Jul 292018
 

Aaron Watson is a household name in the Texas Music scene, and someone I have been keeping my attention on for some time now.  And just recently he released a new video for the song “Run Wild Horses” from the newest studio album called ‘Vaquero”.

He has been touring relentlessly across America, and involved with many festivals. Right now we are eagerly awaiting his LIVE album called ‘Live At The World’s Biggest Rodeo Show”, which was recorded in front of 65,000 people on the opening night of the Rodeo Houston in 2017.

When ABC News spoke to Mr. Aaron he had this to say:

“We had planned on releasing this album in the second half of 2017, but after the storm it just didn’t feel right,” Aaron reveals. “I’ve always wanted my music to do good in the world and it became clear that there was a real opportunity to hold onto this project and release it on the one year anniversary of the hurricane.”

“So much of my home state of Texas was affected,” he adds. “Hopefully by bringing the recovery efforts back to the forefront, it will remind people that there is still so much work left to do.”

In addition to the live retrospective of Aaron’s 18-year career, the set also includes the acoustic bonus track “Higher Ground,” which he wrote while the storm was happening.

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Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, the “pioneering independent’s” (Cowboys & Indians) 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, is set to release on August 24, 2018, marking the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on the south Texas coast (August 25, 2017). The Category 4 storm caused $125 billion in damage according to the National Hurricane Center and impacted 13 million people in 41 Texas counties. $1.41 from each album sold will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, in recognition of the widespread devastation across Watson’s beloved home state. Recorded live in front of 65,000 fans on opening night of the 2017 Rodeo Houston, the album is particularly poignant to the Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter.

Here’s the complete track listing for Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, which comes out August 24:

“These Old Boots Have Roots”
“Freight Train”
“Real Good Time”
“Raise Your Bottle”
“That’s Why God Loves Cowboys”
“That Look”
“Outta Style”
“Bluebonnets (Julia’s Song)”
“They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To”
“Fence Post”
“Wildfire”
“Getaway Truck”
“July in Cheyenne (Song for Lane’s Momma)”
“Higher Ground”

 


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Jul 292018
 

 

This special program runs until August 19th…. Have you heard of “Americana at the Ryman”? Our friends at the historic venue have put together this amazing new series running every Sunday from July 15 through August 19.

Tickets for each show are available now for $40.50 and can be purchased by clicking on the images below. If you buy a series pass, you can sit in your favorite seat for all six music-filled nights!

I’m not totally sure of more dates to be added, however I would have deemed that this series would have lasted up until the September 11th launch of the 2018 Americana Festival week here in town, which I shall be a part of this year. This scene in general is one that I shall be investing more time into for years to come, as I need to.

 

Buy Your Tickets
July 15 - Budy Miller & Friends feat. Lee Ann Womack, Tony Joe White, The McCrary Sisters, Parker Millsap and Elizabeth Cook July 22 - Jim Lauderdale, Williams Fitzsimmons and The Secret Sisters
July 29 - Mark O'Connor Band & Brandy Clark August 5 - Alejandro Escovedo, Hayes Carll and Caroline Spence
August 12 - Amanda Shires & Caitlin Rose August 19 - Justin Townes Earle & The Band of Heathens
Jul 282018
 

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A LOT of people that collect vinyls love getting into the live series of recordings like the New West Records versions of Live from Austin Texas.Well, this series recorded Live at Billy Bob’s In Texas is one of them as well. In 2018 it marked it’s 20th year of iconic recordings, and here just recently Mr. Josh Ward recorded the 50th album in the series. Also recording this past year was Shooter Jennings, and one yet to be announced in the fall.

Artists who have participated in the series range from national country music stars like Tanya TuckerRoy ClarkT. Graham BrownExileJohnny LeeLarry Gatlin & The Gatlin BrothersCollin RayeMark WillsLynn AndersonJoe DiffieJanie FrickeEarl Thomas ConleyEddy RavenMichael Martin MurpheyDoug StoneT.G. Sheppardand John Conlee to the biggest names on the Texas music scene including Cross Canadian RagweedJack IngramJason Boland & the StragglersKevin FowlerWade BowenRandy Rogers BandStoney LaRueCharlie Robison and more.

Actually David Allan Coe recorded TWO Live at Billy Bob’s records, and the first one is more of my personal favorite than the latter one. I’m quite sure that the venue has NO plans to stop recording, and I have NO plans to stop buying them.

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Jul 282018
 

If you look upon the website of young Colter Wall you will see it says SOPHOMORE ALBUM.Well, in all honesty major media all but ignored his first album Imaginary Appalachia..smaller websites like mine DID NOT. It made my TOP albums of it’s release year, as will this one I’m sure! And upon delving further into this article you will find out just WHY IT WILL.

I have a tON of news to tell you about this young man from Canada, WHY…BECAUSE HE WORKS HIS ASS OFF! This article here he performed sick, just getting over some BAD flu. Mr. Jason Simpson his bassist said they had to carry him into the E.R. because he was relentlessly working to pour his heart into his music FOR YOU.

Mr. Colter doesn’t care about being famous and prestigious, he wants to share his soul with you. he wants to take YOU BACK in time to a world of pistoleers and cowboys. Not only does he want to go back in time, he wants to show you that this way of life STILL EXISTS.

You know despite his father being a politician for a career, you won’t find many politics in his music, like you will Mr. Jason Isbell or others, and that’s fine. What you WILL FIND is warmth and passion for history, and a simple way of life. Poignant lyrics, master songwriting skills and stories of the days of old…all emanating from a man in his 20’s.

I’m going to begin with last weekend as I went to downtown Madisonville Kentucky for the Friday Night Live Series hosted by the city itself and Independence Bank. They REALLY go all out for this with food trucks and a playground for the kids to play, and many activities for everybody. Also they have a jumbo tron television for those that wanted to stay in the back of the pavilion, which is a BEAUTIFUL setup for a stage. The only negative thing I could say is the group of wanna be one per center bikers that are supposedly “security” make it an unpleasant time with the way they conduct themselves.

This was a truly wonderful show tonight, that almost got rained out with an impending storm. Luckily the storm decided to wait until later that night to strike the area, however the ambiance set a really fun mood for Mr. Colter’s set later on.

This show began with a artist I haven’t covered yet, so let’s expose him to you readers now, shall we? This none other than Mr. Andy Brasher and I wanted to THANK his merch department for the stuff, it made this job SO EASY.

His set began with a song you can find on his Brasher Bogue albums called “By God” (the albums are part 1 and part 2). The set went right into his song “Crows And Buzzards” from his 2009 album of the same name, which in my opinion was a really great song!

His style was defiantly different and all his own here, and he displayed some pretty good musicianship. Numerous guitars and harmonicas adorned his lyrics tonight as he shared songs like ” The Devil” pulled from the 2010 album Last Of Our Kind.

He has a new album coming out soon, it was mixed in Los Angeles he stated and he did play some new songs from that album, including other songs like “Outlaw” and another called ‘Just So You Know”. His set DID include some covers like Mr. Tyler Childers “White House Road”, and a Leonard Cohen song called “Hallelujah” .

He closed his set with a new song off the above mentioned album called “Checkbook” and now folks we will be in touch with Mr. Andy soon to talk about this new album forthcoming.

There is a LOT of news to report to you about Mr. Colter Wall as of now, new leg of a fall tour FRESH OFF a newly recorded album with legendary producer Mr. Dave Cobb. He is a part of the upcoming Loud And Heavy Texas festival hosted by Mr. Cody Jinks in his own hometown…on his birthday.

He is a part of SO MANY festivals that I could name right now, but I won’t..I’ll go right into his set which began with his lone acoustic set. He stood lone and stalwart up front center like he owned the place, In time I knew for certain he would grow accustomed to being in the center of attention.

He began with an old traditional song called “Ol Paint” , and went right into new material, with something I adore VERY MUCH..A story behind the song. It seems in Canada, where he is from there was a man named John Beyers that had a trouble buddy. Apparently they drove matching camaro cars, and got into a big fight, one of them drew a .22 and filled the other car full of holes. It truly was a terrific tale of rabble rousing and outlaw life.

He played my favorite song off my favorite album from 1973 “Red Headed Stranger” by Willie Nelson, and as he finished that it was extremely fitting that a train whistle bellowed it’s lonesome sound, and he introduced another new song called “The Trains Are Gone” from his NEW album called “Songs Of The Plains” that you can pre order a deluxe vinyl package right here.

Then he ushered out his band for the song “Thirteen Silver Dollars”as he usually does in true fashion. And join him they certainly do for an entire evening of Country Music. They gave the entire community an evening they cannot forget, as he wove tales of old western stories, like one of my favorites he sings the cryptic murder ballad “Kate McCannon”.

Right as he began the opening lines of Kate McCannon the incoming summer storm rolled in to his left ( our right) and lightning flashed and filled the sky with colors as the accompanying train whistles set the mood for the song. I wish he could have realized what was transpiring as he delivered the song.

“Motorcycle” was included in his set as was THIS GEM HERE called the “Calgary Roundup” and he released a video for this song I have also embedded that here. This song was penned by Canadian Western singer Wilf Carter in the 1960’s.

He went right into “Me And Big Dave”off his recent self titled album that garnered so much mainstream attention last year. Many of the songs from that album were included from that album like the song “You Look To Yours” which featured his well oiled machine band here tonight. Mr. Pat Lyons on steel and Mr. Jason Simpson on bass.

He also played a VERY GOOD cover version of “Big Balls In Cowtown” followed by his closing song called “sleeping On The Blacktop”. You know one of the fine things about his version of cover songs is the way he bends the notes to fit his own unique style of western twang. Now, this next video is another release off the new album called ‘Plain To See Palinsman”.

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I also have some news to report about his fall tour here as he heads out to support this upcoming album, GET OUT and support this man’s awesome show folks. Here is a tracklist of the new album:

The full track list to Colter Wall’s Songs of the Plains:

1. “Plain to See Plainsman” (written by Colter Wall)
2. “Saskatchewan In 1881” (written by Colter Wall)
3. “John Beyers (Camaro Song)” (written by Colter Wall)
4. “Wild Dogs” (written by Billy Don Burns)
5. “Calgary Round-Up” (written by Wilf Carter)
6. “Night Herding Song” (Cowboy Traditional)
7. “Wild Bill Hickok” (written by Colter Wall)
8. “The Trains are Gone” (written by Colter Wall)
9. “Thinkin’ on a Woman” (written by Colter Wall)
10. “Manitoba Man” (written by Colter Wall)
11. “Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail” (Cowboy Traditional)

 

 

Jul 282018
 

 

 

 

 

New West Records 20th Anniversary Box Set [Vinyl]New West Records 20th Anniversary Box Set [CD]

On September 14th you too can own the New West Records BIG 20th Anniversary boxed set, you can pre order it HERE. You know this year, just like many others this label will supplement my TOP 50 of 2018 with MANY GREAT titles. This is indeed one of the forefront labels out now for me, so much great Americana and Country music is released by them.

This past week they released a newly repackaged version of Mr. Jason Isbell’s 2007 debut solo album Sirens Of The Ditch, after he left the Drive By Truckers. This re release contains four songs previously unreleased.

Sirens Of The Ditch (Deluxe Reissue) Tracklist:
01. Brand New Kind Of Actress
02. Down In A Hole
03. Try
04. Chicago Promenade
05. Dress Blues
06. Grown
07. Hurricanes and Hand Grenades
08. In A Razor Town
09. Shotgun Wedding
10. The Magician
11. The Devil Is My Running Mate
12. Whisper (Previously Unreleased)
13. Crystal Clear (Previously Unreleased)
14. The Assassin (Previously Unreleased)
15. Racetrack Romeo (Previously Unreleased)

I’m also eagerly awaiting releases from the Devil Makes Three and Aaron Lee Tasjan among others. New West Records was established in 1998 and has offices based in Nashville, TN and Athens, GA. Our Normaltown Records imprint is dedicated to developing emerging artists and New West also controls the Texas Music Group, which includes the Antone’s and Watermelon Records label catalogs. New West is the home to the expansive and critically acclaimed Austin City Limits album series, which includes releases from Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, R.E.M., Guided By Voices and countless others. Over the last 20 years, New West Records has released albums by Jason Isbell, The Drive-By Truckers, Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Old 97’s, Ray Davies, Ben Lee, Alice Cooper, Vic Chesnutt and more. New West Records has also released several major motion picture soundtracks including the Grammy®-Award winning Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring the song “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)” written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, which won a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award

Since 1998, New West Records has been releasing the finest in Americana, rock, country, folk, pop, indie, and everything in between. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we’re pleased to bring you these limited edition, numbered box sets of tracks spanning our entire catalog, chosen by our artists, our fans, and our owner, George Fontaine, Sr.

This set is split into three collections:

The Road Less Traveled
Selected by the owner of New West Records, George Fontaine, Sr.

Suffer Me – Todd Thibaud
Home – Prescott Curlywolf
Rain – Mount Pilot
Whiskey Glass Eye – Slobberbone
Nancy Sinatra – The Bottle Rockets
Hate To Love – Stephen Bruton
Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You) – Old 97’s
Next To You – Tim Easton
Laredo – Jon Dee Graham
Natural Flair – Nic Armstrong & The Thieves
Tight Tee Shirt – Benji Hughes
Three Easy Pieces – Buffalo Tom
Hummalong – The Drams
Move On Up – Mark Eitzel
George Jones Talkin’ Cell Phone Blues – Drive-By Truckers
Try – Jason Isbell
Stay Inside – Vic Chesnutt
Old Friends – Chuck Prophet
Ride That Train – Grandfather Child
Navajo – Ponderosa

Friends
Selected by you, our biggest fans, through our online voting system. Selections have been re-ordered for your listening pleasure, and are not ranked. Thank you for voting!

