The Friday Five: FarmBorough Festival Playlist

We’re not sure what’s happened to Spring in New York, so we’re dreaming about Summer concerts.  It’ll warm up someday, right?  We’re about two months away from the inaugural FarmBorough Festival – NYC’s first Country fest.  We can’t wait for a weekend listening to our favorite Country artists under the stars on warm Summer night on Randall’s Island.    Of course we’ll be singing along to hits like Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” and Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk On A Plane,” but we’re also excited to see some of Country’s newer acts.  Here’s our Playlist for the up and comers we can’t wait to check out at FarmBorough Fest!

FarmBorough Festival
June 26-28 2015
Randall’s Island, NYC
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1. Canaan Smith – “Hole In A Bottle”
We had so much fun during Canaan’s energetic set on the “Where It All Began Tour” with Dan + Shay.  He got the crowd going from the start, opening with this fun track from his EP that is sure to be a hit.

2. The Railers – “Ray Bans”
The Railers have a sunny outlook on life and their music is just as fun as they are during a live show.  “Ray Bans” is a great display of how well their voices harmonize together as well as blending their influences.

3. Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”
Chris has written hits like Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer” and Thomas Rhett’s new single, “Crash and Burn.”  He’s about to release his first solo album, “Traveller,” in early May.   His album release show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC sold out, so we can’t wait to see his set at FarmBorough!

4. The Cadillac Three – “I’m Southern” 
The Cadillac Three’s new single “White Lightening” is super mellow compared to previous songs from these Southern boys.  Their live shows are not to be missed – they definitely bring some rock n roll to country.

5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
The duo crashed onto the scene with their anti-bro country anthem last year.  They also released one of our favorite music videos of the year.

Artist To Watch: Chris Janson

Grab a copy of “Buy Me A Boat” on iTunes or Amazon now and hear what all the fuss is about!

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Old Dominion Play 2 Sold Out Shows at NYC’s Joe’s Pub

Even if you haven’t heard of rising country band Old Dominion, chances are you’ve heard a track or two that one of the members have written.   Does “Say You Do?”  ring a bell?  Or “Ex To See?”  Old Dominion is Matthew Ramsey (Lead Vocals, Guitar); Brad Tursi (Lead Guitar, Vocals); Trever Rosen (Guitar, Keys, Vocals); Geoff Sprung (Bass, Vocals); and Whit Sellers (Drums).   They’ve written for Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch … and that’s just to name a few.   Their own single, “Break Up With Him,” has been slowly climbing the charts and dominating Sirius XM’s “The Highway” countdown.

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“The Highway” hosted two back to back sold out shows with Old Dominion at Joe’s Pub last night.  We’re glad we got to experience the band live before they move onto bigger venues – like oh,  Met Life Stadium in NJ?   They’ll be playing there in August, opening up for Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney on their Summer tour.

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We’ve heard people ask what’s happened to rock music?  Well if you’re looking for it, country music is a good place to start.  Old Dominion is a country act, but they sure know how to rock.  Their set included a mix of material they have written for other artists, and tracks off of their EP, released earlier this month.  The band is incredibly energetic and fun to watch live, interacting with audience members and each other.  It’s nice to see a full country band as well, with each member bringing something different to the table.

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Pickup a copy of the Old Dominion EP on iTunes or Amazon now!  Head over to OldDominionBand.com to check out their upcoming tour dates.  If they’re playing in a small venue near you, we highly suggest checking them out while you have a chance!  Watch them perform “Break Up With Him” below.

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Nick Jonas To Perform Live On Periscope Tonight, 4/22!

Nick Jonas is teaming up with Hilton Hotels to perform live exclusively on Twitter’s new live streaming video app, Periscope, tonight at 9:15pm EST!  This marks the first time an entire live concert will be streamed on Periscope.  The show will be broadcast from the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

Fans are invited to have a virtual front row seat to this once in a lifetime concert by downloading the Periscope app and following @HiltonHHonors on Twitter.   You know when you can’t make it to a concert, and your best friend Facetimes you during your favorite song?  We imagine this is something like that.  Only you’ll be watching from the best seat in the house.  We’ll definitely be tuning in and here’s hoping for many more Periscope concerts in the future!

We’re still fangirling over Nick’s performance with Dan + Shay at the ACM Awards last weekend.  Watch what happened behind the scenes in rehearsal!

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Dan + Shay + Nick (Jonas) Perform Mashup at the ACM Awards

Last night’s 50th annual ACM Awards made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most attended live awards show ever. Thousands of country stars and fans packed the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and the crowd’s energy level was off the charts. Performances included everyone from George Straight and Garth Brooks, to newcomers Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt and Best New Artist Winner Cole Swindell.

One highlight of the night was when Dan + Shay took the stage with Nick Jonas. They performed a special mashup of their hit “Nothin’ Like You,” along with Nick’s solo tracks “Jealous” and “Chains.” When we first heard they were performing together, we weren’t quite sure what to expect with such different sounds. But the mashup, produced by Dan Smyers, perfectly mixed the songs and genres together, with a stellar 3-part harmony. And of course there’s nothing like Shay Mooney’s voice (chills, every time.)

Watch the performance below!

Pickup a copy of Dan + Shay’s debut album “Where It All Began” on iTunes now!

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106.1 BLI Presents Jake Miller & Shawn Mendes at The Paramount NY!

Have we mentioned how much we love Long Island’s 106.1 BLI?  Not only do they throw an awesome Summer Jam, they also bring the best concert lineups throughout the year.  Up next is Shawn Mendes and Jake Miller.  Yes, you read that right.  Both of your baes are playing a show TOGETHER at the Paramount in Huntington, NY!    We can hardly contain the fangirl excitement!!!  We suggest jumping on tickets to this one, as both artists are selling out their summer headlining tours.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 24th at 10am.

BLI Presents Shawn Mendes & Jake Miller
With Melanie Martinez & Robbie Rosen
Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30pm
The Paramount – Huntington, NY
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Watch Jake Miller’s new video for “Dazed & Confused” below!

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New Hollow Release “Jiffy Jane” Video

New Hollow just released the music video for their new single “Jiffy Jane.”   The black and white video has a cinematic feel, following the adventures of a teddy bear that seemingly has a mind of his own.  The vibe fits perfectly with the song. The video was produced, shot and edited by band members Mookie Clouse, Evan West and Chad Blashford, and their friends.  Watch the video for “Jiffy Jane” below!

We’ve had this track on repeat since it was released last month, and we can’t wait for New Hollow’s upcoming album.   Pickup a copy of “Jiffy Jane” on iTunes or Amazon now!

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