WPOC Sunday in the Country

WPOC Sunday in the Country

Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Chase Rice, Cassadee Pope, The Cadillac 3, No Lawn Chairs!

Sun, October 5, 2014

Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, MD

$45.00 - $75.00

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This event is all ages

WPOC Sunday in the Country
WPOC Sunday in the Country
Jake Owen
Jake Owen
When plans for a career as a professional golfer were derailed by injury, country singer/songwriter Jake Owen picked up a guitar and never looked back. A native of Vero Beach, FL, Jake and his fraternal twin, Jarrod, grew up in the Florida sun playing sports like baseball and football before Jake turned to golf and Jarrod to tennis. They continued their respective sports together as students at Florida State University, until a waterskiing accident resulted in reconstructive surgery for Jake. Off the golf team and depressed, he borrowed a neighbor's guitar and passed time teaching himself to play by listening to childhood favorites like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin, and Keith Whitley.

Ambitious but inexperienced, with good looks and a smooth baritone, Jake could next be found playing country covers in campus bars for free beer and a few bucks. Soon growing tired of covers, he began penning his own songs that were met with positive response. This motivated Jake even more to follow his new dream of becoming a singer, eventually causing him to skip out on his remaining college classes -- only nine credit hours remained on his English and political science degree -- and head to Nashville. He constantly wrote songs in his Bellevue apartment, and a chance lunch meeting had producer Jimmy Ritchey (Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt) befriending the young musician. For over a year, the two wrote songs together, including a track called "Ghost" (also co-written by Chuck Jones) that Kenny Chesney almost wound up recording -- the track would later be included on Jake's own album. Eventually, his friendship with Ritchey led to a meeting with Sony/BMG Nashville and resulted in a record contract for the determined 24-year-old, who already had his album basically finished. His debut, Startin' with Me, appeared in summer 2006 on RCA, spearheaded by the single "Yee Haw." As the song climbed higher in the charts, Jake supported the record on the road opening for Kenny Chesney.

- Corey Apar "All Music Guide"
Eli Young Band
Eli Young Band
Somewhere in the midst of 10,000 towns, along a lonely highway between packing clubs in their native Texas years ago and more recently performing stadiums on one of country music's hottest tours, the Eli Young Band became more than a band. They became a brotherhood. Camaraderie and creativity fused into an intoxicating cocktail that has propelled the talented foursome to the vanguard of contemporary country music.

With three No. 1 hits under their belt as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit "Crazy Girl," the Eli Young Band approached their second Republic Nashville album, 10,000 Towns, with a sense of confidence and purpose. "We were genuinely excited about making this new record," says bassist Jon Jones. "People talk about the sophomore record being really tough to make and in a lot of ways this felt like our sophomore record even though it's technically our fifth record as a band."

"We learned over the progression of those records our strong points in the studio, and we were confident," adds drummer Chris Thompson, "We knew what we wanted and how to get what we wanted."

It's been a long, steady rise for Jones, Thompson, lead vocalist Mike Eli and guitarist James Young, but the same four musicians have been together from the start and are now reaping the rewards. They began performing together in 2000 while attending North Texas State University, and honed their skills on the Lone Star state's competitive music circuit by building a rabid fan base who appreciated their potent live shows and the edgy, passionate indie albums that preceded their major label ascension.

With the 2011 release of their Republic Nashville debut, Life at Best, the Eli Young Band scored their first No. 1 hit with "Crazy Girl." The double platinum single became the # 1 most played country song of the year on Billboard's 2011 year end chart and earned them the ACM Award for Song of the Year. The band's next single, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," became their second No. 1 and was certified platinum. It earned the band Grammy nods for Best Duo/Group Performance and for Best Country Song as well as Single of the Year and Song of the Year nominations from both the CMA and ACM.

After years of paying dues and gaining experience, the Eli Young Band is at the top of their game. While they started playing in tiny clubs, they've graduated to packing out theatres and mid-size venues as a headliner. Their road dog reputation helped them to earn an opening slot playing stadiums on the Kenny Chesney tour. All those miles on the road and visits to 10,000 towns coalesce to make their new album the band's strongest effort yet. "At this point in our personal lives and in our career, we're all in really good places," Thompson says. "We're all happy in our personal lives, so it shows on this record; it's fun."

