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Thurs, Aug. 3rd – BOOTS ON STAGE PRESENTS: Courtney Cole, Golden West, Truxton Mile, Christopher Roland and Chris Gagnon
August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$10 - $15
Boots On Stage presents monthly showcases of country music artists the first Thursday of every month of the historic Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA!
On Thursday, August 3rd, Boots On Stage Presents: Courtney Cole, Golden West, Truxton Mile, Christopher Roland and Chris Gagnon. In addition to the performances, we’ll have our resident DJ, Sean Cvtter, spinning today’s country hits and your favorite old school hip-hop.
Tickets are available in advance for $10 here an also at the door (subject to availability) for $15. 21+ show.
Looking forward to seeing you for some country music and as always, thank you for your continued support for Boots On Stage!
With a fresh face, bubbly personality and a sound that is equal parts contagious and sassy, Courtney Cole has spent many years crafting her music and creating positive messages in her lyrics that inspire others in their lives.
Cole loved music from the moment she could remember. Cole grew up just 20 minutes outside of one of America’s most diverse cities, New Orleans, where music was everywhere. She was exposed to country, pop, zydeco, R&B, jazz and more wherever she went. At age 5, she took her first bow onstage at a talent show in her church where she and her father lip-synced “I Got You Babe” together, with her father dressed as Sonny while she wore a Cher wig. At age 10, she attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where she appeared in productions of The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and her favorite, Little Shop of Horrors.
At an early age, she fell in love with strong, powerful female voices such as Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. She loved their sound, identified with their songs and knew she had found her calling in life. She loved all forms of music, but country music was in her veins.
“My parents met two-stepping in a country bar,” said Cole. “So I feel like my love of country music started way early on. Music was always in our lives. I always loved the emotion that is the heart of country music, and I’m a very emotional person. Being able to sing how you feel and put music to it, that’s what I live for!”
Her love of country music drew her to Nashville, where she enrolled in, and eventually graduated from, Belmont University as a commercial voice major. Although singing was her main focus at Belmont, Cole also devoted a good amount of time to writing songs, something she began in high school while learning chords using a pawnshop guitar and a computer program. “I always heard songs in my imagination,” she says. “But because everybody at Belmont was really good at songwriting, I would only write secretly on my own. I never played them for anybody because I didn’t think they were very good.”
That changed when she landed an internship at Black River Entertainment and dipped her toe into the music industry. Upon graduation, the company hired her and she rose from publishing assistant to executive assistant and then radio coordinator during her five years at the label and publishing company. Cole got a crash course in the art of songwriting by getting to know the staff songwriters and listening as they came up with songs in a studio next to her office.
“So I started writing after work, from 6 to 10 at night,” Cole said. “Finally I started playing them for the publisher and to my surprise, she really liked them! That brought me out of my shell and gave me the boost in confidence I needed to explore my dream professionally.”
Along with that confidence, came an audition for a TV show. The world got its first look at Cole in 2011 on “CMT: The Next Superstar.” The series documented her talent and followed her pursuit of a country music career while she shared a house with other up-and-comers. A growing fan base began following her through social media. After the last episode aired, she was offered a full-time publishing deal.
“To be able to concentrate on music full-time was what I had been working so hard for and to finally get there was amazing,” said Cole. “Being in a writing room with some of the songwriters in Nashville that I had admired for so long was surreal.”
In the midst of songwriting, Cole has garnered many touring opportunities, opening for Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Chris Young, Kip Moore, Old Dominion, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Thompson Square and more at venues across the country. She was singled out as a Spotify Spotlight Artist while The Huffington Post named her as one of its “Country Artists to Watch in 2015.”
While performing on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in the fall of 2015, Cole released her self-titled EP. Produced by Will Weatherly, it featured the fan favorite track “Ladylike,” co-written with Jimmy Robbins and GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winner Shane McAnally.
Previously, Cole released her acoustic EP, #NoFilter, exclusively at Spotify. Her single, “Drunk,” which she wrote with Catt Gravitt, Gerald O’Brien and Shirazi, is available at iTunes. The music video for “Drunk” hit No. 1 on the fan-voted Taste of Country’s “Top 10 Countdown” and debuted at No. 8 on CMT Pure’s “12-Pack Countdown.” The Shotgun Seat observed, “Cole achieves the perfect balance of being simultaneously strong and vulnerable, like an early Taylor Swift.”
Empowered by her desire to make music that inspires, Cole is taking it all in and thoroughly enjoying the journey. Her biggest joy besides creating music and getting to perform is making new friends along the journey. “I really cherish this time because there is excitement around every turn and I will never take that for granted,” said Cole. I’m grateful that I get to wake up each morning and create.”
If a duo or a band has ever lived up to their name, Golden West definitely qualifies in that description. Comprised of Brittany Knott and Taylor Nash, the duo exemplifies all that one identifies as the California sound – a wide open, melodious approach buoyed by the pair’s pristine and airtight harmonies. According to Knott, the old saying “Practice Makes Perfect” surely applies, as they have been honing their craft for close to a decade.
“We’ve been playing together for about eight years now. We started playing in college our freshman year. We were just hanging out and jamming, and it turned into this songwriting and duo.”
The two actually met while attending Point Loma University in San Diego. Knott recalls that one of the things that brought them together was their love of music.
“We both have always loved music, and have had some of the same influences, but also a lot of different ones. I think that the thing that drew us together was that we could come together on those common grounds, but he would show me stuff that I never heard or had listened to before, and vice versa. For us, that was cool, because it showed us a different side of music that we had never heard.”
