This week I bring you Craig Gerdes. I really enjoy his music and believe that you will also. If you haven’t you should check him out. Please remember to like this page so you don’t miss any upcoming interviews and share this post to help spread Craig’s music to others.
ROUND 1 – If you were asked to describe your music to a group of people that had never heard it, how would you describe it?
Craig – “I would say it’s genuine, relatable, real life stuff. I might write & sing about my own life experiences or someone else’s. Either way, I like to think that’s what makes the music relatable & real to people.”
ROUND 2 – Can you tell us your favorite lyrics of all time and tell us why those lyrics made such an impact on you personally?
Craig – “My favorite lyrics..”You stayed with me through thick & thin…You watched me lose…you watched me win…You picked me up off of the ground…You never one time let me down” from the song Natural High written by Freddy Powers for Merle Haggard. That line always makes me think of my wife Janel & all she has done for me, so those lyrics have always been really special to me!”
ROUND 3 – What is your inspiration for writing and performing songs, what keeps you pushing forward?
Craig – “I’ve written songs since I was a little kid & it’s always given me a sense of peace & accomplishment. So when I write a song & sing it & someone comes up to me & tells me how much they can relate to that song, or how that song took them to a different place in time, even if it’s only for 4 minutes. That means the world to me.”
ROUND 4 – Most people love pets so to step away from the music a little, do you have any pets and if so can you tell us about them?
Craig – “Yep! We have a Siberian Husky named “Sember” I’ve always had a special love for dogs. I consider them magical in a certain type of way. They have a way of teaching us things, real life things you can’t learn from other people & Sember is no exception, she is definitely a big part of our family!”
ROUND 5 – What are your favorite hobbies outside of the music World?
Craig – “I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors, being in the timber cutting firewood has always been one of my favorite things aside from that, I like to cook & spend time with my family when I’m not out making music.”
Last Call – This is a place where you can tell your fans and the people who may be hearing about you for the first time anything that you would like them to know.
Craig – “I truly enjoy meeting & talking with all of the people that I meet out on the road. Making new friends & listening to their stories..Its those people that inspire me & I only hope I can return the favor by inspiring others through my music.”
My friends time after time I have been preaching on how much I LOVE Muddy Roots music events in my area. True at times there a lot of personal things flying around focused on Muddy Roots events, however you can save that for the social media page you own. ON THIS ONE I’ll focus on MUSIC, and how much I appreciate the bands, and the people that make the events roll. THAT’S YOU…YOU ARE the one that spends time and money there. It lives because of YOU!
A few weeks ago Mr. Jason put together a smaller lineup based more on bands with a darker ambiance than the usual Muddy Roots based bands. THIS IS WHERE you can find out more about this event, which Mr. Jason has said will most likely happen next year.
I had my opening weekend of rifle deer season this weekend, so I only got the chance to see a few of the remaining acts on that Saturday night. I just wanted to write a short piece on this event, basically I was there to be social and enjoy the bands I did get to see. I know Miss Alina flew all the way from Moscow Russia to be with us, and I wanted to see her play.
Miss Alina Vivita brought a different style of music to us tonight, and it was very enjoyable. It was more of a folk type of music with a very interesting style to it, and she complimented the lineup truly well, and certainly was well worth going to see!
I wasn’t really going out of my way to retrieve the song lists or delving into the show in the usual capacity that I typically do, I was honestly there to unwind and watch the music for my own total enjoyment. Basically sort of taking some time off the website to enjoy nature and deer hunt.
I remember getting to meet her at Westport Roots Festival this past spring, and it was nice to get to see again. Now this event took place at the location that Mr. Jason hosted the first Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in 2013. It’s out in Adams Tennessee about 20 minutes from my house, and on a normal weekend I would have been there the entire time. However I hunt to eat for the winter and not only for the sporting aspect of it.
I got to spend a good amount of time with many of my friends that attend these events like the next band WhiskeyDick whom I wrote about in my Muddy Roots Main articles this summer. They played a really nice instrumental that I caught on video, which is included in this article.
They played “Devil’s Eyes”, off of their First Class White Trash album, and WHAT WOULD a WhiskeyDick show be without them playing “Bastard Sons of Texas”? I mean, honestly this duo has existed for ten years plus and is still wowing audiences all over America AND overseas.
Before they performed their signature songs “Drunk As Hell” and also their song called “Yee Haw” I captured this video of their eclectic instrumental abilities, before they brought up Mr. James Hunnicutt who played Friday. They also all brought up our personal friend Mr. Jared McPherson, who had a guitar stolen from him during Muddy Roots. They all pitched in and bought him a new guitar, which showed true love for their fans overall. Mr. Jared is always willing to lend a hand and help the shows out.
After playing a song for our fallen heroes they played a great song called “Black Tooth Grin” and then closed with a Lynyrd Skynrd that made this a VERY enjoyable set and a VERY enjoyable portion of the festival. Another of the bands that performed tonight that I got to enjoy was Sons Of Perdition however much of the band apparently couldn’t make it.
He had Mr. Josh Danforth on the accordion with him and they also played many horror themed songs before the main act of the night which was O’l Lonesome Wyatt and Those Poor Bastards whom I haven’t had the opportunity to write about much lately. i cover so many genres and bands, I cannot easily catch up with everyone at the same time.
I got to watch Those Poor Bastards play a totally enjoyable set, including songs like “World Is So Evil” . This band has plenty of material to play songs from for this show, as their catalogue is vastly large. You know Those Poor Bastards are one of those bands that don’t get to travel as much, however they keep recording fresh and good material. Some of Lonesome Wyatt’s work with Miss Rachel Brooke is some of my favorite work he has ever done.
Also included in their set were the songs “Crooked Man” and the song “No Light”. All in All this festival located in Adams Tennessee at the Red River Campground will hopefully be a reoccurring piece of the Muddy Roots program of events.
Lately I have been so busy at festivals and CMA Fest ( to me it’s STILL Fan Fair) that I haven’t been able to update this as much as I’d like to, and I apologize. It’s NOT easy to do what I do, but I keep on rolling on as best as I can. So if YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at
Spillway Bar And Grill November 24rth
Carson Center November 30th
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky November 30th
3Rd And Lindsley Dec 1,2 and 3rd
Basement East December 2nd
Asleep At The Wheel
City Winery December 3rd
The Basement December 4rth
The Basement December 5th
The Basement December 9th
The Basement December 15th
Shooter Jennings And Jason Boland
3Rd And Lindsley December 17th
The Basement December 23rd
Whitey Morgan And Alex Williams
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky Dec 31st
Marathon Music Works January 20th
Ryman Auditorium January 16th and 17th
This week I bring you all Mr. Dustin James Clark. Please share this interview to help spread Dustin’s music to others. Remember to like the page if you like it to ensure you don’t miss any upcoming interviews. Thanks I hope you enjoy.
ROUND 1 – Being a traveling musician I am sure you see and hear a lot out on the road, can you tell us about one of your favorite memories?
DJC – “I have a lot of great memories but my most recent was playing in Nashville at The Nashville Palace for my Uncle’s Celebration of Life. It was such a great show and I just sat and listened to all of the amazing stories about my Uncle from so many amazing people. The highlight of my night was getting on stage with Robbie Turner “The Man Of Steel” and playing Lonesome O’nry and Mean as well as a few originals and a couple of my Uncles Songs. Then I listened as Mr. Turner told me about how when he first met my Uncle which is a gut busting story in itself, to ending up at Waffle House at 2 am sharing more stories with Robby and my family about my Uncle. It really made me realize how special and strong music and the life within it can be.”
ROUND 2 – Do you come from a musical family or is music just something you grew to love doing?
DJC – “I do but you wouldn’t know it for the most part. A lot of people in my family sing and are good at it but only in the car or every once in a while maybe on a drunken karaoke night would you ever witness it. Except for the exception of three of my family members. My Cousins Jackie and Joey who have sang at a lot of events as I grew up and taught me a lot. But most of all my Uncle Earl Clark who I just recently lost. He sang locally as I do for many years and in the 70s was invited by Ernest Tubb to Nashville. My Uncle’s first job in Nashville was driving for Waylon Jennings as well as Jerry Reed, Tanya Tucker, I believe Willie Nelson among many others. He finally got some big breaks in the Early 90s writing hit songs for Tracy Lawrence (Renegades, Rebels, and Rouges and Can’t Break it to my heart) George Strait (I found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor and One Step at at time). He also wrote songs with His friend Billy Don Burns, Hank Cochran, and Mack Vickery like Desperate Men. He is my hero my Idol and the reason I write songs and play in Honky Tonks. I know it’s a long winded answer but I have looked up to him since I was a young boy singing songs like My Heroes have always been cowboys around my grandparents Christmas tree when he would get off the road with Waylon and come home for the Holidays. (We always changed it to My Heroes have always been Clark boys) I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. He passed on his guitar to me which I hope to honor him with by writing many songs on it like he did.”
ROUND 3 – How would you describe your perfect day?
DJC – “My perfect day doesn’t need much. Just being at home with my beautiful wife Jessica, my three fur babies Rhaina, Bocephus, and Emmet and our cat Waylon. Relaxing and watching movies and not thinking about or hectic and intense lifestyle.”
ROUND 4 – What are some of your upcoming goals and plans?
DJC – “My biggest goal for the near future is to get the money together to get back in the studio. I have a lot of songs old and new I would love to record. My first E.P. The Land Of The Free came out last July so I’m itching. I’m thinking about releasing some songs from an unreleased low budget E.P. from 2010 to help raise funds. We are also looking to tour after the first of the year. My biggest goals are to play some more music festivals. We had such an amazing time at Tumbleweed this year and can’t thank Doug and his crew enough for letting us be apart of it and supporting the True Country Music movement.”
ROUND 5 – What are some of your favorite things/hobbies to do outside of the Music World?
DJC – “My favorite hobbies are shooting, riding horses, mountain biking, camping and spending time with my wife and animals as I mentioned earlier. I also do some work for a farm that is pretty much like getting paid for a hobby. I’ve got a pretty amazing life as I get paid for two things I love!”
Last Call – Open message to your fans.
DJC – “I want to thank each and every person who has supported me locally for the past 10 years as well as my family. They have seen it all and have always been there. Without them I would not be where I am. I want to thank all of my new fans and all of the people who I won’t name but y’all know who you are if you’re reading this for helping promote my music just like they do every other independent artist that we have all come to know and love. You all are really making me realize that even though time has taken a toll on me as a singer I picked the right choice to follow my dreams and stay true to myself and that eventually I would find my audience. It’s amazing the support that comes form this community. I am blessed for all my new musical family Like ML750, Austin Lee, Cole and Kendra, Casper McWade, John D. Hale and so many more! Hello to all the people who may read this who don’t know me. I hope you enjoy what I try my damndest to do for true country music fans. A special thanks to you Josh for another platform for independent artist to interact with new fans. I can’t say it enough how amazing a community has been spawned from what is in my opinion the Flocker effect. Love y’all!
On Saturday, November the 11th I had the chance to catch Chris Stapleton All American Road Show tour. This stop featured opening acts Brett Cobb and Marty Stuart. Due to unexpected heavy traffic around the arena, I was in a traffic jam from 30 minutes before the show started to an hour into the show. I got into the arena just in time to catch Marty’s last few songs. The set sounded killer as I’ve always expected from him. His “Orange Blossom Special” and “Time Won’t Wait” were highlights of what I saw. I wish I had caught Brent Cobb, but I will see him somewhere down the road in a smaller venue.
The main event was Chris Stapleton. This evening his wife was absent from the show due to being pregnant with their twins. I wish them the best and hope he takes some time off when she has them to be at home. That being
said, while her absence was noted, Chris and the band didn’t miss a beat.
He has quite possibly one of the most solid 3 piece bands in country music. His band is simple, yet amazing. He is front and center and the main sound you focus on throughout the night, but J.T. Cure is amazing on the bass and Derek Mixon is a great drummer. As a unit, they can veer from country to Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired extended blues numbers to folk rock and solo folk songs. It is truly an all American road show.
During the set, Chris plays just about everything you would want to hear from both of his currently released albums and even some stuff from the yet to be released From A Room Vol. 2. In fact, on this night he debuted a song called “Nobody’s Lonely Tonight” which was a slow country blues ballad that I can’t wait to hear on the record. With this show being miles from Tom Petty’s home in Gainesville, FL, Chris also did a Tom Petty cover with “Into The Great Wide Open”. Let me be the first to say, I will never tire of Tom Petty covers at concerts. I would not be upset if it becomes as regular as covering Skynyrd when a band stops in Florida.
For another highlight of the show, he brought Marty Stuart back out and covered Waylon Jennings “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”. This song featured some amazing back and forth solos from both Marty and Chris. As far as the rest of the set, he plays about everything you would want to hear. Noticeably absent was one of my favorites from From A Room Vol. 1 titled “Up To No Good Livin’”.
That aside, he plays pretty much everything from “Traveler” to “Tennessee Whiskey” with some hilarious extended band intros to the somber “Whiskey and You”. He works some amazing extended jams into his songs and I loved what he did with both “I Was Wrong” and “Outlaw State Of Mind”. He also paired “The Devil Named Music” with a
snippet of “Freebird” at the beginning of the track and that got a great reaction from the Jacksonville, FL crowd.
I highly recommend checking out Chris’s All American Road Show tour while you can. It features some great opening acts regardless of where you see him and Chris has one of those voices that you have to hear live. My
apologies to Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart for missing all or most of their sets. Finally, this article has no photos because I was in the upper level in the back of the arena across from the stage. Chris’s stage for this tour features a huge light array that makes pictures from afar not turn out so well. However, I can assure you that you will have an amazing time wherever you sit in an arena for this show.
