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Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons owes their geographical roots to the Atlantic seaboard, but its sonic heritage connects the band firmly to The Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Marshall Tucker Band.
With Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons, a 10-track collection on indie Copperline Music Group, the four-piece ensemble blends effusive melodies, fierce musicianship, convicted vocals, and smart lyrics in a diverse song stew that dips – in Southern-rock fashion – into rock, blues, country, gospel, and even psychedelia.
Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons are a talented bunch, but they’re also a working-class group, determined to keep a firm hold on the everyday-American spirit at the heart of their music.
“If you want to go get a thousand new fans, go shake a thousand hands,” founder and lead singer Jason Morton said. “The people that are still here with us today are the people that we developed long-term relationships with, and they come to the shows because they know that not only are they gonna see a kickass show, but we’re gonna hang out with them after.”
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Fueled by an unyielding creative drive and a downhome country spirit, Nora Collins has established herself as one of country music’s rising stars. Averaging over 200 appearances annually for the last five years, Nora has opened for national performers including Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap, Phil Vassar, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Brett Young, Jana Kramer, Ashley Monroe, Josh Thompson, Josh Turner, David Nail, Michael Ray, Raelynn, High Valley, Tucker Beathard, Jackie Lee, Sawyer Brown, Cassadee Pope, Mickey Guyton, Mo Pitney, Clare Dunn, American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze, Sixpence None the Richer, Katie Armiger, Paul Thorn and The Turnpike Troubadours.
As an accomplished singer/songwriter, Nora has a unique vocal quality that is both sensitive and upbeat. Much like her personality, she brings a positive energy that carries across generations of fans.
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Happy Gilmore, Caddie Shack, Tin Cup…… the list goes on and on of famous golf movies. For Eric Dodd, growing up as the Director of Golf’s son on Lake Oconee, Georgia, offered up a real life The Legend of Bagger Vance, and taught him the importance of discipline at an early age. “Golf taught me patience and persistence. During the summers, my mom would drop me off at the course, and I would play from sun up til sun down. If the course wasn’t too busy, Dad would have his assistant golf pros take me out to play. I learned a lot during those rounds; probably a little more than Mom would have liked. Late nights with friends after days filled with golf started early. It was all a part of the lake life and was a great way to grow up,” says the singer/songwriter
Unlike the rest of his peers, Eric had his sites on something beyond the golden horizon of Lake Oconee. “When I was 13 or so, I was fortunate to have my older brother, Bryan, take me to concerts (Bob Dylan and Counting Crows, to name a few) and for sharing his love of music with me. Nirvana would become my favorite band, and my first guitar was a black and white Fender Strat like the one Kurt Cobain played on the ‘In Utero Tour.’” At age 14, Eric wrote his first song and switched over to acoustic guitar as he honed his craft. “I was influenced by a variety of singer-songwriters and also being a 90’s kid, hip hop was a big deal to me. My influences range from 2 Pac, Eminem, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Robert Earl Keen, Stone Temple Pilots – so my musical taste has never been confined to one genre. I guess if I had to put it in a category it would just be good music,” jokes Eric.
Growing up near the Tennessee-Alabama state line has been symbolic of David Fanning’s career as he has continuously straddled the line of pursuing music as both an artist and a producer.
As the guiding force behind the hot Nashville production team NV Entertainment, David has overseen three #1 hits by Thompson Square and Parmalee, and has worked to ready newer acts including guitar-slinger Lindsay Ell, for the big time. Taking what he has learned behind the console, David also crafted his own brand of country music, which he is finally ready to release into the world with his first EP titled “First” set to release on September 23.
Born and raised in Texas, Terry grew up in Lampasas, a small ranching community about seventy miles northwest of Austin. After receiving a guitar for his ninth birthday from his father it wasn’t long before Terry was playing in local bands and spending summers on the road with his dad, the late Dale McBride, who was a recording artist with several Billboard charted singles in the late 70’s. After high school, Terry traveled and toured as part of his father’s band for three years before moving to Austin. Terry became a sought after bass player in the local music scene and spent the next few years playing with Texas artists Lee Roy Parnell, Bill Carter and the Blame, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Johnny Duncan, Rosie Flores and a two year stint with Delbert McClinton.
In 1989, Terry travelled to Nashville and the songs he had been writing found their way to MCA President Tony Brown, who would later go on to sign Terry to a recording contract with the label.
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