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ABOUT COUNTRY NATION

Country Nation Rocks the Country! They deliver sizzling, high energy performances that rival a night at the CMA's; where audience participation becomes part of the show! Country Nation has all the glamour and excitement you'd expect from a headlining country artist, with a crossover appeal that pleases all audiences, regardless of age or musical tastes. Country Nation Rocks the Country!

Country Nation's playlist pays tribute to Country Music's top contemporary artists, including Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, while honoring classic artists like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and more.

Two of LA's most talented country singers, Ricky Johnson and Sarah Lubran pay vocal homage to Country Music's greatest names. Close your eyes, listen and sing along to the music you love and soak up the magic as rich harmonies blend with killer guitar licks from LA's top country musicians.

Audience fun and excitement is the main mission statement of Country Nation. Everything they do is for the audience the songs they choose, the high energy performance, the sing-alongs and just plain fun! They're wonderful to listen to, great to dance to, and exciting to watch! Country Nation Rocks the Country!

THE MEMBERS OF COUNTRY NATION

Sarah Lubran

Sarah Lubran

Lead Vocals

Sarah Lubran was a TV actor in her native Los Angeles by the time she was a teenager, a network TV coordinator with both an undergraduate Acting degree and an MBA by her mid-twenties, and a hit songwriter for TV by 22. With movie-star looks and the kind of brain that says, "Writing songs poses certain challenges that I find to be so interesting. It's like I have to use every side of my brain." She also brings huge organizational skills and preparation - rare in artists and writers - to each new showbiz genre or endeavor she tackles, including country music and eventually writing for Broadway. "At least I've done my due diligence in being prepared," she says, "and everything I want to do I've done, at least on a smaller scale. I haven't written for Broadway, but I've written for smaller musicals in college and smaller LA theaters. I've written songs for the CW Network on TV shows and independent films, and I've written for myself as a country artist and as an indie pop band."

Lubran was one of six children who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, an LA suburb. Dad is a building contractor, while Mom is a stay-at- home-mom and one of Sarah's greatest fans. As a kid, Sarah loved riding horses and Girl Scouting. Even then, she was focused. "I'd write songs to journal, instead of writing in a diary," she recalls. Her first professional TV experience was as an actor, playing small parts in huge hits including General Hospital. She worked in the Showboat Youth Theater, studied dance at Millennium and Debbie Reynolds Studio, and earned an Acting Degree at UC-Santa Barbara. Sarah went to work full-time in the Current Programming department at the CW Network in Burbank, where she spent a busy and exciting three years. While there, she earned an MBA on her own time and quietly began submitting songs for CW programs. "Did your assistant just write this song?" one showrunning TV exec asked Sarah's boss after listening to her demo of "Saying Goodbye," which has become such a favorite on 90210 that teen girls now post YouTube videos of themselves singing, playing, and learning the bittersweet Lubran tune.

Years of networking paid off handsomely when a top BMI executive became interested in her music. All the while, Sarah played clubs and writers' nights in LA, showing off a rich alto and catchy, well-constructed songs. "Every single person told me, `you need to go to Nashville,' " Sarah recalls. She now spends time in Nashville working on Country, New York working on Broadway tunes and performing in Los Angeles with Country Nation Band and Sarah & The Sparrows. She loves being able to sing the hits of others as well as share her originals with the world.

Ricky Johnson

Ricky Johnson

Lead Vocals

Back to his roots! Ricky grew up in Texas and has been playing guitar and writing songs in numerous bands since he was 17. He and a few buddies formed their first band, Temper Scarlet, in high school. Legendary rock/blues artist Roy Head's son Sundance Head fronted the band and they made a pretty good dent in the Houston rock scene.

Ricky decided to head to Los Angeles to get busy building a band and attacking the LA rock scene playing every club with a stage. After some success in his bands, Building A Better Spaceship and Spaceship, which both have albums available on iTunes, Ricky decided it was time to do something different. The time seemed right to make a change and get back to his Texas roots. He remembers his first taste of country music as a kid riding in the back of his Dad's truck listening to country's great Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Keith Whitley to name a few.

