Apr 302014


If you are a Classic Country Music fan..like 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!

Apr 292014


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: http://www.chriswallmusic.com.

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.

Apr 292014


A few hours ago Garyhayescountry.com 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!

Apr 272014


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!

Apr 262014


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.

Apr 262014


Tillford Sellers And The Wagon Burners are some of the most honest
Honky Tonk country I have heard lately since Sturgill Simpson’s second album.
Tillford has two albums out “What Your’e Doing To Me” and his second album which I got
“Heartaches, lies and cheating songs”.

They are a touring band based in Columbus Indiana and these boys certainly kick out
some serious honky tonk!
They play original songs of when country, rock and blues were almost the same music.

He’s got a TON of dates lined up you MUST SEE if he’s in your area!
Because I’ll tell you what He’s appearing at Muddy Roots in 2014
and I am REALLY looking forward to this show and buying more from him!

He’s probably one of the BEST artist featured Iv’e done in a few months!
He’s on Reltone Records label and his band the Wagon Burners are
Josh Hellcat and Justin Meyers.

I hear alot of western swing influence as well as country.

Go check them out!

Apr 242014


Jeff Clair and his band Half Past Lonesome is a Gospel and Bluegrass
quartet from Jackson Kentucky.

Their first album “They Called Him Jesus” is available through His Website
and on his label Lonesome Day Reocrds. I have been following
him for a little while now and his band really sounds great!
I love his uplifting lyrics and traditional Bluegrass sound.

Kenny O Quinn, Mitch Bentley and Rex Patrick make up his band Half Past Lonesome
as they tour all over the south doing GREAT things for people.
For 15 years he has been volunteering his talent for the Appalachian Service Project.
This project raises benefit funds for low income families in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee
repairing homes and bringing winter wood.

The program brings educational information about the genre of bluegrass and it’s history
and exposes the love of music and family to the younger generation of listeners.

Jeff has spent 2012 on tour with Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers and has
also been onstage with Dr. Ralph Stanley.

I fully expect GREAT future music from these guys!

Apr 242014


The fine folks over at The Spillway Bar And Grill have teamed
up with me to bring you a GREAT prize package for their upcoming
Bob Wayne And The Outlaw Carnies show
next Sunday night May 4rth.
Along with Brandon Atwell And The Broken Ground
and Outhouse Etiquette.

The show starts at 7PM and is TEN BUCKS at the door!

Go and “LIKE” my Facebook page HERE
and send me an inbox with an address…THATS IT!

YOU WILL WIN TWO tickets for the show and a FREE DINNER of twenty wings
to have dinner with me at the show. The wings are YOURS!
ALL FREE compliments of all of us.

Winner will be announced on

Apr 232014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Hub City Music Festival
Red Wing Roots Music Festival

This series bring us CLOSE to my house AGAIN in Cross Plains Tennessee to the
Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival.
Folks listen..this event is 10 BUCKS! Enough said! 10 bucks!
And you get the Grascals headlining this event and some REALLY awesome
bluegrass bands and family entertainment.
This is the second annual event of this festival.

1:00am Volunteer Bluegrass
11:50am Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek with Thomas Maupin
12:40pm The Ridgetop Ramblers
1:30pm Jackie Kincaid & Steppin’Out
2:20pm SugarRidge
3:10pm Volunteer Bluegrass
4:00pm Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek with Thomas Maupin
4:50pm Jackie Kincaid & Steppin’Out
5:40pm SugarRidge
6:30pm The Ridgetop Ramblers
7:30pm The Grascals

Cross Plains is Robertson County’s oldest settlement, originally called Kilgore Station
when it was established as a fort in 1779. Today the city of Cross Plains, Tennessee
welcomes visitors to Kilgore Park along the banks of Honey Run Creek and adjacent to the
campus of East Robertson High School. Click here to find it on the map.

In 2012, construction was completed on the Robert T. Randolph Stage at Kilgore Station.
Situated below a gently sloping grassy hillside and among mature hardwoods, the stage is
the perfect location for the inaugural Kilgore Station Bluegrass festival.

Directions: From I-65, take Exit 112 (TN-25), travel west app. 3.5 miles,
turn left on Kilgore Trace (at East Robertson High School sign). First left is entrance
to Kilgore Park.

From Springfield, TN, take TN-49 west to TN-25 which leads to Cross Plains.
Turn right on Kilgore Trace (at East Robertson High School sign). First left is
entrance to Kilgore Park.

The street address (for your GPS) is 150 Kilgore Trace, Cross Plains, TN 37049

Learn more about Cross Plains on the Cross Plains Community Chamber web site.

To reserve a camping spot or for more info call (615) 654-2555.
Rain or Shine!

Our event goes on rain or shine. We are fortunate to be able to move right next door
into the great facilities of East Robertson High School in case of poor weather.

There will be SO MUCH fun activities going on in this area THIS WEEKEND you must
MUST NOT MISS this event!

Apr 232014


This afternoon Kix Brooks hosted a news conference via the Country Music Hall Of Fame
and they announced the 2014 new inductees Ronnie Milsap, (the late) Hank Cochran, and Mac Wiseman.
They will be inducted later this year by the Hall Of Fame.

