Dec 312013
 

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay
08.Vestal Goodman
07.Molly O Day
06.Don Winters
05.Bob Luman
04.Stoney Edwards

Well now I stressed earlier that as I draw near the top three choices for Icons it is NOT
really in order of how important they were to me per say…
THEY ALL contributed GREAT things to country music in their own way.
And this next man was no exception. HE WAS A VERY funny man and a VERY kind
individual and was an integral part of my raising!

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Number 3 is Archie Campbell.

Archie Campbell was born November 7th 1914 in Bulls Gap Tennessee outside of Knoxville.
He began a career in radio in Knoxville and Chattanoga at various local stations
and joined the U.S. Navy in 1941.

In 1960 he moved to Nashville and replaced Rodney Brasfield on the Grand Ole Opry.
Shortly alongside his Opry tenure he signed with RCA records and had some
Top 25 success.
He briefly left RCA to join the legendary Starday label and then re-joined RCA
in 1967 and had a few Top 30 singles.

Mostly, Archie was well known for his comedy. He was a very funny man
and always smiled. He was considered for the role of famed Batman villain
‘The Joker” because of his smile in the 1960’s TV show but lost the
part to Cesar Romero.

Some of his signature comedy skits were to tell children’s stories while
changing the first letters of the words for instance he would tell
the story of “Rindercella” the gal who Slopped Her Dripper.

Another good one was the Pee Little Thrigs.

Another famous skit he has was “That’s good/ That’s Bad…
Where Archie would describe a troubling circumstance and the other person would
say “Thats bad” and he’d say NO “Thats Good” and then state something good
that came out of it…and the other guy would say “Oh That’s Good” and Archie would
say “NO Thats Bad” and tell a bad result…etc.
He also largely incorporated cigars into his act.

In 1970 however the world came to know and adore Archie Campbell for joining
and helping shape the longest running prime time syndicated television show
in history “Hee Haw”.

He and Gordie Trapp wrote and acted in some of country music’s most famed
skits.
He and Gordie wrote and sometimes made up on hand verses to the famed
song “Where Oh Where Are You Tonight”? Which usually resulted in
spitting in each other’s faces.
It was rumored that Archie made up alot of dialect and jokes “on hand”
during the show. There are over 200 verses to this song I have collected.

He also acted as “Doctor Cambell” and the Justice O The Peace and
wrote the Junior Samples skit for “Sample Sales” and came up with
the monicker of BR5-49.

He continued to record comedy albums and appear on the Opry
in regular form until we lost him to heart problems August 29th 1987.

Dec 312013
 

Tonight I’ll be playing with my neighbors at our local watering hole and
there are SO MANY awesome shows coming in 2014.
SO MUCH to report on and write about and support.
Man you can just GO NUTS keeping track of everybody cause they are ALL
SO TALENTED!

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Now speaking of talent I want to feature one of the most TALENTED
bands and musicians in this “roots music” scene and movement.
Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band will be coming to
The End in Nashville with some VERY special guests.

I’ll be completely honest I was brokenhearted when the .357 String Band met their demise.
I was equally broken hearted when I saw the remaining three members play together
once again…once.
But honestly Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band are the BEST in the local
game.
I said it before and I’ll say it again and again Liz Sloan is the most talented fiddle player
I have heard in ages and her stage presence is second to NONE!
And when they play it sounds like THUNDER pouring down on you!

They will be bringing in the “PMA MAN” Mr. James Hunnicutt and
I PROMISE YOU he will NOT disappoint EVER!
He just goes completely crazy on the guitar and he has some really powerful moving songs.
He’s also part of the Broken Band so the man plays TWO sets.
You get ALOT for 8 BUCKS! You guys need to put a little extra in their hand.

BUT WAIT I GOT MORE

Thrashabilly band Deadman Flats have discontinued their
last two albums “Read Em And Weep” and “Antlers” to refine their sound and bring new
direction to their act.
So go out and support these guys too.

And Whiskey Hill Swillers will be there
as well bringing a little of everything to the stage that night.

The End is 2219 Elliston Place
Nashville Tn 37023
18 And Over Only Please
9:00 PM

This update is the winter and spring tour dates of Jayke Orvis and
the Broken Band. And of course you can catch them at the Spring Weekender in Indiana. HURRY tickets ARE limited.
Jan 3rd – the Shrunken Head – Columbus, Oh w/ The Urban Pioneers

Jan 4th – The Highland Taproom – Louisville, Ky w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 5th – The End – Nashville, Tn w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 7th – Roxys – Columbia, Mo – w/ Deadman Flats and Honkysuckle

Jan 8th – Rock Island Brewing Company – Rock Island, Il w/ the Urban Pioneers and James Hunnicutt

Jan 9th – The Screaming Eagle – Waterloo, Ia w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 10th – The Lizard Lounge – wichita, Ks w/ Deadman Flats and Fishgutzzz the Ig’nant

Jan 11th – the Lions Lair – Denver, Co w/ the Urban Pioneers

Jan 12th – the Black Nugget – Carbonedale, Co w/ the Urband Pioneers and JAMES HUNNICUTT

Jan 14th – The Celt – Idaho Falls, Id w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 15th – Burts Tiki Lounge – SLC, Ut w/ James Hunnicutt and Wyatt Maxwell

Jan 16th – The Filling Station – Bozeman, Mt w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 17th – Ole Beck VFW post 209 – Missoula, Mt w/ James Hunnicutt and Whiskey Hooves

Jan 18th – Bucknums – Heppner, Or w/ James Hunnicutt and DogBite Harris

Jan 19th – El Corazon – Seattle, Wa w/ James Hunicutt

Jan 20 – The Hub – Centralia, Wa w/ James Hunicutt

Jan 21st – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, Or w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 23rd – Bombays – Redding, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 24th – Thee Parkside – San Fransisco, Ca w/ The Pine Box Boys and James Hunnicutt

jan 25th

Jan 26th – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

Jan 27th -TBA- Los Angeles, Ca

Jan 28th – Brick By Brick – San Diego, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt and Wicklow Atwater and the Fallen Flame

Jan 29 – The Bum Steer – Winchester, Ca w/ James Hunnicutt

Jan 30 – Time Out Lounge – Tempe, Az

Jan 31st – Taos-Mesa Brewing Co- Taos, Nm w/ Carrie Nation and CarrieNation AndThe Speakeasy and My Graveyard Jaw

Feb 1st – The Damn Bar- Albuquerque, Nm w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Hillbilly Casino