Catch My Disease – Ben Lee
Capable Of Anything – Ben Folds
Highway Queen – Nikki Lane
Goddamn Lonely Love – Drive-By Truckers
Summertime Thing – Chuck Prophet
Champaign, Illinois – Old 97’s
Meet Me in the Alleyway – Steve Earle
He’s Fine – The Secret Sisters
California – Robert Ellis
Better Way – Andrew Combs
Hotel Pool – Lily & Madeleine
Champagne and Reefer – The Devil Makes Three
When God Comes Back – All Them Witches
Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me – Ron Gallo
LUCKY PENNY – JD McPherson
Champagne Corolla – Justin Townes Earle
Frankie Please – Rodney Crowell
I Know – Shovels & Rope
Bible on the Dash – Corb Lund feat. Hayes Carll
Dress Blues – Jason Isbell

Family
Selected by New West Records artists, past and present. Stay tuned – the physical box set will contain some short explanations from each of the artists that chose songs for this compilation!

Hold On You – Jeff Bridges
Closer to the Bone – Kris Kristofferson
Memphis Rain – Aaron Lee Tasjan
Won’t Be Home – Old 97’s
Move Me – Sara Watkins
Beach Flowers – Ruby the RabbitFoot
TV – Naked Giants
Kill the Medicine Man – Ron Gallo
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Gasoline and Matches – Buddy & Julie Miller
Lungs – Steve Earle
Dead In The Water – Randall Bramblett
Wild American – Kris Kristofferson
The Last Thing to Go – Kris Kristofferson
I Want to Be with You Always – Buddy Miller feat. Patty Griffin
Where I Like It Best – Rickie Lee Jones
It Ain’t Over Yet – Rodney Crowell feat. Rosanne Cash and John Paul White
From Here to Forever – Kris Kristofferson
Adios to California – John Hiatt
Wide River to Cross – Buddy Miller

Jul 272018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Whiskey Myers is a group that takes influences from southern rock and red dirt music.  They’re out of Palestine, TX and have been around since 2007. Their unique sound bridges hallmarks of southern rock and red dirt country.  Whiskey Myers is an excellent addition to the Tumbleweed 2019 lineup.

Their last album was 2016’s Mud which was produced by Dave Cobb.  The album featured fan favorites “Lightning Bugs and Rain” and “Stone”.  There is also a collaboration with Brent Cobb called “Good Ole Days”. That album peaked at #4 on the US Country Charts and was a major success.

The band experienced success elsewhere with the 2014 album Early Morning Shakes.  That album featured fan favorite tracks “Early Morning Shakes”, “Home” and “Wild Baby Shake Me”.  Before Early Morning Shakes the band released their debut LP titled Firewater. It contains the mega hits “Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd”, “Ballad Of A Southern Man” and “Broken Window Serenade”.

Whiskey Myers received a major boost in exposure recently when their track “Stone” was featured in the Paramount Network television series “Yellowstone”.  After the episode aired, all three albums reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Chart.  The most recent record Mud reached #1 on that chart.  In other news, fans can be on the lookout for new music from the band as they have been in the studio recently.  There is currently no time frame set for this release.  Maybe we will get a taste of their next record sometime before Tumbleweed 2019.

Tickets are currently on sale starting at $79.  They can be purchased at this link.

 

Jul 242018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Cody Jinks has returned with his label debut on Rounder Records called Lifers.  This is a follow up to his critically acclaimed release I’m Not The Devil which reached Number 4 on the country Billboard charts.  Cody has turned in an amazing album with Lifers. I feel like this is a record that over time will be a favorite of many of the Flockers.  Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the songs here.

The album opens up with a killer track called “Holy Water”.  It’s an up tempo tune about fighting the demons you can’t escape and trying to chase them down with a shot of holy water.  I also dig the second track “Must Be The Whiskey” which is a co-write with Josh Morningstar. It’s an ode to whiskey and the reasons we drink that is sure to get honky tonk crowds going wild.

I also love the track “Somewhere Between I Love You And I’m Leavin’” written with Whitey Morgan.  You can hear Whitey in this one and it’s one of Jinks better slower songs. We pick up the tempo a bit with “Big Last Name”.  This song features both Ward Davis and Paul Cauthen on the co-write and it shows. You can hear flares of both men’s style in this track about those women who are always chasing money and fame in the man they marry.  Paul Cauthen also helps out with the track “Desert Wind” and you can hear his funky country-western influence on this Jinks tune.

Most people who have seen Cody Jinks or Ward Davis live are familiar with the tune “Colorado” which was written by both men.  I feel like this is one of those tracks that will be on Cody’s set list for a long time to come. It’s a tune that paints a picture of a time and place the narrator is obsessing over, and we’ve all had those moments we just can’t let go of, even if the connections to them are long past.

The tune “Can’t Quit Enough” is another faster tune about the vices we live with and try to quit.  It also works as a parallel to Cody’s life as a honky tonk singer. I really dig Cody’s take on the Billy Don Burns tune “Stranger”.  It stays true to Billy’s original tune while having a lot of Cody’s style. Finally, the album closes with “Head Case” which is the only tune solely written by Cody Jinks on the record.  It’s a tune that touches on sanity both on a personal level and the questions we deal with as a nation watching our heroes fall due to different mental issues. I really dig the pedal steel solo from Austin Trip to end the album.

Cody Jinks has turned in what might be his best album yet.  I can safely say any fears you had about being signed to a label changing anything about Cody Jinks have been squashed.  This is 100% Cody Jinks and you will know it from the moment you hit play. Jinks has turned in what I feel like is his best album to date with Lifers.  I can’t wait to hear all of these tunes live. Lifers is available everywhere you find music on Friday July 27th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Holy Water, Must Be The Whiskey, Somewhere Between I Love You And I’m Leaving, Big Last Name, Colorado, Can’t Quit Enough, Stranger, Head Case

Cody Jinks – Lifers (2018)

  1. Holy Water
  2. Must Be The Whiskey
  3. Somewhere Between I Love You And I’m Leaving
  4. Lifers
  5. Big Last Name
  6. Desert Wind
  7. Colorado
  8. Can’t Quit Enough
  9. 7th Floor
  10. Stranger
  11. Head Case
Jul 242018
 

Today is HOT HOT and HOT, but I am well rested and I have a nice shaded spot to work in here again, pretty much the same great spot as last night. I’m truly excited about today’s music here in Somerset Kentucky, so excited that I had to wait until the sun began to set before bringing out the computer to sit and work on the actual articles.

When I arrived today the main stage had what they called the Kentucky Americana Women Songwriters, and I did notice Miss Chelsea Nolan up there. I got here right at the tail end of that portion of the event, however I went on over to stage two which was hosted by Eastwood Records

So the first band I covered today was from Louisville Kentucky called Dave Ernst And The Early Favorites, whom have a highly anticipated album coming out in August, but as of now they have an EP out called Superstar. Mr. Frank Green on bass, Mr. Dave Coultas on guitar, Mr. Chris Fuller, Mr. Mike Nix, Mr. Scott Lankford on drums compose the Early Favorites, a damn fine rock, Americana and more….band.

“Turned Away” was their first song they played which displayed some damn fine musicianship and a good blend of Kentucky Rock with other sounds. Followed up with a song called “Rocket Fuel” , this band is just bursting onto the scene here with not much video available or spotify presence. So that means you’ll just have to go and check them out in person and buy the music.

“Pallbearer” was next and that was my favorite song of their set along with song called “Tailfin” which got my attention being about classic cars. Their closing song was the title of their EP called “Superstar”. You’ll have to catch up with this band in the near future folks, and take my word for it…they have big time better days coming soon.

Grayson Jenkins is a Lexington Kentucky based artist now, however he is from West Kentucky like me, hailing from Greenville Kentucky. I have never had the opportunity to cover this man’s music yet, so I was truly excited to watch him play.

He has that special twang that I look for in bands in both vocals and music, like the song called “Junior Walker”, which tells the story of a wandering vagabond. It’s got that special guitar twang and well written lyrics I look for to support on here. “Lincoln” was a terrific truck driving song, with lonesome lyrics, and more twangy song.

“Whirl” was one of the songs from his 2015 album “Down On Southland”. He played a few songs that must have been new songs like one called “Mocking Bird”, and “Jessie Lee”. Also included in his set was a NICE cover of the 1975 Don Williams hit “Love Me Tonight”.

I am absolutely LOVING his music lately, he is one of the ones I had on my bucket list for quite some time here to enjoy. His best song was called “Where I Belong” which is a proud declaration of his Kentucky based music instead of playing on Broadway in Nashville. Another cover included in his set was the cover of the song “Atlantic City”.

Folks this is my buddy Mr. Coby Langham And The Citizens Band who come from East Kentucky as well. I caught up with Mr. Coby right before the festival here on the website and we got the chance to chat. His set included many wonderful songs he has like “The Farm”.

He opened with his song called “All American” which pretty much describes modern America today, and the pill problems of society. The one song I wanted badly to hear was called 5 x 7 but I was still quite happy with what was on his set list tonight here.

Mr. Zane Hilton on guitar was amazing on this set as was Mr. Jason Sinkhorn on bass and as he said Mr. Jason Foster on drums. The somber and slower song called ‘Sober Bible” was an instant crowd favorite here today, and I also want to stress how good of a job the sound crew did on this stage here today.

His last two songs on his set were the songs called “Heroin Girl” which was most likely his most popular song he plays along with “Sober Bible”. He closed with the song called “As The crow Flies’. I pretty much camped out at the second stage today as I wanted to cover almost all of the rest of the remaining acts on the second stage.

Mr. John Clay was a true example of a born musician to me. Despite the unbearable humidity of the early evening he still donned his trademark denim vest. A native of Pikeville Kentucky he began his set with his song “34 Dollars”, I do believe we have all been in that situation….and we still may be.

The song “Running Away” touches me as a person because I had to leave the community I grew up to escape a pretty bad drug addiction in the mid 90’s. I had to leave Wisconsin and chose to come down south to find my birth parents, if I would have stayed I would have never found sobriety. This was a beautiful song, and I have it on repeat on my truck stereo some days.

He also included a song called “Ive’ Made Myself A Bed Today” and also included a pretty obscure cover song by a man some consider to be a Red Dirt Legend, a man named Willis Alan Ramsey. Once he mentioned his name I IMMEDIATELY PERKED UP because I JUST TAUGHT a college class on Texas Roots music, and Mr. Willis, Rusty Weir and Red Steagall were three of the pinnacles of the class. I also touch on Kinky Friedman, Asleep At The Wheel and the different sounds of Texas regional tempos.

Dawg Yawp were a unique duo of guys named Mr. Tyler Randall and Mr. Rob Keenan. They played a very different cultural type folk music and I did enjoy their take on the classic “East Virginia Blues’.

WHAT CAN I SAY about Arlo Mckinley And The Lonesome Sound that I haven’t already said? He is moving up in the music world here, and is well respected within his Ohio and West Virginia scene with his smooth and gentle voice. This man hails from the Ohio area, and I found him from Mr. W.B. Walker as well. If you’ll remember correctly I covered him on the Fifth Anniversary Of W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show.

His voice and his style are among NO OTHERS in ANY genre of realm of music in the world, I mean that with distinct sincerity. He began with one of my favorites called ” Don’t Need To Know”, I mean when he signs the opening line of cigarette smoke…he just GRABS listeners. My old hometown was gossip like that, who’s doing what and who they doing it with…well I didn’t care. If YOU KNOW someone with all the answers for everyone else than THIS SONG is for YOU TOO!

“Right Where You Want Me” was followed by another one of my favorites called ‘Time In Bars” because I LOVE the fiddle opener on this song, it’s basically a good old fashioned two step Honky Tonk song that showcases his awesome vocal delivery here. The recording has GREAT twang and when you juxtapose that twang with his voice, you get a classic down home vibe.

“Just Like The Rest” was included in his set tonight here in Somerset. Now, this was the VERY first song I ever heard him play live, and I just fell into his fan club. Every accolade his fans applaud him with is well deserving from years of hard work.

“Gone For Good” was followed by a song called “Bag Of Pills” which I believe is from his album ‘The Great Depression” he did with Mr. Jeremy Pinnell. Mr. Arlo began his front man duties around 2102 where he donned his name from his Grandfather’s names. I will try to set up an interview with him in a future project.

“A Song Is Born” was followed by another great one called “Waiting For Wild Horses” because it’s a very quiet and stripped down song that also showcases his vocal abilities..this man was indeed a born lead singer, no matter WHAT he says about his alter ego.

The fellowship here on this stage was amazing to me, many of them welcomed me into their scene like they have known me for years. I’m just really glad they all love the work I do, as much as I enjoy doing it. This is just a hobby really, that turned into a bigger deal than I have EVER fathomed it would.

Once again I would like to take the opportunity to praise the vibrant feel of the festival grounds and how warm and cozy this festival truly was. I’ll be honest when I FIRST drove up around the bend I thought I was in the wrong place. Iv’e been doing this kind of work for many many years, and I thought man….WHERE could there be a huge stage in this place?

