Jul 132018
 

A few days ago I had the opportunity to stop and chat with Mr. Eric Bolander who hails from the small town of Garrison Kentucky, and brings a colorful flavor of acoustic folk and Appalachian Americana.

We are both preparing ( in our own ways for ) the upcoming Master Musicians Festival that is about to transpire July 13th and 14th. We are both excited to be a part of this hallowed event, that has continued for twenty five years now. The hotel staff here are WELL AWARE of the festival, and it’s importance to the community.

GHC:

How are you Mr. Eric?

Mr. Eric:

I’m good man, I’m about to play the Southgate House right now with Arlo McKineley.

GHC:

Yeah I want to get to interview him too, I have to get with Miss Julie because they are going to provide a quiet spot for the media to conduct them with y’all.  So let’s see, how did you get started in music?

Mr. Eric:

Well, that’s kind of a complex question and to be honest if you interviewed me tomorrow, it might be a different answer every time. I didn’t actually try to start playing guitar at all until I was eighteen, I went to college at for a year until I came to UK. But I met this friend and I bought a guitar, and he taught me some chords, and I watched a lot of bands and started singing along.

Next thing you know I’m in a band in my twenties playing all kinds of music..and here I am!

GHC:

What inspired you to write your newest album “The Wind”, let’s talk about that?

Mr. Eric:

Well, the track off that album “The Road” I had that song written, and honestly I had that one when my first album came out called “Postcards To Myself”. I already had that one written as some of the new material I was working on, and I had lot of things that spawned from that song.

I would say that was my biggest influence, sort of a self influence there to a degree. Just mainly from subject matter like that.

GHC:

Who influenced you the most out of any genre?

Mr. Eric:

Man, with what I’m doing the Americana and Folk thing, I would have to say John Moreland. He is one of my biggest influences because of the way he approaches songwriting.

GHC:

What do you plan on bringing to Master Musicians Festival, like as far as a band setup?

Mr. Eric:

My trio, Seth Murphy plays cello, and we’re going to have Ben Caldwell on drums.

GHC:

Besides the Southgate House, what have you got going on lately?

Mr. Eric:

A handful of things actually, besides tonight I’ll be on the bill at Kickin It On The Creek out in Irvine Ky. I have a handful of things that are shaping up right now, like a few more dates out in Missouri. And then the trio is doing a nice run around the first week of October, I’ll be updating the website in the next week or so with more tour dates and things like that.

GHC:

Good deal, I had your poster with some dates on it on the side bar for a while.

Mr. Eric:

I have got quite a few dates that I’m still getting confirmed, and next week I’ll be ready to roll on that.

GHC:

Just like Mr. Coby Langham I also found out about you as well from my friend W.B. Walker.

Mr. Eric:

That’s awesome, the recorded stuff or the live stuff?

GHC:

The live one.

Mr. Eric:

Yeah that was fun, and it was nice to finally get to meet him. He’s a good heart, just a big music fan pretty much.

GHC:

Same with me, I’m just an ordinary guy with a website. I had a bad past, and I just figured out how I can contribute to it as best as I can.

Mr. Eric

Well I appreciate it, Gary.

GHC:

Alright buddy well it looks like I’ll see you in a few days at the festival. You take care and travel safe.

Mr. Eric:

Thanks Gary, you do the same.

Jul 102018
 

 

This weekend…man I am so super stoked to be experiencing a new festival, this is the twenty fifth year for this wonderful building block of the community, but it’s MY FIRST. You see I work for one hundred seventy five yearly festivals, and sometimes yes they all run together and I can only physically cover so many a year.

Master Musicians Festival we are ALL getting ready to converge upon Somerset Kentucky and quench our thirst for GREAT music from SO MANY genres, DON’T HATE that I deviate from Traditional Country sometimes. I love so many genres and that’s why I choose to specialize in festivals, because I meet SO MANY bands in one area.

So this evening I sat down on the phone with one of the Saturday acts Mr. Coby Langham since I knew of him and I enjoy his music, very little was featured about him. Well now let’s change that and get him out there to YOU my dear readers, so PLEASE greet him out there, buy some stuff to give him gas money. Let’s show this talented young man some LOCAL LOVE HERE!

GHC:

You are one of the ones on a few rosters that doesn’t include as much bio on, so I wanted to get you on here. More than almost any one else because I’m really enjoying your music, and I’m not as familiar with you. I became familiar with you this year through W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show, whom I hope to get to chat with soon. It’s so damn hard to get each other at once..but that’s a GOOD thing.

So why don’t you tell us all more about ‘Sober Bible”, and what you got going on? Tell us what you are doing lately buddy?

Mr. Coby:

Well, that song is like most of the stuff I write. It comes from personal experience and that’s kind of why I started writing songs, it was just kind of a way for me to deal with things that were going on in my life. I never expected this to go anywhere, or anything like that.

That’s one of the most personal ones that I ever wrote and it’s pretty close to how things were in my personal life for awhile. It’s about stuff that my wife was dealing with at the time, it was really just for my enjoyment and all of a sudden everybody kind of started digging it. I decided to put it out there, and it’s really one of the only songs I actually recorded in the studio. The very first day ever in the studio we got that one down!

GHC:

Who all played on that recording for you?

Mr. Coby:

Linda Jean Stokley from The Local Honeys played fiddle and sang backup vocals on it, and Zane Hilton played guitar on it, and my nephew Tyler Downey was on that as well.

Now, that was at Shangri-La in Lexington Kentucky, and Tom Hnatow produced and engineered that track for me.

GHC:

Now, do you do a lot of touring right now?

Mr. Coby:

I’m not really, you know I’m a working guy and I have kids at home. It is growing however, I mean this year it was kind of a hobby playing around town a little bit. I live in Danville Kentucky, so just these last few months we have been getting out a little farther away.

We have been playing Somerset, I haven’t really done any touring stuff yet but we talked about it. I haven’t had the opportunity to do it with all of my responsibilities or the time really. It’s hard to do that and feed the family when you are just starting out.

GHC:

Well, we’re going to try to help you!

Mr. Coby:

That sounds good to me buddy!

GHC:

How did you get hired to play Master Musicians Festival, let’s talk that?

Mr. Coby:

I got a call from them out of the blue, I’m not really sure. I know a few of the people that are on the board that operate it, and I think some of them came out to hear me play in the past. I knew they liked my material, but I got a call from them and that was the EASIEST YES I ever said, along with opening for Colter Wall.

GHC:

What do plan on bringing us at Master musicians Festival?

Mr. Coby:

We’re going to have a full band, lead guitar, bass and drums. We only got thirty minutes, so we cut out slower stuff and we will rock it out a bit. We will get everybody going and it should be a lot of fun!

GHC:

Will it be all original music, or will there be covers?

Mr. Coby:

Oh no, it’ll be ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC. That’s what we’re trying to do mostly, I mean on some of the longer sets I may have to throw in a few covers. Most of the time we are just doing all original stuff though.

GHC:

I look forward to covering you, I really do. I like your style and your music this spring at the V Club was really enjoyable. It was terrific meeting you!

Mr. Coby

Thank You it was nice to meet you too. We are defiantly a work in progress, and every show gets a little bit better. And feels a little better, and the boys Iv’e got playing with me are phenomenal. I feel really good about the direction we are going in by all means.

GHC:

And who will be playing with you, are they the Citzen’s Band?

Mr. Coby:

Yeah, JJ Waters named them that, it was his idea. Iv’e got Zane Hilton on lead guitars, he is fantastic. Everybody keeps trying to steal him away from me. My friend Jason Sinkhorn he is playing bass. He basically learned to play bass guitar just for me, so he can help me out and I really appreciate that.

We just got a gentleman named Jason Foster to play drums, which has been a little fluid problem for us. But he is going to start playing with us as of the festival here this weekend. He is amazing man, he just jumps right in and plays with everyone.  It’s a hot little band right now, It’s nice to have these guys to help me out.

GHC:

What got you started into music?

Mr. Coby:

I learned guitar when I was young, when I was fifteen I took lessons and I was really into the whole grunge thing. I played in some grunge cover bands when I was a kid, and I tried to write a little but back then it wasn’t going well. Now, there was a long time I didn’t pick the guitar up, I just had some babies and just kind of put it off to the side.

Just a few years ago I picked it back up after a really long time and I started back at it.

GHC:

Who influenced you more than anybody? Any genre.

Mr. Coby

Well I always liked the old Country stuff, Dad played it around the house. A lot of Bob Seger, Tina Turner, but what got me really interested into music was my brother in law. He would invite me to his house and say hey you gotta listen to this.  He had Jason Isbell on, and he played it for me. I had never heard anything quite like it before, that talked about things the way he did.

He amazed me so much it made me want to start writing again, Kind of sparked me once again. I really like the old Waylon and George Jones, and I have been on a Huge Fred Eaglesmith kick lately.

GHC:

Good deal, well listen it sure was nice talking with you and I hope this turns on more people to your music my friend.

Mr. Coby:

It sure was a pleasure, Gary and we will see you this weekend for the festival!

Jul 102018
 

One of my all time favorite concert collections that exist is the Live At Billy Bob’s Texas series, and I pretty much rush out and buy all the latest ones. Well, now on June 29th Red Dirt/ Texas country road warrior Mr. Josh Ward who is riding high on his 2018 new album called “More Than I Deserve”, recorded the fiftieth album in the series overall.

You know his album is already on my radar for TOP 50 of 2018, and I’ll be honest he may hit it TWICE if this live album is any good. I do include live albums, and I am eagerly awaiting this one in my player. His first single called “Home Away from Home” was a damn fine Honky Tonk shuffle song complete with all the bells and whistles of a GREAT Country music album.

All eleven songs on this album truly are relatable to me as a fan, and compliment each other truly well. I just love the arrangement of the lyrics and the way the fiddle and steel accompany his honest lyrics, I hear a LOT of Mr. Dwight Yoakam influence in his songs like “Another Heartache”. Also, I hear a lot of Mr. Daryle Singletary in his vocal deliveries, this album makes you want to crack open a cold bottle of your favorite beer and take up smoking Marlboro.

My friend from Kansas City Wildflower Soul Photography got to capture his VERY FIRST headlining show in Texas at Gruene Hall this past spring,and she did a mighty fine job of capturing that show on photo. In the business we kind of help each other out, and I got her to Shooter. Last year I got to name one of my Tumbleweed articles after her “Queen Of The Railriders”, because I SAW TRUE passion for the music in her.

In fact his camp announced that on September 2nd he will be returning to the iconic dance hall to headline another night of Country Music, to which I think he so richly deserves!

Jul 11
Moonshine Beach
San Diego, CA
Jul 12
B Ryders
Bakersfield, CA
Jul 13
Barrelhouse Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, CA
Jul 14
Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo
Sacramento, CA
Jul 18
Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 19
The Museum Club
Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 20
Last Exit Live
Phoenix, AZ
Jul 21
Hoots Pub
Amarillo, TX
Jul 25
The Big Barn – Dosey Doe
The Woodlands, TX
Jul 26
Thirsty Horse Saloon
San Antonio, TX
Jul 28
Alpo’s Barn
Muleshoe, TX
Aug 03
Schulenburg Festival
Schulenburg, TX
Aug 04
Hank’s Texas Grill
Mckinney, TX
Aug 10
Silver Saloon
Terrell, TX
Aug 11
Sam Houston Race Park
Houston, TX
Aug 17
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Delcambre, LA
Aug 18
Mo’s Place
Katy, TX
Aug 24
Cody Johnson & Friends
Austin, TX
Aug 31
Hillbilly’s
McAllen, TX
Sep 01
Brewster Street Ice House
Corpus Christi, TX
Sep 02
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, TX
Sep 12
Black Sheep
Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 13
Warehouse 25 Sixty-Five
Grand Junction, CO
Sep 14
The Cowboy Saloon & Dance Hall
Laramie, WY
Sep 20
Washington County Fair
Brenham, TX
Sep 28
Cabooze
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 04
3rd & Lindsley
Nashville, TN
Oct 12
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Conroe, TX
Jul 092018
 

Red Barn Convention Center

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There are so many wonderful options up there in Ohio for local music as far as festivals and local bars, but THIS place called the Red Barn Convention Center that features some truly GREAT house shows including dinners, much like the newly built CabaRay dinner theater that Mr. Ray Stevens built.

If you click HERE You’ll find excellent dinner choices and seating prices. From 5:30 to 6:30 you can enjoy a nice home cooked meal, followed by a show. NOW you do NOT eat while the show goes on, you will move to your seats for the show in the front.

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Jul 082018
 

I been pretty busy in 2018 so far, with everything I supervise and do myself. I truly do my best to keep an eye on over five thousand bands from multiple genres, and one hundred seventy five festivals nationwide. Ergo, I have indeed been keeping my eye on Mr. Cody Jinks here lately..in fact I just went to visit with Mr. Josh Morningstar who recently wrote the first single from the upcoming album “Lifers” out on July 27th, and will include eleven new songs. You can pre order the new album HERE

I wanted to wait until my time was right to lump a bunch of Cody Jinks information together into one heaping plethora of greatness and NOW I SEE that he has announced a September 15th show at Ascend Ampitheater in Nashville Tennessee. Now my dear readers, as far as I know tickets aren’t on sale yet, BUT that link for the Ascend Ampitheater is the ticket page.

