Track 29 Brings CMA New Artist Of The Year Kacey Musgraves With John And Jacob To The Stage

Monday, December 16, 2013 - by Mark Herndon

It was another full house Friday for two newcomers making their way on the Chattanooga country music road arriving at Track 29. Stychman, popular WUSY US 101 disc jockey introduced the artists prior to the concert opening act of John & Jacob. On Friday, it was promising CMA “New Artist of the Year”  headliner Kacey Musgraves, a young singer/songwriter who awaited the stage lights and a full house of enthused fans.  

Also, newcomers traveling from their last gig in New Orleans John & Jacob heated up the building with their feel  good melodies and lyrics.  After explaining, they lost two hours driving the wrong way to Chattanooga only to arrive about 30 minutes to taking the stage.  These guys are so down to earth as I had a chance to take photos and talk with them briefly during sound check. They expressed how glad they were to perform at Track 29.

John & Jacob, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama found their roots in the sounds of back-porch pickers and harmonies of gospel singers.  John Davidson and Jacob Bryant, after 10 years of playing together, they started making trips to Nashville where they soon landed a publishing deal with Major Bob Music. Within two years, they wrote their first Billboard #1 song, were nominated for an MTV O-Music Award, tapped for Red Bull’s Sound Select and chosen by CMT Edge as their first unsigned “Listen Up” artist. 

John & Jacob pulled off a great set playing and singing many of their popular songs. Their song “Be My Girl” gains popularity on Nashville’s AAA station Lightning 100 and Birmingham Mountain Radio in their hometown.  More information can be found at http://www.johnandjacob.com/

The stage lights grew bright as Kacey Musgraves, 25, was ready for the capacity crowd at Track 29.  What did not go unnoticed was her band. Little is known about these guys, but they sounded great and looked sharp as if they raided Ernest Tubb or Jim Reeves wardrobe closets.  The setting, sounds and fans gave Kacey the feedback she wanted of her performance.  It was a first class show. 

Kacey, who recently completed recording her debut album 'Same Trailer Different Park'  and released her first single “Merry Go Round” to radio September 10. The album was co-produced by Kacey, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and was released in March of 2013. The song is her latest single off her debut album,  Same Trailer Different Park , which earned her a CMA Award for New Artist of the Year and more.

Kacey, a Texas native, to date, that talent has produced cuts for multi-platinum artists such as Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert. Miranda’s current album includes Kacey’s co-written track “Mama’s Broken Heart” which Rolling Stone Magazine ranked #26 in their “50 Best Singles of 2011” list. 

Kacey was honored to open for Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss in the US, Lady Antebellum in Europe, and is previously toured with Kenny Chesney. For more information, go to http://www.kaceymusgraves.com

Mark A Herndon, CPG

m.a.herndon@comcast.net


Interview With Proyecto X – Taking Aim And Hitting The Target

What happens when a group of five talented musicians unite forces with the goal of signing a major record deal? Well, usually nothing. Not every band is lucky, determined, or successful enough to make that dream a reality. In 2012, a new band was born in Salinas, California with that very goal. The group, Proyecto X, is the culmination of talent from Carlos Zamora (vocals and ... (click for more)

Liz Vice Headlines Nightfall Friday

Headliner artist Liz Vice will bring her neo gospel soul to Nightfall this week, preceded by local band Dr. B & the Ease. Nightfall is the 15-week free concert series produced by Chattanooga Presents at Miller Plaza.    Review for Liz Vice: Think Tina Turner, but if Ike had taken a minimalist approach to production and also suddenly really got into gospel music, ... (click for more)

Baylor School Tennis Coach Charged With Buying Meth In Whitfield County, Ga.

A Baylor School tennis coach has been arrested on charges of buying meth in Whitfield County, Ga. Philip Johnson, 51, of Ooltewah, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and use of a communication facilities during drug transactions. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)