Current Artists & Projects
Jared Blake first became known to the world when he performed on Season 1 of NBC’s #1-rated show, ‘The Voice’, and landed Top 4 on Team Blake Shelton. His performance of ‘Use Somebody’ (Kings of Leon) reached #16 on the iTunes Charts, preceded by his performance of ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’ (Dixie Chicks) reaching #23 on the iTunes Charts, with his recordings hitting the iTunes Chart more than 50 times since their release. Blake signed a recording contract with Skiddco Music/Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills. Jared was the label’s first country act to be signed in Nashville.
Jared’s single “Countryfied” reached #66 on Music Row charts in 2013. His sophomore single, “Stomp” rose higher to #55. The single was released exclusively to the nations’ largest country station The Highway syndicated nationally on SiriusXM and has was the most requested song on their “On The Horizon” program. Jared was featured on two programs on Zuus Country television with “On The Rise” and “From The Couch”, where he hosted the program running CMA week from Nashville, TN. The show featured live acoustic performances along with the exclusive television release of the video. “Stomp” released to radio stations and was reported #5 Top Downloaded song for Play MPE’s chart, among these other artists: Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett and Jared Blake. “Stomp” was chosen as a “Hoda’s pick” and featured on “The Today Show” with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
Within a year after appearing on NBC’s “The Voice”, Jared began seeking ways to begin philanthropy efforts within the communities he toured. He started a “Bringing Families Together” campaign, with the help of the American Association of RV and Campground owners, to bring free concerts to campgrounds in the U.S. His tour began at the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners, and went on to reach more than 10 campgrounds in its’ first summer tour. In 2015, Jared was asked to play for our US troops in Afghanistan. Despite the initial “war-zone” fears that may normally be felt, Jared Blake and his band jumped at the opportunity. They have taken every opportunity offered, including Jordan and the UAE. He has continued to support their efforts by writing songs, performing charity events, and donating his own efforts to raise money and awareness for our soldiers and veterans. That same year, Jared and his wife created the “Live To Be” (pending 501c3 status) campaign within the nation’s schools. Also added to his regular tour dates, Jared reaches out to local schools within the communities to speak with elementary to college-age kids to encourage them to create goals of their own early in life, and constantly work to achieve them, despite bullying or drug and alcohol use. His campaign has joined efforts with Bikers Against Bullying USA, and was largely sponsored by www.safeprevention.org.
Kyle Pudenz currently performs as Jared Blake's full-time electric guitar/utility player, performing with the band on guitar, mandolin, violin, and background vocals. He also played electric violin on Jared's debut EP, "Till Morning Light."For more information about Jared, his tour, philanthropy efforts, or get involved, please visit www.jaredblakemusic.com
Best known for his work as an actor on shows including The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville, and The Haves & Have Nots, John Schneider has also achieved international success as a country music artist throughout his career. In the early 1980s, following the success of Dukes of Hazzard, Schneider was signed to Scotti Brother Label. His debut album, “Now or Never”, reached no. 8 on the US Country Billboard charts, and his single of the same name – a remake of the classic Elvis Presley song – remains the top charting Elvis cover of any genre. From 1984 to 1987 Schneider released six albums under MCA Nashville including his no. 1 album “A Memory Like You” and the quintessential “Greatest Hits” album.
He released his smash hit, Ruffled Skirts in 2017. The album was recorded in his flooded home, where friends from all over appeared to help John realize his forgotten love of singing and storytelling. Shortly after, in 2018, Schneider released his 5-album project The Odyssey, an exploration of self through music. Along the way, John reunites with his love of music and old friends, who left a door open for him.
Kyle currently tours with John Schneider’s “Hazzard Nation Band” as band leader, playing acoustic guitar, fiddle, and singing background vocals. To learn more and see upcoming tour dates, visit https://johnschneiderstudios.com
The Khromatiks are an instrumental duo formed in 2012 by Kyle Pudenz and percussionist Kayleigh Moyer. Their repertoire includes both original instrumental fusion pieces and popular music covers arranged for violin, percussion & phrase looper. The duo has performed on the road with The Pedal Stills & the Zach Ummer Band, as well as locally in Nashville, where they were recently a featured performer at the 2014 Nashville Drum Show and in the 2015 Belmont University Commercial Music Showcase.
Rachael Turner is a breath of fresh air to country music. The Texas native burst on the scene in 2012, upon signing a deal with the long-standing Rustic Records. She sets to utilize her dynamic vocals and unique traditional-rock take on modern country music to both establish herself as a legitimate artist and break the gap in today’s male driven format.
Kyle Pudenz has performed on stage and in the studio with Rachael since 2012 on violin, mandolin, and acoustic guitar. He also played fiddle on her debut single, "Meet Me in the Middle."
Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Utilzing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The "8" in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 5 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide: "a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before."
Kyle Pudenz joined the premier cast of Barrage 8 in the fall of 2015, and toured full-time with the octet from 2016-2017, both inside the U.S. and around the world, performing on violin, 7-string electric violin, guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Please visit their website for recordings, videos, and more!
Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and motivational speaker. Nashville Independent Music Awards recently awarded him with Artist of the year, Best country male vocalist and Best country live performer in 2014. Dawson has shared the stage with artists including Lee Brice, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan, Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, One Republic, Toby Keith, John Hiatt, Skillet, Five For Fighting, Colt Ford, Charlie Louvin and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
Kyle Pudenz worked as Billy Dawson's electric fiddle/utility player from 2013-15, performing at venues ranging from small Nashville clubs to the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. He has also been featured on mandolin and banjo in Dawson's music videos "Born to Lead" and "Whatever Happens."
Nashville recording artist and professional songwriter Lance Carpenter pens hits of contemporary country radio, while still staying true to his traditional background.He released his debut self titled debut album “Lance Carpenter” in 2013 and has performed with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and more. Lance currently writes for Parallel Music Publishing and plans to continue writing music that inspires, memorializes and captures his own zest for life.
Kyle Pudenz played electric fiddle & mandolin with Lance's touring band, "Lance Carpenter & The Union," from 2014-2015.