Oct 162017
 

Mr. Josh Morningstar has never ceased to amaze me lately..his new album “Whole Lotta Crazy” has garnered a plethora of attention with NO major media support whatsoever. Shit, if Mr. Sturgill does it why can’t Mr. Josh? Well I do not know Mr. Sturgill very well personally, I DO KNOW Mr. Josh and I can readily vouch for his authenticity and his passion.

There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for me…so I guess we go through life not doing anything for each other! All jokes aside people I wanted to bring an upcoming show he is doing to your attention.

He’s going to be making a special appearance at the iconic Nashville Palace on October 28th. And I’ll be coming down for this event you can bet on it, the food is still pretty good there and the staff is TOP NOTCH. Miss Tara is an awesome human being and I love her very much. Miss Julia has the biggest heart for Country Music that I have ever run into, she teaches obscure artists and I LOVE her knowledge.

If you would like to order his new album it’s available on his name there click on that. OR come on down and buy if from him in person and grab a shirt and a handshake. TRUST ME this WILL be a truly fun time and I’m planning some cool things for this event.

Oct 162017
 
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Now folks you know that I work a “regular job” as well as run this website so I’m sorry I cannot make show mid week, also I work third shift so it’s even harder. HOWEVER if YOU can make this show and lend YOUR support PLEASE do so. This following is from Miss Roxane Atwood and Mr. Tim Atwood.

FRIENDS, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please share this poster and ask your friends to share this poster….even if you don’t live in Nashville. There is no budget for advertising for this show because 100% of our proceeds will go to the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund to help musicians in need.

The subject matter is serious, but the event itself will be fun. How could it not be fun with Jeannie Seely hosting the event in honor of one of her best friends DOTTIE WEST…and Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers sharing stories and songs…along with David Frizzell and Shelly West…and other members of the West family….and a few surprise guests are coming that, well, let’s just say you’ll want to have your cameras ready.

And since we are raising money for the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund, we thought we would take a moment and honor one of Nashville’s finest musicians–a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame–Jimmy Capps! There should also be a table at the event filled with other MHOF members….the Musician Elite!

This event is one week from today. Wednesday October 18th. There is no set cost to get through the door. We will turn no one away–although the purpose of the night is to raise money for musicians in need. As you walk in 3rd and Lindsley there will be a sign that reads “What’s a Musician Worth to You?” Give what you can. $1…$5…$20…$100. No judgement. Just come out and support the musician who makes the music you love possible. We want to see a FULL HOUSE. This really will be a great show…and it is for such a worthy cause. The show starts at 7:30. We really do hope to see you there!

Oct 162017
 

Erin Enderline
Emi Sunshine
Porter Union
Brent Cobb
Joshua Morningstar
Cody Jinks
Tennessee Jet
The Steel Woods
Dallas Moore
Justin Wells

Hey guys this week I am happy to bring you guys Mr. Jonathan Parker . He represents country music the way it should be, I enjoy it and I think you guys will to. Like always please like this page to ensure you never miss any upcoming interviews and please share this week’s interview to help spread JP’s music so others can hear it.

Round 1 – Being a traveling musciain I am sure you see and hear a lot while on tour, can you tell us about one of your favorite memories from the road?

JP – I find it hard to zero in on one memory. Honestly, I’ve been blessed to be able to meet and play shows with some cool cats and even a few heroes of mine. I look forward to doing more of that.

Round 2 – Do you come from a musical family or is music just something you grew to love doing?

JP – I actually do not come from a musical family. Meaning, no one in my family plays or writes music but me. Although, I totally credit my dad for my love for music. Traditional country music in particular.

Round 3 – How would you describe your perfect day?

JP – Man. My perfect day right now would be any day spent with my family. I have a wonderful wife and a first grader that’s a total miniature me. When I’m not on stage or recording, I try spend as much time with them as possible.

Round 4 – What are some of your upcoming goals and plans?

JP – My main goal at the time is to make another album and keep touring.

Round 5 – What are some of your favorite things/hobbies to do outside of the Music World?

JP – My favorite things to do outside of music are fishing, hunting, and spending time with my family. I also dabble in graphic design a bit.

Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.

JP – First of all, I want to thank all my fans and all music lovers for giving folks like me a job. I’d also like to encourage all of my fans specifically, to show some love to one another. Maybe introduce this music to someone new. Take them to a show. Any show. Let’s try to encourage something that will unify us rather than create more negativity and evil. Shed some light!

Jonathan Parker

Oct 152017
 

You can’t go far in the world of country music without hearing the name Kendell
Marvel. He has written many great songs that have been performed by the
likes of Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton and George Strait to name a few.
He also hosts a monthly Honky Tonk Experience show at the famous Exit /
In. Marvel has finally released his debut album Lowdown & Lonesome and
it’s a good one. Kendell Marvel has taken some of the best parts of the
people he’s worked alongside in Nashville and created some good, real
country music.

It’s bluesy like a good Stapleton record one moment, and hits you hard with
the thick honky tonk outlaw sound of a Jamey Johnson record the next.
Kendell Marvel has a powerful voice to pull it off too. Songs like “Gypsy
Woman” and “Lowdown & Lonesome” are the kind of tracks that will stick with
you cement Marvell as his own hit maker. Another highlight is “Untangle My
Mind” which features some honky tonk piano.

“Untangle My Mind” is also notable as one of the album’s three Chris
Stapleton co-writes. The other two “Closer To Hell” and “Trying Not To
Love You” are also highlights. Honestly, there isn’t a bad song on this
album and it is sure to find a spot on my year end top albums list. The
Charlie Daniels cover “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” with Jamey Johnson is a
good way to close it out.

If you want some good country music that will hold you over till the next
Stapleton or Jamey Johnson album hits, this is the record for you. It hits
all the right notes and Kendell Marvel’s first step into the spotlight is
amazing. I highly recommend everyone go and buy or stream this album now.
It is available everywhere digitally and on CD at Kendell Marvel

1. Kendell Marvel – Lowdown & Lonesome
2.Lowdown & Lonesome
3.Gypsy Woman
4.Heartache Off My Back
5.Watch Your Heart
6.Untangle My Mind
7.Tryin’ Not To Love You
8.Hurtin’ Gets Hard
9.Closer To Hell
10.That Seat’s Saved
11.Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye


Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County
http://www.garyhayescountry.com

Oct 152017
 

Laid Back Country Picker is one of those artists you hear about through the
grapevine. Either you see his videos on Youtube, you see someone wearing
his shirt or you see a friend post about his album online. There is an
infectious quality about the single he released titled “Magoffin County
Cadillac”. The entire self titled debut album has that same quality that
draws you in and doesn’t let go.

“Magoffin County Cadillac” is the best track of the record. It’s a great
song about buying quality, cheap former police cars at police auctions.
It’s actually refreshing because it’s not something you hear about a
thousand times in other country songs. “I Live In The Now” and “Gangsters
and Preachers” are other highlights. They keep that same classic country
sound that makes “Magoffin County Cadillac” so good.

It is worth mentioning that John Neff plays steel guitar on this record.
He played on a lot of the Drive By Trucker albums including my personal
favorite Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. “Kathy With An Eight Ball” is a
simple track that is essentially a show piece for his work as it features a
long steel solo that is worth checking out.

I’m digging what I hear of Laid Back Country Picker. The CD has a quote on
it “I just want to play some good country music and treat everybody
right…”. They’ve got the good country music part right here, and so far
Laid Back Country Picker seems to be an alright guy. Currently the only
way to get this CD is to see him at a show or message Laid Back Country
Picker on Facebook. Tell him Gary Hayes sent ya.

Laid Back Country Picker

1.Laid Back Country Picker
2. Magoffin County Cadillac
3.Party Line
4. Kathy With An Eight Ball
5.I Live In The Now
6.Gangsters and Preachers
7.David Bowie
8.Put Me Away
9.Jim Frank

Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County
http://www.garyhayescountry.com

Oct 152017
 

I’m here tonight seeing Mr. Ward Davis play what I call a house show in Bowling Green at the Warehouse At Mt. Victor, which is a very nice venue. I believe the only single complaint I have ever had was lack of food sales, so I went over to get a pizza at another venue. This is a very spacious and place to see a show in my opinion, and I enjoy meeting new local area friends here.

There is no opening act here this evening Its pretty much an entire evening with our pal Mr Ward, which isn’t really a bad thing because I for one am in the mood for some damn good Country Music here tonight. He is planning a new album soon with songs like “Geronimo” which I plan to catch on video in this article here.

My last run in with Mr. Ward was this summer for Tumbleweed Festival 2017 and although I shall be at Blue Ox next year reporting live there. Ill have my right arm Mr. Joshua Wallace there next year for me. So you can rest assured despite my physical absence, my website will be there. In fact I’ll be attending a TON of festivals in 2018 like always.

Mr. Ward opened his show with ‘Almost Goodbye” which included some really good guitar solos and he followed that up with “No Going Home”. The Third song he said was a song that Ray Scott wrote called “Papa And Mama”, which you can find on his 2014 self titled album.

Like I previously stated I filmed video of the song “Geronimo” which will be on his new album, so right now let’s watch that before I go on talking about more of the show…

He then went on to talk about his regret about loosing Mr. Tom Petty, and went into playing a cover of his B side song called “Something Big”.  Perhaps one of the highlights of tonight’s show was the ballad song he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks called “Colorado”, it has some truly fine guitar work on it. He displays such a heartfelt feeling in his voice on this song, and it’s a well written song.

I have always enjoyed the way he plays “The Highwaymen” but like I mentioned before HIGH on the top of my TOP 50 list for it’s respective year, was the album Django And Jimmie. This album was the sixth and final collaboration between Legends Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, before the death of Merle Haggard.

‘Unfair Weather  Friend” is an absolute masterpiece, and Mr. Ward deserves EVERY accolade he has been bestowed for writing this song with Miss Marla Cannon-Goodman. I know Mr. Buddy Cannon is one of my favorite songwriters, MY favorite song he wrote was the Mel Tillis song “Pyramid Of Cans” on the southern Rain album BUT George Jones also recorded it, and it also inspired an Alan Jackson song..check that song out after this. So let’s watch him perform “Unfair Weather Friend” OK?

Another of my favorite songs was next called “Old Worn Out Cowboys” that on the album had help from Mr. Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson. You know this venue was a truly nice and personal place to watch Mr. Ward play but alas he IS growing. I want to take this time to publicly express how proud I am of him and Mr. Cody Jinks for achieving the Ryman status. I’ll be there next weekend for you Sir, and if you are reading this…you worked hard and earned it, Sir!

“Get To Work Whiskey” was next followed by another good song called “Lost in My Hometown” that I relate to because the farm I grew up on is gone. My home is a subway now, ugh…

He played a great cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” that was recorded under Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He played “I’m Not The Devil” OF COURSE that he wrote with Mr. Cody, and it was his hit album title. Also one of my TOP albums of the year.

“15 Years” was next followed by a GREAT cover of Mr. Ronnie Milsap’s song “Stranger In My House” from his 1983 album All Keyed Up. I’ll tell you what I AM a HUGE fan of Mr. Ronnie Milsap. I LOVE his late 70’s early 80’s piano honky tonk. I call it pianotonk, the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.

