Aug 312017
 

 

So folks I’m here at my camp site waiting on day 1 music to begin and I had a boatload of sleep in preparation for this day of music. One of today’s acts is the band Call Me Bronco a band that was recently signed to the rusty Knuckles Label this past year.

Mr.Joshua Wallace once again was kind enough to stop and write me small piece to feature the new album as I am at Muddy Roots here getting soaked. I had the opportunity to feature them this spring at Moonrunners Music Festival as well as a few more of them I am around this band at.

Call Me Bronco is a band that thrives in a small bar with a rowdy crowd. These are drinking songs and songs to get crazy to. There is a punk thrash influence at work here, but there is also a genuine sense to the lyrics that will keep these songs resonating long after the party is over.

If you have been a fan of Call Me Bronco, you know many of these songs from their previous recorded efforts or hearing them live. This is by far the best recording of the band and is well worth owning many of these tracks a second time. Songs like “Burn The Witch” and “4 am” have been fan favorites of their live set for a long time and it’s nice to finally have them on a proper record.

“Four Shots”, “I Quit Drinking For The Dog” and “Drunks Walk The Docks” highlight the country elements of Call Me Bronco. On the flip side, “Burn The Witch”, “4 am” and “If I’d Done Right” are meant to start the mosh pit. This album is a mix of all the things that make country punk bands fun.

If you thought the country punk genre was going stale, look no further than Call Me Bronco. These guys have been around a while, but this is the best recording of their work. It has songs from their long out of print DIY album and songs that you’ve only heard live until now. Look for Call Me Bronco at Muddy Roots 2017, and check them out on the road if they come near you.

Brand new album from Call Me Bronco being released on August 25th 2017

Louisville, Kentucky’s Call Me Bronco takes Country Music, strips it down, adds a heavy dose of Thrash, and turns it into music that makes you want to call your mother and apologize. The melancholy lyrics coupled with upbeat tempos are not in place simply to make us feel better, they remind us we’re not alone. The honesty and spirit of Country is intact as is the turmoil and pain. But there is also an element of angst and aggression that drives the lyrics home. The songs are not simply depressing for the sake of the song, but remind us all that we are alive. One can easily be related to the relevance and truth they speak. Regret and self loathing have never felt so right!!

1. 4 AM

2. The Butcher Of Charleston

3. Drunks Walk The Docks

4. If I’d Done Right

5. Burn The Witch

6. Vices

7. Shotguns and Shells

8. Four Shots

9. I Quit Drinkin’ For The Dog

10. No Hangovers For Life

11. Devil’s Daughter

Aug 262017
 

 

It’s that time once again folks where I get to swap out from Muddy Roots to the prodigious Americanafest and this one is perhaps one of the biggest extravaganzas yet!  The lineup is HUGE as well as all of the side festivities that are involved with all of the music, if you try to take this whole entire festival in you’ll be worn out. So I’m going to include the intro here directly from their website:

Our 18th annual AMERICANAFEST:  The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 12-17, 2017, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. With planning already underway, 2017 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Each year, AMERICANAFEST℠ brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education.

Our conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.
 And FYI, you do not have to be a member of the Americana Music Association℠ or in the music industry to purchase a conference registration and attend all the events. We encourage all music lovers to be apart of the conference experience.

If you choose not to be a part of the entire AMERICANAFES experience through a conference registration, then our festival wristband is the option for you. For six nights, AMERICANAFEST will feature 230+ live performances at almost 40 of Nashville’s most prominent venues and much, much, more! However, wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. In the event of a line, conference registrants have priority access. If there is a must see band on your list we suggest arriving to the venue early.

Conference Registration Rates:
11/19/16 – 2/5/17: $199 for Members, $299 for Non-Members
2/6/17 – 5/19/17: $249 for Members, $349 for Non-Members
5/20/17 – 7/21/17: $299 for Members, $399 for Non-Members
7/22/17 – 9/4/17: $349 for Members, $449 for Non-Members
Walk-Up Rate: $499

You can purchase all admission wristbands HERE that will get you any avenue of admission you wish to include yourself in.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

($199 – 499)

What do I have access to with the conference registration?

All conference and festival events! A Conference Registration badge allows you access to every single event in our program guide including education panels, parties, luncheons, showcase performances and additional various events. Registration prices vary upon membership or date of purchase. With a Conference Registration you will be able to purchase up to two tickets for the Honors and Awards show.

Please note, some events will require an RSVP, so watch your inbox for the invitation. Please use a unique email address for each attendee when you register. Multiple people with the same email address will miss out on invite only events. If you have opted out from receiving our emails, you will also miss out on these events. You may opt back in by joining our email list here. You will receive an email asking you to confirm this.

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FESTIVAL WRISTBAND

($75)

What do I have access to with the festival wristband?

A Festival Wristband gets you into all six nights of performances at any of the official showcase venues. Also, you are welcome to attend various special events and parties to be announced. When the full schedule is released, the event will clearly indicate if wristband holders may attend. In 2016, wristband holders were welcome to attend an additional 46 events. This wristband is the best valued festival access in the nation. You definitely get a huge bang for your buck!

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Tuesday, September 12
12:00 pm
Wristband Pick-Up
Mercy Lounge
AMERICANAFEST℠ Kick-Off Bash
The Basement
Conference Registration Badge Pick-Up
The Basement
3:00 pm
WMOT Roots Radio’s Jessie Scott Show LIVE
The Basement
4:00 pm
Razor & Tie Kickoff Happy Hour
Austin Plaine, Christian Lopez, Cody Brooks
Razor & Tie Music
4:30 pm
Jenni Finlay Promotions Presents
James McMurtry, Kim Richey, Mando Saenz, Tim Easton
City Winery – Nashville
5:00 pm
City Winery Backstage Portrait Retrospective Premier Photo Exhibit
City Winery – Nashville
6:00 pm
BMI Kick-Off Party Presented by George Dickel
Phoebe Hunt, SUSTO, Hurray for the Riff Raff
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Big Star’s Third Live…And More
Chris Stamey, Django Haskins, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Millie McGuire, Mitch Easter, Pat Sansone, Skylar Gudasz, Big Star’s Third Live
Cannery Ballroom

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In-Store: Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real
The Basement
Australiana @ Americana
All Our Exes Live in Texas, Andy Golledge, Taasha Coates
The Bluebird Cafe
7:00 pm

Danny Burns
ACME Feed & Seed
WORLD PREMIERE: Old Crow Medicine Show Presents 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde The Concert
Lee Tucker, Old Crow Medicine Show
Belcourt Theatre

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Joana Serrat
The Basement
7:30 pm
War Memorial Auditorium & Voices of a People’s History Present: The People Sing!
Blind Boys of Alabama, Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, Alice Randall, Billy Bragg, Gretchen Peters, Joe Henry, Marcus Hummon, Mike Cooley, Otis Taylor, Patterson Hood, Rev. Sekou, Rhiannon Giddens, Shelby Lynne, Teddy Thompson
War Memorial Auditorium
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8:00 pm

The Mulligan Brothers
ACME Feed & Seed
Honky Tonk Tuesday Night
Amanda Contreras, Leslie Tom, The Cowpokes
American Legion Post 82

Colin Hay
City Winery – Nashville
$2 Tuesday’s Featuring Nashville’s Finest
Derek Hoke, Los Colognes, Michaela Anne, Sally & George
The 5 Spot

Joseph Huber
The Basement
Guitartown and Sin City Present Better Together featuring The Mavericks
Brian Wright, Chuck Mead, Darrin Bradbury, Jon Latham, Ladies Gun Club, The Mavericks
The Basement East
9:00 pm

Jamie Kent
ACME Feed & Seed

Joan Osborne
City Winery – Nashville

The Steel Woods
The Basement
Australiana @ Americana
All Our Exes Live in Texas, Andy Golledge, Taasha Coates
The Bluebird Cafe

Low Cut Connie
The High Watt
10:00 pm

Marc Broussard
City Winery – Nashville

Jesse Dayton
The Basement
Will Hoge
The High Watt
11:00 pm

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
City Winery – Nashville

Zach Schmidt
The Basement

Lee Roy Parnell
The High Watt
Wednesday, September 13
10:00 am
Conference Registration Desk Open
The Westin Nashville
11:30 am
Change of Seasons: An Interview with John Oates
John Oates, Craig Havighurst
Howlin’ Books
12:15 pm
The AMA-UK Mid-day Party
Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer, Danni Nicholls, Wildwood Kin
Alley Taps
3:30 pm
For You to See the Stars: Book Reading & Signing with Radney Foster
Howlin’ Books
Art On Tap with Paul Thorn
InDo Nashville
5:00 pm
In-Store Performance: HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
Conference Registration Badge Pick-up
Ryman Auditorium
WMOT Presents: The Official Viewing Party of the 16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards
The Family Wash
6:30 pm
16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show
Buddy Miller, Graham Nash, Iris DeMent, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Van Morrison
Ryman Auditorium
Ticketed Event
8:00 pm
Trapped Above Ground
ACME Feed & Seed
10:00 pm
TBA
3rd & Lindsley

Reuben Bidez
ACME Feed & Seed

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
City Winery – Nashville

Billy Strings
Mercy Lounge

Leeroy Stagger
The 5 Spot

Andy Golledge
The Basement

Cris Jacobs
The Basement East

Bonnie Whitmore and Her Band
The Family Wash

Brothers Comatose
The High Watt

Caitlin Canty
The Station Inn
10:30 pm

Lukas Nelson
Cannery Ballroom
11:00 pm
TBA
3rd & Lindsley

Eliot Bronson
ACME Feed & Seed

Haas Kowert Tice
City Winery – Nashville

Sam Outlaw
Mercy Lounge

Alice Wallace
The 5 Spot

Whiskey Shivers
The Basement

Micky and the Motorcars
The Basement East

K Phillips
The Family Wash

The Lil Smokies
The High Watt

Hayes Carll
The Station Inn
11:30 pm

The Wood Brothers
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm
TBA
3rd & Lindsley

A.J. Croce
City Winery – Nashville

Deer Tick
Mercy Lounge

Forlorn Strangers
The 5 Spot

Dirty River Boys
The Basement

The Band of Heathens
The Basement East

Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs
The Family Wash

Mipso
The High Watt

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers
The Station Inn
Thursday, September 14
12:00 pm
Outlaws and Gunslingers Luncheon
Deep Dark Woods, Harrow Fair, Sam Outlaw, Whitney Rose
American Legion Post 82

WhistlePig Records Party
Escaping Pavement, Mike Galbraith
InDo Nashville
Folsom Records Launch Party
Dan Layus, The Social Animals
The Filming Station
Missing Piece Rooftop Party
Andrew Combs, Cale Tyson, SUSTO, Ryan Culwell
LA Jackson Rooftop Bar + Kitchen at Thompson Hotel
Proper Music Group and AMA-UK Present Fish N’ Chips and Music
Emily Barker, Jaime Wyatt, Mary Gauthier, The Orphan Brigade
Alley Taps
12:15 pm
Razor and Tie Music Lunch & Listen Party!
Jill Andrews + Peter Groenwald, Sarah Siskind, Sean McConnell
Razor & Tie Music
12:30 pm
I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Book Reading and Signing with Luther, Cody and Mary Lindsay Dickinson
Mary Lindsay Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars
Howlin’ Books
5:00 pm
The 5 Spot Residency: The Mark Robinson Band with Special Guests
The 5 Spot
High Tea @ Alley Taps
Amy Speace, Ciaran Lavery, Jaime Freeman, Michael Logen, The Honey Ants, Wild Ponies, Ben Glover
Alley Taps
New West Records Happy Hour
Lilly Hiatt, The Deslondes, The Texas Gentlemen, JD McPherson
Little Harpeth Brewing
Artist Growth Presents: LIVE FROM STUDIO 9
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5:15 pm
Architect Management Presents: Mike Galbraith with Special Guest Escaping Pavement
Escaping Pavement, Mike Galbraith
12th & Porter
California Country Social
CALICO the band, Merle Jagger, Pi Jacobs, Rod Melancon, Sara Petite, Alice Wallace, Ted Russell Kamp
Fond Object Records East Nashville
Metropolitan Groove Merchants Party
Darling West, Grizzlee Train, Heathen Sons, Kasey Chambers, Leah Blevins
Razor & Tie Music
The Texas Music Office & Kessler Presents An Evening of Texas Music
The Filming Station

BreakOut West BBQ
Kacy & Clayton, LUCETTE, Sweet Alibi
The Groove
5:30 pm
Hooks, Lines & Singers: 30A Songwriters Presents
Brigitte DeMeyer, Mary Bragg, Sarah Potenza, Will Kimbrough
L27 Rooftop Bar at The Westin Hotel
Black River Americana Party
Anna Vaus, Carolina Story
Black River Entertainment
Badge Required
6:00 pm

Don Gallardo
ACME Feed & Seed
Rodney Crowell and Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
Rodney Crowell, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
Downtown Presbyterian Church

Rodney Crowell
Downtown Presbyterian Church
In-Store Performance: SUSTO
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
6:15 pm
Riffs on the Rails: McCoury Family Picking Party featuring the Del McCoury Band
Union Station Hotel
7:00 pm

Muddy Ruckus
ACME Feed & Seed
Van Morrison
Van Morrison, Shana Morrison
Ascend Amphitheater
Ticketed Event

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
Downtown Presbyterian Church
Music City Roots
John Paul White, Lee Ann Womack & Friends, Pony Bradshaw, The Cactus Blossoms, Angaleena Presley
Music City Roots at the YeeHaw Tent
7:30 pm

Dustbowl Revival
The Anchor
8:00 pm

The McCrary Sisters
12th & Porter

Shannon McNally
3rd & Lindsley

Boo Ray
ACME Feed & Seed
High Class Hillbilly Presents Where is the Hideout?
Nikki Lane, Jonathan Tyler, GospelbeacH, Ramsay Midwood, JD McPherson
American Legion Post 82

Robyn Hitchcock
City Winery – Nashville
YEP ROC 20th Anniversary Showcase
City Winery – Nashville

Cat Clyde
Mercy Lounge

Danni Nicholls
Soulshine Pizza Factory

We Banjo 3
The 5 Spot

Jesse Terry
The Basement

Ted Russell Kamp
The Basement East

The Tillers
The Cobra

Emily Barker
The Country

Great American Canyon Band
The East Room

David Starr
The Family Wash

Mike and the Moonpies
The High Watt

Early James and the Latest
The Station Inn

Lilly Hiatt
Third Man Records
8:30 pm

Nicole Atkins
Cannery Ballroom

The Steel Wheels
The Anchor
9:00 pm

Bonnie Bishop
12th & Porter

Willie Watson
3rd & Lindsley

Tony Joe White
City Winery – Nashville

Cordovas
Mercy Lounge

Brent Cowles
Soulshine Pizza Factory

High Plains Jamboree
The 5 Spot

Leslie Stevens
The Basement

The Last Bandoleros
The Basement East

Twisted Pine
The Cobra

Leyla McCalla
The Country

Old Sea Brigade
The East Room

Renn
The Family Wash

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
The High Watt

Skyway Man
The Station Inn
9:30 pm

Darlingside

The Anchor

Joshua Hedley

Third Man Records

10:00 pm

Blind Boys of Alabama
12th & Porter

Lori McKenna
3rd & Lindsley

Dave Alvin
City Winery – Nashville
10:00 pm

Blind Boys of Alabama
12th & Porter

SUSTO
Mercy Lounge

Lee Ann Womack & Friends

Music City Roots at the YeeHaw Tent

Jason Wilber
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Rev. Sekou
The Basement East

