Sep 292013

This is a video I watched last night as Bluegrass Legend Tony Rice accepted his IBMA Hall Of Fame induction.
IN HIS REAL VOICE! Folks many of you know Mr. Tony has had many setbacks and health issues as of late
and had a recent stint in the hospital. He has had many vocal problems and cancer bouts and he IS WINNING!

As a guitarist Tony Rice has done it all and played on everything from Roses In The Snow by Emmylou Harris to
J.D. Crowe and the The New South.
From the 1970’s to today there was no stopping Tony Rice and to say he is not Bluegrass Music’s
strongest icon is blasphemy. The 1977 debut album from David Grisman is actually regarded as
a landmark of acoustic string band music.
He’s worked with EVERYONE in the bluegrass genre from Allison Krause to Doyle Lawson.

This video is one of the strongest storied of hope and recovery that I have EVER witnessed, and it totally
disproves EVERY naysayer that prayer and the spirit CAN HEAL the sick. I literally cried tears of joy when
I saw this because a music without Tony Rice…would suck!

On 2013 Tony Rice was presented with the accolade by Sam Bush and Peter Rowan.

Sep 262013

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What can I say about the boys in BR5-49 that hasn’t already been said? They have had ups and downs and all out
knockdown shows at Robert’s Western World (where it all started) to foreign countries.
In fact nobody is really sure WHEN it started but WE ALL can say for sure it covered the whole downtown
broadway area like a bad case of chiggers.
Of course they got their name from Junior Samples and Hee Haw…I’m sure everyone knew that!
These five original guys were NOTED for playing for HOURS and HOURS for tips, and they ROCKED the joint
EVERY NIGHT! Don Herron who played steel and fiddle and EVERYTHING ELSE just blew my socks off so badly
I used to go down there and spend 10 bucks to park to see them and always tipped them 20 bucks.
They quickly grew known for performing cover songs that were so obsolete that the general public
never even knew they were classic country songs…not that their original songs were bad…
They packed the house and sold so much merchandise that music row soon took note and it all went on from there.

They had lineup changes and success on their own as solo artists AND NOW I hear that after a concert at the
Fontanel Mansion opening for Old Crow Medicine Show and one in august in Canada there MAY BE some activity
from the original 5 members…which would please me immensely.

FOLKS THIS IS an ALL NEW ALBUM full of outtakes from performing LIVE from Roberts in their 1990’s haydays
of partying and playing loud fast honky tonk hillbilly beat shows!
And this album is ONLY available HERE.
YOU MUST inbox them and order this awesome album full of GREAT songs NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES!
It was manufactured for their Canada show and it’s ONLY available on that link.

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TOMMORROW (well today) they will be doing a radio interview on and THEY MAY answer some
well awaited questions about IF they will ever become fully active once again.
I for one would go absolutely NUTS to see these five fine people together again, solid and
once again a thorn in pop country’s side!

1. In The Jailhouse Now
2.How Come It
3.Luther Played The Boogie
4.White Lightning
5.Sea Of Heartbreak
6.One Woman Man
7.Mr. Moonlight
8.Lend Me Your Comb
9.Are You Getti’n Tired Of Me
10.Right String Baby, but Wrong Yo-Yo
11.Mama Tried
12.Skinny Jim
13.Memories Are Made Of This
14.Yonder Comes A Sucker
15.Hey Joe
16.Act Naturally
17.Little Ramona
18.If You Ain’t Lovin
19.There Stands The Glass
20.Roly Poly
21.Dixie Fried
22.Take Me Back To Tulsa
23.Cherokee Boogie

Sep 252013

My dear friends the WHOLE REASON I started my website was to FINANCIALLY support and share their music
to people who may not know them, and to EDUCATE people. Because the mainstream media may not share these
treasures to people like us.
I have spent over 20 years studying and learning about country music..where it came from…who started it?
Who produced it…who wrote all them classic country songs your grandfather played for you?
Where’s it going…Who is playing the REAL stuff?
So I’m going to educate my friends with some really wonderfull people who contributed some beautifull
things to country music…EVERY WEEK We will do one more person.

20: Little David Wilkins

WE STILL have this wonderfull man with us and he LOVES to entertain people and makes us all happy
with his classic country hits and his skills as a piano player. He was born May 18th 1945.
“Comin On Strong” was his first cut by Brenda Lee and his success spiraled upward from there.
That song was recorded by 26 artists and sold over 5 million records. Between 1969 and 1977 he
wrote over 100 songs and has had cuts by more people than I could name. MY FAVORITE song he does
is “Whoever Turned You on Girl Forgot To Turn You Off”. And to this day he still entertains and loves his audience.
And his album “King Of All The Taverns” is regarded as a prize treasure for us vinyl collectors.

