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Fans Can "Chow
Down" at the Hoedown at the new "BBQ City" Concessions
Detroit Non-Profit Groups Working Stands To Raise Funds
world’s largest free country concert event comes to Detroit’s
Hart Plaza this weekend, fans attending the Downtown Hoedown on
Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17 will be able to enjoy a
variety of foods and snacks at concessions areas along the walkways
throughout the plaza provided by 25 local food vendors.
first time, one of the most popular foods will be highlighted
and expanded on with the introduction of “BBQ City,”
an area on the riverfront near the River Stage featuring a mouth-watering
mix of barbequed offerings by several local establishments.
representatives in “BBQ City” include:
Grill – offering BBQ Jumbo Drumsticks, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches,
Steakburgers and more.
BBQ Ribs & Soul – featuring BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches,
Chicken Sandwiches and more.
Catering – offering BBQ Spare Ribs, BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwiches
Tips (A Detroit caterer) – featuring the “180” Sandwich,
a large pulled pork sandwich covered with creamy cole slaw and Ray
Ray’s Special BBQ Sauce on a large bun. If anyone is able to
finish the sandwich in 180 or less seconds, the sandwich is free and
they win a free t-shirt.
Grill Restaurant – featuring BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches,
BBQ Chicken and more.
to “BBQ City,” the Downtown Hoedown will have an array of
food vendors serving the festival site, and representing the metro Detroit
area, including Matthew Sons, Mercurios, Mr. G’s Pizza and Cosi
Restaurants and others.
Adding to the
local “flavor” of the festival, more than 20 local Detroit
non-profit groups will be participating and raising funds through their
involvement working concessions areas throughout Hart Plaza during the
event and earning a commission on their sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Bomshel is
ready to rock at Detroit's Downtown Hoedown
is a country music duo made up of violinist Kristy Osmonson and
vocalist Kelley Shepard. After Buffy “Buf” Lawson left
the duo in 2007, Shepard stepped in as her replacement.
really not that different,” said Shepard. “I like it
better because we go to so many crazy things and meet so many crazy
people. A lot of people when I stopped being a solo artist moved
to a duo, they’re like, ‘you’re gonna lose so
much.’ And I really haven’t. For me, I just wanted to
sing. Now I get to do it with my best friend and not by myself.”
“Bomshel Stomp” was very popular across the state of
it’s awesome, that’s why,” Shepard said.
like to line dance,” Osmonson agreed. “We’re still
trying to learn the dance.”
new single is “Fight Like a Girl,” a song that was just
released to radio.
about a really good friend of ours, Jenny,” said Osmonson.
“She was going through breast cancer and she had a little
girl and was diagnosed. She inspired us. She’s from my hometown,
she’s a great friend. She just lived everyday to the fullest.
She took a really bad situation and kind of made this mission statement
to fight it. She didn’t just sit around and go, ‘why
me?’ She’s like ‘you know what, I get to go to
chemo everyday.’ I was inspired by her, she was incredible.”
really wanted to take a negative saying and turn it into something
positive,” Shepard said. “For Jenny but for all girls.
I think women are so amazing and stay so helpful through some of
the most trying things. We love ‘Fight Like a Girl’,
it’s the best song to really encompass everything Bomshel
recently completed filming of the music video for “Fight Like
did, it’s almost done,” Shepard said. “Kristy
and I are so different but it’s good. She’s like the
ying to my yang. She can be in the studio for 16 hours. I’d
rather eat glass. I love to do live shows and videos. It was the
best day of my life. My wedding day won’t compete with that.”
much fun, it was really stressful for me,” Osmonson said.
“I was scared to death. She looked so good. Kelly trotted
through it and I tried to follow.”
released a 3-song digital EP on iTunes.
sold 2,000 copies in one week,” Shepard said.
will perform at the Downtown Hoedown on Saturday afternoon.
of the best I’ve ever played,” said Osmonson of the
free country festival. “Michigan is my absolute favorite place
to play. Our band is banging right now. We got a big ole surprise
for you all.”
was actually my first live show that I’ve ever played,”
Shepard said. “It was really funny cause Bomshel was there
the day before I was. I’m excited to be back with Kristy.
