Riley Green Performs in Nashville for CMA After Party

Riley Green Wildhorse

95.5 NASH ICON teamed up with Carl Black Chevrolet and Wrangler Western for a CMA Awards Party. They invited people to come in, sit down, and watch the CMA Awards followed by an after-party performance with Big Machine recording artist Riley Green at the Wildhorse Saloon in Downtown Nashville. Not to mention, it was a FREE show.

He had a set of six songs including a new one he’s been singing out on the road recently, called “Get That Man A Beer”. This song was written about a girl that left him for his friend and then the girl left his friend too. The new tune is catchy, country and cleverly written. He also sang some of his classics, “Atlantic City, “Georgia Time,” “Bury Me In Dixie,” and his unique cover of “In Color” by Jamey Johnson. Of course, he ended with his current radio single “There Was This Girl” that’s currently at No. 22 on the Billboard charts and is climbing quickly. Green’s casual and confident stage presence makes him a natural in the country music setting. Check out our Live Swag Session with the singer below.

Not only did Green have an audience engaging set, but he also represented Halo Waterfowl, an outdoor apparel company, by wearing their branded ball cap at the show. Green is a pro-staff at the company, meaning he gets to test their outdoor apparel while hunting. Green and the owner, Greg Camp, have a video series to show their adventures on the road and hunting.

If you happen to have the chance to see Green live, we highly suggest doing so. He has the sounds of old-traditional country music that’s bringing the crowds in for a treat. Make sure to check out his dates here and watch out for his new music coming out soon that he’s been teasing on social media.

 

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Kane Brown Celebrates ‘Experiment’ with Sold Out NYC Crowd

Last night (Nov. 7), multi-platinum-selling country star, Kane Brown celebrated the release of his sophomore studio album entitled Experiment with a sold-out show at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as apart of Budweiser’s One Night Only Concert Series.

Kane Brown

Brown was joined by special guests Clare Dunn and Seaforth. Both acts warmed up the crowd for the singer-songwriter’s epic headlining set in New York City for the first time in nearly two years. The lingering buzz from the crowd was palpable as we all awaited Brown to kick off his 75-minute performance with the track “Found You” from his debut self-titled album. He entered the stage shouting, “New York City! You ready to have a good time tonight? Come on!” Fans erupted into screams and applause while raising their Budweisers into the air.

Brown kept the crowd going with his upbeat anthem “Hometown.” “This next song is basically what got me started, it’s what got me to Nashville. So if you know it, sing along with us,” the superstar shared with the crowd before performing his first ever single “Used To Love You Sober.” Brown took a moment to thank the show’s sponsor and express his excitement to be back in New York, “Can I tell y’all something real quick? There’s no better place to be than New York City on a Wednesday. Especially when you got Budweiser sponsoring this show, so we gotta make a little toast right quick and take a picture.”
Brown performed five of the twelve new tracks off of Experiment. First up, “Short Skirt Weather.” The inspiration behind this song was Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It.”

“Lose It” was next, the superstar exclaimed to the crowd, “This is my latest single out to country radio. Put y’all hands up in the air, come on!” Fans clapped along as loud as they could while singing along.
Brown recently teased on his socials that “Good As You” or “Homesick” would be his next single to country radio.  Introducing “Good As You” he told the crowd, “This next one is actually the last one I released. It’s only been a month or two, I’m really excited to see how many of y’all know it.” Brown’s face lit up when the audience sang back every word of the chorus to him.

“I had to dedicate this next song to our military… I finished writing it at about 5 AM and went back to my bunk, I was trying to picture who else could relate to this song and the first thing that came to mind was the military,” Brown shared before the crowd erupted into a “USA” chant, “If you know it, sing along with us, it’s called “Homesick.” The gratitude expressed across the star’s face was indisputable as fans continuously sang every word of these new songs back to him.

Brown teased the crowd a bit before performing “Weekend,” “I have a question, how many people like hanging out, just chillin’? Y’all like weekends? Because I know it’s a Wednesday but we can make it a weekend for about three minutes if y’all want to. We can still make it a weekend so let’s do it!”
The singer-songwriter proceeded into a mashup of covers inspired by the music he listened to in middle school including “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars, “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by The Fray and “Ms. Jackson” by OutKast. All while showing off his signature dance moves, the crowd yelled along to every word.

