The Great ( Mid Summer ) 2022 Music Festival Guide.

Here it all is folks my yearly ever popular list ( which is updated weekly ) of music festivals both independent and corporate ones with an independent bill. I also have included Bluegrass festivals form all over the United States, and Roots Music festivals as well.

I spend a considerable amount of time researching and finding more festivals to my yearly list each year, and I include all the links for you to get all of the info you will need to support whichever festival you choose.

One of the best ways I have found to find new bands, and new friends that eventually treat you like family is to attend outdoor festivals. Many of these festivals have not taken place in 2 years, and some of these are new, but overall I will provide links to their website as well as my articles I write on their behalf.

This year was a really hard one on my personal life, and I did not get the opportunity to attend as many festivals as I usually do. However this year I shall be attending a few in the fall, and Labor Day weekend will be my first one called the Earl Scruggs Music Festival in North Carolina. I’ll have more information on this one later.

Also coming up is the North Springs Music Festival, which is also coming up in the next few days in it’s own separate article. I heavily support this one for being a complete DIY and locally owned and run festival. I attended last year’s festival and you can read about that one HERE. Also, if you would like to read about ALL OF THE festivals that we cover you can read about them all HERE.

All dates below are for 2022

Windy City Smokeout – August 4th – 7th
Hinterland – August 4th – 7th
Pickathon – August 4th – 7th
Kokefest – August 5th – 6th
Podunk Bluegrass Festival – August 11th – 14th
Braun Brothers Reunion – August 11th – 13th
The Neon Nights Countryfest – August 12th – 13th
Symco Hot Rod Weekend – August 11th – 13th
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest – August 12th -14th
Hoxeyville – August 19th – 21st
Grassfire Music Festival – August 19th – 22nd
Whimmydiddle – August 19th – 20th
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – August 18th – 21st
River City Roots Festival – August 26th – 27th
Fayetteville Roots Music Festival – August 25th – 27th
Kaw River Roots – August 26th – 27th
River City Roots Festival – August 26th – 27th
Sacred Rose Music Festival – August 26th – 28th
Hot Rod Rock And Rumble – August 26th – 28th
Earl Scruggs Music Festival – Sept 2nd – 4th
Muddy Roots – Sept 1st – 5th
Nelsonville – Sept 2nd – 4th
Caveman Music Festival – Sept 2nd – 4th
Bristol Rhythm And Roots – Sept 9th – 11th
Diamond Stone Music Festival – Sept 8th – 11th
Festival Of The Horse – Sept – 9th – 11th
Americanafest – Sept 13th – 17th
Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival – Sept – 14th – 18th
Pickin’ In The Pines – Sept 16th – 18th
Freshgrass North Adams – Sept 23rd – 25th
Foxfire Music And Arts Festival – Sept 23rd – 24th
The New England Shake Up – Sept  23rd – 25th
Whispering Beard – Sept 23rd – 24th
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival – Sept – 21st – 24th
Firewater – Sept 29th – October 1st
Mempho Music Festival – Sept 30th – October 2nd
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – October 1st – 3rd
Sound On Sound – Sept 24th and 25th
River Stomp Bluegrass Festival – October 8th and 9th
Moonshiners Ball – October 6th – 9th
Austin City Limits Music Festival – October 7th – 9th and 14th – 16th
The Ramble Festival – October 7th – 9th
Conroe Catfish Festival – October – 14th – 16th
Austin String Band Fest – October 14th – 16th
ACL Fest ( Austin City limits ) – October 7th – 9th 14th – 16th
River Stomp Bluegrass – October 8th – 9th
North Springs Music Festival – October 15th
Bluegrass Island – October 20th – 22nd
Hangtown Halloween Festival – October 20th – 23rd
Cartersville Bluegrass And Roots – October 19th only.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – September 30th – October 2nd
Orange Blossom Revue – December 2nd – 3rd

 

 

Full List Of Local Shows In Tn, Ky And Alabama.

 

Justin Wells
Cole Chaney
July 29th, 2022
Songbirds, Chattanooga, Tn

Justin Wells
Cole Chaney
Sidetrack’s Music Hall, Huntsville, Al

James McMurtry
Hayes Carll
July 31st, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

Vince Gill
August 4th, 5th and 6th
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Ronnie McDowell
August 6th, 2022
The Red Barn Convention Center

Kendell Marvel
August 9th, 2022
The Exit Inn, Nashville, Tn

The Josephines
August 9th, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

Drivin N Cryin
August 12th, 2022
Exit In, Nashville, Tn

The Drive By Truckers
August 13th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn

Billy Don Burns
August 10th, 2022
Austin City Saloon, Corbin, Ky

The Goddamn Gallows
August 10th, 2022
Exit In, Nashville, Tn

Billy Don Burns
August 13th, 2022
Grass Roots Theater, Newbern, Tn

The Drive By Truckers
August 13th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn

Lyle Lovett
Chris Issak
August 17th, 2022
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Greensky Bluegrass
August 17th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, In

The Shootouts
August 18th, 2022
Brasher’s Little Nashville, Owensboro, Ky

Jeff Shepherd
August 19th, 2022
The Green Lantern, Lexington, Ky

Greensky Bluegrass
August 19th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn

The Shootouts
August 19th, 2022
The City Winery, Nashville, Tn

Billy Don Burns
Josh Morningstar
August 21st, 2022
Exit/ In, Nashville, Tn

David Adam Byrnes
August 25th, 2022
The Nashville Palace, Nashville, Tn

Johnny Lee
August 25th, 2022
Historic State Theater Complex, Elizabethtown, Ky

Jamey Johnson
Blackberry Smoke
August 25th, 2022
Firstbank Ampitheater, Franklin, Tn

Aaron Watson
August 26th, 2022
Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville, Tn

The Quebe Sisters
August 26th, 2022
The City Winery, Nashville, Tn

Jim Lauderdale
August 31st, 2022
3rd And Lindsley, Nashville, Tn

The Josephines
September 3rd, 2022
The Basement East, Nashville, Tn

The Local Honeys
September 2nd, 2022
The Grove, Glasgow, Ky

The Shootouts
September 7th, 2022
Lafayette’s Music Room, Memphis, Tn

Moe Bandy
Janie Fricke
September 8th, 2022
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Joe’s Truck Stop
Golden Shoals
Angela Autumn
September 8th, 2022
The Basement East, Nashville, Tn

The Oak Ridge Boys
September 9th, 2022
RiverPark Center, Owensboro, Ky

Alan Jackson
September 9th, 2022
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky

Drive By Truckers
September 9th, 2022
Marathon Music Works, Nashville, Tn

Nikki Lane
September 11th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn

The Shootouts
September 22nd, 2022
Southgate House Revival, Newport, Ky

Todd Snider
September 24th, 2022
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Tracy Byrd
September 24th, 2022
The Red Barn Convention Center

Nikki Lane
September 28th, 2022
The 1884 Lounge, Memphis, Tn

Marcus King
September 29th, 2022
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Gene Watson
September 30th, 2022
Capitol Arts Center, Bowling Green, Ky

Anderson East
September 30th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn

Jon Pardi
October 1st, 2022
Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, Tn

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
October 1st, 2022
The Red Barn Convention Center.

The Supersuckers
October 1st, 2022
Exit In, Nashville, Tn

The Josephines
October 3rd, 2022
The Basement, Nashville, Tn

Nikki Lane
October 3rd, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

Nikki Lane
October 4th, 2022
Zanzabar, Louisville, Ky

Town Mountain
October 6th, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

Lucero
October 7th, 2022
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Brent Cobb
Hayes Carll
October 14th, 2022
Basement East, Nashville, Tn

Courtney Patton
October 12th, 2022
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Tn

Southern Culture On The Skids
October 14th, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

Dale Watson
October 15th, 2022
3rd And Lindsley, Nashville, Tn

The Hillbenders
October 23rd, 2022
3rd And Lindsley, Nashville, Tn

John Moreland
October 29th, 2022
The Virginia, Somerset, Ky

The Malpass Brothers
November 5th, 2022
The Red Barn Convention Center

Kelsey Waldon
November 11th, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

John Moreland
November 8th, 2022
The 1857 Hotel And Events Center, Paducah, Ky

Emmylou Harris
November 17th, 2022
Exit In, Nashville, Tn

Cory Branan
November 17th, 2021
Eastside Bowl, Nashville, Tn

Lilly Hiatt
November 19th, 2022
Exit In, Nashville, Tn

The Steeldrivers
November 19th, 2022
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn

Sunny Sweeney
November 20th, 2022
3rd And Lindsley, Nashville Tn

Bloodshot Bill
November 23rd, 2022
The Basement East, Nashville, Tn

The Mavericks
December 1st and 2nd, 2022
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tn

Ian Noe
December 7th, 2022
The Basement East, Nashville, Tn

Kelsey Waldon
December 16th, 2022
The Basement East, Nashville, Tn

Charles Wesley Goodwin
December 17th, 2022
The Burl, Lexington, Ky

2023 DATES

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
March 12th, 2023
3rd And Lindsley, Nashville, Tn

Americanafest Info.

My beloved Nashville friends it is that time of the year again, that I take some time off my busy schedule to bring you my yearly article for Americanafest! The biggest concern I have right now is the state  Nashville is in. True, this lineup will prove to be another great one, but there are a few venues that closed and other concerns.

The wait is over. We’re excited to bring you our first round of official showcasing artists and bands for AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN. Check out a list of our first round of 89 performers here.

Make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here by Thursday in order to catch these amazing acts this fall for only $125*. On Friday the rate will go up to $175.

Keep your eyes peeled for more showcases to be added to this already stacked lineup later this summer. And, on top of hundreds of official showcases, our 22nd annual event will feature many special events hosted by friends in our community.

How can I attend these showcases? With a Festival Pass, you can experience four full nights of music in over a dozen showcasing venues in Music City, including seated listening rooms, intimate dive bars, legendary rock rooms and more. You in?

Let’s party, friends! Come celebrate our incredible Americana music community during AMERICANAFEST, our annual music festival and conference, taking place Sept. 13-17, 2022 in Nashville, TN. Buy your pass here

For over 20 years now, our community has gathered in Music City for music discovery, industry insight, quality hangs and unforgettable times in multiple premier venues.

Find out which pass is right for you.

  • $349* // Conference + Festival Pass: For those wanting the full AMERICANAFEST experience, including access to panels, showcases and all special events.
  • $125* // Festival Pass: For those who are just interested in music discovery, including access to all nighttime showcases and select special events.

Now,

What to expect:
Our full schedule will be available later this summer. For now, here’s a little breakdown of this year’s AMERICANAFEST over five days, Sept. 13-17, in Music City.

  • Wednesday – Friday: Learn from top music industry pros and artists as they talk about today’s important topics and issues during many panels at The Westin Nashville, the home of our daytime conference.
  • Wednesday – Saturday: Experience the joy of live music discovery at one of the hundreds of nighttime showcases at many premier venues in Nashville, TN.
  • Tuesday – Saturday: Check out incredible special events that highlight our community throughout the whole week. These hangs are hosted by our friends and supporters.

Now

We’ll also be celebrating Americana music’s finest during the Americana Honors & Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets for the ceremony are separate and will be on sale at a later date.

Want to hang with us? Don’t wait! The earlier you buy your pass, the more you’ll save.

Check Out Our Third Round of Showcasing Acts
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Buy Your Festival PassWe’re proud to announce 49 Winchester, Adia Victoria, Angel Olsen, Fireside Collective, Lori McKenna, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Seth James, Willi Carlisle and more

Are you ready for our second round of incredible showcasing acts? We’re bringing you 58 additional showcasing artists and bands for AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN.

Check out the the next wave of showcase performers below you won’t want to miss. Oh, and make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here so you can join our party in the fall.

Second round of Artists + Bands Showcasing at AMERICANAFEST 2022:

Abby Hamilton
Abraham Alexander
Alex Williams
Ashley Ray
Autumn Nicholas
Bandits on the Run
Ben Chapman
Chuck Mead
Colin Lillie
Cordovas
Dan Bettridge
Early James
Fanny Lumsden
Ferris & Sylvester
Gabe Lee
Garrison Starr
Hannah Juanita
Hayes Carll
Jaime Wyatt
KINGSWOOD
Kyshona
Lady Nade
Larry McCray
Lauren Housley
Leah Blevins
Leyla McCalla
Lilli Lewis
Lisa Morales
Madeline Edwards
Margo Cilker
Mark Wilkinson
The McCrary Sisters
Megan Nash
Melody Moko
Memorial
Michelle Malone
Michigan Rattlers
Mindy Smith
Nicki Bluhm
North Mississippi Acoustic
Oliver Wood
Ordinary Elephant
Pete Muller & The Kindred Souls
Robby Hecht
Ryland Moranz
Sean McConnell
Sierra Ferrell
Tami Neilson
Them Coulee Boys
Tim Kelly with Ruston Kelly
Tommy McLain
Tommy Prine
Tristan Bushman
Trousdale
Webb Wilder
The Weeping Willows
The Wild Feathers
Will Hoge

Are you ready for our third round of incredible showcasing acts? We’re bringing you 33 additional showcasing artists and bands for AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN.

Check out the the next wave of showcase performers below you won’t want to miss. Oh, and make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here so you can join our party in the fall.

Third round of Artists + Bands Showcasing at AMERICANAFEST 2022:

49 Winchester
Abe Partridge
Adia Victoria
Allison Moorer
Amanda Rheaume
American Aquarium
Andrew Duhon
Angel Olsen
Bee Taylor
The Contenders
David Starr
Davisson Brothers Band
The Deer
Erin Enderlin
Fireside Collective
Honey Harper
Jade Bird
Joshua Hedley
Lainey Wilson
Lori McKenna
Lukas Nelson & POTR
Matt Hillyer
Nikki Lane
Nora Brown
Pat Bryne
Peter One
S.G. Goodman
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Seth James
Stacy Antonel
Taj Mahal
Whitehorse
Willi Carlisle

Are you ready for more incredible showcasing acts? This week we unveiled five can’t miss artists and bands joining AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN.

We’re thrilled to add American Aquarium, Jade Bird, Nikki Lane and Taj Mahal to our lineup, along with Lainey Wilson who’s performing as part of “Songs of Yellowstone,” a songwriters round with Hayes Carll and William Prince celebrating their songs featured on the hit TV show.

We can’t wait to see these exciting acts this fall, and we want you to join the party, so make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here.

To see the full lineup of showcasing acts for AMERICANAFEST 2022, click here.

Here is one of the many benefits from attending and being involved with this festival…the informational panels.

Howdy, folks! Today, we’re bringing you a preview of some of the thought-provoking panels we have in store for you at our three-day AMERICANAFEST conference this fall.

From inspirational artist interviews to insightful industry discussions, check out these panels and stay tuned for our full schedule to be revealed in the coming weeks. Take a sneak peek below!

Taking Center Stage: Artist Interviews
Hear from a wide range of Americana artists and the stories that have inspired their work.

Taking A Long Look at the Indigo Girls
Writing, arranging and performing together since high school, it’s a collaboration that’s lasted 35 years and is still going strong. On the Indigo Girls’ latest project “Look Long,” they find a creative partnership certain of its bearings, forging a way forward. Join NPR Music’s Ann Powers as she sits down with the Indigo Girls reflecting on the past and taking a long look at the future.

This Machine Still Kills Fascists: The Dropkick Murphys’ Latest Collaboration with Woody Guthrie

On their forthcoming album, Dropkick Murphys put down their pencils, picked up their acoustic guitars and wrote an album of songs around some previously unseen Woody Guthrie lyrics. The power of Woody’s words meets the urgency of Dropkick Murphys’ music on “This Machine Still Kills Fascists.” Join the band as they sit down to discuss the project and their inclusion in the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame and perform a few acoustic songs from the album.

WSM’s American Songster Radio with Dom Flemons: Interview with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel
American Songster Radio is a new monthly show on Nashville’s WSM Radio hosted by GRAMMY winner and two-time EMMY nominee, Dom Flemons. Each episode explores a wide range of songs within the American roots music genre and invites listeners into the theme of “music that changed your life.” Recording live at AMERICANAFEST, join Dom as he sits down with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.
The Narrators: How Jake Blount, Leyla McCalla and Kaia Kater Re-Mapped the Past, Present and Future With Concept Albums
From the moment that they became performers and recording artists, Leyla McCalla, Jake Blount and Kaia Kater were each doing important excavations of history in their own ways, as singers, songwriters and arrangers, students of musical and cultural tradition and Black banjo players. In their roles of narrator, they’ve spun stories of their ancestors’ resourcefulness and steered their tales toward new understandings of where they stand at the present and what they see in the future. This panel will place their visions and songs side by side.