Sep 242013

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Randy Travis…what does that name mean to you? If you are like me it means a true country legend with a troubled past
and a troubled present. You just cannot help but see the hurt in his eyes and his voice. After watching him sing
YOU KNOW that he’s been at rock bottom and back up again.
He dominated the 80’s with 16 number 1 hits and charted more than 55 singles off of 20 studio albums and in the early 90’s when his chart success declined he began recording gospel music.

In 2010 and several times afterward he was arrested multiple times intoxicated in public. And it seemed he was lost
physically and spiritually. But his true fans LIKE ME stood beside him…and today…we still do!

On July 7th 2013 the news was announced that he was admitted to a Dallas Tx area hospital for Viral Cardiomyapathy.
And rapidly was loosing the fight for life. Three days later he suffered a stroke and was listed as critical, and
was placed on machines. His fans POURED IN support for him, signed cards and sent videos for him.
In fact the support was SO IMMENSE the hospital could not handle that amount of publicity and he was soon moved
to a rehabilitation facility.

TODAY his NEW ALBUM is ready for pre order and you can purchase it HERE.
This will be his 21st studio album on Warner Brothers label, and will be available in stores in October.
This will be the tracks for the new album:

1. Someday We’ll Look Back
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Merle Haggard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1971

2. Big Butter And Egg Man
Influence: Merle Haggard (1985)
Songwriter: Percy Venable
Original Performer: Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Originally Released: 1926

3. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter: Dave Kirby
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1976

4. Ever Changing Woman
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: David Kirby, Curly Putman
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Originally Released: 1980

5. Pennies From Heaven
Influence: Merle Haggard (1986)
Songwriters: Arthur Johnston (music) Johnny Burke (lyrics)
Original Performer: Bing Crosby
Originally Released: 1936

6. Thanks A Lot
Influence: Ernest Tubb
Songwriters: Eddie Miller and Don Sessions
Original Performer: Ernest Tubb
Originally Released: 1964

7. Trouble In Mind
Influence: Merle Haggard (1996)
Songwriter: Richard M. Jones
Original Performer: Thelma La Vizzo
Originally Released: 1924

8. My Mary
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriters: Stuart Hamblen, Jimmie Davis
Original Performers: Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Originally Released: 1983

9. Saginaw, Michigan
Influence: Lefty Frizzell
Songwriters: Don Wayne
Original Performer: Lefty Frizzell
Year Released: 1964

10. Always On A Mountain (When I Fall)
Influence: Merle Haggard
Songwriter(s): D. Kerran & Chuck Howard
Original Performer: Merle Haggard
Year Released: 1978

11. (Because) You Asked Me To
Influence: Waylon Jennings
Songwriter(s): Billy Joe Shaver & Waylon Jennings
Original Performer: Waylon Jennings
Year Released: 1973

12. Why Baby Why
Influence: George Jones
Songwriters: Darrell Edwards & George Jones
Original Performer: George Jones
Year Released: 1955

13. Tonight I’m Playing Possum (Duet With Joe Nichols)
Songwriters: Keith Gattis
Original Performer: Randy Travis
Year Released: 2013

I for one have been eagerly awaiting this new album from him, and I have already placed it
on my MUST PURCHASE list for 2013. TO DATE he is recovering in a satisfactory fashion and
we are hoping he will announce a complete recovery soon.

Sep 232013

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If there is one thing that musicians do it’s raise money for helping those in need. And October 25-27th they
are all gathering to do just that for a fellow named Troy Rector, who is going through some major
medical issues and needs our help.
This festival is being brought to us by many people and organizations like The Outlaw Music Hall Of Fame. There will be SO MANY great things going on that weekend you WON’T want
to miss this event. You can click on the link above to pre-purchase tickets OR WAIT until the gate and pay 40
for the gate price. I myself always like to pay the gate price especially when it’s toward a GOOD cause.

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I want to touch on one of the performers and one of the top reasons I am going.
This young lady is Kara Clark and if your’e not familiar with her music…you need to be.
Once again you’ll be glad you came to this website to check out new artists to support.
You can listen and purchase her music under “Artists You Need To Know”, and I’m sure you’ll agree
with me that she’s awesome.
She performs on the sunday lineup at the festival and TRUST ME she will not disappoint anyone
that goes to see her perform.

