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Adam Searan: Inspiring Music

Adam Searan grew up in Nashville and credits his accomplishments on hard work.  He grew up in and around music.  His mother, father, uncle and others in his life were always musical.  They were in and out of music industry most of Adam’s life. Adam shared that his father played at the Opry and for Johnny Paycheck.  His uncle was a session player and band leader for several big names in country music.  Adam began singing in the church and around 11 years old, Oasis inspired him to learn the guitar.  Music was part of his high school years.

Adam is now 33 years old and has music his career.  He has an unique sound and even a more impressive way to  create that sound.  Adam has played in bands and played acoustic.  When he played in bands, he found that the music he gravitated to was not always conducive to the band setting.  In cultivating his sound, he started experimenting with Loops and it became a way for him to translate his acoustic sound and connecting with his fan base.  It gave him an outlet to give his fans a better show.

Adam has many influences in his musical taste that span across the board.  “I just love to listen to great songs.  If it is a little weird, I tend to gravitate towards it.” Adam said.  David Grey is a huge influence in his musical tastes.  Adam also said “I have always loved Keith Urban.”.  I told Adam that we sounded like kindred spirits when began to list other influences such as BB King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Church.  Adam told me that he “could list at least 5 musicians from every genre, including Christian music.”  Growing up, he could only listen to Christian music or music from the Opry.  He is still a huge fan of Hank Williams Sr.  “I could put on one of his records and listen to it all day.” (I agree with that 100%.)

When bringing up the topic of “what genre would you put yourself in”, Adam said “he loves to hear interesting new sounds” and wants to put out something out there that isn’t already out.  Adam and I talked about every genre having sub-genres, that are always evolving.  Adam wants to be inspired by music, honor the musician, and stay away from covering them.  He is looking to create the next thing, the next step.  Adam is not looking to market to one specific crowd, but put something out there that both parents and kids can enjoy.

Adam’s writing style usually starts with music first and then a word will come to him.  He tries to listen to what the song is saying.  He tries to name that feeling that only music can make you feel.

We talked about the culture and state of music today.  Adam wants to stay unique and speak his message.  He wants to create new music and not cover singer.  The industry needs to give more credit to the content creator.  Adam’s mission as an artist is to inspire people to create and keep the artistry in music.

When Adam made music is full-time career, no one really got what he was doing.  He was either too heavy for one group or too country for the other.  Adam prevailed in his career by holding to his truth.  That has worked well him in the last 6 months.  For all of those that didn’t get, there were many others that did.  That was evident by Adam being in Country Weekly magazine and playing a show at the Ryman.

If Adam had one message to give to everyone, it would be “be different, be yourself, be weird, and do it with all of your heart.  Give it every ounce of everything you got.”.  This message is what Adam lives by and is why he is continuing to gain new fans ever day.  “The day someone can convince you to stop being yourself, is the day you will stop being successful.” Adam is such an inspiration of how to stay yourself and good things will come.  Adam concluded the interview with these quotes, “Play it.Sing It. Mean It.” and “Start looking at the universe and stop looking at the sky.”

Adam is currently touring on his “Last Call For Summer” Tour.  He will be making several stops in our area soon.  You can check out his website at .http://iamtheband.net/.   Adam will be at Rome City Brewing Company on September 8, 2017, as well as Rhino’s Smokehouse on September 21-22, 2017.  You can also catch him at Hopz and Haze in Summerville on September 23, 2017.  Click on this link for additional tour dates: Adam Searan Tour

Here is a link to Adam Seran’s video for “Last”: Last.



Matt Mason- Doing It His Way

Growing up in Indiana, in a great home, and finding a love for music in the Pentecostal church shaped Matt Mason into the person he is today.  Matt fell in love with Southern Baptist music and says that it has always moved him. (I am guessing from the red hymnals many  folks still use today.)  Matt use to crawl under the seats, during service, to play with cars.

