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Cat Country 96 & 107.1 in the Poconos presents the 2021 Jingle Jam at the historic State Theatre in Easton! It’s an intimate evening of acoustic music and stories with some of Nashville’s hottest stars! Including Joe Nichols, Cam, Dillon Carmichael, Nate Barnes and Hannah Ellis!
Cat Country 96 & 107.1 Jingle Jam | November 18, 201 at 7:30pm
Tickets are $20 with all of the proceeds benefiting the Freddy Awards!
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Joe Nichols has been a mainstay of country music for two decades, bridging the gap between the genre’s old-school roots and contemporary era. He’s a 21st century traditionalist — an artist who’s both timely and timeless, racking up a half-dozen Number 1 singles and ten Top 10 hits with a sound that honors his heroes. From his first radio smash, 2002’s “The Impossible,” to 2021’s Home Run,” Nichols has proudly done things his own way, blurring the boundaries between country music’s past and present along the way.
It’s an approach that has earned Nichols multi-platinum success, three Grammy nominations, a CMA award, an ACM trophy, and — perhaps most importantly — the support of his idols. He still remembers the day he received a letter from Buck Owens, who passed away the same week his message arrived in Nichols’ mailbox.
The two had previously crossed paths in Bakersfield, California, where Owens complimented Nichols on his classic sound… and gave him some good-natured teasing about the length of his hair.
“He wrote me the day before he died,” remembers Nichols, who was still riding high on the success of his gold-selling fourth album, III, and its chart-topping single “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” “It was so nice of him to do that. He said, ‘I’m really proud of you. I love the way you’re keeping it country. And thank you for cutting that daggum hair!’ An honor like that is irreplaceable. It’s got nothing to do with winning awards or having your songs on the radio. It’s much more than that. It’s the kind of thing you pass down to your grandkids.”
For Nichols — an Arkansas native who grew up listening to icons like George Strait, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Buck Owens — keeping things country has been raditionalist country and modern twang with follow-up records like Real Things… www.JoeNichols.com
Gritty honesty and a show-stopping voice affirmed CAM’s place in the modern country vanguard as a GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum headliner. The singer & songwriter carries on traditions of Nashville storytelling spiked with a fresh spirit of empowerment. The artist’s presence quaked country to its core on her 2015 full-length debut, Untamed. Not only did it bow in the Top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 and register at #2 on the Top Country Albums Chart, but it also yielded the double-platinum smash “Burning House“—nominated for “Best Country Solo Performance” at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards. To this day, “Burning House” remains the “highest-selling song by a female country artist since its release.” Her second single “Mayday” fueled her rise as she also co-wrote “Palace” for Sam Smith and recorded her own seismic rendition. Recognized as a powerhouse on stage, she canvased the globe multiple times, performed alongside Smith at London’s O2 Arena, supported Harry Styles at The Ryman Auditorium, and more in addition to delivering standout sets at festivals including this year’s coveted sunset slot at Stagecoach. She also reached arena status internationally, headlining top venues across Europe and Australia. In 2019 she teamed up with Diplo for the Thomas Wesley debut, “So Long (feat. Cam),” breaking boundaries and showcasing her range. Speaking her mind and holding nothing back, CAM steps up as country’s fieriest female ready to make history. www.CamCountry.com
Since unleashing his critically acclaimed 2018 debut, Hell On An Angel, he’s toured with everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trace Adkins to Dwight Yoakam and Justin Moore, written a song for Travis Tritt’s latest album, racked up millions of streams on Spotify, gone viral on TikTok, and even gotten engaged. And while you might have expected the cancellation of a year’s worth of tour dates to finally slow him down, Carmichael instead used his pandemic downtime to head right back into the studio and record Hot Beer, a brand new collection of high-energy, feel-good country.
“I felt like my catalog could use a little more fun in it,” says Carmichael. “After putting out a record as heavy as Hell On An Angel, I wanted to make something faster, something looser, something that’d leave you with a smile on your face.”