Feb 2nd – The Blue Max – Midland, Tx w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 5th – The Wherehouse – Forth Worth, TX w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 6th -Holy Mountain – Austin, Tx w/ Whiskey Shivers, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and James Hunnicutt

Feb 7th – Rudyards – Houston, Tx w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 8th -Siberia- New Orleans, La w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 9th – Artmosphere – Lafayette, La w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 10th TBA

Feb 11th – Assay – Ozark, Ar w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 12th – Smoke & Barrel – Fayetteville, Ar w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 13th – Mercury Lounge – Tulsa, Ok w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Feb 14th – The Outand Ballroom – Springfield, Mo w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Vegabond Swing

Feb 15th – Daveys Uptown – Kansas City, Mo w/ The Calamity Cubes! Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy and Posessed By Paul James

Feb 16th – Ole Simrells – Terre Haute, In

Feb 20th – Aldos Lounge – Altoona Pa

Feb 21st – The Grove – Strongstown, Pa

Feb 22nd – Snug Harbor – New Paltz, Ny

Dec 292013
 

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Everybody’s favorite finger flipping guitar slinging outlaw is gearing
up for a BIG open to 2014!
I got some GREAT NEWS for you if you’re a fan of Bob Wayne And The Outlaw Carnies!

I understand his new album will be called “Back To The Camper”.
And he is no longer signed to Century Media so this new album
will be 100 percent total DIY.
So THAT MEANS put a little extra cash in his hand if you
go to his show…PLEASE!
Cause NO LABEL is a hard thing to do these days. So make sure if you
like what he does SUPPORT what he does!

I also understand he has a new lead guitarist named Rory.
And this new album will include a duet with Elizabeth Cook
called “20 Miles To Juarez”.
And a duet with Country Legend Red Simpson.

I also have some European dates for you for his 2014 tour
and he is currently booking Feb-May dates in America.

Feb 12 Jinx Tavern Savannah, GA

Feb 13 Yacht Club Asheville, NC

Feb 14 JR’s Tavern High Point, NC

Feb 15 The Coffee Pot Roanoke, VA

Feb 16 The Gold Room Baltimore, MD

Feb 17 Traghaven Whiskey Pub Tivoli, NY

Feb 18 The Anchor Kingston, NY

Feb 20 Roxy & Dukes Dunellen, NJ

Feb 21 Shore Road Tavern Philadelphia, PA

Feb 22 The Barn Pawlet, VT

Feb 24 The High Note Pekin, IL

Feb 25 The Auricle Canton, OH Tickets

Feb 26 Tootle’s Pumpkin Inn Circleville, OH

Feb 27 Lager House Detroit, MI

Feb 28 Brass Rail Fort Wayne, IN

Mar 01 Crunchy Frog Green Bay, WI

Mar 02 Missy’s Broken Arrow Conrath, WI

Mar 03 Willy Street Pub & Grill Madison, WI

Mar 04 Beer Barrel Hurley, WI

Mar 05 The Delft Nightclub Escanaba, MI

Mar 06 Butter’s Brick House Stevens Point, WI

Mar 07 Reggies Music Joint Chicago, IL Tickets

Mar 08 The Avenue Lansing, MI

Mar 09 Armington Outpost Armington, IL

Mar 10 Eagle’s Hall Vincennes, IN

Mar 13 The Mint 400 Las Vegas, NV

Mar 15 Nickelspot Sioux Falls, SD

Mar 16 Four Winds Bar & Grill Garden City, KS

Mar 17 Lizard Lounge Wichita, KS

Mar 18 Mercury Lounge Tulsa, OK

Mar 19 Red Brick Bar Norman, OK RSVP

Mar 20 Basement Bar Stockyards Fort Worth, TX

Mar 21 Scooters Icehouse Pearland, TX

Mar 22 The White Horse Austin, TX

Mar 24 The Blue Max Midland, TX

Mar 25 Bobby Joe’s Benson, AZ

Mar 28 The Dive Las Vegas, NV

Mar 29 The Royal Lounge Placentia, CA

Mar 30 The Gypsy Shack Jamestown, CA

Apr 01 Winters Tavern Pacifica, CA Tickets

Apr 03 Royal Dive Oceanside, CA

Apr 04 The Blue Lamp Sacramento, CA

Apr 05 B Ryder’s Bakersfield, CA

Apr 08 Johnny’s Lompoc, CA

Apr 09 Manny’s Paso Robles, CA

Apr 10 Whiskey Richards Santa Barbara, CA

Apr 11 Red Cove Ventura, CA

Apr 12 Hippy Killer Hoedown Winchester, CA

Apr 15 Rojo’s South Lake Tahoe, CA

Apr 16 Sam Bond’s Eugene, OR

Apr 17 Blue Spruce Packwood, WA

Apr 30 Westport Saloon Kansas City, MO

May 01 Gas Lamp
w/ Franklin’s Basement…
Des Moines, IA

May 02 NorthStar Bar Rochester, MN

May 03 TorqueFest Dubuque, IA Tickets

May 04 Spillway Bar & Grill Bowling Green, KY

May 15 Paard The Hague, Netherlands Tickets

May 16 Merleyn Nijmegen, Netherlands Tickets

May 17 Tivoli De Helling Utrecht, Netherlands Tickets

May 18 Blues & Bluegrass Festival Hoogeveen, Netherlands

May 19 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen London, United Kingdom Tickets

May 20 The Cluny Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom Tickets

May 21 The Temple @ The Institute Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets

May 22 Edma Vorselaar, Belgium

May 23 Mondo Bizarro Rennes, France

May 24 American Journeys Festival Cambrai, France

May 25 Tattoo Motor Show Festival Davezieux, France

May 26 Le Bootleg Bordeaux, France

May 29 Carpe Diem Caceres, Spain

May 30 Stairway Club Lisboa, Portugal

May 31 Bafo de Baco Loulé, Portugal RSVP

Jun 03 Acapulco Gijon, Spain

Jun 04 Salason Cangas, Spain

Jun 05 Open Air Vitoria, Spain

Jun 06 El Sol Madrid, Spain

Jun 07 Loco Club Valencia, Spain

Jun 08 RockSound Barcelona, Spain

Jun 10 Lio Bar Brescia, Italy

Jun 11 Sidro Club Savignano Sul Rubicone, Italy

Jun 14 Rednecks Roadclub Muotathal, Switzerland

Jun 15 RHAMC Overland
w/ the Jet-sons…
Olten, Switzerland

Jun 16 L Usine Geneva, Switzerland

Jun 17 Rhiz Vienna, Austria

Jun 18 The Rock Cafe Prague, Czech Republic

Jun 19 Barrak Club Ostrava, Czech Republic

Jun 24 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark

Jun 25 Kafe Deluxe Växjö, Sweden

Jun 26 Rootsy Uddevalla, Sweden

Jun 27 Dinosbar Mariedamm, Sweden

Jul 04 Schaubude Kiel, Germany

Jul 05 The Rambler Eindhoven, Netherlands

Jul 07 Enler Delta Blues Club Belfast, United Kingdom

Jul 09 Crane Lane Theatre Cork, Ireland

Jul 17 Pitcher Düsseldorf, Germany Tickets

Jul 18 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany

Jul 19 Clash Berlin, Germany

Jul 20 Silo 1 Töging Am Inn, Germany

Jul 22 Sonic Ballroom Cologne, Germany

Jul 29 Aux Legendes Pradelles, France

OK And I WILL post American dates when I hear them or have them
released to me.
So be on the lookout for The Outlaw Carnies in 2014.

UPDATE FOR MY KY FREINDS:
He will be at the Spillway in Bowling Green
Sunday May 4rth.

Dec 292013
 

Saturday night Garyhayescountry.com went to Dino’s bar in East Nashville to witness
the Pride Of Possum Trot Kentucky (and not very far from me) …The Savior of Country Music
and one of the most REAL Country music artists I have heard lately Lickem Brown.

It was a smaller bar and it allowed smoking it was hard for me to take really
good pictures but I think I pulled this off quite well!
And the service was outstanding…wasn’t it guys?

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First up was a really cool banjo picker Jeremiah Cline.
This young man played some REALLY cool traditional bluegrass folk music and here’s a
bit of news that explains this man’s passion for playing music.
He was at the E.R. earlier to have stiches in his finger!
And he played that banjo like a true pro! He entertained is all while we waited
to be saved.
He played an original tune named “Ellen Rose” and several traditional tunes
like “Little Sadie” and more.

HE THEN began an introduction that put me to mind of an old fashioned
tent revival.
Announcing that the time was at hand for a savior to come..and come forth
he did as we were all witnessing the first appearance of Lickem Brown in
11 years!

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He opened the show with his self titled song “Lickem Brown” and showed
his respect for Shelton Hank 3 with a cover of “straight To Hell”
It’s always a good song that gets the crowd going.

OK Here’s the scoop y’all and you heard it HERE FIRST!
He debuted a new song just like he promised, and it is
called “Dope Sick Blues” (not to be confused with Josh Morningstar)
it was a REALLY good song.

Then he played Skin And Bones which will be on his new album,
along with “Blue Moon Oer Kentucky” and then he paid a good
tribute to his hero Ernest Tubb by playing a REALLY cool
version of “Walking The Floor” and then he invited some
“Frands” up to play “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”.

My personal favorite song was “Possum Trot”.
It’s not really far from me where O’l Lickem is from.
It’s out near the LBL (Land Between The Lakes) area
in McCracken Co. There is a beautiful drive in theater
out there near him in Calvert City.

He then played a Bob Wayne tribute from his second
album “Till The Wheels Fall Off”.
And of course played some Hank Williams songs.
He did a really good job up there for being out
of performing live for so long. I hope he does some
more shows in the future!

And lastly but not least Mr. Jared Papas and I were
given the privilege to become famous and we were called
up to help him perform “Country As Fuck”.
Once you’re a buddy of his you’re a buddy for life.
He’s becoming more famous every day!

Dec 282013
 

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In late October I was up in Altamont for the weekend enjoying The Outlaws And Icons
benefit concert for Mr Troy Rector.
MY hotel room was booked in Monteagle and I stayed at the Super 8 off the Hwy there.
One morning I awoke and was just getting finished with an article on day 2 coverage.
I got hungry before the music of day 2 commenced.
I had run into a lot of folks in the area that suggested I go eat at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse
and so I decided to act upon the word of mouth.

I arrived and the place was so huge I couldn’t find the restaurant portion of it.
There’s a hotel, and a large country store and museum with more artifacts
than I can mention.
I spent almost an hour looking through the entire place, and I still did not see
everything. There was a portion of it dedicated to Charlie and Ira Louvin.
There was just SO MUCH to see, it was hard for me to take the full amount
of it all in with the time I had left.
Some Roy Acuff artifacts that caught and kept my attention.

The food was really good and the buffet section was HUGE and well worth
the amount you pay. I won’t lie it was a little pricey but HEY for fresh
food like there was it’s OK to spend a little more to have that!
FRESH beef stew and cornbread in skillets warmed up, NOT in steamtrays!
Hot veggies and smoked meats, just so much food I was just stuffed.

Now the MAIN reason I am writing this is ONE MAJOR reason.
This place patronizes songwriters and musicians.
I mean they sell independent music CD’s and posters.
And they feature A TON of songwriter nights and shows.
I never did get to see them but I HAVE BEEN researching this
project and I cannot wait to share with you what I found!
Some DANG GOOD country music. Found some music that I myself didn’t
care for and that in itself was good because WE ALL like different things.

I’m not sure how many articles this main article will spawn
but I know of two or three I’ll be reporting on!
All In All you MUST go to this place if you are in the Monteagle
area.
You’ll be GLAD you did!

Dec 272013
 

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I’m not fixin to lie when I tell you I have a HUGE AMOUNT of respect for
Ronnie Milsap. One night I was at the Opry and he was performing there.
He came out and walked over to that circle of wood and bent down and
kissed the circle.
Then he looked up at the audience and said “No matter how hard the suits
try they will never break this bond right here”.
I’ll never forget that night..if you look in the right places
the Opry is still a magical place. Full of ghosts and history.

Ronnie celebrates 5 decades of membership. He is a CMA entertainer
of the year and a recipient of the Pioneer award.
He is a 6 time grammy winner and has won awards in
many other genres besides country.
His 40-40 vision tour marking the 40 number one hits and the 40
plus years of being in music of MANY genres will come to
a close soon. And the release of his new album on Jaunary 28th
will be met with much anticipation.

Summer Number 17 will be the name and it will be
released under Legacy Recordings.
The 12 song collection will feature remakes of 11 songs
and 1 new song which is the title track.
One of the songs he’s redone is “Lost In The Fifties Tonight”
Which is the title of his fourth country album.

