Friday, December 25, 2009
Some other info - we're now selling our band t-shirts, you can order them on our website or our myspace! And we've started a twitter account for the band, so make sure to follow us!
Finally, to all of our guys and gals who are away from their families, serving our country during the holidays- just want ya'll to know we're thinking about you and appreciating more than ever all you do for us.
Wishing you all tons of love!
-Corri, Randy, Don, Danny, & Jeff
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This is us doing Ain't No Road - I pulled one of the guys up and sang to him, he was great, loved him!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Hey ya'll -I'm going to be posting some videos from the tour, here's the first one, it's from our show at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on the last night!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This is SUCH a cool and touching story so we wanted to share it with ya'll! We had the pleasure to meet Lt. Col. James E. Turnbull (Eric) at Camp Stryker, and he had a strange request - for us to take a picture with a tiny little sock!? Well as it turns out, he has a little girl named Faith, and when he traveled over to Iraq, one of her socks ended up with his things. So, he named the sock "Socky," and now he takes it everywhere he goes, takes pictures with it, and sends stories about Daddy and Socky's adventures back home to Faith! How sweet is that! We are excited to report that Brokedown was included in the Thanksgivng edition, so here it is - "Socky's Thanksgiving!" Eric - thank you for sharing this with us, you are a great dad!!
Once upon a time…in a hot, dusty country far away from the home in Pennsylvania, one of Faith’s socks spent her days hanging on the wall in front of Daddy’s desk in Iraq.
One day Daddy came in with a question for Socky.
“Socky!” said Daddy “Do you know what day it is today?”
“Sure Daddy, it’s Thursday November 26th 2009. I know because there is a calendar on the wall right next to me. Why do you ask?” inquired Socky.
“Well, you’re right about the date. But did you know it’s Thanksgiving Day?” stated Daddy.
“Thanksgiving? What’s that?” asked Socky.
“It’s a day we celebrate to give thanks for all the wonderful things we have in life” said Daddy.
“What are you thankful for Daddy?” asked Socky.
“Well Socky, I’m thankful for Mommy and Faith and also for being from a great country where we live in freedom.”
“I’m thankful too Daddy. I’m thankful to be able to keep you company here in Iraq,” laughed Socky. “So what are we going to do on Thanksgiving Daddy?”
“Well, we’re going to call home, eat a nice dinner, go to a concert, watch some football…”
“A concert!” yelled Socky, “What concert are we going to see? I love concerts.”
“We’re going to see a modern country band called “BrokeDown Cadillac,” said Daddy.
“That’s sounds like fun Daddy. I’m going to start Thanksgiving by calling home” said Socky.
Socky called home and talked with Mommy, Faith and her twin sock Stripey. Afterwards she searched her IPOD for “BrokeDown Cadillac” songs.
Daddy and Socky then got in the Kia van and drove on the bumpy roads around Victory Base. They stopped at Daddy’s room so he could change clothes. On the way they picked up Socky’s good friend Private Picklepants. He was happy that they invited him to Thanksgiving dinner.After Daddy changed clothes, he along with Socky and Private Picklepants walked to the Camp Stryker Dining Hall.
They could have easily stayed home with their families, but chose instead to come over and bring some holiday cheer and a bit of America with them.
By now it was time to go see the show. Daddy, Socky and Private Picklepants walked over to the concert area and found a great place to stand near the front of the stage. The band “BrokeDown Cadillac” played lots of great songs and the “Hooter’s Girls” danced with the service men. Both the band and the “Hooters Girls” thanked all the troops for their service and told them how proud and thankful everyone in America is for all they are doing over here.
“BrokeDown Cadillac” is a great band” exclaimed Socky “ I really like their music. I must be a “country sock.” she said with a giggle.
When the concert ended, the band and “Hooters Girls” met everyone attending and posed for pictures. They especially liked holding Socky.
Afterwards, Daddy, Socky and Private Picklepants went to watch some football. Since Iraq is eight hours ahead of the East coast, the games didn’t start until late. During half time, Private Picklepants challenged Socky to a pushup contest, but she was tired and wanted to take a nap. Private Picklepants got the hint that it was time to leave, so he thanked Daddy and Socky for such a fun evening and said goodbye.
