ANDERSON DANIELS CHAUNTE SHAYNE TYLER RICHTON SAILOR JERRI WHISKEY TRAIL
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR This award is to the artist, whether individual or a group, who is known primarily as a Country artist and who became a Midwest CMA member in 2017 or 2018. Aside from membership, the artist must meet the following criteria; no more than 2 calendar years of professional performances in the region and a recording of at least a single (or album) for global distribution.
Whiskey Trail is a country duo from a blue collar shipping town of Duluth, Minnesota. Heidi Pack got her start singing in her parents church at the age of 4. As she got older she could feel the lure of music calling her. She started singing in bands and then wanted to strike it out on her own. Fate stepped in and sent her Jake Birdseye. Jake picked up a guitar at age 10 teaching himself and writing songs. Heidi posted an ad looking for a back up guitarist. During the audition each noticed the chemistry in song writing and how well their voices blended in harmony. The audition soon became a band practice and Whiskey Trail began at that moment. Whiskey Trail considers their unique vocal harmonies as a strong point of their show. Even when they cover one of their influences like Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, and The Civil Wars it doesn’t sound like the original. As Heidi puts it, “It sounds like Whiskey Trial”. Which is what they incorporate into their own music. Whiskey Trail is enjoying a little popularity with some airplay, a growing fan base, and packed halls for their busy booking schedule. Whiskey Trail’s popularity has led to opening for Parmalee, Frankie Ballard, & GB Leighton. In a short time Whiskey Trail has built up a strong fan base with a following that demands they come back. They are currently working on their first project with hopes of a fall release. Whiskey Trail won the Regional Taste of Country Hometown Riser contestin 2018, and went on to take 4th place in the National competition with their original song "Nashville." You'll often also see us accompanied by: Jim Holbeck on guitar, Wade Grawe on bass, & Matthew Groom on Drums Whether you're looking for a low-key, acoustic set or an upbeat show, count on Whiskey Trail to provide quality entertainment. What better way to get to know us than to hear for yourself? Get a taste below, then come see us live!
ailor Jerri is a Navy Veteran from central Minnesota. While serving in the US Navy she worked as an Aviation Mechanic on F/A 18's with the VFA 83 Rampagers. Jerri started playing guitar and singing for the long term care at the VA, and in veteran support groups. In April of 2017 she wrote and posted "Hallelujah Veterans Version" In just a year it was viewed over 125 million times, and downloaded in 22 countries. That was the beginning of her music career! She has been busy writing and in the Studio ever since. "No Rules In Sight" her new album, was released on April 13, 2018! It hit #14 on the country charts! It is available on the website, iTunes, and Google play. Jerri is currently recording album #2 which will release in May.
Starting in February 2019 she will take off for Las Vegas to begin her 2019 tour at Mandalay Bay. Already added to the schedule is over 16 states and 45 shows. Jerri filmed a music video for her original song "I'm Going Anyway" in her squadron's hanger on Naval Air Station Oceana. It was released in September and has been watched over 210k times so far!
Album #2 is on its way! Set to release in May of 2019
Anderson Daniels has a passion for Country Music that serves as the pioneer for his early career success. At 22, he stepped into Sound Stage Studios on Music Row to record his first studio project with Century Music Group in Nashville, TN.
Upon the independent release in May of 2018, Anderson's debut EP 'Heartland' peaked at #18 on the iTunes Country Charts and continues to connect with country music fans across the nation. As a Champlin, MN native, Anderson continues to play shows across the Upper Midwest and tour throughout the heartland of this country.
Tyler Richton & The High Bank Boys
The story of Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys isn’t easy to put on to paper. The name "High Bank Boys" comes from the body of water flowing through the bands home territory in Deep River, Iowa. The Deep River passes through the town of the same name, but the shallow stream wasn't named for its actual depth, but rather the "High Banks" that contain the river in the town and surrounding area. Known for having their practices in and around the community, the “High Bank Boys” became the perfect name for the sensational group of men that was founded there.
While shows performed by Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys are youthful and lively, the five members of the High Bank Boys have more than 93 years of experience playing live music combined. With this kind of dedication and devotion to country music, it's no wonder that the High Bank Boys have become the premier country band in the area. Known for being an excellent dance band as well as making the crowd feel like "one of the guys" when there's no dance floor available, the High Bank Boys are at home playing in almost any kind of venue or event.
The musical travels of the various members of Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys have been extensive, both before and through the formation of the current band. Music has taken them from local clubs, to fireman's dances and policemen's balls, to weddings and anniversary parties, and from the largest events in the state to street dances in the smallest of towns throughout the entire state of Iowa. Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys have been honored to be the opening act for Locash, John Michael Montgomery, High Valley, Sunny Sweeney, Jordan Davis and Brett Young, among others. Each performance has been a great professional achievement for them, and they anxiously look forward to the next opportunity!
Their most rewarding experiences, however, are the looks of satisfaction on the faces of their fans during and after another great show. It’s easy to see from their following, that this group of guys and the music they play is genuinely appreciated. Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys’ repertoire includes iconic country cover tunes, as well as original music that is written and arranged by the band. All this and more makes the High Bank Boys a danceable, partying, crowd-pleasing, energetic band that is entertaining for folks of all ages. While our group makes the music, it's the individuals in the band that make Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys so unique.
Chaunté Shayne is a country singer songwriter hailing from the great state of Wisconsin. She has been writing her own lyrics since she was the ripe old age of 8, although not mastering her talent until she was 16. Thanks to YouTube she learned how to play guitar, leading her to be confident in the message she wanted to deliver. Today she has written over 70 original songs, that find their home during her performances. In addition, she has also spent time writing with Mark McGuinn from Mucho Love Music out of Nashville, TN. Chaunté’s lyrics are edgy and she speaks from a woman’s point of view, always saying what she means. She wants to have a voice for those that don’t know what to say, how to say it or are too afraid to speak up. Chaunté has been compared to Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, and Brantley Gilbert to name a few. You can find her performing with a four-piece band or as an acoustic duo depending on the venue. She has opened for Stephanie Quayle and David Ray and looks forward to expanding her outreach and performing for her listening audience.