He enlisted the help of Mandy Barnett for a remake
on “You Make Me Feel Brand New”.

You CAN pre-order the album on his website or buy it
in stores March 17th.
He will be doing an Opry in store signing in 2014
which hasn’t been announced yet I understand.

Dec 252013
 

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay
08.Vestal Goodman
07.Molly O Day
06.Don Winters
05.Bob Luman

I had to do a bunch of researching and had to make a few phone calls for my number 4 pick.
But I’m sure you will agree that he indeed deserves to be included in this series.
Not many people have heard of him even existing at all.
My number 4 choice is Stoney Edwards and he was a black Honky Tonk singer prominent in
the 1970’s.

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He was born Frenchie Edwards December 24rth 1929 in Oklahoma, not far from Big Al Downing.
In fact at one point I thought they may have been distant relatives, but some phone calls
I made to historians proved otherwise.
In 1968 he was working as a towmotor operator in a steel refinery and was trapped
in tank that was sealed and was poisoned with severe carbon monoxide.
He was comatose for two years however he eventually recovered and began playing in
local bars.
He was playing a benefit show for Bob Wills and was spotted by Ray Sweeney and
Fuzzy Owens who were looking for a black country singer in the wake of
Charley Pride’s success.
Of course at that time RCA had Charley Pride so Fuzzy Owens brought Stoney
to Capitol.

HE HAD the ORIGINAL band called Asleep At The Wheel, and I think the swing band
now named their band after his.
And he was noted for a habit he had of snapping his fingers of his right hand.

He recorded five albums for Capitol and the original first printings are
considered a rare find among us collectors.
Now Stoney never had the chart success that Charley had but he did
amass a HUGE following and his shows were usually always packed.

One of his biggest hit’s “She My Rock” was a hit for George Jones as well
and George invited Stoney onstage once to sing with him.
And in 1976 one his songs had the almighty taboo N word in it and
radio stations refused to play his song Blackbird.

In the early 1980’s he retired and began to decline in health
and on April 5th 1997 he lost a long hard battle with stomach cancer.

Dec 242013
 

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Nashville you have been warned..because the Savior of country music
Lickem Brown is coming to Nashville to perform for the
first time in 11 years.

Lickem Brown will be performing at Dino’s
next Saturday night at 10:00.
He comes to us from Possum Trot Kentucky, which really isn’t too
far from me. It’s in McCracken Country near Reidland
and Land Between The Lakes.

Now, personally we don’t know a lot about Lickem Brown as a person
but he’s quickly becoming extremely famous!
HE IS one the most real country artist out there now
and he’s 100 percent Outlaw Country.

He’s currently working on his first album
Lickem:Raw which will be an acoustic album.
As he plays both guitar and banjo.
Iv’e heard serveral songs he has done and I got
the pleasure of hanging out with him at Muddy Roots last year.
He’s really down to Earth and he’s becoming famous.

He has recently released songs like
Country As Fuck, G Damn Tractor and Possum Trot..which he wrote
about his home town in Kentucky. He also recently covered
Conway Twitty’s “Lay You Down”.

I’m trying my BEST to be there next week for him because
I consider him a good friend..and I want his autograph
he’s famous!

Dec 242013
 

10.Chris Miller.
9.Gerald Smith
8.Don McNatt
7.Marc-Allen Barnette
6.Kurt Fortmeyer
5.George Harper
4.Billy Yates

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Well folks we are bringing this series of articles to a close with the next three.
I have REALLY enjoyed sharing these songs that are my favorites and the artists
that I love so much.
These people are my friends and a lot of them I have been so blessed to have
shared the stage with in the past.

This next person has contributed SO MUCH to country music and deserves
to be admired.
I doubt that most “country music” websites even know whom she is….sadly!

This is June Stearns and she is a country music legend.
Y’all need to go and research her more because she’s performed on more
country music shows and with more legends than ANYONE.
And the song I am featuring is “Wild And Wicked Ways”.

She’s always so nice and VERY welcoming and will always answer my questions
when I want to pester her.
I have been researching her for several years.

Dec 212013
 

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I will publish and edit this off and on.

The Spillway is under NEW ownership and it’s clean and
sounds REALLY GOOD!
Very comfortable atmosphere and complete food menu.

I am reporting this LIVE as I type so keep checking
back for MORE MORE MORE.
And if this works out well we will run this type
of deal at Muddy Roots.

James Williams is soon to be taking the stage first.
Kara Clark will be performing with her FULL BAND.

We been visiting and catching up with each other
and taking pictures. And we have been enjoying
this really nice venue and here we go with the show!

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It’s Mr. James wife birthday today
And he is playing Mental Revenge and
lonesome Onry and Mean.

He’s playing “Still Doing Time” by George Jones.
He’s doing a GREAT JOB down here and we still got
a little room left in the venue.
TEN BUCKS gets you in…come on down!

He’s doing a wonderful job and we are about
to welcome Kara Clark up stage after his last song.
Like I previously said she’s playing with a FULL BAND!

Kara opened her set with “Whiskey And Cigarettes”.
YAY She is playing Relapse…she has a TOP NOTCH BAND!
It’s WAY WELL WORTH the short wait in the dark
to see her play with a full band for the first time!
She’s covering “Low Down Once Again”.
And now she’s playing “I’m not country”.

She played a few more and now she’s playing
“Preacher’s Hands”..and more of our friends
are showing up!
And I’m having a pizza..this food is really GREAT!
She’s closing her part of the show with “Southern Hospitality”.

WHITEY MORGAN IS NEXT!

Right Now Whitey Morgan has opened with Green River.
Whitey And the 78’s are TEARING the roof off this place.
Fred Newell would be PROUD of his steel player as he
is TEARING the steel solos UP!

He’s playing the “Cocaine Train” made famous by
Johnny Paycheck.
It’s been a long time since I had a good time.

Whitey is a VERY energetic band leader!
Cheati’n again is what we are hearing now!
He’s got the dance floor JUMPING!

He’s doing a request for Kara’s birthday today!
PLEASE help me say Happy Birthday to her…we LOVE
her on THIS WEBSITE!
And we thank her for her music DAILY!

He is just BARRELING through song after song!
This show was worth more than 10 bucks to see.

She’s no Honky Tonk Angel…she’s the Honky Tonk Queen.
He’s playing “Still Drunk Still Crazy Still Blue’ from
Scott H Biram.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it..is what we are hearing NOW!
I ain’t drunk I just been Drinking was next.
He keeps the dance floor hopping for damn sure!
Working Man’s Blues (His Way)…
T For Texas is now being blasted out to us!
Love And Honor was next and Sinner.

