Hey Y’all: Celebrating Country!

Dust off your cowboy boots, pull out your hats get ready for some good country music with a side of BBQ to celebrate National Cowboy Day! July 22nd was the day for celebrating the western lifestyle, and honoring cowboy roots. We are going to the place that has it all “TEXAS”!

Country music is not hard to find in Texas. There are however some historical locations that make you feel like everybody is somebody. That is right I am talking about Luckenbach. Know for its old west style saloon, dance hall & general store located in Fredericksburg, TX. It all started back in the summer of  1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker, along with the Lost Gonzo Band, recorded the live album Viva Terlingua at the Luckenbach dance hall. The album became an outlaw country classic. Later in 1977, after Crouch’s death in 1976, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson vaulted Luckenbach in the national spotlight with the #1 country and #25 Pop charting song “Luckenbach, Texas” (Back to the basics of Love)

Texas barbecue has no peer on earth. Usually they are small establishments with little décor but the warmest atmosphere and delicious food that will have you coming back to savor over and over. Once in a while you will find them located out in a field with picnic tables seating over 800 and a barbeque sauce that has no tomatoes so it won’t burn. The Salt Lick has over 50 years’ experience cooking their slowly over an open fire fed by live oak. On a Saturday night you may have a little bit of a wait they serve over 2,000 in just one night.

The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. It features more than 100 inductees. Well-known names include country music legend George Strait and 9-time world champion rodeo cowboy.
You can also visit the Frontier Times Museum located in the Cowboy capital of the world. You certainly don’t want to miss The Fort Worth Stockyards while celebrating the American cowboy. It was named “The best tribute event” by American Cowboy Magazine. If you are ready for some live rodeo action head over to the historic Cowtown Coliseum of the Forth Worth Stockyards. There’s nothing that says cowboy better than hopping on horseback for a trail ride.

Jess Taylor – A New Sound

Jess Taylor Profile

Alternative Country Artist: Jess Taylor

Website: www.jesstaylormusic.com

GetConquer Page: www.getconquer.com/jesstaylor/

Bandtwango project page: https://bandtwango.com/projects/jess-taylor/

We here at Conquer had the awesome opportunity to interview Alternative Country artist (though one would consider her unrestricted by genre) Jess Taylor about her ongoing crowdfunding project. Hitting the ground running in High-school, Jess’s songwriting and vocal skills quickly led to a large fan following within mainstream country. 5 years later, and Jess is back in a way you’ve never heard her before.

For full in depth artist interview head to: http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-jess-taylor/

COUNTRY ARTIST CAITLIN KOCH

Country Artist: Caitlin Koch

Caitlin Koch is a Nashville-based Country Artist best known for her performances on Simon Cowell’s production,. “The X Factor, USA” Season 1.

Originally from Orchard Park, NY, Caitlin started singing in church. Early on, she was influenced by Elvis Presley due to her parents’ musical tastes. Caitlin attended Orchard Park HS where she was a scholar athlete.

In 2011, Caitlin took her talent to the international stage when featured as the singing rugby coach on Simon Cowell’s production, “The X Factor USA” on FOX network. Caitlin received a standing ovation for her version of “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes. She ranked in the TOP 8 of Cowell’s team, but was cut before the show went to a live audience.

Caitlin Koch – “The X Factor, USA” Season 1 Auditions. Performs “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes but done a little bit different.

In 2015, Caitlin followed her dream to Nashville, TN in pursuit of music as an independent artist.

“I was at a crossroads in my life. I was not where I wanted to be in my career, so I had two choices: give up, or make a move. I made a move”, says Caitlin.

She relocated to Nashville and immersed herself in all the city had to offer.

You can learn more about her and check out her music at http://www.getconquer.com/caitlin

CAITLIN KOCH – TURNING MUSIC INTO LIFESTYLE

caitlin koch knows lifestyle marketing
caitlin koch knows lifestyle marketing

Singer/Songwriter: Caitlin Koch

How do you turn music into lifestyle? How do you turn your music career into a marketing stream of revenue? We turned to Conquer’s own Caitlin Koch for some of those answers.

As a Nashville based singer/songwriter best known for her performances on Simon Cowell’s production, “The X Factor, USA” Season 1, Conquer Entertainment caught up with Caitlin and her busy schedule long enough to examine how she is using her brand of music and her lifestyle to reach out to her fans.

“I chased my dream on my own terms. I breathed music and got into songwriting more and more. I felt like the Nashville music community opened its arms to me one friend at a time”, says Caitlin. And from that base of Nashville talent, we see that like so many doe-eyed Jersey dairy cows, musicians are the dairy cows of the music business. If you properly take care of them and milk them carefully, the music and all of its spin-offs end up producing a long commercial life of revenue with gigs, record sales, licenses, more streaming music traction, and all the merchandise and publishing royalties.

