Nov 252017

The Ameripolitan Music Awards have always been an interesting event for me out there in Texas, and finally Mr. Dale Watson has moved it to Memphis Tennessee, so I reckon I wanted to go. I contacted them and I’m VERY BLESSED to have been chosen to cover this event.

Voting has NOW officially opened, and I’ll be bringing you a LOT of coverage from Memphis in 2018. This past spring I hosted a stage in Kansas City at Westport Roots Festival, and Mr. Dale Watson was one of my main acts. I learned about the move of the awards event, and made my decision to go at that time. So here I go off to the social media realm to share this event, and I’ll be updating this article weekly for you so you can keep up on what’s going on in Memphis. You can go vote HERE at any time until voting loses.


The Ameripolitan Music Awards were created to benefit and acknowledge artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “country” or other music genres and organizations. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music. Ameripolitan – This thought provoking word is intended to be an invitation to discuss the future of the music that is important to so many of us. By leaving the hopelessly compromised word “country” behind and exclusively using the term “Ameripolitan,” our intention is to reestablish this music’s own unique identity, elevate its significance and help reinvigorate it creatively. Also, because of our place in history, we have the privilege and responsibility to pass a great musical tradition on to future generations who will otherwise have no direct connection to this music. The Ameripolitan Music Awards began in 2014 in Austin, Texas. The fifth annual event will be held in Memphis, Tenn., in February of 2018.

Saturday, February 10 – Outlaw and Honky Tonk live music showcases at The Guest House at Graceland Theater 6pm to 9pm

Sunday, February 11 – Western Swing and Rockabilly live music showcases at The Guest House at Graceland Theater 6pm to 9pm

Monday, February 12 – Ameripolitan Fashion Show at The Guest House at Graceland Theater 3pm to 5pm

Exclusive VIP party at Sam Phillips Recording Service hosted by Jerry Phillips

Tuesday, February 13 – The 5th Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards show in the Main Ballroom at The Guest House at Graceland 8pm to 11:30pm

After Party – 12am to 2am, Venue to be announced at a later date

I’ll be writing MANY articles for this event, and this one is the very first for this event. I’m going to be researching the hotels in this area, and all other forms of information. I’m going to link ALL of the choices and how to vote on YOUR favorite ones as well. YOU can click on this link HERE to purchase tickets to the event, and as SOON AS voting opens you’ll be able to research everyone to choose.

2018 Ameripolitan Nominees

Honky Tonk Male

Luke Bell
Tillford Sellers
Zephaniah Ohora
Casey James Prestwood
Charley Crockett

Honky Tonk Female

Brennen Leigh
Kristiana Murray
Tommy Ash
Whitney Rose
Emily Nenni

Honky Tonk Group

The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam
The Rhyolite Sound
The Lawrence Peters Outfit
The Green Line Travelers
The Reeves Brothers

Outlaw Male

James Carothers
Scott H Biram
Prag Padilla
Steve Griggs
Cody Jinks

Outlaw Female

Summer Dean
Andrea Colburn
Rebecca jed
Nikki Lane
Sarah Gayle Meech

Outlaw Group

The Bucksnort Beauties
Whitey Morgan And The 78s
Barnyard Stompers
Ryan Chrys And The Rough Cuts
Jenny Don’t And The Spurs

Rockabilly Male

Levi Dexter
Bloodshot Bill
Josh Sorheim
Al Dual
Art Adams

Rockabilly Female

Rockin’ Bonnie
Bailey Dee
Lindsay Beaver
Anita O’Night
Lily Locksmith

Rockabilly Group

The Go Getters
Matt And The Peabody Ducks
The Kokomo Kings
Don Diego Trio
The Twilight Drifters

Western Swing Male

Jason Roberts
Billy Mata
Kyle Eldridge And The Rhythm Rounders
Keenan Wade
Bobby Flores

Western Swing Female

Sophia Johnson
Wendy Newcomer
Carolyn Sills Band
Grace Adele
Stacey Lee Guse

Western Swing Group

Mike Penny And His Moonshiners
The Farmer And Adele
Carolyn Sills
The Western Toneflyers
The Railroad Band


Don The Beachcomber
American Legion post 82, Nashville Tn
Southgate House Revival
Lee’s Liquor Lounge
The Nashville Palace
Skinny Dennis
White Water Tavern
The Four Corners
Sportsmen’s Tavern


