolled down to Greensboro to catch Cory Luetjen and the Traveling Blues Band, and they were really great! And, I have to say, the suits they wore while they played – quite dapper. Is that a blues thing? If so, I dig it. I got to talk to Cory at the show and realized that he has a really interesting story to share, too. Read on to learn more.
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Ricky Skaggs Talks Hillary Scott, Chris Stapleton, Tommy Emmanuel & Mel Tillis

Ricky Skaggs Talks Hillary Scott, Chris Stapleton, Tommy Emmanuel & Mel Tillis

15 time GRAMMY winner, Ricky Skaggs, has had a huge influence on so many types of music including country, bluegrass, gospel and even Contemporary Christian, with his 15th GRAMMY win in this category, just since my last interview with him just over a year ago. As a singer, musician and producer [just to name a few of his many talents], Ricky Skaggs is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. In this interview, Ricky Skaggs talks to us about working with Hillary Scott, his thoughts on artists like Chris Stapleton and Tommy Emmanuel and the upcoming Mel Tillis Memorial where he will be performing a tribute.
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Tim Elliott Talks Music Row, The Wildhorse Saloon & The Best Places To Eat In Nashville

Tim Elliott Talks Music Row, The Wildhorse Saloon & The Best Places To Eat In Nashville

Current Carolina’s Male Country Artist of the Year, Tim Elliott, has had a big year. We talk with him about what it’s like being on the same charts with your idols, having a record deal and we even get into the best places to eat in Nashville. Before starting the actual interview, I learned that Tim Elliott used to live in Carroll County, Virginia, where I am originally from. He also used to live near Boone and I went to Appalachian State University. He now resides in Mount Airy just like me. It’s funny that we have pretty much been in the same area for years, but this is my first time interviewing him. Small, but big, world, eh?
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Suzy Bogguss Talks Merle Haggard, Roy Rogers & Reimagining “Aces”

Suzy Bogguss Talks Merle Haggard, Roy Rogers & Reimagining "Aces"

With hits like, “Letting Go,” “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South” and “Aces,” Suzy Bogguss has won numerous awards including the Top New Female Vocalist {1989} from the Academy of Country Music and a GRAMMY in 2005 for Traditional Folk Album. She has had 8 Top 5 Singles on the Country Charts and I will always love her version of “Take It To The Limit” on the album Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles, one of my favorite albums of all time and the CMA Album of the Year in 1994. My personal favorite song of hers is “Just Like The Weather,” and I am really looking forward to seeing her live this Thursday night at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC, where she will be performing her hits as well as some Christmas favorites. I recently got to interview her and, I must say, she was just so friendly and bubbly that speaking with her was much like talking to an old friend.
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Rockie Lynne On Supporting The Troops & Offering Aid To Gold Star Families

Rockie Lynne On Supporting The Troops & Aid To Gold Star Families

I remember playing “Lipstick” and “Do We Still” by Rockie Lynne when I worked in radio. I loved both of those songs and was super excited to get to see him in concert back in the day with Carrie Underwood. Rockie Lynne is so much more than a talented musician though. He does so much for the troops and those less fortunate that I really think it was an honor to get to talk to him and write this piece on him today. Check out this Rockie Lynne interview and let me know what you think about this super cool North Carolina native.
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Critter From Old Crow Medicine Show Talks Bob Dylan, Busking And Boone, NC

Critter From Old Crow Medicine Show Talks Bob Dylan, Busking And Boone, NC

Photo Courtesy: Danny Clinch/All Eyes Media

Earlier today, I got to chat with Critter Fuqua from Old Crow Medicine Show. As everyone else in the free world, I am familiar with, and a fan of, “Wagon Wheel” from the Grammy winning group, but I have just started learning about their other music. Um, it rocks, people – especially the songs, “Shit Creek” {my personal fave}, “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” and “Sweet Amarillo,” all off their album, “Remedy.” It’s interesting to learn that these Grand Ole Opry members made their way around North America in the early days on money they earned while busking. Not sure what that is? Read on to find out.
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Interview: Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst & Elle Fanning On The Beguiled #TheBeguiled

Interview: Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst & Elle Fanning On The Beguiled #TheBeguiled

Recently, I got to fly out to LA and screen the movie The Beguiled, which hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles today. I also was given the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion interview with the movie’s stars, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, as well as the movie’s director, Sofia Coppola. Check out the interview today and be sure to look for my review of the movie right here tomorrow. [Read more…]

Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning On Directing Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales #PiratesLifeEvent

Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning On Directing Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales #PiratesLifeEvent

Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning [Photo Credit: Louise at MomStart.com]

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales directors, Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have been making films together for a while now. Seriously. At the age of 10, they started making movies together and they still have some of them around. How fun would it be to be able to see some of these now? [Read more…]

Kaya Scodelario Interview: Female Empowerment, Johnny Depp & 101 Dalmations #PiratesLifeEvent

Kaya Scodelario Interview: Female Empowerment, Johnny Depp & 101 Dalmations #PiratesLifeEvent

Kaya Scodelario [Photo Credit: Louise at MomStart.com]

You might remember Kaya Scodelario from Maze Runner. Now that she has joined the Pirates franchise, being a part of male driven casts is a regular day at work for her. Kaya talks with us about what it’s like working with the boys, how Johnny Depp made her “laugh and laugh,” what she hopes audiences will takeaway from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and about her childhood obsession with 101 Dalmations. [Read more…]

Brenton Thwaites Interview: On Joining Pirates, Johnny Depp & Skateboarding #PiratesLifeEvent

Brenton Thwaites Interview: Pirates, Johnny Depp & Skateboarding

Brenton Thwaites [Photo Credit: Louise at MomStart.com]

Brenton Thwaites has starred in Maleficent, Gods of Egypt and now he has joined the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. We sat down to talk with him about his new roles – in such an iconic franchise and as a new dad. He also shares with us how he drives fear into the hearts of those he works with by skateboarding on set. I kid. ;)
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