So we’ve been getting a few questions about the band that Ray and I are in so thought we’d tell you a little bit about it. We’re called Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire and we tend to refer to our music as “Industrialized Country.” So what exactly is Industrialized Country you might ask? I guess it’s even a bit hard for us to explain (guess you just need to hear it!), but it’s basically a melding of modern country, a bit of good ol’ rock and roll, and a great groove. A very common comment we get is “I really don’t like country music, but I love you guys!”
We started the band in late 2009, and shortly thereafter, our singer Chance entered and won CMT’s Music City Madness competition to find the best unsigned country artist in the country! The grand prize for winning the competition was a trip to Nashville to film our own CMT Studio 330 Session for TV which was an amazing experience. The fact that we were there the week of the storms and flooding only added to the stories we took away from Nashville.
So from all that we ended up working with the William Morris Agency and spent last summer headlining lots of fairs and festivals, and also doing our fair share of opening slots. We were fortunate enough to tour with and open for artists like Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Dwight Yoakam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, CCR, Jamie O’Neal, Grand Funk and others. The schedule was at times hectic but no complaints from any of us, we know how lucky we are to be able to do this for a living!
After taking the last couple months off to write and rehearse a new show, we start things back up at the end of this month when we play with John Rich from Big and Rich at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA. This is a fantastic room and should be a lot of fun. If you’re anywhere near us up here in the Northwest come on out to the show and say hello. This show will also give me the chance to talk with John’s guitar player Paul Allen. Paul is a noted Nashville sideman and session guy, and I’ll be sure to get pictures of his rig and pedalboard and will get them posted here shortly after the show.