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Brett Eldredge at Cain's Ballroom

Brett Eldredege will be rocking the Cain’s Ballroom on Thursday, March 5th. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 9th. Tickets for the show will start at $22 (plus fees) for advance and $25 (plus fees) the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the Cain’s Box Office and by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX or online at www.cainsballroom.com   

Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge has always been drawn to singers, a fact that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s heard the Illinois native’s soulful, distinctive baritone. “I always gravitated towards big voices, because as a kid I had this big voice coming out of me,” says Eldredge. “I was hooked on the way that somebody could tell a story through the tone of their voice.” With a Country Music Association Awards’ nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” his single “Don’t Ya” climbing to No. 1 on the country charts, new single “Beat of the Music” most added at radio in its first week and debut album Bring You Back having just released on August 6 on Atlantic Records, Eldredge is finally getting the chance to share a story of his own. Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn, and Frank Sinatra were the “big voices” that influenced Eldredge in his younger days. When his parents bought him a guitar and a small sound system, he didn’t immediately take to the instrument – “I never could sit still long enough to learn it,” he admits – but the sound system and its wireless microphone became a cornerstone of his early musical training. By age 15, Eldredge was a performer in demand for local functions. “I really grew to love the feel of the crowd,” he says.

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There was no question that the passion for performance would carry him to Nashville, but Eldredge says his move to Music City after college made one thing clear: He was going to have to pick up that abandoned guitar. “I saw people on stage playing these songwriter nights, just them and a guitar,” he says. So Eldredge locked himself in a room to practice, and eventually started writing songs of his own. “It took me a while to finally get a hold of the guitar, but once I did I was hooked,” he says. “I think being a student of singers works to my advantage, because it taught me how to phrase things. I had melodies all over the place in my head.”He’s since moved on to writing with some of Nashville’s greats, including the legendary “Whispering” Bill Anderson, who taught him that one of the tricks to being a great songwriter is to “just keep writing,” Eldredge says. Two of the singles he’s released so far certainly prove his range, from 2010’s poignant “Raymond” to his No. 1 single “Don’t Ya,” an up-tempo flirtation that ponders the mystery of romantic relations, and showcases the sexy growl in Eldredge’s voice. His writing chops are also gaining recognition with the hit TV show “Nashville” using the Eldredge-penned song “Adios Old Friend,” country star Trace Adkins cutting his song “Watch the World End” (feat. Colbie Caillat) and the Country Music Association featuring him in their esteemed songwriters series in New York City. “You can create something from nothing,” is how Eldredge describes the joy of writing. “That’s the coolest thing in the world to me.”But it’s during his high-energy performances that Eldredge says he feels the most alive – as Taylor Swift fans discovered last spring when he opened 19 dates on the superstar’s The RED Tour. “Everything it takes to get to wherever I’m going to play – every airplane and car I ride in – is so worth it once I’m able to get up on that stage,” says Eldredge. “I want everybody in the crowd to feel the energy that I’m feeling from them.”And when Bring You Back hit stores in August, it was in many ways the culmination of a journey that started with a little kid, a big voice, and a story to tell – and in many ways, says Eldredge, it’s just the beginning: “This new music is me, and it’s taken every song I’ve written up to this point to get to where I am,” he explains. “I feel better about my music now than I ever have felt, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”For more information about the show visit Cainsballroom.com

Chase Bryant at Cains Ballroom

Chase Bryant will make a stop at the Cain's Ballroom on Thursday, May 14th.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchases at Cain’s Box Office or by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX  and also online at www.cainsballroom.com. Tickets for the show are currently $13 plus fees but will be $15 on the day of the concert. 

Music defines Chase Bryant. At every level and in often unexpected ways, his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds ... but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryant's heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same - which is good - because there's no other way to explain how a 21-year-old Texan could already be a top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his debut album.Bryant focuses his muse on the commonalities people share. "We all have a destination," he says. "We all have dreams we want to follow. I’m no different than anybody else, I just sing about it. It's my job to put the party on and give people a good reason to have fun." And that he does, whether it's in the soaring groove of "Summertime Saturday High," the sparkling "Fire,” unabashed romanticism of "Change Your Name” or the vocally-charged, guitar-shredding debut single “Take It On Back.”

Raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200), Bryant's grandfather played piano in Roy Orbison’s first two bands and, later, for Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet, which had several hits in the '90s. "From the time I was a kid, the only thing I wanted to do was play music," he says. "I was two or three years old and heard Jerry Lee Lewis’ 'Lewis Boogie' come on my grandfather’s record player. I remember hearing him say, 'My name is Jerry Lee Lewis and I’m from Louisiana' ... and I had an identity crisis! I thought I was Jerry Lee and would walk around saying that. In school, I was the odd kid. There were 20 guitars in town and I owned all of them."Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Vince Gill, Bob Wills, Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and more were early influences, but a confluence of releases brought him to a turning point. "Keith Urban's Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing and records by Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes did it," he says. "I knew I wanted to play mainstream country – I always knew. But those records told me that I could be that and still write guitar riffs that would stick in somebody’s head.""I never wanted to be anybody else," he says. "My grandfather always told me ‘you can't be good at being anybody else. You can only be good at being yourself.’ "Songwriting was an integral part of his development. "It goes back, of course, to getting my heart broken in school," he says. "Some girl broke up with me – I may have been 11 or 12, and I just wrote it down. I was never great at reading, but I liked words, phrases and sentences. The only way I knew to let people know me is through writing. I'd just look at my life, grab some paper and put it down."The other thing I'd do is have melodies playing in my head. Something would pop up and I'd just go, 'There it is.' " Encouraged by his parents, particularly his school-teacher mother, he graduated early and moved west. "All I wanted to do was play music and Los Angeles was my first attempt," Bryant says. "Somebody asked me to go out there and write for this little company and I took the first flight. The dream was that simple, but you can't stop before the miracle happens. You have to keep going. And I feel like it was a miracle just making it out of Orange Grove. I loved L.A., but Nashville is where I wanted to come. I probably wrote 400 lousy songs before I wrote my first good one. But one good one was enough to get Nashville managers, pluggers and publishers on board."Because of his Roy Orbison connection, someone suggested a meeting with Roy's widow, the late Barbara Orbison, a prominent Nashville publisher, who signed Bryant on the spot, making him her final signing before she passed. That road led Bryant to BBR Music Group imprint Red Bow Records, to which he signed in August 2013. During one early meeting, Founder Benny Brown, notoriously picky about working with producers, surprised Bryant. "He'd listen to my demos and say, 'Where did you cut that?' or 'Who produced that?' And I'd always say, 'In my closet. Cut it myself. Played it myself.' Benny trusted me enough to co-produce with Derek George (Randy Houser, Joe Nichols). He gave me the reins, which was something I always wanted."Brown's confidence was noteworthy if for no other reason than the fact that Bryant is completely self-taught as a producer. "There were no studios in Orange Grove," Bryant explains. "My parents took me to a Guitar Center and let me get what I needed. From there, I started building little tracks that I would listen to in the car and compare with what I heard on the radio. I taught myself how to make stuff sound bigger and better.”Despite being on the cusp of exceptional achievement for someone so young (having recently been named one of “The Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014” by Rolling Stone) Bryant sees little difference between himself and the audience. "We're all fans," he says. "We're all friends. And the music is our connection. To me, it's a lifelong relationship and we'll all get where we're going together. That's the beauty of music. This is the first chapter of my book, and I think people will find it defines where they're at just as much as it defines where I'm at -- because we're the same – I'm just the guy with the guitar. If I wasn't, I'd be the guy on the front row with his arm around his girl raising a glass to the guy onstage. No question. It's just who I am. Music is everything."   

Bryant will be at the Cain's Ballroom on Thursday, May 14th.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchases at Cain’s Box Office or by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX  and also online at www.cainsballroom.com. Tickets for the show are currently $13 plus fees but will be $15 on the day of the concert. 