Industry Perspective: An Inside Look
From cultivating new talent to guiding legacy artists, see behind the scenes of the music industry.

Creative Legacy: Preserving the History and Building the Future for Legacy Artists
In this session you will learn about the challenges and strategies to make sure legacy artists and songwriters preserve their catalog and properly leverage the digital tools available to them to enhance fan experiences for decades to come. Panelists currently have experience providing their expertise and services for Jim Croce, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Lead Belly, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and many more.Label Services: Who Do They Serve?
This panel explores label services and the artists these companies best serve. It has never been easier for artists to create, release and share their music. In many cases, however, it takes a robust team for artists to succeed at a high level. A label service company can provide both a team and infrastructure to support artists bringing their music to market without giving up ownership of their masters or sacrificing the effort behind the marketing of their music.

All-In On Inclusion
Explore the importance of equality and representation on the airwaves and in music.

Striving for Systemic Change in Music: What We Are Learning in Americana Radio
As we strive for transformative change and equity in the music industry, it’s imperative that we take stock of the systems in place in Americana music. This session will present new research analysis of diversity and representation on the Americana Radio Top 50 Singles Chart from 2018-2021, followed by a frank discussion about the results. Members of the Americana community will reflect on their own practices and share and invite ideas on next steps that can be taken.How Americana Music is Embracing Minority Representation
Americana music has been leading the way in representing minorities in its music for years, and the results in the art form are clear. With special guests and acoustic performances, this panel will look at what makes Americana music so welcoming to everyone, and why this ultimately achieves great art and is a great example to the music industry.

Crafting Your Career as a Musician
Learn the tools to carve a path as an independent artist.

Keeping it Short: Short Form Video Best Practices
With the rise of short form video content on platforms including Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and more, artists have a whole new way to build an audience. We’ll discuss best practices when it comes to adding short form video to marketing plans. Not all artists are natural content creators – we’ll dive in on advice for artists who may be hesitant to fully engage on these platforms and discuss how much of this is “part of the job” in the current climate.

Home Grown: DIY Artist Development & Mentoring
These days artist development has been put squarely on the shoulders of the individual artist. Having a clear, focused short-term and long-term plan is critical. This panel will focus on giving independent artists an insider’s perspective to multiple viewpoints and how they have approached their career paths and plans. You’ll also hear from team members that have helped facilitate independent careers and how their input is equally as valuable to artist development.
Interested in attending? Our conference brings together today’s top music industry players and artists to The Westin Nashville for unforgettable insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you’re looking for advice on that next career step or the latest on current industry trends, come hear from leading experts and those who’ve impacted our growing Americana community for over two decades.

At $499* ($399 for Americana Music Association Members), Conference + Festival Passes are the ultimate key to all that AMERICANAFEST has to offer over four days filled with panels, showcases and special events. Plus, don’t forget to snag your tickets to the Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14!

Lacy J. Dalton Continues To Promote Her New Version Of An Old Classic.

 

One of the many awesome things that differentiate this article from the other websites that feature underground music and other small sub genres, is that I remain to feature many of the Legends that are still active today, like Lacy J. Dalton does. Although she has not released any new albums for well over twelve years, she has recently released a new acoustic version of an old classic song from one of her most beloved albums called “Takin’ It Easy”.

From the get go, she really was one of the more pop country acts of her time, back when being pop country was actually well sought after by fans like me of Traditional Country. So even though this entire album was ultimately acoustic to begin with, this new version of the song was pretty cool to discover for me.

“A few years ago, a disc jockey from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, near my hometown of Bloomsburg, told me that according to BMI, Mistakes had more airplay here in the US than any other tune I’d written. I had no idea, and for a long time, I rarely used the song in my shows, which was strange because I always liked the song and it is very authentic to my life experience,” shares Dalton.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Dalton’s album and title track “Takin’ It Easy” which reached number 2 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart and received a Million Airplay award from BMI. The easygoing tune came to life by Dalton and Mark while on a boat in the middle of Old Hickory Lake near Nashville, before being taken to Billy Sherrill for editing and production. Once released, “Takin’ It Easy” became Dalton’s highest-charting single and one of her most well-known songs to date. Dalton has a multitude of tour dates scheduled that you will not want to miss!

New Exhibit At The Country Music Hall Of Fame: “Western Edge” .

One thing that I find exciting about Country Music are the eras and regions in which the different eras took place. All over America in the 20th century we had many regions that contained many different bands that shaped and molded history, and you can darn sure bet I study all of them. I go out of my way to accumulate all of the albums involved in each era, and closely study all of the information I can about the people that brought out that music and culture.

There were so many musicians that additionally helped shape the mold for this influx of music during that time, that also had ties to Texas and many other regions. Mr. JayDee Maness is one of them, having played pedal steel for one of the bands listed below called the Desert Rose Band. He also played as a member of the Buckaroos and others.

September 30 marks the opening of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s newest major exhibition, Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock, presented by City National Bank.

The exhibit will examine the close-knit communities of Los Angeles-based singers, songwriters, and musicians who, from the 1960s through the 1980s, embraced country music and created and shaped the musical fusion known as “country-rock”—ultimately making an indelible and lasting impact on popular music.

In the 1960s, young musicians from across North America arrived in Los Angeles, drawn by the counterculture movement and the city’s rise as a recording center. Eager to move beyond rock & roll’s teeny-bopper fixation, the musicians turned to bluegrass, country, and folk music; inspired by these forms, they wrote original material, utilizing drums and electric instrumentation. By the 1970s, this hybrid of country, folk, and rock ranked with the most popular sounds in America.

Western Edge will examine the close-knit communities of Los Angeles-based singers, songwriters and musicians who, from the 1960s through the 1980s, embraced country music, frequented local nightclubs, and created and shaped the musical fusion known as “country-rock” – ultimately making an indelible and lasting impact on popular music.

Opening Weekend Concerts

Western Edge’s opening weekend will include a pair of one-of-a-kind concerts in the Museum’s CMA Theater, made possible in part by exhibit travel partner American Airlines:

Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. CT

An all-star lineup of luminaries who were a part of the country-rock phenomenon will perform, along with artists influenced by the sound and the scene.

Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. CT

For the first time in more than a decade, the Desert Rose Band will reunite for a special concert.

The exhibit will survey the rise of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and many others who found commercial success by merging rock & roll rhythms and attitude with country and bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies.

These trailblazers’ musical contributions were expanded upon by the next generation of Los Angeles roots music performers – the Blasters, Rosie Flores, Los Lobos, Lone Justice, Dwight Yoakam and more – who once again looked to traditional American music for inspiration. Blending hard-edged honky-tonk, Mexican folk music, rockabilly and punk rock, these artists ­– along with their county-rock predecessors – provided inspiration to future generations of country and Americana artists.

Sunny Sweeney Hosts Willie’s Roadhouse Weekday Mornings.

Yeah, it’s true I do publish a lot of articles about Miss Sunny Sweeney but that’s just due to the fact that she has so much upcoming news to tell you about. I recently told you about her upcoming album called “Married And Alone”, which you can read all about there. Additionally, she has been added too my live show article list and her name is all over many festival lists for 2022.

I go back a long way with admiring her music, back to when I was studying Texas Country and I ran across her first album “Heartbreaker’s Hall Of Fame”. Even back then I could easily tell she was going to be an amazing artist, with her own sound. Throughout her album history ( in my opinion ) her vocals did change a little bit, but it was the life full of stories she woven into my mind.

She takes her listeners on personal roller coaster rides of her own life’s ups and downs , if you study her backstory. She has an uncanny ability to take what’s in her heart and mix it into her vocals when she delivers the lyrics. There are a metric ton of breakup and divorce songs on her albums, but at the same time there are stories of love and happiness.

But I wanted to make one special quality she has that not enough people highlight like I do, and that is her strict appetency  to uphold the tradition for the Opry that Country Music needs right now. As of now, she has performed on the Opry 58 times! I think that because of all of these outstanding qualities she was chosen to host her own segment on XM radio! Here is the press release.

Recording Artist Sunny Sweeney Joins SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse As Host Of Brand New Show Sunny Side Up

Catch Sunny weekday mornings from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM channel 59 and on the SXM App; New album Married Alone is due out Sept. 23rd via Thirty Tigers

June 23, 2022 – Nashville, TN – “I do not take lightly the history of country music,” says ACM-nominated recording artist Sunny Sweeney. After all, it was country music that, in Sweeney’s words, “shaped me into the artist I am.” Now, with the help of SiriusXM, Sweeney has been afforded an official platform for proselytizing the wealth of great music the genre has given listeners for all these years.

Beginning Monday, June 27, Sweeney will be the host of a brand new morning show on Willie Nelson’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (ch. 59) and on the SXM App, dubbed Sunny Side Up. On weekday mornings, from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm ET, Sweeney will present over four decades of classic country hits from the ‘50s through the ‘80s by artists including the channel’s namesake Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and many more.

With this new show, Sweeney joins the ranks of legendary Willie’s Roadhouse hosts including Asleep At The Wheel’s larger-than-life frontman, Ray Benson; Ranger Doug from the beloved Western group Riders in the Sky and the Time Jumpers; country music legend, Jeannie Sealy; the “Mayor of Music Row,” Charlie Monk; fellow recording artist Dallas Wayne and Willie’s daughter Paula Nelson.

Willie’s Roadhouse is also SiriusXM’s home for the world-famous Grand Ole Opry—on which Sweeney has appeared a whopping fifty-eight times—airing every Tuesday and Saturday night. “I would have never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to say ‘Willie Nelson is my boss,’’ says Sweeney. “I’m looking so forward to being a small part of everyone’s mornings.” For more information Click Here.

Sweeney’s announcement comes on the verge of the release of a brand new album, Married Alone, out September 23rd via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Paul Cauthen and The Texas Gentlemen’s Beau Bedford, Married Alone takes listeners on a vibey ride from rowdy juke joints to lonely hotel rooms over the course of twelve tracks.

Ranging from sweet acoustic Americana to painful, pedal steel ballads to unrestrained breakup kiss-offs to an emotional duet with country legend Vince Gill, Married Alone captures perfectly the broad spectrum of Sweeney’s talents as a songwriter and a performer. Fans can watch the visualizer for “A Song Can’t Fix Everything” featuring Paul Cauthen from Married Alone now at this link and pre-order or pre-save the album ahead of its release right here. For more information please visit sunnysweeney.com.

Catch Sunny Sweeney On Tour:

7/6 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
7/7 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll
7/8 – McKinney, TX – Hank’s Grill
7/9 – Coupland, TX – Coupland Dancehall
7/10 – Fort Worth, TX – Fort Brewery
7/12 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
7/13 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
7/15 – Springfield, MO – Southbound Bar & Grill
7/16 – Kahoka, MO – Clark County Fair
7/17 -Yorkville, IL – The Law Office Pub & Music Hall
7/20 – Berwyn, IL – Fitzgerald’s Night Club
7/21 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
7/22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
7/24 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
7/27 – Manitou Springs, CO – Lulu’s Downstairs
7/29 – Cheyenne, WY – The Outlaw Saloon
7/30 – Sheridan, WY – WYO Theater
7/31 – White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants Music Festival
8/2 – Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge
8/5 – King Ferry, NY – Treleaven Wines
For all tour dates and ticket information, please visit sunnysweeney.com/tour.

Master Musicians Festival News:

One of the many festivals I cover yearly ( whether in person or just online here ) is the Kentucky festival that I have attended in the past many times called Master Musicians Festival. Well, it is happening RIGHT NOW as I release the info on here, and I apologize for my VERY LATE news ( I have been SLAMMED HERE on the website )!

I try my best to release all of this info before the actual event, but there are some instances that simply prevent me from always doing that on here. However I figured better late than never and besides, the fine folks that organize the festival have always been strong supporters of my website throughout the years. Even though I have only been to two of their annual events, I still have a bunch of great memories and stories about attending this one.

I spent many a hot afternoons out there at that college campus writing about the festival from my vantage point, and celebrating the wonderful local community of Somerset Kentucky ( which isn’t entirely too far from me ).  I lost count of the many acts I have witnessed for the first time live, and others I have been around many times like Mr. Charley Crockett below.

There was a time that we suffered a nasty storm one year, where we were supposed to have has Mr. Jason Isbell and the 400 unit, but mother nature chose otherwise and they ended up having to cancel outright that weekend. Legends have abounded the stages of the festival over two decades, as this particular festival is one of the older annual events that exist across America.

What makes this one unique is the fashion that it implements the community into the equation of the celebration of all of the music. So many local businesses are honored there, along with individuals who practice arts and crafts, prepare food and serve the public in other forms.

The director Miss Tiffany Finley and her entire team of individuals work ardently throughout the year on this iconic event to bring you the best in every aspect of it’s completed form as the actual event transpires just like it is transpiring right now!

Her and her team brought us the magic of the Legend himself Mr. John Prine and my friend from West Virginia Mr. W.B.Walker, host of W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show had the honors to introduce him as he performed that year for us. That performance was my personal crown jewel favorite of all of the memories I have from this event.

So, with that in mind, I wanted to release some news about the festival in case you were planning on attending this weekend for one of two days of the event. I will always support this wonderful group of people and bands that come together for this event!

Master Musicians Festival Announces Featured Artist, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Featured Photographer for 2022

Grace Potter, The Wood Brothers, Marty Stuart, and more to perform; July 15 and 16 in Somerset, KY

Nate Micheals (Featured Artist), Larry Roberts (Lifetime Achievement), Meredith Frye (Featured Photographer) Honored

June 17, 2022 – Somerset, KY – In advance of Master Musicians Festival, Somerset, Kentucky’s two-day musical and cultural homecoming taking place on July 15-16, organizers are proud to announce three important awards celebrating a dedication to art and community: Featured Artist, Lifetime Achievement, and Featured Photographer.

“The MMF family is not only a collection of artists who have performed on our stages, it is a family in the most literal sense,” says Master Musicians Festival President and Media Director, Julie Harris. “Many of our board members over the years have been sons and daughters of founding members; many families and friend groups in our community have made attending MMF an annual tradition.

Festivals like ours cement a generational love of and appreciation for music and community. And that is the reason we devote ourselves as volunteers to the cause—to ensure that love lives on.”

This year’s Featured Artist is Nate Michaels, a freelance artist based in Louisville, Kentucky. He was raised on art and rock and roll, spending his younger years gigging in rock bands and traveling the midwest. As his collection of art began to grow, his music tours turned into a journey of visual art.

Now you can find Nate traveling all over the country on his “Have Art Will Travel” Tour. Nate brings life to the eyes of his portraits with an exuberant use of watercolor and India ink, while his more recent ventures have brought him to the endless valleys and crests of acrylic and the gentle slick kiss of oils. Most of his art speaks for itself as you can see the time and effort within each mark, stroke or medium.

His history in music and love for the stage has bled through into some of his earlier pieces, as you can find many legends in rock. The art piece created by Michaels portrays what not only festival goers will experience this year, but what the artists will experience as well. Seen from an artist’s viewpoint looking out into the crowd, Michaels captures the gorgeous backdrop of Somerset and highlights the magic set by Master Musicians Festival that while closely captured on canvas, can only be experienced in person.

“Every year, Master Musicians highlights a local or regional artist and commissions that person to create a piece that is auctioned at the festival, proceeds going back into the festival to ensure its longevity,” says Master Musicians Festival Executive Director, Tiffany Finley. “This is a long-standing tradition within our festival. That artwork is also featured on the front of our lineup T-shirt every year and is available for purchase as a poster.”

The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is Larry Roberts, who was born in Somerset in 1947 and raised to value hard work, pride in community, and service to others. Larry built a successful career as an electrician in many different roles including commercial wiring, lineman, and electrical inspector. Equipped with his electrical expertise and inspired by his love of music and pride in community, Larry served the Master Musicians Festival with passion for years. Present for the inception of the festival, he worked with a crew of volunteers to set up the initial electrical service at Somersport Park, then temporary service at Pulaski County Park, and later on, he worked to install the underground electrical wiring at today’s home for the festival on Somerset Community College’s campus.

Each year of service, Larry inspected the field to ensure a safe environment for musicians and festival goers before the first note of music was played. In addition to his role of lead electrician, Larry was a member of the MMF board of trustees for several terms in the 1990s and early 2000s. Among his many duties as a board member, he coordinated with vendors to assist them with set-up and utility needs, secured donations from local supply companies, and engaged in collaborative decision making to help the festival survive long-term.

