Monthly Archives: May 2014

Steel Guitar Legend Weldon Myrick Dies


I learned this morning that Country Music Legend and Steel Guitarist Weldon Myrick
is having some serious health issues that I cannot comment on right now
but I felt the need to write a salute to honor his contributions to country music.

I was going to begin a NEW series next week featuring steel guitarists that are
sort of “off the radar” of mainstream.
I use my website to feature the local talent and the independent bands..I’m not trying
to analyze what corporate radio is doing or where is Country Music on radio?
I have KNOWLEDGE and FACTS and I want to feature people who gave their lives
to the proliferation of Country Music.

He was born on April 10th 1939 in Jayton Texas and from a very early age
he loved music.
His older brother began playing the steel guitar and was called to serve
in the military and in his absence Weldon began playing it.
His first band was Henley Diggs and The Double Mountain Boys and they had
a short radio show on Saturdays.

His first Nashville trip was in the 1950’s and he moved to Big Springs Texas
in the late 50’s.
He was brought to Nashville by legendary producer Ken Nelson along with
the Ben Hall Trio.

He started going to the Opry to see if anyone would let him play.
Now, back then the Opry had an open door policy.
And soon after Whispering Bill Anderson allowed Weldon to play.
And thusly it lead to him playing with a young girl Bill found
named Connie Smith.
Bob Ferguson was another legendary producer that loved Weldon’s playing
on “Once A Day” which Anderson wrote.
The calls started flooding in and he left the road to pursue session work
and asked Hal Rugg who was the only permanent player on the Opry if he could
also play in the house band.
Ott Devine who was the Opry manager back then happily accepted Weldon.
And Weldon Myrick played on the Opry for over 34 years.
On February of 1998 Weldon played his last Opry show and retired.

I am going to include this list of artists I have connected Weldon Myrick to.
I found some of it on his webpage and some I found on vinyls.

Acuff, Roy
Allen, Deborah
Allen, Jr., Rex
Ambrose, Steve
Anderson, Bill
Anderson, Eric
Anderson, John
Anderson, Lynn
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Ray
Area Code 615
Atkins, Chet
Baez, Joan
Bagwell, Wendy
& The Sunliters
Ball, Ace
Bandy, Moe
Barber, Glenn
Bare, Bobby
Barlow, Jack
Begley, Philamena
Benny Hall Trio
Berry, Wayne
Bond, Johnny
Booth, Larry
Bowling, Roger
Boxcar Willie
Brewer & Shipley
Brody, Lane
Brown, Jann
Brown, Jim Ed
Brown, T. Graham
Browne, Beth
Burns, George
Bush, Johnny
Butler, Larry
Butts, Tom
Byrd, Tracy
Cale, J.J.
Campbell, Glen
Cannon, Buddy
Cartwright, Lionel
Cash, Johnny
Cato, Connie
Charles, Ray
Chase, Carol
Clark, Dana
Clark, Michael
Clark, Roy
Clark, Royce
Cline, Patsy & Reeves, Jim
Coe, David Allen
Colter, Jessi
Conley, John
Cooledge, Rita
Cooper, Eddie
Cooper, Wilma Lee & Stoney
Cornelius, Helen
Cotton, Gene
Cox Family
Cramer, Floyd
Cross, Mike
Cunha, Rick
Curless, Dick
Dalton, Lacy J.
Darnell, Bozo
Davidson, Diane
Davies, Dave
Davies, Gail
Davis, Danny/N’ville Brass
Davis, Jimmy
Davis, Skeeter
Dempsey, Jimmy Little
DeWitt, Lew
Dickens, Jimmy
Dillon, Dean
Drumm, Don
Drusky, Roy
Dukes, Debbie
Duncan, Johnny
Ellis, Darryl & Don
England, Ty
Everly Bros.
Fairchild, Barbara
Fairweather Low, Andy
Fargo, Donna
Felts, Narvel
Fender, Freddy
Flores, Rosie
Florida Boys
Fogelberg, Dan
Four Guys
Fricke, Janie
Frizzell, Lefty
Fulks, Robby
Garfunkel, Andy
Gatlin Bros.
Gayle, Crystal
Geezinslaw Brothers
Gibson, Don
Gilley, Mickey
Goldsboro, Bobby
Gosden, Vern
Gracie, John
Gray, Dobie
Greenwood, Lee
Griffith, Hope
Griggs, Sir Robert C.
Haggard/Jones (Duet)
Hall, Tom T.
Hamilton IV, George
Hanlon, Jerry
Happy Goodmans
Hardin, Arlene
Hardin Trio
Hardwick, Jr., Billy
Havens, Richie
Hazelwood, Lee
Helms, Bobby
Henderson, Florence
Higher Ground
Hobbs, Becky
Holmes, Jake
Houston, David
Howard, Jan
Hud, Lorence
Huskey, Ferlin
Ian & Sylvia
Ishida, Miya
Jackson, Alan
Jackson, Wanda
James Gang
Jans, Tom
Jennings, Waylon
Jim & Jesse (McReynolds)
Jones, George
Jones, Grandpa
G. Jones/Ricky Van Shelton
G. Jones/Sweethearts of The Rodeo
Kent, Jim
Kershaw, Doug
Kershaw, Rusty
Kershaw, Sammy
King, Don
Kirkland, Ray
Kristofferson, Kris
Lane, Christy
Laws, Billy
LeDoux, Chris
Lee, Brenda
Lee, Dicky
LeGarde Twins
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Linde, Dennis
Lindsey, George
Little, Peggy
Locklin, Hank
Loggins, Dave
London, Eddie
Lost Gonzo Band
Louvin, Charlie
Loveless, Patty
Luman, Bob
Lynn, Judy
Lynn, Loretta
Lynn, Shelby
Mandrell, Erlene
Mandrell, Louise
McClinton, Delbert
McClinton, O.B.
McCoy, Charlie
McCoy, Neal
McDaniel, Mel
McDowell, Ronnie
McEntire, Reba
Measel, Eric
Mejake, Shinji
Miller, Jody
Milsap, Ronnie
Moffatt, Hugh
Montgomery, Melba
Moore, Johnny
Morgan, Lorrie
Morgan, Ron
Morris, Gary
Murrell, Diana
Nagatani, Charlie
Nagatomi, Mari
Nash, Roger
Nelson, Willie
Nesmith, Michael
Newbury, Mickey
Newton, Wayne
Newton-John, Olivia
Noakes, Rab
Oak Ridge Boys
Ogino, Nobuhiko
Orbison, Roy
Osborne Bros.
Overstreet, Tommy
Oxford, Vernon
Ozark Mt. Daredevils
Parker, Fess
Parton, Dolly
Parton, Stella
Paycheck, Johnny
Perez, Jay
Perkins, Carl
Pierce, Debbie
Pierce, Webb
Pillow, Ray
Plowman, Linda
Pointer Sisters
Presley, Elvis
Price, Kenny
Pride, Charley
Pruett, Jeannie
Rambo, Dottie
Randolf, Boots
Rapp, Tom
Rausch, Leon
Ray, Collin
Raye, Jenna
Rea, David
Reed, Jerry
Reese, John
Reeves, Jim/Patsy Cline
Reno, Jack
Rich Mountain Tower
Rich, Charlie
Riders in the Sky
Riley, Jeannie C.
Ritter, Tex
Rix, Dawn
Robbins, (Pig) Hargus
Robbins, Marty
Roberts, Louie
Roberts, Smokey
Robey,Falk & Bod- Rodeo
Rodriquez, Johnny
Rogers, Robert
Rogers, Weldon
Ronstadt, Linda
Russell, Johnny
Russell, Leon
Ruzicka, Bob
Ryan, Jamie
Sargent, Bill
Schaffer, Whitey
Sea, Johnny
Seals, Dan
Sexton, Mark
Shaver, Billy Joe
Shea, George Beverly
Shelton, Ricky Van
Shepard, Jean
Sheppard, T. G.
Shine, John
Siebel, Paul
Singing Rambos
Skaggs, Ricky
Smith, Cal
Smith, Carl
Smith, Connie
Smith, Sammi
Snow, Hank
Sovine, Red
Spears, Billy Jo
Stampley, Joe
Statler Bros.
Steagall, Red
Stevens, Cat
Stevens, Ray
Stewart, Gary
Stewart, Wynn
Stonestreet, Danny
Strait, George
Street, Mel
Surels, Curley
Tabuchi, Shoji
Taylor, Carla
Taylor, Kate
Thomas, B. J.
Thompson, Hank
Thrasher Bros.
Tillis, Mel
Tillis, Pam
Tippin, Aaron
Todd, Eric
Tornquist, Evie
Tucker, Tanya
Twist, Ronnie Lee
Tyner, Harrison
Vernon, Kenny
Vincent, Rhonda
Vinton, Bobby
Waddell, Roy
Wagoner, Porter
Walker, Billy
Walker, Charlie
Walker, Jerry Jeff
Wallace, Jerry
Wariner, Steve
Watson, Gene
Weakley, Harold
Weller, Freddy
Wells, Kitty
West, Dottie
Wheeler, Onie
Whitaker, Dan
White, Joy Lynn
Whites, The
Whitley, Keith
Whitman, Slim
Wilburn Bros.
Williams, Audrey
Williams, Jr., Hank
Williams, Leona
Williams, Mentor
Wright, Chely
Wynette, Tammy
Yasuda, Mac
Yearwood, Trisha
Yokum, Dwight
Young, Faron
Young, Steve
Younger, James & Michael