Rick was drawn to a lot of the newer country tunes that possessed some of the rock elements he enjoyed. He began writing more country oriented songs and decided it was his turn to grab the microphone. Ricky wrote and recorded a few country songs with producer Skip Saylor. He began playing acoustic shows around town with his friend Allen Cummins who posted videos on Facebook, which caught Bob Ferra's attention. He then auditioned for the band and they are now out kicking some dust up around the LA country scene

You can learn more about Ricky by visiting reverbnation.com/rickyjohnson3

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Kevin Milner

Kevin Milner

Pedal Steel & Lap Steel & Guitar

A pedal steel guitar player from Santa Barbara, CA., Kevin has played with numerous country and folk bands in the greater Los Angeles area, most notably Jessica Erin (who had a song featured on the TV show "Friday Night Lights") and Still Watters Run Deep. Kevin has played many different venues and events in California including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, the Dakota Lounge, and the 2011 Holtville Rib Cookoff. Kevin rocks the pedal steel and lap steel, and brings a distinctive youthful, edgy style to Country Nation.

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Ricky Katz

Ricky Katz

Lead Guitar & Acoustic Guitars

Veteran session guitarist Ricky Katz has been part of the L.A. music scene for most of his life. First performing at the age of eleven, Ricky's work has been heard on television shows Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, as well as daytime dramas such as the long-running, The Young and the Restless. Having performed over the years in the Los Angeles area at famous musical venues including The Roxy and The Troubadour, Ricky has also played at live events for The Academy of Motion Pictures, Warner Bros. Records and Sony Pictures among many others. He has performed in front of such legendary show business figures as Johnny Carson, Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra as well as U.S. presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.

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Bobby Ferra

Bobby Ferra

Bass Guitar & Vocals

Bobby was born and raised in NE Pennsylvania, where as a member of Mutt-Lee, he extensively toured the East Coast opening for Peter Frampton, Electric Light Orchestra, Alice Cooper, FogHat and many others. Moving to LA, Bob spent a few years with the seminal Hollywood New-wave band, Sway. During the last 25 years Bob has played and recorded with many popular bands... Steve Perry, Marlin, Beachy & the Beachnuts, WideLoad and the Hot tubs, Stanley T and the Broken Arrows, to name a few. Bob brings a solid bass playing style to Country Nation, and is part of the solid backbone on which the band is built.

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Mike Napoli

Mike Napoli

Drums & Percussion

Mike has been performing professionally for over 30 Years. He enjoys playing live, doing recording sessions, and teaching. Some highlights of his career include performing with members of "The Knack" in a full length feature film entitled: I Crave Rock 'N' Roll, recording and touring with Giant Records (Warner Brothers) act "P.O.L.", and touring throughout U.S. and overseas with "Hotel California" a tribute to the Eagles. As a member of Country Nation, Mike has found the perfect home to compliment his love for playing Country & Rock music!

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Thom Salisbury

Thom Salisbury

Keyboards & Vocals

Thom began playing organ at age 14. He added piano in college, and played piano in the Jazz Ensemble at SUNY Fredonia, which won the National Championship for Best Jazz Ensemble. He toured nationally with a show band for 4 years, followed by several years of playing country honky tonks in the Midwest before returning to the Institute of Audio Research in NYC to pursue his interest in recording and producing. He has played professionally for many years, in support of various acts as diverse as Chubby Checker, The Platters, Charlie Daniels, to jazz great Tom Scott, and Al Jarreau---he has a credit on the High Times album. Thom has played in LA for quite a while, whether it's in support of jazz greats like Brandon Fields and John Patitucci, or a local country band, his abilities and love for the keyboard make him a preferred partner for many of the area bands. Country Nation represents his love for country music combined with a desire to deliver an audience experience second to none.

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