This week I bring you all Mr. Jesse Kramer. Please share this interview to help spread Jesse’s music to others and remember to like this page if you like these interviews to ensure you don’t miss any upcoming musicians. Thanks I hope you enjoy.
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?
Jesse – “It’s my own sound but I’d describe it as rock, roots, & alternative”
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?
Jesse – “You want answers that time will only tell” from my original wasn’t meant to be- my favorite lyrics change all the time but for right now I’d say it’d be that. It fits and it reminds me that there’s so much left to learn and to keep working”
Round 3 – If you could chose anyone, who would you love to write a song with?
Jesse – “Foy Vance, because his songwriting is so in depth but understandable. He uses metaphors in a way that seems simple but hold more..if that makes sense lol…I feel like I relate to him and his writing”
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?
Jesse – “I have a blue heeler mix with a dachshund. Her name is Opal and she is 6 months old”
Round 5 – What are your favorite hobbies outside of the music World?
Jesse – ” I like hanging with friends and I like pawn shops”
Last Call – This is an open question so you can say anything you want to the fans and people reading this.
Jesse – “I love my music and I love playing music. I think anyone who chases their dreams should be supported as much as possible- even being independent..it still calls for support, love, friendship, respect, and honesty..”
It’s time once again to feature one of the BEST FESTIVALS in Wisconsin The Blue Ox Festival which is also one that I have on my radar to attend soon. You know that I take great pride in my festival articles, and I enjoy finding new bands within these lineups. Festivals are a great way to have many bands in the same vicinity, where a guy like me can find of so much information about an abundance of bands all at once.
I can start my steel guitarist series live editions again next year, which I plan to pick back up soon. Many of these artists have albums on my TOP 50 of 2017 like Mr. Tyler Childers, and if you are a regular reader of what I DO you already know 16 of my TOP choices now!
So on June 14th-16th Wisconsin will be full of Americana and Bluegrass acts up in the woods of Eau Claire on the scenic 75 acre campground called Whispering Pines Campground which is right off HWY 94 near the Minnesota border. I’m going to discuss camping and maps first, and then get into local area hotels next. Right below is adetailed map of the area, and the different packages for camping and staying on the premises.
No food or beverage carry-ins are allowed in festival bowl area.
Supplies, food, and beverages can be brought to your campsite. There is not an onsite store so bring your supplies. Wood and ice are available to purchase in the campgrounds.
You will be subject to search at the gates.
Unreserved Tent Camping is Included with all Tickets
The campground features tall pine trees, lots of shade, and beautiful views.
Blue Ox features several different camping options:
Electric Reserved (Power up your RV or Camper) You may park one unit with a steering wheel on your site. Your campsite does not include festival admission. A General Admission Ticket MUST be purchased separately.
RV/Camper Reserved If you plan to bring an RV, pull behind or pop up camper you will need to purchase an RV/Camper reserved site. This will ensure that you have enough space for your unit. All vehicles over 20′ require a reserved RV site. A General Admission Ticket MUST be purchased separately.
Car Camping If you prefer to park your car at your campsite or use your car as your sleeping unit, simply purchase a Car Camping pass and you will receive a tag for your vehicle to be parked at your site. If your vehicle is over 20′ you will need an RV site rather than a car camping pass. A General Admission Ticket MUST be purchased separately.
Unreserved Tent Camping Tent camping is included with your admission ticket, your car can be parked in the lot adjacent to Whispering Pines. (Sites are first come first serve basis)
Unreserved Family Tent Camping This area is considered quiet camping and the curfew will be enforced. Tent camping is included with your admission ticket, your car can be parked in the lot adjacent to Whispering Pines. (Sites are first come first served)
Whispering Pines Campground is has a beautiful 75-acre landscape. It offers many great features and amenities:
The campground is heavily wooded and most sites offer plenty of shade.
Amenities include a permanent shower building, a camping store, and you won’t have to walk far for all of the festival action.
Individuals that will be camping in an RV and have a Reserved Site in Electrical, Family Reserved, or Reserved Pines/Fields will have to opportunity to move in to their site a day early on Wednesday June 13th. To Signup –> Click Here
The campground opens on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 a.m.
Whispering Pines Campground is located at 5024 Crescent Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703
Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center
Relaxed rooms with free WiFi & breakfast
Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-94
Modern hotel with a steakhouse & pool
Metropolis Resort & Conference Center
Lively resort with a water park & dining
DEAL 28% less than usual
The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely
Hip hotel with a lively bar/restaurant
DEAL 22% less than usual
GrandStay® Residential Suites Hotel – Eau Claire
Straightforward suites with free Wi-Fi
Super 8 Eau Claire I-94
Inn Towne Hotel
Hotel·678 Wisconsin St
Americas Best Value Inn – Campus View
Hotel with meeting spaces & 2 pools
Hampton Inn Eau Claire
Low-key rooms, free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Hampton Inn & Suites Chippewa Falls
Relaxed hotel with pool & free breakfast
Days Inn West-Eau Claire
Laid-back lodging with a fitness room
Super 8 Eau Claire WI
Budget hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
Scottish Inns & Suites
Roadside pick with modest rooms
AmericInn Hotel & Suites Eau Claire
Simple pick with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center
Relaxed rooms with free WiFi & breakfast
The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Conference hotel with a rooftop lounge
Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-94
Modern hotel with a steakhouse & pool
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Eau Claire North
Traditional rooms & an indoor pool
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Eau Claire, WI
Casual option with an indoor pool
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Eau Claire Chippewa Falls
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Staybridge Suites Eau Claire – Altoona
Upmarket all-suite hotel with a pool
Bus Route 1 Best Western Trail Lodge – 3340 Mondovi Road
Thursday: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm
Quality Inn – 3117 Craig Road Super 8 – 1151 W. MacArthur Avenue
Pick up location is on Craig Road between the two hotels
Thursday: 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 6:40pm, 7:40pm, 8:40pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:40am, 10:40am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 6:40pm
America’s Best Value Inn – 809 W. Clairemont Avenue
Thursday: 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm
Bus Route 2 The Oxbow Hotel – 516 S. Galloway Street
Thursday: 3:25pm, 4:25pm, 5:25pm, 6:25pm, 7:25pm, 8:25pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:25am, 10:25am, 11:25am, 12:25pm, 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm, 5:25pm, 6:25pm
The Lismore Hotel Parking Ramp Downtown – 333 Gibson Street
Thursday: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm
The times listed are departure times. Please be ready to board the shuttles at the above times. Shuttle service will return to all locations after the close of the last show. No buses will leave the festival unless full from 9 p.m. to the end of the last show. Bus schedules may change during weather related emergencies.
