Bettin' On The Mule
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Bettin' On The Mule

Fairmount, Georgia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Fairmount, Georgia, United States
Established on Jan, 2017
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"Bettin' On The Mule Nominated For Music Awards"

Northwest Georgia band Bettin' On The Mule has been nominated for three music awards. The International Singer Songwriter Association nominated the band for "Band of the Year", Album of the Year "Tag Applied For" and Song of the Year for "I Think of You". The awards show will take place on August 6th in Sandy Springs, GA. The first single from the CD "Every Day and Every Night" made it's debut at #2 on the Georgia Songbirds Podcast heard on internet radio stations all over the world. The CD "Tag Applied For" was recorded in Kennesaw, GA at the studio owned by Jackyl lead singer Jesse James Dupree.

Recently Bettin' On The Mule were crowned the winners of the Smiley's Unique Entertainment Georgia Music Showcase held at Sixes Tavern in Cartersville. In addition to touring to support their new CD, the band released their signature beer called "Mule Kicker" in May. You can find it at Hixtown Brewing Company in Villa Rica.

Bettin' On The Mule has a full schedule of upcoming shows including July 16th at the Summer Concert Series in Cedartown, GA. and the Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival on August 20th in Kennesaw, GA. For more information on the band please visit their website at www.bettinonthemule.com - Marietta Daily Journal Online


"AN INTERVIEW WITH BETTIN’ ON THE MULE"

By LORA BUNCH

I have known Jake Wilson for many years and started off watching him and my son Ian playing guitars, singing and writing songs together at our home and family get togethers. Jake and both my boys, Ian and Noah, co-wrote some of the songs. Jake’s passion for music grew stronger year after year, and his family shares this love as well. It was no surprise for me to see them form a band and take their talent on the road as Bettin’ on the Mule.

On a recent Friday night at Rocco’s, watching them perform was amazing. They drew a big crowd, and everyone was having a great time. They connected well with the audience and brought it all out on the stage. Here is your chance to get to know them better.

Who are the band members?

Jake Wilson – lead vocalist/rhythm guitar, Shannon Wilson – bass guitar/backup vocals, Rick Norris – drums/backup vocals, Brandon Wilson – lead guitar/backup vocals.

How did you get the band’s name?

The drummer (Rick) came up with it, explaining when you are at a horse race and everyone is betting on the front runner horse and no one is betting on the mule but the mule wins.

What did you do during the last year or so with the shutdown?

Writing and recording and played shows we could still play in even out of state, Facebook Lives, etc.

Tell me about your albums and the songs on them.

Two albums. “All In” was recorded in Westminster, S.C., and the second one is “Tag Applied For” recorded in Kennesaw at the Cock of the Wall owned by Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl.

What’s your favorite song on your album and why?

Jake: Every Day Every Night
Rick: I Think of You
Brandon: Every Day and Every Night
Shannon: Sound of Thunder

Tell me what you have coming up this year that you are looking forward to.

Festivals and cities for shows this summer and going to San Destin Golf Resort in Miramar Beach to play a show.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

Jake: Joe Elliot, Def Leppard
Rick: Elvis, my dad took me three times to see him in concert
Brandon: Keith Richards
Shannon: Eddie Van Halen

Where can we find your music?

Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and bettinonthemule.com

Is there a place you have not performed that you would like to?

Jake: Grand Ole Opry and Madison Square Garden
Shannon: Apollo or the Ritz
Rick: Fox Theatre
Brandon: Lakewood and Verizon

What do you see in the distant future for your music, like where would you like to end up in five years?

Band collectively: Across the pond to Europe and doing some tours there, Amsterdam, getting music out to more people, playing bigger venues and our name out there everywhere.

What is your overall favorite song by another singer?

Jake: Def Leppard, Hysteria
Rick: Bad Company, Moving on
Shannon: Rolling Stones, Far Away Eyes
Brandon: The Who, Eminence Front

If you could change one thing today in any area of life, what would you choose?

Jake: Save money earlier
Rick: More extroverted when younger
Shannon: I would have started saving money earlier.
Brandon: Dating choices of the past

What are the top songs on your playlist right now?

Jake: Michael Jackson, Def Leppard, and Michael Bolton
Rick: Bad Lands – Dreams in the Dark, Mr. Big – Green-Tinted 60s Mind, Stones – Gimme Shelter
Shannon: April Wine, Prince, Rolling Stones, The Georgia Satellites
Brandon: Iron Maiden, Blackfoot, Meryl Haggard, Rolling Stones

Tell me about your hobbies outside of music.

Jake: drinking beer, fishing, hunting
Rick: family going to the casino
Shannon: family and friends and grandbabies
Brandon: kids working on cars

What are three things outside of people and faith you wouldn’t want to live without?

Jake: AC, music, beer
Shannon: AC, remote control, bass guitar
Rick: AC, music, cat
Brandon: transportation, tools, guitar

What would you like new musicians coming out to know that maybe you wish you had known when you were just starting out?

