The Cheaters Are Bringing Their New Sounds Home For CD Release Party July 12
Forthcoming EP Waitin’ on Right Now Produced With Award Winning Nashville Lineup
The Cheaters, originally from Annapolis, MD and now based in Nashville, will be coming home for their CD release party, July 12th at Ram’s Head On Stage. This show will be the first time that new songs from their forthcoming EP will be played for a live audience. Since moving to Nashville ten months ago to be close to their manager, Rusty Harmon of Average Joe’s Entertainment (former manager of Hootie and The Blowfish), lead singer Jason Morton and lead guitarist Brett Wilmer have been busy writing and recording songs with a chart-topping array of musicians. The band wanted to save the new material for this show to give their hometown fans something special and well-deserved for the support they have shown The Cheaters over the years.
Morton considers the move to Nashville a major stepping stone for the band, one that has given them access to the best personnel in the Nashville music scene. It started when Harmon received some of their music from The Cheaters’ booking agent Zack Johnson, who has worked with Harmon for several years. Liking what he heard, Harmon requested that Morton and Wilmer make a video of their best two songs performed acoustically so that Harmon could get a better grasp the raw talent the musicians possessed. Upon watching the video, Harmon immediately recognized something special in the duo, and signed them to a management deal.
A stable of song writers with an astonishing total of 50 Billboard #1 hits was assembled to bring the next Cheaters release to life, including Frank Myers (writer of 13 #1 hits, including “I Swear” in 1994, which was nominated for International Song of the Year), Luke Laird (writer of 14 Billboard #1 hits; has written songs for Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, and many more), Will Hoge (writer of Eli Young Band’s first #1 single “If It Breaks Your Heart”), Ashley Gorley (Billboard’s #1 Country Songwriter of 2013, he has written 13 #1 singles, including songs for Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley) Preston Brust and Chris Lucas of LoCash Cowboys, Phil O’Donnell (5 #1 singles), Erik Dylan, Phil Barton, Tommy Harden and Chris Stapleton.
As the songs for Waitin’ on Right Now took shape, the noted Cheaters rock and roll signature remained intact, with the southern/country aspect of The Cheaters musical style being brought out into the light for the world to hear. The EP was produced by Tommy Harden, who also played drums on all tracks on the EP. Harden is currently the touring drummer for Reba McEntire, and is one of the most sought-after session drummers and producers in Nashville. Rounding out the recording artists on the EP are David Labruyere on bass (session credits with Elton John and touring/session bassist for John Mayer), Adam Shoenfeld on guitar (current touring guitarist for Tim McGraw), Jeff King on guitar (current touring guitarist for Reba McEntire), and Jim “Moose” Brown on keys (formerly a member of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band). Recording with an all-star lineup of musicians left an indelible mark on Morton:
“This was one of the most amazing and humbling experiences for us and our music career. It didn’t really hit us until it came time to put on the head phones and start tracking. That’s when we had to pinch ourselves and ask “are we really here?” I remember thinking to myself as I was singing, “wow, I’m in the studio tracking vocals with a band of musicians that all tour with the stars.” Brett and I were absolutely amazed at how quickly these studio guys could just nail their part in one or two takes. Most of the instrumentation you hear on the record is a first or second take. And the most impressive part of it all was these guys had never heard the songs until that morning. We would all just gather around, listen to the song once through and that was all they needed. Every experience was exciting from tracking, laying down vocals, and sitting in for the mixing and mastering sessions. These guys play with extreme precision and don’t waste any time when it comes to getting it right. The musicians make all the difference when it comes to making a good song sound great!”
With just under than 3 months to go until the CD release show, less than half of the available tickets remain , so The Cheaters encourage fans to purchase them early to be sure they can get in to the show. Tickets are available via the Rams Head On Stage website: http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/532207-cheaters-cd-release-party-annapolis.
To interview The Cheaters, review their CD release show, or if you would like to review their full EP Waitin’ on Right Now, email Jeff Schad-Montauk Music: firstname.lastname@example.org