After Socky woke up from her nap, she and Daddy went to the gym to work off their Thanksgiving dinner. Socky weighed herself on the scale and was happy to see she hadn’t gained any weight. In fact she still didn’t weigh anything.
Daddy and Socky left the gym and talked about all the fun they had on Thanksgiving.
“Daddy, I know we couldn’t be home to spend Thanksgiving with Mommy, Faith and Stripey, but I’m thankful for “BrokeDown Cadillac and the “Hooters Girls” who gave up the holiday with their families to be with us. They truly are America’s finest.” exclaimed Socky
“You’re right Socky. We’ll always remember our Thanksgiving in Iraq and how some great Americans made it feel like home.” said Daddy
And with that Daddy and Socky called it a night and the next day went back to work with lots of great memories of Thanksgiving 2009.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Hey there everyone! I am finally getting a little internet service so just wanted to say hello and let everyone know what an amazing time we are having over here! We have had the chance to meet so many awesome men and women and I can't wait to share our experience! I only have a minute here cause we are getting ready to play our last show of the tour, but I wanted to post a little tid-bit from the first show. This is a clip I took from the stage at Camp Buehring in Kuwait! And to those of you that we had the honor to meet this week - I cannot thank you enough for the time you shared with us, we are so proud of you and do not have the words to express our gratitude for what you do. We love you!!!!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Hey guys! So, we are extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to go overseas and visit the troops! I have a ton of family who are veterans or are currently serving in the military, as does the rest of the band, and we are always looking for ways to support the troops....so we jumped at the chance to go and perform for them in Iraq over Thanksgiving! We will be joined by 6 Hooters girls, which should be a blast - the guys in the band are certainly excited about those little orange shorts and, ya know, the "hooters." So I have to imagine that the men over there who have barely seen a woman in months will be over the moon! I have to admit I feel a little insecure in that poster - totally surrounded by hottie mamas. I'm thinking I'm gonna need to pack the serious push-up bra..... PS - I got much enjoyment from the fact that one of the girls is named "Sara Hoots" - I cannot wait to meet her and find out if that is her real name - and if it is her real name, did it influence her decision to become a Hooters girl? I need to know these things! A friend of mine was a Hooters girl in college and offered me the use of her old uniform - how funny would that be?? If I actually showed up for the first show in the outfit and just acted totally normal? Hmmm.... Anywho, the girls seem great and we're all super excited. I'll be documenting our trip with my camcorder, so make sure to check back here for updates and scoopage, and, of course, plenty of hooters!
DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2009
FROM: TODD BRODGINSKI/ANGELA VILLANUEVA
BROKEDOWN CADILLAC TO VISIT TROUPS IN IRAQ THANKSGIVING WEEK
Nashville-based country group BROKEDOWN CADILLAC have confirmed plans to perform for the troops during a Thanksgiving week tour of military bases in Iraq. The group—founded in California by singer CORRI ENGLISH and guitarist RANDY DUNHAM—will head overseas this week for the tour, which runs from November 21-30 and they will be joined by a select group of Hooters Girls from around the U.S.
English says, “All of us in the band have close ties to the military, and we're excited and honored for this opportunity. We feel like spending Thanksgiving with our troops, who can't be home with their families, is the best way we can say thank you for all that they do. We hope it is the first of many visits.”
