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Artist Spotlight: Ryan Follese

October 26, 2016

As many of you know already, I’ve written about a lot of up-and-coming country music artists. Obviously, there are a lot of musicians out there trying to find their place in , but not everyone is destined for stardom. Today, you are in for a real treat.

I first came across Big Machine Label Group recording artist Ryan Follese (that’s “fall-uh-ZAY”) when I heard the folks at KRTY promoting that he would be opening for both Cassadee Pope and the Eli Young Band in San Jose in early November. I was lucky enough to be in California that week to catch both shows and let me tell you this: he is something special. When I talk about artists that you need to drop what you are doing immediately and take a listen to, Follese is one.

Ryan Follese Float Your Boat Single

As a bit of background, Ryan Follese  co-wrote each of the six tracks on his self-titled debut solo EP, including “Put A Label On It,” which hit country radio earlier this month as his first official single.

Additionally, SiriusXM kickstarted the launch this summer, selecting Follese as their “Highway Find” and spinning his summer vacation anthem “Float Your Boat.” Selling more than 40,000 downloads to date, and amassing nearly 2 million streams, the Ryan Follese EP was recorded with producers Dann Huff and Cameron Montgomery in Nashville. While the aforementioned songs might have received the notoriety to date, don’t miss other great tracks such as “Wilder“, “One Thing Right” and “Lose a Little Sleep“. “Wilder” might be my favorite of the bunch.

In speaking with The Boot, Follese described the EP as follows:

“It is definitely country. It is a look into my life over the last year, which, in my existence so far, has been the most real-life stuff that’s happened to me in the last year. You won’t get that all from the lyrics necessarily, but the meaning and how much heart and effort I put into this is a result of just coming of age, I guess.”

Image result for ryan follese ep

Now you may not know this, but Follese originally hit it big on the pop scene. During his successful run fronting the band Hot Chelle Rae, Follese co-wrote their #1 hit “Tonight, Tonight” and toured around the globe, featuring arena dates with none other than Taylor Swift. You might not remember, but Follett performed on the 2012 CMT Music Awards with Lady Antebellum, secured a performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and wrote“Thug Story” with Swift and T-Pain. Follese also earned the 2012 American Music Awards’ Best New Artist award. Not bad, right?

Recently, Follese refocused his songwriting, going back to his country roots to incorporate the storytelling lyrics and influences he was raised on. It doesn’t hurt that he grew up surrounded by the music of his songwriter parents, Keith and Adrienne. Not a bad household to grow up in! Their songwriting catalogue includes major hits for Tim McGraw (Something Like That), Faith Hill (The Way You Love Me), Little Texas (Life Goes On), Lonestar (Smile) and Martina McBride (I Love You). Currently previewing his new music nationwide, Follese has been tapped for Live Nation’s ‘Ones To Watch’ Tour with headliner (and one of my personal favorites) LOCASH.

What really stands out for me is how Follese has seamlessly transitioned from pop-rock to country music. I’ve seen a number of artists go the other direction, and a few that have tried to join the country ranks, but I have a feeling that we’ll look back in a few years and realize that Follese made the right decision. Granted, he has the advantage of some strong country music lineage, but he’s done this for himself.

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When speaking of his transition in an interview with Sounds Like Nashville, Follese said:

“It is coming back to my roots. I wish there was a better way to say it but it really, that’s what it is. I grew up surrounded in country and I feel like that’s what made me want to start a rock band to begin with. Just like, you revolt against your parents. Country music was the only thing I knew until I was a teenager and then I was like ‘oh, I want to be in a rock band!’”

Additionally, here’s what Follese had to say to The Boot:

“Country chose me. Everything I wrote for the last few years came out this way. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up in it; I don’t know if it’s because it comes more natural to me. That and the combination of, this is the way to tell the stories I want to tell. The things that I’m going through that I want to do, and being close to my family and being here in Nashville, this is the way to live for me, and that is something that I want to grow old in.”

If you haven’t checked out Ryan Follese before, make sure you check out his music on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Also, keep up with him via his website or follow him on Twitter at @RyanFollese and Facebook for his latest news and concert schedule.

