Posts made in April 2nd, 2017

New Albums in 2017 HUGE LIST.

New Albums in 2017 HUGE LIST.

Hi everybody!

Hey I had an epiphany the other night while I was working on another project, WHY DON’T I make a weekly list of newly released albums of music that I love, and update it every couple nights.? Much like my list of weekly shows that I publish every week I shall now be posting every other night a good sized list of new albums I find from a TON of sources.

I’m not going to break it down into (what I will consider) my own genres, why should I? It’s just ALL damn good music no matter WHAT you call it, and I think you’ll agree that these are truly champion choices. I find out about SO MANY new bands and festivals every day by scouring the internet and subscribing to mailing lists and word of mouth.

My TOP 50 of ANY year is probably my most popular article of anything I ever publish that gets viewed by tens of thousands of people, my TOP 50 will indeed derive from this list here and I shall update this list several times a week. If YOU have some terrific suggestions for me you can hit me up on

Sunny Sweeney-Trophy
JonEmery Dodds-Hell Rooster
Billie Gant And Nick Geise-On And On
Richie Allbright-Poets,Prophets,Heroes And Friends
Old 97’s-Graveyard Whistling
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band- Front Porch Sessions
Split Lip Rayfield-On My Way
Natalie Hemby-Puxico
Ags Connolly-Nothin Unexpected
Dale Watson And Ray Benson-Dale And Ray
Band Of Heathens-Duende
Scott H Biram-The Bad Testament
Truckstop Honeymoon-Big Things And Little Things
Truckstop Gamblers-Here
Nikki Lane-Highway Queen
Infamous Stringdusters-Laws Of Gravity
Marty Stuart-Way Out West
Poor Man’s Whiskey-Rock Star On The Weekend
Southern Culture On The Skids-Electric Pinecones
Pert Near Sandstone-Discovery Of Honey
The Gibson Brothers-In The Ground
Cory Branon-Adios
The Traveli’n McCourys-Let Her Go
Tift Merritt-Stitch Of The World
John Hord-The Home You Made For Me
James Scott Bullard And The Late Night Sweethearts-Box Of Letters
William Matheny-Strange Constellations
Black Irish Texas-To Hell With The King
Jamie Wyatt-Felony Blues
Otis Gibbs-Mount Renraw
Austin James-Full Throttle
A.J. Hobbs-Too Much Is Never Enough
Fred Eaglesmith-Standard
Jeremy Steding- Odessa
Whitney Rose-South Texas Suite
Kris Kristofferson-The Austin Sessions
Kate Grom-Heroine
Lindi Ortega-Til The Goin Gets Gone
Drew Holcomb-New Year
Brad Good Band-One Red Light
Pat Waters-Heartbroke
Derek Anthony-Dreamcathcer
Greg Wickham-If I Left This World
Rebeca Loebe-Blink
The Drugstore Gypsies-Self Titled
Buzz Cason-Passion
Great American Taxi-Dr.Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show
Allison Krauss-Windy City
Travis Linville-Up Ahead
Patty Reese-Let In The Sun
Valerie June-The Order Of Time
Richard Lynch-Mending Fences
Koe Wetzel-Noise Complaint
Rodney Crowell-Close Ties
Tanner Fenoglio-This Town
Jess Wade-Country Comforts
Chris Shiflett- West Coast Town
Sam Outlaw-Tenderheart
Lillie Mae-Forever And Then Some
Blackfoot Gypsies-To The Top
Bobby Osborne-Original
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers-Sidelong
Scott H Biram-Bad Testament
Kody West-Green
Brett Hendrix-Brett Hendrix
Todd Adelman And The Country Mile-Time Will Tell
The String Cheese Incident-Believe
Andrew Combs-Canyons Of My Mind
Tim O Brien-Where The River Meets The Road
Joseph Huber- The Suffering Stage
Angaleena Presley-Wrangled
The Hooten Hallers-Hooten Hallers
Joey Feek-If Not For You
Jericho Woods-Better Now
Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
Willie Nelson-God’s Problem Child
The Dead South-Illusion And Doubt
Colter Wall-Colter Wall
Delbert McClinton-Prick Of The Litter
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers-Sidelong
Justin Townes Earle-Kids In The Street

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Weekly List Of Nashville Local Shows.