I think it’s gonna make it 10 times better. We’re excited!”
who play at the Hoedown perform when they are starting out and end
up being very famous such as Garth Brooks and Toby Keith.
love Michigan, we can’t wait to see you,” Osmonson added.
information, visit www.bomshel.com,
Bomshel to perform at the Hoedown on Saturday, May 16th at 3:25
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Osmonson and Kelley Shepard of Bomshel.
EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Cochran
performs at Boomers; Prepares for Downtown Hoedown
Mich. -- Country
music star Stephen Cochran just got off the stage at Boomer's Roadhouse.
His entire family was there to watch him perform in Waterford, Mich.
A friend of his from the military even came by to watch the performance.
The hometown star announced that he will be performing at Detroit's
Downtown Hoedown on Friday, May 15. The world's largest free country
music festival is a show that he's been wanting to play for many
years. This year, his dream will come true.
was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and grew up in Waterford, Mich.
He is the son of a struggling songwriter and artist. Cochran was
greatly upset by the events of 9/11 so he joined the Marines and
was deployed to Iraq. He returned home and then went to Afghanistan.
Cochran lost a good friend to enemy fire and came home with a broken
back. He was determined to sing country music.
is a personal family friend of mine," Cochran said of performing
at the roadhouse. "I've actually known Boomer since I was like
six years old. All my cousins ride bikes together. Growing up in
Michigan, that's where I get my love of Harleys. Boomers Roadhouse
is just coming home. My goal is to get big enough to where the only
place you can see me in Waterford, Michigan is at Boomers."
your father help you become a country music singer?
always grew up knowing that music was something I wanted to do,"
he responded. "I just had to find the reason and the drive
behind it. My service in the military gave me the passion to write
the songs that I do and I have to give my father credit as a songwriter
and a singer of giving me the drive to know that it can happen.
He obviously made it happen. Put your mind to anything and you can
do anything you want to do. I'm walking again when they told me
I'd never do that again."
self-titled debut album was released in 2007.
my first album was a lot like coming into maturity as an adult,"
Cochran replied. "Everything was new. You had to find where
your place was. Really, discover what the music said to you. I'm
so blessed to have the experience that I did with the first album.
Now, on my second album, I've taken those mistakes and those very
big jumps that we made and I've progressed them on to a different
level of Stephen Cochran. I hope this next single takes off the
way it should."
singer announced that he is working on a second album.
don't have a due date," he said. "We're actually going
to give the fans what they want which is the best of what we can
give them. We're going to come out with 'Wal-Mart Flowers' and just
rock it from there on out. If it was up to me, 22 [songs], it's
never up to me. I would say about 13 songs."
story behind the song "Friday Night Fireside"?
got out of the Marine Corps. and Kenny Chesney is of course, amazing,"
Cochran said. "But a lot of stuff he was playing was all about
beaches. Being from Waterford and in Tennessee, we don't have beaches
here. I wanted to write something about what we did for our summers.
And that was just getting bonfires and getting beer and having just
a 'Friday Night Fireside.'"
Cochran performed for the troops in the Middle East.
first time and the second time that I went to the Middle East as
a Marine, completely changed my life," he responded. "This
was no different. I will remain constantly changed by what I had
to do over there as a Marine but what I got to do as a musician
was even greater. I just thank god everyday."
singer will perform for the very first time at the Downtown Hoedown
dream come true," he answered. "I mean, everybody out
there has to realize, I grew up in Waterford. I grew up going to
this show. The neighborhood would get together and we would all
go to Hoedown. For me to not look at the stage but to look at the
fans, it kind of tells me I made it a little bit. It's something
that I've always wanted to be a part of. And I'm so blessed and
honored that WYCD asked me to be a part of it this year."
that play the Hoedown end up getting noticed and become huge stars.
hoping the same thing happens here," Cochran replied. "I
just love playing music man. I made a promise to myself when I injured
in the hospital that I would do what I love everyday for the rest
of my life. I've really lived up to that. I get to wake up every
morning and make music. Why wouldn't I be happy with that?"
Stephen Cochran to perform at the Downtown Hoedown on Friday, May
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performs at Boomers Roadhouse in Waterford.
