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Luke Bryan Repeats Success with Sold-Out Gillette Concert

Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, touted as the ‘consummate showman’ by the Boston Globe, repeated his stadium success story as he performed before a sold-out crowd at Gillette Stadium on Friday night. The Sunset Repeat Tour concert was Luke’s fourth appearance in the home of the six-time Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots is also his most-played stadium. His career headlined stadium concerts now tally at 35.

Special moments during the show included Luke’s 2019 touring mates Cole Swindell and Jon Langston joining him onstage to perform the 1995 hit ‘Dust On the Bottle’ and the evening’s special guest Brett Young appeared with Luke to perform ‘Sweet Caroline.’ One of the night’s high points came when Patriots favorite Rob Gronkowski strolled on stage playing catch with Luke sending the stadium crowd into fever pitch cheers.

Before the concert Luke, Cole, Jon and Brett spent some time with NBC’s TODAY Show for a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to perform in one of America’s most revered stadiums and Luke’s journey to a stadium headliner. Tune in to NBC’s TODAY Show on Tuesday, July 2 to see the story. Later that week, Luke will perform on NBC’s ‘Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks® Spectacular.’

Photos: Ethan Helms

Old Dominion: ‘One Man Band’ Single Review

Much to the delight of fans, Old Dominion recently released their second single off of their highly anticipated upcoming third album. Written by Josh Osborne along with band members Matt Ramsey, Brad Tursi, and Trevor Rosen, ‘One Man Band’ is the group’s first true love song. In an interview with People Ramsey explained, “I can’t wait to hear what people think about this side of us. I don’t think our fans have heard us show the type of emotion that they will hear in ‘One Man Band.’” We must say we’re absolutely loving this romantic side of Old Dominion. We were hooked from the very first notes. The soft melody, predominantly produced by an electric guitar, provides the perfect backdrop for the genuine, heartfelt vocals.

            One of the most special things about ‘One Man Band’ is the lyrics. They’re very creative, and they act as a metaphor that compares playing music alone to being single. Ramsey sings about longing to find a significant other so he’ll have someone to accompany him on his musical journey. This can be seen in the lines, Baby we can take our own show on the road, I’ll lay down the beat, you’ll carry the tune, We’ll get tattoos and we’ll trash hotel rooms, Baby take my hand, I don’t wanna be a one man band. The sense of desperation in the lyrics is a common theme amongst much of their new music say Old Dominion. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album when it’s released later this year.

            You can catch Old Dominion on their Make It Sweet Tour on Friday November 8th at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

Favorite Lyrics: I don’t wanna be a rolling stone alone, Putting miles on a run-down van

You can buy ‘One Man Band’ here.

NECM’s WCW: Faith Hill

We, at New England Country Music, are continuing our series spotlighting women in country music. While the acronym WCW, standing for ‘Women Crush Wednesday,’ is often used for physical attraction, that is not the case here. This series will feature talented women who are crushing the country music scene.

This week we are featuring the very talented and extremely successful Faith Hill. Faith was adopted shortly after birth, and given the name Audrey Faith Perry. Her adoptive parents had two biological sons and all three children were raised with strong Christian values in Star, Mississippi. Just before turning nine years old, Faith Hill went to her first concert, Elvis Presley. From then on, she knew what she wanted to do. Throughout her school years, she sang at local churches. As a teenager she formed a band that mainly played at local rodeos. Hill attended a community college for a short time, but decided to leave school when she was nineteen to make the move to Nashville. She soon learned that life in Music City was certainly not all sunshine and roses. Hill auditioned to be a backup singer for Reba McEntire, sold t-shirts, worked as a secretary, and even served burgers and french-fries at McDonalds. Her dreams of becoming a country singer started to take shape after she married Daniel Hill. Though the marriage only lasted six years, it was during this time that she began singing backup vocals for songwriter Gary Burr. While performing at the Bluebird Café one night, Hill was approached by a Warner Bros. Record executive who later signed her to a recording contract.