One thing I failed to mention in the last part of this article series was the host himself Mr. James Riley, and you can find him over at Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour where he features some TRULY FINE music. If YOU LOVED ANY of these fine artists I have featured here, you can surely find them all over there, as well as Muddy Roots.
Mr. James is a 2017 Ameripolitan Music Association award winner for Best DJ. I’ll be attending the 2018 awards and you’ll be hearing more on that subject VERY SOON from my partner Mr. Joshua. Right now I’d like to bring you the second and final portion of this music festival that took place at the Nashville Palace last weekend.
Many of the past bands today played at the Muddy Roots Nashville Boogie and I don’t really get to run across them on a normal basis, so this supplement event to the Boogie is fun. I hope he continues to make this a regular event on his current roster, and we can all help make this one grow. I know the Nashville Boogie is in fact one of his more focused on and bigger events, and trust me it’s a VERY fun festival to cover.
As usual Miss Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys put on a really fun set here, I remember enjoying their set at the 2017 Nashville Boogie, and like I mentioned this is one of the bands that I get to enjoy at festivals. She has two albums out called “Damaged Goods”, and another called “Poultricide”. They are a four piece Rockabilly band, however this past spring during the Boogie they had Miss Mary Rogers on her saxophone to accompany them.
Her first album boasted her opening song called “Wrong Kind Of guy”, which displayed some very cool lead guitar licks and that recognizable Rocking beat that the Deadend boys usually bring to the table. I always expect full throttle beats and they always deliver! My favorite song she does is “Hot Rod Daddy”, I mean what is Rockabilly anyways but Hot Rods and jive shuffle beats? Now for me I enjoy Rockabilly and Bluegrass as frequently as Country and Red Dirt…folks you’ll find THAT HERE as well as Americana and more. If it’s NOT mainstream…and you love it…YOU ARE HOME HERE!
“Bad Little Betty” is a popular song on their set list many times, as well as “How Could you?” Their set also included many other great classic Rockabilly songs such as the Wanda Jackson classic we heard in Day 1 called “Fujiyama Mama”, and her very own version of “Hound Dog”. Now folks her version isn’t any comparison to the original (that’s NOT a putdown), her version is defiantly slower and in a different tempo.
Also in her set was a song called ‘Fool”, “Whiskey Nights” and a really good song called “Have My Husband”. all in all this band is always a excellent band to schedule early to set the pace for fun and exciting music. I will always have a few terrific things to say about her and the Deadend Boys, with her signature vocal yelp that distinguishes her from others to me.
Miss Laura Rebel Angel (Laura Palmer)- Upright Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Violin, Keys, Vocals , Mr. Brian Hack – Lead Guitar and Mr.Phill Lentz- Drums make up this New York based band called The Screamin Rebel Angels.
Miss Laura was an absolute firecracker up there today, tossing that upright bass all over the place like a mad woman. Opening with crazy fast paced songs like “Bumble Bee”, from their first full 2013 album called Hitchhike. Most of their songs were really crazy and eclectic in style, and I could easily tell their influences from many directions.
‘When I’m With You” was a really fun song to admire, and to be honest I enjoyed many of the beginning bands just as much as the headliners here. ‘Wild Side” was next with more great lead guitar licks and beats, EVERY OUNCE of passion and heart is poured into their live set folks..this band truly “gets it” and they defiantly are an entertaining band. They need to be booked at the Nashville Boogie in the future, that would be fun to see them again.
Their set also included “May Day’ also on the Hitchhiker album as well as a few that weren’t on either album, like the one called ‘Hands Off’ and another called ‘My Kind Of Man”. You know I’m going to be completely honest folks Rockabilly is one of my weaker subjects, that’s NOT to say I don’t thoroughly enjoy it VERY MUCH. I am just saying that I don’t easily spot covers like I can with Country or Bluegrass. It’s kind of like what BR5-49 used to do, they would play cover songs so obscure the general public would think they were originals, well with Rockabilly that CAN happen to me. I am always researching songs to learn that about it, I LOVE the style and the sound of it all.
“Right To Wrong” was one of their songs off their EP called “Pounce Like A Tiger” and their set also included the song called ‘Pretty When Your’e Quiet” but one of the best songs of the set was a song called “Come On Let’s Go”. They closed their set with a few more songs like “Out Of This World” and “Sizzle”, and the last song on their full album called “Saved”.
This part is interesting so pay close attention to the Wild Records portion of this event. These next couple bands were truly fun to watch and catch up with. The members rotate bands and instruments, and it was really fun learning the music I wasn’t familiar with. It was fun seeing their multiple talents here, like this band Josh Hi-Fi And The Rhythm Kings. Mr. Josh Sorheim is also an accomplished piano and lap steel player in his own right, and for his age I was extremely impressed with his abilities.
Mr. Josh Sorheim – Vocals / Guitar, Mr. Robert Greenig – Drums, and Mr. Sam Arreola – Upright bass make up this band that rotates members to other bands on this very same label….and ALL of this music was REAL and it was bad assed!
His album called “Riding The Rails” was a MUST purchase add to my CD collection and will remain in my constant rotation until I’m DEAD…I missed the first song because I was outside at the truck but when I came back to work here, they were pounding out a WAY COOL stroll version of Merle Travis’ version of “Sixteen Tons”. Following that was an awesome original song called “Dixie Line” that was from his album, and after you watch these two videos if YOU skip out of buying the album it’s YOUR fault. You missed out on a GREAT find, and a GREAT band.
‘Texas Belle” was another truly fine original song he wrote and is on his album, and they followed that up with a Bob Wills cover song of ‘Miss Molly” which I believe is from around 1942 area. There were plenty of train songs, like a truly great original song called “Old 109”..I mean what’s a music set without a train song? These guys rotated bands a lot today but displayed some damn fine craftsmanship today up there, and left me impressed.
He told a wonderful story about a song he wrote for one of his heroes Casey Jones. Speaking of craftsmanship, trust me you’ll truly enjoy this story and how it came about. This is one of the many that you truly have to listen to intently to absorb the level of content it possesses. Overall this was one of my favorite sets of the weekend!
“Steamboat” was next and you can find that on his album mentioned above, next was a Johnny Cash cover called “Walkin The Blues” it was off the Man In Black album from 1956. Now that album was re-issued twice within the years, and you can find it on the Bear Family Records sets as well. He closed his set with “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” and another obscure one written by Mr. Buck Trail and released by Moon Mullican in the late 50’s.
Miss Dawna Zahn- Vocals, Mr.Austin John- Electric guitar, Vocals and Mr. Hank Miles- Upright bass, Vocals make up my next band aptly called the Highjivers, and they come from my local area here. They have been around since about 2014, and I remember covering them before.
I’ll tell you upfront that Miss Dawna is an absolute powerhouse up front on lead vocals. and did the Big Momma Throton version of “Hound Dog” great, I remember this version from records of my youth. She was very prominent back in the 50’s. Like I said, many of the covers here within this scene are very old and articulate. They are carefully covered with great reverence and respect for the Legends.
“Hotwire Woman” was first in their setlist tonight with very upbeat beginnings and intros. This band is choked full of fully loaded blasting guitar licks and Rockabilly beats enough to satisfy even the pickiest of Rockabilly fans. I’m not very much of a Rockabilly purist myself, so I am pretty open minded on this subject.
Tons of soul here tonight on stage as they went into such songs as “Sweet Talkin And Lyin” and others like “I Can’t Believe It”. All in All so far I thought that everything was formulated pretty well for this event to be an off season supplement to the Spring Nashville Boogie. It was kind of like being there in a way…
I apologize to the band I did not get any video of them, I had slight charging issues that I corrected by the next act. “Blood In My Mouth” was next followed by a very energetic song called “Get My Way”. “Always Talkin Down” was another one of their songs in this set here tonight.
I pretty much enjoyed everybody on this lineup but I really admired this gals vocal abilities, she can WAIL up there and she has tremendous vocal stamina indeed. This band is worth 20 to see just them alone! “Smokestack” and another called “Anyway You Please” were two of the middle set songs here tonight. The next time out paths cross I’ll have to make it point to take videos. And as they closed with a song called ‘Knee High And Rising” we all got ready for a Legend up next.
Before the next act on the main stage I went up front to briefly see my old friend from Australia. His name is Mr. Stu Arkoff who if you remember used to play with a band called Zombie Ghost Train.I truly enjoy watching him play and I enjoy seeing him even more, talking with him is a joy. His knowledge is vastly overlooked within my music community, if you just bother to stop and listen to him..you will discover great new names.
OK Folks here’s where the band swapping goes into effect, and what amazes me about the versatility and knowledge of this band of young men. Mr. T.J. Mayes is another Wild Records recording artist and once again he displays remarkable guitar licks.
Mr. Josh Hi-Fi played drums for this man, and they JUST START PLAYING whatever for whomever, man they are just like a well oiled machine no matter what. I know, I know I’m elaborating too much perhaps, but Damn it’s a fun time seeing this friendship up there. All this talent on one label and all the band members swapping up playing things is neat to admire from afar.
“Tommy Gun” was first with a rip roaring beginning choked full of more guitar licks and steady beats. Follow that up with a song called “Lock Without A Key” and it brought us to the really cool song called “Bottle Bottom Bop”. That song was probably the best one of the set.
The different guitar tones abounded tonight as well, with many high octane solos, which is pretty much what I enjoy about Rockabilly. I want my ears blasted out and BY GOD I got that tonight, as they went into a song called “45 RPM” which by the way on Sunday there was a record convention. Now usually I don’t have a lot of time for record conventions BUT this one has a few vendors that bring in other kinds too like Metal.
Another good song they played was called ‘Dig It Up” and another was “Gypsy Woman”. See I’m actually one of those that go to these functions to listen close to the songs and lyrics. Not very often during the set do I network or socialize much.
“Rise Up Shine” was next along with “Hey Little Diddle”, “Devil Of A Woman” and his set closed with “Short Fuse”. If you are one of the many that take my word for it on bands PLEASE listen up here and go see this band or bands here. You will NOT BE disappointed in any form.
Mr. James Intveld is an upcoming Legend in my book.He’s been doing what he does for many years and I have been enjoying his music for many years. He is a fine musician and an actor, also he has many other talents. He graced the stage tonight with dignity and reverence for the Legends of Country Music in his true form.
Even the pickiest of Country Music purists cannot argue that Mr. James Intveld is an answer to the moniker “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”? You know many people mention Cody Jinks and others but Mr. James is often overlooked by them all, and I cannot figure out why?
He brought along a band full of fine Classic Country veterans that accompanied his Classic style of songs like “Let’s Get started” and his cover of Waylon’s 1972 song “Stop The World And Let Me Off” written by Carl Belew. After some originals off of his first few albums, he played “Home Of The Blues” written by Mr. Glenn Douglas Tubb.
“I Keep Cryin Over You” was next followed by “Love’s Gonna Live Here Again” and “Pretty World Today” made popular by Wynn Stewart. The song was written in 1967 by Mr. Dale Noe. As he continued on with others I noticed a song called “Hotel Time” and “Ain’t Nothing But A Man In Love”.
“One Sweet Letter” was another really nice song followed by the Hank Thompson classic “One Six Pack To Go” from his prime years in 1967. “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” was another good song and he closed his set with “Only A Girl For Me”. I’ll tell you what Mr. James truly has passion for this genre and like all the others tonight, there was true love and respect for the Legends.
Bloodshot Bill was one I have wrote about a few times, and he’s always pretty good. It was better this time with a full band, over his usual one man band theme. However I understand the one man band thing, being the big Biram fan I am.
Bloodshot Bill is not for everyone his unusual vocal delivery of making noises while he sings is often not appreciated by some. And he is someone not many of my friends enjoy but you know… I DO. However during this set I was also up front enjoying Mr. Chuck Mead in the front bar.
I saw Bloodshot Bill play “The Girl Who Dances Alone” and play many instrumentals. I was bouncing back and forth pretty hard because even though he is a prominent fixture of my local scene, I don’t get to see Mr. Chuck very often. I watched him play many old BR5-49 songs from the Glory Lower Broadway Days.
“Waitin For The Axe To Fall” is a song they used to do, and honestly I’m not sure if it’s an original or a cover. My research says It’s not a cover, however I cannot find that one yet. “There Stands The Glass” was of course a Carl Smith song, which made me fall in love with BR5-49. they had a knack for playing obscure covers the general public knew nothing of.
“Little Ramona” was off their first self titled album and I know Mr. Chuck Mead wrote that one, also I got to see the former bassist Smili’n Jay McDowell AND ALSO their former bassist Geoff Firebaugh was there to play with the next band. The last song I got to watch him play was “Sweet Sweet girl To Me”.
I like to go up front and look for setlists because it helps me write other portions of articles while the current band is playing, with no fear of missing songs. However THIS BAND I need NO set list for, Hillbilly Casino I mean this band needs no kind words any further….OK so I lied.
They WILL BE on my TOP 50 of 2017, oh crap did I ruin that? Well also they will be a short focus on an upcoming article on involving kids into our music scene. I watched Mr. Nic play with his children and other children at many music functions. I’m not trying to flatter him falsely, I admired his qualities as a MAN many times by how he treats the kids, I remember Mr. Bandana once said if a toddler hands you a toy phone YOU ANSWER THAT SUMBITCH!
