Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Listen to our interview with Ward & Al!!


We got to visit the Sirius XM studios for The Ward & Al Show on Canada Talks, a couple weeks back where we talked about all things She's Gone Country!!







From our love of brother bands and 90s celebrities and bad Billy Joel songs, to making out with our favourite country singers and everything in between!!










We talked about the amazing time we had at the Garth Brooks shows this year, our love for Will Hoge and hitting up country festivals including, Boots & Hearts next weekend!!!



Listen in below!!!






Monday, 20 July 2015

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to Divorce



Sadly, the rumours are true.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert confirmed their divorce issuing a joint statement:
"This is not the future we envisioned," the couple's representatives said in a statement to The Associated Press Monday. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter." 


Many country fans are shocked and did not see this coming. This is a sad day for country music as the power couple, who have been together for 10 years, married in 2011, divorce.



photocredit: Kristyn Hogan weddings

Sunday, 12 July 2015

INTERVIEW: Autumn Hill Chat About Their New Album, Anchor, and Who's On Their Ipods Right Now!




We had the chance to catch up with Canadian country duo, Autumn Hill, ahead of their performance at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this weekend. Mike Robins & Tareya Green talk about their new album, Anchor, summer festival season and who they're excited to see (Hint: Keith Urban!) and who's on their ipods right now.

SCG: Congratulations - you made history this week with Blame being the first Top 5 Canadian country single by a group since 2007 - that has got to feel good!!!

AH: There are no words to describe it. It’s absolutely incredible. We are so thankful to everyone who has talked about, played and shared our music. We have the absolute best fans, we can’t explain how much this means to us. Thank you so much!

SCG: How did the two of you get together and form Autumn Hill?

AH: We were both signed to the same record label for our own projects. The first time we met was for a writing session, and our song “Favourite Mistake” came out of it. Then it was a few months later that we were at the record label Christmas party, and we found a quiet spot where we started jamming our song. Before we knew it, the room had filled with people and that’s when we realized this was something special. The sound was just so much more powerful as a duo, we knew this was it.

SGC: You’ve just released your second album, Anchor, can you tell us a little bit about the sound of this and how it differs from your first release?

AH: This record is really exciting for us, it encompasses some great memories we have had over the last few years as well as everything we learned from touring and being on the road. The album is a huge evolution for our sound. We focused on making a record that would translate to the festival stage, making it very high energy. We also wrote about forty songs for this one and very quickly the best ones became apparent. We really love these songs. The album feels like it has a lot of our signature sound on it, as well as a lot of growth we are so excited to be able to share it now.

SGC: Did you find it much easier working on your second album in relation to your first? Like you’re old pros now?

AH: I don’t think it was easier just different, this time. We recorded it primarily in one shot down in Nashville, which was amazing. The album has so much new energy that it was really exciting to make. I think when you care about the music as much as we do, there is always a nervous energy. Really wanting to make the record the best it can be drives you. So there is always a little bit of pressure, but in a great way.

SGC: Summer festival season is coming up and you’ve got quite a busy tour schedule. Is there any show that you’re particularly looking forward to? Any artists you hope to catch this summer?

AH: We are so fortunate to be playing on some pretty amazing stages this summer!! I think it’s really gonna be a rocking festival season. One in particular is the Cavendish Beach Fest, where we are sharing the bill with one of my all time favourites, Keith Urban! That’s gonna be pretty incredible, can’t wait to see his show again. It is always incredible.

SGC: Speaking of other artists, what’s currently playing on your iPods? Who have you been listening to lately that you think people should check out? 

AH: I love Sam Hunt’s “Montevallo” and Brett Eldridge’s “Bring You Back”. There is really so much great music out there right now though, I’m also loving Brothers Osbourne and James Bay to name a few.

SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself? 

AH: There have been a few really crazy moments in the past little while, that we have been so lucky to have experienced. The moment we walked into Jann Arden’s house to shoot the music video for our duet “Karolina” we just started doing the “we’re not worthy” it from Wayne’s World. Getting to sing that song with Jann live on the CCMA’s was also such an incredible highlight for us, just a really special moment. She is such an amazing person and such an icon, that we still don’t believe it really happened. We just consider ourselves to be really lucky and we are so grateful to be making music.

SGC: Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?


Tareya, AH: Seeing an anchor and the lyrics to “Anything At All” tattooed on a fan’s shoulder was overwhelming. After a show in Fredericton, NB he came up to meet us, showed us his tattoo and told us that our song “Anything at All” brought him back together with his girlfriend!

SGC: What was the last picture you took with your phone?

Tareya, AH: My two 5-month old puppies snuggling while they were sleeping. I rescued them while we were in Nashville recording our new album, “Anchor” through an amazing organization called Proverbs12:10 Animal Rescue.

#AdoptDontShop! :)

SGC: What is the best compliment you've ever received?

Tareya, AH: That they considered me to be “brave”. This means a lot to me because it took courage to say goodbye to family and friends and move across the country to chase this dream. In fact, I had written a quote on my mirror a month before I left Calgary that read, “Courage is not he absence of fear, but the mastery of it”.

SGC: What is the best and worst part of touring?

Tareya, AH: The best part of touring is seeing our music connect with the fans, meeting them after the show and hearing their stories about what our music means to them. The worst part is missing family back home.

SGC: Do you have any funny/horror stories from the road?

Tareya, AH: Probably turning around in the middle of our live set to see the entire band with their pants down.

SGC: What can people expect from you next?

