Weekend Artists Bio's
Tequila Ridge was formed in 2012 by Chuck McDowell and Glen Shipman. Their style of rock and country blend suits a vast variety of venues and crowds. From Johnny Cash to The White stripes. Cage the Elephant to Al Green. Their style suits all.
In addition to the many covers, Tequila Ridge also has a catalogue of original music written by Glen Shipman, the bands lead vocalist, rhythm guitar player, and fiddler.
Heath Blanke adds to the groups versatility by bringing a decade of experience behind his drum kit. He's a hard hitting, dynamic and talented percussionist that brings life to the beat. Alongside Heath, Vince Clendenon rocks the groove on bass. Vince has played in several well known bands around the Wichita area. Vince is the life of the party and brings not only that, but talent to the stage.
Spencer Cunnings fills out the sound with Hendrix-esque magical leads and Allman brothers tones. His ability to shape his sound to compliment the varied music is a sight to see.
Back Road Story
Back Road Story is rapidly becoming one of Missouri's favorite new country bands. The band consists of lead singer, Chelsey Seboldt, two guitarists, Jacob Watson and Chris Beasley, bassist, Hunter Hathcoat, and drummer, Dakota Watson. The band was formed in the fall of 2015, however, three members of the band have been playing music together for eight years. With over 70 shows played around the Midwest in the last year and a half, the Springfield, Missouri based band has hit the ground running and shows no signs of slowing down in the music industry.
Back Road Story was nominated for Group of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2016 KTTS Springfield, Missouri Country Music Awards, making them one of the top three music groups and female vocalists in the Southwest Missouri market. Most recently, they were nominated for Best Country Band, Best Overall Female Vocalist, Best Cover Band, and Best Drummer in the 2017 "The Local Magazine" Music Awards. As mentioned before, Back Road Story played over 50 shows in 2016. Some of their top performances include the Route 66 Festival opening for Lindsay Ell and Dallas Smith, with a two-day crowd over 38,000, the O'Reilly Automotive company picnic, with a crowd of over 6,500, and a weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, including a show at the world famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge with standing-room only crowd. Furthermore, Back Road Story gained over 16,000 new fans and followers on their social media outlets in 2016. Some of the top 2017 Back Road Story performances include shows at Ballpark Village in St. Louis, MO, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Kansas City, MO, and Springfield Expo Center in Springfield, MO, with a crowd of over 10,000 people.
Back Road Story is influenced by Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and many others. Each band member has a different taste for great music and brings an individual and unique element to the band. Their set includes classic country, modern country, and even some classic rock songs. Chelsey has been compared to Carrie Underwood countless times in terms of her voice, tone, and singing style. Back Road Story’s live performances excite audiences as they continue to break attendance records at the venues they perform at. Playing a mix of cover songs as well as Back Road Story original tunes, their shows continue to evolve and bring something new to every single live performance. Their increasing success and heightened popularity has gained attention from local press; being featured in the Springfield News-Leader multiple times as well as multiple appearances on the CBS and FOX affiliated television show, Ozarks Live, to perform their music. Chelsey has also sang the national anthem at various sporting events with thousands in attendance, heightening the bands popularity in even more.
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Growing up in Kansas, Jake Gill has fond memories of spending time with his grandfather on the family farm. Listening to music was a huge part of that upbringing – particularly on 1070 AM, the legendary frequency of radio powerhouse KFDI. “My grandpa was the one that really exposed me to country music,” Gill recalls. “I remember when I was a sixth grader, and he would let me drive the tractor around the farm. We’d hear all the old-time greats like Hank and Willie.” But, music had already taken a hold in Gill’s imagination long before that. “My dad was a music teacher when I was young. I have photos of me in a bean bag chair while listening to whatever he had playing on the record player. My mom tells the story of my dad directing a band concert, and I was standing on her lap directing right along.” Later in his formative musical years came a man who would become one of his biggest musical influences – Garth Brooks. Gill says that changed everything. “Garth was on the edge. There was a bit of controversy with him, because he was so new and so different. He brought the honky tonk bar scene to a larger audience. That was something I had never seen before. He wasn’t just a singer, he was and is a performer.” Gill brings that raw energy and charisma to his brand new single, “Tailgate Tradition.” Connecting with both radio listeners and fans that come to see him in concert is important to him – regardless of what era or walk of life they come from. “You can connect with someone and not even know it. It might be through one of your songs, and they may relate to it in a way you never imagined. I like to make a physical connection, through eye contact or pulling them out of the audience and sharing a dance with them – whether it be an 80 year old or a 2-year old. I think that’s what really drives me as a performer.” Though Gill admits there is no place he would rather be today, his road to a musical career began relatively later than most. He focused on studies in college, obtaining his degree, and establishing his own chiropractic office in Hutchinson, Kansas. Jake had done some performing around the area – namely at local Churches – but it wasn’t until his early 30s that he considered giving music his all as a career. Then, an audition for one of America’s biggest television shows cemented his career goals. He recalls that he was still a little unsure of music as a vocation, but trying out for “The Voice” gave him clear focus on his music. “After that, I started to think ‘You know what? I can do this.” Hard at work on his fourth album, Gill had a hand in either writing or co-writing every song on each of his albums. He says that as a songwriter, he loves telling a story – especially if it is his. “I like to write from experience – something I have lived through myself. As a performer, Gill qualifies as a “road warrior,” with a full slate of dates on his schedule. He has also worked the stage with such musical heavyweights as Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, and Chris Cagle. But, there’s one performer and stage that stands head and shoulders above them all. “I won a songwriting contest, and that got me on the main stage at Country Stampede, and I opened up for Jason Aldean,” he recalls, claiming that night made him more confident than ever in his approach to entertaining a crowd. “By far, that was my greatest experience musically. It was very surreal. I still remember being up there in front of 50,000 people, and I wasn’t nervous,” he recalls with a smile. Now, standing on a platform to increase awareness for the dire need of thousands of foster homes across America, Jake has teamed up with Project AK 47 for a fantastic lineup of dates in 2017. Make no mistake about it, Jake Gill is doing what he is meant to do, and he’s going to take it as far as he can. “People tell me sometimes that I must be running with the angels, because everything seems to just work out. A lot of that is true. I think I am doing what God wants me to do. I also know that I work really hard. I’m a believer in hard work. I think it pays off.” Chuck Dauphin Billboard.com