I was country when country was country…
Hello my name is Eddie Ray Franks Jr. Retired Army in 1992 after 26 yrs, singing Country music every since I was 6 yrs old. Singer and song writer of country music. I had my first guitar lesson at the age of 6 from Johnny Horton. I grew up on the Louisiana Hayride. My hero’s were my Uncle the late Tillman B. Franks and my friend the late Johnny Horton. I have played in NCO clubs on many bases around the world.
I have also preformed in various retirement homes for the love of entertaining and putting smiles on someones face, played in a few night clubs here and there…I have settled in to focus on my music and writing songs, I am curently working on some new material and in the process of getting some of my music recorded. In the process of getting a new cd recorded. I co-wrote songs with Bo Gerbig Jr. , Tillman Ben Franks Jr. , the late Michael Benning and my brother John R. Franks. I have been fortunate enough to work with great musicians and great songwriters like my cousin Tillman Ben Franks Jr. and musicians like Dexter Mathis and Dean Mathis. Tillman Ben Franks Jr. has wrote songs for me that are unbelievable like “Naw”, “Just Country” and “I Was Country When Country Was Country”.
We have co-wrote songs together also like “Howl At The Moon” , “Keep On Loving You”and “Just Another Bump In The Road”. My cousin Tillman Ben Franks Jr. has been my inspiration and drive to keep me going in this business. Dexter Mathis has been my vocal coach and pulled the music out of me. Dean Mathis (Dexter’s Dad) has gave me inspiration to keep on singing my style of music. Without these three guys, I could not do what I do. I owe everything to them.
You can go to http://www.thevmf.org to get a copy of The Long Black Wall plus they are selling a new cd with 2 songs that I donated along with songs that other artist donated to help the homeless Vets. My new cd “The Best of Eddie Ray”, can be purchased through cdbaby for $14.95 also Angel On Top Of The Tree can be downloaded for $.99 on cdbaby, itunes and other downloadable links. http://www.craftweb.org/web/eddieray/
Members: Eddie Ray Franks Jr and The Screaming Eagles
Sounds Like: Red Sovine, Johnny Cash songs, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Chris Kristofferson
Manager: Eddie Ray Franks Jr
Chris Hanners has one of the most unique voices in Country music today. His smooth, strong delivery on a song keeps you listening and wanting to hear more.
A Columbus, Georgia boy, Chris first discovered music on the front pew of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia with his “Momma Hanners”, who encouraged him to sing Southern Gospel at a young age.
Soon he was performing with the well known trio, “The Sky Is The Limit”. They performed at local high school dances and proms, county fairs, and concerts.
In 2007, Nashville producers and songwriters discovered his talent, and he recorded three tracks to be included on his upcoming CD. Nashville producer, Eddie Gossien, produced all three tracks. His first single, “He’ll Be Home Soon”, written by Randy Jack Wiggins, was released to radio stations in the United States and Canada on April 29, 2008. The song will be available soon on iTunes, Rhapsody, and other online music stores.
The upcoming ten-song album will be available later this year with more radio releases due. He is on CLH Records and is distributed by Select-A-Hit Distribution, Memphis, Tennessee.
Members: Preston Corley,
Sounds Like: Chris Young, Jonny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Randy Travis, Josh Turner
Label: Little House Records Nashville
Manager: Little House Records Nashville
American Workers ” More Power to Ya”, Chris Hanners
It’s My Lie by Chris Hanners
We are a Richmond Va area established band with a dynamic blend of music from the 60’s to today country/rock/blues blended with classic and modern rock. Add to it some of today’s contemporary artists, and you have the well rounded “ROUTE 64″ band! We will be your GO TO band for all the songs you know well, and some you have not thought about, or are not expecting to hear! Route 64 is your surrounding Richmond area choice! We are the band that isn’t shy about making a road trip! Please note the “similar” artists thing we put artists that are wonderful there but the truth is Kristen Johnson has her own style..give us a listen!
Members: Kristen Johnson Blanton Gordon Rob Moss Brian Legere Dan Gillespie
Sounds Like: Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Adele, Lady Antebellum
Manager: Blanton Gordon 804-938-2001
“I Hate Myself for Loving You” sung live by Route 64 Band – by Joan Jett
New Single and Music Video
“Welcome To America” Released June 18, 2012
4D recording artist Denae Gardner’s music is Country, is very fresh and current sounding, and her love and respect for Traditional Country is obvious. There’s no doubting that. Take a listen to her recent radio singles, the Bluegrass tinged “Heartache Train” and, “My Love Will Not Change,” or her new single “Welcome To America” a Rockin’ Country/Blues song released June 2012, and you can hear how unique her talent is. But, at the same time, the Idaho-based singer has a deep appreciation for what has come before her. She feels that’s important.
