May 312018
 

By Joshua Wallace

 

Butter is Karen Jonas’s third album and her first since 2016’s Country Songs.  If you’re familiar with Karen Jonas you know exactly what to expect from her third album.  She produces great country tunes with a knack for storytelling and she has improved all around on this record.  There are even moments of ragtime blues, jazz and soul to give the album an old time feel. Butter has a running theme of circuses whether it’s the circus of life or the actual circus.  Let’s dig a bit deeper into some of these tracks.

The title track of the album, “Butter” sounds like it would fit in a smoky jazz lounge room in the 1920’s complete with a full horn section.  It’s a sultry track that needs a music video to match the visuals the song creates. Another favorite is “Gospel Of The Road”. It’s a country ballad for all the vagabonds that is about living the normal life while the dream of the road lingers.  I also really like “Mama’s First Rodeo”. This pedal steel is thick on this track and it’s a good one. We all know the phrase that inspired this track and Karen Jonas does not disappoint delivering a great song based around that.

The album closes out with a trio of tracks that blend into each other for a grand finale.  “Dance With Me” is another country ballad about how rough life is and challenges the rich to “step down from your mansion and dance”.  It is filled with an optimism that quickly goes out in the next tracks. “Dance With Me” flows into “Mr. Wonka” which is a much more whimsical circus inspired tune.  It uses the Wonka character to describe someone who promises false riches with all the fake flair and pomp and circumstance that you can buy on a budget. It takes the character of this trilogy of songs into the new and strange world they find themselves in when “Mr. Wonka” continues into the final ballad of “The Circus”. Here, the character finds herself actually drawn in the circus but does not find it as appealing as it looks from the outside.  So in this trilogy of songs that are tied together, Jonas touches on the optimism one can have early on, even while dealing with hardships, the false promises of those that would try to lure you in and finally, the overall circus and how unappealing it can be to be actually in it. It is possible these 3 tracks could be touching on her feelings of the country music industry, but it’s done so in a way that leaves them open to the interpretation of the listener, which is very clever.  

Karen Jonas has delivered a great third album in Butter.  Her style is becoming familiar to her fans, yet she is expanding into new territory and sounds with this record and it works.  I have been a fan since Oklahoma Lottery and I look forward to every release. Butter is out everywhere digitally on June 1st and CDs can be ordered on Bandcamp.

Favorite Tracks : Butter, Gospel Of The Road, Mama’s First Rodeo, Dance With Me, Mr. Wonka, The Circus

Karen Jonas – Butter (2018)

  1. Yellow Brick Road
  2. My Sweet Arsonist
  3. Butter
  4. Gospel Of The Road
  5. Kamikaze Love
  6. Oh Icarus
  7. Mama’s First Rodeo
  8. Dance With Me
  9. Mr. Wonka
  10. The Circus
May 292018
 


If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at garyhayes2@yahoo.com. I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage. NEW IN 2018, folks I am always looking for ways to enhance what I do for you. So this year I’ll be reporting on further Kentucky shows, and further Tennessee shows as well.

Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music

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

The Deadwood Drifters
Bloom Cafe Bristol Tn June 23rd

Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Shed June 23rd

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cigar Box Showcase June 29th

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday June 26th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace June 26th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Banditos
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

Josh Morningstar
Nashville Palace July 7th

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

The Tillers
Station Inn July 12th

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

Charley Pride
Renfro Valley July 14th

Logan Ledger and Kristiana Murray
The Basement July 16th

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

Heart of Texas Records Roadshow
Troubador Theater July 21st

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

Ward Davis
Warehouse Mt. Victor July 27th

Anderson East
Ryman Auditorium July 28th

Josh Card
Southgate House July 29th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd And Lindsley August 1st

Don Gallardo
The Basement August 4rth

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

Sammy Brue
Basement August 13th

Travis Tritt
Skypac Bowling Green August 16th

Raelyn Nelson Band
Tidballs August 18th

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

Lucero
Ryman Auditorium September 7th

Flatland Cavalry
The Basement East September 7th

Janie Frickie
Red barn Convention Center September 8th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium September 14th

Shane Smith And The Saints
The Basement East Sept 19th

Bill Anderson
Red Barn Convention Center September 22nd

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82
Sept 25th

Ashley McBride
The Basement East Sept 27th

Anderson East And Brent Cobb
Ryman Auditorium Sept 28th

John Prine
Ryman Auditorium October 5 and 6th

Leftover Salmon
Exit Inn October 7th

Cody Johnson
Marathon Music Works October 19th

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
Ryman Residency October 22-28th

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 21st

May 252018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Every now and then, a new artist creates their own buzz around a debut release and you can’t escape it until you hear it for yourself.  That has happened recently with the debut EP from Delberto Delvis. Delberto is a DIY country singer out of Tucker County, West Virginia.  His first release titled Big Mountain Run is an all acoustic affair so the focus here is on Delberto’s songwriting and it does not disappoint.  The album sounds like you just walked into some honky tonk dive in West Virginia and Delberto just stepped up to the mic.

The first record from any artist should give their listeners an idea of who this person is.  The album Big Mountain Run achieves that greatly. The record kicks off with the title track which describes an annual biker event in West Virginia.  The song is all about the fun that can be had at this event and it’s sung by someone who has an obvious love for it. If you find yourself in the West Virginia area soon, the 9th edition just happens to be June 7th – June 10th.  Another favorite is “3 Chords and The Truth” which as we all know is the basic ingredients of a good country song. This song essentially explains what country music means to Delberto Delvis and it provides another layer to the question of “Who is Delberto Delvis?”.

Up next we have “Hey Nashville” which is another in a long line of Nashville protest songs.  This one is well written and also falls in the line of telling you about Delberto. We all know that mainstream country coming out of Nashville isn’t great, but Delberto gives you an idea of just why it doesn’t fit a songwriter like him.  Finally, I like the song “Jesus Please Help Me Along”. I love when we get religious songs from country singers. They can be some of the more personal songs on a record and this one is no different.

This whole album paints a picture of “Who is Delberto Delvis?” and in my opinion it’s a journey worth taking.  He has created some buzz in independent country music groups online and I’m here to tell you this one is worth listening to the hype.  If you’re interested in picking up Big Mountain Run, it is only available in limited physical copies at the moment. To pick one of these up just send $13 on Paypal to junebugsfarm @ yahoo . com (without the added spaces) and make sure that you specify the right address to send it to and whether or not you want it signed.  Delberto is looking to get his music out there digitally soon so be on the lookout for that too.

Favorite Tracks : Big Mountain Run, 3 Chords and The Truth, Hey Nashville, Jesus Please Help Me Along

 

Delberto Delvis – Big Mountain Run (2018)

  1. Big Mountain Run
  2. Devil Anse
  3. 3 Chords And The Truth
  4. Hey Nashville
  5. The Underdog
  6. Jesus Please Help Me Along
  7. She’s Mine
  8. Tale Of Johnny Cash
May 232018
 

 

Cash

 

On April 16th Dr. John Alexander, one of Nashville’s most beloved Country Music Historians has released a REALLY GREAT comprehensive biography on Country Legend Johnny Cash with a forward written by Country Music Legend Larry Gaitlin. Dr. Alexander was a longtime senior music editor of Reader’s Digest, and a famed musicologist.

