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Matt Tucker Band

Born in Rock Hill, SC Matt Tucker was raised on country music. Raised in a very musically inclined family, Tucker has always loved to sing and in 2008 decided to get serious with it. He began playing in honkytonks around Rock Hill, SC with his father and soon he was breaking out as a solo artist playing acoustic gigs. While putting together his first band a couple of years later, he began to realize his full potential and started on his journey to Nashville. Matt is influenced by some of country music’s most known legends (George Strait, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty) and modern artists (Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks) just to name a few and his southern MattTuckerupbringing definitely shines through his songs. His music reflects the new country phase but with some ol’ traditional ways. 2013 was a great year for Matt, he and all the folks behind the scenes have been making lots of friends in Music City (Nashville, TN.) In October, 2013 Tucker became a SESAC affiliate known as Guitbox Publishing referred in by Hall of Fame songwriter, Sam Tate. Soon after he released a 4 song “EP” recorded in Nashville at Midtown Studio with Pat Holt producing and engineering. In December of 2013 a big CD release party at one of the Southeast’s premier country night clubs (Coyote Joes in Charlotte, NC) helped spark his self written single “Tonight” to take hold and star getting radio airplay. Lately, Matt and the band are continuing to grow and work very hard. They are getting ready to hit the studio again soon to record new music and expand to a regional Country act including a possible permanent move to Nashville. So far, 2014 has been a great year for MTB, they are touring the Carolinas and surrounding area promoting Matt’s new EP released in October of 2013. Touring is a job but it’s fun and has it’s perks; recently Matt landed the biggest festival in his home area, the “Come See Me Festival.” Come See Me is a two week event culminating in a huge all day tailgate party with food, beverages, games, and music. Matt and the band headlined this show to a record setting fifty plus thousand people, the largest crowd in the 30 year history of the festival. It’s safe to say Matt’s hometown has his back, and he has theirs as he stated, “Respect is earned where given, and we can’t do this without you… the friends/fans.” Matt continues to work hard to put together a crowd pleasing high energy show that showcases his own songs as well as covering old favorites and current day hits. He is currently one of the “Carolinas” top independent Country acts, and is starting to take hold regionally. Tucker plans to bring the package until the receiver is found. Look out for MT “Country Rockin” a town near you! Stay tuned for there will be a lot more out of this very driven and admirable young man in the Country Music Industry.

 

David Adam Byrnes

The fact that I just took a chance and packed up and came to Nashville still gets me. When I look back, I never actually thought I’d have the guts to leave home. Home is where my heart is and that’s in country music, so I’m sure glad to be here!” – David Adam Byrnes

David Adam Byrnes has been called a backwoods redneck and he’ll be the first to tell you, he wears the label well. He sports a ball cap, plaid is “the fabric of his life,” he loves a barroom band, cranks his music up loud, adores his family, respects his country and is no stranger to hard work nor heartache. Regardless of the “brand,” this good ol’ honky-tonkin’ country boy from Sherwood, Arkansas, David Adam Byrnes, is poised to make a brand new impression.

At 23 years old, David Adam still has the mischievous grin he mastered in his youth. In making initial introductions with the young singer-songwriter, the fact that he is the “little brother” to three older sisters and described to this day as a “handful” by his mom will come as no surprise. With a sly smirk planted permanently on his boyish face that seems to reveal he’s the cat who swallowed the canary, it’s evident these characteristics have long been stashed in his bag of tricks since terrorizing his sisters with tomfoolery and pranks as a boy – and those sisters likely deserve a co-write credit for his track, “If You Didn’t Have A Woman.” It’s this footloose and chock-full of love upbringing that David Adam credits to his laid back, easy-does-it, confident style and accomplishments today.

“My parents met in high school and were high school sweethearts–they’ve been together ever since. We had a really great childhood, all four of us, and we lived an old-fashioned family life. I was taught that if you want something and you work hard enough, you’ll earn it. Don’t take the easy way out and always keep your head up– and that’s exactly what I did.”

Since his first solo adventure to Nashville as a teen, Byrnes knew country music was his calling. As quickly as he returned from his trip and he was as quick to form a band. While classmates were dating or out partying, David Adam Byrnes was honing his performance and writing skills–etching out a unique sound of his own as inspired by his country heroes George Jones, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt and King George (Strait). The sign that his hard work paid off came on graduation day when the opportunity arose for Byrnes to open for one of the world’s largest honky tonk masters, Hank Williams Jr.