Pee Wee Moore And The Awful Dreadful Snakes.



Folks I’m down here at The Slider House in Nashville again.This time I am about
to witness Pee Wee Moore And The Awful Dreadful Snakes.
He is a member of the Last Honky Tonk Music Series and is currently supporting his latest album
“Making Sure The Story’s Being Told”.

We are just waiting for sound check and I’m setting up shop in the corner
again. I did not order food after my previous mishap.
THE MUSIC is what is mainly first and foremost in my mind as I press on.
I can’t leave it closed without saying I like the garage door type smoking patio
where smokers can still enjoy the music..


They opened the show with “Six Days On The Road” by Dave Dudley. His leads
are already ripping the roof off this place.
This band doesn’t fool around they mean business! They are twisting and
Honky Tonkin Nashville a new asshole!

They are doing truck driving songs and ‘Lay You down” by Conway Twitty.
This BY FAR is ONE HELL of a show down here! WHO the hell wouldn’t want
to drink beer and listen to Pee Wee rip leads on Waylon songs?
And his slow songs are really good as he plays “If I Could Touch Her At All”
I believe Lee Clayton wrote it.

HE IS DEFINATLY “Making Sure The Stories Being Told” right now
as these guys aren’t falling off stages or singing about a Donkey
and broke into “A Boy Named Sue” and “Pancho And Lefty”.
His original song “Running Moonshine” is a real toe tapping song
you can dance to.

He just broke out into a huge Merle Haggard set and is now
playing Ramblin Fever. Folks I want to say this..Peewee plays
over 300 shows a year, he literally LIVES on the road.
And he is playing “Aint Got Nothing” from his first album
“The Leaving Side Of Gone”.

His second set began with “My Favorite Memory” which he sang
with his wife.
And “Ive Always Been Crazy” is a popular song down here and once
again his lead guitar is going strong on songs like Johnny Paycheck’s
“I’m The Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised” and many many more.

He is playing “Leaving Side Of Gone” off the album of that
same name as he closed his set, but he will return tomorrow
with a different set list.
His job is done and so is mine..time to drive back to Kentucky.

2014 Music Festivals: Outer Banks Bluegrass Island 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
Basin Bluegrass Festival
Lost Sierra Hoedown


The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival takes my series to
Roanoke Island in North Carolina.
It is JAM PACKED with TONS of really great bluegrass artists and bands.

This year is the third annual season of the event, and I want to tell you a little
more about the festival lineup and the tickets and camping.
It will take place September 25-28 RIGHT ON the waterfront.

Thursday Sept 25th
1:00 Banjo Island
2:30 Corey Hensley Band
4:00 Chris Jones and the Night Drivers
5:30 Trinity River Band
7:00 Bluegrass Brothers
8:30 Steve Dilling And Sideline
10:00 Lonesome River Band

Friday Sept 26th
11:00 The Wayfarers
12:00 Code Blue
1:30 Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers
3:00 Sierra Hull
4:30 Balsam Range
6:00 Blue Highway
7:30 Steep Canyon Rangers
9:00 Rhonda Vincent And The Rage

Saturday Sept 27th
11:00 Carolina Road
12:00 Moore Brothers
1:30 IIIrd Tyme Out
3:00 Boxcars
4:30 Adkins and Loudermilk
6:00 Michael Clevland And Flamekeeper
7:30 The Roys
9:00 Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder

Sunday Sept 28th
11:00 The Gentleman Of Bluegrass
12;00 The Church Sisters
1:30 the Bankesters
3:00 Larry Stevenson Band
4:30 The Grass Cats
6:00 Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver
7:30 Nu Blu
9:00 Dailey And Vincent

There is camping close to the festival grounds and for more information click HERE.
There is also hotels and beach house rental for information on that click HERE.

If you plan to be around this area in September I highly suggest you go attend this festival.
For ticket prices and information on that click HERE.

2014 Music Festivals: Lost Sierra Hoedown


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
Basin Bluegrass Festival

Ok folks this new event take us out west to California! It takes place September 18th-21st
in Plumas Eureka State Park in Johnsville California.
This event is being hosted to benefit the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl.
Which they are attempting to re-open.
This is a hoedown NOT a music festival..and it’s clearly stressed in their mission:

Simple Livin’ – Park the car, disconnect from technology, stop producing trash.

• Community – Meet your neighbors, dosey doe, make new friends.

• Outdoor Recreation – Ride a bike, swim in Eureka Lake, Hike to Eureka Peak.

• Music – An unforgettable lineup that sounds just right on a historic ski bowl.

• Goal – Support a non-profit, community driven ski hill.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Ski Johnsville Fund, which is managed by The Plumas Community Foundation (501(c)3 EIN: 94-3315367)

Although I have indeed done alot of research on this festival, I found some of the
lineup but no actual schedule of time slots.
Here’s the artists I have reported to appear:
Konrad Wert (AKA) Possessed By Paul James
Sneaky Creatures
Willie Watson (AKA) With O.C.M.S.
Good Luck Thrift Store Outlet
Lonesome Locomotive
Willy Tea Taylor
Bobcat Armenti
Wake Of The Dead
Lost Sierra Ramblers

You can get you tickets HERE
Not a bad deal for that lineup at all!
This includes on site camping first come first claim type deal.
And THERE IS lodging closeby for a map of the area and more information on
hotels click HERE.