We knew that he was becoming bigger than the Ryman as well, and three nights of shows are still not satisfying the multitude of fans that are salivating for more Jinks. You know I truly do identify with his new song “Lifers” and I’ll tell you why.

Much like him, I have been beating the pavement for five year, with doors slammed in my face at every turn. But I kept on believing in myself and my passion for real music that I revel in. So many sleepless nights and all nighters behind this damn keyboard. MANY sleepless weekends under intense outdoor heat covering festivals.

I believe that Cody Jinks is an inspiration to me to continue doing it myself and doing things MY WAY, and keep working hard no matter what life throws at me!

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He then just recently released a video for that new song called “Lifers” which I understand was met with some harsh criticism by a number of fans. Well I’ll be honest and truthful no matter who you are or what you do, that’s always going to happen to you. People are going to hate you for no reason, and love you for false ones.

He then announced his own festival, I mean I know quite a few bands doing that but NOT with this type of a gigantic response to the announcement.  So instead of writing a whole new article for Loud And Heavy fest I shall include all of the information on this article here for you.

If you enjoy what I do for this festival I COVER 175 FESTIVALS YEARLY! So go check out some more of the other ones on here, and maybe you’ll discover some new bands you never heard before. Loud and Heavy Fest 2018! August 18 in Fort Worth Texas @ Panther Island! 10 Awesome Bands: Cody Jinks –Whiskey MyersCorrosion Of ConformityWhitey MorganNikki LaneColter WallThe SwordSunny SweeneyPaul CauthenWard Davis.
Ticket Info: http://found.ee/LoudandHeavy

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This from the website concerning the venue:

Located in the heart of Fort Worth, along the banks of the Trinity River, there’s no other venue in Texas that’s better suited for Loud and Heavy’s debut than the beautiful Panther Island Pavilion. Guests at the very first Loud & Heavy Festival will enjoy numerous acres of festival space and 2 stages of music featuring 10 hand-picked artists by Cody himself. Local food vendors, space for childrens activities, art, exclusive merchandise, and exciting sponsors are also on tap for this special celebration. Access to the beach, riverfront tubing and water activities are available until 7PM outside the festival gates for an additional fee (visit Backwoods Paddlesports for more details), all with a view of DFW’s downtown skyline.

After you park your car, you will cross the Trinity River via the walking bridge that drops you directly into the venue for Loud and Heavy. The main entrance, Box Office, and VIP entrances will all be on the venue side of the walking bridge. Panther Island Pavilion is connected to 72 miles of beautiful trails via the Trinity Trails network and offers easy access to Sundance Square, with world-class shopping, restaurants and bars. With the highest decibel levels in the city, PIP will allow us to stay true to our name as we go Loud & Heavy all afternoon and evening on August 18th!

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
4.4

$119
4-star hotel
Upscale pick with dining & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
4.2

$144
3-star hotel
An all-suites hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 16% less than usual
Hilton Fort Worth
4.3

$148
3-star hotel
Historic hotel with free WiFi
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
4.1

$151
3-star hotel
Warm rooms, plus an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
4.1

$101
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free breakfast & pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Fort Worth, TX
3.9

$93
3-star hotel
Suburban hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth Medical Center
4.5

$159
3-star hotel
Colorful rooms with a casual restaurant
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Worth University Drive
4.2

$98
2-star hotel
Lodging with free WiFi & hot breakfast
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown
4.3

$121
3-star hotel
Extended-stay hotel with an outdoor pool
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
4.0

$159
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with a pool & deli
Free Wi-Fi
Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Worth Cultural District
4.2

$144
3-star hotel
Suite hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free breakfast
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
4.7

$125
Hotel
Casual hotel with an indoor pool & a gym
Free breakfast
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center
4.2

$125
3-star hotel
Informal hotel with a bar & a gym
Free breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
4.2

$110
3-star hotel
Informal hotel with an outdoor pool
DEAL 20% less than usual
Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
5.0

Hotel
Free Wi-Fi
The Ashton Hotel
4.6

$154
4-star hotel
Elegant retreat with a fitness center
Free Wi-Fi
Stockyards Hotel
4.6

$145
3-star hotel
Landmark property with an Old West vibe
Free Wi-Fi
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
4.4

$149
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth University Drive
4.3

$116
3-star hotel
Modern suburban hotel with a pool
Free Wi-Fi
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fort Worth University
4.3

$129
3-star hotel
Simple lodging with kitchenettes
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
About pricing

Jul 082018
 
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When it comes to Americana and Jamgrass, there are so many festivals that are popping up all over the country that makes a person with a propensity for being addicted to that sound salivate and become excited. This year is the fifth installment of The Redwood Ramble over in the San Fransisco area of California.

Camp Navarro hosts this event from Thursday, July 12th to Sunday, July 15th, 2018. There is also  a charitable recipient for the festival every year, and this year they have chosen  Bread & Roses Presents. Bread and Roses is a nonprofit arts organization with a human services mission that brings hope, healing and joy through live music and the performing arts to people who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or otherwise isolated in diverse institutional settings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jul 062018
 

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This festival is all the way across the state of Kentucky on the other side folks, and you know I mostly feature the little guys and the “do it yourself” ones. But THIS ONE is in it’s 25th year, as one of the finest family orientated festivals in our area, and It’s all because of so many sponsors.

This one is actually thrown primarily by the The The Don Franklin Family Of Dealerships, BUT has SO MANY sponsors that they can keep ticket prices incredibly reasonable because of that. You can buy tickets HERE
This massive event is relentlessly organized and ran by a twelve member volunteer Board Of Directors, and I have dealt with one of them via email on this project, I can tell you they are VERY dedicated to bringing YOU a special experience this year…just like the previous twenty four years.

Now folks, unlike many of the festivals I feature on here THIS ONE has NO CAMPING. I’m going to include some of the history of the MMF on here, and I’ll be updating this with interviews and MORE in the coming months! As most of you know I ONLY TRY to feature the “Do It Yourself” festivals over the more corporate events…you’ll NEVER SEE ME at Bonaroo folks! Keep it LOCAL!

25 Years of the Master Musicians Festival

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2018 is the 25th year for the premier summer event in the Lake Cumberland region. The 2017 festival headliner was Dawes, while recent years featured Dwight Yoakam, The Counting Crows and Willie Nelson.

Past performers have included Mark O’Conner, “Pigmeat” Jarrett, Doc Watson, Nickel Creek, Richie Haven, JD Crowe, Punch Brothers, Robert Lockwood, Jean Ritchie, The Avett Brothers, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show and hundreds of other captivating acts.

The Master Musicians Festival was named the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Festival of the Year” for 2013 and has been featured in numerous publications and web reviews.

Willie Nelson

Photograph by John Fitzwater

 

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John Prine
Amanda Shires
J D McPherson
The Felice Brothers
The Dead South
Arlo Mckinely And The Lonesome Sound
Dawg Yawp
Grayson Jenkins And The Resolutions
Joslyn And The Sweet Compression
Bendigo Fletcher
LaMay And Reese
John R Miller And The Engine Lights
Magnolia Boulevard
Nick Dittmeier And The Sawdusters
Coby Langham And The Citizen Band
Eric Bolander
Luna And The Mountain Jets
Bee Taylor
Dave Ernst And Early Favorites
Reverend John And The Backsliders
John Clay











Festival Location

Festival Field on the Campus of Somerset Community College
808 Monticello Street
Somerset, Kentucky 42501

Festival Information

KIDS 12 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE.

Free parking.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase with a valid ID for those 21 and over.
No outside alcohol will be permitted. Coolers subject to inspection.
No pets, except service dogs.
All show times are approximate.
No shade tents or umbrellas permitted; on-site shade tents are provided.
A variety of concessions will be available or you can bring a picnic.
Arts & crafts for sale by The Sheltowee Artisans and other independent artists.
Persons with Disabilities Assistance is available. Contact us at least 24 hours prior to festival opening.

Best Western Somerset
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$99
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn Somerset
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$108
3-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Americas Best Value Inn Somerset
$51
2-star hotel
Pool & free breakfast in basic hotel
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Quality Inn & Suites
$79
2-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Somerset, KY
$72
2-star hotel
Unfussy hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 18% less than usual

Courtyard by Marriott Somerset
$103
Hotel

Modern hotel with a pool & a bistro
Motel 6
$56
Free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Somerset Central
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$94
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL Get 6% off plus free Wi-Fi with loyalty sign-up

Comfort Inn
$80
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Best Western Somerset
$99
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Red Roof Inn Somerset
$59
2-star hotel
Low-key lodging with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Doolin House Bed & Breakfast

Hotel
7 Gables Motel
(14)
Motel · 8064 US-27
MSI Lodging Systems

Hotel · 233 Parkers Mill Way
Villager Resort Cottages

Resort · 86 Villager Resort Dr
Woodson Bend Resort

Resort
Waterfront lodging with a golf course
Free Wi-Fi
Lee’s Ford Resort Marina

Resort
Free Wi-Fi
Economy Inn
Motel · 422 Monticello St
Hillcrest Motel

Motel · 1475 KY-80
Lake Cumberland Resort

Forest retreat with cabins & lake access
Lake Cumberland Resort

Resort · 314 Enchanted Forest Way
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
4.7

$85
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool
Free breakfast

Jul 062018
 

2016 Country Music suffered a devastating loss as Miss Joey Feek opted to halt chemotherapy, and finish her last days of life at home under home hospice care. She showed the world unprecedented faith in God and the willpower to place all doubts and fears in God’s hands.

My 2017 Top 50 featured Joey And Rory’s re released 2005 album called “Strong Enough To Cry”, only this album was called “If Not For You’. If you haven’t checked out this album,It’s a MUST HAVE in your collection.

I’ll admit that I am a trifle bit late on this one, however I learned that Mr. Rory Feek has been continuing on with his traditional Country Music that we all have come to identify him and Miss Joey for. At one time there was NO disputing the passion that either of them had.

Aug. 10 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Aug. 11 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Nov. 23 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Nov. 24 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Nov. 30 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Dec. 1 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Dec. 7 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Dec. 8 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall

Those are the upcoming 2018 dates for the songs and stories of Rory Feek as he performs a series of shows billed as an evening with Rory Feek.  Out in Columbia Tn about an hour outside of Nashville, on their farm, they built a stage and venue to perform on. Instead of touring and incurring the road expenses, he will be hosting shows there, so we can enjoy his music there.

“What Rory does on stage is more like a TED Talk with music, than it is a concert,” Feek’s manager, Aaron Carnahan, says in a press release. “Rory’s an unusually gifted storyteller who is able to weave songs, stories and video components seamlessly together in a way that not only entertains an audience, but also profoundly impacts their character and marriages and the way they look at life.”

Rory Feek has faced so many personal challenges in his personal life that one cannot dispute his faith or his love for his daughters. I have some really good feelings about him and his future endeavors, and I think there is some terrific Country Music coming from Rory Feek.

Jul 062018
 

By Joshua Wallace

When I first heard Devildriver was producing a country covers album, I was intrigued.  I’m all for the mixing of these genres because the current fan base has so much crossover potential.  These kind of projects also tend to force a band like Devildriver to come out of their comfort zone and record in a style they might not typically be used to.  I have fond memories of the Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters album Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free. That album found Ministry’s Al Jourgensen doing country tunes close to the style of Hank 3.  Devildriver take a different approach on this record and do some classic outlaw country tunes 100% in their style. This can deliver some mixed results but in some cases, it does work, especially if you are a fan of both genres.

One of the most notable inclusions here is a cover of Hank 3’s Country Heroes.  The track features the return of Shelton himself contributing vocals in his more metal and snarly voice.  It’s an awesome track to kick off the album with and lets you know what you’re in for from the start. Another cover that kind of works is “Whiskey River” which features Randy Blythe and Mark Morton of Lamb of God.  It can be odd to hear these songs with typical metal screaming vocals, but once you get into the track, it works in an odd way.

The first track beyond “Country Heroes” where everything really clicks is “Ghost Riders In The Sky”.  You might have heard bands like The Outlaws doing a heavier version of this tune already, but Dez Fafara and company take it up a notch.  The song is instantly recognizable even through the growling vocals, and Jon Carter and Ana Cristina Cash’s clean vocals bring something different to the table.  “Copperhead Road” is another track where everything seems to just work in the arrangement. It is instantly recognizable as a metal version of the song and will likely be the tune to crossover and win over country leaning fans.  Finally, I really dig the version of “The Ride” here. Dez Fafara trades vocal lines back and forth with Lee Ving of Fear and the mix of growling vocals and clean vocals works to create a different and awesome take on the David Allan Coe classic.