‘So What If I Do” and also “Don’t Forget To Get Stoned” were the encores for us tonight, and of couse he was kind enough to talk with everybody and take pictures.

Oct 122017
 

 

Tickets are available for this event by clicking HERE .

Folks parts of Florida were severely damaged  by the hurricanes this year but The Suwannee Roots Festival will be going on this weekend, and this lineup is wonderful. I believe I have included all of the needed information below including FULL band links and I also researched hotels and area places to go.

As all of you know my website promotes and attends up to 175 festivals yearly, this one is nothing short of stellar, so please if you are out in that area support this event.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn     

The Wood Brothers
Mother’s Finest
Peter Rowan
Donna The Buffalo
Steep Canyon Rangers
Chatham County Line
Rev Jeff Mosier Band
Jim Lauderdale
Verlon thompson
Shawn Camp
River Whyless
Willie Sugarcapps
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
Seth Walker
The Revelers
The Lee Boys
Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters
Nation Of Two
The Grass Is Dead
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Richie And Rosie 
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
The Pine Box Dwellers

Dread Clampitt    

Katie Skene    

Belle and The Band    

LPT

The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn    

Quartermoon    

Sloppy Joe

The Walker Family Band    

The Dunehoppers    

Jeff Bradley

Habanero Honeys  

Suwannee Spirit Kids

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All Suwannee Roots Revival weekend tickets include primitive camping. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is over 700 acres of spacious and shaded camping areas. Primitive camping is on a first come, first served system. There is plenty of room for your car at your campsite.

RV Hook Ups & Upgraded Sites

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park offers hundreds of RV upgrades with power and water hook-ups plus dozens of cabins for rent at the festival. All RV upgrades and cabin rentals are the park’s business, not the music festival’s. Please call the park office for information, rates and reservations. 386 364-1683 You are welcome to bring your RV for free if you won’t need the water and electric upgrades.

Local Hotel Options

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Holiday Inn Express
386-362-2600, located at 6694 US 129 N in Live Oak, Florida. This lodge includes a swimming pool, fitness center and continental breakfast. In the room there is a coffee pot, hair dryer, cable TV, iron and ironing board; suites include microwave, refrigerators, smoking & non smoking rooms, queen and king beds, data ports, and a Jacuzzi.

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Quality Inn
386-362-6000, located at 6819 US Hwy 129 in Live Oak, Florida. This lodge includes a swimming pool and continental breakfast. In the rooms there are a coffee pot, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, and many more amenities.

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Econo Lodge
386-362-7459, located at 6811 N Us Hwy 129 in Live Oak, Florida. This lodge includes a heated swimming pool and a continental breakfast. Other amenities include coffee pot, cable TV, double beds, and laundry facilities.

Also as I research this event,I’ll be adding MORE hotel options and places to enjoy your stay.

 

Driving Directions & Travel Info

Located just north of Live Oak, Fla, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. The Spirit of the Suwannee is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to these events, the park offers live music during the week in the Music Hall and a natural amphitheater for outdoor music festivals.

The grounds include 700+ acres for camping, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, jogging, observation at the world’s largest bat house, Way Down Upon the Suwannee River Trail Ride and New Year’s Eve Party, putt putt golf and pro-quality disc golf, a honey bee observation exhibit, beautiful rental cabins (and custom built cabins for sale), RV parking with full hookups, electric and water sites, shower and bath houses, full service restaurant, golf cart rentals, the Arts and Crafts Village, Country Store and much, much more. Or, you can just hang your hammock between two trees, put your feet up and relax as you listen to the quiet sounds of nature all around you

Need more information?

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is conveniently located near Live Oak, Florida, between Interstates 75 and 10.

Festival Entrance GPS Address

9379 County Road 132, Live Oak, Fl 32060

From I-10

Take exit 283 and go north on US 129 4.5 miles.

From I-75

Take exit 451 and proceed south 4.5 miles. Keep an eye out for our sign!

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground is centrally located to over 500 Florida Tourist Attractions within 2 ½ hours driving time.



General Festival Rules

  • The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is open 365 days a year. Guests may arrive early to set up camp for additional camping fees. Please note that at high traffic times you may experience a delay in processing your entry. Come early!
  • During music festivals at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground, dogs and other pets create problems. Accordingly, the Park rules prohibit pets. Next time you plan to visit Spirit of the Suwannee for a music festival, or special event, please DO NOT BRING YOUR PET! You will either be refused entry to the Park, or will be required to leave without a refund if you and your pet are found. If you have a legal service dog, you are welcome to bring it so long as it wears a tag showing that it has a recent, active, anti-rabies vaccination. You must also check your service dog in when you arrive at the Park so it can be properly credentialed.
  • No illegal substances or activities will be permitted. Please note that Marajuana usage is illegal in the state of Florida and Suwannee County, unlike some other parts of the country.
  • Re-entry is allowed for Weekend Ticket Buyers as long as you do NOT remove your wristband. We are NOT responsible for lost of missing wristbands. If you lose it, you will pay an additional fee to replace it.
  • NO FIREWORKS!
  • NO SPINNING FIRE/POI! (Sorry we just don’t have the safety program implemented yet)
  • NO WEAPONS!
  • NO NITROUS! (If security finds a tank, you will not be granted entry.)
  • NO GLASS! (Please bring all beverages in cans or plastic)
  • NO FIGHTING! (If you are involved in a fight both parties will be asked to leave)
  • CAMP FIRES ARE ALLOWED WEATHER PERMITTING. PLEASE ONLY START CAMP FIRES IN DESIGNATED AREAS AND BE SURE TO EXTINGUISH BEFORE LEAVING YOUR CAMPSITE
  • A  variety of micro brewed beer will be available for purchase! (Photo ID will be required to consume alcohol).
  • Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.. Keep them safe! We will scan them.
  • Ages 18 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian
  • All persons, vehicles, and possessions will be searched upon entry.
  • Due to Florida regulations no outside alcohol will be permitted within the concert area.

Campground Rules

  • There will be on-site security at all times as well as first aid stations open 24/7.
  • All camping attendees are subject to search upon entry.
  • Feel free to bring your own food and beverages into onsite camping.
  • Campers are expected to behave in a manner that is courteous to other campers.
  • All general car & tent campers are permitted to visit each others camp sites.

What is the closest airport to the venue?

Jacksonville, FL #JAX

Can I sell my crafts around the site? Can I sell my delicious homemade burritos?

For health and quality reasons, unauthorized food vendors pose a risk to festival goers. Unauthorized food vendors are not permitted and will be shut down to alleviate that risk. Each year Suwannee Roots Revival is committed to selecting quality craft and merchandise vendors. The unauthorized sale of merchandise in the camping area is not permitted, and Suwannee Roots Revival is committing to ensuring a successful event for all authorized vendors.

What is the policy on cooking devices?

PLEASE follow these instructions if you are planning on using a grill. You can use gas/propane fuel sources or charcoal, but scavenging for wood on site will NOT be permitted. No more than 10 pounds of charcoal per grill per car will be allowed. The fire must be entirely contained and off the ground. Air quality is a concern. Please keep the fires as small as possible and extinguish them as soon as you are finished. When you are done cooking with charcoal, put it out with water before going into the show or going to sleep or leaving your camp, rather than letting it burn out over time. In any case, DO NOT DUMP COALS ON THE GROUND (ever) or in the trash until they are entirely cool. After the coals are COMPLETELY DEAD, dispose of them properly as garbage.

What kind of camping is provided? Can we camp with our friends?

Amazing camping!   Primitive Camping comes with your ticket.  Primitive includes Tent or Car camping.  Yes, you may camp with your friends!

What is provided at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Campgrounds?

There will be bathrooms and hand wash stations. A general store will be selling sundries (personal hygiene products, batteries, film, disposable cameras, ice, water, etc…) Vendors will be selling a variety of reasonably priced foods, beverages and snacks. ATM Machines WILL be available in multiple locations on the site.

What emergency services will be available on site? What should I do if I need emergency assistance (medical, police, towing, locksmith, etc.)?

There will be emergency medical personnel and Security personnel onsite around the clock. If you need EMERGENCY medical or police attention, find a staff person with a radio, go to an information tent, medical tent, or tell one of the security personnel. Make sure your lights and radio are turned off when you park so you don’t drain your battery! Try not to lose your car keys or lock them in your car, we recommend bringing an extra set of keys to be safe. Also, please help us keep the parking areas clear of discarded bottles and other hazards – the tires you save could be your own!

What else should I know?

Pace yourself! Eat enough, drink enough water (it’s really important to stay hydrated), and get enough sleep so that you can enjoy the second day as much as the first. Also, if you can bring patience and a sense of humor, it will be a great gift to yourself as well as those around you, and it will help you to get the most out of your experience. Be a good neighbor – get to know your neighbors, watch their stuff and they will return the favor.

Venue Rules & FAQ’s

WELCOME TO CORNETT’S SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK AND CAMPGROUND!

Your job is to enjoy the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Our job is to help you, and everyone else, enjoy the Park. If we succeed, then we will have the most outstanding music-oriented campground on Earth; a place that we can enjoy for many generations to come. These regulations are a special contract between the Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, its employees and guests, and control the duties and responsibilities of all Park visitors. §513.117. Fla. Stat. Because of the tremendous popularity of music festivals, special rules apply during those special events; special rules are indicated in BOLD TYPE. If you violate any of these rules, you may be ejected from the Park without a refund.

ADMISSION TO SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK. Almost everyone is welcome at the Park. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, physical disability or creed. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We retain the right to refuse services to any person who displays intoxication, profanity, lewdness, brawling, whose conduct disturbs the peace or comfort of others, who damages property, who engages in illegal or disorderly conduct, whose conduct is a nuisance, or who violates any of these rules. All visitors must check in with the Park Office or Gate Attendant upon first arrival, and must pay any required admission fee (additional fees apply for overnight stay, activities, services and events). You may be required to display a vehicle pass or sticker on your vehicle at all times while on the premises. If you require a special accommodation for your visit due to a disability, please advise the Park Office or Gate Attendant when you enter the Park.

Guests during special events must present a ticket, along with a valid photo-identification, for entry into the Park, and will be issued a wristband that must be worn for the duration of the event. Take care with your wristband; if you take it off or lose it you will be required to buy a new ticket. NO EXCEPTIONS! Additional camping fees may apply depending upon your arrival and departure dates, and where you camp.

GETTING AROUND AND PARKING. “River Road” is the Park’s main street. It is one of the few paved roads in the Park and runs from the entrance off Highway 129 to the parking area for the white sandy beach on the Suwannee River. In addition to a few internal roads, the Park contains miles and miles of beautiful hiking paths and horse trails. A map of the Park is available in the Park Office, and is posted nearby. Typically, festival brochures include a map of Park features and venues.

The two most important travel rules are:

*ALWAYS yield to pedestrians – they have the right of way!

*Secondly, slow down and stay alert! The maximum speed for any vehicle (golf cart, bicycle, horse or other means) is ten (10) miles per hour. If children or crowds are present, slow down or stop to avoid them as needed.

