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Album Feature – John R. Miller & The Engine Lights – The Trouble You Follow

By Joshua Wallace

John R. Miller is back with his first album with his band The Engine Lights.  This record is titled The Trouble You Follow. It follows his solo 2014 release titled Service Engine.  While that record was a more stripped down acoustic album, this is a full band release. The band features Chloe Edmonstone on fiddle, Danny Tiat on drums, Matthew Metz on mandolin and Jason Summer on the all important pedal steel guitar.  Let’s take a deeper dive into some of these songs.

The album kicks off with the track called “Holy Dirt”.  This is a catchy tune that eases you into the proceedings of this album.  I love the line “Listen to your momma till you think you know better, Sometimes you gotta fuck up before you can fly”.  Truer words have never been written. Another favorite track is the pre-release single for the album “Red Eyes”. I love John’s acoustic playing on this track.  It sets up a nice backbone for this groovy number that has all the elements you would expect from a good Americana record.

“Been Here Too Long” is a faster track that pulls from some bluegrass influence and features some good pickin from Matthew Metz on the mandolin.  It’s one of the faster tracks on the album and is sure to be a barn burner at live shows. “How It Feels In The Light” is a slower tune that features the pedal steel sounds of Jason Summer heavily in the track.  If you like pedal steel, this is a tune for you. Finally, “Strung Out” is another slower tune that closes out the album on a somber note. It’s a song about being strung out on everything in every way possible and trying to deal with it.  This is another slow tune that heavily features the pedal steel work of Jason Summer. Jason Summer is a great addition to this band and the record’s sound wouldn’t be the same without him. I love the line in this one that says “Never caught sight of a train wreck that burns like me”.

John R. Miller & The Engine Lights have turned in one hell of a groovy country/Americana album.  The star of the record is John R. Miller. His voice and guitar playing are front and center. The band provides a great backdrop to fill out the experience.  If you liked the 2014 solo record Service Engine, this album builds on that experience and makes him more accessible to a wider audience. This album is a very country leaning americana record.  It even has influences of bluegrass and rock and roll. It’s a little bit of everything John has done in the past rolled into one cohesive project. If you are familiar with John R. Miller, you already know you will like this record.  You’ve probably been waiting by the mailbox or constantly reloading your favorite streaming service waiting for it to come. If you are new to John R. Miller, this is the perfect jumping on point. It’s an accessible record with a great sound that will draw in many new fans.  The Trouble You Follow is available everywhere Friday August 31st, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Holy Dirt, Red Eyes, Been Here Too Long, How It Feels In The Light, Too Much Livin’, Strung Out

John R. Miller & The Engine Lights – The Trouble You Follow (2018)

  1. Holy Dirt
  2. Red Eyes
  3. How It Feels In The Light
  4. Been Here Too Long
  5. Lights In The City
  6. Ghosts
  7. Whale Party
  8. Too Much Livin’
  9. The Wheel
  10. Strung Out

The Ryman Welcomes Mr. Whitey Morgan And The 78’s.

I have been doing this for many years, writing about my favorite bands and artists. Venues, festivals and everything in between. I followed many people around for many miles, and met many new friends along the way. In that time I have compiled a rather lengthy bucket list for myself, because I believe one of the keys to success is setting goals for yourself.

My right arm Mr. Joshua Wallace has always been worth his weight in gold to me, and I don’t feel I do enough for him, even though he enjoys working WITH me on this website. I used to say he works for me, but to be honest he works WITH me folks. ALL of those record reviews you read on here are all done by HIM, not me. HE GETS the material, and decides what to do, and shortly he will bring you his review of this man Mr. Whitey Morgan and his band of Outlaws called the 78’s. This website has been reporting on them for many years, since it’s RE LAUNCH in 2013, and before on my older website I started on MySpace.

To say that the band as a whole has advanced to a whole new echelon of finesse is a gross understatement. They have evolved into a gigantic well oiled machine, both in sound and stage presence. That busted up, rusty old Valvoline oil drum has stood at attention for a good while now.

Ironically, the scenario last night in town was amazing for local music, if you consider Mr. Whitey still at the local music level. To me, he is in transition from local venues to big venues, like last night where he received a high accolade for any performer..a  headline concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This particular event was integral for them, because of the bigger name mainstream acts that surrounded him. Now folks, many other bands would have suffered ticket sales in lieu of the other 4 major events, but not Mr. Whitey.

Look at it THIS WAY here, you got Mr. Whitey and the 78’s playing this venue, and ALL  AROUND HIM you have more larger national acts, yet the Ryman was STILL packed full of people. YOU had a choice, and a decision, and you chose wisely if you ended up at the Ryman. Right across the street you had Def Leppard and Journey, right down the street you had Taylor Swift, AND next to that you had Three Doors Down…yet WE CHOSE to be at the Ryman. It’s funny how this all works out folks, you have Mr. Whitey who is finally crossing the threshold into major national attention at the OLD venue for the Opry, and Mr. Garth Brooks, who is returning to full swing from a “Daddy Break” at the current Opry house. Not to say that the music Mr. Whitey plays is the same as Mr. Garth Brooks….ohhh no…my point is…real music is catching up AND BEATING the watered down junk…and the powers that be are pissed because they have NO CHOICE BUT to respond.

Mr. Whitey himself stood in awe, as they raised the lights up, and he bellowed “I just cannot believe all you motherfuckers showed up here tonight, and I cannot thank you enough. It’s like a party you planned nobody to show up for, and you end up with a ton of motherfuckers instead”. Tons of motherfuckers indeed, have been the case, and after Loud And Heavy Festival In Texas you can tell by his merchandise stock that people are beginning to respond to his music. EVERY style of shirt they had was out of XL sizes and 2X, hell they were out of stock on mostly everything…that’s NOT a complaint, that’s a HIGH FIVE.

The one man band that was introduced to me many years ago called Tennessee Jet opened the show tonight,my last encounter with him was at Third And Lindsley With Mr. Cody Jinks.He is truly one of my favorite one man bands equal to the likes of Mr. Scott H Biram, or Miss Molly Gene.

His stage show is a bit eclectic in itself, as he trades guitars for different set portions, there exists background narrations, and media clips from movies and television. He opened the show (and his set) with a song for veterans called “Never Forget”, that contains well written lyrics that haunt the listener with references of medications and a veteran’s struggle to return to society.

A cover of Waylon Jennings 1975 “Long Time Gone” was next from the album “Dreaming My Dreams” , which was also later played by Whitey Morgan in his set. He delved into his full length self titled album once again with a song called “Hwy 51 Blues”, and also included the dark and poignant “Dead Belles And Bones”. The later song is one of the ones that includes the one man drum kit accompanied with his guitar skills, and more Gothic lyrics than most of his originals.

His version of “I Saw The Light” was unique point in the show for me, for the simple fact that many years ago Country Legend Hank Williams Sr. performed that very song on that same stage. There is no denying that Country Music was alive and well in this institution tonight, in every aspect.

Mr. Alex Williams was next up to open the show, touring right now for his “Better Than Myself” album that graced many a TOP 50 lists of it’s year. Even he displayed tremendous growth since my last report of his in Glasgow at the Plaza Theater, he was also sporting a new haircut.

“Hellbent Hallelujah” opened his set tonight, as he riled up the crowd with his band.  His next song was called “Strange Days” which was a song that addresses modern day struggles of life. You can interpret this as a religious issue song or modern day struggle song as well, both of these songs came from his album.

His next song was a GREAT cover of Texas Country Legend Mr. Terry Allen, as he played the great “Amarillo Highway” from 1979. I thought he played a superb version of that song tonight, and it received quite an awesome response from us tonight. He returned back to his original music with the song “Freak Flag”.

The best song on his album was a song some of us can relate to called “Little Too Stoned”, which is a down right awesome party song that set up the mood for Mr. Whitey quite well. “Old Tattoo” was a song he wrote about his grandfather. It’s a very personal song for him, and you can tell the lyrics came from his heart. It talks about time don’t heal, and the passing of an old soul.

Mr. Whitey arrived after some intro music. The 2010 self titled album ushered in the first song called “Bad News” which set up the mood for a perfect night of Honky Tonk Country Music for us. His facial expressions tonight made me aware of the immense appreciation he has for this iconic venue, and how he got to this pinnacle in his career. I have been reporting on Mr. Whitey Morgan for SO MANY years, and it’s fun to watch these artists grow.

“Buick City Blues” was next, which in it’s own right represents his Motor City area origins. Unlike many of the artists of his current ilk, he hails from the northern region of Flint Michigan. This man and his band plays an easy 250 plus shows a year, and has been working the local circuit for a long long time.

The lead steel guitar intro to the next song called “Cocaine Train” has always been one of my favorites, despite the fact of it being a classic Johnny Paycheck song from the 1979 album “Everybody’s Got A Family, Meet Mine’. Mr. Brett just always hits every note with precision and grace. Next up was “Low Down On the Main Streets” and one of my favorites about torn up love called “Back To Back”…after the loving. For those lovers that have drifted apart and are together for sexual desires and no longer connected any other way.

His new album called “Hard Times And White Lines” wasn’t represented as strongly as I had initially anticipated upon arrival, but the two that were included were truly fine teasers of what is to come. Honestly, right now I already know what is to come…but I cannot totally divulge that information accept for the track listing. His first single off the forthcoming album entitled “Honky Tonk Hell” displays some truly fine production work, and I’ll say it honestly…this album is BY FAR his BEST offering to date.