In 1993, Faith Hill released her debut album, ‘Take Me As I Am.’ It went on to sell three million copies. One of the ten tracks, ‘Wild One,’ held the number one spot on Billboards Country charts for four weeks in a row. This was the first time in thirty years that a female country singer held this number one spot for four consecutive weeks. Two years later, she released her next album, ‘It Matters To Me.’ She created a buzz with singles like, ‘I Can’t Do That Anymore,’ ‘You Can’t Lose Me,’ ‘Someone Else’s Dream,’ and ‘Let’s Go To Vegas,’ Faith Hill released her third studio album, ‘Faith,’ in 1998. It sold more than six million copies. One year later she released ‘Breathe.’ This album won her three Grammy awards: Best Country Album, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, and Best Country Female Vocal Performance.

In the spring of 1996, Faith Hill played the Spontaneous Combustion Tour with Tim McGraw. The two fell in love and married that fall. They have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. You may ask: what keeps their marriage going strong after almost eighteen years? It may be that they have never been apart for more than three consecutive days! Hill and McGraw dropped their first duet, ‘It’s Your Love,’ in 1997. It stayed at the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for six weeks. The music video won Video of the Year at the 1997 ACM Awards. In 2000, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw joined forces on their first Soul2Soul Tour.

In 2002, she released her fifth album, ‘Cry,’ and in 2005, she released ‘Fireflies.’ She dropped a Christmas Album in 2008 titled ‘Joy to The World.’ Hill and McGraw collaborated on their most recent album, ‘The Rest of Our Life,’ which was released in 2017.

Throughout her musical career, Faith Hill has continued to give back. She created The Faith Hill Family Literacy Project which donated 35,000 children’s books to hospitals, schools, and libraries across the US.

We are excited to see what Faith Hill brings to us in the coming years.

Be sure to download ‘Wild One’ on Apple Music here.

Faith Hill is not currently touring, but you can stay connected by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stay tuned for our next installment of WCW in country music. It is set to hit our page on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Ladies, Please Don’t Do This.

Summer concert is upon us! Well, almost. This Friday marks the official first day of summer! And it just happens to be the same day that Luke Bryan plays at Gillette Stadium. Coincidence? We think not! What better way to kick off the summer than being at Gillette with 60,000 fellow country music fans, seeing one of the biggest stars perform!?

But ladies, let’s not do this…

Yes, a woman threw her undies at Luke.

C’mon now, that’s a tad weird, no? I mean, we get it. Nice weather, cold beer in hand, and Luke is right there shaking his ass for you (and the thousands of others in the crowd)- the mood is right. Wrong. It’s just weird for you to squat down in front of other people and take off your under garments and throw them at a married dude. I’m assuming whoever did this was wearing a skirt as if she was wearing shorts or a pants, well, the whole crowd just saw your privates. But maybe this lady just didn’t give a F… And let’s face it. If it’s hot outside, no dude wants your sweaty panties.

Behave yourselves on Friday, ladies. We love ya.

NECM’s Favorite Places to Eat in Nashville: May 2019

We just got back from a quick trip to Music City. 3 days of live music, eating and of course there was some drinking as well. During this trip, we stayed in the Broadway area of Nashville as our hotel was just a couple of blogs from Broadway and the ease of walking to places rather than relying on a Uber was nice. So where were our favorite places to eat and drink during this trip? Check it out.

Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar: 307 Broadway

When you think about Broadway, you really don’t think about food. It’s all about the music and the drinking. But Aldean’s breaks the mold as their food is probably the best that we’ve had on Broadway. The Bavarian Pretzel was huge and was soooo good. Make sure you get the queso to go with it! Also, the Southern Nachos were awesome if you’re a nacho person like me. Instead of tortillas, they use kettle chips and they top them with pulled pork and you’re favorite nacho toppings.

For entrees, the classic burger was unreal. A double patty burger that you literally do not need ketchup for. We also loved the Hot Chicken Sandwich (can’t go to Nashville and not get hot chicken) and the Mac & Cheese with beer pulled chicken.