There are designated areas for parking cars, trucks, golf carts and RV’s; do not park outside of designated areas or your vehicle will be towed at your expense and inconvenience. Please do not park any vehicle, including a golf cart, on someone else’s space. When in doubt, please don’t risk it. Do not park in a designated handicap accessible space unless you have the proper license plate or other State-issued insignia; your vehicle will be towed at your expense.

Be aware that Driving Under the Influence or “DUI” is not tolerated in the Park. You may be arrested by law enforcement officials and taken to jail if you are observed to be DUI in the Park, regardless of the vehicle, golf cart, bicycle, or automobile you may be driving.

All motor vehicles must be properly licensed and insured and all motor vehicle operators must be over 16, properly licensed and insured. You must display a Park-issued vehicle pass at all times. We will refuse entry to motor vehicles that are loud, stinky, or that have safety issues in our sole discretion. All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), off-road utility vehicles (ORV’s), recreational utility vehicles (RUV’s), dirt or motocross bikes, go-carts, and dune buggies are not allowed in the park.

Golf carts are a popular and convenient way to get around. Rentals are available at the Country Store. If you wish to bring your own, a trail fee must be paid upon arrival at the Park. We allow gas/electric factory models that do not exceed 14HP: E-Z Go (295 and 350 cc); Club (290 and 350 cc); and Yamaha (357 cc). Also, golf carts can’t exceed 8 inches maximum lift, a 23 x 11 x 12 maximum tire size and meet factory muffler specifications. You must check in your golf cart upon arrival at the Park, present proof of registration and insurance, have your golf cart inspected, fill out a form, pay a trail use fee, and obtain a sticker to be displayed while at the Park. Golf cart drivers must be licensed and over age 16. The driver and passengers must be seated at all times during operation. Be aware that headlights and taillights must be used from before dusk till after dawn. Golf carts must stay on designated roads and trails and be parked at your campsite by Midnight. During special events golf carts should be parked at your campsite no later than one-hour after the concert ends for the night. Trail fees during special events are non-refundable.

Bicycles are available for rent from the Country Store. All bicycles operated from between dusk and dawn must burn front and taillights. Children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet as required by Section 316.2065, Fla. Stat. If you ride a bicycle on designated trails, please respect the environment and be kind to pedestrians, persons on horseback, animals, and other cyclists.

Horses are usually welcome in the Park’s horse camping area and on marked horse trail areas, except during some special events. Horse owners must check in and present proof of a negative Coggins test, along with other required health certifications. Horses are not allowed on roadways, camping areas, or anywhere outside of the horse camping area and marked horse trails. No riding at night. A horse that kicks must be identified by a RED ribbon tied on its tail. No “tie outs” are allowed. See office for details. Horses are not allowed in the Park during special events.

During some special events, free shuttle service may be provided and we assume no risk for your use of such shuttles.

ENJOYING THE PARK’S NATURAL SETTING. We strive to keep the Park a clean, safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy! Please respect the environment, and do not harm plants or animals. Please do not litter. Place cigarette butts in ashtrays. No fireworks of any kind are allowed. Guns, Tasers, and all weapons are strictly prohibited on Park property, and that includes weapons carried in motor vehicles. Properly authorized law enforcement and security personnel may carry weapons as authorized by law, when on duty. Please respect fellow campers by not passing through their campsites. Picnic tables are provided by the Park at some spaces; please keep them clean and free of clutter when not in active use.

The Park maintains a quiet time of 11 P.M. During some festivals, jam sessions and drum circles may last until the wee hours with due consideration of those camping nearby.If weather and other prevailing conditions are acceptable to the Park, properly contained campfires are permitted in enclosed fire rings or in small dirt fire pits.

No bonfires or large fire pits allowed. Do not collect, or cut, trees or shrubs. Do not burn treated wood, plastic, garbage or trash. Fires must be supervised at all times and carefully put out before leaving unattended. Do not use gasoline, kerosene or other accelerants to start fires. Firewood and fire starters are available at the Country Store.

All of the airspace above the Park is restricted and no person is authorized to operate any type of aircraft, drone, radio-controlled airplane or helicopter, kite, Chinese lantern, luminary, sky lantern, fire balloon, Kongming lantern, hot air balloon, or other flying object, except that Frisbees, footballs, and other similar toys may be used when they do not present a danger or nuisance to other guests.

Please use alcohol and medication responsibly and lawfully. Underage drinking and use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited.

During musical performances, please be advised that you may be exposed to loud sounds, and please take whatever action you deem necessary to protect your hearing. The use of high-quality ear protection is strongly recommended for infants and small children.

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Oct 112017
 

I have been waiting with VERY much anxiety to bring you folks this review of the first album from Hellbound Glory in about six years.  You know back in the Myspace days of my divorce in 2006 I started finding all of these super cool bands coming out of the woodwork. Some of them went on to be classified as “Roots Music” or “Americana”, however Hellbound Glory just called itself “Scumbag Country”.

Enter the realistic world of Mr. Leroy Virgil, who since day one has released some of the most visceral and haughty lyrics you will ever hear from a west coast band.  Based in Reno, Nev Hellbound Glory now consists of Virgil, guitarist John Schreffler Jr., bassist Ted Russel Kamp, drummer Jamie Douglass, pedal steel player Jon Graboff, lap steel player Eric “Rico” Peterson and fiddle player Aubrey Richmond.

Black Country Rock has been headed toward a RECORD YEAR on my website (pardon the pun) but if they keep up this good work they could possibly have THREE OR MORE albums on my TOP 50 of 2017. Shooter Jennings and his crew of Outlaws have been BUSY this year making corporate music jittery with some stellar releases.

Mr. Leroy’s songs have always been socially nefarious and poignant while at the same time his vocal presentation is just plain honest and real. This album is typical Leroy Virgil style and arrangement both, with a remake of a classic song from the album “Old Highs And New Lows” called “Another Bender Might Break Me”. You know folks this band is extremely special to me, because in 2006 I had a VERY expensive divorce. I lived in my car for three months because my wife left me with so many bills, I couldn’t afford rent and paying those bills.

I finally got a place and back on my feet, right about that time I found Hellbound Glory and a few other bands like them. I had many many nights where I would “Drink Until The Bottle’s Empty”..like the song “Empty Bottles”. There is a HUGE LINE in this song I don’t drink from the bottle, the bottle drinks from me. See folks on this album you get the greatest form of Mr. Leroy EVER captured on a recording, and if you disagree I am sorry for you.

Order your copy of “Pinball” today:HERE

Pinball includes 11 new songs on a translucent blue vinyl, with a CD and a download card inside! All for $20! You’ll be getting heavily assaulted by Shooter and his cronies in the next few weeks about this album because it MUST BE heralded as a masterpiece.

He covers the 1972 Mr. Larry Collins hit “Delta Dawn” made popular by Miss Tanya Tucker when she was just a teenage Country Music sensation. For her time she was the Emi Sunshine of her generation. The song “Six Strings Away” is a remake of a Waylon Jennings song which was another good addition to this album, and it complements the other songs nicely.

“Sun Valley Blues (Bloodweiser)” is an absolutely top notch song, and made me drop my coffee cup. Not that this whole project didn’t but I can’t stop listening to this song here, if you don’t identify with it I suppose you aren’t white trash in spirit. In some ways we all have our little freaky things that can be construed as such. But the other song that grabbed me was “That’s Just What I Am”, you know there are too many bro country acts singing about how country they are. Chances are the more the hollar that they are…..they aren’t.  Mr. Leroy is the total complete opposite of that, it doesn’t take long to figure that out.

Order HERE.

The album opens with a classic song called “Merica (The Good Ol’ U.S.A.), which pretty much describes the typical ordinary Country folk in everyday society. It contains witty quips and descriptions of the NRA and pretty much everyday life, and goes right into a rebellious song called “Vandalism Spree”.’

Another of the crown jewels of this album is the song called “Pinball” and it is indeed the title track of the album, of course this song depicts the after affects of a wild night of drug use and drinking. One thing you will easily ascertain about Mr. Leroy is that songs about drug use and wild parties flow from his heart very readily and easily.

He is a modern day road warrior and prophet of heartache and hurt in a form that most anybody could relate to. Hellbound Glory is BY FAR one of the most purest forms of TRUE Outlaw Country Music I have ever heard in my life. Cause that’s just what he is…..

I would heavily suggest you go over RIGHT NOW and pre order this album and when you receive it you MUST SPIN IT until it is worn out.

TRACK LISTING:

1. Merica (The Good Ol’ U.S.A.)
2.That’s Just What I Am
3.Six Strings Away
4.Vandalism Spree
5.Sun Valley Blues
6.Empty Bottles
7.Pinball
8.Delta Dawn
9.Hellbound Blues
10.Another Bender Might Break Me
11.California Blues

Oct 092017
 

Erin Enderline
Emi Sunshine
Porter Union
Brent Cobb
Joshua Morningstar
Cody Jinks
Tennessee Jet
The Steel Woods
Dallas Moore

I heard about this weeks artist from mutual friends that introduced me to his music. I really enjoy his sound but beyond that he is just a really friendly down to Earth dude. He has been nothing but nice to me since I first started talking to him so when I found out he was interested in being on my ‘5 Shots’ page, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Like always guys please like my page if you haven’t already so you never miss any upcoming artist interviews and also please share this article to help spread the music of James Scott Bullard Thanks!

Round 1 – How long have you been performing music for people, how did it all get started?

JSB – I would con my way into local bars when I was a kid, like 16 and just hang around until the guitar player or bass player didn’t show up or got too drunk to finish the set, then I’d take his place. So technically since I was 16. I never actually intended to sing until I started my first band and it was less of a headache and more cost effective for me to play guitar AND sing than to try and find a singer and have to split the money another way, so that’s how that happened. I had my first real band during my late teens/early 20’s in the mid to late 90’s, and we had some pretty good regional success, made some records, opened for a few bands who were big at the time; Creed, Big Wreck, Superdrag, a couple of Butch Walkers bands, etc. We had this big blue converted church bus, and we’d removed all the seats but 3 so we could haul our equipment. It had no heat or air, and when you tried to get any, you got a good buzz from the exhaust that was leaking through the vents instead, and those WERE the good ol’ days! Anyway, that all adds up to a lot of years!

Round 2 – I’ve heard you might have a new video and album coming out soon, what can you tell us about them?

JSB – Absolutely! The video is VERY close to being ready. It’s for the first single from the new album. The album is titled: “Full Tilt Boogie” and the single is titled: “Wicked Ways,” and as with the last video, I took the director’s chair on this one. However, I have a REALLY bad habit of starting with one concept, then throwing it out the window and starting from scratch after 18 hrs. of footage has already been shot, which drives the cast and crew insane! I forget that we only have 4 min. to fill up and find myself trying to tell too much of a story. I was reminded by a dear friend recently that art is meant to be interpreted by the viewer or listener, don’t lead ‘em by the hand. That made sense, so I simplified this one by mix-matching the footage we shot and it turned out to be really cool visually and tell its own story…But the BEST part for the fans (and my personal favorite part) is that because there was so much leftover footage, I stole a cue from Michael Jackson…Don’t panic before I explain: After all of it was put together the right way, we had this gritty, surreal mini-movie on our hands that I couldn’t part with. So, there’s gonna be 2 different versions of the video like Michael did back in the day with “Thriller.” You’ll have the long version with the video book-ended by a mini-movie, and then the short version of just the song, (but no dancing zombies, or me in red leather!) And even after all that, there’s still roughly 10 hrs. of footage on the cutting room floor that will never see the light of day. As far as a release date for the video, my understanding is that it’s going to accompany the pre-sale for the album, so it should be coming pretty soon. The album, “Full Tilt Boogie” is being held for release until early 2018, because releasing an album at the beginning of a new year gives it a whole year to really dig in and take root with fans and radio. It is a bit of departure from the stuff like “Elizabeth” and “Another Heart.” I mean it’s still me, still the truth as I’ve lived it, still true blue, real country, but not as soft. It’s edgier and a lot more brazen. A lot less ‘poor me’ and a lot more ‘told ya so!’

