Jan 102016

The Westport Roots Festival
Moonrunners Music Festival
Picki’n In The Pasture
John Hartford Music Festival
The Blue Ox Music Festival
The Duck Creek Log Jam


Folks I’ll be heading out to Kansas City shortly after the Boogie in may of this year for the third annual Wesport Roots Festival which I missed last year but promised them I would help them grow. Also, I haven’t brought my website out to that area yet in person so this partnership will be a win-win situation. Now the website states that there will be some venue changes and I am CONSTANTLY adding and editing ALL my festival articles as I learn and discover things. I got HUGE NEWS concerning this festival, perhaps the most involved I have EVER been in ANY festival in this website’s history!

Little Class Records CEO contacted me not long ago and asked me if I wanted to do some cross promotions with them, since I was already planning to cover the event live. The Westport Saloon has a big hand in this festival and it appears that there is a whole area of venues involved within the Wesport district, which is Kansas City’s oldest portion of the city. There will be six stages involved and they all center the like music, I’ll be hosting the Honky Tonk stage and covering the event. All six stages go at once and four of them are indoor stages, two of them are outdoor tent stages. They are however pretty close together and within acceptable distance of one another.

HERE is MORE information Concerning stage sponsors and what genre of music is being featured where.

Languanitas Brewing Co., The Westport Saloon, and Little Class Records bring you the 2016 Westport Roots Festival Memorial Day weekend. Over 60 bands on 6 stages in your favorite neighborhood. From Psychobilly rowdiness on the Pabst Blue Ribbon at Buzzard Beach to Walnut Valley Festival Bluegrass Favorites on the American Born Moonshine stage hosted by Finetimecamp, we have all of your Roots Genres covered. Get your fill of twang and Honky-tonk on the Boombox.FM stage at Ernie Biggs Westport hosted by Gary Hayes Country.



Not to mention, we still have an entire stage of heavy hitters booked by Dylan Thomas Dorrell to announce in February! This guy knows how to throw a party as can be see at Dylan’s Big Birthday Bender Blowout Bash coming up next month. Don’t forget about the Busch Beer Presents: Westport Roots Reception! A preparty featuring Dale Watson! and the Four Roses Bourbon presents: Roots Fest Recovery with Special guests Mountain Sprout!. OK Speaking of this fellow and his stage he has added some heavy hitters among the Roots Music world in the Goddamn Gallows MORE!

If you’re planning a weekend of it, please consider AC Hotels by Marriott Kansas City Westport. Its right across the street and downhill from the festival, so you can easily stagger back to your room after you have enjoyed all the Four Roses Bourbon you care to drink. Be listening to KKFI 90.1 FM and watching Ink Magazine for more information and schedules as the date approaches and feel free to stop by any of the AWESOME SPONSORS’ pages and tell them thank you for supporting live music and arts!

This festival is located in downtown Kansas City in what they call the Westport District, and there are two hotels within walking distance of the Westport Saloon here are the links:
AC Marriott
816 Hotel
Embassy Suites
And as always I will be researching this festival immensely and adding any I find, and after going in person for the year I’ll find even more. I FULLY intend on helping them grow through a multiple area media campaign I will introduce to you here. I have talked with the owner of the Westport Saloon and he told me the AC Mariott sponsors this event and offers reduced rates to the attendees.

