DOWNDAY: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

DOWNDAY: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

A product of Centerville, Ark., Rockey Jones played his first show at the New Blaine VFW at age 12. Christian Dean, a native of Russellville, Arkansas, started playing bass for this father’s band when he was 9 years old. The duo has been playing together on and off since Jones was 16, with Dean on drums.

They scored their first Country radio Top 40 hit in 2013 with “Back in the Day,” while the music video made its home on CMT, GAC, Zuus Country and TNN. The single was featured on the iTunes homepage in June 2013 and was the most added song at re­port­ing Coun­try radio for two straight weeks.

Working with platinum selling producer Steve Freeman and signed to Render Records, DownDay recorded “The Last Song,” the first single from their sophomore album, After All These Years, slated for release on May 26; Jonathan Cain from Journey is featured on the title track. “The Last Song” is currently available for download via iTunes.

Check out DownDay’s official website at DownDayBand.com and follow them on Twitter at @DownDay1.

CMA Members: Learn more about DownDay in the April/May 2014 issue of CMA Close Up!

MUSICAL HERO

DEAN: “Man, there are lots of them, Paycheck to Haggard. They wrote and sang about their music, their way of life, so I try and do the same with my songs today. It lets people see the real you and that’s very important in my music.”

JONES: “Merle Haggard.”

SONG YOU’D LOVE TO COVER

DEAN: “‘I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight,’ by Cutting Crew.”

JONES: “‘Always Be My Baby,’ by Mariah Carey.”

ALBUM ON YOUR PLAYLIST

DEAN: “A local band here in town.”

JONES: “Casting Crowns.”

DREAM DUET PARTNER

DEAN: “Alison Krauss.”

JONES: “Brent Smith of Shinedown.”

SONG YOU SING IN THE SHOWER

DEAN: “Normally don’t.”

JONES: “I always turn on Pandora ‘Beer Drinking Songs’ radio on my phone when I get in, so whatever is on there at the time usually works. And sometimes we come on and I’m like, ‘Hey, I sound just like that guy!’”

PET PEEVE

DEAN: “Eating with your mouth open! Shut it!”

JONES: “People who don’t use signal lights when turning. Come on, people! Jeez!”

LUCKY CHARM

DEAN: “A leather guitar strap my brother Rick gave me when he was in the Navy. I was in my teens. I still have that strap and it stays on my main guitar and is in our videos as well. I do not play a show without it. That strap shows the road I’ve been down to get here. Thank you, brother.”

JONES: “I have a football card in my wallet that my best friend gave me when we were kids. We were inseparable from age 5 until he passed away Monday, March 29, 1999, less than a month after his 21st birthday. It has been in my wallet for over 20 years now and it will be with me when they shovel the last bit of dirt on me. I’m never without it.”

WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL SAY ABOUT YOU YEARS FROM NOW

DEAN: “That I never quit and I chased after my dream like a Redbone Coonhound chasing a rabbit.”

JONES: “That I was a person who loved without hesitation and lived without limits.”

ITEMS IN YOUR TIME CAPSULE

DEAN: “Real Country Music: CDs from Haggard to Jones…Oh, and some DownDay of course!”

JONES: “The Mötley Crüe book The Dirt and a guitar pick! You can never have enough picks!!”

WHAT YOU’D BE IF NOT AN ARTIST

DEAN: “The golf industry. I love golf.”

JONES: “I drove an 18-wheeler for 12 years, so I reckon that’s what I’d be doing.”

FIRST GIG

DEAN: “Nine years old, playing bass for my dad. County Line (District) school near Paris, Ark. I was hooked from that moment on.”

JONES: “My first paying gig was at New Blaine VFW. I was 12 years old, and I will never forget the first song I sang was ‘Beer and Bones’ by John Michael Montgomery. I knew at that moment this was the life for me.”

GREATEST PERFORMANCE

DEAN: “All the times I got to play onstage with my dad and mom. They were my biggest fans.”

JONES: “I would have to say last year going back to my hometown and playing Frontier Days. I was blown away at the amount of people who stood in line for autographs before and after the show. Those are the people who have witnessed the growth as well as the struggles of my music career from age 12 to now. I guess what surprised me the most is the amount of kids that were there and are huge DownDay fans. It really hit me that what we do out here means something to people. You have that ability to affect lives both positively and negatively. People are watching. Kids are watching everything you do. That show brought all that to light.”

FAVORITE FOOD ON THE ROAD

DEAN: “I love me some Buffalo Wild Wings!”

JONES: “Starbucks and of course Waffle House.”

GREATEST CHALLENGES

DEAN: “To make a living in the crazy business and to keep playing until the Good Lord calls me home to jam with my dad.”

SOMETHING WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU

DEAN: “I’m a shy person that just goes on about his business.”

JONES: “I love Air Supply! I pop the headphones in and go for a run, and although most my friends think I’m rocking Black Label Society I’m actually listening to ‘All Out of Love’ and “Making Love out of Nothing at All.’ That’s just between us, right???”

“Back in the Day” Official Music Video

Video Preview for “Tonight I’m Drinking”

“Summer of ‘69″ Live in Concert

Click the image below to get a free download of DownDay’s song “Tonight I’m Drinking.”

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Photos courtesy of Render Records

By CMA