There are some instances where the band fails to capture the feel of the original country version.  Takes on “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)” and “I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)” fall flat and are the most unrecognizable from the originals.  The album as a whole is a mixed bag. It’s an interesting project for a band like this to take on, and while it is sure to polarize their fanbase and the outlaw country fanbase, it is clear that Devildriver have a passion for these songs and create their metal versions with full respect of the source material.   These kinds of projects are always a case of some arrangements being awesome and some falling flat. It is the nature of the beast. Devildriver’s Outlaws ‘til the End: Vol. 1 is out everywhere today.

Favorite Tracks : Country Heroes, Whisky River, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Copperhead Road, A Country Boy Can Survive, The Ride

Devildriver – Outlaws ’til the End: Vol. 1 (2018)

  1. Country Heroes feat. Hank 3
  2. Whiskey River feat. Randy Blythe and Mark Morton of Lamb Of God
  3. Outlaw Man
  4. Ghost Riders In The Sky feat. John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash and Randy Blythe
  5. I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)
  6. If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will) feat. Wednesday13
  7. The Man Comes Around feat. Lee Ving of Fear
  8. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
  9. Copperhead Road feat. Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists
  10. Dad’s Gonna Kill Me feat. Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory
  11. A Country Boy Can Survive
  12. The Ride feat. Lee Ving
Jul 032018
 

 

 

Back in the the glory days of MySpace when social media was first taking shape to manifest to the next echelon it is today, the Roots music movement was at a high point. My website was young and inexperienced, but ideas were forming in my brain and bands like the Calamity Cubes ( who were the FIRST BAND Mr. Jason booked), Hillbilly Casino ( who has played EVERY Muddy yet), and The Goddamn Gallows came forth to identify with Roots Music. This was 2010, and I was part of that as a fan. I LOVED these bands and the Muddy Roots idea to bring us all into the same central location. It was close for me, and I knew the venue before Mr. Jason even announced the event, so naturally I went.

I have no problems with different cultures or anybody really, as long as they observe the one rule this festival had…..”Don’t Be A Dick”. But when I got there I’ll admit I felt a trifle bit uneasy, because being the human being I am I judged on appearance and not on heart. I was basically afraid of everyone, accept for my VERY FIRST MySpace friend Mr. Bandana.

Now, those of y’all that KNOW ME know I address everyone by Mr. or Miss in my everyday conversations. Well I was pretty much raised to be that way and respect others however HE IS how I began acting that way toward others. If he liked you, he treated you like Gold. If he hated you, best thing to do was leave him alone. He had a DEEP appreciation for these bands coming up, and we shared a knowledge about them that turned into a friendship.

The second year, however turned into my LOVE for these people and the community they formed. It was HOT and by HOT I mean humid and well……HOT. I was enjoying myself but having a VERY HARD TIME keeping my insulin cold. I was getting sick and almost had to leave, you have to expect to eat garbage food at a festival, and I was. Well, Mr. Jason rode past on his golf cart and saw I was sick. He parked and came to me and asked me if I was alright, and I explained my dilemma.

He told me to climb on to the cart and took me to the office (Scooters Bar) where Mr. Herb basically insisted I put all my insulin in his bar fridge AND granted me access to it 24-7. I was floored by this gesture of trust and concern, and from THAT day on I was part of the Muddy Roots family. This is the ONLY music festival I cover where I have attended EVERY ONE. I’m going to add this part from their email I got last month:

9 years in and we’re starting to get local support from local from municipalities and tourism boards. Here’s the thing. Y’all come to town and support local economy and mom and pop shops with your purchases. It’s getting noticed so good on ya!
Did you know that our fest attendees buy every can of Pabst Blue Ribbon from not only the venue at Muddy Roots but all stores in and near Cookeville during the festival? You came for the music but ended up supporting the locals by purchasing in town. This whole thing is bigger than us.
A few years back the Upper Cumberland Business Journal gave us an Ovation Award for tourism. Now local Chambers reach out in support. Hell, even the mayor of Oostkamp came to our Belgian Festival and played drums with the opening act last week. We’ve come a long way from just being the underground movement to making a positive impact. And we’ve done it all without compromising who we are and the music we love.
We host 2 festivals in Tennessee, 1 festival in Belgium, multiple vintage train rides out of Nashville, and own a record shop downtown. We also control a stage at the East Nashville Tomato Arts Fest and a large portion of the TN State Fair. You can count on even more projects down the road so stick around! It’s our daily goal to bring folks to town or bring our culture out to them. Every one of you play a part in that. Thank you.
On top of that, I have a day job selling real estate in Middle TN. So it’s literally my job to bring you to town and find you a place to stay. It’s an easy task for me since I love this place so much. It’s fun for me to show folks around town. That goes double if you are buying or selling a vintage home or pretty countryside estate. There are a TON of ranch homes and bungalows in the area and a hand full of neighborhoods that date back to the 1800’s. ( Shameless plug – Visit my real estate website at www.findahomeintn.com )
Other than all the Muddy Roots events in Tennessee you also have a wealth of music history. We have tons of museums, landmarks, and tours. Don’t forget all the distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Oh, and have you seen our waterfalls and caves?!!! Just move here dude.
Want to be part of our events?
Sponsorship, vendor booths, and advertisement are available by contacting muddyrootsevents@gmail.com
We’ve announced dates bands are playing the Muddy Roots Music Festival. Look for set times announced on our IG an FB. Get your tickets now HERE!

 

I hope you doomer metal junkies are happy, Mr. Jason has gone ape shit mad! I need to be honest and truthful THIS IS my TOP favorite festival to go to, for many reasons and I’m sure you’ll agree with most of them I list in this article. I always take great pride in reporting on this festival because Mr. Jason makes ALL OF US a part of this festival, and always acknowledges that Muddy Roots Music Festival couldn’t happen without YOU!

In the last few years I have had the humble opportunity to watch Mr. Jason grow this little 400 person shindig that started on MySpace with a merch printing business into a GLOBAL phenomenon that has had the chance to go corporate by several offers but has chosen to remain almost completely independently run. In other words you won’t be expecting to pay 4 dollars for a bottle of water, in fact one of the special offers that was infringed upon was the free campfire wood because in 2014 someone decided to light the whole pile on fire!

You can DAMN SURE BET I watch for thieves at ALL these festivals I honor and support for the festival director AND the bands, I “hang out” at the merch tables to see shit going down it’s NOT cool and I WILL turn you in! Pickpockets and ANY rubbish I witness will be HARSHLY dealt with, and PLEASE DO NOT harass the wildlife at the The June Bug Ranch or damage Mr. Jason’s property. We are guests and we are welcome to drink and do as we please isn’t that cool enough that we don’t need to commit crimes? We have ONE rule: Don’t be a dick. You don’t have to toss your shirt over a mud puddle for a lady, but treat EVERYONE nice, we don’t have drama here.

We’re breaking all sorts of social rules. We always have!
Them: You can’t do that!
Us: I can’t even hear your mouth words.
We’re the same folks that booked Black Flag and Little Jimmy Dickens on the same lineup. Same crew that set up independent music festivals in 4 U.S. states and 2 other countries! We rock 2 record labels and slang vinyl out our record shop in a parking structure near the Ryman. We do this all out of pocket with support of blue collar folks like yourself!
WE MAKE NO SENSE TO “INDUSTRY” FOLKS! You might as well put your ipod on shuffle. Do people still have ipods? Not sure. How can you market to people without a tag or a label? We are the “in between” and there are more of us than you know. It’s more natural to not be a slave to just one genre.
And no other fool but us would be as courageous as we have been with our lineups on an independent budget. This year we really expanded our reach. It’s always our goal to find the roots of independent and organic “scenes” and bring them to our field. When you do that you find the heart in sister scenes and meld them. But 2018 we went super bold and grabbed a hand full of big dogs from the genres instead of one or two. We kept with our own brand of up and coming bands to support.
THE GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO MUDDY THE GENRE LINES!
This is not a festival, it’s an independent movement. It has been an inspiration for dozens of smaller events like this. Be part of it.
Show up!
Tickets include free camping and hot showers. Beers are cheap but you can bring your own. Vegan to BBQ to Pho vendors on site but you can cook. You are free to enjoy yourselves so long as you’re respectful to everyone else. We treat you like adults and not children in a corporate barricade. Oh, and we have 2 large waterfalls nearby.
Sponsorship, vendor booths, and advertisement are available by contacting muddyrootsevents@gmail.com
We’re working on band scheduling for the Muddy Roots Music Festival now. Look for set times announced on our IG an FB. Get your tickets now HERE!

SO THE DRUMROLL PLEASE FOR THE 2018 LINEUP!

Sleep
X
High On Fire
T.S.O.L.
Neurosis
Wovenhand
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
Meat Puppets
OM
Reverend Beat Man
Jimmy Duck Holmes
Goddamn Gallows
Fu Manchu
Dead Boys
The Dexateens
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Kid Congo
Mondo Generator
Kings Of The Fucking Sea
L.A.Witch
OXBOW
Those Poor Bastards
Pinata Protest
Murphy’s Law
Reagan Youth
James Hunnicutt
The Calamity Cubes
Hillbilly Casino
Sarah shook and The Disarmers
Carrie Nation And The Sepakeasy
Joshua Black Wilkins
Stump Tail Dolly
Megan Jean And The KFB
Viva Le Vox
Left Lane Cruiser
Rachel Kate
Pine Hill Haints
Black Tarpoon
Blackgrass Gospel
Rock Bottom String Band
Everymen
Blue Cactus
Rebecca Jed
Call Me Bronco
Kitty Dearing
Andrea Colburn And Mud Mosely
Gunsafe
Ranch Ghost
Freight Train Rabbit Killer
Brea burns
The Tillers
Smoky White Devils
Cutthroat Shamrock
Midnight larks

DIRECTIONS:
From Interstate 40, take exit 287 (TN-136/Hilham Road) North through the town of Cookeville. Keep left at the fork on Waterloo Road. Cross the bridge, follow Waterloo Road for approximately 1 mile and you’re there!
Google Map It
CLICK HERE for ALL frequently asked questions like camping (included) and security info, I CAN tell you NO glow sticks, pets,fireworks or firearms (please be like me and leave them home or at the hotel). The medical tent will even hold your medications for you can keep insulin cold for you. You CAN BYOB all you want and drinks and food AND the vendors are VERY reasonably priced and GOOD. Both bars offer 3 dollar tallboy PBRs and mix drink specials, ice is available via delivery to your campsite.

Hot showers are included and the port a potties are cleaned all day in the main stage area VERY NICE staff cleaning them all day. All three stages are within walking distance of one another and the merchandise area is very nice, plus there is a bar in the main area. You CAN have reasonable fires at your camping area and you CAN cook.

One cool thing is the availability of meeting the bands and artists as they spend time with EVERYONE before and after their sets and there is NO green room or areas you cannot go (however the bands DO have a private dining area where they can eat in private)….please respect their meal.

MY RESERVATION is at America’s Best Value Inn it is RIGHT ACROSS from Wal Mart and Shoney’s plus MANY more good places.
La Quinta Inn has a REALLY GOOD breakfast with HOT eggs and bacon ALL YOU WANT! A NICE clean pool and laundry facilities. This hotel is a little more money BUT it’s a GOOD bet next door to Waffle House.

My website will be handing out soap, toothbrushes and socks this year FREE also toilet paper at certain times during the festival I’ll also have sunscreen with me for everyone at ALL times. THIS FESTIVAL IS USUALLY HOT so PLEASE bring plenty of water, sunscreen and ice for yourself. Don’t try and have a liquor consumption challenge and end up in the E.R. have some drinking sense and remember the show, and the fun.

DO NOT MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR ENEMIES MISS THIS!
It’ll change all their lives.
Earlybird tickets are already sold out. Weekend passes are capped.
This will absolutely sell out.
Check out all the fest pics at www.andhowimaging.com

As always with ALL my festival articles HERE is a LONG LIST of hotels right off Hwy 40, about 20 minutes from the ranch where we have this festival.  I know there are many questions about this event and we have ONE RULE:

DON’T BE A DICK.