Matt wanted a guitar.  He and his father were on the way to pick up his mom from the airport, one day, and his father stopped into Arthur’s Music Store to buy Matt his first guitar.  He took lessons from Carl Downy.  Carl would stay after church to teach Matt how to play.  At 11 and 12 years old, Matt played acoustic guitar at church.  He claims that because they didn’t plug-in to an amp, no one could hear how bad he was playing, but it gave him the confidence he needed to continue on.

Matt continued on and at 14-15 years old he went to an Open Mic at the American Legion.  His dad took him to the Open Mic and Matt played a couple of Merle Haggard songs.  The crowd responded to Matt’s performance.  It even led to him being booked for the Eastern States Exhibition in Massachusetts.  Matt went from playing an Open Mic Night at the American Legion, to opening for Charlie Daniels at age 16.  He remembers walking on stage and slipping due to the rain (and maybe a little case of the nerves).  He said, “I remember looking out and saying wow look at all the people. One foot took off and I caught it right before his pants split.”  After show, Charlie Daniel gave him his bow and ran back to his bus, looking at it with amazement, hoping he would sign his bow.  Charlie came out, after a little while, told the guy that opened the door for Matt “If anyone comes to my door like that, come get me.”, and took Matt on his bus.  Matt remembers Charlie taking the time to sign his bow, his cowboy hat, and talked to him for a second.  Matt knew that night that he got a taste of performing and that was the life he wanted to have.

Matt spent time playing fairs and festivals around Indiana, before moving out to Nashville.  A couple of weeks after moving to town, Matt got his first gig at Tootsie’s.  He had been standing outside because no one would let him after 6pm.  (He will still under age.)  Different guys would get him up to play throughout the day.  John Stone watched him stand outside during the day and finally asked him if he wanted to get up and sing a few songs.  Matt sang “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Are You Sure Hank Would Done It That Way?”.  He finished his set and looked at the crowd.  People were standing on each other shoulders.  Matt stood basking in what he thought was a kick ass performance, to only notice Hank Williams, Jr. standing in the back of the room.

The following 18 months, Matt continued to play in Nashville.  He learned what to do, how to stand in front of people. and say while on stage.  A friend, Berry Jeffrey, called and told him about a show to see if he would be interested in doing a show called “Nashville Star” and are you interested.  The auditions went well and Matt went on to place 4th in the competition.  Kacey Musgraves, Chris Young, and Miranda Lambert were a few notables that came from the show.

Matt left the show and did his thing until Barry called again with another opportunity from a CMT Relativity show called “CMT Next Superstar.  Matt was hesitant to do the show because he didn’t want to be “that guy”.   Matt was able to sign with Warner Brothers from appearing on the show and because a better writer.

Matt is now happy with his writing, guitar player, and being a better musician.  At the age of 31, Matt is learning this is a business.  If you are in it just to make money or just to have fun. you could fail.  Matt is in love with the music now after his journey.  He is excited that God has big plans.  If Matt’s music is helping folks and reach people, Matt says “It is awesome.” Matt finds himself just happy getting by and if more great things happen, he is content.  He feels he is in a good place and as long as the fans keep coming out, he will continue on.

I asked Matt about some of his influences and the list is long and distinguished.  Matt lists greats like Leon Russel, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, and his all round favorites, Merle Haggard.

When it comes to song writing, Matt Mason has no process.  If you stick to a formula, you become stagnant.   Matt is not a fan of writing sessions.  He seems to be more of an organic song writer.  He has never tried to force a song.

I asked Matt Mason what genre to he would put his music in and the only genre he can come up with true life music.  Waylon once said that “Music should be classified at all.”  If I had to place Matt Mason in a “genre”, I would maybe place him in Americana.  Matt has never been a bar style band because he isn’t a karaoke band.  He likes to play his own music, staying true to who you are, your fan base will grow.  Matt has a few EP outs that are a must listen.

For information about Matt Mason, please click on Matt Mason.