Prices are $30 for a 3 day pass, $15 for a 1 day pass. Rides are unlimited for the day purchased. Please have EXACT CASH when purchasing your pass, you can purchase the pass from the driver.
So, now that you have all of thy information on how to lay your head and the days you’ll need the hotel let’s look at the FUN STUFF like the music and the activities that transpire at the Blue Ox, some of the food vendors and anything else I can find for you.
HERE is a complete map of the entire festival straight from the website, also you can purchase the tickets by clicking any of those links.
Alan Jackson Celebrates a Landmark Year
With Show-Capping CMA Awards Performance!
With a year of sold-out shows and packed houses in the rearview mirror, newly-minted Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018, leading to more great cities with a year-long lineup of shows!
The country music icon will hit the Honky Tonk Highway again beginning January 19, heading down the road to a city near you as he plays arena concerts, amphitheatre shows, and some of the biggest annual festivals and multi-day events on the country music calendar (detailed listing below). The tour extends the superstar’s 2017 trek that began in front of sold-out crowds in Florida, Oklahoma, California and RodeoHouston and wrapped in front of SRO audiences in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas.
Tickets and information for all Honky Tonk Highway Tour dates are available at alanjackson.com/tour, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. Jackson is again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer fans VIP experiences at many of his 2018 shows.
Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour will find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many written by Alan – that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time”…and many, many more.
Jackson’s tour announcement follows his show-ending CMA Awards performance celebrating his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alan and his band, The Strayhorns, reminded fans what they’ll enjoy on the Honky Tonk Highway Tour in 2018 as he closed out “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with back-to-back performances of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” (the latter with hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley), bringing the star-filled audience to its feet as the likes of Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Eric Church and others could be seen singing along to Alan’s memories of “livin’ that honky tonk dream.”
Alan Jackson’s touring history has taken him across America and to places far beyond, and his music has gained him fans around the globe. In 2018, he’ll continue his tradition of “keepin’ it country” for people far and wide as he travels the HONKY TONK HIGHWAY, bringing nearly 30 years of hits to a city near you!
ALAN JACKSON’S 2018 “HONKY TONK HIGHWAY TOUR” (partial listing – more dates to be announced/added)
Friday, January 19 – Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena) **++
Saturday, January 20 – Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena) ^^++
Thursday, February 8 – Independence, MO (Silverstein Eye Centers Arena) ^^
Friday, February 9 – Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) ^^
Thursday, February 15 – San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo) **
Friday, February 16 – Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie) ^^
Friday, March 23 – Toledo, OH (Huntington Center)
Saturday, May 24 – Pittsburgh, PA (Venue TBD)
Friday, April 27 – Baltimore, MD (Royal Farms Arena)
Saturday, April 28 – Albany, NY (Times Union Center) ^^
Friday, May 4 – Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre)
Saturday, June 23 – Orange Beach, FL (The Wharf) ^^
Friday, July 27 – Central Point, OR (Country Crossing Music Festival) **
Saturday, July 28 – Mountain Home, ID (Mountain Home Country Music Festival) **
Thursday, August 16 – Vienna, VA (Wolf Trap)
Friday, August 17 – Gilford, NH (Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion) ^^
Saturday, September 15 – Charlotte, NC (Spectrum Center) ^^
**Date is already onsale ^^Tickets onsale Friday, November 17 ++with special guest Lauren Alaina
The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff will be held at the Marion County High School Roby Dome January 26-27 2018. Overnight package deals and tickets are available HERE. You know folks I try my best to cover as much music as possible and its not easy, but I think I manage to pull it off quite nicely.
This is an eastern Kentucky event that I have been asked to cover from a PR company that I often work with, and what a blessed event they have set up for this community. Folks this event helps involve youth and encourage them to play music, which I think is essential for today’s youth.
This year’s featured performer is Grammy nominated Michael Cleveland And Flamekeeper who’s precise attention to detail has attracted much attention from Bluegrass purists and new fans alike. His album just barely missed my TOP 50 however I have featured him on this website many times. He will blow you away if you have never witnessed his professional attitude and love fo0r this genre.
I’ll be bringing you MANY great Bluegrass events this next year IN FACT out of covering 175 festivals 40 of them are Bluegrass, and another 45 of them book both Bluegrass and Americana based acts. All over America these festivals are spreading and thriving becuase of people like me and people like you!
2018 Singer/Songwriter entry forms are available HERE
AgCredit Nex-Gen Bluegrass Music Singing Contest entry forms are available HERE
AgCredit Nex-Gen Bluegrass Music Youth Contest entry forms are available HERE
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to see Country Legend John Conlee on the Opry. Now John is another Country Legend with a new album coming out in 2018, like a LONG list of them that mainstream media is ignoring. Soon I’ll be posting about another Country Legend in his prime, Gene Watson. Mr. John sang a new song for law enforcement called “Walking Behind The Star”.
This album will be the third and final installment of his cherished “Classics” series, and I feel this will be one of his best because of the song choices on it. I truly admire many of the songwriters he collaborated with on this album, like Rory Feek who wrote “Bible And A Belt”. Songwriting Legend Hugh Prestwood wrote “Learning To Live” and “Unborn Voice”, as well as a often overlooked Merle Haggard song called “Jesus Take A Hold” from the 1970 “Hag” album.
This album is available for pre sale off his website and off ITunes, but not anywhere else yet. He has slowed down on the touring some, but at 71 he still plays many shows across America and overseas. We will be reporting more about this album for sure in the following few months, keeping an eye on him.
Classics 3 Track Listing:
1. “Got My Heart Set On You”
2. “Learning How To Love”
3. “Working Man”
4. “The Carpenter”
5. “A Bible And A Belt”
6. “The Shade”
7. “Unborn Voice”
8. “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow”
9. “The Rock”
10. “Lonely Don’t Know When To Leave”
11. “Could You Love Me One More Time”
12. “Jesus Take A Hold”
ABOUT JOHN CONLEE:Kentucky native and Grand Ole Opry member, John Conlee, has one of country music’s most recognizable voices. Self-penned and signature hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” was the first of over 30 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top 10 or better. Some of the songs from the John Conlee hit list include “Back Side of Thirty,” “Lady Lay Down,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only In It For The Love” and “Domestic Life.” All of Conlee’s hits have that unmistakable common thread – that unique voice. In 2015, Conlee released Classics 2 that includes a tribute to law enforcement titled “Walkin’ Behind the Star,” and in 2018 Classics 3 will be released.
I don’t need to tell you any more about Mr. Whitey Morgan And The 78’s unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years. His last album Sonic Ranch made my TOP 50 OF 2016, and I have featured his shows many time on this website. I have watched him perform at so many venues in so many states it’s not funny, however this New Years Eve I will see him in Kentucky..I have not been to him in Kentucky before at least that I can recall?
