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Q & A: SirLockeHolmes Discusses His Artistry & His Latest Single, “Outlaw”

Hailing from Evans, GA is independent artist SirLockeHolmes.

In a niche all his own, his music tastefully blends country, pop, folk and hip-hop. On July 5th, he released his latest summer banger, “Outlaw”. Within the first two weeks since its release, the track has been spun over 58K times on Spotify alone– adding to the collective 5M+ digital streams within his discography on the platform–which is an impressive feat for an unsigned artist this early in his career.

Recently, I spoke with SirLockeHolmes about his artistry, his latest single and more.

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INTERVIEW: Music PEI’s “Entertainer of the Year” Lawrence Maxwell Discusses His Artistry, Benefit Fund for Touring PEI Musicians and Upcoming Ontario Tour

Calling the small province of PEI home is award-winning singer-songwriter, Lawrence Maxwell.

For those who are unfamiliar with Maxwell and his artistry, his lyrical style is self-described as “blue-collar poetry,” paired with an instrumental blend and sound that draws upon bluegrass, folk, Canadiana and neotraditional country. His latest album, Ballad of the Miles, earned 7 nominations at the 2023 Music PEI Awards. This year, he took home the title of Music PEI’s “Entertainer of the Year”. In addition, his music has received support from both Canadian and UK country radio.

His pursuit of music began in high school, where he would write raps. After graduating, he served in the Canadian Royal Navy, which led to his first public performances.

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INTERVIEW: Bar Jay Bar Discusses Brand-New Single, “Ain’t No Friend Of Mine” and Summer Tour

Calling Sheridan, WY home is adventurous touring musician and vegetable farmer, Joey Berglund (AKA Bar Jay Bar).

Known for his wild acrobatic routines, fiddle sawing skills and high-energy live shows, Berglund is quickly making a name for himself in the neotraditional country, roots/Americana scene.

Today (July 1st), the musician is following up his poignant track, “The Leather Man,” with his brand-new single, “Ain’t No Friend Of Mine”.

While he was out in the middle of Trout Lake, WA, I caught up with Berglund to discuss his new single and his summer tour.

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INTERVIEW: Nashville’s Own “Street Cowboy” Hunter Jordan Discusses Upcoming Single, “Something To Pray About,” Solo Project and Touring with HARDY

Calling Nashville, TN home is the music industry’s own “Street Cowboy”, Hunter Jordan.​

Faith, family, friendship, personal growth and authenticity are all core pillars for this country artist, songwriter and performer.

Earlier this year, Hunter kicked off his solo project with the release of “Dark”. Within the first weekend, the track was featured on UPstar Music’s “New Music Friday” playlist and gained over 40K digital streams on Spotify alone (with over 100K digital streams on Spotify at the time of writing). As a songwriter, he’s written numerous tracks with some of Music City’s finest songwriters including Erik Dylan, Reid Isbell and CJ Solar. As a performer, Hunter has been a direct opener on tour with Big Loud’s own hitmaker HARDY. He’s also opened for other notable country stars, including Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny.

On May 10th, the rising indie artist is set to release his follow-up single, “Something To Pray About”.

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From the Vault: A Collection

“From the Vault” is a limited collection of articles which includes reimagined and updated versions of some past articles and some never-before-seen ones I’ve been keeping under wraps for quite some time.

From reviews, interviews and contrasts between an artist’s past and present work—each of these articles features an artist at the top of the industry/their game.

REVIEW: ERNEST’S FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): TWO DOZEN ROSES

Following up on the success of his 2022 album, FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM), Big Loud’s country star ERNEST released FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses. Released in the month of love, the 2023 album features 13 brand-new songs that weren’t included in its predecessor. Vivid imagery and poetic lyricism are found throughout the 24-track project, highlighting his strength as a songwriter. So it comes as no surprise he had songs cut by artists such as Chris Lane, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett prior to pursuing his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

In addition, country instrumentals and soothing vocals make this an album you can easily listen to from start to finish and not tire of. Devout music lovers will also appreciate its narrative structure.