This year’s Featured Photographer is Meredith Frye. A self-described wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, military spouse and momma, light lover, and passionate human being, she remembers receiving her first camera at age 8. Her approach to photography has always been to “bring light” into the lives of her subjects, to “find out what we have in common and to bring the light in each other to the surface.” She credits photography for “opening up a space where I can create and visually see the beauty in people and their surroundings.” A longtime friend and supporter of the festival, “Meredith is an incredibly talented photographer and a huge fan of Grace Potter,” says Julie Harris. “At our announcement party, we were so excited to see her reaction when we announced Grace was the headliner, and it was as priceless as we expected. We selected Meredith because of her talent, her love of community, and her love of Grace and music. We can’t wait to see what she produces at this year’s festival.”

More about Master Musicans Festival: This year, over the weekend of July 15-16 in Somerset, Kentucky. Master Musicians Festival, presented by the City of Somerset, will welcome GRAMMY-nominated roots-rock mainstay Grace Potter, the eclectic influences of super-trio The Wood Brothers, a long-time favorite of music fans and fellow musicians-alike, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and the easy-going swagger of Rayland Baxter to the Horse Soldier Bourbon main stage. This same stage has seen the likes of the aforementioned Doc Watson, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson, plus many more—the festival’s last few years alone saw Steve Earle, The Counting Crows, and the late, great John Prine take the stage. Additionally, acts like Boy Named Banjo, John R. Miller, and Leah Blevins will give Master Musicians Festival a taste of what the well-equipped future of this music holds.

The full lineup of July 15-16’s Master Musicians Festival includes Grace Potter, The Wood Brothers, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Rayland Baxter, Boy Named Banjo, John R. Miller, Bendigo Fletcher, Leah Blevins, SG Goodman, Justin Wells, Cole Chaney, Tee Dee Young, Multi Ultra, Short & Company, Eric Bolander, The Minks, The Jessie Lees, Ciggy Tuna, Don Rogers, If Birds Could Fly, Daniel Stroud and the Sleeping Dogs, Dark Moon Hollow, Tommy Cate’s Kids Jam, and Sydney Adams.

Passing the torch along to the next generation is a cornerstone of the Master Musicians Festival ideology, so it only makes sense that the festival is exciting for fans of all ages. Kids 12 and under receive free admission with a ticket-holding adult and there are a plethora of activities for youngsters to enjoy. MMF partners with Somerset ART Studio to offer a free kids camp throughout the weekend. Kids can participate in instrument making, water balloon fights, bubbles, making glow jewelry, and participating in a special music set curated just for them. This year, local Master Musician and harmonica player Tommy Cate will host the kids’ jam at 3:50 p.m. Saturday in the Somersession Tent.

News On The Oak Ridge Boys And Recap Of Their Springfield Tn Show.

 

 

Even though I have been on vacation all week, I did not get as much website work done as I wanted to. I haven’t been to as many shows this year as per usual, and no festivals as of yet. It just hasn’t been in the cards lately in life. I did however, go to a couple of local shows that I am now in the process of writing about on here, and this is one of them here.

Lately I have been publishing a lot of articles about the Oak Ridge Boys, whom remain quite active and they are celebrating almost 5 decades of being around in some form of genre. This band sustained so many lineup changes on the time period of 1947 to 1995, and by 1977 they fully switched from Gospel to country ( as we currently know them ).

Their first venture into Country was their 1977 album called “Y’all Come Back Saloon”, and consisted of the four members that are also the current members now. Except for William Lee Golden leaving for a brief period. On another side note here, I’m going to tell you more about William Lee Golden and the Goldens, who are releasing three new albums of cover tunes. I just decided to lump a bunch of information all together here that was Oak Ridge Boys related.

First, let’s take you on a little ride out here in Springfield Tennessee as our entire community got together to have Grace Baptist Church in Springfield bring us the Oak Ridge Boys to our local fairgrounds for what they called Freedom Fest on July 3rd. We had a nice article published recently about this event, and talked about their celebration of The 40th Anniversary of “Elvira”.

They had Rudy Gaitlin fill in for Mr. Joe Bonsall, whom was ill. However this show was still a truly awesome experience to behold in such a local jaunt out. This show was right across the road from my place of work! My nightly ride to word is only 21 minutes one way, and so OF COURSE I was going to come out and see this.

They went through many of their own timeless classics like the old Miller beer theme song from the 1983 commercial calling their beer “American Made”. I grew up with this song embedded in my mind as I watched people around me drink the beer they celebrated. And with memories like that, The Oak Ridge Boys have had a full part of my youth. For as long as I can remember, they have had a part of my life on cassette tapes on vinyls and on CD’s and I will continue to admire their music and write about them on here as often as I can.

As they were celebrating their album “Elvira” we also took a few moments out to remember the man whom wrote the song, Mr. Dallas Frazier, whom we lost in January of this year. They also played their old hit called “Bobbie Sue”, but in the middle of the set tonight they settled into a few of their older Gospel songs they had.

They remain prominent members of the Grand Ole Opry and they uphold the respectful duties that I as a fan expect them to acknowledge as members. However I also wanted to tell you, my readers of a side project that Mr. William Lee Golden has with his sons called “William Lee Golden And The Goldens”. They have a three volume collection of albums that were released earlier this year, one called “Country Roads” one called “Old Country Church” and another called “Southern Accents”.

If you enjoy smooth four piece harmonies, and cover songs from bands that place their own take on the songs they do, then these are the albums for you. They became available this past spring, and there have been some shows announced for them as well. This video here shows a prime example of just how beloved there songs are to this family.

So once I took in all of this information for you, I wanted to tell you about it for many reasons. So often than not, you hear many of these people claim that Country Music is dead, and all of the Legends are gone. I am hoping that through this website, you will find out that is not in any way true. Many of these iconic folks we grew up with are still producing some mighty fine music.

Country Roads
1. I Still Miss Someone
2. Four Walls
3. Welcome To My World
4. Take Me Home Country Roads
5. You Are My Sunshine
6. The Great Speckled Bird
7. Green Green Grass Of Home
8. Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On
9. For The Good Times
10. I Saw The Light

Southern Accents
1. Take It Easy
2. Me And Bobby McGee
3. The Long And Winding Road
4. Stand By Me
5. Jambalaya
6. Peaceful Easy Feeling
7. Long Black Veil
8. Southern Accents
9. Elvira
10. Multi-colored Lady
11. Bobbie Sue
12. Hollywood Nights

Old Country Church
1. Come And Dine
2. Old Country Church
3. It’s Suppertime
4. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
5. Until Then
6. Why Me, Lord?
7. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
8. Too Much To Gain
9. Sheltered
10. Softly And Tenderly
11. Love Lifted Me
12. Power In The Blood

90’s Country Star Mr. John Berry Announces New Gospel Album.

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST, JOHN BERRY, ANNOUNCES NEW FAITH BASED ALBUM, FIND MY JOY

As I thoroughly enjoy collecting vinyl records, one of my few complaints is that there is such a limited supply of titles available on vinyl from the 90’s era of Country albums. This man is nothing short of being one of the top choices of artists from that period I would want in my collection.
Now this article is one of the few I publish that I share my personal beliefs on, and why I do what I do on here, in the fashion that I do it in. In every aspect in my own life and every personal victory I have had in my time, I have given all the glory to God.  No other Country Music websites will openly admit that in today’s times, but I will.

I would rather have a small number of people read my website then have thousands of followers because I publish tabloid based click bait articles, and garbage telling you about how bad music I don’t even feature is. I have and always will be an avid Christian man, and I do not go out and shove that in other people’s faces on a regular basis. But, on the other hand my blog is also my own personal platform to share all of mu music news.

This album here filled me with joy and love for my Lord and my savior, and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time and from a better artist of his time period. Country Music has always accepted and included God with much alacrity, as many of it’s Legends past and present have also recorded Gospel albums like this project here.  And I don’t feel the need to even have to elaborate on any of the songs, accept the ones that aren’t aged hymns that churches all over the world still sing now.

Here is the official press release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 14, 2022) — GRAMMY® Award-winning country singer/songwriter, John Berry, has recorded a new album, Find My Joy, featuring heartfelt renditions of Gospel classics that have inspired him offstage and grounded his lauded musical journey. 

Best recognized for his hit song “Your Love Amazes Me” and his incredible rendition of the Christmas classic “Oh Holy Night,” Berry seamlessly delivers timeless standards “How Great Thou Art,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “I Surrender All” and several new songs, sharing the hope he has found personally with listeners everywhere.

Arranged and produced by multi-award-winning producer Steve Dorff, the project was recorded at Dorffmeister Studio, Sound Stage and Masterfonics.  It was engineered by Craig White with assistance from David Bates and Joel McKenney; and it features keyboards by Jimmy Nichols, guitars by B. James Lowry and Justin Ostrander and background vocals by Tania HancheroffKim KeyesJoe Chemay and Robert Bailey.  The album was programmed by Gene Miller with additional keyboards played by Dorff. Caelan Berry played drums on “Live Like You” and “How Great Thou Art.”

“I loved the idea of putting my musical spin on some of these incredible pieces of musical art,” added Steve Dorff.  “John was so very collaborative in letting me be inventive in my approach to the overall sound and the production of the project.”

Dorff had not grown up listening to the traditional (Christian) versions of some of these songs and had not heard a few of them before, but he was drawn to the beautiful melodies.  This allowed him to bring a unique sound and fresh ear to the production of these standards, adding his creative elements to the production, including an impressive string orchestra and choir.

The performance of “Something Bigger Than Me” included the 60-piece Utah Symphony Orchestra, arranged by Larry Herbstritt and conducted by Dorff, with piano from award-winning studio musician and recording artist Gordon Mote.

The title track was written in September 2020 by Dorff and Jack Cassidy. When Dorff played the song for Berry and his wife, Robin, while planning the new recording, Berry immediately connected with the message. He had been through a hard season physically, emotionally and mentally–battling throat cancer and carrying the burdens felt worldwide as he navigated the touring impacts of the pandemic. Diving into the new album and hearing and recording this song was part of his journey to find joy again. 

“I love the opportunity I have had to create new music, and it is awesome to look back here at the beginning of a new year and see that for 10, 20, 25 years I have had new music to share. Amazing!” exclaimed Berry.

Showcasing Berry’s unmistakable voice that has garnered Platinum records and 20 hit singles, Find My Joy, available on Gaither Music Group’s Gaither Gospel Series, is distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music.  The recording will be available to download and stream on all digital music platforms and at Christian retailers on March 25, 2022.

“Gaither Music Group is honored to partner with John and his team for this special recording,” stated Paul Sizelove, president of Gaither Music Group.  “John has impacted countless people with his songwriting, performances and radio hits.  He has developed a brand of faith and family that brings uplifting entertainment as well as encouragement to listeners, and we are excited to introduce his renditions of these timeless songs on the Gaither platforms.”

There is a backstory to this project. John was deep in the middle of his throat cancer treatment during Spring 2019 and as one can imagine, he was not in a good place as it was very hard for him physically, emotionally and mentally.

Fast forward to 2020 and the world was navigating Covid and touring artists were faced with dealing with the issues of canceling tours and the unknown future as much of the world as we know it was shut down. John found himself looking for ways to keep productive and he was ready to dive into recording a new project.

The single, “Find My Joy,” was written in September 2020 by Steve Dorff and Jack Cassidy. Jump ahead to January 2021, Steve Dorff played the song for John and his wife, Robin while meeting to discuss Steve arranging the songs for John’s new project. John immediately knew he wanted to record this song for his new faith-based album. It was shortly thereafter they discussed Steve producing the whole project.

Hailing from New York City, Steve had not grown up listening to the traditional (Christian) versions of some of these songs and hadn’t even heard a few of them before but was drawn to the beautiful melodies, which allowed for him to bring a unique sound to the production of these standards. When John arrived at the studio to record vocals, Steve had added his creative elements to the production, including an impressive string orchestra and choir, to bring this incredible music to life. End result – this music is incredible!

Tracklist – Find My Joy

  1. Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Traditional arrangement by Steve Dorff / John Berry 
  2. I Surrender All – Traditional arrangement by Steve Dorff / John Berry
  3. Find My Joy – Steve Dorff / Jack Cassidy
  4. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Traditional arrangement by Steve Dorff / John Berry
  5. It Is Well With My Soul – Traditional arrangement by Steve Dorff / John Berry 
  6. Something Bigger Than Me – Steve Dorff / Marty Panzer
  7. How Great Thou Art – Stuart K. Hine
  8. Blessings – Laura Story
  9. Blessed Assurance – Traditional arrangement by Steve Dorff / John Berry 
  10. Live Like You – Steve Dorff / Jack Cassidy

Stay current with John Berry on his website johnberry.com and follow him on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Music is available for streaming on SpotifyApple MusicPandora and YouTube Music. Download on Amazon Music and iTunes and watch video content on YouTube.

About Gaither Music Group:

One of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world and a household name for millions of fans, Gaither Music Group, in partnership with Primary Wave Music Publishing, is known worldwide for its award-winning and top-selling recordings, including the Gaither Gospel Series, of which 133 products have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum.

These recordings, which encompass more than 177 video copyrights, showcase gospel music pioneers; many of the finest performers in the gospel and country genres; up-and-coming acts; and country artists including The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory, Alabama, Alan Jackson, The Statler Brothers, George Jones, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Isaacs and others.

The brand has partnered with Sandi Patty, Gloria Gaynor, Steven Curtis Chapman and a host of acclaimed talents from various fields of music. Gaither Music Group has garnered sales of more than 40 million DVDs and CDs, including such PBS stalwarts as Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador, the only authorized video autobiography of Reverend Billy Graham; The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash; and three Elvis Presley projects, including He Touched Me and The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, in conjunction with the Elvis Presley Estate.

 

I Still Enjoy Charley Pride On His 50th Anniversary.

Charley Pride’s Top-Selling Album ‘The Best Of Charley Pride Volume II’ Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Best Of Charley Pride Vol. II
“American Masters Charley Pride: I’m Just Me’” Documentary Available at PBS.com and Amazon.com
For those of you that know me in my day to day life, know that one of my favorite Country stars is Mr. Charley Pride, and he was one of the first performers I collected the entire catalog of.  His releases contain some of the best recorded albums from the era that he was the most popular during.

I have always regarded Charley Pride as one of the more honest Country Legends who had some overlooked gems of B sides. Some of his filler songs were actually much better than his own hits.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music legend and trailblazer Charley Pride’s ‘The Best of Charley Pride Volume II’ is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Debuted in 1972 on Billboard magazine’s country albums chart, it spent 16 weeks at the No. 1 spot and was Pride’s best-selling album during his career. Included on the album are hits like “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”, “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” “I’d Rather Love You,” “I’m Just Me” and more fan favorites. In line with Black History Month, the celebration of this anniversary reminds us how Pride transcended racial barriers within the country music community and beyond.

American Masters Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, a documentary about the life and career of the country music superstar was aired on PBS, BBC & CBC’s documentary Channel and is available at PBS.com and Amazon.com. The documentary walks through Pride’s life journey, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music icon. Narrated by Tanya Tucker and featuring country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Marty Stuart, I’m Just Me traces Pride’s love for music and perseverance in the industry. The film also features many songs from his repertoire of classic country hits, along with more modern cuts like “Standing In My Way,” from his latest album Music In My Heart, released in 2017.

In 2021, CMT celebrated Charley’s meteoric rise in country music and impactful legacy with CMT Giants: Charley Pride. Watch it HERE:

For more information, visit CharleyPride.com.

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride celebrated more than 50 years as a recording artist, enjoying one of the most successful careers in country music history, and is credited with helping break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride performed concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand over the last several years. He received the Crossroads Of American Music Award At the 2019 GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Gala in November of 2019, and the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award one year later in November 2020. On December 12, 2020, Pride died at the age of 86 from complications due to COVID-19. In 2021, CMT celebrated his impactful life as a musical pioneer with CMT Giants: Charley Pride. His memory and storied legacy will live on through his vast library of stories and songs, with forthcoming plans for a posthumous album release and biopic film. Follow Charley Pride on Facebook and at CharleyPride.com.

Joshua Hedley Joins New West Records With Neon Blue.

Back in 2017 I discovered this absolute gem of a Country Music artist, as by chance I strolled into Robert’s Western World to check out this man that a friend of mine referred me to named Mr. Joshua Hedley. I was always into hardcore Country and the more traditional it was, the more I loved it. I have always frequented Nashville ever since I moved here way back in 1996, like so many are doing now…it’s crowded here folks…don’t move here now.

