Jul 102016
 

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I’m really sorry folks I cannot always get on over to the keyboard fast enough to report news to your computer fast enough sometimes, and I’m quite sure other websites get you the news faster than I. It was around June 16th that the following statement was posted on their social media site:

Hello Friends – It is with a heavy heart that we tell you that The Damn Quails will be going on an indefinite hiatus effective immediately. We have had an amazing run as a band, but right now we need to focus on ourselves and our own personal situations. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible to continue playing music and traveling as a band. We would like to thank each and every one of you for sticking with us for so long and through so many difficulties. We made two records that we are so happy you embraced and made part of your lives. We couldn’t have made “Out of the Birdcage” without your amazing support. We would also like to thank all of the promoters, buyers, and fans who made the live shows possible and so much fun. Finally, we would like to thank all of the players who graced the stage with us and were part of the Quail Philharmonic. You are all amazing. We don’t know what the future holds, but this is where we are right now. Thanks again for everything.

Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White
The Damn Quails.

This band has always struggled to stay afloat on the road and has indeed overcome many triumphs during their run since 2011 when they released their first album “Down The Hatch”. The album sold really well and the band soon became a heavily touring big market name, however they did not have enough CD’s printed to supply demand and their travel costs outweighed their income to purchase more albums due to a lawsuit with management and their label to keep the “Damn Quails” name.

They finally did indeed win their lawsuit and were given legal permission to continue to record NEW music under their name. However they still had no funds for merch like shirts and things for extra income, so they issued a kickstarter fund on social media to raise 55,000 in order to record their 2015 offering (and one of my Top 50 albums of 2015) called “Out Of The Birdcage”. The album was admittedly named as such to celebrate their freedom to create the music they chose to on their own label.

However more touring costs and mounting personal issues occurred in their lives and they became unable to continue to perform on the road so on June 15th they issued the above statement on social media. It’s not my position to say IF they will ever return however you can darn well be sure to bet I’ll be keeping tabs on them to see if the Damn Quails will ever take the stage again.

Jul 102016
 

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I’ll tell you what 2016 just keeps getting bigger and better in the NEW Country Music department with so many stellar artists putting out GOOD material, and in the next few weeks we will be BLASTED with albums form so many Legends that I’ll be digging a DEEP ditch trail to my local record store for all of them. Now one of  the new albums coming out VERY SOON is “Lucky Me” the new offering from Country Legend Moe Bandy.

I heard three of the new songs on his LIVE album from 2015 and one of them will be called “He Ain’t No Hank” ,It’s a song about a janitor that was in the studio that Moe ran into as he was looking for songs. After talking with him and listening to his song he decided to record it, not long after he cut it the writer died. It has a slight modern twist to it..I say SLIGHT..this song still had piano and Moe’s classic traditional sound as well.

“Midnight Rodeo” is another new song on the album and it’s a slower ballad song that shares his life on the road. It’s a hard rough life out there and Moe is still one of the few active Legends we have left still playing over 150 shows a year. He also has a song called “Take Your Momma When You Go”, which is a song about a  man loosing his wife and his mother -in-law too! This song also has a more modern twist to it but like I said it does NOT exclude those classic steel guitar sounds he is known for.

One of the reasons I adore Moe Bandy so much is because his first album came out the year I was born 1972 and was produced by Ray Baker who actually made Moe pay in advance for his first album, and OUT came “I Just Started Hating Cheating Songs Today”. What followed was a LONG career of ten number one hits, ten top ten hits, sixty-six charted singles, and 5 albums that went gold. There will also be duets with Ricky Skaggs, Riders In The Sky, and the Oak Ridge Boys as well.

In the time of Kenny Rogers pop country, and the Nashville Sound doing their thing, the Outlaw Country running against the grain and also the Bakersfield Country Music coming from the west coast we had Moe Bandy coming out of the midwest area with pretty much traditional sounding plain out all around Country Music. With the help of writers like Whitey Shaffer he forged a niche in the Traditional Texas style Honky Tonk that was quickly identified by the working man of the 1970’s.

Another fine point of his truly awesome career are all of his classic duet albums with Country Legend Joe Stampley where they recorded some truly timeless classic Country Music and have toured together many times. Also many times he recorded some great duets with Becky Hobbs and many others.

OK FOLKS so you can pre-order this album on his website and ALSO on August 3rd there will be an official release party for the album in Nashville at the Nashville Palace where he will be performing songs off the album and old classic hits as well. To purchase tickets click HERE.