Jason Derulo is a multi-faceted, timeless entertainer.
With his stunning voice, incredible dance moves, and effusive charisma, along with an unrivaled work ethic, Jason has become a 21st century icon with some of the decade’s most ubiquitous and recognizable hits.
To date, the singer, songwriter, and dancer has amassed two RIAA platinum albums, Jason Derulo (2010) and Talk Dirty (2014), two gold albums Future History (2011) and Everything Is 4 (2015), and a gold EP Tattoos (2013)—totaling over 13.5 million albums sold globally. A multiplatinum powerhouse with 94 million-plus single equivalent sales worldwide (5.5 billion streams & 58 million downloads), both his introductory breakout “Watcha Say” and “Talk Dirty” [feat. 2 Chainz] reached quadruple-platinum status, while “Want To Want Me” and “Ridin’ Solo” went triple-platinum, and “Trumpets” “Wiggle” [feat. Snoop Dogg], and “In My Head” earned double-platinum certifications. Platinum singles include “Marry Me”, “The Other Side”, and “It Girl”, while “Get Ugly” and “Don’t Wanna Go Home” were gold. Cumulative streams continue to soar, exceeding 5.5 billion and YouTube views surpass 3 billion.
Derulo remains inescapable at radio. His music impacted a total audience of 20 billion-plus listeners with a staggering 3.5 million spins. He landed 4 #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, 6 Top 5 songs, and 11 Top 10 songs. A social force, Jason has 19 million Facebook “likes,” 6 million YouTube followers, 4 million Twitter followers, 3 million Instagram followers, and 2 million Spotify followers.
Derulo is deeply embedded in the fabric of pop culture. Whether it’s hosting the hilarious and viral “Toddlerography” on The Late Late Show with James Corden or cameoing on Empire or Lethal Weapon, he immediately captivates. He was on the cover of Billboard Magazine in addition to appearing in Time, People, Men’s Fitness, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Forbes, and LA Times as well as guest appearances on The View and The Meredith Viera Show. He’s also received 3 Teen Choice Awards, 2 BMI Pop Awards, and 1 YouTube Music Award and nods at the American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. Breaking genre boundaries he has collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban to Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Lopez, and Matoma.
Born in Florida, he quietly began his career behind the scenes. With a sharp instinct for a smash, he quickly became an in-demand songwriter for the likes of Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, and more before stepping into the spotlight.
Now, he joins the ranks of some of history’s most successful artists, and he turns up the heat yet again with the explosive anthem, “Swalla” [feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign]. Over a sun-soaked island groove, Derulo delivers an unshakable chorus flanked by fiery cameos from Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Expect “Swalla” to soundtrack 2017.
After nearly a decade Jason Derulo still sets the pace for pop and urban music.
JASON DERULO — BOILER
Singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo is a multi-faceted, timeless entertainer. To date, the singer, songwriter, and dancer achieved two RIAA platinum albums, Jason Derulo (2010) and Talk Dirty (2014), two gold albums Future History (2011) and Everything Is 4 (2015), and a gold EP Tattoos (2013)—totaling over 12.5 million albums sold globally. A multiplatinum powerhouse with 94 million-plus single equivalent sales worldwide (5.5 billion streams & 58 million downloads), both his introductory breakout “Watcha Say” and “Talk Dirty” [feat. 2 Chainz] reached quadruple-platinum status, while “Want To Want Me” and “Ridin’ Solo” went triple-platinum, and “Trumpets,” “Wiggle” [feat. Snoop Dogg], and “In My Head” earned double-platinum certifications. Platinum singles include “Marry Me,” “The Other Side,” and “It Girl,” while “Get Ugly” and “Don’t Wanna Go Home” went gold. Cumulative streams continue to soar, exceeding 5.5 billion and YouTube views surpass 3 billion. At radio, his music impacted a total audience of 20 billion-plus listeners with a staggering 3.5 million spins. He landed 4 #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, 6 Top 5 songs, and 11 Top 10 songs.
