In a year of touring throughout the West with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Mark Chesnutt, Alan Jackson, David Nail, Gloriana, Sunny Sweeney, Phil Vassar, Steve Azar, John Rich, Sebastian Bach, Eden’s Edge and Kenny Rogers… what better way to finish off 2011 than a December run with Hick-Hop artist COLT FORD.
It’s as if Colt Ford knew we’d be hangin’ together. His latest CD release “Every CHANCE I Get” hit shelves this past May and has been on an iTunes tear ever since! The CD itself has featured artists on it including Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Nappy Roots, Nic Cowan, Josh Thompson, Trent Tomlinson, Craig Morgan and Charlie Daniels. It’s an All-Star event… not just a CD.
About two weeks ago I got a call from my agent at William Morris Endeavors who said the Country Rapper Colt Ford was comin’ through the Pacific Northwest in mid-December. Now, Colt and I aren’t on the same roster (he’s on Buddy Lee Attractions), but sometimes when acts fit together (or they think it’d be mutually beneficial) they put together deals on the fly like this. Needless to say, when Barrett asked if I’d be interested in doin’ shows with Colt Ford, I was grinnin’ ear to ear.
As of right now, the “dates and states” stand at:
Thursday – 12.08.11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Rail Event Center
Friday – 12.16.11 – Springfield, OR – Whiskey River Ranch
Saturday – 12.17.11 – Portland, OR – The Ponderosa
Sunday – 12.18.11 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
Ticket links are available at http://www.ChanceMcKinney.com/tour.html for those who want to catch Colt n’ Chance out on the road… in the middle of December… workin’ hard through the holiday season… tryin’ to bring quality entertainment… weathering the Pacific Northwest storms, poor road conditions, cold nights… (yeah, I’m milkin’ it at this point.)
A quick “thank you” to all of those who’ve made this dream a reality since the CMT win almost 2 years ago… I really appreciate all you’ve done (and continue to do) for me!
P.S. There will be more details on:
Sometime early in the Summer of 2011, Chance received two calls in the same day from an old fling. Nahhh, it wasn’t one of those un-welcomed kinda awkward, silent calls you’d expect. It was good news… no, make that great news! See, Chance moved from Missoula, MT to Pullman, WA straight out of high school to attend the closest Pac-10 (now Pac-12) school and compete for Washington State University’s perennial powerhouse of a track team. She beckoned him, lured him in and has held a place in his heart since graduating 10 years ago. Well, “she” called. And when your first love calls, you can’t help but pick up the phone and see what she wants and how she’s doin’… right?!
But before we get to that, we need a little context to the story…
Summer 2010. Chance is on a Southwest Airlines flight makin’ a stop in Boise before heading onto Seattle to meet up with Blake Shelton for a week’s worth of shows up n’ down the coast of Washington State and Oregon. He’s still tryin’ to comprehend the CMT win, the CMT Studio 330 session (recorded with Reba McEntire and Steel Magnolia), tour dates with Dwight Yoakam, Jamie O’Neal, Grand Funk Railroad and all the dates (including Blake, Luke Bryan, CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special) yet to come. On that flight sat a girl who struck up a conversation with him talkin’ of her internship at the capital in Boise for the summer, until she returned back to WSU in the Fall (see where this is heading?).
Anyway, that girl… let’s call her DB (to protect her identity) happen to also be finishing her Masters and working for the WSU Athletic Department after completing her scholarship in swimming the year prior. She asked what “what do you do?” Chance, still not accustomed to sayin’… “well, I sing for a livin'” told her he was a former high school math teacher who just happened to be in the right place at the right time recently and ended up out on tour with some of her favorite acts (luck of the draw, she was a country fan). They made introductions, realized they were both Cougar Alumni and chatted about Pullman and athletic careers for a bit. DB got off the plane, Chance went onto Seattle, tour schedule got busy… add another new friend on the new career path.
Skip ahead to Fall of 2010. Chance gets an email from DB… actually DB’s boss (then Director of Marketing) in the WSU Athletic Dept inquiring about shows and what it would take (logistics-wise) to get him back to his stomping grounds. Emails bounce back n’ forth, ground work is laid, and the picture starts to take shape.
Now, back to Summer of 2011 and the “tw0-call” day. The editor of WSU’s Alumni Magazine calls asking if he can do a review and write an article on former All-American Javelin Thrower, now country singer, Chance McKinney. On the same day, WSU Director of Marketing calls asking if Chance would be interested in performing at some point during the upcoming football season. Not bad, the ol’ fling still has a little interest… umm how ’bout yes, and yes.
