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EDM DJ Diplo Added to the Bill at Stagecoach Late Night

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As country music continues to evolve, fans have seen more and more cross-genre collaborations happening. It seems only fitting that one of the biggest country music festivals, Stagecoach, just added famous DJ, Diplo to the bill. Diplo, an EDM DJ is the first DJ to perform at the festival, which takes place in Indio, California on April 26th, 27th, and 28th.

The superstar DJ is slated to host an afterparty in the Palomino tent on the last day of the festival (April 28th), named ‘Late Night in Palomino featuring Diplo.’ This is the first after party thrown as a part of Stagecoach. It’s possible that prior to April, a country music artist may announce a collaboration with the electronic DJ, such as past duets with EDM duo, ‘The Chainsmokers’ with Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris’ collaboration with Zedd and Grey.

In a special video announcement above, a Stagecoach representative sat down with Diplo asking what was next for him. Donning a cowboy hat, the Grammy winner humorously and slyly responded “ It’s Stagecoach,” and later confirmed, “I’m actually going to play it.”

Fans and concertgoers can expect to see cross-genre collaborations as country music becomes more diverse and innovative. Diplo joins superstar country artists such as Cole Swindell, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan, as well as, rising talent Russell Dickerson, Lauren Alaina, Mitchell Tenpenny, and many more artists. For tickets and more information head to stagecoachfestival.com for the three-day festival taking place April 26th, 27th, and 28th.

 

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Old Dominion Perform Their Latest Single “Make It Sweet” on Ellen

Academy of Country Music Award-winning country group, Old Dominion, made their second appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this afternoon, first appearing in 2017 performing their number one single, “Song For Another Time.” This time around, they performed the television debut of their new lead single, “Make It Sweet,” from their upcoming third studio album.

Before taking the stage to perform their feel-good song, Ellen came out to introduce the group to the audience. The walls then sliding opening to reveal the five members of the group (Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Whit Sellers) while showing the stunning scenery straight from the music video behind them. The new upbeat live-in-the-moment single had the audience out of their seats clapping along with lead singer, Ramsey. Taking in every second, the infectious tune is nothing short of a hit from the vocals to the guitar solo, ending the performance on a high note with the crowd erupting in cheers.

That wasn’t all for the audience members at Ellen, Old Dominion had a huge surprise up their sleeves. Ramsey started the announcement by saying, “We are super stoked because there’s a beautiful, epic, country music festival that happens here in California, it’s called Stagecoach. A lot of people like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt and us, so we’re excited to play it this year.” As the crowd began cheering, DeGeneres went on telling the audience about tickets but ended with the surprise saying, “Thanks to Old Dominion, and Golden Voice, you’re all getting a $350 pass to a three-day Stagecoach Music Festival.” The audience couldn’t contain their excitement as they were seen jumping up and down screaming.

Old Dominion is currently on the ‘Happy Endings Tour’ with special guests High Valley. The tour won’t be making their way to New York but will be in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 25th at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena.

 

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Best Country Music Festivals to Travel to This Winter

Calling all country music fans who want to escape the cold for a long weekend, we have compiled a list of the top country music festivals worth traveling to this winter.  Whether its a quick getaway to Florida or traveling across the pond, we’ve got you covered.

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Photo Via @Crashmyplaya Facebook

Luke Bryan’s 5th year of Crash My Playa is happening January 23rd-26th, 2019 in Riveria Maya, Mexico. Get ready for 4 nights worth of amazing beachfront country music from artists such as Luke Bryan who will be headlining two nights, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, and Lauren Alaina.  Be sure to check out the all-inclusive 2019 packages that are on sale now at www.crashmyplaya.com as it is your only way into the party. Additional artists will be announced soon.

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Photo via @Country2Country Facebook – Luke Dyson Photography

Feel like heading to Europe next year? Country 2 Country is happening in March of 2019 and tickets for the festival are on sale Friday, October 26th, 2018.  C2C is a three day, three city event with featuring incredible artists in London, England at the historic O2, Dublin at the 3 Arena, and Glasgow at the SSE Hydro Arena. Headliners will be announced soon.  To buy tickets at the end of this month go to their website www.countrytocountry.com.

