Monday, April 16, 2012

Amber Leigh : Southern Florida, Family and Fiddle

Amber Leigh : Southern Florida, Family and Fiddle

Welcome to Florida! Welcome to Amber Leigh and her awesome band


Let’s dive in shall we?  I conducted an interview
with Amber Leigh that started out on Twitter and she graciously agreed to
answer some questions for me.  Now, I promised Amber Leigh that I would
make at least 4 to 5 posts on this here Country blog so here is the first of
what I hope to be 5 posts concerning 

Amber Leigh and the Amber Leigh Band.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed getting to know this amazing
musician from Florida.

Country Christo  “What are 5 tips you would give to aspiring musicians
BEFORE they launch their music career and dive into the music industry? “

Amber Leigh:
 “Know how you want to sound- more importantly,
embrace that you sound original- don't try to copy anyone else's sound,
because it is individuality that fans love.  Use your influences to enhance
your sound, not define it.

Know what demographic you are wanting to hit- If you want to hit
Taylor Swift fans, play venues that cater to that age group- like 
family friendly fairs and festivals. Having your merchandise 
and music readily available to sell to the right demographic is 
important and helpful.

Be ready- Realize that there are no real "overnight successes". 
There are however, "overnight success" that have been 
12 years in the making- that finally popped.
To the consumer it may seem like the next new thing came 
from nowhere. It is a long road, longer for some than others. 
But, if your are playing music everyday and really live for it, 
it is easy to enjoy the ride.

Practice. There is always someone younger, prettier, and more 
talented than you waiting in the wings. So why not be the 
best you can be all the time?

Have a good attitude- Making music is a gift that only a 
small number of us are blessed with. Always have fun 
when you are performing, writing, practicing or recording. 
Know the sometimes music turns into work when
you are doing it everyday - but, think of how lucky you are 
to be doing

Country Christo “  In 50 Words or less per person, can you describe each
member of your band including sound and lighting? Starting with their
names , after that get descriptive.  “

Amber Leigh:
“First off, let me say, that in my opinion, I have the most 
amazing band and crew ever! My band is extremely talented 
and diverse... They are my best friends and family - literally.

Let's starts with the Band-

Randy James  
( acoustic guitar & vocals ) my dad. We call my dad the hulk
he is a 6'2 powerhouse that should be on the cover of 
workout & GQ magazines. We have been playing music together 
since I was 4 years old. The women that come to see the  band 
always fall head over heels for my dad which is hilarious to 
watch. I think his fan club is as big as mine.

Sean Radford
electric guitar, mandolin and vocals- aka "seattle" 
you can guess where he is from.  Sean is a monster 
on guitar and absolutely killer on mandolin. Sean is the 
other book end to my father- with huge muscles
they both balance out both sides of the stage and 
put me in the middle.

Ralph Cenilli
 bass- we refer to him as "rockin ralph". Before I was born, 
my dad had a rock band called Randy James and the Availables.  
Rockin Ralph was the bass player for that band. When my 
first band was formed, I was 8 years old and Rocking Ralph 
was the bass player then. He always says, 
"I knew Amber when she was in 2 pieces".

Matt Crowning
drums- matt is also my husband. :) Matt is the musical director
for the band. Matt and I have been married for 2 years 
and have been together for 6 years (playing music & dating). 
We do a lot of the song writing together. I am usually
the one to get the song started, and when I get stuck, 
Matt finishes my sentences- or songs :) On stage 
Matt is known for his legendary drum solos. He is a blast to 
watch live. I always want to turn myself around with my back 
to the audience just so I can see the show too.

Now onto sound and crew-

Matt Hyman 
everything we need- "Matty" is our guitar tech, drum tech, 
stage hand, merchandise manager, cable wrapper, water getter, 
make -up fixer, fiddle tuner, grab a sharpie, take a picture, 
hang the banner, one man do-it-all kinda guy.
Matty has been with us for over 8 years and we couldn't 
live without him. Matty likes to drink Captain Morgan and is 
always telling jokes with the rest of the band boys.

