Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen (9:30 PM)

Honey County (8:30 PM)

Wed, April 25, 2018

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

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Morgan Wallen - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Morgan Wallen
He’s a passionate singer with a unique sound, who grew up in Appalachia, and you’ll be hearing a lot more of MORGAN WALLEN before 2017 is over. Currently out supporting Florida Georgia Line’s explosive DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR, followed by select dates on THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017, he is climbing Country radio with his Top 30 “The Way I Talk” on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and has racked up over 7 million Spotify streams (and counting). Offering up the first real taste of his Big Loud Records EP – also titled THE WAY I TALK – Wallen’s drawling, fun-loving anthem penned by hit-makers Ben Hayslip, Chase McGill and Jessi Alexander, plays off the young star’s dynamic vocal delivery and features a sound straight out of the modern South, combining elements of both country and rock



Back when Wallen moved to Nashville in July 2015, he was not sure what he would find, but convinced that he should at least give his dreams a legitimate shot. Less than a year later, he’d already been signed to Big Loud Records, recorded some initial tracks with producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and hit the road on his first radio promotion tour.



It might appear that Wallen’s on the fast track, but it took him a while to get there. Born in Sneedville, Tennessee (a town that also lays claim as the birthplace of bluegrass pioneer Jimmy Martin), to a hard-rock-lovin’ preacher and contemporary-Christian-devoted teacher, he showed his musical interests early, singing in front of the local congregation at age three and asking for a violin for his fifth birthday. He would soon switch to piano and later add guitar to his arsenal, though he never really imagined it was possible to make a

career of it.



“I didn’t think that was realistic because I had no clue about how the music business worked,” Wallen admits. “Even living three hours away, I had no idea about Nashville.”



Instead, he focused his efforts on baseball and he was pretty good at it. Playing shortstop and pitcher for Gibbs High School in Corryton – the same school where Kenny Chesney graduated. Wallen earned an offer to continue playing at a major college.



But fate intervened. While pitching during his senior year, he felt a pop in his right elbow and would undergo a tendon replacement procedure. While he was able to continue playing guitar and piano, it proved to be the end of his baseball career.



“Looking back, I’m glad it happened the way it did, because I really actually loved music more than I ever did baseball,” he shares.



The kind of music almost didn’t matter. Rock, hip-hop, country – he loved it all,

particularly the emotional connection that it created between the musician and the listener. But when he wrote, the music was invariably country.



“Writing music was a way for me to get my feelings out,” he explains. “I don’t really express my feelings very much and I guess it was just a way for me to let some of that go. It’s my safe place.”



During extended time in California, Wallen met Sergio Sanchez, the lead singer and writer for Jive Records’ hard-rock band Atom Smash. While Sanchez initially served as Wallen’s vocal coach, they hit it off and started co-writing regularly back in Knoxville. Sanchez brought the music to the attention of producer Paul Trust and partner Bill Ray, who in turn produced an initial batch of songs. From there, things moved quickly. Wallen’s managers, Dirk Hemsath and Mike Bachta of Working Group Artist Management, set him up to play for William Morris Endeavor’s Kevin Neal, agent for Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. Neal signed him on the spot. Hemsath and Bachta next sent demos to Big Loud Shirt’s Seth England, hoping to land some co-writing opportunities with songwriters at the publishing company. England was so impressed that he brought Wallen in to audition for his partners in Big Loud Records: Craig Wiseman, Clay Hunnicutt, Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Joey Moi. They signed Wallen to both the label and the publishing company.



Wallen started woodshedding as a songwriter, working with the likes of Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying”), Rodney Clawson (“Dirt”), Chris Tompkins (“Drunk On A Plane”), the Warren Brothers (“Highway Don’t Care”), Tommy Cecil (“Home Alone Tonight”) and Matt Dragstrem (“Sippin’ On Fire”). Meanwhile, Big Loud Records proved that it was big-league – while Wallen worked on his own music, the label’s first-ever single, Chris Lane’s “Fix,” shot to #1, an unheard-of start for a brand-new label.



Wallen hopes to build a similar story. His end goal is to continue to be onstage, making that emotional connection with his distinctive sound, as well as releasing his anticipated forthcoming debut album of Big Loud Records.



“We’ve just really been trying to get the focus on the music,” he concludes. “If we don’t have that, then there’s no point in playing.”
Honey County - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Honey County
Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio featuring Dani Rose, Devon Jane & Katie Stump. You won't find Honey County on any map. Launched in 2014, the group takes its name from a fictional place, a move that allows the band to create their own landscape of story-driven country; modern, melodic pop; and punchy, guitar-fueled rock (an influence that's strengthened by Jane, the trio's lead guitarist, whose fretwork has landed her gigs with everyone from Keith Urban to Katy Perry). Big-voiced belter Dani Rose is the longest-running member and de facto leader, but this is an all-hands-on-deck operation, with songs like "High on the Radio" – a power ballad about the nostalgic pull of the FM dial – relying just as heavily on contributions from Jane and newcomer Katie Stump. The band wasted little time developing its audience in California and beyond, earning a spot on the HBO series True Blood with Honey County's very first single, "Blood From a Stone," and appearing as semi-finalists on VH1's Make a Band Famous competition. One of the few independent bands to play Stagecoach Festival in 2017, Rolling Stone named Honey County one of the "10 New Artists You Need To Know" and one of the "26 Best Things We Saw at CMA Fest." Meanwhile, shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin have kept Honey County busy, adding history and heft to the band's sound.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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