Round 3 – What is your favorite type of guitar to play (Fender, Les Paul etc…) and why is that?

JSB – Electric: My first guitar was a Les Paul, and damn I love the tone of P90 pickups, but Fender Tele is my top choice, been playing them since the 90’s, no need to stop now. Acoustic: I’ve tried them all, the last 2 I’ve played live and on records were Gibson J-45’s, but I have recently been swayed by an AMAZING Guild D-40 I played, so that’ll be my next purchase.

Round 4 – For someone who has never heard your music before how would you describe it to them?

JSB – I’ve heard it called outlaw, real country, alternative country, honky-tonk, Americana, that list goes on forever, but for me, honestly, it all boils down to the blues. Whether it’s rock or country, or whatever, it all came from the same place and it’s all our own interpretations of that. That’s why I think folks don’t connect with pop country, it doesn’t speak TO you or FOR you. It doesn’t understand you like real country music does. Real country music speaks to the every day people; The blue-collar, broken hearted, addicted, angry, common man and woman who deal with real life every day, where there ain’t no sugar coating. …You know why we believed Merle Haggard turned 21 in prison? Because HE DID! In short; To be a songwriter, you have to know what you’re talking about, or folks will see right through you. You have to have conviction. You don’t have to suffer to sing the country blues, but it sure does help.

Round 5 – What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the Music World?

JSB – I have an 11 year old son who I adore. My father once told me before he died: “You’ll never understand what love means until you have a child of your own.” He was right. Every moment I get to spend with him is my Eden. He’s better than me, he’s my hero. And now that he’s older we have so much more in common, we both love Slayer and Pantera! My other passion is filmmaking. Not only did I direct the last 2 music videos, I’m in the process of directing a horror film right now. (I’m a horror film fanatic, so I figured if Rob Zombie could do it, I could too.)

Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.

JSB – Thank you! I’ll never be able to say that enough. In the past year I’ve been shown so much love and support, it’s unreal. Without you guys, there is no me. I’m humbled and honored that so many people like what I do, because secretly I’ve always felt like at some point someone is gonna come up and ask for my i.d. and kick me out of the club. Ha! Another big thanks to my manager @Missy Davis Jones for assembling a new award-winning team of people behind the scenes who never miss and don’t understand the word no! And my booking agency @Lone Star Music Promotions and @Big Dawg Music Promotions for getting a helluva start on putting me out there where the fans have been asking for me. And there’s a couple more tricks up the sleeve that I can’t talk about yet, but just hold tight for 2018, I promise y’all ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Last but certainly not least: Myself and plenty of others in the same genre owe a HUGE debt of gratitude not just to the fans, but to folks like you Josh Fairbanks, and Amanda Carlon, Samuel Trimble, and Jon Brashear over at Outlaw Resurgence, Argo Dilligaf, Venice Joe Pettijohn Jr., Bronson McNellis, W.B. Walker, my long-time gal pal, Sloane Spencer, and several who I know I’m forgetting (please forgive me) who continue to put us on radio and push us on social media and turn people onto the fact that there’s real music beyond the top 10 rotation and CMT. For that we owe you guys everything!

Oct 082017
 

Johnny Cash has been covered by many artists in many different ways. Brian
Owens has taken the R&B route and has brought the soul out of these old
Johnny Cash tunes with his latest record titled Soul Of Cash. Some covers
are more successful than others, but they are all done with a passion that
shows Owen’s love for Cash.

There are two incredible covers on this album that makes it worth the price
of admission. “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison” are some of the most
creative takes on these songs I have heard. “Ring of Fire” harkens back to
the Ray Charles version of the song while remaining it’s own thing.
“Folsom Prison” has it’s own groove. If Johnny Cash’s original was a more
somber warning about the slow pace of prison life, Brian Owens is looking
out of prison at a party train, and it’s going fast down the tracks. His
vocal still has a somber longing quality, but the music is a dance track
that you can imagine the passengers would hear in a party car.

The next handful of tracks keep the somber quality of the Johnny Cash
originals. “Walk The Line” has an amazing bass line as the focus of what
turns out to be a very smooth rendition. One of my favorite Cash songs is
his take on “Long Black Veil” and Brian Owens and Dylan McDonald do a good
version of it here. “Man In Black” brings another interesting take on a
Cash original by making it a faster and less somber track. Cash’s version
worked as a protest tune, and while Owens still retains that message, I’m
not sure if it works as a faster song.

The album closes with an original tune titled “Soul In My Country”. This
song is pretty much an explanation of why this album exists. It is Brian
Owens telling his own story about his connection to country music. Country
music and soul music have similar origins and they are both born out of the
church. This whole album bridges the gap between country and soul
successfully and it is worth a listen for any fan of Johnny Cash. There is
no physical release for the album yet, however it is out everywhere digital
albums are sold. They are planning a vinyl release in the future.

Brian Owens – Soul Of Cash

  1. Ring of Fire
  2. Folsom Prison Blues
  3. Walk The Line
  4. Cry Cry Cry
  5. Sunday Morning Coming Down (feat. Austin Grimm Smith)
  6. Long Black Veil (feat. Dylan McDonald)
  7. Man In BlackSoul In My Country (feat. Rissi Palmer and Robert Randolph)

–Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County
http://www.garyhayescountry.com

Oct 082017
 

I had the pleasure of taking ‘5 Shots’ with the very talented Erin Enderlin today & I am proud to bring you the results of that & introduce you all to this amazing singer/songwriter.

Round 1 ~ How long have you been a singer songwriter and how did you 1st get started?

Well, I was that weird kid. I fell in love with country music super early. I even took a Conway Twitty record for show and tell in kindergarten. By the time I was in 4th grade I was writing songs and performing them for my music class. Then I started playing shows in public at 16.

Round 2 ~ What is your motivation to keep going when times seem hard?

The folks I’ve met that tell me stories of how they’ve connected with my songs is a big motivator. Seems like whenever it’s toughest, somehow someone gets sent my way with encouragement. Also, I think about how much music has meant to me and what would’ve happened, what I would’ve missed, if my heroes had given up. Plus my sister says I can’t quit or she’ll kick my butt haha.

Round 3 ~ When did you get your first quitar and how did you learn to play?

I played around on my parents guitar really young, then started playing the piano at 5. I got my own guitar and started taking lessons at 13. My guitar teacher Terry Holmes was amazing and was a huge influence on me. He really encouraged me in my writing and was the first person to explain to me you really can write and sing as a profession. He passed away from cancer when I was 16. While he was in treatment he wrote me letters encouraging me to follow my dreams and saying that he really believed I could do it – he’d played with several Nashville artists before moving to Arkansas. I still have them.

Round 4 ~ If you had to say one person, who would you say influenced your musical style the most?

Reba

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?

Drink coffee and hang with my friends.

Last Call….Open message to your fans

I’m excited to announce that I have a new single “Ain’t It Just Like A Cowboy” coming out August 11th. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the album Whiskeytown Crier coming out September 1st. It is everything I ever wanted in an album. I was basically a kid in a country music candy store!!

Oct 082017
 

This girl is absolutely amazing, she is already a star but there is no limits for where her talent can take her. When I first heard her I could not believe that she was only 13 years old. I am beyond honored to have been able to talk to her today and bring you this Q&A. Guys if you’re not already a fan of hers please support EmiSunshine, it is people like her that is keeping real music alive. Enjoy #EmiSunshine

Round 1 ~ How old where you when you got your first instrument, what was it, & who taught you how to play it?

A ukelele from mom and I was 7 I kinda taught myself!

Round 2 ~ To be so young you seem to have an old soul, I love that you honor the older style of Country. What inspires you to sing that style though instead of the new style that most young people are into?

I don’t know for sure. Maybe it’s the nostalgia for things before my time or because it makes me feel something I can’t explain but I think mostly because it is real. It makes you listen to the lyrics and everyone can relate to it because it’s about real life not just party time or who’s gonna get a truck and a drink and ride around

Round 3 ~ You have already accomplished what most only dream of by playing the Grand Ole Opry not once but mulitiple times…What is your dreams for the future having already accomplished so much?

Well that stage is home base. If I never played another stage that is my dream stage. Don’t get me wrong I love playing everywhere but that stage for any artist should be home. I’d love to play red rocks, I want to go back to the today show, I want to play Bridgestone arena but my next big goal is Austin City Limits

Round 4 ~ I know that some of your family is in your band, can you tell us about your band?

Sure my dad Randall plays bass, my brother John is on Mandolin and Guitar, my uncle bobby is on Drums and we call on the occasional fiddler or dobro player for some shows

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?

Hula hoop or draw

Last Call…This is your chance to say what ever you would like to your fans.

😊 Please share music! Not just mine but any of your favorite artists! Music helps everyone and musicians need fans to do what they do! Buy an album! If all my fans bought one we would be closer to being near them! Cd profits bring artists to venues!

Oct 082017
 

 

I had the honor of talking to Cole & Kendra of Porter Union right after they got home from playing the Tumbleweed festival and these are some of the most down to Earth, genuinely nice people that I know. It is my pleasure to bring you this exclusive Q&A that I did with them. Hope you enjoy.

Round 1 ~ How did you guys first meet each other?

We met at a small bar & grill in our hometown, Republic, MO, in 2010. I played there regularly and Kendra was a waitress. One night I was just hanging out up there with some buddies. They had a karaoke DJ set up in the corner. We were no karaoke pros but every now again we’d tie on a good one and give it a go. I guess this was one of those nights. We were sitting at our table when Kendra walked by. She was fairly new there and so I was asking my friends about the new waitress. They kept trying to get me to go ask her to sing karaoke with me, they were convinced it was a good pickup line. Being one of “those nights” I had plenty of courage to work with and finally agreed. She was standing at a register near us putting in an order when I decided to go for it. I asked her and she immediately answered with, “sure!”. Her confident and quick response kind of stunned me. Usually it’s like pulling teeth trying to get someone to sing karaoke and I was expecting to have to put some work in to convince her. I had no idea she could sing. We went over to the DJ to pick a song and somehow landed on “Whiskey Lullaby”. My part was first and I quickly realized I didn’t know the song very well, even with the words in front of me. I fumbled my way through my part, and then Kendra started singing. My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe the incredible voice that I was hearing. To me, it was fate. I was pretty well hooked from that moment on.

Round 2 ~ Do you guys own any pets, if so can you tell us about them?

We have a dog, Dolly Porter, and a cat, Loretta Lynn. Dolly is a 3 year old Australian Shepherd / Corgi mix and Loretta is the spawn of Satan.