So with that in mind I’ll say there are NO golf carts allowed, I’m not sure about service animals I myself have never seen a patron with one. DRINK WATER…..IT’S HOT OUT THERE…..DRINK WATER.  There is a NICE first aid station and medical corner of the main tent, THEY CAN keep insulin cold and THEY WILL lock up maintenance pills for you (I have diabetes) and I CAN AND WILL assist you personally with anything you need.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Juliet – Nashville Area
Ad 4.4

$100
2-star hotel
Standard lodging with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Cookeville
Ad 4.1

$95
3-star hotel
Understated hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Motel 6
3.6

$54
2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with seasonal pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cookeville
4.2

$112
2-star hotel
Standard option with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville
4.8

$116
$129
Extended Stay Hotel
Simple all-suite hotel with a 24/7 gym
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off
Image Hotel Management
Business Management Consultant · 930 Woodwinds Dr
Image Hotel Management
5.0

(1)
Hotel · 970 S Jefferson Ave
Star Motor Inn
2.6

(31)
Motel · 1115 S Willow Ave
Low-key option with a Southern eatery
Free Wi-Fi
Best Western Thunderbird Motel
4.0

$88
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with Mexican dining
Free Wi-Fi
Comfort Inn & Suites
4.0

$85
2-star hotel
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Cookeville – Tennessee Tech
3.8

$70
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Key West Inn
3.3

$48
2-star hotel
Quaint low-rise hotel with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 17% less than usual
FALL CREEK INN
2.4

$40
$46
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 13% off
Hampton Inn Cookeville
4.2

$149
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Alpine Lodge & Suites
4.1

$48
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool & BBQs
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Eastwood Inn
2.7

(9)
Hotel · 1646 E Spring St
Cookeville Manor Bed & Breakfast
5.0

(1)
Bed & Breakfast · 7241 Hilham Rd
Highway 56 Motel
2.1

(8)
Motel · 5485 S Grundy Quarles Hwy
Travelodge Cookeville
2.7

$48
Motel
Free breakfast
DEAL 28% less than usual
La Quinta Inn Crossville
2.4

3-star hotel
Comfort Suites
4.6

$93
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Crossville
2.9

$70
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi

Jul 022018
 

Folks as you know I follow over 175 festivals per year and out there in Virginia Red Wing Roots Music Festival is one of them. Here is some new information about their new stage they will unveil during their 2018 festival.

Stage Renovation at Natural Chimneys

We are excited to share one of our biggest behind-the-scenes projects this past year. We’re renovating the Southern Stage! When work began in May, members of The Steel Wheels joined a group of volunteers in dismantling the stage at Natural Chimneys Park. By the time the sixth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival begins on July 13, a much bigger and better stage will have taken its place!

The timber frame structure, now going up at Natural Chimneys, represents our biggest investment yet in the park, which has hosted the festival since the beginning. The $100,000 project is made possible by the generous support of several local businesses and individuals and will be owned by Natural Chimneys, benefitting both the festival and the surrounding community for a long time to come.

Blue Ridge Timberwrights, a timber frame builder based in Christiansburg, Va. and primary supporter of the stage renovation, will have naming rights to the stage (final name TBD). Two other area contractors and Red Wing sponsors are also playing significant roles. Herr & Co. Building Contractors is serving as the project’s general contractor, while Venture Builders Inc. is coordinating and supervising the labor. Rounding out the effort are well over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor donated by supporters of the festival. THANK YOU ALL for your contributions to make this a reality!

The many artists who have performed at Red Wing over the past five years are a continuation of Natural Chimneys’ long tradition of musical performance, which includes an appearance by country legend Hank Williams Sr. in 1950. By building the new stage, Red Wing hopes to remain a part of that tradition long into the future.

Stay tuned for more photos of the new stage on our Facebook page!

Red Wing TICKETS and CAMPING!

Get Involved in the Great Outdoors!

In addition to celebrating great music, we also enjoy the Shenandoah Valley’s great outdoors, with organized hikesbike ridesfun runs, and morning yoga, as well as, swimming available all weekend long. Over the last several years we have partnered with Shenandoah Valley Bicycle CoalitionShenandoah Mountain TouringVA MomentumThe CenterFriends of Shenandoah Mountain, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter, and Walkabout Outfitter to heighten your Red Wing experience.

Featured Artist:

ELLIS DYSON & THE SHAMBLES

Ellis Dyson & the Shambles  expertly blends old-time influences ranging from Piedmont murder ballads, to traditional jazz, to big band swing. The result: whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship that electrifies every audience. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus. []

Sponsor Spotlight    

Herr and Company Building Contractors and Venture Builders, Inc. have played an instrumental role in bringing the new, gorgeous, timber frame stage to Red Wing and Natural Chimneys Park. It could not have happened without them. They each play a big role during the festival, as well. In addition to creating and sponsoring Shady Grove (our mist pavilion and relaxing family “fun zone”), Venture Builders provides construction support from set-up to tear-down. Mike Herr from Herr and Co. is part of our Site Operations team during the festival. He’s one of the people buzzing around the festival grounds making sure that all the equipment and systems are in working order. Thank you to both companies for the ongoing love and support of Red Wing!

 

Blue Mountain Beer Garden

Featuring Blue Mountain Brewery, Old Hill Hard Cider & Bluestone Vineyards

                
Blue Mountain Brewery is back with craft brews in our two Blue Mountain Beer Gardens! As always, WNRN will be pouring the brews again this year, with special tappings each day. This year special tappings will include Peanut Barrel Ana, Drink a Peach, Raspberries on Acid, Wookies Don’t Die, Barrel Soft-serv and Local Species. The full selection of craft brews is listed below. A large portion of the proceeds from the beer gardens supports WNRN. You’ll find plenty of Blue Mountain beers available in both beer gardens, but if cider or wine is more your speed, Old Hill Hard Cider and Bluestone Vineyards can be found in the main beer garden off of the Music Meadow. Old Hill Cider will offer Betwixt, Virginia Strawberry, Yesteryear, and their brand newOff The Press. Bluestone Vineyards will serve Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Beau (a sweet wine), and a rotating list of Grateful Dead inspired legged wines. 

Blue Mountain Brewery Beers: 
Kolsch 151
Rockfish Wheat
Full Nelson
Hopwork Orange
Satan’s Pony
Dark Hollow
Broken Mandolin

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So Good, I Can Already Taste It.

            

You may have come for the music, but the delicious festival food helps fuel the fun!
Klines Dairy Bar is not only a sponsor and vendor, but they also helped fund the new stage in memory of Janet Arehart. Mike Arehart shares, “Kline’s Dairy Bar has been an intricate part of the community for almost 75 years. To be able to support such amazing music locally and to continue to build community events and community spirit has always been our goal. As a personal fan of The Steel Wheels, bluegrass and roots music, I am proud to be a part of bringing more opportunities to our area. Don’t forget to enjoy our homemade custard-style ice cream, the perfect pairing with summer and music!”
In addition to Kline’s, several of our food vendors are also loyal Red Wing sponsors. As always, we’re excited to have Lucas Roasting CompanyBella FestaBlue Ridge Kettle KornBlue Mountain Grill, and Hanks Grille and Bar as part of our festival food options! There are many other returning favorites and some new flavors to be discovered. You’re sure to be happily fed!

Featured Artist: KUINKA

A reinvention rather than a refutation, the name Kuinka comes from the Finnish for “how”; how does a band bristling with spirited creativity continue to evolve artistically and challenge themselves while staying true to their own roots? For Kuinka, the answer comes in the form of a release, a giving over to the muse, and a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative virtuosity as songwriters regardless of genre or instrumentation. []

2-day Discount on 3-day Tickets!

(Ends Friday at 5pm)

With less than 250 3-Day tickets remaining to Red Wing VI, it looks like we’re going to sell out once again. And since you are on our email list, we’re guessing you’re one of our loyal followers. If for some reason you haven’t been able to purchase your tickets yet, or if you have a friend you’ve been nudging to join you for Red Wing, we’re offering a $10 discount on 3-Day tickets when you use Promo Code: RedWingLove at checkout. This sale ends Friday at 5pm so act quickly! Also – heads up! Saturday single-day tickets are sold out and Friday and Sunday’s are moving fast. If you’re planning to come for just one day, grab those tickets now!
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 Sponsor Spotlight     

Gaines Group Architects is a long-time Red Wing supporter and they played an integral role in the newly renovated Blue Ridge Timberwright Stage. In addition to providing the design and architectural drawings for the project, they worked closely with the project manager to create a feasible upgrade. If you have any building needs, considering calling them as you begin dreaming into your project!
Hank’s Grille and Bar has been catering Red Wing artists and staff for years with their southern cuisine and BBQ. Now you can enjoy them during the festival, as well. Find them in the Music Meadow!
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THANK YOU to all of the Red Wing VI sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring the festival this year? 
Visit our sponsor page to learn more about our packages and additional sponsors.

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Jul 022018
 

Just a few years ago at Muddy Roots we heard two NEW songs from powerhouse Kansas based band Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy. Now this week they have their NEW album dropping July 4th called “Gnosis”. Now OF COURSE I have the real low down on the new album with all the bells and whistles you need to get a good taste of this long awaited new album.

It’s been a while since Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy put out a new album, and I understand as of now they have a new lineup along with other features. This new song puts a judgmental spin on the rich and powerful in today’s society, in the end we will ALL end up six feet deep the same. WHO BETTER to be the bringers of death and torture than Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy?

From their newsletter:

We’re happy to announce (to newsletter subscribers first) that our first album in 5 years will be available on July 4 on CD and digital download. Gnosis, our third original album, is a 6 track concept EP that is intended to be listened through in full. In this age of singles, we wanted to put out a concept album. However, we’re also in the age of short attention spans. This 24 minute work journeys through aggressive acoustic sounds, existential vocal themes, and ethereal improv transitions in a digestable length that we hope will get you excited for what’s next. Since we shortened this concept album, we will be releasing a follow up EP(next year hopefully). So keep your eye out on social media and streaming sites for the new albums! You can check out our webstore for this release and new the new merch associated with it

Carrie Nation was a highly noted radical member of the Temperance Movement of the early 1900’s that opposed alcohol before the United States passed prohibition. She was most noted for being active in the Kansas area, where this band is based from. She was noted for attacking places that served adult beverages with a hatchet, and always had a bible in tow.

She also opposed tight clothing on women, violently against corsets and other garments that she viewed as sexually damaged women. She later officially registered her first name as CARRY as well as Carrie, to identify her name as Carry A Nation, which she believed she was doing.

Often attacking taverns with her hatchet with her local branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union based out of Medicine Lodge Kansas, and campaigning for the enforcement of the ban on the sale of liquor.

So THERE is a little bit on info on the meaning of this band’s name, and where they got their name from. There WILL BE MORE on this album later in the week from me, here is a track listing of the album:

  1. Rumpletum
  2. Bowels And Constants
  3. All Men Created Equal
  4. We All Believe
  5. Trismegistus
  6. Gnosis

Jun 292018
 

From the very dawn of 2018, we have been assaulted with references to so many Songwriting Legends returning to their zenith of success and to be honest I for one am overly ecstatic to see their names once again on the forefront.

In this article I shall touch on THREE Country Music (and other genres) songwriting legends that have emerged out of near obscurity to those that do not delve into history like many of us do. You know in many interviews I have stated that in order to make a PERFECT Country Music album you need THREE ingredients: Producer, Steel Guitarist and Songwriter. That is the trifecta for total unadulterated greatness in Country Music, and if you have all three, you have an iconic album…like Red Headed Stranger.

Much of the recognition of the Legends being involved with music festivals from the more independent people began about ten years ago with my friends out at Muddy Roots and other more smaller ones that offered us a more intimate setting. But here lately many are blooming and flourishing all over the United States like this one I am involved with Master Musicians Festival, now going on it’s 25th year…and they are featuring a name you hear a LOT in 2018….John Prine.

I really have no need to go into long drawn out details about how this new album that came out on Record Store Day was a commercial success for Mr. John in every way. It rapidly grew to become his best selling album in 20 years, and was at the TOP of SO MANY grab lists, some stores ran out of them. There is NO DOUBT that this man will adorn MANY TOP 50 of 2018’s (including mine).

John Prine has embellished not only Country Music and the Ryman, but he has influenced and grown ALL GENRES of music as well. I remember Miss Margo Price saying he sent her flowers on her first Ryman appearance, and has always dressed and acted with GREAT love for the ones that paved HIS roads. In just a few days I will be hooking up with my good friend Mr. W.B. Walker of the Old Soul Radio Show podcast, and we will chat about his introduction for Mr. John Prine during the Master Musicians Festival.

Mr. Rodney Crowell also recently came to my area with his new project “Adventures In Song” which is a complete interactive four day seminar for aspiring songwriters and others seeking refuge in this craft. Also. on July 13th he shall release this acoustic album:

Grammy-winning roots troubadour RODNEY CROWELL announces the July 13th release of his new album, ACOUSTIC CLASSICS, the debut entry from his newly-launched imprint, RC1. Exclusive pre-order bundles featuring the new cd and vinyl can be found on Crowell’s website,www.rodneycrowell.com.

A creative powerhouse with no off switch, the acclaimed songwriter, musician, author and poet is adding yet another title to his already esteemed pedigree; label head.  As prolific today, as he was in his twenties, Crowell has released sixalbums in the last ten years.  Next on deck is a re-distilled, acoustic presentation of 12 masterfully-crafted tunes from his 40-plus-year career in a truly intimate setting.  “With the help of some of my favorite musicians, I’ve made all acoustic instrument recordings of ten of my most recognizable songs. Also included is a couple more recently written that I want people to hear. There’s even a revised version of my most commercially successful song, “Shame on the Moon,” said Crowell.  “All in good fun.”