Now I would like to share some of the history of this event I found it really interesting.
The Plumas Ski Club began operation of the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl at it’s present site during
the season of 1957-58. However, the history of skiing in the Plumas County area of the northern
Sierra dates back to 1860. Very few people realize that this distinguishes the mountains between
Johnsville and LaPorte as the oldest recorded sport skiing in the western hemisphere.During the
later portion of the 19th century, historic towns in Plumas and Sierra counties including LaPorte,
Howland, Flat, Port Wine and Johnsville served as popular winter playgrounds for skiers. Only the
Johnsville area continues to serve both locals and visitors as a site for the increasingly popular
Nordic and telemark style skiing as well as alpine and downhill skiing.By 1863, Gold Mountain, now
known as Eureka Peak, above the then thriving mining town of Johnsville had a down-the-hill ski run
of 2600 feet. An early day “longboard” ski racer was reported to have reached a speed of 90 mph.
According to oral history, the mining ore buckets going up Gold Mountain were used by skiers as
possibly the first ski-lift in the world.In 1937, two young Quincy men designed the first real ski
lift in Plumas County. Unfortunately, they built the lift on the lower slopes of Mt Washington in an
avalanche path. The lift was eventually relocated to the steep slopes behind the Plumas-Eureka StampMill.
At one time the present Plumas-Eureka State Park museum served as a ski lodge.
In 1950 the Plumas Ski Club was organized as a non-profit organization by skiers from Blairsden, Portola and Quincy. The Ski Club was involved in promoting both downhill and cross country skiing and ran a rope tow near the museum until 1954. In 1955 the Ski Club moved the rope tow to the present site in Eureka Bowl which had historically been used for skiing in the 19th century.Over the years, members of the Ski Club have
contributed money and labor to develop the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl. As years passed, a warming hut was
built and the lifts were expanded to include the present day poma lifts.In 1959, Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl
became part of the state park.

Music City Bar And Grill Benefit For Ms.Sandra Kovrig.


Well folks here once again I am promoting another benefit this time
Blake Kovrig owner of Music City Bar And Grill is hosting a benefit show
and silent auction for his mother Sandra Korvig.

I recently went to this venue to see Guy Nix play a few sets and didn’t
have a pleasant time with the service BUT Mr. Blake made every attempt
to correct it and I haven’t been able to revisit.
Through our past correspondence I learned of the benefit show and I
wanted to support him because he is a really good owner.

The Skahls will be performing all evening however there will be
several guests appearing that are not scheduled or advertised you will
have to go see for yourselves.
An optional door fee will be in place and several ways to donate to his mother.

Folks PLEASE come out and help this man provide his mother with comfortable
conditions in her time of need.
There is NO SHAME in asking for help for medical conditions in today’s
day and age of no care even with health insurance!

Here’s the details from the event on Social Media:

I have done several benefits in the past, and have given my heart & soul into
each and everyone of them. I did not ever think I would be doing one for the very
person who brought me into this World and has been the Heart & Soul of everything
that I know on this Earth.

My Mother, was diagnosed with stage 4 Lung Cancer back in November of 2013.
They have deemed her cancer untreatable, and she has been on medications ever
since to deal with the pain. Sadly, she has taken a turn for the worse and can
no longer be cared for by Family. She has been admitted to a 24/7 home to get
the treatment and care that she needs. This home is quite expensive, but is our
Family’s only option.

So in this time of need I turn to all of you my friends to help us over come this difficult financial situation.

I feel embarrassed that I myself cannot attend to this financial need.
My goal is to raise enough money to help my Mother to stay in a home cared for,
and inevitably help to pay for a proper burial service.

She has been the Rock of my entire life, and I cannot bare to have her final
few months not go well. I have battled this emotionally for quite some time and
see no other option, then to ask humbly for your help in this matter. Many of you
have met her, on her trips here to Nashville, and you know what a spirited, wonderful,
amazing Women she is, and my close relationship with her.

I really don’t know what to write here but can tell you that this comes from my heart as a Son.

I just ask that you come out and support a Wonderful, Spirited Woman who has been the inspiration to all that I am.

We will be auctioning of many signed items from several major Country Music Stars, along with all of my personal collection of memorabilia, & items that I have collected over the years.


There will be several guest appearances to be named later, sitting in with The Skahl’s who will be playing that night. There will be an Optional donation cover charge at the door.

If you cannot attend the benefit, and I know many of my Friends are from out of town, you can send any donations to

The Music City Bar and Grill 2416 Music Valley drive #161, Nashville TN 37214. if you are mailing a check make it out to Sandra Kovrig. I can also accept Credit card Donations. If you want to donate that way please message me here privately or call me if you have my cell number.

I guess I am at a loss, but know that many of you have a kind heart, this is what I believe in.

I just want to ensure that my Mother is well taken care of in her final days.

I wish I did not have to ask for help but I do.

If anyone has anything to offer, please message me and let me know.

God Bless you all, and I thank you in advance for your help and your support.

Thanks Blake.

There will also be a golf outing for this benefit and a silent auction with
a Willie Nelson signed guitar.

Owen Mays And The 80 Proof Boys


I just finally got to talk more with Owen Mays and he has had an eventful
couple days in Nashville.
He comes from my “Other Home State” of Wisconsin along with guitarist Eric Bestul.

He is out promoting his new album ‘Hateful Blues” on Maybest Records.

I got to love the guy and I share his enthusiasm for traditional country music
on every level. We have different knowledge of several different areas of
the genre.

This is a good venue however before the show it is INCREDIBLY loud!
House music is so loud I cant even hear my waitress!
But hopefully Mr. Owen will fix that.

They switch to a late night menu after hours and the food is less
quantity so I have to warn you because I misunderstood my waitress
I think because it was loud before the show.
Honestly I’m not a restaurant critic so I’ll leave my experience
silent because it wasn’t that pleasant. The SHOW however…was!

He just started his set with drinking songs I’m in heaven.
‘Barstools Neon Signs And Old Milwaukee” is my favorite song.
Playing Elvis songs is perfectly fine down here on Music Row.

He’s playing “Run Boy Run” and doing some really wonderful
guitar instrumentals.
Billy Don Burns songs are also good just like the rest of the sets.
I’m enjoying the music ‘Truck Driving Man”. In my opinion
this is GREAT FREE MUSIC. And you should be down here!
He’s Playing “Close All The Honky Tonks”. And some Ray Price
like I said..he has TONS of respect for Country Music.

He did the greatest version of “Your Cheating Heart” that I
have heard in quite some time.
“Patch And Pray” is a really good song he’s doing right now.
Their version of “Folsom Prison Blues” really showcases their
guitar ability.

He began his new set with “Guitars Cadilacs And Hillbilly Music”
One of my favorite Dwight songs.
“Take Away This Ball And Chain’ was a Social Distortion song
I enjoyed his version of it and I’m enjoying his version of
Hank Williams Jr’s “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”.

He played “Hateful Blues” off his new album.
These guys are really doing a GREAT JOB here on Music Row.


Eric Bestul is a really talented multi-instrumentalist. HE IS
tearing up the steel guitar AND an upright AT THE SAME TIME!
Playing Ray Lawrence Jr. covers? PLEASE..ALL NIGHT!

He’s playing me some good old Country songs! “Too Hot To Handle”.
‘Making Believe”…I will tell you folks this man’s set is
a sight to behold. THIS IS what I truly love to admire
knowledge of the history of this genre.
“You Win Again” and “How Mountain Girls Can Love”.