"This record was a lot more upbeat than our previous records," agrees Young. "We really wanted to record songs that are going to be fun to play live and fun for our fans watching the show. We were thinking about our live show and how these songs are going to translate on the set list. That was a priority in our minds too when we chose songs for this record. We've also learned to really follow our gut when it comes to songs and song choices. We've always had a good sense of what songs are going to work on the record and which ones aren't."

Their meticulous approach to writing and finding the very best songs for the new album paid off quickly as the lead single, "Drunk Last Night," became the band's third No. 1 hit. "We loved that song from the first 30 seconds of hearing it," Eli says of the Josh Osborne/Laura Veltz penned song. "With that title, you read it and you think it's going to be a certain type of song and then you hear the song and it's not what you thought it would be at all. The songwriters, Josh and Laura, did a really good job of messing with our brains. People were drawn to the idea that it's not the same ole same ole drinking song. That was intriguing. They did well, hitting you with two hooky choruses, that's a tricky thing to write. That's what drew me as a singer to the song."

In recording 10,000 Towns, the Eli Young Band gathered songs from Music Row's top writers, including Craig Wiseman, David Lee Murphy, Jon Randall and Will Hoge, and the band also penned half the songs on the album themselves. "It gets challenging when you're touring so much to sit down and actually try to write, but we spent a lot of time in 2013 just trying to write however we could," says Young.

"It was fun for us because the four of us all sat down and wrote for this record which was a great experience," says Eli. "All four of us are on 'Prayer For The Road,' 'Traces' and 'Revelations.' John and James were co-writers on 'Dust' while I was co-writer on 'Angel Like You.' 'What Does' was John, James and I and 'Last Broken Heart' was the same. We've never had a song on a record where all four of us were songwriters until this album."

The second single, "Dust," was the #1 most added song on the chart the first week with a massive 62 stations on board. The song is a rock-tinged number about a girl leaving small town life behind and taking charge of her future. "I feel like I've read so much recently about the girls being seen as weak in country music in the way that they are portrayed," says Jones. "I really love this song because I call it 'a big girl power song.' All four of us are married to very strong women who allow us to go out and do what we do and we couldn't do it without them."

On 10,000 Towns, the Eli Young Band delivers a diverse collection of songs that explores the complexities of relationships such as the bluesy cheating song "Revelations" and the heartbreaking "What Does," a poignant examination of a failed relationship. Yet there are several tunes that just revel in the simple pleasures that bring joy to the journey, among them "Just Add Moonlight" and "Let's Do Something Tonight." "A Prayer for the Road" is a tender tribute to the love of their families and the prayerful support that goes with them every mile.

There have been many miles over the years for the Eli Young Band and that's why 10,000 Towns felt like the right title for their new effort. "There's a general theme between small town America where every town is different, but in some ways, they are the same," says Young. "We felt like the title encapsulated the best years of us driving all over the country playing music."

Eli agrees. "We've traveled all over the country and to other countries, but at the end of the day we all party the same way no matter what the culture or the town," he says. "To us, '10,000 Towns' is a great way to sum up this record in that way as well as who we are. We love traveling around the country and seeing all that and being a band of road dogs."

