If Riley Green isn’t strumming a six-string and singing, chances are you’ll find him dropping a line in the Ohatchee River, deep sea fishing in Orange Beach, AL, turkey hunting at his primitive camp in Arkansas, or deer hunting at his ‘Back 40 Bash’ property. For this 6’4, blue-eyed, country crooner from Jacksonville, AL it’s not just a “Country State of Mind” - it’s a lifestyle.
Riley has achieved an incredible amount of success for someone doing it all on their own. Though you wouldn’t know it by talking to him, Green is as humble as they come for someone who has released three popular EP’s, stars in two TV shows (Winner of Redneck Island on CMT and his very own hunting show on DirtRoadTV), thousands of social media fans/followers, and has played across the southeast for the last 5 years to hordes of music lovers singing the words of his Alabama anthem (“Bury Me In Dixie”) back to him. People don’t even realize Riley’s an accomplished musician when meeting him. He’s not inclined to brag or talk about himself.
Riley was born into songwriting and performing; spending days and nights with his grandfather, Bufford Green. “My PawPaw opened a music hall in 2003, where he’d always say music goes from ‘The Bar Room to The Pulpit and Back’ each Friday Night. My Granddaddy Buford taught me a love for the sound of old traditional country, bluegrass, and southern gospel music,” explains Riley. The youngster performed at the Golden Saw Music Hall, singing songs like “Wreck on the Highway” and “Precious Jewel” by Roy Acuff with his grandfather and other men of his generation. “My Best Friend” was written as a tribute to his Granddaddy Bufford and the influence he had on Riley’s life & music. “Line in the Water” was inspired by fishing trips with his other grandfather, Granddaddy Lendon, who left a mark on the southern boy by showing him how to truly relax and enjoy the southern lifestyle.
Outside of music, Riley always found time for athletics. Riley, a three sport athlete in high school and a walk-on quarterback at Jacksonville State University understands the importance that comes from playing sports and being part of a team.
Many of Riley’s next generation of songs reflect on the experiences of a young southern man trying to find his place in the world. With a mixture of outlaw-rebellion and respect for tradition, Riley combined these values to create his own style. “’A Little Hank’ and ‘Almost’ reflect the battle of values and what my grandfather referred to as ‘the fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning,’” he explains. Green’s latest EP titled “County Line” which was released earlier this year and reached #14 on the iTunes Country Chart. He has also been recognized by BuzzFeed and Whiskey Riff as an up-and-comer to keep an eye on.
At the end of the day, Riley Green is still that Alabama boy grounded in the values instilled by generations of southern gentlemen. The outdoors man (who is more than likely to address you by Sir or Mam) remains true to himself whether he’s headlining his annual homecoming show (Back 40 Bash) in front of thousands of fans or tending his deer plots as his golden Labrador (Sadie) follows close behind. This is only the beginning for the next country music star from Dixie! For more information on Riley Green visit www.rileygreenmusic.com
The Dam-Fi-No Band and Billy Creason delight audiences wherever they play with their captivating sound and deep catalog of popular songs. Although they have their own unique style, the evoke thoughts of George Strait, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson and The Charlie Daniels Band in their dynamic live performances.
Front man Billy Creason Billy lives in Kernersville, NC, with his wife Melissa, son Ethan and daughter Katie. Billy has been the frontman for The Hard Time Band, Swamp Donkey, Stagecoach and Loose Cannon. He is a Singer/Songwriter as well. You may remember him from Nashville Star Season 3 and Season 5 and American Idol season 6
With their unique sound and vast influences, Billy Creason and The Dam-Fi-No Band have taken the country/Southern rock scene to a new level. It all started with the name! Because they play such a variety of covers, they decided to call themselves "DAM-FI-NO?" because damn if i know what they will play next!
After playing the local scene in North Carolina for three years, the guys decided to take it to the next level and started writing and performing originals at their shows. The feedback was instant and they decided it was time to get serious. They soon caught the attention of Jay Lamar, a producer and CEO of BoyInTheSouth Creative. They signed with BoyInTheSouth and started production on their first studio release "REDNECK DNA."