Mac Wiseman said “I anticipated and hoped for it a long time and this is the biggest
thing that has happened to me in my 70 years”.
Wiseman is an original member of the Foggy Mountain Boys of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and
made his Opry debut with Bill Monroe and also was an executive with Dot Records.
He’s been nicknamed “The Voice With A Heart” and is one of the cult figures of Bluegrass.
One thing a lot of people don’t know is he played upright bass for Molly O’ Day.
And was one of the perfomers for the Louisiana Hayride.

Hank Cochran is a Country Music Songwriting legend who had the most solo success with
“Sally Was A Good Old Girl” made more popular by Roy Clark.
His songs have been recorded and charted by Patsy Cline, Ray Price and Eddy Arnold.
And he himself recorded song wrote by the likes of Billy Don Burns (whom is a legend
in his own right).

At 25 he and Harlan Howard wrote “I Fall To Pieces” for Patsy Cline.
After it reached number one, she recorded “She’s got you” and charted at number
one once again earning him a big Nashville name.

In 1960 he wrote “Make The World Go Away” and Eddy Arnold made it his signature song.
It skyrocketed to number one in three days.
Eddy also recorded “I Want To Go With You”.

Hank Cochran also wrote “The Chair” and “Ocean Front Property” for George Strait.
“It’s Not Love But It’s Not Bad” for Merle Haggard and he wrote some songs
for Burl Ives.

Jamey Johnson released an entire album of his songs in 2012 including
A-11, “This Aint My First Rodeo” and “Living For A Song”.
Jamey was bashed by critics for making a whole album of non original

Ronnie Milsap is one of the most successful blind performers in history.
He was most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s during the Honky Tonk era.
He broke into the country music scene in 1972 along with Charley Pride.

He’s had 40 number one hits and has sold over 35 million albums.
And in 1976 he was inducted into the Opry.

Apr 222014




Folks I know it’s been awhile since I have kept up many of
the “topic” articles I do. Time only allows me to do so
much. I can’t always pay attention to everything going
on with me. It’s not easy…sadly.

Folks this is Yankee Cockfight and they are a blues
type band mixed with punk and country.
They hail from The Great White Mountains Of New Hampshire and it was a concept band
developed in 2009 between The Mighty Junior and Scrimmy The Dirtbag.
They had originally designated Yankee Cockfight to be a side project and it
turned into a pretty successful band, which to this day still uses
NO setlist.
And their first show was without rehearsing at all!

Most of the bands and artists they have shared the stage with has all been
roots based underground bands, and I found them not long ago just browsing.
And they are included in the 2014 Farmageddon Records Music Festival.
You can hear them on the FREE CD sampler that if you pay the shipping
which is like a dollar you can sample them on it.

They play primarily in the northeast and they are kind of like a mix
of Husky Burnette and Left Lane Cruiser and some other bands
all mixed in one.
For only being two guys they sound awesome!
Their album “Keep Banging” was released last year.

Apr 182014


As W.B. Walker would say….I mean HELL…who doesn’t love the Oak Ridge Boys?
And I’ll say THIS..I LOVE LOVE LOVE this album!
I’m ordering it on vinyl NOW!
It was released to stores on Tuesday the 15th and it has 14 songs.
Including my PERSONAL favorite “Elvira” which was wrote by country music
legend Dallas Frazier.

Folks they have been together and active for 41 years!
And they have had the same lineup since 1973..not many bands
can say that in ANY genre!

Some of the songs on the album date back to their very first
release under the Oak Ridge Boys name “Y’all Come Back Saloon”.

They were founded in the 1940’s as the Oak Ridge Quartet and
became a southern gospel band through the 1950’s and in late
1960 the Oak Ridge Boys were born.

Much of their well known hits were amassed in the 1970’s
and 1980’s.
And they remain active and touring today.

The album is released on Cleopatra Records and was produced
by lead singer Duane Allen.

Apr 182014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Hub City Music Festival

My sixth festival in this series brings us to Mount Solon Virginia to the second annual
Red Wing Roots Music Festival held in Natural Chimneys Park on July 11th 12th and 13th 2014.
Quite an impressive lineup here at this festival!

1pm The Honey Dewdrops
3pm Furnace Mountain
5pm Caravan of Thieves
7pm Pokey LaFarge
9:15pm Trampled By Turtles

2pm Peyton Tochterman
4pm David Wax Museum
6pm The Hackensaw Boys
8pm The Duhks
10:45 Larry Keel & Natural Bridge

1pm The Walking Roots Band
3pm Many Nights Ahead
5pm Shenandoah Alley
7pm The Travelin’ Hillbillies

schedule coming soon

12pm 3 Penny Acre
2pm Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
4pm The Brothers Comatose
6pm Sarah Jarosz
8pm The Steel Wheels
9:30pm The Devil Makes Three

1pm Mandolin Orange
3pm The Stray Birds
5pm Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
7pm Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
10:45pm Yarn

12pm Loves It
2pm Yankee Dixie
4pm After Jack
6pm The Judy Chops

schedule coming soon

12pm Willie Watson
2pm The Revelers
4pm Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band
6:30pm Hayes Carll

11am Gospel Set w/ The Steel Wheels
1pm JP Harris & The Tough Choices
3pm Love Canon

12pm James Justin & Co
2pm Bourbon Barrel Congress
4pm Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts

schedule coming soon

Here is a TON of camping and lodging accommodations from their official website.