Aldean’s features 6 bars throughout the building with our favorite being up on the rooftop with views of all of Broadway- probably the best view of Broadway. We’re not putting this list in any order of favorites but I can tell you for sure that Aldean’s was the best overall experience we had as far as food, drink, environment and service! Do not skip Aldean’s on your next trip to Nashville

Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink: 301 Broadway

Sharing a building and rooftop is Jason Aldean’s good friend, Luke Bryan, with Luke’s 32 Bridge. This place is massive with 9 bars, yes NINE, with all different feels. There’s live music on different floors with an outdoor lower patio at the Nut House bar. There’s a dance floor for late night fun.

But our favorite was probably up on the roof at Luke’s Sushi Bar. Yes, sushi in Nashville. Most would probably steer away from a restaurant that is nowhere near the ocean but if you’re a sushi lover, this place is for you! Try the Bridge which literally comes on a Bridge. It has multiple rolls ranging from shrimp tempura to crab and salmon.

But if you’re not a sushi person, there are other options as well. If you want something lighter, try the avocado toast. If you want something that will stick to your ribs, the burger topped with bacon AND pulled pork will fill you up! We also really enjoyed the hot chicken bites that came in a cast iron pan with dipping sauce.

FGL House: 120 3rd Ave. South

Admittedly, we stopped at FGL House for our final dinner so we had already made some unhealthy eating choices over the previous couple days. We wanted to give our body a break so we got a couple healthier options at FGL House and honestly, they didn’t disappoint!

The Hot Chicken Salad was great with the heat of the chicken being balanced with the veggies. And the Nashville Strip with the mashed potatoes was SO good and SO tender.

We also tried their version of Chicken & Waffles which is one of our favorite dishes to eat- our go to at Loretta’s in Boston. And FGL House’s version did not disappoint with a perfect waffle topped with flavorful chicken and bacon! Can never go wrong with bacon!

We really loved the vibe at FGL House. It is not directly on Broadway so it wasn’t overly loud or overly crowded. The decor was awesome with colored lighting and old fuel and oil signage that would make the American Pickers jealous. The Cruise rooftop bar was great to hang out and have a cocktail on after dinner- we recommend the Party People.

Sun Diner: 105 3rd Ave. South

After a late night of drinking- and let’s face it, you’re going to have at least one of those in Nashville- we all need a good breakfast. And Sun Diner is a must stop. The cozy diner is mostly bar service with a couple tables in the back but the bar service reminded us of our favorite diners up here where you can sit and watch your food being made. When we got here, there wasn’t a seat available, and there was a small line for seats- always a good sign!

We wanted a mimosa, but they didn’t have one to serve… they had their own version which was orange juice but instead of champagne/prosecco, with beer. We decided to try one with Blue Moon and it was actually pretty dang good! Recommend it if you’re a breakfast cocktail type of person!

For food, the Creme Brûlée French Toast was unreal! This plate is massive and so delicious. Their version of eggs benedict replaces the ham with pork belly and we were not disappointed! The breakfast wrap was huge and stuffed with eggs, bacon, hash browns and pico. But if there’s one thing to try at Sun Diner, it’s their Donut Breakfast Sandwich. Yep, we said it. Donut Breakfast Sandwich. It’s a sausage egg and cheese between 2 glazed donuts. The juxtaposition of the sweet donuts to the savory sausage was awesome. So when you’re in Nashville with a hunkering for breakfast, Sun Diner is a must!

Side note: if you get pancakes or french toast, or something that needs syrup- you’re in for a treat! Their own syrup line is fantastic. Make sure you try the Spicy Pecan flavored syrup!

Legendairy Milkshake Bar: 171 3rd Ave. North

Alright so if you have a sweet tooth, like me, this place is for you. It’s about two blocks north of Broadway, just up the street from Ole Red and a couple streets over from Printer’s Alley. We stumbled across this place after a recommendation from one of our friends and after checking out their menu, we knew we had to stop by.