I literally have a waist high pile of books written about Cash directly or indirectly but this book takes a whole new approach to his life through the prospect of his songs. This tome is the very first of it’s kind to view the subject from the angle it does right here, in fact it’s really hard to illustrate it in writing without copying him word for word. In essence her studied Cash’s life from his Arkansas childhood of depression era hard times all the way to his 2003 death, and all the way along he touched on well known and obscure songs, and WHY CASH recorded them.

This man spent years laboring on breaking down Cash’s plethora of songs into chapters of autobiographical, geographical, story and societal songs. It even covers songs I has to delve into like  “Melva’s Wine”. It has one of the most organized platforms I ever read on any echelon for a book of this type.

It chronicles the historical periods of his Sun Records years and of course the 1968 prison recordings from all of the penitentiaries he recorded live material on. It includes deep catalog cuts and rarities, along with many collaborations with other iconic songwriters and stars like Kris Kristofferson and Tompall Glaser.

During his time with  Readers Digest he assembled many different Cash boxed sets and during the production of one of the boxed sets Cash himself asked if he could select some of the songs to be included. He also requested that the name be changed so as not to offend other songwriters, making an iconic boxed set.  Dr. Alexander stated that his only regret here was he was slated to chat with Cowboy Jack Clement, who passed away before they could talk.

Dr. Alexander said now hopefully people will view Cash through a different spectrum and delve more into his more obscure songs for a change.

May 212018
 

Dr. Ralph Stanely’s Hill Of Home happens in Virginia on Memorial Day Weekend, and is one of the nation’s oldest Bluegrass festivals in the United States. In fact it’s one of the TOP 3 oldest festivals and next month it’s in it’s 48th annual festival.

There isn’t ever much advertising or sponsors that make a large hoo-ha about this festival, nor is there much social media about it. But it has withstood the test of time, and even now is still well sought after from folks in Tennessee and Kentucky. It’s only about a five hour ride from my area so you might possibly see me there one of these years!

Here is a map of the are and some local area hotels for your use, as I do this for every festival I cover. As most of you know I cover 175 festivals yearly, and I am always out researching and finding new hotel options for every festival I know about. I do a LOT of research for this portion of my website.

We have food and merchandise vendors, shower facilities, water and dump stations on the grounds. There is a free shuttle to the stage from the parking and camping areas.Please do not bring alcohol or coolers in to the main concert area. Pets are allowed in the campground but must stay on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the concert area.

2017_hills_of_home003010.jpgSleep Inn of Clintwood
5625 Dickenson Highway
Clintwood, VA 24228

276-796-1058
The Inn at Wise
110 East Main Street
Wise, VA 24293
276-328-7600

If you haven’t been to the Hills of Home festival yet you don’t know what you’re missing!
This festival is an old time bluegrass music tradition started by Dr. Ralph Stanley and continuing today in his honor. Ralph Stanley II started managing the festival six years ago, earning his dad’s confidence and trust, and he takes great pride in continuing to honor his dad by making the festival a true tribute to the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and continuing to bring talented bluegrass musicians to the stage for the fans.
The sound of banjos, mandolins and voices ringing high on top of some of the most beautiful mountains you will ever see!
We’ve got a few new things going on this year so be sure and make plans to come on up to the festival!
  1. The festival is honored to have received a Music Festival Grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) this year and looks forward to having VTC as a part of the festival. Look for the LOVEwork sign near the stage! Be sure to visit the Virginia Tourism Corporations’s website (www.Virginia.org) to see all the great events going on throughout the state!
  2. Wednesday Night – Open Mic night from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. If you’re interested, we will have a sign up sheet at the stage area Wednesday afternoon. There will be 30-minute slots available, first come first serve.
  3. Friday Night – Golf Cart Parade. For all you folks with golf carts get your decorations ready! We’re having a Golf Cart Parade through the campground Friday night after the show. There will be a Grand Prize (and of course bragging rights) for the best decorated cart! Additional details will be announced at the festival – just be sure to bring those decorations! (If you want to sign up in advance just shoot us an email and we’ll get you signed up!)

FESTIVAL INFORMATION
Plans are already under way for the 2018 festival and we look forward to seeing you there!

We have food and merchandise vendors, shower facilities, water and dump stations on the grounds. There is a free shuttle to the stage from the parking and camping areas.

Please do not bring alcohol or coolers in to the main concert area. Pets are allowed in the campground but must stay on a leash. PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE GATED CONCERT AREA.
Festival Information

Ticket Information
Tickets are sold at gate only; no advance ticket sales. 2018 ticket prices are $100 for all three days or $35 per day. Kids 12 and under get in free

Camping Information
We offer electrical hook-ups for campers as well as camping in the rough. Camping is included with paid admission. Campsites and electrical hook-ups are on a first come basis. Electric is $45 for the weekend. (If you arrive for camping prior to Wednesday the charge for electric will be $50 for the week / weekend.) Golf carts are welcome; no four wheelers.

Gary Greer
Tim Coffee & Elkridge
Dean Osborne
Alex Leach CD Release
Kristi Stanley & Running Blind
Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Ricky Oldfield & Curnie Lee Wilson
The Kevin Prater Band (Waldo)
Remington Ryde
Dave Adkins
David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition
Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out.
Turning Ground
Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers
Larry Gillis & Swamp Grass
Sirius XM’s Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
Turning Ground
Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers
Larry Gillis & Swamp Grass
Sirius XM’s Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
May 212018
 

Last year when the Don Williams Tribute Album was recorded it ushered in a new future for the Pistol Annies to reunite as a trio again, as often times the three of them independently hint off too. I mean seriously the really didn’t break up to be honest, they just kind of put it on the back burner.

Miranda Lambert is riding high off the success of her mega album “The Weight Of These Wings” and recently bought the other two out for a few Annies songs during her concert. Just to get the “feel” back they said, and it felt GREAT they reported to many media sources. Although Miss Miranda has been garnering a LOT of negative press concerning her private life  with Turnpike Troubadors leader, they haven’t lost any steam to move ahead on plans for new Pistol Annie’s music.

Miss Ashley Monroe  has just released her fourth album here last month, and although it’s still growing on me, it has been met with much critical praise here lately. Additionally Miss Angeleena Presely’s latest album “Wrangled” made many of a TOP 50 lists. I myself enjoyed her first album more, and as for Monroe I enjoyed “Like A Rose” the most. ALL THREE of these gals have a knack for haughty songwriting and catchy hooks that add a trashy polish to a well written song.

Apparently all three gals stay on a constant group text, and communicate often but she cannot release names of songs or what they have planned for us. She has stressed that some of her favorite songs ever have been penned and they have meeting at Miss Miranda’s  farm, they really hunkered down and got some good material. I also have a feeling in light of all this dating drama the Turnpike Troubadors will also be involved somehow.

