S.A.W Events Presents
COUNTRY ROX MS featuring The Chris Lane Band
Chris Cavanaugh, Zach Linley
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Chris Lane Band
Similar to: Chris Young, Chase Rice, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin.
Chris Lane Band brings a rock twist into a familiar country sound that will appeal to many ears. They put out their first full length album in April of 2012 consisting of their popular song "All I Ever Needed" as well as their first single, "Too Tennessee," a catchy song about opposites attracting between a country boy and a city girl. Chris Lane talks about his experience in front of crowds by saying “stepping for the first time on stage ever in my life… I don’t think there’s ever been a human being who has been more nervous than I was in that moment… from then to now, I mean, I live for it. I love it. I want the biggest crowd that you can play in front of."
Chris Cavanaugh picked up the guitar when he was 12 years old and hasn't set it down since. Not long after he started playing, with just a few chords and a song, Chris performed in the talent show at his middle school. When the song was over, everybody rose to their feet, and from that point on Chris knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life...
Cavanaugh made the trip from his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to Tennessee just a few months after graduating high school. After spending a few years hanging out with writers and publishers he had no doubt that he wanted to make Tennessee his home. Shortly after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University Chris signed his first songwriting deal. Over the next few years Chris spent his time on music row honing his craft as a writer. During this time however, he says, "I always knew that deep down my ultimate passion was playing and performing, so I eventually had to get out and do something about it...I had to get on the road." And so he did...
As of recently you can find Chris playing with his band throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. And the road map is widening every day as far as touring. In the last year alone Chris has opened shows for Josh Thompson, Chris Young, Jake Owen, The Randy Rogers Band, and Justin Moore.
When asked about his career so far, and the path he has taken to get to where he is, Chris says, "I think everything happens for a reason and I believe the time I spent in Nashville digging in and learning how to write songs has built a platform for me and a body of work that I've been able to draw from when I go out on the road to play. I think if it'd happened any other way I wouldn't have these songs..."
Chris is making music about the land he's from, writing about the people he knew and playing for the people he knows. Chris did not wait for a record label to tell him what they think of his music or what the midwest will think. He's taking that straight to the beer drinkers, farmers, housewives, college kids and the Sunday Morning "church goers" and letting THEM decide. People are connecting and believing. Nashville gave Cavanaugh the ability to make his message clearer and more focused but the Midwest gave him the stories to sing about.
Most songwriters struggle to establish their musical identity, often trying out different musical styles like shoes, trying to find what fits. There aren’t many that emerge from this process fully formed, in control of their craft, their identity, and their music. Zach Linley fits solidly in the last category . His latest songs are fresh, full of heartfelt truths, and show the signs of a truly gifted and significant talent, one whose music feels familiar, but at the same time rides fearlessly into its own territory.
A small town boy who grew up in Effingham, IL, Zach wrote his first song at age 8, but didn’t take music seriously until he reached his late teens. Zach explains, “I was always fascinated by music, and it pushed me to learn how to play guitar, drums, and bass. I’ve always pushed myself to learn as much as I can musically, so that I can translate the ideas I come up with in my head into song.” Songwriting has been his life long passion. 20 years,10 bands, and 7 albums later, he still isn’t looking anywhere but towards the future.
When asked about his musical influences, Zach explains “I grew up listening to everything under the sun. My dad played a lot of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Eagles, and Alabama albums. I can remember sitting around in our barn playing guitar and singing a lot of those songs together with my parents and brothers, and I have gradually gravitated back to that kind of simple honest sounding music as it applies to my songwriting.”
Zach recently released 2 successful singles with friend and co-writer Aaron Edwards under the pen name Longwall. They’ve received strong positive feedback, as well as considerable airplay on local radio, which has allowed them to build a larger fan base. Longwall is set to release their next single in Fall of 2013.
$12.00 - $15.00
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