Monthly Archives: February 2018

Music Festivals 2018: Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

Three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt Solon, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.Over on the Kinfolk Stage, you’ll find great music, dancing and awesome presentations for the children. There are TONS of playgrounds and games and activities for them to do while you enjoy the music.

 

 

Trampled by Turtles,
Josh Ritter,
Steep Canyon Rangers,
I’m With Her,
Kuinka,
The Secret Sisters,
John Moreland,
Colter Wall,
Mipso,
The War and Treaty,
Charley Crockett,
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters,
Ladama,
Nicole Atkins,
Parsonsfield,
The Scott Miller,
The Tillers,
Devon Gilfillian,
Honeysuckle,
David Wax Museum,
Dori Freeman,
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles,
The Ghost of Paul Revere,
Jon Stickley Trio,
Old Man Luedecke,
Songs From The Road Band,
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line,
The Judy Chops,
The Brother Brothers,
Cicada Rhythm,
Leah Blevins Music,
The Way Down Wanderers,
Dharma Bombs,
Furnace Mountain Band,
The Walking Roots Band

 

Hampton Inn South is our official Red Wing VI hotel sponsor.

The closest hotels are located in Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA, each only about 15 miles away.

Bed & Breakfasts/Inns

There are numerous Inns and B&Bs in the area. Here’s a partial list:

Augusta County

Buckhorn Inn

2487 Hankey Mountain Hwy, Churchville 540-337-8660

Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast

320 Wayne Ave, Waynesboro 540-943-1910

B&B at Penmerryl Farm

273 Penmerryl Dr, Greenville 540-337-0622/540-292-0897

Blueberry Hill Farm

956 Spottswood Rd, Steeles Tavern 540-377-2240

Cross House Garden Inn

1224 Keezletown Rd, Weyers Cave 540-234-8065

Frederick House

28 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-4220

Inn at Old Virginia

1329 Commerce Rd., Staunton 540-248-4650

Iris Inn B&B of Waynesboro

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro 540-943-1991

Montclair Bed & Breakfast

320 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-8832

Olde Staunton Inn

260 N. Lewis St, Staunton 540-886-0193

Shenandoah Mountain Inn

434 Shen. Mtn. Dr, West Augusta 540-939-4164

Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast

607 Oak Ave, Waynesboro 540-946-4899

Staunton Choral Gardens

216 W. Frederick St, Staunton 540-885-6556

Sugar Tree Inn

Hwy 56, Steeles Tavern 800-377-2197

Tree Streets Inn

421 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro 540-949-4484

Rockingham County

By The Side Of The Road B&B

491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg 540-801-0430

High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Rd, Grottoes 540-249-3936

Joshua Wilton House

412 S. Main St, Harrisonburg 540-434-4464

Old Massanutten Lodge

3448 Caverns Dr, Keezletown 540-269-8800

Shenandoah Valley Farm Inn

882 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville 540-289-5402

Silver Lake Bed & Breakfast

1331 Silver Lake Rd, Dayton 540-879-2717

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 E. Market St, Harrisonburg 540-433-8233

Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 8-11, 2018 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage with the band at Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students ages 5 – 19. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, showcases, and more. Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, July 13, 2018 the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants.

Detailed schedule and class descriptions will be announced this spring!

Registration deadline: May 25 (late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis) Refunds cannot be given after the registration deadline.

Email academy@redwingroots.com or call 540-588-0332 for more information or to inquire about overnight accommodations on campus if you are traveling from out of town.

Red Wing Academy Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are available in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival and other perks. You may also order additional T-shirts for family and friends! Please also consider donating to Red Wing Academy’s scholarship fund. Stay updated at www.redwingroots.com/academy and on facebook!

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Steel Woods, Faren Rachaels and Aaron Raitiere.

Tonight was basically a lazy Saturday for me, it was warm and rainy out. Apparently there were some quite severe storms in my area…I was actually napping before y neighbor picked me up to go to Third And Lindsley for the big show tonight.

The first act was a songwriter named Mr. Aaron Raitere, who had some REALLY inventive songs that were cleverly arranged. He had a small three piece band including himself, and they played about 5 or 6 songs for us. Now I did some research and closely studied his portion of the show, and I couldn’t pinpoint song names totally.

One was called “Single Wide Dreamers In A Double Wide World” and another was called “It’s Good Then It’s Gone So Enjoy It While It’s Here”. However perhaps the most clever song he played was one called “I’d Rather Be Fishing With My Mind On God Than Church With My Mind On Fishing”. In fact it indeed was one of the most clever, well written songs I have heard in months.

Miss Faren Rachels has a good album but I’ll tell you what she is AMAZING LIVE. Her band is really good, and her steel player is on point tonight. I was pleasantly surprised with her set tonight, and when she started her set with “Show Me Hands” it set the precedent for a good set to come.

“Nowhere Tonight” was one of the songs off her EP t that was alright to me but dammit once I heard it live I was truly amazed by her. She leans a little more toward mainstream in my opinion, but she still fits in well with the bands that  do not have the propensity to be mainstream like the Steel Woods. She sites influences that border mainstream fans as well, but yet maintain presence in the non mainstream realms.

“If it ain’t fixed” was next and was one of the songs I didn’t think was as good as others but her vocal delivery was superb on it. I just thought others were more well written. That’s not really a bad comment at all trust me it’s just what my opinion was.

After she played one called “Uber Driver” she played a slower song called “On Paper” which showcased her voice really well. She was very comfortable up there on stage tonight and I think she will be growing exponentially. She closed her set with “I Know Better”, and her more popular song called “Free Drinks”.

The Steel Woods have grown with leaps and bounds here in Nashville WOW. It’s truly amazing to see this band sell out this venue, and the ones that are up and coming bands. They played a really good set at the Warehouse in Bowling Green last time I wrote about them, so let’s see what they do tonight.

They came out loud and proud like a southern rock hammer with a song called called In The Pines for an intro they played right into “Wild And Blue”. Their next song was called “Better In The Fall”, They sound really terrific here tonight in Nashville. Honestly every band sounds terrific here, as this is one of my better venues to see music in.

They played most of their debut album including “I’m going To Love You” to a picked out sold out show here thought that is going absolutely insane over their songs. Right now they are playing “Whatever It Means To You”, and other great songs like ‘Uncle Lloyd” along with various covers like “Lonesome Onr’y  And Mean”.

They played a really solid version of  “Yesterday’s Wine” and the Allman Brothers “Whipping Post”, see this band plays longer sets than their one album can accommodate. Not many bands can say that as a positive thing, this band played covers not as filler songs, but as fan favorites. They aren’t boring or time consuming by any means.

“Straw In The Wind” is always a definite fan favorite toward the end of their show, as well as one of my favorites called “Della Jane’s Hear”t. After a lengthy instrumental, they went into the song called “Hole In The Sky” with thunderous fury. The show tonight came to climatic end with “Axe”, and left us waiting for what shall become of this monster band. What will the future albums sound like direction wise, and how will they embrace growth?

 

 

 

Music Festivals 2018: Suwannee Spring Reunion

 

Americas Best Value Inn – Valdosta / Lake Park

$35
2-star hotel
Basic hotel offering unassuming rooms
DEAL 29% less than usual

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Live Oak

$129
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast
$80
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
 Free breakfast

Quality Inn

$60
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free breakfast & pool
 Free breakfast

Quality Inn

$110
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast

Days Inn Lake Park/Valdosta

 

$58
2-star hotel
Straightforward hotel with outdoor pool
 Free breakfast

Americas Best Value Inn – White Springs/Live Oak

 

$60
2-star hotel
Pool & free breakfast at a budget hotel

Travelodge Lake Park Valdosta

$48
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free WiFi & a pool
 Free breakfast

Hampton Inn Valdosta/Lake Park Area

$99
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free WiFi & a pool
 Free Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast

Motel 6 Lake Park

$49
2-star hotel
Modern budget lodging with outdoor pool

Best Western Plus Madison Inn

 

$88
$100
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
 Free breakfast
DEAL 12% off

Days Inn Madison

 

$65
2-star hotel
Straightforward hotel with outdoor pool
 Free breakfast

Super 8 Madison

 

$68
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
 Free breakfast

American Inn

 

Motel

Hotel Joia

Hotel

Bat House

  (6)

Hotel  9759 Co Rd 132

North Florida Inn

 

Hotel

Bienville Plantation

  (22)

Resort  16673 SE 81st Drive, County Road 137

Camp Rad

Hotel

Suwanee Camp

Hotel

 

LIVE OAK, FL — Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is excited to announce the addition of Vassar Sunday to the Suwannee Spring Reunion which takes place on March 23-26, at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida. The full schedule of events is now up at www.suwanneespringreunion.com/schedule.html. Along with incredible music, expect camp pickin’ parties, wonderful food and crafts, and enjoy SOSMP’s many other attractions including disc golf, miles of hiking and biking trails, the bat house, and the chance to venture Way Down Upon The Suwannee River.

Music starts at 2 p.m. Thursday and Donna the Buffalo holds the headlining slot at 8 p.m. on The Amphitheatre Stage, followed by the Grass Is Dead. Other sets that day on both the Amphitheater and Porch stages include Joe Craven, Turtle Duhks, The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Bobby Miller & Virginia Daredevils, and Flea Market Hustlers on Amphitheatre and Porch Stages.

On Friday folks can bounce between those two stages for a sensory feast of music which includes Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Ralph Roddenbery & the B-Sides, Verlon Thompson, and another set by Donna the Buffalo. There will also be a special set called the Craven Rum Jam which includes Joe Craven and Hot Buttered Rum’s Erik Yates, Zeb Bowles, and James Stafford closing out the Porch Stage for the night.

Saturday holds lots of room for some magical musical moments with Sara Watkins, Peter Rowan Band, two sets with Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Turtle Duhks, two sets with Tornado Rider, and more.

Workshops and performances will also be going on all day in the Music Hall and on the Music Farmer’s Stage on Friday and Saturday with appearances by Peter Rowen, Verlon Thompson, Joe Craven, Jim Lauderdale, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Whetherman, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Lon and Lis Williamson, The Applebutter Express and more. All the kids can get really excited too because Tania & the Magic Moon Traveling Circus and Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp will be providing a weekend to remember with kids’ activities and shows. (Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)

Sunday is Vassar Day, a day of remembrance for all the festival family no longer with us, and for this reunion it is also fun day, a more relaxed day to visit our friends and family and enjoy the beautiful campground. Vassar Clements was a regular at the Spirit of Suwannee performing at every spring and fall event at Spirit of Suwannee until his passing in 2005. Not only was he a legend in his own time, he also became a dear friend to many at the festivals because of his cheer, friendliness, and non-stop pickin’. After his passing, Sundays became the day of remembrance to celebrate Vassar’s life as well as those of other loved ones who passed over.

The Sunday schedule includes special activities in the morning, music on the Porch Stage from 10-2 p.m. Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus Kids open the stage in the morning, followed by Rushadicus and Friends (Tornado Rider) and what is sure to be a memorable Vassar Gospel Jam hosted by “Rev” Jeff Mosier and the Spring Reunion Backsliders Porchestra.

