2Country4Nashville, the REAL Country Music duo, are excited to announce their premier performance on the hallowed stage of The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on March 26th, 2021. Tickets are on sale now at: https://ryman.com/event/2country4nashville
It’s the center piece concert of their huge Nashville Fan-boree Weekend planned for March 25th-28th. The duo have free shows scheduled Thursday March 25th and Sunday March 28th at The Nashville Palace and another ticketed CD Pre-release show booked Saturday March 27th at Rory Feek’s Homestead Hall venue in Pottsville, TN. Tickets for that show include an exclusive acoustic copy of their new CD “All Original” and are on sale now at: https://www.homesteadhall.com/shows
Dubbed “The Little Country Duo That Could”, 2Country4Nashville have single-handedly carved out a career in the music business with good old-fashioned hard work and perseverance, along with some of the most loyal fans in the music business. Theirs is a modern-day love story with chapters that could be mistaken for an adult version of The Little Engine That Could. They met through a mutual friend, LeAnne’s late husband, who also happened to be Jo-el’s best friend.
When her husband lost a heartbreaking battle with cancer, the two friends developed an unbreakable bond with one another and married in 2001. Ever since, they’ve been on a mission to make a living doing something they love, playing REAL Country Music. It wasn’t that long ago that Jo-el was driving cross-country in an 18-wheeler, passing the hours singing along with George Jones & Waylon Jennings on the radio. LeAnne was spending her days as a full-time 5th & 6th grade school teacher in Franklin, TN. But we all know how time flies.
Fast forward a decade or so, and a whole lot has changed. Jo-el still puts in a lot of windshield time and sleeps in truck stop parking lots. However, these days he’s driving a van loaded with guitars and fancy clothes with his wife and music partner, LeAnne, riding shotgun.
Together, they are the REAL Country Music duo 2Country4Nashville. As soon as LeAnne could, she retired from a 25-year teaching career and they hit the road. They played anywhere and everywhere they could find, including nursing homes, dive bars, restaurants, backyards, and parking lots. They played for tips, just to get in the door (ask any musician, booking gigs is not for the weak at heart.) However, one thing they never did was give up — enter The Little Engine That Could.
Against all odds, they kept asking, knocking on doors, and making cold calls. They built their success on the word no, using it as a mere stepping stone to get to the next yes, a paying gig. Today, the duo sells out theaters with a loyal following that “shows up and shows out” wherever they play. Through non-stop touring (except for a brief stall during 2020) they have gained a following the size of Texas. It’s not uncommon for some of their fans to hop in the car and drive 1,000 miles for a show. Venue owners can’t help but take notice. Recently, they even scored a regular time slot at a well-known venue in their hometown of Nashville. Nashville hasn’t exactly embraced the duo. In a town that has the highest concentration of people working in the music industry per capita than anywhere else in the world, it’s a tough crowd, to say the least.
After all, the name 2Country4Nashville was born from an actual conversation with some “high-up” Nashville music business execs. However, among all the naysayers, are their loyal fans who adore them, and that’s who they play for!!
Jo-el and LeAnne are the embodiment of perseverance and what it means to not only chase a dream but to make it come true. They don’t know how to quit, and they don’t take no for an answer. They just keep on moving forward, climbing the mountain, singing, and strumming. Now that dream is coming to its full fruition with their concert at The Ryman on March 26th. In rhinestone-studded suits and fancy cowboy boots, they will take the stage and deliver their unique brand of REAL country music to anyone with ears to hear. They know the power of a song and most importantly how to connect with every person in the crowd. Meet them once, and they’ll never forget you. 2Country4Nashville are pure showbiz, with bells and whistles and silly antics on stage. But, in all seriousness, they are much more.
They’re two people singing their hearts out, with one twangy electric guitar, a tambourine, and a stomp board — inviting the world to sing along. And we all could use a little more of that.
(written by Trisha Leone Sandora)