Next up was a bunch of classic Whitey Morgan songs that I have enjoyed for many years now, including “Honky Tonk Queen”, which garnered a huge response from us tonight as he referenced all the awesome local bars we have been in this weekend. All over town within this scene I enjoyed pics of my friends at various bars and venues. Mr. Whitey also played “Long Time Gone” and the song that was also cut by Mr. Scott H. Biram “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue”..

He covered the hallowed anthem of Mr. John Prine called “Paradise” which was followed by Dale Watson song that he wrote about Outlaw Legend Mr. Billy Joe Shaver. “Where Do You Want It?” was not necessarily a cover song per say, but a song both artists have always played since the beginning. Also later on down the line he played the Marshall Tucker Band “Fire On the Mountain’, and a version of Merle Haggard’s “Swinging Doors”.

“Me And The Whiskey” was another wonderful drinking song included in his set tonight, as he proclaimed to have assembled a “Perfect Ryman Drinking Set” for us tonight. “Goin Down Drinking” was a prime example of this statement, as was “I Ain’t Drunk”, and many more.

The encore they played was rowdy and hardcore, and included the songs ‘Sinner” and the song “Waiting Around To Die”. As they exited the stage, they left the Ryman Auditorium on another level in their careers as they join an elite few of artists that can draw several thousand people now. Traditional Country Music is indeed catching on and becoming a viable alternative to pop country now, and it is rapidly growing at an alarming rate!

2nd Annual Party In The Pines Festival in North Florida

By Joshua Wallace

If you are in the North Florida or South Georgia area, I have a festival for you.  This is the second annual Party In The Pines and it features some amazing headlining acts this year.  It takes place October 19th and October 20th at Bienville Plantation in White Springs, Florida. This plantation is just about 45 minutes from the Georgia line and easy to access from I-75 or I-10 if you’re coming from Jacksonville, FL or Tallahassee, FL.  Check out some of the lineup below :

Zac Brown Band

Little Big Town

Kip Moore

Luke Combs

Dan + Shay

Granger Smith

The Cadillac Three

Lindsay Ell

Mark O’Connor Band

Cassadee Pope

Drew Baldridge

Clare Dunn

Raleigh Keegan

And more!

 

That is a great lineup with several amazing artists that I am personally looking forward to.  Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Kip Moore and Luke Combs are some of the highlights for me. I am also looking forward to sets from Texas country artist Granger Smith and Nashville recording act The Cadillac Three.

This year’s Party In The Pines looks to be a good two day festival with a great variety of acts for all tastes in country music.  Tickets are on sale now starting at $159 for 2 day General Admission passes with discounts for military, first res-ponders, students and a discounted children’s ticket.  You can also purchase reserved seating, VIP passes, tent or RV camping spots and your own personal porta-potty. How many festivals offer that? I’m looking forward to providing more coverage of Party In The Pines in the near future as we are under 2 months away from this great north Florida country music festival.

Spillway Songwriter Series On Sunday.

It sure was an absolute pleasure to eat that yummy Spillway food, and catch up with everybody tonight. I cannot stay too long tonight, due to work but I shall write about what I see tonight. He has been closed on Sundays, but when he gets good lineups he opens for them. Tonight we have Mr. Chris Moondawg Hall, Mr. Pat Haney and Mr. Shannon Lawson.

I have not had the pleasure to catch up with Mr. Moondawg for several weeks now, and I got some information about his third album Troublador. He gave me the very last physical copy he had, and I am always grateful to see him. Mr. Pat Haney tells some really funny stories, while he plays his songs.

What I do is move from artist to artist as they rotate one song per person. Once I throw all the information together, it makes up a wonderful article for me.

Mr. Moondawg Hall began his set with the song “Breckenridge County” which a song he wrote about his youth outside of Louisville Kentucky. This song contains some really fine lyrics and displays well crafted wordsmith talents, and I understand that he was well received at Tumbleweed Festival.

“Overheated In Austin” was next, which was a nice song. “The Best Ones” was his next song off his album Troublador.

Mr. Haney is playing songs called “Adeline” about a place called “Little Kentucky” which talks about the hillbilly migration from the coal mines, coming up to Detroit for better work. I recall this song from the last series we had him on, which talks about the mailman being afraid to deliver to the area. This story is about a man that received his letter too late.

Pat Haney is telling stories about how he is watching us, and he knows what you are doing at all times. However he played my all time favorite song here called “It Won’t Be Over No Coal”.

“Come On Back To Bowling Green” was his next song he blew us away with. He said it was actually a Tommy Womack song.

Mr. Shannon Lawson opened with a song called “Rainy Day Whiskey” which was a song about his grandfather who used to hide little pint bottles in the barn from his grandmother. His kinfolk has deep roots ties with the civil war, and some stories about J.D.Crowe.

Mr. Shannon is telling about Spencer County right now, and the Heaven Hill fire. When they would drive around as kids and drink, this song is called “Heaven Hill’s On Fire”.  This Bardstown song displayed some truly precise guitar licks and some TRULY FINE vocal abilities of high notes and Traditional Bluegrass structure.

He is playing a song he wrote from seeing a televangelist once, called “Jesus Is A Guarantee”. Another song with powerful lyrics and equally powerful guitar playing.

Whitey Morgan’s 2nd Annual BBQ Birthday Bash….Tracklist For The New Album..AND MORE!

If there is one performer of this recent surge of (what’s being called) “Outlaw Country” today, that has exceeded upon proving his relevance it’s THIS MAN….Mr. Whitey Morgan. Allow me to elaborate on this by taking yourself back to the Myspace days of 2007, when you could discover bands with their music RIGHT THERE for you to hear. That’s what happened to me with this Flint Michigan based outfit here, called Whitey Morgan And The 78’s, whom were ORIGINALLY called The Waycross Georgia Farmboys.

It was late in the year, almost 2008, when I discovered them after they released the first album “Honky Tonks And Cheap Motels”. I was dirt poor fresh out of a nasty divorce that cost me thousands, and bands like Hank 3, Bob Wayne And The outlaw Carnies, Honky Tonk Hustlas, and others were forming the Roots Music scene.

Whitey Morgan was already a hard working, hard touring unbelievable machine, however in 2010 the band itself took form with the release of the self titled album. Closer to 2012 when Mr. Brett Robinson joined the band on steel guitar, I interviewed him a while back in my Steel Guitarists Series.

He has a BRAND NEW album coming out on October 28th, and I’m sure he played some new songs at this past weekends Loud And Heavy Festival but I shall unveil the tracklist for you here. The album is called “Hard Times And White Lines”, and will be available soon.

1. Honky Tonk Hell
2.Bourbon And The Blues
3.Around Here
4.What Am I Supposed To Do
5.Just Got Paid
6.Hard To Get High
7. Carryin’ On
8.Fiddler’s Inn
9.Tired Of The Rain
10. Wild And Reckless

Another piece of news I wanted to touch on about him here was the second annual BBQ Birthday Bash on September 8th at Bandit Town USA out in California, and this year’s  lineup includes:

Alex Williams
Tony Martinez
Tennessee Jet
Jennifer Westwood And The Handsome Devils

I also would like to remind everyone that he is playing the Ryman Auditorium this weekend and tickets are still available, you can pick those up RIGHT HERE.

Sammy Kershaw Comes To Owensboro Kentucky.

Backroads Bash with Sammy Kershaw @ Whittaker Guntober Fest | Owensboro | Kentucky | United States

 

FROM THE EVENT PAGE:

Sammy Kershaw LIVE in concert!! Come join us for a night of great music, fun, and spirits as we close out our annual Guntoberfest event!! An outdoor event for the whole family! Gates open at 6pm, Opening Act (TBD) takes the stage at 7pm, and Sammy Kershaw will take the stage at 8:30PM!! Rain or shine! Food & Beer will be available for purchase! Cash Only!

VIP Tickets include: VIP ONLY seating, Stage Front access, VIP only bar, complimentary snacks, VIP bathrooms.

General Admission- Bring a chair or a blanket (large hill side with a great view).  Contact: 270-229-4304 or 270-228-0190 or info@whittakerguns.com. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Now folks YOU KNOW that I especially love the late 80’s and 90’s Country the likes of Sammy Kershaw, his finest album in my opinion was his 1993 release “Haunted Heart”. That’s when the more mainstream Country wasn’t so bad, and you could actually bare with some FM radio time!

Mr. Sammy has released sixteen studio albums, with three platinum albums, and two gold. He has gathered twenty five top 40 singles on the Billboard charts, one number one hit, and ten top 10 hits in his career.

His 1991 debut album called “Don’t Go Near The Water” went platinum and produced four hit singles, all co-produced with the Legendary Mr. Buddy Cannon at the helm. His second album was the aforementioned “Haunted Heart”, and his third album called “Feelin’ Good Train”.

His train album produced four hits, and his next album “Politics, Religion, And Her” produced a few hits, however toward the early 1990’s the more pop country began to infest the more traditional sounding mainstream country and took the airwaves over. The more real Country sounding stars began to slowly fade out to the crowd that was being targeted by the pop country people.

When:

September 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Where:
Whittaker Guntober Fest
6976 W Louisville Ln
Owensboro, KY 42301
USA
Cost:
$60 VIP, $30 General Admission
Contact:
Whittaker Guns
270-229-4304

Music Festivals 2018: Americanafest.

This is one of the festival articles that I put out, that will be constantly updating all month. There is just too much information to be able to publish a total survival guide on here at one time.

