Monthly Archives: April 2018

Country Legend Bill Anderson As Strong As Ever With New Album.

Country Legend Bill Anderson Joined the Opry in 198, and is one of the Legends that has never slowed down. He is one of the oldest active Opry members and I recently caught up with what he is doing lately from his newsletters.  Just recently he announced that he is releasing his 44rth ALL NEW studio album in September and will be called “Anderson”. This forthcoming album will have eleven new songs all written by him, or co written by him and many other guests.

Whispering Bill is a whopping 80 years old however he has not showed any signs of slowing down on any fronts, as he continues to maintain the Opry integrity as a weekly mainstay there. Week after week EVERYONE can just go see him host segments, as he revels in the glory of the Opry where his peers all once stood. Alas, Bill Anderson is one of the last of his ilk having been an Opry member for 57 years.

As a solo artist he has had 81 singles and 7 number ones, and wrote so many songs I bet you never knew he wrote! From the very beginning in 1960 he wrote ‘Tips Of My Fingers” which Roy Clark also cut in 1963 and charted with. In the 200’s Mr. Jon Randall had recently divorced Lorrie Morgan, and was slipping into drinking a lot. His manager inspired the line of “put the bottle to your head and pull the trigger” , which he wrote down.

He and Bill Anderson co wrote the powerful duet called “Whiskey Lullaby” which Mr. Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss recorded in 2004. He’s been a game show host and a host on TNN programs, he is the host of the successful TV series “Country’s Family Reunion”.

In 2018 he was finally inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame and has accumulated more awards than almost any male entertainer in history of Country Music as a whole. HERE is the link for his recently released book about his very life in Country Music that spans 6 decades.

When he releases the new album you can darn sure bet that Gary Hayes Country will have a bead on it for you my dear readers! Here is his future road schedule go see him in concert soon!

May 05
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
May 08
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
May 11
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
May 12
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jun 01
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jun 09
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jun 15
Opry City Stage
New York, NY
Jun 23
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jun 26
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jun 29
Grand Ole Opry
Nashville, TN
Jul 14
Sugar Creek Casino with Bobby Bare
Hinton, OK
Aug 18
Midwest Country Music Theater
Sandstone, MN
Aug 18
Midwest Country Music Theater
Sandstone, MN
Aug 19
Midwest Country Music Theater
Sandstone, MN
Aug 20
Marion Ross Performing Arts Center
Albert Lea, MN
Aug 25
Grand Ole Opry Legends
Lancaster, PA
Sep 21
Ross Country Jamboree
Scottsburg, IN
Oct 11
Blue Gate Theatre
Shipshewana, IN
Oct 12
Blue Gate Theater
Shipshewana, IN
Oct 20
Meramec Music Theatre
Steelville, MO
Dec 09
Beacon Theatre
Hopewell, VA

Magnolia Roads Anniversary Show.

Once again I have traveled down to east Nashville to one of my favorite neighborhood bars, that is quickly become a mecca of local music. Miss Amy Dee and Mr. Daniel have turned Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge into of the greatest retro throwback bars in the Nashville area.

I have gleefully written many articles from this particular venue, and tonight was perhaps some of the greatest sets I have witnessed there, by all means. I’m telling you that every act was amazing tonight and I had ONE HELL of a good time last night watching this show as I wrote this for you.

You can read about all of the artists and get tons more information about them all right HERE I also featured one of the videos from Mr. James album Full Tilt Boogie called “Jesus Jail Or Texas”, and you can see that HERE.
Also Outlaw Resurgence hosted the first listen party and you can listen to the album there.

The Traveling Ones played many Americana type songs like “When It Rains” and other songs that featured  their combined duet abilities well like “You Only Have To break My Heart”.  Mr. Justin and Miss Emily met at an open mic in Texas, and now reside in Nashville where they are a prominent part of my local scene here.

They have a special sound to their harmonies here, and if I HAD to compare them to another band I couldn’ have MANY combo harmony bands, Shovels And Rope, Porter Union, Barnyard Stompers…and these two aren’t like any of those.

The songs were well written and flowed well together on their set choices, like the song ‘I’m a woman” however the next song called “Wildfire Heart” was my favorite out of their offering last night.another outstanding thing about their set was it featured some damn fine slide guitar from the lead player, and when you pair it up with Miss Emily’s powerful vocal range, you have a damn fine show.

” Midnight Calling” was next and they followed that up with  a song called “Red Light” but like I mentioned about their set and how well it was placed..the set closed with a song called “Let’s Go Get Stoned”. It was a furious and powerful climax to the set and featured some powerful finishing vocals from her.

Mr. Allen Thompson is another local favorite we had here tonight, I first discovered him on Music City Roots. He writes with Mr. Don a lot and  one of his first songs was a song he wrote with him called “Dirt to Dust”. He brought a great acoustic portion to the lineup tonight which was also really nice.

“While I’m Young” was another song he played before he played his final song called ‘Trouble”. He later joined Mr. Don Gallardo for the closing portion of the entire show. He told a terrific story about how he was misplaced at a songwriter competition with kids once that the song “Trouble” won an opportunity to meet John rich..which he opted to give away.

Mr. James Scott Bullard is dropping his new album tonight called Full Tilt Boogie and you can read more about that HERE. Several websites have given Mr. James a lot of attention lately in the local scenes, and he has been out on the road working relentlessly.

He opened with “Lord Have Mercy” from the new album, along with the next song “Heartless Woman”. Mr. James has self admittedly proclaimed most of his songs are of the jaded type of love gone wrong, like the song “Warpath”. Now mind you, acoustic they sound a little different than on the album with a full band..but that’s alright.

Both times I went to see him play here he did a truly fine job up there, especially on songs like “Wicked Ways” tonight, hell it got an applause two separate times. More heavier tunes like “Evil Lovin” that had the different guitar tones made them sound different just acoustic.

“Voo Doo” was one I never heard live before and after that he played “The Next Tear” and “Hey hey Mama” both offerings from Full Tilt Boogie, I thought his set list here tonight promoted the album well.  He played a few more before playing “Back To You”. I particularly enjoyed his closing of the set when he played my favorite song called “Jesus,Jail Or Texas”. I have a pretty good feeling you’ll be hearing many more great things to come from this man.

Mr. BOO RAY was absolutely amazing tonight and it’s been quite a while since I have had the chance to cover his set live, so tonight was truly a great opportunity.  He has a new album dropping this fall and he played a brand new song from this forthcoming album called “Don’t Look Back”…I’ll have more on that on later articles.

His latest album called “Sea Of lights” was one of the focal points of his set tonight, choked full of bad assed guitar licks and steel guitar solos. This man and his band was absolutely mind blowing tonight in just about every way, his opening song was called ‘4 Letters And A Heart”, one of his older songs from the “Bad News Travels Fast” album.

“Johnny’s Tavern” is an absolute bad assed in your face foot thumping song about just what it’s named…for..Johnny’s Tavern.  His set also included “Bricks And Mortar” and “Emmaline”. This man goes absolutely full blown ballistic on stage, just because he is lanky in stature doesn’t mean he isn’t a juggernaut on sound. He blows the rooftops off of the venue!

“One More Round” was included in the set and my personal favorite from “Sea of lights” was called ‘Redneck Rock And Roll” which is just a plain out simple jam song. After playing two new songs, one being called “Don’t Look Back”  he closed with the song called “Bad News Travels Fast”.

Mr. Taylor Kropp was up next with some great twang guitar music here as he opened with an old Waylon Jennings song and went into an original off of his album ” Coming Up For Air” called “I’ll Forget In Time”.

He played his song for millennial called ‘Stereotypical Three Dimensional 21st Century Troubadour” , but the best song of his set was the title track of his album ‘Coming Up For Air”. His set featured some ABSOLUTELY amazing guitar wizardry, rivaling Rory Kelly and Sean K Preston on local stage levels.

Mr. Don Gallardo is one that I have been following for some time now and his new album is garnering huge accolades around town, as it also drops tonight here in town.  I have been a fan of his for some time now, and I finally got to catch his show here on the now.  I’m quite excited to see this man’s set tonight, he is a big local draw in my area believe you me.

He opened his set with the first single off the new album called “Stay Awhile”, and followed that up with other songs off from his album “Hickory”. “Diamonds And Gold” and my absolute favorite ‘The North Dakota Blues”, that’s just a terrific song that paints such a vivid picture in my mind. In fact I would go so far as to say it’s one of my top 20 favorite songs of all time, my interpenetration of a good song is that a writer and singer paints a picture on your brain, which is a canvas. That song just reminded me of being a young man and reading those old Louis L’amour books.

“Golden Rule” is another positive song about…well the golden rule, he followed that with the fifth studio album title from Van Morrison called ‘Tupelo Honey” Now I’ll be honest I’m not the biggest Van Morrison fan (I don’t hate his music, but I can take it or leave it) BUT I DID enjoy his cover of it. He does a fantastic job presenting the song as his own, and if you aren’t observant you could construe it as his own song.

“Time Pass By’ is a song he renamed “The Song That Made Mick Jagger Dance’, because well…it did once. That was a really cool opening story to a song, we had quite a few cool intro stories here tonight. He played “Banks Of The Mississippi” before closing with Grateful Dead covers like “Casey Jones”.

I want to thank Miss Emily and Miss Kim Grant for inviting me out to write about this event here and for Dee’s for always hosting great local music for my website to write about, and that DAMN FINE jukebox they have there.


New And Improved Weekly Local Music Guide.

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.

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

Blackfoot gypsies
Exit In June 2nd

American Aquarium and Cory Branon
The Basement East June 5th

Drew Holcomb
Brown Theater Louisville Ky June 5th

Kendall Marvel
Exit In June 5th

Marty Stuarts Late Night Jam
Ryman Auditorium June 6th

Terri Clark
Wildhorse Saloon June 7th

Colter Wall
The Burl June 7th

Colter Wall
Louisville Palace Ky June 8th

Colter wall
The Burl June 9th

Josh Card And The Restless Souls
David Allan Coe
Bourbon Hall Louisville Ky June 8th

The Josephines
The A frame Bowling Green Ky June 8th

William Matheny
The Basement June 9th

Josh Card And The Restless Souls
Harley Davidson Bowling Green Ky June 9th

Lillie Mae
The Howlin Brothers
Little Harpeth Brewing June 9th

Michigan Rattlers
The Basement June 12th

Kacey Musgraves
The Bridgestone June 12th

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

Hillbilly Casino
Mercy lounge June 14th

Jeremy Pinnell
The Basement East June 14th

Dalton Domino
Exit In June 14th

Pat Green
Exit In June 13th

John Anderson
Palace Theater Crossville Tn June 22nd

Paul Cauthen
The Warehouse June 22nd

Jamey Johnson
Renfro Valley June 23rd

John Anderson
State theater June 23rd

Lavender Country
The Basement June 23rd

Jeremy Pinnell
Biley’s Taproom June 23rd

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday June 26th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace June 26th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Little Bandit
Basement East June 27th

Lilly Hiatt
Basement East June 28th

The Del McCourry Band
Ryman Auditorium June 28th

Jamey Johnson
The Shed June 29th and 30th.

Russell Moore And IIIrd Tyme Out
Yellow Creek Park Owensboro Ky June 29th

The Po Ramblin Boys
Station Inn June 29th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Exit Inn June 30th

The Blasters
Exit Inn July 1st

Goddamn Gallows
Gallows Bound
Days N Daze
Basement East July 1st

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82 July 3rd

Old Salt Union
Friday After 5 Owensboro Ky July 6th

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Josh Card
Highlands Taproom Louisville Ky July 5th

Vince Gill
Ryman Auditorium July 5th

Josh Card
Spillway Bowling Green Ky July 6th

Tanya Tucker
SKY PAC Bowling Green Ky July 7th

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

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

Charley Pride
Renfro Valley July 14th

Josh Card
Dee’s Country Lounge Nashville Tn July 18th

Aaron Raitiere
The Basement July 18th

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Ryman Auditorium July July 19th

Colter Wall
First United Bank Plaza Madisonville Ky July 20th

JD wilkes And The legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
Exit Inn July 25th

Anderson East
Ryman Auditorium July 28th

Josh Card
Southgate House July 29th

LSD Tour (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam)
Ascend Ampitheater Nashville August 12th

Sammy Brue
Basement August 13th

Confederate Railroad
Wilson County Fair August 21st

Howlin Brothers
Basement East August 23rd

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Shooter Jennings
Beaver Dam Ampitheater September 2nd

Janie Frickie
Renfro Valley September 7th

The Reeves Brothers
American Legion Post 82
Sept 7th

Ryman Auditorium September 7th

Flatland Cavalry
The Basement East September 7th

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82
Sept 25th

Anderson East And Brent Cobb
Ryman Auditorium Sept 28th

John Prine
Ryman Auditorium October 5 and 6th

Dwight Yoakam
Owensboro Convention Center october 26th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington Ky November 15th

Album Feature – James Scott Bullard – Full Tilt Boogie

By Joshua Wallace

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know much of James Scott Bullard before Gary premiered his single “Jesus, Jail Or Texas” right here on the website.  That one song was good enough for me and I knew I wanted to review the album when it was released. Before I got the CD, I went to Spotify to hear what I could from James Scott Bullard.  The only thing there was a previous single called “Wicked Ways” and a compilation album called The Rise and Fall Of… which compiles tracks from his previous releases. From what I can gather, Full Tilt Boogie marks his 9th release overall and 6th full length.  This feels like a good jumping on point for new fans of James Scott Bullard as it is his best sounding material that I could find and it marks a sonic shift to a more southern rock leaning sound.

