Interview with Blackhawk

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How Do You Find Playing at the Grizzly Rose?

The Grizzly Rose is an iconic venue and always a pleasure to play. The faithful Denver BH fans are always very supportive.

What’s the story behind the name ‘Blackhawk’?

There really not much of a story. It’s a name that was seen on the side of a truck and the idea occurred to us to name the band that.

You guys have had a very successful career in country music spanning over two decades and selling millions of albums. What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned about music and/or life from your experiences so far?

Well my career spans 40 plus years and I’ve grown to understand the value of our fans and have enjoyed them on a more personal level now that the hustle has quieted down a little.

How did the passing of Van Stephenson impact you on a personal and professional level?

Well it was a shocker to lose Van and aside from the loss his family and friends felt, it had a very profound impact on the creative dynamic of the group. We’ve been able to survive it, but the magical vocal blend and songwriting personality was forever changed.

Tell us about how the country music (or music industry in general) has changed since you first started performing?

For us it’s become more of a cottage industry that we have complete control of. Both from a creative and business standpoint. It’s liberating, but at the same time requires a great deal of day to day involvement.

Is there a single show that sticks out in your minds as your favorite of your entire career?

No not really. There are some that are more memorable like the Outlaws playing in Central Park NYC 1975 in front of over a hundred thousand people and broadcast live to another 2 or 3 million. In the case of BH Farm Aid in Louisville in 1996 was memorable. All shows have a very similar theme and the feeling they inspire is constantly rewarding.

Blackhawk Country Interview

If you could go on tour with any band in any genre for a summer, who would it be and why?

I think one person I’d like to share the stage with is John Mellencamp.

Who are some of your favorite people/groups you’ve toured with in the past?

I think in the case of BH early tours with Suzy Bogguss and Hal Ketchum were fun. The tour that helped launch the group was with Tim McGraw and Little Texas.

What are you guys doing when you aren’t playing music?

Writing it and recording it……

Tell us something about you guys that most people wouldn’t expect?

There’s not much smoke and mirrors with BH. What you see is what you get…..

Little Texas Slider

Interview with Little Texas

We’re very excited for our upcoming show with Little Texas this Friday. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you can buy tickets here. We had the opportunity to do an interview with the band to learn a bit more about their lives as musicians.

Little Texas Slider

When did you first play at the Grizzly Rose and what do you think of our venue?

Boy, have we played the Grizzly Rose! Our time there goes all the way back to 1989 when we would go through Denver working our way across the country. We would do 5 sets a night, 4 nights a week. We would ski all day sometimes and play all night. Had a ball. In 1992, The Nashville Network celebrated the release of our first album with their very first live concert broadcast from there as well. That special aired a gazillion times over the course of that year.

Little Texas has been gracing the ears of country music fans for over 25 years. How has the country music scene changed since when you first got into the game in the early 90s?

The easiest answer would be, “How has it not changed?” Everything is different, from the way records are made, to the way people listen to those records, everything. Technology and the internet has changed every aspect of the way the music industry does business.

How did you all meet each other and start playing music together?

Porter and I both grew up in Longview, TX, and started playing together in high school. We both moved to Nashville to attend Belmont College (now Belmont University) and while there did a season at Opryland. We met Dwayne O’Brien and Tim Rushlow there and put a band together to work after the season ended. One of our college buddies was working in A&R at Warner Bros. and showed some interest in doing a project with us. Soon after, we met Del Gray and Brady Seals while out on the road and that fleshed out the band.

Your music has been featured on TV programs, commercials, and other media spots. What’s the most random program that has featured one of your songs and how did that come about?

I honestly have no idea. God Blessed Texas shows up all over the place, and usually there’s a musical director that picks out the songs. We really have no input on the process.

You guys have had a long, successful career as musicians. Looking back, what’s the one thing you are the most proud of accomplishing?

Creating music that still holds up against everything that’s out there today. When we started out, we wanted to create music that was timeless, like the Eagles stuff. We were fortunate to lock on to a handful of those kinds of songs and you can still hear them on mainstream radio even 25 years later. Little Texas Interview Grizzly Rose

You’ve toured with a variety of different artists. Who were some of your favorite artists to tour with and why?

We did a year long tour with Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood eons ago, and had an absolute blast. We were all friends before any of us hit, so it was a natural combination. All three acts really enjoyed one another.