When I encountered the ticket office I just trusted the flow of things really, it’s a true hidden experience being out here for this event. And such a HUGE support from the community in every way possible, this is truly a high magnitude DIY festival, one of the only few downsides I had was the lack of a pizza vendor. However I may have missed that one, I just enjoy a good slice on the go, many of the ‘on the go” items were available however.

John R. Miller the former member of the band The Prison Book Club, was absolutely amazing here today. He has a new album coming on August 31st called The Trouble You Follow, and he played one called ‘Whale Party” which is on the new album, and to be honest I’m not sure if I’m supposed to talk about the songs at all?

But the first song he played was also from the new album called “Holy Dirt”, “How It Feels In the Light” was next and I can tell you now from the album it is laced with some DAMN FINE steel guitar here. I am already enjoying this album, I’m QUITE SURE my main man will have GREAT THINGS to say about it!

“Red Eyes” was another one he played that will be included on the album, however one of the older ones he played was called “Faustina” , and another older one called “Coming Down”. This young man’s guitar playing abilities is often overlooked in my opinion, if you listen to him closely, you’ll hear wonderful hammer ons and harmonics accompanied with clever lyrics like “Looking for my heart in the lost and found”.

Folks here is a band that is also coming out of the woodwork and into the hallway with one of their best songs called “Waiting For My True Love”, which is an equally nice Honky Tonk tune, with plenty of twang to satisfy even the pickiest of musical palates. Mr.Nick Dittmeier And The Sawdusters are a truly fine foursome indeed.

“Rhythm Of The Train” was another fine song from this Bloomington Indiana based band, who has my friend Mr. Mark Wayne Minnick playing drums for them.  Here’s the entire band lineup: Mr. Nick Dittmeier- guitar/vox Mr. JP Payton- guitar, Mr. Rev. Bob Rutherford- bass, and Mr. Mark Wayne Minnick- drums.

This band has risen up from relentless touring to quickly become a household name in my local scene. I got to enjoy some new songs one of them were called “Love Me Like You Do”, and they did announce a new album arrival date of October 26th.

Miss Amanda Shires has a rich history of deep Country and Americana roots,having been a member of The Texas Playboys, and The Thrift Store Cowboys, but lately she is known for being the spouse of Mr. Jason Isbell. I did watch some of the set however in my opinion the sound wasn’t the best, I couldn’t really make out much of the performance. I opted to go over and try some of that Gold Star chili coneys, that’s something I do not get often!

The final act on the main stage of the night was none other than the Legend himself Mr. John Prine.We haven’t heard from Mr. John with new material since 2005 when his album called Fair And Square came out. He is a multi time Grammy winner and after five decades on the road, he continues to grace the stages of the world with his songs.

This is one of my oldest friends in the music business I have ever had, O’l W.B. Walker himself. I covered EVERY anniversary show on this website from day 1, when he recorded Mr. Tyler Childers on his living room couch. MANY of the bands I feature on here I would never have found if not for him and mr. JJ Waters as well. There is no shame in mentioning others for me, I owe them a great debt of thanks.

You know when Mr. John Prine came out singing “Paradise” W.B. looked at me and said “Well Gary, another memory huh”? I couldn’t have a more blessed life than to be friends with him and Miss Fallon both, good times, GOOD bacon from that cool Kroger store..a coke machine that gives out PBR for nickles.  I watched him win an Ameripolitan Award, hung out with him and Miss Nikki Lane..Yeah Mr. W.B….we have some good memories..It’s time to make more. This above was the festival director Miss Tiffany Finley with Mr. W.B. Walker as he introduced John Prine to us.

From his 1971 self titled album he delivered the “Six O Clock News” to us as I just closed my eyes and delved back in time to my youth, where Mr. John Prine and his ilk ran amuck on Music Row and created history the likes of which Charley Pride, George Jones and even Ernest Tubb owe portions of their success too.

He reverted back to his new album with “Knocking On Your Screen Door”, and back to 1978 with “Bruised Orange” from that album produced by Steve Goodman..which included one of my favorites “The Hobo Song”.  His anti- war anthem from his 1971 debut album called “Flag Decal” was next, taking potshots at phony patriotism.

A two time cancer survivor he still moves with elegance and grace, but doesn’t move around the stage much…because he just doesn’t need to. There is no complicated enigma here, only three chords and the truth. When a man like Mr. John Prine  is gone, he will be gone and he will take five decades of music history with him.

“Caravan Of Fools” followed the epic story of “Egg And Daughter Night or Crazy Bone” from the new album. He told us of the story of he and his buddy in a boat, a time during the 50’s in Nebraska. Apparently the egg farmers would drop their daughters off at the roller rink to go sell their eggs. The city kids would go “hang out” with those daughters, and the weekly event was dubbed ‘Egg And Daughter Night”.

“Grandpa Was A Carpenter” was next as the entire event was singing the words with him, much to his delight as he stood and smiled and held his guitar with complete command of us. He went back to that debut album with the song “Hello In There”. And yet again back to the Tree Of Forgiveness with “Boundless Love” and followed that up with”I Have Met My Love Today” .

He played “Angel From Montgomery” before his band briefly left for a break, and Mr. John stood alone in the July dusk as the moon peaked out from the night sky he went on to play the very poignant and haunting “Sam Stone”. I can tell you this in the VIP tent, while he sang that song..it was silent. The stagnant heat of the night air filled my bones with memories of past drug abuse and made me cry..I cannot listen to that song and not be ashamed. He played “Unwed Fathers” and two more alone and the band returned.

His 1975 album Common Sense boasted the next song called “Saddle In The Rain” and off the new album he offered “God Only Knows” and the best song in my opinion “When I Get To Heaven”. Now before he closed again with “Paradise” he played “Lake Marie” from the 1995 album Lost Dogs And Mixed Blessings.

In closing I got to see Reverend John And The Backsliders perform their song “Monkey” along with a very loud and rocking version of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Crosstown Traffic”. In closing everybody I was truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful event, and I hope I can come back and report more of their festivals in the future. I want to THANK Miss Tiffany and her AWESOME crew for the opportunity to cover their event.

Jul 232018
 

By Joshua Wallace

For those who don’t know, Elias is a WWE Superstar and this album is an extension of that character.  Elias is WWE’s country troubadour, regularly attempting to put on acoustic concerts in front of WWE crowds until he is usually interrupted by whomever he is feuding with at the time.  The album is interesting. It is totally in character and mostly acoustic with a few instrumental flares here and there. The songwriting is obviously the highlight here and it is hilarious at times.  Elias is a wrestling heel or bad guy and these songs are written as such. Let’s take a dive into what is here.

The opening track is probably my favorite.  “The Ballad Of Every Town I’ve Ever Been To…” runs down the towns he’s been in.  It’s a common wrestling schtick to insult the crowd you are performing for, but this song takes it to another level.  The next track “Elias’ Words” goes into more acoustic blues territory and takes the insults up a notch. Elias straight up insults all of his fans here.  It is an example of great heel character work and great songwriting. He tells a kid that started playing guitar because of him that the one thing that separates him from Elias is that Elias is a star.  He thinks very highly of himself and no one else is special in his eyes.  “Nothing I Can’t Do” changes it up a bit and Elias creates a ballad on the piano instead of guitar this time. Once again, the lyrics are very braggadocious with Elias proclaiming that he even wrote this song on piano to prove there is nothing he can’t do.  It’s also the track that showcases the most vocal range from Elias and I hope for more like this. Finally, “Walk With Me” is Elias explaining his catchphrase “Who wants to walk with Elias?”. This track changes things up a bit with a killer solo towards the end.

I really dig this album and hope it is a taste of a full album to come soon.  Elias on TV has been supportive of country artists like Chris Stapleton and others.  If you have seen his performances on WWE programming, the album pretty much sounds like that with the exception of the piano ballad.  While this record won’t win any awards, it’s a fun tongue in cheek 14 minute EP in a world where a lot of music is taken too seriously.

Favorite Tracks : The Ballad Of Every Town I’ve Ever Been To…, Walk With Me         

Elias – WWE : Walk With Elias (2018)

  1. The Ballad Of Every Town I’ve Ever Been To…
  2. Elias’ Words
  3. Nothing I Can’t Do
  4. Walk With Me
Jul 212018
 

 

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

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

David Allan Coe
O Connors Irish Pub September 8th

Janie Frickie
Red barn Convention Center September 8th

Josephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Exit Inn September 9th

Old Crow Medicine Show
The Ghost Of Paul Revere
Ryman Auditorium September 14th

Cody Jinks
Iroquiois Ampitheater Louisville Ky Sept 14th

Shane Smith And The Saints
The Basement East Sept 19th

Miranda Lambert
Country Music Hall Of Fame September 19th and 26th

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

Dylan Walshe
The Basement September 30th

John Prine
Ryman Auditorium October 5 and 6th

Rye Davis
Riblickers October 4th

Kristiana Murray
Tommy Ash
The Basement October 4rth

Whiskey Myers
Plaza Theater October 5th

John Moreland
The Warehouse Mt. Victor October 5th

Lost Dog Street Band
Matt Heckler
Arlo McKinley
Exit Inn October 5th

Leftover Salmon
Exit Inn October 7th

Supersuckers
Exit Inn October 14th

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

The Tillers
Willow Tree Johnson City Tennessee Oct 26th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th

Rye Davis
Sidelines In Glasgow Ky October 10th

Connie Smith
Renfro Valley November 2nd

The Mavericks
Schermerhorn Symphony Center November 8-10th

Dave Alvim
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
3rd And Lindsley November 14th

Colter Wall
The Basement East November 14th and 15th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Warehouse Mt. Victor November 17th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington Ky November 21st

Tyler Childers
Exit In November 29,30 and Dec 1st

Kacey Musgraves
Ryman Auditorium Feb 27th 2019

Kasey Musgraves
Bridgestone Arena March 1 and 2nd 2019

Jul 212018
 

Right now I am enjoying the first act on the main stage presented by the Don Fanklin Family of dealerships and it is a duo called LaMay And Reese. Actually I am sitting in the V.I.P. tent which was over by the merchandise area for MMF, and it was quite pleasant and relaxed in here.

This festival had amazing amnesties for their bands and media, and a REALLY HELPFUL STAFF for the audience,  all of these folks are ALL volunteers and are going out of their way to make sure everyone is well hydrated in this heat. Throughout the entire weekend, I am always returning to different portions of these articles to update new things, and I need to once again stress the staff. ALL WEEKEND I witnessed them doing extraordinary acts of kindness and hospitality to me and other patrons, I was PROUD to spend merchandise money here to support this community.

The college grounds offer a wide array of shaded areas for the patrons to utilize as they are exposed to the wonderful music that is about to transpire here. Another NICE thing about this festival was the ambiance of it all, this is a family friendly event, where the kids can run around and I can leave my equipment in one area and not worry. In fact, one of the former board members kindly watched my belongings all weekend while I reported from stage two (which I shall address here shortly), and shopped for merch.

The V.I.P. tent was generously supplied with food from the wonderful folks at Hardees on HWY 27 with delicious burgers and chicken sandwiches all weekend. However I’m going to rave about the Gold Star Chili coneys and the pulled pork nachos too. Diabetes be damned I ate this weekend, I love some pulled pork nachos.

One thing I wanted to express the importance of safety to this festival, VERY SMART LITTLE THINGS I noticed about the layout of this festival. See, this is a science and it takes an army to make it function, but it ALSO takes a brain for details. Port Potty doors facing AWAY from traffic flow so children cannot be injured running out of them, golf cart trails AWAY from main roaming areas, power cords coated with swimmy noodles.

Really the only thing I would have added were flag strips on all tent support ropes, and whomever had the idea of the kettle corn vendor in the main audience area did REALLY WELL, it got me to make an impulse sale just by smell alone. Oh YES food sales at festivals are 60-75 percent impulse sales based.

LaMay And Reese were introduced and steamrolled into a song called “Fireball Mail’, which was a locomotive song, recorded by Earl Scruggs. But in 1951 Roy Acuff also released it, as well as The Lonesome River Band in 1994. The next song was an original they wrote called “Silent Lonesome Sound”, that was created while he drove from New York to Texas on an often time basis. That song for me was easily ascertained to be quite personal to me, I could feel how sincere he was.

Their next song was an old traditional song called “The Cuckoo” and that was followed by an old Bob Dylan tune from 1956 and it was called “Takes A Lot To Laugh, Takes A Lot To Cry”, off of the album called Highway 51 Revisited. Perhaps the best song of this set was one he wrote to encourage her to marry him called “Down By The Willow Grove”, and he said it worked because ten years later they were married.

They played a Dwight Yoakam song called “The Heart That You Own” off the 1990 album called “If There Was A Way”, however their next song called “I Gave Her A Ring”, had a terrific hook in it. You will just have to check into this song here to get the full experience of that hook. In addition I wanted to stress on the vocal harmonies of this duo, it was really enjoyable if you like folk type music.

The next song was called “Hang Me Oh Hang Me” and it was featured in the movie Inside Llewyn Davis. They played another one Uncle Dave Macon recorded called “The Morning Blues”. My final FIRST impression of the main stage was that the emcee did NOT come up for long a duration and push to much information. They were all very succinct, and brief however on the same note they riled up the audience for the other stage and upcoming acts.