Trailer Choir: From
Frat Parties to Concert Halls
Trailer Choir is a
brand new group on the country music scene. It is made up of Crystal
Hoyt, Mark “Butter” Fortney and Vinnie “The
Mack” Hickerson, a 400-pound man who dances in the middle
of their shows.
discovered the group and signed them on his new label, Show Dog
Records. Trailer Choir is now performing on his “2008 Biggest
& Baddest Tour.”
of the group is very unique. “Butter is the one that came
up with that concept,” said Crystal Hoyt of Trailer Choir.
“Butter’s our funny front man. It kinda started with
this idea with these frat parties that we had been playing. They
really liked the idea of being able to stop in the middle of a
song and having everybody sing the song with you. That’s
the choir concept. Then the trailer part comes in.”
Choir’s style of music is different than others in country
music. It is more fun and edgy.
that we put out there is simple melodies that people can sing
along with,” says Hoyt. “Songs that have smart writing
that are still touchy and fun. There’s definitely a serious
side to it too to show the public. We call it a three-minute vacation.
Leave the troubles behind for a little bit and have a good time
started out by playing cover songs. Then, it made the transition
to original material.
and Vinnie started the college frat party shows,” said Hoyt.
“That kinda energy that’s created when people know
the song and are familiar with the song. It’s really hard
to work an original song into that cause sometimes you lose the
crowd if you do that. They started intentionally writing songs
that were geared towards that type of crowd. You could still keep
the energy up but still a song that people would catch on to quickly
enough that they could still sing along with it.
made that transition from a being cover show into an all original
show in Nashville that broke kinda it’s own following out
one of the biggest stars in country music, discovered the group.
was a good buzz goin about Trailer Choir,” said Crystal
Hoyt. “I knew the boys for years, Butter and Vinny both
before actually joining the band. They were getting out really
good songs. People were talking about it. Someone had mentioned
it to him and he said ‘I wanna go check ‘em out.’
Toby did a show one night last minute, barely caught the last
part of one song and came back just after that. He said, ‘Can
you come to this bar and play a couple of songs?’ We went
in there played two or three songs. Toby said, ‘I’ll
talk to y’all tomorrow.’ He did and here we are now.”
Choir’s debut single is a song called “Off the Hilbilly
had a friend who is from California and she was on Nashville Star
a few years ago,” said Hoyt. “She is just a fun, great
songwriter. She had gone to a Trailer Choir show one night and
approached Big Vinnie after the show and said ‘I have a
hook that I need to write with ya’ll.’ She got together
with Vinnie and started writing it. Then, Butter joined in later.
That was actually one of the first songs I ever sung with the
boys. That’s kinda what brought me into the group. It turned
into this really neat anthem for the Beer For My Horses movie.”
is currently working on a debut album that will have between 12
and 15 songs on it once complete. The first four songs are available
online at digital music retailers such as iTunes.
got a good portion of it completed so far,” Hoyt said. “Not
all of it yet just because Toby’s producing it. So we’re
working around his schedule and the movie schedule and everything
else we’ve got going on. We’d like to get it out before
Christmas. Around November would be ideal. It all depends on scheduling.
We’ve got tons of material that’s been written that
we’ve been waiting to record.”
Drive-In restaurant influenced one of the group’s band members
in a big way.
has everything in life because of Sonic,” Hoyt said. “He
started working there when he was in high school. Basically, that
supported him. He worked there and had a hard time leaving there
to go into full-time songwriting. The song ‘Rollin’
Through The Sunshine’, they actually wrote that song, Butter
and Vinnie did, over the phone while Vinnie was working at Sonic
flipping burgers and taking orders.”
gave the new group some advice on how to be successful.
professional, but be yourself,” said Hoyt of his advice.
“He never asked us to change anything. He said, ‘Go
out there and do what you do. Sing the way you sing. There’s
no real plan yet for what I’m gonna do with ya’ll.
I just want you to go out there and be yourself.’ He wants
his artists to do what he did which was be yourself but go out
there and make your own music, play your own music. He wants everybody
to be true artists, songwriters, entertainers, the whole package.”
got to learn a lot last year, just being on the side stages,”
said Hoyt. “But nothing really compares to being on that
big stage. We loved the side stages. It was the best learning
experience for all of us. This year, being on the big stage and
in front of that many people every night is such a blessing. Seeing
Trailer Choir posters in the crowd is really cool. Getting to
learn from the best in the business. Toby is one of the best,
if not the best at what he does. We get to see what he does every
night and try to pick up tips and learn how to do what he does.”
courtesy of Show Dog Nashville
CMA New Artist Spotlight:
CMA Close Up News Service
Luke Bryan comes by his
Country-as-cornbread credentials honestly.
