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Riverwind Casino Blog

Jake FM’s New Face Showcase 2014

May 18, 2014

When I say the following phrases, what do you think of?

Summertime.
Back porch sitting.
Hanging out with friends.
Driving down a country road.
Small Town, USA.

If any or all of those phrases made you think of country music, then my job here is done.

This past Thursday night, all of those feelings I listed above came rushing back to me as I listened to the sounds of Allison Veltz, Chuck Wicks, Katie Armiger, Frankie Ballard, and The Swon Brothers at Jake FM’s New Face Showcase.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jake FM’s New Face Showcase, let me give you all the low down. New Face Showcase is an annual concert held here at Riverwind where Jake FM brings in new(er) country artists to perform. Some of them you have heard on the radio, and some of them you might not have. Either way, you know you’re in for a really good evening.

Being backstage of this concert was one like never before. You couldn’t help but feel the electricity from the artists as they tuned instruments, practiced their vocals, and got ready to take the Showplace Theatre stage.

Some of my favorite moments while backstage were:

Finding out that Chuck Wicks grew up on a potato farm in Delaware. And yes, I did just say a potato farm.
Allison Veltz talked about the young girl in the crowd that imitated her by strumming along as if she had a mandolin of her own.
Hearing the tale of how Katie Armiger and her band had to take shelter from a tornado in Texas, all the while their luggage was torrentially rained on. Did I mention that they performed that night in damp clothes?
All of the girls in the audience being envious of the one lucky girl Frankie Ballard pulled on stage to sing to.
The Swon Brothers telling of their experience being on The Voice and going turkey hunting with Blake Shelton just a few months ago. Not to mention, I found out that their biggest musical idols are The Eagles.
Want to check out some video interviews I was able to shoot backstage? Head on over to our YouTube channel!

Harlan Howard got it right when he said, “Country music is three chords and the truth.” That quote resonated me throughout the night as all 5 of theses new faces sang about life events that everyone in the audience had experienced.

If by the end of this blog post you haven’t stopped reading to listen to Allison Veltz, Chuck Wicks, Katie Armiger, Frankie Ballard, or The Swon Brothers, then I suggest you do so now. You never know, the next time you turn on the radio, you just might hear one of their songs.