Now folks it’s time to move to the side stage for a little bit to see Mr. Eric Bolander. Earlier this week I got to stop and chat with Mr. Eric about what he’s got going on right now, and we talked about his album “The Wind” which I bought on vinyl. As the sun is beginning to set here in Somerset, I can readily enjoy the approaching relief from the heat today. Once again there were too many sponsors that make this event transpire, and I have a wonderful little spot here hidden away to work on these articles while the bands play. I’m going to go into further details about the sponsor of the second stage further into these articles.

They played a really enjoyable set here tonight, as he mentioned earlier the trio brought a bluesy sound with an Amerciana twist, and one can easily ascertain the heavy influence of John Moreland in this man indeed. He stood stalwart in front of his band tonight on the Eastwood Records Stage.  “Closer To That Flame” was his first offering from “The Wind” album, along with the song called “The Road”. Now, if you’ll recall him saying that particular song spawned the rest of the songs off that album by itself.  I was really impressed with the well written lyrics of the song “The Road”, it just flows so smooth and laid back….speaking of laid back here comes Laid Back Country Picker, more on him later!

All of his songs were originals tonight, like the song called “Do It Right”, and the song that he wrote about the first time he held and looked at his daughter called “Fly (Ava’s Song). Very soulful delivery of those heartfelt lyrics. His first album called Postcards To Myself was represented by the song “Get Carried Away”, to which he made the remark of a song that describes running away from his wife. Mr. Eric left us with satisfied hearts as he played the song called “Maybe I”….The smaller side stage was by NO MEANS a meager substitute for the main stage, OH NO not at all. In fact with all of the nice benches and places to enjoy music here, this was an impressive set up.

This property out here at the Somerset Community College sure is a nice place to hold an outdoor festival of this magnitude, with all the special events going on field wide, it’s hard NOT TO have a blast out here. I am absolutely enjoying myself so far this weekend, what a terrific festival to be a part of here.

Bendigo Fletcher and the bands that followed were different in their own way, and as I ate some wonderful supper in the shade here I heard this band perform their song called “Wonderfully Bizarre”, and they rocked out to other songs as well before I heard them play one called “Sleeping Pad”.

The folks over at the medical tent were SO NICE to me this weekend, and offered a clean place to take my insulin and check my sugars this weekend. They gave out free sunscreen and wipes to me all weekend, and although I had to have my own pills on me (some festivals have little lockers) they were skilled and helpful. One of them was even a diabetes educator, and we got to talking about metronics and insulin pump supplies. I made so many new friends here this weekend I was just gushing with glee.

One of the bands I didn’t know anything about was this one Joslyn And The Sweet Compression now folks I will be honest I missed quite a bit of their set. But I WAS IMPRESSED and I WILL make it up to them in the future…THIS BAND had so many different influences. I LOVE OLD Mowtown and they reminded me of that style, but the lead singer Miss Josyln made me tired just watching her dance.

I do remember the song “Honey, Be”, and one called “What Did You Think”. Folks I must tell you THIS BAND had rhythm and soul, I was reminded of Soul Train and all those wonderful REAL bands from American Bandstand and that era.

Each player in their own right displayed prominent love for their respected place in this band. Together you just had a damn well oiled machine full of greatness that I regret missing in total form, but you know there has to be time to eat and gather notes. This isn’t easy what i’m doing here…and bands like this are the downside of having to STOP to monitor my sugar and prep for my meals.

Before this next band that played on the second stage tonight there was a young lady named Bee Taylor whom brought a heavy dose of rock and roll and Americana here this weekend. In 2016, she released her debut album and has a self defined sound as ” Somewhere between Waits and Winehouse”.

My dear friends from East Kentucky just kept coming out for this one, as did my friends Luna And The Mountain Jets who consist of husband and wife Miss Teresa and Mr. David Prince ( AKA Laid Back Country Picker), and accompanied by Mr. Hayden Miles and Mr. Kenny Miles who are also with the Wayne Graham Band.

This is an Appalachian dirt roots rock band, and that’s all I can say about them. You cannot deny their strong sound or their classic rock infatuations, and never fail to entertain me when I see them. I was first introduced to them from my buddy W.B. Walker (whom I shall touch on later).

Most of their set list from today came from their 2016 offering called “Telling Stories” like the powerful song “Thanksgiving Day” which I’m sure we can all relate to family issues of that holiday. “Lies And Envy” had a good vocal delivery tonight, added by the superb sound job the crew did on this stage here, the instrumental portion of this song was good…. I had some issues on the sound at the main stage the next night.

“That Thing You Said” was from the first album Luna from 2006, there are three albums total. “Walking Away” was a breakup song pretty much with an upbeat tempo. Some of their songs are more on the lengthy side with all of the instrumentals, which is one of their strong points here.

The songwriting was pretty good on the song “Pepsi Girl” in a Coca Cola town, I felt that way last week when I returned to the place I grew up and didn’t recognize ANYTHING..lost in your own hometown. “Firefly” was next and they closed their set with the song “It’s OK”, both from the 2016 album. That was the conclusion of the second stage for the first day, and I returned to the main stage for a band I have been salivating over seeing ALL DAY.

Brace yourselves my dear friends because here is a band I speak VERY highly of, and have been digging into a LOT lately called The Dead South and much like Colter Wall (whom I recently also spent time with) they hail from Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. Mr. Colter played a previous Master Musicians Festival as well, and they also contributed to Mr. Colter’s debut album Imaginary Appalachia on the song “Johnny Boy’s Bones”.

This is a foursome band (with a pictured fifth member, I’ll explain in a bit). At this particular time we had  Mr. Nate Hilts, Mr. Scott Pringle, Mr. Danny Kenyon and Miss Eliza Mary Doyle. This band came out with a slow paced song of darkness and woe called “The Recap”, which recaps a life of violence.

Many of their songs are about alcohol abuse and other vices like the song called “Every Man Needs A Chew”. These people dress the part they portray as fact, and their delivery is furious like the very first song from their 2014 offering Good Company called “Long Gone”.

Now Miss Eliza is currently on banjo, whom is actually a studio player that was hired after Mr. Colter their original banjo player was forced to leave the band due to exhaustion and fatigue from a rigorous touring schedule. We were told recently that the original banjo player Mr. Colter will soon be returning to the fold, with songs included in their set like “Banjo Odyssey” they need a good banjo picker.

2016 brought about their album called Illusion And Doubt, which delivered their next three songs one called “Boots”, which was absolutely loud as thunder and hell. This band plays like a well oiled machine with NO FLAWS whatsoever, they ram their songs up your ass with NO mercy. “The Good Lord” was a more slower and calm song with a hint of ragtime sound that I REALLY enjoyed the message here. This band juxtaposes so many great sounds into their own unique brand of darkness.

“Miss Mary” was next followed by the song called “That Bastard Son” with a young man looking for whores and the wild side of life. Because they have absolutely NO regrets of their lyrics in fact their signature song which got more response than any was called “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company”. That song begins with a thump and simple whistling that eventually rolls into a cryptic banjo roll, and creepy vocals.

As the sun began to set here in Somerset, and the dusk ushered in the night, they closed with their song called “Honey You”. Folks I CANNOT stress this enough GO SEE THIS BAND! They WILL BE selling out bigger venues VERY SOON, and The Dead South will be leaving a wake of corpses and burned villages along the way!

So now let’s talk about the last final act of the first day here, New West Records very own JD McPherson. Honestly as I write this, I’m also involved with another article about New West’s 20 year boxed set available SOON. His new album from last year called Undivided Heart And Soul brought us his opening song called “Desperate Love”.

This young man is just pure out simple rock and roll awesomeness and energy. His stage presence rivals none other in the game, and you get a LOT of bang for your buck on this cat. The twang and old time sound of his song “Crying’s Just A thing That You Do”, entertained the entire crowd here. The young kids were jumping around and older folks were jamming to the beat as well.

Mr. JD is well known for his ripping guitar solos, and with ‘Fire Bug” the beats and the solos overpowered the audience tonight. This man and his band mean business when they take the stage, and there is no dead air between songs on his set.

He just steamrolls from one song into another on this type of deal, like ‘I Can’t Complain” which has a really neat rolling piano entry tempo. I REALLY enjoyed the blues influenced guitar solos on this song, just absolutely amazing guitar work accompanied by easy to understand lyrics. One of his last songs I remembered was called “Country Boy”, one nice thing about Mr. JD is that all of his songs easily compliment each other in every aspect.

“Head Over Heals” was the only song offered from his 2015 sophomore album called “Let The Good Times Roll”, and that’s precisely what everyone did this weekend…we ALL let the good times roll.

Jul 192018
 

By Joshua Wallace

The Urban Pioneers have released their second album of 2018 following the amazing Hillbilly Swing Music.  This album takes a different approach to their sound and is a collection of 10 traditional tunes with a heavy dose of fiddle done in a folksy bluegrass style.  The set is heavy on instrumentals showcasing Liz Sloan’s fiddle playing and Jared McGovern’s banjo picking. Joe Macheret of Joe’s Truck Stop rounds out the band on guitar for this recording while Martin Sargent is on bass.  They recorded it pretty much like you see in the music video accompanying the announcement with the group gathered around one mic. The entire record was done in a five hour fast recording session so it is very raw. It’s practically a live studio record.

The album is heavy on instrumentals such as the opening track “Mississippi Sawyer”.  It is a nice fiddle tune with McGovern providing some clawhammer banjo. It’s a good start to the album and eases you into these old traditional tunes.  “Little Liza Jane” is the featured track on the album which you can hear in the Youtube video released alongside the announcement. Songs like this take me back to the Addicted To The Road album and the style the Urban Pioneers had in the early days.  Another great traditional is “Sugar In The Gourd”. This is another old fiddle tune that highlights Liz Sloan and she does shine here. Finally, it wouldn’t be a strong fiddle album without a tune that had dueling fiddles. Joe Macheret provides the second fiddle for “Flop Eared Mule” which closes out the record.  It’s a tune that will surely get toes tapping and folks out on the dance floors.

The Urban Pioneers have turned in another fantastic record.  This time instead of focusing on the mix of styles that Hillbilly Swing Music provided, they focused on the hillbilly side of their sound and gave us an album of fiddle driven bluegrass and folk tunes.  Joe Macheret of Joe’s Truck Stop adds some great guitar and fiddle playing to the record. It really reminds me of some of the earlier Urban Pioneers recordings, but everyone is much butter at what they do with the band having 4 full length albums    This album was produced to help raise funds a legal defense for Jared McGovern. I can’t say much about the circumstances surrounding this other than he was accused of a felony theft and needs to raise funds for a lawyer to claim his innocence. All proceeds from this album will go to that end.  You can purchase the album in CD or digital format or just donate to the cause at the band’s website.

Favorite Tracks : Mississippi Sawyer, Little Liza Jane, Crow Black Chicken, Sugar In The Gourd, Sourwood Mountain, Flop Eared Mule

Urban Pioneers – Play 10 Old Timey Favorites (2018)

  1. Mississippi Sawyer
  2. Little Liza Jane
  3. Back Up And Push
  4. Crow Black Chicken
  5. Sugar In The Gourd
  6. Red Wing
  7. Cindy
  8. Pig’s Foot
  9. Sourwood Mountain
  10. Flop Eared Mule
Jul 132018
 

A few days ago I had the opportunity to stop and chat with Mr. Eric Bolander who hails from the small town of Garrison Kentucky, and brings a colorful flavor of acoustic folk and Appalachian Americana.

We are both preparing ( in our own ways for ) the upcoming Master Musicians Festival that is about to transpire July 13th and 14th. We are both excited to be a part of this hallowed event, that has continued for twenty five years now. The hotel staff here are WELL AWARE of the festival, and it’s importance to the community.

GHC:

How are you Mr. Eric?

Mr. Eric:

I’m good man, I’m about to play the Southgate House right now with Arlo McKineley.

GHC:

Yeah I want to get to interview him too, I have to get with Miss Julie because they are going to provide a quiet spot for the media to conduct them with y’all.  So let’s see, how did you get started in music?

Mr. Eric:

Well, that’s kind of a complex question and to be honest if you interviewed me tomorrow, it might be a different answer every time. I didn’t actually try to start playing guitar at all until I was eighteen, I went to college at for a year until I came to UK. But I met this friend and I bought a guitar, and he taught me some chords, and I watched a lot of bands and started singing along.

Next thing you know I’m in a band in my twenties playing all kinds of music..and here I am!

GHC:

What inspired you to write your newest album “The Wind”, let’s talk about that?

Mr. Eric:

Well, the track off that album “The Road” I had that song written, and honestly I had that one when my first album came out called “Postcards To Myself”. I already had that one written as some of the new material I was working on, and I had lot of things that spawned from that song.

I would say that was my biggest influence, sort of a self influence there to a degree. Just mainly from subject matter like that.

GHC:

Who influenced you the most out of any genre?

Mr. Eric:

Man, with what I’m doing the Americana and Folk thing, I would have to say John Moreland. He is one of my biggest influences because of the way he approaches songwriting.

GHC:

What do you plan on bringing to Master Musicians Festival, like as far as a band setup?

Mr. Eric:

My trio, Seth Murphy plays cello, and we’re going to have Ben Caldwell on drums.

GHC:

Besides the Southgate House, what have you got going on lately?