Sunday is also host to art project for roots in the afternoon, a morning permaculture workshop called “Transforming Spaces for Health Food & Living” in the Butterfly Garden, as well as scheduled jams in the campground late afternoon & evening at the Bill Monroe Shrine, Slopryland, and throughout SOSMP. Camping Sunday night is included.

Festival Director Beth Judy says, “I am so excited about Suwannee Spring Reunion. To me, when spring is in the air, it is a very special time of year to gather with friends and family. This festival is truly a reunion; we have artists coming together who have been at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in different incarnations many times over the years, so much they are family. It’s a coming home too for many friends, family, and chosen family joining together to celebrate life love & music under the oaks.”

Suwannee Spring Reunion is offering a multi-day ticket that includes festival admission as well as primitive camping Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia state line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events.

For more information and to reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com.

Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus
Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp

For four days in March, you can slip your shoes off and dance under the bright blue vistas and star-studded skies. Wander the endless trails along the Suwannee River, tell stories around the crackling campfire or simply lie back and watch the Spanish moss that drapes the sheltering Live Oaks that sway in the breeze. Dance the days away at the Stages and while away the late night hours around the “Picking Parties” that spring up into the dawn’s early light. There are no wrong choices when you arrive at your home and the place where live music lives for the founding of a new tradition, built on the love of the past, the Suwannee Spring Reunion.
For more information and to purchase tickets and reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com.

W.B. Walker Turns 5 In April.

Well for those of you that don’t know the story behind our friendship I’ll re tell it to the best of my abilities here. One night I was just piddling on the computer learning this host I use to host my website. I knew VERY LITTLE about HOW to go about expanding my knowledge onto print here, or how to proliferate my website. I knew NOTHING about marketing or reading analytic charts, but I was just beginning this website here.

This guy named Mr. Brandon Walker messaged me on Facebook about a Hank Williams Jr. album, he was referred to me by Mr. Chris Miller who does the Blue Ribbon Radio podcast. He began telling me about this idea he had, and who he was going to feature…I started giving him more fuel with bands. Some of them he liked and some he said he wouldn’t walk across his front yard to listen to. I thought man this guy is passionate about what he likes, but doesn’t publicly bash what he doesn’t. He leaned more towards Americana and Appalachian artists I knew VERY LITTLE about.

He started telling me about this kid named Tyler Childers, and I mean this was just a little goofy looking kid that wore bow ties, and to be honest you wouldn’t suspect a voice that powerful could emanate from this kid. He started telling  about this podcast he was doing, and I returned the ideas with this website. We started collaborating with each other more, and supported each other from the start by putting each other on our website sidebars.

He had a one year anniversary podcast on his couch in his living room, and I wrote about it on this website. And every year in consecutive I wrote features for him, and at the bottom there I’ll put links in so you can read how much I HAVE GROWN as a writer, along with how much HE HAS GROWN into what I call “The Paul Harvey Of Podcasters”.

His year one show featured Tyler Childers and a few others like his wife Miss Senora Mae. It was very basic and young, but it was the start of something BIG..it was the birth of  THIS event here. You can click on any of those past four years and read about what transpired there.

Year 3 Year 2 Year 1Year 4

 

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Now the venue is the same as every year this event will transpire at the V Club in Huntington West Virginia and here is this year’s lineup in separate links, now folks THIS YEAR it is a two day event. This is the first ever of it’s kind, so let’s enjoy this one. here are the band links:

Friday night:

Nicholas Jamerson
Jeremy Pinnell
John R. Miller And The Engine Lights
Laid Back Country Picker
Darrin Hacquard
Tony Harrah And The Fly Over States
Ben Knight
Patrick Stanley
Chelsea Nolan

Saturday Night:

Luke Bell
Ian Noe
Justin Wells
Blake Berglund
Arlo Mckinley And The Lonesome Sound
The local Honeys
Will Stewart
Coby Langham
The Wine Tree

I remember the first time I went up to Cosmic Charlie’s in Lexington to see Mr. Justin Wells and the Fifth On The floor guys play their last ever show, and I got to see Mr. Tyler Childers play. HERE is the 2015 article you can read about it there.  I look forward to have more past stories and relations with some of the upcoming artists that Mr. W.B. Walker features. AND HEY episode 188 is a gigantic preview of the artists included and you can listen to that HERE.

Album Feature: Derrick Dove And The Peacekeepers.

Derrick Dove And The Peacekeepers By Joshua Wallace.

Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers are a new regional southern rock outfit out of Tifton, GA.  They bring a sound that is a mix of softer southern rock and blues rock.  Derrick Dove’s voice is as smooth as the guitar playing on this record and it’s a good debut effort.  If you like your southern rock on the smoother side like Tedeschi Trucks Band or Gregg Allman, you’ll dig this one for sure.

The album kicks off with a road song in “Ramblin’ Soul” in one of the heavier tracks on the album.  There is some nice solo work at the beginning to let you know what you can expect going forward.  Another favorite is one of the album’s singles “So Strong”.  This song is about the struggles of a loving relationship and is a very smooth southern rock track.

The first thing anyone heard from the album is the acoustic ballad “Hangin’ Out With The Blues”.  It’s a smooth break-up song that highlights Derrick Dove’s great vocals.  “Georgia Bound” is another rockin’ number about coming back home to Georgia.  Finally, I’m a fan of the slower number “Dig My Grave”.  It’s got a heavy drum beat that the guitars dance around and is a great late album ballad that pairs well with the amazing slow solo work of the mostly instrumental finale, “Everybody’s Feeling Fine”.

I highly recommend this album if you like to love southern rock music, especially the more blues inspired variety.  Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers present a strong effort here that should not go ignored.  This album is available Friday, February 23rd.  Check out his band website for everything you need to know on the band.

Favorite Tracks : Ramblin’ Soul, So Strong, Georgia Bound, Hangin’ Out With The Blues

Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers – Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers (2018)


  1. Ramblin’ Soul

  2. So Strong

  3. Woke Up This Morning

  4. Brand New Life

  5. Hangin’ Out With The Blues

  6. What’s Real

  7. Hurricane Of Love

  8. Georgia Bound (feat. Yonrico Scott)

  9. Dig My Grave

  10. Everybody’s Feeling Fine (feat. Yonrico Scott)

Album Feature: Caleb Caudle: Crushed Coins.

Caleb Caudle: Crushed Coins By Joshua Wallace.

Crushed Coins is Caleb Caudle’s follow up to the decidedly country 2016 album Carolina Ghost.  This new record keeps the country influence but the songs offer more Americana and folk flair this time around for a more varied sound.  That doesn’t mean this record is out there or misses the mark.  It is still very country.  It’s just obvious that Caleb Caudle is open to taking a song to whatever direction it needs to go in and that helps create an amazing soundscape around his smooth southern voice.

One of the singles to come out before the record was “Love That’s Wild”.  This song keeps the country influences with some amazing pedal steel work by Brett Resnick, but it also has a smooth Americana vibe to it.  It’s a great passionately written love song that will stick with you.  I’m also a fan of the track “Headlights” which showcases more of that Americana and folk vibe.  This song echoes the central message of the album of looking for a ray of hope in a dark place.  

Another favorite track that reinforces the album’s theme is “Madelyn” which features Joshua Hedley on the fiddle.  This is one of the stronger country tracks of the album and Joshua Hedley kills it on the fiddle here.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Stack Of Tomorrows” showcases the driving rock sound of Americana with a flair of country in some great pedal steel work on the track.

Caleb Caudle’s Crushed Coins is a strong effort for an artist who is trying to step out of his comfort zone.  I look forward to more albums with this new direction in his sound.  I hope that he can continue to be open to letting the songs take the sound where they need to go.  That seems to be working well on this record.  Caleb Caudle’s Crushed Coins album is out everywhere on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Lost Without You, Headlights, Love That’s Wild, Stack Of Tomorrows, Madelyn

Caleb Caudle – Crushed Coins (2018)

  1. Lost Without You

  2. N.Y.C. In The Rain

  3. Headlights

  4. Empty Arms

  5. Love That’s Wild

  6. Crushed Coins

  7. Way You Outta Be Seen

  8. Stack Of Tomorrows

  9. Madelyn

  10. Six Feet From The Flowers

  11. Until It’s Over

Music Festivals 2018: DelFest.

It’s time once again to feature a festival I WILL be attending VERY soon, or sending a representative to cover an extensive series of articles from and that is the almighty DelFest. DelFest is a four day four night extravaganza up in Cumberland Maryland, now in it’s eleventh year. Now folks this is a short piece from their website here:

DelFest is held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC).  The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.  Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served as the perfect location for DelFest–nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland is also a great host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and some top notch dining.

In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and other all star players.

There are MANY ticket packages available by clicking HERE and I have camping information as well.

On-Site Camping

All multi-day passes include on-site walk-in camping.  Parking NOT included, see below. On-site camping at DelFest surrounds the perimeter of the fairgrounds among ballfields, in the woods and beyond in Green Acres. On-site camping is walk-in tent camping only. Expect to be parked tightly and efficiently, and to use the wooded areas for walk-in camping. You won’t be too far from your vehicle, but do not expect to camp right next to your car as we need to maximize parking space, and park efficiently. Wagons and hand carts are encouraged. Shuttles will be available to assist in load-in.

Tent Camping at DelFest

The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday.

DelFest is accessible to all guests with disabilities. View Accessibility Information and Registration details here.

Family Camp

There will be a family camping area designated for those who would like a more kid-friendly environment that is quieter late at night (and a bit louder early in the morning). If you’ve got little ones in tow and you are interested in camping in Family Camp, let your parking attendant know and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. Must have a Family Camp RV Pass or On-Site Parking Pass to be placed in Family Camp. As always space is designated on a first come, first served basis.

Sherpa2PShow Sherpa 

Are you searching for a hassle-free Delfest camping experience? The Show Sherpa is here to help! Leave the camping gear behind and let The Show Sherpa do the heavy lifting. We have your tent set up when you arrive and we take it down after you leave. Stand up and stretch! No tiny dome tents here. The Sherpa Village is outfitted with large Eureka! cabin style tents with almost seven feet of headroom and 100 square feet of space, not to mention the sturdy comfortable camping cots. The Show Sherpa’s pre-pitched tent rentals also include camping chairs, a lantern, and all Sherpa Village amenities featuring FREE COFFEE in the morning, a complimentary bag of ice daily, large shade tents filled with comfy chairs for relaxing in between the music. We have a full camp kitchen including a large gas grill, an expedition stove as well as all the pots, pans & utensils you need to make a great meal to refuel for more dancin’.  More details here.

DELuxe DELivered RV Packages – New This Year!

Want an RV experience without the hassle of renting and driving an RV?  DELuxe DELivered is for you! 

Our friends at Ace RV Rentals will provide the rental unit, you just show up!  These packages will include:

  • 2 DELuxe Experience passes
  • Waived on-site parking fee for one regular sized vehicle
  • RV or Travel trailer (located at the Pavilion) hooked up to power and water
  • Amenities including bedding (bed linens, pillows, towels), basic kitchen sets, coffee pot, disposable cups, plates, utensils, and camp chairs.

All units are late model RV’s. Two options include RV (31 – 32 foot Class C Motor Home) sleeps 6 for $4,399 and Trailer (25 – 26 foot travel trailer) sleeps 4 for $3,499.  These packages will go on sale with the general on-sale tomorrow, January 9th, at 10am EST.

