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Tami Hall — lead vocals
John Shelborn — drums
Evan Lee — bass & vocals
Kevin Liewer — lead guitar & vocals
Joe Gonzales — Keys & vocals
Troy Larson — Acoustic & vocals

 

 

 
     

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Tim Zach — Lead Vocals
Joe Parr — Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Westwood — Guitar/Vocals
John Victory — Bass Guitar
Jeff Wilson — Drums
Kevin Galvan — Sound Tech

 
     

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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

 
     

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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”

 
     

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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”

 
     

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When rising country singer Michael Ray made his first exploratory trip to Nashville, he got a lifechanging
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 will soon complete the journey from tiny Eustis, Florida, to the big time with the release of
his first single “Kiss You In The Morning” from his forthcoming Warner Bros. Records album due
spring of 2015. He arrives with fans in the know already numbering in the thousands, the ability
to sell out large clubs in presale and the promise of a future star. 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, 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 world’s 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.”
 
He 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 in 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.
 
He 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 went on to sign a
record deal with Warner Music Nashville. Ray has continued to grow his following, joining his
band on tour with Chase Rise this fall and Sam Hunt next spring along with a string of his own
dates.
 
“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.”

 
     

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Whiskey Bent Members:
Tim Zach — Lead Vocals
Joe Parr — Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Westwood — Guitar/Vocals
John Victory — Bass Guitar
Jeff Wilson — Drums
Kevin Galvan — Sound Tech

 
     

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September 22, 1998 was the birth date of what we’ve now come to know as Cactus Hill. Since inception, the Cactus Hill family has surpassed their initial goal of climbing and then staying at the top of the regional scene.
 
Now a household name amongst club owners and event coordinators, the Hill is the most visible country act in the five state region known as the Midwest. Now considered by many as the most entertaining ensemble around, they still maintain the structure and business savvy that has kept them at the forefront in this competitive demographic.
The direction of the band has been refined over the years in order to accommodate the younger audience, and the high level standards remain.