Josh Abbot Band at the Cain’s Ballroom

The Cain’s Ballroom is excited to welcome the Josh Abbott band on Saturday, February 14th. Tickets for the event go on sale Dec. 19th. Tickets can be purchased at Cain’s Box Office or by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX and online at cainsballroom.com. Tickets for the show are $18 (plus fees).

Weeks before its Valentine’s Day release on iTunes, the Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch” was already well on its way toward being one of the most talked-about songs in Texas music of 2012. Granted, the hot-streak momentum of Abbott’s career had a lot to do with that. In the wake of the breakout success of “Oh, Tonight” (which climbed to No. 44 on Billboard’s country chart) and the title track from 2010’s regional smash “She’s Like Texas,” created a stir that reached all the way to music executives in Nashville and New York City. That set up pretty much any track that the 31-year-old singer-songwriter picked to be the lead single from his band’s much-anticipated third album nicely, ensuring it was bound to garner a fair amount of attention. But from the very first time it was played in concert or over the airwaves, it was clear that “Touch” had a lot more going for it than just good timing. From the erotic tension and release of its slow-burning verses and soaring chorus to the dramatic crescendo of fiddle and guitars at the outro, it’s a song that captures every ounce of the passion, talent, and vision that’s propelled the Josh Abbott Band to the forefront of the Texas music scene in record time. And as the rest of Small Town Family Dream proves convincingly, they’re here to stay.

 “My main objective for this album was for it to be cohesive,” says Abbott. “I think at least half of the songs on our first album [2009’s Scapegoat] were really good, but it wasn’t our best effort. But we really hit a home run with She’s Like Texas in terms of creating a big fan base and a little bit of radio success and even a bit more national success than I thought we were maybe ready for or even going for at the time. So when we went to record this one, I thought, ‘I don’t know that we’ll have another song go national like ‘Oh, Tonight,’ but I do want it to keep the consistency of the last album.’ But at the same time, we tried to take it in a different direction, too.”

Abbot will be playing the Cain’s Ballroom on a special Valentine’s Day show that is sure to be a not miss concert. For more information visit cainsballroom.com.

The Cadillac Three at Cain’s Ballroom

Country rockers The Cadillac Three will be making at stop at the Cain’s Ballroom on Thursday, February 5th. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, December 5th. Tickets will start at $13 (+ fees) and can be purchased Cain’s Box Office, by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX or online at cainsballroom.com  

While The Cadillac Three, formally The Cadillac Black, whose members include native Nashvillians Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray have been friends and musical co-conspirators since they were kids. They’ve weathered their wild teenage years and even wilder tours, weathered major label letdowns, major league triumphs and a major name change, conquered Music Row – Johnston co-wrote Keith Urban’s #1 single “You Gonna Fly” – and crashed on the couches of strangers in far flung cities. These boys have seen more ups and downs than a Smoky Mountain tour guide.

But in spite of all the trials and tribulations – or perhaps because of them – The Cadillac Three have emerged with a sound all of their own, a sound that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock and traditional Southern folk. You could call it country fuzz, you could call it hipster-billy, you could call it any number of over-hyphenated, adjective-strewn things but when you boil it all down there’s only one way to describe it: damn good music, as pure and refreshing as a country creek.

It’s a sound that works as well in front of an amphitheater full of ZZ Top fans or the Dierks Bentley crowd as well as it does in the dive bars and dark corners of the underground music. Though, truth be told, The Cadillac Three’s sound probably works best blaring out of your car speakers as you fly down the highway, wind blowing through your hair on the way to another wild Saturday night.

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Built around Mason’s thundering, melodic percussion and the sinewy intertwining of Johnston’s guitar with Ray’s lap steel, songs like “I’m Southern”, “Days of Gold” and “Whiskey Soaked Redemption” on their self-produced debut bristle with energy and explode at a moments notice. Tracks like “Down to the River”, “Get Your Buzz On” and “Back It Up” evoke the legends of Southern Rock – your Molly Hatchets, your Outlaws, your Ozark Mountain Daredevils – but they aren’t nostalgic, aren’t fetishistic reconstructions of by-gone eras. This the new sound of the New South, bigger and badder than ever.