I have a nice lead on a bed and breakfast across the street, so I don’t have to drive..not that I’m worried because well I don’t post personal stuff on here..but I’m having a bout with my liver. I cannot drink anymore, it’s taken so much damage in my past. I’ll be honest I don’t really miss the blackout drunks, however I DO STILL enjoy listening to Ol Mr. Whitey sing about whiskey and being inebriated. So if you see me BUY ME A WATER, because i’m supposed to stop the cokes too. Dammit now the coke colas are MY vice..
Anyways getting back on track here, lets talk about the fact he has Mr. Ward Davis as an opener whom played the Ryman with Mr. Cody Jinks Read about Ward Davis at the Ryman HERE and I have went to see him play all over this year. I follow that scene and that crowd quite prevalent, and have many good friends within it. We’re waiting for a new album from this songwriting genius, with much anticipation, and all we know right now is the song “Geronimo”. I went to see him at the Warehouse In Bowling Green and you can go there and watch the video of the song.
Now THEN let’s chat for a moment about a DEFINITE addition to my TOP 50 of 2017 (SEE if you read me on a regular basis I HAVE REVEALED 15 TOP 50 already). Mr. Alex Williams is one of the few that I saw on Big Machine Records that doesn’t scare me. In fact I was beyond impressed with what he has brought to the table here, and I cannot wait to feature his set on here, and bring you videos and commentary on what I see!
Mr.Josh Card And The Restless Souls is another opener I am truly looking forward to seeing that night.You know folks one thing this website is known for is discovering opening acts many other websites overlook. I don’t spend time with comment forums and discussions with my readers INSTEAD I’m busy studying people and books. I’m NOT making fun of anybody I’m just stating how I RUN my business, and it garners me more results.
Here is HIS BIO from his website:
Josh Card was raised in a small “one stoplight” town in Northeast Florida, where everybody knows your name, the County Fair is the best time of year, and simpler ways of living still exist. His small town beginnings and humble Southern upbringing landed him at age 13 holding a guitar that his Grandmother bought him, sitting on the porch of the house his Grandfather built, at the end of a dirt road, trying to play along with her Conway Twitty albums. The rebellion stage soon followed, and driven by teen angst and a thirst for loud music, Josh spent the next 15 years playing in several successful punk and hardcore acts, touring internationally and releasing several albums.
Now, residing in Louisville, KY, Josh has reunited with his roots to play the music that he has carried with him throughout the years. The songs he’s been writing and storing are finally being heard. Josh went into the studio in November of 2016 and recorded his first Country album. Pulling elements and influence from his Honky-Tonk and Outlaw heroes, Josh has made an album that provides to his listeners what modern day Country music lacks: authenticity, honesty, substance, and soul. On February 17th, 2017, Josh will release his debut full length album, “Josh Card and The Restless Souls” digitally, on CD, and vinyl record. Building steam with his passionate and captivating live performances, there is no doubt this album will pave the way for his future in music. There’s a new name in Country music, and like Josh’s idols that came before him, he’s doing things his way.
NOW WHERE IS THIS YOU ASK well This New Years Eve night I’ll be at the Plaza Theater in the heart of Glasgow Kentucky and you better get tickets NOW because the 35, and 25 are the ONLY ONES LEFT for this event. This is a VERY NICE venue and I fully intend to bring you much information on this show. From their website:
As far as outlaw country goes, Whitey Morgan is the real f’ing deal. Whisky-soaked, weed-smoked, firepit-stoked. The redo of Johnny Cash’s ‘Bad News’ seals the deal. — Detroit Metro Times
Outlaw’s always been the rough-around-the-edges, tough guy uncle at the country music family picnic. Denim and leather, not Stetson and Nudie. Hair by Pennzoil, not Pomade. But, in the right hands—Haggard, Paycheck, Junior, Willie and Waylon and now Whitey Morgan—Outlaw is more than beards and bandanas, ink and attitude, it’s damn folk music. It’s about doing the best you can, about getting by and about cold beer and colder women—everything that keeps the honky tonks full on a Saturday night. It’s about standing up when it’d just be easier to fall down.
Elephant Revival – Elephant Revival is a unique collection of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose, Elephant Revival communicates the importance of harmony among all living things and uses music to unite us in ways that no other medium can. Elephant Revival is scheduled to play the Hillside Stage on Friday.
Rhiannon Giddens – Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. Giddens’ 2014 Grammy nominated solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country, and showcases her dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens follow-up album Freedom Highway, largely comprised of original songs, was released to widespread critical acclaim in February. She performed at the Obama White House and duets with country star Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism hit “Kill a Word.” Last year she received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo and in 2017 won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” award. In 2018, Giddens will be the guest curator for the Cambridge Folk Festival. Giddens also has a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville . Rhiannon Giddens is scheduled to play Saturday on the Watson Stage.
Rodney Crowell – Rodney Crowell is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has written or recorded 15 #1 songs on the Country music charts. He has also won six Americana Music Awards, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and he is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by country legends (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait), to current country chart toppers (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban) to blues icons (Etta James), and rock and roll legends (Van Morrison, Bob Seger). Crowell’s latest album, Close Ties , was released in March 2017 on New West Records to critical acclaim. Rodney Crowell is scheduled to play the Cabin Stage on Friday.
Shinyribs – SHINYRIBS is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. Shinyribs is scheduled to play the Watson Stage on Thursday.
“For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4 day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2018 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The 2018 current lineup may be viewed at MerleFest.org/lineup .
Tickets for next year’s festival may be purchased HERE or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 14 to February 18, 2018; Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 19 to April 25. Tickets will be sold using Tier 3 pricing at the gate during the festival.
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.
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Bluegrass Underground is a television show that I do usually binge watch in one fail swoop because I just don’t watch TV much. However now, I won’t be able to do that because they will no longer be taping one whole season back to back..and by the time you read this whole article you’ll know why.
This might excite some of you and might anger some of my Bluegrass purist readers, either way they have opened up a whole new echelon of structure to the show by moving it to the caverns. Now, they have a permanent place to host the show, which also seats an additional 500 people. This move also enables them to provide better parking, more bathrooms, and more handicapped facilities. This new cavern is located in Pelham Tennessee,at the base of Monteagle Mountain and it is such a surreal setting that has yet to be utilized discovered by anyone else.
Now comes the part that may or may not anger some, the WIDER RANGE of artists that will be appearing on the iconic show. NO LONGER will it be Bluegrass ONLY, bands like Here Come The Mummies, The Turnpike Troubadours, and even Country Music Legends like Bobby Bare are all scheduled to appear on the show in 2018.
Now folks these tickets aren’t on sale until December 9th, and upon their sale I will embed the direct link to EACH SHOW by clicking the date on the left, for the following show. It will also direct you to the link for the map of the venue, so you can choose your seats.