All in All they have really done a great job here on Music Row
and is showing these people REAL CLASSIC country music.

Jayke Orvis Announces The Last Broken Band Show.


Folks you most likely have already heard this on several other websites or
from Jayke or the others themselves but I’ll write it up anyways.

Early tonight while at work it went VIRAL that Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band
announced their last show will be at the Muddy Roots Music Festival pre show.
Just as the present day lineup of Liz Sloan, Jared McGovern, Jayke Orvis, and James Hunnicutt,
and Joe Perezz first appeared on Muddy Roots Music Europe Festival in 2012.
They will perform their final show in 2014 at the pre party.

I’m quite certain this will be an emotional event and I hope I can make it.
I’m still not one hundred percent sure if I can or not.

Liz Sloan and Jarred McGovern will be doing their Urban Pioneers music,
and I’m sure James Hunnicutt will pursue his solo act.
Mr. Jayke said he was going home to focus on his songwriting and gardening
and family life.

Tried to share this earlier and I screwed it up………

In a few hours we will not only start our European Tour, we will begin the end of an era.

Its true my friends, this summer will be the last official tour of the Broken Band
as you know it today.

Everyone has their own projects going on, we’ve hit it hard since day one, and we feel
like the right thing to do is go out with a giant bang instead of a sad love tap.

James will be continuing to do his solo material and Jared & Liz will be moving forward
with the Urban Pioneers. I plan on doing a solo tour in the fall with my friend Austin Lucas
and a few other fine songwriters, and then taking some time off at home to focus on writing,
cooking, gardening, being a Dad, and starting a new chapter in this blur Ive come to know as “life”

I can say it won’t be the end of the Broken Band but it will be the end of this amazing
lineup of stellar musicians and some of the closest friends I’ve ever had. With love for
each other, and love for all of you, we’ve reached curtain call and bid you farewell.

That being said….

We kick things off tonight at the Bacchus Cafe in Geel, Belgium with the Freeborn Brothers
and James Hunnicutt. Our European leg will be ending at Muddy Roots Europe on the weeken
d of June 20th. We then embark on a state side run to The Farmageddon Records Music Festival
. Our Final show will be held at the Official Muddy Roots for the Pre-Party at the June Bug Ranch
on Thursday August 28th. Be sure to check the website for all the dates.

So if you’re on the fence about attending any of the shows near you, maybe this will get you off the
couch and into the club.

From all of us in the Broken Band, we love you and (hopefully) we will see you at one of the final shows.

I’ll have to be honest when I say that Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band are the best at
what they do in the roots music genre.
When the first album “It’s All Been Said” came out in 2010 it was evident that Jayke was for real,
but when “Bless This Mess” came out with Liz Sloan on it the fiddle REALLY added to the band.
Jayke formerly the mandolin player for .357 String Band really grew artistically after the first
album in my opinion.

Jason H. Buchanan Introduces The Slider House Shows


One of my “Nashville buddies” Mr. Jason H. Buchanan has introduced some REALLY GOOD
Friday and Saturday shows at The Slider House on Division Street on Music Row in Nashville.
And I’m REALLY excited about this series because…IT STARTS AT MIDNIGHT!
When I heard THAT I immediately knew I can work my second shift job and
STILL GO cover some of these shows.

And cover them I SHALL, first off I URGE YOU to come see the shows.
Some of…hell ALL OF the talent is REALLY good.
I THINK this will be a really great series and will be well received in
the area.
ALSO the shows will be FREE! HOW can you NOT go to a FREE SHOW at a great place
to eat in Nashville.

Friday, May 23 – Owen Mays and The 80 Proof Boys
Saturday, May 24 – Phil Hummer and The BUSCHMEN
Friday, May 30 – Peewee Moore and The Awful Dreadful Snakes
Saturday, May 31 – Peewee Moore and The Awful Dreadful Snakes
Friday, June 6 – Greg Garing
Saturday, June 7 – John Doude
Friday, June 13 – Kara Clark
Saturday, June 14 – Sarah Gayle Meech
Saturday, June 28 – The Jill Kinsey Band

PLEASE JOIN ME Tomorrow night as I go watch Mr. Owen Mays and the
80 proof boys play.
I’ll be reporting from the show if there’s Wi Fi and I think there is.
I have SO MUCH to do this weekend and I’ll eventually catch up.

Live True Vintage Turns ONE With Joshua Morningstar


My good friends at Live True Vintage have turned ONE YEAR OLD! Congratulations Miss Tammy
WE LOVE YOU! She does so much for the East Nashville community and for bands and artists.
She sells their merchandise and takes NO profits. She is one of my favorite people ever
and next week tuesday May 27th she is having a ONE YEAR PARTY.

THATS RIGHT FOLKS next week Tuesday night they welcome my personal brother Joshua Morningstar.
Along with Baskery three sisters from Sweden!

THIS IS a show you will NOT WANT to miss.
Mr. Joshua just signed on with ALTCO Records.
I met him fall of last year At the Outlaws And Icons Festival in Altamont Tennessee.
And we pretty much instantly hit it off and became brothers.

I am telling you he puts on one hell of a show!
I owe him so much gratitude for including me in songs and his CD jacket.
He’s been so awesome and loving to me and we both got similar backgrounds
so we can relate to each other really well.

Gary Hayes Salutes The Worlds Oldest Roadie Ben Dorsey


I have always said this about Country has three fundamentals or “Building Blocks”.
Songwriters, Publishers and Steel Guitarists. And pretty much in that order to be honest.
But there are so many behind the scenes that make the show so special to us.
How bout the lighting guy or the sound man? How about the TEAM of people it takes
to put on a show?

I want to tell you about THIS MAN Ben Dorsey..and I promise you probably ninety five
percent of other “country music” websites couldn’t tell you who he is.
I CAN and I WILL, because I think he needs to be loved.
Just as much as you love your old crackly vinyls and the warmth of your

Ben Dorsey is now 84 years old AND STILL TRAVELS for bands like Jason Boland
and the Stragglers and Merle Haggard.
He has worked shows and tours for over 200 artists and bands.

Charley Pride, Willie Nelson and even the mighty Waylon Jennings have been
set up and broke down by Old Ben.
Brooks And Dunn and several borderline pop country acts and Traditional country
acts have also hired him.

He has been nominated “Roadie For Life” by Willie Nelson and his entourage
called “Family”.
He has reportedly worked more shows and tour than any other person in the world.
And he’s been to all seven continents and couldn’t remember a country he has
NOT been to accept North Korea.

Red Sovine named a song after him on his compilation album “Phantom 309”
that was released in 1987. NOT to be confused with the 1968 Starday album
of the same name.
The song was called “Big Ben Dorsey The Third”.

He tells many stories of working with Ray Price in the 1940’s for six years.
And he actually worked for Hank Williams and Ben is the only roadie to have
worked in three different centuries.
He was at the opening of the original Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop on Broadway
in 1947 and he flipped the switch that turned on the iconic neon sign
that still glows and warms up Broadway.

To this day Ben Dorsey still travels America’s highways setting up
the show and busting it down and moving on to the next big town.

Artist Feature: 2country4nashville


I ALWAYS enjoy going down to the Nashville Palace in the afternoons or the evenings
before or after other events. It’s close to everything and I usually go to Ernest Tubb’s and buy stuff.

