Posts made in June, 2015

Spillway Welcomes Travis Harris And The West Coast Turnarounds And Kara Clark.

Spillway Welcomes Travis Harris And The West Coast Turnarounds And Kara Clark.

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Alright folks I’ll start out this article by being completely honest..I have had some medical issues that personally needed to be tended to before I could continue to cover local music to the caliber of my ability. And now, I prepare to continue doing what I do folks. I have to take care of ME before I can continue to bring YOU the best coverage possible. This show happened in the beginning of June and I am sorry that it took me so long to create it, I am also equally sorry I forgot my camera and have no pictures of the show. I apologize to The West Coast Turnarounds and Kara Clark and also to the Spillway.

I want to begin by saying this: Travis Harris And The West Coast Turnarounds are one of the best bands I have heard in years and I honestly apologize I haven’t shared them with you earlier. Their management welcomed me with open arms and was very nice to me during the show.

Kara Clark has always been a household name on this website. She is a personal friend mine that is especially loved because she loves my friend Mr. Jared. He is happy and knows he is lucky and his happiness is my comfort as a friend. To see that in someone you care for makes you happy. I do not get to see them as often as I’d like to however I know they are where they belong..together. Miss Kara always puts on a really awesome show and her new album is really good.

She opened her set with “Lonely” and this time she played and the power stayed on. This time she played by herself which is good with me because I enjoy her show either way. One of her older original songs called “Living Proof” was next and she followed that song with one of my personal favorites called “Relapse”. The words to that song mean very much to me as a person. True, she does not do as many shows as many road warriors in the music business but she has reasons, and I truly admire her for those reasons.

She began playing some of her new songs from her new album “The Key”. The first song was called “Bulletproof” and she followed it with another new one called “Bottom Of It’. The new album is pretty darn good and I have been listening to it quite a few times lately. I’m using music to help me with my personal problems (like always) and her final song on this set was “Devil Don’t Cry”.

From the very moment Travis Harris took the stage that night I was absolutely captivated and they grabbed my attention right away. Despite the fact that their first songs of their set were covers they chose some very rarely heard covers and that is something I look for in a band. Their first song was “Lonesome Ornry And Mean” but one of their first songs was a song made popular by another band that made obscure cover songs famous, BR5-49. That song was called “Honky Tonk Song” and it was originally recorded by Webb Pierce and they followed that by “Walk Softly” that was made famous by The Kentucky Headhunters.

The time came for what I have been wanting that whole night: some of their originals. And to be honest the first one I noticed was one of my favorites called “High And Then Some”. Right now they have had some lineup changes but I firmly believe that their current lineup is beyond impressive. They have a young talented band full of fire, the steel guitarist has a sound all his own. He OWNS the stage and the band plays like a well oiled machine with a lead guitarist that completely blows your mind.

They went from “Are You Ready For The Country” to playing “Tulsa Time” recorded by Don Williams. But going back to what I last said about obscure cover songs they played “Time Off For Bad Behavior” wrote by one of my heros Bobby Keel. It was recorded by Confederate Railroad for their first album, self titled.

They went on to continue with “Dirty Red Bandana” a really great original song and they played “One Woman Man” made popular by George Jones. Their second set began with “Six Days On The Road” from Dave Dudley who was not a very well known Country Legend from a mainstream standpoint. They also played Sturgill Simpson’s song called “Long White Line” which is one of my favorite songs Sturgill does and they followed it with Hank Williams Jr’s song “Women I Never Had”. “Prosperity” was another one of their original songs that was in the set it’s not one of my favorites but the whole album is truly good.

They played two NEW songs that will be included on the new album called “Fire” and “Bring It On (Bring On The Whiskey). They followed those by two songs I requested called “Bardstown” which is truly my favorite song on the album and another called “Codeine”, If you go see them live yell out for those two songs. They played another cover song that I really enjoyed by Joe Diffie called “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox” and closed their set with “I’m Over You” and “Mountain Dew”. Mountain Dew was a song written by Lamar Lunsford back in 1928 and there are actually two versions of this song about running moonshine. It was made popular by Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones.

