Fate Under Fire interview with Caleb Johnson

 

 

A Q and A with Caleb Johnson of Fate Under Fire, a band based in Sacramento, California.

For more information about the band you can go to their website: https://www.fufmusic.com/

or go to their FaceBook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FateUnderFire/

 

Here’s their new music video for “RIVER” 

 

Story by Karen Cotton

Q : How did you first become a member of Fate Under Fire ?

Johnson:

“That’s kind of a funny story, I originally became a member of Fate Under Fire by a simple email. I was a fan of the band before hand and I emailed the band asking if they needed a guitar player or knew of anyone who needed a guitar player. I got an email back saying they did not need a guitar player. The next day I got another email back saying the lead guitarist in the band had just left the band because he was getting married and didn’t want to tour anymore. One thing led to another and here I am.”

 
Q: What do you enjoy the most about playing music? 
 
Johnson:
“I think the thing I enjoy most about playing music is how you can express so many emotions into a song, you can show the feelings you want to portray in a whole different way.”

 

Q: What do you like about being a member of Fate Under Fire? 
 
Johnson:
“I love everything about being a member of FUF, the other band mates are the best people I could wish for, I love the music, and the list can go on and on. I really enjoy everything about the band.”

 

Q: Can you tell me about the newest song that was just released on February 15th, “River?” 
Johnson:
“‘River’ is a song David wrote about being numb to love and going back to the passion.”
 
Q: What is the band’s goal in 2018? 
 
Johnson:
“The band’s goals are to release as much music as possible, have it heard by as many people as we can, and play as many shows on tour as possible.”

 

Q: How long have you been playing the guitar and how old are you now? 

” I have been playing guitar for around 5-6 years now and I am 17.”

 
Q: What made you pick up a guitar in the first place? 
Johnson:

“I’ve always wanted to play guitar, growing up as a kid I would play Guitar Hero all the time and I would mess around on a little guitar my parents bought from Target. But the two things that really pushed me into playing the guitar was my cousin and trying to impress a girl that I liked.”

 
Q: Do you help the band leader, David, songwrite?
 
Johnson:
“David writes most of the parts for the songs but we do help out with the writing process.”

 

Q: How would you describe the sound of Fate Under Fire ? What are the band’s influences? 

Johnson:
“Fate Under Fire is a alternative rock/pop band. I think we sound similar to One Republic and Imagine Dragons.”

 

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Fate Under Fire interview coming soon, for now learn more about the band

Fate Under Fire interviews coming soon on Sweet as Cotton Candy with Caleb Johnson and David James !

Their official website is: https://www.fufmusic.com/

Fate Under Fire is releasing a new single, “River” on February 15th. 

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You can hear their music here:

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fate-under-fire/319935722

Learn more about the band based out of Sacramento, California according to info directly from their Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FateUnderFire

“A Sacramento-based band headed by David James, and is launching it’s next single “Parachute”. Their upcoming release is on the heels of the success of their last EP titled “What Dreams Are Made Of”, whose songs landed multiple film and TV placements. The band won the MTVu Freshman Five competition, and the music video for nationally acclaimed single, “On The Water”. “On The Water” is one song that has landed in countless commercials, cable and tv networks including AT&T’s “The Mobile Movement” ad campaign and was the theme song for ‘All In With Laila Ali’, which aired nationally on CBS. Other songs placements have included Cougar Town, Billabong, Netflix, and Raw Travel.

The new single “Parachute” comes with a music video directed and shot by David James. The video touches on the unfortunate recent string of suicides made public from rockstars like Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Chris Cornell. Growing up, David was raised by a manic depressive single mother where suicide was a recurring topic. He himself was diagnosed with depression and was on Prozac in high school and still struggles occasionally with it. By a stroke of fate, when searching for actors, he found Mac Guerriero. Mac played a role in the recent Netflix original hit series “13 Reasons Why”. FUF is teaming up with AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and is putting on a benefit show September 1st.

More recently, after hearing FUF’s new unreleased material, NBC commissioned David to write a theme song for Sunday’s “The Today Show” currently in rotation. Summer 2017 Fate Under Fire continues releasing new covers and music videos, live streaming , and touring the west coast.”

Awards
Winner of MtvU Freshman 5
Winner of Ryan Seacrest’s best ‘Roar’ Cover Video
Fate Under Fire’s music influences are bands like Jimmy Eat World and One Republic.

 

 

Laramie County Fair 2017

 

There was so much to do and see at the Laramie County Fair that happened in Cheyenne, Wyoming at Frontier Park. The fair is taking place through August 12th.