Holland Ryan
sound engineer- This guy is the most important piece of 
the puzzle. He runs front of house sound and our ear-monitors. 
Holland also does all the live recordings for all our live tracks 
that are released. Holland is the most, calm,
sweet, amazing guy. Even if we get to a show, and all the 
back line is wrong, Holland always is like " don't worry, it's fine, 
I will fix it." He has been running our sound for over 10 years  
and  he is just as big a part of the band as I am.

Hanna Rachael
 "hanna- bear" - Merchandise-  my best friend since 
middle school. A blonde bombshell- everyone loves to go to 
the merch table to chat with her. Bear is super organized and 
because of that, we thought merchandise would be the
job for her. Hanna travels everywhere with me and is really 
more of a life line to protect me from all the boys we have to 
hang with all the time. “

Country Christo “ Who are your top 5 musical influences? “

Amber Leigh

“Mark o Connor
The Corrs
Shania Twain
Patsy Cline
My dad “

Country Christo “How many songs do you perform on stage for a Amber Leigh Band
show and do you have a set list? “

Amber Leigh
“Set list! Ha ha ha- that is a running joke- I try, try, try. 
Every show I hand out the show list, and I can never seem to 
keep to it. I always feel that every venue we do, the audience is 
different. I feel out the the crowd, and of they are digging' the 
fiddle music, I will throw some extra Irish tunes in, or if they
loved to slow dance, or if they like to rock.... It's easier for me 
to keep a master list near me and a "guideline" list as well. 
The band hates it, but I think it's good to keep them on their toes. 
I think the only time in 15 years I stuck to a list was because we 
were live on tv..... Don't want to throw any curve balls
then. We do a 2 hour show.

Country Christo “How is the search for a major record label 
going OR are you happy with being " REBEL INDEPENDENT " ?
( that would be the name of my music company but I digress :) “

Amber Leigh
“ We are definitely on the hunt for the RIGHT major label. We 
are very gratefulfor how successful we have been being a 
Indi act, but I feel the major would help us with the big push. “

Country Christo “This is the first 5 questions for now Amber Leigh,
thanks for playing along. I'm writing a book called the


to go along with my National Debt Training.  It's geared toward
Women Entrepreneurs who can kick it into high gear when it comes to
being successful.  I think you fit right into this category. Thanks again
go out to Amber Leigh for this interview.  

Respectfully in TRUTH,

Head of Angel Promotions

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Happy Birthday and Best Wishes go out today to Taylor Swift.
Orange Race suggestion for =>  Taylor.

Show up anytime, and I will stop in the middle of the race and
FAINT.  Just kidding. 

Orange Race
Green Bay Wisconsin to Colorado Springs Colorado
80 Stops in 93 Days.

Summer 2012, as part of the health and wealth tour.
Inaugural Event , geared toward Female Business Entrepreneurs
who are tired of hearing about the National Debt.

Respectfully in TRUTH,

Sole Owner of OrangeRace Card Angels

P.S.  Enjoy the day Taylor.  You are incredible! Peace Out!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dierks Bentley : Draw Me A Map and the Orange Race

Dierks Bentley : Draw Me A Map and the Orange Race

Before God threw together this world we inhabit called
PLANET EARTH, He had to have drawn a map of the Universe.
It just doesn’t make any sense that He would haphazardly
put places and events together to form chaos.  Yet so often
is the case, uninformed people believe there is no order to
life and their existence.

Now, looking at the National Debt as it balloons up to over
15 trillion dollars, it sure appears that our United States
Government is whole hog into a world of chaos doesn’t it?
Now let’s just forget about that for a minute and focus on
something else.  In a 5 state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin,
Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado there are around 20 Million
residents who call these places HOME.  Ok that much I know
to be true. 

Where am I going?  I am going to start in Green Bay Wisconsin
and meander through Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and end up
somewhere in the Mountains of Colorado.  I even drew a map
that is completely Orange with small little Black Lighning Bolts
as boundaries.  I included Minnesota because that is where I live
and breathe.  But I am starting the Orange Race at Lambeau Field. 
Title Town USA
Before I go any further to explain , I think I will just stop here and
put up the lyrics to Dierks Bentley’s Draw Me a Map and his video.
So without further ado, here they are :

Staring deep into your eyes
Searching for answers to questions I can't find
If I took for granted that I held your heart
I'd beg forgiveness but I don't know where to start