This album starts off on a slower note with the opening track “Lord, Have Mercy”.  It’s a great way to kick off the proceedings before James Scott Bullard kicks things into high gear.  “Wicked Ways” was the first single from the album and sets things off with a killer southern rock country tune that recalls the early days of Skynyrd with ease.  Another early track was “Jesus, Jail or Texas” which was premiered right here on Gary Hayes Country. This goes more into the country side of Bullard’s sound and it’s a very catchy tune.  This is one of my favorites on the album.

Another favorite has another killer opening riff on the track with “Leavin’ On My Mind”.  It’s a great drifting song if you like songs like Willie’s “On The Road Again” or Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere”.  The album closes out with “Back To You” which is more of a southern rock ballad. In true southern rock ballad fashion, this track closes the album out with some great solo work.

Full Tilt Boogie is an appropriate name for this album.  The boogie is certainly turned to full tilt throughout this record and James Scott Bullard has the Waylon meets Skynyrd southern rock influenced country sound down to a science.  I look forward to being able to see him live with a full band sometime in the future. Full Tilt Boogie is available everywhere on April 27th and signed copies are available at James Scott Bullard’s store.

Favorite Tracks : Lord, Have Mercy, Wicked Ways, Jesus, Jail Or Texas, Leavin’ On My Mind, Back To You


James Scott Bullard – Full Tilt Boogie (2018)


  1. Lord, Have Mercy
  2. Wicked Ways
  3. All To Pieces
  4. Hey, Hey Mama
  5. Warpath
  6. Jesus, Jail Or Texas
  7. Evil Lovin’
  8. Leavin’ On My Mind
  9. The Next Tear
  10. Back To You

BIG NEWS From Magnolia Roads This Weekend.

Magnolia Roads presents Third Annual American Roots Hoedown in Nashville  
Night One at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, Madison, TN 
Featuring Don Gallardo, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, James Scott Bullard,
Taylor Kropp, The Traveling Ones, and Daniel Lawrence Walker   
Night Two at The 5 Spot, East Nashville, TN 
Featuring Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparao & The New Effect, Rich Mahan,
Mike Younger, Jason Daniels Band, and Arkansas Dave   
NASHVILLE, TN March 9, 2018 – Magnolia Roads presents the third annual American Roots Hoedown. A showcase of the Magnolia Roads family of artists and friends. Twelve bands over two nights at two of Nashville’s hippest live music venues. Returning for the third year are Mike Younger, Rich Mahan, and the Jason Daniels Band. New this year are Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparaco & The New Effect, Arkansas Dave, Don Gallardo, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, Daniel Lawrence Walker, The Traveling One, Taylor Kropp and James Scott Bullard.
American Roots Hoedown III Pre-Party
6pm-2am Friday, April 27, 2018
Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, 102 E. Palestine Ave., Madison, TN 37115 
Lineup: Taylor Kropp, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, James Scott Bullard, 
The Traveling Ones, and Daniel Lawrence Walker
American Roots Hoedown III 
6pm -2am Saturday, April 28, 2018 
The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 
Lineup: Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparaco & The New Effect, Mike Younger, 
Rich Mahan, Jason Daniels Band, and Arkansas Dave
What is American Roots? Exactly what the moniker sounds like, music that grew from the roots of America. The Magnolia Roads family of artists epitomize American Roots music through their blend of Blues, Country, Funk, Jazz, and a whole lotta Rock and Roll, flavored with the deep grooves of the South and an occasional West Coast psychedelic twirl. 

Allen Thompson (Nashville, TN) East Nashville Hippy Folk/Americana singer/songwriter and local Nashville favorite.
Arkansas Dave (Austin, TX) His sound is rooted in the influences of blues, rock and indie blended with the sounds of the South. Arkansas Dave’s self-titled debut album, recorded in 8 days at Muscle Shoals’ infamous Fame Studios, will be released April 20. 
Ben Sparaco and The New Effect (Nashville, TN) Blends elements of Americana, Blues, Folk, Funk and Rock with jazz-inspired improvisation drawing on inspirations ranging from the Derek Trucks Band to the Grateful Dead to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane. Following up on Ben’s 2017 solo debut album, “Wooden,” the group’s upcoming self-titled album will be released June 8. 
  • Ben Sparaco (Ben Sparaco and The New Effect) interview questions &
    answers April 2018
     What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal?
    My song “Soul Miner” is probably the most personal to me because it’s
    about the struggles of getting through to somebody that was close to me
    and getting them to open up.
    Favorite topic to write about? Why?
    I generally like to write stories that may or may not be loosely based on
    my own life. I think writing using characters and fictional scenarios
    helps to make the songs less specific and makes it easier for people to
    connect with them in different ways. It also gives me the ability to kind
    of create another world in our songs.
    Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    When I was touring with Butch Trucks (founding member and
    drummer of the Allman Brothers Band) I turned around during
    “Mountain Jam” to see him smiling bigger than I’ve ever seen. That
    was surreal.
    Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Jerry Garcia, Derek Trucks, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, and David
    Byrne. They all went against the grain and carved their own path.
    5) First album you ever bought?
    Probably American Idiot by Green Day or Ocean Avenue by
    First live concert you ever attended?
    Van Halen and Ziggy Marley, 2008.
    Are you a “superfan” of any band?
    I grew up as an Allman Brothers superfan and eventually because a
    superfan of the Grateful Dead. I wouldn’t consider myself a current
    “superfan” of anybody.
    What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musicion? Who
    taught it to you?
    It’s all about your intention, no matter what you play. Thank you
    Colonel Bruce Hampton.
    If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your
    life–what would they be?
    A Love Supreme by John Coltrane and The Times They Are A-
    Changing by Bob Dylan.
    What’s your dream venue to play?
    Red Rocks or the Beacon Theatre.
    What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?)
    I pound back Clif bars all the time on the road because they’re cheap,
    fill you up, and have quality ingredients! We don’t always have time for
    a full meal.
    Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician what
    would you be?
    Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows?
    Lots of friends on the lineup and a lot of opportunities to play with
    different people.
Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL) Bluesy Southern/Roots Rock Jam Band known for their organic live shows they live up to their mantra “the music never stops.” They’ve been touring in support of their 2017 debut studio album, “No Lookin’ Back.”
Boo Ray (Nashville, TN) Americana Outlaw with a pure Muscle Shoals Southern Country Rock sound. Following up on his Americana Music chart Top 40 album “Sea of Lights,” he has been in the studio recording a singles duet project. 
Daniel Lawrence Walker (Nashville, TN) A soothing voice and soulful songwriting, the Americana artist is tapping into genre bending music. 
Don Gallardo (Nashville, TN)  “Artist You Need To Know. ​A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene’s true journeymen.” – Rolling Stone. His new album “Still Here” will be released April 27, night one of Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III.

Don Gallardo interview questions & answers April 2018
Don Gallardo interview questions & answers April 2018

Who are your musical influences? The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Elton John, CCR, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Queen, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly

First live concert you ever attended? Guns n Roses

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Just be you. You write great songs so don’t try to imitate anyone else. Just play how you feel and play every show like you are playing to the biggest crowd you’ve ever played to. Who taught it to you? Chuck Day (musician from my hometown. He’s the one who wrote the riff on the song “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers. He also played Bass with the Mamas & the Papas and he also played second guitar on “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’”

If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your life–what would they be? Cephas & Wiggins – Cool Down and The Beatles – Revolver

What’s your dream venue to play? Ryman

James Scott Bullard (Mullins, SC) Outlaw Country Southern rocker. ‘If Waylon Jennings had a pet eagle named Evel Knievel that liked to stand on furniture with a guitar, had a homemade Smokey & The Bandit tattoo on it’s chest, a Skynyrd tattoo on it’s middle talon, Keith Richards’ blood in it’s veins, Johnny Rotten’s cocked eye and John Oates’ mustache, that MIGHT come close’ to describing JSB’s music. His new album, “Full Tilt Boogie” will be released April 27, night one of Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III.
  • James Scott Bullard interview questions & answers April 2018
     What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal?
    Definitely “Back to You.” Because it’s about my son, and how he’s so
    amazing despite my bad decisions in life.
    Favorite topic to write about? Why?
    My bad decisions…i.e.: Women, my self-destructive nature, etc. It’s such
    good source material!
     Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    I got electrocuted! My hand was on my guitar, my mouth was on the mic
    and my boots were standing in a beer the opening act spilled. I didn’t know
    there was a hole in my boot. The soundman figured it out quickly and
    Gorilla taped my boots…On with the show!
    Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Hank Williams Sr., Waylon Jennings, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Because they
    understood that keeping the formula simple, to the point and telling the truth
    was how you get to folks.
    First album you ever bought?
     First live concert you ever attended?
     Are you a “superfan” of any band?
    W.A.S.P. or Pantera
    What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Who
    taught it to you?
    “The entertainment industry is a lot like following an elephant with a
    shovel”-Actual advice from David Allan Coe.
    “If everybody likes you, you’re doin’ it wrong!” and “Learn to bum cigarettes
    or quit smoking.”-Actual advice from Butch Walker.
    If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of
    your life–what would they be?
    Waylon Jennings-“Honky-Tonk Heroes” and The Rolling Stones-“Sticky
     What’s your dream venue to play?
    The Ryman.
    11) What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?)
    Welches Fruit Snacks-My Road manager got me addicted and they’re an
    easy, quick go to.
    Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician
    what would you be?
    I can not do safe. Tom Waits once said: “Normal, well adjusted people don’
    get written about.”…I don’t read about bankers a lot. If I wasn’t a musician I’d be
    a grave digger because the clients are easy to deal with I hear.
     Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows?
    The opportunity to share the stage with so many great artists. Plus, I never
    have a bad time in Nashville.

Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS) American Roots Music, which seamlessly blurs the lines between Country, Blues and Funk. He returns to the studio in May to record the follow up to his debut album, “Dashboard Visions and Rearview Reflections.” 
Mike Younger (Nashville, TN) Americana rocker and reclusive veteran of the music business, he rose out of the streets to record with artists like Rodney Crowell, Jim Dickinson, and Levon Helm. His most recent album, “Little Folks Like You And Me” debuted last July in the Top 5 Most Added Albums to Americana Radio.
Rich Mahan (Nashville, TN) Roots music Buddha, his music conjures a similar vibe to Delbert McClinton, Warren Zevon, Hayes Carll, Little Feat, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and his favorite, The Grateful Dead, with influences from 70’s FM Rock and Pop radio, as well as Outlaw Country from that same era. He is recording a follow up his to highly acclaimed debut solo release “Blame Bobby Bare.” His new album, “Hot Chicken Wisdom” is slated to be released late 2018.
  • Rich Mahan interview questions & answers April 2018
    What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal?
    a lot of my songs are about true stories, so in a sense they are all personal.
    Momma Found My bong is an honest to God true story. Doesn’t get much
    more personal than getting busted by your parents
     Favorite topic to write about? Why?
    Life and love. I love to share the universal qualities of the human existence
    in a song.
     Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    I think every musicians has had their share of bad gigs where the sound
    sucked, etc… I just remember the gigs where everything clicked and the line
    bewteen the audience and the stage / band just dissolved. that’s magical
    when that happens
     Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Whatever moves me and makes me take notice. It could be the way
    someone talks, or the way a woman moves her hips when she walks, or Leo
    Nocentelli’s guitar solo in Dr. John’s Right place wrong time.
     First album you ever bought?
    45rpm single of Van Halen’s Dance The Night Away
    First live concert you ever attended?
    Rolling Stones
    Are you a “superfan” of any band?
    Grateful Dead
     What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Who
    taught it to you? Stick up for yourself and don’t let club owners push you around. Merl
    If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your life–what would they be?
    The Who – Quadrophenia and Grateful Dead Europe 72
     What’s your dream venue to play?
    Royal Albert Hall
     What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?)
    BBQ or Mexican food. Because when they are done right, they are as good
    and any haute cuise anywhere
     Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician
    what would you be?
    Music is a calling. when you are called it won’t stop until you answer.
    Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows?
    Getting to hang with a ton of good friends I haven’t seen in a while and
    playing for an appreciative crowd!
Taylor Kropp (Nashville, TN) Americana/Roots Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist influenced by the melting pot of American music, including The Allman Brothers Band, Dwight Yoakam, and Tom Petty, and the imagery of the old west and desert. He has been touring in support of his debut album “Coming Up For Air,” released last September. 
  • Taylor Kropp interview questions & answers April 2018
     What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal? –
    Even If You’re Wrong. I was just so frustrated by how people were treating
    each other in the post 2016 Trump election that I had to put it to paper.
     Favorite topic to write about? Why? – Heartbreak. You can’t ever have
    too many love songs right?
    Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    – One time while playing in Cheyenne, Wyoming the  doors flew open and
    the club flooded with cops and drug dogs. Turns out
    there was a Meth dealer selling out of the bathroom stall. He had kidnapped
    a client who owed him money and the cops were searching for him. When
    they found the prisoner he alerted the cops to the dealer was selling down at
    the club we were playing. I remember they found a gun in the trash and they
    escorted him out in handcuffs.
     Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Allman Brothers Band. Pure musicianship of the highest caliber. And they were so
    young as well. Dwight Yoakam cause he doesn’t take shit. Tom Petty. See answer for Dwight
    Yoakam. Jackson Browne. A true American Poet. My guitar teacher John
    Garcia. One of the best men I’ve known. Pure class and musicianship.
     First album you ever bought? – Steven Curtis Chapman. Christian artist
     First live concert you ever attended? ^ See above.
     Are you a “superfan” of any band? – Allman Brothers. I can hang with
    any trivia.
     What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Who
    taught it to you? – Take every gig cause you never know where it will lead.
    Also take any gig for any amount of money because it’s more important to
    see what you’ve earned at the end of the month then at the end of the day.
     If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of
    your life–what would they be? – Layla and other Assorted Love Songs by
    Derek and the Dominos and Dwight Yoakam’s A Long Way Home.
     What’s your dream venue to play?
    Fox Theatre in Oakland.
     What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?) Chipotle. If you do it
    right you can get two meals out of one.
     Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician
    what would you be?
    I would open my own coffee shop in the middle of
    Montana. And play Jazz guitar there in between making coffee.
     Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows? – Jamming and hanging with so many
    great musicians. And seeing Don Gallardo sing. He’s a great artist.
The Traveling Ones (Nashville, TN) Americana duo known for their soulful harmonies, bluesy slide guitar, and heart-felt lyrics. They’ve been touring in support of their 2017 debut album, “Meet Me There,” as they prepare for their for their new album.
American Roots Hoedown III Pre-Party 4/27 Facebook event
5:30 Daniel Lawrence Walker (Nashville, TN)
7:15 The Traveling Ones (band –  Nashville, TN)
7:55 Allen Thompson (solo –  Nashville, TN)
8:45 James Scott Bullard (solo – Mullins, SC)
9:45 Taylor Kropp (band)  Nashville, TN)
10:45 Boo Ray (band –  Nashville, TN)
11:45 Don Gallardo (band –  Nashville, TN)
American Roots Hoedown III 4/28 Facebook event
6 Arkansas Dave (Austin)
7 Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS)
8:05 Rich Mahan (Nashville)
9:20 Mike Younger (Nashville)
10:25 Ben Sparaco and The New Effect (Nashville)
11:40 Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL)
12:45 All-star super jam*

5 Shots With Fairbanks : Sarah Shook

I am really happy that I got the chance to meet Sarah and bring you all this interview with Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. I love her sound and believe in her vision, she is going to do big things and I will be right there smiling from the crowd, singing every word and enjoying her rise. You guys should really check out her new album called ‘Years’ it’s get. I hope you all enjoy this interview and her music as much as I do.

Round 1 – For anyone that has never heard your music how would you describe it to them?

Sarah ~ “Real, raw, undiluted. The spirit of punk rock meets traditional country stylings. Rolling Stone referred to us as “sneering country-punk” and I’d say that sums it up well.”

Round 2 – Can you tell us about your band?

Sarah ~ “We’re a total band of freaks. The music industry is constantly churning out these young, good lookin, well dressed bands because it’s not about the music anymore, it’s an image based business. But, as with most everything else, I make my own rules when it comes to building a band. Chops and personality always come first. I’ve played in bands with difficult people in the past and boy howdy it’s just not worth the headache. So yeah, we’re a rag tag bunch of folks, we’re scrappy and tough in our own respective ways, but I’d be lyin’ if I said we also weren’t some pretty laid back, friendly, and compassionate humans. We look out for each other hardcore and we always have each other’s backs. One of the things I appreciate most about my bandmates is that it’s ALWAYS about the music. Music comes first. Always.

My electric guitarist, Eric Peterson, has been playing music with me in one form or another for almost 8 years now and he is one of the only true guitar lords in existence right now haha. Our pedal steel player, Phil Sullivan, played lap steel in my old band, Sarah Shook & the Devil, then took a hiatus to master pedal steel; the press often remarks on the brilliance of his and Eric’s interplay, those two truly have a special musical connection. Aaron Oliva is my upright bassist, he spent years in Nashville gigging around lower Broadway before moving back to central North Carolina and it’s evident in his playing. Dude knows his way around a dang bass! Kevin McClain is our new drummer and it’s been a blast getting to know him and work together musically. He’s a super talented drummer and avid cyclist. We’ll be working with a few subs due to increased touring demands, Adam Kurtz will be with us on pedal steel with some frequency, wicked talented and instant partner in crime status.”

Round 3 – I know you just released a new album, what can you tell us about it?

Sarah ~” “Years” is so cool. Ten songs featuring the same suspects, doomed relationships, late nights, alcohol, drugs, heartache, but presented with a warmth and fullness to the sound that softens the edges just enough to make it golden. We’ve evolved a shit ton as a band and as individuals since we independently released “Sidelong” in 2015 and it really shines through on this new record. Couldn’t be prouder of my boys.”

Round 4 – As an animal lover I enjoy hearing about other people’s pets, so I always ask do you have any pets and if so can you tell us about them?

Sarah ~ “Man, I wish I did. I live vicariously through pet owners. I would love nothing more than to adopt a rescue (or three cough cough) but we’re touring relentlessly this year and I just wouldn’t have the time to give them all the love, attention, time, and affection that dogs deserve. Serious retirement goals, my friend.”

Round 5 – What hobbies do you have, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not making great music?

Sarah ~ “I love cooking. I’ve been vegan for over 4 years now and when we’re not on the road I’m constantly in the kitchen inventing recipes and making stuff up on the fly. It’s really relaxing and satisfying, especially when I have friends over to help me eat everything! I’m also a big fan of the outdoors and any chance I get to snag a hike or a long walk I’ll take in a heartbeat.”

Last Call – This is a final open question so you can say what ever you would like to your fans and the people reading this.

Sarah ~ “Always put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you judge ‘em. Nobody is perfect and we’re all in this mess together so love hard and be kind.”

Brent Cobb & Them at Due South Music Festival in Thomasville, GA

By Joshua Wallace

Brent Cobb rocking out at Due South Music Festival in Thomasville, GA.


This past November, I made plans to catch Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show in Jacksonville, FL with Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart supporting him.  Due to heavy traffic getting to the show, I missed all of Brent Cobb’s set and most of Marty Stuart’s set. I was finally able to see Brent Cobb live this past Saturday at the Due South Music Festival in Thomasville, GA.  

This was the seventh running of the festival which hosts multiple events around the community and ends in a concert at the Thomasville Amphitheater.  The concert is a community affair with most attendees bringing their entire family out to enjoy a day of good food and music. The Thomasville Center For the Arts organizes the entire event and made sure everyone was happy with plenty of good options for food ranging from local BBQ to food trucks. There was an amazing lineup of music set for the day featuring Jon Bellamy & The Rebels, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters and Brent Cobb & Them.  Texas country singer Charlie Robinson was originally scheduled to be the headliner, however he had to cancel due to recovering from vocal cord surgery. The venue had a good sound setup for being a small amphitheater and the entire experience was quite enjoyable.

The show opened up with Jon Bellamy & the Rebels who are a 4 piece country rock outfit out of Tallahassee, FL.  Their set consisted of mostly covers and a few originals. They covered songs like The Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man”, David Allan Coe’s “The Ride” and Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”.   The only original tune I caught the name of was “White Trash Dad” which closed out their set.

Next up was Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters from Asheville, NC.  I was more familiar with their music through their stellar self titled album which was released last year.  The Honeycutters are a very well rounded Americana band featuring Amanda Anne Platte on lead guitar and vocals and she is supported by a keyboard player, a pedal steel / electric guitar player and a drummer and bass guitar.  They played original music from across their discography including newer stuff like “Long Ride” and older stuff like “Irene” from the very first album they released as The Honeycutters back in 2009. They closed the set out with a newer tune that is not on any albums called “18 Wheels”.

The main event of the evening was Brent Cobb & Them.  As I already mentioned, this was my first time seeing Brent Cobb and I left very impressed with Brent and his band.  He played a lot of the first album Shine On Rainy Day and also heavily featured new music from his upcoming release Providence Canyon.  The music from Providence Canyon represents a sonic shift from Brent Cobb. While Shine On Rainy Day was a more acoustic album, this new music leans more to southern rock and provides some good variety in his set.  There were plenty of extended jams which I did not expect and his lead guitar player did not disappoint. Brent did do a couple of covers in his set with a great rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Swamp Music” and a equally good version of Dwight Yoakam’s “Guitars, Cadillacs”.

Of the newer music, I quite enjoyed the performances of “30-06”, “Providence Canyon” and “Mornin’ Gonna Come”.  He also played “King Of Alabama”, “Ain’t A Road Too Long”, “If I Don’t See Ya”, “Sucker For A Good Time” and “When The Dust Settles” from the new record.  After hearing this new material live, I am really looking forward to getting this album in my hands and reviewing it when it releases in May. As for older music in this set, Brent touched on nearly everything from Shine On Rainy Day.  I think the only song he didn’t play was “The World”. He also played “Down Home” which was his contribution to his cousin Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation.

I know Brent Cobb is touring with Chris Stapleton’s All American Road show tour a lot this year, but if you get a chance to see him headline, do it.  He puts on an amazing show and the variety in sound between his first album and his new album makes for an exciting full set.  You can check out his future touring dates and see if he is coming near you here. Finally, I want to thank Due South Music Festival in Thomasville, GA for allowing me to come out and cover their event.  Check out for more information on the festival and follow them on Facebook for information on their 2019 festival when it becomes available. 

2018 Music Festivals: Charm City Bluegrass Festival

As you know, I cover 175 festivals a year and many on the east coast including this festival Charm City Bluegrass which I have covered for two years now on here previous to this one. This is the sixth annual event of this particular event which is being held in the Druid Hill Park area of Baltimore Md. Here is part of their story line about the creation of this event:

Awarded the 2016 IBMA “Momentum Event of the Year,” “Best Festival” in 2015 and “Best Music Festival” in 2014 by Baltimore Magazine, the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (CCFBF) is simply the best party in Baltimore. By combining music that gets you grooving, regional craft beers and ciders, unique and familiar foods, independent vendors, and thousands of the best people you’ll ever meet, the festival, located in one of America’s oldest landscaped public parks, simply brings out the best Baltimore has to offer.

The Baltimore Magazine and IBMA award-winning Charm City Bluegrass Festival is back in Baltimore for its 6th year! Featuring the best in national and regional talent along with a day full of world-class music, food and drinks. We’re proud to welcome back many familiar vendors including Union Craft Brewing as our exclusive beer sponsor. Join us on Friday, April 27th, 2018 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 for another amazing weekend of music and festivities in Baltimore!

We’re going to have an awesome time Saturday, but we do need lay down some ground rules. The following items will not be allowed into the festival grounds: pets, fireworks, weapons of any kind, outside food or beverages, coolers, illegal drugs. You can bring in: two unopened water bottles per person, low back chairs (in sections where allowed), small snacks for kids and baby food. Re-entry is allowed for those 21 and over. Children under 10 will be admitted free, all others need tickets. The festival is rain or shine. Finally, please use common sense. If it seems like a bad idea, then don’t do it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, who’s ready for some bluegrass?

