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My friends down in east Nashville at Live True Vintage always have local bands and
Independent musicians performing summer concert series shows there and usually
on Tuesday nights.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Austin Lucas and Baskery there in 2014 and
in 2013 I got to see Jake Cox and Dag And Bulleit Boys.

Joshua Morningstar was supposed to be there in place of Austin Lucas and
could not make the show for personal reasons.
It still was indeed a good show and a good time was had by all.

It’s a great way to support our local community and friends businesses.
And I always say that’s what music is all about.

Two days after we are all coming home from Muddy Roots Music Festival
Live True Vintage will welcome The Calamity Cubes, James Hunnicutt and Rachel Kate.
Now I WILL SAY I have had the honor to see James Hunnicutt play numerous times
and he SHREDS the guitar!
In fact if you ask me the most aggressive player I would say it’s him or Dallas Moore.

The Calamity Cubes are a little bit of all kinds of genres.
Thrashicana is what their Facebook page says.
Theyr’e just a downright jam string band from Kansas.
I have seen their set many times as well and they NEVER DISAPPOINT.

The shows usually are donation based and usually start at a reasonable 7:00 start time.
It gives me time to get back up to Kentucky from a short 40 minute drive down there.

I’ll more than likely be there why don’t YOU JOIN US!

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Well it seems that Randy Owen and the folks over at Alabama are
set to release a Gospel album due out September 8th and sold
exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.

“Angels Among Us: Hymns and Gospel Favorites: will contain 15 songs and three bonus
songs on the Deluxe edition and later in September is when the deluxe edition will be
released.

Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry have decided to market this album ONLY
through Cracker Barrel just like quite a few others have recently taken
to the chain of restaurants to market their new release.

1. ‘I Saw The Light’
2. ‘Because He Lives’
3. ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’
4. ‘Knights Of Molite’
5. ‘What A Friend We Have in Jesus’
6. ‘Church In The Wildwood’
7. ‘The Old Rugged Cross’
8. ‘Raising Alabama’
9. ‘Jordan’s Banks’
10. ‘Let’s All Go Down To The River’
11. ‘Lift Me Up’
12. ‘Angels Among Us’
13. ‘The Last Altar Call’
14. ‘Oh, The Lord Has Been Good To Me’
15. ‘I’ll Fly Away’

Back in 2011 Randy Owen brought the band back to continue after their
farewell tour when he was diagnosed with cancer, and he has long
since been treated and given a clean bill of health.

And ever since their reuniting they have released two albums and have
made several Opry appearances and performed several sold out shows
across the United States and they don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Alabama amassed over 41 number one hit singles (on a variety of industry charts)
and a dozen top-10 albums, including ten that peaked at number one on Billboard’s
Top Country Albums chart. The group had 34 number ones on Billboard’s Hot Country
Songs chart.

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For the first time in almost seven years Lee Ann Womack will
release a new album on Sugar Hill Records.
It will be produced by her husband Frank Liddell and is scheduled
for a September 23rd release date.

“The Way I’m Living” will hit stores at midnight in September.
The title track is now supposedly being played on radio
I have been searching for it and haven’t found it on FM radio
yet.

This album features song written by Chris Knight, Mindy Smith, Buddy Miller,
Mando Saenz, Hayes Carll, Neil Young and Bruce Robison. It also includes a
cover song written by Roger Miller.

She hasn’t released any new music since 2008 accept for a few
soundtracks and some small projects.

I’ll write more about this album VERY SOON.

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Holy Lord Almighty!
I got two HUGE music festivals going on to complete 2014 right now.
I got TONS of preparations right now for Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville Tn at the
Junebug Ranch AND I got Outlaw Fest in Bowling Green Kentucky in October.
BOTH festivals have been really nice to O’l Gary since I started reporting on them.

