Tomorrow’s Country Today
Rapids Lounge ~ Sault Ste. Marie
Drew Hale Band
March 8 & 9
Influenced by Texas roots and artists such as Reckless Kelly, Chris Stapleton, and Eric Church, the Drew Hale Band’s music pays homage to the red dirt country, blues, and southern rock scenes, as well as paints a picture of their love for the people and culture of Michigan, where the band calls home. They have shared stages and played festivals with some of Nashville’s biggest recording artists, including Tim McGraw, Frankie Ballard, Dierks Bentley, Canaan Smith, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, Scotty McCreery, LoCash, William Michael Morgan, and Drew Baldridge.
Emily Ann Roberts
April 12 & 13
Emily Ann Roberts is a 20 year old singer/songwriter/musician. Growing up in East Tennessee, Emily Ann has been shaped by a wide variety of music. Influenced by artists like Dixie Chicks and Patty Loveless, Emily Ann aims to take her love of vintage country and give it a modern day twist. Emily Ann’s sound finds a way to appeal to her younger audience while still revealing her passion for classic country.
Emily Ann’s most recent achievement was placing runner up on season 9 of “The Voice”. During her time on the show, she had the opportunity to perform with Blake Shelton and Ricky Skaggs, and be mentored by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton. Emily Ann had two number one songs on the country iTunes chart as well as two top ten songs on iTunes’ all genre chart.
May 10 & 11
George Jones sang, “This ‘ol world is full of singers, but only a few were chosen, to tear your heart out when they sing.” Bobby Cutshaw is certainly one of those chosen few. Blessed with a down-home tenor, Bobby delivers a lyric in every sense of the word. He performed in dinner theaters for eight years that included shows in Maggie Valley, NC, Pigeon Forge, TN and Nashville, TN. He’s since left the production show business in order to further his career as a Country artist in Nashville. Currently Bobby is playing local shows in and around Nashville as well as touring the country promoting his upcoming album, “This Time A Year Ago”.
Tommy Steele Band
June 7 & 8
With a distinctive and immediately identifiable sound, the Tommy Steele Band is a blend of influences that brings together the edgy musicianship and rocked-out passion from Garth Brooks, Eric Church, early Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the raw, sparse, lyrical sense of Springsteen.
Steele, The Michigan native has performed at 3 CMA Music Festival’s in Nashville. He’s toured the country and shared stages with megastars Leann Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Little Big town, Big & Rich, Blackberry smoke, Dwight Yoakam, and more. He has hosted the nationally syndicated TV show “The Country Fix”, worked on projects with Kevin Costner and his band Modern West and has released 8 music videos of his own to date. Reigning in 6 successful radio singles that have charted on the Country, Inspirational Country, Adult Contemporary and Rock charts, The Tommy Steele Band is comprised of “A” list musicians that have been a part of other Chart topping successful touring groups and like Tommy hail from the Great Lakes state of Michigan. Rick Brainer, Dennis Mitchell and Bruce Mechan.