Stokesville Campground with Red Wing Shuttle Service

Stokesville Campground

464 Stokesville Rd, Mount Solon, VA

Located just a few miles down the road from Natural Chimneys Park, this beautiful
campground offers stunning views across the northeast valley to Massanutten Mountain
(25 miles away) and beyond. Shuttle buses are provided throughout the day. Camping fee
is $25 per person, and includes drinking water, portable showers, portable bathrooms,
free parking at this location (not at Natural Chimneys Park) and shuttle service to and
from the festival grounds. Designated campsites are first come first serve. There is
plenty of space for some solid field camping. NO PETS

Good for July 10 at 5pm through July 14 at 12pm

We will have a section reserved for dry RV/camper/trailers. No electric or sewer provided.
Contact us to register your RV/camper/trailer and reserve your space.
Local Campgrounds

Sherando Lake Recreation Area’s Family Campground provides an ideal camping destination.
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s known locally as the jewel of the mountains,
where visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach. Click
for Sherando Lake campsite registration.

Todd Lake Recreation Area Visitors to Todd Lake Recreation Area enjoy a historic
campground complete with universally accessible beach. A volleyball court, horseshoe pits,
children’s playground and an onsite campground host make this location an ideal place to
spend a relaxing summer afternoon. Explore multiple trails from this location popular amongst
mountain biking, backpacking, and hiking enthusiasts. Not suitable for large RVs. Dump station
is available. Showers and drinking water available. Bath houses have hot showers and flush toilets.

Camping fee is $16.00 per site per night. Operated by North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187

North River Campground This open area campground was originally constructed as a CCC camp
. Evidence of the original sites and logging trails still remain today. North River Gorge
is a popular hiking, biking, and fishing area with a swinging bridge spanning the North River.
Close proximity to Wild Oak National Recreation Trail, Staunton Dam Day Use Area and Elkhorn
Lake provide multiple recreational options that are easily accessible within a few miles.
Campsites cannot be reserved in advance. First come, first serve. Sites are primitive,
but vault toilets are located on-site. No drinking water provided.

Camping fee is $5 per site, per night. Operated by North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187
Premium Camping at Natural Chimneys

SOLD OUT These spacious 50amp or 30amp RV Campsites include electric and water hookups
and are good for 4 nights. (Thursday 12pm – Monday 10am) It allows one RV/trailer/popup
plus two tents (or if no RV then four tents total) and parking for up to two additional
vehicles at the site. A picnic table and fire ring are provided at each site. 12 people
max per site. 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all camping guests! NO PETS
No Frill Field Tent Camping at Natural Chimneys

SOLD OUT You get a nice, flat plot to set up your tent(s), chairs and maybe a foosball
table…as long as it fits, go for it! The first round of 50 sites sold are 20’ x 20’ and
the second round of 80 sites are 15′ x 15′. The sites are nice but it’s not glamping,
no hook ups for electricity or water. No fires, and most importantly, no cars. 2 tent
and 6 person max per site. Good for 3 nights (Friday 11am – Monday 10am). Folks camping
here must park in the general admission parking lot and walk in with their stuff, so pack
smart! And since you will be parked in the GA parking lot, don’t forget to purchase a
parking permit for each vehicle (carpooling encouraged). NO PETS


The closest hotels are located in Staunton and Harrisonburg, VA, each only 15 miles away.

Harrisonburg: Holiday Inn Harrisonburg

Click for other Harrisonburg Hotels and Inns

Staunton: The Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Bed & Breakfasts/Inns

There are numerous Inns and B&Bs in the area. Here’s a partial list:
Augusta County

Buckhorn Inn

2487 Hankey Mountain Hwy, Churchville 540-337-8660

Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast

320 Wayne Ave, Waynesboro 540-943-1910

B&B at Penmerryl Farm

273 Penmerryl Dr, Greenville 540-337-0622/540-292-0897

Blueberry Hill Farm

956 Spottswood Rd, Steeles Tavern 540-377-2240

Cross House Garden Inn

1224 Keezletown Rd, Weyers Cave 540-234-8065

Frederick House

28 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-4220

Inn at Old Virginia

1329 Commerce Rd., Staunton 540-248-4650

Iris Inn B&B of Waynesboro

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro 540-943-1991

Montclair Bed & Breakfast

320 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-8832

Olde Staunton Inn

260 N. Lewis St, Staunton 540-886-0193

Shenandoah Mountain Inn

434 Shen. Mtn. Dr, West Augusta 540-939-4164

Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast

607 Oak Ave, Waynesboro 540-946-4899

Staunton Choral Gardens

216 W. Frederick St, Staunton 540-885-6556

Sugar Tree Inn

Hwy 56, Steeles Tavern 800-377-2197

Tree Streets Inn

421 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro 540-949-4484
Rockingham County

By The Side Of The Road B&B

491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg 540-801-0430

High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Rd, Grottoes 540-249-3936

Joshua Wilton House

412 S. Main St, Harrisonburg 540-434-4464

Old Massanutten Lodge

3448 Caverns Dr, Keezletown 540-269-8800

Shenandoah Valley Farm Inn

882 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville 540-289-5402

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 E. Market St, Harrisonburg 540-433-8233

I’m also going to provide you with a link to buy tickets to this festival
as I have all the others. You can get tickets HERE.

