THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
DAIQUIRI 8:00-11:00 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2019
ATACHAFALAYA 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 (HOST)
BAYOU LAGNIAPPE 12 NOON
EL TORO 6:00 PM
2Country4Nashville is 100% real Country Music – The Traditional Honky Tonk kind of Country Music. Jo-el & LeAnne are bringing back great songs that tell a story, great vocals and harmonies that can deliver those stories, and twangy guitars to drive them home. The way real Country Music used to be and will be again!!
Jo-el & LeAnne Ulmer, the husband/wife duo known as “2Country4Nashville.” sing all your favorite traditional country music hits made famous by legends like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, and Conway and Loretta, just to name a few. And Jo-el’s voice can sound amazingly just like his legendary and living heroes of country music.
With a love story all their own, brought together by the untimely death of LeAnne’s late husband, who was also Jo-el’s best friend, the two have now been married for since 2001. With a shared love of music, the two began singing together as “2Country4Nashville” a few years after they married.
Their duo name came about when they auditioned for the Nashville-based reality CMT country music competition, “Can You Duet” and were loved by the judges but were told they were actually just “too country” for the show. They decided to do a play-on-words since there were two of them, and from that their fun duo name was coined. LeAnne is quick to mention that “it is not meant as a slam against Nashville. We love our city. We just play the style of music that is unfortunately not heard as much around Nashville today. We’re just striving to keep traditional style country music alive!”
Jo-el is hard to miss with his signature pompadour hairstyle and his handmade “Sparklecaster” bright orange guitar. You have to look closely to see that his guitar is aptly named “Freida” (not “Fender” as it may first appear) after his wife’s first name. “I learned that I could talk my wife into a new guitar by naming it after her. From now on, all my new guitars are going to be named “Freida”. Of course, LeAnne is a great completion to the duo with her matching sparkling orange tambourine, infectious smile, and fun personality!
Jo-el lives and breathes music, and his passion is paying off after he and wife, LeAnne, a now retired Franklin schoolteacher of 25 years, decided to get him off the road as a truck driver and give him have a chance to sing and play for his supper! Whether they’re fronting the whole band, 2Country4Nashville, or singing as a duo, their energy on stage is contagious! Singing the songs of the great country legends themselves (and sounding like them too!). 2Country4Nashville is bringing back real Legendary Country Music.
Jo-el, a former truck driver and school bus driver, has been playing guitar since he was ten years old. Music has always been a big part of his life, and anyone who’s seen and heard him perform know that he was meant to be on the stage singin’ & playin’. LeAnne begged him to quit truck driving a few years ago to seriously pursue music. He later began driving a school bus to help make ends meet, but music is and always will be what he’s about!! “My dream is to sing and play till the day I die. I wanna be like Little Jimmy Dickens – 90+ years old and still doin’ it!!.”
LeAnne loves to support Jo-el’s passion for his music. “It thrills me to see him so happy and doing what he loves to do. In fact, it’s hard for me to get him to stop singing he loves it so much! But I love that about him, and I’m just so happy I’m able to be a part of it with him!”
Their love and passion for one another is visible on and off stage. Their eyes catch one another during a song, and you can just see their spark that they share! With the rhinestones in their shirts and the spark in their eyes, the two are definitely putting the “sparkle and twang” back in country music!