Posts made in April, 2014

R.O.P.E. Meet And Greet and Breakfast In June


If you are a Classic Country Music me then you know all about R.O.P.E.
Rope was started in 1983 when around 40 people within the industry got together
to assemble Country Music Legends and fans together.

They are responsible for once again assembling legendary bands that
backed the artists. If you are a music nerd like me you will know
the band names. Stonewall Jackson has the Minutemen, Alan Jackson has
the Strayhorns and the list just goes on and on…

During the week of Fan Fair in Nashville the Al Menah Shrine Temple
will once again host the 2014 brunch on Weds June 14th.
The address is 1354 Brick Church Pike Nashville Tn.
You MUST send your money in by May 29th..send to:

P.O. Box 2048 Madison Tn 37116

The cost is 35.00 per person.

Appearing will be:
Bill Anderson
Razzy Bailey
Baillie And The Boys
Jim Ed Brown
Tommy Cash
David Church
Jim Glaser
Marty Haggard
George Hamilton IV
Jan Howard
Dickey Lee
Bobby Lewis
Charile McCoy
Moore and Moore
Jimmy C Newman’
Bobby Rice
LuLu Roman
Jean Shepard
Jeannie Seely
Dianne Sherill
Jenny Tolman
Jett Williams
Leona Williams
Mac Wiseman

But it’s NOT just the artists R.O.P.E includes the songwriters and publishers
the musicians and EVERY aspect of the industry.
It idolizes those that labored behind the scenes and that’s what I LOVE!

I say this often: Country Music has THREE building blocks or foundations.
The writers, the publishers and the steel guitarists.
Without them you have nothing…ALL THREE and you have a classic album.

So PLEASE come out and support one of Country Music FINEST organizations!

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Last Honky Tonk Music Series Updates


Well my readers I was doing a series of articles for the different venues
for the Last Honky Tonk Music Series. And just recently the series got
A small makeover and they have added more venues to the plans.
Some states have more than one venue and I’m currently researching
the artist roster and venue lists and I’ll have MORE info for
you SOON. I AM still a PROUD sponsor of these events and they ARE
active ALL OVER the U.S. as we speak.

This from their website:
We are pleased to announce The Outpost in Armington, IL as an Official Venue
for LHTMS. Over a week ago, two LHTMS artists were on the road looking for a
pickup gig between LHTMS shows in MO and OH. LHT artist Chris Corkery Music
called up Rick Tackett at The Outpost in Armington (a place he’s played regularly
and loves) and Rick offered Chris Moondawg Hall & Cley Reynolds a last minute
Monday Night gig. When they arrived, The Outpost had Wayne Mills playing on the
Juke Box…. (That brings a happy tear to our eye)…

Chris and Cley were welcomed to the establishment wholeheartedly. With a stellar
sound system and patrons that enthusiastically received the show, it was obvious
it was meant to be that they join the Series. Chris Moondawg Hall says, ” This feels
exactly like the kind of place Hank Williams would have played. I can’t say enough
about how great we were treated. They loved the music and they showed it. They really,
really care about music. The place is just outright COOL.” Welcome, Armington IL and The Outpost!!!

Also last night 2Country4Nashville stopped in Armington and reported back
they had a WONDERFUL time up there and were treated VERY nicely.
They are an awesome duo and I enjoy their set very much. I recently saw
them at R.O.P.E. we had a GREAT time loving on Country Music!

Also Chris Corkery and PeeWee Moore will be there this Saturday night
So this venue is REALLY welcoming the series!

I’m also researching their announcement of involving a new venue A
Honky Tonk in Texas Luckenbach.

Country Artist Dale Watson has recently purchased two old Honky Tonks
in town and is currently reviving them one show at a time.
The Big T Roadhouse and Ginny’s little Longhorn Saloon are both
slowly becoming more active.

One piece I really liked from this particular post about it was this:
Everybody has to do their part, however. The Artists have to promote, show up,
put on a great show. The Venue has to promote, provide the bands with good playing
conditions and reasonable pay and the fans have to support the Artists/Venues by
purchasing tickets or tipping the bands. Spreading the word. It’s a big engine that
must fire on all cylinders to work.