Weekly List Of Nashville Local Shows.

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. 

I get emails from literally hundreds of sources to compile this list for you and every day I devote usually up to an hour checking all the venues around and bands. I also patrol social media as best as I can to find shows in the Tn/Ky area for you.

Nikki Lane
3rd And Lindsley April 9th

Loretta Lynn
Ryman Auditorium April 13th and 14th

Jim Lauderdale
Station Inn April 13th

David Allan Coe
Renfro Valley April 15th

Jason Eady
The Family Wash April 19th

Michaella Anne
The Basement April 12th

Cale Tyson
The Back Corner April 17th

Cory Branon
Exit Inn April 21st

Bobby Bare
Renfro Valley April 21st

Chely Wright
Music City Winery April 21st

Gene Watson
Renfro Valley April 22nd

The Royal Hounds
Dees liquor Lounge April 22nd

Jason Isbell
John Prine
The Ryman Auditorium May 3rd

John Conlee
Merle Travis Music Center May 5th 2017

Mandy Barnett
3RD And Lindsley May 6th

Elizabeth Cook
3Rd And Lindsley May 7th

Vince Gill
The Carson Center May 11th

Stoney LaRue
3Rd And Lindsley May 12th

Jericho Woods
The Basement May 17th

Turnpike Troubadors
The Old 97’s
Marathon Music Works May 18th

Trace Adkins
Renfro Valley May 20th

Sean K Preston
Layla’s Inn June 2nd

Marty Stuart
Ryman Auditorium June 6th

Colter Wall
The Cannery Nashville Tn June 7th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd And Lindsley June 18th

The Steeldriver
Yellow Creek Park Owensboro Ky June 21st

Pokey LaFarge
3Rd And Lindsley June 22nd

Daniel Romano
Mercy Lounge June 24rth

Blackberry Smoke
Kentucky Bike Rally-Sturgis July 15th

The Infamous Stringdusters
The Ryman Auditorium July 20th

Jimmy Fortune
July 29th Kentucky Opry

John Conlee
August 12th Kentucky Opry

Gene Watson
October 6th Kentucky Opry

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2017 Music Festivals: Conroe Americana Music Festival.

2017 Music Festivals: Conroe Americana Music Festival.

The Conroe Americana Music Festival is a grassroots premier festival featuring a mix of Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Folk, Texas Country, Roots Rock, Blues, and Americana music.

Established through the Conroe Downtown Area Association (501c4) the proceeds of the festival will be used to enhance the Historic Downtown Conroe area with improved signing and beautification projects.

The 3 Day Music Festival will feature 50 bands in 4-6 venues beginning Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00pm – midnight, noon-midnight  Saturday, May 6, and Noon-6:00pm Sunday, May 7, 2017. We hope to increase the size of the festival each year as more music fans come to our home town–“Conroe”.

I have been trying very hard lately to bring the Texas Music Scene into my website by featuring many of the Red Dirt Texas festivals featuring many of the top Red Dirt Acts, when they stop in the Nashville area I always try to attend and support the show.

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BJ Barham Announces The Great 48 Tour.

BJ Barham Announces The Great 48 Tour.

American Aquarium member BJ Barham has announced his Great 48 Tour which includes 51 shows in 56 days covering all 48 continental states, a feat not many artists can possibly boast. His debut solo release Rockingham made my honorable mentions list for 2016 and is a truly good addition to your collection.

It means some very personal thing to him as a person and deal with tragedies he dealt with and wrote the entire record in a short period of time. The out pour of  concern from American Aquarium fans for them under the terrorist attacks paved the way for him to write this album.

I’m going to go ahead and print this from his own website:


B.J. Barham was a long way from home when the tragedy happened.

