Feb 072018

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.

Feb 072018

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.

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

Feb 072018

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

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

Music Festivals 2018: Mr. Dylan’s Big Birthday Bender Blowout Bash.

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Feb 072018

One of my best Muddy Roots crowd buddies that I have is Mr. Dylan Dorrell (O’l Double D), the Kansas flag waiving fun loving man from the Kansas City area turns 40 this year. This little bender type festival began a while back as a party in a friends basement. Today, thanks to help from many venues and bands it has turned into a big deal within the Roots Music crowd.

11 years ago I threw a house party for my 30th birthday. Someone called it a Bender…Dylan’s Big Birthday Bender Blowout Bash was born. 10 years, 4 house parties, 1 BBQ, 3 states, 5 bars, gallons of booze, and hours of hangovers bring us to year 7 in a row in beautiful Kansas City, MO
2 NIGHTS AND ONE FULL DAY OF MUSIC for only $20. that;s right $20.
Many thanks to Travis and the Westport Saloon and Michelle at Davey’s for always being so generous and helping make this event happen.

This event gets lumped in with my festival series every year, however it’s a lot different. There is no need for me to include camping info or maps, and there are no external rules only venue common sense. So head on down there and have a blast with my buddy Mr. Dylan!

Friday, Feb 9 6PM
The Westport Saloon
County Graves
Tres Basterdos (DEBUT SHOW of the new whiskeydick/ hunnicutt project)
Rock Bottom String Band
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
Ags Conolly
Tejon Street Corner Thieves
Eric Nelson

Saturday, Feb 10 6 PM
Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club
Freight Train Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts
Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
The Four Horsemen: A Stupor Group
(Justin Wells, Adam Lee, Matt Woods, Jeff Shepherd)
Austin Stirling
Le Grand
Ghosts Of Grandad’s Past

Sunday, Feb 11 11am
The Westport Saloon
Whiskey Dick
James Hunnicutt
Soda Gardocki
Brook Blanche
Kelly Hunt
duane Mark
Tim Vee
Dusty Rust

This next list portion is a complete schedule of when the bands will play and where. As I previously said before this event needs no camping information or any of that. So I will just simply leave everything out but the music info. This is a fun yearly event that many of my friends have a wonderful time at.

Friday Feb 9
The Westport Saloon

Eric Nelson 7-7:45
Tejon Street Corner Thieves 8-8:45
Rock Bottom String Band 9-9:45
Ags Connolly 10-10:45
Pat Reedy 11-11:45
Tres Basterdos 12-12:45
County Graves 1- End

Saturday Feb 10
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

Ghosts of Granddad’s Past 7-7:45
Le Grand 8-8:30
The Four Horsemen 8:45-10:15
Austin Stirling 10:30-11:15
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy 11:30-12:30
Freight Train Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts 1- End

Sunday, Feb 11
The Westport Saloon

Tim Vee 12-12:45
James Hunnicutt 1-1:45
Duane Mark 2-3
Kelly Hunt 3:15-4:15
Brook Blanche 4:30-5:30
Soda Gardocki 5:45-6:45
Dusty Rust 7-8:15
Whiskey Dick 8:30-10