Oct 042017
 

A few weeks ago, my friend and I went out to Madisonville Kentucky, where they have the weekly concerts on the square series. This summertime function greatly supports my local community, and local businesses without promoting the mega chain stores. Downtown Madiosnville abounds with good places to eat locally owned and fun places to visit if you enjoy history.

Mr. Alonzo Pennington band was first, and to be honest I didn’t get to hear his set completely and as thoroughly as the next two acts. We actually enjoyed a nice meal at a local diner before the main two acts tonight, Mr. Buddy and I don’t get to see one another that often so it was nice catching up.

Mr. Tyler Childers was first tonight, and unless you have been under a rock or you are new to this type of website, you have heard about Mr. Tyler Childers and his rapid rise to the spotlight. I’ll be honest people It’s going to be a good end of the year for him, I’m sure he will grace many of the Album of the year lists. I could not take video of this show everybody for local legal reasons I did not ask for permission, I thank you for understanding that.

The initial local audience buildup was amazing for my area, and I was greatly pleased at this positive outlook on this wonderful artist from the Appalachian region. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Mr. Tyler you can find out more about him on most websites like mine, that are raving about his new album Purgatory. This album was produced by  Sturgill Simpson and I featured his new album HERE.

Tyler Childers and the Foodstamps immediately blasted into some truly amazing songs here tonight as they opened with “Born Again” and captivated the whole county as he delved into the cover of Utah Phillip’s song “Rock Salt And Nails”.  He has an amazingly unique voice and vocal presentation, you know many times I hear people say that nowadays you cannot tell the difference between  singers..and when you hear HIM you can easily ascertain his voice.

“Swear To God” was song that is on the album that I really and truly enjoyed. This album sounds and feels SO wonderful I firmly believe it’s a triumph in every way! His set included the Dr. Hook cover song “I Got Stoned And I Missed It”, and also the new song called “Feathered Indians”.

His cover of the Charlie Daniels song “Trudy” has always been a strong staple of his initial set, and also the song called “Honky Tonk Flame” was in the set. He also played the song called “White Bridge Road” and other songs that induce the crowd into a mega sing along frenzy.

The later portion of his set included songs like “Banded Clovis” and one of his first singles released from the album was called “Lady May”, and finally he played one of my favorite songs he plays called “Nose To The Grindstone”. This band displayed some truly fine craftsmanship tonight, and brought a unique brand of Mountain Country to my region. Songs like “I Will Follow You to Virgie” represent a region of America that I often get the blessing to visit in the Eastern region of the United States..Appalachia. There are MANY Facebook pages you can go to to find out more about Mr. Tyler Childers and one of them is my friends over at Honky Tonk Heroes and also his own fan page which you can find HERE

Waymore’s Outlaws is another band I have featured on here MANY TIME, and tonight they played a set before they brought out Shooter Jennings for the main act. Mr. Jerry Jigger Bridges, Mr. Fred Newell, Mr. Richie Albright and Mr. Tommy Townsend blaze the trails of this great nation and keep the spirit of Waylon alive.

From their website:

Waymore’s Outlaws consists of former members of Waylon Jennings recording and touring band, The Waylors, featuring Richie Albright, Waylon’s original drummer, bassman Jerry “Jigger” Bridges, and pedal steel guitarist Fred Newell. Their lead guitarist and singer, Tommy Townsend, adds to their mix of Outlaw music. Waymore’s Outlaws are keeping the spirit of Waylon and his music alive today.

“Are You Ready For The Country” is actually an album from 1976 and was the first studio album that preceded  the Wanted The Outlaws album, which was the first Country album to achieve platinum sales status. “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” was originally recorded by the writer Mr. Ray Pennington in 1967.

“Clyde” is originally a J.J.Cale song and was covered by Waylon with very much adoration of vintage collectors like myself. It received little mainstream attention at the time, and next on the set was “Ladies Love Outlaws” followed by “Iv’e Always Been Crazy”.

As many of you know the very night we went to this show we lost the Gentle Giant the Icon, Mr. Don Williams. They played “Tulsa Time” and went into the Steve Young classic “Lonesome Onry And Mean”. Then they brought out  Mr. Shooter Jennings who I’ll be bringing out a LOT of news about in the next few weeks.

We got a NICE review of Hellbound Glory’s new album “Pinball” coming soon, and tour information.  Id’ like to take some time to tell you about the really nice show he played for my community. “Ain’t Living Long Like This” was first from him, as well as “Play’n Possum” from his Don’t Wait Up For George album.

