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

MMF-brochures COX8578-500

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


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
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

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

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

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

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

Courtyard by Marriott Somerset

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

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Somerset Central
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
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

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

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

7 Gables Motel
Motel · 8064 US-27
MSI Lodging Systems

Hotel · 233 Parkers Mill Way
Villager Resort Cottages

Resort · 86 Villager Resort Dr
Woodson Bend Resort

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

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

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