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Lucas Hoge | country singer going Hoge Wild pursuing his passions

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Can country singer Lucas Hoge pursue his passions outside of music?

Originally from a town of 44 people in Hubbell, NE, Lucas is a country artist with Top 30 and Top 40 singles and his last album “Dirty South” went No. 1 on Billboard for Country album sales. He’s an avid outdoorsman and hosts the Sportsman Channel show “Hoge Wild”. Lucas has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and overseas for 12 years entertaining our troops for the Wrangler National Patriot Tour.

Unfortunately the worldwide lockdown has affected both his television show and touring for music. We talk about how the lockdown has specifically affected him and how he has kept a good attitude while waiting for travel to re-open. One of the subjects I was excited to speak with him about is his ability to meet people on the road and make them friends. He shares his story how he met the founder of Cabela’s at the end of a show and partnered together thru the years.

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Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

ABOUT

Lucas Hoge grew up in Hubbell, Nebraska, along with three siblings. At the age of 17, he started to play the guitar. Hoge attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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He was the lead artist for two bands; the rock band “Southern Cross” and “Xtreme Devotion”, a Christian music group. Local residents of the small town raised $2,500 to help launch his career. Hoge moved to an apartment in Nashville and started work, performing in small clubs in the evenings.

His first CD, entitled “In My Dreams”, was released in 2002. In the same year, Hoge’s first song for television was “If I Only Could” and featured on the hit Warner Brothers show Smallville. Hoge released his second album, “Dirt”, in 2006.

Hoge went on to appear on television programs including a 2007 Toby Keith Christmas production, a Sunday Night Football promotion with Faith Hill.

Hoge has toured London and traveled to the Middle East to perform for American troops. He’s visited bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska as well as other locations over the last 9 years on the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Hoge is the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet.

Hoge was the host and star of Animal Planet’s TV show “Last Chance Highway” and wrote and performed the show’s theme song. In 2011 he made his debut performance at the Ryman.

Hoge received his first nomination in the Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICM) as “New Artist of The Year” 2011. Hoge gained recognition in the Christian Country genre when he answered a woman’s dying wish, Natalie Fognani, and wrote the song “How Was I To Know”, inspired by her poem. Around the same time, Hoge played several concerts in Colorado, where Natalie lives, including opening for Martina McBride

 Hoge landed his second TV show theme song with “Give A Damn”.

Lucas Hoge partners with Southwest Airlines as the Southwest Storyteller Ambassador

ABOUT HOGE WILD

Hoge Wild will keep the audience on the edge of their seats with wild hunts, epic fishing trips, deep dives and Lucas’ ability to make you laugh while laughing at himself.
This No. 1 Billboard selling country artist is serious about his hunting, conservation, and the taste of his harvest!

Every true red-blooded American will tell you that hunting is a way of life, and Lucas is no different and he’s on a mission.  Lucas will take out some first time hunters and some of his country star friends.  “I want to change the narrative of hunting” says Lucas!

While Lucas is serious about his outdoor adventures, he’s all about living life to its fullest and singing along the way, and always serving his “Hoge Wild” game parties up with a side of laughter! 

 You can follow Lucas performing overseas to duck hunting in Nebraska, Elk hunting in Colorado to deep sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta and diving in the Cayman Islands.

Jim Cressman | country music agent, manager and concert promoter Invictus Entertainment

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Jim Cressman is my guest today. Jim is the founder of Invictus Entertainment Group based in Canada. He works as music agent to some incredible country music artists like, Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon, Cory Marks, Brett Kissell and several others. To expand and learn more about the music business, Jim expanded his business into show producing and promoting.

                “When I’m on the road I’m all about business, so I try and keep my travel period to 4 days or less so that I can see my family within the week regardless” – Jim Cressman

We had a great chat about the how the quarantine lockdown has affected his business, how he stays in shape while traveling and the importance of family and staying in touch even when he’s on the road.

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Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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ABOUT INVICTUS

Invictus Entertainment Group is the premier catalyst for merging arts, culture and commerce.  A collective of elite experts in the entertainment industry offering an extensive spectrum of services. With over 700 promoted and produced shows yearly, Invictus has forged solid, reliable relationships. These relationships include agencies, management companies, artists and buildings. Invictus boasts the most extensive secondary and tertiary market touring alliance, greatly expanding the North American market base for international touring.

Started in 2011, by Jim Cressman, with the vision to form a one of a kind artist services company – dedicated to facilitating the unconquerable artistic spirit. His past had prepared him for this moment, at 16 he convinced a radio station to allow him to do an on-air shift, later a stint in pro boxing, and by 30 he had convinced the top promoter in Canada to partner with him. Never being one to succumb to a challenge, Cressman developed his 360 model with fervor and evolved his portfolio further by leading Invictus Entertainment into Pollstar’s Top 100 Promoters in the World list.

Sandy Knights | chasing her dreams of singing in Sin City, Las Vegas

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Sandy Knights is my guest on today’s podcast. Sandy started singing in her home state of California. She decided to make a career of it and moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Sandy started singing and touring with a local Vegas band, Whiskey Maiden. She traveled to several western states this past year and got to experience life on the road as the only woman in a five piece band. I was excited to speak with a female lead singer that traveled with a band. Part of our discussion was about the hardships of traveling while she was missing out on her hobbies, friends and family.

