STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY LOVES LIVE MUSIC THIS FEBRUARY
WHAT: Enjoy live music from some of country music’s hottest rising stars at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country this February.
Hop on the mechanical bull or take a spin line dancing! Stoney’s has you covered with free line dance lessons Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Visit https://stoneysrockincountry.com/dance-lessons/ for details.
WHERE: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160, at Town Square
WHEN: Friday, February 2 Josh Ross
Friday, February 9 Nate Smith with Dylan Schneider
Friday, February 16 95.5’s The Bull Sessions with Drew Baldridge
Friday, February 23 Renee Blair
TICKETS: Advance tickets are on sale now at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/13160/stoneys-rockincountry. Shows are open to 18+ and doors open at 7 p.m.
ABOUT JOSH ROSS
Echoing the primary themes of country in his pop-rock-infused way, Josh Ross’s take on love, work, and play is often documented through his whirlwind experiences. From moving to Nashville, the night of a tornado, leaving only a month later when a global pandemic arrived, to developing an ever-evolving career amidst the drawbacks of injuries, lockdowns, and conflicting relationships, Josh Ross is a country artist bound by the act of forging past and overcoming restraints.
“There is something to be said about when your heart is really in the right place to sing something… As an artist, I want the listener and me to go back to a song and remember our exact experiences around it, to encourage connection in all forms,” Josh said. The need for that musical connection began growing up in Burlington, Ontario’s suburbia. Overhearing his parents sing along to Guns N Roses and Bruce Springsteen in their kitchen while he ran around the house pretending to play guitar. Learning in those early years what music was, he found himself writing words in his notebook that, at the time, he didn’t realize were poems and lyrics. Onwards through school, he focused on sports like motocross and football, eventually encountering the injuries that came with each game.
Following several football-related injuries at Ontario’s Western University, the isolation that came from the injuries allowed Josh some time to develop his relationship with music. Taking nearly empty shuttle buses to get to school due to the cast on his leg, learning how to play guitar in his dorm, and on a few noise-complaint occasions bringing two speakers and a subwoofer into the bathroom to belt songs, Josh eventually made the shift of not just listening to music but making his own.
“I had a lot of catching up to do,” Josh said on his first few years immersing himself in the music industry. From practicing in his dorm to playing his first live show at the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in front of 5,000 people, Josh stated that “I used to throw up before the football games because of the anxiety, which is probably why I threw up before that show.” While the pressure to succeed in his sports days poured over into his music career, the drive to achieve inspired him to connect with various songwriters and musicians, eventually leading him to Nashville. In conflict with choosing a stable job post-university or setting his sights on the music industry, Josh Ross’s passions, and talent, pushed him to the path of Nashville, where he further began developing his sound and artistry. From 2019 onwards, Josh Ross dove head-first into his music career as an artist with sonic elements in his music, nodding to raw country, soft rock, and hints of 80s pop-rock.
ABOUT NATE SMITH
Featuring a mix of gritty backwoods soul, rock ‘n’ roll swagger and velvet-thunder vocals, Nate Smith’s personal journey inspired him to be a beacon of country-music hope, an inspirational mission he puts front-and-center. A California native, former worship leader, and lifelong music lover, Smith approaches that mission with a background as eclectic as it gets. Learning guitar at 13, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and Bob Seger were among those informing his powerful, fire-from-within vocals, while Michael Jackson made him crave the spotlight and Nirvana gave his sound a jagged edge. In 2018, Smith lost everything he owned in the devastating Camp Fire which tore through Paradise, California, now known as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Although his family was safe, he struggled to cope and turned back to music, hoping that it would help comfort himself and others. Help it did, inspiring a month-long road trip across the U.S. to Music City, writing music and playing dive bars along the way.
ABOUT DYLAN SCHNEIDER
Drawn to the storytelling aspects of country music, Dylan Schneider started performing and writing songs at the age of 14, after meeting Brett Eldredge and singing with him on-stage during a concert. After that, he began posting videos to his Facebook page, where he’d cover popular Country songs, gaining a devoted online following.
ABOUT DREW BALDRIDGE
Drew Baldridge was literally moving cows with his brother on the family farm in Patoka, Illinois, when he fully realized his musical destiny. After years of living in Nashville and experimenting with his sound, Drew understood his new direction. All it took was a trip back to his hometown to get back to his roots. To connect to the country.
“When I was out there, it hit me: I wasn’t making music that was authentic to me. I grew up listening to Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, and John Anderson with my grandpa and my friends. It was the music I was raised on. There are a lot of people just like me who grew up that way, and I want my music to reflect them,” says Baldridge.
That small-town feel is reflected in Baldridge’s newest single, “Senior Year,” which is out now via his own Patoka Sounds banner. Written alongside Tim Nichols (Hall of Fame songwriter) and Jordan Walker (Luke Combs), “Senior Year” has captured the attention of country radio as it connects with fans whose school years have been “cancelled” due to COVID-19. Students, parents, teachers, and more are finding solace in this song as they miss the experiences that come during the culmination of high school. Organic fan discovery led the song to chart on both Billboard and Mediabase with no major label support.
“I have several kids and parents that reach out every day saying this song has impacted them in a big way,” says Baldridge. “Although I know times are tough right now, I am so happy that this song is connecting with people. It is a pretty special feeling.”
“Senior Year” is the follow-up to “Before You” which Baldridge released earlier this year – co-written with LoCash members Preston Brust and Chris Lucas – as a tribute to his fiancé Katherine. Just before quarantine locked the country down, Baldridge was lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to propose to his girlfriend of four years.
ABOUT RENEE BLAIR
With over 50 million streams under her belt, the ACM and CMA Award nominee Renee Blair is just getting started. Blair is a rising country singer who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and at 15 her passion and pursuit for country music brought her to Nashville. Renee’s journey took a turn when she faced several near-death accidents back-to-back early on in her career forcing her to put her music on pause. That pause transcended into a fire and new approach towards music upon her recovery and shortly after she signed her first publishing deal and record deal under industry stalwarts Shane MacAnally, SMACK Songs, and L.A. Reid, Epic Records. Her music is a captivating blend of her diverse sonic influences alongside a heartfelt vulnerability she shares with fans from the troubles she’s experienced in life. She recently gained significant recognition for having helped pen the certified platinum and #1 single, “Wait In The Truck”, performed by Hardy and Lainey Wilson. Blair has been gracing all kinds of stages; from touring with Willie Nelson to performing at dove bars or The Ryman Auditorium with Hardy. Her upcoming studio album Hillbetty is set to be released in the summer of 2024. “Hillbetty” is an alter-ego created by Blair to embrace every woman’s wild side. The debut single off the album has already become a viral sensation, Holy Cowboy. If you are a Renee Blair fan, you know a good time is a guarantee.
ABOUT STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY
The award-winning, world famous Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is Las Vegas’ premiere destination for locals and tourists who are looking for a boot stomping good ole time with line dancing, mechanical bull riding, beer pong, pool tables, and more. Located at Town Square, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is a 19,000 square foot high-energy nightclub that features a 2,000 square foot dance floor and 570 square foot stage for dancing and performances, along with a state-of-the-art sound system, live bands, and DJs. Open Thursday through Saturday, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country offers special promotions including the World-Famous Ladies Night on Thursdays where ladies drink for just $2 and live music from the latest and greatest in country music every Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and line-dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (702) 435-2855 or go to stoneysrockincountry.com. Find Stoney’s Rockin’ Country on Facebook, Twitter @StoneysLV, and Instagram @stoneysrockincountry.
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Hillary Smoot, SRO PR
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