Brown featured other tracks from his Chapter 1 EP and his self-titled album during his set, such as “There Goes My Everything,” “Better Place,” “What’s Mine Is Yours,” “Pull It Off,” and “Learning.” Prior to performing “Learning,” the singer-songwriter shared his backstory and the intimate, traumatic details of his childhood with the crowd, in which the song entails. He conveyed the gratitude he has for his grandmother before preaching to the audience, “The most important song I ever wrote in my life because I just want to let everybody know that has a dream, anybody who has ever been through anything, that you can do whatever the hell you wanna do, no matter what anybody tells you.” Brown continuously thanked the crowd for showing up, singing along and supporting him before the encore.

Kane Brown

The country superstar closed out his show with his two biggest hits, “Heaven” and “What Ifs.”
Brown shared the spotlight during “Heaven” with two young fans who went viral in a video on his Facebook page. The two young boys knew every word when he passed the microphone to them. The audience cheered them on.

The crowd continued to chant “One more song!” even after Brown had exited the stage. The fans’ high energy and devotion was evident the entire night.  Experiment drops tonight at midnight. Be sure to check it out and come back tomorrow for our First Impression Review.

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Pistol Annies Grace the Stage in NYC on Album Release Day

Pistol Annies NYC

Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert

As fans waited for the iconic trio, the Pistol Annies, to take over beautiful Town Hall in New York City, on album release day, the buzz in the room was evident. Concert-goers were eager to see the Annies take the stage, after their several year hiatus for what would be an epic 75-minute performance.

The second the ladies emerged on stage, standing in front of their appropriately labeled mic-stands, Hippie Annie (Ashley Monroe), Holler Annie (Angaleena Presley), and Lonestar Annie (Miranda Lambert), the crowd erupted into applause and were on their feet, where they remained the entire night. Lambert, Monroe, and Presley, clearly feeling the energy, started the show off with their new song “Sugar Daddy,” followed by crowd favorite, “Feel a Sin Coming On” from their 2013 album Annie Up.

Lonestar Annie was first to address the audience and excitedly shared that their record, Interstate Gospel was finally available, just before singing “Bad Example”. Pumping up the crowd, she stated “Happy Friday to everybody. Happy album release day to us. We’re gonna do a bunch of songs about sin and men, and everything in between tonight. We’re gonna be setting a real bad example for you all.” Although a trio, the songstresses truly gave each other the spotlight when necessary, often mouthing the lyrics and dancing with each other, when one of the women had a solo in a song, such as when Monroe acted as lead soloist in “Dear Sobriety,” or when Presley took it home on “The Hunter’s Wife.”

Pistol Annies NYC

Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert

Although beautifully talented in their own right, the ladies truly shine, as harmonizing goddesses, often sounding like one effortless and incredible voice. Their beautiful harmonies were showcased during their performance of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me,” and hard-hitting title track off their new project, “Interstate Gospel.”

The night was filled with many great moments; however, one of the highlights of the night came towards the end of the trio’s 20 song set, when Lambert spoke to the audience yet again, “ We appreciate y’all understanding us telling the truth. We sit around with girlfriends that live really big lives. Should I tell the stats now?! Two husbands, two ex-husbands, two children, one on the way, and 25 years. That’s a lot of shit to write about, you know what I mean. That’s not even counting in-laws, outlaws, mamas, and stuff. We really appreciate Y’all listening to us, and living our stories with us because we’re just trying to tell everyone’s story whether they’re ugly or not.” Concert-goers showed their love and appreciation for the ladies, as the women bared their souls, singing another crowd favorite, “Girls Like Us.”

The performance was relatable, authentic, and enchanting all in one, just like the Annies. The supergroup saved some of their best songs for the end of their set, including their sassy new single, “Got My Name Changed Back” and an old favorite, “Hell On Heels”; both resonating with the intimate group of fans present. The night closed with Monroe’s wedding song, an acoustic rendition of “I Hope You’re the End of My Story.”