Prefer to make your own RV arrangements? Ace RV Rentals is the preferred RV rental company for DelFest.  Contact them directly to arrange an RV rental with either pickup (they’re just 5 minutes from Dulles with complimentary pickup between 9am and 5pm) or have it delivered to DelFest!  Use promo code DELFEST for a 5% discount!  They have a lot of festival experience and will take good care of you.

 

Greensky Bluegrass
The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Danny Barnes, Sam Grisman
Richard Thompson – RT
The Infamous Stringdusters
Rhiannon Giddens
Mandolin Orange
The Gibson Brothers
The California Honeydrops
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
New Orleans Suspects
The Broomestix
The Grass Is Dead
Justin Moses & Cody Kilby

The Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Old Crow Medicine Show
Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
Sam Bush
Richard Thompson
The Jerry Douglass Band
The Wood Brothers
Fruition
Sierra Hull
Billy Strings
Bryan Sutton Band
Rising Appalachia
The Gibson Brothers
The California Honeydrops
the Kruger Brothers
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
The Lil Smokies
Cris Jacobs
The Dustbowl Revival
The Brothers Comatose
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
New Orleans Suspects
Birds Of Chicago
Jon Stickley Trio
The

This is a multiple stage outdoor festival event, that is conveniently located by airports and many hotels.  The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday. There WILL BE a family type camping area that is quieter at night, and camping IS INCLUDED in your ticket price, however you may not be camped near your vehicle due to attendance. You also have to purchase a separate parking pass to park your vehicle on the adjoining property. As always because I am a patron that requires hotels at my festivals that my website covers here are some that I found on their website and my own research.

Late Night Shows Announced!

Take a nap now because you’re not going to want to miss any of these DelFest late night shows! DelFest is excited to bring you Fruition with The Lil Smokieson Thursday, The California Honeydrops with Dustbowl Revival on Friday,Billy Strings with The Brothers Comatose on Saturday and The Travelin’ McCourys’ Midnight Convention with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades closing things out on Sunday. All shows are separately ticketed events and are only $25 each. Get more details here and BUY LATE NIGHT TICKETS HERE.

 

Grand Ole’ Ditch and Mountain Ride at DelFest and Artists at Large Announced!

We’re happy to welcome back Cumberland locals, Grand Ole’ Ditch to DelFest and from just across the Pennsylvania border, DelFest newcomers Mountain RideStuart Duncan, Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Bowman and DelFest emcee, Joe Craven are this year’s Artists at Large. Can’t wait for some fantastic sit-ins! Check out videos, bios and more on these and all the bands appearing at DelFest by visiting this year’s just published Artist Page.

Hotels and Motels

Fairfield Inn & Suites
21 N. Wineow St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.0340

Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Vale/Cumberland
1076 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502

301.729.4800

Ramada Cumberland
100 S. George Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.724.8800

Red Roof Inn LaVale/Cumberland
I-68 at exit #40
12310 Winchester Rd SW, LaVale, MD 21502
301.729.6700

Super 8 Motel La Vale/Cumberland Area
I-68 at Rt 53
1301 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502
301.729.6265

Rocky Gap Casino & Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd. NE
Flintstone (Cumberland), MD 21530
800.724.0828
301.784.8400

Frostburg Days Inn
11100 New George Creek Road
Frostburg, MD USA 21532
301.689.2050

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn
1268 National Highway
La Vale, Maryland 21502
301.729.3300

Comfort Inn & Suites
1216 National Highway
LaVale,  MD 21502
301.729.6400

Hampton Inn
11200 New George’s Creek Road
Frostburg, MD  21532
301.689.1998

Microtel Inn
70 N Tornado Way
Keyser, WV 26726
304.597.1400
toll free: 1.800.771.7171

Bed and Breakfasts/Historic Inns

The Inn On Decatur
108 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.4887 or 240.727.7039

Town Hill Hotel Bed & Breakfast
31101 National Pike
Little Orleans, MD 21766
301.478.2794

Local Campgrounds

Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone MD 21530

 

Want to learn how to play your favorite stringed instrument with the pros?

DelFest Academy takes place the Sunday through Wednesday prior to the festival (May 20 – 23, 2018), and offers a friendly, encouraging, and intensive four-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass serving as instructors for students of all levels.  The Academy currently offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and dobro. The all-star instructors provide lessons to students which target their individual needs and leave ample time for plenty of one-on-one interaction. Joining the Travelin’ McCourys [Rob McCoury (banjo), Ron McCoury (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Alan Bartram (bass)], who host The Academy each year, this year’s instructors include Frank Solivan (mandolin), Mike Munford (banjo), Chris Luquette (guitar)Ronnie Bowman, and Jay Starling (dobro) and more.

More info on The Academy her

News on Jon Pardi in 2018 And NEW video.

Well folks It’s no wake up call that Mr.Jon Pardi has been one of the VERY FEW that is being played on FM radio, ergo he is one of the heroes of this website. Simply because the people I consider “normies” like soccer moms get exposed to real Country Music here while he maintains integrity of real Country Music. On the other side of the coin Mr. Jon gets evenly placed with the acts the normies embrace like Luke Bryan.

He debuted a new video here right before he sets out on the ‘Living Like Hippies Tour” with Miss Miranda Lambert, and the Steel Woods. They stop at the Rupp Arena next Friday, and the tickets for that are available HERE. After he finishes her tour he will be paired up with Luke Bryan this summer.

Recently his recorded version of Tom T. Hall’s ‘I Like Beer” was the anthem for a beer commercial on television, which aired during the Super Bowl, and was extremely successful. His latest album “California Sunrise” was amazingly chart friendly, and I am extremely excited. Mr. Jon Pardi often makes me Conciliate with my ire over FM radio music.

 

Music Festivals 2018: Everglades Bluegrass Festival.

We are the oldest non-profit Bluegrass Association in the United States according to the Library of Congress and The Smithsonian. SFBA hasn’t missed a monthly Bluegrass festival in over 40 years! While SFBA is focused on Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music, we have also been a valuable member of the community helping many other nonprofit organizations reach their goals.

Volunteers like yourself, members and member bands staff our events. The first Sunday of each month, SFBA holds a Bluegrass festival at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach. In 2013, we produced our 35th consecutive internationally recognized Everglades Bluegrass Festival. Many “Bluegrass Legends”, emerging artists and members of “The Grand Ole Opry” have performed on our stage. For over 40 years we have brought acts such as Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse and Blue Highway to perform in South Florida.

Along with promoting our musical heritage, SFBA has had a large part in supporting local communities and projects. Wings Over Miami, Old Davie School House, Fairchild Gardens, City of Dania Beach are just a few of the more resent partners we have assisted. Along with community projects, SFBA supports music in schools. In 2012 South Florida Bluegrass Association started the “Bluegrass in Schools” program. SFBA sends a band to a local elementary school and they play music, teach the kids about Bluegrass and show them how to sing a traditional song. The students and their families are then invited to perform at the Everglades Bluegrass Festival with the band. We have had such a positive feedback from this program that we are looking into expanding the program to more schools. With such a need for positive culture in our communities and good clean family entertainment, South Florida Bluegrass Association provides the area with an outlet.

South Florida Bluegrass Association is providing music and culture now and into the future. With an ever changing board and growing volunteer pool, there is always a way you can get involved! Being an organization built by the people for the people, we are always looking for new ways to make a difference. We use a grassroots method of promoting the music we love and helping the community at the same time.

That’s a piece from their website folks over at The South Florida Bluegrass Association presents the Everglades Bluegrass Festival in it’s 40th annual run this year on March 2-4rth at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach Florida.

That poster there will tell you  all about camping and tickets which you can purchase by clicking HERE and the prices are there as well. Just like every edition of these articles I shall include a full list of bands names and all nearby hotel info. We got maps, videos and other goodies for all you festival patrons of this event.

Flatt Lonesome
Junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice
Trinity River Band
The Lilly Mountaineers
Dreamcatcher
Tellico
Carolina Express
The new River Boys
Pine Island Express
Alligator Alley

John Hartford Catalogue Re Issued Fully At John Hartford Festival.

I been doing a lot of research about this subject because I’ll be honest Mr. John Hartford is an area that I LOVE to study, and delve into….nerd you if you will. One time I decided to do an article about that Sun Records cafe downtown when they boasted about being the FIRST 24 hour cafe in Nashville. I answered THAT with an article about a John Hartford song about the iconic Linebaughs Diner. They soon retracted their public statement.

The derby wearing fiddle man was perhaps one of the most iconic and influential students of the traditional fiddle that ever lived, and when he died in 2004 his family found scrapbooks composed of hundreds of fiddle tunes he composed throughout his life. His daughter Miss Katie Hartford Hogue and he husband Mr. Eric have labored feverishly to preserve his legacy, and allow us to still enjoy his music today.

A social media campaign was released that resluted in the re issue of the classic 1971 Bluegrass album produced by Mr. David Bromberg that brought 16 tracks of greatness to the world. Classics like “Steamboat Whistle Blues” and the popular “Tear Down The Grand Ol Opry” were on this album, and it’s a holy grail on vinyl.

They went past vinyl in November and released a 2 CD set of albums from his Flying Fish era in the late 1970’s, the albums being “Slumberi’n On The Cumberland’ and the other being “Headi’n Down Into The Mystery Below”. Slumberi’n contained a great song called “Southern Moon” wrote by Alton Delmore, that’s a classic song! It’s a Country album that was made with Mr. Pat Burton, and former Bluegrass Boy Mr. Benny Martin.

This summer at the John Hartford Memorial festival in Bean Blossom Indiana his estate will issue a fiddle book called “John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection Of Fiddle Tunes” based on the discovery of 60 plus journals that Mr. John was using to compile fiddle tunes from 1983 to 2000.

So this book WILL be available during the John Hartford Festival which will run May 30- June 2nd 2018, and after that will be available on their website. MORE info to come on this subject when I publish more work for the John Hartford Memorial Festival.

Album Feature: Brandi Carlile: By The Way I Forgive You.

 

By Joshua Wallace

Brandi Carlile returns with her first studio album since 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.  Her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, features production work from both Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings and is sure to be a fan favorite release.  It goes away from the more poppy elements of some of her previous work to feature more country and Americana sounds.  It plays to her strengths as a songwriter and the music helps set the mood for every track perfectly.

The music is varied throughout the record.  From quieter more orchestral moments like “The Joke” to the faster folksy number “Hold Out Your Hand”, this album hits lots of high notes.  Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb have created a soundscape here that is as varied as the stories featured on the songs.  The songs themselves are all hard hitting and impact and this is quite possibly Brandi Carlile’s heaviest and most emotionally intense record yet.

The album’s opening track is a rather catchy tune about a problem many people can relate to: that one song that comes on the radio that brings about a memory you didn’t want to return.  It also echoes the title of the album in the album as Brandi is forgiving of the person who ruined that favorite song for her.  Another favorite track of mine is the barn burner of the record titled “Hold Out Your Hand”.  It’s a faster acoustic romp with a catchy shouted chorus that is sure to be a concert favorite.

