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Big Star: Taylor Swift appears and performs at Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour!

March 27, 2015

She’s a Big Star, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who wishes he was going back to Nashville, thinkin’ bout the whole thing… Sorry, I digress. We were ecstatic to learn the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone put her feet (she’s lightning on them! Ok, I will stop) back on stage at a Country music concert! She was the surprise guest during Kenny Chesney’s opening night for The Big Revival Tour at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and she performed Big Star with him. Yes, I’m going to the video now:

Watch on YouTube

You can read more about Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour on Rolling Stone.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.
  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

(Sources: Rolling Stone)

News Update: Taylor among the recipients of the ACM Milestone Award!

March 24, 2015
(Source: ACM via Instagram)

(Source: ACM via Instagram)

Say you’ll remember me, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s trying to scraping change from the couch to see if he can have any vacations this year, we’re glad to say that the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar will be remembered by the Country genre. The Academy of Country Music will be honoring seven of its biggest winners: George Strait, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and the Princess in Red herself, Taylor Swift. They will receive the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award. In Taylor’s case, she is the youngest recipient to win the ACM Entertainer of the Year award (2011 & 2012). You can read the original story from The Associated Press via Union-Tribune San Diego

The award will be presented on Sunday, April 19 at the 50th Annual ACM Awards. The ceremony will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. With nothing else on her calendar (well, not that I know of anyways… yet!) odds are definitely in favor of her showing up.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.
  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.

(Sources: The Associated Press via Union-Tribune San Diego)

The Agency Spotlight & Review Corner: Mike Meadows – When You Need Someone

March 24, 2015
(Source: Meadows Songs, Inc.)

(Source: Meadows Songs, Inc.)

It’s Mike’s turn on the spotlight, Taylor Nation!

The Agency’s Mike Meadows is well known as the master of instruments, but he’s also an accomplished solo performer. Right now, you can hear his new EP on iTunes. Mike’s  When You Need Someone, Vol. 1 EP is a great soundtrack for a day off, a lazy evening or for a road trip. For some reason, I can imagine myself listening and singing along to these songs while driving, but perhaps that’s just me.

“Last Time the Lights Went Out” is a song that could easily feel at home in an album by Keith Urban or Lady Antebellum. There’s some country, some pop and some easy rock and roll. It has that turn-up-the-radio quality to it. “Coming With Me” is a slow song, but it’s uplifting and has enough oomph to bring your spirits up. Mike doesn’t let up, as the next song “If Only I’d Known” is a great power ballad that might be my favorite one right now. There’s a hint of nostalgia that reminds me of Eric Church’s Chief, not in sound but just in feeling. “Rain on the Roof” really digs into the guitar, with twang and amazing vocals. “Know You” is another of those tracks that feels like it begs for a long stretch of road to listen to, another amazing song that closes the EP.

Actually if any of these songs are any indication of Mike’s craft – and I believe they are – it begs the question of what would Mike would do if, or perhaps I should say when, he goes full steam on a complete studio album. You can get the amazing When You Need Someone, Vol. 1, and you should, on iTunes now.

You can find out more about Mike Meadows on his own page here on Agency Profile: Mike Meadows.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: The Swift Agency)

The Agency Spotlight: The bass player extraordinaire, Amos J. Heller

March 21, 2015
Added a beast to the signal chain this week. Thank you @origineffects for making a true studio-grade compressor in a pedal! #Cali76TX-L

(Source: Amos J. Heller’s Instagram)

Happy belated birthday, Amos! :)

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep sending shoutouts to Agency members on their birthdays. I sometimes feel that I might be intruding on their privacy. However, then again there’s those members I have had the good fortune of meeting over the years. Amos J. Heller was the first one and the one that I’ve talked to most often, so even though his birthday was back on March 18, I’m going to take the chance and wish him a belated happy birthday.

Amos is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. “I’d see a tour bus roll through town, and I would want to be on it,” he told Premier Guitar back in June, 2014. “The problem was that they were always just passing through town and never leaving from there.” He would get his chance after moving to Nashville. Soon he would jump from the van to the tour bus, touring with Rhett Atkins and later on with Josh Gracin.

It was Al Wilson, the original first member of The Agency (yes, Al was the first one – I’ve seen that question asked on large venue screens and people always get it wrong) that pulled Amos into the team.

He’s also shared what music he listens to on his iPod. His tastes are very ecclectic: Meshuggah, Skrillex, Tedeschi Trucks Band, D’Angelo, King’s X. You can read more about his career and even what equipment he uses on Premier Guitar.

More recently, he’s been collaborating with fellow former Agency member Elizabeth Huett. Is this a track from Liz’ upcoming album? Or was it just jamming for the fun of it?

Watch on Instagram

Of course, Amos always has his own page here on Agency Profile: Amos Heller.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael.
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources:Premier Guitar)

International Women’s Day Editorial & Emma Watson on HeForShe

March 11, 2015
(Source: HeForShe.org)

(Source: HeForShe.org)

Hello world, how you been… Good to see you, my old friend.

Past Sunday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day. Yours truly (just a guy, etc.) thought about it a lot but wrote nothing because there were so many more talented writers and speakers, specially female, commenting on bringing equality to all walks of life. So now, before we all forget last weekend, I hope you won’t mind if I throw a few lines together on the subject.

To this day, half of humankind is still struggling with lack of civil rights, wage inequality, domestic violence, rape, lack of free speech and basically the right to participate in any activity without discrimination or hostility. Feminism is about equal rights, equal opportunity, equal compensation and stopping all forms of violence and discrimination targeted at women. It’s 2015 and they’re still governments and organizations who force different standards and practices on women. Even those against discrimination that proclaim equality on paper do not practice what they preach.

This is nothing new. The sad thing is that we have to keep saying it because it keeps happening.

One of the most watched interviews was a live Q&A with actress Emma Watson, highlighting the HeForShe movement. HeForShe is defined on their Facebook Page as “UN Women’s Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality bringing together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.”

Now I gladly leave you with the eloquent Miss Watson. Video, please:

Watch on YouTube

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards. She’s not scheduled to appear so far.
  • March 25: Taylor is a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael (via Late Night Lineups).
  • March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on NBC at 8pm ET.

(Sources: HeForShe.org)

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