Did you know that Laine Hardy was a juvenile delinquent prior to becoming the American Idol Season 19 Winner? He tells that story and more on the Country Outdoors Podcast with Mary & Mitch!
Parker McCollum comes from a no-nonsense, hard-working family. His was the sort of upbringing where “if you’re going to do something and you’re not going to do it one-hundred percent; you shouldn’t do it all.” It’s why this 27-year-old treats each song he writes with a painstaking level of dedication, reverence, and — as he readily admits — even a bit of obsession. We're bringing this to you this week on the Podcast!
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, he’s a natural guitar slinger and gifted live performer, who often injects his humor into stage shows and singles alike. Denning first picked up a guitar in grade school, and by the age of 16 was turning heads at the front of a rowdy bar band every weekend. Still, he put off moving to Nashville until he was 21, quickly establishing his songwriting cred with cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Chase Rice when he did. In 2020 Denning tallied his first Top 20 hit as a writer with Michael Ray’s reflective “Her World or Mine,” but the spotlight has always called his name. Mary & Mitch talk hunting, fishing and music with Travis who is fresh off his first #1 hit, After a Few Drinks!
Perfecting his craft in Rocky Mountain ski lodges and Nashville’s Honky Tonks, Teddy Robb has a laid-back voice that grabs you like the Colorado winter air and wraps you up in a blanket with someone you love next to a warm fire. A native of Akron, Ohio, Teddy grew up loving the outdoors. He fished, hiked, and played football through college in Ohio, however, his passion turned to music the moment he heard George Strait’s “Troubadour.” That was it, the decision was made to make his way to Nashville
Jameson Rodgers was born and raised in Batesville, Mississippi. From a young age, he had his sights set on both music and baseball. Rodgers passions lead him to a baseball scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College where he played ball for two years.
Mary and Mitch prayed for the chance to interview Matt Stell, singer/songwriter of the hit I Prayed For You. To be completely honest, they were blown away by Matt's passion for the outdoors!
While singer/songwriter Jacob Davis has found recent success writing hits for his brother Jordan, he was the first of the Louisiana brothers to make it to Nashville. Influenced by John Prine, Jim Corce, James Taylor, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw, Jacob quickly made an impression on the Nashville music scene with songs about love and life. A guitar player since the age of 11, Jacob wrote songs, sang at open mikes and performed in church. He hit his first number 1 with brother Jordan's Take it From Me and recently signed with UMG Publishing so we expect to see more number one's in the near future!
Season 1 Podcast spent time with Mitch in an ice house in MN and debuted his new EP on Country Outdoors LIVE last May; he's going to be on Season 2 of Country Outdoors LIVE on Outdoor Channel so we thought we should bring him back too!
Mary and Mitch connect with John Jeffers (lead guitarist) and Cody Cannon (lead singer) from Whiskey Myers via Zoom and learn that these Texas country-rockers are spending their new-found free time in the great outdoors!
This week we go back to where it all began with Season 1/Episode 1 guest Tyler Farr. This time he comes back as Deer Week host for the Outdoor Channel/Sportsman Channel!
Chuck Wicks first burst onto the country music scene in 2007, when his debut single “Stealing Cinderella” earned him the highest debut for a new country artist that year. Since then, he’s found success down various paths. Much more than a musician, Wicks is a co-host of Academy of Country Music Awards’ two-time nominated and Nationally Syndicated radio show “Ty, Kelly and Chuck,” heard in over 50 cities across the United States. An avid outdoorsman, he has been featured on Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s “RMEF Team Elk” series on the Outdoor Channel. Additionally, Wicks is an alumnus of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
Eighteen months ago the singer, songwriter and syndicated radio personality was looking at a very different reality than the one that exists today. Following a nearly-fatal car crash that left Wicks with a broken neck, he could barely muster the strength to raise his head. His dedication, rehabilitation, perseverance and a new outlook on life helped the former athlete return not only with the strength to compete as one of only 11 contenders in season 2 of NBC’s “IRONMAN: Quest For Kona,”premiering later this fall and also led to a ‘why wait?’ mentality for the recording artist. With that lust for life fully embraced, Wicks returned with his first new music in nearly two years. “Better Than Flowers” is available everywhere now.
IT’S CODY JOHNSON’S TIME.
After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label and selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, to earn recognition as the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston, one of Texas’ most-sought-after talents finally agreed to sign with a major label.
Warner Music Nashville won a Music Row sweepstakes and enticed Johnson – who’d turned down several majors before – to join the team and take a shot at turning a concert success story into one with multimedia, national hit-making cred.
Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks, and the music from his previous albums – inspired by ‘90s country foundations, but built for the 21stcentury – has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio.
Mary catches up with serial entrepreneur/social media influencer Shep Rose from beautiful Charleston SC!
Music is Kameron's life. His love for music started at a very young age when his grandpa drove him around in his old pickup truck listening to country radio....
Josh Bagwell is a country singer/songwriter from Georgia. Bagwell has long had a passion for playing music, but it wasn't until college that he decided to pursue that as a career, forming a trio with 2 hometown friends. ... It was then Bagwell set out on his own as a solo artist.
Country music singer Sadie Bass grew up in small town Michigan, hunting and fishing with her Dad, and those pastimes became the focal point of the first song she wrote called “Son He Never Had.” And yes, Sadie Bass is her given name. Her music and lifestyle could be the poster child for outlaw country music and she could easily hop the bus on any contemporary country music tour and be welcomed onto any stage today. Shortly after writing her first song and posting it on social media, she was contacted by country music radio stations and asked to perform opening sets for touring country acts traveling through Michigan.