2017 Music Festivals: The John Hartford Memorial Festival.

2017 Music Festivals: The John Hartford Memorial Festival.

You know folks I deal with literally hundreds of festivals in five main genres, and nowadays most of them are capping their ticket sales to under 2500, because they don’t want overcrowding. I can certainly see that as a positive thing by all means, and well into it’s seventh year is a tried and true Bluegrass festival called The John Hartford Memorial Festival out there in Bean Blossom Indiana.

Why, many people will agree with me this festival is the VERY ONE that coined the term “Newgrass”. Now Newgrass pretty much broke the mold of the common Traditional structure of Bluegrass and the three and four part harmonies involved within it. Mind you, it wasn’t always accepted by all within the Bluegrass scene , and in a way..it still isn’t.

But yonder way comes the “World’s most laid back festival” by way of Indiana, and it happens next week, you can purchase tickets HERE. The campground and the facilities are maintained and operated by Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground.

The John Hartford Memorial Festival is selling 3-Day & 4-Day primitive camping passes and festival tickets on our ticketing page.  No 1-Day or 2-day camping passes will be sold on our web site, they will be sold at the gate during the festival. Camping cost is NOT included in the festival ticket purchase. If you are camping you must pay a separate camping fee. Reservations are not required for primitive camping but are highly recommended for RV campsites. Primitive camping locations are spread throughout the park and are first come first serve.

If you would like to reserve an RV site with hook ups you must call the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at (800) 414-4677. We urge you to do this as soon as you can. These sites are coveted and will go fast! For any additional questions about camping reservations, camping with hook-up prices, or anything else regarding camping, call the Campground.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Present: The Grateful Ball,

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Pert Near Sandstone

Rumpke Mountain Boys

Run Boy Run

Larry Keel Experience

Mountain Sprout,

The Tillers

Bawn In the Mash

The Lil’ Smokies

Chris Dollar And His String Band

The Hammer And The Hatchet,

Joseph Huber,

The Last Revel,

Growler,

Old Salt Union,

The Wooks,

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys,

The Ransom Notes,

Glade City Rounders,

Blunderbus,

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys,

The Matchsellers

The physical location of the festival is:
5163 SR 135 N, Morgantown, Indiana
5 miles north of Nashville, IN on SR 135 (Bill Monroe Memorial Hwy)

The park is located on state highway 135 between Morgantown and Nashville, IN.

Click Here for Google Map Directions.

The GPS Coordinates are as follows.
39°16’11.8″N 86°14’60.0″W

Off of Hwy 65 just a little bit south of Indianapolis Indiana in Morgantown, just north of Nashville Indiana it is located pretty close to my Tn/Ky area. Most of my local readers can get there in about four hours tops, and it is indeed a nice facility I have been there myself during non-festival functions.

This is the sixth year for this festival and I see no sings of it stopping in any fashion (at least I hope not).
So with that in mind I usually list some hotels in the area for those of you like me that cannot camp for whatever reasons.

This festival is golf cart friendly and is near another of my favorite festivals in the Nashville Indiana area so I know the area well and there are grocery stores around and this festival has laundry available too. Sooo enojy this festival folks because I think it’s a pretty damn good addition to my series!

Brown County Cabins
Comfort Inn
Abbey Inn
Creekside Retreat
Always Inn

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Nashville Boogie Part 3: Legends On The Opry.

Nashville Boogie Part 3: Legends On The Opry.

On November 23rd 1992 the Grand Ole Opry lost one of it’s most beloved figures. A man that embellished Country Music with grace and poise, and he died with more dignity and honor than a thousand of today’s “stars” of Country Music. A man that even the likes of Hank Williams Sr heralded as Country Music’s Godfather, even Waylon Jennings held all cussing around in respect to his stature of this genre. Roy Acuff was and still is one our most beautiful leaders of the Opry and performed on the stage of the Opry up until the week he died in a house that faced the Opry front doors.

Every morning he awoke and lifted his head to look at his precious place where many people began their journey in the music industry. It launched so many people’s careers and created a home for many of our beloved Legends, in the form of providing a staple place to perform after their prime of their careers. Every weekend you can still go to the Opry and see people like Bill Anderson and Jeannie Seeley week after week, you can still see Mike Snyder telling jokes and Bobby Osborne play Rocky top which became the Tennessee state song in 1982.