THE VERY FIRST inductees will be announced that weekend and they will be reported on by me.
You can be darn sure that I will try my best to be there…I’m planning on it.
ALL PROCEEDS are going to this man and his family. I will be writing a follow up article on this
event with more information on hotels and hotel rates for people that need them…I plan to get one.

1152 Gap Road Altamont Tn is where this festival is and the times are listed on the add above.
And it’s 30 dollars pre-order and 40 at the gates. THIS will be a really enjoyable event for sure!

Sep 222013

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As promised to my readers Here’s more information on the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender in Nashville Indiana.
FIRST OFF IT’S NO RUMOR there is ONLY 500 tickets available to this event and you can get them on my last article
that covered the headliner Dr.Ralph Stanley. THIS article will cover another GREAT reason to come to the Spring Weekender Jayke Orvis.
The Broken Band…sadly…doesn’t get any coverage from media outlets and THAT’S WHY I started this website!
They WILL get positive attention from us and they have been added to this event. YOU MUST GO and see his fine
musicianship and band, I myself think Liz Sloan is one of underground music’s finest fiddle players and her
stage presence is AWESOME!

OK Now, for those of you that know me personally you know I’m not physically able to camp for two days
and I AM an avid outdoors sportsman but I have many health issues and I’ll need a hotel room.
SO just for them fine folks at Muddy Roots I been digging into a report for ALL OF YOU, here’s some
nearby area hotels you can check into while enjoying all the fine music and friends.
I want to add that I stayed at La Quinta Inn at Cookeville for the Muddy Roots 2013 festival
and I was WELL taken care of,I had a WONDERFULL time.

La Qunita Inn of Columbus Indiana will be one of my first choices. They have GREAT
Wi-fi and breakfast was REALLY good.And the pool and hot tub were above nice.
And TRUST ME with a severe case of RA like me…a hot tub is GOOD. Starting at 92 and up,they are 10.4 miles away.

Days Inn of Columbus Indiana is another great hotel chain I have used for hunting and fishing in the past in several states. Starting at 59 and up they are 10.3 miles away from the campgrounds.

Motel 6 of Columbus Indiana is another chain of hotels that are only 10.4 miles from the campground but I have never
stayed with them before.I cannot report on their hospitality but they have reasonable rates at 44 dollars and up.

Abe Martin Lodge is located IN THE PARK AREA and is only 5 miles from the campgrounds and starts at 59 dollars and up.
I have heard GREAT things about this lodge and I will check it out for future use for my personal enjoyment.

Ok now I plan to bring up my boat to the Spring Weekender and I want to fish a nearby lake the day before the music starts. How do you buy a license to fish Indiana? Well…I go THAT covered too!
I bet NO OTHER media outlet will answer ALL THESE questions for festival goers like me.
The Indiana DNR is where you can
purchase and print out a one day or three day license from the Dept.Of Natural Resources.

So there you have it my dear readers, I hope you enjoy this blessed time being put together by Jason Galaz and
Muddy Roots. I’ll be there reporting on all the bands and I may set up a few sit downs with some of the bands.
But I’ll be there buying merch and hanging out with friends and enjoying everyone.
Come say Hi to me!

Here’s a WHOLE MAP of the Spring Weekender AND ALSO Mr. Jason has announced there MAY BE a fan-performer
family style dinner..catered. I will update again with more information on this!

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Heres a WHOLE LIST of cabins, prices AND photos available.

M*A*S*H* cabin | 10 singles | Cold water sink | C-1 – $400 FR-SUN Island cabin | 10 singles| can join with Artist Cabin | C-2 – $350 FRI-SUN Artist cabin | 10 singles | Cold water sink | C-3 $400 FRI-SUN Rock N’ Roll cabin | 1 queen, 7 singles | C-4 -$350 FRI-SUN -PENDING Bike Shack cabin | 1 queen, 7 singles w/loft that sleeps 3 | Cold water sink | C-5 – $400 FRI-SUN -PENDING Pioneer cabin | 2 doubles, 4 singles | C-6-RESERVED All Sport cabin | 2 doubles, 4 singles | Cold water sink | C-7-RESERVED Babbling Brook cabin | 1 double, 3 singles | C-8-RESERVED Love Nest cabin | 1 double, 3 singles | C-9-RESERVED Bartels Log Cabin | sleeps 6 | 1 queen, bunk beds and a loft, indoor commode |Cold water sink | C-10-RESERVED


TENT CAMPING – Primitive and free. Tents only in tent area. No vehicles.