Band collectively: Don’t think you know it all or that it will happen overnight. Stay humble, be friendly to all people, and don’t be afraid to listen – you are not always right.

If you could have a songwriting session with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose and why?

Jake: Glenn Frey – Eagles, Chad Kroeger – Nickelback, and Michael Jackson
Shannon: Willie Nelson, Billie Joe Shaver, and Charlie Starr
Rick: Bernie Taupin
Brandon: Rolling Stones

Do you have a favorite place or ritual you prefer when you are writing?

Jake: Hanging out with Ian drinking beer
Shannon: When it is quiet and alone
Rick: When I am in nature, a nice view or at the beach
Brandon: no, just when inspiration hits

What if anything did you learn or take from the shutdown over the last year?

Band collectively: The solitude and not getting to play and listen to other bands brought to our attention to love and appreciate music and freedom of it and expression and life.

You will want to check these guys out! They have even had their own beer brand launched call The Mule Kicker. You can find it at Hixtown Brewery in Villa Rica. They have a lot of things to look forward to as they travel and grow in their music. I would suggest you catch a show because the music is amazing and the show they put on is even better. - Best of North Georgia Mountains


"Northwest Georgia Band Relaeses New Music"

Northwest Georgia Band Releases New Music
Local band Bettin' On The Mule has just released their new EP titled "Tag Applied For". This is the second CD from the band. Their debut album "ALL IN" was released in early 2020. Bettin' On The Mule's newest release was recorded at Cock of the Walk Studios in Kennesaw, Georgia. The studio is owned by rock band Jackyl lead singer Jesse James Dupree. The songs were recorded, engineered, and produced by acclaimed engineer Jeff Tomei and mastered at Glenn Schick Mastering in Atlanta.
The first single from the new record titled "Every Day and Every Night" debuted at #2 on the Georgia Songbirds podcast top 10 countdown and remained in the top ten for three weeks. The podcast is played on internet radio stations all over the world. The band will be starting production on videos for their singles in the next few months. Bettin' On The Mule will be out promoting "Tag Applied For" in 2022 with shows in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida. Additional shows will be added to the schedule later.
Bettin' On The Mule members are:
Jacob Wilson - Lead vocals and bass;
Brandon Wilson - Lead guitar and backing vocals;
Rick Norris - Drums and backing vocals. - The Dallas New Era


"Meet Rick Norris Drummer for Bettin’ On The Mule"

We had the good fortune of connecting with Rick Norris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rick, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Being blessed by God to be able to make music and perform. There is a lot of hard work by everyone involved and we just love what we do. If one person enjoys our music or comes to see us at a live show and has fun then it makes us feel good that we have spread some joy into someone’s life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Bettin’ On The Mule’s sound is best called “Hometown Rock”. With our original songs we try to appeal to many people with a Classic Rock/Southern Rock vibe. Playing together for about 5 years the band has been a three piece for a couple of years now consisting of: Jacob Wilson – Lead Vocals and Bass, Brandon Wilson – Lead guitar and backing vocals and Rick Norris – Drums and backing vocals. Recently we have welcomed a new member Shannon Wilson on Bass and backing vocals. This enables Jake to focus on just singing lead. We released our debut CD, “ALL IN” in February 2020. We had a big CD release party and was starting our promotion tour when COVID hit and the world shut down. So it was difficult to get out and play to promote the CD. During the shutdown, we worked on writing more music with our friend and songwriter Ian Denney. Some of those songs are what became our latest EP “Tag Applied For”.
Our first single, “Every Day and Every Night” debuted at #2 on the Georgia Songbirds Podcast broadcasted on internet radio stations all over the world. At this year’s International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA), our second single “I Think of You” is nominated for “Song of the Year”. We are also blessed with two other ISSA nominations this year, Band of the Year and Album of the Year “Tag Applied For”. We have been playing tons of shows promoting the EP and we were blessed to be named the winner of the Smiley’s Unique Entertainment Georgia Music Showcase in Cartersville, GA in June 2022
We are also excited about the release of our signature beer named “Mule Kicker”! Right now it is only available at Hixtown Brewing Company in Villa Rica, GA but we have plans to expand it soon. Bettin’ On The Mule has been blessed and we are going to keep working hard for our fans to make fun and interesting music and build our brand. The band is scheduled to head back to do some recording again at Jesse James Dupree’s, Cock of the Walk Studios with Producer/Engineer Jeff Tomei in September 2022.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting, I would have to tell them you can’t visit Atlanta without going to The Varsity for a chili dog, onion rings and a frosted orange! Then visit the Georgia Aquarium. Afterwards head over to watch the World Champion Atlanta Braves in person. Before they left town, I would tell them to make sure to catch a concert at The Historic Fox Theatre.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many who deserve a shoutout for their support of Bettin’ On The Mule. Our families, friends and fans have always been there to back us 100%. We appreciate them all very much and couldn’t do this without them. Shoutout to friend and songwriter Ian Denney for his many contributions. A special shoutout to Producer/Engineer Jeff Tomei for the awesome work on our newest EP “Tag Applied For”. Also to Cock of the Walk Studios and Jesse James Dupree for the opportunity to record at such a cool place.