We visited the craft table in the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall where volunteer, Jennifer Mullin, was helping children build their craft of choice. The fun part is the crafts are free, with possible donation. Kids made butterflies out of pipe cleaners and tissue paper, beaded necklaces and bracelets, and other fun things. The Exhibition Hall has all kinds of art, quilts, embroidery, cross stitch, fiber art, cakes, pies to see. Many Laramie County participants have been awarded ribbons.  Organizations like the Lion’s Club, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department, the Laramie County Cooperative Extension and the Cheyenne Heritage Quilter Association have information booths at the fair. The Lion’s Club sold solar eclipse viewing glasses for under five dollars there. You can buy a raffle ticket for a dollar at the quilter’s booth to possibly win a gorgeous quilt. There is free popcorn, tea and coffee at the entrance of the Exhibition Hall.

Food booths were found around the park. These booth were in the area by the Frontier Park  grandstands, in the Exhibition Hall and near the livestock barns. The barns are where all of the 4-H and FFA animals are kept and shown by their proud owners. Some of the animals can be touched if the owners are there and allow it. The food ranges from two dollar cotton candy on a stick to funnel cakes and tropical desserts to BBQ favorites.

We rode a tractor with rainbow colored seats from the Exhibition Hall area to the livestock barns. It was fun watching the 4-H and FFA children get their animals ready to be shown. One young lady was even using hair spray on her cow’s fur to make it look poofy and beautiful. There were sheep, cows, pigs, and other animals to be seen. Another woman let my daughter pet her sheep as she held it. The4-H rabbits can be seen under the grandstands near the Exhibition Hall, where you’d normally find vendors during Cheyenne Frontier Days. Because there’s nothing cuter than a fluffy bunny!

There were inflatable bouncy castles and slides. There were also floating bubbles that your kids older can roll around in around a small inflatable pool. It looked like tons of fun!

We wore cowboy boots, and discovered when one of us wore sandals, you shouldn’t out at the Laramie County Fair, if you happen to go in 2018. Just trust us on this one.

For the full 2017 schedule go to: http://www.laramiecountyfair.com/

Jason Aldean with special guest Casey Donahew perform at CFD 2017. Aldean played again, in September of 2017, in Colorado

 

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Country superstar Jason Aldean and special guest Casey Donahew performed at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2017. Here are some of our Night Show photos. You can see Aldean again in September in Wyoming’s neighboring state, Colorado. Links are below. Story to come soon!

Learn all about Casey Donahew here: http://www.caseydonahew.com/

For you guitar playing Casey Donahew fans here is a guitar tab link for you:

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/c/casey_donahew_band/new_orleans_crd.htm

Jason Aldean’s official website is:http://www.jasonaldean.com

Jason is doing something very nice for breast cancer survivors enter his VIP experience with an essay here:

http://ww5.komen.org/Jason-Aldean/

Fans saw Aldean again, in the Northern Colorado area. Aldean performed his “They Don’t Know Tour” with special guests Chris Young, Kane Brown and DeeJay Silver at the Pepsi Center on Friday, September 15, 2017.

The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and the show started at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ranged in price from $40 to $80.25.

For Jason Aldean fans, who followed his wife’s pregnancy updates on Instagram, here was an update from 2017 from another great magazine, Taste of Country:

http://tasteofcountry.com/jason-aldean-baby-boy-due-date-brittany-kerr/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=newsletter_4572278

 

 

 

 

Cheyenne Frontier Days 2017 Presents Jason Derulo with special guest Flo Rida

 

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Photos and Story by Sheila Loney                                                  Click on the gallery to scroll through the photos

July 28th, 2017, Cheyenne Frontier Days hosted Jason DeRulo with special guest Flo Rida.  Loveland, Colorado’s 96.1 KISS FM’s radio disc jockeys mc’d the night.

KISS FM started the show off with five contestants performing a lip syncing contest  The winner got to meet Jason DeRulo after the show.

It is not Cheyenne Frontier  Days without rain showers happening at the event.  And this year the weather did not disappoint.  The rain cooled off the air, but did not cool off the excitement of the crowd, even with Flo Rida starting late, due to unforeseen circumstances.  Flo Rida was definitely worth the wait.  Due to the weather, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, cancelled their spectacular night demonstration that was scheduled to be performed between the two musical acts.