After opening for Bocephus, the music bug bit hard and David Adam’s perseverance to achieve his dream feverishly rose. He mapped out his runaway plan from his small town home of Sherwood, Arkansas to Music City, USA. “My ‘running away’ wasn’t as dramatic as a handkerchief-tied-to-a-stick heading down the road with my thumb out, or sneaking out a window, but it was a well-planned secret. I was playing a restaurant ‘residency’ back home and made the announcement to the crowd (where my parents, friends and family were seated) at the end of the show by saying ‘Goodnight! So long! I’m goin’ to Nashville!’ My parents’ mouths dropped to the floor—I figured if I told them in public, I’d be less likely to get a serious tongue-lashing!”

“He is a quick study and became a pro in the studio in a hurry.” PREMIUM COUNTRY producer, Rob Rappaport explains. “He realized that his studio album is made to be heard thousands of times over by thousands of folks and should be as great as possible, which leaves room for improvisation and interpretation of the studio album songs in live venues and becomes even more enjoyable for the true fans. The folks who know become acquainted with his music via the radio or the web and are amazed and thrilled with his ability to deliver a live performance that is as natural as can be while still maintaining the integrity of the album.”

“Rob really pushed me. He helped me to be open minded in combining the music of yesteryear with the progressions of style we see in the music of today,” Byrnes said. “Being signed with Better Angels is like being part of a family and we all have one common thread—the music and passion for a great song. …and Rob shared his unconditional love, he let me cut the songs that I wanted to cut.”

The flirtatious single, “Sweet Distraction” (Josh Thompson/Andi Zack), was released in late 2010 to select digital outlets and ranks as the highest charting debut indie single of 2010 (Country Breakout Chart). David Adam continues his momentum through 2011.

Originally drawn to the genre because of its relatable story songs and therapeutic emotional content, now it comes to tales of lovin’ and losin’, David Adam Byrnes is in line to become the prince of country music’s best-told tales. Capturing every little detail and emotion, from beginning, middle, to end (and even the oddball in-betweens) David Adam Byrnes’ PREMIUM COUNTRY sympathizes with the complications of romance in true-blue honky tonk style.

“I definitely have a twang that won’t fit in any other genre and I can’t be what I ain’t. You’re only as good as your song and I won’t sell out to any cheesy gimmick or the ‘trends’ because ‘that’s what everyone else is doing.’ As crystal clear as a back woods Ozark creek and as true blue as the day is long, David Adam Byrnes is all that and more when it comes to the artistry of honky tonkin’—he may not take himself too seriously to fit the golden mold, but he’s serious about the music that’s closest to his heart and home.

DieDra

         Born and raised inNorfolk,Virginia, DieDra has been singing since she can remember. It was a God-given talent that has exploded into a gift that she shares with the world. DieDra was raised by her maternal grandfather, who wrote and sang songs in the church. DieDra was a part of the family singing group at the age of nine. As the lead singer, she has been inspired by Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, and Whitney Houston.

 DieDra has spent a majority of her life inJacksonville,Florida. As an ex-military spouse, she taught herself how to get around the city in search of a manager for her career. In 1996 she met the late Charlie Cross, ofBrunswick,Ga.He signed her to his management company and her career began. DieDra has had the opportunity to open up for Betty Wright, Bobby Brown, Candi Staton, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bar-Kays, Glenn Jones, Denise LaSalle, Al Green, Avant, Carl Thomas, Sunshine Anderson and currently touring with Bobby Rush.

 In 1998, DieDra was signed to Boogie Down Production in The Bronx,New York. Over the next 10 years, she was locked in an unproductive contract with Big East Entertainment.  Keith Ruff was assigned to produce DieDra’s first CD by the company. Because of Keith’s schedule, he was never available to get the CD completed. Now, 10 years later, Keith Ruff of Ruff Pro Records called DieDra and found out that after all these years, her project was still incomplete. DieDra signed on with Keith under Ruff Pro Records, and launched “DieDra and the Ruff pro Band”.  Her debut album “Overcoming Hurdles” was born in one month.