I have a shit ton of respect for this man ( even though we may not be in agreement on many personal issues ) and his extensive knowledge of true Country Music and his signature vocal style that sets him apart from all of his peers. I consider myself a huge Janissary of Country Music, and I will go toe to toe with anybody on my own knowledge of it. However, when I meet people that clearly defeat my echelon of skill on the subject I have no problem admiring that!

Now many times I went to Robert’s with company and took them there to drink and hear some great bands play cover songs all day or night. I mean, that is actually what Broadway is now for the most part. When one of my friends encounter someone out there playing original songs THEY wrote, while at the same time gathering a big fan base, they come tell me. Those are the qualities I look for in artists to cover on this website here.

I was just absolutely amazed at how genuine this man was toward the genre and toward the tourists he was playing to. He was belting out obscure things from Gentleman Jim Reeves and  at the same time he was doing songs by commonly mentioned names down there like George Jones. Now here is the thing I wanted to point out about that latter name I just dropped..95 percent of the players down there on lower braodway all play the well known George Jones songs they usually get requested.

I mean, I sat there and listened to him play the song “Tarnished Angel” from the early 60’s. He is 100 percent correct…Jones does indeed have a bigger catalog than just his Outlaw Era albums that Mr. Billy Sherill produced. He has a bunch of Starday label songs that are just absolute fire, and Joshua Hedley can play through every one of them.

He was a part of the Old Crow Medicine Shows that I have been to at the Ryman on New Year’s Night Read more on that here., and I hope that he agrees with me that the song Wagon Wheel isn’t such a bad song if it’s played by Old Crow on that stage! Through the years I have indeed had the distinct pleasure of seeing him all over the place in town until the day he finally released one of the most amazing albums in the last 10 years called Mr. Jukebox on Third Man Records. which got my vote for album of thee year that year on here.

After that album was released, apparently right around the same time I entered rehab for a bad pill addiction, I learned that he too had addictions. I went through some extensive therapy and detox myself to be 2 years clean of drinking and drugs as well. And I hope to one day shake his hand from one sober recovered addict to another. But my friends that is exactly what makes his music so honest and his lyrics so transpicuous by people who are alcoholics and addicts.

For a man to openly admit the reason he hasn’t toured or has many functions on his resume, was because of his drug and alcohol dependencies is beyond admirable and I like him even more for this honesty. I think he deserves another chance to speak to us through his music.. this man is the modern era version of what Merle Haggard influenced Alan Jackson to be….the singer of the common man.

He has followed that album with another hard Honky Tonk banger called “Neon Blue”, an album that has an extremely traditional core while it takes you on a journey to an era a little later than the first album. See the way the songs are presented and performed one the first album take you to the 60s style Country, like the voices singing bum bum bum on the chorus. This album got a little more modern resonating loudly during the 90s Country era.

Songs like “Country And Western” pretty much sum up the whole process of trying to categorize this man and the songs he plays. His vocal delivery on this album clearly gets his point across, he wants the sinners and cheaters to feel at home here. With songs like “Down To my Last Lie”, he vents his frustration with all of the lies he has to keep coming up with just to live this double life he has here.

So many talented musicians make up this album to be one of the year’s top choices for crying in your beer and looking into the mirror at yourself. I mean, if he can play songs like “Found In A Bar” while maintaining his sobriety why can’t I ? Why can’t I too draw strength and inspiration from his songs?

If you study that song it actually makes a pellucid point that good, honest love CAN BE found in a bar after all! You encounter things in bars that you put into them sometimes, and I know I still go to bars to listen to people like him pour their hearts out in their stages.

Official Press Release:

JOSHUA HEDLEY SIGNS TO NEW WEST RECORDS


RETURNS WITH NEON BLUE APRIL 22nd, 2022
Joshua Hedley will release his anticipated new album Neon Blue on April 22nd, 2022 via New
West Records. The 12-song set was co-produced by Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell) & Skylar
Wilson (Justin Townes Earle) and mixed by Kyle Lehning (George Strait, Randy Travis). Neon
Blue is the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2018 debut Mr. Jukebox, which was released by
Jack White’s Third Man Records. Hedley’s breakout debut showcased his deep knowledge of
country music history, in particular the beery ballads of the 1950s and ‘60s. His mentors were
George Jones, Ray Price, and Glen Campbell, but his most remarkable accomplishment was
putting his own spin on their style. Neon Blue, on the other hand, examines a very different,
often forsaken era: the early 1990s.

“The last bastion of country music,” says Hedley, “was the early 1990s, roughly 1989 through
1996. You could turn on the radio and immediately know you’re hearing a country song. You
could still hear steel guitar and fiddle. But there was a hard fork around 1996 or ‘97, when
country veered off into pop territory. Neon Blue asks, What if that fork never happened? What if
country kept on sounding like country?”

The era may have been dismissed by traditionalists at the time as slick or overproduced, but
Hedley finds something exciting in that sound. Neon Blue plays up the excitement of
bigger-than-life choruses, the relatable emotions of those sad-eyed ballads, and the
inventiveness of the lively production. Hedley says, “The sound is modern, but it’s still
discernibly country.”
Neon Blue songs would sound right at home on a playlist between Garth Brooks’
“Friends in Low Places” and Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochie,” and at times you can see a
thousand lighters held high during an encore. After making Mr. Jukebox with a close group of
friends, Hedley decided to record his follow-up with professional session players — a Nashville
tradition. Lehning & Wilson corralled an all-star crew featuring some of the city’s best players,
who made Hedley step up his game. “All the players on this record are the people who are
playing on Top 40 hits. They’re the professionals playing two or three sessions a day, and it was
crazy to see them work…I came in with skeletons and they put flesh on them. They made them
into human beings,” Hedley shares.

Hedley has been a presence in Nashville for nearly twenty years, although you have to know
where to find him. You have to brave the tourists on Broadway downtown, bypass the
three-story bars blasting Journey, and make your way to Robert’s Western World, a
time-capsule honkytonk from a different era.
“It’s the last holdout. It’s exactly the same now as it was when I started playing there
seventeen years ago. It never doesn’t feel like home because it never doesn’t feel familiar.”
He’s got tenure at Robert’s, playing hours long sets full of his own songs and country classics, and he hates to miss a show. In 2018, after he opened for Jack White at Bridgestone Arena (by far the largest venue in town), he was back at Robert’s right across the street playing to a boot-scooting audience the very next night. In honor of this truly unique oasis, an extremely limited, autographed version of the vinyl edition will be pressed on “Robert’s

Fried Bologna” color vinyl in tribute to the late night sandwich favorite being served up to
Robert’s patrons nightly. Joshua Hedley’s Neon Blue will be available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. An extremely limited to 150 “Robert’s Fried Bologna” color vinyl edition  autographed by Joshua Hedley will be available at Independent Retailers across Tennessee.

A limited “Coke Bottle Clear” color vinyl edition, as well as an autographed compact disc edition,
will be available at Independent Retailers worldwide. Limited, signed compact discs and a
limited, transparent blue color vinyl edition autographed by Joshua Hedley is available for
pre-order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.


Joshua Hedley Neon Blue Track Listing:


1. Broke Again
2. Country & Western
3. Old Heartbroke Blues
4. The Last Thing In The World
5. Down To My Last Lie
6. Free (One Heart)
7. Neon Blue
8. Bury Me With My Boots On
9. Found In A Bar
10. Let’s Make A Memory
11. Wonder If You Wonder
12. River In The Rain
www.JoshuaHedley.com
www.NewWestRecords.com

Info On Under The Big Sky Festival.

I have an extensive amount of festivals I report on every year, and the festival season is under full and heavy swing, meaning I am hard at work publishing as much information as I can about all of them.

This one here is packed full of some of independent music’s heaviest hitters like the beautiful Miss Sierra Hull to one of the newest Opry member Mr. Jamey Johnson. Miss Lainey Wilson was just recently announced she was added to the cast of Yellowstone, and in fact, I’ll be seeing American Aquarium at the Ryman Auditorium next weekend.

UNDER THE BIG SKY ’22

Breakin in new boots this July and look who’s making their way to the Ranch

Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours are back in business alongside the best of Texas, Mr, Paul Cauthen to kick off Friday night’s rodeo round-up with some of pro rodeo’s best competitors. The weekend brings us the likes of Lord Huron, Cody Jinks, Black Pumas, Jamey Johnson, Midland, Sierra Ferrel, Trampled by Turtles, and a whole lot more.

We’re also welcoming: more bathrooms, more free water stations & cheap bottled water, more parking, reduced attendance & more open space at both stages.

For the fun stuff, we’re bringing back the rodeo, petting zoo, & all those delicious local beers and eats (in ample supply)!

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4th at 12 PM MST! Set your alarm and if you haven’t already, text HOWDY to (888) 305-2637 to get news and on sale reminders.

 

RSVP
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 2/4 AT 12PM MT
OUTRIDERS AT THE OLD SALOON
📍 EMIGRANT, MT
We’re making our way down to the Old Saloon in Emigrant – just outside of Bozeman & about 5 hours from Whitefish – to host our official side shows for folks who won’t be able to make UTBS ’22 the weekend of July 14-17.Official after parties in Whitefish/Flathead Valley coming very soon – if you’re attending the festival you’ll want to wait for these.7.14 Paul Cauthen [TICKETS]
7.15 Jamey Johnson [TICKETS]
7.16 Midland + Stephen Wilson Jr. [TICKETS]
7.17 Shakey Graves + Tre Burt [TICKETS]TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

The Oak Ridge Boys To Play Springfield Tennessee!

My dear friends I am elated right now, because I have been given the blessed opportunity to tell all of my local friends that the Legendary Oak Ridge Boys will be performing here in Springfield Tennessee, at the Robertson County fairgrounds on July 3rd for a FREE SHOW!

Back in June of last year, they released their 32nd album ( not counting their early Gospel albums from the early 50’s, the 60’s and early 70’s ) produced by Mr. Dave Cobb, called “Front Porch Singin”. This album release then culminated into a huge tour which included many amphitheater appearances and Opry performances, including the one I’m telling you about.

As they celebrate 40 years of the album “Fancy Free”, which contains the mega hit song “Elvira”, they celebrate the life of it’s writer Mr. Dallas Frazier who we lost in January of this year. Their current set list includes many songs from that album as well as the staple songs they usually do live.

This band has been a Legendary staple in my life for many decades, and I have so many splendid memories of their music and live shows in my life. All four of these guys have given Country Music so many years of dedication and upholding the traditions of the genre, while maintaining a positive relevance in an ever changing market.

This event will be taking place July 3rd at the Robertson County Fairgrounds and provide a wonderful boost to the economy in my general area. This entire outdoor event has attractions for all ages, and pretty much anybody will be having a blessed time there….please join me!

HERE IS MORE INFO

Celebrate our nation’s independence at the City of Springfield’s Freedom Fest, presented by Grace Baptist Church. Enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, youth games and activities, vendors, food trucks, and more! Gates open at 3:00 PM. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 PM.

Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Music begins at 3:45 PM.

Location: Robertson County Fairgrounds

Fee: Free admission.

Stage ScheduleVisit www.freedomfest21.com to learn more.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of food vendors, including The Grilled Cheeserie, Golly G’s Food Truck, Big Thunder Events, J & J Concessions, Retro Monkey Sno, Whitts BBQ, and Robertson County Fair Concessions.

 

final Freedom Fest 2022 full Poster

These items are not allowed into Freedom Fest:

NO pets (except for service animals).
NO alcoholic beverages.
NO drugs and drug paraphernalia.
NO coolers.
NO outside food or drinks.
NO flash photography, camcorders, or recording devices after 7:00 PM. (Exception to policy: media reporters & official photographer).
NO offensive/obscene language.
NO roaming solicitation of any kind.
NO amplification devices.
NO drones over the event area.
NO unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are allowed in or around the venue.
NO glass.

Any violation of these policies will result in expulsion from the festival.

These items are allowed into Freedom Fest:

YES chairs and blankets
YES sunblock
YES baby food/formula (no glass)
YES food for medical purposes
YES service animals
YES purses and handbags (subject to search upon entrance)
YES mobile phones
YES hand sanitizer and baby wipes
YES baby strollers and wagons with accompanying child

Lost child station: There is a Lost Child Station located at the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office command post. The command post is shown on the festival map.

CAROLINA CALLING, New Series from the BGS Podcast Network and Come Hear NC, Premieres January 31

CAROLINA CALLING, New Series from the BGS Podcast Network and Come Hear NC, Premieres January 31
Featuring appearances from Rhiannon Giddens, Hiss Golden Messenger, Nnenna Freelon, Alice Gerrard, and more, season one explores the history of North Carolina as told through the music and musicians that made it.
January 26, 2022 – Nashville, TN – The Bluegrass Situation is excited to announce its latest addition to the BGS Podcast Network, CAROLINA CALLING, a podcast produced in association with Come Hear NC that explores the history of North Carolina as told through its music and the musicians who made it.
Season one delves into five distinct locales: Asheville, Shelby, Greensboro, Durham and Wilmington, that each influenced various musical styles across the U.S. and beyond.
Carolina Calling’s first episodes aim to connect the roots of these progressions and uncover the unique spark and story within five different artistic communities. From Asheville to Wilmington, we’ll be spanning the state to dive into cities and regions that have cultivated decades of talent as diverse as Blind Boy Fuller to the Steep Canyon Rangers, from Robert Moog to James Taylor and Rhiannon Giddens.
Hosted by writer David Menconi — longtime North Carolinian, frequent BGS-contributor, and author of the award-winning 2020 book Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Music (University of North Carolina Press) — the series’ first episode premieres Monday, Jan. 31 and focuses on Asheville with appearances from Pokey LaFarge, Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers, Gar Ragland of Citizen Vinyl and more.
“It’s been my pleasure to spend the past three decades immersed in the music of North Carolina,” says Menconi. “I’m excited to be a part of carrying that forward and spreading the word to an even wider audience through this new series.”
Listen to the series trailer here and subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Host interviews, episode previews, and exclusive clip premieres available upon request.
More About Come Hear NC:
Come Hear NC is a promotional campaign of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources designed to celebrate North Carolinians’ contribution to the canon of American music. Musicians from North Carolina have made brilliant, groundbreaking contributions to many of America’s most important musical genres: John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Thelonious Monk in jazz; Charlie Poole, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson in bluegrass; Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Boy Fuller, and Etta Baker in Piedmont blues, well, you get the idea. Today new generations of North Carolina musicians are building on this rich legacy by making their own mark in hip hop, indie music, and more. North Carolina music is American Music.
More About The Bluegrass Situation:
The Bluegrass Situation [BGS] is the world’s largest community for American roots music, culture and lifestyle. What began as a blog for like-minded Angelenos pining for bluegrass in Southern California has morphed and grown over a decade to become an international standard-bearer for all the things we love about bluegrass within every branch and offshoot of the roots-music family tree — from vibey pop-folk to ravishing alt-country; plus blues, singer/songwriter, Americana, old-time and everything else above, below and in between. The Bluegrass Situation proudly represents a unique gathering place, even in a global pandemic lockdown, producing virtual events such as online variety show Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, presented by BGS co-founder Ed Helms, and the fifth annual Shout & Shine showcase celebrating equity and inclusion in bluegrass. BGS is proud to support and uplift the rich, diverse and varied history of these musics while looking ahead with a progressive vision to transform these folkways and traditions into a carefully curated, 21st-century lifestyle open to all. Discover more at TheBluegrassSituation.com
CAROLINA CALLING SEASON ONE URL:  http://hyperurl.co/carolinacalling

Sunny Sweeney To Release “Married Alone”.

This album feature and review will be updated a few times in the near future, so like many of my other articles you should keep in touch with me on here to stay informed in all things local music. Summer of 2022 is already hot and it is even hotter with new releases from a plethora of different bands, including one that I have been salivating over, and that is my good friend Miss Sunny Sweeney.

I’m going to be writing my own piece on this album, as well as include the press release and some of her tour dates. I got all sorts of new music news up on all of  my current articles, as well as dates and information on over 200 festivals across this nation. Who cares what people are arguing about over on social media, music brings people together!

This album means A LOT to me as two of the most amazing people in the business are heavily involved in making her finest album yet. I have been an avid fan of Sunny Sweeney since her early days of “Heartbreaker’s Hall Of Fame”, and her stint with Big Machine Records. Back then, she was one of the most overlooked artists out there, and she has earned my adoration due to her passionate love for the Opry and it’s core foundations.