I love the psychedelic bend that the track “Fulton County Jane Doe” takes the album on.  The song has a very 70’s folk quality to it that echos Elton John.  “Sugartooth” is a track that takes on the opioid crisis and how someone can be a “slave to the sugartooth”.  There are more personal tracks on the album like one of the lead singles “The Mother” and album track “Most Of All”.  Both of these tracks reflect on Brandi’s family life and serve as some of the more intimate tracks on the record.

Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You is an emotional journey through loss and regret and pain and suffering.  It takes a look inward while at the same time examining some of today’s social issues in a way that is not as in your face as other artists can make it.  This is a very enjoyable album on many levels and will be sure to please fans of Brandi’s earlier more folksy records.  Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb have come together to create a very layered soundscape around these songs and it’s a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.  Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You is available everywhere Friday, February 16th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Every Time I Hear That Song, Hold Out Your Hand, Sugartooth, Whatever You Do, Fulton County Jane Doe

Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You (2018)


  1. Every Time I Hear That Song

  2. The Joke

  3. Hold Out Your Hand

  4. The Mother

  5. Whatever You Do

  6. Fulton County Jane Doe

  7. Sugartooth

  8. Most Of All

  9. Harder To Forgive

  10. Party Of One


Album Feature: Col. J. D. Wilkes: Fire Dream.

By Joshua Wallace

You never know what you can expect from a new project by J.D. Wilkes.  While he has released a couple of old time banjo records under his own name, Fire Dream is the first true debut solo record from Mr. Wilkes.  It has a different sound than what you have come to expect from The Dirt Daubers or The Legendary Shack Shakers.  Fire Dream brings all of the southern Gothic elements of Americana to the forefront and mixes it in with a variety of sounds from fiddle driven hoe-downs to southern Gothic blues.

The opening title track sets the tone perfectly with a dreamlike soundscape that brings about images of devils dancing around a fire to the song.  The same dreamy effect can be heard in the first single from the album “Walk Between The Raindrops” with it’s haunting fiddle that plays throughout.  These’s tracks heavily feature the gothic overtones that are present throughout the album.

I love that J.D. Wilkes has chosen to re imagine two songs from his old projects here.  He has taken “Hoboes Are My Heroes” from The Legendary Shack Shakers and “Down In The Hidey Hole” from his album with The Dirt Daubers titled Wild Moon.  He has reworked these songs to fit the style of this new project and they work well.  This new version of “Hoboes Are My Heroes” might be my favorite version of the song.  It’s a slowed down Gothic blues romp that works for the track.

I love that J.D. Wilkes never seems to do the same thing twice.  Every band he has been in has had a different sound from The Dirt Daubers to the Shack Shakers to this solo record.  I always look forward to what J.D. Wilkes brings to the table on an album because he celebrates southern sounds, but works with them in ways that moves them forward.  Be sure to check this out if you’re a fan of anything J.D. Wilkes does or a fan of Americana music with a southern gothic flair.  Fire Dream is available everywhere on February 16th, 2018.


Favorite Tracks : Hoboes Are My Heroes, Fire Dream, Walk Between The Raindrops, Moon Bottle


J.D. Wilkes – Fire Dream (2018)


  1. Fire Dream

  2. Down In The Hidey Hole

  3. Moon Bottle

  4. Hoboes Are My Heroes

  5. Wild Bill Jones

  6. Walk Between The Raindrops

  7. Starlings, KY

  8. Bible, Candle and a Skull

  9. Rain and Snow

  10. That’s What They Say

 

Album Feature: Courtney Patton: What It’s like To Fly Alone.

By Joshua Wallace

Some songwriters tell stories, and some songwriters set moods. Courtney Patton is a storyteller and it is certainly front and center on her third album titled What It’s Like To Fly Alone. The sound on the record is pure country as you’ve come to expect from Courtney Patton. However, this album is all about the stories and these songs will work with a full band or stripped down with just an acoustic guitar.

Patton’s storytelling is prevalent in one of my favorite tracks titled “Round Mountain”. Round Mountain is an actual small town in Texas that you’ll miss if you blink while driving through it. This song is the story of a woman trying to survive in that environment with all of its hardships. She eventually strays off the path and it leads to a bitter ending. Some songs carry a more personal note. “Fourteen Years” is a heartfelt ballad that Patton wrote for her sister who has long passed away but lives on in memory. It’s a touching song that anyone who has suffered loss can relate to.

Another favorite is the track “Open Flame” which is about a relationship coming to and end and how it might hurt but the hurt doesn’t last forever. Later on in the album we have the track “Gold Standard” which is a beautiful romantic ballad that I feel is one of my favorites on the record. I can hear it working well as a duet with Jason Eady at future shows with both of them.

A new album from Courtney Patton is like a new short story collection from your favorite author. You want to dive into it and find your favorite story while at the same time devouring every one. Courtney keeps the music behind the stories purely country with an amazing band behind her. What It’s Like To Fly Alone is available everywhere digitally Friday, February 16th, 2018. You can pick up CDs and vinyl on Courtney Patton’s website.

Favorite Tracks : Round Mountain, Fourteen Years, Gold Standard, What It’s Like To Fly Alone, Devil’s Hand

Courtney Patton – What It’s Like To Fly Alone (2018)

1.Shove

2.What It’s Like To Fly Alone

3.Round Mountain

4.Open Flame

5.I’ve Got One Waiting

6.This Road To You

7.Words To My Favorite Memory

8.Sometimes She Flies

9.Gold Standard

10. Devil’s Hand

11.Red Bandanna Blue

12.Fourteen Years

My Adventures At The Ameripolitan Awards.

Well I am finally home and rested and took care of some home issues before sitting back down and reflecting on the last two days of music and travel. I also did a lot of shopping at the merchant tables, man I brought home two bags of stuff like vinyls! I was kind of sad they sold out of shirts at the showcases and I missed getting one, but I did get a poster. Yeah, I had to save vacation time this year and I couldn’t come out for the entire weekend..sadly.

I did have a wonderful time in Memphis and I’m going to re-post the live blog I did, instead of re posting all that show info. This is more a short article to include the hotel I stayed at and a few GREAT PLACES I went to eat at while I was in Memphis.

It was gorgeous weather but it rained both days in fact on my trip home it rained so hard I had a three hour delay getting back to the Palace for the Dallas Moore and Craig Gerdes show. Several wrecks going home and stalled traffic, and oh yeah I stopped at McKay’s used record store (They sell new too). I highly suggest stopping there it’s basically TWO HUGE FLOORS of music, books and movies at cheap prices.

I briefly stopped in Waverly by the river at the Loretta Lynn’s gift shop and because of my short allowed time there I didn’t stop at the ranch. But I did however stop and absorb some of the history there of Miss Lynn’s past, and even though she is up in age, she remains one of Country Music’s most active Legends today.

I stayed at the Days Inn At Graceland, which is off Elvis Presley Blvd across the street. They have a pretty cool tourist attraction there for Elvis fans complete with a guitar pool and gift shop. It was pretty reasonably priced however the staff was ABSOLUTELY FRIENDLY…actually EVERYONE from the city was beyond friendly to me. The room was clean and spacious and helped me enjoy my trip, I would defiantly stay there again, and use it as my “go to” hotel for any return trips.

The Guesthouse At Graceland was gorgeous and even though I didn’t stay there so I’m not sure how nice the rooms were, I can say the ballroom and other amenities were beyond nice. The only thing I thought was a weird policy was the way to purchase drinks in the lobby, you had to wait in two different lines to complete a drink transaction. BUT I do NOT think that was of any control of the Ameripolitans, and it was a venue rule. I only drank cokes, as I pretty much stopped drinking totally, but I felt bad for the hundreds of my peers that were drinking there.

It was totally an overwhelming experience to say the least, with that many industry people all in one area, it was almost like R.O.P.E only in Memphis. I mean I literally spent an hour going from group to group socializing, while trying to maintain my live blog I had going. This was truly a difficult function to totally absorb in every fashion, with so much going on at once.

MOST IMPORTANTLY was this fact: HISTORY IS RESPECTED AND UPHELD HERE as tonight Legends were appreciated like Mr. Lloyd Green and his contributions to Legends like Mr. Charley Pride as he played on many of Charley’s studio albums. Mr. Fluke Holland was loved on as were many other Sun Records contributors, stories were told like HOW W.S. Fluke Holland was given his nickname. Mr. Jimmy Van Eaton was also honored tonight, having contributed to many of the Sun Records recordings..perhaps more than anyone here tonight.

Mr. Dale Watson and Miss Danielle Colby hosted one hell of a program here tonight with live performances by SO MANY people tonight, like I previously stated there was SO MUCH to take in, and was so much fun that I cannot wait for 2019. In case you missed it here is a copy of my LIVE BLOG from this week at the Graceland Guest House.

Folks we JUST GOT started here tonight and they introduced tonight’s hosts Mr. Dale Watson and Miss Danielle Colby. They played a gorgeous version of America The Beautiful. They are explaining the program and what is to transpire here.

8:15PM Mr. James Hand is performing “In The Corner By The Table”.

8:18PM Miss Danielle is introducing Miss Nikki Lane and she is performing “Viva Las Vegas’.

8:25PM Miss Rosie Flores is here, Mr. Dale is telling us about her Cowpunk and Bakersfield influences.
Mr. Levi Dexter is here presenting the Honky Tonk Female and the winner is Miss Brennen Leigh.

8:27PM Miss Danielle is with Mr. Dale introducing Asleep At The Wheel, and they are playing “Get You Kicks On Route 66′.

8:34PM Mr. Dale And Mr. Ray are performing ” Feeling Haggard” off their duet album.

8:40PM Mr. Jake Penrod and Miss Nikki Lane just announced Luke Bell as Honky Tonk Male winner!

8:42PM Mr. Dale is loving on Tillford Sellers, who couldn’t make it tonight. He is watching from heaven.

8:43PM Motel Mirrors is performing right now.

8:48 The Reeves Brothers just won Honky Tonk Band of the year.

8:53PM Mr. Unknown Hinson is playing right now.

8:55PM We are announcing the Outlaw Female Winner being presented by Miss Bonnie Montgomerey and the
winner is…….Nikki Lane.

8:58PM Mr. Jesse Dayton and are presenting the Outlaw Male Award and the winner is Cody Jinks.

9:14PM Junior Brown is presenting the Pioneer Of The Sound winner Mr Lloyd Green.

9:22PM Mr. Lloyd Green is playing Jukebox Charlie and Just between You And Me. He played on the
studio albums of both songs and MANY MORE!

9:48PM We are back from intermission, with beer jokes.

9:50PM W.S. Fluke Holland and others are remembering Mr. Sam Phillips and Sun Records.

10:00 The Humna Jukebox Mr. Sleepy Labeef is playing songs now.

10:03 Mr. Jesse Dayton is up right now talking about a story on Crooke And Chase, and how he
got to record with Waylon and Cash. He is playing Big River.

10:16PM Mr. Jason D Williams is tearing the place apart with two drummers!
Mr. Joshua said as Mr. Dallas Moore would say this was a righteous rendering
He broke it. Absolutely AMAZING drum and full band number.

10:21PM The band is STILL JAMMING and tearing the roof off this place!

10:28PM Mr. James Intveld is here. Wonderful man with AWESOME Music.
We are learning about the Elvis Sun Records material.