So, here’s the result of a 45-minute SWA flight sittin’ next to a former WSU Alum…
October 15th, 2011. Homecoming Weekend. WSU v. Stanford. Chance McKinney and the CrossWire boys will be performing at the Pre-Game Rally as the Cougs try to knock of the #4 nationally ranked Cardinal of Stanford. CMCW will do a pre-game show in Hollingbery Fieldhouse from 2:30 – 4:00pm and then Chance has a little surprise at halftime for the 35,000+ fans there ready to support the Cougars of Washington State!
Think Pullman is ready for a little “Industrialized Country?” Think WSU and Chance have a nice little recipe for success in the future? Yeah, that’s what we think too!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to say how thankful I am for opportunities like this that come up in this journey. I stepped off the plane last week in Portland, OR preparing for the Willamette Country Music Festival with artists like Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton only to find a text message from one of the biggest promoters in the Pacific Northwest on my phone. It read… “You’re IN for Kenny Rogers.” Period. That’s it. No, not quite eloquent, but damn fine in spirit and “cut to the point”-ness.
Can you say JaneDear Girls, David Nail, Diamond Rio, Chance McKinney
n’ CrossWire, Sunny Sweeney, Steve Azar, Phil Vassar, Alan Jackson,
The Harters, Amy Clawson, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton all in the
same sentence? Of course you can, if you can “read” it you can
probably “say” it… stupid question on my part.
Welcome to the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, OR on
August 19th – 21st. Thirteen of Country Music’s hottest acts take the
stage for the Premier Country Music Festival in the Pacific
Northwest. VIP tickets sold out over two months ago. General
Admission has exceded the original capacity. Hotel rooms are gone.
Parking is spoken for. Campgrounds are max’d out. And now, it’s game
If you think touring with Mark Chestnutt through Montana… and Dierks
Bentley through Oregon and Washington was fun… wait until you get a
load of this! (Although, I will say that the DB shows we’re
particularly off-the-hook… but I digress.)
I would just like to thank all of you who’ve made this possible.
Since the CMT Award in December of 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to
share the stage with…
Grand Funk RailRoad
Jane Dear Girls
and Mr. Alan Jackson.
It’s been a special treat for me and the boys in the band. Thank you
for your continued support and stay tuned for some additional news
coming down the pipe after we complete the shows this month!
Chance McKinney and CrossWire have been goin’, goin’, goin’ and this week is no exception. Coming off a week of shows in Oregon, the CMCW boys head back to Washington for a run at some good weather and great shows. Yes, we’re fully aware that Kenny Chesney will be in town on Friday Night at the Tacoma Dome and yes, we know we have a show scheduled for that night as well. Hmmm, Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire… Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire? As you ponder which you’d choose why not make it easy and just do both?!
Thursday Night (7/21): Let us get you geared up just a little Northeast of the Tacoma Dome in Kent, WA at the “Thursdays at the Lake” Concert Series in Meridian Park.
July 21 – Chance McKinney & Crosswire
CMT Award Winner, Chance McKinney was recently dubbed CMT’s #1 “unsigned” Country
Artist in the Nation. He has opened for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, George
Strait, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, and Brooks n’ Dunn. This up and coming band’s
“Industrialized Country” is a blend of country, rock, metal and soul.
Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street
Friday Night (7/22): Kenny Chesney Night! However, in case you don’t have tickets OR Tacoma is just too far to drive we’ll be at the beautiful Tulalip Casino Resort with south Puget Sound’s own Robbie Walden opening at 8pm. We’ll be your Kenny Chesney Alternate… or, possibly your Kenny Chesney Chaser! Come on by the Casino on your way back from the Kenny Chesney concert and let us finish off the night for you. If you look at it that way, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker are opening up the night and Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire are closin’ it out!
The biggest benefit to the CMCW show at the Tulalip… is that the Tulalip is pickin’ up the bill. No cover charge. This claim cannot also be made about the Kenny Chesney concert. Last we saw, tickets we’re goin’ for $375 each in the front floor section on stubhub. So, if you’re lookin’ for a good “after party” for Kenny or you’re runnin’ low on scratch… we’ve got you covered.
Saturday Night (7/23): IF, somehow, you haven’t manage your “country fix” after Thursday AND Friday then the HARD ROCK CAFE in downtown Seattle, WA welcomes Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire back to the stage. It ain’t easy breakin’ country into new venues… especially when the title of the place is “hard rock”, but we’re doin’ our best. Bring a group downtown and leave a little redneck mark on Seattle’s premier “live” music venue! The better the boys do, the more likely the HRC will have ’em back to the most centralized meeting spot for all the Puget Sound country fans.