It’s that time once again folks where I get to swap out from Muddy Roots to the prodigious Americanafest and this one is perhaps one of the biggest extravaganzas yet!  The lineup is HUGE as well as all of the side festivities that are involved with all of the music, if you try to take this whole entire festival in you’ll be worn out. So I’m going to include the intro here directly from their website:

Our 19th annual AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11th-16th, 2018, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. With planning already underway, 2017 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Each year, AMERICANAFEST℠ brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education.

Our conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.
 And FYI, you do not have to be a member of the Americana Music Association℠ or in the music industry to purchase a conference registration and attend all the events. We encourage all music lovers to be apart of the conference experience.

If you choose not to be a part of the entire AMERICANAFES experience through a conference registration, then our festival wristband is the option for you. For six nights, AMERICANAFEST will feature 230+ live performances at almost 40 of Nashville’s most prominent venues and much, much, more! However, wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. In the event of a line, conference registrants have priority access. If there is a must see band on your list we suggest arriving to the venue early.

You can purchase all admission wristbands HERE that will get you any avenue of admission you wish to include yourself in.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

($199 – 499)

What do I have access to with the conference registration?

All conference and festival events! A Conference Registration badge allows you access to every single event in our program guide including education panels, parties, luncheons, showcase performances and additional various events. Registration prices vary upon membership or date of purchase. With a Conference Registration you will be able to purchase up to two tickets for the Honors and Awards show.

Please note, some events will require an RSVP, so watch your inbox for the invitation. Please use a unique email address for each attendee when you register. Multiple people with the same email address will miss out on invite only events. If you have opted out from receiving our emails, you will also miss out on these events. You may opt back in by joining our email list here. You will receive an email asking you to confirm this.

Buy Your Conference Registration

FESTIVAL WRISTBAND

($75)

What do I have access to with the festival wristband?

A Festival Wristband gets you into all six nights of performances at any of the official showcase venues. Also, you are welcome to attend various special events and parties to be announced. When the full schedule is released, the event will clearly indicate if wristband holders may attend. In 2016, wristband holders were welcome to attend an additional 46 events. This wristband is the best valued festival access in the nation. You definitely get a huge bang for your buck!

Buy your wristband here

FLY TO NASHVILLE:

Nashville’s airport is designed to keep you moving, with an easy flow to and from the terminal’s 45 gates. The award-winning airport features a range of dining and retail options, two massage bars, a nail salon, terminal-wide Wi-Fi access, an extensive Arts at the Airport program featuring visual art and live entertainment, a full-service business center with foreign currency exchange – and even space for one last meeting before you head home. Airport Information Center: Call 615-275-1675 or visit flynashville.com.


GETTING AROUND:

Visit Music City has compiled an extensive list of transportation options including information regarding bus service, car rental, taxis, etc: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/travel

For information on downtown parking, please visit parkitdowntown.com.

AMERICANAFEST SHUTTLES:

The AmericanaFest Shuttle is the free shuttle that runs between the host hotel and most AmericanaFest venues. During the daytime events, the shuttle service will be available to and from any venue that is not within a walking distance of a mile from the hotel. Please check the details of the specific event for shuttle availability once the schedule is announced. For the nightly showcases, the shuttle will make a continuous loop to every participating venue from 7pm until 1am departing approximately every 30 minutes. The shuttle service is provided as a convenience. If you need to be at a certain event at a specific time, you might consider taking alternative transportation.

Club Hotel Nashville Inn And Suites
Country Inn And Suites Opryland North
Best Western Opryland
Holiday Inn Express Opryland
Airport Super 8 Opryland
Courtyard Nashville
Hampton Inn And Suites
Guest House Inn
Days Inn Opryland
Fiddler’s Inn Opryland

12:00 pm
Festival Wristband Pick-Up
City Winery
 NPR Music, World Cafe and WMOT Kick-off Party
The Local
6:00 pm
Sounds Australia at The Bluebird Cafe
Fanny Lumsden, Josh Rennie-Hynes
The Bluebird Cafe
7:00 pm

Arkansas Dave

Arkansas Dave
Cannery Ballroom

Jason James

Jason James
ACME Feed & Seed
John Prine and Friends
City Winery
7:30 pm

My Politic

My Politic
Mercy Lounge
8:00 pm

Brandi & the Alexanders

Brandi & the Alexanders
Cannery Ballroom
Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound – A Tribute to Rick Hall
3rd & Lindsley

Kyle Daniel

Kyle Daniel
ACME Feed & Seed

Chance McCoy

Chance McCoy
The Basement
TWO DOLLAR TUESDAY Featuring Nashville’s Finest
Kristina Murray, Carson McHone
The 5 Spot
Free to Registrants or $2 cover
BETTER TOGETHER: Show Up & Sing!
Ian Moore, Jaime Wyatt, Mary Gauthier, Sam Morrow, Sugaray Rayford Band, Whiskey Wolves of the West, Will Hoge
The Basement East

Dead Horses

Dead Horses
The Local
8:30 pm

Jill Andrews

Jill Andrews
Mercy Lounge

I'm With Her

I’m With Her
City Winery
9:00 pm

Ruen Brothers

Ruen Brothers
Cannery Ballroom

The Reckless Electric

The Reckless Electric
ACME Feed & Seed
Sounds Australia at The Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe
9:30 pm

Neighbor Lady

Neighbor Lady
Mercy Lounge
Jerry Douglas
City Winery
10:00 pm

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish
Cannery Ballroom

Blank Range

Blank Range
The Basement

Caleb Caudle

Caleb Caudle
The Local
10:30 pm

Van William

Van William
Mercy Lounge

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange
City Winery
11:00 pm

Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito
Cannery Ballroom

Ian Moore

Ian Moore
The Basement

The Way Down Wanderers

The Way Down Wanderers
The Local
12:00 pm
Festival Wristband Pick-Up
City Winery
3:00 pm
Tales & Ales with Paul Thorn and Tony Magee
InDo Nashville
AMA-UK Welcome Party
Ida Mae, John Smith, The Wandering Hearts
Nashville Underground
4:00 pm
Underground Muddy Roots Party
Vinyl Bunker
5:00 pm

In-Store: Amy Helm

In-Store: Amy Helm
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
6:00 pm
The Official Viewing Party of the Americana Honors & Awards Show
City Winery
6:30 pm
17th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show
Ryman Auditorium
Separate Ticketed Event
7:00 pm
Live at The Local: Tony Lucca & Friends Songwriter Residency
The Local
10:00 pm

Drivin N Cryin

Drivin N Cryin
Mercy Lounge

Hymn For Her

Hymn For Her
3rd & Lindsley

Ida Mae

Ida Mae
The Basement

Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle
City Winery

The Black Lillies

The Black Lillies
The High Watt

Hayley Thompson-King

Hayley Thompson-King
The 5 Spot

Pony Bradshaw

Pony Bradshaw
Station Inn

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
The Local
10:30 pm

Surprise

Surprise
Cannery Ballroom
Big Velvet Revue: Hosted by Paul Cauthen
Paul Cauthen, Whiskey Wolves of the West
The Basement East

Vandoliers

Vandoliers
3rd & Lindsley

Ghost of Paul Revere

Ghost of Paul Revere
The Basement

Mary Gauthier

Mary Gauthier
City Winery

Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis
The High Watt

Lucky Lips

Lucky Lips
Station Inn

Wood & Wire

Wood & Wire
The Local
11:30 pm

Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm

Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Jason Boland & The Stragglers
3rd & Lindsley

Town Mountain

Town Mountain
The Basement

Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue
The High Watt

Colter Wall

Colter Wall
Station Inn

Austin Lucas

Austin Lucas
The Local

Quicksilver's Dirty Kitchen Experience

Quicksilver’s Dirty Kitchen Experience
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Kaia Kater, Town Mountain
Station Inn

Day Stage presented by NPR Music, World Cafe & WMOT

Day Stage presented by NPR Music, World Cafe & WMOT
The Local

The House of Songs and Texas Music Office Present: TACOS

The House of Songs and Texas Music Office Present: TACOS
InDo Nashville

The Okie Roundup

The Okie Roundup
Ole Red

2:00pm

In-Store: Alejandro Escovedo

In-Store: Alejandro Escovedo
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

5:00pm

The 5 Spot Residency: The Mark Robinson Band with Guests

The 5 Spot Residency: The Mark Robinson Band with Guests
The 5 Spot
Free to Registrants or $5 cover

Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner
Musicians Corner at Centennial Park

Music Export Memphis Presents: The Pure Memphis Happy Hour

Music Export Memphis Presents: The Pure Memphis Happy Hour
The Filming Station

The California Country Social

The California Country Social
Fond Object Records East Nashville

 

BreakOut West BBQ

BreakOut West BBQ
The Groove

Queer Roots

Queer Roots
The Crying Wolf
5:30pm

Hooks, Lines & Singers: 30A Songwriters Presents

Hooks, Lines & Singers: 30A Songwriters Presents
City Winery Lounge
6:00pm

Kristina Murray

Kristina Murray
ACME Feed & Seed

 

Songwriters in the Round, hosted by Mary Gauthier

Songwriters in the Round, hosted by Mary Gauthier
The Bluebird Cafe
6:20pm

Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill
Musicians Corner at Centennial Park
6:20pm

Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill
Musicians Corner at Centennial Park

 