Parking Info: Here’s the lowdown on parking. There will be parking on-site provided by the city for $10 per car.

Low back chairs will be allowed, but only in sections where permitted on the festival grounds.

Children under the age of 10 will be admitted to the event with no charge. Tickets are required for all attendees over the age of 10.

The festival is a rain or shine event,so if you already convinced to attend please click HEREfor ticket options and purchases. so now let’s dwell on the whereabouts and what hotels are nearby?

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast
Ad 4.5

3-star hotel
Refined lodging in a Victorian-era home
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Ad 4.1

3-star hotel
Elegant option with American bistro
Free Wi-Fi
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

3-star hotel
Chic, literary-themed rooms & a bar
DEAL 25% less than usual
Motel 6 Baltimore City MD

Unpretentious motor inn with free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi
Biltmore Suites

2-star hotel
Quaint hotel in a Victorian home
Free Wi-Fi
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

3-star hotel
Elegant option with American bistro
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown

3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a gym & free breakfast
Baltimore Plaza Hotel

Unfussy lodging offering free breakfast
Hotel Brexton

3-star hotel
Upmarket hotel in a storied residence
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with free breakfast
Free breakfast
Hotel Revival Baltimore

3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with a restaurant/bar
Free Wi-Fi
Downtown Hotel

The Ivy Hotel

Luxe lodging with dining & a spa
Free breakfast
Crowne Plaza Baltimore Dwntn Inner Harbor
Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor

3-star hotel
Upscale option with a rooftop pool
Free breakfast
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor

4-star hotel
Plush lodging in a storied building
Lord Baltimore Hotel

Luxury Hotel
Upscale lodging in a historic building
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor

3-star hotel
All-suites hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Delta Hotels
Hotel · E Redwood St
Brookshire Suites Inner Harbor, BW Premier Collection

3-star hotel
Sleek all-suite hotel with a lobby bar
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Baltimore hotel
Hotel · 100 Hopkins Plaza
Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor

3-star hotel

So now my dear friends here is the official Charm City Lineup for 2018. This is one hell of a lineup for this area, and I fully plan to bring the website out there one day in the future.

The Devil Makes Three
The Travelin’ Mccourys
The Steeldrivers
Jeff Austin Band
Billy Strings
Larry Keel Experience
Caleb Stine
Trout Steak Revival
The Special Consensus
Front Country
Lonely Heartstring Band
Circa Blue
The Honey Dewdrops
Country Current (U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band)
Mile Twelve
Mountain Ride
Haint Blue
Colebrook Road
The High And Wides
A Man About A Horse

Album Feature – Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox

By Joshua Wallace


If you are looking for the perfect retro country throwback album that sounds like it could have either come from the 1960’s or the 2010’s, look no further than Joshua Hedley’s debut LP Mr. Jukebox.  I have known about Joshua Hedley for years and waited with anticipation for when he would finally release a full album of songs. This does not disappoint and it will put Mr. Hedley at the top of the traditional country music scene.  I’ve you haven’t been around east Nashville or heard of Joshua Hedley before, prepare to be blown away.

The first single from the album is the title track “Mr. Jukebox”.  It’s an ode to both the actual jukebox that you still find in proper dive bars and Waffle House establishments across the country and the bar bands who play all the classic country hits like they’re a jukebox.  It’s a catchy number that is sure to have heads nodding and toes tapping everywhere it is heard.

Another favorite track is “Weird Thought Thinker”.  It’s about traveling musicians and ramblers who are at home on the road and march to the beat of their own drum.  It’s another catchy track that pairs well with the previous “Mr. Jukebox.” I also dig “Let’s Take A Vacation” which looks to change the pace a bit with a ballad about falling in love all over again.  Finally, “Let Them Talk” is a great song about secret love affairs and the gossip they tend to brew.

I could literally talk about every track on the album, it is that good.  Before I go on though, I have to mention the amazing pedal steel talent of Eddie Lange all over this record.  He is just one of many great Nashville musicians spread throughout the album. Mr. Jukebox find’s itself as a forward thinking album that sounds like it came straight from the 1960’s.  You can hear the Ray Price and Ernest Tubb influence throughout the album. Joshua Hedley’s voice remains front and center even with all of the amazing musicians on the record. It’s a voice you want to highlight with his silky smooth vibrato.  This album will surely be high on my end of the year Top 50 albums list. Be sure you check out Mr. Jukebox which is released on Third Man Records on April 20th everywhere music is sold.


Favorite Tracks : Mr. Jukebox, Weird Thought Thinker, Let’s Take A Vacation, Don’t Waste Your Tears, Let Them Talk


Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox (2018)


  1. Counting All My Tears
  2. Mr. Jukebox
  3. Weird Thought Thinker
  4. Let’s Take A Vacation
  5. If These Walls Could Talk
  6. I Never Shed A Tear For You
  7. This Time
  8. Don’t Waste Your Tears
  9. Let Them Talk
  10. When You Wish Upon A Star

Album Feature – Charley Crockett – Lonesome As A Shadow

By Joshua Wallace


Charley Crockett is back with his fourth album following 2017’s Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee which consisted classic honky tonk covers.  Lonesome As A Shadow finds Crockett stepping out on his own and recording his own songs again with great skill and flexibility. While Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee was a pure country record, Lonesome As A Shadow finds Crockett playing with blues, soul, cajun and even rockabilly influences.  It should be no surprise that there is a strong Memphis influence as the album was even recorded at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis.

One of the early pre-release tracks is a rockabilly inspired tune called “Lil’ Girl’s Name”.  This track is just one part of the melting pot of influences that make up this album. It fits within the context of an album that finds Charley exploring many sounds to find his own.  Another interesting track is “Goin’ Back To Texas” which has notes of Texas country music and cajun influences. I enjoy when an artist plays with different influences and does so successfully.

Another favorite is the slower tune “Help Me Georgia”.  This is almost a smooth jazzy tune with some smooth keyboard and sax work.  The title track “Lonesome As A Shadow” finds Crockett returning to a more country sound with some nice honky tonk piano work.  I find myself going back to this track more than others.

Lonesome As A Shadow is all about Crockett stepping out into his own sound and exploring what that sound is.  After doing an entire record of classic country covers, Crockett finds himself doing his own tunes with country, blues, soul, jazz and cajun influences.  While I enjoy an album that represents a melting pot of influences that is done well, I hope he can find his sound within this wide range of influences. Look for Lonesome As A Shadow out everywhere on April 20th.


Favorite Tracks : The Sky’d Become Teardrops, How Long Will I Last, Help Me Georgia, Lonesome As A Shadow, Lil Girl’s Name, Goin’ Back To Texas


Charley Crockett – Lonesome As A Shadow (2018)


  1. I Wanna Cry
  2. The Sky’d Become Teardrops
  3. Ain’t Gotta Worry Child
  4. How Long Will I Last
  5. If Not The Fool
  6. Help Me Georgia
  7. Lonesome As A Shadow
  8. Sad & Blue
  9. Lil’ Girl’s Name
  10. Oh So Shaky
  11. Goin’ Back To Texas
  12. Change Yo’ Mind

Album Feature – Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer


By Joshua Wallace

Old Crow Medicine Show are back with their sixth studio album titled Volunteer.  This is also their first album of original material for Columbia Records. Volunteer is also their first album to be produced by Dave Cobb at the historic RCA Studio A.  With all of these recent changes for the band, I have been excited to hear what they would produce for Columbia Records since last year’s live 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde release.  Volunteer does not disappoint and if you are a fan of OCMS, you will find much to like here.

The album opens with a barn burner in “Flicker & Shine”.  It’s a toe tapper that sets the pace for this album and lets you know that you’re in for a good time for the next 10 tracks.  “Dixie Avenue” brings the unfamiliar sound of an electric guitar to an Old Crow Medicine Show tune, but it works. The track is about reminiscing on the good old days as the band recounts some of their past experiences centered around the titular location.

Another hoppin’ track on this album is “Shout Mountain Music” which is a celebration of old time mountain music.  It’s a fun and infectious track that you can leave on repeat for a while. “Whirlwind” is a slower country love song that ends the album on a sweet note with a track that features some great pedal steel guitar.

While Volunteer might not be their best output, it will leave fans excited about all that is to come from Old Crow Medicine Show and their partnership with Columbia Records and producer Dave Cobb.  OCMS are one of the premier string bands in the country and in my opinion will continue to be for the near future. You can pick up Volunteer wherever music is sold on April 20th.


Favorite Tracks : Flicker & Shine, Dixie Avenue, Shout Mountain Music, The Good Stuff, Whirlwind


Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer (2018)


  1. Flicker & Shine
  2. A World Away
  3. Child Of The Mississippi
  4. Dixie Avenue
  5. Look Away
  6. Shout Mountain Music
  7. The Good Stuff
  8. Old Hickory
  9. Homecoming Party
  10. Elzick’s Farewell
  11. Whirlwind

Shooter Jennings, Jaime Wyatt, And Andrew Pope At The Nashville Palace.

Well I got here a little bit late and I missed some of  Mr. Andrew Pope’s set however I did get some great video of him. I will do some more features on this young man in the near future. The video I shot of him was entitled “Wish I Was In Austin”. I’ll include a little piece on him here as I prepare to cover Miss Jamie Wyatt.
You may remember his latest album made my Top 50 Of 2017. We also got to hear one of his new songs called “Gonna Be Gone”.

Miss Jaime Wyatt is hot off her album release that graced many of a TOP 50 album lists last year, opening up her set with the song called “Wishing Well.” Half of Nashville is here tonight including Miss Tommy Ash and her husband, Mr. Colter Wall, Mr. Whey Jennings, Miss Sarah Gayle Meech, and many others.

Her next song was called “Stone Hotel” ,and was the song I related to the most off that wonderful album. I have high expectations for this young lady here and I eagerly await her new music and new album, which she did reveal some new music tonight here.

Her album Felony Blues was absolutely amazing, and she deliers the songs with great poise as she belts out “Giving Back The Best Of Me”.  She is currently doing her own version of Merle Haggard’s Misery And Gin. Being from California herself she pulls off the twang quite well.  This young lady represents what Traditional Country today is in every fashion.

This video I took was a BRAND NEW SONG about “Ain’t Enough Whiskey”, and she followed it up with another song called “By Yourself.” Very strong powerful ballad she has here. All together that’s what I’m eagerly listening for are the new materials from everyone here tonight.

She closed her set with one of my favorites from her album called “Wasco”. Altogether I was completely impressed with her live sound and song arrangement tonight, top notch show so far. So I guess you could say you heard it HERE First, and as her new album releases, you can BET we WILL be featuring it.

It’s finally time for my old buddy Mr Shooter hopefully armed with some new material as well, but if not he will still blow the roof off this joint tonight. I don’t think I have ever been to a bad Shooter show, and I have been to a LOT  of his shows.

He began his set with a nice refresher course on some of his older songs from that terrific o in country album like “4rth Of July” and “Solid Country Gold”. Also included was a really good performance of “Steady At The Wheel”.

The Nashville Palace had a truly fine set up here for the VIP area and had ample seating for everyone here. There was a little feedback problem during “”Electric Rodeo “but “Gone To Carolina” sounded great. Included in his set tonight we’re five new songs that will be on his forthcoming album aptly called Shooter. As of right now I’m not sure if I can divulge any video of them or not, so I will include the video for “living In A Minor Key”.

The video I have included was of the song Living In A Minor Key and after that he played a new song called “DRUNK”. He also included the song The Door from the Don’t Wait Up For George album, which he always tells the story of being ripped off by a faker.

Right now he is on his keyboard playing “All Of This Could’ve Been Your s”and “”Manifesto Part 1” which  was included in this set tonight.  And these next three songs are all new ones as far as I remembered, as I aforementioned the new album will drop around August and be called “Shooter”.

I know this one is called “Denim And Diamonds” and the next new song is called ‘Fast Horses And Good Hideouts”, it was a slower song with powerful lyrics , and he followed that up with another song called ‘Wild And Lonesome” which was on the album The Other Life. From chatting with Mr. Shooter on previous occasions he has expressed great enthusiasm concerning this album.

He closed his show a final new song called “Rhinestone Eyes”, all in all the new songs were amazing and this album will contain songs that flow well with one another. Wild And Lonesome had some truly fine fiddle work and backing from the band.

