Friday, July 31, 2009

Last Picture Show!

The Arizona Reporter!

'Last Picture Show' connects stars
Some things are just meant to be.

Actress Corri English moonlights as the lead singer of an alt-country band called BrokeDown Cadillac. The group's debut album, "Somewhere in America," was issued this year.

English, 31, landed a role in a Hallmark Channel film starring Cybill Shepherd, who made her film debut in 1971's "The Last Picture Show," taken from Larry McMurtry's book.

Now for the "meant to be" part: Her band does a song called "Last Picture Show."

"It was the strangest connection," English says. "I had read the book but never seen the movie. 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.

"We talked about music a lot," she says. "We would always be singing together and goofing off. She's been a singer her entire life and it's kind of the same for me, so we had that in common."

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."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nashville and Naked People!

So - I've been posting a lot of press updates and that sort of thing, so I figured I would take a minute to post about what we've been up to! Randy and I are spending the summer in Nashville and loving it. I had forgetten how great southern hospitality is! People are so outgoing here! Not that folks in LA aren't nice, but when I first moved to Cali people gave me an odd look when I would walk up and say hey for no good reason. Here it is the norm! When you put on a blinker, cars let you over instead of speeding up. What???? This is going to take some getting used to! The weather here has been really mild for a southern summer, and I love it - but Randy is definitely having a tougher time adjusting. He's like - um, why are there clouds in the sky? Um....only socal has clear blue skies and warm weather all year man, sorry. And, as a bonus, there are no earthquakes, mudslides, or smog clouds here - maybe an occasional tornado, but I love The Wizard of Oz so I can deal.

I wanted to share a Nashville tidbit that made me want to roll around on the floor when I heard it, it just completely cracks me up. So, there is this roundabout right in the center of town near Music's pretty much the epicenter of Nashville. A few years back, as a lot of development was going on in this area, a privately funded sculpture was unveiled in the center of the roundabout. The sculpture had been covered by a big ole green tarp and there was all kinds of curiosity about what was under there. About 2000 people turned up for the unveiling, and while Nashville is a pretty hip place, it is still the south, and the majority are pretty conservative christian folk.......When the tarp was removed - low and behold - there stood 5 naked women and four naked men- each 16 feet tall (which would make for some large genitalia, right? I'm just saying....), sort of frolicking around in a circle. The statue, called "Musica" was supposed the convey "the sense of joy and exuberance that music gives us." Supposedly, the point of the nakedness was to make the music timeless, and not "date" the statue. Hmm. I love music, and I don't mind naked people, but even I have to say that is a bit of stretch! Anywho - jaws dropped and comments like this abounded: "This isn't about music.... I cannot recall one instance of people celebrating the sounds of music AND displaying their most private parts at the same." HA!!!!!!!!!! I just love that. When I heard the story, it just sounded like it was straight out of a mockumentary. So - that's all I got for now. More on Nashville later......

Interview with

Hey guys! I had the chance to talk to Sean with yesterday and here is our interview!