Jason DeRulo is an American singer, songwriter and dancer.  His music is pop with a heavy influence of R&B and hip hop.  He has produced over 10 Top 10 singles and four number one hits including, “In My Head”, “Don’t Wanna Go Home”, “Talk Dirty” and “Want to Want Me”.  It turns out that Jason really enjoys country music.  He recently won the 2017 CMT award for best CMT Performance.  Jason is now embarking on a country music project, that he is remaining quiet about.  You can read about it here on Taste of Country http://tasteofcountry.com/jason-derulo   Check out Jason’s website to be updated about everything to with Jason DeRulo http://www.jasonderulo.com

Flo Rida is an American rapper, hip-hop artist and songwriter.  He has produced five number one hits including his break out song “Low” that stayed at the number one position for 10 weeks in a row.  He has collaborated with numerous well-known artists including Lil Wayne, Will.I.Am and Sean Kingston just to name a few.  You can find out about new music, concerts and more on his website, http://www.officialflo.com

To learn more about Cheyenne Frontier Days go to http://www.cfdrodeo.com/

Thomas Rhett with Special Guests Dan + Shay

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Photos and Story by Sheila Loney.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Night Show on July 27th, 2017 featured Thomas Rhett with special guests Dan +Shay.

Thomas Rhett is an American Country and Western singer and songwriter.   He is definitely not new to the world of country music as he is the son of country star Rhett Akins.  He has produced several number 1 singles including “It Goes Like This” and  “Star of the Show”. Thomas has written songs for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line.  During his show he announced that he might have to leave as his wife, Lauren, was due to give birth at anytime to their second child.  They have one other child that they adopted in May of 2017.

The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Seal Team made an aerial appearance during the break between the bands.  As Queen’s “We Will Rock You” started to play out over the loud speakers, the Leap Frogs jumped from their plane with sparks flying off their feet creating a spectacular effect allowing the audience to see them and their parachutes.  The roar from the audience made the excitement of the event truly palatable. Cheyenne Frontier Days were truly grateful for their appearance as one of their team members, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class, Remington J. Peters of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away during a Memorial Day demonstration in New Jersey.

Dan + Shay are a country and western music duo.  In December of 2012, they met in Nashville and started writing songs together the next day.  They have had 3 number 1 chart toppers with the latest being, “How Not To”.  They sure have come a long way in such a short time span.

Click through the gallery above to see all the photos from the nights events.

Luke Bryan with Special Guest Chris Janson 2017 CFD

Photos and story by Sheila Loney

 

 

 

 

Wednesday night July 26th, 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Nights featured Luke Bryan with Special Guest Chris Janson.

Luke Bryan is an American country and western singer and songwriter hitting the music scene in 2007.  Since then, he has recorded 16 number one singles and earned  a myriad of awards including the coveted AMA Entertainer of the Year.  For the first time in the 27 year long history of the Country Airplay chart, his full length album, “Kill the Lights” garnered a record of six number one hits.

For more information about Luke Bryan and his tour here’s his website http://www.lukebryan.com/

Chris Janson is an American country and western singer and songwriter.  He has written songs for Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr. and others.  He is an avid harmonica player and has played on Lee Brice’s album “Hard to Love.”   Look out for this guy.  He is going to go far in the world of country music. His concert was out of this world!

For more information about Chris Janson go to his official website at www.chrisjanson.com

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual 4-Ever West Tattoo Festival 2017

Photos and article by Sheila Loney.

On July 14th-16th, 2017,Trinidad Serrano the owner of The Tribe Zoo Tattoo Shop hosted the 2nd annual 4-Ever West Tattoo Festival in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  This was a great alternative event, refreshing from the old west reputation that Cheyenne holds.  It shows that there is a lot more to this town than just cowboys, cows and horses.  It was held once again at the Cheyenne Depot and Plaza.  There were approximately 20 different tattoo artists from Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nebraska.

Besides being able to receive ink and watch these amazing artists at work, there were local Barbers from Presidential Barbershop, local artisans and food vendors. If you did not want to have permanent ink you could get a henna tattoo or get your face painted. The live music featured country band, Southern Fried, a Cheyenne favorite and the Christian rock band Set for the Fall from North Carolina.  You could also walk over and watch the live graffiti artists doing their thing with spray paint.

Among the variety of foods and artisans to check out, there were several competitions including; Pinup girls, beard and mustache and a car and bike show.  And it truly would not be a tattoo festival without a tattoo competition.

There was definitely something for everyone at this festival.  Check it out next year.

You can visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/4EverWestTattooFest/

 

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