Monthly Archives: October 2017

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Ward Davis.

Erin Enderline
Emi Sunshine
Porter Union
Brent Cobb
Joshua Morningstar
Cody Jinks
Tennessee Jet
The Steel Woods
Dallas Moore
Justin Wells
Johnathan Parker
Kayla Ray

This week I am happy to be able to bring you this interview with Ward Davis. I have been blessed to not only see this guy in concert 10+ times but also some how along the way I became friends with him. I truly consider Ward and his lead guitarist Cody Bennett brothers, and I love them both like family because they are family in my book. If you love the traditional country sound and respect the history of Country music then I have no doubt you will love Ward’s music. Please take a moment and like this page if you haven’t already so you will never miss any upcoming interviews and click the share button and share this post to help spread Ward’s music.

Round 1 – Brother the Ryman felt life changing for myself and I was just in the audience. Can you talk about this past weekend and your feelings on having played for 2 sold out nights at the Ryman?

Ward – “I’ve wanted to play at the Ryman since I was about 9 years old. I moved to Nashville, in 2000, and didn’t set foot in the place for the first 10 years of living here. I was hoping my first time in the Ryman would be to perform, in some capacity. I wanted to play it so bad, but somewhere in there I gave up on ever getting to. Dreams change, goals change, and I had decided to buckle down and write songs for a living, and had let performing kind of slip to the side. When I stopped chasing wild geese in Nashville, and started touring full time two years ago, I can honestly say that it never even crossed my mind that I might get to play there at some point. It didn’t seem realistic. I was really just looking for 12-15 markets where I could go play throughout the year, and make a living for my family. I was expecting to still be playing in shit-hole dive bars for tips at this point. The course changed when I started working with and touring with Cody Jinks. Our style’s aren’t necessarily the same, but we share that mutual love for writing songs, and I think we are just fans of one another. He’s been real generous, giving me that opening spot on so many of his shows, and getting to play the Ryman was just another example of that. The gesture of him letting me open the show, being there on that stage with my best friend, and just the pleasure of the whole experience was probably one of the best feelings I have ever felt. It’s up there with my daughter being born…it was a lot of the most magnificent moments of my life.”

Round 2 – Is there any news on when we may be seeing a new album?

Ward – “Well there won’t be a new album…I’ve got a new EP coming out here in the next couple of months..I’ve had it recorded for some time now, but have kept it shelved while I’ve been touring. I wanted to have some time to make sure it’s just right before I drop it. My friend Buddy Cannon offered up his talents to produce it, and he did a hell of a job. Buddy has produced a shit ton of records for a shit ton of artists, including George Jones, WIllie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson, Sammy Kershaw, Kenny Chesney, Gilbert Donovan, and even more than I can’t think of. He produced “Unfair Weather Friend,” on Willie and Merle, and I just love the hell out of him for it. This little record is some of the best music I have ever recorded, albeit short…it’s gonna be sweet. I hate to speculate on a date yet, but I’d imagine it’ll be out before the weather gets warm again.”

Round 3 – The Wardens & The Flockers are 2 very loyal groups and they both love you, can you tell everyone your thoughts on these groups and what they mean to you?

Ward – “Is this a trick question? I’ve never seen anything like those guys..I’ve had a few die hard fans that have been coming to my few-and-far-between shows for the past 15 years who I’ve always just thought of as good friends, just because they did so much to help me keep the family fed, and the bills paid. I thought it was just friends being friendly…It’s weird for me to see so many people basically being the same way towards me, for no good reason. I mean, it’s humbling..I don’t expect it, and I spend a lot of time scratching my head trying to figure out why all these people are being so nice to me, and all they want from me is for me to keep doing what I love doing. But they are the ones that are making it all possible in the first place. It’s crazy…They don’t know me, and they weren’t there for all those years I was struggling to try to make something happen in this town, but somehow they seem to understand, and embrace my music. It’s overwhelming. So yeah. The Wardens and Flockers are about as cool of a bunch of fans as I could imagine. I love them.”‘

Round 4 – Everyone that knows you knows that you’re funny as hell, make us laugh brother and tell us one of your favorite stories or memories from the road…I know there must be some good ones with you and Jinks touring together.

Ward – “Man, this is a hard one. There are lots.. I guess my favorite most recent one, that isn’t too wild, was here a couple months ago when I got arrested in Hays, Kansas for possession of marijuana. In all fairness, I was trying to smoke it up as fast as I could, so I wouldn’t have to travel with it, but Kansas is long and wide, and it takes time to drive across it. I couldn’t get it all smoked up it time and the crime-fighting super-cops in Hays nabbed my ass. They cuffed me and stuffed me in the car, but not before Jinks verbally accosted every one of them, for being fucking assholes…He actually beat me to the jail to bail me out. I fuckin love that guy. Anyway, charges pending.”

Round 5 – What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of music?

Ward – “I don’t have many…not much time. I guess my favorite thing to do when I’m not touring, writing, being daddy, or sleeping, is hitting up thrift stores and searching for old books. I like old books…especially when they are rare and I can find some sucker on eBay to pay me 100 times what I paid for them. As a result of my hobby, my garage is full of boxes and boxes of old worthless books, that I refuse to throw out. I’ve also picked a couple of pretty nice oil paintings, some ancient pacific island tribal artifacts, and even a pretty sweet antelope head that hangs in the garage. So yeah, I guess I like to party at GoodWill for my hobby.”

Last Call – This is where you can say whatever you want to your fans and anyone else who may read this.

Ward – “Man, thanks for asking me to do this…I guess that’s all I want to say..Other than I love my life. I love what I do, and if I died tomorrow, I’d die a happy dude.”

Muddy Roots Music Valley Jamboree.

For those of you that enjoy going to the Nashville Boogie that Muddy Roots has been putting on for two years now, Mr. Jason has created a winter event for us to enjoy, that falls along the same lines of the spring event. You know I always have TOTAL FUN at the Palace and with Muddy Roots events, and I’m sure you will too. So here’s a ticket link and some hotels for you.

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

Fri, Nov 3, 2017, 4:30 PM  Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 11:30 PM CDT
The Nashville Palace
2611 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Wanda Jackson & the Music Valley Jamboree will give you the Nashville Boogie fix you need! Featuring rockabilly, country & western bands and DJs Friday 6pm to 2am and Saturday 12 noon to 2am! An all day cruise in will take place behind The Nashville Palace on Saturday. There is no fee to park in the cruise in. We’ll be wrapping up the weekend with a record convention on Sunday. Hosted by

Friday lineup
Wanda Jackson
The Cowpokes
DJ Reb Kennedy
DJ Krazy Kat Daddy
Billy Harlan
Kyle Eldridge & The Rhythm Rounders
DJ Col. Paco Chaos

Saturday Lineup:
DJ Krazy Kat Daddy
Hillbilly Casino
Bloodshot BILL
DJ, Col. Paco Chaos
James Intveld
Reb Kenedy
TJ Mayes
DJ Juke Joint Jenni
DJ Phantom
The Rhythm Kings
Screamin’ Rebel, Angels
Jane Rose

Album Feature: The Reeves Brothers : King Of Country Music.

By Mr. Joshua Wallace:

If you’re going to call an album King of Country Music, you have to be able to back it up. The Reeves Brothers do just that on their latest release. The album is a mix of a few obscure covers and some great originals. It has a sound that sounds like it came out of the 1970s, but it’s the latest release from this band out of Pahrump, NV.

The covers on this album include “C.C. Water back” originally by Merle Haggard and George Jones, “Riverboat Gambler” by Chris LeDoux and the traditional gospel tune “Unclouded Day”. The Reeves Brothers do a good job with all of the covers here. I especially love the addition of Tony Martinez on “C.C. Water back” and the bluegrass feel of “Unclouded Day”.

I’m a huge fan of their original tracks here. “Sober Up And Face The Night” is a great ballad that breaks up the tone of a faster paced album. “Honky-Tonks and Cheap Motels” is another original that fits right in with songs from the 70s.

Some cuts on this album are old tracks and even uncut songs they have covered from some obscure songwriters you might or might not have heard of. You get songs like “Mama Raised A Ramblin’ Man” and a live cut of “Who Invented Honky Tonkin’” which were written by Ray Willis who wrote songs for Kenny Rogers and Ronnie Milsap. You also have cuts like the amazing track “King of Country Music” which went unused and was written by Gene Price who was Merle Haggard’s bass player on the Okie From Muskogee album and wrote songs with Buck Owens. This is a great way to pay tribute the older songwriters who might be long forgotten if their songs aren’t cut by newer bands like this.

If you’re a fan of the traditional honky tonk sound out of the 70’s, check out this album. It lives up to the moniker King of Country Music for sure and holds up the tradition by including some obscure covers and paying homage to some obscure songwriters. We’re lucky to have groups such as the Reeves Brothers who keep this sound alive. King of Country Music is out everywhere you can find digital albums and you can pick up a physical copy from The Reeves Brothers

Reeves Brothers – King Of Country Music

1 .Waltzes and Western Swing

2 .Damn You Whiskey

3. Mama You Raised A Ramblin’ Man

4. Honky-Tonks and Cheap Motels

5. Who Invented Honky Tonkin’ (Live)

6. C. C. Waterback (With Tony Martinez)

7. Riverboat Gambler

8. Sober Up And Face The Night

9. King of Country Music

Album Feature: Kurt Fortmeyer Ameraucana

I met Mr. Kurt Fortmeyer many moons ago on the Myspace website when I was truly taking raw form of an actual website. I had NO knowledge of HTML coding or how to operate the back door aspect of this deal, I had no connections and I had no knowledge of how to go about organizing. BUT I DID have a knowledge of obscure Country Music and somewhat of a knowledge of songwriters.

I have always stated that Country Music as a whole has three major fundamental pillars of it’s structure. And if you have all three of those you indeed have a timeless classic Country album. The steel guitarist, the producer and the songwriter.

To be honest nowadays I think the songwriter role has been pretty much pushed under the carpet by the major media ACCEPT the major songwriters that also perform and sell out venues like John Prine. I mean the writers that got together in those publishing houses, and sat in those dirty rooms full of smoke, and old white castle bags and created REAL songs. Unless you are into underground music like THIS website is dedicated to you won’t know who Billy Don Burns or Jimmy Payne are. Mr. Kurt is one of the kindest and honest individuals I have ever shook hands with and to be honest it’s a downright shame he is not regraded higher than he is by many.

I started hanging out with Mr. Kurt downtown at the open mic nights all over town and playing rounds with him. We had MANY terrific FUN nights of music and friendship together. EVERY Thanksgiving he invites me over and EVERY cookout I have I invite him, I LOVE to hear him play what I consider HIS HITS!

I’ll be honest overall this isn’t his best album HOWEVER there ARE some BEST songs on this album that I hope one day he puts on “greatest hits” album. This album was truly a DAMN FINE album with some genius twists on words, it’s amazing how his brain works when it come to lyrics. Just because I said it wasn’t his best doesn’t mean I thought it was a bad album, I simply don’t believe he COULD MAKE a bad album!

The album opens with a somber and slow song “The Heart Of A Hobo” which is about a vagabond who was a hobo at heart, and eventually ends up actually obtaining a heart from someone who was. It contains SO MANY clever quips and witty lines like ‘how he came to have that change of heart” has two meanings and you must LISTEN CLOSE to “get it”.

With Mr. Kurt you will get religious songs and political ones as well and if that not your cup of tea it’s ok! He’s got a song called “Jesus Wouldn’t Do It That Way” which opens with “To some pillhead on the radio calling women whores, Jesus wouldn’t do it that way”. Oddly enough that was about my VERY OWN uncle, however I haven’t had anything to do with him for many years, I also don’t think Jesus would call anybody a pillhead either. It just struck me for a good giggle he would even know who my uncle was! However I did agree with this song Jesus wouldn’t appreciate neither side of the political spectrum of today’s society. I myself choose to ignore the people and things I don’t like, when Obama was president I saw some pretty nasty pictures and now I see nasty pictures of the current President by the people whom were offended by the pictures of the past one….how does that justify any actions?  Now you CANNOT say leave politics OUT of music because everyone does it and it’s OK with me, not much offends me, I simply point out things from both sides of politics that I find naughty.

You will get humorous and downright entertaining songs like “The Wrong Side Of The Roost” which is about ornery old Roosters in that barnyard that likes to peck your butt. Once again you get MANY good lines in the song like “change his name to stew (meaning Stu)” Comes off a little too cocky?  VERY good song here.

Perhaps on of the finest songs Mr. Kurt has ever created is this one called ‘Merle Go Round”, it’s already been cut and I’ll include the video here. You will absolutely LOVE this song, and it made MY Merle go round for sure! It’s just plain out good old Honky Tonk Country for sure!

The BEST SONG on this album and might even be the best song he’s ever done in my opinion is “We Can’t Cut The Baby In Half” which is a classic song about divorce. WOW, Mr. Kurt amazes me more and more EVERY ALBUM he makes. It focuses on a couple splitting up and dividing up their assets but when it comes down to deciding who gets the baby they have a change of heart and decide to stay together. You know this is a rather easy to understand song with complex lyrics. You have to REALLY listen to get the full meaning.

‘A woman’s Touch” was a song I related with really well, at 46 years old I have NO drama and no problems in life. I’d be a really good catch for some lady even though I’m a fixer upper. But I quit trying because I’m just not wanted by anybody, it’s all about looks. “On the market as a fixer upper” is a truly good line indeed. You’ll ALSO get a really good re issues of one of his older songs called ‘What’s Not To Love About That”. This is an older song that everybody downtown REALLY enjoys and garners a lot of people singing along to it.