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How The Death Of Jim Ed Brown Has Affected My Heart And The Opry Today.

How The Death Of Jim Ed Brown Has Affected My Heart And The Opry Today.

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TIME it is a truly remarkable thing that can alter the state of any establishment. This already sounds like the preface that Shooter Jennings wrote for the book Dr. Neil Hamilton wrote called “Wanted Outlaws At Large” doesn’t it? Well it kind of is…CHANGE is the only thing that is constant, and death happens. Death takes our loved ones away when the time is neigh.

Dear readers NONE of you are uninformed, and you know the sad news. Tomorrow Nashville will gather to honor the memory and Legacy of Jim Ed Brown. He passed away from cancer at 81 last week and his death marks the rapid decline of Golden Age Opry members. You know, the older senior weekly members that actually PLAYED The Opry every weekend. Not like “some” of the Opry members we have today that are not playing their required yearly performances.

Jim Ed Brown was truly one of my favorite Country Music Legends and I only met him a few times. Twice at ROPE and once at the Midnite Jamboree, and once backstage at the Opry while there for the weekend. He was always nice to me and always answered my questions about his life to the best of his ability. I mentioned a few things he did not remember performing and it was entirely understandable.

He sat with me backstage and played me two songs that at the time were new songs he was writing and his last album from Plowboy Records called “In Style Again” was one of his finest albums ever. It was a pleasure writing the article for it.

There are few current older members that I myself still go out of my way to see perform that I can come see perform most weekends like Little Jimmy Dickens or (my personal favorite) Jack Greene. There are so few current members I could name in today’s current roster I actually consider paying the price of admission to see, but they DO exist.
Most of them are guests and host segments like Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan. But with the exception of Stonewall Jackson and “Whispering” Bill Anderson, who is left to perform on a weekly basis from the Golden Era?

Even The Legend John Conlee came to us in 1978 from briefly before the period of time I am speaking of. There certainly lies no shortage of “Grand Ladies Of Country Music” the likes of Jan Howard, Jean Shepard, Jeannie Seely and Connie Smith. The mighty Ricky Skaggs and the hilarious Riders In The Sky both still grace the Opry stage.

There are many Opry stars from past the Golden Era that are still active today and are still members but WHERE are they today? WHY are they active members and NEVER perform? Are they allowed to remain members and not perform their required yearly performances? Where is Garth Brooks,Clint Black, and Reba McEntire? Does the Opry management no longer require them to even play? Why does it seem they only perform the Opry when THEY want something?

The Grand Ole Opry is supposed to be a haven for it’s members who are “beyond their prime” in the industry. It is supposed to be a place for their fans to enjoy their existence far beyond radio’s interest in their music. So where are they, where is Terri Clark and Barbara Mandrell? Yes the Opry often has Alan Jackson but where does the blame lie? As of today the only latest member the Opry has inducted that I consider to not be a slap in it’s own face was The Old Crow Medicine Show.

Change…Time..has altered Country Music into forms of such atrocity in my opinion. But it is not necessarily my job to go on quests to abolish or bash pop country. I would rather support what I love than bash what I hate thus I created my website. And my heart is becoming less an less interested in the Opry at it’s current state. I STILL love the Opry and I honor all it stands for. But there is a future of Country Music that the Opry is not embracing and I decided to do that instead.

There are a few exceptions out there right now the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Emi Sunshine who often play it. As well as Sunny Sweeney and and Mandy Barnett. See there IS STILL great REAL country music on the Opry but it seems the Opry no longer WANTS members that are REAL country. Nor do they want to admit they feature these acts still because you never see them “brag” about those acts. Until the Opry begins to fess up to it’s failing to feature more honest real country would I continue to go spend money there MORE OFTEN than I do.