Showing her lifestyle in Venice
Caitlin with Motives look

More recently, savvy advertisers have used music and the personalities of musicians in all sorts of ways to market their stuff to the public. Some involve straight-up commercial endorsements, while others create a more subliminal connection between music and consumer. The emotional power of music is considerable, and when music is associated with a certain product or service, that emotional resonance transfers to the product or service itself.

This is largely what lifestyle marketing is about: using music to create an emotional response, which in turn influences the consumer’s choices. In return, lifestyle marketing helps artists find a wider community and potential sales base for record sales, concerts, and so on.

With Caitlin, as in the images above, she shows off her best looks with colors and shadows that mirror the best that Motives cosmetics has to offer. And check out that hot European look on the streets of Venice! Her fans can scour her trend shop on Shop.com to find a purse to match her look or discover some ‘stepping out to lunch shoes’ with those adorable half boots. Either way, her fans love her music and definitely love her look.  There she goes again, turning music into lifestyle and her music career into a marketing stream of revenue!

Check her out at http://www.getconquer.com/caitlin/

COUNTRY ARTIST KIMBERLY WOLFF

County Artist: Kimberly Wolff

Kimberly Wolff is a country artist whose combines her vocal talents with her entertaining ability to creates a show that will have you on your feet from beginning to end. Tessa Denen from Perimeter Entertainment is quoted as saying Kimberly Wolff is not what you’d expect a female country artist to be. Her show is high energy from beginning to end. Her vocals are every bit as good as any artist you hear on the radio today, if not better. She is most definitely a star in the making.”

Kimberly might remind you of other strong female country artist such as Top billboard artist Carrie Underwood performing – Before he cheats or Gretchen Wilson – Redneck women. Kimberly delivers a sound of today’s country. Edgy raw with a mix of pop and rock filtered in.

Check out Kimberly performing Martina McBrides “Anyway” In front of a packed stadium of 25,000 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVmtHMpi1Aw

Kimberly realized her passion for performing at the young age of seven, and since has taken advantage of every opportunity to get on stage.

After attending St. Ambrose University to study music, Kimberly came home to Illinois to start the career she had been working for all of her life. Kimberly quickly gained the support of some of Chicago’s biggest and best radio stations, producers and venues. She traveled to and from Nashville multiple times and was named Nashville Star Search’s “Best New Talent.” She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee

After seeing Kimberly perform, Today’s Country Magazine stated, “Kimberly Wolff is definitely a Chicago area performer to keep your eyes on.” The magazine, as well as anyone who has had the chance to see Kimberly live, was blown away by the singers ability to perform.

Things have not slowed down for this rising star and after gaining much praise and encouragement from Chicago’s industry professionals, Kimberly decided to make the move to Nashville permanently. 2012 promises to be an incredible year for this artist as there are many new and exciting things in the works. Some of Nashville’s best are already lining up to become a part of this singer’s rise to the top. Keep your eyes open because things just keep getting better and better for this up-and-coming country star!

You can learn more about her and listen to her music at http://www.getconquer.com/kimberlywolff/

SKUNK RUCKUS

Country/Rock Band : Skunk Ruckus

The release of their second album on May 11th, “Pearls Before Swine” really showcases the band’s unique style and lack of concern when it comes to crossing genres and breaking the rules of sterile formula based music. It’s a gret combination of old school Appalachian Mountain Music and the free expression of punk rock.

Originally a duo with Jim McCarthy on Banjo and stomping a kick drum along with Max Steel on bass, the current configuration has the addition of drummer, Claude Coleman, Jr. and Dave Gilbert on electric guitar. With Jim’s gut-singing vocal style the sound is awesome and you can’t compare it to anything out there, definitely unique and hard to put in any kind of descriptive box.
I think sometimes as regional musicians you end up in performance situations that vary dramatically in regards to the engagement of your audience. Sometimes you’re a rockstar and sometimes you’re background noise for the drinking crowd. The title of this new album comes from a situation Jim McCarthy was quoted as saying, “We were playing a show and just kicking the crap out of it,” he says. “And no one was responding. We might as well not have been there. And then Dave leaned over and said, ‘We are giving these guys gems!’ And I said, ‘Pearls before swine!’” It was all meant in good-natured fun, but the phrase stuck and ended up as the album title.”
 
The Ruckus boys are playing all up and down the East Coast and the Carolinas, if you have the chance to catch one of their shows you will not be disappointed. HillBilly Rock-N-Roll is alive and well!

UPCOMING CONQUER ARTIST SHOWS : JUNE 2017

Hey Conquer fans! If you’re looking for some live music this month then check out these upcoming shows and tour dates.

