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CMA Fest Issue……….Coming Soon!

Audio Still Magazine has been hard at work putting together the best of the best of our trip to Nashville for CMA Fest 2014 for our readers to enjoy. We are putting the final touches on Part 1 of the CMA Fest Issue.  I hope that you were all able to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook during our time in Music City. Did you also catch the interview we did with Meghan Linsey about her solo career and her upcoming album release? Click the link below to read the interview.

https://audiostillmagazine.com/2014/06/15/audio-still-magazine-interviews-meghan-linsey-at-cma-fest/

So keep an eye out VERY soon for Part 1 of the CMA Fest Issue to drop!

 

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 Returns from CMA Fest

Audio Still Magazine has returned from CMA Fest in Nashville, TN. We had a great time in Nashville for the biggest country music event in the world. I hope everyone was following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as we were posting throughout the day during the event. Now that we have returned, we are getting to work putting everything together for you. So be on the look out real soon on Audio Still Magazine for our coverage of CMA Fest 2014!

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.

So make sure you are signed up for our email list to get the latest from Audio Still Magazine this summer!!!

 

 

JT Hodges Lays it Down at the Wolf Den

 

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

Show Dog-Universal recording artist, JT Hodges brought his eclectic sound to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casio in Uncasville, CT on Thursday April 3rd. Hodges has been hitting it hard since his 2012 self titled debut release and brought a selection of new songs that he has been hard at work on to incorporate into his live show. Sticking true to his roots, Hodges continues to write from the heart, the way song should be written.

The 90 minute show consisted of crowd favorites such as “Goodbyes Made You Mine”, “Sleepy Little Town” and his first single “Hunt You Down” with a great mix of covers such as

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

“Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp and the ever popular “Sledgehammer” from Peter Gabriel. Hodges has picked more of the unique covers to add to his set rather than some of the mundane ones that you hear every band play. I feel that this sets JT apart at brings out who he is as a musician.

 

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

Hodges brought the rockin’ beat of his new single “Lay It Down” that was released just the week before this show. This edgy new track, co-written by Eric Paslay is a perfect opening into what JT’s sophomore album is going to bring and if this is the direction, big things are about to happen for JT Hodges.

If you have not seen JT Hodges live, check out his website, jthodges.com and find a show near you. You can also go to iTunes and get the new single “Lay It Down” here

JT Hodges
JT Hodges

The Pretty Reckless Rock Boston

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The Pretty Reckless rocked the Paradise in Boston to close out the first leg of their tour. This was a show that I was looking forward to for some time. The Pretty Reckless is one of my favorite bands to photograph and is one of the best live bands on the scene today. Along with The Pretty Reckless was supporting act Heaven’s Basement, a heavy hitting, in your face pure rock band from the UK.

_DSC0940-editThis was my first introduction to Heaven’s Basement and I was blown away before they finished their first song. Heaven’s Basement released their first single from their debut album, Filthy Empire titled “Fire, Fire” in 2012 and the title says it all……they are on fire! For a band that has only been on the scene for a few years, they have perfected their craft and would appear to have been at this for much, much longer. With other titles such as “Welcome Home”, “Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch” and “I am Electric” this band is just in the beginning stages of becoming something much bigger.

_DSC1001-edit-100dpiNow that the audience was fired up from Heaven’s Basement, The Pretty Reckless took the stage for the last show of the fall leg of their tour. Having seen this band many times in the past, I knew I would be in for a real treat. Well, The Pretty Reckless did not let me down. Kicking off their set with a brand new song “Follow Me Down”, this band was in your face from the first note.

Playing through songs such as “Since You’re Gone”, “Hit Me Like a Man” and “My Medicine”, the packed room of the Paradise sang every word back to the band, even at times overpowering the band themselves. Two of the crowd favorites at most every show seem to be “Zombie” and “Make Me Wanna Die” which seem to get the crowed pumped up. They even played a cover of Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” in their encore. _DSC0951-edit

With a mix of new and old, The Pretty Reckless filled the room with a few of the new tracks off the upcoming album “Going to Hell” (Release date March 18, 2014). For many of us, this has been a long awaited release. If the rest of the album sounds anything like what I have heard so far, “Going to Hell” will remain on my playlist for some time.

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The Pretty Reckless is getting ready to embark on the Snocore Tour with tour mates Heaven’s Basement which kicks off next week on January 29th in Lincoln, NE. This tour will take them across the U.S. and onto Europe and the U.K. Be sure to visit http://www.goingtohell.me to see the list of tour dates……..don’t miss this band!