Mandy Z & Rural Route One
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Mandy Z & Rural Route One

Lake County, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Lake County, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
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"Beach Fest a Huge Success With Country Night"

The 10th annual Beachfest in Round Lake Beach got off to a fast start with “Country Night” on Friday featuring Mandy Z & Rural Route 1 opening for Bella Cain. Alas, rain dampened things a little on Saturday.

“It was amazing. We had one of the biggest crowds we ever had Friday night,” said Kevin Wallace, chairman of Beachfest.

“Belle Cain just got back from Austin, Texas, and Mandy Z & Rural Route 1 came back from the Country Music Awards [CMA Fest, Fan Fair] in Nashville,” he said...

Post Tribune - Chicago Sun-Times - Post Tribune - Chicago Sun-Times

"Songwriters for Cody - Nashville"

Hundreds of people gathered at Smiley Hollow Sunday to help raise money and show support for a young Robertson County father suffering from a rare and deadly brain tumor.

Cody Adcock, 21, was diagnosed late last year with glioblastoma multiforme after doctors found an inoperable tumor in his brain. Since then, Adcock, who has a 2-year-old son, has been out of work and battling for time against a disease that recently claimed Morgan Hutcherson, a Cottontown woman who succumbed after a 16-month-struggle.

Sunday’s event included a motorcycle ride and music and entertainment event at Smiley Hollow in Goodlettsville. It featured inflatables, putt-putt golf, an exotic petting zoo, music performances on two stages and more. The event was a homecoming for Cody, who grew up less than two miles away from Smiley Hollow.

Cody Adcock rode to the event with his father, David, on the back of a motorcycle. Cody said it was amazing to ride into the venue and see hundreds of people there to offer support.

“It shows that a lot of people care,” he said. “And that means a lot.”

A balloon release ceremony was held as a show of unity in the fight against cancer. About 1,500 purple, yellow and gray balloons were sent airborne by the Adcock family and gathered supporters. The gray balloons represented brain cancer victims, yellow balloons represented childhood cancer victims and the purple balloons were to honor Morgan Hutcherson.

A prayer was spoken before the balloons were released.

“If you believe in God and you pray to God, He will help you,” David Adcock said. “I do believe that prayer is the cure.”

Besides family and friends in the community, musicians from across the country performed at the event. Mandy Zahn, who leads the band Mandy Z and Rural Route One, has been personally touched by brain cancer.

“I have a brother that I lost to an inoperable brain tumor as well as a cousin,” Zahn said. “My brother was diagnosed when he was 26 with a wife and two little girls and we lost him when he was 29. My cousin was 9 and we lost him when he was 12. So this is something that was very near and dear to my heart.”

David Adcock offered thanks to the community for the prayer.

“I really appreciate this from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “There’s not enough words in the world or in the dictionary to tell people how I feel about this.”

The Tennesean, Nashville, TN - The Tennesean, Nashville, TN

"Mandy Z & Rural Route One"

Next in my series of Artists featured in my Photo Album this month is Mandy Z & Rural Route One. Don’t let this “Local” Lady of Country Music fool ya’…she’s a Firecracker on Stage, full of energy and yet can sing a Country Ballad so sultry that it leaves the boys breathless (sorry fellas, she’s taken).

This “Texaco Country Showdown” 4th Place Finalist Band has already made an impact on not only
the local scene, but nationally as well. With her fellow cohorts, Bob Lindsley, Patrick “Hutch” Hutchins, Jim Roxworthy and Bart Alonzo, they round out this talented beauty with great harmonies as well as their musical talents, providing “Rockin’ Country” their way! They have been instrumental in lending their talents to various local Charities, even on short notice, they prove their versatility and professionalism in helping out those less fortunate by providing quality entertainment and support to families in need.

Not only is Mandy a talented singer, but also an accomplished songwriter as well. Her song “Drinkin’ Song” written in collaboration with another local musician has been played live and been well received by local venues, local and national radio stations and been danced to by country line dancers around the area…

A singer since she was a child, this girl dreamed of becoming more than just a pretty face who can sing…her recent and greatest accomplishment to date will be coming on November 17th of this year, when she and her band will make their “BIG DEBUT” in Nashville, TN at Tootsies Orchid Lounge! She knows what she wants…and by the looks and sounds of it…she’ll get it!!! Be sure to check her out at a venue near you and check out her page “Mandy Z & Rural Route One” for tour dates… - C2E Photography

"FM 106.1 Texaco Country Showdown Finalists"

Rural Route One has been selected by Country Radio, FM 106.1 Milwaukee Country, as a Local Finalist in the Texaco Country Showdown! - Texaco Country Showdown

"Mandy Z & Rural Route One at The Brat Stop"

Mandy Z & Rural Route One....were live in Kenosha this past Saturday. It was great to hear a band that not only plays a variety of country music but also writes and performs it own tunes as well....what a great mix. Mandy and her band are a very pleasant group to work for. Lots of hugs and handshakes with this group!!! GREAT stage presence, great lighting, GREAT group to work for and they really get the crowd into the show as well!!! You will be saying "another great tune" after every song! They even took time during the show to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fan!

