The Gatlin Brothers Come To Arkansas

It was a great night for a concert on October 26th, as three well known siblings in the country music industry came to Forrest City, Arkansas at the East Arkansas Community College to perform, Larry, Steve and Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers!

“We are really glad to see y’all!” claimed Larry Gatlin as he made his way out onto the stage first. While introducing his brothers he said, they are not my backup singers and continued by saying “They are my two best friends.” explaining how the trio has been through everything together. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with Josie Passantino

A lot of artists these days are independent and that is no exception in the country music industry as well. This is where a thriving woman in the music industry who is entrepreneur, Josie Passantino comes in as she continues to help spread the word about upcoming independent artists.

I recently got to chat with Josie Passantino to learn more about how she has built her incredible career with The Josie Network LLC. There are many brands under the network such as Country Blast Radio which features The Josie Show, a make up line, Confidently Ready and so much more. Josie Passantino also talked to me about one of her exciting upcoming events, The Josie Music Awards happening at Dollywood in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in September! Continue reading

Larry’s Country Diner – Exile and Hot Club Of Cowtown

Recently here at The CMBeat, I got to go to a great event and I can’t wait to share more about it! I got to attend a taping of two episodes for the popular show, Larry’s Country Diner, which is filmed at Ray Stevens’ Cabaret Theater just right outside of Nashville, Tennessee!

The musical guests for these two episodes were known country music group, Exile and another band, the Hot Club Of Cowtown! So, I wanted to recap a little bit about the show, before you can watch the tapings live on RFD-TV coming soon! Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with Matt Stell

A upcoming country music artist, Matt Stell that is originally from Center Ridge, Arkansas, is one of the singer songwriters who is quickly rising in the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee.

The artist recently had time to chat with me about several things including who some of his musical influences are and about some special moments you have in songwriting. He also talked about his latest single, Prayed For You, and what country music fans can expect on his new EP, Everywhere But On, coming out this week on May 24th. Continue reading

Nashville Songwriter Vol. II – Jake Brown Releases The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits

In today’s country music generation, there is a variety of country music songs we love from through the decades although, it isn’t very often that you actually hear about the songwriters that created these pieces. This is where author, Jake Brown, comes in with his newest book release, Nashville Songwriter Vol. II – The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits.

The book which is the second volume in this particular series also happens to be Brown’s 45th book he has written in his collection, that focuses on telling the stories behind country music hit songs, and features even more exclusive interviews with some of the biggest songwriters in the country music industry today. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with Lacey Canfield

Last fall, I was introduced to a wonderful and talented artist by the name of, Lacey Canfield. Over the following months, I’ve had the pleasure of attending many of her live shows in and around the Nashville area, becoming more familiar with her music, and getting to know her personally. I recently asked Lacey if she would be willing to let me interview her for The CMBeat, and I was beyond thrilled when she said yes.

Lacey spoke with me about her childhood in Minnesota, her favorite music and musical influences while she was growing up, her passion for horses, and what fans can expect to see from her in the near future. Continue reading