Mr. Eric:

A handful of things actually, besides tonight I’ll be on the bill at Kickin It On The Creek out in Irvine Ky. I have a handful of things that are shaping up right now, like a few more dates out in Missouri. And then the trio is doing a nice run around the first week of October, I’ll be updating the website in the next week or so with more tour dates and things like that.

GHC:

Good deal, I had your poster with some dates on it on the side bar for a while.

Mr. Eric:

I have got quite a few dates that I’m still getting confirmed, and next week I’ll be ready to roll on that.

GHC:

Just like Mr. Coby Langham I also found out about you as well from my friend W.B. Walker.

Mr. Eric:

That’s awesome, the recorded stuff or the live stuff?

GHC:

The live one.

Mr. Eric:

Yeah that was fun, and it was nice to finally get to meet him. He’s a good heart, just a big music fan pretty much.

GHC:

Same with me, I’m just an ordinary guy with a website. I had a bad past, and I just figured out how I can contribute to it as best as I can.

Mr. Eric

Well I appreciate it, Gary.

GHC:

Alright buddy well it looks like I’ll see you in a few days at the festival. You take care and travel safe.

Mr. Eric:

Thanks Gary, you do the same.

Jul 102018
 

 

This weekend…man I am so super stoked to be experiencing a new festival, this is the twenty fifth year for this wonderful building block of the community, but it’s MY FIRST. You see I work for one hundred seventy five yearly festivals, and sometimes yes they all run together and I can only physically cover so many a year.

Master Musicians Festival we are ALL getting ready to converge upon Somerset Kentucky and quench our thirst for GREAT music from SO MANY genres, DON’T HATE that I deviate from Traditional Country sometimes. I love so many genres and that’s why I choose to specialize in festivals, because I meet SO MANY bands in one area.

So this evening I sat down on the phone with one of the Saturday acts Mr. Coby Langham since I knew of him and I enjoy his music, very little was featured about him. Well now let’s change that and get him out there to YOU my dear readers, so PLEASE greet him out there, buy some stuff to give him gas money. Let’s show this talented young man some LOCAL LOVE HERE!

GHC:

You are one of the ones on a few rosters that doesn’t include as much bio on, so I wanted to get you on here. More than almost any one else because I’m really enjoying your music, and I’m not as familiar with you. I became familiar with you this year through W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show, whom I hope to get to chat with soon. It’s so damn hard to get each other at once..but that’s a GOOD thing.

So why don’t you tell us all more about ‘Sober Bible”, and what you got going on? Tell us what you are doing lately buddy?

Mr. Coby:

Well, that song is like most of the stuff I write. It comes from personal experience and that’s kind of why I started writing songs, it was just kind of a way for me to deal with things that were going on in my life. I never expected this to go anywhere, or anything like that.

That’s one of the most personal ones that I ever wrote and it’s pretty close to how things were in my personal life for awhile. It’s about stuff that my wife was dealing with at the time, it was really just for my enjoyment and all of a sudden everybody kind of started digging it. I decided to put it out there, and it’s really one of the only songs I actually recorded in the studio. The very first day ever in the studio we got that one down!

GHC:

Who all played on that recording for you?

Mr. Coby:

Linda Jean Stokley from The Local Honeys played fiddle and sang backup vocals on it, and Zane Hilton played guitar on it, and my nephew Tyler Downey was on that as well.

Now, that was at Shangri-La in Lexington Kentucky, and Tom Hnatow produced and engineered that track for me.

GHC:

Now, do you do a lot of touring right now?

Mr. Coby:

I’m not really, you know I’m a working guy and I have kids at home. It is growing however, I mean this year it was kind of a hobby playing around town a little bit. I live in Danville Kentucky, so just these last few months we have been getting out a little farther away.

We have been playing Somerset, I haven’t really done any touring stuff yet but we talked about it. I haven’t had the opportunity to do it with all of my responsibilities or the time really. It’s hard to do that and feed the family when you are just starting out.

GHC:

Well, we’re going to try to help you!

Mr. Coby:

That sounds good to me buddy!

GHC:

How did you get hired to play Master Musicians Festival, let’s talk that?

Mr. Coby:

I got a call from them out of the blue, I’m not really sure. I know a few of the people that are on the board that operate it, and I think some of them came out to hear me play in the past. I knew they liked my material, but I got a call from them and that was the EASIEST YES I ever said, along with opening for Colter Wall.

GHC:

What do plan on bringing us at Master musicians Festival?

Mr. Coby:

We’re going to have a full band, lead guitar, bass and drums. We only got thirty minutes, so we cut out slower stuff and we will rock it out a bit. We will get everybody going and it should be a lot of fun!

GHC:

Will it be all original music, or will there be covers?

Mr. Coby:

Oh no, it’ll be ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC. That’s what we’re trying to do mostly, I mean on some of the longer sets I may have to throw in a few covers. Most of the time we are just doing all original stuff though.

GHC:

I look forward to covering you, I really do. I like your style and your music this spring at the V Club was really enjoyable. It was terrific meeting you!

Mr. Coby

Thank You it was nice to meet you too. We are defiantly a work in progress, and every show gets a little bit better. And feels a little better, and the boys Iv’e got playing with me are phenomenal. I feel really good about the direction we are going in by all means.

GHC:

And who will be playing with you, are they the Citzen’s Band?

Mr. Coby:

Yeah, JJ Waters named them that, it was his idea. Iv’e got Zane Hilton on lead guitars, he is fantastic. Everybody keeps trying to steal him away from me. My friend Jason Sinkhorn he is playing bass. He basically learned to play bass guitar just for me, so he can help me out and I really appreciate that.

We just got a gentleman named Jason Foster to play drums, which has been a little fluid problem for us. But he is going to start playing with us as of the festival here this weekend. He is amazing man, he just jumps right in and plays with everyone.  It’s a hot little band right now, It’s nice to have these guys to help me out.

GHC:

What got you started into music?

Mr. Coby:

I learned guitar when I was young, when I was fifteen I took lessons and I was really into the whole grunge thing. I played in some grunge cover bands when I was a kid, and I tried to write a little but back then it wasn’t going well. Now, there was a long time I didn’t pick the guitar up, I just had some babies and just kind of put it off to the side.

Just a few years ago I picked it back up after a really long time and I started back at it.

GHC:

Who influenced you more than anybody? Any genre.

Mr. Coby

Well I always liked the old Country stuff, Dad played it around the house. A lot of Bob Seger, Tina Turner, but what got me really interested into music was my brother in law. He would invite me to his house and say hey you gotta listen to this.  He had Jason Isbell on, and he played it for me. I had never heard anything quite like it before, that talked about things the way he did.

He amazed me so much it made me want to start writing again, Kind of sparked me once again. I really like the old Waylon and George Jones, and I have been on a Huge Fred Eaglesmith kick lately.

GHC:

Good deal, well listen it sure was nice talking with you and I hope this turns on more people to your music my friend.

Mr. Coby:

It sure was a pleasure, Gary and we will see you this weekend for the festival!

Jul 102018
 

One of my all time favorite concert collections that exist is the Live At Billy Bob’s Texas series, and I pretty much rush out and buy all the latest ones. Well, now on June 29th Red Dirt/ Texas country road warrior Mr. Josh Ward who is riding high on his 2018 new album called “More Than I Deserve”, recorded the fiftieth album in the series overall.

You know his album is already on my radar for TOP 50 of 2018, and I’ll be honest he may hit it TWICE if this live album is any good. I do include live albums, and I am eagerly awaiting this one in my player. His first single called “Home Away from Home” was a damn fine Honky Tonk shuffle song complete with all the bells and whistles of a GREAT Country music album.

All eleven songs on this album truly are relatable to me as a fan, and compliment each other truly well. I just love the arrangement of the lyrics and the way the fiddle and steel accompany his honest lyrics, I hear a LOT of Mr. Dwight Yoakam influence in his songs like “Another Heartache”. Also, I hear a lot of Mr. Daryle Singletary in his vocal deliveries, this album makes you want to crack open a cold bottle of your favorite beer and take up smoking Marlboro.

My friend from Kansas City Wildflower Soul Photography got to capture his VERY FIRST headlining show in Texas at Gruene Hall this past spring,and she did a mighty fine job of capturing that show on photo. In the business we kind of help each other out, and I got her to Shooter. Last year I got to name one of my Tumbleweed articles after her “Queen Of The Railriders”, because I SAW TRUE passion for the music in her.

In fact his camp announced that on September 2nd he will be returning to the iconic dance hall to headline another night of Country Music, to which I think he so richly deserves!

Jul 11
Moonshine Beach
San Diego, CA
Jul 12
B Ryders
Bakersfield, CA
Jul 13
Barrelhouse Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, CA
Jul 14
Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo
Sacramento, CA
Jul 18
Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 19
The Museum Club
Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 20
Last Exit Live
Phoenix, AZ
Jul 21
Hoots Pub
Amarillo, TX
Jul 25
The Big Barn – Dosey Doe
The Woodlands, TX
Jul 26
Thirsty Horse Saloon
San Antonio, TX
Jul 28
Alpo’s Barn
Muleshoe, TX
Aug 03
Schulenburg Festival
Schulenburg, TX
Aug 04
Hank’s Texas Grill
Mckinney, TX
Aug 10
Silver Saloon
Terrell, TX
Aug 11
Sam Houston Race Park
Houston, TX
Aug 17
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Delcambre, LA
Aug 18
Mo’s Place
Katy, TX
Aug 24
Cody Johnson & Friends
Austin, TX
Aug 31
Hillbilly’s
McAllen, TX
Sep 01
Brewster Street Ice House
Corpus Christi, TX
Sep 02
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, TX
Sep 12
Black Sheep
Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 13
Warehouse 25 Sixty-Five
Grand Junction, CO
Sep 14
The Cowboy Saloon & Dance Hall
Laramie, WY
Sep 20
Washington County Fair
Brenham, TX
Sep 28
Cabooze
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 04
3rd & Lindsley
Nashville, TN
Oct 12
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Conroe, TX
Jul 092018
 

Red Barn Convention Center

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There are so many wonderful options up there in Ohio for local music as far as festivals and local bars, but THIS place called the Red Barn Convention Center that features some truly GREAT house shows including dinners, much like the newly built CabaRay dinner theater that Mr. Ray Stevens built.

If you click HERE You’ll find excellent dinner choices and seating prices. From 5:30 to 6:30 you can enjoy a nice home cooked meal, followed by a show. NOW you do NOT eat while the show goes on, you will move to your seats for the show in the front.

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Jul 082018
 

I been pretty busy in 2018 so far, with everything I supervise and do myself. I truly do my best to keep an eye on over five thousand bands from multiple genres, and one hundred seventy five festivals nationwide. Ergo, I have indeed been keeping my eye on Mr. Cody Jinks here lately..in fact I just went to visit with Mr. Josh Morningstar who recently wrote the first single from the upcoming album “Lifers” out on July 27th, and will include eleven new songs. You can pre order the new album HERE

I wanted to wait until my time was right to lump a bunch of Cody Jinks information together into one heaping plethora of greatness and NOW I SEE that he has announced a September 15th show at Ascend Ampitheater in Nashville Tennessee. Now my dear readers, as far as I know tickets aren’t on sale yet, BUT that link for the Ascend Ampitheater is the ticket page.

We knew that he was becoming bigger than the Ryman as well, and three nights of shows are still not satisfying the multitude of fans that are salivating for more Jinks. You know I truly do identify with his new song “Lifers” and I’ll tell you why.

Much like him, I have been beating the pavement for five year, with doors slammed in my face at every turn. But I kept on believing in myself and my passion for real music that I revel in. So many sleepless nights and all nighters behind this damn keyboard. MANY sleepless weekends under intense outdoor heat covering festivals.

I believe that Cody Jinks is an inspiration to me to continue doing it myself and doing things MY WAY, and keep working hard no matter what life throws at me!

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He then just recently released a video for that new song called “Lifers” which I understand was met with some harsh criticism by a number of fans. Well I’ll be honest and truthful no matter who you are or what you do, that’s always going to happen to you. People are going to hate you for no reason, and love you for false ones.

He then announced his own festival, I mean I know quite a few bands doing that but NOT with this type of a gigantic response to the announcement.  So instead of writing a whole new article for Loud And Heavy fest I shall include all of the information on this article here for you.

If you enjoy what I do for this festival I COVER 175 FESTIVALS YEARLY! So go check out some more of the other ones on here, and maybe you’ll discover some new bands you never heard before. Loud and Heavy Fest 2018! August 18 in Fort Worth Texas @ Panther Island! 10 Awesome Bands: Cody Jinks –Whiskey MyersCorrosion Of ConformityWhitey MorganNikki LaneColter WallThe SwordSunny SweeneyPaul CauthenWard Davis.
Ticket Info: http://found.ee/LoudandHeavy

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This from the website concerning the venue:

Located in the heart of Fort Worth, along the banks of the Trinity River, there’s no other venue in Texas that’s better suited for Loud and Heavy’s debut than the beautiful Panther Island Pavilion. Guests at the very first Loud & Heavy Festival will enjoy numerous acres of festival space and 2 stages of music featuring 10 hand-picked artists by Cody himself. Local food vendors, space for childrens activities, art, exclusive merchandise, and exciting sponsors are also on tap for this special celebration. Access to the beach, riverfront tubing and water activities are available until 7PM outside the festival gates for an additional fee (visit Backwoods Paddlesports for more details), all with a view of DFW’s downtown skyline.

