Mar 272016

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


This edition of my ever popular festival series takes me over to the scenic state of Virginia…Bristol Virginia to be exact. Now before I move on to anything else about this festival it IS INDOORS AND happens at a hotel and convention center already. So with that being said I have NOT researched any further hotels for this article, instead I’ll just include the location link for the festival itself.

THIS is the link to the convention center that is hosting this event and you can directly buy tickets to this event HERE. This one is a two day indoor event and honestly the ease of getting to your room without getting into a vehicle is truly nice. I like this event a LOT!

The lineup is truly awesome and it features some headliners within the ranks of Bluegrass for sure! Some of these acts at an area would cost half of the whole festival total! As always the band names are linked to websites all you need to do is click on the ones you haven’t heard of.

2:00 PM – John Goad And The New Hawkins County Grass
3:00 PM – VW Boys
4:00 PM – Sideline
5:00 PM – Jeff Brown And Still Lonesome
6:00 PM – Mike Bentley And The Cumberland Gap Connection
7:00 PM – Marty Raybon
8:15 PM – Ernie Thacker
8:30 PM – Larry Cordle And Lonesome Time
​10:00 PM – Lonesome River Band

Saturday Lineup
12:00 PM – Hollow Ground
12:45 PM – Crooked Road Ramblers
1:30 PM – Ralph Stanley II
2:15 PM – Volume Five
3:00 PM – The Grascals
3:45 PM – IIIrd Tyme Out
4:30 PM – The Sandy Shortridge Band
5:15 PM – Hollow Ground
6:00 PM – Randall Hibbitts
7:00 PM – Ralph Stanley II
7:45 PM – Volume Five
8:30 PM – Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
9:45 PM – Grascals
10:30 PM – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Mar 272016


Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show will be doing a very nice tribute show to Bob Dylan at The Country Music Hall Of Fame May 12th and 13th in the museum’s CMA Theater to support the exhibit “Dylan,Cash And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City”. This performance will include the entire double album “Blonde On Blonde”, which featured many classics that Dylan still performs today live.

Tickets for this event go on sale April 1st at 10AM and are available on Ticketfly, and are 34 and 39 dollars.
This is in conjunction of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album and the exhibit. As far as I know Old Crow Medicine Show is working on their new album and of course I’ll be keeping track of them!

Mar 272016


Right up above there on that Youtube video you can watch the LIVE stream of the 2016 Country Music Hall Of Fame which will air on Tuesday morning 10:00 Central and the event will be hosted by Country Music Legend Brenda Lee.I’ll be watching on Tuesday morning to see what becomes of this event, it can either wind up as classic disaster or groundbreaking history! The CMA has been known to conveniently “forget” some well deserved people within the ranks of Country Music’s past.

This year the institution will recognize artists in three categories: Veterans Era Artist

Modern Era Artist


The Non-performer category is rotated every year with Songwriter,Recording and Touring Musician. The Veterans Era is for people whom have been out of prominence for Forty years plus, and the Modern Era is for people whom have been out of prominence for Twenty years.

The event awards are decided by two anonymous  panels of CMA members that include historians and people involved within the business, that supposedly “embrace change”….you KNOW what that means. I have seen and heard some really insane shenanigans from these “panels” in my time, however I always hold respect for them because they KNOW what they are doing.

We ALL have our specific ones WE want to see inducted, but let’s be honest…they can’t get to them ALL so let’s cut them some slack unless they induct someone like Shania Twain over Dottie West!  So Tuesday night I shall release an article with the three inductees and my thoughts on that situation, no matter how good or bad.