They opened with a Fats Domino song and followed that up with a new song off their new album Red,White And Bruised called “She’s Got Tricks”. I guess I already leaked one choice, that album will be on my TOP 50 of 2017. This set like their others involved some hellacious guitar work from Mr. Ronnie Crutcher.
“Low Down” was next followed by “PBR” which I’m amazed they don’t have a sponsorship from PBR. “Stop, Drop And Roll” was next along with “Trainwreck”. Many of the songs they played tonight were off the new album, and I understand it’ll soon be available on vinyl.
“How do You Think” was another song they played tonight, along with “More Blue Than Green”. The last song they played was hollared out by Smilin Jay McDowell and that was “Psycho”. EVERY TIME I get to see Hillbilly Casino I always leave happy, I mean who can leave a jam show like that sad? I sincerely hope that Mr. Jason continues this supplement event so we can prepare for the Boogie in spring!
This week I’m happy to be able to bring you Sunny Sweeney. I’m sure if your on my page then you have already heard of her but if for some reason you haven’t. She is a vey talented singer songwriter and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Please like this page to ensure you never miss an upcoming interview and also share this post to help spread Sunny’s music….Thanks
ROUND 1 – So I will start off by asking you the same question I asked Ward in his interview. Can you tell us in your words what it meant to you and how it felt to play 2 sold out shows at The Ryman?
Sunny – “It was the most humbling experience and am very excited that Cody and Ward let me share a part of their special night. Having played the Opry before on that same stage, it didn’t really compare to having my own band stand there with me.”
ROUND 2 – Can you tell us your favorite lyrics of all time and tell us why those lyrics made such an impact on you personally?
Sunny – “There is no way to choose just one, but one of my favorites is “This Time” by Waylon because the lyric is so spot on but mostly it’s the guitar in that song (live version) that did it for me”
ROUND 3 – What is your inspiration for writing and performing songs, what keeps you pushing forward?
Sunny – “my inspiration is every day life…watching people and hearing stories….living those stories… but the reason to write songs and keep doing what Im doing is because of the fans. They are the sole reason for inspiration to keep pressing on.”
ROUND 4 – Most people love pets so to step away from the music a little, do you have any pets and if so can you tell us about them?
Sunny – “So glad you asked…yes. Doug. He is my 4 pound Yorkie man aka Prince Charming. Not many men can compare to him. He does a lot with me and is often with me (if only he could lift my bags)”
ROUND 5 – What are your favorite hobbies outside of the music World?
Sunny _ “sleeping. I’m totally not kidding. Every woman needs her beauty sleep.”
Last Call – This is a place where you can tell your fans and the people who may be hearing about you for the first time anything that you would like them to know.
Sunny “well, in my world, there is a personal obsession with social media. Please check out my facebook, instagram and twitter
Yep, here I Am again at the Nashville Palace for yet another weekend of great live music. This time I’m here on behalf of Muddy Roots as he throws his first ever Music Valley Jamboree. You know he’s really trying hard to grow the already booming Nashville Boogie within the local Country Music scene here in Nashville. Mr. Jason has proven time and time again that local music IS tangible and wanted by doing things like bringing acts like Mr. Woody Pines to the Opry house.
The Nashville Boogie is a whole new scene for some, and for others like me and this website it is a hub of comfort. I heavily argue with people from the Texas scene ALL THE TIME that there IS REAL Country Music in Nashville, it just needs to be exposed to the people…and I do that heavily. It truly does my heart a world of good to promote not only people like Miss Margo Price but also ones like Miss Kristiana Murray, and Miss Tommy Ash.
On weekends I tell you what, the Palace front bar is one of the best GO TO places now because of the staff, and the easier parking than downtown. Plus you don’t pay an arm and a leg, and you get bands like Mr.Kyle Eldridge And The Rhythm Rounders out of my home state of Kentucky. This young man tears it apart much like Mr. Julian Davis and the Heyburners, and Young Miss Emi Sunshine. He’s playing a REAL FINE SET here right now, consisting of Mr. Kyle Eldridge – Guitar/Vocals,Mr. John MacQueen – Upright Bass and Mr. Justin Dunwiddie – Drums.
This video is one of his originals called “Get Up And Leave This Town”. It’s still early tonight folks and there isn’t a large crowd yet but the beers are cold and the music is RED HOT, I’m already enjoying myself here tonight. This young man is easily displaying WELL TRAINED chops on his guitar, and his band is ON POINT.
He opened his set with a song called “Just Can’t Live That Fast” and another called “Too Hot To Handle” before going into “San Antonio Rose” was the 1940 signature song of Mr. Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys whom obviously heavily influenced him here, as he plays another one called “I hear You Talking”, which was also covered by Asleep at The Wheel, and Mr. Faron Young in various forms.
“Blue Skies” was next followed by a VERY good version of the Bluegrass Classic “I Ain’t broke But I’m Badly Bent” and another with great instrumentals called “Rockin Gypsy”. Also, his set included a song called “Just Too Lazy” from the Farmer Boys of 1955, the album being Charming Betsy.
Mr. Billy Harlan is from MY neck of the woods up there in Western Kentucky. I tell you what It’s truly fun to see so many wonderful faces from the Boogie crowd here tonight, and many great bands to be had tomorrow as well, I may treat myself to a few vinyls for my record collection as well. But, you know one thing I dislike wholeheartedly about the new ownership of the Palace are the food choices, and rules….until I delved into WHY they exist. You know as a journalist it bears a HUGE result if you say negative things about businesses before checking out both sides of your dilemma.
I LOVE to snack on cheese sticks, and that’s NOT ON the back room menu. SAME PLACE but different menus, I sometimes avoid eating at venues for choices I like better however the food is still REALLY good…I’m not usually very hard on places because I’m an EXTREMELY picky eater, probably worse than anyone you ever met, and I suggest the pulled pork nachos. The staff here ALWAYS goes out of their way to make my food ANY way I ask, and I am beyond grateful.
However Mr. Jason told me the menu is different in both rooms because they don’t want to overrun the kitchen from both directions, and honestly I can understand that now. I could appreciate that fact, and the entire staff ran their butts off ALL weekend to give us the greatest music show ever!
You might remember me featuring Mr. Billy Harlan from previous Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekenders where this man Mr. Billy Harlan has played. He is a local legend around my area, having been a radio disc jokey and prominent Rockabilly musician. He’s from the area of the Everley brothers and Merle Travis, that being the Greenville area.
Right now, he’s opening his show up with “I Wanna Bop” and he is playing “School House Rock”, and another one wrote by Felice and Bordeaux Bryant called “Bye Bye Love” made popular by The Everley Brothers. The backup singers did a beautiful slow rendition of “Dream”. Mr. Billy did say the song “Be Boppin Annie” was shunned by the radio back in his day because it mentioned the word Fanny, to match Annie. What a wonderful show this has been so far WOW.
He played his song called “I Ain’t Elvis”, and brought up Miss Cheryl Deseree and Miss Tracey K Houston for some songs too adding to all the excitement. All the while these events transpired the front bar was blasting with some truly fine music also. My friends Miss Mae Bliss, and Miss Rebecca Jed (whom are the Bucksnort Beauties) were up front watching Miss Celine Lee play her first Nashville Palace show. They took some pictures for me, and helped me out so I could stay back here and work. I’ll touch on that toward the end of this article here, after my Wanda Jackson portion.
Mr. Billy Harlan took us back in time to the days of Rockabilly bop music when record hops were the popular thing on Saturday nights, and a SODA was NOT A coke, it was a SODA! He filled the stage with many tales of old and often stopped to talk about his many memories of the Everley Brothers and everyone that came from my area.
The front bar is booming with people and parties, the back bar is slamming with good music and I’m in hog heaven here with The Cowpokes another truly fine Classic Western band that East Nashville is proud of. BOTH bars are full of people tonight, with the likes of Dale Watson up front along with SO many more. Like I said the Nashville Boogie is rapidly growing in leaps and bounds, and the scene is stronger than ever. Old friends and new friends are made and rekindled here, and I’m so happy to be a part of this.
This band is prominent in their weekly show they have at the American Legion every Tuesday night, that features a LOT of the acts I mentioned in this article. They are doing many great things for my community here in Nashville, but most of all they make sure we have a good time.
They played “Big Big Love” made popular by Mr. Wynn Stewart , followed by the Mel Tillis classic “Heart Over Mind” from 19. Now, one of their originals was a song called “I’m Gonna Dance With You”. I’m writing the rest of this as they get the stage set up for Miss Wanda Jackson, hard to decide if I’m more excited for her Country or her Rockabilly portion of her catalog.
The video I have included in this was their instrumental song before they played “Iv’e Got A New Heartache”. Also included in their set tonight was “All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers”. Another really good one that Classic BR5-49 used to play was called “Honky Tonkin”, off of their first album, which I consider a classic.
The Cowpokes displayed an all star well oiled machine as the piano and steel accommodate one another with blazing solos and killer beats. And they do true justice to songs like “Jambalaya On The Bayou” and others like the slow paced “Tennessee Waltz”. They closed their set with “So You Call Me A Playboy”, and a few others that made up for a hell of a killer set!
Tonight’s headliner set is none other than Country and Rockabilly Legend Miss Wanda Jackson. Tonight was her birthday and she is playing one hell of a KILLER SET tonight right now, Goodness. She pulled out some mighty fine songs from her past 60 year career to put on a memorable show for us.
She began her set with the hit song “Riot In Cell Block #9”, after they led her out to play. She looked absolutely comfortable up there on stage, and time has not faltered her style in any fashion. Her wit and her stage presence both continue to shine on stage. She still loves to entertain people, and tell stories of times past, much like those others of her ilk she represents a period of Country Music history unknown to many. I think she’s one of the more underappreciated Country Music Legends for sure.
“Rock Your Baby” was next, as she went into some of her more Rockabilly era songs from the early to mid 1960’s. Unfortunately due to some technical errors I didn’t get a usable video of Miss Wanda, I apologize for that folks because it truly was an iconic set. “I Gotta Know” from the 1960 album Rockin With Wanda, was next followed by one of favorites from being a young man called “Funnel Of Love”.
The “Big Iron Skillet” was another one my mom used to listen to years ago from the album Wanda Jackson Country! in 1970 which also included the songs “Mean Mean Man” and another called “There’s A Party Going On”. It was the album that she released her cover of Miss Tammy Wynette’s 1967 debut ‘Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”. She STILL displayed a wonderful yodel on the song “Bet’ Cha My Heart”….yodeling at 80? YES.
I believe she was the original singer of the song “Fujiyama Mama” that gets covered on many rockabilly sets of many female artists. After she played “I’m No Good’ and another called “Shak’n All Over” we had the pleasure of hearing the classic song “Mean Mean Man”.
She began to close her set with “I Saw The Light” and “Whole Lotta Shak’n” was the encore as they led her out. This truly was an amazing first night to this two day event. I’ll be here all weekend reporting live on this event. I wanted to touch a little more on some of what was going on up front while I stayed in the back and worked the parlor room.
Dale Watson helped make that show an even more memorable one, as Miss Celine played her very first Nashville Palace show. Her band consisted of many powerhouse members including Mr. Chris Casello on lead guitar and steel guitar, AND he plays them simultaneously, and that’s always fun to watch.
Miss Sylvia Neal was playing the bass last night, and Mr. Mike Bernal was playing drums, which even though I was back here most of the entire evening I heard some of the music from the hallway. I’m going to post some of the pictures that Miss Mae took for me last night.
This past weekend (October 20th and October 21st), I made a trip up to Nashville, TN to see Cody Jinks play at the Ryman. I only had tickets for Saturday night, but I planned to make a weekend of it. I spent the weekend hanging out with Gary so much of my article will mirror his.
Friday night we got into Nashville late. We caught a bit of Sarah Gayle Meech at Layla’s. The place was packed even with a crowd of people already heading into the Ryman for Friday night’s Cody Jinks show. I haven’t seen Sarah since she played Muddy Roots in 2013. While we were at Layla’s for her set she played through several originals and covers. We eventually headed over to Robert’s next door to catch a bit of the Don Kelley Band. They have a killer guitar player and did a great extended jam of Ramblin’ Man.
We had planned to hang out at Robert’s and catch Sarah Gayle Meech’s set there, but the place got too crowded and we had a long day on Saturday so we left about 10:30pm. I found out later that evening through the Flocker Facebook group that Cody Jinks himself played a couple of songs on the Robert’s stage that night. He ran through Waylon’s “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” and Merle Haggard’s “Mamma Tried” with an assist from Sarah Gayle Meech. It would have been amazing to see this, but we got some much needed rest for the day ahead.
Before going further, I have to comment on how much Broadway has changed. When I was there in 2008, the main attractions were Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, Robert’s Western World and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Since then so many new places have opened up it is crazy. Those are still the main attractions if you want traditional country on Broadway though.
We got good seats at Robert’s Western World this time and hung out there until it was time to go into the Ryman. Eileen Rose and The Silver Threads were playing and did a full four our set of country classics. I was able to
request Jerry Reed’s “Eastbound And Down” and Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man”. Both are personal favorites.
I highly recommend squeezing into Layla’s Bluegrass Inn or Robert’s Western World for a fun filled day of country music. These establishments have classical country acts playing all day from open to close. A trip to Nashville isn’t complete without stopping in.
Anticipation was building for the main event of the weekend. Night 2 of Cody Jink’s 2 night residency at the Ryman Auditorium. Excitement was in the air as many people had been to night 1 and had already witnessed an
amazing evening and were ready to do it again. This night would be my first time seeing Sunny Sweeney, Ward Davis and Cody Jinks so I was ready for it.