For more information about the band visit them thecadillacthree.com.  Tickets for their February 5th show at the Cain’s Ballroom can be purchased Cain’s Box Office, by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX or online at cainsballroom.com   

Parmalee at the Cains Ballroom

Parmalee will make a stop at the Cains Ballroom on Thursday, January 8th. Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, Nov 21st at 10am. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Cainsballroom.com or at the Cain's Box office. Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. A 2014 semi-finalist for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, Parmalee recently joined one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour as the band’s new single, “Close Your Eyes” climbs the country radio charts.

 

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For more information about the band visit parmalee.com or cainsballroom.com for further details about the show. 

Garth Brooks at BOK Center

The Electrifying Return of America’s Most Powerful Concert Force, Garth Brooks will make his first Oklahoma appearance on The World Tour.  It's his first time in Tulsa in over 17 Years!  

Brooks will be performing at the BOK Center with Trisha Yearwood on January 15th, 16th and 17th.  

Tickets for the 3-day concert series will go on sale Friday, November 14th at 10am CST.  

 

  • Tickets for the event can be purchased online at HERE.  
  • Tickets may also be purchased by phone at  1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849
  • No sales will occur at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets November 14th.  
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  • If you do not already have a Ticketmaster account, please register now by clicking here. This will allow you a quicker purchasing experience.

 

Garth Brooks has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century with 134 million albums. He is also the fastest-selling album artist in RIAA history and the only solo artist to have 6 albums top the 10 million mark. Garth spent more weeks at #1 on the album sales charts than any other artist since the inception of SoundScan. He has taken 25 singles to the #1 position on the country charts. When his recent boxed set “Blame It All On My Roots” debuted at #1, it marked the 13th time Garth had accomplished this feat – making him the highest country debut leader of all time.

For more information visit garthbrooks.com 

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The CMA Awards

The 2014 CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 5th and 7pm Central on ABC.  Locally, you can watch the show on KTUL-TV, Tulsa's Channel 8 (Cox Cable Channel 8).  For the seventh straight year, the show will be hosted by Country superstars Brad paisley and Carrie Underwood.  Click here for more show info.

Keith Urban and Mirand Lambert are scheduled to appear on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday morning to discuss the show.  Urban is expected to perform live.

 

ABC is offering additional access via their WatchABC App.  Downloader are promised additional interviews, extra video and extended coverage of backstage and red carpet activities.  You can download the app for a variety  of platforms including Apple and Android here.

 

2014 CMA Awards Nominees:

You can watch the Nominee Announce press conference with Darius Rucker and Little Big Town here.

Entertainer of the YearLuke BryanMiranda LambertBlake SheltonGeorge StraitKeith Urban

Female Vocalist of the YearMiranda LambertMartina McBrideKacey MusgravesTaylor SwiftCarrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the YearDierks BentleyLuke BryanEric ChurchBlake SheltonKeith Urban

Vocal Group of the YearEli Young BandLady AntebellumLittle Big TownThe Band PerryZac Brown Band

Album of the Year‘Crash My Party,’ Luke Bryan‘Fuse,’ Keith Urban‘Platinum,’ Miranda Lambert‘Riser,’ Dierks Bentley‘The Outsiders,’ Eric Church

Song of the Year ‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert (Written by Nicole Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert)‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves (Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally)‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church (Written by Eric Church and Luke Laird)‘I Don’t Dance,’ Lee Brice (Written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson)‘I Hold On,’ Dierks Bentley (Written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley)

Vocal Duo of the YearDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineLove and TheftThe Swon BrothersThompson Square

New Artist of the YearBrandy ClarkBrett EldredgeKip MooreThomas RhettCole Swindell

Single of the Year‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘Mine Would Be You,’ Blake Shelton

Musical Event of the Year‘Bakersfield,’ Vince Gill and Paul Franklin‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood‘We Were Us,’ Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert‘You Can’t Make Old Friends,’ Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Music Video of the Year‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert‘Bartender,’ Lady Antebellum‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Musician of the YearSam BushJerry DouglasPaul FranklinDann HuffMac McAnally

Get additional nomination information here.

