Dillan Cate is a Country/Rock artist from Northeast Arkansas. As a frontman for his band, he is said to have a unique, stand out voice that captures the listener’s attention.
Currently working on his first full studio album, as well as a 5 song acoustic EP, Cate and his band are getting geared up to hit the road and share new music with listeners across the country.
Cate’s group has found themselves right at home opening for acts such as country artist, Matt Stell, and Grammy award-winning group, Shenandoah. With his demo release of an original song, “Long Way From Memphis,” being well received by listeners of country radio’s KKLR out of Poplar Bluff, MO, Cate has picked up a local following as well as a growing Facebook and YouTube following.
As the release of a new album draws near, Cate’s excitement towards sharing the music with fans and new listeners alike is growing rapidly.
Shane Smith & the Saints
Play just the first 10 seconds of “The Mountain,” which opens Geronimo, the
latest and most ambitious release from Shane Smith & The Saints. Robust a
cappella, four-part harmonies set the stage for a saga of family tragedy, a young
son’s revenge and a blaze burning eternally in a Pennsylvania mine. The vivid
lyrics, powerful vocals and thumping four-beat drums throughout this song are
reason enough for lovers of creative roots music to celebrate.
From their home base in Austin through performances across the country (17
states) and abroad (Ireland), these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly
to their musical and lyrical convictions. They’ve defied audience expectations by
delivering incendiary shows, each one ignited by the band’s ability to unleash,
feed from and feed back the energy of the crowd — in spite of the fact that they
don’t fit easily into any musical category.
With Geronimo, they’ve dared themselves to exceed their own expectations.
Each song begins with Smith creating its “bones,” in the form of chords and lyrics.
He then joins fiddler Bennett Brown, lead guitarist Tim Allen, bassist Chase
Satterwhite and drummer Bryan McGrath in the studio to bring those bones to life.
Aside from a bit of cello, some horns and a few keyboard parts, the band lays
down each note on Geronimo. Their ability to bring songs to life has even earned
them opportunities to record instrumental tracks for other artists.
Smith’s ability to draw images from everyday life into poetry goes back to his
earliest days in Terrell, Texas, an hour east of Dallas.
“There was an old Catholic church right next to our house,” he recalls. “To this
day, I remember those church bells ringing. In fact, I use that reference in a song
from Geronimo called ‘Suzannah,’ which is about a guy who’s fighting a war and
is thinking of his hometown — and he also remembers being raised with a church
bell ringing on the hour every day.”
Before he ever thought of himself as a songwriter, Smith was concerned mainly
with tennis. He played for the formidable program at Tyler Junior College before
transferring to St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Smith soon began getting
into music as well, playing solo gigs in local bars. And he began writing, inspired
by looking at life as it played out around him.
“I’d be in a restaurant and overhear someone saying something, and I’ll have to
excuse myself, walk outside and write a note to myself about it,” he says. “These
days, I make little iPhone recordings. The other day I made one about this
homeless guy I saw by the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere. He was
dirty and worn out but he was picking these gorgeous flowers. I constantly see
moments and images and statements, put them in the bank and have them there
to reflect on and make into honest lyrics down the road.”
Even when he writes a love song, Smith almost can’t help but turn the mundane
into something transcendent. On Geronimo, he does this with “All I See Is You”:
“The storm’s running through the Midwest like a bandit on the loose. / All the
clouds are black as night and all I see is you. / The rain’s pouring through the
window panes and the cracks of this roof. / Tea’s boiling from the spout of the pot,
but all I see is you.”
Recorded and self-produced while on the road throughout Austin, Dallas and
Nashville, Geronimo weaves these images into story lines, each enhancing the
other, together coming alive. “I love trying to tell stories through songs,” Smith
observes. “There’s something that fascinates me about echoing old tales in
songs to carry them on for years and years, like old folk songs.”
