Headlining the Angel City Wild West Kustom Kulture Music Festival and Rally, Blackjack Billy
Blackjack Billy is bonded together by no-holds-barred, good-time, party-down rockin’ country music that is endearing them to fans internationally. Members include dynamic frenetic lead singer Noll Billings, hit songwriter/producer/guitarist Jeff Coplan and a rock solid driving rhythm section consisting of virtuoso drummer Weston Jordan and gritty singing bass player Clayton Shay.
They first gained widespread exposure with their breakout single “The Booze Cruise”, which became a platinum-selling hit in Canada, a #1 chart hit in Australia and was the best selling iTunes US country single in 2013 from an independent artist selling more than 350K downloads. Since then they have released their debut album Rebel Child in 2014, had a platinum selling top 10 single with Got A Feeling featuring Canadian superstar Tim Hicks and had record deals with Reviver Records in the US and Open Road Recordings in Canada. Known for their high octane must see live shows BjB has toured several times all over the US, Canada and Australia.
The Waymores is a romantic honky tonk love story of two musicians sharing their love of music and each other. The ‘imfamous’ honky tonk legend, Willie Heath Neal and Kira Annalise get together to share some fun stories of the road together as they kick back and share some originals to covers at the Angel City Saloon. Winners of Ink-n-Oil’s choice for Honky Tonk bands in Grease Inc., this duo kicks everything off Wednesday night. Check out their write up in Grease Inc.’s November issue; https://issuu.com/greaseinc.magazine/docs/grease-nov18
Music City SongStar Winner, NSAI Top-40 songwriter and Georgia Country Awards Overall Artist of the Year, Matt Rogers, is no stranger to the stage. With over 200 performances a year playing venues across the southeast and sharing the stage with some of country music’s hottest names including Blake Shelton, Old Dominion, Clint Black, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, LOCASH, Clay Walker, and Michael Ray, Matt has built a devout fan base with his electrifying stage presence.
When Rogers isn’t on the road he is writing music with some of Nashville’s best songwriters. He was recently awarded the top award from Music City SongStar for his song, “She Was Everything.” Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and CMT selected his song “I Was Raised” for a songwriting achievement award. It went on to be selected by NSAI as a Top 40 song.
The Georgia native creates a connection with his listeners through his emotionally gripping lyrics and unmistakable melodies. His talent has caught the attention of thousands of fans as well as country music legends like TG Sheppard, “[Matt’s] the real deal…the total package. [He’s] a great singer, a great picker and a great songwriter.” Rogers also received commendation from industry tastemaker, Robert K. Oermann. Oermann selected the title track of Matt’s EP, Richest Place On Earth, for Music Row’s DisCovery Award. Oermann praised the track saying, “Extremely well written and sung with fire and conviction. Play this.”
Rogers recently released the music video for the title track from his sophomore project, Richest Place On Earth. Emmy Award Winning production company, Tytan Pictures, filmed the video in Matt’s hometown of Eatonton, GA. The video for “Richest Place On Earth” followed the release of his lyric video for his previous single, “Britches,” which debuted exclusively on The Boot earlier this year. The release came just in time for Matt’s second appearance at CMA Fest 2018 where he performed on stages such as CMA’s Spotlight Stage, Maui Jim Hard Rock Stage and the legendary Wildhorse Saloon. He also met fans from across the world inside Fan Fair X where he signed autographs at the Durango Boots booth.
In 2017, Matt became one of the first Brand Ambassadors for Durango Boots. “Matt has a rich, unique and bold style to his music that authentically connects to his fans which is the type of artist that represents our brand perfectly,” says Erin DeLong, Durango Marketing Manager. Breedlove guitars and 64 Audio also sponsor Rogers.
Matt’s touring schedule is continuing to grow, spanning across the country. “I’m really excited to reconnect with my fans that have been supporting me for so long and to get the chance to connect with some new fans along the way,” says Matt. “I can’t wait to get on stage and share my new music I’ve worked so hard on with them.”
Hailing from the heart of Georgia, The Matt Brantley Band Is a country and southern rock experience that you won’t want to miss. The love they have for the music that they play and the fans that come to see them definitely shines through in each and every performance. You are guaranteed to have an amazing time at a MBB show.
After auditioning and placing 2nd in the 2012 Milledgeville Idol competition Matt realized that being a professional musician wasn’t as much of an improbability as he once thought. He soon after began putting a band together and after a couple of personnel changes finally landed on the lineup that felt just right, consisting of ; Matt Brantley (Lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Rowdy Hood (Lead guitar), Jesse Perkins (Bass) and Brayden Long (Drums).