I LOVE a lot of the acts that play there on a regular basis. And on Sundays from 12-4 you can
see this husband and wife duo 2country4nashville.
I first met them during the national launch of The Last Honky Tonk Music Series. And I really enjoyed meeting them.

I had some spare time before the Illinois Benefit Sunday night so I surprised them and
just came in without telling them I was coming.
Jo-El and LeAnne Ulmer play a really fun show full of Traditional Country music cover songs.

Now,I will say this…they play some well known covers BUT they play some VERY obscure covers
too! I LOVE THAT it is what got BR5-49 going on Broadway.
There were nights that BR5-49 would take in 1000 in tips!
The best obscure song they did was “Walking The Dog”..VERY good song. And to be honest alot of
the regular public won’t notice it’s a cover.

They played “Farewell Party” “Lonely Women” “Chistled In Stone” and more.
But they gave me a CD and their original song “2country4nashville” was just a fun
song to hear. And there’s another original called “Last Cowboy In Wyoming”.
Altogether I will be back to see them play again sometime.

Illinois Benefit: Black Oak Arkansas And More.

I headed down to Nashville for a little while today to catch some GREAT music.
I went to the Nashville Palace for a duo that I will feature later. I need to
catch up on my features.

This was a benefit for tornado victims in Illinois, and was thrown to
raise money for the cause.

I got to the Outlaw Music Association benefit a little late. I got here just in
time for Kara Clark’s set and she played some songs I don’t get to hear as often
and I am enjoying her set.


Some of her set I kind of missed while talking to people here she played
“Jesus In Jail”. She’s doing just an acoustic set because her band are
taking care of personal issues.
She’s playing “I’m Not Country” right now, It’s so wonderful to see her
again. She’s a good friend and It’s always good to catch up with her.

“Lonely” is another good song in her usual set and just last week she
was featured on W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show.
Her guitar player Mark Lambert just showed up to play with her! He has contributed a lot
to Country Music including helping work on Ronnie Milsap’s last album.


Right now she’s playing “Murder Or Suicide”..I’m enjoying myself.
And she played “Living Proof” I like that song too..”Whiskey And Cigarettes”
also was played.
“Southern Hospitality” is always a good song to hear, Id come down from Kentucky
to watch Kara ANYTIME I could.
SHE IS one of my personal favorite female singer that my website features!

Chris Gantry is playing now and he’s telling stories and how the Outlaw
movement is a movement of benevolence.
‘That’s what Outlaw is”. I remember him playing this at several other shows.
At 71 He is still one of Country Music’s Legendary Songwriters, having
left a legacy upon Nashville.


“Wasted On The Street On A Tuesday Afternoon”. And he is telling stories
between his songs. And he’s doing one called “Hey Ryan” about a young man
that used to read his Facebook posts and took his own life.

He played “Dreams Of Everyday Housewife” which was cut by Glen Campbell.
It was on the Wichita Lineman album from 1967.

Brian Randall And Southern justice are playing and I want to
catch his set now.
He started out with “Neon Smokey Haze”. Now, he is a little more
southern rock to me than country but he’s really fun to watch play.

Right now they’re covering “Pride And Joy” from Stevie Ray Vaughn.
And he played “Think I’ll just stay Here And Drink” by Merle Haggard.

“An Outlaw Just Inside The Law” is what they’re playing now.
All together I’m having a good time with good music and THAT MY FREINDS
is what it’s ALL about!

The very controversial song he does called “Good Drugs” is a song
I enjoy. BEFORE you judge it..listen. It’s a good message and more
people should listen.

Kara is playing a few more and I will call this one a night and do
some work from home.
“The Band The Bartender And Me” is a good song we like.

Folks I’ll be honest tonight I saw an awesome sight described in
three words “Black Oak Arkansas”.
They are a southern rock band formed in 1965 and were originally called
“Knowbody Else” until 1970 when James “Jim Dandy” Mangrum changed the name.


The only original member left besides Jim Dandy was Ricky Lee Reynolds who
is called ‘Ricochet”. The other four were not full originals unless I was
mistaken. I know ‘Goober Grin” died in late 1976 and I am pretty sure the
other three originals are alive but active elsewhere.

They came out barrels blazing to two new songs off the all new album.
Called “Outside The Reach” and “Plugged In And Wired”.
And they honestly still sounded pretty stable and good.


Then came the classic songs I wanted to hear, “Hot Rod” and ‘High And Dry”
Now I remember hearing them on Midnight Special and King Biscuit Flower Hour.
Still was a little before my time but unlike some..I watch and study history.

They played “Heartbreaker” and some newer ones “Ghost Of Tennessee” and
“Sweet Delta Water”. I really had a good time and enjoyed myself.

2014 Music Festivals: Basin Bluegrass 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 outdoor festival takes us to central Vermont on July 10th-13th 2014.
These are the ticket prices and cannot be purchased in advance.
These cannot be purchased in advance.

Friday $23 – After 5:00 pm $12.00
Saturday $23 – After 5:00 pm $12.00
Sunday $12
Weekend tickets start Thursday at 8:00 am.
Gates Open Sunday 7/6/14 at 8 am.
Early camping is $10 per camper for the week.
Advance Weekend $45 Must be postmarked by 6/30/14
Weekend at the Gate $50

Here is the three day lineup:

Cannonball Express-MA (T)

Dave Nichols & Spare Change-NY (F)

Big Spike-VT (F)

Cold Country-VT (F)

Crossover-CT (F)

Zink & Company-MA (F&S)

CPS Express-ME (F&S)

Blistered Fingers-ME (Sat)

Seth Sawyer Band-VT (Sat)

Cedar Ridge-NY (FS&S)

Lonesome Will Mullins & the Virginia Playboys-VA (S&S)

Smokey Greene-FL & NY(S&S)

The Spinney Brothers-NS (S&S)

Bluegrass Pickin’ Pals-VT, ME, NY (Sun Gospel)

If you need hotel accommodatons you can click HERE.

Full Moon Full Life: Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter And Jamey Johnson.


On Wed July 9th the fine folks over at Marathon Music Works bring you a benefit concert
I’M SURE will sell out.
WHY? Because Shooter Jennings will be performing alongside his legendary mother
Jessi Colter along with Jamey Johnson and MORE!

The doors open at 6PM and are ONLY 35 BUCKS!
They ARE available NOW you can get them by clicking on the above Marathon name.

From their website:
A Night of Influence celebrating Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran benefiting the
Nikki Mitchell Foundation to prevent, detect, and the eventual cure of Pancreatic Cancer.
Live and Silent Auction items. 18+.

So this is one of a few concerts for Nikki Mitchell Foundation. and I want to say
this kind of thing REALLY makes me proud to write these articles.
This helps the community and a really good cause as well.

The Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) is dedicated to seeking and supporting the
most breakthrough data available for the early detection and cure of pancreatic cancer.
Not tied to any one hospital, the NMF will support the most promising research with a
focus on gene-based therapies along with a special emphasis on prevention and patients preferences in determining their care.

The Nikki Mitchell Foundation has strong musical roots, raising funds and
awareness through events such as the Full Moon Full Life concert series.
Full Moon Full Life was created by our namesake in 2010, attracting thousands
to the concert outside Nashville, Tennessee. The original artist line-up consisted
of Waylon Jenning’s band, Jessi Colter, and Jamey Johnson. Since then, new artists
have been added every year. The series now takes place in Austin, Texas and Nashville,

There is A TON of these concerts in several states, so go find YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Holly Williams Expecting First Child


Not a lot of media outlets inform us about Holly Williams and I
learned about her announcement today while scouring through
pages of news.