Interview with Brokedown Cadillac, 7/28/09
July 28, 9:34 PM

Today, July 28, 2009, you’re going to hear from country band Brokedown Cadillac. This country band released their debut album, “Somewhere In America” in March. They had five songs in the movie “Race to Witch Mountain,” and are performing extensively in the Los Angeles Area. They are also performing September 10 at MacArthur Park as part of their summer concert series.
Sean Arenas: My first question for you today, Corri, is how long has your band been together?
Corri English: Well my partner Randy and I do all the songwriting. We’ve been together for a few years now. We started out playing as an acoustic duo, playing cover songs. We had a residency gig at a club in the valley, in LA. We were performing together for a little while and decided to start writing some music, and that was a couple of years ago. We put the whole band together about a year and a half ago now. That’s when we started playing with the whole band, until then it was just a duo.
SA: That sounds cool, how did you come up with the name for your band?
CE: Well, it was really hard. We looked down our song list for inspiration, and Randy had written a song called Brokedown Cadillac that had been inspired by … sort of what I did. I’m from Atlanta. I was born and raised there, and I kind of threw everything in the back of a car. I had like a guitar and some clothes and not much else and didn’t have a place to live, and looking back, I’m like, wow, what was I thinking? But I just kind of threw all my stuff in the car and took off for the West coast, and thematically that fits with our band; following your dreams, and feeling good, and having fun, and all of that, so we toyed with the idea. I think the song kind of makes sense, the right feel, we kind of like the name, so we settled on Brokedown Cadillac.
SA: Cool, so Brokedown doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing, it’s your sign of moving forward and going on with things.
CE: Yeah, in the song, Brokedown Cadillac, we’re talking about how her dad wants her to take the Ford because it runs better, but she likes the pink leather in the Cadillac. So the brokedown thing is more fun, really, and it’s like she’s on the side of the road but she doesn’t care, she’s going to keep going, she’s going to find a way to go out and follow her dreams anyway, so that was the inspiration behind the song.
SA: What are your musical influences?
CE: Wow, that is a big one for me. My dad is a musician, and so from the time I was a baby, I was travelling with his band. They were primarily a cover band who did original music as well. They did a lot like the Beatles and the Everly Brothers and Bruce Springsteen and all that, but I’m also from Georgia so I also grew up listening to Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks; they’re two of my favorite artists. I like all music, but in terms of country, Randy’s favorite band of all time is the Eagles, and that’s one of my favorites of all time too. And it’s interesting cuz the Eagles have a lot of country going on, and they’re not really considered a country band, even though now they are edging more towards that way, but with the country that we do, it’s got a lot of that flavor in there.
SA: Yeah, I think they’re kind of rock/country, and I can hear some rock in your country as well.
CE: Exactly, and it seems like a lot of the new country music is going that way, it’s sort of rock/country.
SA: Right, it catches fans of both genres.
CE: Yeah, definitely.
SA: So, you say you’re from Atlanta, and Randy is from Northern California, so where is the band from?
CE: Well, I guess the band was born in Los Angeles. I’ve been out in LA for the past 6 years, and that’s where I met Randy, and we started playing together. He had been in some other bands in the past, and kind of reached out to some amazing players that he’s worked with in the past, and pulled a great group together.
SA: So you guys are based out of Los Angeles or Nashville right now?
CE: That’s kind of interesting, we’re in transition at the moment, we’ve been based out of Los Angeles, and now just Randy and I are in Nashville for the summer, setting up a homebase here right now, and we’re going to try as much as we can, depending on what happens we’d like to get our whole band out here. We’re really looking to be touring in the south east soon, so probably the next step would be to get the whole band on the road, and be able to actually move them out to Nashville with us, but for now I’m completely happy going back and forth. I’m still working television and film in Los Angeles, so it kind of works out, we’ll see how much time I spend in each city, but there’s so much going on in Nashville in terms of country music that I’m trying to spend a lot of time here right now.
SA: Yeah, I figure a country band would want to live closer to where the music’s heart is.
CE: Definitely, definitely.
SA: So were you in a band before this, or just acting?
CE: I was just acting, but I grew up singing, and I grew up doing all kinds of theatre, musical theatre, and I’ve always been a singer, but this is really my first band. Since I moved to Los Angeles I’ve been really lucky to work consistently in television and film, and there’s been some crazy union issues which I’m sure you know about. So I’ve been writing music with Randy and when the writer’s strike happened with the writer’s union, it was kind of a forced vacation for actors, and we really couldn’t do anything, so we took that time to actually go and record a demo and right about the time the strike was ending, that demo got into the hands of Andy Fickman who directed Race to Witch Mountain, and he loved the music, had us write some stuff for the movie, and actually put us in a scene in the movie. From there some things really started happening for us, it’s opened a lot of doors for us with the band.
SA: You actually answered a future question I was going to ask, which was how you got so much of your music in that movie. It sounds like the writer’s strike actually created an opportunity for you. Just like the economic downturn right now is forcing people out of work, and people have to go into business for themselves or try something new, it sounded like this gave you an opportunity for something new.