Marking Crowell’s 19th solo effort and the first release from his new label, RC1, the project features songs originally made famous by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Seger, Tim McGraw and more. But for ACOUSTIC CLASSICS, Crowell peels back the layers of familiarity on these standouts of the American song cannon, revealing the original spirit behind each track’s creation.

TRACK LISTING:
01. Earthbound
02. Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight
03. Anything But Tame
04. Making Memories of Us
05. Lovin’ All Night
06. Shame on the Moon Redux
07. I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried
08. She’s Crazy For Leaving
09. After All This Time
10. Tennessee Wedding
11. I Ain’t Living Long Like This
12. Please Remember Me

Mr. Jim Lauderdale has made several announcements that he shall be releasing two albums in August, one of them has been lost for over 40 years. Lauderdale recently announced the upcoming release of Time Flies, alongside a collaboration album, Jim Lauderdale and Roland White. Lauderdale originally record that project with mandolin legend White in 1979, but never released it, and the album was lost for the next four decades. Recorded in Earl Scruggs basement, more than a decade before Lauderdale’s solo debut, the tracks were recently unearthed by White’s wife.

“I wasn’t able to get a deal for it at the time with my efforts. Several years later … I thought the time was right and called Roland to get the masters,” Lauderdale shares. “Roland said, ‘I thought you had them.’ We couldn’t find them anywhere. A few months ago as Roland was leaving the stage after sitting in with me at the Station Inn, he said, ‘I think my wife found our tape at the bottom of a box…’ These two records being released on the same day are good bookends to me for the rest of my recorded work.”

Time Flies and Jim Lauderdale and Roland White will be released on Aug. 3. The two-time Grammy Award winner has released 29 solo albums previously, in addition to being a prolific, award-winning songwriter in the country music world.

Jim Lauderdale, Time Flies track listing:

1. “Time Flies”
2. “The Road is a River”
3. “Violet”
4. “Slow As Molasses”
5. “Where the Cars Go By Fast”
6. “When I Held The Cards”
7. “Wearing Out Your Cool”
8. “Wild On Me Fast”
9. “While You’re Hoping”
10. “It Blows My Mind”
11. “If the World’s Still Here Tomorrow”

Jim Lauderdale and Roland White track listing:

1. “Forgive and Forget”
2. “Gold and Silver”
3. “(Stone Must Be The) Walls Built Around Your Heart”
4. “Six White Horses”
5. “I Might Take You Back Again”
6. “Try and Catch the Wind”
7. “Don’t Laugh”
8. “Regrets and Mistakes”
9. “February Snow”
10. “(That’s What You Get) For Loving Me”
11. “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar”
12. “Nashville Blues”

Jun 272018
 

50 years ago Bluegrass Legend Del McCoury recorded his first album in 1968 called Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass, and this past memorial day weekend during Del Fest in Maryland he released a brand new 14 track album entitled Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass, and the Travelin’ McCourys also released their debut album as well.

I have been busy taking some time off to tend to personal business but what brought this article on was Mr. Del’s appearance at the Ryman for Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman, and you can purchase tickets for that event HERE.

I wanted to include a NICE article from the Cumberland Times:

Del McCoury will release a new album at DelFest that will celebrate his first solo album made 50 years ago.

McCoury recorded his debut solo album — “Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass” — in 1968. At this year’s DelFest music festival Memorial Day weekend, he will release a new album called “Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass.”

The new record will be a followup to his seminal album on Arhoolie Records recorded 50 years ago.

Del, 79, had been playing music since the late 1950s, including a stint performing with Bill Monroe in the early 1960s. McCoury had done some recording but none on his own.

However, it was 1968 when Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records showed up at his home. Strachwitz, whose family is from Germany and Poland, came to the United States as a young boy when his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. Strachwitz became a U.S. citizen and fell in love with American roots music.

In the early 1960s, he set out to record American folk, blues, Cajun, country, Tejana and bluegrass artists throughout the U.S. He drove across the country taping numerous artists. His recordings became legendary and are now owned by Smithsonian Folkways.

Ronnie McCoury, Del’s son and the mandolin player in the Del McCoury Band, told the story to the Times-News.

“Fifty years ago, Dad made ‘Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass,'” said Ronnie McCoury. “In 1968, he didn’t have a band at the time. A fella named Chris Strachwitz, who had this Arhoolie Records, came to him.

“This fella (Strachwitz) had a love for American music. My dad played with Bill Monroe in 1963 and even though he only heard Dad sing one song, he never forgot his voice.”

One day, Strachwitz pulled up to Del’s home near York, Pennsylvania. “He came to my dad’s house and said, ‘I’m going to do a record on you,'” said Ronnie. “My dad had not done an album. He asked Dad if he could get a band together. The next two days they recorded in my dad’s kitchen and another fella’s kitchen. The fella (Strachwitz) is still living and his archives are amazing. He turned it over to the Smithsonian.”

Del’s new album contains 14 songs with the first single titled, “To make love sweeter for you.” Written by Glenn Sutton and Jerry Kennedy, the country-flavored tune was a number one hit for Jerry Lee Lewis in the early 1970s.

Ronnie McCoury said the new album has guest performers. Josh Schilling of the band Mountain Heart plays on the record. The McCourys also have three generations of the family on the album. Ronnie’s son Evan plays guitar and percussion on the new record.

In addition to Del’s new album, the Travelin’ McCourys will also release a new self-titled album at DelFest. The Travelin McCourys are made up of Ronnie McCoury and his brother Rob on banjo, along with Jason Carter, fiddle, Alan Bartram on bass and Cody Kilby, guitar.

Jun 252018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Saturday was the final day for Tumbleweed 2018. With the heat still pounding on this day as it had all weekend, I decided to stick with the main stage acts this day. This meant I would miss a few acts on the second stage that I wanted to see, but this heat required as little movement as possible to work in. I made my way down Buzzkill Hill for the last time to the festival grounds. I had some time so I hung out in the air conditioned Tumbleweed Tavern and I also got breakfast from one of the vendors who were already open. I had loaded breakfast tater tots that were very good. I also picked up a breakfast burrito and kept it for later in the day. I highly recommend checking out the food vendors when you are at a festival. Sometimes they can be expensive, but it is worth trying something you might not get a chance to try again as festivals can rotate vendors year in and year out.

Porter Union

Cole & Kendra Porter

Saturday’s acts on the main stage started with Porter Union. I have been a big fan of theirs since their 2017 self titled debut. They featured songs from this album heavily during their Tumbleweed set. I particularly loved “Thief” and “Out Of Spite” but one of my favorites of the set was one of Kendra’s songs which I think was titled “Maggie Jo” though I might be recalling that title wrong. Porter Union’s set was one of many highlights of the weekend and I look forward to hearing more of them.

Porter Union

Tony Martinez

Up next on the main stage was Tony Martinez. I had been a fan of his ever since I came across his Everybody’s Buddy EP last year. He had a small 3 piece band with him, but the star of the show was his interactions with the crowd and the amazing skills he displayed on the guitar. I particularly loved his original tune “Help Me Up (So I Can Get Down)” as a highlight of this set.

Tony Martinez

Mickey Lamantia

Mickey Lamantia and his band

Next on the main stage was the second performance from Mickey Lamantia. He performed an acoustic set on Thursday night, but this time he brought his full band which even included some amazing pedal steel playing from Dave Summers. Mickey’s set featured a lot of cuts from his 2018 album Every Bad Habit which is still high on my on giong Top 20 albums of 2018 list. I loved the full band version of songs like “When I Get On A Roll” and “Take Our Country Back”. The highlight of the set came when Billy Don Burns surprised Mickey by appearing on stage behind him for a few songs. Mickey in turn surprised Billy and allowed him to have his own spotlight and gave him some time to perform his own songs. Mickey also reprised his “Are You Sure Hank Did It This Way?” cover from his Thursday night set with more guests on stage. This set was another highlight in a day of them.

Mickey Lamantia with Billy Don Burns

The Steel Woods

Wes Bayliss of The Steel Woods

The Steel Woods

Following Mickey Lamantia was Kentucky’s own The Steel Woods. I was familiar with their debut 2017 album Straw In The Wind, but I had not seen them live yet. They are much heavier live than on record. This blends their heavy metal and southern rock influences well. Covers of The Allman Brothers track “Whipping Post” mesh well with Black Sabbath’s “Hole In The Sky”. I loved the heavier takes on their album tracks and one of my favorites of the set was “Straw In The Wind”. I look forward to the next record from The Steel Woods and hope that album reflects their live style a bit more as it was a crowd favorite.

Ward Davis

Ward Davis was next on the main stage. I had been looking forward to seeing Ward live again since I saw him last year with Cody Jinks at the Ryman. He launched into a set which included songs from his 2015 album 15 Years In A 10 Year Town and songs from his upcoming album which I believe is called Geronimo. I particularly love his solo take on “”Old Wore Out Cowboys” which he opened the song with saying that this was the song Willie Nelson said yes to. He also did his version of “I’m Not The Devil” and it never gets old hearing a crowd of over 1,000 fans singing along to that song. He was the only act I saw on the main stage that night get an encore. He came back out and got the crowd ready for 2019 with an amazing cover of Alabama’s hit “Lady Down On Love”.

Ward Davis Band

Billy Don Burns before Shooter Jennings

The final act that I saw at Tumbleweed 2018 was Shooter Jennings. Before Shooter’s set though, we were treated to a short set from Billy Don Burns. He played songs like “Lonesome 77203” and “Desperate Men” to get the crowd ready for Shooter. In addition to Billy Don Burns, I got to step out in front of the crowd and hype them for Shooter who was about to come on stage. This was one of the most unreal moments I have ever experienced and it was very cool. I have to thank the Tumbleweed staff for allowing me to do that.

Joshua Wallace introducing Shooter Jennings

Photo Credit to Country Music Armadillo 

Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings Band

After I left the stage, it was time for what I considered to be the headlining act of Tumbleweed 2019. I had not seen Shooter with this version of his band before and he did not disappoint. He launched into “Electric Rodeo” and “Steady At The Wheel” before going into a set that included tracks from all of his albums and even a few from his upcoming release Shooter. He played his new single “Rhinestone Eyes” along with a reworked version of “Living In A Minor Key” and his first single “Fast Horses and Good Hideouts”. During this song, I noticed a giant beach ball being tossed around in the crowd. As expected, it made its way to the stage but the crowd did not let it get on stage. Shooter never missed a beat and seemed unphased by the events. The highlight of this set for me was the psychedelic jam that he did with “The Gunslinger”. I had only heard “The Gunslinger” performed like this on the Live From Billy Bob’s Texas album, but it still made my jaw drop and was an awesome closing to the show paired with “Good Time Charlie”.

Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings

Shooter was the final act that I saw at Tumbleweed 2019. I know Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard both killed it on the main stage but I needed to hit the road back to Georgia as I had a long overnight drive ahead of me. A few notable things about this day, Ward Davis was the first artist I noticed who mentioned the sound issues between the stages on stage. However, I heard that during The Steel Woods Zephania Ohora was playing solo on the main stage and had to cut his set short because of the noise from the main stage. I am assured that the two stages will not run at the same time next year and that Tumbleweed will be a better experience all around.

Shooter Jennings

This was my first year at Tumbleweed and I can guarantee you it will not be my last. This festival has consistently booked the best in real country music and I have faith that they will continue to do so. There are still a few kinks to work out but any new festival is going to have that as they figure out what works best for their location. Next year Tumbleweed is running a couple of weeks early with dates of May 30th – June 1st. Alabama has already been announced as one of the headliners and tickets are on sale now. You can wait till the rest of the lineup is announced, but they will be more expensive. I’m looking forward to 2019 and you can believe we will have coverage of Tumbleweed 2019 here at Gary Hayes Country.

Tumbleweed 2018

Jun 252018
 

 


If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at garyhayes2@yahoo.com. I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage. NEW IN 2018, folks I am always looking for ways to enhance what I do for you. So this year I’ll be reporting on further Kentucky shows, and further Tennessee shows as well.

Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

The Tillers
Station Inn July 12th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Miller Plaza Chattanooga Tn July 13th

Charley Pride
Renfro Valley July 14th

Dom Flemmons
3rd And Lindsley July 15th

Logan Ledger and Kristiana Murray
The Basement July 16th

Josh Card
Dee’s Country Lounge Nashville Tn July 18th

Aaron Raitiere
The Basement July 18th

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Ryman Auditorium July July 19th

Mike And The Moonpies
Nashville Palace July 20th

Colter Wall
First United Bank Plaza Madisonville Ky July 20th

Heart of Texas Records Roadshow
Troubador Theater July 21st

JD wilkes And The legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
Exit Inn July 25th

Ward Davis
Warehouse Mt. Victor July 27th

Anderson East
Ryman Auditorium July 28th

Josh Card
Southgate House July 29th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd And Lindsley August 1st

Sunny Sweeney
Southgate House Revival August 3rd

Don Gallardo
The Basement August 4rth

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Rye Davis
Spillway Bowling Green August 9th

Old Salt Union
Basement East August 11th

LSD Tour (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam)
Ascend Ampitheater Nashville August 12th

Sammy Brue
Basement August 13th

Travis Tritt
Skypac Bowling Green August 16th

Raelyn Nelson Band
Tidballs August 18th

Confederate Railroad
Wilson County Fair August 21st

Howlin Brothers
Basement East August 23rd

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Whitey Morgan
Ryman Auditorium August 25th

Shooter Jennings
Beaver Dam Ampitheater September 2nd

Janie Frickie
Renfro Valley September 7th

The Reeves Brothers
American Legion Post 82
Sept 7th

Lucero
Ryman Auditorium September 7th

Flatland Cavalry
The Basement East September 7th

David Allan Coe
O Connors Irish Pub September 8th

Janie Frickie
Red barn Convention Center September 8th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium September 14th

Shane Smith And The Saints
The Basement East Sept 19th

Bill Anderson
Red Barn Convention Center September 22nd

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82
Sept 25th

Ashley McBride
The Basement East Sept 27th

Anderson East And Brent Cobb
Ryman Auditorium Sept 28th

John Prine
Ryman Auditorium October 5 and 6th

Rye Davis
Riblickers October 4th

Whiskey Myers
Plaza Theater October 5th

Leftover Salmon
Exit Inn October 7th

Supersuckers
Exit Inn October 14th

Cody Johnson
Marathon Music Works October 19th

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Ryman Residency October 22-28th

Dwight Yoakam
Owensboro Convention Center October 26th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th

Rye Davis
Sidelines In Glasgow Ky October 10th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington Ky November 21st

Tyler Childers
Exit In November 29,30 and Dec 1st

Jun 242018
 

Hey everybody Gary Hayes Here. I tell you what it has been a GREAT YEAR already for me and my crew, and I cannot be omnipresent. So every once in awhile I “rent out” my website to others I deem will embellish their respective music scenes with THEIR OWN articles.

I reached out to my good friend Mr. Scott Mithun host of Hellbilly And Outlaw Radio based out of Appleton Minnesota. PLEASE GO over and give all of these pages and bands I’m about to link a like or props. AND PLEASE BUY SOME STUFF!

Friday morning I started out to Fort Collins, Co from Appleton, Mn and after about 14 hours I made it. Friday Night was the Choice City Stomp Pre Party at the The Forge publick House In Fort Collins with Grant Sabin.Great Show!

Choice City Stomp started at 2 PM Saturday June 2nd in Laporte, Co. with Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club. Joey was good as usual, and It was a great night of Music, I’d say meeting and Listening to Dusty rust was the Highlight.

Sunday June 3rd Choice City Stomp Started off with Brian Johanson who I really Liked, and Wonky Tonk was another one that blew my mind. Choice City was a great experience. I also went over to Cloverlick Banjo Shop Sunday in Fort Collins as Singer/Songwriters took turns on stage.

 

Jimmy Richter does a great job with Choice City as Does his staff and everyone involved. I took Monday off and went up to Denver, Co on Tuesday to see Larry And His Flask and Acousta Noir at Globe Hall. Never seen either of these bands I was really impressed. I woke up early Wednesday and headed for Pondstock in Trenton, Ne it was about a 4 hour trip.

After getting the camper set up I headed another 2 hours to Kearney, Ne to a place called Gillie’swhere jimmy Swope, Jaw Knee Vee and Alex culbreth were playing. Always great seeing Jimmy! It was a great show and I finally got to meet Jared Olson who does shows out of his shop called J-Rod’s Rock Shop In Kearney. J-Rod also is in a few bands (J-Rod’s String Band) is one of them.

After the show I got back to Trenton to find out a Heavy Rain came through as I tried to get into Pondstock I about got stuck, so I went back to Trenton and slept in my Van in the Parking Lot that night. The Next Day Thursday June 7th I waited til it dried up a little and was able to make it in. Thursday started off at 7:30 with a Local band consisting of Vic Giron on Stand Up called Country Rebels which is always good.

I missed the last two sets of Thursday as Alcohol was a factor. Friday June 8th started at 4:20 with Randall Conrad Orlinger and ended with WhiskeyDick. It was a great day of music. Whiskeydick is one of my Favorite Bands!

Diakaiju was a very interesting band especially when they start shit on fire, even the top of their tour van. Saturday June 9th Pondstock started at Noon with Mr. Smith and ended with Grown Ass Man Band. Saturday was also a great day even though it got a little hot. the breeze helped a little though. Vic Giron does a great job as Usual, his  staff is always great, the Hedke’s are the best of people, Big Joe does a great Job with the Mowing and grounds.

Mark Lemons took great Photos and I met a lot of Facebook friends for the first time (Michelle Tschetter, Jared Mcpherson, Matt Wells, Mark Lemons, Big Joe, the Hedke’s, Matthew James, Alex Delor and Jimmy Richter).

I also got to see a lot of familar faces like Elaine Homes, Derek Weaver, Brooke Blanche and a bunch I’m probably forgetting. I got to hang out and make friends with a lot of band Members which was fun. My hat goes off to Choice City Stomp and Pondstock. From the festivals themselves to what it takes behind the scene the year before to make it Happen, If yo see Vic Giron, Jimmy Richter, Elaine Homes or Jared Olson (J-Rod) giive them a pat on the back for what they do! You gave me Memories that will last a Lifetime!
Thanks to All, Scott Mithun

Jun 222018
 

By Joshua Wallace

I will admit, Paul Cauthen’s 2016 debut album My Gospel was difficult to get into at first.  It took me some time, but it warmed up to me and now I look forward to anything he releases. His newest album is the Have Mercy EP.  A seven track release that showcases his various influences from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to Jerry Reed. It’s still funky and still damn good.  Let’s dig into some of these tracks.

I love the sentiment of the track “Resignation”.  It’s not about quitting your job, it’s about dropping out of live for a bit and heading to the bar for a drink to forget about all of your troubles for the day.  You’re resigning from everything and leaving the world behind. It’s also all set to the funky kind of tune you’d expect from Paul Cauthen. I dig it.

Probably my favorite track on this album is “My Cadillac”.  This one just has Jerry Reed and Elvis written all over it. It’s as if the King went funky, in a good way.  It seems like it’s about just causing trouble with your friends in an old cadillac. It’s an all around fun track and the best one on the record.  Another favorite is the love song “Tumbleweed”. I love how he takes the imagery of a tumbleweed and compares it to a woman here. There is a bit of a western influence going on in this track.  I can see this one being a single.

Finally, I love the song “In Love With A Fool”.  I have always heard Elvis in Paul Cauthen’s voice and this song just does it for me.  It sounds like it could be a 70’s Elvis cut, and Paul’s vocals echo the King perfectly.  The song itself is about loving someone who is on the road all the time and how strong they have to be and how much of a fool they have to be to love someone like that.  It really is a great tune.

If this is a bridge between My Gospel and whatever comes next for Paul Cauthen, I am looking forward to the next chapter.  This is a strong release and fans of My Gospel will not be disappointed. The Have Mercy EP is available everywhere fine music is sold today.

Favorite Tracks : Resignation, My Cadillac, Tumbleweed, In Love With A Fool

Paul Cauthen – Have Mercy EP (2018)

  1. Everybody Walkin’ This Land
  2. Resignation
  3. Have Mercy
  4. Lil Son
  5. My Cadillac
  6. Tumbleweed
  7. In Love With A Fool
Jun 212018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Friday at Tumbleweed 2018 began the first full official day of the festival.  I want to start this off by addressing camping. The actual camping area was a very nice wooded campground with plenty of shade for everyone.  Camping was divided up into various fan groups so you could camp near people with similar interests. There was also a quiet camping area. I will now address the hill.  You might have heard it called Stumbleweed Mountain or Buzzkill Hill. The “hill” that the campgrounds were located on is no joke. I wish I had got pictures of the hill but pictures do not do it justice.  After you climb this hill a few times, you will begin to question the life choices which lead to you camping on such a hill. I kid you not, it is no joke. Prepare for this hill in 2019.

View of Main Stage

After finding my way down the hill for the day’s festivities I finally got  a good overview of the entire venue. The main stage is huge and it’s in a field that is perfect to hold around a few thousand or so crazy country music fans.  The second stage which served as the main stage Thursday night was located towards the back of this field and under a tent. There was also a usual assortment of food vendors and merch tents.  This layout did provide some challenges which I will touch on later, but overall it was a good layout for the festival.

Chad Vaughn

First up on the main stage Friday afternoon was the Tumbleweed 2018 Fan Poll winner Chad Vaughn.  His set started a bit later than scheduled due to some production issues on the main stage, but once that was taken care of everything was good to go.  I’m not as familiar with Chad Vaughn’s music but you could feel his excitement to be on the main stage of Tumbleweed. There were plenty of Chad Vaughn’s fans in the crowd which I hope is a good sign for him to appear at future festivals.

Chad Vaughn

Justin Wells

Justin Wells

Next, I made my way over to the second stage to hear Justin Wells.  I am very familiar with Justin Wells and his music, but I have never seen his solo act with a full band.  It will be very familiar to fans of his “Dawn In The Distance” album or even fans of his previous band Fifth On The Floor.  While it is not heavy southern rock like Fifth On The Floor, the influence is certainly there with many of the songs having longer guitar solos.  I would call it a lighter version of the familiar Fifth On The Floor sound. Justin Wells did many favorites from the Dawn In The Distance album alongside some newer tunes.  Justin even brought Porter Union on stage for a surprise appearance during “Three Quarters Gone” which was a nice addition to his set. Justin is preparing a new solo record to be released soon.  Gary Hayes Country will have all of the details on that record as they become available.

Justin Wells w/ Porter Union

Dale Watson

Dale Watson & The Lone Stars

After Justin Wells I moved over to the main stage to check out Dale Watson.  I would never grow tired of hearing Dale live even if I could hear him play once a week.  Dale’s set featured all of the hits you’ve come to know and love such as “I Lie When I Drink”, “My Baby Makes Me Gravy” and “Exit 109”.  Dale had Celine Lee out for a few songs as well. She did a track off her new record titled “Sayonara Sucka” and also performed some duet tracks with Dale.  I particularly loved the duet “Like Johnny Missed June”. Dale also played new tracks which will be featured on his album which is due out this summer.

Dale Watson looking out over the crowd

Tyler Childers with the largest crowd yet at Tumbleweed

 

Tyler Childers was up next on the main stage.  His band was on fire as always. Tyler brought his “A” game even though he was staring down the setting sun at one of the hottest parts of the day.  He started out with “Bus Route” and quickly moved through fan favorites from Purgatory and his unrecorded catalog of tracks. My favorites of this set were “Feathered Indians”, “I Got Stoned and I Missed It” and “Whitehouse Road”.  Tyler Childers is an act that seems to get better every time you see him whether you’re seeing him in person or on Youtube. His voice is truly like no other out there today.

Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps

Tyler Childers

Alex Williams

After Tyler Childers I went over and checked out Alex Williams on the second stage.  I have been looking forward to seeing Alex Williams live since his debut album came out last year and he does not disappoint.  His set featured his debut record heavily with fan favorites like “Freak Flag” and “Little Too Stoned”. He also played some newer tracks off his next record such as the track “Dust and Bones”.  I was blown away by this one and it should be a lead single for his next album. It is that good. I look forward to being able to catch Alex Williams with a full set in the near future.

Alex Williams

Bryan James

Bryan James with Al Enzian on dobro

Following Alex Williams, I split my time between Bryan James on the second stage and Marty Stuart on the main stage.  Bryan James featured a full 5 piece band which featured Al Enzian on dobro. The set had a mix of covers and tunes off his Between The Devil and The Angel and This New Way’s Getting Old LPs.  This was the first time I noticed the second stage being drowned out a bit by the sound coming from the main stage but you wouldn’t know it from Bryan James’s performance. His band brought it and had their own crowd going wild the entire set.

Bryan James Band

Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives

Harry Stinson of The Fabulous Superlatives sings a song

Over on the main stage, Marty Stuart put on a clinic of honky tonk and hillbilly music.  Along with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty put on one hell of a 90 minute set for the Tumbleweed crowd.  He played many of his fan favorites across his long career and did not leave anyone wanting. I always love hearing his version of “Orange Blossom Special” and it is a highlight of every time I get to see Marty play.  Marty even gave the spotlight to Harry Stinson for a few songs including a Woody Guthrie cover.

I ended my night with Marty Stuart’s set on the main stage.  I wanted to stick around for Jericho Woods on the second stage, but I was done by then.  I can say that I was able to hear a bit of Cody Johnson on the way through the festival grounds to my campsite.  I got to hear my favorite track of his “Chain Drinking” and a couple of cover medleys. It is worth noting that if you do plan on retiring to your campsite early during this festival, the music from the main stage is so loud you can tell which song the artist on the main stage is playing from your campsite.  That being said, I had no trouble passing out once I got to my tent. My report of the final day of Tumbleweed 2018 will be coming up on Monday featuring the likes of The Steel Woods, Ward Davis, Shooter Jennings and more. 

