Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thank you Country Weekly!

Check out Brokedown in Country weekly for the 2nd week in a row in their "Listen Up" section! Yay!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

Celebrate the 4th of July with us!!

I have all kinds of family in the military, especially the navy - in fact, my sister - Katie - just got engaged to a great navy man herself!  And so I am very excited about this upcoming show.  We will be the entertainment for a navy hosted 4th of July bash called "Freedom Festival."  It will be big fun, so if you are in the area, come on out!  There will be food, fun, and fireworks, and of course - music by brokedown!  And as an added bonus, our good friend Bryan Chesters will be dj-ing between our sets!  It will be tons of fun!  Here is the important info:  

Navy Golf Course 18th Hole
5660 Orangewood Ave
Cypress, Ca 90630

Time:  4pm - 10pm

More details to follow soon!

Reel to Rock show Review!

From the blog Reel to Rock!  We like what they had to say, and certainly hope they're right!

5/14/09 Last night, California-based Country quintet Brokedown Cadillac – fueled by songwriting duo Corri English (lead vocals) and Randy Dunham (guitar, harmony vocals) – played famed Los Angeles venue The Mint, and once again proved they are a well-oiled musical machine indeed! Kick starting their set with "Chasing the Moon," English – whose powerful pipes defy her pint-sized frame – and Dunham tore through tunes off their debut album, Somewhere In America, including "Baby's Gonna Start a Fire," "Girl With a Broken Heart," "Big City," "Last Picture Show," and "Scarlett O'Hara," closing with the eponymous album opener, "Brokedown Cadillac." The set was also peppered with songs found on the soundtrack to Disney's Race To Witch Mountain, in which the band makes a cameo appearance, playing in a honky-tonk bar. Take Brokedown Cadillac for a test drive now at a honky-tonk bar or small club before they kick into high gear and play arenas nationwide.

Experience LA Show Review!

If you are not familiar with this blog, you must check it out - it is super cool! And they recently came out to a show....here's the review!

BrokeDown Cadillac Up and Coming Country Band at The Mint

Several weeks ago, I spent an evening listening to Country Music at the historic mid-city The Mint nightclub, a bar and small plates restaurant on Pico Blvd. This was an intimate venue to see performers who were just starting out or had been performing for decades. The entire evening had caught my attention being able to see 3 sets of performers, each with unique styles. Opening at 8 pm was Chuck Mead, a multi-decade perfomer with his rockability style, who had recently launched a solo career. Next were the country-punk women, Smith and Pyle, two thirty-something Hollywood actors, creating a parallel music career. And then at 10 pm, and joking about looking to be under 21, Corri English also with a long Hollywood resume, lead singer for BrokeDown Cadillac, a group that had been discovered by Disney in Burbank and then featured in the recent film Race to Witch Mountain. Finally, there was a 4th performer that evening, but I needed to call it a night at 11 pm. I bought a CD from each performer to add to my diverse iTunes shuffled Country Music playlist.

BrokeDown Cadillac reminded me of falling in love with Gaelic Storm, a Celtic band, that gained international exposure, and a major break for their career, in the box-office smash Titanic. This week, Race to Witch Mountain after opening in March 2009 will break $100 million in world-wide box office, which should help BrokeDown Cadillac in building a base of loyal fans. BrokeDown Cadillac is a three year old partnership of Corri English from Atlanta, Georgia, and California native, Randy Dunham. Corri provides the vocals and co-song writing, with Randy writing songs and playing lead guitar. While listening to them, I wondered whether this was the beginning of a group like Sugarland. It was only later after reading Corri's official bio that I learned that she had co-wrote Sugarland's big hit, Fly Away from their debut CD. Corri as an actor has many screen credits that can be found on Internet Movie Database and Randy as an accomplished songwriter/musician has penned several screenplays and novels.

Corri English making use of her native Georgia accent with the country-rock sound provides the signature sound for BrokeDown Cadillac on their same named tune, BrokeDown Cadillac. A song that people should buy and download on iTunes, from their recently released debut CD "Somewhere in America." This was not the first time the five member BrokeDown Cadillac has played The Mint, as you can find several of their prior Mint performances on YouTube with links from BrokeDown Cadillac website. These videos show the great stage prescence of Corri English - must be that training as an actress. However, she did comment, during her May 2009 performance at The Mint, that having to follow Missi Pyle over the top stage performance style, was not going to be easy. Corri then picked up Missi's jacket that had accidentally been left on stage, and asked the audience what they thought? Should I put it on? Then she modeled it, performed with it on, and then set it aside.

I look forward to returning to The Mint for other Country music performances and since BrokeDown Cadillar and Smith and Pyle are both LA based, I suspect they will return again. However, BrokeDown Cadillac, as they become better known, will be seen in larger venues, and their music will begin to appear on mainstream Country radio and TV. You can see all of my photos taken that night of BrokeDown Cadillac, Chuck Mead, and Smith and Pyle on my Flickr pages.

Upcoming show at Molly Malone's!

Come see us for our last LA show before we head to Nashville in July! We'll be playing at our favorite LA spot - Molly Malone's (575 S Fairfax, just north of Wilshire). It'll be June 20th, only $8 and it's a 21 & Up show! We play at 8:30, but come early to see Larry Bagby Band (www.larrybagby.com), they're great!! Hope to see you there!!