Recorded with producers Jon Pardi and Ryan Gore, Dan Huff, and Phil O’Donnell, Hot Beer is all sly humor and raw heart, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and double entendres lurking around every corner. Carmichael’s rich, velvety baritone is still very much front and center here, but there’s a newfound playfulness to his delivery that manages to offer up a knowing wink even as it breaks your heart. It’s a delicate tightrope for any artist to walk, but if Hot Beer proves anything, it’s that Dillon Carmichael is a songwriter who knows how to take his fun seriously. www.DillonCarmichael.com
“Country music teaches you about life – about how to live, about how to be and about how to treat people. It made me feel things that I didn’t want to feel and that shifted my whole deal. It changed how I lived, how I thought and my whole perspective on life.”
They say storytellers are at their best when they write about what they know. Quartz Hill Records newcomer Nate Barnes is no exception. The young, blue-collar power plant worker writes and sings about the work and the everyday life he lived in the small town of South Haven, Michigan. Barnes sings about God, family, hard work, heartache, love, the simple life and its simple joys. He sings about getting by – and the blood, sweat and tears that get us there. The sincerity with which he sings the stories of every day, working-class Americans is genuine – because he’s one.
Barnes joined the workforce at just 13 years old, assisting at a youth camp. His work ethic was heavily-influenced by his mother who worked three jobs, as well as his stepfather who worked double duty at both the local power plant and on a nearby blueberry farm to make ends meet. By the age of 14, Barnes was working on roofs and building houses with his uncle. By 18, Barnes had followed in his stepfather’s footsteps, landing an entry level job at the power plant cleaning toilets and driving buses. He worked his way up through the ranks of manual labor – building scaffolding, pouring concrete, shoveling and digging trenches, laying pipelines, and performing mechanical maintenance for sometimes 14 hours a day, working in heavy suits and helmets, oftentimes in extreme cold or heat. too. www.NateBarnes.com
A native of Campbellsville, Kentucky, Hannah Ellis is a country music artist and songwriter based in Nashville, Tn. Hannah grew up competing in every small-town contest she could find her way into and was exposed to live performance with opening slots for artists like Lee Brice and Jake Owen at an early age. In 2012, Hannah graduated from The University of Kentucky and headed straight to music city. She had a stop on season eight of NBC’s The Voice and signed her first publishing deal in 2015. In the fall of 2016, Hannah released her song “Officer Down,” a tribute to her slain cousin, Officer Daniel N. Ellis. “Officer Down” received national attention and brought Hannah from Nashville to the front steps of the U.S Capitol Lawn for the Fallen Police Officers Memorial Service. By 2017 her artistry had taken off she was invited to join CMT’s prestigious “Next Women of Country” program alongside eight select female artists. Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed her one of their 2018 “Artist’s To Watch.” With momentum from a successful year and support from some of Nashville’s best, Hannah released her debut, self-titled EP. Her single “ILYSoWhat” premiered on CMT, spun on Sirius XM Radio, and landed on multiple Spotify playlists. Hannah released her most recent single “Home and a Hometown” in July of 2018. Both “ILYSoWhat” and “Home and a Hometown” have surpassed the 1 Million mark on Spotify.
Outside of her artistry, Hannah has had success as a songwriter with cuts on both household names and up-and-coming acts. Artists like Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Danielle Bradberry, and Russel Dickerson, are just a few of the artists that have recorded Hannah’s songs. Her song “You Were Never Gone” was picked up by MTV’s Teen Wolf and released on the television show’s soundtrack.
Conner Smith was born to write songs. His mother interviewed songwriters as part of her work when he was a small child; he remembers being in her office, transfixed, listening to the tapes of the people most music lovers never saw telling the stories of where the songs came from. By the time he was 6, he was writing his own. By the time he was 9, he’d signed to BMI as a writer.
Being so immersed in songs and where they came from, the 20-year old Nashville native is the rarest of all things: a songwriter from the inside out. You can hear it in the old school lyric twist in “Learn From it”; you can feel it in the wanting so much more than the surface in “Tennessee,” both available now.
While working with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell as a Junior and Senior in high school, the pair encouraged him to still “finish school.” So, Smith spent his teenage years leading a double life: Student in the morning, working songwriter from noon on. His dream turned into real life – giving his sweeping country songs show the maturity and insight of an old soul discovered early, then given the time, tools and opportunity to master their craft as a seasoned writer and not just one more kid shuffling from writing appointment to writing appointment. www.ConnerSmithMusic.com