Notes from an Intern: Holiday Songs


Thanksgiving is over and that means Christmas is just around the corner. An essential part of celebrating the season is having Christmas songs on repeat to ensure you are constantly staying in the spirit. With that, I have my personal Top 8 Christmas Songs that stay on repeat throughout the season (and probably before the season).

At #8 is the classic “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” from Johnny Mathis. It’s a hit that's sure to put you in the spirit. However, it sits at #8 because as Christmas draws closer the song becomes a little more irrelevant. I mean, t’s been 'looking like Christmas' for a while at that point.

At #7 I have "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley. It's a great song by the rock and roll legend that never gets old.

Ringing in #6 would be "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Frank Sinatra. This song is a Christmas classic that everyone and their grandparents can appreciate and enjoy each year.

A newer Christmas hit that’s at #5 would be "Hallelujah" by Pentatonix. The song was previously known from the Pixar hit Shrek but made its debut last season on the A Pentatonix Christmas album. Their cover of the song swept everyone off their feet and was definitely one I played on repeat all of this past year.

At #4 I have "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms. Partially known for its appearance in Mean Girls, this song is a hit that can get everyone singing.

Entering the top 3 I have "Rocking Round the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee at #3. The high energy song makes you want to dance and quite literally rock around the tree! 

Sitting pretty at #2 I have "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by the Jackson 5. For as long as I can remember it has been one of my favorites with little Michael Jackson belting his heart out.

I hate to be cliche but the #1 Christmas song on my list is [the obvious] "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey. This song is everyone's favorite and truly puts you in the spirit of Christmas. Mariah Carey comes around every season with the song that will never get old.

Christmas music is timeless and I am always anxiously awaiting its return each year. What're your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

-- Kathryn

Notes from an Intern: Current Music News


The American Music Awards

Just last week the American Music Awards showcased performances by several noteworthy artists. In typical P!nk fashion, she amazed the crowd and viewers by performing while catapulting off the side of a building.

Other notable performances included Selena Gomez, who made her first appearance since her kidney transplant, and Christina Aguilera, who performed a Whitney Houston tribute. The show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s Blackish, and daughter of Diana Ross. Tracee also received the AMA’s lifetime achievement award.

I thought the lineup for the night was the perfect blend of pop music as well as several other genres. They made sure to highlight the top songs in music right now as well as past hits and artists which made the show even more exciting to watch.

One of my favorite parts of the night was the duet performed by P!nk and Kelly Clarkson. They sang ‘Everybody Hurts’ and dedicated the performance to America's first responders after all of the loss we have had this year. It was emotional and powerful remembering all of the heroes the country has seen emerge this year. Overall the each award and performance left viewers amazed and entertained throughout the night.

-- Kathryn

Lainey Wilson signs with Sony/ATV


Congratulations to our very own Lainey Wilson for signing her first publishing deal with Sony/ATV on Thursday, Nov. 2!  Lainey has been working towards this goal for a while and we are so excited for her and what's to come.  Stay tuned for new music from Lainey on the way soon.  

In the meantime, check out her website HERE to listen to a few of her most recent songs and make sure you're following her on all of her socials to keep up to date with the latest Lainey news.

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Notes From an Intern: Don't Miss the Third Installment of Angles!

Addressing Sexism In The Music Industry

Angles: A Music Business Panel Discussion Series November Edition


Deep South Entertainment is excited to host their third installment of Angles: A Music Business Panel Discussion Series next Wednesday, November 1.

This panel discussion will be addressing Sexism in the Music Industry. As a female in college soon to be venturing into the workforce, I have had several opportunities to view sexism in action. Sexism can happen in any industry. It can range from a subtle act to an ongoing issue that holds a lasting effect.

Next week at the panel, I’m looking forward to hearing what these incredible local women in the industry will say. The panelists include: Rachel Hirsh (musician), Kate VanVorst (Kings), Breniecia Reuben (DJ Luxe Posh), and Allison Hussey (Indy Week Music Editor). This unique discussion will engage attendees by addressing the issue within the music industry context, and will include the opportunity to ask questions and relate. Doors open at 7pm with the panel beginning at 8pm. We can't wait to see everyone there! 

Notes From An Intern - North Carolina State Fair Edition

Kathryn, one of Deep South's wonderful interns, is back with more tidbits on the 2017 NC State Fair Homegrown Music Festival. Don't miss Stephanie Quayle, playing on the Waterfall stage today at 5pm! Here's what Kathryn had to say about her...