Draw me a map that leads me back to you
I don't know where to go, please tell me what to do
Help me find the road you're on
I just need directions home
Draw me a map that leads me back to you

I've never been so at loss
I'm at a canyon I can't get around or cross
So baby come down here, lay by my side
And tell me love's not lost across the great divide

Draw me a map that leads me back to you
I don't know where to go, please tell me what to do
Help me find the road you're on
I just need directions home
Draw me a map that leads me back to you

You're my destiny and destination
Understand my desperation - you
The only place I wanna be
So get us back to you and me

Draw me a map that leads me back to you
I don't know where to go, please tell me what to do
Help me find the road you're on
I just need directions home
Draw me a map that leads me back to you


Respectfully in TRUTH,

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Orange Race : Bear With Me


Just the facts Mam!
Happy Veterans Day to everyone in the United States Armed Forces!
God bless you for everything! 


The Orange Race details:
First I will give you a few money details;
I put women first in my example!

Day One
220 Women times $220.00 => $48,400.00
Minus 40 percent for National and State Taxes gives one person
who is the trainer exactly:
$48,400.00 minus $19,360.00 = $29,040.00

Day Two
440 Women times $220.00 => $96,800.00
Minus 40 percent for National and State Taxes gives one person
who is the trainer exactly:
$96,800.00 minus $38,720.00 = $58,080.00

Day Three
660 Women times $220.00 => $145,200.00
Minus 40 percent for National and State Taxes gives one person
who is the trainer exactly:
$145,200.00 minus $58,080.00 = $87,120.00

Day Four
880 Women times $220.00 => $193,600.00
Minus 40 percent for National and State Taxes gives one person
who is the trainer exactly:
$193,600.00 minus $77,440.00 = $116,160.00

Day Five +(~~+~~)+ ***** ***** ***** ***** *****
1100 Women times $220.00 => $242,000.00
Minus 40 percent for National and State Taxes gives one person
who is the trainer exactly:
$242,000.00 minus $96,800.00 = $145,200.00

Ok so these are money figures that you can use to grow your empire.
I call the $220.00 that must be paid in order to be trained the
DOUBTING THOMAS fee.  Why do I call it that?  I will give you three reasons.

Reason Number One => DOUBTING THOMAS – the word DEBT begins with the
letter D and ends with the letter T.

Reason Number Two => DOUBTING THOMAS – the Dow Jones and the 401K.
I do not believe in sending money to Wall Street and rely on people I have never
met or have any confidence in to manage my money.  People who do rely on
Wall Street need to have their heads examined to see if they have any brain
matter left.

Reason Number Three => DOUBTING THOMAS going back , Way back, there
was one person who just couldn’t believe without touching the wounds after
Jesus reappeared to his disciples.  Right now there are over 300 million
DOUBTING THOMASES in the United States.  How do I know this? Because
you all are waiting for the right moment to test the waters.  Like a lost and
desperate Water Buffalo praying that the prey on the other side does not
do him any harm.

OK Words to Challenge you to action. Now I have given you the Doubting
Thomas figures in the examples I used with women.  This will never change
but you will need to know why the figures are set that way.  Why $220.00
and why not say $10,000.00?

To be eligible to be in the Orange Race you will have to pony up at the
minimum $10,000.00.  I just used the Doubting Thomas figures to show you
how to raise more than enough money to be eligible.  If you just sit there and
do nothing but complain, LIFE WILL PASS YOU BYE BYE

Jesus Words
MATTHEW 25: 1 to 25:11 ( Happy Veterans Day)
25   Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto
ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet
the bridegroom.
2     And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3     They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil
with them:
4     But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5     While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and
6     And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the
bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7     Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8     And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil;
for our lamps are gone out.
9     But the wise answered, saying not so; lest there be not
enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell,
and buy for yourselves.
10    And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came;
and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage:
and the door was shut.
11    Afterward came also the other virgins, saying Lord, Lord,
open to us.
Now on Thanksgiving 2011, I will continue with how to accomplish
a balanced attack on the National Debt.  Please stay tuned and again
if you can read this hug a teacher, thank a veteran, and God bless
you all.

Respectfully in TRUTH,

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Sole Owner of Orange Race Card Angels
Head of Angel Promotions

P.S. Here is another great video from
Sarah Bella. Like Superman. with Lyrics
below the Video for you to sing along.

