Austin Webb (meet & greet available for select seats) / Sarah Ross

The Gobbler Theater presents

Austin Webb (meet & greet available for select seats) / Sarah Ross

Sat. June 4, 2016

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$9.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Seats 472-498 include meet & greet (time 6:25PM sharp)


Austin Webb - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Austin Webb
Austin grew up in Greenville, S.C. listening to healthy doses of Motown, R&B, rock, and retro country from the '50s, '60s and '70s. He also loved authors like Oscar Wilde, 0 . Henry, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas, and started writing poetry at nine years old. He knew he was going to be a writer of some sort, and at 16 when he picked up a guitar, he began pouring out his emotions into songs. Austin's Martin guitar has been with him through thick and thin since he was 16 and is his most prized possession.

He keeps signed photos of two of his heroes, Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, on the back of it.
"I really love that guitar," he says. "It never talks back, it never pisses me off, it never gets mad."
For a time after high school, he went to Atlanta and played gigs up and down the East Coast. He worked twenty-five different odd jobs during his quest to make it as a singer/songwriter, including working on an assembly line building cars at a BMW plant.

"I've always had to work hard for everything; nothing was ever handed to me," says Austin. "My family is not very rich. They're just regular people, so I had to do a lot of things for myself, and so I've always had a pretty good work ethic."

Austin's first trip to Nashville was completely spontaneous after a bad breakup. He turned his car towards Tennessee and drove all night to Music City, stopping at Johnny Cash's grave about four in the morning to pay his respects to the country legend with a few songs on his guitar. On his way back home from the trip, he stopped at a Waffle House, put Patsy Cline on the jukebox, and met a charming older couple. The husband turned out to be none other than Charlie louvin- (another influence of Austin's)- and the two soon became friends. Charlie invited him to play onstage with him that night at the Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee, and when he introduced him, he told the crowd that Austin reminded him of none other than Kris Kristofferson himself!

After winning a local South Carolina songwriting competition, ironically called the Nashville Connection, Webb moved to Nashville. The demo he made through the contest made its way into the hands of Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore, who immediately offered him a publishing deal. His debut album on Streamsound Records is due out later this year, and it features his recent Top 40 single, "Slip On By." The song is a sentimental ballad that stresses the value of time and not living in regret. Country Weekly named Austin as "One To Watch in 2013."

Austin describes his music as "country soul" and strives for honesty and relevance in his lyrics. His top three musical influences are Joe Cocker, Otis Redding and Bill Withers, but he also has tons of songwriting heroes such as Townes VanZandt, Bob Dylan, and Guy Clark as well. From the upbeat "It's All Good" to the gut-wrenchingly honest "Getting Even," his songs convey the real emotion of everyday life in fresh and rousing new ways. For some examples of the things Austin loves, check out his arm. His sleeve of tattoos includes pictures of his beloved basset hound, Archie, who passed away, a vintage radio, an ex-girlfriend, a ship's wheel, and many more.
Sarah Ross - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
At 20, Sarah Ross is being called upon to forge the trail for women in the fastgrowing country/rap/hip hop genre of music. The New Jersey native is no stranger to forging country music lyrics with a hip hop beat. With encouragement from her mother, the innovative singer has been melding two of her favorite genres since she was 16.

Signed to Average Joes Entertainment after the label head, Shannon Houchins, saw her on "American Idol” and looked up her videos on the internet, Sarah has been in Nashville one short year yet has already found recording success. The singer recorded with the label's group, The Lacs, on their #3Billboard album, and one of her songs, "Knock 'Em Dead," was on the compilation album "Mud Digger 4," along with label mates Colt Ford, the Lacs with J.J. Lawhorn and Montgomery Gentry. She also claims her country roots along with Colt Ford in “We All Country” by the Moonshine Bandits.

The upcoming album, "Mud Digger 5," will have another of Sarah's compositions, "Shotgun," as its lead single. She has already filmed the video for the tune, a gritty warning to guys about what might happen if they are found cheating on their sweetheart.

