Monday, August 23rd ~
Rodgers co-penned Platinum-selling hits for Florida Georgia Line (Top 10 single “Talk You Out of It”) and Chris Lane (No. 1 smash “I Don’t Know About You”), along with “Camouflage Hat” on Jason Aldean’s most recent album 9 and the title track of Luke Bryan’s latest release Born Here Live Here Die Here. Luke Combs came a-calling, and in 2019, Rodgers found himself in arenas of screaming fans, barely before he even had his own hit on country radio.
Soon the song that he couldn’t get out of his head, the song that others had toyed with but never cut, the song that had given all it could, gave Rodgers his first clear chance at solo stardom. “Some Girls” would go on to be the first of only two solo male debut singles to reach the top of the charts in 2020. And it’s “Some Girls” and “Cold Beer Calling My Name” that now serve as the firm foundation for Rodgers’ new EP titled In It for the Money, a project partly created in a little cabin just east of Nashville, where Rodgers holed up with some of this favorite songwriters, taking bits and pieces of their collective truths and putting together a project in which a shy guy speaks loud about life and love and lessons learned.
“My purpose that I know right now is that I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. And the best chance I have of doing that is writing and singing songs.”
August 23rd Opener~
Often in country music, artists leave their small hometowns with big stories to tell -- in singer-songwriter Tyler Booth's case, those stories are his very own. From supporting some of the genre's top stars including Joe Diffie, Brooks and Dunn, Dwight Yoakam, and Frankie Ballard either in the studio or on the show bill to building a grass-roots fan base across the nation with nothing but a rigged-up home studio and workhouse attitude, the 24-year-old singer has already lived a life worth writing songs about. Now, as the first artist signed to Sony Music Nashville and Villa 40's joint venture and flanked by a band of childhood friends, Booth is touring behind the arrival of his two debut singles, "Long Comes A Girl" and "Where The Livin' Is."
"There's something about making a song and just dying to show it to people," he says. "Ever since I was a kid, I was always writing them and begging my dad to listen. I don't know if there's a better feeling than letting people hear your music."
Born and raised in the rule-class city of Campton, Kentucky, Booth always knew he wanted to be a singer. Musically, he grew up in a house divided -- while his dad was managing a local rock group fronted by his uncle, down the road and "up the holler," his grandparents were spinning Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson records. Originally, the young entertainer went the way of his old man. After "finally getting a guitar tuned" at 12 years old, he mastered a few power chords and sat in on his uncle's band rehearsal. One year later, a chance listen to Jamey Johnson's hit, "High Cost Of Living," sent Booth down a country music rabbit hole. From that point on, in a town where everybody knew everybody, he became famous for his baritone and songwriting chops.
"When the talent show rolled around, everybody used me as their singer," he recalls. "Music was everywhere in Kentucky, and I think that helped me...But the industry was so out of reach. I honestly didn't think I would ever be able to make a living doing it."
At 18, he enrolled at Morehead State University, where he majored in traditional music studies. One of his professors, an old touring buddy of country artist Craig Morgan, took an interest in the student and emailed a clip of one of his Jamey Johnson covers to Nashville songwriter-producer Phil O'Donnell (George Strait, Blake Shelton). O'Donnell invited the young performer to Music City, where the two began crafting his first, self-titled EP, which he released independently in September 2017.
Over the next two years, Booth opened for the likes of fellow Kentuckians Dwight Yoakam and Chris Knight (Randy Travis, John Anderson). "Hank Crankin' People," an anthemic, barn-stomping cut from his EP, quickly became a crowd favorite in his home state. Other tracks, like "Bar High" and "Ready to Raise It" showcased his hook-writing abilities. In 2019, Brooks and Dunn enlisted him for their reprisal of "Lost and Found," which they included in their collaborative LP, Reboot. Just half a year later, Booth unveiled his debut singles, and in early 2020, he inked his deal with Sony Music Nashville/Villa 40 and signed his first publishing deal with Warner Chappel. So far this year, Booth has provided his fans with several new tracks, including the weekend anthem “Half a Mind to Go Crazy,” the autobiographical “In God and Trucks We Trust,” and the revved up “87 Octane.” All the while, the songwriter keeps his smalltown roots near and dear to his heart.
"It's funny," he says. "Back home, I wrote a lot of songs but didn't have anybody to show them to. Now, I'm writing with like-minded people and getting paid to do it. But at the end of the day, I'm pretty much doing what I've always been doing."