Multiple Myeloma Fundraiser with Damien Horne

20150131_225321This is my Grandma, Bonnie Wilfong. She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood and bone cancer, on her and my grandpa’s 50th anniversary, Aug 5th 2011. When they found out she had it her cancer counts were up in the 8,000’s. Last year they were below 1000 which was amazing but didn’t last long. The new Chemo she was put on, after the old one stopped working, was called Krypolis and 3% of people have a strong allergic reaction to it. She was of that 3%. It put her in the hospital with heart and lung failure. She is now on a new chemo called Bendamustine injection. It is working so far but it’s a stronger Chemo than she is used to so it makes her sick to her stomach and drops her white blood cell count quickly. That put her in the hospital again on Monday afternoon. She was released the next day after getting her WBC counts back up. The good news is, her cancer counts are dropping significantly! Thank God! multiple_myeloma_ribbon_tee
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I put a fundraiser together for her benefit. It was very last minute, only had a few weeks to plan the entire event and get all the permissions we needed but we did it. I was surprisingly able to book a well known musician as well. It was partly his idea.54bc271d92cc0 (1)

This artist is not only talented but he is very special to me and now my entire family. When I thought of putting this event together, he was who I imagined playing for it. Damien Horne made our event even more exciting and meaningful. He was all in from the very beginning. We had talk about it before but could never pick a date that worked for everyone so when we finally were able to agree on a date it was just a few weeks out. The event didn’t raise the money we hoped it would but it did make a good dent in it. There will be more events to come for this cause and for my grandma.FOT4781 (1)

The entire day of the event was spent with my family. When it came time for the show to start everyone was there. My Uncle Johnnie, and future cousin-in-law Matt lent me their sound equipment for Damien to use. Uncle Johnnie set everything up for me because I had no idea how to use all of it and no idea what it took to have an acoustic show. I can’t even imagine if I would have tried to get the entire band involved for my first experience with organizing events on my own. He was originally going to run the sound equipment also then a god send came in to pull it all together. Dave Kirth did an amazing job with the sound that night. We had crossed paths before because of Damien Horne’s band “The Farm” but I had no idea he would be there also. I hope we can have him for the next, even bigger event. 20150131_205115

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Needless to say, there are a few things I need to work out before the next one, but it turned out great! Damien sang his heart out for over two hours, talking and joking with everyone. He was able to get even the youngest kids interested in watching him perform. Not only did he give a wonderful performance, he made an effort to get to know my family and really talk to my grandma. He made a gigantic impact on each one of them, giving everyone a night to remember. I think it’s safe to say, they all love him as much as I do now! I can’t wait until next time and hope it’s sooner rather than later.

20150201_002736IMAG1584IMAG1585Make sure you all check out this special, talented, and caring musician on His WebsiteFacebook, TwitterSoundCloudYoutube and Instagram! Also, check out the band he’s in The Farm as well! You will love them! The Farm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website and Youtube!

 

 

Catching up with LoCash’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas

logo_2While in Sin City for NFR, I got to catch up with Preston Brust and Chris Lucas of LoCash. My voice was pretty much gone but I got through the interview at Starbucks inside TI with my Peppermint Tea and Honey. The people there were so nice and turned down the holiday music so we could do the interview there. You can still hear the music a little bit but it just made it feel a bit more relaxed and festive.

safe_imageThe band was formerly named LoCash Cowboys and was a part of Average Joes Entertainment record label but they are now a part of Reviver Records and dropped Cowboys from their name. It’s not they are trying to completely take away cowboys but they are making it more simple and LoCash alone has a nice ring to it.

locash-cowboys-tattoos-450pxThese guys are so talented in all aspects of their career. They’ve written hit songs for multiple artists including Keith Urban’s number one hit “You Gonna Fly” aka the Black Bird song and Tim McGraw’s hit “Truck Yeah”. Their newest single “I Love This Life”, out in early Feb, is a really fun song and I imagine it will be a hit for them but their second single “Shipwrecked” shows a whole other side to them. It’s heartfelt and beautiful. “Best Seat in the House” can compare to the feeling put into the song but there is just a way they perform “Shipwrecked” and the conviction behind it is intense. I see a #1 hit out of it! It’s personally my favorite song in all of Country Music right now. I have only felt the way I do about that song, about one other song in my life and I have that one tattooed on my wrist. I will post “Shipwrecked” as soon as it hits radio or is sent to me, whichever comes first.