10:36PM Mr. Dickey Lee is here, who is the last original Sun Records artist alive.
He wrote “She Thinks I Still Care” and others. He is playing right now, some of the
greatest music I have heard in a LONG TIME is here tonight.

10:44PM Mr. Big Sandy is here! I LOVE him in fact he was the first person I ran into when I
arrived in Memphis. Same hotel. He is playing a Carl Perkins song.

10:51PM Mr. Dale declared Memphis as “Ground Zero” for independent music, and before the Outlaw movement
Mr. Sam Phillips created true independence for local music.

10:55PM Mr. Ricky And Mr. Gunner Nelson are playing “milk Cow Blues”. Their father Ricky Nelson wrote the song
and Elvis had a hit with it.

11:00PM Mr. Robert Gordon has called up Sam Phillips family, to tell more stories and accept the 2018
Legend award winner Sam Phillips. His son accepted the award tonight. He is telling stories
about his father, who said the secret to Rock And Roll, is reaching deep down inside of you
and pull it out of your asshole.

11:07PM Mr. Chris Casello and Miss Brennan Leigh are now presenting The Ralph Mooney Award winner
and the winner is…..Chris Scruggs.

11:12PM Mr. Chris is THANKING so many REAL heroes of music. HE IS the real deal.

11:15PM As Mr. Dale is introducing all of the house band they are moving on to
award the venue of the year. There are SO MANY GREAT venues nationwide.
And the winner is….Sportmen’s Tavern.

11:20PM Mr. Jason Galaz is presenting Festival Of the Year Award with Miss Cheryl Desiree
and others. And the winner is……The New England Shake Up.

11:24PM Mr. James Riley is presenting Ameripolitan DJ of the year….and the winner is…
WB Walker!
11:28PM Mr Jim Heath AKA Reverend Horton Heat is now performing.

11:41PM Mr. James Intveld and Mr. Big Sandy are presenting the award for Western Swing Female.
And The Winner is…..Miss Sophia Johnson.

11:44PM Mr. Gunnar Nelson and Miss Katie from Asleep At The Wheel are now presenting the award for
Western Swing Male….And the winner is Mr. Billy Mata.

11:47PM Mr. Big Sandy and Miss Sandy Walker are presenting the Western Swing Group of the year
And the winner is…..The Carolyn Sills Combo.

11:57PM Miss Lara Hope and Mr. Sam Phillips Jr. are announcing the award Rockabilly Female
And the winner is…Miss Bailey Dee.

12:00PM miss Celine Lee and are presenting the Rockabilly Male award…and the winner is Mr. Al Dual.

12:00AM The Rockabilly Group of the year are The Go Getters.

Right down the road was a local pizza place called Exline’s Pizza, which had a TERRIFIC pizza with chopped meats and fresh vegetables on it. The meats were under the cheese and at first I thought my order was wrong, until I checked into this further. I also had an appetizer which was also equally good, the food was terrific.

The next day on Wednesday I checked out of my hotel, and began my ride home BUT FIRST I stopped at The Commissary for barbecue ribs and pulled pork shoulder. This location is in the Germantown area, however it has a crazy parking situation going on, the food was FABULOUS.

 

 

NIKKI LANE, BAILEY DEE, THE GO GETTTERS & MORE TAKE HOME

AMERIPOLITAN MUSIC AWARDS IN MEMPHIS CEREMONY

 

(MEMPHIS, TN) – In a night filled with incredible musical performances, artists in rockabilly, western swing, outlaw country and honky tonk music were honored at the fifth annual Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis.

 

The awards were the ultimate cherry on top of four days of music and festivities in Memphis. Here is the complete list of winners and honorees.

 

2018 Honky Tonk Female

Brennen Leigh

 

2018 Honky Tonk Male

Luke Bell

 

2018 Honky Tonk Group

The Reeves Brothers

 

2018 Western Swing Female

Sophia Johnson

 

2018 Western Swing Male

Billy Mata

 

2018 Western Swing Group

The Carolyn Sills Combo

 

2018 Rockabilly Female

Bailey Dee

 

2018 Rockabilly Male

Al Dual

 

2018 Rockabilly Group

The Go Getters

 

2018 Outlaw Female

Nikki Lane

 

2018 Outlaw Male

Cody Jinks

 

2018 Outlaw Group

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s

 

2018 Ameripolitan DJ

W.B. Walker

 

2018 Ameripolitan Venue

Sportsmen’s Tavern

 

2018 Ameripolitan Festival

The New England Shakeup-Up

 

2018 Ameripolitan Musician

Chris Scruggs

 

2018 Keeper of the Key

Reverend Horton Heat

 

2018 Founder of the Sound

Lloyd Green

 

The Master Award

Brian Setzer

 

The Legend Award

Sam Phillips

ABOUT AMERIPOLITAN AWARDS

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.

 

 

Dallas Moore And Craig Gerdes Album Release Party.

I have just returned from Memphis where we had a ton of fun at the Ameripolitan Awards Last Night. i’m just getting over the high of my buddy O’l W.B. Walker winning the D.J. of the year award, and you’ll see me spend time with him in west Virginia this spring, for his fifth anniversary show. You WILL see more on that upcoming event on here very soon.

We have been promoting both new albums for some time now and earlier today I published the articles that Mr. Joshua Wallace wrote for Mr.Craig Gerdes AND Mr. Dallas Moore this morning. I would like to thank Mr. Brian over at Sol Records for inviting me here tonight.

We’re also here tonight to celebrate Mr. Jim Vest’s birthday tonight, Mr. Jim Vest was the original steel guitarist for Johnny Paycheck, who also recorded “Slide Off Your Satin Sheets” in 1977, AND ALSO for Mr. Craig Gerdes now. In 2014, Mr. Gene Watson covered the song on his album ‘My Heroes Have Always Been Country”. I study my history and I love my steel players for sure.

I have been long awaiting what Mr. Craig will bring to the table tonight here at the Palace, and the show is about to begin here tonight. He is playing the album in it’s entirety tonight, and with great anticipation from me as a music fan for sure! I didn’t catch the bass players last name but his name was Mr. Chris, now the band mind you played pretty damn good timing up there. A lot of work went into this project here, as you can easily ascertain at first glance.

First up was the song “Redneck Sonsabitches”, now the second song was called “Learned From The Best” and that was written by Mr Craig and Miss Sarah Gayle Meech, who I recently saw this weekend at the Ameripolitan Awards as well. That’s a really good shuffle song you can get up and dance to, and I can see the signature Sarah Gayle Meech style to it. He followed that by the song “Good Old days” which was also a self penned about his father. It truly was a great slow mover to get close up and dance to and Mr. Jake Baxter had some great guitar licks in there as well.

‘Slide Off Your Satin Sheets” was next which was placed really well to bring excitement to the middle of the show here, followed by  “Almost Takes my mind Off You”. His band is a damn well oiled machine for sure, especially his drummer Mr. Randy Joy as he throws his sticks around and keeps timing up. Mr. Jim Vest is making that steel guitar whine and cry during this song, I watch things and I NOTICE little details I am trained to notice. Media reporting is more than just pictures and writing, ANYBODY can write…is the kick drum in time with the bass man?

My personal favorite song off this album that Mr Craig wrote was called ‘Dead in A Box In Kentucky” and he followed that one up with a song Mr. Dallas Moore wrote called ‘You Saved Me from Me”. The final two songs he played were ‘Almost To Alabama” and then he closed with the title track called ‘Smokin Drinkin And Gamblin”. You know people this local music thing is going in circles of levels, I remember when Mr. Tyler Childers was playing small clubs and now he is playing the Ryman. Mr. Craig Gerdes will for sure be in contention for an Ameripolitan Award in the next few years. Every genre I cover does that with Jamgrass I remember when Horseshoes And Hand Grenades were playing house parties, now they play with the Infamous Stringdusters at the bigger venues!

Mr. Dallas Moore is up right now playing music off his latest release which came out today, Mr. Honky Tonk also on Sol Records. Mr. Dean Miller produced this album as well, and as he displays his guitar prowess during the intro to the song “Freeborn Man” he went back to his LIVE at the Bullitt County Jail with the song “One More Ride”.

He is playing the title track off the album right called “Mr. Honky Tonk”. Now as you may not know this song was originally on the album High On The Hog, but this version is totally different now. This album is defiantly TOP TEN material in every fashion, right now he is playing the song “Killing Me Nice And Slow”.

The song Somewhere Between Bridges was up next now thef irst time I heard that one was Muddy Roots Last Year, Also the song “Kisses From You” I  got to hear at the Spillway Recently.. They finished an absolute killer display of new music with songs like “You Know The Rest” , “Shoot Out The Lights,’ and a song that really fits him called “Home Is Where The Highway Is”. You know Mr. Dallas is one of the bands that play out over 320 shows a year, so he is always out keeping the roads hot. Speaking of hot he is now delving into some old songs like “Twisting Through Texas” and  my video from tonight is from “Bottle And A Bible”.

My personal favorite song is “Raising Hell And Slinging Gravel” and the played that one next followed by one he wrote at Altamont called “Up On That Mountain”.  Now this portion of his show is the instrumental break and a few nice covers like ‘Nightlife Ain’t No Good Life.”

King of bullshit mountain was next followed by more of the usual mid show festivities like Whiskey River before he closed up the evening and dismissed us from his commencing to render us. I want to THANK SO MANY people that make my adventures possible and if you want to read my LIVE BLOG from the wards it is HERE.

I have my full article coming later about the overall experience from Memphis and the places I ate at and where I stayed, what I did and didn’t like and who I dealt with. STAY TUNED FOLKS!

Album Feature: Craig Gerdes: Smokin, Drinkin And Gamblin.

By Joshua Wallace

Craig Gerdes is a new name when it comes to the outlaw country scene.  His debut release for Sol Records is called Smokin, Drinkin and Gamblin and it’s full of songs about the ramblin’ life.  Gerdes has been getting a lot of buzz for his stellar cover of Johnny Paycheck’s “Slide Off Your Satin Sheets” which features Paycheck’s original steel player Jim Vest.  Mr. Vest adds a lot to this tune and it’s a perfect introduction to this album as it’s first single.

“Redneck Sonsabitches” tells Gerdes story about going to Nashville with hopes of being a country music star only to have his dreams bashed.  It’s a rowdy track that is sure to get honky tonk crowds going.  Another favorite is “Good Ol’ Days” which features Gerdes talking to an old timer and reminiscing about the past.  The good old days may be gone, but in my opinion we’ve got some good days left if there is good music like this to carry us through.

You can’t miss this album’s high mark which is “Dead In A Box In Kentucky”.  It’s a murder ballad that’s bound to be an outlaw staple years down the road.  After covering Paycheck’s hit, Gerdes takes his own turn at a cheating song with “Learned From The Best”.  It’s a good form of lyrical revenge in which Gerdes blames every heart he breaks on his own ex who broke his heart.