You can purchase this album by clicking HERE


5 Shots With Fairbanks: Kayla Ray


Erin Enderline
Emi Sunshine
Porter Union
Brent Cobb
Joshua Morningstar
Cody Jinks
Tennessee Jet
The Steel Woods
Dallas Moore
Justin Wells
Johnathan Parker

This week I am happy to be able to bring you the very talented Kayla Ray. She is just as nice and sweet as she is talented and I believe you guys will enjoy her as much as I do. Please remember to like this page to ensure you never miss an upcoming interview and share this post to help spread Kayla’s music.

Round 1 – What is a lyric from a song, either yours or someone else’s that means a lot to you and why ?

Kayla Ray – As​ ​a​ ​songwriter​ ​I​ ​suppose​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​out​ ​something​ ​of​ ​my​ ​own​ ​I​ ​try​ ​my​ ​very​ ​best​ ​to give​ ​as​ ​much​ ​of​ ​myself​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​each​ ​tune​ ​I​ ​write.​ ​However,​ ​as​ ​an avid​ ​fan​ ​and​ ​a​ ​true​ ​lover​ ​of songwriting​ ​in​ ​its​ ​craft​ ​form,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​something​ ​other​ ​than​ ​my​ ​own.

In​ ​particular,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​focus​ ​here​ ​on​ ​the​ ​great​ ​Townes​ ​VanZandt.​ ​In​ ​his​ ​tune​ ​“Tecumseh Valley”​ ​the​ ​first​ ​and​ ​last​ ​line​ ​he​ ​uses​ ​is​ ​simply,​ ​“The​ ​name​ ​she​ ​gave​ ​was​ ​Caroline,​ ​the​ ​daughter of​ ​a​ ​miner.​ ​Her​ ​ways​ ​were​ ​free,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​me​ ​that​ ​sunshine​ ​walked​ ​beside​ ​her.”​ ​The song​ ​then​ ​twists​ ​and​ ​winds​ ​and​ ​introduces​ ​the​ ​young​ ​woman​ ​as​ ​the​ ​lovely​ ​hard​ ​working​ ​heroine of​ ​the​ ​story.​ ​However​ ​as​ ​fate​ ​would​ ​have​ ​it,​ ​her​ ​father​ ​dies​ ​and​ ​she​ ​journeys​ ​so​ ​far​ ​deep​ ​within her​ ​grief,​ ​that​ ​she​ ​becomes​ ​a​ ​prostitute.​ ​And​ ​though​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​occupation​ ​she​ ​chooses​ ​is usually​ ​looked​ ​down​ ​upon,​ ​Townes​ ​never​ ​once​ ​acknowledges​ ​the​ ​societal​ ​shame​ ​put​ ​on​ ​this line​ ​of​ ​work.​ ​Instead​ ​he​ ​insists​ ​that​ ​she​ ​brought,​ ​fire,​ ​grief,​ ​anger,​ ​and​ ​passion​ ​all​ ​to​ ​the​ ​table​ ​in anything​ ​she​ ​attempted.​ ​You​ ​cannot​ ​help​ ​but​ ​love​ ​and​ ​admire​ ​the​ ​woman​ ​because​ ​of​ ​his depiction.​ ​The​ ​woman​ ​then​ ​takes​ ​her​ ​life​ ​under​ ​a​ ​flight​ ​of​ ​barroom​ ​stairs​ ​that,​ ​when​ ​I​ ​close​ ​my eyes​ ​I​ ​can​ ​see​ ​and​ ​feel​ ​because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​incredible​ ​gift​ ​Townes​ ​had.​ ​The​ ​story​ ​is​ ​so​ ​tragic​ ​you almost​ ​forget​ ​that​ ​this​ ​grief​ ​stricken​ ​woman​ ​was​ ​once​ ​an​ ​innocent​ ​girl​ ​venturing​ ​away​ ​from home​ ​to​ ​find​ ​work​ ​just​ ​to​ ​send​ ​the​ ​money​ ​all​ ​back​ ​home.​ ​But​ ​Townes,​ ​wisely​ ​knowing​ ​of​ ​this, gently​ ​reminds​ ​us​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tune​ ​that,​ ​“The​ ​name​ ​she​ ​gave​ ​was​ ​Caroline,​ ​the​ ​daughter of​ ​a​ ​miner.​ ​Her​ ​ways​ ​were​ ​free,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​that​ ​sunshine​ ​walks​ ​beside​ ​her.”.

Townes,​ ​in​ ​all​ ​of​ ​his​ ​infinite​ ​wisdom​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to,​ ​in​ ​just​ ​under​ ​4​ ​mins,​ ​wash​ ​clear​ ​the​ ​reputation of​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​that​ ​would​ ​have​ ​likely​ ​been​ ​forgotten​ ​or​ ​worse,​ ​disgraced​ ​by​ ​the​ ​passing​ ​of​ ​time.​ ​I think​ ​his​ ​intention​ ​was​ ​to​ ​preach​ ​the​ ​thought​ ​that​ ​we​ ​shouldn’t​ ​be​ ​so​ ​quick​ ​to​ ​judge.​ ​What treasures​ ​he​ ​would​ ​have​ ​missed​ ​had​ ​he​ ​not​ ​had​ ​the​ ​foresight​ ​or,​ ​boyish​ ​ignorance​ ​to​ ​have​ ​had his​ ​head​ ​turned​ ​by​ ​the​ ​captivating​ ​Caroline,​ ​be​ ​her​ ​flesh​ ​and​ ​bone​ ​or,​ ​preverbal.

Round 2 – Who is your favorite song writer or all time?

Kayla Ray – Whooo​ ​you’ve​ ​got​ ​me​ ​all​ ​excited!​ ​I​ ​love​ ​to​ ​dissect​ ​tunes!​ ​Picking​ ​1​ ​is​ ​far​ ​too​ ​hard.​ ​I​ ​often​ ​say​ ​I have​ ​a​ ​top​ ​5​ ​that​ ​rotate​ ​based​ ​on​ ​my​ ​mood​ ​ha!!​ ​I’ll​ ​visit​ ​two​ ​of​ ​them​ ​here.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​my thoughts​ ​for​ ​today.​ ​Catch​ ​me​ ​on​ ​a​ ​rainy​ ​Tuesday​ ​somewhere​ ​quiet​ ​with​ ​a​ ​jukebox​ ​and​ ​where beers​ ​are​ ​a​ ​buck​ ​fifty​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​sure​ ​I​ ​will​ ​have​ ​changed​ ​my​ ​mind.

1. Merle​ ​Haggard​ ​for​ ​his​ ​incredible​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​just​ ​tell​ ​you​ ​the​ ​truth.​ ​His​ ​vocal​ ​delivery,​ ​was soaked​ ​through​ ​and​ ​through​ ​with​ ​the​ ​emotion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​moment​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​how​ ​light​ ​and cheerful​ ​or,​ ​how​ ​painful.​ ​Some​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​this​ ​are​ ​tunes​ ​like​ ​“Hungry​ ​Eyes”,​ ​A​ ​tale​ ​of growing​ ​up​ ​poor​ ​and​ ​watching​ ​his​ ​mother​ ​suffer​ ​because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​things​ ​she​ ​didn’t​ ​have. “Rainbow​ ​Stew”,​ ​A​ ​fun​ ​sarcastic​ ​look​ ​at​ ​politics​ ​that​ ​is​ ​still​ ​relevant​ ​today,​ ​“My​ ​Favorite Memory”,​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​recollection​ ​of​ ​time​ ​spent​ ​with​ a ​lover​ ​that​ ​will​ ​never​ ​escape​ ​him, “Sing​ ​Me​ ​Back​ ​Home”,​ ​about​ ​a​ ​prisoner​ ​facing​ ​execution​ ​but​ ​needing​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few songs​ ​so​ ​precious​ ​to​ ​him,​ ​they​ ​would​ ​evoke​ ​powerful​ ​memories​ ​of​ ​his​ ​home.​ ​​ ​“I​ ​take​ ​A lot​ ​of​ ​Pride​ ​in​ ​What​ ​I​ ​Am”,​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​of​ ​a​ ​hobo,​ ​“Going​ ​Where​ ​the​ ​Lonely​ ​Go”,​ ​a​ ​good​ ​old fashioned​ ​drunken​ ​heartbreak​ ​song​ ​​ ​and,​ ​he​ ​also​ ​co​ ​wrote​ ​the​ ​beautiful​ ​Clint​ ​Black ballad​ ​“Untangling​ ​My​ ​mind”.​ ​These​ ​don’t​ ​even​ ​skim​ ​the​ ​tip​ ​of​ ​the​ ​iceberg!​ ​The​ ​other great​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​Hag​ ​is​ ​that,​ ​even​ ​though​ ​he​ ​wrote​ ​the​ ​bulk​ ​of​ ​his​ ​catalogue,​ ​he​ ​didn’t let​ ​his​ ​pride​ ​over​ ​take​ ​him​ ​when​ ​presented​ ​with​ ​a​ ​good​ ​tune.​ ​He​ ​covered​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​amount​ ​of tunes​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​They​ ​all​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​picked​ ​with​ ​much​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​the thought​ ​that​ ​one​ ​would​ ​sale​ ​more​ ​than​ ​another.​ ​His​ ​process​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​off.

2. Though​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​typical,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​include​ ​Townes​ ​VanZandt​ ​here.​ ​His​ ​use​ ​of metaphor​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​different​ ​emotions​ ​and​ ​life​ ​lessons​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that​ ​seems other​ ​worldy.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​love​ ​his​ ​tunes​ ​because​ ​each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​time​ ​I​ ​listen,​ ​I​ ​learn something​ ​new.

Round 3 – If you were dying and only had time to hear 1 last song, what song would you want to hear and why that song?

Kayla Ray – You​ ​are​ ​killing​ ​me​ ​Fairbanks!​ ​One​ ​song​ ​you​ ​say.​ ​Well,​ ​I​ ​guess​ ​I​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to​ ​choose the​ ​old​ ​gospel​ ​tune​ ​“Precious​ ​Lord​ ​Take​ ​my​ ​Hand”.​ ​The​ ​writer​ ​Thomas​ ​Dorsey​ ​sings,​ ​“Though my​ ​days​ ​grow​ ​drear​ ​precious​ ​Lord,​ ​linger​ ​near,​ ​though​ ​my​ ​life​ ​it’s​ ​almost​ ​gone.​ ​Hear​ ​my​ ​cry, hear​ ​my​ ​call,​ ​take​ ​my​ ​hand​ ​lest​ ​I​ ​fall,​ ​Precious​ ​Lord,​ ​take​ ​my​ ​hand​ ​lead​ ​me​ ​on.”.​ ​These​ ​verse lyrics​ ​have​ ​been​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​only​ ​steadfast​ ​hope​ ​I​ ​have​ ​had​ ​to​ ​look​ ​to​ ​in​ ​many​ ​trials​ ​in​ ​my lifetime. Rev.​ ​Dorsey​ ​is​ ​so​ ​important​ ​to​ ​what​ ​I​ ​do​ ​because​ ​he​ ​was​ ​the​ ​very​ ​first​ ​writer​ ​to​ ​implement​ ​blues changes​ ​to​ ​gospel​ ​tunes.​ ​In​ ​his​ ​early​ ​life​ ​far​ ​before​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​reverend,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the hottest​ ​blues​ ​circuit​ ​piano​ ​players​ ​around.​ ​Obviously​ ​a​ ​seeker​ ​of​ ​truth,​ ​the​ ​melodies​ ​followed him​ ​to​ ​each​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​his​ ​life.​ ​Without​ ​Thomas​ ​Dorsey​ ​there​ ​would​ ​have​ ​been​ ​no​ ​Hank Williams​ ​and​ ​without​ ​Hank​ ​Williams….​ ​Well,​ ​you​ ​catch​ ​my​ ​drift.

Oddly​ ​enough​ ​my​ ​childhood​ ​pastor​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​this​ ​song​ ​and​ ​the​ ​lessons​ ​behind​ ​it.​ ​He​ ​taught​ ​me my​ ​first​ ​open​ ​chords.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​a​ ​circuit​ ​musician​ ​in​ ​his​ ​youth.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​walk​ ​a​ ​mile​ ​from​ ​my grandparents​ ​home​ ​with​ ​my​ ​guitar​ ​to​ ​the​ ​church​ ​after​ ​school​ ​on​ ​Wednesdays​ ​and​ ​he​ ​would teach​ ​me​ ​country​ ​songs​ ​secular​ ​and​ ​all,​ ​in​ ​his​ ​office​ ​before​ ​he​ ​helped​ ​with​ ​choir​ ​practice.​ ​He loved​ ​Hank​ ​Williams​ ​and​ ​his​ ​alter​ ​ego​ ​gospel​ ​singing​ ​Luke​ ​the​ ​Drifter.​ ​He​ ​understood,​ ​that​ ​my gospel​ ​had​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with​ ​bricks​ ​and​ ​mortar,​ ​tradition​ ​or​ ​in​ ​some​ ​cases​ ​hypocrisy,​ ​rather melodies​ ​and​ ​messages.​ ​This​ ​applies​ ​to​ ​any​ ​higher​ ​power​ ​of​ ​your​ ​choosing.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​convinced they​ ​are​ ​not​ ​all​ ​the​ ​same​ ​dude..

Round 4 – What advice would you give to younger musciains that dream about one day following in your footsteps?

