Posts made in April, 2015

2015 Festivals: Ruckus In The Boonies.

2015 Festivals: Ruckus In The Boonies.

Moonrunners Music Festival
Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender
Nelsonville Music Festival
Muddy Roots Music Festival
Outer Banks Island Bluegrass Festival
Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
Ruckus In The Boonies
Crooked Smile Music Festival
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Lone Oak Festival
Duck Creek Log Jam
The Ross Key Country Spring Fling



This portion of my 2015 Music Festivals Series takes us to Oregon to Ruckus In The Boonies, hosted by none other than Dogbite Harris. I featured this festival last year and I understand it was a great success.

This event takes place on July 31st-August 2nd 2015 at Bucknum’s Tavern on downtown Heppner Oregon. I have no information YET about hotels and this is an outdoor event in It’s second year of happening. THIS IS the OFFICIAL lineup of this festival announcement. I want to thank Dogbite Harris for allowing me to bring you this information!

Sorry folks all the hotel rooms have been taken for this event but there IS camping available in the nearby area. Now from reading The Official Website there is camping available
at Willow Creek Campground And RV Park in Heppner.

Joining them are their sponsor Lucky Supreme Tattoo from Oregon City, Oregon. And I’m told there are more sponsors to come so HERE IS the official list of bands performing.

Filthy Still
Saint Christopher
Owen Mays
Hard Money Saints
Billy Cook
Stoned Evergreen Travelers
Dog Bite Harris
Krista Blackburn
Billy Hood
Jake Roy
Skyler Evans
Mean Street Meanie
Johnny Pabst
Roy Dean
Justene Marie
John Hamhock And The Rooster Run Band
Savage Henrys
Harley Bourbon
Whiskey Hooves
Darci Carlson
Hard Money Saints
Coffin Hunter
Jayke Orvis
Sean Wheeler And Zander Schloss
Roger Alan Wade
Ridge Runner Randy
Nicole Pike

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Tru Country Returns To RFD TV.

Tru Country Returns To RFD TV.

Tru Country

Folks I learned on social media this week from Mr. Tracy Pitcox who owns and runs Heart Of Texas Records that beginning may 8th there will NEW episodes of Tru Country on the ever popular RFD Network.
There are twelve new shows that were shot in Brady Texas and will feature your favorite Tru Country artists like one of my favorites Jake Penrod! Apparently all our calls and letters have convinced the network to bring the show back.

If you are not familiar with the artists involved YOU NEED TO BE and I’ll try to help you out by adding links.

Amber Digby
Anthony Wilson
Becky Hobbs
Bobby Flores
Charley Pride
Curtis Potter
Dicky Overbey
Darrell McCall
Diane McCall
Frankie Miller
Georgette Jones
Heather Myles
Jake Hooker
Jake Penrod
Jett Williams
Jody Nix
Johnny Bush
Johnny Rodriguez
Justin Trevino
Kimberly Murray
Landon Dodd
Leona Williams
Leslie Sloan
Lisa Morales
Mickey Gilley
Mona McCall
Norma Jean
Penny Gilley
Rance Norton
Ron Williams
The Survivors
Tommy Hooker
Tony Booth

Folks this is truly a wonderful way to listen to some GREAT traditional country artists that are making NEW music. Have YOU not heard people say “Radio “Country” is not country”? WELL THIS is how you fight that crap. Folks we MUST finance and support this kind of music. Attend the shows and festivals and order these albums, because the power of the wallet is indeed HUGE. I’m going to give you EXACTLY what their own website says:

RFD-TV proudly welcomes back for it’s 5th season, the popular entertainment series, TruCountry Music, filmed live in Hamilton and Brady, Texas. The show has been a huge success in a market that has been devoid of traditional country music for years. “Folks love the real deal” and that’s what they’ll get when they tune in every week and see a dance floor full of cowboys and cowgirls swinging their partner to the sounds of TruCountry Music!
TruCountry is a half-hour show featuring singers and songwriters from the traditional genre of country music.

A singer/songwriter in her own right and producer of the TruCounty show Heather Myles says, ”America has spoken! People are tired of what they are seeing on TV and hearing on the radio that doesn’t even resemble real country music! I was raised on a ranch in Southern California and miss the kind of shows my brother and I grew up on… I like to think of TruCountry as a Lawrence Welk Show with a country flair! It’s great family entertainment for all ages. Our music speaks to the working class… It’s pure and it comes from the heart… it’s the real deal. And best of all It’s America’s Music”.