This is a great debut for Sol Records by Craig Gerdes.  I love a good outlaw record and you’ve got it here from top to bottom.  You got anti-Nashville songs, cheatin’ songs, an outlaw cover tune and even a murder ballad.  Craig Gerdes hits all the marks and hits them high.  Jim Vest taking a turn at pedal steel helps add some authenticity to the album and gives it that extra flair it wouldn’t have otherwise.  Smokin, Drinkin and Gamblin is available everywhere digitally February 16th, 2018.  You can also get the CD on Craig Gerdes website.  There will be a double album release party featuring Dallas Moore at the Nashville Palace in Nashville, TN on February 14th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Smokin’, Drinkin’ and Gamblin’, Good Ol’ Days, Redneck Sonsabitches, Dead In A Box In Kentucky, Almost To Alabama

Craig Gerdes – Smokin, Drinkin and Gamblin (2018)


  1. Smokin’, Drinkin’ and Gamblin’

  2. Slide Off Your Satin Sheets

  3. Good Ol’ Days

  4. Redneck Sonsabitches

  5. You Saved Me From Me

  6. Learned From The Best

  7. Almost Takes My Mind Off You

  8. Dead In A Box In Kentucky

  9. Almost To Alabama


Album Feature: Dallas Moore: Mr. Honky Tonk

 

 

By Joshua Wallace

Long before the current crop of outlaws came out, we’ve had Dallas Moore and he’s been a favorite of mine in the outlaw country genre for a while. He has a new record coming out called Mr. Honky Tonk and I fully believe it’s his best one yet. At only 8 tracks and with a runtime under 30 minutes, this record is all killer and no filler. It is produced by Roger Miller’s son Dean who has worked with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss and even Merle Haggard. Dean has produced a hell of a record for Dallas Moore that is sure to go down as a highlight in his discography.

I have to start off with the lead single and title track “Mr. Honky Tonk”. I’m sure you’ve heard this one by now, but in my opinion it’s one of Dallas Moore’s best songs. I know I’ve been rocking it on my personal playlists since around last June. It’s one of those tunes that stands the test of time up against anything else.

Another good track is “Killing Me Nice and Slow” which is a rockin honky tonk number about drowning a broken heart in whiskey. If ya gotta go, that’s not a bad way, I guess. “Home Is Where The Highway Is” is a track about the touring life which Dallas knows a lot about. Moore and his band are on the road more often than not and show no signs of slowing down. The album closes with another barn burner in “Shoot Out The Lights”. This track features Mickey Raphael on some blazing harmonica.

You can’t go wrong with a Dallas Moore record if you’re in the mood for outlaw country. His new one is sure to be in a lot of CD players till the disc is worn out. This is his best record yet and it features my favorite Dallas Moore tune in the title track. Mr. Honky Tonk is available everywhere digitally on March 2nd, 2018 and you can pick up a CD from Dallas Moore’s website. There is a double album release party at the Nashville Palace in Nashville, TN on February 14th, 2018 featuring Craig Gerdes. Don’t miss that one if you’re in the area.

Favorite Tracks : Home Is Where The Highway Is, Mr. Honky Tonk, Killing Me Nice and Slow, Somewhere Between Bridges, Shoot Out The Lights

Dallas Moore – Mr. Honky Tonk (2018)

1. Home Is Where The Highway Is

2. Mr. Honky Tonk

3. Killing Me Nice and Slow

4. You Know The Rest

5. Texahio

6. Somewhere Between Bridges

7. Kisses From You

8. Shoot Out The Lights

Spillway Songwriter Series.

Once again I’m enjoying those wonderful Spillway Wings on a rainy Sunday evening, in order to watch David Vaughn Lindsay, Billy Don Burns, and Mr. Austin Lee. You know I have always raved bout Spillways food and shows, so if you haven’t been there please make it a point to hit a show there.

Basically what happens are the artists swap out turns playing original songs they wrote on an acoustic form, much like the time I covered John King And Others in the past. Much like the fashion I have covered the others in, I will be writing about each of the artists on their own sections.

Mr. Austin Lee is based out of Nashville and is originally from Mississippi, just starting out on the touring scene, having booking some shows with my Texas with my friend Miss Emily Erwin and her company,  and is about ready to do a three week stretch. He opened his set with a song he wrote at seventeen called “Reckless”. He continued his set with songs like “Let Go”, which was a solemn song about heartbreak.

The third song he played I took a video of and it called when you came around which sadly JUST GOT erased. I publicly apologize for this. He followed that up with a song called “Jessi” which was about Jessi Colter and Waylon’s love story. It was a very nice waltz song, most of his original songs are easy to understand and quite catchy.

So after the break they began another round and he began with a song called “Too Damn Long”, and talked more about his upcoming tour. He is now talking about his title song of his tour called “Betting Away My Life” which was his next song. He moved here on November 26th 2016 and has been here fourteen months.

His last song of the night was called “Drive” where he talks about a young boy waiting to drive.  I honestly think that was the best and most well written song that he played tonight. I wish him much luck out there in the next few weeks.

Mr. Billy Don Burnsis a Legend that sadly I haven’t had the chance to run across as of late, its been a few months since we crossed paths. But when we do its always just like magic, the stories and the history that his songs embellish are timeless.

He spoke with so much authority and history I think the entire bar was entirely captivated. The stories he told after some of the songs were amazing, including the first one about getting out of the halfway house to play that Kentucky show.

He played the song called “Is it The Singer Or Is It The Song” which he stated that he played on the Opry with Shooter and Jessi Colter, and Shooter had asked him to play that song. The next song he played he said he heard on the radio in a cab that Whitey Morgan cut called “Memories Cost A Lot”.

He is right now telling us about the project that fell through about trying to record Paycheck in prison, where the recordings got lost. After the break he played a song called Stranger, which is one of the songs I seldom hear him play live.

He played the title track of his newest album called “Graveyard In Montgomery” which is one of his more poignant songs he sings. It’s pretty much full of darkness and ghostly presences. He is closing out the evening with the song called Talk About Crazy, which is the name of his current tour. We don’t get to see each other often enough that’s for sure.

Mr. David Vaughn Lindsay is another man that I touched on many times and I don’t get to run into as often either. His first song he played was called Heathen. His second song that he and his guitarist played was called Na Na Na, basically he said he couldn’t find the right chorus.

The video I will be including in this article was a song called Fool Like Me and followed that by asong called Fightings What I Do. The big dog himself is up there playing some darn fine old Shot Time And Cigarettes songs, right now he is playing Sometimes.

The song Love To Hate was another older song that got played tonight, as he talked about the song Mr Colter wrote about him called Me And Big Dave. His last song was I cant Quit Drinking by Paycheck, he re wrote it and changed the lyrics a little with a soul tempo.

They WILL be bringing this series back to the monthly rotation soon, even though it was reported that Spillway will be soon closing on Sundays.

Ameripolitan Awards LIVE BLOG!

Folks we JUST GOT started here tonight and they introduced tonight’s hosts Mr. Dale Watson and Miss Danielle Colby. They played a gorgeous version of America The Beautiful. They are explaining the program and what is to transpire here.

8:15PM Mr. James Hand is performing “In The Corner By The Table”.

8:18PM Miss Danielle is introducing Miss Nikki Lane and she is performing “Viva Las Vegas’.

8:25PM Miss Rosie Flores is here, Mr. Dale is telling us about her Cowpunk and Bakersfield influences.
Mr. Levi Dexter is here presenting the Honky Tonk Female and the winner is Miss Brennen Leigh.

8:27PM Miss Danielle is with Mr. Dale introducing Asleep At The Wheel, and they are playing “Get You Kicks On Route 66′.

8:34PM Mr. Dale And Mr. Ray are performing ” Feeling Haggard” off their duet album.

8:40PM Mr. Jake Penrod and Miss Nikki Lane just announced Luke Bell as Honky Tonk Male winner!

8:42PM Mr. Dale is loving on Tillford Sellers, who couldn’t make it tonight. He is watching from heaven.

8:43PM Motel Mirrors is performing right now.

8:48 The Reeves Brothers just won Honky Tonk Band of the year.

8:53PM Mr. Unknown Hinson is playing right now.

8:55PM We are announcing the Outlaw Female Winner being presented by Miss Bonnie Montgomerey and the
winner is…….Nikki Lane.

8:58PM Mr. Jesse Dayton and are presenting the Outlaw Male Award and the winner is Cody Jinks.

9:14PM Junior Brown is presenting the Pioneer Of The Sound winner Mr Lloyd Green.

9:22PM Mr. Lloyd Green is playing Jukebox Charlie and Just between You And Me. He played on the
studio albums of both songs and MANY MORE!

9:48PM We are back from intermission, with beer jokes.

9:50PM W.S. Fluke Holland and others are remembering Mr. Sam Phillips and Sun Records.

10:00 The Humna Jukebox Mr. Sleepy Labeef is playing songs now.

10:03 Mr. Jesse Dayton is up right now talking about a story on Crooke And Chase, and how he
got to record with Waylon and Cash. He is playing Big River.

10:16PM Mr. Jason D Williams is tearing the place apart with two drummers!
Mr. Joshua said as Mr. Dallas Moore would say this was a righteous rendering
He broke it. Absolutely AMAZING drum and full band number.

10:21PM The band is STILL JAMMING and tearing the roof off this place!

10:28PM Mr. James Intveld is here. Wonderful man with AWESOME Music.
We are learning about the Elvis Sun Records material.

10:36PM Mr. Dickey Lee is here, who is the last original Sun Records artist alive.
He wrote “She Thinks I Still Care” and others. He is playing right now, some of the
greatest music I have heard in a LONG TIME is here tonight.

10:44PM Mr. Big Sandy is here! I LOVE him in fact he was the first person I ran into when I
arrived in Memphis. Same hotel. He is playing a Carl Perkins song.

10:51PM Mr. Dale declared Memphis as “Ground Zero” for independent music, and before the Outlaw movement
Mr. Sam Phillips created true independence for local music.

10:55PM Mr. Ricky And Mr. Gunner Nelson are playing “milk Cow Blues”. Their father Ricky Nelson wrote the song
and Elvis had a hit with it.

11:00PM Mr. Robert Gordon has called up Sam Phillips family, to tell more stories and accept the 2018
Legend award winner Sam Phillips. His son accepted the award tonight. He is telling stories
about his father, who said the secret to Rock And Roll, is reaching deep down inside of you
and pull it out of your asshole.

11:07PM Mr. Chris Casello and Miss Brennan Leigh are now presenting The Ralph Mooney Award winner
and the winner is…..Chris Scruggs.

11:12PM Mr. Chris is THANKING so many REAL heroes of music. HE IS the real deal.

11:15PM As Mr. Dale is introducing all of the house band they are moving on to
award the venue of the year. There are SO MANY GREAT venues nationwide.
And the winner is….Sportmen’s Tavern.

11:20PM Mr. Jason Galaz is presenting Festival Of the Year Award with Miss Cheryl Desiree
and others. And the winner is……The New England Shake Up.

11:24PM Mr. James Riley is presenting Ameripolitan DJ of the year….and the winner is…
WB Walker!
11:28PM Mr Jim Heath AKA Reverend Horton Heat is now performing.

11:41PM Mr. James Intveld and Mr. Big Sandy are presenting the award for Western Swing Female.
And The Winner is…..Miss Sophia Johnson.

11:44PM Mr. Gunnar Nelson and Miss Katie from Asleep At The Wheel are now presenting the award for
Western Swing Male….And the winner is Mr. Billy Mata.

