Redneck Of The Woods
Matt Westin was born and raised in a blue collar family in a middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. From a young age, he pursued various passions, including academics, sports, acting, and music. After years of searching, Matt found true fulfillment in the creative outlets of acting and singing, dedicating himself to his artistic pursuits, and walking away from a promising career in engineering. With the influences of many legendary artists, ranging from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks, “all the way” to Frank Sinatra, Matt found his voice. The thrill of live performance fed his desires, as he honed his vocal ability in bars and clubs around Pittsburgh for over a decade. His obvious drive and talent quickly won over his family’s initial disapproval of his walking away from an engineering career, and they became his biggest supporters. Tragically, after a bravely fought battle with Leukemia, Matt’s father succumbed to complications of chemotherapy, in April 2016. As a true family man, Matt was utterly devastated and struggled day to day with the reality of his father’s death. After months of depression, instead of self-destructing, Matt decided to honor his father’s memory, by finally pursuing his music career, as his father had encouraged.
Deciding to make a country record in his father’s honor, and being introduced by a mutual friend, to world-class musician/songwriter/producer Bryan Cole, the stage was set. Bryan took on the project as producer, believing in his talent and vision, and guiding Matt in making a first-class country record. Bryan recruited long-time friend and mix engineer, Doug Kasper to record and mix the record at nearby Tonic Recording Studios. With radio-ready songs, legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, bass) and Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan, steel guitar), and an amazing up- and-coming musician, Adam Ernst, Matt dedicated an entire year to making the record he and his father would be proud of.
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NASHVILLE — CMA joined with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. Monday at Ascend Amphitheater to offer the Nashville community the opportunity to honor victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
Speakers included Barry; Sidney Cox, The Cox Family; Charles Esten, star of CMT’s “Nashville;” Amy Grant; and Sally Williams, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and CMA Board Chairman.
The candlelight vigil also included performances by Vince Gill (“Go Rest High On That Mountain”), Alison Krauss with Barry Bales, Ron Block, and Sidney and Suzanne Cox (“Amazing Grace”), and Keith Urban (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”).
Although the windy evening prevented a full candlelight glow from the crowd, Esten closed the program by urging the community to let their lights shine from within and support one another.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) has setup the Music City Cares Fund, with 100 percent of donations going to help immediate and long-term needs of victims from the shooting. Click here to learn more.
Jaclyn Monroe Records Acoustic Track at The Nashville Rocks Studios
Jaclyn Monroe visits The Nashville Rocks Studios in Nashville, TN and talks with the host, Jason R. Coleman about her new EP Confessions available now! We talk about planning your own tour, Mtv, South By Southwest, Indie GoGo and much more.
For more on Jaclyn and information on how to find her next gig, click the button below to see the show notes and her profile page.
Madelyn Plays CMA Fest 2016
Madelyn Victoria is playing CMA Fest this weekend and I wanted to get this podcast published as soon as humanly possible. Madelyn and her brother performed a great acoustic song live in the Nashville Rocks Studios. You’ll be able to download her live acoustic song “He Only Loves Me On The Dance Floor” from the Nashville Rocks store for free!
Madelyn is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from deep South Texas. She’s been Performing professionally since the age of 15. She’s made a name for herself in the Rio Grande Valley. Winning competitions such as the Caesar’s Palace Shania Twain Sing Off Contest and opening for names like Easton Corbin, Turnpike Troubadours, Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Fowler, Clay Walker, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and others; This little lady has a powerful, rich soulful voice which brings a new fresh sound to the Country music scene. Her debut hit single and video “He Only Loves me on the Dance Floor” has just been released and is available for purchase on iTunes and will also be available on the Nashville Rocks website. The single shot straight to #1 on the New Music Weekly am/fm country chart, while the video has remained a constant on the Yallwire.com Most Watched Videos Chart since its release in November 2015. It’s currently at number 11 along with big names like Sugarland. She’s also a former beauty queen and Radio Disney Dallas Star. Madelyn also gives back to her community, by volunteering at local Motor Training events for special needs children, singing to the children at hospitals and rehab centers and by starting her own annual event called “Octave Higher Christmas” for children. She will also be performing during CMA Fest 2016 in Nashville. Madelyn can sing it all, but her true voice & songwriting ability lies within the Country music roots.