Website: www.bettinonthemule.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bettinonthemule

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC03INPZf5PiB5MkXdJnXoEA

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0KYUY6AsIyV8UappW2Logg?si=mEDjZ67JQjawdiobZ_pU0w

Image Credits
Todd Dean Images, Sonya Norris - Shoutout Atlanta


"Bettin’ on the Mule sweeps in to play summer concert series"

Peek Park was filled with the sounds of classic rock and country music again on Saturday evening as the band Bettin’ on the Mule rolled into Cedartown as part of the city’s summer concert series.

The Northwest Georgia band, which includes two members from Rockmart, is coming off of being nominated for three awards by the International Singer Songwriter Association.

The band is nominated for Band of the Year, Album of the Year for its EP “Tag Applied For,” and Song of the Year for “I Think of You.” Members are Jacob Wilson, Brandon Wilson and Rick Norris. - Northwest Georgia News


"Local Band Bettin' On The Mule Calls Fairmount Home"

There are lots of local musicians in our listening area. One or those is Bettin" On the Mule, a three piece power trio that hails from Fairmount.

Bettin" On The Mule is made up of Jacob Wilson,lead vocals, bass guitar; Brandon Wilson, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals; Rick Norris, drums, vocals.

They play a fun mix of Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Country and Originals. Their unique sound personifies the phrase "Hometown Rock". This phrase perfectly describes the style and feel of the band's music and show. They love performing and their music comes from the soul. An exciting stage show where everyone is having fun, great musicianship and original songs that have a true meaning to them. That is what you can expect from Bettin' On The Mule.

Bettin' On The Mule has opened for The Lacs, The Georgia Thunderbolts, Jeff Rodgers Band and more. The band has played many awesome venues all over the southeast including, The Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally and Musicfest, Sixes Tavern, Mullen's Pub Seneca, SC, and The Cleburne County Fair (Alabama) just to name a few.

The group's debut CD is still available on most digital platforms. And a new CD, Tag Applied For, is coming soon! - 104.9therebel.com


"Summer Concert Series returns on Saturday in Peek Park"

Bettin’ on the Mule will start at 7 p.m., food vendors and fountains galore

It’s time once again for a show in Cedartown, and everyone is invited to come out and take part in the latest in the 2022 Summer Concert Series shows in Peek Park on Saturday night.

Bettin’ on the Mule, a Fairmount-based power trio who mix southern and classic rock favorites with country hits and some original music as well, will be headlining on the stage.

The live music is free to watch, and food vendors will also be out selling treats during the event set to start at 7 p.m. - Polk Today


Discography

  • ALL IN - Released in 2020
  • Tag Applied For - Released in 2021

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Bio

**Bettin' On The Mule were the winners of the June 4, 2022 Smileys Unique Entertainment, Georgia Music Showcase in Cartersville, GA**

Bettin' On The Mule now based out of Rockmart, Georgia play a fun mix of their own original music as well as the best of classic rock, southern rock and country. Their unique sound personifies the phrase "Hometown Rock". This phrase perfectly describes the style and feel of the band's music and show. They love performing and their music comes from the soul. An exciting stage show where everyone is having fun, great musicianship and original songs that have a true meaning to them. That is what you can expect from Bettin' On The Mule.

Jacob Wilson is the lead singer, bass player and rhythm guitar player as well as lead songwriter. His older brother Brandon Wilson holds down the lead guitar role and backing vocals. Rick Norris is behind the drums and performs backing vocals as well. Recently the band has welcomed Shannon "Beef" Wilson on bass and backing vocals. Influences include, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Bad Company, Aerosmith, ZZ Top.

Bettin' On The Mule was recently nominated by the International Singer Songwriter Association (ISSA) for Band of the Year, Album of the Year (Tag Applied For) and Single of the Year (I Think of You).

​Members have been honored to have opened for National, Regional and Local acts such as The Lacs, The Georgia Thunderbolts, Jeff Rogers Band, Quiet Riot, Drivin N Cryin, Michael Allman, Humble Pie and more. The band has played many awesome venues all over the southeast including, The Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally and Musicfest, Sixes Tavern, Madlife Stage & Studios, Chattahoochee Mountain Fair, The Great Locomotive Chase Festival and The Cleburne County Fair (Alabama) just to name a few.

​Bettin' On The Mule's new EP "Tag Applied For" was recorded at the studio of Jackyl lead singer Jessie James Dupree's Cock of the Walk Studio. The CD produced and engineered by acclaimed engineer Jeff Tomei and mastered at Glenn Schick Mastering is now available on most digital platforms.

​The first single from "Tag Applied For" called "Every Day and Every Night" debuted at #2 on the Georgia Songbirds top ten countdown. The countdown is played on internet indie radio stations all over the world.

On May 1, 2022 Bettin' On The Mule released their signature beer called "Mule Kicker"!!


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