Stephan Hogan releasing new music!

image1.PNGNot that long ago, we shared a story about Stephan Hogan, country singer and guitarist from Sacramento, California who made it into the top 5 for Guitar Center’s National Competition – On Stage with Vince Gill. Selected from thousands of entrants, Stephan got to rehearse and play with Vince Gill at The Mint in Los Angeles.

2017 hasn’t slowed down for Stephan. He has been busy recording  his latest EP, “Dangerous Love,” which will release March 17th, in addition to fielding interviews, playing shows and getting ready to join Vince Gill on tour at one of his shows this year. 5397c19dca4babd9016ac51ac3a8499b.jpg

Stephan spent a lot of time writing his next round of songs for the EP with the support of family and friends. As an artist, it’s very easy to mold your songs into what is currently trending, but not necessarily a true representation of your sound. This EP promises to be 100% Stephan Hogan, and we had the pleasure of previewing it before it’s released. Some of our favorite tracks include, “Girls Love Love Songs,” and the title track “Dangerous Love.”

 

To find out more about Stephan’s new EP, please visit his website.

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SINGER-SONGWRITER ROBBY JOHNSON

untitled (2).pngNASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 17, 2016) – CMR recording artist Robby Johnson has a big reason to celebrate these days. The singer-songwriter is watching as his current single, “Hate Me Tonight,” moves into the Top-30 on the MUSIC ROW Country Breakout chart this week.

“Radio has been so supportive of my music – going back to my first single,” said Johnson. “I have made so many unforgettable memories and friendships with the many Program and Music Directors throughout the United States since going out on my first radio tour. I am so humbled and thankful for their support.”

Johnson’s previous single, “South Of Me,” helped net him exposure on a wide variety of television programs – including Huckabee and a much-coveted performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as mentions in magazines such as TV Guide, USA Today, and The Tennessean.

The critically acclaimed country artist, which serves as a commercial spokesperson for McDonalds Canada has been in Nashville since 2012 and is currently on the road promoting his debut album, Don’t Look Back, which was released in January 2016. Critics have raved about the set, with People describing it as “refreshing and as seductive as … his brooding good looks,” while Billboard lauded his “neighborly tone” and Music Connection praised his “rugged good looks, appealing tenor and top-notch material.”

For more information on Johnson, visit his website at www.Robby-Johnson.com.

Our evening with Tracy Lawrence at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield!

TL_1100_C8It was a cool night in Bakersfield, California as we pulled up to the legendary Buck Owens Crystal Palace.  Excitement was in the air and we were looking forward to hearing all 18 #1 hits from one of country music’s best – Tracy Lawrence.

Tracy always does two shows when he visits the Crystal Palace, so for us it’s double the fun. The crowd spanned in ages from older country fans to younger ones. Tracy is a talented singer who was able to captivate the audience  and got everyone dancing.
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Better Man
Front Porch
Just Like Her
I See It Now
Cowgirl
Right Or Wrong
For The Good Times
Sticks N Stones
Alibis
If You Loved Me
Can’t Break It
Running Behind
Time Birmingham
Friends
Encore was Texas Tornado
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 Buck Owens Crystal Palace in California is the best place to see your favorite country artist because of the history within it.  The entire sound of Bakersfield’s country music scene started here.  After you have dinner and drinks you can walk around and see country history and memorabilia from the legendary Buck Owens.
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As Tracy Lawrence played, his fans two-stepped the night away. Cre8tive team member Paul Breski even got pulled out on the floor when the piano started to play “Texas Tornado.” I guess he looked like he needed to dance and it was one of his favorite songs from 1994 and still is.  “You Find Out Who Your Friends Are” from 2007 is still a fan favorite, and everyone sang along with Tracy.

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To learn more about Tracy Lawrence, please visit his OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Some fun with Cole Swindell in Hanford with 106.7 KJUG!

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A week before Cole Swindell played the stage at the Grand Old Opry for the very first time, he played the final Summer Concert Series for 106.7 KJUG in Hanford, California. Cre8tive Reviews was lucky enough to attend the concert and work with Cole at the event.