 

Jun 202018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Tumbleweed 2018 was an amazing weekend of real country music from top to bottom.  There were 2 days and 3 nights of killer lineups across 2 different stages. Sure, it was a sweltering 95+ degrees during the day without relief in sight, but that didn’t phase people from enjoying some good music.  Tumbleweed 2018 kicked off Thursday night with a pre-show party featuring Sol Records recording artists Craig Gerdes and Dallas Moore among other independent country music recording artists in an evening titled “Rise Of The Independents”.

Evan Bartels

The evening kicked off with Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes.  I was not very familiar with their music but I quite enjoyed what I heard.  They did an amazing cover of the Cody Jinks hit “Cast No Stones” that became the first sing-a-long of the weekend.  I look forward to hearing more from this band.

Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes

Mickey Lamantia Acoustic

Up next was an acoustic set from Mickey Lamantia.  Mickey also had a full band set scheduled for Saturday at the main stage, so this had a bit of a different feel to it.  It kind of reminded me of what you might hear on Mickey’s Whiskey Wednesday Facebook show with plenty of covers and originals mixed in.  Mickey’s set also featured guests including Bryan James and Austin Lee who joined Mickey in an acoustic take on the Waylon Jennings hit “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”.  This set had me ready to hear Mickey’s full band later this weekend.

Mickey Lamantia feat. Bryan James and Austin Lee

Josh Morningstar

Mickey Lamantia was followed by Josh Morningstar.  Readers of Gary Hayes Country are very familiar with Morningstar, but there were quite a few here who were not.  Josh has a quality about him on stage as he sings his songs and tells his stories that cannot be duplicated on a studio album.  His stories help make each song as he goes on through the set. My favorite of the evening was his rendition of the story behind “As Long As You Ain’t Coming Back” off the Songs For Fools With Broken Hearts album.  It is always refreshing to hear these familiar stories in front of an audience who might be hearing them for the first time.

Josh Morningstar

Craig Gerdes

Craig Gerdes and his band

Up next was Sol Records recording artist Craig Gerdes.  He released his debut album for Sol Records this year titled Smokin, Drinkin, and Gamblin.    I loved the live version of “Dead In A Box In Kentucky” which is my favorite song on that record.  This set featured many cuts from that album along with select covers from the likes of Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck.  Speaking of Johnny Paycheck, Craig’s band featured Jim Vest on pedal steel guitar this evening. Jim Vest played on Johnny Paycheck’s original take of “Slide Off Your Satin Sheets” and was featured on Craig Gerdes cover of it.  It was a real treat to watch a master of the pedal steel guitar go to work in this set. This was one of the highlights of this evening.

Jim Vest on the pedal steel guitar

The Dallas Moore Band

Finally, my Thursday night ended with a set from Dallas Moore.  I have been a fan of Dallas Moore for years now but this was my first time seeing him live.  The wait was well worth it as I was treated with many righteous renderings of songs from across Dallas’s catalog.  He played a lot of his new album Mr. Honky Tonk including my favorites “Mr. Honky Tonk” and “Shoot Out The Lights”. Dallas also touched on plenty of back catalog tunes such as “Texas Tornado” and “Up On That Mountain”.  Chuck Morpurgo was on fire this evening on Dallas’s lead guitar. I am really looking forward to seeing them again very soon.

Dallas Moore and Chuck Morpurgo

I did not get a chance to see the sets from Austin Lee or Evan Webb.  I have heard reports that both brought down the house and are well worth catching live if you get the chance.  

This was the pre-show evening of the festival and it was also a first chance to see the festival grounds. I knew from the first moment I walked in that the Tumbleweed Tavern with air conditioning would be a place I would frequent.  It was a larger building with tables and chairs set up around window unit air conditioners and ceiling fans.  The building also featured real restrooms which were very welcome when they were working.  The entire set-up was a welcomed break from the overbearing heat of the weekend.  I will be talking in more detail about the festival grounds in my later reports.  Look for reports on Friday and Saturday at Tumbleweed Country Music Festival soon.

Jun 172018
 

 

The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum in Bristol Virginia, is a hallowed ground for someone like me. Someone who just absolutely thrives and salivates over the oldest of old time traditions. In my opinion for music and life in general it is the elderly that are it’s greatest asset. I’m going to include their mission in this article as well as information on a terrific presentation I think would benefit all of you to see.

Mountain music was commonplace in America for decades longer than one can imagine, and it shaped Bluegrass and then modern Country Music before Superstar Legends such as Uncle Dave Macon and Hank Williams ever thought of performing. Many will tell you that the Carter Family was the first family of Country Music, but I digress and argue that the Stoneman Family was in my opinion.

Whomever YOU DEEM as correct I bet there were many mountain families already coming down from hills and hollers performing Ozark and Appalachia laced ballads of murder and moonshine. I can tell you from experience and seeing it for myself that is the case.

Black culture in the mountain music world was WIDELY overlooked, but this presentation embraces it fully and gives it the credit it deserves. I wonder how many wonderful performers were undiscovered and unknown in the 20’s and 30’s besides DeFord Bailey? I think NOW we shall soon see here in this movie.

WHAT COMPRISES the Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol’s rich musical heritage; to educate and engage audiences worldwide regarding the history, impact and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions from which we derive our name; and to create recognition, opportunities, and economic benefit for our local and regional communities.

BCM accomplishes this mission through its three primary branches (Museum, Festival, and Radio), special projects and events, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs. A brief description of the three primary entities follows:

Birthplace of Country Music Museum – The Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, opened on August 1, 2014. The Museum is 24,000 sq. ft. on two levels. In addition to core exhibits the Museum also houses a large space for special exhibits, a performance theater, the radio station, a learning center and The Museum Store. The Core Exhibits are highly interactive and feature a number of video experiences as well as various artifacts relating to the 1927 Bristol Sessions and other aspects of Bristol’s musical legacy. The Museum has received numerous awards including the highest awards in its state organizations, and has been recognized for Leadership in History by the American Association of State and Local History.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – The annual music Festival began in 2001 and has been a part of BCM since December, 2012. A 2015 Economic Impact Study showed that visitors to the Festival from outside the region had a $16.1 million impact on the region. The Festival generally hosts over 130 bands on 20 stages in downtown Bristol during the third weekend in September. Attendance has grown to approximately 45,000. Among its many accolades the Festival has been named as one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Tours and Festivals”, and has won a Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.

Radio Bristol – The station went live broadcasting from the Museum on August 27, 2015. Radio Bristol features a low power FM channel, three channels streaming different but related genres of music, and one channel streaming video. Streaming stations can be accessed online or using the Radio Bristol App on mobile devices. Radio Bristol is garnering attention from radio, cultural, and business organizations for its unique and innovative approach to history, music, and media. The station has listeners throughout the United States and in more than 140 countries.

Independently, each of these branches strives for excellence in bringing the arts to wide audiences. Together, the entities interact synergistically through collaboration, mutual support, and the ability to bring innovative thinking to important arts programming. The result is fulfillment of the BCM Mission and progress toward its Vision.


Our Mission

The Birthplace of Country Music seeks to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol’s rich musical heritage; to educate and engage audiences worldwide regarding the history, impact and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions from which we derive our name; and to create recognition, opportunities, and economic benefit for our local and regional communities.

Our Vision

The Museum, Festival and Radio entities that comprise the Birthplace of Country Music organization are all successful, respected, popular, and acclaimed, and are having a significantly positive impact on Bristol and its surrounding region – both economically and in creating recognition of Bristol’s place in the history of music.

Our Legacy

In the summer of 1927, just two months after Charles Lindbergh made the first flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis, and during the season that Babe Ruth was blasting out 60 home runs for the Yankees, record producer Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company was making music history in Bristol TN/VA.  Between July 25 and August 5 of that year, Peer conducted recording sessions using the new Western Electric electronic microphone during which 19 performers (or groups of performers) recorded 76 songs.  Those sessions – the now famous “Bristol Sessions” – are known as the “Big Bang” of modern country music, and were called by Johnny Cash “The most important event in the history of country music.”

The 1927 Bristol Sessions featured the first recordings of both Jimmie Rodgers, and the Carter Family.  Jimmy Rodgers is now referred to as the “Father of Country Music” and was the first person inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The Carter Family, featuring A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter, is now known as “The First Family of Country Music” and are also in the Hall of Fame.  The 1927 Bristol Sessions not only initiated the careers of these superstar performers, but initiated the broad commercialization of country music.  Many of the songs and stylings of those sessions still resonate and influence the music of today.  For these reasons, in 1998 the United States Congress officially designated Bristol TN/VA as the “Birthplace of Country Music.”

A Great American Tapestry

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The Birthplace of Country Music Museum presents a film screening and Q&A session with director David Weintraub of A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music.

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. (Film run time :70 minutes)

Location: Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tickets: $5

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The Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film by David Weintraub: A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music.

A Great American Tapestry tells the story of the Southern mountains’ musical birth and evolution through the strands of the Scots-Irish legacy, oft-overlooked African-American tradition, and through the longest lived music in the Americas—the indigenous tradition.

The film features Grammy award-winners Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons (The Carolina Chocolate Drops), singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, folk performer and lecturer Sheila Kay Adams, David Holt (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and folk balladeer and storyteller Joe Penland.

Jun 162018
 

Keep the Old Settler’s Vibe Alive!We hope you were able to join us for the 31st Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival, and that you enjoyed the first year at our new location.  The music was amazing (as always), and the spirit of friendship, family and community was stronger than ever. This year, however, has presented Old Settler’s with significant challenges, and we are reaching out to you, our OSMF family, for financial help.

We have been frugal with the festival’s finances and worked hard to be in a position to purchase our new home – 145 beautiful acres of rolling hills, open meadows and wooded campgrounds – in 2017. We had detailed plans to move the festival to the Tilmon site in 2019. But because of the abrupt termination of our 2018 location agreement, legal fees to defend OSMF from a would-be festival trying to take OSMF’s brand, accelerated land preparation costs, and county-mandated infrastructure changes, we lost revenue this year and need your financial support.

As a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit staffed almost entirely by unpaid volunteers, Old Settler’s depends on the kindness of friends like you—ticket buyers, sponsors, former and current volunteers, artists, recipients of free tickets, vendors, or supporters of any kind. Can you donate to help KEEP THE OLD SETTLER’S VIBE ALIVE? With your help, we can carry on the tradition.

Any amount you’re able to give adds up and allows us to preserve and improve upon OSMF for generations to come. By doing so today, you will not only help secure the future of the festival, you will make it possible to further develop the land into a premier camping and festival site in Central Texas. Without your financial contribution, the future of OSMF is uncertain.

Please help KEEP THE VIBE ALIVE. Click this link and make your tax-deductible donation today.  And then please help us get the word out by sharing it through Facebook, Twitter, email or any other means available!

We thank you for your dedication to OSMF and your continued support.

Old Settler’ Music Festival Board of Directors
Johnny Harvey (President), Gary Hartman, Kevin Vaughn

Executive Director
Jean Spivey

Folks you know I HAVE supported this festival a TON, you can read all about it HERE. They have had many issues in the past and now they need our help, PLEASE donate whatever you have even a dollar!

Jun 162018
 
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Luke Winslow-King’s latest album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

From the first track, Luke effortlessly draws the listener into his genre-expansive, dynamic world. “You Got Mine,” co-written with friend and legendary local musician “Washboard” Lissa Driscoll (who passed away in September 2017), enchants with its laid back grace. Delicate touches of Paul Simon and Robert Cray color this paean to unconditional friendship and camaraderie. With crisp guitar lines evoking Mike Campbell, the gospel-tinged call-to-action “Break Down the Walls” and the easy-country amble “After the Rain” sit astride the solemn and the uplifting. The subtle Stax-inflected soul of the title track casts a disintegrating relationship against the inspirational scenery of the desert Southwest. “Farewell Blues,” a song written after he found out about his late father’s cancer diagnosis, has a resolute drifter’s wandering heart to guide it.

But no matter where he goes, the current of the Crescent City still tugs at Luke’s music. The sweaty riffs of “Thought I Heard You” are as hot as the beer is cold and the syncopated horns on “Chicken Dinner” are a big, playful flirtation. The psychedelic swamp boogie of “Leghorn Women” brims with charm, both suave and sinister, while the Tom-Petty-on-the-levee vibe of “Born to Roam” makes it a classic-in-the-making road trip anthem.

Luke Winslow-King’s latest album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

What sets this album above the singer and guitarist’s previous work is how he’s absorbed the offerings of a life in music. Born and raised in the Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, he moved to New Orleans at 19 and spent the next 15 years fully immersing himself in the musical waters that flow through there. Now that he’s moved on, it is the larger world, and the people and places in it, that enthralls him. From these travels and friendships comes a deeper and richer perspective on the American musical traditions he fell in love with at an early age.