This was the portion of the show that I enjoy the most the energetic climax of songs like the powerful and angry “Outlaw You”. You know folks Mr. Shooter doesn’t totally hate the pop country scene, hell he even acknowledged Luke Bryan’s public apology once. But he DOES dislike fake music just like his fans, and he doesn’t jump on any bandwagons or copy anybody. Mr. Shooter isn’t totally Country all the time either, he lets his influences emanate through his music on many levels.

“White Trash Song” that he co worte with Mr. Scott H Biram was next before he called up Mr. Andrew Pope, and Mr. Tommy Townsend up to sing a Hank Williams Jr. song called “The pressure Is On”. I got to ask Mr. Tommy how the moonshine business was, and more about HIS solo album out soon on BCR.

He concluded his show with “Gunslinger” and as always in honor of Colonel Jon….”Good Time Charlie”. I join him in honoring Mr. Jon always on this website with his picture up on the sidebar. And it will NEVER come down, as I use it to inspire my own self when I need guidance. To not be afraid to say “that sucks” or “That did not speak to me musically”. IT’S OK to dislike things but promote what you LOVE and ignore what you HATE, and never waste time bashing what you don’t like in public. Mr. Jon always supported local music, and paid door fees, most of all he admired ALL OF US that did the same. Jon will live forever in Shooter, and Mr. shooter has a HOME on this website….If YOU go see him THANK his crew for me.

Music festivals 2018: Larry Joe Taylor Festival

Larry Joe Taylor Festival or LJT is one of the state of Texas’ most revered and beloved festivals within the Red Dirt community and the state of Texas. It’s been a staple feature of my festival series for some time now, with more focus on this scene as my website grows into what I’m doing for the community all over America.

I cover 175 festivals yearly and on the right hand side there is my guide you can hit the names and it will take you to their links for the festivals, I update them when the festival happens or just I put up the advance article for them. This is one of my first years writing an info article about this festival for them. This article will have my usual information about them (as you know I cover 175 yearly festivals), including maps, videos and ticket links.
This festival is one of the larger ones I cover with many options available please click HERE for ticket information.

Texas Music Festival Camping Information



Anyone trying to upgrade or acquire more sites to a previous reservation must call our office at (254) 968-8505 or (254) 968-6204 to make reservations.
Online purchases – Once the order has been placed our office staff will assign you a campsite based on the criteria you provided in the purchased. The campsite assigned will be the best site available at the time of your purchase. You will receive an email within 24 hours with the assigned site.*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
All Camping decals purchases after April 2nd will be held at Will Call at the camping gate under the original purchasers name.

*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*

Type of Campsite Advance Price Gate Upgrade
Electric and Water
(3 night minimum)
Section D
sites are 28′ x 35′
50 AMP $65.00
30 AMP $58.00

per day
50 AMP $70.00
30 AMP $63.00

per day
Electric and Water
30 AMP (3 night minimum)
Section E

sites are 25′ x 35′
per day
per day
Preferred Camping
(3 night minimum)
Non-electric & Non-water
Preferred Section A, B, C, F
sites are 30′ x 32′
Shiner Group
sites are 25′ x 35′
per day
per day
Reserved Camping
(2 night minimum)
Non-electric & Non-water
Reserved Section A, F, G, H
sites are 30′ x 32′
per day
per day
Keystone Non-Reserved
(1st come, 1st serve upon arrival)
(2 night minimum)
sites are limited to 30′ x 32′
per day
per day
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General open camping reservations begin February 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am Central Time

If you DID NOT HAVE a campsite last year, you may reserve site(s) during this period.
Sites not re-reserved will be available at 10:00 am on February 5th, 2018.

Also advance purchase of unmarked, primitive campsites will be available on January 15th, 2018. These sites are not marked and will be available on a first come first serve basis upon arrival.

By reserving these sites you will be guaranteed a camping spot at the festival.

6-Day Ticket holders WITH 6-Day Camping will have the ability to upgrade their
camping to 7-Days at the gate to come in early on Sunday, April 22nd (gates open at 12:00 noon)

NOTE: To reserve a 4, 5 or 6-Day campsite you must purchase a 4, 5 or 6-day ticket.
*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*
*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
Every campsite must be kept clean – any campsite found to be left unclean will result in a $30 charge applied to the purchaser’s credit card. It is the original purchasers responsibility to make sure campsites have been picked up and cleaned upon leaving the festival grounds. No household furniture or large items may be left behind. Please have all trash bagged and ready for pick up upon leaving the festival grounds.
There will be a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to and from the festival Wednesday through Sunday (donations accepted). Call Donnie Hill at (254) 300-7558 to schedule a ride.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Friday: Will start picking up at 12:00 pm and run around the clock thru 6:00 am Sunday morning.
You can call the day you need the ride but it helps if you call 24 hours in advance. You can bring your coolers on the van but NO open containers allowed.
~NEW~ All drop-offs and pick-ups will now be in the parking lot.
(a much closer walk to and from the stage)
Provided by Jesus Crew Ministry, BSM and Anytime Fitness
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Other Campsite Information
Dogs allowed on leash in campground, however NO DOGS ALLOWED in concert areas
Water & Electric Sites
These sites each have water and a 30 amp electrical plug (please make sure you have the appropriate adapter for a 30 amp receptacle) All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Shiner Group
These sites are a little larger than our normal sites and are located in “Shiner” Section on the map and are easy access to both the Bud Light Stage and the Allsups Stage. These sites will be sold in groups of 7,6,5,3,2 and a few singles will also be available. These sites have been carved out of a wooded area located next to section D & E. These sites have plenty of shade and are in a low traffic part of the ranch campground. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Preferred Camping Section A, B, C & F
These sites are located at the front of section F on the camping map. Section A rows A thru H, Section B, Section C & Section F sites 11-19 will be within 200 yards of the West Stage and adjacent to the parking area and The Tuesday night Campground Stage. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Reserved Non-Electric
These sites are marked sites in Section A rows I thru CC & all Tree Line sites, F sites 1-10, G, & H. By reserving these sites you will be guaranteed a marked off campsite in the section you choose. Sites are 32′ X 30′ in dimension. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days.
Keystone Non-Reserved
By reserving a Keystone non-reserved campsite you will be guaranteed a campsite, however these sites are not marked off and the location of your campsite will be on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive. These sites will be located in the Keystone non-reserved camping area only. Please limit these sites to a 30′ X 30′ dimension. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days.
Only one motorized vehicle is allowed per campsite. All other vehicles must park in the designated parking area. Vehicles without a camping decal will not be allowed to enter the campground at any time. Please make sure all camping supplies are in the vehicle that has a camping decal. Motor homes will be allowed to have one additional vehicle, however, the additional vehicle must be attached or directly behind the motor home upon arrival.
Camping Decals
Camping decals will be mailed for each campsite purchased in advance. These decals should be place on the vehicle that will be parked at the campsite. The first set of camping decals will be mailed out at the end of March.
More Information
We have built a permanent 22 stall shower house to provide the needs of festival-goers. There will be eleven men’s and eleven women’s showers each having a handicap accessible stall available on the camping grounds.

5-Day Shower Pass 4-Day Shower Pass 3-Day Shower Pass Single Shower Pass
$20.00 $17.00 $13.00 $5.00

Shower House Hours:
Open: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Closed for cleaning: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Open: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

There are ample porta-jons around the stage area as well as in the camping areas, however, if you would like to reserve a private porta-jon for your campsite please call (254) 968-2191.
Your camping decals will be sent to you in the mail along with your campsite numbers at the end of March.
Place this decal on the upper left windshield of your primary vehicle used for camping before you enter the festival grounds in April.

*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*
*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
Parking Decal Price & Gate Hours
Parking decals will grant your vehicle admission into the PARKING LOT, these decals WILL NOT give you any kind of of vehicle admission into the CAMPGROUND. These decals should be placed on the vehicle that will be parked in the parking lot. Parking decals are not transferable from one vehicle to another.
After you purchase your parking, You will receive an email within 24 hours with your parking barcode attached as a *pdf file for each decal. You must print and use these files to exchange for a decal to gain parking admission into the festival.
Parking Days Valid For Gate Hours Advance Price
+ Tax
Gate Price
*Tax Included
6-day parking Monday – April 23rd
Tuesday – April 24th
Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Monday – April 23rd
12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
(must have a 6-day ticket)
(must have a 6-day ticket)
5-day parking Tuesday – April 24th
Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Tuesday – April 24th
12:00 noon – 11:00 pm
(must have a 5-day ticket)
(must have a 5-day ticket)
4-day parking Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Wednesday – April 25th
9:00 am – 12:00 midnight
3-day parking Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Thursday – April 26th
9:00 am – 12:00 midnight
2-day parking Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Friday – April 27th
10:00 am – 12:00 midnight
1-day parking Saturday – April 28th Saturday – April 28th
10:00 am – 11:00 pm
*Tax Included
Absolutely NO GLASS bottles or containers allowed at Melody Mountain Ranch
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It’s almost time for LJT’s 30th Annual Texas Music Festival!  The gates open at noon on Sunday April 22T-Birds Garage Pub opens at 2pm . Justin Frazell’s Texas Red Dirt Roads will broadcast live beginning at 3pm. Larry Joe, Deryl Dodd, Mike Ryan and some surprise guests will be performing.  Folks who can only attend this show can park their cars at the front gate and ride a shuttle to and from T-Birds.
Plenty of tickets/camping will be available at the gate. Tickets are also available locally at Signs and Designs and Barefoot Athletics.   For those of you who prefer to stay in local motels we’ve called the following motels and found out they still have rooms available for some or all days of the fest….
La Quinta Inn & Suites (254) 918-2444
Holiday Inn Express (254) 965-8899
Rodeway Inn (254) 965-7162
Super 8 (254) 965-0888
America’s Best Value Inn (254) 968-211Royal Inn (254) 965-3807
Knights Inn (254) 968-5003
Caravan Interstate Inn (254) 965-5043
As always, there will be free rides sponsored by the Jesus Crew Ministry, BSM and Anytime Fitness.  Hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1am. On Friday they will run around the clock beginning at noon thru 6am Sunday morning.  Please call in advance to schedule a ride (254) 300-7558.
In addition Stephenville has a new taxi service, Taxiville.  There number is (254) 434-8998.
We are very excited about #30 and hope to see you there! More details about discounted advance tickets, buying tickets/camping online here.

Folks here is some more quick information here.


Ticket update:
  • Last Call to Purchase Discounted Advance e-tickets!  Buy online thru Monday April 23 or call the office at 254-968-8505
  • Tickets available online all thru the festival at gate prices
  • Purchase locally from:
    Barefoot Athletics or Signs & Designs
  • Plenty of tickets available at the gate!
Camping Update:
  • Unlimited non-reserved camping available at the gate

Primitive Camping May be purchased online here.  Reserved sites can be purchased by calling the office at (254) 968-8505 thru Monday April 23.   

Left Lane Cruiser, Hellfire Revival, And Mark Porkchop Holder TONIGHT!

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This past week Mr. Jason Buchanan announced his belated birthday party that will transpire TONIGHT at the The Crying Wolf off of Woodland street. They have GREAT signature burgers and cheezy tots, I highly suggest you go try their food out there.

You can see the mighty Left Lane Cruiser tonight, I haven’t had the chance to run across them lately. My last time seeing them was last spring at Moonrunner’s but they always put on one hell of a show.

Also you’ll get to see one of my favorite roots bands called Hellfire Revival and another VERY talented man named Mr. Mark Porkchop Holder and his band MPH.

The Music City debut of the song that’s been burnin’ up them charts in the U.S. and Europe! the tune that all the girls is gettin’ naked for!

It’s a song about an Elvis Imposter. It’s a song about an Elvis Imposter from America. It’s a song about a cheap Elvis Imposter from America.

It’s a song about the Cheapest Elvis Imposter in America.

It’s a song about the King. It’s a song about the road.

It’s a song about The King Of The Road.

It’s a song about me, $2 Elvis. It’s called “$2 Elvis”!

We’re gonna have ourselves a hunka hunka burnin’ fun with a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

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This show is being presented by Kustom Thrills Tattoos and Mr. Jason’s own King Of The Road Limo Service for all your tourist needs in Music City go visit their page and book a tour NOW!

Elephant Revival’s New Video


I wanted to touch briefly on a band that will be appearing at Merlefest and also Bluegrass At The Bottoms in Kansas City called Elephant Revival.

