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“This chapter of my career is much more comfortable than I thought it would be,” says Tracy Lawrence. “The transition from being a commercial radio artist, with the chart game, the politics and all of it—the decompression from that was a little bit difficult.  But what I've found is that it gives you an opportunity to reflect back, see the high and low spots and all that, because you're not running on the treadmill all the time.”


Not that Lawrence has slowed down as he passes thirty years as a country music icon.  With 13 million albums sold and 18 Number One singles, he continues to release music and tour, but has also diversified into numerous media and charity projects.  He started the decade with the ambitious Hindsight 2020 Vol 1, 2, and 3 albums, commemorating his three decades of work with recordings of30 songs that included classic hits and new music.


The series marked something of a reset for multiple CMA and ACM award-winner Lawrence. “The 30th anniversary project was really big in closing a book for me,” he says.  “Reliving a lot of the older material and writing new material was an opportunity to really wrap all that up.”


In recent years, much of Lawrence’s focus has gone into his role hosting the radio show Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence, which now airs in almost 170 markets. “When we started it eight-plus years ago,” he says, “we were in the throes of the bro-country period, and I felt like the music from our era had gotten left behind. I was hearing from people how frustrated they by not hearing those classic songs on the radio, because, in my heart, I really believe that‘90s country was on the track to be what Classic Rock was, that staple that people lean back to for a long time.”


But even the outlet of a radio show has its limitations, and Lawrence was interested inworking with younger artists, reaching a different audience, and being able to explore different kinds of topics. The result was the TL’s Road House podcast, run out of his tour bus, which has featured such red-hot guests as HARDY, Jason Aldean, Jelly Roll, and Lainey Wilson.“


I needed something a little bit deeper,” says Lawrence, “and moving into the podcast allowed me to have more artistic control and more freedom to discuss things that are happening in the world right now. I didn't see anybody with my kind of seniority really trying to have these conversations.”


Meantime, the most important part of Lawrence’s work has become the Mission:Possible non-profit benefitting the homeless. Eighteen years ago, touched by a family member who was struggling with being unhoused, Lawrence and some friends set up a couple of turkey fryers at the Nashville Rescue Mission to cook a fresh Thanksgiving dinner for the community.  Since then, his efforts have raised more than$2.5millionfor this essential cause.


“I've always been called to give back as much as I could,” says Lawrence. “My family did a lot of this stuff growing up and my managers instilled it in me early on, doing food drives and different things.  Sometimes just adding a little bit of dignity—a hot shower with a door that locks, somebody washing your clothes periodically, that service for your pet that you dearly love—little things like that show compassion for your fellow man.  That's really what the whole thing is about.”


Lawrence’s work with Mission:Possible was honored with the 2023 CRS Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a country artist whose philanthropic efforts have significantly improved the effectiveness and impact of the causes they support.(Past recipients include Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.) But Lawrence is looking to the future, hoping to continue expanding the group’s reach, maybe adding a benefit concert to the annual turkey fry and golf tournament.“


We’ve just let it evolve and it's grown into this massive organization,” he says. “I think we had 250 volunteers last year and tons of sponsors, and we've made a tremendous amount of money that we've been able to spread around to a lot of different organizations in Nashville.  At this point, I think it's probably as big a piece of my legacy as anything else—I know locally, when I'm out and about ,more people comment to me about that work than anything that I've done musically in my career.”


Lawrence recently released the Live from Billy Bob’s album and is headed out on a2023 co-headlining tour with Gary Allan. Coming off the Hindsight albums, he’s gearing up to return to the studio (“I wrote so much music that by the end of the third album, I'd literally run out of songs, but I really want to get back to the creative part”). There’s also a docu-series in the works, looking back on his remarkable career.“ A lot of wonderful stuff happened through the‘90s,” he says, “but a lot of it's a blur, so I'm curious to see what they found out and what they've dug up that other people remember.”


As his own career advances, Lawrence is proud of serving as a role model and guide for younger musicians. “Artists are very guarded a lot of times, and they cut themselves off,” he says, “so I really work hard at building those relationships and creating those bonds. This is a business filled with mistakes and traps and failures and I've had my share of them, and there's really no handbook.  There's not a lot of mentorship, and you hope somewhere along the way that they have somebody to turn to that can give them straight-up advice who doesn't have a financial stake in their career.”


As he looks out from the stage, Tracy Lawrence sees an audience that demonstrates the impact and legacy of his three-decade-plus journey. “It's amazing,” he says, “it spans the gamut from seniors my mom's age all the way to young teenagers and even little kids.  And it's very humbling.  As a creative person, whether you're a painter or a poet or an artist or whatever, you want to leave an indelible mark behind you that people are going to remember in a positive light.


“So I feel very blessed that I've been able to sustain this kind of respect from my audience and from my peers.  It solidifies the fact that my music’s gonna be around for along time.”