 

 

May 202018
 

I cover about 175 festivals yearly in this fashion mostly Americana, Roots Music, Bluegrass and now Red Dirt Texas Country is included into my agenda, so you can be assured I will feature quality REAL MUSIC from many genres all over the United States! As always you can buy tickets to all of the festivals I feature from direct links to their own website HERE I make NO MONEY off featuring ANY festival, this is ALL done on my expense.

This festival began in 2008 and by 2013 it grew to a two day festival as the Texas and Oklahoma music scene began to flourish and present day Red Dirt scene is booming to a HUGE margin. Many websites are featuring more of it as mine started about three years ago to mix it in with what I feature on a regular basis, and with good response from my readers.

Hotels,I found an abundance of them HERE is a page of over 40 of them for you to choose from in Austin. There will be a parking fee of 10.00 per day and it clearly states if you park in an adjacent lot you will be towed away. Obviously this is NOT a camping type festival so you’ll need a hotel if you don’t live in this area.

Also, upon talking with frequent festival attendees of Lone Star Jam they are attempting to fix the problem of very little shade for the time of year there. Before I go on to add my usual maps and lineups for the bands involved I would like to add the ticket prices and links here.

 

 

May 202018
 

Not long ago I went over to the Warehouse In Bowling Green to see this band open up for the steel woods there, and they absolutely astounded me with their unique sound, juxtaposing honky tonk Country with a dark almost doom metal sound. I’ll be completely honest about this band I couldn’t describe them to any genre at all, and I cover thousands of bands on here.

The Josephines just go nuts on stage, with harmonies that now display a well oiled machine that emanates a  barrage of boot stomping music with lyrics that would make mom cringe. This ain’t no tent revival here folks, this is an absolute ride through hell complete with all the bells and whistles of a almost Ryman Auditorium ready band.

Mr. Brad Tabor – vocals, acoustic guitar, Mr. Zach Lindsey – electric guitar, vocals, Mr. Josh London – bass, vocals
Mr. Alex Lindsey – lap steel, vocals and Mr. David Page – drums make up this band of guys from Bowling Green Kentucky that play all over area. they are indeed a hard working bunch of guys!

I wanted to take some time out here to dwell on their set as well as one other last weekend as I was out and about watching music all over. Mr. Kyle Daniel and the Josephines both played the 20th anniversary for The Spillway Bar And Grill. Now, mind you there were other bands as well, but I opted to hit Rib Lickers For High Fidelity, so I could cover both shows.

Mr. Kyle Daniel was a really good band and he had some truly well written songs as well, I’ll admit I was wrapped up writing some other things while they were performing but I did stop at several times to watch them. Some of the lyrics really caught my attention, like the song  “Halfway To Your Heart”.

He has a very gritty Americana type voice and his songs were upbeat and easy to understand. I liked the style of this man and his band very much. As I said I pretty much walked in halfway into his set, so I’m not totally sure if he played covers or not.

‘God Bless America Damn Rock And Roll” was another good upbeat song followed by a song he wrote with Mr. Brent Cobb called “Ain’t No Difference.Now the song of his that really grabbed my attention was called “That Somebody Ain’t Me”, that song was a masterpiece of a breakup song. It can be related to by so many genres of music fans it was uncanny!

Another good song was called “A Friend With Weed” and he closed with a song called ‘Hangover Town”. I’m going to be keeping this man on my radar for DAMN SURE. What an energetic set he played here, this man had a wonderful stage presence and poured his heart into his music.

The Josephines tore the roof off the Spillway last weekend as they opened with one of their songs from their 2017 EP called “Coal Mine Gone”, followed by one of my favorite and more poignant songs they do called ‘So Much Blood”. Now folks, their 2017 EP made my TOP 50 OF 2017 last year.

They played a few songs I have never heard them play live before like ‘Satan’s Field” and they also played a new song called ‘Boxes”. I was very excited to hear some unfamiliar music from them, and I may to catch up with them in the future to chat about THEIR FUTURE as a unit, and where they have opted to head musically.

Their set included songs like “Never Ends” and another called “Brother John”. Another one of my favorite songs that they play from their EP was called ‘Trucker’s Song”, which displays some damn fine writing skills. THIS IS one of those bands that I can tell will be growing immensely, and I’ll be watching them move up to another echelon very soon…I’ll be featuring them every step of the way!

“Cocaine” was up next followed by “Sober Up” and my two favorite songs they do here,  “Maggie’s Bones” and they closed their set with a song that the crowd had been yelling for all night (me included) called “Fireball”. If you don’t have their album you need to go over to their website and pick up a copy of it, TRUST ME this band will be making bigger waves in their local circuit and it won’t be long until a larger market gets a hold of them!

May 192018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Shooter Jennings has announced his next studio album simply titled Shooter is coming out on August 10th, 2018.  This is a follow up to 2016’s largely electronic inspired Countach (For Giorgio) and is his first true country album since 2013’s amazing The Other Life record.

Shooter released the second single from the album today titled “Fast Horses and Good Hideouts”.  It’s a follow up to the first single which was released last year titled “Do You Love Texas?” which featured a chorus of Texas country music singers.  All of the proceeds from that single went to Hurricane Harvey relief funds.

This new single is released with Episode 1 of a variety show which hearkens back to the old Hee Haw variety show complete with a number of guests joining shooter on a cornfield set to tell corny jokes.  This variety show also includes an in studio performance of the new song “Fast Horses and Good Hideouts”. It is hard to tell, but it sounds like the audio here is different from the single so they probably went with the recording they made for the video.  The song is an amazing track and I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. After the performance, the video serves as an album trailer with clips from some of the rest of the songs.

Shooter is out everywhere on August 11th, 2018.  Shooter is hitting the road this summer and fall to promote the record and I will be seeing him at Tumbleweed on June 16th and hopefully again in Tallahassee, FL on June 29th.  I’m looking forward to hearing this new stuff live.

Shooter – Shooter (2018)

  1. Bound Ta Git Down
  2. Do You Love Texas?
  3. Living In A Minor Key
  4. D.R.U.N.K.
  5. Shades & Hues
  6. I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy
  7. Fast Horses & Good Hideouts
  8. Rhinestone Eyes
  9. Denim & Diamonds