Whether it’s hosting the hilarious “Toddlerography” on The Late Late Show with James Corden or cameoing on Empire or Lethal Weapon, Derulo has become embedded in the fabric of pop culture. He was on the cover of Billboard Magazine in addition to appearing in Time, People, Men’s Fitness, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Forbes, and LA Times as well as guest appearances on The View and The Meredith Viera Show. He’s received 3 Teen Choice Awards, 2 BMI Pop Awards, and 1 YouTube Music Award. Derulo proudly stands among history’s most successful artists, and he turns up the heat in 2017 with the explosive new anthem, “Swalla” [feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign].
(Friday) 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Divots Event Center
4300 WEST NORFOLK AVE NORFOLK, NE
The Ultimate Theatrical Tribute to 80’s Rock! Tickets are 20.00 GA, 30.00 VIP or you can get your ticket for FREE with a purchase of an Aug. 5th ticket featuring Rick Springfield, Tom Keifer, Lita Ford, Vixen, The Romantics, and Brian Howe of Bad Company (this deal expires 6/30/17). Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th at 10 AM online at Etix.com, locally at Renegade, at Divots, or by calling 1-888-355-0553!
It’s the classic rock music you love … and you can’t get enough of it. Are these rock icons for real or is this SNAKE OIL? This is not a tribute band! Snake Oil’s musical cast not only look like the rock stars they portray, but they use their own natural voices to perfectly impersonate the singing and speaking voices and stage mannerisms of these rock icons. Snake Oil’s live theatrical shows are known for their impeccable authenticity to the original artists’ recordings, with spectacular costumes, hilarious audience interaction and an array of incredible special effects. Snake Oil has an outstanding cast of world-class accomplished musical artists, talented singers, and technical support to ensure an authentic 80’s arena-style rock show experience.
Warp back to a time with the lost art and attitude of real 80’s rock. The kind of costumed and propped rock show that filled and shook the arenas and stadiums of the world; The Hair Rock, Melodic Rock, and Classic Rock you love, fueled with energy, fun and sprinkled in humor, these guys are good, real good.
The rock icons portrayed on center stage are supported by Snake Oil’s stage characters; Due, Roxxx n’Hammer, JIZ, G-Spot, Ryan Coke and Koz. These are 6 rockers from different parts of the world, who met purely by chance backstage at a rock festival in Leeds, England. Three of them hit it off right away, two of them didn’t, and 1 still doesn’t remember. However it was determined that they all had the same musical aspirations. From Muff Ireland, Detroit Michigan, Denver Colorado, Kokkola Finland, Winnipeg Canada and 1 doesn’t remember, this unit is guided by one thing. The spirit of the rock n’ roll party and everything that goes along with it. Your crowd is guaranteed a good time!
Portraying: Kiss, Def Leppard, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Poison, ACDC, Journey, The Scorpions and many more….
(Friday) 7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Divots Event Center
4300 WEST NORFOLK AVE NORFOLK, NE
sat5aug3:45 pm- 12:00 am80's Rock Weekend - Day 2 - RICK SPRINGFIELD, TOM KEIFER, LITA FORD, VIXEN, THE ROMANTICS, & BRIAN HOWE OF BAD COMPANY3:45 pm - 12:00 am 4300 WEST NORFOLK AVE NORFOLK, NEDivots Event Center
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th at 10 AM. Ticket prices are GA 45.00 and VIP 70.00. If you purchase a ticket to this show you will get a FREE ticket to the Aug. 4th Snake Oil show (this deal ends 6/30/17). Tickets can be purchased at Etix.com, at Divots, or by calling 1-888-355-0553.
Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, he’s a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”
Best known as the singer-songwriter/ front man of the Philadelphia based bluesrock band Cinderella, Tom Keifer, is enjoying continued success and touring in support of his solo debut, The Way Life Goes. Whether delivering heart wrenching ballads, such as Don’t Know What You Got ‘til It’s Gone, channeling the soul of the bluesmen of the past with his slide guitar and lap steel, or blowing sax on rockers like “Shelter Me”, Keifer is clearly one of the most unique singers and accomplished musicians in Rock and Roll. Enjoy his high energy rock show combining all the classic hits of Cinderella with new favorites from The Way Life Goes that will only leave you wanting more.
Lita Ford is an English-born American rock guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s. She is best known for the role of herself in Yakety Yak, Take it Back, and Trash Talk.
Brian Howe is an English Rock singer and songwriter, best known for replacing Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist of Bad Company. Howe’s career was jump-started in 1983 when Ted Nugent recruited him to handle lead vocals for his Penetrator album and front its subsequent world tour. Brian wrote and sold 19 million albums highlighted by such radio and MTV music video hits as Holy Water, If You Needed Somebody, No Smoke Without A Fire and How About That. Today, Brian and the band continue to perform around the globe and recently released his latest album CD entitled “Circus Bar” to rave reviews.
The Romantics are an American rock band often put under the banner of power pop and new wave from Detroit, Michigan. They were influenced by 1950s American rock and roll, Detroit’s MC5, The Stooges, early Bob Seger, Motown R&B, 1960s North American garage rock as well as the British Invasion rockers.Their two best-charting songs were “What I Like About You” and “Talking in Your Sleep”.
Vixen are an American rock band. They achieved commercial success during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the Los Angeles, California glam metal scene, with hits such as “Edge of a Broken Heart,” “Cryin’,” “Love Made Me,” “How Much Love,” and “Love Is a Killer.”
(Saturday) 3:45 pm - 12:00 am
Divots Event Center
4300 WEST NORFOLK AVE NORFOLK, NE
ZZ TOP a/k/a “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard — but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.” With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. ZZ TOP is the same but always changing.
It was in Houston in the waning days of 1969 that ZZ TOP coalesced from the core of two rival bands, Billy’s Moving Sidewalks and Frank and Dusty’s American Blues. The new group went on to record the appropriately titled ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud that reflected their strong blues roots. Their third, 1973’s Tres Hombres, catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. The song is unabashed elemental boogie, celebrating the institution that came to be known as “the best little whorehouse in Texas.” Their next hit was “Tush,” a song about, well, let’s just say the pursuit of “the good life” that was featured on their Fandango! album, released in 1975. The band’s momentum and success built during its first decade, culminating in the legendary “World Wide Texas Tour,” a production that included a longhorn s teer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage. As a touring unit, they’ve been without peer over the years, having performed before millions of fans through North America on numerous epochal tours as well as overseas where they’ve enthralled audiences from Slovenia to Argentina, from Australia to Sweden, from Russia to Japan and most points in between. Their iconography – beards, cars, girls and that magic keychain – seems to transcend all bounds of geography and language.
Following a lengthy hiatus during which the individual members of the band traveled the world, they switched labels (from British Decca’s London label to Warner Bros.) and returned with two amazingly provocative albums, Deguello and El Loco. Their next release, Eliminator, was something of a paradigm shift for ZZ TOP. Their roots blues skew was intact but added to the mix were tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with the nascent MTV. Suddenly, Billy, Dusty and Frank were video icons, playing a kind of Greek chorus in videos that highlighted the album’s three smash singles: “Gimme All Your Lovin’, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with the follow-up album Afterburner as they continued their chart juggernaut. ZZ TOP had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed thei r path. They had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be “flavor of the week.” They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.
They stayed with Warner for one more album, Recycler, released in 1990 and switched to RCA where they debuted with Antenna and followed with Rhythmeen, XXX and Mescalero. Beyond that, both a lavish four CD box set compilation, Chrome, Smoke & B.B.Q. and a two-CD distillation of that package, Rancho Texicano, were released by Warner prior to The Complete Studio Albums set.