"As a little girl I grew up listening to my daddy’s all-time favorites -- Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, George Strait, Patsy Cline and Martina McBride," says the young lady who grew up on a farm just south of Atlantic City. It didn’t take long before she started flipping through radio stations, from country to rap and back, discovering tunes she loved from favorites Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean, Eminem, Wiz, Drake and Nicki Minaj, and, of course, her country rap label mates.

One of the audiences that enjoy the music Sarah and her label mates sing and perform are folks who love mud sports. While the singer is well acquainted with hanging out with friends who like to drive their pickup trucks on the back trails of the farms around her southern New Jersey town, she had never been to any of those type sporting events until she moved to the south.

"My friends and I always had a great time taking our four wheelers and trucks out trail riding and deer spotting. When it rained, we would head to nearby historical Batsto to get all muddy riding through the creeks and trails. So I’ve done that kind of thing but not at an ‘official’ mud bog."

The singer of Italian descent admits that now when she attends the bogging events, she does so as a spectator, not a participant, unless she rides shotgun. "My four wheeler is back home and my dad would kill me if I got a scratch on my truck," she admits with a laugh.

Sarah began singing at 15 and started taking voice lessons at 16. She credits her vocal coach, Sal DuPree, who has worked with artists including “America’s Got Talent” million dollar-winner Bianca Ryan, “Star Search” champion Tiffany Evans, the group Choice with Alisha Moore (Pink), Miss Americas, Broadway stars and participants in TV singing competitions, for being a huge part of her career. Soon after starting to work with DuPree, Sarah was winning singing competitions throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Winning and recognizing that people enjoyed her music was the catalyst for pursuing a musical career path rather than following in her mother's footsteps as a nurse.

Her mother was not totally disappointed in Sarah's journey to a music career. It was actually she who encouraged her daughter to try out for "American Idol" season 12. Sarah went all the way to Hollywood singing a country song and rapping one of Nikki Minaj’s songs for her, which the judge absolutely loved.
Judge Keith Urban said it best, telling Sarah she was “like an IPOD shuffle, never knowing what you’re gonna get.” Minaj told her she shouldn’t have to choose between the two genres. Sarah decided to heed that advice …she didn’t choose … she combined them!

“You’re No Good,” a Linda Ronstadt hit, was the first song Sarah combined rap with country on. She sang the first verse and chorus, then rapped the second verse. She recorded a video for YouTube which has become her most popular video to date, and is the one that Shannon saw that caused him to call her to Nashville for a meeting. Sarah is now working on her debut album in Nashville, writing most of the tunes that she will record.

"I’m writing some as well as co-writing. I learn more about myself every time I write alone. Co-writing with some amazing writers has opened my mind to ideas I never knew existed. I also love writing songs about things I enjoy as well as telling the stories from the minds of others.

"I'm not sure all the songs on the album will be rap mixed with country," the singer continues. "One of my favorite songs so far, "Calm Before the Storm," was written with Jared Scuillo and Mallary Hope. I have recorded one version where I sing the chorus and rap the verses, and the other version I sing the entire song."

The album will continue in the vein of the single "Shotgun" from "Mud Diggers 5," a "bad ass, harder and grittier country. I'm not the mushy relationship-type who stands around and cries because he left me, but on the same note I would never do what the video leads the mind to believe I did…"

Sarah has one trait that she gets from her father which will do well for her in the music career that she has chosen. She doesn't worry; she just figures that if it's going to happen it will. "I do feel like I have a weight on my shoulders since I am the first female to do this kind of music, so that does make me step up my game," she admits. “It all began with a passion for eclectic music and unique sounds. I hope it will connect with others who have an open mind and also enjoy a variety of country and rap music.”

“It’s kind of crazy but in a cool way, when you see all the country/rap collaborations such as Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Jason Aldean with Ludacris and Brad Paisley with LL Cool J. Florida Georgia Line even raps on “This is How We Roll.” It's all about who does it, if it works and who
believes in you. Country music is evolving. It has its roots and that’s here to stay. I would never want to try and change it, just add a variation."

Sarah is in Nashville to stay. While she misses her family and the horse farm in Southern New Jersey, and roaming the 240 acres with her cousins, Sarah is committed to making the music she loves. There is no turning back. As she says, there is no Plan B.
Venue Information:
The Gobbler Theater
350 N Watertown St
Johnson Creek, WI, 53038