Brennin

@Brennin

  • June 2nd, State Theatre in Harrah, OK
  • June 7th, Belcourt Taps in Nashville, TN
  • June 10th, CMA Fest @ Wildehorse Saloon in Nashville

Dan Reardon

@DanReardonMusic

  • June 4th, Lazy Lobster in East Rockaway, NY
  • June 15th, Brixx and Barley in Long Beach, NY

Fat Joe

@FatJoe

  • June 3rd, Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA
  • June 11th, Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
  • June 30th, Zlate Piesky in Bratislava, Slovakia

K. Flay

@Kflay

  • June 14th, The National in Richmond, VA
  • June 15th, Firefly Music Festival in Dagsboro, DE
  • June 22nd, Heimathafen in Berlin, Germany
  • June 23rd, Hurricane Festival in Sheessel, Germany
  • June 23rd, Southside Festival in Neuhausen, Switzerland
  • June 27 and 28th, Camden Assembly in London, UK

Kaleido

@KaleidoBand

  • June 1st, Knitting Factory Concert House in Boise, ID
  • June 2nd, Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor in Reno, NV
  • June 3rd, White Water Saloon in Paradise, CA
  • June 5th, The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
  • June 6th, House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
  • June 7th, Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
  • June 10th, The Pageant in Saint Louis, MO

Laney Lynx

@Lynxstagrams

  • June 14th, Father Knows Best in Brooklyn, NY

Little Texas

@LittleTexasBand

  • June 2nd, Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex in Marion, SC
  • June 16th, Old Capital Tavern in Sauk Rapids, MN
  • June 30th, Grizzly Rose in Denver, CO

Maggie Baugh

@Maggie_Baugh

  • June 11th, Piranha’s Bar & Grill in Nashville, TN

Mark Mckinney

@MarkMckinneyMusic

  • June 2nd, Love and War in Texas in Plano, TX
  • June 24th, Sundown at Granada in Dallas, TX
  • June 30th, The Saxon Pub in Austin, TX

WASI

@WasiMusic

  • June 6th, Harvard and Stone in Los Angeles, CA

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN…WITH LITTLE TEXAS

Country Band: Little Texas

On the road again….

Back in the 90s Little Texas took the country world by storm. Selling over 7 million albums, receiving 3 Grammy nominations plus honors from both the Academy of Country Music (Vocal Group Of The Year) and the Country Music Association (Album Of The Year). Their first radio release in 1991, “Some Guys Have All The Love,” became a Top-10 hit, as did their next single, “First Time For Everything.

The band toured with fellow musicians such as Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw and Travis Tritt. Little Texas broke a record in country music history. They had three different songs on three different charts with three different lead singers, all at the same time. It is a feat that has never been repeated since by any band.

 

In 1997 the band decided to take a  Hiatus after years of touring and producing. They each worked on individual projects and spent time with family and friends. In 2004 the four original members rebuilt the franchise with a new sound. This year, Little Texas is breaking new sonic ground with the release of their 8th album, Young For A Long Time https://www.littletexasonline.com/music

 

Little Texas always knows the number one job is to consistently deliver to the fan base that they’ve acquired over the years. Their meet and greets, VIP fan club and consistent communication through social media https://www.facebook.com/littletexasband/ allows the fans to stay connected to the band. You can catch Little Texas touring with some of their country musicians in a town near you this summer.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Thu, Apr 27 Silverton Casino Hotel Las Vegas, NV

Fri, May 5 Jiggy With The Piggy Festival Kannapolis, NC

Sat, May 6 Valley Fest Dunlap, TN

Fri, May 12 The Throne Theater Wilmington, NC

Sat, May 13 Anderson Music Hall w/Sawyer Brown Hiawassee, GA

Sat, May 20 Colorado Energy Festival w/ Charlie Daniels Band Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO

Thu, May 25 Chances R Lubbock, TX

Fri, May 26 Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival Fredericksburg, TX

Sat, May 27 Atwood Music Festival Monticello, MS

Fri, Jun 2 The Swamp Fox w/Firehouse Marion, SC

SAt, Jun 10 The Fargodome Fargo, ND

Sun, Jun 11 @ 4:00 PM CMA Music Festival – Forever Country Stage Nashville, TN

 

SAT, JUN 17 BOTTINEAU COUNTY FAIR BOTTINEAU, ND

 

FRI, JUN 23 KINGS NIGHTCLUB CLARKSVILLE, TN

 

SAT, JUL 1 RIO BLANCO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS W/ LONESTAR MEEKER, CO

 

TUE, JUL 4 JULY 4TH APPRECIATION DAY LAGRANGE, MO

 

SAT, JUL 15 DELAWARE COUNTY FAIR W/ SAWYER BROWN MANCHESTER, IA

 