New Yorkers were lucky to witness the Pistol Annies’ magic, as they delivered an unforgettable night. Next up, the ladies head to The Novo in Los Angeles on November 7th to close out their trio of concerts to promote their new record. Keep up with the Annies via their social media for more information and updates.

 

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Raelynn Blows Hometown Show Away on SIRIUSXM The Highway Tour

Raelynn The Highway

Photo Credit: Molly Holmberg for NYCountry Swag

RaeLynn recently has teamed with SiriusXM The Highway for a three-show headlining run this fall, alongside newcomer Ross Ellis. Raelynn made her second stop and played at the Cannery Ballroom last night in Nashville, TN in front of family, friends, and a whole room packed of fans.

Ross Ellis started out the night singing his newest hit “Ghost” along with “Love By The Moon” which was cut by Tyler Farr. Growing up in Louisiana, going to the same school and the same fraternity as Tim McGraw, when Ellis came to Nashville his dream cut was McGraw. This past month his dream came true as McGraw cut “Neon Church” which Ellis sang loud and proud last night.

Raelynn took the stage energetic and ready for a show. She played the fan favorites like “Love Triangle”, “Lonely Call”, and “Queens Don’t.” The singer-songwriter also previewed a new song called “Camo.” For her growing up it meant hunting on the weekends but now it has a whole new meaning. Her husband serves in the U.S. Army so now camo means not seeing his face in the morning or even at all.

Raelynn Hardy The Highway

Photo Credit: Molly Holmberg for NYCountry Swag

After taking a little serious note to sing the song dedicated to her husband, Raelynn paused the show to let the fans know what a good “stank” face looked like right before she covered Camila Cabello’s pop hit “Havana.” Whoever had the best dance moves in the crowd got to come up on stage and dance with Rae and the band.  As if the crowd was not already thrilled and dancing, this did the trick. Three lucky girls got up on stage and danced their hearts out. Raelynn brought along a special guest on stage for one song, Hardy. Before Hardy released his debut EP and single “Rednecker”, he was an amazing songwriter. Together they performed his first number one song “Up Down” recorded by Morgan Wallen featuring Florida Georgia Line.

She previewed another new song called “Hometown” about her small hometown in Baytown, Texas. Everyone knows everyone, the love of the mom and pop wing place on the corner, and more. For anyone with a huge love of their hometown, this will be a song for you!

Raelynn ended with her newest hit single “Tailgate,” which has garnered over 4.2 million streams before even being released to country radio. She wrote the song with Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder, and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.  Raelynn continues to put out songs redefining the genre and lyrics that will pull at your heart. Her voice live is truly authentic and the energy, sass, and dedication she brings to every show in unparalleled. Follow her on her socials and Spotify to be the first to know of new music, tour dates, and more!

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Runaway June Performs On Halloween at Nash FM 94.7’s Stage 17

Runaway June Nash FM

Photo Via NASH FM 94.7 Facebook

It was a happy-and hilarious-Halloween last night (October 31) as Runway June took the Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 at Nash FM 94.7 dressed in costume as another country trio: Midland. The Nash FM 94.7 team was also in the holiday spirit with Jesse Addy, a Dalmatian, and Katie Neal, Cruella De Ville, introducing the first all-female trio in over a decade to have a top 25 hit (“Lipstick”).

Donning mustaches and hats reminiscent of Midland, Naomi Cooke as Jess, Hannah Mulholland as Cam and Jennifer Wayne as Mark took to the stage in front of an intimate group of fans. After the first song, Naomi and Jennifer shed their faux mustaches which were interfering with being able to sing. Hannah, however, stuck with hers, saying “it feels horrible, but I’m going to commit to the mustache” with a laugh.

Runaway June Nash FM

Photo Via NASH FM 94.7 Facebook

Next, Naomi told the group “you might know this one” as they went into a cover of Keith Urban’s “Love Somebody Like You”. Following the song, she explained the trio was “In four states in one day” the prior day, using that to introduce their latest hit on country radio “Wild West”. Fun fact: Jennifer is the granddaughter of Hollywood Western legend John Wayne. Fans were treated to an amazing live rendition of the bluegrass-tinged single, which earned them an ACM 2018 nomination for new vocal duo or group of the year.

