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Music Festivals 2016: Heart Of Texas Music Festival.

The Westport Roots Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Moonrunners Music Festival
Picki’n In The Pasture


Folks listen up and read on because this Texas based festival is March 18th and goes for a long while, in fact it is 10 days long. My good friends over at Heart Of Texas Records in Brady Texas have put together a KILLER lineup of events and acts for you to enjoy.

I’m sure that in 2016 they are going to remember their fellow label mate Country Legend Curtis Potter who you can read about HERE as I followed his updates on social media closely and we all mourned his passing with memories of some great music. And speaking of some great music here is the official events lineup for all of the festivities for 2016, also you can click on THIS LINK here to buy tickets to this event.

March 18 Friday
8:00 PM-Midnight Brady Civic Center $20
Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band With Darrell McCall, Tony Booth And Curtis Potter

March 19 Saturday
Heart of Texas Texas Country Music Museum
10:00 AM Tommy Horton Show $5
Brady Civic Center
2:00 PM Traditional Concert $20
8:00 PM Dance $20
Featuring Darrell McCall, Curtis Potter, Tony Booth, Pretty Miss Norma Jean, Justin Trevino, Kim Murray, Frankie Miller, Mona McCall, Jeff Woolsey, Amber Digby, Kaye Tolson

March 20 Sunday
3:00 PM Heart of Texas Events Center
Norma Jean’s Cowboy Church Show

March 22 Tuesday
7:00 PM-11:00 PM Heart of Texas Events Center $10
Two Step With Justin Trevino & Friends Including Claude Gray

March 23 Wednesday
6:00 PM Heart of Texas Events Center Free
Heart of Texas Open Jam (Call Kyle Mosely 325-243-5264)

March 24 Thursday
9:00 AM Free Bus Tour To Mason, Texas (325) 597-2119
Hosted By Debbie Rule & Justin Trevino
8:00 PM-Midnight Brady Civic Center $20
Jake Hooker & The Outsiders With Tommy Hooker

March 25 Friday
10:00 AM Darrell McCall Golf Tournament At Brady Golf Course
8:00 PM-Midnight Brady Civic Center $20
Johnny Bush and The Bandeleros, Justin Trevino & Amber Digby

March 26 Saturday
Heart of Texas Texas Country Music Museum
10:00 AM Tommy Horton Show $5
Brady Civic Center
2:00 PM Traditional Concert $20
8:00 PM Dance $20
Featuring Doug Stone, Darrell McCall, Heather Myles, Tony Booth, Curtis Potter, Amber Digby, Pretty Miss Norma Jean, Landon Dodd, Dottsy, Rance Norton, Jade Jack

As I usually do I have located a few hotels in this area according to the official website and I shall list them here for you if you would like to attend this event.

Best Western
Holiday Inn
Gold Key Inn

Recently Released Alan Jackson Box Set Is Awesome.


First off my dear readers this boxed set called “Genuine The Alan Jackson Story” was released last year in November and I bought it right away. Some how it got thrown into my pile of albums I haven’t checked out yet and I finally got to listen to it. As you already know his latest album “Angels and Alcohol” ended up being my number ONE album in my Top 50 Albums Of 2015.

Alan Jackson has always been a stellar go-to album for me whatever it was, his over 25 year career has been extremely influential in my life as a songwriter and a listener. I mean the man just stands there and sings, he doesn’t sing..he SINGS. He doesn’t need to blow up stuff or swing on ropes to make the people holler for more!

However this three disc set has some unreleased songs and one of them called “Born Too Late” made me pull my truck over on my home form work and cry. It was probably one of the the top four most powerful songs I have ever heard in my life and it reminded me that I too…was born too late. These modern times today befuddle me in many ways, I don’t understand things people do everyday. I mean if you ask WHY I like certain things I can easily go in depth and tell you WHY I like them, a while back I saw this gal in a black top that said “Love Pink” so I asked her WHY is it black if she loves pink? She replied I don’t know it’s just what people wear…I asked Who makes you wear it? I mean these people have NO reasons or answers to their lives.

This song was wrote in the late 80’s with Randy Travis and for some reason it was shelved until now. From my research it was originally intended to be included one one of his first three albums and never was. I’m truly glad he included it in this box set because it was truly one his best songs.

This set comes complete with many bells and whistles like a full color 57 page booklet and full poster. Three discs choked full of his most well known hits from all of his albums and 8 bonus unreleased tracks we have never heard.
50 songs on all three discs total fill this box set with Alan Jackson goodness and is sold exclusively at Wal Mart.

