MARK CHESNUTT SIGNS WITH ROW ENTERTAINMENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 10, 2016) – Row Entertainment, an exciting new label in Nashville, is excited to announce the signing of country music superstar Mark Chesnutt to its roster. “Without a doubt, Mark is an artist that continues to stand for the best in the format,” said Row’s Jimmy Ritchey. “Everyone here is so excited to be working along with him to bring his music to the masses.”

Chesnutt, one of the most iconic voices in the business, thanks to hits such as “I’ll Think Of Something” and “Your Love Is A Miracle,” will release Tradition Lives for Row later this year. It is his first studio release of all new music since 2008.

“Country music is what I’ve always been about, and that’s what I’ll always be,” Chesnutt said. “It’s all I know, and I think people will love the new music as much as I am going to love playing it for them.”

He’s also excited about his association with Row. “Jimmy Ritchey and I have been making music for years. He understands what I do, and has always been behind me. I needed somebody like Jimmy who really believed in country music. I have complete confidence in what he and everyone at Row will bring to the table,” Chesnutt added. Ritchey also produced Tradition Lives.

Row Entertainment is a partnership with Ritchey, Kyle Waites, and recording artist Tim Rushlow.

Row Entertainment’s offices are located at 2818 Azalea Place Nashville, TN 37204.

Chesnutt is booked by WME. To inquire about a booking opportunity, please call 615-963-3000.

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Striking Matches coverage from Cre8tive Reviews!

 

 

 

Cre8tive Reviews recently had the pleasure of working with Country Duo “Striking Matches,” when they stopped by Country Station KJUG to play a few songs for us. They are an amazing new duo who will no doubt make a BIG impression on country music.

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With their T Bone Burnett-produced debut album, guitar-wielding duo Striking Matches creates an unexpected and unique sound that defies easy categorization. The music of Striking Matches—Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis–occupies that sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues, where all of the elements blend to form an authentically raw and rootsy sound that has a timeless and international appeal.

Indeed, their songs including “When the Right One Comes Along” and “Hanging on a Lie” have been featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville and recorded by the show’s stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, and attracted an international fan base. Their first performances in London produced sold-out shows and audiences with a deep knowledge of their lyrics, even before the release of their first full album. Their debut self-titled EP was named among iTunes “Best of 2012″ and received national attention from outlets such as NPR, the BBC and The Wall Street Journal.

“The Nashville TV show was definitely a big break for us,” Sarah says. “It was the first time we had any national or international attention. That opened the door to a lot of fans finding us here in the U.S., but even overseas when the show came out in the U.K.,” she says.

Striking Matches is the debut artist on the newly revived label, I.R.S. Nashville, and has toured with Train, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and Hunter Hayes.

“Our music is best left up to interpretation, but we hope it represents an amalgamation of everything that has influenced us over the course of our lives, which comes from rock and roll, country and blues, and we fall somewhere in between all of those,” Justin says.

Although their debut album is a perfect fit in the landscape of today’s commercial music, it also stands out from the rest of the pack with its driving rhythms and simple yet artful production that’s designed to showcase the compelling harmonies, honest lyrics and innovative guitar playing. They had a hand in writing all 11 songs on the album, which captures the high energy and spontaneity of their popular live shows.

Of course, that’s not surprising, given that both have built a musical foundation on guitar playing and gravitate toward guitar-driven music, such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Steely Dan, Patsy Cline, Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins. Justin is known for his fast, intricate playing, while Sarah was influenced by the blues guitarists who strive to make every note count and last. “I have always found Sarah’s guitar playing interesting because it seems to complement mine,” he says.

Both shared the same dream growing up, even though they came from different backgrounds and regions. Justin was raised in Atlanta by parents who work in the medical field. “While they didn’t play any music, they had really great taste in music and that helped set me on a path that I am forever grateful for,” says Justin, who was raised on music such as Sam Cooke, Petula Clark, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Motown greats.

He began writing songs at age 10 and has been playing guitar as long as he can remember. But he looked like a late bloomer compared to Sarah, who was raised outside of Philadelphia and began playing clarinet in second grade, violin in third grade and guitar in fourth. Her father was a musician who repaired woodwinds and other instruments in a downstairs studio, so she was immersed in music and was influenced by the Dixie Chicks. “They proved to me that a girl can play just like a guy can play,” she says. “They were my inspiration for being a lead guitar player.”

Both decided to pursue their dreams of having a career in music by moving to Nashville. Their paths crossed when both decided to attend Belmont University in 2007 and major in guitar, so they attended the same guitar seminar class and were randomly paired together by their professor early in the semester.

