The Kentucky Headhunters
Cory Waller and the Wicked Things
September 28th, 2022
Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Engvall was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals.
He recently starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom: The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over 9 million units and received a Grammy nomination. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT.
Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums.
In 2016, Bill made appearances on. CBS’s “The Doctors”, FOX’s “Last Man Standing” and has starred in his own weekly podcast “My 2 Cents”.
Most recently, Engvall starred in “The Neighbor” alongside Josh Stewart and a faith-based movie, “Wish for Christmas. Bill resides in Southern California with his family. More information is available at www.billengvall.com
Adam Calhoun - American rapper, singer, songwriter, and comedian. He is active as a social media personality and has released a number of albums. His most successful album was a collaboration with Tom MacDonald titled The Brave, released in 2022.
Calhoun started his music career performing with country rap singer, Hosier. They released a single "Salute the Brave" in 2017, which reached No. 46 on Hot Country Songs and they also released an album Made in America that year. He released an EP Crazy White Boy with Demun Jones.
On July 18, 2019, Calhoun released his third solo album, War. The album was the second best-selling country album and the third best-selling rap album of the week, with 3,200 copies sold.
Calhoun has also collaborated with a number of other artists, including Upchurch on Hooligan released in 2019, and Struggle Jennings on Legend, released in 2020.
Chart-topping band, We Are Messengers is taking its high-energy live show on the road this fall with The Wholehearted Tour. Concert goers will experience an incredible night of live music from this award-winning band helmed by Irish-born frontman Darren Mulligan on some of the group’s best-loved hits like “Come What May,” “Image of God,” “God You Are,” “Wholehearted” and many more.
The tour will also feature additional performances by special guests: Jordan St. Cyr and Ryan Ellis.
Aaron Watson’s career is perhaps summed up best by Forbes, who says he’s: "one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories."
For the past 20years, Watson has achieved success on his own terms, hand-building a lauded career through songwriting, relentless touring and more than a dozen self released albums. His independent Texas spirit and strong work ethic are emblematic of the western lifestyle; virtues which have taken him from humble honk-tonks of Texas to multiple sold-out tours around the world.
In 2019 he released Red Bandana—"his most ambitious album yet" (Taste of Country)—whose 20 songs were hailed by The Boot as "a pure expression of his traditional country ethos.” This unprecedented acclaim follows Watson's previous album, Vaquero, whose Top 10 hit "Outta Style" earned a BMI Millionaire award, and The Underdog, the first independent album in the history of country music to top the Billboard Country Albums chart. With a dozen additional records under his belt.
Watson is exceeding major-label-sized metrics while maintaining his independence, further galvanizing his: "Texas country's reigning indie underdog" (Rolling Stone) brand. "There may be no more genuine singer-song writer at the moment than Watson," says Texas Monthly, pointing to a self-made businessman, chart-topper, and road warrior whose authenticity has made him a country music staple.
Partners in rhythm, rhyme, and raucous good times. Hick-hop? Rap-rock? Nah, categories are way too confining. Collectively as the LACS, Baxley, Georgia’s renegade redneck rap duo Clay Sharpe and Brian King create the kind of music that created them; a hybrid of elements drawn from raw outlaw country to southern rock to crunk hip-hop. That’s quite a fusion indeed, and one that captured the hearts and ears of those yearning for something fresh and relatable. “I call it the mix CD era, you put a little bit of everything on it,” Clay says of the eclectic vibe. “I feel like that’s how our music is and how it’s evolved.”
“I’m crazy about the 90s,” Brian proudly declares. “George Strait and Garth Brooks, and when the rap scene hit in Atlanta -that was a great time for music.” Similarly, Clay was shaped by the country and rock his parents loved, plus his generation’s input. “My own style was influenced by rap as well, from Outkast to Tupac,” he says. “It made us well-rounded artists and appreciate a lot of genres of music.”
Sometimes the best feel-good music is born from pain. Country music’s rebellious sensation Creed Fisher knows it well, tracing his musical, and personal evolution back to a very unlikely, yet specific point of origin-a little blue house.
No, it’s not a metaphor, but a real place, and one decorated by hard times and a few bad memories. “It’s starting from rock bottom,” he says of the symbolism. “That’s what the blue house represents in my mind.” While the ghosts of that dark period are something he’ll never forget, Fisher didn’t let his energy get trapped in the past, instead choosing to recognize, process and move forward. All of it served him well in overcoming life’s little kicks in the ass, and along the way, delivering albums full of ass kicking good times and chart- topping hits.
He does however credit those days for reigniting the creative fire within, and leading to a bold and unconventional career ascension. “That eight years was the beginning of my struggle; the beginning of my music.” The little blue house, traumatic as it was, had a purpose in the greater developing picture of the man and the music he creates. After his thirteen-year marriage collapsed, then thirty-three year old Fisher had to start over.
Fisher’s maturity, attitude and a blue collar background didn’t parlay easily into a scene largely ruled by young people, where social networking protocol was the law. “I was coming at it from a situation where I already raised three kids, I was older, in my mid thirties, and had worked in the oil field for twenty years.” Not one to play the game, he sums up the acrimonious relationship defiantly “Radio wouldn’t play me and I wouldn’t kiss ass.” So he took his talent elsewhere, and we can all be grateful he did!
Fisher builds his repertoire with mindfulness for the essence running deep through the works of his most profound influences, the OG’s of outlaw music. They had a fundamental quality most music today lacks. “Storytelling,” he declares, “That’s what people are longing for, what’s missing in country.” The approach worked, validated In short time by garnering seven top fives on iTunes as an independent artist.
The release of Creed Fisher’s Whiskey and the Dog album on the Dirt rock Empire label is the culmination of hard work, a great band and a milestone partnership.
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