May 18 – Ben Wheeler, TX @ Moore’s Store
May 19 – Rockwall, TX @ Rockwall Founders Day
June 2 – Brighton, CO @ Summerfest
June 8 – Austin, TX @ Republic of Texas Biker Rally
June 15 – Wappapello, MO @ The Camp at Lake Wappapello
June 16 – Kansas City, KS @ Tumbleweed
June 21 – Belton, TX @ Schoepf’s Backyard
June 22 – Splendora, TX @ Coals Smokehouse
June 23 – Pilot Point, TX @ Western Son Distillery
June 24 – Dallas, TX @ Taste of Dallas @ Gas Monkey Garage
June 27 – Bonita Springs, FL @ Southwest Florida Event Center
June 28 – Tampa, FL @ The Attic
June 29 – Tallahassee, FL @ Fifth and Thomas
June 30 – Blairsville, GA @ Granddaddy Mimm’s Distillery *
July 4 – Wayne, NE @ The Beaumont
July 5 – Lincoln, NE @The Royal Grove
July 6 – Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine
July 7 – Amarillo, TX @ Will Rogers Riders Rodeo
July 12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
July 13 – La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater
July 14 – Mankato, MN @ Vetter Stone Amphitheater †
July 27 – Houston, TX @ Lawn at White Oak Music Hall †
July 28 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheater †
August 2 – Sacramento, CA @ Sofia Tsakopoulos Center
August 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
August 8 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
August 10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
August 11 – Hollywood, CA @Troubadour
August 22 – Washington, DC @ City Winery
August 23 – Milton, WV @ Milton Performing Arts Center
August 24 – Winston-Salem, NC @ The Ramkat
August 25 – Black Mountain, NC @ Jam In The Trees
August 31 – Columbia, MO @ 9th Street Summerfest †
September 2 – Beaver Dam, KY @ Beaver Dam Amphitheater †
September 6 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl
September 7 – Bristol, TN –@ Maddie & Hall
September 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Harley Davidson of Atlanta
September 9 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate
September 14 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
September 15 – Lee’s Summit, MO @ Legacy Park Amphitheater
September 22 – Tahlequah, OK @ Medicine Stone Festival †
September 27 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
September 28 – Wisconsin Dells, WI @ Kilbourn City Live
September 29 – Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
October 4 – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
October 5 – Cadillac, SK @ Cadillac Hall
October 6 – Edmonton, AB @ River Cree Casino ‡
October 13 – Ashland, KY @ Ashland Riverfront
October 20 – Fort Worth, TX @ KFWR Annual Ranch Bash
November 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
November 11 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

* w/ Waymore’s Outlaws
† w/ Turnpike Troubadours
‡ w/ Jessi Colter   

May 182018
 

 

This website not only ended up benefiting bands and record labels, I often talk about the MANY venues and hotels I use across America. I’ll be honest about another thing I love about the road life….EATING. Yeah, folks I could tell you about different places to eat in every city from Florida to Washington to be honest. I been around in the years since I started this website.

When I do run into horrible service, mediocre food, or rude waitstaff I usually NEVER totally slam ANY establishment. I DO contact the owners and alert them to my dilemma, and many times they are quite sympathetic to that..as was the case here.  I attended this restaurant last year for another band and was VERY displeased with their service, but NOT the food. Additionally I have always thought the stage was a NICE setup, and the sound man was top notch. This establishment GREATLY SUPPORTS local live music and has featured ALL of my favorite local bands from the Bowling Green area that I feature on this website.

I was there last weekend to eat and watch a NEW BAND that has birthed in the area called High Fidelity now my dear readers they are relatively new here, in fact this was only their second live show. I was told to go easy on them while I ate, and I did. In fact I didn’t think they were bad at all, in time with some original music and comfort, this band WILL become a viable peer to the other bands in the area.

Needless to say their three sets included all cover songs (that I was there for) but I’ll be honest their take on “Hard To Handle” from the Black Crowes was pretty damn good for the second time live! Even the solo that I waited to be highly critical of was not bad at all!  Their choices of songs complimented one another quite well, which created a viable show here. From “Born To Be Wild” a song which clearly is identified by a mutual crowd of customers like these to “Dark Necessities” which may not be, I thought their catalogue was quite eclectic. I’ll give them some time to evolve, develop their own sound and acquire some original music and I’ll feature this band more often for sure.

Mr.Adrian Heil – Keys (multiple)
Mr.Quentin Farris – Drums (multiple)
Mr.Andy Wells – Guitar / Vocals (Multiple)
Mr.Christian Turner – Lead Vocals (Multiple)
Mr.Rob Wray – Bass / Vocals (Multiple)

I wanted to take a few moments to talk about what an absolute TOTAL IMPROVEMENT Rib Lickers has made since I last visited them. They have acquired a new manager  Mr. Bob Hundley, who is absolutely what this restaurant needed to improve. As I previously stated THE FOOD wasn’t the issue THE SERVICE WAS, NOW fast forward to this year they HAVE indeed moved up to a whole new echelon of quality.

I buy their sauce RELIGIOUSLY and their rubs equally the same at IGA in Russellville Kentucky (Also locally owned). I DO GET Big Macs but you know I TRY to keep it local if I can. Now the new manager shared many future ideas with me that I cannot tell you about yet, but I CAN SAY that he has changed the gift shop around to better serve guests with more bar area, which from a business aspect was a smart idea to me. EVERY SQUARE FOOT should generate income, if it only generates fluctuating income….it’s dead space. I can walk into ANY establishment and tell you whether or not I’ll walk into it next year, if the stools are not generating 10g a year (in my opinion) it won’t last.

This manager PERSONALLY escorted us to a table for the show and it wasn’t only me, I SAW HIM go to EVERY table and greet guests as an engaged manager. I saw him fill drinks and take trays, I watched him open the door for people. The Kitchen Manager also came to us, and was enthusiastic about the future of Rib Lickers!

The price to me was also fair for the ribs, I usually expect 1.50 a rib, 6 bones and 8 ribs..12.00 usual done deal to me. A half rack with sides is a little more but SO WHAT, I tell you it’s well worth the price to go there to eat because you get live music. PAY A LITTLE MORE FOR FOOD THAT PAYS THE BAND PEOPLE. See how this works, they are up there working for you.

 

May 182018
 

By Joshua Wallace

You might be familiar with Bobby Mackey as the owner of Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, KY which is listed as one of America’s most haunted locations and has been featured on shows such as Ghost Adventures.  Aside from owning one of the afterlife’s biggest night clubs, Mackey makes some great country music himself. If you’re familiar with the Ghost Adventures episodes which featured his establishment, you might also know that his biggest hit was a haunting tune called “Johanna” which was featured on an album by the same name.  Mackey is back with his latest release titled I’ll Go Down Swinging which is a follow-up to 2013’s Country Music Lives On. This new record continues Mackey’s tradition of making straight forward classic sounding country records. Let’s dig a bit deeper into this one.

The album kicks off with a rocking tune called “I’ll Go Down Swinging” that puts you right back into the days of the country music outlaws and sounds like it would have fit with the best of Waylon or Merle any day.  I love the honky tonk piano throughout this track. Another favorite is “What They Call Country”. This song takes current country radio to task for not playing real country music anymore claiming that current “country” singers stole the name of country music.  It’s a song that longs for the days of classic country music.

Continuing on with the theme of longing for classic country music is the tune “ The Great Haggard Songs”.  Bobby Mackey takes the style of a slower Merle Haggard tune to reminisce on his passing and the music he left us.  It’s a another great tribute in the line of great Haggard tribute songs. Finally, “The Barnyard Song” is a fun love song that uses barnyard animals for a play on words.  I love the moment where the song even breaks the fourth wall. You get a sense that the song is very aware of itself and how cheesy it is.

Bobby Mackey proves that classic country music is not dead with this release I’ll Go Down Swinging.  He makes some good traditional country music while at the same time reminiscing on days past. This album is available everywhere digitally and CDs are available at Bobby Mackey’s Music World.     