Lyrics copywritten Sarah Bella @

Ill be the one to give him the bandage
when he scrapes his knees
but you'll be the one to say son stand up
wipe it off like me
but he'll need so much more ,
when hes out searching for a hero

See I hope he looks at you like superman
show him how to be strong as he can
when he starts to drift bring him back to shore
love him so he knows what a man is for

Teach him truth , teach him simple and
always hold my hand
He'll see love, He'll see wisdome
He'll see a man

He's here today but wait till tomorrow
When he'll have to choose what footprints he'll follow

and when hes lost and no one in this world can help him
I hope he'll know that he can turn his eyes to heaven

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Orange Race : Lee Brice, Love Like Crazy

Orange Race : Lee Brice, Love Like Crazy

Runners Ready!
On your Marks
Get Sets

It’s official , the Orange Race has just begun.

They called him chris – e when they started out

You ever reach back in your memory and pull out a good one?
Well, sit right back in your computer chair and let me grind
out a yarn for y’all.

You see back before I can remember, there was this guy
nicknamed BEAN.

Well, BEAN had a funny way of talking to me when I was younger.
Him and my Gramms would always call me Chrissy.
It’s funny because it never bothered me any until I got to be a teenager.
You can’t call me Chrissy in front of my friends!

One day in the early 70’s, um, that’s 1970’s before the Internet.
Anyways, I was really good as a baseball player back in the 70’s
and this one particular year, the baseball coach gave me two tickets
to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Los Angeles Dodgers at
Chavez Ravine AKA Dodger Stadium.  Back when Vin Skully was the
announcer and Jimmy Dean was a major sponsor.   The day
arrived and since my dad had to work that day, BEAN said he would
take me. 

I was so excited to go to my first PROFESSIONAL Baseball game and
to top it off, it was HELMET day.  Every kid 14 and under got a free
helmet with a professional logo and everything!

Excitement crept up inside of me and I stated to BEAN that I felt
really happy to be going to the game with him.

Bean replied, Thanks Chrissy!

So we are driving up to the stadium and horrors among horrors,
the gates were locked. WHAT?!!! I looked at the tickets and right
on the ticket said

GAME TIME 7:05 p.m.

 Only, I could have sworn the tickets said 12:05 p.m.
I told BEAN that I was sorry I made the mistake.

That’s all right Chrissy.  Hey are you hungry Chrissy? I’ll take you downtown
to get something to eat.

LOS ANGELES in the middle of the day.  That particular summer day, it was hot.
We got out of the car and found a cafeteria style restaurant.  We were just
about up to the cash register to pay for the food when a huge commotion
involving the police occurred RIGHT BEHIND BEAN.  I remember the cops
taking this guy away in handcuffs screaming and hollering.  But BEAN was
the picture of pure calm.  Bean asked me, Did you get enough on your
plate Chrissy?  Those mashed potatoes and gravy look good.  He reached
for a spoon and plunked a bunch of potatoes and gravy on my plate.

There you go Chrissy!

We made it through lunch without any more police interuptions and then
walked around Los Angeles for a couple hours before gametime.
To tell you the truth, I don’t remember who won the game but I do remember
getting the Pittsburgh Pirate helmet and told BEAN all the way home how much
fun I had that day.

So when it came time to leave, BEAN and Gramms would get in their car but
before he did, he always made it a point to hand me a five dollar bill and say

Don’t spend it all in one place Chrissy! 

Respectfully in TRUTH,

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Here’s a video from Lee Brice that for whatever reason makes me think
of BEAN and GRAMMS, and the Other Ones who will remain blameless!!!!
I have this recurring dream when BEAN and GRAMMS are looking down
from heaven singing with ALL THE ANGELS , look isn't that Crazy?
They got the memo <( +++ )>

"Love Like Crazy"

They called them crazy when they started out
Said, "Seventeen's too young to know what loves about"
They've been together fifty-eight years now
That's crazy

He brought home sixty-seven bucks a week
Bought a little 2 bedroom house on Maple Street
Where she blessed him with six more mouths to feed
Now that's crazy

Just ask him how he did it
He'll say, "Pull up a seat
It'll only take a minute
To tell you everything"