The concert was held at the Hanford Civic Park, with open lawn seating. We have covered many concerts at this park, and it’s always so great to see just how many fans attend. The Summer Concert series are free, and hosted by local country station KJUG. There were over 3,000 fans that attended Cole’s concert of all ages. Cole dressed casual, but still wore his signature ball cap which sported his initials on it.

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He spent over an hour singing his hits such as “Aint worth the whiskey,” and “Chillin’ it,” and sounded even better live than he does on his CD. He engaged the crowd, put on a high energy show full of megawatt smiles and humor. He truly is a performed who appreciates his fans, loves what he does and wants to share that passion with fans everywhere.
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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to interview Cole, but would love to in the future. We did manage to have him autograph a CD to give away to one of our lucky twitter followers though! Maybe another time, we will have the opportunity to work with him again since he will no doubt be around for a long time to come!

To learn more about Cole Swindell, please visit his OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Jugfest 2014 a Huge Success for 106.7 Kjug Radio!

Cre8tive Reviews along with over 18,000 country music fans spent last Saturday at an amazing concert! Jugfest 2014 was held Saturday May 31, 2014 at Plaza Park in Visalia. The gates opened at 1, and the show started at 3pm but loyal and excited fans waited in line starting at 10:30am for their chance to see five amazing acts.

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John King Band, Jamie Lynn Spears, Collin Raye, Frankie Ballard and ACM New Artist Award Winner Justin Moore took to the stage for this FREE concert. The thing that we loved about this concert series in the park is the acoustic style of the performances. Most of the artists were able to showcase their singing talent without the large band behind them and the crowd loved it! Justin Moore was the last act of the night and he had his entire band with him along with his massive tour bus and multiple guitars.

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We were privileged to capture photos of the event, and interview some of the singers before and after their set. One of our team members, Paul Breski, was the official photographer for the event – and quite a few of his photos have been featured on the Facebook pages of KJUG Radio, John King, Jamie Lynn Spears and Frankie Ballard.

Before John King started off the show he was out mingling with the fans and signing autographs, and posing for pictures. He performed songs from his new CD and the crowd really enjoyed his energy and vocals. One of the crowds favorites was “Huk’r Shoes” and his new single “Tonight Tonight.”

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John King poses with his fans before his show

Jamie Lynn Spears was next and she did not disappoint the crowd! Her vocals were spot on, and hearing her acoustically proved she was for real. One fan even told us “They should not call her Britney’s sister, cause she can sing and hold her own as an amazing singer!”

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Our buddy, Frankie Ballard started his set while sitting on bar stools, but that didn’t last long. His high energy show got himself, and the crowd up out of their chairs. His upbeat single “Helluvalife” got the crowd singing and he even found his way into the audience to sing with his fans. He even found a few kids to help him sing “Old Time Rock’n Roll” by Bob Seger on stage with him. He followed up that song with his new single “Sunshine and Whiskey.”

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Frankie Ballard and his fans sing “Old Time Rock’n Roll” by Bob Seger

106.7 KJUG morning host Mike Pesto took the stage after he lost a bet with Frankie and had to sing Play That Funky music white boy in front of the crowd.
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Collin Raye took the stage next and performed his classic hits like “Little Red Rodeo” and “Little Rock” to name a few. He has written a new book called “Is country music dead.” If you get a chance to pick up a copy, it’s an interesting read.

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Collin Raye performs his hits at JUGFEST

Headliner Justin Moore and ACM New Artist of the Year winner came out swinging and the crowd was excited! Justin performed his high energy country music and showcased why he won the new artist award.

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We caught up with Adam Jeffries, the program director for 106.7 KJUG and asked him about the event.


How did you feel Jugfest went?

I felt it went extremely well. It was out biggest one yet. The number we have is around 18,000 listeners attended . All the artists loved playing it and the crowd was fantastic.

Since this is your 8th year that 106.7 KJUG Country has done this show. Dose it get any easier to do this kinda show and how have your listener’s responded and are you make’n plans for next year?