Since releasing the album, the band has been touring all over the southeast. They released a video for their latest single "GOOD TIME WEEKEND" on their YouTube Channel with a huge response. Check out more info on the guys at www.damfinoband.com
It all started with some front porch pickin' and singing with six guys who have been as close as family for as long as they could remember. After doing this on a regular basis for a long time, that 12 gauge went off at the same time for all of 'em back in 2012. They all asked, "Why not share our talent, passion for music, passion for entertaining and have a great time with everyone around?" And so it began.
They all agreed instantly that creating a band wasn't a dream or want any longer. They all have amazing talent that complements each other perfectly, creating perfect harmony. Without further ado, Shotgun Redd was born. Being that Shotgun Redd is family-based, it came naturally to get on stage and perform for different crowds and feed off each others' energy and from the crowd, making the stage more than "home." The stage is where Shotgun Redd belongs.
Shotgun Redd's members take pride in making sure that they provide their fans, new and old, the best show they've performed each time they are on stage. Everyone has to start somewhere, which is usually at the bottom, and has to work through blood, sweat and tears to climb. That's exactly what hard work, determination, sacrifice and a strong family bond Shotgun Redd has done since the day it was born.
Since the beginning, Shotgun Redd has performed 100 or more shows a year, and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with numerous local and regional acts. Shotgun Redd hosted a benefit concert for the victims in Moore, OK, due to serous tornadoes. Shotgun Redd was asked to headline for the celebration of 40 years on the radio for Robbie Rose with WQIK Shotgun Redd also performed to support and donate to Toys for Tots.
Shotgun Redd has also opened for such national acts as Rodney Atkins, Jason Miller, Colt Ford, Michael Ray, LoCash Cowboys and Cole Swindell. The guys of Shotgun Redd eat, sleep and breathe the music and are always eager to play for any venue and strive to provide the most energetic show that keeps you dancing on the dance floor and begging for more. You will never leave a show disappointed.
The guys of Shotgun Redd are Chris "Stump" Fowler, manager; Scott Nelson, lead singer; Glynn Myer, lead guitar; Dion Fowler rhythm guitar; Scott Fowler, bass; and Mark Dietrich, drums. Shotgun Redd knows first and foremost that if it weren't for their fans, a/k/a Redheads, they would not he where they are today. They thank all their fans from the bottom of their hearts. Spread the Redd!
His older brother, (who was the first one in his family to graduate college and went on to become a radiologist,) bought Ben his first Ibanez guitar and introduced him to all sorts of great music as a kid growing up. And his mom, who has spent every single day on her feet for 38 years owning and running her own hair salon, taught him the power of hard work, perseverance, and following your dreams — no matter where they may lead.
For the active Mississippi boy who always loved school, music was a bit of a curveball, since he spent most of his early years playing baseball, basketball, and football. Having played baseball from age 3 ‘til he was 21, Ben dreamed of a pro career, and was given a summer job by the Memphis Redbirds AAA team as their bullpen catcher during his years in college. “ I did that from 2007-2009, and even got a ring when they won the PCL the last summer I worked there.”
Ben also displayed a passion for writing early on too, and wrote poems before he began putting some chords behind them and turning them into songs. During his first few years of college his brother taught him a few chords on the guitar, and Ben began pursuing music along with a degree in biology and chemistry with the hopes of going to medical school one day. He even spent nearly three months in Central Brazil one summer doing research on the jaguars and wolves of the region in an exclusive program he was chosen to participate in, but music was still enough of a love that he eventually decided to pursue it full time.
Entering the Texaco Country Showdown competition on a whim, Ben was eventually chosen as a Top 10 Finalist in his region, and won it, traveling to the State competition and placing second overall. A local radio station recognized his talent and called on him to open one of their shows for Colt Ford, and soon he was on his way to Nashville to pursue his dream full force. Since then, he’s had the chance to open for acts like Chris Young, Colt, and Grace Potter, and is currently writing with some of Nashville’s best writers.