Sunny Sweeney got the night started off right with a full band set that heavily featured tracks from her latest album Trophy. Some of the highlights for me included a great performance of my favorite Sunny Sweeney song “Pass The Pain” and “Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass” which was a great live crowd participation song. It was a short opening set and I hope to see Sunny play a longer set in the future.
Next up was Ward Davis. I was less familiar with Ward’s music going in, however I had enjoyed his album 15 Years In A 10 Year Town so much that I bought a copy at the merch table prior to the show. His live show blew me
away. He did a rendition of “Highwaymen” with Whitey Morgan and Cody Jinks joining in on the third and fourth verses. He also did a couple of favorites from the album “No Going Home” and “Unfair Weather Friend”.
He played a couple of songs which should appear on his next album. These songs were titled “Geronimo” and “Colorado” and I think “Colorado” has the potential to be a radio hit. It’s a co-write with Cody Jinks just like
Cody’s big hit “I’m Not The Devil”. He closed out the set with a stirring rendition of Ronnie Milsap’s “Stranger In My House”. I quite enjoyed Ward’s set and he’s got a new fan here. I’ll be looking forward to his next album.
Finally, the main event of the weekend was Cody Jinks. His band comes out to the same walk out music Metallica uses which is Ennio Morricone’s “Ecstasy Of Gold”. At this stage in their career, Cody Jinks and The Tone Deaf Hippies are top notch. I put them on par with Jamey Johnson’s band or Willie Nelson’s Family Band as one of the best outlaw country bands in the world. They played a long set around 2 hours that includes just about everything you would want to hear as a fan.
The set focused heavily on the albums Adobe Sessions and I’m Not The Devil but also featured a healthy
number of songs from previous albums. Some personal highlights included “I’m Not The Devil”, “The Way I Am” featuring Whitey Morgan, “Cast No Stones”, “We’re Gonna Dance”, “Vampires”, “No Guarantees”, “Chase That
Song” and “Fast Hand”. It was a set heavy on original material that is sure to please any fan.
They even did their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. With these shows at the Ryman Auditorium, it feels like Cody Jinks has moved up a notch in the world of country music. The days of seeing him at smaller venues are all but over and he has a band that is fit for the big stages he will be seeing in the near future. I fully believe the sky’s the limit for Cody Jinks and it is a great time to be a fan of traditional and outlaw country music.
Mr. Josh Morningstar has moved up in the world of this game in many ways, he’s got a RV now named “Melody” and he’s done got him a weekend (not weekly) gig here at the Nashville Palace .MANY good acts pop into the Palace from time to time like on the 18th they have Jake Penrod and YOU BETTER check that out,because it’s not everyday he comes to town. The Nashville Palace has rapidly become a bustling hub of Country Music industry folks for many reasons, but I think one of them is the free parking and amount of it. You know Lower Broadway is FUN…but 30 dollars to park! I’ll be completely honest with the new ownership of the Palace I’m not completely ecstatic about the new food options, but the Palace is spacious and the crew is AWESOME! Miss Julea is indeed the bees knees and one of the smartest Country Music historians I have ever encountered. She appreciates the unknown and obscure Country Music artists, and I learn a LOT from her.
So this will be a four hour set, I’m going to warn you outright that this article will include more covers than originals. Ergo, one has to understand the reasons of his doing this tonight..because he IS an entertainer, and let me tell you he has moved to a whole new echelon of showmanship than in 2013 when I first encountered him. As an entertainer you need to accommodate your target audience, and tourist needs. Many people here tonight were tourists that were here wanting to party to those well known Classic Country Music hits we all love.
That’s NOT to say that Mr. Josh is not writing DAMN FINE Country Music, and isn’t on his way to bigger and better things, no no no. That’s just simply implying that the target demographic here was older tourists wanting to hear songs like Mr. Ernest Tubbs 1946 hit “Driving Nail In My Coffin” written by Mr. Jerry Irby, and also recorded that same year by Floyd Tillman. You see Mr. Josh has been delivering well performed cover songs to the masses for many years, and you know what to be honest if it’s played well, covers are OK.
I’m here with friends enjoying the chaos going on down here in the front bar tonight, as he opened with the song “Crazy Arms that Ralph Mooney wrote and Ray Price made famous in 1956 during his Cherokee Cowboy portion of his career. Mr. Ray was one of those with a multiple stage career, being many years of Honky Tonk, and some years of that Nashville Sound pop country of it’s time. Mr. Josh Morningstar and I share a like minded passion and a deep thirst for the old, the classic and the obscure lying in the halls of Country Music’s past.
If you watch someone like me, you’ll see me at places like the Palace, carefully scouring each piece with interest and study. Did you know the only reason Waylon wore vests was for extra pockets? Did you know that at the Palace there are no pictures of Waylon? I regard the gal in charge there Miss Julea as one of the top notch people in town as far as knowledge of this genre, she’s a SHARP COOKIE, and a good friend.
Mr. Josh upholds the mighty Merle Haggard as one his prominent influences, as do we all. He played a mighty fine version of the following at different times throughout the set: “Workin Man’s Blues” from 1969, which was the A side to “Silver Wings”. He played the 1969 “Okie From Muskogee” that Haggard wrote with his longtime drummer Ed Burris who died in 2011. The last Haggard song he played was “Fightin Side Of Me” from 1970, that song has my favorite song by Haggard on the B side called “Every Fool Has A Rainbow”.
Some of the originals he played were many of my favorites as well, songs like “All That I Been Living for Is Gone” and his title track song “Whole Lotta Crazy”. That song is one of his best play on words songs he has ever written, and it had a good Honky Tonkin thump that is missing in much of today’s music. It just has many things that are missing in “Country Music” today. “Crying Eyes Of Blue” he’s been playing for a while and you can find that on his album “Songs for Fools With Broken Hearts”, it may be hard to find now. He played “Damn These Birds” a song about drug dealers he used to mess with back in the day. The song that starts with a C, and is in the key of C…is none other than “Cocaine”..C what he did there? “Some where Soft To Fall” was one his own as well.
“Talk To me Texas” was originally a Mr.Tracy Byrd song however the great Mr. Keith Whitley brought it to greater commercial success than Byrd did before his untimely death. He played a REAL good job of Mr. Dale Watson’s “I Lie When I Drink”, the Mr. Billy Sherrill penned hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, and MANY Mr. Hank Williams hits we ALL know. “Kaw Liga”, “Your Cheatin Heart” Hey Good Lookin” and “Tear In My Beer”.
More of his middle set song covers included: “Rambli’n Man”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Guitars, Cadillacs, and Hillbilly Music”, “11 Months And 29 Days”, “How I Got To Memphis”, “Whiskey River”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Amanda”, “Dang Me”, “Diggin Up Bones”, “blues Man”, and “Honky Tonk Heroes”.
Mr. Frank Parish, Miss Michelle Lucas, Mr. Bobby Miller, and Mr. Greg Johnson rocked the stage tonight with many other songs like ‘Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”, Mr. Billie Gant’s “Stop Fucking Up Country Music” “Long Time Gone”, and the Mr. Billy Don Burns hit “Haggard And Hank”. You truly missed a good show if you didn’t make this one folks, and as always you purchase his new album HERE.
This week I am happy to be able to bring you this interview with Ward Davis. I have been blessed to not only see this guy in concert 10+ times but also some how along the way I became friends with him. I truly consider Ward and his lead guitarist Cody Bennett brothers, and I love them both like family because they are family in my book. If you love the traditional country sound and respect the history of Country music then I have no doubt you will love Ward’s music. Please take a moment and like this page if you haven’t already so you will never miss any upcoming interviews and click the share button and share this post to help spread Ward’s music.
Round 1 – Brother the Ryman felt life changing for myself and I was just in the audience. Can you talk about this past weekend and your feelings on having played for 2 sold out nights at the Ryman?
Ward – “I’ve wanted to play at the Ryman since I was about 9 years old. I moved to Nashville, in 2000, and didn’t set foot in the place for the first 10 years of living here. I was hoping my first time in the Ryman would be to perform, in some capacity. I wanted to play it so bad, but somewhere in there I gave up on ever getting to. Dreams change, goals change, and I had decided to buckle down and write songs for a living, and had let performing kind of slip to the side. When I stopped chasing wild geese in Nashville, and started touring full time two years ago, I can honestly say that it never even crossed my mind that I might get to play there at some point. It didn’t seem realistic. I was really just looking for 12-15 markets where I could go play throughout the year, and make a living for my family. I was expecting to still be playing in shit-hole dive bars for tips at this point. The course changed when I started working with and touring with Cody Jinks. Our style’s aren’t necessarily the same, but we share that mutual love for writing songs, and I think we are just fans of one another. He’s been real generous, giving me that opening spot on so many of his shows, and getting to play the Ryman was just another example of that. The gesture of him letting me open the show, being there on that stage with my best friend, and just the pleasure of the whole experience was probably one of the best feelings I have ever felt. It’s up there with my daughter being born…it was a lot of the most magnificent moments of my life.”
Round 2 – Is there any news on when we may be seeing a new album?
Ward – “Well there won’t be a new album…I’ve got a new EP coming out here in the next couple of months..I’ve had it recorded for some time now, but have kept it shelved while I’ve been touring. I wanted to have some time to make sure it’s just right before I drop it. My friend Buddy Cannon offered up his talents to produce it, and he did a hell of a job. Buddy has produced a shit ton of records for a shit ton of artists, including George Jones, WIllie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson, Sammy Kershaw, Kenny Chesney, Gilbert Donovan, and even more than I can’t think of. He produced “Unfair Weather Friend,” on Willie and Merle, and I just love the hell out of him for it. This little record is some of the best music I have ever recorded, albeit short…it’s gonna be sweet. I hate to speculate on a date yet, but I’d imagine it’ll be out before the weather gets warm again.”
Round 3 – The Wardens & The Flockers are 2 very loyal groups and they both love you, can you tell everyone your thoughts on these groups and what they mean to you?
Ward – “Is this a trick question? I’ve never seen anything like those guys..I’ve had a few die hard fans that have been coming to my few-and-far-between shows for the past 15 years who I’ve always just thought of as good friends, just because they did so much to help me keep the family fed, and the bills paid. I thought it was just friends being friendly…It’s weird for me to see so many people basically being the same way towards me, for no good reason. I mean, it’s humbling..I don’t expect it, and I spend a lot of time scratching my head trying to figure out why all these people are being so nice to me, and all they want from me is for me to keep doing what I love doing. But they are the ones that are making it all possible in the first place. It’s crazy…They don’t know me, and they weren’t there for all those years I was struggling to try to make something happen in this town, but somehow they seem to understand, and embrace my music. It’s overwhelming. So yeah. The Wardens and Flockers are about as cool of a bunch of fans as I could imagine. I love them.”‘
Round 4 – Everyone that knows you knows that you’re funny as hell, make us laugh brother and tell us one of your favorite stories or memories from the road…I know there must be some good ones with you and Jinks touring together.
Ward – “Man, this is a hard one. There are lots.. I guess my favorite most recent one, that isn’t too wild, was here a couple months ago when I got arrested in Hays, Kansas for possession of marijuana. In all fairness, I was trying to smoke it up as fast as I could, so I wouldn’t have to travel with it, but Kansas is long and wide, and it takes time to drive across it. I couldn’t get it all smoked up it time and the crime-fighting super-cops in Hays nabbed my ass. They cuffed me and stuffed me in the car, but not before Jinks verbally accosted every one of them, for being fucking assholes…He actually beat me to the jail to bail me out. I fuckin love that guy. Anyway, charges pending.”
Round 5 – What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of music?
Ward – “I don’t have many…not much time. I guess my favorite thing to do when I’m not touring, writing, being daddy, or sleeping, is hitting up thrift stores and searching for old books. I like old books…especially when they are rare and I can find some sucker on eBay to pay me 100 times what I paid for them. As a result of my hobby, my garage is full of boxes and boxes of old worthless books, that I refuse to throw out. I’ve also picked a couple of pretty nice oil paintings, some ancient pacific island tribal artifacts, and even a pretty sweet antelope head that hangs in the garage. So yeah, I guess I like to party at GoodWill for my hobby.”
Last Call – This is where you can say whatever you want to your fans and anyone else who may read this.
Ward – “Man, thanks for asking me to do this…I guess that’s all I want to say..Other than I love my life. I love what I do, and if I died tomorrow, I’d die a happy dude.”
For those of you that enjoy going to the Nashville Boogie that Muddy Roots has been putting on for two years now, Mr. Jason has created a winter event for us to enjoy, that falls along the same lines of the spring event. You know I always have TOTAL FUN at the Palace and with Muddy Roots events, and I’m sure you will too. So here’s a ticket link and some hotels for you.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017, 4:30 PM Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 11:30 PM CDT
The Nashville Palace
2611 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Wanda Jackson & the Music Valley Jamboree will give you the Nashville Boogie fix you need! Featuring rockabilly, country & western bands and DJs Friday 6pm to 2am and Saturday 12 noon to 2am! An all day cruise in will take place behind The Nashville Palace on Saturday. There is no fee to park in the cruise in. We’ll be wrapping up the weekend with a record convention on Sunday. Hosted by www.muddyrootsrecords.com
DJ Reb Kennedy
DJ Krazy Kat Daddy
Kyle Eldridge & The Rhythm Rounders
DJ Col. Paco Chaos
DJ Krazy Kat Daddy
DJ, Col. Paco Chaos
DJ Juke Joint Jenni
The Rhythm Kings
Screamin’ Rebel, Angels
If you’re going to call an album King of Country Music, you have to be able to back it up. The Reeves Brothers do just that on their latest release. The album is a mix of a few obscure covers and some great originals. It has a sound that sounds like it came out of the 1970s, but it’s the latest release from this band out of Pahrump, NV.