7:00pm

Lynn Langham

Lynn Langham
3rd & Lindsley

Lauren Morrow

Lauren Morrow
ACME Feed & Seed

Music City Roots

Music City Roots
Nashville Palace
7:05pm

William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons
Nashville Palace

 

7:10pm

Sarah Siskind

Sarah Siskind
Musicians Corner at Centennial Park
7:30pm

Ross Cooper

Ross Cooper
Mercy Lounge

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland
City Winery

Kelsey Waldon

Kelsey Waldon
The Basement East

 

Rachel Baiman

Rachel Baiman
Station Inn

 

7:35pm

Yola Carter

Yola Carter
Nashville Palace
8:00pm

Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear

Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear
Cannery Ballroom

Thomas Csorba

Thomas Csorba
3rd & Lindsley

Bottle Rockets

Bottle Rockets
12th & Porter

Johnny Irion

Johnny Irion
The Basement

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror
The High Watt

Tim Bluhm

Tim Bluhm
The 5 Spot

Romantica

Romantica
The Local

Chris Gantry

Chris Gantry
Third Man Records

Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson
City Winery Lounge
8:05pm

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Aaron Lee Tasjan
Nashville Palace
8:30pm

Katie Pruitt

Katie Pruitt
Mercy Lounge

Guthrie Trapp

Guthrie Trapp
City Winery

Liz Brasher

Liz Brasher
The Basement East

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons
Station Inn

Lizzie No

Lizzie No
ONE
9:00pm

Mipso

Mipso
Cannery Ballroom

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll
3rd & Lindsley

Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm
12th & Porter

Jeremy Pinnell

Jeremy Pinnell
The Basement

The Americans

The Americans
The High Watt

HYWAYS

HYWAYS
The 5 Spot

Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater
The Local

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago
Third Man Records

Bobby Long

Bobby Long
City Winery Lounge
9:30pm

Mandy Barnett

Mandy Barnett
Mercy Lounge

John Oates and The Good Road Band

John Oates and The Good Road Band
City Winery

Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires
The Basement East

The Earls of Leicester

The Earls of Leicester
Station Inn

Holly Macve

Holly Macve
ONE
10:00pm

Tyler Ramsey

Tyler Ramsey
Cannery Ballroom

Will Hoge

Will Hoge
12th & Porter

Whitehorse

Whitehorse
The Basement

Israel Nash

Israel Nash
The High Watt

Sam Morrow

Sam Morrow
The 5 Spot

Josh Rennie-Hynes

Josh Rennie-Hynes
The Local

Erin Rae

Erin Rae
Third Man Records

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz
City Winery Lounge
10:30pm

H.C. McEntire

H.C. McEntire
Mercy Lounge

Amy Helm

Amy Helm
City Winery

Lee Ann Womack & Friends

Lee Ann Womack & Friends
The Basement East

John Hiatt

John Hiatt
Station Inn

The Last Revel

The Last Revel
ONE
11:00pm

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids
Cannery Ballroom

The Suffers

The Suffers
3rd & Lindsley

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo
12th & Porter

William Crighton

William Crighton
The Basement

Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews
The High Watt

Leah Blevins

Leah Blevins
The 5 Spot

Courtney Hartman

Courtney Hartman
The Local

Cedric Burnside

Cedric Burnside
Third Man Records
11:30pm

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel
Mercy Lounge

Mountain Heart

Mountain Heart
City Winery

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Station Inn

Birdtalker

Birdtalker
ONE
11:59pm

Sons Of Bill

Sons Of Bill
The High Watt

Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey Foucault
The Local

The Nude Party

The Nude Party
Third Man Records
12:00pm

Shore Fire Media's Salute to Americana

Shore Fire Media’s Salute to Americana
3rd & Lindsley
Festival Wristband Pick-Up
City Winery

It's Cooler in Canada at Borealis Records' Songwriter Session

It’s Cooler in Canada at Borealis Records’ Songwriter Session
Station Inn

The Shootouts & Sam Morrow Lunchtime Party

The Shootouts & Sam Morrow Lunchtime Party
InDo Nashville

 

2:00pm

Day Stage presented by NPR Music, World Cafe & WMOT

Day Stage presented by NPR Music, World Cafe & WMOT
The Local

 

3:00pm

Activism, Commerce and the Soul of Americana: Two Case Studies

Activism, Commerce and the Soul of Americana: Two Case Studies
Analog at Hutton Hotel
5:00pm

 

 

Esther Rose

Esther Rose
ACME Feed & Seed

 

ACME Feed & Seed
Finest Folk: A Celebration of Women in Music12th & Porter
Tim Carroll’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Happy Hour The 5 Spot
Green Room Music Source American Legion Post 82
Third Annual Bloodshot Records Backyard Bash Bottle Rockets, Vandoliers, Ruby Boots, Robbie Fulks with Linda Gail Lewis, Luke Winslow-King The Groove​a
6:00pmJohnson Crook ACME Feed & Seed​
Rosanne Cash: Live at Third Man Records Third Man Records Conference registrants only
7:30pmNew West Records 20-Year Celebration 3rd & Lindsley​
Buxton 3rd & Lindsley
Dawn Landes The Anchor​
Ian Noe ONE
8:00pmLogan Ledger Mercy Lounge​
Peter Case The Basement​
The Josephines The High Watt​
A Tribute to 1968: Winter The Basement East​
Logan Ledger MercThe Wandering Hearts The 5 Spot​y Loun
Darling West Station Inn
Catherine Britt The Local
Old Crow Medicine Show: LIVE AT THE RYMAN Ryman Auditorium Separate Ticketed Event
Amythyst Kiah City
8:30pmJim Lauderdale Cannery Ballroom​Winery Lounge
Phil Cook The Anchor
Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence City Winery
Shook Twins Analog at Hutton Hotel
Phil Cook The Anchor
9:00pmRuston Kelly Mercy Lounge​
Guy Davis 12th & Porter
Blackfoot Gypsies The High Watt
Jamie McLean Band The Basement
Tommy Ash The 5 Spot
Andrew Combs Station Inn​
John Craigie The Local​
Lula Wiles City Winery Lounge​
9:30pmTommy Emmanuel Cannery Ballroom
Sunny War City Winery
Lindsay Lou Analog at Hutton Hotel​
10:00pmBrandy Clark Mercy Lounge
Janiva Magness 12th & Porter​
Mando Saenz The Basement​
Robbie Fulks with Linda Gail Lewis The 5 Spot​
Ashley Monroe Station Inn​
American Folk with Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth Joe Purdy, American Folk with Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth The Local​
The Small Glories City Winery Lounge​
10:30pmAmerican Aquarium 3rd & Lindsley​
Kim Richey City Winery​
Lee Roy Parnell ONE​
The Watson Twins Analog at Hutton Hotel​
11:00pmRon Pope Mercy Lounge​
Candi Staton 12th & Porter​
Luke Winslow-King The High Watt​
The Lone Bellow Station Inn​
 Elise Davis The Local​
11:30pmThe War and Treaty Cannery Ballroom​
Aaron Lee Tasjan 3rd & Lindsley​
John Carter Cash City Winery​
River Whyless Analog at Hutton Hotel​
11:59pmMike Farris 12th & Porter​
John Paul Keith The Basement​
Ryan Culwell The 5 Spot

Well folks I’m hoping to see y’all down there, I’m going to tell the honest truth here I have so many functions going on at once that month It’s uncanny. I HAD a ticket for Cody Jinks at the Ascend Ampitheater, but I got called upon for Kickin’ It On The Creek..so I dropped what I was doing for them.

Album Feature – Lucero – Among The Ghosts

By Joshua Wallace

Lucero are back for their ninth full length studio album titled Among The Ghosts.  This album comes as the band marks it’s 20th anniversary and it shows a band still growing and expanding it’s sound.  Among The Ghosts goes for a more straightforward alt country rock sound than previous records which often featured some country or Americana elements.  This record was recorded live in one room with the band looking to capture their live sound on an LP. Have they succeeded? Let’s take a look into some of these tracks to find out.

The album kicks off with the title track “Among The Ghosts” which has a nice little guitar riff that echoes in the background until the song kicks in. Ben Nichols’ snarly growl finds a home whether he’s doing Americana or rock material and here it’s more of a rock n roll snarl throughout the vocals on this one.  Elsewhere, “To My Dearest Wife” is one of the more country / Americana tunes on the record with Nichols crooning over an acoustic guitar and sparse instrumentation throughout the track until it crescendos into the alt country sounds we love Lucero for.

I love the track “Back To The Night” which has some southern Gothic undertones and features a spoken word interlude from actor Michael Shannon who you might know from shows like Boardwalk Empire.  Finally, I really dig the new alt country anthem “For The Lonely Ones”. This track leans heavily on the rock influences and could easily get toes tapping and the dance floors going in any local honky tonk or dive.  This track closes the album out with a mix of the new sound and a flash of the band’s old sound mixed in.

Lucero haven’t slowed down on their 9th album Among The Ghosts.  Instead of sticking to things that work, the band has branched out and explored new sounds.  In an attempt to streamline their approach to new records Lucero have opted for a more rock focused record with less of the Americana and alt country influences of their past albums.  It’s a sound that works for the band and I hope they continue to see success for another 20 years. Among The Ghosts is out everywhere you can buy, download or stream music now.   

Favorite Tracks : Among The Ghosts, Back To The Night, For The Lonely Ones, To My Dearest Wife

Lucero – Among The Ghosts (2018)

  1. Among The Ghosts
  2. Bottom Of The Sea
  3. Everything Has Changed
  4. Always Been You
  5. Cover Me
  6. To My Dearest Wife
  7. Long Way Back Home
  8. Loving
  9. Back To The Night
  10. For The Lonely Ones

Tim Atwood Releases Third Solo Album Last Month.