This week I bring you all Mr. Jackson Taylor. Please share this interview to help spread Jackson’s music to others and remember to like this page if you like these interviews to ensure you don’t miss any upcoming musicians. Thanks I hope you enjoy.
Round 1 – If you were talking to someone who had never heard your music before how would you describe your music?
Jackson – “We are “modern evolution of what country music should be”. We aren’t a dress up band who is pretending like it’s another decade. We are simply the greatest honky tonk band in the fucking universe. We are now, today, this moment. We respect tradition, but are not slaves to it, same as our hero’s who came before us.”
Round 2 – I know that you enjoy drawing and have even sold some artwork. Can you tell us a little about that and let people know where they can find some of your art?
Jackson – “I have always enjoyed drawing, but I gave it up when I was a kid. Last year I started again just to relax and decompress and it’s turned into a viable second career. All my prints are available at www.officialjacksontaylor.com”
Round 3 – I know that you are a huge comic book fan, have you ever thought about making your own comic series since you enjoy drawing? If you did what would it be about?
Jackson – “I have already started. My first issue is done, once I have three issues finished I will start self publishing them. It takes about a month to write, pencil, ink, color & letter a 22 page comic book. I can’t talk about it until my copy right comes though.”
Round 4 – Is there any new music in the works or any idea when we may see a new album?
Jackson – “We just released a new song called ‘A Long Line Of Lovers’. After 17 CDs I don’t know if I will do anymore full CDs. I may just release a new song and video digitally every 6 months.”
Round 5 – Besides drawing which we have already talked about, what are some of your hobbies outside of the music World?
Jackson – “I have been obsessed with grappling and BJJ for years. Touring keeps me so busy there really isn’t much time for hobbies. I have always been an avid non fiction reader and am starting to film some, shooting shows as well as documentaries. Grappling, shooting and film making are pretty close to my heart.”
Last Call – This is an open question so you can say anything you want to the fans and people reading this.
Jackson – “Music is expression, don’t get caught up on labels. Someone pretending like it’s 1974 or 1950 are far less original and honest than someone breaking new ground. I don’t personally like country rap, but if it’s organic I will give it a listen. The drama geek hipsters in their attempt to gentrify country music have scarified authenticity in search of being “authentic”. Music should be natural and express who you are, not who you wish you were. Basically be Dwight Yoakum.”
Old Salt Union man what can I say besides you will more than likely see them atop my TOP 50 of 2017. They are defiantly one of the many bands bringing this new approach to Bluegrass, many of the purists don’t appreciate. Some call it “Newgrass” some call it “Freshgrass”, in fact a few years ago they WON the Freshgrass competition and garnered the attention of Miss Alison Brown banjo professional and co-founder of Rounder Records.
Once signed they released their self titled debut album for them this year, even though they have four previous albums this one brought more attention being on a more mainstream Bluegrass label. I think the production of this album is just exceptional and the songs were well written, however the instrumentals were equally impressive.
They recently released a video for their cover of “You Can Call Me Al” dressed in their ’80s-inspired finest, Old Salt Union’s Rob Kindle, Ryan Murphey, Jesse Farrar, Justin Wallace and John Brighton opted to recreate Simon’s now-classic “You Can Call Me Al” music video to go along with their cover. The song is included on their self-titled Compass Records debut, which is out now.
You know this year has been a terrific year for new releases, and as I work on my TOP 50 which Mr. Joshua will also provide a TOP 50 as well, I began to reflect upon all of the passed on Country Legends with unreleased material like the recent album of Waylon Jennings that Shooter put out on the BCR label.
Country Rewind Records has put out a super fine project recently, and I wanted to touch on it for a moment. First off this isn’t a TOTALLY NEW album, but yet it has some unreleased material the public has never heard before. The songs on TIMELESS haven’t been heard since their recording in 1972, included in a series of musical recordings from top artists at the time as part of a United States recruitment program.
Performers such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings would record fifteen-minute performances that would be distributed to over 2,000 radio stations throughout the world intended for commercial release. Tom Gramuglia of Country Rewind Records, says that he can’t wait for fans to hear these recordings – which put the recorded genius of Conway Twitty on full display for all to hear.
Now then folks, these songs were remastered and enhanced by his daughter Miss Joni and other session people to embellish this project even further. Conway’s daughter Joni Twitty Ryles and John Wesley Ryles along with Grammy Award winning engineer Mark Capps, pianist Ron Oates, guitarist Kevin Williams, and guitarist Tony Durante all took over the duties of doing that.
While the sessions that comprise TIMELESS weren’t the typical Decca recording session with Owen Bradley producing, these tracks – cut at the studio of former Elvis Presley band member Scotty Moore – drip with as much perfection as anything he cut at Bradley’s Barn. It wasn’t like a typical session where everything was perfected,” explained Ryles. “But, these songs are an incredible gift, and Daddy was sounding as incredible as he ever did. These recordings make my heart smile, and I think his fans will feel the same way.”
1. (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date
2. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
3. Hello Darlin’
4. How Much More Can She Stand
5. Working Girl
6. I Can’t See Me Without You
7. I Love You More Today
8. Crazy Arms
9. 15 Years Ago
10. Honky Tonk Man
11. The Image Of Me
12. If You Were Mine To Lose
13. Proud Mary
14. Next In Line
ABOUT COUNTRY REWIND RECORDS: COUNTRY REWIND RECORDS…Bringing Unreleased Traditional Country Music Into The Contemporary Country Era
Founded by Thomas Gramuglia of Hindsight Records in 2014, Gramuglia obtained a treasure chest of unreleased recordings from recruitment radio shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The superb CCR collection of original master recordings contains music from more than 100 country music legends and trendsetters (including intimate performances by country music greats such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Dolly Parton and many more). These recordings were never released for commercial use. After a diligent quest to collect appropriate and legal permissions from artists and/or their estates, Country Rewind Records (CRR) has now recorded and produced multiple, quintessential, “must-hear” projects. With the mission to transfer these never-heard-before tracks to a high quality, state-of-the-art recording; complemented by contemporary instrumentation and background vocals, Country Rewind Records will release this historical American music to America’s music generations of the future.
Current Country Rewind Projects:
THE LOST NASHVILLE SESSIONS [Waylon Jennings] (2016)
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN [Ferlin Husky] (2016)
HERE I AM AGAIN [Mickey Gilley] (2016) – Available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store™
THE LOST TAPES [Connie Smith] (Produced by Marty Stuart/2015)
YOU DON’T KNOW ME [Faron Young] (2014)
Limited editions are available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store™.