Favorite Tracks : I’ll Go Down Swinging, What they Call Country, The Great Haggard Songs, The Barnyard Song, Lucille

 

Bobby Mackey – I’ll Go Down Swinging (2018)

  1. I’ll Go Down Swinging
  2. This Day Was Made For us
  3. Mohair Sam
  4. What They Call Country
  5. You’re Not Lisa
  6. A Couple More Years
  7. The Great Haggard Songs
  8. The Barnyard Song
  9. You Ought To Hear Me Cry
  10. Lucille
May 182018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Jason Boland & The Stragglers are releasing their 9th studio album in Hard Times Are Relative.  It’s the follow-up to 2015’s Squelch and this one gives fans more of the traditional Texas country music they have come to expect from Boland and company.  This album is yet another great addition to a growing catalog of great red dirt and Texas country.

The album opens with a killer duet with Sunny Sweeney titled “I Don’t Deserve You”.  It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album and lets you know that you’re in for some good hard country music from the moment you press play.  Another favorite is the slower reminiscent track titled “Do You Remember When?” which reflects on better times in country music like when three quarter time was still a thing.  It’s one of the more creative approaches to this kind of track and I dig it.

Another favorite is “Tattoo Of A Bruise”.  This is one of the faster tracks on the album and I dig the fiddle playing by Nick Worley on this one.  Finally, “Grandfather’s Theme” gives you a sense of the album’s overall theme of looking back in the face of change.  It’s a good sentimental tune that is a highlight of the record.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers have put out another fine red dirt record in Hard Times Are Relative.  You can’t go wrong with this album if you’re a fan and this record is a good starting point for people who might not be as familiar with Jason Boland’s music.  At 9 albums in I believe it is safe to call Jason Boland a traditional country and red dirt legend as he just gets better with every release. Hard Times Are Relative is available everywhere on May 18th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : I Don’t Deserve You, Do You Remember When?, Tattoo Of A Bruise, Grandfather’s Theme, Bulbs

 

Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Hard Times Are Relative (2018)

  1. I Don’t Deserve You
  2. Hard Times Are Relative
  3. Right Where I Began
  4. Searching For You
  5. Do You Remember When?
  6. Dee Dee OD’d
  7. Going Going Gone
  8. Tattoo Of A Bruise
  9. Predestined
  10. Grandfather’s Theme
  11. Bulbs
May 122018
 

 

 

From day one they have initially been the source of the for the HOME of THE Bluegrass Hall Of Fame, so it’s about time that their name reflects that aspect of the institution. This museum also proudly hosts the annual ROMP Festival in Owensboro and does many great things for their community on a grand scale.

In 1991 this is what their core statement was “The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the world center for the presentation of the history, culture, and future of bluegrass music. We develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music through an exciting and educational experience.”

Fast forward to 2018 the museum will re launch calling itself ‘The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame And Museum”. On the weekend of October 18-20th 2018, the institution will do just that…re open with  a new name and attitude, same mission.

Executive Director Chris Joslin stated, “We have been the home of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame since day one, so it’s time our name reflects that. Much like the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we are the worldwide destination for our genre, bluegrass music.”

Joslin added, “It’s more than a name change. This new branding sets the stage for the October grand opening of our new facility.”

May 112018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Last month I had the opportunity to see Brent Cobb perform live at the Due South Music Festival in Thomasville, GA.  At this show, I heard a lot of this new album for the first time and it blew me away in a live setting. I’m here to tell you that this music is just as good recorded as it is live.  Brent Cobb has produced an album of country funk and swamp music at it’s finest. This is a big departure from his previous album Shine On Rainy Day which was mostly an acoustic storyteller affair.  The stories are still here and Brent can spin a yarn or two about the small town southern life, but there is a new sonic direction on this album that takes it to the next level.

One of the album’s pre-release singles was “Mornin’s Gonna Come” which is a catchy tune about getting drunk and the morning after.  It has a swampy funk riff that will have dance floors moving for sure. Another favorite is the more mellow “Come Home Soon” which is a southern rock ballad about missing home in small town Georgia.  Another favorite is the acoustic track “High In The Country”. This track would have fit in on Shine On Rainy Day as it is avery strong southern rock inspired singer-songwriter track.

One of my favorites when I saw Brent live was the killer rock track “30-06”.  It combines swampy funky riffs with some great guitar soloing by guest instrumentalist Charlie Worsham.  Finally, another favorite is Brent Cobb’s tribute to fallen country music troubadour Wayne Mills. It’s a touching tribute that doesn’t touch much on the violence that took Wayne’s life, but instead chooses to celebrate how he lived.  I fully believe that the little bit of Wayne’s music that we have in recorded form can stand next to country legends like Merle Haggard or Waylon Jennings and the more ears we get listening to his music the better.

Brent Cobb has released a monster of an album with Providence Canyon.  The new sonic direction of this record and the live performances that will go with it solidify Cobb as a master of country funk.  If you dig you’re country music with a psychedelic 70’s funky swamp music theme to it, get this record. I can see nothing but big things for Brent Cobb if he can maintain this kind of sound with the quality of songwriting he offers on this record.  I look forward to hearing more and I highly recommend checking Brent out live if you get a chance to this year. Providence Canyon is out everywhere music is sold on May 11th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Mornin’s Gonna Come, Come Home Soon, High In The Country, 30-06, If I don’t See Ya, King Of Alabama

 

Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon (2018)

  1. Providence Canyon
  2. King Of Alabama
  3. Mornin’s Gonna Come
  4. Come Home Soon
  5. Sucker For A Good Time
  6. High In The Country
  7. If I Don’t See Ya
  8. 30-06
  9. Lorene
  10. When The Dust Settles
  11. Ain’t A Road Too Long
May 082018
 

 

Mr. Joshua Wallace wrote a damn fine review of her new album entitled “Girl Going Nowhere” which was proclaimed the biggest debut by a solo Country artist this year. Also she is the most added female artist, most added new artist with a debut single and her video for the song “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega premiered very high on CMT.

In early April the album debuted at number 3 on the Emerging Artists Chart on Billboard Charts and arrived at number 7 on the charts in total.

The launch is powered by her debut album Girl Going Nowhere, which arrives at No. 7 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 49 on the Billboard 200 with 11,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 9,000 were in traditional album sales, as the set starts at No. 7 on Top Album Sales.

Concurrently, McBryde’s breakout single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” reaches new peaks on the Hot Country Songs (No. 30) and Country Airplay charts (No. 32). The track earned 6 million radio audience impressions (up 12 percent), 1.6 million U.S. streams (up 10 percent) and 3,000 downloads sold (up 45 percent) in the tracking week.

I relate to her hard working ethic and the way she is building her fanbase, because her methods are much like mine in every way. Fan by fan, show by show, and venue by venue. I have a strong feeling you will be seeing and hearing more of her on this website.

May 062018
 

You know folks I do a LOT of these festival articles, A LOT… for those that do not follow me as much I write 175 of these per year, and this one of them at the TOP of my radar list I haven’t physically been to…yet. Up there in Northeastern Ohio you have my fine friends at Duck Creek Log Jam are at it again for some early summer camping fun.