Thanks to his dad, Ben had an affinity growing up for the classic rock sounds of bands like the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen, but one listen to Garth Brooks “Friends in Low Places” and he became hooked on country, quickly turning his attention to hitmakers like George Straight and Kenny Chesney. He definitely combines all of those influences in his own music, which he describes as “country with a rocking influence.” On songs like “I Need A Cold One,” or “Wasted Time,” he channels that hard-driving energy of classic rock, yet with lyrics and sentiments that fit in perfectly with the songs on country radio today.
For Ben, it’s all about connecting with the audience and giving them a good time.” “I like to get people up and laughing, or crying, or whatever…provide an escape for them for a few hours. I love to see the smile on somebody’s face when they hear a song of mine and instantly start singing it with me. It’s all about getting the people to connect with what you’re doing.”
The Michael Stacey Band is a result of multi-talented musicians that were brought together while developing the ideal backing band for independent recording artist Michael Stacey. The process would span almost four years.Michael Stacey was born in the small southern town of Hahira, GA, and spent most of his childhood traveling due to his father's occupation.
Early on, Michael was influenced by an array of performers, from traditional country artists such as George Jones and Randy Travis, to popular rock, folk, and Motown acts of the '60s, '70s, and '80s. As an adult, he found his way back to Georgia to settle down not far from his birthplace. In his mid-20s, Michael began playing local clubs throughout South Georgia. Persistency and hard work enabled Michael to record his first studio demo in 2000.
Some months later, Michael took the advice of a record executive and set out for Nashville, TN. In no time at all, Michael began to record the earliest tracks his debut album, "After the Storm", which was released July 2001. Michael jumped right into promoting his music heavily with television, radio, print, and most importantly, a top-notch live show.
Over the past few years the Michael Stacey Band has traveled the U.S. performing at various venues and sharing the stage with such popular acts as Diamond Rio, Brad Paisley, Wynonna, Neal McCoy, and Lonestar, just to name a few. The Michael Stacey Band even opened for Michael's childhood hero, George Jones.
Michael sums it up by saying, "It's a blessing to entertain for a living. I appreciate my family's support and all of the folks who take the time to stop and listen to the music."
Closed for Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.
When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
Clement Clarke Moore
It’s no surprise that those closest to the up and coming Nashville singer and songwriter Jared Ashley, think of him as just a little bit of a stickler when it comes to details.
“It’s always been attention to the small things that have made the biggest impact to my career,” he says with a bit of a smile. “Whether it’s the pacing of the live show, the vocal harmonies or the way the bass and drums play off one another, all those things matter.” And little by little, all the elements have come together to make Jared Ashley one of Nashville’s most promising new artists.
Born in Hobbs, NM, near the oil fields on the Texas-New Mexico border, Ashley relocated to Newnan, GA with his dad as a small child. “Growing up, my parents listened to Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers. I was always around country music as a kid,” Jared recalls.
He received his first guitar at the age of 5 and it proved a constant friend to him throughout childhood. The Ashley family later returned to Hobbs during Jared’s sophomore year in high school and, not knowing a soul his own age, he began honing his guitar playing and writing music as a way to pass the time.
“That’s when I really sat down and got serious about writing songs and playing the guitar,” he says. “I was really just trying to consume my time with things other than being bored out of my mind,” he says. Inspired by the revitalization of country music in the early 90’s by artists like Travis Tritt and fellow Newnan native Alan Jackson, Jared came to claim country music as his own.
After high school, Jared joined the Navy, serving four years aboard the USS Independence and USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carriers. He spent much of that time stationed in Yokosuka, Japan while also serving two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf. “On long trips out to sea, there’s not a whole lot to do when you’re off duty. You can stare at water or you can play the guitar. And that’s when I got more serious about it.”
