VIEW LINEUP: March 11th • March 18th • March 25th • April 1st
Friday, March 18th
It was April of 2008, and the LoCash Cowboys were doing what they do best--rocking a packed house. They were at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon, where the two of them--Preston Brust and Chris Lucas--had met a few years earlier. The amped-up crowd was living, screaming proof that they had put the time since then to good use. They had been criss-crossing the country, honing their craft on stages large and small, developing one of the most dynamic live shows in any genre of music. Along the way, they had sold more than 60,000 copies of their homemade CD, earned endorsements from the likes of Budweiser, shared bills with artists including Charlie Daniels and ZZ Top, performed at halftime of NBA and U.S. Olympic team basketball games, and earned television appearances ranging from Tanya Tucker's reality show "Tuckerville" to "Pageant School: Becoming Miss America," writing the theme songs for both.
Chris grew up in Baltimore, developing a love for music that would ultimately span eras and styles, from Frank Sinatra to Justin Timberlake, with special emphasis on '90s R&B and country. He learned break-dancing on the city's streets and eventually taught others, but most of his time and attention as a teenager went to baseball and football. He says, "Sports is where I learned integrity and all the big lessons about character."
Preston was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, where his dad was a preacher--Preston sang a cappella in church but had to sneak out to go dancing. He turned out to be a natural, and soon he was choreographing show choirs, ultimately winning a regional grand championship.
Online » locashcowboys.com || Videos » Keep In Mind and Here Comes Summer
The JaneDear Girls
There may be no better place to start, when talking about the JaneDear girls, than with the description offered by their producer, John Rich.
“They are,” he says, “the girls next door that kick country A**”
Their name offers another level of insight.
“We wanted something that was feminine, All-American, and country,” says Danelle Leverett, the Lone Star portion of this Texas-Utah duo. Susie Brown, adds, “It took us a while to find a name that really described who we are and what we want to say to our country audience, and the JaneDear girls does just that.
All of that is embodied in the JaneDear girls’ debut single, “Wildflower,” as perfect an introduction to their high energy, soaring harmonies, and world-class instrumental prowess as a country fan could ask for. It’s also a song whose very roots express the organic unity of the approach Susie and Danelle take to life and music.
Danelle and Susie were each pursuing careers when a friend suggested Danelle see Susie perform at a Nashville club. Before long, the two tried writing together, and from the moment they finished their first song together, they knew that they were a duo. While they struggled--"We would eat $10 worth of taco soup for a week, every meal," says Danelle--they quickly began impressing industry people. After they performed at a Muzik Mafia event, John Rich became a huge supporter, helping them ink deals with Warner Music Nashville.
Online » thejanedeargirls.com || Video » Wildflower