Mar 252017
 

A few years ago this guy hollared at me through Facebook, and had a question about Hank Williams Junior and siad Mr. Chris Miller directed him to me. Well we researched his quandary together until he found his answer, and he told me about his podcast he had going. Now mind you we were both influenced greatly by Mr. Chris Miller and His Blue Ribbon Radio podcast of drunken eclectic playlist format.

This man started a low budget podcast in his living room in a little town in West Virginia called Dingess, and he had his first anniversary show on his couch with toys all over the floor and beer cans all over the table. I mean this guy is a husband and a father just like we are but at night he transforms into (what I have called) the “Paul Harvey Of Podcasts”. This cat has the look and the voice to grab you by your privates and MAKE YOU pay attention to the music he spins.

Spins it he does folks, much like me HE BUYS the music he features and scours the internet for HOURS to find the perfect stuff to feature. Now mind you I am a bit more varied in my featured music than he is but he ONLY PLAYS what’s in HIS heart…just like I wouldn’t write about music I don’t like.

As social media evolved into the networking mecca that it currently is now he has taken advantage of his knack for using it to turn his living room circus into a full blown carnival broadcast from his own bar in his backyard that he worked for. I mean let’s face it this guy is the American Dream like many festival organizers I know, he busted his ass night after night to achieve every accolade he has in life. I pulled MANY MANY all night working sessions in my office here building this empire into a 3-5000 hit per day operation, and honestly that isn’t that impressive of total numbers for a website if you ask me.

I went out there last year to witness the man in his own playground and I’ll tell you if you think I HAVE my operation down to a science you haven’t met him yet. So this year on April 8th in Huntington West Virginia at The V Club like his last two anniversary shows. Mr. Don has a VERY fun venue out there and he is a super nice guy if you go make sure to stop and THANK HIM for working out the deal to host the show.
This man and his wife are like family to me and I stayed with them the whole time, it was the most pleasant visit I ever had in my music adventures. I look forward to re living this visit again for years to come.

You can buy tickets HERE or you CAN buy them at the door but i’m going to tell you UP FRONT…it gets PACKED UP THERE!

So let’s talk about this years current lineup for his fourth anniversary show shall we? Folks for TWELVE DOLLARS YOU GET ALL THIS MUSIC! Jesus use the money you save to buy band merchandise, ok?
You can listen to his podcasts by going to this link HERE.

Sam Williams
Billy Don Burns
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Joshua Morningstar
Tyler Childers
Arlo McKinley And The Lonesome Sound
The Horse Traders
The Local Honeys
Tim Lancaster

Mar 252017
 

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Folks I study and watch MANY artists and bands with tour schedules and news all over the spectrum and I glanced across Chris Stapleton’s upcoming tour dates and WOW I tell you what he has some rotating opening acts that AMAZED ME.

Much like Shooter Jennings and other artists I DO like they offer people like Hellbound Glory and Jason Boland opportunities to bring their music to an otherwise unknown audience…the mainstreamers. Not long ago Eric Church (who I’m sort of “iffy” on) brought with him the Drive By Truckers on some shows and THAT was respectful to me, I gave him HUGE props on that. You know I’ll be upfront and honest (in a kind way)..I don’t care for Kid Rock at all, BUT I DO respect his appreciation of music I DO LIKE. It’s NOT “beneath him” to attend a Cody Jinks show, or employ Hellbound Glory to open for him, he also does a LOT for his fans so for THAT I cannot knock the guy too hard.

If you remember my TOP 50 of 2016 you will see the debut solo album from my friend Margo Price made my TOP 50 list, and she is currently on tour with my 2016 2016 Artist Of The Year Colter Wall. Well it appears she was reciprocated that opening slot to a HUGE audience now that on this tour SHE WILL be playing a few slots as well some others that have made my TOP 50 list. Smash album maker Brent Cobb who received HUGE critical acclaim with his album is playing some spots as well as a name you WILL hear more about on here Lindi Ortega .

I also wanted to quickly mention that his previous release with the Bluegrass band the Steeldrivers has been released on vinyl LP recently, and we are highly anticipating his new album. Now that the mainstream people have been exposed to him on that award ordeal maybe they will jump on our bandwagon and pay attention to Margo Price and others that REALLY DO deserve it.

03•25•2017
NORTHLANDS COLISEUM
WITH LINDI ORTEGA
EDMONTON, AB, CANADA

03•27•2017
ROGERS ARENA
WITH LINDI ORTEGA
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

03•28•2017
KEYARENA
WITH MAREN MORRIS
SEATTLE, WA

03•30•2017
*SPECIAL 3 SONG ACOUSTIC SET* AT 95.5 THE BULL’S ALL-STAR GUITAR PULL
AT RED ROCK CASINO
LAS VEGAS, NV

04•06•2017
COLUMBUS CIVIC CENTER
WITH MAREN MORRIS
COLUMBUS, GA

04•08•2017
TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

04•20•2017
BERGLUND CENTER
WITH BRENT COBB
ROANOKE, VA, USA

04•21•2017
EASTERN KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER
WITH BRENT COBB
PIKEVILLE, KY

04•22•2017
EASTERN KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER
WITH BRENT COBB
PIKEVILLE, KY