CE: Yeah, it did, it was all really lucky timing. It was great to have a little bit of time off. Usually between auditioning and working on films and television, I had been too busy to do anything else, but I had always wanted to take some time to pursue my music career. I wasn’t sure when that was going to happen. This was a perfect opening. Andy Fickman was an acquaintance of mine through my television and film career, and he had come up to see Randy and me play in our acoustic duo gig that I told you about, and asked if we had a demo, and we had it because of the writer’s strike. I don’t think we would have had it otherwise. So we gave it to him, then we got a call from him a couple of weeks later asking if we had a certain type of song, and we said no, but we’d love to write one for you, and he said sure, have at it. We literally played it live for him a week later. We didn’t know exactly what he was planning, and he says I’d love for you guys to be part of my movie. I’d love to use five of your songs, throughout this sequence, and we were just over the moon. We were really starting to test the waters with our original music, and he was our biggest cheerleader, and really played a big part in getting us up on our feet and really moving forward.
SA: Really inspirational story.
CE: Yeah, pretty cool.
SA: What’s your favorite venue to play at?
CE: I think my favorite venue in LA is Molly Malone’s, it’s like an Irish pub. Half of it’s a bar, and then there’s a big music venue on the other half. It’s not a huge place, but it’s a really fun vibe and all of our fans in LA seem to really love that place. It’s where we have the most fun, for whatever reason, so that’s my favorite. Every time we’ve played there, we’ve had a great time, and to me that’s really what it’s about.
SA: That sounds like the place I’m going to check you out when you play there next.
CE: Awesome, awesome, I would love it.
SA: A big trouble for startup bands is that venues always want you to play for free. How did your band get past that stage? I figure in your case, having your music in a movie helped open some of those doors. Did you play for free for a long time?
CE: Well, it’s interesting, a lot of the venues in LA, unless you are a touring band, like on a label, a lot of bands actually have to pay to play. It’s too bad, it’s interesting being here in Nashville where they actually pay you to play, it’s interesting. But we got around doing that by having a little clout with this stuff going on, but what we did have to do in terms of paying our dues is we had to play … you know it’s easier to get the fans out on the weekends, especially Saturday night, no one has to work the next day, and you kind of have to play a Tuesday night to show them that you can fill up the room. From there we’ve been really lucky. Usually the way we play at the local clubs, it’s a percentage at the door. The contracted paid shows are more like festivals and things like that. And privately funded events, even like non-profit organizations, where you’re contracted for a fee, and most of the clubs … I mean, obviously we’re not playing the Staples Center and places like that, mostly it’s small intimate joints and for the most part the places that have country music, it’s all based on how many people you get there. So if you can sell the place out, you’re OK.
SA: My final question for you is, what’s next for your band?
CE: Right now, a big part of being here in Nashville is really, we’re a little backwards, the way we did it. Most country bands would come to the south and start playing grassroots style for the people, and getting a fanbase and a buzz going and getting some licensing and placements and whatnot. Because it’s been out in LA and in the TV and film community, we’ve had some of the placements happen, and now we want to come back to the south and play for where there’s so many country fans. We’re in the early stages of planning a southeastern tour right now that we hope is going to happen by the late Fall, which is very exciting for me because I’m from the south, and playing Atlanta man, that’s going to be fun. The economy has made everything hard right now. Things are really slow in the acting industry, and it’s the same in the music industry. Labels aren’t signing people like they used to, they’re dropping people left and right, so what we’d rather do is do as much as an indy band as we can. I think a lot of bands are doing that right now. By the time we’re ready to sign on with a big label we want our fans to be out there already and to hold on to our creative vision as much as we can. We’re pacing it kind of slow and steady, because I have so many musician friends, whether it’s a publishing deal or a big label deal, that have taken some kind of deal just to take a deal, and then it’s not the right one, and if it’s not the right one, you can end up in huge debt for an album, or not making any money because the label owns everything, so we’re kind of taking baby steps in terms of the business side of it and really just getting in front of our fans as much as we can. We play as many shows as we can, we’re writing music all the time.
SA: So you’re from the South, then you moved to California and you wrote this album while you lived in California. But now you’re moving back to the south, do you think your music is going to change at all?
CE: You know, it’s possible, right now we’re working with a bunch of great songwriters in Nashville, and whenever you get in the room with someone else, it always changes the song a bit. I think always is changing based on what’s happening in your life, but we will always stay true to what we were talking about earlier, this country/rock thing, because this is where our hearts lie. Randy grew up in California but his whole family was from Oklahoma, so he grew up on country music. He also played in rock bands for many years, so he has a rock style that comes through in his writing, and that’s what I gravitate towards as well. So, we always want to stay true to the country side of it with the rock mix. There’s a lot of pop country going on right now. We don’t want to go so far that it’s not country music anymore, and I think that being in the South will help us do that. Being immersed in the southern hospitality and all of that. I guess I really didn’t really answer the question. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens, but we’ll always try to stay true to where our hearts lie in terms of what kind of music we play.
SA: The way you talk about it makes me want to move on down there.
CE: Oh man, you know, I had forgotten how great … not that LA isn’t great, I’ve met some amazing people … but people are so outgoing in terms of their friendliness in the south. You don’t walk by a group of people without them saying hello and asking how your day is going. Just in terms of natural artist community, everybody helps everybody and everyone is welcome with open arms, we’ve met so many people, made so many great friends in the short time that we’ve been here and it’s just awesome.
SA: Alright, that sounds great! We’ve been talking to Corri English of Brokedown Cadillac. Be sure to see them on September 10th at MacArthur Park, and thank you for your time.
CE: Thank you so much.
Author: Sean Arenas
Sean Arenas is an Examiner from Los Angeles. You can see Sean's articles on Sean's Home Page.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Southeastern Charm

