Aug 042018

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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

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

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport

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

Cliffview 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

3-star hotel
Hiking trails & a massive sandstone arch

Cliffview Retreat 11 Bedroom Luxury Lodge


Travelwise Motor Inn


Campton Parkway Inn

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

Snug Hollow

Bed & Breakfast

Oak Tree Inn

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


Black Bear Lodge Motel

Basic rooms with balconies & views

Li’l Abner Motel & Cottages

Simple lodging with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Black Bear Lodge & Creek Side Chalet


Natural Bridge 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


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


Ethan Wayne

Don Rogers

Charlie Brown Superstar

Clay Case

The Winetree

Skeeter Ranch Crew

Coby Langham

Jen Richardson

Jack Smith

Ed Hughes

Aug 042018



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. Visit for rebroadcast information.
For more information on the band or to purchase the new release, please visit 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
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