The covers on this album include “C.C. Water back” originally by Merle Haggard and George Jones, “Riverboat Gambler” by Chris LeDoux and the traditional gospel tune “Unclouded Day”. The Reeves Brothers do a good job with all of the covers here. I especially love the addition of Tony Martinez on “C.C. Water back” and the bluegrass feel of “Unclouded Day”.
I’m a huge fan of their original tracks here. “Sober Up And Face The Night” is a great ballad that breaks up the tone of a faster paced album. “Honky-Tonks and Cheap Motels” is another original that fits right in with songs from the 70s.
Some cuts on this album are old tracks and even uncut songs they have covered from some obscure songwriters you might or might not have heard of. You get songs like “Mama Raised A Ramblin’ Man” and a live cut of “Who Invented Honky Tonkin’” which were written by Ray Willis who wrote songs for Kenny Rogers and Ronnie Milsap. You also have cuts like the amazing track “King of Country Music” which went unused and was written by Gene Price who was Merle Haggard’s bass player on the Okie From Muskogee album and wrote songs with Buck Owens. This is a great way to pay tribute the older songwriters who might be long forgotten if their songs aren’t cut by newer bands like this.
If you’re a fan of the traditional honky tonk sound out of the 70’s, check out this album. It lives up to the moniker King of Country Music for sure and holds up the tradition by including some obscure covers and paying homage to some obscure songwriters. We’re lucky to have groups such as the Reeves Brothers who keep this sound alive. King of Country Music is out everywhere you can find digital albums and you can pick up a physical copy from The Reeves Brothers
I met Mr. Kurt Fortmeyer many moons ago on the Myspace website when I was truly taking raw form of an actual website. I had NO knowledge of HTML coding or how to operate the back door aspect of this deal, I had no connections and I had no knowledge of how to go about organizing. BUT I DID have a knowledge of obscure Country Music and somewhat of a knowledge of songwriters.
I have always stated that Country Music as a whole has three major fundamental pillars of it’s structure. And if you have all three of those you indeed have a timeless classic Country album. The steel guitarist, the producer and the songwriter.
To be honest nowadays I think the songwriter role has been pretty much pushed under the carpet by the major media ACCEPT the major songwriters that also perform and sell out venues like John Prine. I mean the writers that got together in those publishing houses, and sat in those dirty rooms full of smoke, and old white castle bags and created REAL songs. Unless you are into underground music like THIS website is dedicated to you won’t know who Billy Don Burns or Jimmy Payne are. Mr. Kurt is one of the kindest and honest individuals I have ever shook hands with and to be honest it’s a downright shame he is not regraded higher than he is by many.
I started hanging out with Mr. Kurt downtown at the open mic nights all over town and playing rounds with him. We had MANY terrific FUN nights of music and friendship together. EVERY Thanksgiving he invites me over and EVERY cookout I have I invite him, I LOVE to hear him play what I consider HIS HITS!
I’ll be honest overall this isn’t his best album HOWEVER there ARE some BEST songs on this album that I hope one day he puts on “greatest hits” album. This album was truly a DAMN FINE album with some genius twists on words, it’s amazing how his brain works when it come to lyrics. Just because I said it wasn’t his best doesn’t mean I thought it was a bad album, I simply don’t believe he COULD MAKE a bad album!
The album opens with a somber and slow song “The Heart Of A Hobo” which is about a vagabond who was a hobo at heart, and eventually ends up actually obtaining a heart from someone who was. It contains SO MANY clever quips and witty lines like ‘how he came to have that change of heart”..it has two meanings and you must LISTEN CLOSE to “get it”.
With Mr. Kurt you will get religious songs and political ones as well and if that not your cup of tea it’s ok! He’s got a song called “Jesus Wouldn’t Do It That Way” which opens with “To some pillhead on the radio calling women whores, Jesus wouldn’t do it that way”. Oddly enough that was about my VERY OWN uncle, however I haven’t had anything to do with him for many years, I also don’t think Jesus would call anybody a pillhead either. It just struck me for a good giggle he would even know who my uncle was! However I did agree with this song Jesus wouldn’t appreciate neither side of the political spectrum of today’s society. I myself choose to ignore the people and things I don’t like, when Obama was president I saw some pretty nasty pictures and now I see nasty pictures of the current President by the people whom were offended by the pictures of the past one….how does that justify any actions? Now you CANNOT say leave politics OUT of music because everyone does it and it’s OK with me, not much offends me, I simply point out things from both sides of politics that I find naughty.
You will get humorous and downright entertaining songs like “The Wrong Side Of The Roost” which is about ornery old Roosters in that barnyard that likes to peck your butt. Once again you get MANY good lines in the song like “change his name to stew (meaning Stu)” Comes off a little too cocky? VERY good song here.
Perhaps on of the finest songs Mr. Kurt has ever created is this one called ‘Merle Go Round”, it’s already been cut and I’ll include the video here. You will absolutely LOVE this song, and it made MY Merle go round for sure! It’s just plain out good old Honky Tonk Country for sure!
The BEST SONG on this album and might even be the best song he’s ever done in my opinion is “We Can’t Cut The Baby In Half” which is a classic song about divorce. WOW, Mr. Kurt amazes me more and more EVERY ALBUM he makes. It focuses on a couple splitting up and dividing up their assets but when it comes down to deciding who gets the baby they have a change of heart and decide to stay together. You know this is a rather easy to understand song with complex lyrics. You have to REALLY listen to get the full meaning.
‘A woman’s Touch” was a song I related with really well, at 46 years old I have NO drama and no problems in life. I’d be a really good catch for some lady even though I’m a fixer upper. But I quit trying because I’m just not wanted by anybody, it’s all about looks. “On the market as a fixer upper” is a truly good line indeed. You’ll ALSO get a really good re issues of one of his older songs called ‘What’s Not To Love About That”. This is an older song that everybody downtown REALLY enjoys and garners a lot of people singing along to it.
This week I am happy to be able to bring you the very talented Kayla Ray. She is just as nice and sweet as she is talented and I believe you guys will enjoy her as much as I do. Please remember to like this page to ensure you never miss an upcoming interview and share this post to help spread Kayla’s music.
Round 1 – What is a lyric from a song, either yours or someone else’s that means a lot to you and why ?
For the past two years, unless you have been living under a rock, or you just don’t care for Country Music you have heard the name Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies. For the last ten years this man Mr. Cody Jinks has been tirelessly traveling the country playing his Country Music for the masses totally off the radar of MOST of the mainstream media sources.
I have been covering him for years as well as a few of the websites out there, and this past weekend one of them wrote a pretty nice piece on him….but I didn’t see him there? I’m also not aware of any of his representatives were there. I went to the Saturday show, the only reason I didn’t attend the Friday show was because of my job situation at the time, I was previously on second shift and couldn’t have Friday off. I now work third shift and Friday night is my Saturday night now. For another take on the weekend I’m sure you can find a good review of this show on Country Music Armadillo.
According to my studies I am Flocker member number 2751..so I heard many people asking this weekend, WHAT IS A Flocker? And WHAT significance does this term have with Cody Jinks playing at the Ryman? Well I’ll be completely honest with you as a music website, I endorse MANY groups and scenes from so many genres of music it’s uncanny. Also pretty much to HELL with genres, it’s just a term I use to keep up with things. I feature music I love and ignore music I don’t.
The Flockers are a fan group of THOUSANDS of like minded people that belong to a group called the Flockers. It was started by a man named Mr. William Higgins and if you click on the name it will take you to my interview with him. I had the chance to feature him during my side article features for the Kansas City based festival Tumbleweed.
Now the original name for the fans of Mr. Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies are called Black Sheep taken from one of his earlier albums, however the Flocker nation rose to surpass everything and become more prominent of a fan club than ANY artist I could possibly name besides Jimmy Buffet’s Parrotheads. I’m telling you I WATCH things in the music realms, I SEE EVERYTHING, I’m WELL trained to notice things. This group has raised over Sixty Thousand Dollars for charity and self admitted by Cody Jinks last night ‘He Couldn’t Do It By Himself”.
During Saturday night’s show he said ” You know for many years there were a large number of suits and ties that wanted nothing to do with me. Well, I darn sure bet they are watching me now”. It was absolutely heartwarming to witness him introduce his family to his other family of fans.
Mr. Cody and the many artists that you could construe as his ilk are the prime examples of the American Dream…hard work and determination can very well lead to success. I mean it’s TRUE Mr. Cody didn’t achieve all this by himself because WE made him this big, but without his hard work and music there would be nothing for us to love. He damn sure didn’t get to this pinnacle he is currently at from radio play and CMT features, he got here from YOU buying HIS music….and YOU THERE that is wearing his shirts, and YOU there reading THIS article..THANK YOU for your support. However on the other side of the coin you have Mr. Cody himself that has kept it real for all these years, and stood behind the music he plays. He’s NEVER stooped or bowed to any power that is or trend, and he’s not acting like he is anything special or better than anyone else. He’s pretty much just a Country Music and Heavy Metal nut like me that happened to have real music that a LOT of adult people relate to…and is on his way to surpass the fake, packaged people that do not.
Right now I shall be writing MY account of this weekend, now I want to point out at this juncture that I wasn’t in the auditorium during the Ward Davis set, my constituent Mr. Joshua Wallace was. I’ll be adding this later on to this article, if you don’t mind. I covered Mr. Ward Davis last weekend and you can read that HERE from Bowling Green, I also covered Mr. Cody YEARS AGO from that same venue and you can read that HERE.
You know the LAST TIME I went to see Mr. Cody Jinks in Nashville it was at 3rd And Lindsley and I covered that show too, you can read about that HERE. He was featured on Music City Roots and many other places. The ONLY mainstream source I can mention that has featured Mr. Cody was the Conan O Brien show on late night television.
So Friday night Mr. Joshua Wallace and I hung out at Layla’s on Lower Broadway to catch up with Miss Sarah Gayle Meechwho was playing with a championship lineup tonight. Miss Sarah has always been one of my personal favorites down here and pretty much LIVES in the Honky Tonks of town playing her songs from her two albums, produced by the powerful Mr. Andy Gibson.
Her set included covers like “Little Sister” and the some “Luckenbach Texas” that was made famous by Waylon. However the original songs are what I truly love to come down and see Miss Sarah perform. She commands audiences from all over with songs like “old White Boots” and “All I Want Is A Honky Tonk”. I just had a wonderful time being the DD as she played songs like “Watermelon And Root Beer” from her latest album “Tennessee Love Song” and the song called ‘Get It Over”.
I attended the Saturday show at the Ryman and first up was the Texas gal herself Sunny Sweeney. I have had the blessed opportunity to become friends with her over the years, and to be honest I’d do anything for her. She’s been out there busting her ass for just as long as Mr. Cody, battled personal demons and overcame HUGE obstacles to get to where she is now. Mr. Cody has five albums to her four, however I myself have been following her longer since 2007.
I watched her every step of the way, and stuck with her no matter what she’s done. This past August she played her 50th Opry performance, and she holds dear the Opry traditions. In fact I’d go so far as to say she holds them dear to her heart more passionately than many of it’s current members. MANY of it’s current members could care less about playing it unless they need to promote a new album or such.
The Opry management is TIRED of hearing from me and others regarding inducting her as an Opry memeber IF YOU ARE READING THIS CALL OR EMAIL AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I mean don’t YOU WANT your kids to be able to grow up to call her a Country Music Legend? Is she NOT filling their shoes?
She focused a LOT off her new album “Trophy” tonight (Look for that on my 2017 Top 50….um…look on the TOP 5)…oh did I leak that out already? She opened up the show tonight with “Better Bad Idea”. You know I could easily ascertain the influence of Stevie Nicks on her lately. Just little things I notice about her demeanor on stage, Miss Sunny has a magnetic stage presence. I’ll be honest, I’d pay to see her play over many of the women acts associated with her when I’m in the mood for Country Music.
“Pills” was next followed by a 1974 cover of Waylon Jenning’s “Rainy Day Woman”. this was the second single from the album “Ramblin Man” of Waylon’s RCA tenure. She also played another song off Trophy called “Pass The Pain”, before reverting back to her third album “Provoked” by including “Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass”.
Honestly if you ask me I REALLY LIKE her first album “Heart Breaker’s Hall Of Fame”, of which she included “If I Could”. I’ll be honest this song is one of her finest she does, it’s upbeat and fun to watch her play it. She also played “Why People Change” and closed her set with “Bad Girl Phase”.
I will be including more about Mr. Ward Davis later when Mr. Joshua writes it from his set list, as I mentioned earlier I recently saw him perform in Bowling Green so I was spending time catching up with Miss Sunny at her merchandise booth while he was playing.
Mr. Cody Jinks entered the stage under the intro music of “Ecstasy Of Gold”, which has been the intro music for the metal band Metallica for 25 years. Thusly he wore a Master Of Puppets shirt on the Friday show, and the set lists didn’t vary between nights accept for two songs. I might have someone write the Friday night show up soon.
He opened with two songs off his new album “I’m not The Devil” from last year, one of those were “No Guarantees” and he followed that up with “She’s All Mine”. The next song was “David” from the Adobe Sessions album, he really didn’t focus on his first three albums as much as I had hoped he would, but make NO mistake this show was absolutely phenomenal in every way!