The first annual Red Wing Roots Festival was started in 2013 by the roots music
band Steel Wheels.
There are four active stages at this festival and you can always log
onto their official website for more information.

Apr 182014

I absolutely LOVE going to the Spillway Bar And Grill for shows.
And I absolutely LOVE Sarah Gayle Meech..so put them together
and you get a REALLY GOOD night of country music.


I PROMISE YOU she does NOT disappoint. She is currently working
on her second album of self wrote songs and from the ones
I have heard it’s AWESOME!

This new album as well as her first album are produced by
Andy Gibson who is the dobro/steel guitarist for Hank 3.

On may 17th the Spillway will welcome Sarah Gayle Meech
and the Meech Boys to their stage.
And you MUST TRY the wings and they are one of the ONLY
PLACES around to have Moonshine Sauce on their wings!

I hope to catch up with Miss Sarah really soon and
get more information on her highly anticipated new

You can get ALL the information HERE.
And you can get her NEW shirts and can coozies and
ALL SORTS of neat stuff!

Apr 172014

GLEN Campbell2

I don’t need to tell you a big long story about what relevance Glen Campbell
has on country music. What an impact he has brought upon rock and country
and many other genres.
I got a call today from one of my informers that Glen Campbell has been
moved to a care facility for Alzheimer’s although I am not being told
what stages. He is currently 77.
We’ll know more next week after the holiday if indeed he will
need to stay for good or can come home.
This was the official press release:

The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support
and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011
. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as
long as possible, and said he didn’t want audiences speculating about what might be the
cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.

People’s report suggested the move could be temporary, and quoted the source as saying,
“I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.

Glenn launched his Farewell Tour of 2012 and played his final concert
at the Hollywood Bowl in 2013.
He released his final album “See You There” and “Ghost In The Canvas”
with more grace and style than almost any other country music legend alive.

During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums.
He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums
and 1 Double-Platinum album.
In 2005 he was invited to join the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

I will indeed add to this article how to send cards and letters
to him and his family.

Apr 172014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Hub City Music Festival

Next week in Chicago at Reggies Rock Club the second annual
Moonrunners Festival will take place.
And folks this is one event I have wanted to go to for since it was started
last year by Jashie P from Last False Hope and Outlaw Radio Chicago.
It’s set to take place next week April 25th and 26th in Chicago Illinois.

This year the headlining act was announced to be Scott H Biram!
Along with a TON more great underground and roots music in two days.
In fact this will be one of the only events where Shooter Jennings will
be performing with his mother Jessi Colter.

Other acts to be performing are (In no specific order):
Roger Alan Wade
Fifth On The Floor
J.B. Beverley And The Wayward Drifters
Goddamn Gallows
Hellbound Glory
Cletus Got Shot (See additional info)
Mamie White
The Calamity Cubes
Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
The Hangdog Hearts
Last False Hope
Possessed By Paul James
The Hooten Hollars
Filthy Still
Black Eyed Vermillion
Joseph Huber (see additional info)
Izzy and the Catastrophes
Joshua Morningstar
Adam Lee
Carmen Lee and the Tommorrow River Two
Coondog And The Stumpjumpers
Molly Gene
Whiskey Dick
Dog Bite Harris
T. Junior
Rachel Kate
Ten Foot Polecats
Lou Shields
Rickett Pass
Nelie Wilson
Six Gun Britt
Lonewolf OMB
The Jailhouse Poets
The Imperial Rooster
The Tosspints
Matt Woods

Now then, I understand from Muddy Roots Reocrds that Jospeh Huber will premier his
new album “The Hanging Road” at the festival.
His CD release party will be a part of the festival.
This album will have ten songs on it and YES it will be released on vinyl as well.

Cletus Got Shot is a three piece string band from Fayetteville Arkansas
that is partly going and partly not going these days.
Iv’e heard of some shows going on from them in the past few months
but I understand they will be playing Moonrunners.

You can buy tickets for this festival HERE.

There is hotel accomodations on the Moonrunners homepage.
I’ll tell you what there will be so much fun and exciting
things going on during this festival I’m pretty upset I
cannot make it but I plan to go out of my way to make 2015.

Apr 122014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival

Mr. Donnie Wymer up in Indiana is a music warrior for the roots music scene in his area.
He is absolutely wonderful to musicians and bands in his home.
He’s an incredibly nice guy and I’m thinking about hitting this festival!
I have talked to him via email several times, he’s a great guy!

Folks this is the FIRST ANNUAL Hub City Music Festival at Copy’s in Union City Indiana.
So this one is IMPORTANT cause he’s trying to get this off the ground. So go support him OK?
On saturday October 4rth they will welcome

Possessed By Paul James
Billy Cook
White Trash Blues Revival
Filthy Still
Sean K Preston
Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club
Matthew “Mule” McKinley
Lou Shields

And at 25 bucks HOW can you NOT want to go to this event?