Holly Williams and husband Chris Coleman have announced their
first child.
They have been married since 2009 and at 33 she will still
tour to support her third album, which in my opinion was
BY FAR her best!

Her husband Chris Coleman is a member of the rock band
Kings Of Leon, and both are traveling almost non-stop.

She announced the birth VIA social media on Mother’s Day
when she accidentally revealed what they call a “baby bump”.
And it’s reported she knows the baby’s sex but is not revealing it
to the public as yet.

She plans to continue her announced play dates for 2014 until
otherwise announcing cancellations.

The Exit/In Welcomes Scott H. Biram: Tennessee


My fine friends over at Exit/In have announced that they are presenting Scott H. Biram AKA “The Dirty Ol’ One Man Band”.
July 1st at 8:00 although no opening acts have been yet reported to me.

Biram has been on tour non stop both in America AND overseas in support of his
new album “Nothin But Blood” out on Bloodshot Records.

He was also the main feature for 2014 Moonrunners indoor music festival
for Outlaw Radio.
I also haven’t been given specifics of pre-sale tickets yet and when I do
find one I’ll post the link up.

The Exit/In is one of my favorite places in Nashville to go see a show
plenty of places to eat first and kill some time before the show.
And if it ends early enough there’s always the Commodore Lounge for

Artist Feature: Whiskey Hill Swillers


Folks I’ll be honest I wanted to do a write up of their show when they opened
for the Goddamn Gallows earlier in April.
I’ll be honest…I LOST the damn notes! They got buried beneath piles
of backed up stuff in my office.
I am usually real organized but I been dealing with some personal
issues and right now I’m a mess!
So I’ll kind of do BOTH right here for my MCP buddies. They are all such
a good bunch of guys to me!

The Whiskey Hill Swillers are a “Outlaw Country with a punk rock twist on Bluegrass gear”.
And also stringband influences as well, they did a 6 or 7 song set that night.

I remember them doing a song called “Whiskey Calling” and another called “What Went Wrong”.
And they have several on Reverbnation as well. They also did one called “Dark” AKA
“My Days Are Dark”.

They were formed here in Nashville in 2013 and consist of five members
Spooks sings and plays acoustic
Chris Warrick Plays guitar
John Hog Luvdog on Bass
D.B. Swiller on Banjo

O’l Hog is the center of attention during several Gallows shows because Avery
loves to practice pulling teeth on him!
He’s done it twice now and this second time went MUCH MORE smooth than the first!
Umm….the first was gross.

These guys do shows for the community, as for the second year running
they did some benefit work for LiL Ham Jam which benefits the Little
Hamilton area of east Nashville. They play and drink beer and clean up
the community area.
Gives people a nice place to enjoy life. And BY GOD we need that within
the music community.

In the future I will do some more features on these guys for you.
You know you can pick and choose what you like I’ll feature it ALL
and let YOU decide.

WSM AM 650 Saves CMA Fest 2014 With COUNTRY MUSIC.


I bet you are thinking CMA Fest 2014 will be full of bubble gum and sparkle pocket
britches? Well my dear readers it SIMPLY ISNT SO!
WHY you say? Well ladies and gentlemen I present to YOU
The WSM AM 650 Durango Music Spot Stage!

I’m SURE you’ll agree after reading the list of Country Legends
and NEW COUNTRY ARTISTS that THIS IS a truly blessed thing
that WSM is doing.
In all the crap being prostituted on our airwaves in Nashville
AM 650 is usually good for a safe bet for Country Music.
Here’s the lineup:


(Located in the Fan Fair X Hall inside the new Music City Center)

Thursday, June 5
11:00 A.M. Ty Herndon
11:30 A.M. Buddy Jewell
12:00 P.M. Daryle Singletary
12:30 P.M. Doug Stone
1:00 P.M. Wade Hayes
1:30 P.M. T Graham Brown
2:00 P.M. Mac Powell
2:30 P.M. The Roys
3:00 P.M. Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley & Friends
3:30 P.M. Payton Taylor

Friday, June 6
11:00 A.M. Billy Yates
11:30 A.M. Amber Hayes
12:00 P.M. TBA
12:30 P.M. Kelly Lang
1:00 P.M. David Ball
1:30 P.M. TG Sheppard
2:00 P.M. Moore & Moore
2:30 P.M. Jeannie Seely
3:00 P.M. Shawn Camp
3:30 P.M. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Saturday, June 7
11:00 A.M. Lulu Roman
11:30 A.M. Jimmy Fortune
12:00 P.M. Mark Wills
12:30 P.M. Lynn Anderson
1:00 P.M. Teea Goans
1:30 P.M. Roo Arcus
2:00 P.M. Ray Stevens
2:30 P.M. Blue Mother Tupelo
3:00 P.M. Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys
3:30 P.M. Taylor Baker

Sunday, June 8
11:00 P.M. Lesley McDaniel
11:30 P.M. Ashton Shepherd
12:00 P.M. Mandy Barnett
12:30 P.M. Sweethearts of the Rodeo
1:00 P.M. James House
1:30 P.M. Lisa Matassa
2:00 P.M. Bobby Marquez
2:30 P.M. Kenny Foster

Tune in at 650 AM,, and our FREE mobile app to hear all performances LIVE!
YES FOLKS you don’t even have to be blinded by sparkle pocket britches on your way
to the stage. You can listen from your own home!

Brought to you by our great sponsors at Springer Mountain Farms, Camping World of Nashville, and Durango! Stop by and see us at booth #750 to register to win some great prizes.

NOW THEN everybody I’m DAMN SURE the local venues will be hosting REAL country
artists and bands during the CMA Fest period.
And for a fraction of the price of the national acts you can have
more fun at a local venue.

I will be reporting on Tennessee Concerts about
shows at local venues during this period.

Spillway Songwriter Series

The Spillway Bar And Grill and Outlaw Magazine is throwing ONE HELL
of a party here in Bowling Green!
Also sponsoring this show is YOURS TRULY and my good friend Kenneth Marr
and The Moonshine Sauce Company.

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Right now “The Hosscat”Stephen Hatcher is up doing a REAL
nice set!
He is one of the members of the rock band Sinners And Saints and plays guitar
for them.

He opened his set with a song I didn’t catch the name of and his second one
was ‘Further Down”. He has a very Country influenced writing style.
And you can easily see that in his song “Good Goodbeye” and another well
written song “Not ready To Get Over You”.

He sang songs about America and his wife and I caught one called
‘Only Want To Be With You” and another called “Devil Aint No Friend Of mine’.

Right now he’s playing a Waylon song with a Blues twist. He is playing
“Ramblin Man” really different.
And is now doing his last song ‘Gotta Get Drunk” and will turn the stage
over to Chris Moondog Hall.

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He started out with my favorite “Better Than That”. What a good song!
And his second song was called “Land Of make Believe”.

He too, has a really unique style all his own.
His version of Coe’s “The Ride” is also enjoyable.
And Kentucky Johnny is watching me work…and I had a beer with him.

I’m surrounded by people I love to see and neon lights..I AM in my
happy place. “What if?” Moondog keeps on playing all night!
GREAT slow song called ‘Blue In Kentucky”.
Man I’m having SUCH A GOOD TIME in here!

