Lookin’ Good, Lady A!

By Paula Kunatee

After a two year hiatus and a handful of personal projects, Charles Kelley, Hilary Scott and Dave Haywood have reunited to bring us their new album, Heartbreak. Along with it is a single and tour entitled, “You Look Good.” Teaming up with them on road are two singers who hold their own, Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini.

As the founder of the clothing brand Caliville, Young took a chance on himself after the door closed on his baseball career. Lucky for us, Young has a voice to share, and a melody to accompany it! While fans started to make their way to their seats, Young didn’t hesitate to swoon the early birds! Singing his latest singles, “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You.”

Tennessee native, Ballerini kicked off her set with her first three singles on country radio. The almost 24 year old, teased us with tracks from her upcoming sophomore album, Legends and the self titled track, Unapologetically. If the rest of the album was as good as the ones we heard that night (and for the rest of the tour), we are all in for a treat!

The recharged Lady Antebellum took the stage in a theatrical jazz “battle”. The trio appeared in their own light boxes. Lady A began the night with their single, Downtown, Our Kind of Love, and other songs from earlier in their career to remind us of when we all first fell in love with their unique vocal dynamic. Kelley took a second to pay homage to the late Gary Allman. Fulfilling a promise he made that night to Allman Brother’s manager, Bert Holman, Kelley covered Allman Brother’s “Midnight Rider” and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! As the night continued, Lady A brought out a few special guests to help them pull off some covers.

With the help of Brett Young the boys of Lady A sang their rendition of Tim McGraw’s 90’s hit, “Something Like That.” Then the girls brought the fire! Hilary Scott and Kelsea Ballerini teamed up in matching denim jackets and dark outfits and swinging hips to their cover of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. But most of the concert goers at PNC Banks Art Center that night seemed to be most surprised when Kevin Jonas from the Jonas Brothers, took stage riffing his guitar alongside with Haywood!

Even though the You Look Good tour is half way through, make sure you don’t miss a stop near you! If the New Jersey show any indication, there’s more surprises to come!

Country in the City at Bungalow Bar with Jackie Lee

By Paula Kunatee

Founded by Stephanie Wagner, New York Country Swag brings talented up and coming artists to the big apple! On Thursday June 22nd, they held their Country Night on the Water at the Bungalow Bar, in Queens. It was a show with a view! While fans trickled in they got to hear a local act, Caroline Jones! A country girl from the tri-state area, but raised by a Nashville native father, who inspired her to write songs of love, life and growing up with a southern gentleman. Jones’ current single, “Rise (Sing It Loud)”, landed a top 5 of iHeartRadio’s Macy’s Rising Star; and was a fan favorite of the night!

As the sun went down, the drinks kept coming, and the clock was reach closer and closer for Jackie Lee to take stage. The crowd inched themselves closer the stage. As the band took their position you could feel the anticipation seeping from the fans! With an energy that would make the Energizer bunny jealous, Jackie took the stage with a smile that couldn’t be wiped off his face! With it being his first show in New York City, he just wanted to clarify that, yes, his name is Jackie Lee, he is not a girl or Asian, though he could see where one may assume it.

The evening consisted of singing originals like his latest single, “Getting Over You,” and “She Does.” A bonus was when Lee brought us back to our younger, teenage angst years with a cover of Fall Out Boy’s, “Sugar, We’re Going Down” that would even make Pete Wentz smile!

Jackie Lee is currently on tour! Click here to check out when he comes to a city near you!

Ty Herndon’s Love & Acceptance Event Beams with Pride

By Paula Kunatee

The calendar can tell us we are in the year 2017, but it could feel like you’re trapped in a different lifetime when you don’t feel comfortable being who you are. Coming out in 2014, Grammy nominated, Ty Herndon has become a voice in the LGBTQ community. Fortunately for Ty, he says he felt support from family, friends, fellow musicians, as well as fans. Just in time for Pride month, the country singer wanted to shine a light on the LGBTQ youth and the importance of Oasis Center’s Just Us program to help teens transition into a healthy adult.

During the red carpet of the 2017 installment of Ty Herndon’s Love & Acceptance, the stars rolled in and we got to hear how Herndon’s  journey has affected not only the industry, but their own paths as well. Among those guests was The Voice star, Billy Gilman, who shared how Ty’s story gave him the strength to come out. The co-host, CMT’s Cody Alan, recalls how he struggled in the business with his sexuality, but you couldn’t tell that was the case as he walked hand in hand with an electric smile alongside his partner, Trea Smith.

The night was filled with a massive amount of positivity, great music, and incredible stories!