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Chasin' Crazy

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Chasin' Crazy
w/ Olivia Lane & Stephen Gage
Thursday, July 02, 2015 8:00 PM
The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $20.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
All ages admitted.
Chasin' Crazy: The band first took shape in 2012 when Hunter and Miller met in Nashville while playing in separate acts at a show. It was out of this meeting, during which the two also met Fincher, that Chasin’ Crazy was born. “Forest and I played together and instantly clicked,” said Hunter. “We must’ve played every club in Nashville, before we decided that it was time to build on what we had, so we went looking for a drummer.” “For some reason I remembered meeting Travis at that show years before, so I gave him a call to see if he was interested in joining us. He heard us play, and a few weeks later he joined the band.” “I was blown away by their musicianship and professionalism and I could already see the huge potential for an amazing future together,” said Fincher. For several months they performed as a trio until they were approached by Scott Siman and April Rider from RPM Entertainment who believed that they had the talent, musicianship and passion to be successful. The logical next step was to continue to build a bigger band with a bigger sound, which came by way of a fan of Hunter’s who suggested he talk to Parker, who at the time had his own band in North Carolina. In awe of his vocal skills Hunter reached out to Parker to try and convince him to visit with them in Nashville. Parker made the trip and soon after realized that he was a natural fit for the band. He moved to Nashville and committed fully to the project. Reipe rounded out the group several months later bringing another dimension with his keyboards and vocals, when the band discovered him from his performances at Belmont University in Nashville. Chasin’ Crazy has spent the past two years together honing their craft, solidifying their bond, touring and writing songs together. Their name, the title of a song written by Hunter, captures the essence of the band at this time in their lives. Each member emphasizes the ‘crazy’ that we all pursue, the band’s unflinching and focused desire to establish themselves as an elite Country talent. “Smack Dab” was written by Landon Parker, Drew Davis, and Danny Myrick. It’s a youthful and fun song about being “Smack Dab” in the middle of love. The single is nearing Top 10 on Sirius XM’s The Highway and is already showing strong sales numbers and plays on Spotify. “Smack Dab” was recorded at Westwood and Quad Studios in Nashville and was produced by Marti Frederiksen and Blake Chancey, who are in the studio working on Chasin’ Crazy’s debut EP that will come later this year. “These producers, who are from different worlds, have never worked together,” said Miller. “We wanted to find something unique on the production side and we love working with them.” Frederiksen is best known for his work with Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, and Gavin Rossdale and Chancey, for his work with some of Country music’s biggest artists including Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Chasin’ Crazy’s organic vocal harmonies have some comparing their sound to that of The Eagles, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band, a comparison the band finds daunting, yet flattering. But whatever their journey brings Landon, Travis, Jimmy James, Creigh and Forest will be Chasin’ Crazy. 
Olivia Lane: If there’s one thing that stands out about Olivia Lane, it’s her pure, unbridled energy. It’s reflected in her big, dynamic voice; in her performance, which bursts with passion and levity; and by her simple presence, which can dissolve you in laughter and make you grin from ear to ear. Not every day does an artist come around able to so effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational songs and an irrepressible drive, but Lane’s one of them. Because she knows as well as anyone how easily music can inspire a smile.
“A lot of my material is about following your dreams,” Lane says. “About being inspired. Life is wonderful, and why not sing about it?” She certainly lives that ethos: Lane’s been following her dream since she was a small child, singing songs for her parents in their Houston living room. Her mother, a regional Texas singer, was the ultimate roll model, encouraging her daughter by playing her the greats – Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, Elvis – and making sure she could express herself in any way possible. “She noticed I was this crazy child with a loud voice,” Lane recalls, laughing. “So she put me in community theater and choir and completely opened up my world.”

Now, Lane’s more often found collaborating with producer partner Ilya Toshinsky (Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood Luke Bryan and many others) or frequenting the Nashville writing room, but she’ll never loose sight of her roots, or her family. That’s because her journey is a huge part of her story, and a true testament to her commitment to her art. At sixteen, she convinced her parents to let her move to Los Angeles, just so she could be in an environment that challenged her to push forward. “I moved to LA because I wanted to move to an entertainment capitol,” she says. “Then I went to college out there at USC and did theater, and started songwriting, and completely fell in love with it. I said, you know what? I could probably do this for a living.”

It was this love of country music and songcraft that pushed her to go to Nashville – she came to Tennessee on internships while in college, and then, right after her graduation, she packed up her car and drove cross-country to make her relationship with the town official. Immediately, she started getting to know writers and spending time in writing rooms, composing songs like “Steal Me Away” (written with Lee Thomas Miller and Toshinsky) from her Love Thing EP, that introduced the world to who Olivia Lane is: a bold, brave, positive force ready to shake up the country music scene with her songs.

Lane holds her relationship with Toshinsky – and everyone on her team – as a vital part of her evolving picture, and selecting whom to work with wasn’t something she took lightly. As optimistic as she is, she’s also a careful businesswoman who holds the careers of Reba and Dolly Parton up as the gold standard, and grasps full control over her bigger picture. “It was really important for me to find a producer who would believe in me,” she says on Toshinsky. “I wanted someone who would work with me on development, but still keeping Olivia, still keeping the essence of who I am.”

Part of that essence is her vast ability and in-depth musical knowledge, which she takes huge pride in – referencing everything from Michael Jackson to classic country greats. She’s often been compared to Jennifer Nettles and Sara Evans, which certainly are welcome. But she’s as quick to point out a Frank Sinatra tune as she is a Sugarland song. “I love the big voices, like Trisha Yearwood,” she says. “But my fourth grade teacher would play us frank Sinatra after recess in an effort to calm us down and, of course, the annoying Olivia would learn ‘World On a String’ and belt it out, which my teacher would hate! I love everything, from Katy Perry, to Jason Derulo to James Taylor. I just find it all so inspiring. Because as a kid, I would lock myself in my room and listen to music for five hours until dinnertime. I’m still that kid.”

Now at home in Nashville, Lane’s been focusing on her next phase: co-writing more songs, touring (she’s opened for Wynonna and Frankie Ballard) and hosting a local music series called Diva Jam at listening rooms around town. Ever the open book, she shares every minute with her fans through YouTube videos and social media. “I want to be very open with my fans and friends,” she says, “and be open in my life – because life is great. If I can make someone’s day with a selfie, then that’s just amazing.”

Lane’s sound is a combination of country elements – mandolin, banjo, lyrics sweetly laced with Texas twang – with a pop energy and locomotive rhythms that capture her every-moving spirit. The title track of her EP, “Love Thing,” is a mid-tempo ode to looking for rollercoaster sparks in love set to plucky strings; while “Steal Me Away” is a thumping, sing-along about letting life take you away with its every adventure.


“Country music, everyone has their own definition,” she says. “For me, it’s a lifestyle and it’s true lyrics. If you’re writing something that’s true to you then that’s country. How I grew up, my lifestyle and stories – that’s number one to me. Stories are everything.”

And certainly, Lane’s always collecting stories. From her adventures on the road, to life in Nashville, to writing songs with the city’s best, she’s always on the lookout for life experiences to fuel a lyric, or just make her smile. As she sings on “Steal Me Away” to an infectious strum, “normal is overrated, I want fun and complicated.” She’s all that and more.
Stephen Gage: Stephen Gage (Vocals) - Ben Scala (Guitar/Vocals) - Dickie Borza (Guitar) - Ben Denman (Bass) - Brandon Wakeham (Drums)

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