I am sitting here on a small wooden bench in front of the final home of his writing this article, because I deemed it appropriate to do so. I firmly think Mr. Roy would approve of what we are doing here this weekend and that is appreciating true music, ALL kinds of music. Rockabilly music was originally forbidden on the Opry stage, but the main focus here is the fact that we are bringing REAL Country Music to the Opry stage tonight.

Mr. Jason is the heartbeat of Muddy Roots, and in my opinion is a prime example of the American Dream…one of the kings of DIY businesses. A small entity that is usually ignored by the major media outlets and hated upon by the bigger groups in the industry, because they are promoting and creating the false music that Muddy Roots exposes as fake. Those people that listen to the plastic music don’t know who Bobby Bare is nor do they care, they aren’t told to care. They are impressionable and “programmed” to like what’s placed in front of them, and they just “go with it”. The Muddy Roots crowd isn’t falling for that bullshit and they aren’t tolerating it, in their own way once Roy Acuff understood their sincerity, I think he would have approved of this evening’s relevance.

The Cowpokes are a band that come from the local Nashville scene out of the American Legion Post in East Nashville. With powerhouse producer and steel guitarist Andy Gibson on the steel and Mr. Brendan Malone this band is absolutely on key and already play like a well oiled machine.

They play prominent Western Swing and old classic Country Western music, like the Moon Mullican song “I’ll Sail My Ship along” from 1950. Mr. Moon was the King Of The Hillbilly Piano Players whom also played with the Blue Ridge Playboys, also recorded the song “Ragged But I’m Right” before Johnny Paycheck made it popular. However that song was originally recorded by Riley Puckett first, Mr. Moon made it commercially successful as well.

They played the song ‘They Call Me A Playboy” by Wynn Stewart from 1962 along with a really great song called the “New Panhandle Rag”. I’m going to have to venture out there one night when I’m off of work to see more of their set.

I have always held mammoth guitarist Deke Dickerson in high regard as a player and a historian as well. I enjoy going to see musicians you can not only watch but I enjoy the ones that stop and talk to the audience, and teach them things. Knowledge is a precious gift and a powerful weapon, I learned tonight that Country Music Legend Onie Wheeler died ON the Opry stage. Now folks I did know he died of a heart attack, but I had no idea he died actually on the stage.

He and Big Sandy both chose Onie Wheeler songs tonight, and not only was that history mutually significant between those two, but iconic drummer J.M. Van Eaton was there to play on some of the songs he originally played on like the Jerry Lee Lewis classic “Great Balls Of Fire”.

Mr. J.W. played on all of those Sun Records classic albums from all of those artists from that time frame, and he did splendidly well on those songs again. He started with Jerry Lee Lewis song “Let The Good Times Roll” which I do believe was originally released in the late 1980’s but I could be wrong about that one.

The Onie Wheeler song he chose was called “Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox” from 1959 Sun Records with “Tell Em Off” being the B side. He closed with my favorite song Mr. Billy Mize wrote “It All Depends On Who Will Buy The Wine” that Jerry Lee Lewis did but I liked Charlie Walker’s version better.

Billy Harlan is a local Legend to me in my area, being a radio disc jockey during the time Hank Williams Sr died. He has had a resurgence into the Rockabilly Music scene through Muddy Roots Record label Read More Here on that subject.

He played “I Ain’t Elvis” and followed that with “My Fate Is In Your Hands” that was recorded by Hawkshaw Hawkins before his iconic death in 1963 with Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline. He closed his set with my favorite and his staple hit song “I Wanna Bop”.

Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys are Rockabilly Legends from the west coast area, and what’s nice about the Boogie is it brings them all to the Nashville area so I can cover their sets on this website. Anytime the west coast acts of any genre come out this way (or Red Dirt artists too) I usually rush out and see them, because there’s NO telling when they will return.

“That’s All” was the first song I noticed him playing, before playing Jerry Lee Lewis “I’m Sorry”. He closed his set with a song called “I Feel Sorry For You”. He also played a set at the Palace I believe but I missed it for other obligations.