 DieDra has an amazing range. She has been put in the category of Anita Baker with her silky smooth approach to slow jams,  Patti Labelle  with her vocal techniques and Aretha Franklin with her gospel background. Never wanting to be compared to anyone and establishing her own sound, DieDra has gotten the title “The Blues Diva”. That she is! Her album “Overcoming Hurdles” was nominated for several award in 2009. Her song “Hip Swingin Blues” went as high as number five on Roadhouse Blues Charts and toped all Beach Music Charts. Now with a sophomore CD called Livin The Bluz”, you will go for a ride through the vocal talents of this 4’11 power house. She is living up to her title “The Blues Diva”.

Awards

2010 Blue Note Award

Nominated for: Best New Artist by Blues Critics

Nominated for: Song of the Year “Hip Swing’ in Blues by JUS Blues

Nominated for: Female Artist of the Year 2009 JUS Blues

Finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge

Nominated for “Most Popular Female Artist” 2010 by JUS Blues

Nominated for 4 Carolina Beach Music Awards 2010

Best Blues Album, New Artist of the Year, Blues Song of the Year, and Best Solo Album

Music link:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/diedra3

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/diedra4

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/diedra2

Chris Lane

The Chris Lane Band is a 5 piece band from a small town of Kernersville, North Carolina. The Chris Lane band is one of the biggest party bands in North Carolina specializing in a variety of music from Country, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop, & even a little Motown, so we have something for everyone. Fronted by recording artist Chris Lane and Chelsea Sorrell as seen on CMT’s hit reality show “Can You Duet”, your guaranteed an energetic show that will have everyone dancing. You will receive a professional live band as well as a experienced DJ that will keep the party going in between sets for one low price!
You may remember Chris and his twin brother Cory from Season 7 of American Idol where they made a big name for themselves and continue to do so in the Triad. The Chris Lane band plays major events in the Triad area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Charlotte, NC. Our diverse set list allows us to keep any crowd interested and has helped us play events such as Opening for National Recording artist and New Country Artist of 2009 Darius Rucker, as well as one of the biggest country artist today Jason Aldean. The Chris Lane Band has also opened for artists such as Sara Evans, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Jerrod Neiman, Randy Montana, James Otto, Laura Bell Bundy, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, Clay Walker, Sister Hazel and Cobra Starship.
The Chris Lane Band currently has a single, “Too Tennessee,” playing on country radio. On December 14th, 2010 The CLB released their album to iTunes. That same day, the album climbed all the way to the #7 spot on the Top iTunes Country Albums chart, landing them next to some of their greatest influences; Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Lady Antebellum.

Songlist:

Keith UrbanBetter LifeDays Go By

Hit the Ground Running

Memories of Us

Somebody Like You

Stupid Boy

Sweet Thing

Where The Blacktop Ends

Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me?

You Look Good In My Shirt

You’ll Think of Me

Jason Aldean

Amarillo Sky

Big Green Tractor

Hicktown

Johnny Cash

She’s Country

Why

Kenny Chesney

Anything But Mine

Live Those Songs

Living Fast Forward

Our Last Night

Lady Antebellum

Looking For a Good Time

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Run To You

Slow Down Sister

Miranda Lambert

Gunpowder and Lead

Kerosene

More Like Her

White Liar

Taylor Swift

Fifteen

Love Story

Our Song

You Belong With Me

Brad Paisley

She’s Everything

Then

Ticks

Carrie Underwood

Cowboy Casanova

Flat on the Floor

Last Name

Eric Church

Carolina

Guys Like Me

Love Your Love the Most

Sugarland

It Happens

Something More

Stay

Alabama

Dixieland Delight

Mountain Music

Jake Owen

8 Second Ride

Something About a Woman

Justin Moore

Backwoods

Small Town USA

Luke Bryan

All My Friends Say

Country Man

Zac Brown Band

Chicken Fried

Whatever It Is

Ashton Shepherd

Sounds So Good

Big & Rich

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy

Gary Allan

Right Where I Need To Be

Glorianna

Wild at Heart

Hank Williams, Jr.

