IEBA Announces BLA Showcase Talent
NASHVILLE, TN — (September 16, 2011) — Once again BLA will bring the party to IEBA on Monday, October 3 with some of their hottest artists. Performing this year will be Bush Hawg, Sarah Darling, Josh Gracin, Mark Chesnutt, Corey Smith and LoCash Cowboys.
“The BLA showcase is so fun and entertaining each year, no one leaves without having the best time!” said Tiffany Davis, IEBA Executive Director.
ABOUT THE IEBA CONFERENCE
Over 500 of the live entertainment industry’s top decision makers will converge in Nashville, Tennessee October 2-4 for three days of non-stop networking, education and showcases from the hottest touring acts in all genres of entertainment at the annual conference of the International Entertainment Buyers Association.
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact. At IEBA … The Buying Starts Here. ieba.org
ABOUT BUSH HAWG
Bush Hawg took the old-fashioned way to gain the attention of Music Row veteran Michael Knox…hard work and dedication. Michael believed in the band from day one, however, he felt that not all the pieces of the puzzle were quite there. That all changed when Michael introduced the band to a bad-ass, swampy Southern boy from Florida named Craig Hand. From the first time he took the mic, everyone knew they were on to something special. Now, with the guidance and management of Michael Knox, Bush Hawg is quickly making a name for themselves in Nashville and are the newest signing to the RCA record label who will release a new single Winter of 2011.
Take the lyrical stylings of country music, the hard hitting guitars, drumming and energy of a rock group, mix in the traditional instrumentation of their Grand Ole’ Opry heroes, add a few domestic beers, and you have the band Bush Hawg.
ABOUT SARAH DARLING
2011 has proved to be a breakout year for Black River Entertainment recording artist Sarah Darling. Sarah had a Top 5 video this year with the catchy SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR HANDS, which peaked at # 2 on GAC, reached the Top 20 Countdowns on both GAC and CMT (and was also the #1 video for multiple weeks on CMT.com).
Iowa native Sarah made her Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this year, with Vince Gill (who is featured on “Bad Habit” off her current album “Angels and Devils”), introducing her to the Opry audience.
Crock-Pot (The Original Slow Cooker) just inked a deal with Sarah, signing her as their first “Crock Star”. A Sarah Darling recipe, download offer and her image will appear on over 1 Million Crock Pot boxes beginning October 1st. She also will be recording her next album with famed producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, among others). That album will be released in 2012.
ABOUT JOSH GRACIN
Josh Gracin has a diverse and impressive set of skills. The most obvious is the voice that captured the attention of millions of American Idol fans during his season two run on what has become an American cultural phenomenon. His all-American good looks, earnest charm and passionate vocal style earned him a devoted legion of fans, but beyond the stage, Gracin possesses a poet’s heart and an ex-Marine’s discipline and work ethic. It’s that potent combination of talent and tenacity that set Gracin apart and is fueling the newest chapter in his career.
A Michigan native who grew up listening to country and R&B music, Gracin auditioned for Idol (placing fourth on season two) while serving in the Marine Corps. Following his run on American Idol and the completion of his military service, he signed with Lyric Street Records and released his self-titled debut album in June 2004. The album was RIAA-certified gold and spawned three top five singles—“I Want to Live,” “Stay With Me (Brass Bed),” and the No. 1 hit “Nothin’ to Lose.”
This new album shows the growth of Josh Gracin as a writer, producer and artist. From the early days of growing up in Michigan to now being a father of four, Gracin has taken everything and poured it all into REDEMPTION. The maturity in Gracin’s work is undeniable and people will hear the difference.
ABOUT MARK CHESNUTT
Mark Chesnutt celebrated his first LP release in 1988. Twelve others followed, accompanied by a collection of greatest hits compilations. Chesnutt’s rule of recording remains: “I only record when I feel like I have something to say.” Outlaw is no exception. Contemporary fads and trends aside, Chesnutt continues to pay tribute to the songs that “brought him to the dance”—the songs he played when he first became a musician. His consistency to remain true to his rule speaks volumes resounding his confidence and surefootedness that he’s not over-awed to lend his vocal talents to the original recordings.
Chesnutt has charted more than thirty singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including fourteen #1 singles. He has also released eleven studio albums and a Greatest Hits package. His first three albums — Too Cold at Home (1990), Longnecks & Short Stories (1992), and Almost Goodbye (1993) — and his 1996 Greatest Hits album have all achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States, while 1994’s What a Way to Live was certified gold. He has sold over five million albums.
Chesnutt is the star of country music’s last golden era paying tribute to the era before and…he continues to shine.
ABOUT COREY SMITH
Corey Smith was recently named by Country Weekly and Music Row Magazine as one of country music’s hottest new artists. He has hundreds of sold-out performances under his belt and a growing, dedicated fan-base whose passion for Corey’s music has led to some of the music industry’s leading professionals shaking their heads in astonishment at his seemingly rapid rise as a touring sensation. Corey is equipped with his acoustic guitar and sings frankly wild days on the party scene; but he’s also a wise philosopher, speaking wisdom about life in his lyrics that has the ability to relate to crowds like few other modern-day live acts. Recently signed to Average Joe’s Entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee, Corey is poised to make waves at country radio with his second single, “Maybe Next Year,” from his latest release The Broken Record.
ABOUT LOCASH COWBOYS
LoCash Cowboys are rocking 2011 – quite literally! Their single “Keep in Mind” struck a chord with fans and critics alike, climbing the charts to make it their first Top 40 hit. In May, they made their debut on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry stage, and with that momentum, they roared into June appearing on the Travel Channel and participating in numerous high-profile events at the CMA Music Festival, as well as releasing new single “You Got Me.”
While LoCash Cowboys’ Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have been performing packed houses for years, dating back to the days when they met and started performing at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon, the amped-up crowd at CMA Music Festival’s Riverfront performance was living, screaming proof that they have put their time together to good use. Criss-crossing the country, honing their craft on stages large and small, developing one of the most dynamic live shows in any genre of music, the LoCash Cowboys have clearly ascended to new heights as artists.