He closed the show with a Dale Watson song.
How cool was that???

And folks that’s the end!
I’m fixin to hang out with the band and pester them!
And now they are doing closing the show with a
REALLY rocking instrumental.

Dec 212013
 

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On February 18th 2014 the Ameripolitan Music Association will
be hosting and presenting their first annual awards ceremony.
Unlike the CMA ANYONE can vote on who YOU want to win and I’ll tell you how
in just a few moments.
I’ll also keep you informed on who are the nominees and what are
the categories of music involved.

Winners will be announced and awards will be presented at the 2014 Ameripolitan Music Awards to be held in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, February 18th 2014 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel & Woodward Conference Center

3401 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78741

Dale Watson started the Ameripolitan Music Movement a while back and it has been building up
steam ever since with high regards to the roots of country as well as other types
of music.
It’s basically broken down into four categories
Honky Tonk
Western Swing
Rockabilly
Outlaw

Iv’e been given permission to promote and print articles about this genre and
the music and musicians it represents.
And I want to give you..my readers a FULL LIST of the 2014 nominees for each
category and HOW TO VOTE on your favorite!
Of course the first thing you want to do is EDUCATE yourself on the ones you
don’t know about before making your decision on voting.

Honky Tonk
Female

Amber Digby
Coralee
Miss Leslie
Rosie Flores
Tara Dunphy

Male

Jake Hooker
James Hand
Lloyd McCarter
Lucky Tubb
Wayne Hancock

Group

The Frightshakers
Heybale
The Hoyle Brothers
JP Harris And The Tough Choices
The Malpass Brothers

Rockabilly
Female

Angela Dodson
Coral Lee
Kim Lenz
Marlene Perez
Rosie Flores

Male

Big Sandy
James Intveld
Jason D Williams
Jim Heath
Joey Simeone

Group

Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys
The Derailers
Deuce Coupe
Reverend Horton Heat
Ryan Cain And The Ables

Outlaw
Female

Elizabeth Cook
Izzy Cox
Jill Kinsey
Sarah Gayle Meech
Tonya Watts

Male

Billy Don Burns
Jesse Dayton
Peewee Moore
Roger Alan Wade
Unknown Hinson

Group

Dallas Moore Band
Eric Strickland And The B Sides
Hillbilly Casino
Jackson Taylor And The Sinners
Whitey Morgan And The 78’s

Western Swing

Female

Carolyn Martin
Dawn Sears
Elana James
Elizabeth McQueen
Kelley Breiding

Male

Alvin Crow
Bobby Flores
Cornell Hurd
Jody Nix
Ray Benson

Group

Asleep At The Wheel
Billy Mata And The Texas Tradition
The Cornell Hurd Band
Hot Club Of Cowtown
The Western Swing Authority

Venue

The Broken Spoke, Austin TX
Continental Club, Austin TX
Ginny’s LIttle Longhorn, Austin TX
Knuckleheads, Kansas City
Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis MN
Luckenbach, Luckenbach TX
Mercury Lounge, Tulsa OK
Rodeo Bar, New York City NY
Rollies, Sauk Rapids MN
Viva Cantina/The Riverside Rancho, Burkank CA
Zoo Bar, Lincoln NE

Musician

Bill Kirchen
Chris Casello
Chris Crepps
Cindy Cashdollar
Dave Biller
Earl Poole Ball
Eugene Moles
Jason Roberts
Redd Volkaert
W.S.”Fluke” Holland

Festival

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN / VA
Muddy Roots, Cookeville, TN
Pickathon, Portland, OR
Roots and Blues, Columbia, MO
Viva Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

DJ

Dallas Wayne, Sirius XM
Gordon “Big G” Ames, KERV
Luthur Jackson, WOBO
Mojo Nixon, Sirius XM
Woody Adkins, KOPN

So those are the categories and nominees and you can go to vote for your favorite ones
HERE.
THIS IS the best opportunity to go check out these GREAT artists and bands
and EDUCATE yourself about the WONDERFULL MUSIC thats available that the
“normal” public media doesn’t want you to know about!

Dec 212013
 

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MORE NEWS From the Outlaw Country Music Association and Outlaw Country Music Hall Of Fame!
CALLING ALL ALTAMONT ORIGINALS!
We are ALL going to have an opportunity to ONCE AGAIN get together
in the same place.
On March 2nd 2014 they are hosting a tribute show to Wayne Mills.
It will be a singer/songwriter type of showcase of all of Wayne’s
friends and ALOT of us Altamont Originals.

1:00pm- Brian Randle and Southern Justice and Rory Kelly and the Triple Threat
2:15 pm- Billie Gant, Pete Berwick, Don Mealer, Vernon Rust, and Guy Nix
3:30 pm- GOODE DAWG
4:00 pm- Chris Gantry, Steve Young, Will Callery, Tom Ghent, James Austin, and Rc Oleary
5:30 pm- Pure Grain, and Kara Clark
6:45 pm-Matt Woods, Jesse Keith Whitley, Joshua Morningstar, Brigitte London, Tonya Watts, Scott Haggard, Cley Reynolds, and Larry Fleet
8:30 pm- JD Outlaw, and Rowdy Johnson Band
9:45 pm- Whitey Morgan, Dallas Moore, J.B. Beverley, Mike Owens, Kyle Wilson, Whey Jennings, and Buck Thrailkill
11:30 pm- Allstar jam with special guests Wayne Mills Band

AND MORE added daily! I’ll add them as Sarge tells me to!

Tickets will be 10.00 pre-sale and 15.00 at the door
and this will be held at the Limelight in Nashville Tn.

Starting January 1st you can log onto Outlaw Music Hall Of Fame to purchase tickets
and become a member of this organization.
Sarge told me last night the rates will be 99.00 per year for artists
and 24.99 per year for the public.

The show on March 2nd will be held at The Limelight Nashville. And I was told it seats about 2,000 people.

Dec 212013
 

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Ray Benson the BIG well known frontman for the western swing band “Asleep At The Wheel”
has stepped out and finished his solo album project and will be doing some
tour dates for it.

He’s been titled “The Ambassador Of Western Swing” by his peers.
And on January 21st his second solo album “A Little Piece” will be
available.

