Mar 042018
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Music City Roots PRESENTS: “Roots On The Road” at The Nashville Palace – A Little Jimmie Dickens Tribute Show Featuring: Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith, Carpenter Ants, John Ellison & Todd Burge Doors open at 6pm. Show Starts at 7pm. Watch the web stream Wed 7pm CT right here.

We have many ticketing options, from GA to Reserved seats and also meal packages. First come first serve for general admission tickets! Limited amount of reserved seats available for purchase. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Listen to the new album
The Rhinestone Hillbilly – A Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens

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    What is Music City Roots?

    Music City Roots, Live From The Factory is a weekly, radio show and webcast that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to about 9:30 pm, CST, Music City Roots showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. The show is broadcast live over WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM from Middle Tennessee State University and webcast in Livestream video at A weekly syndicated show is distributed to a network of affiliates around the country as well as the major podcasting platforms.

    Music fans worldwide know Nashville as the epicenter of country music, and Music City Roots, Live From The Factory embraces and builds on that foundation. MCR is broadcast to a global audience, not just as the keeper of the traditional flame, but as a trusted tastemaker that looks to the future of music in all its forms and sub-genres: bluegrass, folk, alternative, western, rockabilly and crossovers into rock, jazz and world music. There has never been a time of greater variety, abundance and quality in Nashville’s creative community, and Music City Roots looks to put that talent on a worldwide stage.

    Each broadcast features four artists in 25 minute segments and short interviews, plus a show-closing Nashville Jam where all musical guests embrace the spirit of Music City as the collaborative epicenter of tradition and innovation. Nashville’s legendary Keith Bilbrey is the announcer; Jim Lauderdale and other leaders of the music community host the festivities.

    Born and raised in Bolt, Raleigh County, “Little” Jimmy Dickens was 4 foot 11 inches tall and a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949.

    In 1964, Dickens became the first country music star to circle the world during a tour. Dickens charted hits in every decade from the 1940s to the 1970s.

    Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983 and was in the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Dickens’ last Opry performance was December 20, 2014, four days after his 94th birthday. He passed away just two weeks later on January 2, 2015.

Mar 042018

If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at 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


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

Aaron lee Tasjan
The Basement East 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

James Scott Bullard
Dee’s Country Lounge April 27th

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

Boo Ray
Dee’s Country Lounge April 27th

Natalie Hemby
3Rd And Lindsley April 29th

Ascend Ampitheater May 2nd

Dwight Yoakam
Iroquois Ampitheater Louisville Ky May 4rth

Howlin Brothers
Tidballs May 4rth

Kelsey Waldon
Billy Strings
The Burl May 4rth

Tracey Lawrence
Renfro Valley May 5th

Billy Strings
The Burl May 5th

Hot Club Of Cowtown
City Winery May 9th

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

Kris Kristofferson with Ben Haggard
Basement East May 16th

Willie Nelson
Ascend Ampitheater May 18th

Parker Milsap
3rd And Lindsley May 20th

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

American Aquarium and Cory Branon
The Basement East June 5th

Colter Wall
Louisville Palace Ky June 8th

The Josephines
The A frame Bowling Green 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

Lavender Country
The Basement June 23rd

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday June 26th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace June 26th

Jamey Johnson
The Shed June 29th

The Po Ramblin Boys
Station Inn June 29th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Exit Inn June 30th

The Blasters
Exit Inn July 1st

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82 July 3rd

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Miller Plaza Chattanooga Tn July 13th

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Janie Frickie
Renfro Valley September 7th

The Reeves Brothers
American Legion Post 82
Sept 7th

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82
Sept 25th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th

The Cluttered Corner Returns!