“It was a room full of guys and we were saying, ‘Well, as long as we don’t get the girl, we’ll be all right,” Justin recalls. “They called my name and Sarah’s. I thought, ‘Great. It’s all over now.’ I said, ‘Do you know any blues?’ She pulled out her slide and proceeded to leave everyone’s jaw on the floor, including mine. It was one of those ‘we should do that again’ moments.”

And they did just that. They began performing songs by Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss and Keith Urban, which led to writing together, which resulted in their first public performances at places such as the Bluebird Cafe. While they continued to perform with others, they loved the music they made together most of all. “This was always where we were having the most fun,” he says. “It was the most fulfilling. It was a dynamic of complement that didn’t exist anywhere else.”

Sarah won a scholarship to take a songwriting course at Vanderbilt University, and one of the guest speakers was veteran music executive John Grady. “He sat down, looked at me and said, ‘I know you,’” Sarah says. “The day before, someone had shown him a video we put on YouTube and he liked it. We started talking and got back together the next day. I think it was fate.”

After discussions with several labels, they accepted the offer to be the first artists on I.R.S Nashville. “I don’t know that there is a cooler label that I would want to be a part of,” Justin says. “It has such a history and it feels right.”

The duo was also thrilled when they heard that famed producer T Bone Burnett, who produced their favorite Grammy-winning album Raising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, wanted to work on their debut project. “The environment in the studio was all vibe,” Sarah says. “It was really relaxed. T Bone has a way of making you feel super important and everything you are doing is right, and if it is not, he will guide you to where it needs to be. He knows how to bring out the very best of us.”

The best includes songs such as “Hanging on a Lie,” which they reinterpret with grit, a distorted mandolin and a mid-song jam session, as well as the organic and honest “Nothing But the Silence,” the guitar-centered “Trouble Is As Trouble Does” and “Make a Liar Out of Me” and groove-oriented “Never Gonna Love Again.”

“We haven’t written our best song yet,” Justin says. “We are so proud and grateful for everything so far, especially this record, and the sky is the limit for us. Creatively, we started writing songs while we were in the studio and especially when we finished. There was no resting. We are still hungry.”

Adds Sarah, “We have more to say and we want to be heard.”

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We definitely liked what we heard, and so did the fans. Tracking on iTunes even showed that in the UK they were #2 for preorders in download sales. They have a unique and great sound, chemistry and are a fresh group looking to take over the airwaves!

To learn more about Striking Matches and to purchase their music, please visit their OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

 

New Katie’s Korner Spotlight on Alyssa Walker – 15 years old & amazing!

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When someone is meant to be involved with music it just flows through their soul. Take for instance our spotlight this week – 15-year-old Alyssa Walker, who is a sophomore at a highschool in sunny San Diego. She currently has a 3.8 GPA and plays competitive and high school soccer, and is in the school choir. Most importantly, she’s a musician and a talented one at that.

Take for example her latest song project on YouTube entitled “Break the wall” (added below.) Not only did this talented girl compose the music, she wrote the lyrics and is accompanying herself on the guitar and piano. In order, she recorded her guitar first, then added the lyrics and then finally added the piano. The song itself is great, with a wonderful message and her vocals show maturity for her age with a richness and almost ethereal quality to them. We could definitely see a bright and big future for this girl. She has composed over 20 songs in the past few years and there is no stopping her in the future. All she needs is to grow and have someone really back her who knows how to mold a new artist, a website and some music links (iTunes, reverbnation, etc.)

Take a listen for yourself! If you would like more information on Alyssa or would like to contact her, please send us an email and we will forward your information over to her.

 

 

 

Spotlight on Precision Videos in Nashville!

logo_only_white_backgroundWe recently had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Ray of Precision Videos when we had a request for photo and video work. Kevin was professional, punctual and delivered quality work.

Kevin describes his company as “Precision Videos is a special event video and editing service with professional quality at prices that won’t stress you out.” We couldn’t agree more. Working with Kevin was a simple process and he delivered in a timely manner.

Take a look at his website for some sample videos and contact information.