“This outstanding group will have a tremendous impact on the military personnel serving our country,” says David Chavez, President of Pro Sports MVP, the tour’s organizer. “The Hooters Girls and BrokeDown Cadillac are very excited to meet the troops in Iraq, and it will be everyone’s first visit to the region. All of the participants have expressed their passion for our troops overseas and are looking forward to a successful tour and once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
BrokeDown Cadillac: BrokeDown Cadillac is a 5-piece modern country band fronted by Atlanta native Corri English and her partner Randy Dunham. Veterans of stage performance, BrokeDown Cadillac’s live show is electrifying. The band--a tight collection of seasoned players--rarely offer people a chance to sit down with their string of upbeat, original material, commandeering fans to the dance floor. Their self-released debut album Somewhere In America was described by Country Weekly as having an “energetic, instantly likeable sound” (6/22/09). Corri and Randy have written over two dozen songs for this project, five of which have recently been used in the 2009 Disney box office hit film, Race to Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The two, joined by Danny Reuland on drums, Don Ian on lead guitar and Jeff LeGore on bass, were also included in a performance sequence of the movie, playing in a honky-tonk bar. Check them out at: http://www.myspace.com/brokedowncadillacband
Pro Sports MVP, a Colorado Springs, Colorado based company, is a full-service sports and entertainment marketing firm which develops and implements corporate marketing programs and provides marketing services for over one thousand of the world’s most recognizable celebrities. www.prosportsmvp.com
For more information regarding Brokedown Cadillac contact:
For more information regarding Brokedown Cadillac contact:
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Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Country brings us a Brokedown Cadillac
Recently I had the opportunity to talk and listen to country's newest band Brokedown Cadillac. You may not be familiar with them by name but you may know lead singer Corri English as an accomplished actress on shows like "CSI Miami" and "Without A Trace" or you may have seen the band itself make a cameo appearance in Disney's remake of "Race to Witch Mountain" of which they contributed five songs to.
If none of these things have jolted your memory then allow me to re-introduce country's newest music sensation Brokedown Cadillac. The group is fronted by seasoned songwriting team Corri English and Randy Dunham. Corri provides the lead vocals with Randy accompanying her in harmony and counter melody. Filling out the band is lead guitarist Don Ian, bassist Jeff Legorge and drummer Danny Reuland. Their self released debut album, Somewhere in America, features eleven songs all written by Corri and Randy exploring themes that are all easily relatable with the perfect blend of swing and country.
"Last Picture Show" shows Corri's range while she delivers some cleverly written lyrics. "Baby's Gonna Start a Fire" makes you want to get up and two step. It's also one of Randy's favorite songs to perform because "it's a straight up dance song. If we don't see people up dancing, then I measure it as our failure to capture the audience." My personal favorite is "Brokedown Cadillac" because its the first song on the album that introduced me to the band. Knowing that they self wrote, produced and promoted their own album made the lyrics even more memorable and sincere.
You can listen to the song "Brokedown Cadillac" below and tell me what you think @billboardcritic.
Also, check back tomorrow for an exclusive one on one interview with Brokedown Cadillac. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We are HUGE fans of Taylor guitars - not only is Bob Taylor my cousin (okay, this isn't really true, but my mom's maiden name is Taylor so it's possible we're distantly related, right??), but they make AMAZING guitars and we'd be happy to never play anything else ever again! We are really excited to be included in the fall issue of Taylor's Magazine - Wood & Steel. Check out the section called "Soundings" for the Brokedown feature! We can only dream of one day having our own "Signature Taylor" like Miss Swift - the lucky duck! We want to give a big thank you to Bob Borbonus at Taylor who has taken such great care of us, and is just a super great dude, and to Bob Taylor for making such badass guitars that sound so purdy!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It is not unusual for Hollywood to produce the next hot music star, however this time it has produced a new country music sensation. Brokedown Cadillac is fronted by a seasoned songwriting team of Corri English and Randy Dunham.
English has been around music her entire life. The daughter of a musician English was able to hone her talent into the masterpiece it is today.
I was on the road with my dad's band from the time I was like 6 weeks old and grew up playing with tuning forks. So I think when you're around it that long, it just comes natural," recalls English.
Brokedown Cadillac is taking things slowly, self producing their own album and doing much of their own promotion, making sure that they make the right decisions along the way.
"If you pick the wrong deal you can end up getting nowhere fast," English explains. "There was a time when labels would take on a new artist and do development and give it time to get out there and give the audience time to respond. "
Self producing your own music isn't all bad; it allows an artist to form their own destiny.
"People have such a slick product before the time it gets in the hands of the executives. Independent artists can do a lot on their own now. It allows you to hold on to creative control, the more you do yourself," English point out.
The band self-released their debut album "Somewhere in America" in March. Shortly thereafter they were featured in a major motion picture. Performing as a bar band in the Disney movie Race to Witch Mountain which allowed them to have two songs on the digital soundtrack.