The new venue Big T Roadhouse will feature Brigitte London and Chris MoonDawg Hall
June 12th and will feature the series on the 19th and the 22nd as well.
And Texas also still has the Blue Max featuring the series too.

June 3oth in Salt Lake City Utah at Garage On Beck there is a show listed as well
That show includes Chris MoonDawg Hall and Brigitte London.
So the series is STILL GOING STRONG!
MORE on a NEW Texas venue from their website:

The Last Honky Tonk Music Series is proud to announce that Texas Songwriting Legend
CHRIS WALL will be Hosting the Series in historic Luckenbach Texas, beginning in August.
The Series will feature guest songwriters on the third Sundays in August, September and October.
In August, it will launch with Chris Wall, Dave Kemp, Jill Kinsey, Kylie Ray Harris. September:
Chris Wall, Hal Bruni and Brigitte London. October: Chris Wall, Dallas Moore and Kyle Wilson.

Chris has recently released a new acoustic-based album, El Western Motel that was
produced by Lloyd Maines. Pick up a copy and find out more information on Chris Wall here:

Luckenbach Texas is a one of a kind “venue”. It is alive with nature’s beauty,
good spirits, original characters, laughter, bikers, cowboys, chickens, hippies,
kiddos — and fantastic music! The Last Honky Tonk Music Series will take place
on the Outdoor Stage.

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How To Send Cards And Letters To Wayne “The Train” Hancock


A few hours ago learned more information concerning
A great musician of Juke Joint Swing. Wayne “The Train” Hancock was involved
in a motorcycle accident, and HE WAS wearing a helmet.

It happened on Saturday April 26th.
He is in stable condition and responsive but will be under observation
in the ICU for a few more days for a collapsed lung trying to prevent
him from developing Pneumonia.
His arm is in a soft cast due to a fractured elbow.

So as of right now he will be cancelling ALL shows in May.
I have no information on June dates.

I do have the following information.. to send cards and letters
to him personally send them to:

Wayne Hancock
4937 Stuart Road # 181
Denton Texas 76207

Please give Wayne Hancock plenty of time to heal and come back
to the stage, where he swears he will ALWAYS BE!

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Country’s Family Reunion Welcomes Teea Goans


I have often talked about Country’s Family Reunion as my view of Heaven.
ALL the legends gathered in one room singing praises to God and singing all them
old time country classics.
Since it started in 1996:
Owned and operated by long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, the company specializes in “Reunion Videos.”
Black first applied the “Reunion Video” concept to the legends of country music. The idea was simple:
Ask the great people who shaped country music to get together and talk about their history, and maybe
sing a few songs.

From this idea, Country’s Family Reunion was born. More than 30 country music legends got together for
that first taping to tell their stories and sing their songs. The success of this series spurred the
creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories. You can find all
of our music reunion products under the Country’s Family Reunion portion of this Web site.

Life on this Earth has taken SO MANY of these precious treasures away. But folks the MUSIC has
stayed forever on DVD and YOU can own these classic recordings.

One of my favorite episodes was a clean, sober and saved Johnny Paycheck singing “Old Rugged Cross”
Folks I try not to get religious or political on here..but Johnny Paycheck died a saved man
and he died comfortable with himself..I know this truly.

Another episode marked the last performance of Boxcar Willie. He was so sick and he STILL
taped the show and sang his heart out for us to have forever in memory as he sang
Life’s Railway To Heaven.
I loved that man with my every fiber of being.

This past weekend one of country music most overlooked young ladies Teea Goans
performed on the new edition of the show. This series is subtitled “God Bless America Again”.
She performed Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th. And you can see it replayed on RFDtv.
Alongside people like Jimmy Fortune, Gene Watson, Joey And Rory, Jan Howard AND MORE!
This woman is TEN TIMES the artist ANY of those pop country women are!

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2014 Music Festivals: Buckle Up Music Festival


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Hub City Music Festival
Red Wing Roots Music Festival
Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival
Outlaw Fest

This next festival takes me to the banks of the Ohio river in Cincinnati.
And THIS ONE is a BIG ONE full of regular country and pop country..I don’t
usually feature pop country but for this series I’ll mention the names in the lineups.
This one is three days long and has six stages! Imagine the confusion and cross crowds!
More than two stages I don’t like…my personal opinion.
But I’ll tell you what GREAT SCHEDULE for July 18th 19th and 20th!