According to his personal website this album will be an
“up close and personal look” at the hillbilly king of swing.
The album is a bit on the dark side,” Benson says. “The songs came out of a lot of upheaval,
mostly with women.” All of the songs were penned by Benson with the exception of two favorites:
Randy Newman’s 1974′s “Marie” and Waylon Jennings and Gary Nicholson’s never before recorded
co-write, “It’ Ain’t You.” “I love that Ray and Willie [Nelson], two of my favorite voices of
all time, duet on this,” Nicholson adds.

His solo band is called “Milkdrive” and they will be performing
the following dates in 2014.

January 10th Dosey Doe / Conroe, Texas

January 16th McDavid Studio at Bass Hall / Fort Worth, Texas

January 17th Luckenbach Dance Hall / Fredericksburg, Texas

January 21st Waterloo Records In-store / Austin, Texas

January 22nd Music City Roots / Nashville, Tennessee

January 24th Hill Country BBQ / New York City, New York

January 25th Ardmore Music Hall / Ardmore, PA (Philadelphia area)

January 26th Jammin’ Java / Vienna, VA

February 1st Grand Stafford / Bryan, TX

February 27th Stateside at the Paramount / Austin, TX

Dec 202013
 

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay
08.Vestal Goodman
07.Molly O Day
06.Don Winters

This next Icon I have been studying for MANY years and I LOVE him and I REALLY think he
has been forgotten and under appreciated until NOW!
My number 5 pick is Bob Luman.

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Robert Glynn Luman was born in Blackjack Texas April 15th 1937.
He was a country and rockabilly singer and songwriter from the 1950’s
He debuted mainstream on the Louisiana Hayride in 1956..at least that’s
the first I have found of him.
He formed a band called the Shadows and I found out James Burton played
guitar for him in that band.

He signed with Imperial Records in 1958 and recorded some for them
before they dropped him and he was picked up by Capitol however
they wanted him to change his name and he refused.
The result of that was him signing with Warner Bros.

In 1960 or 61 he went into the U.S. Army and while there Warner Bros.
released his greatest known hit “Let’s Think About Living”.
After leaving the service in 1963 he moved to Nashville
and joined the Opry cast.
He is also a member of Rockabilly Hall Of Fame
and the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame.

He toured quite actively through the 60s and 70s
and was popular on the west coast mostly.

He died December 27th 1978 in Nashville from pneumonia at age 41
In 1969 he signed with Epic Records and had several hits
with them.

Dec 202013
 

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On November 16th 2013 Bloodshot Records will re-issue the first
two albums from the Bottle Rockets.
Their self-titled debut album and their second album “The Brooklyn Side” will
both be released as 2 CD set.
* Both complete albums + 19 previously unreleased bonus tracks.
* Remastered under the supervision of Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.
* 40 page booklet.

Both albums were long out of print and they have added the unreleased
tracks and booklet where you can learn the evolution of the band
from their early days playing with Uncle Tupelo and Chicken Truck.

Their first self titled debut album is from 1993 when they
burst on to the 90’s alt-scene. They weren’t totally strictly
country but they absolutely do have roots planted deep in country.

In 1994 their second album “The Brooklyn Side” was well
received by critics and the media and the single “Radar Gun”
reached number 27 on the Billboard Charts.
The band then moved on and signed with Atlantic Records
and toured nationally.

They actually have a long history after their split with Atlantic
And I have wrote previous articles about them on the old
website….I’ll have to dig them out one day.

Go catch their live show…it’s worth the money!

Disc 1:
1. Early in the Morning
2. Gas Girl
3. Trailer Mama
4. Wave That Flag
5. Kerosene
6. Every Kinda Everything
7. Got What I Wanted
8. Manhattan Countryside
9. Rural Route
10. Bud Nanney Theme
11. The Very Last Time
12. Hey Moon
13. Lonely Cowboy
14. Indianapolis (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
15. Manhattan Countryside (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
16. Wallflower (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
17. Idiot’s Revenge (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
18. Dead Dog Memories (Acoustic Demo)
19. Hey Moon (1993 Radio Performance on Thirsty Ear)
20. Get Down River (1993 Radio Performance on Thirsty Ear)
21. White Trash (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
22. Radar Gun (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
23. Lonely Cowboy (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
24. Coffee Monkey (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
25. Wave That Flag (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
26. Brand New Year (1989 Chicken Truck Version)

Disc 2:
1. Welfare Music
2. Gravity Fails
3. I’ll Be Comin’ Around
4. Radar Gun
5. Sunday Sports
6. Pot of Gold
7. 1000 Dollar Car
8. Idiot’s Revenge
9. Young Lovers in Town
10. Take Me to the Bank
11. What More Can I Do
12. Stuck in a Rut
13. I Wanna Come Home
14. Queen of the World
15. This Is What It Sounds Like When You’re Listening to Lindsey Buckingham and Thinking of Your Friend’s Girlfriend at the Same Time (1994 Acoustic Demo)
16. Building Chryslers (1994 Acoustic Demo)
17. Smokin’ 100s Alone (1994 Acoustic Demo)
18. Truck Driving Man (Previously Unreleased Track)
19. Welfare Music (1994 Live at Mercury Lounge)
20. Farmer John (1994 Live at Mercury Lounge)

Dec 192013
 

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Dear Friends,
Words fail me. My Darling, My Sweetheart, My Love, My Life has left me on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:13 P.M.. He was pronounced by Hospice at 4:43 P.M. Ray went home to be with The Lord as I held him in my arms and told him how much he was loved. He passed away so gently, so sweetly, so effortlessly. He just went to sleep. Absolutely no pain of any kind.
We were surrounded by the Cypress Basin Hospice Staff of Nurses and Sitters, our Pastores, Our Dear Friend, Judge Kaye McNutt and her Staff, My Dear Sister, Virgie Phillips and
a circle of friends holding hands and praying over us.
Ray was my entire life. Today I am alone and have never known such loneliness. I have lost my Soul Mate of 45 years.
Ray decided that he wanted to have his final resting place in the Mausoleum with his Beloved Mother. And so shall it be. I will be making the final funeral arrangements early tomorrow morning at The Restland Funeral Home, Dallas, Tx.
Please hold me up in your prayers tonight and continually for the next several weeks as I walk this last mile for Ray.
The last thing that Ray told me was that he wanted to spend his last Christmas at home. He got his wish. He is at home with our Lord!
God Bless You, My Love, Ray Price. God Bless You!
A Hometown Celebration Of Rays Life And Legacy is Scheduled
For Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. At The First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant, Tx. I feel so proud that Rays Hometown will be the FIRST Celebration to be held to Honor this Great Man who is so loved by so many.
If you are able to come I will be there to Thank You. If not this one, please, please come to one of them. Please! I know I cannot possibly touch the hand of everyone in the World who Loves Ray Price but I can sure die happily trying!
Janie Price

Dec 182013
 

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Dean Miller son of Roger Miller announced a few days ago he will be releasing his fourth studio album
under the Off The Verge label.
He hasn’t really had a very easy time getting broken into the Nashville scene however with
what I have heard of the album (which hit stores December 10th)
it sounds pretty doggone country!
It is called “Till You Stop Getti’n Up”

It is his first release since Koch Entertainment closed in 2005.
So It’s been a few years since he has had a label.