J.P.Harris is an artist that I have always loved in every way, he plays COUNTRY. He doesn’t play any of the offshoot genres that are described by many. His new duet EP just recently cam out called “Why Don’t We Duet In The Road” and it includes “Golden Ring” with Kristiana Murray. I featured her at this past Muddy Roots.

This was a truly wonderful start to the Country portion of this show and did certainly whet our appetite for the main acts tonight. He opened with “Two For The Road” and went into “Oklahoma Is A Long Way Away” both from his first album he made, before going into a cover of “Why You Been Gone So Long”.

Mr. Joshua Hedley is a name YOU WILL hear more of on this website I PROMISE YOU. Now I took videos but I will not post them because these are new songs from an upcoming album. In fact I don’t even know the new song titles so I shall just speculate what they are.

His first one was perhaps the best called “Counting All My Teardrops” which not only showcased his vocals in a new and true form it embellished his lyrics really well. I was astounded by his ability to display his influences of traditional Country Music here. It resembled an old Conway Twitty song or the likes of that era song, but with a fresh new twist from a young man.

“Let’s Take A Vacation And Fall In Love Again” was well written and pleasant to listen to in a slew of hurting and heartache songs. “This Time for The First Time” was another truly fine song from the forthcoming album as well as “You’ll Be Better In The End”. AGAIN these are ONLY speculations on the names as SOOMN as I learn some information on this album it WILL be featured on here. He closed with “When You Wish Upon A Star”.

Bobby Bare was pretty much regarded as the original Outlaw of the 1970’s and is credited with ushering in the Outlaw Movement. Muddy Roots has featured him many times in the field, and as he walked out onto that stage and stood in that circle he gazed upon the crowd and said “Well I guess I had better sing some songs, huh”?

Standing brazenly in front of his band with age and growl in his voice he began with “I Wanna Go Home”, and went into “Winner” which had the crowd going on his trademark wild story songs like this one.

He went into “Streets Of Baltimore” and his equally famous trademark song “Dropkick Me Jesus”. I tell you what on so many classic songs from his past the enthusiastic audience sang along with every note he did, as he displayed ageless delivery of every note. Time has not faltered this Legend in any way but positively making his lessons of mistakes in life even more convincing. The stories and pictures painted by these old Outlaw songs of days gone by are many and vivid to someone like me.

“500 Miles” and “Four Strong Winds” were next followed by “Margie’s At The Lincoln Park Inn”. He stopped every couple of songs to tell jokes and share witty smart assed quips and one liner jokes. Before going into Shel Silverstein’s song “Still Gonna Die” off the Old Dogs album he made with Mel Tillis, Waylon and Jerry Reed. Mr. Jerry played on all of Bobby Bare’s classic albums, having helped Mr. Bobby’s career out immensely.

“That’s How I Got To Memphis” was second to closing along with “Marie LeVeaux” his only number one hit song, although he had many Top tens in his four decade career. And as he releases his new album soon called “Things Change” I see nothing changing for this man. Hopefully he will be around with us for many many years to come, because we need him.

Jerry Jeff Walker has brought Country Music so many songs I couldn’t even begin to name them all, and tonight as he performed his first Nashville set in twenty seven years he was just grateful to be there. “You Called Me out here to yell at me huh?” as people yelled out songs they wanted to hear.

As he opened with “Gettin By” and went into “Pickup Truck Song” he also displayed that time has not faltered his voice any, nor has it dented his ageless wit. He remain the same precise and crafted tunesmith we all know and love. He is the true last of his ilk the Townes Van Zandts and Tompall Glasers of his era probably survived only by Kristofferson and Mr. Tom Ghent. Mr. Jerry Jeff is the last of the breed, in every sense of the word.

He played the classic song “Navajo Rug” next along with one of his most popular songs “Mr. Bojangles” and followed that with “Trashy Women” that was recorded by Confederate Railroad”. That to me was a classic album for sure, in every sense of the word.

He took his long sleeve shirt off and decided to stay awhile before playing “Derby Day” and got ready to treat us to another set of classic songs here. He went into “Leaving LA Freeway”, and told some stories before going into the song “My Favorite Picture Of You” and more!

“The Cape” was next followed by one Miss Sunny Sweeney just cut called “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight”, along with his most noted rowdy bar anthem called “Up Against The Wall” made popular by Ray Wylie Hubbard. This truly was indeed a grand second set he played tonight here, and next he played “Those Were The Days”.