“Wake Up Becki” was off his 2010 album “less Wise” which was his first album, and I was really pleased he included that song in this show. I also wanted to point out the fact he wore his 5 Shots With Fairbanks shirt on the stage tonight. If you aren’t familiar with his interviews you MUST GO check them out.
He played the song “No Words” and then played a song off the “30” album called “We Get By”. This show included many opportunities for Mr. Cody to include the audience in participating with singing many of the songs and responding to them. He paid TONS of homage to his mentors and heroes tonight by playing “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” and often referencing people like Merle Haggard. However they did a REALLY GOOD version of an old Clint Black song called “Nothing’s News”, which included a TRULY GOOD steel guitar solo intro from Mr. Austin Tripp. That song appeared on the 1990 debut album “Killin Time”, and was a VASTLY overlooked song.
“Birds” was next followed by one of my favorite songs called “Vampires”. I would like to currently say that this was truly a good lengthy show, and you got your TOTAL money’s worth out of all three artists. PLUS there were MANY guest appearances by people like Jamey Johnson on Friday night and Whitey Morgan on Saturday nights. MANY people coming out to join him on various songs throughout the whole weekend.
“Been Around” and “Give All you Can” were next, and continued on into the second portion of the show with a song called “What Else Is New”. Another song he played was one of my favorites called “Last Call For The Blues” from the Less Wise album. One of the highlights of the show was the intro story to the title track of his new album called “I’m Not The Devil”. He told us all the story of how he and Mr. Ward Davis got acquainted which was really fun to listen to.
After he played ‘Chase That Song” as I mentioned earlier he payed homage to Merle Haggard by including us in singing the 1980 Working Man’s anthem ‘The Way I Am” as he was joined by Mr. ward Davis and Mr. Whitey Morgan. Then they played their version of the Pink Floyd hit “Wish you Were Here”, before going into “Momma” and going into older songs like “Fast Hand”. Fast Hand is a really good song that is always included in many of his sets, and always sounds good live.
As he got to the closing songs and encores he played the epic juggernaut song he does called “Cast No Stones”. Every artist pretty much has that song everybody likes and can relate to easily, and I believe this was it. It had HUGE crowd participation from a very willing Mr. Cody, as well as “Loud And Heavy”.
The two encore songs were “Rock And Roll” and finally his anthem that he usually always closes with called “Hippies And Cowboys”. They are his two favorite groups of people to raise hell with, by all means. It’s one of his older songs from 2010 and one of the first songs I remember that turned me onto his music.
On Wednesday October 25th Nashville will gather to celebrate the life and career of Mr. Kenny Rogers, and will include a star studded lineup of the latest reuniting of Miss Wynonna and Miss Naomi Judd, Chris Stapleton and MORE. You can purchase tickets for this event HERE if it isn’t already sold out.
To be honest when it comes to the spectrum of Country Music, there isn’t anything that Mr. Kenny HASN’T DONE to proliferate the genre. To be honest in my opinion a lot of his music is a prime example of pop country for it’s time frame, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing really. Pop country of that particular time frame was indeed less hokey and fake as it is now, it’s basically apples and oranges in comparison.
He has charted over 120 singles, sold over 100 million albums and remained on charts for over 200 weeks total in his almost 60 year career. In 2003 he garnered a lifetime achievement award from the CMA. He has amassed an uncanny amount of awards from the ACA, CMA, ACM, and Grammy awards.
He is equally known for his movie adaptions of his songs like “The Gambler” and “Coward Of The County”., his role as guest on the Muppet Show and many more movies of the 70’s and 80’s. When it was announced he was retiring from music and performing, the music industry decided to put on this tribute show in his honor.
ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER: KENNY ROGERS’ FAREWELL CONCERT CELEBRATION
Music stars Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd have been added to the momentous lineup for “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. In addition, The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi Judd) will reunite for an unforgettable performance.
The new additions to the lineup will join previously announced artists Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, and Elle King.
The final block of tickets is now available via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
Mr. Josh Morningstar has never ceased to amaze me lately..his new album “Whole Lotta Crazy” has garnered a plethora of attention with NO major media support whatsoever. Shit, if Mr. Sturgill does it why can’t Mr. Josh? Well I do not know Mr. Sturgill very well personally, I DO KNOW Mr. Josh and I can readily vouch for his authenticity and his passion.
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for me…so I guess we go through life not doing anything for each other! All jokes aside people I wanted to bring an upcoming show he is doing to your attention.
He’s going to be making a special appearance at the iconic Nashville Palace on October 28th. And I’ll be coming down for this event you can bet on it, the food is still pretty good there and the staff is TOP NOTCH. Miss Tara is an awesome human being and I love her very much. Miss Julia has the biggest heart for Country Music that I have ever run into, she teaches obscure artists and I LOVE her knowledge.
If you would like to order his new album it’s available on his name there click on that. OR come on down and buy if from him in person and grab a shirt and a handshake. TRUST ME this WILL be a truly fun time and I’m planning some cool things for this event.
Now folks you know that I work a “regular job” as well as run this website so I’m sorry I cannot make show mid week, also I work third shift so it’s even harder. HOWEVER if YOU can make this show and lend YOUR support PLEASE do so. This following is from Miss Roxane Atwood and Mr. Tim Atwood.
FRIENDS, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please share this poster and ask your friends to share this poster….even if you don’t live in Nashville. There is no budget for advertising for this show because 100% of our proceeds will go to the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund to help musicians in need.
The subject matter is serious, but the event itself will be fun. How could it not be fun with Jeannie Seely hosting the event in honor of one of her best friends DOTTIE WEST…and Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers sharing stories and songs…along with David Frizzell and Shelly West…and other members of the West family….and a few surprise guests are coming that, well, let’s just say you’ll want to have your cameras ready.
And since we are raising money for the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund, we thought we would take a moment and honor one of Nashville’s finest musicians–a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame–Jimmy Capps! There should also be a table at the event filled with other MHOF members….the Musician Elite!
This event is one week from today. Wednesday October 18th. There is no set cost to get through the door. We will turn no one away–although the purpose of the night is to raise money for musicians in need. As you walk in 3rd and Lindsley there will be a sign that reads “What’s a Musician Worth to You?” Give what you can. $1…$5…$20…$100. No judgement. Just come out and support the musician who makes the music you love possible. We want to see a FULL HOUSE. This really will be a great show…and it is for such a worthy cause. The show starts at 7:30. We really do hope to see you there!
Hey guys this week I am happy to bring you guys Mr. Jonathan Parker . He represents country music the way it should be, I enjoy it and I think you guys will to. Like always please like this page to ensure you never miss any upcoming interviews and please share this week’s interview to help spread JP’s music so others can hear it.
Round 1 – Being a traveling musciain I am sure you see and hear a lot while on tour, can you tell us about one of your favorite memories from the road?
JP – I find it hard to zero in on one memory. Honestly, I’ve been blessed to be able to meet and play shows with some cool cats and even a few heroes of mine. I look forward to doing more of that.
Round 2 – Do you come from a musical family or is music just something you grew to love doing?
JP – I actually do not come from a musical family. Meaning, no one in my family plays or writes music but me. Although, I totally credit my dad for my love for music. Traditional country music in particular.
Round 3 – How would you describe your perfect day?
JP – Man. My perfect day right now would be any day spent with my family. I have a wonderful wife and a first grader that’s a total miniature me. When I’m not on stage or recording, I try spend as much time with them as possible.
Round 4 – What are some of your upcoming goals and plans?
JP – My main goal at the time is to make another album and keep touring.
Round 5 – What are some of your favorite things/hobbies to do outside of the Music World?
JP – My favorite things to do outside of music are fishing, hunting, and spending time with my family. I also dabble in graphic design a bit.
Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.
JP – First of all, I want to thank all my fans and all music lovers for giving folks like me a job. I’d also like to encourage all of my fans specifically, to show some love to one another. Maybe introduce this music to someone new. Take them to a show. Any show. Let’s try to encourage something that will unify us rather than create more negativity and evil. Shed some light!
You can’t go far in the world of country music without hearing the name Kendell
Marvel. He has written many great songs that have been performed by the
likes of Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton and George Strait to name a few.
He also hosts a monthly Honky Tonk Experience show at the famous Exit /
In. Marvel has finally released his debut album Lowdown & Lonesome and
it’s a good one. Kendell Marvel has taken some of the best parts of the
people he’s worked alongside in Nashville and created some good, real
It’s bluesy like a good Stapleton record one moment, and hits you hard with
the thick honky tonk outlaw sound of a Jamey Johnson record the next.
Kendell Marvel has a powerful voice to pull it off too. Songs like “Gypsy
Woman” and “Lowdown & Lonesome” are the kind of tracks that will stick with
you cement Marvell as his own hit maker. Another highlight is “Untangle My
Mind” which features some honky tonk piano.
“Untangle My Mind” is also notable as one of the album’s three Chris
Stapleton co-writes. The other two “Closer To Hell” and “Trying Not To
Love You” are also highlights. Honestly, there isn’t a bad song on this
album and it is sure to find a spot on my year end top albums list. The
Charlie Daniels cover “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” with Jamey Johnson is a
good way to close it out.
If you want some good country music that will hold you over till the next
Stapleton or Jamey Johnson album hits, this is the record for you. It hits
all the right notes and Kendell Marvel’s first step into the spotlight is
amazing. I highly recommend everyone go and buy or stream this album now.
It is available everywhere digitally and on CD at Kendell Marvel
1. Kendell Marvel – Lowdown & Lonesome
2.Lowdown & Lonesome
4.Heartache Off My Back
5.Watch Your Heart
6.Untangle My Mind
7.Tryin’ Not To Love You
8.Hurtin’ Gets Hard
9.Closer To Hell
10.That Seat’s Saved
11.Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye
Laid Back Country Picker is one of those artists you hear about through the
grapevine. Either you see his videos on Youtube, you see someone wearing
his shirt or you see a friend post about his album online. There is an
infectious quality about the single he released titled “Magoffin County
Cadillac”. The entire self titled debut album has that same quality that
draws you in and doesn’t let go.
“Magoffin County Cadillac” is the best track of the record. It’s a great
song about buying quality, cheap former police cars at police auctions.
It’s actually refreshing because it’s not something you hear about a
thousand times in other country songs. “I Live In The Now” and “Gangsters
and Preachers” are other highlights. They keep that same classic country
sound that makes “Magoffin County Cadillac” so good.
It is worth mentioning that John Neff plays steel guitar on this record.
He played on a lot of the Drive By Trucker albums including my personal
favorite Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. “Kathy With An Eight Ball” is a
simple track that is essentially a show piece for his work as it features a
long steel solo that is worth checking out.
I’m digging what I hear of Laid Back Country Picker. The CD has a quote on
it “I just want to play some good country music and treat everybody
right…”. They’ve got the good country music part right here, and so far
Laid Back Country Picker seems to be an alright guy. Currently the only
way to get this CD is to see him at a show or message Laid Back Country
Picker on Facebook. Tell him Gary Hayes sent ya.
1.Laid Back Country Picker
2. Magoffin County Cadillac
4. Kathy With An Eight Ball
5.I Live In The Now
6.Gangsters and Preachers
8.Put Me Away
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County
I’m here tonight seeing Mr. Ward Davis play what I call a house show in Bowling Green at the Warehouse At Mt. Victor, which is a very nice venue. I believe the only single complaint I have ever had was lack of food sales, so I went over to get a pizza at another venue. This is a very spacious and place to see a show in my opinion, and I enjoy meeting new local area friends here.
There is no opening act here this evening Its pretty much an entire evening with our pal Mr Ward, which isn’t really a bad thing because I for one am in the mood for some damn good Country Music here tonight. He is planning a new album soon with songs like “Geronimo” which I plan to catch on video in this article here.
My last run in with Mr. Ward was this summer for Tumbleweed Festival 2017 and although I shall be at Blue Ox next year reporting live there. Ill have my right arm Mr. Joshua Wallace there next year for me. So you can rest assured despite my physical absence, my website will be there. In fact I’ll be attending a TON of festivals in 2018 like always.
Mr. Ward opened his show with ‘Almost Goodbye” which included some really good guitar solos and he followed that up with “No Going Home”. The Third song he said was a song that Ray Scott wrote called “Papa And Mama”, which you can find on his 2014 self titled album.
Like I previously stated I filmed video of the song “Geronimo” which will be on his new album, so right now let’s watch that before I go on talking about more of the show…
He then went on to talk about his regret about loosing Mr. Tom Petty, and went into playing a cover of his B side song called “Something Big”. Perhaps one of the highlights of tonight’s show was the ballad song he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks called “Colorado”, it has some truly fine guitar work on it. He displays such a heartfelt feeling in his voice on this song, and it’s a well written song.
I have always enjoyed the way he plays “The Highwaymen” but like I mentioned before HIGH on the top of my TOP 50 list for it’s respective year, was the album Django And Jimmie. This album was the sixth and final collaboration between Legends Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, before the death of Merle Haggard.
‘Unfair Weather Friend” is an absolute masterpiece, and Mr. Ward deserves EVERY accolade he has been bestowed for writing this song with Miss Marla Cannon-Goodman. I know Mr. Buddy Cannon is one of my favorite songwriters, MY favorite song he wrote was the Mel Tillis song “Pyramid Of Cans” on the southern Rain album BUT George Jones also recorded it, and it also inspired an Alan Jackson song..check that song out after this. So let’s watch him perform “Unfair Weather Friend” OK?
