Feb 032018

On a live basis I have not had the opportunity to cover a Steeldrivers show since the 2014 Outlaw Fest in Oakland Kentucky. You see as a follower of over 5,000 bands, it’s virtually impossible to cover them ALL. BUT I DO give it a hell of a college try, don’t I?

As far as news goes, yes I am always on top of things about new and old members and what’s going on with bands from so many different genres. Here is a Legendary Bluegrass band that began in 2005 as a festival second stage fill in band with a no name long haired long bearded leader by the name of Stapleton…Chris Stapleton.

In 2008 the band finally had an opportunity to sign with Rounder Records, and they released their iconic self titled album (that was recently reissued on vinyl) that only peaked at number 57 on the charts. Through their infancy the Steeldrivers have been nominated for many Grammys for their first album and their second album called Reckless.

In 2010 Chris Stapleton announced he was leaving the band to focus on his family and songwriting, and amassed a horde of songwriting cuts, and publishing deals. He then moved on to become a juggernaut. Meanwhile, the Steeldrivers replaced him with Mr. Gary Nichols. Shortly after original member Mr. mike Henderson left the band, and was replaced with Mr. Brent Truit.

This band, despite it’s Legendary name and huge success has suffered the loss of a staple (no pun intended) lead singer for many years, UNTIL NOW! This band has used many floaters to fill in on the vocal duties and relied on the musicianship of Miss Tammy Rodgers and Mr. Richard Bailey on banjo. It worked quite well for many years until fans began to grow tired of the changes.

Mr. Kelvin Damrell from East Kentucky has also included a gritty blues sounding style to his lead vocals, much like Stapleton and Mr. Gary Nichols both did during their tenure with the band. Upon announcing his being hired to take over lead vocal duties and lead guitar duties the band had this to say:

“Hello folks. We have some great news to share tonight. We are officially announcing that Kelvin Damrell will be our new singer and guitar picker! Most of you know that we had to part ways with our long time partner Gary Nichols last year. It took us a while to heal up and get it together. To be honest, we didn’t know for sure if we’d ever be able to replace such a massive talent. But we eventually found this young fella from the hills of Kentucky who can absolutely rock the grass!

Much like G-Ray, Kelvin grew up singing and playing electric guitar in local rock bands. He’s a great musician. His singing is soulful and from the heart with a big dose of bluesy grit. On a personal level Kelvin is a hard working family man with a lovely wife and two young boys.

We’re thrilled to have Kelvin join us. We’ve done a handful of shows with KD so far and those who’ve seen him have loved him. He got a rousing standing ovation on his very first show! We hope you will welcome KD into the SteelHead Nation. He rocks Kelvin Damrell y’all.”

News On Lindi Ortega In 2018.

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Feb 032018


Folks, I just wanted to stop and tell you about the upcoming Lindi Ortega albums, and also touch on some of the tour dates she had listed. Of course I shall be paying close attention to her, and Mr. Joshua Wallace has some really good things to say about her release. In the upcoming weeks you can rest assured this website WILL BE featuring her new music and her shows.

PLUS, many upcoming show. Tickets on sale now at www.lindiortega.com/tour.

19-Jan / Saskatoon, SK / The Bassment (Winterruption)
20-Jan / Regina, SK / The Exchange (Winterruption)
4-Feb to 11-Feb / Cayamo Cruise
15-Feb / Little Rock, AR / South on Main
16-Feb / Kansas City, MO / Knuckleheads ~
15-Mar / Swift Current, SK / The Lyric Theatre
16-Mar / St. Albert, AB / Arden Theatre
17-Mar / Fort McLeod, AB / Empress Theatre Fort Macleod
24-Mar / Seattle, WA / Tractor Tavern*
25-Mar / Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios*
29-Mar / Los Angeles, CA / Moroccan Lounge*
30-Mar / San Diego, CA / Soda Bar*
1-Apr / Phoenix, AZ / Musical Instrument Museum – MIM*
3-Apr / Austin, TX / Stubb’s Austin*
4-Apr / Dallas, TX / Club Dada*
5-Apr / Houston, TX / McGonigel’s Mucky Duck*
12-Apr / Calgary, AB / Festival Hall
14-Apr / Winnipeg, MB / West End Cultural Centre
15-Apr / Minneapolis, MN / Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant*
17-Apr / Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall + Schubas*
19-Apr / St. Louis, MO / Old Rock House*
20-Apr / Nashville, TN / 3rd & Lindsley Nashville*
21-Apr / Atlanta, GA / Eddie’s Attic*
22-Apr / Charlotte, NC / The Evening Muse*
24-Apr / Washington, DC / Union Stage*
25-Apr / Annapolis, MD / Rams Head Tavern Annapolis*
26-Apr / New York, NY / Mercury Lounge*
4-May / Montreal, QC / l’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle
5-May / Ottawa, ON / The 27 Club Ottawa
6-May / Burnstown, ON / Neat Coffee Shop
7-May / Kitchener, ON / Centre In The Square
9-May / Toronto, ON / Mod Club Theatre
10-May / London,ON / The Aeolian
11-May / Hamilton, ON / Mills Hardware
12-May / Kingston, ON / The Grad Club