After you park your car, you will cross the Trinity River via the walking bridge that drops you directly into the venue for Loud and Heavy. The main entrance, Box Office, and VIP entrances will all be on the venue side of the walking bridge. Panther Island Pavilion is connected to 72 miles of beautiful trails via the Trinity Trails network and offers easy access to Sundance Square, with world-class shopping, restaurants and bars. With the highest decibel levels in the city, PIP will allow us to stay true to our name as we go Loud & Heavy all afternoon and evening on August 18th!

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
4.4

$119
4-star hotel
Upscale pick with dining & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
4.2

$144
3-star hotel
An all-suites hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 16% less than usual
Hilton Fort Worth
4.3

$148
3-star hotel
Historic hotel with free WiFi
Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
4.1

$151
3-star hotel
Warm rooms, plus an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
4.1

$101
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free breakfast & pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Fort Worth, TX
3.9

$93
3-star hotel
Suburban hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth Medical Center
4.5

$159
3-star hotel
Colorful rooms with a casual restaurant
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Worth University Drive
4.2

$98
2-star hotel
Lodging with free WiFi & hot breakfast
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown
4.3

$121
3-star hotel
Extended-stay hotel with an outdoor pool
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
4.0

$159
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with a pool & deli
Free Wi-Fi
Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Worth Cultural District
4.2

$144
3-star hotel
Suite hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free breakfast
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown
4.7

$125
Hotel
Casual hotel with an indoor pool & a gym
Free breakfast
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center
4.2

$125
3-star hotel
Informal hotel with a bar & a gym
Free breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
4.2

$110
3-star hotel
Informal hotel with an outdoor pool
DEAL 20% less than usual
Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
5.0

Hotel
Free Wi-Fi
The Ashton Hotel
4.6

$154
4-star hotel
Elegant retreat with a fitness center
Free Wi-Fi
Stockyards Hotel
4.6

$145
3-star hotel
Landmark property with an Old West vibe
Free Wi-Fi
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
4.4

$149
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth University Drive
4.3

$116
3-star hotel
Modern suburban hotel with a pool
Free Wi-Fi
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fort Worth University
4.3

$129
3-star hotel
Simple lodging with kitchenettes
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
About pricing

Jul 082018
 
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When it comes to Americana and Jamgrass, there are so many festivals that are popping up all over the country that makes a person with a propensity for being addicted to that sound salivate and become excited. This year is the fifth installment of The Redwood Ramble over in the San Fransisco area of California.

Camp Navarro hosts this event from Thursday, July 12th to Sunday, July 15th, 2018. There is also  a charitable recipient for the festival every year, and this year they have chosen  Bread & Roses Presents. Bread and Roses is a nonprofit arts organization with a human services mission that brings hope, healing and joy through live music and the performing arts to people who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or otherwise isolated in diverse institutional settings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jul 062018
 

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This festival is all the way across the state of Kentucky on the other side folks, and you know I mostly feature the little guys and the “do it yourself” ones. But THIS ONE is in it’s 25th year, as one of the finest family orientated festivals in our area, and It’s all because of so many sponsors.

This one is actually thrown primarily by the The The Don Franklin Family Of Dealerships, BUT has SO MANY sponsors that they can keep ticket prices incredibly reasonable because of that. You can buy tickets HERE
This massive event is relentlessly organized and ran by a twelve member volunteer Board Of Directors, and I have dealt with one of them via email on this project, I can tell you they are VERY dedicated to bringing YOU a special experience this year…just like the previous twenty four years.

Now folks, unlike many of the festivals I feature on here THIS ONE has NO CAMPING. I’m going to include some of the history of the MMF on here, and I’ll be updating this with interviews and MORE in the coming months! As most of you know I ONLY TRY to feature the “Do It Yourself” festivals over the more corporate events…you’ll NEVER SEE ME at Bonaroo folks! Keep it LOCAL!

25 Years of the Master Musicians Festival

25 Years of the Master Musicians FestivalPhotograph by KSD

2018 is the 25th year for the premier summer event in the Lake Cumberland region. The 2017 festival headliner was Dawes, while recent years featured Dwight Yoakam, The Counting Crows and Willie Nelson.

Past performers have included Mark O’Conner, “Pigmeat” Jarrett, Doc Watson, Nickel Creek, Richie Haven, JD Crowe, Punch Brothers, Robert Lockwood, Jean Ritchie, The Avett Brothers, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show and hundreds of other captivating acts.

The Master Musicians Festival was named the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Festival of the Year” for 2013 and has been featured in numerous publications and web reviews.

Willie Nelson

Photograph by John Fitzwater

 

MMF poster 2008 15 years

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John Prine
Amanda Shires
J D McPherson
The Felice Brothers
The Dead South
Arlo Mckinely And The Lonesome Sound
Dawg Yawp
Grayson Jenkins And The Resolutions
Joslyn And The Sweet Compression
Bendigo Fletcher
LaMay And Reese
John R Miller And The Engine Lights
Magnolia Boulevard
Nick Dittmeier And The Sawdusters
Coby Langham And The Citizen Band
Eric Bolander
Luna And The Mountain Jets
Bee Taylor
Dave Ernst And Early Favorites
Reverend John And The Backsliders
John Clay











Festival Location

Festival Field on the Campus of Somerset Community College
808 Monticello Street
Somerset, Kentucky 42501

Festival Information

KIDS 12 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE.

Free parking.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase with a valid ID for those 21 and over.
No outside alcohol will be permitted. Coolers subject to inspection.
No pets, except service dogs.
All show times are approximate.
No shade tents or umbrellas permitted; on-site shade tents are provided.
A variety of concessions will be available or you can bring a picnic.
Arts & crafts for sale by The Sheltowee Artisans and other independent artists.
Persons with Disabilities Assistance is available. Contact us at least 24 hours prior to festival opening.

Best Western Somerset
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$99
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn Somerset
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$108
3-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Americas Best Value Inn Somerset
$51
2-star hotel
Pool & free breakfast in basic hotel
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Quality Inn & Suites
$79
2-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Somerset, KY
$72
2-star hotel
Unfussy hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 18% less than usual

Courtyard by Marriott Somerset
$103
Hotel

Modern hotel with a pool & a bistro
Motel 6
$56
Free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Somerset Central
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$94
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL Get 6% off plus free Wi-Fi with loyalty sign-up

Comfort Inn
$80
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Best Western Somerset
$99
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Red Roof Inn Somerset
$59
2-star hotel
Low-key lodging with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Doolin House Bed & Breakfast

Hotel
7 Gables Motel
(14)
Motel · 8064 US-27
MSI Lodging Systems

Hotel · 233 Parkers Mill Way
Villager Resort Cottages

Resort · 86 Villager Resort Dr
Woodson Bend Resort

Resort
Waterfront lodging with a golf course
Free Wi-Fi
Lee’s Ford Resort Marina

Resort
Free Wi-Fi
Economy Inn
Motel · 422 Monticello St
Hillcrest Motel

Motel · 1475 KY-80
Lake Cumberland Resort

Forest retreat with cabins & lake access
Lake Cumberland Resort

Resort · 314 Enchanted Forest Way
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin
4.7

$85
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool
Free breakfast

Jul 062018
 

2016 Country Music suffered a devastating loss as Miss Joey Feek opted to halt chemotherapy, and finish her last days of life at home under home hospice care. She showed the world unprecedented faith in God and the willpower to place all doubts and fears in God’s hands.

My 2017 Top 50 featured Joey And Rory’s re released 2005 album called “Strong Enough To Cry”, only this album was called “If Not For You’. If you haven’t checked out this album,It’s a MUST HAVE in your collection.

I’ll admit that I am a trifle bit late on this one, however I learned that Mr. Rory Feek has been continuing on with his traditional Country Music that we all have come to identify him and Miss Joey for. At one time there was NO disputing the passion that either of them had.

Aug. 10 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Aug. 11 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Nov. 23 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Nov. 24 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Nov. 30 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Dec. 1 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Dec. 7 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall
Dec. 8 — Columbia, Tenn. @ Hardison Mill Farm Concert Hall

Those are the upcoming 2018 dates for the songs and stories of Rory Feek as he performs a series of shows billed as an evening with Rory Feek.  Out in Columbia Tn about an hour outside of Nashville, on their farm, they built a stage and venue to perform on. Instead of touring and incurring the road expenses, he will be hosting shows there, so we can enjoy his music there.

“What Rory does on stage is more like a TED Talk with music, than it is a concert,” Feek’s manager, Aaron Carnahan, says in a press release. “Rory’s an unusually gifted storyteller who is able to weave songs, stories and video components seamlessly together in a way that not only entertains an audience, but also profoundly impacts their character and marriages and the way they look at life.”

Rory Feek has faced so many personal challenges in his personal life that one cannot dispute his faith or his love for his daughters. I have some really good feelings about him and his future endeavors, and I think there is some terrific Country Music coming from Rory Feek.

Jul 062018
 

By Joshua Wallace

When I first heard Devildriver was producing a country covers album, I was intrigued.  I’m all for the mixing of these genres because the current fan base has so much crossover potential.  These kind of projects also tend to force a band like Devildriver to come out of their comfort zone and record in a style they might not typically be used to.  I have fond memories of the Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters album Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free. That album found Ministry’s Al Jourgensen doing country tunes close to the style of Hank 3.  Devildriver take a different approach on this record and do some classic outlaw country tunes 100% in their style. This can deliver some mixed results but in some cases, it does work, especially if you are a fan of both genres.

One of the most notable inclusions here is a cover of Hank 3’s Country Heroes.  The track features the return of Shelton himself contributing vocals in his more metal and snarly voice.  It’s an awesome track to kick off the album with and lets you know what you’re in for from the start. Another cover that kind of works is “Whiskey River” which features Randy Blythe and Mark Morton of Lamb of God.  It can be odd to hear these songs with typical metal screaming vocals, but once you get into the track, it works in an odd way.

The first track beyond “Country Heroes” where everything really clicks is “Ghost Riders In The Sky”.  You might have heard bands like The Outlaws doing a heavier version of this tune already, but Dez Fafara and company take it up a notch.  The song is instantly recognizable even through the growling vocals, and Jon Carter and Ana Cristina Cash’s clean vocals bring something different to the table.  “Copperhead Road” is another track where everything seems to just work in the arrangement. It is instantly recognizable as a metal version of the song and will likely be the tune to crossover and win over country leaning fans.  Finally, I really dig the version of “The Ride” here. Dez Fafara trades vocal lines back and forth with Lee Ving of Fear and the mix of growling vocals and clean vocals works to create a different and awesome take on the David Allan Coe classic.

There are some instances where the band fails to capture the feel of the original country version.  Takes on “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)” and “I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)” fall flat and are the most unrecognizable from the originals.  The album as a whole is a mixed bag. It’s an interesting project for a band like this to take on, and while it is sure to polarize their fanbase and the outlaw country fanbase, it is clear that Devildriver have a passion for these songs and create their metal versions with full respect of the source material.   These kinds of projects are always a case of some arrangements being awesome and some falling flat. It is the nature of the beast. Devildriver’s Outlaws ‘til the End: Vol. 1 is out everywhere today.

Favorite Tracks : Country Heroes, Whisky River, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Copperhead Road, A Country Boy Can Survive, The Ride

Devildriver – Outlaws ’til the End: Vol. 1 (2018)

  1. Country Heroes feat. Hank 3
  2. Whiskey River feat. Randy Blythe and Mark Morton of Lamb Of God
  3. Outlaw Man
  4. Ghost Riders In The Sky feat. John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash and Randy Blythe
  5. I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)
  6. If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will) feat. Wednesday13
  7. The Man Comes Around feat. Lee Ving of Fear
  8. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
  9. Copperhead Road feat. Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists
  10. Dad’s Gonna Kill Me feat. Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory
  11. A Country Boy Can Survive
  12. The Ride feat. Lee Ving
Jul 032018
 

 

 

Back in the the glory days of MySpace when social media was first taking shape to manifest to the next echelon it is today, the Roots music movement was at a high point. My website was young and inexperienced, but ideas were forming in my brain and bands like the Calamity Cubes ( who were the FIRST BAND Mr. Jason booked), Hillbilly Casino ( who has played EVERY Muddy yet), and The Goddamn Gallows came forth to identify with Roots Music. This was 2010, and I was part of that as a fan. I LOVED these bands and the Muddy Roots idea to bring us all into the same central location. It was close for me, and I knew the venue before Mr. Jason even announced the event, so naturally I went.

I have no problems with different cultures or anybody really, as long as they observe the one rule this festival had…..”Don’t Be A Dick”. But when I got there I’ll admit I felt a trifle bit uneasy, because being the human being I am I judged on appearance and not on heart. I was basically afraid of everyone, accept for my VERY FIRST MySpace friend Mr. Bandana.

Now, those of y’all that KNOW ME know I address everyone by Mr. or Miss in my everyday conversations. Well I was pretty much raised to be that way and respect others however HE IS how I began acting that way toward others. If he liked you, he treated you like Gold. If he hated you, best thing to do was leave him alone. He had a DEEP appreciation for these bands coming up, and we shared a knowledge about them that turned into a friendship.