TruCountry would like to invite everyone who loves America’s music to tune in each week for live performances by Johnny Bush, Becky Hobbs, Johnny Rodriquez, Heather Myles, Leona Williams,Miss Leslie, Justin Trevino, Amber Digby, Darrel McCall , Tony Booth , Miss Leslie, Danni Leigh, Jody Nix, plus many more along with the HOT TruCountry Band! Don’t miss out on the seasons 1 ,2,and 3,now available on DVD , filled to the brim with hot‘n heavy shuffles, heartfelt ballads, and shimmering steel guitar. Dance across Texas to the streets of Bakersfield and beyond with TruCountry!

I’m eagerly awaiting just who will indeed be involved with this all new season produced by Heather Myles and I guess we will just have to find out…..won’t we?

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Nashville Boogie Weekend Side Article: Riley Reed Western Roundup Fashion Show.

Nashville Boogie Weekend Side Article: Riley Reed Western Roundup Fashion Show.


Well folks I am here preparing my coverage for The Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender brought to you by Muddy Roots Music the first week of May at Opryland. It will be hosted by several people like Miss Riley Reed who spent some time interning under world famous designer Manuel. She is a bright and happy gal and she’s the nicest you’ll ever meet. Recently we all gathered at the Nashville Palace for her birthday and a grand time was had by all.

It is going to be about an hour long and will feature different designers of men’s and women’s western fashion and some Rockabilly fashion as well. This show will feature new styles for 2015, and I know I shall be learning new things because honestly I’m a jeans and t shirt guy. So I look forward to learning a new experience for me.

Miss Katy Kaye has been designing and modeling clothes for over 18 years and will have a feature during this show, as well as Jess Snell who now works under the Nudie label as their new Head Designer. We all know that Nudie was in fact a prominent part of Country Music in the 40’s thru the 70’s and in fact made the sparkly suits that many performers wore like Little Jimmy Dickens and Ray Price. Nudie Cohn who died in 1984 was personally responsible for
customizing automobiles and clothes. In the late 1940’s he tailored the most prominent suit that Hank Williams wore with the musical notes down the sleeves and he is also responsible for the famous suit Gram Parsons wore with the pills and pot leafs on the suit. Porter Wagoner boasted owning over 200 suits that ranged from 10-25,000.

Playing the music during this event will be someone I look forward to meeting JP Cyr and his Radio Wranglers. Also there will be a person from Denmark named Maria Koster that will also be showcasing clothing. I’ll be covering this event separate from the music festival which I plan to present in four parts. My thanks goes out to Miss Riley for chatting with me on the phone to help me report to you on this event.

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Album Feature: Urban Pioneers Vehicle In Transit.

Album Feature: Urban Pioneers Vehicle In Transit.


Last night I got the word from Mr. Jared McGovern to do an album feature for The Urban Pioneers second album called “Vehicle In Transit”. This album is released on Roots Union Records and was produced by them all. I got to hear one of the new songs last year at a festival and I got to talk with them about it, I’ll tell you just a little more about it in a bit.

Liz Sloan and Jared McGovern are two of the most honest and wonderful people I have EVER met in the business.I’m not just saying that to make a nice article I’m saying because it’s true, they are the most welcoming couple you will ever run into. And talented to boot I think without a doubt that Miss Liz is one of the most talented performers Roots music has to offer. They absolutely take over the stage as they perform and Miss Liz often performs in vintage clothing which brings an old timey vibe to their show that accompanies Mr Jared’s clawhammer banjo style.

They are without a doubt one of the most active bands in the independent Roots Music scene today playing over 250 shows a year and rarely having a “night off”. THEY ARE what their first album says they are..”Addicted To The Road”. I first remember them both being backup musicians with Bob Wayne and his Outlaw Carnies before they met one another and I didn’t get to know them personally until they began playing with Jayke Orvis. Jayke was a former member of the .357 String Band and had recently went solo and formed the “Broken Band”. They joined James Hunnicutt and became a solid classic lineup loved by thousands for what they were…a well oiled music machine. The Urban Pioneers were created as a side project to continue road shows when they were not playing with Jayke but sadly it was announced last year the Broken Band was leaving us and played their final show at Muddy Roots.