Kayla Ray – Every​ ​time​ ​you​ ​get​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​do​ ​what​ ​you​ ​love​ ​you​ ​are​ ​successful.​ ​Every​ ​bill​ ​you​ ​can​ ​pay while​ ​using​ ​your​ ​gifts​ ​deems​ ​you​ ​wealthy.​ ​We​ ​live​ ​in​ ​a​ ​society​ ​that​ ​is​ ​warped​ ​by​ ​greed​ ​and popularity​ ​contests.​ ​Music​ ​wasn’t​ ​intended​ ​for​ ​this​ ​purpose.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​truly​ ​love​ ​your​ ​craft,​ ​do​ ​it because​ ​you​ ​love​ ​it​ ​and​ ​not​ ​out​ ​of​ ​longing​ ​for​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the​ ​seemingly​ ​flashy​ ​perks​ ​that​ ​can​ ​come along​ ​with​ ​it.​ ​Don’t​ ​get​ ​me​ ​wrong,​ ​I’ve​ ​had​ ​a​ ​ton​ ​of​ ​really​ ​cool​ ​experiences​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​forever thankful​ ​for​ ​that,​ ​but,​ ​the​ ​true​ ​reward​ ​is​ ​getting​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​so​ ​many​ ​amazing​ ​people​ ​and​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to chase​ ​what​ ​you​ ​love​ ​in​ ​a​ ​world​ ​that​ ​is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​people​ ​who​ ​never​ ​get​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​that​ ​brand​ ​of freedom.​ ​Also,​ ​never​ ​stop​ ​working​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​your​ ​craft.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​maintain​ ​this​ ​attitude​ ​you​ ​will always​ ​have​ ​something​ ​new​ ​and​ ​exciting​ ​to​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​how​ ​slow​ ​the​ ​work​ ​gets.

Round 5 – What is some of your favorite hobbies outside of music?

Kayla Ray – You​ ​mean​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​world​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​music?!!​ ​Just​ ​Kidding. I​ ​really​ ​love​ ​to​ ​gather​ ​people​ ​together​ ​and​ ​cook.​ ​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​make​ ​people​ ​feel​ ​at​ ​home​ ​and welcomed.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​ironic​ ​in​ ​this​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​since​ ​I​ ​am​ ​mostly​ ​traveling,​ ​but​ ​when​ ​time allows​ ​it,​ ​I​ ​really​ ​enjoy​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​come​ ​from​ ​a​ ​long​ ​line​ ​of​ ​southern​ ​women​ ​who​ ​take​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​pride​ ​in their​ ​cooking.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​no​ ​different.

Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.

Kayla Ray – Thank​ ​you.​ ​Thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​allowing​ ​me​ ​to​ ​do​ ​what​ ​I​ ​love.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​truly​ ​living​ ​my​ ​wildest​ ​dreams​ ​and I​ ​cannot​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​enough!​ ​So​ ​many​ ​of​ ​you​ ​have​ ​become​ ​like​ ​family​ ​to​ ​me​ ​and​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​tell​ ​you how​ ​much​ ​that​ ​means​ ​to​ ​me!​ ​I​ ​cannot​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​this​ ​next​ ​album.​ ​I​ ​appreciate​ ​your​ ​patience​ ​with the​ ​process​ ​so​ ​much!​ ​We​ ​are​ ​almost​ ​to​ ​the​ ​mastering​ ​phase​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​way​ ​past​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​get​ ​it​ ​to all​ ​of​ ​you!​ ​And,​ ​always​ ​feel​ ​free​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​out!​ ​I​ ​work​ ​pretty​ ​much​ ​independently​ ​and​ ​I​ ​do​ ​my​ ​best to​ ​answer​ ​everyone’s​ ​messages.​ ​I​ ​love​ ​hearing​ ​from​ ​all​ ​of​ ​you!​ ​Your​ ​kindness​ ​keeps​ ​me​ ​ticking! Peace,​ ​Love​ ​and​ ​Hag!

Cody Jinks Makes History With Almost No Mainstream Help. (Part 1)

For the past two years, unless you have been living under a rock, or you just don’t care for Country Music you have heard the name Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies. For the last ten years this man Mr. Cody Jinks has been tirelessly traveling the country playing his Country Music for the masses totally off the radar of MOST of the mainstream media sources.

I have been covering him for years as well as a few of the websites out there, and this past weekend one of them wrote a pretty nice piece on him….but I didn’t see him there? I’m also not aware of any of his representatives were there. I went to the Saturday show, the only reason I didn’t attend the Friday show was because of my job situation at the time, I was previously on second shift and couldn’t have Friday off. I now work third shift and Friday night is my Saturday night now. For another take on the weekend I’m sure you can find a good review of this show on Country Music Armadillo.

According to my studies I am Flocker member number I heard many people asking this weekend, WHAT IS A Flocker? And WHAT significance does this term have with Cody Jinks playing at the Ryman? Well I’ll be completely honest with you as a music website, I endorse MANY groups and scenes from so many genres of music it’s uncanny. Also pretty much to HELL with genres, it’s just a term I use to keep up with things. I feature music I love and ignore music I don’t.

The Flockers are a fan group of THOUSANDS of like minded people that belong to a group called the Flockers. It was started by a man named Mr. William Higgins and if you click on the name it will take you to my interview with him. I had the chance to feature him during my side article features for the Kansas City based festival Tumbleweed.

Now the original name for the fans of Mr. Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies are called Black Sheep taken from one of his earlier albums, however the Flocker nation rose to surpass everything and become more prominent of a fan club than ANY artist I  could possibly name besides Jimmy Buffet’s Parrotheads. I’m telling you I WATCH things in the music realms, I SEE EVERYTHING, I’m WELL trained to notice things. This group has raised over Sixty Thousand Dollars for charity and self admitted by Cody Jinks last night ‘He Couldn’t Do It By Himself”.

During Saturday night’s show he said ” You know for many years there were a large number of suits and ties that wanted nothing to do with me. Well, I darn sure bet they are watching me now”. It was absolutely heartwarming to witness him introduce his family to his other family of fans.

Mr. Cody and the many artists that you could construe as his ilk are the prime examples of the American Dream…hard work and determination can very well lead to success. I mean it’s TRUE Mr. Cody didn’t achieve all this by himself because WE made him this big, but without his hard work and music there would be nothing for us to love. He damn sure didn’t get to this pinnacle he is currently at from radio play and CMT features, he got here from YOU buying HIS music….and YOU THERE that is wearing his shirts, and YOU there reading THIS article..THANK YOU for your support. However on the other side of the coin you have Mr. Cody himself that has kept it real for all these years, and stood behind the music he plays. He’s NEVER stooped or bowed to any power that is or trend, and he’s not acting like he is anything special or better than anyone else. He’s pretty much just a Country Music and Heavy Metal nut like me that happened to have real music that a LOT of adult people relate to…and is on his way to surpass the fake, packaged people that do not.

Right now I shall be writing MY account of this weekend, now I want to point out at this juncture that I wasn’t in the auditorium during the Ward Davis set, my constituent Mr. Joshua Wallace was. I’ll be adding this later on to this article, if you don’t mind. I covered Mr. Ward Davis last weekend and you can read that HERE from Bowling Green, I also covered Mr. Cody YEARS AGO from that same venue and you can read that HERE.

You know the LAST TIME I went to see Mr. Cody Jinks in Nashville it was at 3rd And Lindsley and I covered that show too, you can read about that HERE. He was featured on Music City Roots and many other places. The ONLY mainstream source I can mention that has featured Mr. Cody was the Conan O Brien show on late night television.

So Friday night Mr. Joshua Wallace and I hung out at Layla’s on Lower Broadway to catch up with Miss Sarah Gayle Meechwho was playing with a championship lineup tonight. Miss Sarah has always been one of my personal favorites down here and pretty much LIVES in the Honky Tonks of town playing her songs from her two albums, produced by the powerful Mr. Andy Gibson.

Her set included covers like “Little Sister” and the some “Luckenbach Texas” that was made famous by Waylon. However the original songs are what I truly love to come down and see Miss Sarah perform. She commands audiences from all over with songs like “old White Boots” and “All I Want Is A Honky Tonk”. I just had a wonderful time being the DD as she played songs like “Watermelon And Root Beer” from her latest album “Tennessee Love Song” and the song called ‘Get It Over”.

I attended the Saturday show at the Ryman and first up was the Texas gal herself Sunny Sweeney. I have had the blessed opportunity to become friends with her over the years, and to be honest I’d do anything for her. She’s been out there busting her ass for just as long as Mr. Cody, battled personal demons and overcame HUGE obstacles to get to where she is now. Mr. Cody has five albums to her four, however I myself have been following her longer since 2007.

I watched her every step of the way, and stuck with her no matter what she’s done. This past August she played her 50th Opry performance, and she holds dear the Opry traditions. In fact I’d go so far as to say she holds them dear to her heart more passionately than many of it’s current members. MANY of it’s current members could care less about playing it unless they need to promote a new album or such.

The Opry management is TIRED of hearing from me and others regarding inducting her as an Opry memeber IF YOU ARE READING THIS CALL OR EMAIL AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I mean don’t YOU WANT your kids to be able to grow up to call her a Country Music Legend? Is she NOT filling their shoes?

She focused a LOT off her new album “Trophy” tonight (Look for that on my 2017 Top 50….um…look on the TOP 5)…oh did I leak that out already? She opened up the show tonight with “Better Bad Idea”. You know I could easily ascertain the influence of Stevie Nicks on her lately. Just little things I notice about her demeanor on stage, Miss Sunny has a magnetic stage presence. I’ll be honest, I’d pay to see her play over many of the women acts associated with her when I’m in the mood for Country Music.

“Pills” was next followed by a 1974 cover of Waylon Jenning’s “Rainy Day Woman”. this was the second single from the album “Ramblin Man” of Waylon’s RCA tenure. She also played another song off Trophy called “Pass The Pain”, before reverting back to her third album “Provoked” by including “Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass”.

Honestly if you ask me I REALLY LIKE her first album “Heart Breaker’s Hall Of Fame”, of which she included “If I Could”. I’ll be honest this song is one of her finest she does, it’s upbeat and fun to watch her play it. She also played “Why People Change” and closed her set with “Bad Girl Phase”.

I will be including more about Mr. Ward Davis later when Mr. Joshua writes it from his set list, as I mentioned earlier I recently saw him perform in Bowling Green so I was spending time catching up with Miss Sunny at her merchandise booth while he was playing.

Mr. Cody Jinks entered the stage under the intro music of “Ecstasy Of Gold”, which has been the intro music for the metal band Metallica for 25 years. Thusly he wore a Master Of Puppets shirt on the Friday show, and the set lists didn’t vary between nights accept for two songs. I might have someone write the Friday night show up soon.

He opened with two songs off his new album “I’m not The Devil” from last year, one of those were “No Guarantees” and he followed that up with “She’s All Mine”. The next song was “David” from the Adobe Sessions album, he really didn’t focus on his first three albums as much as I had hoped he would, but make NO mistake this show was absolutely phenomenal in every way!

“Wake Up Becki” was off his 2010 album “less Wise” which was his first album, and I was really pleased he included that song in this show. I also wanted to point out the fact he wore his 5 Shots With Fairbanks shirt on the stage tonight. If you aren’t familiar with his interviews you MUST GO check them out.

He played the song “No Words” and then played a song off the “30” album called “We Get By”. This show included many opportunities for Mr. Cody to include the audience in participating with singing many of the songs and responding to them. He paid TONS of homage to his mentors and heroes tonight by playing “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” and often referencing people like Merle Haggard. However they did a REALLY GOOD version of an old Clint Black song called “Nothing’s News”, which included a TRULY GOOD steel guitar solo intro from Mr. Austin Tripp. That song appeared on the 1990 debut album “Killin Time”, and was a VASTLY overlooked song.

“Birds” was next followed by one of my favorite songs called “Vampires”. I would like to currently say that this was truly a good lengthy show, and you got your TOTAL money’s worth out of all three artists. PLUS there were MANY guest appearances by people like Jamey Johnson on Friday night and Whitey Morgan on Saturday nights. MANY people coming out to join him on various songs throughout the whole weekend.

“Been Around” and “Give All you Can” were next, and continued on into the second portion of the show with a song called “What Else Is New”. Another song he played was one of my favorites called “Last Call For The Blues” from the Less Wise album. One of the highlights of the show was the intro story to the title track of his new album called “I’m Not The Devil”. He told us all the story of how he and Mr. Ward Davis got acquainted which was really fun to listen to.

After he played ‘Chase That Song” as I mentioned earlier he payed homage to Merle Haggard by including us in singing the 1980 Working Man’s anthem ‘The Way I Am” as he was joined by Mr. ward Davis and Mr. Whitey Morgan. Then they played their version of the Pink Floyd hit “Wish you Were Here”, before going into “Momma” and going into older songs like “Fast Hand”. Fast Hand is a really good song that is always included in many of his sets, and always sounds good live.

As he got to the closing songs and encores he played the epic juggernaut song he does called “Cast No Stones”. Every artist pretty much has that song everybody likes and can relate to easily, and I believe this was it. It had HUGE crowd participation from a very willing Mr. Cody, as well as “Loud And Heavy”.

The two encore songs were “Rock And Roll” and finally his anthem that he usually always closes with called “Hippies And Cowboys”. They are his two favorite groups of people to raise hell with, by all means. It’s one of his older songs from 2010 and one of the first songs I remember that turned me onto his music.



Tribute To Kenny Rogers ‘All In For The Gambler”.

On Wednesday October 25th Nashville will gather to celebrate the life and career of Mr. Kenny Rogers, and will include a star studded lineup of the latest reuniting of Miss Wynonna and Miss Naomi Judd, Chris Stapleton and MORE. You can purchase tickets for this event HERE if it isn’t already sold out.

