The Bowery Presents
Dan + Shay

Obsessed Tour

Dan + Shay

Jackie Lee

Fri, April 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Starland Ballroom

Sayreville, NJ

$24.00 ADV/$28.00 DOS

Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay
Some country duos come together in a writing room, others from crossing paths in a local bar. But in the case of soulful new duo Dan + Shay, the guys met in a rather unconventional venue: underneath a tent staked inside Dan’s living room.

“We were having a party and didn’t have enough money to pay for heat, so we went to the thrift store and tented out the whole living room,” says Dan Smyers, a suburban Pittsburgh native who relocated to Nashville in 2010.

“I walked into that and we jammed until 4 in the morning, making up songs and singing for girls,” continues Shay Mooney, originally of Natural Dam, Ark., with a laugh. “Dan and I clicked from the very beginning, and we ended up writing the very next day.”

And nearly every day since. Influenced by such artists as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, along with a healthy dose of ‘90s rock and R&B, Dan + Shay penned songs that quickly gained the respect of fellow Nashville writers. Now, the pair’s debut single, “19 You + Me,” is catching the ear of radio listeners. Upon its release, it had the biggest first week by a new duo in trade publication Country Aircheck’s history and was the most added debut of 2013 at country radio.
The harmony-rich song reinvents the popular theme of nostalgia through a flurry of evocative imagery: you were California beautiful, I was playing everything but cool; it was everything we wanted it to be, the summer of 19 You + Me.

“People are always asking us if it refers to being 19 years old or a year. We leave that open for interpretation,” says Shay.

It’s such clever, inventive wordplay that distinguishes the duo. They bring an educated yet hip slant to country lyrics, along with dovetailing vocals that lead some fans to assume the twentysomethings are brothers. They’re not, but their harmonies are Everly-tight.

“We pour our hearts into everything we write and sing,” says Dan. “We were two songwriters who were passionate about trying to write the best possible songs that we could and that’s what this thing was formed around. It developed organically.”

“What I love about the vibe that Dan and I have is we don’t worry about what we say,” continues Shay, citing song titles like “Stop, Drop and Roll” and “First Time Feeling.” “When you’re writing, you can’t be scared to say anything.”

That fearlessness is all over Dan + Shay’s forthcoming album. Produced by Dan, along with co-producers Scott Hendricks and Danny Orton, the record is set to establish Dan + Shay as breakout stars.

And just maybe allow them to take down that tent in Dan’s living room.
Jackie Lee
Country vocal stylist Jackie Lee was only six years old when he stepped into a professional recording studio to cut songs with famed country songwriter, musician and producer Carson Chamberlain (Keith Whitley/ Easton Corbin). Sixteen years later, Chamberlain is hard at work in the studio producing Jackie's debut album – his first as a Broken Bow recording artist.

Influenced by classic country singers like Faron Young and Keith Whitley as well as popular music icons like Michael McDonald, Bob Seger -- and even Justin Timberlake – Jackie has carved out a distinctive style that lends his big, soulful vocals to both arena-ready country rockers like "Show You Around" as well as to the tenderest of love songs such as the lovelorn and riveting "First Girl."

Jackie's versatility as a musician and vocalist may come as a surprise from the 22-year-old Maryville, TN native. At once unassuming and charismatic, Jackie was a celebrated high school athlete who played baseball, basketball and helped the Alcoa High School football team win two state championship rings. In fact the rising star, whose first love was the drums before taking up guitar and piano, turned down the chance to spend two more years playing center to future Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb to pursue his dreams of a musical career.

Jackie's music is as accessible as the artist himself, a man with an easy laugh, an engaging manner and an optimistic outlook on life:

"I never knew my papaw," he says, "but my dad talks about him all the time. He used to say, 'It doesn't cost a bit more to dream big than to dream little. People on my team tell me, 'You need to get your expectations right, but I say, 'I'll let you guys do that.' I'm going to reach for the stars."
Venue Information:
Starland Ballroom
570 Jernee Mill Road
Sayreville, NJ, 08872
http://www.starlandballroom.com/