The second year, however turned into my LOVE for these people and the community they formed. It was HOT and by HOT I mean humid and well……HOT. I was enjoying myself but having a VERY HARD TIME keeping my insulin cold. I was getting sick and almost had to leave, you have to expect to eat garbage food at a festival, and I was. Well, Mr. Jason rode past on his golf cart and saw I was sick. He parked and came to me and asked me if I was alright, and I explained my dilemma.

He told me to climb on to the cart and took me to the office (Scooters Bar) where Mr. Herb basically insisted I put all my insulin in his bar fridge AND granted me access to it 24-7. I was floored by this gesture of trust and concern, and from THAT day on I was part of the Muddy Roots family. This is the ONLY music festival I cover where I have attended EVERY ONE. I’m going to add this part from their email I got last month:

9 years in and we’re starting to get local support from local from municipalities and tourism boards. Here’s the thing. Y’all come to town and support local economy and mom and pop shops with your purchases. It’s getting noticed so good on ya!
Did you know that our fest attendees buy every can of Pabst Blue Ribbon from not only the venue at Muddy Roots but all stores in and near Cookeville during the festival? You came for the music but ended up supporting the locals by purchasing in town. This whole thing is bigger than us.
A few years back the Upper Cumberland Business Journal gave us an Ovation Award for tourism. Now local Chambers reach out in support. Hell, even the mayor of Oostkamp came to our Belgian Festival and played drums with the opening act last week. We’ve come a long way from just being the underground movement to making a positive impact. And we’ve done it all without compromising who we are and the music we love.
We host 2 festivals in Tennessee, 1 festival in Belgium, multiple vintage train rides out of Nashville, and own a record shop downtown. We also control a stage at the East Nashville Tomato Arts Fest and a large portion of the TN State Fair. You can count on even more projects down the road so stick around! It’s our daily goal to bring folks to town or bring our culture out to them. Every one of you play a part in that. Thank you.
On top of that, I have a day job selling real estate in Middle TN. So it’s literally my job to bring you to town and find you a place to stay. It’s an easy task for me since I love this place so much. It’s fun for me to show folks around town. That goes double if you are buying or selling a vintage home or pretty countryside estate. There are a TON of ranch homes and bungalows in the area and a hand full of neighborhoods that date back to the 1800’s. ( Shameless plug – Visit my real estate website at www.findahomeintn.com )
Other than all the Muddy Roots events in Tennessee you also have a wealth of music history. We have tons of museums, landmarks, and tours. Don’t forget all the distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Oh, and have you seen our waterfalls and caves?!!! Just move here dude.
Want to be part of our events?
Sponsorship, vendor booths, and advertisement are available by contacting muddyrootsevents@gmail.com
We’ve announced dates bands are playing the Muddy Roots Music Festival. Look for set times announced on our IG an FB. Get your tickets now HERE!

 

I hope you doomer metal junkies are happy, Mr. Jason has gone ape shit mad! I need to be honest and truthful THIS IS my TOP favorite festival to go to, for many reasons and I’m sure you’ll agree with most of them I list in this article. I always take great pride in reporting on this festival because Mr. Jason makes ALL OF US a part of this festival, and always acknowledges that Muddy Roots Music Festival couldn’t happen without YOU!

In the last few years I have had the humble opportunity to watch Mr. Jason grow this little 400 person shindig that started on MySpace with a merch printing business into a GLOBAL phenomenon that has had the chance to go corporate by several offers but has chosen to remain almost completely independently run. In other words you won’t be expecting to pay 4 dollars for a bottle of water, in fact one of the special offers that was infringed upon was the free campfire wood because in 2014 someone decided to light the whole pile on fire!

You can DAMN SURE BET I watch for thieves at ALL these festivals I honor and support for the festival director AND the bands, I “hang out” at the merch tables to see shit going down it’s NOT cool and I WILL turn you in! Pickpockets and ANY rubbish I witness will be HARSHLY dealt with, and PLEASE DO NOT harass the wildlife at the The June Bug Ranch or damage Mr. Jason’s property. We are guests and we are welcome to drink and do as we please isn’t that cool enough that we don’t need to commit crimes? We have ONE rule: Don’t be a dick. You don’t have to toss your shirt over a mud puddle for a lady, but treat EVERYONE nice, we don’t have drama here.

We’re breaking all sorts of social rules. We always have!
Them: You can’t do that!
Us: I can’t even hear your mouth words.
We’re the same folks that booked Black Flag and Little Jimmy Dickens on the same lineup. Same crew that set up independent music festivals in 4 U.S. states and 2 other countries! We rock 2 record labels and slang vinyl out our record shop in a parking structure near the Ryman. We do this all out of pocket with support of blue collar folks like yourself!
WE MAKE NO SENSE TO “INDUSTRY” FOLKS! You might as well put your ipod on shuffle. Do people still have ipods? Not sure. How can you market to people without a tag or a label? We are the “in between” and there are more of us than you know. It’s more natural to not be a slave to just one genre.
And no other fool but us would be as courageous as we have been with our lineups on an independent budget. This year we really expanded our reach. It’s always our goal to find the roots of independent and organic “scenes” and bring them to our field. When you do that you find the heart in sister scenes and meld them. But 2018 we went super bold and grabbed a hand full of big dogs from the genres instead of one or two. We kept with our own brand of up and coming bands to support.
THE GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO MUDDY THE GENRE LINES!
This is not a festival, it’s an independent movement. It has been an inspiration for dozens of smaller events like this. Be part of it.
Show up!
Tickets include free camping and hot showers. Beers are cheap but you can bring your own. Vegan to BBQ to Pho vendors on site but you can cook. You are free to enjoy yourselves so long as you’re respectful to everyone else. We treat you like adults and not children in a corporate barricade. Oh, and we have 2 large waterfalls nearby.
Sponsorship, vendor booths, and advertisement are available by contacting muddyrootsevents@gmail.com
We’re working on band scheduling for the Muddy Roots Music Festival now. Look for set times announced on our IG an FB. Get your tickets now HERE!
  • Wednesday
    6 pm
    The Shitdels INFO
    DIY party $10 early arrival fee per person
  • Thursday
    3:00 pm
    Toe Knee Tea INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 4:00 pm
    Gunsafe INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Black Tarpoon INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Pine Hill Haints INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    Moonshine Wagon INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 8:00 pm
    Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 9:00 pm
    Freight Train Rabbit Killer INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    Viva Le Vox INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    Hillbilly Casino INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 12:00 am
    Reverend Beatman

    INFO

    Wood Stage
  • 1:00 am
    MUDFITS INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • Friday
    1:30 pm
    Kitty Dearing & The Dagnabbits INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 2:00 pm
    Rebecca Jed INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 3:00 pm
    Heavy Temple INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 3:30 pm
    Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 4:00 pm
    Blackgrass Gospel INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Raelyn Nelson INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 5:30 pm
    Scott Kelly (Neurosis) & John Judkins (Rwake) INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Everymen INFO
    Wooden Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    Call Me Bronco INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 7:30 pm
    Kings of the F**cking Sea INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 8:00 pm
    Wovenhand INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 8:30 pm
    Fu Manchu INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 9:30 pm
    Rock Bottom String Band INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    Mondo Generator INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    Sleep INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 12:30 am
    James Hunnicutt INFO
    Spider Monkey stage
  • 1:00 am
    Brea Burns INFO
    Wood Stage
  • Saturday
    12:00 pm
    Blue Cactus INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 1:00 pm
    Molly Gene One Whoaman Band INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 1:30 pm
    Midnight Larks INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 2:00 pm
    Pinata Protest INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 3:00 pm
    Maness Brothers INFO
    Pabst Stage
  • 3:30 pm
    Mudtown INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 4:00 pm
    The Goddamn Gallows INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Stump Tail Dolly INFO
    Pabst Stage
  • 5:30 pm
    Rachel Kate INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Murphys Law INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    OXBOW INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 7:30 PM
    Slim Cessna’s Auto Club INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 8:00 pm
    Reagan Youth INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 9:00 pm
    OM INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 9:30 pm
    Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    T.S.O.L. INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    High On Fire INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 12:30 am
    Those Poor Bastards INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 1:00 am
    Neurosis INFO
    PBR Stage
  • Sunday
    1:00 pm
    Ranch Ghost INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 1:30 pm
    Smoky White Devils INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 2:00 pm
    Grassfed INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 3:00 pm
    Sarah Shook & The Disarmers INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 3:30 pm
    The Tillers INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 4:30 pm
    Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 5:30 pm
    Joshua Black Wilkins INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Denver Broncos UK INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    Dead Boys INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 7:30 pm
    Left Lane Cruiser INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 8:00 pm
    L.A. Witch INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 9:00 pm
    Meat Puppets INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 9:30 pm
    Megan Jean and the KFB INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    Cutthroat Shamrock INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 12:30 am
    The Ghost Wolves INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 1:00 am
    The Calamity Cubes! INFO

SO THE DRUMROLL PLEASE FOR THE 2018 LINEUP!

Sleep
X
High On Fire
T.S.O.L.
Neurosis
Wovenhand
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
Meat Puppets
OM
Reverend Beat Man
Jimmy Duck Holmes
Goddamn Gallows
Fu Manchu
Dead Boys
The Dexateens
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Kid Congo
Mondo Generator
Kings Of The Fucking Sea
L.A.Witch
OXBOW
Those Poor Bastards
Pinata Protest
Murphy’s Law
Reagan Youth
James Hunnicutt
The Calamity Cubes
Hillbilly Casino
Sarah shook and The Disarmers
Carrie Nation And The Sepakeasy
Joshua Black Wilkins
Stump Tail Dolly
Megan Jean And The KFB
Viva Le Vox
Left Lane Cruiser
Rachel Kate
Pine Hill Haints
Black Tarpoon
Blackgrass Gospel
Rock Bottom String Band
Everymen
Blue Cactus
Rebecca Jed
Call Me Bronco
Kitty Dearing
Andrea Colburn And Mud Mosely
Gunsafe
Ranch Ghost
Freight Train Rabbit Killer
Brea burns
The Tillers
Smoky White Devils
Cutthroat Shamrock
Midnight larks

DIRECTIONS:
From Interstate 40, take exit 287 (TN-136/Hilham Road) North through the town of Cookeville. Keep left at the fork on Waterloo Road. Cross the bridge, follow Waterloo Road for approximately 1 mile and you’re there!
Google Map It
CLICK HERE for ALL frequently asked questions like camping (included) and security info, I CAN tell you NO glow sticks, pets,fireworks or firearms (please be like me and leave them home or at the hotel). The medical tent will even hold your medications for you can keep insulin cold for you. You CAN BYOB all you want and drinks and food AND the vendors are VERY reasonably priced and GOOD. Both bars offer 3 dollar tallboy PBRs and mix drink specials, ice is available via delivery to your campsite.

Hot showers are included and the port a potties are cleaned all day in the main stage area VERY NICE staff cleaning them all day. All three stages are within walking distance of one another and the merchandise area is very nice, plus there is a bar in the main area. You CAN have reasonable fires at your camping area and you CAN cook.

One cool thing is the availability of meeting the bands and artists as they spend time with EVERYONE before and after their sets and there is NO green room or areas you cannot go (however the bands DO have a private dining area where they can eat in private)….please respect their meal.

MY RESERVATION is at America’s Best Value Inn it is RIGHT ACROSS from Wal Mart and Shoney’s plus MANY more good places.
La Quinta Inn has a REALLY GOOD breakfast with HOT eggs and bacon ALL YOU WANT! A NICE clean pool and laundry facilities. This hotel is a little more money BUT it’s a GOOD bet next door to Waffle House.

My website will be handing out soap, toothbrushes and socks this year FREE also toilet paper at certain times during the festival I’ll also have sunscreen with me for everyone at ALL times. THIS FESTIVAL IS USUALLY HOT so PLEASE bring plenty of water, sunscreen and ice for yourself. Don’t try and have a liquor consumption challenge and end up in the E.R. have some drinking sense and remember the show, and the fun.

DO NOT MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR FRIENDS MISS THIS.
DON’T LET YOUR ENEMIES MISS THIS!
It’ll change all their lives.
Earlybird tickets are already sold out. Weekend passes are capped.
This will absolutely sell out.
Check out all the fest pics at www.andhowimaging.com

As always with ALL my festival articles HERE is a LONG LIST of hotels right off Hwy 40, about 20 minutes from the ranch where we have this festival.  I know there are many questions about this event and we have ONE RULE:

DON’T BE A DICK.