I inject this portion into EVERY article I write about her and her music, I myself as an avid fan and patron of the Opry, feel that she has more than earned a place among the ranks of membership. There is no doubt in my mind that she would join with the current members that ACTUALLY DO play there, and uphold that tradition.

I am going to skip around on the songs here, as I am still taking all of this in over here. I want to focus now on the title song called “Married Alone”. Even though Miss Sunny is not one of the writers, her vocal delivery of the lyrics convinced me as a listener that she is indeed LIVING the song. And she has….and one of the co writers has.

Mr. Josh Morningstar is one of my favorite people in the game in many ways. He is a good friend, and a truly talented man. This quickly became my favorite song he has ever had a co write on, and I am very proud of the songwriter he has become. However another song on the album he co wrote with Miss Sunny and Mr. Channing Wilson ( who wrote “Black Jesus” for Mr. Jason Eady ) , called “How’d I End Up Lonely Again”. This song marks the absolute end of a marriage and the time that your body and soul winds up in the embers of the aftermath.

What made it even MORE special was the guest vocals by one of the people from the 80s Country scene that I consider a Legend….Mr. Vince Gill. That right there is simply the icing on the cake. Many of us that have been through a divorce to where you and your spouse simply grew apart while together.

Overall this album is by far one of the saddest Country albums I have heard in the last 10 years, adding yet another emotional chapter of her own life for her fans to absorb. Her albums in succession take you on a wild ride of her own life’s ups and downs, where her fans can identify with how she was feeling at that particular time. Her albums have themes of the high points of being married and being on top, and they stretch toward thee bitter end…..and that is where this albums culminates.

One of these songs I do remember hearing live a few months ago was the song “Tie Me Up”, a song of   irreverent  feelings for a relationship’s rules and conduct. It is a witty anthem for the single people that live on the edge of taunting people who are “tied down” to an exhausting routine of a relationship.

This album once again features some mighty fine songwriting from Mr. Buddy Owens again, as he wrote two songs on her third album ‘Provoked’. One of the songs that resonated to me the most on here was the song ‘Wasting One On You”. When you meet someone you think may be a good fit to have a relationship with, even if you are in denial, this song is a push out the door of the world and give it a try.

Sunny Sweeney, With The Help Of Paul Cauthen, Paints A Beautiful Picture Of A Hard Reminder In “A Song Can’t Fix Everything,” Co-Written with Lori McKenna

From upcoming album Married Alone, out September 23rd via Thirty Tigers; Produced by Cauthen and The Texas Gentlemen’s Beau Bedford; Tour continues tonight in Mesa, AZ

“Sunny Sweeney has a lot to say, I knew that from the beginning. The opportunity [to produce] arose from heaven’s gates. I believe truth and honesty outweighs any sex or genre. This is undeniable…don’t put it in a box and if you do, the box is Sunny’s. Listen to what is real.” -Paul Cauthen

 

June 3, 2022 – Nashville, TN – “I was stepping into the elevator at my hotel as we were leaving Chicago after a great run, and this title popped into my head,” says prolific songwriter and singer Sunny Sweeney of her new tune “A Song Can’t Fix Everything.”

Sweeney, an artist known for her uncanny ability to straddle the line of demarcation between Texas Country and Nashville Americana, recounts the lightbulb moment, saying, “Despite the fact that music is so special to me, and always has been, and can lift me up and bring me out of a funk, I was having a shitty day. I only wanted to stay in bed and listen to Tom Petty.”

What she and Lori McKenna wrote in the final version of “A Song Can’t Fix Everything” is at once uplifting and heartbreaking.“That song can’t bring my mother back to life,” Sweeney sings at the song’s start, before recounting the many ways that music may be able to transport us to the past but can never fix it. “It’s about just trying to find those three minutes of happiness you get relating to something and taking yourself out of your everyday life,” says Sweeney.

“Letting yourself slip away, it can feel like it’s going to be ok, even if, ultimately, it may not be.” Sweeney is joined on vocals by the song and album’s co-producer, beloved Texas musician, and larger-than-life personality Paul Cauthen.

“A Song Can’t Fix Everything” is the first single from Sweeney’s upcoming album Married Alone—out on September 23rd via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Cauthen and the Texas Gentlemen’s multi-hyphenate Beau Bedford, Married Alone is Sweeney’s finest work yet, bringing together confessional songwriting, image-rich narratives, and no shortage of sonic surprises for a loosely conceptual album about loss and healing.

Recorded at Dallas’s Modern Electric Sound Recorders and was mixed by the whole team with the help of Jeff Saenz—beloved Dallas-based producer and owner of Modern Electric—upon his unbelievable return to work after being electrocuted in a freak accident. Fans can listen to “A Song Can’t Fix Everything” now at this link and pre-order or pre-save Married Alone ahead of its release right here

In addition to the release of Married Alone, Sweeney has a song featured in the upcoming film VENGEANCE, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (The Office) and her tour resumes tonight in Mesa, Arizona. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at sunnysweeney.com/tour.

More About Married Alone: Opener “Tie Me Up” declares that, despite its loose theme, Married Alone is not a somber record, with Sweeney in full spitfire mode and cheekily declaring to a would-be suitor, “You can tie me up, but baby you can’t tie me down.” Cauthen’s and Bedford’s production especially shines on the track, which would sound at home at a roadside juke joint or in front of thousands of fans at a festival.

Cauthen joins Sweeney on the aforementioned “A Song Can’t Fix Everything,” one of the album’s rawer moments. “Want You to Miss Me” is an honest take on the complexities of a difficult breakup, with Sweeney’s nimble vocal wavering between defiance and doubt. “Easy as Hello” is Sweeney’s writing at its finest, channeling the heartache that comes with the end of a treasured relationship, for a track that recalls—vocally and lyrically—the work of Stevie Nicks.

“Someday You’ll Call My Name” reads like a break-up kiss-off—and it’s a great one, at that—but the song, pulled from Sweeney’s vault, was originally inspired by her early days as a musician, longing to be recognized by major country institutions like the Grand Ole Opry. She and co-writer Brennen Leigh reworked their 10-year-old version of the track to better fit Married Alone, and that session helped set the tone for what would become the full album.

The full potential of the album really revealed itself, though, when a friend sent Sweeney a demo of what would become its title track, “Married Alone.” Though she wasn’t a co-writer on the track, Sweeney felt her own story reflected in its lyrics. The song, which features a particularly emotional guest vocal from living country legend Vince Gill, charts the painful moments sometimes experienced in marriages that have run their course. “There may be rings on our fingers, but we’re married alone,” she and Gill sing, over weeping pedal steel and reverbed guitar.

“My jaw hit the floor when I heard that song, because I had just gone through my second divorce, which is also cliche of a country singer,” Sweeney says, with a laugh. “I was still pretty raw about my divorce, but also very candid and trying to find levity in the situation. You have to be able to laugh at yourself at some point and not let it just totally get you down.” A few months after securing the song and mining her own vault for a tracklist, Sweeney traveled to Dallas, TX, to record—alongside Cauthen and Bedford—what would become Married Alone.

Married Alone track listing:

1. Tie Me Up (Sunny Sweeney/Buddy Owens/Galen Griffin)
2. Easy As Hello (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna/Heather Morgan)
3. Married Alone ft. Vince Gill (Hannah Blaylock/Josh Morningstar/Autumn McEntire)
4. Someday You’ll Call My Name (Sunny Sweeney/Brennen Leigh)
5. How’d I End Up Lonely Again (Sunny Sweeney/Channing Wilson/Josh Morningstar)
6. A Song Can’t Fix Everything ft. Paul Cauthen (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna)
7. Want You To Miss Me (Sunny Sweeney/Caitlyn Smith)
8. Wasting One On You (Sunny Sweeney/Buddy Owens/Monty Holmes)
9. Fool Like Me (Waylon Payne/Kendell Marvel)
10. All I Don’t Need (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna)
11. Leaving Is My Middle Name (Sunny Sweeney/ Buddy Owens/Galen Griffin/Scotch Taylor)
12. Still Here (Sunny Sweeney/Lori McKenna)

Catch Sunny Sweeney On Tour:

6/3 – Mesa, AZ – Rooster’s
7/6 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
7/7 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll
7/8 – McKinney, TX – Hank’s Grill
7/9 – Coupland, TX – Coupland Dancehall
7/10 – Fort Worth, TX – Fort Brewery
7/12 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
7/13 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
7/15 – Springfield, MO – Southbound Bar & Grill
7/16 – Kahoka, MO – Clark County Fair
7/17 -Yorkville, IL – The Law Office Pub & Music Hall
7/20 – Berwyn, IL – Fitzgerald’s Night Club
7/21 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
7/22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
7/24 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
7/27 – Manitou Springs, CO – Lulu’s Downstairs
7/29 – Cheyenne, WY – The Outlaw Saloon
7/30 – Sheridan, WY – WYO Theater
7/31 – White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants Music Festival
8/2 – Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge
8/5 – King Ferry, NY – Treleaven Wines

News On The Del McCourry Album.

 

Almost Proud is packed with songs from a wide variety of writers—well known and obscure—and includes a few performances from old friends. There are new songs like the aforementioned “Running Wild” and “Almost Proud,” a song written by his good friends Eric Gibson and Mike Barber that was cut just hours after it was written. Just like his live performances, McCoury started Almost Proud with his regular point of view: “If I’m not interested, how can I expect the audience to be?” At the end of the day, Del may be almost proud of what he’s accomplished, but he’s always proud of the music he records.

With all of the fun going on right now at DelFest, I found it pertinent to post some exciting information on the new album from Mr. Del McCourry. He and his band of family is now being featured in a plethora of music festivals that I could name here in 2022, and this ( may be an inaccurate count ) is his 26th album ( including his solo albums ).

To say that Mr. Del McCouury is a Bluegrass Legend would be an understatement. He has embellished not only Bluegrass Music, but many other genres as well. He has influenced and mentored a long list of other artists, he has ardently upheld his Opry membership appearances and he holds true the traditions and dignity of Bluegrass.

Even though the songs on this album bare a strong affinity for alcohol consumption and other social misfit deeds, you can easily see the purity and love he has for the traditions of the past in his new songs. Even right now, Mr. Vince Gill remains one of the most overlooked stars of the 1990’s and I fully regard him as a Country Music Legend just as much as the ones whom came before him.

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Vince Gill with The Del McCoury Band – photo by Chris Hollo © Grand Ole Opry

Nashville superstars Del McCoury and Vince Gill are singing together on the latest single from The Del McCoury Band. Honky Tonk Nights finds Vince and Del trading verses, and tenoring each other. Oh my!

The song has that funky, bluesy sound that Del and the Boys have made famous, and will be included on their next album, Almost Proud, set for release on February 18.

Vince shows that he hasn’t forgotten a thing from his years in bluegrass before hitting it big in country music. Del, of course, doesn’t miss a lick, despite his 82 years, and his band of sons Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo, with Jason Carter on fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass, gives this track the perfect sheen.

 

Old Crow Medicine Show At The Caverns Adds More Friends!

It’s Not A Hootenanny Without Friends!
Old Crow Medicine Show Welcomes Special Guests Joshua Hedley, Town Mountain and Willie Watson to Join Their Hootenanny at The Caverns Amphitheater Grand Opening
Before I list all of the information from the press release here, I wanted to share a few thoughts myself on behalf of the venue and other shows that are being advertised here. I had the opportunity recently to see the field and the stage behind “above if that’s what you consider it” the cave itself, and it is amazing!
I am extremely excited about this particular show here for one main reason…they just announced Mr. Willie Watson. As you may or not know, there is a truly amazing history between him and Old Crow Medicine Show. He was one of the original members of this band that has an ever changing list of members. Each and every one of the current and past members brought a special talent to the sound of this band.
The last album that Mr. Willie Watson appears on is one of my favorite albums of their called “Carry Me Back”, and the song “Levi” is one of the best ones on that album for sure. One of the more overlooked songs in their catalog is the song called “Sewanee Mountain Catfight”.
I haven’t had the pleasure to run into the guys from Town Mountain for some time now, but I have had the chance to cover their set in the past at many festivals.
Even though I haven’t heard a new album from them in a few years, they remain relevant and fresh through their rigorous tour schedule.
I’m going to be talking heavily about the man leftover here by the name of Mr. Joshua Hedley. He recently released his second album on New West Records called “Neon Blue”. As of this particular time here, I do not have the article written yet, I am still in the absorbing stages of the entire album. I will return here and embed the link in this article.
From the website:
Saturday, June 25th marks The Grand Opening of The Caverns Amphitheater and to celebrate Old Crow Medicine Show is having a proper Hootenanny! Recently announced, they’ll be joined by some exciting special guests; neon blue country artist Joshua Hedley, the swaggering new-age bluegrass outfit Town Mountain, and modern folk troubadour Willie Watson.
Not only will there be great music and great views at the base of the mountain, but we’ll also be hosting delicious food trucks and serving ice cold brews at our brand new concessions building.
Looking for a lodging option that won’t break the bank? Our on-site campground will be open! Come enjoy the show, spend a night under the beautiful Grundy County stars and wake up to this dreamscape!

CAVEFEST

Headliners Include Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band

2-Day Tickets for Inaugural Festival Go On Sale to the General Public on Friday, April 22nd. Apparently, this festival is going to be considered to be an annual event and they plans to have an annual event here. There are plenty of places to stay for the lodging and plenty of wonderful places to camp out for.

Stay tuned on this website for all the inside info on this event.

VISIT TICKET PAGE

On October 8th and 9thThe Caverns will present its own festival, CaveFest, featuring a curated line-up including headliners Sam BushLeftover SalmonInfamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band, plus artist-in-residence Lindsay Lou, on-site camping, cave tours, delicious food trucks, local vendors, and much more.

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“Fall is an absolutely gorgeous time to visit Tennessee, and that’s why we picked early October for our first CaveFest,” says The Caverns owner Todd Mayo. “With the addition of our new campground and full capacity outdoor amphitheater combined with our caves, we’re excited to welcome guests for a 2-day festival experience that only The Caverns can deliver.”

Scheduled for a holiday weekend, the inaugural festival will take full advantage of what The Caverns has to offer above and below ground. Main performances will take place at The Caverns Amphitheater with its ample space for blankets, chairs and dancing and surrounding views of the majestic Cumberland Plateau. The Caverns world-famous underground concert hall will host daily jam sessions, cave yoga, old-time square dancing, and more to-be-announced activities.

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CaveFest line-up includes: Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rising Appalachia, Jim Lauderdale, Kitchen Dwellers, The Lil Smokies, Sierra Hull, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Lindsay Lou, Larry Keel Experience, Volunteer String Band, Pressing Strings, Sicard Hollow, Kendall Street Company and Taylor Scott Band. Daily lineups to be announced at a later date.

In addition to Lindsay Lou’s performance slot with her full band, she will be staying at the festival and sitting in with other artists all weekend as the CaveFest “artist-in-residence.” The singer fRoots Magazine describes as “the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse” will be creating memorable collaborations by popping on stage for surprise collaborations to create magic CaveFest moments.

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Of course CaveFest will also feature cave tours and underground adventures. Guests will have two days to get deep and explore beneath the Earth’s surface. The Caverns will offer 60-minute walking tours through the otherworldly Big Room Cave that entwine the unique history of the area, geology and mythology of cave lore. For thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, Adventure Cave Tours will be available to take guests beyond “Tombstone Pass” to see an underground river, a chamber of soda straw formations, and more.

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2-day tickets for CaveFest, which include camping, start at $99 and go on sale at 11a CT on Friday, April 22 here. Additionally, VIP 2-day tickets with camping and overnight packages will be offered. Pending availability, single day tickets will be released at a later date. $1 from every CaveFest ticket will go to the Sewanee Mountain Grotto to support their cave conservation efforts.

June 18th Is Record Store Drop Day!

RSD 2022

I took full advantage of the thrill of Record Store Day this year, it was a long day of shopping all around the area and digging through some used bins of albums as well. But this year we will additionally be treated to another ‘drop day” like there was last year, however this year the “drop day” has been activated due to the process of the albums and not the pandemic.

Down below there you will see the PDF file to bring up the list for the upcoming RSD drop day. As far as I know, you will find albums at the same stores that were initially involved in the original Record Store Day in the spring.

I’m so elated that the thrill of digging through crates of records has returned to the normal way of life in today’s society, and in fact vinyl is outselling all other forms of music. I mean, even the local Wal Marts now have exclusive vinyl to buy form many artists.

