Saturday, November 28, 2009

Howdy from Iraq!

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 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!

Here's the press release for the tour with some extra info:




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:

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.

For more information regarding Brokedown Cadillac contact:

MSO 818.380.0400

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Billboard Hot 100 Examiner Part 2

Check out part 2 here!

Country brings us a Brokedown Cadillac Part 2

I wanted to continue today with yesterday's featured artists, Brokedown Cadillac, mainly because they are awesome and also because the Q&A session below goes beyond country music as a genre. Check it out!

Country artist's don't get a lot of mainstream exposure...what's your plan for Brokedown Cadillac? Where do you see it going?

There are those in country music like Reba, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and Shania who have broken into mainstream quite successfully. Taylor Swift has certainly captured the world's attention. And I believe they all brought something quite interesting to pop radio. All those artists have expertly stayed true to country in their own way, yet still provided plenty of music that your typical pop fan can appreciate and even want to buy. I think Brokedown follows along that tradition of pop country. We have real roots, you're not going to be able to refute that, but all of us come from a variety of tastes that tend toward mainstream music, and in the end, I think a broader spectrum of music fans will want to hear it.

Why country music? Why not another genre?

Randy: No matter what genre of music I've played, I've always found myself listening to country music. My dad raised me on a strict diet of country and western, and even when I was playing in rock bands, I was inevitably tuned to the country station. By the time I started working with Corri, I was so hyped about finally playing country that it just gushed out of me. It felt "right."

Corri: I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga, so country music was always just music for me. Not really defined, you know. I grew up on it, and when Randy and I started writing, it was just so obvious that we shared a great love of the genre - it came out very naturally in the writing process.

What's been the hardest part about working in the music industry?

In this day and age all of the models are being reshaped. What used to work in the old days, sending in a crappy acoustic demo tape just doesn't cut it. And as the labels seem to be hemorrhaging, the internet is providing a whole new frontier. The down side is that with recording becoming so pervasive with every iMac shipped with Garage Band, there are millions of bands vying for consumers' attention. So what has changed has also stayed the same - a band needs some method for getting into the mainstream's awareness. That is about the most challenging quandary I've experienced to date.

Corri - You have a long list of acting credentials...Why the switch to music? Do you see yourself doing both? What inspired you to do music in the first place? Any musical inspirations? [old school/new school]

I definitely plan on doing both. Even though my acting has been the "real" career thus far, music has always been a huge part of my life, and trust me, anytime I had a break between acting jobs, I was writing and playing music... So it really doesn't even feel like a career switch for me, it just feels like I'm putting more focus on the other side of my career. My dad is definitely my biggest musical influence - he is a musician so I was around music from the time I was born, I literally played with tuning forks when I was a kid, and was on the road with his band while I was growing up. His band played original tunes but also covered the Everly Brother, Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis....I get really nostalgic when I hear "Glory Days" or "I Saw Her Standing There" - those are faves from childhood.

What songs are your favorite to perform/ Why?

Randy: I personally love "Baby's Gonna Start a Fire" because it is a straight up dance song. If we don't see people up dancing, then I measure it as our failure to capture the audience. We have had few shows where no one gets up and starts shaking their ass, but those few where we didn't see that happening, well we knew it was time to step up the game. It's a great barometer.

Corri: I love singing "Scarlett O'Hara." Being from Atlanta, when I read "Gone with the Wind" I fell in love with that character - she is so sassy, I just loved her. And I feel like the song captures that attitude and has a bluesy feel, which is just a lot of fun to dig into during a live show.

How was it working on the set and writing songs for Race to Witch Mountain?

Randy: Working on the set was the best experience of my life. Andy Fickman(the director) let all of our families come on to set, and we got to be little rock stars for a day. Seeing the pride in my mom's eyes practically brings me to tears. It was awesome. As far as writing for the movie, it was just great to see Andy get so excited about the music we were bringing him, and I think at about that time we really needed some enthusiasm because it was still rather new.

Corri: Ditto to what Randy said. Andy Fickman is ridiculously awesome! And to we got to have the most perfect show you could ask for - we had people doing our hair and makeup, a built in crowd who two-stepped to our music, and a track going to we never missed a note! Plus Dwayne Johnson was there so the scenery was nice!

Would you say the movie exposure has increased/changed your fan base?

Absolutely. We were able to expose a lot of folks to our music in a very short period of time, and that exposure has given us many great opportunities- from meeting new fans, to playing really cool shows that we would otherwise not have had the opportunity to play. It's been amazing.

What type of advice would you give aspiring musicians?

Randy: Work hard. Be dedicated. I don't know how anyone can possibly get anywhere musically without those two virtues. Beyond that, try not to hold your breath too long. Sometimes opportunities take a while, but when they come, boy you better be ready to step up to the plate.

Corri: Perseverance is key, not just in music, but in any kind of artistic career. And no matter how tough it gets, you gotta have fun - an audience can feel your energy in your voice, lyrics, stage presence - and if you feel it, they will feel it too, and keep on coming back.

Any concert dates or upcoming shows?

We've been touring Southern California Navy bases over the past 9 months, and we're getting ready to head out on a USO tour, which we are thrilled about. And 2010 will be all about playing the Southeast!

I enjoy listening to Brokedown Cadillac live so here are some more cuts from their album Somewhere in America. [Scarlet O'Hara (Ghost of Dixie) and Love on the Run]. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Billboard Hot 100 Examiner

Thank you to Billboard Hot 100 Examiner Dee Windt for 2 days of great articles! Check out part one here!

Country brings us a Brokedown Cadillac

It doesn't matter how you feel about country music there's always been an artist or song that drew you into it. For me, country music has always been a lyrical twang or western take on R&B. They both talk about relationships, heartbreak, and even faith. All you have to do is listen to the words and I promise you it's not always about a red pick up truck. Their lyrics encompass all cars...even broke down Cadillacs!

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!