In 2012, ZZ TOP unveiled LA FUTURA, their first studio album in nine years. Produced by Rick Rubin and Billy F Gibbons, and released on American Recordings, it reflected the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning with a contemporary approach that underscored the group’s inclination to experiment and explore new sonic vistas. The album included the widely lauded “I Gotsta Get Paid” that has become both a video and in-concert sensation. ZZ Top’s rich history became the subject of a box set release the following year. ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 offered no fewer than 10 of the band’s most lauded albums all with the original mixes restored.
ZZ TOP’s career retrospective The Very Baddest surfaced in 2014. It spans the entire course of their London, Warner Bros. and RCA years. Listeners can follow the evolution of the band’s sound from the early 70s into the 00s on either a 40 track double CD or a 20 track single CD. That same year Eagle Rock Entertainment released Live at Montreux 2013 on both Blu-ray and DVD formats, showcasing their live act, leaving no doubt as to why they have been such a huge concert draw for the last several decades. When it comes to the live experience, they’ve still got it.
2016 saw the release of ZZ TOP’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album on Suretone, consisting of 15 songs recorded live in 13 cities across three continents. Guitar legend Jeff Beck joins the band on stage in his native London for two songs – “Rough Boy,” and a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” the latter of which was inspired by a hoax YouTube video claiming to be ZZ TOP and Jeff Beck playing that very song. Their rendition matches the hoax video, in what Billy describes as “a mega meta kinda thang.”
The elements that keep ZZ TOP fresh, enduring and above the transitory fray can be summed up in the three words of the band’s internal mantra: “Tone, Taste and Tenacity.” Of course, the three members of the band have done their utmost to do their part in assuring that ZZ TOP prevails. As genuine roots musicians, the members of the band have few peers. Billy is widely regarded as one of American finest blues guitarists working in the rock idiom. His influences are both the originators of the form – Muddy Waters, B.B. King, et al – as well as the British blues rockers who emerged the generation before ZZ’s ascendance. In his early days of playing, no less an idol that Jimi Hendrix singled him out for praise. Part mad scientist, part prankster, he’s a musical innovator of the highest order and a certified “guitar god.” He’s a recurring small screen presence in the hit TV series Bones in which he plays a bearded, gruff, ro ck guitarist. No type casting problems for Billy.
Dusty has long had an affinity for rock’s origins; his earliest performances as a child included Elvis songs convincingly performed. Not only is he a bass virtuoso in his own right, his vocal prowess is awe-inspiring. He’s the lead voice you hear on “Tush” and his ferocious vocals are heard, to great effect, on his idol Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” these days, often a concert encore number and recorded by the band on Fandango! Good natured and diligent, Dusty is the rock solid bottom of ZZ TOP.
Frank has also been keeping the beat in that great tradition. As both a roots and progressive drummer, he has been acknowledged as key to the band’s powerful on-stage and in-studio presence. He and Dusty, in their early years together, served as Lightnin’ Hopkins’ rhythm section which, as Frank tells it, was a life changing experience. Frank, despite his last name, is the guy in the band without a beard. But when you’re with him, you’re with a Beard. He’s a rockin’ paradox who provides the pulse of ZZ TOP.
ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band’s support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. It was ZZ TOP that celebrated “founding father” Muddy Waters by turning a piece of scrap timber than had fallen from his sharecropper’s shack into a beautiful guitar, dubbed the “Muddywood.” This totem was sent on tour as a fundraising focus for The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, site of Robert Johnson’s famed “Crossroads” encounter with the devil. ZZ TOP’s support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they continue to play. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons but, against all odds, they’re really just doing what they’ve always done. They’re real and they’re surreal and they’re ZZ TOP.
(Sunday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Divots Event Center
4300 WEST NORFOLK AVE NORFOLK, NE
“We are not stand-up comedians. Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience – we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance. It’s less a ‘show’ and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy – maybe that’s why we have so much fun doing it.” – Jim Belushi
With more than thirty years of experience and an alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s famed Second City, JIM BELUSHI is now bringing to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Board of Comedy.