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Shooter Jennings Continues On With Waymore’s Outlaws.

Shooter Jennings Continues On With Waymore’s Outlaws.

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Well folks after suffering a truly awful loss it was announced Shooter Jennings will return back to touring this summer with Waymore’s Outlaws and I will most likely get to catch him during the Ink And Iron festival which I shall report about later this week. It’s BIG, and It’s coming to Nashville in August, and there will be such a massive amount of music I am not sure HOW to cover it to be honest.

Shooter told me at the service it would be a little while before he returned to working so I’m not honestly sure when he will continue his shows but this is what I found out about the summer leg of his 2015 Tour. I caught two shows in the spring leg of this tour, and I’m not sure who the opening acts are for this.

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These are the Summer dates for the Waymore’s Outlaws:

6-17 Music Box Supper Club Clevland Ohio
6-18 Jergle’s Rhythm Grille Warrendale Pa
6-19 Phase 2 Lynchburg Va
6-20 Canal Place Cumberland Ma
6-26 The Royal Salt Lake City Utah
6-27 Stanley Club Stanley Id
8-07 Ink And Iron Festival Nashville Tn
8-08 The Bluebird Bloomington In
8-21 Dancing In The District Muskogee Ok
8-22 Gas Monkey Dallas Texas
8-23 Dosey Doe The Woodlands Texas
9-04 Thunder Mountain Ampitheater Loveland Co
9-05 Sky Ute Casino Resort Ignacio Co
9-10 Cotton Eyed Joe’s Knoxville Tn
9-11 Foothills Festival Jasper Al
9-12 Kress Live Biloxi Ms
9-13 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola Fl
9-25 Eaglenest Entertainment Maggie Valley NC
9-26 MNO Entertainment Complex Rocky Mount NC

This is still a fragile time for our friends over at BCR so go support them any way you can even if it’s just a short letter to Miss Mary or Shooter. After Ink And Iron Festival I’m not sure when I’ll get to see him again this year so I’ll be sure to catch him.

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Joshua Morningstar At The Moose Lodge.

Joshua Morningstar At The Moose Lodge.

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Joshua Morningstar stopped in Bowling Green tonight at the Moose Lodge to play for us. He is currently out being the road warrior that he is supporting his new album “Songs For Fools With Broken Hearts”. You can buy the album by clicking on his name up there. It is a terrific album and Little Class Records truly outdid themselves on this project.

I been out all day supporting local music in Nashville and Bowling Green Kentucky today and I’ll be out most of the night supporting two more acts I’ll make a separate article for. Mr. Joshua opened his show with a song that Billie Gant performs called “11 Months And 29 Days” wrote by Johnny Paycheck.

His next song he played was made popular by so many people my favorite being Charlie Rich, and it was called “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”. I could go on for days telling you all about how many people recorded that song and then he followed that song with one of his original songs called “Crying Eyes Of Blue”. That song is on his new album.

After playing a Merle Haggard tune “Swingin Doors” and (of course) a Lefty frizzell tune “I Love You 1000 ways” he went on to play one of my favorite original songs he does called ‘March To The Gallows”. I’ll tell you what this place is REALLY nice! There is smoking allowed in here (Not that I smoke) but this is a really big place and friendly as all get out. Right now he is playing “Honky Tonk Heros”, this venue has every possible convenience you could want. It is a member based operation and does some wonderful things for the community.

He played one called ‘Between Whiskey And You” which is a song recorded by Tim McGraw and wrote by Chris Stapleton , and he is playing “Driving Nails In My Coffin” which is an old Ernest Tubb song. Motel Madness is a new song for him on his new album that was wrote by Billy Don Burns, Mr. Joshua recorded several songs from Billy Don on his new album. Lots of people have been loving on Billy Don lately and he needs all the prayers and love you can give him right now.