As the trio launched into their hit freedom anthem “Buy My Own Drinks”, Naomi took notice of the one fan, a woman named Tracey, that had been dancing solo from the start of the show, bringing her up on stage. Tracey later told us she first heard the group/song three weeks ago while visiting her daughter in New Hampshire and it struck a chord with her as her husband passed away six years ago. After that, the ladies launched into their take on Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” which was co-written by Jennifer. Finally, the trio performed a lively, sing-along worthy version of “Lipstick”, the perfect close to a spirited night. Watch the full live video below.

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Keith Urban Returns to Brooklyn for ‘Graffiti U’ Tour

As the ‘Graffiti U’ tour comes to an end, New Yorkers were once again lucky enough to have 4-time Grammy award winner, Keith Urban, return to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center this past Saturday, October 27. This time around he shared the stage with one of his biggest fans and country-pop princess, Kelsea Ballerini.

Keith Urban Kelsea Ballerini Brooklyn

Kicking off the night Ballerini, opened the show with the title track from her sophomore album, “Unapologetically.” This was only the beginning of her 45-minute set featuring all her hit singles over the years, along with some fan favorites. One of her jobs of the night was to get everyone warmed up for Urban and that is exactly what she did. Before singing her hit song “Legends,” she spoke to the crowd telling everyone, “You know I put this next song out around this time last year and just to see the way you let it into your hearts, your lives, and your radios, it’s really changed the entire meaning of the song for me. Since I wrote it a couple of years ago, I learned that the word legend can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people but tonight I just want to dedicate this song to you, for changing my life in such a beautiful way, you’re the legends!” As she belted out the lyrics with everything she had, the crowd softly sang along, showing how meaningful this song really is to her.

As the night went on, Ballerini mentioned to the crowd, “You know I got to play New York quite a few times but this is the biggest room I ever got to play in New York! So thank you, Mr. Urban! So I’m very, very excited to be here tonight!” Throughout her set, Ballerini sang her singles, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, “Dibs”, “Yeah Boy”, “I Hate Love Songs”, and her newest single, “Miss Me More.”

That wasn’t all for the country-pop singer, she covered one of her favorite songs to ever be written, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, performing a beautiful rendition of the song, which is also featured on her new deluxe version of her latest album. Though EDM-Pop duo The Chainsmokers were not there to join her on stage, she performed their duet “This Feeling” for the Brooklyn crowd. As her set was coming to an end, she closed it out with the audience singing along to her hit song, “Peter Pan.”

Keith Urban Kelsea Ballerini Brooklyn

Next up was the headliner himself, Keith Urban. As he took his rightful spot in the middle of the stage, the crowd went wild, while he went straight into playing his songs, “Never Comin Down,” his number 1 hits, “Days Go By” and “Coming Home” which features singer-songwriter, Julia Michaels. After getting the night started, he said to the crowd, “We made it back! Are you guys doing good tonight? Amazing! Three songs in and you guys are singing at the top of your lungs, this is going to be a good night tonight!”

If you have ever experienced a Keith Urban show, you know he loves interacting with the crowd as much as possible and Saturday night was no exception. Before the night went any further, Urban took the time to read everyone’s signs in the crowd, even those at the very top of the arena with the help of his binoculars and a spotlight. During this part of the show he also brings up a lucky fan to the stage and this time it was a girl named Emily, who had the honor of singing part of “Stupid Boy” with him. (Check out our exclusive video from the special moment here) Before continuing his set, he mentioned, “Brooklyn we are in for a long night tonight, heads up! If you want to sing and dance and stand on chairs and completely annoy the people around you this is your night to do it! Be free and have a good time!” This is exactly what everyone did as he performed a two and a half hour set of his hits and fan favorites.