I have linked some of Matt’s song and would like you guys to listen to them all.   I have my favorites like “E” and several others.  Matt Mason Music.








Lyrical Lists- “Head On” Video Review

So my two favorite music acts team up to produce one of the hottest videos I have seen in a long time.  The song co-written by Kirstie Lovelady and James Ford, from Them Dirty Roses, is proof once again, these musicians, are doing things on their own terms, in their own way.  Two unknown singers, team up to release a hot new video… “No one does that!” A female, trying to break into country music shoots a video in a boxing ring because that is how she sees the video…. “No one does that!”  Well whoever “no one” is has never met Kirstie Lovelady and Them Dirty Roses.  Just as the song’s message is about doing things, your way, not the way everyone else does it, this video follows that message.

When I talked to Kirstie yesterday, I told her “No one has done it this way, because they have been waiting on YOU to do it”.  This video was shot at GetFit615 and Music City Boxing and the locations could not tell the story any better than Kirstie and James do in the song writing.  The guys were lucky to have the video directed by Preston Leatherman who took the vision and brought it to life.

I cannot say enough good things about the first cut “Head On” from Kirstie Lovelady’s new EP “Weeds”.  The video is a clear portrayal of the fight to be your own artist, in your own way, in your own time, and feeling that strong about being you and not someone who the industry expects.

I hope that CMT and GAC will pick the video up and give their viewers the opportunity to see what a total badass, rocking lady looks like and how awesome Them Dirty Roses are and the void they will in fill in music today.

Give it a listen, call your radio stations, and music channels and let’s get this some airplay.  I love they did this their way.

Lyrical Lists – Kirstie Lovelady

What do you get when you combine Johnny Cash and Steven Tyler? Did I mention it is packaged in a 5’2 dynamite ready to explode on stage? You get Kirstie Lovelady.  This 24-year-old, ass kicking, in your face, rocking country singer from Nashville, Tennessee is blazing a trail all HER own.  I capitalized the word HER because this is only my second blog about a female singer and wow did I find a good one.  I recently met Kirstie at the Pepsi On The Rise Tour as it made its final stop in Rome, GA this past weekend.  I didn’t know of Kirstie until that night, but I will admit that she left an impression on me that was more than a breath of fresh air.  In a genre of music that has been coming under attack for not being “country” enough (whatever that means) and dominated by men, I find this wonderful young woman, doing her thing and hanging with the boys just fine. Kirstie Lovelady and I share something in common, people can’t seem to pronounce our names correctly.  I will help her by sharing that it is K-IR-stie, She will answer to variations but remember that you are pronouncing the “I” before the “R”.  Also, Lovelady is her real last name.  After the time I spent with her Saturday, a few text exchanges, and talking with her yesterday, I don’t think she knows how to be anything but 100% real!

Kirstie was born into a family that lived originally in Louisiana, but moved to Nashville when she was in 1st grade.  Her father is in the music industry and Kirstie told me she decided that she wanted to be a singer since she was a kid.   Kirstie’s dad, Rendy Lovelady, is in the music industry and she jokes about going to “bring your kids to work day” and knew that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.  Kirstie’s parents were supportive of her decision to make music her career.  When she told them, they only gave her a couple pieces of advice. Kirstie’s parents told her, “That’s great! You can be a performer when you graduate college.”  Rendy also told Kirstie that she needed to write her own songs.  Kirstie finished Belmont College in Nashville with a business degree in 3 1/2 years and started her career immediately.  I asked her did she play a lot of gigs when she was in college, and she told me that she played shows, interned at a publishing house, got familiar with the business side of the business, and wrote songs.  She started assembling her band and has not looked back.