His encore included “The Armadillo Song” “Good Hearted Woman” and another song called “Little Bird”. There were four or five songs I missed while writing notes down and jotting things down on various places in my books. I know he played a Rusty Weir song as well, and once again received another standing ovation here at the Opry tonight.

Last year the Chris Issak show was truly enjoyable but THIS show was indeed the crown jewel of all Muddy Roots performances in my opinion. There has been many many Legends play in the field, at the Boogie and the Spring Weekender. In my opinion this one was the best I have ever had the pleasure to witness, and left me absolutely speechless. I had to wait a few days to even write words about this one folks it hit me that hard.

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Nashville Boogie Day 2: Shack Shaking Sonic Mayhem.

Nashville Boogie Day 2: Shack Shaking Sonic Mayhem.

Well folks I have returned to the Opryland area for more music and fun today as the car show opened up early and the vendor area was bustling with early risers, and coffee drinkers like me. I’m not going to lie folks today’s action was pretty damn good from the first band all the way to the last one of the night.

The bad news, was Mr. Dex Romweber had to cancel and the good news was the Legendary Shack Shakers played longer sets. Out here in the Ryman Hall the music was incredibly loud and the acoustics were very powerful, the bass players sounded like thunder all night. Absolutely incredible sounds and antics from many performers tonight, and none of the bands slouched in any fashion.

This has been one of the best of the three Boogies to ever happen here in Nashville and I’m looking forward to attending many more in the years to come. So with all the being said the first band I would like to touch on is Nashville based Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys whom had a good friend of mine Miss Mary Rodgers playing Sax for her. I covered her band the last time she played this festival in the past and it was a blessing to become reacquainted with her music.

” Wrong Kind Of Guy” was first as they opened their set with powerful lead vocal intros and blazing hot guitar lead solos, and ripping bass lines that rattled the walls. “Hot Rod Daddy” was next followed by “Bad Little Betty”. All of these bands embellish the great Rockabilly guidelines and lifestyle this weekend and the song “Bitten” and “Rock Crazy Baby” by Art Adams were no exceptions. All the way down to her gritty soulful carrying of notes on “Hound Dog” to the powerful “You Can’t Have My Husband” they rocked their way out songs like “Fool” and they closed with “Love Me Like A Man”.

Then I went upstairs to see the Riley Reed fashion show, and to be honest I don’t know anything about fashion so to try to understand the art of it in itself is a task I undertook with great enthusiasm and wonder. All the different designers and models displaying the different clothes and the care that is taken to mold each piece just right.

The designers were:

Manuel

Riley Reed

Fables

Rockin B Clothing

Katy K Designs

Tyler George

Fort Lonesome

My Vintage Look

Ellie Monster

North Country Maiden

Jerry Lee Atwood

The Psycho Devilles You know back in 2013 at Muddy Roots in Cookeville I became familiar with Hot Rod Walt and this band, also I had the opportunity to cover their set at many of the Boogies in the past. One song I did remember from last time was called “My Guitar Saved Me” and they followed that with one called “This Old Road”.

He was walking around handing everyone a sample FREE CD called “Swinging On The Moon” sponsored by Miller Beer and it contains three songs they played. “Ruby Ann”, “The Joke’s On Me” and another called “Chrome Sidepipes And SS Cragars”. However off the latest album they also played “Motor Honey”, and one called “Addicted To Love”.

Next up was “The Rebel” and a party song called “Victory Curls”, and a rocking tune called “Psycho Cadillac” and another called “Bar Fight” he played in two different speeds. Another great song called “My Way” was the difference between him and his father, who chose to work his whole life and when he retired he passed away. Instead Mr. Walt did things “His Way” and traveled the Country playing music. They closed with “Long Way To Go” , after their set I wandered over to the vendor area to visit with my car club friends from past festivals.

GOOD GOD possibly the BEST SET I EVER Saw The Legendary Shack Shakers perform EVER!  I just spoke to Mr. J.D.Wilkes and although he said a lot of it was random it was truly epic, and it involved crowd surfing and mass destruction of equipment. Much like the last set in Chicago not long ago this band absolutely slayed Nashville tonight in every way possible.

