EVENTS

 
     


sidetrack-fall2016

—    Friday, September 30th, 2016    —

 

 
     


10012016

—    Saturday, October 1st, 2016    —

 

Before the Game:
Sidetrack Band

After the Game:
The Sheila Greenland Band

 

Sheila Greenland’s career started at the early age of six when she performed at local music festivals. Since then, she has won numerous vocal competitions and impressively made it to the finals of TV’s “Nashville Star.” Sheila regularly writes, records and tours. She performs several nights each month, and has opened for such major acts as Brad Paisley, JoDee Messina, and Sara Evans.

Brad Kulwicki – Lead Guitar
Travis Kilpatrick – Drums
Sheila Greenland – Lead Vocals
Brian “Pickle” Gerkensmeyer – Bass

 
     


tucker

—    Friday, October 14th, 2016    —

 

Doors 8pm    |    19+ Show    |    $10 in Advance / $15 Day of Show

 

Growing up in a family that excelled at both music and sports — his father is a hit songwriter; his brothers, star quarterbacks — Big Machine Label Group recording artist Tucker Beathard has an unrelenting competitive spirit: He wakes up every day trying to write the perfect song. For Tucker, a self-taught guitarist and drummer, there’s no such thing as “good enough.”

“I love anything with great melodies and I'm drawn to the little things,” Tucker says, rattling off his influences with an artist’s attention to detail. “When I listen to Led Zeppelin, I focus on John Bonham’s drums. Or Joe Walsh’s guitar licks in the Eagles. And Hank Williams Jr.&’s ‘Family Tradition’ is as country songwriting as it gets.”

Tucker certainly knows something about family tradition, taking cues from dad Casey Beathard, who wrote Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” and Eric Church’s “Homeboy.” The latter, in fact, was inspired by Tucker, who admits to going through his own rebellious phase. Giving up a college baseball scholarship to dive headlong into songwriting, Tucker came out better for his diverse experiences and documented those wild times in the wise-beyond- its-years “Momma and Jesus.” The track is one of many in contention for his debut album, being overseen by producer Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon).

With a rhythmic way of playing guitar, influenced by his innate drumming ability, Tucker has created some of contemporary country music’s most progressive songs. His first single “Rock On,” about regretting the girl that got away, is taut in its delivery, with clever turns of phrase. Likewise, "20-10 Tennessee," a standout, uses a football game as metaphor for a relationship and “Better Than Me” puts a unique spin on an arena-ready breakup anthem, ultimately wishing the best for someone after parting ways.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of deep songs, and I’ve always liked poems,” he says. “I’m an introvert, but writing songs that go beneath the surface allows me the chance to open up a piece of myself.”

As does his engaging live show.

Having played with artists like Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, Tucker regularly bares his soul in front of a crowd. Despite his reserved demeanor, the stage is where he is most free — it’s his canvas to paint an honest picture of who he is, as both a songwriter and an artist.

“Expressing yourself onstage and putting your emotion into each song is a feeling that is tough to match. It’s your way of letting the world know who you are,” says Tucker, who has one main goal when performing. “Whether it’s ‘My heart is broken’ or ‘Let’s party tonight,’ I want people to feel this is a real dude who knows who he is — and who says it like it is.”

 


 
     


chris-lane

—    Thursday, October 20th, 2016    —

 

Doors 8pm    |    19+ Show    |    $10 in Advance / $15 Day of Show

 


 

home.iamchrislane.com

 

Low-slung baritones are a country tradition; so are big, booming vocals built for twangy power ballads. Yet, as varied as the genre can be, it isn’t often that someone comes along with a take or a tone that shakes it to the core while still keeping that center strong and solid; someone so modern it’s hard to find a point with which to compare. But listen to one moment of Chris Lane’s signature falsetto, and it’s clear there’s a new range in town. In Lane’s hands, mixing those earth-shattering high notes with banjo plucks and a danceable beat (whether that dancing is done in cowboy boots or Nike sneakers) has never felt more natural, or so unique. He may have some Girl Problems, as the title of his forthcoming debut album suggests, but he has no problem at all weaving a fresh sound that both thrills country fans and encourages pop faithfuls to dip a toe into his side of the Mason-Dixon… Read More

 

 
     


michael-ray-2016-v2

—    Friday, October 21st, 2016    —

 

Doors 8pm    |    19+ Show    |    $10 in Advance / $15 Day of Show

 


 

michaelraymusic.com

 

When rising country singer Michael Ray made his first exploratory trip to Nashville, he got a life-changing piece of advice from an industry insider.