 

John Burke delivers another impressive masterpiece with “Chirality”

141108JohnBurkeAlbumRelease-24Cre8tive Reviews had the pleasure of being introduced to an amazing pianist awhile back by the name of John Burke. We were fortunate enough to listen to and review his first two CD’s “Reverie” and “Synesthesia,” which were absolutely amazing. There is something to be said about a musician who is able to create such masterpieces with just his hands and the piano keys.
We recently found out that John has released a third album into his collection and one that promises to be equally as stunning, if not more stunning than the last two based on the description. “Chirality,” as it’s titled, promises to
stun not only melodically, but also emotionally. When we asked John to describe the meaning of the title of this CD and to describe it, we were even more excited.
“Now here’s a little explanation of the album: “chirality” is a property of asymmetry, often used in chemistry, that describes an object whose mirrored reflection is nonidentical. For example, your hands are chiral because they are mirrored images of each other, yet if you were to try and stack them together (palms facing down), they would not align. In this new album, I embellish chirality by playing melodies and their mirrored counterparts (something that Johann Sebastian Bach used to do!). It’s as if someone put a mirror in between my hands. The two melodies not only LOOK different — they SOUND different, and they evoke different emotions. In chemistry, when two molecules are chiral, they look AND function differently. So when you listen to each piece, listen for the melody as well as its mirrored counterpart.” – John Burke
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One of our reviewers, Kimberley, is also a licensed Esthetician who specializes in medical esthetics. The beauty behind this is that she has taken so many courses on chemistry and skin care products and was already familiar with the term. Add that to the fact that she also plays piano, and well, you can guess she was one very excited reviewer. Let’s take a look and see what the entire team thought of John’s new CD.
Kimberley – Yes! As if John couldn’t already be amazing enough, he puts out this CD. “Chirality” is a brilliant masterpiece of carefully though out melodies that invoke not only emotion, but intellectual thought. I laughed because our third team member Blu even joked that he was more intelligent after listening to it. (Side note: Speaking of Blu, he really wanted to review this as he loved the last two but he has been so busy with work that we got tired of waiting for his review, so perhaps later he will add-on to this one.) At any rate, I absolutely loved this CD. Some of my personal faves were Orbits, which was just a moving, beautiful and timeless piece at the beginning that reminded me of sitting on my couch inside of a cabin in the mountains, glancing out at the snow falling with a cup of hot chocolate in my hands. It seriously was that peaceful and beautiful, and then it slowly picked up to make you feel that beauty in the melody. And Beyond was another standout favorite. How John can play the piano that fast in some spots and then return to that soft, lingering melody is impressive. He truly has magic in his hands. It was such a great experience to listen to the entire CD just to hear the tracks and then to listen again, and again to hear the other components of the melody and how they mirror each other.
PaulAs I sat in my local coffee shop and listen to John Burke’s  new  CD “Chirality ” its a nice little break from all the Christmas music. John has the ability to capture the soul of the piano with his power and command of the keys. I really enjoyed this CD over all, but parts were somewhat the same sounding for me, but not in a bad way. Maybe its the mirroring effect of sound that’s what im hearing. In Snowstill I can feel George Winton influences as John play’s this song.  Slipstream, I could see the video for this is from a bird’s eye view and/or a sailplane or hang glider and/or a hot air balloon. Orbits, I enjoy how John gives you that feeling of movement in this song and that’s something you can’t teach.  Chirality, both the song and title track have a very timeless feel. Overall, a great addition to John’s already impressive collection.
To learn more about John and this amazing CD, please visit his website to purchase.

Katie’s Korner – Spotlight on Jesse Charette!

 Every so often I stumble upon a talented guy or girl on YouTube, Vine or other social media outlets. Most of these talented people are just singing because they love it, or they want to start their musical career but are in the early stages. This installment will focus on Jesse Charette.
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Jesse Charette isn’t just your normal 18 year old from Georgia, he is very musically talented. He started singing at the age of 3 with his mom in the car. Jesse’s inspirations are his father and Brantley Gilbert. He started playing guitar at just age 8, and hopes to be pursuing his passion in music and possibly living the dream in five years. When it comes to his favorite song, Jesse doesn’t have one. He says it all depends on his mood, and that it ranges from Rascal Flatts to Trace Atkins. Jesse says he wants to do whatever he needs to for people to hear his voice. He has videos on YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and Facebook.

To support Jesse and his music please find him at the following links:

YouTube

Facebook

Vine

Instagram

Soundcloud

 

Interview with Nashville Musician Jon Q!

Cre8tive Reviews recently had the pleasure of meeting Nashville based musician Jon Q. Not only is Jon a super cool guy, he is also extremely talented. We love being able to meet artists like this and help promote them on our blog, but we also love to hear about new artists and be introduced to amazing new songs!

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So who is Jon Q?