FRI, JUL 21 SALINE COUNTY FAIR CRETE, NE

 

FRI, JUL 28 THE GOBBLER THEATER JOHNSON CREEK, WI

 

SAT, JUL 29 SAC SPEEDWAY SAC CITY, IA

 

Sun, Jul 30 TBA Minnesota

Thu, Aug 3 Gallia County Fair Gallipolis, OH

Sat, Aug 5 Private Event Ranger, TX

Thu, Aug 10 Main Street Square Rapid City, SD

Fri, Aug 11Best Of The West Ribfest Watford City, ND

Sat, Aug 12 Red’s Irish Pub Swanville, MN

Sat, Aug 19 The Rally Sturgis, MS

Fri, Sep 8 Isle of Capri Boonville, MO

Sat, Sep 9 Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville, MO

Sun, Sep 10 The Strand at 38 Main Waynesville, NC

Fri, Sep 15 David M. Player Center for the Arts Safford, AZ

Sat, Sep 16 Higley Center for the Performing Arts Gilbert, AZ

Fri, Sep 29 Preston County Buckwheat Festival Kingwood, WV

SAT, SEP 30 “GET DOWN DOWNTOWN” STREET FESTIVAL SEARCY, AR

 

SAT, OCT 7 CHER-AE HEIGHTS CASINO TRINIDAD, CA

 

FRI, OCT 20 WASHINGTON PARISH FREE FAIR W/ SHENANDOAH FRANKLINTON, LA

 

SAT, NOV 4 MCHALE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LOGANSPORT, IN

AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK MCKINNEY

 

Mark McKinney’s new release “Bridge”

The past is gone it’s yesterday, you gotta get out of your own way

The past is gone it yesterday, the rest of your life begins today

Mark not only entertains you with his new release Bridge but he also inspires you.

 

Mark has four studio albums, Fifteen Top 10 hits on the Texas Country Charts, an ever-growing fan base, and favorite entertainer of the Texas music scene, Mark McKinney is a force to be reckoned with, and has no plans of slowing down any time soon. World In Between was released in January of 2017, it has already received much critical acclaim. This past week he released the video that showcases the soundtrack Bridge.
We had an opportunity to meet up with Mark and his band at SXSW2017 in his hometown of Austin. We asked him a few questions in between sets.

Does the song have a personal meaning behind it? Not too much, while writing it we thought of a fictional couple who had a relationship that had turned bitter, and it had become time to move on. But, one side wasn’t willing to let it go. We also wanted a positive message about starting over to be included, and that happens at the end of the song, in the last bridge of the song. “The past is gone it’s yesterday, the rest of your life begins today.”

 

Do you write all your own music?

Yes, every song I’ve ever recorded I’ve written, many of them alone, and sometime I co-write. My new album has 11 tracks on it, one was co-written with my brother Eric, two were co-written with my wife Cassie, including “Bride,” and one with a friend named Brian Burke. The rest written alone.

 

When putting together the album how do you select what song will be the first song on the album?

That’s a tough decision, as the tracks start to come together, they take on a vibe and life of their own, eventually you find one that just sort of feels like a good start to the album. My brother Eric who co-produced the album with me, plus my Dad who attended all the recording sessions (Couch producer),  and I started thinking 90 Miles fit the bill, and would be a nice laid back feel to kick things off.

 

Not every song that you produce will get a video created for it, how do you choose? Ideally we want to do a video for each single we put out to radio, it’s nice to have a visual to go with the song in this day and age of YouTube and iPhones… choosing each single is a tough decision, you factor in the song’s style, quality, the feel and tempo of the song compared to the previous single, the time of year and what might correlate well etc.. eventually one just sort a emerges as the right choice, at least you hope so.

 

You have a long time relationship with the producer of your video what skills are you most attracted to of his?

My friend AJ Vallejo produced the video for “Bridge.” AJ has a long back ground in music, having fronted the very successful Austin TX rock band “Vellejo,” and producing 100’s of albums and projects. He really has a great eye for video producing and I like the energy and vision he goes for in his videos.

 

Who came up with the concept for the video? That pretty much came about over 2 or 3 dinners out with AJ, my wife Cassie, and myself. We like to get together with him and try new foodie places in Austin, and we did that several times and just through ideas around all contributing pieces to the puzzle.

 

Writing, producing, and recording is so personal but if you had the opportunity, what artist would you like to hear Sing your song?

That’s a very tough question, it’s hard for me to come up with an answer for it. I think I’m going to have to ponder that one for a while longer lol.

 

Current news:

Mark’s latest single “Sunshine” just went #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart. This marks his fourth number one song. Check out the video:

Sunshine Music Video

MarkMcKinney.com

Booking & Management:

TexasEvolution

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