1. Blue Blooded Woman
2. Here In The Real World
3. Wanted
4. Chasin That Neon Rainbow
5. I’d Love You All Over Again
6. Don’t Rock The Jukebox
7. Someday
8. Dallas
9. Midnight In Montgomery
10. Love’s Got A Hold On You
11. She’s Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)
12. Tonight I Climbed The Wall
13. Chattahoochee
14. Mercury Blues
15. (Who Says) You Can’t Have It All
16. Summertime Blues
17. Gone Country
18. Born Too Late
19. If Tears Could Talk
20. Seven Bridges Road LIVE
21. Livin On Love
22. I Don’t Even Know Your Name
23. Tall Tall Trees
24. I’ll Try
25. Home
26. Little Bitty
27. Who’s Cheatin Who
28. There Goes
29. Between The Devil And Me
30. A House With No Curtains
31. I’ll Go On Loving You
32. Right On The Money
33. Gone Crazy
34. Little Man
35. Pop A Top
36. The Blues Man
37. It Must Be Love
38. Wing
39. Seguro Que Hell Yes
40. The Star Spangled Banner
41. Where I Come From
42. When Somebody Loves You
43. Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
44. Drive (For Daddy Gene)
45. Work In Progress
46. That’d Be Alright
47. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere With Jimmy Buffett
48. Remember When
49. Too Much Of A Good Thing
50. Monday Morning Church
51. Like Red On A Rose
52. A Woman’s Love
53. Small Town Southern Man
54. Good Time
55. Country Boy
56. Sissy’s Song
57. As She’s Walking Away Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson
58. Love Is Hard
59. Ain’t Just A Southern Thing

Welcome To Gary Hayes Country Local Shows Weekly.

Folks I am constantly checking on local venues in Tennessee And Kentucky to bring you the BEST possible list of bands and artists to see. This does NOT include my festival articles you must go to them and check on who’s playing where for that. Have a show YOU want to report to me? You can email me at

Corb Lund
12th And Porter April 14th

Jessie Keith Whitely
Exit Inn April 14th

Possesed By Paul James
12th And Porter April 15th

Hillbilly Casino
Layla’s Bluegrass Inn April 15th

Kellie Pickler
Rivers And Spires April 16th

The Willies
Acme Feed And Seed April 17th

Jim Lauderdale
3rd And Lindsley April 18th

Joshua Hedley
The Basement april 18th

The Time Jumpers
Ryman Auditorium April 19th

Sawyer Brown
Renfro Valley April 23rd

Matt Wells
Nashville Tn April 27th

Steve Earle
Ascend Ampitheater April 28th

The Howlin Brothers
Nashville Palace May 6th

Kara Clark
The Basement May 6th

Bill Anderson
Merle Travis Music Center – Central City, KY
Sat, May 07, 2016

Hayes Carll
The Basement East May 11th

Pokey LaFarge
International Bluegrass Museum May 12th

Emmylou Harris
Nashville City Winery May 13th

The Bottle Rockets
12th And Porter May 13th

Josh abbott band
Cannedy Ballroom May 20th

The Time Jumpers
Renfro Valley May 20th

Jamey Johnson
JD Legends Franklin Ky May 20th

The Kentucky Headhunters
Wilma Rudolph Center Clarksville Tn May 20th

J.B. Beverley and Hunter Grigg
Franklin Tn May 21st

Emmylou Harris
Nashville City Winery May 21st

Tyler Childers
The Basement May 28th

Carson McHone
The 5 Spot May 31st

Snake Blood Remedy
Catfish Festival Morgantown Ky June 2nd

Left Lane Cruiser
The Basement East June 3rd

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
Cave City Convention Center June 3rd

Tyler Childers
The Basement June 4rth

Scott H Biram
The Exit Inn June 5th

The Oak Ridge Boys
Renfro Valley June 18th

Vince Gill
Ryman Auditorium June 23rd

Pine Box Boys and Husky Burnette
The Basement East July 8th

Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver
Renfro Valley July 16th

The Steeldrivers
Ryman Auditorium July 21st

Steve Earle And The Dukes
The Warehouse At Mt. Victor July 27th

Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers
Mercy Lounge July 29th

John Conlee
Lake Barkley Convention Center August 10th

Earl Thomas Conely
Renfro Valley August 20th

Gene Watson
Renfro Valley September 10th

John Anderson
Renfro Valley September 16th

John Conlee
Renfro Valley October 8th

Rhonda Vincent
Renfro Valley October 29th

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 7th and 8th

Country Legend Sonny James Dies At 87.


Sonny James was one of the few Country Music Legends I have never met and I was never around him, but that fact alone had no bearing on my love and admiration of his music. Honestly, a point I often raise with those that often bash and scorn “pop country” (and honestly I have had my own tirades) is that in the 1950’s and all through the years some of these men and women that sang Country also sang pop country of their time…Sonny James was one of them. His sound and style often crossed over to the pop realm of his time, but I also cover the argument that the pop country of the 50’s certainly was not the packaged horrible overproduced butt wiggling that exists today.

