Posts made in May, 2015

News About Sony’s Orthophonic Joy Album.

News About Sony’s Orthophonic Joy Album.

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation announced recently that they will be re-recording a groundbreaking 1927 album that was originally launched to promote new talent for a public that was buying the Orthoponic Victrola by the masses. It introduced more of Ernest Stoneman and the Carter Family. Now most folks call the Carter Family Country Music’s first family and in my opinion it was the Stonemans, however this album makes it a debatable subject of opinion.

Back In 1927 modern country music was born in Bristol, a city straddling the Virginia/Tennessee line, when Victor Records set up a temporary studio there to record area acts performing what was then known as “Hillbilly Music.” Musical families, singing quartets and gospel groups were among 19 acts that came out of the surrounding hills and hollows to record more than 70 songs. Sales of the resulting records went through the roof and established this rooted American music as mainstream.

I have studied this event for a little while now and it has been referred to as the “Big Bang Of Country Music” and has been regarded by folks like Marty Stuart as one of the most important events to have ever occurred in Country Music History. The importance of the Bristol Sessions were not lost on Sony Music which on May 12th released the 2 CD set Orthoponic Joy , a re-recording of 18 songs of the 1927 sessions by modern superstar artists including Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart and the CD includes historical narration by Eddie Stubbs, longtime emcee at The Grand Old Opry.

Rusty Morrell acted on his idea to re-make the 1927 groundbreaking project, so he sat down with Rick Dollar from NetRadioDogs.com and Leah Ross the director of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to discuss the makings of this project and the wonderful place the City of Bristol is. Along with producer Carl Jackson this album shall prove to be a worthy project and I look forward to hearing this album which has 37 tracks, including 18 songs and 19 spoken word tracks that provide context.

You can purchase this album HERE. And here is the complete track listing:

Disc One
1.”Don’t Deny Yourself The Sheer Joy Of Orthophonic Music” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “I’m Redeemed” performed by The Alcoa Quartet) Eddie Stubbs – 4:22
2.”I’m Redeemed” (Traditional arrangement by Doyle Lawson) Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver – 4:06
3.”All They Needed Now Was Talent” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Bury Me Beneath The Willow” performed by The Carter Family) Eddie Stubbs – 3:29
4.”Bury Me Beneath The Willow'” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Emmylou Harris – 3:18
5.”Tonight He Is Playing The Old, Old Tune At Police Headquarters” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Black-Eyed Susie” performed by J.P. Nester & Norman Edmonds) Eddie Stubbs – 2:57
6.”Black-Eyed Susie” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Marty Stuart – 2:36
7.”An Early Tradition of Scrapping For Rights And Royalties” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “When They Ring Those Golden Bells” performed by Alfred G. Karnes) Eddie Stubbs – 2:12
8.”When They Ring Those Golden Bells” (Dion De Marbelle) (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Dolly Parton – 5:09
9.”I Wish I Had Some Rocks To Throw At Them” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “The Storms Are On The Ocean” performed by The Carter Family) Eddie Stubbs – 3:52
10.”The Storms Are On The Ocean” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Ashley Monroe – 3:48
11.”Any Song With A Story Will Go To The People’s Hearts” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “I Am Resolved” performed by Ernest V. Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers) Eddie Stubbs – 4:11
12.”I Am Resolved” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) The Shotgun Rubies – 3:38
13.”A Hoedown Social In A Mountain Cabin” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Sweet Heaven When I Die” performed by The Tenneva Ramblers) Eddie Stubbs – 3:08
14.”Sweet Heaven When I Die” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson, Steve Martin, and The Steep Canyon Rangers) Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – 3:28
15.”Daddy Never Knew When He Would Come Up With An Idea For A Song” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “The Soldier’s Sweetheart” performed by Jimmie Rodgers) Eddie Stubbs – 3:21
16.”The Soldier’s Sweetheart” (Jimmie Rodgers) Vince Gill – 3:30
17.”Where The Blues Meets The Church” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “To The Work” performed by Alfred G. Karnes) Eddie Stubbs – 2:12
18.”To The Work” (Fannie J. Crosby & William H. Doane) Keb’ Mo’ – 3:23