I just included Follese as one of fifteen country music artists you need to have on your playlist, so make sure you go and give him a listen.

So what did I miss? Have you seen Ryan Follese live? What do you think of this guy?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne…Tonight in Mountain View!

September 25, 2009

UPDATE: One of the BEST shows of the year. The set lists listed below are about 99% accurate. Dierks Bentley didn’t play “Trying to Stop Your Leaving. Paisley, Bentley and Jimmy Wayne all performed “Alcohol” together.

I’ll be there at Shoreline Amphitheater tonight! Looking for the KRTY booth! Will you?

It should be an awesome show as always with these guys. I’ve never seen Jimmy Wayne but heard that all three will impress.

Been to a lot of good shows so far this year: Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Trailer Choir, Lonestar, Chris Cagle, Lady Antebellum etc…This should rank right up there with them!

Here’s the most recent set lists for Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley from August 27, courtesy of Setlist.fm:

BRAD PAISLEY

    1. Start a Band
    2. American Saturday Night
    3. Mud On The Tires
    4. Wrapped Around
    5. Celebrity
    6. Waitin’ on a Woman
    7. Water
    8. I’m Still a Guy
    9. Catch All the Fish / I’m Gonna Miss Her
    10. She’s Everything
    11. Drum Solo / Cliffs of Rock City / Huckleberry Jam
    12. The World
    13. Letter to Me
    14. When I Get Where I’m Going
    15. Ticks
    16. Online
    17. Then
    18. Encore:
    19. Welcome to the Future
    20. Alcohol 
    21. Boys of Summer (Don Henley Cover)
DIERKS BENTLEY
  1. Sideways
  2. Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do
  3. Trying to Stop Your Leaving
  4. How Am I Doin’
  5. Settle For A Slowdown
  6. Come a Little Closer
  7. My Last Name
  8. Feel That Fire
  9. What Was I Thinkin’
  10. Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)

2008: Caylee Anthony, Barack Obama and More…

January 2, 2009

First before I go any further in recapping 2008, I want to say thank you to the more than 275,000 people who have taken the time to stop by, read and leave a comment on my site. When I started this blog back in August, I never thought that I would reach 1,000 readers, much less nearly 300,000! It absolutely blows my mind!!!

As most of you already know, I only blog for fun during the spare time I have before work, after work and after the kids have gone to bed at night. I’m not a professional. I don’t break the news, I just pass along stories that I find of interest and hope to spark discussion amongst those who stop by the site. I did get interviewed by MSNBC for an article that came out this week. That was pretty cool, possibly the highlight of my year!

Judging by the number of people who have visited the site, it seems that a lot of you have many of the same interests that I have, and I appreciate you taking the time to read! 🙂 I have enjoyed reading each and every comment that has been left and every email that has been sent to me @ roaddawg33@aol.com. (I read them all and try to respond to all as well) Feel free to drop a line anytime via email or visit me on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace.

I would  have to say that the  most read stories I have posted this year have been about Casey and Caylee Anthony. This has been a truly sad story from the beginning. The loss of a little girl who none of us knew until July who it seems was taken by her own mother. (Yes, I believe that she did it and more than likely her family knew about it at some point in time).

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: I wish that I never had to cover this story. I wish that Caylee Anthony was still alive, with a loving family, celebrating the holidays. I wish that she had the opportunity to grow up, go to school, get married and start a family of her own. Having a 3 and 1 year old is the greatest experience I’ve had in my life. I can’t understand how anyone would ever harm their own child. It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO ME!

Unfortunately, not all people live with the same morals and values in this life. This has been a tragedy and I hope that closure will come with the trial in 2009 and those who were a part of the death of a sweet, innocent young child, will face the consequences that they deserve.

When I started the blog in August, I thought that I would only be covering politics, music and sports. I went to my fair share of concerts including: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, LeeAnn Rhimes, Phil Vassar, Lonestar and Luke Bryan. All were great shows and I can’t wait for another lineup of great acts to come through the Bay Area in 2009. Thanks to KRTY for all the great shows at the Rodeo Club! Bring back Phil Vassar!!!! Best show of ’08.

