Nashville-based country duo McKenzies Mill (composed of brothers Justin and Ryan Harris), known for their “Southern fried rock ’n roll,” has signed a management deal with Nashville music company Rock Ridge Music. They join the existing management roster which includes Christian Lopez Band, Grace & Tony, JD Eicher, Moonsville Collective, Riley Etheridge Jr., and Ike Reilly.
Says Justin Harris about the management deal: “We couldn’t be more excited about our recent signing with Rock Ridge. To be able to work with industry vets like Tom Derr and Cynthia Cochrane is exactly what we feel we need. On top of being great at what they do, they are awesome people who are driven to make things happen and help us take our careers to the next level.”
Says Rock Ridge Music CEO Tom Derr about the deal with McKenzies Mill: “Two great guys, many great songs, and a strong work ethic… why would we not bring that into our world!”
McKenzies Mill went into the studio in Nashville in March with New Voice Entertainment who produced their EP. New Voice is the production company formed by Rich Redmond, Tully Kennedy, Kurt Allison, and David Fanning, and NVE’s production credits include Thompson Square, Katie Armiger, and Parmalee.
Says Ryan Harris about the deal with New Voice: “We knew right away after sitting down with these guys that this was the perfect fit for us. There are a ton of talented people in Nashville so you really have to be aware of that ‘it’ factor, and these dudes have ‘it!’ After many production meetings with several different producers, we looked at each other right away after sitting down with NVE and knew we had found the right guys to cut our upcoming EP! These guys have a very artistic point of view. They live it, just as we do, and can truly relate to what it means to be on stage, on the road, constantly creating.”
Says New Voice Entertainment: “McKenzies Mill is the kind of artist you can’t wait to produce. They have a clear vision of what they are and what their identity is. High energy on the stage and in the studio! McKenzies Mill is the real deal.”
“This project is huge for us,” adds Justin. “Our sound has woven its way around country, rock, and a lot of different things over the years. We couldn’t feel better about what we have been writing recently, and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”
McKenzies Mill has previously released two albums, “One Hell of a Ride” and a self-titled album. In addition to being named a CMA Band to Watch by CMA Close-Up magazine in 2014, the duo also won Bud Light’s National Battle of the Bands in 2012. Originally from West End, NC, the pair of brothers—who named the band after the street they grew up on—now calls Nashville home. Known for, according to Justin, “country songs with some screaming guitar solos,” their music is also highlighted by undeniable sibling harmonies. “Since we’re brothers, there is a pure, unrelenting honesty between us which definitely comes through in our writing. This gives us such a unique, natural thing when we sing and create music together.”
Their live show has won over rock and country fans all across the nation. “Singing together on stage feels like home to us,” says Ryan. “Everything we write has to go for a little live ‘test drive.’ If a song doesn’t have an impact on our fans in a live setting, it doesn’t make the cut. Energy is the key to our show.”