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Variety Is The Spice of Life When I look at our March Calendar, it is amazing to see so many outrageously talented and diverse artists joining us every Tuesday night at the Mercy Lounge and High Watt. One of my heroes growing up was the legendary Bill Graham. His ability to build a show around the most unlikely mix of bands and create a juxtaposition of styles was uncanny. That is our mission on The Billy Block Show. On Tuesday March 5th, it doesn’t get any weirder than teen Country hopeful Madison Kozak opening our show a 6pm, followed by Stompin’ Swamp Grassers The Howlin’ Brothers at 7pm, with Roots Rock singer/songwriter John Cate and Sugarland’s Annie Clemens at 8pm. Add Americana charttoppers Bryan Clark & New Lyceum Players at 8:30, the big voice and rockin’ Country sound of Burly Clyde at 9pm, and wrap it all up with Southern Rock and Soul singer George Shingleton at 9:30pm, and we have a show that might make ‘ol Bill G. at least give us a wink. It’s like that every Tuesday night in March. On Tuesday March 12th, we will move over to the High Watt, as we bring young Country hopefuls like Caroline Cole to the stage with legendary Folk and Rock legends Barry & Holly Tashian and their Shelby Bottom String Band, paired with Rock guitar hero Ben Flanders and Country vocal group Phoenix Drive. Add Big Vinny and Cherry Rain, and once again, it’s a musical snapshot of what Music City is all about. So it’s Spring Break for the Block kids, and we rented the Bellamy Brothers’ pad on Seaside Beach down on the Gulf Coast of Florida. With our “the show must go on” mentality, we invited one of our favorite young female performers, Allie Farris, to perform and serve as guest host on Tuesday, March 19th at The High Watt. Allie’s night of musical guests is an embarrassment of riches that includes talented new Americana duo Tawny River at 6pm. Megan Moreaux plays at 7pm and is a young California Country girl with enormous potential for stardom. From the hit TV show Duets, comes the richly-blessed talents of Stacia Watkins at 8pm. Longtime friend of the show Jessica Cayne returns from L.A. just in time to bring it big time as she always does. Hostess Allie Farris plays her own set, followed by the debut of the slammin’ Rock band, Elle & The Fury. I’m back for March 26th, and we’ll be back at The Mercy Lounge stage with young Country star Kelly Tillotson making her debut at 6pm. Our Australian friend Mark Moffat, the Ambassador for APRA, enlisted our featured “In The Round” artists Chris Altman, Travis Caudle, and Audrey Auld at 7pm. From the legendary music group The Oak Ridge Boys comes a Tall Dark Stranger and son of Oak’s Duane Allen, Dee Allen. Dee and his band make their debut on our show at 8pm. From Atlanta, we welcome The Chris Massey Band who are hoping to make inroads into the Nashville scene with their honkytonk/rockin’ Country sounds. Real deal Country singer/songwriter Jacob Powell has a legion of Music Row believers and tons of rabid fans. We will close the show with up-and-coming Country sensation Tommy Griffith and his all-star band. We are so thankful for the support of our fans, friends, and music lovers from around the globe who regularly join us at the show, online, and on TV. Thanks for 17 incredible years, and here’s to 17 more. Love to all,

- Billy, Jill, Rocky, Grady, Micheal and Lucky

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T he Howlin’ Brothers are a three-piece string band that brings heart and passion

L .A. based John Cate is a widely published songwriter and active performer with over

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into every performance. Their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. The Howlin’ Brothers are bringing their show all across America in 2013. Their latest album, HOWL, produced by Brendan Benson, will be available March 5th on Benson’s label, Readymade Records.

