A native of Batesville, Mississippi, Rodgers grew up not only on 90’s country music, but on the work ethic demonstrated during those days by the people who surrounded him and the artist who inspired him – artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, and Eric Church.
With the success of his Platinum-certified, No. 1 debut hit “Some Girls” and his follow-up Top 10 smash “Cold Beer Calling My Name,” Rodgers is in fact cementing his place amongst the future legends of the genre, finding that truth and toughness mixed in with a whole bunch of authenticity can form a career for even the most skeptical of artists.
A country artist with an agile voice, a gift for songwriting, and a passionate performing style, David Nail emerged in 2002 with the moderately successful single “Memphis.” He inked a deal with MCA Nashville five years later and released a string of high-charting studio albums, including 2011’s Sound of a Million Dreams, which featured the number one single “Let It Rain.” In 2018 he teamed up with longtime colleagues Jason Hall and Andrew Petroff under the moniker David Nail & The Well Ravens and issued the organic and inward-looking EP Only This and Nothing More.
Two years later, he released the intimate Bootheel 2020 EP, which like its 2021 follow-up of the same name, paid tribute to his small Missouri hometown.
More so than the massive physique that helped Stell become a collegiate basketball standout, the Platinum certified singer has proven via the songs he sings and the shows he puts on that he is far too powerful of an artist to ever fit into some sort of singular category. In fact, to describe Stell in a few words would be a complete disservice to the man he is and the artist he looks to become as he releases his new EP Better Than That on October 16.
Made up of three different but complementary voices, country band Restless Road is “one of the most intriguing and exciting acts of the year” (Wide Open Country). Praised by People, Taste of Country, Billboard, and more, the trio’s powerhouse harmonies and soul-baring lyrics have accumulated over 177 million cumulative career streams and amassed a following of over 4 million on their social media platforms. As NBC’s Today Show host Hoda Kotb put it, “That harmony…you feel it in your soul.”
For the past 10 years, Restless Road has been honing their craft, nurturing their songwriting skills, and perfecting their signature harmonies. In 2019, the trio we know now, Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Garrett Nichols came back together with a sense of refreshed energy. After signing with Kane Brown’s joint venture with Sony Music Nashville, the band began their journey to success.
Love and Theft
Love and Theft is an American country music duo consisting of vocalists Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles. They originally recorded as a trio with vocalist Brian Bandas; after he exited the band, Gunderson and Liles continued as a duo. Signed to Lyric Street Records subsidiary Carolwood Records in 2009, Love and Theft made their chart debut in early 2009 with the single “Runaway,” which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot Country Songs. The band’s debut album, World Wide Open, was released on August 25, 2009.
Jon Langston grew up in Loganville, GA, listening to music by his heroes Alan Jackson and the Eagles. He played football, eventually earning a Division 1 college football scholarship. Jon always thought football would be a part of his life, but after his sixth concussion left him blind for fifteen minutes, his football career ended abruptly. So, he picked up his guitar which he hadn’t touched since the eighth grade and re-taught himself how to play. Playing open mic nights and working on his songwriting eventually lead to the 2013 release of self-penned, “Forever Girl,” the first song he ever wrote. That release kicked off his music career which has culminated in sold out shows across the country and over 500 million career streams.
Jon opened for Luke Bryan on his Farm Tour in 2017, which was a full circle moment having attended as a spectator of the Farm Tour only a few years before in Athens, GA. He was invited to perform on the tour again in 2018 and joined Luke in support of his Sunset Repeat Tour in 2019. Jon signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV, management with KP Entertainment, and is the first artist signed under Luke Bryan’s new Label 32 Bridge Entertainment with EMI Records Nashville. Jon’s debut major label single, “When It Comes To Loving You” reached No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes Chart.
Crawford & Power
Virginia natives Crawford & Power are making waves within the country music scene with their unique sound. Authentically southern, Jake Crawford’s powerful vocal blended with a modern approach to the Dobro from Ethan Power, create a brand of country that has been lauded as a breath of fresh air to the genre.
The duo have already opened for a variety of artists including The Marshall Tucker Band, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Gary Allan, and Jerry Douglas, among many other major acts.
Born Joshua A. Christian, Josh is a Charleston, WV native. Previously featured in the Charleston Gazette for songwriting, his career is growing and flourishing. Many ask where the name Pantry came from. Josh’s friends were quite the rowdy bunch, and he recalls spending many nights in a place called “the dirty paradise” ( a home occupied by his best friends ). He soon made his room in the pantry, and his friends started calling him Pantry. That’s how the name was born, and it stuck.
Josh Started playing music around 2014, with the three songs he knew. He brought all his friends to an open mic, the bar offered him his own show, and the rest is history! Setting the attendance record on a Tuesday in Charleston, Josh played many Tuesdays for a tip jar and a free meal.
Singer/songwriter Kate Boytek hit the stage for the first time at her local county fair talent show at the tender age of five. Singing opportunities were few and far between in Kate’s tiny hometown of Logan, West Virginia, nestled deep in the Appalachian coalfields. However, Kate sang at dozens of local charity events, directed her church choir, and eventually attracted the attention of WV native and legendary Grand Ole Opry and Bradley’s Barn audio engineer Vic Gabany. Boytek is pursuing her dream in Nashville and has appeared with country hitmakers Easton Corbin, LOCASH, Drew Parker, Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, Trick Pony, Little Texas, and others. Kate’s songwriting style is both fresh and contemporary and yet has echoes of the classic singer-songwriters from the 1970s.
Chris James Country
Chris Jackson and James Heff make up the country music duo, Chris James out of Jacksonville, Florida. They have played all over the Southeast United States. They have performed in Nashville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando, Pensacola, Atlanta and Jacksonville.