Tareya, AH: We are excited to tour for this album this year! We have a lot of great festivals lined up the summer and a fall tour in the works.

SGC: And last but not least, is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked, maybe rehearsed your answer in the mirror, and no one has ever asked it? Here's your big chance!

Tareya, AH: After touring Canada a few times, my favourite restaurant in the country is Wilf & Ada’s in Ottawa, ON. Sit beside the giant picture of John Lennon and order the “Eggs In Purgatory” with a side of their homemade peanut butter. It will change your life.


Friday, 10 July 2015

INTERVIEW: Jess Moskaluke talks life on the road and what's up next!



We had the opportunity to chat with Canadian country superstar Jess Moskaluke about life on the road, summer festival season and what's up next for her ahead of her show at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this weekend! http://cavendishbeachmusic.com/

SGC: 2014-2015 has been quite a world wind for you, with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” being certified Gold, becoming the first Canadian female solo country artist to surpass 40,000+ downloads for a song since Shania Twain – congratulations! - did you ever anticipate this kind of success?

JM: No! *laughs* I knew we had something special with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”, but I had no idea it would have quite the reaction it did.

SGC: Can you think of moment where you had to stop and think, “this is my life!”?

JM: I think this happens at least once a day.

SGC: You’re teaming up with Paul Brandt and Dean Brody on the “Road Trip Tour” later this year, how excited for that are you!?

JM:Very! Paul was the first concert I ever attended in my life. So it’s a pretty cool feeling to have come full circle and now play my first arena shows with him and Dean.

SGC: Summer festival season is coming up and you’ve got quite a busy tour schedule including Cavendish Beach Music Festival next week. Is there any show that you’re particularly looking forward to? Any artists you hope to catch this summer?

JM: Cavendish is pretty high on my anticipation list. I haven’t spent much time in the east, but what I have seen, I loved! As far as artists go, I’m from a tiny little town where there isn’t a whole lot of live music. So I take any opportunity I get to see anyone!

SGC: Speaking of other artists, what’s currently playing on your iPod? Who have you been listening to lately that you think people should check out?

JM: Definitely Kelsea Ballerini. Females are BACK!

SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself?

JM: Honestly, I’ve started compiling about 6 different answers to this question already. Which is an awesome problem to have. The CCMA experience last year was incredible, from the green carpet to the win to the performance. But I think it really comes down to the one-on-one interactions with the fans. I never took into consideration how much music could affect someone’s life when I first started out. I just wanted to make music. The personal stories are the icing on the cake.

SGC: Can you talk about a fan encounter that completely took you by surprise?

JM: There’s always an interesting one at every show! I think what takes me by surprise the most, are the ones that come to show after show after show, and continue to wait in line for meet and greets. I’m so lucky to have that.

SGC: What was the last picture you took with your phone?

JM: A picture of a Pinterest craft I started making last night. (BEFORE I hot glued my fingers into blisters. Ouch!)

SGC: What is the best compliment you have ever received?

JM: I had my mom and step-dad over to my new place last week and cooked for them, and mom told me how alike we were becoming. That’s the coolest thing to me.

SGC: What is the best and worst part of touring?

JM: The best is being able to play every single night and the worst is wearing make-up every single day!

SGC: Do you have any funny/horror stories of tour life?

JM: Yes. Oh gosh. So many funny stories, where do I begin? Once, I convinced Bobby Wills to let me put make-up and hair extensions and a dress and boots on him and crash Chad Brownlee’s stage. That was fun. I’ve been pretty lucky with tour life. There’s not a lot of horror stories.

SGC: What can people expect from you next?

JM: New music!
SGC: And last but not least, is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked, maybe rehearsed your answer in the mirror, and no one has ever asked it? Here's your big chance!

JM: Wow! I’ve never thought of that! I’ll have to come up with one, so you can ask me it next time.

FIRST CANADIAN PLACE ANNOUNCES 'IN THE PARK' SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Located in the heart of Toronto's financial district, First Canadian Place will be hosting a free summer concert series titled 'In The Park.' The performances will be open to the public and will run every Thursday for three weeks at the outdoor stage. Kicking off on July 23, the series will begin with a surprise concert and an onsite contest where one lucky winner will have an opportunity to win a trip for two to the Virgin Mobile presents Osheaga 2015 in collaboration with Molson Canadian in Montreal.

The prize includes Porter flights, accommodations at the Alt Hotel Montreal by Le Germain and two three-day Osheaga festival passes. In order to enter, contestants will be asked to visit a sign up table onsite on July 23 between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. The winner will be selected and announced by approximately 12:50 p.m. and in order to redeem the prize the winner must be onsite and present ID.

On July 30, Canadian country sweetheart Kira Isabella will make her 'In The Park' debut. Since the release of her sophomore album Caffeine & Big Dreams in 2014, the Ottawa-born singer/songwriter has earned two CCMA Awards as well as two JUNO Award nominations, including her most recent 2015 nomination for Country Album of the Year.

Also performing this summer will be country / roots band John And Jacob on August 6. The band had a busy year in 2014, taking the summer festival season by storm with appearances at SXSW, Bonnaroo, Hangout, Firefly and the CMA Festival. Experienced songwriters, John And Jacob co-wrote the Billboard #1 hit "Done" with The Band Perry, and their current single "Be My Girl" was recently featured on ABC's hit TV show Nashville.

For more information about the 'In The Park' summer concert series, please visit www.myfirstcanadianplace.ca/events.