Well after we had our dinner and the restaurant closed around 9:00 A
bunch of us headed out to Dickson Tennessee to see The Outlaw Music Association’s
show which was one of the main reasons for us being together this weekend.
A lot of times I go to these events and wonder why things were organized the
way they are, and I don’t argue or complain..I just follow them.
But honestly it’s hard to get everywhere and do everything in one night.
and I myself wished the dinner would have been served closer or at the Dickson venue.
Sadly I missed Kara Clark, Joshua Morningstar and Pete Berwick perform
because of cross events.
But It’s like Tin Pan South..you cannot do it all!
A LOT of festivals are going to more organized stage programs so as NOT to cross
event shows you want to see or do.
I’m just kind of still sad I missed them it seems I always miss Pete
Berwick..I’ll have to make it a point to get to his show.
When I got to Dickson they were setting Joshua Morningstar ON FIRE!
Yup it was Dr. Danger..a stuntman you can see on the History Channel.
And I missed that because I was talking to the VERY friendly doorman
about my being from so far away.
Well, I knew where the venue was cause a nearby factory is one my company
deals with, and I knew his brother.
He said “Oh don’t worry..we set another guy on fire at midnight”..wonderful.
I got in and checked out The Wanted Saloon in Dickson Tennessee.
I did not get to try any of the food or look at the menu, but the venue
is a NICE well arranged place to see a show. VERY clean honky tonk.
This man holds Wayne Mills in high regard and features a lot of great artists.
It’s owned by J.D.Outlaw and he was VERY nice to me.
I’ll be doing an artist feature on him soon!
This venue has a lot of room to move around in and to me that is
important cause I do not always move so fast.
But I think he’s got a GOOD place to stop before Memphis on Nashville’s west side.
So I finally got to check out a band the Outlaw Music Association proudly
features The Rowdy Johnson Band. And I enjoyed the band’s layout.
I was among friends and I had a Coors Light..what more can I ask for?
Oh yes..a steel guitar. Not JUST a guitar but a damn good player on it!
After Sarge introduced them they played “Outlaws Today” which was an original
and they played “House Of The Rising Sun” and “Folsom Prison Blues”.
They played a bunch of great covers and I enjoyed them..
They even played Dixie…No really they played “I Wish I Was From Dixie”
Many folks credit the writer as Daniel Decatur Emmett and is the
anthem of the Confederacy.
But their original songs are what REALLY impressed me. And I got both their
albums. They played a song called “Drinkin Jack With Jill” and it did a GREAT
job featuring their steel player Dan Showalter. He also plays lead guitar.
And I HAD to approach him and have a REALLY lovely conversation about some
ideas he has. I wish him luck with them!
Just to talk about steel pickers with him was a life experience.
His albums feature a GREAT example of the difference from real country and
pop country..you CAN WRITE a song called ‘Double Wide” which is about chunky girls
and blue jean shorts and it’s country because of the music!
And he also has songs like “Ellie May’s Biscuits” and some really good
other ones like “Haunted Guitar”.
I had a VERY good time enjoying this band..I HIGHLY suggest them.
Whey Jennings grandson of Waylon Jennings was there with us and he
played one of his grandfather’s songs “Don’t Think Hank Done It This Way”.
And also country legend Billie Gant came up and played a few.
“Stop F’n Up Country Music” sounded GREAT with that steel player!
They played more good original songs like “Church Of Hank Williams”
and many more. I had a longer talk with the owner and we will be
in cahoots VERY SOON!
Look for GREAT THINGS to come from ALL THESE ARTISTS and Venues.