If you want to know their craziest fan moment, an interesting fact about each of them, memories with the family, how they met and their message to their fans plus much more listen here.

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Here is a little snip bit of our interview. If you want to hear the full interview listen to the videos throughout this article.

NC2CA: How did you come up with LoCash Cowboys in the first place?

LoCash: Well, this is big news right here, BREAKING NEWS, we’re dropping cowboys and just going with LoCash. Preston: LoCash started back in Kokamo, Indiana, with me and a bunch of my best friends in high school and we just called ourselves the LoCash Money Boys, cause none of us had a lot of money and we realized the best things in life are free… It was sorta like a figure of speech at first, when something really cool would happen we’d say that was so “LoCash” and high five and we’d be like that was free.

NC2CA: Were you already planning on dropping “Cowboys” from your name when the cover art for “Best Seat in the House” was done?

LoCash: I think that could have been the start of that, but like we said everybody just kept saying LoCash, What’s LoCash doing? You know, it just, it felt good. “Best Seat in the House” is the most emotional song I think we’ve ever written. I think is a little bit of a start to show what LoCash is really about.

NC2CA: When can fans expect to hear new music?

LoCash: February, I mean, if you come to a show you’re gonna hear it right now. So if you want a sneak peak that’s the best way to get it. Come to a show, in fact we made a little batch of CD’s when we knew that we loved this song and another new song. We’ve been selling them on the road just to get fans reactions and see what people think.

NC2CA: Do you have a single picked out?

LoCash: Yes, “I Love This Life” and the date right now is Feb 9th and it’s always subject to change. That’ll be the first one coming out; eventually an EP will come out then the album.

NC2CA: What is an interesting fact about you that not a lot of people know?

Chris: I studied marine biology.

Preston: I’ve got one that I’ve never even said in an interview before. It’s kinda redneck of me but I wasn’t allowed to go hunting at an early age with my dad because you had to be old enough to be able to shoot the gun and I wasn’t strong enough to pull the bow back or anything yet so the only way I could get to go to the woods with my dad was if he shot a deer and they needed to go track the deer. You have to have someone track the deer. So my dad would come home and get me and he would say “okay, now you can come”. He would let me lead the way, so at an early age I could track deer really, really good in the woods.

NC2CA: What is the craziest or most memorable fan moment?

You’ll have to listen to the interview for this one because text just won’t convey it as well. Listen here!

NC2CA: What is your message to your fans?

NC2CA: Will you be coming back to California soon?

LoCash: Yes, next question.

NC2CA: Where did “Shipwrecked” come from?

Listen for this one, its better when they are explaining it than reading it.

These guys were so much fun to catch up with and I can’t wait for the next one with them! They’re a really hoot! They played at Gilley’s inside Treasure Island 12/7 through 12/11. I was only in Vegas 3 nights but each night I went to the show. If you get any chance to see them, take it! They put on a fantastic high energy, get everyone involved show and stay true to who they are. You can hear their Christmas song here and all their other music on spotify or by purchasing the album, which I highly encourage! Check them out, you’ll wish you knew of them sooner.

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Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Troy Schmidt “Steady and Unchanged”

Love this song and the pictures seem to fit for some reason…. Just listen to this man’s voice! Talented, Isn’t he?

“Window Pane” Troy Schmidt

Amazing song and voice. Also we were outside at starbucks when he was just singing for me to let all of you hear his voice.

Thompson Square (Keifer Thompson) Interview Audio and Pictures

ACM Awards Nominees and my votes

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Blake Shelton
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift

Male Vocalistof the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Lee Brice
  • Luke Bryan
  • Blake Shelton
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Sheryl Crow
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

 

Song of the Year

  • Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) – Gary Allan
  • I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
  • Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
  • Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton
  • Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

 

Video of the Year

  • Better Dig Two – The Band Perry
  • Blowin’ Smoke – Kacey Musgraves
  • Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
  • I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
  • Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
  • Two Black Cadillacs – Carrie Underwood

 

Vocal Event of the Year 

  • Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
  • Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
  • Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
  • Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
  • We Were Us – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert

 

Off Camera Awards – The following off-camera awards will be presented during the 8th Annual ACM Honors event on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Nashville.

Songwriter of the Year *(Off Camera Award)

  • Rhett Akins
  • Rodney Clawson
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Shane McAnally

 

Here are my votes! What do you all think? Some of them were such tough choices but I think I made good ones! 🙂