He has had some success as a pop country songwriter since he penned such songs as
“A Little Gasoline” for Terri Clark and “I’m Gonna Love You Anyway” for Trace Adkins.

However something really tripped me into delving into his fourth release.
I was given an EP and WOW!
I cannot wait to go grab it and find out WHO is playing steel on it and
who produced it! Trust me from little I heard it was GOOD!

Dec 172013
 

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay
08.Vestal Goodman
07.Molly O Day

This series is the most special to me because SOME of these legends I write
about I actually got to know as people.
I said before and I’ll say it again ANYBODY can write information they
find and print it!
I knew this next man…I admired this next man..and I called him my friend.

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This man is number 6 but no less than ANY OF THEM!
This was the Yodeling King Don Winters.
He contributed so much to country music and he took very little back.
He was a truly loving and caring and talented man.

Don Winters was born in 1929 in Tampa, Florida. Raised mostly in South Georgia, he was the son of entertainer “Pop” Winters who headed “The Southern Strollers.” Don began performing with them in the late 40s but moved to Nashville in the 50s and recorded on Decca and RCA labels. I have spent a lot of time trying to study and
find all of his recordings and sometimes I have to call Donnie with questions.
I have one of his albums “Snowbird”.

In mid 1960 he joined Marty Robbins’ band as a singer and guitar player. With Bobby Sykes the three were known as “The Marty Robbins Trio.” He was a gifted vocalist, noted for his yodeling and long wind. His solo efforts included “Too Many Times” and “Shake Hands With A Loser.” He was a devoted and loyal friend to Marty, accompanying him to races and public appearances and singing with him until we lost Marty Robbins to death in 1982.

I got to meet and hang around (We called him Papa Don) during the Winter’s
Brothers Southern Jams in Nolensville Tn.
He would come up and perform and yodel to Jambalaya and Chime Bells..
Oh if you could just hear him sing…there was NO ONE who even came close!
I’m telling you this…he was the greatest person to ever yodel.
And he ALWAYS made sure NOBODY drove home after drinking. He would
go around and make sure everyone ate and had fun.
It never bothered him to have people around him and he never ever
met a stranger.

Don passed away at his home in Nolensville, Tennessee on August 17, 2002, after a year’s struggle with liver cancer.

I’ll not forget the day we heard the news. That past year was the last Southern Jam
I went to and I remember he played it.
He was very very sick, I remember I got to say Hi and Bye to him in the
pickup truck they drove him in.
They helped him on stage and he sang to the heavens.

Don Winters left this world with dignity and he is very
much still loved on this website.

Dec 162013
 

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I have been under the weather for a few days and under Doctors care and about
4:45 Central time his wife Janie called Bill Mack and he made an OFFICIAL
statement the Ray Price had indeed passed away.

Ray price has gone to Hillbilly Heaven with more honor and dignity
than A THOUSAND of today’s “country stars”.
He LOVED his fans and his genre that he contributed so much to.
The “Cherokee Cowboy” did so much and took so little from Country Music.

I’ll share with you what I know of him.

He was born January 12th 1926 in Perryville Texas, and served for a few years
with the U.S. Marines.
He began singing for radio stations in Texas and roomed with Hiram ‘Hank”
Williams for a few years and when Hank passed away Ray price managed
the Drifitng Cowboys..his remaining band.

Acording to my studies he was the first artist to have commercial success with
the song Release Me, although it was made more famous by Englebert Humperdink.

In 1953, Price formed his band, the Cherokee Cowboys. Among its members during the late 1950s and early 1960s were; Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Darrell McCall, Van Howard, Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Bush, Buddy Emmons, Pete Wade, Jan Kurtis, Shorty Lavender and Buddy Spicher. Miller wrote one of Ray Price’s classics in 1958, “Invitation to the Blues”, and sang harmony on the recording. Additionally, Nelson composed the Ray Price song “Night Life”. And many of his former Cherokee Cowboys went on to become famous Texas Troubadors for Ernest Tubb.

Price became one of the leaders of tonk music, with hit songs such as “Talk To Your Heart” (1952) and “Release Me”. He later developed the famous “Ray Price Shuffle,” a 4/4 arrangement of honky tonk music with a walking bassline, which can be heard on “Crazy Arms” (1956) and many of his other recordings from the late 1950s.

In the 1960’s he dabbled in the “Nashville Sound” while many of his peers
started the ‘Outlaw Movement”. Ray Price began singing more slow
ballads that was named “Crooning” along with Eddy Arnold and Slim Whitman.

In 1970 he charted his first number one “For The Good Times” which was
penned by Kris Kristofferson.
He charted three more number ones and many top tens. Even though his style
changed through that 30 year span.

In the 80’s 90’s and even into 2000 he was one of the oldest active
performers in country music playing an amazing amount of
shows throughout the world and as of 2005 he was STILL selling out
venues.

In 2007 Lost Highway Records released “Last Of The Breed” and he ventured
out on the road with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Asleep At The Wheel.
And it was met with extreme critic acclaim and some historians regarded
it as “The Finest Moment in Country Music History” in the last 20 years.

In late November of 2012 he announced he had Pancreatic Cancer and
declined the option to have it removed. it went into remission early
this past year and it returned in May.
We lost Ray Price today at around 1:00

a final message to his fans. “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”

Dec 142013
 

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On Friday December 13th 2013 Earl Grigsby, former bassist for the Charlie Daniels
Band in the 1970’s died in Branson Mi of a heart attack.

Earl was “Te John” in the early CDB album, “Te John, Grease and Wolfman.”
And he also contributed to the album “Honey In The Rock”.

He was also given credit for contributing on two of Mark Heard’s
albums, 1975 – Mark Heard
1978 – Mark Heard – On Turning to Dust

He produced and did a lot of session work for many artists and
also gave lessons from his Branson area studio during
and after his retirement form recording.