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Mar 042018


Let’s shoot back to 2010 when Myspace was diminishing facebook was on the rise and this type of music I feature was blooming. I was learning more and more about Red Dirt coming out of Texas and Oklahoma, this outlet was the first place I learned of people like Cody Canada, Randy Rogers, Josh Ward and Bri Bagwell. It was run by a gal named Katie Key, and it came from Houston at the Texas Music Chart Headquarters. So THIS IS directly from Texas Music Pickers Website:

Many an artist stopped in to the Texas Music Chart world headquarters in Houston including: Randy Rogers Band, Josh Ward, Cody Johnson, Bonnie Bishop, and Bri Bagwell!  (You can see those interviews and performances here:   One of my favorites was this one with Cody Canada:

 I left the Texas Music Chart in 2014 and the Cluttered Corner went on for two more years, hosted by the late great Ed Shane and his wife Pam Shane.

I’ve always wanted to bring it back and now I have that opportunity!  The Cluttered Corner is coming back better than ever!  Same great Texas/Red Dirt/Country music artist interviews and performances but recorded in a new location: Coals Smokehouse!  Real Content Solutions will be the company handling all production.  The finished videos will be shared on, and, as well as other social media outlets.

We’re currently looking for segment sponsors who are interested in getting their company in front of 50,000-70,000 viewers each month, and offer a variety of packages to best suit your company’s needs!  For more information on these sponsorship opportunities, contact us at

Mar 042018


Today I wanted to feature a VERY GOOD album that I received in the mail called Laura Benetiz And The Heartache which is a West Coast outfit of  TERRIFIC Honky Tonk Country from California. This album was sent to me in a press kit, and when I finally got time to listen to it I was PLEASANTLY astonished. HOW have I NOT heard of this gem before, even her previous 2014 album “Heartless Woman” is equally TERRIFIC. But now let’s delve into this one called “With All It’s Thorns.

The pedal steel guitar work on this album is INSANE and truly precise, Mr. Ian Sutton completed a masterpiece of solos on songs like “Our Remember Whens” which was a lover’s song about future good times between two lovers. You know the feeling when you have a NEW relationship, and you JUST KNOW there are good times coming. You KNOW the times will be remembered and recalled in time.

The album jumps right into a murder ballad called “In Red” it’s a seductive and sultry tune about a fornicating man, with a new unsuspecting wife that regrets dressing in white. These eleven songs are so wonderfully written I am just raving about this album. I have given it to so many other outlets that promote this kind of music, it’s unreal. She eventually ends up shooting this man and the TWANG of this song is VERY enjoyable.

This album begins with a song reminiscent of the 1980’s women like Miss Mary Chapin Carpenter and Miss Dolly Parton  with a song called “Something Better Than A Broken Heart”, which was the only co-write on the album. It has a New Orleans type flair to it, also the song “Whiskey Makes Me Love You” was another perfect throwback song. This young lady has the total package for today’s Honky Tonk crowd, she has the Legends sound and reference, while maintaining today’s fresh look like Miss Sarah Gayle Meech and Tommy Ash.

‘The Fool I Am Right Now” is a good boot stomping two step beer drinking song about typical regret of something I think many of us are..fools in love with people who treat us less than we deserve. if THAT doesn’t hit the Honky Tonk nail on the head i don’t know WHAT DOES.

The last song is a slower one called “Nora Went Down The Mountain” with some terrific fiddle work and a truly compelling story of adventure. I’m telling you folks this album is EXACTLY what I was looking for when I want a female fronted Honky Tonk outfit.

1. Something Better Than a Broken Heart
2.Easier Things to Do
3.Our Remember Whens
4.In Red
5.Whiskey Makes Me Love You
6.Almost the Right One (Casi Mi Cielo)
7.Ghost Ship
8.The Fool I Am Right Now
10.Why Does It Matter
11.Nora Went Down the Mountain

Mar 30
The Monkey House
Berkeley, CA

Apr 06
Fireside Lounge
Alameda, CA

Apr 22
Ivy Room
Albany, CA

May 17
Bar Fluxus
San Francisco, CA

May 19
Neck of the Woods
San Francisco, CA

May 22
Bazaar Cafe
San Francisco, CA