What are the top 3 favorite shows you ever played? What was the venue and why was it so special?

One was at the Target Center in Minneapolis where we sold the place out 360 just 3 days after the Eagles were there. Of course Fiddler’s Green was always a favorite – their steaks were absolutely to die for! And playing a sold out Cotton Bowl show with Clint Black during the Texas State Fair was heaven for us Texas boys.

Who is Little Texas listening to at the moment? Do you mostly listen to country music or do you dabble in other genres as well?

Everyone listens to different stuff, so you’d have to ask them. I personally gravitate to classic rock, 70’s & 80’s country and talk radio.

What is your favorite song to play live in front of an audience?

We have a new one that we haven’t even recorded that we’ve put into the show called “Bullet From A Gun” that we’re having a lot of fun with. But “God Blessed Texas” and “Kick A Little” are always great because of the crowd reactions.

Tell us something about you guys as a band that most people would find surprising and would not expect?

Since we’ve never really made any noise about it, most folks don’t know that we were finalists on Star Search ’90. Ed McMahon loved us and came out to see us in Vegas one night. He sang the blues with us for what seemed like 2 hours…

Stoney La Rue Grizzly Rose

Interview with Stoney LaRue

We are very excited for our upcoming show with Stoney LaRue! We had the chance to interview Stoney so that you can learn a bit more about him as an artist.

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Stoney La Rue Grizzly Rose

Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

Yes I’ve been playing the grizzly Rose now for about 10 years or so. One of my favorite venues.

You’re a native Texan who now lives in Oklahoma. We’ve got to ask. Which do you prefer?

Honestly, it’s just a river that separates us, that being said, the more I travel the more I found out how similar we are in stead of how different we are.

In your entire career as a musician, what song are you the most proud of?

Probably velvet. Got to really stretch out my my brain wings with a little existential thinking.

Can you talk to us a little bit about why you decided to take a hiatus from touring for awhile?

Recalibration. I’ve been touring for 19 years now and that was the first 30 day stint that I’ve taken off. Everyone needs time to recharge.

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You’ve played a lot of shows in a lot of different places throughout your career. What are the top 3 that stick out in your mind as the most memorable?

Sitka, Alaska at the native community native building. Terminal five in New York City. and Medona, Italy where I got to help roast a hog before I played!

You’ve got to team up and go on tour with an artist of a completely different genre. Who would you choose and why?

Off the top of my head I’d say Justin Timberlake because he’s a very well rounded entertainer. I feel like I could learn something.

Who inspired you to become a musician?

I was told that I was singing before I was talking. I used to have dreams as a child about being on stage and performing. So I guess the higher power is my

Besides music what are some other things you like to do?

There’s nothing besides music. I enjoy being a father my kids are everything. Other than that my life is music.

Your music has been described as ‘real life, thinking man’s music.’ Can you explain a little bit about what this means?

I have a hard time writing about things that I haven’t experienced. Also like to look at life and what’s around me in a way that doesn’t seem so topical.

What’s something about you that most people would not expect?

I am an avid lover of the stars and the universe, and I listen primarily to the grateful dead.

Jon Pardi Exclusive Interview

Interview with Jon Pardi

We’re very excited for our upcoming show with Jon Pardi! We had the opportunity to ask Jon some questions to get to know a bit more about him, here’s what we found out.

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Jon Pardi Grizzly Rose

Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

YES! It’s been a couple of years, but we are excited to be back!

We’ve heard that you started writing music before you were even a teenager. What inspired you to want to be a musician at such a young age?

My grandmother was a big inspiration for me. I grew up listening to 90’s country so all those guys inspired me as well.

You’re a California boy who moved to Nashville to pursue a dream of becoming a country musician. Which do you prefer California or Tennessee?

I prefer AMERICA!

Your California roots are more blue collar than the stereotypical Orange County, surfer boy type. Tell us a bit about why this is important to you and how it shaped you as an artist.

Man, that’s just how I grew up. I’ve always worked hard and I carried that work ethic into music with me. It’s what helped drive me to Nashville.

If you could team up with one other country artist right now to record a duet album and go on tour, who would it be and why?

Gotta go with Dierks. I am out on tour with him right now. The album would be called “Jon and Dierks sing Frank Sinatra”

Jon Pardi Exclusive Interview

A lot of people talk about your voice and that it has a very old-school country sound to it. Is this something you deliberately worked on to give a certain tone to your music or is just something you were born with?