As they opened with their song “Mud”, they offered a heaping helping of their back catalog with songs like “Blood on The Bluegrass”, while lead singer the Colonel J.D.Wilkes ran around with an eclectic crazed demeanor. This set was much more different than two weeks ago in Chicago although it did contain many of the same songs.

They played “Hell Or High Water” and steamrolled into “Dump Road Yodel” while breaking guitar strings and part of their drum kit. Then they treated us to an instrumental and the song “Hobos Are My Heroes” all the while rarely stopping between songs. Literally they just changed tempos like when they played “Dixie Iron Fist”.

“No Such Thing” was next followed by the “Kentucky Song” and they closed with “Bullfrog Blues”. Their set included multiple stage diving episodes and came complete with J.D’s signature mic swinging and forehead popping, while sparing no use of his beloved harmonica thunder. The Legendary Shack Shakers sound like a tornado picked up a running locomotive. There was debris and broken strings everywhere along with cans, and every projectile one could imagine.

The Sonics are another band of Rockabilly Legends that we were blessed with this weekend. The Legends just keep coming at me this weekend here at the Boogie. These two sets were quite possibly the two greatest sets I have witnessed all year so far from ANY genre. I’m not going to lie these two bands absolutely created more chaos than like I said…all year.

They played a marathon twenty plus song set choked full of their timeless classic songs like “You Keep A Knocking” and “Psycho”. Their first song was “Cinderella” followed by “Shot Down” and “Cmon Everybody”. Despite their age they showed incredible poise and stamina, and showed that their age hasn’t slowed them in any way. As they displayed a terrific showing of their song “Sugaree” tonight and went into ‘Have Love” I realized their set was not nearly even half over yet!

“Be A Woman” was next followed by “Get In The Car” and “Head On Backwards” like pretty much all of the legends tonight they just blasted into song after song of old classic greatness. And for any true appreciator of music like me this was indeed a true treat to witness, and it could have lasted for days!

“Bad Betty” and the timeless classic “You Keep A Knockin”, was followed by “Louie Louie” and ‘Hard Way”. They also additionally came out and played some encores after completing their set with “Boss Hoss” and “Money”. They played the ever popular “Little Sister” and “Psycho” before finally leaving that poor clean up crew to sort out the mess.

The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam is a Swedish band that NEVER comes around here so I JUMPED at this chance to feature them and their rare brand of 50’s and 60’s Honky Tonk Music the likes of Buck Owens era music.

They have two full length albums out and played a REALLY LONG SET last night here at the Palace in the back parlor starting out with “Changing Her Thinking” and “We Have Strayed So Far”. Rolling right along into “Big City” and “Unjust Friends”.

They display every ounce of proper pop and twang to keep any Honky Tonk enthusiast busy with their five piece sound as the dance floor PILED UP with so many dancers you couldn’t see the floor, Holy Cow. This place was BUSY, and as they played “I’m Walking Slow” and “Unjust Friends” we wrapped up the main days of the Boogie in classic style all over the area.

“Blues Are Settling In” and “I’m Walking Slow” were next on the agenda for these boys. As people spun and danced to songs like “Why I Sing In A Honky Tonk” and “Empty Hours” I am pretty bummed that this band doesn’t come to the states more often but I can understand things.

“Drink After Midnight” and “Open Letter To The Blues” were next followed “Closely By My Teardrops” and “Cry Me A River”. They closer their set with “Even At My Best”, “Tears Don’t Stain” and lastly “Look Out Heart”. Truly an amazing job here by Muddy Roots and Mr. Jason Galaz, and EVERYONE ELSE who made this festival possible. All the bartenders and waitstaff.

THANK YOU ALL OF YOU!

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The Nashville Boogie Weekend Part 1.

The Nashville Boogie Weekend Part 1.

Well folks here I am in the middle of May with my spring festival work half finished, but I’m sure none of you mind. I have been all over the mid west already  traveling to many shows and festivals this year. It’s been so much fun let me tell you folks. So now finally this year I’m down here in Nashville Tennessee for the third annual Nashville Boogie Rockabilly Weekend brought to us by Muddy Roots.