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The sad part about following so many scenes and styles of music and music news is being late on some things when it comes to news. Like my man here Tim Atwood, who so graciously gave the Opry many years of service playing in the house band for an amazing 8,500 performances.

He recently has been featured on RFD TV Country’s Family Reunion and Larry’s Country Diner among many talk shows. He has many years worth of road stories and knowledge of the music industry, and has many years of entertaining folks under his belt here.

He received the 2017 R.O.P.E. Entertainer of the year and Male Vocalist Of The Year by the Academy Of Western Artists. This past June he was inducted into the ALM Musician’s Hall Of Fame. It was truly an amazing and wonderful treat to see him return to the Opry as an artist, and get to play in the spotlight to embellish himself, not as a member of the band. Many other media sources will not be brave enough to touch this issue, but I didn’t care for the way he was let go from the Opry. It was shitty way to treat such a wonderful and integral part of the Opry’s rich history.

Mr. Tim spent his early days of his musical career touring with Country Legends like Mr. Mel Street, Lynn Anderson, and Jim Ed brown. He has been featured on television shows such as Hee Haw, Opry Live, Nashville Now, Church Street Station, Country On The Gulf, Pop Goes The Country, and the Dailey And Vincent Show.

On July 28th he launched the album at the Midnite Jamboree in Nashville, where he performed many songs from this album and told stories of the industry. ivin’ The Dream’s first single, “I’ll Stand Up and Say So” is a patriotic tune with an equally patriotic story behind it. In 2017, Tim was gifted a memorial bracelet by an endearing fan at one his shows. The bracelet was in honor of Capt. William D. Grimm, an Airman who was killed in action during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. The fan had worn the bracelet continuously for 26 years, and confided that she wanted to pass the bracelet along to Tim to keep Capt. Grimm’s memory alive. Through tear-filled eyes, she told Tim, “It’s time I share this bracelet with you…and it’s time you share Capt. Grimm’s memory with the world.”

Livin’ The Dream Track Listing:

1. Country Medley (Hank Cochran, Eddie Miller, Bob Morris, Ralph Mooney, Chuck Seals)
2. Under Your Spell Again (Buck Owens)
3. Cinderella (Buddy Mize)
4. Boney Fingers (Renee Armand, Hoyt Axton)
5. What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana (Dave Kirby)
6. You Pop My Corn (You Melt My Butter) (Roxane Atwood, Gary Gibson)
7. I Love You (What Can I Say) (Dick Feller)
8. Mom (Wynn Varble, Don Sampson)
9. Traveling Band (John Fogerty)
10. Over The Moon Over You (Mike Headrich, Teri Headrick)
11. Count Your Blessing (Paul Lancaster, Buddy Mullins, Brian Mark Willett)
12. I’ll Stand Up And Say So (Chuck Day)

Tim Atwood on Tour: 
JUL 28 Midnite Jamboree (LIVE on WSM) – Nashville, Tenn.
JUL 29 Two Rivers Campground – Nashville, Tenn.
AUG 02 Jeannie Seely & Tim Atwood Music Ranch Montana – Livingston, Mont.
AUG 16 Tan Turtle Tavern – Northeast Harbor, Maine
AUG 17 Tan Turtle Tavern – Northeast Harbor, Maine
AUG 18 Countrygrass Music Festival – Jefferson, Maine
AUG 19 Christ Community Fellowship Church – Madison, Maine
AUG 22 Wilson County Fair, Opry Stage – Lebanon, Tenn.
AUG 24 Wilson County Fair, Opry Stage – Lebanon, Tenn.
AUG 26 Two Rivers Campground – Nashville, Tenn.
SEP 02 Tim Atwood’s Labor Day Bash – Nashville, Tenn.
Please click here for complete tour schedule

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Music Festivals 2018: Hoxeyville Music Festival.

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Nestled in 150 acres of farmland surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, Hoxeyville Music Festival is a testament to pure north country peace and celebration. I must say this is quite an impressive lineup here, with Mr. Billy Strings being one of my previous TOP 50 winners, and lots of bands that released good albums this year like Mr. Luke Winslow King.

Hoxeyville is the midwest’s premier Americana and Roots festival. We boast two stages featuring national touring artists, and the best and brightest Michigan talent with an intimate capacity of three thousand. We are proud of our incredibly supportive community, safe, family friendly camping (and playground!), excellent kids’ tent programming, unbelievable food, and an easily traversable site.

Hoxeyville is strategically located near various mountain biking trails and the Pine River—a national wild and scenic river, world class blue-ribbon trout stream and a renowned paddle sports playground. Kestelwoods restaurant, party store and campground is a convenient five minute walk from the festival grounds.

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THURSDAY

 

The Inn At Ludington

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Victorian B&B with free WiFi & breakfast
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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Manistee

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$57
2-star hotel
Functional hotel offering free breakfast
 Free breakfast

Best Bear Lodge & Campground Baldwin/Irons Area

 

$83
Hotel
Low-key resort offering rustic cabins

Caberfae Peaks

 

$89
Ski Resort
Open until 6:00 PM

Scully’s Manistee Outpost Motel

 

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Casual pick with free breakfast & WiFi

Coyote Crossing Resort

 

Resort

The Forest Lodge

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Big River Properties

Real Estate Agency
Closing soon: 2:00 PM

Black Bear Inn

 

Motel

Cozy Cottage on Big Bass Lake

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Harper Lake Resort

 

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Blue Lake Resort

 

Resort
 Free Wi-Fi

Lost Pines Lodge

 

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Little River Casino Resort and Hotel

 

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Gaming destination with low-key rooms
 Free Wi-Fi

Coho Center Resort

 

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Inn at the Alpine

 

$108
1-star hotel
Low-key hotel with a pool & a playground
 Free Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast

Steelhead Fishing Hunter Lodge

 

Indoor Lodging

Cabin Fever Resort

 

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Portage Point Resort

 

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The Rockwell Lake Lodge

 

3-star hotel

Crosswinds Resort

 

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Manistee Crossing Family Resort

 

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Ray Stevens To Receive Star On Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.

 

Recently I reported about Country Legend Ray Stevens and how he opened his new diner theater called CabaRay which is already in full swing here in town.The active Country legend also currently is still active on the Grand Ole Opry visiting often to perform those timeless classic comedy sketches we all were raised on like “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival’ or the ever popular “The Streak”. More recently in his comedy songs he has released many political satires like “Obama Money” and the very funny “Taylor Swift Is Stalking Me”.

Ray Stevens still represents Country Music integrity in his performing, and remains something many lack today BEING AN ENTERTAINER. Making me laugh, or cry, manipulating MY feelings to make mE feel how HE wants me to feel during the show.

However, I’ll be honest with you, many do NOT know the Ray Stevens I have delved into on occasional studies from a rabbit hole NOT ON YOUTUBE but on these square things called BOOKS. Ray Stevens had many ties with two of Country Music’s wealthiest stars, Mr. Chet Atkins and Mr. Eddy Arnold. See, most people would deem that Mr. Garth brooks was (and is ) the wealthiest Country Music artist ever…not so…not so in the slightest.

There was more money tied in with the Nashville Sound than the outlaw movement of the 1970’s by far. Commercially true that Wanted The Outlaws rose to to be the first Platinum selling Country Music Album, by far the overall sales of albums released by the Nashville Sound trumped it all overall. Many people have no idea the trails that Mr. Ray Stevens blazed for that era, and on August 21st at 11:30am the Nashville Convention & Visitors Group will induct him with his new star. Here is what he did to deserve this honor!

He arrived in town in the early 1960’s and quickly formed a partnership with Mr. Chet Adkins, and signed with Mercury Records releasing comedy material such as Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick Dissolving, Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills….and Ahab The Arab. However in 1968 he went on to sign with Monument Records and  THERE IS where I loved him the most.

He began releasing serious material such as the original version of ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down” and songs like “Have A Little Talk With Myself”. Also, he hosted his own comedy variety show. But it was his business side of the contributions to Country Music that made him so integral to the proliferation of the genre. Many of the artists on that label then were women, which he focused on production wise like Miss Brenda Lee and Miss Dolly Parton, before the financial influence of Porter Wagoner.

The early 1970’s ushered in his most commercially successful song to date “The Streak”, and in 1976 he joined Warner Brothers Records where he released a version of Mr. Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” performed by The Henhouse Five Plus Too” where he clucked the song like a chicken. It was in the 1980’s that the true comedy bug came out of Ray Stevens on songs like “Napoleon Bonaparte” and ‘Humpty Dumpty”.

In the 90’s and beyond Ray Stevens dominated Branson Missouri performing extravagant stage shows which captivated audiences for miles around. His video screen films were so hilarious that he began selling videos by the thousands, and captivated the market with films.

Today he spends many nights entertaining audiences at CabaRay, his dinner theater. You can pretty much see Ray Stevens anytime in town, and I firmly believe he deserves this accolade.

 

Album Feature – Jason Eady – I Travel On

By Joshua Wallace

Jason Eady’s new album I Travel On is a follow up to his 2017 self titled release.  It also marks the first time Eady has brought his all acoustic road band into the studio with him.  It creates a different kind of sound from his previous efforts. The familiarity between Eady and this band shows on this album as they are very road tested. This record has all the makings of a career highlight for Eady. Let’s dive a bit deeper into it.