11:47PM Mr. Big Sandy and Miss Sandy Walker are presenting the Western Swing Group of the year
And the winner is…..The Carolyn Sills Combo.

11:57PM Miss Lara Hope and Mr. Sam Phillips Jr. are announcing the award Rockabilly Female
And the winner is…Miss Bailey Dee.

12:00PM miss Celine Lee and are presenting the Rockabilly Male award…and the winner is Mr. Al Dual.

12:00AM The Rockabilly Group of the year are The Go Getters.

12:10AM It is time for Mr. Dale to present the Master Award to Mr. Brian Setzer.

Wade Bowen And Caroline Spence in Nashville.

I have had the immense pleasure of getting to see many bands at 3rd and Lindsley. Today was indeed a challenge as I got here late and didn’t get a chair. So needless to say this wont be easy to write while standing, but I will pull this off…eating however was NOT easy.

3rd And Lindsley has a pretty darn good prime rib sandwich, and dinner too. It’s not the best overall, however it is one of my top ten venues to eat at before a show. The staff is always very exceptional and kind, and that makes the show all that better. Despite the fact I arrived at 7 which was my fault, the waiter made every possible effort to accommodate me and my dilemma..don’t worry I got this job DONE!

After you read this article here, you will hopefully identify with my overall dream of melding different genres to different areas. For years Nashville venues have complained that Texas Country or Red Dirt doesn’t generate enough sales in this area. Pretty good crowd here tonight as they prepare for the opening act and tonight’s show, which I am very excited for given the terrific review Mr Joshua Gave his new new album out now called Solid Ground.

Tonight’s opening act was one I have never covered before named Caroline Spence, she is a slow moving country artist, slow moving as in tempo and that’s not a bad thing at all. She did indeed have some mid tempo songs however the slower ones were what she nailed mostly, and her songs are cleverly written and enjoyable.

She melds in nicely with ladies like Margo Price and Jaime Wyatt however she’s more on the Folks and Americana side of things sound wise. After all this is a Red Dirt show, and I cannot really compare her to the more Nashville Americana acts. But darn it her Melody is very much like some of those songs as well, that’s not necessarily a negative quality. To be honest I really don’t label people, I just try to say GOOD or BAD music to my opinion..so WHAT is she? She’s GREAT MUSIC!

She has two albums out with her latest being a 2017 release called Spades And Roses, I touched on but never fully featured mainly because I didn’t have Joshua Wallace working for me then. I just didn’t have time for all those album reviews like he does. The festival moniker I carry on here bears most of my time at a whopping 175 I report on..and growing!

Miss Caroline has songs like “You Don’t Look So Good (Cocaine)”, actually I was upset being in the back how rude much of the audience was by talking loudly during her set making it very hard to hear her lyrics. Because I for one was enjoying her set, with songs like ‘Slow Dancer”.

She has a few songs on her two album that also sound more Red Dirt than others, it just has that guitar tone delivery that I associate with Red Dirt as well, so I was really treated to many different styles of music here wit her.

Mr. Wade Bowen dropped a BOMB upon Nashville last night in every way.This was the first time he has played a Nashville show in support of a newly released record. I mean it was SO NEW the merch table didn’t have vinyl yet, and that was really the only complaint I had was the slim pickings at the goodie table. I’m trying VERY HARD to spread the word of Red Dirt music in my Nashville area, and people seeing ME in T Shirts has an impact. It’s an honor to me that people listen to my suggestions on music, and it’s IMPORTANT to me that Red Dirt GROWS in Nashville.

He opened his epic show last night with the first track off Solid Ground called “Couldn’t Make You Love Me”, and right away the Wade Bowen power that I know from his live set created an ambiance that ONLY Mr. Wade could pour out. Of ALL the Red Dirt acts he IS my favorite by far, and we here at Gary Hayes Country enjoyed Solid Ground.

He delved into some older tunes last night dipping into 2008 “if We Ever Make It Home” album by playing a fan favorite “You Had Me At My Best”. One of the MANY songs that he does the crowd can sing along to, and excites participation. From the same album came the next song “Trouble”, and I was personally pleased with the balance of tunes last night. He did JUST RIGHT choosing a correct set list for a long time fan such as I.

After “Songs About Trucks” he played another new song called “Acuna” and one of my personal favorites, off his self titled album called ‘West Texas Rain” . From back in 2008 his song called “If We Ever Make It Home” was part of the set, and as he told stories about his past and his struggles as an aspiring songwriter and artist, we were brought closer to him with songs like “So Long 6th Street”.

“When I Woke Up Today” was up on the set list along with a new song called “Anchor” ,but after that he played one off the “Hold My Beer” album called “Till It Does”.  Once again we were given another relation to his past as he declared the song “Who I Am” the third song he ever wrote.

he played two covers last night one being “Jealous Again” by the Crowes, and later on he went into “Glory Days”. “Sun Shines On A Dreamer” is always a fan favorite along with my favorite song he does, which I get teased for liking called “Mood Ring”. That’s more of a song directed toward the ladies, but I don’t care It’s catchy and fun to sing along to.

“Resurrection” was next followed by “Saturday Night” off the album “The Given” as he closed in on the encore which was ‘death Dying And Deviled Eggs” that he admitted he molded after Guy Clark format of songwriting, and his final song was “Fell in Love On Whiskey”.

 

Mr. Dave Cobb Produces Another Oak Ridge Boys Album.

Last month I touched on some announcements from the Oak Ridge Boys, that legendary producer Mr. Dave Cobb was producing for them. I mean everything he touches is pretty much GOLD, he is like the modern day Billy Sherrill. This album has a release date of March 16th, and will have 9 tracks on it, and is available for pre-order now. The label of Lightning Rod/Thirty Tigers has been influential in revitalizing some forgotten Country Legends, and I think they can assist in making the Oak Ridge Boys viable again.

The video for the song “Brand New Star” debuted on January 18th and is embedded at the bottom of this article for you. It contains a Blue grassy sound and a terrific vocal delivery, I’m telling you time has NOT faltered their vocals or harmony ability of ANY of the four members.

In addition I am quite pleased with the fashion they have honored their current Opry induction in the past few years, playing a whopping number of dates on it. Also I have included a  list of dates on here AND my list of
Local Live Shows Weekly.

 
Available for 
pre-order now!
 
Limited numbers 
of autographed 
17th Avenue Revival
CDs and 12” vinyl LPs
Click graphic at right to visit webstore for details!
 
Street date
March 16
 
 
 
Produced by Dave Cobb
 
Recorded in Historic Studio A on Music Row
 
Featuring
9 new tracks including
Brand New Star
 

Brand New Star • There Will Be Light • God’s Got It • I’d Rather Have Jesus • Walk In Jerusalem • Where He Leads Me I Will Follow • Pray To Jesus • If I Die Drinkin’ • Let It Shine On Me

 

If you live in Southern California check out our Grammy Museum L.A. Live album release event.
A limited number of tickets are still available.
Click on the photo above for info.

Album & CD Track Listing

1. Brand New Star

2. There Will Be Light

3. God’s Got It

4. I’d Rather Have Jesus

5. Walk In Jerusalem

6. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow

7. Pray To Jesus

8. If I Die

9. Let It Shine On Me

 

TICKETS & MORE
Feb 11
Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino
Laughlin, NV
Feb 16
Cache Creek Casino Resort
Brooks, CA
Feb 17
Cactus Petes Resort Casino Gala Showroom
Jackpot, NV
Feb 22
Mobile Civic Center Theater
Mobile, AL
Mar 01
Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City, FL
Mar 03
Seminole Casino
Immokalee, FL
Mar 06
Country Music Hall of Fame
Nashville, TN
Mar 07
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
Mar 16
Birchmere
Alexandria, VA
Mar 17
American Music Theatre
Lancaster, PA
Mar 18
Sellersville Theater 1894
Sellersville, PA
Mar 23
Paramount Theatre
Middletown, NY
Mar 24
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
New Bedford, MA
Mar 30
Harvester Performance Center
Rocky Mount, VA
Mar 31
Harrington Raceway & Casino
Harrington, DE
Apr 06
Stiefel Theatre
Salina, KS
Apr 07
Riverwind Casino
Norman, OK
Apr 08
Texan Theater
Greenville, TX
Apr 13
Newberry Opera House
Newberry, SC
Apr 14
Alabama Theatre
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Apr 20
The Mansion Theater
Branson, MO
Apr 21
The Mansion Theater
Branson, MO
Apr 27
Medina Entertainment Center
Medina, MN
Apr 29
People Bank Theatre
Marietta, OH
Apr 30
Packard Music Hall
Warren, OH
May 05
BMI Speedway
Versailles, OH
May 12
Little River Casino Resort
Manistee, MI
May 18
del Lago Resort & Casino
Waterloo, NY
May 19
Paramount Theatre
Rutland, VT
May 20
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
May 26
Atwood Music Festival
Monticello, MS
Jun 01
Beaver Dam Amphitheater
Beaver Dam, KY
Jun 02
Renfro Valley
Mt Vernon, KY
Jun 08
Hartville Kitchen
Hartville, OH
Jun 09
Hartville Kitchen
Hartville, OH
Jun 14
Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
Granite Falls, MN
Jun 16
Porterfield Country Fest
Marinette, WI
Jun 23
The Mighty Howard County Fair
Cresco, IA
Jul 20
Thrasher-Horne Center
Orange Park, FL
Jul 27
Gasconade County Fair
Owensville, MO
Jul 28
Adams County Fair
Mendon, IL
Aug 11
Mill Town Music Hall
Bremen, GA
Aug 16
Dodge County Fair
Beaver Dam, WI
Aug 19
Kentucky State Fair
Louisville, KY
Sep 07
Dailey & Vincent Landfest
Hiawassee, GA
Sep 10
Clay County Fair
Spencer, IA
Sep 15
Blue Gate Theatre
Shipshewana, IN
Sep 15
Blue Gate Theatre
Shipshewana, IN
Sep 19
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MA
Sep 20
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Sep 21
Country Tonite
Pigeon Forge, TN
Sep 21
Country Tonite
Pigeon Forge, TN
Sep 22
Alabama Theatre
Myrtle Beach, SC
Sep 26
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Sep 27
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Sep 28
Shawnee Bluff Vineyard
Eldon, MO
Sep 29
Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Oct 03
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Oct 04
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Oct 10
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
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The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Oct 17
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
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The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
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The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
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The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
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The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
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The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Nov 08
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Nov 09
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Nov 14
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO
Nov 15
The Mansion Theatre
Branson, MO

 

Album Feature: Wade Bowen: Solid Ground.

 

Album Feature : Wade Bowen – Solid Ground

By Joshua Wallace

For my money, Wade Bowen is one of the best names in Texas Country out there.  He continues his streak of amazing records with his 7th solo studio album titled Solid Ground.  This album finds Wade Bowen and his band in a solid groove that doesn’t let up at all throughout.  From the first single “Acuna” to the extra long studio jam “7:30”, this album delivers.

Wade Bowen is no stranger to having longer tracks, but those have typically been relegated to his live albums.  “7:30” is a studio jam that clocks in at seven minutes and thirteen seconds.  It’s a break-up song that describes what happens after the break-up call comes in early in the morning.  Just when you think the song is going to end at around 4 minutes in, a nice long guitar solo kicks in for the rest of the run time.  It’s possibly my new favorite Wade Bowen track both for the imagery and the extended jam at the end.