Hillbilly Casino kicked off my weekend for me, I had to opt out of the first two days of this one folks but I’ll do my best to cover what I can of the remainder of this festival. I recently talked with bassist Geoff Firebaugh and got some information on their all new forthcoming album,which will be entitled “Red White And Bruised”.

This new album will be available July 14th and will contain thirteen songs that were recorded in Tennessee. In this article I shall allow you to see their new song and what those song titles are:

How Do You Think
Jibber Jabber
She’s Got Tricks
It’s Not Me
Toss Turn Roll
When She Kissed Me
Dog On A Chain
Trainwreck
Troubles
More Blues Than Green
Lowdown
Give It All Up

Now folks I did get to see their first set here tonight as they displayed some of their new songs for us last night. After opening with Crutchero guitar solo work they began with an old favorite “Debt With The Devil” and followed that with ‘You Got Me”.

This video is from their new song called “Trainwreck” that will be on the new album as well as some other new ones they played last night like “Give It All Up”. More of the songs they unleashed upon us last night were “Lowdown” and “More Blues Than Green”.

They played one of my favorite songs called “The Hole” before moving into a skit involving the Nashville Boogie man then which they played one called “Cmon Everybody”. They then went on into more new songs called “How Do You Think” and another called ‘Trainwreck”.

The last of the two new ones they played was called “Dog On A Chain’ before closing with some old recognizable favorites like “Violets In May” and “Knocking At Your Door”. ‘She’s Got Tricks” was another good new song they played before closing their set with “Tennessee Stomp”.

I’m very anxious to see what and who I can run into down there today so I’m about to go down there pretty early and have fun, I need to get some coffee and breakfast into these old bones before any music today. So let’s see what will be happening next.

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Westport Roots Festival Side Article: Interview With Moe Bandy.

Westport Roots Festival Side Article: Interview With Moe Bandy.

Well It’s no secret to any of you I’m sure because I have been promoting it for weeks now, next weekend at the Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City, I’ll be hosting the Honky Tonk stage for the second year now. Last year I had some truly memorable occurrences while hosting that stage out there. Some truly epic teamwork formed last year, as I was made so welcome by the festival organizer Mr. Jody Hendrix and Mr. Travis Fields who owns the Westport Saloon. In fact the whole Little Class Records staff and every bar there made me feel so welcome, that I couldn’t digress on another invitation to host their Honky Tonk stage.

This brought me to the juncture that I now rest upon as I write this, whereas I was made aware of my lineup not long ago. To my personal delight I was made aware one of my two top headliner acts was none other than one of my childhood heroes Country Legend Mr. Moe Bandy!

Moe Bandy has recorded thirty seven solo albums, and charted 15 Top 10’s in his over four decade career.  He also recorded seven albums with Joe Stampley, and a duet with Janie Fricke. I tell you what folks, I cannot ruin much of the interview with pre-writing this intro because I’ll spill the beans on what will all be said. I have studied this man and his music for thirty five years, and for ME to interview HIM is absolutely an accolade in my tenure as a journalist.  I’m hoping this brings me to a whole new echelon in the Country Music website community.

Even in today’s market of pop country and other mumbo jumbo Moe Bandy remains relevant, while never withdrawing from his Traditional Country sound. Ohhhh..that sweet steel guitar and fiddle accompanied by the three chord format of classic Moe Bandy songs we all know and love. So let’s talk with Mr. Moe shall we, now mind you these guys and gals are busy so while it’s an honor to chat I didn’t want to overstay my welcome..

GHC:

How did you get started playing music?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Well my mother played piano, and my father played guitar and we started singing and playing music there at the house. There was a lot of Gospel music and a lot of Country music. I played a banjo at one time too, and learned a couple of chords. I got into a lot of talent shows and stuff like that.

GHC:

I can easily ascertain through your music that Hank Williams Sr. influenced you immensely. Whom else influenced you as a young man?

My. Moe Bandy:

Well I was influenced greatly by people like Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and George Jones. Eventually all of those people I got the honor to go do shows with, so I got to go work with my heroes.

GHC:

Ray Baker produced many of your albums, who discovered you, was it him?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Well Ray Baker went on a hunting trip to San Antonio Texas, and I heard he was producer and he was going to be in the area. So I went to his hotel and told him I wanted to make a record, so he came to my show that night. I had a little dance type show we got started and we would do a session and I would pay for it.  I put out several small albums and I ran out of money, and finally we cut a song called “I Just Started Hating Cheat’n Songs Today”. It took off around the country and I signed with a label called GRC Records, and went from there.

