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…]

Catching Up With Kasey Tyndall At Carolina Country Music Fest #CCMF2018

Catching Up With Kasey Tyndall At Carolina Country Music Fest #CCMF2018

Last week I attended the 4th annual Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach, SC. Let me tell you, it was hot. So hanging out on an air conditioned RV and chatting with North Carolina native, Kasey Tyndall, was a welcome reprieve. She was fresh off of Parmalee’s “Hotdamalama” tour as well as a performance in Nashville for CMAFest. I actually caught a show in the “Hotdamalama” tour but Kasey wasn’t on that particular bill so I was glad to finally get to meet her at Carolina Country Music Fest. Ronda and I got to get out of the Myrtle Beach heat and chill with Kasey on an air conditioned tour bus. Life is good. 😉 [Read more…]

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

Interviewing Lewis Brice at this year’s Carolina Country Music Fest was unlike any other artist interview that I had ever taken part in previously. I met up with some of his crew, caught the end of his set and watched as he did a meet and greet with a line of very eager fans. Then I got to go backstage as we preceded to walk through a crowd to the RV where the interview was to take place. Along the way, several fans stopped him to asked for autographs and pictures and such, to which he happily obliged. I even held his beer while he signed a few things. So ladies, I like to think I helped make this happen for you in a very tiny way, lol. He sang along to Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down” [Wallen was on stage as we were walking to the RV] so I feel like I even got my own little impromptu concert.

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

EPR: So you had two performances here this year?

Lewis Brice: I did.

EPR: Are you going to do anymore? Or where are you going next?

Lewis Brice: I think I am done for today. So I had 2:30 on the stage right there – it was awesome. I had a great time. And then I had the Blue Moon Tent, which was fantastic. I mean, it was packed in there.

EPR: And you did meet and greets.

Lewis Brice: Yeah, meet and greets at that. And so, I’ve been rock and rolling all day, since I got here.

EPR: Are meet and greets typical at your shows?

Lewis Brice: Yeah, we are getting more and more. Now I guess I am doing a little better and better so people are requesting meet and greets so yeah we are doing meet and greets at shows and stuff like that.

EPR: That’s cool. A lot of people really love that you know? How many shows do you usually do a year?

Lewis Brice: Weekend Warrior, if that puts it in perspective – about 4 days a week. It comes out to about 180 to almost 200 something like that.

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

EPR: So where are you going next?

Lewis Brice: Well, I am finally finishing up CMA Fest this week and Carolina Country Music Fest. I fly back tomorrow, actually, and I have one more CMA Fest show. So I’ve had like 3 shows this week and then today and then tomorrow I have one more show, acoustic. When I get done with that, I am done for at least one day. Then I’m back on the road – I think I have a show in Ohio on the 21st, back in Nashville the 23rd. From there I am off to the races. I know I am playing Maine, I’m thinking I’ll be in Minneapolis, Oregon.

EPR: So you are from South Carolina, right?

Lewis Brice: Just 2 hours down the road from Myrtle Beach, right down Myrtle Beach Highway in Sumter, SC.

EPR: So this is kind of like your stomping grounds. Do you get to come back to South Carolina a lot?

Lewis Brice: More holidays now. We are so busy. I live in Nashville. I mean my favorite times to come back are Thanksgiving and Christmas. And then we go camping right here at North Myrtle Beach, around the Little River area. So, we actually made the Myrtle Beach News a couple of years ago, I think we did. It said “Loud Explosions In The North Myrtle Beach Little River Area That Nobody Can See!” We go on a camping trip every year, in the middle of the swamp and just have a good time.

EPR: Obviously having a really good time. [laughs]

Lewis Brice: Yeah, we make noise. [laughs]

EPR: So people who are on the outside who didn’t get invited get to know? That’s kind of messed up isn’t it? [laughs]

Lewis Brice: [laughs] Well, you know, that’s a very personal trip. It’s like 6 of us at the most. And we just sit in the woods for 3 days and that’s our 3 days to not worry about our cell phones or anything. It’s our 3 days a year off.

EPR: You need more than 3 days, but hey, 3 days is 3 days.