Cale Tyson
The Cobra

Travis Linville

The Country

Kamara Thomas

The East Room

Charlie Parr

The Family Wash

The White Buffalo
The High Watt

My Bubba
The Station Inn

Lillie Mae
Third Man Records
10:30 pm

Buddy Miller
Cannery Ballroom
11:00 pm

Paul Thorn
12th & Porter

The Deslondes
The Anchor
10:30 pm

Buddy Miller
Cannery Ballroom
11:00 pm

Paul Thorn
12th & Porter

Brent Cobb
3rd & Lindsley

The Stray Birds
City Winery – Nashville

Futurebirds
Mercy Lounge

Harrow Fair
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Wildwood Kin
The 5 Spot

North Mississippi Allstars
The Basement East

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
The Cobra

Me And My Brother
The Country

Cereus Bright
The East Room

Tom Brosseau
The Family Wash

Gill Landry
The High Watt

Iron & Wine
The Station Inn

Hiss Golden Messenger
Third Man Records
11:30 pm

Drive-By Truckers
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm

Cody Canada & The Departed
3rd & Lindsley

Grant-Lee Phillips
City Winery – Nashville

David Luning
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Accidentals
The 5 Spot

Colter Wall
The Basement

Blackfoot Gypsies
The Basement East

Woody Pines
The Cobra

Robby Hecht
The Country

Motel Radio
The East Room

The Kernal
The High Watt

Blank Range
Third Man Records
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Friday, September 15
12:00 pm
A Taste of Australia
Kasey Chambers, Andy Golledge, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Colin Hay, Shane Nicholson, Taasha Coates
The Filming Station
Badge Required
The Loose Lounge
Vikesh Kapoor, The Americans, Courtney Marie Andrews, Andrew Combs, Gill Landry, Joana Serrat
Alley Taps
12:30 pm
Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark Book Reading and Signing with Tamara Saviano
Howlin’ Books
5:00 pm
Finest Folk Happy Hour Presented by Folk Allance International
12th & Porter
Green Room Music Source East Nashville Party
Rod Picott, Amy Speace, Charles Hager, Gaelynn Lea, Ben de la Cour
American Legion Post 82
Tim Carroll’s Rock’n Roll Happy Hour
The 5 Spot
Fourth Annual Wild Ponies Happy Hour
Wild Ponies, Dean Owens, Beaver Nelson
The Family Wash
Under the Apple Tree
Robert Vincent, Kimmie Rhodes, Grace Pettis, Sarah Darling
Alley Taps
Artist Growth Presents: LIVE FROM STUDIO 9
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5:15 pm
The Okie Roundup
Kaitlin Butts, Carter Sampson, Travis Linville
InDo Nashville
Red, White and Blue Elan: Our Americana Sound
Jesse Dayton, Rusty Young and Poco, Rod Melancon, Chelsea Williams
The Filming Station

Backyard Bash Presented by Bloodshot Records and Pandora
Ruby Boots, Cory Branan, Jon Langford, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
The Groove
5:30 pm
Hooks, Lines & Singers: 30A Songwriters Presents
Webb Wilder, Carson McHone, Levi Lowrey, Seth Walker
L27 Rooftop Bar at The Westin Hotel
Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Book Party with Ann Powers and Little Bandit
Ann Powers, Little Bandit
Thirty Tigers
6:00 pm
The Muddy Roots Records Party
The Westin – Vanderbilt I & II
7:30 pm

Michigan Rattlers
Cannery Ballroom

Ciaran Lavery
The Anchor
8:00 pm

Belle Plaine
12th & Porter

Lindi Ortega
3rd & Lindsley

Erin Rae
City Winery – Nashville

Rogue + Jaye
Mercy Lounge

Balkun Brothers
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Austin Plaine
The 5 Spot

Boomswagglers
The Basement

Eddie Berman
The Basement East

Tommy Womack
The Cobra

Carter Sampson
The Country

Vikesh Kapoor
The East Room

The Brother Brothers
The Family Wash

William Wild
The High Watt

The Barefoot Movement
The Station Inn
8:30 pm

Becca Mancari
Cannery Ballroom

Chastity Brown
The Anchor
9:00 pm

Yola Carter
12th & Porter

Jim Lauderdale
3rd & Lindsley

Dori Freeman
City Winery – Nashville

David Ramirez
Mercy Lounge

Boy Named Banjo
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Ryan Tanner
The 5 Spot

Eric Ambel
The Basement

Brian Wright
The Basement East

Tattletale Saints
The Cobra

Molly Tuttle
The Country

Sammy Brue
The East Room

Nora Jane Struthers
The Family Wash

Quiet Life
The High Watt

Amanda Shires
The Station Inn
9:30 pm

Charley Crockett
Cannery Ballroom

Birds of Chicago
The Anchor
10:00 pm

Shane Nicholson
12th & Porter

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
3rd & Lindsley

Courtney Marie Andrews
City Winery – Nashville

The Wild Reeds
Mercy Lounge

Trout Steak Revival
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Birdtalker
The 5 Spot

Jaime Wyatt
The Basement

Little Bandit
The Basement East

Timmy The Teeth
The Cobra

India Ramey
The Country

Elijah Ocean
The East Room

Walter Salas-Humara
The Family Wash

Jon Langford
The High Watt

Luke Bulla
The Station Inn
10:30 pm

Jason Eady
Cannery Ballroom

Kacy & Clayton
The Anchor
11:00 pm

Suzanne Santo
12th & Porter

Bruce Robison
3rd & Lindsley

Brandy Clark
City Winery – Nashville

Andrew Combs
Mercy Lounge

Front Country
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Caamp
The 5 Spot

Carl Anderson
The Basement

Aaron Lee Tasjan
The Basement East

Rayna Gellert with Kieran Kane
The Cobra

Dean Owens
The Country

Otis Gibbs
The East Room

Amy Black
The Family Wash

Matthew Ryan
The High Watt

Noam Pikelny
The Station Inn
11:30 pm

Turnpike Troubadours
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm

Casey James
12th & Porter

Wade Bowen
3rd & Lindsley

Kasey Chambers
City Winery – Nashville

Reckless Kelly
Mercy Lounge

Parsonsfield
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Lowest Pair
The 5 Spot

Paul Cauthen
The Basement

Patrick Sweany
The Basement East

Kristina Murray
The Cobra

Shelly Fairchild
The Country

Joey Kneiser
The East Room

Max Gomez
The Family Wash

Cory Branan
The High Watt

The Dead South
The Station Inn
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Saturday, September 16
11:00 am

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Mark Huff, Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan, Anne McCue, David Olney, Tommy Ash, The Grahams
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Merlefest Saturday Sessions Event Proudly Presented Partnership with Quicksilver Productions
Rosie and the Riveters, Unspoken Tradition, Jason Lee McKinney Band, Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Kaia Kater, Jim Lauderdale
The Station Inn
11:30 am

Charles “Wigg” Walker Soul Brunch
ACME Feed & Seed

Sounds Australia Presents THE AUSSIE BBQ
Larissa Tandy, Tim Wheatley, Grizzlee Train, Kasey Chambers, Falls, Colin Hay, Andy Golledge, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Shane Nicholson, Taasha Coates
The 5 Spot
12:00 pm

Canadian Blast
The Dead South, Erin Costelo, AHI, Lisa Leblanc, Megan Bonnell, Sweet Alibi, Digging Roots, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
InDo Nashville
Musician’s Corner
Colin Hay, David Mayfield Parade, Darling West, Kaia Kater, Faustina Masigat, The Americans, Joe Pug
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park

Americanarama X: A Decade of Americanarama
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Kacy & Clayton, The Texas Gentlemen, GospelbeacH
The Basement

The Memphis Americana Picnic
Loveland Duren, Crockett Hall, The Rusty Pieces, Grace Askew, Juju Bushman
The Filming Station

Bootleg BBQ
Yola Carter, Wildwood Kin, Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews, Danni Nicholls, Erin Rae
The Groove

Cafe Rooster Records Party
Ladies Gun Club, Jon Latham, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury
Little Harpeth Brewing
Artist Growth Presents: LIVE FROM STUDIO 9
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1:30 pm

The Americans
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
2:00 pm

East Nashville Taco + Tequila Bash
Chuck Mead, Patrick Sweany
The Basement East

Berklee College of Music Presents
The Family Wash
2:15 pm

Faustina Masigat
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
2:40 pm

Kaia Kater
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
3:25 pm

Darling West
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
3:50 pm

Joe Pug
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
4:35 pm

David Mayfield Parade
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
5:00 pm

Colin Hay
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
6:00 pm

SongwritingWith: Soldiers + The Women
Bonnie Bishop, Mary Gauthier, Amy Speace, Beth Nielsen Chapman
The Bluebird Cafe
7:30 pm

Them Rubies
The Anchor
8:00 pm

Taasha Coates
12th & Porter

Natalie Hemby
3rd & Lindsley

Rachel Baiman
City Winery – Nashville

Whitney Rose
Mercy Lounge

Charly Markwart
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Honey Ants
The 5 Spot

AJ Hobbs
The Basement

Charlie Mars
The Basement East

Kaitlin Butts
The Country

Cary Morin
The Family Wash

Shane Smith & The Saints
The High Watt

Lydia Luce
The Station Inn
8:30 pm

Quaker City Night Hawks
Cannery Ballroom

Allison Pierce
The Anchor
9:00 pm

Don Bryant
12th & Porter

Elizabeth Cook
3rd & Lindsley

Darling West
City Winery – Nashville

Doug Seegers
Mercy Lounge

Falls
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Elise Davis
The 5 Spot

Beaver Nelson
The Basement

Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival
The Basement East

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer
The Country

Ana Egge
The Family Wash

Christian Lopez
The High Watt

All Our Exes Live in Texas
The Station Inn
9:30 pm

Escondido
Cannery Ballroom

Darrin Bradbury
The Anchor
10:00 pm

Bettye LaVette
12th & Porter

Lucie Silvas
3rd & Lindsley

Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor Band
City Winery – Nashville

J.P. Harris
Mercy Lounge

Wild Ponies
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Deer
The 5 Spot

Deep Dark Woods
The Basement

Jade Jackson
The Basement East

Caroline Spence
The Country

David Childers
The Family Wash

Flatland Cavalry
The High Watt

Wood & Wire
The Station Inn
10:30 pm

Jamtown featuring G Love, Donavon Frankenreiter and Cisco Adler
Cannery Ballroom

The Secret Sisters
The Anchor
11:00 pm

LUCETTE
12th & Porter

Jack Ingram
3rd & Lindsley

Humming House
City Winery – Nashville

Zephaniah OHora
Mercy Lounge

Korby Lenker
Soulshine Pizza Factory

SZLACHETKA
The 5 Spot

Hugh Masterson
The Basement

Dalton Domino
The Basement East

Becky Warren
The Country

Mark Erelli
The Family Wash

Steelism
The High Watt

I Draw Slow
The Station Inn
11:59 pm

Caitlyn Smith
City Winery – Nashville

The Texas Gentlemen
Mercy Lounge

CALICO the band
The 5 Spot

Romantica
The Basement

Carsie Blanton
The Family Wash

Liz Cooper & The Stampede
The High Watt

The Howlin’ Brothers
The Station Inn
Artist Growth Presents: LIVE FROM STUDIO 9
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Sunday, September 17
10:00 am

Bloody Mary Morning Outlaw Brunch
The Basement East
11:00 am
The Seventh Annual Gospel Brunch Presented by Thirty Tigers
Priscilla Renea, Bonnie Bishop, Rev. Sekou, The McCrary Sisters, Paul Thorn
City Winery – Nashville
1:00 pm
Sunday School with Sarah Potenza
Luke Bulla, Nicole Atkins, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Christine Ohlman, Sarah Potenza, Mary Gauthier, Marlene Twitty-Fargo, Alanna Royale, Kyshona, David Robert King, Lisa Oliver-Gray
The Family Wash
Now  folks I have compiled a HUGE LIST of hotels for the area

FLY TO NASHVILLE:

Nashville’s airport is designed to keep you moving, with an easy flow to and from the terminal’s 45 gates. The award-winning airport features a range of dining and retail options, two massage bars, a nail salon, terminal-wide Wi-Fi access, an extensive Arts at the Airport program featuring visual art and live entertainment, a full-service business center with foreign currency exchange – and even space for one last meeting before you head home. Airport Information Center: Call 615-275-1675 or visit flynashville.com.


GETTING AROUND:

Visit Music City has compiled an extensive list of transportation options including information regarding bus service, car rental, taxis, etc: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/travel

For information on downtown parking, please visit parkitdowntown.com.


AMERICANAFEST SHUTTLES:

The AmericanaFest Shuttle is the free shuttle that runs between the host hotel and most AmericanaFest venues. During the daytime events, the shuttle service will be available to and from any venue that is not within a walking distance of a mile from the hotel. Please check the details of the specific event for shuttle availability once the schedule is announced. For the nightly showcases, the shuttle will make a continuous loop to every participating venue from 7pm until 1am departing approximately every 30 minutes. The shuttle service is provided as a convenience. If you need to be at a certain event at a specific time, you might consider taking alternative transportation.

Club Hotel Nashville Inn And Suites
Country Inn And Suites Opryland North
Best Western Opryland
Holiday Inn Express Opryland
Airport Super 8 Opryland
Courtyard Nashville
Hampton Inn And Suites
Guest House Inn
Days Inn Opryland
Fiddler’s Inn Opryland

Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde, GRAMMY® Award-winning group, Old Crow Medicine Show, performed Dylan’s classic album in its entirety at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On Friday, September 15, Old Crow Medicine Show will release the concert film, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde THE CONCERT, on DVD/Blu-ray on Columbia Nashville Records. Directed by Lee Tucker, the 14-song DVD/Blu-ray includes performances of “Just Like A Woman,” “I Want You” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” in the way Old Crow knows how to do it, with high-octane, passion and excitement. Join us for the film’s world premiere at the historic Belcourt Theatre starting at 7pm on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Marty Stuart will welcome the attending crowd and introduce the film. A Q&A with members of the band as well as the director and other guests will follow the screening.

Aug 262017
 

 

Right now folks I’m getting geared up and focused on The Muddy Roots Music Festival where there are MANY bands putting out new albums in the field next week. One of those said bands is the mighty juggernaut we all have become to know as Stump Tail Dolly or STD.

Now their OFFICIAL release date overall is during Muddy Roots at 8:30 on Friday at the Cracker Swamp Stage. However there IS a Nashville release party at the Springwater Super Club a venue so old the owner doesn’t even know when it was actually built.

After Muddy Roots, they will be embarking on some tour dates with fellow Rusty Knuckles label mates Whiskey Dick and Mr. James Hunnicutt.

So at this juncture I’m going to turn it over to Mr. Joshua Wallace who wrote a truly fine review of their new album aptly called “Soundtrack To The Second Civil War”. He does a lot of damn fine work for me so I can steer my attention toward other ventures.

When I first heard Stump Tail Dolly’s debut EP titled Americonoclasm, I loved the sound but felt it needed a bit of refinement. The metal and roots aspects clashed more than they worked, but with the right guidance they could have something. That guidance comes in the form of Jack Gibson, bass player for the metal band Exodus who produces their first full length LP titled Soundtrack to the Second Civil War. The difference between the first EP and their debut album is great.