The enthusiastic crowd got treated to a wonderful show tonight, as Mr. Shooter himself has told me he was mourning the death of his friend Mr. Troy Gentry and wanted to bring a truly emotional performance here tonight. As he played songs like “Living In A Minor Key” and “Belle Of The Ball” he amazed my neighbors with his stage presence.

He played through his many album tonight with songs like “Rowdy women” and also “Gone To Carolina” from his first album in 2006 “Put The O Back In Country”. That’s a rare find on vinyl to be sure, I haven’t found it for under 100 bucks. He laos played “4rth Of July”  from that same album which was one of his most commercial songs he ever had.

He always closes most of his shows with a song for Mr. Jon called “Good time Charlie’s Got The Blues”.  Most of the shows I have been to lately he has closed with that song in total.  His new forthcoming album due out this fall is going to be his most Country album he has ever released since his first one, and from what he’s told my website it will be amazing.

These are two artists to be watching for toward the end of 2017 and into 2018, for this website, keep reading folks…more to come for sure!

Oct 022017
 

On October 5th 2017 my wonderful friends at R.O.P.E. will be having their annual banquet and awards show at the Al Menah Shrine Temple over on Brick Church Pike. Seated at my table one year was the man they will be paying a special tribute to next month, Country Music Legend Mr. Mac Wiseman.

I have been truly blessed to have been involved with this fine organization for many years now, and it is run and operated by many people I regard as heroes and Legends. I think this group and event needs an official Facebook page but every time I have attended this event I have always has a truly blessed time with everyone. It’s time once again to help promote the 30th annual R.O.P.E. banquet, unless you aren’t within the business the R.O.P.E. organization was founded in 1983 when a group of people decided to form a fellowship meeting of music industry people to discuss things and enjoy the fruits of their labor. It stands for the “Reunion Of Professional Entertainers” and holds a function in spring and fall, the spring event usually is a luncheon with Bbq around noon.

R.O.P.E. (which stands for the Reunion of Professional Entertainers) began one evening in May of 1983 when forty-three folks in the music industry got together to discuss the idea of having an organization.  Prior to the organizing of R.O.P.E., generally the only times these folks were together was to either work and/or attend the funeral/visitation for a fellow comrade. Wanting to correct this situation was the beginning of this great organization that is known as R.O.P.E., International.

Like Webster’s rope that is made of several strands, our ‘R.O.P.E.’ is made of many different fields of the music and entertainment industry.  Our membership roster includes artists, musicians, songwriters, record producers, booking agents, record promoters, disc jockeys and music business executives.  Some are retired while many are still very active in their respective field. Our members represent many years of musical and entertainment history.

 

 

Oct 022017
 

Justin Wells – The Dogs
Justin Wells – The Dogs From Justin’s debut solo record, Dawn in the Distance. Directed by Casey Pierce. Shot at American Legion Post 82, Nashville, TN. Spot…

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I’ve been a fan of Justin Wells for awhile now ever since I was lucky enough to be introduced to him by my good friend Geoffrey William Todd. I finally got the chance to see him live for the first time this year on August 4th after he wrote me and told me that he was playing a solo show at The Family Wash in Nashville. It wasn’t disappointing even though it was a solo show without his band. Justin was amazing, and not only was he an amazing singer but he was also a really friendly genuine guy. He came and sat at my table and talked with me and my friends before the show for awhile and then hung out and talked for awhile after also. Once he found out I had driven in from out of state to see him and was planning to drive home right after the show he even gave me his number and text me on the way home to make sure I got made it home ok. I don’t know of many people that would do something like that. Justin you know that you are family in my book and I am happy that I can help be a small part in spreading your music. Please everyone remember to like this page to ensure you never miss an artist interview and share this article to help the spread of Justin’s music so more people can hear of him. Thanks!

Round 1 ~ Most artist have a special place that they go to clear their heads and write songs, what is your special place?

Justin ~ There’s been a few places over the years. The location doesn’t really matter, but I’ve gotta be by myself. Dead sober (even coffee gets in the way of my writing). Of sound mind.

Round 2 ~ Can you tell us who some of your favorite artist are right now that you feel is representing Country the way it should be?

Justin ~ That’s tough. I’m not really hip to what’s what these days, country or otherwise. Lyrically, there’s not really anybody that holds a candle to Matthew Ryan or John Moreland. Musically, guys like Sturgill and Shooter are inspiring because they don’t give a shit about trends, genre, “cred”, whatever. In terms of someone who honors the country music genre specifically, I think it’s Jason Eady. Jason is that rare artist who is a slave to the craft and the execution and fuck all else.