Go home.

“He said, ‘Don’t move. The way the music industry’s going to become, you’re not going to be able to get a record deal just doing a showcase anymore. You’ve got to bring something to the table,’” Ray said. “He said, ‘I want to you to go back to Florida, grab a band and become the biggest you can be in Florida on your own, and then I want you to come back.’ So I put a band together of friends of mine and we started to play.”

Turns out it was the best thing Ray ever did. He built a rowdy fan base tilling the same fertile Southeastern soil Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan used to start their careers and returned to Nashville three years later to claim a record deal, a publishing contract and a few unexpected opportunities along the way.

Ray continued the journey from tiny Eustis, Florida, to the big time with the release of his first single “Kiss You In The Morning.” The debut single went #1 in just 24 weeks, an incredible achievement for anyone, let alone a straight out of the gate. Ray’s follow-up single, “Real Men Love Jesus,” is currently climbing the charts and touching hearts at the same time. The touching ballad shows a different side to the artist, showcasing his true country roots.

Scott Hendricks, Warner Music Nashville’s executive vice president of A&R and Ray’s producer, calls Ray “country with an edge.” “Michael, he’s got it all,” said Hendricks, who is known for his work with Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson. “He sings well. He’s a really seasoned entertainer. Girls find him not hard to look at. He’s got the drive, the motivation, the work ethic, the right attitude going into this thing. He’s been great to work with in the studio, just getting better and better every time we’re recording. He takes it seriously, and we do have really high hopes for him.”

Something else Ray has? Authenticity.

Raised in rural central Florida an hour from Orlando, but worlds away, Ray grew up hunting alligators and fishing for tarpon at the end of white sand dirt roads. The child of a family full of musicians, he began his professional career before he was a teenager, graduated to the bar scene as soon as he could drive and hasn’t let up on the pedal since.

“When I was 9 years old I wanted to learn how to play. I started playing guitar with my grandfather. Two, three nights a week we’d play community centers, Moose Lodges, assisted living homes, the VFW. I grew up with him on very, very old country music. I grew up playing Porter Wagoner, Bobby Bare, Earl Thomas Conley, Merle Haggard, Waylon- that was my first introduction to country music.”

Not long after, he went to his first big concert: Garth Brooks in Orlando.

“That was one of the big things that changed everything to me,” Ray said. “That was my visual of what I wanted to do.” The show was the start of a chain of musical events that would help shape Ray’s dynamic, muscular, thoroughly modern sound. “I started watching everything Garth did. And Gary Allan came out with ‘It Would Be You.’ I started listening to my generation’s country. And then I started listening to my generation’s punk. And my generation’s rock ‘n’ roll, my generation’s R&B, even a little bit of hip-hop. I could relate to all of this stuff.” Ray started writing his own songs, blending the ragged spirit of those early favorites and the bombastic new sounds of modern country around the turn of the century with pleasing bits and pieces from all over the musical map. What emerges is a thoroughly modern sound that’s sonically adventurous, lyrically diverse and over the top on the voltage meter.

“He is all about energy, energy, energy, both in his music and how he presents it on stage,” Hendricks said. “There aren’t very many moments where you’re going to have time to rest when you watch him, because there’s a lot of energy he’s putting out.”

He developed the approach in a grassroots way, plying club owners and promoters with press packets that included music, fun facts and a headshot. His pitch: “Dude, I’ll play for free.” He’d stay glued to the riser four and five hours a night at the bar, armored with an acoustic guitar and a growing repertoire of original songs. He put together his first band after returning from that early trip to Nashville and got his first break playing the Boots N Buckles Saloon in Lakeland, Florida, opening for Jason Michael Carroll.

