Sometimes, especially now, writers will discuss genre- bending music as if it’s a new thing. It’s not.
First off, great music is timeless isn’t it? The best artists have always had the sense of what came before them.
Mark Mackay’s music embodies that tradition; wielding a guitar that fuels his sound that can be measured with a bow to the legendary artists that came out Laurel Canyon in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s... and continues today.
Mark’s music links to the renowned acts who teetered the line between rock and country but were also full of soul: Neil Young, Poco, Jackson Browne, and on and on.
Yet; Mark’s not been under a rock; his well-crafted songs from, “Leaving California,” “Somebody Else’s Everything,” and the ones he’s not even written yet, are up-to-date and current. His songs will feel like home for all fans of true music; from Zoomers to Boomers!
This past year has been a rough one; to put it mildly.
But before the pandemic came crashing down, Mark was playing to huge crowds, stadium sized audiences; sharing
the bill with artists who spanned the spectrum- from Blake Shelton to Ted Nugent to Old Dominion and Richie Sambora. Mark’s comfortable with all ends of that wide- ranging variety.
It’s about time. It’s about damn time.
Almost two years have passed since country hitmaker Craig Campbell has released new music. But in a world fueled by the smoke and mirror act of overnight success, Campbell has long been admired for his patience and persistence on the road less travelled. A consistent balancing act of traditional values and modern industry trends, Campbell is also considered by many to be one of the most talented yet under the radar stars, across all genres. And now, his highly anticipated single, “It’s About Time”, marks Campbell’s first independent release since parting ways with his former label, Broken Bow Records. It also highlights the first track the charismatic charmer has co-produced, along with playing acoustic guitar and piano, and singing his own harmonies. But this song is no stranger to the set list. In fact, Campbell has seized every opportunity in the last two years to deliver this sultry ballad to a captivated audience with just his airtight vocals and a piano.
After all, the magic of the keys brought him his hunger for music as a child. The good ole’ down home boy grew up playing his mother’s piano and singing in church. After graduating high school, he took a job as a corrections officer in his hometown of Lyons, Georgia. But music never left his side. Taking a cue from the sounds of classic country and idols like Travis Tritt and Randy Travis, Campbell started a band and played local and national bar gigs. When the guitar player quit, Campbell took that as a sign to chase his dreams all the way to Nashville, Tennessee.
With two rolls of quarters and a roll of dimes given to him by his mother for gas money, Campbell barely made it into town. Starting in 2002, the young hopeful would spend the next several years paying his dues the old fashioned way. A demo singer by day and Lower Broadway gigger by night, Campbell was eventually connected to a soon to be signed artist who needed a keyboard player. He and fellow South Georgia native Luke Bryan hit it off and Campbell got the job. A year and a half long keyboard stint with Tracy Byrd soon followed, and on his non travel days, he took over as bandleader down at The Stage on Tuesday nights. His smooth chops and hot blooded stage presence soon caught the eye of industry execs and in 2009, Campbell signed with Bigger Picture Group.
Years before Jason Nix hit the highway, playing nightly shows that mixed the modern twang of country music with the southern spirit of blue-collar rock & roll, he grew up working on cars with his father. Music and automobiles ran in the family. One minute, a young Jason would find himself accompanying his dad to band practice, where the older Nix would play bluegrass songs. The next minute, the two Nix men would have their heads buried in an engine, diagnosing some mechanical issue while a nearby radio blasted country songs.
The experience left a permanent mark on Nix, who bought a 1971 Chevelle not long after college and began restoring it. As his own music career took off — not only as an acclaimed frontman, but also as a songwriter and sought-after instrumentalist — so did the Chevelle's complete overhaul.
"It's my time machine," he says of the vehicle. "There's no radio and no AC, and it's my gauge whenever I'm writing songs. If my car had a radio, what would I want to hear when I'm driving it? That's the feeling I want to chase. The freedom that car makes me feel is the sound I want to make."
Born in Nashville, Nix moved to Mississippi as a 5 year old. His upbringing was a musical one, filled with the down-home sounds of bluegrass and country. George Strait, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, and Travis Tritt were childhood favorites, and as Nix grew older, he added rock-influenced artists like the Allman Brothers, the Eagles, and Charlie Daniels Band to the mix. That broad range of influences helped shape Nix's own music, which he began playing as a member of a regionally-touring band in high school. Unable to shake his lifelong connection to Nashville, he moved back to Tennessee one day after his graduation.
Eric Burgett is coming through Stoney’s Rockin’ Country!
Friday night, November 19th, 2021
Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 10pm!
This is an 18 and over event!
GA 21+ tickets are $5.00 in advance, $10 day of show!
18+ tickets are $15 in advance and $25 day of the show!
Nashville-based Eric Burgett grew up driving tractors and chasing dreams, listening to some of his favorite artists. With his Illinois farm boy upbringing and studying classical piano from an early age, his roots, training, and education run deep and wide. Burgett had several regular performances on an old upright piano at his parents' tavern, The Korn Krib, as well as during the offerings on Sundays at Latham United Methodist Church.
In 2012, Burgett made the move to Nashville to pursue his country music dreams and learning from some of the best writers and artists. In Fall 2017, Eric signed with Bow to Stern Management, headed by grammy-nominated producer Matt McClure.
Eric's career has been full of opportunities on the stage, where the piano-playing country singer has landed opening slots and guest appearances for the likes of Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Chris Stapleton, Charlie Worship, Phil Vassar, Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, and Craig Morgan.
Jordan Rowe’s love for music and his dream to become a successful country singer/songwriter began when he was just a kid in the small town of Adel, Georgia. Jordan grew up listening to artists such as Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, and Luke Bryan, all of which have played a major role in how he has crafted his own sound. At the age of eight, he learned to play the drums, which he played for most of his younger years in his church’s worship band. It wasn’t until he was a teenager that he decided to further his musical knowledge and began guitar lessons, all the while teaching himself to play the piano at home.
Jordan attended and graduated college from the University of Georgia, and in June of 2019, Jordan took a leap of faith and moved to Music City. In summer of 2020, he celebrated the signing of his first publishing deal with River House Artists and Ashley Gorley’s Tape Room Music. His most recent singles, "I Didn't Sleep Last Night," "Bad Case Of The Good Ole Boy," and "Mama Ain't Jesus" can be found on all major music platforms. When Jordan isn't writing and recording music, he's either hunting, fishing, golfing or reading finance books.
After Midtown is coming through Stoney’s Rockin’ Country on
Friday night, December 17th, 2021
Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 10pm!
This is an 18 and over event!
GA 21+ tickets are $5.00 in advance, $10 at the door!
18+ tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door!
Adam Ernst and Michael Rotundo are After Midtown. Their genre-bending sound is quickly creating a buzz in the Nashville music scene with their self-written debut single “Boys Like Us.” The duo came to life after gigging together as solo artists and discovering their prodigious chemistry as vocalists, songwriters, instrumentalists and maybe most importantly, being two small town guys with a passion to write great songs. With diverse influences and a flare for creating distinctive lyrics, Adam and Michael have written on all of the tracks from their debut EP, Don't Give Away The Ending as well as playing guitar, drums and tracks themselves.
"We are proud of who we are, and proud of who we surround ourselves with and we feel blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing team all the way around … this song is kind of our anthem for that.”
A great team indeed, as the duo just signed a booking deal with CAA, a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and is managed by a strategic partnership between The Core Ent’s Chief Zaruk, Simon Tikhman and 10th Street Ent’s Scott Frazier and Chris Nilsson.