Another of my favorite songs was next called “Old Worn Out Cowboys” that on the album had help from Mr. Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson. You know this venue was a truly nice and personal place to watch Mr. Ward play but alas he IS growing. I want to take this time to publicly express how proud I am of him and Mr. Cody Jinks for achieving the Ryman status. I’ll be there next weekend for you Sir, and if you are reading this…you worked hard and earned it, Sir!
“Get To Work Whiskey” was next followed by another good song called “Lost in My Hometown” that I relate to because the farm I grew up on is gone. My home is a subway now, ugh…
He played a great cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” that was recorded under Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He played “I’m Not The Devil” OF COURSE that he wrote with Mr. Cody, and it was his hit album title. Also one of my TOP albums of the year.
“15 Years” was next followed by a GREAT cover of Mr. Ronnie Milsap’s song “Stranger In My House” from his 1983 album All Keyed Up. I’ll tell you what I AM a HUGE fan of Mr. Ronnie Milsap. I LOVE his late 70’s early 80’s piano honky tonk. I call it pianotonk, the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.
‘So What If I Do” and also “Don’t Forget To Get Stoned” were the encores for us tonight, and of couse he was kind enough to talk with everybody and take pictures.
Tickets are available for this event by clicking HERE .
Folks parts of Florida were severely damaged by the hurricanes this year but The Suwannee Roots Festival will be going on this weekend, and this lineup is wonderful. I believe I have included all of the needed information below including FULL band links and I also researched hotels and area places to go.
As all of you know my website promotes and attends up to 175 festivals yearly, this one is nothing short of stellar, so please if you are out in that area support this event.
Located just north of Live Oak, Fla, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. The Spirit of the Suwannee is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to these events, the park offers live music during the week in the Music Hall and a natural amphitheater for outdoor music festivals.
The grounds include 700+ acres for camping, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, jogging, observation at the world’s largest bat house, Way Down Upon the Suwannee River Trail Ride and New Year’s Eve Party, putt putt golf and pro-quality disc golf, a honey bee observation exhibit, beautiful rental cabins (and custom built cabins for sale), RV parking with full hookups, electric and water sites, shower and bath houses, full service restaurant, golf cart rentals, the Arts and Crafts Village, Country Store and much, much more. Or, you can just hang your hammock between two trees, put your feet up and relax as you listen to the quiet sounds of nature all around you
Need more information?
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is conveniently located near Live Oak, Florida, between Interstates 75 and 10.
Festival Entrance GPS Address
9379 County Road 132, Live Oak, Fl 32060
Take exit 283 and go north on US 129 4.5 miles.
Take exit 451 and proceed south 4.5 miles. Keep an eye out for our sign!
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground is centrally located to over 500 Florida Tourist Attractions within 2 ½ hours driving time.
Suwannee Roots Revival Rules & FAQ’s
General Festival Rules
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is open 365 days a year. Guests may arrive early to set up camp for additional camping fees. Please note that at high traffic times you may experience a delay in processing your entry. Come early!
During music festivals at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground, dogs and other pets create problems. Accordingly, the Park rules prohibit pets. Next time you plan to visit Spirit of the Suwannee for a music festival, or special event, please DO NOT BRING YOUR PET! You will either be refused entry to the Park, or will be required to leave without a refund if you and your pet are found. If you have a legal service dog, you are welcome to bring it so long as it wears a tag showing that it has a recent, active, anti-rabies vaccination. You must also check your service dog in when you arrive at the Park so it can be properly credentialed.
No illegal substances or activities will be permitted. Please note that Marajuana usage is illegal in the state of Florida and Suwannee County, unlike some other parts of the country.
Re-entry is allowed for Weekend Ticket Buyers as long as you do NOT remove your wristband. We are NOT responsible for lost of missing wristbands. If you lose it, you will pay an additional fee to replace it.
NO SPINNING FIRE/POI! (Sorry we just don’t have the safety program implemented yet)
NO NITROUS! (If security finds a tank, you will not be granted entry.)
NO GLASS! (Please bring all beverages in cans or plastic)
NO FIGHTING! (If you are involved in a fight both parties will be asked to leave)
CAMP FIRES ARE ALLOWED WEATHER PERMITTING. PLEASE ONLY START CAMP FIRES IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND BE SURE TO EXTINGUISH BEFORE LEAVING YOUR CAMPSITE
A variety of micro brewed beer will be available for purchase! (Photo ID will be required to consume alcohol).
Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.. Keep them safe! We will scan them.
Ages 18 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian
All persons, vehicles, and possessions will be searched upon entry.
Due to Florida regulations no outside alcohol will be permitted within the concert area.
There will be on-site security at all times as well as first aid stations open 24/7.
All camping attendees are subject to search upon entry.
Feel free to bring your own food and beverages into onsite camping.
Campers are expected to behave in a manner that is courteous to other campers.
All general car & tent campers are permitted to visit each others camp sites.
What is the closest airport to the venue?
Jacksonville, FL #JAX
Can I sell my crafts around the site? Can I sell my delicious homemade burritos?
For health and quality reasons, unauthorized food vendors pose a risk to festival goers. Unauthorized food vendors are not permitted and will be shut down to alleviate that risk. Each year Suwannee Roots Revival is committed to selecting quality craft and merchandise vendors. The unauthorized sale of merchandise in the camping area is not permitted, and Suwannee Roots Revival is committing to ensuring a successful event for all authorized vendors.
What is the policy on cooking devices?
PLEASE follow these instructions if you are planning on using a grill. You can use gas/propane fuel sources or charcoal, but scavenging for wood on site will NOT be permitted. No more than 10 pounds of charcoal per grill per car will be allowed. The fire must be entirely contained and off the ground. Air quality is a concern. Please keep the fires as small as possible and extinguish them as soon as you are finished. When you are done cooking with charcoal, put it out with water before going into the show or going to sleep or leaving your camp, rather than letting it burn out over time. In any case, DO NOT DUMP COALS ON THE GROUND (ever) or in the trash until they are entirely cool. After the coals are COMPLETELY DEAD, dispose of them properly as garbage.
What kind of camping is provided? Can we camp with our friends?
Amazing camping! Primitive Camping comes with your ticket. Primitive includes Tent or Car camping. Yes, you may camp with your friends!
What is provided at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Campgrounds?
There will be bathrooms and hand wash stations. A general store will be selling sundries (personal hygiene products, batteries, film, disposable cameras, ice, water, etc…) Vendors will be selling a variety of reasonably priced foods, beverages and snacks. ATM Machines WILL be available in multiple locations on the site.
What emergency services will be available on site? What should I do if I need emergency assistance (medical, police, towing, locksmith, etc.)?
There will be emergency medical personnel and Security personnel onsite around the clock. If you need EMERGENCY medical or police attention, find a staff person with a radio, go to an information tent, medical tent, or tell one of the security personnel. Make sure your lights and radio are turned off when you park so you don’t drain your battery! Try not to lose your car keys or lock them in your car, we recommend bringing an extra set of keys to be safe. Also, please help us keep the parking areas clear of discarded bottles and other hazards – the tires you save could be your own!
What else should I know?
Pace yourself! Eat enough, drink enough water (it’s really important to stay hydrated), and get enough sleep so that you can enjoy the second day as much as the first. Also, if you can bring patience and a sense of humor, it will be a great gift to yourself as well as those around you, and it will help you to get the most out of your experience. Be a good neighbor – get to know your neighbors, watch their stuff and they will return the favor.
Venue Rules & FAQ’s
WELCOME TO CORNETT’S SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK AND CAMPGROUND!
Your job is to enjoy the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Our job is to help you, and everyone else, enjoy the Park. If we succeed, then we will have the most outstanding music-oriented campground on Earth; a place that we can enjoy for many generations to come. These regulations are a special contract between the Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, its employees and guests, and control the duties and responsibilities of all Park visitors. §513.117. Fla. Stat. Because of the tremendous popularity of music festivals, special rules apply during those special events; special rules are indicated in BOLD TYPE. If you violate any of these rules, you may be ejected from the Park without a refund.
ADMISSION TO SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK. Almost everyone is welcome at the Park. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, physical disability or creed. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We retain the right to refuse services to any person who displays intoxication, profanity, lewdness, brawling, whose conduct disturbs the peace or comfort of others, who damages property, who engages in illegal or disorderly conduct, whose conduct is a nuisance, or who violates any of these rules. All visitors must check in with the Park Office or Gate Attendant upon first arrival, and must pay any required admission fee (additional fees apply for overnight stay, activities, services and events). You may be required to display a vehicle pass or sticker on your vehicle at all times while on the premises. If you require a special accommodation for your visit due to a disability, please advise the Park Office or Gate Attendant when you enter the Park.
Guests during special events must present a ticket, along with a valid photo-identification, for entry into the Park, and will be issued a wristband that must be worn for the duration of the event. Take care with your wristband; if you take it off or lose it you will be required to buy a new ticket. NO EXCEPTIONS! Additional camping fees may apply depending upon your arrival and departure dates, and where you camp.
GETTING AROUND AND PARKING. “River Road” is the Park’s main street. It is one of the few paved roads in the Park and runs from the entrance off Highway 129 to the parking area for the white sandy beach on the Suwannee River. In addition to a few internal roads, the Park contains miles and miles of beautiful hiking paths and horse trails. A map of the Park is available in the Park Office, and is posted nearby. Typically, festival brochures include a map of Park features and venues.
The two most important travel rules are:
*ALWAYS yield to pedestrians – they have the right of way!
*Secondly, slow down and stay alert! The maximum speed for any vehicle (golf cart, bicycle, horse or other means) is ten (10) miles per hour. If children or crowds are present, slow down or stop to avoid them as needed.
There are designated areas for parking cars, trucks, golf carts and RV’s; do not park outside of designated areas or your vehicle will be towed at your expense and inconvenience. Please do not park any vehicle, including a golf cart, on someone else’s space. When in doubt, please don’t risk it. Do not park in a designated handicap accessible space unless you have the proper license plate or other State-issued insignia; your vehicle will be towed at your expense.
Be aware that Driving Under the Influence or “DUI” is not tolerated in the Park. You may be arrested by law enforcement officials and taken to jail if you are observed to be DUI in the Park, regardless of the vehicle, golf cart, bicycle, or automobile you may be driving.
All motor vehicles must be properly licensed and insured and all motor vehicle operators must be over 16, properly licensed and insured. You must display a Park-issued vehicle pass at all times. We will refuse entry to motor vehicles that are loud, stinky, or that have safety issues in our sole discretion. All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), off-road utility vehicles (ORV’s), recreational utility vehicles (RUV’s), dirt or motocross bikes, go-carts, and dune buggies are not allowed in the park.
Golf carts are a popular and convenient way to get around. Rentals are available at the Country Store. If you wish to bring your own, a trail fee must be paid upon arrival at the Park. We allow gas/electric factory models that do not exceed 14HP: E-Z Go (295 and 350 cc); Club (290 and 350 cc); and Yamaha (357 cc). Also, golf carts can’t exceed 8 inches maximum lift, a 23 x 11 x 12 maximum tire size and meet factory muffler specifications. You must check in your golf cart upon arrival at the Park, present proof of registration and insurance, have your golf cart inspected, fill out a form, pay a trail use fee, and obtain a sticker to be displayed while at the Park. Golf cart drivers must be licensed and over age 16. The driver and passengers must be seated at all times during operation. Be aware that headlights and taillights must be used from before dusk till after dawn. Golf carts must stay on designated roads and trails and be parked at your campsite by Midnight. During special events golf carts should be parked at your campsite no later than one-hour after the concert ends for the night. Trail fees during special events are non-refundable.
Bicycles are available for rent from the Country Store. All bicycles operated from between dusk and dawn must burn front and taillights. Children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet as required by Section 316.2065, Fla. Stat. If you ride a bicycle on designated trails, please respect the environment and be kind to pedestrians, persons on horseback, animals, and other cyclists.
Horses are usually welcome in the Park’s horse camping area and on marked horse trail areas, except during some special events. Horse owners must check in and present proof of a negative Coggins test, along with other required health certifications. Horses are not allowed on roadways, camping areas, or anywhere outside of the horse camping area and marked horse trails. No riding at night. A horse that kicks must be identified by a RED ribbon tied on its tail. No “tie outs” are allowed. See office for details. Horses are not allowed in the Park during special events.
During some special events, free shuttle service may be provided and we assume no risk for your use of such shuttles.
ENJOYING THE PARK’S NATURAL SETTING. We strive to keep the Park a clean, safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy! Please respect the environment, and do not harm plants or animals. Please do not litter. Place cigarette butts in ashtrays. No fireworks of any kind are allowed. Guns, Tasers, and all weapons are strictly prohibited on Park property, and that includes weapons carried in motor vehicles. Properly authorized law enforcement and security personnel may carry weapons as authorized by law, when on duty. Please respect fellow campers by not passing through their campsites. Picnic tables are provided by the Park at some spaces; please keep them clean and free of clutter when not in active use.
The Park maintains a quiet time of 11 P.M. During some festivals, jam sessions and drum circles may last until the wee hours with due consideration of those camping nearby.If weather and other prevailing conditions are acceptable to the Park, properly contained campfires are permitted in enclosed fire rings or in small dirt fire pits.
No bonfires or large fire pits allowed. Do not collect, or cut, trees or shrubs. Do not burn treated wood, plastic, garbage or trash. Fires must be supervised at all times and carefully put out before leaving unattended. Do not use gasoline, kerosene or other accelerants to start fires. Firewood and fire starters are available at the Country Store.