The band is starting to pick-up steam and that suits English and Dunham just fine.
"We wanted to take things kind of slow, so we can do it right and we couldn't be happier with the way things have gone so far," English mentions.
The band spent the summer in Nashville writing new material and meeting with different agents, but is back in Los Angeles and ready to rock. Thursday night marks the bands return to Los Angeles as they take place in the McCarthur Park Concert series at Levitt Pavillion.
For more information on the Levitt Pavillion visit levittla.org. For information on Brokedown Cadillac visit www.brokedowncadillac.net or www.myspace.com/brokedowncadillacband
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So.....we've been in Nashville all summer, and now we're headed back to LA with a big ole show coming up! We'll be playing a night of the Levitt Paviion MacArthur Park Summer Concert Series! It's an outdoor ampitheater with lawn style seating, so bring your picnic baskets and blankets - it'll be the perfect way to spend a summer evening! Invite your friends and bring the kiddos, it'll be tons of fun and we're super excited.....
Here are the deets:
Day: Thursday, September 10th
Price: FREE! YAY!
Location: Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park
2230 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Park Office: 213-384-5701
Here is some info from the website:
Welcome to the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park!
The 2009 Summer Concert Season provides a magical experience through an array of amazing performances! Professional musicians and performing artists embody and express a rich diversity in music and dance. The open lawn forms a natural amphitheater with an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Bring a picnic basket, relax in a lawn chair, stretch out on a blanket or dance under the stars!
Over 34,000 people attended the 2008 summer concert season at MacArthur Park. We invite you to come and experience the magic this summer!
2009 Summer Concert Season
Wednesday, July 8th - Sunday, September 13th
FREE admission to all 50 concerts
Five evening concerts weekly, Wednesdays through Sundays
Wednesdays through Saturday concerts begin at 7:30 pm
Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 pm
Family friendly concerts throughout the season
Acclaimed professional musicians and diverse performing artists
A safe, well-run community gathering place
Friday, August 14, 2009
Who ever thought it would be cool to "tweet?" It's very strange isn't it? The last time I thought that was cool was when I was in elementary school and I started a club named "The Chicks" - it was inspired by a small toy chick I got for Easter who lived in my pencil box (am I dating myself here?) at school. The "chick" was our mascot and you could only peek inside the box at him if you were a member. It was a very exclusive club, very fancy. Very cool. Uh-huh. But anyway - back to twitter.....I admit, I was reluctant at first. I already felt overwhelmed trying to keep up with 2 myspace accounts, a couple of different facebooks pages, website, blog, and about 75 different email accounts......but, I started getting the question "do you tweet?" quite a bit - so I figured it was time. I joined a couple of months ago, so come on over and follow me. Okay, that is weird too - follow me? Very stalker-ish. But anywho, click here. I can't say that I am great about updates. I get very self concious. I start to write an update and then think - who actually cares that I am buying some toothpase or grabbing my second Starbucks of the day, and then erase what I've written....but I have vowed to get better, cause somebody might want to know that the Tom's toothpaste in spearmint is way less gross than the peppermint. Or that an iced tea with half green/half passion tea rocks, and has many health benefits to boot! So, there ya go.
We can’t help ourselves – we are music fanatics. We are constantly being exposed to new sounds from around the world. Our jobs literally revolve around seeing live music and meeting up with killer emerging acts. We are surrounded by honey-glazed pipes, wailing guitars, pounding beats, simply stunning talent.
And we want to share this with as many people as possible – that’s the point of great music, right? So we built an Artist to Watch section to turn you on to some of the treats that we run across during the natural course of business. Some of these bands are unsigned, some are on the majors, some tour internationally, most are even clients (although it’s not a prerequisite.) Email us if you know a band that is on the ups.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Parkview high school grad Corri English spars with Cybill Shepherd in new Hallmark film
5:48 pm July 31, 2009, by Rodney Ho
Corri English was already a minor acting star at Parkview High School when she attended the school in the 1990s. She had two shows on TBS: “Kidsbeat,” a news break during the morning cartoons, and “Feed Your Mind,” in which she travelled the world.