Colonel Paco Chaos 88.1 FM WRFL
W.B.Walker Old Soul Radio Show Podcast
Bailey George, 105.7fm WBCM
Woody Adkins 89.5FM KOPN
Jim palacios 102.3 FM


Screamin’ Festival, Calella, Spain
The Rockabilly Rave England UK
Summe rJamboree, Senigallia Italy
The New England Shake Up
The Rockin Race Jamboree


Chris Scruggs
Mike Bernal
Peter Anderson
Rose Sinclair
Katie Shore

2018 Special Award Recipients

Legend Award

Sam Phillips

Master Award

Brian Setzer

Founder of the Sound

Lloyd Green

Keeper of the Key

Jim Heath



 (MEMPHIS, TN) – With just two months to go until the inaugural Memphis Ameripolitan Awards weekend, more details are announced today about the packed four days of events, including showcasing artists, featured fashion, and how to cast your vote for the best in Ameripolitan music.

 The official Ameripolitan Awards ballot is available exclusively through Ballot Blaster Right HERE. Fans can vote online beginning Thursday through the Ballot Blaster app, available for free download in the Apple and Android stores. Fans will be able to vote once per category. The ballot will close on Jan. 11.

 Winners will receive their awards on Feb. 13, 2018, at the Guesthouse at Graceland during an incredible night of music featuring previously announced performers James Hand Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Nikki Lane and Asleep At The Wheel, plus the newest additions to the line-up: Lloyd Green, Motel Mirrors A Sun Records Tribute Featuring W.S.Holland, J.M. Van Eaton, Matthew Nelson And Gunnar Nelson, Sleepy LaBeef, The Blackwood Brothers, Big Sandy, Jason D Williams, John Paul Keith and Jerry Phillips. Showcasing artists include Whitey Morgan, James Intveld, Hillbilly Casino, Levi Dexter, Peter Sandburg of The Go Getters, Bloodshot Bill, The Greenline Travelers,Rockin’ Bonnie, Carolyn Sills Band,Whitney Rose, Sean Mencher, Josh Sorheim and more to be announced.

Ameripolitan will also showcase stars on the runway, with a fashion show featuring designers including Manuel Couture, Lanksy Brothers Clothiers, Bernie Dexter, Fables by Barrie, Riley Reed, Vinyl Ranch, Ellie Monster and HBarC. Ameripolitan Award nominees will take on modeling duties and don some legendary frocks for the event, which will take place at the Guesthouse on Feb. 12.

Finally, in addition to the activities at the Guesthouse at Graceland open only to Ameripolitan wristband holders, Memphians are invited to get a taste of Ameripolitan at two free, public events: Feb. 9 at Loflin Yard (pre-party and Hot Rod show hosted by Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson with Rosie Flores and other special guests) and Feb. 12 at Blues City Café on Beale Street (satellite showcases).


 Friday, Feb. 9 | Loflin Yard

Ameripolitan Pre-party and Hot Rod Show, 9 p.m.

Free to the public, hosted by Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson and Rosie Flores with special guests


Saturday, Feb. 10 | Guesthouse at Graceland

Honky Tonk and Western Swing showcases, beginning 8 p.m.

Open to Ameripolitan wristband holders only


Sunday, Feb. 11 | Guesthouse at Graceland

Rockabilly and Outlaw showcases, beginning 8 p.m.

Open to Ameripolitan wristband holders only


Monday, Feb. 12 | Guesthouse at Graceland

Vendor booths open throughout the day

Ameripolitan Fashion Show, 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 12 | Blues City Café on Beale Street

Ameripolitan satellite showcases, 9 p.m.

Satellite showcases will be free and open to the public


Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Guesthouse at Graceland

Ameripolitan Awards, 8 p.m.

 Tickets for the Ameripolitan Awards are available now at



Nov 252017

The Dallas Moore Band has been VERY busy burning up the American roads, and this is easily the millionth time I have covered them in 2017. In fact tomorrow night they will be up in Wilder Kentucky at Bobby Mackey’s haunted Honky Tonk. I got the pleasure to see them there many times as well as many other bands.