First things first. Stump Tail Dolly isn’t country, or roots. It’s a blend of elements from country, metal and roots that works better than other bands who have tried. Stump Tail Dolly is based out of Nashville, TN and are Ryan Clackner on guitar and vocals, Lucy Cochran on fiddle and vocals, Jamie Garry on bass and Brian Weinberg on drums. You mix some amazing fiddle playing alongside some crushing riffs and vocals from both Lucy Cochran and Ryan Clackner and you have Soundtrack to the Second Civil War.

The album starts off heavy and doesn’t let up. Opener “Atlantis” is much more metal than roots. However, Lucy Cochran is not lost contributing some haunting vocals and there is an amazing fiddle / guitar solo that just works. It brings an old fashioned hoedown to an otherwise super heavy track. The album’s lead single “Boogaloo” is a bit on the opposite spectrum. The roots influence is more there, but it’s still a crushingly heavy track. This song reminds me of Primus in style with a funky groove over the verse giving away to heavier riffs with Ryan Clackner’s screaming vocals over the chorus. There are some breaks in the madness with “Ook”, “Pik” and “Hunt The Buffalo” serving as interludes. These tracks are much calmer fiddle solos that can provide a break from the mosh pit.

Whether it’s a more metal track like “Twang Diddle” or a more roots influenced track like “Cumberland Gap”, Stump Tail Dolly will resonate with the crowd of metal heads who have been turned on to country music and punk influenced roots bands. I have yet to hear a band that has successfully blended metal and roots music in this fashion. This is more than roots music with distorted guitars or metal with a banjo. Some have come close, but none have found the sound that Stump Tail Dolly have created. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this band.

Aug 222017
 

4-DAY GENERAL
ADMISSION PASS

(limited quantities, while supplies last)

PASS INCLUDES
    • One (1) FOUR-DAY Mile 0 Fest GA Pass for entry into the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre & other Mile 0 Fest venues (does not include Gold & Platinum party)
    • Mile 0 Fest Swag Bag—includes Key West guide to the island – goodies from our sponsors, savings coupons for local attractions, Mile 0 Fest Key West hand-held schedule and discount tickets for local attractions
10 DAY PRE-SALE PRICE $275.00

(starts on Aug 25th 9:00am CST, ends Sept 4th 4:00pm CST)

ON-SALE PRICE $325.00

(starts on Sept 5th 9:00am CST)

GOLD VIP
PASS

(limited quantities, while supplies last)

PASS INCLUDES
    • One (1) FOUR-DAY Mile 0 Fest GOLD PASS for entry into the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre & other Mile 0 Fest venues (does not include Platinum party)
    • One (1) access pass for the GOLD VIP PRIVATE PARTY w/special artist performances
    • Early entry into main stage & other Mile 0 Fest venues (some venue-specific restrictions apply)
    • Mile 0 Fest souvenir laminate with printed schedule
    • GOLD access to main stage chalet tent, cash bar and bathrooms
    • Mile 0 Fest Swag Bag—includes Key West guide to the island – goodies from our sponsors, savings coupons for local attractions, Mile 0 Fest Key West hand-held schedule and discount tickets for local attractions
10 DAY PRE-SALE PRICE $425.00

(starts on Aug 25th 9:00am CST, ends Sept 4th 4:00pm CST)

ON-SALE PRICE $475.00

(starts on Sept 5th 9:00am CST)

PLATINUM VIP
PASS

(limited quantities, while supplies last)

PASS INCLUDES
  • One (1) FOUR-DAY Mile 0 Fest PLATINUM PASS for entry into the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre & other Mile 0 Fest venues
  • One (1) access pass for the PLATINUM VIP PRIVATE PARTY (w/special artist performances)
  • Early entry into main stage & other Mile 0 Fest venues (some venue-specific restrictions apply)
  • PLATINUM access to main stage chalet tent, cash bar and bathrooms
  • Mile 0 Fest souvenir laminate with printed schedule
  • Private “Eat and Greets” and autograph sessions with some of your favorite artists.
  • Mile 0 Fest Swag Bag—includes Key West guide to the island – goodies from our sponsors, savings coupons for local attractions, Mile 0 Fest Key West hand-held schedule and discount tickets for local attractions
10 DAY PRE-SALE PRICE $575.00

(starts on Aug 25th 9:00am CST, ends Sept 4th 4:00pm CST)

ON-SALE PRICE $625.00

(starts on Sept 5th 9:00am CST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 202017
 

Grimey’s Record Shop has done it again folks, much like the last time I wrote about them hosting Cody Jinks releasing I’m Not The Devil we have yet another in store appearance from Miss Lilly Hiatt will play the local record store, however the album will drop the day before.

Trinity Lane will be her third album and it’s been a highly anticipated album within the Americana scene for quite some time now, spoken very highly of by other websites I follow for ideas and information. From what I have heard that’s been already released it’s going to be a juggernaut of personal struggles, and we’re going to get a better look at Miss Lilly from the inside out. Much like the last two Sunny Sweeney albums that revealed setbacks and also growth at the same time, I like to see this with ANY performer especially the females. They express feelings and thoughts better than male performers to me at times.

Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels And Rope this album will not be following any particular genre code at all, in fact it’s going to break them and stand out on it’s own.  The daughter of one of Rock music’s greatest guitarists John Hiatt, I believe she too has struggles to become identified as her own person as many children of the stars do. Much like I tell Mr. Shooter I’m always sad that people judge him on THEIR perception of how HIS parents were/are. I’m proud to say that I know HIM for who HE IS and not for what I THINK Waylon or Jesse were as parents.

I’m excited to see how this album will be so much different from her previous release and the storms that have been brewing inside her, as she shares the songs that she wrote in that apartment on Trinity Lane, hence the name.

This descriptive piece here is partly from an event website:

Lilly Hiatt went through many toils to finally reach Trinity Lane: she overcame heartbreak, she conquered alcohol abuse, she lived with the heaviness of knowing she had surpassed the age her mother was when she took her own life when Hiatt was just a baby. It was after a particular breakup when she moved to an apartment off Trinity Lane in East Nashville, off the beaten path from the town’s growing tourist draws – there, she started writing by herself, fresh off the road supporting John Moreland, mixing a sense of creative isolation with a newfound feeling of belonging in the idiosyncratic neighborhood. It was there, amongst those trees, where the songs started to work as both diary entries, expositions and therapist sessions in one, helping her to explore and decode what exactly was going on inside her own mind. Once completed, she took them to Michael Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC, where he produced (his Shovels & Rope partner, Cary Ann Hearst, appears on a song) and Andy Dixon engineered, in a way that really hit at Hiatt’s playful, rock-focused core. “I like to rock out,” says Hiatt. “Trent really brought that alive. I wasn’t playing by the rules because I didn’t and don’t believe in them.” The songs on Trinity Lane have even helped Hiatt process things like the death of David Bowie, which functions as a metaphor for a lost lover. On the heavily nineties-tinged “The Night David Bowie Died,” she bids farewell to a relationship and to a musical genius while also evoking Veruca Salt-style vocals and guitars. Lilly Hiatt will join us for an in-store appearance on Saturday, August 26th at 3PM, the day after ‘Trinity Lane’ is released!

 

Aug 192017
 

You know folks I do many genres here on this website, and I don’t really do stray off my directory much. But every once in awhile it’s fun for me to veer off my path and indulge in some good old fashioned Thrash Metal. This past spring at Moonrunners Music Festival my friend from the Chicago area Mr. Jahshie P brought us his band called The Decayed.

They offered a special blend of Punk infused Thrash Metal from the Chicago area, which has always been a prominent scene for that kind of metal. They recently released a six track Self Titled EP early this month, and I wanted to take a moment and tell you about the album.

To be completely honest I haven’t really enjoyed Metal  as much as I once did as a young man in the 80’s because it just strayed so far from that format, and this album did bring a little of that back with the bass rips on the song ‘A Better Way” clearly audible.

This album also offers a copious amount of punk metal roots influence as well, and I’m not really familiar with that scene anymore but this album truly embellished my palate that wants that classic metal sound from a modern band, they truly stepped up to the plate and did that.

Daniel Wintercorn (Break the Silence), Jake Youngberg (Vile Display of Humanity, Failed Resistance), Jahshie P (Last False Hope, Failed Resistance), Pat Dziallo (Failed Resistance, Shattered Angel), Stevie Lee (Last False Hope)

Mr. Jahshie  has always had my personal admiration for what he does on Outlaw Radio Chicago and with his Moonrunners brand, and his other bands as well. He’s one of the gang I don’t always get to see but when we do it’s always a pleasure to see him. The song “Not This Time” has a structure that is reminiscent of the classic “Big 4” type of metal I grew up with juxtaposed with punk metal of that same time frame, and I am not sure if that’s the intent of their direction here….but it was my personal opinion.

The sound quality and mixing on this offering is wonderful and easy to hear the lyrics on the songs as well as the guitar riffs on songs like “Beaten And Battered”.  I think if this band keeps at it, especially in the mid west scene they will garner much success doing what they do.

TRACK LISTING:

1.Beaten and Battered
2.The Dream Is Dead
3.Not This Time
4.Hopeless
5.My Decay
6.A Better Way

Aug 192017
 

Tonight I am in Glasgow Kentucky at a popular local place for great food and music called Rib Lickers that has been on my bucket list for a year now, every time something comes up I want to cover I am always busy elsewhere or have to work my regular job.

I had VERY HIGH initial expectations for this establishment, and many of them were met. Only two of my expectations failed miserably, and I am currently working with management to help correct that problem. The parking was ample and plentiful, and the overall appearance of the whole theme is amazing.

The huge name above the bar there is a great call to action and the patrons flow through the place pretty well, however when I located the party I was sitting with I waited a LONG TIME before realizing you order with a   cafeteria style separate room to obtain food. This operation is NOT explained in any way so if you have never been there please know you’ll be sitting there puzzled like I was how to order food.

But when I finally did get food I’m here to tell you it was BEYOND good, it was downright scrumptious. The portions were BEYOND enough and the hash brown casserole was some of the best I have ever had, I would have that for a meal alone. I’ve never seen a baked potato that large before, and also the ribs were indeed good. Overall I was quite satisfied with this one, I would suggest it to anyone.

You might remember last month when I covered a songwriter’s night at another Bowling Green bar, when I covered this GREAT writer named Keith Hurt and his arsenal of Blues infused music. I’m telling you people this man is a damn juggernaut up there pounding away on a guitar, and he has a voice of wisdom, full of eccentric cover songs that are VERY enjoyable.

He ranges from Bob Dylan to Tom Petty to Waylon Jennings and Gene Watson. I mean this man is just a nuts as I am for music of old, and true well written tales of original grandeur. So I asked him just a little bit about his set list and this was some of the info he gave me:

“Rolling Down” is actually a Doc and Merle Watson song off of the album “Look Away”. It Is written by Eric Von Schmidt and I loved it since I was a kid. I made up a couple of verses at the end about where I grew up in Big Meadow. “Rambli’n on my mind” is My take on Robert Johnson’s classic song. “Be Somebody” is mine. It’s about someone I know who has burned every damn bridge they stepped on trying to be something they’re not.

He covered a Jason Isbell song as he prominently displayed his love for this new insurgence of Americana Music that is on the brink of flooding the mainstream market. I’m sure glad this man is on the side of real music! “Be Somebody” is mine. It’s about someone I know, who has burned every damn bridge they stepped on trying to be something they’re not.

That there is Mr. Mike Bulle he is the lead guitarist for a local band that garnered a spot on my TOP 50 of 2015 called John King And The Mud River Revival which frequents the Bowling Green area, along with many other great bands. They boast a special blend of Country and Southern Rock to make their own sound.

They opened their set with one of my favorite songs by Merle Haggard released in 1967 called “Branded Man”. it is his fourth studio album from the former inmate of San Quentin prison. Off the subject this album contains one of my favorite obscure songs Merle Haggard wrote with Red Simpson called “You Don’t Have Very Far To Go”.

They played one of their originals called “Dutch Creek” from the brand new original album called “Hard Lessons Learned” that I’ll talk about on this article here. It’s more of a solo album for Mr. John but most of the band played on his album.  Also  from that album was the song “Nursing Home” that was penned by Mr. Pat Haney, I got to haer that song for the first time ever from the songwriter series that Mr. John did with Pat Haney and Rye Davis.

That is the latest album from him and you can purchase it by clicking on the band name up there and directly from their website you can order it. I’m going to include MANY videos from this performance on here for you to preview the music.

They covered “Folsom Prison Blues” which allowed Mr. Mike to display some wonderful lead guitar skills because I can vouch for his driving skills, he is a GREAT chauffeur for my festival work. That man has made MIRACLES happen for this website and I cannot appreciate him more. “Ring Of Fire” was another great cover they played tonight.

“Nowhere Kentucky” was next from their debut album, along with “Veteran”. They played the Leslie Satcher penned song “Troubador” from his 2008 album of the same name. Then they played the first song that I shot video for called “Free To Leave”.

They played the John Prine song called “Paradise” because Mr. John was raised around the that same area, and influenced heavily by songwriter John Prine. After playing “Highway Junkie” they played the next song I shot video for and that was one of my favorite songs they play called “Man On The Mountain”.

“Grandpa’s Guitar” was written about his own grandfather (not to be confused with Whitey Morgan’s song of the same name). He played a left handed guitar upside down which is HARD because I AM left handed and ALL of my guitars were ordered special.

They played Mr. Jamey Johnson’s song “In Color” that was one of the most popular songs of the decade as well as another GREAT song he played at the songwriter night called ‘Heaven Gained Another Angel”. They played another off the new album called “Ghost” before closing with another favorite called “Drag The Green River”, and the Lynryrd Skynrd classic called “Gimmie Back My Bullets”.

Aug 172017
 

The song written 50 years ago in the hills of Tennessee by Bordleaux and Felice Bryant that evolved into the official Tennessee state song is being celebrated today in Gatlinburg. Rocky Top, one of the most recognizable tunes in sports, was born in room 388 of the historic Gatlinburg Inn in 1967. It was there in room 388 where married songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant were writing up songs for singer Archie Campbell in August of that year. Despite the fact that the Bryant’s were known for writing slow songs, they decided to try their hand at something up-tempo. With a guitar in hand, they wrote Rocky Top in just ten minutes. Together they wrote songs like “We Could” for Kitty Wells and “Bye Bye Love” for the Everly Brothers, but their most notable song commercially was ‘You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” by David Frizzell And Shelly West.

Rocky Top was written in August of 1967 and was originally recorded by Bobby and Sonny Osborne who were making a name for themselves in the Bluegrass realm, as well as on the Opry. However in that era the Osborne Brothers were receiving copious amounts of negative press for beginning to perform their mega hit with amplified instruments, which was absolutely unheard of for a Bluegrass band. They remained performing the song amplified until the early 1970s when they moved to the new Opry house and faced an earlier noise ordinance rule.

In 1982 the song was officially adopted as the Tennessee state song, and was adopted by the Tennessee Volunteers or VOLS, and can be vividly heard at the stadium every weekend. Without a doubt this song is a Bluegrass anthem and although many local bands deem it to be the “Wagon Wheel” of Bluegrass Music, it remains a timeless unscathed classic song. The duo of the Bryants brought so much joy and happiness to so many through their songwriting tenure, and embellished Country, Rock and Bluegrass in many ways.