Future Country Rewind Projects:
Jeannie C. Riley • Johnny Russell • Bob Luman • Carl Smith • Barbara Fairchild • Skeeter Davis • Cal Smith
As many of you know I write up a large “to do” list all the time. Sometimes I get really backed up and need to figure out way to condense things to get it all done. Also, sometimes it turns out becoming more appealing to YOU my readers. Speaking of reading (since you are reading this) you aren’t one of the many that reading has become a thing of the past.
Many people ask me WHERE I get the most of my information from, well READING of course. Whether it be from books or emails, or LEGIT websites..folks Wikipedia is NOT LEGIT for ANYTHING. Phone calls and going out and being seen at shows, and talking to people earned my knowledge of just about everything I know about.
So now I was thinking HEY I got this list of books I wanted to touch on with articles and tell you about,for your own research, and your own library. I probably read about 14 hours a week, usually an hour in the morning and an hour at night. Nonetheless whatever you do reading is a great way to enrich your brain, and keep your spelling correct, so HERE IS a nice list of Country Music related books released lately.
She still is quite a pleasant show person, making jokes about everything from life to politics. To the briskly honest statement that she recently lost her husband…then she pointed to the sky and siad “Well I haven’t LOST HIM,I KNOW where he is”..her performance warmed my heart and brought me much joy inside.
BMG has announced it will release legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson’s autobiography Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on November 14, 2017. The iconic performer known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock & Roll” landed more than thirty singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring over eighty photographs from her personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello,Every Night is Saturday Night is the rockin’ great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words.
Jackson’s most recent album was 2012’s Unfinished Business, which was produced by Justin Townes Earle and included covers of songs written by Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie, she still tours intermittently. So when she comes around it’s best to get out and see her!
From her website:
Wanda Lavonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock-and-roll artist. She is known to many as the “Queen of Rockabilly” or the “First Lady of Rockabilly”,she has played for many Muddy roots functions and many other festivals I am involved with.
Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record. As rockabilly declined in popularity in the mid-1960s, she moved to a successful career in mainstream country music with a string of hits between 1966 and 1973, including “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine”, “A Woman Lives for Love” and “Fancy Satin Pillows”.
She had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s among rockabilly revivalists in Europe and younger Americana fans. In 2009 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence. The book will chronicle the Queen of Rockabilly and the first Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s rise to prominence following her discovery by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson. Elvis Costello contributed the foreword, and the book will feature more than 80 photos from her personal collection.
Every Night is Saturday Night will also include passages on why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry after more than 50 years, the challenges of touring America with an integrated band during a racially intolerant era, her personal memories of her relationship with Elvis Presley and how she ultimately found the love of her life, her husband Wendell Goodman.
Wanda Jackson was instrumental in the launch of the career of Roy Clark, and even Elvis himself hallowed Wanda Jackson as special in many ways. She will reveal in this book the reasons why she hasn’t returned to the Opry in fifty years, and details about her first boyfriend in the music world. I’m telling you right now THIS ONE is a book I have been waiting to read for a long time.
This book is one I have been eagerly waiting for, because he will reveal much about his turbulent life both on and off the road. His defiant and off the podium politics have turned many people on and off his side for the past twenty years…and he doesn’t care. In 2016 he was elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, in 2008 he became an Opry member, and plays almost every other weekend the TRUE Opry fashion of what it means to be a member.
In one of his songs called “Carolina” he remembers his youth with descriptive things like Goose feather snowfalkes and others. In this book he chronicles his entire life in depth, and offers his own advice on how to handle the business and other scenarios. His main focus of help is don’t concern yourself with the people that are NOT there, you are there to entertain the ones that ARE.
A huge portion is dedicated to producer Bob Johnston, who is responsible for his move to Nashville, his start of the Volunteer Jams and pretty much all of what he’s famous for from 1967-1980. He writes about his wars with unreliable vehicles, wild parties and being broke. Pretty much some times that many musicians can relate too, but to be honest with all the technology and modern things we have now I think they had it harder in the 70’s.
The Volunteer Jams have been hallowed as iconic and precious throughout the years and they are highly collectable on vinyl for people like me. For a man that has spanned over six decades of Country Music and noted for his musical craftsmanship of precise notation, who was a well sought after session player, he is a humble Christian and vocal political figure. This book details how he was personally named by Bob Dylan to play on his albums over anybody else they suggested to him.
Ricky Skaggs is a name that is synonymous with both Bluegrass and Country Music, he was brought up a child prodigy having mastered the mandolin by age 6. He joined the Clinch Mountain Boys at the age of fifteen, and at twenty one he was considered a Bluegrass star.
This book talks candidly about his losses and strained relationship with his children. How he reinvented his failed relationship with God and went back to his roots to begin recording and performing Bluegrass after having a semi successful mainstream Country recording career.
This book includes the hallowed ten commandments of Bluegrass handed down to him by Bill Monroe, and his personal accounts of nearly forty years of the music business. It also includes a candid look at his most loved Gospel songs and brings us closer to what motivates him as a performer.
You know, when people talk to me about outlaws they always fail to mention this man Jimmy Martin. I’m going to include this from the website about this book: Jimmy Martin was just twenty-two years old when Bill Monroe asked him to join the Blue Grass Boys. That invitation was the start of a career that spanned half a century and culminated with Martin’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Honor. Always an enigmatic figure, Martin was as famous for his temper as he was for his talent.
On assignment from the Oxford American magazine, fiction writer and music critic Tom Piazza drove from his home in New Orleans to Nashville to interview Martin and found himself pitched headlong into a world he couldn’t have anticipated. Martin’s mercurial personality drew the writer into a series of escalating encounters (with mean dogs, broken-down cars, and near electrocution), culminating in a harrowing and unforgettable expedition, with Martin, to the Grand Ole Opry.
Though, or perhaps because, visits to the Opry like the one Piazza recounts were common for Martin, and though he frequently played on its stage and always hoped to become a member, he died before seeing his dream fulfilled. True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass is the funny, scary, and powerfully poignant portrait of one of the legends of American music.
This book heralds his outlaw antics and wild personality as both iconic and magnetic, however his personality often prohibited him from being included in the Nashville establishment. His often Opry appearances still kept him from being a member, a goal he died before achieving.
Miss Lynn Woodruff Gray has been heavily involved in Country Music for many many years, and has embellished it with her love and memories of the Legends that would dwell there. In my eyes she is just as much of a Legend of the genre as they were. Her previous book called “I Guess You Had To Be There” was an absolute masterpiece and a pleasure to read multiple times.
She told Gary Hayes Country “My latest book is available on Amazon. SITTIN’ AT A BUS STOP, WAITIN’ ON A TRAIN. It talks about how a song made a difference in my life after the loss of my son. It has been a lot of help to several who have also lost someone.”