The Eli Young Band has worked hard to get to this point and is enjoying their current success the same way they earned it---TOGETHER. "We've surpassed the friend mark now and it's more like brothers. It's really kind of a blood bond between the four of us," Jones says. "We set out to do this as a career and made the commitment to each other a long time ago and here we are 14 years later. None of us can imagine doing anything else."
Chase Rice
Chase Rice
CHASE RICE BIO 2013
"On a scale of 1 to 10, be an 11."
Singer/songwriter Chase Rice has applied the words of his high school football coach, Bobby Poss, in a series of accomplishments that others merely contemplate – he's been the starting linebacker for the University of North Carolina; a member of a NASCAR pit crew; a touring artist who sold out strings of venues across the country without a record company, a manager or a song on the radio; and a co-writer of a record-setting, many-times multi-platinum single, Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." There are few Nashville artists who can match Rice for his drive, his relentless energy and his confidence. And even fewer who are positioned as well to succeed.
After moving to Music City in late 2010, Rice recorded an album, Dirt Road Communion, on his own Dack Janiel's label and quickly beat the odds. He landed it on the Billboard Country Album chart, and launched one of his singles, "How She Rolls," onto Hot Country Songs. In a world dominated by corporations, that's no small feat for an artist working on his own.
"Cruise," meanwhile, is a certified "11," a song that literally re-wrote the country music history books, setting an all-time record by spending more weeks at #1 on the country singles chart than any other song. It generated a second life when a remix featuring rapper Nelly landed in the Top 5 on the pop chart. "Cruise" sold more than 5 million copies through mid-2013, though Rice – in diehard "11" fashion – refuses to rest on that accomplishment. Or to let it define him.
"It's not normal what it's done," Rice says. "I understand that. But I want it to be a song of the past for me as a writer. 'Cruise' is a once-in-a-lifetime song for most writers. I am very appreciative of it, but I'm about a lot more than just one song."
"Cruise" did, though, draw more attention to Rice's own artistic career, which is already on a fast track. In conjunction with Dirt Road Communion, he hit the road on a heavy touring schedule, playing more than 150 dates annually, building a fan base and honing his skills. He sold out a dozen venues from Florida to Illinois, even while operating without a formal record company and without radio play.
His latest set of tracks, recorded with producer/engineers Chris Destefano, Scott Cooke, and Chad Carlson demonstrates how deep the foundation runs. Rice owns a sandy resonance and a Southern-bred masculine quality that bears some resemblance to country stalwart Tim McGraw. But he also has a penchant for edgy musical adventure. "Party Up" applies compact banjo riffs and jangly guitar to build a laidback anthem. "Look At My Truck" blends small-town images – a Bible, a shotgun and Goodyear tires – with an intricate acoustic guitar and a signature hip-hop influenced synth line. And "Ready Set Roll" manages to balance mainstream country with a quirky electronica that owes a debt to M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes."
That non-traditional mix of sound and style is intentional for Rice, as he daringly dials his brand of country up to 11.
"I want to do something different," Rice maintains. "I don't want to go out there and sing the same old thing. Whether it's the way I sing it, what I'm singing about or the production of it, I want it to be something fresh and new. If people like it, then great. If people don't, then great. I'm gonna do what I want to do."
That attitude has served Rice well since the start. He grew up on a farm in Asheville, North Carolina, listening to guys like Garth Brooks and Chris LeDoux, two of the acts who expanded country's artistic boundaries in the 1990s. Initially, Rice was focused on football. He was ranked among the Top 25 prospects in the state when he played linebacker at A.C. Reynolds High School for coach Poss, who was worth listening to – Poss won five state championships during his coaching career.
Rice won a starting job at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and had the NFL draft in his sites when an on-field injury changed his career path. He severely tore a tendon in his left ankle during the opening game of the season in his junior year. Rice was able to return to the gridiron for his senior year, though not at the same performance level.
"I was never really the same player, but I came back and did everything I could to try and be the same player I was before," he says. "That's the only thing that really matters. Whether it works or doesn't work, it's all about putting everything you've got into it."
That's an attitude that was drilled into him not only by Coach Poss, but also by his father, Daniel Rice, who was battling melanoma at the same time Chase was recovering as a player. When Chase was strong enough to run out of the tunnel with his teammates for the final home of his junior year, radiation wasn't going to keep him away – Daniel was there on the field, 200 miles from home, in a courageous show of pride for his son.
Daniel died six months later, but Chase carried on his father's same relentless attitude after graduating – in true "11" form – with a double degree in management and communication. He took jobs in the NASCAR pit crews of Ryan Newman and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson. They were, by most people's standards, a great job. But Rice was invariably distracted. A Tar Heels teammate, offensive lineman Ben Lemming, had introduced him to the guitar during sophomore year, and Rice had become obsessed with the instrument.
