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 Interview

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I am excited to say that my birthday weekend turned into a wonderful opportunity. I got to see Jana Kramer, who you all know I love, but even more importantly I met a very talented up and coming artist who seems to have all the right tools to make it very far.

His name? Troy Schmidt. By the end of this interview I doubt you’ll forget it. I know I never will.

Troy may not have a song out yet for you all to hear but hopefully in this interview, he’ll sing a verse or two of one of many songs he’s written. His voice is fantastic and his song writing really tells a story about who he is. Not only is talented but he is grounded and motivational as well. He has been through a lot with the death of both parents and drug problems while he was young, moving states while in school, not many friends, and really no good strong influence in his life. Even through all this he has managed to find a good way to look at life itself.

He believes, “It doesn’t matter where you come from, or what struggles you go though, you can always find your way”. He tells me “Life’s struggles make you stronger”.

If that’s not a great way to look at life, I don’t know what is!

Here is a brief preview of the interview that we did. I would normally post and transcribe the whole interview but in this case it would not do it justice. You need to hear him speak and hear the passion in his voice. It’s very uncommon to have the ability to portray yourself through just talking but this man has it down!

If you want to know the man behind the music, his inspirations in country music, what shapes his songs and his amazing take on life just listen to him talk. You may find something different in him and genuine that you don’t get with everyone.

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Born in Rochester, MN on Jan. 6th 1986 but he calls Mankato home. Troy has been all over the U.S. He now lives in Sacramento, CA because he fell in love with it here. “It’s country… and a melting pot.”

NC2CA: Just who is the man behind the music?

Troy Schmidt: Well, honestly,  I’m a man whose had many struggles in my life and I just kinda keep pushing through everything just making life just a little better…. As long as you take the good out of everything, you can turn… your life’s picture into something beautiful…

NC2CA: What is it that inspires your song writing?

Troy:  A lot of it’s from personal past experiences, whether that’s my own or people that are very close to me. The death of my mom when I was younger or the death of my grandparents and their love…

NC2CA: What is it that you love about country music? Why Country?

Troy: Gah, I dunno, it touches me and I can’t turn on the radio, whether it’s new country or old country and not get a smile on my face. It was my mom’s favorite music so it was ingrained in me…

NC2CA: What do you hope to achieve in the music industry?

Troy: Traveling, meeting people, putting myself out there and helping people and if I can go ahead and take my songs and really touch people, whether that’s one or 10,000 people…

NC2CA: Who and what shaped how you write and sing your songs?

Troy: … my mom, I mean, my mom was the biggest hearted person you’ll ever meet in your life, she works super hard, got divorced when I was younger. We had a pretty bad childhood when I was growing up with my dad being an alcoholic and abusive; she really took us 3 kids under her wing and just ran with it. She was so driven and determined and she always had that smile on her face.

NC2CA: What was the one life event that you feel changed your life the most and do you have a song or two about it?

Troy: When my mom died, um, you know it’s a harder topic for me and I haven’t sat down and really wrote anything about her death… I’m not sure if I am ready to go ahead and dive into that one yet but when my grandparents past as well. Their love was something that you just don’t see now-a-days except for like older couples. I wrote “Man of your Dreams” because of them.

NC2CA: Lastly, what is your message to your fans and friends? What do you want them to know about you that we didn’t cover?

Troy: My message is just, you gotta keep pushing through everything, when you hit a wall you gotta push through it or climb over it or whatever you can. I mean the one biggest thing in this world that we all are not pursuing is LOVE and providing love to everyone around us. Regardless of whether or not you believe in God, if you look in the bible it states that “Love your father above all else, but love your neighbor as yourself”. I believe that’s the most important of all…

Here is the full interview – Part 1 and 2

Troy Schmidt isn’t just another guy who wants to make music. He is passionate and truly wants to make someone’s day just a bit better by listening to his songs. He is a genuine guy who I think you all will adore. Talented, fun, and kind, that’s how I’d describe this guy in 3 words but he deserves way more!

Check him out on Facebook to see what he’s up to.

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Golf and Guitars Night 2

My favorite event of the year, here in Sacramento, is Golf and Guitars so of course I went to both nights of shows and the golf for charity part Tuesday morning as well. When you go and watch the artists play golf most of them are happy to take pictures and give autographs and sometimes even hang out with fans. It is a side of them you may not get to see if they were just playing a show. You can tell the artists are more comfortable and real in a setting like this with only a handful of fans around then when there are over 1000 people at a show. I got to meet and get pictures with the majority of the artists that day but a few really stuck out.