From the first track, Luke effortlessly draws the listener into his genre-expansive, dynamic world. “You Got Mine,” co-written with friend and legendary local musician “Washboard” Lissa Driscoll (who passed away in September 2017), enchants with its laid back grace. Delicate touches of Paul Simon and Robert Cray color this paean to unconditional friendship and camaraderie. With crisp guitar lines evoking Mike Campbell, the gospel-tinged call-to-action “Break Down the Walls” and the easy-country amble “After the Rain” sit astride the solemn and the uplifting. The subtle Stax-inflected soul of the title track casts a disintegrating relationship against the inspirational scenery of the desert Southwest. “Farewell Blues,” a song written after he found out about his late father’s cancer diagnosis, has a resolute drifter’s wandering heart to guide it.

But no matter where he goes, the current of the Crescent City still tugs at Luke’s music. The sweaty riffs of “Thought I Heard You” are as hot as the beer is cold and the syncopated horns on “Chicken Dinner” are a big, playful flirtation. The psychedelic swamp boogie of “Leghorn Women” brims with charm, both suave and sinister, while the Tom-Petty-on-the-levee vibe of “Born to Roam” makes it a classic-in-the-making road trip anthem.

Blue Mesa was recorded across the globe in the Tuscan fortress village of Lari, Italy and features long-time collaborator and Italian blues guitar dynamo Roberto Luti, Chris Davis of King James and the Special Men, and Mike Lynch (Bob Seger, Larry McCray) on organ, among others.

Luke Winslow-King has collaborated with New Orleans legends and wunderkinds alike, including Dr. John, John Boutté, Luti, Little Freddy King, Washboard Chaz, and Meschiya Lake. In addition to holding down residencies at numerous venues and releasing four studio records over the course of nine years, he has toured extensively in North America and Europe, appearing on notable stages such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans JazzFest, Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Paradiso (Netherlands), Maverick Festival (UK), and countless more.

  1. YOU GOT MINE
  2. LEGHORN WOMEN
  3. BLUE MESA
  4. BORN TO ROAM
  5. BETTER FOR KNOWING YOU
  6. THOUGHT I HEARD YOU
  7. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS
  8. CHICKEN DINNER
  9. AFTER THE RAIN
  10. FAREWELL BLUES

Luke Winslow-King
w/ Channing and Quinn, The Accidentals, Donna the Buffalo
06/16/2018 Tour Dates Delton Michigan US Buttermilk Jamboree
Luke Winslow-King 06/20/2018 Tour Dates Bainbridge Washington US Treehouse Cafe
Luke Winslow-King 06/21/2018 Tour Dates Prosser Washington US Brewminatti
Luke Winslow-King 06/22/2018 Tour Dates Long Beach Washington US Adrift Hotel
Luke Winslow-King 06/23/2018 Tour Dates Port Townsend Washington US Rainshadow Recording Studio
Luke Winslow-King 06/24/2018 Tour Dates Portland Oregon US White Eagle
Luke Winslow-King 06/25/2018 Tour Dates Bend Oregon US The Annex
Luke Winslow-King 06/26/2018 Tour Dates Twain California US Feather River Hot Springs
Luke Winslow-King 06/27/2018 Tour Dates San Francisco California US Hotel Utah
Luke Winslow-King 06/28/2018 Tour Dates Los Angeles California US Hotel Cafe
Luke Winslow-King 07/01/2018 Tour Dates Huntsville Utah US Earl’s Lodge
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Dave Herrero, Los Straitjackets, Nick Lowe
07/03/2018 Tour Dates Berwyn Illinois US Fitgerald’s American Music Festival
Luke Winslow-King 07/13/2018 Tour Dates Harbor Springs Michigan US Blissfest Festival Farm
Luke Winslow-King
w/ My Son The Hurricane
07/14/2018 Tour Dates Harbor Springs Michigan US Blissfest Festival Farm
Luke Winslow-King 07/18/2018 Tour Dates Hancock Michigan US Orpheum Theatre
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Y La Bamba
07/21/2018 Tour Dates Grand Rapids Michigan US KAXE Amphitheater
Luke Winslow-King 07/27/2018 Tour Dates Ottawa Illinois US Dockside Bar & Grill
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Samantha Fish
07/29/2018 Tour Dates Galva Illinois US Wiley Park
Luke Winslow-King 08/16/2018 Tour Dates Lowell Michigan US Lowell Riverwalk Plaza
Luke Winslow-King 08/17/2018 Tour Dates Wellston Michigan US Hoxeyville Music Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/23/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/24/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/25/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/26/2018 Tour Dates Tonder DK Tonder Fest
Luke Winslow-King 08/27/2018 Tour Dates Hamburg DE Nochtwache
Luke Winslow-King 08/28/2018 Tour Dates Berlin DE Quasimodo
Luke Winslow-King 08/31/2018 Tour Dates Leon ES Festival Valle de Tobalina
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Joshua Hedley, Gretchen Peters, The Ben Miller Band
09/01/2018 Tour Dates Amsterdam NL Paradiso
Luke Winslow-King
w/ David Ramirez
09/02/2018 Tour Dates Venlo NL Grenswerk
Luke Winslow-King 09/03/2018 Tour Dates Krefeld DE Kulturrampe
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Tami Neilson
09/04/2018 Tour Dates London UK Bush Hall
Luke Winslow-King 09/05/2018 Tour Dates Bristol UK The Hen and the Chicken
Luke Winslow-King 09/06/2018 Tour Dates Oxford UK The Jericho
Luke Winslow-King 09/07/2018 Tour Dates Chester UK St. Mary’s – A Creative Space
Luke Winslow-King 09/08/2018 Tour Dates Scrooby UK Scrooby Village Hall
Luke Winslow-King 09/09/2018 Tour Dates Old Portsmouth UK The Square Tower
Luke Winslow-King 10/18/2018 Tour Dates Arnhem NL Luxor
Luke Winslow-King
w/ Wim Mertens
10/20/2018 Tour Dates Groningen NL Oosterpoort
Luke Winslow-King 10/21/2018 Tour Dates Den Haag NL Paard
Luke Winslow-King 10/23/2018 Tour Dates Santander ES Sala BNS
Jun 162018
 

Shooter Jennings has announced his next studio album simply titled Shooter is coming out on August 10th, 2018. This is a follow up to 2016’s largely electronic inspired Countach (For Giorgio) and is his first true country album since 2013’s amazing The Other Life record.

On Friday Shooter Jennings released his second single from his upcoming album, and as I write this my right arm Mr. Joshua Wallace has been down in Missouri at Tumbleweed. he is with Shooter Jennings right now as we speak, and we expect to hear some new songs from this album. Mr. Shooter has told me himself this is the most Country album he has ever released, so I’m eagerly awaiting it!

Shooter released the second single from the album today titled “Fast Horses and Good Hideouts”. It’s a follow up to the first single which was released last year titled “Do You Love Texas?” which featured a chorus of Texas country music singers. All of the proceeds from that single went to Hurricane Harvey relief funds.

This new single is released with Episode 1 ( Friday Episode 2 was released) of a variety show which hearkens back to the old Hee Haw variety show complete with a number of guests joining shooter on a cornfield set to tell corny jokes. This variety show also includes an in studio performance of the new song “Fast Horses and Good Hideouts”. It is hard to tell, but it sounds like the audio here is different from the single so they probably went with the recording they made for the video. The song is an amazing track and I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. After the performance, the video serves as an album trailer with clips from some of the rest of the songs.

Shooter is out everywhere on August 11th, 2018. Shooter is hitting the road this summer and fall to promote the record and I will be seeing him at Tumbleweed on June 16th and hopefully again in Tallahassee, FL on June 29th. I’m looking forward to hearing this new stuff live.

Shooter – Shooter (2018)

  1. Bound Ta Git Down
  2. Do You Love Texas?
  3. Living In A Minor Key
  4. D.R.U.N.K.
  5. Shades & Hues
  6. I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy
  7. Fast Horses & Good Hideouts
  8. Rhinestone Eyes
  9. Denim & Diamonds


June 16 – Kansas City, KS @ Tumbleweed
June 21 – Belton, TX @ Schoepf’s Backyard
June 22 – Splendora, TX @ Coals Smokehouse
June 23 – Pilot Point, TX @ Western Son Distillery
June 24 – Dallas, TX @ Taste of Dallas @ Gas Monkey Garage
June 27 – Bonita Springs, FL @ Southwest Florida Event Center
June 28 – Tampa, FL @ The Attic
June 29 – Tallahassee, FL @ Fifth and Thomas
June 30 – Blairsville, GA @ Granddaddy Mimm’s Distillery *
July 4 – Wayne, NE @ The Beaumont
July 5 – Lincoln, NE @The Royal Grove
July 6 – Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine
July 7 – Amarillo, TX @ Will Rogers Riders Rodeo
July 12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
July 13 – La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater
July 14 – Mankato, MN @ Vetter Stone Amphitheater †
July 27 – Houston, TX @ Lawn at White Oak Music Hall †
July 28 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheater †
August 2 – Sacramento, CA @ Sofia Tsakopoulos Center
August 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
August 8 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
August 10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
August 11 – Hollywood, CA @Troubadour
August 22 – Washington, DC @ City Winery
August 23 – Milton, WV @ Milton Performing Arts Center
August 24 – Winston-Salem, NC @ The Ramkat
August 25 – Black Mountain, NC @ Jam In The Trees
August 31 – Columbia, MO @ 9th Street Summerfest †
September 2 – Beaver Dam, KY @ Beaver Dam Amphitheater †
September 6 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl
September 7 – Bristol, TN –@ Maddie & Hall
September 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Harley Davidson of Atlanta
September 9 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate
September 14 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
September 15 – Lee’s Summit, MO @ Legacy Park Amphitheater
September 22 – Tahlequah, OK @ Medicine Stone Festival †
September 27 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
September 28 – Wisconsin Dells, WI @ Kilbourn City Live
September 29 – Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
October 4 – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
October 5 – Cadillac, SK @ Cadillac Hall
October 6 – Edmonton, AB @ River Cree Casino ‡
October 13 – Ashland, KY @ Ashland Riverfront
October 20 – Fort Worth, TX @ KFWR Annual Ranch Bash
November 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
November 11 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

* w/ Waymore’s Outlaws
† w/ Turnpike Troubadours
‡ w/ Jessi Colter

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Jun 142018
 
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We’re excited to announce a new music fest downtown Huntsville! The first annual Tangled String Music Festival will be Saturday, June 23rd.

Gates are at 3:00pm.
Music starts at 4:00pm

And we have a talented lineup from all over the Southeast: Singer and Texas fiddle player Amanda Shires, who has been touring with her husband Jason Isbell, as well as folk legend John Prine, was the Americana Music Association’s emerging artist of 2017. She headlines the one-day fest. We’ll also have golden-voiced phenom Joshua Hedley whose new record “Mr. Jukebox” on Third Man Records echoes the classic country sounds of Roy Acuff, Johnny Paycheck and Willie Nelson; Nashville’s gritty funny Lilly Hiatt, the daughter of songwriter John Hiatt; veteran Southern rockers and songwriters Bloodkin of Athens, Ga.; and Grammy-nominated drummer/singer Cedric Burnside, grandson of late blues legend R.L. Burnside, who tours with a two-man stripped-down act that captures the raw energy of Mississippi’s hill country blues. Plus craft beer and wine and food trucks. Downtown, by the spring, under the trees at Big Spring Park East.

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Jun 142018
 

Three FULL days of bluegrass and jamgrass at Blue Ox Music Festival. Tickets are still available! Don’t wait to purchase yours: https://bit.ly/2LtzafU

In the event you cannot make the show, we are offering a FREE live stream online at jamgrass.tv. Grab a brew and a cozy spot on your couch – It’s streamin’ time!

JamGrass TV will be LIVE from the Blue Ox Music Festival —June 14-16, 2018. This FREE live stream includes performances by Pert Near Sandstone, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Del McCoury Band and more!

Tune in all weekend long: http://jamgrass.tv/events/blue-ox-music-festival-2018

 

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The full streaming schedule is as followed:
Thursday, June 14:
5:30-6:30 PM CT — Them Coulee Boys
7:00-8:15 PM CT — Billy Strings
8:45-10:00 PM CT — Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Friday, June 15:
11:30AM-12:30 PM CT — Lindsay Lou
1:00-2:00 PM CT — Mipso
2:30-3:30 PM CT — Mandolin Orange
4:00-5:00 PM CT — The SteelDrivers
5:30-6:30 PM CT — The Del McCoury Band
7:00-8:15 PM CT — The Infamous Stringdusters
8:45-10:00 PM CT — Pert Near Sandstone
10:30PM-12:00AM CT — Greensky Bluegrass

Saturday, June 16:
11:30AM-12:30 PM CT — Danny Barnes
1:00-2:00 PM CT — Charlie Parr
2:30-3:30 PM CT — Jeff Austin
4:00-5:00 PM CT — Tyler Childers
5:30-6:30 PM CT — Steep Canyon Rangers
8:45-10:00 PM CT — Pert Near Sandstone

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