Jan 062018

As we embark on 2018 here I am always on a quest to improve this website, and myself as your host. I study other websites for album releases and new, obscure bands for YOU to discover VIA this website. I mean isn’t that WHY YOU are here?

Last year was one hell of a fabulous year for music, and 2018 looks just as exciting because I have such an eclectic array of music I cover here.  So as I grow in other markets, while I maintain my presence in stronger ones I discover new bands every day.

So HERE is MY new list of albums I am anticipating and some I already have for 2018, and Mr. Joshua hasn’t sent me his review yet. IF YOU HAVE an album YOU want features email him at  jwoutlaw81@gmail.com

Monzie Leo And The Big Sky
Johnny Dango
Devin Dawson
John Gorka
Tom McElvain
John Prine
Anderson East
The Clark County Drifters
Tim Easton
Charley Overby
Ugly Valley Boys
First Aid Kit
Ruby Boots
Brothers Osborne
Caitlyn Smith
Mikey Lamantia
Mary Gauthier
Brandi Carlisle
Courtney Patton
Red Shahan
Vivian Leva
Ashley Campbell
J.D.Wilkes (solo)
Dallas Moore
Craig Gerdes
Mike And The Moonpies
Caleb Caudle
Urban Pioneers
Brooks Dixon
Walker mcGuire
Dusty Rust
Ben Miller Band
Steep Canyon Rangers
Wade Bowen
Lindi Ortega
Sam Morrow
6 String Drag
Shawn Colvin
Caroline Rose
Darling West
Corey Nolan
Kacey Musgraves
Kaitliyn Alyse

Jan 062018

If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at garyhayes2@yahoo.com. I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage. NEW IN 2018, folks I am always looking for ways to enhance what I do for you. So this year I’ll be reporting on further Kentucky shows, and further Tennessee shows as well.

Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music

Sarah Gayle Meech
Robert’s Feb ,7th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 22nd,24th

Sarah Gayle Meech
Layla’s Feb, 9th, 16th, 23rd,

Old Salt Union
Southgate House Feb 7th

Tommy Ash
The 5 Spot Feb 8th

Laid Back Country Picker
The Burl Lexington Ky Feb 8th

Justin Wells
Porter Union
Austin lance Howell
The Southgate House Feb 8th

Unkown Hinson
Exit Inn Feb 9th

The Basement Feb 10th

Tyler Childers
Bulls,Bands And Barrels in Lexington Ky Feb 10th

Wade Bowen
3rd And Lindsley Feb 10th

Infamous Stringdusters
Marathon Music Works Feb 10th

Steve Earle
Nashville Winery Feb 10th

Willie Watson
3rd And Lindsley Feb 11th

The Hardin Draw
The Boro bar Feb 17th

Suzy Bogguss
The Franklin Theater Feb 17th

3rd And Lindsley Feb 18th

Carson McHone
Jeremy Pinnell
The Southgate House Feb 20th

Missy Raines And The New Hip
Southgate House Feb 21st

The Warehouse Mt. Victor Feb 21st

Caleb Caudle
Basement East Feb 21st

Carson McHone
The Burl Feb 21st

Randy Rogers Band
Red Shahan
Marathon Music Works Feb 23rd

Logan Ledger
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
Jeremy Pinnell
The Basement 23rd

Scott H Biram
Hooten Hallers
Southgate House Feb 23rd

Scott H Biram
The Basement Feb 24rth

The Hooten Hallers
The Family Wash Feb 24rth

Carson McHone
Dees Lounge Feb 25th

Brothers Osbourne
Natalie Hemby
Mac Davis
City Winery Feb 28th

A Man Called Stu
Springwater Supper Club March 7th, 14th,21st and 28th

Sarah Gayle Meech
Robert’s March 1, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st

Sarah Gayle Meech
Layla’s March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Hogslop String Band
Cyo Brewing Owensboro Ky March 2nd

Railroad Earth
3rd And Lindsley March 4rth

Husky Burnette
The Nashville Palace March 7th

Aaron Lee Tasjan
Southgate House March 8th

The Hackensaw Boys
The Southgate House March 9th

Flatland Cavalry
The Basement March 9th

Aaron lee Tasjan
The Burl Lexington Ky March 9th

Jeff Austin Band
The Southgate House March 11th

The Bottle Rockets
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky March 15th

Travis Meadows
3rd And Lindsley March 18th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Basement March 23rd

The Goddamn Gallows
The Southgate House March 23rd

The Tillers Record Release
Pert Near Sandstone
Al Scortch
The Southgate House March 24rth

Urban Pioneers
Southgate House March 27th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace March 28th