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Originating as The Tennessee River Boys in the 80’s, the band evolved into Diamond Rio in 1989.The following year, they signed with Arista Nashville, and in 1991, with the release of “Meet in The Middle,” became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for their multi-week chart-topper “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” crossover hit “One More Day,” as well as timeless hits “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “I Believe,” and many more.

Selling more than 6.8 million albums and surpassing over 1.05 billion global streams, Diamond Rio has charted 20 Top 10 singles, 15 Top 5 singles, and seven No. 1 singles. Known for playing every note on every album throughout their career, the band’s unwavering commitment to their craft is evident in their instrumental tracks “Big,” “Appalachian Dream,” and “Poultry Promenade,” all of which received Grammy nominations for Best Country Instrumental Performance. Following their Arista Nashville deal, the band released two albums with Word Records–their Christmas album, The Star Still Shines, and their Dove and Grammy-winning Christian Country album, The Reason.

Amassing numerous accolades throughout the years, the band is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, won six Vocal Group of the Year Awards (four CMA and two ACM), received fourteen Grammy nominations, and won a Grammy Award for their album, The Reason.  Known for their charitable commitments, including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised more than $1 million for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.

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Born in De Ridder, LA and raised in Houston, TX, Chris Cagle is an American Country Music Artist. He moved to Nashville in 1994.

While in Nashville, the struggling Artist held down several jobs: nanny, waiter, prep chef and golf caddy, among many others. During that time, he signed a publishing deal with Caliber Music. He had his first song, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”, cut by David Kersh within 8 months of signing his deal, but he wanted more. He wanted to be an Artist.

That dream came true in 2000 when he signed to Virgin Records. Cagle co-wrote and co-produced his debut Gold record, Play It Loud, which produced a top 10 single, “My Love Goes On & On”, a top 5 single “Laredo” and the #1 single, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”.

His self-titled sophomore project debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and is certified Gold, as well as yielding two Top 5 singles: “What A Beautiful Day” and “Chicks Dig It”.

Cagle penned additional albums that brought more success with hits like “Miss Me Baby”, What Kinda Gone”, “Got My Country On”, “Let There Be Cowgirls” and “Country By The Grace Of God”.

Nominated for New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music and Voted CMT’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2002, it is the stage where Cagle has always shined the brightest. His passion for the performance of music is a rare find, and this Artist isn’t afraid of giving everything he has to his fans.



For more than 20 years, BlackHawk has shared a unique sense of harmony with their voices, their songs and their fans. It’s a harmony that has sold over 7 million albums, scored some of the most distinctive country radio hits of the ‘90s, and still draws tens of thousands of fans to their electrifying live performances.  Today BlackHawk continues to honor its past as it forges its future, and does it all with a commitment that takes their music – and the harmony – to a whole new level.  

“When we started,” says BlackHawk co-founder & lead vocalist Henry Paul, “our individual careers as writers and performers gave us somewhat of a more creative sensibility. We were three guys whose goal was to approach country with smart songs and unique harmonies for people who may not automatically like country.” Paul had previously co-founded Southern Rock legends The Outlaws, as well as leading the popular ‘80s rockers The Henry Paul Band. Van Stephenson had mainstream pop success as an ‘80s singer-songwriter-guitarist (“Modern Day Delilah”). And Dave Robbins had written hits for Eric Clapton and Kenny Rogers while partnering with Stephenson to write a series of classic #1 hits for Restless Heart, including “The Bluest Eyes In Texas” and “Big Dreams In A Small Town”.  

“Even though the three of us had a love and appreciation for traditional country music,” says Dave, “we knew we weren’t going to be that. Henry was coming from Southern Rock, Van & I were in Nashville, but were writing country songs with pop sensibilities. When it came to our vocals, we wanted the three of us to be up front in the choruses like Crosby, Stills & Nash or The Eagles. What set us apart from the very beginning musically was being true to who we were individually.”  

BlackHawk’s 1993 self-titled Arista debut album launched with the smash single “Goodbye Says It All”, followed by the Top 5 hits "Every Once in a While", "I Sure Can Smell the Rain", "Down in Flames" and "That's Just About Right". The album soon certified Double-Platinum, and the band received an ACM nomination as Best New Vocal Group Of The Year. BlackHawk followed up with the hit albums Strong Enough, Love & Gravity and Sky’s The Limit, which collectively featured such hits as “I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No”, “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday”, “Big Guitar”, “Almost A Memory Now”, “There You Have It” and “Postmarked Birmingham”. It was an unprecedented run of hits for a band that never quite fit the standard country mold. “Getting a BlackHawk record on the radio was often a tough sell,” explains Henry, “for the same reason country radio rejected bands like The Mavericks, The Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss. But we were committed to smart, strong songs whether they fit the format or not. And the fans responded.”  

But at the height of the trio’s success in 1999, Van Stephenson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of melanoma. “Van’s contribution to the group was enormous,” Henry says. “He could be a tremendously gifted songwriter and a deeply spiritual guy. We found ourselves at a crossroads as a band, and it would have been an easy time for country music to count us out.”  