Their menu has 12 signature shakes plus a Shake of the Day. You can also make your own but there’s honestly no need to with the signatures shakes they have. We decided on the Rolling in the Cookie Dough, Campfire S’mores, Death by Chocolate and Milk(shake) & Cookies.

When you sit down and they bring your shakes to your table, it can be overwhelming. These shakes are legitimate culinary masterpieces. They’re beautiful but big. You’re going to think to yourself, ‘there’s no way I can finish this.’ But once you dig in, you’re probably going to.

All of the shakes we got were awesome. Other patrons seemed to get the same ones we did but we definitely saw some other ones that we did not get. My personal favorite was the cookie dough one but the others were just as good. Nashville is hot at this time of the year. Whether you’re down there for CMA Fest or just to hang out, we recommend heading to the Legendairy Milkshake Bar for a sweet treat!

The Valentine: 312 Broadway

We stumbled upon this place when our pedal tavern made this one of the scheduled stops- thanks Country Music Crawler! When we arrived we were given a card for 2 for 1 shots- couple this deal with the shot special that we were already getting via the pedal tavern, and we got quite the deal. The shot was a blue lemon drop which was very good! And 2 of ’em for $5? Yes, please.

We enjoyed ourselves so much, that after we finished our pedal tavern, we decided to go back and drink some more and eat. Of course, we got more shots but we wanted some apps to fill our bellies. And we were thoroughly impressed with the Valentine. Yes, it was bar food but it was pretty damn good bar food. The chicken fingers were perfect- so much so that we ordered more. The chicken quesadillas were juicy. And the pretzel sticks had a great crisp to them to go with their warm queso. Add in some nachos and it’s a great little mid-afternoon snack to prolong your day on Broadway.

The Valentine doesn’t have a big artist name associated with it and it’s not one of the big name iconic establishments on Broadway but that doesn’t mean you should skip this place. We’ll definitely return when we go back to Nashville!

Love and Theft: ‘Gimme Tonight’ Single Review

Love and Theft returns to the scene with the sultry and mysterious sounding single, ‘Gimme Tonight.’ In typical fashion, Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson’s voices take ahold of the track, and the basis of this song fits perfectly into their repertoire.

The single is about finding a person at the bar, dancing the night away, and seeing a potential forever while hitting those boots to the floor. There is no tomorrow in sight, just the moment they are in right now. The single is a sexier version of the common story told. The guitar riffs paint the picture of an overwrought melody that entices the listener to continue into the drama this song illustrates. ‘Gimme Tonight’ is a fun and flirty song that wraps you up with its instrumentals.

As of late, country artists have been dipping their toes into other genres and sampling them throughout their singles. Love and Theft have some alternative and hip/hop inspired characteristics shining through their newest single. ‘Gimme Tonight’ is the duo’s first single since their 2015 ballad ‘Whiskey On My Breath,’ which was tough to follow as that single was very personal to both artists. Nonetheless, the men of Love and Theft delivered with this jammin’ new song. The two singles differ from one another, but perfectly display the diversity that Love and Theft have. With summer right around the corner, this song is perfect to play at sun-down with the windows open.

If this single is any indication of future music from Love and Theft, then fans will be pleasantly surprised. ‘Gimme Tonight’ displays the group that we all know and love, with a vamped up sound. You can get the single here.

Favorite Lyrics:Aw keep on keep on killing me with your last call, that don’t mean nothing. We’ll head to the house with a bottle of something, holding onto the moon while I’m holding onto you.

NECM’s WCW Spotlight: Danielle Bradbery

We, at New England Country Music, are continuing our series spotlighting women in country music. While the acronym WCW, standing for ‘Women Crush Wednesday,’ is often used for physical attraction, that is not the case here. This series will feature talented women who are crushing the country music scene.

For us New Englanders, it’s certainly starting to feel like the chilly winter weather is finally behind us. We’re happy for the warmth and even more excited to introduce to you to our next WCW, Danielle Bradbery. The twenty-two-year-old country music singer and songwriter hails from Cypress, Texas. Some of her biggest musical influences are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Martina McBride.

