An original country music band hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Chastain recently won a “Best Band in the South” battle of the bands' competition to serve as
An original country music band hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Chastain recently won a “Best Band in the South” battle of the bands’ competition to serve as the opening act for a sold-out Hank Williams Jr. concert. The Murphy, N.C., native recently released a new EP “Roots” and a music video for his song “Carolina Hills.”
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Hailing from a Georgia town so small you had to travel to the next town over for anything and everything, singer/songwriter, Rollie, became accustomed to the simple life of a
Hailing from a Georgia town so small you had to travel to the next town over for anything and everything, singer/songwriter, Rollie, became accustomed to the simple life of a rural area. Growing up, his family would vacation to beaches along the east coast of Georgia and the Carolinas. After returning one summer from one of these trips, Rollie picked up a guitar, inspired by his musically-gifted cousins who were with him. He hasn’t put it down since.
Rollie emerged in the Atlanta music industry in 2010, though he experimented with different sounds and genres with focus as a songwriter before defining himself in the acoustic alternative realm.
Shortly after performing his first shows and gaining a loyal local following, Rollie released his first of three EPs in 2011, Why I Sing. The chill-vibe record covering multiple genres was produced by JJ Killa at Spotlight Sound Studio in Atlanta, GA. Why I Sing gained the interest of Justin Melick at Rising Hits Talent Management (The Blind Side, Fast Five), who immediately signed him to the Rising Hits roster. The two have since collaborated in numerous films. A couple of sound-experimenting mixtapes later, Rollie had achieved radio play in multiple states, signed with an Atlanta-based indie label, New Creation Records, directed several of his own music videos, and performed at festivals and the most celebrated venues of historic-Atlanta. Due to differences, Rollie parted ways with New Creation in March 2012. Fall 2012 was a difficult time for Rollie’s family as his paternal grandfather passed away, his mother was involved in a sporting accident, and his brother was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, all three inspiring moving songs (In the Sun (Cover) (independent single), Love (Sunny Skies), Cancer (Breezy) (respectively)). By the end of 2012, Rollie was introduced to then-student, Adam Norris. The two worked together on a couple of songs for free studio time and class credit. Their collaboration continued in the Spring of 2013 with the release of Rollie’s second record, Breezy. The EP received critical praise among fans and was featured in numerous blogs and podcasts throughout the United States. It was then that indie websites, Song Ladder and Number One Music, made Rollie an award-winning songwriter with “Fallen Apart” (independent single), and “Summer Girl” (Why I Sing).
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