From the website:

In 2022, there is one Record Store DayApril 23. We feel strongly that stores have learned and adapted in the past few years and are ready to bring back elements of a “traditional” Record Store Day, bands and beer and fun and people and whatever parts of the party they like, in ways that make them, and their customers, comfortable.  We also feel strongly that it’s important to focus on those stores themselves, and celebrate what they do year-round, in their communities.

As we’ve all learned in the past few years, it can be hard to make any plans in permanent ink, so it’s always a good idea to have a sort of contingency plan. A safety net for anything a few months still down the road. In the last few years, our plans for RSD Drops helped record stores around the world get through the pandemic, by marking a change in the way Record Store Day was focused. In “normal” times, the list of releases is a part of the celebration as a whole, but for RSD Drops, the focus became the releases themselves, and getting them into stores, and then into customer homes as safely as possible, bringing much-needed revenue and stock in a very unpredictable time. Importantly, those dates weren’t called Record Store Day, because they weren’t. They were release dates –important release dates, but not the party that Record Store Day is.  That was an important distinction.

But we’re well aware of where we are in terms of manufacturing, shipping, etc. etc. We help the stores deal with it every release day, and we know that our Saturday in April is no exception to issues. We worked proactively with artists, labels and distribution to push back by several months the planning for Record Store Day 2022, some of these titles have been worked on for more than a year. We’re also being proactive with designating an RSD Drops date on June 18. That will serve as a street date safety net, for titles that are part of the Record Store Day celebration, but for any number of reasons beyond controlling, can’t make it into stores on April 23. The List includes titles that are coming to record stores on Record Store Day in April and those that will be coming in June. As we become aware of issues for any specific title, that title will move to the RSD Drops date and you’ll see that on the List on the website.

The titles on the RSD 2022 Official List will be released at participating record stores on Record Store Day, April 23, and some on RSD Drop date June 18. There is one List, with titles broken out for each date.  You can choose to view the List on our website, with added detail and artwork, or you can print out a PDF that can be used as a wishlist or shopping guide.

RECORD STORE DAY DOES NOT SELL THE RELEASES. THERE IS NO WEBSITE WHERE THESE CAN BE PRE-ORDERED. Please use the Participating Store Search to find a store near you and contact them directly to find out how they’re participating and celebrating Record Store Day.  Stores in the US may choose to sell releases online starting Sunday, April 24 and Sunday, June 19.

The List of special releases is below, in a WEBSITE form where you can search and get more information, and a PDF that you can print out and use as a Wish List or Shopping Guide.

RSD DROPS JUNE 18 2022 - The List

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Country Music Success Stories Release Intimate Conversation with Legendary Musician, Songwriter, Producer and Publisher, Jim Vest

I stumbled upon an email not long ago about a certain episode of this particular podcast, and I decided to check it out. Well I’m not entirely sure if you are anything like I am, to the point of having to not only hear that one but ALL OF THEM in the same afternoon. Well, unfortunately I could not do that on this podcast, for the simple fact that there are quite a few good episodes I wanted to listen to multiple times.

Anybody that is a true Janissary of Country Music in any sense of the genre, needs to listen to many of these episodes. The main reason being is that the people that are interviewed are from all different aspects of the music genre. The very first episode that I gravitated toward was the one that featured Legendary steel guitarist Mr. Jim Vest.

Mr. Jim Vest not only contributed to Johnny Paycheck, but also he heavily contributed to Mr. Vern Gosdin, David Houston, and a long list of others that paved the way for some of the artists that have been featured on this very same podcast like Mr. Collin Raye and Mr. John Berry.

This show gives you insight, right from the source of the insight on as many avenues of this industry from musician per idem and how management does their job to govern things, to how to copyright different things like songs and logos.

Each and every different episode on here is another journey into a different aspect of the music business on the side usually forfended…the side which isn’t always the most desirable.  With so many different angles of instruction, the many variety of guests have an uncanny way of inculcating their talents, so you too can learn from them.

Award-winning broadcaster and podcaster, Candy O’Terry and Music City Mentor, Jacy Dawn Valeras have released another episode in their joint podcast project, Country Music Success Stories. The new podcast is an intimate conversation with Grammy award-winning songwriter, artist and producer, Frank Myers. Subscribe to the podcast here and listen on all podcast platforms here.

“What an amazing time visiting with Country Music Success Stories. They were so prepared and dug deep into the music and songwriting. You will hear behind the scenes conversations never heard before,” expressed Frank Myers.

“I think I’ve played “You And I” on the radio a thousand times and never could have imagined that, one day, I’d be sitting beside the man who wrote the song. Frank Myers is full of stories, including how he wrote “You And I”, “I Swear, I’m Already There”, and “My Front Porch Lookin’ In.”  If you are a songwriter, this is an episode you just can’t miss. Oh, and having a tour of his man cave was AMAZING.” stated Candy O’Terry.

“Having the opportunity to sit and talk with a songwriting icon like Frank Myers was inspiring in every way“ shares Jacy Valeras. “ His dedication to his craft is remarkable, and the wisdom he shares in this episode is some of the best advice a young, aspiring artist can hear.”

Future guests include Bobby Tomberlin, Jim Messina, Jim Vest, Pam Lewis and many others, including surprise guests along the way. Past guests have included Jamie O’Neil, Sonny LeMaire, Lily Isaac, Chris Lindsay, Bill Anderson, John Schneider, Collin Raye, Aimee Mayo, John and Robin Berry, Steve Dorff, Naomi Judd, Jeannie Seely, Crystal Gayle, Lori McKenna, Karen Staley, Kent Blazy, Larry Strickland, T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang.

The popular podcast made its debut on in the top #25 on Apple Podcasts USA Music Interviews Chart and has been picked up by iHeartMedia, the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally and RADIO.COM which is powered by Entercom, the 2nd largest radio group in the country and the top podcast producer which includes 800+ streaming stations across the US.

In this Nashville based podcast, radio legend & master interviewer Candy O’Terry goes straight to the pros to hear their stories. From singers to producers, songwriters to record label executives, radio programmers and DJ’s to PR and marketing pros, every episode is a deep dive into what it takes to succeed in the country music industry. If you want to make it in Nashville, you need a roadmap. Music City Mentor and Founder of Platinum Circle Media, Jacy Dawn Valeras provides valuable advice about everything from writer’s rounds to online marketing and building a network that will go the distance

After spending a week together in Nashville with the idea of doing a 4-part series for O’Terry’s award-winning podcast and radio program The Story Behind Her Success, the two realized that the city was rich with stories to tell and that a platform for music industry stories, combined with the rich content Valeras had accumulated through her YouTube series, might be a hit.   As life-long singers and country music fans, Candy & Jacy have a clear vision of the guests they seek.  “We’re on the lookout for women and men who aren’t afraid to tell the world how they got to where they are today in the music business….including the good times when they were riding high, and the bad times when they were on the verge of giving up. These stories are meant to teach and inspire others to take a chance on living their dreams.”

Stay current with Candy O’Terry on her website candyoterry.com and follow her on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Stay current with Jacy Dawn Valeras on her websites jacydawnvaleras.com and  platinumcirclemedia.com and follow her on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Frank Myers:
Frank J Myers is from Dayton, Ohio. He moved to Nashville in 1981. Frank got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in 1981 and worked with Eddy for nine years. It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had two number ones, five number twos and three top tens. Songs such as “I Got Mexico,” “Bayou Boys,” “You Should’ve Been Gone By Now,” “Sometimes A Lady” and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with “You and I” for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one: four weeks country, number two for six weeks AC and number six for four weeks Pop. It was during his time with Eddy Raven that Frank met Gary Baker. They had their first number one together in 1993 with “Once Upon A Lifetime” by Alabama. Gary and Frank recorded one album for MCG/Curb Records as Baker & Myers and were three time nominees for Duo Of The Year at the ACM’s and CMA’s. Their greatest accomplishment as writers together came when John Michael Montgomery recorded “I Swear” which was number one for four weeks on the Country charts. The song was then recorded by All 4 One and went to number one on the pop charts and stayed there for 11 weeks. Since then, “I Swear” has won many awards, including: American Songwriter Magazine Pop, AC, R&B, Country and Overall Song of the year. Pop, R&B, Country and Overall Songwriters of the year. 1st Annual Country Radio Awards Single and Song of the year, C.M.A. Awards for Single of the year, Song of the year nomination, Grammy Awards for Country song of the year, Best R&B Vocal and Song of the year nomination, A.C.M. Awards for Single and Song of the year, N.S.A.I. Award for Country, Pop, and AC Song of the year A.S.C.A.P. Award for Country, Pop and R&B Song of the Year Billboard Magazine Awards #1 song of 1994, Jukebox Award for 1994 Song and Songwriters of the Year and International Song Of The Years Awards for Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and China. Frank also co-wrote “I’m Already There” the seven-week number one smash by Lonestar, which was nominated for a Grammy and CMA Song and Single Of The Year. The song also went to number two on the AC chart and named American Songwriter Magazine’s Country Song of the year and Frank was voted Country Songwriter of the year along with Gary Baker and Richie McDonald. His single “My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar is the first record in R&R history to go to #1 fall to number #2 for 6 weeks and go back to #1. Frank’s latest #1 was “Tomorrow” by Chris Young which was also nominated for ACM Single of the Year. Frank has had songs recorded by over 50 Country and Pop Artists, He has had 12 number ones and 20 top tens and is a 2021 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominee. Frank’s Artist co-writes and Productions include Kenny Loggins, Richie McDonald, Lonestar, Vince Gill, Billy Ray Cyrus, All 4 One, Pam Tillis, The Gatlins, Andy Griggs, Eddy Raven, John Rich, Dave Fenley, Angie Keilhauer and many others. He was nominated for a Dove Award in 2009 for his writing and production work on “I Turn To You” recorded by Richie McDonald. This was his first Dove Award nomination, as well as his first Producer nomination. Frank is also a member of Leadership Music’s class of 2005.

Candy O’Terry:
Known as Candy O for 25 years on Magic 106.7/WMJX, Candy O’Terry is an award-winning content creator who has spent her career providing a platform for women to share their stories.  As the Founder of My Dove Productions and the Candy O Radio Network, Candy’s lens is focused on women doing great things with their lives.  She is the host of The Story Behind Her Success weekly podcast and radio series, The Speaker Coach podcast, 16 Life Lessons Motivation Monday feature, and Candy’s Land, a 4-part music video series for young children during the pandemic. Her latest venture is the Nashville-based podcast series Country Music Success Stories featuring Music City Mentor, Jacy Valeras.  Chosen by her peers as the 2015 Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year, Candy is the winner of 50 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming. To date, she has interviewed over 700 women from every walk of life with the mantra: when we lift each other up, we all rise. A lifelong singer, Candy’s full-length CD Dream Come True includes songs heard around the world. Born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, she is also the Co-Founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment. The consummate performer, Candy O has never met a microphone she didn’t love!

Jacy Dawn Valeras: 
Music City Mentor and Platinum Circle Media Founder Jacy Dawn Valeras got her start as a country singer.  Born and raised in a little town outside of Boston, Jacy was writing songs and singing at local events at only 13. By the time she was 19, Jacy was opening for country music legends like Reba and Willie and performing at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden, the Bluebird Café and the Texas Troubadour Theatre. When vocal issues caused her to press pause on her singing career, Jacy knew she had to turn the page and start a new chapter.  In 2012, she combined her talent and experience as a performer with her love of social media marketing, graphic design and content creation to launch Platinum Circle Media. Grammy, CMA, ACM, JUNO Award winners and Country Music Hall of Fame members have become Jacy’s clients and friends. Widely known as the woman in new media who returns calls, meets deadlines, believes in the power of relationships to get the job done, Jacy checks all the boxes. When it comes to content creation, digital marketing, and increasing online visibility,  Jacy Dawn Valeras is in a league of her own.  As the creator and host of the Music City Mentor YouTube series, Jacy shares her wisdom with aspiring artists. Her inspiring platform devoted to mentorship and how to make it in Nashville, has 250 thousand views and counting.

B.J. Thomas Has Released An 18 Song Album With 13 Songs Never Heard Before.

IN REMEMBRANCE – LOVE SONGS & LOST TREASURES AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW AT BJTHOMAS.COM
Back in the 1990’s when the music world was turning to that awful alternative and grunge music ( in my opinion ), I began the ever popular venture into 90’s Country, and what many consider to be pop country ( for it’s time). That argument has always emanated out of the mouths of many music analysts…Country Music is always changing and evolving.

Pop country has indeed changed over my life, music that was considered pop country in the 60’s like that string music that Mr. Ray Price released during the Nashville Sound era. Hell, most of the music Mr. Kenny Rogers released was pop country for it’s time, but it spoke to me nonetheless. It was honest and pure. Choked full of raw and heartfelt emotion, and produced ten times better than what is pop country today.

At the epicenter of this was this man, Mr. B.J.Thomas. This new release album from earlier this year was absolutely flawless! It hit me right in the feels more than once. It began with a song from his 1994 album Back Forward, called “Expression Of Faith”.

It continues on with an easy listening flow of steady beats and sweet signature B.J.Thomas vocals, however if you enjoy your music solely on streaming services, then you are out of luck on this one folks. The Spotify version of this album only contains nine songs, and the album boasts 18 songs, with 13 never heard before.

“When The Hero Dies” made me cry, because it reminded me so so much of the 80’s and what an epic time it was to grow up during that era. Those names and people he mentions in this song that embellished history with their deeds and wisdom. Even those that died before the 80’s have impacted my life in ways I cannot begin to write on here.

 

Nashville, Tenn. – B.J. Thomas, whose career spanned over six decades and sold over 70 million albums, will have new music available to music lovers on February 4, 2022, as Real Gone Music will release an 18-song CD, which will include 13 unreleased songs! This package includes eight unreleased songs from the Warner-Reprise Records vault, four songs from a limited edition direct response album in the 90s, rare photos, outtakes recorded with veteran songwriter/producer Steve Dorff, and more. Fans can pre-order this collection at www.bjthomas.com.

Born in Oklahoma, raised in Texas, B.J. Thomas began his career with the Houston-based band The Triumphs, when as lead singer he covered his father’s favorite Hank Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” which led to Scepter Records to buy out his contract and take the song to the Top 10 on the national charts. Hit after hit then followed for B.J. as he mixed genres effortlessly, joining legendary Memphis producer Chips Moman for a series of smashes (“Hooked on a Feeling,” “The Eyes of a New York Woman,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing”) and he hit paydirt with the #1 Bacharach- David hit “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” the Oscar-winning song from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.

B.J.’s cross-over to country was cemented with his 1975 pop/country/adult contemporary million-seller “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” Simultaneously, B.J. became the first platinum-selling Contemporary Christian recording artist with a string of hugely popular albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s which also won him five Grammys and numerous other awards.

Along the way, B.J. made countless television appearances and performed thousands of concerts into 2020 until the Coronavirus pandemic brought an end to touring. His voice and energy remained almost supernaturally strong and B.J. eagerly looked forward to returning to the stage until cancer claimed his life on May 29, 2021, at the age of 78.

Track Listing:
1. Expression of Faith
2. Meet at My Heart*
3. I Like Livin’*
4. When the Hero Dies*
5. The Best Things in Life*
6. Rock and Roll Lullaby*
7. Hands on Me Again
8. This Ain’t a Song (It’s a Prayer)
9. Think About Me*
10. No One Else on Earth*
11. Our Younger Hearts*
12. That’s The Thing About Love*
13. Red Letter Days
14. When a Woman Talks*
15. Love by Any Name*
16. Memory in the Making*
17. Wings of a Dove*
18. America the Beautiful

* denotes unreleased track

Darkstar Jubilee And Peter Rowan’s New Album In 2022.

Railroad Earth with special guest Peter Rowan bring you ‘Old & In The Way’
This years Dark Star Jubilee lineup is one of the best ones yet, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Jubilee veterans Railroad Earth joined by Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan (another Jubilee vet) for a special performance of ‘Old & In The Way’.
The band will work through classics “Midnight Moonlight”“Panama Red”“Wild Horses” and the rest of the classic self-titled album recorded back in 1973. Much like the original album, we expect this to be a very enjoyable and inspiring set of music!
Well They Never Stopped Rockin’ Till The Moon Went Down
After Dark Star wraps things up for the night, we like to keep the party going at the Jubilee. This year we have two stellar acts to help us take it past the midnight hour. Dark Star Jubilee alumni BoomBox and Rumpke Mountain Boys will take the stage on alternate nights to ensure that the music never stops!