Dan Kazinski - Kazinski Photography - Kazinski Photography Review

"Texaco Country Showdown Songwriting Contest - Placed 5th Nationally"

June 2012, Rural Route One placed 5th Nationally in the Texaco Country Showdown Songwriting Contest for their Original Song, "Drinkin' Song"! - Texaco Country Showdown

"One of the Midwest's Hottest Country Bands at the Chicago Southland Festival of Racing"

“Chicago Southland Festival of Racing- enjoy a concert from one of the Midwest's hottest country bands, Mandy Z & Rural Route One”

Balmoral Park Racetrack Radio Promo - WCCQ 98.3FM & WIVR 100.7 FM - WCCQ 98.3FM & WIVR 100.7FM

"Local Bands Put New Spin On Holiday Hits"

"Jingle Band Rock Local Music Family Christmas," is a new album featuring 14 bands from Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin" - The Lake County Journal

"Rock The Ark Winners- Rural Route One"

[Winners of the 2011 FM 106.1 Milwaukee Country Rock The Ark Contest. Listeners voted for their favorite band on the radio station web site. Winners will be awarded with $1000.00 & will be playing at Noah's Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells]
Based out of the northeastern Illinois/southeastern Wisconsin area, Rural Route One is comprised of 5 extraordinary members, each with more than 25 years of performance & recording experience. Their show is high energy, dynamic, & entertaining with rockin’ country covers, as well as a few originals. Members of Rural Route One have performed at various events, fairs, & festivals, including the Chicago Country Music Festival and Summerfest. Their playlist includes tunes by Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Asleep at The Wheel, Tanya Tucker, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Sugarland, The Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, CCR, and many more! - Noah's Ark Water Park- Wisconsin Dells


Still working on that hot first release.



Often compared to the likes of Miranda Lambert, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Sunny Sweeney, which are only a few of the influences, Mandy Z & Rural Route One has gained traction over the last few years and has grown to become an award winning Rockin' Country Band that entertains at Venues of all sizes, Fairs, Festivals, Events, Bike Runs, & much more throughout the Midwest & Nashville, Tennessee! 

Some of their accomplishments include: 

Nash Next Season 1 Semifinalists - 2015 BMI Island Hopper Songwriter Festival - Performances & appearances during the 2015, 2014, & 2013 CMA Fest & Fan Fair X as a Tootsies Artist in Nashville, TN - 2013 CMA Fest Entertainment Showcase in Nashville, TN - 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary in Milwaukee, Wi - Texaco Country Showdown Finalists - Top 25 Country Artists in Digital Rodeo - Music City Songwriting Competition -Texaco Country Showdown Songwriting Contest, and many more!

Singer/ Songwriter Mandy Z brings the audience into every show with her enthusiasm & excitement that has been described as contagious. She has a unique vocal style and puts her heart & soul into every lyric of the songs. Bob Lindsley drives the band keeping’ the solid strong beat on the drums, along with supporting vocals, while Jim Roxworthy stays locked in on the low end on Bass. Bart Alonzo brings the raw edge on Guitar & Vocals, while Chuck Stowe provides the classic country sound of Pedal Steel & Dobro. 

Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer - MANDY Growing up in a small town of 1300 people at the time, coming from a very large family, all whom are musically oriented, it was no surprise, that Mandy knew by the age of 5 that she was going to follow in the footsteps of her Mother, Father, Brother, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Her first band began when she was 10 Years Old and grew into a 9 piece Country Band by the time she was 13. She continued performing on the fair and festival circuit with that band until she was 17, when she left to pursue her songwriting and begin her own career. Singing, Writing Songs, & Entertaining is what she's always done and will continue to do. In 2008, Mandy formed, Rural Route One - named after the road she grew up on in that small rural town 60 Miles South of Chicago, Illinois.  Going into their Eighth year with numerous accomplishments, 2 EP's under their belt, and many other accomplishments, a successful run with their 2014 Evolution Tour, Mandy Z & Rural Route One are proud to bring you their new single, "See It From The Other Side", June 2015!

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