And so we travel with a newly freed slave in the nineteenth century, hearing the
music and feeling the exuberance of dancing in Congo Square on “New
Orleans.” We feel the rueful reflection from a sinner who “spent time on the
wrong side of the church door” on “Right Side of the Ground.” We stand shoulder
to shoulder with the Alamo’s doomed heroes as their final seconds near on
“Crockett’s Prayer.” And the title track serves a dual purpose, taking us to a
heroic time and place while making a broader statement about this project.
“On one end, it is an attempt to pay tribute to the life of Geronimo, the Apache
warrior,” says Smith. “I’ve always been fascinated by Geronimo and the
principles he stood for. This also presented the perfect opportunity to relate the
term ‘Geronimo’ with our intensions of this album and the ‘jumping from a cliff’
idea that it symbolizes. If we are going to attempt a career in music, this album is
our commitment to give it everything we’ve got.”
“Our goal with this album was never to put out a bunch of catchy singles and be
all over the radio,” explains Smith. “It was to set us apart, with meaningful lyrics,
huge harmonies and the sound of a hard-working band that has played some
crappy gigs and come out stronger for it. We always had the options to either
make a ‘safe’ record or put something out that sounds like us and no one else.”
“We took that second option and named it Geronimo.
Carrie Christine is an up and coming Texas Country Music Artist with a Rock vibe. Carrie’s self titled CD is soaring on I-Tunes. Her music can also be found on Soundcloud, Amazon, CD Baby, Reverberation, Spotify and Spreaker. Carrie Christine began releasing her self titled CD to radio stations in March of 2016 to gain more exposure and to elevate her music career. Carrie was recently asked to perform at the CMA Fest in Nashville on June 12th, 2016. Carrie’s music is quickly catching fire.
Carrie Christine is no stranger to singing on stage. Her first singing debut was at her aunt’s wedding at age 5. Carrie learned how to entertain a crowd by performing in the annual school talent show and continued to sing and perform with a select pop musical group all through High School, which eventually led them to Nashville to showcase their talents during her Senior year. After graduating High School she went to work as a makeup artist while attending college, but continued to sing at church in the choir. After a few years of singing in her church choir, Carrie moved to a larger stage by singing on the Praise Team at Lakewood Church pastored by Joel Osteen.
Carrie was busy working as a highly sought after make-up artist, but continued to sing at weddings and special events.
However, something amazing happened that would change the course of Carrie’s life forever on New Years Eve 2012. On this special night Carrie’s friend Barbee, a huge country music fan that had moved from Nashville to Houston, rented a party bus and invited several friends along for a fun evening ringing in the New Year. Unbeknownst to Carrie, her friends Barbee and Camille had a plan to get Carrie to sing that New Years Eve night at the famous FireHouse Saloon in Houston Texas. While at FireHouse Saloon, during the bands break, Barbee and Camille spoke to the band and asked if Carrie could sing. The lead singer threw the microphone to Carrie and she jumped on the stage and belted out a Reba song acapella. After exiting the stage, within minutes, Carrie was approached by the owner of FireHouse Saloon, Tom Imber, who asked to book Carrie for a show in two weeks. Carrie quickly declined the offer to perform at a show explaining that she had never performed for two hours straight. Tom did not take NO for an answer and explained to Carrie that he had just returned from a large country music festival scouting talent in Colorado & he told her, “Nobody had pipes like yours.” Carrie soon learned that The FireHouse Saloon was where many country artist got their start including Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney and many more.
Carrie Christine was paired up with recording artist, producer and widely known guitarist Billy Hillman, who toured for years with Sara Evans, Steve Holy, David Ball and Monty and the Pythons. Carrie quickly learned 13 songs and two weeks later Billy Hillman accompanied her in her first acoustic show where she packed out FireHouse Saloon. The music fire was reignited in Carrie and before she knew it, she was co-writing music with Billy Hillman and recording her first CD.
