Seymour Duncan

What Happens In Vegas...

 ...gets blogged about later on, of course! 

On April 4th, we flew out to Las Vegas for the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards Party For A Cause Festival. Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and our good friends in Rascal Flatts are just some of the names that took the stage that Friday night. The view from the stage consisted of a sea of country fans singing and dancing, with the sky line of fancy Vegas hotels, and the largest ferris wheel in the US out in the distance (it was massive!). I also got to hang with Craig from Seymour Duncan, talk shop and enjoy the rest of the show. (Thanks for the great SD swag, Craig!) The concert will be televised on April 18th. Click here for broadcast details

The following Tuesday, we performed before the women's NCAA game. Danielle Bradberry opened up the show and the audience was pumped up for the final four game. After our set, Cassadee stayed to belt out our National Anthem right before the game - she nails it every time! 

This past Friday, we went out to the Country Thunder Festival in Florence, AZ. It was a hot one, in every sense of the phrase! We got to reunite and have some hang time with our pals from The Band Perry, who were headlining that night. Most of our short time there was spent trying to stay cool until things heated up at show time. A very roudy, country-loving, good time-having crowd made for an awesome show. We played an hour set and loved seeing everyone singing along to all the songs. Cassadee was totally in the zone, signing autographs while singing during the set! Read a review of the show here

Now we've got a short break in the action before heading back to the southwest. More soon... 



X-Mas in February

After returning from Canada, there wasn't a break in the action. Team Cassadee performed at the New Faces of Country Music showcase at CRS (Country Radio Seminar) alongside Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Thomas Rhett and Charlie Worsham. This was a very special honor to be able to get out there and show country radio what we can do. What made the evening more special - and even more fun - was that Travis Toy and John 'Chank' Jeansonne from Rascal Flatts joined us on stage playing banjo and fiddle. These guys are phenomenal musicians and the nicest couple of guys you'll ever meet. It was such an honor to share the stage and have some fun with them - thanks guys!

Then Christmas came. I am very fortunate to be able to work with some amazing companies that produce outstanding quality products. This past week, the stars aligned and orders came in within days of each other. As soon as I got home from the Canadian tour with Cassadee and Dean, a giant package containing my new SKB bass case was waiting for me. This thing is turbo! Heavy-duty exterior with a molded interior, TSA locks and industrial strength wheels - a must. I took my first flight with it the other day to a show in New Orleans and I won't be leaving home without it!

A couple days later, I got a few sets of pickups from Seymour Duncan to try out. If you don't already know, Seymour Duncan is the world's leading manufacturer of high quality guitar and bass pickups. I am currently installing a set of the 'Stack JB5's on my 5 string and will soon be testing out a set of the SD 'Antiquity II's on my custom 4 string. The clarity and quality of these pickups is like no other - Huge 'Thank you' goes out to Seymour Duncan!

Last night, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Eastwood Classic 4 bass. It came and I haven't put it down since (except to write this, of course ;). This thing is a beauty! A couple entries ago, I wrote about our trip to Eastwood, just outside Toronto, and all the cool stuff they have. It was a tough choice between their EEB 1 and the Classic 4 - both amazing basses - but I went with the white Classic 4 and absolutely love the tone. I can't wait to get this puppy out on the road! Thank you to Peter and the rest of the team up at Eastwood Guitars!

Time to play with my toys. More soon...