Lorin Walker Madsen
Lynaugh’s Pub Lexington Ky March 28th

Sunny Sweeney
3rd And Lindsley March 29th

Sunny Sweeney
Spillway Bar And Grill March 30th

The Supersuckers
Southgate House March March 30th

The Supersuckers
The Basement East March 31st

Unknown Hinson
Zanzabar Louisville Ky April 4rth

A Man Called Stu
Springwater Supper Club April 4rth

Lee Ann Womack
The Basement East April 6th and 7th

The Steel Woods
The Warehouse Mt. Victor April 7th

Emi Sunshine
Grand Theater Frankfort ky April 7th

The Tillers
Zanzabar Louisville Ky April 12th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Willie’s Locally Owned April 12th

Josh Turner
Renfro Valley April7th

Shawn James
The Burl Lexington Ky April 17th

Dead Horses
The High Watt April 19th

David Allan Coe
Renfro Valley April 14th

Justin Wells
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky April 13th

John Moreland
Cannery Ballroom April 17th

Shawn James
The Southgate House April 18th

Charlie Robison
City Winery April 19th

Raelynn Nelson
O Connors April 20th

Lindi Ortega
The Basement April 20th

Gene Watson
Renfro Valley April 21st

Tim Montana
The Warehouse Mt Victor April 27th

The Barnyard Stompers
The Spillway Bowling Green Ky April 28th

Joshua Hedley
The Basement East April 24rth

Tracey Lawrence
Renfro Valley May 5th

William Clark Green
3rd And Lindsley May 12th

Margo Price
Ryman Auditorium May 20, 21 and 23rd

Kristiana Murray
Nashville Nashville Tn May 22nd

Ruby boots
Basement May 18th

John Moreland
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky

Dailey And Vincent April 28th

Colter Wall
Grand Theater May 18th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Stoddart Family Farm Crawford Tn May 26th

Colter Wall
Louisville Palace Ky June 8th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Big Sandy And The Fly Rite Boys
Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Southgate House June 13th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Exit Inn June 30th

The Blasters
Exit Inn July 1st

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Album Review: Urban Pioneers – Hillbilly Swing Music

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Jan 062018

Hello everybody this is Gary Hayes here, and I would like to share with you this piece of information. ANYONE that would like to submit their albums to Gary Hayes Country please send it to the proceeding email.

Many bands are settling into their sound by their fourth studio album, but not the Urban Pioneers. Hillbilly Swing Music finds them continuing to refine their skills at western swing and country. This album still features the bluegrass and roots heavy sound you know and love, but they are also venturing out into other sonic landscapes.

Jared McGovern’s singing and songwriting has greatly improved and he feels right at home no matter what style of country and western he is performing with this band. Liz Sloan also feels more comfortable featured as a singer on this album. Her fiddle playing is as always one of the best parts of the band, and as always the upright bass duties are well played by Martin Sargent.

The title track sets the tone off right. It is one of three to feature pedal steel guitar work from Burton Lee. It’s a very dance able track that lets you know what you’re getting into from the start. “Run Little Rabbit Run” is a song that is more in the bluegrass tradition and it is in fact a traditional song that Jared wrote his own words for. It works and is one of the album’s many highlights.

Another favorite track of mine on this record is the light and fun “Kitty’s Favorite Day”. If you have ever owned a kitty, you know this is a true story, as silly as it is. I love how it’s fun and playful. The track is also one of two to feature the honky tonk piano styling of Basil McJagger. Another good track is the slower song “Tortured Orchard” which features the most diverse instrumentation for the Urban Pioneers yet with a dobro, a trumpet and a trombone. For all the diversity on this album, the Urban Pioneers didn’t forget where they came from. This album features plenty of songs that have the roots heavy Urban Pioneers sound you know and love.

A lot of bands tend to go stagnant by the fourth album, but the Urban Pioneers aren’t falling into that trap. They are continuing to refine their varied musical styles. This album ventures further into western swing than they have before with new instruments featured on the album to accomplish this. At the same time, they are remaining true to the sound they’ve always had and remain a roots heavy band with blistering fast banjo playing from Jared McGovern and some amazing fiddle playing by Liz Sloan. With Martin Sargent on bass, Urban Pioneers are a force to be reckoned with whether you’re hearing them on an album or live.

Hillbilly Swing Music is available now on various digital outlets with an official release date of January 23rd, 2018.

Urban Pioneers – Hillbilly Swing Music (2018)

1. Hillbilly Swing Music
2. Waste My Time
3. Why Don’t You Close Your Eyes
4. Throwed Out
5. Fast Money
6. Can’t Make You Love Me Too
7. Run Little Rabbit Run
8. Texas Wildflower
9. Flip, Flop, and Fly
10. Kitty’s Favorite Day
11. Smoky Mountains
12. Miller, Jack, and Maddog
13. Tortured Orchard

Favorite tracks : Hillbilly Swing Music, Run Little Rabbit Run, Kitty’s Favorite Day, Miller, Jack, and Maddog