Keith Urban Kelsea Ballerini Brooklyn

Throughout his set he performed his songs, “Female,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,“ “Long Hot Summer,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Somebody Like You” and “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today).” Urban, never misses a beat with his performances, all while showing off his incredible guitar solos. That wasn’t all for country superstar, his show was packed with girl power, singing his hits, “Drop Top” featuring Kassi Ashton and “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood. Ballerini also returned to the stage to sing Urban’s duet “We Were Us,” (Check out our exclusive video here) and if that wasn’t enough he brought out an American roots rock band from Atlanta, Georgia called Larkin Poe. Before bringing the duo out, he introduced the two sisters, Megan and Rebecca Lovell to the audience, mentioning actor Russell Crowe told him to check them out. They shared the stage with Urban for two songs, showcasing their powerful vocals as well as their incredible mandolin and slide electric playing. At one point, Megan, on slide electric went head to head with Urban on the guitar, turning it into an epic jam session.

As the night was coming to an end, Urban went through the crowd giving everyone hugs and high fives while making his way to his second stage to perform for the back of the arena. Following the tradition of his shows, Urban gave one lucky fan in the crowd the guitar right off his back, before making his way back to the main stage. He finished off his set with his hit “Wasted Time.” But that wasn’t the end, Urban performed a two-song encore saying, “Brooklyn you still here? Dang, so you don’t want to go home? Ok firstly thank you so much for still being here, I appreciate that, more than you know…It takes a lot to get here so every single one of you I wanna say thank you for choosing to come and see the concert tonight!” He ended the night with his third single off his very first number one record, “But For The Grace Of God” and “Horses”. At the end thanking the crowd for coming out once again, leaving everyone wanting more.

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SMACKSongs Stuns Nashville With The Ultimate Writers Round

SMACKSongs Writers Round

Photo via SmackSongs Instagram//Taken by Rachel Deeb

 

What is better than a concert on a Monday night? Nothing. Although this concert was unlike any other for multiple reasons. One, it was at the Listening Room Cafe which is known for its intimate setting and finding new upcoming singers and songwriters. SMACKSongs took over the night for a round called SMACK and Friend’s making it the ultimate writers round. SMACKSongs is a Nashville-based music publishing company founded in 2012. They are proudly home to some of the industry’s top songwriters, producers, and artists, including Shane McAnally himself, as founder and CEO. The show featured McAnally, Josh Osborne, Teddy Robb, Aaron Eshuis, Matt McGinn, Ryan Beaver, Josh Jenkins, Kylie Morgan, Renee Blair and many more!

McAnally and Osborne got the night started by singing some of their hit songs including “Drinking Problem” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”. Bringing out their first set of writers, including Renee Blair and Teddy Robb, each singer performed a new single or one that has previously been cut. Teddy Robb previewed a new song called “Tell Me How” that has not yet been released but never the less got the crowd on their feet applauding. Renee Blair also took the same approach singing a new song called “Me Tonight”.

In between each set of writers, McAnally and Osborne shared stories of their journey without forgetting to add some jokes along the way. Talking about how they once played a song for Kenny Chesney on his plane that was already taken but he loved it so much they had to steal it back from no other than Little Big Town. “American Kids” then became Chesney’s #1 single off his album The Big Revival. Other artists that played included Brandon Radcliff singing his song “Rules of Breaking Up” and Josh Jenkins sang “21” which was cut by Jimmie Allen on his latest album Mercury Lane and “Thinking About You”.

Each time McAnally introduced a singer you could tell in his voice how proud of each one of them he was. He even said himself that the only people he could be more proud of are his kids, showing genuine gratitude and emotion as the night progressed. Throughout the night he talked about how important it was to “find your tribe” and the people that are willing to hustle with you in order to chase your dreams. Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne have created not only a powerhouse of songwriters, producers, and artists but a community that displays the true meaning of family within the country music business.  Head to our Instagram and check out exclusive videos from the night.

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Abby Anderson Plays Her First Headlining Show in NYC

Last night (Oct 22.), Black River Records rising country artist Abby Anderson, had quite the memorable night playing to a sold-out crowd for her first ever headlining show, right here in New York City at the Mercury Lounge.  NYCountry Swag followers had the opportunity to win their way in to the special show all weekend long through our exclusive giveaway contest.