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Photo via @countrythunder Facebook

Head to Florence, Arizona if you are up for one of the biggest camping parties at the Country Thunder Music Festival happening April 11th-14th, 2019.  Last year’s headliner’s included Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, and Cole Swindell. Keep checking their website www.countrythunder.com as the 2019 line up will be announced soon.

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Photo via @TortugaMusicFestival Facebook

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be a huge party with three consecutive nights of country music from April 12th to April 14th, 2019. Join the first announced headliner and “Entertainer of the Year” Jason Aldean along with more than 100,000 other country music lovers for live country music right on the beach. Stay tuned for the announcement of the other two headliners and the complete lineup. Hotel and VIP packages are on sale now at www.tortugamusicfestival.com.

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Photo via @StagecoachFestival Facebook

Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California will run from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, 2019.  Last year’s incredible talent included artists such as Garth Brooks, Florida Georiga Line, and Keith Urban. Although the advance sale is over with, be sure to check out their website www.stagecoachfestival.com for information on travel packages and announcements of when tickets will go on sale.  More than 75,000 people filled the grounds of the Empire Polo Club last year, so be sure to get your tickets early as this is a popular festival.

So, if you are looking to get out of the cold,  do some traveling and see some of your favorite artists along the way, *in a warm environment* these festivals are the way to go!

 

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NYCS Swag Spotlight: Lewis Brice

Lewis Brice

Yes, the last name may be familiar to country music fans, but Lee Brice’s younger brother, Lewis Brice, is paving his own way in the genre.  Growing up in a small town in South Carolina, Brice remembers being surrounded by music.  “My mom and her sisters had a group growing up called The Lewis Sisters.  My first name is my mom’s maiden name.  My mom and dad sang together too.”  As his older brother pursued a music career right out of college, he decided to take a different path and actually wanted to be a chiropractor. He loved science and anatomy, but after getting his associates degree he decided to move to Nashville instead of continuing the medical field track.

“Lee was already in Nashville and I played music around bars.  I was a young kid, came here wanting to hang out with my brother a little bit and have some fun.  Then, as soon as I got there, I was in the scene and I really loved it,” he tells us. “After about 3 years, it really came to the point where I had to figure out what I wanted to do.  I loved playing music so much, so I quit bartending and decided to make music full time and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Brice released his debut self-titled EP last year and has been playing those songs on the road, supporting the music. He is a co-writer on all six tracks, finding inspiration from conversations he’s had or things he has heard people say.  Another way he comes up with song ideas is watching movies.  “I love going to movies I am a big movie guy, I put that in my publishing budget so I can still go to movies because I get a lot of ideas from there,” he laughs.

 

 

His first single “Messin’ With My Mind” has over one million streams on Spotify.  Brice explains it is the most personal song he’s ever written.   The second single he is promoting is going to be “Alabama” which was written with his brother Lee.  “All of our friends had farm properties and fields, so instead of us going out to bars we would just go in the middle of the fields and just have a good time,” he says. “It wasn’t a crazy deep song but it was something that we lived and since it’s a country song, you’ve gotta put a girl in it, so we named her Alabama.” The production on the track really makes it a standout on the EP, something that both Brice brothers had a hand in as well.  The background singers bring a gospel feel, really elevating the song.

Spending his time before pursuing a full-time music career as a bartender at 12th and Porter, Brice has watched countless bands take the stage and has always paid very close attention.  Now that he is able to get on the road with artists such as Hank Williams Jr, The Cadillac Three, Jerrod Niemann and of course his brother Lee, he is still learning and taking in every aspect of performing to better his own career. “Learning their grind, their persistence, I’ve learned more about their work ethic than their stage presence,” he explains.  “How they have gotten where they are, whether it’s writing every day or producing every day, it’s really being on top of their P’s & Q’s. Every one of those guys is incredible and they all work really hard.”  Later this month, Brice’s name is on the bill for Stagecoach Festival where Lee is also playing as well as Garth Brooks.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2018, Brice is excited to play his new music out on the road and to promote “Alabama”.  He lets us know that back in December he went on a writers retreat and wrote five songs, six days in a row and he can’t wait for the world to hear the new music. He is hoping to continuously draw more interest and to release new songs for the next EP. Follow Lewis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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