K95.5 Unplugged

 

K95.5 Unplugged is brought to you by Jim Glover Chevrolet  now with 2 locations...I-44 and Memorial, plus the all-new Jim Glover on the River at I-44 and the Arkansas River.

 On April 20th, 2016 K95.5 will take over the historic Cain's Ballroom for an amazing night featuring Country Music's hottest young stars in a unique concert event.  These rising stars will take the stage together for an acoustic, in-the-round performance, just for K95.5 listeners. 

It's K95.5 Unplugged...and you can't buy a ticket.  The only way to go is to win them from us!

Listen to K95.5 weekdays Monday, March 28th through Wednesday, April 20th for your chance to win tickets to K95.5 Unplugged.

You can also get your hands on a pair of tickets is to join us live on location at one of ten (10) ticket drops scheduled between Wedensday, March 30th and Wednesday, April 20th.

 

The Line Up:

William Michael Morgan 

Jordan Rager 

Drew Baldridge 

Clare Dunn

 

Ticket Drops:

3/30  Jim Glover Chevrolet (I-44 and Memorial, Tulsa) 4pm - 6pm

4/1     Turfland Equipment (1702 N. JM Davis Blvd, Claremore) 4p-6p

4/2     Mobilelink (5073 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa) 2pm-4pm

4/9     U.S. Cellular Premier Locations (51st and Sheridan, Tulsa) 2pm-4pm

4/16   U.S. Cellular Premier Locations (2334 SE Washington Blvd, Bartlesville) 2pm-4pm

4/20  Jim Glover Chevrolet on the River   (I-44 and the Arkansas River, Tulsa) 11am-1pm

 

How the Ticket Drops Work:

We will give away 50 pairs of tickets at each remote.

After the first hour, we will give away 49 pairs of tickets to the first 49 people in line.

Eligible individuals must be at least 18 years of age or older.

Each individual will only receive one pair of tickets at each ticket drop event.

After the first 49 tickets have been given away, all remaining individuals may register for the 50th pair of tickets until 5 minutes before our last live break of the event.  The first 49 ticket winners may not register to win the 50th pair.

Approximately 5 minutes before our final live break of the event, we will draw the winner of the 50th pair of tickets.  The winner must be present at the time of the drawing.  If they are not present, another winner will be drawn. 

In the event that all 50 pairs of tickets are not claimed at a given live ticket drop event, the remaining tickets will roll over to the next ticket drop event and be added to the 50 pairs of tickets allotted for that event.

 

K95.5 Unplugged is brought to you by Jim Glover Chevrolet  now with 2 locations...I-44 and Memorial, plus the all-new Jim Glover on the River at I-44 and the Arkansas River.

 

Good luck from K95.5!

Cowboy Troy at Osage Casino

Cowboy Troy with DJ Sinister will be at the Osage Casino on Thursday, December 11th at 7pm. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advanced on the Osage Casino website. Tickets for this event are only $10.

 A six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is okay with the strong reactions and endless questions. "I have crazy intentions," he says with a grin. But anyone who thinks that the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials, or is inclined to dismiss him as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise. "People have different paths," Troy says. "I'm not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn't just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat, and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don't do something for 15 years on a lark."

 Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich's 2004 debut Horse Of A Different Color. And while his admonition to "let go of all your preconceived notions" certainly wasn't the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet. Explaining the journey that placed Troy Coleman at this unlikely intersection is as complicated as explaining the evolution of American culture. At the same time it's as simple as the story of a kid from Texas who did what all kids do--he soaked up the world around him.

 Troy spent his childhood in Ft. Worth, where his dad took him to rodeos and stock shows. "We'd listen to Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and other artists who were getting airplay on the adult contemporary stations at that time," Troy says. "I didn't realize it was country music, I just knew it was what my parents listened to before they went to work in the morning." Troy spent his high school years in Dallas and collegiate years in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas.