In fact Sonny James was one of the ones that was credited with ushering in the “Nashville Sound” of the late 1960’s, and era that I have been heavily studying. This was the era that was answered by another branch of Country Music, the Outlaw Movement and in fact both branches of Country competed for sales.

Sonny James was born James Hugh Loden on May 1st 1929 in Alabama, and he began performing at an early age. His entertaining took a short lapse when in 1949 he was sent to Korea as part of the National Guard however he was sent home a short time later.

Back in Nashville his roommate the Legendary Chet Atkins who pretty much pioneered the Nashville Sound altogether strongly suggested to Legendary producer of Capitol Records Ken Nelson to sign James Loden. Ken Nelson suggested that in order to not be confused with some other stars of the time to change his name to Sonny James, and that’s how the name was made.

Through the short time he began recording he was noticed as a quiet and humble man and possessing a wide array of mannerisms that earned him the nickname “The Southern Gentleman” by his peers. He began to record for Capitol Records in 1950 with his first single being “Short Cut” which wasn’t well embraced, however his fiddle skills were and he began playing fiddle for Jim and Jesse McReynolds so fondly that after his tenure with them they couldn’t find another fiddle player to rival his style.

His next single for Capitol was “That’s Me Without You” and that one was embraced by radio and others however chart wise he never scored many hits until 1957 when his ballad “Young Love” hit both the Country and Pop charts high up. With it’s polished sound and production it pretty much was one of the backbones for the Nashville Sound.

Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s he was a regular on the Ozark Jubilee and had a star on the walk of fame. He was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1962 and in 1965 he rivaled Buck Owens as the biggest star on the Capitol roster, although in the early 1970’s upon the death of Don Rich, Buck Owens was pretty much halted.

In 1971 he made a cassette tape for the Apollo 14 space crew to listen to and in return he was presented with an American flag they brought to the moon. He also produced many albums for people in the 1970’s and in 1972 he was brought over to Columbia Records by none other than Clive Davis and although he only remained on that label until 1979 he recorded the greatest album of his career for them called “In Person In Prison”. That album was actually recorded in the Tennessee State Prison with some of the prisoners playing on it.

He retired form the music business in 1983 until he was brought back to the spotlight upon his induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2006.

As of right now the family has not announced service arrangements.

Great News From Travis Harris And The West Coast Turnarounds.


Travis Harris And The West Coast Turnarounds are right now in the process of recording their new album called “The Truth And Other Lies”, and they are taking pre-orders now for that project. I have watched them announce several shows in their area and I always try to get up to their area to see them when I can. I’d like to see them on some festival lineups however I don’t recall seeing them so far.

They recently taped an appearance on Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam which airs on PBS and it hasn’t been announced when it will initially air on television but that was indeed a huge step in the right direction for this band.

Here is a short video of their latest work and some interviews with all the band members. I’m going to be watching them and try to catch up with them in the near future and find out some more news on what they are up to. I usually see Mr. Travis at Muddy Roots for a brief time and I’ll always get the scoop on what his band is doing.

So for now folks go catch up with them and order the album:

********************* 2016 Dates **********************

Jan 8 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY
Jan 29 Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam Lancaster, KY
Jan 30 The EndZone Somerset, KY
Feb 13 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY
Feb 20 Jeremy Hicks Music Festival Somerset, KY
Feb 26 The EndZone Somerset, KY
Feb 27 Bobby Mackey’s Wilder, KY
March 9 Red Barn Radio Lexington, KY
March 11 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY
March 25 The EndZone Somerset, KY
April 2 Kirk’s Saloon Minerva, KY
April 9 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY
April 22 The EndZone Somerset, KY
April 23 WDVX Blue Plate Special Knoxville, TN
May 13 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY
May 20 The EndZone Somerset, KY
Jun 11 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY
Jun 18 CountryFest Alexandria, KY
July 8 Austin City Saloon Lexington, KY

Music Festivals 2016: Picki’n In The Pasture.

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 like I said I literally have well over a hundred more festivals to bring to you all over the United States. Some of them I’ll be bringing live coverage to you with my articles and I try my best to add coverage to new festivals that have been pleading for my coverage.

Pickin In the Pasture is one of the further festivals that I have included in my list last year. It is located in Rockingham Vermont and on the website it is reported to be in Bellow Falls Vermont near the Connecticut River State Park.