Aug 142017
 

Recently I wrote a great article about a Band that came to Spillway With Dallas Moore And John King And The Mud River Revival Called Jericho Woods. They hail from East Kentucky’s rural areas, and visit my area often.

Their signature brand of off the cuff Country blended with Southern Rock and other genres comes to life with this new five song acoustic EP. Recently the band had a little bit of trouble with their previous label, and recorded this new project themselves.

You know folks It’s extremely difficult to manage catching up with over 3,000 bands on a live basis under this many genres and festivals, but I think I do pretty good job of swinging it. I have two other field helpers that work for me in various places across the United States, and we do our best to mix it up and feature as many as possible.

Mr. Josh Mitcham recently stopped by and left me this official statement for us:

It’s pretty much a love letter to our hometown and families. Sinking Creek is a place where we’ve spend many summer days camping and swimming. Gonna Be Alright is a song I wrote about being a dad of a daughter and about the struggles of being a grown up! Small Town Jimmy is about a guy I knew that kind of fell into a familiar small town tragedy: minimum wage jobs, young family, drugs, etc. Anna Won’t You Wait is for Paul’s Daughter Anna. And Weep No More is just about how it seems like we are always rushing to get back to our homes and Kentucky as fast as we can every time we leave our families behind.

We cut it live in one afternoon at out producer Skidd Millls house. One cut vocals. We wanted it to sound like you really were sitting at a bonfire with our the people we love. And no one was telling us what to say or asking us to add this or that. It’s pretty raw, but this is how they sound when we write them. So, it’s special.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE PRE ORDER FOR THIS ALBUM

Aug 142017
 

Mr. Bill Miller, the downtown mastermind behind behind the creation of The Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash Museums and the recently opened Nudie’s Honky Tonk Downtown has recently acquired one of the most pristine treasures of downtown Nashville…Skull’s Rainbow Room.

This man is absolutely amazing in many ways, not only is he preserving much of Downtown Nashville by making sure the famed bar that opened it’s doors in 1948, and recently opened in 2015 remains unscathed, but he has also created many new options for this upcoming younger generation to learn about Country Music History.

Skull’s founder and general manager Mr. David Wileman will remain the general manager of the bar and restaurant located in the basement of the Southern Turf Building and the current staff will not be altered. The establishment will also stay the same  as far as menu and appearance.

About Skull’s Rainbow Room

Skull’s Rainbow Room is a casual yet elegant tribute to David “Skull” Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Nashville’s Historic Printers Alley.

Our critically acclaimed menu created by Executive Chef, Gannon M. Leary, showcases his continental twist on American classics. Premium handcrafted cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list complement the award winning cuisine. We pay homage to the entertainment of yesteryear with burlesque and live music nightly.

Schulman opened the Rainbow Room in the lower level of the landmark Southern Turf Building in 1948. During Skull’s five-decade tenure, the legendary venue transformed multiple times; jazz, burlesque, country, strip-tease, and rock ‘n’ roll all claim chapters in its history.

Etta James, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, and comedian Andy Griffith have all graced our original checker-board stage. Today’s entertainers, including Brett Eldrege, Dierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw continue the legacy.

Sadly, in January of 1998, David “Skull” Schulman was murdered during a robbery in his beloved club. People from all walks of life mourned his passing. The iconic Rainbow Room closed shortly thereafter, staying shuttered for almost 17 years.

After an extensive three year renovation, we are proud and honored to once again open the doors of David Schulman’s World Famous SKULL’S RAINBOW ROOM.

 

 

Aug 132017
 

 

Greensky Bluegrass

May Erlewine and the motivations Rick west • The Go RoundsSeth Bernard • Big Dudee RooThe Appleseed CollectiveThe ChangePublic Access • BiomassiveStepladdersDarcy WilkinFrank Youngman Allstars • Eric Engblade TrioLake effectDeep Fried Pickle Project

For a complete list of rules please click here.

CAMPING

All attendees must purchase a wristband. Tent camping is included with purchase. RV passes must be purchased additionally. RV Pass holders please select the CAR CAMPING Wristband.

Adult Weekend Wristbands Include Your Choice of Tent Camping Options:

CAR CAMPING

Car camping sites are 20′ x 25′ and can accommodate one vehicle and tents. This includes VW buses and the like. No towable pop-ups, campers or RVs on tent sites. Weekend wristbands include GA tent camping, each person in the vehicle camps on the same site, not 1 site per person. FOR RV PASS HOLDERS ALSO.

-OR-

DRAG & DROP WOODS CAMPING

By selecting Drag and Drop Camping, you will park your vehicle in the designated D&D lot and carry (not drive) your tents/hammocks to set up in the woods. Absolutely no vehicles permitted to drive into wooded camping. These are group sites. Nope, still no campfires please. NOT FOR RV PASS HOLDERS.

 

RV PASSES

If you are towing ANYTHING, you must purchase an RV pass based upon your length. Pop-ups, campers, and RVs less than 16′ are considered SMALL RV. All towable campers and RVs longer than 16′ are LARGE RV. ADA camping is still located closest to the main venue. NO ELECTRICAL OR WATER HOOK UPS.

If you wish to camp with friends driving separate vehicles, you MUST arrive in line at the gate at the same time. Plan a meeting spot nearby and drive in together. Campsites may not be held or reserved.

 

SMALL RV PASS

Small RV sites are 25′ x 30′. This pass accommodates towable campers UNDER 16′. There are no hook-ups available. Only one RV pass needed per RV campsite. This pass does not come with Weekend Wristband, you must purchase both a Wristband and an RV pass. These sites are festival style (snuggle up to your neighbor) camping in the field. Measure it out in your yard- 1 car, 1 camper and maybe a little tent. RV passes do not include weekend admission. Please be sure to purchase your weekend wristband ahead of time. RV pass availability NOT guaranteed for purchase at the gate.

LARGE RV PASS

Large RV sites are 25’x 50′. This pass accommodates towable campers, RVs and buses LONGER than 16′. There are no hook-ups available. Only one RV pass needed per RV campsite. These sites are festival style (snuggle up to your neighbor) camping in the field. RV passes do not include weekend admission. Please be sure to purchase your weekend wristband ahead of time. RV pass availability NOT guaranteed for purchase at the gate.

Generators are not permitted to run during the night. If you require a generator for health reasons, please seek an electric campsite at Kestelwoods Campground, 1/2 mile away.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO CAMPERS

  • Medical and security staff
  • Lost and found
  • Water: Fresh, cool well water will be provided at designated stations.
  • Trash, compost and recycling service stations: Help us reduce the waste stream – be conscious of your food and beverage packaging. Take care of your own waste at the numerous stations provided. Please bring reusable water containers, and do not bring store bought single use plastic bottled water. We provide the coolest, cleanest water around. Bottled water depletes the very aquifers that supply our wells. Bottled water will not available for purchase on site.
  • Food: is available for purchase from our incredible vendors satisfying all types of palates and dietary needs.
  • Ice: is available for purchase from the Cadillac Ski Team booth.

ACCESSIBILITY

  • Restrooms: handicap accessible restrooms are available throughout the festival. Please refer to the festival map for locations.
  • Service Animals: Any patron arriving at the festival with a service animal will need to have their service animal credentialed during check in at the gate.  This process will be conducted with respect and understanding. After the service animal has been credentialed by festival staff, important information will be provided to the disabled individual. Once your service animal has been credentialed, staff are not likely to question you again unless the animal causes a problem. Any patron bringing a non-service animal will be not permitted onto any of the festival grounds, including camping areas.

PARKING

  • Hoxeyville has finite space, we strongly encourage (what we really mean is REQUIRE) carpooling.
  • ADA parking is limited (placard required), and located closest to the main venue. Simply show placard and request this upon arrival.

OFFSITE CAMPING

½ MILE AWAY

Kestelwoods Campground
10860 West 48½ Road
Wellston, MI 49689
(231) 862-3476
kestelwoodscampground.com

TWO MILES AWAY

Coolwater Campground
9424 West 48½ Road
Wellston, MI 49689
(231) 862-3481
coolwatercamp.com

SEVEN MILES AWAY

Coyote Crossing Resort
8593 S 13 Rd
Cadillac, MI 49601
(231) 862-3212
coyotecrossingresort.com

BACK TO TOWN – 20 MILES AWAY

Days Inn Cadillac
5900 M-115
Cadillac, MI 49601
(231)-775-4414
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Aug 132017
 

 

Fayetteville Roots Festival is a five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival taking place August 23 – 27, 2017 in Northwest Arkansas. The festival features over 10 music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. The EXPERIENCE FAYETTEVILLE & KUAF MainStage at Fayetteville Town Center is the center of the festival and features nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent. The festival also features additional events and stages across Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville & Bentonville) including George’s Majestic Lounge, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Fayetteville Public Library, Maxine’s Taproom, Kingfish Dive Bar, Stage 18, The Chancellor Hotel, Brightwater Culinary School, and the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. The Roots Festival is a showcase of many of the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.

“Roots” is intentionally used to describe both the music and food of the festival. The festival is dedicated to showcasing what makes this region of the Ozarks so unique. The festival features a musical style that is diverse and rooted in many uniquely American musical styles such as Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Country, and more. The festival also supports local farmers, chefs, and restaurants, focusing on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products from the Ozarks. Mix in film screenings, live radio broadcasts, workshops, a kids/family concert, live art, and patrons from over 25 states and countries and you’ll find out why folks have fallen in love with The Roots Festival.

The Wood Brothers

Iron & Wine

Rodney Crowell

River Whyless

Elephant Revival

The Stray Birds

Smokey & The Mirror

Dead Man Winter

Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds

The Brother Brothers

Mand Joe Purdy

olin Orange

The Brother Brothers

The Honey Dewdrops

Blindboy Paxton

Jack Williams

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH
AN EVENING WITH RAY WYLIE HUBBARD
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FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR, AUGUST 25TH
6PM-9PM
AMY HELM, EARL & THEM (Earl Cate)
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FRIDAY LATE NIGHT, AUGUST 25TH
ELEPHANT REVIVAL, MANDOLIN ORANGE
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH
ARKANSAUCE, NATIONAL PARK RADIO
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chancellor-hotelThe Fayetteville Roots Festival is excited to partner with the Chancellor Hotel new official festival lodging. Artists and Festivilians enjoy staying in one central location in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. The Chancellor is within walking distance (1 block from festival mainstage, 6 blocks or less the majority of the of the other festival stages.

Please email fayettevilleroots@gmail.com for hotel waitlist.

The Chancellor Hotel

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$63
$79
3-star hotel
Sleek lodging with a casual bistro
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% off

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fayetteville

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$95
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & fitness room
Free Wi-Fi

The Chancellor Hotel

$63
$79
3-star hotel
Sleek lodging with a casual bistro
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% off

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fayetteville-Univ Of Ar Area

$98
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Value Place Fayetteville

2-star hotel
Pared-down studios in a basic hotel

Pratt Place Inn and Barn

$174
3-star hotel
Upscale hideaway with refined rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Econo Lodge

$59
3-star hotel
Basic hot with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

The Inn at Carnall Hall

$145
Hotel
Refined campus hotel with a restaurant
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Staybridge Suites Fayetteville/Univ of Arkansas

$96
4-star hotel
Informal hotel with a gym & indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 15% less than usual

Super 8 – Fayetteville

$49
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Candlewood Suites Fayetteville-Univ of Arkansas

$86
2-star hotel
Casual all-suite hotel with a gym
Free Wi-Fi

Best Western Windsor Suites

$85
2-star hotel
Unfussy hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn Fayetteville

$109
3-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Motel 6

$52
2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with free WiFi
Free Wi-Fi

Regency 7

$63
2-star hotel
Functional motel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fayetteville

$95
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & fitness room
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Sleep Inn

$74
2-star hotel
Modest hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi

Courtyard by Marriott Fayetteville

$109
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 22% less than usual

Inn At The Mill, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member

$80
$89
3-star hotel
Elegant rooms, plus contemporary dining
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off

Executive Inn & Suites Springdale

$79
2-star hotel
Low-key hotel with breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fayetteville North/Springdale

$121
3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hill Top Inn

1-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi

 

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Aug 122017
 

This year at the Westport Saloon I attended the Westport Roots Festival for the second year in a row, where I finally got the chance to run into this West Coast road warrior and his name is  Mr.Lorin Madsen Walker.

Now folks you’ll be wanting one of his increasingly popular “Fuck Your Tractor Rap” stickers for your sticker collection, along with his new 2017 release called “Slave Of The Road”. I finally got the chance to feature his gravely vocals and rough around the edges Country Music as he played the pre party show before Mr. Jayke Orvis brought out the Broken Band again.

He also played for my friends in Nebraska for the mighty Pondstock Festival Lake Hedke where Hellbilly And Outlaw Radio reported to me that he tore it up out that way! This new release was I believe his third album to date and when I did see him I got the chance to scoop up all three of them.

“Slave Of The Road” and “Traveling Man” are pretty much self explanatory titles for this album. Many times when people start singing about how Country they are….they aren’t and in fact they are a complete antiphrasis. But then again often times there comes along a complete  opposite of the fake sentiment. One of those that stick out above the many is Mr. Lorin Madsen Walker, once you hear the validity of his rough life in his lyrics AND in his vocals you will concur…he is real.

To be honest in the past five years I have been traveling all over America following these road warriors around and watching what they do..I don’t believe I could ever live this life for a paying job living. That fantasy is in EVERYONE’S MIND but it just isn’t feasible for someone like me.

This album takes your mind through a wonderful journey of rural America and all it’s grandeur, you can tell this man has been around like chicken pox. This isn’t a life that only but a few truly salivate over and when you are a tride and true road warrior your palate isn’t easily satisfied with a fast three day jaunt.

You know folks the only ONE complaint I had about this album was the song “Settle Down” for me at least it was pretty much a yawner, I think what turned me off was (what I consider) the worn out “Johnny And June Love” reference…It’s pretty much beating a dead horse from so many others already using this comparison. It WAS a well written and had a GOOD delivery, but that pretty much was a buzzkill for me, but I wouldn’t mock you for ONE MINUTE if you disagreed with me on that level. We ALL like different aspects of this music for sure, and MY word isn’t gospel folks, this isn’t North Korea.

Other than that this album was an absolute pleasure to add to my collection and a MUST HAVE in yours, Whether you have a white collar or not. Because HIS collar ain’t white folks for sure, and he stresses just that in his songwriting and his demeanor.  This album also proudly boasts some terrific background steel guitar and fiddle in the songs that truly embellish the well written lyrics.

Track Listing:

  1. Travelin’ Man
  2. My Collar Aint’ White
  3. Settle Down
  4. Slave Of The Road
  5. Another Last Call
Aug 082017
 

Rhonda Vincent
Gibson Brothers
Boxcars
The Surly Gentlemen
David Parmley And The Cardinal Tradition
Chasing Blue
Becky Buller Band
Valerie Smith

Each summer leading local, regional and national bluegrass acts convene on the Hebron Fairgrounds and deliver an awesome festival experience. Our Main Stage festivities kick off on Thursday with our annual Band Competition sponsored by Telefunken.

Our Acoustic Stage, featuring multi-genre Connecticut based acoustic acts will have 6 hours of music each day on Friday and Saturday. Thursday evening the Acoustic Stage will host an Open Mic & Jam for anyone interested.