“You have to appreciate where music came from,” the stunning 20-year-old songstress says. “That’s a really big thing with me. That’s why I listen to so much of the old stuff. It’s all related. Music, as we know it today, came from Country and Blues. Obviously, I know they are different sounding, but I just love it all.”
It was the legendary band Led Zeppelin that was one of her biggest influences growing up, as she recalls.
“What really inspired me to want to get involved in music as a career was that I watched a live DVD of Led Zeppelin when I was in the eighth or ninth grade. Watching that DVD really inspired me, and then, I heard the music of Etta James. That’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life.”
Gardner blends those sounds all together into a style that she calls “Rockin’ Country with a Blues/Bluegrass twist.” That style is very much in evidence on such tracks as her new single “Welcome To America” (Rockin Country Blues).
“Welcome To America”, Denae Gardner’s new single and music video released June 18, 2012 , impacting radio on July 8, 2012 is a departure from the usual popular Country fare of “love songs-meet-beer hall songs”. It is a message song, not preachy, just the straight dope about society in this current era. Gene Vail, Darrell Morris, and Denae Gardner are the writers of this moving song.
“Denae Gardner’s video and track “Welcome To America” is an eye opening, in your face look about what our country is and has become. With her lyrically graphic descriptions, this is one political song and video that are right on point. Done in the country music style, Gardner and her band are serious. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that she’s the Bob Marley of country music. This is an excellent video that is well shot, and the story it tells is profound. Her voice is very good, the band is excellent, and this could very well be a hit. The music and flow of “Welcome To America” are very moving as this singer tells it like it is with a very emotional delivery and great style.” ~Music Dish TV Worldwide
Gardner was out and about during mid-2011, putting names and faces together on her first radio tour. The tour, which took her to forty radio markets in a two month period, is a vital part of getting an artist noticed by radio. Denae says the importance of getting to know the Music Directors and On-Air talent can not be underestimated.
She definitely made quite an impact on the listeners and radio stations, as her single “Heartache Train” reached #87 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. In some cases, live performances of songs she did on the radio tour, like “Sky Is Crying,” also netted airplay, as well.
With a new single “Welcome to America” set to impact radio, Denae is in this career for the long haul.
Denae wants to carry the torch for artists such as McEntire, Loretta Lynn, and Connie Smith, who kept the ‘twang’ in their music.
“It’s really important to me that we keep Traditional Country flavor in our songs. I grew up with Traditional and Classic music, and I really want to keep that strong.”
If you ask her about her biggest influence, you might be surprised. When asked what performer she would most love to sit down and seek their career advice, she said
“Hank Williams, III, hands down. I would love to sit down and have a conversation with him. I love what he stands for. I would love to ask him about how he has kept his sound so traditional.”
She also hopes to bring out the emotions in her music to the listeners, and if her music inspires them, she knows the feeling.
Denae says that as much as she loves recording, she really wants to take her music out on the road to the people. That’s where she feels right at home.
So, when listeners hear “Welcome to America,” on the radio, what exactly would Gardner want people to think about her?
“I want them to think that this girl has a deep passion for America. She is not afraid to venture away from the ‘love song-meets-beer hall songs’ that are so popular in Country music. She will sing about society and some of the things that we must deal with to keep our Country the wonderful land of freedom and hope that it was created to be. I hope people think that I have genuine talent. I hope they feel what I am doing, and that I am sticking to my roots. I just want them to appreciate it!”
Denae Gardner’s 4th single, “Welcome To America” was released June 18, 2012. The “Welcome To America” music video will be released at the same time.
Members: Brian Palmer, Diane Johnson, Chris Gunderson, Zack Tyr, Randy McKluskey, Scott Sumner
Sounds Like: Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Deana Carter, Wynona Judd
Label: 4D Records
Manager: Don Tunnell
Welcome to America – Denae Gardner
I am a recording artist in Nashville and in the process of recording an album .. I have an intense passion for music and have been singing prof. for about 10yrs now .. I played the casino circuit for several yrs and various different clubs and venues up and down the west coast .. It was there that I realized I had caught the music bug and it would never leave me ;-) I am so Thankful to be doing what I love and hope you will stay tuned for what is to come from me in the near future. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my bio .. Alena ;-) Music written and produced by Trey Bruce