So for right now folks here is the full lineup for this festival:
Dale Watson
Kiel Grove
The Drunken Cuddle
The Calamity Cubes
Urban Pioneers
Monzie Leo And The Big Sky
Twenty Thousand Strongmen
Tyler Gregory And The Bootleg Band
S.S. Web
A.J. Gaither
Champagne Charlie
Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
Shawn James And The Shapeshifters
Joe And Vicki Price
Booker Noe
Dusty Rust
Joshua Morningstar
Billy Don Burns
J B Beverley
Jack Grelle
Sarah Gayle Meech
Scott Hrabko And The Rabbits
kasey Raush
Nathan Kalish And The Lastcallers
Jon Hachett
Well Worn Souls
The Blindstiffs
The Boothill Band
Pete Berwick
The Hickoids
Freight Train Rabbit Killer And The Legion Of Ghosts
Hunter Grigg
Randall Conrad Olinger
Billy Beale
Coyote Bill
C j Walker
The Hector Anchando Band
Brutually Frank
Dead Bundy
7 Shot Screamers
Elvis Hitler
Dead Dick Hammer
Rain Dogs
The Matchsellers
Ashes To Immortality
Loaded Goat
Konza Swamp Band
Good Time Charley
Julian Davis
Kansas City Hustle
The Creek Rocks
The kansas City Bear Fighters

NOW we also have a HUGE product soon becoming available from the stage I will be sponsoring at this event.

Folks right now I have MORE schedule information on this event, OK there is a pre party friday night with Dale Watson at the Saloon only. There is a recovery show on sunday night at the Saloon only as well, the festival itself is Saturday only. The first 200 sales get access to all three days of events, I understand this will be three separate tickets after the first 220. You can pre order tickets RIGHT HERE.

Jan 102016


First off allow me to start by saying the reason that this album wasn’t on my Top 50 or even mentioned in my articles was one main reason..the mailman messed up and delivered my package to the wrong address. I did not receive this album until this morning in my PO Box, and finally I am spinning this vinyl that originally was reissued on Record Store Day last year. It was indeed originally released in 1971 but now it is remastered in better form.

To answer your first thought YES it is performed in English however he does make a few poor attempts to greet the audience in Danish, but this concert is indeed from a period in his career of peak top notch shape. I mean we all know of his legendary benders of drinking and pill abuse and his on again off again bouts with pneumonia throughout his life, his breathing problems were often evidentially problematic on many of his live albums. It often became a long running joke as it did on his Folsom Prison live album where he mocked the nasty water in the tin cup.

In the 1970’s many Country performers were releasing some of the finest breakthrough live albums in history including Buck Owens most famous Carnegie Hall album, and his White House appearances where they performed an entire show with only two microphones. Merle Haggard also released timeless live albums from Bakersfield, and John Denver also released a double live album against the label’s wishes. Hank Thompson also released live at the Golden Nugget one of Las Vegas’s first live recordings of a Country artist.

The newfound quality of this album completely blew my mind as did the volume two of the Waylon Jennings series, and the songs on this album were in good form. The Tennessee Three also were in good form throughout this album as they played “A Boy Named Sue” and many Kristofferson hits like “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, and “Me And Bobby McGee”.

This is also a double album offering of pure Cash greatness so you can expect the Carter Family to all be quickly in tow as also were the Statler Brothers who were brought into the mainstream limelight by Cash, and the House Of Cash produced some of their finest albums. This concert happened directly after his television show was cancelled by the network, if you remember the story I wrote last year about Chance Martin getting a guitar from Cash which was given to Rob McNurlin, who recorded that Gospel album with it.

There are also the common core songs of his set like “Man In Black” and “Folsom Prison Blues” and also has many classic Gospel songs like “Rock Of Ages” and ‘Children Go Where I Send Thee” which on this album is a whopping seven minutes long with the full entourage of performers. So all in all it is indeed a truly fine addition to your record collection and I highly recommend adding it…I did…twice.


A Boy Named Sue
Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
I Walk The Line
Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
Matchbox (Carl Perkins)
Me and Bobby McGee
Guess Things Happen That Way
Bed Of Roses (Statler Brothers)
Flowers On The Wall (Statler Brothers)
Folsom Prison Blues
Darlin’ Companion (with June Carter)
If I Were A Carpenter (with June Carter)
Help Me Make It Through The Night (with June Carter)
Man In Black
A Song To Mama (with the Carter Family)
No Need To Worry (full show)
Rock of Ages (full show)
Children, Go Where I Send Thee (full show)

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