Gates will open at 1 pm on Wednesday for early bird campers. Camp on site, stay at our host hotel or come for the day or night using our close, ample parking.

There will be plenty to do for the whole family. Learn about our Camping, Family Fun Activities, and Vendors. Hebron is less than a hour away from Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and Mystic, CT attractions. Check out what else there is to do in the area on the CT Tourism site.

Podunk is proudly presented by the members of the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Inc. Board of Directors and is held annually on the second full weekend of August in Hebron, CT.

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival moved to its new home in 2014 at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, CT. This four day festival is a great family event with plenty of music and fun for all. Our 21st year will be no different as we will bring the best of Bluegrass to the stage on the second weekend of August. We will also again have a second stage of Acoustic Music. There is plenty to do at the festival with free workshops, food and craft vendors, kids activities, Kids Academy, Bluegrass University for adults (addition fee required) and plenty of jamming.

HERE is a link for a full map of the campgrounds!
Directions:
From HartfordTake I-84 East towards East Hartford.Cross Connecticut River, take exit number 55, Route 2 East towards Norwich/New London.Take exit number 12 – West Road, Business Route/Marlborough.Turn LEFT onto West RoadWest Road becomes Martin Road in HebronAt end of Martin Rd. turn RIGHT onto Route 85.Lions Fairgrounds will be 1 mile on the RIGHT.
From New HavenTake I- 91 North towards Hartford.Take the exit number 18, Route 66 East towards Middletown/Portland.Follow Route 66 East to Route 85 intersection in center of Hebron.Take a LEFT onto Route 85 North.Lions Fairgrounds will be on the LEFT.
From New LondonTake Route 85 North towards Hartford.Turn LEFT onto Route 82/East Haddam Rd.Take Route 11 North towards Hartford/Colchester.Merge with Route 2 West.Take the Route 16 exit, exit number 18, towards Colchester /Middletown.Take a RIGHT onto Route 16 East.Take a LEFT onto Route 85 North.Follow Route 85 North across Route 85 and Route 66 intersection.Lions Fairgrounds will be on the LEFT.
FAQs
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
It is helpful to have an ID should questions arise at the ticket gate. Children 15 and under are free of charge with an adult.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is parking for 5,000 cars on the grounds. If you need assistance to get from the parking lot to the concert area please ask one of our volunteers or staff members for assistance. There are paved walkways throughout the festival grounds.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Small coolers are allowed into the festival but why bother when we have some great food vendors.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call 860-828-9818 with any questions or by email at info@podunkbluegrass.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you may update and transfer the ticket to someone else.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes you can just go to the ticket site and follow directions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes you should bring your ticket as it will speed up your entry into the festival
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds
Do you sell tickets for one day?
Yes you may purchase individual tickets at any time.
Are senior and children’s tickets the same cost as Adult tickets?
Yes tickets are all the same price. Children 15 and under are free with a paying adult.
Are picnic tables available at our site?
There are tables available for your use as a premium ticket holder. Just let the campground crew know when you pull in.
Is there a dump station?
No dump stations located on the grounds. But you can pay the port a john company directly to dump. Check with our Camping Captain for details upon arrival.
Are fires allowed?
No open fires are allowed on the grounds per the Lions and Fire Marshal.
Is there an after 7 PM Ticket Price?
Yes we have a general admission ticket for $40.00 for anyone entering after 7 PM on Friday or Saturday.

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Farmington
Ad 4.1

$109
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Extended Stay America Hotel Hartford – Manchester
Ad 3.5

$90
2-star hotel
Long-stay studios with full kitchens
Free Wi-Fi
Baymont Inn & Suites Manchester – Hartford CT
4.0

$84
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free breakfast & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Manchester Hartford
3.2

$87
Extended Stay Hotel
Modest all-suite hotel with a pool
Free breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
4.1

$109
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 19% less than usual
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Hartford Manchester
4.2

$109
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 22% less than usual
Americas Best Value Inn – Manchester
3.3

$60
2-star hotel
Budget rooms with an on-site restaurant
Free Wi-Fi
Red Roof Inn Hartford – Vernon
2.7

$60
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Extended Stay America Hotel Hartford – Manchester
3.5

$90
2-star hotel
Long-stay studios with full kitchens
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Motel 6
2.9

$70
2-star hotel
Simple budget property with a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Holiday Inn Express Vernon – Manchester
4.0

$135
2-star hotel
Unfussy hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford-Manchester
4.3

$125
3-star hotel
Modern lodging with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Nathan Hale Inn & Conference Center
4.0

$172
3-star hotel
Modest campus hotel with a pool & dining
Free Wi-Fi
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury
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$127
3-star hotel
Extended-stay hotel with suites & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Best Western Storrs
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$102
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Hartford Hotel & Conference center
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$96
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Manchester Inn
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2-star hotel
Unassuming motor inn with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Goodwin Hotel
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$129
Boutique Hotel
Chic downtown boutique hotel with a bar
Motel 6
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$58
2-star hotel
Modern budget property with a laundry
Radisson Hotel Hartford
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$118
3-star hotel
Urban venue with a bistro restaurant
Free Wi-Fi
Comfort Inn & Suites East Hartford – Hartford
3.8

$80
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill
3.4

Aug 062017
 
September 28, 2017 Will Go Down In Texas Country Music History. Here lately I have been attempting to strengthen my ties to Texas and the music scene out there as well. I recently supported Heart Of Texas Records and as I type this my crew is on the way to a Red Dirt festival. The Texas Country music scene is a thriving and different world of it’s own.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. announced the Top Finalists in each of the 21 categories for the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards. Nominations were made between May 1 and June 15, 2017. Voting began June 20 and will continue through July 31, 2017. I’m still studying all the artists and making my decisions.
The 2017 Texas Country Music Awards will take place on the evening of September 28, 2017 at the Carthage Civic Center, Carthage, TX, where the Awards will be presented. Produced by the Texas Country Music Association, Inc., the Awards show will be hosted by Carthage Native and Texas Country Artist, Brandon Rhyder, who will also perform at the event. Co-hosting the Awards is industry and media professional Jenn Ford. In addition, there will be live performances by TCMA Spokesperson Mark Chesnutt, along with Bri Bagwell ,Doug Supernaw and Christian Country Artist Del Way and others.
Doors at the venue open to the public at 5:30pm and a Pre-Show will be performed by the popular Steve Mays And The Three Of A Kind Band , comprised of Steve Mays, Richard Wilson, Cody Wood, Vicky Moye and Marty Erwin, along with special guest fiddler David Varnado.
There will be 22 Awards presented at the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards, including the prestigious “Trailblazer Award” which will be presented to Mark Chesnutt for his long-standing career and the unprecedented success he’s obtained. “TCMA is very excited and pleased to be presenting Mark the 2017 Trailblazer Award as a part of the Awards Ceremony,” says Linda Wilson, President and Founder of the Texas Country Music Association, Inc. “He’s certainly ‘blazed the trail’ for so many artists, and he deserves the honor and recognition.”
She continues, “Texas is so blessed to have such spectacular talent. There were literally thousands of nominees – each one gifted and unique — and we are very honored to be able to work on ALL their behalf on an ongoing basis. The Texas Country Music Awards is the only fan-based Country Music Awards in Texas and certainly the State’s largest. You won’t want to miss it!” The 2017 Texas Country Music Awards will be covered by media from all over Texas, and filmed for television to air at a later date.
The finalists and their award categories are: Entertainer Of The Year: Brady Honeycutt Band, Cody Wayne Band, Darrin Morris Band, Mike Donnell Band, Todd Freeman & Bullet Proof.

Male Vocalist of the Year: Brady Honeycutt,Darrin Morris Band,Cody Wayne,Justin Todd Herod, Gary Jones Jr.

Vocal Group or Duo: Bill Bear & the Red Brick Troubadours, Darrell Goldman Band, Darrin Morris Band, Cody Wayne Band, Texas Crossing.
Young Artist (16 & Under): Frankie Lee, Kadie Lynn Roberson, Jack Barksdale, Macy Dot Neal, Colt Varnado Country.
Album Of The Year: Country To The Bone (Darrin Morris), Marcus Lindsey (Marcus Lindsey), The Bed I’ve Made (Darrell Goldman), True North (Justin Todd Herod), Steel (Holly Tucker).
Country Single of the Year: Where Will I Be (Performed by Darrin Morris, Written by Susan Giacona) Paradise On The Line, All Around Country Girl, Dance With Me Tonight, Fly High.
Radio Station of the Year: 100.5 KSCK Sterling City, 95.9 KFWR Fort Worth, 103.9 KEBY Marble Falls, 99.3 KOKE Austin, 105.7 KYKX Tyler/Longview Radio DJ Of The Year: Cowboy Dave Bayless 100.3 The Bull Houston, Eric Raines 99.3 KOKE Austin, Justin Frazell 95.9 KFWR Ft. Worth, Rickey Green 100.5 KSCK Sterling City, Damon Beirele 103.9 KEBY Marble Falls.
Internet Radio Station of the Year: AmericanCrossroadsRadio.com, TrueTexasRadio.com, TexasHomeGrownRadio.com, RealTexasRadio.com, PureCountryRadio.com
Live Music Venue of the Year: Dosey Doe The Woodlands, The Back Porch Kilgore, Love and War In Texas Lindale, Polecats Seguin, Melody Ranch Waco
Christian Country Artist of the Year: Julie Reese, Justin Todd Herod, Michael Knight, Darrell Goldman, Clifton Jansky
Christian Country Single Of The Year: Don’t Hate The Sinner-Julie Reese, End Of The Pew-Bill Bear, That’s What Jesus Would Do-Justin Todd Herod, What A Wonderful World-Michael Knight, Ten Miles Away-Darrell Goldman
Bassist of the Year: Bubba Moore, Cody Wood, Stormy Cooper, George Schinler, Jonathan Wren Fiddler of the Year: Choya Crenshaw, David Varnado, Mark Kalson, Heather Stalling, Mike Calley
Guitarist of the Year: Freddie Pate, Will Wails, Tommy Thomas, John Matlock, Michael Boatman Keyboard/Pianist of the Year: Allen Huff, Dizzy Dave Dalton, Floyd Domino, David Young, Chris Bergeron
Steel Guitarist of the Year: Tommy Detamore, Lane Thibodeaux, Bobby Gardner, Kenny Grohman, Ben White
Drummer of the Year: Eddie (Danger) Barmot, Jeremy Moore, Matt Vantiel, Billy Rasnake, Roy Lancaster Country
Songwriter of the Year Finalists: Adam Gorman, Brad Bowman, Brent Giddens, Bill Bear/Robert Campbell, Jake Pyeatt, Jeremy Studdard/Jamie Chandler/Roger Springer, Josh Vincent, Justin Todd Herod Christian Country
Songwriter of the Year Finalists: Alex Coba, Bart Woytek, Brent Giddens, Darrell Goldman, Julie Reese, Justin Todd Herod, Kelly Kenning
To place your Votes for the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards, go to www.texascountrymusic.org/vote. Voters do not need to be a member of the Texas Country Music Association; however TCMA Members’ votes are doubled.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the Texas Country Music industry, its artists, musicians, businesses and those behind the scenes to make it all happen. “We have big plans for the future that will certainly help the Texas Country Music industry and all involved in it,” says Wilson. More information about the TCMA, its purpose, plans, membership and goals are available on www.texascountrymusic.org.
Tickets to the Awards show are available now @ www.outhousetickets.com/Event/Event… or through the link on the TCMA website.
Underwriting Sponsorships and Souvenir Program Advertising is available for the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards. More information can be downloaded at www.texascountrymusic.org or by emailing tcma@texascountrymusicassociation.org or jennford@texascountrymusicassociation.org.
Aug 052017
 

By day three of being out here I found the crown jewel of Tumbleweed festival to be the fans and the friendships forming here, this is quickly becoming JUST LIKE any other festival, having faithful followers and fans. If you don’t really know music slang terms a “Rail Rider” is a gal that is can always be found along the front rails of the concert. AND NEVER MOVES, now then you got your music chicks that constantly move all over. They aren’t there for the music they are there to be seen, those aren’t REAL Rail Riders those are music chicks. There’s a huge difference, both are needed and supportive of the local music scene but the rail riders are true warriors that brave the sun and heat.

I need to publicly apologize to Mr. Damien Gunn for missing his set today, I had other matters going on at this time and wasn’t able to catch his set. I did however get the chance to see him play at night.

As my job as a media person I NOTICE THINGS and I watch for things happening while the crowd watches the music. Because the pickpockets and merch thieves WANT YOU to look away while they pull their bullshit. IT IS MY JOB to help Mr. Doug make this a safe and fun experience for everyone. There was no reason for bullshit here, and I’m WELL TRAINED to see these things. This guy up here looked shifty but he turned out to be ok…(just kidding).

I watched this young lady brave the heat and enjoy the music and I saw it touch her soul. Miss Kaeleigh Grace was her name and she was by far the coolest person there, and one of the prettiest people I have run across in many years. Just to witness her passion raises my hopes even more that people like Mr.Colter Wall will move up to another echelon of commercial exposure because of her.

Where do I even begin about boasting on Mr. Colter? WHERE?  He is my 2016 Artist Of The Year and he is currently on Young Mary’s Record Company and manged by her as well. She is doing GREAT THING in the music community with many artists. Pictured above on the right is Mr.John Clay who plays drums for the speedy Creek band but also has his own music. He is a power in his own right and you can check out his music by clicking on his name there.

His self titled album was produced by Mr. Dave Cobb and will defiantly grace many TOP 50 lists of this year, the vinyl is back in stock now so go pick that up. He came out and played lone acoustic songs quickly dropping that smooth baritone voice on unsuspecting people in the crowd. I watched people drop drink cups in disbelief from out of this young man so small comes a voice so powerful and poignant.

He played an old Jimmie Rodgers song first, along with “The Devil Wears A Suit And Tie” from his first album Imaginary Appalachia. He played for us the acoustic ballad “Codeine Dream”, which displays truly fine songwriting and paints a picture in your mind.

And then like usual he plays “Thirteen Silver Dollars” while halfway the song the band joins him to embellish the gorgeous vocals.  “My .44” was next as he displayed many different songs in this set, showing us a little taste of the upcoming songs he has planned already. I see longevity in this young man, and he is a beacon of hope for REAL Country Music. Here’s a video from that song folks, I thank him for the verbal permission.

Then he invited Mr. David Vaughn Lindsay whom also released a truly fine EP to come out and sing one of his own called “Taste Of Rain”. That song was therapeutic for him as he recently lost his father and his best friend Mr. Jon. We all gathered years ago to pay our respects for The Colonel Jon Hensley.

This bunch uses one another as stepping stones to further each others music and that’s what this community needs more of, it’s a fraternity NOT a competition or a war. There aren’t too many chiefs and a shortage of Indians here. THEN…THEN he played his crowning achievement as of yet. “Kate McCannon” not only is this an ingenious marketing doorway it is perhaps one of the most well crafted songs I have heard in the last damn decade.

The opening lines about the ravens and the dark and evil way this song pounds this murder ballad into your cranium takes your breath away. This man commands total mental attention from you while he is onstage, he consumes every ounce of your soul and grinds it into pain and injects it back into your blood.