From their website:

The Duck Creek Log Jam is part amazing music festival and part classic camping trip, set in the Midwest’s most scenic region, Ohio’s Hocking Hills! Get ready for a genuine, family-owned, off-the-beaten-path music festival where you can stomp your feet, holler out loud, meet new friends, party the night away and enjoy a truly great outdoor festival experience.

What Makes Duck Creek special?
We are dedicated to providing you with a stripped down and authentic music festival experience in a beautiful natural setting. Our “small-by-design” approach ensures that you have room to spread out a bit and won’t have to deal with the long lines and overcrowding you find at other fests. We focus on keeping things simple, creating a respectful (yet fun) party atmosphere, and providing a soundtrack that will get you Yee-hawing!

Duck Creek ain’t your Grandpappy’s Bluegrass Festival!
Yes, we focus on Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Roots, Rock and what have you, but our acts tend to be more of a modern interpretation of the classic genres. Expect some high energy and fast moving performances.

We hope to see you at Duck Creek…Yip! Yip!

Giving Tree Band

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Doc Robinson

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Tripped Up String Band

Coal Cave Hollow Boys

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May 062018
 

This weekend I traveled down to Murfresboro Tennessee to a local bar called Handlebars to see Mr. Josh Morningstar and Mr. Billy Don Burns play sets tonight, as they kick off their tour together of several stops across the United States. I haven’t caught up with either of these rascals lately, so maybe we will hear some new songs from them as well as old classics.

Both of these artists have achieved many accolades on this website through the five years I have been operating, and trust you me, I fully plan to continue my coverage of their music. I’m about to try some of the food here, and get settled into my work area to write. As I continued to write and eat I’ll tell you what, the menu was large and the food was GREAT. Handlebars is a 24 hour bar in Rutherford County that serves some wonderful breakfast, however they also have a “brown bag” rule. Meaning you can bring in your own liquor, and I think that was part of the problem of later on in the evening. The patrons were BEYOND inebriated and unruly and (I’ll mention this several times)….THEY WERE….BARKING AT ME….next time I will bring Milk Bones treats.

Handlebars is the oldest established biker bar in the city of Murfresboro that has a spacious outdoor area and an outdoor stage however tonight they had the guys perform inside. This bar DOES allow smoking,so if that’s a problem for you this may not be your place to see live music as you WILL get smoke blown in your face as you eat. I’ll be honest with you, it didn’t bother me as much as it would some however there were indeed s few things that did bother me.

The bar itself is laid out good and has a nice stage area, however I would not come back for another band or songwriter even if the drive wasn’t really too bad. If the show is truly good, and the stage is nice by God you know I’ll drive it up or down any state. But this establishment has patrons that are so unruly and savage that it just kills the positives of this evening…I mean THEY WERE BARKING AT ME…ALL NIGHT they sat there and barked LOUDLY. I do NOT expect a bar to be library but come on people, for crying out loud drink your beer and listen to the songs!

This will be an acoustic set from the both of them with Mr. Josh being up first for a set, however with the outside area and bar games in full swing the music area is a little off on it’s own. But when it gets full it can get incredibly loud beyond what I’m accustomed to, and I had to write down my food order because the bartender couldn’t hear me yell my order out. Did I mention the patrons BARK LOUDLY ALL NIGHT, THEY DO not communicate like people they YELL ALL NIGHT….

Mr. Josh Morningstar opened with a pretty cool intro to set the mood before going into the title song from his latest album called “Whole Lotta Crazy”.  He included covers on this set tonight, as he went into “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and then continued to play more from his latest album like ‘Damn These Birds”.

Mr. Josh shows his true reverence for Traditional Country Music in every set he plays, as he included Hank Williams Sr. “Your Cheat’n Heart”…and he introduced Mr. Billy Don Burns, who opened with ‘That’s Alright”. Mr. Billy was ON POINT all night, and told us he has been feeling the best he has in quite some time. He also included “Rock On”, and “Lonesome 77203” . He pretty much played selections from all four albums and many of his older hits that were cuts.

Tonight Mr. Billy played his most poignant song he has, called ‘Dark Side of The Spoon” which haunts me to this day, being a recovered addict myself of many years. I swear I hate those lyrics but at the same time I love them so much, and as he bellows out the lyrics to “Hank Williams Lonesome And Keith Whitley Blue” , he raised the roof off this place…..despite their barking. In case you missed that….THEY WERE BARKING…LIKE WOOF WOOF BARKING. Grown men….barking.

He played the song that Cody Jinks cut on his last album called “Gaylor Creek Church” and followed that up with ‘Desperate Men”. The sound in this little stage area was really good, and I could hear really well.  Now I’ll tell you a little tidbit of news here, Mr. Billy Don played a new song called “The Stranger Is Getting Stranger”. Now, this album is going to be on the new Cody Jinks album called ‘Lifers” , and it will be out in June.

Mr. Josh then continued his portion of the set with his song that will also be on the Cody Jinks album called ‘Must Be The Whiskey”. So make sure you run out and grab that album when it drops!  Billy Don Burns got to play the song Johnny Paycheck cut called ‘outlaws At The Cross”, and beforehand told us all a story of Paycheck and Mr. Pat Robertson. Despite the utter chaos that later on ensued in the bar area I still heard some great stories.

“Dead Or Alive” was written at the grave of Billy The Kid and I did indeed get to hear him perform this one at many shows.  Also, he did the song that Willie Nelson cut called “don’t Have A Reason To Go To California Anymore”. Now, on the next set he sang ‘Talk About Crazy”, and one of the songs on “Night In Room 8” Which was number one album of 2016 and from that album he also played”I Was Playing Hank”. Because that album was recorded in the same hotel room that Mr. Gram Parsons died in he played that song, as Mr. Gram died he was at Opryland playing Hank Williams for a job.

Mr. Josh began a second set here tonight with his song “Somewhere Soft To Fall”, and included “Hey Good Lookin” as he always fills his sets up with terrific covers the crowd enjoys! The level of songwriting we are witnessing here tonight is amazing, as he once again plays a Roger Miller song called ‘Dang Me”.

Mr. Billy’s latest album on Rusty Knuckles called Graveyard In Montgomery” boasted his next song here called ‘Graveyard In Montgomery”.  As well as “Running Drugs Out Of Mexico”, and “Outskirts Of Desperate” before he got a request to play ‘Wild Dogs”. He and Mr. Josh played “Honky Tonk Singer On The Highway Of Life”, as they took turns on the verses and told us the story on how they met.

Mr. Josh is now playing ‘The Day Merle Haggard Died Today”  while Mr. Billy returned back with what he said was Shooter’s favorite song called ‘Is He The Writer”, and also played “Born To Ride” and ‘When Lonesome Comes Around”. He told us the story of the time he first heard Mr. Whitey Morgan sing his version of “Memories Cost A Lot” in a cab in Germany. The endless amount of stories you hear during a Billy Don Burns show is beyond amazing in every sense of the word,and I do not think anybody would digress here tonight.

