Meet The Team: NYCS Contributing Writers

NYCountry Swag is proud to introduce our team of contributing writers.

As fans first, we make it a priority to continue to share the unique voices of our team members and highlighting all of the aspects of the country music genre far beyond our home base in New York City.

Learn more about our contributing writers below:


Lucie Bernheim, Contributing Writer

Lucie is a born and raised New Yorker finishing up her senior year of high school. Aside from listening to country (and all) music, Lucie loves to write songs, watch The O.C., and hang out with friends & family. Catch her on Instagram: @lucieflax



Dylan Bestler, Contributing Writer

Dylan is a recent grad of St. Thomas Aquinas College and a former collegiate track and field athlete. He resides in Long Island, where he now plays softball and attends numerous shows at Jones Beach. His three loves are the Yankees, country music and his dog, Bailey. Follow him on Twitter: @D_Best23 and Instagram: @d_retired_runner



Kristina Callahan, Contributing Writer

Kristina is from Syracuse, NY and now lives in Manhattan. Country music, Bravo, college football and October are just a few of her favorite things. Follow her on Instagram: @kcallahan.



Erin Crosby, Contributing Writer

Erin lives in Middletown, New Jersey and is currently a senior at Monmouth University studying English-Creative Writing with a minor in Information Technology. Along with listening to country music, her passions include writing poetry, spending time with family and watching New Girl on repeat. You can connect with Erin on Instagram: @erincrosbby and Twitter @erin_crosby


Caleigh DeCaprio, Contributing Writer

Caleigh grew up on Long Island. She majored in Global and International Studies at Bard College where she played Basketball and Lacrosse. While Keith Urban is her favorite entertainer, artists are Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, and Ryan Hurd are close seconds. If she’s not at a concert, she’s at the beach or rewatching FRIENDS or Madam Secretary. You can connect with Caleigh on Instagram: @caleighdecaprio or Twitter: @caldecap


Alexa Ebner, Contributing Writer

Alexa grew up in L.A., where she discovered her love for country music early on. Her interest grew while attending Nashville’s Vanderbilt University where she spent time catching the live music acts on Broadway. She now lives in NYC and works at a Brand Consultancy. In addition to country music, her passions include hot yoga, playing the guitar, and searching for the best pizza & pasta spots in the city!


Julia Grubbs, Contributing Writer

Julia was born and raised in Kentucky, but now calls NYC her home. She is a dancer and an accountant, avid country music fun, and lover of all things the city has to offer. Extreme dog-petting and laughing are two of her greatest skills. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter: @jwgrubbs



Abby Kaye-Phillips, Contributing Writer

Abby is a native Rhode Islander currently based in Nashville, TN. Her love of all things music attracted her to the south, but the hospitality, food, and warmer weather definitely sealed the deal! Her three favorite things are country music, Grey’s Anatomy, and video chatting with her identical twin sister. You can connect with Abby on Instagram: @abbykp143


Rebekah Milsted, Contributing Writer

Rebekah was born and raised in a small town in South Jersey. Country music and the Philadelphia Phillies are her two favorite things besides her husband of course. You can connect with Rebekah on Instagram: @rbm53 and Twitter: @rbm_53




Nicole Piering, Contributing Writer

Nicole grew up on Long Island, saying that she liked “all types of music, except country.” That all changed when she randomly attended a Rascal Flatts concert at MSH in 2007 & was immediately hooked. In addition to her love of country music, Nicole loves all things Disney-related. You can find her on Instagram: @NicolePiering



Erica Zisman, Contributing Writer

Erica is a 20 something social worker from Long Island, New York with a passion for the creatives and, of course, all things country music. In her free time, you can find her planning impromptu trips to explore new cities, but Nashville, Tennessee remains her favorite. Feel free to follow along on the adventurous ride via Instagram: @love_ericaaa


Interested in becoming a contributing writer for NYCountry Swag? Learn how you can apply here.



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