And like many actresses, she said she was “kind of shy” in high school.
“I moved there and all these little cliques had already formed,” she said Friday to promote her new Hallmark film Saturday at 9 p.m. starring Cybill Shepherd called “Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith.” “They nicknamed me ‘Kidsbeat.’ I was totally embarrassed by that!”
She said she recalled how much angst she had between doing TV and, say, cheerleading practice. “Now it seems like a no brainer," she mused. "Gotta scoot out of cheerleading!"
English, a University of Georgia grad, is one of those working actresses just trying to make an impression. Since moving to Los Angeles six years ago, she’s nabbed guest roles on “Joan of Arcadia,” “Without a Trace,” ‘CSI: Miami” and in her first regular gig, as a college student on the quickly forgotten WB series starring Matthew Modine called “Bedford Diaries.”
The twist of the show was that Modine was teaching a sex class and required the class to tape video confessionals about their sex lives. But as English admitted, the show was hamstrung by network queasiness about being “too” sexy. The show by its nature, she said, “was supposed to be edgy but in that environment, they cut a lot of scenes, which made some stories seem disjointed.” It lasted just eight episodes in 2006.
I had to ask her about what it was like working with Shepherd, who has a been known to have a bit of a diva complex when she was on “Moonlighting” and her own self-titled sitcom.
“There was a point I was teasing her of being spoiled,” English said. “She said, ‘Oh, honey. You should have seen me a couple of decades ago!’ She definitely makes light of her reputation. The great thing is she is who she is. She’s very self deprecating. She’ll be the first to tell you her flaws.”
Shepherd, during down time, was busy on the phone. “She was working deals left and right!” English said. “She’s really embracing the opportunities coming her way.”
Shepherd in the film plays a divorced woman with empty nest syndrome who decides to finish college and live in the dorms. She is joined by English’s rebellious, bitter character, who has her own mommy issues. Like a lot of these “Odd Couple” films, the two first clash, eventually become friends.
English is also a country musician who actually worked with Sugarland, Atlanta’s hot duo back when they were a trio. She even co-wrote a song on the band’s first album.
During the writers’ strike last year, she worked as lead vocalist in a band called Brokedown Cadillac with local Atlanta producer Jan Smith to create an EP. Several songs ended up in the film “Race to Witch Mountain” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
So she’s now of split minds. So she now does acting in Los Angeles and has bought a residence in Nashville as well.
“I’m in a transitional phase,” she said. “The music is becoming a bigger priority in my career. It’s something I’ve always wanted… I’m really embracing what’s happening. I’m in Nashville right now spending the summer setting up a home base there.”
Friday, July 31, 2009
"It was the strangest connection," English says. "I had read the book but never seen the . When I found out I was working with her (Shepherd), I had to see the movie. Then I found out she was big buddies with Larry McMurtry, and I love him. So it was kind of a neat thing."
"Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith" is the project that brought English and Shepherd together. The movie is about Alice Washington (Shepherd), a divorcee who returns to college as part of a program designed to help women re-enter school. English plays Zoe, a moody 20-year-old who winds up as Alice's roommate.
The chemistry between the two is one of the highlights of the film. English says the camaraderie extended off-camera as well.
In fact, much of English's time seems to be spent juggling the two careers. She lives in Los Angeles but is planning to relocate to Nashville. BrokeDown Cadillac is getting ready to tour. And the group appeared on-screen in this year's "Race to Witch Mountain."
"I've had some luck with music lately, so I'm having to prioritize it more," she says. "Music has always been what I've done in my spare time, but when the writers' strike happened, I took the opportunity to record the album and things just fell into place. Acting used to be the priority, but now music is like a real career."
She has had more than luck. Along with Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall, she wrote "Fly Away," which was featured on Sugarland's mega-successful album "Twice the Speed of Life."
English is chatty and open, so it brought up the question: Does a songwriting credit on a triple-platinum album mean you can essentially take a vacation for the next few years?
"Well, royalties have to do with it being on the album and then there's a lyric percentage, and it's all really crazy," she says with a laugh. "They break it down into pennies. If it was a single, it could have paid off a mortgage. As an album cut, it's a really nice bonus."