Recently they debuted a new video of a Pink Floyd cover “Have A Cigar” that was filmed at the Red Rocks amphitheater. As our 2018 Red Rocks performance nears, we wanted to share our cover of “Have a Cigar” from last year’s Red Rocks show with you!
Thank you so much to Relix, who premiered our video today & who has been so supportive of Elephant Revival from the start.

It has been reported by their publicist that beginning in May they will be taking some time off the road to record some new material. Gary Hayes Country will be keeping an eye out for their announcement to the media for new music.

04/26/18 04/29/18 Wilkesboro, NC MerleFest

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05/18/18 05/19/18 Kansas City, MO Bluegrass in the Bottoms

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05/20/18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Mr. John Carter Cash Releases A New Album Next Weekend.

John CD

Next weekend when we are all flocking to the stores for Record Store Day Country Legend Mr. John Carter Cash will release an ALL NEW album aptly named “We must Believe In Magic” which ironically was also the name of my favorite Crystal Gayle album.

The 17-track release is a collection of songs recorded over the last ten years and features an astounding host of musical guests, including some of Nashville’s most recorded session players and artists representing Rock, Gospel and Country Music. Tony Rice, Ana Cristina Cash, John Cowan, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Jerry Douglas, Dave Roe, The Daeger Brothers, Bob Moore, Etta Britt, Charlie McCoy, Tony Harrell, Jamie Hartford, Sam Bush, Jack Clift and the Cedar Hill Refugees, Sarah Peasall McGuffey, Ira Dean, Ronnie and Rob McCoury, Eric Hamilton and many others took part in the project. The album’s imaginative cover features the faces of many of the individuals who contributed to the music and is designed by Roberto Parada.

The project is made up of original material, some co-written with master songwriters, including Bill MillerShawn Camp, and Wesley Orbison. A remake of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt,” previously released by Cash’s father is also a highlight on the release. Much of the production is sparse and simple, focusing on the song and the individual instrumentalist. John Carter holds no limit or containment around his creative energy, and the double-album promises to be diverse and presents an unparalleled epic journey.

The title song, written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, is the essential message of the album. John Carter commented about the track, saying “I remember believing in MAGIC. I recall the wind in itself being alive and with a voice… It smelled awake, purposeful and spoke in a resounding tongue I perfectly understood. All was vast, open, dazzling and wondrous. I believe this to be the truth of the world……the MAGIC is inside us all. And though it may be forgotten, it can be remembered once again… It is only up to us to do one single thing, and do it purely…BELIEVE.”

Released through Reviver Legacy, the full-length album is produced by John Carter Cash and was engineered and mixed by Chuck Turner at Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where John Carter worked with his parents Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash on much of their latter life recordings.

Growing up among one of Country music’s most recognizable families, there’s no surprise that John Carter Cash would mature to become an accomplished and award-winning record producer. Having been a producer for over 25 years now, he’s garnered six Grammy Awards and seven Grammy nominations, and has production credits that includes Alison Krauss and Union Station, Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Carlene Carter, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, John McEuen, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Jamey Johnson, John Popper, Ruston Kelly, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim O’Brien, John Prine, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Josh Turner, Dr. Mavis Staples, The John Randal and Jessi Alexander, Wylie and the Wild West, to many more.

Having written music for decades, John Carter continues to live inside a creative world reaching far beyond just music production. He is a singer-songwriter and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son from the marriage of John R. Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.

John CD
We Music Believe In Magic
 – Track Listing:
1. We Must Believe in Magic (Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)
2. Feel Like Going Home (Charlie Rich)
3. Brave Young Man (John Carter Cash, Bill Miller)
4. Dragon Song (John Carter Cash)
5. Runaway Train (John Carter Cash, Sarah Peasall McGuffey, Janie Lidey, Trey Call)
6. Prayers For St. Regis (John Carter Cash and Shawn Camp)
7. The Dungeon (John Carter Cash)
8. Heaven’s Song (John Carter Cash and Justin Miller)
9. Holy Train (John Carter Cash, Natalie Aulvin, Dave Daeger)
10. Dance With Me (John Carter Cash and Wesley Orbison)
11. Awake Sweet Dreamer (John Carter Cash and Jack Clift)
12. Jayne Hill (John Carter Cash and Jack Clift)
13. Hurt (Trent Reznor)
14. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (John Carter Cash)
15. Paradise (John Prine)
16. Poor Boy & the Captain’s Daughter (John R Cash and John Carter Cash)
17. Into the Blue (John Carter Cash, George Daeger, and Dave Daeger)

Record Store Day 2018.

So hey everybody let’s dwell on a really fun subject that will transpire on April 21st 2018, and that is Record Store Day. In the last ten years after the demise of Myspace, we have witnessed a plethora of growth in vinyl records. Now practically every new release is offered on vinyl with digital download cards for other forms of media to us.

I have been keeping track of this behemoth nationwide holiday for people like us, and what we can expect from our local stores. Nationwide this day is observed by many people and if you are anything like me, you can click HERE for a nice list of new releases. Sooo what have YOU been looking forward to buying, ME? I want the debut Joshua Hedley and also the Nathaniel Rateliff. There are more I want as well, however I’ll see what my finances agree with next weekend.

THE LIST IS LAUNCHED! Find out about the special releases coming to indie record stores on 4/21 as part of Record Store Day 2018!


HEY BABY!  Record Store Day swag for all ages on sale now. USE CODE RSD2018EMAIL now through 4/21 for 11% off in honor of the 11th Celebration of the Indie Record Store! 






I’ll be honest I REALLY look forward to Record Store Day at one of MY favorite stores operated by my Muddy roots CEO buddy Mr. Jason Galaz downtown called the Vinyl Bunker where Roots Music is celebrated and provided a haven for RIGHT UNDER the noses of the powers that be! clicking on the Vinyl Bunker name will take you to their party info link.

We’ve ordered hundreds of exclusive Record Store Day releases! We also have thousands of used 50’s-80’s rock n roll and country albums in stock. WXNA will be spinning records all day, and after you’re done shopping don’t forget to stop by our partners Flying Saucer Nashville for a nice beverage.

Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Spider Monkey Spirits




“Godfathers acts as a dynamic, crucial companion piece to American Hardcore, The Decline of Western Civilization and other films chronicling the evolution of Eighties punk.” – Rolling Stone

Here at RSD HQ we love music, of course, and we’re also big fans of movies about music and there have been some fine ones. One we’re excited about right now is The Godfathers of Hardcore, and one of the reasons we’re excited is that it’s the Official Film of Record Store Day 2018.

Filmmaker Ian McFarland tells the story of Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma, and their band Agnostic Front, past and present. Who are these New York Hardcore (NYHC) lynchpins and how could a band who played a key role in the creation and definition of a scene remain relevant and influential nearly thirty years later? Part of their tremendous impact and appeal is due to the tight and sometimes bizarre friendship between Roger and Vinnie, two strong but very different individuals, whose iconoclastic personalities perfectly complement one another. Today, Roger, 53, and Vinnie, 62, continue to release music filled with integrity and authenticity on a regular basis while playing over 100 shows a year, including numerous hardcore and European festivals. They remain the very embodiment of hardcore, representing endurance, perseverance, brotherhood, strength against oppression and the will to keep going, obstacles be damned. Agnostic Front exists on a level all their own—a level of their own creation.

For Record Store Day 2018, a special vinyl edition of Aaron Drake’s film score, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a poster, will be released in indie record stores.

THE GODFATHERS OF HARDCORE is screening now at film festivals and venues across the country. Check out the list below or and check back often for details on additional screenings and upcoming events at record stores.

3/7 Atlanta Screening (The Plaza Theater)
3/15 Seymour, CT Screening (The Strand)
4/7 Florida Film Festival
4/13 Florida Film Festival
4/13 Phoenix Film Festival
4/14 Phoenix Film Festival
5/27 Punk Rock Bowling, Las Vegas

There are many other stores in my area that honor this special day for vinyl records, and I would like to touch on a few more of them like my wonderful friends in Bowling Green at Mellow Matt’s where they REALLY PARTY for RSD.

Join us for one of the greatest days of the year…Record Store Day! This year is shaping up to be one of the best and we’ll have you set from start to finish. We open at 7 a.m. and will be fully stocked with all of the limited releases, giveaways, plus, Home Cafe & Marketplace will be here handing out their famous breakfast tacos for everyone in line! After the dust settles in the morning we’ll have live sets starting at noon from; CAPTAIN DEEN, The Cartoons, Kenzie Crowe & The Flaming Hots, Full FrontalSaurus, Dos Cobros, Kyle Frederick and The Rough & Tumble! Also, joining in the fun will be Print Mafia® and Pelican’s SnoBalls of Bowling Green will be set up.

Also in Bowling Green is a secret honey hole of mine, that last year surprisingly had a plethora of the highly sought after titles everyone wanted. The Great Escape in Bowling Green is my secret spot to stop and beat bigger crowds.

Blackbird Presents The Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2018.









Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Alison Krauss
Delta Rae
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Brandi Carlile
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
JD McPherson
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Ryan Bingham
The Head and the Heart
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 7 Burgettstown, Penn. – Keybank Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Sturgill Simpson
Brandi Carlile
The Commonheart
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 8 Hershey, Penn. – Hersheypark Stadium

Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 9 Toronto, On. – Budweiser Stadium

Willie Nelson & Family
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Terra Lightfoot
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 14 Scranton, Penn. – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Willie Nelson & Family
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Greensky Bluegrass
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 21 Mansfield, Mass. – XFinity Center

Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Margo Price
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be AnnouncedSeptember 23 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

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Album Feature : Red Shahan – Culberson County

By Joshua Wallace

Culberson county is in the desolate and isolated regions of far west Texas.  It is comprised of mostly desert with most of the population in Van Horn, TX on I-10.  Red Shahan’s second album is titled Culberson County and while there is no underlying concept at work here, you get the idea that this album would sound best driving down stretches of lonely desert roads in the heart of west Texas.  There are some more rocking country tunes here mixed in with the quieter solemn moments and it makes for a complete package that is an amazing introduction to Red Shahan’s music.

I love the opening track “Waterbill”.  It’s a rocking tune with some killer riffs and imagery that sets the mood for the album perfectly.  This track is about carrying on with the party even though the crushing reality of life such as paying the water bill is always there.  Another favorite is the title track “Culberson County”. This song is about losing yourself in the lonely places in the world. The vast stretches of desert in west Texas sounds like the perfect place to do that.

“How They Lie” is another track about west Texas that turns to the inhabitants of such a lonely place and the hard existence they face.  “Revolution” was one of the pre-release singles and is one of the more rocking numbers on the track with some killer riffs in the chorus.  Finally, “Memphis” is a track that tells a story about the desire to leave such a desolate place like west Texas for the brighter lights of the city and the effect it has on the loved ones it leaves behind.  I feel like this is an important point to make and highlight in an album about the lonely places of the world.

Red Shahan has crafted a wonderful ode to west Texas and all of the lonely places in the world.  The sounds and lyrics of this album take you there and even if just for a moment, you can lose yourself in the music like you can do in such places.  Red Shahan is poised to be in front of a larger audience this year touring with the likes of Cody Jinks, Randy Rogers band and Colter Wall. You can check out Culberson County wherever fine music is sold.  

Favorite Tracks : Waterbill, Culberson County, Revolution, Memphis, How They Lie, Someone Someday

Red Shahan – Culberson County (2018)

  1. Waterbill
  2. Enemy
  3. 6 Feet
  4. Culberson County
  5. How They Lie
  6. Roses
  7. Someone Someday
  8. Revolution
  9. Idle Hands
  10. Memphis
  11. Hurricane
  12. Try

W.B. Walker Turns FIVE In West Virginia.

Well Hell, here I am again in Huntington West Virginia at The V Club for another year of my buddy W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show and his five year anniversary show. We are gearing up for one hell of a lineup here tonight and pretty much like usual this will be a good sized article choked full of news and videos of some of the acts. All of this weekend’s photography will be taken and provided by Mr. Joshua Wallace, who does all my album reviews. We also have a brand new photo system upon which will give a better perspective of this weekend in pictures.

Miss Chelsea Nolan was up first tonight, and she is playing an acoustic set here. She brought an initial flair right off the bat here with many covers in her own style like “Listen To Your Heart” and the Janis Joplin song ‘Mercedes Benz”. I believe the next song was called ‘Rock Bottom”, I wasn’t sure of the title, but it was well written nonetheless.

She played a nice medley of covers toward the end of her set, with pieces of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and she went into songs like ‘I Saw The Light”. I could easily ascertain that she has a deep appreciation of Traditional Music from many different genres of history, much like the rest of us. I have a deep admiration for those that have reverence for those that paved the way for them.  The night continued on with more acoustic music with a fellow I am very familiar with up here, as he was part of the anniversary show many other years as well.