The album kicks off with “I Lost My Mind In California” and right off the bat you can tell something is different here.  It’s an all acoustic jam that is sure to get the dance floors from Carolina to Texas going. I love the acoustic guitar solo on this one.  Another favorite is “That’s Alright” which is a nice traveling tune that rambles from New Orleans to Fort Worth and it is always looking at the positive side of things.

Elsewhere, “Pretty When I Die” is a co-write with Justin Wells.  It’s a bluegrass inspired tune with some amazing dobro work. This will likely be the fan favorite from the album.  It’s a barn burner for sure. One reason I keep going back to Jason Eady is for his amazing ballads and the track “Happy Man” does not disappoint.  I will just let the song speak for itself when you hear it and just say that it’s another highlight of the record that you should not miss.

Jason Eady has turned in another great record that feels like a new start.  This is the first album he has ever recorded with his road band and I think it will not be the last.  There is a bit of a different style going on here with some obvious bluegrass influence and a heavy focus on acoustic guitar.  There are a few killer solos and some amazing dobro work throughout the album.  There are more up tempo numbers sprinkled throughout the album, but it is still very much a Jason Eady record. The strong songwriting and amazing voice are still there 100%, if not even made better by having a tight band behind him.  Get yourself a copy of Jason Eady’s new I Travel On album everywhere music is sold today.

Favorite Tracks : I Lost My Mind In Carolina, That’s Alright, Below The Waterline, Pretty When I Die, Happy Man, I Travel On

Jason Eady – I Travel On (2018)

  1. I Lost My Mind In Carolina
  2. Now Or Never
  3. Happy Man
  4. Calaveras County
  5. Always A Woman
  6. That’s Alright
  7. Below The Waterline
  8. Pretty When I Die

Album Feature – Shooter Jennings – Shooter

By Joshua Wallace

Shooter Jennings is back with his first album since 2016’s experimental LP Countach (For Giorgio).  His new record Shooter takes him back to his country roots and might be the most country album he has put out yet. There is clearly some throwback influence on this LP which reunites him with long time producer Dave Cobb.  This 9 track album is all killer and no filler so let’s take a deeper dive into some of these tracks.

The album starts out with the rocking number “Bound Ta Git Down” and sets the album off right.  I dig the horns in this track and it’s a great boogie to start the record with. My favorite pre-release track on the album is the track “D.R.U.N.K.”.  This should by all means be a radio hit, at least on Sirius XM. It’s a catchy tune with an infectious chorus that I feel like will be a favorite with live crowds for years to come.

Another great track is one of the slower numbers on the album called “Shades & Hues”.  It’s a country blues track that I could hear Hank Jr. cutting on any of his best records.  The album picks the pace back up with “I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy”.  The horn section from “Bound Ta Git Down” makes another appearance here.  I love how this record is packed with highs and lows and it paces itself very well.  “I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy” features a killer main riff that takes me back to some old school rock n roll with some country boogie.  Finally, the album rounds out with the awesome track “Denim & Diamonds” which takes me back to the smooth rock ballads of the 70’s with a funky bass line and guitar work that could come straight out of a Fleetwood Mac track.  It’s a great way to close out an amazing throwback record.

The new album from Shooter Jennings titled Shooter is clearly rooted and inspired by sounds of the past.  There is so much country boogie and rock n roll on this record you would think Bocephus himself had a hand in it.  It takes Shooter’s sound back to the jukeboxes sitting in the corner of your local hole in the wall honky tonk where it belongs.  This is quite possibly the best Shooter Jennings album yet even tops his 2013 masterpiece The Other Life. This record is available everywhere you find good music on Friday August 10th.

Favorite Tracks : Bound Ta Git Down, D.R.U.N.K., Shades & Hues, I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy, Denim & Diamonds

Shooter Jennings – Shooter (2018)

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

Rockabilly Legend Wanda Jackson Announces NEW Music With Producer Joan Jett.

Tonight as I write this I find it no more fitting and urgent to write about Miss Wanda Jackson and her announcement to release BRAND NEW music in 2019. She has been called the First Lady of Rock And Roll, and the Queen Of Rockabilly in her sixty year career span, and here recently she has returned to Nashville to begin the record.

After decades of recording covers she actually hit the writing room for original music with some heavy hitting co writers the likes of Pistol Annies member Miss Angaleena Presley and Miss Elle King. If you’ll recall correctly she contributed to Miss Angleena’s album Wrangled on the song “Good Girl Down”.

This album will also be co-produced by four time Grammy award winner Vance Powell, who helped Mr. Jack White record her 2011 collaboration album called The Party Ain’t Over Yet. It also comes at a perfect time as it precedes her new autobiography called Every Night Is Saturday Night A Country Girl’s Journey To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, where she discusses the challenges of her integrated band The Party Timers.

She talks about her relationship with Elvis, being discovered by Hank Thompson, and addresses why she never returned to the Opry for more than fifty years. She last appeared on the Opry in 2011 appearing with Mr. Jack White and others. On June 17th she made a triumphant return to the institution and received a standing ovation.

She has also secured booking management to support this upcoming album, which is great to see. My friend Jon Hensley used to manage her and Shooter both, and through brands like Muddy Roots Miss Wanda has maintained relevance within the music scene.

I write this with great urgency today because last night we lost Miss Lorrie Collins leaving Wanda Jackson one of the last true female Rockabilly Legends left. I shall report more on this subject as I discover the facts.

Rockabilly Legend Lorrie Collins Dies.

Just a few years ago my dear friend Mr. Jason Galaz, utilized his Muddy Roots brand to share with us one of the Legends of Country and Rockabilly Music Mr. Larry Collins. To simply say that he and his siblings made no contributions to any genre would be simply mute. He took the stage by storm and shred with us JUST WHY they call him “Flying Fingers”, and sang for us “Delta Dawn” and so many other classic songs he wrote.

But before all of that at the same time as Hank Williams was in his short lived prime of fame during the early 1950’s, Miss Lorrie and her brother Larry performed as the Collins Kids. And they were also prominently in the spotlight across stages in America.

She was the steady girlfriend of TV heart throb Mr. Ricky Nelson, also on television she appeared as his girlfriend on the TV show The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, and made her debut in 1958. She played dual roles on the show as twins, and in the first episode they duet ted on the original Collins song “Just Because”. She covered up the name Collins on her guitar with her left hand.

In 1959, she married Mr. Stu Carnall whom manged Johnny Cash in his heydays, and was twice her age of seventeen at the time. She began performing and touring with her younger brother Larry as the Collins Kids through the 1960’s until she began having children. She retired from performing in 1970 to become a full time mother, however in 1992 she reunited with brother Larry and played many festivals like the Guitar Creek Festival hosted by Mr. Deke Dickerson.

Larry was a guitar wizard at an early age playing a trademark double neck Morsite guitar like his mentor Mr. joe Maphis, and Miss Lorrie was known for her high note proficiency as a singer. Their hits in the 1950’s were targeted for children with songs like “Beetle Bug Bop” and “Hop Skip And Jump”. After Miss Lorrie stopped performing Mr. Larry went on to write some of Country music’s most beloved classics like “Your’e The Reason God made Oklahoma”.

Both the Collins Kids are the 43rd and 44rth inductees into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame. She is regarded among the many females to have pioneered the way for the many wonderful female fronted Rockabilly acts we have today. To be honest, I enjoy female fronted bands more than males in some instances, and I don’t consider it a special genre.

She passed away last night August 4rth, and at this time service arrangements have not been released to us. Last night Mr. Deke Dickerson himself posted this:

Dammit, Dammit, Dammit–this one hits like a ton of bricks. I knew Lorrie Collins had been sick but had no idea that she might leave us. Lorrie Collins passed away today, according to brother Larry Collins, and the two of them made up one of the greatest rockabilly acts of the 1950’s–The Collins Kids! They made superb records back then (us rockabilly types all know ’em, but if you don’t, go to youtube and look up “Mercy” or “Rock Boppin’ Baby”), appeared on the Town Hall Party show (now flooding the youtube with great videos from their ’54-’59 heyday), and came back strong for a bunch of reunion shows from 1993 until just a few years ago, many of which I was honored to be standing behind them playing doubleneck Mosrite guitar.

Lorrie, on her own, in my opinion is one of this country’s greatest underrated female singers. In her prime, I honestly would stack her up right next to the greatest–Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, Connie Smith, Janis Martin–but as show business goes, she never had the right timing or the right opportunity to make her own solo voice a household name. She dated Ricky Nelson, she married Johnny Cash’s manager, and she was so beautiful and charming that every dumb hillbilly boy like myself just fell in love with her.

My heart goes out to her family and especially brother Larry. A closer brother and sister I’ve never seen. Rest in Peace, Lorrie. I hope we get to do “Hot Rod” again if we meet again up yonder.

Music Festivals 2018: Kickin’ It On The Creek.

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Well I’m going to be honest with you friends a LOT of you will be disappointed about this edition of my festival series… WHY…because THIS ONE IS ALREADY A SELLOUT. Hell the director, and his wife informed me via phone that they COULD HAVE SOLD every ticket PRE SALE! I’ll be honest with you ONLY Muddy Roots could boast that right now, and rightfully so. This is a REALLY relaxed atmosphere event here, and I understand it’s one big family.