At the encouragement of his Navy buddies, Jared began playing acoustic gigs at George's Country Bar, located just off the naval base in Yokosuka. It was there his music caught the ear of a friend who introduced him to a contact with deep ties in the Nashville music community. With a year left on his commitment with the Navy, Jared made his first trip to Nashville and was instantly hooked on the town’s thriving scene.
Jared moved to Nashville the following year, assembling a band nearly as soon as he arrived. His talents quickly landed him the coveted weekend gig at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on lower Broadway. “Lower Broad is a boot camp,” Jared says. “You’re gonna meet a ton of people and you’re gonna learn a lot. It’ll either make you or break you.”
The gigs at Tootsie proved to be a tremendous break for Jared, giving him the opportunity to meet and impress numerous Music Row executives at his shows and make his first foray into the recording studio. It was there that Jared also met the booking agent who began to mold Jared into the road warrior he has become.
After placing fifth on Season Four of “Nashville Star” in 2006, Jared used the exposure to further his ability to tour and build a fan base as a live artist, even without the benefit of a record deal.
The many miles spent on the road have given Jared an even greater opportunity to hone his songwriting and test his material with his live audience. “I’m a songwriter first, and I became an artist because I wanted people to hear my songs,” Jared says. “I’m really enjoying the songs I’m writing more because they represent where I am in my life right now.”
Now more confident with his abilities to write songs as well as spot the special ones from other writers in the Nashville community, Ashley headed into the studio in 2010 with co-producer Bobby Terry to begin assembling an album for his fans to purchase at shows. The self-titled, self-financed project made it abundantly clear that he had grown into an artist fully capable of hanging with Nashville’s best.
The music also brought Jared to the attention of Blaster Entertainment, a multi-faceted Ohio-based entertainment company. Jared was soon signed for management representation, and it was an easy decision for both parties to sign him to a record deal when the company’s Blaster Records division launched a full Nashville operation in 2012 behind the release of albums by Hank Williams, Jr. and Aaron Lewis.
Ashley, who maintains an aggressive touring schedule playing more than 150 shows per year, is currently on a nationwide tour visiting country radio stations to promote his first single, “Last Train To Memphis.” The song, penned by Ashley with Nick Sturms and Jeremy McComb, is one of eleven tracks from his forthcoming Blaster Records release.
Jared’s single-minded determination can be found in the lyric of “Last Train To Memphis” -- ‘It’s a one-way track, there ain’t no going back.’ That dedication is finally paying off tenfold in the realization of his lifelong dreams.
Jared was born in Hobbs, NM, and at the age of three, relocated to Newnan, GA, where he spent most of his childhood. At the age of 5, he received his first guitar. By 10th grade, his family moved back to Hobbs, New Mexico, and Jared began writing music and playing guitar more. Jared was born in Hobbs, NM, and at the age of three, relocated to Newnan, Georgia, where he spent most of his childhood. At the age of 5, he received his first guitar. By 10th grade, his family moved back to Hobbs, New Mexico, and Jared began writing music and playing guitar more.
After high school, he joined the Navy and was stationed in Japan. He played weekends at a local country bar in Tokyo. After he got out of the Navy, he moved to Nashville, and along with his band Dirty South, became the house band at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
Jared looks forward to bringing his music to millions of country music fans, and being able to showcase his ability to entertain.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Justin Dukes is 22-year-old Nashville recording artist/ SESAC affiliate songwriter from Vidalia, GA. He is 2015 GA Music Awards Country Male Artist of the Year and 2015 Georgia Country Award's Male Artist of the Year. He has been singing and performing since the age of 8. .
After graduating from East Georgia State College,he moved to Nashville, TN to peruse his songwriting and recording career. He has opened for artists such as Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Justin Moore, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Campbell, John Michael Montgomery, Shenandoah, David Nail and Joshua Scott Jones.
He has a unique voice like no other in country music and his writing ability reaches all ages in the country music genre. He now is venturing as a solo artist where he continues singing, playing the guitar, and writing music. Be sure to check out Justin's social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reverbnation, and Youtube. You will be hearing more out of Justin in 2016!