Lewis Brice: Awww, if I’m awake, I’m working.

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

EPR: Alright. Alright. So tell me about your partnership with the Disabled American Vets.

Lewis Brice: It’s really awesome. I met Mike – he got in a pretty bad spot. He couldn’t find a job, this, that and the other and I met him today for the first time. I talked to him a couple of days ago. And the service he gave, just what he did for our country. Now, he has his own organization, or he’s working with the organization. He’s just an inspiring person, you know? I can’t even imagine being in his position, when the bullets are flying at you. Somewhere else in the world where the people around you, they aren’t fans of you. It’s crazy what he put up with.

He’s just a good dude. I’ll hang out with him after the show today. I think he’s still around. I think he’s back in the room. I told him to come back a little later, we’ll have a couple of cold ones.

EPR: That sounds like a good day. So you were on “Can You Duet?”

Lewis Brice: I was. I moved to Nashville over 10 years ago. A couple of years in, I was able to go on a show called “Can You Duet?” through CMT. And we did well, I got the Top 8. It was a great, great experience, it really was. I learned a lot about the business, in the TV sense, I guess. A lot of it was like hurry up and wait, but the talented people I was fortunate enough to meet on that show, my buddies Brownell & Richey, Nick Brownell and Jeremiah Richey.

I met a couple other people – some of my favorite people I met on the season were Joey and Rory. They were on my season, God bless her soul. They were the sweetest people in the world and I was able to become friends with them. But everything that happened with her… their base on faith, it’s awesome. It’s an amazing, beautiful thing. Man, Rory, he’s just a great dude. Joey, she was a beautiful soul.

EPR: They seemed like they genuinely cared for each other.

Lewis Brice: 110,000%. When I met them, that’s exactly – you saw them, wherever you saw them, that’s exactly who they were. They were some of my favorite people. They loved each other, they loved life. They were just beautiful human beings. I think out of that season, I was just fortunate to meet them.

EPR: Yeah, and like 1000s of people try to get on that show.

Lewis Brice: I think they said the number was like 3 or 4 or 5,000 or something like that. I was able to make the Top 8, so…

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

EPR: Were you nervous? Was that a nerve wracking show for you?

Lewis Brice: It was kind of nerve wracking because there’s a differene between playing on TV and playing in front of an audience. In front of audiences, you can be a little more live and a little more loose, but on TV they hear every word and every inflection in your voice. Yeah, I was a little nervous. I don’t get nervous that often, but for that I did.

EPR: Do you have to sing differently [on TV]? I know you were talking about every inflection or whatever, but is it a different style entirely – how you use your voice?

Lewis Brice: You really have to hear your voice. It’s not really – you gotta sing how you are going to sing. I would have to learn a lot more about singing, like I would have to scream to sing I guess if I were trying to sing sing. But when you are in the studio or on TV and it’s right there, you hear everything, so it’s more singing than it is the former, I guess.

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

EPR: So, you and your brother [country singer Lee Brice] have both been able to make it in the music industry. Is it odd at family reunions and get togethers that so many people are doing well? Any fun rivalries?

Lewis Brice: Actually it’s really awesome. Honestly, it’s a cool thing. I mean, 2 brothers working it out in country music. So, it works out well. Him and I work very well together. We are best friends and he helped me produce my last album and I helped him produce the new album. I tell you, he’s a work horse. I’ve learned a lot from him and when we get together he believes in that music just as much as I believe in it. I’m very blessed to have a good brother like him. We’ve done a really good job to keep separate I guess.

EPR: So, you have made a lot of lists like, “New Country Artists To Know,” and “Ten Artists To Watch.” How do feel about that? On such big label magazines.

Lewis Brice: When it comes to musicians, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Magazine – when I woke up and I saw that I had that article in Rolling Stone Magazine, I was like “Geez, that’s crazy!” I was also in Billboard this past year. I’m going to try and prove them right. I’m going to keep on working and I have new music coming out.

Check out Lewis Brice’s tour dates here.