Patrick Stanley is one that I am extremely grateful to see year after year here, as one of The Horse Traders he always entertained us out here yearly. Tonight he played a solo set of a few songs, his first song being “It Ain’t Right To Be Lonely” . He has still maintained his own approach to his songs that I miss when I saw the Horse Traders, which brought a melding of styles together.

His next song was called “Conscription”, and that was followed by another called “I Can’t Abide”, and he closed his set with a Patty Loveless cover called “Cheap Whiskey” from the 2001 Mountain Soul album. It just feels so wonderful to reconnect with so many amazing people again tonight, and see new faces up here as well.

Mr. Ben Knight was amazing, and we got to talk some before the show started tonight, he will be playing in Lexington tomorrow night so he will only be here tonight. I had some phone video problems tonight, and I believe he was the first act I successfully captured fully however it was upright…still was good. The next song I will tell you about was called “Nicotine Gum”, which was a true story revolving around him building a house. Altogether there were some truly fine songs shared here tonight, and I related to many of them for sure!

I HAD to pick up his CD tonight, as it was less crowded Friday night I was able to leave my post to buy stuff. Saturday night I could barely get up to use the bathroom. luckily I bought an extra steak sandwich from Sheetz for later on in  the night on Saturday. I have my “go-to” places to eat all across America, and I utilized quite a few this weekend.

His first song was called “Robbers” followed by another truly great song called “Boats” as he displayed his style of writing tonight as very true to self. His next song was called “Iceman”, and he concluded that set with a song off his album called “Mistaken Identity”.

Mr. Tony Harrah And The Fly Over States was up next, I also had the opportunity to chat with him after his energetic set and found him to be a VERY nice person. I’ll tell you what I have met so many new faces up here it’s just always such a pleasant job to do here.

This man’s set began with “Good Man” and I also believe I did indeed get some footage of him as well. His next song was called “Hi Fi Lovers And Lo Fi Heroes”, followed by my favorite song he does called ‘Here I Am lord”. I myself have been at some low points in my life that required some knee bending prayer too.

‘Sweet Lucinda” was in this set here tonight that also included “Mississippi Wildfire” and concluded with a wonderful song called “Miller’s Farm”.

Mr.Darrin Hacquard brought a REALLY GREAT set here tonight that began with guns blazing with a song called “Huntington” that was basically declaring how awesome it was to return to this area. “Hurricane Season” was next from his album called Signs And Wonders, that’s a long song there. Most of these artists are on Spotify and I did create a playlist here in the promotional article.

“Mountains” was next in his set, which was an awesome song about a gal drunk on karaoke night with many hilarious (but often true) references to mountain life troubles.  That song was followed by “Never Again”, I enjoyed his onstage charisma he has. You can easily tell he just enjoys playing his music up there, and as he belts out songs like “A World Away” he finished his set up with a cover of ‘all My Rowdy Friends”.

I finally got to see the Laid Back Country Picker LIVE, and let me tell you he put on one hell of a show here fact it was one of the top acts of the evening here. He opened with a cover of Waylon’s “Are You Ready For The Country’, and went into one his own songs called “I Live In The Now”.

It’s a different kind of show here that incorporates comedy with Traditional Country Music that lightens up your soul and helps you forget the problems of the outside world. He IS a TRUE entertainer in EVERY SENSE of the word, he just provides you with a good time and makes you smile, and laugh.

“Laid Back Country Picker” was his next song off his album, and then he got his telephone out and performed his “Party Line” routine. He is hilarious and involves the audience, with his comedy routine. He played “Jim Frank” and went into “Kathy With An 8 Ball” before going into a few other songs and ending his set.

John R Miller And The Engine Lights was one I did some research on before coming up tonight, and his first song was called “Holy Dirt”.  His set also included the song “Back And Forth” , and another song that Mr. Tyler Childers plays that he wrote when Mr. John was in the Prison Book Club called “Coming Down”.

His new album called “Service Engine” was a great album, and I enjoy listening to it very much. His bio boasts that he has performed in clubs in 50 states of America, and many shows overseas. He brought a nice blend of Blues/Folk and Americana to us tonight.

Jeremy Pinnell was up next, however this one was acoustic for him. He played one hell of a great set list for us tonight, and we enjoyed every minute of it. His album have always gathered attention on my website here, and Mr. Joshua was equally excited to see him.

You know he has this song called “Feels This Right” which mentions my good friend Bobby Mackey, and the fact he is from the Kentucky/Ohio  area. When he has a full band he is so full of twang it’s unreal! He played a wonderful version of a classic song called “The Image Of Me” which was recorded in 1967 by Mr. Conway Twitty and the writer Mr. Wayne Kemp.

The opening track of his album “Ties Of Blood And Affection” was the song called “Ballad Of 1892”, and that was followed by “The Way We See Heaven”. Now he released that album last year and I believe it hit Mr. Joshua’s TOP 50 Of 2017.

He played a wonderful rendition of Merle Haggard’s ‘Today I Started Loving You Again”. Another great song he played was called “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” I remember hearing him play that on a stream at the Westport Saloon one night. “Take The Wheel” was once again off the new album that is one of his more well written tunes, and on the album it has enough twang to satisfy the most hungry of palates for REAL Country Music.

He played a nice cover of “Ramblin Man” and “Freeborn Man”, but one of his last originals was the song called “the Way Country Sounds” which is my favorite song he does right now. I enthusiastically look for growth from this young man, and I firmly see him as the part of Country Music’s future.

Mr. Nicholas Jamerson was here to finish off the entire show, formerly of Sunday’s Best. He also played an acoustic set for us tonight, and began his set with “Goodbye God”. The audience truly loved his presence onstage, and he responded with a special authority.

I FINALLY got to hear him perform “Long Way To Wheelwright” tonight and he delivered it in prime fashion followed by a heartfelt rendition of Keith Whitley’s ‘Miami My Amy” . Another original song he performed tonight was called “Brother Rabbit” from his album.

He treated us to a wonderful and lengthy set here tonight with songs like “I’m Gonna Love You” and others like the song called “Cold Black Heart”. Pretty good sized crowd here tonight, however Saturday drew an even larger audience.

We stayed in Ohio at the Comfort Inn South Point Ohio, Giovannis Pizza delivered us a WONDERFUL deep dish pizza for a reasonable price. VERY NICE service and we enjoyed the food, thanks guys.

So tonight we are all slowly gathering once again at the V Club for another night of music fun, as for the first time ever Ol W.B. has booked two nights worth of shows for his anniversary show. We got people already piling into the venue for this one,as pre sales were better tonight.

And begin tonight we shall with The Winetree which is from Kentucky, and they got their name from an old misspelled winter sweater. Mr.Ryan Harvey  and Mr. Isaiah Muller make up this duo I’m about to include here tonight, and as they begin their set with “It Reminds Me Of You”.

Their set continued on with a song called “Tracks Of Coal” , and followed that with a song that W.B. requested from them called ‘There Is A Time”. That song is pretty much public domain, it was famously featured on the Andy Griffith show by the Darlings (AKA The Dillards).

Their set continued with a Willie Nelson themed song called “Red Headed Stranger (never meant so much to me) which displayed some amazing harmonies from them tonight, this was off to a great start tonight. They concluded their set with a song called “Kentucky Nights”.

Mr. Coby Langham will be up next here tonight with one of his songs I got to research from him called “Heroin Girl”. I especially related to this song personally well on many levels. This right here is downright good old fashioned Honky Tonk music.

Another of his songs I related to was called “The Farm” because I also grew up on a farm. It sounded like they were singing about my own father. Then they played a high pitched twang trucking song called “Years On The Road”, This young man has LOTS of energy. That I believe is honestly what we need at the beginning here in West Virginia, and as he sang a song for his gal called “As The crow Flies” I was further amazed by his creative writing style.

He played a song called “5 x 7” which boasts a 40 dollar bet that he couldn’t make O’l W.B. cry, but this song about his late wife whom died of an addiction did indeed make him cry. It was a very strong and poignant tear jerking ballad of sorrow.

Mr. Will Stewart was next tonight, not long ago you’ll remember Mr. Joshua Wallace reviewed his new album called County Seat. You can read about all that right HERE. Since today is actually his album release day, I will go purchase this album on vinyl even though we were sent a digital copy. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC PEOPLE!

His next song was called “County Seat” which of course was the title track of the album, along with the song called “Heaven Knows Why” also off that album. Although he has been living around Nashville, he recently returned to Alabama to live where he grew up.

I related well with the song County Seat about the same old mundane everyday type life, I use this website to break up my boredom of same old same old. I would highly suggest you buy this album here!

The Local Honeys are a duo that have been featured many times on this website, as they have been a part of this anniversary show for a few years now. They opened their set with  and then followed that up with one of my favorites called “Cigarette Trees” that you’ll find on their album.

O’l W.B. suggested that they played an all Gospel set tonight, and with their gorgeous harmonies and lightning fast banjo playing they played “He’s With The First Church Of God”.  They told us that their good friend Mr. Don Rogers wrote that song, and they followed that song with a Kentucky fiddle tune.

As they closed with “Freight Train Blues” Miss Linda displayed her AWESOME vocal range, paired with their once again AWESOME vocal abilities this was truly a special set! The Local Honeys display comfort and poise up on stage together, and play like a well oiled machine!

Mr. Blake Berglund and I had the chance to speak before the show here, as he will also be playing Tumbleweed, which my man Mr. Joshua Wallace will be covering for me as I go elsewhere. He began his set tonight with a song called “Pretty Good Guy”, and with Miss Belle Plaine he took us through other songs.

He’s another Canadian artist and that song “Pretty Good Guy” was off a concept album he released about himself as he struggled with personal issues and demons. His latest album called “Realms” gathered much attention from the media that covers independent music.

“Crooked Old Earth” was really well written song about the state of today’s day and age of the “normal” world. Absolutely amazing guitar skills were displayed here tonight by Mr. Blake and his band. Miss Belle Plaine then took over the stage and played “Is It A Crying Shame If My Tears Don’t Fall”.

Mr. Ian Noe is another one I have been wanting to catch live here lately this year, I CAN TELL YOU that I am NOT moving from my spot here because I want to dwell on the entire remaining lineup. He has been garnering a plethora of attention here lately, and I wanted to write about him.

He played a song called “That Kind Of Life” that was very well written, and accompanied with his powerful voice it made for a VERY fun set to watch. Right now he is playing “I’d Rather Be Over You” and he followed that with a song called “P.O.W. Blues”.

His blend of Americana and other genres were unique and special, and it separates him from others because of his huge vocal ability which stresses his lyrics. You can pick him out of a crowd of other artists just by his voice alone, much like Tyler Childers or Colter Wall. “Doesn’t Do Me In’ was included on his set tonight,which was a good song as well.

One of my favorite songs he does was called “The Last Stampede” and after that he played his own version of the song “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”, he just changed the lyrics around some. He finally ended up his set with a song called “Irene” as his last song here tonight. “The Last Stampede” is a truly well written song from the opening line..I was born in the mornin’ just sounds cool, and a well play on words.

Mr. Justin Wells is amazing as usual here tonight, and he opened up the set with a new song, He also played the song called “Going Down Grinnin”, from his album “dawn In The Distance”. “The Highway Less Taken” was a great song about the life of a traveling musician, now trust me folks. I been following folks like Mr. Justin for five years now, and it’s NOT a big party like everyone thinks. If you think they only work four hours a day on stage…you are a fool. What these folks do takes HOURS of work, and I can easily why they get discouraged.

Mr, Justin is one of the many here tonight that are fresh off the Hagfest over at the Southgate House, and he came down here to sing songs for us like “The Dogs” and “No Rain” which is always another sure bet for enjoying this man’s music here tonight, followed by another great song called “Little Darlins”.

“Can’t Break my Heart” was up next tonight, and as the evening was winding down to the last two bands of the evening he played his damn fine version of “So Far Away” by Dire Straits, that is also on his album. O’l W.B. acknowledged a gentleman that drove out here from Texas to be here with us.

Mr. Arlo McKinley is another act that I have had the pleasure of seeing on this show before in the past. In fact he has had Mr. Arlo on this show three past times before.  “Don’t Need To Know” was one of the first songs he played tonight.

He played a song called “Time In Bars” next, obviously this man is a well sought after artist out in this area because this place is packed pretty tight here tonight. I have had a blast out here tonight with all these bands as they all brought us terrific sets!