Speaking of Honky Tonk, Mr. Dallas ALL NEW album coming up is called Mr. Honky Tonk and will be out SOON on Sol Records.  Also tonight we will be seeing Mr. Rye Davis and a band called No Deceit which is a bar band by their own description, because of the wide array of covers they perform.

As always the food here at the Spillway bar and grill was exceptionally good. I LOVE the wings and pizza, heck I LOVE it all, try one of everything! We have a pretty decent sized crowd out here for tonight’s event, and I’m proud to once again feature this wonderful band.

Mr. Rye Davis is going to go up first here, and he opened his set with “If You Wanna Rock And Roll”, and another one of my favorites called “Blue Jeans”. He stood up there and sang his heart out to us on that song, which is one of his more well written songs. He played “The Ride” made popular by David Allan Coe.

Two songs here that he co wrote with his wife one was called “Leaves You Lonely” , he said he recently recorded the song in preparation  for his 2018 release. The next new song I caught on video and I have included it here, while he went into Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”.

He went into another well written song called “Lavender Candles” it was REALLY well written in a waltz type delivery, with a truly awesome description. He followed that with another one called “Your Favorite Song”, which was another new song being recorded. Also he played “In Color” in the style of Jamey Johnson, and “Family Tradition” before he closed with the song “They All Know My Name” with a few members of the next band No Deceit.

Miss Allison Stafford – Lead Singer/ Rhythm, Mr. Jaron Mudd – Drums, Mr.Michael Bradshaw – Lead Guitar/ Electric and Mr. Eric Scott- Bass/ Background Vocals make up No Deceit. Miss Allison has a powerhouse vocal presentation accompanied by a roaring lead guitarist. Obnoxiously loud and aggressive guitar solos tear apart these songs they play like “Smoked Myself Into A Dream” and “Hicktown”.

They did a REALLY NICE cover of “Tennessee Whiskey” in Stapleton fashion, upon which she displayed some TRULY wonderful high notes and vocal range. They played a song called “Nawlins” and a Kid Rock song before the Stapleton song, and another off their album called “Take It Easy”.

This band was exceptionally energetic and complimented Mr. Dallas Moore’s band really well, and set a really nice tone for the closing band tonight. As they played “Might as Well Get Stoned” by Stapleton they once again brought out great rhythm guitars and better solos, this is just a great jam band! “Free And Easy” was next followed by the title of their album a song called “Bar Band” and here the video for their finale is included in this article.

So let my website be one of the FIRST to announce the OFFICIAL album release party date for Mr. Honkytonk will be February 14th at the Nashville Palace, right after Mr. Dallas presents the Ameripolitan Music Award that previous night, because he’s a BUSY MAN!

He opened with “Can’t You See”, and went right into his own versions of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” and also “Freeborn Man”. If it’s one thing he’s good at it’s cover songs however it’s always originals like “Twisting Through Texas”.

Right now he is playing ‘Bottle And A Bible” followed by “Raising Hell And Slinging Gravel”, but I’m waiting for him to play some new songs to catch on video. He’s playing “One More Ride” from his LIVE album from the Bulliet County Jail. He doesn’t have that much merch left because he currently in the transitional period right now, but he is one of those artists where I have most of his products anyways.

“Shoot Out The Lights” was next followed by the song “You Know The Rest”, as Mr. Dallas takes command of the stage tonight as his usual fashion and his band is always on point every time. It’s always a truly fun time with this band at Spillway. Right now he’s giving us some heathen preaching “Up On That Mountain”, that he wrote about Altamont. Altamont is the very first time I ever met Mr. Dallas, and it’s been an honor to watch so many fine friends from that event grow.

This above video contains the title track to the new album called “Mr. Honky Tonk” and also another new song called “Nice And Slow”. The song called “Somewhere Between Bridges” was the only song on the new album he did not write, and you can learn the story of that song on his Facebook page.

“Home Is Where The Highway Is” was included in this set, as he played a whopping portion of the new album for us tonight, this place thinned out pretty early tonight everybody must have been tired from the Black Friday shopping or LIKE ME you been out hunting records all day for Record Store Day. After he plays New Years Eve he said he’s played 327 shows in 2017.

He played a very old song called “Blame It On The Weed” which was hollered out by some older fans, along with his usual awesome instrumental that he closed with. You can find Mr. Dallas on the road tonight in Wilder Kentucky at Bobby Mackey’s for showtimes please click on the link above.