My Memories Of Tillford Sellers.

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Feb 032018

I’m not sure how many websites wrote tribute articles on the tragic news of last week’s loss of Mr. Tillford Sellers.
He was officially pronounced deceased from blunt force trauma to the chest Saturday night. News of his passing flooded the social media world all weekend.

SO NOW THEN we come to the usual morons pointing fingers at people like me, saying OH YEAH all of a sudden these websites are all the best of friends with the people who are passed on to look cool. Well let me tell your smart ass something buddy, I WAS GOOD FRIENDS with Mr. Bandana AND Mr. Owen Mays…IN FACT Mr. Bandana was the man who persuaded me to begin my “Mr.” trademark. That format is a total respect from me to keep his name in my music travels, and I’m glad he allowed me to begin using it.

I’m NOT going to sit here and tell you lies about how close I was with Mr. Tillford, because I wasn’t. We had only met a few times, however to say I wasn’t a fan of his music WOULD BE a lie. “Sippy’s Lament” is an awesome steel guitar song! Now then, this portion of my article was from Muddy Roots 2014, where he performed on the Wood Stage.

Tillford Sellers And The Wagon Burners had a very special Honky Tonk sound that resided in the Indiana region of the United States, and he was recently slated to perform with Mr. Adam Lee in Newport Kentucky at the Southgate House. He was a very kind and motivated young man, who inspired many. We all have our faults, but to be honest I never heard one person say anything negative about him as a person, or as an artist.

His album was on my “To Purchase” agenda for sure, today he has a three piece band and his steel guitarist is
a powerhouse on the damn thing. However I’m not sure if the same guitarist he had with him was the one from his album. I had his name wrote down, and it got lost among my jumble of information.

ALL WEEKEND I got to hear some GREAT steel pickers, MAN! He opened his set with “Give It Up” and another good Honky Tonk tune “If You Got The Time”. I was really enjoying his set as this Indiana native was performing some GREAT Country Music with us, I’d travel to see this man..I really would.

“Taking All My Kisses” has a really good steel guitar intro,and I am STILL enjoying his album in my player now!
That song was on repeat for quite some time. “Get Ready” is an uptempo song that I also enjoy and he played
“Heart Broken Baby” and a Buck Owens cover “Truck Driving Man”. That song was cut first by Terry Fell in 1954 or 55. Buck Owens was in his band “The Fellers” and in 1965 he cut the song with the Buckaroos. I think Terry Fell got into some legal issues over the “Fellers” name and had to stop using it…I’m not sure I’m 100 percent correct on that.

He played one called “Tn Moon” and one called “Oklahoma Baby”, It was a pretty damn good swing song if I remember correctly.He closed his set with ‘Two Timing Momma”. I want to touch on one thing about his album “Heartaches, Lies and Cheating Songs”. There is a short steel guitar instrumental called “Sippy’s Lament” that was REALLY good.

I hung out side stage and talked with him and got to finally meet him and wished I would have got to chat with his steel picker but I’ll keep that in mind for another time later. I’ll be SURE to catch their show in the future…little did I know just a few short years later I would no longer have that opportunity.

So folks THIS IS WHY it is SO integral to support YOUR LOCAL MUSIC YOU LOVE, because NONE OF US are promised another day on this Earth. And as often as they travel from city to city it could happen to any one of our beloved bands or artists at ANY given time. I’m sure Mr. Tillford Sellers would gladly still tell you the same thing.