Lewis Brice Interview: Can You Duet, Joey and Rory & Brotherly Love

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Stephanie Quayle Chats About Being ‘Selfish’, Reba, Her Nationwide Tour With KOA & Performing For The Presidents

.Stephanie Quayle Chats About Being 'Selfish', Reba, Her Nationwide Tour With KOA & Performing For The Presidents

This week, we have been enjoying all of the great country music that Myrtle Beach, SC has to offer at Carolina Country Music Fest. And let me tell you, it is hot. I got a chance to sit in a nice air conditioned RV and chat with rising country star Stephanie Quayle about her new single, “Selfish” and her very cool nationwide tour with KOA. I am not sure what was cooler, the lovely and engaging Mrs Quayle or the AC. 😉

Stephanie Quayle Chats About Being ‘Selfish’, Reba, Her Nationwide Tour With KOA & Performing For The Presidents

EPR: So, we are on this cool RV. I was reading that you did a tour in a RV. Is that correct?

Stephanie Quayle: So we had a song out that is on our album, “Love The Way You See Me,” and it was our 2nd single called, “Winnebago.” This song, it’s just a feel good, roll your windows down and go have the adventure of your life. So, as I was thinking about the song, I was like, “I haven’t been to a lot of these places. We need to go live the lyrics. We need to go live this song.” So my team was like, “OK.”

How am I going to do that, though? How am I going to end up at the Empire State Building? Hoover Dam and some of these places we could get to but it was just one of those things, you know? I didn’t give them a ton of time to plan.

So, we ended up teaming up with Winnebago and RV Loft and KOA [Kampgrounds of America] and we just kind of created this wild, musical tour experience while we went to all of these other places. So, we would stay at KOA campgrounds across the country instead of hotels. We would wake up either in our Winnebago or these tiny, little cabins that are just incredible.

EPR: They are so nice looking.

Stephanie Quayle: So nice! Like I grew up thinking of KOA tents and I mean, they know what they are doing. So, we went to go see the world in the coolest ways. It was such an amazing experience and, honestly, there is just something about your home being wherever you are and getting to live that to the fullest extent. Yeah, we showed up in New York, with our Winnebago and sang on the Empire State Building on the 86th floor. It was just crazy! I was like, “What are we doing and how are we doing this?” You just keep saying yes, and it works out.

EPR: So how long did you tour like that?

Stephanie Quayle: We did 9,000 miles criss crossing the country. We kicked it off in June at CMA Festival last year and we went throughout the summer. And then we started up with KOA again in January in Florida and then we will be doing that again this year. So we are just going wherever the music leads us.

Stephanie Quayle Chats About Being 'Selfish', Reba, Her Nationwide Tour With KOA & Performing For The Presidents

EPR: Are you doing CMA Fest again this year?

Stephanie Quayle: Yes, so we played yesterday. We go to New York tomorrow and open for LOCASH and then we fly back to Nashville Sunday morning and we play the Radio Disney stage. It’s bonkers, it’s amazing. We also got to perform for the presidents!

EPR: Tell us about that!

Stephanie Quayle: Just the 5 former Presidents of the United States of America! Real low key stuff here [laughs]. So that was wild. When we got that phone call, I didn’t even really know how to absorb what was about to happen. There was a process of the clearances that have to happen and picking of the songs that really is surreal. And we got to perform at Texas A&M.

So, when we got there, we were told that we were going to be able to meet the presidents prior to the performance. It’s so weird to say this out loud [laughs]. My husband and I, we got to go take a photograph and meet the presidents. And there are Secret Service everywhere and you are like minding your Ps and Qs so much. You don’t want to do anything to get kicked out, because I hadn’t performed yet, you know? We go in and it’s so surreal and President Clinton was the first to say hello to us and then President Bush and we just went down the line and everyone was so gracious, so kind and it was unbelievable. So unbelievable. I felt like we were all friends.

So, I get on stage. I’ve got my ears in. I’ve got my wireless mic and I just head out there and I did not realize that they would be front row.

EPR: No pressure, right?

Stephanie Quayle: I know! I didn’t even really know what I had done until I watched the video back and I’m like, “Hello.” It was so amazing though, so special. And the next morning we were actually on a flight and we saw the Secret Service, they have the pins and such, and we saw someone that looked familiar, thinking maybe he was a Congressman or someone like that. It was President Carter. And he’s truly one of the most precious human beings I have ever, ever encountered in my life.

