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Get To Know BBY JOE, A Multi-talented Rapper Who Is On A Steady Rise In Hip-hop

Right out of the suburbs of Chicago, BBY JOE is making statements with his music career. BBY JOE is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has been on a steady rise in hip-hop for the past few years. Fun lyrics and hilarious social media antics have made him a fan favorite among all demographics. BBY JOE is known for its unique signature sound pallets that are filled with life. With all of his success and streams, the word of each of his media projects, laced with beautiful introspective music and compiling deep messages, BBY JOE chronicles his current path in life.

Checkout his latest single “What I Need” on Youtube:

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Hello there, welcome to HONK! Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

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BBY JOE – What really inspired me was, Everyone in my town was into rapping and stuff and what inspired me to really start was my first couple of times at a real studio I fell in love with it all! The environment, and the community as a whole. This is what made me start building my brand in the studio and then the wrest is history.

 

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

BBY JOE – I realized I would be doing this professionally when I did my first ever concert. It was a little competition I came in second and the top 5 got studio time so I went and recorded in the studio with a legit setup. After that, I kept laying down tracks and never looked back!

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Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

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BBY JOE – What’s unique about my music is I have so many different flows, and I feel like you can vibe with my music and get hype to it as well. I am very picky on what beats I use so I always try to use a beat I can hear myself making a catchy flow on.

 

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Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

BBY JOE – My latest release is called “What I Need” and it’s on all streaming platforms. What inspired me to create it was me really just sitting there and thinking about what most people would relate to.

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Can you give us a brief insight into your upcoming projects?

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BBY JOE – I got a new single coming soon within these next 2 months. Working on what songs I should drop next etc. I got a lot of new songs coming just have to stay in tune with me and enjoy the ride!

 

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What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

BBY JOE – What I wish I was told was too not to be afraid to take chances. What I mean but this is to not be scared to be myself while on camera. People want authenticity and once they see that it’s gold!

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What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) that you are passionate about?

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BBY JOE – I use the rest of my time doing real estate. I want to be able to make money while I sleep at night lol. This is how I invest my money into the music I release. When I blow up off of music I’ll still be doing real estate because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

 

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Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

BBY JOE – The advice I would give to an up-and-coming artist it’s to just keep grinding. Don’t worry about what people gotta say. The only person you have to prove is yourself just make everyday count.

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How can our readers follow you online?

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BBY JOE – You can follow me on Instagram – @bby_joee_

 

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Austin Martin & The Herd: Music with a Mission – Feeding America, One City at a Time

Imagine this: a tattooed cowboy with an urban edge, penning his next big hit. Nearby, a modelesque guitarist strums riffs while sketching stage designs, a rock ‘n’ roll drummer with dreadlocks practices incessantly, and a bass player tirelessly showcases his talent. This isn’t a movie scene; it’s the reality of Austin Martin & The Herd, a trailblazing country rock band, taking the music world by storm.

Austin Martin & The Herd, a band that stands out with their unique sound and style, is a force to be reckoned with. Led by Austin Martin on vocals, Marko Romain on guitar, David Bedell on drums, and Paul Anthony on bass, they bring over two decades of collective experience to the table. Their music, a harmonious and improvisational blend often compared to the Mötley Crüe of country music, guarantees an unforgettable, dance-filled night for their audiences.

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In 2024, Austin Martin & The Herd used their success as a platform for a more significant cause. In the face of economic challenges in the US, they dedicated their eighth national tour to a noble mission: Feeding America. By teaming up with food bank affiliates in each state they visit, the band surprises two families in every city with a week’s worth of groceries, selected through engaging social media campaigns. They aim to raise donations, combat food insecurity, and inspire others to join their community outreach efforts. Moreover, the band actively volunteers at 30 food banks nationwide, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to making a difference.

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Their current tour, “2024 Feeding the Herd,” underscores this mission. Their hit single “Country Drunk” has garnered attention on CMT, CBS, and Yahoo News, and their performance at the 2024 HMMA Awards in Hollywood was a standout. Fans eagerly enjoyed their performance at the CMA Awards after-party in Nashville on June 8, 2024.