Family Tradition

Jamey Johnson

In Color

Jessica Harp

Boy Like Me

Johnny Cash

Folsom Prison Blues

Lost Trailors

Holler Back

Love & Theft

Runaway

Marshall Tucker Band

Can’t You See

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Fishin’ In the Dark

Pat Green

Wave On Wave

Rascal Flatts

My Wish

Sara Evans

Real Fine Place to Start

Travis Tritt

Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde

Whitney Duncan

Skinny Dippin


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Modern Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop
NellyE.I.  (Country Version)Hot In Herre  (Country Version)

Usher

Love In the Club  (Country Version)

Nice and Slow  (Country Version)

Weezer

Beverly Hills

Island in the Sun

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Parents Just Don’t Understand  (Country Version)

Flo Rida

Apple Bottom Jeans (Country Version)

Kelis

Milkshake  (Country Version)

Li’l Jon

Get Low  (Country Version)

Ludacris

Money Maker  (Country Version)

Miley Cyrus

Party in the USA  (Country Version)

Montell Jordan

This is How We Do It  (Country Version)

R. Kelly

Bump and Grind (Country Version)

Soulja Boy

Crank Dat Soulja Boy  (Country Version)

T-Pain

In Love With a Stripper  (Country Version)

T-Pain & Akon

Buy You a Drank  (Country Version)


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Classic Rock
Lynyrd SkynyrdGimme Three StepsSweet Home Alabama

Tom Petty

American Girl

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary

Dobie Gray

Drift Away

Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin’

Jimmy Buffett

Margaritaville

John Mellencamp

Hurt So Good

Pure Prairie League

Amie

Rolling Stones

Honky Tonk Woman

Steve Miller Band

Joker

Van Morrison

Brown-Eyed Girl


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80s Pop & Retro
Bryan AdamsCuts Like a KnifeSummer of ’69

Cheap Trick

I Want You To Want Me

John Mellencamp

Jack and Diane

The Outfield

Your Love

Pat Benatar

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Sir Mix-a-Lot

Baby Got Back  (Country Version)


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90s Rock, Pop & Alternative
Backstreet BoysI Want it That Way (Country Version)Goo Goo Dolls

Slide

Matchbox Twenty

Push

N Sync

Bye Bye Bye (Country Version)

Stone Temple Pilots

Interstate Love Song

Sublime

What I Got


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Motown, Soul, R&B, Beach
Marvin GayeLet’s Get it OnThe Temptations

My Girl

Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally


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70s Disco & Funk
Wild CherryPlay That Funky Music

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Bluegrass
Old Crow Medicine ShowWagon Wheel

 

The Dickens

 

 

 

 

Modern Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop
Outkast

Fresh and Clean

Hey Ya

Ms Jackson

Roses

The Way You Move

Notorious B.I.G.

Big Poppa

Hyptonize

Juicy

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

Jay-Z

99 Problems

Can I Get a..

Dirt Off Your Shoulder

Usher

DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love

OMG

Yeah

Coldplay

Viva La Vida

Yellow

Cypress Hill

How I Could Just…

Insane in the Membrane

Dr. Dre

Let Me Ride

The Next Episode

Eminem

Forgot About Dre

Without Me

Justin Timberlake

Rock Your Body

Sexyback

Juvenile

Back That Thing Up

Slow Motion

Kid Rock

All Summer Long

Cowboy

The Kings of Leon

Sex on Fire

Use Somebody

Lil’ Jon

Get Low

Snap Ya Fingas

Naughty By Nature

Hip Hop Hooray

OPP

Nelly

Hot In Herre

Ride With Me

Pitbull

Hotel Room Service

I Know You Want Me

Snoop Dogg

Gin & Juice

Nothin’ But a G Thing

50 Cent

In Da Club

Amy Winehouse

Rehab

The Black Keys

Tighten Up

Black-Eyed Peas

I Gotta Feeling

Cee-lo Green

Forget You

Coolio

1,2,3,4

Finger 11

Paralyzer

Franz Ferdinand

Take Me Out

Gorillaz

Feel Good Inc.