And we are just sitting there waiting and [wondering] “What’s going to happen?” And once everyone got seated, he went and said hello to every, single person on the flight. And that precious human gets to our end and I’m like, “Hello.” And he was like, “Hey, I saw you when you came on the flight but I didn’t want to bother you.” And I’m like, “But you’re you.” It was amazing and he was very kind about the show. And to be able to have that experience and for such an incredible cause…

EPR: And to be so humble…

Stephanie Quayle: I just love it when people come together for their fellow American, their fellow person. And that was what was so obvious, that this had nothing to do with politics and it had everything to do with people. To see that brought me so much joy knowing that when America rallies it’s unlike anything that I have ever seen. I think they raised close to $50 million. Just to be able to help so many that have been affected by the Hurricane, it was really something.

Just when you ask me, I’m like Forrest Gump. I mean, we work our tails off, and we’re striving and keeping our heads down and working so hard but to be able to have moments like that, it was historic.

EPR: Do you mind if I ask how old you are?

Stephanie Quayle: You can totally ask how old I am. I am actually 38.

EPR: No, you’re not! I thought early 20s.

Stephanie Quayle: I love you so much. I think it’s good living and country music.

Stephanie Quayle Chats About Being 'Selfish', Reba, Her Nationwide Tour With KOA & Performing For The Presidents

EPR: Exactly! So who are your inspirations?

Stephanie Quayle: Oh man! Well, are we talking music or in life?

EPR: Everything. Anyone who is just a big inspiration.

Stephanie Quayle: Well, I gotta start with music because I recently got to meet this woman and she blew me away: Reba McEntire. I got to meet her 2 days before the Opry debut. I mean, imagine getting a pep talk from Reba… Forrest Gump. [laughs] You know, you have all these ideas of people and she’s such an icon. I don’t know about you but it’s always a nerve wracking thing because what if they are not who you made them out to be in your mind. And she blew what I thought of her out of the water. She was so exquisite and kind and she gets it from her mama, her parents. I mean, she’s just incredibly genuine and authentic and it’s awesome. So, she is even more so an inspiration and an influence in my life now.

And, of course, Dolly Parton. I have not yet met her but she is just extraordinary. And when you think of Dolly Parton, you smiled. I watched it just happen.

EPR: Right!

Stephanie Quayle: And that I think for me, as an artist and entertainer, that’s one of my goals. You know, there is only one Dolly. It’s not about being Dolly. But having that kind of impact, where, when you think of Garth Brooks, when you think of Reba, that it makes you feel good. I think that’s what I really live for.

When it comes to inspirational people, I think I just look at anyone whose had that story of, you know, we learn the most from our failures. And I love that. And I love reading everyone’s “why” and “how” and what made them keep going. I think it’s like anything in life. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. If it’s in your guts and your heart and you have to have it, whatever it is, you’ll find a way.

EPR: Tell us about your current single.

Stephanie Quayle: Oooh, “Selfish.” [she hums a little at the man sitting near her in the RV and laughs] So that’s my husband. How awkward would that have been if it was just some random… so there’s a guy sitting there and we’ll just use him as the muse. [laughs]

So this song, I was feeling the words and the lyrics and I went into that writing session with Andy Wills and Tori Tullier and I was feeling selfish and just wanting more time with the one I live and not wanting to share him with his work and life and all the things, we get pulled in 1,000 different directions. And Tori started playing the keys and it just started happening. And then Andy on the guitar. It was one of those songwriting moments that you live for because it’s usually… it’s not pure magic every time. You gotta work and you gotta edit. You gotta change things. This was magic.

And we took it to the fans and immediately we started playing it at shows. That’s where we could see that, “Ok, there’s something here.” And we played it in every form, from full band to acoustic. It’s on the album, “Love The Way You See Me.” And then taking it to radio and watching it resonate like it has is just…the fans know. So what the fans say goes.

Check out Stephanie Quayle’s tour schedule here. And be sure to stay at Myrtle Beach KOA Resort next time you are in town for Carolina Country Music Fest.

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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…]