Arkansas hick-hop artist Charlie Farley‘s self-issued digital tracks, mixtapes, and videos resulted in a record deal, touring spots, and a place on the country charts. Farley started writing poems when he was 12 years old, but it wasn’t until he graduated from high school that he started combining the lyrics he had written with music and beats, working in a makeshift studio to create mixtape after mixtape of his songs. An avid fisherman and hunter, his first break came when he wrote and recorded a fishing rap song for the television fishing series Exposed. His ease with the country rap format eventually brought him a production deal with Phivestarr Productions and an album deal with Colt Ford‘s Average Joes Entertainment, which released Farley‘s debut album, Hog Heaven, early in 2014. The artist decided to go the independent route for his sophomore album, All I’ve Been Through, which appeared in the spring of 2016. The album placed on numerous digital charts and prompted some regional touring. Almost two years later, Farley got back in the studio to issue the full-length Winning with the Losers for his own Back Road Records, distributed by Average Joes Entertainment. The album landed inside the Top 25 on the country Heatseekers charts.
The beauty of country music is its ability to reflect the lives of its listeners, and few artists have celebrated life’s challenges and triumphs with more heartfelt eloquence than Joe Diffie. Whether singing about untarnished love in the enduring hit “John Deere Green,” the perennial appeal of “Pickup Man” or the heartbreak of dreams unrealized in “Ships That Don’t Come In,” Diffie’s songs have continually painted a portrait of real life with all its joy and angst. “I’ve always loved well-written songs,” says the Grammy winner, who is just as skilled at writing hits as he is singing them. “There’s really no magic formula. I’ve just always drawn on my own experience whether it’s falling in love or hanging out in a bar. I feel like if I relate to it, other people will too.” A native of Tulsa, OK, Diffie is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. A star athlete in high school, he originally set his sights on a medical career, but his love for music won out and he began performing in a gospel group. He paid the bills by working in a foundry and later joined a bluegrass band before deciding to give Nashville a try. He got a job working in the warehouse at Gibson Guitars, but felt like he wasn’t any closer to making his dreams come true.He was on the verge of moving home when a conversation with his dad changed his destiny. “The best advice I ever got was from my dad,” Diffie recalls with a smile. “He said, ‘If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have anything to shoot at. Do something every day towards your music. Write a song or play your guitar.’ I took that to heart and made sure I did something every day whether it was big or little. I remember getting out of bed one time because I had forgotten to do something towards my music. I actually got up, got my guitar and played for a few minutes and then went back to bed. I feel like that had something to do with the success that I’ve managed to achieve. I think it would apply in anything. I lived, breathed, ate and slept music all the time. I was so obsessed with it.”That passion and dedication to his dream paid off. His first break came when Holly Dunn recorded “There Goes My Heart Again” and asked him to sing harmony. “I remember going to the mailbox one time and getting the first check from that song and was like, holy crap! I need to write some more songs! I hadn’t seen that much money in my whole life,” he laughs. By 1990, Diffie had signed with Epic Records and released his debut album A Thousand Winding Roads. His very first single, “Home,” hit No. 1. He continued to dominate the charts throughout the 90s with such hits as “New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame),” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Is It Cold in Here,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger than the Beatles” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” With nearly 30 years in the spotlight, Diffie has no plans to slow down. “I love music. It’s just a part of me,” he says. “Retiring would be like cutting off my arm or something. I enjoy everything about it. The travel part gets old once in a while admittedly, but I love the fans. It beats working any day.” I Got This is slated for a spring 2019 release. The title track and the follow-up single “Quit You” are currently available wherever digital music is sold and streamed.
After Hours is a new upcoming band from the small town of Mansfield, Louisiana. All three members were born and raised in Mansfield and grew up together, staying out too late and having a little too much fun. After Hours is fronted by Lucas Jagneaux on vocals and lead guitar, accompanied by brother Tobin Jagneaux on drums and childhood friend Bates Bell on bass guitar.
Since founding in the summer of 2011 they have been running the roads from honky tonks and festivals, to weddings and private parties. Playing every weekend and honing their craft, After Hours developed a sound of their own; gaining a local following as one of the best three piece bands in the area! They are known for putting on an entertaining show, playing original music with a few covers everyone knows! Heavily influenced by traditional country, as well as, other artists from other genres. After Hours has forged their own unique sound!
After Hours has opened up for many notable local and touring acts such as Frank Foster, Doug Stone, JB & The Moonshine Band, Little Texas, Bart Crow, Travis Matte, Sunny Ledfurd, Micky and the Motorcars, LA Roxx, and Sammy Kershaw. In June 2014 After Hours self released their debut album “Louisiana Boy” on their label AfterHours Entertainment. Recorded with Travis Matte in Scott, LA. The album quickly charted on the iTunes Country Charts as high as #61 in the Nation! Call your local stations and request “Louisiana Boy”!
I like to connect with people at any age, whatever it might be sonically or to the depth of what they are willing to think as LaRue reflects on this important connection he has fostered with his fans over his 15-plus years of touring and recording music. Together, LaRue and his fans have culled together a “favorite live song set” that is dedicated to his loyal and growing fan base. LaRue is known for his real life, thinking man’s music as well as his high energy live concerts with fans singing along to songs such as “Feet Don’t Touch The Ground”, “Look At Me Fly”, and “Oklahoma Breakdown”. Being able to connect with fans the way we can today is mind blowing to LaRue. When this journey started over 15 years ago, communication was restricted mainly to the stage, written letters and before show meet and greets. Now with social media along with the audience feedback at his shows he feels closer to them than ever and looks forward to the future as he travels around the world writing songs as well as performing. Independently charged, LaRue has sold over one million records over his career and plays 200-plus shows a year, and he has released a new single “You Oughta Know” in November 2018. Stoney LaRue has a new album slated to be released in 2019.