House of Pain

Jump Around

Jack Johnson

Better Together

Jason Derulo

In My Head

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Empire State of Mind

Jet

Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Jimmy Eat World

The Middle

Kanye West

Golddigger

Lady Gaga

Poker Face

Ludacris

Money Maker

MGMT

Electric Feel

Miley Cyrus

Party in the USA

Montell Jordan

This Is How We Do It

Onyx

Slam

R. Kelly

Step in the Name of Love

Ray Lamontagne

You Are the Best Thing

The Roots

Seed 2.0

Run DMC

Sucker MCs

Taio Cruz

Dynamite

Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars

Billionaire

Tupac

California Love

U2

Beautiful Day

Warren G

Regulate

The White Stripes

Seven Nation Army

Ying Yang Twins

Salt Shaker

Yung Joc

It’s Going Down


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80s Pop & Retro
Bon Jovi

Living On A Prayer

Wanted Dead Or Alive

You Give Love a Bad Name

Michael Jackson

Billie Jean

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Thriller

AC/DC

Back In Black

You Shook Me All Night Long

The Beastie Boys

Fight For Your Right

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

Billy Idol

Rebel Yell

White Wedding

Black Crowes

Hard To Handle

Remedy

George Michael

Careless Whisper

Faith

Prince

Kiss

When Doves Cry

Public Enemy

Bring The Noise

Fight The Power

Tone Loc

Funky Cold Medina

Wild Thing

Aerosmith

Walk This Way

Bobby Brown

My Prerogative

Cheap Trick

I Want You To Want Me

The Clash

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Def Leppard

Pour Some Sugar On Me

Eurythmics

Sweet Dreams

Georgia Satellites

Keep Your Hands To Yourself

J. Geils Band

Centerfold

Joan Jett

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

John Mellencamp

Jack and Diane

Kenny Loggins

Footloose

MC Hammer

Can’t Touch This

The Outfield

Your Love

Pat Benatar

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Rick Springfield

Jessie’s Girl

Rob Base

It Takes Two

The Romantics

What I Like About You

Sir Mix-a-Lot

Baby Got Back

Sugar Hill Gang

Rapper’s Delight

Tommy Tutone

Jenny (867-5309)

Vanilla Ice

Ice Ice Baby

Violent Femmes

Blister in the Sun

Young MC

Bust A Move


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Classic Rock
Rolling Stones

Beast of Burden

Gimme Shelter

Honky Tonk Woman

Miss You

Satisfaction

Start Me Up

Led Zeppelin

D’yer Mak’er

Immigrant Song

What Is And What Should Never Be

Doobie Brothers

Black Water

Long Train Runnin’

John Mellencamp

Authority Song

Hurt So Good

Neil Diamond

Sweet Caroline

Bad Company

Feel Like Makin’ Love

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary

The Fixx

One Thing Leads To Another

Grand Funk Railroad

Some Kind of Wonderful

James Taylor

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Jimmy Buffett

Margaritaville

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama

The Police

Roxanne

Queen

Another One Bites The Dust

Steve Miller Band

The Joker

Tom Petty

American Girl

U2

All I Want Is You

Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl


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90s Rock, Pop & Alternative
Lenny Kravitz

Always On The Run

Are You Gonna Go My Way

I Want To Fly

Sublime

Doin’ Time (Summertime)

Santeria

What I Got

311

All Mixed Up

Beautiful Disaster

Ben Harper

Forever

Steal My Kisses

Rage Against The Machine

Bulls on Parade

Killing In The Name Of

Stone Temple Pilots

Interstate Love Song

Plush

Alice in Chains

Man in the Box

Blur

Song #2

Faith No More

Epic

Mark Morrison

Return of the Mack

Metallica

Enter Sandman

Nirvana

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Give It Away

Terence Trent D’Arby

Wishing Well

Weezer

Buddy Holly

White Zombie

Thunder Kiss 65


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Motown, Soul, R&B, Beach
James Brown

Get Up Off That Thing

I Feel Good

Sex Machine

Super Bad

The Temptations

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Just My Imagination

My Girl

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

Sam & Dave

Hold On, I’m Coming

Soul Man

Wilson Pickett

Midnight Hour

Mustang Sally

Al Green

Love and Happiness

Barry White

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love

Ben E. King

Stand by Me

Chairmen of the Board

Carolina Girls

Isley Brothers

Shout

Marvin Gaye

Got to Give It Up

Otis Day & The Knights

Sham-A-Lam-A-Ding-Dong

Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay

Sam Cooke

You Send Me

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

I Second That Emotion


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Ballads & Slow Songs
Al Green

Let’s Stay Together

Love and Happiness

Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World

Wonderful World

Marvin Gaye

Let’s Get It On

Sexual Healing

The Temptations

Just My Imagination

My Girl

Van Morrison

Crazy Love

Into The Mystic

The Beatles

Something

Billy Joel

She’s Got A Way

Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling In Love

Eric Clapton

Wonderful Tonight

Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight

James Taylor

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay

The Penguins

Earth Angel

R. Kelly

Step in the Name of Love

Sam Cooke

You Send Me

Terence Trent D’Arby

Wishing Well


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70s Disco & Funk
Kool & The Gang