Grief is a long road without end, and time is not the healer, but what you do with that time that heals. The choices you make in your journey meet with many challenges, but there is always an open door for better days. You may take two steps forward and six steps back, but it is those two steps that will make the difference. Holding to the rope railings of a swinging bridge as you move forward, is a shaky endeavor, but not one that can’t be accomplished if you keep moving. This is what Lynn realized when coming to terms with her emotions. It was like sittin’ at a bus stop, waitin’ on a train.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Musica 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey published by University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson is easily one of the most distinguishable voices in Country music today and probably one of the foremost prominent figures left on the weekly Opry roster to host it. He has had so many major Country Music cuts you couldn’t count them all. This book chronicles all of his accomplishments within one of the longest and most iconic careers in history.
Well finally I get the opportunity to write about a group of Legends I haven’t had the chance to in quite some time, in fact since 2014 when they released a first ever live album I haven’t really touched on them much. That is about to become a pivotal issues here on Garyhayescountry.com, as they have announced the forthcoming album of all new material produced by none other than powerhouse Mr. Dave Cobb.
This will be the second album produced for them by Cobb, who produced the 2009 album ‘The Boys Are Back”. Portions of the album were performed at a showcase during Americanafest this year, held at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A where it was recorded.
Iconic label Thirty Tigers will be distributing this album along with Lightning Rod Records. They have celebrated 41 million in album sales, were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and most recently the Hall Of Fame as well. These four show no sings of slowing down their 40 plus years of a legacy of Country Music…would we want them to?
They will also be performing songs off of their Gospel album “Hymns And Gospel Favorites” at the Country Music Hall Of Fame on March 6th 2018.
The Ameripolitan Music Awards have always been an interesting event for me out there in Texas, and finally Mr. Dale Watson has moved it to Memphis Tennessee, so I reckon I wanted to go. I contacted them and I’m VERY BLESSED to have been chosen to cover this event.
As soon as voting begins I shall begin promoting this event even more, and I’ll be bringing you a LOT of coverage from Memphis in 2018. This past spring I hosted a stage in Kansas City at Westport Roots Festival, and Mr. Dale Watson was one of my main acts. I learned about the move of the awards event, and made my decision to go at that time. So here I go off to the social media realm to share this event, and I’ll be updating this article weekly for you so you can keep up on what’s going on in Memphis.
Saturday, February 10 – Outlaw and Honky Tonk live music showcases at The Guest House at Graceland Theater 6pm to 9pm
Sunday, February 11 – Western Swing and Rockabilly live music showcases at The Guest House at Graceland Theater 6pm to 9pm
Monday, February 12 – Ameripolitan Fashion Show at The Guest House at Graceland Theater 3pm to 5pm
Exclusive VIP party at Sam Phillips Recording Service hosted by Jerry Phillips
Tuesday, February 13 – The 5th Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards show in the Main Ballroom at The Guest House at Graceland 8pm to 11:30pm
After Party – 12am to 2am, Venue to be announced at a later date
I’ll be writing MANY articles for this event, and this one is the very first for this event. I’m going to be researching the hotels in this area, and all other forms of information. I’m going to link ALL of the choices and how to vote on YOUR favorite ones as well. YOU can click on this link HERE to purchase tickets to the event, and as SOON AS voting opens you’ll be able to research everyone to choose.
The Dallas Moore Band has been VERY busy burning up the American roads, and this is easily the millionth time I have covered them in 2017. In fact tomorrow night they will be up in Wilder Kentucky at Bobby Mackey’s haunted Honky Tonk. I got the pleasure to see them there many times as well as many other bands.
Speaking of Honky Tonk, Mr. Dallas ALL NEW album coming up is called Mr. Honky Tonk and will be out SOON on Sol Records. Also tonight we will be seeing Mr. Rye Davis and a band called No Deceit which is a bar band by their own description, because of the wide array of covers they perform.
As always the food here at the Spillway bar and grill was exceptionally good. I LOVE the wings and pizza, heck I LOVE it all, try one of everything! We have a pretty decent sized crowd out here for tonight’s event, and I’m proud to once again feature this wonderful band.
Mr. Rye Davis is going to go up first here, and he opened his set with “If You Wanna Rock And Roll”, and another one of my favorites called “Blue Jeans”. He stood up there and sang his heart out to us on that song, which is one of his more well written songs. He played “The Ride” made popular by David Allan Coe.
Two songs here that he co wrote with his wife one was called “Leaves You Lonely” , he said he recently recorded the song in preparation for his 2018 release. The next new song I caught on video and I have included it here, while he went into Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”.
He went into another well written song called “Lavender Candles” it was REALLY well written in a waltz type delivery, with a truly awesome description. He followed that with another one called “Your Favorite Song”, which was another new song being recorded. Also he played “In Color” in the style of Jamey Johnson, and “Family Tradition” before he closed with the song “They All Know My Name” with a few members of the next band No Deceit.
Miss Allison Stafford – Lead Singer/ Rhythm, Mr. Jaron Mudd – Drums, Mr.Michael Bradshaw – Lead Guitar/ Electric and Mr. Eric Scott- Bass/ Background Vocals make up No Deceit. Miss Allison has a powerhouse vocal presentation accompanied by a roaring lead guitarist. Obnoxiously loud and aggressive guitar solos tear apart these songs they play like “Smoked Myself Into A Dream” and “Hicktown”.
They did a REALLY NICE cover of “Tennessee Whiskey” in Stapleton fashion, upon which she displayed some TRULY wonderful high notes and vocal range. They played a song called “Nawlins” and a Kid Rock song before the Stapleton song, and another off their album called “Take It Easy”.
This band was exceptionally energetic and complimented Mr. Dallas Moore’s band really well, and set a really nice tone for the closing band tonight. As they played “Might as Well Get Stoned” by Stapleton they once again brought out great rhythm guitars and better solos, this is just a great jam band! “Free And Easy” was next followed by the title of their album a song called “Bar Band” and here the video for their finale is included in this article.
So let my website be one of the FIRST to announce the OFFICIAL album release party date for Mr. Honkytonk will be February 14th at the Nashville Palace, right after Mr. Dallas presents the Ameripolitan Music Award that previous night, because he’s a BUSY MAN!
He opened with “Can’t You See”, and went right into his own versions of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” and also “Freeborn Man”. If it’s one thing he’s good at it’s cover songs however it’s always originals like “Twisting Through Texas”.
Right now he is playing ‘Bottle And A Bible” followed by “Raising Hell And Slinging Gravel”, but I’m waiting for him to play some new songs to catch on video. He’s playing “One More Ride” from his LIVE album from the Bulliet County Jail. He doesn’t have that much merch left because he currently in the transitional period right now, but he is one of those artists where I have most of his products anyways.