To be honest when it comes to the spectrum of Country Music, there isn’t anything that Mr. Kenny HASN’T DONE to proliferate the genre.  To be honest in my opinion a lot of his music is a prime example of pop country for it’s time frame, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing really. Pop country of that particular time frame was indeed less hokey and fake as it is now, it’s basically apples and oranges in comparison.

He has charted over 120 singles, sold over 100 million albums and remained on charts for over 200 weeks total in his almost 60 year career. In 2003 he garnered a lifetime achievement award from the CMA. He has amassed an uncanny amount of awards from the ACA, CMA, ACM, and Grammy awards.

He is equally known for his movie adaptions of his songs like “The Gambler” and “Coward Of The County”., his role as guest on the Muppet Show and many more movies of the 70’s and 80’s. When it was announced he was retiring from music and performing, the music industry decided to put on this tribute show in his honor.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 7PM CT
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville TN

Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum & Wynonna Judd added to the all-star lineup

Event To Feature A Very Special Appearance By The Judds

Previously Announced Artists Include:
Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King & More!

Final Block Of Tickets Available At

Music stars Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd have been added to the momentous lineup for “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. In addition, The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi Judd) will reunite for an unforgettable performance.

The new additions to the lineup will join previously announced artists Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, and Elle King.

The final block of tickets is now available via, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.

Josh Morningstar Is Coming To The Nashville Palace.

Mr. Josh Morningstar has never ceased to amaze me lately..his new album “Whole Lotta Crazy” has garnered a plethora of attention with NO major media support whatsoever. Shit, if Mr. Sturgill does it why can’t Mr. Josh? Well I do not know Mr. Sturgill very well personally, I DO KNOW Mr. Josh and I can readily vouch for his authenticity and his passion.

There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for me…so I guess we go through life not doing anything for each other! All jokes aside people I wanted to bring an upcoming show he is doing to your attention.

He’s going to be making a special appearance at the iconic Nashville Palace on October 28th. And I’ll be coming down for this event you can bet on it, the food is still pretty good there and the staff is TOP NOTCH. Miss Tara is an awesome human being and I love her very much. Miss Julia has the biggest heart for Country Music that I have ever run into, she teaches obscure artists and I LOVE her knowledge.

If you would like to order his new album it’s available on his name there click on that. OR come on down and buy if from him in person and grab a shirt and a handshake. TRUST ME this WILL be a truly fun time and I’m planning some cool things for this event.

The Dottie West Birthday Jam.

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Now folks you know that I work a “regular job” as well as run this website so I’m sorry I cannot make show mid week, also I work third shift so it’s even harder. HOWEVER if YOU can make this show and lend YOUR support PLEASE do so. This following is from Miss Roxane Atwood and Mr. Tim Atwood.

FRIENDS, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please share this poster and ask your friends to share this poster….even if you don’t live in Nashville. There is no budget for advertising for this show because 100% of our proceeds will go to the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund to help musicians in need.

The subject matter is serious, but the event itself will be fun. How could it not be fun with Jeannie Seely hosting the event in honor of one of her best friends DOTTIE WEST…and Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers sharing stories and songs…along with David Frizzell and Shelly West…and other members of the West family….and a few surprise guests are coming that, well, let’s just say you’ll want to have your cameras ready.

And since we are raising money for the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund, we thought we would take a moment and honor one of Nashville’s finest musicians–a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame–Jimmy Capps! There should also be a table at the event filled with other MHOF members….the Musician Elite!

This event is one week from today. Wednesday October 18th. There is no set cost to get through the door. We will turn no one away–although the purpose of the night is to raise money for musicians in need. As you walk in 3rd and Lindsley there will be a sign that reads “What’s a Musician Worth to You?” Give what you can. $1…$5…$20…$100. No judgement. Just come out and support the musician who makes the music you love possible. We want to see a FULL HOUSE. This really will be a great show…and it is for such a worthy cause. The show starts at 7:30. We really do hope to see you there!

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Jonathan Parker

Erin Enderline
Emi Sunshine
Porter Union
Brent Cobb
Joshua Morningstar
Cody Jinks
Tennessee Jet
The Steel Woods
Dallas Moore
Justin Wells

Hey guys this week I am happy to bring you guys Mr. Jonathan Parker . He represents country music the way it should be, I enjoy it and I think you guys will to. Like always please like this page to ensure you never miss any upcoming interviews and please share this week’s interview to help spread JP’s music so others can hear it.

Round 1 – Being a traveling musciain I am sure you see and hear a lot while on tour, can you tell us about one of your favorite memories from the road?

JP – I find it hard to zero in on one memory. Honestly, I’ve been blessed to be able to meet and play shows with some cool cats and even a few heroes of mine. I look forward to doing more of that.

Round 2 – Do you come from a musical family or is music just something you grew to love doing?

JP – I actually do not come from a musical family. Meaning, no one in my family plays or writes music but me. Although, I totally credit my dad for my love for music. Traditional country music in particular.

Round 3 – How would you describe your perfect day?

JP – Man. My perfect day right now would be any day spent with my family. I have a wonderful wife and a first grader that’s a total miniature me. When I’m not on stage or recording, I try spend as much time with them as possible.

Round 4 – What are some of your upcoming goals and plans?

JP – My main goal at the time is to make another album and keep touring.

Round 5 – What are some of your favorite things/hobbies to do outside of the Music World?

JP – My favorite things to do outside of music are fishing, hunting, and spending time with my family. I also dabble in graphic design a bit.

Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.

JP – First of all, I want to thank all my fans and all music lovers for giving folks like me a job. I’d also like to encourage all of my fans specifically, to show some love to one another. Maybe introduce this music to someone new. Take them to a show. Any show. Let’s try to encourage something that will unify us rather than create more negativity and evil. Shed some light!

Jonathan Parker

Album Feature: Kendell Marvel

You can’t go far in the world of country music without hearing the name Kendell
Marvel. He has written many great songs that have been performed by the
likes of Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton and George Strait to name a few.
He also hosts a monthly Honky Tonk Experience show at the famous Exit /
In. Marvel has finally released his debut album Lowdown & Lonesome and
it’s a good one. Kendell Marvel has taken some of the best parts of the
people he’s worked alongside in Nashville and created some good, real
country music.

It’s bluesy like a good Stapleton record one moment, and hits you hard with
the thick honky tonk outlaw sound of a Jamey Johnson record the next.
Kendell Marvel has a powerful voice to pull it off too. Songs like “Gypsy
Woman” and “Lowdown & Lonesome” are the kind of tracks that will stick with
you cement Marvell as his own hit maker. Another highlight is “Untangle My
Mind” which features some honky tonk piano.

“Untangle My Mind” is also notable as one of the album’s three Chris
Stapleton co-writes. The other two “Closer To Hell” and “Trying Not To
Love You” are also highlights. Honestly, there isn’t a bad song on this
album and it is sure to find a spot on my year end top albums list. The
Charlie Daniels cover “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” with Jamey Johnson is a
good way to close it out.

If you want some good country music that will hold you over till the next
Stapleton or Jamey Johnson album hits, this is the record for you. It hits
all the right notes and Kendell Marvel’s first step into the spotlight is
amazing. I highly recommend everyone go and buy or stream this album now.
It is available everywhere digitally and on CD at Kendell Marvel

1. Kendell Marvel – Lowdown & Lonesome
2.Lowdown & Lonesome
3.Gypsy Woman
4.Heartache Off My Back
5.Watch Your Heart
6.Untangle My Mind
7.Tryin’ Not To Love You
8.Hurtin’ Gets Hard
9.Closer To Hell
10.That Seat’s Saved
11.Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye

Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County

Album Feature: Laid Back Country Picker.

By Joshua Wallace

Laid Back Country Picker is one of those artists you hear about through the
grapevine. Either you see his videos on Youtube, you see someone wearing
his shirt or you see a friend post about his album online. There is an
infectious quality about the single he released titled “Magoffin County
Cadillac”. The entire self titled debut album has that same quality that
draws you in and doesn’t let go.

“Magoffin County Cadillac” is the best track of the record. It’s a great
song about buying quality, cheap former police cars at police auctions.
It’s actually refreshing because it’s not something you hear about a
thousand times in other country songs. “I Live In The Now” and “Gangsters
and Preachers” are other highlights. They keep that same classic country
sound that makes “Magoffin County Cadillac” so good.

It is worth mentioning that John Neff plays steel guitar on this record.
He played on a lot of the Drive By Trucker albums including my personal
favorite Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. “Kathy With An Eight Ball” is a
simple track that is essentially a show piece for his work as it features a
long steel solo that is worth checking out.

I’m digging what I hear of Laid Back Country Picker. The CD has a quote on
it “I just want to play some good country music and treat everybody
right…”. They’ve got the good country music part right here, and so far
Laid Back Country Picker seems to be an alright guy. Currently the only
way to get this CD is to see him at a show or message Laid Back Country
Picker on Facebook. Tell him Gary Hayes Country sent ya.

Laid Back Country Picker

1.Laid Back Country Picker
2. Magoffin County Cadillac
3.Party Line
4. Kathy With An Eight Ball
5.I Live In The Now
6.Gangsters and Preachers
7.David Bowie
8.Put Me Away
9.Jim Frank

Ward Davis In Bowling Green.

I’m here tonight seeing Mr. Ward Davis play what I call a house show in Bowling Green at the Warehouse At Mt. Victor, which is a very nice venue. I believe the only single complaint I have ever had was lack of food sales, so I went over to get a pizza at another venue. This is a very spacious and place to see a show in my opinion, and I enjoy meeting new local area friends here.

There is no opening act here this evening Its pretty much an entire evening with our pal Mr Ward, which isn’t really a bad thing because I for one am in the mood for some damn good Country Music here tonight. He is planning a new album soon with songs like “Geronimo” which I plan to catch on video in this article here.

My last run in with Mr. Ward was this summer for Tumbleweed Festival 2017 and although I shall be at Blue Ox next year reporting live there. Ill have my right arm Mr. Joshua Wallace there next year for me. So you can rest assured despite my physical absence, my website will be there. In fact I’ll be attending a TON of festivals in 2018 like always.

Mr. Ward opened his show with ‘Almost Goodbye” which included some really good guitar solos and he followed that up with “No Going Home”. The Third song he said was a song that Ray Scott wrote called “Papa And Mama”, which you can find on his 2014 self titled album.

Like I previously stated I filmed video of the song “Geronimo” which will be on his new album, so right now let’s watch that before I go on talking about more of the show…

He then went on to talk about his regret about loosing Mr. Tom Petty, and went into playing a cover of his B side song called “Something Big”.  Perhaps one of the highlights of tonight’s show was the ballad song he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks called “Colorado”, it has some truly fine guitar work on it. He displays such a heartfelt feeling in his voice on this song, and it’s a well written song.

I have always enjoyed the way he plays “The Highwaymen” but like I mentioned before HIGH on the top of my TOP 50 list for it’s respective year, was the album Django And Jimmie. This album was the sixth and final collaboration between Legends Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, before the death of Merle Haggard.

‘Unfair Weather  Friend” is an absolute masterpiece, and Mr. Ward deserves EVERY accolade he has been bestowed for writing this song with Miss Marla Cannon-Goodman. I know Mr. Buddy Cannon is one of my favorite songwriters, MY favorite song he wrote was the Mel Tillis song “Pyramid Of Cans” on the southern Rain album BUT George Jones also recorded it, and it also inspired an Alan Jackson song..check that song out after this. So let’s watch him perform “Unfair Weather Friend” OK?

Another of my favorite songs was next called “Old Worn Out Cowboys” that on the album had help from Mr. Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson. You know this venue was a truly nice and personal place to watch Mr. Ward play but alas he IS growing. I want to take this time to publicly express how proud I am of him and Mr. Cody Jinks for achieving the Ryman status. I’ll be there next weekend for you Sir, and if you are reading this…you worked hard and earned it, Sir!

“Get To Work Whiskey” was next followed by another good song called “Lost in My Hometown” that I relate to because the farm I grew up on is gone. My home is a subway now, ugh…

He played a great cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” that was recorded under Sun Records in Memphis in 1958. He played “I’m Not The Devil” OF COURSE that he wrote with Mr. Cody, and it was his hit album title. Also one of my TOP albums of the year.

“15 Years” was next followed by a GREAT cover of Mr. Ronnie Milsap’s song “Stranger In My House” from his 1983 album All Keyed Up. I’ll tell you what I AM a HUGE fan of Mr. Ronnie Milsap. I LOVE his late 70’s early 80’s piano honky tonk. I call it pianotonk, the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.

‘So What If I Do” and also “Don’t Forget To Get Stoned” were the encores for us tonight, and of couse he was kind enough to talk with everybody and take pictures.

2017 Music Festivals: Suwannee Roots Revival.


Tickets are available for this event by clicking HERE .

Folks parts of Florida were severely damaged  by the hurricanes this year but The Suwannee Roots Festival will be going on this weekend, and this lineup is wonderful. I believe I have included all of the needed information below including FULL band links and I also researched hotels and area places to go.