Belushi starred on the ABC hit comedy “According to Jim,” on which he also served as executive producer, music composer and director. After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net syndication in 2007. A favorite of film, television and stage audiences, Belushi is one of the great leading character actors equally at home in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of a rhythm and blues band. Accompanying Belushi are Megan Grano, Larry Joe Campbell and Joshua Funk*, all of whom are classically trained professional improvisers who tour regularly nationwide.
*Supporting cast may be subject to availability
Megan Grano has appeared on TV in Weeds, Parks and Recreation, Hot in Cleveland, Conan, The Great State of Georgia, and American Dad. Film roles include Bridesmaids and This is 40. She is a 2007 alum of The Second City Chicago. Megan is also an iO Theater alum, where she has performed since 1999. She is beyond grateful to be a part of the Board of Comedy.
LARRY JOE CAMPBELL
Larry Joe Campbell is excited to be onstage with this super talented cast! And he is ecstatic to be back with Jim again having worked together for 8 seasons on According to Jim. Since then, Larry has appeared in the movies Hall Pass and Killers and has had recurring roles on Weeds, Rules of Engagement, and Lifetime’s The Protector. Larry Joe was recently seen in R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon and in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Larry Joe lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Peggy, and their five children. Larry would like you to know that he loves you. (Yes, you. The one who’s reading this.)
Joshua Funk is a multiple award-winning director and alum from The Second City in Chicago. His television and film credits include Key & Peele, Reno 911, Wild n’ Out, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant. Recently, he had a blast filming Kenny Ortega’s A Change of Heart with Jim Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell. When he is not acting, Joshua composes and produces the original music for Comedy Central’s hit show Key & Peele. He is also the artistic director for The Second City Hollywood and the director of Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy.
Starting off as a humble jazz pianist in Chicago, Trey Stone eventually had the good fortune to become Musical Director at The Second City in Chicago, where he served in that capacity for fifteen years. In 2013, Trey released his critically acclaimed album “Ahead of the Pack,” featuring his rock-and-roll, New Orleans, and country-influenced songwriting and piano. Trey currently lives in Dayton, Ohio, where he records and tours with his band, Trey Stone and the Ringers, and lives with his two beautiful children, Cece, George and Elwood.
(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Divots Event Center
4300 WEST NORFOLK AVE NORFOLK, NE
Tickets on sale July 28th 2017. General Admission tickets $35.00, Reserved Seating $42.50 and $50.00. Doors open 6:30pm, Show Starts 7:30pm. Purchase GA tickets at Renegade, Etix.com, and Norfolk Lodge & Suites, or by calling 402-379-3833, or toll-free 888-355-0553. Reserved tickets available online only.
Confidence is sexy and creativity is empowering. Rarely have those qualities merged into a more potent package then on Sara Evans’ new album Slow Me Down. From the simmering title track, which provided her biggest first week ever at country radio, to the life-affirming message of the album’s closing song, “Revival,” Evans has crafted a compelling body of work filled with the kind of slice-of-life vignettes that fans expect from the award-winning vocalist.
Slow Me Down is Evans’ seventh album for RCA Nashville Records and never has she sounded more self-assured and in control of her artistry. “I have a lot of strong opinions because I’ve been doing this my whole life and I know what I want,” says Evans, who co-produced the album with Mark Bright, who helmed her platinum album Real Fine Place and is also known for his work with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Reba McEntire. “I just love him. I really wanted Mark’s type of personality and production on this. He’s so bright and chipper and is always there to give support, direction and his expertise.”
On Slow Me Down, Evans has delivered an album that reveals a vibrant tapestry of emotion from the truthful resignation of “Good Love is Hard to Find” to her autobiographical ode to contentment on “Sweet Spot.” “You Never Know” is a cautionary tale about the fragility of relationships. Love, heartache and desire swirl throughout the album. “That’s intentional and it’s pretty typical for me,” says Evans, who co-wrote three of the 11 songs on the album. “I try to give my fans a little bit of everything that I am and everything that I like, but nothing is ever contrived.”