We always try to top ourselves every year and make it bigger and better. We’d like to make it the biggest concert event in Central California. We are already planning for next year !

I see your station is getting ready for your yearly Summer Series in Exeter CA, Tulare CA and Hanford CA. Would you like to share any of the artist with us that going to be there for your Free Summer Shows?

It’s actually now called the KJUG Free Concert Series, but yes, we’ll have 4 at Exeter City Park, 1 at Tulare Outlet Center, and 3 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. We’ve announced the first four show today in Exeter.

June 9th- ERIC PASLAY

June 20th LINDSAY ELL

July 9th LEAH TURNER

July 24th CHASE RICE

For More Information on 106.7 KJUG – please visit their website and tune in!!

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Temecula Western Days Festival – May 16 & 17

Normally, the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the city “Temecula” is wine country, and wine tasting. Temecula has become a southern california destination for many wine connoisseurs. But, that isn’t the only thing Temecula is known for. Sprawling ranches, horse property, and the cowboy way of life is what this booming city evolved from. These days, the ranches arent owned by just the Vail family anymore, but rather the thousands of people who still live the western way of life. This was evident by the crowd that attended the two-day event held in Old Town over the weekend.

Rod Iron Sign at the entrance of Old Town Temecula

Rod Iron Sign at the entrance of Old Town Temecula

Our team had the pleasure of attending the event on both Saturday and Sunday. A quick glance at the schedule showed that one day wasn’t going to be enough. Saturdays event nearly got cancelled due to drift smoke from the Camp Pendleton fires, but thankfully a light wind and cooler weather got the fires under control and pushed the grey ash elsewhere.

Saturdays events featured pony rides for the kids, roping demonstrations, multiple food and merchandise vendors, and of course, The Old Town Temecula Gunfighters.

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The Gunfighters represent the post-Civil War era from about the 1870’s to about the 1890’s. The era of the Wild West was hustled in as a result of the Gold Rush, the end of the Civil War, the eastern cities need for meat from the cattle industry, and the United States desire to sew this continent together with railroads.

The west was first filled by men looking to get rich and men just looking to have a piece of land they could call their own. Those first men to travel west where tough and lawless, they made their own justice. Next came saloon keepers, Soiled Doves and gamblers. When the merchants started arriving they brought their wives and the wives said there will be law and order. Enter the town marshal the county sheriff and the circuit judge.

In all of the cow towns of the old west there was a line through the town. The good folks on one side and the cowboys, ruffians and ladies of the evening on the other. No where in history have elements such as these come together to create such a unique and interesting time.

The group is led by Dynamite Dick who has been leading the gunfighters for over 20 years.

Dynamite Dick, leader of the Temecula Gunfighters

Dynamite Dick, leader of the Temecula Gunfighters

On the corner of fourth and front street, the gunfighters had a mock town set up where they performed comedic and dramatic skits throughout the day. In addition to the Temecula Gunfighting group, they were joined by at least four other groups. All of which were equally as entertaining, and their group names should matching creativity. With names like “Code of the West”, Guns of the round table, and Spurs and Satin these actors travelled from near and far in full period attired to entertain the folks at this event. Some other actors who weren’t even performing showed up in full attire just to support the event. The camaraderie was admirable. There were approximately 75 actors who participated in the weekends events.

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The most thrilling part of the presentation was the bank robbery at high noon.”The Bank” is currently a restaurant in Old Town Temecula that used to be the actual town bank. The building itself turns 100 years old this year (2014). In an epic battle, two different groups attempt to rob the bank and it ends in an all out shoot out that can be heard at the other end of town. Police rope of the street to make sure that no one is injured in the shootout, even though the guns are only shooting “blanks”.

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Even shooting just blanks, the guns can do some damage. This was demonstrated in a portion of the show which also spoke to children about gun safety. A Pepsi can was placed on a stump, and the gunfighters took turns on showing just what their guns can do even loaded with a blank. Some of the rifles used were the 22 Derringer, a 45 Colt, a 44 Remington that was a 1958 civil war piece, a 12 gauge Winchester Shot Gun, and a 50 caliber Buffalo Rifle. The costumes were true to the period, and the details were amazing. Even the knives had character.