They just finished their new record and it will have 14 songs on it.  I think Mr. Arlo has some of the best writing ability of many of the other acts, with songs like “Gone For Good”. So I’ll be keeping an eye on them, and I shall feature that aforementioned album. Some of the new songs he played had a lot of old rock and roll influences to them, and one was called “I Get Lonely, But I’m Never Alone”.

He played the song called “iv’e Got Her” and another called “Just Like The Rest” were also included in his set tonight. “Waiting For Wild Horses” was another epic song that he sings, with huge crowd interaction here. As his set began to reach a climatic pinnacle he closed his set with “Getting Older”.

Mr. Luke Bell is another great man that was involved in my Ameripolitan Awards escapades this year in Memphis Tennessee. His album has also graced my TOP 50 OF 2017 recently, however I still haven’t had the opportunity to witness him live yet.

He opened with a Hoyt Axton song called “Greenback Dollar” and one of his own songs off his new album called ‘Where You Been”.  They covered a terrific version of Merle Haggard’s song “Swinging Doors”, various old timey fiddle tunes and brought the most unique form of nostalgia in the entire weekend.

His style of yodeling and western swing tunes were unrivaled all weekend here, and as he played “Sometimes” from his current album the entire crowd went crazy! His set produced some vivid history as his fiddle player told stories of his Grandfather, and played many old tunes for us tonight.

As he bellowed out his epic song “Loretta” Mr. Luke Bell proved once again his fierce passion for history and the preservation of REAL Country Music with songs like “Bullfighter” and many more.

They ended the weekend with a bunch of group songs that brought up the remaining artists and O’l W.B himself. I tell you what if you haven’t witnessed this movement he is creating you MUST become a part of it. I’m VERY PROUD to call him a friend of many years, I am blessed to be one of the ones that got to see him begin from a couch.

I been with him the entire time watching him do this..he built an empire himself. He featured many GREAT bands that have went on to become NATIONAL phenomenons so far, and I figure he will push many more forward before this is over folks….Aaaaoowww



Album Review: Western Centuries: Songs From The Deluge


By Joshua Wallace

Western Centuries is a band like no other that I know of currently out there.  They have 3 songwriters and with 3 voices they often switch around between who is playing drums, lead and rhythm guitar on different tracks.  You don’t see that very often these days. You might get two singers in a band, but 3 with 3 distinct songwriting styles and voices? Cahalen Morrison (Country Hammer), Ethan Lawton (Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers) and Jim Miller (Donna The Buffalo) take full advantage of having 3 songwriters on the record and split the duties evenly across 12 tracks.  The country supergroup is back with their second full length album and they are masters of their craft.

One of the first singles from the album was “Earthly Justice” which was written by Cahalen Morrison.  It’s a song kind of about how no matter how bad things get, there is always another page to turn. It uses the failures of the justice system as a vehicle to relay that message.   I also love the pedal steel work by Leo Grassl on this track. He can be heard throughout the album and it really does add to the record. Another favorite is Ethan Lawton’s “Own Private Honky Tonk.”  It starts off with some good honky tonk piano by Eric Adcock and it has a killer honky tonk vibe throughout the track.

Jim Miller contributes the slower track “Rocks and Flame” to the album.  It has kind of a slow dance vibe to it. I love the B-3 organ here played once again by Eric Adcock.  “Wild You Run” is another Ethan Lawton track about straying from the path. Jim Miller contributes one of the more rocking tracks on the album “Time Does Not Rest”.  It’s still a slower number but features heavier guitars and a great solo.

The three songwriters of Western Centuries bring their various influences to the table here in a great way.  Each songwriter contributes 4 tracks to the album and they all have a distinct quality about them while sounding like the same band.  By using 3 songwriters as successfully as they have across this record, Western Centuries have accomplish something that Drive-By Truckers once did with Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell.  Songs From The Deluge is highly recommended if you love traditional country with big time singer-songwriter sensibilities. This album is out everywhere on April 6th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Earthy Justice, Own Private Honky Tonk, Rocks and Flame, Wild You Run, Wild Birds, Time Does Not Rest

Western Centuries – Songs From The Deluge (2018)

  1. Far From Home

  2. Earthly Justice

  3. Wild Birds

  4. Wild You Run

  5. Rocks and Flame

  6. Own Private Honky Tonk

  7. Cloud Of Woes

  8. Borrowed Time

  9. How Many More Miles To Babylon

  10. Time Does Not Rest

  11. Three Swallows

  12. Warm Guns

Album Feature: Sarah Shook And The Disarmers: Years.


By Joshua Wallace

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have come a long way since the 2015 original release of their first album Sidelong.  The album was re-released in 2017 on Bloodshot records and found a much larger fanbase ready to embrace a country singer with a punk rock attitude and classic country sound.  Sarah Shook’s 2018 release Years features an even more traditional country sound but still carries the same fuck you attitude that Sidelong had.

The album’s lead single “Good As Gold” gives you a good idea of what this record is all about.  It’s a good traditional country sound bolstered by Sarah’s songwriting and some amazing pedal steel guitar by Phil Sullivan.  Another early release track that is actually receiving good reactions at live shows is “New Ways To Fail”. It features a catchy hook that has the line “I need this shit like I need another hole in my head” which goes over well with live audiences.

“The Bottle Never Lets Me Down” is another favorite track.  It is not a cover of the Merle Haggard tune with a similar title.  This is Sarah bemoaning the fact that a bottle of liquor is more trustworthy a lover.  Sarah’s southern drawl was made for drinking songs and it shows here. Another track that was received well when I recently saw Sarah Shook live was “Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t”.  It’s a more rocking number that is a pure foot stomper. Another great track is the short but rocking “Lesson” which features some killer guitar work from Eric Peterson.

Sarah Shook is proving to be the female version of the country side of Hank 3 with this album.  Years has traditional country sounds, but at the same time the album carries a punk rock attitude and sneer that many fans liked about the early Hank 3 records.  The lyrics are both revealing and defiant. It all just feels real. Sarah Shook is currently out on tour playing many of these songs live. If you’re at Muddy Roots this year I highly recommend checking out her set.  Years is out everywhere on Bloodshot Records on April 6, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : “Good As Gold”, “New Ways To Fail”, “The Bottle Never Lets Me Down”, “Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t”, “Whatever It Takes”

Sarah Shook – Years (2018)

  1. Good As Gold

  2. New Ways To Fail

  3. Over You

  4. The Bottle Never Lets Me Down

  5. Parting Words

  6. What It Takes

  7. Lesson

  8. Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t

  9. Heartache In Hell

  10. Years

Album Feature: Blackberry Smoke: Find A Light.


By Joshua Wallace

The modern kings of southern rock are back with a new record called Find A Light. This album is another great addition to what is turning into an amazing record catalog for Blackberry Smoke.  It has everything you have come to expect from a Blackberry Smoke record including some great guest artists like Robert Randolph, Amanda Shires and The Wood Brothers.  Let’s take a deeper look at some of the tracks featured on this album.

One of my favorite album tracks features Robert Randolph of Robert Randolph & The Family Band.  “I’ll Keep Ramblin” is a true rocker that opens with a riff that will grab you and take you on through the entire track nodding your head and tapping your feet.  To change the pace a bit, “Medicate My Mind” is a slower acoustic track about the need to just slow down the world and medicate your mind, however you choose to do so.

“The Crooked Kind” is a straight rock track with some of the killer riffs good southern rock is known for.  “Nobody Gives a Damn” goes more into alt country territory on a track that is about those folks who let little accomplishments go to their head too much.  The album closes with a rootsy acoustic track featuring The Wood Brothers called “Mother Mountain” about redemption always being close at hand. It closes the album out on a smoother more rootsy note with help from The Wood Brothers on vocals.

This album is another high point in the career of Blackberry Smoke.  For many fans this has the potential to be a favorite album. While I like to hit the high points, there just isn’t a bad song on the album. It’s just that good.  Blackberry Smoke continue to stay well within the realm of southern rock proving themselves to be gods of the riff while at the same time stretching out their soundscape and exploring more acoustic and alt country sounds.  Find A Light is available everywhere music is sold on April 6th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : The Crooked Kind, Medicate My Mind, Nobody Gives A Damn, I’ll Keep Ramblin’, Lord Strike Me Dead, Mother Mountain

Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (2018)

  1. Flesh And Bone

  2. Run Away From It All

  3. The Crooked Kind

  4. Medicate My Mind

  5. I’ve Got This Song

  6. Best Seat In The House

  7. I’ll Keep Ramblin’ (feat. Robert Randolph)

  8. Seems So Far

  9. Lord Strike Me Dead

  10. Let Me Down Easy (feat. Amanda Shires)

  11. Nobody Gives A Damn

  12. Till The Wheels Fall Off

  13. Mother Mountain (feat. The Wood Brothers)


Mr. Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners Album Release Party This Weekend.

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I’ll be honest my friends sometimes I wish I could be more omnipresent as I do this, ergo I have to report on music functions as they offer me the spot. As one offers me an invitation first I do them, but I CAN SAY if I wasn’t going out of town tomorrow for other irons in the fire I WOULD BE HERE this Saturday for Mr. Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners album release party.
Mr. Joshua Wallace wrote a mighty fine album review for it, and you can read that HERE. I have had the opportunity to cover his set a few times, and you can find that On My Muddy Roots Articles, and on those you will read about his new songs in their early stages.

This weekend he will be at the American Legion post 82 which has been nominated for Ameripolitan Awards in the past for their OUTSTANDING contributions to my community of LIVE MUSIC, and has become a staple home to MANY of the acts I cover on this website.  TRUST YOU ME this album is most likely PROMISED to appear on my TOP 50 ALBUMS already, and it’s only March!

So on Saturday the 7th head on down to the Legion for a NO COVER show with a terrific lineup:
The Cowpokes
A Man Called Stu
Laura Mae Socks
Leslie Tom

MORE On Outlaws And Armadillos..The Roaring 70’s Coming To The Hall Of Fame.

A few months ago I posted a rather enormous explanation of my interpretation of this upcoming event
at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

This morning, they announced this HUGE media event that will launch the exhibit much like they did with the Williams Family exhibit. Mr. Dave Cobb and Mr. Shooter Jennings bring us Country’s Roaring 70’s. A concert that will take place May 25th to launch the exhibit that will showcase one of Country Music’s most famous eras..the Outlaw Era.

The Hall Of Fame describes this upcoming event as such:

Willie Nelson. Waylon Jennings. Kris Kristofferson. Jessi Colter. Bobby Bare. Jerry Jeff Walker. David Allan Coe. Cowboy Jack Clement. Tom T. Hall. Billy Joe Shaver. Guy Clark. Townes Van Zandt. Tompall Glaser. Today, all names synonymous with the word “outlaw,” but 40 years ago they started a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond.

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s upcoming major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, will explore this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opens May 25 for a nearly three-year run, will explore the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities.

“Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s offers an unprecedented look at some of the most compelling music and artists in music history,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “This was an era in which renegades Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson fought for and won creative control of their own songs and sounds. It was a time when melodic poets Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver elevated public perception of what a country song could be. It was a time when the Austin, Texas, music and arts scenes blossomed, and when characters like singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, Hondo Crouch (who bought his own town, Luckenbach, Texas), armadillo art specialist Jim Franklin and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal changed Lone Star culture. At the time, some of these things seemed unusual, even insane. Now, they all seem essential to any understanding of this great American art form, country music.”
Outlaws & Armadillos runs through Feb. 14, 2021. and will be accompanied by educational programs, including live performances, panel discussions and films. The museum will produce a companion book that will be available May 25. In addition, the museum in partnership with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music, will release CD and LP sets featuring music by artists included in the exhibition.

Now if you pre order the album down below, that will become available May 18th
On APRIL 5th you can order tickets for this event that happens May 25th.
Colter Wall
Jason Isbell
Jamey Johnson
Bobby Bare
Amanda Shires
Billy Joe Shaver
Kimmie Rhodes
Willis Alan Ramsey
Gary P. Nunn
Michael Martin Murphy
Jack Ingram
Ashley Monroe
Jason Boland
Jessi Colter
Joe Ely


Outlaws & Armadillos Exhibit Opening Concert
Preorder the album
Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s 
Album on sale May 18.
Pre-sale code valid only for current subscribers of the CMA Theater newsletter list. Limit eight tickets per person on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.Presale tickets may not be re-sold. Purchases exceeding the limit or violating the presale terms are subject to cancellation. Additional fees and taxes apply. All sales are final and nonrefundable. Presale valid April 5, 2018. Public on-sale begins April 6, 2018.