Round 3 ~ When your not playing or writing music what is your favorite thing to do?

We really love spending time with our families. We like to hangout by the water and go hiking when we get the chance, but we’re also really good at watching Netflix. We definitely like to get out and catch live music, that never fails to inspire.

Round 4 ~ If you had to say one person, who would you say influenced your musical style the most?

For me, Jason Boland is probably my biggest influence. I found his music at an important time in my life and it really lit a fire in me. For Kendra (she’s driving) it’s Lee Ann Womack. That was the first cassette tape the she every owned. She fell in the love with her story telling and the way she sang.

Round 5 ~ Are you guys sports fans, if so what teams do you support?

We are sports fans but the only team that I’d say we’re passionate about is the Kansas City Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the greatest places on Earth.

Last Call….Open message to your fans

2017 has been one of the best years of our lives thanks to everyone that has shown us so much love. It’s really a crazy feeling to see all your hard work start to pay off and we couldn’t be more thankful for all the people that have stood beside us. That’s the kind of thing that keeps you moving forward even during the tough times. We love you guys.

Oct 082017
 

 

I was both surprised and very happy when I heard back from him and Brent Cobb wanted to do ‘5 Shots’. I enjoyed talking to him and am proud to be able to bring you this 1 on 1 exclusive interview.

Round 1: I know you have done many music collaborations, can you tell us about some of your favorites so far and also maybe some that you would love to do in the future?

So far, my favorite has been with Miranda Lambert on a song she, Adam Hood and I wrote for her called “The Good Ol Days”. I sang the harmony with her on her track recorded for the Southern Family album.

Round 2: I have been wearing out ‘Shine on Rainy Day’ ever since it was released, it is one of the favorites in my collection. Is there any news on when we might expect a new album from you?

First, thanks so much. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that my music means something to you. Yes, top of 2018 there will be a new album. But even before that there will be a song released in September as a precursor to the record.

Round 3: Do you prefer acoustic shows or full band shows & why?

I like all shows for different reasons. Acoustic because I get to tell longer stories and really be loose and personal. Full band because I love playing music with my best friends.

Round 4: As a musician you travel all over the World, can you tell us about some of your favorite places that you have been & your favorite venues to play?

Not to give a short answer purposely, I really just enjoy playing music wherever anyone will have me. After touring for 10yrs playing shows to mostly no one, it’s really nice to have people willing to listen.

Round 5: This is a question that I ask everyone, what is your favorite thing to do outside of the music World?

I love being home with my family. My favorite thing is to have something on the smoker in the evening cooking for supper while my wife and daughter and I hang out in the yard watching the world go by.

Last Call open message to your fans…

Thanks everyone for caring enough to have me be a part of this. Hope to see you somewhere down the road.

Oct 082017
 

 

I love that I am able to bring you all this week’s ‘5 Shots’. It is heartfelt & real because that is just the kind of person Josh Morningstar is. I consider this guy family & I am very happy that I am able to be a small part in spreading his story and his music. I hope you guys enjoy this read as much as I did.

Round 1 – You have a new album about to be released can you tell us a little about it?

The new record, “Whole Lotta Crazy” comes out Sept. 29th. It’s the culmination of the last few years of my life-ups, downs, etc. All the songs except for one (“Memories Cost A lot” written by Billy Don Burns) were written by me and brought to life by the excellent group of musicians I’m lucky to have not only as my band but as my friends. They are:
Bobby Miller-lead guitar
Greg Johnson-steel guitar
Michelle Lucas-bass and background vocals
Eric Avey-drums and background vocals
This is EASILY the best record I’ve ever made. The musicians are all top notch and I feel the songs are as well. I write my life-if I’m singing it, I lived it, simple as that. To quote the great Harlan Howard, “three chords and the truth.”

Round 2 – You openly mention your past issues with drugs in your songs, Could you tell us some about you past and your story so maybe hearing it will help someone else out there that is in the darkness find the light?

I’m a recovering heroin addict. Good Lord willing I’ll have 6 years clean October 17th. I was bad on the shit-at my worst I was shooting up 2 grams of heroin a day, which for those unfamiliar is a lot of dope. I was the worst kind of junkie-I lied, I stole, I did anything I could to get my next fix. I was a bad person and a bad father. Rehabs, NA, none of that worked for me. I woke up one morning, dope sick as hell, looked in the mirror and made up my mind that I was either gonna overdose and kill myself that day, or I was gonna get clean. I chose to get clean. Still deciding if I made the right choice (that’s a joke lol). I talk about it openly bc I like helping those who are where I was. I risk being labeled “the drug guy” by those that don’t understand where I’m coming from, and sometimes that bothers me, but it would bother me more if I didn’t help others. That’s the main reason I’m so open about it-I want to show people that you CAN make it out, that you CAN change, that it CAN be better. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Round 3 – I know that you just got married to your wife Tess, can you tell us how you guys met and the story there?

Tess and I met after she stalked me on Facebook lol. She waited til I was single, when she saw that I was she sent me a msg that said “hey.” I thought she was beautiful so I asked her out. She agreed, then she cancelled the day we were supposed to go out-turns out a friend of hers knew me and knew my reputation and had convinced her that I wasn’t right for her. Luckily she ended up not listening, apologized for cancelling, and we went out the next night. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I sang her “Blues Man” by Hank Jr., and the next morning when we woke up we went to church together lol.

Round 4 – Most of your fans know that you love Billy Don Burns can you tell us about that relationship and who some of your other major musical influences are?

Where to begin. Billy Don tells the story of the first time we met like this (these are his words):
“I was playing at some little honky tonk down on Lower Broadway in Nashville. Before the show started, I was onstage tuning my guitar. This kid walks up to me, doesn’t say a word, just opens up his shirt. He had the name of one of my songs, “Honky Tonk Singer,” tattooed across his chest. I knew right then and there that that kid had heart and that I liked him.”
That story is true, and that’s exactly how we met. I’d known BD’s music long before I’d ever met him-the first song of his I heard was “Dark Side of the Spoon.” As a junkie at the time that song hit me like no other song ever had before. I immediately dove into his catalog. I studied every song he had recorded, and to this day have every one of them memorized-it makes me smile that when he can’t remember how a song starts or what key a certain song is in he calls me. He’s taught me so much-not only about songwriting and the music business, but about life. We’ve done a lot of the same stuff right, but maybe more importantly, a lot of the same stuff wrong. He’s been the best teacher a guy like me could ask for-aside from that, he’s the best friend a guy could have. BD is one of a kind, and if I never receive any other “accolades” from the music business, knowing that Billy Don Burns told me were cut from the same cloth is all the praise I’ll ever need.
Other than BDB, some of my other musical influences are guys like Hank Sr., Waylon, Dale Watson, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, the Hag, Kristofferson, and Keith Whitley. I’m a student of the history of country music and try to add a little from each person I look up to into my own music. I try to write honestly like ol’ Hank and Kristofferson; I try to be smooth vocally like Haggard, Jones, Keith and Lefty; I try to purvey the same kind of energy onstage as guys like Waylon and Dale. Obviously those guys are in a league of their own and I’m not even on the same field, but I do my best to make my heroes proud.

Round 5 – What is some of your favorite things to do outside of the music World?

I really don’t have a lot of things I do outside of music-it’s pretty much my whole life. If I’m not writing songs I’m booking shows; if I’m not booking shows I’m trying to think of creative marketing strategies; if it’s not that it’s something else. It goes on and on. I guess studying the history of country music would be something you could say I do for fun-I can talk for hours and hours about where our kinda music came from. We can go back to Jones and Haggard, or further back to Hank and Lefty. We could go all the way back to Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter family. I’ve only met three people that know more about country music than I do: Gary Hayes, Sara Leann Turner, and Owen Mays. Sadly Owen is no longer with us. I’m not saying there aren’t more people out there than that that know more about the history of our kinda music than I do-obviously there are-just that those are the only ones I’ve personally met. Aside from my wife and kids, country music is my life.
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Oh yeah, we watch “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and “The Office” in the tour van. I like those shows.

Last Call – this is an open message to your fans.

I don’t have “fans,” I have friends. It’s bc of the people that enjoy my music that I’m able to feed my family and put a roof over their heads. That’s not something a “fan” does-that’s what friends do. I’m not a “headline” act-I’m not selling out shows, or selling all kinds of records. I’m a road dog-we do 300+ shows a year. We play the bars, the joints, the honky tonks. We roll into town, have a good time with our friends, then we head to the next one and do it over again. It’s bc of the people that enjoy my music that keep me going. If you like what I do, tell someone else about me. Come to a show. Tune into “Good Morning Live” Monday thru Friday at 10am Eastern on my Facebook page. I make music for my friends, but I also do it bc I have to. I do it bc if I don’t, well, I’ve been down that road-it ends with me dying a broken down junkie. Country music is my whole life, and I love it. It’s what I do, and it’s what I’ll always do. However, without you guys there’s no me. So from my heart, from my family and myself, thank you. I love you all.

 

Oct 082017
 
 

I can’t tell you guys what it means to me that I am able to bring you this week’s interview. This is the man that restored my passion for music. He is the one that made me say, you know what maybe there is an answer to that iconic George Jones question. If it wasn’t for him this page wouldn’t even exist, hell I’ll be honest I’m not even sure I would still exist. I was lost for a long time and because of his music I found the Flockers and hundreds of friends and people who embraced me. Every time someone ask me why I devote all of my time to music, I always say because music saved me and Cody Jinks is the main part of that cause he led me to everyone else. I have been lucky enough to meet and hangout with him 13 times now and I will never call him a friend because he is so much more, he is my brother, he is family. I know this intro is a little long but I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do this, I love you brother and I thank God for you. I hope everyone enjoys and if you do please, PLEASE like this page so that you won’t miss any upcoming interviews and share this post so we can spread Cody’s music to others!

Round 1 ~ I know that you love fishing so I was wondering what is your favorite type of fish (I prefer bass fishing myself) and what is the biggest fish that you have caught so far?

Cody ~ “Bass fishing is my favorite but I also love to Striper and Crappie fish. My best bass went 9.8 Ibs, I caught it in El Salto Mexico.”

Round 2 ~ I have noticed that you enjoy playing golf some on your off days, how did you 1st get into golf and do you remember what your best game was?

Cody ~ “I just recently got into golf. I’m absolutely horrible but I like to get out and play, it gets me out of the bus for a while. It’s just fun to get out there and laugh at each other for our bad games. Our Bass player Josh has gotten several of us into it, I’ve never had a great game though.”

Round 3 ~ Can you tell us the backstory on how you & Ward Davis first met and how that friendship got started?

Cody ~ “I met Ward back in February of last year at Floores Country Store in Helotes Texas. He came in as a three piece acoustic opener and I talked to him a little before the show. Then he played and I was really impressed. We talked after the show as well & I told him we would play together again. He came out and did a few more shows and then came out to El Paso to write on I’m not the Devil, after El Paso I’m pretty sure we both knew there was a friendship there.”

Round 4 ~ Brother most artist these days have fan clubs but there is something very special about yours, most of the Flockers especially those of us that have been there to see your rise would take a bullet for you and that kind of loyalty is something I don’t think many musicians have these days. Can you tell us your thoughts on your Flockers?