Since forming in 2013 the band has caused quite a stir in the south eastern music scene with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Winning such awards as Georgia country’s male vocalist of the year (2016) and the 11th Hour’s best local band (2017), the band is always looking for that next big thing that will help them grow in their musical journey.
The Brantley Boys
Country Rap Duo, Danny O’Moore and Kuntry Strong make up the ambitious group BoonDock Kingz.They bring their own sound and experiences to the game, constantly implanting their footprint in this new genre. Danny O, Appalachian born and raised in the shadows of the Blue Ridge in North Georgia, spent much of his youth hustling, weathering the struggle of poverty in the hills around Buford and Gainesville,GA. His creative aspect, brings hope to many stuck in hard times. Kuntry Strong is from Upstate New York, a rural environment that rivals any. The backwoods and backroads, not only help cultivate his style, but help create it. Both being from different environments, music brought them together and an obligation to represent the lower and working classes. Their styles are intertwined perfectly like an ‘Outkast’ match made in heaven. Their tenacious journey to transcend genres, get back to the roots and express themselves freely without constraints has resonated effectively with their fans and fellow artists in the industry!
She wasn’t born in some small town where everyone knows everyone else’s name. She didn’t grow up listening to Hank, Johnny or Merle. For Kira Annalise, hearin g country music for the first time changed her life.
“I heard Willie Heath Neal play Hung it Up by Junior Brown at some dive bar in Marietta, GA and I was just blown away. I went home, learned 3 chords on the guitar and started writing songs- then I just kinda kept doing it.” -Kira Annalise
In 2017, Kira put out her first full length album chock-full of heartaches, bad intentions and even one she wrote with her daughter about their Home Owners Association (I’ll give you a hint, they aren’t fans of the HOA). Kira’s album, The Damsel, blends that old country sound with some modern elements and creates something that is unexpected and powerful.
In the era when the “Outlaws” – Wille Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings etc. – ruled the radio, another little outlaw was born in the back of a cop car somewhere in Gwinnett County Georgia.
It took him many years and many roads (including stays in foster homes,
a stint in the Navy and a run with a punk band) but eventually Willie
Heath Neal returned to his roots and began bashing out the kind of
outlaw country that used to be so famous but now is in short supply.
Back then, “Outlaw” was more than a marketing ploy, it was a way of life. The myths mixed with the music. Neal remembers that time, and he delivers his trashed up take on honky tonk with that same sense of honesty on his latest Chicken Ranch release Out of Highway.
Neal has long been popular with his peers such as likeminded touring partners from the past ala Wayne Hancock, the Rev. Horton Heat, and J. D. Wilkes of The Legendary Shack Shakers(who makes an appearance on the record). Hank Williams IIIeven cut (but not yet released) one of Neal’s tunes. Now it’s time for their fans to make note of Neal. Because now with Out of Highway Neal has made the album of his life, one that should make the original Outlaws proud to call him one of their own
Friday Night Headliner – Adairs Run
Adairs Run is a country rock duo with a fiery edge based in Nashville, TN. Their sound encompasses the roots from rock and roll all the way to melodies that tie into the heartfelt storytelling in today’s country music. The band is made up of two members; Todd Cameron and Pat Pollifrone.The band was recently featured on USA network’s new music series, Real Country. Real Country’s executive producer and celebrity judge Shania Twain launched the TV show with her extended panel of country music stars Jake Owen and Travis Tritt. The band was hand chosen to be on Jake Owen’s team. The season premier aired on Nov. 13th, 2018 showcasing the bands dynamic live performance style and proves why Adairs Run is the next hot act in all of country music. Adairs Run has toured the entire USA opening for country artists and bands such as Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane, Bret Michaels, Daryll Worley, Josh Thompson, Chase Bryant, Jake Owen, LOCASH, and Chase Rice to name few. Fairs, venues and festivals are a major part of the bands touring career. They have performed at The Clay Center, Chuck Mathena Center, Charleston Civic Center, Bridgestone Arena, The Opry, Ribfest in Charleston, WV, River Fest in St. Albans, WV, Pumpkin Fest in Franklin, TN and Nashville Christmas Parade. Recently the band worked with multi-platinum grammy award nominated artist, Chris Daughtry, on a new song entitled “Wild Heart.”
Atomic Boogie will rock the stage at Angel City
Take a vintage Sun Rockabilly 45 RPM record and a classic Chess Blues 45 RPM record; apply enough musical heat to fuse them together into a toe tapping, body gyrating boogie explosion; and then you’ve got a band like Atomic Boogie! Taking their name from an eclectic 1950s radio show called The Atomic Boogie Hour, this rockin’ three piece band has been tearing up the Georgia club circuit for the past six years. Facebook URL