Randy and I had the chance to sit down this morning with Kristy from Southeastern Charm. She is super sweet and we really enjoyed chatting with her! She is involved with Southern Beauty magazine and is starting her own mag called Southeastern Charm which will launch in March 2010. Here is a blog about our coffee date!

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

Introducing BrokeDown Cadillac

Southeastern Charm’s publisher, Kristy Ensor, recently had a chance to catch up with the delightful and talented duo - Corri English and Randy Dunham of the modern country group BrokeDown Cadillac. The two have made their way from L.A. to Music City where they’ll continue pursuing their music career. English, a Georgia native, is also an actress who has lived in L.A., and she says - “Nashville is the best of both worlds coming from L.A. and Atlanta. There’s lots of southern hospitality plus it’s a very artistic town. I love being here.” Dunham, who was born and raised in California, also speaks highly of his new hometown. “People are nice and friendly. There’s openness in the south with dignity and graciousness.”

BrokeDown Cadillac had an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Disney movie Race to Witch Mountain starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It was the movie’s director, Andy Fickman, who was especially instrumental in getting them in the film. This movie was a perfect launching pad for the band to take off. They can be seen performing in a honky-tonk bar in the film. Plus five of their songs can be heard throughout the movie. Two of their songs – “Southern Nights” and “Boogie Woogie Saturday Night” are available on the digital soundtrack from Walt Disney Records.

The fabulous five-piece band has also released its debut album “Somewhere in America.” It’s difficult to believe that the petite Corri English can belt out such strong and pure vocals. “I am really impressed with this band, and I just know they have a bright future,” says Ensor. “Being a big-time country music fan, I’m convinced that BrokeDown Cadillac will soon be topping the charts!”

Be sure to read the feature article about BrokeDown Cadillac in the premier issue of Southeastern Charm launching March 1, 2010. In the meantime, to find out more about this up and coming band, please visit their website –

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Great new skincare site!

This is an awesome new site and it's all about taking great care of your skin and spoiling yourself! I had the opportunity to work with the site's creator, Joanna Canton, a super cool chic, who I had a blast working with! Check it out:

Celebrity Skin: Corri English

Corri English, actress and lead singer of the modern country band BrokeDown Cadillac is currently starring with Cybill Shepherd in “Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith” airing on the Hallmark Channel on August 1st. This talented beauty is sharing her skincare routine and skincare favorites with us. She’s got great taste in products and really knows how to pamper herself. Check out what she has to say!

What is your skincare routine?

I love waking up and washing my face in really cold water. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to use cold water or not but I love the way it feels and it wakes me up! I use Kiehl’s Yerba Mate Tea Cleanser. It makes my face feel fresh and smells really nice and clean. And I follow up with this awesome product from Dr. Tony Perrone’s 3-step Skin Renewal System. It’s his Antioxidant Anti-Aging Skin Renewal Moisturizer. It gives my skin a great texture and a nice glowy look. And also - I think it is important to remember that what you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body, and his products are 100% natural - so much so that they are edible - how great is that? Hmmm, I am busy with my skin care routine and could use a snack - well, I don’t think that’s quite what he has in mind but pretty cool nonetheless! I have also recently become addicted to MAC’s Fix + for during the day when my skin needs a pick-me-up. It is a spray that you can use even if you have make up on. It wakes your skin up and gives you a really fresh look. At night I wash and moisturize again, and also use Nivea Eye Makeup Remover, then dab on some Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. And My Skin Affair just turned me on to Murad’s Essential-C Night Moisture Cream - and this stuff rocks. It is now an essential part of my nighttime routine. My lips get really dry in the LA air, and I like to make sure I moisturize them at night too, so I use MAC Lip Conditioner (the non-tinted kind). It feels nice but is not too goopy. And to keep my body moisturized I use Body Butter from The Body Shop. Strawberry is my fave.

What are your favorite products?

My favorite lines are Kiehl’s, MAC, and Giorgio Armani. I mentioned some of the Kiehl’s and MAC products earlier, and Armani makes great, light foundations . It feels like you have nothing on! It’s what I like to use when I’m on set because I don’t break out when I use their products, even when I am in makeup 24/7. I use the Lasting Silk UV Foundation and the Face Fabric. I also love Stila’s tinted moisturizer. When I don’t feel like putting on makeup, a few dabs of this make me feel like I don’t need anything else.