Round 3 ~ Is there a new album in the works, any news on when we might hear that?

Justin-Perpetually, and no.

Round 4 ~ I know people collect a wide variety of stuff, I personally collect autographs, guitar picks and Walking Dead Merch. Is there anything that you collect?

Justin ~ (Fun fact, I rode the school bus with Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead.) These days, not really. I’m a comics nerd, but haven’t really kept up with it in years. I don’t miss the movies though.

Round 5 ~ Can you tell us about some of your favorite things to do outside of the music World?

Justin ~ I have two worlds: my “music world” as you said, and my world as a husband/father. I juggle both as good as I’m able, to varying degrees of success. The short answer: my favorite things are Andrea, Zoë, and AnnaLee.

Last Call ~ This is an open message to your fans, so just tell them what ever you would like them to know.

Justin ~ To everybody, fan or not: If everybody agreed, the world would be boring as shit and the only thing anybody would listen to is Tom Petty (that part’s not so bad). Try not to let other folks’ actions piss you off. Let the clowns clown. It’ll all work out. I love ya’ll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 012017
 

My dear friends I know that I am completely eclectic as far as my format of doing things, and as you may or may not know I was busy with my Muddy Roots coverage. I cover over 175 festivals a year and MANY genres of music so it’s NO secret sometimes it take me months to write these articles up.

Mr.Paul JacksonMr.Brandon StillMr.Richard TurnerMr.Charlie Starr, and Mr.Brit Turner  make up this rags to riches story out of Georgia called Blackberry Smoke and I have indeed featured them many times here on this website. Now then I wasn’t sure if I could legally post videos from the Ascend Ampitheater In Nashville as I was invited to this show as a guest…and on a whim.

I actually went to relax and enjoy myself as a fan this time but I did jot down some notes and some observations about the show, no matter where I am I always have that journalistic instinct. I honestly enjoy writing about the bands and the music,and the people that make it work.

Their album Follow Your Arrow made my TOP 50 OF 2016 and I have been a fan of their for many years despite their mainstream attention. I don’t really mind their mainstream lean, even though many of my readers don’t like them for that. I thought Whiporwill was a damn fine album and many of their albums stay in my constant rotation and my memory stick shuffles.

“Rock And Roll Again was first, this song is off the 2015 Holding All the roses album it’s a great hard rock song as are many of their songs. Now some of them have a Country influence to them, they are more of like a Black Crowes Southern Rock outfit.

“Let It Burn” was next from the Follow Your Arrow album followed by a cover of “Come Together” and then “Ain’t Got The Blues” from the Whiporwill album. I have seen them many times live, but to be honest I haven’t heard the song “One Horse Town” live ever.

That’s an older song, and I thought they did a really adequate job of playing material form every album they have, many times you hear a band play mostly new songs from whatever album they are promoting at the time of the show. This show here wasn’t the case and I was delighted to see that.

“Payback’s A Bitch” was next followed by the song “Whiporwill”. This band doesn’t have elaborate lyrics that make you sit and dwell on the meaning now DO NOT misquote me and ascertain that I don’t like those songs, I DO. But when I want to drink beer and just JAM, Blackberry Smoke is one of go to bands for kick ass rock music.

They closed their set with “like An Arrow” and “Ain’t Much Left Of Me” . Actually they were the opening act for the band Government Mule who is touring for their new album Revolution come…Revolution go, and that’s out NOW. Mr. Warren, Mr. Matt Abts, Mr. Danny Louis and Mr. Jorgen Carlsson make up the band.

I didn’t really write the songs down for them because I was just amazed by Mr. Warren’s guitar licks and instrumentals. There really isn’t a plethora of the original Allman Brothers Band left anymore and it’s always cool to hear GOOD versions of Whipping Post and  other classics from years ago.

Age and the road have not faltered Mr. Warren’s guitar abilities or his vocals in any form, in fact I was impressed with his impeccable groundwork with his band. They seemed to read each other well, and were defiantly on the same page. Al l in All it was a great show at a truly FUN venue,and really the only one of it’s kind now since Starwood was closed all those years ago.

It’s not incredibly over expensive if you buy lawn seats for shows, I haven’t really wrote a ton of articles from it because of the lack of ability to include videos. I truly enjoy giving YOU the reader the BEST input on the show as I can, I try to make you feel like you WERE THERE if you missed it. Maybe in the future I’ll have that ability form this venue.