BRADENTON, Florida – Local Country-Rock band, The Western Sons, comprised of Bradenton native Tyler Cohenour (20) and his fellow University of South Florida students Garrett Carr (21) and Blake Rigdon (20), both from Cocoa Beach, released their first single, “Tennessee My Way,” on September 1st, 2014. Lead singer, Garret Carr, describes the band’s sound as, “Country-rock, but with an edge – Due to our musical influences spanning such a wide spectrum, our sound has sort of grown into a collection of genres.” This talented group recorded their debut song at the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps emerging artists get a head start in their musical careers, and is most notably recognized for its role in the success of American Idol finalist Sam Woolf. The band will be opening for Sam’s hometown concert September 27th, at IMG Academy’s new stadium (53rd Ave W & Bollettieri Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34210).
The trio has already caught the attention of Grammy Award-Winning producer Willie Baker who has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Menudo, Justin Timberlake, along with Pink!, who he discovered and developed. While they cannot release much information per the infancy of their relationship with Baker, the band explains that they have some exciting plans.
All three band members are exceptionally talented musicians who have been playing multiple instruments from a young age. A family friend referred the group to Del Couch, founder of the Music Education Foundation, who helps them schedule shows and record in his professional studio at Manatee School for the Arts (MSA). “They’re a talented group,” said Couch, “and have a great future in the business.” The Western Son’s unique blend of country, rock and folk has given them a progressive edge as they take their first steps into the Nashville music scene.
Their debut single, “Tennessee My Way,” was released world-wide on iTunes this past Labor Day. At the studio on MSA’s campus, the trio recorded and produced this song, playing all instruments on the track themselves. Fellow Foundation artist 18-year-old Brooke Bonderer, another emerging country singer, collaborated with The Western Sons to help create exceptional harmonies for the song. Performing their single for the first time since its release, The Western Sons will showcase their song-writing and musical abilities when they open for the Sam Woolf hometown concert on September 27th, held at the new IMG Academy stadium (http://www.imgacademy.com/events/sam-woolf-concert). “This is something we’ve all been working towards our whole lives in one way or another, and to be able to release this single with two of my best friends is a dream come true… We are also extremely excited to perform with Sam. His success on Idol is well-deserved and we are grateful to share a stage with such talent,” said Cohenour, guitarist, vocalist and drummer for the band.
For more information on the Sam Woolf concert or the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, please contact Del Couch at (941) 545- 4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To find more about The Western Sons, check out their Facebook page (Facebook.com/thewesternsons), Twitter (@thewesternsons), Instagram (@theWesternSons) and Youtube (The Western Sons), or email them at WesternSonBand@gmail.com