May 162015


On Thursday June 11th 2015 at 7PM at 3RD And Lindsley there will be another Sons And Daughters Of Country Legends. This is the third edition of this very successful show that has been generating a good turnout, and is loaded full of great talent. I’m sure for 20 dollars at the door you will have some mighty fine entertainment for that entire evening.

Jett Williams
Georgette Jones
Robyn Young
George Hamilton V
Hawkshaw Jr.
Dean Smith
Melissa Luman
Chrystie Wooley
Karen Wheeler
Donnie Winters

And Keith Bilbrey will be the guest emcee for this event and It’s being held at a very nice venue in town. I have featured many of these children of the Legends many time on this website and if I can cover this show I certainly will be there.

Donnie Winters has been a close friend of mine for over ten years now, I still miss those southern jam days out on the farm. Ernie made the best corn on the cob and pulled BBQ and his father Don Winters always had a stellar set he did. I remember him doing “Jambalaya” in his yodeling fashion..timeless! He has been a staple piece of Volunteer Jam history on the first few albums. I also have a bunch of Winter’s Brother’s albums and CDs.

Georgette Jones…man what can I say? Her and Mr Jamie Lennon are two of the best things to happen to Country Music in the last ten years! He is a top notch steel player! She’s got a voice that is awesome, and her albums are VERY nice. Heart Of Texas Records is making some noteworthy recordings in the past few years for sure.

May 162015

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Black Country Rock which is Shooter’s own label and Cracker Barrel have done it again, on April 27th and it is now available but ONLY at Cracker Barrel stores. I bought mine during the Nashville Boogie at the Music Valley Store.

It basically spans Waylon’s entire discography and the liner of the CD and all that I have researched about this album is it from March 19th 1995 in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. I’m really enjoying this album and it will most likely be in my constant rotation for many reasons. Now honestly It’s a REALLY good recording but it started out with very little interaction with the audience for the first few songs. BUT BOY was I WRONG after giving it a chance It became a VERY valuable learning tool about his personality and raw humor. Waylon certainly didn’t sugar coat any of his opinions in his life, and after hearing this album you can tell he REALLY loved to perform.

1. Rainy Day Woman
2. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies
3. Good Hearted Woman
4. Wrong
5. Amanda
6. This Time
7. Living Legends Part II
8. If I Can Find A Clean Shirt
9. Till I Gain Control Again
10. A Couple More Years
11. Good Ol Boys
12. Lukeenbach Texas
13. Flyin’ W
14. Suspicious Minds.

Right around Living Legends Part II is where his onstage humor truly shines and I had to pull over to laugh one time…I REALLY mean that. Waylon was creative with jokes and mock insults about everyone from Billy Ray Cyrus to Travis Tritt’s manager. AND stories galore, this album is packed full of history folks. I think the three people involved in producing this album did an outstanding job of bringing this piece to life and to the public. This album was produced by Colonel Jon Hensley, Shooter Jennings and J.D. Myers and I contacted them to tell them THANK YOU and how I enjoyed this album.

I liked all of Waylon’s steel players throughout his tenure of recording. Ralph Mooney was good Fred Newell is still good and Robby Turner is still awesome and you can thank him for his DAMN FINE work on “High Top Mountain” By Sturgill Simpson. Just Listen to “Old King Coal” and also he is working for Chris Stapleton. And of course Fred Newell has done work for Whitey Morgan And The 78’s. Kevin Hogan was on bass, Fred Lawrence on piano, who he introduced as working with Tanya Tucker. Also playing guitar on the album was Shooter Jennings.

I always have said there are three pillars of Country Music, the producer the steel player and the songwriter. This album has ALL THREE in top form and I regard this album as a really good one, however my favorite songs he played were not on the album his stories and tales of how he came up with some of the songs made up for the absence of favorite songs.

May 162015

OK now folks like I do on most of my festival coverage articles here’s a list of the artists involved and you can click on the links to go to their website. I have been given the Green Light to go ahead and publicly tell you about the lineup for the Spring Weekender. What a GREAT lineup and I’m sorry I cannot make this event this year. I tell you folks what Jason Galaz and Muddy Roots has done and does many great things for me as a website and as patron and as a friend. I have been a huge Muddy Roots fan for so many years and it is one of my favorite festivals. Muddy Roots recordings is quickly becoming a HUGE Roots music label with some quality albums from GREAT artists.