From his “Night In Room 8” album he played “Where Was Love” and Mr. Josh played one off his “Songs For Fools With Broken Hearts” called “Motel Madness” and closed his set with “All That I Been Living For is Gone”. Mr. Billy closed with a few more songs like “Trying To get To Memphis”, and as he appreciated our admiration for him he played one of my favorites called “I Was there”…because he WAS. Mr. Billy lived and breathed in an era many of us only read about in books. He WAS instrumental in ushering in the Outlaw Movement and assisted in the proliferation of it’s tenure in American History.

Did I mention the bar patrons were BARKING at me?

May 052018
 

Collin Raye to Release New Album in Celebration of 25 Years in Music

On Tuesday May 16th Mr. Collin Raye will be releasing a (sort of) new album, where he will re record 25 of his all time greatest hits and release them again. Sixteen of the songs are currently past number one hits from his 25 year history as an artist..see the pattern here?

We haven’t heard from him as far as any new music since 2009 on an album called “Never Going Back”, however he has released several gospel albums since then. Many of the songs he dedicates to little Haley his granddaughter, who died of a severe brain disorder. he also released a biography in 2014, that was a pretty interesting read.

In 2004 he added to the Live At Billy Bob’s collection with a live album that was pretty good and contained many of these hits on it, but he never had much chart success after 2007. Nonetheless he does remain a prominent fixture of 90’s Country performers who were singing more traditional country type upbeats songs, and more pop country ballads.

Collin Raye — 25 Years, 25 Hits Track Listing:
1. I Can Still Feel You
2. On The Verge
3. Little Rock
4. My Kinda Girl
5. In This Life
6. All I Can Be (Is A Sweet Memory)
7. Every Second
8. Little Red Rodeo
9. Not That Different
10. I Think About You
11. If I Were You
12. That’s My Story
13. I Want You Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
14. Somebody Else’s Moon
15. That Was A River
16. What The Heart Wants
17. One Boy, One Girl
18. Someone You Used To Know
19. Couldn’t Last A Moment
20. A Man Of My Word
21. Anyone Else
22. The Gift
23. What If Jesus Comes Back Like That
24. Love Remains
25. Love, Me
26. Undefeated (Bonus track)
27. She’s With Me (Bonus track)
28. Shall We Gather At The River (Bonus track)

May 052018
 

This week I got the chance to ask my buddy Colter Wall a couple questions and I am happy to share that with you guys now. Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoy it. If you do or you’re just a fan of Colter’s music please share this so that more people may hear about him.

Round 1 – You’re from Canada, how does the music scene differ there from what it’s like here in the U.S.?

Mr. Colter – “Music scenes are sort’ve regional I’d say. From what I can tell each city or town has a “scene” of its own. Obviously, the states is a bigger market to play to but I’m partial to playing back home.”

Round 2 – You have a song called Motorcycle so I have to ask do you ride and if so what kind of bike do you have?

Mr. Colter – “No right now my only set of wheels is the the band van.”

Round 3 – I know you have a new album coming out soon, is there anything you can tell us about what to expect or when it may be released?

Mr. Colter – “It’s a collection of songs concerning the plains and western culture I figure. Being a northwesterner myself, I’m pretty excited about this one. I’m hoping to have it out sometime this fall.”

Round 4 – I love pets so I always love to hear about people’s pets, do you have any if so can you tell us about them?

Mr. Colter – “I don’t have any pets at the moment.”

Round 5 – What hobbies do you have, what do you enjoy doing outside of the music World?

Mr. Colter – “I enjoy going fishing whenever I can.”

Last Call – This is a final open question so you can say what ever you want to the fans reading this

Mr.Colter – I just want to say thank you all for listening!”

May 042018
 

By Joshua Wallace

If you’re looking for an early 90’s country throwback with a smooth voice look no further than Randall King.  This name might not be familiar folks outside of Texas and that is okay, this album is a good introduction. If Garth Brooks can recommend his music on his Inside Studio G Facebook program, it can’t hurt to check it out, right?  Let’s dive into this self titled debut full length LP from Randall King.

We kick things off with a foot stomper that fully displays Randall King’s skillful crooning right off the bat.  It’s a track that lets you know you’re in for a record that is similar to the George Strait inspired country of Aaron Watson but with a early 90’s Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson influence.   One of my favorites on the album is a slower number called “Mirror Mirror”. This song showcases King’s vocal range and if you listen hard enough it sounds like an early Garth Brooks tune. It’s that good.

Another favorite is “Break It”.  You always hear country singers lamenting about country music using the old line “if it ain’t broke, don’t break it”.  This turns that on it’s head and gives you a completely different message of “if it ain’t broke, break it”. It tells you to not be afraid to step out of the box and do your own thing.  Another favorite track is “Dent In It” which takes the phrase “I put a dent in it” and uses it in several ways across the song. It’s another fun track that highlights King’s vocal and songwriting ability.  Finally, “Reason To Quit” is a nice slower song to end the album on with King going with a more subdued singing style on a track that parallels addictions and heartache.

Randall King’s self titled debut is very promising and I look forward to hearing more from him.  He’s got an amazing voice and a refreshing style that harkens back to good early 90’s country. We all need a little variety and while I love the 70’s outlaw country sound, a lot of folks are doing that.  I think we’re starting to see traditionalists start to think outside that box and do real country their own way. Randall King’s self titled debut album is available everywhere digitally as of April 27th, 2018 and you can get a cd copy through his website.  

Favorite Tracks : Freightline, Mirror Mirror, Break It, Tuggin’ On My Heartstrings, Dent In It, Reason To Quit

Randall King – Randall King (2018)

 

  1. Freightline
  2. Takin’ Me A Heartbreak
  3. Mirror, Mirror
  4. Break It
  5. Cool Under Pressure
  6. One Goodbye
  7. Tuggin’ On My Heartstrings
  8. When He Knows Me
  9. Dent In It
  10. Keep Her On The Line
  11. Her Miss Me Days Are Gone
  12. One More Won’t Hurt
  13. Reason To Quit
May 012018
 

WESTPORT ROOTS FESTIVAL

Unites​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​fans​ ​of​ ​roots​ ​influenced​ ​music​ ​in​ ​Kansas​ ​City’s historic​ ​Westport​ ​neighborhood.​ ​ ​From​ ​Bluegrass​ ​to​ ​Southern​ ​Metal,​ ​Honky​ ​Tonk​ ​to​ ​Folk,​ ​this music​ ​festival​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​lineup​ ​in​ ​an​ urban​ ​setting.​ ​Enjoy​ ​65​ ​acts​ ​on​ ​2​ ​stages​ ​Memorial​ ​Day weekend,​ ​May​ ​25th​ ​through​ ​27th,​ ​2018.

Westport Roots Festival is back and better than ever. Located in the heart of the historic Westport Neighborhood and now in it’s 5th year, Westport Roots will showcase 65 bands on 2 stages over Memorial Day Weekend. It all kicks off with the official Pre-Party at Westport Saloon Friday, May 25th. Saturday and Sunday, we kick things into high gear with 2 stages, both within a stones throw of one another. Best of all, you will be able to see each and every band and take your Four Roses Bourbon with you as you bounce from stage to stage with your friends. Bluegrass, Honky-Tonk, Rock and Roll, and everything in between!