Another favorite song was “What Happened To The Songs”.
Right now he’s playing “Change The Sheets”.
And me and Mr. Kurt are listening to him play “Breckenridge County”.

We are about to Welcome Cley Reynolds to the stage after he does
his two songs available only on download.
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Of course he opened with ‘Hurricane” and now is playing
“Magnolia”. I LOVE his style and how he plays that guitar.

Right now he’s doing one of his father’s songs.
His father was Billy Ray Reynolds and to me he was the whole
reason Waylon sounded like Waylon.

Covering ‘Dang Me” by Roger Miller and “Sixteen Tons” by Merle Travis
made popular by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
“Cool Water” is what are currently hearing Mr. Cley play right now.

I can’t understand WHY people wouldn’t come out to a FREE songwriter
show like this but they pay 100 dollars for one song they heard on
the radio! It’s totally lacking of culture and sense!
There was A LOT of talent up there tonight!

He’s playing “I Still Miss Someone”. And Marty Robbins were having
such a wonderful time out here and HELL I’m on vacation.
Listening to him play a Jackson Browne song.

They are closing the place and we are STILL HERE listening to Mr. Cley
play “Dreaming My Dreams With You”.
Now the song “Dancing To The Sound Of The World Burning Down”.

Moondog is telling us another great story about Wayne Mills and him
doing a co-write of a song called “Road To Sanity”.
He played it on Mr. Cley’s guitar but it is a NICE song!

“I’ll Be There When They Burn The Last Honky Tonk Down”..bye guys.

Festivals 2014: Outlaw Fest

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

Well folks this event has been MOVED from North Carolina to Bowling Green Kentucky.
It will be taking place at The Wishbone Ranch.

HELL I might even have a small pre-shindig at my house which isn’t far.
I CAN SAY THIS if anyone wants to camp in my yard they’re more than welcome
I have a fire pit for you.

There is A TON of GOOD bands and artists coming out for this one people.
YOU DO NOT WANT to miss this event, and NOW that it’s closer we can support
this event EVEN MORE!

I will be setting up a small vendor area at this festival and several other
of my friends and sponsors will have them as well.

The Horse Traders
Tom Ghent
The Buzz Band
Taylor Shannon Band
Billy Joe Shaver
Sinners And Saints
Ross Key
Rooney Sisters
Raelyn Nelson Band
Pure Grain
Left Hand Voodoo
Kyle Wilson
The SteelDrivers
Dallas Moore
Hal Bruni
Josh Morningstar
James Austin
Christopher Corkery
Buck Thrailkill
Brigitte London
Brandon Lee Tallent
Brandon Attwell
Billie Gant
Cley Reynolds
Billy Sidwell

Outlaw Music Association Hosts Another Benefit


I have been really backed up on articles and information and I apologize for not
having this article out sooner.
This weekend on May 18th once again at The Limelight in Nashville
the Outlaw Music Association will host another
benefit show.

This time they are hosting a benefit for the city of Brookport Illinois which
was hit by tornadoes in November of 2013.

This event will feature one of my personal favorite female artists Kara Clark.
She was featured on W.B. Walkers Old Soul Radio Show last week
and was MY CHOICE for artist to launch this whole damn website to!
If youv’e never checked out her music YOU NEED TO.

Also appearing is Country Music Songwriting Legend Chris Gantry.
Chris Gantry has written over 1000 songs in his tenure and has had songs recorded
by over seventy artists.
He is one of the artists from the legendary “Dot Records” era and recorded five albums
during that period.

J.D. Outlaw I met during the last Outlaw Music Association run of shows.
He runs a REALLY nice place in Dickson Tennessee and I have not been
able to go back there yet.

There are others scheduled to perform during this event. So head out this weekend
for some of the GREAT music I have been featuring!

Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band Break Nashville

Last night I got out and lugged myself down The End on Elliston Place in Nashville
for Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band,Call Me Bronco,James Hunnicutt (solo) and
S.S.Webb for ONE HELL of a GREAT NIGHT of music.

I mean come on people for 10 BUCKS you just cannot beat what I’m about to report on.
The venue is smaller than most but it’s still a GREAT sounding place to hear
live music.


Sunday night May the 12th The End welcomed all these bands with open arms.
And the first band was S.S.Webb and to be honest I missed their set
getting familiar with people I have not seen in a long time and getting things
set up for reporting.
So I will be doing an “artist feature” on them in the near future and we WILL be
paying them some attention on THIS website.


Call Me Bronco was a band I kept “missing” every time they were on a bill
I attended. They played the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender last year and I
was there but missed them.
I finally met their upright bass player Keith Roberts while he was playing
with Urban Pioneers and we became friends.
He’s a really super nice guy and I suggest you talk with him.
They have a CD I bought called “Death Rides A Pale Bronco” and they played
a few songs from the album.
“5 Petals” was one of them I remember they played, and I also
remember “I Stopped Drinking For The Dog” and I was really impressed
with their performance. And their song “Four Shots” was my favorite song.


James Hunnicutt has always been one of my favorite people EVER!
I first met him during the “Myspace Days” when sadly we all came
together to pay our last respects to Country Legend Porter Wagoner.

He began his set with “99 Lives” and “My Pain” which is my favorite song
he does off the album “In Full It Shall Be Paid”.
He also played “I’m A One Woman Man” which was written by Tillman Franks
and Johnny Horton and was released in 1956.
Also in 1988 George Jones re-did it and named an album after it
all produced by Billy Sherrill.
“Good For You,Good Riddance And Goodbye” was a song I recognized but
missed seeing.
He did a Doo-Wop songs called “Bad Girl” and a Faron Young song
called “Tattle Tale Tears”..and I was smiling.
This song was from his third album from Capitol Records around 1955 or so.
And it was a VERY obscure and good choice!
He closed with “Dont Let The Teardrops fill your eyes”.


The time came to allow the chaotic thunder of string band infused
bluegrass and other music called Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band.
They are on Farmaggeddon Records and they have
two albums out and played songs from both.
The Fiddle player Liz Sloan is one of Underground Music’s most talented
people and her stage presence is furious, it makes you feel like stomping
on a table.
She tears her fiddle apart and has for years and the whole band started out
the show with “Murder Of Crows” and “Crooked Smile”. Now Crooked Smile is one
of my personal songs because Liz has a solo on there and she goes NUTS!
Jared McGovern on the upright bass is also very energetic and is a great part
of this band.

“Shady Grove” and “Born To Ride” and “Gone Forever More” were all next.
I tell you what I enjoyed myself last night and I’m tired and sore
but it was so worth it.
I’m sure there were songs I missed remembering too. They played “Alone With You”
which was made popular by Faron Young and another GOOD Liz infused song
“Kaw Liga”.


“Thunderbolts And Lightning” is another of my favorites and will always be.
“Feeling Like This” and “Dreadfull Sinner” were all in the set.

Another great song that really gets us involved and rowdy is clapping
along to “Blackship”. And reciting those words…all my times is come gotta go….
“Lead Me Astray” was the final song BUT they DID do a bluegrass version
of “Master Of Puppets” made famous by Metallica!

To this day I still don’t understand HOW anyone can choose to spend
hundreds of dollars on Disney music instead of watching real talent.


Artist Feature: Joseph Huber


Folks I really don’t do album reviews NOT trying to put down any other website
that DOES do them, in fact I enjoy hearing what Mr Joshua Wallace over at
Psycho Ramblin Country has to say about some albums.
He’s doing some DAMN FINE work out of Georgia.