Mixing the energy and feel of groove oriented rhythms with the deeper threads of country writing, Jon Q has been Performing roughly 230+ shows a year for the past 3 years both in Nashville, TN and across the country. Paying dues as an instrumentalist and singer he has, in his career, played both the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium (Mother Church Of Country Music) stages as well as every major and minor club in the Nashville Area. In the last 18 months he has performed with:
Scott Holt Tour
Cowboy Troy
Bucky Covington
Lee Brice
Jesse Keith Whitley
BeulahFest (Pensacola Fl) sharing the stage with Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd
Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol TN
Belle Chere Festival, North Carolina
CRS (Country Radio Seminar) Nashville TN
Multiple appearances for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN.
Country Fest (Wisconsin Dells)

As a writer he been very fortunate to have had a couple of small cuts on compilation albums as well as written and performed with a handful of contestants that have appeared on
American Idol: Kayla Nettles, Kaleb Hensley,
The Voice: Craig Wayne Boyd, Nicole Johnsin, Megan Ruger
The Biggest Loser: “Big Vinny” Vincent Van Zant (Trailer Choir)
Extreme Makeover, Weight loss Edition: Jayce Hein

Jon was gracious enough to spend some time answering some of our questions in an interview.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
 Ugh…where to start?  Coonhounds, Deep-fried Twinkies, Fireball, Jesus, Sweet Tea and the SEC!
2. We noticed on your website that you at one time played and taught 8 different instruments. What were they?
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba.  I also tutored in  Ear Training and Theory…that’s 7 + 2 halves I guess.  I saw a life ahead of me as a music instructor in small music stores.  I made a decision, cut it down to 3 (eventually just Guitar & Bass) and focused on my craft.
Sometimes I feel I chose the wrong two instruments….(haha)
3. As a singer/songwriter how do you come up with the inspiration for your songs?
A good amount of it is feelings based, that’s where I start.  from there I find a context.  I don’t usually start with a context first (like “my wife pissed me off so I’m gonna write a song about that”) mostly because that limits the scope. Feeling good, bad, angry, lonely, determined….those base emotions are where we go.  I try to match a feeling with a musical tone as I’m fishing for lyrics.
4. What is your best experience in playing a show – location, with what band, etc?
Getting a chance to play at the Ryman auditorium was probably towards the top.  i still have a lot of “firsts” to get through.  they all are special
5. What is your worst experience with a band – local/national, where and with who?
Well, any time you get on stage with unprepared or inexperienced people it’s a drag.  Theres a good many of those in the memory file as well.  sometimes though, its more about the ride there or back that becomes the REAL drag.  musical ability doesn’t always translate to people skills or proper hygiene or stress management.  I wouldn’t really be able to say which one stands out the most.  Every now and then its just root canal but this is the life we’ve chosen… 
6. What is your role with RP Management in Nashville? 
RP Entertainment Nashville isn’t really a management company, although we do some management type things.  I helped co-found the company as VP of Music Promotion and Music Director) along with Heidi (CEO Promo-Internet) and Charlie Woods (VP – Business Manager).  I, using my ties to the live music community, help get some of these new artists off the ground and running with their live show and musical lineup.  
  
7. What artists have you worked with through them?
A lot of young guns you may be hearing about.  Matt Van Fossen (Ohio), Chris Allen, Andrea Nicole(Kentucky), Shaun Abbott(East TN), Derek Herndon (Arkansas), The All Worked Up Band (Nashville) and a few others like The Lost Trailers with Jeff Dane.  Nashville is really more of a starting place for artists.  
8. At RP Nashville what do you do for artists and how do you pick artist to represent?
 Well, it’s a combination.  Talent doesn’t always win the race as much as hard work and determination, you need to have all three wrapped up with enough confidence and humility to be teachable and relentless.   If we see someone we like and they agree to sign with us we then start “digging the ditch” so to speak.   Image branding, audience demographic targeting, social media footprint, Press Kit making, even Logo and artwork and a business plan and strategy.   Different philosophy than a lot of other companies, I think. 
9. When was the company founded?
 What time is it?   
10. As an artist yourself where do you see yourself in five years?
 God willing?   Out of debt.  Thats really my goal.   
 
11. Any relationships with major labels or PR. Firms?
 I’m currently recording my EP at Curb Records.  I’m not signed with them but I have relationships with their engineer David Bates whom ive known for years.  He’s really helping me shape the sounds and direction of these songs.  Cant say enough good things about him.
12. Tell us something that makes you unique?
Well, I feel everyone feels they are unique, probably all might say the same things too,  I know that I’ve had to work for every last thing in my life.  no family support, no financial support so I completely understand the workin mans dollar.  If they’re willing to throw a couple bucks in my tip jug or buy the band a round or dance and sing along then I feel I’m doing something right.  If the bartenders are singing along then im REALLY doing something right.  I always write, perform and interact with that in mind.  I don’t know if I relate completely to any one group of people but I know we all go out to be entertained, even if we don’t know it.  We go to dinner or a bar with the same desire as a movie or a game.  we want to lose ourselves for a little while…life is waitin back home.  I want people to forget themselves and step into the time machine and have a good time.  
To learn more about Jon Q please visit his Official Website