Cody ~ “The Flockers, I don’t even know where to begin. What an amazing group of people. Self started, self governing, and no bullshit. To have a fan club is one thing, The Flockers are in a whole nother stratosphere. I think what I’m most proud of is the charity work they support and if another Flocker needs anything there will be folks there for them. From music to tickets, whatever. It’s an honor to have them, the support, seeing them at shows. It’s very cool.”

Round 5 ~ Well as most people already know you have been selling out almost every venue you guys play at lately including 2 nights at The Mother Church of Country Music…Can you give us an idea of what your plans are for the future?

Cody ~ “The Mother Church of Country Music, I mean how much cooler does it get than that. Our immediate future will be spent touring and recording for the next record. This is one of the busiest times of the year for us, we’ve got some really cool shows coming up and we have a lot to be excited about and a lot to be thankful for.”

Last Call…This section is an open message to your fans and the Flockers, so you can tell them anything you would like them to know.

Cody ~ “Thanks to my band and crew and all of our families that are willing to let us go for weeks or months at a time, and thanks to the Flockers for having our backs while we are out on the road.”

Oct 082017
 

I first met Tennessee Jet on Dec. 2nd 2016 in Nashville Tennessee at 3rd & Lindsley, he was opening for Ward Davis and Cody Jinks. I was highly impressed by him and have been a fan ever since. I contacted him and asked if he would be interested in being on the page and his response was “It would be an honor” which really meant a lot to me and I felt the same way so I will say it is an honor to bring you all this ‘5 Shots’ with my friend TJ McFarland. If you enjoy please like this page for future interviews and share so we can help spread Tennessee Jet’s music. Thanks!

Round 1 ~ I’m always amazed when I watch you perform because you do it all by yourself. How many intruments are you able to play and how many do you normally play at the same time on stage?

TJ ~ My typical setup gives me the option to play drums, guitars, and harmonica with a couple mics set up for vocals…one distorted and one clean. There are a few songs I’ll play guitar with my left hand and the drums with my feet and right hand while singing and taking solos with the harmonica. My style was born out of necessity…trying to make the biggest sound possible as a one-man-band.

Round 2 ~ I have always been impressed by the lyrics in your songs. How old were you when you wrote your first song, do you remember any of the lyrics to it?

TJ ~ I’ve written as far back as I can remember, not always songs…a lot of little short stories and what I guess you could call poetry…not really knowing why, writing was just something I always did. I started putting words to music when I was probably 15 or 16. Really traditional country stuff.

Round 3 ~ Your real name is TJ McFarland, where does your stage name ‘Tennessee Jet’ come from?

TJ ~ I was living in Nashville when I came up with the name…that’s where the “Tennessee” part comes from….and ”Jet” is the name of James Dean’s character in the movie “Giant”. That’s the movie dialogue you hear in the background of “Please Come to Austin” from my ‘Reata’ record.

Round 4 ~ Most people think that being a musician is an amazing job and for the most part it is but those of us that are around it all the time know that it also has it’s negitives. What is your favorite thing and least favorite thing about being a musician?

TJ ~ Favorite thing: Creating and pushing myself to learn a new way to write or play.
Least favorite thing: I think the worst days of this gig pale in comparison to the worst days of most other jobs like being a soldier or a cop…and I HATE
it when musicians whine.

Round 5 ~ What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the music World?

TJ ~ I watch westerns…usually Clint Eastwood…and drink…usually Jim Beam.

Last Call ~ This section is an open message to your fans, so you can tell them anything you would like them to know.

TJ ~ Thanks for asking me to do this Josh. I’m glad to know you and people like you that have such a passion for music and the musicians that they dig.

Video Credit goes to Lynn Hillis

Oct 082017
 

 

I first saw The Steel Woods when they opened for Blackberry Smoke in Montgomery Alabama. I was highly impressed and then their debut album ‘Straw In The Wind’ was released shortly after and I was blown away all over again. These guys are so talented and some of the nicest guys you will meet. If you have never been to one of their shows, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket you will not regret it. Once again thanks to everyone who takes time to support my page and read about all these great musicians, please remember to like this page for future interviews and share this post to help spread the word about The Steel Woods music. I hope you enjoy!

Round 1 ~ How did you guys all meet and come together to form The Steel Woods?

Steel Woods ~ We all knew each other in some form or fashion before the band. Prior to forming The Steel Woods, guitarists Wes Bayliss and Jason “Rowdy” Cope were both pursuing musical careers. Cope found work as a session musician and played in Jamey Johnson’s band, but once he met Bayliss at a Nashville gig, the two clicked. First they became friends, then they wound collaborating, adding bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Jay Tooke to round out the lineup.

Round 2 ~ Who would you love to do a tour with?

Steel Woods ~ A lot of names come to mind but I would have to say Willie Nelson because he is one of the few heroes of country music who are still touring.

Round 3 ~ What is your favorite song to play live & why that song?

Steel Woods ~ I would say anything new or that we’ve recently written because it’s the true test of a song to see how the crowd reacts to it.

Round 4 ~ The 1st time I saw you guys was in Montgomery Alabama with Blackberry Smoke, can you tell us about that tour and what it was like hanging out with those guys.

Steel Woods ~ Well the Smoke guys and crew are great but what stood out for me was the people who came to the shows. Blackberry Smoke fans are the real deal! We met a lot of great people on that tour and so many of them have come to see us multiple times since then. We couldn’t be more thankful for that.

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of the music World?

Steel Woods ~ Anything outdoors that our families can do along with us.

Last Call ~ This is an open message to your fans.

Steel Woods ~ Thanks for the support, come out and see a show we would love to see you.

Oct 082017
 

I have been a fan of Dallas Moore‘s music for a long time. I have been trying to get out to see him live for a couple years now but every time I got tickets something would come up in my life to prevent me from going. I finally got to see him on September 16th 2017 in Bowling Green Kentucky. I was blown away and can’t wait to see him again. Him and his band were amazing but beyond that they we so friendly and treated you like part of the family. I love artist like that and I will continue to recommend him to anyone that will listen. Thank you for taking the time to do this brother, I will see you again soon. Please remember to like this page for future interviews and share this article to help spread Dallas‘ music, Thanks!

Round 1 ~ How many shows do you usually play each year, do you enjoy all the traveling?

Dallas ~ I play over 300 shows a year between solo, duo and full band shows. This year (2017) finds me playing 327 shows total. I keep the roads hot!

Round 2 ~ If you could hand pick one artist today who would you want to cut a song with and why them?

Dallas ~ Willie Nelson of course! I’ve toured with Willie in the past but never recorded with him. The late, great Jody Payne (Willie’s guitarist of nearly 40 years) was my Godfather and we recorded my Hank To Thank Live album together and Mickey Raphael (Willie’s Harmonica player of 42 years) played some tracks on my upcoming album. Now if we could just get Willie that’d be awesome!

Round 3 ~ What is your favorite song that you have written so far and why?

Dallas ~ I don’t know that I have a favorite song that I have written. They’re all my creations and I love them all in their own way. My favorite song by another songwriter would be Live Forever by Billy Joe Shaver.

Round 4 ~ Can you tell us about Victory? How is she doing

Dallas ~ My daughter Victory Lee Moore was born on June 14th, 2017. She just turned 3 months old and is doing great. She’s such a happy little baby and her Mama, Jenna Danielle Moore and I are blessed beyond measure!

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of the music World, what other hobbies does Uncle Dallas have?

Dallas ~ I ride my Harley Davidson Road King every chance I get. Whenever I can get my knees in the breeze it’s a great day for Ol’ Uncle Dallas. It’s also when I come up with most of my lyrics to write new songs. Out on the road it’s the best way to clear my head and beats the Hell out of therapy!

Last Call ~ This is an open message to your fans so just tell them whatever you want to.

Dallas ~ I can’t wait to get my new album Mr. Honky Tonk out for y’all to hear! We recorded this one at OmniSound and Beaird Studios in Nashville with Dean Miller (son of Roger Miller) producing. I believe it’s by far the best recording I’ve ever made and we got really great cuts on all of these songs. The album will be released on SOL Records in February 2018 and we’ll be touring all over the country in support of it. Limited Edition Preorder Packages are available now at www.dallasmoore.com

Oct 042017
 

A few weeks ago, my friend and I went out to Madisonville Kentucky, where they have the weekly concerts on the square series. This summertime function greatly supports my local community, and local businesses without promoting the mega chain stores. Downtown Madiosnville abounds with good places to eat locally owned and fun places to visit if you enjoy history.

Mr. Alonzo Pennington band was first, and to be honest I didn’t get to hear his set completely and as thoroughly as the next two acts. We actually enjoyed a nice meal at a local diner before the main two acts tonight, Mr. Buddy and I don’t get to see one another that often so it was nice catching up.

Mr. Tyler Childers was first tonight, and unless you have been under a rock or you are new to this type of website, you have heard about Mr. Tyler Childers and his rapid rise to the spotlight. I’ll be honest people It’s going to be a good end of the year for him, I’m sure he will grace many of the Album of the year lists. I could not take video of this show everybody for local legal reasons I did not ask for permission, I thank you for understanding that.

The initial local audience buildup was amazing for my area, and I was greatly pleased at this positive outlook on this wonderful artist from the Appalachian region. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Mr. Tyler you can find out more about him on most websites like mine, that are raving about his new album Purgatory. This album was produced by  Sturgill Simpson and I featured his new album HERE.

Tyler Childers and the Foodstamps immediately blasted into some truly amazing songs here tonight as they opened with “Born Again” and captivated the whole county as he delved into the cover of Utah Phillip’s song “Rock Salt And Nails”.  He has an amazingly unique voice and vocal presentation, you know many times I hear people say that nowadays you cannot tell the difference between  singers..and when you hear HIM you can easily ascertain his voice.

“Swear To God” was song that is on the album that I really and truly enjoyed. This album sounds and feels SO wonderful I firmly believe it’s a triumph in every way! His set included the Dr. Hook cover song “I Got Stoned And I Missed It”, and also the new song called “Feathered Indians”.

His cover of the Charlie Daniels song “Trudy” has always been a strong staple of his initial set, and also the song called “Honky Tonk Flame” was in the set. He also played the song called “White Bridge Road” and other songs that induce the crowd into a mega sing along frenzy.

The later portion of his set included songs like “Banded Clovis” and one of his first singles released from the album was called “Lady May”, and finally he played one of my favorite songs he plays called “Nose To The Grindstone”. This band displayed some truly fine craftsmanship tonight, and brought a unique brand of Mountain Country to my region. Songs like “I Will Follow You to Virgie” represent a region of America that I often get the blessing to visit in the Eastern region of the United States..Appalachia. There are MANY Facebook pages you can go to to find out more about Mr. Tyler Childers and one of them is my friends over at Honky Tonk Heroes and also his own fan page which you can find HERE

Waymore’s Outlaws is another band I have featured on here MANY TIME, and tonight they played a set before they brought out Shooter Jennings for the main act. Mr. Jerry Jigger Bridges, Mr. Fred Newell, Mr. Richie Albright and Mr. Tommy Townsend blaze the trails of this great nation and keep the spirit of Waylon alive.