The first song Carrie Christine wrote was TEXAS GIRLS. As a country music fan she had been waiting for native Texan Miranda Lambert to record a song about the amazing TEXAS GIRLS, but she could not wait for Miranda any longer. After recording TEXAS GIRLS, she was hooked. She quickly wrote her next song Coming Home, which highlights a soldier coming home from the war to his wife and newborn baby girl. Stick Shift Blues and Barn Dance were soon to follow.
Carrie Christine thrives off of coming up with amazing song ideas, writing lyrics and singing melodies into her phone. where she takes her ideas to her producer Billy Hillman. Co-writing with Billy has been a great mix as you can hear by listening to Carrie Christine’s music. Carrie grew up listening to rock and roll and later fell in love with country music. When you listen to Carrie’s music you can hear that she brings a rock vibe into her country songs. Carrie took guitar lessons while recording her CD and is excited to play the guitar at one of her future shows. Carrie Christine also recorded the song Sweet Surrender, written by Billy Hillman and Claude Wooley and enjoyed remaking the 60’s BoxTops Hit, The Letter. Carrie’s favorite artist to cover in her shows is Stevie Nicks, but she also enjoys covering Cam, Little Big Town, Shania Twain and many more.
Carrie is planning more public shows in Houston and surrounding areas this year so stay tuned for Carrie Christine to bring excitement to the Texas Music scene and beyond! TEXAS GIRLS ROCK!
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The songs on Stephen Chadwick’s recent release, “Let’s Do This Thing” were born out of long country dance hall sets, and recorded with some of Austin, Texas’ hottest players. It’s 10 tracks of real country music in the vein of George Strait and Mark Chesnutt. It’s dust on the dance floor shuffles, tear in your beer ballads, and real life epics. True classic country with modern soul.
Stephen Chadwick proudly describes his music as “true country.”
Stephen found his love of music at the early age of five while singing alongside his father. From the first time he stepped in front of a microphone, he knew he belonged on stage. He started singing and performing professionally at age 12. He began singing lead in a band in high school, and has been performing ever since.
He formed his own band in 1998, and was quickly opening for major acts including Chris Ledoux, Ray Price, Darrel Worley, John Anderson, Earl Thomas Conley, John Conlee and many others. After a few years, the band played itself out, so Stephen set out on his own, doing numerous acoustic gigs, and even playing with a rock band. After a long period of soul searching, he remembered where his heart truly was…”true country.”
With a renewed passion to write and produce his own music, he reunited with old musician friends and formed Stephen Chadwick and the Tonk Machine. He wrote several new songs and recorded his first original album, “Nashville Texas.”
After a lengthy run, Tonk Machine was disbanded and Stephen again went at it alone. This time there was no hesitation. He immediately formed a new band, and hit the ground running. He continued to write and play live. The work paid off, and today he packs out one of Texas’ largest dance halls, Mo’s Place in Katy. It’s there that he’s introduced the Texas market to his solid originals like “Waitin’ On You” and “She Might Be A Love Song.”
He took those originals, and a handful of new songs from hit song writers in Nashville, and recorded a new demo with six of Austin’s best musicians. He then took those players to Nashville and played an industry showcase at 12th & Porter. The response has been incredible, and Stephen is poised to take a big step in his career.
More song writing and live performances are in store for Stephen, and he couldn’t be happier about it. His strong desire for his brand of true country music to play on radio stations, and to perform it in front of audiences coast to coast, is unyielding.
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My name is Laekyn Etheridge. On August 16, 2014, at the very young age of 2 years old, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Not long ago, the doctors told my mommy I have what is called Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Childhood acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. AML is also called acute myelogenous leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia. Cancers that are “acute” usually get worse quickly if they are not treated. Cancers that are “chronic” usually get worse slowly.
I have the best mommy in the whole world! She has been by my side throughout all of my hospitalizations and treatments. I know there isn’t anything in the world that she wouldn’t do for me. Unfortunately though, my mommy is not able to work while I am sick because she has to be with me. I really need her love and support right now. I feel stronger when she is near me and I am comforted by her when I am not feeling so well.