A DJ who didn’t give her name approached him after the set and took a CD with her. The next day a friend called to announce he was on the radio. That DJ turned out to be Sara Michaels of WPCV-97 Country and she started playing his music every day at 5:15 during the rush hour, “Right between Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean,” Ray said with a smile.

The next time he came back to Lakeland, he sold out the club as a headliner. Not long after he graduated to some of the largest regional clubs, selling out Orlando’s House of Blues, for instance, during presale multiple times a year.

He came to the conclusion he’d hit the mark he was aiming for: “There was nothing else I could do there on my own. I didn’t know how to take that next step.” It was time to move to Nashville. He shared a small apartment with his band. He slept on the floor. The bass player got the couch and the keyboard player had the closet all to himself.

Ray continued to spend about half his time on the road, traveling back and forth to the Deep South, and the work he was putting in began to pay off quickly. He soon met manager Tony Conway, a 40 year industry veteran and owner/CEO at Ontourage Management. Conway helped guide Ray to a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music and a record deal with Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville. Ray continues to grow his following, having recently toured with Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, and early 2016 hitting the road with Brantley Gilbert.

“Now he’s stretching the boundaries from state to state to state to stretch those fan bases,” Hendricks said. “Some guys kind of stop when they get here. This guy is a road warrior. He’s out there all the time, playing wherever they will allow him to play to build his fan base. We just need to get those fans some food, some new music to have.”

 

 
     


09032016

—    Saturday, October 22nd, 2016    —

 

Before the Game:
Sidetrack Band

After the Game:
Emmett Bower Band

 

The Emmett Bower Band is a rock influenced alt country act born in Nebraska in late October, 2010. The band has had member changes since the beginning and now the current line up is Jeffrey Emmett Bower – acoustic/electric guitars and lead vocals, Jeff Chelewski electric guitar, Troy Johnson – bassjo/electric bass/upright bass, Josh Rector – fiddle/mandolin/harmonica, Matty Sanders – drums/percussion.

The band plays upwards of a 100 shows per year and has played Nashville/Austin and toured the nation. They have shared the stage with the likes of Randy Rogers Band, Roger Creager, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Bart Crow, Jackson Taylor, Gloriana, Sonia Leigh, No Justice, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, and many others. They have released two self produced records under their own record label It’s A Party Records. They are currently ready to record a 3rd album. Four songs have been played on radio stations in Nebraska, Kansas, and Tennessee on regular rotation. “You saved me”, “Rearview”, “Before She’s Gone”, the current single “Lakin'”! They have grown into larger venues and dance halls playing streetdances, rodeos, weddings and festivals. They pride themselves by writing their own music their own way. There is nothing in the way and these boyz mean business… “it’s all neckbones baby”

 
     


back-forty-halloween-2016

—    Saturday, October 29th, 2016    —

 

Presented by: Froggy 98

 

About Back Forty:
Late night drinks and impromptu jam sessions turned three musicians into one of the hottest power trios in the Midwest. Lighting up local bars and backyards the only sure thing is where The Back Forty goes, good times are soon to follow. The addition of rock legend Nick Wieman has only served to boost the band into local legend status….good times just got better

 
     


canaan-2016

—    Thursday, November 10th, 2016    —

 

Doors 8pm    |    18+ Show    |    $10 in Advance // $15 Day of Show

 


 
     


sidetrack-fall2016

—    Friday, November 11th, 2016    —

 

 
     


09102016

—    Saturday, November 12th, 2016    —

 

Before the Game:
Sidetrack Band

After the Game:
Back Forty

 

Late night drinks and impromptu jam sessions turned three musicians into one of the hottest power trios in the Midwest. Lighting up local bars and backyards the only sure thing is where The Back Forty goes, good times are soon to follow. The addition of rock legend Nick Wieman has only served to boost the band into local legend status….good times just got better