From their website:

Waymore’s Outlaws consists of former members of Waylon Jennings recording and touring band, The Waylors, featuring Richie Albright, Waylon’s original drummer, bassman Jerry “Jigger” Bridges, and pedal steel guitarist Fred Newell. Their lead guitarist and singer, Tommy Townsend, adds to their mix of Outlaw music. Waymore’s Outlaws are keeping the spirit of Waylon and his music alive today.

“Are You Ready For The Country” is actually an album from 1976 and was the first studio album that preceded  the Wanted The Outlaws album, which was the first Country album to achieve platinum sales status. “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” was originally recorded by the writer Mr. Ray Pennington in 1967.

“Clyde” is originally a J.J.Cale song and was covered by Waylon with very much adoration of vintage collectors like myself. It received little mainstream attention at the time, and next on the set was “Ladies Love Outlaws” followed by “Iv’e Always Been Crazy”.

As many of you know the very night we went to this show we lost the Gentle Giant the Icon, Mr. Don Williams. They played “Tulsa Time” and went into the Steve Young classic “Lonesome Onry And Mean”. Then they brought out  Mr. Shooter Jennings who I’ll be bringing out a LOT of news about in the next few weeks.

We got a NICE review of Hellbound Glory’s new album “Pinball” coming soon, and tour information.  Id’ like to take some time to tell you about the really nice show he played for my community. “Ain’t Living Long Like This” was first from him, as well as “Play’n Possum” from his Don’t Wait Up For George album.

The enthusiastic crowd got treated to a wonderful show tonight, as Mr. Shooter himself has told me he was mourning the death of his friend Mr. Troy Gentry and wanted to bring a truly emotional performance here tonight. As he played songs like “Living In A Minor Key” and “Belle Of The Ball” he amazed my neighbors with his stage presence.

He played through his many album tonight with songs like “Rowdy women” and also “Gone To Carolina” from his first album in 2006 “Put The O Back In Country”. That’s a rare find on vinyl to be sure, I haven’t found it for under 100 bucks. He laos played “4rth Of July”  from that same album which was one of his most commercial songs he ever had.

He always closes most of his shows with a song for Mr. Jon called “Good time Charlie’s Got The Blues”.  Most of the shows I have been to lately he has closed with that song in total.  His new forthcoming album due out this fall is going to be his most Country album he has ever released since his first one, and from what he’s told my website it will be amazing.

These are two artists to be watching for toward the end of 2017 and into 2018, for this website, keep reading folks…more to come for sure!

Oct 022017
 

On October 5th 2017 my wonderful friends at R.O.P.E. will be having their annual banquet and awards show at the Al Menah Shrine Temple over on Brick Church Pike. Seated at my table one year was the man they will be paying a special tribute to next month, Country Music Legend Mr. Mac Wiseman.

I have been truly blessed to have been involved with this fine organization for many years now, and it is run and operated by many people I regard as heroes and Legends. I think this group and event needs an official Facebook page but every time I have attended this event I have always has a truly blessed time with everyone. It’s time once again to help promote the 30th annual R.O.P.E. banquet, unless you aren’t within the business the R.O.P.E. organization was founded in 1983 when a group of people decided to form a fellowship meeting of music industry people to discuss things and enjoy the fruits of their labor. It stands for the “Reunion Of Professional Entertainers” and holds a function in spring and fall, the spring event usually is a luncheon with Bbq around noon.

R.O.P.E. (which stands for the Reunion of Professional Entertainers) began one evening in May of 1983 when forty-three folks in the music industry got together to discuss the idea of having an organization.  Prior to the organizing of R.O.P.E., generally the only times these folks were together was to either work and/or attend the funeral/visitation for a fellow comrade. Wanting to correct this situation was the beginning of this great organization that is known as R.O.P.E., International.

Like Webster’s rope that is made of several strands, our ‘R.O.P.E.’ is made of many different fields of the music and entertainment industry.  Our membership roster includes artists, musicians, songwriters, record producers, booking agents, record promoters, disc jockeys and music business executives.  Some are retired while many are still very active in their respective field. Our members represent many years of musical and entertainment history.

 

 

Oct 022017
 

Justin Wells – The Dogs
Justin Wells – The Dogs From Justin’s debut solo record, Dawn in the Distance. Directed by Casey Pierce. Shot at American Legion Post 82, Nashville, TN. Spot…

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I’ve been a fan of Justin Wells for awhile now ever since I was lucky enough to be introduced to him by my good friend Geoffrey William Todd. I finally got the chance to see him live for the first time this year on August 4th after he wrote me and told me that he was playing a solo show at The Family Wash in Nashville. It wasn’t disappointing even though it was a solo show without his band. Justin was amazing, and not only was he an amazing singer but he was also a really friendly genuine guy. He came and sat at my table and talked with me and my friends before the show for awhile and then hung out and talked for awhile after also. Once he found out I had driven in from out of state to see him and was planning to drive home right after the show he even gave me his number and text me on the way home to make sure I got made it home ok. I don’t know of many people that would do something like that. Justin you know that you are family in my book and I am happy that I can help be a small part in spreading your music. Please everyone remember to like this page to ensure you never miss an artist interview and share this article to help the spread of Justin’s music so more people can hear of him. Thanks!

Round 1 ~ Most artist have a special place that they go to clear their heads and write songs, what is your special place?

Justin ~ There’s been a few places over the years. The location doesn’t really matter, but I’ve gotta be by myself. Dead sober (even coffee gets in the way of my writing). Of sound mind.

Round 2 ~ Can you tell us who some of your favorite artist are right now that you feel is representing Country the way it should be?

Justin ~ That’s tough. I’m not really hip to what’s what these days, country or otherwise. Lyrically, there’s not really anybody that holds a candle to Matthew Ryan or John Moreland. Musically, guys like Sturgill and Shooter are inspiring because they don’t give a shit about trends, genre, “cred”, whatever. In terms of someone who honors the country music genre specifically, I think it’s Jason Eady. Jason is that rare artist who is a slave to the craft and the execution and fuck all else.

Round 3 ~ Is there a new album in the works, any news on when we might hear that?

Justin-Perpetually, and no.

Round 4 ~ I know people collect a wide variety of stuff, I personally collect autographs, guitar picks and Walking Dead Merch. Is there anything that you collect?

Justin ~ (Fun fact, I rode the school bus with Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead.) These days, not really. I’m a comics nerd, but haven’t really kept up with it in years. I don’t miss the movies though.

Round 5 ~ Can you tell us about some of your favorite things to do outside of the music World?

Justin ~ I have two worlds: my “music world” as you said, and my world as a husband/father. I juggle both as good as I’m able, to varying degrees of success. The short answer: my favorite things are Andrea, Zoë, and AnnaLee.

Last Call ~ This is an open message to your fans, so just tell them what ever you would like them to know.

Justin ~ To everybody, fan or not: If everybody agreed, the world would be boring as shit and the only thing anybody would listen to is Tom Petty (that part’s not so bad). Try not to let other folks’ actions piss you off. Let the clowns clown. It’ll all work out. I love ya’ll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 012017
 

My dear friends I know that I am completely eclectic as far as my format of doing things, and as you may or may not know I was busy with my Muddy Roots coverage. I cover over 175 festivals a year and MANY genres of music so it’s NO secret sometimes it take me months to write these articles up.

Mr.Paul JacksonMr.Brandon StillMr.Richard TurnerMr.Charlie Starr, and Mr.Brit Turner  make up this rags to riches story out of Georgia called Blackberry Smoke and I have indeed featured them many times here on this website. Now then I wasn’t sure if I could legally post videos from the Ascend Ampitheater In Nashville as I was invited to this show as a guest…and on a whim.

I actually went to relax and enjoy myself as a fan this time but I did jot down some notes and some observations about the show, no matter where I am I always have that journalistic instinct. I honestly enjoy writing about the bands and the music,and the people that make it work.

Their album Follow Your Arrow made my TOP 50 OF 2016 and I have been a fan of their for many years despite their mainstream attention. I don’t really mind their mainstream lean, even though many of my readers don’t like them for that. I thought Whiporwill was a damn fine album and many of their albums stay in my constant rotation and my memory stick shuffles.

“Rock And Roll Again was first, this song is off the 2015 Holding All the roses album it’s a great hard rock song as are many of their songs. Now some of them have a Country influence to them, they are more of like a Black Crowes Southern Rock outfit.

“Let It Burn” was next from the Follow Your Arrow album followed by a cover of “Come Together” and then “Ain’t Got The Blues” from the Whiporwill album. I have seen them many times live, but to be honest I haven’t heard the song “One Horse Town” live ever.

That’s an older song, and I thought they did a really adequate job of playing material form every album they have, many times you hear a band play mostly new songs from whatever album they are promoting at the time of the show. This show here wasn’t the case and I was delighted to see that.

“Payback’s A Bitch” was next followed by the song “Whiporwill”. This band doesn’t have elaborate lyrics that make you sit and dwell on the meaning now DO NOT misquote me and ascertain that I don’t like those songs, I DO. But when I want to drink beer and just JAM, Blackberry Smoke is one of go to bands for kick ass rock music.

They closed their set with “like An Arrow” and “Ain’t Much Left Of Me” . Actually they were the opening act for the band Government Mule who is touring for their new album Revolution come…Revolution go, and that’s out NOW. Mr. Warren, Mr. Matt Abts, Mr. Danny Louis and Mr. Jorgen Carlsson make up the band.

I didn’t really write the songs down for them because I was just amazed by Mr. Warren’s guitar licks and instrumentals. There really isn’t a plethora of the original Allman Brothers Band left anymore and it’s always cool to hear GOOD versions of Whipping Post and  other classics from years ago.

Age and the road have not faltered Mr. Warren’s guitar abilities or his vocals in any form, in fact I was impressed with his impeccable groundwork with his band. They seemed to read each other well, and were defiantly on the same page. Al l in All it was a great show at a truly FUN venue,and really the only one of it’s kind now since Starwood was closed all those years ago.

It’s not incredibly over expensive if you buy lawn seats for shows, I haven’t really wrote a ton of articles from it because of the lack of ability to include videos. I truly enjoy giving YOU the reader the BEST input on the show as I can, I try to make you feel like you WERE THERE if you missed it. Maybe in the future I’ll have that ability form this venue.

Sep 302017
 

Folks my right arm is once again out there pounding the pavement in the Southeastern part of the Country for ME to bring YOU some REAL music articles. This man does a LOT for me and helps me out a TON when it comes to reviews, and finding new music. He is CONSTANTLY sending me stuff to keep us busy.

Here is a recent update regarding the Florida based Mile O Festival for 2018:

I hope everyone is as excited for the Mile 0 Festival in Key West, FL as I
am. It features a killer lineup that just got better. They recently added
Sunny Sweeney, Jamie Lin WIlson, Garrett Bryan, Walt Wilkins and Tina
Wilkins to the lineup that already featured the best of outlaw country and
red dirt. It’s going to be a good one.

I know many of you are concerned about Hurricane Irma’s impact to Key West,
FL. The good news is the island is getting everything back up and running
and will re-open for tourism on October 1st. That means that Mile 0
Festival is still happening in February of next year. Many local bars and
hot spots are already re-opening and Key West is ready to get back to
partying. I know I am looking forward to it.