Nash says the two bonded over a wide variety of artists – ranging from Dolly Parton and Shania Twain to Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. He added that his separate influences run the gamut even more.
“I really liked the alternative rock and the classic rock – this is L.A., after all. On the country side, I love the new guys, as well as the Bakersfield sound. The nice thing about living here in LA is that we get to listen to a little bit of everything.”
Each of those diverse musical influences come to the forefront of the Golden West sound. Their infectious debut single, “PCH” (Pacific Coast Highway) is a fine example of this – with the imprint of California written all over it.
Golden West manages to capture that roll-down-the-window feel of the highway that has captivated the world’s attention for years. What is it about that 655 mile stretch of road that runs from Orange County to Mendocino Country that inspired them to write the song?
“It’s one of the most scenic and beautiful drives in the world,” exclaims Nash. “We’re just blessed that we live so close to it. It’s the one road in LA that you don’t mind if there is traffic. There’s no false advertising the beauty of it.” Knott agrees with her partner, adding that there is something about driving the route that just makes you feel good. “It’s so iconic. It’s one of those roads that people from across the world come to drive on. It lives up to its’ name. On it, you feel free and careless.”
That same adrenaline rush is something that Golden West feels when they are on the stage. Taylor Nash says “We have a lot of high energy. That’s one thing that people say a lot about us,” while Knott admits that feeding off an audience is something they don’t take for granted one bit. “We love playing live, and the fans are so awesome. When we get on stage, they radiate so much energy that combined with our excitement, it makes for a fun show.”
Golden West approaches their music with a hands-on touch. They write their own music, and record and track everything in their own studio. When asked about their approach to crafting a song, Nash says “It varies. Sometimes, we sit down and can write one in fifteen minutes, and other times, it might be a little more difficult. We really approach every song differently.”
It’s that approach to creative detail that also comes into play on their tight harmonies, of which Knott says “It’s difficult to find that someone that you click with in music. We worked with so many different people over the years, and it just worked with each other right off the bat from a vocal level.” She says that also goes for writing together. “We just have a lot of the same ideas about the way we say things. A lot of times, we’ll agree to write a separate verse by ourselves, and they usually come out the same. It’s like we read each other’s minds. It just works. There’s no other way to describe it.” Both Knott and Nash have been collaborating with some of Nashville’s top songwriters, and aim to keep progressing as tunesmiths.
As far as their career from a business standpoint, Knott says their goals for the future are simple. When asked where she would like to see Golden West in the future, she didn’t hesitate. “We’d love to have a song or two on the radio doing well. Hopefully, we can go out touring doing as many shows as we can for as many people. To have the fans be moved by our music…that’s what it’s all about for us.”
It all started with a few friends, a guitar, and some wishful thinking.
Truxton Mile started out as nothing more than a good time. In its infancy, the guys saw it as just a way to play some songs they all enjoyed hearing. But the more they played together, the more they uncovered a unique style, making them want the experience to be more than just a simple pastime. With that in mind, they started “Good Question”, a simple four-piece band, whose setlist consisted of originals and covers that would later label them as a “Country-Rock” band. As far as the guys were concerned, they were just playing songs they liked to listen to, and writing songs that they could all relate to, regardless of genre.
They cut their teeth in the Bakersfield/Taft music scene, playing a few shows along the California Coast, but always coming back to a warm reception from their hometown. No matter where the music let them, they always had the future in their minds. Never content with the present, but always greatful for the unfailing support of their friends and fans, the love of their families, and the tough lessons learned. Along the way, they had some great experiences, such as playing alongside some of Bakersfield’s finest musicians, as well as chart-topping artists, like Lee Brice, David Nail, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann and Craig Morgan.
After nearly 5 years of making music, “Good Question” took a trip that would prove to alter their path forever. The boys caught a plane to Nashville; the town that would change their entire perspective on music. They heard amazing bands, made great friends, and learned lessons about their craft that would last a lifetime.
After their trip to Music City, they returned home with brand-new determination, and feeling like a new band. And with a new band comes a new name. The tranformation from “Good Question” to “Truxton Mile” was made. The name, which was chosen to honor their music-rich hometown of Bakersfield, also had another message behind it. The change was meant to show how serious they are about their music, as well as their intentions to take it all the way to the top. This is their story so far, but this is just a prologue to what will undoubtedly become the story of a lifetime. A story about chasing dreams. The story of Truxton Mile.
Christopher Roland is an outlaw country, folk musician and founder of Double Barrel Records, a music consulting business catered to the country music scene in Southern California. Born and raised in Camarillo California, Christopher grew up listening to the classics like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr and you can hear that influence of classic country and small home town vibes in his music. After a couple years center stage, Christopher decided to start Double Barrel Records in his small Hollywood apartment, with the last hundred dollars to his name Double Barrel Records rose from the ground up. Now, after a few years behind the scenes, Roland is making his way back to center stage.
Christopher Gagnon is a southern california based singer/songwriter from Hesperia, CA. Inspired from a young age Chris began writing music as a way to deal with the issues he encountered in his life. From falling in love to losing his father, Chris’s music comes from a humble place and represents years of experience and love for music. defined by rock roots with a country side, chris has been influenced by many genres ultimately leading to his unique “california country” sound. Having competed on americas got talent in 2013, Chris is now pursuing his musical dreams with his band while attending Loma Linda University full time to become a Pediatric RN.