Konrad Wert AKA Possessed By Paul James released a groundbreaking album
last year “There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely” on Hillgrass Bluebilly records.
It set boundaries for underground roots music and showed the mainstream music
world that there IS TALENT and SUPPORT from roots music fans!

Right at the same time J.B.Beverley released “Stripped To The Root” on Rusty Knuckles
the two albums went toe to toe on many music charts and lists.
They BOTH were critically welcomed by many in the Nashville scene and surrounding area.

You can contact Donnie Wymer on Facebook and I’m SURE he will HAPPY
to answer any questions or any information you need.
And tell him I sent you!

Apr 122014


Guitars And Cadillacs and Jeb Brown productions present Shooter Jennings and his fathers
band Waymores Outlaws on Sunday May 25th in Illinois.

I have been keeping a watchful eye on this venue for some time after
researching it for the Last Honky Tonk Music Series.
And this promoter does some really good shows with this venue.

Special Guests will be Chris Corkery and the Matt Poss band.
Tickets are 25 in advance and 30 at the door.

Shooter is doing a ton of shows this year with Waymore’s Outlaws
including a June appearance at Goose on the Lake festival where
they recorded a live album last year.
This has been one of the most talked about events of 2014 and
I fully plan to try and catch a few Shooter shows this year.

Apr 112014


On April 19th 2014 .. Together Against MS and The National MS Society Kentucky
Southeast Indiana Chapter are teaming up along with some great local sponsors to
bring the 1st Annual Country Cures MS Concert to The Carson Center in Paducah.
You can purchase tickets HERE.

Our Entertainers include:
Ronnie McDowell with Blend
T. Graham Brown and
The Flat River Band

Tickets for this great event will be on sale January 29th @ 10AM all seats are reserved
so get yours as soon as possible.
For more information on about this event please go to: Country Cures MS or email to:

So please help this GREAT organization fight Multiple Sclerosis and help YOUR
community out..cause THAT IS what country music is ALL ABOUT!
ALL proceeds will go directly to the MS fund to fund research in the western
Kentucky area for patients and to help house families needing help with care.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Apr 112014


Washington State

Well folks I have been hearing great things about the Last Honky Tonk Music Series
all over the US! I heard Texas was a blast at Blue Max, and I heard Ohio
was fun at Win Place Or Show. I havent reported on Ohio yet.

I’d like to focus attention on Michigan and the venue Tip Top Deluxe Bar And Grill.
It’s in Grand Rapids Michigan and will feature the series once a month.

I have been reading really good things about their contribution to roots music
and they are really helping their community build a better music scene.
Recently I seen them feature Lydia Loveless for july.
And this month they has Fauxgrass, and MORE!
Rosie Flores, Hillbilly Casino, Rhythm Aces and oh man such a GREAT roster!

This looks like a REALLY nice nostalgic venue and a museum of music!
The owners are both really big fans of Traditional music and they are
considered a rockabilly bar..but they feature much more genres than just
that or roots music.

From what I have researched the bar itself was made of solid mahogany and
was built in 1949.
It has a really unique selection of pinball machines and jukebox albums.
It’s one hundred percent TOTAL Americana!

The menu looked REALLY good and was all diner themed food.
Heck they even had a vegan takeover menu!
And when they have the vegan nights all the food is misspelled on purpose.
And they have old school crinkle fries.

This sounds like a REALLY AWESOME place to enjoy the Series in.

Apr 102014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake

Ok folks I been researching quite some time on my next festival for 2014.
My third in this series of articles will be the fourth annual John Hartford Memorial Festival.
It will take place in Bean Blossom Indiana on May 29th-31st of 2014 and it has been billed as
“The most laid back festival in America”.
Heading into it’s fourth year this festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy
music and ideals of John Hartford..one of America’s most beloved performers.
Everyone remembers his trademark bowlers derby hat and banjo.

This is a 3 day family friendly event that takes place in southern Indiana at the
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground.
It has three stages going on all three days, which to me is hard to get to work in
ALL of the shows at ANY festival. However it takes an awesome amount of work to
host a festival of this magnitude and I highly commend their work.

There will be 24/7 campground jamming and songwriting contests and karaoke and MORE!
Here’s the lineup for this three day event!

Pokey LaFarge
Great American Taxi
Peter Rowan
Henhouse Prowlers
The Keels
Jamie Hartford
Lindsay lou And The Flatbellys
Danny Barnes
LeRoy Troy
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Pert Near Sandstone
Mike Compton
Haunted Windchimes
Flatland Harmony Experiment
Chicago Farmer
Bawn In The Mash
Betse Ellis
Woodstove Flapjacks
Alex Ruffle and Stiff Riffs
Eric Lambert
Colin O’Brien
Hickory Robot
Crunchy Western Boys
Huckleberry Green
Jalan Crossland
Wil Maring
John Till
Horseshoes And Hand Grenades
Ray Lawrence Jr.
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Sloppy Joe
New Old Cavalry
Freight Hoppers
The Whipstich Sallies
Leadfoot Band
Scenic Roots
Downtown Country Band
Julia Belle Swain Band
The Worley Boys
White Lightning Boys
The Indiana Boys
Maria Carrelli
Old Salt Union
Branded Bluegrass
O Bardo E O Banjo
Deep Fried Pickle Project

This festival is certainly NOT the same as the mainstream festivals where profit and
large amounts of alcohol are consumed. This is more of a family oriented picnic affair.
This from their website:
No conference room full of corporate types made this festival happen. One man with a vision,
one man who lost a great friend, John Hartford, to cancer, this man John Hotze, did. Four years ago,
St. Louis businessman and music lover, John Hotze, had this vision to throw a big musical party in
honor of his late lifelong friend, John Hartford. John Hotze, who used to sit in with the original
Missouri Ridge Runners, took the plunge and the John Hartford Memorial Festival was born.