REVIEW: Stephen Wilson Jr.’s Debut Double Album, søn of dad

Last September Stephen Wilson Jr. released his debut double album, søn of dad via Big Loud Records. Family, love, grief, the father-son bond and letting go are all themes present in the ambitious 22-track project. The album is also dedicated to his late father, who passed away 5 years prior.

INTERVIEW: Griffen Palmer Discusses His Debut Album, Unlearn

Big Loud’s rising star Griffen Palmer is giving fans a first taste of his music with his debut album, Unlearn. 

For those unfamiliar with Palmer, he’s a songwriter first, with cuts with Jade Eagleson, Keith Urban and MacKenzie Porter. Since signing with Big Loud, he’s released numerous singles, accompanied Lily Rose on her US nationwide tour and performed at the 2023 CMA Fest.

Last April, the singer-songwriter released Unlearn, a record that is best described as encompassing what it means to be young and in your ’20s. Consisting of 10 pop-infused tracks, the record explores relatable themes & experiences such as falling in love with the one, personal growth and more—all while maintaining fresh perspectives.

INTERVIEW: PEI’s “Saltwater Cowboy” Ben Chase Discusses His Growth as an Artist since Relocating to Nashville and His Debut Album, That Was Then, This Is Now

Hailing from the small Canadian province of PEI is the country music industry’s very own “Saltwater Cowboy,” Ben Chase.​

For those unfamiliar with Ben and his music, he has already earned more than 2 million global streams, with his single “Call Me Drunk” recently surpassing 1 million streams on Apple Music. The high-energy entertainer has also previously opened for notable country acts such as Zach Bryan, Brett Kissel and Dan + Shay at highly regarded Canadian country music festivals.

In November of last year, Ben released his debut album, That Was Then, This Is Now. The project consists of 20 tracks, including 12 previously released singles and 8 brand-new songs. As a whole, the record explores relatable themes such as dating & relationships, young love, heartbreak and coping with change– all of which draw inspiration from his lived experiences. In many ways, the album is an introduction to Ben himself.

REVIEW: Chase Rice’s “If I Were Rock & Roll”– Single vs. Album Version

In 2021, multi-platinum country artist & entertainer Chase Rice released his single, “If I Were Rock & Roll”. An updated version of the single is featured on his latest album, I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell– This time produced by Oscar Charles of Broken Bow Records. Below, I discuss the song as a whole as well as compare the two versions.

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Q & A: CMAO “Record Producer of the Year” Award Nominee Shawn Moore Reflects on Career Achievements, First Moore Music Showcase and Current Client Success

Calling Waterloo, ON home is record producer, mix engineer and session drummer, Shawn Moore.

For those who are unfamiliar with Shawn and his work, he first got his start in the music industry as a session drummer, playing for artists such as Shawn Austin and Jason Blaine. Also the founder of Moore Music and a platinum award-winning alumni of Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy, he has produced and mixed hundreds of recordings for artists in the Canadian country music scene. In addition, Shawn is currently up for nomination for “Record Producer of the Year” at this year’s CMAO Awards.

Recently, I spoke with Shawn about his career achievements thus far, the first inaugural Moore Music showcase, his current clients’ success and more.

REVIEW: Lauren Watkins’ “Mama, I Made It”

Big Loud x Songs & Daughters’ own Lauren Watkins is following up her collaboration with Graham Barham on the hit track, “STRAIGHT TO MY HEART” with her brand-new single, “Mama, I Made It”. Sharing on her socials on the May 3rd release date, “I’ve been dying for y’all to hear this one,” Adding, “Hope ya love it” (Watkins, PR team).

INTERVIEW: Shawn Austin Discusses Tour Life, Being a First-Time Dad and His Brand-New EP, Words

Calling Vancouver, BC home is country singer-songwriter, Shawn Austin.​

For those unfamiliar with the Local Hay Records’ flagship artist, he has amassed a collective 30M+ global streams and earned himself a gold-certified hit with “Tailgate To Heaven (feat. Chris Lane)” — which held the title of the No.1 most played country song for 5 weeks in a row. Also known for his high-energy performances, he’s toured with notable country acts such as Dallas Smith and Old Dominion.

On April 5th, the rising country star released his latest 6-track EP, Words.

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