For almost three decades now HOTEL CALIFORNIA have been recreating the legendary sound of THE EAGLES, and thrilling audiences all over the world. The band set the bar in 1986, and they’ve remained the industry leading substitute for The Eagles ever since.
Playing to huge outdoor and arena audiences, sharing bills with some of rock’s legends, and going places no tribute band has gone before. A long run by any measure, but it begs the question - what makes HOTEL CALIFORNIA so special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and top flight live performances, just for starters. These are the band’s hallmarks, and the foundation on which their reputation has been built.
With over a century of collective professional experience in the band today, they’re still going stronger than ever. HOTEL CALIFORNIA one of the world’s most accomplished tribute productions. You can check them out any time you like, but you’ll never want to leave. If you love The Eagles, then welcome to the Hotel California – you’ve just found the next-best thing.
Signed to Average Joes Entertainment after label head, Shannon Houchins, saw Sarah Ross on "American Idol”. He invited Sarah to Nashville, and within one short year she found herself recording with The Lacs. One of her songs, "Knock 'Em Dead," was on the compilation album "Mud Digger 4," along with label mates Colt Ford, The Lacs with J.J. Lawhorn and Montgomery Gentry. She also claims her country roots along with Colt Ford in “We All Country” by the Moonshine Bandits. "Mud Digger 5" had another of Sarah's compositions, "Shotgun," as its lead single.
"As a little girl I grew up listening to my daddy’s all-time favorites -- Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, George Strait, Patsy Cline and Martina McBride," says the young lady who grew up on a farm just south of Atlantic City.
American Idol" season 12, Sarah went all the way to Hollywood singing a country song and rapping one of Nikki Minaj’s songs for her, which the judge absolutely loved. Judge Keith Urban said it best, telling Sarah she was “like an IPOD shuffle, never knowing what you’re gonna get.” Minaj told her she shouldn’t have to choose between the two genres. Sarah decided to heed that advice …she didn’t choose … she combined them!
I hope it will connect with others who have an open mind and also enjoy a variety of country and rap music.” “It’s kind of crazy but in a cool way, when you see all the country/rap collaborations such as Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Jason Aldean with Ludacris and Brad Paisley with LL Cool J. Florida Georgia Line even raps on “This is How We Roll.” It's all about who does it, if it works and who believes in you. Country music is evolving. It has its roots and that’s here to stay. I would never want to try and change it, just add a variation."
Trailer Choir is back in town!
You could hear their good-time beats coming from a mile away. You can feel their positive vibes airing in on the summer breeze. At their shows you can't help but join the party, singing along to their familiar hits and hook-laced new material.
America first got to know Butter and Vinny seven years ago, when Trailer Choir's debut single "Off the Hillbilly Hook" was featured in the Toby Keith film Beer for My Horses. "What Would You Say," "Rockin' the Beer Gut" and "Rollin' Through the Sunshine" followed, each one confirming the group's carefree spirit and infectious appeal.
They also reassessed their approach to performing. "The time off developed me in a way that made me a lot better musically," Vinny insists. "I'd always felt like I was the sideshow, the funny fat guy that was dancing. It was Butter the encouraged me to go beyond that. So I took voice lessons. I started playing guitar more. I'm learning harmonica. Even though I'm still an entertainer, I grew a lot as a musician."
Equally important, they signed up with a new and totally compatible label.
"We'd known Fat Shan (Shannon Houchins) and Colt Ford from when they were starting Average Joes Entertainment," Butter says.
Within a week of signing with the label, Trailer Choir was recording their upcoming album. Houchins and the label's A&R head Noah Gordon each produced several tracks, with Butter taking the reins on the rest.
Everything they've cut for their Average Joes Entertainment debut has passed their road test. The sing-along hook that drives "Ice Cold Summer," the galloping groove and promise that everything in life goes "Better with a Beer," the foot-stomping paean to "older women with a sweet attitude" on "I Likes the Cougs," the quick-step call to "Put It On My Tab" … each track they've stashed in the can for the new project dares you not to join the best party these guys have ever thrown down in song.
Now as part of the Average Joes family, Trailer Choir stands back on that cusp, this time knowing that bigger things definitely lay within reach. "We needed some time to reflect. We've grown up a lot. Once we come back out, we just want to explode.
To put it simply, John Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers to ever step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.
Raised in Apopka, Fla., Anderson was exposed to both rock and traditional country growing up and, as incendiary rock outfits like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Lynyrd Skynyrd honed their chops around him, learned to love (and play) both types of music. But Anderson resisted the call of rock 'n roll, electing rather to pursue his country music dreams.
Anderson moved to Nashville in 1972, working contruction by day (including as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House) and playing the honky-tonks at night. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, and notching his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Jo Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)." Other hits, including the classic "Wild and Blue" in 1982, solidified his status as a powerful new voice in country music. "Swingin'," written by Anderson and Lionel Delmore, blew the roof off a year later, exploding to No.1 on the Billboard Country chart, propelling Anderson to the CMA Horizon Award, and becoming one of the most enduring hits in the country canon.
Anderson plowed through the ebbs and flows of country music (and the country music business) throughout the '80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest "comeback" runs (he never really left) in the history of the genre. Seminole Wind, released on BNA, produced hit singles in "Straight Tequila Night," "When It Comes To You," "Money in the Bank," and the stirring title cut.
An unrepentant road dog, Anderson’s touring career has never wavered, as he and his crack band play to packed houses filled with “the most loyal fans anybody ever have, and I do indeed appreciate them supporting our music for all these years,” he says. “Their love of the music, has only gotten better.”
He adds that it’s still a thrill when he hears the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, John Anderson,” and marvels that, more often than not, the crowds stands up and cheer on just those words. “That’s something in my younger days I never really dreamed I’d see,” he says with a laugh, “a standing ovation before ever you ever open your mouth. Man, sometimes you just want to wave and smile real big, ‘thank you very much, I don’t guess we can beat that. That was great, God bless, and thank you, have a good evening!’”