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to combine a few things into bigger articles this weekend, because I thought some of my readers would enjoy all of this information wrapped into one big deal here. The first part of this article is featuring this year’s 8th annual Dark Star Jubilee, which happens in Ohio.

Old And In The Way was actually an old Bluegrass super group in the 1970’s that consisted originally of Mr. Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead on banjo, Mr. Peter Rowan on guitar, Mr. Vassar Clements on fiddle, Mr. David Grisman on mandolin, and finally Mr. John Kahn on bass.

The band only released a few albums and two live albums, and they did have a reunion show in 2002 without Garcia and Kahn whom were already deceased. They released an album called “Old And In The Grey”, which did not turn out to be as successful as it’s predecessor which was one of the top 3 selling Bluegrass albums of all time.

DIRECTIONS

LEGEND VALLEY CONCERT VENUE & CAMPGROUND

10466 JACKSONTOWN ROAD, THORNVILLE, OH 43076

From the East​ (Zanesville)

Use I-70 west to Exit 132 (State Route 13/Thornville/Newark). Turn left at the top of the exit ramp onto State Route 13 south, travel approximately .4 miles to gate entrance on left.

From the West​ (Columbus)

Use I-70 east to Exit 132 (State Route 13/Newark/Thornville). Turn right at the top of the exit ramp onto State Route 13 south, travel approximately .4 miles to gate entrance on left.

GATES

General Admission gates will open at NOON on Friday, May 27, 2022.

VIP gates will open at 10 AM on Friday, May 27, 2022.

All gates will close at NOON on Monday, May 30, 2022. Please do not arrive before gates open.

TICKETS

All tickets for Dark Star Jubilee will be e-tickets from Eventbrite. After you complete your ticket purchase, your e-tickets will be in your Eventbrite app. You can also choose to print your tickets.

Tickets will be scanned at the gate (off your phone or print out) and you will receive one wristband per ticket. Please contact Eventbrite with any ticketing questions. All ticket purchases include admission and camping.

General Patron Ticket

GA Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend, free parking for one vehicle under 20’6″, choice of tent camping in the concert bowl, car camping or RV camping with purchase of an Add-On GA RV Pass.

VIP Wooded-Camping Patron Ticket

VIP Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend plus wooded camping and seperate parking for one vehicle, Exclusive early entry in VIP entrance, Exclusive VIP wooded camping area, Good Lovin’ Lounge with morning coffee, Exclusive VIP viewing deck for main stage, Exclusive Showers, Commemorative VIP Laminate, Good Lovin’ Goodie Bag, Hosted by Captain Janice!

*For those who have done VIP at the Jubilee before, Legend Valley manicured 5 acres of land for tent camping just on the other side of where RV’s have typically been parked. ​ You can now park your car and enjoy wooded tent camping 50-150 yards from your car.

VIP Car-Camping Patron Ticket

VIP Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend plus car-camping and parking for one vehicle, Exclusive early entry in VIP entrance, Exclusive VIP car-camping area, Good Lovin’ Lounge with morning coffee, Exclusive VIP viewing deck for main stage, Exclusive Showers, Commemorative VIP Laminate, Good Lovin’ Goodie Bag, Hosted by Captain Janice!

VIP RV Patron Ticket

VIP Festival ticket (for 1 person) for the weekend, Exclusive early entry in VIP entrance, Exclusive VIP RV camping area, Good Lovin’ Lounge with morning coffee, Exclusive VIP viewing deck for main stage, Exclusive Showers, Commemorative VIP Laminate, Good Lovin’ Goodie Bag, Hosted by Captain Janice! Note: Each RV vehicle attending must purchase a Good Lovin’ VIP RV Add-On ticket.

Kids GA (Ages 4-12) Ticket

Kids GA Festival ticket for the weekend. Kids 4-12 are required to have a Kids Pass and be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. All persons 13 and older must have a full price festival pass. Free Admission for Kids 3 and under.

Kids VIP (Ages 4-12) Ticket

Kids VIP Festival ticket for the weekend, plus a Kids VIP Goodie Bag. Kids 4-12 are required to have a Kids Pass and be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. All persons 13 and older must have a full price festival pass. Free Admission for Kids 3 and under.

CAMPING

Tent Camping Inside Concert Venue

Park your car just outside the concert venue, walk your gear and coolers down into the Concert Bowl, and pick your spot facing the stage. We highly recommend this option, as you will be part of the communal nature of the event, close to the stage, close to the facilities, and close to all the vendors.

Carside Camping Outside Concert Venue

You will be able to park and set up camp outside the main gates and away from general parking, however the better camping will be inside the venue. No ground fires will be permitted outside the concert venue.

General Admission RV Camping

There will be a designated area for General Admission RVs. You MUST purchase a General Admission RV Pass in order to bring your RV to the General Admission area. Passes are available in advance.

VIP Tent / Carside Camping

VIP campers will enter through a designated VIP Entrance with their vehicle. VIP Campers MUST arrive by 8pm on Friday, May 28, 2021 and stay until the morning of Monday, May 31, 2021 in order to bring their vehicle into the VIP camping area. If you arrive or plan to leave outside of these times, there will be designated VIP parking lot in the backstage area. All VIP campers are welcome to the shaded tent camping available if they are interested.

VIP RV Camping

There will be designated area in the VIP section for RVs. You MUST purchase a VIP RV Pass in order to bring your RV to the VIP area.

ADA Camping

There will be a specified area, close to the venue for those with ADA credentials and we will honor any temporary disability; please register before hand. Register here.

Sober Camping – Camp Traction

Camp Traction will set up a substance free camping area, host daily meetings within the camp site, and provide general support and traction for those who choose to experience the Dark Star Jubilee clean and sober. Register here.

Family Camping/Kids Tickets

The Jubilee is an all ages event and there will be a family friendly camping area for families with children 12 and under. You can register for the Family Campground here.

Children ages 4-12 require a Kids Festival Pass. Children 3 and under are free. You can purchase Kids 3-Day Festival Passes in advance here.

Day Parking

Day Parking will be available for those staying off-site.
Re-entry will be permitted if your vehicle is parked outside the concert venue.

CAMPING MAP

VENDING

All the food and craft vendors, including ice, beverages and Official Merchandise, will be located inside the concert venue. Food vending will include a variety of food suited for each meal of the day, various beverage and snack stands, plus many options for different dietary preferences. Craft vending will include jewelry, handmade items, clothes, memorabilia, art, and more. We do NOT allow unregistered vending.

EMERGENCY​ SERVICES

There will be 24-hour security and EMTs on site at the Jubilee. The Medical Tent will be located to the right of the main stage or you can contact any Jubilee staff member or volunteer for assistance. There are towing and locksmith services in Thornville if needed. Lost and Found will be at the Official Merchandise Tent, please let them know if you have lost something.

PETS

ABSOLUTELY NO PETS WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE CONCERT VENUE OR CAMPGROUNDS. If a pet is found in your car, you will be turned away regardless of wait, ticket status, or excuse. If you have a service animal, please be sure to have all the necessary papers/licenses.

TAPES / RECORDINGS

Dark Star Jubilee allows audio recording of the event. A Tapers Section will be provided with limited area, first come until full. Soundboard patches are NOT PERMITTED. Please be self-sufficient (bring your own batteries and power) and be respectful of patrons and crew. At any time, Dark Star Jubilee may change, modify, or close the taper section without warning if problems arise. Cameras will be allowed in the concert area; please be respectful with your flash.

PROHIBITED ITEMS & GENERAL RULES

These items are prohibited for your safety and the safety of the community. Please don’t make us confiscate anything from you.

  • ALL GLASS
  • ALL FIREWORKS (including Chinese Lanterns)
  • ALL WEAPONS and MALICE (Aggressive conduct toward festival patrons or staff will result in immediate ejection from the event)
  • ALL PETS – Leave your pets at home or contact one of the many kennels in the area.
  • LASER PENS AND LIGHTS
  • Underage drinking, or illegal drug use (Just because you’re at a festival does not mean you are exempt from the law)
  • AMPLIFIERS of any kind (Acoustic music in the campgrounds is welcomed)
  • PERSONAL GENERATORS
  • PERSONAL VEHICLES that move faster than a walking pace
  • PERSONAL FIREWOOD – this is an environmental hazard
  • UNOFFICIAL MERCHANDISE – No unregistered vending will be allowed. Selling of ANYTHING to anyone without obtaining a proper permit will result in confiscation of your product and possible ejection from the festival. Please help by not buying from these vendors.
  • NITROUS OXIDE TANKS – Nitrous Oxide is a poison in our community, but thanks to community-wide effort, the problem is waning. Please help us continue this trend; if you are caught with tanks, you will be removed for the event without refund.
  • Please No EZ-Ups or Shade Tents Along Pathways and Walkways.
  • Come with your ticket or money for wristband- do not arrive empty handed.
  • Respect your neighbor- KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

At a minimum, we will follow all state and federal guidelines to maintain the health and security of everyone involved with the festival. Your safety is our highest priority.

Now then my friends, I wanted to take the opportunity to tie in some stories and the announcement of Bluegrass Legend Mr. Peter Rowan’s new album slated for June. I remember back in 2015 we had Mr. Peter Rowan at Muddy Roots Music Festival, and his set was nothing short of amazing.

We were treated to a fantastic set by him, which included many of his classic songs that have gracefully endured the test of time. I’m going to include the press release as well as add my own thoughts into this issue, but I knew it would all really juxtapose into something as cool as this article here.

This new album is certainly one of the finest Bluegrass album of the year so far, and it’s not even half over yet! This album is even more traditional of Bluegrass roller coaster rides across your mind. Time has not at all faltered with Mr. Peter Rowan’s vocal abilities on this album at all.

He keeps the album flow relevant by adding in some duets with some of today’s Bluegrass stars, like Miss Molly Tuttle and others.

1. New York Town
2. Veil Of Deja Blue
3. Come Along Jody
4. Little Joe
5. The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance
6. A Winning Hand
7. From My Mountain ( Calling You)
8. Frog On The Lilly Pad
9. The Red, The White And The Blue
10. Light At The End Of The World
11. Penitentiary Blues
12. Dream Of Heaven
13. Freedom Trilogy

Peter Rowan to release new album on Rebel Records, coming June 24

Calling You From My Mountain features original and traditional songs with guest turns from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and more

April 13, 2022 (Charlottesville, VA): Rebel Records is proud to announce a new album from pioneering American roots musician Peter Rowan. Rowan’s second album for Rebel, Calling You From My Mountain features star turns from Shawn Camp, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and more, and original and traditional songs from Rowan and his band. Today, Rebel is releasing the first single off the new album, “The Song That Made Hank Williams Dance” featuring Shawn Camp. Rowan had this to say about the single, “This chorus appeared to me in a dream one glorious April at my tin-roofed Texas casita. Singer, songwriter, guitar picker Shawn Camp hails from Alabama as did Hank Williams. Shawn, he’s a natural for this song. And a big inspiration! We had some fun!”

“Peter Rowan is a true roots original,” says Mark Freeman, Rebel Records’ owner. “While his musical curiosity has taken him on many fun and fascinating adventures across many different genres, bluegrass is the foundation and starting point for those trips. Building on the momentum of his previous bluegrass release, Carter Stanley’s Eyes, we at Rebel are thrilled to be working with Peter again as he delivers another collection of powerful material, both new and old!”

For over six decades, GRAMMY-award winning artist Peter Rowan has been at the forefront of acoustic American music, inspiring generations of new musicians and working creatively with the roots of bluegrass, newgrass, Americana, country rock, jazz, even reggae, Hawaiian, and Tejano music. A relentlessly curious, brilliant songwriter, Rowan’s had the kind of career that would give him ample opportunity to kick back and rest on his laurels now, but his new album, Calling You From My Mountain (coming June 24 on Rebel Records), shows that Rowan’s voice is as vital as ever, fueled by the history of our great traditions and excited for their future. Guest spots on the album from friends like Billy Strings, Shawn Camp, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou, and Mark Howard, not to mention Rowan’s multi-generational band, show that Rowan’s inspiration transcends age. For these past sixty+ years, Rowan’s been a musical sponge, soaking up ideas and influences from his many travels and his roving search for new traditions, using these sounds to create new songs and new musical genres at will. Though the genesis for Rowan’s new album came from Hank Williams’ Luke the Drifter personality and Rowan’s idea of writing new songs for this character, he quickly spun in other connections, like his longtime interest in Tibetan music and his Buddhist beliefs and practices, or his love of other American roots legends like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Guy Clark, Bill Monroe, and Tex Logan (all of whom Rowan’s played and performed with). Throughout, the music sounds like Rowan himself, a modern day California dharma bum, a man as nourished by a metaphysical interest in the mysteries of the physical universe as he is by the intricacies of handcrafted music making.

Calling You From My Mountain began as a tribute album or homage to Peter Rowan’s favorite Hank Williams LP. “When I left Nashville in 1990,” Rowan explains, “the only country music album I had, besides one Ernest Tubb record, was Hank Williams Sings Luke the Drifter. So, I listened to that all the time on my little turntable, and I just loved that Hank had an alternate ego who was himself but the sentimental-songs-with-a-message side.” Rowan wrote an entire album of songs inspired by Luke the Drifter, but before he could travel to Nashville to record it, the pandemic hit and plans changed. Instead, Rowan stayed at home, looking out over the California coastal landscape and canyons around him, just playing and trying out old favorite songs. As singing the old songs brought forth ideas for new songs, Rowan built the groundwork for his new album and managed to keep some of Luke the Drifter’s spirit alive. “I included one of the songs I wrote from the Luke the Drifter album, “Dream of Heaven.” By doing that, I started to find my own voice again as to what I really wanted to say on this record. The companion song to that is “The Red, the White and the Blue”, where I wrote “I remember, I remember, I remember you / The red, the white and the blue” which to me is like a Carter Family type of approach with Molly Tuttle singing the harmony and playing banjo and Shawn Camp on guitar. With Rowan’s characteristic thoughtfulness, he transforms a patriotic refrain into a subtle and heartfelt anti-war statement.

Opening with Woody Guthrie’s “New York Town” (as learned from Guthrie’s friend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott), it’s clear that Rowan still wears his love of classic bluegrass on his sleeve, but he retains his uncanny ability to marry bluegrass with the farthest reaches of the world. “From My Mountain (Calling You)” was inspired by Rowan’s long friendship with famed Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and centers on the shared love of the freedom of mountain landscapes in both Appalachian and Tibetan folk music. “Light at the End of the World” echoes the sound of bluegrass gospel, but trains that spiritual power on Rowan’s heartbreaking memories of visiting the Hiroshima Memorial while performing in Japan in the 1970s. Even a song like “A Winning Hand,” which Rowan wrote in Nashville in the 90s, may seem like a straightforward country song but instead reminds Rowan of his time on tour in Ireland, ocean waves crashing under a Sligo dawn. As someone who’s criss-crossed the globe looking for new musical inspiration, Rowan’s musical landscapes have always been global in nature.

Talking to Rowan now is a dizzying ride through American musical history. At times it feels like he’s done it all, jamming with groundbreaking free jazz players in Boston in the 60s because they had the best weed, hanging with Jim Kweskin at the Lyman Family compound, tracking down the great Tejano accordionist Flaco Jimenez among the cantinas of San Antonio, calming raucous festival crowds with Lhamo’s Buddhist chants, or touring with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee. Throughout, Rowan retains his early roots in bluegrass and his love for the great Bill Monroe who he rightfully recognizes as another musically voracious soul. “Bluegrass accepted me first as a cultural pilgrim,” Rowan says. “I’m still the pilgrim, interpreting my experience through music. And the richness is the collaboration with people from really any culture. Musicians are transcultural, you know.”

As one of Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Rowan’s in a unique place to evaluate the master’s musical intentions, and after all these years he’s beginning to understand what Monroe saw in him. “I think as a man in his 50s looking at a 22 year old kid, he saw me,” Rowan says, “he saw who I was before I did. He’d always yell at me on stage ‘Sing it like Pete Rowan!’ He always wanted the individuality to come out.” Now, Rowan’s in a similar position that Monroe was when he took Rowan on. That’s why it matters that Rowan’s new album features young roots music luminaries like Tuttle and Strings and Rowan’s own band features younger players like Chris Henry on mandolin, Max Wareham on banjo, Julian Pinelli on fiddle, and Eric Thorin on acoustic bass. “I’ve got a young band, it’s fabulous,” Rowan exclaims. “They’re bursting with ideas. They’re in their years of inspiration. They’re really quick learners and their ears are wide open because this generation is built on everything we did, dare I say, all those years ago.”