On November 13, 2015, the singer-songwriter—raised in a small North Carolina town called Reidsville—was in the middle of his fourth European tour with American Aquarium, the rising alt-country act he’d led for nearly a decade. They were in Belgium, less than two hours from Paris, when bad news began to arrive: a series of terrorist attacks, including one in a rock club, had left more than 100 dead. Family members, friends, and the fans American Aquarium had amassed from so many years on the road immediately reached out, making sure the band had been far away.

“The onslaught of text messages, voicemails and everything that came in the next day sparked something in me,” Barham remembers. “In the next two days, the entire record was written.”

The record he’s talking about is Rockingham, Barham’s remarkable and intensely personal solo debut. Not long after the wave of well wishes had passed, Barham found himself piecing together composites of people he’d known since childhood, of those folks and places who had impacted his life in fundamental ways. He sang into his cell phone and scribbled in notebooks, stealing away for quiet moments in order to put the melodies and characters floating through his mind into song.

The shock of the moment and the distance from home seemed to give Barham a crucial perspective on the moments and circumstances that had helped shape him. Wolves, American Aquarium’s much-lauded 2015 breakthrough, had contained Barham’s most honest, vulnerable statements to date. But these songs took the next step, allowing Barham to share stories about those around him. In “O’Lover,” he portrays a hard-working farmer forced to make some desperate decisions to support the ones he loves. In “Reidsville,” named for the place he’d called his home until relocating to North Carolina’s capital, he immortalized beautiful, sweet, doomed souls, stuck in love in the sort of small towns that are disintegrating all across America. You needn’t have been to Reidsville to recognize these elegantly written, expertly realized protagonists.

“This is the first record I’ve ever made that’s not autobiographical—it’s fictional narrative in a very real place,” Barham says. “These songs are human condition stories set in my hometown, Reidsville.”

Barham made these songs his new priority. Not long after he returned stateside, he asked Bradley Cook, the musician and mentor who had co-produced Wolves, to hear them. By afternoon’s end, they had hatched the plan to make Rockingham. Two months later, on January 31, Barham returned from another American Aquarium tour.

On Monday, he and the band he’d built to record Rockingham—himself, Cook, Cook’s brother and multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook, drummer Kyle Keegan, American Aquarium standbys Ryan Johnson and Whit Wright—met for the first time. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they rehearsed. And on Thursday and Friday, they cut all eight songs at Durham’s Overdub Lane. They mixed the results over the weekend, between the sold-out hometown shows and various festivities of American Aquarium’s annual pilgrimage, Roadtrip to Raleigh. Cialis The whirlwind kept the songs simple and the recordings human, reflecting a reality much bigger and less perfect than the vacuum of a recording studio.

These tunes, after all, didn’t need much tampering. Rockingham puts its scenes and scenarios front and center, the beautiful grain and twang of Barham’s voice bringing it all to life. He limns lifelong romance and instantaneous tragedy during the paradoxically heartbreaking, heart-mending “Unfortunate Kind” and details the disappointments and dreams of the blue-collar laborer with “American Tobacco Company.” With its acoustic guitars and pealing organs, ragged vocals and rugged characters, Rockingham is a stunning, personal portrait of small-town America, easily identifiable and familiar.

For the album’s sole autobiographical moment, Barham, now happily married and sober, penned a letter of sound advice and Southern attitude to his daughter-to-be, “Madeline.” It’s too personal to fall under a roots-rock purview, too singular to be swallowed by a larger situation. Like all of Rockingham, it’s not the sound of Barham stepping away from American Aquarium but instead stepping confidently into the thoughts, stories, and feelings of his own thirty years.

“This is just an outlet for a songwriter. It’s me being able to do something different. This is like people who love their jobs, picking up hobbies,” says Barham, “This is an exercise for myself.”

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Album Feature: Casey James Prestwood And The Burning Angels-Born Too Late.

Album Feature: Casey James Prestwood And The Burning Angels-Born Too Late.