As all of you know my website promotes and attends up to 175 festivals yearly, this one is nothing short of stellar, so please if you are out in that area support this event.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn     

The Wood Brothers
Mother’s Finest
Peter Rowan
Donna The Buffalo
Steep Canyon Rangers
Chatham County Line
Rev Jeff Mosier Band
Jim Lauderdale
Verlon thompson
Shawn Camp
River Whyless
Willie Sugarcapps
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
Seth Walker
The Revelers
The Lee Boys
Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters
Nation Of Two
The Grass Is Dead
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Richie And Rosie 
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
The Pine Box Dwellers

Dread Clampitt    

Katie Skene    

Belle and The Band    


The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn    


Sloppy Joe

The Walker Family Band    

The Dunehoppers    

Jeff Bradley

Habanero Honeys  

Suwannee Spirit Kids

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All Suwannee Roots Revival weekend tickets include primitive camping. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is over 700 acres of spacious and shaded camping areas. Primitive camping is on a first come, first served system. There is plenty of room for your car at your campsite.

RV Hook Ups & Upgraded Sites

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park offers hundreds of RV upgrades with power and water hook-ups plus dozens of cabins for rent at the festival. All RV upgrades and cabin rentals are the park’s business, not the music festival’s. Please call the park office for information, rates and reservations. 386 364-1683 You are welcome to bring your RV for free if you won’t need the water and electric upgrades.

Local Hotel Options


Holiday Inn Express
386-362-2600, located at 6694 US 129 N in Live Oak, Florida. This lodge includes a swimming pool, fitness center and continental breakfast. In the room there is a coffee pot, hair dryer, cable TV, iron and ironing board; suites include microwave, refrigerators, smoking & non smoking rooms, queen and king beds, data ports, and a Jacuzzi.


Quality Inn
386-362-6000, located at 6819 US Hwy 129 in Live Oak, Florida. This lodge includes a swimming pool and continental breakfast. In the rooms there are a coffee pot, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, and many more amenities.


Econo Lodge
386-362-7459, located at 6811 N Us Hwy 129 in Live Oak, Florida. This lodge includes a heated swimming pool and a continental breakfast. Other amenities include coffee pot, cable TV, double beds, and laundry facilities.

Also as I research this event,I’ll be adding MORE hotel options and places to enjoy your stay.


Driving Directions & Travel Info

Located just north of Live Oak, Fla, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. The Spirit of the Suwannee is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to these events, the park offers live music during the week in the Music Hall and a natural amphitheater for outdoor music festivals.

The grounds include 700+ acres for camping, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, jogging, observation at the world’s largest bat house, Way Down Upon the Suwannee River Trail Ride and New Year’s Eve Party, putt putt golf and pro-quality disc golf, a honey bee observation exhibit, beautiful rental cabins (and custom built cabins for sale), RV parking with full hookups, electric and water sites, shower and bath houses, full service restaurant, golf cart rentals, the Arts and Crafts Village, Country Store and much, much more. Or, you can just hang your hammock between two trees, put your feet up and relax as you listen to the quiet sounds of nature all around you

Need more information?

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is conveniently located near Live Oak, Florida, between Interstates 75 and 10.

Festival Entrance GPS Address

9379 County Road 132, Live Oak, Fl 32060

From I-10

Take exit 283 and go north on US 129 4.5 miles.

From I-75

Take exit 451 and proceed south 4.5 miles. Keep an eye out for our sign!

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground is centrally located to over 500 Florida Tourist Attractions within 2 ½ hours driving time.

General Festival Rules

  • The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is open 365 days a year. Guests may arrive early to set up camp for additional camping fees. Please note that at high traffic times you may experience a delay in processing your entry. Come early!
  • During music festivals at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground, dogs and other pets create problems. Accordingly, the Park rules prohibit pets. Next time you plan to visit Spirit of the Suwannee for a music festival, or special event, please DO NOT BRING YOUR PET! You will either be refused entry to the Park, or will be required to leave without a refund if you and your pet are found. If you have a legal service dog, you are welcome to bring it so long as it wears a tag showing that it has a recent, active, anti-rabies vaccination. You must also check your service dog in when you arrive at the Park so it can be properly credentialed.
  • No illegal substances or activities will be permitted. Please note that Marajuana usage is illegal in the state of Florida and Suwannee County, unlike some other parts of the country.
  • Re-entry is allowed for Weekend Ticket Buyers as long as you do NOT remove your wristband. We are NOT responsible for lost of missing wristbands. If you lose it, you will pay an additional fee to replace it.
  • NO SPINNING FIRE/POI! (Sorry we just don’t have the safety program implemented yet)
  • NO NITROUS! (If security finds a tank, you will not be granted entry.)
  • NO GLASS! (Please bring all beverages in cans or plastic)
  • NO FIGHTING! (If you are involved in a fight both parties will be asked to leave)
  • A  variety of micro brewed beer will be available for purchase! (Photo ID will be required to consume alcohol).
  • Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.. Keep them safe! We will scan them.
  • Ages 18 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian
  • All persons, vehicles, and possessions will be searched upon entry.
  • Due to Florida regulations no outside alcohol will be permitted within the concert area.

Campground Rules

  • There will be on-site security at all times as well as first aid stations open 24/7.
  • All camping attendees are subject to search upon entry.
  • Feel free to bring your own food and beverages into onsite camping.
  • Campers are expected to behave in a manner that is courteous to other campers.
  • All general car & tent campers are permitted to visit each others camp sites.

What is the closest airport to the venue?

Jacksonville, FL #JAX

Can I sell my crafts around the site? Can I sell my delicious homemade burritos?

For health and quality reasons, unauthorized food vendors pose a risk to festival goers. Unauthorized food vendors are not permitted and will be shut down to alleviate that risk. Each year Suwannee Roots Revival is committed to selecting quality craft and merchandise vendors. The unauthorized sale of merchandise in the camping area is not permitted, and Suwannee Roots Revival is committing to ensuring a successful event for all authorized vendors.

What is the policy on cooking devices?

PLEASE follow these instructions if you are planning on using a grill. You can use gas/propane fuel sources or charcoal, but scavenging for wood on site will NOT be permitted. No more than 10 pounds of charcoal per grill per car will be allowed. The fire must be entirely contained and off the ground. Air quality is a concern. Please keep the fires as small as possible and extinguish them as soon as you are finished. When you are done cooking with charcoal, put it out with water before going into the show or going to sleep or leaving your camp, rather than letting it burn out over time. In any case, DO NOT DUMP COALS ON THE GROUND (ever) or in the trash until they are entirely cool. After the coals are COMPLETELY DEAD, dispose of them properly as garbage.

What kind of camping is provided? Can we camp with our friends?

Amazing camping!   Primitive Camping comes with your ticket.  Primitive includes Tent or Car camping.  Yes, you may camp with your friends!

What is provided at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Campgrounds?

There will be bathrooms and hand wash stations. A general store will be selling sundries (personal hygiene products, batteries, film, disposable cameras, ice, water, etc…) Vendors will be selling a variety of reasonably priced foods, beverages and snacks. ATM Machines WILL be available in multiple locations on the site.

What emergency services will be available on site? What should I do if I need emergency assistance (medical, police, towing, locksmith, etc.)?

There will be emergency medical personnel and Security personnel onsite around the clock. If you need EMERGENCY medical or police attention, find a staff person with a radio, go to an information tent, medical tent, or tell one of the security personnel. Make sure your lights and radio are turned off when you park so you don’t drain your battery! Try not to lose your car keys or lock them in your car, we recommend bringing an extra set of keys to be safe. Also, please help us keep the parking areas clear of discarded bottles and other hazards – the tires you save could be your own!

What else should I know?

Pace yourself! Eat enough, drink enough water (it’s really important to stay hydrated), and get enough sleep so that you can enjoy the second day as much as the first. Also, if you can bring patience and a sense of humor, it will be a great gift to yourself as well as those around you, and it will help you to get the most out of your experience. Be a good neighbor – get to know your neighbors, watch their stuff and they will return the favor.

Venue Rules & FAQ’s


Your job is to enjoy the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Our job is to help you, and everyone else, enjoy the Park. If we succeed, then we will have the most outstanding music-oriented campground on Earth; a place that we can enjoy for many generations to come. These regulations are a special contract between the Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, its employees and guests, and control the duties and responsibilities of all Park visitors. §513.117. Fla. Stat. Because of the tremendous popularity of music festivals, special rules apply during those special events; special rules are indicated in BOLD TYPE. If you violate any of these rules, you may be ejected from the Park without a refund.

ADMISSION TO SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK. Almost everyone is welcome at the Park. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, physical disability or creed. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We retain the right to refuse services to any person who displays intoxication, profanity, lewdness, brawling, whose conduct disturbs the peace or comfort of others, who damages property, who engages in illegal or disorderly conduct, whose conduct is a nuisance, or who violates any of these rules. All visitors must check in with the Park Office or Gate Attendant upon first arrival, and must pay any required admission fee (additional fees apply for overnight stay, activities, services and events). You may be required to display a vehicle pass or sticker on your vehicle at all times while on the premises. If you require a special accommodation for your visit due to a disability, please advise the Park Office or Gate Attendant when you enter the Park.

Guests during special events must present a ticket, along with a valid photo-identification, for entry into the Park, and will be issued a wristband that must be worn for the duration of the event. Take care with your wristband; if you take it off or lose it you will be required to buy a new ticket. NO EXCEPTIONS! Additional camping fees may apply depending upon your arrival and departure dates, and where you camp.

GETTING AROUND AND PARKING. “River Road” is the Park’s main street. It is one of the few paved roads in the Park and runs from the entrance off Highway 129 to the parking area for the white sandy beach on the Suwannee River. In addition to a few internal roads, the Park contains miles and miles of beautiful hiking paths and horse trails. A map of the Park is available in the Park Office, and is posted nearby. Typically, festival brochures include a map of Park features and venues.

The two most important travel rules are:

*ALWAYS yield to pedestrians – they have the right of way!

*Secondly, slow down and stay alert! The maximum speed for any vehicle (golf cart, bicycle, horse or other means) is ten (10) miles per hour. If children or crowds are present, slow down or stop to avoid them as needed.

There are designated areas for parking cars, trucks, golf carts and RV’s; do not park outside of designated areas or your vehicle will be towed at your expense and inconvenience. Please do not park any vehicle, including a golf cart, on someone else’s space. When in doubt, please don’t risk it. Do not park in a designated handicap accessible space unless you have the proper license plate or other State-issued insignia; your vehicle will be towed at your expense.

Be aware that Driving Under the Influence or “DUI” is not tolerated in the Park. You may be arrested by law enforcement officials and taken to jail if you are observed to be DUI in the Park, regardless of the vehicle, golf cart, bicycle, or automobile you may be driving.

All motor vehicles must be properly licensed and insured and all motor vehicle operators must be over 16, properly licensed and insured. You must display a Park-issued vehicle pass at all times. We will refuse entry to motor vehicles that are loud, stinky, or that have safety issues in our sole discretion. All-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), off-road utility vehicles (ORV’s), recreational utility vehicles (RUV’s), dirt or motocross bikes, go-carts, and dune buggies are not allowed in the park.

Golf carts are a popular and convenient way to get around. Rentals are available at the Country Store. If you wish to bring your own, a trail fee must be paid upon arrival at the Park. We allow gas/electric factory models that do not exceed 14HP: E-Z Go (295 and 350 cc); Club (290 and 350 cc); and Yamaha (357 cc). Also, golf carts can’t exceed 8 inches maximum lift, a 23 x 11 x 12 maximum tire size and meet factory muffler specifications. You must check in your golf cart upon arrival at the Park, present proof of registration and insurance, have your golf cart inspected, fill out a form, pay a trail use fee, and obtain a sticker to be displayed while at the Park. Golf cart drivers must be licensed and over age 16. The driver and passengers must be seated at all times during operation. Be aware that headlights and taillights must be used from before dusk till after dawn. Golf carts must stay on designated roads and trails and be parked at your campsite by Midnight. During special events golf carts should be parked at your campsite no later than one-hour after the concert ends for the night. Trail fees during special events are non-refundable.

Bicycles are available for rent from the Country Store. All bicycles operated from between dusk and dawn must burn front and taillights. Children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet as required by Section 316.2065, Fla. Stat. If you ride a bicycle on designated trails, please respect the environment and be kind to pedestrians, persons on horseback, animals, and other cyclists.

Horses are usually welcome in the Park’s horse camping area and on marked horse trail areas, except during some special events. Horse owners must check in and present proof of a negative Coggins test, along with other required health certifications. Horses are not allowed on roadways, camping areas, or anywhere outside of the horse camping area and marked horse trails. No riding at night. A horse that kicks must be identified by a RED ribbon tied on its tail. No “tie outs” are allowed. See office for details. Horses are not allowed in the Park during special events.

During some special events, free shuttle service may be provided and we assume no risk for your use of such shuttles.

ENJOYING THE PARK’S NATURAL SETTING. We strive to keep the Park a clean, safe place for kids of all ages to enjoy! Please respect the environment, and do not harm plants or animals. Please do not litter. Place cigarette butts in ashtrays. No fireworks of any kind are allowed. Guns, Tasers, and all weapons are strictly prohibited on Park property, and that includes weapons carried in motor vehicles. Properly authorized law enforcement and security personnel may carry weapons as authorized by law, when on duty. Please respect fellow campers by not passing through their campsites. Picnic tables are provided by the Park at some spaces; please keep them clean and free of clutter when not in active use.

The Park maintains a quiet time of 11 P.M. During some festivals, jam sessions and drum circles may last until the wee hours with due consideration of those camping nearby.If weather and other prevailing conditions are acceptable to the Park, properly contained campfires are permitted in enclosed fire rings or in small dirt fire pits.

No bonfires or large fire pits allowed. Do not collect, or cut, trees or shrubs. Do not burn treated wood, plastic, garbage or trash. Fires must be supervised at all times and carefully put out before leaving unattended. Do not use gasoline, kerosene or other accelerants to start fires. Firewood and fire starters are available at the Country Store.

