Daily Archives: August 13, 2014

PLEASE Help Save Printer’s Alley!


If you are like me you moved here to bring your music and your songs to “Music City U.S.A.”
or you came here to study Country Music’s history.
Perhaps you came to study at one of it’s fine schools or to admire it’s
historical places and people.

Country Music in a nutshell didn’t really originate here in Nashville.
Some say it started in Chicago…and somewhat that’s an accurate statement.
Some say it came from Appalachian regions of America and some say it came from
“nooks and crannies” of America or even churches and front porches.

Wherever you personally claim or believe it came from it is up to US
to decide where it’s headed.
THAT IS one of the reasons I started this website folks. I don’t make any
money off doing any of this, this all comes from my heart and my brain.
I don’t personally care if tens of thousands of people read my articles
I’ll write them as long as I’m alive…because I love to.
My heart lies within Country Music and Nashville, and one piece of
Nashville is in jeopardy and that why the page Save Printer’s Alley is so crucial.

To some fighting and preserving Country Music means analyzing pop country
and attacking it, or helping to promote those that do this.
To some it means supporting local community and local bands and small
venues working for tips.
Whatever your version of preserving Country Music MINE IS becoming involved
with causes like this one.

There is currently a political proposal that could close several businesses around
the historical Printer’s Alley district of Downtown Nashville to make way for a new
“boutique” hotel.
The four targeted buildings include the former Utopia Hotel building — which features
the Downtown Cleaners and strip club Brass Stables as tenants — and the vacant space
above the businesses. It also includes the buildings that house Lonnie’s Western Room
and Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar on the Printers Alley side and the buildings that are home
to Taste of Italy Pizza, Santorini Greek Restaurant and Kebab Gyros on the Fourth Avenue side.

The website says “progress” seems to be slowly erasing the very things that made
Nashville the city that it is today…I AGREE!
I think Opry Mills ruined Opryland in it’s own right, I still patronize both places
but if I had my choice Opryland would be here again.

You can buy these shirts at the Fiddle And Steel Guitar Bar
in the Alley and you can sign the petition that is in circulation.
I’ll be soon taking the opportunity to purchase one and make MY voice heard!

Friends we CANNOT LET this happen and we CANNOT LET our precious historical
Country Music background die.
I will include several more links so you can study this issue further like
THIS TENNESSEAN article that started the whole
Save Printer’s Alley movement.
They want to make Printer’s Alley another Green Hills!

Nashville Scene
Fox 17 News
News Channel 5
More Fox 17 News

Folks you can click on the above link and purchase a shirt and add your
Let’s keep this part of historic downtown HISTORIC for our children and
grandchildren so they have the opportunity to also remember where
Country Music thrives and the heart of it beats.

Muddy Roots Helps Support The Community Of East Nashville


This past Saturday I went down to the Woodland area of East Nashville
for the 2014 Tomato Art Festival.
This was a really fun community street festival that was FULL of music
and family entertainment.
It pretty much had a little bit of everything for everybody no matter
what you are into.

I went down to see Jason Galaz from Muddy Roots and support
some really good music.
I LOVE Muddy Roots and they are always good to yours truly!
Like other music ventures along the same lines he represents the
American Dream…a self built empire from OUR SUPPORT!

It was HOT down there so I really did not get enough time to look around.
Heat and cold are rough on me so I found some shade and a few bottles
of cold water and enjoyed Richie Owens And The Farm Bureau in the Muddy Roots tent.

The three members Richie Owens, John Reed, Brian O’Hanlon together play Americana
roots rock and blues and little bit of everything.
They are actually originally from the Nashville area and Richie really
has an interesting background on his Facebook page.
They currently play every Thursday night at the Blue Bar And Rack Room.

They also currently have a recording entitled “Tennessee” on Red Dirt Records.
And they will be performing during Muddy Roots 2014 festival.
And they are also played on Outlaw Radio Sirius XM Radio.

I enjoyed their cover T For Texas T for Tennessee and they closed the show
with a cover of “Rye Whiskey”.
They had many original songs including L and N which was a train song,
and another called “Going Down South”.
My personal favorite was “Shes Got Everything She Needs Accept Me”.

More of their original material were songs like “Sticks And Stones”
and ‘Rolled And Tumbled”.
I really enjoyed his use of pedals and his arsenal of guitars he has.
He had a really unique way of using a “crybaby pedal”.

There was indeed a pretty good time had by all down there and I
would REALLY suggest you check out this band at Muddy Roots
or wherever they are next.
I fully plan to delve further into their music and set and you can damn sure
bet I’ll report on them again SOON!

The Last Honky Tonk Music Series Update


One of the most active series in the local music scene is The Last Honky Tonk Music Series.
I have done a lot of coverage for them in the past and I have been following them
as quite a few of them are going ALL OVER the United States bringing acoustic music
to places that would normally not have such an array of talent.

It still features Brigitte London and now it has begun to feature
Seth Turner is making his debut Texas run with the Series, starting with Bad “S” Icehouse.
Christopher Corkery has done a bunch of shows and the
huge amount of shows I see pouring into so many locations makes it easy for
a more wider audience to attend…and a reporter hard to follow totally.
But I been doing JUST THAT!

Dallas Moore has been doing several shows all over the place for the series as well.
And I have other news about him in later articles.
Announcements will be coming shortly involving our 2015 plans, new artist & venue additions,
new web site features & apps), live streaming, TV pilot, community plans, a Last Honkytonk Music
Series radio station (yes!) & more.