“I’ve recently come across some free time and I kind of sat back with some solitude and thought to myself, when is the last time I rode a horse? When’s the last time I shot a gun? When’s the last time I went fishing? These are all things I did on a weekly basis back home.”

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I am truly thankful for the time Sandy shared with me. Our conversation was one of several I’ve had with different friends as we are all trying to figure out where we fit in the world and what are we contributing to it. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Sandy Knights.

Sandy’s BIO

They say some people are born to do what they do and Sandy is living proof of that. Since before she could talk and barely walk Sandy’s grandmother would catch her pulling herself from the ground up her high chair and use the handle as microphone to sing in. This came as somewhat of surprise since no one in Sandy’s family had any kind of career in music.

At the young age of 3 Sandy began dance classes and started performing on stage in recitals and in church plays. At age 12 Sandy fell in love with musical theater where she was able to not only dance but also use her vocal talent and began performing in various musicals through Junior High and High School. During her junior year in high school Sandy began thinking about her future. As much as she loved performing she could not ignore her family’s expressed concern for a more stable career path.

Sandy then became a Volunteer Fire Fighter (Fire Explorer) for the city of Fremont and was ranked 2nd in the Academy. After high school Sandy went on to college for Fire Science Technology and was looking to have a career in the Fire Service. Call it fate, call it what you will, or you could just say life took a few different turns and Sandy ended up in Sacramento at age 19. Finally out of her hometown she began searching for her own identity. She worked a couple of fun, but dead end jobs in her first year on her own while continuing various college classes. One night she went out with a few guy friends to dinner at Hooters and was offered a job on the spot. Flattered and ready for new adventure; she accepted. Sandy went on to be crowned Miss Hooters of Sacramento 2007 and competed in Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas. While in Vegas she appeared on an episode of ESPN’s Best Damn Sports show with Pamela Anderson and Randy Couture. Upon Sandy’s arrival back from Vegas she received a message from the WWE that she had been scouted to audition to become a WWE Diva. During her audition Sandy was asked if she could sing…being out of singing for so long she replied “yes???”. Sandy was then asked to sing for the first time in 3 years and had an overwhelming feeling of stage fright. Sandy made it to the top 25 and was cut in the last round. After the audition Sandy could not stop thinking about singing and wondered how or if she would ever overcome being afraid to sing on her own. Just before turning 21 Sandy was introduced to a friend of a friend who was going to be opening a new country bar in Sacramento and was offered a bartending position.

Sandy, up for another new adventure, accepted. Soon after the bar opening, they began to have karaoke every night and Sandy began singing again. Shyly singing karaoke turned into her becoming “THE Singing Bartender”, which then turned into live bands asking her on stage during shows, which then created a buzz and people began asking Sandy why she doesn’t sing in a band. After 4 years of encouragement and persistence from customers and friends, Sandy joined her first band in 2011. She has since developed as a performer and singer and had no intention on stopping.

Cowboy Troy | country music star, businessman and father of triplets

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What’s it like traveling the world for country music and having triplets at home?

Cowboy Troy is my guest on today’s podcast. I had a great chat with country music star Cowboy Troy Coleman about his life on the road, balancing work/life commitments, family life and diversification in the music/entertainment business.

“It’s kind of that gypsy lifestyle”

A six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is okay with the strong reactions and endless questions. “I have crazy intentions,” he says with a grin. But anyone who thinks that the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials, or is inclined to dismiss him as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise. “People have different paths,” Troy says. “I’m not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn’t just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat, and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don’t do something for 15 years on a lark.”

Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich’s 2004 debut Horse Of A Different Color. And while his admonition to “let go of all your preconceived notions” certainly wasn’t the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet. Explaining the journey that placed Troy Coleman at this unlikely intersection is as complicated as explaining the evolution of American culture. At the same time it’s as simple as the story of a kid from Texas who did what all kids do–he soaked up the world around him.

Troy spent his childhood in Ft. Worth, where his dad took him to rodeos and stock shows. “We’d listen to Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and other artists who were getting airplay on the adult contemporary stations at that time,” Troy says. “I didn’t realize it was country music, I just knew it was what my parents listened to before they went to work in the morning.” Troy spent his high school years in Dallas and collegiate years in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas.

In addition to solo releases [Loco Motive (2005), Black in the Saddle (2007), and Demolition Mission (2009)], Troy has spent time on TV. He’s been a part of the ESPN College Gameday video intro along with Big & Rich since the 2006 football season. He also served as co-host for USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Troy performed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on the final episode of 2012 Spring season. His appearance in Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy video, as well as his own I Play Chicken With the Train and Hick Chick videos remind viewers of his “party starter” nature.

Troy knows he’s challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. “I’ve never been like everybody else and it wouldn’t do me any good to try,” he says. “Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they’re talking.” The way Troy sees it, “innovation is a tradition, not a trend or secondary option…authenticity comes in the commitment.” Troy calls Warner Music Nashville his recording home. His latest installment of music, “King of Clubs” was released March 11, 2014.

He released his 7th studio album this year called “Laugh With Me”.

 Troy speaks extensively about his calculated plan to diversify, as the industry constantly changes. Troy also talks about the work/life balances of traveling while being a husband and father of triplets.

Troy is one of the good guys and I know he appreciates your follows, comments and likes on his various social media pages.

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