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Sep 222013

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Mr.Clay and Miss Barbie Campbell and the fine folks at the Kentucky Opry have so many wonderfull guests and shows for us to enjoy in the Paducah Kentucky area. They never cease to amaze me at the talent they bring whether it’s the SOLD OUT september annual Gene Watson show or this gal Jennifer Brantley. Jennifer has been making waves in the Nashville
area for some time now with a beautifull song written by Glenn Douglass Tubb and Hank Williams.
And on October 5th her and James Hand will be visiting the Kentucky Opry.

YEP You heard me correct I said Hank Williams! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN YOU ASK?
Well….Hank had half written a lot of songs and they were all placed in archives and declared “unknown property”
for many years and many legal battles. And Audrey Williams apparently allowed Glenn Douglass Tubb to have
one of those songs and he finished it, and Miss Jennifer cut it.
I had the CD sent to me a while back and honestly I STILL enjoy it very much. I think she did the song REAL
justice! Iv’e always LOVED the steel guitar work on this.

I cannot always get every weekend off as my “real job” demands alot of my overtime but if I’m off
I’ll defiantly be in attandance there for her appearance!

Sep 212013

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J.B. Beverley, what can you say about him as an artist and an all around good guy.He’s one of my favorite people in the underground music scene and the “muddy roots crowd”. I myself believe he is one of the top people that uphold tradition in music today,and it’s been a long time in the making but he’s releasing ALL NEW music under the Rusty Knuckles record label.

If you pre-order the album (which I SOON plan to do) you can enter a raffle for a railroad spike hunting knife
forged by them! I thought this was a bad assed offer,how many artists would offer to send you anything THEY actually made?
NOT MANY! He is an all-around nice guy and treats EVERY fan as if he’s known them for years,you just don’t find
a more genuine person taking the stage in this fashion in today’s day and age.

There is a direct link to his music under “Artists You Need To Know” on my main page it will take
you directly to him and you can purchase his music and merch there.
Below is a picture from Muddy Roots 2013 in Cookeville Tn from his performance where he brought out
so many legends and guests we couldn’t fit them all into the damn camera lens!

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If this article hasn’t convinced you to pre-order his new album which will be available for shipping off the website on october 22nd then there’s no much else I can do for you!

Sep 212013

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The Bluebird Cafe is thrilled to announce a benefit for The Recording Academy (the Nashville chapter) featuring Martina McBride with her co-writers The Warren Brothers, Tommy Lee James and friends. The benefit will take place at The Bluebird on October 1, 2013 @ 9:00pm. Reservations will become available Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 8:00am Central Time via The cost is $150 for gold circle seats or $100 for regular seats. *Please note that this is a prepaid show.
About The Recording Academy: The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, founded in 1964, provides an expansive program of professional services to meet the needs of its local music community. The Chapter continues to promote and assist a new generation of recording industry leaders by providing unique networking and outreach opportunities.

Sep 212013

Dear readers,
There is one main reason I still come to the Opry…Little Jimmy Dickens.
You cannot and will not ever argue with the fact he is the one true treasure country music has left.
We still have Ray Price and Merle Haggard..and both of them would kneel down to this man just like
Eddie Stubbs did on this video.

This man makes me cry and has made me cry my entire life, when he stood on the blessed circle
of wood and would recite “Raggedy Ann” and hold that doll up the whole auditorium is silent.
He captivates the audience both young and old and everyone loves him very much.
He’s overcome brain surgery,vocal problems and many other obstacles in his Opry
tenure which I believe other than Jean Shepherd is the longest active on the Opry.
Last night,this man came to us and left us a message and the integrity and love
he brought to the stage to see The Old Crow Medicine Show
become inducted to the Opry as members was overwhelming.

I think the world of Eddie Stubbs,he has always been a pillar of our foundation.
And to see Little Jimmy Dickens return even to just say hello and Thank You
was a true blessing.LOVE THESE PEOPLE because we aren’t promised another tommorrow
and you never know when they will pass away.
Right Now there is a true emptiness about the Opry stage…simply because our
greatest treasure is not feeling well and cannot play right now.

I’m sure I speak for THOUSANDS when I say “We Love You Jimmy Dickens.