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Stephanie Quayle has a way of incorporating relatable storylines into all of her songs. I love that because no matter what song you’re listening to, and no matter how many times you've heard the song, it is easy to stay entertained and engaged. Stephanie has made a lasting impression on all her listeners with her new album “Love The Way You See Me” which was released earlier this year. I can’t wait to head to the Waterfall Stage on October 17th to see her perform live. Stephanie is sure to deliver a special experience.

Deep South The Bar Turns 10 This Weekend


Deep South The Bar celebrates 10 years with a special weekend celebration- October 12th- 14th. Admission is FREE all weekend as the bar hosts Kick-a-verse and Branan Murphy on Thursday, Handsome Foxes, Unifier, and I Was Totally Destroying It on Friday; and Kasey Tyndall with guests the Open Mic All-Stars on Saturday. Plus drink specials, treats & surprises. 

Deep South The Bar has partnered with Raleigh's own Oak & Dagger Public House on a one-time-only beer to celebrate the anniversary. This limited edition American Pale Ale will only be available while supplies last (on draft at both Deep South The Bar and Oak & Dagger) starting on the anniversary weekend, and is appropriately titled Deep South The Beer.

Since the tenth anniversary is traditionally celebrated with gifts of tin or aluminum; Deep South suggests you come out and raise a cold one with them!

“Ten years.  They tell me that’s like 72 in bar years.  We’re so thrilled to have survived this long.  It’s a tough business but it speaks volumes about our music culture to have supported a small live music venue for 10 years. And I’m really thankful to be a part of this great community of musicians and music fans. Raleigh rocks!”  Dave Rose – owner/founder Deep South The Bar.


Fun Facts about the Deep South the Bar

  • Opened October 2007
  • Tres Chicas was the first act to perform, featuring Raleigh music darlin’ Caitlin Cary.
  • Hosts over 1,100 bands and musicians per year
  • Approximately 11,000 musicians and bands have performed on the Deep South stage since opening
  • Over 15,000 music fans per year and 150,000 since the venue’s inception 
  • A few notable acts to have performed at Deep South:  Shovels & Rope, Parmalee, American Aquarium, Delta Rae, The Cadillac Three, The Posies, Cracker, Kasey Tyndall, Marcy Playground, Vienna Teng, Shana Tucker, Yarn, Stryper, and Kooley High
  • Deep South The Bar is the home to The Cherry Bounce – Raleigh’s first, and official, cocktail

The NC State Fair starts TODAY!


The 150th NC State Fair starts today! You know what that means... the best musicians and artists from North Carolina will descend on the fairgrounds for the Homegrown Music Festival! 

Deep South's intern Kathryn Covington will be bringing you notes on who not to miss throughout the Fair. Read on to see who she recommends today. 

This year at the NC State Fair the Waterfall Stage will be bringing an exciting and eclectic feel.  The stage provides a unique viewing opportunity for all the fairgoers with three to four bands playing each day! I am excited to be able to hear a range of genres just on one stage but I'm especially intrigued to hear Zoocru.

Zoocru brings an interesting blend of instruments and sounds that will be a treat to get to listen to live. I am always impressed with the way they are able to weave a bunch of different genres together to create their unique sound. The crowds will be raving for Zoocru and I can’t wait to be a part of it! Deep South Entertainment has been able to pull a range of groups together this year that will keep us entertained for days.

For the full Homegrown Music Fest lineups on all three stages visit the NC State Fair website. 

Deep South president Dave Rose discusses possible changes in the concert industry in the wake of Vegas

Deep South President Dave Rose speaks with ABC11's Jonah Kaplan about concert security. Photo courtesy of ABC11.

Deep South President Dave Rose speaks with ABC11's Jonah Kaplan about concert security. Photo courtesy of ABC11.

In the wake of the recent tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Deep South's President Dave Rose spoke with Raleigh-Durhams's ABC11 News about possible changes in concert security. 

Watch the video and read what Dave had to say here.

Notes From An Intern - Kathryn Covington pt.3

The NC State Fair is only days away! Our intern, Kathryn Covington, has another note for us!


The Chairmen of the Board are a timeless act. They're a popular group from the 70’s and I grew up with my mom constantly blaring them throughout the house. I am so excited to actually get to see them perform at the NC State Fair this year. Hearing them live will bring so much nostalgia and excitement that it is sure to be a unique experience.

I think it will be interesting to see how Chairmen of the Board have progressed over the years as well as get to enjoy an engaging show. As a whole, this year’s production of the Homegrown Music Festival is bringing a great group of talented artists to the stage. 

Stay tuned! Kathryn will be bringing us notes and advice throughout the Fair!