Now, granted they DO cap it off at a thousand tickets per year due to limited space.. And that’s OK folks…really it is…but here is a nice survival guide for those that DID get a ticket. I always got the whole spectrum covered, maybe you don’t know the people involved like Mr. Jimbo Valentine who designs the posters, or Mr.J.J. Waters who runs the group Honky Tonk Heros in the West Virginia area, who actually turned me onto almost all of these artists.

I’m going to be relentlessly covering this event with MUCH MORE little bells and whistles side projects coming, trust you me. This event needs no embellishment from me, it has exploded on it’s own and now I am SO EXCITED to have been invited to partake in this. I’m going to bring you the BEST coverage from a professional point of view…I been doing this a LONG TIME people and I do it from the heart.

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Best Western Richmond Hotel

$77
3-star hotel
Humble spot with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport

$69
4-star hotel
Airport hotel with a free shuttle & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi

Cliffview Resort

Resort
Rustic lodging with a conference center
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Chocolat Inn & Café

Boutique Hotel

Misty Mountain Overlooking Muir Valley

Extended Stay Hotel

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

$76
3-star hotel
Hiking trails & a massive sandstone arch

Cliffview Retreat 11 Bedroom Luxury Lodge

Lodge

Travelwise Motor Inn

Motel

Campton Parkway Inn

$70
2-star hotel
Simple rooms, plus free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Snug Hollow

Bed & Breakfast

Oak Tree Inn

$70
2-star hotel

Bowen Farm Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

The Rustic Red Hostel

Hostel

Black Bear Lodge Motel

Motel
Lodge
Basic rooms with balconies & views

Li’l Abner Motel & Cottages

Motel
Simple lodging with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Black Bear Lodge & Creek Side Chalet

Lodge

Natural Bridge Campground

Campground

As many of you know I have indeed been covering MANY of these artists that are involved with this event here. Each of these names will direct you to their link for you to study, in case you bought tickets and didn’t know all of the artists involved.

You know I want to tell you what differentiates this festival from ANY OTHER across the United States. This one is on a family farm property, it’s THE FURTHEST one from a corporate festival you will EVER FIND. I mean even other DIY fests have them at a campground or venue…THIS IS NOT A VENUE. This is a family area. This festival is VERY VERY special, and has grown into an epic pinnacle of it’s scene.

Even I had some fun researching a few of them here, I know for a FACT I had fun at Master Musician’s Festival covering some of these folks and also at W.B.Walker’s five year anniversary show.. Also, many of them I have covered at other venues and events this year. READY here is your lineup:

Tyler Childers

town Mountain

The Wooks

The Tillers

Arlo McKineley And The Lonesome Sound

Buffalo Wabs And The Price Hill Hustle

Joseph Huber

John R. Miller And The Engine Lights

Justin Wells

Laid Back Country Picker

Wayne Graham

Brother Smith

William Matheny

Short And Company

Angela Perley And The Howlin Moons

Magnolia Boulevard

prison Book Club

ONA

The Local Honeys

Josh Nolan

Vintage Pistol

Senora May

Luna And The Mountain Jets

Joe’s Truck Stop

Grayson Jenkins

Geno Seale And The Porch Front Gospel

The Jenkins Twins

If Birds Could Fly

Chelsea Nolan

Sean Whiting And The Handsome Bastards

Bryan Minks And The Kentucky Sons

Belle Plaine

Blake Berglund

Aaron Boyd

Darrin Hacquard

Eric Bolander

Derek Spencer

Tim Lancaster

Grits And Soul

Owen Reynolds

Madison Lewis

Flatracker

Ethan Wayne

Don Rogers

Charlie Brown Superstar

Clay Case

The Winetree

Skeeter Ranch Crew

Coby Langham

Jen Richardson

Jack Smith

Ed Hughes

 

***FESTIVAL INFORMATION & DO’S AND DON’TS***

*Kickin’ It On the Creek is SOLD OUT!!
*If you do not have a ticket, you are not permitted on festival
grounds.
*You must have your wristband on at ALL times, if you lose
your wristband, you may not re-enter the festival!
*Must be 21+, We will be checking IDs.
*Gates open on Wednesday, September 12th at noon.
*NO PETS!
*This is a dry county so BYOB!
*Do to limited space, we do encourage carpooling. Please
pass this on with your friends.
*We are sold out of RV passes. If you have a RV pass, we do
not allow RV’s over 16 feet.
*Ice and water will be available on site!
*We have 8 amazing food vendors on site.
*There will be pay showers.
*With no ATMs or internet service to swipe your card, you
must bring CASH for food trucks, craft vendors, band merch
etc.
*We are 30 min from stores, hotels, etc. Please pack
accordingly for your stay!
* Primitive camping is free, we encourage everyone to stay.
*Please keep your camp site as minimal as possible due to
limited amount of space. Save room for your neighbor!
*Small campfires are permitted, we just ask for you to clean it
up before you leave!
*No ATVs are permitted on festival grounds! If that is your
mode of transportation, you must park it at the entrance.
*WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR
OR DISREPECT TO ANYONE ON OUR PROPERTY.
*We will not hold tickets for anyone at the gate!
*If you plan on camping with your friends, you must arrive
together. We will not hold any spots.
*This is a rural national forest location. GPS will not likely
direct you to the proper location. Route to festival will be well
marked with green dots, black arrows and signs from
Irvine. Directions can be found at
www.kickinitonthecreek.com.
*The amazing Hargett Fire Department will be doing our
parking again this year. These heroes save lives for free,
please tip them generously to park your car!
*We will provide shuttles if needed.
*If you are caught sneaking in Kickin’ It On the Creek, It will be
considered trespassing and you will be barred for life from
our festival.
*We strive hard to provide you with a safe, friendly, loving
environment to watch 56 of the most amazing acts on the
planet!
All we ask is that you love your neighbors, treat everyone
with respect, take out what you bring in, and to treat our farm
as if it were your own.
*Please arrive with a smile, make yourself at home, and
tighten up your dancin; shoes cause it’s gonna be a good
one!
*Ticket purchase and attendance is personal acceptance for
liability for all actions while on site!

THURSDAY Music starting at 1:00 pm
Clay Case
Madison Lewis
Jack Smith
If Birds Could Fly
Darrin Hacquard
Derek Spencer
Eric Bolander
Bryan Minks and The Kentucky Sons
The Jenkins Twins
Grits and Soul
Ona
Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons
Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle
Charlie Brown Superstar

FRIDAY Music starting at 10:00 am
Chelsea Nolan
Ethan Hunt
Tim Lancaster
Chris and Jenn Shouse
Blake Berglund and The Vultures
Grayson Jenkins and The Resolutions
Sean Whiting and the Handsome Bastards
Belle Plaine
Short and Company
William Matheny and the Strange Constellation
Vintage Pistol
Justin Wells
Magnolia Boulevard
The Wooks
The Allman Butter Band
Charlie Brown Superstar

SATURDAY Music starting at 8:45 am
The Wine Tree Band
Luna and The Mountain Jets
Senora May
Josh Nolan
Geno Seale and the Porch Front Gospel
Prison Book Club
Laid Back Country Picker
John R. Miller
Wayne Graham
Joseph Huber
Brother Smith
The Tillers
Arlo Mckinley and The Lonesome Sound
Town Mountain
Tyler Childers
The ‘Lectric Wooks

SUNDAY Music starting at 9:30 am
Gospel Hour
Ed Hughes
Don Rogers
Joes Truck Stop
Coby Langham and The Citizens Band
The Local Honeys
Owen Reynolds
Flat Tracker
Aaron Boyd
Brian Combs
Jen Richardson

Hot Rize Releases 40th Anniversary Album.

 

 

This my friends will be one of my TOP 10 albums of 2018 for SURE, I’m just going to just include the press release here:

