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MusicRowPics: Denny Strickland
Jessica Nicholson • April 23, 2015 •
Jonesboro, Ark., native Denny Strickland was immersed in various types of music, from classic rock to traditional country, while growing up on his family’s farm. A performer from an early age, this self-taught guitarist and singer is also a touring veteran, having criss-crossed the nation on the horse show circuit as an American Quarter Horse champion. The experience made the transition to pursue a career in country music a natural one for Strickland.
Strickland, along with guitarist Andrew Timothy and cajon player Jeremy Warren, showcased his new music with a brief set at MusicRow’s Nashville office.
He began with current single, “Swerve On,” an up-tempo, barroom country thumper that finds the singer ramping up the confidence to talk to a lady who has caught his interest. Switching gears, Strickland showcased his musical versatility, commanding a cover of Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile” with equal ease.
He closed with the single-worthy tune “My Kind of Crowd.”
Strickland, who currently resides just outside of Nashville, has been visiting numerous stations during his recent radio tour. “We are just taking it one day at a time, and really enjoying getting the music out there to country radio, and ultimately to the fans.”
@DennySCountry Is Getting His #SwerveOn Down Music Row (Listen!)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Jen Swirsky
You might not have heard the name of Arkansas born and bred country artistDenny Strickland just yet, but that name has been on the lips of people up and down Music Row as of late.
With a new single, “Swerve On,” recently releasing to iTunes, Denny has taken promotional matters into his own hands, getting his proverbial swerve on in Nashville and across the country, marketing his upbeat tune to the powers that be at radio stations. Where a new artist may typically be a little intimidated and displaced by life on the road, Denny feels completely at home, as he has an interesting background of competing in horse shows.
So, when it comes to Denny and his current radio tour, you have talent, experience, passion, familiarity and a late manager (Marshall Grant of Johnny Cash’s band) who taught him the ropes — is there anything missing to make this an equation for success? Ah, yes … the song! He has that too!
“Swerve On” is a tune that fits the current trends of today’s music, but it takes a slight swerve off the road toward Bro Country, adding in the wittiness of double entendre, relating the title to both the open road and an irresistable girl. Working squarely into a fun-loving genre that appreciates a little brutal honesty mixed with a shot of whiskey, Denny’s song has radio appeal for miles and is an appropriate selection for those nights when you want to roll your windows down and simply get your “Swerve On.”
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