Growing up in rural Leesburg,
Ga., the young singer/songwriter spent a good deal of his time farming
peanuts, corn and cotton on surrounding farms and helping his dad
in the fertilizer business. Country Music was everywhere, and Bryan
grew up on a steady diet of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Conway
Twitty and Hank Williams Jr. His dad bought him an Alvarez guitar
and was soon taking him to Skinner's, a local watering hole, to
let the youngster display his already-impressive vocal and guitar
chops with local bands.
After high school, Bryan
seemed destined for a Country Music career when tragedy struck the
family. Just as the singer was preparing to leave for Nashville,
the news came that his older brother Chris had been killed in an
auto accident. Devastated, Bryan resolved to put aside his plans,
enrolled in Georgia Southern University and after graduation, took
a "real job" in the area at his father's agriculture business,
to stay close to his family.
Finally, with his family's
encouragement, Bryan moved to Music City in September 2001, secured
a publishing deal with hit songwriter Roger Murrah's company and
began writing the songs that would lead to a contract with Capitol
Bryan co-wrote all 11
tracks on his self-titled debut released on Aug. 14, which was produced
by Jeff Stevens, and includes debut single, "All My Friends
Say," written with Stevens and Lonnie Wilson.
"I'm glad I waited
before moving to Nashville," Bryan said. "Not only am
I a better writer and singer with more performing experience, but
I've also lived a lot more. I'm ready."
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
Who is your musical
Which song would
you secretly like to cover?
"'Single Thing in Mind' by Conway Twitty."
What song do you
wish you had written?
"Earl Thomas Conley's 'Might Be What I'd Say.'"
What word or phrase
do you find yourself saying over and over again?
"We'll get it handled."
Who is your dream
On The Web:
BY JUAN PONT LEZICA
Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan.
CMA New Artist Spotlight:
CMA Close Up News Service
Technically, Adam Gregory
isn't Adam Gregory's first album. But seeing as how he cut The Way
I'm Made when he was just 13 years old, for distribution only in
his native Canada, it can be asserted that his self-titled Big Machine/NSA/Midas/
Records debut album brings a more seasoned 22-year-old artist to
audiences beyond the borders of his homeland.
That first album earned
the teenager a series of distinctions, including a Prairie Music
Award for Outstanding Country Music Recording, the Canadian Radio
Music Award for Best New Country Artist, Canadian Country Music
Association and Juno Award nominations and performance opportunities
at festivals and venues. He would record three albums for the Canadian
market, each one tracking his development as an expressive singer
and rapidly evolving writer.
Gregory now bows in the
United States with an album that's finely tuned to what communicates
on Country radio. He'd written one track on his first Canadian album;
that number rises to nine co-writes on Adam Gregory, including the
first single "Crazy Days," which he penned with Lee Brice,
Kyle Jacobs and Joe Leathers. But the urgent romanticism and surging
rhythm of that song reflect only one side of his personality; on
the dramatic "Tired" and the intimate "What It Takes
to Be Your Man," he proves he stands strong as a ballad interpreter,
while a self-deprecating humor as well as a knack for skipping between
long notes and tongue-tripping lyrics emerge on the chorus of "Could
I Just Be Me."
It adds up to this: From
looks to voice and all points between, Gregory has what he needs
to make an impact in any territory he targets.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
"'Home,' by Michael Bublé."
WHAT YOU SING IN
"Anything and everything."
"My cross necklace."
FAVORITE FOOD WHILE
"Any kind of pasta."
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
SECRET ABOUT YOU
THAT NO ONE WOULD GUESS
"I don't smoke or drink."
MODE OF TRANSPORATION
WHEN THEY LOOK BACK
ON YOUR LIFE IN 50 YEARS, WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU
"I hope people will say that I followed my dreams and remained
true to myself."
IF YOU WEREN'T A
MUSICAL ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE
"Probably a soccer player or a music producer."
On the Web:
by Bo Streeter
recording artist Adam Gregory
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