Kirstie is a dominating force on the stage.  She is captivates the audience and makes you not want to turn your head away from the performance.  She is rocking the crowd and letting them know that is one girl who is ready to play and even out perform the boys.  I asked Kirstie what it is like being a female in the country music scene that has been dominated recently by males.  Kirstie does find that it is hard to break into the industry as a female.  She said that she “isn’t Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert. They have a place in music.”  Kirstie feels that if she follows her heart”, plays her “rocking country”, and prays, her music will be accepted and be loved.  Kirstie says she can only be true to who she is and she thinks the fan base will continue to grow.  Kirstie wants to leave her mark on the music world by writing good songs, with real lyrics, and entertaining the audience.  She has a voice that draws you in from the first word.  Kirstie Lovelady will be built upon live performances and writing good songs.  If radio comes along, that is great.  Kirstie told me “I am not going to write a song because radio says it has to be played this way.  She loves to take the stereotypes that come along with being a female, especially in the country world, and prove everyone wrong.  She feels that her country rock sound is something that no one is doing right now.  It makes her set apart.

I love to know who influences a person, so I asked Kirstie about her influences.  Kirstie will quickly tell you that her biggest influences are Johnny Cash and Steven Tyler.  She grew up listening to Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks.  More recent artists that she is inspired by include Eric Church.  You can see all of these influences in her music but there is also something very organic about what she is doing.

I talked to Kirstie about her song writing style.  She said writing a song is so personal.  She also added “it could be about a boy, being pissed off, song writing is my place to vent.”  Her songs come about while she trying to figure something out be it a boy, life, family, etc.  Sometimes she can be driving down the road and start recording it into the phone.  “I think that is what is so beautiful about song writing, there is no right or wrong way to do it.”

I asked Kirstie that since she has been on the Pepsi tour, has she noticed more people knowing her or has she seen an increase in her followings on social media and crowds coming to see just her.  She told me a couple of really cute stories about the tour.  She said she was talking to a couple at the show in Rome and they told her that they drove 6 hours to see her because this was as close as Kirstie gets to them.  She also talked about being in the restroom at a show in West Virginia.  She heard two girls at the mirror, putting their makeup on, and talking.  Kirstie heard one of them say, “I hear this tour is good.” The other said “have you heard of this girl before?  I heard this girl on the tour is really awesome.”  Kirstie said that she wanted to go up to them and say, “That’s ME!”

Kirstie is making plans for the rest of the year.  She is going to be in the studio and start working on some new music.  Then she is doing a summer tour with Beau James.  Then she has Gulf Coast Jam where she will be opening for Keith Urban in Panama City Beach, FL.  Gulf Coast Jam is September 4-6, 2015 and will feature many artists over the 3 days of the festival.   Then she will get started with the fall tour schedule with Them Dirty Roses.  She will also be working on recording and shooting a video for “Bad for You”, which is a duet featuring James Ford from Them Dirty Roses. and recording it in the studio.  She isn’t going to take a lot of time off.  She wants to stay out and playing show. because she just wants to be on the stage.

Now that the article is coming to an end, I want you go to I Tunes, search Kirstie Lovelady, and buy her EP.  This is one rocking country chick that is going to be a force in the music industry for a long time.  I don’t think Kirstie will just have her foot in the door because I see her kicking the door off the hinges.  I love this girl and I know you will too.  I have a few links below to Kirstie’s social media, website, and links to a few songs.







Lyrical Lists-Preston Summerville

This 24-year-old man who grew up on his grandfather’s farm in Polk County, GA is poised to take country music by storm by having his first independent 5 Song EP debuting at #72 on the iTunes country chart and being featured in the Pepsi’s Up and Rising Stars multi-state tour.  All of the success coming his way is because he is doing his thing, writing songs he feels, and just being Preston Summerville. Preston is spending time in Nashville writing part-time but is looking for an apartment to rent while he is working in Nashville.  Preston has just released a 5 song EP on I tunes as an independent artist and if being an independent, unsigned artist helps write and record songs like are on the EP, I say stay independent.