“Shoot Out The Lights” was next followed by the song “You Know The Rest”, as Mr. Dallas takes command of the stage tonight as his usual fashion and his band is always on point every time. It’s always a truly fun time with this band at Spillway. Right now he’s giving us some heathen preaching “Up On That Mountain”, that he wrote about Altamont. Altamont is the very first time I ever met Mr. Dallas, and it’s been an honor to watch so many fine friends from that event grow.
This above video contains the title track to the new album called “Mr. Honky Tonk” and also another new song called “Nice And Slow”. The song called “Somewhere Between Bridges” was the only song on the new album he did not write, and you can learn the story of that song on his Facebook page.
“Home Is Where The Highway Is” was included in this set, as he played a whopping portion of the new album for us tonight, this place thinned out pretty early tonight everybody must have been tired from the Black Friday shopping or LIKE ME you been out hunting records all day for Record Store Day. After he plays New Years Eve he said he’s played 327 shows in 2017.
He played a very old song called “Blame It On The Weed” which was hollered out by some older fans, along with his usual awesome instrumental that he closed with. You can find Mr. Dallas on the road tonight in Wilder Kentucky at Bobby Mackey’s for showtimes please click on the link above.
Miss Elana James, violin & vocals; Mr. Whit Smith, guitar & vocals; and Mr. Jake Erwin, upright bass & vocals, make up this trio of Western Swing you’ll ever want to see. They ARE Hot Club Of Cowtown and they have been swinging since 1997. Their first album is now available for purchase once again, pick it up on the road at their merch table.
They are very excited to announce their first-ever High Plains Tour between February 1 and March 24, 2018. They will be touring extensively throughout many small communities in the central and north central USA, getting to play in all sorts of places for all kinds of people we may not otherwise have a chance to meet.
From the website:
While we will be playing some bigger towns along the way (Tulsa, Kansas City, Denver) we will mostly be performing for the first time in many smaller, rural communities from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Oklahoma to Colorado, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
The shows on the High Plains Tour are mostly put on by small concert associations and have a community member who sells tickets. If there is an online ticket outlet it is listed with the performance.
In cases with no online ticket outlet, please call the Allied Tour Services office for more information at 763-559-8019.
We had a great August with some wonderful time off–Whit spent time in New Mexico with his family and Elana rode over 100 miles on the Continental Divide trail in northwest Wyoming with old friends. Pretty sure Jake remained in Austin much of that time with a fine cocktail, playing around town with friends, and cooking the occasional steak over a campfire….Marking the 20th anniversary of hot jazz and Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown’s formation in 1997, the band is excited to announce the first-ever release in CD format of it’s very first recording, Western Clambake, which had previously been available only on cassette tape, first recorded in August, 1997 in San Diego, CA.
Folks at this juncture every website in the music industry has posted about the passing of Country Legend Mel Tillis. I will be writing some about what he contributed to Country Music, and how his life embellished the genre. Whoever first I wanted to do something that many websites WON’T post, his service information. This coming Monday in Clarksville his visitation service will be open to the public. I’m going to embed the actual article and obituary in this article.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, November 27 at Sykes Funeral Home in the 400 block of Franklin Street in Clarksville. Tillis’ public funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at Mount Hermon Baptist Church in the 2200 block of Jarrell Ridge Road with a private burial after the service.
A visitation in Silver Springs, Florida will precede the services in Clarksville. The Florida service has been planned for 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 at Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church.
Tillis’ family has also been planning a public memorial service which will be open to fans and the music industry in January. That service will be held in Nashville at the Ryman. Further details will soon be released.
Mel was born August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida. He was the third child of Burma Rogers Tillis and Lonnie Lee Tillis. In his youth, he was baptized at Canal Point Baptist Church. The family eventually settled in Pahokee, Florida. At a young age, a bout of malaria left Mel with a speech impediment, stuttering. His mother encouraged him to minimize his stutter with humor. He became a natural storyteller, learned the guitar and patterned his love of music after the greats of the day; Red Foley, Bob Wills, The Carter family, and others.
Mel graduated from Pahokee High School with the goal of playing football for his beloved Florida Gators. He instead found himself serving as a baker in the Air Force, serving in Okinawa and fine tuning his talents with his first band, The Westerners.
Mel’s talent for entertaining led him to pursue a music career in Nashville. The record labels told him, they needed copywriters and thus began his songwriting career. “My songs are all blessings, they were just there.” His songwriting success led him to a 60 year journey as a singer, actor, writer and successful business man. He won every major award he could for his accomplishments in the music field: a National Medal of Arts, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and member of the Grand Ole Opry. Modeling his mentor Burl Ives, he also found time to become a 33 degree Freemason. Later in life, he penned his first novel “Acting Sheriff” and also began painting. His paintings have raised thousands of dollars for the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Never one to be still for long, he traveled with his beloved band, The Statesiders, until late 2015.
His proudest role was being a father. His children entertained with him at his Branson, Mo. Theater for many years.
Mel is survived by brother, Richard Tillis of Bolivar, MO; sister, Linda Crosby of Chapmansboro, Tennessee; partner, Kathy Demonaco; five children: Pam, Connie, Cindy, Mel Jr., and Carrie from a first marriage to Doris; and a daughter Hannah with Judy Edwards. He also has six grandchildren and one great grandson, Ray. He is preceded in death by both parents, sister, Imogene Burdeshaw, and second wife Julia Edwards.
Mel divided his time between a farm in Ashland City, TN. and his ranch in Silver Springs, FL., where he lived the last year. Online condolences may be made at www.sykesfuneralhome.com
Mr. Kyle Young from the Country Music Hall Of Fame had this to say:
“Mel Tillis spent a lifetime giving us joy and laughter and music, which is why his death brings such sadness. Had he never stepped on a stage, he would still have been one of the funniest and most genuine people on the planet. But his whimsy and warmth were only a part of his appeal. He wrote some of country music’s most compelling and consequential songs, he fronted a remarkable band, and he sang with power and emotion. He also shone as an inspiration, revealing what others called an impediment as a vehicle for humor and hope.”
Yeah I got my turkey in the fryer and a ham in my oven, and while it fries I thought I would touch on some bands I haven’t had the chance to report on as much as the other bands I do. Last weekend I went up to Bowling Green Kentucky to a familiar venue called The Warehouse At Mount Victor.
If you’ll remember I featured Mr. Ward Davis out there just a few weeks ago, and we had fun.Well this time I went down there to see a Bowling Green area band called The Josephines. This band is made up of members Mr. Bradley Tabor – vocals, acoustic guitar Mr. Joshua London – bass, vocals Mr. Justin Wilson – drums, vocals Mr. Zachary Lindsey – electric guitar, vocals and Mr. Alexander Lindsey – lap steel, vocals. And after you see this article I ASSURE YOU You WILL want to check them out, they are that damn good.