Nash FM 94.7 DJs Katie Neal and Jesse Addy took the stage to introduce the rising superstar. Entering the spotlight dressed in one of her signature stylish ensembles, Anderson wore a matching two-piece maroon long sleeve and pant set. Immediately starting off the night with the title track from her debut EP I’m Good, Anderson had the crowd singing along to every lyric. “Wassup everybody? Y’all ready to dance with me tonight?” Anderson said to the crowd before heading into the next song “Dance Away My Broken Heart.” Not a single person stood still for the next three minutes. Her infectious dance moves had everybody swaying to the beat.

Introducing an unreleased song titled “Closet,” Anderson shared, “I’ve been in Nashville now for a couple of years, writing songs to hopefully one day hear them on the radio and I just learned really quickly that there’s a whole bunch of beauty in sharing your story with others. So that being said, this is a little bit of mine.”  Next up was her very first single to country radio, “I just think I gotta be the luckiest girl in the world right now. To my country radio family, thank you so much for taking a chance on the new clique kid in the block. This song is called “Make Him Wait.”

Anderson continued to perform the very first song she ever released titled “This Feeling.” Teasing the crowd, “We’re gonna throw it back for a second, if you know this song, you a ‘day one homie’ okay,” said Anderson. The crowd responded with giggles and shouts before singing along.  Anderson repeatedly thanked her fans after performing each and every song.

Carrying on the night, Anderson had not one, but four surprises in store for her fans; all brand new, unheard, unreleased songs.  First up was “Greener,” an upbeat breakup story with a take on the phrase “the grass is greener on the other side.” Secondly, “A Guy Like You.”  Anderson shared the sweet story of her mother putting her into piano lessons when she was just five years old and how she made her practice every day, even when she did not want to; “But I’m glad she did because it brought me to all of you beautiful people.”

Continuously thanking the crowd, the singer-songwriter touched on a powerful message before performing “With The Radio On”, “No matter what, if you’re white, black, purple, green, whatever you are, whatever you choose to be, if there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that music gets us through about anything. So if you’re like me, I hope this song means something to you, this is a little bit of my story.” Anderson belted out the moving lyrics while playing the piano.

“If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in all these shows I’ve played and all the new faces I have the privilege to meet every night, is that everybody seems to have a story and everybody seems to have history with someone, whether they like it or not. Whether it’s a fourth marriage or a first love, this song goes to you guys,” shared Anderson before playing “History.”
Closing out the show with the very last song on I’m Good, fans could not contain their excitement to sing along to the sassy anthem “Naked Truth.”

Anderson ended the night thanking her audience one final time, before letting everyone know she would be meeting every last person in the room at her merch table, where fans also had the opportunity to purchase NYCountry Swag gear for sale!  It was an unforgettable night not only for the rising artist but all of her New York City fans. Be sure to follow Anderson on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for upcoming shows and future announcements.  I’m Good is now available everywhere you stream or buy music.

 

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Jimmie Allen Performs Live for Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17

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Jimmie Allen Performs at Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17

Celebrating his debut album release, Jimmie Allen headed to Nash FM 94.7 Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 in NYC to play songs from Mercury Lane.  Joined on stage by a guitar player, a bass player as well as a percussionist, Allen performed “Blue Jean Baby”, “Warrior”, and  “Back of Your Mind” before chatting with Nash FM 94.7 DJ’s Katie Neal and Jesse Addy. Allen did plenty of joking around, praising his favorite football team, the Superbowl champions,  The Eagles but he became serious when they asked about his time living out of his car in Nashville. “I was faced with a decision to make, do I go back to Delaware, and do what, who knows, or do I just live in my car for a little bit,” he explained. “My grandmom always taught me, obstacles come, and that’s fine, but it’s about realizing how you are going to get past it”.  He told the inspiring story of his time before the fame allowing fans, and listeners in on the struggles he has faced in the past.

Jimmie Allen Nash FM

Jimmie Allen Chats with Nash FM 94.7 DJs Katie Neal and Jesse Addy

One of Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17’s traditions is to have each artist look into the camera and talk to their future selves, something the station hopes to play back for them one day when they are about to play downstairs, at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.  They call these segments “Garden Goals” and Allen laughed as he stared straight into the camera and simply said “Hey Jimmie, don’t suck” with a big thumbs up.

