Country music is part of the roots of modern music, and though you may not here it, you will find it there.
The other night I saw Diamond Rio at a very small venue in Colorado. To me small is sometimes better.
Why? Your closer to the band, you can hear the music better and it makes you feel like you are listening at home sometimes. Over the years I have seen many rock bands and country bands and others in small venues and it helps me get a better sense of what they are like personally, professionally and lets me know what they will be like at a large venue.
One of the member of Diamond Rio belonged to a band I enjoyed way back when Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Oddly enough this particular guitar player from Diamond Rio was also my inspiration for learning how to play the guitar all those years ago.
Here are some old and new songs that may inspire some of you.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performing a Kenny Loggins song
Trace Adkins “Some women may not admit this one.”
Who says country guys can’t rap Neal McCoy.
Last but not least a different kind of inspiration.
Brain Mackey is currently recording a new album (in Nashville)which he hopes to have put mid-2012.
And he has a new video, you can see on YouTube.
Billy K Band will be in Nashville in Jan to record a new album.
Red Light Survival has released their Debut album “All That Remains”, you can get it at iTunes, Amazon and other places on the web.
Oleander has released a new single and have an album coming soon.
Dec 6 Common will be at Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder and has a new album coming out on Dec. 20th.
Nickleback has a new album out “Here and Now”, debuting at #1 on the Billboard chart.
Foreigner Acoustique The Classics Unplugged will be at the Paramount Theater in Denver on Jan 17th.
Also coming to the Paramount is Kingston Trio on Feb. 18th & Peter Frampton on March 27th.
Coming to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Brad Paisley with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery on Jan 21st, Lady Antebellum on Feb 15th, Kelly Clarkson on March 18th.
At the Boulder Theater, YONDER MTN STRING BAND will be their from Dec. 27 to the 31st.