Please Keep in mind, The Friday Night Pre-Party is held at The Westport Saloon and is only a 200 person venue. A seperate Pre-party ticket is required for this night.

How much do tickets cost?

  • Saturday/Sunday passes are $70
  • Single day passes are $40
  • Pre-party passes are $10
  • Early Bird passes are for all 3 days and cost $50 while supplies last
Can kids come to this event?Unfortunately no, this is a 21 and over event.
Where do we stay?AC Hotel is the official sponsor. There are several hotels in the immediate Westport area, but be sure to book in advance!
Where do I check in?Tickets, and Will-Call, will be located at the East entrance of The Westport Saloon for the pre-party on Friday, May 25th. Saturday and Sunday the Will-Call tickets, and check in, will be at the North entrance of The Westport Saloon.
Can I buy tickets the day of?Yes. Visit us at the Will-Call and ticket booths. It will be $10 more.
Can I pay to just visit one stage?No. No you cannot.
Where can I find an exact schedule?A working schedule is posted on the website, however set times are subject to change. There will be an exact downloadable/screenshot version available before the Festival and printed copies at the ticket booth.
What time does the music start?Music starts at 7pm Friday, May 25th, Noon on Saturday, May 26th, and Noon on Sunday, May 27th.
Does my ticket guarantee that I can see every show?Not in entirety, but yes. You can get to see every band this year. We have slimmed down our stages to three, all within a stones throw from each other.
Where do we eat?Westport is home to many delicious restaurants. Visit http://westportkcmo.com/. If you are looking for 24-hour/late night food, we suggest Town Topic or Chubby’s on Broadway. If you are looking for the best BBQ in town, try Arthur Bryant’s or Slaps.

 

Westport Roots Festival is back and better than ever. Located in the heart of the historic Westport Neighborhood and now in it’s 5th year, Westport Roots will showcase 65 bands on 2 stages over Memorial Day Weekend. It all kicks off with the official Pre-Party at Westport Saloon Friday, May 25th. Saturday and Sunday, we kick things into high gear with 2 stages, both within a stones throw of one another. Best of all, you will be able to see each and every band and take your Four Roses Bourbon with you as you bounce from stage to stage with your friends. Bluegrass, Honky-Tonk, Rock and Roll, and everything in between!

Please Keep in mind, The Friday Night Pre-Party is held at The Westport Saloon and is only a 200 person venue. A seperate Pre-party ticket is required for this night.

THE LINEUP:

Chris Rodrigues And Abby The Spoon Lady
Hillbilly Casino
Joseph Huber
Porter Union
Shawn James And The Shapeshifters
Possessed By Paul James
The Dead South
White Ghost Shivers
A.J.Gaither
Abraham And The Old Gods
Black Irish Texas
Blackgrass Gospel
Caleb Ryan Martin
Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
Dead Man String Band
Eric Sommer
Dig Deep
Dusty Rust
Frankie Banjo
Hangman’s Hymnal
Granny Tweed
Grassfed
Jimmy Swope
Jocephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Keil And The Coyote Boys
Rachel Kate
Randall Conrad Orlinger
S.S.Web
Rock Bottom String Band
Saddle Of Southern Darkness
Saint Christopher
Tail light Rebellion
The Big Sky
Tejon Street Corner Thieves
The Bastard Children Of Booker Noe
The Dirty mugs
The Breakfast Sides
The Dirty Beet Brothers
The Ford Theater Reunion
Truckstop Honeymoon
The Urban Pioneers
The Underhill Family Orchestra
The Well
Tyler Gregory
Tyler Giles
W.T.Newton
Wallula
Whiskey For The Lady
whiskeyDick
Willi Carlisle

This festival is located in downtown Kansas City in what they call the Westport District, and there are two hotels within walking distance of the Westport Saloon here are the links:

There are just so many little nook and crannies to eat at I still find new places each year I go to this one.

AC Marriott
816 Hotel
Embassy Suites
Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

And as always I will be researching this festival immensely and adding any I find, and after going in person for the year I’ll find even more. I FULLY intend on helping them grow through a multiple area media campaign I will introduce to you here. I have talked with the owner of the Westport Saloon and he told me the AC Mariott sponsors this event and offers reduced rates to the attendees.

Keep your eye on www.WestportRoots.com as we announce lots of special party hosts, add-ons, special guests and more sponsors!

80 acts for $40 if you buy now. $50 at the gate. This festival is cheap because of our CORPORATE SPONSORS! We’ve gone out of our way to find companies that support live music and are relevant to your interests!

Drink Four Roses Bourbon, Beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co and wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly! These guys truly support independent roots music without question.

And don’t forget WRF is Ameripolitan Music Official approved!

May 012018
 

By Joshua Wallace

I first came across Joe’s Truck Stop with the 2014 EP release called Free Showers.  It came out around the height of the punk fueled string band craze and it fit in well with that genre.  It felt like a bajo fueled country record with some attitude. Fast Forward to 2018 and the band are finally releasing their first full length album called American Dreams.  There have been many lineup changes since the EP, but they’re still very much a banjo fueled country band. The music is calmer and more country with a western swing feel to it this time around.  This is a good change as the scene has changed since 2014 and more traditional country is more popular than the punk fueled country that was featured on the EP.

One of my favorites on this record is “Banjo Pickin’ Tobacco Spittin’ Gal”.  It’s a bluegrass fueled country song that has humor and is just plain fun. This one will have toes tappin’ at live shows for sure.  “Don’t Go To College” is a cautionary tale about learning more about the world before diving headfirst into it. It’s a lesson we could all learn eventually.

“The High Road” is another fast country tune that is a fun toe tapper.  I love the duel solo by Andrew McPheter’s banjo and Ben Sweeney’s lead guitar on this one.  “(Don’t) Put A Nickel In The Jukebox” goes into full on honky tonk territory with a sad country song about not being able to stand hearing sad country songs.  It doesn’t get sadder than that. “Knockin’ Boots” is a good dancing song, however you like to dance. Finally, “American Dreams” showcases Joe Macheret’s songwriting abilities.  I love the reference to Hank Snow’s “I’ve Been Everywhere”. It seems like something the band could have fun with live.

American Dreams shows what could be a promising future for Joe’s Truck Stop.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 4 years for the next release because I look forward to hearing more.  I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a good traditional country record with some killer banjo playing that really sets this band apart.  American Dreams is out now on Joe’s Truck Stop’s bandcamp and is available on CD May 11th.

 

Favorite Tracks : Banjo Pickin’ Tobacco Spittin’ Gal, Don’t Go To College, The High Road, (Don’t) Put A Nickel In The Jukebox, Knockin’ Boots, American Dreams

 

Joe’s Truck Stop – American Dreams (2018)

  1. Blues For Two
  2. Banjo Pickin’ Tobacco Spittin’ Gal
  3. Don’t Go To College
  4. When I Say
  5. Dreamin’
  6. The High Road
  7. (Don’t) Put A Nickel In The Jukebox
  8. Moon Sang
  9. Knockin’ Boots
  10. One More Night
  11. American Dreams
  12. Peace Of Mind
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