As I was cruising through the Bonanza Square parking lot this past week, I happened to notice that the long-standing “Cookie Cutters” salon sign had been replaced by a different shingle that read “Toes in the Sand.”
The first thing that came into my mind was: Hey, that ‘s the name of a recent country hit! Of course, I just had to stop in and find out what this new sign was all about.
When I walked in the door, to my surprise, just as before, I found I was walking right into a beauty salon. I quickly learned that eight months ago, former owner, “Cookie,” sold the business to new owner Jamie Schulte.
Wanting a name for her shop that would reflect her desire to present her business as “a little retreat that offers a relaxed atmosphere” (the feeling that she gets when she puts her toes in the sand on the beach in San Diego), Jamie settled on “Toes in the Sand.”
Jamie’s new business leads me to this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you name country music artist and band who had the 2009 country music number one hit “Toes in the Sand?”
This artist is a country singer, songwriter, bandleader and one of the brightest stars in a generation of performers set on changing the paradigm of the country music business. He’s also a record producer, record label head, and philanthropist set on making the world a better place for as many people as possible.
With his winning combination of country, bluegrass, reggae, and Caribbean music, this artist appeals to country fans and jam band hippies, and could well cross over to lovers of world music and pop.
His band sold over 30,000 copies of the first two self-produced albums he made for his own Southern Ground label. “Chicken Fried,” the group’s first single to get national distribution, went platinum with over a million downloads.
The band has toured throughout the United States and has recorded four studio albums. In addition to “Toes in the Sand,” the group has charted seven other Number 1 singles in the last three years on the Billboard country charts: “Chicken Fried,” “Highway Twenty Ride,” “Free,” “As She’s Walking Away” (A duet with Alan Jackson), “Colder Weather,” “Knee Deep” (a duet with Jimmy Buffett), and “Keep Me In Mind.” Their single “Whatever It Is” peaked at number 2 on the same chart.
This band’s accomplishments also includes four nominations for the Country Music Awards: New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for their number 1 single “Chicken Fried.” They have also received three Grammy nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group and Best New Artist.
To say the least, for the past several years, this six member, Georgia based music group has set the country world on fire.
Is this “Toes in the Sand” country group A) The Zac Brown Band, B) KC And The Sunshine Band C) The Little River Band or D) The Ron Gibson Band?
This week, if you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a $30 gift certificate to the Toes in the Sand Salon, good for a shampoo, cut and style, courtesy of Holly Shelander, licensed cosmetologist. Good luck!
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Which of the following is a true statement about Payson’s recently re-opened Oxbow Saloon? A) The original building was built in 1933, B) The Oxbow Saloon and Inn are certified for having paranormal activity, C) The original dance hall has burned down twice or D) All of the above.
The correct answer was D) All of the above.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Emma Clark, who is now this contest’s youngest ever trivia winner. For her winning answer, she won a CD of 20 of her favorite hits. (A family friend told me that even before Emma called in, this precocious young lady already had her list of songs made out.)
Eight-year-old Emma is the daughter of Shane and Melissa Clark and granddaughter of Ralph and Betty Clark. She has two sisters - Erika, 13, and Heather, who is two years old. Emma is in Miss Chilson’s third grade class at Julia Randall School.
Emma says her three favorite music artists are the punk-rock band Fall Out Boy, pop-rock singer Gwen Stefani and pop-R&B singer Bruno Mars.
Finally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has changed the date of its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fund-raiser from the fall to early spring - and will be held this year on March 3 at Rim Country Lanes. If you would like to put together a 5 member team to help raise money for this great organization, please give me a call and I’ll direct you to the right person at BBBS.
Bowling skill is not a prerequisite - only a desire to have a great time and help area youth.
Have a great week!
DJ Craig Phone: 468-1482