Since going out on their own they have received huge acclaim from critics and websites LIKE ME for their show quality and performance presence. I must disagree with one website that claimed Roots Music bands are not growing in musicianship and quality of production. If ANY band is the Urban Pioneers have surely gotten better with this album. Now honestly their first album was absolutely top notch in every way and much like Jospeh Huber I did not speculate they could beat it…and I was surely mistaken. Especially with Keith Roberts on bass (from Call Me Bronco) and an
added guitar player as well.

The first two songs I got to hear last year was “Praying For Rain” and ‘Tennessee Moon”. Now “Praying For Rain” is a good foot stomping slower song about cattle ranchers. It puts me to mind of old Hank Thompson songs in it’s style and the mention of the Brazos River. And as always it has some GREAT fiddle solos in it and it has steel guitar which was an AWESOME touch for it.

“Tennessee Moon” was another one I can remember hearing and honestly I enjoy their singing together and I think their songs are even more well written this time. They are focusing more on making the listener believe they are singing to one another or ABOUT one another much like couples like George Jones and Tammy Wynette did. This song was one of them but “What Takes A Woman” is a song about teasing her why it takes women so long to get ready,and I smiled as I listened further. Because it takes them so long to get ready cause she spends her day cleaning up after him! This song really fits these guys as they announced their engagement at the Muddy Roots Spring Weekender last year..and our whole community went completely nuts. They deserve to be happy and I love them both. You want an outright jam you can just drive to? Well “Chocolate Easter Bunny” is a completely crazy song and it is so unique I just enjoyed it. The guitar work on it was really great.

All together there are 14 songs total and one of the faster songs that resemble their classic sound was “Big Spike Hammer”. Miss Liz does many types of fiddle playing but she has a classic sound I can easily pick out of an album. This song has her sound most prevalent over all of them, you know how the older folks say that you cannot pick out an artists voice or style anymore? Well they never heard of the Urban Pioneers then cause Liz Sloan’s fiddle style sticks out like a rooster wearing socks and if you don’t like it you are crazy. Another song that showcased her fiddle style really well was “Something That’s Never Been Done”.

And what’s an album without a ballad song about someone dying? Well you got the “Ballad Of Charlotte And Charlie”? To be honest I don’t want to ruin the whole album for you GO ORDER IT NOW and help the band recover some of their production costs. This album will be available May 12th in physical form but RIGHT NOW you can send 15 dollars to the Paypal address and you will receive a download of it until the album becomes available. Trust me this album truly is a great one and it will have a permanent spot in my players for the next few weeks. Here is their show schedule for 2015.