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Stephen from Love and Theft was the first one I ran into. He was just about to give the radio station and interview and still agreed to take a picture with all three of us separately. Right after that we ran into Colton of The Swon Brothers. I came up to him with my baby girl, Ky, and he picked her up for the picture.

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Of course he asked first but it was so sweet to have him be so comfortable about it. She doesn’t really let many people hold her but she didn’t cry or throw a fit about it. Her face shows that she was not really feeling it but I think she knew to just go with it as long as I was right there.

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Ira Dean was next and he made a joke asking if she was his kid while we were walking up to him. He was probably the funniest artist we had seen that day. The last one we got to see before Ky had to go home for her nap was Eric Paslay.

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He was super sweet but still seemed a bit new to meeting fans. He kind of seemed like he didn’t know why we would want a picture with him. It was cute.

Later I ran into Logan Brill who I actually got to talk to for a bit and she agreed to do an interview with me the next week. That girl has so much talent and charisma. It was a breath of fresh air to talk to her. You’ll see how sweet she is when we do our Skype interview next time or you get to meet her yourself. Other artists we got to see that day included Frankie Ballard, Chuck Wicks, Jon Stone of American Young, Johnny Bullford, Erin Enderlin, Craig Campbell, Jason Eady and Kelby Ray of The Cadillac Three. Seriously some of the nicest country artists I have ever met. There was one artist who I avoided after meeting him a couple years ago at G&G but I won’t name names. He was just very unfriendly and rude.

Logan Brill, Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett tied in the tournament so they all got money for each of their charities!

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After the Golf Tournament the show started. The hosts Love and Theft and Chuck Wicks were hilarious. They kept the show moving while in between performers. Not a lot of people knew who The Cadillac Three or The Swon Brothers were but by the end of their sets they had everyone dancing and singing along. Everyone put on a great show and I can’t wait for next year! During the show some artists walked around and met fans so throughout the whole day you can really meet many country artists and get a feel of how normal they really are. The show was about 5 hours long but I believe everyone would have stayed a lot longer if there were more performers. Golf and Guitars really has a Country Music Festival feel to it and that is why I love it so much. 

If you get a chance to go next year, don’t think twice! Buy your tickets when they go on sale so you don’t miss out on all the fun. It will sell out pretty quickly. 

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American Idol

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Well my plan for an Idol post has been pushed up. Today will be the last time I watch this Seasons AI until maybe the finale. Dexter Roberts went home over Jessica Meuse. It’s not that her voice is bad it’s just her attitude during Hollywood week rubbed me the wrong way. All season I said I would stop watching if he went home and he did so I am. The top 3 now should be Caleb Johnson, C.J. Harris and Jena Irene.

Sad to say bye to Dexter! He will go far!

The ACA’s 2012 Lauren Alaina

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Lauren Alaina looked stunning accepting the Artist of the year: New Artist award at the ACA’s in Las Vegas Dec 10, 2012. The Season 10 American Idol runner up definitely has grown up. Wearing another yellow dress, much like the one on the finale of Idol, she reaches another milestone in her life.

Before the show, Lauren mentioned how excited she was to present at the show. She didn’t expect to win an award but hoped for it. She cried accepting the award, thanking her mother, god and her fans. She brought tears to everyone’s eyes that night.

I caught up with her after the event and she was still in shock, thanking us for voting, knowing that we were fans of hers and even being kind enough to hang out with us after her agency party. She stated “Without people like you, I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am at!” She was all smiles and so kind throughout the entire night.

Lauren is always interacting with her fans through twitter and letting them in on her life while it is happening. “Ready for the show today (: got my spray tan at fort lake tanning and getting my hair and make up done now. #nervousssss” She tweeted, earlier that day. Alaina also tweeted pictures of the process to go along with that tweet.

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Welcome to my Blog About Country Music

I am just your everyday girl who loves country music. I hope you enjoy reading my reviews and articles about everything Country Music in N. Cali.

Here is a little about me. My name is Leticia Marie, I’m 23 and I hope this blog is eventually something everyone will look to regarding Country Music News in California. I cover any event that I am asked to cover and write reviews for new albums coming out. I love what I do so I hope to make it a career!

Thanks everyone for reading and hope y’all enjoy!

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