“Two days before Van passed away, Henry and I went to visit him,” Dave remembers. “Van was in a wheelchair at this point, and we took him for a stroll around his neighborhood. We spent the morning just talking, reminiscing about our career and good times together. Towards the end of our visit, Van said ‘I’ve got two things to ask of you guys. First, do what you can to help raise awareness and find a cure for this thing. The other is, don’t quit. There’s still a lot of great music left in BlackHawk.’” Since Van’s death on April 8th, 2001, the band and its fans have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for The Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Fund at Nashville’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.  

Henry and Dave regrouped and soon returned to the album charts with their Greatest Hits – dedicated to Van and featuring his final track “Ships Of Heaven” – as well as 2002’s Spirit Dancer and 2011’s Down From The Mountain, along with a touring schedule that brought the music to fans like never before. “Our audiences today are often full of 18 to 30 years olds,” says Dave. “They listened to us as kids, and still have a love for the music we made. That’s a big part of what propels us to keep creating as writers and performers.”  

For the fans, for the music and for the brotherhood of Henry and Dave, harmony remains a powerful force. BlackHawk continues to record new music – including their well-received 2015 Brothers Of The Southland album, a forthcoming Christmas record and an acoustic greatest hits album – and deliver stellar live shows, backed by an all-star band of veteran country and southern rock players. “BlackHawk has a 20-year history of a certain kind of song craft as well as a quality of performance,” Henry says with pride. “People have always come to our shows expecting a concert that is emotionally and musically engaging, and the band still sounds even better than the records, night after night, show after show. When we take the stage, we work as hard as we ever have. We owe it the music, we owe it to ourselves, and Van, and we owe it to the fans. Now more than ever, that’s the true legacy of BlackHawk.” 

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Erin Stoll, an award-winning country singer from Ohio, seamlessly blends modern country with a soulful twist. Since childhood, she's pursued her dream of Nashville stardom, known for her vibrant, crowd-pleasing performances. In 2016, she recorded her debut EP 'Unfinished' in Nashville, produced by Randy Barr, which includes the Best Country Song of 2016 in Ohio, 'Unfinished'. Currently, she's collaborating with renowned producer Kenny Royster for a new EP, expected in winter 2024, continuing her journey in the country music scene.

Hometown:  Lodi, OH


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A Pittsburgh native and current resident of Dayton Ohio, Rick draws on his experiences being born and raised along the rust belt to craft stories and songs that paint a picture of everyday life that all of us can relate to.  Making use of his influences in classic country, folk, and Americana, Rick has created a style he's proud to call his own and shares it with venues, homes, bars, and listening rooms big and small.  Rick's debut single "Drinking and Dreaming" is his take on the Waylon Jennings classic. The song was produced by Dean Miller (son of Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee Roger Miller) and also features Melonie Cannon.

Hometown:  Dayton, OH


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Andi Jo Taylor is Ohio’s Princess of Country! When she’s not performing, you can find her starring in films, hopping on the local country radio station, and as a correspondent - “Thee Lady of Menace” - on the Menace 2 Sports podcast.  Andi Jo has never been one to shy away from performing, acting, or singing. When she was 7, she met her then vocal coach, local jazz legend, Jean Holden. Performing local recitals and pouring herself into musicals, prepared Andi for what was to come.  She just completed two short films, one feature film which is scheduled to premiere this summer! She was also just picked up for a tv show coming to a streaming platform near you! Keep your eye out for Ohio’s Princess of Country! Even bigger news coming soon! 

Hometown:  Toledo, OH



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Four words that can only begin to describe singer/songwriter, Leah Crose! Best known for her dynamic vocal range, Crose credits influencers like Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, and Gillian Welch for her unique style. As a full-time musician in Nashville, Tennessee, this independent powerhouse is making some serious wake! Since the release of her debut single "City Spirit and A Country Soul” in 2021, Crose has secured multiple residencies playing music in the heart of Music City! She has rocked many prestigious stages such as at The Listening Room and Whiskey Jam, as well as sold out her first-ever headlining show in her home state of Ohio. Crose is as passionate about songwriting as she is about performing. We can expect four new singles released by crose in 2023, recorded with producer Matthew Odmark of Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay!

Hometown:  Springfield, OH



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Kenny is a Marysville, Ohio native who has recently begun his journey as a singer/songwriter. In 2022 he took the stage for the first time, covering songs ranging from all of your 90’s country favorites to current Morgan Wallen hits. He is quickly gaining traction through TikTok and Instagram after being featured on the Columbus radio station, 92.3 WCOL. Kenny has played in the Columbus area building a local fan base. In 2022, Kenny opened for Ernest and also opened for Lainey Wilson at the 2023 Rt. 4 Farm Tour in Marysville, OH. Additionally, he opened for The Wallflowers at the All Ohio Balloon Rally and has also played live in the air for the 92.3 WCOL morning wake up show for Zuko and Kayla.

Hometown:  Marysville, OH


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