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Casey Donahew Interview!

I looove me some Texas and Red Dirt Country!  I was introduced to the genre in 2011 when my husband and I moved to Fort Riley, KS where it was played on the radio, and we loved it! And it’s been really fun to see more people get into the music, which is fantastic, by the way.  One of the staples of Red Dirt/Texas Country is The Casey Donahew Band.  They’ve been on the scene for twenty years, and are still killing it with their new album “Built Different”.  I got a chance to chat with Casey, which I’ve been wanting to do for years, so I was all for it!

Here’s the new single “Starts in a Bar”

 

When you get the chance, check out the entire Casey Donahew Band Catalogue.  And educate yourself on Red Dirt and Texas Country. You won’t be sorry.

Neon Union Live Performance!

 

So, today at the station, a hot new Country duo called Neon Union stopped by to play us a few songs at the Silversound Guitar Studio and they were incredible!

Plus, some of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.

Here’s a few of their songs:

 

“Bout Damn Time”

“This Side of the Dirt”

“Made in Mexico”

 

Aren’t they freaking good?  They’re just getting started, too.

 

Thank you Jab Entertainment for bringing them to us today.   This was a total treat.

 

And yes, my baby Brandon was trying to perform harmonies in the background.  Some moms take their babies to daycare. I take mine to artist showcases.  Brandon’s not mad at it.

Hannah Ellis Interview

The first time I heard “Country Can” on the radio, I immediately had to look up the artist Hannah Ellis and track her down!  Luckily, I was able to catch a few minutes with her and she is just as cool as her song!

Isn’t she fun?  I especially love her story about being on “The Voice”- it just proves that if you really, really want something to happen, you have to chase it down, and not take NO as an answer.

Check out “Country Can” – it’s definitely one of my favorite new Country songs this year!

I can’t wait to see what happens for Hannah in the future. Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awesome.

Luke Bryan “Prayin’ in a Deer Stand”

I’ll be completey honest- not a big fan of most of Luke Bryan’s music.

Luke Bryan himself? Nicest guy ever. Seriously an awesome guy.  But his “Long tan legs, get in the back of my truck, drink from my cup” brand of Country never really gelled with me.  (I mean, what about all the women with short, pale legs? Where’s the love for them?)

Well, he just dropped a song that- due to the title- I had to check out.

My husband is an avid hunter, and he’s said many times that he finds God when hunting.  Hunting isn’t something that I don’t partake in personally, but I do understand and support hunting, and can make a mean venison stew.

It’s funny, when I told my husband this morning about this song, he said “Bet he’s got a girl with long tan legs in cutoff jeans up in that deer stand”, but then I played it for him, and he had to admit that it’s a good song, and that he definitely relates to it.

That’s what Country music is, after all.  Or what it should be, at least.

 

I hope Luke keeps putting out more songs like this!

 

Morgan Wallen “Thought You Should Know”

 

Morgan Wallen has pretty much owned Country Radio in 2022.

His latest single “You Proof” is still at #1 for the 3rd or 4th week… I’m losing track. He’s also announced that he is in full album “Grind Mode”- so we should be getting more Morgan in 2023.

 

In the meantime, he just released his latest single to Country radio “Thought You Should Know” and yes, it’s gonna be all over in a day or two.

Anyone who loves their Mama like I do will definitely relate to this one.

I’m happy to see that Morgan seems to be on the right track, and keeping out of trouble (for the time being!) and I’m pulling for him.

Can’t wait for his next album! You know it’s gonna dominate.  He’s like Taylor Swift with a bad rep and a mullet.

He can’t lose.

Morgan Wallen “Tennessee Fan”

I case you were under a rock these past few days, TENNESSEE BEAT ALABAMA.

It’s kind of a big deal.

Even though I gew up in West Tennessee, I’ve never fully commited to Vols superfandom- but I can appreciate them, and always cheer for them when they’re playing.  So, even I was excited that Tennessee beat Alabama this past Saturday night.

It’s been a long damn time coming.

And Morgan Wallen – who like many Country stars are huge Vols fans- just honored the moment with a snippet of a song called “Tennessee Fan”.

Well, that’s kind of perfect, right?

Hopefully he’ll release the full song SOON!!!

What a great way to memorialize a pretty freaking huge moment in Tennessee sports.

Wayyyyy better than tearing down a goal post if you ask me.

Kylie Morgan “If He Wanted to He Would”

 

Ok, I am loving the new single from Kylie Morgan “If He Wanted to He Would”.

It’s just a total truth bomb.  No woman (or man!) wants to hear it, but it’s true.  If someone is really into you, they’ll call. They’ll take you to meet your family and introduce you to their friends.

There’s really no good excuse, but man, we are good at making them aren’t we?

Hey, my late teens and early twenties, I was that girl, making excuses for loser guys who honestly were not worth my time. (But you couldn’t tell me that. )

Look, he’s really not that busy.

He’s just not that into you.  Find someone who is, and actually give them a chance.

You’d be suprised.

Anyhow, I’m off my relationship advice sopabox, and I really love this song and artist.

 

 

Want more? She’s got an EP out, and is big on socials.  She’s got some really fun songs, and I think you’ll be seeing a lot of Kylie in the future.

Queen “Face It Alone”

I’ve been waiting for this for awhile… and it’s here!

Brian May (iconic guitarist of Queen for those not well-informed on such matters) announced earlier this year that Queen would be putting out a new album with the late Freddie Mercury’s vocals.  Engineers spliced some stuff from recording sessions in the late 80’s to make it happen, and you know what? It’s pretty flipping spectcular.

Freddies vocals still give me the chills, and Brian May’s guitar solo is on fire, as per usual.

Can you totally see this song on a movie soundtrack? Like a Bond movie or something. That’s the vibe I’m getting.

Any more recordings that can be spliced together, guys? I may need more of this.

 

Mackenzie Carpenter “Hunting Season”

My husband is an avid hunter. When I say avid, I mean completely, unabashadly obsessed.

I can’t tell you how many times I get asked if I’m pissed that he spends so much time in the woods chasing turkey and deer… and you know what? BMLG artist Mackenzie Carpenter hit the nail on the head on how I feel with this song.

Look, my husband is amazing and I love being with him. But I also love my alone time (well, as much alone time as one can have with an almost 1 year old) and doing my own thing. I always have, which is why I’ve been able to easily handle the Army Wife Life for the past 15 years.

I don’t know why people think that in a relationship you have to spend all of your time together.

Why?

That’s kind of ridiculous, don’t you think?

Honestly, I’d rather have my husband chasing Buck Racks than the other kind of rack, you know what I’m saying?

Anyway, shout out to Mackenzie for a fresh take in this song! I can’t wait to hear more from her.