I’ve been twangy since I was 7!

How many instruments can you play?

Guitar and drums.

What is Jon Pardi doing when he’s not playing music or touring the country?

Working on my ranch and renting bulldozers!!

What’s your favorite song that you’ve written so far and why?

“Head Over Boots” because it was my first #1! Everyone loved this song and I really think it had a big impact on couples.

Exile Country Music Live Performance

Interview with Marlon Hargis from Exile

Interview with Marlon Hargis Exile


Exile has been gracing the ears of country music fans for over 40 years. What started as a rock band and eventually transformed into playing country music, Exile has played music all over the world. At the Grizzly Rose we recently had the pleasure of hosting them for a live country music show. We had the chance to chat with bass player Marlon Hargis to get some more information about this longstanding famous band. Here’s what we learned.

Q: How was your experience playing at the Grizzly Rose? Have you played here before?

A: We played back in the 80’s at the Grizzly Rose. It was so long ago, can’t remember exactly what date. We definitely remembered the venue though. Although it was brief, we enjoyed our time here. The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We love the venue, it has a really nice and unique vibe. We would love the opportunity to come back sometime!

Q: Besides the Grizzly Rose, where’s your favorite venue you have every played?

A: This is a tough question because we’ve been playing a long time and had a chance to play all over the world. Playing at Wembley Stadium in London is definitely a place we will always remember. We also played a few different venues back in the 80’s in South Africa, and I remember a show we did in Capetown that was very memorable. We also played Farm Aid II festival out in Texas, near Austin, back in the 80’s not far from Willie Nelson’s ranch. There were a lot of great bands there with us like Willie, Joe Walsh, and many others. One other place that we will never forget was playing on the original tonight show with Johnny Carson. Seeing all those famous people watching us perform, that was something we will never forget.

Kiss You All Over Exile


Q: What is you favorite song to perform live?

A: This is another tough question to answer because it changes often. We’ve been in the music business so long the songs our favorite songs to perform have changed a lot over the years. If we had to choose one at this moment in time it would have to be “Kiss you all over.” This is because it gets the biggest reaction from the crowd. One of my personal favorites at the moment is “It’ll be me.” We have a lot of fun playing that song, but I’m sure if you asked me again in a few months there’s a good chance it could be different.

Q: If none of you were playing country music, what would be your professions instead?

A: If we weren’t still playing music, we would be working in the music industry. Honestly, we don’t really know anything else, this is what we’ve done for most of our lives. Back in the day I ran a music store, I was also a property manager at one point, and did some music management things too. I think music management would be most fitting for all of us nowadays due to our long tenure in the industry.

Q: Who are your main inspirations?

A: The Beatles were a major inspiration to us. The whole British Invasion really inspired us to want to be musicians. A lot of it had to do with timing because that was popular when we were teenagers. That kinda music changed the world in the form of politics, fashion, etc… Motown groups were also big for us like Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. We are from Kentucky and soul music was big there so it was another big source of inspiration. Some people compare us to the Eagles and that’s another group we admired and were inspired by.

Exile Country Music Live Performance


Q: How did you all meet each other and become a band?

A: Back in 1963 is about when we started as ‘The Exiles’ (this changed over time to be simply ‘Exile’). We all started playing music in little bands in little towns across Kentucky. JP Parrington our guitar player had been around the longest, but honestly we all kinda started together randomly. At the time we were just high school kids who wanted to play music because it was a way to meet girls and have fun. We never would have guessed they would still be playing now. It was just kind of a dream that happened!

Q: Any advice to aspiring musicians out there?

A: If you don’t love music, don’t even get started in it, because it’s a really tough business and so many bands don’t make it. You must have passion for it. Always keep trying. However if you do truly love music than go for it and never give up. I had a friend who decided to pursue a career in business instead of being a musician and he ended up being very successful. However he always told me “there’s a hole in my soul because I didn’t pursue music.” So keep plugging away and make it work if it’s what you really want.

Q: Any other thoughts you would like to share with your fans out there?

A: There’s a great book written about us with an in depth history of our band. It’s called 50 Years of Exile: The Story of a Band in Transition (Click here for a link to the book on Amazon).

For more information on the band, check out the Exile Website of their Facebook Page.