All of the airspace above the Park is restricted and no person is authorized to operate any type of aircraft, drone, radio-controlled airplane or helicopter, kite, Chinese lantern, luminary, sky lantern, fire balloon, Kongming lantern, hot air balloon, or other flying object, except that Frisbees, footballs, and other similar toys may be used when they do not present a danger or nuisance to other guests.

Please use alcohol and medication responsibly and lawfully. Underage drinking and use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited.

During musical performances, please be advised that you may be exposed to loud sounds, and please take whatever action you deem necessary to protect your hearing. The use of high-quality ear protection is strongly recommended for infants and small children.

The posting or distribution of literature; or the sale, distribution or solicitation of any product or service is only allowed with advance written approval of Park management. Sale or distribution of products or services by vendors during special events is only allowed by approved written contract.

Urgent messages may be available in the Park Office. In case of emergency, call 911 immediately. Report any problem by stopping by the Park Office or by calling the office at (386) 364-1683. If you are injured while in the Park, you must promptly report such injury to the office in person or by phone.

If you lose something, please check at the Park Office. If your personal property has identification with your address and contact information, we will try to contact you to have you claim it. Any such property unclaimed after 90 days will become property of the Park.

Ticket holders are subject to, without limitation, the following terms and conditions:
• No refund will be given on lost or stolen tickets or wristbands of unused tickets. NO EXCEPTIONS!
• No food or beverages may be brought into the festival area; however, please check the Festival brochure to see whether or not you may bring in a new, unopened plastic bottle of water or an empty water container. NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed in the festival area.
• No weapons, laser devices, drones, model airplanes, fireworks, luminaries, or any other items determined dangerous by Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. may be brought into the Park, or in a motor vehicle operated in the Park.
• Management will be allowed into all venue areas.
• All artists and times of performances are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.
• Tickets that are lost, stolen, counterfeit or obtained from sources other than Park or any of its ticket outlets will not be honored.
• It is unlawful to obtain/attempt to obtain admission by fraud. Any such admissions/attempted admissions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.
• Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. reserves the right to refuse admission and/or revoke any ticketed admission without refund.
• No unauthorized video or audio recording allowed in venue areas during special events.
• Management reserves the right to at its sole discretion to refuse admission to or to eject any person from the premises whose conduct is deemed to be disorderly, vulgar or abusive, and/or who fails to comply with park policies and procedures. Failure to comply will terminate any rights of ticketholder and will be removed from premises.
• Ticketholder agrees to comply with all State, local and Park rules that prohibit and limit alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, weapons, controlled substances, recording devices, cameras, or containers being brought into the Park or venue area.
• The Park reserves the right to search all persons and vehicles entering the property.
• All tickets are non-refundable and do not bear any cash value.
• Cancellation of the event by Act of God, strikes, riots, or any other act/order of any public authority beyond the control of Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. does not obligate Management to ticket refunds or substitute performance(s).
• Cornett’s Spirit of the Suwannee, Inc. and/or any of its management, officers, directors is not held liable for any personal loss, injury, death, property damage, or any other harm suffered by participants, vendors, lessors, spectators at any special event.
• By entering the Park patrons consent to the use of their likeness for media coverage, marketing, and advertising of the Park or of the event, without compensation or a signed release.
• Tickets and wristbands are nontransferable; tickets and/or wristbands must be worn by the same person for the entire festival.

Album Feature: Hellbound Glory: Pinball.

I have been waiting with VERY much anxiety to bring you folks this review of the first album from Hellbound Glory in about six years.  You know back in the Myspace days of my divorce in 2006 I started finding all of these super cool bands coming out of the woodwork. Some of them went on to be classified as “Roots Music” or “Americana”, however Hellbound Glory just called itself “Scumbag Country”.

Enter the realistic world of Mr. Leroy Virgil, who since day one has released some of the most visceral and haughty lyrics you will ever hear from a west coast band.  Based in Reno, Nev Hellbound Glory now consists of Virgil, guitarist John Schreffler Jr., bassist Ted Russel Kamp, drummer Jamie Douglass, pedal steel player Jon Graboff, lap steel player Eric “Rico” Peterson and fiddle player Aubrey Richmond.

Black Country Rock has been headed toward a RECORD YEAR on my website (pardon the pun) but if they keep up this good work they could possibly have THREE OR MORE albums on my TOP 50 of 2017. Shooter Jennings and his crew of Outlaws have been BUSY this year making corporate music jittery with some stellar releases.

Mr. Leroy’s songs have always been socially nefarious and poignant while at the same time his vocal presentation is just plain honest and real. This album is typical Leroy Virgil style and arrangement both, with a remake of a classic song from the album “Old Highs And New Lows” called “Another Bender Might Break Me”. You know folks this band is extremely special to me, because in 2006 I had a VERY expensive divorce. I lived in my car for three months because my wife left me with so many bills, I couldn’t afford rent and paying those bills.

I finally got a place and back on my feet, right about that time I found Hellbound Glory and a few other bands like them. I had many many nights where I would “Drink Until The Bottle’s Empty” the song “Empty Bottles”. There is a HUGE LINE in this song I don’t drink from the bottle, the bottle drinks from me. See folks on this album you get the greatest form of Mr. Leroy EVER captured on a recording, and if you disagree I am sorry for you.

Order your copy of “Pinball” today:HERE

Pinball includes 11 new songs on a translucent blue vinyl, with a CD and a download card inside! All for $20! You’ll be getting heavily assaulted by Shooter and his cronies in the next few weeks about this album because it MUST BE heralded as a masterpiece.

He covers the 1972 Mr. Larry Collins hit “Delta Dawn” made popular by Miss Tanya Tucker when she was just a teenage Country Music sensation. For her time she was the Emi Sunshine of her generation. The song “Six Strings Away” is a remake of a Waylon Jennings song which was another good addition to this album, and it complements the other songs nicely.

“Sun Valley Blues (Bloodweiser)” is an absolutely top notch song, and made me drop my coffee cup. Not that this whole project didn’t but I can’t stop listening to this song here, if you don’t identify with it I suppose you aren’t white trash in spirit. In some ways we all have our little freaky things that can be construed as such. But the other song that grabbed me was “That’s Just What I Am”, you know there are too many bro country acts singing about how country they are. Chances are the more the hollar that they are…..they aren’t.  Mr. Leroy is the total complete opposite of that, it doesn’t take long to figure that out.

Order HERE.

The album opens with a classic song called “Merica (The Good Ol’ U.S.A.), which pretty much describes the typical ordinary Country folk in everyday society. It contains witty quips and descriptions of the NRA and pretty much everyday life, and goes right into a rebellious song called “Vandalism Spree”.’

Another of the crown jewels of this album is the song called “Pinball” and it is indeed the title track of the album, of course this song depicts the after affects of a wild night of drug use and drinking. One thing you will easily ascertain about Mr. Leroy is that songs about drug use and wild parties flow from his heart very readily and easily.

He is a modern day road warrior and prophet of heartache and hurt in a form that most anybody could relate to. Hellbound Glory is BY FAR one of the most purest forms of TRUE Outlaw Country Music I have ever heard in my life. Cause that’s just what he is…..

I would heavily suggest you go over RIGHT NOW and pre order this album and when you receive it you MUST SPIN IT until it is worn out.


1. Merica (The Good Ol’ U.S.A.)
2.That’s Just What I Am
3.Six Strings Away
4.Vandalism Spree
5.Sun Valley Blues
6.Empty Bottles
8.Delta Dawn
9.Hellbound Blues
10.Another Bender Might Break Me
11.California Blues

5 Shots With Fairbanks: James Scott Bullard.

Erin Enderline
Emi Sunshine
Porter Union
Brent Cobb
Joshua Morningstar
Cody Jinks
Tennessee Jet
The Steel Woods
Dallas Moore

I heard about this weeks artist from mutual friends that introduced me to his music. I really enjoy his sound but beyond that he is just a really friendly down to Earth dude. He has been nothing but nice to me since I first started talking to him so when I found out he was interested in being on my ‘5 Shots’ page, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Like always guys please like my page if you haven’t already so you never miss any upcoming artist interviews and also please share this article to help spread the music of James Scott Bullard Thanks!

Round 1 – How long have you been performing music for people, how did it all get started?

JSB – I would con my way into local bars when I was a kid, like 16 and just hang around until the guitar player or bass player didn’t show up or got too drunk to finish the set, then I’d take his place. So technically since I was 16. I never actually intended to sing until I started my first band and it was less of a headache and more cost effective for me to play guitar AND sing than to try and find a singer and have to split the money another way, so that’s how that happened. I had my first real band during my late teens/early 20’s in the mid to late 90’s, and we had some pretty good regional success, made some records, opened for a few bands who were big at the time; Creed, Big Wreck, Superdrag, a couple of Butch Walkers bands, etc. We had this big blue converted church bus, and we’d removed all the seats but 3 so we could haul our equipment. It had no heat or air, and when you tried to get any, you got a good buzz from the exhaust that was leaking through the vents instead, and those WERE the good ol’ days! Anyway, that all adds up to a lot of years!

Round 2 – I’ve heard you might have a new video and album coming out soon, what can you tell us about them?

JSB – Absolutely! The video is VERY close to being ready. It’s for the first single from the new album. The album is titled: “Full Tilt Boogie” and the single is titled: “Wicked Ways,” and as with the last video, I took the director’s chair on this one. However, I have a REALLY bad habit of starting with one concept, then throwing it out the window and starting from scratch after 18 hrs. of footage has already been shot, which drives the cast and crew insane! I forget that we only have 4 min. to fill up and find myself trying to tell too much of a story. I was reminded by a dear friend recently that art is meant to be interpreted by the viewer or listener, don’t lead ‘em by the hand. That made sense, so I simplified this one by mix-matching the footage we shot and it turned out to be really cool visually and tell its own story…But the BEST part for the fans (and my personal favorite part) is that because there was so much leftover footage, I stole a cue from Michael Jackson…Don’t panic before I explain: After all of it was put together the right way, we had this gritty, surreal mini-movie on our hands that I couldn’t part with. So, there’s gonna be 2 different versions of the video like Michael did back in the day with “Thriller.” You’ll have the long version with the video book-ended by a mini-movie, and then the short version of just the song, (but no dancing zombies, or me in red leather!) And even after all that, there’s still roughly 10 hrs. of footage on the cutting room floor that will never see the light of day. As far as a release date for the video, my understanding is that it’s going to accompany the pre-sale for the album, so it should be coming pretty soon. The album, “Full Tilt Boogie” is being held for release until early 2018, because releasing an album at the beginning of a new year gives it a whole year to really dig in and take root with fans and radio. It is a bit of departure from the stuff like “Elizabeth” and “Another Heart.” I mean it’s still me, still the truth as I’ve lived it, still true blue, real country, but not as soft. It’s edgier and a lot more brazen. A lot less ‘poor me’ and a lot more ‘told ya so!’

Round 3 – What is your favorite type of guitar to play (Fender, Les Paul etc…) and why is that?

JSB – Electric: My first guitar was a Les Paul, and damn I love the tone of P90 pickups, but Fender Tele is my top choice, been playing them since the 90’s, no need to stop now. Acoustic: I’ve tried them all, the last 2 I’ve played live and on records were Gibson J-45’s, but I have recently been swayed by an AMAZING Guild D-40 I played, so that’ll be my next purchase.

Round 4 – For someone who has never heard your music before how would you describe it to them?

JSB – I’ve heard it called outlaw, real country, alternative country, honky-tonk, Americana, that list goes on forever, but for me, honestly, it all boils down to the blues. Whether it’s rock or country, or whatever, it all came from the same place and it’s all our own interpretations of that. That’s why I think folks don’t connect with pop country, it doesn’t speak TO you or FOR you. It doesn’t understand you like real country music does. Real country music speaks to the every day people; The blue-collar, broken hearted, addicted, angry, common man and woman who deal with real life every day, where there ain’t no sugar coating. …You know why we believed Merle Haggard turned 21 in prison? Because HE DID! In short; To be a songwriter, you have to know what you’re talking about, or folks will see right through you. You have to have conviction. You don’t have to suffer to sing the country blues, but it sure does help.

Round 5 – What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the Music World?

JSB – I have an 11 year old son who I adore. My father once told me before he died: “You’ll never understand what love means until you have a child of your own.” He was right. Every moment I get to spend with him is my Eden. He’s better than me, he’s my hero. And now that he’s older we have so much more in common, we both love Slayer and Pantera! My other passion is filmmaking. Not only did I direct the last 2 music videos, I’m in the process of directing a horror film right now. (I’m a horror film fanatic, so I figured if Rob Zombie could do it, I could too.)

Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.

JSB – Thank you! I’ll never be able to say that enough. In the past year I’ve been shown so much love and support, it’s unreal. Without you guys, there is no me. I’m humbled and honored that so many people like what I do, because secretly I’ve always felt like at some point someone is gonna come up and ask for my i.d. and kick me out of the club. Ha! Another big thanks to my manager @Missy Davis Jones for assembling a new award-winning team of people behind the scenes who never miss and don’t understand the word no! And my booking agency @Lone Star Music Promotions and @Big Dawg Music Promotions for getting a helluva start on putting me out there where the fans have been asking for me. And there’s a couple more tricks up the sleeve that I can’t talk about yet, but just hold tight for 2018, I promise y’all ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Last but certainly not least: Myself and plenty of others in the same genre owe a HUGE debt of gratitude not just to the fans, but to folks like you Josh Fairbanks, and Amanda Carlon, Samuel Trimble, and Jon Brashear over at Outlaw Resurgence, Argo Dilligaf, Venice Joe Pettijohn Jr., Bronson McNellis, W.B. Walker, my long-time gal pal, Sloane Spencer, and several who I know I’m forgetting (please forgive me) who continue to put us on radio and push us on social media and turn people onto the fact that there’s real music beyond the top 10 rotation and CMT. For that we owe you guys everything!

