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She's working on her debut album, but the guys playing and singing background vocals aren't a professional band or studio musicians, they are college students at Belmont University.
"I never would have dreamed I would be able to audition for an artist singed to Big Machine" says Junior Bryce Cain.
Ella Mae and her manager came up for the idea when she was searching for a band. "Instead of filing or answering phones they could play music which is what they came to school to do" says Ella Mae's manager, Tracy Gershon.
"You learn everything in class, teachers make it sound easy, you study it, make an A on a test., but until you see it and do it it's different" says Cain.
The opportunity to be hands on is actually a win win.
Ella Mae says she is learning too. "I've always been a writer and singing and performing go hand and hand, but as far as s working with a band, I felt behind the curb, so this has been great" she says.
The four interns were narrowed down from 20 who auditioned for this rare opportunity.
"I woke up and got the email in my box and was like ummm I am in the coolest band ever" says Cain.
They must complete at least 10 hours a week, but usually volunteer for much more.
After all, it's not everyday you get to hear songs being considered for an album, or play a last minute major label gig.
"All the things I learn in class I can apply to relay world as a band that is signed to a label" says Cain.
"They are insiders as to everything going on, first to hear new songs when bring them from the writing room. They find out first because for now they are my band" says Ella Mae.
Tuesday, February 26 2013, 10:51 PM CST
Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert at country fest
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By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The two-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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