When: Saturday, March 25 , 2017 • Gates Open 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Sims Park • Category: Music
William Michael Morgan was 11 years old when he got his first guitar and by age 13, he started playing out with guys three or four times his age, learning the old songs and savoring that classic honky-tonk style. His parents were right there, driving him to and from late-night gigs, often hours away, getting little sleep before they headed to their own jobs.
“They always encouraged me,” he says, “and a lot of people say it, but I wouldn’t be anywhere without them.” His dad handled an early MySpace account, networking and looking for opportunities. One came in the form of the Hayride, which William Michael played at least once a month for years starting at 14. That set in motion a chain of events that led to Nashville songwriting appointments and meetings with Music Row executives that eventually landed him both a publishing deal and a major label record deal with Warner Bros. Nashville.
He has written with and drawn from many of Music City’s biggest present-day hit-making songwriters all the while taking inspiration from country music heroes like Keith Whitley, George Jones and his friend and mentor, '90s honky-tonk king Mark Chesnutt. The captivating combination creates a neo-traditional sound that is all his own.
NBC’s The Voice finalist Barrett Baber gave millions of viewers an unforgettable introduction to a true artist and entertainer. With high-energy vocal performances, Barrett owned the stage from round 1, and his unique, soulful country sound stood out among the entire show as something truly special. Blake Shelton says, “Barrett sounds like no one else on country radio. He can be a star in Country music.”
Also winner of the national CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime in 2014, Barrett continues to deliver. Baber’s recently released full-length album "A Room Full Of Fighters" debuted in the top 10 on iTunes Top 100 Album Charts on Nov 4th, 2016.
An Arkansas native, Barrett’s inspiration for singing and creating music started with frequent visits to Memphis TN, only a few miles from his hometown in Marion, Arkansas. On Beale Street and the corners of downtown Memphis, his exposure to street performers and artists steeped in Blues, R&B, Country and Rock would become the influence for his vocal style. From Sam Cooke to Levon Helm, you can hear the past in Barrett’s tone, all wrapped in a fresh sound delivered by one of the Southeast’s hottest artists. Read More...
Hey ya’ll, we’re the Redhead Express! We’re four sisters with a dream; a big dream. That dream involves music, family, all of you, and most importantly, God, who’s made this all possible. We left our home in Alaska seven years ago to follow this dream, spent all of those seven years doing an INSANE amount of shows (like 2000...seriously!) all over the country and practicing like maniacs. Read More...
Chasco Fiesta 2017