Mr. Colter is in no fashion a cruel person away from the stage, in fact he is one of the most approachable and kind friends I have in the business, I’ll gladly do anything for him and Miss Mary anytime. It was equally pleasant to reunite former band mates Mr. Mike Bulle And Mr. Jason Simpson,who played together for John King and The Mud River Revival.  Truly a mutual respect and love for one another there, Mr. Mike has become a true blessing to me and I couldn’t have done this job to this magnitude without him. Something as simple as driving for us allowing us to work is more needed than he realized.

At this juncture they were coming in by the droves. Absolute madness was pouring into the park like ants after a Popsicle on the sidewalk. Unbelievable the amount of attention this event garnered for being such a drastic turn of format.  I will tell you the main stage went from ONE unique voice to ANOTHER one FAST.

Mr.Paul Cauthen has recently released an album “My Gospel” that also made my TOP 50 of 2016. He displays a VERY RARE vocal ability and carries his notes with power and dignity. I quickly made my way back to the stage to catch ‘Marfa Lights” first.

As you can see,he brings a HUGE entourage to the table wherever he goes. And he is certainly different from any other act we had this weekend. However at the same time he remains relevant to the Americana and Country scene with his multi sounding set.

Plenty of soul and passion encompass his entire arsenal of songs, as he covered “Folsom Prison Blues” in a truly different approach to covering that song. My complaint of too many covers was squelched with his version of it…it was fresh and new.

His backup singer accompanied his vibrato truly well, this young man makes his notes carry through an open field with authority and poise. He was absolutely precise in every point I looked to criticize him on. I can’t hit anything point he failed…none. AT FIRST I had trouble making out his vocals but when I moved it fixed that problem, man he REALLY KILLED IT this weekend.

“Saddle” was next followed by a song he called “Cornbread Moon” if I’m not mistaken he spoke of a new album very soon, but I may have misheard that. “Hanging Out On The line” was next which displayed some more fine songwriting and vibrato.

“Be There Soon” and also included was “I’ll Be The One” was used for closure for this set that finally climaxed with his album title “My Gospel”. This is one of those artists that has NO happy medium, you’ll either LOVE HIM or HATE HIM really. We ALL have our own opinions on music and he is indeed different in his own way, and to me there’s not a damn thing wrong with that.

It’s time now for the arrival of the Titans of Country Music here, Legends abound at the gates Mr. Billy Joe shaver stops to tell the security guard a joke, they both laugh and he makes his way up the ramp. You know when you are an Outlaw Legend that’s 78 years old and still playing as many shows as he does you can do pretty much anything.

He came out and stood there for a moment and looked upon the crowd and began the witty quips saying “So I suppose you want me to play some shit for y’all huh?”  “Well, let’s see what I can remember now?” The crowd began to roar in delight to his cussing as he rolled into “Heart Of Texas” and “Going Out Of Style”..(“Fit To Kill”).

I mean when you are HIM you don’t need to blow shit up or run around like a banshee you just stand in one spot and sing. And that’s precisely what Mr. Billy Joe does.  NO frills or fluff just timeless classics like “Honky Tonk Heroes Like Me” that Waylon recorded an entire album of his songs dedicated to him.

He explained to us that he was just “An Old Chuck Of Coal” as he played us classic songs that spanned six decades of his music today, his vocals weathered and worn like his signature denim shirt he wears. Still, despite the aged vocals he possesses an ambiance that rivals none other in music…period.

“Georgia On A Fast Train” was next followed by a story about Dale Watson. He wrote a song about Shaver before asking for permission, and before Mr. Billy went into “Wacko From Waco” he explained the story about him shooting a man “Right between the mother and the fucker”. Yes folks he shot a man and it resulted in the song “Where Do You Want It”?

Well Mr. Dale called and asked if he could write that and Mr. Billy said sure I guess you could, he said well Billy I already wrote it. Before Billy could turn around it was already on XM Radio.

Just as he went into “Black Rose” and his signature song “Thunderbird” a once in a lifetime thing happened for us Tumbleweed attendees…the arrival of the main act. Mr. Jamey Johnson the walking talking controversy that is Jamey Johnson, love him or hate him he is a juggernaut.

he’s been around the block a few times, and appeared to be moving slower in his age as well. He walked out onto the stage and stood there as they sized each other up and pretended to begin to fight. Both truly displayed a mutual respect and admiration for each other right here in Kansas City.

MAN right next to me while you got THAT transpiring you have Mr. Cody Jinks walking around greeting the fans, and you got Mr. Paul Cauthen by the gate greeting people. You got people running every direction in this place! As Mr. Billy is playing “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (When You Aren’t Wanted Anymore), you got so much going on at once…but I got y’all covered.

We had GORGEOUS WEATHER this weekend the Lord truly blessed us with PERFECT weather after an almost HORRID outcome from the weather. The rain was totally gone before the festivities began full scale. And BAM he finally performed my personal favorite song, the Patty Loveless song “Fallen angels Fly”. When my paternal father died this song was played at his funeral, as he he was lowered into the ground.

He finished his set with a story about a woman with “an ass that defies gravity” so he sang “Stop The World” and declared that “I’m Gonna Live Forever”.  Mr. Billy Joe Shaver left us speechless I’m not sure of it was due to the fact that he is still in prime performing condition…or that he can come up there and say fuck fluently at 78.

Here is the online description of the famous shooting incident:

On April 2, 2007, police in Lorena, Texas, issued two arrest warrants for Shaver on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place. This was in connection with an incident outside a tavern, Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon in Lorena only two days prior, on March 31, in which Shaver shot a man, Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun. Coker’s injuries, however, were not reported as life-threatening.

Witnesses interviewed by police report hearing Shaver say “where do you want it?” and then, after the shot was fired, “Tell me you are sorry” and “No one tells me to shut up.” Coker told police the attack was unprovoked. Shaver’s attorney declared that Shaver had shot Coker “in self-defense” after Coker threatened Shaver with a knife.

In an August 2014 NPR interview, Shaver said that he shot Coker because he was “Such a bully” and that “I hit him right between a mother and a fucker. That was the end of that. He dropped his weapons and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ And I said, ‘Well, if you had said that inside, there would have been no problem.’

After unsuccessfully attempting to surrender to police in Austin, Texas, who were unaware of the warrant, Shaver turned himself in at McLennan County Jail in Waco, Texas on Tuesday, April 3. He was released after an hour on $50,000 bond and gave his scheduled performance at Waterloo Records in Austin that evening, where he reportedly told fans, “Don’t forget to pray for me, and tell your kids to pray for me, too.”

He was acquitted in a Waco court on April 9, 2010 after testifying that he acted in self-defense.

The Texas-based country musician, Dale Watson, wrote a song about the incident titled “Where Do You Want It?”. The song has been recorded by Whitey Morgan and the 78’s and appears on their self-titled sophomore album, released via Bloodshot Records.

How do you possibly follow THAT? Why with powerhouse Red Dirt warrior Mr. Roger Creager I mean this man is truly an adventurous soul. He does it all from snorkeling with dolphins to jumping out of planes. He took over the stage and followed Mr. Billy Joe shaver quite well.

He opened with “Turn It Up” form the album Surrender from 2011, and followed that up with “Little Bit Of Them All” from the 2104 album Roadshow. I LOVED his song “Wanna Wanna Bar” because of course he mentions GARY. Only I don’t sip on no coke and rum.. I’m not much of a hard liquor man anymore.

“I Got The Gun” was next as well as “Love” from his 2000 album from that same title, he brought his smooth songs to us to break the wilder momentum we had. With beach themed songs like “Cowboys and Sailors” he quickly changed to a ragtime there of New Orleans with “Jambalaya” and “Shreveport To New Orleans” all the way to “When The Saints Go Marching In”.

He THEN went over to Mexico and Tex Mex type material the likes of “Long Way to Mexico” and another song called “Gulf coast Time” the current theme of his new album he just released.

He played songs like “Where The Gringos Don’t Go” and “Different Than I’m Feeling Now”, however my favorite song he plays is the “Everclear Song”. Mr. Roger has so many wonderfully written songs that span so many albums it’s hard to pick and choose which ones complete a perfect set list for him.

On into the night folks as the sun began to set we began to party and eat some AWESOME food. The vendors provided some darn fine vittles while the VIP area enjoyed COLD bathrooms, I wanted to do my taxes in a crapper for the first time in my life. Here is a tour of the sun setting upon us out here folks, YEP the rail riding queen is still here.

Well the Flockers president Mr William Higgins came out with his admins and introduced Mr. Cody Jinks and I interviewed him before the festival, you can read about that HERE.

Mr. Cody Jinks blazed out onto the stage tonight and carried us into the final night and final hours of music here in Kansas City. Right off of Adobe Sessions he played “Momma’s Song” I guess everybody’s mom worries about us, when I first moved down here my mom always sent me money and prayed for me.

He followed that up with “She’s All Mine” and “No Words”. Mr. Cody also spanned his entire repertoire of albums tonight as he belted out song after song of epic greatness, backed by his band the Tone Deaf Hippies. He whipped the entire crowd into a complete frenzy with “Vampires”.

As I previously stated tonight this weekend represented a truly amazing array of backup bands and sidemen. Mr. Austin Tripp is an amazing right arm to Mr. Cody Jinks, and even though the Tone Deaf Hippies have had some amazing steel players through the years Mr. Austin is a crown jewel up there.

“Been Around” was next followed by “Give All you Can” off the new album as he transferred songs from that one and Adobe Sessions like playing “What Else Is New”. Before the greatest spectacle of ALL….THOUSANDS of people all singing “I’m Not The Devil”. When I posed that Mr. Ward Davis commented “That’s all we ever wanted”. I replied that I thought it was one of the most well written songs of the last decade.

“Chase That Song” was followed by the popular “Black Sheep” which I’m pretty sure spawned the name for the Flockers, afterward he played his version of Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am” from the album of the same name released in 1980. He continued his covers with his commercially popular version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Which when I talked to Mr. Austin in his interview they were surprised how well it was received, you can read that HERE.

“Fast Hand” was next followed by “I’ll Get By” and then they finally played their anthem called “Cast No Stones” which also garnered many thousands of people singing along to those words as well. I mean pretty much everybody can relate to those words. “No Guarantees” was next along with his epic cover of “Black Hole Sun”.

You know folks this man has recently just absolutely blown up in the music scene because of his talent and his real Country Music, but more importantly because of US. The fans decide what sells and what fails, with support of buying stuff and helping them. WHY just today Mr. Austin and Mr.Keith needed help somewhere on the road and one of the Flockers dropped what they were doing and went to help…THAT IS what makes things work!

With that being said I want to THANK my good friend Mr. Derek Weave Weaver and his sidekick Mr. Stonewall the pup for inviting me into their home, driving me around and just welcoming me into their home. I’m touched, I’m humbled and I SHALL return the favor to someone else. You know it doesn’t matter WHAT TYPE of music it is one of you will always have my home, don’t go to Nashville and pay hundreds for a dang hotel room.

As the night settled in we jammed to “Hippies And Cowboys” and waited for the main act of the entire festival the giant, the mighty Mr. Jamey Johnson..

Love him or hate him he is a powerhouse draw and brings in thousands of ticket holders, as today I noticed many what I call “One Bangers” that came this afternoon and weren’t here all weekend camping. Many of them either work or just don’t camp, however either way there was a giant spike in one day people I could tell.

The food vendors were strategically placed correctly I was impressed MANY festivals make that fatal sales mistake, this is a science and for those of you that KNOW what I mean you’ll agree with me. There’s a REASON for EVERYTHING I DO…there’s a REASON these three articles came out a week after the event. It all comes from my evil genius brain I have for this stuff, Gary Hayes knows what he’s doing, and he knows when to do it.

If ever there was indeed a modern day Highwaymen ambiance..this was IT. This was indeed the crown jewel of finales if I have ever witnessed one to any festival. He came out to “High Price Of Living” and “Heartache”. However after a few songs once again my complaint reigns true, the cover songs abounded as he did “Mama Tried” and “Long Time Gone”.

Not that they were poorly performed because they were not in any way poor. I was just wanting more original material form the folks I don’t always get to put everything down and go see weekly. He did a wonderful job on “That Lonesome song” , however the other complaint I had was not one song off his first album. The label treated him like shit and shelved that whole album, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he legally couldn’t play The Dollar. I can understand him being jaded toward that scenario for sure.

There was so much stellar material off that first album that could have replaced the covers and still made a terrific set lineup, however songs like “In Color” are obvious classics indeed, you cannot EVER take his accomplishments away. He is indeed one of the greatest songwriters alive today, whether you like pop country or not, honky tonk padonkadonk made him millions.

He played a very patriotic segment which included “America The Beautiful”  which included a BIG lights and lasers show, I’ll tell you what this company and all the sponsors get a REAL pat on the back from ME on this deal. There were NO expenses spared, not one dime was held back!

He played the George Strait classic song “Give It Away” which was on Honkytonkville album, followed by “Kicked Out Of Country” which he wrote with George Strait when they were indeed kicked out of Country. A genre both of them have paved the way for those that did the kicking.

THIS WAS what we WANT to show Music Row…that THIS MUSIC IS COMMERCIAL and we want it. You see folks those people don’t actually LIKE that shit on FM radio…it fills ARENAS. Not the Ryman, YES the Ryman is a BIG show for Mr. Cody, but it’s not big enough. WE MUST sell more seats as people.

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He closed with three more covers but his version of “I Saw The Light” was astounding in every fashion. And as I made my way back to the late night stage I began to wrap it up for Tumbleweed folks, I had a long night of travel ahead followed after a bunch of packing and sorting. I bought over 200 in merchandise so I had to gather up all that, All in All it was a pleasant time hosted by a remarkable crew. I want to THANK Miss Piper and Mr. Doug and Mr. Kevin for their invite and for hiring me.

I hope with all my heart I exceeded your expectations from a work standpoint, here are some pictures from the late night stage which included Damien Gunn whom I once again apologize to for missing their set.

 

Aug 052017
 

I already converged upon this festival the first day with exceeded expectations, in many ways. I KNEW this was going to be a NEW HOPE for ALL REAL Country Music fans from the entire Country…and THREE FOREIGN Countries! First of all Kansas City is pretty central and easily accessible from  Texas AND Nashville which were obviously Mr. Doug’s two target markets of income. WELL PLAYED SIR, and the schedule was well juxtaposed but I had ONE major gripe..all the women were on the back stage and LATE. I wondered what was up with that? I myself thought Sunny Sweeney certainly deserved a main stage spot.

HOWEVER this WAS a NEW HOPE for us as REAL Country fans, people THIS IS the mecca of real Country Music whether you like the Red Dirt stuff OR the Nashville based stuff…here…we got it all. This was truly the major happening of the year when it came to Country Music in many fashions.

So the first band I had today was Porter Union which is Mr. Cole Porter and Miss Kendra Porter that formed a POWERHOUSE DUO. And this weekend was the first time I had the pleasure to partake of their music. Their entire album is focused on their marriage and how they met, and the songs on the album are well written and fit the direction this album takes us in.

I am going to make a HUGE prognostication right here on my website, THIS ALBUM is going to grace EVERYONE’S TOP 50 or TOP WHATEVER of 2017. THERE, I said it before Rolling Stone did sorry Miss Roxanne…I said it first. There won’t be a TOP ANYTHING without Porter Union. Just the name and meaning alone resonates LOVE and unity through music, and dammit we NEED MORE OF THIS. Just two absolutely down to Earth good kind people.