Fri, 24 Apr
Cookeville, TN

Sat, 25 Apr
Johnson City, TN
The Hideaway

Wed, 29 Apr
Knoxville, TN
WDVX Blue Plate Special

Fri, 08 May
Columbus, IN

Sat, 09 May
Chicago, IL
Moonrunners Music Fest

Sun, 10 May
Springstead, WI
Chico’s North of the Border

Tue, 12 May
Green Bay, WI
Lyric Room

Wed, 13 May
La Crosse, WI
The Root Note

Thu, 14 May
Middleton, WI
Club Tavern

Sat, 16 May
Bayport, MN
bayport bbq

Sun, 17 May
St Paul, MN
Como Dockside

Mon, 18 May
Pekin, IL

Tue, 19 May
Lafayette, IN
People’s Brewey

Wed, 20 May
McHenry, IL
Mackey’s Hideout

Thu, 21 May
Muncie, IN
Be Here Now

Thu, 28 May
Warsaw, PL

Fri, 29 May
Praha 1, CZ
Rock Café Prague

Sat, 30 May
Vrchlabi, CZ
Psycho Therapy Fest

Mon, 01 Jun
Tuebingen, DE

Thu, 04 Jun
Lille, FR

Fri, 05 Jun
Geel, BE
Bacchus Cafe

Sat, 06 Jun
Landhorst, NL
Cafe Buitenlust

Sun, 07 Jun
Groningen, NL
EMG Factors

Tue, 09 Jun
Aalborg, DK

Wed, 10 Jun
Orebro, SE
Casa De Anders

Thu, 11 Jun
Mariehamn, FI

Fri, 12 Jun
Tampere, FI
Kessan Baari

Sat, 13 Jun
Stockholm, SE, SE
Pick Up The Steam Festival

Sun, 14 Jun
Malmo, SE
Far I Hatten

Tue, 16 Jun
Berlin, DE
Bassy Cowboy Club

Thu, 18 Jun
Darmstadt, DE
Bessunger Knabenschule

Sun, 21 Jun
Oostkamp, BE
Cowboy Up Waardamme

Sun, 05 Jul
Winston-Salem, NC

Fri, 14 Aug
Sherman, NY
Heron Bluegrass Festival

Sat, 15 Aug
Sherman, NY
Heron Bluegrass Festival

Thu, 03 Sep
Cookeville, TN

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OFFICIAL 2015 Moonrunners Music Festival Guide.

OFFICIAL 2015 Moonrunners Music Festival Guide.


I was contacted by the folks at Moonrunners to OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE the actual lineup
for next month’s festival, and you can buy tickets on THIS LINK and they will go FAST folks!

Well folks IT’S TIME to start getting all the lineups in and ready for 2015.
You KNOW I have been researching all the different festivals all over the
United States. And a few in Europe I will soon be paying some attention to too.
Will I ever go global? Well folks honestly I’m still wanting to do more in Texas
and Illinois and Alabama and Georgia first.
Will I ever hire help? Yes I might do that someday as I grow bigger yet still.
There’s SO MANY people that need my help out there and need to become promoted.
This website doesn’t charge ANY fees to be reported on or take ANY income other
than my Google ads so if you click on them you make me income I then in turn invest
in band merchandise and travel fees.

So folks here we go….Moonrunners Music Festival takes us to the “Windy City” of Chicago Illinois.
It takes place May 8th and 9th 2015 at Reggie’s Chicago.
This installment will not have hotel accommodations included just yet, I’ll add that later.
HOWEVER I DO have the ENTIRE LINEUP minus a few small bonus additions.

Reggies is one of the most popular live music venues in the Chicago area!
Hell it has a complete record store upstairs and a big rooftop deck.
It has two rooms and two stages and I understand they run simultaneously during this event.
Time Travel Magazine has rated Reggies one of the top ten things to do in Chicago
in 24 hours.

I have been researching the food (as I ALWAYS DO) when I check out venues and they
have a really good selection of plates and their wings are highly rated for the area.
They have HOMEMADE TV DINERS…I would have to check that out! They serve food from 11AM-Midnight.
And they have over 17 big screen televisions for sports while this music is going on?
I’d be content as all getout on that right there.
Wingfest 2012 has proclaimed their wings BEST in the Chicago area.


Friday May 8th, 2015
2:00PM- Doors
South Stage:
2:15  Brooke Blanche
2:50  The Piss Poor Players
4:35  Joshua Morningstar
5:15  Ultrahazard
7:05  Molly Gene One Whoaman Band
7:50  The Dead Soldiers
8:45  Green Room Rockers
9:35  Roger Alan Wade
10:40 Jesse Wagner
11:55  Bob Wayne And The Outlaw Carnies

North Stage:
3:25  MC1
4:00  Lone Wolf OMB
5:50  Aran Buzzas
6:35  Utah Country Swillers
8:20 El Coondog
10:25 Lou Shields
11:30 The Calamity Cubes
1:00 Joseph Huber
Saturday, May 9th 2015
South Stage:
12:15 Rachel Kate
12:50 Barnyard Stompers
2:20  Carmen Lee And The Tomorrow River Two
2:55  Highlonesome
3:45  Madpolecats
4:40  Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
6:35  Jayke Orvis
7:20  J.B.Beverley And The Wayward Drifters
8:35  Last False Hope
9:55  The Unseen
11:10  Joe Buck Yourself

North Stage:
11:15  The Ghost Bandits
11:45  hunter Grigg
1:15  The Drunken Cuddle
1:50  Call Me Bronco
3:15  The Smokestack Relics
4:10  Sean K Preston
5:10  CWAyon
5:55  Still Alive
7:55  The Urban Pioneers
9:10  Lucky Tubb And The Modern Day Troubadors
10:45  Jeff Shepherd
11:40  Matt Woods And Adam Lee Special Set!
12:35  James Hunnicutt

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