This festival takes place in June on the 3rd and 4rth 2016 and it is quite an impressive lineup of Roots Music bands that I’m sure we all enjoy at other festivals as well all across the country. One of the bands I am noticing on many festival lineups at a few of them is the new sound of Mr. Ryan Clackner’s newest venture called Stump Tail Dolly. They are indeed blazing the roads this year red hot, and I look forward to catching up with them to see them perform. Now before I release the lineup to you I will include some photos with some FAQ information should you decide to include this festival in your plans.





A lot of these bands I have and always will report on with articles because I truly enjoy their music and I get to see them several times yearly. Now I have done some research and I will include some hotel links on this article but right now let’s take a look at the 2016 lineup:

Possessed By Paul James
Willy Tea Taylor
Dead Soldiers
Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
Gallows Bound
Filthy Still
The Harmed Brothers
Tigerman Woah
Cactus Attack
Stump Tail Dolly
JD And Six Feet Deep
Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

These are the hotels that I have researched from the area and have found for festival patrons like me that cannot camp on the festival grounds. Like always if anybody has any more information for me I will always include more.

Rodeway Inn Belows Falls
Yagna Inn
Hetty Green Motel
Saxton’s River Inn

The Last Recording Of A True Bakersfield Legend.


January 9th we mourned the loss of one of the most overlooked Icons of the Bakersfield Era of Country Music, Red Simpson. I have a few memories of him that I included in my article of him when he passed on. Much like Country Legend Mel McDaniel he left us with a piece of his legacy for us fans to enjoy before he died.

February 4rth he released his first new album since 2005 titled “Soda Pops And Saturdays”. This album features some never heard before songs that Red Simpson wrote and also some classic songs of his that he re recorded in 2015 for release on this album.

The song “Here In Frisco” is a song that was originally on the 1975 release “I’m Moving On”, which was a good song on this album and I have also heard Dale Watson sing it as well. Of course there were some really good Classic songs on this album like “My Name Is Red Simpson” and “Diesel Smoke”.

Red Simpson was actually quite active on stage up until late last year when he developed some heart problems and needed some heart work done. I actually heard he was healing well and it was quite a surprise to me that he passed away, it was sad because he had planned an epic concert at the Nashville Palace in Nashville once again VIA Muddy Roots.

HERE is where to order this album from Back Roads Records. And here is a complete track listing from the album that will also be available at the Crystal Palace.

Soda Pops and Saturdays
Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
I Might Be Old
Truck Drivin’ Man
Lucky Old Colorado
The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver
Reachin’ for the Moon
Truck Drivin’ Fool
Jericho Jones
My Baby’s Waitin’
Here in Frisco
My Name is Red Simpson

News From Out Of The Box Entertainment.


Folks my good friend Miss Kathy Jennings and Mr. Buddy Jennings wanted to make a few things public and requested my help and of course I happily obliged them! It was made public about a week ago my GOOD friend Josh Morningstar has signed up with Out Of The Box Entertainment as he burns up the road with his band in 2016.

Now folks like usual I shall be including him in MANY of my festival coverage series..because he plays TONS of them! I’m sure like last year we’ll be offering him a real bed in many states. Right now I plan to go see him in West Virginia in April for W.B. Walker’s Three Year Anniversary Party at the V Club in Huntington West Virginia.

I ALSO have him on my roster as part of my Honky Tonk Stage in Kansas City Missouri as I host the Honky Tonk stage at the Westport Roots Festival which will be a BIG DEAL here on the website as I host an entire stage for the FIRST TIME EVER! I want to THANK the folks at Little Class Records and the Westport Saloon for having me.

I’m also planning on being with Mr. Josh in Indiana for Crooked Smile Music Festival man I had a blast there last year and discovered some truly awesome music. There are so many other ventures with him and THAT IS WHY he was my 2015 Artist Of The Year and I simply do not care WHO disputes my choice.

I want to tell you about another young lady they manage that is rapidly growing within the local music scene and at an early age she has displayed some truly decent songwriting skills. I recently featured her during a show with Jesco White and MORE at the Spillway Bar And Grill in Bowling Green, where I am always treated VERY well.

Quick Bio – Kendra Hope
In this day and age of pop country and studio made talent Kendra Hope brings back an authenticity to music that has been missing from country music for the last twenty years.
Raised in NC, she found her passion and love for music, and her voice, at an early age. She is a singer/songwriter that is just different. It’s as easy as listening to any of her songs.
If you are looking to put Kendra in a musical category, good luck! You would be better off trying to fit a circle into a square. Her musical influences range from Waylon Jennings to Southern Rock n’ Roll. And you can hear it.
“Just getting on the stage is a rush, and to be able to sing songs that mean something to me and have the audience understand where I am coming from is amazing!”
To keep up to date with Kendra Hope visit her website Kendra Hope


Social Media:

Twitter: @Kendra_H13

Periscope: @Kendra_Hope

Instagram: KendraHope_Music

For booking and press inquiries,