You can FEEL REAL in Mr. Cole’s handshake, I felt like I sold a car in the 1970’s when a handshake MEANT something and your word was good as gold. The precise care and passion that these two put into their songs is uncanny and on a level I’m not used to. You can just see the love in their ambiance that is around them and they pour that out into the audience for you to apply to your everyday life.

They opened their set with “This Life We’ve Made” is pretty much self explanatory and declares that he will gladly walk beside her in this life we’ve made, however this opening song merely trades off vocals and doesn’t focus their GORGEOUS  harmonies like the song “Don’t You Know”. The opening line of that song “Don’t you know when you hurt I hurt” is classic love song material. You just FEEL their affection for each other, and it’s something that I notice is missing in today’s youth, much less society as a whole.

“Don’t Look At Me” was a great up tempo song filled with steel licks that is enough to satisfy the palate of the pickiest Country Music fan. Once again it’s merely a reflection of how they hooked up, and I’m hoping that they can continue this trend of sharing their personal adventures together. I mean the song “Thief” was SO cleverly written about stealing your last name once again referring to matrimony outcome.

“Wildfire” is MY favorite song they have in the arsenal of song material, it just paints such a wonderful picture. That was followed by “Over You” and “The Child”. In fact they displayed the entire album today and included one cover which was “Clyde” by J.J.Cale, and as I previously griped about cover songs…this is why I enjoyed their set SO MUCH. I wanted original music and Mr. Cole And Miss Kendra Porter delivered just that with perfect finesse and passion. Miss Kendra’s stage presence was nothing short of angelic.

Shortly after their set they proceeded to the main stage where they performed our National Anthem to open the entire official festival on the main stage.

Mr. Mickey Lamantia is one of the artists I interviewed before the festival happened, and he has marketed his name and his music in quite a unique manner. He has been making quite a name for himself in the Outlaw Country Music scene in the past few years by opening for Mikey Gilley and the birth of his live feed show on social media.

He opened his show with “First Last One” which was a perfect two step Honky Tonk song about drinking copious amounts of alcohol. He followed that by a true song of loneliness and addiction called “I Chose The Whiskey”  displaying a weakness for liquor. He knows better and he knows he is hurting the one he loves but chooses the chemicals out of spite, Country Music is cored in weakness and addiction.

“Alcohol Tobacco And Firearms” is pretty much an anthem for the common country folks with an uptempo beat filled full of guitar twang and stiff beats. after playing a few others he played an acoustic portion to give the band a break which included a Hank Jr. cover of “Guitar Man”. Much like Porter Union, Mr. Mikey displayed almost an entire set of original songs much to our delight.

“Take Our Country Back” and ‘In Color” were also included in his acoustic set before he proceeded to play one of his signature songs called “Outlaw Life” and what I consider his most well written song called “23rd Psalm”, before he closed his set with Johnny Paycheck’s version of the song “11 Months And 29 Days” that Paycheck wrote with Jimmy Dale.

He brought another steel guitar Legend here today and that was Mr.Robby Turner, who is an absolute steel guitar WIZARD that is another piece of Waylon Jennings legacy we have left. He performed an absolute AMAZING set here today and we loved every minute of it.

The sound crew and production team worked feverishly all weekend long to bring us the BEST concert experience we could possibly expect for our money, and I firmly think that they delivered. The sound in my opinion was excellent except for a few minor mishaps during the Whitey Morgan And The 78’s set, which I’ll touch on later.

Mr. Jason Eady was introduced by the presidents of his social media fan club Miss Jo Marie before he barrelled right into the song “Drive” off of his new self titled album, which I’m sure will grace MANY a TOP lists of 2017. He sings one of my favorite two step songs about tales of old called “AM Country Heaven”, it makes me cry.

Bringing that album up his second song was called “Old Guitar and Me” from that very album, with his first being “Drive” from the new self titled album.  He reverted back to his new album many times throughout the set with songs like “Waiting To Shine” and the popular drinking song of lament called “No Genie In This Bottle”. That song is an acoustic and steel filled song about the bottom of a bottle, with many painful references to substance abuse and how it conquers your soul.

I was absolutely impressed with Mr. Jason Eady and his set tonight, and he brought out his wife Miss Courtney Patton for backup vocals. I’ll elaborate more on her later on in this article as her and Miss Sunny Sweeney performed on the other stage late. I’ll ,point out my positive and negative points about those sets and NEITHER GAL created ANY negative points.

His second album called ‘Daylight And Dark” was finally represented in his set with the song “Liars And Fools”, and perhaps his most popular song called “Whiskey And You” that was recorded by several other people. Most notably as of late it was Mr. Chris Stapleton, however I think Mr. Tim McGraw also did it in his earlier more country career.

One of his most vivid vocally descriptive songs he has is the song “Black Jesus”, man that song is a terrific tale of a friendship between him and a black man that worked together. I have MANY elderly black friends that enjoy this song when I played it for them.

“Rain” was another proper choice for this set, one thing nice about Mr. Jason Eady is all of his songs accompany one another truly well. All of his albums have a common core relation to them. He closed his set with a song claeed “Texas Cooking” which was a song by Mr. Guy Clark.

Mr.Ward Davis has been touring relentlessly with Mr. Cody Jinks and Mr. Whitey Morgan all over the country lately, and you can often see him around those bands. He is making quite a name for himself as a songwriter and an artist through his relentless touring and vigorous work, he mentioned he is recording a new album and played a song called “Geronimo” that will be on it.

His hard living anthem of REAL Country Music called “Old Worn Out Cowboys” graced us tonight as a large portion of the audience sang along to him. I was hoping that Mr. Jamey Johnson would have come out and sang too, but I figured he had not arrived yet. Still, this song is beautiful and it makes me cry. I LOVE Mr. Ward’s songs that he plays they affect me and speak to my soul.

He played a Pat Green song (or at least I identified it with Pat Green) called “I Bet Your Momma”. However his finest song in my opinion is the slow ballad that was recorded by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson called “Unfair Weather Friend”. That song was on the iconic collaboration between Nelson and Haggard called “Django And Jimmie”, and it graced MANY Top 50 lists of last year…including mine.

“Get To Work Whiskey” was another epic spectacle of championship songwriting on his part, as well as “15 Years In A 10 Year Town” which was the title of his album, and when his new album drops I’m quite adamant it will be held in high regard by many websites like mine.

FINALLY I got to hear the entire audience of THOUSANDS sing along to him and Mr. Cody Jinks sing “I’m Not The Devil”. later on in the festival during Mr. Cody’s set that very thing happened, and as Mr. Ward once commented to me “That’s All We Ever Really Wanted”…well it happened, and it is WELL DESERVED.

Another song he called “Something Big” was to be on the new album, don’t worry I’ll be keeping him on my radar so I don’t miss the info on the new album. “So What If I Do” was next followed by the ever popular “Highwaymen” and another cover of “Big River”. He closed his set with “Don’t Forget To Get Stoned”.

This venue was slowly filling up for the Friday night performance as many people got off work from first shift, and were arriving in droves. You had so much going on at once here it was unlike any festival I have ever witnessed this large of a scale, where the artists actually did interact with the audience on a large scale.

Behind me Mr Cody Jinks was greeting people and taking pictures with us while they were getting ready for our next act Mr.William Clark Green to come whip our asses with his Red Dirt Texas music. His new album Ringling Road made my TOP 50 of that year, with his unique style of Country.

He opened with his song “Next Big Thing” from that mentioned album before going into his song “It’s About Time” from his Rose Queen album. I liked that album and that song was about heartbreak and being suddenly single with the immediate rewards of doing that. Kind of a karma type thing about dumping people and being dumped yourself..and moving on.

Mr. William displayed DEEP passion in his vocals and facial expressions tonight and it’s quite evident he LIVES to perform up there. He brought his A Game tonight and poured out his very heart to this audience, and we ate it up! This was my very first interaction with his set live, I must admit I’d travel LONG ways to cross paths with him again.

“Won’t Back Down” was once again the cover song syndrome we dealt with all weekend, I did enjoy his version of it..but I’m here to hear his original songs like “Creek Don’t Rise”. That is a good fast paced song with wonderful vocals and guitar licks.

His band was on point tonight and accompanied him extremely well on all directions. As he played ‘Still think about You” and another song off the Ringling album called “Sticks And Stones”.  He then played “Fool Me One” from that same album, however the timing on that song was a little off to me. It sounds slower on the record and they played it a little faster live. Speaking of live his Live At Gruene Hall is going to become an iconic Red Dirt live album in 10 years…you wait and see if I’m wrong!

Now mind you he was one of the first Red Dirt acts I learned about in 2011 with his album “Misunderstood” and I was hoping he would play some material of of that album like the song “Drunk On Desire” and “Caroline”. Both equally stellar choices form that album, I enjoyed hearing them live. He had one other album out before Misunderstood called “Dangerous Man” and the only song I recognized off that album was “Wishing Well”.

The crowd was digging this young man and what he brought to the table tonight. We were being well satisfied with REAL Country Music this weekend in Kansas City, I was loving every minute of it for sure. I have TWO major trips to Kansas city yearly now usually always have an absolute wonderful time down there, the local scene is truly epic.

“Rose Queen” was next followed by what he said his mom hated the most was “Ringling Road” about all the crazy circus freaks on opium and drunk clowns throwing shoes.  He then went into some Joe Cocker cover portions and “Start Me Up” from the stones before going into his most well known song.

“She Likes The Beatles” was an anthem to relationships everywhere and full of energy that prepared the crowd for what was to come….the mighty juggernaut called Whitey Morgan And The 78’s. Right outside the gate Mr. Whitey was also greeting the audience before his set.

By the time Mr.Whitey Morgan And The 78’s took over the stage the crowd was pretty much liquored up and raring to go all night. This was such a well attended festival, and by now I could easily ascertain it would be a success. Mainly because of the PEOPLE, that’s right I’m SURE Mr.Doug will even agree YOU made it possible and functional..YES YOU…YOU the person reading this made Mr. Cody Jinks and Mr. Whitey Morgan what they are…future Country Music Legends.

You know the pop country people and some of the neo traditional snobs call Mr. Whitey a wanna be and a phony,but none of them have ever REALLY delved into his songs or his live show. This man and his crew tours RELENTLESSLY and is a damn hard working bunch, if you even attempt to put his brand down in front of me I’ll quickly debate you on that.

He opened with “Just Me And The Whiskey” and followed that with “Stop The World”. He opened with quick fast paced energy that sent the crowd into a honky tonk rocket ride in Kansas City tonight. I just sat back and soaked up the ambiance there with a possum eating shit grin on my face.

“Buick City” is a wonderful song he does see Mr. Whitey is based out of Flint Michigan, and I have covered his set many many times. I have interviewed his steel player Mr. Brent Robinson in my steel guitarist series, which will pick back up here soon after Sept 1st.

You know I want to say that the 78’s are such a top notch band that I would eagerly pay 20 bucks to just see them only. One of my complaints of today’s music scene is that the iconic bands and sidemen are non existent in today’s day and age, I mean what was Mel Tillis without the Statesiders  or Merle Haggard without the Strangers? Well here you HAVE the staple core sound that helps make Mr. Whitey shine brightly in the dark abyss of local touring music. I firmly believe that Mr. Brett is one of the many things that keep Mr. Whitey relevant, you can just FEEL the connection they have on many levels.

Mr. Brett makes my sentiments evident on the intro to “Cocaine Train” which I LOVE to hear him play even though it’s a cover song. I think he does a truly fantastic job on the song that Paycheck penned in the early 70’s, I got the opportunity to ask Johnny Paycheck about that song. He told me he wrote it on a napkin at a Shoney’s, and took it Billy Sherrill and recorded it on the 1979 album “Everybody’s Got A Family..Meet Mine”.

He went back to his first album with the song “Back To Back” a song about fading love of two people, that has a nice two step beat and good steel licks within the song.  He played the Scott H Biram song “Still Drunk Still Crazy Still Blue”, which was on the Sonic Ranch album that I was glad was still available on yellow vinyl before that sold out.

“Prove It All To you” was next once again from the first album along with “Honky Tonk Queen” which is probably one of my personal favorite songs he does. “Bad News” was included in his set along with the Merle Haggard cover of “Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”. That song was released in 1980 on Haggards 26th album called “Back To The Barrooms” and it was released right before he recorded his iconic live album from Anaheim Stadium, which was an album that fulfilled his contract with MCA along with his gospel album in 1981.

He played a song that Mr. Dale Watson wrote called “Where Do You Want It” now I’ll wait until I get to Mr. Billy Joe shaver’s portion of my articles to elaborate more on that song. The remarks that Mr. Billy Joe made introducing this song were just WILD.  “Going Down Drinking” was a great song of male celebration and alpha male stuff we all know and love. It’s a great man cave anthem.

“Crazy By Any Other Name” is another truly epic song he does and he followed it with “Crazy By Any Other Name” and another favorite of mine called “Memories Cost A Lot”. Also included in his set was “Turn Up The Jones” also the Bruce Springsteen hit called “I’m On Fire” and ” I Ain’t Drunk”. As they were wrapping up their set tonight I made my way over to the second stage for the later night festivities.

As you can evidently see the crowd had the same idea I did as they all equally prepared for a gal who has lately become a friend of mine Miss Sunny Sweeney and not to stray too far off this subject, but she plays the Opry with numerous frequent appearances so I have been on a mission to help her become inducted as a member. PLEASE help me help her by contacting the NEW Opry manager Miss Sally Williams, I have been on a mission to persuade Mr. Pete Fisher to induct her. Now that it has woman managing it, I’m hoping that Miss Sunny’s music can speak to her from a female standpoint and make her stand out above any other. Sunny Sweeney plays it frequently and I am adamant on the conclusion that she WILL represent it with passion and love. I WANT her to become a Country Music Legend that my daughter can enjoy when I am passed away, because as an activist and journalist THIS IS part of MY legacy.

She opened her set with a song off her new album Trophy called “Better Bad Idea” and shortly after she included the first song I ever heard her play that attracted me to her WAY BACK called “If I Could”. It’s a fast paced honky tonking song of grand twang. It was released in 2006 by her before she was picked up by Big Machine and re released in 2007, before the transfer of that label.

She is often associated with Red Dirt genre and that’s how I found her BUT she doesn’t consider herself that, from talking with her on a personal level she is JUST COUNTRY. But I’ll tell you what she LOVES being up there and playing music. She has REALLY evolved in the last few years and if you follow her pattern you’ll see her last two albums are WAY different from her first two. Just sit back and delve into what she does and dwell on it for a day and you’ll understand her.

“Pills” man what a great song, even though it wasn’t penned by her, she pulls the song off SO well, and it’s believable. it’s relevant to the direction of her new album and I CAN TELL YOU Trophy WILL be on my TOP 50 list of 2017…HELL it’ll be top 10. “Pass The Pain” is the opening song of the new album and it sets the mood of the upcoming album quite well.

The next song called “Whiskey Richard/Dick” was a song I have been hearing quite a buzz about on a local level, it’s a song I’m sure she might never record on a major label (however I would love it if she did) however it was cleverly written filled with many great hooks and hidden meanings. She is ONE HELL of a crafty songwriter especially when you combine her with people like Angaleena Presely and others.