Another favorite is the track “Anchor”.  It’s a slower song that echos the album’s title in the lyrics and compares a relationship with a ship out at sea in a rough storm.  I also love the song “Fell in Love on Whiskey” which picks up the tempo after the ballad “Anchor” and brings one of the more rocking tunes on the album.

Wade Bowen continues to put out great albums that are pure Texas country music.  Solid Ground is one of his best efforts yet and I can only see good things in the future for him.  Wade’s new album solid ground is out everywhere Friday, February 9th, 2018.  I highly recommend picking it up in your format of choice.

Favorite Tracks : Couldn’t Make You Love Me, So Long 6th Street, Death, Dyin’ and Deviled Eggs, 7:30, Anchor, Fell in Love on Whiskey, Calling All Demons

Wade Bowen – Solid Ground (2018)

  1. Couldn’t Make You Love Me

  2. Day of the Dead

  3. So Long 6th Street

  4. Broken Glass

  5. Death, Dyin’ and Deviled Eggs

  6. 7:30

  7. Acuna

  8. Compass Rose

  9. Anchor

  10. Fell in Love on Whiskey

  11. Calling All Demons

 

Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer

Gary Hayes County

Album Feature: Ruby Boots: Don’t Talk About It.

Album Feature : Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It

By Joshua Wallace

The Australian born singer Ruby Boots returns with her second release and Bloodshot label debut titled Don’t Talk About It.  This album carries a different sound from her first record, Solitude which was released in 2016.  Don’t Talk About It features more of an edgier sound with a lot of variety thanks to The Texas Gentlemen being the backing band for the entire record.  Ruby Boots has struck paydirt with this combination as she has created an album and sound that is unique and familiar at the same time.

You can hear the new sound right away in the album’s lead track and single “It’s So Cruel”.  It’s a rock fueled track that still carries as much twang as it does attitude.  That carries out through the whole album with The Texas Gentlemen providing an amazing soundscape for the record.  The title track “Don’t Talk About It” is a Nikki Lane co-write that also features her on guest vocals on one of the more twangy tracks.

A favorite of mine on the album is “Easy Way Out”.  I don’t know if the influence is intentional, but this song reminds me of something Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers might have done in their prime.  Another good rock track is “Somebody Else”.  This song has The Texas Gentlemen and Ruby Boots flexing their indie rock muscles with a bit of fuzzy guitar mixed in.

I love the A Capella track “I Am a Woman”.  It showcases Ruby’s talents without the trappings of The Texas Gentlemen.  This track also highlights the themes of social inequality that run throughout the record.  Finally, another favorite is “Infatuation” which brings back the pounding rock rhythms mixed with the twangy guitars and Ruby’s amazing voice.  It’s a great tune about how true love never comes from a one night stand.

If you were a fan of The Texas Gentlemen’s 2017 release TX Jelly, or a fan of Ruby Boots’s 2016 album Solitude, you will enjoy this record.  It’s a melding of both styles that works well.  The Texas Gentlemen shape the sound of the record and Ruby goes out of the comfort zone she found herself in on her debut record.  It creates a soundscape that will leave any listener in a fuzzy twangy haze.  I highly recommend this album for anyone looking for a new sound in the alt country genre.  Ruby Boot’s Don’t Talk About It is available everywhere from Bloodshot Records on February 9th, 2018.      

Favorite Tracks : Easy Way Out, Don’t Talk About it, Somebody Else, Infatuation

Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It (2018)

  1. It’s So Cruel

  2. Believe In Heaven

  3. Don’t Talk About It

  4. Easy Way Out

  5. Break My Heart Twice

  6. I’ll make It Through

  7. Somebody Else

  8. I Am A Woman

  9. Infatuation

  10. Don’t Give A Damn

 

Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer

Gary Hayes County

Introducing The Highland Travelers.

Let’s jump back to 2016 a moment to my TOP 50 of 2016, you will remember a STELLAR Bluegrass band called The Boxcars. They released several albums during their tenure, yes I’m using past tense language here folks because that particular band met it’s demise in 2018.  Equally sad was the impending demise of Junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice, who although was a BIG draw at festivals, just couldn’t stay afloat in the market.

You know, Bluegrass is probably the toughest and smallest market in any genre of music these days. Fans have so much access to festivals with the sheer number of them popping up all over the United States that they don’t need house shows. They have the internet and festivals where they can have 40 plus bands for a better price, and with everything being SO expensive fans just cannot afford small club shows.

Members from those two bands have combined and collaborated to form a NEW BAND called The Highland Travelers, and within THREE WEEKS of announcing their existence there exists a single off of a forthcoming album called “The Little Tennessee” already.  This coming from their own website:

Mandolinist Adam Steffey, guitarist/vocalist Keith Garrett, and reso-guitarist Gary Hultman – former Boxcars all – are teaming up with Jason Davis on banjo and Kameron Keller on bass from Ramblers Choice, and will perform as Highland Travelers. A group featuring two of these bluegrass stalwarts would definitely justify your attention, but all five? Fuhgeddaboudit.

When the announcement of the band was first made, it was indicated that they would be getting into the studio right away, and they weren’t kidding. Just three weeks from the day, a debut single has been released by Mountain Fever Records. It’s a new Keith Garrett composition, The Little Tennessee, telling the tale of a river man who lost his livelihood when the TVA built dams along the Little Tennessee River.

New Scott H Biram Coming in Summer Of 2018

Of all of the many bands I follow yearly some of them are one man bands like Mr. Scott H Biram (The H stands for FUCK YOU). Now I waited until now because on the 23rd he will be at the Southgate House with my friends the hooten Hallers. Then he will be coming to Nashville the 24rth to play at the Basement.

He will then be heading to represent Bloodshot Records for the SXSW showcase event. I will have some coverage planned for that event as well, and then after that he will be touring some shows with a POWERHOUSE act I haven’t touched on for some time by the name of Mr. Jesse Dayton.

Mr. Scott has some NEW songs planned for us during this time, and he also has an EP scheduled to come out in summer followed by a full length album in 2018. I myself ran into him last year at Moonrunner’s festival in Chicago and then again at Muddy Roots Music Festival last summer.

TOUR DATES
Feb 2: Blue Moon Saloon – Lafayette, LA*
Feb 3: Santos – New Orleans, LA*
Feb 5: Blue Canoe – Tupelo, MS*
Feb 6: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL*
Feb 7: Loosey’s – Gainesville, FL*
Feb 8: Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL*
Feb 9: Las Rosas – Miami, FL*
Feb 10: Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL*
Feb 11: Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC*
Feb 13: Sidetracks Music Hall – Huntsville, Al*
Feb 14: Star Bar – Atlanta, GA*
Feb 15: Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC*
Feb 16: The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC*
Feb 17: The Golden Pony – Harrisonburg, VA*
Feb 19: Hill Country Live – Washington, DC*
Feb 20: Hard Rock Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA*
Feb 21: The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI*
Feb 22: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH*
Feb 23: Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY*
March 2: Riley’s Tavern – New Braunfels, TX
March 9: Buck’s Backyard – Buda, TX
April 5: Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ^
April 7: Casbah – San Diego, CA^
April 8: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA^
April 9: Brick and Mortar – San Francisco, CA^
April 11: Dante’s – Portland, OR^
April 12: Brewminatti – Prosser, WA^
April 13: Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA^
April 14: Remington Bar – Whitefish, MT^
April 15: Live From The Divide – Bozeman, MT^
April 17: Neurolux – Boise, ID^
April 18: Urban Lounge – SLC, UT^
April 19: Oriental Theater – Denver, CO^
April 21: Fort Worth Live, Forth Worth, TX* w/ The Hooten Hallers
^ w/ Jesse Dayton

ALL NEW IMPROVED 2018 LIVE music guide.

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 March 1, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st

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

Oak Ridge Boys
Country Music Hall Of Fame June 6th

Erin Enderlin
Tin Roof March 6th

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

Erin Enderlin
3rd And Lindsley March 12th

The Bottle Rockets
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky March 15th

Elizabeth Cook
The Basement East March 15th

Rye Davis
Sidelines In Glasgow Ky March 16th

Travis Meadows
3rd And Lindsley March 18th

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday Night March 20th

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

A Man Called Stu
Room 62 Nashville march 24rth

Urban Pioneers
Southgate House March 27th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace March 28th

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

Dusty Rust
Dee’s Country lounge March 28th

Sunny Sweeney
3rd And Lindsley March 29th

Blank Range
Basement East March 29th

Sunny Sweeney and Rye Davis
Spillway Bar And Grill March 30th

The Supersuckers
Southgate House March March 30th

The Supersuckers
The Basement East March 31st

Jim Lauderdale
Station Inn March 31st

Unknown Hinson
Zanzabar Louisville Ky April 4rth

A Man Called Stu
Springwater Supper Club April 4rth

Jim Lauderdale
Willies Locally Known Lexington Ky April 5th

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

Erin Enderlin
The Bluebird Nashville April 10th

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

John Morland
Deer Tick
Cannery Ballroom 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

Shooter Jennings
Nashville Palace 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

Bobby Bare
Renfro Valley April 20th

Confederate Railroad
Plaza Theater April 20th

Ryan Bingham
City Winery April 20th

The Barnyard Stompers
The Cobra April 21st

J.D. Wilkes (Solo)
Golden Pond April 21st

The Josephines
Tidball’s April 21st

Gene Watson
Renfro Valley April 21st

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday April 24rth

Paul Cauthen
The Basement April 25th

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

Fuitition
Ascend Ampitheater May 2nd

Dwight Yoakam
Iroquois Ampitheater Louisville Ky May 4rth

Tracey Lawrence
Renfro Valley May 5th

Billy Strings
The Burl May 5th

Clint Black
State Theater Elizabethtown Ky May 10th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Revelry Room Chattanooga Tn May 11th

William Clark Green
3rd And Lindsley May 12th

The Josephines
Spillway Bowling Green May 12th

Joe Diffie
Renfro Valley May 12th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cosmic Charlie’s May 13th

Willie Nelson
Ascend Ampitheater May 18th

Margo Price
Ryman Auditorium May 20, 21 and 23rd

Kristiana Murray
Nashville Nashville Tn May 22nd

Ruby boots
Basement May 18th

Trampled By Turtles
Ryman Auditorium May 18th

Parker Milsap
3rd And Lindsley May 20th

John Moreland
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky

Dailey And Vincent April 28th

Colter Wall
Grand Theater May 18th

Trampled By Turtles
Ryman Auditorium May 18th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Stoddart Family Farm Crawford Tn May 26th

The Oak Ridge Boys
Beaver Dam Amphitheater June 1st

The Oak Ridge Boys
Renfro Valley June 2nd

Justin Townes Earle
Headliner’s Louisville Ky June 2nd

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

John Anderson
Palace Theater Crossville Tn June 22nd

Jamey Johnson
Renfro Valley June 23rd

John Anderson
State theater June 23rd

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday June 26th

Jamey Johnson
The Shed June 29th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Exit Inn June 30th

The Blasters
Exit Inn July 1st

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th