This was not a bad turnout for just a smaller local show and this place is a really great place to have a show and I hope they have more shows in the future. I have never heard Mr. Joshua play “The Grand Tour” but I am truly enjoying this version of the song. I’m about to leave to cover another show not far from here, so this shall be the end of my coverage of this show. And as I was leaving he played ‘Kern River”.

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Meeting Juelane Porter And Lynn Gray’s New Book.

Meeting Juelane Porter And Lynn Gray’s New Book.

I got the pleasure to meet my Facebook friend Juelane Porter today over on Music Valley Drive for a CMA Fest showcase and I have been trying to meet up with her for some time now. She is SO NICE and very talented. She is in the process of forming her band and recording some songs, and I got to watch her play “Blue Moon Over Kentucky” and two more songs. One was called “I Fell In Love” by Carlene Carter and the other was called “Playing Every Honky Tonk in town” which is a Heather Myles song.

Miss Juelane is a truly kind individual and she is a nurse, and she helps patients who are preparing to pass away. You can FEEL her warmth and her heart when you look at her, and it takes a very special person to do what she does. I have the world of respect and admiration for her and I look forward to covering her music in the future. I forgot my digital camera at home and had to use a disposable one and I am waiting on the pictures, I apologize there aren’t any, folks.

 

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Now let me tell you about Lynn Woodruff Gray and her new book I Guess You Had To Be There. And I cannot wait to read it and all the stories and wonderful things she has to say. She signed the book for me and we talked for a good length of time about everything from Shooter Jennings to Sheb Wooley.

I am extremely proud of buying this book and meeting her, I could also feel the history that she has. This is from her managements website and you can buy her book by clicking on the book name.

In Lynn’s Own Words

I can’t remember a time when music was not a part of my life. Growing up a farm girl, country music played a big part of my life, coming from the home of the Mid-Day-Merry-Go-Round, The Cas Walker Show and later in the evening on Saturday night, listening to the Grand Ole Opry. It was my dream to one day sing on stage, and I did, once or twice. I memorized every song I heard and made my move to Nashville at the age of 18. Time would prove I would not make it to the stage but become a big part of promotion and involvement with those who did……………the rest is history.

I worked for Hank Snow, promoted artists and releases for White Horse Records, managed, sold ads, and had my own air time on three radio stations and then at long last had a few songs recorded…..dreams come true in strange ways. I married a musician, had three wonderful children and as they say, “went on with my life,” then it all came back full circle to booking talent, writing more songs and writing the book about all the excitement I had experienced in this business called music.

It has been said, “While Lynn ate, breathed and slept country music, she some how skipped the fan status to these musical celebrities, and instantly found herself deeply entrenched in the friend category. ” I can only say to this, that every step of my past was a step closer to where I am now and I cherish each friendship and memory made along the way. My life, I can truthfully say has been a song, and those who have professionally shared this music with me, my friends. I don’t feel like I missed a thing by not claiming the stage I sought, because my life has been a challenge of all the facets of the business. I Guess You Had To Be There to appreciate my journey. I know I have enjoyed living it.

Friends this book showcases her stories and thoughts from one of my favorite periods of Country Music that we call the “Golden Era”. THIS IS truly the “roots” of our precious genre right here folks. I am going to share a piece of the preface of the book that made the hair on my arms stand up. I mean it stood out to me and makes my eager mind CRAVE this book and ALL OTHERS like it. I do not want to seem like I am just re writing her material but this was truly soul enriching stuff.

There is a definite change in the country music world today and possibly ten years from today, there will be an even greater change. Some may like that change, and others may not, however, my focus is not on the change but on the reality of yesterday and the memories I have of that golden era. I will forever cherish those memories just as I cherish those those friendships forged during that special time in my life. The golden era of country music was a time when artists , fans, producers, venues and all others involved in the various aspects of the business was family based. Not to be confused with a blood-line family family but that of a relationship family. We all worked together for the same goal: to succeed.

When I’m finished with this book I think I’ll write another article on this fine piece of work, by a really nice person.

 

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