Also, platinum and gold VIP passes are sold out and went quickly when they
became available. That means that only GA passes remain. The good news is
that due to the storm, Mile 0 has extended the sale price of $275. It will
still increase to $325 at a later date so do not wait to get tickets if you
are interested.

Finally, I know many folks are wondering about where they can stay in the
Keys after Irma. I have been informed that Bahia Honda State Park is going
to be closed for the rest of the year and they do not know about 2018. The
Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA remains closed and was heavily damaged in
Irma. It is unknown when they will re-open. I have however seen that
Boyd’s Campground is taking future reservations and hopes to be fully
operational by the time Key West is open for tourism. Of course you can
always book a hotel along with your ticket if you prefer to go that route.
Keep an eye out here for further updates and I will pass things along as I
know them.


Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County

Sep 302017
 

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
garyhayes2@yahoo.com

Charlie Parr
High Watt October 17th

Jeannie Seely
3rd And Lindsley October 18th

Dr Ralph Stanley Tribute
October 19th

Cody Jinks
Ryman Auditorium October 20th and 21st

Joe Diffie
Owensboro Kentucky October 21st

Cody Johnson
Cannery Ballroom October 21st

Austin Lucas
High Watt October 23rd

Kristiana Murray
Radio Cafe October 26th

Legendary Shack Shakers
Basement October 28th

IIIrd tyme Out
The Nashville Palace November 2nd

Kathy Mattea
Madisonville Ky November 2nd

Ray Scott
War Memorial Nashville November 2nd

Cory Branon
The East Room November 3rd

Lukas Nelson And Niki Lane
The Basement November 9th

Pinata Protest
Exit Inn November 10th

Riders In The Sky
City Winery November 12th

Flatland Cavalry
Exit Inn December 13th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The High Watt November 15th

The Steel Woods
The Warehouse Bowling Green November 17th

Lilly Hyatt
Exit Inn November 19th

Leftover Salmon
City Winery November 18th

J.D. McPherson
Basement November 18th

Stoney LaRue
3Rd And Lindsley November 18th

Lydia Loveless
Basement November 18th

Martina McBride
Carson Center November 30th

Whitney Rose
Basement East December 2nd

Asleep At The Wheel
City Winery December 3rd

Tyler Childers
The Basement December 9th

Shooter Jennings
3Rd And Lindsley December 17th

Greensky Bluegrass
Marathon Music Works January 20th

Sep 302017
 

Hey I had an epiphany the other night while I was working on another project, WHY DON’T I make a weekly list of newly released albums of music that I love, and update it every couple nights.? Much like my list of weekly shows that I publish every week I shall now be posting every other night a good sized list of new albums I find from a TON of sources.

Here lately I have been following so many different genres that I can’t even keep track of them myself, oftentimes I have to come on to this article for myself.

I’m not going to break it down into (what I will consider) my own genres, why should I? It’s just ALL damn good music no matter WHAT you call it, and I think you’ll agree that these are truly champion choices. I find out about SO MANY new bands and festivals every day by scouring the internet and subscribing to mailing lists and word of mouth.

My TOP 50 of ANY year is probably my most popular article of anything I ever publish that gets viewed by tens of thousands of people, my TOP 50 will indeed derive from this list here and I shall update this list several times a week. If YOU have some terrific suggestions for me you can hit me up on garyhayes2@yahoo.com

Sunny Sweeney-Trophy
JonEmery Dodds-Hell Rooster
Billie Gant And Nick Geise-On And On
Richie Allbright-Poets,Prophets,Heroes And Friends
Old 97’s-Graveyard Whistling
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band- Front Porch Sessions
Split Lip Rayfield-On My Way
Natalie Hemby-Puxico
Ags Connolly-Nothin Unexpected
Dale Watson And Ray Benson-Dale And Ray
Band Of Heathens-Duende
Scott H Biram-The Bad Testament
Truckstop Honeymoon-Big Things And Little Things
Truckstop Gamblers-Here
Nikki Lane-Highway Queen
Infamous Stringdusters-Laws Of Gravity
Marty Stuart-Way Out West
Poor Man’s Whiskey-Rock Star On The Weekend
Southern Culture On The Skids-Electric Pinecones
Pert Near Sandstone-Discovery Of Honey
The Gibson Brothers-In The Ground
Cory Branon-Adios
The Traveli’n McCourys-Let Her Go
Tift Merritt-Stitch Of The World
John Hord-The Home You Made For Me
James Scott Bullard And The Late Night Sweethearts-Box Of Letters
William Matheny-Strange Constellations
Black Irish Texas-To Hell With The King
Jamie Wyatt-Felony Blues
Otis Gibbs-Mount Renraw
Austin James-Full Throttle
A.J. Hobbs-Too Much Is Never Enough
Fred Eaglesmith-Standard
Jeremy Steding- Odessa
Whitney Rose-South Texas Suite
Kris Kristofferson-The Austin Sessions
Kate Grom-Heroine
Lindi Ortega-Til The Goin Gets Gone
Drew Holcomb-New Year
Brad Good Band-One Red Light
Pat Waters-Heartbroke
Derek Anthony-Dreamcathcer
Greg Wickham-If I Left This World
Rebeca Loebe-Blink
The Drugstore Gypsies-Self Titled
Buzz Cason-Passion
Great American Taxi-Dr.Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show
Allison Krauss-Windy City
Travis Linville-Up Ahead
Patty Reese-Let In The Sun
Valerie June-The Order Of Time
Richard Lynch-Mending Fences
Koe Wetzel-Noise Complaint
Rodney Crowell-Close Ties
Tanner Fenoglio-This Town
Jess Wade-Country Comforts
Chris Shiflett- West Coast Town
Sam Outlaw-Tenderheart
Lillie Mae-Forever And Then Some
Blackfoot Gypsies-To The Top
Bobby Osborne-Original
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers-Sidelong
Scott H Biram-Bad Testament
Banditos-Visionland
Kody West-Green
Brett Hendrix-Brett Hendrix
Todd Adelman And The Country Mile-Time Will Tell
The String Cheese Incident-Believe
Andrew Combs-Canyons Of My Mind
Tim O Brien-Where The River Meets The Road
Joseph Huber- The Suffering Stage
Angaleena Presley-Wrangled
The Hooten Hallers-Hooten Hallers
Joey Feek-If Not For You
Jericho Woods-Better Now
Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
Willie Nelson-God’s Problem Child
The Dead South-Illusion And Doubt
Colter Wall-Colter Wall
Delbert McClinton-Prick Of The Litter
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers-Sidelong
Justin Townes Earle-Kids In The Street
Lorin Walker Madsen- Slave Of The Road
Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters-Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters
The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam-A Drink After Midnight
Rob McNurlin-Tent Of The Wicked
Hot Rod Walt And The psycho Devilles-Swingin On The Moon
Mike And The Moonpies Live At Winstar Casino (From December 2016)
Kasey Chambers-Dragonfly
BR5-49- Meet Me In Saint Louis
40orty-Happy Murder
The Dustbowl Revival
Bob Wayne-Bad Hombre
J.P.Harris-Why Don’t We Duet In The Woods
Jessi Colter-The Psalms
John Moreland-Big Bad luv
Andrew Pope-Stoned On The One
Reid Farris-Reid Farris
John Hord-The Home You Made For Me
Barnyard Stompers-Outlaws With Chainsaws Part II The Payback
Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors-Souvenir
Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
Travis Linville-Up Ahead
Greg Wicham-If I Left This World
Rebecca Loebe-Blink
Allison Krauss-Windy City
Jason Eady-Jason Eady
Sallie Ford-Soul Sick
Scott Hrabko And The Rabbits-Summer
Kimberly Dunn-New Smoke Show Volume 1
Banditos-Visionland
William Matheny-Strange Constellations
Daniel Romano-Modern Pressure
Bobby Bare-Things Change
Steel Woods-Straw In The Wind
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit-The Nashville Sound
Steve Earle And The Dukes-So You Wanna be An Outlaw?
The Mastersons-Transient Lullaby
Hannah Aldridge- Gold Rush
Charlie Worsham-Beginning Of Things
Banditos-Banditos
Old Salt Union-Old Salt Union
Jonathan Parker-Back To Earth
John Buchanon- Proving Grounds
Jon Byrd- Dirty Ol River
Donna Lynn Gaskey-The Love She Shows
The Dustbowl Revival- The Dustbowl Revival
Andy Hall- Let The Steel Play
Jeff Tweedy-Together At Last
Joe Holt-The Person I Admire
Sam Baker- Land Of Doubt
Yonder Mountain String Band-Love Ain’t Love
Shakey Graves And The Horse He Rode In On-Nobody’s Fool
Pierce Edens-Stripped Down Gussied Up
North Mississippi All Stars-Pray For Peace
Kayla Luky-Back To Dirt
Robyn Ludwick-This Tall To Ride
Amilia K Spicer-Wow And Flutter
The Borther Brothers- Tugboats
Sera Cahoone-From Where I Started
David Childers-Run Skeleton Run
Slaid Cleaves-Ghost On The Car Radio
Jefferson Ron-Live At Hillbilly Haiku
Don Gallardo-Live On Sunday
Selwyn Birchwood-Pick Your Poison
Rick Shelly-Hope Wrapped Razor Wire
Willie Payne Harrison-East Nashville Blues
Shawna Russell-Back around
Hunter Rae Band-Lovin’ Ain’t Free
Blake Torry-Toast to The Stars
Damon Curtis-Changing Lanes
Aaron Copeland-Aaron Copeland
Clayton Landua-Native
Introducing…The Powell Brothers
Mary Bragg-Lucky Strike
Julia Hatfield-Hopeless Romantic
Read Southall Band- Borrowed Time
Kody West- Green
Zephaniah O Hara And The 18 Wheelers- The Highway
Billy Payne- Maverick Hillbilly
Jenny Don’t And The Lonesome Spurs- Call Of The Road
Zac Wenzel- Diary Of A Madman
Greg Ashley And The Western Playboys
Rodney Crowell- Close Ties
Tyler Childers- Purgatory
Gallows Bound- Appalachian Witch
Lilly Hiatt- Trinity Lane
Moonshine Collective- Moonsville III
Peter Rowan- Old School
Lou Shields- Bad Ax Country
Everymen- Everymen
Moonshine Wagon-Porca Miseria
Laura Cortuse- California Calling
Black Tarpoon- A Maceing Grace
Charlie Parr- Dog
Ray Wylie Hubbard- Tell the Devil I’m Coming As Fast As I Can
Emi Sunshine- Ragged Dreams
Ian Felice- Kingdom Of Dreams
The Wild Ponies- Galax
Dori Freeman- Letters Never Read
Brandy Clark- Live From LA
Ray Wylie Hubbard- Tell the Devil that I’m Coming As Fast As I Can
Whitney Rose- Route 62
Blank Range- Marooned With The Treasure
Lukas Nelson- Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real
Iron And Wine- Beast Epic
The Turnpike Troubadors- A Long Way From Your Heart
Ron Pope- Work
Paula Cole- Ballads
Ryan Koening- Two Different Worlds
Jason Wilber- Recation Time
Jeff Hobbs- Upward
Moot Davis- Moot Davis
Eskimo Borthers- Hands And Knees

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