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she is still just a kid, but at the young age of sixteen, Madison has been fortunate enough to experience a lot of things, find out who she is, and have the amazing opportunity to chase her dreams. Over the past two years Madison has made the transition to living in Nashville. Every day in Music City is a learning experience for this overly excited, outgoing, determined girl, who loves to make you laugh and shines in her comfort zone: onstage. Madison absolutely loves performing, telling stories, and being able to express herself while inviting others to experience emotions through the power of music. www.madisonkozack.com

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200 songs used in film, network television, and other media. With ten full-length albums and his recent EP, Changeable Skies, John continues pushing the boundaries of Roots Pop. John returns to the Billy Block Show on Tuesday, March 5th , accompanied by an all-star band which includes Annie Clements (Sugarland), who contributed bass and vocals to Changeable Skies. CMJ describes the EP as “Shades of John Lennon and Roy Orbison”.

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BRYAN CLARK

B ryan Clark has earned a reputation for his versatility, and on his new EP, Southern

Intermission, his nod to his early influences really shines. Inspired by the great Southern labels Sun, Stax, and Muscle Shoals, as well as the energy of ‘70s rock bands that played as if their lives depended on it, Clark and his band The New Lyceum Players return with an “old school” album fresh with great new songs and high octane performances.

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Southern Rock band, the realization of the vision of singer/ songwriter/musician Buck Johnson, who hails from the back roads of Shady Grove, Alabama, just outside Birmingham. Burly Clyde released it’s first single, “Southern Belle”, on Country radio and on iTunes. The song, along with eleven BURLY CLYDE more recorded for the album release, was produced by the team of Buck, Charlie Midnight (Joe Cocker, Doobie Bros.) and Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers). www.burlyclyde.com 9:30

GEORGE SHINGLETON

F rom small town, Country roots in the West Virginia hills, George Shingleton started

singing at church when he was four years old and hasn’t stopped since. He has performed shows all over West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as opening for national and regional acts at county fairs, benefit concerts, and honky tonks. In 2010, George was convinced to bring his unique voice to Nashville, where he has entertained loyal fans and newcomers alike with his with his soulful voice and blend of Country and Southern Rock fused with Soul. www.reverbnation.com/georgeshingleton

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Shelby Bottom String Band plays quirky, literate, humorous, and gritty music. Sharon Cobb (The Examiner) commenting on their new East Nashville Rag CD says: “Something authentic coming out of Nashville that is fresh, real, fun, and yet filled with social commentary, set to a distinct style of music.” Appearances include The SHELBY BOTTOM STRING Ryman, Live in Studio C, The Southern Festival of Books, The Bluebird Cafe, and others. Two SBSB originals, “East Nashville Rag” and “Don’t Blow Up The Mountain” are popular YouTube videos. Band members are Michael August, Gene Bush, Nell Levin, Bob Mason, Barry Tashian and Holly Tashian. www.facebook.com/shelbybottomstringband 8:00

Phoenix Drive is a modern Country/Rock band hailing from the Atlanta area. Beginning with founding members Jon Scott, Brian Powers, and Chris Combs in early 2010, Phoenix Drive came to full fruition in 2011 with the additions of Felicity Combs and David Rollins. With a sound that has often been compared to the earlier music of Fleetwood PHOENIX DRIVE Mac, Keith Urban, and more recently, The Civil Wars, they’re turning many an ear and eye with their dynamic live show, solid musicianship, powerful duo lead vocalists, and intricate three-part harmonies. Their original songs and modern infusion of Country, Rock, Folk, and Soul caught the attention of hit producer and songwriter Joe West, who subsequently recorded their first album, A Fool’s Melody, in Nashville.

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With his six-string skills best described as a fusion of Metal, Southern Rock, and Psychedelia, Ben Flanders is an accomplished Guitarist, Producer, and Composer, based in Nashville,Tennessee. Born into a musical family in Brisbane, Australia, he began playing drums at age three. After hearing “Cliffs Of Dover” by Eric Johnson, Ben became mesmerized by the BEN FLANDERS PROJECT guitar. Refusing to confine his playing to one style, Ben caught the attention of Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitar Company, which officially endorsed him in 2009. Ben recently released his first Instrumental EP, White Noise. The Ben Flanders Project is a promotion toward all of Ben Flanders’ music and productions as a solo guitarist, with Elliot Huff, Marcelo Bakos, and Jeff Coggins. www.facebook.com/TheBenFlandersProject