Album Feature: Brian Owens: Soul Of Cash

Johnny Cash has been covered by many artists in many different ways. Brian
Owens has taken the R&B route and has brought the soul out of these old
Johnny Cash tunes with his latest record titled Soul Of Cash. Some covers
are more successful than others, but they are all done with a passion that
shows Owen’s love for Cash.

There are two incredible covers on this album that makes it worth the price
of admission. “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison” are some of the most
creative takes on these songs I have heard. “Ring of Fire” harkens back to
the Ray Charles version of the song while remaining it’s own thing.
“Folsom Prison” has it’s own groove. If Johnny Cash’s original was a more
somber warning about the slow pace of prison life, Brian Owens is looking
out of prison at a party train, and it’s going fast down the tracks. His
vocal still has a somber longing quality, but the music is a dance track
that you can imagine the passengers would hear in a party car.

The next handful of tracks keep the somber quality of the Johnny Cash
originals. “Walk The Line” has an amazing bass line as the focus of what
turns out to be a very smooth rendition. One of my favorite Cash songs is
his take on “Long Black Veil” and Brian Owens and Dylan McDonald do a good
version of it here. “Man In Black” brings another interesting take on a
Cash original by making it a faster and less somber track. Cash’s version
worked as a protest tune, and while Owens still retains that message, I’m
not sure if it works as a faster song.

The album closes with an original tune titled “Soul In My Country”. This
song is pretty much an explanation of why this album exists. It is Brian
Owens telling his own story about his connection to country music. Country
music and soul music have similar origins and they are both born out of the
church. This whole album bridges the gap between country and soul
successfully and it is worth a listen for any fan of Johnny Cash. There is
no physical release for the album yet, however it is out everywhere digital
albums are sold. They are planning a vinyl release in the future.

Brian Owens – Soul Of Cash

  1. Ring of Fire
  2. Folsom Prison Blues
  3. Walk The Line
  4. Cry Cry Cry
  5. Sunday Morning Coming Down (feat. Austin Grimm Smith)
  6. Long Black Veil (feat. Dylan McDonald)
  7. Man In BlackSoul In My Country (feat. Rissi Palmer and Robert Randolph)

–Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer
Gary Hayes County

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Erin Enderline.

I had the pleasure of taking ‘5 Shots’ with the very talented Erin Enderlin today & I am proud to bring you the results of that & introduce you all to this amazing singer/songwriter.

Round 1 ~ How long have you been a singer songwriter and how did you 1st get started?

Well, I was that weird kid. I fell in love with country music super early. I even took a Conway Twitty record for show and tell in kindergarten. By the time I was in 4th grade I was writing songs and performing them for my music class. Then I started playing shows in public at 16.

Round 2 ~ What is your motivation to keep going when times seem hard?

The folks I’ve met that tell me stories of how they’ve connected with my songs is a big motivator. Seems like whenever it’s toughest, somehow someone gets sent my way with encouragement. Also, I think about how much music has meant to me and what would’ve happened, what I would’ve missed, if my heroes had given up. Plus my sister says I can’t quit or she’ll kick my butt haha.

Round 3 ~ When did you get your first quitar and how did you learn to play?

I played around on my parents guitar really young, then started playing the piano at 5. I got my own guitar and started taking lessons at 13. My guitar teacher Terry Holmes was amazing and was a huge influence on me. He really encouraged me in my writing and was the first person to explain to me you really can write and sing as a profession. He passed away from cancer when I was 16. While he was in treatment he wrote me letters encouraging me to follow my dreams and saying that he really believed I could do it – he’d played with several Nashville artists before moving to Arkansas. I still have them.

Round 4 ~ If you had to say one person, who would you say influenced your musical style the most?


Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?

Drink coffee and hang with my friends.

Last Call….Open message to your fans

I’m excited to announce that I have a new single “Ain’t It Just Like A Cowboy” coming out August 11th. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the album Whiskeytown Crier coming out September 1st. It is everything I ever wanted in an album. I was basically a kid in a country music candy store!!

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Emi Sunshine.

This girl is absolutely amazing, she is already a star but there is no limits for where her talent can take her. When I first heard her I could not believe that she was only 13 years old. I am beyond honored to have been able to talk to her today and bring you this Q&A. Guys if you’re not already a fan of hers please support EmiSunshine, it is people like her that is keeping real music alive. Enjoy #EmiSunshine

Round 1 ~ How old where you when you got your first instrument, what was it, & who taught you how to play it?

A ukelele from mom and I was 7 I kinda taught myself!

Round 2 ~ To be so young you seem to have an old soul, I love that you honor the older style of Country. What inspires you to sing that style though instead of the new style that most young people are into?

I don’t know for sure. Maybe it’s the nostalgia for things before my time or because it makes me feel something I can’t explain but I think mostly because it is real. It makes you listen to the lyrics and everyone can relate to it because it’s about real life not just party time or who’s gonna get a truck and a drink and ride around

Round 3 ~ You have already accomplished what most only dream of by playing the Grand Ole Opry not once but mulitiple times…What is your dreams for the future having already accomplished so much?

Well that stage is home base. If I never played another stage that is my dream stage. Don’t get me wrong I love playing everywhere but that stage for any artist should be home. I’d love to play red rocks, I want to go back to the today show, I want to play Bridgestone arena but my next big goal is Austin City Limits

Round 4 ~ I know that some of your family is in your band, can you tell us about your band?

Sure my dad Randall plays bass, my brother John is on Mandolin and Guitar, my uncle bobby is on Drums and we call on the occasional fiddler or dobro player for some shows

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?

Hula hoop or draw

Last Call…This is your chance to say what ever you would like to your fans.

😊 Please share music! Not just mine but any of your favorite artists! Music helps everyone and musicians need fans to do what they do! Buy an album! If all my fans bought one we would be closer to being near them! Cd profits bring artists to venues!

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Porter Union.


I had the honor of talking to Cole & Kendra of Porter Union right after they got home from playing the Tumbleweed festival and these are some of the most down to Earth, genuinely nice people that I know. It is my pleasure to bring you this exclusive Q&A that I did with them. Hope you enjoy.

Round 1 ~ How did you guys first meet each other?

We met at a small bar & grill in our hometown, Republic, MO, in 2010. I played there regularly and Kendra was a waitress. One night I was just hanging out up there with some buddies. They had a karaoke DJ set up in the corner. We were no karaoke pros but every now again we’d tie on a good one and give it a go. I guess this was one of those nights. We were sitting at our table when Kendra walked by. She was fairly new there and so I was asking my friends about the new waitress. They kept trying to get me to go ask her to sing karaoke with me, they were convinced it was a good pickup line. Being one of “those nights” I had plenty of courage to work with and finally agreed. She was standing at a register near us putting in an order when I decided to go for it. I asked her and she immediately answered with, “sure!”. Her confident and quick response kind of stunned me. Usually it’s like pulling teeth trying to get someone to sing karaoke and I was expecting to have to put some work in to convince her. I had no idea she could sing. We went over to the DJ to pick a song and somehow landed on “Whiskey Lullaby”. My part was first and I quickly realized I didn’t know the song very well, even with the words in front of me. I fumbled my way through my part, and then Kendra started singing. My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe the incredible voice that I was hearing. To me, it was fate. I was pretty well hooked from that moment on.

Round 2 ~ Do you guys own any pets, if so can you tell us about them?

We have a dog, Dolly Porter, and a cat, Loretta Lynn. Dolly is a 3 year old Australian Shepherd / Corgi mix and Loretta is the spawn of Satan.

Round 3 ~ When your not playing or writing music what is your favorite thing to do?

We really love spending time with our families. We like to hangout by the water and go hiking when we get the chance, but we’re also really good at watching Netflix. We definitely like to get out and catch live music, that never fails to inspire.

Round 4 ~ If you had to say one person, who would you say influenced your musical style the most?

For me, Jason Boland is probably my biggest influence. I found his music at an important time in my life and it really lit a fire in me. For Kendra (she’s driving) it’s Lee Ann Womack. That was the first cassette tape the she every owned. She fell in the love with her story telling and the way she sang.

Round 5 ~ Are you guys sports fans, if so what teams do you support?

We are sports fans but the only team that I’d say we’re passionate about is the Kansas City Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the greatest places on Earth.

Last Call….Open message to your fans

2017 has been one of the best years of our lives thanks to everyone that has shown us so much love. It’s really a crazy feeling to see all your hard work start to pay off and we couldn’t be more thankful for all the people that have stood beside us. That’s the kind of thing that keeps you moving forward even during the tough times. We love you guys.

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Brent Cobb


I was both surprised and very happy when I heard back from him and Brent Cobb wanted to do ‘5 Shots’. I enjoyed talking to him and am proud to be able to bring you this 1 on 1 exclusive interview.

Round 1: I know you have done many music collaborations, can you tell us about some of your favorites so far and also maybe some that you would love to do in the future?

So far, my favorite has been with Miranda Lambert on a song she, Adam Hood and I wrote for her called “The Good Ol Days”. I sang the harmony with her on her track recorded for the Southern Family album.

Round 2: I have been wearing out ‘Shine on Rainy Day’ ever since it was released, it is one of the favorites in my collection. Is there any news on when we might expect a new album from you?

First, thanks so much. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that my music means something to you. Yes, top of 2018 there will be a new album. But even before that there will be a song released in September as a precursor to the record.

Round 3: Do you prefer acoustic shows or full band shows & why?

I like all shows for different reasons. Acoustic because I get to tell longer stories and really be loose and personal. Full band because I love playing music with my best friends.

Round 4: As a musician you travel all over the World, can you tell us about some of your favorite places that you have been & your favorite venues to play?

Not to give a short answer purposely, I really just enjoy playing music wherever anyone will have me. After touring for 10yrs playing shows to mostly no one, it’s really nice to have people willing to listen.

Round 5: This is a question that I ask everyone, what is your favorite thing to do outside of the music World?

I love being home with my family. My favorite thing is to have something on the smoker in the evening cooking for supper while my wife and daughter and I hang out in the yard watching the world go by.

Last Call open message to your fans…

Thanks everyone for caring enough to have me be a part of this. Hope to see you somewhere down the road.

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Joshua Morningstar.


I love that I am able to bring you all this week’s ‘5 Shots’. It is heartfelt & real because that is just the kind of person Josh Morningstar is. I consider this guy family & I am very happy that I am able to be a small part in spreading his story and his music. I hope you guys enjoy this read as much as I did.

Round 1 – You have a new album about to be released can you tell us a little about it?

The new record, “Whole Lotta Crazy” comes out Sept. 29th. It’s the culmination of the last few years of my life-ups, downs, etc. All the songs except for one (“Memories Cost A lot” written by Billy Don Burns) were written by me and brought to life by the excellent group of musicians I’m lucky to have not only as my band but as my friends. They are:
Bobby Miller-lead guitar
Greg Johnson-steel guitar
Michelle Lucas-bass and background vocals
Eric Avey-drums and background vocals
This is EASILY the best record I’ve ever made. The musicians are all top notch and I feel the songs are as well. I write my life-if I’m singing it, I lived it, simple as that. To quote the great Harlan Howard, “three chords and the truth.”

Round 2 – You openly mention your past issues with drugs in your songs, Could you tell us some about you past and your story so maybe hearing it will help someone else out there that is in the darkness find the light?

I’m a recovering heroin addict. Good Lord willing I’ll have 6 years clean October 17th. I was bad on the shit-at my worst I was shooting up 2 grams of heroin a day, which for those unfamiliar is a lot of dope. I was the worst kind of junkie-I lied, I stole, I did anything I could to get my next fix. I was a bad person and a bad father. Rehabs, NA, none of that worked for me. I woke up one morning, dope sick as hell, looked in the mirror and made up my mind that I was either gonna overdose and kill myself that day, or I was gonna get clean. I chose to get clean. Still deciding if I made the right choice (that’s a joke lol). I talk about it openly bc I like helping those who are where I was. I risk being labeled “the drug guy” by those that don’t understand where I’m coming from, and sometimes that bothers me, but it would bother me more if I didn’t help others. That’s the main reason I’m so open about it-I want to show people that you CAN make it out, that you CAN change, that it CAN be better. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Round 3 – I know that you just got married to your wife Tess, can you tell us how you guys met and the story there?

Tess and I met after she stalked me on Facebook lol. She waited til I was single, when she saw that I was she sent me a msg that said “hey.” I thought she was beautiful so I asked her out. She agreed, then she cancelled the day we were supposed to go out-turns out a friend of hers knew me and knew my reputation and had convinced her that I wasn’t right for her. Luckily she ended up not listening, apologized for cancelling, and we went out the next night. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I sang her “Blues Man” by Hank Jr., and the next morning when we woke up we went to church together lol.

Round 4 – Most of your fans know that you love Billy Don Burns can you tell us about that relationship and who some of your other major musical influences are?