I TRY to report on as many festivals as I can for all Country related genres
and THIS ONE going on in Nashville is going to take some time to fully
report on!
I’m not going to lie..I got HUNDREDS of bands to delve into on this one!
And this event is going to be HUGE!
And you can daggum sure bet I’ll have MORE articles to follow for you
to learn more about the artists and bands involved.
AND PLUS there’s so many ways to pay to see it and places to go
it’s hard to actually grasp this whole deal.
As a consumer..and in this instance I AM…I PAY just like you do
It’s really confusing.

As far as I CAN SURMISE there are four ways to see this event.
1. Becoming an Americana Music Association Member or registering for
the conference. This ranges from 365-515.00 right now.
2. Buy a wristband for 50 dollars, BUT this does NOT include the awards
banquet or the daily events or the Riverfront Park Shows.
3. Open To The Public. This option is venue capacity only.
Prices of admission vary upon the venue’s discretion.
4. A 99 dollar wristband gets you the same as the 50 dollar one
and also includes the Riverfront shows.

Also,some of these choices include or do not include the Hall Of Fame
which right now features Alan Jackson’s car.
For MORE details go HERE.

This event is almost as huge as Fan Fair (I’m sorry I REFUSE to call it CMA Fest).
There are event going on ALL OVER the place and they keep pouring into my
inbox like firecrackers!
Just TONS of acts and bands and artists..holy cow!

First I will tell you about the venues that will have nightly
showcases of the bands and artists.
Station Inn
3rd And Lindsley
The Basement
Mercy Lounge
City Winery
The High Watt
The Rutledge
ALL of these venues will be 20 at the door if you choose the THIRD option.
And once they are full they are full, there will be NO STANDING ROOM ALLOWED
for ANY of the performances scheduled to be at ANY of these venues.

Also there will be features and shows on Music City Roots as well.
I’m telling you this is going to be completely NUTS…BETTER than Fan Fair!

WRISTBANDS:

Is there a shuttle bus?
Yes. All wristband wearers are invited to use the bus, which travels from the
conference center to all participating venues.

What does my wristband entitle me to?
Wristband wearers may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues ALL nights.
In the event of a line, laminate badge holders do have priority access.

Can I buy tickets for individual showcases?
Yes. However, tickets for individual showcases are $20. You only have access to that one venue.
In the event of a line, priority goes to laminate badge wearers, the wristband wearers, then
individual ticket holders.

How do I purchase a wristband?
Wristbands will be available for purchase at all participating venues, mercylounge.com, the
registration desk at the conference center and select retail outlets. Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.

Where do I pick up my wristband?
Wristbands ordered through mercylounge.com will be available for pick up at the Cannery Row complex.
Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.

Will wristbands sell out if I don’t buy them in advance?
Probably not, but the possibility exists.

Are wristbands refundable?
No.

Can I get into the award show with a wristband?
No.

Can I get into the Riverfront Park event featuring The Avett Brothers with a wristband?
No.

Will I receive a letter confirming that my wristband purchase was made?
Yes. We ask that you bring it with you.

What happens if I lose my wristband?
You will need to buy another one.

Does my wristband guarantee entry to the venues?
Yes, in most cases. In the event of a line, laminate badge wearers have priority access. If there is a show you just cannot miss, we suggest you arrive to the venue prior to the first showcase of that night.

Will wristbands be mailed to me?
NO!

I am 17 years old. May I go to a show at an 18+ or 21+ venue if I am with my parents?
The Station Inn welcomes you with your parents. The Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, The High Watt
and The Basement have strict age policies. These venues are “bar settings” and do not allow minors
to attend, regardless of parental accompaniment. They are unable to negotiate on this point.
The Rutledge and 3rd and Lindsley are 18+ venues, also regardless of parental accompaniment.

Now that I hopefully answered all your immediate questions, how about a schedule?
I was hoping you wouldn’t ask…just kidding!