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Caroline Kole is only 15, but has already released 4 CDs of all original music, and signed a publishing/ artist development deal with SONY/ATV. She has opened concerts across the nation for many popular artists including Reba, Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson. She has CAROLINE COLE sung live with artists such as Sheryl Crow and Charlie Daniels. Caroline Kole is has played for crowds as large as 30,000 people. She has even performed in Australia, Fiji and Ireland. Caroline relocated to Nashville from Florida. She attends high school by day and works on her music by night. www.carolinecole.com

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K ate Taylor and Kendall Turnbough of Cherry Rain will pull you in with her sultry vocals, his dynamic piano playing, and their Pop Country harmonies. Their background of musical influence includes Gospel, Pop, Country, Rock, Motown, and Classical. Their smooth vocals and CHERRY RAIN original songs relay style and passion for music and catchy lyrics with stories. They have been compared to Karen and Richard Carpenter, or called the “modern Carpenters”, and do not take that compliment lightly because their friendship and writing relationship is much like that of a brother and sister. www.cherryrainmusic.com

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Vinny and his band Trailor Choir were signed to country superstar Toby Keith’s record label Showdog Universal in june of 2007 and spent the next three years opening shows for Toby. Vinny has written three songs that have landed in the Billboard Top 40, but he may be most VENCENT VAN-ZANT well known as the star of NBC’s hit reality show The Biggest Loser, where he made it to the top four. Now with a new lease on life, Vinny is primed and ready to begin his solo career. He has teamed up with hit producer and songwriter extraordinaire Keith Follese to make his own sound and brand ready for all the fans waiting for his product.

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TAWNY RIVER

D awn & Nash, also known as Tawny River are lifting spirits everywhere with a fresh

new sound built on truly unique melodies carrying a message of hope that will have your conscience calling like an old familiar song. Warm progressive arrangements and inspiring lyrics reflect on the enigmas of Life, such as Patience, Sympathy, Kindness, Gratitude, Forgiveness, Acceptance and Love. www.tawnyriver.com

M egan Moreaux is a California

country girl. Born in Monterey, California, Megan found Country music as an escape from a traumatic childhood. Megan found solace with her Aunt when MEGAN MOREAUX she was five years old, and it was then that she was introduced to Country music. Currently, Megan Moreaux is living in Nashville, Tennessee, wowing crowds at shows with her amazing vocal range and continuing to write with some of the industry’s top writers, including Jennifer Adan, Mitch Allen, Johnny Garcia (Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks), Will Rambeaux, Drew Davis, Jaeson Ma, and numerous others. www.reverbnation.com/meganmoreaux

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tacia Watkins is a whole lot of Southern sass and charm mixed with a rocking Country & Blues background. She has opened up for Jo Dee Messina, The LoCash Cowboys, Joe Diffie, and Trent Wilmon, and this past Spring, Stacia was selected to audition and perform with Sugarland’s leading lady, Jennifer Nettles, for ABC’s Duets. Signed with T.W. Hale Publishing as a songwriter, you can see Stacia performing at several writer’s venues around Nashville, including The Bluebird Café. www.staciawatkins.com 10

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JESSICA CAYNE

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essica Cayne is unexpected. As a contestant on NBC’s Season 3 of The Voice, the coaches said “you have a great voice and are obviously an entertainer...” Likened to Joss Stone with an Americana feel, she is recognized for her bold vocals, lyrics, and performance. When Jessica opened for the band Soup at Smith’s Olde Bar, reporter Chandler May from Atlanta Music Guide stated, “Jessica sounds like what would happen if Christina Aguilera abandoned dancepop, learned to play a guitar, and started writing acoustic rock songs. She has a strong soulful voice and really works her vocal range within a song, all the while strumming out groovy chord progressions on her acoustic guitar.”

