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THURSDAY JUNE 19, 2014
WAYLAND

Wayland, named after the band's hometown area in Michigan, has been a band for 7 years, but has only had their name since 2010. The band is managed by Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl, TruTV's Full Throttle Saloon). Wayland released a 4 song EP in December 2011, wich includes their first single "Welcome to My Head," the second single "Nobody's Perfect" and their tribute to a MI great, Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below." "Welcome to My Head" peaked at #36 on the National radio charts in 2012. The band's latest single, Reno, is rising up the active rock charts. 
For 2012 and 2013, Wayland was on the road over 300 days a year. We will be touring nonstop this year as well. The band is quickly becoming known on a national level for their quality, high energy show and work ethic, adopting the slogan "Always On Tour."
Wayland has shared the stage with acts such as Slash, Stone Temple Pilots, Shinedown, Hinder, Seether, Pop Evil, Sick Puppies, Foreigner, Heart, Lifehouse, Jackyl, Vince Neil, Smashmouth, Eddie Money, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Saving Abel, All That Remains, Blackstone Cherry, Sevendust, and many many more. 
The band has won many awards this past year and has been recognized by many music magazines and online publications. Most recent include "Best Band" and "Best Recording" awards by Rockwired magazine, as well as being chosen to represent Dean Guitars in the 2013 NAMM Jam, opening for Shinedown at the NAMM convention in LA. The latest award is the Mid-Atlantic Rock Review's Golden Horns for Best Break-out Artist, where Wayland was up against other fast rising acts like Otherwise, Devour the Day, and Eye Empire.

BRET MICHAELS

Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.
Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. Equally as successful, Bret's solo career has charted its own course with multiple solo albums. His last album, Custom Built, topped the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock list. His new CD Bret Michaels: Jammin wtih Friends was released in June of this year and features a myriad of legendary artists, who just happen to be great friends of Bret's. The album contributors is a who's who list including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.
His talent, business acumen and natural candor have solidified him as "a cultural touchdown" in the words of Viacom CEO Judy McGrath, making him one of the most sought after performers, interviews and speakers across multiple platforms and keeping him on the road for each of the last 7 years, for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly.
Bret has also starred in and won Donald Trump's NBC hit, "Celebrity Apprentice". Coming into the show as the underdog, his tenacity and business sense helped him win the series, raising well over $300,000 for Diabetes research. Michaels latest television endeavor, "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels" saw Michaels and his team revamping and redesigning dilapidated RV's in true rock star form and style. RSVP ON FACEBOOK

FRIDAY JUNE 20, 2014
DYLAN SCOTT

Dylan Scott can write your life in a song…and deliver it in a baritone so deep it’ll rattle your bones.
Then there’s his stage presence, so commanding as to win two major music competitions--the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown in his native Louisiana, and in 2009, the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent contest.
Now the multi-talented Sidewalk Records Artist is poised to become a major star with his new self-titled CD, Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville’s new generation of songwriters. The CD, produced by Music City legend, Jim Ed Norman, is self-named for more than the obvious reasons: “It says everything about me, honestly,” explains the 22 year old, whose speaking voice is as soulful as his singing. “There’s not a song on there that doesn’t relate to who I am.”
Take, for example, “Turn Rows”, a perfect nugget of spirited rural fun and youthful enterprise in the cornfields. Or “Grandaddy’s Gun”, which captures the rite of passage for a boy who grows-up bonding with the men who teach him the ways of the woods.
When he arrived in Music City and began writing more and more, fueling his absolute passion for songwriting, his style broadened into an edgier sound. From the sexy groove of “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm,” to the get-the-party-started punch of “Twangin’,” Scott’s original songs have proven undeniably infectious. His ballads, too, show a mature songwriter whose work is likely to be recorded by other Artists. “Good Town,” for example, resonates with anyone who is proud of the place that made him who he is.
Dylan’s signature style launches with the debut single, “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy,” set to arrive at country radio in the Spring of 2013. Co-penned by Dylan, the track’s melody rolls through that perfect southern-girl relationship that Dylan proclaims drives his own life. “The song represents a lot of who I am. When I’m in a relationship, I give my all to it.”