Tuesday, September 16

6:00pm
Steelism In-store at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
7:00pm
Songwriters in the Round presented by 30A Songwriters Festival
8:00pm
Mike Farris
9:30pm
Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat

Wednesday, September 17

10:00pm
Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Caleb Klauder Country Band
Del Barber
Greensky Bluegras
Shinyribs
The Barefoot Movement
The Mastersons

11:00pm
The Cactus Blossoms
John Moreland
Jonny Two Bags
Mipso
Rhett Miller
Sturgill Simpson
Todd Snider & Friends

11:30pm
The Bluegrass Situation Late Night Windup

12:00am
Humming House
Lindi Ortega
Packway Handle
Band Robbie
Fulks Steelism

Thursday, September 18

7:00pm
Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band Chris Smither
7:30pm
Ruthie Foster
Lee Ann Womack
Leo ‘Bud’ Welch

8:00pm
The Duhks
Amy Ray
Emily Barker & The Red Clay
Halo Frank Fairfield
Grant-Lee Phillips
Joe Pug Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine)
Ryan Montbleau
The Vespers

8:30pm
BR-549
Luther Dickinson
Sam Outlaw

9:00pm
Angaleena Presley
Banditos
Carlene Carter
r Gregory Alan
Isakov Laura
Cantrell Robert Ellis
Tom Freund
Whiskey Shivers

9:30pm
Buddy Miller Marty Stuart
10:00pm
Andrew Combs
Bobby Bare, Jr.
Joshua James
Otis Gibbs
Parker Millsap
Rodney Crowell
The Black Lillies
Zoe Muth

10:30pm
Trigger Hippy
11:00pm
Greyhounds
Immigrant Union
Israel Nash
Joe Henry
y Lake Street Dive
Robby Hecht
The Stray Birds
Webb Wilder
Willie Watson

11:30pm
Whiskey Myers

12:00am
Ben Miller Band
Dustbowl Revival
Matt Andersen
Police Dog Hogan
Promised Land
Sound Robyn Hitchcock
Sean Rowe
The Paul Thorn Band
Willie Sugarcapps

Friday, September 19

6:00pm
Tim Carroll’s Rock ‘n Roll Happy Hour
8:00pm
Allison Moorer
Haden Triplet
s Howard Fishman
Joe Purdy Sons
of Bill Suzy Bogguss
The Mae Trio The Silks
Zachary Lucky

8:30pm
Ian McLagan
9:00pm
Black Prairie
Ethan Johns
Falls Hayes Carll
Jonah Tolchin Marah Presents: Mountain Minstrelsy Matthew Ryan Oh Susanna The Hot Nut Riveters
9:30pm
J.D. Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers
10:00pm
Cale Tyson
Cory Branan
Howlin’ Brothers
Jamestown Revival
Jim Oblon
Josh Ritter
Lauren Shera
Pete Molinari
Quebe Sisters Band

10:30pm
The Devil Makes Three
11:00pm
Brennen Leigh
and Noel McKay Danny & The Champions of the World
Green River Ordinance
Griffin House
Jim Lauderdale
NQ Arbuckle
Peter Bradley Adams
The Audreys
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

12:00am
Baskery
Carolina Story
Chatham County Line
James Maddock
Kristina Train
Moot Davis
Shakey Graves The Bros.
Landreth Truth & Salvage Co

Saturday, September 20

1:30pm
Phil Cody
2:00pm
The Brothers Comatose
2:45pm
Sammy Brue
3:00pm
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
3:45pm
Kristina Train
4:00pm
Over the Rhine
5:00pm
Joe Purdy
6:00pm
Holly Williams
7:00pm
Cory Chisel’s Soul Obscura
8:00pm
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Anthony D’Amato
Doug Seegers
Grace and Tony Liz
Longley Matthew
Mayfield Paul Burch

9:00pm
Billy Joe Shaver
Lera Lynn Matt the Electrician
Michaela Anne
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks
Nathaniel Rateliff
Ryan Tanner