Celebration

Jungle Boogie

Ladies Night

Stevie Wonder

Isn’t She Lovely

Signed Sealed Delivered

Superstition

Rick James

Give It To Me Baby

Super Freak

Average White Band

That’s The Way I Like It

Cameo

Word Up

Chicago

Good Times

Clarence Carter

Strokin’

The Commodores

Brick House

Earth, Wind & Fire

September

Four Seasons

December 1963 (Oh What a Night)

Frankie Valli

Oh What a Night

K.C and the Sunshine Band

Shake Your Booty

LTD

Back In Love

Marcia Griffiths

Electric Slide

Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music


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Reggae & Caribbean
Bob Marley

Could You Be Loved

Is This Love

Waiting In Vain

Damien Marley

All Night

Welcome to Jamrock


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50s-60s Oldies & Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Beatles

Hard Day’s Night

In My Life

Something

Twist And Shout


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Jazz, Swing & Standards
Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight

Traditional

L.O.V.E


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New Orleans & Zydeco
Taj Mahal

Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes

 

 

Ray Scott

“I’m taking the bull by the horns and doing it my way…callin’ the shots… This stuff is real, it’s raw, and it’s 100 percent Ray…. I‘ve lived out on a limb before…might as well take it a couple steps further!”– Ray Scott

Warner Bros. Records released Ray Scott’s debut album in November 2005 to an overwhelming enthusiastic reception.  Something new and fresh was on the horizon.  My Kind of Music became the #1 selling country album on Billboard’s “Heatseeker’s” chart that week and the #1 selling album on CMT’s (Country Music Television) sales chart.  The album landed on the “Top 10 Albums of 2005” lists in Billboard, Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald to name a few.

A year later, Warner Bros. Records stalled and Ray entered a waiting area that would seemingly delay the release of his sophomore album indefinitely….until now.  Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Ray puts the last few years into perspective…

“After a couple of frustrating years I’m finally free, and the taste of freedom is sweet!  The time has never been better in the music biz to do something different.”

Direct connection to the fans is what catapulted the release of independent albums Crazy Like Me, and Ray’s latest, soon-to-be released project, Rayality.  The last few years on the road playing his brand of outlaw country has paid off and the listeners have responded.  With limited air play on the first album, My Kind of Music still sold nearly 100,000 units proving that country music fans wanted more of what he had to offer.

It’s his attitude. He does it his way. He says it his way.  He knows where country music’s been and he knows that he’s taking it someplace new.  His way is the way of the steel guitar. It’s recitation and gospel, with a little blues and rock thrown in for seasoning. But when it simmers to a boil and he serves it up in that deep Carolina drawl, you can’t call it anything but country music.

It’s Ray’s grasp of plainspoken poetry, unique turns-of-phrase and emotional directness, not to mention wit that appeals to people – the same qualities that turned the songs of Kristofferson, Jennings and Nelson into a movement.

“Those guys defined an era of country music,” he says. “They left a permanent impression on me that I wear like a badge of honor. I loved the realness of their music. That stuff will always be great, always stand up to time. Those old boys meant what they were saying. They lived it.”

By the time he was 19, he’d formed his first band in Raleigh, North Carolina.  That band promptly fell apart because, among other reasons, none of the members had much music business savvy. Realizing he needed to learn a few things if he wanted a career instead of a hobby, Scott moved to Atlanta and got an Associate’s degree from the Music Business Institute.

“A buddy and I were on our way back to Raleigh from a road trip,” he explains. “I was driving through Nashville and I looked out over the skyline and got this really strange feeling. It was like a moment of clarity, telling me this was where I needed to be. Something seemed to say, ‘No need thinking anymore about it, your mind is made up.’  Within another six months, I was here…”

It was Nashville’s strong songwriting community where he dug his heels in and began writing in earnest.  He studied the craft of songwriting, trying to learn everything he could about what makes a great song great.  People began to pay attention to Ray’s songwriting and has garnered cuts from Randy Travis (“Pray for the Fish”), Clay Walker (“A Few Questions”) and most recently with Trace Adkins for an upcoming project.

“Doing it this way is gonna be challenging, but I’ve been gambling in Nashville for 13 years,” Ray says.  “Why the hell not bet on myself?!  Bottom line is…somebody’s gotta keep real country music alive….there ain’t as many of us around as there used to be…”