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Disc Two
1.”Singers Who Had Not Visited Bristol During Their Entire Lifetime Arrived” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Where We’ll Never Grow Old” performed by Alfred G. Karnes) Eddie Stubbs – 2:13
2.”Where We’ll Never Grow Old” (James C. Moore) The Church Sisters – 4:56
3.”Love, Loss, And The Perils Of The Moonshine Business” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Darling Cora” performed by B.F. Shelton) Eddie Stubbs – 2:28
4.”Darling Cora” – (Traditional arrangement by Corbin Hayslett) Corbin Hayslett – 3:43
5.”Ramblers Riding The Longest Train I Ever Saw” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “The Longest Train I Ever Saw” performed by the Tenneva Ramblers) Eddie Stubbs – 1:59
6.”In The Pines” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Brad Paisley & Carl Jackson – 3:55
7.”Twenty-One Good Years At The Throttle” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “The Wreck Of The Virginian” performed by Blind Alfred Reed) Eddie Stubbs – 3:06
8.”The Wreck Of The Virginian” (Alfred Reed) Ashley & Shannon Campbell – 4:21
9.”Prized And Practical, Brutal Ballads” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Pretty Polly” performed by B.F. Shelton) Eddie Stubbs – 2:07
10.”Pretty Polly” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Carl Jackson – 5:49
11.”Tremendous Heart Punch And Appeal” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “The Wandering Boy” performed by The Carter Family) Eddie Stubbs 3:29
12.”The Wandering Boy” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) Sheryl Crow – 4:22
13.”Gotta Catch That Train” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Train On The Island” performed by J.P. Nester & Norman Edmonds) Eddie Stubbs – 1:51
14.”Train On The Island” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle) Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers – 2:21
15.”History Saws And Strums Along With Itself” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “Johnny Goodwin” performed by the Bull Mountain Moonshiners) Eddie Stubbs – 2:15
16.”Johnny Goodwin/The Girl I Left Behind” (Traditional arrangement by Jesse McReynolds & Carl Jackson) Jesse McReynolds & Carl Jackson – 2:32
17.”Introducing The Orthophonic Choir” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “At The River” performed by the Tennessee Mountaineers) 2:05
18.”Shall We Gather At The River” (Traditional arrangement by Carl Jackson) The Chuck Wagon Gang & The Orthophonic Choir – 3:22
19.”The Birthplace Of Country Music” (Narrative: Cindy Lovell; Background score: “I’m Redeemed” performed by the Alcoa Quartet, “At The River” performed by Tennessee Mountaineers, and “Shall We Gather AT The River” (Refrain) performed by The Chuck Wagon Gang & The Orthophonic Choir) Eddie Stubbs 2:44

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The Wildhorse Saloon Hosts A Night With Legends Benefit Show

The Wildhorse Saloon Hosts A Night With Legends Benefit Show

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On June 10, “A Night with Legends,” a benefit concert for The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, comes to the Wildhorse Saloon. Newly inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, The Oak Ridge Boys have also recently released an awesome first ever live album. I am not totally sure about whether they will all perform short sets or big huge sets.

A show with this many Country Music Legends for a benefit is usually not to be missed if you can make it. The Wildhorse seats many people and the seating chart goes from 20-120 dollars. And honestly in my area Mickey Gilley is not performing as frequent as the others on the performance list.

You can purchase tickets HERE.

The Oak Ridge Boys
Larry Gatlin
Mickey Gilley
The Bellamy Brothers
Lorrie Morgan
Eddy Raven
T Graham Brown
David Frizzell
Larry Stewart
Tim Rushlow

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2015 Festivals: Goose On The Lake

2015 Festivals: Goose On The Lake

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Ruckus In the Boonies
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Outer Banks Island Festival
Muddy Roots Music Festival

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Hello again folks from the 2015 festival series that I have run on this site for two years now, holy man what a truly wonderful spring of festivals that have occurred in my area. I covered one fully and one partly and I have quite a few more planned in 2015. Now in 2016 I plan to expand my website coverage into more of these festivals I haven’t been to yet and I shall be sponsoring more of them.

I have a whole new list for the middle of 2015 and into the fall and as they contacted me and I planned this series I had them all mapped out according to time they occurred and I’m doing this in two parts. Welcome to part two as I begin it with the 20th Annual Goose On the Lake which happens on June 5th and 6th in Allerge Kentucky. This festival is relatively close to my house and easy for me to get to however I have only been there for a short time and I have never fully covered the festival.

Friday, June 5
5:00 PM – Kentucky Harvest
6:00 PM – The Dirty Dandelions
7:30 PM – Marty Brown
9:15 PM – New old Cavalry
Saturday, June 6
3:30 PM – Big Nancy
4:30 PM – Benny Skyn
5:30 PM – Frank Hudson
6:30 PM – Harvey Cameron Band
8:00 PM – Raelyn Nelson Band
9:30 PM – Vessel

As we all know this festival was begun in 1995 by Lloyd Settle and his friends and was supposed to be a one time event attended by about 75 people and it featured the band Goose Creek Symphony. And now 20 years later here we have this wonderful event that has been brought out to the limelight more by the live recording of Waymore’s Outlaws from this event.

This is one of the more reasonably priced festivals boasting only a 60 dollar pass fee and you can purchase them HERE. And on this article I’ll be adding some hotel locations for the Russellville area, which is very close to my own home.


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News On The Last Honky Tonk Music Series.

News On The Last Honky Tonk Music Series.

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Well folks right now I’m on personal business but I have some time to catch up on some news and articles I have fallen behind on reporting about. One of those functions is the ever ongoing music events called The Last Honky Tonk Music Series and they have been having quite a few impressive lineups lately and one festival in Texas. This series of shows and events have not one director but many that help make the series a success all over the United States.