A highlight of his Up Close and Country set was when he mashed up a few of his favorite songs, stripping them down and making them his own.  The mashup included “You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Don’t Blink”, “Here Without You”, and “Lucky Man”.  “Ever since I was eight years old I wanted to have a song on country radio, I can now say that that’s a reality,” he said with gratitude as he thanked Nash FM 94.7 for playing his current single “Best Shot”, and thanked his entire team for their support.  Watch the full live video below.

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An Intimate Night with Walker Hayes and Hannah Ellis

Walker Hayes and Hannah Ellis, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Walker Hayes and Hannah Ellis, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Last night, New York country fans got to experience an intimate show at Mercury Lounge in lower Manhattan with two extremely talented singer-songwriters, Hannah Ellis and Walker Hayes. Prior to the show, Ellis joined NYCountry Swag for a Live Swag Session where she answered questions and sang two songs, check out the Swag Session below. This was Ellis’ first time opening for Hayes and judging by the way the crowd responded it hopefully won’t be the last. She started the night by saying, “How we doing New York!? I’m so excited to be here, my name is Hannah Ellis! I’m excited to be opening up for Walker Hayes! We are going to have some fun tonight, we are going to get you all warmed up!” Kicking off her set with the first song from her self-titled EP, “Temporary Feelings”.

The singer-songwriter got the crowd going by throwing in some cover songs to get everyone in the singing mood. She covered Lady Antebellum’s hit “Downtown” as well as The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” before going 90s R&B singing “No Diggity” by Blackstreet, getting the crowd excited for what’s to come. Before going any further, she took a moment in her set to talk about songwriting saying, “Selfishly we also get to go in there and kind of pour out our hearts and talk about where we’ve been and what we’re dealing with…it’s almost therapeutic for us and it’s just been really special to watch people kind of respond to this song.” Slowing down her set, she performed her unreleased song “Past The Past,” showing off her incredible vocals and vulnerability.

Hannah Ellis, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Hannah Ellis, Mercury Lounge, NYC

As her set was coming to an end, she couldn’t leave the stage without singing her current single “Home and A Hometown,” saying “It’s one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written, it’s just my life story, it’s where I come from, where I ended up and where I plan to go.” The entire audience sang back the lyrics, making Ellis emotional saying, “I’m going to go cry about that later…Y’all are incredible!” Making her last two songs count, Ellis kept it upbeat singing her debut single “ILY So What” and closing out her set with “Friends Like These”.

Next up was the headliner himself, Walker Hayes, kicking off his set with his song “Prescriptions.” A couple of songs in, Hayes started talking to the crowd saying, “I was saying to the little VIP thing we did earlier, how much fans mean to me and y’all need to know, thank y’all for showing up, thank you for knowing words to songs that are only on 8Tracks not even albums…it’s been an incredible year for us, this show and our last show marks new material, we got new music coming out and I’m excited…but we still do the oldies but goodies.” Hayes performed 12 songs, covering his hits including fan favorites, “Beautiful,” “Beckett,” “Lela’s Stars”, and “Dollar Store.”

Walker Hayes, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Walker Hayes, Mercury Lounge, NYC

Keeping up the energy, the singer-songwriter performed his brand new single “90’s Country” for the crowd.  Read our exclusive interview with Hayes where he discusses the writing process for the song here.  As the night continued, Hayes surprised the crowd by bringing out opener Hannah Ellis for his song, “Halloween.” The two artists, took the stage, combining their talents to create one perfect duet. As the night was nearing the end, Hayes continued to get personal, telling everyone about his time working at Costco, having six kids, and the man who inspired his personal and emotional single “Craig”.  Be sure to take a look back at our Live Swag Session with Walker Hayes below.

As the night came to the end, Hayes said, “Let’s break it down…this song went Platinum last year just like I hope “90’s Country” will, let’s go crazy, feel free!” singing his hit song “You Broke Up With Me”. When it was time for the last song of the night, Hayes thanked the crowd for coming out and singing along, “This is how we go out”,  singing the song “Shut Up Kenny” about his favorite artist of all time, Kenny Chesney.

 

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