The Olympics took up quite a bit of my time this summer, watching Michael Phelps run for 8 gold medals in Beijing. Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh also dominated Women’s Volleyball again this year (and Misty got her butt slapped by the President) and who can forget the US Dream Team taking home the gold!

The 2008 Presidential race was one for the ages! In the end, Barack Obama defeated his Republican counterpart John McCain in what could be considered a convincing fashion. Saturday Night Live made Tina Fey famous once again for her impressions of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

There’s been a lot more this year that I just don’t have time to mention: TechCrunch Vs. PR, The Economy and much, much more. You can take a look back through the archives and see what has been discussed. I know there has been a lot! Thanks again to everyone who has taken time out of their day to stop by Kreuzer’s Korner. I’ll try to keep you updated, as always, with the news that I find interesting next year!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s to a GREAT 2009!

John Kreuzer

Caylee Anthony and More…A Look Back at 2008

January 1, 2009

First before I go any further in recapping 2008, I want to say thank you to the more than 270,000 people who have taken the time to stop by, read and leave a comment on my site. When I started this blog back in August, I never thought that I would reach 1,000 readers, much less nearly 300,000! It absolutely blows my mind!!!

As most of you already know, I only blog for fun during the spare time I have before work, after work and after the kids have gone to bed at night. I’m not a professional. I don’t break the news, I just pass along stories that I find of interest and hope to spark discussion amongst those who stop by the site. I did get interviewed by MSNBC for an article that came out this week. That was pretty cool, possibly the highlight of my year!

Judging by the number of people who have visited the site, it seems that a lot of you have many of the same interests that I have, and I appreciate you taking the time to read! 🙂 I have enjoyed reading each and every comment that has been left and every email that has been sent to me @ roaddawg33@aol.com. (I read them all and try to respond to all as well) Feel free to drop a line anytime via email or visit me on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace.

I would  have to say that the  most read stories I have posted this year have been about Casey and Caylee Anthony. This has been a truly sad story from the beginning. The loss of a little girl who none of us knew until July who it seems was taken by her own mother. (Yes, I believe that she did it and more than likely her family knew about it at some point in time).

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: I wish that I never had to cover this story. I wish that Caylee Anthony was still alive, with a loving family, celebrating the holidays. I wish that she had the opportunity to grow up, go to school, get married and start a family of her own. Having a 3 and 1 year old is the greatest experience I’ve had in my life. I can’t understand how anyone would ever harm their own child. It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO ME!

Unfortunately, not all people live with the same morals and values in this life. This has been a tragedy and I hope that closure will come with the trial in 2009 and those who were a part of the death of a sweet, innocent young child, will face the consequences that they deserve.

When I started the blog in August, I thought that I would only be covering politics, music and sports. I went to my fair share of concerts including: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, LeeAnn Rhimes, Phil Vassar, Lonestar and Luke Bryan. All were great shows and I can’t wait for another lineup of great acts to come through the Bay Area in 2009. Thanks to KRTY for all the great shows at the Rodeo Club! Bring back Phil Vassar!!!! Best show of ’08.

The Olympics took up quite a bit of my time this summer, watching Michael Phelps run for 8 gold medals in Beijing. Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh also dominated Women’s Volleyball again this year (and Misty got her butt slapped by the President) and who can forget the US Dream Team taking home the gold!

The 2008 Presidential race was one for the ages! In the end, Barack Obama defeated his Republican counterpart John McCain in what could be considered a convincing fashion. Saturday Night Live made Tina Fey famous once again for her impressions of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (who’s daughter gave birth to a baby boy this week).

There’s been a lot more this year that I just don’t have time to mention: TechCrunch Vs. PR, The Economy and much, much more. You can take a look back through the archives and see what has been discussed. I know there has been a lot! Thanks again to everyone who has taken time out of their day to stop by Kreuzer’s Korner. I’ll try to keep you updated, as always, with the news that I find interesting next year!