Friday July 18th
2:45-3:30 Old Dominion
4:15-5:00 Sturgill Simpson
5:45-6:45 Eric Parslay
7:45-9:00 Eli Young Band
10:00-11:30 Alabama

2:00-2:45 Son Of Fathers
3:00-4:15 The Railers
5:00-5:45 The Cadillac Three
6:45-7:45 Ashley Monroe
9:00-20:00 Jamey Johnson

2:45-3:30 Andrew Hibbard
4:15-5:00 Jamison Road
5:45-6:30 Messerly and Ewing
7:30-8:15 Sara Haze

2:00-2:45 Joshua Scott Jones
3:30-4:15 Jamie Lynn Spears
5:00-5:45 David Fanning
6:30-7:30 Chris Janson
8:15-9:15 Marty Stuart

2:45-3:30 Lonesome Jared and the Heart Attacks
4:15-5:00 Alexis Gomez
5:45-6:30 Sam Lewis
7:15-8:00 Ashely Martin

Amphitheater Stage
2:00-2:45 Dan Varner Band
3:30-4:14 Tyler Childers
5:00-5:45 Phillip Fox Band
6:30-7:15 Jeremy Pinell
8:00-9:00 Pistol Hollar

Saturday July 19th
2:45-3:30 Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
4:15-5:00 Houndmouth
5:45-6:45 Emmylou Harris
7:45-9:00 Alison Krauss And Union Station
10:00-11:30 Willie Nelson

2:00-2:45 Lera Lynn
3:30-4:15 Joe Pug
5:00-5:45 Lone Bellow
6:45-7:45 Drive By Truckers
9:00-10:00 Old Crow Medicine Show

2:45 Wild Carrot And The Roots Band
4:15-5:00 Dean Fields
5:45-6:30 The Carolines
7:30-8:15 Kaitlin Smith

2:00-2:45 Sundy Best
3:30-4:15 Natalie Stovall And The Drive
5:00-5:45 Spirit Family Reunion
6:30-7:30 John And Jacob
8:15-9:15 Sugarland

2:45 Shiny And The Spoon
4:15-5:00 Al Scorch
5:45-6:30 Arlo McKniley
7:15-8:00 Tall Heights

2:00-2:45 Coralee
3:30-4:15 kentucky Timbre
5:00-5:45 Buffalo Wabs
6:30-7:15 The 23 String Band
8:00-9:00 The Tillers

Sunday July 20
2:00-2:45 Chase Bryant
3:30-4:15 JT Hodges
5:00-6:00 Sam Hunt
7:00-8:00 David Nail
9:00-10:15 Band Perry

2:45-3:30 Lauren Brill
4:15-5:00 Blackjack Billy
6:00-7:00 Dylan Scott
8:00-9:00 Thompson Square

2:00-2:45 Max Fender
3:30-4:15 Zach Dubois
5:00-5:45 Michalies
6:45-7:30 Ruth Collins

2:45-3:30 Abigail Rose
4:15-5:00 Lyndsey Highlander
5:45-6:45 Dallas Smith
7:30-8:30 Corey smith

2:45-3:30 Kentucky Struts
4:15-5:00 Straw Boss
5:45-6:30 Bobby Mackey
7:15-8:00 Noah Smith

Now like other festivals this one wasn’t designed for camping. So I have some nearby hotels
for you to book rooms for this event.
For a list of hotels near the area click HERE.

You can get one, two and three day passes HERE.

Buckle Up Festival, LLC is a Cincinnati-based event production company. The company
is owned by Bill Donabedian; Owner of the Bunbury Music Festival, former managing
director of Fountain Square and co-founder of the MidPoint Music Festival.

The Bunbury Music Festival was founded in 2011, and has been named one of Yahoo Music’s
Essential Summer Festivals.

After the renovation of Fountain Square in 2006, Bill was charged with managing and
programming the facility. The Square sees hundreds of events each year including the
PNC Summer Music Series that draws hundreds of thousands of people downtown.

Bill co-founded the MidPoint Music Festival along with Sean Rhiney in 2002; an event
which is in its thirteenth year and brings hundreds of unsigned bands from the U.S.
and abroad every September.

The festival is located at 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

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