#CMchat Exclusive Interview with Drew Baldridge
Mar25

#CMchat Exclusive Interview with Drew Baldridge

Interviewing Drew Baldridge has been on my “must do” list for some time now. He is a kindhearted gentleman whose spirit and energy is unmatched. He is the boy next door from a small town in Illinois. His smile lights up the room and his laughter is absolutely contagious. Thinking back to your childhood, what was your first experience with music like? “The first time I ever sang in front of people was in first grade at the Christmas...

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5 Things to Learn at a Granger Smith Concert
Mar22

5 Things to Learn at a Granger Smith Concert

Granger Smith’s career has been taking off. After reading other #CMchat Country Cadre reviews, I knew I HAD to see him in concert. Here are five things I learned seeing Smith at the Great American BBQ Festival in Chandler, AZ. Earl Dibbles, Jr. IS real. Earl Dibbles Jr. made an appearance at The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival. He is Smith’s alter ego. He’s a redneck, beer drinking, chew spitting, America loving country boy....

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Concert Review: Erik Dylan at Listening Room OH
Mar16

Concert Review: Erik Dylan at Listening Room OH

The Listening Room in Port Clinton, Ohio is easily becoming one of my favorite places for concerts in a small, intimate setting. The artist, as the guest of honor, is put on display for an hour or two in a laid back atmosphere that includes some of the most polite and professional servers around. I was privileged to make a trip there recently to see Erik Dylan and it was worth every mile it took to get there. For two hours, Dylan...

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#BreakingTheIce With Steve Moakler
Mar16

#BreakingTheIce With Steve Moakler

Pittsburgh native Steve Moakler is mostly likely known for writing the song “Riser” which was recorded by country music star Dierks Bentley. However, what most don’t know is that Moakler is an exceptional talent himself. His music has been featured in commercials and on major networks such as MTV and ABC. Moakler’s style is extremely unique. His music is a mixture of country, classic rock and a tad bit of...

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#7QuickClicks: 7 Artists Who Are Keepin’ It Country
Mar11

#7QuickClicks: 7 Artists Who Are Keepin’ It Country

Today’s country music is filled with tan legs, short shorts and Fireball whiskey. Somewhere along the way we lost the connection and the storytelling. While sippin’ Fireball in a cornfield is still a story, it’s not necessarily a meaningful one. Also, where have the steel guitars, fiddles and banjo’s disappeared to? Well, they haven’t gone far, in fact, there are plenty of country music artists today who...

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