Just recently I received Joseph Huber’s new album “The Hanging Road”
that is out on Muddy Roots Records.

Joseph Huber was formerly the banjo player for the .357 String Band from Milwaukee Wisconsin.
And honestly I view them as one of the few bands that brought “roots music” to the
forefront of the public. It started with them as one of the forefathers of it.

After they disbanded He released two of his own albums and this particular album
is his third. And BY FAR this one is his BEST work yet both musically and writing.
I was so impressed by ” Wanchese And Manteo” that I had to do some research to
really understand the whole story, It’s beautiful.

Another damn good song was “Two Tongued Swear” and “The Hanging Road” are very
well written songs.
Overall I’d say it was one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far.
I basically just wanted to tell people about Jospeh Huber and his music
because many websites that feature Country Music overlook him…or don’t know who he is!

His album debuted at 2014 Moonrunners festival that is run by Jahshie P from Last False Hope.
And he will be playing during the private dinner at the Muddy Roots spring Weekender.

I strongly urge you to go catch one of his shows!

Country Music Legend Marlow Tackett Dies


Folks I was doing some yard work today and a dear friend from the Virginia area posted
on my wall that Country Legend Marlow Tackett had passed away.
I called some Pike County friends to confirm this and he has indeed been called home
to Heaven.
I want to tell you about how this man blessed the world with music and goodwill
to others and what I know of his life.
I know he was a devout Christian man and I spoke with him on the phone once
and he was kind and loving to me and his heart beat country music.

Marlow was the 12th of 16 children born in 1945 and also had two adopted
siblings. And was raised in Pike County Kentucky his father was a coal miner
who worked two jobs. Marlow recalled his father coming home from the mine
to have supper and lie on the front porch until it was served.
He would then ride to another mine to work the night shift.

As a boy he idolized Elvis Presley and he played a broom like a guitar
and sang songs constantly.
When he was nine he won a talent show at school dressing up like Elvis
and sang “Blue Suede Shoes”. He won 2.50 and a whole box of Milky Way bars.

His father bought him his first acoustic guitar at the age of ten.
And soon they became inseparable. His father encouraged his playing
and when company came over would put him on a small stage he built in the
house for him.

His playing was so intense he was banned from riding the school bus
because of he would not stop playing on the bus.
He was often caught with songbook tucked into his schoolbooks.

He stayed in school and sang for anyone who asked at any time.
Often just out of the blue.
When he was sixteen he went to Fort Wayne Indiana to work when
his father was too worn to continue working both jobs.
He got gigs at various places performing and singing.
He was approached by a musician who payed him double to
come with him to Nashville and he began living his dream.

In 1975 he opened Marlow’s Country Palace and thrived there for
thirty years. Many people came to play the theater and he
recalled fitting 1200 fans inside for George Jones.

In 1977 Ralph Emery broadcast Marlow live and the bottom fell out
for him from then on. Ralph featured him on many shows
including “Pop Goes The Country” and “The Porter Wagoner Show”.

He signed with RCA and also appeared on the Opry stage.
After three years with RCA Marlow decided not to renew his
contract and just play in his own club.

Marlow Tackett was one of the highest respected and well known
humanitarians in Country Music.
He played any school or church or organization that ever called upon him.
One time he was approached by a little girl who asked for help to
obtain Christmas gifts. This began his well famous Christmas program for
needy children in Pike county.
He was nicknamed “The Mountain Santa” by Country Legend Ernest Tubb.

He played more benefit shows than any other Country Legend in history
and raised more funds for storm victims than anyone.
He was once presented with a plaque naming him an honorary superintendent.
Part of U.S. Route 23 is named in his honor.

He had been recently doing country and gospel shows about 100 a year.
And was doing a lot of publishing and songwriting.
His last release was “A New Set Of Wings”.
It was produced by Dan Huff of Big Appal Studios.

He died in his home in Elizabethtown Tennessee and will be buried
in Pike County Kentucky.

No arrangements have been announced nor has his cause of death.
He was 69 years old.

Trial Date Set For Wayne Mills Case


It was reported today that defendant Chris Ferrell was set to face trial in the
killing of country singer Wayne Mills today on November 17th 2014.

Chris Ferrell, 44, is charged with second-degree murder and is free on $150,000 bond
in the Nov. 23 killing of Mills. On Friday, Ferrell’s attorney, David Raybin, asked
the judge to remove a GPS bracelet that Ferrell has been forced to wear.

Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier denied the motion, but lowered the costs Ferrell is
required to pay for that monitoring to $100 per month. He then set the November 17th trial date.

Authorities say Ferrell was at his bar, Pit and Barrel, when he shot Mills, 44. Ferrell
has argued that the shooting of his friend was in self defense, after a dispute on unauthorized
smoking in the establishment.
The establishment was called the Pit And Barrel by the popular TV reality show “Bar Rescue”
which after confirming they would pull the episode instead aired it on Spike TV.

Autopsy confirmed Wayne Mills was shot in the back of the head.

The courtroom will be open to the public and I have taken a vacation period
to attend the trial.

Nashville Palace Brings The Children Of Country Legends In One Place


They bring us act like Sarah Gayle Meech and David Peterson and THESE FOLKS!
2 Country 4 Nashville.

I met them both at Bobby Mackey’s for the Last Honky Tonk Music Series this past spring
and I REALLY enjoyed their performance.
They ARE one of the REAL DEALS here in Nashville and they go all over!
And they are super nice people playing REAL country music that is featured at the Palace.

On June 2nd they have announced the Sons And Daughters Of The Legends show
The only drawback is that the Georgette Jones benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe is the
same night across town, More on that in another article.

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS EVENT and if THIS does not knock your socks off you are nuts.

Come celebrate the lives of these country music legends: Hank Williams, Sr., Faron Young,
Bob Luman, Jerry Reed, Hawkshaw Hawkins & Jean Shepard, and George Hamilton IV!! The sons
and daughters of these country music giants (Jett Williams, Robyn Young, Melissa Luman,
Seidina Reed, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jr. & George Hamilton V) invite you to join them as they
reminisce about their own memories and journeys with and of their famous parents! And they’ll
sing some of your favorite tunes!

Joining the 2nd Generation Stars will also be our 2 LIVING LEGENDARY PARENTS of the group,
Mrs. Jean Shepard (with her son Hawk), and Mr. George Hamilton IV (with his son, Geo V)!

The 2Country4Nashville Band will be playing for this great 2nd Generation Show, and it will
be held in the back Parlor room of The Nashville Palace on Monday, June 2nd.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.

This is the official lineup as reported to me.
Jett Williams (Hank Williams)
Robyn Young (Faron Young)
Seidina Reed (Jerry Reed)
Melissa Luman (Bob Luman)
Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr. (Hawkshaw Hawkins & Jean Shepard)
and George Hamilton V (George Hamilton IV)

VERY SPECIAL appearances by the 2 LIVING LEGEND PARENTS, Country Music Hall of Fame and
Grand Ole Opry member, Mrs. Jean Shepard, AND Grand Ole Opry member, Mr. George Hamilton IV!!
They’ll be joining their own children on stage!!!

Tickets are AMAZINGLY AFFORDABLE at $10 only for this HUGE show!!

You can pre-purchase tickets HERE
I’m not going to lie…this WILL sell out!