What’s in your purse?

I have way too much stuff in my purse, it takes me 10 minutes to find a darn thing in there! But I always have hand sanitizer - Purell right now, and it smells good. The scent is “Crisp Apple.” Also some hand lotion, I love Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Hand Cream in Eucalyptus Spearmint. It is supposed to be for stress relief, so if you see me sniffing my hands, you know why! And my other favorite hand cream is Jaqua’s in “Pink Buttercream Frosting.” Yum!! I’m not sure if lip gloss is considered skin care, but I feel like it is for me because it is my alternative to chap stick. I like to have something on my lips at all times so that they don’t feel dry. I probably have 6 or 7 lip glosses in my purse at any given moment. I mean, who knows what shade of pink a girl may need at any given moment, right? My faves are Lancome Juicy Tubes, Stila Lip Glaze, and my all time number one is Armani Lip Shimmer. It rocks! If I had to choose one lip gloss (god forbid!!!)…this would be it.

How do you pamper your skin?

I am a huge believer in facials. I have a great facialist who does some great peels that make my skin glow. And massages…oh man, I live for deep-tissue massages! I like to get them a couple of times a month. I like to exercise a lot and it is great for my muscles and also great for my soul. I always feel so relaxed afterwards, and I think relieving stress is extremely important in keeping your skin looking great.

Is there any product that makes you feel especially spoiled rotten?

A friend just bought me a body scrub by La Licious in “Sugar Kiss Souffle” that makes me feel totally spoiled. Just smelling it makes me feel spoiled actually. It smells like dessert! I don’t often take time out for a bath and a scrub so when I do it’s a treat.

Do you have a favorite spa?

I love Burke Williams. I have been to a few different ones in LA and have had a great experience every time. I leave feeling like a noodle and I love it. And my facialist works at a spa called “New You” in Encino, Ca. She gives a very clinical facial. It is hard core! Not always enjoyable but I swear I stay blemish free for a year after a session with her. Go see Irene if you need to get your skin cleared up. She is the master!

Favorite spa treatment?

That is an easy one for me. Hands down it would be a full body massage - usually deep tissue. I also love mani/pedi’s!

Favorite tip/advice for skincare?

My number one tip would be to find a great moisturizer and use it often. Dry skin makes you look older, and makes it very difficult to get nice, glowing skin. Even if you have trouble with acne, it is important to moisturize. It is much easier to cover up a blemish than to hide flaky, cracked skin. And it will keep you looking young too!

Friday, July 24, 2009

BrokeDown Cadillac Pulls Into Country Lane

Check out the latest bit of news on the band from CMT's blog!

Posted: July 24th, 2009 at 10:40 am | By: Alison Bonaguro

When you mention a co-write with Sugarland, I immediately think good things. And when you say you’ve had some songs and a performance scene in a Disney movie (Race to Witch Mountain), even better. So here’s BrokeDown Cadillac, a newish country duo that’s been on an almost-famous journey for a while. But I think where they’ve landed now, after a handful of acting gigs and that early writing session with Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall (resulting in “Fly Away” from Sugarland’s debut album), is the best place for them. While country has plenty of frontmen and women and a good portion of trios, it seems like there’s a void in the duo category. Corri English and Randy Dunham front this band, and their debut single, “Baby’s Gonna Start a Fire,” will be just right for any country fan who likes the feisty side of Miranda Lambert and the blazing-guitars side of Keith Urban.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith!

Hey Guys! Back in February, I had the chance to be a part of a film called Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith! I co-star with Cybill Shepherd and Jeffrey Nordling and had an absolute blast working on this project - I learned how to ride a vespa and how to play a Chopin piece (my only previous piano experience having been chopsticks and heart and soul!), it was pretty exciting stuff for me. The movie will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday August 1st 9pm/8c. Here is a video from when we were on location!

For more videos, plus pictures from set and promos, head to the Hallmark Channel's website!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Brokedown on Atlanta Radio

Make sure to tune in to Atlanta's 94.9 The Bull tonight at 9pm! Brokedown will be featured on their "Backyard Country" program! This is Atlanta's biggest country station and so this is very exciting for us! Thank you to my sister Katie for telling us about it - you rock sister! If you guys can call or email in and let them know if you like what you hear that would be awesome! Here is their website with all the info:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

4th of July!