Ramblin Jack Elliott
JD Wilkes
L.C. Ulmer
The Tillers
Jospeh Huber
Matt Woods
Urban Pioneers
Dana Sipos
Hang Dog Hearts
The Calamity Cubes!
James Hunnicutt
Black Jake And The Carnies
Adam Lee
Rickett Pass



The following is a map of the event that will take place in Nashville Indiana Friday and Saturday
May 22nd and 23rd 2015. Heres a WHOLE LIST of cabins, prices AND photos available.

M*A*S*H* cabin | 10 singles | Cold water sink | C-1 – $400 FR-SUN Island cabin | 10 singles| can join with Artist Cabin | C-2 – $350 FRI-SUN Artist cabin | 10 singles | Cold water sink | C-3 $400 FRI-SUN Rock N’ Roll cabin | 1 queen, 7 singles | C-4 -$350 FRI-SUN -PENDING Bike Shack cabin | 1 queen, 7 singles w/loft that sleeps 3 | Cold water sink | C-5 – $400 FRI-SUN -PENDING Pioneer cabin | 2 doubles, 4 singles | C-6-RESERVED All Sport cabin | 2 doubles, 4 singles | Cold water sink | C-7-RESERVED Babbling Brook cabin | 1 double, 3 singles | C-8-RESERVED Love Nest cabin | 1 double, 3 singles | C-9-RESERVED Bartels Log Cabin | sleeps 6 | 1 queen, bunk beds and a loft, indoor commode |Cold water sink | C-10-RESERVED


TENT CAMPING – Primitive and free. Tents only in tent area. No vehicles.


OK folks here’s a list of hotels in the area and I’ll be adding more later on.

La Qunita Inn of Columbus Indiana will be one of my first choices. They have GREAT
Wi-fi and breakfast was REALLY good.And the pool and hot tub were above nice.
And TRUST ME with a severe case of RA like me…a hot tub is GOOD. Starting at 92 and up,they are 10.4 miles away.

Days Inn of Columbus Indiana is another great hotel chain I have used for hunting and fishing in the past in several states. Starting at 59 and up they are 10.3 miles away from the campgrounds.

Motel 6 of Columbus Indiana is another chain of hotels that are only 10.4 miles from the campground but I have never
stayed with them before.I cannot report on their hospitality but they have reasonable rates at 44 dollars and up.

Abe Martin Lodge is located IN THE PARK AREA and is only 5 miles from the campgrounds and starts at 59 dollars and up.

Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekend Day 3 Part 2: In The Pines In The Pines!

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May 162015

Well folks here is the conclusion to my Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekend series of articles. I do have one side article coming soon on this event. I want to thank Jason Galaz and Muddy Roots for everything they do for my website and for music in general and I look forward to being in Cookeville this year.


I had personal business to attend to and I had to leave the hotel for a few hours but I got back Saturday in enough time to catch some of the mid afternoon festivities. I got ready to get back to being serious and covering the rest of the music, when I returned I noticed the main stage schedule was a little behind. I wasn’t worried because BY GOD Rockabilly Legend Johnny Powers was next! Now this man has my attention because he is the first white male musician to have ever signed with Motown Records and hold a contract with Sun Records simultaneously. He has also been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and has accomplished more accolades as well.

He absolutely commanded the stage to do his dirty work up there rocking the place apart with his opening song ‘Rock Rock” and “Crazy Over You”. I was in admiration of his demeanor he had the stance and poise of a true Legend and I could tell he truly lived the life and walked the walk. The man has history that spans many decades and I studied him for quite some time before coming to the Boogie.

His next song was called “Mean Mistreater” and it was a pretty rocking song that I enjoyed. “Waiting For You” was another really good one I enjoyed his mid-set and this set was really good vocally as well. “With Your Love With Your Kiss” was next, this was a truly awesome time I had with some great friends. And as he barreled into a song called “treat Me Right” he played one more before going into the song he is most famous for called “Long Blonde Hair”. It dates back to the 1950’s when he developed his stage name from someone seeing him eating a Powerhouse candy bar. He closed his set with “Have I Told You Lately” also performed by Loretta Lynn and more.