I’ll be heading off to the Seattle/Tacoma Airport tomorrow afternoon (if you can find me, stop by and say hi…Southwest Airlines) to fly back to San Jose after a week in the snowy Pacific Northwest, but not before making a quick trip South to visit client Burgerville for a Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger, French Fries and my favorite: a Vanilla Shake! Centralia…here I come!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s to a GREAT 2009!

John Kreuzer

Concert Review: Lonestar at Club Rodeo, August 22, 2008

August 23, 2008

Just back from the big Lonestar show thrown by KRTY at Club Rodeo in San Jose. I gotta say that I have been to a lot of concerts in my day and this was a very entertaining show from beginning to end. The last time I saw Lonestar was at the Petaluma Fair almost ten years ago. At the time, they were just about to release their Lonely Grill album. The band sure has come a long way since that night in Petaluma.

Credit: Kristin Barlowe

Doors opened at 7 p.m. and we arrived about 7:15 (3 hours before show time). Club Rodeo always has line dance lessons before hand so its great to sit and watch everyone having a good time. They had a great “Olympics” dance off which provided some great entertainment.

Lonestar hit the stage promptly at 10:15 and began their set with “What About Now”. The crowd was loud and singing along with every verse. They continued with “Tell Her”, “You Walked In”, “Walkin in Memphis” and a couple of new songs which are sure to be hits!

The night slowed down a bit with a wonderful version of “I’m Already There”, dedicated to the troops overseas helping keep America safe from harm. The crowd sang every lyric and you could tell it was a very moving experience for everyone in the club.

They continued their set with “With You” and the crowd favorite “Amazed”. Throughout the night it was nearly impossible to tell that the band got a new lead singer just a few short months ago. Lonestar finished the set with “No News” which was extended to nearly ten minutes with a great guitar solo and the band playing the crowd by breaking us up into three groups singing “No”…”News”…”Rocks”. Good times.

Lonestar

Credit: Lonestar

After a brief few minutes off stage, the crowd brought the band back out for an encore which included covers of “Last Dance with Mary Jane” by Tom Petty and “Rock & Roll” by Led Zepplin! The crowd was hot and I, for one, was screaming the lyrics at the top of my lungs. This was the point where the lead singer smiled, waved and winked to my wife who happened to be sitting on the stage at the time. She loved it and went home with the guitar players pick. Nice!

All in all, it was a very good show. The only complaint that I have is the Lonestar set list itself. Here were the songs that were NOT played this evening: Come Cryin’ To Me, Mr. Mom, From My Front Porch Lookin’ In, Let’s Be Us Again, Tequilla Talkin’, Not a Day Goes By and Smile.

I hate to say but some of those songs needed to be played. I was very excited to take my wife to the show since the song that was playing when I met her was Come Cryin’ to Me. I had always wanted to see the song live with her and will have to wait until next time when I hope that they will play it (their best song in my opinion).

Oh well you know, you can’t get everything you want and we certainly got a lot from this great band. Lonestar did a wonderful job entertaining a crowd of over 1,000 at Club Rodeo and thank you to KRTY for putting on another great show! And thank you to Randy Jones. My wife and I got to talk to him for a bit before the show. Talking mostly about Phil Vassar and how he needs to come back to Club Rodeo soon!!! I guess Randy got to spend some time with Phil at his house in Nashville. Must have been some fun!

Coming to Club Rodeo in the coming months: Chris Cagle, Keith Anderson and Darryl Worley. Those should be some great shows!!!!!

KRTY: Lonestar To Play Free Concert at the Rodeo Club

August 12, 2008

Lonestar is coming back to the South Bay on Friday, August 22, for a one night KRTY “Listener Appreciation Show” live from the Rodeo Club in San Jose. The concert is free if you print your ticket from the KRTY Web site in advance of the show or $10 at the door.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and this is an 18 and older show.

Lonestar hit it big in the mid to late 90’s with hits such as “Come Cryin’ to Me”, “Amazed” and later with “Mr. Mom” and “From My Front Porch Lookin’ In”. All should be on the Lonestar set list and many, many more! This should be a great show so don’t miss it! I’ll be there in the front right up against the stage, just like I was for Phil Vassar and Luke Bryan!