Where to begin. Billy Don tells the story of the first time we met like this (these are his words):
“I was playing at some little honky tonk down on Lower Broadway in Nashville. Before the show started, I was onstage tuning my guitar. This kid walks up to me, doesn’t say a word, just opens up his shirt. He had the name of one of my songs, “Honky Tonk Singer,” tattooed across his chest. I knew right then and there that that kid had heart and that I liked him.”
That story is true, and that’s exactly how we met. I’d known BD’s music long before I’d ever met him-the first song of his I heard was “Dark Side of the Spoon.” As a junkie at the time that song hit me like no other song ever had before. I immediately dove into his catalog. I studied every song he had recorded, and to this day have every one of them memorized-it makes me smile that when he can’t remember how a song starts or what key a certain song is in he calls me. He’s taught me so much-not only about songwriting and the music business, but about life. We’ve done a lot of the same stuff right, but maybe more importantly, a lot of the same stuff wrong. He’s been the best teacher a guy like me could ask for-aside from that, he’s the best friend a guy could have. BD is one of a kind, and if I never receive any other “accolades” from the music business, knowing that Billy Don Burns told me were cut from the same cloth is all the praise I’ll ever need.
Other than BDB, some of my other musical influences are guys like Hank Sr., Waylon, Dale Watson, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, the Hag, Kristofferson, and Keith Whitley. I’m a student of the history of country music and try to add a little from each person I look up to into my own music. I try to write honestly like ol’ Hank and Kristofferson; I try to be smooth vocally like Haggard, Jones, Keith and Lefty; I try to purvey the same kind of energy onstage as guys like Waylon and Dale. Obviously those guys are in a league of their own and I’m not even on the same field, but I do my best to make my heroes proud.

Round 5 – What is some of your favorite things to do outside of the music World?

I really don’t have a lot of things I do outside of music-it’s pretty much my whole life. If I’m not writing songs I’m booking shows; if I’m not booking shows I’m trying to think of creative marketing strategies; if it’s not that it’s something else. It goes on and on. I guess studying the history of country music would be something you could say I do for fun-I can talk for hours and hours about where our kinda music came from. We can go back to Jones and Haggard, or further back to Hank and Lefty. We could go all the way back to Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter family. I’ve only met three people that know more about country music than I do: Gary Hayes, Sara Leann Turner, and Owen Mays. Sadly Owen is no longer with us. I’m not saying there aren’t more people out there than that that know more about the history of our kinda music than I do-obviously there are-just that those are the only ones I’ve personally met. Aside from my wife and kids, country music is my life.
Oh yeah, we watch “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and “The Office” in the tour van. I like those shows.

Last Call – this is an open message to your fans.

I don’t have “fans,” I have friends. It’s bc of the people that enjoy my music that I’m able to feed my family and put a roof over their heads. That’s not something a “fan” does-that’s what friends do. I’m not a “headline” act-I’m not selling out shows, or selling all kinds of records. I’m a road dog-we do 300+ shows a year. We play the bars, the joints, the honky tonks. We roll into town, have a good time with our friends, then we head to the next one and do it over again. It’s bc of the people that enjoy my music that keep me going. If you like what I do, tell someone else about me. Come to a show. Tune into “Good Morning Live” Monday thru Friday at 10am Eastern on my Facebook page. I make music for my friends, but I also do it bc I have to. I do it bc if I don’t, well, I’ve been down that road-it ends with me dying a broken down junkie. Country music is my whole life, and I love it. It’s what I do, and it’s what I’ll always do. However, without you guys there’s no me. So from my heart, from my family and myself, thank you. I love you all.


5 Shots With Fairbanks: Cody Jinks.


I can’t tell you guys what it means to me that I am able to bring you this week’s interview. This is the man that restored my passion for music. He is the one that made me say, you know what maybe there is an answer to that iconic George Jones question. If it wasn’t for him this page wouldn’t even exist, hell I’ll be honest I’m not even sure I would still exist. I was lost for a long time and because of his music I found the Flockers and hundreds of friends and people who embraced me. Every time someone ask me why I devote all of my time to music, I always say because music saved me and Cody Jinks is the main part of that cause he led me to everyone else. I have been lucky enough to meet and hangout with him 13 times now and I will never call him a friend because he is so much more, he is my brother, he is family. I know this intro is a little long but I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do this, I love you brother and I thank God for you. I hope everyone enjoys and if you do please, PLEASE like this page so that you won’t miss any upcoming interviews and share this post so we can spread Cody’s music to others!

Round 1 ~ I know that you love fishing so I was wondering what is your favorite type of fish (I prefer bass fishing myself) and what is the biggest fish that you have caught so far?

Cody ~ “Bass fishing is my favorite but I also love to Striper and Crappie fish. My best bass went 9.8 Ibs, I caught it in El Salto Mexico.”

Round 2 ~ I have noticed that you enjoy playing golf some on your off days, how did you 1st get into golf and do you remember what your best game was?

Cody ~ “I just recently got into golf. I’m absolutely horrible but I like to get out and play, it gets me out of the bus for a while. It’s just fun to get out there and laugh at each other for our bad games. Our Bass player Josh has gotten several of us into it, I’ve never had a great game though.”

Round 3 ~ Can you tell us the backstory on how you & Ward Davis first met and how that friendship got started?

Cody ~ “I met Ward back in February of last year at Floores Country Store in Helotes Texas. He came in as a three piece acoustic opener and I talked to him a little before the show. Then he played and I was really impressed. We talked after the show as well & I told him we would play together again. He came out and did a few more shows and then came out to El Paso to write on I’m not the Devil, after El Paso I’m pretty sure we both knew there was a friendship there.”

Round 4 ~ Brother most artist these days have fan clubs but there is something very special about yours, most of the Flockers especially those of us that have been there to see your rise would take a bullet for you and that kind of loyalty is something I don’t think many musicians have these days. Can you tell us your thoughts on your Flockers?

Cody ~ “The Flockers, I don’t even know where to begin. What an amazing group of people. Self started, self governing, and no bullshit. To have a fan club is one thing, The Flockers are in a whole nother stratosphere. I think what I’m most proud of is the charity work they support and if another Flocker needs anything there will be folks there for them. From music to tickets, whatever. It’s an honor to have them, the support, seeing them at shows. It’s very cool.”

Round 5 ~ Well as most people already know you have been selling out almost every venue you guys play at lately including 2 nights at The Mother Church of Country Music…Can you give us an idea of what your plans are for the future?

Cody ~ “The Mother Church of Country Music, I mean how much cooler does it get than that. Our immediate future will be spent touring and recording for the next record. This is one of the busiest times of the year for us, we’ve got some really cool shows coming up and we have a lot to be excited about and a lot to be thankful for.”

Last Call…This section is an open message to your fans and the Flockers, so you can tell them anything you would like them to know.

Cody ~ “Thanks to my band and crew and all of our families that are willing to let us go for weeks or months at a time, and thanks to the Flockers for having our backs while we are out on the road.”

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Tennessee Jet.

I first met Tennessee Jet on Dec. 2nd 2016 in Nashville Tennessee at 3rd & Lindsley, he was opening for Ward Davis and Cody Jinks. I was highly impressed by him and have been a fan ever since. I contacted him and asked if he would be interested in being on the page and his response was “It would be an honor” which really meant a lot to me and I felt the same way so I will say it is an honor to bring you all this ‘5 Shots’ with my friend TJ McFarland. If you enjoy please like this page for future interviews and share so we can help spread Tennessee Jet’s music. Thanks!

Round 1 ~ I’m always amazed when I watch you perform because you do it all by yourself. How many intruments are you able to play and how many do you normally play at the same time on stage?

TJ ~ My typical setup gives me the option to play drums, guitars, and harmonica with a couple mics set up for vocals…one distorted and one clean. There are a few songs I’ll play guitar with my left hand and the drums with my feet and right hand while singing and taking solos with the harmonica. My style was born out of necessity…trying to make the biggest sound possible as a one-man-band.

Round 2 ~ I have always been impressed by the lyrics in your songs. How old were you when you wrote your first song, do you remember any of the lyrics to it?

TJ ~ I’ve written as far back as I can remember, not always songs…a lot of little short stories and what I guess you could call poetry…not really knowing why, writing was just something I always did. I started putting words to music when I was probably 15 or 16. Really traditional country stuff.

Round 3 ~ Your real name is TJ McFarland, where does your stage name ‘Tennessee Jet’ come from?

TJ ~ I was living in Nashville when I came up with the name…that’s where the “Tennessee” part comes from….and ”Jet” is the name of James Dean’s character in the movie “Giant”. That’s the movie dialogue you hear in the background of “Please Come to Austin” from my ‘Reata’ record.

Round 4 ~ Most people think that being a musician is an amazing job and for the most part it is but those of us that are around it all the time know that it also has it’s negitives. What is your favorite thing and least favorite thing about being a musician?

TJ ~ Favorite thing: Creating and pushing myself to learn a new way to write or play.
Least favorite thing: I think the worst days of this gig pale in comparison to the worst days of most other jobs like being a soldier or a cop…and I HATE
it when musicians whine.

Round 5 ~ What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the music World?

TJ ~ I watch westerns…usually Clint Eastwood…and drink…usually Jim Beam.

Last Call ~ This section is an open message to your fans, so you can tell them anything you would like them to know.

TJ ~ Thanks for asking me to do this Josh. I’m glad to know you and people like you that have such a passion for music and the musicians that they dig.

Video Credit goes to Lynn Hillis

5 Shots With Fairbanks: The Steel Woods


I first saw The Steel Woods when they opened for Blackberry Smoke in Montgomery Alabama. I was highly impressed and then their debut album ‘Straw In The Wind’ was released shortly after and I was blown away all over again. These guys are so talented and some of the nicest guys you will meet. If you have never been to one of their shows, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket you will not regret it. Once again thanks to everyone who takes time to support my page and read about all these great musicians, please remember to like this page for future interviews and share this post to help spread the word about The Steel Woods music. I hope you enjoy!

Round 1 ~ How did you guys all meet and come together to form The Steel Woods?

Steel Woods ~ We all knew each other in some form or fashion before the band. Prior to forming The Steel Woods, guitarists Wes Bayliss and Jason “Rowdy” Cope were both pursuing musical careers. Cope found work as a session musician and played in Jamey Johnson’s band, but once he met Bayliss at a Nashville gig, the two clicked. First they became friends, then they wound collaborating, adding bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Jay Tooke to round out the lineup.

Round 2 ~ Who would you love to do a tour with?

Steel Woods ~ A lot of names come to mind but I would have to say Willie Nelson because he is one of the few heroes of country music who are still touring.

Round 3 ~ What is your favorite song to play live & why that song?

Steel Woods ~ I would say anything new or that we’ve recently written because it’s the true test of a song to see how the crowd reacts to it.

Round 4 ~ The 1st time I saw you guys was in Montgomery Alabama with Blackberry Smoke, can you tell us about that tour and what it was like hanging out with those guys.

Steel Woods ~ Well the Smoke guys and crew are great but what stood out for me was the people who came to the shows. Blackberry Smoke fans are the real deal! We met a lot of great people on that tour and so many of them have come to see us multiple times since then. We couldn’t be more thankful for that.

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of the music World?

Steel Woods ~ Anything outdoors that our families can do along with us.

Last Call ~ This is an open message to your fans.

Steel Woods ~ Thanks for the support, come out and see a show we would love to see you.

5 Shots With Fairbanks: Dallas Moore.

I have been a fan of Dallas Moore‘s music for a long time. I have been trying to get out to see him live for a couple years now but every time I got tickets something would come up in my life to prevent me from going. I finally got to see him on September 16th 2017 in Bowling Green Kentucky. I was blown away and can’t wait to see him again. Him and his band were amazing but beyond that they we so friendly and treated you like part of the family. I love artist like that and I will continue to recommend him to anyone that will listen. Thank you for taking the time to do this brother, I will see you again soon. Please remember to like this page for future interviews and share this article to help spread Dallas‘ music, Thanks!

Round 1 ~ How many shows do you usually play each year, do you enjoy all the traveling?

Dallas ~ I play over 300 shows a year between solo, duo and full band shows. This year (2017) finds me playing 327 shows total. I keep the roads hot!

Round 2 ~ If you could hand pick one artist today who would you want to cut a song with and why them?

Dallas ~ Willie Nelson of course! I’ve toured with Willie in the past but never recorded with him. The late, great Jody Payne (Willie’s guitarist of nearly 40 years) was my Godfather and we recorded my Hank To Thank Live album together and Mickey Raphael (Willie’s Harmonica player of 42 years) played some tracks on my upcoming album. Now if we could just get Willie that’d be awesome!

Round 3 ~ What is your favorite song that you have written so far and why?

Dallas ~ I don’t know that I have a favorite song that I have written. They’re all my creations and I love them all in their own way. My favorite song by another songwriter would be Live Forever by Billy Joe Shaver.

Round 4 ~ Can you tell us about Victory? How is she doing

Dallas ~ My daughter Victory Lee Moore was born on June 14th, 2017. She just turned 3 months old and is doing great. She’s such a happy little baby and her Mama, Jenna Danielle Moore and I are blessed beyond measure!

Round 5 ~ What is your favorite thing to do outside of the music World, what other hobbies does Uncle Dallas have?

Dallas ~ I ride my Harley Davidson Road King every chance I get. Whenever I can get my knees in the breeze it’s a great day for Ol’ Uncle Dallas. It’s also when I come up with most of my lyrics to write new songs. Out on the road it’s the best way to clear my head and beats the Hell out of therapy!

Last Call ~ This is an open message to your fans so just tell them whatever you want to.

Dallas ~ I can’t wait to get my new album Mr. Honky Tonk out for y’all to hear! We recorded this one at OmniSound and Beaird Studios in Nashville with Dean Miller (son of Roger Miller) producing. I believe it’s by far the best recording I’ve ever made and we got really great cuts on all of these songs. The album will be released on SOL Records in February 2018 and we’ll be touring all over the country in support of it. Limited Edition Preorder Packages are available now at