. In an interview with Mr. Hotze, back in 2012, he said, “I never started this venture for money
and I would be very happy to recoup my losses over the next few years and let it just sustain
itself both to honor John and provide a venue for more performers. My vision is to narrow the
scope of the festival to be Hartford centered, that is booking bands & entertainers that have
been greatly influenced by John, ones that performed and were good friends of John, such as Bela Fleck,
Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more, and entertainers that also cover John’s songs.”

So here’s the prices and how to attend this event:
All tickets will be held at Will Call. They will NOT be mailed out or emailed in advance. Your ticket purchase does not include camping. All camping fees are collected by the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground. Reservations for camping are not required but we suggest that you call and make one. Reservations can be made by calling the Campground at 1 (800) 414-4677.

The last day to purchase a ticket online is Sunday, May 25.

3-Day Ticket Price Levels
January 1 – April 30 : $100
May 1 – May 25 : $115
At the gate prices: $125

Single Day Ticket Price Levels
January 1 – April 30 : $50
May 1 – May 25 : $55
At the gate prices: $60

Take advantage of the reduced ticket prices by buying today!
You can buy your tickets for this event HERE.

Now here is a GOOD NEWS tidbit I got for you Wi Fi IS AVAILABLE in the campground area!
Which would be AWESOME for people like me that report on things!
And here’s a BAD NEWS tidbit..camping is NOT included in the ticket price. But it’s not much..
So here’s the camping information:

The Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground is open May through October. The campground has over three hundred 30 and/or 50 amp electric and water hookups and over three hundred primitive tent sites. With over 55-acres, the campground offers both wooded and open sites and are Big Rig Friendly. The facilities are complete with hot showers, clean restrooms, coin laundry facility, two dump stations, playground, stocked fishing lake (no license required), walking trails; assorted picnic tables, fire rings, and barbecue grills; large covered pavilion, camp store, gift shop, and museum. FREE WIRELESS INTERNET is available in the camp store for all campers. WiFI is available at all campsites and cabins for a nominal charge.

In order to provide a safer environment for all festival attendees and campers, ATV’s and/or 4-wheeler’s will not be allowed into the campground. A limited number of golf carts (both two and four passenger) will be available to rent onsite by the day or weekend from Cunningham Golf Cart Co. (800) 456-1577.

For The John Hartford Memorial Festival primitive tent camping with no electrical hook ups will be $7 at the gate per person, per night. This $7 rate only applies to tents! For all other types of camping prices please contact the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at 1 (800) 414-4677.

Camping cost is NOT included in the festival ticket purchase.There are multiple types of camping sites at the festival.
Primitive Tent Camping, Primitive RV Camping, Electric RV Camping.
Camping sites are priced very reasonably. Tent camping without electrical hookups is only $7 per person, per night. This price is for tents only!
Reservations are not required for primitive camping but are highly recommended for RV campsites.
To make reservations for camping call The Monroe Campground at 1 (800) 414-4677.
Camp sites available in shaded areas and in full sun.
All tickets are held at the Will Call booth. They are NOT mailed out in advance.
Free hot showers and flush toilets available.
Laundry facility.
Dump stations for RVs.
Park store at entrance to the festival.
Grocery store close by the campground.
Golf cart rentals.
No one under 16 may operate a golf cart
Food vendors.
Merchandise vendors.
No consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21
No illegal substances.
If you have any additional questions please drop us a line by using the contact section of this web site

Apr 092014


You know folks I been active in the Roots Music scene for quite
a few years now since the beginning of MySpace.
Out of all the bands included in that type of music none have
the ferocity or the charisma they have.
If you were to ask me two words to describe a thunderous force
of music they would be Goddamn Gallows.

On Friday night April 4rth they visited the Exit In in Nashville
Tennessee to record a live album.
I witnessed total chaos in their non rarest form as they completely
destroyed everything in their path.

In support of their fifth album The Maker which will be out next
week on Farmageddon Records, they recorded this live album.
Before the show I asked lead singer Mikey Classic what it will be called.
“Oh I dunno, we’ll make something up tonight” he replied and took the stage.
The Gallows have had several slight lineup changes in their 10 years
but it has been pretty solid for several years now with
Mikey Classic, Avery, Uriah “Baby Genius” Baker, Fishgutzzz, and Joe Perreze.