My mommy made a GoFundMe page for me, because I can’t use a computer yet, in the hopes that whoever sees it will make a donation to help offset some of the costs accumulated from my hospital stays, blood work, testing, treatments, prescriptions, etc. ANY donation is greatly appreciated! Won’t you please help with a donation so my mommy can continue to be by my side? http://www.gofundme.com/js9xrg?fb_action_ids=813900238687725&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=undefined
I need your prayers daily to continue this fight against AML! “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
One more small request…
There are many other sick children at the hospital with me battling cancer too, so please remember them in your prayers when you pray for me!
With love, thanks, and gratitude,
Darrell Goldman released his new album titled, The Bed I’ve Made, in January, a heartfelt project he wrote and produced himself. Darrell’s not just some starry-eyed kid hoping to make it in the music biz. Instead, he’s a seasoned, serious performer with a passion for songwriting and touching people’s lives with music, “that magical something” he says, “that has a way of bringing people together like nothing else in the world. That’s what I love.”
Darrell grew up in Houston where he went to Katy-Taylor High School. He then attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of his favorite cities, next to Austin, TX that is, which he calls home. He also graduated with Honors from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010.
Darrell has released 2 singles from The Bed I’ve Made,” Gypsy Rose,”and his new single, “Lookin’ for Love,” which, is currently in the top 50 on the Texas Regional Radio Charts and is set to release his 3rd single.
Darrell’s full life and complex thinking are reflected in many of his songs. The polished Country song, “Lookin’ for Love,” has a fun upbeat swing feel to it with a classic structure. His appreciation of faith and family are clear in “Hold On My Heart” and “In This Together.” “Gypsy Rose” is a song written for Darrell’s daughter and is a rockin’ country favorite. The title track, “The Bed I’ve Made” is the album’s standout cut and is a song about the transitions in life.
Darrell performs all over Texas and has said that his music is often regarded as “thoughtful” by fans in the Texas capitol. Well, that is the understatement of the year. You see, there are several glimmers of brilliance in the album “The Bed I’ve Made” that make the listener understand that this album is no vanity project – it was a labor of love that has been thought about for many, many years. That makes Darrell Goldman’s debut album a major surprise from a new Country music talent who may very well be leaving his own imprint on Country music with one very well made “bed.” CountryChart.com
Find out more about him at http://darrellgoldman.com including a performance calendar, lists of songs and venues, and more. The Bed I’ve Made, produced by Darrell at Ken Tondre’s The Compound Recording Studio, is now available.
Bio The Soda Creek Band was formed in 2007 by Mario Flores of Helotes, TX. The band currently plays the Texas music scene including corporate and private events all over the state and beyond. 2013 was a breakout year for Mario Flores scoring 3 top 10 singles in Texas, two going top 5. 2014 has gotten off to another good start with a New Male Vocalist Nomination for the Texas Regional Radio Awards and Mario’s latest single “Got A Bad Feeling” climbing the charts fast! Check out the website for more info, http://www.sodacreekband.com.
Backroad Anthem is a country rock band that captivates audiences with their unique style and undeniable chemistry made obvious through their original music and high-energy onstage performances. The six-man group based out of Fayetteville, AR established the vision for their band in October 2012 and have dedicated themselves to “doing” country music their way ever since.
In just its first six months of being a band, Backroad Anthem has opened for artists such as Casey Donahew Band, Dustin Lynch, and Eli Young Band. In June, the band will share the stage with Toby Keith and Luke Bryan at the Thunder Mountain Country Music Festival. Backroad will also release their first EP on May 2, 2013, which will include 5 songs and 2 live bonus tracks.
The band started as a group of acquaintances with a common love for music, but by the end of their first performance the band knew they had caught lightening in a bottle. With the ability to play off each other, engaging a crowd came naturally and they quickly found the identity and sound they desired to express to fans. “With these pieces in place, we’ll be able to build a fan base that will fall in love with our music,” Craig explained. “The stars are aligning for this band.”