Preston Summerville was born in Carrollton, GA but lived to Rockmart until he was 10 and his family built chicken houses on his great grandfather’s property in Cedartown.  He grew up on the farm in Cedartown.  He attended Cedar Lake Christian Center Christian School  until his senior  year when the school closed down.  He went back to Rockmart High School to graduate and considers himself just a good ol’ Polk County boy.

Music seems to have been around Preston his whole life.  Preston’s dad knew 3 or 4 chords that he use to pick around on the guitar and make up songs about the boys Preston had over to spend the night.  His dad would make up silly songs.  At church, Preston wanted to play drums.  While is father was working at a hurricane clean-up his dad bought him his first set of drums at age 12 .  Preston would play “Old Time Rock and Roll” over and over until taught himself the drum parts perfect on that song.  He got his first guitar at 6 but at 11-12 he played more for his friends.  He would sometimes find himself sitting at school wishing it would hurry up so he could go play is guitar and drums.

Preston and his buddies started a christian rock band at the age of 15.  He said “we would go to these little venues with 8 other bands.  We had a 30 minute slot, set up, and bang out 3 songs as fast as we could.”  This is where the love of performing comes from for Preston.  He said, “I just loved to be on the stage”.   Growing up on a farm inspired Preston to start writing about his life at 14-15.  Listening back to the songs he thought were “cool songs then” shows him just how far he has come,but as Preston added “You’ve got to start somewhere.”

Preston and I talked about influences and favorite singers.  “The Highwaymen and The Outlaws are definitely my favorite.”, Preston told me.  Then the list of singers that we talked about next made me love Preston just a little more than I already did before the interview.  Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hank Jr are who Preston was drawn to but also growing up and finding favorite songs, he loved Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn.  He feels the influence from all of these powerhouse country singers but if you ask him who he admires the most in today’s music, Preston will tell you Eric Church.  Preston said he is a fan of an artist that writes their own songs.  He told me, “being a song writer, I know how good it feels to write a really good song, play it in a different state, and have fans tell you that the song meant something to them. I find it just as pleasing to the heart.”

Preston talked about being a fan of Brantley Gilbert as well as Eric Church.  We talked about the split in country music right now.  Preston says that he tends to take the more rock side of country.  Preston says he will write any style of song because he likes to challenge himself but also “a good song writer should be able to write anything.”  He takes such pride in song writing that he is always pushing himself and stepping out of the box. Preston truly feels that a lasting song is not writing about what everyone else is writing but is writing more about what he feels.  He does get some ideas from people but he never sets out to write a “radio song”.  He doesn’t want to sound like everyone else but writing about he feels because he has to feel, believe, and lived what he is writing.  The real songs are the songs that he feels will be “standing last” and not always writing the catchy radio trends.   I asked the all important question if he was interested in selling any of his songs or would he prefer to keep them all for himself? Preston responded,”I am definitely interested in having someone cut one of my songs.”  I asked Preston would it be a dream for Eric Church to cut one of his songs and he said “that would be top-notch”.

Preston has gotten to play some really awesome places and with the new Pepsi On The Rise Tour he is seeing other people singing his songs back to him.  He finds it so rewarding that people are relating to his songs.  He feels that you spend so much time working to have the crowds hear your songs and finally they are relating to them validates the hard work.  He told me that having people sing the songs, love the songs, and relate to the songs gives him “assurance that what I am out here doing really makes sense and has a purpose.”  He wants his listeners to feel his music. (This is my favorite thing about this entire interview.)  Preston told me, “the day I have 10,000 people singing my songs back to me, I am probably going to hit my knees and cry like a baby.”  He said it is that “awesome feeling you get deep that makes you feel appreciated”.

We talked a little about one of the songs on the EP he has out now.  We talked about his song “Bow My Head” (which is a phenomenal song).  He said that he didn’t write it as a christian song but wrote it about his faith, life, and experiences.  He feels that the song tells the listener exactly who he is and what he is about.   We also talked about the song writing process for Preston.  He talked about he doesn’t have a formula that he uses every time.  He sometimes writes down titles of songs and develops around that title.  Sometimes he sits down with a piece of paper and writes out some that are goofy, serious, complicated and sometimes he has a verse pop in his head that fits in with one of the titles he wrote earlier.  The process always varies.  He talked about some of the songwriters that have been taught the structure and feel like there are rules to writing a song.  He adds of course there is a song structure but he writes it as it comes to him.