I will not tell you the whole entire setlist so I wont ruin
the live album for you but I will tell you some of what
I got to see last week.
Before the Gallows was Whiskey Hill Swillers, Phil Hummer and the White Falcons
and The Dirt Daubers. I’ll write a separate article for them in a few days.

I won’t tell you what the first song was but they barreled right into
“Y’all Motherfers Need Jesus” and “Ghost Of The Rails”
and they also played “Heaven”.


Anytime you pay to see this show these guys go completely NUTS and
so does the audience. There are “no stagediving” signs up and the
the security guy told me “F It we can’t control this” and smiled
at me..not that I complained he just told me that.
Nobody got hurt it was really a good crowd for sure.

They played “Seven Devils” which is one of my favorites
and some new songs off The Maker. Seven Devils was produced by
Andy Gibson and is one of my favorite albums.

They also played “Pass Me The Bottle” and of course
Uriah the drummer came up to sing “In League With Satan” and
two more songs. He moved his drums into the audience like he
sometimes does, and Avery also played drums.
He puts drum symbols on his head and dances like a china man!

They played a song called “Howling Winds” which is available
on Muddy Roots Records. And their encore was
“Shattered” and I wont tell you the others!

You can trust me on this one it will be one HELL of a good live album
when it comes out. You MUST buy this album!

Apr 082014


Today the world of Bluegrass lost a very special and very beautiful man.
A man so underappreciated and so special that much like Curly Ray Cline and
others of their ilk most outlets of media will not report on them..or even
know who the heck they were.
If you’ve ever appreciated the Clinch Mountain Boys or Ralph and Carter Stanley
than you have heard his guitar work.

George Shuffler died today at the age of 88..a week away from his birthday.
He contributed so much in his life to Bluegrass music and is an integral part
of the influence of the Stanley Brothers on Bluegrass music.

He was born in Valdese North Carolina on April 15th 1925.
He got his first guitar at the age of twelve and in 1937 there
were very few guitars in North Carolina and he found the instruction
of a family friend to learn three chords, G C and D.
He went home and practiced the chords and made up chords as he
went along.
He was invited to a party to play with them and under much
reluctance he did so. He found out many of his made up chords
were actually existing chords and was propelled to study further.

Danny and Charlie Bailey offered him 60 dollars a week to come
to Nashville to play the Opry with them. He accepted and quit his
mill job.

Around 1950 he was contacted by Carter Stanley to play for them
and for 18 years he was a member of the Stanley Brothers Band and
also the Clinch Mountain Boys.
He quit the band on several occasions but always joined back up.
He stayed with them through good and bad times.
He continued to play with the Clinch Mountain Boys after Carter
Stanley died in 1966.

According to many Bluegrass historians I have contacted besides
Bill Monroe, the Stanley boys and band were the first band to
record mainstream bluegrass music.

In the mid 1970’s he retired from Bluegrass Music entirely
and sold all his instruments.
However he became more religious after his career and eventually
formed a gospel band and recorded several Gospel records.

While playing with the Stanley Brothers, he developed a style of
cross picking guitar that has become very influential. Ralph and Carter
would leave spaces at the end of musical phrases to give them a chance to
catch their breath, and George was left to fill in the space. George said
he developed his unique style of cross picking out of necessity to fill in
these spaces. His guitar playing has influenced generations of bluegrass
guitar pickers. George also introduced “walking” bass playing to bluegrass
music with the Stanley Brothers. “Even today, some twenty years after he left
bluegrass, instrumental fans are fascinated by his unique and original
cross-picking guitar style and his immediately recognizable four-four or
‘walking,’ bass,” writes John Write in the book
Traveling the High Way Home: Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional
Bluegrass Music.

He was also often mistook for Jumping Bill Carlisle during his peak
Opry performances.

Apr 062014


She’s one of Outlaw Country’s most beautiful ladies EVER!
Tonya Watts is talented and true blue with her vocals as
she rains down on a live audience in her NEW live album
Love Loves Love. Recorded live in Hollywood Ca.

This album features brand new songs by her and many guest
performances by Kevin Fisher, guitarist Al Bonhomme and a new
singer/songwriter Sascha Andres.
And it was recorded on her birthday.

Here’s the songlist of the album:


2.Love Loves Love

3.If You Ever Make Love To Me

4.Cowboy From Texas

5.My First Cigarette

6.Thousand Full Moons

7.When We Kiss

8.Alabama Crimson

9.Beautiful Life

10. Thought You Should Know

11.Better Beer

12.I Know What It’s Like

13.Richard Seed

14.Old Friend

15.I Love You More

16. Happy Birthday!

I got to hear a preview of this album and her vocals were absolutely
top notch on this album.
Along with her songwriting she’s had success in Hollywood as an actress
as well. She was Pamela Anderson’s body double on Baywatch among other
shows she was in having played the role of Dolly Parton.
She is also the founder of Dazey Rock Records and Dazey Rock hemp skin care creams.

Apr 062014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender

Well I would like to continue this series as I’m pretty excited about these events
in 2014. I been getting some AWESOME emails and inbox letters about festivals
people want me to feature.
Heck if I got the time I’ll feature them ALL!

Here’s another one I’d like to share that’s VERY CLOSE to my house.
This is the 19th annual Goose On The Lake Festival.
This event will take place June 6th and 7th in Allegre Kentucky..almost right next to my house!
Before I go into more details how about the lineup of music?