In serving up this emotional tour de force, the Missouri native enlists a diverse line-up of special guests including The Fray’s Isaac Slade, who duets with Evans on “Can’t Stop Loving You” and Gavin DeGraw who joins Evans on her cover of his pop hit “Not Over You.” Longtime pal Vince Gill lends his voice to the stone cold country “Better Off”.
“Slow Me Down” was recently named one of Billboard’s “10 Best Singles of 2013”. “It’s got a great lyric. It’s got a fabulous melody and they set the tempo just perfectly,” Evans says of the song, which was penned by Marv Green, Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan. “I love what the song says. ‘hurry up and slow me down’ is obviously a great play on words, but it means so much more than that. She is basically saying, ‘I need you to know that I’m willing to give this relationship a chance, but if you don’t change your ways, I’m leaving. But when I’m walking away, I want you to hurry up and slow me down. I want you to pursue me.’”
Over the years, Evans has developed a reputation for delivering thoroughly satisfying albums full of great songs brought to life by her distinctive voice. She has that heart-in-the-throat quality that turned Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn into legends coupled with an edgy contemporary sensibility that keeps her at the vanguard of today’s successful country performers. She’s sold nearly six million records and her last four albums have been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum. She’s scored five No. 1 hits, among them “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “No Place That Far” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” the title track of her chart-topping 2011 album Stronger. The single was No. 1 for two weeks and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and video of the year from the Country Music Associat ion for her ground breaking clip “Born to Fly.”
“I’VE ALWAYS FELT LIKE I’M A VERY LUCKY PERSON…”
At the root of all those accolades is a God-given talent fueled by an impressive Midwestern work ethic instilled by her parents. She grew up singing in her family’s band and then moved to Nashville looking for a record deal. Legendary songwriter Harlan Howard heard her on a demo and helped open a door for her at RCA Records where she’s been ever since. “I’ve always felt like I’m a very lucky person,” says Evans. “To be given a gift to sing, I don’t know why the Lord has blessed me with this talent, but it has always made me feel lucky. I always appreciate those special moments like having a No. 1 record or doing a great show.”
Seven albums into an already impressive career and Evans has never been more excited about the music she’s making. “I feel like I sang with a ton of confidence this time around,” she says. “You always want to get better with your craft and your art. I’m always striving to sing better, write better, and perform better because I’m very competitive with myself.”
After enduring a divorce, Evans rebounded personally and professionally. She and her three children are now settled in Birmingham with former pro quarterback-turned-sportscaster Jay Barker, whom she married in 2008. “Everything in my professional life is a reflection of my personal life and I feel confident, happy and settled,” she says of life in Alabama with the blended family that includes her three children and Barker’s four.. “I’m secure in who I am and where I’m going and I always do better in my career when life isn’t stressful.”
In addition to her music, Evans is an accomplished author of three books with co-writer Rachel Hauck and writes a lifestyle blog, “A Real Fine Place,” with her sister-in-law Kaelin “K.K” Evans where they share their passion for fashion, beauty, travel and food. She was the first country artist to compete on ABC’s popular “Dancing with the Stars” and she’s been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” A tireless philanthropist, Evans is involved in several charitable endeavors and has been awarded the Crystal Cross by the American Red Cross. Last year she and Barker launched Rock the South. The festival attracted 50,000 country music fans and raised money for the Children’s Hospital of Birmingham and Alabama Forever, a charity formed to help rebuild the areas in Alabama that were struck by devastating tornados.
I KNEW THAT WHEN I STARTED TO MAKE THIS RECORD THAT I WANTED TO GO FURTHER THAN I HAD EVER GONE BEFORE WITH MY MUSIC
Though her new album is titled Slow Me Down its obvious Sara Evans isn’t even taking her foot off the gas these days. “I knew that when I started to make this record that I wanted to go further than I had ever gone before with my music,” she says. “Vocally I wanted to challenge myself. I’m super happy with the outcome.”