So with that in mind I’ll say there are NO golf carts allowed, I’m not sure about service animals I myself have never seen a patron with one. DRINK WATER…..IT’S HOT OUT THERE…..DRINK WATER.  There is a NICE first aid station and medical corner of the main tent, THEY CAN keep insulin cold and THEY WILL lock up maintenance pills for you (I have diabetes) and I CAN AND WILL assist you personally with anything you need.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Juliet – Nashville Area
Ad 4.4

$100
2-star hotel
Standard lodging with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Cookeville
Ad 4.1

$95
3-star hotel
Understated hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Motel 6
3.6

$54
2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with seasonal pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cookeville
4.2

$112
2-star hotel
Standard option with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville
4.8

$116
$129
Extended Stay Hotel
Simple all-suite hotel with a 24/7 gym
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off
Image Hotel Management
Business Management Consultant · 930 Woodwinds Dr
Image Hotel Management
5.0

(1)
Hotel · 970 S Jefferson Ave
Star Motor Inn
2.6

(31)
Motel · 1115 S Willow Ave
Low-key option with a Southern eatery
Free Wi-Fi
Best Western Thunderbird Motel
4.0

$88
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with Mexican dining
Free Wi-Fi
Comfort Inn & Suites
4.0

$85
2-star hotel
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Cookeville – Tennessee Tech
3.8

$70
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Key West Inn
3.3

$48
2-star hotel
Quaint low-rise hotel with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 17% less than usual
FALL CREEK INN
2.4

$40
$46
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 13% off
Hampton Inn Cookeville
4.2

$149
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Alpine Lodge & Suites
4.1

$48
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool & BBQs
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Eastwood Inn
2.7

(9)
Hotel · 1646 E Spring St
Cookeville Manor Bed & Breakfast
5.0

(1)
Bed & Breakfast · 7241 Hilham Rd
Highway 56 Motel
2.1

(8)
Motel · 5485 S Grundy Quarles Hwy
Travelodge Cookeville
2.7

$48
Motel
Free breakfast
DEAL 28% less than usual
La Quinta Inn Crossville
2.4

3-star hotel
Comfort Suites
4.6

$93
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Crossville
2.9

$70
2-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi

  • 3:00 pm
    Toe Knee Tea INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 4:00 pm
    Gunsafe INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Black Tarpoon INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Pine Hill Haints INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    Moonshine Wagon INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 8:00 pm
    Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 9:00 pm
    Freight Train Rabbit Killer INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    Viva Le Vox INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    Hillbilly Casino INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 12:00 am

    Reverend Beatman

    INFO

    Wood Stage
  • 1:00 am
    MUDFITS INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • Friday
    1:30 pm
    Kitty Dearing & The Dagnabbits INFO
    Spider Monkey Tent
  • 2:00 pm
    Rebecca Jed INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 3:00 pm
    Heavy Temple INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 3:30 pm
    Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 4:00 pm
    Blackgrass Gospel INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Raelyn Nelson INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 5:30 pm
    Scott Kelly (Neurosis) & John Judkins (Rwake) INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Everymen INFO
    Wooden Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    Call Me Bronco INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 7:30 pm
    Kings of the F**cking Sea INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 8:00 pm
    Wovenhand INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 8:30 pm
    Fu Manchu INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 9:30 pm
    Rock Bottom String Band INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    Mondo Generator INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    Sleep INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 12:30 am
    James Hunnicutt INFO
    Spider Monkey stage
  • 1:00 am
    Brea Burns INFO
    Wood Stage
  • Saturday
    12:00 pm
    Blue Cactus INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 1:00 pm
    Molly Gene One Whoaman Band INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 1:30 pm
    Midnight Larks INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 2:00 pm
    Pinata Protest INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 3:00 pm
    Maness Brothers INFO
    Pabst Stage
  • 3:30 pm
    Mudtown INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 4:00 pm
    The Goddamn Gallows INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Stump Tail Dolly INFO
    Pabst Stage
  • 5:30 pm
    Rachel Kate INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Murphys Law INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    OXBOW INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 7:30 PM
    Slim Cessna’s Auto Club INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 8:00 pm
    Reagan Youth INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 9:00 pm
    OM INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 9:30 pm
    Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    T.S.O.L. INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    High On Fire INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 12:30 am
    Those Poor Bastards INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 1:00 am
    Neurosis INFO
    PBR Stage
  • Sunday
    1:00 pm
    Ranch Ghost INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 1:30 pm
    Smoky White Devils INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 2:00 pm
    Grassfed INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 3:00 pm
    Sarah Shook & The Disarmers INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 3:30 pm
    The Tillers INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 4:30 pm
    Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 5:00 pm
    Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 5:30 pm
    Joshua Black Wilkins INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 6:00 pm
    Denver Broncos UK INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 7:00 pm
    Dead Boys INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 7:30 pm
    Left Lane Cruiser INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 8:00 pm
    L.A. Witch INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 9:00 pm
    Meat Puppets INFO
    PBR Stage
  • 9:30 pm
    Megan Jean and the KFB INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 10:00 pm
    Cutthroat Shamrock INFO
    Wood Stage
  • 11:00 pm
    PBR Stage
  • 12:30 am
    The Ghost Wolves INFO
    Spider Monkey Stage
  • 1:00 am
    The Calamity Cubes! INFO
    Wood Stage
Jul 022018
 

Folks as you know I follow over 175 festivals per year and out there in Virginia Red Wing Roots Music Festival is one of them. Here is some new information about their new stage they will unveil during their 2018 festival.

Stage Renovation at Natural Chimneys

We are excited to share one of our biggest behind-the-scenes projects this past year. We’re renovating the Southern Stage! When work began in May, members of The Steel Wheels joined a group of volunteers in dismantling the stage at Natural Chimneys Park. By the time the sixth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival begins on July 13, a much bigger and better stage will have taken its place!

The timber frame structure, now going up at Natural Chimneys, represents our biggest investment yet in the park, which has hosted the festival since the beginning. The $100,000 project is made possible by the generous support of several local businesses and individuals and will be owned by Natural Chimneys, benefitting both the festival and the surrounding community for a long time to come.

Blue Ridge Timberwrights, a timber frame builder based in Christiansburg, Va. and primary supporter of the stage renovation, will have naming rights to the stage (final name TBD). Two other area contractors and Red Wing sponsors are also playing significant roles. Herr & Co. Building Contractors is serving as the project’s general contractor, while Venture Builders Inc. is coordinating and supervising the labor. Rounding out the effort are well over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor donated by supporters of the festival. THANK YOU ALL for your contributions to make this a reality!

The many artists who have performed at Red Wing over the past five years are a continuation of Natural Chimneys’ long tradition of musical performance, which includes an appearance by country legend Hank Williams Sr. in 1950. By building the new stage, Red Wing hopes to remain a part of that tradition long into the future.

Stay tuned for more photos of the new stage on our Facebook page!

Red Wing TICKETS and CAMPING!

Get Involved in the Great Outdoors!

In addition to celebrating great music, we also enjoy the Shenandoah Valley’s great outdoors, with organized hikesbike ridesfun runs, and morning yoga, as well as, swimming available all weekend long. Over the last several years we have partnered with Shenandoah Valley Bicycle CoalitionShenandoah Mountain TouringVA MomentumThe CenterFriends of Shenandoah Mountain, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter, and Walkabout Outfitter to heighten your Red Wing experience.

Featured Artist:

ELLIS DYSON & THE SHAMBLES

Ellis Dyson & the Shambles  expertly blends old-time influences ranging from Piedmont murder ballads, to traditional jazz, to big band swing. The result: whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship that electrifies every audience. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus. []

Sponsor Spotlight    

Herr and Company Building Contractors and Venture Builders, Inc. have played an instrumental role in bringing the new, gorgeous, timber frame stage to Red Wing and Natural Chimneys Park. It could not have happened without them. They each play a big role during the festival, as well. In addition to creating and sponsoring Shady Grove (our mist pavilion and relaxing family “fun zone”), Venture Builders provides construction support from set-up to tear-down. Mike Herr from Herr and Co. is part of our Site Operations team during the festival. He’s one of the people buzzing around the festival grounds making sure that all the equipment and systems are in working order. Thank you to both companies for the ongoing love and support of Red Wing!

 

Blue Mountain Beer Garden

Featuring Blue Mountain Brewery, Old Hill Hard Cider & Bluestone Vineyards

                
Blue Mountain Brewery is back with craft brews in our two Blue Mountain Beer Gardens! As always, WNRN will be pouring the brews again this year, with special tappings each day. This year special tappings will include Peanut Barrel Ana, Drink a Peach, Raspberries on Acid, Wookies Don’t Die, Barrel Soft-serv and Local Species. The full selection of craft brews is listed below. A large portion of the proceeds from the beer gardens supports WNRN. You’ll find plenty of Blue Mountain beers available in both beer gardens, but if cider or wine is more your speed, Old Hill Hard Cider and Bluestone Vineyards can be found in the main beer garden off of the Music Meadow. Old Hill Cider will offer Betwixt, Virginia Strawberry, Yesteryear, and their brand newOff The Press. Bluestone Vineyards will serve Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Beau (a sweet wine), and a rotating list of Grateful Dead inspired legged wines. 

Blue Mountain Brewery Beers: 
Kolsch 151
Rockfish Wheat
Full Nelson
Hopwork Orange
Satan’s Pony
Dark Hollow
Broken Mandolin

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So Good, I Can Already Taste It.

            

You may have come for the music, but the delicious festival food helps fuel the fun!
Klines Dairy Bar is not only a sponsor and vendor, but they also helped fund the new stage in memory of Janet Arehart. Mike Arehart shares, “Kline’s Dairy Bar has been an intricate part of the community for almost 75 years. To be able to support such amazing music locally and to continue to build community events and community spirit has always been our goal. As a personal fan of The Steel Wheels, bluegrass and roots music, I am proud to be a part of bringing more opportunities to our area. Don’t forget to enjoy our homemade custard-style ice cream, the perfect pairing with summer and music!”
In addition to Kline’s, several of our food vendors are also loyal Red Wing sponsors. As always, we’re excited to have Lucas Roasting CompanyBella FestaBlue Ridge Kettle KornBlue Mountain Grill, and Hanks Grille and Bar as part of our festival food options! There are many other returning favorites and some new flavors to be discovered. You’re sure to be happily fed!

Featured Artist: KUINKA

A reinvention rather than a refutation, the name Kuinka comes from the Finnish for “how”; how does a band bristling with spirited creativity continue to evolve artistically and challenge themselves while staying true to their own roots? For Kuinka, the answer comes in the form of a release, a giving over to the muse, and a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative virtuosity as songwriters regardless of genre or instrumentation. []

2-day Discount on 3-day Tickets!

(Ends Friday at 5pm)

With less than 250 3-Day tickets remaining to Red Wing VI, it looks like we’re going to sell out once again. And since you are on our email list, we’re guessing you’re one of our loyal followers. If for some reason you haven’t been able to purchase your tickets yet, or if you have a friend you’ve been nudging to join you for Red Wing, we’re offering a $10 discount on 3-Day tickets when you use Promo Code: RedWingLove at checkout. This sale ends Friday at 5pm so act quickly! Also – heads up! Saturday single-day tickets are sold out and Friday and Sunday’s are moving fast. If you’re planning to come for just one day, grab those tickets now!
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 Sponsor Spotlight     

Gaines Group Architects is a long-time Red Wing supporter and they played an integral role in the newly renovated Blue Ridge Timberwright Stage. In addition to providing the design and architectural drawings for the project, they worked closely with the project manager to create a feasible upgrade. If you have any building needs, considering calling them as you begin dreaming into your project!
Hank’s Grille and Bar has been catering Red Wing artists and staff for years with their southern cuisine and BBQ. Now you can enjoy them during the festival, as well. Find them in the Music Meadow!
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THANK YOU to all of the Red Wing VI sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring the festival this year? 
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Jul 022018
 

Just a few years ago at Muddy Roots we heard two NEW songs from powerhouse Kansas based band Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy. Now this week they have their NEW album dropping July 4th called “Gnosis”. Now OF COURSE I have the real low down on the new album with all the bells and whistles you need to get a good taste of this long awaited new album.

It’s been a while since Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy put out a new album, and I understand as of now they have a new lineup along with other features. This new song puts a judgmental spin on the rich and powerful in today’s society, in the end we will ALL end up six feet deep the same. WHO BETTER to be the bringers of death and torture than Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy?

From their newsletter:

We’re happy to announce (to newsletter subscribers first) that our first album in 5 years will be available on July 4 on CD and digital download. Gnosis, our third original album, is a 6 track concept EP that is intended to be listened through in full. In this age of singles, we wanted to put out a concept album. However, we’re also in the age of short attention spans. This 24 minute work journeys through aggressive acoustic sounds, existential vocal themes, and ethereal improv transitions in a digestable length that we hope will get you excited for what’s next. Since we shortened this concept album, we will be releasing a follow up EP(next year hopefully). So keep your eye out on social media and streaming sites for the new albums! You can check out our webstore for this release and new the new merch associated with it

Carrie Nation was a highly noted radical member of the Temperance Movement of the early 1900’s that opposed alcohol before the United States passed prohibition. She was most noted for being active in the Kansas area, where this band is based from. She was noted for attacking places that served adult beverages with a hatchet, and always had a bible in tow.

She also opposed tight clothing on women, violently against corsets and other garments that she viewed as sexually damaged women. She later officially registered her first name as CARRY as well as Carrie, to identify her name as Carry A Nation, which she believed she was doing.

Often attacking taverns with her hatchet with her local branch of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union based out of Medicine Lodge Kansas, and campaigning for the enforcement of the ban on the sale of liquor.

So THERE is a little bit on info on the meaning of this band’s name, and where they got their name from. There WILL BE MORE on this album later in the week from me, here is a track listing of the album:

  1. Rumpletum
  2. Bowels And Constants
  3. All Men Created Equal
  4. We All Believe
  5. Trismegistus
  6. Gnosis

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