Sep 202013

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I promise the talk and word going around IS TRUE…I AM returning and this is proof!
I am building and planning and making new networks to bring YOU the BEST POSITIVE
articles on underground music and the legends of country music and bluegrass.

We are ALL different and have different tastes and THAT is what makes us ALL special.
Whatever your taste is make sure you are supporting what you like!
Because let’s face it….nobody works for free.
These people bust their rear ends to bring their music to you and the venues
do alot of hard work to bring them to you as well.

Here you will be educated and exposed to EVERYONE from Bob Wayne to John Denver
in a positive and adult form.
I WILL NOT report on pop country…nor will I waste my time bashing it. Simply because
too many other media outlets already do.

I want to breathe further life into the underground world of music…it’s already alive
and flourishing and it needs FUNDING and SUPPORT from YOU.
So go out and HONOR THY MUSIC!

Gary Hayes

Sep 182013

Mr. Jason Galaz local entrepreneur and music fan started a dream a few years ago, and that was to bring underground music and roots music together into one place.He started Muddy Roots Music which did exactly just that and it’s growing bigger and bigger every year.Nashville is beginning to take notice because it’s generating HUGE sales and support from people like YOU READING THIS!
Last year he started the Spring Weekender in Adams Tn and due to some technicalities it’s been moved to Nashville INDIANA next year. I’ll be delving into this area for you at a later time,I will check into motels and rates for the area.I’ll need one because due to my physical conditions…I cannot camp for that long.

And I absolutely assure you it WILL NOT disappoint anyone because of THIS MAN!

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In 2014 Dr. Ralph Stanley announced his “Man Of Constant Sorrow” Farewell tour and IT STOPS for the day at the Spring Weekender next year! Now, the Clinch Mountain Boys WILL continue and his grandson Nathan Stanley will be leading them from that point on.
I have heard from several reliable sources that HE WILL play his required Opry performances because he upholds those historic obligations with great pride.
So THIS IS a part of history, YOU NEED to come and witness what I’m sure will be a tear filled goodbye to a true living legend of Bluegrass music.

I’ll be reporting ALOT MORE on the Spring Weekender and you can always link through here to buy tickets.
There is SO MUCH to report on and inform you about.

Sep 162013

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Hello Friends Of Ray!!
This is Janie. Just wanted to give you a good word on Ray.
Dr. Red Duke started Ray on a TPN Tube Feeding Line last Friday and he has done a 100° turn-around! He is responding quickly and regaining his strength and that twinkle is returning to those beautiful blue eyes of his! His every thought is of getting better so he can get his new CD Distribution Deal finalized so he can release the CD he just completed and is so proud of.
Today was my birthday and Ray and I wanted say Thank You to all of you who have sent us messages and ecards and yes, an ecake as well! So many dear friends have called and even with us being here in the hospital, this birthday will stand out as one of the most memorable of any I’ve had.
Ray just said “Lot’s Of People Have Friends But Ours Are The Best”! On this we so agree!!.
Blessings To All! Janie Price

Sep 142013

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I would like to thank so many people for all your verbal support about returning the website.All the letters and comments that you made have helped me make a very expensive but worth while decision to return to the keyboard.
So many songwriters, and underground artists are ignored and not even known about by mainstream people and I intend to CHANGE THAT.I PROMISE to promote and educate in a friendly and professional fashion.
We all do not have the same musical tastes, and that is what makes us ALL special!
If you are going out to the shows, buying the music and the merchandise and supporting the artist who works their
rear end off to perform for you then YOU ARE SPECIAL!
Some people are upset with the current situation of the Opry and Nashville’s upper people, country radio and other media outlets.I am as well…so here I am!
I LOVE the Opry and I still go to see the legends of country music.They NEED a voice that is NOT held down by record labels or management.
I PLEDGE to report my news and information in a POSITIVE fashion.I will NOT bash ANY artists,writers or ANY other people in the music industry….although we may “poke fun” at pop country.
MY overall reason to do this is to generate MONEY and LISTENERS for the artists and bands that NEED THEM.
These people do ALOT of work and pour their heart and blood into their work.
I URGE YOU to NEVER ask them to VIP you into their shows…PAY FOR THEM and support their JOB.I URGE YOU to BUY the shirts,hats,albums,stickers…whatever you can afford! Sit your butts on the barstools and SUPPORT THE VENUE!
Buy food and drinks and make the venue WANT THE ARTIST BACK!
SPREAD THE MUSIC…expose it to new listeners,share the posts.

Gary Hayes