This series has introduced my ears and my heart to people like Hal Bruni and to be able to
become better aquainted with the music of Jill Kinsey.
You have got a fantastic duo I have reported on before 2 Country 4 Nashville that does a WONDERFUL JOB to entertain
people with classic country music.

Some of them are on a west coast jaunt and some of them are in Ohio..they are all over the place
in memory of our friend Wayne Mills who helped come up with the idea of the national series.
Honestly if I tagged ALL the venues involved in ALL the places I’m seeing it would
take me a month to write one article…it’s THAT BIG!
They just announced several new venues all over the place.

Also the first week of June 2015 (June 1st- June 7th) there will be a bus tour!
This will feature ALL of the Last Honky Tonk Series artists going from Morgan City
Louisiana and ending in Clarksville Ohio. Along the way there will be several stops
at participating venues on EVERY NIGHT along the way. This will be filmed LIVE and streamed
online so everyone can watch the music. MORE DETAILS BELOW!

I’m not sure how I will be able to be involved with this event schedule wise BUT I PROMISE
I will have some coverage of this event.
Dec 28th Win Place Or Show Cincinnati, Ohio
Dec 28th The Hunt Store Hunt, Tx
Dec 28th Garage On Back Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 28 Garage On Beck Salt Lake City, Ut
Dec 30th Rusty Nail Miamisville Ohio
Jan 3rd The Drink House Morgan City, La
Jan 9th Backyard Grill Clarksville, Ohio
Jan 10th Pivo’s Ice House Fayeteville,Tx
Jan 16th The Outpost Armington,Il
Jan 24th Cigar Club Lake Charles,LA
Feb 7th Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse Spring Valley,Il
Feb 12th Jay’s Sports Columbus, Ohio
Feb 13th Rusty Nail Madisonville, Ohio
Feb 13th Drink House Morgan City,La
Feb 14th Backyard Grill Clarksville, Ohio
Feb 19th Jay’s Sports Columbus, Ohio
Feb 20th Backyard Grill Clarksville, Ohio
Feb 20th Jay’s Sports Columbus, Ohio
Feb 27th Backyard Grill Columbus, Ohio
Mar 6th Jay’s Sports Columbus, Ohio
Mar 7th Backyard Grill Clarkville, Ohio
Mar 21st Backyard Grill Clarksville, Ohio

Ok FOLKS now I want to tell you about March 21st 2015.
THIS WILL be the one year anniversary that we had the nation launch at Bobby Mackey’s!
And several venues from ALL OVER the United States will stream their performances
I think it will be an online music festival so to speak!

My friend from the Louisville area CJ Cumberland producer of Crescent Hill Radio
(You can link to his website on the sidebar) features many of the artists
on his internet radio shows weekly.

Beginning January of 2015 they will be featuring none other than Ray Lawrence Jr. and I’ll be telling you more about that in the future.

The Last Honky Tonk Train To Clarksville:
A weeklong historic event featuring multiple LHTMS artists beginning in Morgan City LA at The
Drink House and ending at Friends-Backyard Grill in Clarksville OH. A filmed event, this will
feature a bus tour and CARAVAN of music lovers from around the USA, LHTMS venue vehicles,
Sponsors and more, with LHTMS artists traveling and performing shows Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs,
Friday and Saturday night at Official LHTMS venues. From motorcycle runs, special appearances,
honky tonk shenanigans, radio & LIVE STREAMING, along with SO MUCH MORE, this historic event
will be one to not miss!! Details on this event will be revealed in the days to come.
Be part of history, enjoy the music, live for the times. ***Several special stops scheduled
between shows.
NEWS NEWS NEWS On the Last Honky Tonk Train To Clarksville: This historic event will begin
Monday June 1st thru June 8th (w/ a possible pre-kickoff party/event/hooplah in Texas).
We will launch the “Train” (Buses, vehicles, bikers, sponsors, etc) in Morgan City.
Outline is as follows: Morgan City, New Orleans, Florabama, Alabama, TN, KY, OH.
On the dispersal back to Morgan City from Clarksville, Ohio , there will be ONE stop in Missouri
for an overnight camp/picking circle. The entire experience will be filmed by 3 separate
film companies for documentary/streaming. A set schedule of Live events will be determined
by January 15th. Variables (special appearances, promo stops, etc) will be added and confirmed by March 15).
We will sell bus tickets for whole and half-trip. An open invitation will be extended to anyone in the
general public who wants to bring their own vehicle and join the caravan.

If you are an artist who would like to participate in the Train, please contact me via phone text
& I will explain how the shows will work. We will be live streaming at least 3 of the show events.
The kickoff at The Drink House in Morgan City, Jay’s Sports Lounge in Columbus on Sat June 6 and the
finale at Friends in Clarksville. We would like to live stream all of the shows & we’ll be working with
the venues to make this happen. A more detailed explanation of the event, along with an official Press Release,
will be issued in January. This event will get Nationwide publicity in a big way. The opportunity to share with the world the music of all our artists, promote live music, the venues, community, raise money for local charities, spread the legacy of Wayne Mills, will be unlimited. We can work together to make this the Woodstock of our generation, except let’s encompass our goals even broader for the sake of live music and Independent Artistry. Please “click going” on the event, even if you’re not sure if you can make any of the shows or the whole trip – as this event will help ALL of our VENUES, ARTISTS and SPONSORS.

Now A LOT of venue owners read my website on a regular basis and might wonder WHO to text..send me a personal
message and I’ll get in touch with the correct people.
I’ll be looking into more sponsorship of this event and how I can participate. For now I will continue
to include ALL the news I find on this series.