Official Schedule

Friday, June 6
5:00 pm – Sons of the Revolution
6:00 – Patson
7:15 – Marty Brown
9:00 – New Old Calvary

Saturday, June 7
4:00 pm -Bootleg Kharma
5:00 pm – Frank Hudson
6:15 pm – Vessel
7:30 pm -Russell Moore and III tyme out
9:00 pm Shooter Jennings

In 1996 a small group of people that were fans of the band Goose Creek Symphony had small
private concerts out on the farm of Lloyd and Donna Settle.
Well apparently it’s developed into a BIG yearly event and Iv’e taken notice
to this one!
I discovered it a few years back and only got to attend this event once.
They PRIDE themselves on being a SMALL intimate festival without multiple stages.
And some times…that’s nice. I know several festival organizers who are doing away
with multiple stages and band overlap so people like me can see them all.
Especially people like me that take notes and report on them!

I’m going to reprint the “Festival History” written by Lloyd Settle in 2000:

One afternoon in the fall of 1995, Charlie and I were walking along the field above
the lake contemplating life and our place in the universe when I asked him,
“if I built a stage down by the lake, would you guys come out and play?” He said,
“Yeah, it looks like a great place for a stage.” In the summer of 1996, I had cause
for a personal celebration in my life coming up so Timmy, my nephew, and I cut the
trees off our farm, sawed the wood on my sawmill, and with the help of local “good ol boys,”
built a small stage. We then ran electricity to it from one of my barns. I invited close
friends and several “gooseheads” that I had met out for a “private concert”
by Goose Creek Symphony and friends. About 75 people attended and we just sat around on quilts,
the ground, and a few lounge chairs. It was to be a “one time thing.” A fun time was had by all!
It was almost like a “family gathering” with incredible music. After it was over, several of the
“gooseheads” suggested we do it again next year. I wasn’t interested. Through the next few months
several close gooseheads like Delbert, Dale, Fred, and Cathy persisted and said, “we need a place
just for Gooseheads to be able to go and party like it was in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
Your place is perfect for that and we will help you.” And, they did. So, we tried it once more in 1997.
The crowd was slightly larger and we discovered that people who wanted to stand and express their
joy at goose music blocked the view of those sitting on the hill. After the concert,
Timmy(my head of security) and I decided the crowd quickly outgrew our little stage
(that was to be used only once). At this concert, even more people thought it was a really cool
concert and idea and should continue. In the summer of 1998, we decided we should tear down the old
stage and try it one more time. This time the stage was to be larger and taller(we called it
“buck-proofing” the stage, Timmy can explain that term). We were going to start on it when school
was out but a flood intervened and covered the entire stage, roof and all. When the waters finally
receded enough to start, we had less than two weeks to tear the old one down and build the new one.
We again cut the trees off our farm, sawed it ourselves, and Timmy and his “good ol boy construction crew”
built it. We finished it on Saturday about noon before the concert that afternoon. It is the stage
still being used(our final one I hope). The number of people attending has increased slowly each year
although we don’t advertise except for flyers at Goose Creek concerts and by word of mouth. We did
go on the web this year(thanks to Jonathan) and we have used an old mailing list of people who bought
CD’s in the early to mid 90’s. Now, after six concerts, we will probably continue until we experience
problems that would warrant us stopping such as fights, or problems that would cause law enforcement
to get involved. We will stick to our original intentions of having a place where “Gooseheads” can come
and listen to great music in peace and harmony. We would like to think ours is a concert where people
from all walks of life can come and focus on likenesses instead of differences and truly “share” time
together even though there may be social, educational, and cultural differences. Music can be a force
that bonds all of us together.

I would especially like to thank Charlie, a really incredible human being, without whose support
and help Goose on the Lake would not have been possible. I would also like to thank all those
gooseheads who have traveled great distances to come to Goose on the Lake and the many who have
been back just about every year. It has been humbling to have many of you share the joy you have
experienced in coming here. It is also a joy to share our little spot on the earth with those of
you who are true “earth people” and can appreciate the freedom of expression we now enjoy. We hope
above all that you continue to share that philosophy with us and help us in protecting that freedom
so that we may continue Goose on the Lake and provide a place where “Gooseheads” can continue come
and continue their yearly “family reunion.”

goose map

Folks if you’d like to call me and ask me where it is YOU CAN!
I’d LOVE to turn folks on to this event and support my community.
You can purchase tickets for this event HERE.
Sadly it says Goose Creek Symphony had to cancel for 2014.

Apr 042014


OK folks HERE STARTS my coverage of 2014 music festivals. Now as most of you know I can’t
be at EVERY one of them..but I’m sure you’ll see me a t a few of them!
I got a list as long as my arm of festivals YOU can attend. Bluegrass, country, pop country
(which I do not feature) underground roots music or WHATEVER your’e into..I think I got it!

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 will be a fan-performer
family style dinner..catered and Joseph Huber will entertain us as we eat.
Mr. Jason tried REAL hard to schedule it all together to NOT cross into any band time
and it looks like we’ll eat from 5:30-7:00 PM.


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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