This album was a pleasant surprise possible addition to my TOP 50 of 2017, usually I don’t really consider many EP smaller album BUT the unique sound and the authenticity of this band just resonated my attention. Their album release party is up in Bowling Green on Saturday and sadly I’ll be there tomorrow for Dallas Moore, I cannot do both nights.
Their set was more of a dark and poignant sound than this crowd was prepared for, accept ME, I’m down for all sorts of genres and types of music. I GET these guys and I think Muddy Roots would benefit heavily from their presence at the Gothic weekend or the main festival in Cookeville. I mean their second song in their set was called ‘So Much Blood”, and it filled with deeply macabre lyrics and a vocal presentation unlike any I have ever witnessed lately since the Native Howl, or Those Poor Bastards.
Their album is called “Sober Up” and contains only six songs, but what it lacks in length is made up for in quality of the music and presentation. They started out with a song called “Coal Mine Gone” , and through the middle of the set there were three songs I didn’t find in my research. I WILL BE further delving into this band, so I shall not contact them at this juncture because I wanted to surprise the band.
Their last two songs were called “Cocaine” and another called “Fireball”, now this last video is the promo from that album. I must admit, at the beginning I had heard they were good but I didn’t expect them to blow me away like this. I gave them a big bag of deer snack sticks, and I’m DAMN SURE I’ll catch up with them soon.
So the main show tonight was of course the almighty The Steel Woods a Nashville based band that mixes blends of many types of music to form one powerhouse band EVERYBODY is talking about. They play many great shows in my area, and their debut album on Thirty Tigers called “Straw In The Wind” is outstanding.
Wes Bayliss: vocals, electric/acoustic/baritone guitars, piano, dobro, keys, harmonica Jason “Rowdy” Cope: electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, piano, percussion Jay Tooke: drums and percussion Johnny Stanton: bass
That’s the lineup of this band that has been blazing trails all over the United States, and has rapidly become one of the current bands promoting that Southern Rock type ambiance, while maintaining a fresh new look and sound. They opened their set with “Wild And Blue”, and then played a cover from Waylon..”Lonesome Onry And Mean”.
They ran through their entire album almost with songs like “I’m Gonna Love You”, and “Never Go”. One of their better songs that has become one of my favorites was called “Uncle Lloyd”, it’s a well written song that I related to well. “Whatever It Means” was another well played song live, and it displayed true love of their roots.
They have a great vibe onstage and play truly well together, and one can easily ascertain that they enjoy playing together. As they went into songs like “Cover Me Up” and “Same Old Blues” they once again showed their influences with a great rendition of ‘Whipping Post”, and a truly heartfelt version of “Yesterday’s Wine”.
One of the first songs I have ever heard from this band was the song “Della Jane’s Heart”, before going into their album’s self titled “Straw In The Wind”. The vinyl is a double record set like the Cody Jinks album however album 2 side 4 contains only 2 songs, it’s not a bad thing really.
Toward the end of their show, they played ‘Hole In The Sky” and the first song off their album called “Axe”. Before closing their set they played a two song encore tonight, and those songs were “Better In The Fall” and the last song was called ‘Let The Rain Come Down”.
All in All I had a wonderful time here tonight with two truly talented bands, and I am always glad I get the chance to see them both live. Both of these bands have my full support on this website and I fully plan to continue my ranting on them. BUY THESE ALBUMS NOW!
I saw Colter Wall for the second time this year on Saturday November 18th, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL. This was Colter’s first run into Florida so I knew I had to be there. I didn’t know it would also be his last show with The Speedy Creek Band until later on. This show was special, and you could tell that. I also have a feeling this show will be the last time I had a chance to see Colter in a small room.
The show took place at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL which is by definition a hole in the wall. The front
is very non-descriptive with the only markings being the name painted on the door in black spray paint. The capacity is only around 300 people. It is a hole in the wall, but in a good way.Ian Noe opened up the evening with a set of original songs. He reminds me of a young Bob Dylan and I’m not alone in that sentiment as someone drunkenly shouted that out to Colter, as he acknowledged Ian during his own set.
Ian Noe impressed me with his down to earth and real songwriting and storytelling abilities. Songs like “Meth Head”, “Junk Town” and “Drifting Down The Lonesome Line” really pull the audience in and it silenced the rowdy crowd who were getting ready for Colter, not knowing they were about to be blown away by the opening act.Tonight’s show was different from the last time I saw Colter. Last time he opened up with “Thirteen Silver Dollars” and had the band come up in the middle of the song. That still happened, but we also got an extended acoustic section before that. He did some covers including a “The Wabash Cannonball”, and Roger Miller’s “Oo De Lally” from Robin Hood. I loved getting to see Colter by himself for a bit before the band came up as it feels like a more intimate setting.
There were also some changes to different songs in the setlist. He does a bit of “Redheaded Stranger” at the end of “Me and Big Dave”. I always thought that song reminded me of Willie’s “Me and Paul”. He played just about everything you would want to hear from the record he released this year, and a few from Imaginary Appalachia.
There were even a few newer songs including songs like his big rig song “Thinkin’ On A Woman” and some
other things that were newer. I love that Colter is an artist who tries out songs as he writes them on the road. You get a feel for his process and by the time they’re on an album they’re already known by his fans.
Colter Wall seems to get better every time you see him. It will be interesting with him going forward without The Speedy Creek Band, but I know it will be good. There are a few stops left on the Warpin’ Our Minds
tour before it is all done. Up next is a run in Europe. After that, who knows? Only time will tell.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage.
The Basement December 9th (Also Grimey’s)
Topgolf Live December 10th
Country Music Hall Of Fame Dec 12th
Exit Inn December 13th
The Basement December 15th
Old Salt Union
Maiden’s Alley December 15th
Shooter Jennings And Jason Boland
3Rd And Lindsley December 17th
Exit Inn December December 19th
The Basement December 23rd
Ward Davis And Tennessee Jet
3rd And Lindsley December 23rd
Whitey Morgan And Alex Williams
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky Dec 31st
Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st
City Winery January 8th
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver
3rd And Lindsley January 8th
City Winery January 10th
Station Inn Jan 13th
Marathon Music Works January 20th
Ryman Auditorium January 16th and 17th
Yonder Mountain String Band
3rd And Lindsley January 21st
The 5 Spot Feb 8th
Exit Inn Feb 9th
The Basement Feb 10th
3rd And Lindsley Feb 10th
3rd And Lindsley Feb 11th
The Warehouse Mt. Victor Feb 21st
Scott H Biram
The Family Wash Feb 24rth
City Winery Feb 28th
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