Then…after all that I found myself In the Pines Woody Pines that is. I have had this band on my radar as well for many months and I finally saw them, see THIS is why I love music festivals! This was another of my top acts of the whole festival EXACTLY the thing I want out of a band right now this was a fresh different twist to an OLD ragtime swing band. They also recently signed with Muddy Roots Records and I bought that album and it’s a DAMN GOOD album, they played one song in particular off it I liked “Walking Stick” it is just a really good jamming song.


They opened their set with “Long Gone” before they played “Walking Stick”. I LOVE THIS ALBUM and I’m telling you Muddy Roots is taking the music industry by STORM with festivals and recordings and many more great products. In fact right now as I finish this article I’ll be releasing the lineup for the Spring Weekender which goes on next weekend.

They continued their excellent set with a Hank Sr. song called “I Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind” and I was an instant fan of theirs, yes I would travel out to Nashville or Southern Illinois for this band. VERY quality music and well written lyrics and just a good old fashioned JAM like their next song called “Red Rocking Chair”. They then played a song called “New Nashville Boogie” which I thought might have been a Nashville Boogie anthem sort of. Now their next song was another of my favorites they play called “Anything For Love”.

“Black Rat Rag” was another song off their latest album that was a really good jam and I RAN out to the merch table to get their latest CD and other items. I was loading up with stickers for my kitchen fridge (I have a small one in my living room). They closed their set with a medley of “Chew Bacco Rag” and a old song called “Who Do You Love” and I’m not sure what other song the medley had thrown into it as I was busy visiting with the sound man.


It was beginning to get late and I was getting tired I had a lot of mentally tired from my afternoon and I knew I had an hour to get home, but I was so excited to see Country Legend and Rockabilly Legend Larry Collins. Now Larry is known for his tenure with his family in the 1950’s. Always playing a double neck guitar since I can remember they blazed a Rockabilly trail across the world before he wrote some of Country Music’s most famous songs for artists like Tanya Tucker. In fact one of the first songs I recognized right away was a song she cut in 1980 called “Pecos Promenade” and it was officially debuted on the movie “Smokey And The Bandit”. It reached number 10 on the charts and the remarkable thing about it was it is off a live album before it was cut on a studio album.

He then took us on a short ride back to his roots by playing a WILD instrumental called “Hurricane”. He had a remarkable band backing him up on this set, hell I would have payed for just this set alone I was VERY impressed with his show. He then went right into an old hit of his called “Rock Bop Baby”. I have been studying Larry Collins pretty close the last few weeks and I’m getting to appreciate him even more now. In fact I have a more deeper love and respect for Rockabilly now than I did when I came, not trying to put the genre down I just have more knowledge of the genre now.

However one song that I always have enjoyed was one of his other mega hit that Tanya Tucker recorded called “Delta Dawn” which was off the 1972 album of the same name, it was also cut by Helen Reddy in 1973. That song had the entire place going NUTS in the main ballroom. One of his nicknames in the music industry was “Flying Fingers”. Even in his age he navigated that guitar in a Roy Clark fashion just putting out all sorts of sounds on it. I noticed all sorts of influences in his montage of music, I noticed a little Chet Atkins. And he closed his set with a song that was recorded by David Frizzell and Shelly West back when they were doing duet albums together. It debuted in 1981 and also debuted during the Clint Eastwood classic movie “Every Which Way But Loose”. It remained on the number one spot for a week and was one their most successful hits for the duo.


The final band I covered for this festival was another west coast Rockabilly Legendary band called The Paladins. They are self described as “West Coast Jump Blues”.
I really enjoyed their set tonight and even though some of their set was hard to hear the vocals the instrumentals were absolutely crazy good. The first song I recognized in their set was in the middle of their set called “Tore Up From The Floor Up”. As I was preparing to wrap up my day and get home to rest they played one called “You’re The One” before going into a long and really awesome song called “Big Mary’s”.


They brought out Rockabilly Legend Rosie Flores and she performed “Cock It Back And Blow My Blues Away” with the band. I tell you what they had the whole place going nuts, Rosie was slotted to perform the next day at the Johnny Cash Museum and sadly I had to miss that part of the festival. I had so much to catch up on at home I was unable to make it. This was the end for me folks and as they played ‘Get Rhythm” I was leaving for the night and got to stop and say goodbye to Mr. Jason because I probably not get to see him until Cookeville Muddy Roots Festival. I hope with all my heart you enjoyed my coverage of this festival, I have had confirmation that it WILL take place in 2016 at the Opryland Hotel..I have no confirmed dates.