04•27•2017
MIZZOU ARENA
WITH LUCIE SILVAS
COLUMBIA, MO

04•28•2017
SHOW ME CENTER
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO

04•29•2017
U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM
WITH LUCIE SILVAS
BLOOMINGTON, IL

05•05•2017
VERIZON AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
ALPHARETTA, GA

05•06•2017
VERIZON AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
ALPHARETTA, GA

05•11•2017
VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS AMPHITHEATER AT VIRGINIA BEACH
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

05•12•2017
COASTAL CREDIT UNION MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
RALEIGH, NC

05•13•2017
PNC MUSIC PAVILION
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
CHARLOTTE, NC

05•18•2017
MATTRESS FIRM AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
SAN DIEGO, CA

05•19•2017
AK-CHIN PAVILION
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
PHOENIX, AZ

05•20•2017
THE FORUM
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
LOS ANGELES, CA

05•23•2017
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
DENVER, CO

05•24•2017
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
DENVER, CO

06•01•2017
SAVE MART CENTER AT FRESNO STATE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
FRESNO, CA

06•02•2017
SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

06•03•2017
TOYOTA AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
WHEATLAND, CA

06•09•2017
BANKPLUS AMPHITHEATER AT SNOWDEN GROVE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
SOUTHAVEN, MS

06•10•2017
OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATRE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
BIRMINGHAM, AL

06•11•2017
CMA MUSIC FEST
NASHVILLE, TN

06•15•2017
CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
CHARLESTON, WV

06•16•2017
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
CINCINNATI, OH

06•17•2017
KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
INDIANAPOLIS, IN

06•22•2017
BOK CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST & BRENT COBB
TULSA, OK

06•23•2017
COUNTRY STAMPEDE
MANHATTAN, KS

06•24•2017
NEBRASKALAND DAYS
NORTH PLATTE, NE

06•29•2017
WRIGLEY FIELD WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
SUPPORTING TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
CHICAGO, IL

07•05•2017
SUMMERFEST WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
SUPPORTING TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
MILWAUKEE, WI

07•06•2017
SUMMERFEST WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
SUPPORTING TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
MILWAUKEE, WI

07•14•2017
XFINITY CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
MANSFIELD, MA

07•15•2017
THE XFINITY THEATRE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
HARTFORD, CT

07•16•2017
DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
DARIEN CENTER, NY

07•20•2017
PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
HOLMDEL, NJ

07•21•2017
NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB

07•22•2017
JIFFY LUBE LIVE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
BRISTOW, VA

07•28•2017
WATERSHED FESTIVAL
GEORGE, WA

07•29•2017
COUNTRY CROSSINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL
CENTRAL POINT, OR

07•30•2017
MOUNTAIN HOME COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
MOUNTAIN HOME, ID

08•03•2017
AMSOIL ARENA
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
DULUTH, MN

08•04•2017
COUNTRY ON THE RIVER
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI

08•05•2017
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE
WITH MARGO PRICE WITH BRENT COBB
ST. LOUIS, MO

08•10•2017
GIANT CENTER
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
HERSHEY, PA

08•11•2017
KEYBANK PAVILION
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
PITTSBURGH, PA

08•12•2017
BB&T PAVILION
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
PHILADELPHIA, PA

08•17•2017
BUDWEISER STAGE
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
TORONTO, ON

08•18•2017
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
CLEVELAND, OH

08•19•2017
DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
CLARKSTON, MI

08•25•2017
BANK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PAVILION
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
GILFORD, NH

Mar 252017
 

Leave it to one of my favorite venues 3rd And Lindsley in Nashville to host the fifth anniversary show for one of the coolest labels in this type of music Plowboy Records. I’m NOT going to lie, this place has WONDERFUL FOOD and an exceptional staff. Great security guys that always do a good job keeping the peace so you can enjoy the show, buy merchandise and have a cold beer. YOU can buy tickets by clicking on the Plowboy Records name up there, I promise you’ll have a GOOD TIME!

I mean WHY wouldn’t you LOVE a record label with a mission statement like this one:  Plowboy Records was established to promote and further the legacy of the late singer Eddy Arnold as well as to provide a platform for recorded projects that focus on the creation of authentic music regardless of genre.

If you recall many months ago I issued a pretty good article about the late Jim Ed Brown and his stellar release called In Style Again among other fine releases they have unleashed upon us. It’s plain and simple folks THIS LABEL isn’t afraid to pound a fist on the debate table and STAND UP for LEGENDS like Bobby Bare (who does a LOT for Muddy Roots) and The Kentucky Headhunters.

You can darn sure bet I’ll be writing about this upcoming album from the Blackfoot Gypsies and some other new releases this label puts out. And on that Wednesday night April 12th at 8 YOU TOO can attend a star filled evening with this celebration of REAL music at a truly fun venue.

Mr. Chuck Mead And His Grassy Knoll Boys are another fine staple within my local Nashville music scene here and I consider him to be a local pioneer on Lower Broadway of sorts, his former band is known for their eclectic and LONG live sets at Robert’s caught on record in two installments. He has released some DAMN FINE material on this label as well, and I covered him on a few festivals last year.