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Luke Bryan Heats Up Manchester New Hampshire

Written by Nate Dean         Photos courtesy of Steve Pouliot Images 

It was THAT kinda night!!  Who knew a Thursday evening in New England in September could be as hot as a June or July summer night?!?  Luke Bryan sure did, as he brought his That’s My Kinda Night tour to the Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena on September 11th.  With supporting artists like Cole Swindell and Lee Brice was there every any doubt?  Audio Still Magazine had the pleasure of attending the show and here’s a quick run down on all the night’s fun!

Cole Swindell
Cole Swindell

Country Music Association’s Best New Artist of the Year nominee, Cole Swindell, opened the night on fire rocking out Hey Y’all.  As the band laid down the groove and tore up the strings, Swindell brought the crowd to their feet!  With his roots deep in songwriting, Cole has written

Joel Hutsell
Joel Hutsell

some of today’s hottest country music.  She Ain’t Worth the Whiskey written by Swindell for Thomas Rett had the New England crowd singing along with each word.  A high energy performer, who often times compares nerves on a show night to a high school football game…once that first kickoff takes place, you’re in the groove, Cole kept early crowds entertained with hot hits like Hope you Get Lonely Tonight and fan favorite Chillin It.  Cole Swindell is a heavy contender for Best New Artist for sure!  Keep your eyes and ears on this rising star!

Lee Brice
Lee Brice

Keeping the energy up, Lee Brice took the stage with the crowd swaying to his hit Parking Lot Party.  One of the best sounds of the night – Brice cracking open a beer – had the audience on their feet yelling Beer right back at him.  Working the crowd Lee performed songs like Woman Like You  and Hard to Love.  Keeping in mind and hearts the gravity the September 11th Anniversary, Brice belted out I Drove Your Truck causing the audience to ligh up the arena with cell phones in a heartfelt salute to our Country’s Troops.  His set continued to rock as the drum solo lead right in to Good Man and the title track to his new album I Don’t Dance.  Having experienced success as a writer before becoming a performer keeps Brice’s feet on the ground.  Writer or performer, there’s no mistaking the star quality that is Lee Brice!

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan

Rounding out the dynamic Trio of the night was Luke Bryan, stealing the stage and thunder with That’s My Kinda Night.  Luke’s red hot hits set the pace with favorites like Rain is a Good Thing, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye  and Country Man.  As a solemn reminder of the anniversary of our Nation’s tragedy on September 11th, Luke quieted both his band and the crowd for a moment of silence in honor of all the lives lost on that fateful day.  Bryan had the crowds returning to their feet when he brought out Lee Brice to sing Eli Young’s Crazy Girl penned by Brice. The fun continued with a foot-stomping rendition of Alabama’s classic

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan

Mountain Music and a heartfelt Do I, easily reminding all of us the reason we loved Luke Bryan in the first place!  This is How We Role brought fellow songwriter Cole Swindell back onstage, as the two rocked out the Florida Georgia Line hit they co-wrote.  The hits continued on with crowds on their feet dancing to Suntan City, Crash My Party, Drink and Beer, Drunk on You and more.  What could be better than all of this???  Wrapping up the night with a showstopping encore of Play it Again.  If this was your 1st Luke Bryan extravaganza or your 20th, there’s no denying we will all be lining up when he brings his tour back to the northeast!!

Lee Brice Hits One Out Of The Park

Audio Still Magazine gets to “listen before you can buy” with an advanced copy of I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice.  Not available until later this month, Brice’s I Don’t Dance album hits it out of the park!  Produced by Lee Brice himself, this hit-filled album is on shelves September 9th!  Leading strong is it’s title track, I Don’t Dance. Brice shows his softer side with lyrics written for his wife for their wedding day.  You can bet this single, while climbing the Country charts, will remain at the top of wedding song lists across the country.  Continuing with a mix of party and dance songs like Girls in Bikinis and No Better Than This, Brice will no doubt have a hit album on his hands, appealing to all audiences.

Having seen Brice’s live rendition earlier this year, it became crystal clear this performer pours his heart and soul into every corner of his career.  From writing hit songs and producing albums to singing his heart out at every live performance – all GOOD things are coming his way!

Audio Still Magazine congratulates Lee Brice on an outstanding album and thanks him for the opportunity to hear it first.  Get ready country listeners, I Don’t Dance will be an easy favorite!  Check out Lee Brice with Luke Bryan, September 11th in Manchester, NH and stay tuned for our review of the night as Audio Still Magazine will be front and center capturing all the action!

 

Audio Still Magazine Radio Show

I hope everyone got to tune into the debut of the all new Audio Still Magazine Radio Show on Monday morning June 30th on WSMN 1590 from 9-10am.

Audio Still Magazine would like to extend a very big thank you to everyone that did tune in and let you all know that this is something that you will not want to miss. The show will be broadcast the last Monday of each month on WSMN 1590 from 9-10am. You can also listen to the show online at http://wsmnradio.com/listen-live.