GHC:

Right and you made three or four records with GRC until you went to Columbia in 1975,right?

Mr. Moe Bandy

Right, I had three albums with GRC and I turned over to Columbia, I signed with Columbia in 1975. I had “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” and that did well on the charts at that time. So we maintained a really good deal with Columbia and I was with them for many years.

GHC:

That’s one thing I always wanted to personally ask you. How did Whitey Shafer affect your career, I know he wrote a lot for you?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Yeah, he wrote songs for Ray Baker. Ray had a publishing company and Whitey wrote songs for him and that company. So when I came to Nashville to work for Ray, I got to be good friends with Whitey  and he started writing songs just for me and my first five songs were Whitey Shafer songs. Whitey and Doodle Owens and Lefty Frizzell and all those people he was writing with and I got to be good friends, and what a great talented songwriter he is. He just is absolutely great.

GHC:

In the 1970’s and early 80’s what was your music considered? Was it Mainstream or Outlaw or what was it mainly identified with?

Mr.Moe Bandy:

Well most people called it Honky Tonk music, you know just good old Honky Tonk plain and simple. They called it Honky tonk music at that time and I guess that what you could call it.

GHC:

Out of all of your albums what’s your personal favorite, and why?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

My personal favorite album would have to be  my latest  one (laughs), I have several. I did an album called “Many Mansions” on Curb Records I like a lot. We did a lot of different stuff on there and I wrote a lot of those songs. Also the album “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” is one of my favorites too.

GHC:

Your 1985 album “Barroom Roses” and your last with Capitol, was that Richie Albright that wrote “after Loosing you” and “Settle Up With My Heart”?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Yes, that’s right.

GHC:

Tell me a little more about President Bush making the song “Americana” his campaign song?

Mr. Moe Bandy

Well he went out and got a bus and we would ride around to different places around the country with him and play that song all over during his campaign. It was a really great experience and I think it touched a lot of people.

GHC:

How have you remained so relevant in today’s market? You are still going just as strong as you were twenty years ago?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

I think it’s because I never changed my sound or my style. I still just play the same old Honky Tonk music i always have and my voice hasn’t changed either. I’m just the same Moe Bandy as I have always been.

GHC:

Lastly, Mr. Moe. Tell me the story of Joe Dodd the janitor that inspired the song on your latest live album, called “He Ain’t No Hank”?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Oh yes, Joe was just a good man. You know when I was in the studio recording some songs, he was a janitor cleaning the building there. And we got to talking and he said well I wrote a song, and I said you did? He said yeah and played it for me and I liked it so we decided to record it and it’s called “He Ain’t no Hank”. Joe’s no longer with us now so it’s a very special song for us.

GHC:

Well, I tell you what it sure has been an overwhelming pleasure to do this with you Mr. Moe. You raised me as a child along with your heroes too, and I’ll tell you what I cannot thank you enough. I have been a Bandy fan for thirty years and you haven’t slowed down or changed your signature sound. We love you and more importantly we NEED you Sir, and at Westport we will have the party of the century.

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Buddy I cannot wait, we are going to Honky Tonk that place to tears, and it’s going to be so much fun. Thank you for this time as well.

 

 

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2017 Music Festivals: The Muddy Roots Spring Weekender.

2017 Music Festivals: The Muddy Roots Spring Weekender.

Ok folks so this installment takes us to Nashville Indiana and the Brown County Campground as they present the LAST EVER Muddy Roots Spring Weekender. It’s a smaller more secluded version of the main festival in Cookeville which I’ll also be at. Folks I tell you what I WILL ALWAYS be working for Mr. Jason on the promotions front and he does a LOT to keep me rolling.

Even as I write this I am about to embark upon his Nashville Boogie Festival in Nashville and then I’m off to another festival the week after. This festival just keeps happening during a busy time for me and I cannot attend, but I’ll tell you what this campground is gorgeous and I have been there many times.