I’m NOT going to lie to you folks,Casey James Prestwood And The Burning Angels much like a few others has secured a HIGH SPOT on my TOP 50 for 2017 already and it’s not even April yet (it WILL BE when I publish this) but right now it’s still March. I go bonkers over REAL Honky Tonk Country Music that makes me want to turn up bottles of beer, and if I smoked again I would burn a pack to it. This album pretty much makes you crave a dirty hardwood floor and ashtray laden tables of spilled, stale booze. To me these sort of albums aren’t “retro” or “throwback” they ARE the type of album that simply SHOULD be billed as Country.

When I talked to Mr. Casey recently he dropped some names to me that proudly display the care and attention to precise detail the likes of Heart Of Texas recording artist Amber Digby on background vocals. This album was produced by himself and his pedal steel wizard John Macy, and was recorded in five different studios. One in Denver Colorado where he is widely known, Macy Sounds Studio, two in Texas, One in Guthrie Oklahoma and finally Cinderella Studios in Nashville.

He came from Virginia and was raised in the south thus the Country Music flows deep within his blood,and at the end of this album one can easily ascertain the tone and twang are embedded deep into him and his band of Burning Angels. They established a huge following in the Denver area touring heavily and gigging all over many scenes and markets, making a name for themselves. He is a household name within my local scene here in Nashville appearing often around town with the likes of Joshua Hedley and Chris Scruggs, J.P.Harris and Margo Price.

The steel players on this album includel:Lloyd Green, Tommy Detamore, John Macy. This album has Guitar contributions from :Eugene Moles, Wayne Moss, and Bill Kirchen. Fiddle was done by :Byron Berlin and as previously stated the harmony:Amber Digby. Mr. Kevin Finn is on the drums and Mr. Jeff Martin plays bass for this band.

The album opens with a journey into the darker side of life with songs like “Blue, Lonely And Wasted” that contains steel guitar licks emanating a sorrowful and somber tone complete with classic sad Honky Tonk lyrics. It’s basically you complete hardcore tear jerk package and if you have a broken heart stay away from this album, it should come with a warning label.  “Iv’e Been Ready” is another classic break up song that spoke to me even though I haven’t been in a relationship for many many years, this pretty much sums up WHY I haven’t been. It’s a typical picking up the pieces tune about seeing your EX with another current love, that speaks to pretty much anybody. This is pretty much a gender neutral album as far as targeting  because ANYBODY can relate to the subject matter here, I think ALL OF US have fallen victim to the tail end of that situation.

The overall length of this twelve song album had me in a positive grasp for some time, and toe tapping songs like “Jailbird” with hit’s beat and steel twang up in the front helped me enjoy this album even more. This album HAS steel solos and guitar twang solos that elevate the songs even further as Mr. Casey takes you on a rocket ride through his poignant world of darkness. The song “Bury The Bottle” spoke to me as an individual that has been an addict of drugs and this fall I have 21 years clean! I just loved the tone of the crying steel, the lyrics were well written and the production of the overall project showcased his smokey vocals truly well. Bury The Bottle was just a song of hopelessness and despair from a man broken and controlled by the bottle.

“Green Grass Rockies” was a song about beginning a hard journey and I loved the line “Sometimes broken reocrds play good songs” it means pretty much a person with a broken past can bring forward stellar songs. His journey from Oklahoma to Texas is on the forefront of your mind on this song,  “Beer Tear Saturday Night” was another song of lament for being born too late that REALLY SPOKE TO ME, I have often by told by my adopted parents my biological parents had me too late. I belonged in the 1950’s watching Ernest Tubb perform because i always beg society PLEASE “Don’t Let It Die”. All of the songs on this album are pretty much cut and dry and easy to understand but at the same time they are complex in their own twisted way if that makes any sense…this album is “Not A Copy” of any album you will ever encounter and I’m VERY adamant that it will secure spots on MANY TOP lists of 2017, if it does not I would seriously question whether or not they have Styrofoam brains?



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