LEE BRICE

Lee Brice is a man whose time has come. On his stunning sophomore album, Hard 2 Love (Curb Records), the four-time Academy of Country Music nominee demonstrates a new maturity and patience, both in his songwriting and vocals.
“I made my first album, Love Like Crazy, over six years,” explains the South Carolina native, lifting his trademark turned-around ball cap and rubbing his forehead. “It didn’t feel like a cohesive record, but more like a lot of different songs. And six years later, I’ve grown as an artist and a writer.
“Everything on the new album is very pertinent to who I am right now and where I am in my life. I have some very personal stuff on there, and I had to be really honest with it. Hopefully, folks will see that.”
Certainly radio listeners are already aware of “A Woman Like You,” a married couple’s starkly honest meditation on love and devotion. Immediately upon release, the mid-tempo ballad became iTunes’ number five most-purchased song and sold more than 30,000 copies a week. Not bad for a first single off an album. It’s moving faster than anything I’ve ever had,” Brice says with a smile in his warm, familiar baritone. “It’s just so real.”
As “A Woman Like You” suggests, Brice presents himself throughout the album as a man who fully knows who he is and steps up to own it. He co-produced every track, bringing in friends Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone, Doug Johnson and Matt McClure to share production duties on various cuts.
“At 32, I’m growing up, and I’ve done a lot more singing, not just in the studio but live. I’ve done about 200 shows a year for the last five years, and I realized that you can move people and peel their faces back without necessarily screaming at them. I’m just learning there is a patience that you gain with experience and I’m trying to dig in. You could be a great singer or performer, but it’s the whole package that makes an artist. It starts with the music that’s out there.”
As co-writer of eight of the thirteen tracks on Hard 2 Love, Brice has aimed for strong melodies and smart, emotional storytelling that aims straight for the heart of the human condition: the bluesy sigh of “See About a Girl;” the tailgate reverie of “Parking Lot Party;” the bittersweet tug of love in “Seven Days A Thousand Times;” and the down-on-your-knees gratitude of “One More Day.”
Yet the amiable and (at six-foot-three) imposing artist had already made history twice. Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory,” which Brice co-wrote with Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs, became the first song on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart to debut at number one. Then, the title track off of his own album, Love Like Crazy, was named Billboard's most played country song of 2010. It still holds the record for the longest-charting song in the history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
Writing since he was literally a child growing up in Sumter, S.C., Brice was fascinated by music. By age seven, he’d balance himself at his Aunt Henrietta’s upright piano to plunk out gospel tunes and make up his own melodies. Filled with the joy and power of music, he performed first for his family and then at church.
And yet it’s only now that it has all come together... big nominations, large tours, first house, a wedding in the wings, and Hard 2 Love, the album on which Lee Brice finally gets to say, “Here’s who I am, in all sides of my personality. I hope you’ll like me.” Chances are, you already know the answer. RSVP ON FACEBOOK

SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2014
DREW BALDRIDGE

 

With a voice as rich as the mid-western soil he was raised on, Patoka, IL native, Drew Baldridge's music reflects small town life while living large on the simple things. Drew's music is the soundtrack to life, be if a rowdy Friday night or a peaceful Sunday morning. His songs and performances transport listeners to their favorite memories all while making new ones. He has shared the stage with artist’s such as Alabama, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, and Justin Moore to name a few.

CHRIS YOUNG

When an artist looks back on his or her own career, there are always moments he or she can point to where there was a shift to another level. Those defining moments tend to be easy to spot with the benefit of hindsight but more difficult to see without the passage of time. Yet Chris Young has a sense that something is happening.
“I really do believe in timing,” says Young. “Everybody has a different point in their career when things start to come together and click, when it’s your time.”