At this festival you can hear NEW music from Joseph Huber which I reviewed HERE and also Left Lane Cruiser has new music out. Mr Brooke has his solo album available on vinyl and I’m not sure if it’s sold out or not yet, however there are many integral Roots Music acts on this bill.

Legendary Shack Shakers

O’Death

The Tillers,

Joseph Huber

Jayke Orvis

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Pine Hill Haints

Mountain Sprout

Brook Blanche

Dylan Walshe

Billy Cook

Left Lane Cruiser

Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club

Freight Train Rabbit Killer

Matt Heckler

Toe Knee Tea

Rock Bottom String Band

Pearls Mahone

You can click HERE and buy tickets and by the way I make NO money off your ticket purchase it goes ALL to the festival companies NONE of my festival articles do. As always I found some hotels in the area for those of you that are like me and do not camp. So with all this information in mind why not go set aside some time to relax and let Muddy Roots entertain you?

Brown County Cabins
Comfort Inn
Abbey Inn
Creekside Retreat
Always Inn

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Album Feature: Colter Wall

Album Feature: Colter Wall

Half of these websites out there that are raving over this young man’s latest release don’t know this is his latest release, and that’s honestly a shame. Imaginary Appalachia was in fact a damn fine album, it made my TOP 50 OF 2015 because of Mr. Colter’s unique vocal presentations. He pushes the lyrics out from the bowels of his very soul and what emanates forth is nothing short of music that far exceeds his physical age.

But much like Hank Williams was in the 1950’s, Mr Colter isn’t the youthful sprite he should be at this juncture…no Sir. By the end of this article you shall concur with me that I hit the damn nail right on the head with this one, this album here FAR exceeded anything I could have prognosticated when I spoke with him on the phone after work one night. We spoke because I phoned him to inform him I made him my 2016 Artist Of The Year.

Even back then he was working his way into the halls of bigger venues and selling them out, playing with the likes of Cody Jinks and Lucinda Williams. But nothing…NOTHING…prepared me for this endeavor I witnessed when my needle dropped on that wax for the first time. I don’t know how he did it or what factors made it happen, but he found his focal point here vocally and lyrically.

This album is SO throwback in demeanor that my father who has Alzheimer listens to this album and is convinced it’s from HIS era the likes of Marty Robbins Gunfighter songs, and you know what? I actually agree. The stories and scenarios are vivid and full of despair at times the likes of Red Headed Stranger or something from a Louis L Amour book.

“Thirteen Silver Dollars” the albums opener brings you back to his home of Speedy Creek in Canada, and directly paints a story within the mind of anybody willing to listen, while at the same time contains poignant strumming and powerful notes from his acoustic.

The cover of “Fraulein” is a duet with Tyler Childers made popular by many like Bobby Helms. The style and spin these two young men placed upon this classic song I’m positive would make Cash, or any of the Legends we adore smile. Perhaps one of the best songs on the album was the song “Me And Big Dave”, another great story that equally painted a picture on my mind as I closed my eyes and allowed the song into my head. It’s full of D chord strumming like the classic western songs of old, but honestly it’s not all about Mr. Colter.

This band of folks he has assembled and dubbed his “Speedy Creek Band” are just absolutely top top top notch in every aspect of the word, and with Dave Cobb at the producer’s pilot seat and our old friend W.B. Walker lending a hand flipping the record over it finalizes a powerful team of warriors marching forth in the name of REAL Country Music.

However the cream of this whole album lies within “Kate McCannon”, a powerful murder ballad story about a man in prison taunted by a raven in the beginning. The descriptions and references within this 5 minute song are just absolutely bone chilling. In fact I would have to say it’s one of my top songs I have ever heard in my life, the way he finds her with another man and the song builds up power as he pulls the trigger. It just comes out of your speakers kicks you right in the face.

“Snake Mountain Blues” was by far his finest song vocally with a very hazy and unfiltered rasp. When you watch Mr. Colter perform you can SEE where it comes from, he is a natural performer and cares very deeply about how the listeners feel when he’s done.

No, half of those websites have no idea what kind of a storm is brewing here, nor do they have any idea just WHAT they are “reviewing” this isn’t something I’m reviewing. I’m just telling you facts people, just absolute unarguable facts. There is a massive, cold, battle winding within the music community…and with Mr. Colter Wall on our side we have won.

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