10:00pm
Bradford Lee Folk
Caroline Rose
David Ramirez
Humming People
Jason Eady
Los Colognes
The Deadly Gentlemen

11:00pm
Feufollet
Harlan Pepper
New Country Rehab
Phil Madeira
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Grahams
Tony Joe White

12:00am
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
Ernie Hendrickson
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
Matthew Perryman
Jones Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run The Danberrys

Sunday, September 21

1:00pm
Post AmericanaFest Sunday All Dayer

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Folks it’s not everyday I get to report on crossover Legends!
I spent quite a bit of time studying Jerry Lee Lewis and the Sun Records
pioneers of Sam Phillips from days of old.

In reality You would think Ray Price originally cut the song “Crazy Arms”
that was wrote by Ralph Mooney (I get steered off track easy).
But Jerry Lee Lewis also cut the song in 1956 and it sold only 300,000 copies.
Both artists cut the song the same year.

After the national scandal about his marriage his mainstream success
plummeted but he kept on going and was determined to bounce back.

I could write an article longer than my arm about this man
and nowadays his shows are just as good as they were years ago.
Jerry is known for energetic live shows even in his age they are
still known for being pretty rowdy.

Now I can tell you THIS: HE IS the last surviving member of
Sam Phillips “Million Dollar Quartet”. Which consisted of
Johnny Cash,Carl Perkins,Roy Orbison and Elvis.

He is cousins with Country Legend Mikey Gilley and TV Evangelist
Jimmy Swaggart who he actually did buy a car for once.

On saturday October 4rth the Ryman Auditorium will
welcome Jerry Lee Lewis as he plays a FULL CONCERT
for us.

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Last year at Outlaws And Legends in Altamont Tennessee I met so many people that
have now become like family to me. I cannot even begin to write in words what
they mean to me.
I met Mr. Chuck and Miss Diann and Mr. Marty shine sauce and Mr. Kenneth who
is a damn talented artist.
I met all the people involved with The Last Honky Tonk Music Series.

I been blessed and honored to be able to watch them ALL grow as
artists and songwriters.
And I have certainly been blessed enough to get to write these articles
that I do about them.

One person in particular I identified very well with was Joshua Morningstar.
I have wrote several articles about him and studied him extensively in the past
year. I know what he loves and what he dislikes..I know his style.
I know his background..I lived his background and when I hug him I FEEL his passion.
I love this man more than any other artist I ever met in 20 years of music.

I owe him a lot, in his album liner he did not forget me. In his song “You Dont
Follow Billie Gant” he again remembered me.
He has graced the stage with many legends like Billy Don Burns and Tom Ghent.
He holds true to the Legends like Hank Williams and can actually tell you
facts about him.

On the other side of this article…Joshua Morningstar has announced that on
Thursday Sept 11th at The End Nashville he will be joined by steel guitar
wizard Andy Gibson. Mr. Andy just previously ended his several year tenure with Hank Williams 3
(PLEASE do not ask or start rumors I have NO CLUE why)..RESPECT HIM!

Andy Gibson in my opinion is one of the finest producers of today’s day
and age within country music.
He produced “Fire And Hail” by the .357 String Band which broke ground for
Roots music along with Sarah Gayle Meech’s first album AND the second forthcoming
album.
He played steel on Hank Williams 3’s album “Straight To Hell” which defined independent
music as Hank was just being released from Curb Records and was beginning to show us
what was truly in his heart, and he continued on to play for several more of Hank 3’s
albums.
He played steel guitar for Bob Wayne on his latest release “Back To The Camper”.
He was mentored by Kayton Robert’s who played on Hank 3’s first two albums
and played for Hank Snow for over 30 years.

This is a show you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. Now honestly I’m trying
to get off for this show..but I cannot cover everything.
I am considering in the future of getting a helper.

Will there be MORE shows? I have no information right now folks.