During each show, we will be talking about artists that we have photographed and had the opportunity to work with. You might even hear a song or two! We might also have a few surprises in store as well……………

We would like to thank our sponsor, Manchester Music Mill located in Manchester New Hampshire. Check them out at http://www.manchestermusicmill.com for all your musical needs!

You can also find Audio Still Magazine on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Audio-Still-Magazine/268154969881053?ref=hl 

On Instagram at @audiostillmagazine and on Twitter @audiostillmag

Thank you to everyone and be sure to tune in to the next show on July 28th on WSMN 1590 from 9-10am!

Audio Still Magazine Interviews Meghan Linsey at CMA Fest

While in Nashville for CMA Fest, Audio Still Magazine had a chance to sit down and talk with the lovely Meghan Linsey. You all may know Meghan from the country music duo Steel Magnolia. She is now getting ready to release her first solo EP at the end of this summer on iTunes and a new single within the next few weeks. Meghan has taken somewhat of a different approach to put this album out.

Meghan has turned to Pledgemusic, a crowd sourcing site, to release her new EP. Crowd sourcing is getting funding for various projects by having people pledge or donate to your campaign. When asked why she chose this route, Meghan said, “I am doing this all independently, I don’t have a label right now, I have a really great fan base and to partner with the fans to put the music out just felt like a really cool thing to do. It also gets the fans more involved and more excited. I’ve been posting a lot of fun videos and pictures that are exclusive for the pledge fans.” She has some great exclusive incentives for people that pledge including: a copy of her new CD on July 8th (pledgers only), puppy play dates, getting a mani pedi with Meghan, a private house show with Meghan playing in your living room.

We asked Meghan what direction this project is heading in musically as compared to Steel Magnolia and she responded, “I don’t think it’s completely different. I think there was always an element of soul to everything that we did, ya know, I was born and raised in New Orleans so I think I’ve kind of brought that flavor to it. With the new project I am able to kind of push on that a little more and really, really sing on this thing more; that’s been really fun.  The songs are just really honest. I’ve been writing a lot with everything I’ve had go on in the last few years. I think overall it’s just really soulful and genuine and honest.”

During our talk, we touched base on the creative and writing process of a singer/songwriter. “I’m involved in every process of everything in my career which gives a blessing a curse. I try not to micro manage too much, but I do like to be involved and know what’s going on. I’m just creative by nature,” states Meghan. She has been hard at work writing the new material for her EP with people such as Corey Crowder (who produced Jamie Lynn Spears’ upcoming country release) and her friend, Julie Moriva. “I cowrite a lot…James Otto, we wrote a song the other day that I’m really excited about will definitely, if not on this EP, will be on the next one for sure.” Meghan is working with upcoming Nashville producer, Tyler Cain on this personal and meaningful project along with many talented musicians.

Steaming from her success with Steel Magnolia, Meghan has learned quite a bit that she is now applying to her solo career. “Everything that you could go through in the music business, I feel like I’ve done in the last few years, so I’ve learned a lot. I’ve had a lot of life lessons.” Despite experiencing so much in such a short period of time, Meghan says, “I feel like I am really ready to come out on my own. I’ve been touring for years now and doing interviews and red carpets and playing shows. There is a lot of stuff that I’ve learned about the business that I didn’t know; it’s really made me a business woman. It’s made me realize how much I really appreciate my team and the people around me. I try to bring people around that I really like. It’s nice to have people that you feel like you can trust and that you want around all the time.”

     And what advice does Meghan have for aspiring musicians out there trying to make it big in Nashville? “Do something that’s genuine and to be honest. I think a lot of people get swept up in the idea of ‘I have to be this because this is what works on Country radio’ or ‘I have to do this because it’s what people want.’ I think the moment that I found out who I was and I started being myself in interviews and not worrying about what people thought about how I sounded or what I was wearing. I feel like people can see through.”

We really enjoyed our time with Meghan and would like to thank her and wish her the best of luck! If you are wondering how you can be a part of Meghan’s Pledgemusic campaign, here is the website http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/meghanlinsey. Check it out and pledge today!

 

Audio Still Magazine Kicks off a Big Year

Audio Still Magazine is gearing up for what is to its biggest year yet. As the first few months of the new year sometimes start off a bit slow and then build as we move from month to month, things just keep getting bigger. The slow time has allowed us to brainstorm and plan out the year ahead. Now we are ready to get to work!

Our Chief Editor/Photographer, Nate Dean of N&D Images starts the journey of the next busy 3 1/2 months on May 29th as House Photographer at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford NH. This will be the first of 28 shows the Nate will be photographing at Meadowbrook alone. The next two night will be spent at Mohegan Sun working with Brian Davis who is opening for Brantley Gilbert and Kristian Bush of Sugarland fame.

Next week, Nate will take Audio Still Magazine to Nashville for CMA Fest. “I am very excited to be heading to Nashville for Audio Still Magazine’s first CMA Fest” says Nate. Be sure to keep an eye out on http://www.audiostillmagazine.com for coverage. Once returning from Nashville, Nate and Audio Still Magazine will be hard at work to put you in the middle of CMA Fest.

“I would like to thank all of you that have made Audio Still Magazine what it is today and I hope for your continued support” says Nate.

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