Be a best friend, tell the truth
And overuse "I love you"
Go to work, do your best
Don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin' knees get lazy
And love like crazy

They called him crazy when he quit his job
Said them home computers, boy, they'll never take off
Well, he sold his one man shop to Microsoft
And they paid like crazy

Just ask him how he made it
He'll tell you faith and sweat
And the heart of a faithful woman
Who never let him forget

Be a best friend, tell the truth
And overuse "I love you"
Go to work, do your best
Don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin' knees get lazy
And love like crazy

Always treat your woman like a lady
Never get to old to call her baby
Never let your prayin' knees get lazy
And love like crazy

They called him crazy when they started out
They've been together fifty-eight years now
Ain't that crazy?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Orange Race: Jason Aldean's The Truth to be IN

Orange Race: Jason Aldean's The Truth to be IN 

Jason Aldean has a song called The TRUTH that kicks ass!
Right now, Mr. Aldean would be the only male country music
artist that I will allow to be involved with the Orange Race.

You see the Orange Race is about standing up to the National
Debt in a healthy way.  It has nothing to do with Marching on
Washington D.C. to confront the lawmakers and the leaders
who are elected.  How boring would that be?

No, I am designing the Orange Race to stand for something
other than lies.  The Orange Race is all about THE TRUTH.
So, if anyone knows how to get a hold of Jason Aldean and
his band, please tell them THANK YOU for the inspiring song
called The TRUTH.  

The Orange Race is designed to bank on The TRUTH in such
a way that we can MOVE MOUNTAINS of debt away from the
US government and at the same time, bring wealth and prosperity
to those who TRY!  I will repeat that, For those who TRY during
the Orange Race, wealth and prosperity will come your way.

But I will say this about the Orange Race.  If you treat it like
a one day event, you will not get much out of it. Wealth and
prosperity will come to those who follow the system and play
like their Higher Power is watching.  In other words, put some
effort into your PLAY.

And lastly, Jason Aldean’s song THE TRUTH, well it has been my
sign off in part when I signoff my writing,

Respectfully IN TRUTH,

And so I will leave you with The TRUTH from Jason Aldean.
Lyrics by Brett James and Ashley Monroe

Tell em all I’m on vacation,
Say I went to visit friends,
That you ain’t heard or seen from me in quite a while,
When they ask you where I’ve been,
Tell em I’m out on the west coast where it don’t ever rain,
And that I’m probably doing fine,
Just don’t tell em I’ve gone crazy,
That I’m still strung out over you,
Tell em anything you want to,
Just don’t tell em all the truth,
Yeah don’t tell em all the truth,
Tell em all I’m out in Vegas,
Blowin’ every dollar I ever made,
Tell em that I must be into something bad for me cause,
I sure lost a lot of weight,
Tell em I’m out on the road with some old rock and roll band,
Living like a gypsy can,
The truth is that I’m asking you to lie,
And we both know that it ain’t right,
But if you ever loved me please,
Have some mercy on me,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Tell em anything you want to,
Just don’t tell em all the truth,
Yeah don’t tell em all the truth,
I still need you,
Yeah that’s the truth,
I still love you,
Baby that’s the truth

Friday, October 7, 2011

Orange Race : Barefoot IN Crazy

Orange Race: Barefoot IN Crazy

Who is paying attention anymore? (rabbits year!)

You can write until you are blue in the face and the people reading
it can see it in front of their own two eyes and poof! It’s gone.
Like the old in one ear and out the other ear.

So, the strategy here is to see if one can see themselves running in
the Orange Race. 

In book form, the Orange Race is an actual race that runs from Green Bay
Wisconsin to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The author sets up the race as
a way for women in 4 States ( Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado )
to become wealthy and do it in a healthy way.  Thus you have the gist of
the Orange Race. The 5th State, Minnesota, will get the race started by
promoting Wisconsin , in a Minnesota Nice business sort of way.

So what does this have to do with Country music?  The answer is PLENTY!
The actual point here is to see if this Twitter thing really works wonders
or if people are just too blind and set in their ways to see themselves.

So the next four videos are a testament to the CASE IN POINT ENJOY!

Respectfully in TRUTH,

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Author Chief Crazy Captain Country Christo ( the one and only )