With the release of his third studio album, NEON, Chris Young leaves no doubt. Now is his time. 
How’s this for everything clicking – NEON’s first single, “Tomorrow,” one of an impressive seven songs on the album co-written by Young raced to the top of the charts and is certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for sales exceeding 1 million downloads.  The second single, “You,” also hit the top spot on the charts making it Young’s fifth consecutive #1.  Both “You,” and “Voices,” the record breaking hit from his sophomore release, have certified Digital Gold.
And as far as timing – Young’s career is ticking like a Swiss watch. His smash hit “Gettin’ You Home,” also a #1, earned him his first-ever Grammy nomination.  Young joins an elite group of superstars as he earned a nomination in the MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR and SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR categories for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2012.  All signs are pointing skyward as NEON debuted at #4 on the all genre Billboard Top 200 chart with more than 72,000 first week fans declaring their devotion to Young. He’s also been fêted by the media with glowing reviews in USA Today, People, Associated Press and Billboard in addition to high profile TV appearances on Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Talk, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Katie and Fox & Friends.
While all the sales numbers, accolades and awards are certainly appreciated, what Young values most about this time in his life is that he can make a living doing what he loves most.
For the final track of NEON, “She’s Got This Thing About Her,” it’s Chris Young like you’ve never heard him before.  Showcasing one of country music’s most striking voices accompanied only by piano and a string section, the song reveals just how much Young has grown as an artist and a wordsmith…and gives us a glimpse on just how far his talent can take him.   It’s a fitting finale for a country album made for the modern age but delivered by a classic performer with total confidence in his craft. 
“I get to do exactly what I love, which is write and create and put it in permanent ink,” Young says with a grin.  “We didn’t put it in pencil.” RSVP ON FACEBOOK

SUNDAY JUNE 22, 2014
COLE SWINDELL

Now and then, a song and artist can't be denied. A few months back, Cole Swindell was nothing more or less than a terrific songwriter with a Nashville publishing deal and a growing reputation as one of the city's most exciting young performers. Now, he's on the road to stardom.
The gateway is "Chillin' It," a song as infectious and groove-laden as anything out there, with a laid-back summertime charm that perfectly captures the guy who wrote and performs it. Independent radio airplay and social media quickly turned it into a sensation that sold more than 125,000 copies, although Cole was unsigned and the song was only available online! A sold-out performance at a 600-seat club in Atlanta did the rest. It was attended by Nashville label reps wanting to see if the kid from tiny Bronwood, Georgia, could put on stage what he had put on CD. The offers that poured in from virtually every major label meant the answer was an absolute "yes."
In fact, Cole's high-energy show wins converts every time he steps in front of a crowd, whether as a headliner in a club or as an opening act in front of 20,000 people.
"Honestly," he says, "I just want it to be fun. I get people who see me on stage who say, 'Hey, it looks like you're having the time of your life up there,' and I really am. Every night is just a blast and they join in."
"I don't want to have a song where people feel comfortable going to get a beer," he says. "Once we get started, I don't want them to risk missing what's next. I want them to leave saying, 'That's the best show I've ever seen.'"
As anyone who's seen him perform can attest, it's working, and now, with "Chillin' It" hitting airwaves everywhere, fans nationwide can get their first look at one of country's most compelling performers.
"The folks who are buying music just want to have fun," he says, "and 'Chillin’ It' is the perfect song to introduce me to them. It isn't a full-out party song, and it isn't serious. Like it says, it's just a chill song, and that's just me."

COLT FORD

The reason Colt Ford's blending of country and rap feels so natural has everything to do with his background, both professional and personal. Just like his closest "hick-hop" competition, Cowboy Troy, Colt grew up listening to country -- his first concert was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton -- along with R&B and hip-hop. When the Georgia native reached adulthood he began writing songs, eventually earning co-writing credits with Jamey Johnson, Jeremy Popoff, and the alternative rock band Lit. After a few years, the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry became clients, then the urban side of Colt's style was put to use when rapper Bone Crusher and urban superstar Jermaine Dupri came calling. He went from behind the scenes to up front in 2006 when he wrote "Buck 'Em," the theme for the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. In 2008 he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, and went on tour with country music up-and-comer Brantley Gilbert. Chicken and Biscuits followed in 2010, with the impressive Every Chance I Get arriving in 2011. Ford by this time had created a larger than life hillbilly redneck public image, but he was also a sly, passionate, and multi-layered writer and businessman, and as a former drummer, he knew what to do in a recording studio. After starting his own label, Average Joe's Records, Ford worked and toured outside the commercial Nashville umbrella, but he knew his way around the business, and he co-wrote songs with Nashville pros like Jeffrey Steele, Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, and David Lee Murphy for his next project, Declaration of Independence, which appeared in 2012. RSVP ON FACEBOOK