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Letter From ELLE: I suppose I could riff a list of things that I care as little about as writing something in this section. Lemme see, uh, low-carb diets, Hi-def TV, the Bush daughters, wireless hot spots, ‘The O.C.’, the U.N., getting Punk’d, Danny Gans, the Latin Grammys, the real Grammys, Jeff that Wiggle who sleeps too darn much, the Yankees payroll, everything everything everything–eve–everything that exists — past, present and future, in all discovered and undiscovered dimensions. Oh, and Hugh Jackman. www.elleandthefury.com MARCH 2013 |

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in the country twang that laces every note out of Kelly Tillotson’s mouth is unexpected. When it came time for Kelly to leave home, Nashville was calling her name. Loaded up with big dreams, her guitar, and a lot of faith, Kelly drove down to Music City, KELLY TILLOTSON where she has spent the last four years attending Belmont University, working in the industry at various companies including Interscope, Universal, and Creative Nation, as well as songwriting, networking, and performing. Her debut EP is now available on iTunes.

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APRA SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE

Audrey Auld

D evils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Audrey Auld is a fearless

entertainer and an honest and witty writer; one is never afraid to venture into the dark places of life and shine a humorous light upon them. www.audreyauld.com

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TALL DARK STRANGER

A s a band, Tall Dark Stranger is the musical manifestation of a simple philosophy:

Let each song be what it wants to be (or, “trust your goosebumps”). Formed in 1998, TDS were mainstays at Nashville clubs and writer’s nights until 2002, when bandleader Dee Allen took a job in a theater show. With the band on hiatus, Allen spent nearly a decade recording their debut album. The result is that each song on There It Is (2012) has a character of its own, while sharing a common thread of intricate harmonies, clever arrangements, insightful lyrics, and Allen’s soulful lead vocals. 12

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Chris Altmann If “home is where the heart is”, then Altmann’s current residence is within his latest musical project, Nothing But Nice Things, a follow up to his 2010 solo debut, Que Paso. Here you will find a more sophisticated writer, who has drawn from his recent experience co-writing with some of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. www. chrisaltmann.com.au

Travis Caudle An Australian-born singer/songwriter who now calls North America his second home, Travis Caudle specialises in guitar-based pop songs that are lyrically preoccupied with themes of transcending the trappings of the mind and living in the present moment. www. traviscaudle.com.au

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H is voice is as scratchy and worn as a rusty Georgia tin roof, and his songs are rife

with humor and life experience. Born in 1962 in Tucker, Georgia, Chris Massey grew up with good music all around him in a small blue collar town with a father who opened for Mel Tillis and many other stars of Country Music’s past. Through several years (and several bands) Massey has never lost sight of the music that is so important to him. In 2012 he released Cowboy Heart, a ten song disc with all tracks written by Chris himself, and this summer he will embark on a tour of the East coast including New York City. A dedicated family man to his wife and two almost-grown daughters, Chris continues to endear himself to audiences with songwriting that shows he is a man who doesn’t take himself too seriously, but cares a lot about his people and life.

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ailing from a small town in Tennessee, Jacob Powell’s vocals instantly capture your attention with his soulful sincerity. His honest approach to songwriting has already caught the ears of some Nashville’s premier talent. Jacob has the ability to quickly become one of Nashville’s best young artist/ writers. Keep an eye out for Jacob in the coming months as he hits the road and begins shopping for a deal in 2013. www.facebook.com/jacobpowellmusic

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ommy Griffith takes a modern approach to classic style Country, complete with smooth, effortless vocals and wellcrafted lyrics with solid instrumentation that meet at the dusty crossroads of traditional Country and Rock. From the small mountain TOMMY GRIFFITH town of Cramer, Pennsylvania, Griffith has hard work and the highway in his DNA. An auto mechanic by trade, Griffith left the garage for the guitar in 2008 and headed to Nashville to the bright light lure of the honky-tonk stages where he began writing and recording for his first album. Griffith’s self-titled EP is a brew of Country and Americana with a drop of Rock, and features six original tracks written by Griffith that fire on all eight cylinders. www.tommygriffithmusic.com MARCH 2013 |