All of the airspace above the Park is restricted and no person is authorized to operate any type of aircraft, drone, radio-controlled airplane or helicopter, kite, Chinese lantern, luminary, sky lantern, fire balloon, Kongming lantern, hot air balloon, or other flying object, except that Frisbees, footballs, and other similar toys may be used when they do not present a danger or nuisance to other guests.
Please use alcohol and medication responsibly and lawfully. Underage drinking and use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited.
During musical performances, please be advised that you may be exposed to loud sounds, and please take whatever action you deem necessary to protect your hearing. The use of high-quality ear protection is strongly recommended for infants and small children.
The posting or distribution of literature; or the sale, distribution or solicitation of any product or service is only allowed with advance written approval of Park management. Sale or distribution of products or services by vendors during special events is only allowed by approved written contract.
Urgent messages may be available in the Park Office. In case of emergency, call 911 immediately. Report any problem by stopping by the Park Office or by calling the office at (386) 364-1683. If you are injured while in the Park, you must promptly report such injury to the office in person or by phone.
If you lose something, please check at the Park Office. If your personal property has identification with your address and contact information, we will try to contact you to have you claim it. Any such property unclaimed after 90 days will become property of the Park.
Ticket holders are subject to, without limitation, the following terms and conditions:
• No refund will be given on lost or stolen tickets or wristbands of unused tickets. NO EXCEPTIONS!
• No food or beverages may be brought into the festival area; however, please check the Festival brochure to see whether or not you may bring in a new, unopened plastic bottle of water or an empty water container. NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed in the festival area.
• No weapons, laser devices, drones, model airplanes, fireworks, luminaries, or any other items determined dangerous by Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. may be brought into the Park, or in a motor vehicle operated in the Park.
• Management will be allowed into all venue areas.
• All artists and times of performances are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.
• Tickets that are lost, stolen, counterfeit or obtained from sources other than Park or any of its ticket outlets will not be honored.
• It is unlawful to obtain/attempt to obtain admission by fraud. Any such admissions/attempted admissions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.
• Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. reserves the right to refuse admission and/or revoke any ticketed admission without refund.
• No unauthorized video or audio recording allowed in venue areas during special events.
• Management reserves the right to at its sole discretion to refuse admission to or to eject any person from the premises whose conduct is deemed to be disorderly, vulgar or abusive, and/or who fails to comply with park policies and procedures. Failure to comply will terminate any rights of ticketholder and will be removed from premises.
• Ticketholder agrees to comply with all State, local and Park rules that prohibit and limit alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, weapons, controlled substances, recording devices, cameras, or containers being brought into the Park or venue area.
• The Park reserves the right to search all persons and vehicles entering the property.
• All tickets are non-refundable and do not bear any cash value.
• Cancellation of the event by Act of God, strikes, riots, or any other act/order of any public authority beyond the control of Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. does not obligate Management to ticket refunds or substitute performance(s).
• Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. and/or any of its management, officers, directors is not held liable for any personal loss, injury, death, property damage, or any other harm suffered by participants, vendors, lessors, spectators at any special event.
• By entering the Park patrons consent to the use of their likeness for media coverage, marketing, and advertising of the Park or of the event, without compensation or a signed release. • Tickets and wristbands are nontransferable; tickets and/or wristbands must be worn by the same person for the entire festival.
I have been waiting with VERY much anxiety to bring you folks this review of the first album from Hellbound Glory in about six years. You know back in the Myspace days of my divorce in 2006 I started finding all of these super cool bands coming out of the woodwork. Some of them went on to be classified as “Roots Music” or “Americana”, however Hellbound Glory just called itself “Scumbag Country”.
Enter the realistic world of Mr. Leroy Virgil, who since day one has released some of the most visceral and haughty lyrics you will ever hear from a west coast band. Based in Reno, Nev Hellbound Glory now consists of Virgil, guitarist John Schreffler Jr., bassist Ted Russel Kamp, drummer Jamie Douglass, pedal steel player Jon Graboff, lap steel player Eric “Rico” Peterson and fiddle player Aubrey Richmond.
Black Country Rock has been headed toward a RECORD YEAR on my website (pardon the pun) but if they keep up this good work they could possibly have THREE OR MORE albums on my TOP 50 of 2017. Shooter Jennings and his crew of Outlaws have been BUSY this year making corporate music jittery with some stellar releases.
Mr. Leroy’s songs have always been socially nefarious and poignant while at the same time his vocal presentation is just plain honest and real. This album is typical Leroy Virgil style and arrangement both, with a remake of a classic song from the album “Old Highs And New Lows” called “Another Bender Might Break Me”. You know folks this band is extremely special to me, because in 2006 I had a VERY expensive divorce. I lived in my car for three months because my wife left me with so many bills, I couldn’t afford rent and paying those bills.
I finally got a place and back on my feet, right about that time I found Hellbound Glory and a few other bands like them. I had many many nights where I would “Drink Until The Bottle’s Empty”..like the song “Empty Bottles”. There is a HUGE LINE in this song I don’t drink from the bottle, the bottle drinks from me. See folks on this album you get the greatest form of Mr. Leroy EVER captured on a recording, and if you disagree I am sorry for you.
Pinball includes 11 new songs on a translucent blue vinyl, with a CD and a download card inside! All for $20! You’ll be getting heavily assaulted by Shooter and his cronies in the next few weeks about this album because it MUST BE heralded as a masterpiece.
He covers the 1972 Mr. Larry Collins hit “Delta Dawn” made popular by Miss Tanya Tucker when she was just a teenage Country Music sensation. For her time she was the Emi Sunshine of her generation. The song “Six Strings Away” is a remake of a Waylon Jennings song which was another good addition to this album, and it complements the other songs nicely.
“Sun Valley Blues (Bloodweiser)” is an absolutely top notch song, and made me drop my coffee cup. Not that this whole project didn’t but I can’t stop listening to this song here, if you don’t identify with it I suppose you aren’t white trash in spirit. In some ways we all have our little freaky things that can be construed as such. But the other song that grabbed me was “That’s Just What I Am”, you know there are too many bro country acts singing about how country they are. Chances are the more the hollar that they are…..they aren’t. Mr. Leroy is the total complete opposite of that, it doesn’t take long to figure that out.
The album opens with a classic song called “Merica (The Good Ol’ U.S.A.), which pretty much describes the typical ordinary Country folk in everyday society. It contains witty quips and descriptions of the NRA and pretty much everyday life, and goes right into a rebellious song called “Vandalism Spree”.’
Another of the crown jewels of this album is the song called “Pinball” and it is indeed the title track of the album, of course this song depicts the after affects of a wild night of drug use and drinking. One thing you will easily ascertain about Mr. Leroy is that songs about drug use and wild parties flow from his heart very readily and easily.
He is a modern day road warrior and prophet of heartache and hurt in a form that most anybody could relate to. Hellbound Glory is BY FAR one of the most purest forms of TRUE Outlaw Country Music I have ever heard in my life. Cause that’s just what he is…..
I would heavily suggest you go over RIGHT NOW and pre order this album and when you receive it you MUST SPIN IT until it is worn out.
1. Merica (The Good Ol’ U.S.A.)
2.That’s Just What I Am
3.Six Strings Away
5.Sun Valley Blues
10.Another Bender Might Break Me
I heard about this weeks artist from mutual friends that introduced me to his music. I really enjoy his sound but beyond that he is just a really friendly down to Earth dude. He has been nothing but nice to me since I first started talking to him so when I found out he was interested in being on my ‘5 Shots’ page, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Like always guys please like my page if you haven’t already so you never miss any upcoming artist interviews and also please share this article to help spread the music of James Scott Bullard Thanks!
Round 1 – How long have you been performing music for people, how did it all get started?
JSB – I would con my way into local bars when I was a kid, like 16 and just hang around until the guitar player or bass player didn’t show up or got too drunk to finish the set, then I’d take his place. So technically since I was 16. I never actually intended to sing until I started my first band and it was less of a headache and more cost effective for me to play guitar AND sing than to try and find a singer and have to split the money another way, so that’s how that happened. I had my first real band during my late teens/early 20’s in the mid to late 90’s, and we had some pretty good regional success, made some records, opened for a few bands who were big at the time; Creed, Big Wreck, Superdrag, a couple of Butch Walkers bands, etc. We had this big blue converted church bus, and we’d removed all the seats but 3 so we could haul our equipment. It had no heat or air, and when you tried to get any, you got a good buzz from the exhaust that was leaking through the vents instead, and those WERE the good ol’ days! Anyway, that all adds up to a lot of years!
Round 2 – I’ve heard you might have a new video and album coming out soon, what can you tell us about them?
JSB – Absolutely! The video is VERY close to being ready. It’s for the first single from the new album. The album is titled: “Full Tilt Boogie” and the single is titled: “Wicked Ways,” and as with the last video, I took the director’s chair on this one. However, I have a REALLY bad habit of starting with one concept, then throwing it out the window and starting from scratch after 18 hrs. of footage has already been shot, which drives the cast and crew insane! I forget that we only have 4 min. to fill up and find myself trying to tell too much of a story. I was reminded by a dear friend recently that art is meant to be interpreted by the viewer or listener, don’t lead ‘em by the hand. That made sense, so I simplified this one by mix-matching the footage we shot and it turned out to be really cool visually and tell its own story…But the BEST part for the fans (and my personal favorite part) is that because there was so much leftover footage, I stole a cue from Michael Jackson…Don’t panic before I explain: After all of it was put together the right way, we had this gritty, surreal mini-movie on our hands that I couldn’t part with. So, there’s gonna be 2 different versions of the video like Michael did back in the day with “Thriller.” You’ll have the long version with the video book-ended by a mini-movie, and then the short version of just the song, (but no dancing zombies, or me in red leather!) And even after all that, there’s still roughly 10 hrs. of footage on the cutting room floor that will never see the light of day. As far as a release date for the video, my understanding is that it’s going to accompany the pre-sale for the album, so it should be coming pretty soon. The album, “Full Tilt Boogie” is being held for release until early 2018, because releasing an album at the beginning of a new year gives it a whole year to really dig in and take root with fans and radio. It is a bit of departure from the stuff like “Elizabeth” and “Another Heart.” I mean it’s still me, still the truth as I’ve lived it, still true blue, real country, but not as soft. It’s edgier and a lot more brazen. A lot less ‘poor me’ and a lot more ‘told ya so!’
Round 3 – What is your favorite type of guitar to play (Fender, Les Paul etc…) and why is that?
JSB – Electric: My first guitar was a Les Paul, and damn I love the tone of P90 pickups, but Fender Tele is my top choice, been playing them since the 90’s, no need to stop now. Acoustic: I’ve tried them all, the last 2 I’ve played live and on records were Gibson J-45’s, but I have recently been swayed by an AMAZING Guild D-40 I played, so that’ll be my next purchase.
Round 4 – For someone who has never heard your music before how would you describe it to them?
JSB – I’ve heard it called outlaw, real country, alternative country, honky-tonk, Americana, that list goes on forever, but for me, honestly, it all boils down to the blues. Whether it’s rock or country, or whatever, it all came from the same place and it’s all our own interpretations of that. That’s why I think folks don’t connect with pop country, it doesn’t speak TO you or FOR you. It doesn’t understand you like real country music does. Real country music speaks to the every day people; The blue-collar, broken hearted, addicted, angry, common man and woman who deal with real life every day, where there ain’t no sugar coating. …You know why we believed Merle Haggard turned 21 in prison? Because HE DID! In short; To be a songwriter, you have to know what you’re talking about, or folks will see right through you. You have to have conviction. You don’t have to suffer to sing the country blues, but it sure does help.
Round 5 – What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the Music World?
JSB – I have an 11 year old son who I adore. My father once told me before he died: “You’ll never understand what love means until you have a child of your own.” He was right. Every moment I get to spend with him is my Eden. He’s better than me, he’s my hero. And now that he’s older we have so much more in common, we both love Slayer and Pantera! My other passion is filmmaking. Not only did I direct the last 2 music videos, I’m in the process of directing a horror film right now. (I’m a horror film fanatic, so I figured if Rob Zombie could do it, I could too.)
Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.
JSB – Thank you! I’ll never be able to say that enough. In the past year I’ve been shown so much love and support, it’s unreal. Without you guys, there is no me. I’m humbled and honored that so many people like what I do, because secretly I’ve always felt like at some point someone is gonna come up and ask for my i.d. and kick me out of the club. Ha! Another big thanks to my manager @Missy Davis Jones for assembling a new award-winning team of people behind the scenes who never miss and don’t understand the word no! And my booking agency @Lone Star Music Promotions and @Big Dawg Music Promotions for getting a helluva start on putting me out there where the fans have been asking for me. And there’s a couple more tricks up the sleeve that I can’t talk about yet, but just hold tight for 2018, I promise y’all ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Last but certainly not least: Myself and plenty of others in the same genre owe a HUGE debt of gratitude not just to the fans, but to folks like you Josh Fairbanks, and Amanda Carlon, Samuel Trimble, and Jon Brashear over at Outlaw Resurgence, Argo Dilligaf, Venice Joe Pettijohn Jr., Bronson McNellis, W.B. Walker, my long-time gal pal, Sloane Spencer, and several who I know I’m forgetting (please forgive me) who continue to put us on radio and push us on social media and turn people onto the fact that there’s real music beyond the top 10 rotation and CMT. For that we owe you guys everything!