She posed a good picture for me and that was cool, I appreciate all she does for my website. It really helps me help them when they help me. “Why People Change” was next followed by “Everybody Else Can Just Kiss My Ass” was her FU anthem on the album Provoked, about raising hell and partying. I’m sure all of us can relate to that song.  also later on she played “Backhanded Compliment” from that album.

She went into a story about how the album concept for Trophy came about as she played “Trophy” from that said album. This new album is her revenge for personal insults toward her and we get to share in her delight as fans. Not too may artists share their personal lives through music this closely as she has.

She commands her own world up there on stage as she played “Drink Myself Single” and the deeply written song “Bottle By My Bed” which at first I thought was a Jason Boland cover. Come to find out it was NOT and it was indeed a song of personal lament.  She closed her set with “Bad Girl Phase”. After finally getting to witness her set tonight I am regretful that I haven’t ever gotten the chance to see her perform live yet.

Miss Courtney Patton is the wife of Mr. Jason Eady and also a driving force in Texas music by herself. With vocals that are silky smooth and songs that are truly relate able, she puts on one hell of a show.

“Twisted” was truly a song of splitting up and becoming divided as time drifts you apart. I love her steel infused music she has on both of her albums like the song “What I Didn’t Say”. Recently she played a series of Christmas shows with Miss Sunny and two others for their “Hard Candy Christmas” shows.

“War Of Art” was off of her latest album from 2015, which was a terrific uptempo song of family live while being on the road. Trust me as one who has followed these people around this great country, this life isn’t easy. She’s right signing in bars night after night isn’t a job for a mother or a wife.

She brought many great songs to the table tonight, like the upbeat song called “Light Fades” which brought out more of her Red Dirt influences. Now folks here was one of my TOP negative complaints about the festival overall, being this…ALL of the women acts were on the back stage and placed late at night. I’m not sure if this was a mere coincidence or planned but it wasn’t really well accepted by me. I’m NOT personally offended but I was discouraged as a patron who loves hearing the women play as much as the guys.

“Lamplight” was next which was a slow flowing song of well written lyrics and it also paints a truly terrific picture in your mind, it displays her talents for songwriting quite well. The song “Need For Wanting” was a song I related to myself, it’s a basic D chord two step filled with steel and GREAT vocals. Every guy can relate to her refusing to give into their bullshit lines, as a long since recovered addict I remember that gutter lifestyle of using people. She sings that song SO PRETTY and deliverers the song on the album equally well.

All in All I have been having a wonderful time here at Tumbleweed and I look forward to tomorrow and finding more wonderful new friends. Networking abounds out here in Kansas City for our second yearly trip out here, and I’m having many people to thank for having my crew and I out here!

 

Aug 052017
 

HELLO MY FRIENDS and my non Flocker friends, my Tumbleweeders, my non Warden friends and all other sets that were represented here this weekend. WOW what a HUGE event to unwind from, and return to life. I didn’t drink a whole lot this weekend to be honest and I hydrated correctly.

So for those of you that faithfully follow my website and love the Tumbleweed side articles, this will commence my main articles for this festival. There were a few side articles that were interviews and they were with the smaller up and coming acts, as well as the Flockers creator Mr. William Higgins, you can read that one HERE
ALSO: Mickey Lamantia (ML 750)
Dustin James Clark
Sunny Sweeney.

Now one thing you must bear in mind here, I cannot post videos from several of the acts involved here for legal issues. I CAN AND WILL chock it FULL of pictures and information on the music involved, and as many told me I worked my ass off this weekend. The way this festival was set up geographically I really didn’t have a long walk to my vendor tent, which was where I had the rental car parked and used Rebel K Child tent as my base of operations, as I often do at festivals. While she was setting up for Friday’s sales I walked around greeted people and got ready for what I could catch of the music from the Pre-party.

Together we have become a prominent festival combination for networking purposes and we team up on traveling costs making it possible for us both to expand and making it possible for ME to bring YOU the BEST festival coverage I can, if you weren’t there…by the time YOU read this I want you to feel like you were. THAT IS the purpose of my articles here, many other media outlets want you to engage in comments sections and drama subjects. Now folks that’s alright hell I do it myself even at times, but on my website here it’s more focused on information and appreciation of the music it featured.

We arrived late Thursday night, mainly because I had some personal medical issues that needed to be taken care of before I left town.  Then right about the Hwy 24-57 split the enemy reared it’s ugly head…rain. Not small light rains but menacing rains, that were tearing apart the Kansas City area throughout the night on Wednesday.

This rain was heavy and plentiful and my good friend Mr. Derek “Weave” Weaver (whom I stayed with) reported to me that they had seven inches plus of rain, and in some areas it was beyond damaging. As with ANY job I stay in contact with the directors and keep my team available for help offers. I was informed that this event had a lingering possibility of cancellation. You need to remember this event was RIGHT ON the river, and sustained significant flooding damage. The vendor area couldn’t provide electricity or lodging for them, and the main stage area couldn’t house sound systems and electronics. His team worked on into the night and early morning to render the park able to accommodate guests.

The rumor mill already began churning before the front gate opened….social media BOOMED with rumors of it being cancelled…being postponed….re scheduled and so forth. Borda Productions came forward and released a official statement that confirmed the natural disaster problems, however they STRESSED that the company has NEVER cancelled an event. Tumbleweed went on a little later than planned…but it went on.

Before I begin the music I just wanted to say that I have never NEVER MET a more down to Earth and welcoming duo than Mr. Doug and Miss Piper, there aren’t too many that honestly become personal friends. People that you would invite into your home and just put the business aside and be friends with, those two certainly were those type. This event became a VERY valuable and tangible networking tool for ALL OF US. Much like ANY festival friendships and alliances were formed, old friends were rekindled and new music was discovered.

NOW THAT is the MOST integral and pertinent part of this article and this event. NEW fans were exposed to NON COMMERCIAL and INTERDEPENDENT MUSIC that EVERY website they invited there daily promotes. Like us or not we are busy promoting REAL MUSIC the likes of the “smaller acts” like the first artist I caught…barely…I was so busy setting up that I missed most of the late night stage on Thursday. The first day and night was indeed A pushy and tiresome cluster of setbacks for me. I’m NOT going to lie it wasn’t until Friday that I was on my A Game, and ready to do what I do BEST…report on the MUSIC. There was a flag issue that bred MUCH drama that I shall opt to NOT touch on, I don’t NEED any drama for ratings. THIS IS A MUSIC PAGE and you’ll read information about their set lists and their future plans, I think I did a wonderful job of weeding out the drama mill stirrers so YOU can get the FULL ambiance of Tumbleweed…the non commercial Outlaw Music juggernaut that this man and his team have created.

Thursday night transpired in a large tent called the Camping Stage and also dubbed the Late Night Stage. This was readily convenient for my crew as she could run her vendor tent and WATCH some of the music simultaneously, and also the toilet facilities were close by her. The vendors has ample power and amnesties and for what they paid for a spot it was totally a cost effective festival in my opinion, so ALL you vendor friends of mine please contact Miss Piper and reserve your 2018 spot…the vendor row needed growth. THAT comes in time, and with our word of mouth, if YOU liked a certain product TELL THEM to bring it back. Seriously Mr. Doug can NOT expand his idea without positive AND negative advice from the ones who REALLY make it happen….YOU.

One of the BEST things initially about this festival was the medical facilities and staff. With someone like ME I MUST have a way to keep insulin cold and a safe locker for medications. I NEED a CLEAN place to check my sugars and stay regular so I can work on this, I had that. I had comfort knowing I can have any possible bad situation handled for me or for my two other people that depend on me for safety. The security and medical staff were absolutely above and beyond what I was expecting and I commend them in every way possible.

The entire park was AWESOME in the amount of trees around to provide shade for us, I mean even with extreme heat (which wasn’t the case) one could have some relief. The vendor area was REALLY well shaded and also the main stage area had many nice spots I could set my chair up for work, it was not as campestral as I thought the grounds would be.

So the first act I got to see part of was Mr. Dustin James Clark and his all natural brand of Honky Tonk Country music, as he opened up the entire festival. I interviewed him earlier on and got a truly good perspective on what he was going to bring to the table here this weekend.

As I stated earlier the larger acts have mostly asked me NOT to publish videos of their performances and I shall comply with them accordingly. HOWEVER the up and coming guys and gals have been VERY adamant about allowing it. Many of them are my personal friends and he is NO exception, and I look forward to  watching what he can accomplish with a future full band. I think with proper steel behind him he would sound amazing, his EP is available on the website.

I recently contacted him via text and he provided me with a set list. He opened his set with “Land Of The Free” which was song about ignorance, and how we sometimes take our freedom for granted.  “If we don’t pull our heads out of our asses, we may not live in the land of the free”.

“Common Man’ was next (not the John Conlee song of the same name), but it basically talks about just being a plain and simple American. That’s pretty much what we were celebrating this weekend..freedom to be able to assemble like this. “She’s Everywhere I Go” was next followed by ‘Angel in the Hands Of A Devil”.

The Steve Young written song “Lonesome Onry And Mean” made popular by Waylon was next and later on into the weekend the one thorn in my side was this: too many covers!  One or Two per set was alright and actually many of the artists here (like Miss Sunny Sweeney) pull off covers from their albums…that’s expected.

“Broken Heart Billy” was next along with ‘Working Man’s Blues” and “Good Hearted Woman” but perhaps his crowning achievement on songs is the up tempo “Fast Cars Honky Tonk Bars And Long Legged Women”. This song was off his EP he had for sale, and I strongly suggest you go pick that up NOW.

You aren’t going to be disappointed in any way shape or form with this young man and his music. One thing you’ll notice about his original tunes…they are all well over three minutes long. One can approach that in two ways, he isn’t good enough of a songwriter to deliver a message quick enough OR he takes a little more time to paint a better picture in getting his point across. YOU decide for yourself on that folks, but I myself say it’s the latter of the two. He takes pride in what he sings and writes and he sticks out like a rooster wearing socks.

The Boomswagglers were a trio from Texas that has actually been around since the early Myspace era in 2007. They are considered a Roots Music original band by many, and I missed most of their set as well.

I’ll admit I’m not entirely familiar with this band and they weren’t as audience related as the other acts this weekend. All of them had merch available and greeted the crowd guests for pictures and talking, I didn’t see that in their instance, however I wasn’t present for the entire set either.  I’ll have to catch up with this band further on down the road at Americana Fest.

I did get to finally get settled in and got to witness the band that WON the competition to perform that camping stage called Greg Payne And The Piedmont Boys and they are from Greenville South Carolina.

Greg Payne – Vocals, Guitar
Matt Parks – Fiddle, Vocals
Chíef Spires – Bass, Vocals
Stuart McConnell – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Tony Pilot – Drums

I couldn’t say enough good things about Mr. Matt Parks their fiddle player, who played ONE HELL OF AN “Orange Blossom Special” written in 1938 by Ervin T Rouse and is widely regarded as the “Fiddle Players National Anthem”. Probably one of the most adamantly revered fiddle tunes in the history of music as a whole. He did the song justice and was flawless on many notes save for a few small ones that an untrained ear would easily miss. He is a DAMN FINE musician and overall this band had a HUGE stage presence tonight.

The one complaint I had overall about the festival with MOST of the bands as I previously stated was the selection of (or should I say OVER selection of) cover songs. I ENJOY them but I came here to hear their own original music, I do understand you have to entertain the people that WANT the cover songs. But I was hoping for more indulging into their own albums and partaking in well written original songs like “Rice And Beans” , I mean THAT SONG is just an absolute JAM!

However contradicting myself I thought their rendition of “Tulsa Time” was over the top terrific and the tempo was PERFECT. This band plays like a well oiled machine and is vocally intact, not many lagging vocals or off timed relations between the bass man and the kick drum especially on “Rice And Beans” where you can easily detect off time beats.

They opened their set with “Long Time Gone” and The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” before going into their original songs like “Free Spirit” and “White Line Mercy”, which was a REALLY WELL WRITTEN SONG about being with a woman who loves cocaine. It’s an easily relate able song for many men in that situation, with a great up tempo beat, and I could easily ascertain the audience reaction to this song…which I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing?

“Alone Again” was followed by the song “35” which has a ton of twang. I relate to this song truly well above all of his songs. Being a 21 year CLEAN heroin addict I am 46 now and I’m amazed I’m alive. This a well written masterpiece of personal lament, and regret, the line about a pill and guitar pick in my pocket was what wins me over on this song.

“He Ain’t Got No Hot Water” was another up tempo party song they play, that displays GREAT vocal harmonies and fiddle. This song had the crowd dancing quicker than a cat will lick it’s ass, and it also displayed some common bass thump that I always identify with good old fashioned Honky Tonk music.

The covers that they DID DO were truly great to be honest, as they did “When I’m Stoned” by Jason Boland and The Stragglers, and also they did “Cast No Stones” which we would hear later by Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies. “Long Way From The Bottom” and “Traveling Outlaw Band” closed out the set, and the evening tonight. I’m just glad it was an early one because at this juncture I’ve been up for 31 hours and I was ready for a few hours of sleep.

Aug 042017
 

HI Folks

Well once again I am working my butt off for Tumbleweed, ushering in Muddy Roots and also working for the Texas Country Music Awards. As you may know I can NO LONGER do this alone, so I have enlisted the assistance of my friend Mr. Joshua Wallace to help me when he finds jobs he knows he can conquer.

I firmly think you will concur that he knocked it out of the park on this review of Mr. Tyler Childers HAPPY PURGATORY DAY EVERYONE.

Here is a video from a recently covered Tyler Childers show in Nashville you can read more about that one HERE

Whether you’ve been waiting for years to hear a fully produced Tyler Childers album or you just discovered him leading up to this release, Purgatory does not disappoint.  This record was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson and it was recorded live at David Ferguson’s Butcher Shoppe over 2 days.  They have released a record that I feel will be a strong contender for album of the year 2017.

There is a lot of diversity at work in the sound on this album.  These songs pull from outlaw country, honky tonk and even bluegrass and folk.  The star among these varied arrangements is Tyler’s voice and songwriting, both of which are front and center on this album.  Clever lines like “Well my buckle makes impressions on the inside of her thigh, there are little feathered indians where we tussled through the night” from “Feathered Indians” are peppered throughout the lyrics.  The imagery present in his songwriting often reminds me of Jason Isbell, but with more accessibility.

Some of my favorites include “Whitehouse Road”, “Purgatory” and “Honky Tonk Flame”.  “Whitehouse Road” reminds me of a modern day “Copperhead Road” but in a good way that makes something new while bringing about memories of the old song.  The title track puts the album in full on bluegrass mode and it’s a fun romp that brings about a welcome change of pace to the album.  Finally, “Honky Tonk Flame” brings about that honky tonk vibe and you can hear Sturgill’s influence on this track.

There is truly not a bad track on this album and I’m sure everyone will have their own favorites.  While you have heard many of these songs before, either live or on his previous releases like the Live on Red Barn Radio I & II EPs or the Bottles & Bibles LP from 2011 , this record is his best release to date.  I hope this album finds Tyler Childers the bigger audiences his sound deserves.  The sky’s the limit from here and I’m excited to see what is next.

 

Purgatory Track List:

  1. I Swear (to God)

  2. Feathered Indians

  3. Tattoos

  4. Born Again

  5. Whitehouse Road

  6. Banded Clovis

  7. Purgatory

  8. Universal Sound

  9. Honky Tonk Flame

  10. Lady May

 

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