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A finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent," Benton Blount knows to trust his instincts. Repeatedly through his career, he has moved forward by walking through an open door, even if making that step defied logic at the time.
"I've had to stop wondering why all my dreams seem to keep coming true and moving me forward," Blount says. "I've learned to trust that singing and writing songs is what I m supposed to do, because every time I focus on my music, new opportunities suddenly present themselves."
"I know people look at me, with my tattoos and appearance, and they don't think I look like a country singer, he says. When I sing, I have a gruffness to my voice that s different than most country singers too. But when I start to talk, you can hear that I m as country as cornbread. And the songs, with their real-life stories and positive outlook on life, have more in common with country music than anything else. Country music is where I belong!"
Growing up in the North Carolina mountains, Benton Blount never picked up a guitar or a microphone, much less played a tune. At age 18, his music pastor stuck a microphone in front of him and to his and everyone's amazement, a beautiful voice was pouring out, thus sparking Benton's passion for singing and writing songs.
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.”