March Music Madness: Round 1 - March 21 and March 22

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Current pairings:

The HomeGrown Band and Ashley Knapp

Carey Hunley and JAYME

Rico Suave and Wishlist band

Artist bios:

The HomeGrown Band:  The HomeGrown Band is described as a country/classic rock-driven band from Miamisburg, Ohio.  They are likely perform songs from artists such as John Conlee, Cody Johnson and Keith Whitley.  They have played on St. Patrick's Day  at Lucky Star Brewery.  They also Steve and Tammy's Tavern (formerly Dark Horse Tavern and Oink-A-Doodle Moo) earlier this month.

Ashley Knapp:

A mixture of traditional country music and bluegrass, with influences from those such as Merle Haggard, Mac Wiseman, George Jones, and many others.  She has also been the lead singer of the bluegrass band Firecreek.  They have had the opportunity to play various festivals and opened for the SteelDrivers at J.D. Legends in Franklin, Ohio.  

Carey Hunley:

Carey Hunley began his musical life at a very young age and began honing his craft through performances at his church. His sets of country, pop, rock, and soul quickly became fan favorites throughout the city of Hamilton. He has developed great proficiency in his singing as well as writing songs on the guitar, drums, and piano. In his early days, Carey was a founding member of the band Aaron’s Garment (a Christian/New Age Rock band) and was honored to perform at Ichthus Music Festival.

Carey plays a wide variety of music: oldies, Motown, 70s classic rock, 80s, 90s pop rock, classic/current country, and Top 40 Hits. His first hit “All in Your Hands” hit television and festivals in 2011. He has since released many other singles such as “I’m Done”, “Shoulda Just Went to Bed”, and “Chillin’ to a Country Song”. Carey is most influenced by his father Arvis Austin, Nashville, TN legend, who has had top singles such as I Just Need A Coke To Get the Whiskey Down: (top 10 England country chart of 1983).

Carey Hunley has achieved many accomplishments in his almost 30 years of experience. He has played hundreds of shows as one half of the duo Double Barrell. Carey currently performs as the guitar player for the Amy Sailor Band, singer/guitar player for The Carey Hunley Band, as well as performing various solo and duo shows all around the Tristate.

Carey is proud to have won the Cincinnati’s Next Big Band competition in 2016, as well as having been a semi-finalist in the Get the Gig contest in 2019. And he looks forward to participating in this friendly competition as well!

“Music is truly my passion. My ~30 years of experience have taught me more than just music… but how to connect with people and with life.” - Carey

JAYME: 

What started out as a silly nickname, blossomed into something so much more. It all began with two people who found each other through music and share a love together and passion for performing and writing and living off their dreams. Guitarist Jason Roy and Lead Singer Amy Newhart join together to form the acoustic traveling duo known as JAYME in 2014. 

The two members created the idea for an acoustic duo to be able to go out and play smaller venues and more intimate shows to make new fans.  Fast forward to today JAYME is now a full 6 piece high energy show stopping country band that just released their first album under their Nashville label Bar Frog Music Records. 

They play over 275 shows a year and have been featured at Nashville's CMA Fest Xfinity Fan Fair X in June 2019 along side of legends like Randy Travis, Jo Dee Messina, Shenandoah, Lori Morgan, and today's rising artist like Lee Brice, Carly Pearce, Lo-Cash, Cadillac Three and The Eli Young Band. They love to put on show you will never forget and spread their music far and wide. Be sure to check out their schedule to see when they will be heading to a city near you.

Rico Suave:

Rico Suave has been rapping songs that he makes up since he was 10 years old. Rico was always the class clown rapping to all the girls, which sometimes caused him to get detention.  Rico and his uncle would drive around town for hours listening to 2Pac, who became a major influence on Rico. Rico loves country music as well and his hope is to mix country with a little rap. Rico only writes and sings his past or current experience in life good or bad.  Rico can bring a new kind of music that would fit just about anyone. Rico hopes to win this contest so he can be seen and heard, as finances with trying to get yourself out there can be expensive.

Wishlist Band:

Wishlist Band is a four-piece band that plays 60, 70,80’s rock music with the goal of entertaining our Warren County friends with favorite tunes dance music. They play a wide variety of artists, from Elvis to The Rolling Stones and everyone in between. The members of Wishlist often refer to their gigs and their fans as “The Too Much Fun Club”.    Wishlist consists of Keith Perkins on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Jill Karner on drums, Nancy Doyle on bass on vocals, and Paul Doyle on lead guitar and vocals. They have been playing music over the past ten years with an evolution of musicians through the years, all of which remain supportive friends.  Wishlist Band is our Facebook home page and Too Much Fun Club is a private fan club page. 

Links for the artists.

The Homegrown Band:  (7) The HomeGrown Band | Facebook

Ashley Knapp:  (7) Ashley Knapp | Facebook

Carey Hunley:  (7) Carey | Facebook

JAYME:  (7) JAYME | Facebook

Rico Suave:  (7) Rico Suave | Facebook

Wishlist Band:  (7) Wishlist Band | Facebook

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