Things started heating up for Danielle Bradbery when she won The Voice in June 2013. The day after her big win, she signed a record deal with Big Machine Records. She went on to release her first, self-titled, album in November 2013. Like many a country singer to come before her, she was thrilled to make her Grande Ole Opry debut at the legendary Ryman Auditorium that very same month. Four years later, she dropped her second full length album, ‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met.’ Not only did Bradbery write seven of the ten tracks on this record, but her first single, ‘Sway,’ debuted at Number 46 on the Billboard country chart. In August of 2018, Bradbery released the single, ‘Goodbye Summer,’ a collaboration with country sensation Thomas Rhett. In an interview with iHeart Radio, Bradbery mentioned: “‘Goodbye Summer’ was originally ‘Hello Summer’ on my second record. Thomas Rhett wrote it. We kind of made it a little bit different and make it sound like a new song, but it’s been really exciting to work with Thomas Rhett .”

You can take a peek of the video for ‘Hello Summer’ here:

Bradbery has already been on quite a few tours. She traveled with Brad Paisley on his Beat This Summer Tour in 2013. In 2014 she joined Hunter Hayes on his We’re Not Invisible Tour and Scotty McCreery on his See You Tonight Tour. In 2015, she toured with Miranda Lambert on her Platinum Tour and Brett Eldredge/Thomas Rhett on their Suits & Boots Tour. Last year she joined Thomas Rhett on his Life Changes Tour. And this year she is teaming up with Kane Brown on his Live Forever Tour.

With over 800,000 followers on her Facebook page and almost half a million followers on Instagram, a fresh sounding voice, and a style all her own, Danielle Bradbery is well on her way to becoming a big name in country music.

We’re sad to say that there are currently no New England dates on this WCW’s schedule.

Be sure to download one of our favorites, ‘Sway,’ on iTunes here.

You can stay connected with Danielle Bradbery by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stay tuned for our next installment of WCW in country music. It is set to hit our page on Wednesday May 8th.

Luke Combs Is Dominating And We’re Not Complaining

Luke is easily one of the biggest stars in country music and we’re not talking about Luke Bryan. Luke Combs, ladies and gentlemen, has become one of the fastest rising artists in country music and seeing his growth in just a few years has been nothing short of beautiful crazy- pun intended. He is dominating it in the country music world and we’re loving it.

Back in 2016, we had the opportunity to chat with Luke backstage at Mohegan Sun when he was opening for Brantley Gilbert. This was before his smash debut single, ‘Hurricane,’ even touched the charts. And since then, Luke’s career and place in country music has truly skyrocketed.

His debut album, ‘This One’s For You,’ hit the top of the country albums charts. It’s also been certified Double Platinum by the RIAA and the success led to him even releasing a deluxe version. His first 5 singles released from that album have all been Number Ones. And all of them have been certified at least Platinum with ‘Beautiful Crazy’ being 2x Platinum and ‘Hurricane’ and ‘When It Rains It Pours’ being 3x Platinum. His latest single, ‘Beautiful Crazy,’ has been sitting at the top of the charts for the last 6 weeks- an unbelievable run!

Luke also has a couple awards already under his belt. He won the iHeartRadio Music Award for New Country Artist of the Year and the CMA for New Artist of the Year in 2018. A few weeks ago, he took home the iHeartRadio Music Award as Country Artist of the Year, beating out Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. He has also already announced as an ACM Award winner for New Male Artist of the Year. He is also nominated for the Male Artist of the Year this weekend, which we wouldn’t be surprised if he won.

And the dude is absolutely killing it on the road. Sold out show after sold out show. His tickets do not last. Tickets for his show at Mohegan Sun later this year sold out this morning in minutes. And he’s not just playing small venues that are easy sell outs. We’re talking about arenas of 10,000+, that’s no small feat. Especially for an artist who is considered as ‘new’ by the major award voting houses.