Preston talked about his wife and being a newlywed.  He told me that his wife 100% supports what he does and sees how hard he works.  He told me she “loves me for who I am and I am as real with her as I can be.”  He has written several songs inspired by her.

Preston would like to stay independent for a while.  When he makes the decision to sign with a label he wants to be real picky.  He wants to make the right decision and not just jump on the first deal that he is offered.  If being independent allows Preston to open for some of the folks he has opened and record the music he is recording, I say stay be picky.  He has opened for Glen Templeton, he opened for GA/FLA Line and Sam Hunt when they played in Rome.  You can add to list acts like Thomas Rhett, Joe Diffie, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee, Chris Lane Band.  He is coming back on the Pepsi On The Rise Tour to Rome at the Brewhouse on March 14th, 2015.  Also listen out to 94.9 The Bull Backyard Country Saturday night for the song “Home Town Pride” as well as a station in Augusta, GA and a couple of stations in Kentucky.  I say this a lot about the articles I write, but I want everyone that reads this to remember the name Preston Summerville.  He is going to be blowing up your radio for years to come.  I have posted links below to Preston’s website, YouTube, and Facebook.




Video for “Bow My Head”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64saexU7_Oc

YouTube for “Home Town Pride”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JebAnLeuwkQ

Lyrical Lists-Joe Yeoman

Joe Yeoman is a country artist that is making a new sound to fill in the empty market for the fans of the 1990’s country music.  It isn’t a retro sound but a sound strongly influenced by the 90’s country era.  Joe told me that a lot of the country music out today is more the “tailgate and tan-lines” music geared for the 18-25 year old market but there has not been a lot of music recorded for those in the 30 years and older market.  He sees this need and is filling it with great music.  His debut album “Those Were The Days” will be released soon but some tracks can be heard on stations like 94.9 The Bull and 92.5 The Bear now.

Joe told me he was influenced by Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt.  He wants his music to sound new but a feel of the 90’s throw back.  Joe said he wants to record “lasting music that is not a fad like some of these newer artists that are recording “Bro-Country”.  Joe also added that “no one is putting out music to folks our age on terrestrial radio and to find the music we grew up on, we have to go to XM and/or pick and choose our music.”  He did say that “there is a place for every style and no one should be left out in the cold.”

This 34 year singer/songwriter from Griffin, GA is still working a 50 hour week, but is a weekend warrior for his music.  He has scaled back some of his shows to work on and finish the upcoming album.  He is the sole writer of his music at this time.  He is working hard to be a full-time performer by the end of the year.  Joe told me that he is most interested in putting out “good product that the listener can relate to the lyrics”.  Joe wants to be the type of artist that you want to see the stage show but understands that while his original music is still being released that he will have to do covers to draw the audience in.

Joe told me that “country music is about real life” and when he writes songs he writes about all topics.  He writes about anything from love to loss, family, church, and even the struggles of surviving daily life.  Joe has been writing since he was 12 years old, learning on a guitar that his grandfather gave him and wrote his first song at 14 years old.  I don’t think he has stopped since.  He has been playing all over the south and the backup band is a rotation of talented musicians he enjoys working with.

I have listened to Joe Yeoman’s music and I recommend “All I really Need (To Party)”, “Those Were The Days”, and “Where You Can Go”.  Joe Yeoman is writing about real life and getting the crowd up and going.  You can hear the influences in Joe’s music but to me Joe Yeoman sounds like Joe Yeoman.  Please click on the links below to Joe Yeoman’s Facebook Page, Website, and links to music.




All I Really Need (To Party): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiIbkJ1UmP0