They just recently hosted a successful spring festival at Pivo’s Ice House in Texas that featured many of the regular Last Honky Tonk Music Series cast and some Country Music legends as well. It was quite an impressive lineup for me to include in my spring edition of articles that featured different festivals. Later in this article I shall include all of the performance dates that I know of for the series itself across the country.

Several other events related to the series that are planned in the future for us and I would also like to include them as well. There are several great artists that this series features I enjoy getting to see play.

June 8th Win Place or Show Fairfield Ohio
June 11th Manny And Merles Louisville Kentucky
June 11th The Hitching Post Darttown Ohio
June 12th Friends Backyard Grill Clarksville Ohio
June 14th Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse Spring Valley Illinois
June 18th Jay’s Sports Lounge Columbus Ohio
June 19th Back Porch Lounge Macon Georgia
June 19th Oak Grove Tavern Galloway Ohio
June 20th Friend’s Backyard Grill Clarksville Ohio
June 21st Oak Grove Tavern Galloway Ohio
June 22nd Win Place Or Show Cincinnati Ohio
June 23rd The Ledford House
June 24rth The Drink House Morgan City Louisiana
June 25th Manny And Merle’s Louisville Kentucky
June 25th Jays Sports Lounge Columbus Ohio
June 25th The Drink House Morgan City Louisiana
June 26th Bad S Icehouse Oyster Creek Texas
June 26th Friend’s Backyard Grill
June 26th The Looney Bin Bradley Illinois
June 27th River Roadhouse Mackinaw Illinois
June 27th The Cigar Club Lake Charles Illinois
June 28th Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse Spring Valley Illinois
July 4rth Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse Spring Valley Illinois
July 18th Back Porch Lounge Macon Georgia
July 21st The Drink House Morgan City Louisiana
July 23rd Red Dog’s Egan Louisiana
July 25th River Road House Mackinaw Illinois
July 26th Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse Spring Valley Illinois
July 27th Win Place Or Show Fairfield Ohio
July 29th Blue Max Midland Texas (Part of the Charmed Project see below)
July 30th Manny And Merle’s Louisville Kentucky
July 31st Back Porch Lounge Macon Georgia
August 1st The Hunt Store Hunt Texas (Part of the Charmed Project)
August 7th Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse Spring Valley Illinois
August 10th Win Place Or Show (Part of the Charmed Project)
September 10th Manny And Merle’s Louisville Kentucky

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The Charmed Project is a side project/tour that includes three ladies of the Last Honkytonk Music Series and they are Brigitte London, Jill Kinsey and Brooke Faulk. Each one of these ladies are stunning with their stage presence and deliver a potent array of beautiful songs.

For the first time they are combining their talents for one traveling show and I’m sure you would agree this is a truly lovely trio of songwriters. I’m going to include their dates separate even though this is a derivative of the above events.

June 28th Garage on Back Salt Lake City Utah
July 29th Blue Max Midland Texas
August 1st The Hunt Store Hunt Texas
August 2nd The Drink House Morgan City Louisiana
August 5th Flora Bama Orange Beach Alabama
August 7th Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse
August 9th Silver Maple House New Eagle Pennsylvania
August 10th Win Place Or Show Fairfield Ohio

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Follow Up News On The Midnite Jamboree

Follow Up News On The Midnite Jamboree

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Folks this afternoon I spoke with my friend and Country Music Legend Glenn Douglass Tubb about everything from The Midnite Jamboree to Strugill Simpson. I just wanted to release a follow up article with you for this major concern I’m sure many of you have. In a nutshell there is good news and bad news about the overall outcome of the Jamboree itself, and it’s continuity.

As of now I was informed that the first weekend in June Mr. Glenn will host the show for that weekend and the next weekend will feature Mel Tillis, that’s the good news. The bad news is we aren’t sure if there will be any further shows after those two weeks. Now IT WILL be taking place at the Troubador Theater like it always has been, and it will remain FREE.

I was told by the store staff that it will be preformed at Ten in the evening on Saturday night and re broadcast at Midnight on WSM like it has been for years. I can tell you one piece of information, if we get more members to join the association it CAN keep going. Mr. Ken Mosher has been offering a TON of great merchandise items for sale on the website and when you join you get all sorts of good stuff in a package. I got my coffee cup on my desk now and you get pins and patches and MORE!

CLICK HERE to join the association or send in your fee to the address on the site. YOUR money goes to the proliferation of Country Music History and YOU can help preserve the existence of this radio show. I have also been told of several benefit shows planned for the Midnite Jamboree in four different states throughout 2015 and I shall make articles as I am informed of confirmed event schedules.

All of the aforementioned products will be available at the Ernest Tubb Record Shops for sale and I’ll be attempting to cover the Jamboree but right now I’m not totally sure about what my schedule looks like for the month of June. I URGE YOU to PLEASE continue to help the store out and purchase music the CORRECT and TRUE way, IN PERSON. And PLEASE go support this live music tradition over on Music Vally Drive.

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