Dec 142013
 

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10.Chris Miller.
9.Gerald Smith
8.Don McNatt
7.Marc-Allen Barnette
6.Kurt Fortmeyer
5.George Harper

In all the years I have been participating in “Open Mic Nights” in
Nashville and other cities all over the U.S. I have NEVER LOVED a
song as much I love my choice for number 4 in this series.

I heard it for the first time in 1998 at an open mic night in downtown
Nashville and it is called “Choices” and it was written by Billy Yates.

Mr. Billy wrote several songs that were cut by George Jones.
And in 2000 George cut the song Choices on his critically acclaimed
smash hit album ‘Cold Hard Truth”.

Before it was cut Mr. Billy would occasionally play it during
writers rounds. And I remember the first time I heard it at the
end of it I was lost in tears.
It moved me so intensely as they were the most powerful words
I think have EVER been put on paper.

When I was on my way to work in 2000 Billy Yates did what Music Row
said was not possible: He put George Jones back on FM radio.
I had to pull over my truck and cry for a few minutes.
The song was so powerful George himself was involved in a wreck
while playing it for someone on his way home.

This song just absolutely haunts anyone that ever had a
bout with the devil…and I think all of us have at one
time or another.

Dec 142013
 

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Country Music Songwriting Legend John Prine has had surgery this month
to remove a form of cancer found in his lungs by doctors in December.
And he has moved yesterday and tonight’s scheduled show in
Louisville Ky to Feb 28th and March 1st 2014.

On his website, Prine revealed he’d been diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. “Doctors here in Nashville have caught it early, and it is operable,” he shares. “They see no reason why I won’t fully recover

This is totally unrelated to the cancer found on his neck in 1997 which was safely removed and treated.

John Prine has been regarded as a songwriting legend since the 1960’s
when he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson.
And he is most famous for co-writing ‘You Never Even Called Me By My Name” with
Steve Goodman which was cut by David Allan Coe.
However Prine refused to take songwriting credits and never received
royalties but John Goodman was rumored to have bought him a jukebox
as a gift.

Dec 122013
 

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Its no surprise that Country Music Legend Ray Price is
undergoing the final stages of pancreatic cancer.
And today as I write this with a heavy heart I beg you
to remember him and admire him for his bravery in going
to rest like the hero he is.

Today he left the hospital in Tyler Texas to go to his
home in Mount Pleasant to undergo hospice care
and be called home to Hillbilly Heaven.
The family asks to please respect him at this time.
He left us his final words…

a final message to his fans. “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”

His wife Janie released this to us:
“Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions,” said Janie. “With God’s blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it’s with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It’s his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends.”

I was given the OK to release Ray’s mailing address so you can send him
some lovin’s.
Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.

Dec 122013
 

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It was announced yesterday on Facebook that multi-genre Shooter Jennings
son of Waylon Jennings will be teaming up with his father’s band
Waymore’s Outlaws, who still perform quite often today.

The band consists of four previous surviving members of
Waylon’s band and they perform covers and their own music as well.

Before I give you the dates I’ll tell you a little about the band.
If you have the chance to go check them out you need to do so
they are still just as good as they were back in the day.

Richie Albright:
If you don’t recognize his name…you aren’t a Waylon fan.
Not only was he the drummer since 1964 but he produced many
of Waylon’s albums along the way.
And his contributions to Country Music span almost 60 years.

Fred Newell:
Mr. Fred is the second newest one of the bunch having joined Waylon
in the 90’s after steel guitar legend Ralph Mooney decided
to retire from road work.
He was the FIRST country music guitarist to get an endorsement
from Marshall Amplifiers and was the staff guitarist on many
TV shows.

Jerry Bridges:
Another name ANY Waylon fan would not admit not knowing.
THE JIGGER is most famous for the bass thump on the soundtrack
for the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’. Which Waylon was a narrator for.
He spent over 20 years playing for Waylon.

Tommy Townsend:
He is the newest one of the bunch according to my
personal studies, and was mentored by Waylon and his band
as a youth. He sings for the band currently.
Upon occasion they took Mr. Tommy out on the road.

So with that in mind here are the dates I was
given to announce for this article.

1/4 – Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern

1/5 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes

1/9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s

1/10 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2

1/11 – Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon

1/17 – Marietta, GA – 120 Tavern

1/18 – Lakeland, FL – Boots & Buckles

1/23-1/24 Morgantown, WV – Schmitt’s Saloon

1/25 – Vienna, WV – Fishbone Gill & Grill

1/26 – Hagerstown, MD – Cancun Cantina

1/30 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

1/31 – Lewsiville, TX – Hat Tricks

2/1 – Abilene, TX – Lucky Mule Saloon

Dec 082013
 

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Two of my good friends in the music industry are doing some shows together and
I was asked to help support them.
If you are in the NC, PA and NY area
Country Music Legend Billy Don Burns and songwriter Joshua Morningstar
will be doing the following shows in December

Dec. 18th-LaCantina aka Southern Exposure, Valley Cottage, NY
Dec. 19th-Shore Road Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 20th-The Unique, Blue Ridge Summit, PA
Dec. 21st-Uncle Bucks, Salisbury, NC

To my knowledge there aren’t any more dates but I’ll update
this article upon any further notice of them.

Now you can find out MORE about Josh Morningstar by clicking on his name.
Billy Don Burns has contributed ALOT to Outlaw Country Music.
He’s written and produced A TON of albums for people like Johnny Paycheck and
the list goes on for miles.

RIGHT NOW on W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show
you can hear some more of Josh Morningstar’s work.

GO support these two great people.

Dec 082013
 

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I don’t usually post my personal pictures with other people but David Ball has ALWAYS BEEN
one of my personal favorite artists. And I just love the fire out of him.

He is a Grammy award winner and was one of the FIRST people to take an independent hit
to the top of the charts with “Riding With Private Malone”.
He is a former founding member of “Uncle Walt’s Band” from the Austin music scene.
And this past November 28th he released an album of Christmas music.
And with the exception of two tracks the entire album is original music.

He’s been touring for several years in support of his ninth studio album
“Sparkle City”.

On December 20th David Ball and The Pioneer Playboys will play
at Historic Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin Tn.
You can reserve tickets for 12 dollars HERE. Or you can call (615) 794-5527 for complete details.

THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT FAST!
You’ll have to call NOW for table reservations.

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