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March NASHVILLE’s LEGENDARY BILLY BLOCK SHOW

Celebrating 17 Years of Introducing Authentic Artists & Music

March 5th at The Mercy Lounge

The Howlin’ Brothers ......................................................................“Big Time” Chris Massey Band ............................................“Bona Fide Countrified” Madison Kozak .............................................................“Truth About Lies” John Cate....................................................................................... “Piece Of Me” Bryan Clark.......................................................................... “Southern Amen” Jacob Powell ..............................................................................“Back Around” George Shingleton............................................................. “Good Woman” Megan Moreaux ..........................................................................“Let You Go” Elle & The Fury ...................................................................................“F*CK You” Tall Dark Stranger-............................................................“Psychic Surgery” Stacia Watkins .....................................................................“Strong Enough” Cherry Rain...................................................... “Kiss Me Like You Need It” Kelly Tillotson .......................................................................“Betting On You” Tommy Griffith .........................................................................“Big Highway” Burly Clyde ..............................................................................“Southern Belle” Allie Farris ......................................................“How Is Your Love Tonight?” Shelby Bottom String Band .................................“East Nashville Rag” Ben Flanders Project .......................................................................“It’s Okay” Jim Lauderdale & Buddy Miller .........................................“It Hurts Me” Juliet & Lonesome Romeos ............................................“Wishing Well” Shel ..............................................................................................................“Stained” Cumberland Collective................... “Bring A Lil’ Love To The Table” Granny 4 Barrel......................................“Colt Ford Stole My Girlfriend” Lizzie Sider............................................................................................. “Butterfly” Jesse & Noah............................................................................... “Driven Back” Jenn Bostic................................................................“Jealous of the Angels” Rocky Block...................................................................“Love You Out Loud” Tawny River..............................................................................................“Melody” Danny Myrick..................................................................................“Truck Yeah” Cathy Paty ..............................................“Something About The South” April Kry............................................................................“Heart Inside of You” Sam Hawksley.............................................................................“Save My Life” Scott Mulvahill.................................................................................“Heartache” Alex Flanigan...............................................................“Diesel, Guns & Rust” Kree Woods..................................................................“Chance Happening” Charity Vance.................................................................................................“Icing” Shannon Labrie..........................................................“I Remember A Boy” The Bum Steers ..............................................................................“Stick Pony” Elise Davis.................................................................................... “Make The Kill”

6:00 Madison Kozak - Teen Country 7:00 The Howlin’ Brothers – Stompin’ Swamp Grass 8:00 John Cate feat. Annie Clements of Sugarland 8:30 Bryan Clark & New Lyceum Players - Americana 9:00 Burly Clyde- Buck Johnson & Friends 9:30 George Shingleton-Southern Rock & Soul

March 12th at The High Watt

6:00 Shelby Bottom String Band - New CD 7:00 Caroline Cole & Friends 8:00 Phoenix Drive - Pop Country Vocal Group 8:30 Cherry Rain - SESAC Artist of the Month 9:00 Ben Flanders Project - Instrumental Rock 9:30 Vencent Van-Zant - Biggest Winner

March 19th at The High Watt

w/ Special Guest Host Allie Farris 6:00 Tawny River - Americana Duo 7:00 Megan Moreaux - California Country 8:00 Stacia Watkins - Amazing singer/songwriter 8:30 Jessica Cayne - Country Star 9:00 Allie Farris - Piano Pop Star 9:30 Elle & The Fury - Indie Rock

March 26th at The Mercy Lounge

6:00 Kelly Tillotson - Young Country 7:00 APRA Songwriters w/Chris Altmann, Travis Caudle, & Audrey Auld 8:00 Tall Dark Stranger - Dee Allen Rocks 8:30 The Chris Massey Band - Atlanta Country Rocker 9:00 Jacob Powell - Real Deal Country 9:30 Tommy Griffith- Young Country

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