 In addition to solo releases [Loco Motive (2005), Black in the Saddle (2007), and Demolition Mission (2009)], Troy has spent time on TV. He’s been a part of the ESPN College Gameday video intro along with Big & Rich since the 2006 football season. He also served as co-host for USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Troy performed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on the final episode of 2012 Spring season. His appearance in Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy video, as well as his own I Play Chicken With the Train and Hick Chick videos remind viewers of his “party starter” nature.

 Troy knows he's challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. "I've never been like everybody else and it wouldn't do me any good to try," he says. "Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they're talking." The way Troy sees it, “innovation is a tradition, not a trend or secondary option...authenticity comes in the commitment.” Troy calls Warner Music Nashville his recording home. His latest installment of music, “King of Clubs”, released March 2014.

 For more information visit www.cowboytroy.com

Aaron Lewis at Cain's Ballroom

Country rocker Aaron Lewis will at the Cain’s Ballroom on Thursday, August 6. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, May 22nd.  Tickets can be purchased online at cainsballroom.com or at the Cain’s Box Office and by phone at 877-4-FLYTIX.

If you want to get to know AARON LEWIS, just listen to The Road. On his first full-length album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they're all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable. For Lewis, The Road continues to wind and surprise like it always has. In 2011, Staind frontman formally arrived in the country world with the release of his debut EP, Town Line. Highlighted by the success of gold-selling single "Country Boy" featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels, the seven-song EP reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Critical praise followed: PEOPLE’s Chuck Arnold said, "He proves to be a natural on nostalgic ballads like 'The Story Never Ends,’ (3/14/11)," while the ASSOCIATED PRESS’ Michael McCall wrote, “He injects a flavor of his own into a polished, commercial country sound in a way that could win over country fans who've never heard of Staind (2/28/11).” Lewis also received two Academy of Country Music nominations for "Vocal Event of the Year" for "Country Boy" (for his work as artist and as co-producer) as well as two CMT nominations--one for "USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year" and another for "Collaborative Video of the Year." Simultaneously, the music video for the single stirred similar fan fervor, surpassing 12 million views on YouTube and 3 million on CMT.com. After a whirlwind year, Lewis began working on what would become The Road in the fall of 2011. While balancing both a solo run and a tour supporting Staind's self-titled seventh studio album, he carved out intermittent pockets of time to record in Nashville with legendary Grammy-winning producer James Stroud.  "I didn't stop to think about it very much," Lewis smiles. "James lets me run with it. We respect each other and he allows me to really be who I am. I recorded this whole record by bouncing in and out of Nashville on days off. I'd come into town, work for the day, bail out, and play some more shows. Four days later, I'd do the same thing. That's how the album was made, and it's why I called it The Road." 

 

http://youtu.be/vsQzw_Ax8Cw Lewis personally penned all of the songs on The Road but one. For "Grandaddy's Gun," he teamed up with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Bobby Pinson, marking the first songwriting collaboration of his career. Annually, Lewis hosts a benefit show for his charity, It Takes a Community, which benefits his daughter's elementary school through community donations. Akins performed "Grandaddy's Gun" at the 2011 show. As soon as Lewis heard the tune, it stayed stuck in his head. "I was completely blown away by the song," he elaborates. "When the opportunity came up, I decided to record it for The Road. They're three of Nashville's best and I have so much respect for them. It all fit with my life too. I have grandaddy's gun, and he did buy it out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog." In many ways, The Road brings things full circle for Lewis. In Staind, he has made an indelible mark on hard rock. The group has sold 13 million albums worldwide, yielding four consecutive top 3 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 as well as numerous radio hits. Their single "It's Been Awhile" also remains the most-played rock song of the decade. Still, this new chapter proves cyclical for Lewis, actually bringing him back to the first style of music he'd heard: country music. Now, he's carrying on a tradition of storytelling and songwriting himself. "I'm really hoping the songs speak for themselves," he concludes. "I hope people hear the record and realize that this is all me. There's nothing more to say. I'm just writing songs like I have been for my whole career." For more information about Arron Lewis visit aaronlewismusic.com, also check out cainsballroom.com

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