TODAY: Hot Rize Releases 40th Anniversary Album Recorded Live at Boulder Theatre
Releases Video for “Wichita Lineman” via American Songwriter Magazine
Nashville, Tenn. — Aug. 3, 2018 — Hot Rize, one of the most respected and influential bands in bluegrass music, is pleased to announce the release of their aptly named new record Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash, recorded live at Boulder Theatre, over the course of three sold out shows in January of this year. Hot Rize (Nick Forster on bass, Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim O’Brien on mandolin and fiddle, and Bryan Sutton on guitar) were joined by longtime musical friends Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and Sam Bush, treating Boulder to three nights of unforgettable music.“We wanted to have a party,” says Forster.  “We wanted to have a full-out bash!” The record is available for purchase today, which is also the anniversary of the band’s 40th year together. Fans worldwide are musically invited to the party, as the band selected 19 of the best of those unforgettable performances for the new record which is available on both CD and vinyl. Also releasing today, the band dropped a live video for “Wichita Lineman,” via American Songwriter Magazine, a song made famous by Glen Campbell in 1968. In this video, Hot Rize is joined onstage at Boulder Theatre by Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan.Watch here.
Previously, Relix released the video for “Colleen Malone,” Wernick commenting that he
“ …learned this touching and lyrical song from the writer himself, Pete Goble, on his bus one day at a festival in the 1980s. The band liked it right away and our version became Song of the Year in 1991. It already seems to have become a standard at bluegrass jam sessions.” And last month, Rolling Stone Country debuted the video for “Radio Boogie,” praising the track for “…spotlighting their superb musicianship and camaraderie.”
About the new record:
Over the course of  more than an hour of music on 40th Bash, Hot Rize’s broad appreciation for soulfulness and their conscientious balance between traditional and experimental bluegrass– a Hot Rize hallmark since their inception– are on shining display.  That warm and glistening, award-winning sound unlocked in every song by the lead vocals of Tim O’Brien, complemented step for step in sibling-tight harmony from Forster with Wernick and Sutton joining in; their stringed instrumental prowess featuring flat-pick guitar kingpin, Sutton, is no less impressive.
Tracing a line from the band’s 1978 self-titled debut to their most recent release, When I’m Free, this collection of classics, fan favorites, and latest hits touches down on every significant entry on the Hot Rize timeline:  From their signature nod to Bill Monroe with “Blue Night” and their ‘80s chart-topper, “Just Like You,” through the iconic song-of-the-year “Colleen Malone” from their IBMA Entertainer of the Year run in 1990, up to several tracks from their latest record, including “Western Skies.”
This release celebrates the many miles traveled together as a band and the many milestones that Hot Rize, together, has achieved– for four decades and counting, on stages across the globe– from the grange hall to the Grand Ole Opry– performances turning into statements of legacy and purpose. For the band, the original goal was to play their music all over, have people like it, and make a living.  And then, at some point, the journey circles back home.
“I love the fact that this is not a nostalgia trip,” Forster says.  “It’s a collaborative enterprise still engaged in ways that resonate for us as artists and for our audience.”
Think of this Boulder-based party as a living history; on “Huckling the Berries,” diving back to those four-sets-a-night gigs in biker bars like the Colorado Coal Company, or even deeper for a tender tribute to the late Glen Campbell on “Wichita Lineman,” a tune that inspired the band’s beginning.  There is “You Were On My Mind This Morning” from their latest album, and a few nuggets long associated with Hot Rize, like “Radio Boogie” and ““High on a Mountain”. Whether it’s their modern-day standard “Nellie Kane,” adopted into the jamband circle by Phish, or covering the East L.A. roots ensemble, Los Lobos, on “Burn It Down,” Hot Rize remains both the vanguard and torch-bearer of the evolving bluegrass story.
With measured amounts of old-time consciousness and forward-thinking daring, as in the Celtic-tinged instrumental “The High Road” or the new-age gospel “Your Light Leads Me On” and “I Am the Road,” the delicate, almost telepathic onstage interplay between the quartet, uniting beautifully as one or equally supporting each solo, shimmers in the spotlight.  Joining the celebration are special guests Sam Bush (mandolin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) on songs hand-picked by the group to showcase their individual and collective virtuosity.
“Those are absolutely our top-three favorite instrumentalists as well as our good friends,” says Wernick. “For them to come to Colorado and join us for the music and celebration was as much as you could hope for.”
Bush dazzles on “Out on the Ocean,” while Douglas, owning the distinction of being the sole sideman ever on a Hot Rize studio recording, sets “Things in Life” alight.  And on “Angelina Baker” there is Duncan whose masterful fiddle-flames smolder and singe.
For the recording and production of the 40th Bash, the group utilized the experienced crew of Forster’s long-running syndicated eTown radio show; one of those critical outside pursuits– like O’Brien’s Grammy winning solo work and songwriting, Sutton’s online instruction and session wizardry, or Wernick’s decades of music camps and development of the Wernick Method– that have sustained the band members’ ongoing individual creative careers.  Yet within Hot Rize there has been a perpetual passion and investment spread equally among the four. It’s an elastic and a glue, allowing the sojourns outside the core to pay dividends in return; always with a home to make incredible music together. “Everyone in this band has worked seriously hard to make Hot Rize shine,” declares Wernick.
Naturally, then, it’s on the Boulder stage for three nights in January of 2018, to a sold-out crowd, that these four musicians and these 40 years unite as one; to not only honor each’s contributions, and of course those two decades with their guitarist, the late Charles Sawtelle, but also to further this amazing journey.  With respect for the past, gratitude for the present, and ambition for the future, Wernick, the band’s founder, fittingly sums it up. “It’s a really deep feeling of fulfillment when the thing you love smiles back at you.”
Releasing via Ten in Hand Records and distributed through The Orchard, Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash is now available on CD and vinyl (double LP). On July 12th, the band rocked the Ryman Auditorium for their Nashville CD release show, as part of the Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series. Sierra Hull and Justin Moses opened. Special guests included Stuart Duncan and Gillian Welch. Last month, the band recorded a session with SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction which includes live performances of many of the tracks on the new release, plus insightful interviews intermixed. Visithttps://www.siriusxm.com/bluegrassjunction for rebroadcast information.
For more information on the band or to purchase the new release, please visit https://www.hotrize.com/. For tour dates and festival appearances, please click here.
Tour dates:
Aug. 31 – Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival – New Castle, DE
Sept. 1 – Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival – Brunswick, ME
Sept. 2 – Rhythm and Roots Festival – Charlestown, RI
Nov. 2 – The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries – St. Louis, MO
Nov. 4 – The Caverns – Pelham, TN
Nov. 9 – Peoples Bank Theatre – Marietta, OH
Nov. 11 – Kent Stage – Kent, OH
Nov. 16 – City Winery – New York, NY
+ more to be soon added

Uncovering More Info On The Infamous Jamey Johnson Belt Whipping Incident

By Joshua Wallace

Last week, a story surfaced about Jamey Johnson calling a couple of unruly concert goers on stage and before they knew what happened he had his belt off and was swinging.  If you think this story sounds a bit far fetched, you wouldn’t be alone. Many have called the story questionable and have pointed to a couple of facts about the coverage of this story.  First, there is only one country music website covering the story and that website has a questionable reputation in some circles. Second, the author of the story only uses anonymous sources in the article.  Finally, there is no video or photographic evidence of Jamey Johnson taking his belt off on stage.

With all of the questions surrounding this story, I decided to do a bit of internet journalism myself and track down some corroborating accounts and maybe even find that elusive video.  Well, I have yet to be able to track down a video or photo of the incident, but I have obtained 3 independant reports from individuals who were there that night. I searched Facebook for people who either checked into the event on Facebook or showed interest in the event before it happened.  I also got one account from someone who said they were there after the story surfaced. These accounts all confirm that the incident took place, but the details somewhat differ between accounts on various things. The one thing I could confirm from my three accounts is that it might not have been as sensationalized as the original report made it out to be.  

I am going to reprint the three accounts as they were told to me via Facebook messenger.  I have cleaned up some spelling and removed parts of the conversation that did not relate to the story :

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Shawn T. Kelly :

I am kind of a conspiracy theorist.  I think it was staged personally because there was a large drunk guy in the upper deck Jamey was trying to send a message too that got escorted out 2 songs later for being loud.

Jamey called the guy up and it look like to guys getting called to price as right helping each other up on stage, no security was there, Jamey talked to a roadie just prior to it… when Jamey swung the belt the guys were already retreating. Jamey addressed the crowd that where he is from you don’t yell at the singer. Like I said. I think it was pretty well planned…

The two guys didn’t engage and I am thinking most intoxicated people would have tried fighting back, especially 2 in 1

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Carol Mae Davis :

I was a few rows back. It went by fast to be honest the whole place was singing In Color the song was done he asked the guy in the stands to come up pulled his belt off then pushed him down and told him to leave the concert. The guy was being disrespectful towards Jamey

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Mark Hoffman :

I noticed Jamey waved them to the stage they were sitting in the front row just off of Center. It happened relatively quickly the first one jumped up on stage leaving his friend still seated. Jamie then flag both of them to come up onto the stage. When the second individual walked up like a flash Jamey had his belt off gave them a couple of lashes they fell to the floor in shock. Then security grab them and dragged them off stage. Unfortunately about 50% of the audience got up and left after witnessing that. I myself stayed till the end it was probably the best concert I have ever been too.

To be fair to Jamey it was purely a drunken debauchery during event. People were screaming yelling at the bands and drunk.  Up in the balcony after the incident, I half a dozen guys begin a fight that lasted for about 30 minutes outside in the parking lot.

With that being said the venue may not have been the best for the crowd that showed up. Also if they would’ve had any type of security removing these types of individuals that were intoxicated, it never would’ve went this far.

just remember this venue, I would have a hard time believing holds more or even 500 people.

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I also contacted the venue who offered no comment on the incident and I contacted Jamey Johnson’s press contact who has not returned my email at time of publication.

While there are some differences in the stories, each individual confirms that it happened.  It is up to you, as the reader to decide where to take this story from here. My own take on the event is that it happened very fast and it was probably a long time coming for the individuals who were called out.  We have all been to a concert with someone who got a little too drunk and does nothing but yell at the stage the whole night. It seems to me that Jamey had an overly unruly crowd and he picked a couple of individuals who stood out to send a message to some other folks who were there too.  This event will add to the legend of a singer who is slowly building a legacy of being non conformist and lashing out against what he sees as wrong.

I have personally been in crowds when musicians have called out unruly behavior from stage and had security deal with the issue they had a unique vantage point of seeing.  It is always a bit comforting to know that they can see what is going on and won’t stand for it. Jamey Johnson’s response was a bit over the top, but sometimes you have to be over the top if you’re in a rough room. 

I will close with a word of advice to concert goers.  You might not think it because they will tend to ignore you, but musicians can hear you from the stage.  They can hear your insults, your constant requests for that one song on that one EP that the band doesn’t know and will never play, they can even hear your loud drunken coversations.  They can hear you and are probably as annoyed at you as the people around you are, even if they don’t show it. Please be respectful to musicians and those in the crowd around you when you attend a concert, and maybe next time you go to a concert,  you won’t have someone try to whip you with a belt.