He’s a new voice for every man. Actually, make him an honest new voice for
every man. That would be country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Logan Mize.
Just listen to his current single “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time,” It’s no
wonder the song is burning up the charts on SiriusXM’s The Highway. You can catch the video on his website, loganmize.com.
The anticipation is building, particularly since Mize spent a good part of 2013
behind the camera in a couple of high profile turns on the small screen. The
Kansas native serendipitously found himself guest starring in two nationally watched TV appearances that undoubtedly introduced him to new audiences.
He ended up in a widely viewed “Fabric Of Our Life” cotton commercial with
Hayden Panettiere of ABC-TV’s lauded Nashville. Mize and his band are shown performing on stage at Music City’s legendary Station Inn. But there’s more: Mize played himself and sang, also with his band, in a recent episode of The CW’s hit drama Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson.
Mize, 28, saw both tube assignments as great ways to trumpet his debut national CD release, 2012’s Nobody In Nashville, an auspicious 10 song collection that highlights Mize’s rugged voice, his earthy songs and his ability to merge mainstream country with front porch rock ‘n’ roll. ‘I was just happy to get the gigs,” Mize said about the TV exposure. “I was real excited about them. It helped promote Nobody In Nashville. The commercial with Hayden was more just fun, singing some songs for a commercial. We were just playing the songs while she was shooting the commercial.”
About Hart of Dixie, he has this to say: “I just played myself in the series. I had no lines but I was in a battle of the bands club scene and I won the battle of the bands.” Making Nobody In Nashville, which is the follow-up to Mize’s very independent, regional 2009 self-titled first effort, was a musically organic experience. The disc was released on Big Yellow Dog Music, the imprint of his publishing company. It is an earthy project that puts the emphasis on Mize’s voice, guitar playing and songs. Unpolished gems include “State Of Your Heart,” “Hey Carolina,” “Sunflowers,” “Good Life” and the autobiographical “Rock N Roll Band.”
“It wasn’t auto-tuned or anything,” Mize said about Nobody In Nashville. “The vocals are really raw. There are parts where I cringe a little bit. It’s a really dry sounding record, but I like it because it’s really simple. We didn’t hire the biggest names in Nashville. We kept it very grassroots.”
There are no artifices. Mize’s real guy-next-door demeanor is exactly the reason why Nobody In Nashville garnered immediate attention from Roughstock, The Boot, Billboard.com, Keepin’ It Country, and M Music & Musicians magazine. He also has a fan in country and pop superstar LeAnn Rimes, who not only tweeted about Mize’s new single, “Used Up,” but also invited him to open her recent shows in Europe. Award-winning country vocal group Little Big Town also blew up Twitter with praise for Mize’s “Used Up.”
No stranger to touring, Mize delivers a blistering live show with his commanding onstage presence. He has opened shows for headlining household names Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington and Pat Green.
That’s pretty lofty company for the kid born in Wichita, Kansas who grew up in nearby Clearwater immersed in the music of Tom Petty, Elton John, Alan
Jackson, Garth Brooks, The Wallflowers, Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots.
“If it sounded good to me, I would listen to it,” Mize said about his eclectic
musical tastes. “I am a song guy. There is no bias. I like it all.”
His arms-open-wide philosophy extends into family, naturally. Mize, who is
married to country singer-songwriter Jill Martin and has a 2-year-old son Lincoln, slowly soaked himself in the history of his great uncle Billy Mize. The elder Mize, now 84, is considered a pioneer in the Bakersfield country sound that emerged in California and was popularized by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Mize didn’t learn of his revered kin until he was in his early 20s.
“When I found out about him I really researched the Bakersfield sound. Buck
Owens was in Billy’s band. He also got Merle Haggard recognized. He was a
Logan Mize, however, is not only behind a microphone; he’s also in front of the cameras. In characteristically every man fashion he’s getting priceless VIP attention.
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