For any great artist, live performance is the heart of their love for the music, and for Peter Rowan, the pandemic’s kept him back from the kind of live music making that he thrives on and that defines bluegrass and its many offshoots. With stages opening up again, the real meaning of his new album is becoming clear. “The joy of playing live music again calls for raising our voices from the mountain tops,” he clarifies. Rowan’s still up on his mountain, still living a life looking to the celestial heavens and wondering, and when he calls us to come and learn, we’d do well to listen.

Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler Releases Today.

Kenny Rogers All In For The Gambler CD/DVD will be released on May 20, 2022, and is available for preorder today!

Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler 90-minute concert film and music release includes an extraordinary line-up of artists that came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the country/pop music icon and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers.

The concert film and accompanying music release features Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s final live performance together (including their chart-topping duet “Islands In The Stream,” long considered one of the greatest country music duets ever recorded), as well as Kenny Rogers’ classic hits performed by country and pop music royalty such as “The Gambler” (Chris Stapleton), “Lady” (Lionel Richie), “She Believes In Me” (Lady A), “Through The Years” (Little Big Town), and “We’ve Got Tonight” (Idina Menzel and Charles Kelley).

Free Kenny Rogers All In For The Gambler key chain with all CD/DVD orders. While supplies last.
From The Website:
This one-night-only concert event taping brought together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers’ final farewell to Nashville. All In For The Gambler featured performances by Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Don Henley, Elle King, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire, The Flaming Lips, The Judds, Wynonna, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Kenny Rogers along with many other special guests.
In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Coward of the Country,” “Through the Years,” “Lady,” and “Islands in the Stream” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike.
Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a six-time CMA Awards winner, Country Music Hall of Famer, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, a recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 CMAs, and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
From the desk of Gary Hayes:

I am going to be completely honest here with this one folks, I only liked half of his albums and music overall. However the relevance of this being released on the day of his death is one of the kindest things the promotion company could have done.

Throughout the years, he recorded some damn fine Country albums and a metric ton of Pop Country and even some old school rock. His 1978 album “The Gambler” spawned one of his most beloved songs ever was actually not the greatest album of his career on my terms, in fact the only perfect album he ever released was the 1980 concept album called “Gideon”, about a Texas cowboy looking back on his life.

In 2017, the Country Music community gathered together for a night of music at the Bridgestone arena for this blessed event that commemorated the life of Mr. Kenny Rogers.  His peers from past and present all attended the event and played his songs in front of him, as he announced his retirement from the music industry.

The former front man for the Bluegrass band the Steeldrivers, whom has acquired much attention as a solo artist Mr. Chris Stapleton contributed a beautiful rendition of the song Mr. Don Schlitz wrote called “The Gambler”. I am extremely big on enjoying the songwriter side of Country Music, and I have met and admired those men and ladies that have penned those wonderful songs for decades.

Songs Being Performed During The CBS Special
Chris Stapleton – “The Gambler”
Idina Menzel & Charles Kelley – “We’ve Got Tonight”
Lady A – “She Believes In Me”
Lionel Richie – “Lady”
Little Big Town – “Through The Years”
Reba McEntire – “Reuben James”
Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – “Islands In The Stream”

Kenny Rogers All In For The Gambler CD/DVD Bundles are also available for purchase today!

The Country Music Hall Of Fame Does It Right.

Well, as the man called Meat Loaf once sang ” Two out of three ain’t bad”. That’s what I initially thought about today’s announcement from the Country Music Hall Of Fame, as they announced the class of 2022, which consisted of Mr. Keith Whitley, Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis and Mr. Joe Galante. Many people might disagree with me on my views, and that’s completely fine, because Mr. Galante isn’t exactly the worst enemy of Country Music like others are, I just felt there were others in the industry that were more deserving of this honor.

I know….I know…the never ending argument we all have a bout  “so and so got the shaft again”….I have heard that for 20 years now. But to be honest, I think that it is indeed high time Miss Tanya Tucker was inducted. I truly think that she is overly deserving of this honor as well as a few others.

I do not however, feel that way about the other two that were selected to join the ranks of the greatest honor in all of Country Music. I will openly admit right now, that I felt that Miss Tanya Tucker, Mr. Ray Stevens and The Oak Ridge Boys all deserved to be inducted. But in the end, the three inductees were indeed some damn fine choices overall.

Now, before I talk about the many reasons I justify these choices, allow me to make one disclaimer about the personal lives of the other two choices that were made this week. This entire website is operated by a recovered opiate addict, as many of you already know, and many of you were right along side me for the journey of my recovery. For that reason and a few others, I have decided to focus on their musical legacy in lieu of their personal plights.

Bearing that in mind at this time, I wanted to point out the fact that we all have skeletons in our closets. I’m extremely cautious about being a judgemental person toward anybody, let alone some of my personal heroes, however I can understand someone’s personal dislike for some of these passed Legends that lead such turbulent lives. It was a stable and pellucid fact that these Country Music legends indeed had a litany of issues with marriages, alcohol and drama with drugs ( both of them may or may not have had issues with all three ).

One thing I am going to say about Mr. Keith Whitley is this…I cannot begin to fathom how beautiful the music would have been, had he lived a full life. The same thing I say about Mr. Hank Williams. With only two albums released during his life, he charted hits in both life and death. He charted twelve alive and seven after his death in 1989.

Now, altogether he only released four full length albums, which is a mere drop in the bucket compared to artists like Mr. Garth Brooks or Mr. Alan Jackson, at the same time is often compared to them for paving the way for the artists we love today. He basically erupted from the early 1980’s, and not only became one of the largest country heartthrobs, but became a household name through television appearances on TNN and Hee Haw.

I’m going to be completely honest and say outright without a doubt nobody sang with more feeling and more emotion than this man. I remember as a young boy, I once asked my mother “Mom, who is that guy” she said “That’s Keith Whitley, son”. I asked “Why is he crying, mom?” She replied “Because he is Keith Whitley, son”.

Last but certainly not least, the Country Music Hall Of Fame has inducted one of the most vastly overlooked legends in many genres of music, Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis. While it was altogether essential to remember that he not only embellished  Rock Music, but Country as well.

True, a lot of his Country songs were indeed covers, but with his signature flair for the piano and ripping vocals, he revitalized many of the songs he covered. It is my ardent belief that in his time he was responsible for bringing legions of fans from other genres into the Country fold.

To be honest folks, there are just so many boxed sets and compilations that exist of his decades of recordings, that it is almost criminal to not delve into his past Country Music recordings. From a collector’s view his album LIVE At The Star Club, Hamburg is a highly collectable album to have in your collection for anybody, and many of his Country albums are hard to find.

For me, one of his pinnacle album for his contributions to the world of Country Music was his eighth album on Smash Records called “Another Place Another Time” which contained the song penned by Mr. Glenn Sutton called “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous ( Has Made A Loser Out Of Me )”. Also the title song to this album was AMAZING!  HOWEVER…

This was only the tip of his mountain of immense material most of society doesn’t delve deep enough to find. I’ll tell you why. See, in 1969 Mr. Sam Phillips who owned Sun Records sold the entire Sun catalog to Mr. Shelby Singleton, which included all of his unreleased recordings of Country songs.

The songs were being released and packaged in such a manner that the general public thought they were new songs. The mastery of the marketing technique they used to move these albums was unprecedented for that time period.  I did a lot of studying about the business deal that transpired here, that kept the Sun Records name relevant in this time period.

A plethora of his best Country Music was released on Mercury Records in the 1970’s with an album called I – 40 Country. The song that Mr. Larry Kingston wrote with Mr. Frank Dycus called “He Can’t Fill My Shoes” , which in my opinion was one his finest songs ( also recorded by Mr. Mikey Newberry ).

This was preceded by albums like “Odd Man In”, which boasted another favorite of mine called “Let’s Put It Back Together Again” by my friend Mr. Jerry Foster, and it had some great Hank Williams songs on it.  The album called “Killer Country” that was released on Elektra Records, was another perfect Country album, with “Thirty-Nine And Holding ( another song Mr. Jerry Foster wrote with Mr. Bill Rice ).

In conclusion, I have never fully understood why many of these “Outlaw Country” websites and memes never include this man. I mean, there weren’t many that created more chaos for the industry than Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis! That’s not in ANY an insult to one of the people who made the music that helped shape my youth, and truly does indeed deserve to be in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Please Help Mr. Big G With Cancer Treatments.

There are many things that I am essentially late in getting on the website, that I have written down throughout the year, that I wanted to publish before starting on the work I intend begin for 2022. I usually spend my Christmas/ New Year’s vacation catching up with all of the many different projects I have going for the website, and for all of my home projects too.

Many years ago, I met this man via the internet and I was introduced to his internet radio show that he had. I learned about so many different bands from him and his Texas show, that featured Roots Music, as well as older Texas Music tunes like Mr. Red Steagall. I learned a lot about how much this man truly cared about the music that he played on the show, and how elated he was about the bands.

There are so many people that were instrumental throughout my journey in the beginning and beyond, and Mr. Big G was one of them. It was always fun to pop on and find out what kind of new artists and new bands he was featuring on the radio show, and many times he would delve into the history of some of those bands. Where did they come from? What was going on with the local Texas music community he was in? Who was making new music and what venues were featuring this new music.

His daily show on KERV 1230 was called Big G’s Texas Roadshow, and it also featured interviews and political satire ( which I overlooked because I am neither right nor left ). But this show became one of my favorite parts of my weekly routine, to get on the chat room and visit with everyone.

Later on, as I continued to listen and I continued to write more articles, he began to admire my work as well as I  would admire his. The more we began to interact, I would get to pop on the phone and visit with his radio show, where he gave me the opportunity to showcase some of the fabulous bands I was featuring at the time.

We had the opportunity to finally meet in 2014, when I covered a local festival here in Kentucky called Outlaw Fest that he was the emcee at for the weekend. It was really a fun couple days out here filled with music and friends, even though the weather only agreed with us part of the weekend.

2014 was a pivotal year for my website here, as I began to branch out more to other festivals and communities. For the first couple years ( like 2010 to 2013 ) the only festival I had been to was Muddy Roots and Master Musician’s Festival, and in 2013 I finally had more opportunities to travel more and branch out.

This brought so many new bands and artists to my attention, to which it gave me the opportunity to write about those bands, which in turn were brought out to a more wider audience. So many wonderful people stepped up to make that event so very special in many ways, and I myself had a ton of friendships culminate from that event, that I would be remiss to say it was one of my most important festival jobs.

I had to spend a few years catching up on some things in my personal life, and that caused me to fall behind, but recently I had the wonderful opportunity to stop and catch up on all of the articles I wanted to bring you. Better late than never, right?

I read on his page this past spring that he was in need of help with some medical issues right now, and one thing I will say is this: in the world of music, we take care of our own. This man means a lot to me, and I feel he is vastly overlooked by the Texas local music community and right now we need to lift him up in prayer and love.

You can reach the GOFUNDME link HERE.

Over the last few months my father, Gordon “Big G” Ames, found out that he has Stage 4 Salivary Gland Carcinoma. This is a form of cancer that has developed right behind his ear and has metastasized down to his chest.

*3 Time Ameripolitan awards Official DJ of the Year nominee*

UPDATE: Results of the final biopsy conclude that treatment will be handled with chemotherapy instead of surgery or radiation. Due to Big G’s health insurance, treatment will be done locally at Texas Oncology instead of MD Anderson. This takes away the strain from traveling back and forth from Houston but associated costs for treatment are still high. Duration of treatment is still unknown at this point, but Big G just had his first chemo session on 1/21/2021 and will continue every three weeks. 

Big G’s spirits are high and plans on a full recovery. The support so far has been phenomenal and we (his family) are eternally grateful.

This gofundme will help fund medical bills, life bills and quality of life.

Please share this with friends and fans of my dad’s radio show “Big G’s Texas Roadshow.” To all of the musicians that my dad interviewed: it would mean a lot if you could share this with your fans. He means the world to his sons, wife and family.

His GOFUNDME was updated once again on  March 31, 2021 by Jake Ames, Organizer.

Hey yall, just checkin to give yall an update from Big G, “we want everyone who has invested their love and contributions to know our extreme gratitude. We will never be able to thank you enough.”

Big G completed his 4th round of chemo on March 24th with a CT scan and a Echocardiogram scheduled that will come with a hefty price tag even with insurance. Depending on results, their are two tentatively scheduled scans that’ll cost $2800 after insurance pays their portion.

We would love to get this shared out again. Thank you so much for all of your help.

 

Ashley McBryde Gives A Look Into What Life Is Like On The Road.

Ahh the ever popular myths and assumptions that the general public has about the music business, and how those all night parties and debauchery are  a nightly occurrence. I mean, we all know that being a musician isn’t really a job, right? Right. All they do is roll around the United States snorting coke and devouring catered food and jack daniels whiskey.

I been following these bands I cover on here for over twelve years now, and I can readily tell you that this life isn’t made for everyone, hence the name of these videos. Her band takes us on a first hand tour of what life is like on the other side of the stage, even though it does not show the extremely dark side of the loneliness it entails.

I always try my best to stay out of the way during these events if I am ever backstage for any length of time,  so as not to be a burden on anyone.  There are so many people running around before and after the show, doing their job to make sure the show goes well.

 

I think more of the mainstream artists and the local artists need to showcase both sides of how life is like while touring and performing all over the world. From so many different perspectives and levels of the music business, someone needs to release videos of the actual paperwork side of the music business.

I’m one of those people that has had the opportunity to have seen some of the contracts and some of the ways the business handles things, and I’m extremely glad I don’t have to live the life like they do.  I am extremely content with just being a website hobby journalist ( and I use that term loosely in regards to myself ), and just having a “fan of music blog”.

This article was once again updated on July 30th, as she and her band have consistently released some additional videos, showing many aspects of the business that we as fans don’t really think of. It is a really good tool for a novice road musician to implement into their own shows.

I’m hoping in the future that they will publish a few more of these, and show more of the technicalities of the overall touring musician. Maybe she is one of your own personal favorites and you use her music to influence you in a positive way, and these videos will help enrich your own life.

40th Annual Sunday Mornin’ Country Has Been Announced.

Sunday Mornin’ Country promises to be the best ticket in town, blending top Country artists and your favorite Gospel music together for a time of celebration and inspiration along with great entertainment for the whole family. Again this year, the show will be hosted by the legendary Country Music and Rock -n- Roll Hall of Fame member, Brenda Lee. Sunday Mornin’ Country is an event you won’t want to miss. This year’s show will be the 40th Anniversary of Country music artists coming together to share their hearts as well as their favorite Gospel songs. The event will take place on Sunday, June 12 on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Order tickets on www.opry.com or call 1-800-733-6779.

Sunday Mornin’ Country is one of my favorite things to be a part of each year. It reminds me of my childhood, going to church, being with old friends, meeting new friends and sharing the songs of my childhood,” said Brenda Lee. “I am honored to be invited to host the 40th Anniversary show this year at the Grand Ole Opry House.”

Artists and performances for this special celebration event will be announced soon. Past years performers have included the talents of Jeannie Seely, John Berry, Skeeter Davis, Roy Acuff, Lynn Anderson, Jason Crabb, Chris Young, Jimmie Wayne, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Freddy Hart, Grandpa Jones, Charlie McCoy, Vestal Goodman, Paul Richey, Marty Raybon, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, Tammy Wynette, Brenda Lee, Linda Davis, Jean Shepard and many others.

Sponsored by the Nashville-based nonprofit, Music City Christian Fellowship, the concert has wrapped up the week at the conclusion of CMA Music Fest each year, leaving fans and guests with an uplifting memory of Nashville. Sunday Mornin’ Country is the longest-running Country/Gospel event during the music festival.

Keep current with Sunday Mornin’ Country on the Music City Christian Fellowship website and stay in touch on social media platform Facebook.

About Music City Christian Fellowship:
The Music City Christian Fellowship is a non-profit organization of born-again Christian believers, involved in the Music and Entertainment Industry, dedicated to the proclaiming of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our gifts of music. A Scripture-based, Spirit-filled, God-led, and trust in Jesus for all things, believing in the Bible as God’s inspired Word for man, that everyone might live a life that is pleasing to Him. It is the desire to be able, with the crumbling of old barriers and birth of new freedoms, to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world through the International Language of Music! For more information on the Music City Christian Fellowship visit musiccitychristianfellowship.org.