Luke is an absolute rockstar. He puts out great music. He puts on a great show. And fans recognize it. He’s the hottest name in country music and the hottest ticket in town!

So going back to our interview in 2016, where Luke told us…

“It’s been great, the live shows have been awesome and to me that’s what is most important, going out and being able to deliver a good live show is so important, and I think that the more we play, the more the people hear the music, the more requests we get, the more singing we see in the audience is just super cool to see.”

Yeah, it’s been pretty damn cool to see.

Luke has 2 shows in New England this year, 1 in Gilford, NH in June and another in Uncasville, CT in the fall. Both are SOLD OUT!

In case you haven’t seen, we’re giving away 2 tickets to his SOLD OUT show in New Hampshire PLUS 2 passes to go backstage and MEET Luke before the show at out ACM Awards Party this Sunday night! Tickets for the party can be purchased here.

Full List of Prizes: 2019 ACM Awards Party

We’re less than 2 weeks away from NECM’s 6th Annual ACM Awards Viewing Party! Join us at Loretta’s Last Call just steps outside Fenway Park for this event. The awards will be on all of the TVs including the big screen. DJ MikeyFletch will play music during commercial breaks. Partygoers will enjoy complimentary appetizers and sweets! And we will have a silent auction and raffle with all proceeds benefitting Boston Children’s Hospital. Below is the full list of prizes, including Meet and Greet passes with your favorite artists, concert tickets, autographed guitars and much more! We hope to see you there!

DOOR PRIZE: 2 tickets to see Luke Bryan at Gillette Stadium! Everyone at the party is automatically entered to win!

Kenny Chesney autographed guitar

Guitar signed by 2018 NECM Festival lineup

Guitar signed by Kane Brown, Brown and Gray, Cam, LANCO, Stephanie Quayle, Chase Rice, Frankie Ballard, Drake White, Mitchell Tenpenny, Devin Dawson, Brett Eldredge and Michael Tyler

Guitar signed by Kane Brown

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Luke Combs in Gilford, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Luke Bryan in Foxborough, MA

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Thomas Rhett in Mansfield, MA

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Thomas Rhett in Bridgeport, CT

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Old Dominion in Portland, ME

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Old Dominion in Gilford, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Chase Rice in Hampton, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Chris Young in Mansfield, MA

2 tickets and 2 VIP Experiences with Jason Aldean in Mansfield, MA

2 tickets and 2 VIP Experiences with Dierks Bentley in Mansfield, MA

2 Meet and Greets with Brett Young in Foxborough, MA

4 Premium Tickets to a mutually agreed upon Red Sox game at Fenway Park with VIP tour of Fenway Park

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Josh Turner in E. Providence, RI

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Billy Currington in Boston, MA

Rob Gronkowski autographed football with Patriots items

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Little Big Town in Gilford, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greets with Justin Moore in Hampton, NH

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greet passes with Michael Ray in Boston, MA

2 tickets and 2 Meet and Greet passes with Ryan Hurd in Boston, MA

Blue Chair Bay Rum Engel Cooler

Lee Brice autographed guitar

Chris Stapleton autographed vinyl

Autographed CDs: Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Maren Morris, LANCO, Tim + Faith, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and MORE!

2 tickets to see Luke Bryan in Bangor, ME

2 tickets to see Chris Stapleton in Bangor, ME

2 tickets to see George Strait and Blake Shelton in Foxborough, MA

Brothers Osborne signed poster

Jordan Davis package, including: autographed guitar, autographed hat, t-shirts, autographed album and vinyl

Warner Music Bundle, includes: Devin Dawson vinyl, Brett Eldredge bag, t-shirts, hats, mug, koozies.

Autographed ‘You Should Be Here’ lyrics, signed by Cole Swindell

2 tickets for Country 102.5 Street Party

2 tickets for Cat Country 98.1 Storyteller show featuring Kip Moore

Dierks Bentley Beer Pong Set

2 tickets for Country Night at Fenway Park (including 2 hats)

Yee Yee Package, includes autographed picture and CD by Granger Smith and autographed picture from Earl Dibbles Jr.