"Music was always in my mind," he explains. "I would get off work and want to go to the hotel and write. I wanted to get away on a weekend and go travel to Nashville and hang out. That should have been a sign, but I couldn't bring myself to quit, because it was such a cool job."
In late 2010, Rice did go to Nashville for a weekend. He stayed with a couple friends, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, who were renting a house and had a bedroom that wasn't being used. Before
the weekend was up, Rice had decided to move in with his buddies, who in short order became Florida Georgia Line.
Rice dove fully into songwriting, and it wasn't long before he'd co-written "Cruise" for Florida Georgia Line. Meanwhile he co-wrote most of the 17 tracks on Dirt Road Communion and hit the road as an artist, building a following before he started putting a business team together on Music Row.
Rice sold almost 30,000 copies of the album – an impressive number for a self-starter playing in the clubs, and operating without airplay or a manager – and he plowed all of the earnings back into his career, growing his show. The solo act soon morphed into a four-piece band, and the transportation expanded from a small van to a formal Sprinter conversion van with bunkbeds and a trailer for equipment.
The music industry took notice. He started writing songs with other proven writers, including Rhett Akins ("Honey Bee," "Boys 'Round Here"), Ross Copperman ("Tip It On Back," "Pirate Flag") and Chris DeStefano ("Good Girl," "Why Ya Wanna"). In 2012, Rice signed with the prestigious Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which books such acts as Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Randy Travis and Willie Nelson. And in 2013, he signed up with Bruce Kalmick and George Couri at Triple 8 Management, which represents Joe Nichols and the Eli Young Band, among others.
Kalmick was brutally honest in their first meeting – he heard some songs he liked on those two EPs, but he thought Rice could do better. Some two hours after the conversation started, Rice recognized he'd found someone he could trust. That became more clear when they forged a contract.
"The night I signed with them, Bruce said, 'You just became one of the Top 10 most-important people in my life,'" Rice recalls. "Then he showed me No. 1. It was a picture of his kid. That was awesome to me. I grew up with my dad always around, and I'm big into family. Small stuff like that, besides music, showed me that we are on the same page."
They were also on the same page about Rice's career build. His approach – using sold-out concerts to aggressively establish a fan base before they signed with a label – is the same one that Brantley Gilbert, The Eli Young Band, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line used.
It's allowed him time to develop on his own, to forge a party sound that borrows from some very divergent influences. His history is an odd brew – part Garth Brooks, part Eminem, part George Strait, part Whiz Khalifa. The end result is an unusual combination that's true to his musical heritage – and to his competitive intensity.
"I say 'Let's get weird' a whole lot with the music," Rice says. "I want people to kind of shake their heads and say, 'Did he really just say that?' Or 'Did I really just hear that right?' I don't want it to be the same old thing. Once you get to your limit, push it to the next."
Be an 11.
Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope
In 2004, Pope started singing in local bands. She began as a singer in the award-winning St. Ann School Jazz Band while in middle school in West Palm Beach. While in high school in Wellington, Florida, Pope formed the band Blake (titled after her middle name) with good friend Mike Gentile. The project disbanded before being signed. In 2008, she and Gentile then, with Alex Lipshaw, Michael "Jersey" Moriarty, and Elliot James, founded the pop punk band Hey Monday. At the end of 2009, Pope confirmed via her Twitter that Elliot James had departed the band. She appeared in Fall Out Boy's video for "America's Suitehearts", from their 2008 album Folie à Deux. In the video, Pope plays a girl wearing large glasses talking by the telephone who is then kidnapped. She also provided guest vocals for The Cab's remix version of their song "Take My Hand" that appeared on Fall Out Boy's mixtape, Welcome to the New Administration, and appeared in the music video for it the following summer of 2009. On October 7, 2008, Hey Monday released their first studio album, Hold on Tight. Pope wrote two songs and co-wrote the other nine songs. She had a guest appearance as herself in the Degrassi: The Next Generation TV Movie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood, along with Pete Wentz. With Hey Monday being sponsored by clothing company Glamour Kills, Pope has subsequently modelled for their online store. On March 15, 2010, Pope announced via her Twitter that she had finished recording vocals for Hey Monday's EP Beneath It All, and that it was to be released on August 17, 2010. She also makes a brief appearance in All Time Low's CD/DVD, Straight to DVD, released in May 2010. She, her bandmates as well as band members of Stereo Skyline appeared on an episode of MTV's Silent Library. She has done guest vocals live for We the Kings's song We'll Be a Dream replacing Demi Lovato (original vocals on the song). She has also done live vocals for The Academy Is..., All Time Low, Attack Attack!, The Cab, Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy, and This Providence. The Christmas EP was released on December 6, 2011. It was followed later that month by an announcement that Hey Monday have taken an indefinite hiatus on good terms, while the band members pursue individual side projects, with Pope going solo. In early 2012, she will be embarking on a solo acoustic tour on the west and east coasts of the United States.
Venue Information:
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD, 21044
http://www.merriweathermusic.com/