Swag Session Featuring: Craig Campbell

 

Making the rounds in New York City, Craig Campbell is promoting his latest EP all around town.  The singer stopped by Refinery Rooftop for a NY Country Swag Session to play his latest drinking song “Mas Tequila” as well as his current radio single “See You Try”.  After playing the tunes, Campbell told our Managing Editor, Christina all about hearing “See You Try” for the first time and his album release week which included his 6th annual charity cornhole tournament and took place during CMA Fest in Nashville.

Watch the full video below and for more on Craig Campbell check out his Swag Spotlight.

 

Craig Campbell

NYCountry Swag Founder, Stephanie Wagner with Craig Campbell and NYCS Managing Editor, Christina Bosch at Refinery Rooftop, NYC

 

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Lauren Davidson

The warm weather is back (finally!), so we filmed our next Swag Session right in the middle of Times Square with local New York City/New Jersey country artist Lauren Davidson.  Davidson played “I’ll Drink To That” then premiered a brand new single which was released this Friday, June 22nd under Skyfall Sony. Watch the full Swag Session below and to learn more about Lauren Davidson in our Swag Spotlight Feature with her here.

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NYCS Swag Spotlight: Dillon Carmichael

Dillon Carmichael

You can say that Dillon Carmichael didn’t really choose a life in the music industry, that it chose him.  During our recent phone conversation, Carmichael explained that music just always was there, in his house, in his community.  His mother traveled around Kentucky with a band as their lead singer, his father loved to write songs and both of his uncles are some names in the country music genre that you might have heard of.  Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry and 90’s country crooner John Michael Montgomery.  Music was played at family gatherings, what was done on the weekends and Carmichael always found himself at parties growing up with a guitar in his hands.

Growing up, blues, rock, and country were what he listened to, his very first concert being Lynyrd Skynyrd when he was in the 7th grade.  “Playing in bars and stuff around Kentucky, that’s what everyone played, that’s what people wanted to two-step two and waltz around the dance floor to, that’s just the way it was around that area, it was a cultural thing,” he says of the music he was accustomed to hearing as a child.

When Carmichael was only 17 years old after playing the same bar every Thursday night, a publisher came to hear him sing and offered him a publishing deal on the spot. Leaving his small hometown of Burgin, Kentucky and the comforts of knowing everyone, he moved to Nashville to pursue his music career even further.  He explained how in Kentucky he would write all of his songs by himself then moving to Nashville he was introduced to co-writing.

“Writing changed a lot when I moved to Nashville, writing is 360 degrees in my opinion, of this whole music thing,” he tells us.  “You learn who you are as a guitar player, as a singer, you learn who you are as a person because you learn what you want to say in your songs.” He tells us that cowriting for him has allowed him to open up to people who he might not know very well, telling them personal stories for writing purposes. “Especially for the songs I write, they are very honest, to the point, straightforward and don’t be afraid to tell the world what you are thinking, it helps to be transparent,” Carmichael says.

You can take the boy out of Kentucky and the small town but you certainly can not take the Kentucky out of the boy. His single “It’s Simple” which is the first from his forthcoming full-length album is about growing up simply, not taking things too seriously and always realizing what is important. The track was produced by Dave Cobb who has worked with Anderson East, Chris Stapleton and many more artists in Nashville.
“We got on the subject and It’s Simple, our human nature is to sometimes complicated things, it’s nice for me to have a song on my record and in my life like this song has become, as a reminder myself, I can complicate things but this recording almost says to me this is simple, take your own advice,” he says of the lyric. “My favorite line is ‘Home is that place in your heart’, no matter where I go, where this journey takes me, it’s a reminder that home is that place in your heart, no matter where I spend my time or live, but that place in my heart is Burgin, Kentucky.”
Gearing up to release his debut full-length album Hell On An Angel due out this August, Carmichael is hitting the road opening for Lee Brice as well as Montgomery Gentry.  He will also make his NYC debut on June 18th at Rockwood Music Hall, for tickets click here.  He told us that when he is able to open for these established artists he is like a sponge, taking in everything they do from the side stage, having conversations and learning as much as he can.  He is looking forward to supporting the music and playing it live for fans across the country.
Be sure to be following Dillon Carmichael on his social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Drew Baldridge

Drew Baldridge

 

On this perfect spring day, Drew Baldridge hung out with New York Country Swag to chat about his new music and his non-profit organization W.E.R.D.  Baldrige played his brand new single “Gentleman” and “Guns and Roses” live from The Refinery Rooftop before heading to Nash FM and Opry City Stage for his show tonight. Tune in to the live stream below.

 

 

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Kalie Shorr

 

During her NYC visit, country-pop singer Kalie Shorr joined New York Country Swag for a Live Swag Session at Refinery Rooftop.  Shorr played her first single “Fight Like a Girl” which she said is about strong women, particularly her mom.  She also announced to our followers that she was about to sing her next single “Candy” which is about two things she can’t resist, a snickers bar and a boy in a leather jacket. Tune in below as she plays music and chats about her Grand Ole Opry debut, women in country music and what’s next for the rising star.

 

 

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Walker Hayes

 

Walker Hayes is no stranger to playing in New York City.  In the past, he has opened for Dan and Shay and sold out his own headlining show at American Beauty.  Just hours before he joined Kelsea Ballerini to open her Unapologetically Tour at Playstation Theatre, Hayes joined New York Country Swag at Refinery Rooftop to play his debut radio single “You Broke Up With Me” and “Beautiful”.  We also talked about his touring schedule, the new radio single “Craig”, swapped Dad Jokes and even found out his favorite cereals.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring The SaraBeth Trio

 

Our most recent Swag Spotlight, Sarabeth spent some time with New York Country Swag this week during her trip up to NYC.  Her bandmates, Vicky Vaughn and Glenn Mitchell joined her to create beautiful harmonies and their band named The Sarabeth Trio.  Check out their Swag Session LIVE from The Barrell Room at Park Avenue Tavern…

 

 

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SaraBeth Trio

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Luke Pell

 

Right before his very first NYC show at The Highline Ballroom, Luke Pell joined New York Country Swag to play two songs off his debut EP and answer questions about growing up on a ranch in Texas and chat about his new tour. Check out the full video from our LIVE Swag Session below.

 

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Logan Mize

 

Before playing at Highline Ballroom in NYC, Logan Mize took time to hang with New York Country Swag and play “Welcome to Prairieville” and “Ain’t Always Pretty” before chatting about his hometown in Kansas. Check out the full video of our Live Swag Session with Logan below…

 

 

 

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Aaron Watson LIVE from Opry City Stage with NYCountry Swag

Before playing New York City’s Texas Independence Day at Gramercy Theatre, Aaron Watson visited Opry City Stage to play some songs and chat with New York Country Swag.  Catch the full video below.

 

 

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