Dustin Lynch autographed NECM koozie

Carly Pearce package, includes autographed picture and CD, and t-shirt (XL)

Drumhead signed by 2017 NECM Festival Lineup

Hogwash ‘n Rhinestones Merch Pack

NECM Merch Pack

2 tickets to a mutually agreed upon show at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in 2019

2 tickets to a mutually agreed upon show at the South Shore Music Circus in 2019

Aaron Lewis ‘Making Country Great Again’ hat

Not a Public Figure Merch (2 winners)


This list will be updated as more prizes come in!

Layin’ It All Out With Brandon Lay

Brandon Lay has had a promising jumpstart to his career: he toured with big name Kenny Chesney on his Trip Around The Sun tour, had a couple singles hit country radio, and debuted at the Opry. To add a cherry on top, Lay and his wife welcomed their son Ryder, as well. We had a chance to chat with Brandon on his monumental 2018 and what’s to come in a hopeful 2019.

Brandon was named VEVO DSCVR ‘Artists To Watch,’ the only country artist nominated. He said that “it’s always cool to get those accolades and getting my music out there and use this platform to our advantage. With being the only country artist it was awesome to represent the genre in that capacity.” Lay accredits VEVO to shedding light on some of his songs that would have never saw the light if it weren’t for them.

Another huge platform for Brandon is SiriusXM satellite radio. He told us that many people discovered him through The Highway satellite station. Much like VEVO DSCVR, Lay has much appreciation for this radio streaming – “[The Highway] has a demographic of active country listeners… and they seem to be more likely to pay $10 to see me at a club in their hometown. So it’s really helped my career out.”

Aside from playing clubs in hometowns, Lay had the amazing opportunity to perform with mastermind Kenny Chesney on the 2018 Trip Around The Sun tour. When asked what that was like; Brandon said “it was definitely a learning experience and nobody is better at that forum than Kenny Chesney, not only on stage but off stage too. As a new artist, I wanted to get exposure and Kenny believed in me. It was a surreal summer and I hated that it had to come to an end.” Over the course of the five-month touring span, Brandon was able to take away something big; “when you’re a new artist people have never heard of, there is a lot pressure in trying to get them [the audience] to have a good time. I learned from Kenny how intimate his relationship is with his fans each and every night. And from that, I learned to be in the moment and give my best to the fans.”

Brandon also was welcomed into the legendary circle at the Opry in 2018 – a moment that every artist dreams of accomplishing. Lay was overwhelmed with emotions during his performance, for more reasons than one. He decided to top that important part of his career with the birth of his son, Ryder, just a few days before. “It was a lot! I’m all or nothing!” Lay laughed, “but it was really cool. I’m a believer and God has blessed me with a life way better than I deserve – and that was one of those moments where I felt that.” Congratulations, again, to Lay on both of these milestone accomplishments!

Brandon is working on a debut album, and fans can expect to hear a lot of story songs and live energy. “I got a bunch of songs that have been burnin’ a hole in my pocket that I’ve been waiting to release to the world,” and most of them will play off of honesty, who Brandon Lay is, and his attitude towards life. The process for writing a debut album vs. writing a debut single lies within the freedom that’s given. Lay is with Universal Music Group and he says that they have given him the artistic freedom to create however he wants to. He emphasized the fact that they haven’t tried to change anything, which for him is the best part. “You try to please everybody, but you don’t please everybody” is a statement that Lay reminds himself of as he’s creating new music. He acknowledges the adaptations needed to fit the bill, all while standing out.

He also has a European tour coming up this year, as well as playing at fairs and festivals starting around May. He says that this year of touring will much different than last year’s regimented, but exhilarating schedule with Kenny.

The main thing Lay wants out of 2019 is to gain more fans – one club at a time, one fair at a time. Brandon also wants everyone to join his email list because he’s sending out old demos, featuring a cut from one of Cole Swindell’s album. To stay up to date on all things Brandon Lay, follow him on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.