Austin Martin & The Herd are no strangers to hard work. They are currently recording new music with top industry producers like Michael “Fish” Herring, Sam Hook, and David Blake Chatfield. The “2024 Feeding the Herd Tour” showcases songs from their forthcoming album, “American Brewed,” with over 50 scheduled dates. Noteworthy performances include:

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– 06/08 – Nashville, Tennessee

– 06/12 – St. Louis, Missouri

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– 06/29 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The band’s new music video, “American Brewed,” is set to debut in early June 2024, followed by their next dance hit, “Wrangler,” in early July. They also look forward to potential collaborations with the Wrangler brand, which a long-held dream. Austin Martin & The Herd drive social change through their community efforts, with “American Brewed” as an anthem of unity. The song celebrates the diverse cultures and perspectives that enrich American society, ensuring everyone feels connected regardless of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status.

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Their journey has led them to discover their true purpose: giving back. This revelation fueled their passion and solidified their mission. Austin Martin and The Herd aim to inspire others by highlighting creativity and purpose through their music and philanthropy. Their goal is to use their platform to raise awareness about social issues and support their community, one plate at a time.

The band extends special thanks to their sponsors and supporters, including BRETZ RV, North County Ford, CBS News (Tegna affiliates), Stockman Bank, Shipton’s Big R, Target, Mayor Bill Cole, Coca-Cola High Country, Mountain Organics Dispensary, Waypoint Hotel, Hampton Inn Suites by Hilton, Fresh Bread Productions, Chatfield Entertainment, Bank of America, Wrangler, Toy Boat Productions, Hats by Parker Thomas, The Sojourn, Northwestern Insurance, Jim’s Western Wear, Springhill Suites in Great Falls, Anheuser-Busch, Heyward Marketing Lab, Kimes Ranch, Exhibit Ambush Consulting, Vincent Flood, and Lynnette Madsen.

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Follow Austin Martin & The Herd on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Proud supporters of the Feeding America organization encourage donations to support their efforts. Together, we can help feed America one plate at a time.  http://www.austinandtheherd.com/

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Transcend the Ordinary: 7 Must-Hear Tracks Revolutionizing Your Playlist

In an era where musical innovation reigns supreme, these seven tracks stand out as the harbingers of a new sonic era. From soulful introspection to comedic brilliance, each song offers a unique auditory experience. Add these gems to your playlist and elevate your listening journey.

Aleksi Glick – We’re Getting There Aleksi Glick’s “We’re Getting There” is a sonic journey of perseverance and hope. With soulful guitar riffs and heartfelt lyrics, this track is a comforting anthem for anyone striving towards their goals.

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Parlay Hunter – Workin’ & Winnin’ Parlay Hunter delivers a high-energy, motivational masterpiece with “Workin’ & Winnin’.” This track is the ultimate hustler’s anthem, combining gritty lyrics with an unstoppable beat.

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Stammers – Mother “Mother” by Stammers captures the essence of emotional vulnerability and rejection. Its dreamy, melancholic soundscapes and heavy distorted guitars transcend listeners into a different realm, making it a poignant experience.

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Barefoot Vengeance – She’s My Daddy Barefoot Vengeance brings laughter and melody together in “She’s My Daddy.” With influences from Lonely Island and Weird Al, this comedic track blends sharp wit and catchy tunes, guaranteed to bring joy to your playlist.

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Far From Gods – Leon’s Realm (Loki Mix) “Leon’s Realm (Loki Mix)” by Far From Gods is an introspective alternative hip-hop gem. Influenced by 90s hip hop and the lo-fi Bristol sound, this track features live guitars and a calming yet biting beat, perfect for any chill or lo-fi playlist.

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Charlotte Désilets – The Shadow of Your Smile Charlotte Désilets offers a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “The Shadow of Your Smile.” Her ethereal vocals and delicate instrumentals create a timeless classic that will resonate with listeners on a deep emotional level.

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Kofi Harmony – Radiance of Truth Kofi Harmony’s “Radiance of Truth” is a celestial journey through sound. Inspired by childhood memories and musical dreams, this track is a tapestry of nostalgic and cosmic melodies that promise to dance upon your waves and resonate with your soul.

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