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Sundays events featured the gunfighters again, with similar routines and new ones. The main difference is the amount of people who came to the event to watch. Sunday featured a livelier schedule complete with a chili cookoff, car show and live entertainment.

The Chili Cookoff, is an International Chili Society regional qualifier and provided the opportunity to taste some of the best chili. This event ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There were two categories for chili, red and green. The winners will advance to the International Chili Society’s world championships.

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One of the many entries in the chili cookoff

One of the many entries in the chili cookoff

 

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Pony rides and calf-roping lessons were a fun retreat for the kids near Town Square Park.
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One of the very creative events featured a street-painting workshop by Gayle DuRivage. We were impressed and inspired to see the very talented artists at work.
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If that wasn’t enough to keep our interest, we walked over to Madeline’s and Texas Lil’s  for the Car show. At least 150 vehicles were on display in addition to contests for raffle prizes, live music and custom-made bikes. Check out the photos below of the many different vehicles featured. There really is nothing like the sound of an old car engine.
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The Redneck Ride

The Redneck Ride

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Custom Bike

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All in all, it was a wonderful weekend of so many different things to do. Families of all ages showed up sporting cowboy hats, and cowboy boots if only for this event to jump right in to the heritage that the city of Temecula had to offer. Each year, the event continues to grow despite the city’s rapid growth to becoming more of a suburban housing area than a ranching town. Even with these changes, it’s refreshing to see that the city has held on to its roots and continues to promote its history and foundation with its residents.
Here in Temecula the west may have indeed become more civilized, but it is definitely not forgotten.

To learn more about the western days events, or Temecula in general, please visit their website.

21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival April 24-27

imageCre8tive Reviews had the pleasure of attending the 21st annual Cowboy Festival this past weekend in Santa Clarita.  The event was held at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio in addition to the pre-events that’s were held throughout the city and western walk of stars.

The event hosted more than 10,000 people over the course of three days and offered the general public an exclusive look at the 22 acre studio where such legendary films as Django Unchained, Dukes of Hazzard, Deadwood, and Magnificent Seven have been filmed to name a few. The motion picture museum full of props from several of these shows were open to the public and included one of the original General Lee cars from the Dukes of Hazzard tv show.

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People attended the event in full costume, and it was hard to tell who actually belonged to the ranch and who was just a guest. There was gold panning, wool spinning, games, and shows for the kids in addition to shops boasting the best in western handmade jewelry, costume designers, and fashions. Not to mention the most amazing peach cobbler we’ve ever tried. Imagine, peach cobbler baked in a Dutch oven to perfection and topped with whipped cream….yummy…now if only they added ice cream to it.

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We also had the pleasure of seeing legendary cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell perform. What an amazing performance, even with they few slip ups that he laughed off, he made the audience laugh and captivated their imagination with his words. One highlight was his poem about buying his wife a bra. If you haven’t heard it before, do yourself a favor and listen. photo4

 

Following Waddie Mitchell on Saturday was country music legend Don Edwards, who in his mid 70s sings better than most a third of his age. His vocals were strong, his guitar perfection. What impressed us the most was his yodeling. We were a little disappointed that he didn’t sing “Coyotes” but very pleased with the rest of the show. Mitchell and Edwards, long time friends teamed up on a few songs as well.
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I heard a few people talking at the event on the attendance and how it has grown from the previous year. More than likely its there stellar line up of performers they had this year, in addition to the event and location itself. One complaint we (and several others) had were the food situation. With as large of an event as it was, they had maybe 7 food vendors total and seating for about 100 people. We waited in line for 30 minutes for BBQ before opting to jump into the taco line instead which we presumed to be shorter. An hour later in the hot sun, the empty beer and margarita lines were enough for us to consider a liquid diet but we held our ground and finally got our food. Other than that, this was an event you definitely don’t want to miss next year!
For more information on the Cowboy Festival for next year, please visit the official website.